Monday, May 27th, 2013

Illamasqua Paranormal Eyeshadow Palette
Illamasqua Paranormal Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Paranormal Eyeshadow Palette ($46.50 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to have four waterproof eyeshadows that “[feel] like a cream” but “[delivers] waterproof washes of color with long-lasting hold.” The formula feels like a hybrid between a mousse and cream, and then it somewhat dries down to a powder finish, but I did experience noticeable creasing across all four shades by the eighth hour of wear. They didn’t start smudging the minute water hit them, but if you rub, they do move somewhat. The texture did make it ease to blend these shades across the lid, both with each other and across the skin for an even layer of color. I was able to build to semi-opaque to mostly opaque color coverage, but none of the four shades were totally opaque.

Paranormal is a warm-toned, coral-pink with pink and gold shimmer. It had good color payoff and went on smoothly. MAC Gameela is similar in color but is matte and a powder eyeshadow. Sugarpill Decora is not as coral/warm-toned and is a loose powder. See comparison swatches.

Aura is a copper-shimmered, medium-dark orange. It had good pigmentation and blended out smoothly. MAC Magnetic Attraction is pinker, less orange. MAC Body Conscious is browner. MAC Ablaze has no shimmer and is a powder product. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is slightly pinker and a powder eyeshadow. Make Up For Ever #5 is lighter and matte. See comparison swatches.

Possession is a yellowy green with cool-toned emerald green shimmer. The color payoff was so-so, but it applied evenly overall. It’s an interesting color because the base is warm-toned but the shimmer makes it appear more cool-toned. MAC Swimming is warmer. MAC Wondergrass is rather similar but a powder product. MAC Hajar Karim is darker and matte. MAC Feeling Fresh is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Fledgling is matte, darker, and cooler-toned. OCC Foxfire is not as yellow-toned. Sugarpill Tipsy is more intense. Make Up For Ever #91 is similar but matte.
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Trance is a medium-dark purple with cool, pink undertones and a fine silver and purple shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation but applied smoothly and was easy to blend. Urban Decay Omen is a bit cooler-toned, less pink. Sugarpill Hysteric is more metallic and pinker. Inglot #441 is brighter. L’Oreal With a Twist is lighter, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

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The biggest drawback was that all of them were prone to creasing, and I would describe them more as water-resistant than waterproof. They didn't have true-to-pan, opaque color payoff, which was the other issue.

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8/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7/10

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Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink with golden sheen.”
Chanel Abstraction is warmer, almost coral-like in comparison. Urban Decay Scratch is warmer, doesn’t have a golden sheen, and is a powder product. Lancome Kitten Heel is lighter but has a golden sheen, and it is also a powder eyeshadow. Make Up For Ever #24E is very comparable. MAC Da BLing doesn’t have the same golden sheen and is a powder eyeshadow. See comparison swatches here.

Clinique Lavish Lilac Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “medium lilac.” It’s a smoky plum with a metallic sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. BareMinerals Chroma Violet is warmer, purpler. bareMinerals Romp is very similar but a powder product. MAC Round Midnight is darker and a powder eyeshadow. MAC Joy & Laughter #2 is slightly lighter and a powder product. MAC Winterized is a smidgen darker and a powder product. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is lighter and a powder eyeshadow. Urban Decay Rapture is purpler and a powder product. See comparison swatches here.

Pink and Plenty was semi-sheer in one stroke, and on the lid, it was a crumbly, flaky mess that was very unflattering on the lid! It made the lid look dry and crepe-y. It tugged at the lid, and in an attempt to even out the color, it clings to itself and doesn’t smooth out well. I wish this was easier to blend, because I could definitely see someone using this as a one-and-done wash of color that adds color and brightens. It “lasted” during the twelve hours I wore it without (further) creasing/fading, but it started off so patchy that it was hard to tell–I just went back the fact it looked exactly the same initially and twelve hours later.

