Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

MAC Indigo Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Indigo Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Indigo Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains blue and purple eyeshadows with a navy blue eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” I continue to struggle with getting these to perform well or readily; the textures are drier, while the eyeliner shade is so stiff and dry, it never wants to apply evenly or blend out. I am, however, surprised that once applied, finessed and blended until your hands hurt, the eyeshadows stay in place for a solid eight hours.

Indigo Blend #1 is described as a “soft, clean sky blue.” It’s a light-medium, pastel blue with a white,f rosted finish. Applied dry, it had sheer color payoff that was a bit powdery and prone to blending out to nothingness. Applied damp, it was semi-opaque, but the color didn’t apply evenly. Dior Rivage #1 (LE) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #4 (P, $2.29) is less frosted. Sephora Collection Sweet Dreams (17) (P, $13.00) is lighter. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Dimensional Blue (LE, $19.50) is darker. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is darker. Chanel Destination (LE, $36.00) is darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indigo Blend #2 is described as a “deep blue-teal.” It’s a blackened, navy blue with a satin finish. The texture was dry and stiff whether used with a dry or dampened brush–with the worst application being with a dry brush, as trying to extract color out at all required scraping off the top layer. Once I get it on the skin, it does stay well, at least. It’s just a total pain to apply, blend, and so on, whether I tried using it as an actual eyeliner or as an eyeshadow. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is similar. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is similar. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indigo Blend #3 is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a muted, cool-toned, plummy purple with a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was rather dry, a little stiff, so it was a challenge to work with. MAC Eggplant Blend #2 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P) is more shimmery, brighter. NARS Arabian Nights #1 (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #2 (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Stay Sultry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Indian Ink (P, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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palette

Indigo Blend

D+

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

5.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Product

7/10

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8/10

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7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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Product

5/10

Pigmentation

5/10

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4/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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3/5

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Monday, April 14th, 2014

MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and silver eyeshadows with a plum eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The eyeliner shade was poor, oh so sad, with its incredibly sheer color payoff and dry, stiff texture–it was so challenging to even get a smidgen of color to show up. I had better luck with the eyeshadows, but they weren’t great; still on the powdery side with varying pigmentation. The wear, though, has been rather consistent, as this one clocked in at eight hours before there was noticeable fading.

Eggplant Blend #1 is described as a “soft light pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was very sheer, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-sheer. It was somewhat powdery when it was dry. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is very similar but more metallic. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #29 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Eggplant Blend #2 is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a dark, subtly cool-toned burgundy purple with a satin finish and a hint of gold shimmer. Using this shade was an exercise in frustration–it didn’t matter whether it was wet or dry, it was sheer and had the most stubborn, difficult-to-use texture. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but I just couldn’t get it to perform. bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P) is similar. MAC Deceit (LE, $21.00) is also similar. L’Oreal Smoldering Plum (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (P, $25.50) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Eggplant Blend #3 is described as a “dirty silver-grey.” It’s a light-medium, lightly warmed-up gray with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff when applied dry, which was just slightly smoother and more pigmented when applied damp. Ulta Silver (P, $10.00) is lighter. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is more sparkly. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is a cream product. MAC Extra Silver (LE, $19.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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palette

Eggplant Blend

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Eggplant Blend #1

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Eggplant Blend #2

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Product

4/10

Pigmentation

4.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact ($95.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette just in time for summer that includes three eyeshadows, one bronzer, and one blush. It’s housed in a white lacquered square compact (the same size as Tom Ford’s bronzer, which is, for all intents in purposes, quite large). The sparkly eyeshadow and the warmer taupe shade are reminiscent of the She Wolf Eyeshadow Trio; they’re not one-for-one dupes, but if you have She Wolf, you may feel this is redundant, depending on how important the undertone is (She Wolf runs cooler-toned, these run warm). The deep blue is interesting, and there’s no doubt that it’s pigmented–seems even more pigmented in practice, not just swatched–but it’s a shade that I can see people loving or leaving. I give props to Tom Ford for actually putting out such a bold blue and not reducing it to sheer nothingness (a la Dior). The quality is good, overall, but I think the texture and quality of Tom Ford’s individual blushes is better and more luxurious.

Believe it or not, but this palette has sold out almost everywhere online in the U.S. Nordstrom is the only U.S. retailer that has it listed, and it’s backordered presently. Selfridges also has it for those outside of the U.S. (it might also be available for shipping to U.S., but international shipping is pretty high). It’s a lot of money to plunk down on a single item, though technically, it has more product than an eyeshadow trio has ($60.00/0.16 oz.) and a single blush ($56.00/0.28 oz.) combined.

