Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Dior Celeste (121) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow
Dior Celeste (121) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow

As I mentioned in my review for Nocturne and Rosee, Dior released four shades under the Fusion Mono Matte formula for spring. According to Dior, the new formula is “soft” (presumably sheer) when applied with fingertips and then “bold” (presumably pigmented) when using an applicator “to reveal pure matte color.” It’s an interesting formula; it has a much drier feel once applied, but it’s not actually dry. The consistency isn’t quite as emollient as the regular range, but it’s not stiff or difficult to work with. They do not sheer out as readily as the more shimmery shades, though. It almost seems like putty in the jar–you could just shape it however you’d like. If you have any natural dryness on your lid or around your eye area, the texture can be unforgiving and will catch onto some of that dryness. All three wore well for nine hours and had minor fading after ten hours of wear.

Dior Celeste (121) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a cool-toned, lavender-pink with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it could be sheered out to semi-sheer color if desired. This shade seemed to be the least forgiving if you have any dryness on the lid (I have a little). bareMinerals Velvet Lavender (LE, $14.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Fantasie (641) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pinky-peach with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Of the three, this one didn’t sheer out as easily, though I didn’t have any trouble blending the edges out. Disney by Sephora Sebastian (LE) is very similar but is a powder. MAC Perky (LE, $18.00) is warmer, less pink. MAC Frisco (LE, $15.00) is slightly more beige and a powder. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is darker, pinker, powder. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is more beige, powder. See comparison swatches.

Mirage (761) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a neutral-to-warm-toned taupe brown with a matte finish. It had nice, opaque pigmentation and applied evenly. It was able to be sheered out to semi-opaque color coverage. If you’re looking for a cooler-toned version, might I suggest MAC Tailor Grey? (not a dupe!) bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is darker, powder. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is slightly grayer, powder. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is similar, powder. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is a touch cooler-toned, powder. Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $29.00) has a pink tinge to it, powder. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $29.00) is powder. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Dior Nocturne (091) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow
Dior Nocturne (091) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow

For spring, Dior’s released a new finish to their Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow range called Diorshow Fusion Mono Matte. They also released one additional shade of the range, Rosee, as a Nordstrom exclusive. This post is a review of Nocturne, which is from the Fusion Mono Matte range, and Rosee, as they’re both shimmery–Nocturne has a lot more in common with the original formula than the matte one. According to Dior, the new formula is “soft” (presumably sheer) when applied with fingertips and then “bold” (presumably pigmented) when using an applicator “to reveal pure matte color.”

Dior Nocturne (091) Fusion Mono Matte Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a charcoal black with teal and silver micro-shimmer. Whether applied with fingertips or packed on with the mini brush (which seems like a flat, firm synthetic brush) or my own personal choice of brush (MAC 249), the color coverage was only buildable to semi-opaque pigmentation. If you like a softer, sheerer black cream eyeshadow with some shimmer, then this might be right up your alley.  Otherwise, I think you’ll be disappointed.  Though it’s part of the new matte formulation, it really felt like the original formula, and at most, it seemed more velvety in the dry down–less sparkly, too.  It wore well for nine hours before showing signs of faint creasing. Le Metier de Beaute Starry Night (P, $28.00) is warmer. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is a powder product. MAC Blacklit (LE, $18.50) is darker. MAC Black Diamond (LE, $16.50) is darker. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is darker, larger silver sparkle. Sugarpill Stella (P, $12.00) is a loose powder. See comparison swatches.

Dior Rosee (141) Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a cool-toned, shimmering lavender with a hint of pink and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage when applied, but the consistency allowed for it to sheer out to a wash of sparkle if desired. This is really, really lovely applied and in-person–it just glimmers and catches light in a special way–but I admit, I was surprised that there are quite a few dupes for it. This shade lasted ten hours without fading or creasing on me with very minor fall out appearing around the eighth hour. MAC A Party of Pastels #3 (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #1 (P) is slightly darker but similar. Kat Von D Arcadia (LE) is purpler, darker. CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is pinker, darker. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Marie-Galante #1 (LE, $24.00) is also darker. MAC Amethyst (P, $21.00) is more glittery. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Chanel Diapason (92) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Diapason (92) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Diapason (92) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “luminous deep purple.” It’s a dark, warm purple over a burgundy-brown base with a frosted, shimmering finish. It had fairly good color payoff, which could be sheered out for a warmer, browner color. The finish was fairly metallic and quite sparkling. The consistency was lightweight, smooth, and blendable. I wore this on the outer half of my lid, and it lasted well for eight hours and had faint creasing and fading apparent after nine hours of wear. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is a powder, less purple. Urban Decay Remix (LE, $18.00) is also powder but similar in color. Disney by Sephora Master (LE) is darker, powder. MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches.

Impulsion (93) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “luminous pastel pink.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium pink with a frosted, sparkling finish. This really glimmered and danced in the light–very pretty. It had good color payoff, and it could be sheered out for more of a wash of sparkle if desired.  The texture felt very soft, slightly spongy, but smooth and lightweight. It wore well for eight hours before showing slight creasing and fading after nine hours of wear. There was very slight fall out apparent after seven hours of wear.  I worried this was going to look “crepe-y” applied, but it smoothed out nicely. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Dust (P, $18.00) is warmer. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE) is a powder. MAC Rock Candy (P, $21.00) is pinker, powder. MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is a powder. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is also a powder. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is a powder, less metallic. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is less sparkly. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 (LE) is lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever #303 (P, $20.00) is less warm-toned, powder. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, December 13th, 2013

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige gold.” It’s a pale, champagne gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke and built up nicely. The consistency was lightly creamy–enough to glide across lids without skipping but it didn’t take forever to set. Once set, it stays in place and wore well for eight hours. This is particularly nice for highlighting the inner corner of the eye to brighten. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is darker, powder. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is yellower, power. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is slightly warmer, yellower, and powder. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is powder, slightly yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, coppery undertones and bronze and copper shimmer that give it a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was creamy enough that it didn’t skip or tug at the eyelid during application, and the shade wore well for eight hours. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter, powder. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $16.00) is warmer. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is very similar, powder. MAC Sizzlin’ Diva (LE, $16.50) is similar. Buxom Mutt (P, $18.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

As a note, I couldn’t find a single retailer that still carried Bronze online–not a one–so if it’s something on your must-have list, I would recommend calling a local counter (even the nearest to you, as many retailers will ship to you) to see if they have it.

