For months now I kept seeing the YBF (Your Best Friend) cosmetics line on HSN. I kept wanting to try something from the line but nothing really caught my interest enough. When Snow White and The Huntsman came out in theaters, YBF created this Sultry Eye and Lip collection ($28.80) for HSN’s day of products inspired by the movie.
This collection consists of 4 full size pieces; an eyeshadow quad, eyeliner, lip liner and lip gloss. For the price, I thought it was a great deal. I love the packaging of the eyeshadow quad. It’s gunmetal gray plastic with a raised black plastic bumpy top that looks jeweled from far away. The inside of the lid contains a nice size mirror.
What I really love is the plastic hinged cover over the eyeshadows. Just flip it open to use the shadows and then replace it when you’re done. It keeps any shadow remnants contained which keeps the palette and mirror nice and clean.
I have to say, I’m so confused by whoever named these colors. The colors do not look anything like what their named. I expected the Plum Noir eye liner to be a dark purple but it’s actually more of a red. I don’t know about you but I don’t find red eye liner appealing at all!
The Posing Plum lip liner is not very plum colored either. It’s a very dark brownish red. Again, not a very appealing lip color to me. It’s quite a shame because both the lip and eye liners are nice quality. They are smooth and creamy and easy to apply. Each one comes with a built in sharpener in the lid too.
I do really like the lip gloss though. It’s highly pigmented and very creamy. It gives my lips a very pretty color and shine without any stickiness. But again, it’s named Modern Mauve. I happen to really like the color but someone ordering this set might expect a rose/berry mauve color. It’s actually more of a nude with a hint of pink.
As for the eyeshadow quad, again the colors were not what I was expecting. They refer to them as Pretty in Pink, Confident Cocoa, Beautiful Bordeaux and Bold in Black. In the palette, the colors are much lighter than expected. The pink is barely tinted, the cocoa looks almost gray, the bordeaux is a light purple and the black looks navy.
Even though the colors are not true to their descriptions, I do like the quality of the eyeshadows. They go on nice and smooth with a good amount of pigmentation. They are easily blendable and last a full 8 hours with a good eye primer.
As you can see, the eyeshadow colors look a lot different swatched than in the palette. I just wish the pink was more pink and that the black was actually black.
I can’t say that I would recommend this YBF Sultry Eyes and Lips collection solely because of the color issues. It’s not worth me returning this to HSN once they deduct for the return shipping so I’m going to keep it. However, I’ll never use the eye or lip liners. But I will use the lip gloss and eyeshadows even though the colors aren’t what I expected.
Available at HSN.