Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of summery shades that certainly bring to mind the colors of a lagoon as it is filled with blue, green, and teal. It contains five eyeshadows housed within a plastic compact with two dual-end sponge-tip applicators and a full-size mirror inside.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 is a light-medium, pastel sky blue with a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, and because of its pastel nature, it looked almost chalky against my skin tone–when paired with the deeper tones in the palette, it worked better. Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise is darker. Dior Swimming Pool #3 is a touch darker but similar. NYX Cool Blue is darker. MAC Styledriven is extremely similar in color but slightly more satiny. bareMinerals Illusion is lighter.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #2 is a pale, iridescent pastel sea foam green. It’s really rather translucent and sheer; it seemed more like something you’d apply over another shade to add iridescence. Giorgio Armani #10 seemed similar but much more intense/opaque.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #3 is a depened, smoky blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. theBalm Bossy Bobbi is a touch darker. MAC Bold Babe is very comparable. MAC Parisian Skies is bluer. MAC Pre-packaged is deeper, richer. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #1 is darker. Urban Decay Unhinged is lighter.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #4 is a gold-shimmered, dusty blue with a hint of aqua/green and a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky. L’Oreal Endless Sea is a bit darker but similar. MAC Sky is very comparable. Urban Decay Aquarius is more frosted.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 is a pale, pastel yellow-green with a frosted finish. It looks like a mint green in the pan, but swatched and applied, it is much lighter and more like a yellow-green tinted white. It had good pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly. Fyrinnae Jade Ghost and MAC Zestful are both similar but more intense. Lancome Fashion Forward is a bit greener.

You know me, I’m a total glutton for all things teal and tropically-inspired, so when I first saw this quad, I was like, “Oh yeah!” It yielded a much softer look when used than it looked in the pan.  It didn’t look like it was going to be neon brights, but everything was more muted applied.  Two of the eyeshadows (#2 and #5) applied significantly more white-based than they looked in the pan, so they lost some of their differentiation and actual color.

The worst performer was the first eyeshadow (light blue), because it was a little powdery, didn’t apply evenly, and didn’t have great color payoff.  The best performer was #3 (dark blue) in the center, as it had good color payoff and blended out evenly.  I also liked #4 (dusty aqua/teal), but it was a little powdery. Though all of the eyeshadows had soft, silky textures, the palette on the whole was somewhat powdery and missed on the pigmentation.  I had some slight fading after eight hours of wear. For someone who doesn’t like the idea of bright blues, this might be a nice option, but for someone who really wanted the colors as seen in the pan, I think you’ll be disappointed.

The Glossover

palette

Blue Lagoon (374)

C+
For someone who doesn't like the idea of bright blues, this might be a nice option, but for someone who really wanted the colors as seen in the pan, I think you'll be disappointed.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013

MAC Rimal Dahabia Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Rimal Dahabia Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Rimal Dahabia Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains these shades: Shroom (soft beige with shimmer), Soft Brown (soft golden peachy brown), Beautyburst (rich reddish brown), and Najm el Lail (blackened deep brown). Shroom and Soft Brown are permanent, while Beautyburst came out with Barbie Loves MAC in 2007.

Shroom is soft, light beige with a hint of warmth and a lightly frosted finish (though it’s officially a satin). It’s soft, smooth, and easy to blend out. It also has lovely color payoff. This used to be a go-to brow bone highlighter for me, because it wasn’t too stark or too cool/warm. Make Up For Ever #126 is darker, slightly shimmery. Urban Decay Anonymous is more matte and less beige. Cinderella A Wish is more matte. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla #1 is similar, but a touch more frosted. Urban Decay Skimp is a touch warmer and more shimmery. bareMinerals Serendipitous is very similar. MAC Brule is matte.

Soft Brown is a light-medium brown with warm, subtly red undertones and a matte finish. It is soft, silky-smooth, and nicely pigmented. It’s a great go-to neutral for outer lid and crease work on many skin tones, and then it can work as an all-over lid shade on darker complexions, too. MAC Exposed is darker and redder. MAC Body Conscious is more orange. MAC Glimpse of Flesh is shimmery and lighter. MAC Indie Spirit is a bit darker.

