Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool pink and purple. Three of the four shades were quite good, with the very last shade being somewhat of a miss (not a total miss, but it could be better). They work well together, and there is a good mix of finishes and contrast in the palette so there are several looks that could be created from it. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

The Wrong Man is described as a “light cool dusty pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light pink with subtle cool, lavender undertones and a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily matte, even if it is listed as a Satin. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable, while it lasted for eight hours on me. Tarte Pink Outside the Box (LE) is lighter. NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Miss Piggy Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is lighter. Benefit Pause for Applause (P, $20.00) is slightly more lavender. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Serenade is described as a “mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium pink-shimmered plum with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was fairly smooth and easy to use. On me, the color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. MAC Violet Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $8.25) is darker. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brazenly is described as a “rich eggplant [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. It’s still one of MAC’s better LE eyeshadows (it is a repromote). It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to slightly fade along the outer edge. MAC Hidden Motive (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is darker. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stay Sultry is described as a “deep violet navy [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark purple with navy micro-shimmer over a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was on the drier, thinner side. This was the miss of the palette, though in practical terms, if you apply it as a crease/outer lid color with a fluffier brush, it performs a bit better than it looks. I wish it was softer, so it would be easier to blend out (and probably would have had better color payoff!). It lasted for eight hours on me before showing a little creasing. This is a repromote. theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is bluer. theBalm The Stroke (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Double Feature #8 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ron Ron Run (LE, $15.00) is more matte, a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad
MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains a mix of smoky shades from teal to brown to black. Two of the four shades are part of the permanent range, and one is a repromote (so check your stash if you’re a long-time collector!). I was pleased to find that the quality was fairly good overall. It also reminded me a bit of the color combination from YSL’s Fetiche palette, though they aren’t dupes (just similar “at a glance”)

Sable is described as a “gold plum with bronze pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading. LORAC Mocha (P) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is slightly lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is m ore shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Anastasia Truffle (LE) is less shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is similar. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sex & the Oyster is described as a “mid-tone seafoam green [with a Veluxe Pearl].” It’s a muted, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had a drier, thinner texture that resulted in semi-opaque color payoff. It was buildable on the lid, so it was more workable than it looked initially. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. This is a repromote. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is brighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker. Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $18.00) is bluer. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brawn is described as a “mid-tone plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, silky, and very easy to blend. I could see this being a real workhorse crease shade for some. It wore well for just over eight hours on me. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is more matte, warmer. Too Faced Woolen Mittens (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Tied is described as a “black with silver sparkle [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark black with silver sparkles over a matte finish. This might be one of the best versions I’ve ever tried of this shade (it’s part of the permanent range)–it was intensely pigmented and very soft and silky. It started to show signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #5 (P) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Lovesick (LE, $18.00) Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quads
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quads

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Mutli Effect Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the newest eyeshadow formula and launch from the brand for fall. They’ve introduced eight quads–all are new and joining the permanent line-up–plus one limited edition variation (Poesie, which I do not have). The quality is consistent across the board; no quad scored below A- (two A-s, six As), which was very impressive. It is a huge improvement over the traditional baked formula of past Chanel quads, and it is more consistent than Chanel’s regular (U.S.) eyeshadow formula. The eyeshadows are soft and blendable, which makes them pretty easy to use and apply.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) is a limited edition set of twelve eyeshadows in shades of “deep tones of green, blue and gold.” The i-Divine Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “super-pigmented [and] long-lasting.” I think this is a worthwhile palette at this price point; there are a few misses, but there are enough hits to make it compelling. If you typically use primer, I think some of the misses will be more manageable. When Sleek nails it, they REALLY nail it, but when they miss, it’s usually by a fair amount, and I usually find their satin/matte shades to be a bit drier, which results in sheerer color payoff compared to their more shimmery shades that are usually amazing.

FYI, Sleek lists this as unavailable to ship to USA due to shipping regulations on their site, but it is also available for $9.99 (plus $2.50 shipping) via Amazon (I’ve only ordered Sleek via Amazon, and I’ve never had any issues–pretty quick to arrive, too!).

Scheherazade’s Tale is a light-medium, beige-brown with a metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a texture that felt almost creamy, so it applied very smoothly. It wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold Souk is a light-medium, sparkling yellow gold with warm undertones and a glittery, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture seemed to stick together, despite it being a more glittery shade. On me, the color wore well for nine and a half hours and had a smidgen of fall out (surprisingly little, though!). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Aladdin’s Lamp is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blend out. I was able to get nine hours of wear before it showed signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sultan’s Garden is a dark, smoky green with soft green and gold sparkle/shimmer. It was semi-sheer with a sheerer, drier texture that just didn’t yield good color payoff. On me, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hocus Pocus is a rich, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a frosted, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly intense, while the texture was buttery and smooth. This shade wore well for ten hours on me before it was showing slight creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Simbad’s Seas is a bold, rich bluish-purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had amazing color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly due to the soft, buttery texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Genie is a rich, medium-dark bronzy brown with a high-shine, metallic finish. This shade was very soft and intensely pigmented, so it was easy to over-apply, which made the metallic finish appear almost chunky. It was easier to apply on the lid knowing that, compared to when I initially swatched it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Magic is a blackened navy blue with a satin finish and subtle cool undertones. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly dry and stiff to work with. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before there was fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stallion is a medium-dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was dry and stiffer in the pan, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as other shades in the palette. On me, the shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sorcerer is a blackened navy blue–just a darker version than Black Magic–that has a faint bit of purple-ish micro-shimmer and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage that was still blendable, but the powder was a little drier and thinner. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Valley of Diamonds is a rich, medium-dark wine with gold sparkle over a satiny finish. It had really good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The color didn’t show signs of creasing until after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

