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Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “peach rose.” It looks very coral-pink in the pot, slightly pinker when swatched, but on my lid, it looked closer to the color you see in the pot–more coral-pink than anything else. Certainly warm-toned with coppery-gold and pink sparkle. MAC Love Spice is less pink. Urban Decay Free Love is much more coral and vibrant. MAC Quartz Fusion is redder.

It isn’t yet out, but it is part of the soon-to-be-released Les Expressions de Chanel collection.  When applied dry, it has sheerer payoff, such that it is a smattering sparkles and less metallic.  When applied damp, it has better pigmentation, though not quite opaque.  The color is buildable and after two or three layers, you’ll find mostly opaque coverage.   It’s not as smooth as the best Illusion d’Ombres, but it’s definitely not chunky or gritty or glittery.  It’s more shimmery, almost sparkly.  I wore it alone all over the lid, and it lasted for twelve hours without creasing or fading.  There was minimal, but noticeable, fall out–the kind that you notice but won’t look like a disco ball from across the room.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Abstraction
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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bareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette

This Palette is One of the Finer Things

bareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows:  Penthouse (black glitz), Custom Made (pink quartz pearl), Chateau (slate stone), Truffle (glistening chestnut), First Class (light silver sheen), Upgrade (hazy lilac), Five Star (white light), and Private Isle (cobalt sheen). It also includes a 0.05 oz. (half the size of the full-sized version) of Prime Time Eye Primer.

Each eyeshadow is 0.035 oz., as compared to the average full-sized eyeshadow, which is 0.05 oz. (and bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadows in the duos and quads are 0.05 oz.). In duos, they’re $20/0.10 oz.; quads are $30/0.17 oz., and 8-pan palettes are $40/0.28 oz.–which breaks out to $200/oz., $176/oz., and $143/oz. I love that they give you a little more as you buy larger palettes. Just to put those prices in context, MAC single eyeshadows are $300/oz., while their duos are $275/oz. and quads are $210/oz.

Penthouse is deep matte black with subtle silver sparkle. It has really intense pigmentation, but it’s very blendable. I used the lightest dab of product to darken my crease when I was testing out the eyeshadows, which was plenty! If you tend to be a fiend for black eyeshadows, you probably have something similar, since it is a rather basic color (see the black eyeshadow swatch gallery). I noticed that the silver sparkles translated a bit more on the lid with this shade than they typically do (a lot of times they just get lost).

Custom Made is soft peach with a metallic sheen and a hint of pink to keep it from turning orange. As far as undertones go, this is almost cool-toned, which is hard to do in a peachy shade! It had rich color payoff, though the texture was a smidgen powdery. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is less metallic, so it appears darker. theBalm Stubborn is more satin-y. MAC Nubile is more beige. Urban Decay Scratch is pinker.

Chateau is a medium-dark gray with a mostly matte finish. There are hints of brown in the color, but it’s not a taupe. The pigmentation was good, and it blended out easily. Urban Decay Desperation is a bit more red-toned. MAC Moody has more burgundy/plum in it. Urban Decay Asphalt is darker. Urban Decay Ace is darker.

Truffle is a coppery brown with a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was very soft and smooth. This color is one that we have seen often, though, so you may have something like it already. Cinderella Drizella is more subdued. Dior Golden Savannah is browner, darker. Tarina Tarantino Amber is lighter. MAC Campfire is brighter, more orange. Make Up For Ever #12 is a bit richer. theBalm Meep Meep is very similar. MAC Amber Lights is a bit more orange.

First Class is a cool-toned pewter-gold with a soft frosted sheen. You might call it a dirty gold or platinum. It had good pigmentation, and it had a very smooth, finely-milled feel. Chanel Apprence is more golden. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is a touch yellower, lighter. Giorgio Armani #14 is darker, greener. Bare Minerals Chart Topper is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is cooler-toned, grayer.

