Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Pearl River Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains five eyeshadows that range from white to brown designed to “[recall] the luminous beauty of Hong Kong, refleted in the China Sea.”

Pearl River #1 is a pale, warm white with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was on the sheer side. It was buildable, but it wasn’t densely pigmented. The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled, though; one of the softest textures I’ve seen from Chanel. There is no shortage of frosted, white eyeshadow, so it’s highly likely that you have something similar in your stash. Giorgio Armani Open is not as warm-toned. Tarte Macaroon is similar but even less pigmented. bareMinerals Silhouette is more pearl-like in finish. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #1 is also similar.

Pearl River #2 is a warm-toned, light-medium gold with soft yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and smooth. Jasmine Sand in the Glass is more metallic. Tarte Bellini is less frosted. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #1 is less warm-toned. MAC Femme-fi has a more reflective sheen. (This shade, though certainly pretty, is very, very dupable–nearly ever shade I mentioned above is 90% similar in regards to color.)

Pearl River #3 is a warm, orange-toned gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had so-so color payoff, and I found I really needed to use it wet to get smooth, even color applied to the lid. I wasn’t sure if you could use these wet, but I didn’t have any residual effects on the pan of product where I used it damp. Lancome Eternal Gold is less warm-toned. Tarte 24 Karats is less frosted. Cinderella Gus Gus is yellower. bareMinerals Remix is a touch less orange. Chanel Blazing Gold is very similar in color.

Pearl River #4 is a tangerine orange with warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had great pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly. MAC Chessa is a touch warmer. OCC Mimosa is a smidgen lighter. MAC Fresh Daily is darker. Chanel Tigerlily is yellower.

Pearl River #5 is a rich, deep dark brown with warm, red undertones and a very fine burgundy-bronze micro-shimmer. The color payoff was absolutely fantastic; it was incredibly rich and smooth–the best shade of the palette. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #8 is a hair lighter but not by much. Urban Decay Busted is less red-toned. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #5 is darker, almost blackened.

I liked the palette, but the color payoff overall could have been better. If you prefer lighter, sheerer washes of colors, you may still enjoy the palette. The texture of all of the shades is phenomenal; that’s the standout feature: beautifully soft, velvety eyeshadows that go on and sit so well on the lid. All five eyeshadows also blended well and only needed a feathery touch to diffuse. The other downside to the palette is that it is rather dupable (and of course, this depends on your stash), but I felt like there were far too many really, really close shades to a few of the ones in the palette. The “most unique” shade in the palette was the darker brown. The eyeshadows wore well, though, and lasted nine hours without fading or creasing (no primer), but I did have a touch of fall out.

The Glossover

palette

Pearl River

B
The palette lacked pigmentation in a few shades, though the textures were very soft, finely-milled, and looked good on the eye. There was some minor fall out at the end of the day.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette
Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette ($55.00 for 0.79 oz.) contains both eyeshadows and cheek products all housed in a slide-out palette. I’ve split the review into two parts, and this one features the remaining five eyeshadows as well as the blush and bronzer. You can read part one for the first ten eyeshadows.

Lapis is a darkened blue with a hint of green (just enough to make it slightly teal around the edges) and a mostly matte finish. Like Blue Oasis, it was incredibly powdery, which contributed to sheerer color and excessive fall out. This color was more buildable, but it is still fast to fade. Milani Olympian Blue is bluer, brighter. Illamasqua Burst is tealer. Urban Decay Haight is close in color but frosted.

Mystical Wonder is a medium-dark violet purple with blue undertones and a frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation–not totally sheer but definitely not opaque. It was a little dry in texture. Urban Decay Blue Bus is darker. MAC Blue Orbit is bluer and lighter.

Rajah is a brightened, medium orange with a softer, golden oraneg shimmer-sheen over a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, smooth feel and application. MAC Chessa is quite a bit lighter. MAC Fresh Daily isn’t as bold/bright. MAC Rule is more muted and matte.

Arabian Sunset is an orange-red with a golden sparkle and sheen. This shade was powdery, and the gold sparkle doesn’t bind with the actual color, so it mostly ends up underneath the eye or stuck between your brush’s bristles. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 is lighter. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is redder. MAC Dynamo is more muted.

