Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) was an incredibly disappointing formula.  The majority of the shades were drying, difficult to apply, under-pigmented, and uncomfortable to wear.  The brand made some big claims like 10-hour wear, which was hard for most shades to live up to, but the surprise was more in just how dry and stiff many shades were.  The stiffer consistency made it hard to get even, rich color payoff on the lips.  It’s such a shame, because the range has a lot of interesting colors in it.  Overall, the shimmery shades performed better than the matte finishes, but few shades were worth considering at the end of the day.

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.50 oz.) that features eighteen eyeshadows that range from beige to blue to black with a variety of finishes. The palette gives off a more muted vibe–none of the colors are really bold or bright, they tend to have a softer, more muted quality to them. Some shades are good color payoff while others were just so-so, but many of them were powdery and a little dry (not stiff, just a drier, powdery consistency). I noticed many were prone to fading, and I felt like it was difficult to apply these without a primer underneath, as the powdery, drier texture made the product less inclined to stick to bare skin. This primer absolutely needs a primer to be workable in order to combat the under-pigmented eyeshadows along with the more powdery textures that they have.

Wipe Out is a light, warm beige with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft texture that was somewhat powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

High Tide is a light, warm-toned beige with a soft, frosted finish and yellow undertones. It is a lot like Wipe Out, just more shimmery. It had good pigmentation with a soft but lightly powdery consistency. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hang 10 is a muted, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a soft but powdery texture. The color lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dream Boat is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was decent but could have been better, while the texture was noticeably powdery, which made it seem prone to fading on the lid. It only wore well for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sandbar is a murky, green-gray with a pink iridescence sheen. It seemed warm overall, but it’s one of those colors that can lean either way, depending on what else it is paired with. It had nice color payoff, and it wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tubular is a soft, medium-dark brown with a golden sheen and subtle, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a texture that was just slightly powdery, but it did wear for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Epic is a muted, medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was a bit powdery to work with. The color lasted for seven and a half hours applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Surf’s Up is a medium-dark gray with a frosted finish and cool undertones. The color had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly. It was a bit powdery but less so than other shades in the palette, while the color didn’t start to fade until after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Big Kahuna is a medium-dark, aqua-blue with a golden sheen. It seemed to have good color payoff, but this was a shade where its drier, more powdery consistency made it difficult to apply to the lid with intensity. I kept packing it on, and it kept disappearing/fading. It wore well for about seven hours, though I couldn’t get it to look as bold swatched on the lid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kawabunga is a warm-toned, olive green with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice, mostly opaque pigmentation that went on smoothly with a softer, more buttery texture that wasn’t powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Surfari is a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though the texture was somewhat powdery, which made the color prone to fading before the eight-hour mark. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pipeline is a muted, medium-dark bluish-purple with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was a little dry and powdery, so it didn’t go on as evenly as would be ideal. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Score is a muted, medium brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, though the texture was silky and finely-milled. It wore well for seven hours when I tried it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dig It is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture wasn’t powdery but was still soft and blendable on the lid. The color lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Woodie is a muted, dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the texture felt soft, it was slightly powdery as well. On me, this shade showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stoked is a blackened burgundy with warm undertones and subtle lighter burgundy pearl shimmer over a matte finish. It was sheer whether applied wet or dry, though it was slightly less sheer applied damp. The texture was drier and harder to blend/work with on the eye. The color lasted six and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ripper is a dark, gray-ish brown with warm, olive undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied dry, it had mostly opaque color coverage, but it was fully opaque when applied damp (and it appeared grayer). It lasted for seven hours on the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Righteous is a cool-toned, medium-dark black with a matte finish. It was slightly powdery, though very soft to the touch. The color payoff was decent when applied dry, but it was better applied damp. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is pinker. Divergent Obscure Coral (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is very similar. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, more muted. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is more muted, pinker. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is less shimmery. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is a little lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a very intensely pigmented blush with a soft, creamy, buttery texture that goes on on smoothly and evenly. The finish has a luminous sheen–not shimmery or frosty–so it looks glowing on the skin. The creamier texture makes it really easy to blend on the skin so it doesn’t look splotchy, and it is forgiving, despite the rich color payoff. You can blend it out for sheerer color without a lot of work, though you’ll certainly want to start with a light to moderate hand. On me, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner
Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula that features four shades (three of which I have to share with you). The formula is supposed to “offer buildable intensity” with long-wear. They had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and the brush holds enough product to get a clean, crisp, opaque line across the lash line. It’s less “buildable” as it is able to be sheered out if desired. All three lasted around seven and half hours on my lower lash line before fading. This formula doesn’t flake away as some liquid eyeliners do, and they are slightly smudgeable even after they dry down. I love how unique the shades are, and I think they have a lot of depth in-person (less so in photos), but I wish they wore longer.

