Sunday, June 8th, 2014

NARS Cassiopeia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Cassiopeia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to be a wet/dry formulation that yields sheer color when applied dry, “intense, opaque color” when applied with a “dampened brush.” Some of the shades are fairly sheer applied dry, others are more opaque but aren’t as intense as when applied with a dampened brush. The wear when applied dry is between six and eight hours, and when applied with a dampened brush, the wear is between seven and nine hours. They remain blendable when applied with a dampened brush, but they can be applied dry and are rather buildable. They’re actually not as sheer as I’d expect for a formula described as “sheer.” The texture is soft, finely-milled, not at all powdery, and smooth. In general, they are smoother, richer, and wear better when applied wet, which may or may not be a step you want to incorporatea into your routine.

The formula is very comparable to Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow and MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in regards to finish and application. NARS’ formula seemed much smoother and more finely-milled–a little more refined in texture, but it was a difference that I only felt like I could feel if I had the two in front of me and less so when applied to the eye with a brush.

I think NARS’ biggest obstacle with this formula is really the price; they’re more expensive than their current singles ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) and contain less. Their regular eyeshadows are also supposed to be a wet/dry formula, but the textures are different. NARS’ single eyeshadows run $357/oz., compared to these at $580/oz. Chanel’s single eyeshadows are $29.50 for 0.05 oz., which makes these on par with Chanel, but the NARS’ brand and its general price points aren’t comparable to Chanel.

NARS Cassiopeia Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “iridescent electric pink.” It’s a cool-toned, pink-shimmered white with a bluish-violet sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-opaque but was one of the least pigmented shades in the range. This is the kind of shade and finish that I think works particularly well on the inner tear duct and lower lash line. It can also be applied to the middle of the lid for a spotlight effect. It wore well for seven hours applied dry, eight hours applied wet. bareMinerals Skinny Dip (LE) is very similar. NARS Tropical Princess #2 (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned, lighter, less pink. MAC Great Beyond #3 (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $30.00) is a cream product. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is less lavender. Urban Decay Aura #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $19.50) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Phoebe Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmering amethyst.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque but had a lighter, softer look, as when it was applied with a dampened brush, it was deeper, richer, and fully opaque. This shade lasted for eight hours applied dry, nine hours applied wet. Chanel Diapason (92) (P, $36.00) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer. MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. MAC Rich Core (LE, $19.50) is darker. Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Desdemona Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich shimmery burgundy.” It’s a medium, warm-toned plum with reddish-brown udnertones and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it had more opaque color in terms of coverage, but it had a more faded, lighter look than when it was applied wet, where it was slightlyd arker and smoother–but the difference is very slight between the two types of application here. This shade wore well for seven hours dry, seven and a half hours damp. NARS China Seas #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is browner, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is similar. Chanel Seduction #1 (LE) is less shimmery. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Brazenly (LE, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Subra Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “black orchid.” It’s a blackened burgundy with soft, warm undertones and a pearly finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and had a softer, kind of faded look–it brought out the brown tones, rather than the burgundy ones. When applied with a dampened brush, it was richer, darker, and looked smoother. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours dry, almost nine hours wet. bareMinerals Yoga (LE, $14.00) is similar. MAC Magic Moor (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is purpler. MAC Rich Core (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, June 7th, 2014

MAC Beige Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches (Part 1)

Blanc Type is described as a “creamy beige [with a Matte2 finish].” It’s a neutral, light beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dazzlelight is described as a “neutral with shimmer [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a very light, yellowed beige with a frosted finish and warm undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mylar is described as a “creamy-white with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a very light beige with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Phloof! is described as a “frosted off-white [with a Frost finish].” It’s a pink-tinged beige/white with a frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vanilla is described as a “peachy-ivory with reflects [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a light beige with subtle yellowed tones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vapour is described as a “peach pink with violet pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a light beige with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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This shade is discontinued but was included in the re-swatch (it just lives in the palette, since it was a favorite for me!).

