Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows that range from warm beige to bluish-teal to cranberry to taupe. This is one of the better Anastasia palettes I’ve come across, as the eyeshadows were more consistent in texture and payoff–they weren’t as dry as past palettes I’ve tried from the brand. All except one shade wore well for eight hours, and there was really only shade that was a bit of a let-down (but not a total miss).

Fresh is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s somewhat powdery, but it had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blush is a golden champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was a smidgen dry, but it was soft, blendable, and had good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Venezia is a subtly, gold-shimmered bluish-teal with a faded quality and a frosted finish. It was prone to fading, and it was a more powdery, drier textured eyeshadow. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilded is a bronze-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen dry. As a heads up, this really seemed just like Topaz with a new name. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom is a taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the consistency was fairly soft, though a little dry feeling. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sangria is a vbirant, berry-plum with warm, copper-orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, buttery-smooth consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bengal is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was somewhat powdery. This also seemed like Caramel, just renamed. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but it was a little dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

China Rose is an orange-coral (just a hint of pink/red in it) with a golden, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was on the dusty side. (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Noir is a deep, matte black. It had good color payoff, but it was harder to blend. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows that range from light beige to deep brown to a pop of aqua and peach. Some shades are nice, other shades are a little powdery or dry, so it’s more of a mixed bag. There’s a dryness to a lot of Anastasia’s eyeshadows that keep them from feeling like a truly fantastic eyeshadow, but a good primer can help them go on more smoothly without having to really pack it on (to retain vibrancy). The Aqua shade was a total dud and shows up as a muddy mess on the lid without a sticky, white base. I am always surprised at how well they wear, despite the drier texture, though, even without primer (about eight hours for most shades). If you have a few of Anastasia’s palette, there tend to be a few repeats per palette.

Nude is a cool-toned, pink-tinted beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Brown is a blackened brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was dry, slightly stiff, and difficult to blend on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sienna is a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was nicely balanced between soft and blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Warm Taupe is a warm-toned, medium taupe brown with a matte finish. The texture was slightly powdery, but it was blendable and had good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla is a light beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was somewhat powdery but had decent to good color payoff. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Aqua is a light-medium aqua blue with a pearly sheen. It was very sheer, powdery, and prone to fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fresh Peach is a lightened, medium orange with a frosted finish. It had a drier, powdery feel but decent color payoff, though it needed to be patted and packed on to stay reasonably vibrant. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Glisten is a medium-dark copper orange with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation. The version in this palette performed better than the one in Amrezy. It wore well for eight hours before fading, and there was a little bit of fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Caramel is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable, though a bit powdery. It lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gold Bar is a yellowed gold with almost cool undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was a little crumbly and dry, but it was blendable and had good pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday palette that runs very cool-toned. It’s always nice to see a more cool-toned palette, since they’re not as common as you might think (and most, like this one, are limited edition). Overall, it’s a nice palette with cooler, smokier shades that run from deep gray to soft white. Two shades had slightly drier textures, but most shades had good color payoff, long-wear, and were blendable on the skin.

