Sunday, June 29th, 2014

I love colorful eyeshadows, and there have been some interesting palettes that have released over the years! If you’re in the market for something that’s not just neutrals, you may want to check out some of these. Too Faced Pretty Rebel and Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren both deserve honorable mentions; two of my favorites, but they are limited edition. I try to make these lists stand the test of time and avoid limited edition inclusions, but at this moment, both palettes are still available for purchase if they interest you. For now :)

  1. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry — a set of four, cool-toned shades
  2. bareMinerals The Elements — beige, orange, green, and blue for a particularly unique color combination
  3. Urban Decay Electric — for bold, bright near-neons
  4. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical — if you love purple, this one’s for you
  5. Sleek Sunset — bright golds, yellows, and coppers
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Acid Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek MakeUP Acid Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek MakeUP Acid Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) consists of twelve eyeshadows with a neon theme. This palette has been restricted for purchase through Sleek MakeUP directly due to the neon pigments used in some of the eyeshadows, as they are not FDA approved for use on the immediate eye area. Sleek MakeUP is a UK-based brand, and the palette and its shades are considered eye-safe in the EU and Canada. At present, I didn’t see any information indicating any of this or that it might not be deliverable to the U.S.; I was able to get all the way to payment info and didn’t see anything rejecting me, but it might happen on the final step.

With Urban Decay’s Electric Palette due out next week, I thought now would be a good time to review this palette from Sleek. There is slight overlap (Savage and Jilted), but there are some differences as well; I think if you’re looking for more of a genuinely neon and matte palette, the Acid palette is a better option, though I’m not keen on the quality of the palette. The quality of the Acid palette is more hit or miss with the more matte, neon-hued shades–they have a chalkier texture that prevents them from binding and yielding really good pigmentation. The more frosted, shimmery shades are really lovely to work with, as they have almost creamy textures and fantastic color payoff.

Acid #1 is a vibrant, fuchsia-magenta with cool, blue undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and this shade is prone to staining but wears without fading or creasing for eight hours. Urban Decay Jilted (P) is very similar. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is lighter. Urban Decay Junkshow (LE, $18.00) is very similar. Make Up For Ever #26 (P, $20.00) is matte, more magenta. See comparison swatches.

Acid #2 is a neutral-to-warm white with a matte finish. The texture was somewhat dry and stiff to work with, which resulted in semi-sheer color payoff. It wore well for six and a half hours before it started to fade. As it is a basic shade, there are plenty of variations available — see comparison swatches.

Acid #3 is a bright pop of neon yellow–think highlighter yellow–that leans almost a little green-ish. It had a matte finish with semi-sheer color payoff. It pops a lot more if patted over a white base, but the chalky, powdery texture keeps it from being easily used on its own or over a regular primer. This shade stains somewhat, and it lasts about seven hours before there’s noticeable fading and light creasing. MAC Bright Yellow (P, $15.00) is warmer, more muted. Inglot #370 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Acid #4 is a brightened, tangerine orange with a matte finish. The texture was soft–just a smidgen powdery–and very blendable, while the pigmentation was good. This shade wore well for eight hours before showing slight signs of fading. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is a touch darker. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is very similar. Inglot #123R Top (P, $6.00) is more orange, less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Acid #5 is a vibrant, medium-dark cornflower blue with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is less frosted, so it appears darker. See comparison swatches.

Acid #6 is a light-medium, sky blue with a glittery, frosted finish. The texture was chunky, so it didn’t apply smoothly, though it still managed to have fairly good pigmentation. It wore well for about eight hours, but I had noticeable fall out. NARS South Pacific #2 (P, $24.00) is more muted, less frosted. MAC Styledriven (P, $21.00) is lighter, less frosted. MAC Divine Blue (LE, $19.50) is more muted. Make Up For Ever #25 (P, $23.00) is a cream product, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Acid #7 is a medium-dark, magenta purple with a matte finish. The texture was really dry and stiff to work with, so it was difficult to get good color payoff and blending was challenging. It started to show signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE, $16.00) is darker, purpler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Infamous (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $24.00) is warmer, more muted. MAC Infra-violet (LE, $18.50) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Statement (LE) is darker. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Acid #8 is a light-medium, yellow-toned green with a chartreuse sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture wasn’t as stiff as the previous shade, but it wasn’t as smooth or as easy to use as a really nice eyeshadow is. The color began fading at the eight-hour mark. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Browbone (LE, $2.29) is less warm-toned. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. bareMinerals Icon (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Acid #9 is a neon magenta with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was dry, chalky, and powdery, and the resulting color payoff was semi-sheer and uneven, which made this shade difficult to use. It will stain the skin, and it wears seven hours before I noticed some fading and creasing. Urban Decay Savage (P) is very similar. MAC Magenta Madness (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is more muted, less magenta. Make Up For Ever #75 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Acid #10 is a neon, light-medium green with a matte finish. Unfortunately, the texture was dry and chalky, which meant the pigmentation was semi-sheer and less blendable. The color managed to stay on for about seven hours, but it also stained. MAC Wondergrass (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted, shimmery. Illamasqua Fledgling (P) is much darker. See comparison swatches.

