Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Fatal (12) Eyes to Kill Palette
Giorgio Armani Fatal (12) Eyes to Kill Palette

Giorgio Armani Fatal (12) Eyes to Kill Palette ($59.00 for 0.0.21 oz.) consists of four shades is part of the Shimmer palette series.  The quad is supposed to contain “iridescent, eye-catching colors with electric shine and shimmer.”  Something I’ve noticed with Giorgio Armani palette is that they always come together better on the lid and applied than they initially seem just swatched.  The texture has something to do with that, I imagine, as they’re very soft and velvety–easy to blend and work well together. When I wore the palette together, the shades lasted well for eight hours but had slight fading that was noticeable after nine hours.

Fatal #1 is a cool-toned, plummy brown with a pearly finish. It had good color payoff, but it could have been a bit more pigmented for really true-to-pan intensity. theBalm Just This Once Jamie is a little lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog is browner. MAC Universal Appeal is more plum. MAC Daylight is lighter. Chanel Raffinement #1 is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Fatal #2 is a pale, cool-toned pink-tinted white with a pearled finish. It was semi-sheer and slightly powdery. There is no shortage of similar shades to this. Shades like Tom Ford Enchanted #1, MAC Fresh & Mint #2, MAC Fresh Ice, Dior Garden Pastels #3 are all slightly cooler-toned, more lavender than pink. Then shades like NARS Douce France #1 (matte), MAC Stratus (darker), MAC Let’s Skate (cream), MAC Seedy Pearl, MAC Radial Pink (lighter), MAC Maribu (more frosted), and Dior Aurora #3 are all close. See comparison swatches.

Fatal #3 is a soft, medium-dark lavender purple with gold shimmer. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly to the lid. This almost appears warm-toned, which isn’t common to see in a lavender. Urban Decay Tainted is pinker. Urban Decay Grifter is more frosted. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2013 #1 is lighter, cooler-toned. Benefit Fancy Pansy is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Fatal #4 is a dark, cool-toned purple with a nearly matte finish. It had good pigmentation but was a bit powdery. The shade blended out easily, though, as a result. theBalm Lavish Latoya is more frosted, less purple. Urban Decay Gravity is more shimmery. NARS High Society #3 isn’t as cool-toned. MAC Dynamic Duo #4 #12 is darker, less purple.  MAC Drawn to Drama is cooler-toned. MAC Ron Ron Run is slightly darker. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #4 isn’t as cool-toned. See comparison swatches here.

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Fatal (12)

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Something I've noticed with Giorgio Armani palette is that they always come together better on the lid and applied than they initially seem just swatched. The texture has something to do with that, I imagine, as they're very soft and velvety--easy to blend and work well together.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

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9/10

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Fatal #1

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9/10

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Fatal #2

B

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Friday, May 24th, 2013

NARS Hearts New York Set
NARS Hearts New York Set

NARS Hearts New York Set ($75.00) includes Amour (peachy pink), Laguna (diffused brown powder with golden shimmer), Biarritz (perfect, neutral cream colored beige), Nepal (soft, sheer rose), New York (plum brown), Galapagos (bitter chocolate infused with gold), Dolce Vita (sheer, dusty rose), and Chinatown (blood red). It contains 0.17 oz. of blush, 0.15 oz. of bronzer, 0.12 oz. of eyeshadow, 0.284 fl. oz. of lipgloss, and 0.50 fl. oz. of nail polish. The shades chosen for the set are the city’s most popular shades; all of the shades are available individually and are part of the permanent range.

Amour Blush is a subtly warm-toned, medium pink with a matte finish. I reviewed this previously here. I didn’t notice any differences between the full-size version and the one included in the palette (and the one in the palette is actually bigger at 0.17 oz. compared to 0.16 oz. for the permanent shade).  Chanel Rose Initale is pinker. MAC Posey has a more luminous finish, as it is a cream blush. MAC Flaming Chic is lighter, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is more coral. MAC Mocha is darker. theBalm Frat Boy is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Biarritz Eyeshadow is a pale beige with a matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had good color payoff, though it may be hard to see, given that it is very close to my natural skin color (so it disappears). There are a fair number of comparable shades to this one that you may already have. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Anonymous has a satiny sheen. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is not as warm-toned. MAC Vanilla is lighter, satiny. MAC Blanc Type is less beige. MAC Bisque is very similar. L’Oreal Endless Pearl is lighter, less warm-toned. Benefit Call My Bluff is warmer and satiny. Bobbi Brown Ivory is slightly lighter. See more comparison swatches.

