Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette

It Is… Love!

For the holidays, Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) features four eyeshadows–two matte and two iridescent shades. It should start popping up retailers and counters in October.

The first shade is a light-medium golden orange–more like an orange-toned gold than your expected yellowy gold. It has a soft, frosted finish with a silky-smooth, finely-milled consistency that applies beautifully on the skin. The pigmentation was true-to-pan, and it didn’t require any layering or packaging to achieve opaque color. Milani Gold Dust is a smidgen darker and has a more metallic finish. Clarins Enchanted Summer is darker, less orange. Giorgio Armani #1 is similar, slightly less orange. MAC Goldmine is much yellower.

Next, there is a rusted, reddish-brown with a satiny finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was very soft to the touch and easy to blend on the eye. NARS Self Portrait 3 is lighter. MAC Magnetic Attraction is similar but has more gold shimmer. MAC In the Sun is redder. NARS California is richer, more orange. MAC Mythical is lighter. Guerlain Les Fauves has a shade that’s a bit darker, browner.

Below, there is a darker, muted reddish-plum with a hint of brown. The finish has a slight sheen to it, but it is mostly matte. The color payoff was good, and the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. MAC In the Sun is shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux reminded me–just barely–of this shade, but it is much darker, more burgundy. theBalm Racy Kacy is more orange/brown.

The last shade in the palette is a gray-tinged medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a soft, buttery texture that made opaque color a breeze to achieve. Dior Fairy Golds has a very similar shade in it. Urban Decay Barlust is darker. MAC Havana is warmer. MAC Chestnut is warmer.

Turandot is a warm-toned palette that combines surprisingly well; I thought the shades might not offer enough contrast, but they can and do.  The two middle shades are similar but have different undertones, so they’re noticeably different when placed near each other.  I would not say that any of these shades are particularly unique, so the color combination could be replicated with products you may already own.  It’s, of course, nice to have them all in a single palette.  I don’t think I would have thought to put these particular shades together.  It does seem a little autumnal in color, even if it is for the holidays.

The quality is good across the board, with the two more matte shades having just slightly less color payoff compared to the shimmery shades.  They held up well on the eye, all four shades lasting for ten hours without any fading or creasing, both over a primer and without one. It’s one of my personal favorite palettes that have come out in the past year!

The Glossover

palette

Turandot

A
The quality is good across the board, with the two more matte shades having just slightly less color payoff compared to the shimmery shades.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Dior Fairy Golds Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Fairy Golds Eyeshadow Palette

Take Flight with These Fairy Golds

Dior Fairy Golds Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition palette for the holidays that consists of five shades of eyeshadow. It will be available in October.

The first shade (on the upper left) is a pale pink-tinged beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. Urban Decay Sellout is similar. Milani Champagne Toast is a bit warmer, darker. MAC Summer haze is browner. Urban Decay Booty Call has more of a matte finish.

The next shade (on the upper right) is a dirty champagne with a sparkly, almost glittery, finish and a metallic sheen. It was fairly true-to-pan in color and payoff. Despite its glitter-content, it applied well enough (could have been a little smoother) and didn’t have much fall out during application, and I only saw one or two stray particles after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Echo is darker. Giorgoi Armani #1 Madreperla is more muted, less metallic. MAC Retrospeck is similar.

The center shade is a pink-tinged white with a bright, metallic finish and some larger shimmer/glitter particles. It had decent to good pigmentation and applied smoothly. This shade has less glitter compared to the golden shade. I did not experience any fall out with it. Dior Garden Roses is a less metallic variation. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk is darker, pinker. MAC Fresh Ice is a bit darker. Giorgio Armani #11 is very comparable.

The fourth shade (on the bottom left) is a lightened, pink-mauve with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and applied easily. Urban Decay Provocateur is darker, glittery. MAC Invincible Light is pinker. MAC Star Crystal is very similar. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy

The last shade (on the bottom right) is a medium-dark brown with red-orange undertones and a pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and it was soft and finely-milled. Urban Decay Lost is a bit darker. MAC Havana is warmer but very close. Benefit Dandy Brandy is just a touch lighter. MAC Roasted Chestnut is similar but frosted. MAC Buckwheat is very comparable.

I was surprised to find this palette rather warm-toned, as the other holiday palette was very warm-toned as well. This isn’t cool-toned at all, though it’s not as warm as Night Golds. However, it is frostier, because it has two sparkly/glitter shades. I think it could benefit from having one matte or near-matte finish in it. When I tested the wear, I had no fading or creasing after eight hours (both with and without primer), and there were only a couple of stray particles from the glittery shades below my lid.

