Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Greenluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “light peach, bright champagne with pearl, dark olive, blackened green with gold pearl and deep forest green with pearl.” Greenluxe is not really as green as you’d expect, so if you were wary, you might still like this but if you are a fiend for green, you’ll be missing those.  #2 and #4 were the two that were very fall-out prone.  I wore this palette on one eye, and after nine hours of wear, there is no creasing, but there is a noticeable amount of fall out–the sparkles in this are finer, so they’re not as large or as visible as glitter would be. I did experience fading with #4 and #5 that was noticeable after seven and a half hours of wear.

Greenluxe #1 is a warm-toned beige with a pearly sheen. It was semi-sheer applied dry and semi-opaque applied wet. This shade is also very similar to the palest shades in Smokeluxe and Brownluxe. MAC Dew is more shimmery. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Glamour Light is also similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is lighter, more shimmery. Benefit Call My Bluff is darker, less shimmery. Inglot #355 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #2 is a pale, light gold with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry but was very loose/crumbly; applied wet, it smoothed out better but would do best with a pressing and crushing technique.
Disney Charming is lighter. Disney Sand in the GLass is warmer. Giorgio Armani #18 is a touch darker. Make Up For Ever #101 is less metallic. MAC Flicker is lighter. MAC Femme-fi is lighter, less metallic. Dior Golden Savannah #3 is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Gold Bar is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #3 is a dirty gold, kind of pewter-like, but I’d say it’s a little warm to be a true pewter. I’m a total sucker for shades like this, though, because they can look warmer or cooler, depending on what you pair them with. Dry, it had fairly opaque color payoff but was somewhat powdery. Wet, it was smoother, sparkly without being too glittery. Chanel Moon River is darker, cream product. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is warmer, lighter. MAC Hazy Day is darker. MAC Antique Diamond is similar but a cream product. MAC Modern Pewter is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #3 is slightly darker. bareMinerals First Class is a touch darker. bareMinerals Gold Medal is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #4 is a blackened green (more like a tint of green) and forest green and gold sparkle and shimmer. Dry, it’s a little gritty from the high sparkle content, and applied wet, it does apply more smoothly with a richer base color, but it still needs to be layered and packed on a bit to get good coverage. Giorgio Armani #25 is greener. Urban Decay Snare is lighter. Milani Melange is warmer, browner. MAC Smutty Green is greener. Estee Lauder Cyber Green is similar but less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Greenluxe #5 is a reddish brown with a teal duochrome finish. Dry, it looks warmer and browner, while wet it takes on a more dominant teal coloring. MAC Woodsmoke is darker. MAC I’ve Got a Crush On You is slightly lighter. Shades like MAC Blue Green pigment and MAC Club are also similar. See comparison swatches.

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Greenluxe was a mixed bag; some shades were smooth and rich in color, while others were drier or more sparkly, so they were harder to apply or get to smooth out.

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “egg shell, frosty orange gold, light yellow chocolate, deep bronze, blackened plum with pearl.” Brownluxe is one of the better-performing palettes from the launch of six. The textures of #1 and #2 are slightly dry, so you may need to jab at the pans a bit to dislodge color. There is some fall out from #3 and #4 (this was the worst offender of the two), but overall, this had minimal fall out after 12 hours of wear (I don’t normally test this long, but I only had time to test one palette per eye yesterday, so I ended up wearing it until bed time!). I didn’t experience any creasing, but there was some noticeable fading after nine hours of wear.

