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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Mari(gold) (70)

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9/10

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9/10

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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)

B+

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8.5/10

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10/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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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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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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(Luna)tic (64)

B-

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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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Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

MAC Black Line Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner
MAC Black Line Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner

MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection repromotes two shades of the Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner formula–both are part of the permanent range–that are packaged in a satiny teal encased pencil. Worth noting, there are no “droplets” on the packaging with this product, so if you’re really into the colors themselves, you can save a little bit of money by buying them in regular packaging. This formula wears eight hours on me, and they’re very emollient and creamy, so they don’t tug at the lash line.

MAC Black Line Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a dark black with lots of gold and olive bronzer with subtle warm undertones. It was nicely pigmented in a single stroke, but I noticed that this was more shimmery than the last one of these I swatched (it’s part of the permanent range). The only dupe I could think of is Shiseido Black Sand, but it’s not as gold.

MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black with pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark black with silver shimmer and sparkle. The color payoff was mostly opaque in a single stroke. Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. NARS 47th Street (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Black Swan

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9/10

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9/10

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10/10

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Eyeliner Set
Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Eyeliner Set

Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Eyeliner Set ($49.00 for 10 x 0.04 oz.) includes ten shades ranging from yellow to brown to basic black and pops of green and blue. I’m a huge fan of Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencils for multiple reasons, but first and foremost, they perform well. While they typically don’t last the full twelve-hours as boasted, they do last anywhere from eight to ten hours, have good color payoff, don’t tug or pull at the lash line, and come in at under $10 a pop and have a variety of shades to choose from. I already reviewed five of the ten shades in the set, but the set also contains two shades (Tropical Dancefloor and Capipirinha Dreamin’) that aren’t currently available in the permanent range, so I knew I had to scoop this up!

Romantic Comedy is described as a “flashy pink.” It’s a medium, cool-toned pink with a glittery finish. I reviewed this previously here, but to recap: it had decent pigmentation in a single stroke and lasted well for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tropical Dancefloor is a brightened, gold and copper-shimmered tangerine orange. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke but was buildable in two layers to opaque color. It wore well for almost ten hours on my lower lash line. I didn’t see this in the permanent range, so for now, it is exclusive to the set. Chanel Vegas Gold (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Banana Split is described as “yellow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with a matte finish. I reviewed this previously here, but to erecap: good color payoff, wears ten hours. MAC Primary Yellow is the closest I could think of.

Caipirinha Dreamin’ is a flashy pop of yellow-toned green. It had so-so pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, but it had a waxier texture so it wasn’t as creamy or as opaque as other shades. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. I didn’t see this in the permanent range, so for now, it is exclusive to the set. NARS Puerta del Sol (LE, $24.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is darker. Urban Decay Freak (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Summer Cruise is described as a “turquoise.” It’s a bright, medium blue with a pearly sheen. I reviewed this previously here, but to recap: it had so-so pigmentation in a single stroke and lasted well for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Eccentric Diva is described as a “purple.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to slightly more opaque color, but it never was that opaque. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Blue Dahlia (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Door’s Unlocked (P, $17.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $19.00) is very similar. NARS St. Marks Place (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tiramisu is described as a “brown.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff in one pass, and it was lightly creamy and applied evenly. This shade wore well for almost ten hours on my lower lash line. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer (P, $15.00) and Tarina Tarantino Locket Book (P, $15.00) are more shimmery. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is redder in tone. Kat Von D Immortal Love (P, $10.00) and Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) are similar. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Stubborn Brown (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cookie Crunch is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a medium-dark, gold and bronze-shimmered brown with warm undertones. It had good color coverage in one stroke, and the color lasted for almost ten hours on my lower lash line. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Scorch (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blonde Ambition is described as a “beige.” It’s a champagne beige with a pearly sheen. I reviewed this previously here, but to recap: it had good pigmentation in a single stroke and lasted well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Lace is described as a “black.” It’s a rich, deep black with a mostly matte finish. I reviewed this previously here, but to recap: it had good pigmentation in a single stroke and lasted well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Tropical Dancefloor

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9/10

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9/10

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains a peach and copper eyeshadow with a brown eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” When you work with Apricot Blend dry, it can be powdery and the two eyeshadow shades had a tendency to sheer out during application very easily, so I felt like you really had to layer and pack on the eyeshadows to get them to stay. Working with them damp made the color truer-to-pan and created less fall out/excess powder. The eyeliner shade was stiff and much more difficult to use, regardless of application method. Apricot Blend wore well for eight hours before fading.

Apricot Blend #1 is described as a “champagne beige.” It’s a golden champagne with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque but more metallic. There are so many shades that are very, very similar to this, as it is a more basic shade — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apricot Blend #2 is described as a “dirty berry brown.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was very stiff and difficult to blend and had semi-opaque color coverage. Applied damp, it was easier to work with but still felt stiff, and it had more opaque pigmentation. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but performance was the same either way. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Anastasia Sienna (LE) is more orange, less shimmery. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE) is darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is a touch lighter.Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apricot Blend #3 is described as a “warm coral peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with a satin finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry, and it was slightly darker and more intense when applied damp. Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (LE) is more shimmery, warmer. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Apricot Blend #2

D+

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6.5/10

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6.5/10

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5/10

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8.5/10

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