Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Milani Perfect Purple Liquid Eye Pencil
Milani Perfect Purple Liquid Eye Pencil

Milani Perfect Purple Liquid Eye Pencil ($6.99 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright purple with shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned purple with violet and silver shimmer. It is very similar to MAC Designer Purple, but it has smaller sparkle. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister is similar in color but has more of a satin finish.

From what I can tell, Liquid Eye is really Liquif’Eye just renamed and probably underwent some reformulation, but I really couldn’t tell the difference between the two in regards to texture (even the numbering of the shades is the same). What’s even better is that a good purple eyeliner can be a challenge to find, but Milani nailed this one. It’s intensely pigmented with fantastic color payoff even in a single stroke.  The consistency is creamy and glides on beautifully, and once it sets, it stays put.

Now, Milani says that it’s “smudge-proof” and “long-lasting,” and according to Milani, long-lasting means “up to 24 hours.” I didn’t and don’t plan on testing this for 24 hours any time soon (the thought of going to bed with makeup always makes me uncomfortable!), but I did wear this for 16 hours, and it did well overall–there was a slight thinning of the line but no smudging below the liner or migration into the outer or inner corners. So, it wasn’t perfect wear over a 16-hour time period, but for most people, I think the wear will be fantastic for the time they need.  It was impeccable after eight hours, just for reference. Based on the thinning I saw between eight and 16 hours, I would expect this to still look decent after 18-20 hours. (But I really wish products weren’t marketed with 24-hour wear!)

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Perfect Purple

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If it weren't for the 24-hour claim, this eyeliner would be scored an A+, so keep that in mind if you aren't wedded to the idea of 24-hour wear! It's very much worth checking out if you love a good purple eyeliner.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “purple metallic.” It’s a rich, red-toned violet magenta with violet shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Heroine has no shimmer, so it is a bit darker and purpler. MAC Seductive Intent is very similar in color but has no shimmer. MAC Violetta is slightly purpler (not as red/magenta) but also has shimmer–but it is smaller so it doesn’t appear metallic.

Milani recently revamped and released their lipstick range, and one of the first shades I tried was Violet Volt (because who doesn’t love seeing a new purple lipstick?). The new formula is supposed to have “one stroke, full coverage application” with a “lightweight, creamy formula [that] contains vitamins A, C, and E to moisturize and nourish lips.”  It has mostly opaque color payoff, though it takes a little more than one stroke to get it there, but my biggest issue with it was how dry the lipstick felt.  I imagine part of that is due to the high frost content in this, as I could almost feel all the bits of shimmer as I applied it.  It definitely tugs and pulls at the lips, so “one stroke” is hard to achieve from a technical standpoint.  Unsurprisingly, the dryness does mean it wears like iron–no problem getting this color to last six hours (and it will stain).  It was neither drying nor hydrating, which was surprising, given how it felt on, I expected it to be drying.

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Violet Volt

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While the color is vibrant and showstopping, the formula could use some work. It's not very creamy, so it drags and skips on lips, and it isn't hydrating as described (not drying, but not moisturizing, either).

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Fyrinnae Electric Stardust Arcane Magic Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Electric Stardust Arcane Magic Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Electric Stardust Arcane Magic Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light, glowing, mint green sparkle.” It’s a light, pastel green with a subtle cool undertone and a frosted, sparkling finish. It is quite a bit darker and has a more frosted finish compared to Fyrinnae Jade Ghost, which I reviewed recently. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 is slightly gray in comparison but is close. Cinderella Cinderelly is nearly matte and is more cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #34 is close in color, perhaps appearing darker because it has a satin finish.

Arcane Magic eyeshadows are designed to “[change] hue depending on how the light [hit them].” With this particular change, Fyrinnae has noted that the change is subtler compared to other shades in the range. Applied damp, it has semi-opaque color, and applied and patted over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy, it applied more smoothly and had better opacity. The way this particular shade seems to change is that it turns cooler-toned, almost like a bluish-aqua at a distance. It has a soft, silky texture and feels fine with a little sparkle in it. Applied damp over bare lids, it lasted without creasing for seven hours, over Pixie Epoxy, seven and a half hours (which is designed to minimize fall out, not to prevent creasing or act as an eyeshadow base); and layered over an eyeshadow primer, no creasing after nine hours. There was some minor fall out when it was not worn with Pixie Epoxy–a little but not noticeable unless you get really close and start looking for it.

Also: Fyrinnae tweaked the formula on their loose eyeshadows slightly in January of this year (I purchased this in 2012), and it is supposed to be a subtle reformulation, and the changes may minimize fall out during application and wear and increase wear time. The colors and opacities are supposed to be the same.

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Electric Stardust

B+

If you plan to layer this over Pixie Epoxy and a primer, then I'd recommend checking it out if you're looking for a mint green hue.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) consists of five shades: aqua, purple, dark gray, bluish-teal, and blue. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented,” “crease-resistant,” and “last all day.”

