Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Lancome Always Fuchsia Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow
Lancome Always Fuchsia Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow

It’s Not Always Love With This Fuchsia

Lancome Always Fuchsia Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow ($24.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “metallic pink plum.” It’s a pinky purple with a metallic finish. The amount of pink in this shade is what makes it less dupeable. MAC Butterfly Party is darker, more purple. NYX Violetta is darker. Shades like Urban Decay Fishnet is cooler-toned and more fuchsia.

The Infinite Luminous Eyeshadow is supposed to “stray true for 24 hours without creasing” with a “powder-to-cream texture.” If they sound familiar, they should. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows and L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows are both iterations of this type of formula, and it’s not surprising that the three have more in common than not when they’re all owned by L’Oreal (parent).

Always Fuchsia is more one-note in color, which makes it more like the Infallible range. I expected the formula to be nearly flawless, but the color payoff when used dry is incredibly sheer. It really needs to be used damp or wet to achieve even, full color coverage (which is how I applied it to the lid, no base used).  When used dry, even when pressed, it doesn’t seem to bind together well, so it ends up sheer and harder to apply.  There was some fall out during application either way.  It wears well, though–I tested Always Fuchsia for twelve hours, and I didn’t experience any creasing or fading (both over and without a primer).   The texture wasn’t quite as finely-milled as some of the best shades from the Eyes to Kill Intense and Infallible ranges; it was a little chunky to me.

I was personally more than a little disappointed, and I’m wondering if I happened to receive samples of two of the poorer performing shades (because I also tried Enduring Vert, which I’ll review next, and my experience was similar there).  I’m definitely going to see if I can try some of the other shades to see; I hope this one is just one of the misses and the rest are hits (like what Perpetual Purple was for Infallibles).

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Always Fuchsia

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There are really two points really driven home about this formula: intense pigmentation, incredible long-wear. It wears long and well overall, but the color payoff when dry is sheer.

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8/10

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6/10

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8/10

Longevity

10/10

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4/5

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Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Bone Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “cream sparkle.” It’s a pale, golden ivory with lots of sparkle and shine.  What’s really crazy is that it looks very yellow in the pan, but it’s not really yellow (just lightly warm and cream-colored) swatched and applied. Cinderella Ball Gown is similar, whiter. Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra is also a bit whiter. Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse is similar. theBalm Tempting Tara is more metallic.

The Sparkle Eyeshadow formula is the brand’s take on glitter with “shimmering pearls and fine glitter” that is crease-free and long-lasting.  Bone is nicely pigmented with a good base color along with plenty of sparkle.   The sparkle felt well-embedded within the eyeshadow, so fall out during application and throughout wear was minimized.  There was some noticeable fall out that occurred throughout the eight hours I wore this, and I did have faint creasing after eight hours of wear (without a primer).

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For an eyeshadow that's as loaded up with sparkle as this one is, the fall out was surprisingly little, but there was some, which couldn't be overlooked.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

7/10

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4/5

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette
Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette

This is Better Than a Fairy Tale

This is part two of the review for the  Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.70 oz.), which focuses on the next ten eyeshadows in the palette.  To read a review of the palette overall as well as the wear, read part one.

Gus Gus is described as a “gold shimmer.” It’s a bright sunshine yellow with a golden shimmer and sheen–the finish is fairly frosted. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was smooth and soft. OCC Triptych is darker. Urban Decay Honey is darker, more molten. Bare Escentuals Remix is not as yellow. MAC Goldmine is a smidgen more orange.

Charming is described as a “nude pearl.” It’s a warm champagne with a hint of yellow and a frosted, metallic finish. The pigmentation was right-on, and this shade was soft and smooth. Make Up For Ever #101 is not quite as warm. MAC Nylon is similar. MAC Femme-fi is a little less frosted. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is similar but less metallic.

Chateau is described as a “brown shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark red-toned brown with a frosted sheen. The payoff was excellent and true-to-pan, while the texture was smooth and finely-milled. NARS Flowers 3 is more matte. Urban Decay Stray Dog is less warm. Illamasqua Focus is similar. Benefit Dandy Brandy is similar, not quiet as red-toned. Urban Decay YDK is very close.

Palace is described as a “rose gold shimmer.” It’s a soft brown-ish beige with a frosted sheen. Again, the color payoff here was true-to-pan, while the texture was smooth and soft. Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon is less warm. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is similar. theBalm Stand-offish is barely lighter. Chanel Beige Lame is more matte. Giorgio Armani #9 is more metallic.

Drizella is described as a “medium brown golden shimmer.” It’s a coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was lovely, and the texture felt like silk. This shade is fairly dupeable by shades like Tarina Tarantino Amber, Urban Decay Half Baked, Make Up For Ever #12, and MAC Amber Lights.

