Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ben Nye Haul

Hi Bellas,

I wanted to show you a haul from about two weekends ago. I didn't have a chance to post it till now but I'm still excited! Unfortunately I haven't been able to try all the products yet but I will soon.

Everything in my haul is from Ben Nye. For those of you who aren't familiar, Ben Nye is a theatrical makeup brand that makeup artists have been using for years! The color pigmentation, foundations, and special products are absolutely amazing for both theatrical and conventional makeup. For those who know about it, Ben Nye is what's up! I've been wanting to get into this brand for a while. So many have done reviews on the Lumiere Eyeshadow Palette. For some reason I actually had self-restraint and convinced myself that I had enough eyeshadows to forego the palette.

But now i've made up for it and purchased a bunch of Ben Nye products from a local theatrical shop here in Atlanta.

Look at all the bright, pretty colors! :)

This is my entire haul...I spent about $100 for twenty items. Not too shabby! Especially compared with brands like MAC.



Here are the Magicolor creme pencils. They were only $3.50 each (very comparable price to drugstore brands) and the colors are super vibrant! I got 8 of them...pretty much all the colors they had, lol. In my head I can picture doing fun face and body drawings using all these colors. From L to R: bright orange, misty violet, lime green, violet, yellow, kelly green, tuquoise, and blue.




Next we have the Creme Colors. The red color is actually a Creme Rouge aka blush, but to me they're all the same. When I saw them I was immediately reminded of MAC's creme colour bases. They go on very pigmented and creamy. The only difference is that these are much cheaper--only $4 each! I'll definitely use these as eyeshadow bases (with UDPP underneath though because they're super creamy). I can also see myself doing some face and body painting with these colors. I'm excited about finally finding a yellow base! L to R: gecko green, bright pink, red, vivid violet, and yellow.



Here we have the Lip Colour pencils and Lip Glosses. I picked out colors which I though were wearable so I could add them to the kit. The lip pencils were $8 each but they're about 2 inches longer than my normal MAC pencils...a lot more product! I got the pencils in Vino (a dark wine color) and Caramel Rose (an awesome nude lip liner...I actually like this color better on me than MAC's stripdown liner that I usually wear). Next I got lip glosses in Nude and Champagne for $6 each. I like how it's a gloss in a pot because I can scoop out the product using a palette knife. Usually I struggle getting the product out of the tube when using them on my clients. This is because I don't use the actual applicator (for sanitation purposes). Instead, I usually transfer the gloss from the wand to the palette and it usually takes a few trys to get enough product. Hence, the reason I like pots, lol. I think the nude color looks very similar to Viva Glam V lipstick-my fav! The champagne color adds a subtle gold glow. The lipgloss reminds me of the consistency of MAC's slimshines. Love them!



Here we have a new mixing palette. I love how this palette is larger than my Graftobian Steel palettes. That means less cleaning and more surface area. The product is plastic with a really smooth surface that wipes clean with a baby wipe. I think it was about $10.

I also picked up the Ben Nye Concealer wheel for about $20. There were two concealer wheels to choose from. One was slightly lighter and the other slighty darker. I asked one of the workers for help in deciding between the two. I told him I was a conventional makeup artist and needed to know which one he suggested for regular concealing. He told me that I should go with the lighter ones if I'm working with models because models are usually lighter. I was like WTF!?! My boyfriend was with me and I looked over to see if he caught that comment and he definitely did, lol. That was definitely ignorance at its best. I mean come on, we're also in Atlanta...lol. Needless to say, I picked up the darker concealer wheel! In terms of the consistency, the cream is very thick...which makes sense since it's a concealer wheel for theatre makeup. I would use this for heavier coverage.

I also picked up two cake eye liners in black and dark brown for $5 each. They are the consistency of a powder eyeshadow. I've never tried a powder liner before. I dampened an angle brush slightly and then tried to apply the black eyeshadow. I was a little disappointed...not sure if i'm doing something wrong but it didn't give me the vibrancy I wanted. I'll try again...any suggestions guys? Maybe try it dry? Use a mixing medium?



