Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick Sleek Sunset Eyeshadow Palette Inglot #434 Marc Jacobs Th(ink) Giorgio Armani #701 Giorgio Armani #701 NARS Taj Mahal Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion Fyrinnae Parental Advisory OCC Jubilee Illamasqua Stranger

October is a time that reminds me to be brave; to not be afraid of bold, unusual colors. Halloween is an often excuse to play with color in ways we’ve never felt comfortable doing so the rest of the year, but it also serves as a great reminder to: experiment more. play more. go outside of our comfort zone. embrace the unknown. thirst for something different. These are a few of my favorite more unique and unusual shades that I’ve come across, and I hope you’ll share your own unusual finds with me!

  1. Illamasqua Apocalips is a vivid, medium-dark blue-teal with a matte finish. I love the unusual color, but what I love even more is that it still applies and wears fairly well. It’s definitely a show-stopping color!
  2. Sleek Sunset Palette is a budget-friendly palette that’s top-to-bottom fantastic. No duds in the bunch; not only is this a feat for an eyeshadow palette in general, but to do so at under $15? It’s quite unusual!
  3. Inglot #434 is a cool-toned, purplish taupe–a glorious mix of purple, gray, and brown for something infinitely complex, bold but neutral.
  4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Th(ink) is a bold, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly shimmer that really opens up the eye–and it is a shade that had many, many readers asking, “What are you wearing?” Purple eyeliners that can be applied with opaque, rich color are hard to come by, but Th(ink) makes a strong case for one that does.
  5. Giorgio Armani #701 is a cool-toned, sheer bluish-purple gloss filled with blue and violet shimmer. It’s very intriguing on its own, but it can be layered over lipstick for a different look.
  6. NARS Taj Mahal is bold, bright, but not totally over-the-top, and it’s more of a tangerine than a full-on orange with red tones, so it has more golden, yellowy undertones.
  7. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion is a warm, buttery yellow with a cream finish–and lo and behold, it applies beautifully. It’s practically a unicorn among polish!
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory is a bold, bright, royal purple like I haven’t seen before. It’s so vibrant and pigmented–if you are a fiend for purple eyeshadow, it is a must-have.
  9. OCC Jubilee is a pale, aqua-green with a blue-purple duochrome. It’s metallic, shimmering, and reflective. I love the way the color shifts as you move, as it is layered over other products, and will lean one way or another depending on what is paired with.
  10. Illamasqua Stranger is a green-ish gold gloss with a high-shine finish, lots of metallic shimmer, and it is a shade that changes as you move.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for October in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The one color that always tugs at my heart-strings is molten gold–that really rich, warm, almost orange-toned, shade of gold. It’s deep, rich, and pure luxury to me. I have so many favorites, but here are five permanent picks from me! (But Urban Decay Honey Eyeliner will always be a shade I miss desperately.)

  1. Inglot #430 — a rich, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic sheen–this eyeshadow has an incredible texture
  2. OCC Triptych — a vibrant, metallic gold for your lips (but if full intensity isn’t your thing, try it patted over a burgundy or red!)
  3. NARS Iskandar — a phenomenally pigmented cream eyeliner/eyeshadow with a gorgoeus finish
  4. Fyrinnae Aztec Gold — an intensely pigmented, dirty gold–I thought I’d throw one in that wasn’t quite as warm-toned that still held a lot of depth
  5. Sephora Girls Night Out — a rich, warm-toned gold with an orange-brown undertone and a frosted finish

Do you have any shades of molten gold?

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow ($9.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink-purple with gold shimmer and sparkle highlight.” It’s a plummy purple with gold shimmer and sparkle. It had good color payoff applied dry as well as over Pixie Epoxy. The texture was fairly soft, though it had quite a bit of sparkle, so it wasn’t perfectly smooth. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 is darker, more plum. Buxom Schnauzer is similar, slightly more muted. OCC Overlook is darker. Inglot #445 is similar but less gold shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Meerkat Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.07 oz.) is the original (and loose) version of this shade. I did find there to be a noticeable and significant color difference between the pressed and loose versions. The loose version is purpler–less plum, less warm-toned. The loose version is nicely pigmented, though, and it also applied more smoothly than the pressed version. Dior Lilas Mitzah is purpler, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Hysteric is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Both shades wore well without creasing or fading over an eight-and-a-half-hour period without any primer; and I had similar wear when I used it with Pixie Epoxy (which isn’t a primer). I noticed slight fall out over time with both shades when worn without Pixie Epoxy, but there was just a couple of stray sparkles when applied over Pixie Epoxy.  Neither pressed or loose is listed as long-wearing and are recommended to be worn with primer and Pixie Epoxy to maximize wear.