Cinders is described as a “black with gold glitter.” This is a dark brown-toned black with gold sparkle. The finish is satiny. When I tested this on the eye, it was incredibly pigmented–a light hand is recommended! Bobbi Brown Black Gold is similar. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar but has more coppered shimmer. MAC Legendary Black is softer. Milani Melange has more gold shimmer.

Jaq is described as a “mauve matte gold shimmer.” It’s a burgundy-tinged brown with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied easily and smoothly. Urban Decay Muse is more matte. Urban Decay Barlust is more red-toned. MAC Twilight Falls is grayer. theBalm Caught in the Act Courtney is more burgundy.

Midnight is described as a “midnight blue with light blue glitter.” It’s a blackened navy blue with blue shimmer and sparkle. It had good color payoff and was fairly smooth to apply. Urban Decay Occupy is bluer, lighter. theBalm The Stroke is more matte. Bare Escentuals Shaken Not Stirred is darker. Make Up For Ever #147 is similar.

A Wish is described as a “cream pearl.” It is a soft beige with a satiny finish. The color is true-to-pan and applied smoothly. Urban Decay Anonymous is warmer. theBalm Adagio is similar but matte. MAC Brule is also similar but matte. Urban Decay Kinky is very similar, but it does have a matte finish.

Rococo is described as a “plum with multi-glitter.” It is a plummy burgundy with a satiny sheen. While I saw sparkle in the pan, it did not seem to translate to the swatch or the eye. The color was nicely pigmented, and it wasn’t powdery. Chanel Ebloui is more shimmery. Bare Escentuals Kismet is browner. Bare Escentuals Most Requested is less plum. theBalm Moderato is more matte. theBalm Sexy is darker.

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Disney Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette (by Sephora) Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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Well worth the price of admission, Sephora's collaboration with Disney for a Cinderella-inspired collection has been done well and without gimmicks, which makes it all the more impressive.

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9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette
Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette

This is Better Than a Fairy Tale

Cinderella Storylook Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes 20 shades of fairytale-inspired eyeshadows. This is a palette created by Sephora in collaboration with Disney. The review is split into two posts (10 eyeshadows in each), but the rating reflects the palette as a whole.

Maiden is described as a “glittery magenta.” It’s a medium-dark magenta pink with subtle blue undertones and silver micro-glitter. It’s almost fine enough to be shimmer or sparkle, not so much micro-glitter even. The color payoff was good, and I didn’t experience fall out problems with this shade. Estee Lauder Violet Underground is brighter, pinker. L’Oreal Glistening Garnet is lighter, more metallic/frosted. MAC Moon Rose is very similar, but it doesn’t have glitter. NARS Caravaggio is darker, pinker. Make Up For Ever #52 is more purple.

All Aglow is described as a “shimmering tan.” It’s a warm-toned, amber gold–a little brown, subdued copper, with a golden shimmer-sheen. The finish is very frosted, and it had good color payoff and applied smoothly. Clarins Enchanted is more golden. Bobbi Brown Pink Chandelier is similar, slightly browner. Urban Decay Half Baked is similar, a little yellower. Bare Escentuals Louder is comparable. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is a bit darker.

Destined is described as a “light blue pearl.” It’s a subdued, almost gray-ish blue with a green-gold shimmer-sheen. It’s one of those extremely versatile colors that will lean one way or the other depending on what is applied next to it. MAC Sky yields a similar effect, but it’s much, much darker. Giorgio Armani #10 is lighter and very metallic.

Cinderelly is described as a “sea foam green matte.” It’s a soft sea foam green, though it’s almost like a meadow-y green, because the yellow undertone is a bit stronger than what I’d expect in a sea foam green shade. The finish is mostly matte. The pigmentation was good, and the texture was silky-soft and smooth. MAC Guacamole is darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is lighter. Make Up For Ever #34 is a bit darker.

Pumpkin Coach is described as a “cream gold.” It’s a soft peach-orange with a dusting of gold sparkle. It had decent color payoff, but this was one of the sheerer shades in the palette and had some powderiness in the texture. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is lighter. Inglot #328 is a bit more beige.

Ball Gown is described as a “pearl white gold.” It’s a soft white with a frosted finish. There’s only a hint of warmth that keeps it from looking like a stark white, but it doesn’t read gold or yellow-y. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. theBalm Sassy is similar. theBalm Envious Erin is warmer, yellower.

Kill Joy is described as a “shimmering taupe.” It’s a frosted taupe–it’s gray, it’s brown, and it’s cool-toned. The color payoff was excellent, and it applied smoothly and evenly. Urban Decay Mushroom is darker. Buxom Pug is a smidgen grayer. MAC Cloudy Afternoon is a bit browner. Urban Decay Bust is less shimmery.

Fairy Godmother is described as a “periwinkle.” It’s a blue-tinged, icy purple. It’s too purple to be periwinkle, which I think would have more blue in it. However, that actually makes it more unique. It had excellent color payoff and a very soft, smooth application. MAC Blue Orbit is darker, more purple. Other than that, I couldn’t think of another potential dupe!