Unabashed Eyeshadow #1 is a sparkling, golden beige with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It almost feels wet in the pan, and it’s one of those rare sparkly finishes that doesn’t seem to have fall out all day long. There is some minor fall out, but it’s not noticeable unless you really go looking for it. Divergent Choose (LE) is less warm-toned. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. MAC Phresh Out #3 (LE) is pinker. Too Faced Moon on Their Wings (LE, $16.00) is more golden. MAC Warming Heart (LE, $21.00) is slightly more peach. MAC Hey (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned taupe brown with a matte finish. The texture was impossibly soft and finely-milled; really felt more like a loose powder with just how silky it was. It had good color payoff, but because it was so soft, it was a little powdery. On the lid, it was very easy to blend and work with and lasted for nine hours. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) and Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) are both cream products. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is cooler-toned.Kat Von D Renholder (P) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unabashed Eyeshadow #3 is a deep, dark cobalt blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It’s mostly opaque, and it is rather rich applied to the lid, but it seems a little brighter in the pan then applied on the lid. The texture was soft, silky, and blendable, but there’s a little powderiness due to the overall softness. This color wore like iron, though, and it did stain the skin. NARS Outremer (P, $24.00) is similar. Illamasqua Sadist (P) is lighter. Inglot #388 (P, $6.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unabashed Bronzer is a gold-shimmered, peachy-brown with a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. It emphasized pores slightly when applied, and if applied more sheerly, then I didn’t notice any emphasis so it may depend on how you wear it. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is more orange. Too Faced Spice (LE) is browner. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more frosted. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is browner, more frosted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unabashed Blush is a light-medium, coral-pink with a golden sheen. It’s just bright enough to add a pop of color, but it’s not neon. The texture was blendable when applied, and it felt soft and finely-milled. It had good pigmentation, but it wasn’t as pigmented as Tom Ford’s individual blushes typically are. The color wore well for eight and a half hours. MAC Petal Power (LE, $25.00) is similar. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is lighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is darker, less pink. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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palette

Unabashed

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Product

8.5/10

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8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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Unabashed Eyeshadow #2

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

MAC Espresso Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Espresso Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Espresso Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains a copper and brown eyeshadow with a black eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The copper eyeshadow was the least troublesome, though it wasn’t a boon of an eyeshadow, and the shade itself is one that so many brands do over and over again (MAC included!)–and they do them quite well. The eyeliner shade was stiff, dry, and a real nuisance to blend dry or wet. The brown eyeshadow as drier and stiffer, though not as tough to use as the eyeliner shade. When worn, they lasted eight hours on me.

Espresso Blend #1 is described as a “rich penny-copper.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned copper with a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry, while the texture was a bit dry to work with. Applied damp, it was nicely pigmented and much smoother. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is less coppery. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is also similar. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is slightly brighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Espresso Blend #2 is described as a “charcoal black.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned black with a satin finish. If you’ve been reading the last couple of reviews, you’ll notice that there’s a trend with the eyeliner shade: it’s very difficult to use dry, if you can manage to use it at all, as the texture is incredibly stiff and doesn’t apply with much color and is a challenge to blend. With a very damp brush, it can work with more color payoff, but the blendability is still poor. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but performance was the same either way. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Espresso Blend #3 is described as a “warm brown.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, but the texture was difficult to work with as it didn’t want to blend–just kind of stuck where it landed and didn’t move from there. Applied with a dampened brush, it was more pigmented and slightly easier to work with, but only for the first couple of seconds. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is darker. Laura Mercier Rich Cocoa (P, $22.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is more matte. MAC Dark Brew (P, $15.00) is slightly lighter. Dior Golden Flower #5 (LE) is a touch lighter, warmer. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is darker. LORAC Sable (P) is more matte. NARS Flowers 3 #4 (LE, $24.00) is redder in tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Espresso Blend

C+

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Espresso Blend #2

C-

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

MAC Ebony Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Ebony Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Ebony Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains a white and charcoal gray eyeshadow with a black eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The eyeshadow shades were somewhat powdery when applied dry, and less so when used with a dampened brush, while the the color coverage noticeably improved with a damp application for the gray eyeshadow and eyeliner shades. The black eyeliner shade was barely-there when applied dry, and the texture was very stiff to work with, even when dampened. You really need to wet the brush to get any sort of blendability with this shade, but once it dries down, it doesn’t blend well. Worn, the colors seemed to wear well for eight hours.

Ebony Blend #1 is described as a “white frost.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned white with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage applied dry or damp–I really didn’t feel like damp application improved intensity, just minimized the powderiness. It’s a more basic color, so there are plenty of similar shades out there: see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ebony Blend #2 is described as a “carbon black.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned black with a satin finish. It was almost non-existent when applied dry, and with a fairly damp brush, it had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it was a struggle to work with due to a very stiff, dry consistency. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but performance was the same either way. It was only somewhat manageable once the brush was wet enough. Again, another shade we’ve seen often, so there are many alternative options to consider: see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ebony Blend #3 is described as a “dirty blue-grey.” It’s a cool-toned, purpled gray taupe with a muted, coppery gold shimmer-sheen. It’s an interesting, complex shade with a lot going on, and what a bummer the whole trio isn’t fantastic. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, and then it was pretty full coverage when applied damp. The texture was a little powdery but blendable. Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P) is darker, grayer. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is browner. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is lighter, cream product. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is darker, warmer. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Ebony Blend

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Ebony Blend #2

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Product

4/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, April 11th, 2014

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00) is a new, warm-toned palette that features twelve eyeshadows. I’m in the process of testing it, so I hope to have a review for you soon. Until then, here are some photos and swatches! :)

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