Friday, July 13th, 2012


Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows: Kinky (soft ivory peach with a matte finish), Freestyle (light pantyhose nude with matte finish), Mushroom (warm grey with shimmery finish), Back Door (true dark brown with matte finish), Blackout (blackest black with matte finish), Barlust (dark golden brown with metallic finish), Rockstar (deep aubergine with shimmery finish), Evidence (deep navy blue with shimmery finish), Loaded (deep emerald shimmer with metallic base), and Asphalt (deep gunmetal with silver micro glitter and metallic base); one eyeliner in Perversion (blackest black); and a mini Primer Potion (in Original).

Overall, it’s a good palette; the best performing shades were Mushroom, Barlust, Rockstar, and Loaded. The “worst” (which weren’t bad!) performing shades were Evidence and Asphalt, which were both a little dry.  Kinky and Freestyle were a marginally powdery but applied well and had good color payoff, despite being lighter in hue, which was impressive.  Three of top Urban Decay eyeshadows are in the palette, too (Mushroom, Rockstar, and Loaded) along with the lovely rich black Perversion eyeliner.  I tried a few different combinations (none of which I ended up liking, but for testing purposes, still worked), and I averaged around eight hours of wear with minimal fading but no creasing over bare lids. With a primer, the wear was perfectly intact after eight hours of wear.

One thing I disliked about the palette was the composition. This has no impact on the rating at all, because it’s very subjective and doesn’t affect the quality of the product. Like The Black Palette, it has lots of dark, smoky colors–totally appropriate for the palette–but it seems like this is a palette you’d tote around with you, as if it was an all-in-one palette for great smoky looks. There are too many dark shades to build more diverse looks. I would have loved to have seen one or two more shades (perhaps something cool-toned–maybe a silver, silver-blue–hey, Strip would have been a great addition to the palette).

Kinky and Freestyle are the lighter shades in the palette, but it’s missing a genuinely cool-toned one, and perhaps one with some shimmer/satin in it, rather than matte. I tried layering Kinky over a few shades, but it seemed to make more of a mess than lightened the underlying color. Freestyle read a bit too warm against most of the colors when I tried playing with it. If you want a one-and-done palette, maybe this isn’t it. If you want lots of Urban Decay eyeshadows, it could be a great choice.

Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz. (compared to 0.05 oz.), which means the palette contains $108 in eyeshadow, plus a full-sized eyeliner, which normally retails for $19, and then a small primer potion containing 0.13 fl. oz., which is worth $7. The palette contains $134 worth of products for the $49 price tag. It’s still a great deal–it’s just not as good as previous palettes, such as Naked and Naked 2, which both contained 12 full-sized (as in 0.05 oz. each, so 0.60 oz. worth of eyeshadow–double this palette) eyeshadows, plus two comparable extras (brush and primer).

Honestly, I don’t mind that the eyeshadows aren’t full-sized; it’s hard to get through a full-sized eyeshadow, especially some of the darker shades, of which there are plenty of in this palette, but at this price tag, it’s a little tougher to swallow, given that they’ve done much more value-packed palettes.  It’s something to pay attention to in case this a trend of things to come, but the palette on its own is still a good value and well worth the price tag–assuming you want more than 3 shades!

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Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you want a one-and-done palette, maybe this isn't it. If you want lots of Urban Decay eyeshadows, it could be a great choice. The palette on its own is still a good value (but not as good as palettes have been in the past) and well worth the price tag--assuming you want more than 3 shades!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette
Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette ($40.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four eyeshadows and one eyeliner shade. Each eyeshadow has a subtle design on top, which does disappear with the first use. There are two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. The entire palette is encased in a “gold” plastic compact–it looks more luxe than it feels as a result. There is a full-sized mirror on the interior.

The first shade is a warm gold with strong orange tones and a metallic sheen. It had pretty good color payoff, and it applied very smoothly. Giorgio Armani #1 has a similar gold in the palette, though it doesn’t have as smooth of a finish. Dior Couture Gold is lighter. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is darker, more orange.

Next to the gold shade is a violet purple with subtle red undertones and a blue-violet iridescence. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a little dry in texture. Make Up For Ever #26 has a stronger pink-red base. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is similar but doesn’t have any iridescence. MAC Violet is less pink-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is sheerer and less pink-toned.

The third eyeshadow is a warm, medium-dark bronze brown with orange and gold shimmer. This shade had excellent pigmentation and applied very smoothly. I thought this was the best performer in the palette. Buxom Golden Retriever was the closest shade, but it’s not quite as warm/golden. Urban Decay Baked isn’t as dark or as brown–it’s warmer/more golden!

To finish off the eyeshadows, the final shade is a pale silvery white shade–it looks warmer, almost peach/champagne in the pan, but it looks silver/white when swatched. It was very sheer, and it was mostly sparkle rather than a solid color; the texture reflected both things, as it wasn’t as smooth, and it was very prone to fall out both during application and later, as the day wore on. Chanel Fantasme is similar but more silver. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is similar in color but has a less sparkly finish.

