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Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale

Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale
Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale

Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale ($45.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a “shimmery sand.” It’s a pale, pink mauve with a golden shimmer and sheen. Milani Dolce Pink is warmer, darker. MAC Rosy Outlook is pinker, less shimmery. MAC Blush All Day is less shimmery, darker. MAC At Dusk is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Pink Cloud is similar. Bobbi Brown Peony is darker. See comparison swatches.

It was fairly true-to-color as it looked in the pan, which is rather light, so this is a product that will work best on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it’s mostly a highlighter that adds a little plum to my cheeks, but I really had to layer it on – and as a result, it looked a bit cakey and did emphasize pores. When I later tried to wear it as more of a highlighter, then it looked better and only slightly emphasize pores (the finish is rather frosted). The texture of the blush was soft, though a bit powdery, but finely-milled and easy to blend out. It seemed to last about seven hours on me, and then it looked somewhat patchy after eight hours of wear.

Edward Bess Quad Royale South of France
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Le Metier de Beaute Platinum & Thunder True Color Eyeshadows

Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow
Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Platinum True Color Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium silver with a frosted, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had good color payoff and a frosted finish, while applied wet, it took on a more metallic finish and was fully opaque. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth.  It lasted nine hours on the lid without creasing or fading (no primer). Disney Glass Slipper is bluer. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is darker. Lancome Style Section is darker. bareMinerals Cheers is lighter, less metallic. Inglot #447 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Thunder True Color Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It was a little drier than I’ve experienced with other Le Metier de Beaute eyeshadows, so the color payoff when applied dry was surprisingly sheer. Applied with a damp brush, it was more intense but still a bit under-pigmented.  It wore for eight and a half hours well, and it was slightly faded after nine hours of wear (no primer). Urban Decay Asphalt is darker. Urban Decay Desperation is very similar. MAC Steel is darker, warmer. Guerlain Les Gris #1 is cooler-toned, darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Tempest is lighter. bareMinerals Chateau is similar. See comparison swatches.

Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow Platinum
Platinum
Platinum
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow Thunder
Thunder
Thunder
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

Disney x Sephora Ariel Set the Mood Mirror Review & Photos

Disney x Sephora Ariel Set the Mood Mirror
Disney x Sephora Ariel Set the Mood Mirror

Disney x Sephora Ariel Set the Mood Mirror ($20.00) is a limited edition compact mirror featured in Disney and Sephora’s upcoming Ariel collection. It’s a heavy, metal compact that opens by pressing on the circular knob on the side. The top has a metal overlay and a faceted clear top, and underneath the clear top is a melange of green and blue with Ariel and Eric in a boat on the water.  It feels sturdy and well-made, but it is metal, so you may find it can scratch.  When it arrives, the back has a clear plastic protector to minimize scratching to you (so you can do the scratching and wear and tear!).  I have my Cinderella mirror in my purse, and it doesn’t look any worse for the wear since I’ve had it, though.

The collection is slated for June online, August in-stores, but there has been some confusion regarding exactly when and if it is still releasing this June.  The mirror is limited edition, and of all pieces in the Disney collaborations, the mirrors have become the most collectible.  As soon as I’m aware of it being online, you’ll see me tweet and post on Facebook (and likely on the blog, too).

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Urban Decay Blunt, X, Fishnet Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Blunt Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Blunt Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Blunt Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a lightened gold with orange tones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and buttery–but a smidgen powdery. Tom FOrd Escapade is similar but a cream product. Dior Night Golds #4 is slightly yellower. Chanel Pearl River #2 is lighter. Buxom Collie is not as warm-toned, and it is a cream product. bareMinerals Surreal is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay X Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “peach shimmer with gold shift.” It’s a pinky-peach with a frosted, gold sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 has less gold shimmer. MAC Expensive Pink is darker (Melon pigment would be closer). Benefit It’s Complicated is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay Fishnet Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright pink shimmer with purple shift.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia-magenta with iridescent purple shimmer. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to work with. L’Oreal With a Twist is more lavender. Urban Decay Junkshow is bolder, brighter. Urban Decay Infamous is purpler, less shimmery. MAC Stars ‘n Rockets is comparable. MAC Infra-violet is pinker, a cream product.MAC Femininity is purpler, more metallic. bareMinerals Boudoir is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay’s eyeshadow formula can be really fantastic, because they can deliver rich, intense color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that’s easy to blend and apply. These three shades are all really nice, and they’re so foolproof to use because of the texture and intensity. Without a primer, they lasted nine hours without creasing and only showed signs of minimal fading (and over a primer, twelve hours no problem).

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Blunt
Blunt
Blunt
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow X
X
X
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Fishnet
Fishnet
Fishnet
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Forbidden Flower Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “beige coral.” It’s a warm-toned, light peach with a hint of pink and a creamy, shiny finish. Chanel Sentiment is more frosted. MAC Sweet & Sour is lighter. MAC Style Surge is darker, warmer. MAC Razzledazzler is pinker. Burberry Pink Apricot is more matte, slightly darker. Burberry Devon Sunset is slightly darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Forbidden Flower had full color coverage with little effort or product needed. The consistency is slick, creamy, and not too thick or too thin. With a lighter shade like this, though, the creaminess does lead to “lines” showing up, which make the color look somewhat uneven, when you press your lips together. Luckily, it’s not too noticeable from afar. It lasted four hours well, and it was nicely hydrating during that time. The formula has a sweet fig scent to it, but I didn’t notice it once applied.

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick Forbidden Flower
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer

Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer ($3.99 for 0.46 oz.) is a medium-dark, orange-toned tan with a soft, champagne shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer is more orange. Burberry Copper Glow is slightly warmer. MAC Lush Light Bronze is slightly browner. MAC Refined Golden is darker. Burberry Copper Glow is more golden. See comparison swatches.

It had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied evenly and smoothly. The more the product is worked into the skin and buffed out, the more refined the shimmer becomes and more natural the glow looks. It adds a lot of warmth, some orange tones, but it isn’t too frosted on the skin, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. Bikini Contest was easy to apply and blend out, and on my warmer complexion, didn’t look sunburnt or too orange. I think it may be too orange-based for cooler skin tones, though. When I wore it, the bronzer lasted seven and a half hours well on my cheeks, and after eight hours, it started to fade.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Bronzer Bikini Contest
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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