Lavish Lilac was mostly opaque in a single pass, and it applied smoothly and evenly on the lid. The consistency of the pencil is somewhat dry but waxy, so it glides across the lid without tugging too much, but it’s not the creamiest or most comfortable pencil shadow I’ve come across. Like others in the range, it’s also not very blendable–it tends to stay and stick where you’ve applied it, so fading out the edges can take some elbow grease. One trick is to heat up the pencil with a blow dryer or used a similar-colored powder eyeshadow to help diffuse the edges. I didn’t experience any creasing or fading with this shade over the twelve hours I wore it.

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6/10

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8/10

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6/10

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Friday, May 24th, 2013

Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned white with a teal duochrome/shimmer. It has a soft, lightly metallic finish. When applied, I was able to get semi-opaque color payoff. I tried layering, but it does seem to get chunky and create unevenness/patchiness so one layer seemed to work best. It might be nice as an inner corner brightener or layered over black eyeshadow (to bring out the duochrome). It was also, inadvertently, kind of cool painted onto lashes. It’s not a dupe by any means, but since it is within the range, I thought it was worth mentioning: Maybelline Too Cool is a stark, cool white, with no teal shimmer/duochrome sheen. L’oreal Dive Right In is darker, less white, and a powder. Sugarpill Lumi is a loose powder and leans greener. See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Shady Shores 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a yellow gold with teal shimmer/duochrome. It applies with semi-opaque color coverage, and it was a bit more forgiving layered than the other shades I’ve tried from the spring/summer launch. NARS Goldfinger is a bit brighter, no teal shimmer, and a powder. MAC Treasure Hunt is less yellow, no teal shimmer. MAC Gorgeous Gold has a subtler duochrome and is a powder. MAC Impeccably Rich is less yellow, no teal shimmer. MAC Eclaire is less yellow, no teal shimmer. bareminerals Rising Star has no teal shimmer and is a powder. bareMinerals Standing O has no teal shimmer and is also a powder. See comparison swatches here.

The consistency of both shades was thin with a lot of slip; it was thinner and creamier, while feeling almost wet, compared to the permanent range of Color Tattoos. I have normal-to-dry lids (more often slightly dry), and both shades had light creasing after nine and a half hours of wear. Again, I wish these had been touted as a new finish/variation on the Color Tattoo range, like the Metals were. The consistency, payoff, and feel of these is different enough from the original Color Tattoo formula that I think it would do a better job of setting expectations.

I don’t have Blue Paradise or Lavish Lavender–I only spied the display for these just yesterday at my local Walgreens (and I was there three days or so prior) and they only had three pots left (all ones I’ve reviewed). It was sandwiched between two Garnier displays as an endcap (very easy to overlook).  I was lucky enough that the lovely Muse was willing to play personal shopper for me so I could review the ones I have!

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Waves of White

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The consistency, payoff, and feel of these is different enough from the original Color Tattoo formula that I think it would do a better job of setting expectations.

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8/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, bluish-silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. Because it’s on the sheerer side, it may be better as a base underneath your favorite powder eyeshadows than as a standalone color. The consistency is thinner and has more slip than the permanent range of Color Tattoos. The lasting power on me wasn’t as good as the permanent range; there was some faint creasing after ten hours (no primer). Sephora Sweet Dreams is bluer, powder. Maybelline Icy Mint is bluer, not as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is slightly bluer. Urban Decay Strip is darker, bluer, and a powder. MAC Water & Ice #1 is more silvered and a powder. MAC Free as Air is darker, bluer. Giorgio Armani #12 is more silver and a powder. Benefit Blue My Mind isn’t as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, less blue, and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Seashore Frosts 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, grayish-blue with gold and pink shimmer–it is a very interesting and complex shade. It applies with semi-opaque color in a single layer, and for me, it does best with one layer–more than one, and it just clumps up and becomes uneven. The texture was thin and slippery, so it was easy to apply and blends out best with fingertips. I saw light creasing after ten hours (no primer) with this shade. Clinique Big Blue is a bit darker, not as nuanced. Make Up For Ever #940 isn’t blue, but it has a very similar duochrome/sheen to it (so you could use it layered over a blue for a similar effect). L’Oreal Infinite Sky is bluer, not as muted, no sheen/shimmer like Seashore Frosts. Chanel Destination lacks the golden shimmer/sheen. See comparison swatches here.

