Monday, July 18th, 2011


NARS Bali Eyeshadow

NARS Bali Eyeshadow

NARS Bali Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral taupe.” That description is rather apt–it’s a dark, gray-tinted brown, which is what taupe is. It has a matte finish, and the color payoff is good overall. It applies smooth for the most part, and it’s not too cool or warm, so it’s a color that should work well on a variety of skin tones. Bali makes for a nice crease color as well as a subtle way to line the eye.

NARS’ eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. When I wear them alone, I tend to get around seven to eight hours of wear before there is a faint amount of creasing. It’s decent wear, and when it begins its descent, it’s a slow fall, but I’d recommend a primer for all-day wear (especially for those with oilier lids, as I have normal-to-dry lids). In my experience, matte shades wear longer alone than shimmery or glittery shades, so Bali edges out more around eight hours of good wear.

NARS’ packaging is very slim, compact, and even the single eyeshadows include a mirror when you flip it open. Rubberized packaging ensures it won’t slip out of your hand, and it helps absorb any impact if you accidentally drop it. The downside to the rubberized packaging is that it can easily show powder debris if you keep it in your makeup bag. I keep my NARS in drawers, and everything is nice and clean.

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NARS Bali Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Bali would make a great staple color to reach for when creating more neutral looks. It's dark enough to be used in more dramatic looks but soft enough that it would be useful in subtler looks, too.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, July 17th, 2011


MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Brown (Part 2)

Here is our next set of brown MAC Eyeshadow ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) swatches! It looks like the next post will be lighter neutrals/highlighter shades.

Woodwinked is a warm, red-toned brown with a metallic shine. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It is less copper than Inglot #405.
Tempting is a warmed-over chocolate brown with golden shimmer and sheen. It has a lustre finish, but it’s–quite possibly–the best lustre finish eyeshadow ever, because it doesn’t feel like one. It’s smooth, richly pigmented, and you won’t end up with all of the shimmer underneath your eye. Inglot #406 is similar, but it’s not quite as dark and has a more metallic sheen. Urban Decay Smog is similar but darker.
Cork is a warm, medium-dark brown with a satin finish.
Mythology is a rusty copper–like the color of a penny–with chunky shimmer-glitter. It has a lustre finish, and I find it difficult to work with, because it doesn’t have good color payoff and the chunky glitter causes a lot of fall out.
Bronze is a rich, dark bronze with a warm, golden sheen. It has a frost finish.
Omega is a soft taupe with a matte finish. Inglot #342 is similar, just a touch warmer and less gray.
Charcoal Brown is a medium-dark, gray-tinted brown with a matte finish. Urban Decay Shakedown is similar but not quite as warm.
Concrete is a dark, gray-tinged brown with cool undertones. It has a satin finish.

The most problematic shades from this set was Mythology. I didn’t have any issues with the other shades, which had good color payoff and were easy to work with. These are a lot of MAC’s long-time favorites and likely to be some of the more popular shades (yes, believe it or not, neutrals are their top sellers)–you can actually view “bestsellers” for their permanent eyeshadows, and Woodwinked, Cork, and Bronze all show up. I have found that the neutral range of mattes is a cinch to work with; they really aren’t fussy–not powdery, chalky, or poorly pigmented.

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A-

Even though MAC may be known for their brighter shades and bold looks, their shade of browns is amazing. From matte to frost to satin finishes, they work well and come in a large variety.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 16th, 2011


Urban Decay Gash Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Gash Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Gash Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep brick red.” It’s a coppered red with a soft, frosted finish. The texture is dense and buttery, and it applies smoothly with excellent color payoff. There is subtle shimmer coupled with a muted metallic sheen. It’s a lovely example of why Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are popular.

Milani I Heart You is a little more orange but similar. MAC Coppering is closer but still pulls more orange in comparison.  Gash ends up being noticeably redder–more like a reddened copper, as opposed to a coppery orange.

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Gash

A+
I can't think of any way this eyeshadow could improve--the quality is excellent: great color payoff, soft, smooth texture, and applies beautifully.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, July 14th, 2011


Le Metier de Beaute Innocence Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Innocence Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Innocence Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a red-tinted copper with a part frost, part metallic sheen. It’s a finely-milled, smooth, blendable eyeshadow that applies as well dry as it does wet (the metallic sheen is emphasized when used wet). The color payoff is rich, intense, but it did read redder in the pan than when I swatched it. I imagine my yellower undertones have something to do it and would expect someone with pinker undertones to see this pull redder on them.

This is very similar to Milani’s I Heart You in color, though it is less pigmented. It is also similar to MAC Coppering, which looks more copper than Innocence.

