Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

I thought coming up with a beautiful rainbow of hues might be a fun (and challenging!) theme to work under.  Of course, I took liberties with the concept of rainbow and added a few in-between shades to make a full list of ten.  I would love to see what your top ten shades are, in rainbow-order, so-to-speak! :)

  1. Urban Decay 69 — a bright, medium-dark red with cool undertones
  2. Zoya Amy — a fiery, gold-shimmered orange
  3. Sugarpill Buttercupcake — bright, matte yellow
  4. Illamasqua Fledgling — rich, grassy green with a matte finish
  5. OCC Man by Man — a metallic teal
  6. Urban Decay Radium — a medium blue with shimmer
  7. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a blue-purple with shimmer
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory — a bold, cool-toned purple
  9. Too Faced Lollipop — violet with fuchsia shimmer
  10. Dior Aventure (81) — because life isn’t complete without taupe

Share your favorites…  For bonus points, feel free to share picks for teal, violet, and taupe :)

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Dior Pastel Fontanges (234) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Pastel Fontanges (234) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Pastel Fontanges (234) Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.17 oz.) is another new and limited spring offering from Dior. I wish I could say it was more impressive than Dulcinee, but I was still disappointed.  The palette suffered from poorer color payoff and wear that lasted just over seven and a half hours (for most shades, though the blue was significantly faded by the seventh hour).  Like Dulcinee, the colors tend to look all the same once applied to the lid, so it loses a lot of versatility and usefulness as a result.

Pastel Fontanges #1 is a bright, metallic silver with cool undertones. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P) is darker. MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is more metallic. Guerlain Crazy Paris #3 (LE) is lighter. NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is also similar. See comparison swatches

Pastel Fontanges #2 is a pale, pastel blue with a white base and a frosted finish. It had sheer color payoff, though the texture was soft to the touch. It faded faster than the other shades did when worn. Guerlain Les Tendres #2 (LE) is less blue. Too Faced Joy (LE) is less blue. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. Maybelline Icy Mint (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Pastel Fontanges #3 is a sparkling, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-sheer, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. I didn’t have any fall out with this shade that I could see when I wore it. bareMinerals Presto (LE) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is similar. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more glittery. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is less glittery. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less glittery. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pastel Fontanges #4 is a medium-dark taupe with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, though it was easy to blend on the lid and applied smoothly for the most part. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is similar. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #4 (P, $21.00) is also similar. MAC Just Before Dawn (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Pastel Fontanges #5 is a pink-tinged, light peach with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to apply. It was the best performing shade in the palette. Laura Mercier Sparkling Dew (LE, $23.00) is less frosted. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC A Natural Flirt (LE, $19.50) is more golden, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Dior Dulcinee (324) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Dulcinee (324) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Dulcinee (324) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is new and limited edition for spring–and exclusive to Nordstrom. The colors look bolder at a glance than they perform on the eye. The darker, mint green looks more like a wash of very pale aqua green on the lid, even though I tried to pat and pack it on. Even the purple shade didn’t seem to hold up well; it just sheered out quickly and looked faded from the get-go. If you’re after a very, very soft, pastel-driven look, you may enjoy this palette. If you wanted the colors to look and perform exactly as they do in the pan on the eye, you’ll be disappointed. Overall, the eyeshadows lasted about seven hours before starting to fade (from what they looked like initially).