Here are the swatches of all the colors. Super colorful right? The little lines on the left are the pencils, on the right are the creme colours, and then underneath you can see the glosses and the lip liners. I'm super excited to try them out! Unfortunately they've sat a bit untouched since I've been testing out a product line for a company that wanted me to review. I'll post some looks using these soon!


Till next time, Ciao Bellas!

23 comments:

Wes said...

Niiiiice!! AND cheap.... lol

Askmewhats said...

oh my goodness sis! those are lovely bold colors! I can imagine you using them on those wild looks!!! I'm sure it'll go really well!!! A couple of Philippine blogger friends have bought the Ben Nye palette, probably from a friend or relative who bought it for them from US....everyone's raving about it!!! Great buy sis! love the swatches!

Nic Nic said...

nice Ben Nye haul, ive heard many raves on this brand!!

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

Very vibrant colors! I've never heard of it.I'm going to ask my cousin who's a makeup artist if she's ever used this brand before.

ilurvemakeup said...

*makeupgasm* BEN FRIGGIN' NYE!!! Hell yeah sis loved reading this haul!

Sharon Rose said...

Wow a great haul, very well done!!

MakeupByRenRen said...

wes: yes cheap is good! he he

askmewhats: hey hon, i know i would of gotten that palette but i didn't see it at the store, lol...i'm excited about these bright colors though :)

nic nic: me too! i finally get my hands on it!

brown girl gumbo: oh please...and ask her what she thinks and let me know.

lurve: i know right! lol u crack me up

sharon rose: thanks! i can't wait to play with it :)

yummy411 said...

great posts! glad you found your BN supplier lol...

okay you are gonna make me try the lip pencils and gloss. when i tried stripdown and oak if i remember correctly, they never felt just right to me.. too much gray in them maybe? dunno.

on the cake liner-- i bought one in cobalt blue and i wasn't a huge fan of the outcome either... so.. maybe it's not their best product? i didn't try it with any glycerin yet.. so maybe we'll keep experimenting.

i need that concealer wheel also. slvrlips has it too. i want to try have it now since i'm so neurotic about my dark circles lol.

CULTURE CREATORS said...

Great buy!





xCC

Fei said...

Well that was a stupid comment the SA made. lol. Do a review on the concealer! I don't do bold looks, but the color wheel appeals to me.

Tracy said...

Great haul! I've been wanting to try out Ben Nye. There's even a store right down the street that sells their products.

May Nguyen said...

I am so jealouse!!!!! Did u get them online?

royalmocha said...

wow,i love ur haul!! too bad Ben Nye is not avail here in La Islas Filipinas. Mind if il link ur blog?

alien man?! said...

You have been tagged! It's your turn ;)

Beauty is Androgynous said...

This gal I perform with in this band uses ben nye. She just so happens to do a lot of theater as well and every time we're done with a gig, i'm sweating bullets!! and she doesn't look like she's sweating at all!
she says it's all the miracle of ben nye.

i need to get my hands on some of that concealer.

Yellow Fever said...

i can't believe that guy said models are usually lighter! i work mostly on darker models which i LOVE-they have gorgeous warm skin and no undereye circles!

Bliss said...

OOooo im so jealous, i haven't bought any Ben Nye makeup, but you bought such nice goodies, the colours so vibrant.

Lydia said...

Nice! Those colors look so pretty and bright!

The Caramel Goddess said...

I live in Atlanta. Can you tell me the name of the store?

BrownEyeBandet said...

I also live in Atlanta, can you tell me where the shop is located? I'd love to purchase a few things.

chamichams said...

I went to makeup school and my teacher gave us a tip regarding foundation. Some foundation can look ashy on someone. To reduce the "ashyness" just add some ben nye cream color in yellow (which you bought). It works wonders! Most of us can be considered yellow under tone. Hope you'll find this helpful

akrondesign said...

Hi RenRen - Thank-you for your review! If any of your readers are looking to purchase Ben Nye makeup online, they can buy from www.buybennye.com

Gabby said...

For the cake liner I heard using an eyeliner sealer like from Mudusa makeup and slowly adding the amount you need creates a vibrant and long lasting liner