Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 Eye Palette ($59.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a pastel-hued palette that contains four shades described as, “pearl violet,” “jade green,” “sheer gold,” and “greige.” The palette is designed to add luminosity to the eye.

The first shade is a light-medium lilac purple with a white frosted finish. It has good color payoff, and the texture is fairly soft, though a wee bit powdery. OCC Datura is lighter and more iridescent. theBalm Curtain Call is very similar. MAC Light Violet is also similar, but it has a very different finish.

Below, there is a very, very pale mint green with subtle golden shimmer-sheen–this shade looks more white than it does green on me. This shade was a little sheer and powdery. Lancome Fashion Forward is very, very similar, but it is a little more green and has a smoother, finer texture.

The third shade is a medium-dark gold with strong orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and applied fairly smoothly. MAC Barefoot is less metallic and a smidgen darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is lighter, yellower. Dior Couture Gold is less orange. Inglot #404 is darker, more molten gold. Milani Drenched in Gold is a touch lighter.

The very last shade is a soft, taupe brown with a subtle golden sheen. It’s almost pewter-like, but I think it lacks some of the gold/warmth of pewter. MAC Modern Pewter is darker and more golden. Dior Garden Roses is darker. MAC Palladium is similar but more metallic. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is darker, more golden.

On lighter complexions, I think this is a solid palette, but on my medium coloring, the colors seem to get lost.  I think nearly all the shades could stand to be a little softer, finer–Giorgio Armani typically has some incredibly soft eyeshadows, but these were a bit dry and powdery.  I’m always taken aback by how little each palette contains (only 0.06 oz.–and most full-sized single eyeshadows are 0.05 oz.!), even though the wells seem large. One of these days, I’m going to have to go digging so I can see how deep each pan goes.

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On lighter complexions, I think this is a solid palette, but on my medium coloring, the colors seem to get lost. If you like soft, subtle colors and have a lighter skin tone, you might enjoy the overall softness, but I think the texture is still somewhat problematic.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “violet sheen.” This is a rich, vibrant red-toned violet purple with a satiny sheen. When it’s sheered out, it has a much pinker appearance (but still very purple), while when it’s applied more opaquely, it’s a rich violet. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is less red-toned. MAC Plush is less violet. MAC Violet is purpler, lighter. MAC Shock-a-holic is fairly close. Urban Decay Purple Haze resembles the sheer swatch. Inglot #439 is slightly purpler.

I was extremely surprised at how pigmented this shade was, because purple eyeshadows are absolutely notorious for poor color payoff! It doesn’t matter the brand–so many of them are lacking, but #26 is incredibly rich in pigment. You don’t need a lot of product to get opaque color, and if you want a really sheer layer of color, it’s possible–just make sure to use the barest amount and blend out.  Like other shades in the Aqua Cream formula, it dries pretty quickly, so I advise working one eye at the time when it comes to blending out harsh edge.  Once it sets, it’s there for good–I’ve had shades wear for as long as fourteen hours (I don’t usually test a single product that long).  #26 wore for a full eight hours when I tested it alone on bare lids.

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This will make an awesome base for all of your favorite purple eyeshadows, especially any shade that suffers from sheerness! The Aqua Cream formula is great for a long-wearing cream eyeshadow or liner.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 11th, 2012

bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Hidden Agenda Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Stealth (apricot chiffon) and Undercover (glistening granite). This is one of seven new duos for spring/summer.  Each duo is packaged in a rubberized plastic compact with a full-size mirror inside and a sponge-tipped applicator. Each eyeshadow is the size of the average full-size eyeshadow (0.05 oz.).

Stealth is a soft, pastel orange (very much the apricot they describe) with a satiny finish. The texture is soft, dense, and buttery, which resulted in excellent color payoff. MAC Orb is more beige. Inglot #330 is lighter, yellower. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is slightly darker. bareMinerals Nirvana is more orange and frosted.

Undercover is a dark, steely taupe–very gray with a hint of brown and almost plum undertones. The texture is still soft but not as dense as Stealth. It has great pigmentation. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 is similar, slightly darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is darker and browner. MAC Keep Your Cool is very similar. Giorgio Armani #4 is browner. Chanel Illusoire is more frosted.

It’s an interesting color combination; Stealth is very warm-toned, while Undercover has strong gray tones, so it is a cooler color. They can work together, but it’s not as classic of a combination (which isn’t a bad thing!).  Both shades applied beautifully, and they were easy to blend on the eyes.  When I tested the wear, I was able to get eight hours of wear with and without a primer; there was some minor fading around the very edges after nine hours when worn without a primer.  bareMinerals’ duos are some of the best eyeshadows on the market.