Brownluxe #1 is a pale beige with a golden sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, and it looked more satin-like, and when applied wet, it was more shimmery/frosted (but the payoff was the same). This shade is also very similar to the palest shades in Smokeluxe and Greenluxe. MAC Dew is more shimmery. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Glamour Light is also similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is lighter, more shimmery. Benefit Call My Bluff is darker, less shimmery. Inglot #355 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #2 is a medium brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it has soft color payoff but not really sheer–just softer than it looks in the pan–and then applied wet, it is darker and there’s an almost gray-ish tint that comes out. Urban Decay Beware is warmer. theBalm Allegro is similar. MAC Romantico is darker, more shimmery. MAC One to Watch is more orange. MAC Day Gleam is more shimmery. MAC Soba is darker. MAC Outre is yellower. MAC Cork is darker. Dior Golden Savannah #1 is darker. Burberry Pale Nude #1 is warmer. Inglot #342 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #3 is a warm-toned, golden copper with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and when applied wet, it is just smoother and more metallic. Sephora Girls Night Out is darker, less orange. theBalm Manic Maribel is more coppery. Urban Decay Penny Lane is more coppery. MAC Gaelic Gold is less warm-toned. MAC Goldmine is lighter, yellower. MAC Amber Lights is darker. MAC Campfire is darker, warmer. OCC Triptych is yellower. bareMinerals Pret-a-porter is very similar. Inglot #404 is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #4 is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a taupe sparkle. It has softer, slightly sheer color when applied dry (it is a much lighter brown), and when applied with a damp brush, it’s a darker, cooler-toned shade. Disney Abu is similar. Urban Decay Bewitch is warmer. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is warmer, less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Copper Cocoa is slightly lighter. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer. MAC Cross Cultural is less shimmery. MAC Brown Down is warmer, less shimmery. Dior Golden Savannah #5 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Couture is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Brownluxe #5 is deep burgundy-brown with a pearly shimmer. It had really nice color payoff both wet and dry, though it was smoother and slightly more intense applied wet. Tom FOrd Enchanted #4 is lighter. theBalm Presto is lighter, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #2 is redder. bareMinerals Ensemble is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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When it's a pearl or satin-like finish, the formula really stands out as one that's easier to use and really lovely applied. It's when they get too sparkly that they become crumbly and prone to fall out! This one was one of the better picks of the six palette.

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “metallic silver with pearl, light blue, blue with pearl, purple blue with pearl, black with blue pearl.”

Bleuluxe #1 is a sparkling, pale silver that almost leans warm. Dry, it’s very sheer and sparkly; wet, it’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque and needs to really be pressed and worked into the lid to smooth it out. Bobbi Brown Tinsel is less sparkly. NARS Silver Factory is a cream product. NARS Flowers 2 #1 is less sparkly.
MAC Guise is darker. MAC Extra Silver is more metallic. MAC White as Snow is similar but loose. Giorgio Armani #17 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #2 is a cool-toned, silver and blue-shimmered blue with a hint of gray. It has a very sparkly finish. Applied dry, it’s very sheer; applied wet, it is semi-opaque but needs to be pressed and crushed on the lid to smooth out the color. Maybelline Seashore Frosts has a golden duochrome/shimmer and is a cream product. Clinique Big Blue is less sparkly, cream. theBalm Matt Horowitz is more matte. Urban Decay Strip is lighter. MAC Blue Moon is less sparkly. Chanel Destination is less sparklly, cream. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #3 is a navy blue with a blackened base and multi-colored sparkle. Applied dry, it was kind of chunky and sheer, while applied wet, it was semi-sheer and smoother. This was a shade I needed to layer and pack on to get to be opaque on the lid. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is bluer. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #4 is a blackened navy blue with a pearly shimmer. It was sheer when applied dry, and it intensified to semi-opaque color when applied damp. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx is darker. MAC Shop & Drop is darker. MAC Thru the Night is similar. MAC Blue Storm is lighter. Burberry Midnight Blue is lighter. Make Up For Ever #81 is bluer. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #5 is a medium-dark black with a dusting of blue pearl. It had semi-opaque color when applied dry, and it was slightly more intense when applied wet. The texture was very smooth, and this was the best shade of the five. MAC Dark Dare is a bit darker. Sugarpill Stella is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The new Veluxe Pearlfusion eyeshadow formula is widely varying from shade to shade, palette to palette. The overall quality really depends on the finish, and I’m sure it won’t surprise you, but the heavier the sparkle is, the lower the performance. These can be used both wet and dry, with dry application yielding “sheer coverage with a soft, sparkling finish,” and wet application yielding “a super saturation of colour that glistens with metallic brilliance.” The texture is supposed to feel “creamy and lightweight.”

