Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Spoiled Rich Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Spoiled Rich Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Spoiled Rich Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four shades: Pin-Up Purple (mid-tone orchid), Spoiled Rich (rich purple), Ron Ron Run (deep navy), and Gravel (charcoal).

Pin-Up Purple is a pink lavender with a barely-there sheen. It has a frost finish, but it’s the least frosted finish I’ve seen! It feels and acts more like a satin. It had good color payoff and was fairly soft and smooth. Lancome Always Fuchsia is purpler and more metallic. bareMinerals Boudoir is brighter/bolder. bareMinerals Elixir is pinker. Urban Decay Tainted is just a touch more lavender.

Spoiled Rich is a darkened, medium purple with red undertones and a dusting of muted copper shimmer (which doesn’t translate at all to the lid). It has a frost finish, but it looks very, very matte on the lid. The pigmentation was decent, but there was some sheerness. It did need to be packed onto the lid. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet is pinker. MAC Power Boosted is pinker and more shimmery. Urban Decay Purple Haze is similar but a true matte.

Ron Ron Run is a darkened navy blue with a dusting of navy blue micro-shimmer and a purple edge. It has a satin finish, but like Spoiled Rich, really ended up looking more matte than anything else once applied. This one was stiff, dry, and a pain to use–subpar color payoff, and it did not want to blend. theBalm Kissy, Kissy is purpler. MAC Double Feature #8 is a bit bluer.

Gravel is a darkened gray with a matte finish. It has a matte finish. This shade was very powdery and dry, which resulted in sheer color. When I applied it into my crease, it didn’t want to blend as readily as I would have expected, and it tended to look dry on the skin. MAC Heatherbelles is similar. Guerlain Les Gris #1 is also similar.

I wish Pin-Up Purple was slightly lighter or more frosted, because without either or both, it tends to just disappear next to Spoiled Rich. Just a little more lightness, and it would really pop on the inner lid against Spoiled Rich–or, if the frost was turned up, you’d see a higher reflective sheen.  Pin-Up Purple was the best-performing shade in regards to both color payoff as well as blendability, while the other three lacked (to varying degrees) pigmentation and texture.  I really did not like Ron Ron Run or Gravel.  Spoiled Rich was more workable, but the right-most two shades were stubborn and sheer.  I wore all four shades together, and there was some fading after eight hours of wear (no primer).

The Glossover

palette

Spoiled Rich

C-
I'm sure it doesn't come as much surprise to long-time readers that a pre-made, limited edition eyeshadow palette didn't do so hot. MAC continues to have texture and payoff problems in these pre-made palettes that just makes paying $44 for them beyond painful.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Urban Decay Theodora Palette
Urban Decay Theodora Palette

Urban Decay & Oz: The Theodora Palette

Urban Decay Theodora Palette ($49.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes Broken (pale cream satin), Beware (warm brown matte), Bewitch (dark charcoal brown satin), West (deep metallic brown shimmer), Spell (black satin with green and gold shimmer/gold metallic with tonal glitter), Jealous (pale green pearl/dark green pearl), Theodora Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color (bright red cream), and Zero 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil (black).

The eyeliner is 0.03 oz. ($14.25 value), while the lip pencil is 0.10 oz. ($19.00 value). There are six eyeshadow pans containing 0.05 oz. each ($108.00 value), though two of the six are split-pans, meaning they contain two eyeshadows in a single pan. The total value is $141.25. The eyeliner and six eyeshadow pans are housed within Urban Decay’s “Build Your Own Palette” interface, so all six pans can be popped out and you can insert another Urban Decay eyeshadow instead. The “empty” 6-pan palettes retail for $18.00 but include a travel-sized shadow brush and Walk of Shame eyeshadow (so it’s a wash, since you are getting an eyeshadow and an eyeliner instead, but I’ve already accounted for the value of those items).

Broken is a soft, pale beige with a satiny finish. It had good color payoff, and it was soft, smooth, and applied well. Urban Decay Illusion is warmer, darker, and has a stronger sheen. Cinderella A Wish is similar. Urban Decay Anonymous is more matte and slightly pink in comparison.Urban Decay Kinky is lighter, less warm-toned, and matte. MAC Dazzlelight is more shimmery. Urban Decay Skimp has a stronger sheen and is more peach-tinted.

