Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Top 10 of 2011: Eyeshadow Palettes

The idea of picking a mere ten fantastic products for the entire eye category (which, as I’m sure you’re aware, I have a great love for) was borderline absurd. I could not resist breaking it out a bit more :)

  1. Bare Escentuals The Playlist Eyeshadow Palette (plus lots of love for the Ready formula in general!)
  2. Tarina Tarantino Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes
  3. theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette
  4. theBalm Cast Your Shadow Palette
  5. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette
  6. Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette
  7. Chanel Topkapi Eyeshadow Quad
  8. Inglot Eyeshadow Palettes
  9. Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope
  10. theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3

What was your favorite eyeshadow palette this year?

Monday, November 21st, 2011


Holiday Gift Guide: Must-Have Beauty Products for Eyes

I’m going to do my best to crank out the last few gift guides in the next day, because I know a lot of sales are coming up for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, and I don’t want you to miss out! These are all products I personally recommend that are part of the permanent range. Products are listed in order of ascending price!

Eyeliners

  • Milani Liquif’Eye Eyeliners ($5.49) is a standout formula with a wallet-friendly price tag–if they had a bigger range, they’d be even better. I love their Black and Aqua shades.
  • MAC Fluidlines ($15) is a long-time favorite, because it’s creamy enough for smooth, crisp application but sets and wears well. My favorite is Blacktrack.
  • Tarina Tarantino Dream Hyperliners ($15) are a newly-discovered favorite with a fantastic color range, rich color, and long-wear. My favorite shades have been Sparkling Ammunition and Puppeteer.
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Liners ($18) also has an amazing range of shades as well as finishes, and this is an eyeliner that stays on well throughout the day. I regularly reach for shades like #4L, 5L, 12L, and 20L.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencils ($18) are a total go-to for me! They have a full color range available, and they’re soft and glide on easily. Some of my favorites are Bourbon Covet, Graffiti, Mildew, Rockstar, Stash, and Underground.
  • Stila Smudgestick Waterproof Eyeliners ($20) are super soft and pigmented, but they do run out of quick–but their color range is so rich, it’s hard to say no. I love Moray, Peacock, and Stingray.
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners ($21) is a rich, long-wearing gel eyeliner that’s smooth and creamy but still wears all day. Check out shades like Black Mauve Shimmer Ink and Cobalt Ink!
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners ($23) is my absolute favorite for liquid liner, because the color range is wide and the formula itself stays on all day. I recommend shades like #3, 4, 9, 10, and 14. If you like lots and lots of sparkle, consider Stila Sparkle Liquid Eyeliners ($22) which have a very similar formula but their shades have more shimmer.

Eyeshadows

  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow ($1.99 to $4.99) are a real steal with a lot of variations and options available, and a lot of the shades are of excellent quality.
  • Inglot Eyeshadows ($5) won’t break the bank but will deliver intense color payoff–they’re most well-known for their mattes and Double Sparkles.
  • Sugarpill Chromalusts ($12) are finely milled with lots of dimension. My favorites are Stella, Absinthe, and Goldilux! I’d also recommend checking out their eyeshadows if you’re shopping for someone who loves bright colors (they’re also $12 and top notch).
  • theBalm Eyeshadows ($16) are richly pigmented, silky smooth, and wear really well. Their individual singles are great, but they also have several palettes that work well, too. My favorite singles are All About Alex, Jealous Jordana, and Risque Renee.
  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner ($19) are some of my favorite cream eyeshadows for quick all-over washes or as an eyeshadow base; the range is generally more neutral/subdued so it would be great for busy folks who don’t have a lot of time to spend on their makeup every morning. I love shades like Birthday Suit and Skinny Jeans.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils ($20) is a chubby pencil that can be used as an eyeliner or more like a cream eyeshadow (or even an eyeshadow base). They wear really well and deliver pretty good color. I like shades Clinic, Lit, and Midnight Cowboy.
  • Bare Escentuals Ready Eyeshadows ($20 for duo, $30 for quad) caught me off guard, because I really didn’t think they’d be out of this world, but they’re really, really good. Some of my favorite duos are The Scenic Route and The Escape, and some of my favorite quads are The Elements and The Truth.
  • MAC Pigments ($20) are still one of my favorite products for really revving up a look. Some of the permanent shades I love are Pink Opal, Melon, and Teal.
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams ($22) come in neutrals as well as bright pops of color, and they’re a cream product that really locks down once it sets. I love the Aqua Creams best for eyes. I totally dig shades like #2, #5, #13, #15.
  • Illamasqua Pure Pigment ($24) may be pricey and they don’t come with a whole lot of product, for most consumers, it’ll take years to get through. The reason I like these is I feel like the range has a lot of complex, unique shades.
  • Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow ($30) is a pricey but absolutely luxurious eyeshadow formula that’s built for layering. I love shades like Chameleon and Jade.
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense ($32) are so intense and have this interesting formula that wears well all day long and comes in some fun shades. I love #1, 2, 3, and 6 a lot!
  • Tarina Tarantino Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes ($32) are good bang for your buck with top notch quality–love Dreamy the most.
  • Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow ($38) is my favorite eyeshadow formula, and I really wish they’d come out with more shades, but my favorites are Gypsy, Prism, and Lagoon.
  • Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette ($48) is still one of my favorite palettes that Urban Decay has launched, and it is something I reach for when I travel.

Mascaras

  • Maybelline Full ‘n Soft Mascara ($6.59) is my go-to for soft, natural-looking lashes with lots of volume.
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara ($15) is a great all-over mascara; it thickens, lengthens, and volumizes.
  • Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara ($19) is fantastic for lengthening.
  • Hourglass Film Noir Mascara ($28) is inky black while lengthening and thickening well.

