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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Sunday

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10/10

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Heaven

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10/10

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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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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

MODSTER Mānuka Honey Enriched Pigments come in a beautiful assortment of everyday and editorial shades with finishes ranging from matte to metallic. Each shade was inspired by the lifestyle of music artists who use makeup as a way of expression on stage and look effortlessly beautiful off stage.

Superior color payoff is achieved through sky-high levels of pigments reaching up to 78 percent depending on the shade. High-grade silicon waxes provide ultralong-lasting wear, even without an eye primer.

MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Sunday Universal beige pearl with gold and pink undertones
  • Heaven Metallic champagne with silver and bronze undertones
  • Copper Bronze pearl with metallic gold
  • Rose Gold Metallic rose with warm golden reflects
  • Tangerine Matte yellow orange with a neon kick
  • Punch Matte bright coral with neon pink and yellow undertones
  • Disco Sparkly smoky grape with silver reflects
  • Orchid Bright fuchsia with extreme blue reflects
  • Royal Royal purple with red undertones and slight blue reflects
  • Peacock Deep cool brown with extreme turquoise reflects
  • Hell Grey pearl with a slight red undertone
  • Vintage Gold Sparkly khaki with warm gold reflects

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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder
Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder

Ardency Inn Purple Hearts Modster Light-Catching Eye Powder ($32.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “black pigments with pink, peach, and violet reflects.” It’s a blackened purple with bluish-violet and pink sparkle (I didn’t really see the peach), and it has a satiny sheen with some loose sparkle. NARS Tatar (P, $25.00) is similar but a cream product. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is purpler, brighter. MAC Black Poodle (LE, $21.00) is blacker. bareMinerals Daring (P) is similar but less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Applied dry, it was very sheer and almost looked dry. Applied with a damp brush, it was much more pigmented and appeared smoother, but it still lacked some of the intensity you’d expect from a loose eye color when used damp. The texture was finely-milled but not totally smooth as it did have some larger sparkle/shimmer in it. When I applied it, the shadow lasted without creasing for eight hours but was somewhat faded after seven hours and I had some light fall out overall.

I’m not in love with the packaging: I had tremendous issues with it leaking pigment everywhere and anywhere, even after totally cleaning it, twisting back the cap on (tightly!), it still would shake loose a lot of product that would sit above the rim but underneath the lid, which would spill everywhere. I’m also not sure how feasible getting to the bottom of the jar will be with a brush (my MAC 239 didn’t really fit inside the hole). I don’t know if the one I received malfunctioned or not, but if not, I wouldn’t recommend this based on the packaging alone. It was really quite a mess and there’s not a lot of product in there that you can afford to waste.  I’d love to hear from any readers who may have tried this to find out if they had any issues with the packaging!

Also, a side note (no impact on the rating)… Holy wow! at the price tag relative to the rest of the range. I’m no stranger to a luxury price point, but when the lipsticks are $25 and eyeliners are $19, I’m not expecting to see a $32 eyeshadow. I think it is over-priced, based on the pricing of the rest of the line.

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Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner
Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner

Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright matte green.” It’s a medium, grassy green with subtle yellow undertones and a matte finish. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is yellower. Aveda Jade Vine (P, $16.00) is more muted, yellower. Urban Decay Freak (P, $19.00) is a lot lighter. MAC Emerald Sea (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Landscape Green (P, $19.00) is the closest, but it isn’t safe for the water line. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be “creamy,” “waterproof,” “long-lasting,” and “supercharged with pure pigments.” It has decent to good color payoff in a single stroke, but it layers really well to rich, opaque color in two passes. The consistency is lightly creamy–enough that it glides across the lash line without skipping or tugging but not so much that it quickly smudges or never sets. It didn’t run or smudge when it came in contact with water, and it wore well for nine and a half hours on me with very faint thinning at the end of the day.

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