Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Two Spicy Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “spicy coral” and “ebony brown.” The coral shade is the “luminous veil,” whereas the brown shade is the “pure color shadow,” with the former being somewhat sheer and the latter being intensely pigmented. I was incredibly surprised–happily, though–that despite the amount of sparkle in the coral shade that there was very little fall out during wear. I had some when I initially applied the color to the lid, but little and then maybe one or two flecks were visible eight hours later (and no creasing or fading for either shade to report). The brown applied beautifully and was very easy to blend out on the lid. Overall, the colors work well with each other, but there is such a dramatic difference in texture that I’m not totally sold on the pairing, and I wish the coral shade was more flattering applied.

Two Spicy #1 is a medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and copper and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff. It had a very unusual consistency, as it felt almost wet and like a cream product, though it is supposed to be a powder. It even pushes and dents in a little, as if it were a drier cream. It looked noticeably frosted and sometimes bunched up on itself on the lid, looking like chunks of sparkle on the lid. Applied with a fluffier brush, you would eliminate this issue but would get more of a wash of color. MAC Hot Paprika is similar but less sparkly. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is pinker–more coral. See comparison swatches.

Two Spicy #2 is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was nicely opaque and easy to apply–soft, finely-milled, and blendable. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is more shimmery. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer, lighter. MAC Cross-Cultural is similar. MAC Brown Down is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Two Spicy (08)

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Overall, the colors work well with each other, but there is such a dramatic difference in texture that I'm not totally sold on the pairing, and I wish the coral shade was more flattering applied.

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Two Spicy #1

B+
It had a very unusual consistency, as it felt almost wet and like a cream product, though it is supposed to be a powder. It even pushes and dents in a little, as if it were a drier cream.

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8.5/10

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Two Spicy #2

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It is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was nicely opaque and easy to apply--soft, finely-milled, and blendable.

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10/10

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10/10

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs
Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs

Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep blue” and “metallic grey.” The duo comes in a narrow compact with two full-sized eyeshadows (actually, at 0.07 oz. a pop, they’re a bit larger than average, which is usually around 0.05 oz.) and a dual-ended sponge-tip applicator. Under the lid, a mirror spans the full length of it. I think I might of preferred a more square-shaped compact and left out the applicator, though the narrowness of the palette gives it a sleeker look. Guerlain describes the duos as having “one a pure color and one a luminous veil.” The more matte shade is supposed to be that “pure color” with “intense” color payoff, while the other is “a veil, a sparkly, or metallic texture that can add a layer of dazzling radiance.”

Two Stylish #1 is a cool-toned pewter–a little mix of gray and gold that comes out more gray than gold with a frosted, metallic finish. This is the “luminous veil” shade, and it had semi-opaque to mostly opaque color. It can be used with a lighter hand to achieve a more veil-like sheerness, but it’s fairly pigmented, which you may consider a happy accident or disappointment, depending on your preferences. The texture was soft, buttery, and very-nearly creamy. If you know me, you know I’m all for shades of pewter, and there are certainly a number of similar shades. Dior Constellation #2 is warmer. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #1 is lighter. MAC Vex has a violet duochrome. MAC Misty is lighter. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 is similar. Giorgio Armani #19 is slightly warmer. Dior Garden Roses #4 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Two Stylish #2 looks midnight blue in the pan, but it had a surprisingly greenish-yellow undertone that made it appear more like a blue-teal (but with stronger blue coloring) when swatched. I think it may be bluer with less teal influence on cooler complexions. The finish is mostly matte–there seemed to be a very faint satin sheen when you looked at it closely, but it was primarily matte in appearance from afar. It had decent color payoff, but I wouldn’t describe it as intense. The texture was somewhat dry, which may have been what interfered with getting really rich, true-to-pan pigmentation. On the lid, I applied it with a fluffy crease brush, which helped to loosen more product and get better payoff on the lid, and it helped blend the product out without trouble. Disney Lapis is brighter. MAC Pre-Packaged is more shimmery. Illamasqua Burst is brighter, less blue. See comparison swatches.

