Monday, December 12th, 2011

Estee Lauder Blackened Plum Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Blackened Plum Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Plum Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Plum Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep blackened purple that leans a little cool-toned. It’s not quite your violet, blue-based purple, but it’s nowhere near eggplant or burgundy. I couldn’t think of anything that comes close to the level of darkness (without being black)–the closest purple I could think of was L’Oreal HIP Violet Volt, which is much lighter and shimmery to boot!  Between the darkness and not-quite-cool-tone, I think this will be an excellent alternative to black eyeliners on all skin tones and against all eye colors.  It’s a great way to accent a smoky eye!

The pigmentation is impressive, because it’s really rich and opaque in a single pass, which is what we all want, and we don’t always find it, especially in purple eyeliners–too often purple eyeshadows and eyeliners seem to skip and drag. Blackened Plum is decadent in texture; creamy enough to glide-on effortlessly and give great color in one go but still stays in place once you apply it. It wore for ten hours without fading or smudging on the lash line, though the water line was only around six hours.

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Blackened Plum

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Fantastic purple eyeliner--the intensity of this shade is so rich and has a lot of depth, even though there's no shimmer or anything but endless purple. The wear is just as good: ten hours on the lash line, six hours on the water line, and no smudging or migrating!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Blackened Olive Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is murky olive-brown with a sooty, blackened appearance. I think it will be nice paired with hazel or green eyes, because it will look warmer and more green that way. MAC Buried Treasure is the closest dupe I could think of, but it’s not as opaque and has a whole lot of shimmer in comparison.

Estee Lauder’s new eyeliner formula is supposed to be long-wearing, richly pigmented, creamy, and wearable on the inner rim of the eyes. Blackened Olive is extremely creamy in consistency; it glides on effortlessly, depositing good color coverage in a single pass. It’s not quite as pigmented or as creamy as Electric Teal, but it comes close. The wear is good on the waterline but better on the lower lash line for me; it wears between four and six hours on the waterline, depending on if have watery eyes during the day, but on the lower lash line, it makes it almost to ten hours without any fading or smudging.

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Blackened Olive

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It's a very dark black-brown with just a hint of olive in it! There's no shimmer, so it has more of a matte/creamy look to it when applied. I think it would pair well with hazel and green eyes.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Estee Lauder Electric Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Electric Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Electric Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Electric Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a new pencil formula that’s supposed to be rich in color, creamy in consistency, and can be worn on the inner rim of the eyes. This particular shade is limited edition, but four other shades were introduced and will stay in the line. Electric Teal is a beautiful shade of rich, blue-teal with a matte finish, but it doesn’t look dry or chalky. The creamy consistency gives it great glide-on color that doesn’t skip or drag–you get excellent color payoff in a single pass. I’ve been really loving how much pop Electic Teal adds to any neutral look (teals pair exceptionally well with browns and neutrals). I don’t have any teals like it (see my many teal eyeliner swatches); one of the worst eyeliners I’ve used was NARS Kaliste, and I’d say this is the closest, but that shade doesn’t have as much blue and comes out darker.

I did come across something interesting, and Estee Lauder doesn’t say how long this formula will wear for; it’s not even vague–nowhere in the online descriptions is long-wear! I thought it was very interesting that they did not make a claim on how these would wear–they emphasized the creaminess and pigmentation of the product but not the wear. Thankfully, I come to you armed with the press release, which does tout these as “long-lasting, long-wearing, non-skipping and non-tugging.”

They more than deliver when it comes to non-skipping and non-tugging–these are effortless to apply. They slide smooth as silk across the lash line and deposit even color in one go. The wear is better than the average eyeliner on the water line and works well on the lower lash line. On the waterline, it lasts between four and six hours, depending on if my eyes get watery at some point while wearing it; so on a good day, six, and on a bad day, four. On the lower lash line, it wears for up to ten hours, though the line seemed the tiniest bit thinner than it was when I originally applied. It didn’t budge, smudge, migrate, or otherwise turn my under eye area some mutated shade of teal.

If you dig this shade, I recommend snapping it up sooner rather than later, as it’s sold out in a few places online, though I did find a major retailer that had it in stock for you :)

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Electric Teal

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For as creamy as the consistency is, this formula wears long and well throughout the day--typically, such a creamy consistency would mean smudge city, but this hangs on for ten hours without giving you raccoon eyes (would that be peacock eyes, since it's teal?).

