Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes a light warm pink paired with a warm, metallic white. Neither shade was great; they weren’t total misses, but they should be more pigmented and smoother in consistency. They apply and look better on the lid in practice than merely swatched, which is always nice, but they’re still a little disappointing.

Cygne Blanc #1 is described as a “silvery ballerina pink.” It s a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and white shimmer. It had so-so color payoff with a soft, silky, but slightly powdery, consistency. On me, the color wore well for almost eight hours before fading. LORAC Blush (LE) is similar. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is darker. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Allure (P, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sensibility (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cygne Blanc #2 is described as a “frosted white.” It s a brightened white with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was very soft and dense, but it didn’t go on quite as smoothly as I expected. It will blend and even out, but the texture made it seem like it was going to be perfection. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC White (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Cygne Blanc (11)

B-

Product

7.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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Cygne Blanc #2

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) pairs a shimmery black with a deepened burgundy purple. It’s a very dark, smoky color combination. I liked it better combined with other products for greater contrast, but the two can definitely be worn together. It could be better performing, particularly at this price, I’d rather not see a so-so shade like the shimmery black.

Cygne Noir #1 is described as a “shimmering silver black.” It’s a medium black with subtle, warm undertones and silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation but could have used more intensity to be true-to-pan. The consistency was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. I had minor fall out over time, and the majority of the color was intact after eight hours of wear. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is much darker. Le Metier de Beaute Starry Night (P, $28.00) is a cream product. MAC Polished Jet (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cygne Noir #2 is described as a “deeply pigmented plum.” It’s a warm-toned, burgundy with reddish-brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It was nicely pigmented with a very soft, almost powdery, consistency that was easier to use on the lid than the swatch made it seem like. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is more muted, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is lighter. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #7 (P) is less shimmery. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Brazenly (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is less warm-toned. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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palette

Cygne Noir (10)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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8/10

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9/10

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.97 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palettes (eight shades in each). Overall, I think the Lip Cremes and the Eyeshadows are the stars, but the rest leaves me unimpressed: one blush was a complete miss (worst product in the set), while the three eyeliners were rougher, drier formula. Some of the eyeshadows are very nice, others are sheerer and don’t perform as well. I noticed the eyeshadow formula seemed thinner in this palette across the board, which made a lot of shades seem less powdery, but some were under-pigmented. There’s plenty of “value” to the set, but I think it just depends on what you wanted most.

Pampered is a pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It looks more matte applied (doesn’t really get luminous or satiny when blended out), and the texture was smooth but not as soft as other shades in the range have been. The color payoff was good, while the blush itself lasted for nine hours (three shy of the 12-hour claim, though). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Savored is a warm, rosy plum with a satiny sheen. The texture was incredibly stiff–just hard to get any color out of it during application–and I found it harder to blend on the skin. I scraped off the first few layers, and it was slightly improved but still dismal. It seemed to wear around seven hours or so, but it was so sheer, it was hard to tell. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indulging is a muted, fuchsia pink with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a high-shine finish. The color deposited somewhat unevenly with minor settling into lip lines. It was lightly tacky and lasted for three hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rare is a warm rose pink with a soft, frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, lasted for four hours, and was lightly hydrating. It was mint-scented, but I didn’t notice much of a tingle beyond the very initial moment. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wonder is a brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pinky Promise is a muted, medium rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, silky texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Taupe of the World is a warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a semi-matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, so it wasn’t fully opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

