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Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons in Intro(vert), Jazz(berry), Th(ink)

Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) are available in six shades, and it is described as a “waterproof pencil eyeliner” with a “gel formula [that] allows the richest pigments and the smoothest application for intense color.” It may look like your regular pencil eyeliner, but it’s actually a twist-up pencil (and there’s a detachable sharpener on the opposite end of the pencil). Worth noting, you’re getting the amount of product typically found in twist-up pencils (0.01 oz.), rather than regular pencils (0.04 oz.). From my experience with the three shades I tried, which I’ve been working with for the past week and a half, I found the quality to be inconsistent. Th(ink) was the best performer, while Jazz(berry) was disappointing. All three shades were more unique in color than not, and I couldn’t think of any satisfactory dupes for any of them, so there is that. All three shades wore well for eight hours without fading or migrating, and after nine and a half hours, they looked thinner but not smudged or welled up in the corners of my eyes. I took showers with them on, and they didn’t seem to budge or smear, so I agree with the waterproof claim.

Intro(vert) (52) is a cool-toned emerald green with a frosted silver sparkle and finish. It had decent payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. The consistency was smooth overall and didn’t tug at the lash line. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade. Sephora Good Mood is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #52L is bluer. MAC Blue Noon is darker, bluer. See comparison swatches. You can also see a post I did on green-leaning teal eyeliners here.

Jazz(berry) (46) is a warm-toned, pink-plum with a subtle golden sheen and copper undertone. It was semi-sheer in a single pass, and it was only semi-opaque when I attempted to layer the color by applying it back-and-forth. The pencil didn’t tug on my lash line, but the color was prone to skipping/uneven application. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade–nothing came close. Not even Urban Decay 1999, as it was darker and less pink.

Th(ink) (44) is a deepened, blue and copper-shimmered violet over a blackened base. In a single pass, it had semi-opaque color, but it was very, very buildable and easy to layer with a couple of passes for very rich and intense color. This shade was the creamiest and easiest to apply of the three I tried. Make Up For Ever #8K is bluer, darker, less shimmery. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is more muted, matte. See comparison swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Intro(vert) (52)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Jazz(berry) (46)
5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
67%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Th(ink) (44)
Th(ink) (44)
Th(ink) (44)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30), June Beetle (31), Gold Hercule (32) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Kaleidoscope Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) include six, limited edition hues. This post features three of them, as I haven’t yet tested the other three for wear yet. The consistency of these seems like a pressed powder initially, but the powder is not fully pressed, so it loosens as you sweep your applicator across it, so it is really a tightly packed loose powder–ultimately, easier to use than a true loose powder. If you apply them with a damp brush, the intensity and color stays throughout the wear, unlike some products that initially go on intensely but fade quickly. These are rated for 24-hour wear, which is beyond my testing limits, but I did wear them for 14 hours with no fading or creasing (both without a primer and with a primer). The texture seemed more finely-milled than past iterations of the ETK Intense formula, and all three were easy to blend and smooth out on the lid. Two of the three were somewhat sheerer when I initially swatched compared to many others I’ve tried (but I had no trouble building to opaque color when I applied to the lid).  Gold Hercule performed the best out of the three.

Rose Popillia (30) is a smoky, plum and gold shimmered mauve. It looked warmer, lighter in the pot, and then swatched, a very smoky, grayish purple base comes out. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it’s slightly more pigmented but not fully opaque. On the lid, it can be layered and built up to opaque color. What made this shade difficult to dupe is really how multi-faceted the shimmer looks. Dior Constellation #5 is warmer, more plum. Clinique Lavish Lilac is more plum. theBalm rem is warmer, more purple. Urban Decay Rapture is more purple. MAC Tendersmoke is more plum. See comparison swatches.