Upgrade is a subdued burgundy-mauve with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a silky-smooth feel. Inglot #423 is much darker. MAC Stolen Moment is darker and more purple. MAC Satin Taupe is quite a bit darker.

Five Star is a pale white with a satin finish. The pigmentation was spot-on, and the texture was soft without being powdery. Bare Minerals Cheers is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown White is a bit cooler-toned and matte. MAC Crystal Avalanche is more shimmery.

Private Isle is a medium-dark blue with a very small tinge of purple. It has a satin-like finish, though there are very fine micro-shimmers (barely noticeable on). It had great color payoff, and it had a soft, smooth texture. This is an odd blue, because of the subdued nature of it and that it’s not full-onblue, which makes it hard to dupe. theBalm Sensational is lighter, bluer. Inglot #336 is kind of subdued, but it just looks so different. NARS Mandchourie has a similar vibe but ultimately looks unlike this.

bareMinerals has created a quality, cool-toned (overall) holiday palette that features a mix of neutrals paired with few hints of color. Custom Made seemed a little powdery initially, but I didn’t have problems with it once I used it on the eye. Chateau wasn’t as pigmented as it should be or as the rest of the palette, but it was only a little shy of that. When I wore the eyeshadows without a primer, they lasted a full ten hours without fading or creasing; with the Prime Time primer, they lasted ten hours again without creasing or fading.

bareMinerals The Finer Things Eyeshadow Palette

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

L’Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Gold?

L’Oreal Gold Imperial Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a metallic, yellow gold. There’s a slightly subdued quality to the overall color–by a little brown–that keeps it from being a yellow/orange kind of gold. This is why it’s not the same as L’Oreal’s Eternal Sunshine,, though if you rarely wear gold, one will do; or, if you find that Eternal Sunshine turns orange-y, you might prefer Gold Imperial. Chanel Apprence is browner. Urban Decay Blitz is very similar–less metallic. MAC Sweet & Sour is yellower.

If you love sparkling, shimmering, and high-shine finishes, Gold Imperial is exactly that. It’s really a dead-on holiday kind of finish; all glitz and glam.  One of the best things about this product is that for as sparkly as it is, I didn’t have problems with fall out.  It applies mostly opaque, and after twelve hours of wear, I didn’t spot any creasing or fading–and that was on its lonesome (no primer).   Because of its high-frost, high-shine finish, it can emphasize any imperfections on the skin where you apply it, including dry areas and lines.

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Gold Imperial
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette

The Star Treatment is Packed with Value and Quality

bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows:  VIP (gold flecked black), Connoisseur (golden copper), Carte Blanche (icy ivory), Ritzy (shimmering cocoa), Kudos (golden gray), Bragging Rights (shimmering rose gold), Elitist (glistening olive), and Extravagance (golden glow). It also includes a 0.05 oz. (half the size of the full-sized version) of Prime Time Eye Primer.

Each eyeshadow is 0.035 oz., as compared to the average full-sized eyeshadow, which is 0.05 oz. (and bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadows in the duos and quads are 0.05 oz.). In duos, they’re $20/0.10 oz.; quads are $30/0.17 oz., and 8-pan palettes are $40/0.28 oz.–which breaks out to $200/oz., $176/oz., and $143/oz. I love that they give you a little more as you buy larger palettes. Just to put those prices in context, MAC single eyeshadows are $300/oz., while their duos are $275/oz. and quads are $210/oz.

VIP is a dark black with brown undertones and gold sparkle. It had excellent pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. Too Faced Licorice Latte is not quite as dark. Cinderella Cinders is similar. Dior Night Golds is lighter, browner. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar but has a stronger red-tone. Bobbi Brown Black Gold is similar–more shimmer.

Connoisseur is a deep, molten golden-copper. This shade was insanely pigmented; so smooth, buttery, and densely packed with color. bareMinerals Pret-a-Porter is lighter. Inglot #404 is lighter, less coppery. Inglot #430 is yellower, lighter. Dior Aurora is lighter, more orange. While not at all similar in color, MAC Campfire had a similar molten, metallic look and feel.