What are your must-have eye products that are permanent?

Sunday, June 26th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #4

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #337, 390, 350, 348, 376, 349, 339, 387, 324, 391, 318, 373 (Neutrals, Grays, Blacks)

This is the last post on Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.). This palette contains both mattes and several double sparkle eyeshadows, but I’m only reviewing the matte eyeshadows. I’m not going to review any of the double sparkle eyeshadows at this time (if/when I do, it will be when I have the majority of the available shades to review, rather than a smattering).

  • 337 is a soft, medium brown with red undertones and a matte finish.
  • 390 is a brownish beige with a matte finish.
  • 350 is a grayish cast beige with a matte finish. This looks much yellower in the pan, but it doesn’t swatch that way at all.
  • 376 is a sooty blackened-brown with a gray cast and matte finish.
  • 349 is a purple-tinged gray with a matte finish–though it almost has a little sheen.
  • 339 is a soft, grayish brown, kind of taupe-like, with a matte finish.
  • 387 is a muted, purple-tinged gray with a matte finish. It’s a lighter version of #349.
  • 324 is a blue-based, medium gray with a matte finish.
  • 391 is a dark black with a matte finish.
  • 318 is a bright white with a matte finish.
  • 373 is a bright white with a matte finish. #318 and #373 are very, very similar. If I had to pick out a difference, #318 seems slightly cooler toned.

This set of matte eyeshadows worked well overall.  None of them applied poorly, and they all had decent color payoff.  There are a few shades that are rather similar, though, within all of the neutral/browns, so these are certainly not all necessary.  Both #318 and #373 were nicely pigmented without being chalky; they are stark, for sure, against my skin tone, but they didn’t have that chalky feel that whites sometimes have.  #337 swatched a little softer than anticipated.

The Glossover

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #337, 390, 350, 348, 376, 349, 339, 387, 324, 391, 318, 373 (Neutrals, Grays, Blacks)

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Inglot has a good amount of grays in their range, and they are interesting because of the slight hints of color--a little blue, purple, or flat gray--which would work well to bring out certain intricacies in other shadows.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, June 26th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #3

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #341, 354, 327, 342, 360, 357 (Browns)

This next look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) revolves around some of their warmer brown shades.

  • 341 is a soft peach-beige with a matte finish.
  • 354 is a really pale white-peach with a matte finish. It was a little on the powdery side.
  • 327 is a warmer, medium-dark brown with subtle yellow undertones and a matte finish.
  • 342 is a dusty taupe-brown with subtle warmth and a matte finish. This is a really good shade for the crease.
  • 360 is a dusty, grayed taupe brown with a matte finish.
  • 357 is a warm medium brown with a matte finish.

Overall, this was another good batch of mattes from Inglot; smooth, easy to work with, and nice color payoff.  #354 had a powdery texture compared to the other five, but it wasn’t too bad, and it was surprising how it did not look chalky on me despite its pale color and matte finish.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #341, 354, 327, 342, 360, 357 (Browns)

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I see both #348 and #360 working really well for neutral looks in the crease. A shade like #357 will suit warmer complexions best, as it may look more orange on cooler skin tones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, June 26th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #3

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #329, 378, 326, 363, 358 (Browns & Neutrals)

This next look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) is all about some neutrals–these were cooler browns and slightly odd shades that seemed to belong more to neutrals than a particular color.

  • 329 is a chocolate brown with a matte finish. It’s not warm, more of a neutral brown.
  • 378 is a dark, cool-toned brown with a hint of burgundy. It has a matte finish.
  • 326 is a dark, cool-toned brown with an even subtler hint of burgundy than #378. It also has a matte finish. Both #378 and #326 are extremely similar, and it is hard to distinguish which is which.
  • 363 is a taupe brown with a matte finish.
  • 358 is a subdued mauve-gray with a matte finish. This just seemed so neutral when I was arranging the palettes, but it swatches rather purple.
  • 344 is a pink-plum brown with a matte finish.  It’s totally the definition of a neutral, though – soft, natural.

Overall, these are true to Inglot’s matte formula and are easy to work with. I had a touch of sheerness with #378, but the other four had nice color payoffs and smooth applications.

The Glossover

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #329, 378, 326, 363, 358, 344 (Browns & Neutrals)

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I'm so glad that these applied much better than the purples within the same palette--or else I would have thought the whole palette was cursed!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #3

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #377, 379, 325, 375, 320, 386, 334, 346 (Purples)

This next look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) features several variations on purple.

  • 377 is a deep royal purple with a matte finish, though I detected a slight micro-shimmer. This shade was a little patchy.
  • 379 is a medium-dark blue-purple with a matte finish. This shade was powdery and sheer in places.
  • 325 is a rich eggplant purple with a matte finish.
  • 375 is an eggplant purple with a matte finish–it is just a lighter version of #325. It has a slightly stronger red undertone.
  • 320 is a medium grape purple with a matte finish. It was a little sheer in places.
  • 386 is a lightened medium purple with red undertones and a matte finish. It was patchy and easily sheered out.
  • 334 is a pink lavender with a matte finish. I also had some evenness issues with this shade.
  • 346 is a light lilac with a matte finish.

While I’ve had fairly good luck with Inglot’s matte eyeshadows in the past, I found a lot of these troublesome.  Several shades did not apply evenly, so the end result was a patchy swatch that was sheer in places and opaque elsewhere.  I was rather disappointed in how these swatched, so I played around with them in application, and they were better but not as stellar as the rest of the matte range.  The only shades out of these that I recommended are #325 and #375.

The Glossover

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #377, 379, 325, 375, 320, 386, 334, 346 (Purples)

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I'm surprised that purples ended up being a rather weak point in the range--far too many were difficult to apply evenly.

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7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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