Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows; three are larger (0.07 oz. each) and six are smaller (0.03 oz. each). It’s an Ulta-exclusive palette that launches on June 1st. Some of the shades are really nice, some are lacking pigmentation, and a few are on the powdery side. If you usually use a primer, I think you’ll probably be okay, but it doesn’t work as nicely as the Rock ‘n’ Roll palette.

I double-checked with Too Faced, and they confirmed June 1st as the launch date on Friday (5/30). Unfortunately, I don’t have any other information on whether there is a new date, it’s simply late, or if there is some other reason for the delay. I highly suggest calling your local ULTA before making a drive to visit. Update on 6/3/14:  Too Faced says there are shipment delays to retailers at this time, and the palettes are now pushed back to end of the month.

Cowboy Take Me Away is a light peach with a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff, while the texture was soft, blendable, and smooth–not at all powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Y’all is a muted, golden brown with a frosted sheen. It had decent pigmentation, and the texture was blendable but somewhat powdery and wasn’t as smooth to apply. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolly is a dark, subtly cool-toned brown with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft without being powdery. It lasted just over eight hours before I noticed fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Famous in a Small Town is a brightened, warm white with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had great pigmentation, and the consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and buttery. The color stayed on the lid well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Paper Roses is a medium, warm-toned pink with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had really good color coverage, and the texture was soft, blendable, and smooth. This shade managed to wear well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rhinestone is a muted, dark eggplant purple with neutral undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had decent color payoff, but it could have been more intense, and the texture was somewhat powdery, which made it prone to sheering out on the lid. It would be best applied over a primer or slightly tacky base. It looked faded before eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All American Girl is a golden ivory with a frosted sheen. It was semi-sheer, and the texture was very thin–almost hard but not really stiff–which gave it a very smooth application, but the payoff wasn’t there. This shade showed signs of creasing after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nashville is a muted, cool-toned, gray-purple with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and buttery, though just a bit powdery. The color lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bluebird is a sparkling, navy blue with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was dry, almost chunky in a way, though the shimmer isn’t glitter and feels somewhere between shimmer and sparkle in regards to particle size. It just didn’t bind well together, unfortunately, which made it harder to work with. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow

These are the last of the Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) shades I have to review! You can check out previously reviewed shades here. :) The brand describes them as “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 and one that I haven’t found any shade to live up to (or even last close to that).

Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as an “old pink.” It’s a muted, rosy pink with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff that could be applied opaque in a single layer or sheered out for a softer look. This shade was creamy but quick to dry down, so I would recommend working one eye at a time to ensure blendability throughout application. On me, this shade wore well for twelve hours before creasing. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is slightly warmer, powder. LORAC Mauve (P) is cooler-toned, powder. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler-toned, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “plum.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned plum with a pink base and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it took two to three layers (you could get away with almost two if you went heavy) to get more opaque coverage. The consistency was lightly creamy, dried down to a powder finish, and lasted for almost twelve hours before creasing. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is a powder product. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is more metallic, powder. MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more muted, powder. MAC Luxury Touch (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Too Faced Rock 'n' Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows; three are larger (0.07 oz. each) and six are smaller (0.03 oz. each). It’s an Ulta-exclusive that launches on June 1st. Overall, it’s a nice palette with smokier, darker shades (contrasted with three lighter shades) and good color payoff, decent wear, and soft textures. If you’ve used Too Faced’s eyeshadows before, you’ll be familiar with their slightly softer consistency and texture, which can sometimes be a bit powdery at times. With this type of texture, I would recommend using a primer underneath, as the color will adhere better and wear longer.

I double-checked with Too Faced, and they confirmed June 1st as the launch date on Friday (5/30). Unfortunately, I don’t have any other information on whether there is a new date, it’s simply late, or if there is some other reason for the delay. I highly suggest calling your local ULTA before making a drive to visit.  Update on 6/3/14:  Too Faced says there are shipment delays to retailers at this time, and the palettes are now pushed back to end of the month.

Rockabilly is a light, neutral-to-warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had a soft, silky texture that applied smoothly with good color payoff. It was just slightly powdery. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me. This is definitely a shade Too Faced has released a few times before with little to no noticeable differences. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rap is a coppery gold with warm, orange undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft to the touch, but it was a bit chunky, so there was some fall out during application and a little bit of sparkle fall out during wear. The color wore well for almost eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ska is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable, while the color lasted well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

New Wave is a light, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and white sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t bind too well with the underlying base color, so a lot of it gets trapped and lost in the brush as it is applied to the lid. The few remaining sparkles seem to fall out during wear, which means this is really mostly a matte pink at the end of the day. On my lid, the color stayed put for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pop is a medium-dark plum with warm, burgundy undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was slightly powdery, though soft and easy to blend, but it’s a shade that needs a primer or slightly tacky base to shine. Over bare lids, it fell a little flat–just looked faded–though it lasted for seven and a half hours. It had decent to good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heavy Metal is a blackened blue with very fine iridescent purple and bluish-teal shimmer that creates a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and was only just slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

New Romantic is a light-medium, golden beige with a soft, pearly finish. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft and smooth but not powdery. This color stayed well on the lid for seven and a half hours before it started to break down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glam Rock is a cool-toned taupe with a matte base finished with white sparkle. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery, but the sparkles tended to separate from the actual eyeshadow color, so it applied more like a regular matte shade than one with sparkle. I noticed some stray sparkle fall out when it was worn, though the actual color lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Punk is a medium-dark, forest green with cool-toned emerald green micro-shimmer and a warm, olive brown undertone. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little powdery, though soft, so it was prone to sheering out and looking somewhat faded without a primer. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Here are the last three of the seven new Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.). 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.” In general, I find the long-wearing and waterproof claims to be the most accurate with the color payoff depending on the shade.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, golden sparkle and shimmer over a neutral-to-warm base. It had excellent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was creamy, easy to apply, and lasted for nine hours on my lower lash line. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is darker, less sparkly. Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Plum)age (60) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “vivid purple.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium-dark violet purple with subtle, warm undertones and purple sparkle. This seemed like one of the more sparkly shades in the range–not just pearl/shimmer but a larger-sized sparkle. The consistency was still creamy and it glided on fairly easily, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. It takes some back-and-forth motions to get more opaque color coverage. The upside is that it still wears for a solid nine hours before starting to thin, but I noticed a few stray sparkles over time. Sephora Collection Eccentric Diva (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer, less sparkly. Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is a touch darker. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Wave)length (68) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had pretty sad, sheer color payoff in a single stroke, and it wasn’t as buildable as I’d like–it gets to semi-opaque color but doesn’t become fully opaque no matter how many layers I tried. The texture of the pencil was lightly creamy, and it didn’t skip or tug at the lash line. It wore well for eight hours on me. Stila Ultramarine (P, $20.00) Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) MAC Petrol Blue (P, $15.00) Make Up For Ever #3L (P, $19.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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