Friday, May 30th, 2014

bareMinerals The Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains eight shades that were inspired by shades in bareMinerals’ loose eyeshadow range, and with the name, you can see that it’s a neutral-based palette. The quality is good overall, but the palette contains a lot of mid-tone eyeshadows, and I found myself really longing for one or two medium-dark to dark, satin-to-matte shades that would work to add more depth to any look. It is also a warm-toned palette, which there are many of on the market nowadays, so while lovely in many ways, it is ultimately a more dupable palette. I love the size of this style of palette that bareMinerals does, because each eyeshadow still has plenty of product (0.03 oz.), but they’re very compact and perfect for traveling. bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadow formula is supposed to wear for 12 hours, yield “vivid, pure, provocative color,” and “resist creasing, fading, and smudging.”

Tan Lines is described as a “dark peach copper.” It’s a medium, warm-toned copper with a frosted finish. It’s not quite as overtly orange-toned, so it has a better balance of red and orange, which gives it a slightly muted quality. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery with excellent color payoff and application. It wore well for eleven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude Beach is described as a “light, warm sand.” It’s a light beige with very subtle cool undertones and a frosted, somewhat metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, though the texture was soft and smooth, it wasn’t as buttery or as dense as the Ready formula is in general. This shade wore well for nine and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches /
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Bare Skin is described as a “copper rose.” It’s a muted, medium copper-brown with a metallic finish and warm undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. This shade stayed on well for ten hours before starting to fade slightly, though it never creased over the twelve hours I wore it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pure is described as a “light, airy peach.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It’s almost too light and not quite warm enough to be considered peach to me. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly rich and buttery. This shade wore well for just over ten hours on me before it started to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the Buff is described as a “light golden peach.” It’s a medium, peach-orange with a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth, while the color blended easily onto the skin and wore well for just over ten and a half hours before it started to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Natural is described as a “light buttery peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the consistency of the powder was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. It was a tiny bit powdery but almost unnoticeable during application. This shade stayed well on the eyelid for ten hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Santorini is described as a “burnished taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, while the consistency was soft and smooth, though not quite as dense as other shades. The eyeshadow wore well for eleven hours before I noticed some fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Skinny Dip is described as a “light, iridescent pink.” It’s a cool-toned, iridescent pink-tinged white with a pearly sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, while the texture was soft, blendable, but slightly powdery. This shade lasted well when I wore it for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows; three are larger (0.07 oz. each) and six are smaller (0.03 oz. each). It’s an Ulta-exclusive palette that launches on June 1st. Some of the shades are really nice, some are lacking pigmentation, and a few are on the powdery side. If you usually use a primer, I think you’ll probably be okay, but it doesn’t work as nicely as the Rock ‘n’ Roll palette.

I double-checked with Too Faced, and they confirmed June 1st as the launch date on Friday (5/30). Unfortunately, I don’t have any other information on whether there is a new date, it’s simply late, or if there is some other reason for the delay. I highly suggest calling your local ULTA before making a drive to visit. Update on 6/3/14:  Too Faced says there are shipment delays to retailers at this time, and the palettes are now pushed back to end of the month.

Cowboy Take Me Away is a light peach with a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff, while the texture was soft, blendable, and smooth–not at all powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Y’all is a muted, golden brown with a frosted sheen. It had decent pigmentation, and the texture was blendable but somewhat powdery and wasn’t as smooth to apply. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolly is a dark, subtly cool-toned brown with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft without being powdery. It lasted just over eight hours before I noticed fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Famous in a Small Town is a brightened, warm white with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had great pigmentation, and the consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and buttery. The color stayed on the lid well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Paper Roses is a medium, warm-toned pink with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had really good color coverage, and the texture was soft, blendable, and smooth. This shade managed to wear well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rhinestone is a muted, dark eggplant purple with neutral undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had decent color payoff, but it could have been more intense, and the texture was somewhat powdery, which made it prone to sheering out on the lid. It would be best applied over a primer or slightly tacky base. It looked faded before eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All American Girl is a golden ivory with a frosted sheen. It was semi-sheer, and the texture was very thin–almost hard but not really stiff–which gave it a very smooth application, but the payoff wasn’t there. This shade showed signs of creasing after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nashville is a muted, cool-toned, gray-purple with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and buttery, though just a bit powdery. The color lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bluebird is a sparkling, navy blue with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was dry, almost chunky in a way, though the shimmer isn’t glitter and feels somewhere between shimmer and sparkle in regards to particle size. It just didn’t bind well together, unfortunately, which made it harder to work with. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Too Faced Rock 'n' Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows; three are larger (0.07 oz. each) and six are smaller (0.03 oz. each). It’s an Ulta-exclusive that launches on June 1st. Overall, it’s a nice palette with smokier, darker shades (contrasted with three lighter shades) and good color payoff, decent wear, and soft textures. If you’ve used Too Faced’s eyeshadows before, you’ll be familiar with their slightly softer consistency and texture, which can sometimes be a bit powdery at times. With this type of texture, I would recommend using a primer underneath, as the color will adhere better and wear longer.

