Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. Most of the shades had a waxier consistency, so while the eyeliner would feel soft and glide decently, it doesn’t deposit color evenly, and often, color payoff was lacking–even when layered. These don’t seem to be as soft or as intense as many other Technakohls I’ve tried in the past (but some of the limited edition varieties have been less impressive). The wear varied from five to eight hours, depending on the shade, but overall, they seemed to wear shorter than most eyeliners on me.

MAC Funfare Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “bright true pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easily built up to opaque color in two layers. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Broque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and lighter bronze and gold shimmer. It had a waxier consistency, so it didn’t apply evenly and didn’t build to opaque color. It wore well for six and a half hours before looking softened. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Plank Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm bronze brown with a pearly sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, but it wasn’t buildable. In fact, I felt like layering it dragged the color around and made it appear uneven. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC $$$ Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone gold bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, but it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, at least. It lasted for six hours on me before it looked softened/faded. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Brass Band Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze metal.” It’s a golden copper with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Twinked Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for six and a half hours on my lash line before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz. each) just launched twenty-seven (!!) new and permanent shades to the range. I’ve tested about half of them, and I’ll be working my way through the rest–stay tuned for a few reviews that’ll be posted later today of the ones I have tried. For now, enjoy this quick look at swatches :)

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Galaxy Girl Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black blue.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and medium blue sparkle and shimmer. This was one of the weaker shades I’ve tried in the range, as the sparkles seemed to make it harder to apply it in a smooth, even line. It built up decently, but it was still lacking in intensity. It wore well for ten hours. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) has more navy-hued shimmer. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) has more shimmer so it appears lighter. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) also has more shimmer and appears lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark green.” It’s a rich, medium-dark cool-toned green with a pearly sheen. It had really good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was easily opaque after one and a half layers of product. It wore particularly well and topped in at eleven hours before it started to thin/fade. The texture was creamy without being too waxy or emollient. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Starry Sky Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “grey.” It’s a medium-dark silver-shimmered gray with cool undertones. The consistency was soft, creamy, and didn’t tug at the lash line. It was semi-opaque in one pass, and it was mostly opaque after two layers. The color lasted well for nine and a half hours before thinning. bareMinerals Steadfast Slate (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Buxom I’ll Be Waiting (P, $17.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “light blue.” It’s a light, bluish-gray with a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one stroke that was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency didn’t drag or tug on the lash line, but it could have applied slightly more evenly. It wore well for ten and a half hours on me (out of the twelve claimed). I really like how unique it is (relative to what I’ve come across). MAC Heirloom (P, $16.00) was the only remotely similar shade I could think of, but it is purpler. It did remind me a lot of Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Sailor Suit Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a brightened navy blue over a blackened base with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it built up to fully opaque color with two layers. This shade stayed on well for ten hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Wave)length (68) (P, $25.00) is lighter. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is similar. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Petrol Blue (P, $15.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Suede Shoes Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “petrol blue.” It’s a muted, blackened blue with a hint of green–it’s not enough to be teal, but it’s a “warmer” blue–and a satin finish. It had decent color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque, smooth color in two passes. This shade wore well for ten hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Midnight in Paris (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Black Ivy (LE, $16.00) is greener. Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Mainline (P, $19.00) is brighter, bluer. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is greener. MAC Midnight Blues (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Cappuccino Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “brown glitter.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a gold sparkle and shimmer. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two layers. It wore well for ten hours (shy of the 12-hours claimed, though) before thinning. Tarte Bronze (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is similar. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is a cream product. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Cocoa Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with warm, red undertones and a subtle bronze shimmer. It had good pigmentation in one pass with a soft, creamy consistency that wore well for ten hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer (P, $15.00) is very similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flirting Game Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “taupe.” It’s a dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones while the gray-ish cast is quite noticeable, so it almost looks cool-toned on top. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it glides on easily without tugging at the lash line as the consistency is lightly creamy (but not so creamy that it smudges or migrates). It wore well for ten and a half hours on me. Sephora Collection Welcome to My Loft (LE, $9.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $19.00) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Underground (P, $19.00) is a touch browner but similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set
Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set

Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set ($32.00 for 0.22 oz.) includes eight shades of pencil eyeliner from black to purple to blue. All of the shades are part of the permanent range, and you can pick up singles for $10 as well (same size), so the set has a good value ($80). The eyeliner formula is fairly waxy, which helps it glide on and apply without tugging, but the color payoff is sometimes lacking, even when layered. The formula is supposed to last for eight hours and be waterproof, and some shades wear eight hours while others last six to seven hours. They’re more water-resistant than truly waterproof. It is surprising that the formula is so lacking, because Sephora Contour Eye Pencils are quite nice (and also $10), and other brands that have been produced by Sephora (e.g. Tarina Tarantino) had very nice formulas as well.

There were two issues I had with the set that you won’t see reflected in the rating, but they’re worth noting: there is no packaging of the set–they came in a cheap, flimsy plastic envelope with a clear front and black backing. It is not giftable as-is, and though it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, it was a major surprise to see. The second issue was that Sephora originally advertised this as including Napolitano eyeliner, but alas, they included Puro Amor. It took a couple of weeks, but Sephora appears to have updated the product listing with this, though the promotional image still shows Napolitano.

Eyegasm is a green-ish teal with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had sheer color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-sheer at best. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Proud Peacock is a blackened teal with a hint of green and subtle, warm undertones. It had a pearly finish with a light sheen. Again, the waxiness made it glide on, but it was sheer when applied. I was able to build up to semi-opaque color coverage, but it was uneven. This shade lasted for six hours and migrated to the outer corners. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D.R.A. is a brightened, medium blue with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Homie is a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was somewhat buildable but tended to cling to itself and look uneven. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Piaf is a blackened purple with multi-colored glitter in shades of purple, silver, and gold. It was sheer no matter if I applied in a single pass or tried to layer it–the waxy texture made it just move the product around rather than build it up. This shade lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Immortal Love is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This version is worse than one I tested before, as this was sheerer and waxier. It lasted for seven and a half hours, which at this point, was the rare bright spot in this set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Puro Amor is a deep black with a mostly matte finish. It had a waxy, almost dry, consistency that didn’t really tug, but it looked dry on the skin. It doesn’t go on evenly, and it wasn’t very pigmented. It lasted for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Metal Love is a deep black with silver sparkle. It was one of the more pigmented shades in the set, and it was buildable to opaque coverage in two to three layers. It had a creamier, less waxy, consistency. This shade wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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