Beware is a medium caramel brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was spot-on, and the texture was soft enough to allow for easy blending and application but not so soft it became powdery or prone to fading. theBalm Allegro is browner. MAC One to Watch is slightly shimmery. MAC Moleskin is browner. MAC Tete-a-tint is just a touch lighter.

Bewitch is a dark brown with subtle reddish undertones, but it almost looks cool-toned against my warmer complexion. The texture of this one was slightly powdery, and I thought it wasn’t quite true-to-pan in color initially, but when I applied it to the lid, I had no problem getting color to show. Chanel Variation #3 is a bit darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #8 is richer. Urban Decay Muse is a bit darker, cooler-toned. MAC Buckwheat is a touch warmer.

West is a rich, deep red-toned brown–almost burgundy-brown–with a metallic sheen. It had very intense pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly and evenly. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #8 is browner, less red-toned. theBalm Presto is matte. Urban Decay Barlust is less red-toned and warm-toned. MAC Sable is browner, warmer.

Spell contains two shades. The first half of the pan is a rich, metallic yellow gold with a strong, dirty brown base–it’s not quite antique gold, but it’s not an orange-y gold. The color payoff was fantastic, but there are stray bits of micro-glitter that get lost when swatched as well as when applied on the lid. When I used it, the fall off seemed to occur primarily during application, as next to no glitter transferred onto the lid. Urban Decay Blitz is lighter. MAC Old Gold is warmer. NARS Paramaribo #1 is a bit darker, less metallic. The other half of the pan is a deep bluish-black with multi-colored shimmer. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was buttery and smooth. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome is less intense. Tarnia Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 is similar.

Jealous is another duo shade. The first half is a yellowed green with an olive brown base and softly frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. Urban Decay Mildew is very similar to this shade–perhaps a touch warmer. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here #1 is more muted. MAC Sumptuous Olive is slightly browner. The other half is a lightened, not-quite-pastel green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden sheen. It had good pigmentation and applied evenly. bareMinerals Wicked is a touch lighter. MAC Juxt has more of a satiny finish. Inglot #412 is more metallic.

Theodora is a cherry red with ruby red shimmer. I think it leans just a smidgen warm. It’s extremely rich in color and has a glossy shine. I thought Urban Decay F-Bomb was darker/bluer-based, but when I swatched the two side-by-side, they were actually the same! Chanel Coromandel is more orange. MAC Eden Rouge is a touch cooler-toned. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is a bit darker. MAC Ruffian Red is less glossy.  I’ve worn it for four hours so far, and it’s going strong, so I’m expecting six hours or so of wear.

Zero is a black with a mostly matte finish. It’s a classic black; not super, deep dark black, but not too soft that it looks gray. I have no problems with the wear–a solid eight hours without fading, migrating, or smudging.

Again, Urban Decay packs their palette with pigment; there were no weak performers in the pigmentation department within this palette.  Like Glinda, the only problem I really had was with respect to the micro-glitter found in half of Spell, but it contained far less micro-glitter than Oz (from Glinda), so the impact of it was much, much less both during application as well as when worn.  I found the majority of fall out occurred during application, but I only found one or two stray glittery bits beneath my eye (on that side of the face) after wearing it for the past eight hours.  All of the shades I wore (all but West and the black shade in Spell) lasted for a full eight hours without creasing or fading (no primer).  The textures found in this palette were easy to blend and apply, with the exception of dealing with some of the glittery fall out of Spell.

The Glossover

palette

Theodora

A-
All six (well, eight) eyeshadows were nicely pigmented, smooth, and blended out well. I only had trouble with half of one eyeshadow, because it had some micro-glitter that primarily fell out during application (nothing translated to the lid).

