Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Eyeshadow Palette
Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Eyeshadow Palette

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes four full-sized eyeshadows (so it’s a $48 value). You can also purchase each of the eyeshadows individually for $12. The colors are interesting pops of color that are fun to see and try to use together. The texture of the eyeshadows seemed a little drier than usual, particularly with Hotsy Totsy, which was dry and almost clumpy–very odd for a pressed eyeshadow. Surprisingly, Frostine was the best, despite being such a light shade (and purple, always a challenge). They wore well once on the eye, but there is a lot of fall out during application that makes it a messier palette to use.

Kitten Parade is described as a “shimmery peach with opulent golden sheen.” It’s a coral-pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was slightly dry and powdery, which made the color payoff weaker (semi-opaque). It wore well for eight hours. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is darker, more orange. Too Faced Paper Roses (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Clinique Pink and Plenty (P, $17.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is lighter. Lancome Kitten Heel (P, $19.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frostine is described as a “frosty pale lavender.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned lavender with a subtle sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was a smidgen powdery but very silky and smooth, so it was easier to work with and blend on the skin. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Milani Bella Violet (14) (P, $3.99) is darker. MAC Great Beyond #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is lighter. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Beautiful Iris (P, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is more shimmery. Inglot #440 (P, $6.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

CandyCrush is described as a “glistening mint pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, aqua blue with a frosted, silvery-white shimmer. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was dry and looser, so it felt a little crumbly applied. This resulted in a fair amount of fall out during application and made it harder to apply to the skin, as the powder didn’t bind well or smooth over the skin easily. Once on, I was able to get eight hours of wear out of this shade. Stila Aquamarine (P) is less shimmery. Dior Dulcinee #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is similar. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hotsy Totsy is described as a “sweet magenta with iridescent fairy sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool undertones and pink and white shimmer over a matte finish. The texture was drier and powdery, where some of the powder would clump together while you were applying the rest. This is a shade that needed to be patted on very gently and packed into place to get decent vibrancy out of it. Applied, the color stayed on well for eight hours. Too Faced Monaco (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Tease with Ease (DC, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Brash & Bold (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Yesterday, I shared my favorite cool-toned purple eyeshadows, so I wanted to feature my favorite warm-toned purples, too! I’d love to hear your favorites.

  1. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry — a shimmery, frosted medium purple
  2. Sugarpill Hysteric — an ultra-shimmery warm violet
  3. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister — a warm, medium purple
  4. NARS Phoebe — a shimmering, plummy purple
  5. Makeup Geek Drama Queen — a deepened, warm-toned purple burgundy

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Continuing with the theme of all things scorching hot, how about a focus on orange eyeshadow? I’d love to hear about your personal favorites and how you like to wear orange eyeshadow.

  1. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica — a light-medium, shimmery tangerine
  2. Make Up For Ever #10 — a bold, bright orange cream eyeshadow
  3. Sugarpill Flamepoint — a bright, red-orange with a matte finish
  4. MAC Red Brick — a medium orange-red with a matte finish
  5. NARS Persia — a deepened, dark orange-red with a matte finish

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

What I love about the color of pewter is the variety… it can lean cool, silvery or warmer, more like a dirty, antique gold. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Sephora Lunar Eclipse — a sparkling silver and gold mix
  2. MAC Antique Diamond — a medium-dark pewter with warm undertones
  3. Dior Etoile — a light, shimmering silver and gold
  4. Sugarpill Tiara — — a silver-leaning pewter
  5. L’Oreal Gilded Envy — a dark pewter with bronze and antique gold shimmer

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

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
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

I love purple eyeshadow!  It’s such a great shade to use on the outer lid or crease when paired with golds, pinks, corals, and aquas.  These are five of my current top picks for anyone on the hunt for a fun purple eyeshadow to try!  (You can see them all here in the Swatch Gallery.)  What are your favorites? What would you recommend to other readers?

  1. Sugarpill Hysteric — a sparkling, medium purple with warm undertones
  2. Urban Decay Flash — a light-medium, cool-toned purple
  3. Inglot #439 — a medium-dark, rich purple with a frosted finish
  4. Make Up For Ever #92 — a deep, vibrant purple with a matte finish
  5. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted, cool-toned purple with a satin finish