Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild I'm Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) consists of a lime green, medium-dark blue, and a pink-plum. It’s one of six limited edition trios that will be popping in drugstores this July. The Color Icon formula is described as “high-pigmentation” that “lasts and lasts.”

This palette was an exercise in hope, frustration, and utter disappointment. When Wet ‘n’ Wild first launched the Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios, they were amazing and made a believer out of me of highly pigmented eyeshadow for under $5. I remember paying $10 for each trio on eBay because they sold out so quickly locally, and even at $10, they were totally worth it. So, when I first saw all the beautiful bright and bold colors Wet ‘n’ Wild was launching for summer, I truly couldn’t wait to swatch. Look at the trio: it’s like POW! color! and it screams summer. I swatched, and I deflated a little: everything was so soft that it crumbled and disintegrated into a semi-loose powder, but the pigmentation seemed manageable.

On the lid, it was the stuff of nightmares. It’s not a color combination I’d think of, but I was determined to at least try them together, and so I did. Over bare lids, over NARS’ Smudge Proof, over Wet ‘n’ Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer, over Urban Decay Primer Potion, and over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and it was disappointing across the board. I tried an arsenal of brushes as well as sponge-tip applicators (including the ones that came in the palette). The consistency was just so powdery that it needed a slightly tacky, creamy base to adhere, bind, and build. Otherwise, the product wouldn’t stick, and you’d pack and pack the color on until you had more underneath your eye than on it, and by the time you did the other eye, it looked faded and uneven. I felt so defeated that I thought, “It’s the color combination. It just doesn’t work. Let me try it with Inglot eyeshadows…” and in two minutes–really just throwing it on as an experiment–and it was like, “No, it’s not me, it’s you!” Because Inglot was pigmented, even, and the colors could actually be used together without turning into a muddy, powdery mess.

I’m Seeing Triples Browbone is a warm-toned, lime green with a satin finish. It had a slightly powdery texture but was the least powdery of the three. It had semi-opaque color payoff. Sephora Apple Mojito is slightly darker, less warm-toned. Sugarpill Acidberry is brighter. MAC Lucky Green is more shimmery. Illamasqua Pivot is more matte. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Dream of Greenie has a lime green shade that’s a bit more neon and shimmery but better performing. See comparison swatches.

I’m Seeing Triples Crease is a medium-dark blue with a nearly matte finish. It’s actually an interesting blue, because there’s a little cobalt in there, that gives it a cooler tone and look, and it is more unique than not. It seemed to have really nice color payoff, but it was very powdery, so it has to be patted on the lid with very minimal blending or else it sheers out a lot. Urban Decay Radium is darker, more muted, shimmery. MAC Winkle is lighter. Inglot #369 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

I’m Seeing Triples Eyelid is a pinky-plum with a nearly matte finish–if you can get it to be opaque, you’ll see more of the satin finish come out. This one was noticeably sheer even swatched, and it was the hardest to apply on the lid. Disney Sha La La is more berry-ish. Sugarpill 2AM is cooler-toned, purpler. MAC Vibrant Grape is deeper. MAC Plum Dressing is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Is there any redemption? It’s $2.99. With a sufficiently tacky base (I’m thinking NYX Milk would be an excellent budget-friendly option that many already have in their stashes), it could be worth playing around with. I tried just the green and blue shades over Milani’s Winter White Shadow Eyez (eyeshadow pencil), which is shimmery so it amplified the finish of both eyeshadows, and the difference is dramatic–it doesn’t even look like the same product. They both applied better, and they wore longer, too–about eight hours before there looked to be fading (though the Shadow Eyez last around ten hours or better on me alone) but no creasing. The wear of the eyeshadows over regular primer didn’t cause creasing, but the shadows looked sad and faded after six hours. On bare lids, all three had completely disappeared after four hours (it did not “last and last” as promised).

I have a few of the other trios to test still, and I’ve only worn one other one, which wasn’t as bad as this one (not particularly impressive), so I’m still holding out hope that I just happened to start with the worst of the trios this time around.  Cross your fingers for me! :)

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Is there any redemption? It's $2.99. With a sufficiently tacky base (I'm thinking NYX Milk would be an excellent budget-friendly option that many already have in their stashes), it could be worth playing around with. The real issue is how powdery and crumbly the eyeshadows were, so they had trouble binding and adhering to the lid, which led to patchy, uneven color that faded quickly.