I double-checked with Too Faced, and they confirmed June 1st as the launch date on Friday (5/30). Unfortunately, I don’t have any other information on whether there is a new date, it’s simply late, or if there is some other reason for the delay. I highly suggest calling your local ULTA before making a drive to visit.  Update on 6/3/14:  Too Faced says there are shipment delays to retailers at this time, and the palettes are now pushed back to end of the month.

Rockabilly is a light, neutral-to-warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had a soft, silky texture that applied smoothly with good color payoff. It was just slightly powdery. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me. This is definitely a shade Too Faced has released a few times before with little to no noticeable differences. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rap is a coppery gold with warm, orange undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft to the touch, but it was a bit chunky, so there was some fall out during application and a little bit of sparkle fall out during wear. The color wore well for almost eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ska is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable, while the color lasted well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

New Wave is a light, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and white sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t bind too well with the underlying base color, so a lot of it gets trapped and lost in the brush as it is applied to the lid. The few remaining sparkles seem to fall out during wear, which means this is really mostly a matte pink at the end of the day. On my lid, the color stayed put for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pop is a medium-dark plum with warm, burgundy undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was slightly powdery, though soft and easy to blend, but it’s a shade that needs a primer or slightly tacky base to shine. Over bare lids, it fell a little flat–just looked faded–though it lasted for seven and a half hours. It had decent to good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heavy Metal is a blackened blue with very fine iridescent purple and bluish-teal shimmer that creates a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and was only just slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

New Romantic is a light-medium, golden beige with a soft, pearly finish. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft and smooth but not powdery. This color stayed well on the lid for seven and a half hours before it started to break down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glam Rock is a cool-toned taupe with a matte base finished with white sparkle. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery, but the sparkles tended to separate from the actual eyeshadow color, so it applied more like a regular matte shade than one with sparkle. I noticed some stray sparkle fall out when it was worn, though the actual color lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Punk is a medium-dark, forest green with cool-toned emerald green micro-shimmer and a warm, olive brown undertone. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little powdery, though soft, so it was prone to sheering out and looking somewhat faded without a primer. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo
MAC Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo

MAC Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) includes two shades of eyeshadow in a lavender-hued compact. Both shades are part of the permanent range, and they’re marketed here for brows, but they’re really just regular, powder eyeshadow. You could just as easily use these as eyeshadows as you could for filling in brows. Each shade is available in pan form for $10 each, so you could purchase them separately if desired. The advantage would be the ability to move them to different palettes/compacts as you please, as these two shades are glued in. I regularly use Brun as a brow shade, though for the past few days, I have used Soba and Brun mixed together just to try. Soba has shimmer, so it’s not my personal go-to finish for brows–I think it’s a great shade, just more as an eyeshadow, though.

Soba is described as a “soft taupe [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shimmer. The texture is very soft and finely-milled, but it is on the powdery side, so I noticed a fair amount of powder fall out when I used it as a brow shade, though it has good color payoff. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is similar. MAC Double Feature #4 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker, yellower. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brun is described as a “dark brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark brown with almost cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It’s a more buildable shade, but it doesn’t have rich, intense pigmentation right out of the gate. The texture is a little stiff and mostly blendable, but it takes a little more work to blend it than ideal, particularly for such a dark shade. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is similar. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Coconut Grove (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Dance in the Dark (P, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Foreshadow (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four shades–two are permanent, two are new and limited edition–in a neutral-themed color combination. The quality of the quad is quite good, but if you already have one or both of the permanent shades, then it may not be the best bet to get two new shades. I could easily see this being a workhorse palette for some and redundant for others, if you’ve already loaded up on your neutral palettes.

Pink Sands is described as a “light flesh peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Dior Fantasie (641) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Sebastian (LE) is brighter. MAC Frisco (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All That Glitters is described as a “frosted champagne with gold pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, peach-copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. The color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. MAC Lorelei (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is similar. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Cloud is described as a “soft golden beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled without being powdery. The color wore well for eight hours when I tested it. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is a smidgen lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is warmer. Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Madrague #2 (P, $24.00) is warmer. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sable is described as a “cool bronze [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, buttery, and very smooth, while it had excellent, full color coverage. The eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before it started to fade along the edges. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo
MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

MAC Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains two shades, which are most easily considered a bronzer and highlighter. This set of shades was less powdery than Jolly Good, but it was still slightly powdery and didn’t wear quite as long as the average cheek colors do.

Bronzer is described as a “light summer peach tan.” It’s a medium, yellowed brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it wasn’t too powdery, so most of the color stayed on the skin as applied, rather than disappearing when you went to blend it. The color lasted for six and a half hours before fading. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is yellower. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is darker. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is darker, more matte. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Highlighter is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a champagne-peach with warm undertones with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, was slightly powdery, but it adhered fairly well. It does emphasize pores and any imperfections on the skin. The highlighter lasted for six hours on me before starting to look faded and patchy. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is more orange. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is less orange/peach. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is very similar, slightly more beige. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is less orange. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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