Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette
Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette

Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pink-hued palette with five shades ranging from pink-tinted ivory to mauve. Despite having continual poor luck with the quality in Dior’s palettes, I remain a glutton for punishment and bought both of the new spring palettes. I wasn’t impressed with House of Pinks due to its drier, unforgiving texture–it made my entire lid space look dry. I thought Monochrome was frustrating to work with (I tested both simultaneously, one on each eye), but Monochrome didn’t emphasize texture nearly as much, despite being more powdery (I guess that’s the where the silkiness came into play). The consistency of the eyeshadows was generally firmer and drier, while the color payoff ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. They were harder to apply to bare skin, as they didn’t want to stick, and only one shade performed decently. It’s yet another palette that reminds me of why Dior’s palettes are a “look but don’t touch” situation more often than not. Dior palettes are best at inspiring me to try a new color combination, but I should know better by now to create it with anything but Dior’s own palette.

House of Pinks #1 is a gold-shimmered, pink-white with a frosted finish. It had a dustiness to it that made it a pain to work with, and it seemed to really be one of the worst offenders when it came to exacerbating the texture of my natural lid (which looks fine with the majority of the eyeshadows I have ever used). It lasted for five and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #2 is a pale, pink-tinted white with a matte finish. It was semi-sheer with a very powdery, dusty texture that was prone to fading and didn’t apply evenly. It lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #3 is a brightened pop of cool-toned, light-medium pink with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff but was rather dusty and almost chalky, and it barely showed up on the lid. It really needed to be pressed into the skin and packed on for any visible color, but none of it stuck. It just seemed to fade immediately. The washed-out version of it that remained after the initial five minutes stayed in its sad state for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #4 is a mauve-y taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firm, dry texture. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #5 is a dark, eggplant purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a drier, dustier texture that applied unevenly. It creased after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is called the “rose ” palette for its mix of pinks. It’s a sheerer set of shades that, while very soft and finely-milled, were powdery, prone to blending away into nothingness. Three of the shades are matte, while one is a low-level sheen satin and another is a frost. I think they should have skipped the frost here, as it didn’t play nicely with the others due to having a slightly thicker, dense texture so it looked more textured and thicker on the lid as a result.

Monochrome #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly silky, but it was rather powdery to work with and quite sheer. It was noticeably faded after six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #2 is described as a “rose nude.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and didn’t adhere well to bare skin, and applied damp, it was more pigmented and applied more easily to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #3 is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a matte finish. It was sheer with a soft, powdery finish that didn’t want to stick to bare skin. On me, it was noticeably faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #4 is described as a “light mauve.” It’s a dirty, medium-dark mauve with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very sheer, dusty, and didn’t want to stay on bare skin at all. This was also a shade that seemed to look patchy and uneven applied. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #5 is described as a “dark chocolate.” It’s a deepened brown with warm,r eddish undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was actually quite good, but the dusty texture made it harder to work with. It just didn’t blend as easily as most eyeshadows, so it took more work to get it to look even and diffused on bare skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder
Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Fi Filter #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder ($49.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes a highlighter and contouring powder. The lighter shade is supposed to “subtly illuminate,” while the darker shade “offers sheer shadow to define.” There are three variations in the formula, and this appears to be the darkest of the three. The texture of both sides was incredibly finely-milled and smooth, while the highlighter was a smidgen powdery, neither looked powdery on the skin. The compact is incredibly large but thin, and the lid seemed extraordinarily thin as it tapered towards the edge, which made it seem almost flimsy along the edge (where it clasps together).

