Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

Just in time for the new year, theBalm Eyeshadow Pans ($6.50 for 0.12 oz. each) launched so that you can customize your own palettes. It also coincided with the opening of their store in San Francisco. Right now, these can only be purchased through their store, though you can place phone orders (415-817-1800). Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. I love the concept, and it’s very affordable, whether you fill at the time of purchase or as you go over time. There are five different designs to choose from for the 9-pan palettes and five for the 16-pan palettes. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap.

Aside from availability/distribution being limited, these are all numbered–none of them have names–and there is overlap with previously released shades (I asked and this was confirmed), but there is no chart or information regarding which shades are from what previous palettes. It would have been nice to know, so if there was a shade you really had your eye on from a palette, whether to replenish or purchase for the first time, it would be easy to do so. It would also help anyone avoid duplicates if they’re a regular theBalm palette buyer. theBalm is also a brand that seems to use names everywhere else in their range, so I would have liked to see these also have names. When I was opening each of these, the majority of the original labels were lifted off by the exterior packaging, so I had to add my own labels and handwrite the numbers on the back of each–the label just has the number, but it’s not something the customer should have to deal with when purchasing a product.

I’ve been testing these since late December, and I’ve now finished testing every single shade for wear, so you’ll see reviews moving forward. This is the first of several posts–there are forty-four shades!–and can be considered the overview. The eyeshadow pans contain 0.12 oz. (I’m not entirely sure how they crammed so much product in the pan), but the pan itself is not oversized–it is the same size as brands like MAC, Urban Decay, Makeup Geek, etc. They fit into MAC palettes (old and new), but they don’t seem to stick; I can turn my new MAC palette upside down, give it a tap, and the eyeshadow will pop out. However, they work well in Z Palettes and do not require additional magnets.

It will take me some time to actually write-up and post individual reviews, so I have gone ahead and added all of the photos and swatches for the forty-four shades in the meanwhile. You can view swatches of all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page. In general, I like them, but some shades are powdery so they perform best over an eyeshadow primer and/or need to be patted, rather than swept, on to minimize excessive powdery fall out during application. Pigmentation and texture were also good with there being a few misses, and the texture was typically soft, slightly powdery, and occasionally, a few shades had a drier texture that was powdery but not stiff. Individual reviews (along with dupes and all that good stuff) to come! :)

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In general, I like them, but some shades are powdery so they perform best over an eyeshadow primer and/or need to be patted, rather than swept, on to minimize excessive powdery fall out during application. Pigmentation and texture were also good with there being a few misses, and the texture was typically soft, slightly powdery, and occasionally, a few shades had a drier texture that was powdery but not stiff.

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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Revlon Naughty Nude (006) Blush
Revlon Naughty Nude (006) Blush

Revlon Naughty Nude (006) Blush ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium, rose-tinged brown with warm undertones and a golden champagne shimmer. Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is darker. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is browner, less shimmery. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, less warm-toned. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, browner. See comparison swatches.

When Revlon reformulated and released their Blushes, I was excited, and the color range looked good. I’m all over a brown-based blush; they’re totally underrated, but they’re the types of blushes that I often reach for and there aren’t nearly enough options to choose from–most of them are very pricey, so I was hoping for a more budget-friendly version to recommend to readers. Unfortunately, the texture of this needs work; it’s stiff and dry yet powdery, almost chalky at times. I had to scrape off the product in order to get swatches of it to show up on my skin; using the included applicator produced no visible color on my skin. I had slightly better luck packing on the color onto my cheeks, which I owe to my skin type being normal (so there are some natural oils, which help powders stick), whereas the skin on my arm is drier. Even after some color applied, it was really difficult to blend. To add further insult, the shimmer in this does emphasize pores, so if you have larger pores or skin imperfections, this can exacerbate both! This blush lasted six and a half hours on me.

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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss
Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Milani’s Brilliant Shine Lipglosses, and today, I have three more shades that I’ve tested from the line-up. To recap, the recently launched formula is supposed to have rich color, extreme high shine, and comfortable lasting wear,” plus be “moisturizing and non-tacky.” 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 or as tacky. They’re somewhat hydrating as well.

