Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

ColourPop Empire Super Shock Eyeshadow
ColourPop Empire Super Shock Eyeshadow

Here are reviews for eight of ColourPop Super Shock Shadows ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) — a few of these are discontinued/were limited edition, but they were incorporated into the looks initially, so hopefully the dupes will help or otherwise inspire you on how to wear them if you picked them up during the holidays. Perhaps we’ll see a few come back this holiday!

ColourPop Sugar Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “metallic silvery blue with … glitter.” It’s a light-medium, silvery-gray with a bluish-tint and sparkle that has a more metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly smoothly, though it didn’t build too well as it tends to thicken up on the lid when layered. It lasted for ten hours without creasing but had some fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Snow Flurry Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is an antique gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was fairly smooth and blendable on the skin. On me, it wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. This shade was limited edition. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Empire Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “fiercely rich emerald green.” It’s a medium-dark, emerald green with subtle warm undertones with cooler-toned green sparkle. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. It was a little more emollient than other shades, so it was more prone to sheering out. The color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Rex Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black drenched with multiple shades of blue glitter.” It’s a medium-dark black with light blue and navy blue micro-glitter. It had so-so color payoff–the black base was noticeably sheer. The upside is the cream-based formula holds the glitter better than a powder would have, but this shade was difficult to work with as it tended to look uneven applied. I had noticeable fall out over time with this shade, though the color didn’t crease for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Sleigh Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “icy sage sprinkled with tons of multicolored glitter.” It’s a muted, light-medium antique gold with silver and gold micro-glitter. It had good color payoff and applied easily, though it is pretty glittery so it doesn’t go on quite as smoothly as other shades. The color stayed in place for ten hours but had some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Krinkle Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky blue loaded with silver and gold glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gray-ish blue with gold and silver glitter. The texture of this is creamier than a lot of the other shades in the formula, but it is very sparkly, which gives it a more textured feel and a tendency to apply a little unevenly. The effect is pretty cool in person, but it’s one of those textures that doesn’t photograph as well. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that is best applied with only light blending or else the glitter gets everywhere. The underlying bluish coloring lasted for ten hours, but I had some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Etiquette Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true royal blue in a pearlized finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while the color stayed on for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Friskie Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich black doused with high levels of silver glitter and hints of pink glitter.” It’s a medium-dark black with silver glitter. The base was semi-sheer, which made this shade difficult to apply evenly. When blending, the glitter tended to lift and clump together at times. This was one that really was better applied by patting on with a fingertip rather than a brush. I had some fall out over time, though I didn’t have any creasing over ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 4th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lollipop (86) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lollipop (86) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Marc Jacobs Lollipop (86) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “cherry pink shimmer.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with warm, reddish undertones and a cooler-toned, iridescent pink shimmer. It had good pigmentation a single pass, while the texture was lightly creamy and easy to apply. On, it lasted for ten and a half hours without fading or migrating. MAC Funfare (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Berry Lucky (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Woodstock (LE, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Process Magenta (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Sunset (74) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark golden copper-brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque coverage with about a layer and a half of product. This shade was previously released in last year’s holiday set, but it is back and permanent. The color wore well for ten hours without fading or thinning. MAC Brassy (P, $16.00) is more gold. MAC Brass Band (P, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Sun Tan (08) (P, $9.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

MAC Green Clean Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Green Clean Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Green Clean Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($27.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a green-themed set of shades that ranges from a light, washed-out green, chartreuse, and olive green. The three shades worked well together, and I liked that the finishes varied a bit. The formula is inconsistent with the color payoff, but the three shades wore well on the eyelid and were fairly easy to use, so if the variance in opacity doesn’t bother you, it may still be worth a look if you’re a big fan of green.

Green Clean #1 is described as a “pale white-green.” It’s a light-medium, soft green with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had very sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was semi-sheer applied damp. It was buildable up to semi-opaque coverage with two to three passes when used damp. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is less shimmery. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Green Clean #2 is described as a “lime.” It’s a brightened, chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation both wet and dry, though damp application gave it a stronger sheen. (The formula is supposed to be sheer when used dry.) The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the lid, while the color adhered well and didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Sour (P, $5.00) is a cream product. MAC Lisa’s Spikes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is slightly brighter. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is similar. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Green Clean #3 is described as a “deep khaki with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, brown tones and a golden sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, and it was more intense and darker applied damp, but the coverage level didn’t get much higher. It was buildable to opaque coverage with two to three layers of product both wet and dry. The texture was soft, but it could have been more blendable. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Covenant (LE) is darker. LORAC Jade (P) is similar. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is a cream product. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is darker. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

MAC Permanent Press Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Permanent Press Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Permanent Press Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($27.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a mix of muted white, brown, and taupe. I liked that the darkest shade had less sparkle/shimmer, which enables the trio to have more depth when used as a trio. Unfortunately, that darker shade was a little more difficult to blend compared to the other two more shimmery shades. The color payoff ranges from sheer to mostly opaque, depending on whether you use it dry or wet, which is as described. All three eyeshadows wore for eight hours on me, regardless of whether I used them dry or wet.

