Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

ULTA Pink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow
ULTA Pink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow

Today, I have three more shades from ULTA’s Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) range! (If you missed part one, check it out here.) To recap–generally–the formula wears about eight hours, is nicely pigmented, and has a soft, smooth texture. It feels like a pressed eyeshadow, for the most part, but it is soft to the point where it almost loosens. If you’re familiar with L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow, Lancome Infinite Color Design Eyeshadow, or Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, this formula will be recognizable.

Pink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, and then it was fully opaque when applied damp. It could be layered for fully opaque color dry, though. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is very similar. L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) (P, $7.99) is not as warm-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is more glittery. Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay SWF (P, $18.00) is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Purple Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, lightly cool-toned purple with a frosted finish. It had the same color payoff whether applied wet or dry–mostly opaque but not fully. It had a soft, smooth consistency, and it was buildable. The color lasted for eight hours on me before starting to crease. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #1 (P) is less frosted. MAC Pinkluxe #4 (P) is warmer. MAC Plush (DC, $21.00) is warmer, less frosted. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is darker, less frosted, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Gravity (LE, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is slightly darker,cooler-toned but very similar. See comparison swatches.

Night Sky Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark black with silver sparkle and shimmer over a satin base. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, and then it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture of this was a little drier, so blending it takes some time and is not as easy as other shades. The effect can be pretty intense when applied wet, and surprisingly, the fall out was very minimal during the eight hours it lasted. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Pure Glam (LE, $16.00) and Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) are less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Lava (LE) is similar. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is a cream product. Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is also a cream-product. bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

ULTA Bone Brilliant Color Eyeshadow
ULTA Bone Brilliant Color Eyeshadow

ULTA Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) recently popped online, and I couldn’t resist trying them when they were buy one, get one free (and they’re B1G1 still right now, actually!). If you’re familiar with L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow, Lancome Infinite Color Design Eyeshadow, or Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, this formula will be recognizable. It is a loosely pressed eyeshadow; it is, in general, more of a pressed eyeshadow than a loose one, but it isn’t pressed as firmly as true pressed eyeshadows. It can be used wet or dry, depending on what you’re looking for. ULTA doesn’t have nearly as grand a description as the previously mentioned formulas do; ULTA says these “[offer] the comfort of a cream and the ease of application only a powder can deliver.” They’re supposed to be long-wearing (but no specific hour-length is given) and crease-resistant.

Bone Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pale, light beige with subtle warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff whether it was used dry or damp, and I was able to use it with a dampened brush even though it had more of a matte finish. The texture was very soft and finely-milled–just a little powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me and was lightly creased after nine hours of wear. Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is matte. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is matte. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker, matte. Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Boss Lady (LE) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is darker. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is matte. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Endless Pearl (P, $7.99) is slightly more matte. See comparison swatches.

Taupe Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium brown with a hint of a grayish tone, but it had stronger warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was excellent whether used dry or wet–intense either way. The texture was soft, velvety, and smooth. It wore well for nine hours before starting to crease. I thought L’Oreal Amber Rush might be similar, but it is much warmer and redder. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker, grayer. MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Stormy Grey (LE, $21.00) is darker, grayer. See comparison swatches.

Mink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, cool-toned brown with a satin-matte finish–a very subtle sheen so it isn’t totally matte. It had fairly good pigmentation applied dry, and it was slightly better applied with a dampened brush, but it was about the same. The color was buildable, though, so in practice, it can get quite intense as you layer. The texture wasn’t as soft or as blendable as the other two shades. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Perspective (LE) is slightly darker. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Concrete (P, $15.00) is more matte, darker. bareMinerals Apropos (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Makeup Geek Moondust Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Moondust Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Moondust Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic silver taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted, metallic finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. The texture was easy to work with, so I could easily see this being a go-to neutral. This shade wore well for nine hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is less metallic. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pastelluxe #5 (P) is similar. Edward Bess Dusk (P, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Nautica Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue shade with shimmery finish.” It’s a medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. The texture was on the drier, stiffer side, so the pigmentation was good but not as intense as the shade looked in the pan. I saw some fading after eight hours of wear. Chanel Apparition (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight (LE) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #2 (P) is similar. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Climax (P) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #81 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Ocean Breeze Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic deep green/blue.” It’s a dark, navy blue with a frosted, sparkly finish. It’s a warmer take on blue compared to Nautica. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was easy to work with on the eye and blended well, but it was a bit drier. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to decline. Urban Decay Prank (LE, $18.00) is more matte. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is darker. Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is much darker. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

