Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

ColourPop Flux Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Flux Super Shock Shadow

For spring, there are twelve new, limited edition shades of ColourPop Super Shock Shadows ($5.00 for 0.07 oz. each) with most shades in the pastel family (though there a few that aren’t). ColourPop sent ten of the twelve shades with my blush order, which had been delayed longer than their stated turnaround time. I bought the other two shades, along with other new products (blushes, lipsticks, and lip liners) but don’t have those yet! I admit, I was nervous when I saw how pastel these were when I opened the box, because pastels are hard to do in any form. I think these are a bit weaker than their best shades, and they take more effort to blend on the eye. They were performed better than a lot of similarly-colored pastels that I’ve come across, though, which was a surprise, given how finicky pastels can be.

ColourPop Flux Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light mint green in a matte finish.” It’s a very light, green-tinted white with a matte finish and very subtle warm, yellow undertones. It has a very strong white base and easily looks almost chalky on my skin tone. When I used it on the inner third of my lid paired with bolder shades, it worked, but it’s the kind of shade that can be harder to use just right. The texture was a little drier than other Super Shock Shadows I’ve tried, but the texture is definitely matte. It didn’t apply smoothly and tended look a bit dry on the lid to me. The color didn’t fade or migrate, but it did crease after eight hours. Kat Von D Archangel (LE) is more shimmery, powder. Dior Dulcinee #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, powder. MAC Sky Blue (P, $16.00) is bluer, powder. MAC Aqua (P, $16.00) is slightly darker, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Beauty Call Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true powder blue in a matte finish.” It’s a light, sky blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that was blendable overall, but it is harder to use than the majority of the Super Shock range. I found this one to take a little longer to blend out on the lid. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Make Up For Ever S208 Baby Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker, powder. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker, powder. Dior Swimming Pool #3 (LE) is powder. Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is warmer, powder. bareMinerals Illusion (P) is lighter, warmer. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Taco Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone aqua in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium periwinkle blue with a mostly matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that is better to apply in layers to get a really smooth, even layer of color. This shade blended well and lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl #2 (LE, $2.29) is darker, powder. Dior Swimming Pool #3 (LE) is more shimmery, powder. Inglot #369 (P, $6.00) is darker, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Snapdragon Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone sea foam green in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, seafoam green with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage and applied with fairly even, smooth coverage without having to layer it on. It blended out easily and wore for a full ten hours without creasing or fading. Sephora Collection Green Tea Time (12) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker, powder. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is lighter, powder. Inglot #372 (P, $6.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, March 9th, 2015

Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

For spring, there are five new, limited edition shades of Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz. each). They’ve just popped up locally for me, and as far as I know, you’ll probably have to track them down in-store if any of them appeal to you (usually, limited edition collections from drugstore brands aren’t available online).

All five had a slight greasy quality to them–slightly thinner but more slip than you’d expect and a bit heavy–but surprisingly, they lasted anywhere from 10 to 16 hours on me before creasing (which isn’t “24 hour wear without creasing or fading”), which is good wear for a cream eyeshadow but shorter than average wear for the original Color Tattoos (last spring I tested shades for 16 hours and didn’t have fading/creasing at that point). Every time I see a 24-hour wear time claim, I feel like I’m watching someone go into a pitch black basement in a horror movie screaming, “NOOOOO!”

The bigger issue I had with these was that they were harder to apply; they just didn’t have even, smooth coverage. They blend with each other nicely, but there were as of the lid where color was semi-sheer and other areas where the color would be mostly opaque. The only shade that didn’t have that issue was Black Orchid, which would be my top pick out of the bunch. I think these are best used as colored eyeshadows bases or as sheer washes of lighter, more shimmery/metallic eyeshadow, but if you want really opaque, smooth, true-to-pot color, you’ll be disappointed.

Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a silvery-white frost finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted for twelve hours before starting to crease. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Hibiscus Heartbreak (125) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium lavender with a cool undertone and warmer, golden pearl that gives it a more metallic finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, looked uneven applied, and lasted for ten and a half hours before I noticed very slight creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Black Orchid (130) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a gray overcast. It had mostly opaque coverage and had a slightly thicker consistency compared to the other shades in the spring set (more in line with the originals). It was browner when sheered out, and you lost a lot of the gray as a result. It wore well for sixteen hours, and I saw very slight fading but no creasing at that point. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium silvery blue with a metallic sheen. When it is sheered out, it is even lighter and more dominated by its silver tones. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on unevenly and tended to streak. It lasted for ten hours on me before I noticed creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Rose Riot (140) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a gold, frosted metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage that was best applied as a sheer wash, as it didn’t go on evenly due to the higher slip of the product. This shade lasted for twelve hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a new, liquid eyeshadow formula that comes in twelve shades from black to beige and many shades in-between. Now that I’ve tested and reviewed all of the shades, here’s a round-up!

MOST UNIQUE: Emeraude (A), Shadow (A), Flannel (B-)
PERSONAL FAVORITES: Emeraude (A), Green Iron (A), Shadow (A), Cold Copper (A)

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Friday, February 27th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) are a really fun, interesting formula that’s one of the better liquid-to-powder eyeshadow formulas I’ve tried. They can be worn together as a more blended, complex look (see this post), opaque, all-over shade, or sheerer wash of color. The formula starts of as a thinner liquid with an almost cool feeling against the skin, and once it dries down, it transforms into a powder product; it remains blendable even after it “dries” for about a minute, because it really just looks, feels, and acts like a powder eyeshadow. If you press your fingertip to the dried down results, a bit of color will transfer to your fingertip (not all of it, and it is in line with the same effect as accidentally touching your fingertip to your eye with powder eyeshadow). It feels weightless, comfortable, and doesn’t “shrink” on the lid. Giorgio Armani markets these as having 16-hour wear, which isn’t quite what I get, but the formula wears twelve to fourteen hours on me, which is longer than most powder eyeshadows for me.

I’m not sure that this is the best packaging/applicator for the formula, as some of the shades (though none of the four featured in this review) were inconsistent–I would pull the applicator out of the tube, and it would be intensely pigmented with a slightly thicker consistency, but every once in awhile, the pull would yield a thinner, more watery texture that was prone to sheering out (as if it wasn’t fully mixed). They’re easiest to use all-over, and the neutral shades like the ones in this post are excellent for that purpose, but if you want to use a few together, you might just want to prepare for a practice run if you’ve never worked with a formula like this before. It doesn’t take long to get the hang of it, by any means, but it’s not quite foolproof!

Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a murky, rosy pink with gray-ish mauve coloring and a golden shimmer-sheen. The color has a lot of nuances to it, and it can be more of a chameleon once you start pairing it with other shades. It was thin with a very spreadable consistency, but it was semi-opaque. It built up well to opaque color in two layers, if desired. The color wore well for twelve hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented and applied with opaque color, though you could use less or blend it out for a softer look. The color lasted for fourteen hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes (11) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark golden brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had flecks of pink and copper micro-sparkle. The consistency was thin without being watery, easily spread across the skin, and wore well for fourteen hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a brightened, golden champagne with a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to fully opaque coverage with two layers–it seemed a bit more pigmented when I applied it with a synthetic brush in practice compared to using the included applicator. The texture was a little thinner compared to top-performing shades but applied smoothly and blended well on the eyelid. It stayed on well for twelve and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

ColourPop Rebound Collection
ColourPop Rebound Collection

ColourPop Rebound Collection ($20.00 for 4 x 0.07 oz.) includes four shades for spring/summer 2015. Those who tend to prefer more matte finishes may like that this set includes three more matte shades and one sparkly shade. There’s something to be said about reading carefully, though, as this set includes three Super Shock Shadows and one Super Shock Pressed Pigment (Ex); with the latter being “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” I missed that until I sat down last week to write-up the review, so you’ll see it included in the eye look with the other shades, but I tested it as a blush (and it is only be rated as a blush) after that.

