Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Makeup Geek  Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) just launched officially today. There are ten shades in total, and each is $9.99 or you can get all ten for $89. I hope to have reviews up this week (I’m wearing them today), but for now, hope you’ll enjoy these sneak peek swatches! :)

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo
Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a dark taupe brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. It looked a lot more shimmery in the pan than it did when it swatched! The consistency was silky but powdery, so it didn’t apply as evenly or with as much intensity as desired. I don’t notice the shortcomings as much when I applied it into the crease with a fluffier brush, but for lid application, it is more noticeable. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Deep Brown (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #6 (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Persuade (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Defy (LE, $18.00) is grayer. Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is darker, grayer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Tide Pool (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is similar. Ulta Mink (P, $10.00) is similar. Chanel Mystere #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Double Feature #3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #14 Aurore Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a cool-toned,, rosy mauve with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery but very finely-milled. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. Chanel Utopia (96) (LE, $36.00) is a crema product. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is lighter, brighter. MAC Strawberry Patch (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #15 Parma Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted, medium purple with a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a very soft, silky, and finely-milled texture–that did kick up excess when used–which applied easily. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is lighter. Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio
MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the brand’s online-only, limited edition offering for Black Friday. It’s a mix of warm white, medium silver, and shimmery black for a smoky, monochromatic eye. It uses MAC’s Veluxe Pearlfusion formula, which is designed to give “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when used dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when used wet. Some of the Veluxe Pearlfusion offerings are quite nice, but others are misses. This one was a miss for me, due to just so-so quality.

Smokey Black Friday #1 is a bright white with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery, consistency that yielded sheer color coverage applied dry and semi-opaque coverage applied damp. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less metallic. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is similar. LORAC Snow (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is less metallic. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) MAC Chillproof (LE, $15.00) MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #2 is a purplish-gray with a light silver metallic shimmer/frost. More like a cool-toned taupe than a real gray. It was sheer applied dry and semi-sheer applied damp. It looked faded after seven hours of wear. MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Breaking Ground (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker, cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #3 is a dark, charcoal gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It was slightly dry and powdery to the touch. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, but it was mostly opaque applied damp. It wore well for eight hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P) is similar. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is darker. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is similar. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. LORAC Slate (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Chanel Rêve d'Orient Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Rêve d’Orient Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Rêve d’Orient Eyeshadow Quad ($70.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition Quad that will be available on chanel.com on December 1st. As a bonus, any orders with the Quad will get complimentary overnight shipping (and therein is the Cyber Monday deal for ya!). The formula of the quad seemed similar to the recent Tisse series quads that Chanel released a few months ago, but these do have a raised star pattern on each shade (otherwise, it doesn’t seem different). All four shades performed well with nice pigmentation, soft, blendable textures, and long-wear (eight to nine hours). They can be used wet or dry, though I don’t think it’s necessary to use them damp to get good performance out of them, but applying the shades with a dampened brush gives a slightly more intense look and a smoother, less frosted (more metallic) finish. You may find that you can easily dupe this with shades you already own, though, as there was no shortage of dupe options for the shades in this quad.

Rêve d’Orient #1 is described as a “luminous brown.” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly finish–a little more sheen than satin but not a frost. It had excellent pigmentation applied wet or dry, though the drier application was a touch richer with less product. It wore well for nine hours on me. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. Tarte Too Haute to Handle (LE) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, yellower. Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is redder. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is similar. MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is redder. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is redder. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Friendly (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker. Chanel Intuition #4 (P) is similar. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rêve d’Orient #2 is described as a “glimmering beige.” It’s a brightened, white gold with warm, ivory undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque with a more frosted finish, whereas when I applied it to the skin with a dampened brush, it had a smoother, more metallic finish. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is less warm-toned. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is darker. LORAC Cashmere (LE) is darker. LORAC Sand (LE) is darker. LORAC Opal (LE) is similar. Hello Kitty Bright (LE) is similar. MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is warmer. YSL Saharienne #2 (P) is less shimmery. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rêve d’Orient #3 is described as a “rich gold.” It’s a brightened, medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, but the wet application made it appear slightly darker and richer. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is lighter. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is brighter. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is warmer, lighter. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, darker. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is similar. Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rêve d’Orient #4 is described as a “deep black.” It’s a rich, dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented both wet and dry, though it is a bit smoother and looks inkier in person when applied damp. Thankfully, it is incredibly blendable with a silky, finely-milled texture. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is softer. Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE) is warmer. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P) is similar. MAC Bleuluxe #5 (P) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Eyeshadow Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Eyeshadow Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that uses a different formula than her other palettes. It is a wet/dry formula that’s supposed to have a “rich and buildable layer of color” when applied dry with “three times the color intensity and … [a] metal reflective finish” when applied damp. The palette is really easy to work with, and the four shades performed well consistently with good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and long-wear (eight hours). It is true that the color is more buildable (or sheer-able) if you use it dry, whereas a damp brush will yield very opaque results with (seemingly) less product, though both application methods yielded richer color payoff without fuss. Ultimately, applying the shades with a dampened brush does seem to give slightly richer color with more depth and a stronger sheen, but it is a subtle difference–not three times the intensity (I think the third shade had the “biggest” difference, while the first had the least) and not all were metallic when damp. It’s a really lovely palette if you like your warmer, smokier neutrals with a lot of shimmer, but you may want to check your stash for dupes first as these were more dupable shades.