1001 Nights is a rich, deep black with a pearly sheen. It had the creamiest texture of a powder I’ve ever experienced–it really felt like a cream eyeshadow. It was smooth and richly pigmented, and it lasted for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette
YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette

YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette with five shades for fall. The palette has a leather panel on the front. I bought mine from Nordstrom, but it’s also available on YSL. I can appreciate the interesting combination of colors, and the finishes are more complex in person than they appear in photos. YSL claims 12-hour crease-resistant wear, but there’s usually noticeable fading after eight to nine hours and creasing by ten hours. I wish the wear-time claim wasn’t quite so extreme, because it does wear well relative to the average powder eyeshadow. I would also have liked to have seen the teal shade with a lot more pigment behind it.

Fetiche #1 is described as a “bright copper.” It’s a copper-shimmered, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was soft and silky, but it had a drier consistency that made it a bit powdery to work with. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before fading. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE) is more matte. theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is similar. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is warmer, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 (P) is browner. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #2 is described as a “warm gold.” It’s a sparkly, medium gold with warm, orange-yellow undertones. This shade was only semi-opaque, and it has a fair amount of sparkle, so there is some fall out during application. Surprisingly, when worn, I didn’t notice much fall out during wear. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is more metallic. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is similar. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is lighter. Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #3 is described as an “opulent brown.” It’s a deep, dark, rich brown with subtle warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly smooth and finely-milled–this was the best shade in the palette. It wore well for ten hours on me before slightly creasing. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (P) is more matte. Urban Decay Muse (LE, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Gold Carbon (LE) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #4 is described as a “deep black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color didn’t show signs of fading until after nine and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is similar. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is similar. NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #5 is described as a “rich green.” It’s a blue-leaning, murky teal with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was on the drier side, though it wasn’t stiff or stubborn to work with on the lid. I was able to build up the color by patting it on to mostly opaque color, but it was quicker to fade than the other shades, as it only lasted eight hours on me. Too Faced Blue Satin Sashes (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Fascination #4 (P) is darker. theBalm Matt Schilling (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #60 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Chanel Tisse Cambon (228) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Cambon (228) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Cambon (228) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a mix of shades that range from light pink to dark purple. This is one of the more “colorful” variations in the eight new and permanent quads that Chanel has released. Overall, it was pretty good with decent to good color payoff, softer textures, and longer-wear. The entire quad, though visually they don’t seem particularly small, contains less product than most palettes/quads (including the regular U.S. version of quads). Baked formulations often weigh less than more traditional powder formulas do, but it’s hard to say if it contains as many uses as the regular quads.

Tisse Cambon #1 is described as an “iridescent mauve.” It’s a soft, warm-toned mauve with a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was slightly buildable, but I couldn’t get to be fully opaque. It’s one of those shades, however, that has enough sparkle that distracts from the lack of opacity, so I think many would easily forgive this shade (as a result, it also works well as a wash of color on the lid). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend/apply. It wore well for eight and a half hours and had very minor fall out. NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $24.00) is darker, less sparkly. Kat Von D Transition (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm #32 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is warmer, darker. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is browner, darker. Giorgio Armani #7 (P, $33.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Cambon #2 is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a very light–almost white–pink with a golden shimmer-sheen. The pink seems to lean cool, but the addition of gold shimmer makes it appear warmer overall. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly due to the soft, silky texture. This shade stayed on well for nine hours before creasing slightly. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is more metallic. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #3 (P) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Champagne Truffle (P, $16.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P) is darker. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is similar. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Radial Pink (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Cambon #3 is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pink with yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on very smoothly. I didn’t have any creasing until after nine hours of wear. Too Faced Paper Roses (P, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Rose des Vents (94) (LE, $36.00) is more metallic. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Rose (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Da Bling (P, $15.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Cambon #4 is described as a “deep violet.” It’s a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with subtle cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was a little drier, so it didn’t apply as easily as the other shades did. On me, the color started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #4 (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Tornado (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Matte Plum (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Altered State (LE, $15.00) MAC Highly Charged (LE, $18.50) ius a cream product. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 (LE) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #142 (DC, $20.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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