Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had insanely rich color payoff where a little went a long way. The texture was creamy–almost like a cream eyeshadow–and very smooth, so the color went on evenly but was also blendable. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is a smidgen lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less red. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is lighter. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, golden copper with a metallic sheen. It had excellent pigmentation that was fully opaque and went on incredibly smoothly and evenly on the skin (arm and eyelid). The consistency felt creamy, buttery, and rich, while it lasted for nine hours before fading. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) s slightly brighter. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is browner. Disney by Sephora Drizella (LE) is more muted. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is warmer, lighter. bareMinerals Truffle (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff is fantastic with a really rich, buttery texture that goes on so smoothly. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. This shade was featured in the Artist Palette as well, so I’m able to confirm that the two are equal in quality, which is excellent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D868 Crystalline Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a pink-tinged white with iridescent pink and silver flecks of sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a fairly creamy, dense texture. The “Crystalline” shades seem to be more layering ones (think Make Up For Ever’s Star Powders) that transform colors underneath, though they’re brightening on their own, as they’re very sparkly. The sparkle adheres with the base color, but there was some fall out over the eight-hour wear time. Stila Pink Diamond (P) is warmer. Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is more metallic. Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Pastelluxe #3 (P) is pinker. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is less sparkly. Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.50 oz.) that features eighteen eyeshadows that range from beige to blue to black with a variety of finishes. The palette gives off a more muted vibe–none of the colors are really bold or bright, they tend to have a softer, more muted quality to them. Some shades are good color payoff while others were just so-so, but many of them were powdery and a little dry (not stiff, just a drier, powdery consistency). I noticed many were prone to fading, and I felt like it was difficult to apply these without a primer underneath, as the powdery, drier texture made the product less inclined to stick to bare skin. This primer absolutely needs a primer to be workable in order to combat the under-pigmented eyeshadows along with the more powdery textures that they have.

Wipe Out is a light, warm beige with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft texture that was somewhat powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

High Tide is a light, warm-toned beige with a soft, frosted finish and yellow undertones. It is a lot like Wipe Out, just more shimmery. It had good pigmentation with a soft but lightly powdery consistency. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hang 10 is a muted, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a soft but powdery texture. The color lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dream Boat is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was decent but could have been better, while the texture was noticeably powdery, which made it seem prone to fading on the lid. It only wore well for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sandbar is a murky, green-gray with a pink iridescence sheen. It seemed warm overall, but it’s one of those colors that can lean either way, depending on what else it is paired with. It had nice color payoff, and it wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tubular is a soft, medium-dark brown with a golden sheen and subtle, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a texture that was just slightly powdery, but it did wear for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Epic is a muted, medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was a bit powdery to work with. The color lasted for seven and a half hours applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Surf’s Up is a medium-dark gray with a frosted finish and cool undertones. The color had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly. It was a bit powdery but less so than other shades in the palette, while the color didn’t start to fade until after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Big Kahuna is a medium-dark, aqua-blue with a golden sheen. It seemed to have good color payoff, but this was a shade where its drier, more powdery consistency made it difficult to apply to the lid with intensity. I kept packing it on, and it kept disappearing/fading. It wore well for about seven hours, though I couldn’t get it to look as bold swatched on the lid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kawabunga is a warm-toned, olive green with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice, mostly opaque pigmentation that went on smoothly with a softer, more buttery texture that wasn’t powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Surfari is a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though the texture was somewhat powdery, which made the color prone to fading before the eight-hour mark. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pipeline is a muted, medium-dark bluish-purple with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was a little dry and powdery, so it didn’t go on as evenly as would be ideal. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Score is a muted, medium brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, though the texture was silky and finely-milled. It wore well for seven hours when I tried it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dig It is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture wasn’t powdery but was still soft and blendable on the lid. The color lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Woodie is a muted, dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the texture felt soft, it was slightly powdery as well. On me, this shade showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stoked is a blackened burgundy with warm undertones and subtle lighter burgundy pearl shimmer over a matte finish. It was sheer whether applied wet or dry, though it was slightly less sheer applied damp. The texture was drier and harder to blend/work with on the eye. The color lasted six and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ripper is a dark, gray-ish brown with warm, olive undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied dry, it had mostly opaque color coverage, but it was fully opaque when applied damp (and it appeared grayer). It lasted for seven hours on the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Righteous is a cool-toned, medium-dark black with a matte finish. It was slightly powdery, though very soft to the touch. The color payoff was decent when applied dry, but it was better applied damp. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of the more disappointing palettes I’ve come across from the brand for one simple reason: these eyeshadows aren’t like the originals/individual/permanent versions. There is something distinctly different in the texture and application in just about all the shades; they’re drier, thinner, and more powdery–they don’t adhere as well to bare skin (which isn’t usually an issue I have with Urban Decay’s formula), lack some depth/intensity compared to the original or standalone version, and are just… off. There’s a soft, dense, buttery feeling that is present with the majority of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows that is missing in action in this palette. The palette is also in dire need of more variety in finishes–it is primarily frosted–and two of the three “new” shades are quite similar to existing/previously released shades.

