Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow

Chanel Swing Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.05 oz.) is medium-dark, navy blue with lighter blue sparkle over a frosted finish. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Inglot #428 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Bluebird (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to Chanel, the Soft Touch Eyeshadow formula can be used “dry for subtle shading” or “damped for more intense colour.” You know me, see a blue eyeshadow from a high-end brand and I just have to see if one of them will actually do it justice. It’s not winning any best-blue-eyeshadow-awards, as it could use improvement. Ultimately, the texture lacks that finely-milled, silky-smooth quality that I’d expect from this price point for a single eyeshadow. Chanel’s right on the money: it’s semi-sheer applied dry and tends to look uneven and a little patchy, as it is dry and the shimmer feels loose against the powder base, and damp application is semi-opaque and binds together better but tends to fade noticeably once it dries down. The color lasted seven hours on me before creasing, but I had fall out if I used it damp (dry didn’t have as many sparkles actually translate onto the lid).

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Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Swing (116)
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Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
4
Total
73%

Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice 4 Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twenty, new and limited edition eyeshadows, just in time to kick off a long, holiday season of palettes. If you have a great disdain for Urban Decay’s micro-glitter or sparkle, then I would avoid this palette like the plague; eleven shades have micro-glitter, per the brand, and one more has “tonal sparkle.” Some are noticeable in practice, other shades have less and most sparkles drop during application so there isn’t as much fall out during wear, but I would recommend an adhesive primer for best results and minimal fall out. If you have a lot of Urban Decay palettes, you may find that there is more overlap with past iterations (even though these are technically new!). There are some really great shades in this palette, like Underhand, Discreet, Harlot, and Robbery, but there are some duds, like Grip, Flame, Low, and Crowbar.

Bones is described as an “oyster satin with pearl.” It’s a light beige with cooler undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too thin or dry. It lasted for eight hours on me. Hourglass Graphite #5 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pure Bred #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Lancome Joie (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Jardin #2 (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Midnight 15 (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Buxom Satin Seduction (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #1 (P) is cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Air (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Grip is described as a “taupe matte with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a faded, medium taupe with warm, brown tones and light sparkle (more sparkle than glitter to me). It’s the type of sparkle where most of it gets lost and doesn’t adhere to the skin without some sort of adhesive base. It was firmer in texture with sheerer coverage and was one of the less easy-to-use shades in the palette. The color faded afters even and a half hours. MAC Stony (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Navy #5 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Adios (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever D-12 (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deadbeat is described as a “black satin with iridescent micro-glitter.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with cooler undertones and a smattering of iridescent teal shimmer. The texture was on the powdery side, but if you use a light touch, it is blendable on the eye without a lot of effort. It lasted for eight hours on me, and I didn’t notice any fall out. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Plumluxe #5 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Volcano Fairy Wren (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Charbon (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Oyster (Cream) (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Heraklion (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sugarpill Stella (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Smashbox Blackout (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Onyx (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Vice 4
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
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MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “rich plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Film Noir (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Sketch is one of the hardest blushes to blend out that I’ve ever encountered: it does not want to diffuse, even out, or otherwise look half-decent on the skin. Perhaps it is due to the incredibly dry, powdery consistency that drags across the skin’s surface and has that patchy, uneven coverage even as a swatch that results in an absolutely disastrous application. It seems quite pigmented, but it just doesn’t seem to go on well–even when I tried it over primer and with various brushes, I really couldn’t get decent results at all. The mess that I did make, however, seemed to wear for eight hours, so there’s that.

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MAC Powder Blush Sketch
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Product
4
Pigmentation
9
Texture
2
Longevity
8.5
Application
1.5
Total
56%

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Sneak Peek: Too Faced Stardust Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

Too Faced Stardust Eyeshadow Palette
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Too Faced Stardust Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette exclusively available at ULTA in collaboration with @vegas_nay. It contains twelve eyeshadows, and it is a predominantly warm-toned palette with shades that range from mostly matte white to terracotta brown to glittery gold. It also includes a travel-sized mascara, primer, and glitter pigment. Full review to come, but hope you enjoy this sneak peek!