Monday, August 4th, 2014

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes one highlighter (0.14 oz,) one bronzer (0.14 oz.), one blush (0.21 oz.), and six eyeshadows (0.035 oz. each). It’s a nice palette for someone who likes softer, more muted colors in medium tones. I found the palette to be warmer-toned, though some of the eyeshadows are only a little warm-toned. My least favorite product was the blush, as I found it to be weaker in pigmentation and harder to blend–it tended to look uneven applied and took quite a bit of buffing to get to look half-decent.

I bought mine at Sephora and received it on Friday, and only realized on Saturday evening that, “Hey! You should review this now! Tarte has a F&F sale going on!” 30% off at Tarte through today with code FANDF.

Unleashed is described as a “nude rose.” It’s a light-medium, coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry, slightly stiff. I found it difficult to blend on the skin, as it tended to stick wherever it initially was applied but wouldn’t diffuse. It lasted eight hours on me before fading (nowhere near the 12-hours the formula is supposed to wear). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Champagne is a light, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft. It wore well for eight and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Park Ave. Princess #2 is a medium-dark, tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that applied well and blended easily on the skin. The color wore well for almost nine hours before fading. This is nothing like the Park Ave. Princess I have from last holiday’s Off the Cuff palette; they’re two distinct colors, and I don’t own the permanent, standalone Park Ave. Princess to tell you which is closest to that, but it is so frustrating when brands can’t match their own products from release to release. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bare to Explore is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a pink-tinged beige with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that was soft, slightly powdery, but blendable. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make a Mauve is described as a “plum mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum-brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly on the lid. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum Away With Me is described as a “dark plum.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff that applied beautifully with a smooth, even result. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up to No Gold is described as a “gold.” It’s a light-medium, orange-toned gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very soft and had great pigmentation, but it was a little powdery so it didn’t adhere quite as well to bare skin as I’d like (better over a primer). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tan-gled Up in You is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was easy to apply and blend; soft but not powdery. It lasted well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Don’t Turn A-Brown is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with a very subtle cool undertone and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was just a smidgen powdery but easy to blend on the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before there was slight fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Rainforest After Dark

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains an assortment of eyeshadows from peach to blue-teal to purple. There are eight eyeshadows (each is 0.03 oz.) in the brand’s new Artist Shadow formula. The Artist Shadow retails for $21.00/0.08 oz. ($262.50/oz.), so this palette contains a total of $63 worth of eyeshadow, but what’s particularly nice is you get to try eight shades for the price of two full-sized ones. Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows are larger than the average eyeshadow (which is usually 0.05 oz.). The quality of the shades in the palette is very good, but you have to love your shimmer finishes, as all but one is rather shimmery/frosted. They wore well on me–eight hours or longer–and had good color payoff and soft, smooth textures. All eight shades part of the permanent range, so you could also purchase them individually. The included brushes are lower quality than Make Up For Ever’s full-sized brushes (not as soft, less dense, overly springy).

#M536 Milk Tea is a light-medium, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky without being powdery. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#I524 Pinky Beige is a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a pearly sheen. It had nice p igmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was silky and blendable. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#I550 Olive Gray 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. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#D652 Celestial Earth is a medium-dark, copper-brown with a frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft, buttery texture that was a dream to apply as it blended and adhered well to bare skin. The color wore well for eight and a half hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#ME728 Copper Red is a brightened, metallic copper. It had rich color payoff with a very soft and buttery texture that applied very smoothly. The color didn’t start to fade for almost nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#ME230 Peacock Blue is a medium-dark, slightly muted, blue with a hint of green and teal shimmer over a frosted sheen. It is a lot less metallic compared to ME728 Copper Red (which has the same finish, technically). The color payoff was good, and while the texture was very soft to the touch, it didn’t seem to stick as well to the skin so it didn’t look as intense applied as it did in the pan. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#D926 Blueberry is a medium, violet purple with subtle warm, pink undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had a more sparkly texture, so it was a slightly thicker, denser texture that can be pressed into the skin for a smoother, more metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and it wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#ME930 Black Purple is a deep, dark rich eggplant burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation and went on so smoothly. The texture was soft, buttery, and dense. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Artist Palette (Original)

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool neutrals ranging from a green-gold to a dark brown. This quad was more consistent in quality across the board with most shades being decent to good. For those who often find warmer-toned neutrals to be difficult to work with, you may enjoy these murkier, more subdued ones. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