Milani Sweet Grapefruit (09) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency but a noticeable amount of color. This shade lasted four hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Coral Crush (10) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, muted orange with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color will still come through. As the gloss is on the thicker side, it seems to bunch up if you press your lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is more muted, lighter. MAC Strictly Plutonic (LE, $20.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Red My Lips (12) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium red with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. This shade had rich, opaque color coverage, and it didn’t settle into lip lines. The gloss wore well for four and a half hours on me. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, February 17th, 2014

Wet 'n' Wild I'm His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($3.99 for 0.21 oz.) contains five eyeshadows that range from silvery-white to navy blue. The quality of this palette is mediocre; every shade suffered from a powdery, sometimes chalky, base, so color payoff was often sheer, all were prone to fading quickly on the lid, and even in the event that a fair amount of color applied to the skin, it easily sheered away if you blended it at all. The consistency just didn’t allow the powder to bind, adhere, or smooth over the skin. It’s this type of quality that gives drugstore makeup a bad name–this reinforces every negative stereotype, and it’s unfortunate, because there are better products to be found in the drugstore aisles and Wet ‘n’ Wild used to make them to boot!

I had hoped that by now these palettes would be readily available online, but I still haven’t spotted the new 5-pan palettes, like this one, yet–they’re all permanent additions to Wet ‘n’ Wild’s range.

I’m His Breezey #1 is a soft, pale, bluish gray with a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was very, very powdery to work with. It managed less than four hours of decent wear on me. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #2 is a pale gray with a soft, frosted finish. It seemed like a promising shade initially, but it is so powdery to work with that it turns into a veil of color when applied. It had faded significantly after four hours of wear. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #3 is a cool-toned, muted, dark purple-blue with a mostly matte finish. It had sheer color payoff, and the texture was powdery and dry. It started to crease and fade after three hours of wear. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #4 is a medium, sky blue with a soft, pearly finish. The texture was powdery, slightly chalky, while the pigmentation was semi-sheer. This shade had completely vanished by the sixth hour–as in, it looked like my regular lid–and it was showing signs of fading after three hours. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #5 is a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle. It was the least powdery shade in the palette, and the color payoff was semi-opaque. It lasted longer than the other shades, too, and managed six hours. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Revlon Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm
Revlon Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm

If you missed the first shades I reviewed, you can check out that post here! Today, I have the last two shades of Revlon’s new Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) that I have. Revlon describes the formula as “velvety matte,” hydrating, and comfortable. These are a twist-up pencil, so you won’t have to worry about sharpening. There is a slight mint scent, but I didn’t notice any flavor. The finish is more matte, but I’d say almost a satin-matte–not a fully flat, super matte finish but not quite the sheen of a true satin finish. They have good color coverage, and they wear longer than average. As they’re just slightly hydrating, “balm” is a stretch to say, but they go on more easily than some drier matte lipsticks do.

Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-tinted purple with slight warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color comes through just slightly so if you have a stronger natural lip color, you may find it alters the way the shade looks applied. The consistency was lightly creamy, lightweight, and just slightly hydrating. It wore well for five hours on me. MAC Feel My Pulse (LE, $16.00) is lighter and pinker. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $16.00) is darker, not as pinky. MAC Heroine (LE, $16.00) is a little brighter but similar. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Showy Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is light-medium, cool-toned brightened pink with blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. This shade was really pigmented and applied with full color coverage that was even and smooth. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was just lightly hydrating overall. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is darker, less blue-based. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $16.00) is darker, less blue-bsed/ MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter, darker, more blue-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is also brighter, darker, and more blue-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Revlon Elusive Colorburst Matte Balm
Revlon Elusive Colorburst Matte Balm

Revlon’s new Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is supposed to give you a “velvety matte look,” while still having the hydrating, comfortable feel of a balm. It’s a twist-up, jumbo-sized lip pencil, so there’s no need to sharpen (and therefore, no waste). Both shades I tested in this post were nicely pigmented, had good wear time, and were fairly comfortable to wear overall, though I wouldn’t describe them really as balm-like but more as lightly hydrating. They had a slight mint scent.

Elusive Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with yellow undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had mostly full color coverage, and the texture was light-medium in thickness–noticeable but not heavy. The consistency was lightly creamy but didn’t feel slick or slippery on. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is warmer. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Striking Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a medium, muted orange-red with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. This shade had a stronger sheen that lasted for about twenty minutes, but then it was mostly matte. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it wore well for five hours. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is brighter, redder. NARS Moscow (P, $26.00) is browner, warmer, darker, less red. See comparison swatches.

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