Monday, October 14th, 2013

Sleek Makeup Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek Makeup Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette ($9.99 for 0.36 oz.) is one of the newer palettes released by Sleek, and it features a mix of cool and warm-toned shades ranging from neutrals to purples and burgundies. Overall, it’s a good palette, but it’s not flawless–there are a few shades that have a slightly drier feel, so the color payoff and/or blendability was lessened. Each shade wore between seven and a half and nine hours on me; with the sheerer/drier shades tending to last closer to seven. For the price point, I would still recommend it–it is a purchase I was happy with, even if it wasn’t as stellar the Sunset palette I reviewed previously.

I purchased mine through Amazon (same seller as linked), but it is also available from Sleek directly and will ship to U.S. addresses. I wanted to see how the buying experience was through Amazon’s third-party seller, as they also ship palettes that Sleek won’t ship directly to U.S. addresses. I had no issues, and it arrived about a week after I placed my order.

Pretty in Paris is a bright, light silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and it’s very, very metallic so it brightens wherever it’s applied–would work well on the inner corner as a highlight. Urban Decay Revolt (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, darker. NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Extra Silver (LE, $21.00) is also darker. L’Oreal Primped & Precious (LE, $7.99) is slightly darker. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is similar. Chanel Infini (P, $28.50) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Meet in Madrid is a medium, slightly subdued, gold with orange and yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly smoothly. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is very similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is a touch yellower. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is a bit yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is very similar. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is a touch yellower. See comparison swatches.

Court in Cannes is a medium, warm-toned brown with a golden sheen and frosted finish. It had nice color payoff and applied smoothly, thought it appeared lighter on than it did in the pan. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product and more sparkly. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Golden Touch (LE, $15.00) is similar, less brown. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is similar. bareMinerals Schmooze (LE) is less warm-toned. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 (P, $30.00) is less frosted. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Cactus Thorn (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Heavenly Bliss (LE, $15.00) is a little browner. See comparison swatches.

Lust in LA is a dark, chocolate brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation and applied very smoothly and evenly. theBalm B4 (LE, $16.00) is  less frosted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is less metallic/frosted. Disney by Sephora Abu (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is a bit darker, less frosted. Chanel Topkapi #1 (LE) is slightly darker. Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Romance in Rome is a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a frosted finish. The texture was on the drier side, so it had decent color payoff but wasn’t as stellar as other shades in the palette. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is very similar. Too Faced Badass (LE) is bluer. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is darker. NARS Marie-Galante #2 (LE, $24.00) is bluer-based. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is less cool-toned. MAC Warm & Smoky (LE, $15.00) is richer. MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches.

Propose in Prague is a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t as soft as other shades in the palette, so it wasn’t as easy to work with. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P) is more orange. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is browner, less red-toned. MAC Brown Script (P, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is very similar. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

A Vow in Venice is a medium-dark berry with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. Chanel Seduction #1 (LE) is a touch warmer. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is more metallic. MAC Festive Delight (LE, $15.00) is darker, less frosted. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Marry in Monte Carlo is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with a frosted finish. It almost has orange undertones when you sheer it out, but the color looks cooler in tone overall. It had really nice color payoff and a smooth, buttery feel. Disney by Sephora Maiden (LE) is more muted. MAC Hepcat (P, $15.00) is less frosted. MAC Stylishly Merry (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Sugarpill Magentric (P, $12.00) is a bit pinker. See comparison swatches.

Honeymoon in Hollywood is a rich, deep berry wine with a satin finish and a bit of silver sparkle and cool undertones. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a little stiffer so it doesn’t blend as easily as I’d like to see. Disney by Sephora Sha La La (LE) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is less intense. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $15.00) is darker, less cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #39 (P, $20.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Bliss in Barcelona is a medium-dark, cool-toned violet purple with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied evenly overall; the texture wasn’t as buttery as the best shades in the palette but wasn’t difficult to work with. Disney by Sephora Snarfblat (LE) is more muted. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is less frosted. MAC Warm & Smoky (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Parfait Amour (P, $15.00) is less frosted. MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Forever in Florence is a dark, burgundy with cool, red undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was somewhat dry, so the resulting color payoff was semi-opaque–not a total dud, but it requires some extra patience while blending. MAC Deep Damson (P, $15.00) is browner. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #39 (P, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Love in London is a medium black with a satin finish. It’s almost a light enough black that it can turn gray when used less intensely. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft but not powdery. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $15.00) is more matte. theBalm Guilty Gwen (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