Acid #11 is a medium, cool-toned silver-shimmered gray with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly smooth but a little dry. It wore well for eight hours before lightly creasing. Another more basic shade with lots of similar shades — see comparison swatches.

Acid #12 is a deep, dark black with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It was soft, though powdery, so it was more blendable and buildable in color. It wore well for almost nine hours before starting to fade along the edges. Like the white eyeshadow in the palette, it’s a basic shade, so you’ll find plenty of options available — see comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette
Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Californ.I.A. Blush by 3 Palette ($14.99 for 0.45 oz.) includes three shades of cream blush, which means there’s no worries about powder shades getting into the cream blush shades. If you love corals, this is a palette designed for you; it features a pink-coral, peach-pink, and coral-orange, so it covers all of the bases.

Newport Peach is a light-medium, pink-coral with a luminous, dewy finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was creamy, blendable, and easy to apply. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is a powder. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker, powder. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker, powder. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is pinker, powder. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, powder. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is a powder. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Flaming Chic (LE, $25.00) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

The Surf is a light, peachy-pink with gold shimmer. It applies lighter than it looks in the pan, and the color coverage is semi-sheer–though it is somewhat buildable–so if you have a medium-dark or deeper skin tone, I suspect this will work primarily as highlighter. The shimmer isn’t too large and only slightly emphasized pores if I was really looking up-close. It wore well for seven hours before starting to become patchy. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Shell Pearl (LE, $24.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

OC is a medium, coral-orange with a satiny, slightly dewy, finish. This shade was more buildable on the skin, and the color coverage seemed more semi-opaque and truer-to-pan. It dried down to less of a luminous finish than Newport Peach. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to show signs of fading. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is a powder, more orange, darker. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is a powder. MAC Something Special (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph (P, $28.00) is more orange, darker. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches or view on The Dupe List.

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Monday, February 10th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette
Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette ($14.99 for 0.68 oz.) includes three shades of blush. This particular palette has two powder blushes and one cream blush. Icing Sugar was unfortunately a huge miss in this palette–dry, powdery texture with little color payoff and was quick to fade, while Pink Mint was nicely pigmented with a lovely texture and better wear. The cream blush, Macaroon, in the middle was average in regards to wear but was easy to apply and had good color payoff. Because of just how powdery Icing Sugar is, it is very easy to get powder from it into the cream blush, so the palette can get a little messy.

Icing Sugar is a muted, medium pinky-plum with cool undertones and a silver sparkle over a satiny finish. I was quite disappointed by this blush, because the texture was dry, crumbly, and powdery, which resulted in really poor color payoff that was somewhat uneven. The powder just didn’t want to adhere or stick to the skin in any way–I packed and packed it on then blended furiously to get any color on my cheeks. The color wore well for six and a half hours on me. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is less sparkly, brighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is brighter. Urban Decay Temper (LE) is less shimmery, brighter. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted, less sparkly. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Gentle (P, $25.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Macaroon is a cool-toned, medium pink with a creamy, luminous finish. It is a cream blush, and it had good color payoff, and the texture was lightly creamy and easy to blend on the skin. The color lasted for just over seven hours on me. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is lighter, powder. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is powder. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Pink Mint is a medium-dark, muted orange with a rusty, reddish tone and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me before showing signs of fading. (Really wish Icing Sugar had been half as lovely as this shade.) It just slightly emphasizes pores. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is browner, more muted. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is pinker, less frosted. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Ring of Saturn (LE, $25.00) is darker, bolder. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is pinker, less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Garden of Eden i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek MakeUP Garden of Eden i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek MakeUP Garden of Eden Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) is an earth-toned palette that features six warmer, more neutral shades, and then six cooler-toned, more green-hued options, for a total of twelve eyeshadows. Sleek’s formula for their frosts is very soft, smooth, and they almost feel like a cream product. The frostier shades tended to have good color payoff, and they were easy to work with. The more matte the base, the more problematic they seemed with some being decent and a couple having very sheer color payoff and stiffer, drier textures.  On average, the eyeshadows wore for eight and a half hours before fading, except in the case of some of those more stubborn mattes, then it was closer to eight hours.  The color combination is interesting, and there are many things to like about the palette, but there are some stiffer, sheerer colors in this palette that are disappointing.

