Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “beige.” It’s a pale, gilded beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single pass, but it’s only semi-opaque and buildable to about semi-opaque, even though I tried to layer it. It’s sufficient for brightening the eye, and it can be evened out with a brush to blend the eyeliner together. NARS Rue Bonaparte is matte. MAC Gilded White is very similar, perhaps a touch whiter. Other champagne eyeliners are warmer, more beige. See comparison swatches.

Roof Top Party Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “gunmetal.” It’s an olive brown; a murky, dirty brown with a hint of green and subtle shimmer. The color payoff was good in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color with two or so passes of the eyeliner. Urban Decay Stash is richer–darker and more intense. MAC Forever Green is greener. bareMinerals 10AM is darker, more intense. See comparison swatches.

I liked both of these, but they weren’t as intense on the eye as they looked in the pencil–it was almost as if the consistency was a little too waxy so the color didn’t build up to full intensity as a result. Though, the waxiness enabled both shades to glide across the skin easily–no skipping or dragging. Both shades wore well for eight hours on me with very minimal thinning but no smudging or migrating.

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Blonde Ambition

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It had good color payoff in a single pass, but it's only semi-opaque and buildable to about semi-opaque, even though I tried to layer it. It's sufficient for brightening the eye, and it can be evened out with a brush to blend the eyeliner together.

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Roof Top Party

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The color payoff was good in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color with two or so passes of the eyeliner.

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

I tried to pull a good variety in blues, from cobalt, purplish blues to sky blues to your bold, bright blues–and not just eyeshadows! I had to pick an eyeliner, because it’s a great way to add a bold pop of color without going full-on blue. If you want to see my picks together, the comparisons.

  1. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a pop of cobalt blue for the lash line
  2. OCC Pond — Tardis blue for your nails
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Lapis — a beautiful, medium-dark blue with shimmer
  4. Color Club Over the Moon — a shimmering, holographic blue
  5. Inglot #426 — a brightened, medium blue

What’s your favorite blue-hued beauty product?

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette
Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 4 x 0.049 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows and is a limited edition palette available as part of the Disney and Sephora collaboration for The Little Mermaid (featuring Ariel). It comes in an off-white plastic palette with a scene from the movie (at least, presumably, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it!) on the cover in shades of blue to violet. Inside, there’s a full-sized mirror and two dual-ended brushes.

Who’s-It is described as a “glittering white.” It’s a semi-sheer, shimmery white with neutral-to-warm undertones. I wouldn’t describe it as glittery; perhaps sparkly but the shimmer seems finer than sparkle. I didn’t have any issues with fall out from this shade. There’s no shortage of shimmery white eyeshadows on the market, but a few of the closer dupes I found were: Disney Ball Gown, which was a touch cooler; MAC How to Marry, which is slightly more pigmented; and NARS Flowers 1 #1, which is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches (there are also several more similar shades that I pulled out).

What’s-It is described as a “matte clay grey.” It’s a soft, muted gray with a hint of brown and lavender. It had a matte finish, and it had good color payoff. The texture was soft without being powdery, and it was incredibly easy to apply and blend out on the skin. NARS Self Portrait 2 #3 is grayer, darker. MAC Parlor Smoke is darker. MAC Creative Whim is purpler. MAC Silver Gull is darker. MAC Silverwear is more shimmery. MAC Look at the Eyes is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Dinglehopper is described as an “iridescent light teal.” It is a semi-sheer, medium-dark green with a pearly sheen. It was a little dry, and I wasn’t able to really build up the color to true-to-pan intensity/color. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is cooler-toned. NARS Delphes #3 is warmer. MAC Lady Grey is less green. MAC Sweet & Sour #2 is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #2 is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Snarfblat is described as a “violet with iridescent glitter.” It’s a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and subtle shimmer, plus a few bits and bobs of silver glitter. The glitter seemed to flake away rather quickly, and I really didn’t see it on the lid, or even underneath my lid during application or later on as I wore the eyeshadow (so if you wanted glitter, it really wasn’t present, and if you were nervous about it having glitter, rest easy). It had so-so color payoff but was a bit weak; it can be layered for slightly more intense payoff. Disney Sea Witch is more pigmented. MAC Warm & Smoky is similar. MAC Pink Union #2 is brighter. MAC Drawn to Drama is similar. MAC Dusty Desire is also similar. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is darker. See comparison swatches.

