Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

bareMinerals I Love the Night Life Eyeliner Set
bareMinerals I Love the Night Life Eyeliner Set

bareMinerals I Love the Night Life Eyeliner Set ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) includes five shades of the brand’s Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner. As was the case with Afternoon Delights, it’s a frustrating formula to use, as the consistency is very dry and stiff. It drags and pulls at the skin, so the pigmentation suffers a lot, and even when you attempt to layer, the color is often uneven.

True Blue is a medium-dark blue with a pearly sheen. It had sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it wasn’t buildable to much more than semi-opaque, as the drier consistency made it hard to layer. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Constant Copper is a warm-toned, bronze brown with a pearly finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one pass, and it never built up more than that as it was very stiff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Absolute Black is a medium-dark, neutral black with a satin-matte finish. Again, the formula yielded sheer color payoff paired with a really dry, stiff consistency made it difficult to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Certainly Sterling is a brightened silver with a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it was a little creamier compared to the other shades, though it was still quite dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Steadfast Slate is a medium gray-black with silver shimmer and sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation in one stroke, and I really couldn’t get it to build to more than semi-sheer–and it was incredibly uneven. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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I Love the Nightlife

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Product

4.5/10

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4/10

Texture

4.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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True Blue

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4.5/10

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4/10

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4/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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3/5

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Constant Copper

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4/10

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4.5/10

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4/10

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

bareMinerals Afternoon Delights Eyeliner Set
bareMinerals Afternoon Delights Eyeliner Set

bareMinerals Afternoon Delights Eyeliner Set ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) includes five shades of the brand’s Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner. It’s a very disappointing formula, and I don’t recommend the formula, period, or this set, due to poor color payoff that is paired with a stiffer, drier formula. The wear is average, which is “good news” compared to all the other characteristics one tends to look for in a go-to eyeliner. I can’t believe they discontinued their Round the Clock formula for this, as these are some of the worst eyeliners I’ve tried in recent memory.

Immortal Emerald is a muted, forest green with a pearly finish. Sheer color payoff that’s not even buildable, due to the very stiff, dry texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eternal Bronze is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with subtle gold sparkle over a satin finish. It was hard to apply, as the consistency was so dry, and the resulting color payoff was semi-opaque after many layers–at best. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Timeless Taupe is a warm-toned, taupe brown with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. This was the creamiest of the three pencils, though it was still stiff and dragged a lot on the lash line. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stay Golden is a brightened, yellow gold with a frosted finish. It was sheer, dry, and painful to use on the lash line due how stiff it was.
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Perpetual Plum is a muted, plummy-brown with gold shimmer over a satiny finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, but it wasn’t buildable as the consistency was just too dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Afternoon Delights

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Product

4.5/10

Pigmentation

4.5/10

Texture

4.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3/5

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Immortal Emerald

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Product

4/10

Pigmentation

4/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3/5

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Eternal Bronze

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Product

4.5/10

Pigmentation

4.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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3/5

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble
Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble

Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble ($49.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes ten of Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencils. I really like Sephora’s eyeliner formula here, because they come in such a wide array of colors, have just enough creaminess/waxiness to glide on without tugging, fairly good color payoff, and wear for eight to ten hours. The only caveat is that they’re listed as having a 12-hour wear time, which I don’t quite get to. All but one of the shades in this set are part of the permanent range, and they’re all full-sized, so the set is a value of $100.

