Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette
Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette

Full of Product and Quality

Guerlain Calligraphy Eye & Lip Palette ($79.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of three eyeshadows, one eyeshadow/eyeliner (can be used wet or dry), two lipsticks, and two dual-ended brushes. The palette contains 0.19 oz. worth of eyeshadow and 0.16 oz. worth of lipstick. It’s almost the equivalent of four full-sized eyeshadows (average is 0.05 oz.) and about one and a half lipsticks (average is 0.10 oz.).

The first shade is a pale gold with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and it was very soft and smooth to apply. Cinderella Charming is very comparable. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is not as yellow. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is a bit browner. MAC Femme-fi is similar. MAC Nylon is yellower.

Below, the second shade is a light-medium copper orange with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture that went on smoothly. Urban Decay Penny Lane is lighter, less orange. MAC Lantern Light has more red tones. MAC Chessa is more orange.

The third shade is a subdued taupe–a very gray-tinted brown–with a dark champagne shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to apply to the lid. NARS Vent Glace is lighter. theBalm Selfish is darker, grayer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is lighter.

The fourth shade is a dark black with a hint of brown. This shade can actually be used wet or dry. It has a matte finish, and it actually delivered quite a bit of color payoff–it was finely-milled and soft, but it was dry in a sense. It didn’t have a really soft, buttery feel, so there was no powderiness yet nice pigmentation. Estee Lauder Violet Underground has a similar colored black. Le Metier de Beaute Fin is darker, richer.

The first lipstick is a blue-based, medium red with a fair amount of brightness and a satiny finish–a little sheen and pearl but not frosted. It was rich in color, and it wore for seven hours, plus left a stain behind. Dior Marilyn is a smidgen darker. NARS Dragon Girl is more matte. NYX Chic Red is a touch darker.

The second lipstick is an orange-red–very tomato red–with a satiny sheen. It is also fully opaque on lips and wore for six and a half hours. There was a light stain left behind. Chanel Coromandel is more orange. Guerlani Genna is a little more orange-hued. Chanel Excessive is a smidgen brighter.

Overall, it’s a very fine palette; well-made with a sleek, glossy black packaging and includes high-quality eyeshadows and lipsticks that wear well.  I think the shades are more dupeable than not, but they’re all really good.  I didn’t have issues with any of them!  When I wore the eyeshadows together, they lasted for eight hours without a primer and had no signs of creasing or fading.  The lipsticks both wore for over six hours (not a total surprise–they are reds!) and weren’t drying.

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Calligraphy

A+
Overall, it's a very fine palette; well-made with a sleek, glossy black packaging and includes high-quality eyeshadows and lipsticks that wear well. I think the shades are more dupeable than not, but they're all really good.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

MAC Tenderly Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Tenderly Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments Set

Cozy Up with Tenderly Warm

MAC Tenderly Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments Set ($32.50 for 0.40 oz.) consists of four shades: Darling Coquette (soft beige frost), Silk Stocking (beige), Rose Light (rose with copper sparkle), and Ever Elegant (copper frost).

Darling Coquette is a soft, darkened beige with a frosted, metallic finish. When applied dry, it has decent pigmentation, and when applied damp, it binds together better and has more payoff. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is warmer. Urban Decay Juju is a touch darker. Urban Decay Sellout is lighter. MAC Love Connection is slightly rosy. Urban Decay Sin is pinker.

Silk Stocking is a toned-down golden beige with a metallic sheen. This shade is fairly chunky and very metallic. It had so-so payoff when used dry and much better pigmentation when used damp. MAC Retrospeck is a touch darker. Chanel Apprence is similar. Dior Fairy Golds is comparable. Urban Decay Echo Beach is darker.

Rose Light is a light-medium rosy pink with a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was good both dry and wet without much change between the two–the metallic finish is more apparent when it is used damp. This shade was promoted previously in February. Urban Decay Bordello is darker, more mauve-hued. MAC Love Power is similar. MAC Da Bling is darker.

