Monday, February 10th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette
Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette

Sleek MakeUP Pink Lemonade Blush by 3 Palette ($14.99 for 0.68 oz.) includes three shades of blush. This particular palette has two powder blushes and one cream blush. Icing Sugar was unfortunately a huge miss in this palette–dry, powdery texture with little color payoff and was quick to fade, while Pink Mint was nicely pigmented with a lovely texture and better wear. The cream blush, Macaroon, in the middle was average in regards to wear but was easy to apply and had good color payoff. Because of just how powdery Icing Sugar is, it is very easy to get powder from it into the cream blush, so the palette can get a little messy.

Icing Sugar is a muted, medium pinky-plum with cool undertones and a silver sparkle over a satiny finish. I was quite disappointed by this blush, because the texture was dry, crumbly, and powdery, which resulted in really poor color payoff that was somewhat uneven. The powder just didn’t want to adhere or stick to the skin in any way–I packed and packed it on then blended furiously to get any color on my cheeks. The color wore well for six and a half hours on me. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is less sparkly, brighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is brighter. Urban Decay Temper (LE) is less shimmery, brighter. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted, less sparkly. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Gentle (P, $25.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Macaroon is a cool-toned, medium pink with a creamy, luminous finish. It is a cream blush, and it had good color payoff, and the texture was lightly creamy and easy to blend on the skin. The color lasted for just over seven hours on me. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is lighter, powder. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is powder. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is powder. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

Pink Mint is a medium-dark, muted orange with a rusty, reddish tone and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. The color wore well for almost eight hours on me before showing signs of fading. (Really wish Icing Sugar had been half as lovely as this shade.) It just slightly emphasizes pores. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is browner, more muted. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is pinker, less frosted. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Ring of Saturn (LE, $25.00) is darker, bolder. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is pinker, less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches or view on the Dupe List.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Garden of Eden i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek MakeUP Garden of Eden i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek MakeUP Garden of Eden Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) is an earth-toned palette that features six warmer, more neutral shades, and then six cooler-toned, more green-hued options, for a total of twelve eyeshadows. Sleek’s formula for their frosts is very soft, smooth, and they almost feel like a cream product. The frostier shades tended to have good color payoff, and they were easy to work with. The more matte the base, the more problematic they seemed with some being decent and a couple having very sheer color payoff and stiffer, drier textures.  On average, the eyeshadows wore for eight and a half hours before fading, except in the case of some of those more stubborn mattes, then it was closer to eight hours.  The color combination is interesting, and there are many things to like about the palette, but there are some stiffer, sheerer colors in this palette that are disappointing.

Normally, I buy Sleek MakeUP through a seller via Amazon, but it looks like the palette is out of stock/unavailable currently (I know it was up a couple of days ago, so hopefully it’ll be back soon). You can purchase through Sleek directly, even if you do not live in the UK. The palette itself permanent, but if you want the palette with the special packaging, the specially-packaged version is limited edition.