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes
Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes ($6.00 for 30) are designed for gently cleansing skin and “[reviving] skin and [removing] dead cells.” Pacifica says they can be used to remove makeup, but “[they] do not use chemical solvants, [so] they will not remove the most water-proof make-up.” I appreciate the honesty there, though I did use it to remove regular makeup and felt it did an excellent job moving all bits and traces of my foundation, eye makeup (including mascara), and lipstick. None of what I’ve worn is really waterproof (except maybe eyeliner), so whether it has a place in your routine will depend on whether you want it to break down waterproof makeup, too.

Each wipe was extremely saturated with cleanser, even though the package had been sitting face-up so the first wipe was the top wipe, which was still saturated and wet. A lot of times, I store makeup wipes upside down so that the first wipe you remove has been on the bottom staying its most moist, but with these, I didn’t need to do that. I’ve been using these here and there for the past three weeks, and I’ve used a third of the amount in the package. These also had a harder, plastic “seal” over the resealable plastic flap, so they should stay wet.  They smell like lightly sweetened coconut, but the scent doesn’t linger.

At this price point ($0.20/each), they’re comparable or cheaper than wipes by brands like Aveeno ($0.28/each), Neutrogena ($0.28/each), and Almay ($0.24). Ponds has a value pack, which brings down the cost to $0.16. I normally use MAC’s Makeup Removing Wipes ($0.29/each), and I seriously have six 100-packs in my house at all times–they’re my go-to for removing swatches, but I can’t use them on my eyes often (on my cheeks and lips are fine), so I really like that I can use these all over.

Ingredients

Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin (vegetable), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract , Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract , Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (all natural).

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Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Fyrinnae Arcane Magic: Alchemist's Curse Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Arcane Magic: Alchemist’s Curse Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Alchemist’s Curse Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink shimmer and sparkle on black.” It’s a deep, blackened purple with pink shimmer. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooths out whether applied damp or patted over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy. This one was supposed to shift to a “golden green” when closer to light or held at a different angle, but no matter how I maneuvered my arm, I only saw it go from purpled-black to black with pink sparkle. I even tried using a mirror to see the effect so I could stand further away but no luck. Nevertheless, the way this sparkles as it catches the light (with movement) reminds me of Swarovski crystals–it’s very sparkly and shimmering. It was fully pigmented with both applications. Disney Wonder by Wonder is less shimmery. Urban Decay Tornado is lighter. MAC Young Punk has larger shimmer. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches.

Pyromantic Erotica Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep orange with an obvious chartreuse highlight.” It’s a bright tangerine orange with a golden shimmer-sheen. It was smooth, even, and richly pigmented both applied damp and over Pixie Epoxy. At a certain angle, it looks like a deeper orange, and in person, the shimmer almost looks green-ish at certain angles. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is a cream product, less shimmery. Illamasqua Vulgar is darker, matte. Chanel Pearl River #4 is lighter. OCC Mimosa is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Superstar Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “very bright hot pink, graced with a subtle blue highlight.” It’s a bold, brightened medium pink with an icy shimmer that gives it a satiny finish. It had a very finely-milled texture that allowed it to be applied smoothly and evenly. It was richly pigmented, and it looked near to glowing applied. Sugarpill Dollipop is darker, matte. Urban Decay Noise is more muted. Milani Shocking Pink is bluer-based and matte. MAC Infra-violet is slightly more muted and a cream product. Sugarpill Birthday Girl is darker. Inglot #362 is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Something I’ve noticed with Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows is that though they advocate using both Pixie Epoxy as well as a true eyeshadow primer (as Pixie Epoxy is for help getting the shimmer and sparkle to adhere, while also giving a “foiled” look without using the product wet, not to actually prolong wear or prevent creasing/fading), all of the shades lasted nine hours on me without fading or creasing.  This is true whether I’ve just applied the shades to bare skin or applied over Pixie Epoxy. The only difference I noticed was that when I used them on bare lids, Alchemist’s Curse gave me some minor fall out after a full day of wear, and when worn over Pixie Epoxy there was almost no fall out visible, but I was still rather impressed by how minimal the fall out was even without any type of base or adhesive help.

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This sparkles like true magic! I only wish I could see/detect the color shift as described, because it really stays between blackened purple with pink shimmer and black with pink shimmer, but there's no hint of golden green at all.

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It's a bright tangerine orange with a golden shimmer-sheen. It was smooth, even, and richly pigmented both applied damp and over Pixie Epoxy.

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It had a very finely-milled texture that allowed it to be applied smoothly and evenly. It was richly pigmented, and it looked near to glowing applied.