Overall, the four-pan palette is decent but not as impressive as the larger Storylook palette.  At the price point, if you were just looking to collect a single piece from the collection, I’d still opt for the mirror, and if you had more room in your budget, the Storylook palette.  I didn’t encounter fall out issues, despite two shades being described as glittery, and the eyeshadows lasted well for eight hours but there were signs of fading and then subtle creasing after nine hours of wear.  There is no specific release date yet, but it is expected sometime June or July online.

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Part of Your World

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Overall, the four-pan palette is decent but not as impressive as the larger Storylook palette. At the price point, if you were just looking to collect a single piece from the collection, I'd still opt for the mirror, and if you had more room in your budget, the Storylook palette.

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Who's-It

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

 

Disney Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum
Disney Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum

Disney Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum ($58.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.; $19.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “refreshing burst of bergamot, wet cucumber, and ozonic accord, and is brought to life with a splash of water notes, wild lilac, and starfruit, all fused together with warm sandalwood and … ambergris.”

It begins with a blast of bergamot–intensely floral–followed by a cloyingly sweet cucumber note. While I like the freshness and crispness that cucumber can add to a scent, when it’s sweet, it reads very synthetic and oddly placed (almost a stale sweetness). The cucumber, halfway through, is more prominent than the bergamot. The fragrance, overall, was sweet, floral, and aquatic. My personal scent preference is towards sandalwood and amber, but I didn’t pick up either of those two scents; at no point while I wore it was it anything other than bergamot and sweet cucumber. It might be because the scent wears away surprisingly quickly on my skin; it is noticeable and has good sillage for the first hour, but by the second hour, it wears closely to the skin. By the third hour, I couldn’t even detect any more. Normally, the average perfume lasts eight hours on me, with some lasting as long as sixteen (to some degree).

Scent is inherently personal, so if you enjoy either bergamot or cucumber, you may like this.  If you were intrigued by the idea of sandalwood and ambergris, I’d recommend trying to sniff it in-store prior to purchasing.  The rollerball-size is a frosted, aqua bottle with silver seaweed, while the full-size fragrance is in a clear, faceted crystal bottle (just like the perfumes for Cinderella and Jasmine) with clear juice.

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

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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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Sephora Fairytale Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Fairytale Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Fairytale Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “golden green.” It’s a blue-teal with green and gold micro-shimmer. This shade was only semi-opaque when applied, and even layering by doing multiple passes didn’t quite intensify it to really true-to-pencil color. I wouldn’t recommend wearing it on the water line if you have sensitive eyes due to the amount of shimmer in it (and I don’t think it’s touted as water line safe). It lasted well for nine hours on me (not the 12 hours claimed), and by the twelfth hour, it was thinner than it was when I had initially applied but I didn’t see smudging or a lot in the corners of my eyes. Make Up For Ever #52L doesn’t have the golden shimmer. Urban Decay Junkie seems a bit darker. MAC Undercurrent is also darker. See comparison swatches.

My Boyfriend’s Jeans Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “electric blue.” It’s a bold, brightened blue with violet shimmer–it almost looks more like a cobalt blue, but it’s very rich. I don’t have anything quite like this in my stash. This was mostly opaque in a single pass, and it was buildable to full color with two passes. I’ve worn this a few times since getting it, and it wears well on me for nine hours but does start to look thinner after that (but no smudging). Urban Decay Chaos is lighter. NARS Rue Saint-Honore is much darker. See comparison swatches.

I did want to mention that of the five shades I bought, three of them had the tips half-way broken when I received them.  The first one I thought maybe was my fault (taking the cap off too quickly), but I was really careful with the rest, and I still had two more that were like it, so I’m not sure if there’s a quality control issue with respect to that or just bad luck.

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