Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4

Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 4 Swatches

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quads: the Truth

bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four shades: Serendipitous, Magnetism, Fate, and Apropos. This quad launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos (which have the same formula for pressed eyeshadows) for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Serendipitous is a soft, warm beige with a hint of peach. The finish is a soft frost–shimmered but not too much. The color payoff is good with a dense, buttery texture. It’s not as peach as MAC Double Feature 5 or as warm as MAC Brule. It is warmer and less white compared to Chance. It is less yellow comapred to Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone. It’s reminiscent of MAC Butternutty is a pressed eyeshadow form.

Magnetism is a dirty brown with a subtle gray-cast. The finish has a more reflective sheen, but it has less obvious shimmer than with Serendipitous. The texture is very smooth, and it applies well and lies nicely over skin, but it is a touch sheer. It’s similar to MAC Era, which appears slightly browner. It’s less gray than MAC Caviar Dreams. It has a higher sheen and a grayer cast than Burberry Almond.

Fate is a warm, red-toned bronze-brown with a satiny sheen. It has good color payoff (but could be a touch more intense), and it has the same softness and smoothness that Magnetism does. Milani Rich Java is darker with more gold shimmer. MAC Twinks is darker and redder, while MAC Sable is a bit darker but also redder. Laura Mercier Cedar is warmer, with less red, and darker.

Apropos is a taupe brown–kind of a mushroom brown–with a flecks of silver shimmer over a semi-matte finish. It has nice pigmentation, and the texture is silky smooth and soft, but the shimmer doesn’t translate very well whether swatched or applied to eyes. Somewhere between the brush and the lid, it disappears–must be into some glittery fairyland–which means there’s no real fall out concerns, since most of it doesn’t make it to your lid in the first place, but at the same time, the shade doesn’t come out as true-to-pan. Apropos not as dark as MAC Concrete, but it is more pigmented, less warm, and slightly darker than MAC Double Feature 3. It’s a touch cooler than NARS Bali. Urban Decay Shakedown is very similar.

Overall, it’s a solid neutral eyeshadow quad, but it does mix warm and cool-tones, so depending on your skin tone, you may find it more or less workable.  I think Serendipitous is only barely warm, while Fate has a distinct red tone, which gives it that warmer, richer feel.  Both Magnetism and Apropos are cool-toned.  I like that there is a variety of finishes, too–even though Apropos is supposed to have more shimmer, it still has a near-matte finish, so it will add a lot of depth to a look (it would work well in the crease).

The Glossover

palette

The Truth

A-
Overall, it's a solid neutral eyeshadow quad, but it does mix warm and cool-tones, so depending on your skin tone, you may find it more or less workable. I like that there is a variety of finishes, too--even though Apropos is supposed to have more shimmer, it still has a near-matte finish, so it will add a lot of depth to a look (it would work well in the crease).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, August 13th, 2011

bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Nick of Time

bareMinerals The Nick of Time Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Chance and Kismet. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Chance is a creamy, pale beige with flecks of flaky glitter that virtually disappears when the product is used (even swatched). If you look at the swatch, you’d never even think there was any shimmer in the pan. It’s slightly lighter than MAC Blanc Type and less peach compared to Inglot #353. The texture is so lovely with a dense, buttery feel that delivers opaque color.

Kismet is plummy brown with a satiny sheen. It’s like a much, much darker (and plummier) MAC Malt. It’s not quite as rich (or as shimmery) as Chanel Ebloui. The shadow is smooth as silk with excellent color payoff.

The Glossover

palette

The Nick of Time

A-
On one hand, the disappearance of the glitter in the lighter shade means less worry about fall out during application, but on the other, where does it go? If it doesn't adhere to the powder, then it's missing something it should have. This combination of colors would work well to create an office-friendly look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, August 11th, 2011

bareMinerals The Perfect Storm Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Perfect Storm Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Perfect Storm

bareMinerals The Perfect Storm Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Cumulus and Tempest. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Cumulus is a subtly, cool-toned white with a soft, frosted shimmer finish. It’s very opaque, and the texture is dense and buttery. It ends up a bit like Inglot #351 but whiter. Inglot #373 is closer but cooler.

