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Benefit Bikini-tini Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Bikini-tini Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Bikini-tini Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Bikini-tini Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “oyster pink.” a soft champagne beige with a frosted, metallic finish. Maybelline Barely Branded is a bit lighter. Urban Decay Illusion is less golden and a powder product. bareMinerals Kudos is darker and a powder product. MAC Retrospeck is a bit browner and a powder product.

The neutral color works well to brighten the lid for light to medium skin tones, and it works as a neutral base underneath eyeshadow. It has a very creamy consistency that glides on well and applies smoothly on the lid. The texture isn’t too thick or too thin, so you get full, opaque color coverage in a single layer, but it sets fast enough that it doesn’t settle into the creases right off the bat. This was the first shade I tested out of Benefit’s repackaged Creaseless Cream Shadows, and it wore well for eight full hours and was slightly faded after twelve hours. The consistency of this shade felt comparable to the original formula (based on other shades).

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner Bikini-tini
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows: #04 (matte black), Jaune (yellow), #91 (apple green), #72 (matte vibrant turquoise), #116 (lilac), #00 (matte white), #17 (matte chocolate brown), and #126 (tan beige shimmer). With the exception of Jaune, the other seven shades are part of the permanent range.

#04 is a rich black with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It was soft, applied smoothly, and had good color payoff. It’s similar to other black eyeshadows such as Urban Decay Crave, Le Metier de Beaute Fin, and Urban Decay Blackout.

Jaune is a warm, sunshine yellow with a subtle satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was powdery. NARS Flowers #5 is more pearly. Illamasqua Hype is matte. MAC Goldenrod is darker and matte. Inglot #323 is matte.

#91 is a brightened green with soft, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery and had so-so color payoff–and my individual version was much smoother and more pigmented. I had a lot of trouble getting this shade to look vibrant on the lid and blend with the other shades. Illamasqua Fledgling is much darker, whereas Illamasqua Pivot is much lighter. MAC Wondergrass a touch darker and shimmery.

#72 is a medium blue with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff and was a bit powdery. The color stained a little bit when I swatched it, but wearing it over a primer to test wear (because it didn’t work well at all on its own), it didn’t. The original that I have is more intense–so much more pigmented. NARS Mad Mad World is richer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #3 is darker, less cyan. Inglot #371 is a bit darker and more opaque.

#116 is a darkened lavender with a matte finish. This shade was very powdery and rather sheer; I could not build up color at all.NARS High Society #1 is grayer. Illamasqua Can Can is brighter. Urban Decay Tainted has shimmer.

#00 is a pure white with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft, smooth, and applied well. It is similar to shades like Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #1, Bobbi Brown White, and Inglot #373.

#17 is a medium-dark brown with warm, tan undertones and a matte finish. This was the best performing shade in the palette–nicely pigmented, smooth, and soft. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa #3 is lighter and pearly. theBalm Tres Moi is redder and frosted. Inglot #357 is lighter.

#126 is a light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly, but it was a tiny bit powdery. Urban Decay Broken is similar but less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is less shimmery, more frosted. MAC Ricepaper is more satiny.

I used four of the eight shades in a look, and I opted to go for the brighter shades since I figured those would be the shades that were most eye-catching within the palette.  I expected a quick, easy, and overall fuss-free application, but I had a very opposite experience:  the powderiness present across many of the shades made it difficult to get rich, opaque color payoff and blend the colors at the same time. I would apply #91 and pack it on, then I’d go to blend it, and half of it would disappear into the ether.  I’ve never had this problem with Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows.  They’re one of my favorite brands for matte eyeshadows, because they aren’t dry and powdery and prone to sheerness.

#116 was the worst offender, followed by #91.  #04 and #17 were the easiest to use out of the eight.  I’m surprised and shocked at the way these applied.  I tried using the same eyeshadows on two separate days, in case maybe my lids just weren’t right for them.  I had to use the eyeshadows over primer to see any color really stick to the lid, and still, I couldn’t get full color payoff on #91.  After the tenth time packing on the color, I threw in the towel (err, brush?).  I think you need to use a creamier, whiter base underneath these to really get them to work well.  Over Make Up For Ever Prime, the eyeshadows lasted eight hours but did look faded, though no creasing.

I have to admit–I’m a bit heartbroken over the outcome.

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

D+
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3
Application
68%
Total

Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright silver with a metallic finish. Urban Decay Oz is darker and a powder product. Buxom Chihuahua is a bit darker. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is darker.

Silver Strike applies very smoothly and evenly; it has a a really creamy consistency that enables really good spread and application of the product without having to layer it or worry about it catching on itself.  It goes on mostly opaque, but it didn’t build up to full opacity. When I tested it, the color lasted for a full twelve hours without fading or creasing (no primer).  Because this has a creamier consistency, it can also be sheered out easily, if that is your desired look.  The more opaque it is, the more metallic and reflective it becomes.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hour Eyeshadow Silver Strike
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope
Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope ($95.00 for 0.56 oz. includes four eyeshadows: Axiom (sublime bronzed umber), Graphic (silver liquid metal), Crucible (rich pomegranate), and Genre (deep gunmetal).

Axiom is a warmed-up, bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with orange-tan undertones. It has full pigmentation both wet and dry, and when used damp, the metallic sheen becomes more pronounced. Chanel Intuition #4 is darker, redder-toned. Tarte Brilliant Bronze is less warm-toned. Clarins Enchanted Summer #3 is is very similar. Buxom Golden Retriever is more frosted and less orange-y. Giorgio Armani Gold Blitz #5 is very similar–more metallic in finish.

