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theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette (Part 1)

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette
theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.) includes sixteen eyeshadows and three lip/cheek stains. The nice thing that theBalm does with their palettes is that there are two flaps, so you can keep the cream products protected from any excess dust and powder from the eyeshadows. The palette is slim with little wasted space, and it is housed in thick cardboard packaging. The eyeshadows wore between seven and nine hours on me, with the shades that were particularly powdery wearing shorter. To be fair, the majority of shades that felt somewhat powdery were also very soft, fairly pigmented, and the powderiness wasn’t a major issue, but it was something I noticed as a point of difference compared to past palettes that has more buttery, denser textures. Overall, all the products had good to great color payoffs with a couple slightly weaker, with some eyeshadows having drier, powdery textures and others had very soft, buttery finishes. The lip/cheek products can be drying on lips without a little balm beforehand, but they wear well on cheeks.

A4 is a teal and violet-shimmered gray-black with a satin finish. The shimmer isn’t noticeable once applied–there’s a soft sheen to the color, but it loses dimension when applied. The texture was slightly dry, though it wasn’t a stiff kind of dryness. Urban Decay Rdemption is lighter. Marc Jacobs The Mod #2 is similar. MAC Jade’s Fortune has a stronger sheen. See comparison swatches.

B4 is a dark brown with neutral-warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation but was a little powdery. Chanel Seduction #4 is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust has a stronger sheen. MAC Constructivist is a cream product. MAC Carbonized is darker. Dior Fairy Golds #5 has a stronger sheen. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry is darker. See comparison swatches.

C4 is a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with silver sparkle. This shade had so-so color payoff and felt very dusty and a little dry–not stiff, just dry. Disney Bazaar is yellower. MAC One to Watch is lighter. MAC Exposed is similar. Guerlain Turandot #2 is rosier. See comparison swatches.

D4 is a medium-dark green with warm, brown undertones and a smattering of fine olive shimmer. It had decent pigmentation but was somewhat powdery. Dior Bonne Etoile #1 is more frosted. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is similar. Urban Decay Cobra is darker. See comparison swatches.

A3 is a bright, silver-shot white with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. Disney Midnight Hour is less cool-toned. Disney Your Voice is similar. theBalm Sassy is whiter. theBalm Metal-ica is similar. Maybelline Too Cool is a cream product. MAC Flawless Figure is similar. bareMinerals Cheers is similar. See comparison swatches.

B3 is a gray-ish mauve with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery, which made it sheerer. MAC Fashion Fix is browner. bareMinerals Rowdy is grayer. MAC Bruised Sky is more satiny. Inglot #358 is similar. See comparison swatches.

C3 is a light-medium, yellow-toned brown with neutral-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was nicely balanced between soft and blendable without being powdery. NARS Yamal is similar. theBalm Allegro is more orange. MAC Wedge is darker. MAC Soba is also darker. bareMinerals Namaste is darker. See comparison swatches.

D3 is a light-medium beige-gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. Urban Decay Echo Beach is darker. Dior Night Gold #5 is warmer. Chanel Convoitise is yellower. MAC Greenluxe #2 is lighter. bareMinerals Kudos is more beige. See comparison swatches.

A2 is a medium-dark purple with cool, pink undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was somewhat weak here, though the texture was good. Urban Decay Betrayal is lighter. Maybelline Potent Purple is less pink. Illamasqua Trance is similar. Dior Lilas Mitzah is brighter. Urban Decay Omen is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

B2 is a sea-foam green with cool, bluish undertones and a frosted finish. This shade had a soft, drier texture that also gave it sheerer color payoff. It almost felt more like a shade you would layer over other shades. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow is similar. MAC Sky Blue is bluer. Lancome Fashion Forward is lighter. See comparison swatches.

C2 is a medium-dark blue-based teal with a mostly matte finish–there are a few bits of bluish shimmer, but they are so minimal that they really aren’t visible. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a little powdery. Maybelline Never Fade Jade is shimmery. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 is a touch darker. Inglot #338 is a little brighter. See comparison swatches.

D2 is a light peach with subtle beige undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. LORAC Nude is lighter. theBalm Stubborn is a touch darker. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is also a bit darker. Urban Decay Sellout is similar. MAC A Natural FLirt is pinker. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is lighter. bareMinerals Custom Made is similar. Inglot #397 is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

theBalm Makeup Palette Balm Voyage
Balm Voyage
Balm Voyage
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a mix of burgundy, beige, rose gold, and brown. It’s a really nice palette of wearable shades, and the quality is good overall. I think Chanel fans will be pleased, and any one who tends to find pigmentation lacking in them will find this a surprise. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, and as a result, some shades can feel almost powdery as the powder loosens from the solid pan very easily. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and of course, that ultra soft texture means these blend like a dream. Luckily, that softness didn’t mean that the shades sheered out when applied/blended, and it didn’t result in shorter wear. I wore all four shades yesterday, and they lasted eight hours without fading or creasing (no primer).

