Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains a of muted browns, yellow, and white. The formula of the eyeshadows is supposed to be long-lasting with “vibrant color in a color-true finish.” One shade is “an illuminating base,” while two shades are more like regular eyeshadows, and one shade is designed to work more as an eyeliner.

Pale Nude #1 is a meduim-dark, golden brown with a satin finish. It had lovely color payoff and was very true-to-pan. The texture was soft and finely-milled but slightly powdery. Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is darker. theBalm Allegro is more matte. Dior Golden Savannah is more frosted, slightly darker. MAC Moleskin is lighter, less warm-toned.

Pale Nude #2 is a light-medium beige-brown with a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation but had a slightly powdery texture–it is not as buttery or as smooth as Burberry’s single eyeshadows. Too Faced Marzipan is lighter. Urban Decay Tease is darker, grayer. Chanel Beige Lame has more sparkle but is very similar.

Pale Nude #3 is a pale, lightly warmed-up yellow with a pearly finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly for the most part. NARS Misfit #1 is darker. Make Up For Ever #102 is slightly darker and matte.

Pale Nude #4 is a shimmering, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. It was semi-sheer, but it had a soft feel and no powderiness to it. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #2 is similar. Cinderella Ball Gown is also similar. MAC Crystal Avalanche is cooler-toned.

The quality of the palette, overall, is not as good as individual shades within the Burberry eyeshadow range. What makes Burberry’s single eyeshadows so compelling is how soft, smooth, and velvety they feel; the textures are buttery and dense, and the powders apply so smoothly and evenly. They melt against the skin and always lie beautifully on the lid. Here, three of the four shades had a powderiness to the texture. When I wore the palette, it wore well for seven and a half hours and there was some slight fading just after eight hours. This is a combination of colors that would best suit paler complexions, and though I would say neutral to warm complexions would find this most flattering, the cooler white eyeshadow is either out of place or may be harder to use.

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Pale Nude (03)

B-
This is a combination of colors that would best suit paler complexions, and though I would say neutral to warm complexions would find this most flatterig, the cooler white eyeshadow is either out of place or may be harder to use.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) consists of five shades: aqua, purple, dark gray, bluish-teal, and blue. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented,” “crease-resistant,” and “last all day.”

Maldives Sky #1 is a light-medium aqua with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but it was slightly powdery and almost looked chalky when applied to the lid. Inglot #345 is greener. Jasmine Blue Oasis is matte but close in color (slightly bluer). NARS Debbie Harry #4 is darker. Sugarpill Mochi is darker. MAC Aqua is slightly greener and matte. This particular hue is not well-known for being nicely pigmented, regardless of brand, which is not a justification but worth noting that it’s hard to get it right.

Maldives Sky #2 is a dark purple with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had sheer color payoff, but the worst part was how dry and stiff the texture was. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #4 is very similar but more pigmented. Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away is shimmery. Inglot #379 is brighter, bolder.

Maldives Sky #3 is a dark gray with a matte finish and neutral undertones. You may notice a pattern developing here: sheerer color payoff, dry, stiff texture. Urban Decay Desperation is cooler-toned. MAC Scene is similar but satiny. Chanel Gris Exquis is darker. Inglot #339 is similar.

Maldives Sky #4 is a medium-dark teal with blue undertones and a slight dusting of silver pearl. It is dry, chalky, and sheer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning is less blue, frosted. Sugarpill Mochi is lighter. Sephora Curacao Punch is more glittery, brighter. MAC Robin’s Egg is more teal-hued.

Maldives Sky #5 is a medium-dark blue with a satin-like finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but it still had a drier, stiffer texture that made it hard to apply and harder to blend out. It is fairly comparable to Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away #8. MAC Switch to Blue is similar but a cream product.

I had a lot of trouble working with this palette; so much so, that I really just gave up after awhile, because the colors weren’t applying with much intensity, consistently disappearing, and had no desire to blend with each other. It was an exhausting exercise in frustration. Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Color Icon formula is so much better than this one, and that formula is such a winner and well-reviewed that I’m truly mind-boggled why they’d use something else (and one that was inferior).  When I wore what I did manage to apply, it wore well for about six hours before starting to fade.  It’s such a shame, because the colors they chose would be beautiful together, if only they were pigmented, soft, and smooth. You’re better off taking your $4.99 and buying one of the existing Color Icon palettes.

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Wet 'n' Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's such a shame, because the colors they chose would be beautiful together, if only they were pigmented, soft, and smooth.

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

3.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

2/5

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Monday, March 25th, 2013

Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad
Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad

Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad ($9.98 for 0.21 oz.) consists of four shades: peach, bronze, dark brown, and taupe.  It’s my first experience with the brand, which is exclusively available at Walmart (I bought mine online).

Foxy Browns #1 is a pale, warm-toned peach with a hint of pink and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, but it is powdery and while very easy to blend, it also sheers out quickly if you sweep it on (so pat and pack!). Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is warmer, less pink. MAC Double Feature #5 #1 is lighter. Inglot #354 is very similar but matte in finish.