June Beetle (31) is a cool-toned, green-tinged blue over a bluish-violet base. It has a frosted, slightly metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and them applied damp, it was semi-opaque. Like #30, it could be built more to full opacity on the lid but required some layering. Maybelline Icy Mint is lighter, cream. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, cream. MAC Dimensional Blue is less nuanced. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is darker, bluer. Chanel Destination is more muted, cream. See comparison swatches.

Gold Hercule (32) is a golden, medium green with strong yellow undertones and a smoky plum duochrome–you can see around the edges it takes on a plummy coloring. The other shades are certainly complex and interesting, this one felt like the truest duochrome of the three, as you could really see how it changed at an angle. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and then applied damp, it was fully opaque. Urban Decay Jealous #2 is greener, warmer. theBalm Runaround Rebecca is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Mildew is darker. MAC Unsurpassable is slightly darker. MAC Spread the Wealth is somewhat warmer, cream. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow Rose Popillia (30)
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow June Beetle (31)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow Gold Hercule (32)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Guerlain Two Spicy (08) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs

Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Two Spicy Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “spicy coral” and “ebony brown.” The coral shade is the “luminous veil,” whereas the brown shade is the “pure color shadow,” with the former being somewhat sheer and the latter being intensely pigmented. I was incredibly surprised–happily, though–that despite the amount of sparkle in the coral shade that there was very little fall out during wear. I had some when I initially applied the color to the lid, but little and then maybe one or two flecks were visible eight hours later (and no creasing or fading for either shade to report). The brown applied beautifully and was very easy to blend out on the lid. Overall, the colors work well with each other, but there is such a dramatic difference in texture that I’m not totally sold on the pairing, and I wish the coral shade was more flattering applied.

Two Spicy #1 is a medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and copper and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff. It had a very unusual consistency, as it felt almost wet and like a cream product, though it is supposed to be a powder. It even pushes and dents in a little, as if it were a drier cream. It looked noticeably frosted and sometimes bunched up on itself on the lid, looking like chunks of sparkle on the lid. Applied with a fluffier brush, you would eliminate this issue but would get more of a wash of color. MAC Hot Paprika is similar but less sparkly. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is pinker–more coral. See comparison swatches.

Two Spicy #2 is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was nicely opaque and easy to apply–soft, finely-milled, and blendable. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is more shimmery. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer, lighter. MAC Cross-Cultural is similar. MAC Brown Down is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Two Spicy (08)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
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Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed, Wicked, Biker Chic Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “lush, metallic golden green with a touch of green sparkle throughout.” It’s a rich, medium-dark molten gold with strong yellow and brown undertones and a subtle green micro-shimmer. It was mostly opaque applied with a damp brush or applied over Pixie Epoxy. Fyrinnae Aztec Gold is more metallic and slightly greener. Too Faced Instigator is more golden. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #5 is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 is glittery. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. NARS Paramaribo #1 is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is warmer, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is a cream product, lighter. Inglot #433 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Wicked Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep, dark purple with turquoise shimmer.” It’s a rich, dark pink-toned purple base with teal shimmer. It’s very interesting and complex, and I don’t have anything quite like this that I can recall. The downside is that it feels somewhat dry, and it didn’t apply as smoothly or as evenly as many other Fyrinnae eyeshadows have for me. It seemed to be an eyeshadow that applied differently every time I tried it.

Biker Chic Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “turquoise-blue sparkle on a deep black base.” It’s a cool-toned, dark black base color with blue-teal shimmer. Applied dry, it is blacker with only a smattering of shimmer, but applied over Pixie Epoxy, then the shimmer is much more apparent. The texture is very finely-milled, but it’s definitely a shade that it is easier blended when it is dry than wet or used over Pixie Epoxy, as it tends to stick slightly. I thought it was best when applied over Pixie Epoxy to maximize the shimmer, and then going over it the edge lightly with dry product to blend. Sephora Midnight Swim isn’t black-based. Milani Mix It Up is greener. MAC Magic Spell is darker, less blue/teal. See comparison swatches.