Bazaar is a warm-toned, medium brown with strong orange/tan undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but was somewhat powdery. Inglot #357 is darker and matte. MAC Soft Brown is less orange and matte. MAC Tete-a-tint is a bit lighter and matte. Urban Decay Beware is a touch darker, less warm-toned.

Thrilling Chase is a reddened plum with very subtle golden shimmer that translates as a barely-there sheen. It has more of a satin-finish as a result. The color payoff is amazing–super intense and rich–with a soft, buttery texture that’s very blendable. NARS 413 BLKR is a cream product, but it is still rather similar (no gold shimmer). NARS Seduction is a touch darker, but if you go with a lighter application, it’s hard to tell on. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is more plum, less reddened. MAC Stratus is a touch more muted and has a stronger sheen. It’s also similar to NARS Mounia, just warmer, and to NARS Oasis, which is slightly less red (more plum).

Golden Sands is a warm, orange-toned, medium-dark brown with a golden-copper frosted finish. Like the blush, the color was nicely pigmented, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easily to apply and blend. It is very frosted, though, and as a result, does emphasize pores and imperfections in skin texture. I see this being a love/hate product for some, since it may be too orange/warm for them. Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio is darker, less shimmery. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is darker, browner. Guerlain Terracotta Mosaic browner, less shimmery.

For an in-depth review on the products, please refer to part one. As a summary: the palette is good but not fantastic–Sephora didn’t knock this one out of the park, and for me, the Cinderella Storylook palette was better and more consistent. Jasmine’s palette suffered from some powderiness in a handful of shades, which then created problems with color payoff, wear (fading), and/or blendability.

The Glossover

palette

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette (by Sephora) Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

B+
The palette has a few shades that miss the mark, though the majority of the palette is good overall. With the problematic shades, powdery textures, some fading during wear, and lack of color payoff were noted. The blush/bronzer actually out-perform all of the other products in terms of pigmentation, texture, and wear.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette
Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette

Disney Jasmine Storylook Palette ($55.00 for 0.79 oz.) contains both eyeshadows and cheek products all housed in a slide-out palette. I’ve split the review into two parts, and this one features the first ten eyeshadows (and so the second part will focus on the remaining five eyeshadows as well as the blush and bronzer).

Blue Oasis is a soft, bluish aqua with a matte finish. This shade is very, very powdery; though soft and finely-milled, it was terribly powdery and, as a result, was both sheer in color and more challenging to use. It definitely requires clean-up after using on the lid, even when gently patting the color on, a lot of it ends up underneath the eyes and on the lashes. You’ll really need to use a creamy white base under this to get it to pop. NARS South Pacific #1 is darker and much bluer. NARS Debbie Harry #4 is just a smidgen darker. Sugarpill Mochi is similar but a bit darker.

Trust Me is a copper-red with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, but it looked more intense in the pan than it did applied. NARS Flowers 1 #4 is more matte. MAC Raving Mad is redder, less frosted. MAC Spicy Smoke is very comparable. Milani I Heart You is redder.

Abu is a dark bronze-shimmered brown with a frosted, slightly metallic finish and soft warm undertones. It had good color payoff, and it applied fairly smoothly and evenly. Urban Decay Deeper is a touch warmer. MAC Bronze has stronger red undertones. Inglot #409 is smoother.

Ali Ababwa is a matte, pale beige with neutral undertones. It had good color payoff (though it’s hard to tell, since it’s very-nearly my skin color!), and it will work well as a brow highlighter and blending color. Urban Decay Foxy is a touch lighter. MAC Vanilla is lighter. Inglot #355 is lighter.

Sultana is a rosy champagne beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and applied very smoothly. Urban Decay Sin is a touch more metallic. bareMinerals Libation is similar in color and finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #5 is lighter. Cinderella Midnight Hour #2 seemed very close.