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Vintage Romance

B+

Overall, it's a good palette, but it's not flawless--there are a few shades that have a slightly drier feel, so the color payoff and/or blendability was lessened. Each shade wore between seven and a half and nine hours on me; with the sheerer/drier shades tending to last closer to seven. For the price point, I would still recommend it--it is a purchase I was happy with, even if it wasn't as stellar the Sunset palette I reviewed previously.

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Meet in Madrid

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette
Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette

This is part two of our review on Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette ($56.00 for 2.59 oz.). Please make sure to read part one for an overview of the palette.

Coquet is a pale, light-medium pink with a golden, frosted finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly and blended out well. It wore well for over eight hours without fading or creasing. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is less golden. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE) is a touch lighter. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is pinker. MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is a cream product. bareMinerals Glitterati (LE) is a full-on dupe. See comparison swatches.

Taffy is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a slightly metallic sheen. It swatched a lot lighter than it looked in the pan due to the more reflective shimmer in it. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly, evenly, and blended well on the lid. It lasted well for eight hours. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is similar. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is more frosted. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever #303 (P, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Crisp Apple Strudel is a warm, medium brown with a bronze sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation, and it had a buttery, smooth texture that made it one of the best eyeshadows to work with in the palette. It wore well for almost nine hours (no fading/creasing). Disney by Sephora Les Poissons (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Spotlight (LE, $18.00) is also lighter. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (P, $6.99) is warmer. Buxom Mutt (P, $18.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is also cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Woolen Mittens is a subtly gray-tinged, medium-dark brown with a satin-matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was dry and somewhat stiff to work with, so it didn’t blend easily and didn’t have fully opaque pigmentation. It was noticeably faded after eight hours of wear. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is more matte. Kat Von D Wolf (P) is darker. Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is darker. Illamasqua Focus (LE, $26.00) is pinker and a cream product.See comparison swatches.

Soiree is a dark burgundy with warm, red undertones and a subtle sparkle over a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was somewhat powdery, so it tended to sheer out. It’s a shade best applied by patting it on. I saw slight fading after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Charming (LE) is less red-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Sketch (P, $15.00) is less warm. See comparison swatches.

Tinsel is a dirty, medium gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had really rich color payoff, but the texture could have been just a bit smoother. It wore well for almost nine hours, though. bareMinerals Gold Medal (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Bluff is a medium-dark, muted purple with mauve undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours. Dior Constellation (864) #5 (LE) is less metallic. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is also darker. MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is more frosted. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is more metallic, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Ooh la Orchid is a magenta purple with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and just a tiny bit powdery. It wore well for almost nine hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is similar. NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $24.00) is more muted. MAC Spoiled Rich (LE, $15.00) is purpler. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Party Time is a bluish-teal shimmer layered over a blackened navy blue. It was semi-sheer, and it looked a lot different swatched than it did in the pan. I wasn’t able to build up the color on the lid at all, unfortunately, so it tended to look faded and muted when applied. I had some fall out while I wore it, and it did crease slightly after eight hours of wear. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $30.00) is darker, less iridescent. MAC Bleuluxe #3 (P) is similar. Giorgio Armani #1 (P, $33.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Pure Glam is a deep, dark black with a matte finish and silver sparkle. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery, which resulted in the color blending out fairly quickly and gave it a sheerer appearance unless it was packed on. It wore well for almost eight and a half hours but there was some fall out from the sparkle. There are a lot of shades like this. See comparison swatches.

This review excludes the mascara and the Color Bomb!, for your information, with the latter excluded because Too Faced’s original Lip Injection brutalizes my lips in a way that few products ever have and I am not courageous enough to make an attempt to try the next iteration of the formula at this time.