Tuxedo Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as the “blackest black.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned black with a matte finish. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, though it was only semi-opaque in a single stroke. The consistency was stiffer, drier than the other two, and I found it skipped and tugged at the lid a bit. It worked better and more comfortably as an eyeliner. On the lid (or lash line, for that matter), it wore well without creasing or fading for eight hours. NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is a gel formula but similar in color. Make Up For Ever #0E (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) were definitely the one formula/product I was excited to test from the new range, as it was getting non-stop raves across the blogosphere. I think whether they work magic for you will depend on how you prefer to use jumbo eyeshadow pencils; if you use them as an all-over wash, you’ll probably like these. If you want to wear them together, not as much, and if you want to wear shadow on top, even less.

They worked best alone, slightly blended and sheered out. They feel amazing when swatched on the arm, but they weren’t as lovely on the eyes–and it did vary across the ultimate texture of the shade. I found that they looked dry on the lid, and instead of traditional creasing, it looked cracked instead in the crease area after seven hours of wear (which is short for me). When I tried to wear the three shades I purchased together, blending was a major challenge. I ended up stippling the lighter color where the two met straight from the pencil, which helped some. The least flattering (in terms of texture on the lid, nothing to do with the color or my skin tone) was Champagne Diamonds, as it made my lids look wrinkly and dried–like it was clinging to the skin–while the most flattering was Smoky Emerald, which was also the creamiest of the three I put my hopes into.  Applying powder eyeshadow on top only worked so-so if it was a sheer layer of the pencil, but it if was a more opaque layer, then eyeshadow seemed to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend.  Most appear to really love these pencils, so my experience seems to be in the minority, and they may be worth trying if they’re accessible.

Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a warm, champagne-shimmered peachy beige with champagne sparkle. Too Faced Cheers! (LE) is lighter, powder. Maybelline Barely Brazen (P, $6.99) is more champagne-hued, less sparkly. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is more beige. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is pink-tinged. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.99) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly, powder. Make Up For Ever #30E (P, $20.00) is less sparkly, slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

It was mostly opaque on the lid, but it does need to be slightly layered or blended to be even and opaque. The consistency was slightly creamy, and it didn’t drag or pull at lids when applied, but when it is blended, the sparkles seem to move around and some fall out below the eye (and this did happen during wear, too). It dries down almost immediately, so there is little time to blend it out–I found I had to layer a little bit more on the edges to give some blendability to the color. As a wash of color, applied as a more sheer shade, it worked better as it didn’t leave the lid looking dry/wrinkled, and then opacity wasn’t an issue.

Golden Quartz Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a warm, golden, medium-dark brown with gold sparkle. Makeup Geek Utopia (P, $6.99) is more sparkly. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is more red-toned. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is a powder. MAC Venetian Tarnish (LE) is similar. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is a powder. bareMinerals Ritzy (LE) is a powder, not as golden. See comparison swatches.

In a single pass, it had fairly good color payoff, and it was buildable to opaque color in two layers. The consistency was lightly creamy–slightly creamier than Champagne Diamonds–and applied more evenly on the lids. It did, though, dry down almost instantaneously, so blending it was somewhat troublesome. I didn’t have fall out with this shade when I was blending or later on while I wore it.

Smoky Emerald Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a deep, dark, warm-toned forest green with subtle micro-shimmer and a pearly sheen. Giorgio Armani #25 (LE, $33.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Urban Decay Bender (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder.MAC Vintage Coin (LE) is very similar, slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

This shade was the most pigmented of the three, and it was also noticeably more emollient–creamier, easier to apply, and remained blendable for about fifteen seconds before drying down. It was also the most flattering, as it did not cling to lids and leave them looking wrinkled/dry.

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, shimmering purple-tinged gray. Dior Constellation (864) #1 (LE) is a bit darker. MAC Time to Tango (LE, $21.00) is darker, bluer. MAC Pastelluxe #4 (P) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #3 (LE) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, though it could be on the powdery side at times. Pearl Fantasy had good color payoff, but it was not fully pigmented. I could see this being a formula that would work better when applied with a damp brush, as it would take down any powderiness while amplifying the color. When applied dry, the color was buildable to opaque color in two to two and a half layers of product. It wore well for eight hours with minor fading becoming apparent near the nine-hour mark.

Laura Mercier Twilight Caviar Stick ($26.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with an emphasis on gray, but the underlying base color is brown. The finish was pearly–not quite metallic but not frosted. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is grayer, powder. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is a powder product. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is warmer, powder product. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker, grayer, less pearly, powder. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is darker, powder. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer, powder. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

It was lightly creamy, and it dried down quickly, so I would recommend working one eye at a time so that you can blend and work along the edges. It had fairly good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two to three passes. I had light creasing after eight hours of wear, though, which was surprising to see for a long-wear product like this.

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