Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow
D716 Crystalline Papaya (inner lid), I520 Pinky Sand (middle of lid), I838 Slate Pink (outer lid),
I834 Grape (crease), Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a sparkling, golden beige with a frosted sheen. It’s really dazzling in person–when I swatched it, I could see why it had been out of stock for so long!–and is great for brightening the inner corner. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very smooth and felt more like a cream-powder hybrid. The color itself wore well for almost ten hours, and there was slight (but surprisingly little) fall out over time. See comparison swatches/ view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and blended beautifully. The color lasted well for nearly ten hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I838 Slate Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dusty, medium-dark pink-mauve with a soft, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, while the powder’s texture was soft to the touch, easy to apply and blend out, and went on smoothly. The color didn’t show any signs of fading until after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I834 Grape Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Gucci Antique Gold Magnetic Color Shadow Mono
Gucci Antique Gold Magnetic Color Shadow Mono

Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Mono ($37.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the brand’s single eyeshadow compacts. They’re larger than the average eyeshadow (say like MAC or Urban Decay, which are 0.05 oz.), but they’re not massive eyeshadows either. Of all the products I’ve tried from Gucci’s beauty range, I liked the single eyeshadows the best, which is unfortunate, because it’s one of the most expensive products in the range. The consistency of the three I bought was soft, buttery, lightly creamy, and blendable.

Antique Gold is a light-medium, pale yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery consistency that applied nicely on the skin. It’s still a warmer-toned gold, but the muted quality and subtler warmer tones may make it a more wearable gold for those who avoid more orange-toned ones. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Legend (LE) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC My Fantasy (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is warmer. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is lighter. MAC Treasure Hunt (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Impeccably Rich (LE, $16.50) is a cream product, brighter. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is warmer. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #18 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sasso is a cool-toned, light-medium taupe that leans gray with a frosted, metallic finish. It’s very shimmery, and it’s a shade that works well as a wash when sheered out as well. It had nice color payoff, and the texture felt soft, blendable, and was easy to work with on the lid. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours. This one was harder to dupe compared to Antique Gold–it’s the brighter, lighter quality of the color as there are more dark, cool-toned taupes than there are lighter ones. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is much darker. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, warmer. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Iconic Ottanio is a vibrant blue-teal that looks bluer when applied at full intensity and more teal when blended out (the green comes through in the undertone). It had a frosted finish with intense pigmentation. Luckily, the consistency was soft and blendable, so you could diffuse the edges or wear it as a sheerer shade if desired. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Madness (LE, $18.00) is bluer. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is warmer, lighter. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00)is lighter. Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $18.00) is darker, less shimmery. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of darker neutrals with warm undertones that range from light beige to burgundy-brown. I think it’s one of those palettes that performs better in practice as you apply and layer and blend them together than it swatches. It could use more pigmentation across the board (only one shade really nailed pigmentation), but for the most part, the eyeshadows were blendable and fairly easy to apply.

Cuir Cannage #1 is a plum-tinted brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, though the texture was a smidgen dry. It layered and built up well, so it ended up looking better in practice, which isn’t always the case. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #2 is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had nice pigmentation, which on smoothly and evenly, and the consistency was blendable, though a smidgen powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after the eight-hour mark. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. This shade was interesting, because it wasn’t really powdery, yet it didn’t adhere well to the skin, but it was very buildable and almost too intense when I was using it. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #4 is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation that had a really soft, blendable texture that made it easy to work with on the lid. It stayed on nicely for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #5 is a blackened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it wasn’t as intense as it looked in the pan. It was fairly blendable, though, which is always a good characteristic for a deeper shade like this. On my lid, it lasted well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — Nordstrom started doing this price-matching thing, and this palette is listed at $54 on their site.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.287 oz.) contains three eyeshadows, two cheek products, and two lip colors housed in a medium-large sized ivory-hued palette with a strand of “pearls” along the exterior edge of the palette. It has a mirror on the interior and a plastic flap that covers the three cream products and protects them from getting powdery bits mixed in them. I wasn’t wowed by any of the products in this particular set, unfortunately. The pearls feel flimsy–I greatly worry about them lifting while traveling (same goes for all of the compacts like this in the collection). The palette includes: $18 worth of eyeshadow, $5.44 worth of lipstick, $15.40 worth of Cream Colour Base, and $8.63 worth of Iridescent Pressed Powder (best estimate based on last price/oz. I have, since this isn’t a formula MAC has released in a long time individually). There is also a double-ended 275/316 brush included, which adds some value. The value of the color products is $47.47 plus the brush. MAC’s pre-made face palettes always seem to be the least value-packed.

Born to Dazzle is described as a “white gold champagne with pearl.” It’s a very sparkly, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. It is more metallic on the skin, so it does emphasize pores somewhat. The color payoff is nice, and it doesn’t have a white or chalky base to it. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Filament is described as a “platinum silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a golden silver–like a really, really light warm pewter–with a sparkly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, in line with the Lustre formula, and a sparkly texture that resulted in some fall out during wear. A lot of the sparkles didn’t seem to translate on the lid, though. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. /

Aristocratic Aura is described as a “dirty blue grey with silver pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium taupe with a hint of mauve and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was really stiff to work with, which made it frustrating to apply. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It’s made a few appearances in the holiday collection this year, and none of them good. This version was particularly bad, as the color payoff was sheer, while the texture was so, so dry and stiff. You can the ever-growing list of dupes here.

Pearl is described as a “pale gold with icy shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable and blendable, so you could wear it more intensely or as a subtle wash. It had a creamy, emollient consistency that made it easy to spread across the skin, but it only wore for six and a half hours on me. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Petulance is described as a “mauvey mid-tone nude [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium, pink-tinged peach with a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, but it could be a bit streaky if you’re not careful. It lasted for three hours and felt thin, a little clingy, on the lips. It didn’t seem drying, though, so that was a surprise. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evening Posh is described as a “clean bright red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore well for six hours. The consistency was creamier than Petulance, so it applied more readily and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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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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