Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

L'Oreal Something Shiny Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Something Shiny Infallible Lipgloss

A Barely-There, Sheer Gold-Shimmered Gloss

L’Oreal Something Shiny Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is sheer, gold-shimmered gloss. There is a very slight yellow tint to the otherwise clear base color. MAC Phiff is similar, just has larger sparkle particles. Bobbi Brown Bare has a colored mix of sparkle.

Something Shiny adds a modicum of shimmer, but it primarily adds shine.  It also seemed to warm up my natural lip color (giving it a warmer undertone, which is nice, given my natural lip color is corpse-like!).  Because the formula is slightly drying, it’s better layered over a lipstick to add a healthy dose of high-gloss shine.  The gloss has a thin consistency and gritty, tacky texture.  This particular shade smelled mostly sweet and fruity without the medicinal quality that some of the other shades have had.  When I tried wearing Something Shiny, the shine lasted for three hours, and the shimmer had vanished by the fourth hour–not quite the eight-hour wear promised.

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Something Shiny

C
Pretty in the tube than on, it doesn't deliver much in the way of color or sparkle, just shine. Unfortunately, with the drying nature of the formula, it's hard to wear alone (or justify the drying quality without more shimmer/color).

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

L'Oreal Pretty Precious Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Pretty Precious Infallible Lipgloss

A Sparkling Beige Best for Layering

L’Oreal Pretty Precious Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a soft pink-beige with white and silver shimmer and sparkle. Bobbi Brown Firefly has pink iridescence. NARS Albatross/ has gold shimmer instead of silver. MAC Jana has gold sparkle.

It’s a rather subtle gloss on, and while it can be worn alone, it is a nice way to add a layer of sparkle to your favorite lip color. It will work well with berries and pinks. On my lips, it’s semi-sheer; it lightens my natural lip color by adding a ton of white/silver shimmer. Pretty Precious lasted four and a half hours on my lips when I wore it, which was above average for a gloss in this kind of color/sheerness–just keep in mind that L’Oreal says you’ll get eight-hour wear.

The Infallible Lipgloss formula is thin, tacky, and a little drying. The way the sparkles catch the light is what makes these glosses really lovely to look at, though I’m not a fan of the overall way they feel and wear. The thinner texture means the sparkle feels gritty on the lips. I wish the scent was more pleasing; it’s a medicinal but sweet, fruity aroma that does linger a bit.

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Pretty Precious

B
I think these look spectacular on; the way the shimmer sparkles and catches the light is really lovely. The wear isn't as long as advertised, but it wears longer than most glosses. The grit of the sparkle, combined with the thin, sticky, and slightly drying texture, make it hard to love.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, November 19th, 2012

L'Oreal Primped & Precious Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Primped & Precious Infallible Eyeshadow

Here’s a Silver Lining for the Holidays

L’Oreal Primped & Precious Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a metallic silver-gray. Giorgio Armani #22 is similar–a smidgen darker (less pigmented, actually!). Buxom Chihuahua is similar but is a cream shadow. MAC Silver Sleet is darker, more intense. Inglot #448 is a touch darker.

To complement Gold Imperial, Primped & Precious is the cool-toned, silver equivalent.  It’s just bright enough to be silver, but there’s enough gray in the color to keep it from being too stark or metallic.  When applied dry, it is a bit sheer and crumbly.  When applied damp, it binds together much better and delivers richer payoff.  When I wore this, it lasted for ten hours without fading, creasing, or suffering from fall out.  (I did have some fall out during application when I tried using it dry.)

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Primped & Precious

B+
Of the three new (and limited edition) holiday Infallible Eyeshadows, this one was the weakest. Silver is not an uncommon color, so you might want to opt for a stronger formula.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, November 18th, 2012

L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss

A Budget-Friendly Sparkling Red Gloss for the Holidays

L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a bright red with gold and ruby red shimmer and sparkle. The underlying color is blue-based, but the addition of fiery gold shimmer makes it appear almost orange-toned at times. Dior Ceremony Red is bluer-based. MAC Ready to Roam is redder. MAC Totally Fab is more orange-toned. YSL Golden Red is similar but more orange-toned.

