Friday, December 24th, 2010

NYX Emerald City Eye Pencil
NYX Emerald City Eye Pencil

Quick Review: NYX Emerald City Eye Pencil

NYX Emerald City Eye Pencil ($3.50) is a darkened forest green with a hint of teal. It leans on the cooler side, but it works well with hazel eyes in particular. It has a fairly matte finish and good color pay off. NYX’s Eye Pencils last nearly all day on me, only slightly fading after eight hours (but from afar, I don’t think anyone would notice), but they are most notable for how soft they are. Use less pressure initially, just to get an idea of how soft these are–if you apply firmer pressure, you may find the tip breaks off.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re in need of affordable colored pencil eyeliners, NYX has you covered.

AVAILABILITY: NYX

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Maybelline Pink Peony Lipstick
Maybelline Pink Peony Lipstick

Quick Review: Maybelline Pink Peony Lipstick

Maybelline Pink Peony Color Sensational Lipstick ($8.29 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened peony pink with a frosted white and gold shimmer-sheen. It delivers full color coverage with very little layering, and I get an average of three to four hours of wear.

This is one of the clingier shades (as noted in my lipstick comparison post), because it has a frostier finish, which is drier than a creamy or satin finish shade. It’s not drying, though, but if you have flaky or peeling lips, this one might not work out so well. If you’re particularly sensitive to scent, ColorSensational does have a rather synthetic, syrupy sweet scent, but it seems to fade as many of mine just smell waxy. Each tube has quite a bit of product, which is nice, and they’re often on sale for far less than their retail price.

(You should be able to pick one up for less than $8, which is the full retail price, but I spotted it at $5.49 at Target!)

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I wish it was a touch creamier, but the color pay off is excellent!

AVAILABILITY: Target

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Maybelline Silver Starlet Eye Studio Baked Eyeshadow
Maybelline Silver Starlet Eye Studio Baked Eyeshadow

Quick Review: Maybelline Silver Starlet Baked Eyeshadow

Maybelline Silver Starlet Baked Eyeshadow Duo ($7.29 for 0.09 oz.) is a baked eyeshadow (similar to MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows), and one side is solid while the other is marbled. When swatched, the product works amazing whether wet or dry–the solid side is a steely blue with frosty, silver sheen; the marbled side a neutral champagne pink with a frosted sheen.  The blue shade is actually similar to the blue from MAC’s Sea & Sky Duo.

It has a smooth texture, high frost finish, and both shades were incredibly pigmented.  In the past, I’ve found that baked eyeshadows often must be used wet in order to achieve good color pay off, but these worked well dry, too.  I did have the ever slightly noticeable fading after eight hours of wear with Maybelline’s Baked Eyeshadow Duos, but it was very slight.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Maybelline has several other variations on their duos, and based on this one, these might be a great alternative to higher-end baked eyeshadows like MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows–perhaps not necessarily exact dupes in terms of colors but the product type is quite similar.

AVAILABILITY: Drugstore.com

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Wet 'n' Wild Eyeliner
Cobalt Blue, Antique Amethyst, Gold Pewter; Denim Chrome

Quick Reviews: Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaChrome & H2o Proof Eyeliners

Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaChrome Eyeliners ($2.99 for 0.04 oz.) and Wet ‘n’ Wild H2O Proof Eye Pencil ($2.99 for 0.03 oz.) were both products that did not work for me. Both formulas smudged terribly on me after less than an hour of wear–since they gave me raccoon eyes so quickly, I went through all four in a day, but nothing lasted for more than an hour. All four pencils were also a bit hard; I would definitely recommend wearing down the tip on the back of your hand before using them, but they’re still not overly soft, so they can tug a bit.

Pigmentation was also problematic; it was decent in the MegaChrome Eyeliners but dismal in the H2O Proof Eye Pencil. They tend to apply patchy and need another pass or two (or three…) to get the right color intensity and evenness. For a waterproof formula, Denim Chrome couldn’t even last long enough to make it to a water test!

  • Cobalt Blue is a blackened navy blue.
  • Antique Amethyst is a blackened plum purple.
  • Gold Pewter is a true yellow gold with a soft metallic finish.
  • Denim Chrome is a medium-dark blue with silver glitter.

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  • Product: 13/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: There are better eyeliners on the market, both high-end and budget-friendly, so there is no need to settle on these.

AVAILABILITY: Drugstores

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

NYX Crystal Gold Glitter Eyeliner
NYX Crystal Gold Liquid Crystal Liner

NYX Crystal Gold Liquid Crystal Liner

NYX Crystal Gold Liquid Crystal Liner ($4.50) are glitter eyeliners with a clear base and colored glitter. The one I’m reviewing is a true yellow gold glitter suspended in a clear base. While you can definitely wear the glitter on its own, it works best layered over your choice of eyeliner. These wear really well without getting glitter all over the place, even hours later, but sometimes, I find I need to a a second pass to get an even layer of glitter.

P.S. — It looks like with all of the holiday sales, these are currently sold out at NYX, but since they are permanent, they should pop back up soon enough.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you like glitter, yes, I think these can be really fun. They can really add some oomph to your eyeliner!

AVAILABILITY: NYX

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line
Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line

Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line

Maybelline Khaki Green Define-a-Line ($4.49 for 0.01 oz.) is a tarnished olive green with soft gold and green shimmer. Interesting enough, while the black eyeliner in this same formula is too creamy and ends up smudging all over the place on me, Khaki Green stays in place as it should. I wouldn’t even describe it as a creamy formula; it’s smooth enough and glides on without tugging and deposits a good amount of color in a single pass. I wonder if the shimmer causes it to be a “drier” formula and subsequently helps it to adhere to the lash line.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’s a nice alternative for a khaki green eyeliner if you’re on a tighter budget!

AVAILABILITY: Maybelline

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