Permanent Press #1 is described as a “white beige.” It’s a cool-toned, subdued white with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, while damp application was semi-opaque. The color was buildable to full coverage when used damp and layered. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, and the eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before fading. YSL Eau d’Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is a cream. Colour Pop Acorn (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery. Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE) is brighter. Colour Pop Tassel (P, $5.00) is lighter. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Camelia #2 (P) is less shimmery. LORAC Snow (P) is lighter. MAC A Waft of Grey #1 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Permanent Press #2 is described as a “calm brown-bronze.” It’s a muted, medium brown with a warm, golden metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it was mostly opaque when applied with a damp brush. The texture became more metallic when it was applied damp, though it was smooth and buildable with both methods. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) (P, $38.00) is a cream. Burberry Nude (No. 002) (P, $29.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Topaz (P) is darker. MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE) is darker. Ardency Inn Vintage Gold (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $16.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is warmer. MAC Cactus Thorn (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Permanent Press #3 is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen with faint shimmer. It had sheer coverage applied dry, while damp application yielded opaque results. The texture of this was a little stiffer, and it wasn’t as easily blended as the other two shades. Once on, though, the color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #4 (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is lighter. MAC Just Before Dawn (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC 2x Dare #5 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Wanderlust (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Warm Wash Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio
MAC Warm Wash Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio

MAC Warm Wash Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Trio ($27.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a warm-toned set of shades that range from golden beige to copper. This eyeshadow formula is supposed to give “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when applied dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when applied wet. My experience with this formula is that sometimes it can be really nice, other times it is a total miss. I think they are most practical used damp or over a slightly tacky base if you want to use them dry. They’re actually longer-wearing than you might think, given how they feel and swatch, but I usually get seven to eight hours of crease-free wear. The other thing I’ve noticed with the Veluxe Pearlfusion palettes has been an inclination to repeat shades (either intentionally or they just have ended up very similar to a previously release).

Warm Wash #1 is described as a “white with orange-gold pearl.” It’s a light beige with warm, golden micro-sparkle and shimmer. It is very sheer applied dry, and then semi-sheer applied damp. It was somewhat buildable on the lid to semi-opaque coverage with a fairly dampened brush, and it lasted for eight hours. Guerlain White Sand (LE, $32.00) is a cream product. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is lighter. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Trusted Instinct #1 (LE) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is similar. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #2 (P) is lighter. Cle de Peau #119 (LE, $45.00) is similar. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Dew (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Shroom (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Warm Wash #2 is described as a “copper gold bronze.” It’s a muted, copper brown with warm, orange-red undertones and larger copper sparkle over a metallic finish. The texture was flaky, where the sparkle tended to separate from the powder base, which made dry application particularly frustrating (lots of fall out), and even damp application, while certainly closer to full coverage, had fall out over time. The color lasted for eight hours without creasing. Colour Pop KathleenLights (LE, $5.00) is less sparkly, cream. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE) is darker, less sparkly. Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is brighter. LORAC Unleashed (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is less glittery, more muted. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is darker, cream. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter, less sparkly. LORAC Nude #2 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, less sparkly. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Warm Wash #3 is described as a “peachy orange.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with warm, gold and orange pearly shimmer. The finish wasn’t fully metallic, but it was a little more reflective than a true pearl finish, I think. It had very sheer coverage applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours. Anastasia Orange You Fancy (LE, $12.00) is darker. Kat Von D Platonic (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Sin City (LE, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Casino (LE, $5.99) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I724 Rust (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Sundeck #3 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (LE) is similar. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica (P, $6.80) is darker. MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Chessa (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mimosa (P, $14.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

MAC Technakohl Liner
MAC Wash & Dry Technakohl Liners

MAC Coin Operated Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metal grey with silver pearl.” It’s a warm, gray-taupe with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, which was only buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It did have more creaminess to it than other Technakohls, though the texture was more wax-like than truly creamy. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Colour Matters Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “lime.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly well, though it could be creamier and more intense. It wore well for seven hours on me. This shade has been released previously. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Practice Makes Perfect Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep blue-green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a hint of silver sparkle over a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that didn’t build to much more coverage than that. The texture was very dry, stiff, and difficult to apply evenly. On me, it wore well for eight hours. This shade has been released before, though the version from this collection is much drier, and subsequently, worse. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Sudsy Technakohl Liner ($17.50 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “marine blue.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter navy blue pearl that brightens the overall color. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was fairly buildable and managed to get to mostly opaque coverage with two to three layers. The texture is a little thin and dry, so it can take some layering to get even coverage as well. Applied, it lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and in-stores on May 21st.

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