Monday, January 26th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a “fluid eyeshadow” that is supposed to be a long-wearing (“16-hour staying power)’ with “deep and intense color.” When they work, they work well, but there is a definite learning curve with the formula. I noticed that sometimes when I pulled the doe-foot applicator out of the tube for a few shades, the consistency was thinner and more watery, and other times, it was almost clumpy with product, though it never felt genuinely thick. If it is more watery than not, it can apply somewhat sheer, but if it is normal (because a more watery pull was more infrequent), it applied beautifully with rich, opaque color coverage (which was what happened most of the time with most shades). It is imperative to spread out the product with a smooth, even layer, or else it can add a textured (read: wrinkled, scaly, etc.) look to the lid.

They dry down in fifteen to twenty seconds, and it doesn’t stay really wet for long, but it remains blendable for almost a minute. I didn’t feel too rushed, but I’d probably do one eye at a time. If you press and rub your finger gently against the lid, there will be transfer, which is why the formula is still blendable even after it dries down. The formula doesn’t feel heavy on, and it feels and looks more like a powder after it dries down. It is also a buildable formula, if you prefer to apply in layers, but it can be trickier to get a really thin, even layer. I used a flat, synthetic brush to apply and then a synthetic crease brush to blend the edges for this formula. They wear an impressive length of time (though not quite 16 hours) and tend to fade more than crease on my normal-to-dry lids (no primer). Once you get the hang of using them, they’re really lovely to use. If you prefer a sheerer look, it’s very easy to use less and blend out more. They seem overpriced (I would have expected $32-34), but at least they come with a fair amount of product (other high-end cream eyeshadows tend to contain an average of 0.14 oz.), which is slightly mitigated by the tube packaging (harder to get every last bit out of it).

Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dirty, tarnished gold with a hint of pewter. I want to call it a mix of gold, olive, and pewter. It had a more metallic finish with a hint of gold sparkle. The pigmentation on this often varied; one time it would be very opaque (see it applied to the eye–that was a single layer), the next a little watery and thus semi-sheer to semi-opaque. The color wore well for fourteen hours before fading, but there was some minor fall out after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is powder, warmer. Kat Von D Division (LE) is powder. Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P) is warmer, powder. Hello Kitty Cookie (LE) is lighter, powder. Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter, powder. L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) (P, $7.99) is warmer, powder. NARS Taiga #2 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Cakeshop (LE) is lighter. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a warm, olive bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth consistency that never seemed watery. The color blended out easily, whether you wanted an opaque all-over lid color with diffused edges or a wash of color. This shade wore well for fourteen and a half hours on me before fading. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is lighter, powder. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is warmer, powder. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is greener, powder. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder (kind of). MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener, powder. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is greener. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is powder. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is browner, powder. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is powder. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is powder. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is greener, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bold, deepened emerald green with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It was intensely pigmented and applied smoothly with even color coverage. On me, it wore well for fourteen hours before fading. It’s hard to find a shade like this, as cooler-toned emerald greens are surprisingly rare! Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #4 (P) is more shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is bluer, powder. MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery, powder. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is warmer, powder. Sephora Collection Walk on the Wild Side (08) (P, $13.00) is warmer, powder. bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral light beige.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that worked well on the lid and didn’t sheer out (though it was easy to diffuse the edges) too readily. It started to crease on me slightly after nine hours. I also really like this one (personally) on my brow bone, so it’s been a new go-to for me when I test out other ColourPop shades, as when you sheer it out (on purpose), it gives a subtle sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Smash Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutram medium warm beige.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a very smooth, creamy consistency that was blendable and easy to apply. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Desert Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm saddle brown.” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had really good color payoff, but the color is more prone to sheering out on the lid, especially if you use a brush. I think a brush works with it, but you may need to add a second layer. The color wears well for ten hours on me without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

ColourPop 3 (Three) Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned starlit bronze.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a subtle gray cast paired with silver micro-glitter. It had good color payoff that was blendable and easy to apply. I had a little glitter fall out while I blended this shade, but I didn’t notice more than very, very minor fall out during the ten-hour crease-free, fade-free wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Doe-a-Deer Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “blackened violet.” It’s a deepened, blackened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that looked uneven when sheered out, so it needed more work to really buff and blend in. I felt like it lost a lot of its intensity once blended, though. It started to crease after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “metallic rose gold with [glitter].” It’s a slightly muted, medium coppery brown with a warm, golden metallic finish and a smattering of micro-glitter. It’s very pigmented, but the texture is a little chunkier applied to the lid. This was a shade that seemed to apply better with a flat synthetic brush or fingertips to minimize texture issues on the lid. Once on, the color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing, but there was some fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop So Quiche Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft olive with … gold and pink violet glittery duochrome metallic finish.” It’s a dirty, olive-brown with warm undertones and pink and gold micro-glitter over a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation that went on fairly smoothly without bunching up (using a regular brush). It didn’t have show signs of fading or creasing over the ten-hour period I wore it, but there was some minor fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Hustle Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “burgundy violet with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, berry-burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but it needed two layers to be true to pan. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Glitterati Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “icy silver laced with tons of gold glitter.” It’s a cooler-toned white gold with light-medium gold glitter. It’s very glittery, and it was one of the harder shades to work with from all of the shades I’ve tried from the brand. It bunched up and looked thicker on the lid, which gave my eyelid a very textured, almost wrinkled, look. Even applied with fingertips, it tended to look heavy. It was better applied and then sheered out, though just beware that there is a ton of glitter fall out if you blend this shade. It lasted for nine hours with light creasing after that, and it had a fair amount of fall out during wear. This shade was part of the Down with Decorum holiday set, which just recently was removed from their website. You never know, though, they might bring it back (they made several of the holiday shades permanent). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