The two colors work well together, and I can certainly see why someone might love it, but I can also see why someone wouldn’t find it worth the expense.  I think it’s decent to good, but the blue shade needs more intensity to really live up to Guerlain’s description.  It would create and enable more dimension, depth, and make it a more versatile duo if that were the case.   I wore the palette over bare lids, and they wore well for eight hours with some minor fading of the blue shade becoming noticeable after nine hours of wear.  Over primer (I used NARS’ Smudge Proof), I didn’t see any signs of wear after nine hours.

The palette is permanent and will be available across all Guerlain retailers this August.

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The two colors work well together, and I can certainly see why someone might love it, but I can also see why someone wouldn't find it worth the expense. I think it's decent to good, but the blue shade needs more intensity to really live up to Guerlain's description. It would create and enable more dimension, depth, and make it a more versatile duo if that were the case.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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This is the "luminous veil" shade, and it had semi-opaque to mostly opaque color. It can be used with a lighter hand to achieve a more veil-like sheerness, but it's fairly pigmented, which you may consider a happy accident or disappointment, depending on your preferences.

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Two Stylish #2

B-

It had decent color payoff, but I wouldn't describe it as intense. The texture was somewhat dry, which may have been what interfered with getting really rich, true-to-pan pigmentation.

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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Monday, July 29th, 2013

LORAC Pro Palette
LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 16 x 0.02 oz.; 1 x 0.19 oz.) consists of sixteen eyeshadows (half are shimmery, half are matte), plus a travel-sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, which comes in a squeeze-tube. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and can be applied wet or dry. What I like is that they’ve included the primer so you can get “stay-true color that lasts,” rather than tout the eyeshadows as forever-wearing on their own. Overall, the palette has good pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and has a good mix of finishes (mattes and shimmers) in a neutral spectrum of colors–though there are a few bolder/richer shades included so it’s not merely a mix of beige and brown. When I wore the eyeshadows over LORAC’s primer, they lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. When I wore them alone (and this is for reference and did not impact the rating, since it wasn’t a claim LORAC does make the claim that their eyeshadow formula, generally, is “long-lasting”), they lasted eight hours well and showed some light fading after nine hours of wear.

White is a crisp, slightly cool-toned white with a matte finish. The texture is soft, a bit powdery, and does look a little chalky against my skin tone (but blended out, with other shades–I used it mixed with Cream–or on paler skin tones, it should be fine). Sugarpill Tako is similar. bareMinerals Cumulus is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #00 is similar. Inglot #373 is also similar. Inglot #318 is a touch cooler. Bobbi Brown White is similar as well. See comparison swatches.

Cream is a pale beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was the least pigmented shadow of the sixteen; the texture was a little stiff and dry, so it was a bit hard to get good color payoff. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Kinky is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Anonymous is comparable. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Biarritz is warmer. MAC Sahara Dust is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ivory is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Taupe is a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. Urban Decay Beware is warmer. theBalm Allegro is lighter. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is more shimmery. MAC Caramel Sundae is more shimmery. MAC Aurora is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 is darker. Inglot #360 is slightly darker. Inglot #337 is a touch lighter and warmer. See comparison swatches.

Light Pink is a pale, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was slightly powdery. theBalm Matt Chung is lighter. NARS Bouthan #1 is warmer. MAC Young Venus is more shimmery. Chanel Variation #1 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Mauve is a muted, pink-plum with a matte finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the texture was very soft but a touch powdery. NARS Charade #1 is warmer, more shimmery. Illamasqua Forgiveness is darker. Inglot #344 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Icon is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sable is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had very nice pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. NARS Surabaya #2 is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Flowers 3 #4 is more shimmery. MAC Take Root is more shimmery, cream product. Guerlain Turandot #4 is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is more shimmery. Inglot #327 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Espresso is a deep, dark taupe–a cool-toned, gray cast overwhelms the very dark brown base. It has a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was slightly stiff. MAC Diamond Dove is warmer. bareMinerals Foreshadow is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Black is medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff, and it is best applied by patting on, then blending, to maximize the intensity. theBalm Serious,  MAC Carbon, and Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 are all similar.  See comparison swatches.

