Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow

For spring, Sephora added four new Mirror finish eyeshadows to their already-massive Colorful Eyeshadow range. These are very… un-spring-like in a way, as three of the shades are darker and smokier than the pastels we typically see during the season, so it’s a refreshing set of shades. Looking at the other shades that existed previously, they’re good choices to help round out the colors with this finish. The Mirror finish is supposed to be highly pigmented with “the highest possible shine.” Sephora’s Colorful eyeshadow formula boasts a 10-hour wear time with “an ultrasmooth, blendable texture.”

Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a gold-leaning pewter with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was almost cream-like and applied smoothly overall. It wore well for almost nine hours and had almost no fall out over time. bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is less metallic. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is lighter, less golden. MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is less sparkly. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is a cream. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Planet Earth (99) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with green and gold micro-sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had more of a neutral undertone–not quite cool, not quite warm. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me with very minor fall out. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Across the Universe (100) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a smoky, navy blue with lighter, brighter blue sparkle and shimmer and a pearly sheen. They can’t all be winners, and this one was a miss–the texture was drier, stiffer, and the resulting color payoff was semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It seemed to fade faster than the other shades as I could see some fading and some fall out after seven hours. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is more muted. Sugarpill Magpie (P, $12.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Star-Crossed Lovers (103) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and larger pink micro-glitter and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, but it seemed to have chunkier glitter than the other three, so I had some noticeable fall out by the eighth hour, though the color itself seemed to do well for nine hours. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is less sparkly, darker. MAC Da Bling (P, $15.00) is less sparkly, more muted. Make Up For Ever #24E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

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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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