Dulcinee #1 is a pink-tinged beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Guerlain Les Tendres #1 (LE) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is warmer. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Phloof! (P, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Star Crystal (LE, $32.50) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #2 is a pale, pastel green with a pearly, golden sheen. It looked cool-toned in the pan, but it has a strong golden shimmer that makes it look more like a yellowed green. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly and evenly on the skin. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P) is darker. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is brighter, darker. MAC Zestful (LE, $19.50) is similar. Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 (LE) is also quite similar. See comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #3 is a glittering, sparkly silver with neutral undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s semi-sheer–mostly just something you’d use to layer glitter over another shade. This is the purpose of the center shade in these types of Dior palettes. The texture has an almost wet feel to it, and it adheres better than some other glittery eyeshadows. I had minor fall out after seven hours of wear. There’s no shortage of similar sparkly silver shades — see comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #4 is a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned, purple with a satin shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, but it sheers out quite quickly, and it doesn’t build up, so it looks more like a light purple on the lid. Too Faced Candied Violet (P) is cooler-toned, darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Poppycock (LE) is brighter. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is brighter. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm rem (P, $16.00) is warmer, smokier. See comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #5 is a blue-leaning, light-medium aqua with a satin finish. It seemed like it had decent pigmentation when I initially swatched it, but it blends and disappears very quickly on the lid! I’d apply it, then apply another color next to it, and it would look MIA after a couple of minutes. The texture was somewhat powdery as well. Disney by Sephora Blue Oasis (LE) is bluer, darker. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Sky Blue (P, $15.00) is bluer. Inglot #367 (P, $6.00) is greener, darker. Inglot #345 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Dior Celeste (121) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow
Dior Celeste (121) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow

As I mentioned in my review for Nocturne and Rosee, Dior released four shades under the Fusion Mono Matte formula for spring. According to Dior, the new formula is “soft” (presumably sheer) when applied with fingertips and then “bold” (presumably pigmented) when using an applicator “to reveal pure matte color.” It’s an interesting formula; it has a much drier feel once applied, but it’s not actually dry. The consistency isn’t quite as emollient as the regular range, but it’s not stiff or difficult to work with. They do not sheer out as readily as the more shimmery shades, though. It almost seems like putty in the jar–you could just shape it however you’d like. If you have any natural dryness on your lid or around your eye area, the texture can be unforgiving and will catch onto some of that dryness. All three wore well for nine hours and had minor fading after ten hours of wear.

Dior Celeste (121) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a cool-toned, lavender-pink with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it could be sheered out to semi-sheer color if desired. This shade seemed to be the least forgiving if you have any dryness on the lid (I have a little). bareMinerals Velvet Lavender (LE, $14.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Fantasie (641) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pinky-peach with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Of the three, this one didn’t sheer out as easily, though I didn’t have any trouble blending the edges out. Disney by Sephora Sebastian (LE) is very similar but is a powder. MAC Perky (LE, $18.00) is warmer, less pink. MAC Frisco (LE, $15.00) is slightly more beige and a powder. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is darker, pinker, powder. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is more beige, powder. See comparison swatches.

Mirage (761) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a neutral-to-warm-toned taupe brown with a matte finish. It had nice, opaque pigmentation and applied evenly. It was able to be sheered out to semi-opaque color coverage. If you’re looking for a cooler-toned version, might I suggest MAC Tailor Grey? (not a dupe!) bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker, powder. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is slightly grayer, powder. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is similar, powder. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is a touch cooler-toned, powder. Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $29.00) has a pink tinge to it, powder. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $29.00) is powder. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Dior Nocturne (091) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow
Dior Nocturne (091) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow

For spring, Dior’s released a new finish to their Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow range called Diorshow Fusion Mono Matte. They also released one additional shade of the range, Rosee, as a Nordstrom exclusive. This post is a review of Nocturne, which is from the Fusion Mono Matte range, and Rosee, as they’re both shimmery–Nocturne has a lot more in common with the original formula than the matte one. According to Dior, the new formula is “soft” (presumably sheer) when applied with fingertips and then “bold” (presumably pigmented) when using an applicator “to reveal pure matte color.”

