Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains six eyeshadows; five have matte finishes, one has a more satiny finish. The palette leans cool-toned, but I didn’t find it to be strongly cool-toned across the board. The palette is the same size as the previous Naked Basics palette, though this one has a slightly different color and has lighter lettering. The quality is good overall, but the darkest shade is under-pigmented and a little harder to blend, and most of the matte shades were a little powdery, though they’re soft and didn’t look dry or powdery on the lid.

It will launch on Urban Decay’s website on August 19th, but it will be available at the usual suspects like Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, Beauty.com on August 28th.

Skimp is described as a “pale nude satin.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with a satin finish. It is warmer and has a peach tone to it that wasn’t present when this was released in the Feminine palette (which looks pink-ish). The difference is subtle, and once applied to the skin, blended out, and so forth, it isn’t noticeably different–but it may be more noticeable if you are very cool or very warm-toned. It had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable but thinner than is typical for Urban Decay (and less dense/buttery compared to the previous version I have). It lasted for eight hours before fading on me. LORAC Navy #1 (LE) is darker. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is similar. Divergent Serene Vanilla (LE) is lighter. MAC Warm Breeze (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. Clarins The Essentials #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Magnate (LE) is lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stark is described as a “nude-pink matte.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with a matte finish and soft, warm undertones. It may be hard to see against my skin tone, as it is very similar to it, but it had good pigmentation, though it was slightly powdery. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Peach for the Stars (LE) Bobbi Brown Truffle (LE, $22.00) is darker. Anastasia Cream (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Habit (LE, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Malt (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frisk is described as a “warm gray matte.” It’s a light-medium taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation had potential, but the somewhat powdery consistent made it so a lot of the pigment didn’t adhere to the skin, which resulted in decent color payoff but not great. If you normally use a primer, you should be okay. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker, cream. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cover is described as a “muted red-brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a matte finish. This shade was excellent: great pigmentation, a beautifully soft but buttery and blendable texture, and lasted for just over eight hours before fading. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker, cream. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker, less matte. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Primal is described as a “muted brown matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. LORAC Navy #3 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is similar. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is warmer. theBalm Sultry (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Namaste (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undone is described as a “deep, smoky brown matte.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had poorer color payoff, and it had a thinner, more powdery consistency that just didn’t apply well. I had trouble blending this shade with the others when I used it in the crease. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE) is darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is darker. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is darker. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. This might be better titled as “Purpleluxe,” since it’s more like variations on purple than plum. It’s characterized by a lot of glitter, sparkle, and metallic finishes, which makes it harder to wear on its own as the powdery, sometimes crumbly, quality of the glittery shades shows up on the lids and creates a lot of fall out both during application as well as throughout the time I wore them. I think the way the Veluxe Pearlfusion formula sparkles can be really pretty, but they can be such a high maintenance product to apply/wear.

Plumluxe #1 is described as a “frosty white.” It’s a glittering, bright white with a metallic finish and subtle warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry and more opaque pigmentation when applied damp. The texture wasn’t glittery exactly, but it wasn’t smooth–almost crumbly where flecks of sparkle/shimmer acted more like chunks. I had a lot of fall out with this shade when I wore it. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is less glittery. Tarina Tarantino Glinda’s Kiss (LE) is less glittery. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is more muted. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #2 is described as a “white pink with pearl.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned, light-medium pink with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had sheer color that was very powdery when applied dry, which was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It had moderate fall out when worn, though the color itself didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $3.99) is less glittery. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is less glittery. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is less glittery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is similar. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is darker. Urban Decay SWF (P, $18.00) is less glittery. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #3 is described as a “lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver and white sparkle/shimmer. It had a more glittery, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and a bit crumbly, and applied with a dampened brush produced smoother, more pigmented results. I had some fall out with this shade when I wore it, though the color didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is darker. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly, darker. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is darker, less sparkly. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #4 is described as a “dark purple with light pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly shimmer. It was sheer and powdery when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush, which helped most of the powderiness. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #5 is a dark gray with a pearly sheen and subtle,c ool undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer but not powdery, and then applied damp, it was slightly more pigmented. The color lasted for almost eight hours before fading. There is a surprisingly amount of shades very similar to this — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) contains a light and medium-dark shade for a quick and easy eye that can be created with just these two shades. They’re easily combined with other eyeshadows in your stash, but they worked well together as a duo. Both shades were easy to use, good quality, and long-wearing. As a heads up, Presto was featured in a limited edition holiday gift set last year (see my post here); Flicker was featured in a holiday palette from 2012 (which I don’t recall reviewing).