Gates of Eden is a medium, slightly muted, coppery orange with a golden, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is more metallic. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is browner. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is more metallic, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is lighter, more golden. LORAC Gold (P) is slightly warmer/darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is more metallic, lighter. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Eve’s Kiss is a soft, muted, pinky mauve with a frosted finish and subtle warm undertone. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth to work with. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is pinker. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is warmer. theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Bordello (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Paradise on Earth is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe-brown with a metallic finish. The texture is soft, smooth, and almost creamy–and it is very, very pigmented. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is warmer and a cream product. Chanel Ebloui (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is grayer. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Python is a medium-dark, reddish-orange-toned brown with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was a little drier and stiffer to work with than the other frosted finishes in the palette. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is less metallic. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Forbidden is a cool-toned, gray-tinged, medium-dark plum with a satin-matte finish. It had a soft texture, and the resulting pigmentation was fairly good–it was also buildable to fully opaque color in two to three layers. MAC Bruised Sky (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Benefit Rain Check (P, $20.00) is slightlyh purpler. Inglot #358 (P, $6.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Flora is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with as satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to blend on the skin. MAC Dark Brew (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Sable (P) is darker. MAC Brown Script (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Entwined is a medium, subtly yellow-toned brown with an almost neutral-to-cool undertone overall. The texture was very stiff, and it was difficult to get color to dislodge from the surface; felt like I really had to jab my brush against the surface to get at the powder. It also faded faster than other shades. Tarina Tarantino Hollyhock (LE) is more satiny. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is darker. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Namaste (P) is darker. Bobbi Brown Stone (LE, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Adam’s Apple is a light-medium, yellow-toned chartreuse green with a matte finish. As a huge fan of all things chartreuse, the powderiness of this shade just hurt it so badly–it has trouble adhering to the skin, so it doesn’t build up color well as it just sheers away as soon as you try to blend it. It also noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Aveda Lemongrass (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #5 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Juxt (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker. Inglot #364 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Fig is a light-medium, golden green with a metallic finish. It’s yellower and much more shimmery/reflective compared to Adam’s Apple. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft but a little stiff. Aveda Lemongrass (LE, $14.00) MAC Juxt (P, $15.00) Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is less metallic. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is greener. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Evergreen is a light-medium, subtly yellow-toned green with a frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation–it could have been more opaque–but the texture was soft. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99) is less metallic, darker. Fyrinnae Dragon’s Wing (P, $6.80) is brighter. MAC Guacamole (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Fauna is a medium-dark, muted forest green with subtle warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it was buildable to fully opaque color. It had a soft, smooth texture but was slightly dry. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer. Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.80) is slightly darker. Too Faced Evergreen (LE, $16.00) is less frosted. Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned, darker. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

Tree of Life is a brightened, medium-dark green with a mostly matte finish and an almost neutral undertone. If you blend it out, you can see a slight yellow undertone but when it is more opaque, it looks almost cool-toned. The texture was somewhat stiff to work with, though it was buildable and with a little work, can be intensely pigmented. MAC Bottle Green (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Hajar Karim (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #53 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned, less green. Inglot #333 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Dior Pastel Fontanges (234) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Pastel Fontanges (234) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Pastel Fontanges (234) Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.17 oz.) is another new and limited spring offering from Dior. I wish I could say it was more impressive than Dulcinee, but I was still disappointed.  The palette suffered from poorer color payoff and wear that lasted just over seven and a half hours (for most shades, though the blue was significantly faded by the seventh hour).  Like Dulcinee, the colors tend to look all the same once applied to the lid, so it loses a lot of versatility and usefulness as a result.

Pastel Fontanges #1 is a bright, metallic silver with cool undertones. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P) is darker. MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is more metallic. Guerlain Crazy Paris #3 (LE) is lighter. NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is also similar. See comparison swatches

Pastel Fontanges #2 is a pale, pastel blue with a white base and a frosted finish. It had sheer color payoff, though the texture was soft to the touch. It faded faster than the other shades did when worn. Guerlain Les Tendres #2 (LE) is less blue. Too Faced Joy (LE) is less blue. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. Maybelline Icy Mint (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Pastel Fontanges #3 is a sparkling, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-sheer, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. I didn’t have any fall out with this shade that I could see when I wore it. bareMinerals Presto (LE) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is similar. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more glittery. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is less glittery. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less glittery. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pastel Fontanges #4 is a medium-dark taupe with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, though it was easy to blend on the lid and applied smoothly for the most part. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is similar. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #4 (P, $21.00) is also similar. MAC Just Before Dawn (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Pastel Fontanges #5 is a pink-tinged, light peach with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to apply. It was the best performing shade in the palette. Laura Mercier Sparkling Dew (LE, $23.00) is less frosted. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC A Natural Flirt (LE, $19.50) is more golden, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette ($36.00 for 0.85 oz.) contains six eyeshadows, two eyeshadow/liners, and one blush. Each square-sized eyeshadow is 0.0758 oz., while the blush is 0.1544 oz., and the two rectangle-shaped eyeshadows are 0.1185 oz. each for a total weight of 0.8462 oz. If you’re familiar with Tarte’s formula, these performed similarly to past Tarte eyeshadows I’ve tried; the biggest takeaway is that they’re so soft that they are quite powdery. You’ll want to use softer brushes and a light touch when you go to pick up product to apply to the lid. I recommend patting the color on, then blending, to minimize excess powder falling underneath the lid.