Anyone who loves MAC’s Pressed Pigment formula and has no issues with the sparkle-factor and resulting fall out (that I’ve experienced, at least) with them with likely enjoy these, too, as overall, they’re finer but still very sparkly and the finish certainly reflects and catches the light nicely. But there is fall out, and if you loathe any fall out, I’d probably skip this launch entirely. If you can deal with some, they may be worth checking out. The texture varies from so soft that the powder turns a little crumbly and becomes difficult to smooth out (you really have to press it, or crush it with a brush or sponge-tip applicator) to soft, creamy, and intensely pigmented. There were shades that made me, “Oooh” and “Ahhh!” when I swatched or applied them.

I wore #2 on the inner lid, #3 on the middle of lid, #4 on the outer lid, and #5 in the crease–all used with a wet application and MAC’s 239 brush. I didn’t experience any creasing over a twelve-hour period, and fading didn’t become noticeable until after nine and a half hours of wear; all quite impressive. There was some fall out during application, but because they are used wet, and none of those four needed significant pressing/crushing prior to application, it was minimal and easy to clean-up. I did have continued fall out throughout the day and by the end of eight hours, there was a moderate amount of sparkle underneath my eyes. The sparkle is finer, so it’s not as obvious as larger glitter particles can be.

The price point seems a bit high, and it’s hard to really know how long an eyeshadow will last you until you’ve used it endlessly. Normally, MAC’s full-size powder eyeshadows contain 0.05 oz., and the quads (that also retail for $40) contain 0.19 oz. (Veluxe Pearl eyeshadows are normally 0.04 oz., which is usually why quads aren’t 0.20 oz.), so this palette is smaller at 0.14 oz. Unless you regularly finish your eyeshadows, I don’t think you’ll actually feel the quantity difference–and if you have a larger stash, you may appreciate that there are five shades in this.

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The new Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadows are best used wet, because dry they're sheer, uneven, and very, very fallout-prone. When applied damp with a wet brush, the color payoff is more opaque, smoother and more even, and there is less fall out during application and wear--though there is some.

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Disney Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette
Disney Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette

Disney Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette that features twenty eyeshadows (each containing 0.035 oz. of product) inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  

Blue Lagoon is a brightened, medium cyan blue with a light dusting of silver sparkle. Of all twenty eyeshadows, this was the worst (and it’s just so-so), as the texture was a bit dry and powdery, and the silver sparkle does seem to get everywhere. Urban Decay Peace is more shimmery. Urban Decay Clash is a cream product. NARS Mad, Mad World #1 is less shimmery, darker. MAC Electric Eel is less shimmery, darker. MAC Blue Candy is less shimmery. Inglot #371 is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches.

Scuttle is a warm-toned, champagne-shimmered golden beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and very, very slightly powdery. MAC Glamour Light is lighter. MAC Warming Heart is darker and more shimmery. MAC Grain is darker, less shimmery. Buxom Collie is a cream product. bareMinerals Stealth is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Flounder is a pale yellow with a hint of orange in it and a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, and the color was prone to sheering out quickly. I had better luck patting it onto the lid and only blending around the edges. theBalm Snobby is more shimmery, cooler. Bobbi Brown Banana is very similar. NARS Misfit #1 is lighter. MAC Motif is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #1 is more shimmery. Chanel Premier Regard #3 is more shimmery. Inglot #3102 is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches.

Sebastian is a pink-coral with a matte finish. It had a soft, smooth texture with just a small amount of powderiness, but it was easier to apply than Flounder. Chanel Rose de Mai is more muted. Inglot #359 is cooler. See comparison swatches.

