Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Giorgio Armani Blast of Blue (1) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Blast of Blue (1) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

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Giorgio Armani Blast of Blue (1) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of violet-meets-indigo blue and medium-dark, metallic gold that creates a blend of a dusty, bluish purple with a gold-tinged sheen and sprinkling of gold shimmer.   When I applied it dry, the gold seemed to shimmer more, while when I applied it wet, the purple dominated.  As soon as this popped up on the website, I knew I had to order it–so glad I did!

The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow.  It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look using #6).  It’s almost like a really dense loose powder that’s been pressed down, because if you dig at it, it loosens.

Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price).  The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).

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#1

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This shade is really interesting, because it ends up being an unexpected mix of the two colors--but you can still see flecks of each.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 27th, 2011

Milani Melange Baked Eyeshadow
Milani Melange Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Metallic Eyeshadow: Melange

Milani Melange Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a mix of smoldering, blackened brown, khaki gold, bronze, and silvered white. When applied, it’s very much a black gold–it has that really dark black-brown color base with khaki and bronze shimmer on top. This shade applies much sheerer when used dry, while applied wet, it has much more intense color pay off.

Milani advertises these as luminous (marketing for soft/sheerer color–more like a wash) when used dry, so it’s actually as described. (Many of the other shades were closer in payoff, though.) I did find that this shade had a faint amount of fall out when used dry; it seemed to have a lot more shimmer than some of the other shades, and the shimmer sat on top of the color more than weaved within it.

I do wish they’d ditch the sponge/brush applicator, though, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.

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Melange

B+
I think this kind of color is harder to come by, which might excuse the fallout that occurs for some. I do find this is a shade I have to use wet to get the best results, though.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Milani Fusion Baked Eyeshadow
Milani Fusion Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Metallic Eyeshadow: Fusion

Milani Fusion Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a melange of plum, gold, and copper that turns into a medium-dark bronzed brown with a soft bronze sheen.  This is one of the downsides of baked eyeshadows, especially onces that are swirled with other colors, because it looks so interesting in the pan but when swatched, it doesn’t seem as nuanced.  It applied well both wet and dry, with the wet version darkening just a smidgen.

I do wish they’d ditch the sponge/brush applicator, though, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.

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Fusion

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This has a really smooth texture, not powdery at all (like some baked products), and has rich color payoff. I can see this working well on warmer skin tones as a staple brown.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Stila Sparkle Eyeliner
Bora Bora, Rock Candy, Electric, Sequins, Royal

Stila Sparkle Liquid Eyeliners

Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($22.00 for 0.05 oz.) is available in eight shades: Bora Bora (sparkling turquoise), Rock Candy (sparkling warm brown), Electric (sparkling bright green), Sequins (sparkling black), Royal (sparkling electric purple), Flash (sparkling olive khaki), Starry (sparkling gunmetal gray), and Curacao (sparkling violet blue). I do not have Curacao, so unfortunately, it is not included in this post.

  • Bora Bora is a bright, electric blue with soft silver sparkle. Make Up For Ever #5 Aqua Liner seems similar–possibly a little darker.
  • Rock Candy is a medium-dark brown with khaki, bronze, and gold shimmer.
  • Electric is a bluish teal with brighter blue shimmer. Make Up For Ever #4 Aqua Liner seems similar.
  • Sequins is a dark black with silver sparkle.
  • Royal is a medium-dark red-toned purple with violet and magenta sparkle. This was the least pigmented shade out of the seven I tried–it wasn’t as dense as the others, a little watery in the overall feel.
  • Flash is a olive green with gold and green sparkle.
  • Starry is a grayish mauve with multi-colored shimmer. I don’t get gunmetal gray at all here. It seems like it might be similar to Make Up For Ever #14 but it’s harder to call without a side-by-side swatch.

Stila’s Sparkle Eyeliners apply smoothly and evenly with excellent color payoff that requires no layering or build-up. I showed swatches of the very first stroke, then a second and third–never going back to get more product. The sponge applicator on these is thin and tapered to a dull point with enough give to easily maneuver around the curves of the lid but not so much that it is floppy. The formula is budge-, smudge-, and water-proof, as advertised, and removal went easily with both Lancome Bi-Facil and Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes. As you remove, the product will flake off, akin to tube mascaras.

When I reviewed Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners, I touched on some of the recent releases of eyeliners in the same vein as those, which included Stila’s Sparkle Eyeliners, too. Stila’s are different from the others in terms of color and finish–these are richly shimmered and very pigmented, but the formula feels very much the same. In the next few days, I will be doing some swatch comparisons where applicable and posting the results.

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Stila Sparkle Liquid Eyeliners Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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For those who love sparkly eyeliner and are on the hunt for something in liquid form, Stila's Sparkle Eyeliners offer a great solution. The formula is fantastic, and the color range has good variety and a few never-before-seen shades in this kind of formula.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Sweet as Candy Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Sweet as Candy Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sweet as Candy Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sweet As Candy Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is like a palette of Neopolitan ice cream! There is a bright, warm white with a metallic sheen; medium-dark chocolate brown with a metallic sheen; and berry-tinged pink with subtle yellow undertones with a metallic sheen. I found all three shades to have a higher level of sheen, more so than the typical frost.

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this trio is well-pigmented, smooth to the touch, and the colors themselves performed well enough in a wear test, though there was some minor but noticeable fading after eight hours. These seem to work best directly over a base, rather than layered on top of each other–like I layered the eyelid shade over the crease shade, and I felt like I had to pack more of it on to get it to really show.

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Wet 'n' Wild Sweet as Candy Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

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One of the best trios I've seen from Wet 'n 'Wild, because the pigmentation on all three shades is excellent, along with a really smooth, soft texture. I did find it didn't wear as well as some of my favorite eyeshadows do, but they hold up remarkably well that I think most will find it excusable at this price point.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Summer 2011:  Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains “a vibrant orange, intense blue, deep brown, and lighter brown” that are “speckled with a pale golden tone.” Guerlain says that they can be used together or separately. The palette includes two sponge-tip applicators and mirror on the inside. It’s housed in a blackened bronze that shimmers in the light a bit.

I remember some readers were concerned about the feasiblity of using an eyeshadow palette like this, but in reality, the gold is really just an overspray–it disappears within the first use or two–so there are four distinct sections, each large enough to accomodate your average eyeshadow brush.

The palette includes a brightened, medium-dark orange with soft gold flecks of shimmer; dark, cool-toned brown with a pearled sheen; medium-dark, warmed-over brown with a soft gold micro-shimmer and satin finish; and a brightened medium-dark cobalt blue with a satiny sheen. Color pay off was good across the board, though the blue shade could use a little more oomph. The texture of these was soft without being powdery, so they applied smoothly and didn’t have any issues with fall out.

As a luxury brand, Guerlain’s price point isn’t for everyone, but at the least the palette contains 0.32 oz. worth of product, which is $184/oz. compared to brands like Chanel ($233/oz. for a quad), Dior ($276/oz. for a quint), MAC ($180/oz. for a pre-made quad), and NARS ($265/oz. for a trio). It’s always nice to see a boost in quantity with higher priced products, even if the total price may be a deciding factor. Despite its embellishments and designs, this eyeshadow palette retails for the same their normal quads do.

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Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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Guerlain fans who long for a little more color and oomph will appreciate this palette for its daring hues. The brand certainly didn't skimp on pigmentation so the shades touted as vibrant can actually be used that way.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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