For me, this is the type of texture that is very workable, as it still adheres well to bare skin and blends nicely without sheering away to nothing, but it usually has a fair amount of powdery fall out that is easiest to clean up if you do your eyeshadow before your base products. On my medium skin tone, a lot of the lighter colors all looked the same on, which had no impact on the rating, but may be something to keep in mind if you’re of a similar complexion. The majority of the eyeshadows in the palette lasted seven and a half hours and then showed signs of fading. I like the palette, and if the colors show up with enough differentiation on you, it would be a nice neutral palette that’s not too warm or too cool-toned. It’s also very well-priced with plenty of product for the price tag.

Elevated is a soft, medium rose with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It is part of the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush formula. It had excellent color payoff, was buildable and blendable on the cheeks, and had a soft, silky texture (slightly powdery, though, so go easy on the surface). I don’t usually get 12 hours of wear out of this formula, and Elevated lasted well for nine hours before showing signs of fading but was significantly faded by the twelfth hour. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is browner. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is warmer,. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is a touch lighter. MAC The Perfect Cheek (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is pinker, cooler-toned. Tarte Exposed (P, $26.00) is a touch darker, a smidgen browner. See comparison swatches.

Sand Out from the Crowd is a light beige with warm, vanilla undertones and a matte finish. The texture was very soft, and it had good color payoff, but it was powdery. As it a staple/basic shade, there are a lot of similar shades — see comparison swatches.

Peach for the Stars is a rosy, light-medium beige-brown with a matte finish. Again, the texture was so soft that it was powdery, though definitely silky to the touch, and it had good pigmentation. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Frisco (LE, $15.00) is a touch pinker, lighter. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Antique Rose (LE, $29.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Two Plums Up is a dark, neutral-to-warm-toned plum with a matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and silky, so the color was easy to blend out on the skin and lid, but it is on the powdery side. It had fairly good color payoff. Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE) is shimmery. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P) is warmer. theBalm Sexy (P, $16.00) is warmer. theBalm Moderato (P, $16.00) is also warmer. bareMinerals Nightcap (P) is cooler-toned, purpler. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #160 (P, $20.00) is more berry-hued, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Pink Outside the Box is a light, pastel pink with a matte finish. This might be somewhat chalky, as it had a stronger white base, on deeper complexions. The texture was soft, somewhat powdery, but it had good color payoff and adhered well to the skin. MAC Flounce (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Strawberry Bon Bon (P) is similar. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE) is lighter. LORAC Light Pink (P) is a touch lighter. MAC Pen ‘n’ Pink (P, $15.00) is similar. NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is similar. bareMinerals Giddy (P) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Rose to the Occasion is a medium-dark, rosy brown with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky though powdery to work with. It a few shades darker than Peach for the Stars, but if you have a medium skin tone like mine, they look about the same applied. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is a touch browner. Aveda Bare Bellis (P, $14.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Rose de Mai (P, $28.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

View from the Taupe is a medium, neutral-to-warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It’s a very, very warm taupe, but it read more brown than taupe to me. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being too powdery (one of the least powdery shades in the palette). Clarins The Essentials #4 (LE) is more satiny. Too Faced Cookie Dough (LE) is similar. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Dream in Chocolate is a deep, dark chocolate brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and like the rest, it was soft but powdery. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is similar. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is more muted. LORAC Espresso (P) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) is shimmery. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Dance in the Dark (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Embark (P, $15.00) is deeper. See comparison swatches.

