Monday, February 16th, 2015

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie (248) Mutli-Effect Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie (248) Mutli-Effect Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie (248) Mutli-Effect Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of shades inspired by the “graceful world of ballet.” It’s a cooler-toned palette that features a cool pink, iridescent pink-white, violet, and taupe brown. The palette lacked pigmentation when used dry; the formula had to be used with a dampened brush to achieve more true-to-pan color, but even then, three of the four shades would fade as the product dried down (within minutes of initial application).

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #1 is a light-medium pink with strong, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was fully opaque if I used it with a dampened brush. The texture was soft and smooth, while the color wore well for eight hours. Dior House of Pinks #3 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME866 Frosted Pink (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever I864 Baby Pink (P, $21.00) is darker. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #5 (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker. Urban Decay Coax (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #2 is a pink-tinted, cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. Again, it was sheer when applied dry, and it was mostly opaque when I applied it using a dampened brush. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. It wore well for seven and a half hours. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink (P, $21.00) is similar. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $4.49) is darker. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is darker. Dior Garden Pastels #3 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #3 is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, which intensified to slightly more opaque color when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was smooth, but it was a little dry and looked it on the lid. When I applied it damp, the color would fade back to the way it looked dry within a few minutes. It lasted for seven and a half hours. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Purple (15) (P, $4.49) is warmer. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Ulta Purple (P, $10.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is brighter, cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #2 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #1 (P) is darker. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Dior Garden Roses #3 (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals Encore (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #4 is a muted, dark brown with strong charcoal gray undertones and a golden sheen paired with very fine multi-colored shimmer. It was a surprisingly complex shade, and it’s such a shame that the rest of the quad wasn’t better. This shade had semi-opaque pigmentation when I tried using it dry, and it had full coverage when I used it damp. It wore well for eight hours. Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE) is warmer, darker. MAC Cinder (Left) (LE) is lighter. Chanel Poesie #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. Stila Substance (P) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Chrome (P) is lighter. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is lighter, warmer. Dior Millenium (381) (P, $31.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, February 16th, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Crushed Indigo Eye Color Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) consists of a white with a bluish iridescence and a blackened navy blue. I want to like it, but I find the lighter shade can be finicky to apply, as it tended to thicken and bunch up (almost flake off from the pan) when used damp. If used dry, the color payoff was sheerer and less metallic, but dry application was the most forgiving. The darker shade was easy to use either damp or dry, and it remained blendable even when applied with a dampened brush.

Crushed Indigo (Left) is a brightened white with a blue iridescence that gives it a cool-toned, bluish-violet sheen. It had a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. The product would thicken and clump together when applied with a damp brush if you weren’t careful. It lasted for eight hours before fading. Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $18.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Ice Queen (P, $5.99) is less iridescent. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is grayer. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P) is less metallic. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crushed Indigo (Right) is a blackened navy blue with lighter and darker blue shimmer for a soft, frosted finish. The texture was soft but a little dry, and the color payoff was semi-opaque to opaque (dry to damp), but it was a very buildable formula. On the skin, it was blendable and easy to work with. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. Guerlain Les Nuees #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner Bag (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME224 Navy Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $31.00) is warmer, cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight (LE) is similar. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is brighter, lighter. Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $18.00) ios similar. MAC Lunar (LE, $19.50) is brighter, lighter. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum Eye Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum Eye Color Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) consists of a iridescent opal and deeper burgundy-brown. I like the concept, and the two colors work well off of each other, as when you blend them together, they create a lighter, iridescent plum shade, but they both have room for improvement.