A deep, dark chocolate brown with gold and ruby shimmer eyeliner completes the palette; it’s essentially cream/gel eyeliner. The base color reminded me of CoverGirl Brown, which has a shimmer-free finish, while the overall color was closer to Urban Decay Corrupt. It applied only so-so–I really had to go over it a few times to build up the color.

I wasn’t thrilled with this palette, because the color payoff of all of the shades except the darker brown were just decent to good but not excellent.  I had a lot of fall out with the sparkly silver/white shade–it just didn’t want to stick around; there were tons of little sparkles underneath my eye and on my cheeks after a few hours of wearing the palette.  The eyeliner smudged and migrated within four hours, which was another let-down.  The whole palette wore about six hours without creasing, but it was a little faded at that point, and then I had some creasing after eight hours, along with additional fading.

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Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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The wear was disappointing, along with the overall color payoff and feel/texture of the shades in the palette. I think the color combination was really pretty and perfect for summer, but the execution could have been significantly better.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a pastel-hued palette that contains four shades described as, “pearl violet,” “jade green,” “sheer gold,” and “greige.” The palette is designed to add luminosity to the eye.

The first shade is a light-medium lilac purple with a white frosted finish. It has good color payoff, and the texture is fairly soft, though a wee bit powdery. OCC Datura is lighter and more iridescent. theBalm Curtain Call is very similar. MAC Light Violet is also similar, but it has a very different finish.

Below, there is a very, very pale mint green with subtle golden shimmer-sheen–this shade looks more white than it does green on me. This shade was a little sheer and powdery. Lancome Fashion Forward is very, very similar, but it is a little more green and has a smoother, finer texture.

The third shade is a medium-dark gold with strong orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly smoothly. MAC Barefoot is less metallic and a smidgen darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is lighter, yellower. Dior Couture Gold is less orange. Inglot #404 is darker, more molten gold. Milani Drenched in Gold is a touch lighter.

The very last shade is a soft, taupe brown with a subtle golden sheen. It’s almost pewter-like, but I think it lacks some of the gold/warmth of pewter. MAC Modern Pewter is darker and more golden. Dior Garden Roses is darker. MAC Palladium is similar but more metallic. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is darker, more golden.

On lighter complexions, I think this is a solid palette, but on my medium coloring, the colors seem to get lost.  I think nearly all the shades could stand to be a little softer, finer–Giorgio Armani typically has some incredibly soft eyeshadows, but these were a bit dry and powdery.  I’m always taken aback by how little each palette contains (only 0.06 oz.–and most full-sized single eyeshadows are 0.05 oz.!), even though the wells seem large. One of these days, I’m going to have to go digging so I can see how deep each pan goes.

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#1 Spring 2012

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On lighter complexions, I think this is a solid palette, but on my medium coloring, the colors seem to get lost. If you like soft, subtle colors and have a lighter skin tone, you might enjoy the overall softness, but I think the texture is still somewhat problematic.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a limited edition, warm-toned summer quad that features a pale white gold, medium-dark fuchsia, coppery orange-coral, and deep, dark molten brown. It’s packaged in a metallic bronze case with a dual-ended sponge-tipped applicator and full-sized mirror inside.  The packaging feels and looks luxe, and despite its metallic finish, seemed to keep fingerprints pretty well-disguised.

The left shade is a pale white gold with a frosted, sparkly finish–it almost looks more white than gold. The color payoff was decent to good, but it was a little sheer and not as smooth as I’d like, so there was very minor fall out while I wore this shade. theBalm Sassy is whiter. Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse is yellower. theBalm Tempting Tara is similar.

In the upper middle, there is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with a mostly matte finish. It’s very slightly powdery, but it had surprisingly good color payoff. A lot of higher-end brands tend to sheer out these brighter colors, so it was nice to see Guerlain go for the gusto here. MAC Tease with Ease has more red in it. MAC Passionate is significantly redder. NARS Caravaggio is darker. Urban Decay Junkshow is more fuchsia and purple. Inglot #362 is bluer-based and a little lighter.

In the bottom middle, there is a coppery orange-coral with gold shimmer. This, too, was very slightly powdery, but the color payoff was nice. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is more orange. Make Up For Ever #5 is similar, but it’s entirely matte. Urban Decay Free Love is very similar but has a stronger golden sheen.

The last shade, on the right, is a very deep,d ark brown with subtle warm undertones. It had amazing pigmentation despite its thinner texture. Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust is similar but less warm. MAC Embark is lighter and redder-toned.

It’s a very classic color combination for the summer, but it’s well-balanced with the different textures, finishes, and overall intensities of each shade.  It works extremely well together, which I think is part of a palette’s appeal, especially when they’re more compact like this one. Terra Azzurra is warm overall, though I think the only shade that’s very warm-toned is the orange-coral–the pink is very slightly yellow in undertone, and the brown isn’t cool-toned, but the depth of it makes it more wearable across skin tones. I felt the deep brown was the most impressive shade out of the four; it just has incredible depth and intensity, so it looks great in the crease or as an eyeliner.

