Thursday, June 28th, 2012

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows
MAC Heavenly Creatures Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Heavenly Creatures Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Heavenly Creatures Mineralize Eyeshadows ($20.00 for 0.06 oz.) features nine shades: Aurora (peach, green, brown melange), Bright Moon (grey, silver, icy green melange), Earthly (beige, peach, cool brown melange), Invincible Light (icy white, lavender, warm gold melange), Magnetic Attraction (orange, pink, gold melange), Neo Nebula (cream, warm amethyst, warm pink melange), Sky (green-gold, turquoise, cobalt melange), Universal Appeal (gold, bronze, violet melange), and Water (yellow, lime green, blue melange).

  • Aurora is a warm, golden medium-dark brown with a soft champagne sheen. It has swirls of light yellow-toned pink, dirty olive brown, and red-brown. It’s on the sheer side when applied dry, but it’s more opaque when applied wet. Dior Aurora is slightly darker. Buxom Golden Retriever is a touch darker, more red-toned. MAC Heavenly Bliss is a bit lighter, less warm. MAC Love Connection is more frosted, so it looks a bit lighter and more metallic. Milani Fusion is slightly more metallic.
  • Bright Moon is a cool-toned silver-shimmered gray-blue. It has swirls of gray-blue, silver, and aqua-blue. When applied dry, it has good color payoff, and when it’s applied dry, it has better pigmentation and applies more smoothly. The metallic finish is more apparent when it is used wet. It looks just like MAC Frozen Blue, which might be a smidgen more silver, but they’re really close. Urban Decay Crystal is less blue.
  • Earthly is a gray-tinted medium-dark brown with a pearly metallic sheen. The swirls are gray-beige, copper, and dark brown. It has good color payoff both wet and dry. MAC Caviar Dreams is a bit darker. Bare Escentuals A-Ha is warmer, darker. MAC Magical Mist is similar but more subdued.
  • Invincible Light is a pale warm pink with a subtle golden shimmer. It’s pretty sheer when applied dry and better when applied wet, but it isn’t as smooth as I’d like–slightly gritty. It has swirls of ivory, copper, pink, and lavender. MAC Star Crystal is grayer. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby is pinker.
  • Magnetic Attraction is a coppery coral-red with subtle golden shimmer. It has decent to good pigmentation when used dry (it looks more orange), and great color payoff when used wet. It has swirls of raspberry pink, golden yellow, and coppery orange. MAC Spicy Smoke is more intense. Milani I Heart You is redder. MAC In the Sun is darker, browner. MAC Red Hot Copper is similar but darker. MAC Coppering is more intense.
  • Neo Nebula is a slightly mauve-y pink with a metallic finish. It has swirls of light pink, medium warm pink, and mauvy plum. When used dry, it’s very sheer, but when used wet, it’s smoother and more pigmented. MAC Rose Light is slightly pinker. Inglot #399 is pinker and darker. Giorgio Armani #7 is more muted. MAC Pink Union is slightly more purple and darker. MAC Circa Plum is darker, grayer.
  • Sky is a faded blue with a hint of green with a green-gold shimmer. It has swirls of light-medium green, electric blue, and cobalt blue. The color payoff is sheer when used dry, and it’s better when wet, but it’s still not fully opaque. Urban Decay Shattered is a bit more teal. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit doesn’t have the same gold shimmer.
  • Universal Appeal is a smoky eggplant purple with golden shimmer. It has swirls of yellowy green, dark brown, orange, and purple. When applied dry, it’s very brown and on the sheer side, while when wet, it takes on a purple hue. MAC Azuki Bean is a smidgen darker. theBalm Curvy Cami is purpler.
  • Water is a dark but muted blue-green. It has swirls of yellowy chartreuse, chartreuse, mint green, and navy blue. The color payoff is atrocious when used dry, and it’s decent when used wet. Illamasqua Android is much more opaque and intense. Urban Decay Hijack is more opaque and intense. Urban Decay Loaded is more intense, more blackened in base color.

Whenever I have Mineralize Eyeshadows to review, I think it’s important disclose that I generally do not have a lot of success with them. They always look absolutely phenomenal in the pan; they’re amazing products to photograph, but application tends to be disappointing.  I know that there are readers who, on the other hand, enjoy these eyeshadows immensely and look forward to the mineralize-themed collections that MAC puts out.  The reasons I don’t like these is:  lack of color payoff, fall out, and poor wear (fading/creasing, mostly fading). Not all shades perform the same; some are better, some are way worse.

I did three looks, where I used three shades for each one.  When I wore Bright Moon, Sky, and Earthly together, they held up so-so over time.  There was noticeable fading, slight creasing with Bright Moon after six hours, while Sky was less faded and no real creasing to speak off. Earthly was fairly faded.  I had about the same results whether I applied over bare lids or over a primer (NARS Smudgeproof). Sky stains the lid, even when used over a primer.

