Happy Sunday! Today I want to share a first impressions and demo video for two Sephora Collection makeup tools: the Color Switcher by Vera Mona and the Line Up Makeup Tape. These are both fairly inexpensive tools that might be useful to have around.
See these tools in action along with my in-depth demo and review:
I spent the most time in this video on the color switcher, because I really wanted to see if it works. The idea behind this product is to let you wipe off eyeshadow from your brush before switching colors, saving you time and keeping your eyeshadows untainted from one another. For my day-to-day makeup, I tend to use two brushes to get the job done, so I figured if this works, this might extend how long I can use the same brushes within a week.
This product is a rough yet squishy sponge in a metal container. You could probably DIY this or find a cheaper way to spot clean brushes. I’m not going to shy away from that. But this sponge feels incredibly durable and is a texture I haven’t really found before. I also have the tools to spot clean brushes (paper towels and Sephora’s dry spray), but I find it to be such a hassle that I avoid going that route.
I spent a lot of time demo-ing this product. I used my Viseart dark mattes palette because it has a wide and pigmented color variation, and I tried switching light-to-dark, dark-to-light, and from one color to a non-similar color.
To sum up my conclusions from the video:
- This product definitely gets most of the color out, even though over time, the brush starts to look dirty. It still brushes clean or nearly-clean on your hand.
- I had no trouble with switching among various bright colors. I had no leftover pigment fall into my pans, and no leftover pigment morphing into the next on my skin.
- I was able to quickly and easily get black off my blending brush when I was blending black and taupe. This let me keep my blending brush clean and good for blending.
- The sponge is black, so you can see some shadow come off better than others. Red and orange clearly came off on the sponge, while blue or green was a bit harder to see.
- The give in the sponge made it hard to keep a light hand. But the roughness of the sponge seems to pull out pigment really well. The downside is it also seems to push some color deeper into the brush.
- The black sponge makes it hard to tell when you have to clean it. Plus, there aren’t good instructions on how to best clean the sponge (I’m assuming some brush cleaner and warm water does the trick).
- If you use this as intended (i.e. not a ton of pigment or a full clean), it’s great. The blending brush cleaning is perfect for what I’m looking for, and being able to switch bright or dissimilar colors quickly will likely be useful as well.
- If you load a lot of pigment on your brush and try to clean it off, that’s when you see the “dirty” appearance in your brush and some leftover pigment.
If you don’t use a lot of brushes day-to-day and don’t want to spot clean, this might be worth looking into!
This is more of a special occasion product for me. When I’m using a darker shadow or doing some serious blending, I like to have some kind of tape on hand to make sure my eyeshadow stays where it needs to. In the past, I’ve used regular clear tape, which isn’t made for your skin and is very stiff and plastic-y. You also have to get some of the adhesive off before putting it near your eyes, but if you remove too much, you don’t get a clean line as the tape bunches under the intense blending motions.
I tested this tape with a taupe shadow in the crease and black over the lid, so we could see how sharp of a line you can get with this. I didn’t remove any of the adhesive before placing it on my eye, since it says you can only reposition it once before needing a new strip.
To sum up my conclusions from the video:
- This tape is medical grade and safe for the eye area, which is a big plus.
- The papery texture of the tape makes it a little more flexible and comfortable on the eye area.
- It says it can help prevent fallout, which I don’t get. I think it means you can easily clean up fallout by picking up the pigment with the sticky side, but who knows?
- You can easily rip this tape to get exactly the length you want. It truly does rip and doesn’t require scissors. But, getting the paper off an uneven edge can be tricky.
- HOLY ADHESIVE this tape pulled up my skin like crazy when I removed it. Also, it hurt a bit afterwards.
- No seriously, if you watch the video for anything, let it be for the part when I pull this tape off my face. Ow.
- Despite the pain, I had super sharp and clean lines. Still better than clear tape in my book!
- Costs a bit more that clear tape.
If you use tape for your eyeshadow regularly, you might want to look into this as an option. Just beware the removal. If you have super sensitive eyes, consider removing a little adhesive by putting the strip on the back of your hand and removing it.
Have you tried either of these products? What other beauty tools should I try?