Highlighter is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a muted, light-medium yellowed peach with a matte finish. It’s a medium to buildable product with a soft, silky texture that gets a wee bit powdery if you’re not careful. My skin tone isn’t the best to showcase the highlighting shade, as it gets pretty lost on my skin tone (it’s more my skin tone than lighter or darker), unfortunately. The powder sat well on my cheek bones, though, and seemed to make the skin appear almost blurred. From what I could tell, it seemed to wear eight hours before breaking down. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Contour is described as a “deep bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. I wish the finish of the bronzer was also reflected in the highlighter, because it would give a very natural finish–it’s not shimmery, but it looks like skin without being totally flat/matte. The texture was silky, smooth, and very blendable on the skin without being powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is more matte, grayer. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Tan Tint (LE, $29.50) is darker, cream. Benefit Hoola (P, $28.00) is slightly less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a deepened navy blue with a satin finish. I would almost describe it as a pearl finish, but it doesn’t have that pearly sheen, yet it has a bit more shimmer than your traditional satin finish has. It was nicely pigmented with a thin, lightweight consistency that spread well and blended easily. On me, the color wore well for almost fourteen hours (out of the 16-hours promised), which was quite long, and I didn’t have any issues with fall out with this one (not surprising, given it isn’t sparkly).
Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Estrella (LE) is lighter. LORAC Navy #6 (LE) is more shimmery. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $15.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is darker. bareMinerals Climax (P) is a touch lighter. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Jade (03) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pastel blue with a hint of gold shimmer. This was one of the weaker (if not weakest) shades of the formula, because it wasn’t as pigmented as the others. It is buildable, if you apply in layers, but it just never went on fully opaque in one layer like the rest (it didn’t even seem watery). It spreads and blends well, but it tends to sheer out noticeably. On me, it lasted for twelve hours before fading noticeably. Sugarpill CandyCrush (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I204 Sky Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. Dior Atlantique #2 (LE) is less shimmery. Dior Rivage #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani June Beetle (31) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Maybelline Icy Mint (LE, $6.99) is lighter. NARS South Pacific #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Styledriven (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Divine Blue (LE, $19.50) MAC Free as Air (LE, $16.50) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, purple-taupe with a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth finish. This particular shade seemed a little thicker in consistency compared to others I’ve tried. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and spread well across the lid without losing intensity, but I noticed that it almost too pigmented and a little goes a long way. If you over-apply and it dries down, it seemed to amplify the texture of my lids slightly, so there continues to be a learning curve with these. –the second time I tried it, I applied a little less and had great results without a fuss. It wore well for fourteen hours before fading on me. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE) is darker. Colour Pop Meow (P, $5.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Sasso (P, $37.00) is lighter, more sparkly. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is darker. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Great Beyond #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE) is darker, more sparkly. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is slightly warmer. L’Oreal Liquid Diamond (P, $7.99) is lighter. Inglot #434 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadows
Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadows

Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) popped up online a week or so ago, and three shades are already out of stock (count me surprised!). I’m not sure if they’ll be restocking these, but hopefully they will for those of you who had this on your radar! They’re interesting in concept, but I wouldn’t consider the majority of them duochromes at all (only one had a subtle duochrome). They’re more frosted to metallic in finish with some shades having noticeable sparkle (both in the finish as well as some fall out). I swatched them both dry (left) and damp (right), but they don’t need to be used damp at all, and I didn’t think it really transformed the color much more than intensifying and smoothing out the finish slightly.

Sephora Hidden Treasures (114) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, golden shimmer and sparkle and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and the texture was denser but a little dry in feel. I felt like the formula with these wasn’t as smooth as the regular Colorful range. The eyeshadow wore well for nine hours but had some sparkle fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Mermaid Tail (112) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a purpled brown with a blue metallic sheen. This had the strongest duochrome out of the six, where it shifted from bluish-brown to brown. The texture was soft but a little dry, though blendable and applied without a lot of work. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours with very minor fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Seahorse (115) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, eggplant purple with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling finish. The consistency was dry and less easily blended on the skin as a result, as the edges tended to reflect the drier texture. It had decent pigmentation dry, but it was easier to work with when I used a damp brush, as it was more pigmented and the dryness had less of an impact. On me, the color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear, and there was some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Siren’s Charm (111) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, burgundy brown with gold and mauve sparkle. The texture was soft but dry, and it tended to kick up an excessive amount of powder when used it. The pigmentation was good whether applied dry or damp, but it was prone to sheering out when used dry on the lid. There was significant fall out throughout the time I wore it, and it only lasted for six and a half hours before fading noticeably. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened silver with a metallic finish. Again, there was a dryness present in the texture that made it harder to use as it was a little powdery and not as readily blended along the edges. It had good color payoff, but damp application helped to minimize some of the issues I had with the texture. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Stormy Seas (113) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It had a soft, lightly powdery texture that felt somewhat dry but was still blendable on the skin. It had good pigmentation both dry and damp, but it was smoother and adhered better to the skin when applied damp. It lasted for eight hours on me, and as it wasn’t as sparkly, it had minor fall out towards the end of the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Hidden Treasure (114)

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Mermaid Tail (112)

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Dior
Dior Peach Splendor Blush

Dior Peach Splendor Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light, peachy-pink with a semi-matte finish. There are fine bits of sparkle strewn through the powder, but it appears primarily satin to matte on the skin. LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is pinker, darker, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker, darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush feels soft to the touch and seems finely-milled, but there’s a dryness present that gives it a more powdery, visible look on the skin. If you have oilier skin, it may not be noticeable once applied, but drier skin types will definitely see the powder sit on the skin. It is barely visible on my skin tone (just lighter than a true medium) other than giving it a very subtle sheen (I can see the powdery finish in person better, though), so if you have a similar skin tone or are darker, I would highly recommend trying it in person. For fairer skin types, it would easily work as a foolproof, everyday kind of color. It had semi-sheer color payoff at most but tended to sheer out due to the drier texture–not the “maximum expression of pigments” or “Vibrant Color Powder Blush” (official product name) described. On my skin, which is normal-to-dry, it lasted for six and a half hours.

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