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Urban Decay Glinda Palette
Urban Decay Glinda Palette

Urban Decay & Oz: The Glinda Palette

Urban Decay Glinda Palette ($49.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes Tornado (vibrant deep purple shimmer), Aura (iridescent white with blue shift/Iridescent white with red shift), Magic (pinkish purple with a golden shimmer), Illusion (pale peach satin), Oz (gold with gold glitter/silver with silver glitter), South (warm pale gray shimmer with silver micro-glitter), Glinda Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color (light sheer nude), and Rockstar 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil (deep eggplant).

The eyeliner is 0.03 oz. ($14.25 value), while the lip pencil is 0.10 oz. ($19.00 value). There are six eyeshadow pans containing 0.05 oz. each ($108.00 value), though two of the six are split-pans, meaning they contain two eyeshadows in a single pan. The total value is $141.25. The eyeliner and six eyeshadow pans are housed within Urban Decay’s “Build Your Own Palette” interface, so all six pans can be popped out and you can insert another Urban Decay eyeshadow instead. The “empty” 6-pan palettes retail for $18.00 but include a travel-sized shadow brush and Walk of Shame eyeshadow.

Tornado is a rich, dark purple with pink-red undertones and a shimmered, frosted finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, dense, and buttery which made for a very smooth, even application. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 is lighter. Urban Decay Vice is lighter. Urban Decay Gravity is lighter and less red-toned. Urban Decay Freakshow is similar but still a bit lighter–the undertones are comparable.

Aura actually contains two shades. The first is a pale white with an iridescent pink duochrome finish.  Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #1 is purpler. I suspect something like MAC Pink Opal would also be comparable (but more frosted). The other half is a pale white with an iridescent blue-violet duochrome. MAC Vellum is similar but a bit lighter. The pigmentation on both of these was good, but they weren’t as dense/buttery as other Urban Decay eyeshadows.

Magic is a pink-lavender with a golden shimmer and satiny finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled–but a wee bit powdery. MAC Supersweet is similar but more frosted/metallic. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #3 is pinker and doesn’t have a golden shimmer.

Illusion is a soft champagne with warm, golden undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had a really smooth, soft feel and had great pigmentation. Estee Lauder Halo is warmer and a cream product. MAC Dew is a touch darker. MAC Baby, It’s Cold… is less metallic, more frosted. MAC Dazzlelight is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is similar but less metallic.

Oz also contains two shades. The first is a rich, metallic gold with soft yellow undertones and a brown base (giving it a deeper look) along with a ton of silver micro-glitter. The micro-glitter absolutely gets everywhere; it is so packed with it. It was also a pain to remove with just a brush, so I had to use makeup remover to get the majority off. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is really similar, though it has less glitter (but still has some) and is perhaps a touch lighter but not by much. It is paired with a bright medium silver with a frosted, metallic finish and silver micro-glitter. The glitter in this shade was less noticeable, but it was still there.
L’Oreal Primped & Precious is very similar. MAC Silver Sleet is comparable. Inglot #448 is a touch less metallic.

South is a dark taupe with a frosted, metallic finish; it’s a mix of gray and brown with cool undertones. theBalm Selfish is less metallic. Urban Decay Mushroom is grayer. Urban Decay Pistol is similar but less frosted/metallic.

Glinda is a soft, rosy beige with gold and pink shimmer. It’s semi-opaque, and it has nice, even coverage and didn’t take a lot of product to get there for it. The texture is very lightly tacky but not something I’d describe as sticky. It lasted four hours on me. It is actually the same color as Urban Decay Naked, when I swatched them side-by-side. MAC Supreme is slightly pinker. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes is darker.

Rockstar is a dark eggplant with subtle burgundy undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single pass. I’ve used this shade quite a bit, and it’s definitely one of my favorite Urban Decay eyeliners. It wears eight hours on my lash line without fading or smudging.

Overall, the pigmentation of the products was good, while some were excellent and others were nice but not 100% perfect.  The biggest problem I’ve thus far encountered (I still need another four hours to fully test for wear, so I will update the longevity rating if anything falls above or below my typical wear time with Urban Decay’s eyeshadows) is in regards to the glitter fall out from the two shades with micro-glitter.

