Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow
MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow

MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale peach shimmer [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that was blendable and buildable in color. It wore well for eight hours before creasing on me. I expected this to have some dupes, but it was surprisingly dupable. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE) is lighter. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is similar. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is darker. Stila Rose Quartz (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P) is similar. Chanel Tisse Camelia #3 (P) is similar. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is similar. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is similar. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more glittery. MAC Jest (P, $15.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC A Natural Flirt (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is similar. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is more shimmery. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Yogurt Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “chalky pale pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light, neutral-to-cool-toned pink with a matte finish. The texture was firm and thin, which made it harder to get color off of the surface. It lasted for seven hours before fading. This shade is part of the permanent range. Lancome My French #2 (LE) is much darker. Make Up For Ever M870 Yogurt (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC The Wrong Man (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Elementary Pink (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Fray (LE, $18.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

There are two other new, limited edition shades in this collection, which I don’t have, but I’ll certainly try to snag them when the collection launches online on March 26th!

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

MAC Amber Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Amber Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Amber Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a warm-toned set of neutral eyeshadows with a mix of some of MAC’s long-time permanent options along with shades from past limited edition releases as well as new shades (that seem to be exclusive to this palette). Each eyeshadow is about the size of a dime and contains 0.02 oz., whereas a full-sized eyeshadow contains 0.05 oz. (or 0.04 oz. if it is a Veluxe Pearl eyeshadow). The compact is the size of MAC’s eyeshadow quads. I would consider this a palette that’s real value is in getting nine shades for $40, otherwise it’s about the same amount of product you get in a pre-made MAC eyeshadow quad (0.19 oz.). The quality seems comparable to MAC eyeshadows in general, and the shades available as singles seem to perform like their individual versions.

If there’s a lull in new products, I might go back and test out the shades for wear, but there are so many other limited edition MAC products to get through that this is definitely a lower priority at the moment — but here are photos and swatches with brief descriptions and initial thoughts! Hopefully this is still helpful! :)

Cozy Grey is described as a “cool grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light beige with a subtle gray tone and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, soft but a little firmly packed into the pan. This was released previously in the 15-pan Cool Neutral palette.

Kitties is described as a “pale bronze [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellowed gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and it was mostly opaque.

Georgia Peach is described as a “dirty rose pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark peach-brown with a matte finish. The texture was on the firmer side but yielded decent color payoff.

Ricepaper is described as a “peachy gold with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a lightened yellow with a frosted finish. It had a soft, blendable texture on the skin with good pigmentation. It seemed a smidgen yellower compared to my original.

Creative Copper is described as a “light beige [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a golden copper with hints of brown and a glittery, sparkly finish over a metallic sheen. Lustres are typically sheerer with noticeable sparkle/glitter and almost always have fall out. This has been released as a limited edition shade as well as in the 15-pan Warm Neutral palette, but it’s not as good as the one in the 15-pan palette–it is more like the limited version, as it is chunky and doesn’t hold together as well. I would use this one over a base for sure to help it bind.

Cork is described as a “muted golden brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a soft but firmer texture. It was sheerer and noticeably lighter than my permanent pan.

Don’t Tell is described as a “sparkly brown [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a rosy brown with copper and champagne sparkle and shimmer. It had a sparkly texture that you could feel that seemed to blend out to semi-sheer coverage.

Aromatic is described as a “matte brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was firm and dry, which resulted in semi-sheer, uneven pigmentation.

Pepper Please is described as a “sparkly bronze copper brown [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a muted, dark brown with subtle, reddish undertones and gold sparkles strewn through it over a matte finish. I’d expect this to look primarily matte once applied as the sparkles in Velvets rarely transfer to the lid unless you use a tackier base (which I would

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Friday, March 13th, 2015

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes five shades of muted, smokier shades. It was a complete and utter disaster; not worth $8, let alone $80. Described as a “rich palette” with “an absolute black” and “brilliant green and plum shades,” I don’t know what palette they’re speaking of, because these were sheer, dusty, and uneven applied to the skin. One could probably salvage it to some degree by using a tacky, colored or white-hued base. The eyeshadows are just so powdery with little binder that they don’t adhere well to bare skin, sheer away as soon as you make any attempt to blend, and they look dry and patchy. As they end up showing up rather sheer and muted, the darker shades get lost in each other. The entire look had creased and faded after five hours of wear.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #1 is described as a “gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish. It was very powdery, but it applied the best out of the five shades, as it at least looked fairly even. It was significantly faded after five hours of wear. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #2 is described as a “brilliant green.” It’s a faded, murky forest green with a lighter green satin shimmer. Thie texture was unbelievably powdery–it just doesn’t bind; instead, it flies away as you apply it to the skin. It needs some sort of tacky base to have a hope of adhering. It looked dry, blotchy, and was the worst eyeshadow in the palette. The color had such promise in the pan, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #3 is described as an “absolute black.” It’s a soft black with neutral undertones and a smattering of ultra-fine silver shimmer. It was semi-sheer, powdery, difficult to blend, and short-wearing. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #4 is described as a “plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. This one was deceptive; it seemed to swatch well and held together on the skin better than the other shades, but it still was difficult to apply on the lid–it just tended to blend out too readily, which made it look sheer and uneven. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 is described as a “silver-white.” It’s a brightened, silvery-white with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was powdery and thin so it didn’t apply evenly or with more than semi-opaque coverage. It faded after five hours. This type of color is more basic, so there are a slew of alternatives out there. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor
Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor

Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a set of lightly warm-toned neutrals with more matte finishes. Often, when a new formula comes out, I try to pick a shade that is more of a “gimme” and one that may be more challenging, and if a brand can’t put out decent warm-toned neutrals, then it really isn’t looking good for the formula. This quad is better than Tentation, but it still suffers from a texture that while soft to the touch, is firmer that makes it harder to blend and apply. I was able to get a decent look out of it, and it was only the deepest shade that was really difficult to work with. I don’t recommend it, because I think you can get better performing neutrals right out-of-the-palette at an assortment of prices equal or less than this from a myriad of brands, but if you were looking to make it work, I would highly recommend a primer or good base underneath to help combat some of the blending, pigmentation, and longevity issues present.