Maldives Sky #1 is a light-medium aqua with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but it was slightly powdery and almost looked chalky when applied to the lid. Inglot #345 is greener. Jasmine Blue Oasis is matte but close in color (slightly bluer). NARS Debbie Harry #4 is darker. Sugarpill Mochi is darker. MAC Aqua is slightly greener and matte. This particular hue is not well-known for being nicely pigmented, regardless of brand, which is not a justification but worth noting that it’s hard to get it right.

Maldives Sky #2 is a dark purple with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had sheer color payoff, but the worst part was how dry and stiff the texture was. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #4 is very similar but more pigmented. Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away is shimmery. Inglot #379 is brighter, bolder.

Maldives Sky #3 is a dark gray with a matte finish and neutral undertones. You may notice a pattern developing here: sheerer color payoff, dry, stiff texture. Urban Decay Desperation is cooler-toned. MAC Scene is similar but satiny. Chanel Gris Exquis is darker. Inglot #339 is similar.

Maldives Sky #4 is a medium-dark teal with blue undertones and a slight dusting of silver pearl. It is dry, chalky, and sheer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning is less blue, frosted. Sugarpill Mochi is lighter. Sephora Curacao Punch is more glittery, brighter. MAC Robin’s Egg is more teal-hued.

Maldives Sky #5 is a medium-dark blue with a satin-like finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but it still had a drier, stiffer texture that made it hard to apply and harder to blend out. It is fairly comparable to Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away #8. MAC Switch to Blue is similar but a cream product.

I had a lot of trouble working with this palette; so much so, that I really just gave up after awhile, because the colors weren’t applying with much intensity, consistently disappearing, and had no desire to blend with each other. It was an exhausting exercise in frustration. Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Color Icon formula is so much better than this one, and that formula is such a winner and well-reviewed that I’m truly mind-boggled why they’d use something else (and one that was inferior).  When I wore what I did manage to apply, it wore well for about six hours before starting to fade.  It’s such a shame, because the colors they chose would be beautiful together, if only they were pigmented, soft, and smooth. You’re better off taking your $4.99 and buying one of the existing Color Icon palettes.

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Wet 'n' Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's such a shame, because the colors they chose would be beautiful together, if only they were pigmented, soft, and smooth.

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4/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

3.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

2/5

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a satiny finish. MAC Scarlet Ibis is very similar, but it has a matte finish. OCC Psycho is also similar, perhaps a touch more orange. MAC Sail La Vie is very comparable, both in finish and color. Giorgio Armani #405 is more orange and has shimmer. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer is very similar but glossier.

It has very rich color payoff, but there’s a very slight translucency where a hint of the natural lip color comes through–unless you have really, really naturally pigmented lips, it’s not going to interfere with the color, though. A benefit of the lightweight, translucent nature of the product is that it doesn’t look heavy, like a richer, more opaque cream-finish shade might. This shade had some slip to it, so it was both creamy and balm-like. It glided on evenly and without pulling or tugging on the lip, and it left a natural sheen behind. Vibrant Mandarin was lightly hydrating, wore for five and a half hours, and left behind a very slight stain (not quite as prone to staining as the other shades I’ve reviewed).  Because this one had added slip to the consistency, it did have a tendency to leave lines if I pressed my lips together, but luckily with the bolder color, they were less noticeable than if this had been a very pale color.

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Vibrant Mandarin

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It has very rich color payoff, but there's a very slight translucency where a hint of the natural lip color comes through--unless you have really, really naturally pigmented lips, it's not going to interfere with the color, though.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Maybelline Hot Plum ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Hot Plum ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Hot Plum ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, magenta pink with a satiny finish. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash is pinker and brighter–a lot less magenta/purple. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl is lighter. MAC Pink Pigeon is pinker. MAC Night Blooming is a touch purpler. MAC Dear Diary is similar. Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 is purpler, darker. NARS Schiap is slightly pinker.

This is one of the more “subdued” shades from the range that I’ve tried, though it is still a bright, vivid shade. It’s not quite as neon in color, so for some, it may be more wearable as a result. Hot Plum had very nearly opaque color payoff–there’s a hint of translucency (but the trade off is that it doesn’t look heavy on the lips) but it looks rather opaque.  The consistency is lightweight, slightly creamy, and is comfortable to wear.  It had less slip compared to the last few shades I’ve reviewed, but it didn’t pull or tug on the lips when I applied it.  Hot Plum wore for six hours and left a lingering stain behind.  I found this shade neither hydrating nor drying.

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Hot Plum

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This is one of the more "subdued" shades from the range that I've tried, though it is still a bright, vivid shade. It's not quite as neon in color, so for some, it may be more wearable as a result.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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