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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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner
Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula that features four shades (three of which I have to share with you). The formula is supposed to “offer buildable intensity” with long-wear. They had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and the brush holds enough product to get a clean, crisp, opaque line across the lash line. It’s less “buildable” as it is able to be sheered out if desired. All three lasted around seven and half hours on my lower lash line before fading. This formula doesn’t flake away as some liquid eyeliners do, and they are slightly smudgeable even after they dry down. I love how unique the shades are, and I think they have a lot of depth in-person (less so in photos), but I wish they wore longer.

A quick note… I received these from Giorgio Armani, but the names on the boxes didn’t line up with the names provided in the press release or as listed on Giorgio Armani’s website (they may have changed names, or the boxes have an English translation). Per boxes, they are listed as Quarzo (2), Ametista (3), and Oro Oscuro (6). The names in the post reflect the names/numbering as they are listed on retailers’ websites and in the press release.

Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a metallic, mauve-taupe that sometimes is so reflective that it looks like a warm bronze and other times like a mushroom-y gray. It was a total pain-in-the-behind to photograph due to its seriously reflective finish. Guerlain Amber Silver (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, pencil. MAC Catch My Eye (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Ametista (3) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, bluish-purple wit gray and multi-colored shimmer (primarily teal). It also has a more metallic sheen that reflects a good bit of light back, which gives it a lighter appearance applied. I looked, but nothing that I’ve reviewed before seems to come close to the color of this eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Oro Oscuro (6) Eyes to Kill Liner ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, olive green with warm, golden undertones and a metallic sheen. Sephora Collection Snakeskin Dress (17) (P, $9.00) is darker, less shimmery, pencil. Urban Decay Stash (P, $19.00) is much darker, pencil. MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, pencil. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner
Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner ($45.00 for 3 x 0.002 oz.) is described as an “ultra black.” It’s a dark black with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. There are plenty of similar-hued black eyeliners on the market. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be waterproof, long-wearing, transfer-free, and pigmented. The consistency is creamy without being too wet, but it glides on smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lash line or skin. It is very thin, so you can get really precise lining out of it, which can be nice for tight-lining. It was semi-opaque in a single line, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two layers. I had a lot of trouble with wear, though. I applied it to my lower lash line, and after wearing it on seven different occasions, every time it smeared and smudged after six hours. I honestly thought maybe it was my mascara, but I had the same issue over and over again. I think what it excels at most is really precision–it is so much thinner than other eyeliners I have, so you can really get between lashes for a lusher, thicker lash line if desired. It just doesn’t last very well on me at all, and rather than just fading/thinning into oblivion, it transfers (it goes from my lower lash line to my inner tear duct area) and smudges, which can ruin a makeup look. On my hand, it is resistant to pure water, but with enough fussing, it will budge.

I appreciated that Hourglass was upfront about how many uses each pencil contains, though I’m curious as to what constitutes a single use (lower lash line, upper lash line, or both? both eyes?). Each pencil contains 0.002 oz., and most twist-up pencil eyeliners are 0.01 oz., so this is a teeny, tiny amount. Most gel eyeliners (in pots) are 0.10 oz. or larger. They’re sold in a three-pack for $45 or individually for $16 (at Sephora/Hourglass’ website only for singles). Anyone track how many uses they normally get out of a twist-up pencil? I might just go draw twenty lines with mine to see if it empties the container. You know, in the name of science.

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC Atomic Ore Fluidline Eye Pencil
MAC Atomic Ore Fluidline Eye Pencil

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a new, twist-up pencil eyeliner from the brand available in seven limited edition shades. Overall, the formula has good pigmentation that is buildable to fully opaque color in two layers, wears about eight hours on me, and has a lightly creamy consistency. These will launch with the A Novel Romance Collection on August 14th online and August 21st in-stores. The ratings are preliminary! I won’t have official product information/claims for about a week — once I have those, the ratings may change. Right now, they’re being rated as an average MAC eyeliner formula (long-wearing, glides on, pigmented).

Atomic Ore ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “gold.” It’s a muted, medium gold with a dirty tone to it–makes it less yellow, rather green-tinged–with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency was a little on the drier side. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Powerline (P, $20.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #9L (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Brilliance ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a dark black with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation in one pass, and it had a really creamy, glide-on consistency that worked well on the lash line. This shade wore well for eight hours before migrating to the outer corner of the lash line. There is no shortage of black eyeliners on the marketplace, so here are some comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Blue Sea ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened blue with a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easy to build to fully opaque color coverage. It wore well for eight hours before migrating slightly to the outer corner of the eye. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Earth Sign ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a deep, plummy burgundy with a soft sheen. In one stroke, it had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was opaque after two layers. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before thinning. MAC Nightshade (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Blackheart (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Dark Diversion (LE, $16.00) is richer. Chanel Cassis (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Black Plum (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evil Twin ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “blue purple.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark cool-toned violet with a pearly finish. It had fairly good pigmentation in a single pass (and that’s even better for purple eyeliner, since most are weak in regards to pigmentation!), and it was buildable to opaque color after two layers. The color wore well for eight hours before fading on me. Sephora Collection Eccentric Diva (P, $9.00) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Metropolis ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep metal gray.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in one go, and it was opaque after two layers were applied. The consistency was lightly creamy, while the eyeliner wore well for eight hours before thinning. Urban Decay Uzi (P, $19.00) is less pearly, darker. Chanel Gris Scintillante (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals 11PM (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Water Willow ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep khaki green.” It’s a dark, forest green with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and the color itself stayed on well for eight hours before migrating slightly. MAC Black Ivy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #4K (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil

Recently, there have been five new shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) released. The Velvet formula is “more powdery” than the regular formula, which is supposed to make it easier to blend and smudge out the eyeliner, if desired, for a smoky eye. Otherwise, it’s supposed to have all the long-wearing benefits of the original formula. The consistency definitely has that drier, more powdery feel that the brand talks about, and as a result, it doesn’t apply as evenly as the original pencils do. It just doesn’t glide-on as effortlessly. I find these apply best in short, small strokes and apply better as they warm up against the skin. Due to their dryness, getting really crisp, defined lines seems to be harder, so a smudging brush or tool helps to soften that edge so it looks better and more even. They wear fairly well on me, lasting at least eight hours, and either fade lightly or show some signs of smudging.

Urban Decay Cult 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep, smoky matte green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle, warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque color in a single stroke and was easily layered. The consistency was soft and glided on fairly well, but I still find that this formula is best applied in short strokes, rather than in fluid motions. It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to thin slightly. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is the only shade that is even remotely similar, but it is brighter and shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lure 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “smoky matte charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque in one stroke, and it was buildable to rich, opaque color after two layers. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before lightly smudging. bareMinerals Mesmerized (LE, $14.00) is warmer. NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lush 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich smoky matte brown.” It’s a deepened, dark brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The consistency is drier (you can definitely feel what they mean by “more powdery”), so it had a tendency to skip/drag in coverage, though it didn’t really feel stiff or stubborn when I used it on my lower lash line. It wore well for nine hours before it started to smudge along the lower edge. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is less matte. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Mahogany (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Minx 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte navy.” It’s a cool-toned, deep, dark purpled-blue with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. Again, it had that drier, powdery-like consistency that made it harder to get really crisp, defined edges and even color coverage. The color wore well for nine hours before it had slight smudging. Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $19.00) is bluer, glossier. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $29.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire (LE, $20.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Plum (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Plushie 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte purple.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged purple with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in one go, but it wasn’t very buildable as the consistency of this shade was drier than the rest, so it tended to skip and apply unevenly, which made layering the color difficult. Once on, the color did stay on well for eight and a half hours before starting to show signs of fading. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, less matte. MAC Snow Shadow (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

NARS Smokey Eye Kit
NARS Smokey Eye Kit

NARS Smokey Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a limited edition kit for fall. Each eyeshadow is 0.04 oz., and the eyeliner is 0.01 oz. It also comes with a travel-sized contour brush. First, if you purchased NARS’ NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette last spring, then you already have the three shades featured in this kit. On the upside, Bali performed much better in this palette than in the larger one.

In order for this to be a decent offering in terms of pricing, you have to get some use out of the included brush, which NARS prices at $32 for the full-sized version (the travel-sized feels like a cheap, rougher, scratchier, less dense version of the full-sized), and the eyeliner. Otherwise, I feel like you’re really paying for convenience to have these specific shades in a single palette; the larger NARSissist palette contains 0.45 oz. of product for $79 (which works out to be $176/oz.). NARS’ single eyeshadows retail for $25/0.07 oz. and $35/0.14 oz. (duos), which puts the price per ounce somewhere between $250 (duos) to $357 (singles). NARS’ Larger Than Life Eyeliner retails for $24/0.02 oz. (or $1200/oz.), so you’re getting a $12 value in this palette from the pencil alone. If you’re only interested in the eyeshadows, you’re paying $492/oz. All in, you’re getting about $30 (taking the PPO of duos) worth of eyeshadow, $12 worth of eyeliner, and a $32 brush (though I would disagree at this value, as the quality is vastly different from the full-sized), which would be $74. There’s value in having your very favorite shades in a palette for easy access and making it travel-ready, but I feel that this is poorly priced relative to other palettes NARS has done, which is disappointing.

Madrague #1 is described as a “matte cream.” This shade was of good quality in both the larger NARSissist palette as well as in this one, as it was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. It’s a more common shade, so there are many, many shades available that are quite close. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bali is described as a “neutral.” It’s a dark, subtly cool-toned brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It is much, much better quality in this palette than in the larger palette; here, it is soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) NARS Bali (P, $24.00) MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) MAC Dance in the Dark (P, $15.00) MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mekong is described as an “espresso infused with shimmer.” It’s a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with fine sparkle over a matte finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture felt soft and smooth, but it could have been more blendable. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Beluga (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is similar. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is lighter. Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Via Veneto is described as a “black.” It’s just that–a matte black. I have reviewed it previously here. It has good color payoff, but it is a stiffer eyeliner to use, so I don’t find it as comfortable to apply. It wears about seven to eight hours on my lower lash line before smudging. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wide Contour Brush #43 is short-handled, angled eye brush. It has a very sharp, flat angled shape, but the brush is incredibly large. Of all the brushes to provide in a Smokey Eye Kit, it’s hard to imagine how many people will get a lot of use out of it. The only way I could feasibly use it was to finish up any blending all-over the lid, but I felt like this over-blended due to the scratchier, rougher bristles and over-sized shape.

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