Don’t Stand Black is a medium-dark black with a mostly matte finish, though it had a very slight sheen compared to the more matte finishes of the other shades. This was the weakest performing shade in the palette, as it didn’t stick as well to bare skin, even though the texture didn’t feel stiff or dry (soft but powdery). As this is a more basic/staple kind of shade, there are lots of potential dupes, and here are twelve to consider — see comparison swatches.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Bobbi Brown x L'Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette
Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette

Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette ($68.00 for TBA oz.) features six eyeshadows, one blush, and one Pot Rouge (which can be used on cheeks/lips). I’ve only seen it available online at Barneys, but it will be releasing in full at other retailers (see official information here) in February. At a glance, it might seem like a bolder offering from Bobbi Brown, and to an extent, there’s some brightness and color that is unexpected, but the textures ensure that they’re sheerer, softer hues–some by design, others the result of more powdery consistencies. Ultra Violet is supposed to be sheer, but one of the issues I had with it is that it doesn’t apply evenly, so it’s not a sheer, even layer of color. I thought the matte shades tended to be quite powdery, though they blended easily on the lid, they also would sheer away and looked faded before the eight-hour mark. If you pat the shades on enough, just lightly blend along the edges, and do major clean-up after application, you can achieve fairly close-to-pan color. You could also use a white eyeshadow base, which would improve the adhesion and vibrancy of the sheerer shades in this palette.

Amnesia Rose is a muted, rosy plum with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It seemed like it would have good color payoff, because the texture was incredibly soft and silky, but it was fairly powdery, so while some of it adhered to the skin, it was prone to dusting and sheering away. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is darker. LORAC Mauve (P) is slightly cooler-toned. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $28.50) is a couple of shades darker. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is darker. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Silver Lilac is a cool-toned, white-lavender with a sparkly finish. It is a Sparkle Eye Shadow, which are sheerer, glittery shades. It looks a lot more lavender in the pan, but when swatched, it’s a lot whiter. I had just a little fall out with this shade, but it’s something that works better on its own as a wash of sparkle or patted over a more opaque eyeshadow as a layering product. Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $30.00) is more lavender. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is more iridescent, less glittery. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is whiter. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $19.50) is less glittery, more iridescent. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is more lavender, darker. See comparison swatches.

Pink Lilac is a cool-toned, pink-tinged white with a silvery sparkle finish. It looks very much like Silver Lilac, which is only a bit more sparkly and less silvery. I had just a bit of fall out when I wore this shade, and these are designed to be less pigmented, but it’s a shame they aren’t at least more true-to-color (to how they look in the pan). Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is more glittery. MAC Winterscape (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is whiter. See comparison swatches.

Sand Pink is a slightly muted, dusty rose with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft and silky. It blended fairly easily on the skin, though it is not the most effortless blush to apply. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade. This shade is part of the permanent range. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is shimmery, warmer. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $29.00) is redder, deeper. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is brighter, less muted. See comparison swatches.

Desert Rose is a soft, medium rosy pink with a satin finish. It’s lightly creamy, blends nicely on the skin, and is a little tacky on the skin for about forty minutes. It wears well for seven hours before starting to become patchy and fade. As a lip color, it lasts three hours. It’s the only cream product in the palette, and I wish it was a powder, because it collects powdery so easily! Bobbi Brown Summer Pink (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $43.00) is powder, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Iron is a medium-dark gray with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft but powdery, which is why it tended to sheer out when applied. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is similar. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is not quite as matte. See comparison swatches.

Ultra Violet is a brightened, fuchsia purple with a faint pink sparkle. It’s part of the “Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow” family, which is described as a “sheer, lightly pearlized shadow.” True to form, it’s semi-sheer with slight sparkle, and the texture, while soft, was powdery. Too Faced Ooh la Orchid (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #6 (P) is purpler. NARS Fashion Rebel #2 (LE, $24.00) is purpler. bareMinerals Statement (LE) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Mulberry is a cool-toned, dusty, medium-dark purple with a matte finish. In one sense, it’s very pigmented, and in another, it’s just so-so. The texture is so soft but very powdery–just purple powder everywhere–and some of it sticks, some of it dusts away. NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $24.00) is much darker. Inglot #386 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Amnesia Rose

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Amnesia Rose

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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LE
product

Silver Lilac

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Kat Von D Esperanza Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Esperanza Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Esperanza Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring. It’s supposed to contain “eight long-wear, full coverage shadows that deliver matte, pearl, and high-glitter finishes, plus one transformative color veil.” There are three more sparkly shades in the palette, and they had varying degrees of fall out (see below). The matte aqua green, Archangel, was powdery and, at times, chalky so it was difficult to work with; it’s a shade that would highly benefit from being applied over a primer or even a slightly tacky, white base, to maximize color payoff and minimize the powderiness and tendency to fade/sheer out. Shades like Placebo and Dog Roses were richly pigmented and easy to apply and blend. With the exception of Archangel which faded faster than the rest, the others didn’t show signs of fading until eight hours.

