Friday, March 16, 2012

Casual Smoky Eyes with Revlon

I got the exciting opportunity to do a series of short demonstration videos featuring some new products by Revlon. I think it's such a fun take on showcasing new products - from the eye of a regular consumer such as myself and how I make the products work for me rather than a traditional professional makeup artist demonstration. This is the first instalment featuring one of my favourite makeup "staple" looks - the smoky eye. 



By now from reading my blog you probably know that I am all about keeping it simple. I am just not patient nor skilled enough to pull out intricate eyeshadow looks. It's just not practical for me in my everyday life. However, I still like a bit of drama every once in a while so I think that this look can easily be pulled off for both daytime or nighttime. You could add some fake lashes for an extra kick and you're off into the sunset.


The Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer + Brightener is a cool concept in the sense that it can be used both on the lid as an eyeshadow primer as well as provide some brightening under the eyes as well. It has a slight pink tint to it that can easily help neutralize blue under-eye circles if you need an extra boost under your concealer. 


The texture is very smooth and silky and it comes in a twist-up pen. If your under-eye circles are mild you can easily get away just with using this. As an eyeshadow primer it works nicely at creating a nice and bright base - if you are super oily it might not do the trick at keeping creases away without a base shadow to set it on top.


I was really happy with the eyeshadow quad they sent me to check out - the Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow in "Siren". The colours are stunning (you know I love my mauve taupes), they were pigmented and not super shimmery. They were so easy to use. In the video you can see that they weren't hard to blend out and apply at all. I mixed a touch of the lightest shade with the shimmery taupe on top of it all over the lid, the purply shade in the outer corner and in the crease, and the darkest shade (which has a matte finish) with a smudge brush as a liner.


My favourite shades were the purple (which reminds me of Chanel's Illusion D'ombre eyeshadow in Illusoire) and the taupey shade, which I initially thought was similar to Chanel Safari (blogged about here). However it's more of a cool toned version of it, which works perfectly with purples and grays and provides a nice contrast against warm brown eyes to really bring them out.

The Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume mascara is also nice for subtle lash separation and volume. If you are a fan of Benefit They're Real or Chanel Inimitable, you will like this mascara. The wands are similar and the formula doesn't smudge all over the place by the end of the day.

Revlon also generously provided me with 10 of their PhotoReady Eye Primer + Brightener pens for me to give away to you. If you are interested in winning, please leave a comment below including your name and e-mail address. I will select 10 random winners and e-mail you to get your shipping information :)

--- EDIT: winners have been selected and contacted.


I hope you enjoyed this post and don't hesitate to check out these Revlon products next time you're perusing the aisles of the drugstore in search for something new!

Also, you can Click here for more fun beauty tips :)


97 comments:

  1. Great post! It's nice to see that you're getting some exciting opportunities from this blog :)

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  2. I've heard lots of great things about those quads. I'd love to win. My name is Alyssa and my e-mail address is makeupjunk3@live.com

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  3. I really wanted to try that quad. It looks beautiful!

    Rachel Brown
    rachel7moon@Yahoo.com

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  4. that quad is beautiful! did they last long on your lids? that safari dupe is so pretty :)

    kathleen452@gmail.com

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    1. yes they did, kathleen! the colours held up great :)

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  5. Love love the quad!

    Clare Taylor
    claretaylor@live.com.au

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  6. So excited for you! What a great opportunity :) The Procrastinator procrastinatingpretty@gmail.com -- Thanks for entering me!

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  7. So subtle and beautiful!

    www.rebekasbeautyworld.blogspot.com

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  8. The colors in the quad are superb! Would definitely like to try it out!

    Diana
    lam.diana@live.ca

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  9. love your look
    kisses from prague
    have a great weekend!
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  10. Really want to try that brightener now!

    Amber Smith
    amberjsmithswk@gmail.com

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  11. Oh that Eye brightener is great! would love to get one!

    Thanks Ivana
    ivana.drmic712@gmail.com

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  12. i am never impressed with revlon eyeshadows, but i will have a look next time i am in boots...i love their lipstick though! (adore, let's say)

    oscar
    missarch(at)hotmail.co.uk

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  13. i can't wait to get my hands on this quad!
    thanks!
    i.kardakou@hotmail.com

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  14. I have been waiting forever for this concealer!!! very excited!!! thanks for the demo.
    Cynthia M. cynn258bs@hotmail.com

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  15. I love the colors of the quad! Would look great with brown eyes!

    Simone Nicorici
    simonenicorici@gmail.com

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  16. I think those quads are gorgeous, and I love these taupes, so pretty!