This is a new and limited edition shade for the holidays, which I grabbed at my local CVS a couple of weeks ago. I have a love/hate relationship with L’Oreal’s Infallible Lipglosses, because initially, I love, love them. They’re delightfully sparkly and pretty on, but they’re thin and have a tendency to feel gritty because of the thinness and high sparkle content. I feel like I fuss with my lips a bit more whenever I test one of these. There’s also this medicinal smell that sometimes reads “something sweet and fruity” or like menthol (honestly, it gives me an Icy/Hot kind of vibe, just more muted).

Sparkle Frenzy is semi-opaque and went on fairly evenly.  The tapered applicator holds a lot of product and allows for precision along the edges of the lip and the cupid’s bow.  This shade wore well for six hours, and it was in need of a touch-up after seven hours.  It can handle some drinking, but it won’t make it through a meal.  I love the way it looks, but I’m not keen on how it feels on: gritty, sticky, and a bit drying. While it wears well compared to the average gloss, L’Oreal advertises these as having eight-hour wear.

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Sparkle Frenzy

B
I think these look spectacular on; the way the shimmer sparkles and catches the light is really lovely. The wear isn't as long as advertised, but it wears longer than most glosses. The grit of the sparkle, combined with the thin, sticky, and slightly drying texture, make it hard to love.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Wet 'n' Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine Eyeshadow Palette

An All Matte Eyeshadow Palette for the Price of a Latte

Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.30 oz.) contains eight matte eyeshadows ranging in color from white to black. This palette may be better known as I

The first shade is a soft white with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft. Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away is shimmery. MAC Crystal Avalanche is also shimmery. Bobbi Brown White is very comparable. bareMinerals Cheers is frosted. bareMinerals Cumuls is starker. Inglot #373 is whiter.

The second shade is a darkened seafoam green with a matte finish. This shade had decent color payoff, but it is so soft that it has a tendency to blend away a bit. When patted on, it delivers a lot more payoff and has a less faded appearance (see photos below). Inglot #345 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #53 is much darker. Sugarpill Mochi is bluer. MAC Aqua is lighter.

The third shade is a light-medium sky blue with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was soft and smooth without being powdery. Cinderella Royal is darker. Milani Olympian Blue is also darker, brighter. Maybelline Tenacious Teal is a bit darker and shimmery (and a cream). MAC Blue Candy is a touch brighter. Make Up For Ever #118 is a little lighter and brighter.

The fourth shade is a medium-dark purple with subtle red undertones. This shade had decent to good color payoff, but it was very powdery. This shade was the most powdery of the eight. MAC Plush is darker and shimmery. Milani Primary is shimmery. MAC Shock-a-holic is redder. Inglot #379 is bluer-toned.

The fifth shade is a soft, creamy beige with a matte finish. One of the best shades in the palette, this had a lovely soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery with excellent color payoff. Urban Decay Anonymous is similar. theBalm Adagio is very close. MAC Brule is comparable. MAC Vanilla is warmer, lighter.

The sixth shade is a faded orange with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, and it was the driest of the eight–surprisingly dry to the point where it was a bit stiff (which was why the color payoff wasn’t great). NARS Self Portrait 3 is darker, richer. NARS Ramatuelle is a bit more orange.

The seventh shade is a medium-dark brown with subtle red undertones and a matte finish. This shade was very sheer and a bit stiff to work with. It was the worst performing out of the eight. theBalm Presto is similar. NARS Surabaya is more orange-toned. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry is more burgundy. MAC Embark is darker.

The eighth shade is a dark black with a matte finish. The texture of this one was slightly dry, which resulted in just so-so color payoff. Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away is comparable. MAC Carbon is also similar.