ColourPop Bae Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Bae Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Halo Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “golden champagne dusted with soft gold glitter [with a satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with gold glitter over a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was a shade that needed two layers for full opacity. On me, it wore well for nine and a half hours without creasing or fading, but there was a smidgen of fall out.
It is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “penny copper [with a metallic finish].” It’s a deepened copper bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while remaining easy to blend. It wore well for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Drift Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true cranberry [with a pearlized finish].” It’s a medium-dark, berry-red with subtle warmer undertones and a light sparkle over a more pearly finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that was easy to use and blend out on the skin while retaining its intensity. I didn’t have any fading or creasing over a ten-hour period. It is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Bae Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich eggplant purple with an emerald and turquoise, glittery duo chrome [with a metallic finish].” It is a dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and bluish-teal sparkle and shimmer. The color payoff was intense, while the consistency was still smooth, blendable, and easy to use. This shade didn’t crease or fade over ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “liquid-like true gold.” It’s a medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had very good color payoff that went on smoothly and was easy to work with on the lid as it blended beautifully. The color didn’t show any signs of creasing after ten hours of wear. LORAC Unlimited (P) is brighter. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #3 (LE) is a powder. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is a powder. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P, $16.00) is less yellow, powder. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter, powder. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is darker, powder. MAC Unwind (P, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is lighter, powder. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop La La Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true rose gold [with an Ultra Metallic finish].” It’s a muted, coppery-brown with a hint of pink and a frosted, metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, and it was easily applied with a brush or fingertip (whichever method you prefer, really, as the results were the same either way). I wore it for ten hours, and it still looked immaculate after that time period. It is part of the Down With Decorum six-piece set. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is darker. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is a powder. Stila Affection (P) is browner, powder. Makeup Geek Roulette (LE, $5.99) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. LORAC Unbelievable (P) is more muted, powder. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is a powder. Guerlain Les Fauves #4 (LE) is a powder. bareMinerals Imagine (P) is less copper, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Eve Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “dirty antique gold [with an Ultra Metallic finish].” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with a golden sheen. The color payoff was excellent with rich, full color coverage. The consistency was blendable, smooth, and applied beautifully to the skin, while the color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. It is part of the Down With Decorum six-piece set. Burberry Gold #2 (LE) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is a powder. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is warmer, powder. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is less golden, powder. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is less khaki, powder. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is powder. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is less khaki, powder. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is a powder. MAC Romp (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Mittens Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep warm brown [with a matte finish].” It’s a dark, burgundy-brown with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff that was easy to blend, but it is more prone to sheering out compared to the other shades featured in this review. It was easy to blend and work into the crease, though, so it is also forgiving. Once on, the color stayed on well for ten hours. This was a limited edition holiday set that was just released on its own as part of the matte collection. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE) is browner, powder. Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is much darker, powder. Make Up For Ever M608 Red Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $5.99) is redder, powder. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $15.00) is a powder. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 29th, 2014

ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, pigmented, blendable cream-powder hybrid eyeshadow. Overall, this is true of my experience with the formula in general, though some shades could be slightly more pigmented and some of the more glittery shades are prone to fall out (both during application as well as when worn, but primarily during application). I’m most impressed by the long-wear I get from the formula, which tops in at ten hours without fading or creasing with most shades. You can use fingertips to apply, but I’ve found natural or synthetic brushes to work quite well with the majority of shades (though there are a few that brushes don’t work well with, noted as I discover them). Here are reviews for five more:

ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duochrome.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with a satin sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation that went on evenly and was blendable, but this shade was more prone to sheering out than others I’ve tried. Once on the lid, it remains there for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Eye Candy Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned … lavender … with tons of silver and pink glitter.” It’s a light-medium, pink-lilac with subtle, cool undertones and a smattering of silver glitter. It didn’t seem all that glittery (which may be good or bad, depending on your preference!). The texture was soft, creamy, and blendable, while it had good color payoff that wore well for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Dasher Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true lavender with pink glitter.” It’s a medium-dark lavender purple with subtle, cool undertones and light pink glitter. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and blended easily. It wore well for ten hours but had some fall out over time. This shade is part of the Never Naughty limited edition four-piece set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Envy Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black saturated with violet glitter.” It’s a rich black with lighter purple glitter. This one was harder to apply to the lid without using your fingertip (I also tried a silicone applicator, but it didn’t go very well), as brush application yielded a faded, uneven black mess with little glitter transfer. Once on, it lasted for nine hours with some fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Cricket Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky mid-tone plum with … soft glitter.” It’s a very muted, blackened plum with flecks of gold sparkle. It was semi-sheer and fussy to work with–it always looked uneven and a bit splotchy. I even tried applying with fingertips, but the color payoff didn’t improve. It did wear without creasing or fading for nine hours and had minor fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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