Seduction #1 is a medium-dark, reddened burgundy with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Festive Delight is less shimmery. MAC Cranberry is very similar. MAC Brazenly is darker. is darker. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #2 is a pale, gray-tinged beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and silky, though a little powdery. MAC Winterscape is cooler-toned. MAC Star Crystal is pinker. MAC Creamy Bisque is less frosted. MAC Her Cocoa #1 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #3 is a medium-dark, pinky-brown with a hint of peach. It reminded me of rose gold but darker and not as metallic. The finish was more like a satin. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky. MAC Pink Pepper is more sparkly. MAC Caribbean is darker, redder. MAC Expensive Pink is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #4 is a deepened brown with subtle bronze and copper shimmer with a satin finish. It had subtle warm undertones, great pigmentation, and a soft, finely-milled texture. MAC Constructivist is a cream product. Urban Decay Bewitch is lighter. MAC Life’s Luxury is a cream product. Milani Rich Java is similar. MAC Carbonized is darker. Guerlain Turandot #4 is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Seduction (42)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette (Quick)

Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette
Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette

Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette ($12.99 for 0.36 oz.) consists of twelve eyeshadows that are supposed to be intensely pigmented and long-wearing. All twelve shades are, in fact, richly pigmented, wear well, blend beautifully, and are all-around fantastic eyeshadows. To get the same vibrancy as seen in the pan, no primer is needed; I had no trouble applying these to bare lids to get bright, true-to-pan color. Even better, they lasted well for a full eight hours. There was some faint signs of fading with some shades (as noted) after nine hours of wear but very little. The texture of these is very soft, dense, and buttery, and at times, they’re almost so soft that they can crumble, but once you’re using a makeup brush and a light hand, you’re unlikely to encounter any issues. The only thing I’d have loved to see were actual shade names (that desire had no impact on rating, though).

Sunset #1 is a medium-dark black with a satin finish–not quite matte but nowhere near as shimmery or as metallic as the other shades in the palette. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery or too soft. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #2 is a vibrant red with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, and this shade had excellent pigmentation. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #3 is a warm, somewhat dulled, copper with brown undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture was soft and dense, though it was just slightly powdery. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #4 is an intense and incredibly bright tangerine orange that leans yellow. It had intense color payoff and a buttery, dense consistency. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #5 is a medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was smooth but not quite as soft or as buttery as other shades. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #6 is a brightened, light-medium blue with cool undertones and a silvered shimmer and frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly overall. It wasn’t as intensely pigmented as other shades in the palette. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #7 is a muted, dark burgundy-brown with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation and a really smooth, buttery consistency. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #8 is a muted, coppery-red with warm undertones and a frosted finish. This isn’t quite the same as the red in the palette–it is definitely browner/more orange and muted. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #9 is a rich, rusty orange-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texxture was soft, buttery, and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #10 is a lightened copper with gold sparkle and shimmer. It had a frosted, metallic finish, and it was more sparkly compared to the other shades. I noticed some slight fall out over time with this shade. The pigmentation was good, though. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #11 is a rose gold with a frosted, metallic sheen; it is warmer, less rose-tinted than it is orange. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, while the color payoff was great. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #12 is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was easy to work with it as it was soft, smooth, and blendable. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Technically, this palette is $9.99, but unfortunately, it can’t be purchased direct from Sleek Makeup due to U.S. shipping restrictions. However, there are a few reputable sellers on Amazon that have it available for $12.99 (plus $2.50 shipping). Some Sleek Makeup products are available for purchase directly from the brand but not all.

Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Palette Sunset
Sunset
Sunset
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet 'n' Wild I Don't Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is one of four new–and limited edition–Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios for fall. According to the brand, each trio features “highly pigmented shades” with a variety of finishes and pre-packaged with a tube of Mega Protein Mascara as a bonus. The trio will be available at local drugstores (not online as far as I know), though I haven’t spotted any displays near me yet (but I never seem to catch them!). I’m afraid that this trio is a major miss for me, once again. I had fingers and toes crossed for a return to pigmentation, but all three shades were lacking in quality. The eyelid shade had promising pigmentation, but the powdery texture was worrisome and ultimately was its downfall. I tried these on bare lids (about two to three hours of wear), with eyeshadow primer (NARS and Urban Decay) (four to five hours of wear), and then over NYX’s Milk (creamy white) and nothing was working. Even over what is typically the saving grace of most pitiful eyeshadows, it was faded, patchy, and uneven within three hours (and then almost gone entirely by the sixth hour).

I hope to review the other trios soon, but as a heads up, I’m not sure I will be reviewing any additional releases of the Color Icon Eyeshadow formula unless there is a drastic improvement. At this point, I think it’s clear that there is something different about the recent iterations of the formula compared to the previous (as well as what’s permanently available).

