Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl

Old Standbys Get a New Outfit

MAC Marilyn Monroe Eye Kohls ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) sees the promotion of two permanent shades: Fascinating (intense matte white) and Smolder (intense black). If you purchase from the collection, the pencils you’ll receive come in a glossy black box and are packaged in a glossy black pencil, compared to the matte black packaging of the permanent shades. They cost exactly the same, and while online is listing these as 0.05 oz. (or 1.45g), my pencils say 0.048 oz. (or 1.36g), making them the same size as the permanent ones as well.

  • Fascinating is a bright white with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation in a single pass. Dolce & Gabbana white is similar but a bit brighter, not as cool-toned. MAC Pure White is also similar but more of a neutral white.
  • Smolder is a dark black with a near-matte finish. It had good color payoff in one stroke. It’s a basic black eyeliner, so it has many dupes available.

The Eye Kohl formula is supposed to be a soft pencil eyeliner that delivers rich color along with a smooth finish.  Smolder was really creamy and glided on easily, while Fascinating was a bit drier, but it still applied evenly and didn’t pull or tug on the lash line.  Smolder remains smudge-able for awhile and eventually sets, but I did see some additional smudging after wearing it for eight hours on my lower lash line.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

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MAC Fascinating + Smolder Eye Kohls Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B+
I don't get the best wear with these, so for me, they're not my go-to pick for eyeliner. I'd rather use MAC's Chromagraphic Pencil formula (which is PRO) or their Technakohl range.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC How to Marry Eyeshadow
MAC How to Marry Eyeshadow

A Story of Four Misses

MAC Marilyn Monroe Eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) include these four shades How to Marry (soft white), Preferred Blonde (pale champagne beige), Showgirl (dark blue grey), and Silver Screen (true silver). All four are supposed to have a veluxe pearl finish, and they are double the size of a regular MAC eyeshadow.

How to Marry is a pale, cool-toned white with so-so color payoff and a frosted finish. MAC Crystal Avalanche is very, very similar–and it has better color payoff and is part of the permanent range! Maybelline Too Cool is similar but a cream product. theBalm Sassy is similar. Bobbi Brown White is matte. Bare Escentuals Cheers is also similar.

Preferred Blonde is a warm white with a hint of champagne and a frosted finish. It has semi-sheer color payoff. MAC White Frost is whiter. theBalm Envious Erin is warmer. MAC Dazzlelight is a smidgen more beige. MAC Vanilla is not as shimmery.

Showgirl is a medium-dark navy blue with a hint of purple and a silver shimmer. It has so-so pigmentation, but it is a little dry and stiff. MAC Bright Moon is more metallic. MAC Frozen Blue is lighter. theBalm Matt Horowitz is a bit darker. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush is more purple.

Silver Screen is a sheer silver-white with a frosted finish. If it was more opaque, you could get more of a metallic sheen out of it. Buxom Sheepdog is very close but cream. Tarina Tarantino Lovely has a very similar shade. MAC Filament is similar but it also has some quality issues. MAC Misty is similar but more metallic.

Three of the four really look very similar, and even on, it was hard to tell where one shade ended and the other began. The dusty, powdery quality of the texture of these made it difficult to apply and made them prone to fading and fall out post-application. I tried applying them over bare lids, over primer (NARS Smudgeproof), and used damp.  I really couldn’t get half-decent payoff without using a primer and using them wet and packing the color on. “Highly pigmented powder” they are not.  Here’s my thinking: if you dig the colors, consider creating a quad using these four permanent MAC eyeshadows: Crystal Avalanche, Dazzlelight, Contrast, and Electra.

On a different note, I think the composition of these four was disappointing. I would have loved to have seen a matte shade or two, which would have fit with the theme, and it would have made for more versatile and dynamic looks. I didn’t feel like these shades went well with the lipsticks (the bluish-gray was definitely throwing everything off), and it was frost overload.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

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MAC Marilyn Monroe Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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Here's my thinking: if you dig the colors, consider creating a quad using these four permanent MAC eyeshadows: Crystal Avalanche, Dazzlelight, Contrast, and Electra.

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6/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3/5

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Chanel Apparence Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Apparence Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Apparence Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new and limited edition “gold bronze” releasing just in time for the holidays. It’s a shimmering, pale bronze with a subtle golden warmth. The finish is strongly metallic with a fair bit of sparkle. Bobbi Brown Bronze is similar, slightly darker, and has chunky sparkle. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is a smidgen darker and has glitter. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower.

Illusion d’Ombre is a long-wearing eyeshadow with a gel texture and can be worn as an eyeshadow or as an eyeliner.  It feels spongy; you can see in my pot that it’s pulled away from the sides, but a simple push of the product with a spatula spread it back into place.  Upon touch, it hadn’t dried out or anything, either (in case you were curious!).  When applied, it has a slight translucent quality to the overall color, which actually makes it look nice as a wash, but it’s not fully opaque.  It also appears lighter on than it does in the pot, which is a result of the high sheen finish.