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Innocence

A+
It's a gorgeous version of a coppery red and higher quality than the dupes I own, but it's not as nuanced as one might expect.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Giorgio Armani Pulp Fiction (4) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Pulp Fiction (4) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Pulp Fiction (4) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted gray with a hint of brown and burgundy shimmer. theBalm’s Come Hither was the closest shade I could think of that was similar. It’s less brown, more obviously purple. It’s a complex mix of brown, gray, burgundy. When used wet, it appears browner, less gray, so it looks a touch darker.  The color payoff is good but not fully opaque when dry or wet, and it doesn’t apply quite as evenly as other shades in the range.

The texture of the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows is interesting; it’s a really compacted loose powder, but it’s so finely milled that it almost feels like a hybrid cream-powder. Each pot contains 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a good amount, given that most pressed eyeshadows average around 0.05 oz. I have worn around half of the range alone on lids with 12+ hours of wear without creasing, smudging, or fading.

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#4

B+
I like the complexity of the color, because you can see the different shades coming together and creating something with curves and secrets, but it could be a touch more pigmented and even in application.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliners: Woodstock, Eldorado, Siren, Radium,
Sabbath, Retrograde, Smog, Demolition, Bobby Dazzle, Revolver, Perversion

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliners

Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner ($18.00 for 0.058 fl. oz.) is new for fall, and it claims to be waterproof, long-lasting, high-pigmented, and have “an ultra-fine brush tip that’s short and easy enough to control.” There are eleven shades:  Woodstock (hot pink with iridescent sparkle), Eldorado (yellow gold with gold sparkle), Siren (teal with blue shift), Radium (bright blue with silver sparkle), Sabbath (deep matte navy), Retrograde (dark purple with purple sparkle), Smog (deep brown with golden shimmer & iridescent sparkle), Demolition (deep matte brown), Bobby Dazzle (white silver with iridescent sparkle), Revolver (dark grey with iridescent sparkle), and Perversion (carbon black).

There are many, many variations of this liquid eyeliner, which tells you a lot about the efficacy of the formula if so many brands have brought it into their lines. I find the formula, on the major points, to be largely the same and consistent across the different brands, but there are subtle differences in the consistency of the liquid liner itself as well as the applicator. The outer packaging only differs in labeling, color, and branding, but the caps are the same length and the ends have the same design. There are some similarities in color across the brands, but there are several shades that you will only find in one brand–the ones that overlap tend to be more basic shades like black.

  • Woodstock is a brightened, medium-dark pink with gold and pink shimmer. Make Up For Ever #9 is bluer-based, more neon, less hot pink and more fuchsia.
  • Eldorado is a yellow gold with light and dark gold shimmer. It is similar to Illamasqua Alchemy, MAC Pure Show, and MUFE #1.
  • Siren is a blue-based, darkened teal with teal shimmer. I couldn’t think of anything similar to this shade in other brands.
  • Radium is a brightened, medium-dark blue with subtle sparkle. It is similar to Stila Curacao.
  • Sabbath is a blackened navy blue with a near matte finish. Most brands have, thus far, put out mostly shimmery shades (other than blacks), so I couldn’t think of a dupe for this. MUFE #6 would be the closest but has shimmer and looks more purple.
  • Retrograde is a blackened purple with purple and violet shimmer. MUFE #7 is similar.
  • Smog is a khaki brown with gold shimmer. This, too, didn’t seem as easily duped, because it doesn’t lean green like the other khaki liners do (like MAC Desires & Devices and Stila Flash).
  • Demolition is a blackened brown with a near matte finish. MUFE #12 seems similar.
  • Bobby Dazzle is a bright, metallic silver. It is similar to MAC Nocturnal.
  • Revolver is a medium-dark gray with multi-colored shimmer. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one, just because it has a strong gray color base to it. The shimmer in it reminded me of MUFE #14 and Stila Starry but those appear black with a hint of purple.
  • Perversion is an inky black with a near matte finish. It is similar to Illamasqua Abyss, MAC On the Hunt, and MUFE #13.

The applicator on these is where they deviate from other brands. It is a thin, narrow brush–it’s not a foam applicator that’s been tapered. I think the brush, overall, may yield a more precise line–for those more experienced with liquid eyeliner, though. The applicator is similar to many traditional liquid eyeliner applicators. To me, the brush felt a little too flexible. I wouldn’t describe it as floppy, and of course, flexibility is good as you want to curve around the lid with ease, but it could use a touch more stiffness.

Like Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners, these need to be shaken before application. If you don’t do so, you’ll find the formula seems almost watery, which gives you sheerer color. Once shaken (only a few seconds), the color is much more concentrated and less watery. After testing several shades yesterday with a hot shower, I didn’t experience any bleeding, fading, or smudging. I’ve had some on my hand for several hours, and I couldn’t get them to rub off at all. They did remove easily with a makeup removing wipe or remover like Lancome Bi-Facil.

I made several swatch comparisons previously in this post.

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24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

A+
The most unique shades are Siren, Sabbath, Smog, and Revolver. Shades like Eldorado and Perversion are the most common shades brands have put out, so you may have already picked something similar up in the past year. The formula itself is great--long-wearing, waterproof, and applies smoothly and evenly.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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