One & Done is described as a “soft butter cream ivory with a matte finish.” It’s a light, subdued yellowed beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There’s a little sheen to the finish that keeps it from being totally matte. It had fairly opaque coverage that could build to fully opaque color with two layers of product. The consistency was blendable, while the formula was long-wearing and stayed on for nine hours before creasing. Hourglass Obscura #1 (P) is powder. Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter, powder. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter, powder. LORAC Undressed (P) is a powder. Kat Von D Damned (LE) is less yellow, powder. Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Mirage (LE, $5.99) is darker, brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is powder. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Soon is described as a “golden peach with pink opal iridescent duochrome finish.” It’s a softened, peachy-orange with warm undertones and pink and pale gold sparkle. It was semi-opaque and slightly buildable, but I couldn’t get fully opaque color (even with fingertips). The texture is blendable with little fall out during application, and there were a few stray sparkles that drop while it is worn, but it was minimal. The color itself stayed on well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Halo (LE, $5.00) is darker, less sparkly. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $42.00) is brighter, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ex is described as a “bright coral red with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single pass with fingertips, but with a stippling brush, it was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable coverage. Since the brand released a blush formula, their recommendations were to use fingertips for the most coverage, but advised that a flat brush could be used for higher coverage (but less than fingertips) and a duo fiber brush for a “sheer, air brushed effect.” I haven’t tried their blushes yet (I did order) so I’m not sure how the Super Shock Shadow/Pressed Pigment formula differs, but I tried to use that as my guideline when I went to test this as a blush. When I used it on my eye (again, it is not safe for the immediate eye area), it did require two layers for more opaque color–it’s definitely one that lends itself to fingertip application for best pigmentation. It lasted for eight hours as a blush. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Adios is described as a “smokey taupe gray with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark taupe with warmer, brown undertones and an overcast of gray. It had more of a semi-matte finish than a true matte–there was a very slight sheen to it. It had mostly opaque pigmentation applied with fingertips or with a brush, so I used a brush to apply it to the lid and had no issues doing so. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and the color itself wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC Lofty (LE, $15.00) is darker. Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is less shimmery. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Exec (LE) is grayer. Lancome Volcano (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, February 20th, 2015


ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light neon lime with satin finish.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse green with a pearly sheen. It had fairly good color coverage, but it was a shade that required two layers for full opacity. It layered and blended easily, and it wore well for ten hours. Colour Pop Mermaid Kiss (P, $5.00) is darker. MAC Lisa’s Spikes (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, less yellow. Make Up For Ever ME338 Acidic Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, greener. Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Thrash (P) is less shimmery. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is similar. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is similar. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is similar. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Chipper Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone minty green … with multi-coloured glitter.” It’s a light-medium, sea foam green with lighter, aqua glitter. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly with very little fall out during application. I had minor fall out during wear, but the color itself hadn’t faded or creased after ten hours. Urban Decay Dragon (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #2 (P) is darker, warmer. MAC Apple Squishee (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever S312 Mint Green (P, $21.00) is less glittery, darker. Make Up For Ever I332 Meadow Green (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Kelly (P, $15.00) is matte. Disney by Sephora Cinderelly (LE) is lighter, less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Fins (LE) is slightly darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Pop Rocks Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned cornflower blue … with multi-coloured glitter.” It’s a medium-dark blue with lighter silver and blue glitter. It swatched as semi-opaque, but it seemed to go on fully opaque when I applied it to the lid (I used a flat, synthetic brush) to the point where a little went further than anticipated. I didn’t notice any glitter fall out when I was blending this shade, but there were a few stray glittery bits after a few hours of wear. I didn’t have any creasing or fading at the ten-hour mark. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is much darker. Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever ME232 Turquoise Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. Shiseido Esmaralda (BL 620) (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Poolside (P, $5.99) is warmer. Kat Von D Bukowski (LE) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #6 (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is lighter. NARS South Pacific #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Parrot (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Lace Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep rich blue violet with a pearlized finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with a blackened purple base and lighter purple shimmer and amethyst glitter. I thought this one was a bit trickier to get opaque color coverage with using a brush, as it tended to look darker and less vibrant when applied with a brush (the same brush I could use with the previous three without issue). The first time I swatched it, the color payoff was very intense, but every subsequent time, it was weaker. The texture was blendable, and it stayed on well without any fading or creasing over a ten-hour period. MAC Victorian Plum (LE, $19.50) is darker. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Simbad’s Seas (LE, $9.99) is bluer. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is more muted. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is warmer, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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