Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Ardency Inn Launches for Spring 2015
Ardency Inn Launches for Spring 2015

MODSTER Long Play Supercharged Lip Color (New, Permanent) ($25.00)

  • Whisper Nude pink beige with warm undertones
  • Kids in America Nude beige with slight pink undertone
  • Sweet Nothing Muted coral with warm undertones
  • Valentine Medium rosewood pink brown

MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner ($19.00)

  • Lemon Bright matte yellow
  • Grey Medium grey with slight red undertone
  • True Blue Matte electric blue
  • Jade Matte petrol green
  • Gold Metallic gold with brown undertone

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Monday, December 29th, 2014

Ardency Inn Holiday 2014 MODSTER Eyeliner Trio
Ardency Inn Holiday 2014 MODSTER Eyeliner Trio

Ardency Inn Holiday 2014 MODSTER Eyeliner Trio ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes three eyeliners. The formula is supposed to be long-wearing, richly pigmented, and “soft and creamy.” Only the gold shade is truly limited edition, as the black and blue shades are part of the permanent range (but will obviously run you more!). Each eyeliner in the set is the equivalent of a full-sized product, so the set is a value of $57. I liked them for how well and long they wore, and all three had decent or better color payoff. The Gold shade was the most unique to me, and at the price of $29 for three, it’s well-worth considering if you’re in need of eyeliners in these shades.

Gold is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with gold sparkle and shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency was creamy enough that it glided on and didn’t feel too waxy, so it went on evenly, but I could feel those sparkly bits slightly. The color wore well for nine hours before thinning. Sephora Collection Cappuccino (P, $9.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Cookie Crunch (P, $9.00) is less sparkly but similar in color. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black is an intense black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had really good pigmentation in a single pass, felt creamy but not too wet/slick, and lasted for nine hours on me. It is a basic shade, so there are plenty of similar shades out there–this is just another good one to keep in mind. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dark Blue is a bold, brightened cobalt blue with a matte finish. It had only so-so color payoff in one stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage in two layers. It’s incredibly vibrant on the lash line, and it did seem to improve in creaminess after two sharpenings, though it never tugged. It wore well for almost nine hours on me. L’Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) (P, $8.99) is very similar. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, bluer. Urban Decay Chaos (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

There are a few different types of gold–all fun and festive for the holiday season–and here are some of my recent favorites! I’d love to hear yours :)

  1. Makeup Geek Gold Digger — a frosted, orange gold
  2. Ulta Gold — a shimmery, yellow gold
  3. Ardency Inn Sunday — a light-medium gold with a metallic finish
  4. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow — a sparkly white gold
  5. Ardency Inn Heaven — a metallic, antique gold

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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Ardency Inn Copper MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Ardency Inn Copper MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Here are the last four shades of Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.). You can see the full range here if you missed any past reviews! :) I’ve been incredibly impressed by the texture, color payoff, and wear with the majority of the shades.

Ardency Inn Copper MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “bronze pearl with metallic gold.” It’s a rich, brightened copper with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The consistency was creamy, buttery, and smooth with intense color payoff. This shade still looked immacuate after ten hours of wear. This is an extremely dupable shade, though. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE) is less frosted. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is yellower. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is brrighter. LORAC Gold (P) is similar. Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is lighter. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Rose Gold MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “metallic rose with warm golden reflects.” It’s a warm-toned, golden plum with rose and mauve tones to it, and it has a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was excellent, while the texture was so soft and blendable. The color lasted for ten hours before showing signs of fading. I think this shade is harder to dupe, because it’s not quite brown, but it’s not pink or mauve. bareMinerals Catch Me If (P) is much cooler-toned but has a similar finish. NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is browner. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is brownre. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is pinker. MAC Smokeluxe #3 (P) is darker, browner. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is darker, browner. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less golden. Giorgio Armani #7 (P, $33.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Disco MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “sparkly smoky grape with silver reflects.” It’s a muted, medium-dark warm-toned purple with a frosted sheen and silver sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it had a creamier (almost wet-like) texture that was thinner than other shades in the range (but similar to Vintage Gold). It wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. MAC Plumluxe #3 (P) is lighter. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Pearled Earth (P, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Peacock MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “deep cool brown with extreme turquoise reflects.” It’s a reddish-brown base with a cool-toned, green-teal shimmer on top–it is a duochrome that we have seen often (pretty, though!). The quality is top notch with rich, intense pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. It lasted for ten hours on me. Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is greener. NARS Malacca (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.80) is greener. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is similar. MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is similar. (Also, consider MAC Blue Brown pigment, Too Faced Label Whore, etc.) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Ardency Inn Sunday MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Ardency Inn Sunday MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Here are the next four shades of the Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) that I’ve tested! I really loved and was impressed by all the shades except one, which was less pigmented, but the other three had fantastic color payoff, soft, buttery textures, and wore for ten hours before fading/creasing.

