Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Sephora Banana Split (10) Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Banana Split (10) Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Banana Split (10) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “yellow.” It’s a bright, sunny yellow with a matte finish. It’s this matte finish that makes it hard to dupe–I only have one other matte yellow in my stash, which is MAC Primary Yellow, which I find is slightly warmer. The color payoff is good, even in a single stroke, and it’s buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency is creamy, a little thicker compared to other shades in the formula, but it works well on the lash line as it doesn’t tug or pull and deposits good color from the get-go. It wore well for ten hours on me, which isn’t the full 12-hours that Sephora claims, but relative to other eyeliners, it is a nice, long-lasting shade.

Indulge Yourself (22) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “flashy green.” It’s a brightened, grassy green with a subtle, cool undertone but warmer, gold shimmer that brightens and warms it up, so it looks cool and warm at the same time. The finish is pearly–not too frosty but more sheen than a satin. In a one layer, it only had so-so color payoff, and then when layered, it had semi-opaque color coverage but was not an intense, richly pigmented product. It wore well, though, and lasted nine and a half hours when I tested it, and it didn’t tug or pull at the lash line when I applied it. Urban Decay Freak is much lighter. Urban Decay Graffiti would be most comparable. See comparison swatches.

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Indulge Yourself (22)

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush
Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush

Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush ($11.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a soft, subtly warm-toned pink with a silvery-white sparkle and metallic sheen. The majority of the powder is a warmer, pale pink (almost peachy), and then the center is a darker, berry-ish pink. There is some sparkle, as well as shimmer. MAC Rio is darker but has a similar sheen. Giorgio Armani No. 08 has a sheen but less color. MAC Stunner is warmer. MAC Easy Manner is less shimmery. MAC Porcelain Pink is less pink but has a similar sheen. Illamasqua Lies is cooler-toned but has a similar sheen. See comparison swatches.

According to Physicians Formula’s website, it’s supposed to be the “perfect blend of shimmery blushing tones … for an instant sexy boost with an alluring blushing glow.” The product is vanilla scented. It’s a soft, subtle pink hue on my medium complexion–so on paler skin tones, I would expect it to show up more as a blusher, and on medium or deeper complexions, more as a sheen and highlighter. The texture was fairly soft (but you could feel the sparkle at times), and it applied smoothly, though the finish is quite metallic so it did emphasize pores just slightly. I felt like the luminous finish was distracting enough from that defect, so it wasn’t as noticeable. It wore well for almost eight hours, and it started to look a bit patchy after that. While ULTA’s website said it said it has 12-hour wear, I didn’t see this claim on the brand’s website (or on drugstore.com), so I’m deferring to the brand on wear (or the lack of a particularly long-wearing claim).

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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5/5

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Friday, September 13th, 2013

Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster
Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster

Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster ($11.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with strong, warm undertones–it’s not quite coral, but it’s warm enough that it starts to approach that territory. It had a soft, luminous finish that’s glow-y without being frosty. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 is darker, less shimmery. Physicians Formula Warm is actually very similar to this; it is just slightly warmer. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is lighter. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is less pink, more coral. See comparison swatches.

The texture is fairly soft, finely-milled, and applies evenly and smoothly over the skin. It’s a product that blends out beautifully and easily without any trouble–it also gets more and more glow-y as the powder is blended with the skin. There is a very small amount of sparkle in the product, so because there is not much of it, I did not see a lot of translate onto skin, which meant they did not have a chance to emphasize pores or imperfections in the skin’s texture. The formula is designed to give more of a softer iridescence with some color, which is exactly what it does; boosts the natural cheek color while adding a luminous sheen.  My only concern would be for those with deeper complexions, as it may not show up well. Natural wore well for eight full hours, and after nine hours, I started to see some signs of fading. The powder is violet-scented, but I didn’t notice the scent once applied.

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The texture is fairly soft, finely-milled, and applies evenly and smoothly over the skin. It's a product that blends out beautifully and easily without any trouble--it also gets more and more glow-y as the powder is blended with the skin.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “gray.” It’s a dark gray with subtle brown undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in one layer, but it was very buildable in two layers to opaque color. It wore well for ten hours, and then was somewhat faded (thinner) after eleven hours of wear–it was still visible after the full twelve hours, but it was definitely not exactly as it looked when initially applied. Urban Decay Smoke is similar. bareMInerals 11PM has a slightly satin finish. Bobbi Brown Smoke is less warm-toned–cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Diving in Malaysia (18) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black green.” It’s a deep, dark brown with flecks of olive sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to more opaque color. It wore well for ten hours on me without fading, migrating, or smudging; but after twelve hours, it was noticeably thinner. Urban Decay Demolition has no shimmer. MAC Rich Experience is more matte. MAC Lord It Up is lighter, warmer. MAC Orpheus is lighter. See comparison swatches.

