Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Bountiful Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil
MAC Bountiful Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Bountiful Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “brown rinsed with bronze.” It’s a medium brown with gold shimmer and warm undertones. Sephora Collection Cookie Crunch (P, $9.00) is yellower-toned. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is similar. Urban Decay Scorch (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In a single stroke, it had mostly opaque color coverage.  The consistency was lightly waxy, so it glided easily across the lash line without tugging or pulling at the skin.  It has faint sparkle and a lightly pearled sheen that works well to add depth to the lash line while brightening.  The color wore well for eight hours before it started to gradually thin, but it didn’t smudge or migrate.  It is part of the permanent range, so it can be bought now or later, and you’ll save $1.50 by buying it in standard black packaging instead.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Stila Canary Smudge Stick Eyeliner
Stila Canary Smudge Stick Eyeliner

Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is supposed to be an intensely pigmented, long-wearing, and waterproof eyeliner. It’s a twist-up eyeliner, so no sharpening is required, and in general, the formula wears eight hours on me and has a creamy, glide-on consistency makes it easy to apply. The major variable with these is pigmentation–many are nicely pigmented and easily buildable to opaque color in two layers but some are sheerer.

Stila Canary Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “bright yellow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had really good color payoff in a single pass, and the consistency was creamy and easy to apply. The color wore well for almost eight hours before starting to fade. Sephora Collection Banana Split (10) (P, $9.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Deep Fuchsia Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. This shade wore well for eight hours on my lower lash line before it started to thin and fade. Urban Decay Woodstock (LE, $19.00) is lighter, shimmery. MAC Process Magenta (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Violet Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-purple with soft, purple shimmer. It had so-so color payoff in one stroke, and it was only buildable to semi-opaque coverage. This liner lasted for almost eight hours on me. Urban Decay Asphyxia (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick Eyeliner
Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick Eyeliner

Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is touted as a richly pigmented, long-wearing, waterproof eyeliner. It’s a formula I really like for its creamy, glide-on consistency that doesn’t tug or pull at the lash line, diverse shade range, and generally good wear. Some shades are more pigmented than others, though, as you’ll note below. I actually bought several more shades during their most recent sale after trying some of their recently released shades, so you’ll see more reviews over the next couple of months as I work my way through them (I went overboard).

Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “mint green.” It’s a light, pastel green with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in a few layers. It wore well for eight hours before thinning. NARS Barrow Street (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Cobalt Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep teal blue.” It’s a medium blue with a matte finish (I really don’t see the teal in this at all). It had good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to full opacity in two passes. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief (P, $15.00) is very shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. MAC Hi-Def Cyan (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. bareMinerals 4AM (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Ultra Marine Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “shimmering navy blue.” It’s a sparkling, medium-dark blue; it still has some brightness to it, so it doesn’t look black on the lash line. It was quite sheer in one pass, and it really didn’t layer well so I could never achieve full opaque color. It started to fade and thin after seven and a half hours. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Cobalt (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (P, $9.00) is brighter. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #3L (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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9/10

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6/10

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5.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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Friday, May 9th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “teal green.” It’s a medium-dark teal that leans just slightly green with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two to three passes. The consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t tug on the lash line. It wore well for nine hours on my lower lash line before starting to fade.
You might think it’s similar to Intro(vert), but Intro(vert) is much greener. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Fairytale (P, $9.00) is also darker. Make Up For Ever #52L (LE, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Mari(gold) (70) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “golden peach.” It’s a medium, yellow gold with warm, orange undertones and a pearly, almost metallic, sheen. It had good pigmentation in one pass, and it was able to build to fully opaque color in two passes. The consistency was creamy and glided on without pulling on the skin. This shade lasted for nine hours before starting to thin. Chanel Ambre Dore (911) (P, $30.00) is lighter, less yellow. Urban Decay Goldmine (P, $19.00) is lighter. Chanel Vegas Gold (LE, $28.00) is similar–slightly yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Ody(sea) (62)

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8.5/10

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8/10

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Chanel Ambre Dore Chanel Ambre Dore (11) Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner
Chanel Ambre Dore Chanel Ambre Dore (11) Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner

Chanel Ambre Dore Chanel Ambre Dore (11) Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner ($32.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a golden copper with a metallic sheen. Giorgio Armani Copper (05) (LE, $28.00) is darker. Chanel Or Rose (LE, $30.00) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is one of the more pigmented shades of Chanel’s Stylo Yeux I’ve tried–it was totally opaque in a single stroke! The consistency was a little stiff, though, so it wasn’t the most comfortable eyeliner to use on the lash line. It doesn’t tug much, but it seems to skip slightly. Once applied, the color lasted for eight hours before starting to gradually thin and fade.

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Ambre Dore (911)

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metal grey.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned gray with a metallic, silver sparkle and sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on my lash line. Buxom I’ll Be Waiting (P, $17.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Uzi (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Gris Scintillante (P, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Luna)Tic (64) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metallic pale lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-ish lavender with a metallic sheen. It was semi-sheer applied in a single pass and buildable to semi-opaque color. This particular shade works well for brightening the eye. It lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. MAC Heirloom (P, $16.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I have a love/hate relationship with this formula (see my original review here). I often reach for Marc Jacobs’ eyeliners, because there’s just something slightly unique about the shade range, and despite them not performing well on paper, I still like them a lot personally. Both shades have a creamy, glide-on consistency that doesn’t pull or tug at the lash line, but they’re not exactly “richly pigmented” as described. They build, and once on the lash line, even semi-opaque looks almost opaque unless you’re viewing it very close-up (which no one is), but for the price point (and how little you get–0.01 oz. and these twist-up, no sharpening required), I wish they were as pigmented as they’re supposed to be.

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(Stone)Fox (58)

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(Luna)tic (64)

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7.5/10

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6.5/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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