The Glossover

palette

Fairy Golds

A-
The palette is very shimmery, and I think it could use at least one matte shade to add more variation in texture/dimension when the products are used together. There's also not enough contrast within the five shades.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, September 21st, 2012

Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette

This’ll Make You Do a Double Take

Dior Night Golds Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition palette for the holidays that consists of five shades of eyeshadow. It will be available in October.

The first shade is a warm, subdued white-beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and was very soft, smooth, and finely-milled. This shade was a little stark as a highlighter against my medium-colored skin (no effect on rating, just a note). MAC White Frost is similar but not as warm-toned. theBalm Tempting Tara is more metallic. theBalm Envious Erin is a smidgen golden. Tarina Tarantino Lovely is similar.

Next (on the upper right), there is a light-medium copper-shimmered bronze with a strong metallic finish and larger shimmer particles. It almost looks wet when applied and smoothed out. It had decent to good pigmentation. When I applied it on the lid, I didn’t experience any post-application fall out and only had some fall out during application. Urban Decay Penny Lane is more orange, slightly darker. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is darker and more orange. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is darker. Bare Escentuals Louder is a touch more bronze.

The center shade is a rich, burgundy-tinged deep brown with flecks of champagne sparkle. The color was very intense and easy to apply, and it went on smoothly. Guerlain Emilio Pucci is a bit darker, richer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is browner, less burgundy. Urban Decay Busted is a bit lighter. Dior Couture Gold had a shade that looked similar but performed much worse. NARS Ponderosa is similar but a cream. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is more purple. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is similar. MAC Smut is a touch blacker.

The fourth shade (on the lower left) is a lightened yellowy gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was soft, buttery , and it applied smoothly with excellent color payoff. MAC Sweet & Sour is a bit darker. Dior Couture Gold is similar. Urban Decay Blunt is similar, perhaps a touch lighter.

The last shade (on the lower right) is a pale champagne-bronze with a metallic finish. It looks almost taupe-like in the pan, but it doesn’t seem to have much gray in it when swatched. It had a soft, finely-milled texture that translated into a nicely pigmented shade. Dior Couture Gold is darker. Bobbi Brown Bronze is more antique gold-hued. Urban Decay Echo Beach is darker, less golden. Dior Couture Gold is more yellow/orange. Bobbi Brown Desert Sand is similar.

All in all, this palette is definitely similar to last year’s Couture Gold — dupe for dupe? No, not exactly, but there are certainly some overlapping shades and similarities. At a glance, the only difference is instead of a sparkly light gold, there’s a sparkly copper. I like this year’s better, as the quality across the five shades is much higher across the board with none of these shades having problems.  When I tested the palette on the eye, it wore for eight hours with no creasing or fading.

The Glossover

palette

Night Golds

A-
If you have Couture Golds from last holiday, you might skip this, because the two are fairly similar. Overall, it's very warm-toned and will tend to flatter warmer complexions more.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012


Will Urban Decay Be Your New Vice?

A look at Urban Decay’s new Vice eyeshadow palette! If you missed yesterday’s written reviews, you can check out part one and part two :)

Makeup Breakdown

On eyes: Urban Decay Provocateur Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Rapture Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Occupy Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Echo Beach Eyeshadow, Urban Decay Anonymous Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android Eyeliner, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD (125), Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites, Milani Bellissimo Bronze Blush. On lips: Chanel Pimpante Rouge Allure Lipstick.

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette

Variety is the Spice of Vice

This post takes a look at the second half of Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.), which includes: Provocateur (light metallic mauve with multi-dimensional sparkle and shimmer finish), Rapture (dark greyish purple with multi-dimensional shimmer finish), Vice (deep eggplant purple with shimmer finish), Noise (electric punch pink with gold sparkle and shimmer finish), Armor (metallic dove grey with silver micro-glitter shimmer finish), Nevermind (metallic cork with shimmer finish), Echo Beach (pale wheat with shimmer finish), Anonymous (opaque almond with matte finish), Freebird (pink champagne with silver micro-sparkle shimmer finish), and Laced (opaque pinky taupe with matte finish).

Provocateur is a pale pink with a hint of mauve–and super chunky pink and white sparkle. The color payoff is so-so, because it’s very loose; it just kind of falls apart when you apply it, as a result of all the glitter. This one had a lot of fall out both during and after application. Urban Decay Bordello is a bit darker and doesn’t have the sparkle. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy is a little pinker and lighter. Inglot #399 is slightly darker and pinker. Giorgio Armani #7 is more metallic, no sparkle.

Rapture is a subdued medium-dark purple with subtle burgundy undertones and a frosted finish with slight sparkle. It had decent to good pigmentation, though it had a slightly dry texture. Urban Decay AC?DC is less subdued, more violet. Urban Decay Gravity ism ore purple. Urban Decay Rockstar is a little darker. Bare Escentuals Romp is less purple.