Femme-fi is a light, warm beige with a soft, frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, June 7th, 2014

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a new product from the brand that will launch on July 1st (official info can be found here). Reviews should be up soon as I work my way through testing the twelve shades. NARS describes the new formula a wet/dry formula that is sheer applied dry, opaque applied with a dampened brush. They’ve debuted a new brush as well, the Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49. For reference, the left swatch is dry, the right is damp. Full reviews, photos, swatches, dupes, etc. to come – please save any questions for the review. Thank you! :)

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic

Here are the other three shades of Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) that I tested out. (Did you miss part one?) The formula is supposed to be “unbelievably blendable,” long-wearing, waterproof, highly-pigmented, and “glide on.” Unfortunately, my experience was very much the opposite: difficult to blend, prone to creasing, varying pigmentation, and they tugged during application. I’m a huge Make Up For Ever fan, but these left me disappointed.

Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as “diamond golden grey.” It’s a medium-dark taupe with soft, golden shimmer and a pearly finish. It was sheer when applied in a single stroke, and the consistency was dry enough that it was difficult to layer and build up to opaque color as well. This shade creased after six hours on me. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is a powder. Urban Decay Pistol (P, $19.00) is warmer. Anastasia Antique (LE) is purpler. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is similar, powder. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is powder. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder, cooler-toned. theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Little Black Bow (LE, $16.00) is more sparkly. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S-52 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as a “satiny flesh-colored pink.” It’s a light, peachy beige with a champagne shimmer-sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, and the consistency was almost blendable but still difficult to work with. It showed signs of creasing after six hours on me. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is lighter, powder. NARS Jezebel (P) is powder. MAC Naked (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Grain (P, $15.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S-60 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as a “satiny warm brown.” It’s a medium-dark, chocolate brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, and this one was buildable to opaque color. The consistency was creamier than any of the others, and I felt like I could almost blend out the edge. It wore well for seven hours before creasing. This was just the best of a bad lot, but it wasn’t good. Laura Mercier Rich Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker, powder. Tarina Tarantino Locket Book (P, $15.00) is very similar (eyeliner). Laura Mercier Cocoa (P, $24.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC Copper Strip (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 1st, 2014

bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of shades for summer. I came across this on QVC when I bought The Nude Beach palette. According to bareMinerals, it was inspired by the coast of Northern California. All four shades had a muted quality to them, which made them appear more muddied applied to the lid than anticipated, and the somewhat powdery texture of the shades seemed to compound this problem. It’s an interesting set of shades, but the texture of these really needs the help of a primer, which would help the color adhere better to the skin. I packed and packed Sea Glass on like no tomorrow but really couldn’t get it to appear as it does in the pan. bareMinerals’ Ready formula is one of my favorites, because it is very, very pigmented, applies beautifully without primer, and wears long without fading or creasing, but this quad fell so short compared to other palettes and quads.

Pacific Sands is described as a “sunlit sand.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was slightly powdery. This shade wore well for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is yellower. Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sea Glass is described as a “jade shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, muted green-gray with a matte finish. It seemed to have good color payoff when I swatched it, but the powdery texture made it difficult for it to actually stay on the skin–it was very prone to sheering out with the merest touch of the brush. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Velvet Emerald (LE, $14.00) is much greener and less gray (not really dupe, but it was the only other closest one besides Earth!). bareMinerals Earth (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Coast is described as a “radiant copper.” It’s a muted, yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a bit thinner and less buttery compared to most shades in the Ready formula. This shade stayed on without fading for nine hours. This shade doesn’t blend as well with the other three shades, possibly because of the difference in finish. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold (P) is similar. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Sweet & Sour #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Barefoot (LE, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $28.50) is lighter. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tide Pool is described as a “shimmering coal.” It’s a dark, cool-toned brown with a gray edge and a satiny finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery while wearing for almost ten hours before showing signs of fading. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Perspective (LE) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Beluga (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Mystery (P, $15.00) is slightly warmer. bareMinerals Undercover (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, May 31st, 2014

MAC Warm-Toned Purple Eyeshadow Swatches

Fig. 1 is described as a “eggplant purple [with a Matte² finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Haux is described as a “Soft muted rosy brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a soft, muted plummy mauve with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shale is described as a “mauve-plum with subtle shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a smoky, muted mauve with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stars N’ Rockets is described as a “purple w/pink pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, iridescent fuchsia-purple with a lavender sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vibrant Grape is described as a “bright magenta violet [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, magenta purple with a soft violet micro-shimmer (it looks mostly matte applied). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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