When I took it for a test-drive, it lasted for a full eight hours without creasing or fading, and perhaps, more importantly, I didn’t experience any fall out. There’s a sparkle to it that’s not obvious but noticeable, on top of the metallic finish. I think so long as you weren’t looking for fully opaque color, you’ll like this. I can see a lot of Chanel fans more than happy with this shade release.

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Apparence

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I think so long as you weren't looking for fully opaque color, you'll like this. I can see a lot of Chanel fans more than happy with this shade release.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

OCC Overlook Loose Colour Concentrate
OCC Overlook Loose Colour Concentrate

Don’t Overlook This Plum

OCC Overlook Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.50 for 2.5g) is described as a “deep plum shimmer.” It’s a red-toned medium-dark plum with a soft, frosted finish. When applied dry, it has a more subdued finish–less of a sheen–than it does when used damp, where the frosted sheen comes forth. Urban Decay Last Call is redder, less purple. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is darker, more purple, less of a sheen. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is darker, more burgundy. MAC Plum Dressing is a smidgen darker and less frosted. NARS Caravaggio is lighter, more purple.

It has a soft, silky-smooth texture with a finely-milled powder consistency.  It’s opaque whether it’s used dry or wet, though there is a notable difference in the finish depending on the application method.  Because it’s so finely-milled, it applies evenly and melts against the skin like butter.  I tried it on the eye without a primer, and I didn’t have any creasing or fading even after a full eight hours of wear.

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Overlook

A+
Not too red, not too purple; Overlook is a nice balance between the two that creates a wearable plum shade that has a lot of versatility.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette

It Is… Love!

For the holidays, Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) features four eyeshadows–two matte and two iridescent shades. It should start popping up retailers and counters in October.

The first shade is a light-medium golden orange–more like an orange-toned gold than your expected yellowy gold. It has a soft, frosted finish with a silky-smooth, finely-milled consistency that applies beautifully on the skin. The pigmentation was true-to-pan, and it didn’t require any layering or packaging to achieve opaque color. Milani Gold Dust is a smidgen darker and has a more metallic finish. Clarins Enchanted Summer is darker, less orange. Giorgio Armani #1 is similar, slightly less orange. MAC Goldmine is much yellower.

Next, there is a rusted, reddish-brown with a satiny finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was very soft to the touch and easy to blend on the eye. NARS Self Portrait 3 is lighter. MAC Magnetic Attraction is similar but has more gold shimmer. MAC In the Sun is redder. NARS California is richer, more orange. MAC Mythical is lighter. Guerlain Les Fauves has a shade that’s a bit darker, browner.

Below, there is a darker, muted reddish-plum with a hint of brown. The finish has a slight sheen to it, but it is mostly matte. The color payoff was good, and the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. MAC In the Sun is shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux reminded me–just barely–of this shade, but it is much darker, more burgundy. theBalm Racy Kacy is more orange/brown.

The last shade in the palette is a gray-tinged medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a soft, buttery texture that made opaque color a breeze to achieve. Dior Fairy Golds has a very similar shade in it. Urban Decay Barlust is darker. MAC Havana is warmer. MAC Chestnut is warmer.

Turandot is a warm-toned palette that combines surprisingly well; I thought the shades might not offer enough contrast, but they can and do.  The two middle shades are similar but have different undertones, so they’re noticeably different when placed near each other.  I would not say that any of these shades are particularly unique, so the color combination could be replicated with products you may already own.  It’s, of course, nice to have them all in a single palette.  I don’t think I would have thought to put these particular shades together.  It does seem a little autumnal in color, even if it is for the holidays.

The quality is good across the board, with the two more matte shades having just slightly less color payoff compared to the shimmery shades.  They held up well on the eye, all four shades lasting for ten hours without any fading or creasing, both over a primer and without one. It’s one of my personal favorite palettes that have come out in the past year!

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Turandot

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The quality is good across the board, with the two more matte shades having just slightly less color payoff compared to the shimmery shades.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, September 24th, 2012

OCC Technoir Loose Colour Concentrate
OCC Technoir Loose Colour Concentrate

It’s Blue! It’s Purple! Maybe It’s Both…

OCC Technoir Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.50 for 2.5g) is described as a “purpled navy shimmer.” It’s a bluish-violet with navy blue and violet shimmer. There was an almost duo-chrome-like finish to it. Giorgio Armani Ecailles is similar but has a more satiny finish. MAC Wintersky is lighter. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is darker, more purple. Burberry Midnight Blue is similar, slightly bluer. MAC Naval Blue is darker, bluer.

The texture is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly without effort.  When applied dry, it has a softer, more subdued appearance and had good color payoff.  When applied wet, it was slightly richer in color, and it was fully pigmented.  I wore it on the lid for eight hours without a primer and did not experience any fading or creasing during that time period.  This shade will look bluer or more purple depending on what you use with it, but alone, it looks more purple than blue, but it’s not full-on purple.

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Technoir

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This shade will look bluer or more purple depending on what you use with it, but alone, it looks more purple than blue, but it's not full-on purple.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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