Vice is a medium violet purple with subtle red undertones and soft, frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation and applied smoothly. urban Decay Freakshow is just slightly darker. Urban Decay Gravity is more subdued. Urban Decay Delinquent is similar. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is darker and less red-toned.

Noise is a bright pop of medium pink with subtle blue undertones and a satiny finish. There is faint sparkle, but the sparkle doesn’t seem to translate. It had good color payoff, but it did look brighter in the pan than applied. Milani Shocking Pink is brighter and more blue-based. MAC Tease with Ease is darker. Urban Decay Junkshow is purpler. Urban Decay Woodstock is darker.

Armor is a grayish-brown–taupe–with a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation and was fairly smooth. Urban Decay Mushroom is fairly similar, perhaps a touch browner. Make Up For Ever #2 is similar. MAC Keep Your Cool is close but appears darker, as it has a more matte finish.

Nevermind is a light-medium bronzy brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had nice color payoff and a very soft, smooth texture. Urban Decay Chase is warmer, more golden. Buxom Mutt is less golden. MAC Aloha is more red-toned. Urban Decay Suspect is lighter.

Echo Beach is a pale, muted gold with subtle warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and applied evenly. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is a smidgen darker and has sparkle. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla is very similar in color. MAC Retrospeck is similar, perhaps less warm. Urban Decay Blunt is yellower.

Anonymous is a pale ivory with a subtle warmth and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was soft but not powdery. MAC Brule is a bit more beige. Urban Decay Kinky is less warm. theBalm Adagio is a bit darker. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is pinker. theBalm Matt Smith is a hair darker. Urban Decay Booty Call is a touch more peach-toned and has a soft sheen. MAC Vanilla is similar.

Freebird is a pale pink with yellow undertones and pale gold sparkle along with a metallic finish. This shade was on the sheer side and had some fall out. Bare Escentuals Page Six is slightly darker. Lancom Kitten Heel has a stronger golden sheen. MAC Pink Frontier is less metallic. Urban Decay Scratch is similar.

Laced is a pink-tinged beige with a hint of gray and has a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft without being powdery. Inglot #344 is a few shades darker. MAC Bloom On is similar but inferior in payoff.

Out of these shades, the most unique was Laced.  The other nine were actually, more or less, common enough that they didn’t feel hard to duplicate.  Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor, Anonymous, and Freebird all had very comparable dupes. It doesn’t take away from the quality or rating of the palette at all, but it’s something to take into consideration if you already own a few of Urban Decay’s past palettes.

I didn’t like Provocateur or Freebird, as they were both very sparkly and sheer. It was hard to build up the color, and there was a lot of fall out during and after application, which made both shades frustrating to wear.  Armor, Nevermind, and Echo Beach were the best performers out of the ten, as they were rich in pigmentation and smooth and even to work with.

I’m still working through the shades for wear, so this most might be updated later this afternoon if I find the wear deviates from my past experience with the new Urban Decay formula.  So far, I have only fully tested Echo Beach, Nevermind, Jagged, and Anonymous, which wore for eight hours without fading or creasing (tested over primer and over bare lids with the same results).

The Glossover

palette

Vice

A-
Overall, it's a good palette for the price if you like a variety of colors/neutrals and shimmery shades. There are a few matte finishes here, but it's definitely dominated by frosts and more metallic textures.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette

What’s Your #1 Vice?

This post takes a look at the first half of Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.), which includes: Desperation (taupe brown with satin finish), Muse (deep sepia brown with multi-dimensional sparkle finish), Jagged (metallic black gold with shimmer finish), Blitz (metallic yellowg old with shimmer finish), Penny Lane (metallic peachy bronze pearl with golden shimmer finish), Junkie (dark green/blue pearl with golden shimmer), Chaos (bright blue matte), Occupy (metallic steel grey with multidimensional sparkle and shimmer finish), Unhinged (metallic electric turquoise with shimmer finish), and Black Market (jet black satin).

Desperation is a brown-tinged medium-dark gray with a soft frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was finely-milled and applied smoothly. MAC Moody is similar, perhaps a touch darker. Maybelline Tough as Taupe is a smidgen lighter and grayer. MAC Howzat is grayer. MAC Moth Brown is a smidgen more purple. MAC Interior Life is similar but matte. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 is comparable, slightly purple. Urban Decay Mushroom is a bit browner, less gray. Chanel Illusoire is more frosted.