Beautyburst is a warm-toned, reddened, medium-dark brown with a matte finish (though it is listed as a satin). It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It blended nicely on the lid when I applied it. MAC Deep Fixation is more orange and more shimmery. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 is a touch lighter. MAC Brown Script is a bit darker and browner. theBalm Racy Kacy is warmer and shimmery.

Najm el Lail is a blackened brown with a matte finish. The swatch tells the majority of the story: dry, patchy, so-so color payoff. It’s not as easy to blend as a softer eyeshadow, as it tends to stick and be stubborn about softening along the edges. Too Faced Licorice is grayer/blacker. Dior Night Golds #3 is shimmery. MAC Bad Lieutenant is very similar. theBalm Matt Ramirez is also rather similar but has a slightly redder base. MAC Diamond Dove is similar. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is slightly browner. MAC Brun is a bit lighter and cooler-toned. MAC Midnight Flurry is also similar. MAC Legendary Black is darker, grayer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone has a satin finish.

Three of the four are good or better (and two of the three are great), while the one shade that dropped the ball was Najm el Lail. I’m not sure why MAC seems to have issues with making a soft, buttery black-brown eyeshadow–above, you’ll see I noted several limited edition black-brown shades (mostly found in quads) from MAC over the years and they all have the same issues (dry, stiff).  Like the other quad, I’m testing the wear of these today and will update this post with that information later this afternoon. Based on the textures/payoffs/finishes, I’ve given it a longevity grade based off of years of testing MAC eyeshadows.

Just to do a little math, since the palette contains two permanent shades, here’s how the value works out to be: 1) pan eyeshadows cost $12 each (so $48 in eyeshadows), and the 2) the price of the quad is $9. So, if you purchase everything individually, you would be spending $57–compared to $40 to purchase a pre-made quad (in standard packaging), which means you pay $17 for choice. If you already have a palette to put them in, then you might consider the cost of choice $8. I find this is helpful to put it into perspective, though as a long-time MAC collector, I completely understand when you remember paying $34 for quads!  On the other hand, at $40, I really think it should be fantastic–there are too many $30-50 palettes on the market that are standouts these days.

The Glossover

palette

Rimal Dahabia

B+
Three of the four shades are good or better, but Najm el Lail is a let-down! It was so stiff and dry, which made it hard to get good color payoff as well as made blending rather difficult.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013

MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains these shades: Rondelle (platinum silver frost), Waft (deep navy with pearl), Gentle Fume (dirty concrete grey with silver pearl), and Carbon (intense black). Long-time MAC collectors may remember this composition, as it was originally launched in Smoke Signals (2007) as the Gentle Fume quad.

Rondelle is a gray-tinged white with a frosted finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but it was a little dusty, though I was able to get it to apply smoothly for the most part. Tarte Silver Burst is brighter, whiter. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 is more metallic. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is cooler-toned.

Waft is a dark, bluish-gray with a subtle, frosted finish. The texture is rather dry, which is why this shade looks a bit patchy (and it does look dry, too) when swatched. It has so-so color payoff, but it was buildable and when used with a soft, fluffier brush, it did seem to apply better and more smoothly. theBalm Matt McDonald is very similar. MAC Warm Thunder is more metallic. Tarina Tarantino DIamond DUsk is more metallic, lighter. MAC Weathered is bluer.

Gentle Fume is a medium-dark matte gray base with silver sparkle. The silver sparkle doesn’t adhere or bind with the base color very well, so it flakes and disappears the moment you go to blend out the color. If you want any sparkle to survive, pat the color on, and then leave it alone. There will be fall out during the day, though. MAC Fabulous Fit doesn’t have the sparkle and is a touch lighter. MAC Silver Gull is much lighter. NARS Delphes #2 is close to the base color but doesn’t have the silver sparkle. Chanel Gris Exquis is a darker gray with no silver sparkle.

