Tuesday, August 9th, 2011


MAC Lady Grey Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Me Over: Lady Grey Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Lady Grey Eyeshadow Quad ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes four shades: All Races (cool light taupe mauve), Tendersmoke (muted silver lilac), Lady Grey (light frosted green-grey), and Hazy Day (mid-tone grey).

  • All Races is a cool-toned mauve-pink. It has a matte finish and is a repromote. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this one. The color payoff was good, and despite the lightness of the shade, it wasn’t chalky or powdery.
  • Tendersmoke is a gray-tinged purple with subtle red undertones and a frosty sheen. It has a frost finish and is a repromote. It is similar but less intense compared to MAC Azuki Bean and theBalm Curvy Cami. The color payoff is decent but not fully opaque.
  • Lady Grey is a soft, muted gray-green with a satiny sheen. It has a satin finish. It is a lighter version of NARS Delphes. Like Tendersmoke, the color payoff is decent but slightly sheer.
  • Hazy Day is an olive-tinted brown with a smooth sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It is similar to theBalm All About Alex but Hazy Day is grayer. This shade had the best pigmentation of the four shades, and the texture was really smooth.

It’s one of the better eyeshadow quads I’ve seen MAC put out in some time. For many collections now, the eyeshadow quads have suffered from both pigmentation and texture-based issues. Lady Grey is a subtler, more muted color combination and the resulting payoff seems to align with that. You might find you need to layer both Tendersmoke and Lady Grey to achieve the color you see in the pan. Similarly, both of those shades had slightly drier, less buttery textures, while Hazy Day was a breeze to work with.

MAC Me Over is a 51-piece collection for fall, which will launch in North America on August 25th, 2011 and internationally in September 2011. It will launch online approximately August 23rd but there is no concrete online launch date. All products–unless otherwise noted–are limited edition.

The Glossover

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Lady Grey

B
The quality is decent, and I think if you're going for a softer look, you'll find this quad to your liking. If you want true-to-pan color, you might have to work at it to achieve those results.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, August 8th, 2011

bareMinerals The Vision Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Vision Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Vision

bareMinerals The Vision Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Illusion and Mirage. The duo will debut 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 for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Illusion is a pale, sky blue with a near matte finish. It’s very, light and pastel, but it’s not at all chalky–which is hard to do in a shade this light–and the color payoff is excellent. There is no dryness here, just really soft, smooth color.  If I want to be nit picky, there is the faintest amount of powderiness when used heavily, but it doesn’t translate during application, and there is no residual fall out when worn.  It’s a touch lighter but more opaque than MAC Sky Blue, more opaque and less metallic than Giorgio Armani Airy Jade, lighter and brighter than Inglot #367, less shimmered (and more opaque) than Cle de Peau #112, and a touch lighter than Make Up For Ever #150.

Mirage is a subtly red-toned brown with an pale, bluish-teal iridescent sheen. It’s smooth to apply and opaque in color. It’s more subdued than the shades that are, inevitably, still quite similar: Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone, MAC Double Feature #7 (and also MAC Club, MAC Blue Brown), and Urban Decay Lounge. Mirage is less red-based and comes off grayer in contrast. Overall, it appears darker and more muted, but it is still similar to the aforementioned shades.

The Glossover

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The Vision

A
The duo works well together--the lightness of the blue complements the sheen of the darker shade--and the quality of both shades is amazing. Those with a lot of eyeshadows already may find this particular duo very dupeable, though.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, August 7th, 2011

bareMinerals The Flashback Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Flashback Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Flashback Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Flashback Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Deja Vu and Amnesia. The duo will debut in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex (which includes sea minerals with antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine, and cucumber) that delivers “anti-aging benefits for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area.” The new solid eyeshadow is described as “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” with “stay-true color” that can be worn alone and is long-wearing and “won’t smudge or run.”

