Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette
Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette

Dior House of Pinks Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pink-hued palette with five shades ranging from pink-tinted ivory to mauve. Despite having continual poor luck with the quality in Dior’s palettes, I remain a glutton for punishment and bought both of the new spring palettes. I wasn’t impressed with House of Pinks due to its drier, unforgiving texture–it made my entire lid space look dry. I thought Monochrome was frustrating to work with (I tested both simultaneously, one on each eye), but Monochrome didn’t emphasize texture nearly as much, despite being more powdery (I guess that’s the where the silkiness came into play). The consistency of the eyeshadows was generally firmer and drier, while the color payoff ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. They were harder to apply to bare skin, as they didn’t want to stick, and only one shade performed decently. It’s yet another palette that reminds me of why Dior’s palettes are a “look but don’t touch” situation more often than not. Dior palettes are best at inspiring me to try a new color combination, but I should know better by now to create it with anything but Dior’s own palette.

House of Pinks #1 is a gold-shimmered, pink-white with a frosted finish. It had a dustiness to it that made it a pain to work with, and it seemed to really be one of the worst offenders when it came to exacerbating the texture of my natural lid (which looks fine with the majority of the eyeshadows I have ever used). It lasted for five and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #2 is a pale, pink-tinted white with a matte finish. It was semi-sheer with a very powdery, dusty texture that was prone to fading and didn’t apply evenly. It lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #3 is a brightened pop of cool-toned, light-medium pink with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff but was rather dusty and almost chalky, and it barely showed up on the lid. It really needed to be pressed into the skin and packed on for any visible color, but none of it stuck. It just seemed to fade immediately. The washed-out version of it that remained after the initial five minutes stayed in its sad state for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #4 is a mauve-y taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firm, dry texture. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

House of Pinks #5 is a dark, eggplant purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a drier, dustier texture that applied unevenly. It creased after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is called the “rose ” palette for its mix of pinks. It’s a sheerer set of shades that, while very soft and finely-milled, were powdery, prone to blending away into nothingness. Three of the shades are matte, while one is a low-level sheen satin and another is a frost. I think they should have skipped the frost here, as it didn’t play nicely with the others due to having a slightly thicker, dense texture so it looked more textured and thicker on the lid as a result.

Monochrome #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly silky, but it was rather powdery to work with and quite sheer. It was noticeably faded after six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #2 is described as a “rose nude.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and didn’t adhere well to bare skin, and applied damp, it was more pigmented and applied more easily to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #3 is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a matte finish. It was sheer with a soft, powdery finish that didn’t want to stick to bare skin. On me, it was noticeably faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #4 is described as a “light mauve.” It’s a dirty, medium-dark mauve with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very sheer, dusty, and didn’t want to stay on bare skin at all. This was also a shade that seemed to look patchy and uneven applied. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #5 is described as a “dark chocolate.” It’s a deepened brown with warm,r eddish undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was actually quite good, but the dusty texture made it harder to work with. It just didn’t blend as easily as most eyeshadows, so it took more work to get it to look even and diffused on bare skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadows
Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadows

Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) popped up online a week or so ago, and three shades are already out of stock (count me surprised!). I’m not sure if they’ll be restocking these, but hopefully they will for those of you who had this on your radar! They’re interesting in concept, but I wouldn’t consider the majority of them duochromes at all (only one had a subtle duochrome). They’re more frosted to metallic in finish with some shades having noticeable sparkle (both in the finish as well as some fall out). I swatched them both dry (left) and damp (right), but they don’t need to be used damp at all, and I didn’t think it really transformed the color much more than intensifying and smoothing out the finish slightly.

Sephora Hidden Treasures (114) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, golden shimmer and sparkle and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and the texture was denser but a little dry in feel. I felt like the formula with these wasn’t as smooth as the regular Colorful range. The eyeshadow wore well for nine hours but had some sparkle fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Mermaid Tail (112) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a purpled brown with a blue metallic sheen. This had the strongest duochrome out of the six, where it shifted from bluish-brown to brown. The texture was soft but a little dry, though blendable and applied without a lot of work. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours with very minor fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Seahorse (115) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, eggplant purple with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling finish. The consistency was dry and less easily blended on the skin as a result, as the edges tended to reflect the drier texture. It had decent pigmentation dry, but it was easier to work with when I used a damp brush, as it was more pigmented and the dryness had less of an impact. On me, the color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear, and there was some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Siren’s Charm (111) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, burgundy brown with gold and mauve sparkle. The texture was soft but dry, and it tended to kick up an excessive amount of powder when used it. The pigmentation was good whether applied dry or damp, but it was prone to sheering out when used dry on the lid. There was significant fall out throughout the time I wore it, and it only lasted for six and a half hours before fading noticeably. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened silver with a metallic finish. Again, there was a dryness present in the texture that made it harder to use as it was a little powdery and not as readily blended along the edges. It had good color payoff, but damp application helped to minimize some of the issues I had with the texture. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Stormy Seas (113) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It had a soft, lightly powdery texture that felt somewhat dry but was still blendable on the skin. It had good pigmentation both dry and damp, but it was smoother and adhered better to the skin when applied damp. It lasted for eight hours on me, and as it wasn’t as sparkly, it had minor fall out towards the end of the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Hidden Treasure (114)