Muse is dark brown with multi-colored sparkle. The color payoff was decent, but it wasn’t fully opaque. It does have noticeable sparkle, which has a tendency to fall out during application. I’ve experienced less fall out with the new formulation during wear, but there is still some. Urban Decay Barlust is more metallic. Urban Decay Busted is very similar–just lacks the sparkle (which might be a good thing!). theBalm Silly is similar in color. theBalm Mahna-Mahna is richer, more red-toned, no sparkle.

Jagged is a sheer, olive-tinted, medium-dark brown with chunky gold and bronze sparkle/glitter. It had really dismal pigmentation–super sheer and very, very gritty. This had a ton of fall out during application, and it was a pain to clean up. It continued to have some fall out post-application. The color applied better with a brush, but it did need to be packed on a bit. This was the worst performing shade out of all 20 shades. It’s hard to dupe this shade, because I can’t quite tell what it’s supposed to be. Bobbi Brown Black Cocoa is darker. Urban Decay Cobra is similar, I’d say–has the olive/brown coloring. theBalm Sophisticated is similar to how it looks applied.

Blitz is a yellow gold with a bright, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly overall. Urban Decay Honey is darker, more molten. OCC Acacia is a bit darker. Maybelline Bold Gold is a touch darker. Urban Decay Eldorado is lighter. Make Up For Ever #101 is a bit yellower.

Penny Lane is a warm, light-medium orange with a peachy-gold metallic sheen. It was mostly opaque when swatched and went on smoothly. Milani Gold Dust is a smidgen yellower. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is very close in color but less metallic. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is similar.

Junkie is a bluish teal with a soft, frosted finish. I know it’s supposed to have gold shimmer, but I really couldn’t see it. MAC Rain Drop is more muted. urban Decay Deep End is a smidgen lighter but very similar. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is a touch lighter. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is lighter.

Chaos is a rich royal blue with hints of violet and blue micro-shimmer over a matte base. It had excellent color payoff, though it was a touch powdery. Bare Escentuals On the Rocks is purpler. Sugarpill Velocity is a touch bluer. NARS Rated R is bluer and lighter. MAC Cobalt is similar but inferior in quality. Inglot #388 is a bit darker.

Occupy is a dark gray with a bluish cast and silver and blue shimmer and sparkle. It had good color payoff, and it had a bit of sparkle, but it wasn’t too heavy to be particularly problematic. Make Up For Ever #147 is bluer. Revlon Neptune Star has chunkier sparkle. Illamasqua Android is darker and more teal-tinged.

Unhinged is a medium-dark teal with a soft, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. Inglot #413 is tealer. theBalm Open to offers Olwen is greener. Maybelline Tenacious Teal is similar when blended out. It’s kind of like a cross between Urban Decay Haight and Dashiki.

Black Market is a brownish-black with a satiny finish. It had good color payoff and applied evenly. MAC Nebula is not quite as dark and has a stronger brown coloring. Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate is darker, matte.

If you have, say, three or four of Urban Decay’s major palette releases, you likely have shades that are somewhat similar to these (not all but some).  Of course, if you have this many palettes, you’re also nearing 50+ eyeshadows!  There is some overlap, so on that note, the most unique shades were BlitzChaos, and Black Market.  The shades that have cousins or siblings would be Desperation, Muse, Junkie, and Unhinged.

The only disappointing shade out of this half of the palette was Jagged, which was a sheer, gritty mess of a color. It definitely was better when I used it on the lid, but it was still a pain to work with because of all the fall out during and after application.  The majority of the shades had really nice pigmentation, though Chaos was exceptionally lovely, while Muse was a little below the rest (but not as bad as Jagged).

Because I received this palette late in the afternoon, I have only been able to test four shades for wear (Echo Beach, Nevermind, Jagged, and Anonymous).  I will be testing more shades today, so this review might be updated should the results fall below what my typical experience with Urban Decay’s eyeshadows is.  The four that I tested wore for eight hours without creasing or fading both over bare lids and primer.

It’s packaged in a dark purple, rubberized plastic case with a raised jeweled “UD” on top.  The bummer about the logo is that because it’s raised, you can’t easily stack anything on top of this, so it has to be on top or set aside on its own. There’s $216 worth of eyeshadows in here, and the double-ended brush would likely be around $20 or so. It absolutely is a value-packed palette at $59, when you’re getting ~$236 worth of products. For reference, BoS IV was ~$200 value, BoS III was ~$195, 15th Anniversary was ~$255, Naked Palette was ~$230, Naked 2 Palette was ~$234.

The Glossover

palette

Urban Decay Vice Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

A-
Overall, it's a good palette for the price if you like a variety of colors/neutrals and shimmery shades. There are a few matte finishes here, but it's definitely dominated by frosts and more metallic textures.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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