Monday, June 18th, 2012

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Azure Iris (prismatic lavender) and Golden Iris (illuminating amber). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

Azure Iris is a subdued lavender with a very, very faint golden sheen. I wouldn’t describe it as prismatic. While it’s not as interesting on the surface, I don’t really have anything like it. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is brighter and frostier. MAC Beautiful Iris is a little more vibrant and cooler in tone. The texture is soft to the touch, and it applies smoothly against the skin.

Golden Iris is a light-medium tangerine orange with a golden orange shimmer-sheen. It has good color payoff and applies very smoothly. Chanel Tigerlily is darker, more orange. bareMinerals Nirvana is lighter, almost pink-tinted. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is more copper. Milani Bronze Doll is darker.

The texture of both shades is a little thinner, drier compared to most of the other duos in the range. As a result, they are slightly on the powder side–so be gentle with your brush when you go to use these so you don’t kick up a lot of excess powder.  Both shades are nicely pigmented and extremely easy to blend.  When I tested the wear of the duo, these lasted for eight hours with minor fading along the edges without a primer, and then a full eight hours with no noticeable fading with a primer.

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bareMinerals The Phenomenon Ready Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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I think the color combination is a little unexpected! The lavender shade was surprisingly difficult to dupe, too, which I definitely appreciate!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 15th, 2012

bareMinerals The Last Call Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Last Call Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Last Call Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Last Call Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: On the Rocks (blueberry) and Shaken Not Stirred (jeweled navy). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

On the Rocks is a vibrant purple-blue with a blue iridescence. The finish is mostly matte, aside from the subtle iridesent shimmer. It’s a pretty spectacular color–I don’t really have anything like it that I can think of. MAC Cobalt is darker, bluer, which is the same issue with MAC Royale–so much darker, much bluer. The texture of this shade was silky soft, and it applied smoothly, evenly, and had good color payoff.

Shaken Not Stirred is a blackened navy blue with subtle navy blue shimmer. MAC Lunar is a little lighter/bluer. MAC Shop & Drop is similar but has finer shimmer. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx is very similar in color. The texture was a bit drier than the formula is in general, but it wasn’t too dry. It yielded good color payoff.

I can’t get over the awesomeness that is On the Rocks; it’s so vibrant! It’s blue, it’s purple, it’s iridescent–such a complex, lovely color to see.  The navy blue of Shaken Not Stirred certainly complements On the Rocks, so the two can be worn together for a bright, navy smoky eye.  Both shades wear really well; a solid eight hours over bare lids (but some fading after nine hours), and absolutely no problems even after ten hours when worn over a primer.  Shaken Not Stirred could be a little bit softer/denser in texture, to make it a real knock out, but it applies intensely and blends out fairly easily despite the drier texture.

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bareMinerals The Last Call Ready Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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I can't get over the awesomeness that is On the Rocks; it's so vibrant! It's blue, it's purple, it's iridescent--such a complex, lovely color to see. The navy blue of Shaken Not Stirred certainly complements On the Rocks, so the two can be worn together for a bright, navy smoky eye.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 11th, 2012

bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Stealth (apricot chiffon) and Undercover (glistening granite). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

Stealth is a soft, pastel orange (very much the apricot they describe) with a satiny finish. The texture is soft, dense, and buttery, which resulted in excellent color payoff. MAC Orb is more beige. Inglot #330 is lighter, yellower. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is slightly darker. bareMinerals Nirvana is more orange and frosted.

Undercover is a dark, steely taupe–very gray with a hint of brown and almost plum undertones. The texture is still soft but not as dense as Stealth. It has great pigmentation. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 is similar, slightly darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is darker and browner. MAC Keep Your Cool is very similar. Giorgio Armani #4 is browner. Chanel Illusoire is more frosted.

It’s an interesting color combination; Stealth is very warm-toned, while Undercover has strong gray tones, so it is a cooler color. They can work together, but it’s not as classic of a combination (which isn’t a bad thing!).  Both shades applied beautifully, and they were easy to blend on the eyes.  When I tested the wear, I was able to get eight hours of wear with and without a primer; there was some minor fading around the very edges after nine hours when worn without a primer.  bareMinerals’ duos are some of the best eyeshadows on the market.