Nude is a warm, champagne beige with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff and applied smoothly. MAC Smokeluxe #1 is warmer. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is similar. Urban Decay Skimp is less shimmery. MAC Shroom is more beige. Illamasqua Slink is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is similar. Chanel Raffinement is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Champagne is slightly rose-tinted and champagne-colored. Between this and Nude, there isn’t much of a noticeable difference–at least on my skin tone. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Urban Decay Skimp is less shimmery. MAC Call Me Bubbles is less shimmery. Illamasqua Slink is similar. Chanel Raffinement is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gold is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft and buttery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #4 is more orange. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is darker. Urban Decay Penny Lane is lighter. NARS Isolde #1 is similar. MAC Campfire is more metallic, lighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 is less frosted, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Light Bronze is a warm-toned peach with yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was very soft but a smidgen powdery. Disney Splendid is lighter. MAC Summer Haze is darker. MAC All That Glitters is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Pewter is a medium-dark brown with mostly neutral undertones–the top layer seems almost cool-toned, but the undertone seems slightly golden. It had good color payoff, and the texture felt soft and buttery, though a tiny bit powdery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #3 is very similar. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is less shimmery. MAC Havana is warmer. Urban Decay Snakebite is darker, yellower. MAC Friendly is warmer, redder. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is more golden. Urban Decay Bewitch is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Garnet is a medium-dark, muted copper with reddish-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. theBalm Racy Kacy is similar. NARS California is also similar–slightly redder. MAC In the Sun is redder. MAC Rusty is a cream product. MAC Deep Fixation is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Ever Elegant is darker. Burberry Dark Spice #3 is browner. See comparison swatches.

Deep Purple is a blackened purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and a dusting of plum micro-shimmer. It had a very pearly sheen–not quite a frost but more than a satin. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly. Disney Wonder by Wonder is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is lighter. MAC Spellcaster is more matte. Giorgio Armani #3 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Slate is a deepened, cool-toned charcoal gray with flecks of teal micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff and had a smooth, buttery texture. Disney Flotsam is lighter. Urban Decay Ace isn’t as cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #1 is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Pro Palette

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Overall, the palette has good pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and has a good mix of finishes (mattes and shimmers) in a neutral spectrum of colors--though there are a few bolder/richer shades included so it's not merely a mix of beige and brown.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows, each full-sized at 0.05 oz. that are supposed to be “stunning, high-pigment shadows for rich color payoff.” If you love rich, jewel-toned hues and frosted, metallic finishes, this is a palette well worth checking out. Overall, it’s incredibly pigmented, and the textures are phenomenal–creamy, buttery, and so, so soft. There are a few shades that aren’t totally perfect, but they perform better when applied and aren’t really finicky to apply. When I wore the eyeshadows, they lasted nine hours on bare lids as well as nine hours over primer with no signs of fading or creasing.

Dainty is a pale, pink-beige with a matte finish. While the majority of the palette have very shimmery finishes, this shade is completely matte. It can actually be used to take down the shimmer of any other shade by lightly layering it on top. Marc Jacobs The Tease #3 is slightly shimmery. Dior Constellation #3 is more shimmery. theBalm Matt Chung is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Heartless is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Charming is a burgundy-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade was slightly dry and stiffer compared to other shades in the palette, so the resulting color payoff was decent but not as intense as the rest of the palette. When used with a fluffy brush, it does apply with heavier color and blends out fairly easily. bareMinerals Ensemble is browner, darker. MAC Rich Core is more shimmery. MAC Sketch is similar. Urban Decay Uncut is purpler, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs The Tease #7 is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Girly is a warm, coppery brown with a green duochrome. It had fantastic color payoff and a smooth, buttery texture. MAC Double Feature #5 #2 is darker. MAC Greenluxe #5 is darker, bluer. I would imagine this is similar, but warmer and more orange-toned, to shades like Too Faced’s Label Whore and MAC Club/Blue Brown pigment (I think Green Brown would be more similar). See comparison swatches.