I had no problems applying, blending, or (so far) with the wear of the other shades.  The micro-glitter was frustrating to deal with while I applied the eyeshadow, but the few bits that did manage to get onto the lid, later made their way to places like my upper lip, nose, and chin.  Otherwise, the color themselves (including the ones with micro-glitter) have worn beautifully for the past four hours, and based on previous experience with Urban Decay’s formula, should wear for another four hours fairly well.  Again, I will update later tonight to reflect a full eight-hours of testing!

The Glossover

palette

Glinda

A-
Aside from the micro-glitter, it's a really good palette/set and definitely contains plenty of products for your buck. If you use a really tacky base, you can get the micro-glitter to adhere better, or else apply your foundation after eyeshadow!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

bareMinerals The Next Big Thing Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Next Big Thing Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Remix: The Next Big Thing

bareMinerals The Next Big Thing Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring that features these four shades: The Rising Star (sunlit gold), Smash Hit (vibrant peach), Hoopla (glowing copper), and Ensemble (smoked-out plum).

The Rising Star is a lightened, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It almost looks cool-toned, as much as a yellow gold can. It had good color payoff in a single pass, and the texture was soft, dense, and buttery.  Too Faced Spun Sugar #5 is lighter. NYX Hot Yellow is less shimmery. bareMinerals Standing O is a bit lighter but still rather similar. MAC Treasure Hunt is less yellow and a cream product.

Smash Hit is a brightened coral-orange with a matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery, and it had excellent pigmentation. MAC Coral is more orange and darker. MAC Dynamo is similar with some shimmer, and it is a cream product. Guerlain Les Fauves #3 is darker, redder. Make Up For Ever #5 is richer, darker.

Hoopla is a warm, coppery brown with a very frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was mostly smooth. Tarte Tuscan Sun has a more metallic finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #6 is a touch browner. Urban Decay Penny Lane is less brown.

Ensemble is a dark, purple-burgundy with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but it wasn’t quite as dense or as pigmented as many other bareMinerals’ matte eyeshadows. It was not as easily blended on the eye as a very good matte would be, and with such dark color, blendability is really key. MAC Sketch is lighter and has subtle shimmer. Tom Ford Enchanted #4 is more shimmery. MAC Deep Damson is very similar in color.

I think the color composition is a very warm-toned mix, and there’s a nice variety of contrast and finish here so there are several combinations to play around with. Generally, all four shades were more dupable than not, so you may find you have similar shades already in your stash (particularly Hoopla, which is a popular shade found in most ranges).  The other three shades were soft, easy to apply, and blendable.  When I wore all four shades together, they wore for eight full hours with no fading or creasing (no primer).

The Glossover

palette

The Next Big Thing

A-
I think the color composition is a very warm-toned mix, and there's a nice variety of contrast and finish here so there are several combinations to play around with. Generally, all four shades were more dupable than not, so you may find you have similar shades already in your stas.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, January 21st, 2013

Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette
Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette

The Secret to No Makeup Makeup is Makeup

Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette ($39.00 for 0.65 oz.) includes a bronzer, cream blush, powder blush, concealer, luminizer, and brightener.

Bronzing Veil is a beige-brown with a soft shimmer; it’s definitely not even close to being orange. For very fair complexions, it’ll be well-received. For medium to dark, it will hardly show up (better as a highlighter than anything else). It has a soft, finely-milled feel, but it is a little powdery. On its own, it wore for six and a half hours. MAC Sun Dipped is warmer and browner.

Creme Blush is a cool-toned, blue-based cotton candy pink with a semi-matte finish. There’s very little sheen/shimmer in this, so it looks natural on the cheeks, and it does blend out well. The cream blush only lasted four hours on me, and I have normal-to-dry skin (and I was on the drier side at the time of testing). MAC I’m the One is darker and powder-based. NARS Gaiety is a touch bluer and powder-based. MAC Peony Petal is darker and powder-based.

Blush is a cool-toned, bule-based cotton candy pink with a light dusting of silver shimmer over a matte finish. It is very, very close in color to the cream blush in the palette. The pigmentation was good, and it blended well on the skin. It wore for seven and a half hours. MAC I’m the One is darker. NARS Gaiety is a touch bluer. MAC Peony Petal is darker.

