Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a set of seven, travel-sized Highliner Gel Crayons, which is a pencil eyeliner that twists up (no sharpening required). The formula is supposed to be waterproof, intensely pigmented, and smooth. I have a love/hate relationship with these, because some of the colors in the range are rather unique, but often, they’re not as creamy or as pigmented as expected. They are, in general, all very long-wearing and waterproof. Two shades–Midnight in Paris and Sunset–are exclusive to this set.

This set seems to be an excellent way to try the formula, though, without investing $25 each. In the set, each pencil contains 0.37g/0.01 oz. while the full-sized eyeliners are 0.5g/0.01 oz. When I convert grams to ounces (using Google), 0.37g is really 0.0131 oz. and 0.5g is really 0.0176 oz. So this set contains 0.0917 oz. worth of eyeliner, or $130.26 worth of eyeliner. Or, if you’re not apt to finish products, for less than the cost of two shades, you get to try seven. I didn’t have any issues with my set, but some readers have received deluxe/travel-versions as samples and have found that sometimes the pencil loosens inside, so that’s just a heads up!

Midnight in Paris is described as an “inky indigo blue.” It’s a blackened navy blue with a shimmery sheen and slight sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two passes. It was lightly creamy and didn’t tug, but it’s not as creamy as the best in the range. It wore well for nine hours before thinning slightly. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) is darker. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sunset is described as a “golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a coppery orange with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was moderately creamy and glided along the lash line without pulling. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Copperthorn (LE, $$16.00) is a gel eyeliner, more glittery. MAC Cockiness (LE) is a liquid eyeliner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blacquer is described as a “black.” It’s a deep, dark, inky black with a soft sheen. It was intensely pigmented in one stroke, and the consistency was creamy and glided on like silk. It definitely represents when the formula is at its best. On me, this shade lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

You can browse through reviews of the other shades in this set here. Or view them individually: (Plum)age, Th(ink), (Brown)out, and O(vert). I swatched all the ones in the set to see how they compared in color payoff and texture to my full-sized versions, and (Plum)age seemed to have less of a sheen, was a touch darker but similar color payoff, while O(vert) seemed more pigmented in this set with a creamier consistency. Blacquer, Th(ink), and (Brown)out were consistent.

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

L'Oreal Highlighter (230) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
L’Oreal Highlighter (230) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a long-wearing, smudge-proof formula that will glide on smoothly and last for 16 hours You can see the first three I reviewed here. I’m quite fond of this formula overall, but that wear claim is substantial and these just don’t make it even close to it–the best wear I get is about ten hours. There is still visible eyeliner on after as long as fourteen hours, but it’s much, much thinner and less vibrant. The color payoff and glide-on consistency are the most impressive aspects of the formula, even with their brighter, more colorful shades.

L’Oreal Highlighter (230) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a pink-peach with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff in a single stroke and remains that way even if layered. It wears nine hours on me, though that’s not the full 16-hours as marketed. The consistency is creamy, easy to apply, and doesn’t tug on the lash line. Marc Jacobs Beauty Obey-ge (66) (P, $25.00) is more sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll (P, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

L’Oreal Green Ivy (270) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single pass. This one I had to be careful applying, as too much layering seemed cause uneven application, but it is quite pigmented in one go, so it isn’t necessary. The consistency is lightly creamy and glides right on. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me before thinning down. Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Snakeskin Dress (17) (P, $9.00) is lighter. MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is warmer, browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

L’Oreal Silver Sky (290) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a brightened, sparkling silver. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one pass, but it was never fully opaque no matter the layers. This was my least favorite out of the six I’ve tried (I hope to buy the others when I see them on sale). It glided on, but it had more texture due to the sparkles in it. It wore well for eight hours. Urban Decay Cuff (P, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Silver Skates (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Chrome (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

L'Oreal Pure Purple (240) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
L’Oreal Pure Purple (240) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, smudge-proof formula that will glide on smoothly and last for 16 hours. My experience with them is that they’re long-wearing–easily nine to ten hour wear–but sixteen is a total stretch as there is only about a third of the eyeliner remaining. They don’t smudge or budge during the day, and they set fairly quickly, so if you prefer to smudge out your eyeliner, you may find this formula dries too fast. What I really liked about these was how creamy and silky the texture was, as they glided easily across the lash line. The color payoff was pretty good, though the purple shade was the weakest of the three. I wish they didn’t claim such a long wear time, because I loved two of the three shades I tested, but their scores are being pulled down because of that claim.

L’Oreal Pure Purple (240) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark purple with pinkish tones and a satiny finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, which was buildable in intensity, but the coverage was somewhat uneven. It wore well for nine hours before starting to gradually thin and fade away. Sephora Collection Eccentric Diva (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Blue Dahlia (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Door’s Unlocked (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $19.00) is darker, more iridescent. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $19.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

L’Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark blue with a satin finish. It had good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque in about a layer and a half. The consistency is creamy, easy to apply, and the product wore well for ten hours before starting to thin and fade. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is more muted, lighter. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (P, $9.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Chaos (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

L’Oreal True Teal (260) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a bold, brightened blue-teal with a pearly sheen. It had fantastic pigmentat in a single stroke, and the consistency was creamy and glided across the lash line without tugging or dragging. The color wore well for ten and a half hours before it started to fade. Urban Decay Vacancy (LE, $19.00) is more muted. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is a touch less blue. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set
Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set ($39.00 for 0.08 oz.) includes four, double-ended eyeliners. Each side is 0.01 oz., so it’s really the equivalent of 2 full-sized eyeliners, though you’re getting eight shades for the price of two. These are all previously released shades with two being brought back in this set (Black Market and Tornado) and the others are permanent. Urban Decay’s formula is long-wearing on me (eight to ten hours), and it is a waxy, glide-on formula that doesn’t tug at the lash line, but some shades require two to three passes for full color coverage.