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Saturday, September 14th, 2013

I love a good purple, but a good purple isn’t always easy to be found–especially in eyeliner or eyeshadow form, as they are often less pigmented, but these are all shades that are full of pigment!

  1. Illamasqua Jo’mina — a brightened, lavender purple with a cream finish for tips and toes
  2. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory — a rich, vibrant cool-toned purple with a frosted finish for eyes
  3. Milani Perfect Purple — a shimmery purple eyeliner that won’t let you down
  4. Make Up For Ever #92 — a bold purple with a matte finish — famous for a reason
  5. Zoya Suri — a metallic-shimmered violet purple for tips and toes

What’s the brightest/most vibrant purple you own?

Friday, September 6th, 2013

This post is inspired by today being National Wear Teal Day, which is a day to help raise awareness for ovarian cancer, and it was brought to my attention particularly by Laura Mercier. The brand has a history of raising awareness and supporting women with ovarian cancer through the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund as well as on the cosmetic side, the brand also donates 100% of the profits of three of their products towards the cause.

I, of course, need little push to wear teal, as it is one of my favorite colors, but today, teal has more meaning. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women (per Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, which has a great infographic here) and only 15% of cases are detected early, which is a key reason for raising awareness, particularly of potential symptoms and risk factors. You can learn more about early detection here.

Here are my five favorites right now:

  1. Urban Decay Deep End — a bluish-teal with a frosted finish
  2. Zoya Giovanna — a shimmering teal with a slight green tint
  3. Fyrinnae Gender Bent — a brightened teal with a soft pearl finish
  4. Illamasqua Apocalips — to really make a statement, a matte teal lipstick
  5. Inglot #338 — a deep, blue-teal with a matte finish

What’s your favorite teal?

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “lush, metallic golden green with a touch of green sparkle throughout.” It’s a rich, medium-dark molten gold with strong yellow and brown undertones and a subtle green micro-shimmer. It was mostly opaque applied with a damp brush or applied over Pixie Epoxy. Fyrinnae Aztec Gold is more metallic and slightly greener. Too Faced Instigator is more golden. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #5 is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 is glittery. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. NARS Paramaribo #1 is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is warmer, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is a cream product, lighter. Inglot #433 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Wicked Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep, dark purple with turquoise shimmer.” It’s a rich, dark pink-toned purple base with teal shimmer. It’s very interesting and complex, and I don’t have anything quite like this that I can recall. The downside is that it feels somewhat dry, and it didn’t apply as smoothly or as evenly as many other Fyrinnae eyeshadows have for me. It seemed to be an eyeshadow that applied differently every time I tried it.

Biker Chic Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “turquoise-blue sparkle on a deep black base.” It’s a cool-toned, dark black base color with blue-teal shimmer. Applied dry, it is blacker with only a smattering of shimmer, but applied over Pixie Epoxy, then the shimmer is much more apparent. The texture is very finely-milled, but it’s definitely a shade that it is easier blended when it is dry than wet or used over Pixie Epoxy, as it tends to stick slightly. I thought it was best when applied over Pixie Epoxy to maximize the shimmer, and then going over it the edge lightly with dry product to blend. Sephora Midnight Swim isn’t black-based. Milani Mix It Up is greener. MAC Magic Spell is darker, less blue/teal. See comparison swatches.

When I wore these three together, I had had slight fading with Wicked after seven hours but the other shades did not show any signs of wear (no primer but over Pixie Epoxy). Over a primer (and Pixie Epoxy), I still saw some fading with Wicked, but it wasn’t until eight and a half hours, while the other shades continued to remain strong and crease-free.

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