Thursday, August 7th, 2014

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Covert Affair Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) contains two shades that pair well together but are also more complex, a bit more unique than your average eyeshadow. The best of the Ready formula shines through this duo with both shades having a soft, buttery texture that feels like silk, blends out effortlessly, and wears really well.

Air is described as a “satin taupe.” It’s a light-medium beige with a hint of gray/brown in it and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff that had a very soft, buttery consistency and blended easily. The color wore well for eleven hours before fading slightly. MAC Fashion Beat (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Navy #5 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Ginger Sugar (LE, $14.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Catch Me If… is described as a “rich mauve.” It’s a medium-dark, plum with a warm, golden shimmer that almost gives a metallic finish to the shade. It has a more unique finish, because it has strong, plum colors but then a strong golden sheen that seems like it goes on top like an overlay. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft, creamy texture that felt like butter. This shade didn’t show any fading until after eleven hours of wear. NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Eve’s Kiss (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. Laura Mercier African Violet (P, $23.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is warmer. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of six new additions to the brand’s duo range. Long-time readers might remember that I’m a huge fan of the Ready formula, so I always yearn for even more shades. The Big Debut works well for a two-shade look, as one is more shimmery than the other, and there is nice contrast, yet the two easily blend together. It was a good duo overall, though the shades weren’t perfect (and this formula can get to perfect).

Future is described as a “sunset pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with a golden, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. On me, the color wore well for eleven hours before fading. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is more beige. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is darker, less pink. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is pinker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is less peach. theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is pinker, less peach, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Center Stage is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a muted, blackened purple with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, though it seemed buildable when I used it on the eye. The texture was soft, slightly powdery but not difficult to use (easy to blend), and the color wore well for eleven hours before fading. Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Indigo Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is warmer. NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $15.00) is similar. Lancome Zip Me Up (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #4 (LE) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Dior Pied de Poule (096) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Pied de Poule (096) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Pied de Poule (096) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) For fall, Dior’s “reinvented” their 5 Couleurs’ palettes with five new color combinations. I bought Pied de Poule (096) as it looked like an interesting mix of smoky, fall shades. The palette was decent but not a favorite for me due to inconsistent pigmentation in the shades. In general, the eyeshadow formula felt thin and drier, though the blue and green shades were less dry (the blue felt soft and buttery–it was a bit of a tease since that was the first I swatched!).

Pied de Poule #1 is a dark, smoky blue with gray and a frosted finish. It’s almost a blue-teal because of the muted quality of the color. It had excellent color payoff, and it was the best performing shade in the palette as the texture was soft, dense, and buttery. It wore well for nine hours before fading. NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is lighter, bluer. Too Faced Heavy Metal (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. theBalm #17 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is lighter. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #4 (P) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is more shimmery but very similar in color. Guerlain Les Gris #3 (P) is bluer. Giorgio Armani #20 (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #2 is a sparkling, light-medium gold with lighter gold sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the texture was thin and a little dry. The color wore well for almost eight hours, but there was noticeable fall out after six hours of wear. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is less sparkly. Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is darker. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is less sparkly. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #3 is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was a bit dry, a little powdery–not really stiff, just thin and dry. On me, there was slight fading after seven and a half hours of wear. As it is a more basic shade, it is similar to a lot of other black eyeshadows with little difference (mostly pigmentation with respect to this particular shade) — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #4 is a blackened burgundy with multi-colored sparkle over a matte finish. This shade was very dry, so it yielded sheer color payoff and was harder to blend on the skin. The sparkle did apply to the lid, but a lot of it fell out within five hours of wear. It’s such a dark color that it ends up looking more like a black eyeshadow than one with purple tones–but if you have pink-toned skin, you may see the nuance better. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is black. Chanel Prelude #4 (P) has no shimmer/sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #5 is a rich, earthy green with warm, olive brown undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was a little dry but blendable and fairly easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is a smidgen warmer and lighter. MAC Greensmoke (P, $15.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, August 4th, 2014

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes one highlighter (0.14 oz,) one bronzer (0.14 oz.), one blush (0.21 oz.), and six eyeshadows (0.035 oz. each). It’s a nice palette for someone who likes softer, more muted colors in medium tones. I found the palette to be warmer-toned, though some of the eyeshadows are only a little warm-toned. My least favorite product was the blush, as I found it to be weaker in pigmentation and harder to blend–it tended to look uneven applied and took quite a bit of buffing to get to look half-decent.

I bought mine at Sephora and received it on Friday, and only realized on Saturday evening that, “Hey! You should review this now! Tarte has a F&F sale going on!” 30% off at Tarte through today with code FANDF.

