Sunday, July 20th, 2014

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadows for Fall 2014
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadows for Fall 2014

READY Eyeshadow 2.0 ($20.00)

  • The Magic Touch Presto (cool champagne sheen) + Flicker (antique bronze)
  • The Covert Affair Air (satin taupe) + Catch Me (rich mauve)
  • The High Society Waltz (soft pink taupe) + Debutante (blushing nude)
  • The Big Debut Future (sunset pink) + Center Stage (deep plum)
  • The Hollywood Ending Promise (creamy beige) + Dazzle (midnight teal)
  • Guilty Pleasures Shhh… (apricot nectar) + Yes Please (cinnamon brown shimmer)

READY Eyeshadow 4.0 ($30.00)

  • The Designer Label Ball Gown (nude sheen) + Tres Chic (apricot creme) + Elitist (glistening olive) + Couture (glimmering clove)
  • The Good Life Opulence (shimmering cream) + North (icy pearl) + Priceless (heathered smoke) + Blackout (black smoke)
  • The Comfort Zone Ahhh (blushing ivory) + Solace (honey beige) + Enjoy (rosy nude) + Tranquil (soft stone)

Availability: Now at bareMinerals, Nordstrom, Beauty.com

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

bareMinerals Comfort Zone Ready Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals Comfort Zone Ready Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Comfort Zone Ready Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a QVC-exclusive palette that features four, more neutral-themed shades. I wish there was at least one more contrasting, darker shade in this, because the light-medium nature of all four makes them run together on the lid. The quality is fairly good, though not a slam dunk (and many of bareMinerals’ quads are), but I don’t think this is as versatile as it could be–I tried a few different pairings/combinations, and they were all very similar once applied. If it’s the type of look you wear all the time, I think it would be worth checking out, but if you want to have a few combinations at the ready (ha, ha), this one might not be the right match for you.

Aaah is described as a “blushing ivory.” It’s a brightened, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly soft, finely-milled, and buttery without being powdery with intense color. It wore well for ten hours on me before fading. MAC Flounce (P, $15.00) is darker. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Light Pink (P) is darker. theBalm Matt Chung (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Douce France #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Solace is described as a “honey-beige.” It’s a muted, yellowed beige with a satin finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft and smooth. On me, the color lasted for ten hours. theBalm #29 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Burberry Pale Nude #3 (P) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Enjoy is described as a “rosy nude.” It’s a muted, light-medium peach with a satin finish and warm undertones. It had good pigmentation, and while the texture was blendable and soft, it was slightly powdery. This shade showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, pinker. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Peace (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tranquil is described as a “soft stone.” It’s a light, gray-leaning taupe with a satin sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was sheerer than the other shades. The texture was soft without being powdery, while the color lasted for nine and a half hours on me. Dior Rivage #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #3 (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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The Comfort Zone

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Aaah

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Solace

A-

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

I love colorful eyeshadows, and there have been some interesting palettes that have released over the years! If you’re in the market for something that’s not just neutrals, you may want to check out some of these. Too Faced Pretty Rebel and Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren both deserve honorable mentions; two of my favorites, but they are limited edition. I try to make these lists stand the test of time and avoid limited edition inclusions, but at this moment, both palettes are still available for purchase if they interest you. For now :)

  1. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry — a set of four, cool-toned shades
  2. bareMinerals The Elements — beige, orange, green, and blue for a particularly unique color combination
  3. Urban Decay Electric — for bold, bright near-neons
  4. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical — if you love purple, this one’s for you
  5. Sleek Sunset — bright golds, yellows, and coppers
Saturday, June 28th, 2014

With so many neutral palettes available these days, it can be hard to keep them all straight! These are my current favorites that are permanent…

  1. Urban Decay Naked — the original is still a go-to for travel for me, though I love Naked2 and Naked3 as well
  2. LORAC Pro Palette — 16 shades of neutrals from matte to shimmer
  3. Chanel Raffinement — smokier, cooler neutrals
  4. bareMinerals The Truth — cooler-toned, darker neutrals
  5. LORAC Unzipped — warm, shimmery pinks, browns, and bronzes
Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look
Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look

I haven’t done a smoky eye in awhile, so I wanted to try it with some of the products I had tested recently as well as with some shades I’ve worked with in the past. Then, I wanted to experiment with pairing a warmer lip with a smoky eye, as my typical go-to is something cooler-toned, like a rosy beige or more bubblegum-like pink.

Eyes

I first applied Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and blended upwards over the tear duct, towards the brow bone. Then, I patted on Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow to the center of the lid to brighten and create a gradient towards the outer lid. I used Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow to darken the outer corner and crease, which created a smoky effect. I softened the crease color’s edge by applying Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone. I defined the lower water line with Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I used bareMinerals Skinny Dip Eyeshadow smudged on the lower lashine.

Face

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation (002 and 003) set with Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. I applied Stila Kitten All-Over Shimmer on the tops of cheek bones.

Lips

I applied Guerlain Gaetane Rouge G Lipstick all over the lips, and then I topped it off with Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss for added shimmer and shine.

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Sunday, June 1st, 2014

bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of shades for summer. I came across this on QVC when I bought The Nude Beach palette. According to bareMinerals, it was inspired by the coast of Northern California. All four shades had a muted quality to them, which made them appear more muddied applied to the lid than anticipated, and the somewhat powdery texture of the shades seemed to compound this problem. It’s an interesting set of shades, but the texture of these really needs the help of a primer, which would help the color adhere better to the skin. I packed and packed Sea Glass on like no tomorrow but really couldn’t get it to appear as it does in the pan. bareMinerals’ Ready formula is one of my favorites, because it is very, very pigmented, applies beautifully without primer, and wears long without fading or creasing, but this quad fell so short compared to other palettes and quads.

Pacific Sands is described as a “sunlit sand.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was slightly powdery. This shade wore well for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is yellower. Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sea Glass is described as a “jade shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, muted green-gray with a matte finish. It seemed to have good color payoff when I swatched it, but the powdery texture made it difficult for it to actually stay on the skin–it was very prone to sheering out with the merest touch of the brush. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Velvet Emerald (LE, $14.00) is much greener and less gray (not really dupe, but it was the only other closest one besides Earth!). bareMinerals Earth (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Coast is described as a “radiant copper.” It’s a muted, yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a bit thinner and less buttery compared to most shades in the Ready formula. This shade stayed on without fading for nine hours. This shade doesn’t blend as well with the other three shades, possibly because of the difference in finish. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold (P) is similar. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Sweet & Sour #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Barefoot (LE, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $28.50) is lighter. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tide Pool is described as a “shimmering coal.” It’s a dark, cool-toned brown with a gray edge and a satiny finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery while wearing for almost ten hours before showing signs of fading. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Perspective (LE) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Beluga (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Mystery (P, $15.00) is slightly warmer. bareMinerals Undercover (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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palette

The Glass Beach

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Pacific Sands

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sea Glass

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Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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