Overall, this is palette is a mixed bag, as some of the shades were powdery and two were a bit dry/stiff (and those two were also significantly sheerer than the rest). None of the shades were so powdery that they would blend away to nothing or faded away quickly, but I recommend patting, not sweeping, them on. A little over half of the matte shades in this palette are of the softer variety, so they deposited pigment well, blended easily, but did have some fall out during application. The drier mattes have less fall out but were harder to blend and pick up pigment from.

When I wore the eyeshadows from this palette, they lasted fairly well over eight hours, but there was some fading along the edges that became noticeable after seven hours (without a primer).  Over a primer, the fading deferred for an hour–only looking a bit faded with the green and purple shades after eight hours.

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Wet 'n' Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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I heard a lot of raves for the original I <3 Matte palette, so I'm not sure if there were any formula changes or the like with this one, because despite the colors being the same, the quality seems to be different.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Wet 'n' Wild Sparkle 'Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette

Sparkle ‘Til Morning with Wet ‘n’ Wild

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.30 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows, and it’s a limited edition holiday palette. I found mine at CVS about two weeks ago, and there were only two in the display–both had one eyeshadow broken. I did my best to clean it up and re-press the broken eyeshadow, but you can definitely see that about half was not salvageable.

The first shade is a pale yellowed gold with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and it was soft, smooth, and not powdery when used. Guerlain Calligraphy is similar. Cinderella Charming is more frosted but close in color. Buxom Poodle is close–more metallic. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is yellower, less shimmer. MAC Femme-Fi is lighter.

The second shade is a soft copper with a subtle frost finish. It had solid pigmentation and applied very smoothly. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone is brighter, more golden. Bare Minerals Golden Iris is less orange.

The third shade is a medium-dark copper with a frosted finish. The color payoff was excellent, and it was a dream to work with; very soft, smooth, and buttery. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is very comparable–a hair darker. MAC Brash has a stronger red undertone. MAC Double Feature 8M is similar.

The fourth shade is a blue-teal with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen. The pigmentation was decent to good, but this shade was a little powdery. I felt like I needed to layer in order to maintain the color intensity on the lid as seen in the pan. MAC Fashion Circuit is darker. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is similar, a touch greener. NYX Seafoam Green is greener. MAC Shimmermoss is a smidgen darker.

The fifth shade is a warm champagne-shimmered beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had lovely color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. Dior Fairy Golds is pinker. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is lighter. NARS Delphes is comparable.

The sixth shade is an orange-copper with a sparkly, frosted finish. This one did have some powderiness/looseness such that it didn’t bind together completely. It’s a mix of the second and third shades within this palette, in case it seemed familiar! Urban Decay Penny Lane is a little softer. Guerlain Calligraphy is more orange. Tarina Tarantino Amber is comparable. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is very similar. NARS Isolde is darker, more orange. theBalm Manic Maribel is rather close. I think you get the picture–there are a ton of shades that are comparable to this one! (Nearly every brand seems to have its version, which isn’t a bad thing, but you might have something like it already!)

The seventh shade is a soft, golden medium brown with a satiny sheen. It was a touch powdery, but it had good color payoff. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone had a shade that seemed similar, but it’s darker and browner–less orange tones. Cinderella Drizella is more shimmery. Dior Golden Savannah is darker.

The eighth shade is a deep, dark brown with warm red undertones and a sparkling of burgundy shimmer over a pearly finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it was easy to use on the eye. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone, again, had something similar but not quite–it’s cooler-toned, more of a black-burgundy. MAC Carbonized is more frosted. Urban Decay Busted is more burgundy.

Overall, Sparkle ‘Til Morning is a lovely palette, and at the price point, easily forgiven for being a little powdery in places.  All in all, the pigmentation was true-to-pan across the board, and all of the shades were soft and easily blended during application.  When I wore the palette to test the wear, they lasted for eight hours without fading or creasing over a primer, and then seven hours without creasing but noticeable fading without a primer.

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Wet 'n' Wild Sparkle 'Til Morning Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
The texture of these eyeshadows was a bit powdery, which did impact the application overall, as well as the payoffs of a few shades.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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