Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo
Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo ($19.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold” and an “icy silver.”  Each eyeshadow is 0.13 oz., which is over double the average-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz.), and the price point is very palatable for two shades.  A lot of the duos, though, are more basic than not, so whether any are must-haves depends on the size of your stash.

  • Mr. Gold is a medium yellow gold with a soft, frosted shimmer finish. The color payoff is good, but it could be a little denser in texture to give it really excellent color payoff. MAC Sweet & Sour is less yellow. Bare Escentuals Remix is slightly darker. Bare Escentuals Aspire is similar. MAC Goldmine is very similar.
  • Mr. Silver is a medium silver with a frosted, metallic finish. As with Mr. Gold, the color payoff was just good — it wasn’t as intense or as pigmented as Tarina Tarantino’s line has been in general. MAC Misty is similar, slightly more metallic. Giorgio Armani #12 is a smidgen lighter.

This wasn’t my favorite set, mostly because of the quality.  It’s good, but it’s not great, and so many of Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadows are fantastic. The texture on these was a little drier–not quite as creamy or as dense–so the pigmentation was less than many other shades. I felt that it performed just as nicely on the lid as other shades, and both shades were buildable to fully opaque color on the lid with or without a base. When I wore the shades to test the wear, I achieved seven hours with no fading or creasing (with slight fading around the edges after eight) when applied over bare lids, but I didn’t have any problems after eight hours when applied over a primer.

The Glossover

palette

Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver

A-

This is a really basic duo, and depending on how you like to use your duo eyeshadows, this one isn't so workable together. They're very contrasting colors, and I liked them better mixed with other shades in my stash rather than together.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen
Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a semi-opaque, vibrant, medium-dark pink-red with a subtle warm undertone. MAC Impassioned is brighter. MAC Moxie is pinker. MAC Party Parrot is lighter. Guerlain Gigi is a smidgen brighter. NARS Funny Face has an iridiescent sheen. MAC Full Fuchsia has more fuchsia in it.

The Conditioning Lip Sheen formua is supposed to be a “lightweight, conditioning lipstick that delivers medium pigmentation and shine.” It’s scent- and taste-free. Each lipstick is pakcaged in a gunmetal-colored metal tube with two rows of “crystals” going around the bottom of the cap. Despite the metal finish, fingerprints stay relatively well-disguised (under bright light and if you’re paying attention, you’ll notice some).  It comes with a little more than the average lipstick–this contains 0.12 oz., and many lipsticks are right around 0.10 oz.

It’s a thinner, lightweight formula that still has some slip, so it glides across the lips, depositing even color as it goes.  It delivers almost opaque color, but there’s an underlying sheerness–you can still make out my lip freckle quite easily–so it’s not fully opaque. Because the texture is spreadable, you could also use a lot less for more of a stained lip look. This is not really what I envisioned this looking like, given its name, as it’s not really fuchsia–more pink and red, not quite coral. It’s bold and just shy of being a true bright lip color, so it’ll be a nice addition to any summer routine.  Fuchsia Lining wore for five and a half hours, and it was moderately moisturizing while it wore and my lips still felt good to go for a couple of hours post-wear.

The Glossover

coming-soon

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen Review, Photos, Swatches

A
It's bold and just shy of being a true bright lip color, so it'll be a nice addition to any summer routine. The formula is lightweight, feels comfortable to wear, lasts a good while (but this is a more intense shade), and keeps lips hydrated.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo
Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo ($19.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains a “bright copper” and a “bright champagne.”

Both shades have a really soft, dense, almost creamy texture that’s buttery and smooth as silk.  Amber is nicely pigmented, while Elektron could use just a wee bit more pigmentation, though it seems to perform better on the eye than merely swatched on the skin.  The two work together nicely, but I think I’d have preferred to have seen Elektron with a less metallic finish–then it could work really well as both a brightening shade on the lid as well as a highlighter. Using it as both with Amber in the crease comes off very metallic.  When I wore this duo, both shades last a full eight hours without creasing or fading–whether they were over a primer or applied to bare lids.

It’s a good bang for your buck; you’re getting two full-sized eyeshadows, which are over double the size of the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.13 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.). The two shades offer what a brand offers in a quad!  Of course, then we have to consider whether one would use up either shade and whether such a high amount is really a value.

The Glossover

palette

Amber/Elektron

A

The duo works together, but I recognize that both shades are dupeable, so it may not be a must-have, depending on the size of your stash. The quality is good overall, though, and this duo will flatter warmer complexions, especially during the summer.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.54 oz.) consists of six full-sized eyeshadows inspired by The Emerald City. They include: Glinda’s Kiss (iridescent white), Silver Shoes (pearlized silver), Dandy Lion (pearlized olive green), Saw Dust Heart (matte deep brown), Ozma (pearlized aqua blue), and Very Wicked (pearlized emerald green).