Ever Elegant is a rich coppery brown with a soft, metallic sheen. This is the least shimmery/metallic shade of the four. It is also very pigmented both dry and wet–it’s a little deeper when applied damp. Estee Lauder Violet Underground is a bit more red-toned. Tom Ford Illicit is a bit darker and is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #14 is darker. MAC Antiqued is a touch less red. theBalm Racy Kacy is similar.

This was the best set of the three, because there was better pigmentation across the board, and none of the shades had fall out problems.  When I used the four together, it still made my lids look very wrinkled/crepe-y, though.  Ever Elegant looked the best applied, as it wasn’t too frosted/metallic and lacked the really chunky texture that worsens the effect.  All four shades wore for eight hours without fading or creasing (without a primer/base).

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MAC Tenderly Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments Set Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Using these can be tricky and getting them to smooth out and look flattering on the lids is another challenge. The chunky, almost gritty textures, really don't help this product shine.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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3.5/5

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

MAC Sweetly Smoky Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Sweetly Smoky Crushed Metallic Pigments Set

Pink and Purples Abound in This Set

MAC Sweetly Smoky Crushed Metallic Pigments Set ($32.50 for 0.40 oz.) consists of four shades: Maribu (lilac frost), Prettified (mauvey frost), Femininity (cool pink frost), and Dusty Desire (rich purple frost).

Maribu is a pale, soft pink with a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff is decent, and it is the same both wet and dry. MAC Ready to Party is cooler-toned. Dior Fairy Golds is similar but warmer. MAC Invisible Light is warmer. MAC Young Venus is a touch cooler-toned.

Prettified is a barely mauve-tinged, medium brown with subtle burgundy tones. It has a very, very metallic finish and chunky sparkle. Applied dry, there was very little color, but it did pop a lot more when applied damp. Bare Escentuals Most Requested is similar to the base color but is mostly matte. MAC Supersweet is similar but a bit darker, less metallic.

Femininity is a vibrant fuchsia magenta with an iridescent purple shimmer-sheen. It is a bit sheer when used dry, but it comes together better when applied damp. Urban Decay Infamous is pinker and doesn’t have the iridescence. Wet ‘n ‘Wild Shimmer the Night Away is similar with a subtler sheen. Urban Decay Fishnet is less metallic. MAC Stars ‘n Rockets is very similar. MAC Aurora is less brown and metallic but similar.

Dusty Desire is a rich, dark purple with a subtle cool undertone. It was smoother than the other three shades, so it was more forgiving on the lids. It had good color payoff dry, but it had excellent pigmentation when applied damp. MAC Drawn to Drama is darker. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple has a stronger red undertone. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister also has a stronger red undertone.

Prettified is really hard to work with, and I had problems with fall out during wear, even when I used it wet.  Dusty Desire was the easiest to use and smooth out.  Maribu and Femininity are somewhere in-between; noticeably chunky and need a fair amount of smoothing to be manageable, but they didn’t have fall out problems like Prettified.  You can see how it really accentuates the texture on my lids when I wore this set for testing, unfortunately!  I find this product tends to work best when paired with mattes and satins; use one or two as your focal point, then build around it with less metallic and frosted textures.

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MAC Sweetly Smoky Crushed Metallic Pigments Set Review, Photos, Swatches

B
Using these can be tricky and getting them to smooth out and look flattering on the lids is another challenge. The chunky, almost gritty textures, really don't help this product shine.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set

A Cool-Toned Set of Chunky, Metallic Pigments

MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set ($32.50 for 0.40 oz.) consists of four shades: She’s Got Class (silver frost), Moss Garden (light green blue frost), Spruced (teal frost), and I’ve Got a Crush on You (browned teal frost).  This set will launch early next week online and in-stores on November 8th.

She’s Got Class is a silver-tinged white with a frosted, metallic finish. It’s sheer when applied dry, and it comes together and yields better payoff when applied damp. There are a number of shades that are comparable, including Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away, Cinderella Ball Gown , MAC How to Marry, theBalm Metal-ica, and Maybelline Too Cool.