I really love these eyeliners, even though they don’t wear the full twelve hours that Sephora claims (wish they claimed something more reasonable!), as they do wear quite well for eight to ten hours, have great consistencies that aren’t too creamy, not too waxy, and come in a variety of shades.  Plus, they’re priced just right!

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a light-medium pink, cobalt blue, and yellow-y beige, all with matte finishes. The eyeshadows suffer from a really poor texture that is very powdery (almost dusty!), somewhat chalky, and a pain to use. Through a lot of different attempts at using the trios from the summer collection, your best bet is applying the eyeshadows over a creamy, slightly tacky white base (whatever that may be for you), as regular primers (like Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced shadow Insurance, NARS Smudge Proof) do not work well with these–they only prolong wear by a few hours but don’t boost the color payoff enough. A tackier base will help minimize the powder sheering away or not adhering to the lid, while the white coloring will amplify the colors.

Wet ‘n’ Wild proclaims long-wear and high pigment with the Color Icon formula–which has proved to be true in the past–but is a miss here. Alone, these eyeshadows are nearly gone (with some settled into the creases) within three to five hours; with a primer, make it six to seven hours with half the product remaining and it always looking like a faded version of what you see in the palette.

Hard Being the It Girl #1 is a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was somewhat chalky and powdery. See comparison swatches.

Hard Being the It Girl #2 a medium-dark, cobalt blue with a matte finish. It had seemingly good color payoff, but the texture was still quite powdery so this proved for difficult application–it would sheer out and disappear almost instantly. You really need a sticky/creamy base to capture all the powder before it disappears. Pat on, avoid blending a lot, just lightly diffuse along the edges. See comparison swatches.

Hard Being the It Girl #3 is a light beige with slight yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It performed much like the other two: incredibly powdery which made for poor application. See comparison swatches.

If you think that maybe I’m expecting too much for the price tag, consider the previous palettes Wet ‘n’ Wild has released that have been much, much better like Comfort Zone and Blue Had Me at Hello.

* Please note: This is a quick review, but I’ve still pulled dupes, I just haven’t gone through them one-by-one and broken out how they differ.

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Hard Being the It Girl

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6.5/10

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7/10

Longevity

5.5/10

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6.5/10

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7/10

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7/10

Longevity

6/10

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3/5

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Hard Being the It Girl #2

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6.5/10

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6.5/10

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6/10

Longevity

6/10

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3/5

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a peachy-orange, medium-dark brown, and light-medium blue all with matte finishes. Everything was powdery, and two of the shades were also chalky. I had major wear issues with these, as the eyeshadows on their own (not to sound like a broken record, but Wet ‘n’ Wild advertises the Color Icon formula as long-wearing and highly-pigmented, which is why the poor wear is such a problem) disappear in their entirety after five hours of wear–they were half-gone after three hours. It was like my lids were hungry for eyeshadow. Over a primer (I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance), they were slightly better–six hours with a fair amount of fading. Over a creamy base (I used NYX Milk), they performed the best and wore fairly well for seven hours, but you’ll be packing on the eyeshadow to get the color payoff to be true-to-pan.

To Muse and Carouse #1 is a light-medium orange with a matte finish. It’s chalky and somewhat powdery, but it had so-so color payoff. See comparison swatches.

To Muse and Carouse #2 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish. It was very powdery. See comparison swatches.

To Muse and Carouse #3 is a light-medium blue with a matte finish. It was incredibly sheer, powdery, and chalky. See comparison swatches.

* Please note: This is a quick review, so while I’ve still pulled dupes, I just haven’t gone through them one-by-one and broken out how they differ.

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To Muse and Carouse

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The eyeshadows were powdery, chalky, and dry, which resulted in poor color payoff, uneven color application, color to fade quickly, and all-around disappointment.

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5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

4.5/10

Application

3/5

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To Muse and Carouse #1

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6/10

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7/10

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6/10

Longevity

5/10

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3/5

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To Muse and Carouse #2

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6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

5/10

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3/5

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