Nepal Eyeshadow is a warm-toned, peachy tan with a pearly sheen. It had so-so to decent color payoff, but it was buildable on the lid to mostly opaque color coverage. The texture was soft but a bit powdery. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is more frosted, slightly pinker. MAC Bare Minimum is less shimmery. Benefit It’s Complicated has a golden sheen. bareMinerals Peace is similar. Inglot #397 is more reflective, so it appears lighter. See comparison swatches.

New York Eyeshadow is a warm, dark plum with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff and was a bit powdery to work with, but it did build up color when applied to the lid. Make Up For Ever #141 is shimmery. NARS Grand Palais #2 is a touch warmer. MAC Festive Delight is darker, redder. MAC Trax is shimmery, slightly purpler. Lancome Colour du Jour has golden shimmer. Illamasqua Forgiveness is very similar–a smidgen more plum. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 is frosted. Make Up For Ever #39 is more intense and redder. See comparison swatches.

Galapagos Eyeshadow is a lightly warm-toned, yellow-toned, medium-dark brown with gold sparkle. It has good color payoff, and the sparkle somewhat translates to the lid but there is some minor fall out during wear. The texture was soft and blendable. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is a darker brown with less yellow in it. MAC Friendly is more frosted, darker. NARS Surabaya #2 is very similar, slightly warmer. MAC Lie Low is lighter. MAC Swiss Chocolate is similar in the base color, though slightly yellower in tone, but has no sparkle. MAC Roasted Chestnut is more metallic. Chanel Ebloui is redder and a cream product. Inglot #327 is very similar to the base color but is matte. See comparison swatches.

Laguna Bronzer is a medium-dark tan brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff with buildable, blendable color and a fairly soft texture. It applied well and didn’t emphasize pores. I felt like the permanent version was slightly better in color payoff and a silkier texture. It lasted eight hours well on me with light fading apparent after nine hours. Urban Decay Toasted is darker, browner. MAC Lush Light Bronze is warmer. MAC Refined Golden is browner, darker. MAC Soft Sand is slightly warmer, lighter. Burberry Summer Glow is more yellow-toned. See comparison swatches.

Dolce Vita Lip Gloss is a warm, rosy plum with a creamy finish. This is a color that always seems to appear more saturated/brighter in photos than it does in real life; it’s one of those tricky, hard-to-photograph shades. Though it is described as sheer, it’s rather opaque applied. It applies evenly and smoothly, but I did detect a rather plastic-like scent from the tube. NARS Oasis was the only shade that seemed somewhat similar, but it is less pink, sheerer, and has shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Chinatown Nail Lacquer is a darkened, brown-based red with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque, but at certain angles in brighter light, there was a shadow of visible nail apparent. MAC Vintage Vamp is a bit darker. MAC Underfire is very similar. MAC Dangerously Fun is somewhat warmer. Chanel Rouge Fatal is similar. China Glaze Merry Berry is lighter, not as brown. See comparison swatches.

It’s a good palette overall, and it offers a good value for the amount and breadth of products you receive. It’s a more neutral palette, so it should be versatile and has a good amount of contrast for a variety of looks.

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NARS Hearts New York Set

B+

It's a good palette overall, and it offers a good value for the amount and breadth of products you receive. It's a more neutral palette, so it should be versatile and has a good amount of contrast for a variety of looks.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Biarritz

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Nepal

B+

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of warm, summery shades with a muted quality and earthy tones. It is new and limited edition this summer and contains five eyeshadows.

Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #1 is a light-medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation and applied very smoothly. bareMinerals Wicked is slightly more frosted and less warm-toned. Buxom Shih Tzu is a cream eyeshadow and slightly darker. Dior Garden Pastels is darker. MAC Juxt is very comparable in color.

Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #2 is a pale, yellowy beige with a soft micro-shimmer. It is semi-sheer, so it tends to work best on fair skin or as a brow bone highlighter. MAC Dew is more frosted. MAC Dazzlelight is a touch lighter (it’s more pigmented, so it’s hard to tell).

Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #3 is a pale aqua-green that flashes to greenish yellow with a golden sheen. It looks like a minty green in the pan, but it is much yellower swatched. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. Dior Blue Lagoon #5 is similar. Too Faced Fantasy Island #2 is slightly darker.

Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #4 is dirty blue with a hint of green/teal and a satiny sheen. It had so-so color payoff but appeared more muted swatched and applied than it did in the pan. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is brighter, lighter. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick is bluer, much darker. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #2 is more teal-hued.

Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #5 is a pale yellow-green with a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and while it applied smoothly and evenly, it was somewhat powdery. It can be quick to sheer out if you blend it, so blend around the edges and pat the product on initially to minimize excess powder fall out and diffusing the color too much. Chanel Metamorphose #3 is darker. MAC Juxt is greener. Inglot #364 is matte.

It’s a decent to good palette, but it didn’t wow me.  The beige eyeshadow was rather sheer, while the center shade had more color payoff but wasn’t opaque.   The darkest shade in the palette was just so-so in pigmentation as well.  The remaining two eyeshadows were better.   Unfortunately, the texture of the palette, overall, was powdery, so I did see issues with the colors fading after seven to eight hours in a noticeable capacity.  There is also some fall out during application that makes this a palette better applied prior to base makeup, just so clean up easier.

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Peacock (434)

B
It's a decent to good palette, but it didn't wow me. Some of the eyeshadows were lacking in pigmentation, and some were powdery, which led to fading while I wore the palette.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, May 6th, 2013

Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette exclusive to Chanel.com from their summer collection. It features four shades of eyeshadows in varying finishes that can be “applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results.” Outside of the U.S., this quad and its formula will be very familiar, while those within the U.S. will note that the shape, texture, and feel of the formula is different. This is, essentially, the baked formula, compared with the traditional power eyeshadow that we typically see in the quads here in the U.S.

Metamorphose (44) #1 is a medium-dark, cool-toned green with a hint of blue/teal and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp, but it could have applied more evenly and smoothly. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is a touch darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is greener. Dior Garden Pastels #5 is very slightly warmer/greener. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is cooler-toned.

Metamorphose (44) #2 is a cool-toned, green-tinged, pale gray. It looks more like a mint green in the pan, but it comes off rather grayish when I applied it. The color payoff is very sheer when used dry, and then it is decent to good in opacity when applied damp. Giorgio Armani #10 is more metallic. Dior Cruise is similar. is a bit darker (and a cream product).

Metamorphose (44) #3 is a lightly warmed-over yellowy-green with a frosted sheen. It was sheer to semi-sheer when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied damp. Too Faced Fantasy Island #2 is more metallic but very close in color. bareMinerals Wicked is more intense, greener. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #6 is much darker, greener. MAC Juxt is brighter and much warmer. MAC Valiant is very similar.

Metamorphose (44) #4 is a deep navy blue with cool undertones and a satiny finish. It had decent pigmentation when applied dry, but it was much more intense when applied damp. Urban Decay Evidence is a more pearled sheen. MAC Naval Blue is more frosted. MAC Lunar is darker. bareMinerals Climax is more pearled. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 is darker–more blackened. Make Up For Ever #81 is darker.

Generally, the baked eyeshadow quads are less intense and pigmented than the regular powder eyeshadow quads. To an extent, I would agree. These really have to used damp to see decent color payoff, as when they are applied dry, they are subtle and on the powdery side. From my own experiences, I tend to prefer the powder eyeshadows over baked ones as well for both blending, wear, and color payoff. Metamorphose had faded noticeably when I checked at the eight-hour mark.  The texture was always on the drier, powdery side, and when applied damp, it didn’t blend out as easily as Chane’s best eyeshadows do.

P.S. — 0.04 oz.? Ouchhh! I know that baked eyeshadows tend to weigh less, but whoa does that seem crazy small. They look like a normal-sized eyeshadow, all domed and the like, but the weight is (somewhat) concerning.

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Metamorphose (44)

B-
From my own experiences, I tend to prefer the powder eyeshadows over baked ones as well for both blending, wear, and color payoff. Metamorphose doesn't make a strong case for the baked formula.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Le Metier de Beaute Femme Fatale Kaleidoscope
Le Metier de Beaute Femme Fatale Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Femme Fatale Kaleidoscope ($95.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four shades: Oyster (satin shimmer dust), Sapphire (midnight blue with jewel tones), Autumn Rust (deep and rustic topaz), and Matte Plum (bodacious, bright purple).

Per readers’ requests, I’m posting this quick post that features photos and swatches of the Kaleidoscope, but I’m not writing a full review unless it is re-released and becomes available again :) I will say it is up to par with Le Metier de Beaute’s eyeshadow quality and what I’ve experienced in the past, so you can read previous reviews here. All of the swatches have been put into the Swatch Gallery, so you can compare and look for similar shades based on what interests you!

