Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Too Faced Rock 'n' Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows; three are larger (0.07 oz. each) and six are smaller (0.03 oz. each). It’s an Ulta-exclusive that launches on June 1st. Overall, it’s a nice palette with smokier, darker shades (contrasted with three lighter shades) and good color payoff, decent wear, and soft textures. If you’ve used Too Faced’s eyeshadows before, you’ll be familiar with their slightly softer consistency and texture, which can sometimes be a bit powdery at times. With this type of texture, I would recommend using a primer underneath, as the color will adhere better and wear longer.

I double-checked with Too Faced, and they confirmed June 1st as the launch date on Friday (5/30). Unfortunately, I don’t have any other information on whether there is a new date, it’s simply late, or if there is some other reason for the delay. I highly suggest calling your local ULTA before making a drive to visit.  Update on 6/3/14:  Too Faced says there are shipment delays to retailers at this time, and the palettes are now pushed back to end of the month.

Rockabilly is a light, neutral-to-warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had a soft, silky texture that applied smoothly with good color payoff. It was just slightly powdery. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me. This is definitely a shade Too Faced has released a few times before with little to no noticeable differences. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rap is a coppery gold with warm, orange undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft to the touch, but it was a bit chunky, so there was some fall out during application and a little bit of sparkle fall out during wear. The color wore well for almost eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ska is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable, while the color lasted well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

New Wave is a light, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and white sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t bind too well with the underlying base color, so a lot of it gets trapped and lost in the brush as it is applied to the lid. The few remaining sparkles seem to fall out during wear, which means this is really mostly a matte pink at the end of the day. On my lid, the color stayed put for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pop is a medium-dark plum with warm, burgundy undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was slightly powdery, though soft and easy to blend, but it’s a shade that needs a primer or slightly tacky base to shine. Over bare lids, it fell a little flat–just looked faded–though it lasted for seven and a half hours. It had decent to good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heavy Metal is a blackened blue with very fine iridescent purple and bluish-teal shimmer that creates a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and was only just slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

New Romantic is a light-medium, golden beige with a soft, pearly finish. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft and smooth but not powdery. This color stayed well on the lid for seven and a half hours before it started to break down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glam Rock is a cool-toned taupe with a matte base finished with white sparkle. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery, but the sparkles tended to separate from the actual eyeshadow color, so it applied more like a regular matte shade than one with sparkle. I noticed some stray sparkle fall out when it was worn, though the actual color lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Punk is a medium-dark, forest green with cool-toned emerald green micro-shimmer and a warm, olive brown undertone. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little powdery, though soft, so it was prone to sheering out and looking somewhat faded without a primer. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Cooler-Toned Purple Eyeshadows

Beautiful Iris is described as a “lavender with sheen [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].”  It’s a light-medium, lavender purple with cool, undertones and a soft, frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Digit is described as a “soft violet with subtle pearl [with a Satin finish].”  It’s a light, muted lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen.  See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indian Ink is described as a “deep eggplant [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Parfait Amour is described as an “blue-violet with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, bluish-purple with an iridescent, pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bonus:

These two shades are no longer available on MAC’s website, but since they were in my “permanent” palettes and were re-photographed and swatched, I’m including them below (maybe one of the dupes will be helpful!):
Graphology is a deep, dark, muted purple with cool undertones and a matte finish.  See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Purple Haze is a muted, medium purple with a matte finish and subtle, cool undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo
MAC Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo

MAC Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) includes two shades of eyeshadow in a lavender-hued compact. Both shades are part of the permanent range, and they’re marketed here for brows, but they’re really just regular, powder eyeshadow. You could just as easily use these as eyeshadows as you could for filling in brows. Each shade is available in pan form for $10 each, so you could purchase them separately if desired. The advantage would be the ability to move them to different palettes/compacts as you please, as these two shades are glued in. I regularly use Brun as a brow shade, though for the past few days, I have used Soba and Brun mixed together just to try. Soba has shimmer, so it’s not my personal go-to finish for brows–I think it’s a great shade, just more as an eyeshadow, though.

Soba is described as a “soft taupe [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shimmer. The texture is very soft and finely-milled, but it is on the powdery side, so I noticed a fair amount of powder fall out when I used it as a brow shade, though it has good color payoff. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is similar. MAC Double Feature #4 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker, yellower. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brun is described as a “dark brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark brown with almost cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It’s a more buildable shade, but it doesn’t have rich, intense pigmentation right out of the gate. The texture is a little stiff and mostly blendable, but it takes a little more work to blend it than ideal, particularly for such a dark shade. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is similar. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Coconut Grove (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Dance in the Dark (P, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Foreshadow (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four shades–two are permanent, two are new and limited edition–in a neutral-themed color combination. The quality of the quad is quite good, but if you already have one or both of the permanent shades, then it may not be the best bet to get two new shades. I could easily see this being a workhorse palette for some and redundant for others, if you’ve already loaded up on your neutral palettes.