I feel like Maybelline should have branded these differently, like they did with the Metals. Maybe Iridescent Color Tattoo or Luminous Color Tattoo, and then gone with a different description of the formula, like “to be used layered with your favorite Color Tattoo” or “for a sheer wash of shimmering color.”  They share little in common with the original formula (described as “longest-lasting,” “super-saturated color, “vibrant color that does not fade”), but the shades I’ve tried from the latest limited edition set have all been similar in texture, payoff, and wear.

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Cool Crush

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8/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

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Seashore Frosts is one that is unique enough to still be worth considering, despite the wear and pigmentation.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “grayish blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a gray cast and a frosted finish. Chanel Destination is slightly lighter (but also a cream product). Giorgio Armani #22 is lighter, more silvery, and a powder. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is less gray, bluer. Urban Decay Strip is lighter, more metallic, and a powder. Urban Decay Occupy is darker and a powder. Urban Decay Crystal is lighter and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Clinique Massively Midnight Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a navy blue with a subtle, pearly finish. Make Up For Ever #81 is darker, more muted, and a powder. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 is also darker, not quite as muted as #81 but more so than Massively Midnight, and is a powder. MAC Lunar is very similar in color but is a powder. Maybelline Electric Blue is comparable, slightly brighter. NARS Dark Rite is lighter. Urban Decay Evidence is similar but a powder. Chanel Metamorphose #4 is slightly brighter and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Big Blue was a big pain, because it had a tendency to clump during application–it didn’t smooth out evenly and created thicker, chunky patches on the lid, which only made my lid look wrinkled. The texture was on the drier side, and it did tug and pull at the lid while I tried to lay down the color. I didn’t see creasing really, but it wasn’t readily apparent given it already looked patchy from the initial application. This one skipped while applying, too!

Massively Midnight was much better; it was creamier and less dry, so it applied more smoothly and evenly. It had mostly opaque color in a single pass, so getting a sheer wash of color was actually more difficult than I expected, as it’s just not very blendable. While it wears like iron (twelve hours no creasing or fading, no primer!), it doesn’t budge from the get-go; it’s difficult to fade the edges, blend to sheer it out, and the like as a result. If I heated up the pencil with a blow dryer, it became more blendable.

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Big Blue

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8/10

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6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Monday, May 20th, 2013

Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bronze pink.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a subtle, frosted finish and warm undertones–it has a muted, almost copper-like, tone to it. Bobbi Brown Praline is warmer, lighter, and a powder product. Make Up For Ever #28 is very similar, and it is also a cream pencil. Burberry Pale Nude #1 is a touch darker, browner, and a powder. MAC Glimpse of Flesh is a smidgen lighter and a powder. MAC Tan is more metallic and a powder. MAC Caramel Sundae is less warm-toned and a powder. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is very similar but a powder product. See comparison swatches here.

Ample Amber has great buildable color, though it’s not quite the sheer wash of color described by Clinique.  One stroke yields semi-opaque color, and blended out, a sheer wash is achievable with some work (I would say you can get semi-sheer to semi-opaque color with less work).  It’s the blending that I have the biggest struggle with, as the pencil is on the drier side.  It doesn’t feel so stiff and stubborn that it becomes painful, but once on the lid, it doesn’t want to move around much, even initially.  Blending out the edges can be difficult, and when I used a blow dryer to heat the pencil prior to applying, the blending went better but not well.  I love that it wears a full twelve hours with no fading and only minor creasing (no primer) and that it doesn’t require sharpening, as it twists up.

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Ample Amber

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I love the long-wear, twist-up mechanism (so there's no sharpening required), and that is has buildable color--but it could be creamier and easier to blend, because it doesn't want to budge, even after you've just applied it.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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