Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette ($34.00 for 4 x 0.06 oz.) is designed to help you recreate the look Mia Wallace’s look from the movie. Urban Decay says there are three new shades (so two are repromotes), but these were all new to me (at least, by these names). When I first saw the palette, it reminded me of Naked Basics, and there is overlap. Righteous is closest to Foxy, though it is lighter and brighter than Foxy. None seemed similar to Tyranny. Vengeance is darker and more shimmery, with a stronger red tone (versus yellow) than Faint. Furious is very similar to Venus, though Venus’ texture is quite different. Anger is more shimmery, less warm-toned compared to Crave. They are similar enough, however, that if you rarely use the Naked Basics palette, I’m not sure that this one would be much more useful. The Pulp FIction palette leans warmer overall. I found the eyeshadows to be very blendable, easy to use, and fairly pigmented across the board. I wish the palette itself was more compact, because then it would be travel-friendly, and though the colors are dupable, they work well together for a mostly matte neutral eye.

Righteous is described as a “light cream matte.” It’s a very light and bright, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had a very soft, finely-milled texture, but it was powdery, and it had decent to good pigmentation. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is darker. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is similar. Kat Von D Lifelike (P) is less warm-toned. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Vanilla (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Blanc Type (P, $15.00) is less yellow. Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tyranny is described as a “warm brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before I saw signs of fading. LORAC Unspoken (P) is darker. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is similar. Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (P, $5.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is very similar–a touch darker at most. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vengeance is described as a “deep taupe-brown matte-satin.” It’s a medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a satin shimmer. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, dense, and buttery while being extremely easy to apply. On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade along the edges. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cream. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is darker. Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Furious is described as a “white satin.” It’s a warm, bright white with subtle yellow tint and a pearly sheen. It was slightly powdery, and though it had decent pigmentation, it could have been more opaque. I didn’t notice it start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Purr (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Ivory (01) (P, $3.99) is similar. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is a touch darker. MAC This or That #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Venus (P, $18.00) is very similar. MAC Mylar (P, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Anger is described as a “black satin with slight tonal sparkle.” It’s a dark black with a satiny sheen. It had so-so colorpayoff, due to its slightly dry, powdery texture. It wasn’t as blendable as I expected, and when you have a richer black eyeshadow like this, it’s important to have that blendability. On me, the color stayed true for eight and a half hours before fading. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Anastasia Black Diamond (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Lovesick (LE, $18.00) has more sparkle. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Lights Down (P) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades that is new–and limited edition!–for fall. It’s supposed to be online on July 15th on NARS, and then a full release to the usual retailers on August 1st. I think if you really loved the texture of Kauai, you’ll love the texture of these shades. I will say these two felt a smidgen softer, so sometimes, it seems like more product loosens from the pan than necessary.

Jardin Perdu (Left) is described as a “metallic dove grey.” It’s a medium-dark, silver-gray with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish and cool undertones. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was very soft and buttery. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE) is very similar. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is warmer. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is similar. Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is similar. MAC Tundra (LE) is a cream product. MAC Evening Grey (LE, $19.50) is slightly warmer. MAC Silver Sleet (LE, $32.50) is more metallic. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jardin Perdu (Right) is described as a “metallic amethyst.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with subtle warm undertones. It had really good color payoff, and the powder felt soft, fairly smooth, and dense. The color stayed on well for eight hours before fading on me. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is very similar–it’s just a brighter, slightly warmer version, but it was surprisingly similar. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, warmer. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is similar. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is similar. bareMinerals Encore (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette
Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette ($36.00 for 0. oz.) is an eyeshadow palette that includes nine shades, with three being larger and six being smaller in size. Three shades can also be used wet as eyeliners. There were a few really nice shades in this palette, but then there were a couple of more problematic shades. The worst was the glittery silver, as it was sheerer and prone to fall out. I thought it had a good balance of warm and cool-toned shades, though.

Purr is a very light, white-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was soft and smooth, and the color payoff was good. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tiger’s Eye is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm, copper undertones and a frosted finish. The powder felt soft, smooth, and buttery to the touch, and it had excellent pigmentation. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. It’s a lovely, high quality shade, but it’s very easily duped. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Leopard is a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with gold sparkle and shimmer. It had good color payoff applied both wet or dry, though the shimmer is more noticeable when it is applied with a dampened brush. The texture was fairly soft, a little powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Meow is a light, neutral-toned beige with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pussy Cat is a muted, medium purple with lavender shimmer and subtle, warm undertones. The texture was slightly powdery, and the color payoff was decent, but it’s a color that needs to be patted and layered on to get color more like what you see in the pan. On the lid, it wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jungle Love is a muted, deepened purple with fuchsia and violet shimmer over a semi-matte finish. This shade was difficult to use dry, as it was sheer, powdery, and difficult to blend. It worked better when applied with a dampened brush, as the color intensified and the product was more blendable. It wore well for eight hours before I saw signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kitten is a light, cool-toned pink with a white base and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, though the texture was soft and finely-milled, it was also noticeably powdery. Applied, the color stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kitty Glitter is a sparkling, silver with a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture has a slightly chunky feel to it from the glitter. I had significant fall out with this shade both during and after application (I highly recommend using it prior to applying base makeup), though the “color” portion wore decently for eight hours. My under-eye area looked like a disco ball after a few hours, so you may want to use an adhesive base with this shade as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Panther is a dark black with a matte finish. Applied dry, it had decent color payoff, and applied with a dampened brush, it was much more intense and true-to-pan. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

bareMinerals Comfort Zone Ready Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals Comfort Zone Ready Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Comfort Zone Ready Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a QVC-exclusive palette that features four, more neutral-themed shades. I wish there was at least one more contrasting, darker shade in this, because the light-medium nature of all four makes them run together on the lid. The quality is fairly good, though not a slam dunk (and many of bareMinerals’ quads are), but I don’t think this is as versatile as it could be–I tried a few different pairings/combinations, and they were all very similar once applied. If it’s the type of look you wear all the time, I think it would be worth checking out, but if you want to have a few combinations at the ready (ha, ha), this one might not be the right match for you.

