Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Summer 2011: Lilium Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad ($57.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a collection of green and “brown” shades. The lighest shade is a soft peach beige with subtle warmth and a barely-there frost finis. The second lightest shade is a yellowed chartreuse green with a medium frost finish. Next, there is a smoky, bluish green with a blackened base and a metallic-frost finish. The final shade is the most complex, because it’s a mix of mauve, gray, and taupe with a dusting of cool bronze shimmer.

All four shades applied really nicely; pigmented enough to provide true-to-pan color but the texture was soft to allow for really easy application, where the colors blended seamlessly with each other and adhered well to the lid (over a base). There is a mix of tones here–the lighter shades are warmer and brightening, while the two darker shades are cooler, smokier. The size of the quad is nice, too — each eyeshadow is about 0.06 oz., which is a little higher than the average individual eyeshadow (0.05 oz.). When you start thinking about Chanel, their palettes are often the best bang for your buck.

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Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

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The color palette of the quad is not at all what I think of when it comes to summer but yet it works. It's almost like a mix of spring and fall that pairs well with all of the corals of summer.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, April 18th, 2011

Milani I Heart You Baked Eyeshadow
Milani I Heart You Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Metallic Eyeshadow: I Heart You

Milani I Heart You Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a coppery red with a shimmery, metallic finish.  It looks redder in the pan than it is when swatched–there is a coppery orange that is much more pronounced when applied.  It reminded me of MAC Coppering, but obviously in a baked form.

Milani’s Baked Metallic Eyeshadows can be used wet or dry–wet for more intensity, dry for more luminosity (which, given the context, must mean sheerer color). Given the nature of baked eyeshadows, I Heart You does apply smoother and more evenly when applied wet than dry, but still, it is quite pigmented when used dry. The texture is fairly smooth and soft, but when applied, there is a touch of fall out. It’s not unforgivable, but I did notice 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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I Heart You

B+
It's a really pigmented shade, and it applies fairly well (just a little bit of fall out) whether you use it wet or dry.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Giorgio Armani Champagne (8) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Champagne (8) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

More Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow with #8

Giorgio Armani Champagne (8) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a darkened pink-tinged champagne with a bright, metallic sheen.  This is the first Eyes to Kill Intense shade that I felt worked better wet than dry, in terms of color pay off, but I can see many falling in love with the sheerer, dry version for a quick wash of brightness on the lid (especially since these wear all day even without a base).

This is a product that lives up to its claims–it wears all day without budging, creasing, or fading–and blends as well on its own as it does with other eyeshadows (or on top of an eyeshadow base). Giorgio Armani describes the Eyes to Kill Intense formula as neither powder nor cream but a hybrid that creates a “smooth, lasting color film” that can be applied wet or dry.  Giorgio Armani explains, “Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye … Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.”

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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It's an eyeshadow you can wear alone, as a base, or on a base, because it's budge-proof, crease-proof, and wears all day long. I felt like Champagne wasn't as pigmented dry as all the other shades I've tried have been, which was a little disappointing.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Urban Decay Purple Haze Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Purple Haze Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Purple Haze Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Purple Haze Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a vibrant grape purple with a matte finish. It’s officially described as a “bright purple.” Urban Decay’s matte eyeshadows are definitely underrated, and it’s a shame that the brand doesn’t include more of their matte formula in palettes and seasonal launches. It is similar to MAC Vibrant Grape but purpler and more vibrant.  Urban Decay’s matte formula is really smooth and richly pigmented without being chalky or difficult to blend.  Purple Haze is nice, with just a little excess powdery dust when applied, but it blends out nicely.

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Urban Decay Purple Haze Eyeshadow

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It's a gorgeous shade of matte purple--beautiful in the crease and should be flattering across skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Milani Blue My Mind Baked Eyeshadow
Milani Blue My Mind Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Metallic Eyeshadow: Blue My Mind

Milani Blue My Mind Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark navy blue with a shimmery, metallic finish. Milani’s Baked Metallic Eyeshadows can be used wet or dry–wet for more intensity, dry for more luminosity (which, given the context, must mean sheerer color).

Last time I reviewed Milani eyeshadows, I found them to be so lacking that they made me rather angry. In fact, Blue My Mind resembles Blue Lagoon in the pan color, but thankfully, it’s infinitely better. I was really hesitant to try these, because I feared for the worst, but I’m glad I moved past that fear.

The texture is fairly smooth and soft, but when applied, there is a touch of fall out. It’s not unforgivable, but I did notice it. Given the nature of baked eyeshadows, Blue My Mind does apply smoother and more evenly when applied wet than dry, but still, it is quite pigmented when used dry.

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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Blue My Mind

B+
It's a rather nice shimmery navy blue. I do like that it can be used wet or dry, just because it makes it a more versatile product.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.25 oz.) contains six eyeshadows–three with matte finishes and three with frost finishes. Vanity is a warm-toned palette with a mix of browns and golds. You can see a look I did with this palette here.

The three matte finished shades are: a soft, barely-there beige, dirtied light-medium tan brown, and deep, dark brown with burgundy-red undertones. These mattes were much better than the ones found in the recently launched spring palettes–much smoother, more pigmented, and applied better. I felt they swatched better than they applied, but they still applied decently. The beige shade is surprising, because for as light as it is, it wasn’t chalky at all.

The three frost finished shades are: a pale whitish-gold, bright yellow gold, and rich chocolate bronze. I found the pale gold to be rather sheer, and it easily disappeared when applied, so it did not apply evenly. The pigmentation and texture of the gold and bronze, though, is much nicer–both have good color pay off and are pretty soft, while the bronze is the best in the palette overall.

Vanity is housed in standard fare packaging for Wet ‘n’ Wild; a clear flip top with a black base. It’s sturdy enough for keeping at home, but it might not travel as well (if it’s tossed around a lot). It should stand up to some wear and tear. What I liked most was how well it secured closed. I didn’t find the included brushes to be worth using; they were scratchy and rather splayed.

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Wet 'n' Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B
I think it's a nice palette, and for something that doesn't break the bank, it's definitely a good option for warmer neutrals. I found blending to be a little more time-consuming with these eyeshadows than is par for the course, which is in part due to the texture. These work best layered directly over a base but less so when layered on top of each other--that is when blending is more difficult.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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