    This brightening pen looks a lot like one I used to adore from Almay, so would be great to have access to this type of pen again :)

    Claire
    youlittlebeautyblog@hotmail.com
    http://youlittlebeautyblog.blogspot.com/

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  17. That quad looks so divine. =)

    Nadeen
    nadeen.mac@gmail.com

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  18. great post!

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  19. The pen sounds like such a nice product! and I will have to check out that quad at the drug store!

    My name is Kaianne and my email is kaianne[dot]siemah[at]gmail[dot]com! Thanks, Sandra!

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  20. Beautiful colors ! I'd love to try these :) Leslie Pedagat - lesliepedagat@gmail.com

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  21. How did it work as a brightener for under the eyes? Did it crease? It seems amazing! :)

    izzy.isa@hotmail.com

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    1. I used a concealer over top and it held up very well! no creasing :)

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  22. I'm going to have to pick up that quad soon-- beautiful shades!

    --Maricel
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  23. I love this look on you, first noticed these colors in your skincare update video. Very Lovely

    -Much love
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  24. I've been debating on whether or not to pick up that mascara and I love Benefit's They're Real-so I'm going to have to try it! Thanks for the review!

    -Ashley
    a_kalher@hotmail.com

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  25. I love the stick Photoready concealer, it's my favourite and I use it on a daily basis! I would love to try this version as well!

    anca.lb@hotmail.com

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  26. count me on, would love to try the primer !

    heavenrain5@hotmail.com

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  27. Jay
    Idluv2loveya(at)yahoodotcom

    Thanks Sandra!!

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  28. Oh man... You know I'm heading straight to shoppers to pick up that quad! As usual I enjoyed your post and video.

    christinemames@gmail.com
    Christine

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  29. Thanks for posting this, that Revlon quad in Sienna is lovely, I'll check it out for sure! Would love to try the PhotoReady Eye Primer & Brightener, given my dark circles it would be right up my alley!

    Cheers, Lisa

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    @LittleMama71

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  30. i would loveee to win one please!!
    Lisa Nguyen
    lisanguyen08@yahoo.com

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  31. That looks like a beautiful quad! I'm also all about quick and easy, I don't have the talent or time for the complicated looks. The look you did is gorgeous!

    Jennifer
    tinkerpuppet at hotmail com

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  32. Revlon is coming out with such good things lately!

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  33. I love neutral makeup! Those eyeshadows can really go with any look! I'm Melissa and my email is shoppinmel@aol.com

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  34. I'd definitely use the eye primer as an under eye brightener. Thanks for sharing!! Email: spiffykerms@gmail.com

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  35. very pretty! i love the colors. I'm interested in the primer brightener pen. i use the maybelline dark circles eraser under eyes right now in the pink shade to brighten. my email is mybeadifullife@gmail.com. micaela

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  36. Wow, this product looks great def want to try! Thanks for this giveaway!!
    tvogue@comcast.net...Tiffani

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  37. love the simplicity of it all! 08ritakp@gmail.com :)

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  38. beautiful. i'd love to try these products! My name is Kelly and my email is kblea001@yahoo.com

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  39. love it! tanjam123@hotmail.com

    Tanja M

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  40. evie bakogianni
    evie_bakogianni@hotmail.com

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  41. I love your simple looks. Interested in the brightener/primer!
    ashley_9352@hotmail.com

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  42. love these new photoready product!

    can some people check out my blog, did my first blog post tonight!!!!
    http://raybeautygeek.blogspot.com/

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  43. oh and soraya.babol@gmail.com :) xxxxx

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  44. that quad looks amazing!! I love revlon products!! my email is sleepeatbeauty87@gmail.com

    Rachel

    http://sleepeatbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  45. congrats! so happy seeing that companies recognize your work :)))
    also, that quad is absolutely gorgeous, ebay it is, considering that there isn't a chance it'll be available in croatia..just wondering, that lightest shade, is it very shimmery? if you could please do a swatch :)
    and thank you for a giweaway :)

    email: kittythequeen@gmail.com

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  46. ooh ive never seen the eye brightner before I would like to try this!!
    email: steph_m1990@yahoo.com i'm irish so if this isn't open worldwide take me out just said i'd mention it :) x

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  47. Such a beautiful look, Sandra! :)

    Katya
    katyapokrovskaya@hotmail.com

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  48. Love it! Quick and simple! madamealina@hotmail.com

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  49. looks awesome! kath.yeung@gmail.com

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  50. great review
    Alicia ahitchc2@gmail.com