You Look Mauveless is a medium-dark plum with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was mostly opaque and had a soft, silky consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just Malt Away is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The powder was soft, blendable, and silky, while it yielded full color coverage. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pampered Pink is a light-medium, warm pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dare to Be Gold is a warm, coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. It wasn’t fully pigmented, and the texture felt thinner and drier, though not too difficult to work with on the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Show Plum Love is a rich, plummy purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wind Down Brown is a dark, neutral brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it didn’t adhere as well to the skin, so a primer would help with this particular shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla Candles is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It is soft, a smidgen powdery, with fairly good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coming Up Roses is a muted plum with a soft, frosted finish. The texture was on the powdery side, so the color payoff wasn’t great. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hazelnut Bon Bons is a muted, medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was somewhat powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Bubble Bath is a brightened peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Cuff is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Feeling Grey-t is a light-medium, warm taupe brown with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, though it still had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso Yourself is a cool-toned taupe-gray with a matte finish. It was sheer, and the consistency was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnamon Latte is a deepened, purpled-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was powdery and semi-sheer. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal is a dark gray with cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke that was buildable to more opaque coverage in two to three layers. It lasted for seven hours on me, but it was painful to apply to the lash line. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a warm, chocolate bronze-brown with a frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, but it just had a drier, more dragging texture that made it harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum is a muted, medium-dark purple with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff in one go, but I wish the texture was less dry and easier to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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palette

Sweet Indulgences

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Savored

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Product

1.5/10

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1.5/10

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1.5/10

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6.5/10

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3/5

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.94 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palletes (eight shades in each). The set will be the TSV tomorrow, November 10th, on QVC for $59.97 (compared to $72.50 that it is listed at presently). My review will be up tomorrow morning :) For now, I hope you enjoy these swatches!

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Dior Golden Shock (756) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Shock (756) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Shock (756) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0. 21 oz.) is a limited edition palette that features five shades in hues of pink, gold, plum, and purple. It performed better than Golden Reflections (0460), at least, though I’m not sold on it. It also seems to overlap with Trafalgar at a glance, though it isn’t quite one-for-one. The quality of this palette is decent to good, with the more problematic shade being the richer purple (which seemed better initially), as the texture was thinner and drier, so blending was more difficult without a smoothing base.

Golden Shock #1 is a rich, eggplant purple with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t as blendable as desired for such a dark shade. It wore well for eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Shock #2 is a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t difficult to use. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Shock #3 is a sparkling gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. The texture feels almost wet and slick, and there’s some color in the base, though it isn’t fully opaque. I felt like you could wear this as a standalone eyeshadow, not just patted over the other shades. It wore well for almost eight hours but did have fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Shock #4 is a light, warm-toned pink with a mostly matte finish. It was somewhat powdery but didn’t have too much excess during application. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Shock #5 is a muted, light-medium gold with a soft, frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff with a softer, smoother consistency. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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palette

Golden Shock (756)

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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8/10

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9.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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4/5

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Golden Shock #2

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Dior Golden Reflections (046) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Golden Reflections (046) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Golden Reflections (046) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0. 21 oz.) is a limited edition palette that features five shades ranging from gray to gold to beige. I think Dior does interesting color combinations at times, but I find that too often the quality of their eyeshadows is lacking. If you prefer a softer, sheerer, more muted look out of shades like these, you may enjoy this palette. If you want more true-to-pan color, I would skip.

Golden Reflections #1 is a medium-dark, warm-toned gray with a frosted sheen. The texture seemed like it was going to smooth, but there was a dryness there that made the color look uneven and almost patchy applied, while the color coverage was semi-opaque. It wasn’t readily blended, and it lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Reflections #2 is a muted, golden, olive brown with a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Reflections #3 is a brightened, light-medium beige with warm undertones and a sparkly, glittery finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, though it was mostly glitter and not a lot of color. It’s better patted over one of the other shades than used alone. I did have some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Reflections #4 is a light, warm beige with a mostly matte finish. The consistency was slightly powdery, but it had decent to good pigmentation and blended well. It wore well for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Reflections #5 is a light-medium, gray-taupe with a soft, satin finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the eyeshadow felt somewhat powdery, which made it harder to build-up on the skin. This shade showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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palette

Golden Reflections

B-

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Product

6/10

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6.5/10

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6.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4/5

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Golden Reflections #2

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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