This is the Victoria Jackson survival kit. I have a feeling this is a good go-to kit for those who fell in love with the Ellis Faas all-in-1 concept but can't afford such a luxury. Their door-to- door price is P1600 pesos so for those interested internationally I'm getting mine for about a US$36.00 promo price? It's a nifty option for those who are into all in 1 travel kits with good product :)
Product Consists of: 10 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 5 lippies, 2 mirrors, 3 mini brushes, mascara, eyepencil, and lip pencil, and they all swing out or slide out.
which flips to...
5 LIPPIES (highly pigmented balms)
These are kind of in-between lip balms and lipsticks, they hold a lot of color but are not as quite as opaque as lipsticks unless you blend a lot of layers of product together. I'm sorry I skipped 1 shade as I was testing them, the one in the middle which is a metallic coral Pink, i shall update this entry when I photograph that tomorrow morning (I prefer to shoot in natural morning light). Colors from the top down are (as I describe them, they don't have names, how sad is that?):
1. A satin mauve pink
2. A matte vermilion red
3. A metallic coral pink
(to be posted)
4. A semi-matte berry red
5. A satin fleshy pink
Here are the eyeshadows that I will be reviewing in my next entry. They slide out from beneath the lip palette, how cute is that?
and no you don't get only five...
You get 10 eyeshadow colors in 2 drawers beneath the lippies :)
Swatches and test photos to come in my next entry.
Pigmentation of the eyeshadows is reasonable and texture is soft. Admittedly, the payoff of these eyeshadows are not as smooth and pigmented as other high street brands, but with a little more blending effort I find them reasonable. What's nice is on the back of the box (the packaging) is the full list of ingredients for all the products in the kit. Hey, at least they were brave enough to be honest, even though the formulation isn't paraben-free, but hey, I've got trooper lids :)
For me the mascara consistency is reasonable. Results, well I find that it's somewhat of a creamy, not overly voluminous finish, but hey, it's not dry or clumpy! I didn't expect for the mascara to be of any good in a promo package like this, I'm glad I was mistaken. I'm also happy it didn't make my eyes watery or itchy, and I'm so happy it didn't have a strong, fearsome, fumy smell (some mascaras smell as if they could help set your lashes on fire).
EYE and LIP PENCIL
These two I find to be the most cumbersome of the whole lot. They repeatedly
fall out of their slots whenever you open the kit, or even as your applying the blush or lip-colors.
While using the kit's compact mirror, they always fall out towards me. For convenience's sake I'd rather remove them from the kit from now on. However I still have a few minor things to say about their individual quality. Have a peek first.
Lip pencil (left) and eye pencil (right). Ummm, 3 light strokes each to achieve this swatch. The lip pencil I am already fond of as it is a deep fleshy bronze similar to Estee Lauder's Spice writer and Lancome's Le Lipstique in Bronzelle (which I carry in my personal kit). It works well with the lipcolors provided in the survival kit, but is particularly pretty with lippie #1 and #5 :) The eye pencil, ugh, is a soft smudgy black that smears and disappears within an hour or two of application. I am not a fan of it.
Overall, I find this kit really nifty. At the promo price, it's good value for money. However, as I've been told, with the retail price being double the door-to-door value, I would call it overpriced in retail. What's really great is the entire kit is the size of a large cigarette case, fits in your purse! In fact, you actually carry several looks in your pocket when you carry this around in its really neat container.