The Glossover

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palette

A Few of My Favorite Things

B

Overall, it's a decent palette with a variety of shades from neutral to color as well as finishes that range from matte to satin to frost. The cheek products tended to run warmer rather than cooler, though one shade was neutral to cool. The palette itself is slim and doesn't waste space; it feels as minimal as they could make it. There were definitely a few duds within the eyeshadows included in the palette (notably, Snowflakes, Moon on Their Wings, Woolen Mittens, and Party Time), which did bring down what otherwise felt like a good palette. These misses tended to be both sheer and powdery.

Product

8/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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9/10

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Friday, October 11th, 2013

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette
Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette ($56.00) includes twenty eyeshadowa, two blushes, two bronzers, full-sized Lip Injection Color Bomb! (in Bee Sting), and travel-sized Better Than Sex Mascara.  Too Faced listed the value of the set at $436.

Overall, it’s a decent palette with a variety of shades from neutral to color as well as finishes that range from matte to satin to frost. The cheek products tended to run warmer rather than cooler, though one shade was neutral to cool. The palette itself is slim and doesn’t waste space; it feels as minimal as they could make it. There were definitely a few duds within the eyeshadows included in the palette (notably, Snowflakes, Moon on Their Wings, Woolen Mittens, and Party Time), which did bring down what otherwise felt like a good palette. These misses tended to be both sheer and powdery.

Blushes/Bronzers

Raindrops on Roses is a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and an overlay of gold shimmer. The more the color is blended out, the more frosted the finish becomes. It also seems to get warmer when it is sheered out, but it might be an illusion on my warmer-toned skin. It had fairly good color payoff, and it blended out easily. This shade wore well for seven hours and was noticeably faded after eight hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is less gold-shimmered. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Gentle (P, $25.00) is more muted. Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $43.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is matte. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a satin finish. It was nicely pigmented and applied easily. This shade is part of the permanent range. It wore well for seven and a half hours but was slightly faded after just over eight hours of wear. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more golden. MAC Lush Light Bronze (LE, $28.00) is similar. MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Melt Into Spring is a medium, pink-coral with a matte finish and warm undertones. It is extremely pigmented, and the texture is soft but a smidgen powdery. Luckily, it doesn’t look powdery on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours on me, and it started to look somewhat worn away after nine hours of wear. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Simmer (LE, $25.00) is slightly darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. Dior Pink Happiness (LE, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sun Bunny #1 is a coppery brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was very soft but did emphasize pores when applied to the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before looking faded at eight hours. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) See comparison swatches.

Sun Bunny #2 is a light-medium orange with gold shimmer and frost. It had fairly good pigmentation and was soft overall. It did somewhat emphasize pores. The bronzer wore well for seven and a half hours but was somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer (P, $13.95) is yellower. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is browner. Dior Coral Glow Bronzer (LE) is less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Eyeshadows

Snowflakes is a pale white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was somewhat chunky in the pan, so it really has to be pressed and blended to smooth out the color, which is easier to do on the arm than on the lid. If you are not careful, this can layer and look chunky/crepe-y on the lid. This shade had some fall out while worn. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is sheerer. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is similar, Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Whiskers on Kittens is a pale peach with a hint of pink and gold sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff, but the gold sparkle seemed to disperse off the surface of the underlying peach color, so I did have some fall out with this shade while worn. The texture was soft and not powdery. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is less pink, more peach. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Milk is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled without being powdery. It wore well on the lid and didn’t have any issues fading or creasing. Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is similar. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is more satiny, darker. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is darker, redder in tone. See comparison swatches.