Foxy Browns #2 is a warm bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with warm, golden undertones and a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. Benefit Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy is darker, redder toned. Clinique Fuller Fudge is redder (and a cream product). Tarte Brilliant Bronze is more frosted. MAC Mulch is similar, slightly less golden. Milani Caramel Brown is lighter, more metallic. Inglot #421 is much deeper/richer.

Foxy Browns #3 is a darkened, cool-toned brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but as a result of that super finely-milled texture, it was difficult to achieve full opacity because it always wanted to look faded and sheered out. MAC Diamond Dove is grayer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 is darker and grayer. MAC Charcoal Brown is a touch grayer. MAC Brown Down is slightly warmer.

Foxy Browns #4 is a slightly warm-toned taupe with a subtly shimmered finish. It had so-so color payoff, but it was so powdery! This was the most powdery shade out of the bunch. Too Faced Hot Cocoa is rosier, warmer. Bobbi Brown Chino is similar but matte. MAC Magical Mist is darker. MAC Era is similar.

The texture is both amazing and annoying; it is one of the softest eyeshadows I’ve come across but one of the most powdery textures I’ve used. It’s almost as if you’re using a loose product, because it just comes apart with the slightest touch of an applicator. I’d actually recommend using sponge-tip applicators here, because they seemed to disturb the surface the least, so there was less excess product kicked up. I feel like I’m in such a quandary, because it’s all, “Ooh, velvety, smooth, oh, is this silk?” initially but applied, lots and lots of excess product falls underneath the lid. You really have to pat and pack on the product and be careful when blending, as each shade was prone to sheering out very quickly.

I was only able to get six hours of good wear with this without a primer, as by eight hours, it had disappeared. With a primer (NARS Smudge Proof), it was better, but it was still faded after eight hours. I’ve found that really powdery eyeshadows tend to fade faster on me. I would recommend applying this over a stickier, creamier primer–something like a cream eyeshadow or the like–because it would help it adhere and stick better. I have several other products I bought from the range that I’ve yet to test, so here’s hoping I have better luck with those!

Also: when I bought this quad, it was my first time ordering from Walmart online, and everything was thrown into a large box with no bubble wrap or padding; I was utterly surprised nothing was broken (especially given how delicate the eyeshadows are), but I wanted to give you a heads up.

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Flower Beauty Foxy Browns Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

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The powdery nature of the eyeshadows is what hurt this palette across the board! The color payoff was off because the color sheered out quickly, was hard to layer/build, and then the shades were prone to fading when worn.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.37 oz.) contains eight shades with “heathery neutrals and dusty pinks designed to flatter all skin tones.”

Overall, this palette was a disappointment due to poor color payoff and drier, powdery textures that were common across far too many shades.  The worst offenders were Barely There, Heather Brown, and Black Chocolate; but then IvoryPale RosePink Lily, and Dusty Lilac were all rather powdery and none of the shades were without flaws.  I think the closest to good was Stormy Grey, but it was a nightmare using on the lid–it’s just too stiff to apply with much color.

Because of the lack of color payoff, I really don’t see this working well on medium or darker complexions; very fair skin tones may find that it’s just enough color for an easy-to-use neutral palette, but I find the textures to be lacking.  When I wore the palette, the whole thing looked faded from the beginning and was all one color after eight hours of wear–quite a bit of fading had occurred.  I felt like I had to really jab and stab at the eyeshadow to dislodge enough product to use for application.  There are too many other neutral palettes on the market to settle for something so below-average.

  • Ivory is a pale, cool-toned beige with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff but was powdery.
  • Pale Rose is a subtly warm-toned taupe with a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was powdery. (I also did not detect any pink in it.)
  • Pink Lily is a frosted, shimmering light pink with subtle cool undertones. It had so-so color but was very powdery and almost chunky. I experienced major fall out with this shade.
  • Stormy Grey is a gray-tinged, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation but was dry and stiff to work with.
  • Barely There is a slightly warm-toned champagne beige with a soft, shimmerys heen. The payoff was horrible with this shade; I had to scrape off layers of product just to get anything to show up. The texture was very dry/stiff.
  • Heather Brown is a medium champagne-shimmered brown with slightly warm undertones. Again, a dry texture that resulted in subpar color payoff.
  • Dusty Lilac is a rosy mauve with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation but was very powdery to work with, so it was prone to fading and sheering out as soon as you went to blend it.
  • Black Chocolate is a cool-toned black-brown with a mostly matte finish. It was dry and stiff–very hard to blend when I used it–but the color payoff was decent.

If you’re interested in a dupe, consider looking through the Swatch Gallery to find a shade that you feel is close enough. I recommend starting in brown eyeshadows and beige eyeshadows! :) Otherwise, feel free to ask and if you have any specific brands/price points in mind, please note that.

Long-time readers will remember that towards the end of the year, I try to kick out some quick reviews, because I have a horrible tendency to over-photograph, over-swatch, and over-test products to the point where I have thousands of unused photos and hundreds of products tested but not reviewed. I’d like to try and write more of these quick reviews throughout the year for certain products that I don’t think need full, in-depth reviews for one reason or another. Remember, these aren’t replacing normal reviews but are in addition to; e.g. an extra review–a cherry on top.  Let me know if this is still useful and/or if you’d rather only in-depth reviews. Thank you!

