Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Teal Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Teal Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Teal Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette that launches in-stores on September 12th. It contains six eyeshadows. Like a lot of MAC’s limited edition palettes, it’s a mixed bag. Some shades performed decent to well, others were more disappointing. These perform best over a primer, and I wouldn’t recommend wearing them without one for two reasons: 1) they don’t last well  (six hours), and 2) Colourful Life is prone to staining without a primer.  Even though four of the six shades are decent, one is an abysmal failure and the other is only slightly less worse.

Sex & Disco is described as a “sparkling cool silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a lavender-tinted gray with silver sparkle. This shade embodies a true Lustre finish, as it was powdery, glittery, and sheer–it’s the type of texture that doesn’t bind together, so you’re left with sparkle that gets everywhere but the lid. A lot of the fall out ended up underneath the eye during application, but there were still a few stray sparkles after wearing it all day. MAC Time to Tango is darker, purpler. MAC Amethyst is warmer. MAC Silverwear is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Colourful Life is described as a “dark teal [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a rich, jewel-toned teal that leans green and has a satiny sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, but it has a slightly dry, stiffer texture (doesn’t feel like a Veluxe Pearl). This shade is very prone to staining so I recommend wearing an opaque base underneath to prevent staining the lid (and washing brushes immediately after use). Fyrinnae Gender Bent is bluer. Milani Teal the Truth is bluer. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is lighter. MAC Surf USA is darker, slightly greener. Sugarpill Darling is warmer. Make Up For Ever #168 is greener. See comparison swatches.

Freshwater is described as a “mid-tone sparkling blue with blue pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, though thinner/not as dense as my permanent pan of Freshwater. This shade is available individually as a permanent product. Disney Royal is more matte. CoverGirl Sapphire Flare is similar, slightly sparkly. Sugarpill Afterparty is brighter. NYX Kiss in Casablanca is darker. See comparison swatches.

Nighttrain is described as a “charcoal grey with crystalline frost [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a blackened gray with silver shimmer and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, was just slightly dry, and blended out decently. It felt more like a frost than a Lustre finish. It is also a repromote. MAC Deep Cravings is less shimmery. LORAC Slate is bluer. Urban Decay Asphalt is similar. Urban Decay Ace is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Gunmetal is grayer. See comparison swatches.

Sketchbook is described as a “glittery blackened olive [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a dark, warm-toned olive brown with dirty gold sparkle and shimmer. It had a very stiff, dry texture that resulted in sheer, uneven color payoff. With a fluffy brush, I was able to get some color and blendability, but it’s a rather poor shade when all was said and done. It does have a Lustre finish, so the sheerer color payoff isn’t unexpected, but the dry, uneven application was. Dior Bonne Etoile #3 is less sparkly. MAC Gilt by Association is darker. Giorgio Armani #6 is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Fashion Legend is described as a “black with pink pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a cool-toned, sooty black with very fine blue, violet, and pink shimmers (which you can’t really discern once applied–just looks like a soft black). It was a little dry but had semi-opaque color. The texture seemed more like a velvet than a lustre. Marc Jacobs The Mod #2 is slightly darker. bareMinerals Lights Down isn’t as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition palette for summer, so you’ll have to hunt around your local drugstores for this one (I’ve yet to spot any of the Pop Art displays in my area, which means it hasn’t arrived yet or it has already sold out!). This was one of the “better” trios I tested, though it was still underwhelming, due to the incredible powderiness across the shades. These absolutely need to be worn over a primer, because they are prone to fading and creasing–they lasted a mere four hours before fading significantly without a primer–and even over primer, they didn’t last beyond eight hours.  They’re powdery, easily sheered out (but harder to build up), prone to fading, and really do not show why Color Icon eyeshadows were so coveted when they first debuted. (And Color Icon is a formula touted as highly pigmented and long-wearing.)

A Regular at the Factory #1 is a muted, light-medium yellow with a mostly matte finish. This shade was powdery, slightly chalky, so it was prone to sheering out when applied. It’s best to pat and pack it on and only blend the very edges as necessary. NARS Misfit #1 is less yellow. Make Up For Ever #102 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

A Regular at the Factory #2 is a medium, cyan blue with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff as it was powdery, so the color didn’t bind well together, which gave it a slightly uneven appearance. Again, pat and pack on the eyeshadow to maximize the color and minimize the fall out–and if you have a slightly tacky base, even better. NARS Mad, Mad World #1 is darker. Milani Olympian Blue is much darker. MAC Electric Eel is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #72 is similar. Make Up For Ever #118 is lighter. Inglot #371 is very similar. See comparison swatches.

A Regular at the Factory #3 is a brightened, medium orange with yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it was the least powdery of the three. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica is more shimmery. Disney Rajah is darker. Illamasqua Vulgar is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

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They're powdery, easily sheered out (but harder to build up), prone to fading, and really do not show why Color Icon eyeshadows were so coveted when they first debuted.