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Friday, July 5th, 2013

CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil
CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil

CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is a warm, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. It’s not too frosted, but it’s more shimmery than a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color; it did need some light blending (with a finger tip or a fluffy brush) to even out some of the color on the lid, but overall it was nice. It wore well for seven and a half hours and was lightly creased after eight hours of wear. CoverGirl Melted Gold is similar but a powder. Disney Triton is similar, slightly warmer, powder. Chanel Cool Gold is darker. Sephora French Riviera is lighter, powder. MAC Goldmine is warmer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 is similar. Chanel Pearl River #3 is similar. OCC Acacia is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Remix is similar. Make Up For Ever #10 is similar but a powder. See comparison swatches.

Ice Flame (345) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned, silvery blue with a pearly sheen. It had sheer color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to about semi-opaque; there was some sheerness overall. Like the first shade, a little blending with the fingertip or a fluffy brush was necessary to even out the color since it wasn’t fully opaque. This shade wore well for eight hours and was somewhat faded after nine hours but had no creasing. Maybelline Seashore Frosts is bluer, has a golden shimmer. Clinique Big Blue is darker. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter. MAC Linger Softly is darker, powder. Chanel Destination is similar–a touch bluer. See comparison swatches.

The consistency is soft, and these both had a cooling sensation when they touched the skin. The pencil glides on well, as it had a good deal of slip, so I didn’t have any issues with either shade tugging or dragging on the lid. They set within thirty seconds, but they’re blendable and movable before then. It didn’t feel like they set too quickly or too slowly. These are the last of the CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencils I bought, and I don’t plan on buying any more right now (fall is coming!), but there are several other shades that exist. Based on my experience, the ones with chunkier sparkle seem to be the ones that are more problematic. The wear is inconsistent, but none of the four I tried creased instantly or had issues setting, so they’re manageable on my normal-to-dry lids (not super dry, but they’re not super oily!).

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “beige.” It’s a pale, gilded beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single pass, but it’s only semi-opaque and buildable to about semi-opaque, even though I tried to layer it. It’s sufficient for brightening the eye, and it can be evened out with a brush to blend the eyeliner together. NARS Rue Bonaparte is matte. MAC Gilded White is very similar, perhaps a touch whiter. Other champagne eyeliners are warmer, more beige. See comparison swatches.

Roof Top Party Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “gunmetal.” It’s an olive brown; a murky, dirty brown with a hint of green and subtle shimmer. The color payoff was good in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color with two or so passes of the eyeliner. Urban Decay Stash is richer–darker and more intense. MAC Forever Green is greener. bareMinerals 10AM is darker, more intense. See comparison swatches.

I liked both of these, but they weren’t as intense on the eye as they looked in the pencil–it was almost as if the consistency was a little too waxy so the color didn’t build up to full intensity as a result. Though, the waxiness enabled both shades to glide across the skin easily–no skipping or dragging. Both shades wore well for eight hours on me with very minimal thinning but no smudging or migrating.

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It had good color payoff in a single pass, but it's only semi-opaque and buildable to about semi-opaque, even though I tried to layer it. It's sufficient for brightening the eye, and it can be evened out with a brush to blend the eyeliner together.

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The color payoff was good in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color with two or so passes of the eyeliner.

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush
Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush

Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush ($11.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a warm, light-medium coral-pink with a soft, sparkling sheen. MAC Simmer is more intense, darker. Edwared Bess Secret Affair is more orange. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker, less shimmery. NARS Deep Throat is a bit darker. MAC Supercontinental is warmer, less pink. MAC Legendary is lighter. MAC Flaming Chic is less shimmery. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is a bit warmer, brighter.
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The formula is supposed to give a “soft iridescence to highlight contour and add radiance to cheeks.” It had good color payoff that was buildable from sheer to semi-opaque but it may get lost on medium-dark to darker complexions. The texture was soft and smooth, and it was easy to blend it on the skin. It had a sparkling finish, so there were a few visible bits of sparkle, but it is rather fine so it didn’t seem to emphasize pores on my skin. It wore well for eight hours when I tested it, and it started to fade just before nine hours of wear. The powder is scented with violet, but I didn’t notice it once applied, only in the pan.

It comes in four shades, and I plan to review Natural as well, but I haven’t tested that one yet. But I did take photos, and between the two, there is not a major difference. If you have cooler undertones, I expect you’ll see a more notable difference, because Natural is warmer with less pink, but on my warmer, medium skin tone, it was hard to tell the difference between the two on (so just a heads up–I will do a full review of Natural once I’ve had a chance to wear it!).

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