Ardency Inn Sunday MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “universal beige pearl with gold and pink undertones.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture had such a soft, buttery feel. It lasted for ten hours before lightly creasing. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is cooler-toned. Stila Vitality (P) is darker. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is darker. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is darker. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is more muted. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is slightly warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is a cream product. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is similar. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Creative Copper (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Heaven MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “metallic champagne with silver and bronze undertones.” It’s a neutral-to-cool toned, antique gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It was so intensely pigmented–a little goes quite a ways!–with a creamy, buttery texture that blends and applies well. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. NARS Kauai #1 (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Tinsel (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. bareMinerals Chart Topper (LE) is warmer, less shimmery. bareMinerals Gold Medal (P, $16.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Vintage Gold MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “sparkly khaki with warm gold reflects.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a sparkly, gold shimmer. The consistency of this shade has an almost wet-feel to it that is thinner but emollient on the skin, and while it is buildable, it was only semi-opaque. It lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly, and I did have a tiny bit of fall out over time. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is grayer. Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC A Harvest of Greens #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Sketchbook (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Hell MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “grey pearl with a slight red undertone.” It’s a dark, warm-toned taupe with reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was buttery and soft. It blended well, and it wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. Illamasqua Acute (P) is a cream product. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Nameless (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Lost (LE, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a new eyeshadow formula that’s supposed to have “superior color payoff” and “ultralong-lasting wear, even without an eye primer” due to “high-grade silicon waxes.” This is an impressive eyeshadow formula, particularly if you love your shimmery finishes! I will review all twelve shades in due time, but you can view swatches of all of them here. The shimmer finishes have an extraordinarily creamy, buttery, smooth texture with amazing color payoff. The satin/matte finishes are soft, finely-milled, but less creamy and a bit powdery, but they remained blendable and fairly easy to use. The pearly shades seemed almost wet in the pan with less intensity and a slightly thinner consistency than the more frosted shades. All of the shades below lasted for ten hours on me without creasing/fading. And can we just have a moment to admire Royal?

Also, the pans seem to be only held in by a magnet, so if you have a stronger magnet (to lift it out) or steady hands and tweezer, they do come out of the pan.

Updated on 8/26 at 9:03PM PST: Thanks to reader Tugce, who visited Ardency Inn’s website and noted the following was listed: “In the USA, do not use “Royal”, “Orchid”, “Tangerine” and “Punch” near the eyes.” This is information that really SHOULD be listed on Sephora.

Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “matte yellow orange with a neon kick.” It’s a brightened, yellowed orange with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety, though a smidgen powdery. It lasted for ten hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Acid #4 (P, $9.99) is a touch lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker. Inglot #122R Top (P, $6.00) is yellower. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Juiced (DC, $15.00) is yellower. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Orchid MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia with extreme blue reflects.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia-purple with cool, blue undertones and a bluish-violet shimmer-sheen. It had incredibly rich color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, lasted for ten hours, and was a dream to apply. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is more muted, lighter. Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $18.00) is more muted, less shimmery. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Boudoir (P) is more muted, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Punch MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “matte bright coral with neon pink and yellow undertones.” It’s a brightened, coral-red with a matte finish and warm undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was a little powdery, it was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend. It lasted for ten hours before fading. Makeup Geek Razzleberry (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. MAC Full of Flavour (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC More Amour (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Royal MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “royal purple with red undertones and slight blue reflects.” It’s an insanely intense, vibrant violet purple with cool, blue undertones and a soft, frosted finish. A little goes a very long way with this shade! The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, while it was easy to blend on the skin. It wore well for ten hours and still hadn’t faded/creased. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is lighter. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is more muted. Urban Decay Ransom (DC, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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