Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Lancome My French Palette
Lancome My French Palette

Lancome My French Palette ($58.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes nine shades with two that double as powder eyeliners. Six of the nine shades are neutrals, and then two are in the teal family with one blackish-gray. The formula used in the palette really needs an eyeshadow primer in order for the majority of the shades to have good color coverage and smooth, even application, as it had a more powder quality that made it harder to apply to bare skin (or else it would sheer out immediately as the product didn’t stick well).

My French #1 is a very light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a soft but powdery texture that absolutely requires a base to perform decently. It faded within six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #2 is a pinky mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Another shade that was somewhat powdery and resulted in so-so pigmentation. It lasted for six hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #3 is a pinky-peach–more pink than peach–with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery, dusty texture. The color only lasted for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #4 is a bright, metallic beige with warm undertones. The texture was so soft that it applied thickly, where the powder bunched up on itself, so it can emphasize the texture on the lids or lines/wrinkles. It had intense color payoff, and it did wear well for eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #5 is a peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that wasn’t powdery. It applied well and stayed on for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #6 is a rich, bronzy brown with a metallic finish and warm, reddish undertones. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, dense, buttery texture that went on well. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #7 is a light-medium, aqua teal with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was a little dry to work with, which made blending unnecessarily difficult. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #8 is a muted, bluish-teal with a satiny sheen. The texture was on the drier, stiffer side and difficult to blend or apply in a solid line (as eyeliner). I couldn’t even use this wet at all–using it wet made the surface harden. It lasted for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #9 is a gray-ish black with subtle shimmer. It had excellent pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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My French Palette

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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My French #1

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad
Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad

Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring that features four shades ranging from olive green, peach, light yellow, and brown. A few of Guerlain’s quads I like, but a lot of them are less impressive. There’s definitely something different about the formula in the more recent iterations that is drier and more powdery, which has, in turn, made them sheerer, harder to apply, and shorter-wearing.

Les Precieux #1 is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft texture–it felt a little dry to me–that blended easily, so it tended to look sheerer when actually applied (without a base to help it). It wore well for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #2 is a light, frosty pink-peach with warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a drier texture, though it didn’t feel stiff, but it just didn’t adhere well to the skin. It lasted for six hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #3 is a buttery light yellow gold with a frosted finish with white sparkle. The texture was somewhat dry with a powderiness to it. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it didn’t stick to bare skin well. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #4 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly with a really rich, buttery texture. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Les Precieux (504)

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8/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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10/10

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Les Precieux #2

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6.5/10

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7/10

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette
Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette ($58.00 for 0.332 oz.) contains six eyeshadows and two cheek colors. Everything about this palette was a disappointment. It’s a bit like wearing a bunch of faded, barely-there eyeshadows that just make your natural lid look muddied, dreary, and powdery. Both cheek colors were stiff and required a spatula to scrape off color to get anything to show up in a swatch, but I couldn’t get either to visibly appear on my cheeks. The eyeshadows are very soft and powdery, and unfortunately, most of them blend away to poor versions of themselves in practice. I was a bit surprised, because it swatched better than anticipated, but it was a mess trying to use this. The only way to salvage it would be use to a white, tacky/creamy base. The only nice thing about this is the packaging, which has “water’ droplets on the exterior (exactly like MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection).

Mist is a muted, light-medium green-teal with strong gray and cool undertones. It had a satin finish. It had decent color payoff but was so soft that it sheered out to semi-sheer coverage. It was noticeably faded after five hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fog is a light-medium, khaki green with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was soft yet powdery enough that it tended to blend away to a rather sheer, faded color applied to the lid in practice. It wore well for five and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Storm is a muted, overcast green with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage but was prone to sheering out to a very faded, sheerer version of itself. It only wore well for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wind is a soft, muted pink-lavender with hints of gray and a subtle, warmer undertone and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, but it had a somewhat powdery texture that made it difficult to keep at that intensity–it wanted to sheer out almost instantly. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Purple Rain is a cool-toned, purple-gray with a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a soft texture that was somewhat powdery. It was faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cloud is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery, semi-sheer, and lasted a mere five hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sunset (Cheek Color) is a pink-peach with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. I had to chip away at the pan’s surface to dislodge product with a metal spatula, because the surface was so firm and hard that it nearly felt like plastic. What I managed to scrape away ended up being chalky, powdery, and dry. I couldn’t get it to show up on my skin tone, but I did see a slightly chalky cast in person, though it seemed to disappear nearly instantly, because it was gone less than an hour later. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Earth (Cheek Color) is a medium-dark reddish brown with a satin finish. It had a similarly hard surface that required scraping to get any product out of it for swatching. It was powdery, dry, prone to fading, and incredibly difficult to blend on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Watercolour Mist

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5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