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Bare Escentuals' duos are some of the best eyeshadows on the market, and this is one of the top duos they've come out with, as far as quality goes. The taupe shade--Undercover--is sure to win a lot of people over, but it is more dupeable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Lancome Dress-up Teal (401) Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner
Lancome Dress-up Teal (401) Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner

Lancome Dress-up Teal (401) Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner

Lancome Dress-up Teal (401) Liner Design Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner ($24.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described simply as “turquoise.” It’s a very subtly green-tinted blue, less than what I’d envision teal being (which is a perfect–and hard to achieve–balance of blue and green). If you’re familiar with bluer turquoise gem stones, the color is reminiscent of those. There is a faint teal shimmer throughout. Urban Decay Flipside is a little more teal. It looks like it does in the pot, which is fairly blue, but the name says “teal,” so I was a bit disappointed to see it apply as more of a blue hue.

The texture is creamy, smooth, and has a slightly thicker consistency than a lot of other gel eyeliners I’ve come across. I used MAC’s 266 to draw a line across my lid, and it applied evenly, opaquely, and didn’t skip or tug. Lancome states that the formula is long-wearing (up to twelve hours), smudge-proof, and waterproof. After six hours of wear, there was some transfer of the liner to my crease. I also wore on my lower lash line, and it appeared to wear better, but there was some faint smudging and fading after eight hours. I can’t say I cried a river when testing these, so I ran some water over the swatch and blotted lightly with a tissue, and the swatch was still intact and looked fairly good.

It’s packaged in a (mostly) clear glass pot with a shiny black screw-top lid.  It contains slightly less product than other popular gel eyeliners (both Bobbi Brown and MAC’s contain 0.10 oz. compared to Lancome’s, which has only 0.07 oz.), which is a bit of a bummer.

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The wear was disappointing, and I wasn't expecting Lancome to have issues here. They're such a well-established brand, and gel eyeliners can be found from many brands, so I was totally surprised when this struggled to perform well on wear.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #25 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #25 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #25 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #25 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “light blue shimmer.” It’s a light-medium sky blue with a frosted finish. Dior Swimming Pool is lighter, less cool-toned. Buxom Husky is lighter, softer. NYX Cool Blue isn’t as icy. MAC Styledriven is lighter, softer, almost yellow-toned in comparison. NARS South Pacific is darker.

There’s something about this color that makes it just a little different from the many other sky blue eyeshadows I’ve come across. There’s an iciness–an overall coolness–in it that doesn’t turn it silver or white, but it’s still there. It’s not as soft or as light as a really pastel, sky blue shade would be.  You can apply it as opaque as you’d like, you can use an itty bitty amount of product to get a sheer layer of product, or you can apply an opaque layer of color–these go on more opaque than not, but if you want sheer color, you’d deliberately apply very little and blend out right away. The finish on this particular shade is very high in frost content, so it can look more reflective as a result.

The texture is creamy but thick.  Because of the frosted finish, it seemed to dry down a little quicker than other Aqua Creams, but even with the less frosted finishes, it’s the kind of product that’s better to work with one eye at a time if you’re trying to apply several of them or need to do a lot of blending. If I use it as a base, I can blend out any edges without too much hurrying, but if I’m trying to blend two of these together, I work one eye at a time. I love the Aqua Cream formula, because it’s long-wearing, waterproof, and extremely pigmented. I don’t have any problems with creasing, fading, or smudging, whether I use it alone, sheered out, as a base, or over primer.

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There's something about this color that makes it just a little different from the many other sky blue eyeshadows I've come across. There's an iciness--an overall coolness--in it that doesn't turn it silver or white, but it's still there. It's not as soft or as light as a really pastel, sky blue shade would be.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, June 7th, 2012

OCC Mimosa Loose Colour Concentrate
OCC Mimosa Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Mimosa Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Mimosa Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.00 for 0.088 oz. / 2.5 grams) is described as a “orange with strong gold shimmer.” It’s a brightened light-medium orange with an orange-gold shimmer and sheen. Milani Primary is darker. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy is fairly similar, but because it doesn’t have a strong gold sheen, it appears a little darker, more yellow-toned. Chanel Tigerlily is a softer, lighter orange.

This was easily one of my favorite shades out of the brand’s recent collection. It’s just such a happy, uplifting kind of color. Whether it’s used dry or wet, it yields opaque color payoff. When it’s applied wet or damp, it darkens slightly–but I appreciated how opaque it was no matter how it was used.  The texture is ultra-finely milled, so it feels soft as silk against the skin, and it applies evenly, smoothly, and blends out beautifully.  I’m always impressed by how well these eyeshadows hold up, even without a primer: a full eight hours with no creasing or fading!

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Mimosa is such a perfect color for the spring/summer, and it's one of the best eyeshadows I've tried from OCC! The texture and color payoff is excellent, and it just applies so easily to the lid.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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