If you’re wondering why this is titled ‘Part 2‘, then perhaps you missed Part 1 and you may want to go and check it out over here 😉 If you’re up to speed on the Elizabeth Arden Drama Defined collection, then you’re in luck, because today we’re chatting about the items I could not squeeze into the last post. I’m not going to bother with a long intro, we covered all that in part one, so we’ll just head to the good stuff and pick up where we left off.
Stroke of Perfection Concealer
What is this concealer about?
The Stroke of Perfection Concealer claims to cover dark circles, blemishes and imperfections, while reducing the look of puffiness and imparting skin’s natural glow. The creamy formula is said to glide on evenly and blend seamlessly.
The Key Ingredients:
- Brazilian Christmas Berry: Reduces the look of puffiness and dark circles.
- Polymers: Brighten natural appearance and diminish the look of fine lines.
- Jojoba Ester: Provides skin balancing benefits.
- Nylon 12 + Hylauronic Acid: Smoothe the look of skin.
The concealer comes in a sleek, matte black tube, that looks like a lipstick. The tube is nice and compact, and I like that I don’t have to mess around with an applicator. It’s very convenient and easy to use.
What does it cost?
This concealer retails for R299 and comes in 4 shades: Fair 01, Light 02, Medium 03, Deep 04.
Application and my experience
I am using shade 03, medium. Let me state for the record that I was not at all excited about this concealer. It being a stick, I imagined tugging, dryness and just nothing that would excite me. I then heard Rayne say that she was most excited about trying the concealer and I thought…if my girl Rayne is excited, then I need to be excited!
Gals….this concealer is so soft and creamy, with no stickiness at all. This just melts into my skin and it’s so hydrating under my eyes. It blends itself…I’m not even joking. I swipe and swipe…and blend with my beautyblender and within 7 seconds it’s over. You can do light dabs or be more heavy-handed with more swipes to build coverage. This is definitely buildable and you can use as much or as little as you want to!
I like my concealer to cover my dark circles, fill in them sneaky fine lines, brighten, but still look natural! This ticks all the boxes for me and lives up to the claims.
Would I recommend this?
What do you think? HELL YES! I really love this concealer. Between the powder, the bouncy foundation and this concealer…I’ve just fallen in love with Elizabeth Arden’s latest range. I can’t even pick a favourite….. I wish they would consider making contour sticks with this formula…it just blends like a dream! If you’re in the market for a new concealer, I’d definitely say…give this a try!
High Drama Eyeliner
What is this eyeliner about?
Define and enhance eyes with the High Drama Eyeliner. The creamy liner glides on evenly for intense, long-lasting color. The dual-ended applicator can make a perfectly smooth line or a soft, smudged look. Create stand-out eyes with this dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested, wax-based, waterproof formula that wears for up to 16 hours.
- Flexible Film Former: Helps provide comfort and long-lasting wear along with water resistant properties.
- Rice Bran Wax: Skin conditioning agent providing a creamy feel.
The pencils are double ended, sleek with the gold detail. On one end is the pencil, on the other end is a smudger. Pretty standard stuff right?
What does it cost?
The pencils retail for R285 each and they come in 4 shades: Smokey Black 01, Espresso 02, Midnight Dream 05, Purple Passion 06.
Application and my experience
Truth…I don’t wear a lot of eye pencil. Occasionally, when I remember, I will tight line or pencil in the water line, but I forget. Most of the time. So I am not a professional eyeliner reviewer…I state this before the court. …The few times I’ve used the purple and the brown, I’ve enjoyed it. The colour payoff is good and it glides on easily, without skipping.
I gifted the blue shade (Midnight Dream) to my mom…because she loves a blue liner! She was wearing it the other day and it was so striking against her hazel eyes. My mom is half blind without her glasses, so she can really mess up her liner…seeing as she can’t see where she’s putting it. The pencil nib is just such a nice thickness and because it glides on so easily, she can confidently put it on and know she doesn’t have to go over it 7 times like other pencils. After a few hours of wearing, it was still on and looked freshly applied, so I’m guessing the claim that it’s long wearing is true! She loves this eye pencil!
Would I recommend it?
If you love a good eye pencil, I’d definitely recommend this. Personally I don’t spend my money on eye pencils, so I would not spend R285 on an eye pencil, but if it’s your thing, this is a pretty nice one. The colours are also stunning. I dabble in the purple when I’m feeling daring.
What strikes me most about this range is that it’s such good products, good quality, but so easy to use! So convenient and also easy to travel with. I really feel like the woman on the go…the mom with 3 kids…she wouldn’t feel left behind with this collection, because it will make it quick and easy to put on makeup and look flawless….like you spent an hour doing it! I’m not lying when I say that most of this collection is in my makeup bag permanently. The foundation, the concealer and the powder are 3 things I will never be without!
Have you tried any of these products?