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5/10

Longevity

4.5/10

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3/5

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6/10

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8.6/10

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6/10

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5.5/10

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4/5

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Burberry Nude (No. 002) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow
Burberry Nude (No. 002) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow

Burberry Nude (No. 002) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark golden brown with a hint of gray and a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Rum Raisin (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D 3AM (LE) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is very similar. Urban Decay Resist (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is a cream product. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is lighter. NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Superwatt (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re a fan of formulas like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity, Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee, or the newest Tom Ford Eye Color Duos, you’ll probably like Burberry’s newest wet/dry formula. It’s very, very similar (as they all are), but I think Burberry’s achieved the silkiest, smoothest iteration, which gives it the best texture of all that I’ve tried. Much to my dismay, I only purchased one of the four shades available, and I managed to snag one more, but the other two are on backorder.

The brand describes the formula as “high-pigment colour with light-reflecting technology.” It can be used wet or dry, with wet application supposed to yield more “vibrant intensity.” Applied dry, it is slightly softer and is easier to sheer out if desired, and applied damp, it darkens slightly and becomes more metallic. The powder is incredibly easy to blend on the skin that it is nearly effortless to get a soft, diffused edge. It’s a denser product that doesn’t feel heavy but adheres well to the skin, which makes it so easy to use. When I tested for wear, the color lasted well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly.

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Nude (No. 002)

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Monday, February 16th, 2015

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie (248) Mutli-Effect Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie (248) Mutli-Effect Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie (248) Mutli-Effect Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of shades inspired by the “graceful world of ballet.” It’s a cooler-toned palette that features a cool pink, iridescent pink-white, violet, and taupe brown. The palette lacked pigmentation when used dry; the formula had to be used with a dampened brush to achieve more true-to-pan color, but even then, three of the four shades would fade as the product dried down (within minutes of initial application).

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #1 is a light-medium pink with strong, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was fully opaque if I used it with a dampened brush. The texture was soft and smooth, while the color wore well for eight hours. Dior House of Pinks #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME866 Frosted Pink (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever I864 Baby Pink (P, $21.00) is darker. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #5 (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker. Urban Decay Coax (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #2 is a pink-tinted, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. Again, it was sheer when applied dry, and it was mostly opaque when I applied it using a dampened brush. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. It wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink (P, $21.00) is similar. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is darker. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is darker. Dior Garden Pastels #3 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #3 is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, which intensified to slightly more opaque color when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was smooth, but it was a little dry and looked it on the lid. When I applied it damp, the color would fade back to the way it looked dry within a few minutes. It lasted for seven and a half hours. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Purple (15) (P, $4.49) is warmer. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Ulta Purple (P, $10.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #2 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #1 (P) is darker. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Dior Garden Roses #3 (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals Encore (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #4 is a muted, dark brown with strong charcoal gray undertones and a golden sheen paired with very fine multi-colored shimmer. It was a surprisingly complex shade, and it’s such a shame that the rest of the quad wasn’t better. This shade had semi-opaque pigmentation when I tried using it dry, and it had full coverage when I used it damp. It wore well for eight hours. Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE) is warmer, darker. MAC Cinder (Left) (LE) is lighter. Chanel Poesie #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. Stila Substance (P) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Chrome (P) is lighter. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is lighter, warmer. Dior Millenium (381) (P, $31.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tisse Rhapsodie (248)

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Tisse Rhapsodie #1

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7/10

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Tisse Rhapsodie #2

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7/10

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7/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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Monday, February 16th, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) consists of a white with a bluish iridescence and a blackened navy blue. I want to like it, but I find the lighter shade can be finicky to apply, as it tended to thicken and bunch up (almost flake off from the pan) when used damp. If used dry, the color payoff was sheerer and less metallic, but dry application was the most forgiving. The darker shade was easy to use either damp or dry, and it remained blendable even when applied with a dampened brush.

Crushed Indigo (Left) is a brightened white with a blue iridescence that gives it a cool-toned, bluish-violet sheen. It had a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. The product would thicken and clump together when applied with a damp brush if you weren’t careful. It lasted for eight hours before fading. Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $18.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Ice Queen (P, $5.99) is less iridescent. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is grayer. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P) is less metallic. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crushed Indigo (Right) is a blackened navy blue with lighter and darker blue shimmer for a soft, frosted finish. The texture was soft but a little dry, and the color payoff was semi-opaque to opaque (dry to damp), but it was a very buildable formula. On the skin, it was blendable and easy to work with. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. Guerlain Les Nuees #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME224 Navy Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $31.00) is warmer, cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight (LE) is similar. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is brighter, lighter. Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $18.00) ios similar. MAC Lunar (LE, $19.50) is brighter, lighter. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Crushed Indigo

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8/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Crushed Indigo (Left)

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Crushed Indigo (Right)

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