Ripe Plum (Left) is an iridescent pink-tinted white with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had a more frosted finish when applied dry, and the color payoff was mostly opaque. Applied damp, it was smoother and more pigmented with a stronger sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to use, but I thought it could apply more smoothly when used damp as it tended to bunch up and look almost clumpy applied. On me, it lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly. Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #1 (P) is not quite as iridescent. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Opalesse (LE, $19.50) is cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Party (LE, $19.50) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ripe Plum (Right) is a dark, burgundy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it appeared warmer with a softer finish, but it was less pigmented, too. Applied with a dampened brush, the color went with intense color coverage and a smoother sheen. The color is buildable dry, so opaque color can be achieved without having to use it wet, but I found it to look a little dry-looking when used dry (a spirtz of water or a fixing spray can help, though). It wore well for nine hours on me before fading. Giorgio Armani Senso (10) (P, $38.00) is a liquid, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Red Mahogany (LE) is lighter, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #1 (P) is lighter. LORAC Granite (LE) is similar. Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade Eye Color Duo
Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade Eye Color Duo

Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade Eye Color Duo ($60.00 for 0.13 oz.) consists of a brighter, iridescent green-tinged white and a deeper, olive green. The formula can be used wet or dry, with dry application for a “sleek and soft finish” or “wet for a bold and chromatic finish.” It is similar to products like MAC In Extra Dimension, NARS Dual Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, and so forth.

Raw Jade (Left) is an iridescent green-tinted white with a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque coverage applied dry, but it appeared yellower/warmer. Applied with a dampened brush, it was more metallic and brighter. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and fairly smooth, but it didn’t apply as smoothly as it could have. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. LORAC Unlocked (P) is yellower. LORAC Opal (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is less green. Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green (P, $21.00) is greener. Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Zestful (LE, $19.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Raw Jade (Right) is a medium-dark olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a frosted finish. It applied very much the same whether used dry or wet, though it was a smidgen more metallic damp. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, silky texture that blended well on the skin. The color wore well without fading for nine and a half hours. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is a liquid product. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is similar. Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is brighter, lighter. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I324 Bronze Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is darker. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is darker. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows with a neutral theme. Five of the six eyeshadows are part of the permanent range, which may be a deal-breaker for long-time MAC fans. On the bright side, those five permanent eyeshadows are as good in the palette as they are individually. The only shade I had real trouble with was the limited edition color.

Each eyeshadow is 0.042 oz., which is slightly smaller than full size (0.05 oz.). Depending on how you want to calculate the value, if you take the equivalent price per ounce for single eyeshadows sold in pots, then the palette has a value of $80, and if you take the equivalent price per ounce for single eyeshadows sold in pans, then the palette has a value of $50 in eyeshadow + $10 for a palette to fit them in (since you can purchase five of the six shades in pan form, I think this comparison is the most useful).

Vapour is described as a “peach-pink with violet pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s an iridescent brightened white with a bluish sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was one of the weaker shades in the palette with respect to intensity. It was buildable, and it was easy to work with otherwise as it blended well. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Phloof! is described as a “frosted off-white [with a Frost finish].” It’s a pinky-beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and blended well. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Omega is described as a “soft muted beige-taupe [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation that was really soft and finely-milled, which made it easy to blend on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Quarry is described as a “soft muted plum-brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and silky, though a smidgen powdery, and the resulting color payoff was mostly opaque. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Satin Taupe is described as a “taupe with silver shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. The color payoff was excellent, while the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stroke of Midnight is described as a “black plum with sparkle pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened purple base (mostly black) with a dusting of multi-colored sparkle. It ends up looking mostly matte and like a soft, warm black applied, because the sparkles don’t really translate. The texture was a bit powdery and drier, and I found blending to be more troublesome, though not impossible. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo
NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of orange and medium brown, both warm-toned shades. These actually applied with more pigmentation when pressed onto the skin with a fingertip, as brushes seemed to make them apply more sheerly with a muted quality to them, but the satiny brown goes on unevenly with that type of application, so you might opt for sponge-tipped applicators or use a slightly tacky base. The duo goes together, though there isn’t a lot of contrast, so it may be too subtle together for some.

St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) is described as a “shimmering nectarine.” It’s a brightened peachy-orange with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It applied fairly well with good color payoff, but there’s a dryness to the shade overall that seemed to make it look more muted on the lid. It was noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Apricot (LE) is darker. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P) is more muted. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is darker, less orange. Clarins The Essentials #3 (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is darker. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

St-Paul-de-Vence (Right) is described as a “chestnut.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little powdery and dry, so it tended to sheer out and fade more readily. It only lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Plum Ember (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Femme Fatale (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is darker. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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