Tuesday, June 28th, 2011


MAC Newly Minted Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Teals & Blues

Here are several swatches of MAC eyeshadows from the green family (mostly permanent shades) that are now part of The Swatch Gallery.

Newly Minted is a green-based teal with a matte finish. It had a Matte2 finish, but it was discontinued. Make Up For Ever #93 comes the closest–it’s a little brighter but has better color payoff.
Shimmermoss is a blue-teal with a silvery sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. Milani Teal the Truth is similar in color but a touch darker, while
Aquadisiac is a green-tinged aqua blue with a soft sheen. It has a lustre finish. Make Up For Ever #168 is the only dupe I could think of, but it’s much darker and not so much an aqua.
Aqua is a soft aqua blue with a matte finish. It’s a little powdery and can look chalky on some complexions. Milani Caribbean Sea is similar in color, though a little darker and shimmery. Inglot #345 has a similar lightness but leans greener.
Plumage is a blackened blue with just a hint of green. It has a matte finish. Inglot #340 is not quite as dark, but it is very similar in color and more pigmented.
Prussian is a dark navy blue with a Matte2 finish. It has been discontinued. Make Up For Ever #60 is the closest shade I could think of, but it is much darker and not quite as blue.
Deep Truth is a dark blue with a frost finish. This is a shade with a fair amount of dupes/cousins. Just to name a few: Make Up For Ever #308, Milani Blue My Mind, and Inglot #428.
Freshwater is a bright, medium blue with a veluxe pearl finish. Inglot #426 is similar, a little darker. Make Up For Ever #167 is also similar but a bit darker.
Blue Calm is a brightened, medium blue with a veluxe pearl finish. It is a PRO shade. It’s just a smidgen lighter than Freshwater (and thus is a smidgen lighter than the comparables listed for Freshwater).
Electric Eel is a bright but darkened cyan blue with a satin finish. Inglot #371 is very similar. Urban Decay Electric is slightly less blue. Make Up For Ever #72 is darker.
Sky Blue is a pale, pastel blue with a white sheen. It has a frost finish and was a PRO shade but is no longer available. Make Up For Ever #150 is very similar. Cle de Peau #112 is also similar but a little lighter.
Winkle is a cornflower blue, almost periwinkle, with a satin finish. It is similar to Inglot #369.
Moon’s Reflection is a purple-tinged blue with a silvery-white sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. The closest color I could think of was Inglot #429, which leans more on the purple side and has a brighter white sheen.
Atlantic Blue is a deep, intense cobalt blue with a hint of indigo. It has a matte finish and is a PRO shade. Make Up For Ever #159 is similar but has less violet in it, while Inglot #388 is a little darker and has less blue.

MAC’s matte eyeshadows have a drier texture, and they often perform better in actual application than merely swatched on the arm.  Shades like Aqua, Plumage, and Prussian don’t always swatch perfectly but Plumage and Prussian work better when applied.  Aqua is a finicky shade that sometimes works but not consistently, and the product itself seems to be inconsistent–some pans are better than others.

Atlantic Blue is one of the best matte shades by MAC, because it’s so intense.  Shades like Deep Truth, Freshwater, and Electric Eel are classic blues–all three lovely in color payoff and texture.  Electric Eel has all the hallmarks of a matte but it has a satin finish, so it’s easier to work with.  Sky Blue can be tricky to work with, similar to Aqua’s issues.

It’s a shame that a shade like Newly Minted gets discontinued, though, because it’s not a shade you see often.  (Or, for the older MAC fans, Melody!)

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Teals & Blues

B+

MAC does some really great blues, like Freshwater, Blue Calm, Deep Truth, and Electric Eel. Veluxe pearls are some of their smoothest and most pigmented shades, while mattes can be harder to work with.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Chanel Prelude Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Prelude Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Fall 2011: Prelude Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Prelude Eyeshadow Quad ($57.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains four cool-toned shades for fall. According to Chanel’s fall press release, this is new and being added to the permanent range.  This is a lovely mix of colors that complement each other and will work together in numerous variations for soft, neutral looks to heavier, smokier looks.  The finishes are all slightly pearled or shimmery but not too shimmered or frosted.

The eyeshadows are soft and silky smooth; very finely milled without being powdery or chalky.  They apply beautifully and sit well against the skin, because they nearly melt once applied and blend with great ease.  There were no issues with texture or pigmentation in any of these four shades.  Soft where they should be soft, intense where they should be intense.

The upper left shade is a purple-tinged taupe brown with multi-colored micro-shimmer, and it has a shimmery finish. It reminded me of a shimmery version of Burberry Taupe, as well as a less metallic MAC Hint of Sapphire. Inglot’s #434 is much more intense, with a blacker base, and reads more purple. Giorgio Armani’s #1 Eyes to Kill is much more intense, but it has a similar multi-colored shimmer.

On the upper right, there is a warm, metallic-finished ivory gold. It’s subtler and less yellow compared to theBalm’s Devilish Danielle, while MAC Short Shorts is more similar, but it leans a little yellower (same with MAC Manila Paper.