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  51. Would love to try the primer + brightener! I like taupe eyeshadows too:)

    Bettina
    bits1217@yahoo.com

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  52. Wow! How nice of Revlon & lucky you Sandra!
    Drusilla_369@hotmail.com

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  53. beautiful! xx

    Paige
    Paigeander1@gmail.com

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  54. Would love to try this. Just found your blog. Love it!
    Elizabeth
    ekwhitmire@gmail.com

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  55. would like to try this.
    Alina
    alinna.10[at]gmail[dot]com

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  56. Hey Sandra! I've loved ur blog and videos ever since I discovered you do make up tutorials! I started getting into it because of you and I would love to try this. iulia - julia_lacau@hotmail.com

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  57. I would really like to try this product. It looks gorgeous. Well done for being chosen by Revlon x
    mmunroe72@gmail.com

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  58. It looks like good pigmentation without too much fallout - I'd like to try it out and see if it's really 16 hours!

    Melody Zhang
    melodymyzhang@gmail.com

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  59. I really enjoy reading your blog, and I love it even more knowing that you're Canadian =)

    Emilie (from Quebec!)
    emilie_gauthier15@hotmail.com

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  60. Devin
    devinwells@hotmail.com

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  61. Great post! Love your blog! Have a great weekend, Christi B. christilanae@gmail.com

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  62. Love your blog & you tube videos!
    Andrea
    Apaquette@gmail.com

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  63. Love the look!
    Elisa
    elisacm@gmail.com

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  64. I love revlon products <3
    sheryh[at]gmail[dot]com

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  65. I'd love to try this eye primer!!!
    kateryna.kolisnyk@googlemail.com

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  66. Definitely want to try these things out!

    Teresa
    teresaxli@gmail.com

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  67. That Revlon pen seems interesting. Of all the drugstore cosmetics brands, I have to say Revlon is my favorite. Their lipsticks are my favorite.

    Melissa
    shoeaddict79@gmail.com

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  68. Amazing! I'm so excited that you have this oportunity! Can't wait to see more :). Very smart of Revlon to partner with you :)

    Ashley
    Ashleyacct@gmail.com

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  69. Oooh the eyeshadows look lovely :)
    And I'd love to try the concealer!
    finger crossed....

    itwouldbemine@gmail.com

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  70. Would love to try the primer!
    Clair clairibell@live.com.au

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  71. oh great eyeshadow niceee :)

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  72. I'm super interested!

    My name is T.Lohakit
    Email address is t.lohakit@hotmail.com

    Thanks xo

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  73. Happy for you!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win
    :)
    Sari
    Sari.sj@gmail.com

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  74. Love the eyeshadows!
    lprofita@verizon..net

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  75. Love those eye shadows!
    :) Amanda
    amandagentile07@hotmail.com

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  76. I saw this and thought, "I have to get that primer!" Now I can try winning it, awesome! Thank you :]
    Aubrie
    aubriendo@yahoo.com

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  77. How awesome of you and Revlon!

    Yessie campos
    Yescampos7@gmail.com

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  78. What a great opportunity!
    Hope there's many more to come =)

    Karla
    lalabeehk@gmail.com

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  79. would love to try it!
    nancy
    nancynguyen21@gmail.com

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  80. That looks like fun! Please enter me!

    Barb

    Bonjourcocoandaudrey@gmail.com

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  81. I would love to try the primer and brightener!
    amanda.hollowell@yahoo.com

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  82. Would love to try these!

    monjonx@gmail.com

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  83. Thanks for the tutorial. I would love to try the primer and brightner.

    olgione@netzero.net

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  84. This is awesome becuase I definitely wanted to try the new primer!!

    taylo292@gmail.com

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  85. Hello, love your blog :)

    sadie_red(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  86. Love those colors!!Sooo beautiful!Would love to try the revlon pen :)
    Name: Crystal Ford
    Email: ccsford82@hotmail.com
    :D

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  87. I would love to try the quad and the Revlon pen :) they look amazing swatched. My name is Jessica and my e-mail is jesskottoor@hotmail.com xoxo

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  88. I am always looking for a gold eye - brightener i would love to try it!
    antschki(at)gmail.com

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  89. Love this!
    Chloe Power, @ chloepower@live.com

    Good luck to everyone :) x

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  90. Thanks Sandra! Loving this!

    Dey - deyageru@gmail.com

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  91. wow, I would really like to try the revlon pen.

    Liis Mitt , beautyfromliz@gmail.com

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  92. Awesome look!
    Name: Kristina
    Email: Kristina_p@live.ca

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