Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette

Welcome to the Jungle, Dior’s Got Fun and Games

Dior Golden Savannah Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition eyeshadow palette inspired by the jungle for the fall season. It contanis five shades: a yellowed medium brown, coppered bronze, glittering platinum, dark brown, and deeper brown.

The first color (upper left corner) is a medium brown with yellowy tan and a soft gold sheen. The color payoff was excellent, and it had such a nice softness to it, which resulted in a really smooth application of color. NARS Paramaribo is darker. theBalm Schitoz is similar, a smidgen lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is close, slightly less yellow-toned. MAC Wedge is darker, no yellow. MAC Soba is close–a smidgen less yellow in the base color. MAC Double Feature 4 is pretty close but slightly darker–it shares the yellowness, though.

Next, we have a warm-toned, coppery bronze with a soft frosted finish. It has nice pigmentation with opaque results and a smooth, soft feel and application. This kind of color, though, is incredibly common, even if this particular shade is more subdued than a lot of other coppery hues. Urban Decay Snakebite is a little darker. Bare Escentuals Cognac is less copper. Urban Decay Baked is very comparable. MAC Bronze is a bit darker. Inglot #405 is more metallic.

The center shade is a metallic platinum with a silvery-gold shimmer and glitter. It’s very reflective, and it’s sheer. Truth be told, it feels and acts like a layering shade. It has a sheerness that seems like it was deliberate so you could use it over the other shades in the palette, but I can’t confirm this, as it’s not part of the description of this palette or of Dior’s 5-Couleur palettes in general. When I wore it, I tested it over another shade in the palette, and surprisingly, there was very little fallout after application. MAC Manila Paper is similar but has no silver. Make Up For Ever #101 is very similar but more opaque. Dior Couture Gold has a shade nearly like it in the center as well.

In the bottom right corner, there is a medium-dark olive-tonted brown with an almost cool undertone (but there is definite warmth). The color payoff is fairly good, and the texture was soft and applied smoothly. Giorgio Armani #24 is darker. Urban Decay Cobra is darker and more matte. Urban Decay Deeper is comparable.

The fnial shade is a dark brown with a subtle gray tinge that makes it look like a neutral-toned brown. It has a soft sheen. This shade was slightly drier than the others, but the color payoff was still good, and it did apply evenly. Inglot #409 is more metallic. Urban Decay MIA is a bit darker. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is very similar.

What I didn’t love about this palette was the same thing as Guerlain Les Fauves: the colors are too alike. If you have a good-sized stash and are applying makeup at home, it’s not a big deal, but if you only want to take this palette and maybe one other for traveling, then it’s a little less ideal. This palette has a lot of brown, but they’re on the darker end of the spectrum–a beige or light-medium olive green could have worked exceptionally well in this palette.  Aside from the sheerness of the center shade, the palette was high quality from the pigmentation to the texture to the wear.  I had no fading or creasing (and very, very little glitter fall out from the center shade) over a twelve-hour period.

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Golden Savannah

A
If you have a good-sized stash and are applying makeup at home, it's not a big deal, but if you only want to take this palette and maybe one other for traveling, then it's a little less ideal. This palette has a lot of brown, but they're on the darker end of the spectrum--a beige or light-medium olive green could have worked exceptionally well in this palette.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, July 27th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #29 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #29 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

It’s Not True Love with Love Potion #29

Giorgio Armani #29 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale pink with subtle yellow undertones and a white metallic shimmer-sheen. Giorgio Armani #7 is darker, while #11 is much whiter (I think a combination of the two would get you close). MAC Invicible Light is very close in color but less metallic.

I may have raved about this formula last time (with #24), but not all is equal in the range, and there are some less-than-stellar shades. I haven’t come across a really big flop, but this is likely one of the least impressive shades I’ve tried. #29 lacks pigmentation; it has decent color payoff, but it’s not intense, and it’s not fully opaque. It was difficult to apply, which is really where I had trouble–it bunches up! It just does this thing where it gathers over itself rather than smoothing out for an even layer of color. It happened when I used it wet as well as dry, though it was worse when I used it wet.

The wear was decent to good, though it was harder to tell, because it already gathered noticeably and highlighted the creases I have in my inner lid area from the get-go. After twelve hours, it didn’t fade, but the creasing did seem to get a little more noticeable over time and the product seemed to migrate upwards slightly. It’s not what I’d call consistent with past shades I’ve tried at all, and for that, such a let-down.

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#29

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This may be the most disappointing shade I've tried from the Eyes to Kill Intense line-up, where the majority have been good to great but #29 really falls short. It has a tendency to move and bunch up on itself, which gives a very uneven result in color.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, July 27th, 2012

Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Premier Regard Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.24 oz.) consists of four shades, which the brands describes as “taupe brown, tender pink, beige, and intense black.”

