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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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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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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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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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a white, red, and black. Of all the trios, this is the only one I’d really consider getting, which is due to the red eyeshadow, as it is difficult to find red eyeshadows, period, let alone at this price point. The red and black eyeshadows are also better than the majority of the collection, as they did not fade as quickly and were much more pigmented. I experienced noticeable fading without a primer (remember, Wet ‘n’ Wild touts these as highly pigmented and long-wearing!) after four hours. Over a primer, I was able to get to seven hours overall before it started looking faded.

Three’s a Party #1 is a pale, matte white. It’s chalky, powdery, and sheer; fades quickly and easily on the lid without a tacky base (try NYX Milk). LORAC White, MAC Chill, Sugarpill Tako, Make Up For Ever #00, and Inglot #373 are all matte whites that are similar (almost all perform better, though). NYX Milk is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Three’s a Party #2 is a warm, medium-dark red with orange undertones and a satiny finish. It was very powdery, though it was more pigmented than other shades have been. It really needs a white base for true-to-pan color. Fyrinnae Hitched is warmer, more sheen. Illamasqua Daemon is similar in color. Sugarpill Asylum is more shimmery. Sugarpill Love+ is redder, brighter. Inglot #366 is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

Three’s a Party #3 is a charcoal black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented, but it had a slightly drier texture that made it harder to blend out on the lid. Here are several other matte black eyeshadows to consider: theBalm Serious , Sugarpill Bulletproof, Urban Decay Blackout, Milani Pitch Black, bareMinerals Lights Down, that are all matte and black. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a yellow, purple, and medium-dark pink eyeshadow. It’s a limited edition trio that you may still find, or you may be out of luck. I’ve asked my local stores, and they haven’t heard anything, and I haven’t seen them myself (in-stores), but I know they’ve released elsewhere and been cleaned out quickly.

This post, more or less, is to let you know that your time (and money) might be better spent elsewhere. Initially, I was actually able to get some color to adhere and show up on the lid without using a creamy white base, but all of the colors just fade so quickly–in mere hours. Of course, though touted as long-wearing and highly-pigmented, all three shades were completely gone after four hours of wear without a primer. Over a regular primer, there was significant fading but a hint of color left after six hours (these eyeshadows just eat primer!), and then over NYX Milk, they lasted seven hours with some fading and had better color payoff, too.

Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up #1 is a light-medium yellow with a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, but it was very powdery and somewhat chalky, so it was very easily sheered out during application. Your best bet is to pat it on, and if possible, over something tacky/creamy. Fyrinnae Banana Mochi is more shimmery. MAC Bright Yellow is slightly lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches.

Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up #2 is a medium purple with subtle cool undertones and a satiny, almost matte, finish. It was very powdery and somewhat chalky, and it suffered from the same issues as the yellow eyeshadow–incredibly prone to sheering out on the lid during application. NARS Flowers 1 #3 is more satin-like. MAC Spoiled Rich is warmer. MAC Shock-a-holic is brighter. Inglot #386 is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up #3 is a warm, medium-dark pink with a matte finish. Like the other two, it was powdery and chalky, but it was the least powdery and chalky of the three. It had so-so color payoff but did sheer out easily on the lid. Urban Decay Noise is cooler-toned. MAC Tease with Ease is more shimmery. MAC Gameela is redder. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 is cooler-toned. Dior Bow is darker. See comparison swatches.

There are three other trios, and I did take photos/swatches of all them (as well as I’ve tested them all) — how would you feel about me just posting swatches and just an overview (no dupes or shade-by-shade review)? I’d like to just kick ’em out, but it’s always hard for me to post without a full review! Let me know what you’d like to see in the comments :)

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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition palette for summer, so you’ll have to hunt around your local drugstores for this one (I’ve yet to spot any of the Pop Art displays in my area, which means it hasn’t arrived yet or it has already sold out!). This was one of the “better” trios I tested, though it was still underwhelming, due to the incredible powderiness across the shades. These absolutely need to be worn over a primer, because they are prone to fading and creasing–they lasted a mere four hours before fading significantly without a primer–and even over primer, they didn’t last beyond eight hours.  They’re powdery, easily sheered out (but harder to build up), prone to fading, and really do not show why Color Icon eyeshadows were so coveted when they first debuted. (And Color Icon is a formula touted as highly pigmented and long-wearing.)

A Regular at the Factory #1 is a muted, light-medium yellow with a mostly matte finish. This shade was powdery, slightly chalky, so it was prone to sheering out when applied. It’s best to pat and pack it on and only blend the very edges as necessary. NARS Misfit #1 is less yellow. Make Up For Ever #102 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

A Regular at the Factory #2 is a medium, cyan blue with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff as it was powdery, so the color didn’t bind well together, which gave it a slightly uneven appearance. Again, pat and pack on the eyeshadow to maximize the color and minimize the fall out–and if you have a slightly tacky base, even better. NARS Mad, Mad World #1 is darker. Milani Olympian Blue is much darker. MAC Electric Eel is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #72 is similar. Make Up For Ever #118 is lighter. Inglot #371 is very similar. See comparison swatches.

A Regular at the Factory #3 is a brightened, medium orange with yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it was the least powdery of the three. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica is more shimmery. Disney Rajah is darker. Illamasqua Vulgar is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

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They're powdery, easily sheered out (but harder to build up), prone to fading, and really do not show why Color Icon eyeshadows were so coveted when they first debuted.

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