Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Beauty Review: Ivation Carry All Makeup Train Case

Available on Amazon for $22.95

  • 32 eye shadows, 2 blushes, 1 compact mirror
  • 2 lipsticks, 2 lip glosses, 1 mascara 3 cosmetic pencils
  • 3 applicators 1 brush, 1 nailclipper, 1 pencil sharpener, 4 nail polishes

This isn't the first makeup box from Ivation that I've had the opportunity to try and review, but it's one of the more (if not most) impractical ones.

While I like that you get the eyeshadow quads neatly separated for carrying it in your purse, I wish some matte colors were included along the metallic/shimmery colors. The selection of the colors isn't too bad, tho. There are some coppery colors, some greens, a few browns and even some blues and purples. They're all shimmery, but their pigmentation varies - the coppery ones and the greens seem to be more pigmented and longer lasting than the darker eyeshadows, particularly the reds and dark browns/purples. Ingredients wise, they seem to stay on the non-toxic side, with the exception of Titanium Dioxide that has been listed as possibly carcinogenic. They also contain some iffy coloring (Aluminum Lake, Red 27, Red 6, etc..) On the other hand, it's not all that easy to find brands of cosmetic that don't contain those.

I've tried a couple of the eyeshadows and they seem to stay on nicely. I haven't noticed any creasing or caking. In fact, they seem to go on quite smoothly.

There are two red lipsticks included with the set (different shades), as well as two lipglosses that are not particularly glossy at all. The colors are too bright for my taste, but combined with the lip liner (also included), they do have some serious lasting power.

There are also 4 nail polishes in the set: one is a toned down mauve, one is deep red, one is shimmery silver and one is very pale pink. I've tried using the pink one, but only got as far as two finger nails and just couldn't take the smell. These nail polishes smell really bad - to the point I got dizzy while trying to apply one of them. I remember my mom's old nail polishes smelling this bad in the 90s, but haven't smelled anything this bad since.

The case also comes with some applicators, a nail clipper, a sharpener, a brush, two blushes, a mascara and a couple other nail tools. For the most part these are things I already own, but if you like to have your tools neatly arranged in one carry-along case, you might like this set.

Overall, I have to admit that while I like the eyeshadows and the blushes, I probably won't be carrying this case around with me. It's pretty heavy and seems like an overkill.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of the product in exchange for my honest review.

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