Diamonds are Forever is described as a “silver.” It’s a medium silver with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic shimmer. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was mostly opaque after two layers. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girl Talk is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with a hint of gold sparkle over a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one pass, and it was only buildable to semi-opaque color. I wish this one was more pigmented. Applied, the color started to thin after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girls Night Out is described as a “gold.” It’s a medium-dark gold with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and it had a nice, creamy consistency that applied evenly. It wore well for nine and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Welcome to My Loft is a cool-toned, purpled taupe with a pearly sheen. This shade seemed softer than most others in the formula, and it had decent to good color payoff. On me, it wore well for just over eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tiramisu is described as a “brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This had really good color payoff in one pass, and it applied beautifully. It lasted for almost ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clubbing Stilettos is described as a “black.” It’s a rich, deep dark black with subtle, silver sparkle over a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it was really creamy and smooth on the skin. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Lace is described as a “black.” It’s a deepened black with a satin-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and it was buildable to fully opaque color payoff in two layers. It wore well for almost nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Good Mood is described as a “jade.” It’s a green-leaning teal with a pearly sheen. It had decent to good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque color payoff with two strokes. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Cruise is described as a “turquoise.” It’s a brightened, medium blue with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Purple Stilettos is described as a “purple.” It’s a brightened, medium purple with fuchsia undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass, and it was closer to opaque color after two passes. It showed signs of fading after nine and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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All Occasion Eye Ensemble

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Diamonds are Forever

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Girl Talk

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner
Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner

Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a twist-up, mechanical eyeliner available in four shades (I have two to review). The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “waterproof” with “exceptional colour release.” There’s a built-in sharpener as well. The two I tried were fairly pigmented in one stroke, and they’re just creamy enough not to be painful to use, but it’s not a formula I’d describe as soft or creamy. There’s a firmness to the pencil overall, but it isn’t dry or stiff.

Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two passes. The pencil applied without tugging, and it started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. It appeared to be waterproof–I took a shower with it on and didn’t find it running or smearing afterwards.
Urban Decay Lush (P, $20.00) is darker. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is very similar. Sephora Collection Diving in Malaysia (18) (P, $9.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is similar. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Photogravure (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. MAC Stubborn Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Coffee (P, $16.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Burberry Pale Grape No. 04 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a blackened plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke but was better with two layers. The consistency is just creamy enough not to drag, and the color holds onto the lash line well. I was able to get eight and a half hours of wear out of the shade, and it seemed to be waterproof (I took a shower with it on, and it didn’t smear or run). Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals 5PM (P, $15.00) is less purple. Bobbi Brown Black Plum (P, $24.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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Chestnut Brown No. 02

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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Pale Grape No. 04

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades in iridescent lavender and deep plum with a cool purple eyeliner. Both of the eyeshadows are repromotes, while the eyeliner is permanent. The eyeliner was disappointing, as it was sheer and drier. It includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles).

Triple Impact is described as an “opalescent pink.” It’s an iridescent, cool-toned lilac with a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer coverage applied damp, and the coverage increased to semi-opaque when applied dampened, but it isn’t the most pigmented eyeshadow. The texture was soft and blendable, though, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Round Midnight is described as a “rich reddish plum.” It’s a depened, plummy burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had incredibly rich, opaque color payoff both wet and dry, and it’s not what I would call buildable (which is how this formula is described)–but you may prefer it that way. Applied, I didn’t notice any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Permaplum is described as a “deep plum with dark shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly sheen. It was a drier pencil, so the coverage was semi-sheer and uneven, unfortunately. I wasn’t able to get it to be fully opaque, even after layering it a few times, as it looked uneven. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before I noticed thinning. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Plum Eye

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Longevity

10/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades in silver and gray paired with a black eyeliner. The two work together well, though the gray-black is the more unique shade of the two. It includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles).

Treasure Me is described as a “light silver.” It’s a brightened pop of silvery white with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. It was a little dry and soft enough to be almost crumbly, but it was smoother when applied with a dampened brush. This shade wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tall, Dark, & Handsome is described as a “soft black with silver sparkle.” It’s a blackened gray with cool, bluish-undertones and a pearly sheen–one of the less frosted shades with this type of formula. It had the same color payoff, which was opaque, both dry and damp, so it doesn’t have a buildable formula. The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, while the color wore well for eight hours before fading. This is a repromote. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Engraved is described as a “rich black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff in one stroke, and it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly on the lower lash line for me. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Smoky Eye

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Treasure Me

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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Tall, Dark, & Handsome

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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