When I wore Magnetic Attraction, Aurora, and Water in a look, they, too, held up okay but not well.  Magnetic Attraction was the best, with only minor fading but no creasing after eight hours.  Aurora was looking faded after eight hours, while Water was barely visible–not to mention it was such a pain to apply and to get to show up at all from the very beginning. The texture and feel of Water just didn’t work well; it was a little gritty and dry.  The wear didn’t seem to improve with or without a primer; both were in the same state after eight hours.  Water also stains the skin, just as a heads up.

The last trio I used included Invicible Light, Neo Nebula, and Universal Appeal.  Invincible Light is very prone to fall out, and it can accentuate any texture on the lids, because it doesn’t apply smoothly. I was able to get plenty of color out of it by using it wet, but it did have some of its own problems.  Neo Nebula and Universal Appeal were easier to use on the lid.  However, the whole look lasted about five hours and had nearly disappeared after eight hours–and the photos are of the shades over primer (and the eye without primer looked the same).

It’s a shame that there were wear issues with these. I thought a lot of these were more blendable this time around than in previous releases.  Some shades had decent to good color payoff when dry, as well as wet.  None of it lasted a full eight hours, though, and some were nearly gone entirely after eight hours.  I don’t know if there are many products that I’m as desperate to fall in love with as MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows. They look gorgeous in their pots. They’re absolutely stunning to behold.  I know people love them. I want to love them, but I just can’t.

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I don't know if there are many products that I'm as desperate to fall in love with as MAC's Mineralize Eyeshadows. They look gorgeous in their pots. They're absolutely stunning to behold. I know people love them. I want to love them, but I just can't.

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7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette
Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette ($40.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four eyeshadows and one eyeliner shade. Each eyeshadow has a subtle design on top, which does disappear with the first use. There are two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. The entire palette is encased in a “gold” plastic compact–it looks more luxe than it feels as a result. There is a full-sized mirror on the interior.

The first shade is a warm gold with strong orange tones and a metallic sheen. It had pretty good color payoff, and it applied very smoothly. Giorgio Armani #1 has a similar gold in the palette, though it doesn’t have as smooth of a finish. Dior Couture Gold is lighter. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is darker, more orange.

Next to the gold shade is a violet purple with subtle red undertones and a blue-violet iridescence. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a little dry in texture. Make Up For Ever #26 has a stronger pink-red base. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is similar but doesn’t have any iridescence. MAC Violet is less pink-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is sheerer and less pink-toned.

The third eyeshadow is a warm, medium-dark bronze brown with orange and gold shimmer. This shade had excellent pigmentation and applied very smoothly. I thought this was the best performer in the palette. Buxom Golden Retriever was the closest shade, but it’s not quite as warm/golden. Urban Decay Baked isn’t as dark or as brown–it’s warmer/more golden!

To finish off the eyeshadows, the final shade is a pale silvery white shade–it looks warmer, almost peach/champagne in the pan, but it looks silver/white when swatched. It was very sheer, and it was mostly sparkle rather than a solid color; the texture reflected both things, as it wasn’t as smooth, and it was very prone to fall out both during application and later, as the day wore on. Chanel Fantasme is similar but more silver. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is similar in color but has a less sparkly finish.

A deep, dark chocolate brown with gold and ruby shimmer eyeliner completes the palette; it’s essentially cream/gel eyeliner. The base color reminded me of CoverGirl Brown, which has a shimmer-free finish, while the overall color was closer to Urban Decay Corrupt. It applied only so-so–I really had to go over it a few times to build up the color.

I wasn’t thrilled with this palette, because the color payoff of all of the shades except the darker brown were just decent to good but not excellent.  I had a lot of fall out with the sparkly silver/white shade–it just didn’t want to stick around; there were tons of little sparkles underneath my eye and on my cheeks after a few hours of wearing the palette.  The eyeliner smudged and migrated within four hours, which was another let-down.  The whole palette wore about six hours without creasing, but it was a little faded at that point, and then I had some creasing after eight hours, along with additional fading.

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The wear was disappointing, along with the overall color payoff and feel/texture of the shades in the palette. I think the color combination was really pretty and perfect for summer, but the execution could have been significantly better.

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7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, June 25th, 2012

Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color
Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color

Tom Ford Illicit Cream Color ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bronze and burgundy shimmered medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones. When it’s sheered out, it’s less red-toned. NARS Surabaya is similar but less metallic. Make Up For Ever #14 is slightly darker. Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux is redder.

Tom Ford describes the formula as “highly reflective,” “ultra-pigmented”, “non-creasing”, and “long-wearing.”  This shade has a shimmery, sparkly finish that does reflect light, but not to the same degree as Platinum.  The pigmentation is so-so; it is buildable, but it was difficult to get really opaque color, because the color kept slipping around, so it looked more smeared on and opaque in some places but sheered out in others.  I had noticeable creasing after six hours (as compared to minor creasing after eight hours with Platinum), which was a major bummer.

The consistency is a lightweight cream, almost more like a mousse because of its airy quality, that spreads and smooths out easily and evenly.  To apply, I tried using a few different brushes but still went back to MAC’s 242, which is a firm, flat bristled brush, because it gave me the “best” results.  The product stays wet for hours, though for as wet as it feels and seems (if you pressed your fingertip against your lid, there would be transfer), it stays on longer than you’d expect. It’s not great, and it’s not worth the $40 price tag for something that’s supposed to be long-wearing and isn’t.

It’s packaged in a screw-top glass jar and holds a little more than the average cream eyeshadow does. I’m a little surprised to see that the TF logo is a sticker pressed on top. At first, I thought it was just a clear sticker over the actual TF, but I peeled it all the way off and the entire thing came off.

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I have no problem shelling out for a high quality product, but I'm always very disappointed when I see an extremely high price tag on a poor performing product. I also think that for the price point, the packaging needs some improvement.

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7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, June 25th, 2012

L'Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a berry-tinted pink with a soft, frosted finish. When applied dry, it has a slightly more subdued, redder appearance–it’s not quite opaque. When applied damp, it takes on a pinker hue and the frosted finish is more pronounced, and the color itself is opaque. At a glance, you’d think it was similar to MAC Cranberry, but it’s not at all–Cranberry is much, much darker, more of a burgundy (so it has more brown in it than pink). MAC Moon Rose is pinker. Milani Pink Twice is pinker as well.

If you’re familiar with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, these are very similar. I found the biggest difference between the two was in the texture of the formula and the overall appearance of the colors–L’Oreal Infallibles are more one-dimensional, less nuanced, whereas you’ll see an interplay of colors with the Eyes to Kill Intense. L’Oreal owns both brands, so I imagine there was some trickle-down effect in the technology once Giorgio Armani rolled it out.  It’s not really a negative that these are more what-you-see-is-what-you-get in color.  The Eyes to Kill Intense shades can look really stunning in the pot and look a little less complex when swatched.

The texture of Glistening Garnet is soft, smooth, and finely-milled.  It’s a compacted loose powder–you could break it up if you really wanted to, but it arrives already pretty solid, and there’s a little topper inside that you can use to press and compact the powder should it loosen over time.  It can be used wet or dry, though the payoff was significantly better when used wet–but other shades in the line-up were better dry than this one, so it seemed like it fell a little short as far as pigmentation went for dry use.

I originally tested a few shades of the formula that the lovely ladies at Beaut.ie sent me from Ireland, because these weren’t available in the states at the time (and L’Oreal told me they weren’t going to be released here). A few months later, L’Oreal did end up releasing them state-side. I had some trouble with the original shades I tried, so I can’t say that all of the shades perform consistently or as well as this shade did.

Glistening Garnet, however, did perform well, and I didn’t have any trouble using it. Even after 16 hours (without primer!), I didn’t have any creasing, though there was some slight, but noticeable, fading along the outer corner. The only thing I have to note is that I needed to use it wet to make an impact; if you use it over a primer, you might be able to skip that step, but I still preferred applying with a damp brush. I used a small eyeshadow brush (like the MAC 239) to apply it to the lid.

L’Oreal does state that these are supposed to wear for up to 24-hours, which is the same claim Giorgio Armani made. I’m not really comfortable wearing makeup that long personally, so it will take me some time before I work up the courage to test it for that long! The longest I’ve tested these has been 16 hours.

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It's a great standalone product, but if you weren't able to pull the trigger on the $32 Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense but have always wanted to try one, L'Oreal Infallibles make an excellent, budget-friendly option.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate
OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Triptych Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz. / 2.5 grams) is described as a “sleek, regal gold.” It’s a rich, vibrant shade of yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The metallic finish comes out more strongly when it is applied damp/wet. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver is less metallic, less yellow. NARS Paramaribo is darker. Bare Escentuals Remix is less yellow. MAC Goldmine is more orange. Inglot #430 is slightly darker. Urban Decay Honey is very similar but less metallic.

I’m all over this kind of color.  Urban Decay’s Honey is one of my all-time favorite golds, and it’s been discontinued, so having a dupe is excellent.  The texture is so, so soft–the powder of OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrates is extremely finely-milled.  It applies well both wet and dry, and it gets a little smoother and more metallic when applied wet as compared to the dry application.  This shade is lovely with warm browns, coppers, and burgundies.  Triptych wears really well, too, without primer–a solid eight hours without creasing or fading.

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What makes this such a great gold eyeshadow is the depth--it has really rich, luxurious color that gives it brightness, intensity, and vibrancy.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “cool shimmer pink lilac.” The color is a cool-toned, lavender-tinted pink with lilac and gold shimmer. Make Up For Ever #151 is a little lighter, less pink. MAC Boy Crazy is less shimmery. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is a little softer.  This color is really lovely as a wash, because it brightens without drawing too much attention to the eyes.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. I like applying the initial color with a firm, flat brush and then blending with a fluffier eye brush or fingertips (particularly if you’re going for a wash of color).  I had a little trouble building up the color to be opaque and even–it was mostly opaque, but it looked a bit patchy up-close.  Cool Lilac is thin, lightly creamy, and dries down within fifteen seconds.  Once it sets, you’re good to go–it stays on the lid for a full eight hours without creasing. There is some noticeable fading along the edges when I wore it without a primer, but with a primer, the fading is almost imperceptible.

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This color is really lovely as a wash, because it brightens without drawing too much attention to the eyes. It's long-wearing, quick to apply, and should be flattering across skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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