Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Don’t be afraid of rocking blue eyeshadow! There are so many variations on blue, whether they lean green or purple, bright or muted, light or dark that can be worn. Here are five of my picks for spring:

  1. Sugarpill Mochi — a cool-toned, aqua blue with a matte finish
  2. Urban Decay Peace — brightened, vibrant medium blue
  3. Inglot #415 — a gold-shimmered, medium blue with a frost finish
  4. Illamasqua Sadist — a deep, dark, purple-blue with a matte finish
  5. L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark — a medium, muted blue with a metallic finish

What colors do you pair with blue eyeshadow?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

L'Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer

Today, I have two shades from L’Oreal’s Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour range, which has now popped online, so I’m not sure if they’re still limited edition or not, but I’m erring on the side of limited edition for now.  These have a matte, textured finish that mixes matte color with sparkling glitter and sequin-shaped glitters.  I get a week of wear with no chipping, just minor wear as the edges grind away over the week.  I found the consistencies of the formula to be on the thicker side, so application can take some getting used to, and the drying time is about ten to fifteen minutes per coat.

L’Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, amethyst purple with champagne gold glitter and sequin-shaped glitter. It’s a textured polish, so it’s matte but sparkly. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some unevenness during the application so some areas of the nail looked less than opaque.  The texture was on the thicker side, so it takes a little patience to apply. China Glaze All Wrapped Up (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned and doesn’t have gold sequins. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is not as cool-toned and doesn’t have any gold glitter. See comparison swatches.

Pop the Bubbles (142) Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a lightened, aqua teal with silver glitter and larger silver sequin-shaped glitter. It has a textured, matte finish, so it doesn’t feel smooth to the touch, and then it has sparkling, reflective glitters.  The consistency was also a little thick with this shade, but it was easier to apply, and the color was fully opaque after two coats.   L’Oreal Now You Sea Me (P) is similar in color but is a cream, so it is quite different. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, January 20th, 2014

L'Oreal Gilded Envy (755) Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) Infallible Eyeshadow

This post features three of the six new shades L’Oreal added to the Infallible range with their Butterfly collection. As far as I know, these are new and permanent. I know Ulta has them available online, too, if you haven’t had any luck finding them locally. You can find the other three reviewed here.

L’Oreal touts these as having 24-hour wear that’s “waterproof, sweatproof, and crease-resistant.” The formula is supposed to be richly pigmented and velvety in feel. I’m not, and I don’t intend, to test these for 24-hours (it’s beyond the call of beauty blogging for me!), so I tested them for as long as I could, which was sixteen hours. Silver Sky was noticeably faded with significant fall out after eight hours of wear, and it just progressed from there–slightly creased after ten and a half hours. Gilded Envy and Timeless Blue Spark wore better, and I had some minor fading after fourteen hours of wear. With Gilded Envy, there was some minor fall out that became apparent at the twelve-hour mark but was hardly noticeable even after sixteen hours of wear.

L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a dirty, antique gold with a frosted, metallic finish and subtle, warm undertones. It’s almost an olive green, but it leans more golden and less olive. It’s not your typical gold–a little warmer than pewter. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and then applied with a damp brush, it was fully opaque. The texture was fairly soft, but it is rather sparkly, so you can feel the texture of some of the sparkle content in it, which is why it is smoother when applied with a dampened brush. MAC Cakeshop (LE) is lighter, cream. MAC Silver Birch (LE, $21.00) is grayer. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches. Just as an aside, NARS Kauai #1 is lighter and more golden, so while it was recently reviewed, I wouldn’t consider it a dupe.

Silver Sky (757) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, metallic silver shot through with silvery-gray sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t seem to bind or sit with the underlying base color, so it dusts away and results in a lot of fall out both during application as well as later on during wear. The color payoff was sheer when applied dry, and even with a dampened brush, it only upgraded to semi-sheer. I was disappointed by the slightly gritty, uneven texture and feel of this shade. There are a lot of comparable silver eyeshadows available — see comparison swatches.

Timeless Blue Spark (760) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium blue with a very metallic finish. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was very opaque and incredibly metallic. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) and Giorgio Armani June Beetle (31) (LE, $33.00) have more of a duochrome finish. Urban Decay Haight (P, $18.00) is brighter, bluer. Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is darker. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is similar but less metallic, so it appears darker. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal’s adding six new shades to the Infallible range with their Butterfly collection. As far as I know, these are new and permanent. I know Ulta has them available online, too, if you haven’t had any luck finding them locally. L’Oreal touts these as having 24-hour wear that’s “waterproof, sweatproof, and crease-resistant.” The formula is supposed to be richly pigmented and velvety in feel. I’m not, and I don’t intend, to test these for 24-hours (it’s beyond the call of beauty blogging for me!), but I did test these three for sixteen hours. They look good after sixteen hours, though certainly a little faded with some very faint fall out. I didn’t experience creasing, but I have drier lids, so your mileage may vary if you have oilier lids and try wearing them for this long. They looked nearly the same after twelve hours as they did when I applied them, though. These three are very shimmery and sparkly, and I noticed the minor fall out at the nine hour mark, after that point, it steadily progressed but wasn’t too noticeable.

L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Applied dry, it is mostly opaque with a frosted finish, and then applied with a dampened brush, it’s more metallic and fully opaque. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to use. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is very similar. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is more metallic. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is pinker. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is less frosted, slightly darker. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. (LE) See comparison swatches.

Burst Into Bloom (759) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a fuchsia-plum with a shimmering, sparkling, and metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque but still very metallic. Applied with a dampened brush, is was even more metallic but also had full color coverage. It was soft to the touch, applied evenly and blended well. MAC Stylishly Merry (LE, $19.50) is less metallic. Sugarpill Magentric (P, $12.00) is more fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

Purple Priority (758) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, dark–but still vibrant–purple with a warm base but cooler shimmer and sparkle, so it read cooler-toned against my warmer complexion. It might be a bit of a chameleon and play differently depending on your undertones and the undertones of any products paired with it. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but slightly stiff, so it didn’t go on as evenly as other shades. Applied with a dampened brush, it was intensely pigmented and much smoother. This color had a lot of depth and intensity, despite also being quite dark, which made it harder to dupe. Fyrinnae Because Cats (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is not as cool-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. Too Faced Badass (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is more muted.MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is less frosted, darker. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple (P, $7.99) is brighter, less cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

After reflecting on reviews I’ve done over the past year that are more budget-friendly, I definitely need to spend a little more time on cheek color in the upcoming year. Good thing I’ve already gotten a great start on that with some of the upcoming products for spring! :) (So stay tuned!) Here is a mix of cheek colors, face tools, and a few polishes to round-out our last top ten for budget-friendly products.

What are your favorite budget-friendly cheek/face and/or nail products from this past year?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

I have a whole slew of fun top tens to share with you over the next few days!  You may even see some of these pop up again in a few other top tens.  I wanted to put a spotlight on some of the best affordable and budget-friendly products that I enjoyed and reviewed over the past year.  I hope you’ll take a moment to share your own favorites that you discovered this year.

What were your favorite budget-friendly eyeshadows and eyeliners this year?