Selena is described as a “glitter purple.” It’s a lavender purple with subtle cool, pink undertones and a silver glitter/sparkle. The sparkle tended to separate from the underlying color, so some of the sparkles get trapped in the brush, some fall out during application, and the remaining ones are visible on the lid but do eventually migrate below the lid during wear. It had really nice color payoff when swatched, and on the lid, it was fairly good, but it had a tendency to look slightly faded. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #2 (P) is lighter, more iridescent. Guerlain Two VIP #1 (LE) is warmer, more glittery. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is more fuchsia. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is purpler, less glittery. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $15.00) is less glittery. MAC Power Boosted (LE, $15.00) is darker, more fuchsia, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Dayglo is described as a “transformer shade, iridescent white.” It’s a green-tinged white with a green-gold iridescent sheen. It had good color payoff and was mostly opaque. The texture was soft, a smidgen powdery, but smooth and blendable. Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE) is very similar. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #3 (LE) is slightly warmer. MAC Zestful is greener. See comparison swatches.

Galore #2 is described as a “pearl peach.” It’s a yellowed peach with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly and evenly. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is more frosted. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is similar. MAC Hey (P, $15.00) is less yellow-toned. Buxom Collie (P, $18.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches. You might wonder why it’s called “Galore #2,” and that’s because there’s also a shade called “Galore” in the Spellbinding palette–except they’re not the same. I did swatch them side-by-side to be sure (in the pan, they look more alike), but sure enough, this is a definite peach, whereas the previously released Galore is more of a peach-tinged beige–but much, much lighter. It’s really frustrating when brands do this, especially when it was just released a little over a month ago.

Placebo is described as a “matte peony pink.” It’s a medium coral-pink with a matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. This was a dream matte to work with. MAC Full of Flavour (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Free to Be (P, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Early Bird (LE, $15.00) just a smidgen pinker. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $15.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Santeria is described as a “glitter greenish grey.” It’s a cool-toned, charcoal gray with teal shimmer and larger silver sparkle. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is similar. LORAC Slate (P) is less frosted. Disney by Sephora Jetsam (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is less cool-toned. MAC Jade’s Fortune (LE, $21.00) is less frosted. Make Up For Ever #1 (P, $23.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Archangel is described as a “sparkle seafoam green.” It’s a light-medium aqua green with a satiny sheen. It seemed like it had amazing color payoff when I swatched it, but the texture was also noticeably powdery–a little chalky. On the lid, it was prone to sheering away, so it’s a color that really performs better over a primer, as on bare lids, it just doesn’t stick well, nor does it last (showed signs of fading after six hours, much earlier than the other shades). Dior Dulcinee #5 (LE) is slightly bluer. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is more frosted, bluer. See comparison swatches.

South is described as a “matte beige.” It’s a light beige with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It was soft, easy to blend, nicely pigmented, and not powdery. It’s a very basic shade, so there are a lot of similar shades from other brands — see comparison swatches.

Dog Roses is described as a “sparkle bronze.” It’s a coppery brown with golden sparkle and a frosted sheen. There is some loose sparkle in this, but it is less sparkly than Selena, so a lot of the sparkle seems to disappear between the pan, brush, and lid, so I didn’t notice a lot of fall out over time, just a stray sparkle or two. It was intensely pigmented, and it applied very smoothly. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less frosted. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is browner. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is similar. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. LORAC Gold (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more copper-hued. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Esperanza

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Selena

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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LE
product

Dayglo

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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