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Eyeshadow Palette
Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Eyeshadow Palette

Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) contains four cool-toned eyeshadows. Cold Chemistry will launch later today at noon PST, and the eyeshadows are available as a palette, but you can also purchase each eyeshadow individually ($12.00 each). All of the eyeshadows will be added to the permanent range. I really liked the palette overall, and the color payoff was good to great across the board. My only note was that a couple of the shades have a slightly dry, powdery feel, though it was less noticeable when you’re applying it to the lid than trying to get a swatch on your hand or arm. When I wore the shades together, they lasted well without fading or creasing for eight hours; after nine hours of wear, I saw some slight fading along the edges (no primer).

Soot & Stars is a deep, dark charcoal gray–not quite black–with a pearly sheen. There are very, very fine teal shimmers in this, but you won’t see them on the eye. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and applied smoothly. Urban Decay Spell #2 is slightly warmer. theBalm Sexy Stacey is lighter. MAC Jade’s Fortune is similar. MAC Dark Moon is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #1 is lighter, cream. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Diamond Eyes is a bright, cool-toned white with a frosted finish. It had a very soft, smooth texture and applied with excellent color payoff.  It can be very slightly powdery at times.  Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #1 is similar. theBalm Metal-ica is not as cool-toned. Sugarpill Tako is matte. Maybelline Too Cool is a cream product. MAC Flawless Figure is less frosted. Giorgio Armani Black Pearl #4 is similar. Inglot #453 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Elemental Chaos is a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was slightly dry, so it can get powdery. Disney Snarfblat is more muted. MAC Warm & Smoky is warmer. MAC Drawn to Drama is darker. Disney Sea Witch is similar–less frosted. MAC Parfait Amour is cooler-toned, less frosted. MAC Dusty Desire is warmer. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Subterranean is a smoky, forest green with a hint of teal shimmer. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth, but it was a tiny bit powdery. Milani Mix It Up is similar. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick is more muted. Bobbi Brown Forest is greener. Giorgio Armani #20 is darker. Sugarpill Magpie is bluer. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

Tom Ford In the Pink Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette
Tom Ford In the Pink Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette

Tom Ford In the Pink Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette ($60.00) is described as “pink rose, pink champagne, ballet slipper pink.” It’s a limited edition palette that contains three eyeshadows; mine came in sample packaging (no official labels or boxes), so I’m not sure of the amount of product in each, but the pans don’t look small. Tom Ford’s fall collection has started popping up at local counters but not yet online, though I’m sure it will be soon as the official launch is September. I think She Wolf was a more versatile palette that could work across a variety of skin tones, but In the Pink is more confined. I think really fair or darker complexions could make this work; on my medium complexion, it just runs together.

Though it not be as appealing to as many, the quality is there. Like the other palette in the collection, the texture is first and foremost: silky-smooth satin and matte shades, and then a more sparkly shade that almost feels wet and creamy. The pigmentation across the three shades was actually even better than She Wolf. When I wore the trio together, the two less shimmery shades wore well for eight hours and showed some signs of fading after just over nine hours of wear (no primer). The sparkly shade held up surprisingly well, though there was some noticeable (a little more than minor but there was far more on the lid than underneath it) fall out from the sparkles. The amount of fall out were significantly less than I’ve previously experienced with some of the shades in his quads. I feel like the base color holds the sparkles together better, which gives everything more adhesive power on the lid.

In the Pink #1 is a pale, light pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it didn’t feel powdery, though it did feel incredibly silky. On my lid, though, it’s too close to the skin tone and just looks lost (not something that impacted the rating, but you’ll wonder where it’s gone when you see the photos). LORAC Light Pink is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs The Tease #3 is lighter. MAC Pen ‘n’ Pink is slightly darker. NARS Bouthan #1 is cooler-toned. Chanel Variation #1 is lighter. bareMinerals Giddy is similar. Inglot #356 is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

In the Pink #2 is a warm-toned, rosy peach with hints of beige and a frosted finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture felt like buttery silk. Dior Chimere is pinker. MAC Jest is warmer, browner. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less shimmery. MAC Nubile is a cream product. MAC Jete is similar. MAC Sweet Heat is browner. bareMinerals Custom Made is lighter. Inglot #397 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

In the Pink #3 is a light-medium, peachy brown with a lot of pale peach and white sparkle. It had great color payoff, as you could see the base color as well as the sparkles in it. NARS Nepal is similar in color but not in finish. MAC Warming Heart is slightly yellower but is similar. baremInerals Custom Made is pinker, less sparkly (more frosted). See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Tom Ford She Wolf Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette
Tom Ford She Wolf Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette

Tom Ford She Wolf Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette ($60.00) is described as “deep black/brown, light charcoal, and silver lead.” It’s a limited edition palette that contains three eyeshadows; mine came in sample packaging (no official labels or boxes), so I’m not sure of the amount of product in each, but the pans don’t look small. Tom Ford’s fall collection has started popping up at local counters but not yet online, though I’m sure it will be soon as the official launch is September. This is a nice, fairly neutral palette–except it does have a sparkly kick–that I could see some using near-daily and really enjoying. For others, it’s too basic, and I’m sure many of us have similar shades in our stashes.

