Thursday, February 5th, 2015

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo
NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of orange and medium brown, both warm-toned shades. These actually applied with more pigmentation when pressed onto the skin with a fingertip, as brushes seemed to make them apply more sheerly with a muted quality to them, but the satiny brown goes on unevenly with that type of application, so you might opt for sponge-tipped applicators or use a slightly tacky base. The duo goes together, though there isn’t a lot of contrast, so it may be too subtle together for some.

St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) is described as a “shimmering nectarine.” It’s a brightened peachy-orange with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It applied fairly well with good color payoff, but there’s a dryness to the shade overall that seemed to make it look more muted on the lid. It was noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Apricot (LE) is darker. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P) is more muted. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is darker, less orange. Clarins The Essentials #3 (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is darker. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

St-Paul-de-Vence (Right) is described as a “chestnut.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little powdery and dry, so it tended to sheer out and fade more readily. It only lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Plum Ember (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Femme Fatale (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is darker. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes ($58.00 for 0.175 oz. each) debuted this spring as a new formula from the brand. There are seven variations, and each palette has five different shades. I didn’t like any of them, and I would never use any of these again personally, because they’re just far too time-consuming to work with. I’m a fan of Hourglass, and I loved their previous eyeshadow duos (some of the best eyeshadows on the market), so I was incredibly surprised to have such a poor experience with their newest formula.

The main problem with the formula is that it is so soft and finely-milled that it turns powdery, sometimes chalky, and doesn’t hold together well. In turn, that powderiness translates to poorer color payoff, poorer adhesion, and shorter wear times. The eyeshadow tends to dust off the skin without a tackier base to hold it there. Many shades sheer away to some degree with a few sheering away to near nothingness. Some of them are drier, some may be powdery but blend poorly. Even if you prefer a softer or sheerer look, you can easily achieve the same look with hundreds of other products that are easier to use.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a mix of “earth tones.” It’s consistent with the other palettes I’ve reviewed: disappointing. The texture of the eyeshadows is absolutely soft and finely-milled, but those positive characteristics are outweighed by how dusty and powdery the end result is. These are frustrating to use; they are not effortless, and half of the time, despite being so soft, they don’t go on smoothly, tend to look uneven, and require some elbow grease to blend. I also noticed that this particular palette seemed to have more overlap with the other palettes (but it could just be that it is last to be reviewed).

Obscura #1 is described as a “cream.” It’s a yellowed, light beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish–there’s a little sheen there. The texture was soft, finely-milled but quite powdery, which made it prone to sheering out. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #2 is described as a “smokey brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was very powdery, so very little of the powder actually stuck to the skin, which made it appear sheer and uneven. The texture may feel silky to the touch, but it is much harder to use in practice. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #3 is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a golden copper-bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s not rose gold to me, as it is has far too much brown in it. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, though it was easier to get smooth, even color and longer wear when I applied it with a dampened brush. Dry, it only lasted for seven hours, but dampened, it lasted closer to eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #4 is described as a “coffee.” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on unevenly–it looked patchy and was difficult to diffuse and blend–while the color itself wore for seven hours before fading. The texture was powdery and didn’t want to bind/adhere to the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #5 is described as a “cool bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with a metallic sheen. The texture was somewhat dry, a little powdery, but it is workable on the lid when used with a dampened brush. The color payoff is good both wet and dry, but it just was so much easier to work with when it came to blending and getting even, smooth color when I tried using it with a dampened brush. Once on, it lasted for seven hours dry, eight hours damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, cool-toned light pink with a pearly, almost metallic, sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, dense texture that was a cinch to work with. It wore well for almost nine hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Sugar Plum (P, $5.00) is less metallic. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $3.99) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) is lighter MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is similar. bareMinerals Muse (P) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D862 Fairly Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a sparkling, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish with sparkle. It had good color payoff, though not quite opaque, that was buildable to fully opaque color very easily. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. It adhered well without a fuss, and the color itself lasted well for almost nine hours, but I did have some fall out over time. Colour Pop Bubbly (P, $5.00) is a cream product. MAC Noble Descent (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Paper Roses (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Rose des Vents (94) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is similar. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) iis similar. MAC Love Power (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Le Metier de Beaute Gamine (LE, $30.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a copper-red with warm undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had excellent color payoff–a little goes a long way–with a buttery, dense, and smooth consistency that applied like a dream. This shade really exemplifies what makes the Artist Shadow range so fantastic. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Satin (LE) is slightly warmer. Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is darker, cream. MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Sonic (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is lighter. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Kat Von D WTF (LE) is more muted. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (P, $9.99) is redder. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Saffron (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Coppering (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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