Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) Eyeshadow
Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) Eyeshadow

Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mirror dark green.” It’s a subtly warmed-up forest green with a soft, golden olive undertone and a green-gold shimmer with a frosted, metallic finish. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is lighter, warmer. Inglot #414 is cooler-toned, tealer. Inglot #418 is greener. Make Up For Ever #310 is less metallic.

When applied dry, it had rather disappointing color payoff; it appeared dry and a bit uneven, and overall, semi-sheer. When applied with a damp brush, it took on a much more intense color; it applied more evenly, smoothly, and was mostly opaque. Sephora’s Mirror finish is interesting, because it has the sparkling quality of a glitter eyeshadow matched with the reflective quality of a metallic finish but without the fall out problems.  While it didn’t wear the full ten hours Sephora claimed, it did hold up well; there was only some very minor fading along the edges.

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Rolling in the Grass (10)

A-
Sephora's Mirror finish is interesting, because it has the sparkling quality of a glitter eyeshadow matched with the reflective quality of a metallic finish but without the fall out problems.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Sephora Jungle Party (09) Eyeshadow
Sephora Jungle Party (09) Eyeshadow

Sephora Jungle Party (09) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sparkling dark green.” It’s a dark blackened brown base with green and gold sparkle. It has a glitter finish, according to Sephora, though it is not quite as sparkly as some of the other glitter finishes in the range. MAC Smutty Green is somewhat similar when applied lightly, but it is ultimately much greener. I couldn’t think of anything else, but you could definitely try layering a shimmery green eyeshadow over a matte black eyeshadow.

I’m not a huge fan of Sephora’s glitter finish eyeshadows, because they absolutely do have fall out problems–some are worse than others–and this one is not the worst, but it does have some fall out during application and some more does present itself while the color is worn. The texture of Jungle Party is soft but a bit dry and powdery; it doesn’t blend out as readily as other shades in the range have. I find it is best applied with a damp brush, because then you can get the majority of the sparkle onto the lid instead of trapped in the brush or underneath the eye. Of course, the more that gets applied to the eye, the more you’ll see make its way below your eye during the day. I would say about half of the sparkle seemed to travel, as after ten hours, there was still noticeable sparkle on the lid. The glitter particles in Jungle Party seem more like sparkle in size; not as big as glitter, so it’s not as gritty, and I didn’t experience any irritation or watery eyes despite the fall out problems.

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Jungle Party (09)

C+
I'm not a huge fan of Sephora's glitter finish eyeshadows, because they absolutely do have fall out problems--some are worse than others--and this one is not the worst, but it does have some fall out during application and some more does present itself while the color is worn.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) Eyeshadow
Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) Eyeshadow

Sephora Walk on the Wild Side (08) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering dark green.” It’s a forest green with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish with smoky gray undertones. OCC Poison is much, much darker. Inglot #414 has a brown base color. Make Up For Ever #310 is greener, warmer. Make Up For Ever #80 is darker, less frosted.

It had so-so color payoff when applied dry, and it was more intensely pigmented when applied with a damp brush–it appeared greener and smoother. The texture was soft, and even though it didn’t have superb pigmentation dry, it did apply smoothly.  I didn’t have any problems blending out the color once it was on, and it didn’t have any powderiness or fall out during (or later on) application. When I wore Walk on the Wild Side, it lasted for eight full hours well, and after ten hours, there were noticeable signs of fading.

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Walk on the Wild Side (08)

B+
As long as you're willing to work with this shade using a damp brush, it's worth considering. It's a nice shade of forest green that isn't too blackened or warm-toned.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow
Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow

Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering grass green.” It’s a brightened emerald green with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen–but it has a definite cool undertone, more in line with an emerald green than a grass green. MAC Fresh Flare is darker. Milani Green Safari is similar–slightly darker–and a cream product. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here #3 is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Deacy Graffiti is similar–slightly frostier.

Picnic in the Park had good color payoff both wet and dry, but it did apply better and with more pigment when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was very soft, smooth, and blendable.  This type of green is prone to staining, and this shade is no different; my arm was lightly stained after only having this on it for mere moments.  When I wore this shade on my lid with no primer, while it lasted a solid nine hours and only had very minor signs of fading after ten hours, there was a faint stain left behind, too.  I tried wearing it over a primer and that seemed to prevent the staining.

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Picnic in the Park (07)

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If you want to enjoy the color of the year (emerald), this is a nice version that won't (completely) break the bank.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Sephora Apple Mojito (06) Eyeshadow
Sephora Apple Mojito (06) Eyeshadow

Sephora Apple Mojito (06) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright chartreuse with gold glitter.” It’s a brightened lime green with subtle yellow undertones; the finish to the color itself is mostly matte, and then there’s a sprinkling of gold micro-glitter. Sugarpill Acidberry is similar in color but has a faint sheen. lllamasqua Pivot has no micro-glitter but the colors are nearly the same. Make Up For Ever #91

This one applied better dry than it did damp, as applying it damp made it less blendable and, on occasion, made it look uneven. I think the more matte-like finish was the reason this was occurring. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, but there was powderiness and an underlying sheerness that was present. Apple Mojito was noticeably faded after a mere eight hours, while other shades have worn better for longer (closer to the full ten hours Sephora claims). Over a good, creamy eyeshadow base, I think the powderiness would go away and the color would have more punch (and better wear).

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Apple Mojito (06)

B-
I really had to pack on this color, and I had to be careful not to blend it much--because the powdery texture made it easy to sheer out. It also was prone to fading faster than other eyeshadows in the range.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, February 11th, 2013

Sephora Banana Split (05) Eyeshadow
Sephora Banana Split (05) Eyeshadow

Sephora Banana Split (05) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering yellow.” It’s a brightened, sunshine yellow with warm, golden tones and a pearly finish–some shimmer but not a full-on frost. NARS Flowers 1 #5 is not quite as bright. Illamasqua Hype is matte. Make Up For Ever #24 is a cream product. MAC Bright Sunshine is lighter, more frosted.

It has a soft, smooth texture that’s incredibly pigmented and blends easily on the lid.  The powder is just a touch powdery, but I didn’t notice it as a major problem during application (e.g. so powdery that the pigment would sheer out if you attempted to blend it).  The color payoff was about the same both wet and dry, but it had a more shimmery finish when applied damp.  I wore Banana Split on the inner third of my lid, and it lasted for nine hours well and was just a bit faded after ten hours (no primer).

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Banana Split (05)

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Banana Split is incredibly pigmented and blendable. There was a touch of powderiness in the pan but didn't translate to the lid.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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