The first shade is a lightly gray-tinted medium-dark brown with subtle coppery-brown micro-shimmer over a satiny sheen. It has good color payoff, and it applies smoothly and evenly. MAC Superwatt is similar but more metallic, lighter, and warmer. MAC Omega is a smidgen lighter. theBalm Celebrational is grayer. Inglot #342 is grayer, darker, and matte. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is more shimmery.

Beside the taupe shade, there’s a pale, light pink with subtle yellow undertones and decent color payoff–but it’s powdery. It blends out easily but almost to nothing, so you have to pack it on and then only blend out the edges with care. This color barely shows up on me (I’m about medium in color). MAC Sugar Snack is a several shades darker. NARS Douce France is a smidgen whiter. Bare Escentuals Giddy is a little darker.

Next, we have a pale golen peach with a satiny sheen. It has decent pigmentation but also has some powderiness, like the pink shade, that made it easy to blend but it was also easy to make it disappear. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is similar but matte. Inglot #328 is identical as far as I can tell. Inglot #330 is lighter.

The final shade is a dark black with a subtle cool-brown base and a matte finish. It has good color payoff, and it is rather intense. I used it very, very lightly with an extremely fluffy brush so that it would not overwhelm the other shades in the quad. The color compares favorably with blacks like theBalm Serious and MAC Carbon.

I love a good neutral quad. Chanel’s Kaska Beige and Beiges de Chanel are two of my favorites. I was kind of hoping that this might be in that vein; something gorgeous and subtle and neutral but effortlessly flattering. I think on some complexions, this might sing a bit louder than it did for me. It just washes together, and the textures were more powdery than anticipated. It has something to do with the two pale shades in the quad being paired with something nearly black that makes it a lot more stark and less simple to use.  I wore all four shades together, and they were mostly intact after eight hours; the two lighter colors were a little faded, but the darker shades looked the same as they did initially.

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Premier Regard

B
It's a decent-to-good quad, but I don't think it's going to work well on light-medium to medium-dark complexions; you either have to be really pale or deeper to have the color differences really show up. The black shade is a little cool-toned compared to the overall warmth of the other shades.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Chanel Eclaire Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Eclaire Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Eclaire Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “sheer gold.” It’s a pale yellow gold with a soft, frosted metallic sheen. theBalm Snobby is similar but a smidgen yellower. Bare Escentuals Aspire is more orange. theBalm Wild Child is lighter. Urban Decay Eldorado is a hair yellower. Buxom Poodle is lighter. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is a bit more orange-toned. Giorgio Armani #18 is similar but a bit paler.

Gah! Chanel! Of all the shades you label as “sheer,” this one? It’s not sheer! What kind of madness are you trying to create? Furtif was sheer. This is pigmented! Opaque! Rich in color! It might be a soft shade, but there’s not much underlying sheerness. The texture is silky-smooth, ultra-finely milled, so you could certainly sheer it out, but it packs a a fair dosage of color without having to pack it on. On the lid, it’s pretty pigmented; not totally opaque, but it’s close. It blends out easily, because it’s so soft, resulting in a smidgen of powderiness.

When I wore it, there was very light fading after eight hours along the lash line and outer edge, but it was mostly intact and there was no creasing to be seen.  It has the same look, feel, and resulting shimmer/sparkle of Complice, which was a beautiful color for all over the lid.  If Chanel hadn’t used the word “sheer” to describe this, it’d be just as good. It’s a little too pigmented to be sheer–you shouldn’t have to barely touch the pan of color to get sheer color!

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Eclaire

B+
This is a puzzle of a shade! If you like opaque color, dazzling, shimmering finishes, consider it and consider it an A- product. If you were anticipating a gorgeous sheer gold, well, it's a little more pigmented than that.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Falling in Love Once More with Eyes to Kill Intense

Giorgio Armani #24 Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a blackened olive with olive gold and soft copper shimmer. It kind of looks green at certain angles. Bare Escentuals Speaker Box is greener. Estee Lauder Cyber Green is cooler-toned, darker. theBalm Wocka, Wocka is more olive. Inglot #419 is greener, less brown. Bobbi Brown Black Gold is browner, cooler-toned, with no green. Urban Decay Cobra is less intense and less shimmery. Urban Decay Darkhorse is browner but seemed the closest overall. If you want to compare this against other shades of Eyes to Kill Intense, check out this gallery. It was like a darker, blackened version of #14 to me.