Normally, I buy Sleek MakeUP through a seller via Amazon, but it looks like the palette is out of stock/unavailable currently (I know it was up a couple of days ago, so hopefully it’ll be back soon). You can purchase through Sleek directly, even if you do not live in the UK. The palette itself permanent, but if you want the palette with the special packaging, the specially-packaged version is limited edition.

Gates of Eden is a medium, slightly muted, coppery orange with a golden, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is more metallic. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is browner. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is more metallic, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is lighter, more golden. LORAC Gold (P) is slightly warmer/darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is more metallic, lighter. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Eve’s Kiss is a soft, muted, pinky mauve with a frosted finish and subtle warm undertone. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth to work with. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is pinker. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is warmer. theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Bordello (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Paradise on Earth is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe-brown with a metallic finish. The texture is soft, smooth, and almost creamy–and it is very, very pigmented. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is warmer and a cream product. Chanel Ebloui (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is grayer. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Python is a medium-dark, reddish-orange-toned brown with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was a little drier and stiffer to work with than the other frosted finishes in the palette. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is less metallic. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Forbidden is a cool-toned, gray-tinged, medium-dark plum with a satin-matte finish. It had a soft texture, and the resulting pigmentation was fairly good–it was also buildable to fully opaque color in two to three layers. MAC Bruised Sky (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Benefit Rain Check (P, $20.00) is slightlyh purpler. Inglot #358 (P, $6.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Flora is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with as satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to blend on the skin. MAC Dark Brew (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Sable (P) is darker. MAC Brown Script (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Entwined is a medium, subtly yellow-toned brown with an almost neutral-to-cool undertone overall. The texture was very stiff, and it was difficult to get color to dislodge from the surface; felt like I really had to jab my brush against the surface to get at the powder. It also faded faster than other shades. Tarina Tarantino Hollyhock (LE) is more satiny. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is darker. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Namaste (P) is darker. Bobbi Brown Stone (LE, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Adam’s Apple is a light-medium, yellow-toned chartreuse green with a matte finish. As a huge fan of all things chartreuse, the powderiness of this shade just hurt it so badly–it has trouble adhering to the skin, so it doesn’t build up color well as it just sheers away as soon as you try to blend it. It also noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Aveda Lemongrass (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #5 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Juxt (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker. Inglot #364 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Fig is a light-medium, golden green with a metallic finish. It’s yellower and much more shimmery/reflective compared to Adam’s Apple. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft but a little stiff. Aveda Lemongrass (LE, $14.00) MAC Juxt (P, $15.00) Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is less metallic. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is greener. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Evergreen is a light-medium, subtly yellow-toned green with a frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation–it could have been more opaque–but the texture was soft. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99) is less metallic, darker. Fyrinnae Dragon’s Wing (P, $6.80) is brighter. MAC Guacamole (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Fauna is a medium-dark, muted forest green with subtle warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it was buildable to fully opaque color. It had a soft, smooth texture but was slightly dry. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer. Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.80) is slightly darker. Too Faced Evergreen (LE, $16.00) is less frosted. Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned, darker. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

Tree of Life is a brightened, medium-dark green with a mostly matte finish and an almost neutral undertone. If you blend it out, you can see a slight yellow undertone but when it is more opaque, it looks almost cool-toned. The texture was somewhat stiff to work with, though it was buildable and with a little work, can be intensely pigmented. MAC Bottle Green (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Hajar Karim (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #53 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned, less green. Inglot #333 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Choosing my top ten favorite palettes from the ones I tested and reviewed in 2013 was a lot more difficult than I anticipated! To give you an idea on how stiff the competition was, there were 128 reviews filed under “makeup palettes,” so you can see there were plenty to choose from! (And if you were curious, I have 1,261 posts filed under “reviews,” and the majority of those posts feature more than one shade, for the past year.) I considered which ones gave me warm, fuzzy feelings, that were high quality, and that I could really reach for over and over again. With those things in mind, here are my favorites…

What were your favorite palettes that you tried this past year?

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