Friday, July 25th, 2014

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette
LORAC Navy Skinny Palette

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. While I liked the Nude palette, I found the Navy one to be rather powdery, particularly when I actually tried to use it and apply the colors to my lid. They just didn’t adhere well, and instead, had a tendency to look both powdery and uneven, plus they didn’t wear as long as the other palette did.

Navy #1 is a light, peachy-beige with warm, yellowish undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff but was fairly powdery, so it was prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #2 is a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so it wasn’t as blendable as I’d like. The color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and not powdery. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #4 is a golden, olive-brown with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, while the powder felt soft and was easily blended on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #5 is a light-medium taupe with a gray tint and a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, which was likely due to the soft, powdery nature of the texture, so the color sheered out considerably no matter how it was applied. On the lid, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #6 is a dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, though the texture was a little drier and stiffer to work with on the skin. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #7 is a medium black with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was on the powdery side, which resulted in semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. I had slight creasing after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Navy

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
LE
product

Navy #1

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
LE
product

Navy #2

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Click to Reveal More Glossovers!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette
LORAC Nude Skinny Palette

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette ($15.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a set of seven shades of warm-toned neutrals ranging from pale beige to reddish-brown. This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. I quite liked this one, so if you can find it, I think it’s well-worth considering for the wallet-friendly $15 price tag. I’ll be posting about the Navy palette tomorrow (which is also sold out online, sigh!), but a note in advance: not as impressive.

Zappos has it in stock! Thank you reader Jane for the heads up!!

Nude #1 is a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It was slightly powdery, had good color payoff, wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #2 is a brightened, medium orange-copper with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture is incredibly soft but almost a bit crumbly, though it is intensely pigmented. It lasted for eight hours on me with very slight fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #3 is a light-medium, muted orange brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, a soft, blendable texture, and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #4 is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the texture was soft, it was quite powdery, which made it a harder shade to work with. This shade was slightly faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #5 is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a softened frost finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before slightly creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #6 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was blendable and buttery, though a smidgen powdery. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #7 is a dark, burgundy brown with a mostly matte finish-. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft but slightly powdery. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Nude

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
LE
product

Nude #1

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
LE
product

Nude #2

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Click to Reveal More Glossovers!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

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
Friday, June 20th, 2014

LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 16 x 0.02 oz.; 1 x 0.19 oz.) contains sixteen eyeshadows, plus a miniature-sized eye primer. Overall, it’s a nice palette with a mix of colors, neutrals, mattes, and shimmers, so you can do a variety of looks with different finishes and levels of depth. The palette leans somewhat on the warmer side, and it is also heavy on medium-dark to dark shades. I would have loved to see one or two lighter, cooler-toned shades to play off of some of the cooler-mattes. It would have also been nice to have one or two shimmery shades that were cooler-toned, too. In general, the pigmentation was good across the board with one or two misses, and the eyeshadows were blendable, long-wearing, and had softer textures.

Comparing this palette to the original Pro Palette, Taupe seemed quite similar to Lt. Brown, and Black is in both palettes. Rose is a lighter, more metallic version of Gold, so they seem similar at a glance but are less so in practice.

