Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) is a limited edition set of twelve eyeshadows in shades of “deep tones of green, blue and gold.” The i-Divine Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “super-pigmented [and] long-lasting.” I think this is a worthwhile palette at this price point; there are a few misses, but there are enough hits to make it compelling. If you typically use primer, I think some of the misses will be more manageable. When Sleek nails it, they REALLY nail it, but when they miss, it’s usually by a fair amount, and I usually find their satin/matte shades to be a bit drier, which results in sheerer color payoff compared to their more shimmery shades that are usually amazing.

FYI, Sleek lists this as unavailable to ship to USA due to shipping regulations on their site, but it is also available for $9.99 (plus $2.50 shipping) via Amazon (I’ve only ordered Sleek via Amazon, and I’ve never had any issues–pretty quick to arrive, too!).

Scheherazade’s Tale is a light-medium, beige-brown with a metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a texture that felt almost creamy, so it applied very smoothly. It wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold Souk is a light-medium, sparkling yellow gold with warm undertones and a glittery, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture seemed to stick together, despite it being a more glittery shade. On me, the color wore well for nine and a half hours and had a smidgen of fall out (surprisingly little, though!). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Aladdin’s Lamp is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blend out. I was able to get nine hours of wear before it showed signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sultan’s Garden is a dark, smoky green with soft green and gold sparkle/shimmer. It was semi-sheer with a sheerer, drier texture that just didn’t yield good color payoff. On me, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hocus Pocus is a rich, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a frosted, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly intense, while the texture was buttery and smooth. This shade wore well for ten hours on me before it was showing slight creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Simbad’s Seas is a bold, rich bluish-purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had amazing color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly due to the soft, buttery texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Genie is a rich, medium-dark bronzy brown with a high-shine, metallic finish. This shade was very soft and intensely pigmented, so it was easy to over-apply, which made the metallic finish appear almost chunky. It was easier to apply on the lid knowing that, compared to when I initially swatched it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Magic is a blackened navy blue with a satin finish and subtle cool undertones. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly dry and stiff to work with. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before there was fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stallion is a medium-dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was dry and stiffer in the pan, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as other shades in the palette. On me, the shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sorcerer is a blackened navy blue–just a darker version than Black Magic–that has a faint bit of purple-ish micro-shimmer and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage that was still blendable, but the powder was a little drier and thinner. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Valley of Diamonds is a rich, medium-dark wine with gold sparkle over a satiny finish. It had really good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The color didn’t show signs of creasing until after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

1001 Nights is a rich, deep black with a pearly sheen. It had the creamiest texture of a powder I’ve ever experienced–it really felt like a cream eyeshadow. It was smooth and richly pigmented, and it lasted for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Arabian Nights

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9/10

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Scheherazade's Tale

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Gold Souk

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette
LORAC Navy Skinny Palette

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. While I liked the Nude palette, I found the Navy one to be rather powdery, particularly when I actually tried to use it and apply the colors to my lid. They just didn’t adhere well, and instead, had a tendency to look both powdery and uneven, plus they didn’t wear as long as the other palette did.

Navy #1 is a light, peachy-beige with warm, yellowish undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff but was fairly powdery, so it was prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #2 is a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so it wasn’t as blendable as I’d like. The color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and not powdery. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #4 is a golden, olive-brown with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, while the powder felt soft and was easily blended on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #5 is a light-medium taupe with a gray tint and a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, which was likely due to the soft, powdery nature of the texture, so the color sheered out considerably no matter how it was applied. On the lid, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #6 is a dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, though the texture was a little drier and stiffer to work with on the skin. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #7 is a medium black with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was on the powdery side, which resulted in semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. I had slight creasing after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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9/10

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7/10

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Navy #2

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette
LORAC Nude Skinny Palette

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette ($15.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a set of seven shades of warm-toned neutrals ranging from pale beige to reddish-brown. This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. I quite liked this one, so if you can find it, I think it’s well-worth considering for the wallet-friendly $15 price tag. I’ll be posting about the Navy palette tomorrow (which is also sold out online, sigh!), but a note in advance: not as impressive.

Zappos has it in stock! Thank you reader Jane for the heads up!!

Nude #1 is a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It was slightly powdery, had good color payoff, wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #2 is a brightened, medium orange-copper with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture is incredibly soft but almost a bit crumbly, though it is intensely pigmented. It lasted for eight hours on me with very slight fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #3 is a light-medium, muted orange brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, a soft, blendable texture, and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #4 is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the texture was soft, it was quite powdery, which made it a harder shade to work with. This shade was slightly faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #5 is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a softened frost finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before slightly creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #6 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was blendable and buttery, though a smidgen powdery. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #7 is a dark, burgundy brown with a mostly matte finish-. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft but slightly powdery. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Nude #2

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9/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a new powder eyeshadow formula that’s available in thirty shades. I thought I’d try these three next, as purples are notorious for being difficult to do well, so I wanted to see if Milani’s newest formula could rise to the occasion.

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink.” It’s a light, icy pink with cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was richly pigmented. The texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, but almost buttery and dense. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is smoother. Bobbi Brown Pink Lily (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Violet (14) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering violet purple.” It’s a muted, medim purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and then it intensified to semi-opaque coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was drier, a little more powdery and prone to disappearing–it did not adhere well to the skin. I tried applying it with a dampened brush on the lid, and it still just didn’t seem to layer or build well. What color managed to stick to the skin stayed on for seven hours. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is warmer. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Purple (15) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich purple satin matte.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque, softer color, while applied damp, it was richer, smoother, and more opaque. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it was easy to blend on the skin. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #2 (P) is lighter. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Bella Pink (13)

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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5/10

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6.5/10

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7/10

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Bella Purple (15)

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8/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes ($9.99 for 0.15 oz.) are a much welcomed addition to the world of blush!  The formula is amazing, and the price point just makes it all the sweeter, but these perform just as well as any other A-rated blush at $30+ (that’s why price doesn’t impact the ratings, so an A product is an A product, whether $5 or $50!).  The texture is phenomenal, as they’re soft, smooth, and blendable but not powdery.  They have good color payoff, wear well, and are all-around worth considering if you’re in need of blush.  I’d like to see a few deeper shades for darker skin tones, as well as a couple of contour and highlighting shades, added to the range in the future.

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush
Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light tan with salmon undertones.” It’s a muted, medium, rosy pink with a soft, pearly sheen. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is less shimmery. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and buttery, which made this blush easy to apply, because it was very blendable and applied evenly. It just didn’t take a lot of work to use, and it’s a more foolproof blush that I could see becoming someone’s go-to for everyday wear. It has a satiny finish that gets more luminous as it is sheered out and blended into the skin, but the shimmer never emphasizes pores. It had good, true-to-pan color payoff, and the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Spell Bound

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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5/5

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