Glass Slipper is described as a “light blue shimmer.” It’s a pale, but bright, bluish white with a frosted sheen. Buxom Husky is bluer. MAC Vellum is lighter. Bare Escentuals Bravo is darker.

Royal is described as a “matte bright blue.” It’s a brightened medium blue with a matte finish. The color payoff was really lovely initially, but when I applied it to the lid, it was somewhat powdery and required some patience. I had to pat it on and be careful to only blend out the edges or else it would look faded. Milani Olympian Blue is comparable. MAC Blue Candy is lighter. MAC Electric Eel is a smidgen darker. Inglot #322 is similar. Make Up For Ever #72 is also quite similar.

The palette is fairly impressive, and it holds its own against other high-end palettes at the same price point.  It’s not perfect, but it’s extremely close.  The fussiest shade was Royal, which was somewhat powdery and had a tendency to fade when applied and during wear (noticeably but not entirely).  The mattes, generally, were very soft and as a result, a smidgen powdery, but none of them were problematic to apply other than Royal.  The shimmers in the palette were nicely pigmented, applied smoothly, and blended out easily.  

The color composition of the palette is just right; neutrals, colors, cool tones, and warm tones.  There is also a healthy variety in finishes from matte to shimmer to satin.  When I tested out the palette for wear, I experienced eight hours without fading when used over a primer, and without a primer, I saw eight hours of good wear with some very slight fading of some of the lighter, more matte colors (like Destined, Cinderelly, and Pumpkin Coach).

I thought the packaging for the palette was rather well-done. The artwork is true to the theme and movie, and what I like is I feel it’s done in a sophisticated, grown-up kind of way that will likely appeal to a wider age group than if they had gone more cartoon-ish. It’s made out of sturdy, durable cardboard with a pull out drawer that houses the eyeshadows. The eyeshadows are all placed in an insert, which is removable, and underneath reveals a hidden velvet-lined drawer for storing eyeliners, small brushes, or, at some later point, jewelry.

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Well worth the price of admission, Sephora's collaboration with Disney for a Cinderella-inspired collection has been done well and without gimmicks, which makes it all the more impressive.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, October 15th, 2012

Chanel Destination Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Destination Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pale-satin shade [that] adds a silver-blue accent to eyes.” It’s a subdued, silver-ish blue with a frosted, metallic finish. When sheered out, it’s almost more silver-white with just a hint of blue. MAC Bright Moon is darker, grayer. Buxom Husky is bluer and lighter–more sky blue. Urban Decay Strip is a bit darker. Urban Decay Mary Jane is also similar, a bit bluer–richer. Inglot #429 is more periwinkle.

I’ve been wanting to review this for awhile, but it’s been sold out online (sold out before I even received mine!) and though it was supposed to be available at regular counters/retailers, I’ve yet to see it pop up online. Luckily, when I checked this weekend, it’s back in stock on Chanel.com. Sometimes I love Illusion d’Ombres, and sometimes, they’re a bit of a miss. Destination is more of a miss for me, unfortunately.

The downfall of Destination is that it doesn’t apply opaque, even if you make an attempt to build it, because it doesn’t apply very evenly. It’s a little splotchy and patchy. As a result, it works better as a base color or applied very sheerly as a wash of shimmer. I think other shades within the formula do a better job of merely illuminating eyes if that was your goal. Destination wore for six hours well, but by eight hours, there was noticeable fading.

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Destination

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I'm a fiend for this type of color normally, but the problems with wear and pigmentation make this a no-go. I'd rather pay $36 (double!) for another Urban Decay Strip or Mary Jane!

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7/10

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8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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3.5/5

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Friday, October 12th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner
Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “deepest black.” I’d argue it’s a dark black, but it’s not the richest, darkest black eyeliner I’ve come across. It’s not soft, and it’s a bit darker than medium black. There is a whole host of other black eyeliners that are comparable; most notably MAC Black Black, MAC Smolder, and Bobbi Brown Black. I promise: updated eyeliner comparisons are on my to-do list!

Long-time readers will remember that Tarina Tarantino’s Hyperliners have been my new favorite since the brand revamped their packaging and product range. I’ve been missing one shade for awhile, and I finally bought it a few weeks ago–just prior to learning about the brand’s exit from Sephora–but it’s still available and at the sale price of $9.  I’m a fan of the formula first and foremost because of the stellar wear and color payoff, and the price point and color range has made it my go-to for several months now.  

Tommy Jet wears for eight hours without fading, smudging, or migrating.  The color payoff of this particular shade is decent to good; it’s not as rich in a single stroke as some of the other shades, but it is buildable.

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If this was just a bit more pigmented in one pass, it'd be a perfect medium-dark black eyeliner to opt for. It's still a great choice, and at the price point, hard to beat.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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