Totally Fetch is a vibrant fuchsia with a cool undertone and a pearly finish. It had intense color payoff and a very smooth, even texture. Fyrinnae Superstar is brighter. Sugarpill Dollipop is matte. Urban Decay Junkshow is purpler. MAC Double Feature #7 #1 is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Miss Sparkles is a deep black with silver sparkle. It has fairly good color payoff and is buildable, so you can get a really intense, deep black if desired, but the texture itself is very soft and slightly powdery, though that means it is easy to blend out. MAC Smokeluxe #5 is darker. MAC Bleuluxe #5 is similar. NARS Arabian Nights #2 is darker. NARS Night Breed is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is cooler-toned. Sugarpill Stella is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Ringleader is a warm, light-medium peach with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff and a smooth, buttery texture. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less shimmery. Urban Decay Snatch has glitter. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is slightly pinker. Inglot #397 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Gangsta is a warm, bronzy brown with copper undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery feel. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 is less warm. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is less shimmery. Urban Decay Deeper is darker, browner. MAC Cognac is yellower. MAC Tempting is more golden, less orange. MAC Romp is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Instigator is a molten, yellow gold with a high-shine, metallic finish. The color payoff was rich and intense, and the texture was incredibly soft and buttery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #5 is very similar. Sephora Girls Night Out is warmer. Urban Decay Spell #1 is similar, slightly darker. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. Maybelline Bold Gold is a cream product, darker. bareMinerals Remix is lighter, more gold. See comparison swatches.

Badass is a medium-dark blue with violet and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was more buildable when I was applying it than it seemed initially. The texture was very soft and blendable. NARS Kamchatka is matte. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is bluer. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is darker. MAC Thru the Night is darker, bluer. MAC Naval Blue is very similar. MAC Blue Storm is darker, bolder. See comparison swatches.

Jailbird is a cool-toned, metallic silver. The texture was incredibly butter and smooth, and the color payoff was amazing. MAC Silver Sleet is similar, slightly darker. MAC Warm Thunder is darker, less metallic. MAC Tundra is similar. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #6 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Pretty Rebel

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If you love rich, jewel-toned hues and frosted, metallic finishes, this is a palette well worth checking out. Overall, it's incredibly pigmented, and the textures are phenomenal--creamy, buttery, and so, so soft. There are a few shades that aren't totally perfect, but they perform better when applied and aren't really finicky to apply.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows that follow a purple/plum theme. This palette had more of a mix of finishes, rather than all frosts/metallics like The Starlet. For more in-depth commentary about the packaging, please see this post.  Three shades were noticeably powdery, which meant they were easy to blend, but sometimes they were prone to sheering out while blending.  It’s better than stiff, stubborn mattes/satins, but powderiness can sometimes be unforgiving on dry lids or harder to achieve the intensity one desires.  The lightest pink shade was the hardest to work with as it tended to disappear, but the magenta shade, while very powdery, was more workable.  The more shimmery shades in the palette were quite nice with good color payoff, soft and smooth textures, and no application issues.  When I wore the eyeshadows over primer, I had no wear issues, and when I wore them over bare lids, I noticed the light pink shade had faded by eight hours, while the rest of the shades only showed signs of fading after nine hours.