Glinda’s Kiss is a pale white with a white gold sheen. It has great color payoff, but it is a shade that is dupeable–and Tarina Tarantino has already put similar shades in a few of her palettes. Bare Escentuals One Hit Wonder is creamier, less frosted, slightly yellower. Tarina Tarantino Delightful and Tarina Tarantino Dreamy are more frosted, less metallic, subtler yellowness. MAC Manila Paper much yellower. MAC Nylon is yellower. Bare Escentuals Breathtaking is very similar, slightly less white. Urban Decay Zephyr is less yellow-toned.

Silver Shoes is a dark charcoal gray with a frosted shimmer-sheen. It has excellent pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. Maybelline Audacious Asphalt is very similar though in a cream form. Tarina Tarantino Lovely has a pretty similar gray shade. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is slightly darker and bluer-toned. Urban Decay Gunmetal is bluer-toned. theBalm Inspirational is also similar but bluer-toned.

Dandy Lion is a deep olive green with a dirty gold shimmer-sheen. It has intense color payoff and a really soft, smooth texture. Dior Garden Pastels has a lighter, more green shade. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful has a much darker, more cool-toned green. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here has a browner, less green-toned version. MAC Sumptuous Olive is browner, less green. Inglot #433 is more golden, less green.

Saw Dust Heart is a dark burgundy chocolate brown with a matte finish. It has rich pigmentation (it applies even better on the lid). It has a similar color to NARS Ponderosa, without the shimmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is less brown. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is a little lighter and has shimmer. MAC Smut is a little darker and has shimmer.

Ozma is a blue-teal with a metallic shimmer-sheen. The color payoff is rich and intense, and the texture feels like butter. MAC Rain Drop is darker. Milani Primary Runway Eyes has a shade that’s a bit bluer. Milani Teal the Truth is more teal. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is more frosted, less metallic, but the colors are very similar. Inglot #413 is a bit lighter.

Very Wicked is a dark brownish-green–it has this murky olive brown base with dusted forest green sheen. The pigmentation was spot on. OCC Poison is the closest dupe, though it has a much darker, blacker base color. Make Up For Ever #84 is greener.

Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadow formula is AMAZING! — seriously one of my absolute favorites on the market and one of the more affordable formulas, too. The color payoff is excellent across the board, and the texture is buttery, dense, soft, and silky smooth. These apply as beautifully as they swatch, too. I wore Glinda’s Kiss, Dandy Lion, Ozma, and Very Wicked together to test out the wear–both with and without a primer–and after twelve hours, I didn’t have any creasing or fading either way. I applied them all dry, though her eyeshadows can be used both wet and dry.

Now, there is one glaring downside to this product, and it bothered me from the moment I opened up the palette: the size is unnecessarily large. There is a lot of wasted space in this palette, and while it’s slim, it’s still obnoxiously large. I was bummed about the packaging, because if it had been tighter and more like her other palettes (or just smaller), this would have been an A+ product all day long. Know that the contents are A++++ and its the size of the palette that holds it back.

It’s made out of heavy-duty cardboard, so it’s not the same plastic compacts that her other eyeshadow palettes and duos have been packaged in. Cardboard has its advantages and disadvantages–it’s much, much better if you’re prone to dropping products, because the cardboard will absorb more of the impact compared to plastic. Cardboard can be tossed around more easily without causing breakage of the eyeshadows, but it will show scuffs, dents, scratches, and wear and tear around the edges while plastic compacts won’t.

P.S. — Both Sephora and the back of the palette itself list the product weight as 6 x 0.9 oz. but also as 2.5g–2.5g is actually 0.09 oz. Based on the size of the eyeshadows compared to her other palettes and the various eyeshadows on the market, 0.09 oz. makes sense. Most eyeshadows are around 0.05 oz. (like MAC and Urban Decay), so six shades at nearly double that size for $36 is a great deal.

The Glossover

palette

Emerald Pretty

A+

Tarina Tarantino's eyeshadow formula is AMAZING! -- seriously one of my absolute favorites on the market and one of the more affordable formulas, too. The color payoff is excellent across the board, and the texture is buttery, dense, soft, and silky smooth. These apply as beautifully as they swatch, too. You may or may not have similar shades, though, as more than a few shades are dupeable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

5 Fantastic Coral-Pink Blushes

If you’re not enamored of corals as much as I am, you may lump them all together as “coral,” but there is a definite distiction between a coral-pink and a coral-orange (and to an extent, coral-red!). There are corals that pull pinker, so they appear less warm, peach, and orange on the skin tone, while there are corals that pull warmer, so they appear redder, more orange, and peachier.

  1. Tarina Tarantino Parasol — shimmering coral-pink with a champagne shimmer-sheen
  2. NARS Orgasm — classic pink base with golden sheen that translates to a pink-coral
  3. theBalm Frat Boy — coral pink with just a faint sheen
  4. MAC Posey — pink-coral cream blush
  5. Tarte Glisten — medium-dark pink base color with a golden sheen

What’s your favorite coral-pink blush?

Monday, March 26th, 2012

5 Beautiful Cool-Toned Brown Eyeshadows

Cool-toned browns tend to lean just a little gray, but not gray enough to become taupe.

What’s your favorite cool-toned brown eyeshadow?