  • Oyster is a cool-toned, almost pewter-gray with a hint of beige-champagne shimmer. ISuper complex; looks different all the time. Compare here in the Swatch Gallery.
  • Sapphire is a copper and violet-shimmered navy blue with purplish edging. Another complex shade. Best applied wet–a little drier than other shades I’ve tried. Compare here in the Swatch Gallery.
  • Autumn Rust is a medium-dark golden brown with a frosted finish. Compare here in the Swatch Gallery.
  • Matte Plum is a medium-dark red-toned purple with a satiny finish (doesn’t look matte to me). Compare here in the Swatch Gallery.

Also, since we’re on the subject of Le Metier de Beaute… They’ll be doing online auctions starting tonight on their website featuring last-of-a-kind in their Kaleidoscopes for the next six days that are paired with gifts from partners (like Oscar de la Renta, GlossyBox, etc.) to benefit ALS Awareness Month and the ALS Association. 100% (!!) of the proceeds earned from the auctions will go the ALS Association, and Le Metier de Beaute will be donating 10% to the ALS Association for every sale made on their website between 5/5 and 5/12. And then, anyone who donates $100+ through the ALSA.org Le Metier de Beaute Tribute Fund Page, Le Metier de Beaute will send a thank you package of beauty goodies.

What is ALS? The Facts

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy.
  • Upon diagnosis, the life expectancy of an ALS patient ranges from 2 to 5 years.
  • Only 10% will survive more than 10 years
  • For the vast majority, their mind and thoughts are not impaired and remain sharp despite the progressive degenerating condition of the body.
  • ALS can strike anyone. There is currently no cure.

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Femme Fatale

A
The palette was up-to-par with Le Metier de Beaute's eyeshadow range except for Sapphire, which was a little dry in texture and needed to be applied wet to achieve really smooth, intense color.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

MAC Temperature Rising Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Temperature Rising Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Temperature Rising Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes these shades: Performance Art (frosted gold mauve, Veluxe Pearl)), Temperature Rising (light warm tanned peach, Lustre), Swelter (mid-tone grey violet, Frost), and Beautymarked (charcoal black with red pearl, Velvet). Beautymarked is part of the permanent range. The quad will be available online on May 16th and in-stores May 23rd (of course, it usually is online earlier than the stated date). It is packaged in a matte bronze with a rubbery texture–if you’re familiar with NARS’ packaging, it’s very much like that, only bronze in color.

Performance Art is is a pinky mauve with a dusting of very fine gold shimmer. It had good color payoff and applied smooth overall, though it was a smidgen dry. MAC Smoky Mauve is purpler and darker. Jasmine Carpet is darker and purpler. Tarte Frozen Hot Chocolate is slightly darker. NARS 413 BLKR #1 appears cooler-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off #3 is cooler-toned.

Temperature Rising is copper-shimmered peach with a soft, frosted sheen. It was very stiff to work with, and it really needed to be layered and packed on to get visible, even color both swatched and on the eye. Estee Lauder Pink Zinc is lighter (and a cream product). Chanel Complice is lighter. MAC Seaside is more coppery. Chanel Emerveille is a cream product and is less coppery. MAC Expensive Pink is pinker, darker.

Swelter is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle red undertones and a satiny sheen. It had decent to good color payoff, but it was a little stiff to work with. When I jabbed at it with a stiffer brush, I was able to get better color payoff. MAC Smoky Mauve is more frosted. Jasmine Carpet is very similar. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is grayer, cooler-toned. MAC Circa Plum is extremely similar.

Beautymarked is a blackened brown with burgundy and copper micro-shimmer. It was dry, somewhat chalky, and generally stiff and difficult to blend. Applied, it looks mostly like a matte black, but if you mix it or blend it with Swelter, you can bring out more of the shimmer in Beautymarked. Giorgio Armani #2 is similar in concept but has a much more pronounced shimmer/sparkle. L’Oreal Smoldering Plum is purpler. MAC Young Punk has more purple shimmer.

The real miss here was Beautymarked, which had a rather undesirable texture that made it a problematic shade to use. It’s also the kind of shade that looks incredibly complex in the pan but when used, it can be difficult to pull out those nuances and see the complexities. Performance Art was the best eyeshadow in this quad, because it had good pigmentation and a softer, smoother texture and application. Temperature Rising needs to be packed on for a smooth, even application. I wish it performed better overall, because the color combination works well together and would flatter a variety of skin tones. The eyeshadows did wear for eight hours with no creasing and only very minor fading with minor fading occurring after nine hours.

The Glossover

palette

Temperature Rising

B
I wish it performed better overall, because the color combination works well together and would flatter a variety of skin tones.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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