Sunday, December 14th, 2014

ColourPop I Heart This Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop I Heart This Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop I Heart This Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned silvery taupe.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with a metallic, sparkly finish. It had excellent color payoff with a very smooth consistency. It had a lot of fall out during application (if you blend it at all, expect fall out), and then I had some fall out during wear (noticeable but not terrible) but no creasing or fading for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Tinsel Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “grayed out icy lavender [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a plummy brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff both swatched and applied to the lid, though it was buildable with two to three layers patted on. The texture was very smooth, though. It looked the same ten hours later as when I first applied it. It is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates limited edition set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Lectra Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deepened burgundy with pink violet glitter [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish undertones and lighter violet sparkle. It doesn’t read metallic to me–more like a satin with sparkle, but the sparkle is actually present on the lid due to the cream formula. It had great pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly on the lid. I had slight fall out over time, but the eyeshadow itself didn’t crease or fade over a ten-hour period.
It is part of the Megan Naik foursome. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Farah Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. There’s a subtle sheen to it that keeps it from being totally flat, but it doesn’t have a lot of shine. It had good pigmentation and a very smooth, even application. I didn’t have any issues with fading or creasing over ten hours. It is part of the Megan Naik foursome. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Onai Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “creamy white with blue violet opalescent duochrome [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light beige with a hint of warmth and a pearly sheen. I didn’t get much of a duochrome with this, though. It had fairly good color payoff with a blendable, smooth texture. It wore well for ten hours. It is part of the Megan Naik foursome. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neon yellow green with a pearlized finish.” It’s a brightened chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage but has a slightly translucency quality to it. I found it to be buildable to opaque color in two layers patted onto the lid (it seemed more pigmented applied with a brush than fingertip, actually). Once on, it wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Colour Pop Sour (P, $5.00) is lighter and yellower. Kat Von D Cult (LE) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME338 Acidic Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #17 (P, $32.00) is darker, power. Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur (P, $8.25) is darker, powder. Sephora Collection Apple Mojito (06) (P, $13.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. MAC Lime (P, $15.00) is matte, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Ibiza Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright turquoise with silver and gold duochrome finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua teal with cool undertones and gold and silver sparkle. This shade swatched better than it applied, as it seemed to fade as I worked with it on the lid to a duller bluish-teal. It seemed like it had really good color payoff, but it wasn’t as impressive applied–I also didn’t get the duochrome effect they described. How it appeared after the initial application is how it stayed for the next ten hours, so it didn’t fade further, I just wasn’t able to get the intensity of it in the pan/swatch to translate on the lid. There was minor fall out over time. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is darker, bluer, powder. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is darker, powder. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is greener, powder. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Kimono Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright cobalt blue with silver, blue and violet glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, muted cobalt blue with blue and silver shimmer and glitter. This shade was mostly opaque, but it again had that slight translucency where it seemed a little faded. It was buildable when I used it on the lid, but I wish it was more pigmented right out of the pot. It wore well for ten hours with a small amount of fall out. Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is darker, powder. Kat Von D Estrella (LE) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE) is purpler. Kat Von D Entombed (P) is darker, powder. Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is brighter, powder. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is brighter, powder. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is darker, powder. MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Shameless Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black drizzled with multiple shades of green [with a metallic finish].” It’s a deep black with emerald green and teal sparkle. It had good color payoff both swatched and applied, but it was a little harder to blend on the skin to really diffuse the edge. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing, and it had slight fall out after a few hours of wear. bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is lighter, powder. Sephora Collection Jungle Party (09) (P, $13.00) is greener, powder. Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Eyeshadow
ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Eyeshadow

ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, pigmented, and blendable cream-powder hybrid eyeshadow. It feels more like a cream than a powder eyeshadow, and the brand is very careful to remind you to tightly screw the caps back on and not to leave them open for too long. I’m a big fan of this type of product, and I have had good luck with the majority of the formulas I’ve seen of its kind, including this one. I wore all four of these, and after ten hours, they didn’t appear to have faded or creased. I get more fall out during application than during wear, and these are quite glittery, so it is surprising, but it is not fall out-free–slight fall out but not enough that it looked like more had fallen than stayed on the lid. I recommend applying these prior to any base products, as there is some fall out during application. They’re a good cream eyeshadow, and the price point is really icing on the cake.

The pigmentation is mostly opaque to fully opaque on the lid, and I used both natural and synthetic brushes and didn’t find one to be better than the other (I tried MAC 239, 242, 249, Chikuhodo GSN-09, IT Cosmetics #105, IT Cosmetics All-Over Shadow). The brand recommended fingertips for application, which definitely transfers color, but I find my fingertips far too large for my eyelid and could only apply one–maybe two!–shades at a time, so brushes worked out a lot better for me. I think fluffier, more rounded crease brushes tend to work best for applying this type of formula into the crease, though, compared to a more tapered one. All four shades were easy to blend with each other, and they just applied like good eyeshadows should–not a lot of work, no packing color on, and they nearly blend themselves.

If you’re familiar with MAC Electric Cool (which has nearly identical packaging, just in black), DiorShow Fusion Monos, Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, or Buxom Stay-There formulas, then this is very similar. Most of those formulas contain more product than 0.07 oz., except MAC’s, which is the same size.

ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering champagne with gold and silver glitter.” It’s a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with fine gold and silver glitter. It had fully opaque color coverage, and it was creamy, blendable, and lasted for ten hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #1 (P) is darker. Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is less metallic. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Cashmere (LE) is less metallic, lighter. LORAC Sand (LE) is lighter, less metallic. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is similar. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is lighter. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is similar. Giorgio Armani #18 (LE, $33.00) is less metallic. Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Amira Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “antique gilded gold [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a smoky, olive gold with warm undertones and bronze and gold glitter. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency. This one had a fair amount of fall out when applied, especially when blended with a fluffier brush, so you may want to apply prior to any base products. Once on, the color lasted for ten hours and had only slight fall out during wear. This shade is part of the Megan Naik set; as a heads up, the brand lists Amira as the burgundy shade and Lectra as the antique gold one, but I have both on myd esk, and the gold one is labeled Amira, and the burgundy one is labeled Lectra. YSL Avant Garde #4 (P) is lighter. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is less glittery, warmer. Urban Decay Oz #1 (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 (LE, $18.00) is warmer, lighter. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is similar.Illamasqua Ore (P, $25.50) is less glittery. Giorgio Armani #26 (LE, $33.00) is darker, less golden. Make Up For Ever #11 (P, $23.00) is less glittery, brighter, more metallic. Inglot #433 (P, $6.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches
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ColourPop Hammered Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky olive with tons of gold glitter [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a muted, dark olive brown with subtle, warm undertones and gold micro-glitter over a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this was one of the sheerer shades that I’ve tried so far. It builds up with a few layers, and it is very blendable. This shade lasted for ten hours with minimal fall out. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P) is lighter. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glittery. Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Gilt by Association (P, $21.00) is darker, more golden. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is a smidgen lighter. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Partridge Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “saddle brown undertone with a green duochrome finish [with a Pearlized finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm brown with reddish-orange undertones and a blue-teal sheen. I found the duochrome on this to be quite weak, even in the pan, and it doesn’t translate to much other than a medium-dark, warm brown. It had good pigmentation and lasted for ten hours. This shade is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates set, which is limited edition. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) doesn’t have a duochrome. Ardency Inn Peacock (P, $21.00) has a stronger duochrome. Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter, stronger duochrome. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) has a stronger duochrome. Kat Von D Queen (LE) has a stronger duochrome. MAC Double Feature #5 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) has a stronger duochrome, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes ($42.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm, smoky taupe with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. This shade is a real chameleon, though, because it will just as readily look like a bronze as it will a cooler-toned, almost purplish-taupe. I think it’s going to look a little different from person to person, depending on the lighting and what you pair it with, as a result (more so than most shades). This shade was released previously, and it’s back again for a limited time. It’s very pigmented–a little goes a long way–and the texture is a wet, mousse-cream, so it applies really well as it goes on evenly. It’s not the type of texture I’d expect to stay on well, but on me, it lasts eight hours before creasing slightly. Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is lighter, more golden. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is darker. MAC Mortal #5 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Trusted Instinct #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. LORAC Mocha (P) is similar. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Ulta Taupe (P, $10.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Spice Cream Color for Eyes ($42.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm, golden bronze with red undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had rich, full color coverage using very little product (use less than you think you’d need), and it blends easily on the skin. The color lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is lighter.Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is yellower. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is more golden. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is more golden. NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is browner. MAC Coil (LE, $21.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Axiom (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Dior Mirror (621) Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow
Dior Mirror (621) Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow

Dior Mirror (621) Fusion Mono Long-Wear Eyeshadow ($31.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “shimmering gold.” It’s a pale, muted light-medium gold with warm undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. LORAC Cashmere (LE) is very similar. LORAC Sand (LE) is similar. LORAC Opal (LE) is lighter. Hello Kitty Bright (LE) is lighter. Dior Pied de Poule #2 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is very similar. MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is more glittery. YSL Saharienne #2 (P) is lighter. Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is similar. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

When the formula first released, I really loved it (and I still love the original shades), but some of the limited edition releases have left me less impressed. I think Mirror works well as a sparkly wash of gold on the lid–if that’s the look you’re going for–but it doesn’t layer or build up to fully opaque color. It’s not as pigmented as the formula is normally, and this one had enough sparkle that there was a little fall out over time as well. I didn’t have any creasing until after nine hours of wear, and the texture of it is spongy, gel-cream like so it blends incredibly easily on the skin and looks smooth applied.

FYI… some confusion about whether this is limited edition or permanent exists as three counters I called and online retailers are listing it as limited edition, but Dior says it is new and permanent, so they’ve said that they can confirm at the very least Dior.com will have it permanently.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes four, miniature cream eyeshadow pencils. The quartet is/was exclusive to Sephora, and they’re completely sold out online (but it’s possible it’s still available in stores), but just about every other retailer that carries the brand has a six-piece set available. The six-piece set has all four of these shades, plus Copper and Khaki. I really regret not getting the six set now! Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks normally retail for $28/0.05 oz. (or $560/oz.), so the four-piece set is a total value of $67.20, and the six-piece set is a total value of $100.80 (each of these is 0.03 oz.). The formula is touted as “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich color payoff.” I really liked this set of four; they worked really well together, but they were creamy, opaque, blendable, and long-wearing. I could actually wear them together as a look, which isn’t always easily achieved with jumbo pencils like these (they often dry down too quickly or work better as sheer washes or eyeshadow bases). All four shades wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. The only downside is that the kit is pretty warm, and the colors are similar enough that while they blend seamlessly into each other, there isn’t a lot of contrast.

Rosegold is described as a “dirty pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was fully opaque in one stroke and was easy to blend the edges or blend out for a sheerer wash of color. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is described as a “pewter.” It’s a golden bronze with a hint of khaki in the undertone. It had a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the consistency was easily blended on the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is described as a “soft mauve with pearl.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff in one go, while the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully but remained blendable long enough to work with it–yet it didn’t settle into creases either. The color stayed on well for nine hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cocoa is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a dark, yellow-toned brown with very fine bronze pearl, but it has more of a semi-matte finish applied. It had nice pigmentation in one stroke, and it went on evenly. With a deeper shade like this, the ability to blend it out is so important, and I had no issues blending and using it in the crease. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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