The price point on this is higher than the regular line ($65 vs. $52), while quantity also decreased (0.10 oz. vs. 0.18 oz.), and I wish it was one or the other. This type of wet/dry formula seems similar to ones like Chanel’s recent eyeshadow quads, Tom Ford’s Nude Dip quad (which is similar in color composition, too), Estee Lauder Gelees, NARS Dual Intensity, MAC Extra Dimension, and so forth, which all tended to have lower quantities compared to their traditional powder formulas, but it was more of a mixed bag with regards to whether a brand increased the price per ounce as well. For reference, the palette is the same physical size of the regular line, so visually, they don’t seem smaller.

Fallen Angel #1 is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color applied dry, and it was fully opaque applied damp, where it was also a bit more shimmery and brighter. The consistency was soft without being powdery and applied smoothly to the skin, while it wore well for eight hours before fading. Anastasia Blush (LE) is darker. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is a touch cooler-toned. Stila Kitten (P) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is very similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fallen Angel #2 is a golden taupe brown with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it appeared slightly warmer and a touch more muted, while applied damp gave it a smoother sheen; the differences are subtle, though. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Resist (LE, $18.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Topaz (P) is less shimmery. MAC Quintessential (LE, $15.00) is warmer, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker, less shimmery, cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is cooler-toned, darker. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is more golden. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $42.00) is darker. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is similar Urban Decay YDK (LE, $18.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Superwatt (LE, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is lighter. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fallen Angel #3 is a warm, bronzy brown with a metallic and reddish undertones. It was opaque both wet and dry, though it appeared slightly darker when applied damp. The color lasted well for eight hours. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is lighter, yellower. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less shimmery. MAC Golden Hours #1 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is redder. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is redder. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $15.00) is redder. MAC Twinks (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fallen Angel #4 is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a soft, pearly finish. Applied dry, it had a softer look to it and was slightly less smooth and opaque compared to the damp application. This shade also lasted for eight hours before fading. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #4 (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP 1001 Nights (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is warmer. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P) is darker. MAC Dark Dare (LE, $19.50) is darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl (214) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl (214) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl (214) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes seven shades ranging from matte beige to green-teal to eggplant. It’s a new(er) and permanent addition to the palette range that released in the fall. Overall, it’s a nice palette with six of the seven shades performing well with good color payoff, long-wear, and softer, easier-to-use textures. The one that was the major miss was drier with a stiffer consistency that made it harder to blend and use on the eyelid. It seemed like a more unique mix of shades to me, which is nice to see.

The Night Owl #1 is described as a “champagne sheen with silver glitter.” It’s a muted, antique gold with neutral-to-warm undertones and a metallic sheen. While I detected silver micro-glitter in the pan, almost none showed up on the actual lid, so there didn’t seem to be issues with fall out either (because there wasn’t any to fall!). The color itself wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #2 is described as an “intense black matte with iridescent glitter.” It’s a deep, dark black with a mostly matte finish (and it appears mostly matte once applied and blended on the skin) and a sprinkling of very fine multi-colored shimmer. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #3 is described as a “metallic golden bronze.” It’s a rich, medium-dark honey gold with hints of brown in its base and a high-shine, metallic finish. It was incredibly soft, buttery, and smooth with intense color payoff. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #4 is described as a “matte creme.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #5 is described as a “mermaid sheen with subtle iridescent shimmer.” It’s a brightened, bluish-teal with a frosted, metallic sheen and subtle silver sparkle. The consistency is a smidgen dry, though it is very pigmented and was fairly easy to blend. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #6 is described as a “cocoa matte with rose gold shimmer.” It’s a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. There is a light dusting of gold micro-shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #7 is described as a “rich matte espresso.” It’s a blackened eggplant purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. This was the worst-performing shade in the palette, as it was drier and stiffer, so the color payoff was lacking and blendability was lower. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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