Dior Nocturne (091) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a charcoal black with teal and silver micro-shimmer. Whether applied with fingertips or packed on with the mini brush (which seems like a flat, firm synthetic brush) or my own personal choice of brush (MAC 249), the color coverage was only buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation. If you like a softer, sheerer black cream eyeshadow with some shimmer, then this might be right up your alley.  Otherwise, I think you’ll be disappointed.  Though it’s part of the new matte formulation, it really felt like the original formula, and at most, it seemed more velvety in the dry down–less sparkly, too.  It wore well for nine hours before showing signs of faint creasing. Le Metier de Beaute Starry Night (P, $28.00) is warmer. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is a powder product. MAC Blacklit (LE, $18.50) is darker. MAC Black Diamond (LE, $16.50) is darker. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is darker, larger silver sparkle. Sugarpill Stella (P, $12.00) is a loose powder. See comparison swatches.

Dior Rosee (141) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a cool-toned, shimmering lavender with a hint of pink and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage when applied, but the consistency allowed for it to sheer out to a wash of sparkle if desired. This is really, really lovely applied and in-person–it just glimmers and catches light in a special way–but I admit, I was surprised that there are quite a few dupes for it. This shade lasted ten hours without fading or creasing on me with very minor fall out appearing around the eighth hour. MAC A Party of Pastels #3 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #1 (P) is slightly darker but similar. Kat Von D Arcadia (LE) is purpler, darker. CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is pinker, darker. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Marie-Galante #1 (LE, $24.00) is also darker. MAC Amethyst (P, $21.00) is more glittery. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel

For this spring, Dior’s released six limited edition shades of polishes, and I picked up three of the ones that were available at Nordstrom (I didn’t get Porcelaine). There is also Bouquet (available online at Sephora) and Bloom (I saw online at Saks). I wasn’t overly impressed by the three I chose, and I’m normally a fan of Dior’s polishes. Pampille was a milky disaster that applied unevely, looked almost goopy when applied (but wasn’t so thick that it was actually goopy), while Blossom was sheer and a little thick to work with. Perle was interesting, but it almost seemed too pigmented/densely packed with shimmer to be a really versatile top coat.

Dior Blossom (132) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a soft, pastel peachy-orange with muted, yellowed gold sparkle. It seems like it has an almost jelly-like finish, though it didn’t quite have that really plush, juicy texture/look of a true jelly polish. It was semi-sheer with noticeable nail line. I concede it’s possible this was intentional, since it is spring and pastel and sheer seem to be keywords that are rarely ignored during the season, but without an actual description that affirms (without one, expectations based on an online photo would be that it is like the rest of the range!), I err against giving the brand the benefit of the doubt (but if sheer is cool with you, then the rating breakdown would be 8.5, 10, 8.5, 9, 4.5). I don’t have a dupe for this, due to the translucency and shimmer content. NARS Wind Dancer (LE, $19.00) is a lot darker, more orange, and has no shimmer. MAC Sweet Pop (LE, $16.00) is a cream finish and more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) and MAC Life & Beth (LE, $16.00) are closer in color but are creams. Chanel June (LE, $27.00) has a slight plushness to the finish, but it is darker, more orange, no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Dior Perle (187) Vernis Nail Enamel ($25.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “matte pearly white with iridescent purple glimmer.” It’s an iridescent mix of lavender, fuchsia, and pink with a white-ish frosted matte finish. This is a matte top coat, though it’s fairly pigmented/dense so it’s not the most versatile top coat. I think it’s one that would work best on pinks and reds, as well as lighter shades in general. I tried it over black, which was all right, but it didn’t seem to work as well as I expected! I also tried it with just two coats over nails, and alone, it’s semi-sheer–but this a top coat, so that’s as expected. On its own, it wore well for five days on me (I normally get a week), and as a top coat, it wore a full week. MAC Frayed-to-Order was the only dupe I could think of, and it’s a bit whiter. See comparison swatches.

Dior Pampille (192) Vernis Nail Enamel ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a milky, mint-tinged white with iridescent green shimmer. The consistency was thicker, and it applied unevenly and showed streakiness on the nail. It was semi-opaque after two coats. Guerlain Star Dust (862) (LE, $23.00) is the only comparable shade I have, but it has more of a clear base than a milky one, so they end up looking quite different applied. See comparison swatches.

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