Carbon is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It is part of the permanent range, and it varies in its dryness. This isn’t the worst iteration I’ve seen of it, but it’s certainly not the best and is by no means a favorite of mine to use. The beauty world can do better black eyeshadows now, so Carbon could use a reformulation to put it on par with current black eyeshadows. It’s just so dry and stiff, so the color payoff is sheerer and patchy–even applied on the lid, it can be a pain to blend out. You can find numerous black eyeshadows that compare to this (in terms of color).

It is a cool-toned, silver-and-gray smoky eye palette.  Over the years, I’ve grown frustrated with Carbon, so the inclusion of it in the quad is tiresome, as it is so often released in quads and palettes, so you very likely have one already (and it’s just not a great quality eyeshadow to begin with, so why have doubles or triples of it?).  I think the color of Waft is the most interesting, but it turns out that Weathered ends up looking more nuanced on the lid because it is bluer.  I wish the silver sparkle stuck to Gentle Fume, because then it would be something harder to dupe or find, but it just disappears and gets everywhere else.  Rondelle is the best performing shade in the palette.  I’m going to be wearing this quad for wear today, so I’ll report back with the results this afternoon–based on my experience with MAC’s drier/sheerer shades, I don’t get great wear (between seven and eight hours, some fading), I’ve assessed a rating but if it is better/worse, I’ll be sure to let you know.

The Glossover

palette

Masat al Lail

C
The quad just requires too much work. I think that eyeshadows have significantly improved over the past five years, and I feel like these are too dry and stiff and lack color payoff.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette
Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette

Giorgio Armani Summer 2013 Eye & Face Palette ($88.00 for 0.37 oz.) contains a bronzer on the top level, and then three eyeshadows on the lower level, which are all housed inside a black compact with a full-sized mirror underneath the lid.

Summer 2013 Bronzer a medium-tan with warm, golden orange undertones and a faint golden shimmer bronzer on the top level. It is soft, finely-milled, and incredibly blendable. It sits beautifully on the skin while adding a glowing sheen but not emphasizing pores. Much of the shimmer/metallic finish seen is an overspray, while the underlying bronzer is much subtler.  It lasted for eight and a half hours on me, and after nine and half, there was very slight fading. MAC Double Definition is darker, browner, more frosted. Guerlain Terra Nerolia is slightly darker. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is more matte. Burberry Summer Glow is browner.

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #1 is a warm, golden white with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff but was very soft and smooth, and when I applied it to the lid, it was more buildable to opaque color (two layers). There is no shortage of similar shades, as it is a more basic color (versatile, lovely in many ways, but dupable), including: Tarte Bellini, which is slightly yellower; bareMinerals Carte Blanche, which is white; Guerlain Calligraphy #1 is more frosted; and Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic #2 is very comparable (from last fall).

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #2 is a peachy orange with a pearly finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled (but a touch powdery). It blended out well on the lid and sat well on the skin. bareMinerals Peace is lighter, pinker. Urban Decay Moonflower is warmer, browner. bareMinerals Nirvana is lighter, more orange.

Summer 2013 Eyeshadow #3 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had fantastic pigmentation and was true-to-pan in color. The texture was soft and smooth, and it applied and blended easily on the lid. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is very similar. Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning is a smidgen lighter. Dior Godlen Savannah #2 is a touch darker.

This summer’s palette delivers on texture in a supremely divine fashion–every shade is blendable, melts against skin, and works together.  The downside is really that this palette is dupable, so you may have something similar.  It makes for a great basic, warm, bronzy palette if you have need for one.  If you’re not interested in the bronzer, but you like the warmer look of the eyeshadows, you might consider Giorgio Armani’s #10 Eyes to Kill Palette which will deliver a similar look but only contains eyeshadow (so it costs $59, rather than $88).   The eyeshadows lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, without a primer, which was a happy surprise.

The Glossover

product

Summer 2013

A
If you have nothing like this and are looking for a warmer palette, it's one I'd recommend, but it is rather dupable so it may be hard to justify in that instance.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette
Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Shimmer Palette ($59.00 for 0.212 oz.) is a warm-toned palette that features four shades of shimmery eyeshadows. The brand describes them as “iridescent, eye-catching colors” that are “crease-proof.”