Friend Like Me is a medium-dark, smoky blue with silver shimmer and cool undertones. It has a frosted finish, and the color payoff was so-so; it could have been more intense and smoother. MAC Love Cycle is very similar in color but has a stronger sheen. Urban Decay Strip is lighter and more silver. theBalm Sensational is a touch darker. MAC Moon’s Reflection has a stronger silver sheen. Urban Decay Mary Jane is darker, more metallic.

Master is an eggplant purple with strong red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was slightly dry, so the color wasn’t 100% opaque, but it was still blendable and workable on the eye. I recommend using a soft, fluffy brush with this one. OCC Overlook is more frosted but very close. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 has a satin finish. Inglot #446 is darker and more plum.

Cosmic is a shimmering, light-medium orange brown with warm, copper undertones. It had solid pigmentation and applied smoothly. Urban Decay Chopper is a touch darker. Urban Decay Penny Lane is very similar.

Cave of Wonders is a brightened golden rod yellow with a satin finish. MAC Juiced is darker and less yellow.  It had good pigmentation, but it was slightly powdery and did have quite a bit of powder that kicked up in the pan and that fell on lashes during application. However, I didn’t have any problems with the color fading during wear. Sephora Banana Split is yellower. MAC Sunny Outlook is lighter. Inglot #323 is yellower and matte.

Sand in the Glass is a pale, golden beige–it’s creamy and warm–with a slightly metallic finish. This had a soft, smooth feel and the color applied mostly opaque. Too Faced Spun Sugar #5 is more golden. Buxom Poodle is very similar. bareMinerals Aspire is yellower.

I have to admit, I went into this palette with higher expectations than I did going into the Cinderella Storylook palette, so I thought that when I felt a bit disappointed by the powderiness of some of the shades in the Jasmine palette that perhaps I remembered my experience wrong with Cinderella. I re-read my review, but the issues I had with this palette were not ones that were prevalent in the Cinderella palette.

It’s a good palette, overall, but there were a few shades that were problematic and did lower the excitement for the palette as a whole. Blue Oasis was the biggest offender with its powdery texture, sheer color, and major fall out during application and significant fading while worn (it was noticeably faded after six hours, half-way gone after eight hours). Shades like Trust Me and Friend Like Me were slightly less pigmented than they looked in their pans. Lapis wasn’t quite as bad as Blue Oasis, but it was significantly powdery and more prone to fade and sheer out on the lid. The majority of the shades wear for eight hours without fading or creasing, but the ones just mentioned were the shades I had trouble with. The shades that were most noteworthy for their quality were Abu, Ali Ababwa, Cosmic, Sand in the Glass, and Rajah.

Thrilling Chase and Golden Sands may or may not be the kind of blush/bronzer you love, but they both worked well and had incredible color intensity and blendability. My first thought when I swatched Golden Sands was that it was going to be much, much too orange/shimmery for many as a bronzer, but I imagine it would look nice as an eyeshadow. Both products lasted eight hours with very minimal fading along the edges.

The overall combination of colors in the palette is interesting, and some shades didn’t have a lot of potential dupes–like Blue Oasis, Cave of Wonders, Mystical Wonder, and Arabian Sunset.  Even shades like Friend Like Me and Master didn’t have dead-on dupes. There are some texture issues with this palette, but once applied and cleaned up, most of them don’t extend to the wear portion of the program, which is certainly worth noting.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Jasmine

B+
The palette has a few shades that miss the mark, though the majority of the palette is good overall. With the problematic shades, powdery textures, some fading during wear, and lack of color payoff were noted. The blush/bronzer actually out-perform all of the other products in terms of pigmentation, texture, and wear.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, February 25th, 2013

Guerlain Coup de Foudre Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Coup de Foudre Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Coup de Foudre Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as “exquisite shades of green, silvery patina, bronze-khaki, [and] vibrant coral.” It is a limited edition palette for spring.

Coup de Foudre #1 is a dirty olive green with a frosted, metallic finish. It had fantastic color payoff and applied really smoothly and evenly. Sephora Snakeskin Dress is darker, more golden. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is darker, smokier. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion is more golden, less metallic. bareMinerals Spectacular is browner. Inglot #419 is darker, less green.