The textures are similar to other Guerlain palettes–I find them a little dry, a little powdery–they’re not as dense, creamy, or as buttery as a really excellent eyeshadow tends to be.  Fortunately, I felt the powderiness didn’t translate when the colors were applied to the lid.  I only had some minor fallout during application with the white gold shade, which was a looser, sparkly texture that never seems to bind together perfectly well, and then while there was a wee bit of fall out throughout the day from that shade, it was very minor. Had I not been specifically looking for it, I probably wouldn’t have noticed.  When I wore the palette altogether in a look, it wore for eight hours with no fading or creasing with or without a base, which is stellar wear.

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Terra Azzurra

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It's a very classic color combination for the summer, but it's well-balanced with the different textures, finishes, and overall intensities of each shade.  It works extremely well together, which I think is part of a palette's appeal, especially when they're more compact like this one.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette
Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes four new shades from the brand: Acidberry (vibrant lime green, matte with slightly pearl sheen), Velocity (vibrant matte royal blue), 2AM (matte purple with a slightly pearl sheen), and Mochi (matte mint seafoam with a slightly pearl sheen).

I did a super quick look with this palette yesterday, because I’ve been anticipating it all week!  My favorite shade was Mochi, because it was really intensely pigmented when I applied it, and it was soft and smooth.  I did have some powder excess that kicked up when I was working with Acidberry and Velocity, but Velocity had very little, and Velocity is the type of color that never swatches half as good as it performs during application. I’ve consistently seen this type of blue shade become beautiful, rich in color, and blendable on the lid, and Velocity is true to this, though it swatches decently.  

Acidberry also didn’t want to adhere to my lid nearly as well as the other shades!  2AM was soft, smooth, and it wasn’t powdery at all–it also had much better color payoff when applied to the lid. Purple-based eyeshadows can be horrendous, but 2AM proves that with enough skill, an excellent purple can be made.  I wore all four shades on one eye with a primer and on the other eye without a primer. It held up well both ways with no creasing after eight hours, but there was some slight (but noticeable) fading around the edges when worn without a primer.

The palette is made out of heavy-duty cardboard with a semi-matte black finish and then Sugarpill’s logo and the like on the front and back. It can withstand a lot more dropping and tossing around than a product in a plastic compact. It stays closed with a magnetic on the edge of the palette. There’s a full-sized mirror on the interior of the lid. The only thing you may find annoying is that the palette always lies flat once you open it–the mirror portion doesn’t stand up at an angle at all (I’m holding it up in the photo to get it to look that way).

Each shade is also available individually for $12.00/0.14 oz.–buying the palette saves you $14, which is like getting one shade for free, so as long as you like at least three shades in the palette, I’d opt for the palette. If you only like one or two shades, then I’d go the individual route.

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If you love brighter matte eyeshadows, I think you'll enjoy Heart Breaker. I love that there's no highlighter shade--just four vibrant pops of color. Acidberry was a little difficult to work in comparison to other Sugarpill shades (both in this palette and the rest of the range), so it did bring down the overall rating.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, May 14th, 2012

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.33 oz.) contains nine matte eyeshadows named after theBalm’s favorite Matts. It includes a small, dual-ended bristle brush, which is usable and better than sponge-tipped brushes that are often included in these kinds of palettes, but it wouldn’t replace full-sized brushes for me. The palette is small, square-ish, and made out of heavy-duty cardboard. It flips open and has a mirror under the lid.

Overall, the texture of these shades are soft, smooth, and buttery–they’re not as dense or as buttery as theBalm’s more shimmery eyeshadows (think the Shady Lady series or their singles). These are finely-milled and soft enough that there is some excess powder kicked up when you go to use them. The majority of the shades applied with good to excellent color payoff, though Matt Chung was a little chalky and sheer, Matt Schilling wasn’t chalky but it was a bit sheer and a little dry, and Matt Patel was slightly sheer in places and didn’t apply as smoothly. Also worth noting, Matt Batali was a bit drier and not as soft or as dense as the other shades in the palette, but the pigmentation didn’t suffer as a consequence.

Each eyeshadow is 0.037 oz., whereas the average full-sized eyeshadow is typically 0.05 oz. I actually like the size of each shade, because they’re about 75% the size of regular full-sized ones (though theBalm’s individuals shades are 0.10 oz.), you still get plenty of product, but the entire compact fits in your hand and is very travel-friendly. I will point out the obvious that theBalm’s Shady Lady palettes contain a whopping 0.60 oz. (almost double the size of this palette) and retail for $39.50, which is only a little bit more. Nude ‘tude is slightly larger at 0.38 oz. and retails for $36. The Shady Lady palettes are still a super-sized value palette in comparison, but I think the pricing is about right here, and you’re getting a good amount of product for your buck.

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It's definitely one of the better matte eyeshadow palettes I've come across (though two shades aren't entirely matte). Overall, there is good color payoff, smooth, soft textures, and they're blendable and wear well on the eye.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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