#10 #1 is a light-medium beige with copper and champagne shimmer. It has subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. Jasmine Sultana is less warm-toned. Cinderella Midnight Hour is lighter. L’Oreal Blinged & Brilliant is more metallic, slightly more beige. Chanel Eclosion #3 is browner. It has good color payoff, and the texture is soft and silky smooth.

#10 #2 is a warm-toned, light-medium gold with a frosted finish. Chanel Pearl River #2 is lighter. Tarte Bellini is somewhat lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #1 is a few shades lighter, less orange-y. Dior Couture Gold #2 is more metallic. It had good pigmentation and had a finely-milled texture.

#10 #3 is a softened, copper-shimmered orange with brow undertones and a frosted finish. Guerlain Turandot #1 is a touch lighter. Milani Gold Dust is very similar. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 is more metallic. The color payoff was good, but the texture was a little powdery, even though it felt very soft.

#10 #4 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a soft golden pearl.  Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is somewhat warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #7 is more golden. MAC Mulch has a redder tone. Urban Decay Deeper is darker. It had so-so color payoff, which did appear to have better pigment when I applied it to the lid, but it was powdery as it was so, so soft.

This is a palette that performs better applied to the lid than it seems like it would when just swatched.  The texture is very soft across the board, and as a result, two of the shades seemed a little powdery, but on the lid, there was no powderiness, excess product, or chalkiness.  Everything looked soft, smooth, and almost as if it had melted to the lid.  Those soft textures made blending effortless, and the shades blended into each other so easily.  The palette coordinates well, and with the warmer toned shades, would tend to flatter warmer complexions the most (but there’s no reason cooler complexions who normally like golds and coppers on themselves should avoid it).  When I wore the palette, all four shades lasted nine hours without creasing or fading (no primer), which was impressive.

The Glossover

palette

Mirage (10)

A
The palette coordinates well, and with the warmer toned shades, would tend to flatter warmer complexions the most (but there's no reason cooler complexions who normally like golds and coppers on themselves should avoid it).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Pale Nude (03) Complete Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains a of muted browns, yellow, and white. The formula of the eyeshadows is supposed to be long-lasting with “vibrant color in a color-true finish.” One shade is “an illuminating base,” while two shades are more like regular eyeshadows, and one shade is designed to work more as an eyeliner.

Pale Nude #1 is a meduim-dark, golden brown with a satin finish. It had lovely color payoff and was very true-to-pan. The texture was soft and finely-milled but slightly powdery. Flower Beauty Foxy Browns #2 is darker. theBalm Allegro is more matte. Dior Golden Savannah is more frosted, slightly darker. MAC Moleskin is lighter, less warm-toned.

Pale Nude #2 is a light-medium beige-brown with a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation but had a slightly powdery texture–it is not as buttery or as smooth as Burberry’s single eyeshadows. Too Faced Marzipan is lighter. Urban Decay Tease is darker, grayer. Chanel Beige Lame has more sparkle but is very similar.

Pale Nude #3 is a pale, lightly warmed-up yellow with a pearly finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly for the most part. NARS Misfit #1 is darker. Make Up For Ever #102 is slightly darker and matte.

Pale Nude #4 is a shimmering, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. It was semi-sheer, but it had a soft feel and no powderiness to it. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #2 is similar. Cinderella Ball Gown is also similar. MAC Crystal Avalanche is cooler-toned.

The quality of the palette, overall, is not as good as individual shades within the Burberry eyeshadow range. What makes Burberry’s single eyeshadows so compelling is how soft, smooth, and velvety they feel; the textures are buttery and dense, and the powders apply so smoothly and evenly. They melt against the skin and always lie beautifully on the lid. Here, three of the four shades had a powderiness to the texture. When I wore the palette, it wore well for seven and a half hours and there was some slight fading just after eight hours. This is a combination of colors that would best suit paler complexions, and though I would say neutral to warm complexions would find this most flattering, the cooler white eyeshadow is either out of place or may be harder to use.

The Glossover

palette

Pale Nude (03)

B-
This is a combination of colors that would best suit paler complexions, and though I would say neutral to warm complexions would find this most flatterig, the cooler white eyeshadow is either out of place or may be harder to use.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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