Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a steely gray with gold and silver sparkle. It’s like a silvered pewter with a lot of sparkle and shine. Chanel Epatant is warmer, greener. Inglot #454 is warmer, less sparkly. Maybelline Audacious Asphalt is grayer, darker.

I can’t tell you how utterly fascinating this color is, only to be supremely disappointed at the quality of the product as a whole. It sparkles, dazzles, shimmies and dances in the light. It is so brilliant on the skin when I swatched it. On the lid, it is a mess; spotty color payoff, uneven color and texture, and looks creased from the get-go. The application is gritty, chunky, and never looks smooth. It made my lids look heavy and wrinkled. The disappointment didn’t stop there, though, because the fall out from this as it flaked off my lid throughout the day was painful and messy.  I tried finger-tips, sponge-tip applicators, a variety of brushes, and nothing worked even decently.  The only good thing I can say about the product is the color and way it sparkles is beautiful, but you never really get to see or enjoy it because it just doesn’t work well in practice.

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Steel

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The only good thing I can say about the product is the color and way it sparkles is beautiful, but you never really get to see or enjoy it because it just doesn't work well in practice.

Product

2/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

3/10

Application

1/5

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Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Clinique Whopping Willow Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Whopping Willow Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Whopping Willow Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “golden sage green.” It’s a subtly warm-toned olive green with strong olive/khaki tones and a soft, shimmery finish. MAC Vintage Coin is much darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is a powder product and greener. Sephora Snakeskin Dress is a touch greener and a powder product. MAC Sumptuous Olive has a stronger brown undertone and is also a powder eyeshadow. Inglot #433 is ever-so-slightly warmer but is very similar–definitely the closest–though it is a powder product.

I would describe the payoff of Whopping Willow as rather opaque, but it is easy enough to get just a sheer wash of color, but if you were to just do one stroke of the pencil against your arm, it would be semi-opaque.  It builds up color very well, as it doesn’t bunch up on itself, so it goes on smoothly, evenly, and can be built to opaque color.    The consistency is more waxy than it is creamy, which helps it apply color smoothly, but it did tug just a bit at the lid.  Whopping Willow lasted just over ten hours on me, and there was faint creasing after twelve hours. It comes in a twist-up pencil so there’s no sharpening required.

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Whopping Willow

B+

Its best attribute is that it can build from sheer to more opaque color, but it could be creamier, which would make it easier to blend and apply.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 11th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Bark Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmer eggplant.” It’s a dark, shimmering plum with red undertones and subtle plum, red, and violet shimmer. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is a touch less red-toned but otherwise is very comparable. Urban Decay Tornado is a powder eyeshadow, and it’s a bit purpler. I was surprised not to find more similar shades.

It has semi-opaque color coverage, but I was not able to build up the color to get fully opaque color, and compared to the other shades, the pigmentation in a single stroke was noticeably sheerer.  The color applied evenly, which is important, because uneven, sheer color is something that can look off even from a distance.  I did experience some very light creasing after eight hours, though it did not seem to worsen too much more when I checked at the ten-hour mark.  The consistency was creamy enough that it glided on and didn’t pull at the lid, and it didn’t take too long or too little time to set.

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Violet Plum

B
I was not able to build up the color to get fully opaque color, and compared to the other shades, the pigmentation in a single stroke was noticeably sheerer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Vanilla Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Vanilla Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Vanilla Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “warm cream.” It’s a warm-toned beige with a creamy, mostly matte finish. Estee Lauder Halo is a touch lighter and frosted. Maybelline Barely Branded is also lighter and more frosted. MAC Soft Ochre is less warm-toned (more neutral).

Of the shades released, Vanilla is best-suited for a (mostly) universal base for your favorite eyeshadows.  On lighter lids, it can also work simply to brighten.  It has a very creamy finish, and it goes on with opaque color coverage without needing to build up the color.  The texture is lightly creamy; enough creaminess to help it glide on without pulling or tugging on the lid but not so much that it creases.  It does set a bit faster than other shades, so work quickly if you want to blend out the edges or blend it with other shades.  Even after ten hours, the color remained opaque and crease-free (and it’s rated to last for eight).

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Vanilla

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Of the shades released, Vanilla is best-suited for a (mostly) universal base for your favorite eyeshadows. On lighter lids, it can also work simply to brighten.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “medium beige tan.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium beige-tan with a mostly matte finish. Urban Decay Beware is darker and matte. Too Faced Marzipan is lighter. MAC One to Watch is very similar in color. MAC Tete-a-tint is warmer and matte.

Sand Dune will work well as a more neutral base as well as a brightening lid color (depending on your skin tone).  It tends to give my natural lid a more even, warmer look without being too drastically different from the skin tone (and I have a medium complexion with warm undertones).  The consistency is creamy and glides on well over the lid without pulling or tugging, and the color deposits evenly and with opaque color.  Though still creamy, it was just slightly drier compared to some of the other shades. It dried down fast enough not to gather into the creases but gave me enough time to blend and work it into the lid.  It wore well for a full eight hours, though I went as far as ten hours and still didn’t have problems with creasing or fading.

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Sand Dune

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Sand Dune will work well as a more neutral base as well as a brightening lid color (depending on your skin tone). It wore well without fading or creasing, and it had good color payoff.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 4th, 2013

Clinique Fuller Fudge Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Fuller Fudge Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Fuller Fudge Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bronze brown.” It’s a rich, warm bronze with strong red undertones and a frosted finish. Chanel Intuition #4 is a bit browner. MAC Antiqued is more shimmery. Inglot #421 is darker. Giorgio Armani #5 is lighter.

Clinique’s Chubby Stick Shadow Tints are supposed to be a “sheer wash of lightweight, creamy colour.” It’s supposed to be “layerable” and long-wearing, too. Fuller Fudge can be used as a sheer wash of color, but it is absolutely layerable to mostly opaque color. The consistency isn’t wet or slick, but it glides on well enough with little pulling or tugging at the lid. I don’t know that I would describe it was creamy–perhaps almost waxy–because it does smooth on but there’s no real slip or wetness to it.  The formula could be slightly creamier, because then it would be more blendable on the lid and apply more comfortably.  It wore well for ten hours on me; after twelve hours, there was some faint creasing.  The shadow twists-up, so there’s no need for sharpening, which means no waste!

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Fuller Fudge

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The formula could be slightly creamier, because then it would be more blendable on the lid and apply more comfortably.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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