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bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Ready Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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Bare Escentuals' duos are some of the best eyeshadows on the market, and this is one of the top duos they've come out with, as far as quality goes. The taupe shade--Undercover--is sure to win a lot of people over, but it is more dupeable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

5 Wearable Medium Brown Eyeshadows

Not so into really rich, dark browns (of which there are many to choose from!) — not to worry: here are five lighter shades that still have plenty of color. These shades work well on the lid as well as in the crease!

  1. Benefit Dandy Brandy — Medium-dark warm brown with a golden sheen
  2. Bare Minerals Namaste Eyeshadow — medium brown with a gray tinge
  3. MAC Wedge — medium brown with a satiny sheen
  4. Urban Decay YDK — medium warm brown with red undertones
  5. MAC Texture — warm, orange-toned medium brown with a pearly sheen

What’s your favorite medium brown eyeshadow? How do you incorporate it into a look?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Suspense (natural stone) and Awe (violet woods). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

Suspense is is a light-medium gray-beige with a matte finish. It’s a lighter taupe, mushroom-y kind of color. The color payoff is excellent, and the texture is soft, dense, and rich without being powdery. Guerlain Les Gris is lighter and shimmery. I was surprised when I wasn’t able to think of any other dupes!

Awe is a cool-toned, ultra dark purple with hints of teal and silver shimmer. It’s almost a blackened-purple, but there’s not enough darkness there (which isn’t a bad thing–blackened colors often lose the color nuance once applied). The pigmentation is good, but it’s not perfect–the texture is a smidgen on the drier side, especially compared to many of the other shades within the formula. bareMinerals Daring is similar but more intense, a little more purple. MAC Indigo Noir is purpler, less gray.

These two shades together aren’t quite as complementary as a lot of the other duos the brand has released. They certainly work together, but for whatever reason, it’s just not as effortless.  I think it might be the beige-ness of Suspense that makes it more difficult.  I love the texture and feel of Suspense, and it’s such a lovely, versatile neutral matte shade to work with. Awe applies fine, but you might need to go back to darken the area you applied it to.  I did have a little fading with Awe after eight hours (without a primer–no fading when used over a primer) as well.

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bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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The quality of the duo is good, but it isn't as good as many of the other duos available. I really love how versatile Suspense is--I could see that being a go-to shade for a lot of people.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 24th, 2012

bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Page Six (sandy pink sheen) and Most Requested (burgundy sparkle). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

Page Six is a warm strawberry pink with subtle golden shimmer and a frosted, metallic sheen. It’s soft, smooth, and opaque in color. MAC Rose Light is pinker, not as yellow-toned. Lancome Kitten Heel is a smidgen lighter and has a stronger golden sheen. Inglot #399 is darker. Giorgio Armani #7 is darker, less pink.

Most Requested is a red-toned medium-dark brown with burgundy tones. It also has subtle sivler and ruby sparkle. It has mostly opaque color coverage and applies smoothly. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is a little lighter and browner. bareMinerals Kismet is very similar, perhaps a touch browner, and doesn’t have sparkle. Chanel Ebloui is darker.

I’m a huge, huge fan of the Ready Eyeshadows.  The formula is soft, dense, and feels almost creamy, and it applies smooth as silk against the skin, whether over a primer or on bare lids. I get a full eight hours of wear without creasing or fading when I wear the formula on bare lids or over a primer, so it’s great to have that versatility. The 15 Minutes works together, which is always nice, though they are easily used alone or with other eyeshadows you have in your stash. Most Requested has noticeable sparkle, so there is some fall out during application and the majority of the sparkle doesn’t translate onto the lid (gets lost somewhere between the brush and the lid).

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The 15 Minutes works together, which is always nice, though they are easily used alone or with other eyeshadows you have in your stash.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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