Presto is described as a “cool champagne sheen.” It’s a golden champagne with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. I kind of get what they mean by “cool champagne,” but it’s still a warmer shade. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was blendable and lasted for eleven hours before creasing slightly. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is lighter. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is more beige. MAC Greenluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is more beige, darker. MAC Ricepaper (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flicker is described as an “antique bronze.” It’s an earthy, olive brown with a subtle green sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and dense, though it was just a bit powdery. It wore well for almost twelve hours before fading. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is slightly greener. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is greener. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is darker, greener. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever #148 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 8th, 2014

Dior Trafalgar (876) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Trafalgar (876) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Trafalgar (876) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of pinks, golds, and plums. It’s one of the five new (and permanent) variations added to the 5 Couleurs range. It was a lot better than Pied de Poule, so my experience with the range is mixed (I only bought two, and I don’t have plans to buy others at this time) but consistent with my experience using Dior’s eyeshadow palettes in general. Some are amazing, some are completely and utter disappointments, and some are in-between. Trafalgar didn’t have any major misses; all five shades had fairly good pigmentation, wore well without fall out or fading issues, and were easy enough to use.

Trafalgar #1 is a light, warm-toned pink with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft but a little powdery/dry. It wore well for eight hours before fading on me. MAC Eggplant Blend #1 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is smoother. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is similar. Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is similar. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Glitterati (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trafalgar #2 is an iridescent, pink and gold-tinged white–almost like a duochrome (but it is fairly subtle) that has a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that applied well enough and was easy to blend. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before I saw fading. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler-toned. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) is less pink. MAC Winterscape (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Solar White (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trafalgar #3 is a rich, brightenred red-berry with warm, orange-red undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fantastic color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly. I was really surprised at how lovely this shade was, and it really made me wonder why the satin/matte finishes in Pied de Poule were so poor in comparison. On me, the color stayed true for eight and a half hours before creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is more orange, more muted. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trafalgar #4 is a muted, medium-dark gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that went on fairly evenly, which wore well for eight hours. MAC My Fantasy (LE, $15.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. LORAC Navy #4 (LE) is darker. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is cooler-toned, less yellow/gold. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trafalgar #5 is a dark, burgundy brown with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen dry. The color didn’t show any fading or creasing until after eight and a half hours of wear. NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is darker.Too Faced Soiree (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is darker. Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is slightly browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Amberluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. Amberluxe is a warm-toned, orange-y palette that goes from warm white to dark brown. The formula is quite blendable, but some shades are so soft that they are almost crumbly and prone to powderiness. I highly recommend applying the palette prior to any base makeup, as there is a ton of fall out (both in the form of powder and glitter/sparkle) during application, even when lightly patting color on. There is fall out during wear as well with the more sparkly/glittery shades. I find these look prettier on and in person than they appear in photos, but you have to like a fairly glittery look. I have the best luck applying these when using a dampened brush, as the dry application tends to go on unevenly as the powder doesn’t adhere quite as well.

Amberluxe #1 is described as a “white.” It’s a white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and when applied damp, it was fully opaque and smoother. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is very similar. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is less golden. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #2 is described as a “yellow gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and it was mostly opaque after applying it with a dampened brush. The texture was a bit powdery, though. It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is more metallic. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is warmer. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is similar. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Gorgeous Gold (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #3 is described as a “bronze.” It’s a brightened, coppery brown with a pearly sheen. It was actually quite pigmented applied dry–it was opaque regardless of application method, which is great for those who prefer to skip that step, but it isn’t true to the formula’s promise (so you’ll see the rating reflect that). It wore well for eight hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Olive Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is more muted. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is browner. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is similar. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is more metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is warmer, richer. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #4 is described as a “peachy orange.” It’s a sparkling, medium orange with warm undertones and a glittery finish. The texture of this shade was somewhat crumbly, so it was very prone to fall out during application and doesn’t bind together as well as the other shades. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp. The color lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was a lot of fall out during wear. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amberluxe #5 is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones with a satin finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque, but the texture was stiffer and difficult to blend. On me, the color stayed true for seven and a half hours before fading. MAC Rising Passions (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (P) is darker. MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) contains two shades that pair well together but are also more complex, a bit more unique than your average eyeshadow. The best of the Ready formula shines through this duo with both shades having a soft, buttery texture that feels like silk, blends out effortlessly, and wears really well.

Air is described as a “satin taupe.” It’s a light-medium beige with a hint of gray/brown in it and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff that had a very soft, buttery consistency and blended easily. The color wore well for eleven hours before fading slightly. MAC Fashion Beat (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Navy #5 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Ginger Sugar (LE, $14.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Catch Me If… is described as a “rich mauve.” It’s a medium-dark, plum with a warm, golden shimmer that almost gives a metallic finish to the shade. It has a more unique finish, because it has strong, plum colors but then a strong golden sheen that seems like it goes on top like an overlay. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft, creamy texture that felt like butter. This shade didn’t show any fading until after eleven hours of wear. NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Eve’s Kiss (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. Laura Mercier African Violet (P, $23.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is warmer. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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