Pink Sands is described as a “light flesh peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Dior Fantasie (641) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Sebastian (LE) is brighter. MAC Frisco (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All That Glitters is described as a “frosted champagne with gold pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, peach-copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. The color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. MAC Lorelei (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is similar. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Cloud is described as a “soft golden beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled without being powdery. The color wore well for eight hours when I tested it. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is a smidgen lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is warmer. Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Madrague #2 (P, $24.00) is warmer. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sable is described as a “cool bronze [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, buttery, and very smooth, while it had excellent, full color coverage. The eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before it started to fade along the edges. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains three limited edition shades and one permanent shade. It’s from the upcoming MAC x Osbournes collaboration collection. The textures of the eyeshadows in this quad were fairly good, with the matte shade being a little drier and harder to blend on the skin. All four shades work well together, but there have been many warm-toned quads like it before, so it may also be more dupable depending on what products you already have.

Sweet Eyes is described as a “light golden nude [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, peach with a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. This shade lasted for almost eight hours on me before starting to fade. This may be a repromote from a long-ago holiday eyeshadow palette, but the one in the 2008 palette seems a bit lighter/more beige and was also listed as a satin finish, so I don’t think they’re really the same. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is warmer, darker. theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is lighter. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is similar. MAC Tenderly (LE, $15.00) is similar. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is has a smoother sheen. LORAC Nude (P) is slightly pinker. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Slink (LE) is a touch cooler. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sexy Eyes is described as a “soft warm bronze [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium, coppery brown with a gold-shimmered, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth, blendable and easy to work with on the lid. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is redder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is more sparkly. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. bareMinerals Imagine (P) is similar. See comparison swatches
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Femme Fatale is described as a “golden brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm brown with a soft, gold micro-shimmer and yellow undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a tiny bit powdery. It stayed well on my lids for seven and a half hours before fading. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #5 (P, $2.29) is darker, less yellow-toned. Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is darker, more red-toned. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is less warm-toned, more shimmery. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker, slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Embark is described as a “dark reddish brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture is a combination of soft yet dry, so it doesn’t yield the best color payoff, though it is buildable. It isn’t quite as effortlessly blended, but it is workable. This shade is permanent, though the one included in the quad was less pigmented than the permanent one I have. Make Up For Ever #162 (P, $20.00) is darker, richer. Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

MAC Bloody Brilliant Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Bloody Brilliant Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Bloody Brilliant Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains three new, limited edition shades and one permanent shade. It’s from the upcoming MAC x Osbournes collaboration collection. Generally, the color payoff across the quad was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, but it’s a softer, subtler look overall. I think fairer complexions will get the most mileage out of this color combination, as there will be more contrast seen, but shades like Fizzy Rose and Tickety Boo get somewhat lost on a medium complexion like mine. I wish it was more true-to-pan in regards to the pigmentation, though the textures of the palette were okay and the shades lasted between seven and eight hours before fading.

Spoonful of Sugar is described as a “sparkling platinum [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light silver with subtle warmth and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and the texture was mostly smooth, but it didn’t have the same buttery, creamy feel of other Veluxe Pearls. It wore well for seven hours on me. theBalm #31 (P, $6.50) is lighter. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC A Waft of Grey #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Platinum Love (LE, $19.50) is lighter, brighter. MAC Silver Screen (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Infini (P, $28.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tickety Boo is described as a “soft muted plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, warm mauve with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and the texture was soft but a little powdery/dry in feel. It was easy to blend on the lid, though. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Forbidden (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is slightly warmer. LORAC Mauve (P) is similar. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $28.50) is a touch warmer. MAC Blackberry (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fizzy Rose is described as a “pale lilac [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink-lavender with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, but the texture was soft and not stiff, so at least it was a more workable eyeshadow. It is best patted on, and if you use a base, even better, too maximize the color coverage. This shade lasted seven hours on me before significantly fading. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #1 (P) is cooler-toned, brighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark, slightly muted, blackened burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. I can’t tell you how many versions I’ve tried of this shade–and it is part of the permanent line-up–and how it swatches every which way. Here, in this quad, it had semi-opaque color coverage, though it was somewhat dry, and I found it harder to blend on the lid–it tended to “stick” where it initially landed. It wears almost eight hours, though. theBalm #27 (P, $6.50) is very similar. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is richer. MAC Graphology (DC, $15.00) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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