  • Deja Vu is a bright, metallic silver with a smooth, metallic sheen. It is similar to Inglot #448, just a touch cooler in tone.
  • Amnesia is a blackened brown-gray that’s not too dark or charcoal. It has a near matte finish. Inglot #348 is browner. It’s a bit darker than MAC Print.

Deja Vu is soft, smooth, and beautifully pigmented, while Amnesia is soft, it does have a touch of dryness common to mattes. It could be a smidgen more buttery, but it’s a good matte (just doesn’t quite achieve greatness). Both shades apply well with good blendability and staying power. When worn alone, I was able to wear these for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. The duo itself is an interesting color combination, particularly the way the two finishes provide such a contrast. Neither shade is overly unique, but they are good shades to add to a permanent range.

For more details on packaging, check out my original review.

The Glossover

palette

The Flashback

A-
It's not as impressive as the first duo I tried out (The Showstopper), but it is a good one. I like the contrast in finishes in this, and I think it helps to set the stage for a larger variety of looks.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, August 7th, 2011

bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo

Debuting in October, has a new line of bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow — and it’s nothing like their current line-up of mineral eyeshadow. Ready is a solid eyeshadow, but the brand states that they still include the SeaNutritive Mineral Complex (which includes sea minerals with antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine, and cucumber) that deliver “anti-aging benefits for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area.” The new solid eyeshadow is described as “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” with “stay-true color” that can be worn alone and is long-wearing and “won’t smudge or run.”   This review is not evaluating the anti-aging claim, because to truly test to that, one would have to wear these eyeshadows for 6-8 weeks everyday.

They will be available in duos as well as quads–and I’ll be reviewing all of them in the coming weeks. There are 15 duos and four quads that will be available. Each duo (Ready 2.0) will retail for $20.00 and contains 0.10 oz., while the quad (Ready 4.0) will retail for $30.00 and contain 0.17 oz. I’m still waiting to get confirmation of the quantity in each duo (the packaging I have does not have official labeling). I loved that each duo/quad has a name but also each individual eyeshadow has its own name, too (and everything goes with its theme). I would love to see future adaptations that might allow for mixing and matching of your favorites, so it could be a more customizable system.

The first duo I wanted to share was The Showstopper, which includes two shades: Bravo and Encore. I almost thought this duo was a dupe for NARS Demon Lover, but it’s much lighter–it’s similar in concept, with a cool-toned, blue with a hint of purple matched with a purpler shade, but they are quite different.

  • Bravo is a pale, periwinkle blue with a white, frosted finish. Inglot #429 is bluer and darker.
  • Encore is a medium-dark purple that doesn’t lean too red, but it’s not a cool-toned purple either, with a softened frost finish. It is several shades lighter than Giorgio Armani #3, a touch darker and more opaque than Milani Purr-fect Purple, and most similar to theBalm All the Way Annie.

The texture of these eyeshadows is amazing–silky to the touch, smooths out beautifully, and applies easily to the lid with excellent blendability and staying power. I’ve worn a few of the duos alone, and I’ve achieved 10 hours of wear without an eyeshadow primer. Both Bravo and Encore were true-to-color and delivered rich, opaque color.  If I had to be nit picky, Bravo was the tiniest bit powdery if you were heavy-handed with a brush in the pan, but it melts against skin and there is no fall out when used.

Each duo is packaged in a black, rubberized compact with a mirror inside and an applicator (none of mine came with an applicator, so I’m not sure if it’s sponge-tipped or not, but I would expect that it is). If you’re familiar with NARS’ packaging, this is similar. I like the rubberized surface, because it allows for better grip and is more forgiving when dropped on a hard surface (it absorbs the impact better than hard plastic, but not as well as cardboard).

The Glossover

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bareMinerals Showstopper Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

A
These eyeshadows are a much welcome addition, because pressed eyeshadows can be so much more convenient. Showstopper contains shades that complement each other, and the quality is top notch.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Cle de Peau #207 Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau #207 Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau #207 Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau #207 Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for refill of 0.17 oz., $25.00 for case) is a decadent option for eyeshadow. The formula is “resistant to smudging, creasing, and fading” while “Argan Tree Oil provides smooth application and wear” as well as it contains “moisturizing Hydro-Wrap Complex.”