Conceal is a light beige with subtle warm undertones. It’s very creamy and wet, and it’s thin with semi-sheer coverage. The dry down time was a little long, and it tended to get caught in fine lines and settle there. For anyone who regularly uses concealer, I don’t think this will be your go-to; if you rarely use concealer or only in emergencies, it might work. Because of the lighter shade, it will be better for lids and under eyes for more complexions, whereas light-medium complexions may find it works all over.

Luminize is a shimmering beige. It’s very, very sheer and more of a faint, dustnig of sheen/shimmer. I tried wearing it on cheeks as well as on the brow bone–you couldn’t really see the brow bone getting highlighted. It seemed a little better on the cheek.

Brighten is a pink-toned, very pale beige. It has a thin, creamy consistency. I used this lightly on the lid and patted over the concealer (that I used beneath my eye). This had more impact on brightening/covering my under eye area more than the concealer.

This is a palette that would be best suited for lighter complexions; I think darker skin tones will find the bronzer to be better as a highlighter, while the concealer and brightener may not be useful at all. Similarly, if you don’t like cool-toned blushes on you, both are very, very blue-based. As a comment for all, I wasn’t overly impressed by the concealer, luminizer, or brightener–I think there are definitely better standalone products on the market that will do a lot more for your complexion. Sometimes palettes knock it out of the park because you get a ton of fantastic products for the price of just a few, and other times, palettes perform decently, but individual products out-perform them. With staples like concealer, brighteners, and the like–I would spend my money on the right shades for your skin tone in excellent formulas.

The Glossover

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Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Face Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B
The bronzer and two blushes are the better part of the palette, but the concealer, luminizer, and brightener are really so-so. They're best for someone who rarely uses these types of products and doesn't have standalone versions.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 5th, 2013

bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Remix: The Wild Thing

bareMinerals The Wild Thing Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a limited edition palette for spring that features these shades: Sensational (iridescent aqua), Icon (electric chartreuse), Elitist (bronzed taupe), and Controversy (deep marine blue).

Sensational is a pale aqua–that leans a little sea foam green–with an iridescent gold sheen. It had pretty good pigmentation, and it was very soft. It seemed like it might be a smidgen powdery when I swatched it, but I didn’t have any fall out or powderiness when I applied it to my lid. Chanel Riviere is darker, grayer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #2 is lighter. Lancome Fashion Forward is very comparable.

Icon is a yellowed chartreuse with a satiny finish. It had great color payoff and applied smoothly. MAC Brilliantly Lit is a touch brighter (and a cream product). Dior Garden Pastels is darker, greener. NARS Rated R is greener–brighter, less yellow-toned. MAC Bitter is a bit lighter and matte in finish.

Elitist is a subdued khaki brown with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It was finely-milled, smooth when applied, and nicely pigmented. MAC Soba is similar but more matte. theBalm Schitzo is more golden. Giorgio Armani #26 is similar–a bit browner. Dior Golden Savannah is warmer, lighter. (This shade was also in The Star Treatment.)

Controversy is a darkened blue with a frosted, metallic finish. This shade was a bit powdery, but I didn’t encounter any powdery fall out when applied to the lid. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #4 is darker, more of a navy blue. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #1 is a touch greener in its base. MAC Pre-packaged is a bit brighter. bareMinerals Water is similar in color but has more of a satiny finish.

The color composition gave me a summery vibe, but from questions we’ve asked here, most readers don’t seem bound by colors on a season-by-season basis.  The four shades work well together, and Elitist makes it more approachable as a way to tone down some of the colors in it.  When I wore all four shades together, they lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing (no primer required).  I did experience a very slight powderiness in Sensational and Controversy when I swatched them, but it didn’t impact application as there was no powdery fall out or difficulty in achieving smooth, opaque color.

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LE
palette

The Wild Thing

A
The color composition gave me a summery vibe, but from questions we've asked here, most readers don't seem bound by colors on a season-by-season basis.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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