The Parisienne #1 is described as a “deep blue-gray pearl.” It’s a dark, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that was easily blended on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #2 is described as a “metallic royal blue.” It’s a medium-dark, navy blue with a frosted sheen. The texture was a little dry, which made the color payoff seem less intense and not as easily blended on the lid. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #3 is described as a “pale blue pearl with silver shimmer.” It’s a brightened, light-medium silver with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and went on fairly smoothly with a soft, blendable texture. The color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #4 is described as a “cool matte beige.” It’s a muted, cool-toned, light-medium beige with a hint of gray and a satin finish. It had fantasty color payoff with a really soft, silky texture that was easy to apply and blend out on the lid. It was a tiny bit powdery. The shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #5 is described as a “matte vanilla creme.” It’s a cool-toned, muted white with a soft, satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that went on evenly. The color lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #6 is described as a “bronze espresso sheen.” It’s a dark brown with cool undertones and khaki-bronze shimmer with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, though the texture was a smidgen dry–not stiff, though. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #7 is described as a “matte burgundy with iridescent glitter.” It’s a cool-toned, burgundy with a matte finish and pink micro-glitter on top. The glitter doesn’t stick to the skin or bind with the eyeshadow, so you’d need a slightly tacky base to get the glittery effect to be visible. The color is actually more pigmented than it seems, as it is a little powdery and tends to dust away, but a little goes a long way–so take care if you wear over primer. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set ($39.00 for 9 x 0.04 oz.) includes nine, mini-sized shades from the permanent range (all of them can be had individually, if desired). Overall, I didn’t find that the formula of the minis to be different from the full-sized shades I have. The formula is a drier, stiffer consistency that often drags and tugs on the lips. Some of the lighter shades look almost chalky on, while some of the more red-hued mattes seem to be least problematic. The shimmery shades are usually creamier, but they tend to be less pigmented. The brand claims that these will “comfortably coat lips with bold color for 10 hours” (they even claim “one swipe application). Wear time varies but tends to be longer than the average lipstick, though shorter than the 10-hour wear claim. I do not find the formula comfortable to wear, and it’s hard to apply color in “one swipe” since they drag a lot. Some shades are drying, some are neither drying nor hydrating, which is far from the brand’s claim that the formula will leave “lips feeling supple.” The caps of these come off very easily, so you may not want to carry them in your purse. Mine have just been sitting in a plastic bin, and I had problems with them coming off any time products shifted around at all (unusual–can’t say I specifically recall this being an issue with another brand, or the full-sized versions).

Note: as I had already fully reviewed and tested about half of these shades, I didn’t reshoot the product photos for those particular shades. I only retested Agatha, as it was the only one that seemed noticeably different than the full-sized I had. Shades I hadn’t reviewed before were photographed and tested as normal.

Agatha is a light, pink-tinged beige with a matte finish. This is one of the more drying shades in the range, and the full-sized version I have was noticeably drier and stiffer to use than the mini in the set, which did apply more evenly and with better color coverage. I retested using the mini, and it lasted for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lovecraft is a muted, rosy mauve with a matte finish. The color lasted for seven hours. It was one of the better-applying shades, but it will wear away unevenly (center first). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wonderchilde is a brightened, magenta purple with fuchsia undertones and violet shimmer. The color wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. It had a creamier consistency that helped it apply and feel more comfortable, though it wasn’t full coverage. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sexer is a bright, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and fuchsia micro-shimmer over a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly dry and tugged somewhat, but it did lay down even color. It wore well for eight hours on me and was slightly drying over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Countess is a bold, brightened orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It dragged just slightly, but it was nicely pigmented and lasted for eight hours. It was a little drying but not uncomfortable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Adora is a medium-dark, warm-toned red with metallic ruby red shimmer over a matte finish. This is one of the best shades in the range, as it does last well for ten hours, isn’t drying, and has enough creaminess that it isn’t painful to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hexagram is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage with a lightly dry consistency, so there was some drag. Luckily, it wasn’t so dry that it interfered with the resulting color, as I was able to get it to look smooth and even. It lasted for eight and a half hours and was a little drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bachelorette is a brightened, pinky-red with almost warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, while it had the same slightly dry, stiffer consistency which made it drag and pull at the lips when applied from the tube as other shades in the range. It did wear for seven and a half hours, and it was somewhat drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Motorhead is a deepened, reddish-burgundy. It has such a stiff, painful-to-use consistency. This shade wears for eight hours, but it is incredibly drying while worn, and it doesn’t look great on as it is uneven. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble
Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble

Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble ($49.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes ten of Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencils. I really like Sephora’s eyeliner formula here, because they come in such a wide array of colors, have just enough creaminess/waxiness to glide on without tugging, fairly good color payoff, and wear for eight to ten hours. The only caveat is that they’re listed as having a 12-hour wear time, which I don’t quite get to. All but one of the shades in this set are part of the permanent range, and they’re all full-sized, so the set is a value of $100.