Moon on Their Wings is a warm, golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish and gold micro-glitter. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was somewhat chunky. I had noticeable fall out while wearing this shade, and the color did crease somewhat after eight hours. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less glittery. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is more beige. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Dark Chocolate is a dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery, but it was not as blendable as I’d expect it to be. It wore well for seven and a half hours but was slightly faded after eight hours. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Foreshadow (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Cream Colored Ponies is a pale, cool-toned ivory with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was soft without becoming powdery. It wore well for almost eight hours before starting to fade. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Ivory (LE, $29.00) is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Honey Honey is a warm, golden copper with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was slightly chunky, so it really needs to be pressed into the skin and then smoothed out for best results. It had good color payoff, and it wore well without fading/creasing for eight hours–I did see a smidgen of fall out, though. MAC Creative Copper (LE, $15.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is also similar. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Limelight (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Night Golds #2 (LE) is more glittery. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Buche de Noel is a medium-dark brown with a golden, frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours without fading or creasing. MAC Brownluxe #4 (P) is darker, less metallic.Urban Decay Chase (P, $18.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is similar. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Evergreen is a medium-dark forest green with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so it didn’t have fully opaque color and wasn’t as blendable as I expected. It wore well for seven hours but was somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Bender (P, $18.00) is darker. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Humid (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is similar. Make Up For Ever #310 (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

Blue Satin Sashes is a deep, dark blue-teal with a matte finish and subtle gold sparkle. The gold sparkle might as well not exist, as it doesn’t show up visibly on the lid when applied. The color is very pigmented, but the texture is so soft that it is powdery, so it’s a shade that can have excessive fall out during application. Once applied, it did wear well for almost eight hours. MAC Prussian (P, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #60 (P, $20.00) is richer. Make Up For Ever #8E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

This review excludes the mascara and the Color Bomb!, for your information, with the latter excluded because Too Faced’s original Lip Injection brutalizes my lips in a way that few products ever have and I am not courageous enough to make an attempt to try the next iteration of the formula at this time.

The Glossover

LE
palette

A Few of My Favorite Things

B

Overall, it's a decent palette with a variety of shades from neutral to color as well as finishes that range from matte to satin to frost. The cheek products tended to run warmer rather than cooler, though one shade was neutral to cool. The palette itself is slim and doesn't waste space; it feels as minimal as they could make it. There were definitely a few duds within the eyeshadows included in the palette (notably, Snowflakes, Moon on Their Wings, Woolen Mittens, and Party Time), which did bring down what otherwise felt like a good palette. These misses tended to be both sheer and powdery.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Raindrops on Roses

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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Chocolate Soleil

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9/10

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10/10

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Too Faced Joy to the Girls Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Joy to the Girls Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Joy to the Girls Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 1.30 oz.) contains fifteen eyeshadows (0.06 oz. each, which is larger than the average full sized eyeshadow at 0.05 oz.) and a full-sized LashGASM Mascara (which is available separately for $21). Too Faced is listing the value of the palette at $275, and Too Faced has discontinued the majority of their eyeshadow singles, so it’s hard to say. Based on the pricing of their original eyeshadow singles, the eyeshadows have a total value of $180; going by the price per ounce of Exotic Color Eyeshadows, the eyeshadows have a total value of $270. To be fair, though, the majority of Too Faced eyeshadows are sold in palette form, so few people are actually purchasing singles extensively. I’m reviewing the eyeshadows (not the mascara), so it is intentionally absent from this post.

The big takeaway from this palette is that a lot of the shades are on the powdery side. They’re very soft, and as a result, they can be powdery, which means they are more prone to sheering out, fading while worn (I highly recommend layering a primer underneath with these), and if you have drier eye lids, the powderiness might emphasize flakiness around the eyes. If you like soft mattes and less intense colors overall, you may find this palette suits your needs. If you want really bang-on color and loathe powdery finishes, you’ll want to look elsewhere (I recommend Too Faced’s Pretty Rebel Palette in that case).

Cookie Dough is a light-medium, subtly warm-toned beige-brown with a satin finish. It had good color payoff, but it very much blends in with my skin tone so it may be hard to tell–I just assure you that it is. The texture is soft, smooth, and finely-milled. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker. Kat Von D Unrequited (P) is warmer, darker. Burberry Pale Nude #2 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Cheers! is a warm, light-medium beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and it had a very soft texture–a smidgen powdery. MAC Jest (P, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #30E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is similar. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Heat (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is a touch pinker. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is more metallic.See comparison swatches.