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a real mix in regards to quality with one spectacular miss that really brings down any chance the palette had at a decent score. If that one shade had performed even average, this palette would be closer to a B+ in rating. This set of shades was less powdery compared to the other palettes I’ve reviewed with this formula. It still tended to apply more easily and wear longer when applied damp, though.

Exposure #1 is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was easier to work with when applied with a damp brush, as it adhered better and went on more smoothly. The consistency was very soft and finely-milled, while being lightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours both wet and dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #2 is described as an “aubergine.” It’s a deepened eggplant purple with a matte finish. It’s extremely powdery to work with, so little color adheres to bare skin; it absolutely has to be applied over a base or primer. The color is actually more pigmented than you’d think, just none of it sticks due to just how powdery the texture is. I found it a little hard to blend and prone to fading within six hours. The way this applies and looks on the skin is so disappointing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #3 is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium-dark golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow was nicely pigmented both dry and wet, though it was easier to apply to the skin when used with a dampened brush as the eyeshadow adhered better and the dampness eliminated the powderiness of the formula. Applied dry, it wore well for seven and a half hours, and applied damp, it lasted for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #4 is described as a “black violet.” It’s a deepened, blackened purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It applied nicely both wet and dry, and it wasn’t powdery even when used dry. It had excellent pigmentation, and the eyeshadow wore well for eight hours regardless of how I applied it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #5 is described as a “lilac.” It’s a muted, dusty mauve with rosy tones and a pearly sheen. It was powdery and drier to the touch, which made it harder to apply dry as it was prone to sheering out with the barest touch of the brush. It was better applied with a dampened brush, which brought out the cool tones and shimmery finish. Applied dry, it lasted for six hours, and applied damp, it wore closer to eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, January 26th, 2015

MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a blue-hued set of shades that ranges from light gray to navy blue. This was my least favorite of the three palettes, as it performed the worst out of the bunch. Three of the shades are part of the permanent range, while three are limited edition. Too many shades from this set had drier, thinner, and were more difficult to blend out on the skin to make it a must-have.

Midnight Snow is described as a “pale silver [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, silvery white with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a thinner texture that really had to be layered to work on the skin. Once on, it wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Idol Eyes is described as a “silver violet with gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, bluish-purple with gold sparkle. This is part of the permanent range, and it continues to be one of my least favorite MAC shades, because it is very sheer, gritty, and the sparkle gets everywhere. The one included in the palette seemed especially annoying to use. The only way I’ve ever managed half-decent results out of it is when patted over a colored, tacky base. At best, it seems to wear for six hours but has fall out, and it’s hard to tell, as there is little visible color on my skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Knight Divine is described as a “black with silver pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a drak gray with a silver frosted sheen. The color payoff was good, while the consistency was soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indigogo is described as a “blackened navy with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a muted, bluish-teal with a soft blue micro-sparkle over a satin finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was drier, which made blending it more difficult as it tended to turn patchy. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Truth is described as a “true dark blue [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, brightened blue with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft texture, but it was stiffer and thinner compared to the permanent version I have. It wore well for eight hours and was easier to use than I expected, based on the texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exotic Purple is described as a “dark navy [with a Satin finish].” It’s a blackened navy blue that leans a little purple with a satin sheen. It was semi-sheer with a drier, thinner consistency that made it hard to work with. It was a shade that tended to look uneven when applied to the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic champagne.” It’s a brightened, light beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was incredibly easy to use. It wore well for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is similar. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P) is less shimmery. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) less shimmery. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is warmer. MAC Butternutty (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is similar. bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Stealth Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte true gray.” It’s a medium-dark gray with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It was soft but powdery, which made it prone to sheering out. It doesn’t adhere well to bare skin, and it is a shade I would only use with a primer. Alone, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (P, $21.00) is less blue. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is bluer. NARS Delphes #2 (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Linger Softly (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is bluer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light shimmer with peachy beige undertone.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a smattering of fine white sparkle (but it looks mostly matte applied). It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter. LORAC Undressed (P) is darker. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is a smidgen lighter. Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is warmer. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE) is similar. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Navy #1 (LE) LORAC Buff (P) is similar. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is similar. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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