The Tease #1 is a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a pearly finish–slightly shimmery but not too frosted. It had fairly good color payoff and a soft texture. MAC Black Grape is more metallic, glittery. Dior Constellation #4 is warmer. theBalm All the Way Annie is darker. theBalm Lavish Latoya is cooler-toned. Urban Decay AC/DC is a touch lighter. MAC Dusty Desire is more violet. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #2 is a muted, cool-toned gray with a purple tint. It had a mostly matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, though it was soft and easy to blend, and had good pigmentation. Fyrinnae Agenda has a pink shimmer/sheen. NARS Flowers 2 #2 is a satin finish. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #3 is a pale, pastel pink that appears more white than pink on the skin. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was rather powdery, so it tended to blend out to oblivion on the skin. Dior Constellation #3 is pinker. MAC Dare to Bare is warmer. theBalm Matt Chung is more matte. NARS Douce France #1 is more matte. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #1 is lighter. Chanel Variation #1 is similar. Chanel Premier Regard #2 is more matte, pinker. bareMinerals Muse is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #4 is a pale, muted peach with beige tones and a soft golden sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. Disney Scuttle is yellower. Urban Decay Skimp is more matte. MAC Sahara Dust is slightly more beige. MAC Nubile is darker, cream. MAC Hush is less shimmery. Chanel Eclosion #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #5 is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, high-shine finish. It had great pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is pinker, more metallic. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is slightly muted. MAC Love Power is a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #6 is a fuchsia-magenta with a matte finish. It had really rich color payoff, but the texture was noticeably powdery. It blends well but can sheer out if you are not careful. Sugarpill 2AM is similar. Urban Decay Infamous is shimmery. NARS Rebel #2 is lighter. MAC Power Boosted is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #7 is a warm-toned, burgundy-brown with red and violet micro-shimmer. It looked mostly burgundy applied, as the shimmer flakes away (didn’t seem to bind with the actual eyeshadow) and what was left is very subtle. Disney Master is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Enchanted #4 is deeper, browner, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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The Tease (202)

B+
A few shades were somewhat powdery, which was the major drawback, and a couple could have been more pigmented. The last shade in the palette was the worst performer, as it had a drier texture and poorer color payoff (plus, it didn't appear as complex on the lid as it did in the pan). It's a solid palette, but it's not perfect. I recommend patting, rather than sweeping, on the more matte/satin textured shades and using a primer to minimize the issues I experienced.

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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The Tease #1

A-
It is a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a pearly finish--slightly shimmery but not too frosted.

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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The Tease #2

A-
The texture was somewhat powdery, though it was soft and easy to blend, and had good pigmentation.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Friday, July 26th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows housed in a black, plastic palette with a very slim, curvy look. When the preview went on, I bought this palette and The Tease, because if they were going to do a good job, the metallics and browns of The Starlet would show the line in the best light, and if they were really, really phenomenal, the brand would not just excel at golds and bronzes but purples? I’d have a good idea about the overall quality of the brand. I’ll be reviewing The Tease soon, but this post is just about The Starlet. (As a preliminary morsel, The Tease is good but not as near-to flawless as The Starlet.)

Overall, it’s an excellent palette with rich color payoff, creamy, buttery textures (but the formula is powder!), and wears well. On bare lids, the eyeshadows lasted eight hours fairly well with very minor fading–and slight creasing after nine hours. Over primer (I used NARS Smudge Proof), I had no signs of wear after nine hours. What I noticed about this particular palette most was the texture, because nearly every shade was so buttery and smooth that they felt like creams, even to the touch. This made them incredibly easy to apply and intensely pigmented. They blended beautifully with each other and across the skin. For all it seemed like a warm-toned, almost earthy, palette, it’s not really. There are two cool-toned taupes, the bronze is only slightly warmed-up, even the gold has a dirty cast that gives it a tarnished appearance rather than a molten yellow-y hue, and then there’s a bright, metallic silver–distinctly cool-toned.