Diamonds are Forever is described as a “silver.” It’s a medium silver with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic shimmer. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was mostly opaque after two layers. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girl Talk is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with a hint of gold sparkle over a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one pass, and it was only buildable to semi-opaque color. I wish this one was more pigmented. Applied, the color started to thin after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girls Night Out is described as a “gold.” It’s a medium-dark gold with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and it had a nice, creamy consistency that applied evenly. It wore well for nine and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Welcome to My Loft is a cool-toned, purpled taupe with a pearly sheen. This shade seemed softer than most others in the formula, and it had decent to good color payoff. On me, it wore well for just over eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tiramisu is described as a “brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This had really good color payoff in one pass, and it applied beautifully. It lasted for almost ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clubbing Stilettos is described as a “black.” It’s a rich, deep dark black with subtle, silver sparkle over a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it was really creamy and smooth on the skin. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Lace is described as a “black.” It’s a deepened black with a satin-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and it was buildable to fully opaque color payoff in two layers. It wore well for almost nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Good Mood is described as a “jade.” It’s a green-leaning teal with a pearly sheen. It had decent to good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque color payoff with two strokes. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Cruise is described as a “turquoise.” It’s a brightened, medium blue with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Purple Stilettos is described as a “purple.” It’s a brightened, medium purple with fuchsia undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass, and it was closer to opaque color after two passes. It showed signs of fading after nine and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel ($49.00 for 1.45 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, two bronzers, two blushes, and a travel-sized Better than Sex Mascara. What’s neat about this particular set is that the container holds five separate palettes and then the mascara in its own box. It’s perfect for giving and getting–a little for you, a little for a friend–or easily broken up and given as stocking stuffers. The back of each of the palettes actually have “to” and “from” lines, so they’re ready to gift. The set is a great value, and overall, it’s nice–not A+ territory, but it’s decent to good. The majority of the eyeshadows were nicely pigmented, wore for eight hours, and were easy to apply–there were a few (noted below) that had fall out due to more glittery textures or were lacking in pigmentation. The cheek products, except the matte bronzer, were rather frosted, so there was some emphasis of pores and skin imperfections.

Luminous Peach is a softened, medium orange with a golden orange frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me, but the frost slightly emphasized pores. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sun Bunny #1 is a medium-dark, yellowed brown with a frosted finish. It emphasized pores somewhat, but it had good color payoff and a blendable texture. It is the darker half of the Sun Bunny bronzer duo, which is part of Too Faced’s permanent range. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Who’s Your Poppy is a medium, warm-toned pink with a frosted, golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, though the texture was noticeably powdery. It didn’t emphasize pores too much, which was a surprise. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutcracker is a bright, cool-toned white with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude Beach is a golden peach with a metallic finish and large, gold glitter. The underlying color applied fairly well, but the glitter gets everywhere. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Boxes & Bows is a brightened, warm pink with a gold, metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff and applied evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Plum Fairy is a deepened, eggplant purple with subtle, cool undertones and bluish-silver sparkle. The sparkle tended to fall out over time, though the base color was nicely pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frost is a medium, cool-toned white with a sparkly, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was dryer and more crumbly, and there was fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tin Soldier is a dark, metallic silver with cool undertones. It had a fairly soft, buttery consistency with nice pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christmas Tree is a cool-toned, emerald green with a subtle olive undertone and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was nice, but the texture, while smooth, had a drier consistency that made it a little harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Santa’s Boots is a neutral-toned black with subtle silver sparkle. The sparkle isn’t noticeable on the lid, because most of it never arrives, so the result is really a matte black. It’s semi-opaque but dusty to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tufted Suede is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied beautifully. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Angel Hair is a muted, golden brown with a hint of copper and a soft, frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture was a smidgen powdery, but it applied better on the eye than it swatched. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Chocolate is a rich, deepened bronze with a metallic finish and warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was really soft and buttery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yule Log is a dark, chocolate brown with copper flecks of sparkle over a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was drier and there was some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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