Prancer is a coppery brown with gold and copper shimmer/sparkle. This shade had an oddly dry but powdery texture that didn’t bind together at all, so it was sheer and loose. I would only recommend using this over a tacky base or trying it with a damp brush. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is similar. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Tiger’s Eye (LE, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is less sparkly. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Sugar Plum is a neutral-warm purpled burgundy with a pearly finish. It had a very powdery, almost loose, consistency so it was semi-opaque applied and tended to flake away a bit. If I used this shade again, I’d try applying with a damp brush. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is darker. LORAC Deep Purple (P) is similar. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is warmer. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE) is similar. MAC Sketch (P, $15.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Mulberry is a muted, neutral-cool purple with a matte finish. The texture was soft and finely-milled, though slightly powdery so use a gentle touch when using your brushes with it. The color payoff was fairly good but can be prone to fading and sheering out. MAC Stormy Pink (P, $18.50) NARS Charade #2 (P, $24.00) Benefit Rain Check (P, $20.00) See comparison swatches.

Snow Angel is a pale, light beige with neutral to cool undertones and a matte finish. It doesn’t turn chalky against my medium skin tone, but it might not work as well for deeper complexions since it seems to have a white base. It was soft but not powdery and had nice pigmentation. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #1 (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is similar. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is also similar. Urban Decay Kinky (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $15.00) is whiter. MAC Vanilla (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Blanc Type (P, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Endless Pearl (P, $7.99) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Ivory (LE, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Powdered Sugar is a pale, light pink with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and a soft, velvety texture that was just a smidgen powdery. LORAC Light Pink (P) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #3 (P) is more shimmery. theBalm Matt Chung (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Variation #1 (P) is slightly shimmery. Chanel Premier Regard #2 (P) is darker. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is pinker/darker. See comparison swatches.

Too-Too is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with subtle peach sparkle. The sparkle isn’t very present, but the underlying base color had good color payoff while the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Sugar Snack (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. Inglot #359 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Yule Log is a dark, warm-toned brown with bronze, brown, and burgundy shimmer and sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff and applied evenly. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product, less sparkly. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE) is similar. MAC Friendly (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Chestnut is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a satiny finish. It had good color payoff, and while the texture was finely-milled and soft, it was a little powdery. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is more frosted. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Copper Strip (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. NARS Galapagos (P, $24.00) is darker, redder toned. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Twinks (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is warmer. Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is similar. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Twinkle is a medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a brownish base. It had a frosted finish and a slightly metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and wasn’t powdery. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is greener. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Old Gold (P, $21.00) is greener. Inglot #430 (P, $6.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Joy is a light-medium blue with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was a little uneven when applied. It’s a shade best applied in two layers by patting on the color and then lightly blending. Maybelline Icy Mint (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is greener. Giorgio Armani #10 (P, $33.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Spike the Punch is a warm-toned peach with soft pink tones and a white sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture wasn’t powdery–soft and smooth. MAC Perky (P, $18.50) is a cream product, darker. Too Faced Ringleader (LE) is more metallic. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is similar. theBalm Stubborn (P, $16.00) is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Chimney is a medium-dark gray with a satin sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation but was a little dry, so it wasn’t fully opaque or even. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is a cream product. Urban Decay Poison (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Moody (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Nighttrain (LE, $15.00) is also darker. See comparison swatches.

Coal is a medium-dark black with subtle warm brown undertones and a matte finish. It’s highly likely you have something in your stash like this–most matte blacks, unless they’re super dark, will be similar. This one had good color payoff when I applied with a brush, but it is prone to sheering out so it doesn’t look too intense applied unless you layer it. With a black, sometimes blendability is more important, and that’s one area this one is good in. See comparison swatches.

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The big takeaway from this palette is that a lot of the shades are on the powdery side. They're very soft, and as a result, they can be powdery, which means they are more prone to sheering out, fading while worn (I highly recommend layering a primer underneath with these), and if you have drier eye lids, the powderiness might emphasize flakiness around the eyes.