Carte Blanche is a cool-toned white with a golden shimmer-sheen, which gives it a mostly warm-toned appearance. It had great color payoff and applied very smoothly and evenly. Make Up For Ever #101 is very similar. Bare Minerals One Hit Wonder is less warm-toned–the color is more like the base color without the sheen. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is warmer, yellower.

Ritzy is a warm bronze brown with a frosted sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly rich, while the texture was soft, dense, and smooth. Urban Decay Deeper is very similar. Urban Decay Snakebite is less warm. Bare Minerals Cognac is lighter. MAC Woodwinked is also lighter. MAC Bronze is comparable–perhaps a bit warmer. Inglot #406 is a touch lighter, more reflective.

Kudos is a pale beige-brown with an olive green shimmer-sheen. It has a really subtle, but cool, duochrome. I was like, “ooh! look!” when I initially swatched it. The first thing it reminded me was Illamasqua Bacterium, which is a nail polish. MAC Jaunty is a bit lighter, no duochrome. Becca Quartz is similar in color without the green sheen. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is similar (again, no sheen).

Bragging Rights is a medium-dark orange-copper with a frosted sheen. The color payoff was nice, while the texture was soft and smooth. Guerlain Calligraphy is a bit more orange and not as coppery. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is darker. NARS Isolde is similar, a bit darker.

Elitist is a subdued khaki brown with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff and was very, very smooth. This is one of the “cooler” shades in the palette, though it is still on the warm side. MAC Soba is similar but more matte. theBalm Schitoz is more golden. Giorgio Armani #26 is similar–a bit browner. Dior Golden Savannah is warmer, lighter.

Extravagance is a frosted orange-gold. This shade was really soft and buttery in one sense, but it was almost so soft that it became a bit crumbly. This was the only shade I had any problems with; the color payoff was fantastic, but it did have extra fall out during application. Guerlain Turandot is more orange. Milani Gold Dust is noticeably more orange. MAC Sweet & Sour is yellower. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone is darker, more orange.

There was only one miss, which was Extravagance, and it’s mostly problematic during application, because it had a fair amount of fall out while you apply it.  I recommend lightly tapping off excess product before applying it to the lid and then patting, rather than sweeping, it on to minimize fall out.  I didn’t have trouble with fall out during wear, so after cleaning up initially, I didn’t have to worry about it.  Worth noting and an area for improvement, but it’s a minor infraction.

If you like your colors warm-toned, fairly neutral, and shimmery, this is your palette from start to finish. When I tested out the palette for wear, they wore like iron–full ten hours without fading or creasing without a primer (with a primer, I had the same results). I wish there was one or two more matte finishes in the palette, though, and overall, the palette is a bit dupeable, depending on your stash of course.

bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette

The September Issue is Packed with Value and Quality

bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows: Couture (glimmering clove), Silhouette (antique white), Statement (vibrant orchid), Pret-a-Porter (sunbaked gold), Tres Chic (apricot cream), Editor’s Pick (metallic teal), Glitterati (shimmering pink), and Ensemble (deepest eggplant).

Each eyeshadow is 0.035 oz., as compared to the average full-sized eyeshadow, which is 0.05 oz. (and bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadows in the duos and quads are 0.05 oz.). In duos, they’re $20/0.10 oz.; quads are $30/0.17 oz., and 8-pan palettes are $40/0.28 oz.–which breaks out to $200/oz., $176/oz., and $143/oz. I love that they give you a little more as you buy larger palettes. Just to put those prices in context, MAC single eyeshadows are $300/oz., while their duos are $275/oz. and quads are $210/oz.

