Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

MAC Dark Gray & Black Eyeshadows

Typographic is described as an “asphalt black [with a Matte2 finish].” It’s a dark gray with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Soot is described as a “deep slate gray.” It’s a medium-dark, bluish gray with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Print is described as a “muted grey with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, almost warm-toned gray with a mostly matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nehru is described as a “muted bluish black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark gray with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned black with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Tied is described as a “black with silver sparkle [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium black with a matte finish and silver sparkle. 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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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadows
MAC Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

MAC Alluring Aquatics Collection introduces six new, limited edition shades of small-sized Extra Dimension Eyeshadows. I have five of the six (all except Silver Sun, which I will review once I’m able to purchase it) reviewed below. The texture of these was incredibly soft and smooth, and in general, I like the Extra Dimension Eyeshadow formula, but it tends to have a slight dryness to it (more in terms of feel than in regards to performance), but these felt very smooth. MAC describes the Extra Dimension formula as a buildable one that can go from sheer to heavier pigmentation and will last for up to six hours; these are all quite pigmented, whether applied dry or wet, and all of these lasted around six to seven hours. The formula seems improved since the very initial release of it a couple of years ago. If you actually wanted a sheer application, you would need to use very little product and blend it out, which may or may not be something you’re looking for.

MAC Fathoms Deep Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep blue.” It’s a deepened, muted purple with subtle cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage applied dry, and it was more metallic and fully opaque applied with a dampened brush. L’Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is darker, less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned, lighter. Too Faced Badass (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac (LE, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep cerulean.” It’s a a deepened, cool-toned forest green with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied wet, it was fully opaque. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $18.00) is bluer. MAC Clarity (LE, $21.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Cyber Green (LE, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a light-medium, coppery-peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is slightly warmer. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Heat (LE, $19.50) is slightly browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sea Worship Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “tarnished olive.” It’s a murky, olive green with a frosted, metallic finish. It was fully opaque whether applied dry or wet–so getting a sheer application with requires a teeny, tiny amount of product that’s sheered out. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Kat Von D Hexagram (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is browner, darker. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Soul Serenade Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep plum brown.” It’s a deep, dark taupe with cool undertones and an almost metallic sheen. It was semi-opaque applied dry, then fully opaque when I applied it with a dampened brush. MAC 2x Dare #5 (LE) is less metallic. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less metallic, cooler-toned. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is lighter, purpler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product, slightly purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, April 21st, 2014

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a warm-toned eyeshadow palette that features twelve shades ranging from warm beiges to dark black to gold to brown. There is a variety of finishes as well, so there’s a lot of versatility in combinations within the palette. The larger eyeshadows are 0.095 oz. each, while the smaller eyeshadows are 0.049 oz. each, which brings the cost of the eyeshadows to $63.36/oz. The 8-pan eyeshadow palettes are $36.00 for 0.40 oz. (also includes a mini Autograph eyeliner, though, which would add 0.028 oz.), which is a cost of $90/oz. It’s a good quality palette overall, though Kat Von D’s eyeshadow formula tends to be particularly soft, which makes for easier blending, but some shades can sheer out a bit, and the texture can also be powdery at times. If you use an eyeshadow primer, some of the powderiness is minimized and will not be as noticeable. The eyeshadows wore well from eight to nine hours, depending on the shade (wear time noted by each shade below). The palette is on the larger size (physically), though it’s slim and its cardboard packaging will absorb impact, so it should still work for travel.

Entomology is described as a “matte cream.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable without being too powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wrath is described as a “deep pearl orange.” It’s a medium-dark, copper-brown with a satin-matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable. It lasted well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Papilio is described as a “pearl chocolate.” It’s a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that was easy to work with and wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Summerfly is described as a “glitter gold.” It’s a warm-toned, coppery-gold with a sparkly finish. The base had really good pigmentation, but the texture was a little gritty from the glitter/sparkle. The color itself stayed on for a solid eight and a half hours, but there was noticeable fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Telepathy is described as a “pearl gold.” It’s a dirty golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was creamy, buttery, and dense, while the color payoff was very good. It wore well for eight and a half hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Killing Jar is described as a “pearl copper.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a gold, frosted finish. It had great color payoff, and while the texture was blendable and soft, it was a smidgen powdery. This shade didn’t show signs of fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delaney is described as a “pearl silver.” It’s a warm-toned, pewter with bronzy tones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery. The color lasted for just over eight ours on me before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vanish is described as a “matte taupe.” It’s a medium, warm-toned caramel-taupe with a matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety without being powdery, and the resulting color payoff was excellent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tiny Death is described as a “glitter cream.” It’s a light, yellow-toned beige with white sparkle over a matte base. The actual eyeshadow base wears for eight hours and is soft without being too powdery, but the glitter/sparkle doesn’t stick, so it just goes off on its own. Most of it gets trapped in the brush, so you don’t see it translate onto the lid (which also means that there’s not much fall out). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Disintegration is described as a “pearl brown.” It’s a murky, olive-brown with warm undertones and a golden bronze shimmer. It had great pigmentation, and the texture was blendable and finely-milled, though slightly powdery. The color wore well for eight hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadow Box is described as a “matte chocolate.” It’s a deep, dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was finely-milled, velvety, and soft. It wasn’t powdery, but it seemed a little thin. This shade managed to last for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deadhead is described as a “matte black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery and dry, so it had decent to good color payoff, but it wasn’t fully opaque. It was buildable, though, so you could definitely get it to be truer-to-pan if desired. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a cool-toned eyeshadow palette that features twelve shades ranging from soft beige to purple to deep navy blue. There is a variety of finishes as well, so there’s a lot of versatility in combinations within the palette. The larger eyeshadows are 0.095 oz. each, while the smaller eyeshadows are 0.049 oz. each, which brings the cost of the eyeshadows to $63.36/oz. The 8-pan eyeshadow palettes are $36.00 for 0.40 oz. (also includes a mini Autograph eyeliner, though, which would add 0.028 oz.), which is a cost of $90/oz. It’s a good quality palette overall, though Kat Von D’s eyeshadow formula tends to be particularly soft, which makes for easier blending, but some shades can sheer out a bit, and the texture can also be powdery at times. If you use an eyeshadow primer, some of the powderiness is minimized and will not be as noticeable. The eyeshadows wore well from seven to nine hours, depending on the shade (wear time noted by each shade below). The palette is on the larger size (physically), though it’s slim and its cardboard packaging will absorb impact, so it should still work for travel.