Aaah is described as a “blushing ivory.” It’s a brightened, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly soft, finely-milled, and buttery without being powdery with intense color. It wore well for ten hours on me before fading. MAC Flounce (P, $15.00) is darker. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Light Pink (P) is darker. theBalm Matt Chung (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Douce France #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Solace is described as a “honey-beige.” It’s a muted, yellowed beige with a satin finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft and smooth. On me, the color lasted for ten hours. theBalm #29 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Burberry Pale Nude #3 (P) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Enjoy is described as a “rosy nude.” It’s a muted, light-medium peach with a satin finish and warm undertones. It had good pigmentation, and while the texture was blendable and soft, it was slightly powdery. This shade showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, pinker. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Peace (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tranquil is described as a “soft stone.” It’s a light, gray-leaning taupe with a satin sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was sheerer than the other shades. The texture was soft without being powdery, while the color lasted for nine and a half hours on me. Dior Rivage #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #3 (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

MAC Ever Amethyst Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Ever Amethyst Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Ever Amethyst Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.07 oz.) is one of three new (and permanent!) shades available in the updated Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo range. (I will review the other two new duos soon!) The Mineralize Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be sheer when used dry, more intense when used with a dampened brush, as it is a wet/dry formula. Both halves of the duo had soft, slightly powdery, textures that felt finely-milled and were easy to blend on the lid. Using either shade with a dampened brush helped to minimize the powderiness of the formula.

Ever Amethyst #1 is described as a “soft violet.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with a soft, golden shimmer and sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer coverage and felt a bit more powdery, and then applied with a dampened brush, it applied more smoothly and looked slightly more shimmery. The color wore well for seven hours before starting to fade. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS China Seas #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more plum. MAC A Medley of Mauves #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, more plum. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is more plum, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is lighter. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less brown. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ever Amethyst #2 is described as a “deep violet.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned reddish plum with a soft, pearly sheen. It was semi-opaque applied dry, and it was fully opaque and smoother when applied with a dampened brush. On me, this shade started to fade after seven hours of wear. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is less red. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Lancome Colour du Jour (P, $19.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

YSL Avant Garde (8) Couture Palette
YSL Avant Garde (8) Couture Palette

YSL Avant Garde (8) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) is an earthy, green-themed set of five eyeshadows with mostly shimmery finishes. The texture of the eyeshadows is soft and feels almost like a cream product, but a couple of shades can be a little powdery, so the color payoff isn’t always as intense or as true-to-pan as marketed. The wear is also short of the 12-hour wear time claimed; I find this formula wears a bit shorter on me than many other powder eyeshadows, though not significantly shorter–wear time varies between seven and eight hours, but I get noticeable fading and occasional creasing (this depends on the shade). The texture is really compelling, but I would recommend wearing an eyeshadow base/primer if this is something you’ve been considering; if you’re a no primer kind of person, I would skip.

Avant Garde #1 is a medium-dark, muted olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly, as the texture was very blendable and soft to the touch. Applied, the color stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is darker, more matte. Sephora Collection Planet Earth (99) (P, $13.00) is warmer. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Delphes #3 (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. NARS Taiga #2 (P, $24.00) is a touch darker. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is warmer. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #84 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Avant Garde #2 is a light, warm-toned beige with a hint of peach and yellow with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage but was noticeably under-pigmented. The texture was soft, though on the powdery side, which might have contributed to the color not adhering well to the skin. This shade wore well for seven hours before fading on me. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is less shimmery, a touch darker. Too Faced All American Girl (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Broken (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Dew (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sweet Eyes (LE, $15.00) is less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Avant Garde #3 is a dark, neutral-to-cool-toned gray with a soft, satin finish. it had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is warmer, lighter. MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Panorama (LE) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Snow #5 (LE) is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Poison (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is darker, less shimmery. Urban Decay Desperation (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Nighttrain (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Avant Garde #4 is a muted, medium-dark yellow gold with hints of brown and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was quite soft but was just a little bit powdery, though easy to blend. On the eye, it wore well for eight hours before slightly creasing. bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is darker. Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is similar. Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is brighter, yellower. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is similar. NARS Paramaribo #1 (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is more frosted. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Illamasqua Ore (P, $25.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Avant Garde #5 is a light-medium, muted green with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth, but it could have been more pigmented. This shade had signs of fading after seven hours of wear. MAC Silver Sun (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Planet Earth (99) (P, $13.00) is warmer, darker. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Evergreen (P, $9.99) is brighter. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is slightly darker. MAC In the Meadow #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P) is lighter. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter, brighter. NARS Delphes #3 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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