My only gripe would be about the packaging, as it’s not as luxe as it looks, and it’s not without flaws. On one hand, it looks nice as a sleek, glossy black compact, but for all of that, it is just a medium-weight plastic. It doesn’t hold fingerprints as badly as metal would, but some were visible. It comes in a thin, black cloth case, and it comes with a single sponge-tip applicator that’s stuck at the bottom of the black cloth case. Since the applicator doesn’t fit in the case, and you only get one, I would have preferred they didn’t include it (it just seems cheap). When you open the palette, there’s a thin piece of black plastic that covers all the eyeshadows that can be removed, and then there is a mirror that spans the length of the interior side of the upper portion of the palette. The palette, technically, opens by pressing the metal tab in the middle along the side, but I was easily able to pop it open by getting my nail between the two halves of the palette. The mechanism for releasing the palette is too readily released, and it would easily open up in a makeup bag if it jostled around enough. The hinge, though, does take more pressure to actually fully open the palette, so if it does happen to get opened up, it should only open up partially (a few millimeters) rather than spring open.

Each eyeshadow is just over 0.03 oz. in weight, and the average full-sized eyeshadow is around 0.05 oz. Most palettes at this price point from other designer brands (like Dior and Chanel) also retail for $59 or so and come with about the same amount of product. Marc Jacobs Beauty has positioned themselves as a designer/high-end brand, not as pricey as a true luxury brand (like Tom Ford), nor as an affordable range.

The Starlet #1 is a muted, mauvey-taupe with a very subtle golden shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture was smooth and soft. Dior Constellation #5 is less metallic, darker. theBalm rem is purpler, darker. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is lighter, less metallic. MAC Hypnotizing is a touch darker. MAC Smoky Mauve is pinker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #2 is a light peach-beige with copper flecks of shimmer and a rich, frosted and metallic finish. It had warm undertones, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to apply. It looks much darker in the pan, but I think the metallic finish is what makes it appear so much lighter applied. MAC Summer Honey is slightly lighter. MAC Warming Heart is darker. MAC Summer Haze is darker. bareMinerals Custom Made is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #3 is a medium-dark, chocolate brown with subtle warm undertones and a sprinkling of very fine gold shimmer. It had excellent pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. Urban Decay Bewitch is less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is more golden. MAC Friendly is warmer. Urban Decay Snakebite is similar. MAC Havana is warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #4 is a brightened, orange copper with a frosted, metallic finish. The color intensity is fantastic with fully opaque color in a single stroke, and the texture is very, very creamy and rich in feel. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is less frosted. NARS California is darker, browner. MAC Star Myth is less frosted. MAC Mythology is browner, darker. MAC Brash is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights is more orange. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #5 is a tarnished, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It is not a true yellow gold; there’s a dirtiness to it–a muted quality that keeps it from being a really honey gold. It had great color payoff and a smooth texture. Sephora French Riviera is yellower, less metallic. Urban Decay Spell #1 is darker. Urban Decay Blitz is more muted. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. MAC Gorgeous Gold is lighter, less metallic. Chanel Topkapi #4 is warmer. Make Up For Ever #11 is a cream product, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #6 is a light-medium silver with a smooth, metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation, and applied very evenly and smoothly. Maybelline Cool Crush is a cream product. Urban Decay Oz #2 is darker. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is slightly darker. Lancome Style Section is similar, slightly less metallic. Buxom Chihuahua is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #7 is a darkened taupe with a subtle, warm-toned brown base but a cooler gray shimmer/sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth–not quite as creamy as the other shades but still nice. MAC Bossa Blue is less shimmery. Disney Midnight Hour is darker. theBalm Selfish is similar. Urban Decay Armor is darker, grayer. Urban Decay Mushroom is grayer. Giorgio Armani #4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, it's an excellent palette with rich color payoff, creamy, buttery textures (but the formula is powder!), and wears well. What I noticed about this particular palette most was the texture, because nearly every shade was so buttery and smooth that they felt like creams, even to the touch. This made them incredibly easy to apply and intensely pigmented.

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It is a muted, mauvey-taupe with a very subtle golden shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish.

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It is a light peach-beige with copper flecks of shimmer and a rich, frosted and metallic finish.

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