The shade on the bottom left is a soft beige-taupe with a pearled sheen. I couldn’t think of any close shades to this, other than Estee Lauder Tempting Mocha, which appears a bit darker.

Our final shade is a blackened-brown purple with a satin sheen. It’s very intense and bold; it could work well as an eyeliner, too. theBalm’s Feisty Felicia was the closest shade I could find, and it has a very shimmered finish in comparison.

It is reminiscent of a few past Chanel quads, actually. It’s not quite Beiges de Chanel, though I heard a few wonder if it was. The only shade that is similar is the blackened purple. It’s a bit like Stupendous, but the purple-ish shade is much lighter and browner, but the beige-taupe shades are similar.

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Prelude

A+
This is one of Chanel's best quads, and it is so perfect for fall. It's soft and smoky, but it is more a mix of taupe, plum, and ivory than grays and blacks. Though it leans cool and will be ideal for cooler skin tones, I think it will be nice on warmer skin tones.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 27th, 2011


MAC Femme Noir Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Greens

Here are several swatches of MAC eyeshadows from the green family (mostly permanent shades) that are now part of The Swatch Gallery.

Femme Noir is a smoky, dark green with subtle yellow undertones. It has a veluxe finish, and it has been discontinued. It’s actually rather close to MAC Diana Undercover, which was from Wonder Woman.
Flourishing is a khaki green with a matte finish. It has a Matte2 finish, and it has been discontinued.
Greensmoke is a muted, smoky green with a golden sheen. It has a lustre finish, but it’s honestly one of the better lustres I’ve come across–it doesn’t have the sheer, uneven payoff of most lustres nor the issues with fall out.
Sumptuous Olive is an olive green with brown undertones and a golden sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. Inglot #433 was the closest dupe I could find, but it’s less green.
Humid is a medium-dark forest green with a subtle golden sheen. It has a frost finish. Inglot #418 pulls deeper and darker–less yellow-based.
Velvet Moss is a mossy green with a near matte finish. It has a veluxe finish. It has been discontinued.
Wondergrass is a bright pop of grass green with a yellow undertone. It was limited edition, and it has a frost finish. Make Up FOr Ever #91 is similar in color but lacks shimmer/sheen.
Swimming is a medium grass green with gold shimmer and subtle gold sheen. It has a lustre finish.
Lucky Green is a bright, darkened chartreuse green with a golden sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It is one of my all-time favorite greens! Make Up For Ever #304 is similar, not quite as deep.
Bitter is a yellowed chartreuse with a velvet finish. This is one of those shades that has never worked well for me. It’s always sheer and difficult to pack on. Inglot #343 is a better version–more pigmented.
Juxt is a spring green with a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It has a satin finish.
Bottle Green is a dark, blue-based green with a matte finish. It is a PRO shade. It never swatches well, but it applies so smoothly and has excellent color payoff when used on the lid. Le Metier de Beaute Jade is most similar, but it has shimmer.

MAC has certainly done a slew of greens, yeah?  It’s been a long time since I’ve rearranged my eyeshadow palettes, as evidenced by how many discontinued shades I have in my so-called permanent palettes!  It’s a shame, too, because for shades like Flourishing and Velvet Moss, which were beautiful, there are no real comparable shades within MAC’s permanent range.

MAC’s matte eyeshadows have a drier texture, and they often perform better in actual application than merely swatched on the arm.  For instance, Bottle Green looks patchy when swatched, but it’s a shade I reach for regularly because of how smooth and buttery it looks on the lid.  Lucky Green has such a smooth, buttery texture with excellent color payoff, and it is easily one of MAC’s best eyeshadows in terms of quality.

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Greens

B+

Most of these shades have good color pay off, and the textures are easy to work with on the eyes. A couple shades were harder to work with (as noted in the post), but overall, these are nice.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 27th, 2011

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Graffiti Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 3)

Eleven more Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches! :)   I’m hoping to swatch through some of the palettes I have soon and get those swatches up as well.  I also recently received a few more permanent shades to share with you!

  • Graffiti is a bright, grassy green with subtle cool undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. This shade has such lovely color payoff. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Gunmetal is a darkened blue-based gray with a silver shimmer and sheen. Inglot #451 is similar but slightly darker–has more of a black base.
  • Hot Pants is a cotton candy pink with a white, metallic sheen. MAC Swish is a bit darker but similar, while Make Up For Ever #303 is lighter.
  • Maui Wowie is an antique gold with a metallic finish and splattered with chunky bits of antique gold glitter. The glitter kills this shade–I LOVE the color of Maui Wowie, but it suffers from awful fall out of the chunky glitter. Bare Escentuals Gold Medal comes rather close, though it seems a little cooler toned.
  • Minx is a green-based teal with chunky teal glitter (like Maui Wowie). It’s actually a bit sheer, which is a surprise for a UD shadow. Make Up For Ever #168 is more pigmented and perhaps a little greener, but it seems similar.
  • Purple Haze is a brightened, medium-dark red-based purple with a matte finish. Inglot’s #334 is the most similar from what I can tell (and I suspect MAC’s Vibrant Grape is similar, too, but it’s not up in the gallery yet!), but it is clearly less red-based.
  • Revolver is a soft gray with a matte finish. It’s a really easy-to-wear gray because of how light it is, so it’s not dominating at all.
  • Ruthless is a champagne beige with a hint of gold shimmer. This is a deluxe eyeshadow. MAC Retrospeck is a little darker and more golden toned. theBalm Devilish Danielle seems brighter but very similar. Becca Quartz is a touch darker but also similar.
  • Scratch is a soft, peach-orange with a golden sheen. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Zero is a medium-dark black with multi-colored shimmer. I actually found Zero to be a little rough in texture–not nearly as smooth as other deluxe eyeshadows. It is similar to theBalm Guilty Gwen, which has a better texture.

Urban Decay has three types of eyeshadows–their regular eyeshadows (0.05 oz.), deluxe eyeshadows (0.09 oz.), and matte eyeshadows (0.05 oz.). Both the regular and matte eyeshadows are $17 a pop, while deluxe eyeshadows are $18, but they also contain nearly twice as much product. I would say the major difference between deluxe and regular eyeshadows is that these tend to be a little softer, less bound together, and perhaps a little more pigmented. Urban Decay says these have more intensity than the regular eyeshadows, but I haven’t had too many issues with pigmentation in their regular line.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows are typically very pigmented, smooth, and blendable.  The only shades to watch for are any that have the word “glitter” or “sparkle” in the description, because they tend to have a micro-glitter that just doesn’t bind with the color base, which means it either disappears between brush and lid (best case scenario) or you end up with a sparkly under eye (worst case scenario). Their matte finishes are soft and finely milled, but a note on application, these are so blendable that it’s easy to overdo it.

If you’re looking for more Urban Decay swatches, you can check out our full Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatch Gallery! :)

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 3)

A-
In this set, Minx is the worst, given that it has sparkly fall out in addition to being on the sheerer side, while Maui Wowie is pigmented, it, too, has issues with glitter fall out. Zero had decent pigmentation but was not nearly as smooth as expected, and the offense is even worse given that it is a deluxe eyeshadow.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, June 26th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #4

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #337, 390, 350, 348, 376, 349, 339, 387, 324, 391, 318, 373 (Neutrals, Grays, Blacks)

This is the last post on Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.). This palette contains both mattes and several double sparkle eyeshadows, but I’m only reviewing the matte eyeshadows. I’m not going to review any of the double sparkle eyeshadows at this time (if/when I do, it will be when I have the majority of the available shades to review, rather than a smattering).

  • 337 is a soft, medium brown with red undertones and a matte finish.
  • 390 is a brownish beige with a matte finish.
  • 350 is a grayish cast beige with a matte finish. This looks much yellower in the pan, but it doesn’t swatch that way at all.
  • 376 is a sooty blackened-brown with a gray cast and matte finish.
  • 349 is a purple-tinged gray with a matte finish–though it almost has a little sheen.
  • 339 is a soft, grayish brown, kind of taupe-like, with a matte finish.
  • 387 is a muted, purple-tinged gray with a matte finish. It’s a lighter version of #349.
  • 324 is a blue-based, medium gray with a matte finish.
  • 391 is a dark black with a matte finish.
  • 318 is a bright white with a matte finish.
  • 373 is a bright white with a matte finish. #318 and #373 are very, very similar. If I had to pick out a difference, #318 seems slightly cooler toned.

This set of matte eyeshadows worked well overall.  None of them applied poorly, and they all had decent color payoff.  There are a few shades that are rather similar, though, within all of the neutral/browns, so these are certainly not all necessary.  Both #318 and #373 were nicely pigmented without being chalky; they are stark, for sure, against my skin tone, but they didn’t have that chalky feel that whites sometimes have.  #337 swatched a little softer than anticipated.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #337, 390, 350, 348, 376, 349, 339, 387, 324, 391, 318, 373 (Neutrals, Grays, Blacks)

A
Inglot has a good amount of grays in their range, and they are interesting because of the slight hints of color--a little blue, purple, or flat gray--which would work well to bring out certain intricacies in other shadows.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, June 26th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #3

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #341, 354, 327, 342, 360, 357 (Browns)

This next look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) revolves around some of their warmer brown shades.

  • 341 is a soft peach-beige with a matte finish.
  • 354 is a really pale white-peach with a matte finish. It was a little on the powdery side.
  • 327 is a warmer, medium-dark brown with subtle yellow undertones and a matte finish.
  • 342 is a dusty taupe-brown with subtle warmth and a matte finish. This is a really good shade for the crease.
  • 360 is a dusty, grayed taupe brown with a matte finish.
  • 357 is a warm medium brown with a matte finish.

Overall, this was another good batch of mattes from Inglot; smooth, easy to work with, and nice color payoff.  #354 had a powdery texture compared to the other five, but it wasn’t too bad, and it was surprising how it did not look chalky on me despite its pale color and matte finish.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #341, 354, 327, 342, 360, 357 (Browns)

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I see both #348 and #360 working really well for neutral looks in the crease. A shade like #357 will suit warmer complexions best, as it may look more orange on cooler skin tones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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