Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Anastasia Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains ten shades ranging from shimmery gold to medium matte black. Each eyeshadow is 0.025 oz. It’s a so-so palette with a few nice shades, some less impressive ones. There are no total misses, but the two brighter shades didn’t translate as richly as they looked in the pan/swatch applied–I couldn’t get that green to pop no matter how many times I patted it on! The wear was good, though, across the board, and most of the eyeshadows wore well for eight to nine hours before fading.

Legend is a brightened, light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was just a smidgen powdery (it seemed to have a whiter base). It lasted for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glisten is a medium-dark copper orange with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, though the consistency was a little dry. It wore well for eight hours before fading, and there was a little bit of fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Topaz is a golden, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade didn’t show fading until after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Iridescent Purple is a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff that had a slightly drier consistency. The color lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Emerald is a medium-dark, warm-toned green with a golde, frosted finish. It seemed promising when swatched, as it had decent pigmentation, but it seemed to fade almost instantly on the eye–I would pat it on, blend, and poof! looked more like a khaki brown. That khaki brown color stayed like that for the next eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vanilla is a light beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was somewhat powdery but had decent to good color payoff. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Caramel is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable, though a bit powdery. It lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Morocco is a muted, reddish-copper brown with a matte finish. it had decent color payoff, but it was also on the powdery side. It didn’t show signs of fading for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Plum is a deep, burgundy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, though a bit powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

LBD is a medium black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a drier, slightly powdery, consistency, which resulted in semi-sheer color payoff. This shade showed some fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Ardency Inn Sunday MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Ardency Inn Sunday MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Here are the next four shades of the Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) that I’ve tested! I really loved and was impressed by all the shades except one, which was less pigmented, but the other three had fantastic color payoff, soft, buttery textures, and wore for ten hours before fading/creasing.

Ardency Inn Sunday MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “universal beige pearl with gold and pink undertones.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture had such a soft, buttery feel. It lasted for ten hours before lightly creasing. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is cooler-toned. Stila Vitality (P) is darker. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is darker. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is darker. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is more muted. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is slightly warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is a cream product. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is similar. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Creative Copper (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Heaven MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “metallic champagne with silver and bronze undertones.” It’s a neutral-to-cool toned, antique gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It was so intensely pigmented–a little goes quite a ways!–with a creamy, buttery texture that blends and applies well. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. NARS Kauai #1 (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Tinsel (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. bareMinerals Chart Topper (LE) is warmer, less shimmery. bareMinerals Gold Medal (P, $16.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Vintage Gold MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “sparkly khaki with warm gold reflects.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a sparkly, gold shimmer. The consistency of this shade has an almost wet-feel to it that is thinner but emollient on the skin, and while it is buildable, it was only semi-opaque. It lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly, and I did have a tiny bit of fall out over time. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is grayer. Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC A Harvest of Greens #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Sketchbook (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Hell MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “grey pearl with a slight red undertone.” It’s a dark, warm-toned taupe with reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was buttery and soft. It blended well, and it wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. Illamasqua Acute (P) is a cream product. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Nameless (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Lost (LE, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a new eyeshadow formula that’s supposed to have “superior color payoff” and “ultralong-lasting wear, even without an eye primer” due to “high-grade silicon waxes.” This is an impressive eyeshadow formula, particularly if you love your shimmery finishes! I will review all twelve shades in due time, but you can view swatches of all of them here. The shimmer finishes have an extraordinarily creamy, buttery, smooth texture with amazing color payoff. The satin/matte finishes are soft, finely-milled, but less creamy and a bit powdery, but they remained blendable and fairly easy to use. The pearly shades seemed almost wet in the pan with less intensity and a slightly thinner consistency than the more frosted shades. All of the shades below lasted for ten hours on me without creasing/fading. And can we just have a moment to admire Royal?

Also, the pans seem to be only held in by a magnet, so if you have a stronger magnet (to lift it out) or steady hands and tweezer, they do come out of the pan.

Updated on 8/26 at 9:03PM PST: Thanks to reader Tugce, who visited Ardency Inn’s website and noted the following was listed: “In the USA, do not use “Royal”, “Orchid”, “Tangerine” and “Punch” near the eyes.” This is information that really SHOULD be listed on Sephora.

Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “matte yellow orange with a neon kick.” It’s a brightened, yellowed orange with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety, though a smidgen powdery. It lasted for ten hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Acid #4 (P, $9.99) is a touch lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker. Inglot #122R Top (P, $6.00) is yellower. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Juiced (DC, $15.00) is yellower. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Orchid MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia with extreme blue reflects.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia-purple with cool, blue undertones and a bluish-violet shimmer-sheen. It had incredibly rich color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, lasted for ten hours, and was a dream to apply. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is more muted, lighter. Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $18.00) is more muted, less shimmery. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Boudoir (P) is more muted, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Punch MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “matte bright coral with neon pink and yellow undertones.” It’s a brightened, coral-red with a matte finish and warm undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was a little powdery, it was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend. It lasted for ten hours before fading. Makeup Geek Razzleberry (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. MAC Full of Flavour (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC More Amour (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Royal MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “royal purple with red undertones and slight blue reflects.” It’s an insanely intense, vibrant violet purple with cool, blue undertones and a soft, frosted finish. A little goes a very long way with this shade! The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, while it was easy to blend on the skin. It wore well for ten hours and still hadn’t faded/creased. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is lighter. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is more muted. Urban Decay Ransom (DC, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette ($88.00 for 0.177 oz.) is a set of two shades, so more of a duo than a palette. It contains almost the equivalent of four, average-sized full-sized eyeshadows. I wish I could figure out why Giorgio Armani’s compacts are so pricey, because their single eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, etc. are all in line with other designer brands (Chanel, Dior, and so on), but their eyeshadow palettes are totally out of step price-wise.