My Fantasy is described as a “pale neutral olive [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, green-tinged gold with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is darker, warmer. MAC Rose Blend #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is darker. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, lighter. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fall in Lust is described as a “mid-tone cool grey mauve [with a Frost finish].” It’s a cool-toned, taupe with a gray leaning and a soft, frosted finish. This shade had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable but a little powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, more shimmery. Laura Mercier Sable (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Bust (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Lhasa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Romance Me (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, dark brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was a little dry and thin but not too difficult to work with. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is a repromote. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is slightly warmer.MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rising Passions is described as a “greenish charcoal with gold pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and an olive gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it lasted for just over eight hours before showing a bit of creasing. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (more similar in the pan than swatched). MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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9/10

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Fall in Lust

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool pink and purple. Three of the four shades were quite good, with the very last shade being somewhat of a miss (not a total miss, but it could be better). They work well together, and there is a good mix of finishes and contrast in the palette so there are several looks that could be created from it. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

The Wrong Man is described as a “light cool dusty pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light pink with subtle cool, lavender undertones and a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily matte, even if it is listed as a Satin. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable, while it lasted for eight hours on me. Tarte Pink Outside the Box (LE) is lighter. NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Miss Piggy Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is lighter. Benefit Pause for Applause (P, $20.00) is slightly more lavender. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Serenade is described as a “mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium pink-shimmered plum with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was fairly smooth and easy to use. On me, the color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. MAC Violet Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $8.25) is darker. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brazenly is described as a “rich eggplant [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. It’s still one of MAC’s better LE eyeshadows (it is a repromote). It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to slightly fade along the outer edge. MAC Hidden Motive (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is darker. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stay Sultry is described as a “deep violet navy [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark purple with navy micro-shimmer over a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was on the drier, thinner side. This was the miss of the palette, though in practical terms, if you apply it as a crease/outer lid color with a fluffier brush, it performs a bit better than it looks. I wish it was softer, so it would be easier to blend out (and probably would have had better color payoff!). It lasted for eight hours on me before showing a little creasing. This is a repromote. theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is bluer. theBalm The Stroke (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Double Feature #8 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ron Ron Run (LE, $15.00) is more matte, a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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A Passionate Quest

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9.5/10

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The Wrong Man

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Serenade

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad
MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains a mix of smoky shades from teal to brown to black. Two of the four shades are part of the permanent range, and one is a repromote (so check your stash if you’re a long-time collector!). I was pleased to find that the quality was fairly good overall. It also reminded me a bit of the color combination from YSL’s Fetiche palette, though they aren’t dupes (just similar “at a glance”)

Sable is described as a “gold plum with bronze pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading. LORAC Mocha (P) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is slightly lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is m ore shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Anastasia Truffle (LE) is less shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is similar. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sex & the Oyster is described as a “mid-tone seafoam green [with a Veluxe Pearl].” It’s a muted, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had a drier, thinner texture that resulted in semi-opaque color payoff. It was buildable on the lid, so it was more workable than it looked initially. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. This is a repromote. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is brighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker. Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $18.00) is bluer. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brawn is described as a “mid-tone plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, silky, and very easy to blend. I could see this being a real workhorse crease shade for some. It wore well for just over eight hours on me. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is more matte, warmer. Too Faced Woolen Mittens (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Tied is described as a “black with silver sparkle [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark black with silver sparkles over a matte finish. This might be one of the best versions I’ve ever tried of this shade (it’s part of the permanent range)–it was intensely pigmented and very soft and silky. It started to show signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #5 (P) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Lovesick (LE, $18.00) Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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An Amorous Adventure

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Sex & the Oyster

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7.5/10

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7/10

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7/10

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quads
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quads

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Mutli Effect Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the newest eyeshadow formula and launch from the brand for fall. They’ve introduced eight quads–all are new and joining the permanent line-up–plus one limited edition variation (Poesie, which I do not have). The quality is consistent across the board; no quad scored below A- (two A-s, six As), which was very impressive. It is a huge improvement over the traditional baked formula of past Chanel quads, and it is more consistent than Chanel’s regular (U.S.) eyeshadow formula. The eyeshadows are soft and blendable, which makes them pretty easy to use and apply.

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