Saturday, April 3, 2010

Review: Medusa's Makeup Part 2 Glitter, The Fix, Eyeliner Sealant

Medusa's Makeup is a mineral makeup company that specialises in bright colours. I've always been on the quest for bright and exciting colours and Medusa was the first one I tried. This review will be split into parts. This is part 2; if you have read Part 1 you can skip to Product and Results.
What They Sell
Coverage: Yeah, Right!? Image from their website
Medusa's Makeup sell bright makeup in loose pigments (which they call eye dusts), pressed eyeshadows, glitter, body powder, foundation, blush, eye primer, glitter primer, eyeliner sealant, lip gloss, brushes, eyeliner, bags, brush cleaner, other Medusa branded gifts, and recently mascara which was not there at the time I purchased.

Serious Photoshopping? Image from their website.
Their website is bright and eye catching with most of the links on the left side. At the time eye dusts, glitter and eyeshadows came up separately on their own category, not under eyes. The company spends a great deal of effort creating an image for itself. The shopping cart comes up in a new window from paypal which can be confusing for first time users as it updates itself separately and you don't see it happen. Paypal is still a very convenient way to pay for those who don't want to pay directly with their bank accounts.

What I Bought
Top - Eyeliner Sealant, Left - The Fix, Right - Glitter
(Prices in US dollars)


  • Eye dusts in Big Bird, Purple Rain and Wasabe - $6 each
  • Eyeshadow in Electro Red - $9 each
  • Foundation in Geisha with Kabuki Brush - $16
  • Eyeliner sealant - $8
  • Glitter in Abracadabra - $6
  • The Fix - $6
  • The whole lipgloss collection - $45 (special deal)

This is part 2 and I'll be reviewing The Fix, glitter and eyeliner sealant. If you haven't read part one you can read it here.

The Product and Results
Pictures of glitters from their website
The glitters are supposed to be bright and colourful, are loose in a plastic jar without sifter and reasonably filled. The site has conflicting reports of the weight of the glitters; one said 2 grams net weight and another says 3.5 gram net weight. The actual weight listed on the glitter is 3 grams, 3 different weights! Most of the glitters are synthetic but some are mineral derived. Medusa's Makeup claim that "Our glitter powders are the finest glitters available, they are truly like fairy dust!"
The ingredients are: acrylic copolymer, aluminum copolymer.
  • Abracadabra is a jet black but does not sparkle much.
I found that the glitter particles are round but are much larger than other glitters I've come across which would mean that their claims are false. There is no confirmation on whether they are eye safe and the disparity between different pages on the site of the weight and the actual weight listed on the product might suggest that the site is not properly updated and managed. I could not get it on my eyes to anywhere near the coverage in the pictures on their site (which was quite disappointing), even using their own glitter base, and I doubt any normal person would without having to empty half the jar. I think the reason for this failure lies in the particle size and would perform better at a smaller particle size.
Left without The Fix, Right with The Fix
The Fix is an all natural wax adhesive for glitter. After a bit of research it seems that it is all natural. It claims to be 2 grams net weight and comes in the same jar as the glitters and eye dusts.
The ingredients are: Castor Seed Oil, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Olive Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycine Soybean Lipds, Lauryl Laurate, Carnauba Wax, Candilla Wax.
The Fix
You have to apply this with your fingers which seems very unhygienic and messy and it clogs up your brushes when applying the glitter. I found it did little to keep the Medusa glitter on as said above on the glitters section, which is a great disappointment. However, I used this with Aromaleigh glitters which have finer particles and found that they created better coverage.

ALERT! : Just figured something out - I was a bit suspicious with the ingredients as they seemed familiar. I checked and found out that "The Fix" has the same ingredients used in "TKB's Lip Balm Base" and "TKB's Lipstick Base" (Ingredients include: Castor Seed Oil, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Olive Fruit Oil, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glycine Soybean Lipids, Lauryl Laurate, Carnauba Wax, Candillia Wax.). This is not to say that they are using TKB or repackaged but I'm really questioning if it is repackaged and that a label might just have been slapped on to a lip balm which would be a different to the intended use as a glitter fix. This might explain why The Fix does not work well as its intended use. You might even be able to use it on your lips (oh dear!).
Eyeliner Sealant
The eyeliner sealant is a liquid meant to turn their eye dusts and eyeshadow into eyeliner or paint. It is vegan and the ingredients are: water, VP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. It is supposed to be 0.67 fl. oz./20 ml on the website and on the bottle.

I've tried it as eyeliner and although it does the job of making eye dust into a paste and is easy to apply, I doubt that it works that much better than ordinary water as it cracks off during the day. The size is tiny! Again this has put me off as the height isn't longer than my finger and the lid takes nearly a third of the size. $8 is a bit too much because of that.

Would I buy these products again?
The glitter particle size, differences in weight, The Fix that could be a lip balm, as well as having alternatives in brand means that I would not purchase these products again. There are many other alternatives out there that perform equally if not better and all the inconsistencies in the site and throughout the products does 'smell a bit fishy'. It also is inconvenient that no samples can be bought: Medusa's Makeup's explanation being that it is to keep costs down but other companies are able to have samples and keep their prices competitively.

Look out for part 1 and 3, and the combined post!

Love, Porcelaine.

6 comments:

  1. Gosh! I'm glad I never bought from them now... Thanks for this review!

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  2. @ cacau: no problem! but don't completely put it out of the question. i have part 3 i have yet to post which you'll see soon. it's a bit more positive than the other 2 parts of the review i've done.

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  3. Thank goodness my card didn't go through, i was just about to spend $80 until i started reading...Thanks alot i just saved myself $80..

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  4. chill out omg git good use a brush for the fix the glitter particles are that big to catch and reflect light u gotta chill out

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