Moss Garden is a pale, dirty green with a gray-rown base. It’s a very interesting color, though it is a repromote from the Butterfly Party (Vera, ’12). Lancome Enduring Vert is greener. Chanel Rivere is lighter, greener. MAC Water is much, much darker. Urban Decay Money is similar, but it is darker.

Spruced is a rich emerald green with a hint of teal. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and it was less metallic/frosted compared to the other shades in the set. Just a heads up, this shade stains incredibly easily. I would absolutely recommend using a base underneath it to minimize it. I had major staining on my arm (and it wasn’t on for longer than five minutes there) and my eye when I wore it in the crease. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is greener, lighter. MAC Jealousy Wakes is greener, less teal. MAC Double Feature 4 is darker. Urban Decay Minx is lighter.

I’ve Got a Crush on You is a strong red-toned, medium-dark brown with a green-teal duochrome. It’s like a jacked up version of MAC Club, MAC Blue Brown, and Too Faced Label Whore. When it’s applied dry, it’s much redder and has less of a duochrome–the duochrome mostly comes out when it is applied damp.  The texture on this shade was a bit finer than She’s Got Class or Moss Garden.

I always feel rather torn over these sets. The colors are often gorgeous, but the finish, which looks fun and sparkly and glitzy on my arm, looks spectacularly awful on my lids. I find they have to be used very sparingly and take some patience to work with, because they give my lids a very wrinkled, crepe-y appearance. All the frost and metallic just tends stick against itself and accentuate any texture on the lids. I used these wet for the look, as it tends to be the easiest way to minimize fall out, amplify color, and get each shade to smooth out.

I want to love these so bad, but they’re a product I never return to, for as beautiful as the colors are, they are difficult to use and are unflattering on my eyes.  They are similar to MAC Pigments, but the texture is much chunkier–think of the chunkiest MAC pigment (Kitschmas always comes to my mind), and these are going to be chunkier.  They wear well, though, and used damp, there is very minor fall out during wear, and they do not crease or fade even if used alone (without a primer or base).

Something really cool: these sets have always been a really good value, and the holiday sets are actually $1.50 less than the sets released in February ($34.00).

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MAC Brilliantly Cool Crushed Metallic Pigments Set Review, Photos, Swatches

B
Using these can be tricky and getting them to smooth out and look flattering on the lids is another challenge. The chunky, almost gritty textures, really don't help this product shine.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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3.5/5

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Monday, October 29th, 2012

Wet 'n' Wild Shimmer the Night Away Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away Eyeshadow Palette

A Cool-Toned Holiday Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.30 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows; one column is a gradient of white to black, while the second column features cool-toned colors in pink, purple, and blue. I bought mine from my local CVS, which only had two of the palette in stock, and it is limited edition.

The white shade is a pale, icy white with a soft frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and it had a soft, blendable texture. MAC Crystal Avalanche has more frost in its finish. theBalm Sassy has more frost and is less icy. Bare Escentuals Cheers is similar but whiter–starker in a way.

The gray shade is a light-medium gray with a soft, metallic finish with a touch of silver sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Evening Grey is darker. Guerlain Les Gris has a shade that is barely darker. Giorgio Armani #22 is more metallic. MAC Electra has a smoother finish–more of a sheen.

The dark gray shade is a soft, dark black with subtle brow undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff when swatched, but it performed better on the eye. It is comparable in color to black eyeshadows such as MAC Carbon, NARS Self Portrait 1, and Illamasqua Obsidian.

The black shade is a deep, dark black with a sprinkle of teal micro-shimmer–you don’t really see the shimmer show up on the eye, so it ends up looking mostly matte. It had good pigmentation and was very blendable, which is exactly what you need when you work with such a dark black. Giorgio Armani #1 is more matte, slightly warmer. Le Metier de Beaute is darker, warmer. Milani Pitch Black is very comparable, as is MAC Dark Dare.

