Saturday, September 3rd, 2011


Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Eye Pencils Set

Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Eye Pencils Set

Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Eye Pencils Set ($32.00) includes five travel-sized versions of: Perversion (matte darkest black), Ransom (deep shimmery purple with blue shift), Woodstock (shimmery hot pink), Radium (shimmery bright blue), and Junkie (bright green with gold sparkle).

I’m a long-time fan of the 24/7 Eye Pencils, because they have just enough creaminess for easy gliding across the lash line but not so much that it results in smudging or running. It has a large color range, and they last quite awhile. When I’m doing a look, I often reach for this formula, because it wears all day for me.

  • Perversion is a really deep, dark black with a matte finish. It’s very creamy (more so than the majority of the 24/7 Pencils) but still works well.
  • Ransom is a violet purple with a subtle red undertone and a satiny sheen. The pigmentation is hit or miss; over the years, I’ve had great color from Ransom pencils, but some pencils yield less (the one I received in this set was more of a dud).  The most comparable liner would be Woodstock (the liquid eyeliner).
  • Woodstock is a fuchsia-red pink with a satiny sheen. The pigmentation was decent but not fully opaque in a single pass. It is buildable (see the larger swatch).
  • Radium is a brightened medium blue with a subtle, silvery sheen. It’s nicely pigmented in a single pass.
  • Junkie is a bluish-teal color base with green and gold sparkle. It is similar to MAC Undercurrent — but it seems to have a slightly darker, blue base.

I probably gripe about this each year, but it’s always frustrating as long-time Urban Decay buyer to see these kits, because Urban Decay loves to include a few never-before-seen shades into each kit among shades you might already own.  The Electric Set is the best set to fight against that trend, as Woodstock, Radium, and Junkie are all new and exclusive to the set, and Perversion was only available in the 15th Anniversary set.  I also like how they made one set dominated by bold shades and the other more neutral.  Nevertheless, each shade is 0.03 oz. and a full-sized version is 0.04 oz. and costs $18 a pop–so this kit has $67.50 worth of eyeliner for $32.

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Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Eye Pencils Set Review, Photos, Swatches

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Urban Decay's holiday eyeliner kits are always a good buy if you've been wanting to try the formula or you like the formula and want additional shades. I usually pick up a few to give as gifts/stocking stuffers myself.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, September 2nd, 2011

bareMinerals The Elements Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Elements Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Elements Eyeshadow Quad

Coming in October, bareMinerals The Elements Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) will debut, and it features four shades: Air, Fire, Earth, and Water. bareMinerals’ pressed eyeshadow formula contains SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that gives the shadow a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It’s supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested various combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve happily achieved ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

Air is a grayish beige with a frosted finish. The color is very similar to Urban Decay Ruthless. Air has good color payoff and a really soft, smooth texture that’s dense and buttery.

Fire is a burnt orange with a satiny sheen. The color is much browner compared to MAC Rule, though it’s the closest shade I could think of. I was surprisd by how smooth and pigmented Fire was, because it almost has a matte-like finish so I was expecting a drier texture. Instead, it’s very workable and blendable.

Earth is a gray-tinted green with a pearly sheen. It has more of a sheen than Fire but not as much as a traditional frost does. I love the uniqueness of this color, but the texture is on the drier side so the color payoff is uneven in places and not as dense as I would like. It seems like what MAC Evil Eye should have been, though Earth is lighter.

Water is muted navy blue with an edging of teal. The finish has a lot of sheen to it but less shimmer. It’s bluer and less silvery compared to theBalm Sensational. I think MAC Bold Babe is closer, but it’s a lot less blue. Water had a really soft, silky texture and applied easily onto the lid.

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The Elements Quad

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It's a cooler-toned quad with plenty of color, but it's done in a way that just seems sophisticated to me. I think it's the muted (without being drab) quality of each color -- you have burnt orange, rather than neon orange; subdued navy blue rather than pure blue.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) include shades of yellow, green, and pink.  It is a limited edition trio as part of the summer Dream Weavers Collection.  It’s available at local drugstore retailers, but not all have them and some sold out quickly of their stock so you might have to hunt around your local area for a displayer.

The Browbone shade is a sunshine yellow with a frosted finish. It has great color payoff with a dense texture that’s soft and smooth. It’s a little more golden and muted compared to MAC Bright Sunshine, but they are still rather close; it is also comparable (just a little darker) than MAC Double Feature #1.

The Crease shade is a cool-toned, medium grass green with a pale gold shimmer-sheen. It’s a fun shade, because the base color is cool-toned while the overlying shimmer is considerably warmer. The pigmentation is nice, and the texture is soft so it applies smoothly on the skin. It’s much lighter compared to Wet ‘n’ WIld Earth Looks Small From Down Here as well as Urban Decay Graffiti.

The Eyelid shade is a medium-dark pink with a hint of fuchsia iridescence in the finish. It’s the worst performing shade of the three–not fully pigmented so it applies unevenly (see the patchiness on the left portion of the swatch). The texture was a bit dry and not as dense as the other two shades. The color is similar to Milani Pink Twice. Make Up For Ever #83 is brighter and pinker.