Couture is a neutral-cool dark brown with a subdued bronze shimmer-sheen. It had really good color payoff and was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. Girogio Armani #24 is a bit darker. Dior Golden Savannah is warmer, a touch more golden. NARS Paramaribo is more red-toned. Urban Decay Snakebite is much warmer, browner. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy has more red in its undertone.

Silhouette is a pale, warm white with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. Dior Night Golds is frostier. Too Faced Vanilla has more beige in it. Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse is similar but more frosted.

Statement is a fuchsia-magenta with a matte finish. It is a smidgen powdery, but it has good color payoff and does apply evenly and smoothly on the eye. MAC Infra-violet is pinker, lighter, and has shimmer. Sugarpill 2AM is similar but has very, very fine shimmer. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet is a touch more purple. Urban Decay Purple Haze is more purple. Urban Decay Fishnet is shimmery and iridescent.

Pret-a-Porter is a molten honey gold with strong yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it was a cinch to work with: super smooth and soft. OCC Triptych is yellower, less orange-toned, and has a metallic finish. Urban Decay Honey is less orange-toned. NARS Paramaribo is more antique-y. Inglot #404 is less yellow.

Tres Chic is a subdued peach with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was soft, smooth, and not at all powdery. Chanel Premier Regard is similar. Cinderella Pumpkin Coach is yellower. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is lighter. Inglot #328 is a touch lighter.

Editor’s Pick is a deep green-teal with an almost blackened base and a frosted finish. Urban Decay Hijack is bluer. Illamasqua Android is darker, smidgen bluer. Milani Mix It Up is brighter. Urban Decay Loaded is less frosted, darker (blacker base). Bare Escentuals Max Volume is pretty similar.

Glitterati is a light pink with a golden shimmer-sheen. It had good pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly. MAC radial Pink is lighter, less golden. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is darker, no golden sheen. MAC Invicible Light is a yellower pink without the golden sheen.

Ensemble is a dark burgundy-brown with a matte finish. This shade swatched unevenly, but applied to the eye, it performed better. It was very pigmented, so a little goes a long way. The texture was slightly powdery. theBalm Presto is similiar but warmer. Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust Heart is darker, blacker. MAC Midnight Flurry is comparable in color. MAC Embark is redder, warmer. Inglot #378 is similar.

Quite honestly, bareMinerals’ Ready range is an eyeshadow formula I could use and use exclusively and not feel like I was missing out. It is a truly excellent formula with a wide range of colors and finishes. They are consistently top notch in quality, but I love that they really reach across the spectrum of color. You have pops of color plus a strong neutral range. I’ve been a huge fan of the Ready eyeshadow range since it debuted, and I continue to be impressed by the recent releases.

The September Issue is a Sephora-exclusive, and it’s an interesting mix of colors, from color to neutral and warm to cool shades.  There were two shades (Statement and Ensemble) that were a bit powdery, though they were both very soft, finely-milled mattes. The other six shades performed incredibly well.  I wore several of the shades in a look, and I had no problems getting a full eight hours of wear without creasing or fading without a primer.

bareMinerals The September Issue Eyeshadow Palette

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow

A Sparkling Wash of Taupe for Lids

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “grey beige sparkle.” It’s a light-medium taupe brown with bits of silver, brown, and reddish-brown sparkle. I don’t know of anything quite as sparkly, but there are some shades that are similar in color (just not in finish). MAC Romance Me is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is a bit darker. MAC Superwatt is browner. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is grayer. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is very similar in color.

I love the idea and concept of glittery, sparkling eyeshadows, but they don’t always translate well on the lid.  One of the biggest problems is the fall out that occurs while you wear it, so by the end of the day, half of it (and sometimes all of it!) is beneath your eye instead of on it. Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle formula is hit or miss for me, but Cement worked well (as far as this type of finish goes).  It wore for eight hours without creasing, but more importantly, the fall out was minimal.  There were a few stray, fallen sparkles, but not enough where it would be noticeable to the casual onlooker.

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow

B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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