The lilac shade is a soft, pink-lilac with a golden shimmer-sheen. This was the “warmest” shade out of the eight. The base color is cool-toned, but the golden sheen brings in some warmth. It was true-to-pan in color, though it is a lighter shade. The texture was very soft but a smidgen powdery. MAC Creative Whim is more purple. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is similar but doesn’t have any golden shimmer.

The fuchsia shade is a fuchsia-magenta with an iridescent purple shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was the least pigmented in the palette–the texture was kind of crumbly, where the powder just didn’t bind together well. MAC Stylishly Merry is darker. Urban Decay Fishnet is very close in color. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets is also similar.

The purple shade is a medium, cool-toned purple with a soft frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, and it performed a bit better on the eye. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds has a similar shade that’s a bit cooler-toned. MAC Violet is darker, richer in color–less subdued. MAC Beautiful Iris is similar, a little more blue-based.

The blue shade is a medium-dark blue with a satiny sheen. There is a very subtle violet edge to this that keeps it from being true blue. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery. MAC Switch to Blue is bluer. Sugarpill Velocity is brighter. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is similar but brighter, more shimmery. MAC Atlantic Blue is darker, more vibrant, and matte.

When I was testing this palette, the only shade I had real trouble with was the fuchsia shade, because it didn’t bind together well, so there was a lot of fall out to clean-up during application, and I really had to pack it on. It was the kind of shade that you’d apply, move on, and then it would look faded before you finished the rest of your look! Wet ‘n’ Wild’s eyeshadows in this palette have a soft, dense texture that can be a smidgen powdery for the more matte-finished shades. The pigmentation was good overall, with some shades coming in just under, and a couple going above. I noticed slight fading after wearing this palette for eight hours with a base; the slight fading was apparent after seven hours when worn without a base.

P.S. — I’d love to see the palettes have names for each eyeshadow! I thought it’d be fun to try and name them, so here are mine (I’d LOVE to hear yours!): Snow Fairy, Winter’s Edge, Stormy Wind, Knight of the Vale / Morning Glory, Treasured, Icy Delights, Skyline.

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Wet 'n' Wild Shimmer the Night Away Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B
The color combination is great, and I like that there is some variety in the finishes--frosts, satins, and mattes. It is a good palette overall, and for most, the major miss (fuchsia) can be overlooked at the $3.99 price point. That blue on the bottom is worth the $3.99 alone--stunning and harder to come by.

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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4.5/5

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Monday, October 29th, 2012

L'Oreal Blinged & Brilliant Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Blinged & Brilliant Infallible Eyeshadow

Make Holiday Magic with This Blinged & Brilliant Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Blinged & Brilliant Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm peach-beige with a bright, metallic finish. Milani Champagne Toast is a bit darker. MAC Summer Haze is fairly similar–perhaps a touch lighter. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is less metallic and softer. MAC Jest is very close in color, just less metallic.

I snagged this at my local CVS last week, and I’m in love!  It’s incredibly soft, finely-milled, and smooth but the finish is high-frost, high-shine.  It’s also absolutely dazzling and sparkling and all things magic during the holidays.  If ever there was an occasion that merited finding the most sparkly finishes on the planet, it is the holidays.  The pigmentation is excellent, whether you use it wet or dry, you’ll get full coverage.  If you apply it damp, you’ll find the metallic finish is more prominent, while when used dry, it’s a combination of metallic and frost.  I tested this shade, and it lasted for the twelve hours I wore it without fading or creasing (no base).

To make it less metallic, pat a matte eyeshadow on top (something beige and neutral works, or something of a similar color). Also worth noting: because of the extremely metallic, frosted finish, it can emphasize dryness on the eyes.

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Blinged & Brilliant

Temptalia Recommends
A+
If ever there was an occasion that merited finding the most sparkly finishes on the planet, it is the holidays. This is a fantastic way to impart a lovely metallic shadow without breaking the bank!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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