Tempest is a gray-casted taupe with a near-matte finish. It’s that mix of gray and brown that creates taupe, but it leans more on the gray side. The matte texture is really workable here–it’s soft, smooth, and nicely pigmented. The softness makes it easy to blend when applied. The shade is reminiscent of Chanel Prelude without the shimmer. It’s very similar but slightly grayer compared to Burberry Taupe Brown.

The Glossover

palette

The Perfect Storm

A
This duo would make for an excellent smoky eye with a neutral kick to it, because it's not your typical mix of gray/black. I do think this will tend to work best on lighter, cooler skin tones, though.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

bareMinerals The Inspiration Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Inspiration Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Inspiration

bareMinerals The Inspiration Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Muse and Passion. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Muse is a pale pink with a soft, frosted finish. It’s super opaque and buttery–it’s a dream to work with. The shimmer in it keeps it from looking chalky. It’s more of a neutral pink than a cool/warm one, though if pressed, I’d say it leans cool. Inglot #319 is darker but much bluer–more of a cotton candy pink. MAC Pen ‘n’ Pink is darker and yellower. Inglot #431 is similar but darker. Inglot #356 is yellower but similar in lightness.

Passion is brown-toned burgundy with flecks of golden shimmer. The pigmentation was a touch lighter here, but it still had good color payoff. Here, the texture is on the drier side, and some of the shimmer seems to disappear before it even makes it on your eye. There is a smidgen of fall out when worn, but it is minimal (maybe three or four flecks of shimmer have fallen after eight hours of wear). Le Metier de Beaute Fig is deeper, as is MAC Fig. 1. Make Up For Ever #131 is redder, less purple. It also seems like a much more pigmented MAC Trax.

The Glossover

palette

The Inspiration

A-
This duo works well together, because each shade is so far on one side of the spectrum that they can be layered to create a lot of variations between those two.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, August 9th, 2011


MAC Lady Grey Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Me Over: Lady Grey Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Lady Grey Eyeshadow Quad ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes four shades: All Races (cool light taupe mauve), Tendersmoke (muted silver lilac), Lady Grey (light frosted green-grey), and Hazy Day (mid-tone grey).

  • All Races is a cool-toned mauve-pink. It has a matte finish and is a repromote. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this one. The color payoff was good, and despite the lightness of the shade, it wasn’t chalky or powdery.
  • Tendersmoke is a gray-tinged purple with subtle red undertones and a frosty sheen. It has a frost finish and is a repromote. It is similar but less intense compared to MAC Azuki Bean and theBalm Curvy Cami. The color payoff is decent but not fully opaque.
  • Lady Grey is a soft, muted gray-green with a satiny sheen. It has a satin finish. It is a lighter version of NARS Delphes. Like Tendersmoke, the color payoff is decent but slightly sheer.
  • Hazy Day is an olive-tinted brown with a smooth sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It is similar to theBalm All About Alex but Hazy Day is grayer. This shade had the best pigmentation of the four shades, and the texture was really smooth.

It’s one of the better eyeshadow quads I’ve seen MAC put out in some time. For many collections now, the eyeshadow quads have suffered from both pigmentation and texture-based issues. Lady Grey is a subtler, more muted color combination and the resulting payoff seems to align with that. You might find you need to layer both Tendersmoke and Lady Grey to achieve the color you see in the pan. Similarly, both of those shades had slightly drier, less buttery textures, while Hazy Day was a breeze to work with.

MAC Me Over is a 51-piece collection for fall, which will launch in North America on August 25th, 2011 and internationally in September 2011. It will launch online approximately August 23rd but there is no concrete online launch date. All products–unless otherwise noted–are limited edition.

The Glossover

palette

Lady Grey

B
The quality is decent, and I think if you're going for a softer look, you'll find this quad to your liking. If you want true-to-pan color, you might have to work at it to achieve those results.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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