Flotsam is a darkened, cool-toned gray with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, though the texture was slightly stiffer than a lot of the other shades (not hard to work with, but just noticeably different). theBalm Matt McDonald is lighter. Urban Decay Ace is warmer. NARS Mandchourie #2 is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Gunmetal is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Sea Shells is a warm, golden ivory with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had mostly opaque color, and the texture was soft and buttery–but a smidgen powdery. Make Up For Ever #101 is warmer, more frosted. Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl is a smidgen darker. MAC Carefree is cooler. MAC Short Shorts is similar. MAC Femme-fi is warmer. MAC Dazzlelight is cooler. Inglot #395 is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Les Poissons is a medium-dark brown with a hint of warmth and a frosted sheen. It was soft, smooth, and nicely pigmented. Tom Ford Platinum is a cream product, warmer. theBalm Matt Gallagher is cooler, less shimmery. Urban Decay Wreckage is cooler, darker. MAC Caramel Sundae is lighter. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is lighter. MAC Superwatt is a cream product, darker. Chanel Raffinement #3 is slightly darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Caspian Sea is a blue-teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff and a soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and to blend out. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is bluer, darker. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is darker, slightly bluer. MAC Parrot is very comparable. NARS South Pacific #1 is brighter. Make Up For Ever #83 is brighter. Inglot #415 is lighter, more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Your Voice is a silvered-white with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It was soft but a bit crumbly/powdery, and it did smooth down when patted and blended out on the lid. theBalm Sassy is similar. theBalm Metal-ica is also similar. MAC Flawless Figure is less frosted. MAC Crystal Avalanche is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #4 is similar. bareMinerals Cheers is less shimmery. Inglot #453 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Unfortunate Souls is a muted, cool-toned purple with a hint of blue and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and it was a little stiff (but not powdery). Urban Decay Blue Bus is darker, more shimmery. NARS Self Portrait 1 #2 is darker. MAC Heroine is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #2 is much darker.

Atlantica is a subtly warm-toned, pastel green with golden yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and it was soft, smooth, and buttery to the touch. MAC Zestful is lighter. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 is darker. bareMinerals Wicked is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever #34 is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches.

Fins is a medium-dark, subtly yellow-toned green with gold and green sparkle. It had good color payoff, but there was some fall out when worn due to the amount of sparkle in it. Sephora Picnic in the Park is brighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever #52 is a cream product. Sugarpill Midori is darker. NARS Mad Mad World #2 is darker, less shimmery. Milani Green Safari is a cream product. MAC Feeling Fresh is warmer. Make Up For Ever #53 is cooler, less shimmery.

Sick of Swimmin’ is a cool-toned white with a frosted, teal iridescent sheen. It was semi-sheer, and it’s probably a shade best used to apply over another to add dimension. MAC Vellum is similar but less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Ursula is a subtly warm-toned, muted plum with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff but was slightly powdery. Inglot #446 is brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is warmer. OCC Overlook is warmer. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 is less shimmery, darker. MAC Rich Core is darker. MAC Rare Find is slightly darker. MAC Universal Appeal is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Uncut is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sha La La is a reddened berry with cool undertones and a satiny finish. It had so-so color payoff, but it did build up better (to about semi-opaque color). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a little powdery. MAC Posthaste is redder. NARS Douce France #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Hepcat is slightly cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Triton is a warm-toned, medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and larger gold sparkle. It had good color payoff, but there was some fall out during application and seemed to have some minor fall out later on during wear, too.
Chanel Cool Gold is a cream product. Sephora French Riviera is yellower. NARS Corcovado is yellower, cream. Maybelline Gold Rush is slightly darker, cream product. MAC Goldmine is similar. Chanel Blazing Gold is lighter. OCC Triptych is slightly darker. bareMinerals Remix is very similar. Inglot #430 is warmer, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Wanderin’ Free is a muted copper with a frosted finish.  It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery–but again, there was a smidgen of powderiness. theBalm Manic Maribel and Urban Decay Chopper are darker, warmer. Urban Decay Limelight is warmer. MAC Summer Haze is cooler. MAC All That Glitters is similar. Buxom Collie is lighter, cream. bareMinerals Nirvana is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Jetsam is a teal-tinged, deep gray with a pearly sheen.  It looks more teal in the pan than it does swatched or applied. Sephora Midnight Swim is lighter. Urban Decay Hijack is lighter. MAC Blue Spruce is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick is lighter. Inglot #451 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sea Witch is a dark, bold purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen.  It had decent to good color payoff, but it was slightly dry.  MAC Warm & Smoky is darker, cooler. MAC Pink Union #2 is brighter. MAC Drawn to Drama is darker. MAC Parfait Amour is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Treasures Untold is a pink-tinged white with a golden sheen.  It had good color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that was very slightly powdery. L’Oreal Strawberry Blonde is pinker. MAC Double Feature #5 #1 is less shimmery. MAC Winterscape is cooler. MAC Golden Flurry is less frosted. MAC Let’s Skate is a cream product. MAC Radial Pink is lighter. MAC Opalesse is cooler. MAC Good Fortune is a cream product.