Unleashed is described as a “nude rose.” It’s a light-medium, coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry, slightly stiff. I found it difficult to blend on the skin, as it tended to stick wherever it initially was applied but wouldn’t diffuse. It lasted eight hours on me before fading (nowhere near the 12-hours the formula is supposed to wear). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Champagne is a light, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft. It wore well for eight and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Park Ave. Princess #2 is a medium-dark, tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that applied well and blended easily on the skin. The color wore well for almost nine hours before fading. This is nothing like the Park Ave. Princess I have from last holiday’s Off the Cuff palette; they’re two distinct colors, and I don’t own the permanent, standalone Park Ave. Princess to tell you which is closest to that, but it is so frustrating when brands can’t match their own products from release to release. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bare to Explore is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a pink-tinged beige with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that was soft, slightly powdery, but blendable. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make a Mauve is described as a “plum mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum-brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly on the lid. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum Away With Me is described as a “dark plum.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff that applied beautifully with a smooth, even result. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up to No Gold is described as a “gold.” It’s a light-medium, orange-toned gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very soft and had great pigmentation, but it was a little powdery so it didn’t adhere quite as well to bare skin as I’d like (better over a primer). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tan-gled Up in You is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was easy to apply and blend; soft but not powdery. It lasted well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Don’t Turn A-Brown is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with a very subtle cool undertone and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was just a smidgen powdery but easy to blend on the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before there was slight fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains an assortment of eyeshadows from peach to blue-teal to purple. There are eight eyeshadows (each is 0.03 oz.) in the brand’s new Artist Shadow formula. The Artist Shadow retails for $21.00/0.08 oz. ($262.50/oz.), so this palette contains a total of $63 worth of eyeshadow, but what’s particularly nice is you get to try eight shades for the price of two full-sized ones. Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows are larger than the average eyeshadow (which is usually 0.05 oz.). The quality of the shades in the palette is very good, but you have to love your shimmer finishes, as all but one is rather shimmery/frosted. They wore well on me–eight hours or longer–and had good color payoff and soft, smooth textures. All eight shades part of the permanent range, so you could also purchase them individually. The included brushes are lower quality than Make Up For Ever’s full-sized brushes (not as soft, less dense, overly springy).

#M536 Milk Tea is a light-medium, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky without being powdery. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#I524 Pinky Beige is a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a pearly sheen. It had nice p igmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was silky and blendable. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#I550 Olive Gray is a medium-dark, warm brown with just a smidgen of gray and a pearly sheen. It seems to be more of a brown than taupe. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on so smoothly! The texture was equally lovely: buttery, smooth, and blendable. On the lid, the color stayed didn’t show signs of fading for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#D652 Celestial Earth is a medium-dark, copper-brown with a frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft, buttery texture that was a dream to apply as it blended and adhered well to bare skin. The color wore well for eight and a half hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#ME728 Copper Red is a brightened, metallic copper. It had rich color payoff with a very soft and buttery texture that applied very smoothly. The color didn’t start to fade for almost nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#ME230 Peacock Blue is a medium-dark, slightly muted, blue with a hint of green and teal shimmer over a frosted sheen. It is a lot less metallic compared to ME728 Copper Red (which has the same finish, technically). The color payoff was good, and while the texture was very soft to the touch, it didn’t seem to stick as well to the skin so it didn’t look as intense applied as it did in the pan. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#D926 Blueberry is a medium, violet purple with subtle warm, pink undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had a more sparkly texture, so it was a slightly thicker, denser texture that can be pressed into the skin for a smoother, more metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and it wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#ME930 Black Purple is a deep, dark rich eggplant burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation and went on so smoothly. The texture was soft, buttery, and dense. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool neutrals ranging from a green-gold to a dark brown. This quad was more consistent in quality across the board with most shades being decent to good. For those who often find warmer-toned neutrals to be difficult to work with, you may enjoy these murkier, more subdued ones. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

My Fantasy is described as a “pale neutral olive [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, green-tinged gold with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is darker, warmer. MAC Rose Blend #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is darker. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, lighter. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fall in Lust is described as a “mid-tone cool grey mauve [with a Frost finish].” It’s a cool-toned, taupe with a gray leaning and a soft, frosted finish. This shade had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable but a little powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, more shimmery. Laura Mercier Sable (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Bust (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Lhasa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Romance Me (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, dark brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was a little dry and thin but not too difficult to work with. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is a repromote. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is slightly warmer.MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rising Passions is described as a “greenish charcoal with gold pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and an olive gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it lasted for just over eight hours before showing a bit of creasing. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (more similar in the pan than swatched). MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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