The way the formula is described is confusing per the press release, as the brand describes it as “discreet and muted or more intense, but ever sheer and luminous with lasting hold,” yet it “can be adjusted to customize the makeup look.” On Giorgio Armani’s website, it says the “collection creates a transparent and lightness effect,” while the blurb for this palette simply says “light and shadow is intensified with a black pearl and shimmery nude … long lasting color with no makeup feel.” It seems like the texture is weightless or sheer (“no makeup feel”), more than the color, though it seems the pigmentation is billed as buildable (“can be adjusted” and “discreet and muted or more intense”). Both shades are intensely pigmented; there is no buildable color here, just very, very richly pigmented eyeshadows with phenomenal textures–soft, smooth, and velvety–that blend easily and go on beautifully. They’re blendable, so you can sheer out each shade if you use the tiniest amount and a good, fluffy blending brush to do so (but basically you can do that with any eyeshadow; there’s nothing about the formula that one would describe as buildable).

Organica (Left) is described as a “black pearl.” It’s a gray-ish purple with subtle cool tone underneath and a sparkling, multi-colored pearl where violet and teal dominate. In the pan, it looked lighter and warmer, but it swatched rather cool-toned. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was soft, dense, and buttery. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. It wasn’t, however, all that adjustable or buildable, because a little went a long way. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is warmer, browner. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is purpler. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is grayer. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is purpler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Organica (Right) is described as a “shimmery nude.” It’s a yellowed orange with a frosted, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and blended easily. The color didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is yellower. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is darker, more orange. bareMinerals Gold Nugget (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC Artificially Wild Eyeshadows
MAC Artificially Wild Eyeshadows

MAC Artificially Wild features four new, limited edition shades of MAC Eyeshadows ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.). I really liked these, as I felt they were nicely pigmented with soft, blendable textures, but they were also more unusual colors, partially due to the satin finish.

MAC Artificial Earth Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft mauve nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, velvety, and blendable. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Stila Pink Diamond (P) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #32 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. Anastasia Ballet (LE) is less shimmery, pinker, warmer. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Marsh Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft dirty olive green [with a Satin finish].” It’s a softened, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on easily and wore well for eight hours. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is more shimmery. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is brighter. Anastasia Moss (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dirty mustard golden nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, ochre brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, velvety texture that was very blendable on the lid. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Au Nature (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Outre (LE, $15.00) is darker, browner, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Stony Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft grey concrete [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned pewter with a satin sheen. It’s a mix of brown, green, and silver/gray. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth like the other shades. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Stila Substance (P) is darker. NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer. L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) (P, $7.99) is darker, more shimmery. CoverGirl Ashen Glow Flame (335) (P, $7.99) is a cream product. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is a cream, more shimmery. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base
MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base

MAC Artificially Wild features two new, limited edition shades of MAC Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.). Shell is also being repromoted (but it is part of the permanent range). For those unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases (also known as CCBs), they’re described as a “versatile and multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” You can “apply with a brush, sponge, or fingers.” The color payoff ranges “from a light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.”

I struggled a lot with these, because both shades felt even more emollient–almost greasy–than most CCBs. When I wore then on the eyes, I kept having to pat the CCBs back into place, but they would just pull right into the creases within a few minutes and remained very emollient. I tried applying eyeshadows on top to set, but it creased within a few hours. Then, I tried to wear each shade as a contour color, which worked better but they had to be dabbed on as they were very emollient and would sheer out very easily. Normally, I don’t have so much trouble working with CCBs, and though they don’t wear long on their own, setting usually keeps them in place for a more reasonable length of time–but it didn’t seem to be the case with these two. The best results I had were from dabbing the more shimmery shade on the brow bone or along the tops of cheek bones, as it seemed to last a bit longer and didn’t slide as noticeably.

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty mustard olive.” It’s a dirty, yellowed green with warm, olive brown undertones and a satiny sheen. This shade had semi-opaque color coverage that was more buildable. It lasted six hours on cheeks. Divergent Intrepid Moss (LE) is a powder, more shimmery, browner. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery, powder. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is a powder, greener, less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Breaking Ground Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light iridescent mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with a purple/gray leaning. It had a more frosted finish, which applied semi-opaque at most but naturally wanted to apply sheer. This one was even more prone to sliding around, and I couldn’t get the color to build much more than semi-opaque. It lasted for five hours on the face. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, powder. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is powder. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is darker, powder, warmer. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, powder, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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