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Tarina Tarantino Dream Hyper Liners
Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyper Liners: Rockstar Love, Puppeteer, Cute Robot

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyper Liners: Rockstar Love, Puppeteer, Cute Robot

I reviewed several of Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliners ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) here, and I was extremely impressed with the formula. I have three more shades to share with you: Rockstar Love (black with iridescent shimmer), Puppeteer (dark brown with bronze shimmer), and Cute Robot (metallic deep blue violet). Can you tell I’m kind of on a quest to collect ‘em all? (For reference, maybe more for me than you, I’m missing Spark of Envy and Tommy Jet.)

  • Rockstar Love is a soft black with iridescent, multi-colored shimmer. It’s one of the sheerest shades of the range that I’ve come across; it can be built up, but it’s weak in pigment in a single pass. It’s similar to Urban Decay Oil Slick.
  • Puppeteer is a red-toned medium-dark brown with copper and gold shimmer. It’s fairly pigmented in a single go and totally opaque in two passes. This shade looks absolutely nothing like the swatch on Sephora! It’s a little darker compared to Chanel Brun-Cuivre.
  • Cute Robot is an intense blue-based violet over a blackened base. As far as purple eyeliners go, it’s rather pigmented, but it’s not quite opaque in one pass. What I do really like about it is that it builds up well, because the underlying base formula isn’t too waxy. It’s inkier compared to Urban Decay Lust–it almost looks a bit bluer–more like MAC Prussian.

I encourage you to read my original review for a full-length post on these, but to sum it up: these are soft and creamy enough to glide-on easily across the lash line without dragging or tugging while delivering a fair amount of pigmentation in a single pass (and opaque in two). They don’t budge, fade, or smudge during the day, and they wore through a shower for me.

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Eye Dream Hyper Liner

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These are really good, and now that they're cheaper than mainstays Urban Decay 24/7 Liner and Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes, they're totally worth checking out next time you're at Sephora.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


MAC Forever Green Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Forever Green Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Forever Green Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “olive green with shimmer.” It’s part of the permanent range (and has been for quite awhile–it’s not new!). It’s an olive green with a khaki-olive sheen and forest green micro-shimmer. In a single pass, it’s so-so pigmented, but it does build up nicely after two passes. The color is a bit greener but still similar to Make Up For Ever #5L, shu uemura ME Khaki, and MAC Rosemary & Thyme.

The Powerpoint formula is supposed to be waterproof, long-wearing, transfer-proof, smudge-proof, and budge-proof. The pencil glides on easily and doesn’t skip across the skin; it’s just creamy (or waxy) enough to do that smooth glide, but it doesn’t deposit quite as much color as I’d like. I also found that sometimes the waxiness makes it difficult to go back and forth to get an opaque line, but it only happened if you do really short areas and do more than two passes. I tested this by taking a shower (some humidity plus water), and it lasted through it easily. After eight hours, I could tell some of it had disappeared, but about 80% was still visible. The good news is that it didn’t smudge underneath the lash line.

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Forever Green

B
I wish it was a bit more pigmented and longer-wearing; it's good but not great, and these days, great eyeliners are easier to find than they ever were before.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, November 11th, 2011


Bobbi Brown Jet/Chrome Dual-Ended Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Jet/Chrome Dual-Ended Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Jet/Chrome Dual-Ended Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) consists of a black and silver. This is a new formula for Bobbi Brown, but it is also limited edition–go figure!

  • Jet is a creamy, rich black. It’s fairly pigmented in a single pass and fully opaque in two. Jet is one of the darker black eyeliners I’ve come across, and it actually held up well on the waterline (four to six hours).
  • Chrome is a medium-sark silver with a metallic finish and small, darker silver glittery bits. It’s a bit darker and less cool-toned compared to other silver eyeliners. It had decent color payoff in one stroke, though because of the sparkly texture, it doesn’t take well to multiple passes; two is good, but you’ll have to be mindful of going back and forth here.

Like Chocolate/Bronze, this is a stellar eyeliner and the formula is just as good in this duo as it was in the first one I reviewed. I love the creaminess of the pencil and how easily it glides across the lash line without tugging or skipping. Even though these are extremely soft and creamy, they still wear for twelve hours without fading, migrating, or smudging. I only wish these were permanent and either they reduced the price or had more product in them–at 0.02 oz., these are half the size of other pencils on the market.

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Bobbi Brown Jet/Chrome Dual-Ended Eyeliner Review, Photos, Swatches

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Up the size (or lower the price) and make these permanent, please! Surprisingly long-wearing for such a creamy formula--definitely work checking out next time you're near a Bobbi Brown counter.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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