Side note: While I appreciate the concept of identifying which colors go where, I don’t really see the labeling working in this particular trio. This set of colors is hard enough to wear together, let alone with bright yellow all over the brow bone. It could certainly work for a particular look, but overall, it’s a little much. None of this affects the rating, but it’s something I’ve seen more and more brands do. I think it takes away from some of the usefulness of guiding buyers on how to use a certain product. From a more creative stance, I appreciate the interesting pop of green amongst the other two colors (I would have expected copper, brown, or orange).

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Wet 'n' Wild Bright Idea Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

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If the pink shade performed better, this palette would get a better overall score, but it dragged it down to a B+, which is still a good rating--and particular good given the price point.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gris Exquis Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a limited edition single eyeshadow described as “an elegant dove grey.” The Soft Touch formula is finely milled and can be applied wet or dry. Gris Exquis has a soft, silky feel against the skin, and the softness enables it to apply smoothly and blend out easily. It’s a satiny medium-dark gray–it doesn’t lean blue or brown. I like how it doesn’t venture into charcoal territory, but it’s also not too light that it starts looking silvery. theBalm’s Inspirational looks more gunmetal-like and has a more metallic finish. Inglot #339 comes the closest but almost looks a bit purpled around the edges in comparison.

It’s packaged in a shiny black plastic that is rectangular in shape and comes with a black sponge-tipped applicator.  Inside the compact, the upper half also has a compact-sized mirror.  I do find the overall size of the compact larger than necessary to house the eyeshadow–there is still a good amount of excess on the sides of the sponge-tipped applicator (which is wider than the eyeshadow pan).   You get a good amount given it is a single, but you’ll likely want to love the color before plunking down $28.50 for it.

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Gris Exquis

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It's a lovely neutral gray, and the texture is what gives Gris Exquis its allure--so soft and smooth. The shade is dark enough to be perfect in a smoky eye but not so dark it couldn't be used during daytime, too.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

bareMinerals The Dream Sequence Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Dream Sequence Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Dream Sequence Eyeshadow Quad

Slated for an early October release, bareMinerals is launching several pressed eyeshadow quads, including The Dream Sequence ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.), which features four shades: 500 Thread Count, Romp, Boudoir, and Nightcap. bareMinerals’ pressed eyeshadow formula contains SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that gives the shadow a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It’s supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested various combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve happily achieved ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

500 Thread Count is a pale beige with a soft frosted finish. It has a really dense, buttery texture that’s almost more like a cream than a powder. The color payoff is excellent, and I love having such high pigmentation in neutral shades, which sometimes go on sheer. MAC Creamy Bisque is a touch lighter, while Urban Decay Skimp is a touch darker. It is rather close to bareMinerals Chance but warmer and with a frosted finish.

Romp is a plummy mauve with a brownish metallic finish. The texture is really soft and smooth with good color payoff. The shade itself is browner than MAC Azuki Bean and theBalm Curvy Cami. It is similar to MAC Tendersmoke but a bit darker.

Boudoir is an iridescent fuchsia-purple with a frosted finish. The texture was soft and smooth, and the pigmentation was good overall though not as dense as I’d like it to be (ideally–I am being nit picky here). I’m fond of this kind of color, but it is a shade that a lot of brands have put out, so you might have something similar in your stash already.

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The Dream Sequence

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If you love purples, this is definitely the quad for you! I love the different finishes of the quad, because it will allow you to get a lot of depth and variety out of your looks.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, August 30th, 2011


Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition palette from Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Dream Weavers Collection, which you can find at various drugstores–but the collection is not carried at all locations/stores, so you might want to call ahead. This trio contains a greenish gold, navy blue, and grassy green.

The Browbone shade is an olive green interwoven with antique gold with a frost finish. The green dominates this color, whereas we typically see antique golds that cast green but still read gold. I thought this would compare with Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon, but it doesn’t; it’s so much greener, they’re not even close. Bare Minerals Spectacular is closer but it has a browner base, so it appears darker and the finish is more metallic. Urban Decay Urb is greener (and terrible quality). theBalm Makeout Mary was the closest I could think of, but it doesn’t have as much gold (it ends up looking greener). The texture of this browbone shade is soft and smooth, and it has good color payoff.

The Crease shade is a purpled navy blue with a soft frost finish. The texture is drier and not as dense as the browbone shade, but the color payoff is still nice, though it isn’t as pigmented as the browbone shade. Urban Decay Goddess is similar in color but sheer, while Make Up For Ever #81 is darker. I expect MAC Contrast compares well with this shade though probably darker.

The Eyelid shade is a cool-toned grassy green with a soft frost finish. The texture is soft here, and the color payoff is good–there is no dryness like there was with the crease shade, but it’s not quite as dense as the browbone shade. This color is almost an exact dupe for Urban Decay Graffiti.

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Wet 'n' Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is a really nice trio to work with, and finding these kinds of colors with good color payoff at this price point can be difficult.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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