Black Market is described as a “charcoal black satin.” It’s a soft, gray-ish black with subtle shimmer and a pearly sheen. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage but was semi-sheer in a single stroke. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (P, $15.00) Urban Decay Black Market (LE, $19.00) Urban Decay Uzi (P, $19.00) MAC Black Swan (P, $15.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornado is described as a “dark eggplant pearl.” It’s a deepened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had sheer color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It wore well for nine hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Velvet is described as a “rich, smoky black matte.” It’s a rich, deep dark matte black with subtle, warm undertones. It has a very dry, matte finish–more flatter than Perversion. The texture is dry, powder-like, and it applies best in short strokes. It wears nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smoke is described as a “deepest gray matte.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-opaque. The color wore well for eight and a half hours, and the pencil itself was lightly creamy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zero is described as a “zealous black cream.” It’s a medium black with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Demolition is described as a “deep brown matte.” It’s a dark brown with wwarm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque pigmentation with two layers. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black. This is part of the permanent range. It is one of the creamier pencils by Urban Decay, so it has really good color payoff that goes on smoothly and evenly. It wears nine to ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

LSD is described as a “navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter blue sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one stroke that was buildable to more opaque color in two layers. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, September 12th, 2014

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set
Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($52.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes ten (obviously!) eyeliners–one full-sized Perversion and then nine travel-sized (0.03 oz. vs. 0.04 oz., so it’s 25% smaller than full-sized) shades. Though nine of the shades are new and exclusive to this limited edition set, a few of them feel like, “Haven’t I seen you before?” There is definitely some overlap with past shades released in the 24/7 line-up. Though I am a fan of the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil formula, and I love how wide the shade range is, there are too many under-performers in this set. I’m disappointed, and I wish Urban Decay would increase the pigmentation behind their more sparkly shades, as they consistently apply much sheerer and more unevenly than their less shimmery/sparkly shades.

The price point on the set might seem high (it did to me initially), given that Urban Decay has released Ocho Loco and Ocho Loco 2 over the past two years around the holidays, and each had eight, full-sized eyeliners for $59 (0.32 oz.) while here, nine of the eyeliners aren’t full-sized, but if you actually look at the amount, it’s only 0.01 oz. less and you’re paying $7 less as well. The eyeliners were $184/oz. in Ocho Loco, and they are $168/oz. in Ten.

Stargazer is described as a “soft metallic gold with dimensional sparkle.” It’s a muted, yellow gold with darker gold sparkle and a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it didn’t build to opaque color as it didn’t seem to layer well. I found it needed to be smudged into place with a brush to look more even on the lash line. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mugshot is described as a “light metallic taupe with slight pink shift.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke with a smooth, creamy consistency that glided on easily. It wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glitter Rock is described as a “metallic pink with pink multidimensional sparkle.” It’s a muted, pinky-brown with warm undertones and pink sparkle. It was sheer when applied in one go, and it just wouldn’t build up much more than semi-sheer, and it tended to apply unevenly, despite the pencil gliding on. What color applied lasted for eight hours before gradually fading. Unfortunately, I don’t have any great dupes for this, only one other shade I could think of had a similar tone/coloring but was much darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Faint is described as a “warm taupe matte.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque color after two layers. It wore well for eight and a half hours and was lightly creamy in texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonspoon is described as a “metallic gray with silver sparkle.” It’s a blackened gray with lighter silver sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation one pass, and it was only buildable to semi-sheer color coverage, which was also uneven. The pencil glided on without tugging, but you could feel the sparkle/glitter. It wore well for seven and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gonzo is described as a “electric blue matte with tonal shimmer.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with subtle silver sparkle over a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two layers. The color wore well for eight and a half hours, while the consistency was lightly creamy and glided on well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vacancy is described as a “bright metallic teal.” It’s a brightened, blue-teal with a metallic sheen and cool undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one layer, and it was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. It wore well for nine hours before thinning. The pencil was creamy and required a lighter pressure initially, until the tip softened slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Voodoo is described as a “bright metallic purple with dimensional sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned purple with a multi-colored sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color at best, which was somewhat uneven. The consistency felt a little waxy, though it didn’t tug on the lash line. The color wore well for eight hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokeout is described as a “rich taupe-black satin.” It’a dark, subtly warm-toned taupe with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one pass, which was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage in two layers. The consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without dragging. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black. This is part of the permanent range. It is one of the creamier pencils by Urban Decay, so it has really good color payoff that goes on smoothly and evenly. It wears nine to ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set
Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set ($52.00 for 0.31 oz.) includes ten (obviously!) eyeliners–one full-sized Perversion and then nine travel-sized (0.03 oz. vs. 0.04 oz., so it’s 25% smaller than full-sized) shades. These nine are all new, limited edition, and exclusive shades to this holiday set. I’m testing them right now and will have a full review for you soon! Here are swatches in the meanwhile…

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