L'Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer

Today, I have two shades from L’Oreal’s Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour range, which has now popped online, so I’m not sure if they’re still limited edition or not, but I’m erring on the side of limited edition for now.  These have a matte, textured finish that mixes matte color with sparkling glitter and sequin-shaped glitters.  I get a week of wear with no chipping, just minor wear as the edges grind away over the week.  I found the consistencies of the formula to be on the thicker side, so application can take some getting used to, and the drying time is about ten to fifteen minutes per coat.

L’Oreal Too Dimensional? (136) Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, amethyst purple with champagne gold glitter and sequin-shaped glitter. It’s a textured polish, so it’s matte but sparkly. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some unevenness during the application so some areas of the nail looked less than opaque.  The texture was on the thicker side, so it takes a little patience to apply. China Glaze All Wrapped Up (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned and doesn’t have gold sequins. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is not as cool-toned and doesn’t have any gold glitter. See comparison swatches.

Pop the Bubbles (142) Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a lightened, aqua teal with silver glitter and larger silver sequin-shaped glitter. It has a textured, matte finish, so it doesn’t feel smooth to the touch, and then it has sparkling, reflective glitters.  The consistency was also a little thick with this shade, but it was easier to apply, and the color was fully opaque after two coats.   L’Oreal Now You Sea Me (P) is similar in color but is a cream, so it is quite different. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss
Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

This spring, Milani launched a new gloss formula, Brilliant Shine, in fourteen different shades. The new formula is supposed to have “rich color, extreme high shine, and comfortable lasting wear,” plus be “moisturizing and non-tacky.” I have several more to try (and not all of them are even photographed yet!), but here are the first three I tested. The texture is thick but smooth and mostly non-sticky, and the gloss smells like sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It comes with a paddle-shaped, sponge-tip applicator that fits along the curve of the lip. The formula has a high-shine, glossy finish, and they wear between three and four hours on me. I notice a slight tackiness that develops after an hour of wear, but it never feels full-on sticky, but it’s not 100% non-sticky. In some ways, the formula reminded me of MAC Lipglass, just not as thick and not tacky. Based on these three, they’re somewhat hydrating while worn.

Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, pink-tinged berry with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. Sometimes deeper shades like this can look splotchy on lips, but I thought this one managed to still allow the natural lip color to come through without looking too uneven. It wore well for four hours. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is similar. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is darker, shimmery. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

Ravish Raspberry (06) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a brightened, pinky-berry with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. It lasted just over four hours on me. It’s brighter and pinker compared to Berry Tempting. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is more muted. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is shimmery. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Pink Lady (07) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, blue-based medium pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it wouldn’t apply evenly at all! It looked splotchy and as if it had settled into lip lines yet not fully. When I wore it, the color lasted for three hours. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned and shimmery. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is similar but more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush
Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush

Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a a warm-toned coral with a hint of pink and a frosted sheen. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Born to Love (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

I wish I could say I had much better luck with this shade over Haute Pink, but this shade had a lot of similar issues. The formula is described as an “ultra-soft, silky powder [that] adds a natural flush of color to your cheeks.” The color is “buildable” with a “soft satin finish.” In order to get any color payoff to really show on the skin, I had to scrape off layers of the powder, as it is very firmly packed into the pan. It’s incredibly stiff in the pan, so you need something that will dislodge the powder off the surface, like a rough/scratchy brush you don’t like much or, in my case, a metal spatula. The finish of Racy Rose is more frosted than Haute Pink, so I did have some trouble with the powder emphasizing pores. The color lasted for six and a half hours before showing signs of fading. The color range is really pretty and would be a nice alternative to high-end blushes, but the texture of the powder makes it difficult to use, both in terms of just getting color onto the skin as well as blending it out.

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