Lifelike is described as a “matte cream.” It’s a pale, creamy ivory with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, was a smidgen powdery, and wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hybrid Moments is described as a “matte deep purple.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned, muted purple with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was soft and powdery enough that it didn’t bind as well. It wore well for nine houors. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mezzanine is described as a “sparkle violet.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-purple with a frosted finish that did have some fine purple sparkle. It had good pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly, but some of the sparkle fell out over time, though the underlying color lasted for almost nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Transition is described as a “pearl mauve.” It’s a light, muted pink-plum with a metallic sheen. It had really good color payoff, while the texture was soft, creamy, and buttery (but not powdery!). This shade wore well for almost nine hours before showing signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lunar Lights is described as a “pearl gray.” It’s a dirty, frosted, bright white with a frosted finish. It had rich pigmentation, and it had a really soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blend. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glasswing is described as a “matte caramel.” It’s a light-medium, muted yellowed brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and balanced–not powdery at all. It stayed on for eight and a half hours before it started to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melancholia is described as a “pearl silver.” It’s a metallic, pewter gold with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. The pigmentation was really intense, but the texture was slightly powdery, so it didn’t hold together quite as well. A little goes a long way, and if you use a primer, that should take care of the lingering powderiness! It wore well for eight hours on me, and then it started to fade around the edges. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Milk is described as a “matte gray.” It’s a light gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucid is described as a “sparkle rose.” It’s a light pink with cool, blue undertones and white sparkle. The underlying base color had good, true-to-pan color payoff, but the texture was a little chalky, and the sparkle didn’t really stick to the eyeshadow, so they didn’t translate as well when applied. Some of the remaining sparkle fell out during the day as it wore on, though the pink base lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphic Nature is described as a “pearl charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with a satin finish. The color payoff was decent, but the texture was rather powdery, so the color didn’t bind together well, which gave it a drier, sheerer appearance. On the lid, it lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Entombed is described as a “pearl blue.” It’s a dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen that leans just slightly purple. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a smidgen powdery. The color wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornay is described as a “matte navy.” It’s a blackened blue with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat dry, which made it stiffer to use, so the application was as even and the color was more difficult to blend out in the lid. It’s manageable, but it wasn’t as nice as some of the other matte shades in the palette. When applied, it wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows
MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows

MAC Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a new and limited edition formula that has eight variations. Each is a trio that features two shades designed as eyeshadows and one shade as an eyeliner. They can be used wet or dry, but nearly all of them needed to be used with a dampened brush and/or over a tacky or creamy base to get decent pigmentation out of them, let alone ensure that the application of each color was smooth and even. The eyeshadows tended to be on the powdery side, while the eyeliner shade is so dry and stiff that the brush has to be truly wet, not just damp, to get any color out of it, but it dries and sets so quickly that managing even, smooth color is a challenge if you want to use it as an eyeliner. (Honestly, using the eyeshadow shades as eyeliners is easier!) I don’t recommend the formula at all; MAC has put out better eyeshadows in the past, and they have better eyeshadows in their permanent range, if you’re really hunting for a new MAC eyeshadow.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Violet Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and plum eyeshadows with a purple eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” Looking at the big picture, this trio still doesn’t represent a really high quality product, but within the eight trios released, it is one of the “better” ones. The eyeshadows are both usable, only slightly powdery, and had decent color payoff. The eyeliner still had that stiff, dry texture where you really have to wet the brush significantly to yield any color payoff, but getting even, smooth color isn’t easy. When you manage to get them on, though, the wear is eight hours.

Violet Blend #1 is described as a “light white-pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation whether applied dry or wet–it just became more metallic when applied damp. The texture was a little powdery but not too bad. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is a touch darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is darker. MAC Joy & Laughter #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is similar. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is similar. Dior Garden Roses #5 (LE) is also similar. Dior Garden Roses #1 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Violet Blend #2 is described as a “deep violet.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with subtle cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, which intensified to semi-opaque color payoff when applied with a very damp brush. The texture was fairly dry, stiff, and generally had to be used with a very wet brush to get any usability out of it, whether you wanted to use it as an eyeliner or as an eyeshadow. Makeup Geek Duchess (P, $5.99) is very similar. Giorgio Armani Fatal #4 (P) is darker. Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Violet Blend #3 is described as an “iridescent cool pink.” It’s a brightened, pinky-plum with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer pigmentation, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. The texture was just a little bit powdery. Illamasqua Ensnare (P) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Pink Lagoon (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Abstraction (LE, $36.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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