The product itself is embossed with muted, plum-pink iterations of their logo, and these are just an overlay, as they disappear after a use or two. I made sure to remove them from mine before swatching the colors themselves to ensure nothing altered the actual underlying colors!

My first reaction was: “WHAT ON EARTH IS THIS SILKINESS?” I felt like I had touched silk dipped in butter, because it was so soft, so smooth, and creamy (but it is a powder). I’ve tried Cle de Peau’s eyeshadow singles, and some are nice, others are so-so–but the product, while soft, felt nothing like this palette. I just stared at the compact dumbfounded when I first swatched it. I’m not easily impressed, but this really caught my attention. It was the softest eyeshadow I had ever used. The formula is soft like silk, but smooth and creamy like butter that glides across the skin and melts into it. When I wore these alone (without primer), they lasted a full ten hours without creasing, fading, or fall out.

  • The first shade is a sparkling pink champagne with silvery-white micro-glitter. It’s similar to Giorgio Armani #7, which has a more metallic finish. This shade is soft but does apply opaque–though it can be sheered out with ease. I thought it would have fall out, but I didn’t experience any when I wore it. The texture is almost like Urban Decay’s Stardust Eyeshadows but smoother.
  • The second shade is a softened, peach-beige with a bright, metallic sheen. It’s more opaque than NARS Delphes, but it is shade or so lighter and warmer than Inglot #397. This has great color payoff and an ultra-smooth texture.
  • The third shade is a gray-casted purple with a hint of blue. The finish is part shimmer, part sheen. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this one, though I looked through the blue, gray, and purple eyeshadow galleries. It has good color payoff (could be a little more rich in color), but it applied beautifully.
  • The last shade is a warm, soft gray with a shimmery finish. The only shade I could think of that was even remotely similar was theBalm Come Hither Heather, which is many shades darker. It has the same really smooth texture with a soft feel, and the pigmentation is good.

For those who might find Cle de Peau a bit out of their price range, consider purchasing the refill and storing it inside a more affordable compact (maybe a Z-palette or the like), as the pan of eyeshadows is $55, while the case is sold separately at $25. The refill makes it much more in line with Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain and may make the product more . The case is sturdy but ultimately made out of plastic. It has a large mirror inside as well as two brushes.  This is what I’ll be doing–I’m not willing to shell out $25 per compact, but I liked the quality and texture of this palette so much, I purchased two refill quads after I finished testing this one, which I’ll be sure to review once I’ve received and tested those.

The Glossover

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Cle de Peau #207 Eye Color Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

A
I can't fathom why the compact is so costly, but the product itself stands out in texture. The colors are softer, so they are not always opaque, but those who prefer subtler looks would likely enjoy Cle de Peau's take on them. I do appreciate and like that you can purchase the product separate from the case--at least you aren't paying for packaging!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, August 5th, 2011

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Goddess Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue with lots of electric blue micro-glitter.” It’s a dark, navy blue with lots of blue micro-glitter (more shimmer-like than glitter-like). It has a subtle sheen in its finish.

This is one of the less impressive shades I’ve tried by Urban Decay–it lacks all the hallmarks of why Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are famous. It’s not buttery, soft, or smooth–it’s gritty and stiff to work with. It’s not richly pigmented; instead, it’s patchy, dry, and applies unevenly. The micro-glitter is the least concerning characteristic, even though there is some fall out, it’s not too troublesome–it’s really the poor texture and color payoff that make this shade worth passing on. Try Make Up For Ever #81 is a much better alternative!

The Glossover

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product

Goddess

D+
Between poor color payoff, patchy, uneven color, and an overall disappointing texture, it's a shade I'd skip. Urban Decay has many great shades to choose from, but this one was a miss for me.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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