Usually, Urban Decay’s palettes offer tremendous value, but this one isn’t much of a deal–the best value is just that you’re getting twelve shades for less than the price of two singles, but you’re getting a mere 0.12 oz. The revamped Ammo palette contains 10 x 0.03 oz. eyeshadows for $34–that’s 0.30 oz., over double the size of this one for the same price, plus it also includes a small Primer Potion and mini shadow brush. Urban Decay eyeshadow is $360/oz., so this palette contains $43.20 worth of eyeshadow. The Ammo palette contains $108 worth of eyeshadow ($34, ten shades), while Naked Basics contains $108 worth of eyeshadow ($29, six shades).

Sin is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink. It has warm undertones and a frosted finish. This shade felt most like its original, though it still has a bit of a drier feeling overall. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indo is described as an “emerald.” It’s a cool-toned, green-teal with a frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture had a dryness that made it hard to blend with other shades and gave it a more uneven appearance applied. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bordello is described as a “pale mauve with gold micro-sparkle.” It’s a pinky-plum with copper glitter. It had a powdery, dry texture with chunky glitter that didn’t really bind with the actual color, so a lot of it was trapped in the brush or fell underneath the eye during application. The few remaining sparkles seemed to fall out over time. The color faded after seven hours of wear. It was also warmer than past versions of Bordello. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornado is described as a “vibrant deep purple.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it lacked the intensity and depth of the original Tornado. The consistency was thinner and drier, while the color lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smog is described as a “deep coppery bronze.” It’s a coppery brown with warm, red0orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was only slightly thinner and less dense compared to the full-sized version, but it did translate into giving it a lighter appearance slightly. It lasted for eight hours applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackout is described as a “blackest black.” It’s a deep dark black with a matte finish. The texture is slightly thin and powdery, so it doesn’t adhere well to bare skin, but it is more pigmented than the swatch lets on if it actually stayed on the skin (it kind of blends away). The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flash is described as a “bright iridescent purple.” It’s a cool-toned, lavender purple with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a drier, thinner consistency that felt a little powdery. It was prone to fading, and it only wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mushroom is described as a “warm pale grey.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a reddish-brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, but that same drier, thinner consistency that made it harder to get that true-to-pan color intensity on the lid was present. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lost is described as a “medium metallic brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t too dry, though it felt different than the other version I have of it. The color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freelove is described as a “golden vibrant peach.” It’s a brightened, coral-orange with golden shimmer. It had a drier, somewhat powdery consistency that was thin and difficult to apply, as it would look faded shortly after patting it onto the lid. The color lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonshadow is described as a “bright navy blue.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but the drier consistency made it look somewhat uneven when blended/applied to the skin as it didn’t diffuse as smoothly along the edges. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Baked Cowboy is described as a “golden bronze.” It’s a brightened, golden orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was only slightly powdery and dry. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright white with a blue iridescent shimmer-sheen. It had an overall frosted finish with fairly good color payoff. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable on the lid. It lasted for eight hours on me before creasing slightly. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is similar. Maybelline Waves of White (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Sugarpill Lumi (P, $12.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, sky blue with subtle aqua tones (making it a “warmer” blue) with a sparkly, frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff–definitely one of the weaker shades I’ve tested so far. The consistency was creamy and smooth with a wet-like feeling. It lasted for eight hours with minor fall out over time. Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is greener, less sparkly. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is warmer. L’Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever #150 (DC, $20.00) is a lot lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a satin-matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that felt more like a cream than a powder. The color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. It did lightly stain the skin but went away after a few hours. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cream. Maybelline Never Fade Jade (P, $6.99) is darker. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a navy blue with a subtle, pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly. The creamier, more buttery consistency made blending really easy, despite how rich and pigmented the shade was. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Kat Von D Entombed (P) is brighter. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P) is a touch lighter. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 (LE) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deep dark black with silver sparkle. It was incredibly rich in pigment–a little goes a very long way!–and the sparkle actually binds with the underlying color, so the majority of it applies to the lid and stays in place while worn. There is minor fall out but not really noticeable unless I went looking for it. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before showing signs of wear. Too Faced Starry Night (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Pure Glam (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Oil Slick (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is similar. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is similar. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise

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Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow
Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow

Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a dark, smoky brown with cool, gray undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that just a smidgen on the powdery side but remained blendable and easy to use on the lid. The color lasted for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is lighter. bareMinerals Panorama (LE) is grayer. Kat Von D Dark Throne (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned taupe with a soft, plummy-mauve influence and a satin finish. it had good pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture had a soft, finely-milled, velvety feel to it that wasn’t powdery. This shade wore well for nine hours before showing signs of wear. MAC Rose Blend #2 (LE) is grayer. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and it had a creamy, buttery texture that was easy to work with on the skin. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is lighter. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is darker. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is more beige. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is more beige. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M548 Pink Gray Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and while the texture was soft, silky, and blendable, it was on the powdery side. It applied decently over bare skin, but it’s the type of matte finish that would be best over a primer (or if you have oilier lids, it should be okay). On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is darker, cream. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is a touch lighter.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm brown with just a smidgen of gray and a pearly sheen. It seems to be more of a brown than taupe. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on so smoothly! The texture was equally lovely: buttery, smooth, and blendable. On the lid, the color stayed didn’t show signs of fading for eight and a half hours. This shade is part of the Artist Palette. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is warmer. LORAC Chrome (P) is darker. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is warmer, cream. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Pewter (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, velvety texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It was very blendable and lasted for eight hours. LORAC Unspoken (P) is a little lighter. Makeup Geek Mocha (P, $5.99) is darker. Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is similar. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is similar. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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