The first time I tried this formula, I was beyond impressed. I fell in love! While there are lots of products I love and like, I don’t fall head-over-heels-in-love with formulas all. the. time. I’m one of those people who find it hard to pick favorites! Anyway, huge fan of the formula, love lots of shades, but a few of the more recent released shades have left me a little cold. Not that they were awful, they just weren’t as excellent.

Ahh, but #24 kicks off the new set of six Eyes to Kill Intense shades with a bang! It’s decidedly complex with a delicious mix of khaki, olive, green, brown, copper, and brown. It’s a shade that will change based on what you pair it with; pair it with strong greens, it’ll pull out the green tones, but pair it with a bronze, and you’ll see the copper shimmer surface.  I was thrilled that I was finally seeing a more nuanced shade.  I think the formula is fantastic, but the price point is painful, so the more original the color, the softer that blow to the wallet is.

I tested #24 for sixteen hours, and it was pristine. I wore a few of these in Vegas, in 110-115 degree heat, walking around, no primer, and they were still immaculate–no fading, creasing, fallout, or the like. This particular shade has excellent color payoff wet and really good pigmentation dry; it takes on a more metallic finish and looks more green than brown when it is used damp/wet.  The texture is soft, finely milled, but buttery and dense. It’s tightly compacted loose powder that almost feels like it still has some moisture in it.  For those who haven’t seen past posts, the texture and feel are similar to L’Oreal Infallibles (L’Oreal also owns Giorgio Armani, FYI!) – the color ranges have seemed to be more different than the same, which is great if you love the formula – more shades to have!

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#24

A+
I was thrilled that I was finally seeing a more nuanced shade. I think the formula is fantastic, but the price point is painful, so the more original the color, the softer that blow to the wallet is.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

MAC Highly Charged Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Highly Charged Electric Cool Eyeshadow

Breakdown of MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow – Part 2

The last six shades of MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($18.50 for 0.07 oz.) that we’re going to go through are: Highly Charged (rich purple with pink pearl), Infra-violet (mid-tone pink violet with blue pearl), Love Power (soft shimmering rose), Pure Flash (pale champagne), Superwatt (light shimmering taupe), and Switch to Blue (rich cobalt). Please read my review for how these feel, wear, etc.

  • Highly Charged is a subtly red-toned medium-dark purple with a soft shimmer-sheen. It has so-so color payoff and some fading issues when worn. All of these only faded to a point, they didn’t disappear, but they weren’t as vibrant on as they were in the pan. Buxom Schnauzer is more of an eggplant purple. MAC Drawn to Drama is more blue-based. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is brighter by a small amount. MAC Plush is softer, more red-toned. Make Up For Ever #142 is very similar in color though more matte in finish.
  • Infra-violet is a vibrant fuchsia-magenta with a violet iridescence. It has decent color payoff, and it actually performs better on the lid in terms of pigmentation–it has some very slight fading over time. Make Up For Ever #89 is more magenta. Both Urban Decay Fishnet and MAC Stars ‘n Rockets are less pink, more purple. Bare Escentuals Boudoir is very similar though has less iridescence.
  • Love Power is a pale pink with subtle yellow undertones and a highly metallic finish. This had beautiful color payoff when I swatched it, but I couldn’t get it to apply evenly at all. It was the worst on the lid out of all twelve. MAC Young Venus is paler, icier. Dior Garden Roses is similar but blue-based. MAC Taupeless is similar but frostier. MAC Seedy Pearl is cooler-toned. Inglot #431 is more metallic.
  • Pure Flash is a soft peach with warm undertones and a frost-metallic shimmer-sheen. It’s semi-opaque in color. This would be a great brightening shade on light to medium complexions. Buxom Collie looks exactly the same in color, but it has a more metallic finish (less sparkle, more sheen). NARS Ramatuelle is similar, possibly lighter. Tarina Tarantino Delightful is more metallic.
  • Superwatt is a subtly gray-tinged medium-dark brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff and applied easily to the lid without needing a lot of packing or manipulating. Buxom Mutt is warmer, more golden. Urban Decay Rehab is slightly darker. MAC Street Cool is darker. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is a bit warmer, browner. Inglot #402 is very similar, perhaps a touch darker.
  • Switch to Blue is a medium-dark blue with softer blue shimmer and a satiny sheen. It’s mostly opaque but there is some underlying sheerness. Buxom Bulldog looks very similar, perhaps very slightly purple-tinted. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is brighter, more cobalt. Inglot #428 is darker, more intense. Make Up For Ever #81 is darker, more navy blue.

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Infra-violet

B-
If you really, really love shimmering, sparkling finishes, you might consider checking out the formula and seeing if it's worth the effort. If you want to wear them alone as washes of color, they're definitely worth a look.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

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