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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad ($78.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pink and purple themed palette. Tom Ford’s eyeshadows have four finishes: “sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer, and matte.” They’re supposed to “offer a spectrum of intensity and effects” with “excellent adhesion.” Overall, it’s a good quad, though not without its imperfections. The sparkly shade does produce some fall out during wear, though it’s minimal, it’s something to note. The lightest shade is on the sheerer side, which may be right up your alley if you intend to use it as a highlight shade, but for those who wanted something more opaque, it will be a let down. The colors go well together, and it’s certainly a very a harmonious set of shades.

Lavender Lust #1 is a pinky lavender with white sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. This shade wore well (no fading or creasing) for nine hours but had some slight fall out over time. CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is a bit darker, less sparkly. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is darker, purpler. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Lavender Lust #2 is a medium-dark, smoky purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had very nice pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well without fading or creasing for nine hours. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is similar, less metallic. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Lavender Lust #3 is a pale, lavender-tinted white with a pink iridescent sheen. It was semi-opaque in pigmentation, though the texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled. I checked it a few times, as it’s such a light shade that it can be hard to tell opacity against my skin tone, but it’s more opaque than sheer–there’s some translucency there, though. It seemed like it might be a satin finish. It wore well for almost eight hours but looked somewhat faded after nine hours of wear. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Party (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $21.00) is more metallic, less pink. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #1 (LE) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Lavender Lust #4 is a dark, red-toned purple with violet and plum shimmer. It had a satiny finish, and it had decent color payoff, but the texture was noticeably drier than the other three shades–soft but dry. It’s a shade that I’d probably use damp more often than not. With a fluffy crease brush, the dryness wasn’t noticeable during application. Urban Decay Tornado (LE, $18.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Matte Plum (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Grape (LE, $32.50) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

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The sparkly shade does produce some fall out during wear, though it's minimal, it's something to note. The lightest shade is slightly sheer, which may be right up your alley if you intend to use it as a highlight shade, but for those who wanted something more opaque, it will be a let down.

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Chanel Fascination (41) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Fascination (41) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Fascination (41) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a cool-toned, bluish-gray quad is one of two quads released with the Jeux de Regards collection. The color selections in the palette are on the more basic side, with the most interesting shade being a navy blue with a slight duochrome, which was greatly hindered by its powdery texture and sheer color payoff, so it really lost a lot of its intrigue once applied. It’s somewhat better when applied damp, but it still doesn’t have opaque pigmentation, though the powderiness goes away. If this one shade had performed better, the quad as a whole would be quite nice (the other three shades perform much better), but I really want to see all four shades perform well. The problem child of the palette also noticeably faded within six hours of wear, while the silver shade lasted slightly better for seven hours, and the remaining two shades were still going strong after eight and a half hours of wear.

Fascination #1 is a medium-dark, purplish-blue with an iridescent aqua sheen. It almost has a duochrome finish, but it gets lost as the color payoff is quite weak. Even when applied damp, it doesn’t yield more than semi-opaque color (it appears smoother in color but still sheer). Fyrinnae Wicked (P, $6.80) can also be somewhat powdery, but it’s a much deeper, darker color with a stronger purple base. Urban Decay Prank (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly. Maybelline Seashore Frosts (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Clinique Big Blue (P, $16.00) is a cream product, less duochrome sheen. See comparison swatches.

Fascination #2 is a cool, purplish-white with a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it wasn’t powdery and applied smoothly. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is whiter. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P) is more sparkly. Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is whiter. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is more frosted. MAC Vellum (P, $15.00) has a stronger sheen. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Fascination #3 is a dark gray with a cool, purplish undertone and a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was just right–soft but not powdery, dense and buttery–so it applied beautifully on the skin. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is similar. LORAC Slate (P) is bluer-tinted. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is similar. theBalm Matt McDonald (LE, $16.00) is bluer. NARS Mandchourie #2 (P, $24.00) is also bluer. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Fascination #4 is a blackened navy blue with a hint of green/teal underneath and a satin finish. It had very nice pigmentation and applied smoothly, evenly, and blended out well. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is greener. MAC Blue Spruce (LE, $15.00) is more muted. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever #60 (P, $20.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #4 (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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If the one problematic shade had performed better, the quad as a whole would be quite nice (the other three shades perform much better), but I really want to see all four shades perform well.

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