Coup de Foudre #2 is a warm-toned, coral-orange with a satin finish. The pigmentation was true-to-pan, and it was finely-milled and velvety to the touch. bareMinerals Smash Hit is matte. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is redder and more frosted. Inglot #361 is a touch redder.

Coup de Foudre #3 is a soft, pastel green with subtle yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It’s not quite mint green, because it’s not cool-toned enough, but it’s not too yellow. It had great color payoff, and it applied beautifully. Cinderella Cinderelly is more satin in finish and less yellow-toned. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #34 is warmer, less frosted.

Coup de Foudre #4 is a dark gray with silver and teal shimmer. This color had only so-so pigmentation; it seemed to apply with better payoff when I used it on the eye, but it wasn’t as pigmented as the other shades. Urban Decay Asphalt is darker. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is cooler-toned, darker. Urban Decay Gunmetal is cooler-toned, bluer.

Coup de Foudre is a nice alternative to softer spring shades that abound during the season.  In fact, I felt a very autumnal vibe from the color combination of this palette.  At a glance, the colors look pretty together but I was uncertain if they would pair as well on the lid as they did in individual pans.  They really do work together, though, and there are a few different combinations that can be created if you only want to use two or three of the four shades.

All four eyeshadows had soft, buttery textures that felt smooth, silky, and finely-milled.  The gray shade wasn’t as pigmented as the rest; not totally sheer but noticeably under-pigmented compared to the other shades and did have some translucency.  A fluffier crease brush seemed to do the trick to get better color payoff out of the color when I used it that way in the look below.  The soft, smooth consistencies made all four shades incredibly easy to blend and apply.  They also looked beautiful on the lid–no emphasis of lines or skin texture–and wore well for a full ten hours, no creasing or fading, without a primer.

The Glossover

palette

Coup de Foudre

A
The quad consists of eyeshadows that feel as soft and as smooth as you'd ever want, and it presents an interesting color combination. I was able to get great, long-wear out of these without aid of a primer. The gray shade could use more color payoff, though.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss Face & Eye Palette ($88.00 for 0.44 oz.) consists of a face powder (Coral Bliss) and three eyeshadows (Open, Shimmer Greige, and Swimming Pool Turquoise). The blush contains 0.35 oz. of product (quite a bit for a blush!), while the eyeshadows are 0.03 oz. each (the average full-sized eyeshadow is usually around 0.05 oz.).

Coral Bliss is a subtly warm-toned, peach-coral with a satin finish. It had good color payoff, but the color is on the lighter end of the spectrum, so to that end, this is going to be a palette better suited to paler complexions.  It was subtle on my medium complexion.  It wore for a full eight hours on me; even with its subtlety, it was still visible. MAC Flatter Me has a more shimmery finish and is slightly pinker. MAC Shell Pearl is pinker. MAC Born to Love is pinker. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose is darker.

Open is a warm, frosted white. It had great color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. theBalm Metal-ica is cooler-toned. Cinderella Ball Gown is more metallic. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #1 is very similar.

Shimmer Greige is a mauve-tinted taupe with a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was finely-milled and smooth. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is browner, warmer. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby is more mauve. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is browner. MAC Dangerous Cuvee is more metallic. NARS Lhasa is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off #3 is similar in color, more reflective in finish.

Swimming Pool Turquoise is a light-medium sky blue with subtle, cool undertones and a white, frosted shimmer. It had good color payoff, but it was a smidgen powdery. When applied, it blended out very quickly, so patting it on and lightly blending only along the edges is advised. Dior Swimming Pool #3 is more matte. NYX Cool Blue is cooler-toned and matte. MAC Styledriven is just slightly lighter. theBalm Great Gonzo is bolder and brighter.

It’s a lovely palette for spring that’s not your typical set of pastels. There’s something very spring-like about it, but it’s not all lilacs and peaches.  The addition of robin egg’s blue really gives it something extra, I’d say.  The downside, though, is that the blush makes up the majority of the value of the palette, so medium and darker complexions may find it doesn’t show up well enough on the skin to justify the price tag.  All of the products had incredibly soft, finely-milled textures that just smoothed over the skin beautifully, which tends to be an area where Giorgio Armani excels in. When I wore the eyeshadows, all three had no problem getting to a full eight hours with no creasing or fading; after nine, Swimming Pool Turquoise looked a little faded.