When I wore these three together, I had had slight fading with Wicked after seven hours but the other shades did not show any signs of wear (no primer but over Pixie Epoxy). Over a primer (and Pixie Epoxy), I still saw some fading with Wicked, but it wasn’t until eight and a half hours, while the other shades continued to remain strong and crease-free.

Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Lucky Charmed
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Wicked
Wicked
Wicked
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Biker Chic
Biker Chic
Biker Chic
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs

Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs
Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs

Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep blue” and “metallic grey.” The duo comes in a narrow compact with two full-sized eyeshadows (actually, at 0.07 oz. a pop, they’re a bit larger than average, which is usually around 0.05 oz.) and a dual-ended sponge-tip applicator. Under the lid, a mirror spans the full length of it. I think I might of preferred a more square-shaped compact and left out the applicator, though the narrowness of the palette gives it a sleeker look. Guerlain describes the duos as having “one a pure color and one a luminous veil.” The more matte shade is supposed to be that “pure color” with “intense” color payoff, while the other is “a veil, a sparkly, or metallic texture that can add a layer of dazzling radiance.”

Two Stylish #1 is a cool-toned pewter–a little mix of gray and gold that comes out more gray than gold with a frosted, metallic finish. This is the “luminous veil” shade, and it had semi-opaque to mostly opaque color. It can be used with a lighter hand to achieve a more veil-like sheerness, but it’s fairly pigmented, which you may consider a happy accident or disappointment, depending on your preferences. The texture was soft, buttery, and very-nearly creamy. If you know me, you know I’m all for shades of pewter, and there are certainly a number of similar shades. Dior Constellation #2 is warmer. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #1 is lighter. MAC Vex has a violet duochrome. MAC Misty is lighter. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 is similar. Giorgio Armani #19 is slightly warmer. Dior Garden Roses #4 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Two Stylish #2 looks midnight blue in the pan, but it had a surprisingly greenish-yellow undertone that made it appear more like a blue-teal (but with stronger blue coloring) when swatched. I think it may be bluer with less teal influence on cooler complexions. The finish is mostly matte–there seemed to be a very faint satin sheen when you looked at it closely, but it was primarily matte in appearance from afar. It had decent color payoff, but I wouldn’t describe it as intense. The texture was somewhat dry, which may have been what interfered with getting really rich, true-to-pan pigmentation. On the lid, I applied it with a fluffy crease brush, which helped to loosen more product and get better payoff on the lid, and it helped blend the product out without trouble. Disney Lapis is brighter. MAC Pre-Packaged is more shimmery. Illamasqua Burst is brighter, less blue. See comparison swatches.

The two colors work well together, and I can certainly see why someone might love it, but I can also see why someone wouldn’t find it worth the expense.  I think it’s decent to good, but the blue shade needs more intensity to really live up to Guerlain’s description.  It would create and enable more dimension, depth, and make it a more versatile duo if that were the case.   I wore the palette over bare lids, and they wore well for eight hours with some minor fading of the blue shade becoming noticeable after nine hours of wear.  Over primer (I used NARS’ Smudge Proof), I didn’t see any signs of wear after nine hours.

The palette is permanent and will be available across all Guerlain retailers this August.

Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Two Stylish (02)
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-tinged gray with bronze, mauve, and gold shimmer. It has a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #1 is purpler. Urban Decay Rehab is a cream product, browner, darker. MAC Fashion Fix is matte. MAC Hypnotizing is purpler. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige is grayer. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was decent but could have been more intense. The texture was powdery and a little grainy, so the color sheered out all-too-easily on the lid. If you like sheer washes of color, then it’s right up your alley, but if you’re looking for true-to-pan goodness, you may find this lacking. Applied on bare lids, it was somewhat sheer, faded after six hours, and had quite a bit of fall out when worn. I’d recommend a slightly tacky or creamy primer when wearing this to minimize both the fading and fall out. This was probably the one item from Chanel’s fall collection that I was, personally, quite interested in seeing, but it was a let-down.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Gri-Gri (101)
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total

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