Monday, February 10th, 2014

Sephora Night Owl (93) Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Night Owl (93) Colorful Eyeshadow

This spring, Sephora added five new Lustre Matte finish eyeshadows to their Color Eyeshadow range. I have four of the five here that I’ve tested (I don’t have Berry Crush at this time). This is a really nice finish for someone who likes the idea of mattes but often finds them troublesome to apply and/or blend, as these are easier to blend and use, but they aren’t too shimmery.

Sephora Night Owl (93) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “royal blue purple.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark purple with a satin sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though it was buildable to opaque color. The texture was soft, silky, and easy to blend, and it lasted well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Makeup Geek Duchess (P, $5.99) is warmer, more muted. Disney by Sephora Mystical Wonder (LE) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Rio (91) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft orange.” It’s a muted, medium orange with a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture, while silky and smooth, was a little powdery, so this was a shade that I felt like I kept patting on and not getting the intensity as seen in the pan. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before looking faded around the edges. Over a primer, it was less problematic in that regard. NARS Ramatuelle #3 (LE, $24.00) is more muted, more shimmery. MAC Coral (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #5 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Desert Rose (90) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm light rose.” It’s a soft, light peach with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. There’s just a hint of pink, and it’s more noticeable if you had a true peach next to it. The color payoff was fantastic–rich and opaque–while the texture was soft and blendable. I didn’t notice any fading until after the eighth hour of wear. MAC Warm Breeze (P, $15.00) is lighter. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is more matte. MAC Bare Minimum (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Swan Song (89) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale shell pink.” It’s a pink-tinged white with a mostly matte finish. I didn’t get much of a satiny sheen with this shade like I did with the other three. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. This shade wore well for almost eight hours before showing signs of fading along the edges. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is very similar. MAC Ever Ivory(P, $21.00) is more beige. MAC Flounce (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is warmer. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #3 (P) is similar. theBalm Matt Chung (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

When it comes to eyeshadows, by and large, most of the ones covered these days are found in palettes! There are definitely plenty of reviews of singles, but palettes outnumber them easily. To compile this list, though, I only think it’s fair to focus on the singles (that’s why there’s a whole top ten for palettes, so they’re not left out!) that made my heart pitter-patter and go all aflutter.  As always, I tried to go across formulas and colors, picking the best of the best, though I couldn’t help myself from choosing two from Dior’s new cream formula.

What eyeshadows captured your attention this past year?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

When it comes to lipgloss, I personally fall in love with two types:  insanely pigmented, nearly opaque colors or glimmering, dazzling, sparkling, and shimmering ones–but they have to be loaded with sparkle (and yet, they can’t feel gritty!).  Over the years, while stickiness isn’t a deal-breaker, I don’t like heavy, thick, goopy kind of glosses.  Reflecting on glosses I’ve tested out this past year, here were the ones I picked for my top ten!

What were your must-have lipglosses from 2013?

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?

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Sephora Black Friday 2013 Deals
Sephora Black Friday 2013 Deals

Sephora’s Black Friday Deals are coming, and there are a ton of them! Sephora’s Dealtopia” will be available online and in-stores on November 29th, 2013 (Black Friday), while supplies last. Here is a direct link to the $10 deals:  click here Each of the following deals will be $10:

  • Wei Pore Purifying & Brightening Collection (miniature sizes)
  • Tocca Florence Travel Fragrance Duo
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple (12 fl. oz.)
  • bareMinerals Enchanting Eyes (Eyeshadow Duo and Miniature-sized Prime Time)
  • LORAC Fan Favorite (Eyeshadow and Eyeliner)
  • Clean Rollerball Set (miniature sizes)
  • Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit (miniature size)
  • Nails Inc. Crystaltastic Nails
  • Bliss Soay Suds Body Wash + Bubble Bath (16 oz., available in four scents)
  • Tarte Little Miracles Best Selling Essentials (miniature sizes)
  • Josie Maran Argan Hand Healers Set (miniature sizes)
  • Vita Liberata Rich Face + Mini Mitt Duo (miniature sizes)
  • Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Palette (available in three varieties)
  • Stila Collage of Color Lip & Cheek Palette
  • Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift Treatment (miniature size)
  • Buxom Curtain Call Set (Mascara + Full-On Lipstick)
  • Sephora Collection Sparklers Brush Set
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Amazing Eyes Set (miniature sizes)
  • Buxom Havana Full-On Lipstick
  • Alterna Caviar Moisture Trio (miniature sizes)
  • The Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Set (miniature sizes)
  • Living Proof The Full Collection (miniature sizes)
  • Boscia Pore Perfection Set (miniature sizes)
  • Formula X Asap Real Nail Lacquer Duo Pack
  • Ole Henriksen Clean Sweep Duo (miniature sizes)
  • Bite Lush Lip Trio (miniature sizes)

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Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Sephora Red Glow Metallic Glow Lustrous Lip Shine
Sephora Red Glow Metallic Glow Lustrous Lip Shine

Sephora Red Glow Metallic Glow Lustrous Lip Shine ($13.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, cool-toned, pinky-red with a ruby red, metallic shimmer. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find anything that was all that similar to this shade. MAC Ready to Roam (LE, $15.00) is redder. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is less metallic. Chanel Fatale (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, sheerer. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

When I was making my VIB order a couple of weeks ago, I saw this show up as a new formula, and it caught my attention so I figured I’d try a red shade for the holidays. It’s supposed to be long-wearing, creamy, and richly pigmented with a “luminous foil finish.” The consistency is medium-weight and spreads evenly and smoothly. It’s non-sticky for most of the time, though it gets just lightly tacky towards the last hour of wear. It doesn’t cling, but it doesn’t bleed or feather either (worth mentioning, though, is that I don’t usually encounter feathering/bleeding). It was nicely pigmented and didn’t settle into lip lines. It has a softly metallic finish; it’s part metallic, part straight-up glossy. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. I couldn’t detect any scent to the gloss.

I was hoping the formula was going to be similar to Hourglass’ Extreme Sheen, but this is definitely not as metallic. It’s a nice shimmery gloss, though, that has more of a pearly, glossy sheen.

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