Overall, I really liked the palette, and I think it’s well worth the $55 price tag assuming they’re colors and finishes that you would use.  My main issue was that most shades were on the powdery side with some just being very slightly powdery to a few feeling almost crumbly.  The majority of the shades had good color payoff, though.  I wore several shades from the palette (10 of the 20), and I’m almost at seven hours of wear–so far so good in terms of fading/creasing.  There has been some slight fall out from Fins and Triton.

Also, heads up: Sephora teased about this collection on their Facebook, and while doing so, also stated that this was the last and final installment of the collection.

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At a glance, it didn't seem coordinated, but after using it and playing with the colors, I think it works. It's a bolder, brighter palette, and it seems very summery as a result. If you prefer more neutral shades, less frosted finishes, it might not be for you. If, on the other hand, you like pops of color, there are plenty of those here!

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Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows and one travel-sized eyeliner. All of the shades (including the eyeliner) are matte. The eyeshadows are supposed to be intensely pigmented, long-wearing and won’t crease, smudge, or fade. The eyeliner is also supposed to be long-wearing and should glide on easily.

Fur Elise is a subtly cool-toned, purpled burgundy with a matte finish. The texture was a smidgen dry, but it will perform better with a fluffier brush. theBalm Sexy is warmer, darker. theBalm Moderato is cooler-toned, darker. theBalm Alice Copper is more shimmery. bareMinerals Nightcap is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Vespertine is a warm-toned, light peach with a matte finish. It had a soft, buttery texture and rich color payoff. Urban Decay Foxy is yellower, less peach. NARS Night Star is slightly darker. bareMinerals Stealth is very comparable. See comparison swatches.

Renholder is a neutral-warm, gray-tinted, medium-dark brown with a matte finish. It seems a little too brown to be a true taupe. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled without being powdery. theBalm Matt Gallagher is pinker. Urban Decay Wreckage is darker, more shimmery. Urban Decay Naked 2 is lighter. MAC Magical Mist is more shimmery. bareMinerals Namaste is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Slate is darker. Bobbi Brown Chino is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Siouxsie-sioux is a darkened, gray-black with a satin finish–it looks mostly matte applied, but there seemed to be a faint shimmer in the pan. It was nicely pigmented and had a good, soft and blendable texture. Urban Decay Spell #2 is more shimmery. theBalm Sexy Stacey is cooler-toned. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome is lighter. Estee Lauder Black Chrome #2 is lighter. Urban Decay Gunmetal is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Unrequited is a light-medium, muted, peach-orange with a matte finish. The color payoff was true-to-pan, and it had a soft, buttery feel. Urban Decay Moonflower is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Ramatuelle #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Tete-a-Tint is darker. MAC Bare Minimum is cooler, more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Terracotta is darker. See comparison swatches.

