Monday, August 29th, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Lapis Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Lapis Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Lapis Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is is a medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. I love it as an eyeliner, because it has enough vibrancy to add some oomph, but it’s not too bright, so it doesn’t come off harsh.  Urban Decay Goddess is darker, while MAC Deep Truth is darker with a blacker base. Inglot #428 is similar but a touch darker, as is Make Up For Ever #308.

It has a soft texture that applies pretty smoothly across the skin. It’s dense and the color payoff is nice, though it does sheer out a little easily. It’s good, but it’s not the best Le Metier de Beaute shade I’ve tried (in terms of texture).  It does apply nearly the same whether you use it dry or damp, which is convenient, because you can forego the extra step of dampening your brush and still achieve the same intensity and color.

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Lapis

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If you find that a lot of darker blues are too intense or dark, you might like this one more--it is still a dark blue, but it's not in-your-face and it doesn't have a really deep base color.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, August 28th, 2011

bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo

Debuting at the beginning of October, bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a neutral-hued compact that features Mixologist and Cognac. The new pressed eyeshadow formula has a SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that gives the shadow a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It’s supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested various combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve happily achieved ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

Mixologist is a really pale, orange-peach with a metallic sheen. It has a silky smooth texture, but it doesn’t translate as well when worn–it does go on uneven in places. I’m being nitpicky, because it’s not a big deal at all, but I wanted to point it out. The level of shimmer and sheen makes this look a lot lighter on than it does in the pan (where it retains more of its peachy color). Inglot #393 is yellower, while Inglot #353 is matte.

Cognac is bronzy brown with a metallic-frost finish that has a bright sheen. There is a subtle red-brown undertone. The texture is phenomenal–super smooth, buttery, and dense–and the color payoff is even better, with really rich, opaque color. It is similar to MAC Woodwinked and Inglot #406.

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The Top Shelf

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This is a warm-toned neutral duo, though both shades are very frosted/metallic, so they're better paired with other products in your stash. I think they may be rather overwhelming together, though the colors themselves will complement each other.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, August 27th, 2011

bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo

New for October, bareMinerals The Promise Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) features pressed eyeshadows in Aspire and Vow. The new pressed eyeshadow formula has SeaNutritive Mineral Complex for a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It also supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested several combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve been able to get ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

Aspire is a warm, orange-tinted yellow–less sunshine yellow, because of the underlying orange tint. It has a frosted finish with high sheen and shimmer. The color is reminiscent of Urban Decay Blunt, which is a little yellower. It’s not as yellow (nor does it have the pink duochrome) of MAC Motif or as dark as MAC Goldmine. It’s less gold compared to Milani Drenched in Gold.

Vow is gray-casted brown with a red undertone and a matte finish. There is a little sheerness to this color, so it applies uneven in places, if you aren’t careful. The color itself reminds me of a browner and matte version of MAC Shale. Inglot #363 is a touch redder, but it is similar.

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The Promise

B+
It's like a neutral eye with a kick--a little warmth of sunshine to pair with your otherwise toned-down brown. It's not my favorite of the duos (either in color combination or quality), but I do think that gold/yellow shade is warm in a less-than-usual way.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 27th, 2011

bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo

New for October, bareMinerals The Enlightenment Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a neutral-hued compact that features Guru and Namaste. Bare Escentuals’ pressed eyeshadow formula contains SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that gives the shadow a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It’s supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested various combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve happily achieved ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

Guru is a soft, neutral light brown with only a hint of warmth–more of a champagne-beige warmth than truly golden. The finish has subtle shimmer, giving it a satin-like appearance. It’s only a couple of shades darker than my forearm (which is around NC20 I’d say). It reminds me of a yellower MAC Patina. The texture was soft and smooth without being powdery.

Namaste is a light-medium, cool-toned brown with a near-matte finish. It was a silky-smooth feel with great color payoff. It’s a bit darker than Burberry Almond and less warm compared to MAC Wedge.

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The Enlightenment

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For a soft set of neutrals, this duo would be great for quick, five-minute looks, especially when traveling. The finishes are softer, as are the colors themselves.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, August 25th, 2011

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quads: The Afterparty

bareMinerals The Afterparty Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four shades: Cheers, Mingle, Rowdy, and Lights Down.  This quad launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos (which have the same formula for pressed eyeshadows) for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Cheers is a white with a soft, frosted finish. It has a reallyd ense, buttery texture that gives it great color payoff and smooth application. It’s not a particular unique shade, though, and as such, it is similar to several other white eyeshadows like: Cumulus and theBalm Lab Coat.

Mingle is a subtly blue-toned, light-medium gray with a silvery sheen. It has pretty good pigmentation, but the texture isn’t as dense or as buttery as Cheers–it’s still very soft and easy to work with. It’s a touch lighter than Inglot #448, lighter and less metallic compared to Deja Vu. It is closest to Inglot #324 but that has a matte finish.

Rowdy is a brown-gray-plum with a pearly sheen. It looks grayer swatched than it does in the pan. The texture is soft but less dense and creamy compared to Cheers (expected, given the more matte-like finish), but the color payoff is good. Generally, you want a matte eyeshadow that’s soft and pliable, so it’s not dry and stiff, but you don’t want it so soft that it becomes powdery, as this can often lead to chalky or uneven application. This hits a good balance between softness and blendability. It’s grayer than MAC Tendersmoke, but I couldn’t find anything else in the gallery that seemed to be very close.

Lights Down is a mostly matte black base with silver sparkle. The texture is good, and the matte base has nice color payoff. As expected, the silver sparkle doesn’t translate so much on the eye–it tends to get lost. This is the kind of color (and concept) that a lot of brands have done–think NARS Night Breed, Lancome The New Black, MAC Black Tied, etc. For as much shimmer as there is in the pan, you can see how there is very little visible in the swatch. The good part about that is there is less worry about fall out, since it doesn’t even make it to the eye!

Rowdy is one of the more unique shades in the quad, but it may be the odd one out, too–I can easily see the combination of white, gray, and black working, but Rowdy throws a wrench in there. It’s a blend of brown, plum, and gray but none of those really dominate. It’s almost like a burgundy-taupe. I like that included a variety of finishes in the quad, and as several of the other duos/quads have been, these are more basic, core colors than revolutionary shades (which is fine!).

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The After Party

B+
I like it, but I don't love it. For cooler skin tones, this could be nice for a very classic smoky eye palette, and Rowdy could be an interesting way to mix it up.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, August 22nd, 2011


MAC Seaside Cream Colour Base

MAC Me Over: Seaside Cream Colour Base

MAC Seaside Cream Colour Base ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “soft peach rose.” It has a very warm, slightly bronzed look to it with a hint of peach–the rose is very, very subtle. I can see some using this as a highlighter, and I think it will work particularly well on darker skin tones as such. It has more of a sheen than shimmer to its finish, and it can easily be blended out for a glowy sheen on cheeks. It’s rosier than MAC Peachtwist but has a lot more shimmer than Burberry Russet.

Cream Colour Bases tend to wear poorly when worn alone, because they have a lot of slip and take awhile to dry down, especially if you use them opaque–if you sheer them out to a wash, they will cooperate better when worn alone. I recommend setting with powder if you wear it over the lid. The creaminess of the formula, however, enables it to glide on like butter and easily blended across wherever you might apply it.

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MAC Seaside Cream Colour Base Review, Photos, Swatches

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It could act as a shimmery bronzer on lighter skin tones as a glowy highlight on darker skin tones. It seems like a rather versatile shade, though it distinctly warm, so it will complement warmer complexions better.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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