I Don’t Do Camouflage #1 is a pale, cool-toned blue with hints of purple and an icy silver shimmer. The texture was very powdery, and as a result, the color payoff was semi-sheer. This shade gave me the most trouble in the palette, as it was prone to blending away to nothing when applied to the lid. CoverGirl Ice Flame is a cream product. MAC Water & Ice is more frosted, more silver. MAC Bright Moon is darker. See comparison swatches.

I Don’t Do Camouflage #2 is a blackened navy blue with lighter navy blue satin shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was somewhat stiff and dry. I recommend using a stiff brush and jabbing at the surface to dislodge more product before applying. NARS Ubangi is a cream product. Disney Midnight is similar. Urban Decay Occupy is brighter. MAC Waft is darker. MAC Shop & Drop is a bit bluer. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred is slightly bluer. Make Up For Ever #147 is similar. See comparison swatches.

I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 is a brightened, medium-dark cornflower blue with a soft, satin shimmer. It had good color payoff, though the texture was somewhat powdery. Uhnfortunately, I had a really tough time trying to pat this and have it stick to the lid, even when I used an eyeshadow primer or NYX Milk, which is a creamy eyeshadow pencil. It had such potential, but the powderiness just ruins it. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans is darker. Sugarpill Velocity is brighter. Urban Decay Chaos is darker, more matte. NARS Rated R #2 is lighter. Sugarpill ROyal Sugar is brighter, more sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio I Don't Do Camouflage
4.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
3.5
Longevity
3
Application
52%
Total
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Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna (02) Eyes to Kill Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains four eyeshadows in neutral shades that range from light to dark, frost to matte.  The brand touts their newer eyeshadow formula has richly pigmented, long-wearing, and crease-proof.  All four shades had good or better pigmentation, with the two matte shades falling a little short of full pigmentation–they did perform better with a soft, fluffy makeup brush when applied to the lid than merely swatched on the arm.  All four shades wore well, though, and lasted almost nine hours without any fading or creasing (no primer).  The texture of the last matte shade was a bit dry so it wasn’t as easy to blend as the other shades.

Terra Sienna #1 is a lightly silvered champagne beige with a frosted finish. The texture felt like butter and silk; incredibly dense and smooth with excellent color payoff. This shade worked well for brightening the eye as well as a highlighter (but I liked to mix it with a matte beige to tone down the finish). MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 is warmer. Urban Decay Missionary is a bit darker. MAC Snow Season is pinker. MAC Star Crystal is also slightly pinker. Urban Decay Verve is darker. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #2 is a light-medium brown with a very subtle gray tinge to it. The finish is fairly frosted and shimmery, and there is a slight warmth to the undertone but it is almost neutral. It had great pigmentation, and the texture felt so soft and smooth when applied to the skin. LORAC Pewter is darker, less frosted. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is pinker. Urban Decay Wreckage is darker. Chanel Gri-Gri is similar but less frosted. MAC Vintage Selection is warmer, cream. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #3 is a medium-dark, lightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and it was definitely a shade that is best applied with a soft, fluffy brush, as it catches and applies the most pigment. The texture was quite soft, and it was easy to blend out on the lid. bareMinerals Get Ahead is lighter. Kat Von D Wolf is a bit darker. Inglot #360 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Terra Sienna #4 is a dark, neutral-warm brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff overall, but the texture was slightly dry so it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades in the palette. Tom Ford She Wolf #1 is a touch lighter. bareMinerals Boardroom is similar. theBalm Matt Ramirez is warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark is cooler-toned. MAC Showstopper is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Palette Terra Sienna (02)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow & Loose Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Meerkat Pressed Eyeshadow ($9.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink-purple with gold shimmer and sparkle highlight.” It’s a plummy purple with gold shimmer and sparkle. It had good color payoff applied dry as well as over Pixie Epoxy. The texture was fairly soft, though it had quite a bit of sparkle, so it wasn’t perfectly smooth. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 is darker, more plum. Buxom Schnauzer is similar, slightly more muted. OCC Overlook is darker. Inglot #445 is similar but less gold shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Meerkat Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.07 oz.) is the original (and loose) version of this shade. I did find there to be a noticeable and significant color difference between the pressed and loose versions. The loose version is purpler–less plum, less warm-toned. The loose version is nicely pigmented, though, and it also applied more smoothly than the pressed version. Dior Lilas Mitzah is purpler, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Hysteric is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Both shades wore well without creasing or fading over an eight-and-a-half-hour period without any primer; and I had similar wear when I used it with Pixie Epoxy (which isn’t a primer). I noticed slight fall out over time with both shades when worn without Pixie Epoxy, but there was just a couple of stray sparkles when applied over Pixie Epoxy.  Neither pressed or loose is listed as long-wearing and are recommended to be worn with primer and Pixie Epoxy to maximize wear.

Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Meerkat (Pressed)
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Meerkat
Meerkat
Meerkat
A

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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