Harlow is a warm-toned, medium brown with a yellowish tone and a matte finish. It had good payoff, but the texture was slightly stiff so it is best applied with a fluffier brush. Bobbi Brown Praline is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #2 is cooler. MAC Moleskin is slightly warmer. MAC Wedge is darker. theBalm Allegro is similar. theBalm Sultry is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Wolf is a dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff overall, but it was slightly stiff to work with. Urban Decay Bewitch is more shimmery. NARS Surabaya #2 is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Swiss Chocolate is slightly warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Pumped is warmer, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #17 is warmer, lighter. Inglot #363 is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Cleopatra is a muted copper with hints of brown and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation, and it had a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and smoothly. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 is darker. NARS Self Portrait 3 #2 is browner. MAC Body Conscious is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Immortal Love is a dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to opaque color with a creamy, glide-on consistency. It lasted eight hours with some minor, but noticeable, fading. Make Up For Ever #25L is lighter. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is darker. Urban Decay Whiskey is lighter. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer. MAC Seasonally Spicy is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Overall, this was a good palette, and for a matte palette, definitely an exceptional one that I’ve come across.  It’s not too warm-toned, though I would say it leans slightly warm as most of the neutrals are warm-toned.  Fur Elise and Siouxsie-sioux were the cooler-toned shades and the non-neutrals as well.  When I tested the palette for wear, I was able to get eight hours of wear, and I started to see some minimal fading after nine hours.

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Ladybird

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Overall, this was a good palette, and for a matte palette, definitely an exceptional one that I've come across. It's not too warm-toned, though I would say it leans slightly warm as most of the neutrals are warm-toned.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Fur Elise

B-

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Vespertine

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Thursday, May 30th, 2013

MAC Rainy Season Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Rainy Season Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Rainy Season Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes these four shades: Arctic Grey (frosted mid-tone gray, Lustre), Courtly Grey (matte cool gray, Matte), Typographic (asphalt black, Matte2), and Rainy Season (light warm gray frost, Satin).  This quad is, for as gray and smoky as it is, more neutral than it is cool or warm-toned.  I think on cooler complexions, it will turn cooler-toned, but on my warmer complexion, it looked slightly warm-toned overall when applied to the lid.  I wore all four shades together, and they lasted fairly well over an eight-hour period–I had some minor (but not as bad as expected) fall out from Arctic Grey but didn’t have any issues with the shades fading.

Rainy Season is a subtly, warmed-up, pale gray-beige with a satiny finish. The texture was slightly powder, but it had fairly good color payoff. I didn’t have to pack it on to get it to show up on my lid, but it is the kind of the shade that can get lost on lighter complexions. Urban Decay Midnight 15 is more shimmery, as is Urban Decay Verve, which is also darker. Urban Decay Polyester Bride is lighter. MAC Vex has a duochrome, but at certain angles, they are somewhat similar. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 is more golden and shimmery. Giorgio Armani #19 is more shimmery and warmer. bareMinerals Daydream is more beige. bareMinerals Suspense is darker. See comparison swatches.

Arctic Grey is a frosted, beige-gray with more beige than gray. It is a more golden and shimmery version of Rainy Season really. It had decent pigmentation, but it has a Lustre finish, so it also has larger sparkles that were prone to becoming fall out during application as well as during wear. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 is more metallic. Giorgio Armani #19 is lighter, more metallic. MAC Vex is grayer. See comparison swatches.

Courtly Grey is a medium, neutral gray with a matte finish. The texture is somewhat powdery, and the color payoff is so-so–it sheers out easily, so it needs to be patted and packed on for best results. You’ll want to avoid blending it too much, because then it looks really faded. NARS Delphes #2 is darker. MAC Gentle Fume is darker and has sparkle. MAC Fabulous Fit is slightly darker. MAC All Woman is somewhat darker. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #3 is darker and more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Sterling is a bit lighter and shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Typographic is a gray-black with a matte finish. It has a very soft, silky texture that can be a little powdery but doesn’t look it once applied. It’s not quite a black, but it’s a very dark gray so it can look like a faded or softened black at times. theBalm Serious is darker. Milani Pitch Black is blacker. MAC Gravel is warmer. MAC Heather Belles is a smidgen lighter. Guerlain Les Gris #1 is a touch lighter. Estee Lauder Black Chrome #2 is shimmery. Chanel Premier Regard #4 is a bit darker. bareMinerals Amnesia is slightly grayer. bareMinerals Lights Down is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Rainy Season

B

I wore all four shades together, and they lasted fairly well over an eight-hour period--I had some minor (but not as bad as expected) fall out from Arctic Grey but didn't have any issues with the shades fading.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Rainy Season

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Arctic Grey

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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