Delicate #1 is a medium-dark brown with warm, golden yellow undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier, thinner consistency that stuck to the skin but didn’t move well. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. LORAC Unedited (P) is slightly darker. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is similar. Colour Pop Farah (P, $5.00) is a cream product. Kat Von D Leather (LE) is similar. MAC Clove (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Stila Being (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC A Harvest of Greens #4 (P, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #2 is a medium, golden brown with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly blendable, moderately soft texture that was workable. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Mumu (LE, $15.00) is more matte. LORAC Undeniable (P) is less warm-toned. Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is darker. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is darker. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer, more matte. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is more matte. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #3 is a light-medium, golden beige-brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a drier, thin texture that wasn’t powdery but required building on the lid. It blended decently but faded after six and a half hours. MAC Mumu (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Undeniable (P) is darker. Colour Pop Smash (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever S642 Sahara (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #4 is a brightened ivory with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was soft and blendable but thin. It lasted for six hours on me. It’s a more basic shade, so there are a lot of very, very similar options. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) consists of a medium yellowed green, burgundy, mauve-y pink, and shimmery beige. I thought it was an interesting color combination to try, but I was very disappointed in the quality of the eyeshadows in practice. Givenchy describes the formula as having an “intuitive application [that] offers immediate and even coverage for pure, intense color payoff … comfortable to wear and luminous, it stays true all day long.” They swatched with promise, but they just didn’t adhere well, blend easily, or wear for long. The initial application made it look like I had been wearing the eyeshadows for sixteen hours in humid weather–faded, muddied, and uneven, when it was more like five minutes. You know it’s bad when you apply the product, see the end result, apply more, still get the same result, and have ended up packing so much product on that you have more eyeshadow underneath your eye than above it, then say, “screw it!” and remove and try again another day, only to endure the same frustrating, dismal results as before a week later.

Tentation #1 is a medium, yellowed olive green with a smattering of light gold sparkle over a satin finish. It seemed like it had good color payoff, but it sheers out really easily in practice and doesn’t stick to the skin well. I felt like I applied the color, blended carefully, and then it seemed to disappear, like some kind of horrible magic trick. It was noticeably faded and creased after four hours of wear. Colour Pop Rebel (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery, cream. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Colour Pop Hammered (P, $5.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is warmer. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Marsh (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) (P, $23.00) is darker, less shimmery, cream. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is a cream. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #148 (DC, $20.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #2 is a muted, dark burgundy-brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation but had a dry, hard-to-blend texture that faded quickly. The color applied and remained uneven on the skin, as it just wouldn’t blend. It showed signs of creasing after six hours of wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Red Mahogany (LE) is similar. Guerlain Cygne Noir #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Hello Kitty Celebrate (LE) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Black Forest Truffle (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is lighter. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is browner. Urban Decay Roach (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #3 is a light-medium, pink-mauve with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was sheer, firm, and difficult to get color to translate onto the skin, as it went on unevenly and tended to blend away to nothingness. On me, it seemed like it had vanished within four hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #4 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Paris #1 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S812 Tea Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P) is brighter. MAC Lingering Dusk (LE, $15.00) is warmer, darker. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #4 is a light, sparkly beige with warm, golden undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer texture that didn’t play well with the skin. It sheered out as soon as you went to blend it, and the sparkles got everywhere. It looked like it had totally faded within four hours of wear. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #1 (LE) is warmer, darker. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is a liquid product, less sparkly. Dior Golden Reflections #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Clarins Forest #2 (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Bone (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

MAC Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of three neutral duos in the upcoming Julia Petit collaboration collection. This is the last duo, and it is another instance where one shade is nice and one is hard to use. It’s an interesting pairing of colors/textures, but the quality is just missing in the black shade–it’s so difficult to blend.

Mumu is described as a “soft nude brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark ochre brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was so soft and smooth that it felt creamy, even though it was a powder product. It had good pigmentation with a blendable, easy-to-use formula that wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. LORAC Undeniable (P) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE) is less yellow. Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is less yellow. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is similar. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is warmer, more orange. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is similar. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Uninterrupted (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Outre (LE, $15.00) is warmer, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Noite is described as a “black with pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a dark black with silver sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which is actually the pigmentation level that Lustres are supposed to have. I found it was buildable if you wanted a deeper, more opaque black. The texture is really dry and thin, which made it incredibly hard to blend; it always looked streaky, uneven, and just dry applied to the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was fall out from the sparkle in the shade. Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is sparklier. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is a cream product, has more sparkle. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is lighter. Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) has more sparkles, darker. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Starry Night (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Pure Glam (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Oil Slick (P, $18.00) has more sparkles. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Black Tied (P, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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