A quick note… I received these from Giorgio Armani, but the names on the boxes didn’t line up with the names provided in the press release or as listed on Giorgio Armani’s website (they may have changed names, or the boxes have an English translation). Per boxes, they are listed as Quarzo (2), Ametista (3), and Oro Oscuro (6). The names in the post reflect the names/numbering as they are listed on retailers’ websites and in the press release.

Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a metallic, mauve-taupe that sometimes is so reflective that it looks like a warm bronze and other times like a mushroom-y gray. It was a total pain-in-the-behind to photograph due to its seriously reflective finish. Guerlain Amber Silver (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, pencil. MAC Catch My Eye (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Ametista (3) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, bluish-purple wit gray and multi-colored shimmer (primarily teal). It also has a more metallic sheen that reflects a good bit of light back, which gives it a lighter appearance applied. I looked, but nothing that I’ve reviewed before seems to come close to the color of this eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Oro Oscuro (6) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, olive green with warm, golden undertones and a metallic sheen. Sephora Collection Snakeskin Dress (17) (P, $9.00) is darker, less shimmery, pencil. Urban Decay Stash (P, $19.00) is much darker, pencil. MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, pencil. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette

Here’s a quick sneak peek of theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.50 oz.) which is available now. I hope to have a review for you sometime this week. You know the drill–so many eyeshadows, so little eyelid space! :) Thanks as always for your patience!

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of the more disappointing palettes I’ve come across from the brand for one simple reason: these eyeshadows aren’t like the originals/individual/permanent versions. There is something distinctly different in the texture and application in just about all the shades; they’re drier, thinner, and more powdery–they don’t adhere as well to bare skin (which isn’t usually an issue I have with Urban Decay’s formula), lack some depth/intensity compared to the original or standalone version, and are just… off. There’s a soft, dense, buttery feeling that is present with the majority of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows that is missing in action in this palette. The palette is also in dire need of more variety in finishes–it is primarily frosted–and two of the three “new” shades are quite similar to existing/previously released shades.

Usually, Urban Decay’s palettes offer tremendous value, but this one isn’t much of a deal–the best value is just that you’re getting twelve shades for less than the price of two singles, but you’re getting a mere 0.12 oz. The revamped Ammo palette contains 10 x 0.03 oz. eyeshadows for $34–that’s 0.30 oz., over double the size of this one for the same price, plus it also includes a small Primer Potion and mini shadow brush. Urban Decay eyeshadow is $360/oz., so this palette contains $43.20 worth of eyeshadow. The Ammo palette contains $108 worth of eyeshadow ($34, ten shades), while Naked Basics contains $108 worth of eyeshadow ($29, six shades).

Sin is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink. It has warm undertones and a frosted finish. This shade felt most like its original, though it still has a bit of a drier feeling overall. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indo is described as an “emerald.” It’s a cool-toned, green-teal with a frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture had a dryness that made it hard to blend with other shades and gave it a more uneven appearance applied. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bordello is described as a “pale mauve with gold micro-sparkle.” It’s a pinky-plum with copper glitter. It had a powdery, dry texture with chunky glitter that didn’t really bind with the actual color, so a lot of it was trapped in the brush or fell underneath the eye during application. The few remaining sparkles seemed to fall out over time. The color faded after seven hours of wear. It was also warmer than past versions of Bordello. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornado is described as a “vibrant deep purple.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it lacked the intensity and depth of the original Tornado. The consistency was thinner and drier, while the color lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smog is described as a “deep coppery bronze.” It’s a coppery brown with warm, red0orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only slightly thinner and less dense compared to the full-sized version, but it did translate into giving it a lighter appearance slightly. It lasted for eight hours applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackout is described as a “blackest black.” It’s a deep dark black with a matte finish. The texture is slightly thin and powdery, so it doesn’t adhere well to bare skin, but it is more pigmented than the swatch lets on if it actually stayed on the skin (it kind of blends away). The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flash is described as a “bright iridescent purple.” It’s a cool-toned, lavender purple with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a drier, thinner consistency that felt a little powdery. It was prone to fading, and it only wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mushroom is described as a “warm pale grey.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a reddish-brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, but that same drier, thinner consistency that made it harder to get that true-to-pan color intensity on the lid was present. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lost is described as a “medium metallic brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t too dry, though it felt different than the other version I have of it. The color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freelove is described as a “golden vibrant peach.” It’s a brightened, coral-orange with golden shimmer. It had a drier, somewhat powdery consistency that was thin and difficult to apply, as it would look faded shortly after patting it onto the lid. The color lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonshadow is described as a “bright navy blue.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but the drier consistency made it look somewhat uneven when blended/applied to the skin as it didn’t diffuse as smoothly along the edges. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Baked Cowboy is described as a “golden bronze.” It’s a brightened, golden orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was only slightly powdery and dry. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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