Graphic is a soft, cool-toned gray with a silver shimmer and sheen. When applied dry, it has decent color payoff but feels a touch powdery. When applied damp, it becomes more metallic and, as a result, looks lighter. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is similar in color but more metallic. Giorgio Armani #22 is slightly lighter.

Crucible is a darkened cranberry red with red-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation when applied dry and wet, but it was better applied wet. It was a smidgen powdery dry, and the damp application made it perfectly smooth. Cinderella Rococo is browner. MAC Star Violet is very similar. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is a bit purpler and a cream product.

Genre is a deep, rich, blackened gray with a soft, pearly finish. The color payoff is excellent both wet and dry, and I didn’t notice much (if any) difference between either application. Tarte Intergalactic is lighter. Urban Decay Black Market is a warmer gray. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is a smidgen lighter.

While buying an Eye Kaleidoscope is no doubt painful at $95 in a single go, at least you’re getting half an ounce worth of eyeshadow. I purchased mine from Nordstrom, which is sold out, but it’s still available at counters and at other online retailers like Saks. Each eyeshadow is 0.14 oz. in size, which is nearly triple the average full-sized eyeshadow–it’s only $169/oz. (whereas brands like MAC and Urban Decay are $300/oz. and $380/oz., respectively), but some of that is offset by the fact that many of us are unlikely to finish the majority of eyeshadows we own. If you are, though, it’s superb deal! 🙂

I’m a big fan of Le Metier de Beaute’s eyeshadow formula, because they’re incredibly soft, finely-milled, and buttery–super dense and richly pigmented–and they can be used wet or dry.  They’re also designed to be layered over each other, too, so they don’t turn muddy.  The soft textures make every shade a cinch to blend and diffuse around the edges, but the pigmentation means you can get rich color without having to pack it on.  Graphic and Crucible felt just a smidgen powdery but not to a degree that it impacted application–I didn’t have any fall out during application despite applying all of the eyeshadows dry.  I wore Bauhaus and had it last a full nine hours without creasing or fading (no primer).

Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle cool undertones. On my warmer complexion, when it is sheered out, it almost looks warm-toned, but it’s really not. Milani Green Safari is very close, just slightly more frosted. MAC Feeling Fresh is warmer and lighter. MAC Fresh Flare is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here is very close but a powder product.

Extreme Emerald had good color payoff–not fully opaque on the lid–but certainly not just a sheer wash of color. It was a little difficult to build-up the color and blend it, because it didn’t apply evenly. The consistency of this shade was wetter than other Shadow Paints I’ve tested, and as a result, it was prone to creasing because the drying time was much longer than the other shades. What I noticed was that while it creased initially, it didn’t crease more during the day–so however it dries is how it stays.  If it’s a color you’re interested in, I recommend closing your eyes for two to three minutes and/or watching and lightly blending out the creasing as it happens.  I re-tested it this way, and I didn’t have any color gathered in the creases, though it was still a bit patchy in color overall.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint Extreme Emerald

MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four shades: Cheryl Chic (light coral pink), Dreammaker (pale frosty yellow), Caramel Sundae (mid-tone warm tan), and Showstopper (dark, cool-toned brown).

Cheryl Chic is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It has a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. Tarte Skinny Dip is matte. NARS Bouthan #1 is lighter and matte. MAC Rose Light is a smidgen darker and more metallic. MAC Love Power is rather similar.

Dreammaker is a warm, yellow gold with a frosted finish. It has a frost finish officially. The color payoff was a little weak here, and there was some sheerness. It was also a little powdery both initially when I swatched as well as when I applied it to the lid; it really didn’t want to smooth out for me. This is also a repromote. bareMinerals The Rising Star is similar. Make Up For Ever #10 is more metallic and a touch darker.

Caramel Sundae is a softened, medium brown with a satiny sheen. It has a satin finish. There are warm tones to it, but they’re subtle and barely-there. It had decent to good color payoff, and it applied smoothly, but the texture was a touch dry. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #3 is browner. Tarte Hot Cocoa is a touch grayer. Bobbi Brown Praline is a smidgen warmer.

Showstopper is a cool-toned, dark brown with a matte finish. It has a matte shade, and this is a shade that has come out many, many times pre-made palettes/quads. It has a firm, stiff texture that doesn’t yield great pigmentation and doesn’t blend out as easily as a really great matte would. theBalm Matt Ramirez has stronger red undertones. MAC Diamond Dove is similar. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 is warmer.

None of the shades in this palette were as bad as the ones in Spoiled Rich, though the palette as a whole is just okay–not horrible but at the price point, you’d likely want better quality.  Cheryl Chic was the best-performing out of the four with Caramel Sundae coming in second.  Dreammaker was surprisingly troublesome from its powdery texture to its sheer color payoff.  Showstopper was a pain to blend and apply, though it was unsurprising given its past track record.  The real concern with this palette is whether or not it’s going to show up on your skin tone, because three of the shades are on the softer side.  On my lid, the three lighter shades really ran together, so I think this may only be workable on really fair complexions.  I wore all four shades together, and they lasted seven and a half hours before starting to have a slightly faded look.

MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette (Archie’s Girls)

C+
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

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