Buff is a light, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, a soft, silky texture that wasn’t powdery, and lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is lighter. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is yellower. Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Ali Ababwa (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Daydream (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lt. Brown is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, which applied evenly and smoothly. This shade was easy to use, as it was so blendable, due to the soft, silky consistency. Worn, the color stayed true for almost nine hours before fading. LORAC Unspoken (P) is darker, warmer. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $15.00) is similar. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is lighter, yellower. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is warmer. Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Charming #2 (LE) is a touch yellower. LORAC Taupe (P) is slightly warmer. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cool Gray is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with a matte finish. The texture of this one wasn’t as silky as nearly every other matte finish I’ve tried from LORAC; I wouldn’t describe it as stiff, but it just wasn’t as soft. The color payoff was decent to good, but again, that lack of silkiness to the texture seemed to make it less intensely pigmented. It still blended fairly well, though, and stayed on for eight hours before it started to degrade. theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is grayer, lighter. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is lighter. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is darker. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Exhale (P) is similar. bareMinerals Rowdy (P) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nectar is a light-medium, muted peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had a soft texture that leaned a little powdery, but it was blendable during application. It had good color payoff, and it wore well for eight hours on me. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum is a dark, plummy purple with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was a little thinner and drier. Applied, the color didn’t start to fade for eight and a half hours. MAC Fig. 1 (P, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #160 (P, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy is a dark, lightly brightened, navy blue with a semi-matte finish. It appears mostly matte applied, but there are very fine shimmers spread throughout. The texture of this shade was incredibly soft and silky, though a bit powdery. It’s actually intensely pigmented and a little goes a very long way, but it doesn’t adhere as well to skin, so some of the pigmentation gets lost as it is blended against the skin. When used with LORAC’s eyeshadow primer, this wasn’t an issue. Applied, the color lasted for nine hours, but it did stain slightly (both with and without primer). MAC Prussian (P, $15.00) is greener. Make Up For Ever #6E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is more of a violet blue. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Charcoal is a medium-dark gray with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, so the color payoff was noticeably sheerer as a result. When I tested it, the color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is lighter. MAC Gravel (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Soot (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Tempest (P) is lighter, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. The texture was very soft and silky, but it was noticeably powdery, so you’ll want to pat it on and build-up color to minimize fall out. The color payoff was semi-opaque. It does wear well for eight and a half hours before fading. There is no shortage in matte blacks on the market: See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Snow is a brightened white with subtly warm undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. The texture felt soft and buttery, and the pigmentation was mostly opaque. It was easy to apply and blend on the lid, and it lasted well for nine hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #1 (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P) is a touch darker. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #1 (P) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Chillproof (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Beige is a light peachy beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The powder’s consistency was soft, buttery, and smooth, though it was just a smidgen powdery. The color payoff was excellent, and it stayed on well for nine hours. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is similar. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is darker. NARS Jezebel (P) is darker, more orange. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose is a brightened, highly metallic copper with warm undertones. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very smooth and soft. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading. LORAC Unbelievable (P) is more muted, less metallic. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE) is less metallic. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is darker. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is less metallic. Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mocha is a muted, dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, while it had excellent pigmentation that applied beautifully and lasted for nine hours. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) darker. MAC Sable (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chrome is a medium taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture felt soft and buttery to the touch, but it was a little powdery. The color blended nicely when applied, though, and it wore well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading. Divergent Abnegation Stone (LE) is warmer. Maybelline Nude Compliment (90) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is warmer. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is warmer. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is similar. Anastasia Antique (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is more glittery. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pastelluxe #5 (P) is similar. theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Cumulus (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Silver is a light-medium, metallic silver that leans slightly warm-toned. It had decent color payoff, but it didn’t apply as smoothly out of the pan, though the texture felt soft. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Eggplant Blend #3 (LE) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Urban Decay S&M (P, $18.00) is darker, less metallic. MAC Extra Silver (LE, $19.50) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Graphic (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jade is a medium-dark, forest green with warm, olive undertones and a soft, satiny shimmer. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky. It wore well for eight and a half hours before I saw some fading. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is similar. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocoa is a rich, medium-dark red-brown with a soft shimmer over a semi-matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff, though the texture was on the powdery side, despite its silkiness. The color didn’t start to fade until after nine hours, and it was easy to blend on the lid. NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is less shimmery. theBalm #1 (P, $6.50) is similar. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is lighter. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

P
palette

Pro Palette 2

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
P
product

Buff

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
P
product

Lt. Brown

A

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Click to Reveal More Glossovers!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Here’s a quick sneak peek of the new LORAC Pro Palette 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00). I’m still in the process of testing (that’s a lot of eyeshadows!), so stay tuned for my full review featuring more photos, swatches, dupes, etc. Thanks for your patience!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, June 16th, 2014

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.58 oz.) is described as a “universally flattering nude eyeshadow palette.” It includes ten eyeshadows (0.39 oz. in total, or 0.039 oz. each) and a miniature-sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer (0.19 oz.). Overall, it’s a good palette with ten shades and no major issues. Most of the eyeshadows had good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and the formula wears quite consistency–almost every shade lasted for eight hours on me (no primer). With LORAC’s primer, results are closer to ten to eleven hours. The palette is very warm-toned, so I wouldn’t describe it was “universally flattering” (which, in general, is a difficult task for any shade, let alone multiple shades!), but otherwise, it’s a nice neutral palette to consider if you haven’t yet had your fill.

When Urban Decay Naked3 came out, a lot of readers asked how this compared. There is definitely overlap, but I don’t think the palettes are that similar. The shades that are “most similar” (but they vary in degree) would be Undercover vs. Strange, Unbelievable vs. Trick, Unconditional vs. Limit/Nooner. Shades like Dust, Buzz, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart don’t seem to have anything that’s really similar that’s in the Unzipped palette.

Undercover is a light, pink-tinged beige with a satin finish. It had good color payoff and a soft, silky texture that applied well. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unbelievable is a medium-dark, coppered brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture felt soft and almost buttery, though it was just slightly powdery. The color stayed on well for just over eight hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unattainable is a medium-dark, gold-shimmered bronze brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. The texture was a little powdery, but it had decent pigmentation and blended well. When worn, this shade wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unconditional is a muted, dusty pink-mauve with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was soft and silky, just a bit powdery. I noticed the color had faded slightly after eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unbridled is a warm-toned, burgundy-brown with a satin-matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was a bit thinner and drier compared to other shades in the palette, so it didn’t apply as smoothly or as intensely. Applied to the eye, the color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undiscovered is a brightened, orange-toned gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was pretty smooth without being powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unreal is a golden peach with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. The texture was incredibly soft and smooth, while the pigmentation was mostly opaque. When I tested it, the color didn’t fade for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Uncensored is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm, yellow and red undertones and a smooth, pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that applied beautifully. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unspoken is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-y undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and silky without being powdery. The wear topped in at eight hours before there was noticeable fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Untamed is a dark, red-toned brown with burgundy shimmer and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

P
palette

Unzipped

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!
P
product

Undercover

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
P
product

Unbelievable

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Click to Reveal More Glossovers!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →