Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Givenchy Blanc Satin (1) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Givenchy Blanc Satin (1) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a more recently released cream eyeshadow that’s supposed to be “creamy, waterproof, [and] long-lasting.” It’s a cream-to-powder formula, so it feels like a cream initially but dries down to a powder finish. Givenchy actually states that this lasts for 16 hours, which is quite a tall order. I reviewed three shades here, and I have a few more to share with you now.

Givenchy Blanc Satin (1) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “top coat.” It’s very much as described: a sheer, sparkling top coat that can be layered over whatever your heart desires. The consistency is thin, lightly creamy, and spreads easily, so you can apply an even layer of sparkle over another cream or powder eyeshadow. The sparkle is finer, though larger than shimmer. Worn alone, the sparkles don’t gather in my creases, but I do have noticeable fall out within eight hours. Dior Atlantique #1 (LE) is similar. Divergent Transform (LE) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is similar. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is more pigmented. MAC Bleuluxe #1 (P) is more pigmented. Chanel Fantasme (P, $36.00) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “marine blue.” It’s a dark, navy blue that leans slightly purple with a satiny finish. This wasn’t too shimmery, and it had fairly good color payoff, though it needed two layers for fully opaque color. It wore well for ten and a half hours before creasing on me. NARS UbangiU (P, $25.00) is less purple. MAC Bleuluxe #4 (P) is powder. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Gris Organza (7) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “grey.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with silver sparkle. It had really good pigmentation, which was opaque in a single stroke, but it was creamy enough that it could be sheered out easily, if desired. This shade lasted for ten hours before it showed signs of creasing. theBalm #26 (P, $6.50) is darker, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #4 (P) is a powder. NARS Transvaal (P, $25.00) is less cool-toned. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer, powder. MAC Nehru (P, $15.00) is a powder. Chanel Gris Exquis (LE, $28.50) is a powder. Le Metier de Beaute Genre (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, May 26th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

For summer, Marc Jacobs Beauty released a slew of new shades of his Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.). I reviewed a few here and here. I recently received two more shades that I hadn’t purchased already, so here they are! (Which also means I, unfortunately, caved and bought the three I was missing, because they’re like Pokemon–you gotta collect ‘em all! Stay tuned!) If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s a pencil eyeliner that is supposed to be “waterproof, long-wearing, [and have] color-intense payoff.”

Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “forest green.” It’s a medium-dark, almost blackened, green with cooler green shimmer over a warmer, more olive-y green base. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable to slightly richer color. It wore well for nine hours on my lower lash line before starting to thin. The consistency is creamy, easy to apply, waterproof, and comfortable to wear. Somehow, the brand has managed to balance cool and warm to create a green that’s not quite like other “forest greens” I have in my stash. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Hunter (P, $24.00) is much, much darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Obey-Ge (66) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “pearly pale pink.” It’s a very, very light pink–almost like a pink-tinged white–with a shimmering, slightly metallic, finish. It is nowhere near opaque, and it doesn’t build to opaque color at all. The color works well on the lash line to brighten without being as stark as pure white, but it is shimmery enough that those with sensitive eyes may find it irritating on the water line (and I don’t think it is technically safe for the water line). It lasted for eight hours on me before it began to thin. Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll (P, $15.00) was the only similar shade I could think of, and it has more of a pearly finish, rather than noticeably shimmery, but the color is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Cooler-Toned Purple Eyeshadows

Beautiful Iris is described as a “lavender with sheen [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].”  It’s a light-medium, lavender purple with cool, undertones and a soft, frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Digit is described as a “soft violet with subtle pearl [with a Satin finish].”  It’s a light, muted lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen.  See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indian Ink is described as a “deep eggplant [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Parfait Amour is described as an “blue-violet with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, bluish-purple with an iridescent, pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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These two shades are no longer available on MAC’s website, but since they were in my “permanent” palettes and were re-photographed and swatched, I’m including them below (maybe one of the dupes will be helpful!):
Graphology is a deep, dark, muted purple with cool undertones and a matte finish.  See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Purple Haze is a muted, medium purple with a matte finish and subtle, cool undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Bountiful Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil
MAC Bountiful Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil

MAC Bountiful Brown Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($16.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “brown rinsed with bronze.” It’s a medium brown with gold shimmer and warm undertones. Sephora Collection Cookie Crunch (P, $9.00) is yellower-toned. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is similar. Urban Decay Scorch (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In a single stroke, it had mostly opaque color coverage.  The consistency was lightly waxy, so it glided easily across the lash line without tugging or pulling at the skin.  It has faint sparkle and a lightly pearled sheen that works well to add depth to the lash line while brightening.  The color wore well for eight hours before it started to gradually thin, but it didn’t smudge or migrate.  It is part of the permanent range, so it can be bought now or later, and you’ll save $1.50 by buying it in standard black packaging instead.

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014

MAC Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo
MAC Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo

MAC Morning Mister Magpie Brow Duo ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) includes two shades of eyeshadow in a lavender-hued compact. Both shades are part of the permanent range, and they’re marketed here for brows, but they’re really just regular, powder eyeshadow. You could just as easily use these as eyeshadows as you could for filling in brows. Each shade is available in pan form for $10 each, so you could purchase them separately if desired. The advantage would be the ability to move them to different palettes/compacts as you please, as these two shades are glued in. I regularly use Brun as a brow shade, though for the past few days, I have used Soba and Brun mixed together just to try. Soba has shimmer, so it’s not my personal go-to finish for brows–I think it’s a great shade, just more as an eyeshadow, though.

Soba is described as a “soft taupe [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shimmer. The texture is very soft and finely-milled, but it is on the powdery side, so I noticed a fair amount of powder fall out when I used it as a brow shade, though it has good color payoff. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is similar. MAC Double Feature #4 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker, yellower. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brun is described as a “dark brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark brown with almost cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It’s a more buildable shade, but it doesn’t have rich, intense pigmentation right out of the gate. The texture is a little stiff and mostly blendable, but it takes a little more work to blend it than ideal, particularly for such a dark shade. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is similar. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Coconut Grove (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Dance in the Dark (P, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Foreshadow (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014

MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Nude Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four shades–two are permanent, two are new and limited edition–in a neutral-themed color combination. The quality of the quad is quite good, but if you already have one or both of the permanent shades, then it may not be the best bet to get two new shades. I could easily see this being a workhorse palette for some and redundant for others, if you’ve already loaded up on your neutral palettes.

Pink Sands is described as a “light flesh peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, pink-peach with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Dior Fantasie (641) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Sebastian (LE) is brighter. MAC Frisco (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All That Glitters is described as a “frosted champagne with gold pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, peach-copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. The color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. MAC Lorelei (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is similar. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Cloud is described as a “soft golden beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and finely-milled without being powdery. The color wore well for eight hours when I tested it. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is a smidgen lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is warmer. Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Madrague #2 (P, $24.00) is warmer. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sable is described as a “cool bronze [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, buttery, and very smooth, while it had excellent, full color coverage. The eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before it started to fade along the edges. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $17.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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