The Glossover

palette

Coral Bliss

A-
It's a lovely palette for spring that's not your typical set of pastels. There's something very spring-like about it, but it's not all lilacs and peaches. The addition of robin egg's blue really gives it something extra, I'd say. The downside, though, is that the blush makes up the majority of the value of the palette, so medium and darker complexions may find it doesn't show up well enough on the skin to justify the price tag.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows: #04 (matte black), Jaune (yellow), #91 (apple green), #72 (matte vibrant turquoise), #116 (lilac), #00 (matte white), #17 (matte chocolate brown), and #126 (tan beige shimmer). With the exception of Jaune, the other seven shades are part of the permanent range.

#04 is a rich black with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It was soft, applied smoothly, and had good color payoff. It’s similar to other black eyeshadows such as Urban Decay Crave, Le Metier de Beaute Fin, and Urban Decay Blackout.

Jaune is a warm, sunshine yellow with a subtle satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was powdery. NARS Flowers #5 is more pearly. Illamasqua Hype is matte. MAC Goldenrod is darker and matte. Inglot #323 is matte.

#91 is a brightened green with soft, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery and had so-so color payoff–and my individual version was much smoother and more pigmented. I had a lot of trouble getting this shade to look vibrant on the lid and blend with the other shades. Illamasqua Fledgling is much darker, whereas Illamasqua Pivot is much lighter. MAC Wondergrass a touch darker and shimmery.

#72 is a medium blue with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff and was a bit powdery. The color stained a little bit when I swatched it, but wearing it over a primer to test wear (because it didn’t work well at all on its own), it didn’t. The original that I have is more intense–so much more pigmented. NARS Mad Mad World is richer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #3 is darker, less cyan. Inglot #371 is a bit darker and more opaque.

#116 is a darkened lavender with a matte finish. This shade was very powdery and rather sheer; I could not build up color at all.NARS High Society #1 is grayer. Illamasqua Can Can is brighter. Urban Decay Tainted has shimmer.

#00 is a pure white with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft, smooth, and applied well. It is similar to shades like Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #1, Bobbi Brown White, and Inglot #373.

#17 is a medium-dark brown with warm, tan undertones and a matte finish. This was the best performing shade in the palette–nicely pigmented, smooth, and soft. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa #3 is lighter and pearly. theBalm Tres Moi is redder and frosted. Inglot #357 is lighter.

#126 is a light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly, but it was a tiny bit powdery. Urban Decay Broken is similar but less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is less shimmery, more frosted. MAC Ricepaper is more satiny.

I used four of the eight shades in a look, and I opted to go for the brighter shades since I figured those would be the shades that were most eye-catching within the palette.  I expected a quick, easy, and overall fuss-free application, but I had a very opposite experience:  the powderiness present across many of the shades made it difficult to get rich, opaque color payoff and blend the colors at the same time. I would apply #91 and pack it on, then I’d go to blend it, and half of it would disappear into the ether.  I’ve never had this problem with Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows.  They’re one of my favorite brands for matte eyeshadows, because they aren’t dry and powdery and prone to sheerness.

#116 was the worst offender, followed by #91.  #04 and #17 were the easiest to use out of the eight.  I’m surprised and shocked at the way these applied.  I tried using the same eyeshadows on two separate days, in case maybe my lids just weren’t right for them.  I had to use the eyeshadows over primer to see any color really stick to the lid, and still, I couldn’t get full color payoff on #91.  After the tenth time packing on the color, I threw in the towel (err, brush?).  I think you need to use a creamier, whiter base underneath these to really get them to work well.  Over Make Up For Ever Prime, the eyeshadows lasted eight hours but did look faded, though no creasing.

I have to admit–I’m a bit heartbroken over the outcome.

The Glossover

palette

Technicolor

D+

I've never had this problem with Make Up For Ever's eyeshadows. They're one of my favorite brands for matte eyeshadows, because they aren't dry and powdery and prone to sheerness. I have to admit--I'm a bit heartbroken over the outcome.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3/5

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