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Lilac Rose

D-

There are too many other neutral palettes on the market to settle for something so below-average.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

3/5

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Monday, March 18th, 2013

Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Dark Spice Complete Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four eyeshadows. The Complete Eye Palettes are supposed to contain “an illuminating base, two blendable shades, and a liner to define.” Each palette comes in a velvet pouch along with three sponge-tip applicators.

Dark Spice #1 is a warm-toned black with a satin finish–just a touch of sheen, so it’s not quite matte. It had good color payoff, but it’s not the most intense black I’ve come across, and the texture was slightly dry. It’s a basic kind of shade, so it’s likely that you have something similar in your stash already. Shades like Make Up For Ever #04 and MAC Carbon are similar in color but more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Fin is similar but more intense.

Dark Spice #2 is a warm-toned, bronze-shimmered brown with a pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, but the texture was slightly dry. Chanel Pearl River #5 is a bit darker. MAC Bronze is more golden. Laura Mercier Cedar is very similar, slightly more matte. Inglot #421 is warmer, not as brown.

Dark Spice #3 is a warm-toned, chestnut brown with strong red undertones and has a soft, satiny finish. It had great color payoff, but like the other shades, there was a very slight dryness to the texture. Clinique Fuller Fudge is more coppery. MAC Ever Elegant is more metallic, so it appears lighter. Tom Ford Illicit is a cream product but close in color. MAC Antiqued is similar in color but more metallic in finish.

Dark Spice #4 is a soft orange with a satin finish–it’s almost like goldenrod but more orange. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery–it had the best feel of the four. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #4 is darker, more orange. Chanel Pearl River #4 is brighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 is more frosted and orange. MAC Chessa is brighter and shimmery. Chanel Tigerlily is a touch lighter.

The major drawback of this palette is the texture, which is slightly dry, though the dryness doesn’t inhibit the color payoff by much (it only seemed to come into play with the black eyeshadow) or the wear, as when I wore the palette, I had no trouble with the colors lasting a full nine hours without any creasing or fading.  Burberry’s single eyeshadows, though, have a very soft, buttery texture, and these all felt slightly less buttery, not quite as soft or as smooth. Good but not as fantastic as the singles tend to be, so from that perspective, I was disappointed.  The colors go well together, and for those with warmer complexions, this could be an easy, everyday kind of palette.  I just wish the feel was like the singles.

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Dark Spice

A-
The colors go well together, and for those with warmer complexions, this could be an easy, everyday kind of palette. I just wish the feel was like the singles.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a five-pan palette that features a warm-toned, desert-inspired color scheme.

Desert Festival #1 is a pale, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff; the texture was dry and stiff, so it made it harder to get enough product out to see more opaque color. (It looks even sheerer than it is, because it also happens to be nearly identical to my skin color!) MAC Grain is more frosted, slightly lighter. MAC Naked Lunch is a bit darker.

Desert Festival #2 is a brightened, medium orange with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was so soft that it was also a bit dusty. I didn’t have anything quite like this–there’s a very even balance between yellow and red in this shade, so it doesn’t turn too reddish or get too dark, but it’s also not a yellowy orange. Other oranges that are matte tend to be darker and redder.

Desert Festival #3 is a neutral-toned taupe brown with a satiny finish. It was, unfortunately, rather dry and stiff in texture, so the resulting color payoff was disappointing. MAC Nebula is darker. bareMinerals Wanderlust is more frosted. bareMinerals Apropos is cooler-toned.  NARS Bali is cooler-toned, grayer. Inglot #363 is warmer.

Desert Festival #4 is a shimmery, lightened, medium-orange with warm undertones. It had a better texture than some of the other shades, so the pigmentation was better. Chanel Pearl River #4 is brighter. Milani Primary Runway Eyes #3 is darker, redder. MAC Fresh Daily is richer in color.

Desert Festival #5 is a grayish brown with a satiny finish. It is just a bit darker than the center shade–more distinctly cool-toned. It had underwhelming color payoff, as it, again, had a stiff and dry texture that made it hard to get product out of the pan. MAC Nebula is more shimmery. MAC Concrete is more matte.

Overall, I was disappointed in the palette, because it had a drier, stiffer texture that resulted in rather low color payoff.  The best performing shade was the matte orange, followed by the shimmery orange; the other three shades were hard to work with. Muse had a similar experience, and she and I both expounded the benefits of Color Icon over this.  I could not wear this palette without a primer and achieve any semblance of decent color payoff, despite Wet ‘n’ Wild claiming these are “ultra-pigmented” and “crease-resistant.”  I did wear the shades as they were without a primer, and I saw fading after six hours.  With a primer, I didn’t have trouble with the shades fading.   The three drier shades were harder to blend and definitely will take more time and attention to finesse the colors just right.  Wet ‘n’ Wild has done better in their Color Icon Trios/Palettes, so I’d recommend checking one of those in lieu of this one.

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Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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Wet 'n' Wild has done better in their Color Icon Trios/Palettes, so I'd recommend checking one of those in lieu of this one.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3/5

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