Month: March 2015

Make Up For Ever HD Micro Finishing Powder Review + Photos

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Effectiveness: I had heard many great things about the MUFE HD Finishing Powder, but I admit, I wasn’t sure about it. It’s a white powder (100% pure silica) that goes on transparent. I was doubtful that one simple ingredient could achieve so much hype. However, this powder leaves a smooth finish that’s not cakey; it makes the skin look poreless. In HD photos, as well as the naked eye, the skin looks absolutely perfect. (Although, my skin is generally normal, so I couldn’t effectively test for a reduction of shine). (5/5)

Wear: The smooth finish and poreless look lasted a full 8 hours. (5/5)

Formula: The powder is very finely milled and becomes invisible on the skin (and in pictures), making it work on all skin tones. If you touch your face with this on, you can tell there’s a smooth powder finish, but not in a way that feels “powdery.” It feels like perfected skin. (5/5)

Packaging: I have a 0.0035 oz sample size (came in the Sephora Favorites Glitz & Glam bag). Mine comes with a sifter over the powder, which I’m not sure is included in the sizes available for purchase (I assume it is). Otherwise, the packaging is the same: Clear plastic jar with a black, screw-on lid. The lid screws on well, you never have to worry about the product spilling out. The only thing I dislike about the sample size packaging is that the small cap makes it hard to fit a fluffy powder brush to get the product on the brush (retail sizes shouldn’t have this problem, though, which is why I’m not taking off a point). (5/5)

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Price: Sephora sells two sizes of Finishing Powder, a 0.14 oz mini for $19 USD, and a full, 0.3 oz jar for $34 USD. Thats $135.70 per ounce for the mini, and $113.33 per ounce for the full size. This makes the full size the most cost-effective in the long-run (and I see this being the kind of powder people would want to use every day, and a little goes a long way).I think the turnout is worth the price. people who are on HD film/photo a lot (like beauty Youtubers) would benefit from everyday use of the full size, and those who want something special for a nice occasion can snap up the smaller jar for less than a $20. (5/5)

Wow Factor: I was doubtful at first if pure silica was really worth all the fuss. But the effect this gives is subtle yet noticeable. I love the smooth, poreless texture it gives the skin, and a little goes a long way. I can see this working on all skin tones and lasting a while. However, I don’t think those who are on film/take photos a lot will need it (its not a touch up powder, or one designed for coverage. Too much can make you look ghostly). (4/5)

Overall: It’s a great powder, but it’s also niche. For the average consumer, it’s not a must-have, or even necessary. But for the beauty fanatic (or blogger, or Youtuber), it creates an amazing finish. I don’t think the average woman applying makeup would particularly notice a difference in her skin and wouldn’t get the fuss (or the price). If you’re in front of a camera a lot, I highly recommend it. If you just want something for coverage/to keep your makeup in place/oil down, etc, there are many effective, less expensive alternatives. (4.8) A

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Would I repurchase?
Yes

Availability:
-Sephora
-makeupforever.com

Useful Information:
-This product was purchased by me.
-This product contains no animal products, however, the Make Up For Ever brand is not cruelty free/vegan and still tests on animals.

PV Turns 2!

Today marks the second birthday of my blog, Peak Volume. I’m so excited and surprised it’s already been 2 beautiful years! I still have an interesting backlog of products up for review, as well as other features, like celebrity looks and product comparisons coming up. So stick around for another wonderful year of makeup love with me!

I’m so grateful and happy to have every single one of you as a reader (or Bloglovin/Twitter/Tumblr follower). Whenever you take the time to read, like, comment, favorite, or retweet a post, it means the world to me. I’m so happy to be apart of the beauty community and look forward to another fantastic year.

Stay beautiful lovelies!

(Psst, why not take a look back at my very first post for #tbt? I”m glad to say I’ve fallen in love with and tried two fantastic NARS blushes since then!)

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Review + Photos

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Effectiveness: Perversion promises to be “lengthening and volumizing.” This description is accurate enough. I found this mascara to be more lengthening than volumizing, but I did notice both results.The results weren’t amazing, but not disappointing, either. (4/5)

Wear: I achieved perfect wear using this mascara. It lasted a full 8 hours looking good as new. It held a curl for the duration of the testing period and the lashes stayed a rich, dark black. (5/5)

Formula: Urban Decay describes Perversion mascara as “ultracreamy,” and I have to agree. This mascara feels really wet. This can lead to some clumps if you rush application. However, the mascara dries down and does not budge (I accidentally rubbed my eye and there wasn’t the tiniest flake or smudge). (4.5/5)

Packaging: The tube is sleek, shiny plastic with stylish lilac lettering. The wand is chubby with bristles that are varied in size. I didn’t find it cumbersome to use, although as with all thicker brushes, it can take some care to get into the tiny baby hairs in the inner corners. (5/5)

Price: I received this as a 100-point perk from Sephora, but the full size is $22 USD for 0.4 oz of product. You can also purchase a travel size for $12 USD. For the full size, it comes out to $55 an ounce, which isn’t terrible. (For comparison, Benefit’s They’re Real! is $2 more expensive and contains 0.1 oz less product).

As always, I weigh in on whether or not I believe a product is worth the price. Perversion delivers on rich color, ease of use, staying power, and doing what it says it will, even if it’s not the most innovative or amazing in the industry. It’s a reliable mascara without any bells and whistles, so I believe it warrants it’s price tag. (5/5)

Wow Factor: I wasn’t blown away by Perversion. I have less expensive mascaras that give better length and volume. However, I wasn’t let down by the product, because it shines in it’s staying power, ability to hold a curl, lack of smudging, and dark, rich color. (3.5/5)

Overall: I enjoy this mascara, but I often find myself reaching for other mascaras. It’s nice and gets the job done well enough, but it didn’t make enough of an impression in length or volume to really stand out to me. (4.5) A-

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Useful Information:
-I received this product as a 100-point perk from Sephora.
-Urban Decay is cruelty free, but its parent company, L’Oreal, is not.

Availability:
-urbandecay.com
-Sephora
-Ulta
-Debenham’s
-Nordstrom
-Macy’s