I was actually quite surprised (pleasantly!) that the sparkly shade didn’t have as much fall out as I’ve seen with other Tom Ford palettes (there is some, but I’d describe it as minor–room for improvement, not disastrous). I wore all three shades together, and I didn’t have any issues with the colors fading or creasing over an eight-hour period (no primer) but some faint signs of fading as we neared nine hours (and then it continued to fade).  Tom Ford actually released an eye primer with this collection (I don’t have it), but I’m certainly curious how it would perform with his sparkly shades (it purports to deliver 15-hour wear). The texture of the palette is incredible, as the two less shimmery shades were unbelievably silky, and then the sparkly shade felt more like a cream than a powder.

She Wolf #1 is a dark brown with neutral to cool undertones. It has a matte finish, and it had good color payoff. The texture was very, very soft–incredibly finely-milled, and you don’t need a lot of pressure to get product on the brush. If you use a lot of pressure, it can get a little powdery. Dior Night Golds #3 is sparkly. bareMInerals Apropos is cooler-toned. MAC Showstopper is similar. LORAC Espresso is slightly darker. bareMinerals Boardroom is a touch warmer. theBalm Matt Ramirez is similar. See comparison swatches.

She Wolf #2 is a dark, gray-tinged brown with reddish-orange tones. It appears to be warm-toned, but the surface has a gray cast to it. It had great color payoff, and the texture felt silky-smooth! Urban Decay Barlust is darker. MAC Aloha is lighter. Guerlain Turandot #4 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

She Wolf #3 is a sparkly, medium brown with slight yellow undertones. It feels almost wet in the pan, and it yields good color payoff (surprisingly!) that was both color and sparkle. Applied, there was some fall out (and I patted it on with a flat, firm brush–MAC’s 242) during application, but very minimal additional fall out while worn. I noticed a few sparkles after eight hours of wear, but the majority had somehow managed to stick to the lid. (I have always had fairly bad luck with Tom Ford’s sparkly shades.)   Disney Sultana is less sparkly. MAC Romantico is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

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This is a nice, fairly neutral palette--except it does have a sparkly kick--that I could see some using near-daily and really enjoying. For others, it's too basic, and I'm sure many of us have similar shades in our stashes. I was actually quite surprised (pleasantly!) that the sparkly shade didn't have as much fall out as I've dealt with in other Tom Ford palettes.

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette ($42.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a trio of eyeshadows with a smoky, monochromatic vibe. The formula in these is supposed to “allow true, instant color payoff and long-lasting, plush performance.” The three eyeshadows vary in size, with the lightest being the largest and the darkest being the smallest. The white eyeshadow is the best performer, as it is pigmented and had a good texture, while the other two were less impressive and required some extra work/patience to get to work just right. I think the palette is a rather basic set of shades, so it’s a real shame this didn’t knock it out of the park–because a good smoky eye palette is always a nice color combination for a permanent range.

The Mod #1 is described as an “eggshell white.” It’s a neutral-toned white with a satin finish; it’s not a stark, bright white, but it’s not so warm that it looks more ivory than white. It had really nice color payoff, though the texture was just slightly powdery (but it was easy to blend). MAC This or That #1 is warmer. theBalm Metal-ica is more shimmery. Urban Decay Venus is more ivory-colored. Giorgio Armani Open is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mod #2 is described as a “black with iridescent shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark matte black with silver and teal iridescent shimmer. The color payoff was good, but the texture was slightly dry and stiffer to work with than many of the other Marc Jacobs’ eyeshadows I’ve played with, so it does take extra work to blend it out on the lid. theBalm Guilty Gwen is more frosted. NARS Night Breed is more matte. Lancome The New Black is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is also similar. Chanel Mirifique is more sparkly, cream. Sugarpill Stella is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mod #3 is described as a “light grayish taupe.” It’s a pale, cool-toned gray with hints of purple and a satiny sheen. It had decent color payoff, but this shade was somewhat powdery and slightly dry, so it was difficult to achieve opaque, lasting color. This one was prone to fading after six hours of wear. NARS Namibia is matte. Disney What’s It is lighter. MAC Silver Gull is sparkly. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

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I think the palette is a rather basic set of shades, so it's a real shame this didn't knock it out of the park--because a good smoky eye palette is always a nice color combination for a permanent range.

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