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Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow

Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow
Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow

Edward Bess Dusk Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mossy grey.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark taupe–a mix of brown and gray–with a frosted finish. Disney Jaq is darker. Urban Decay Stray Dog is lighter. Urban Decay Lost is similar. See comparison swatches.

It had excellent color payoff that was true-to-color. The consistency was incredibly soft, silky, and finely-milled, so the eyeshadow applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was just ever-so-slightly powdery, but it was very minor.  Dusk blended beautifully on the lid, and it could also be softened and sheered out to wear more as a wash of color as well. Without a primer, it wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight and a half, I could see some light fading and very faint creasing.

Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Eyeshadow Dusk
Dusk
Dusk
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner (Part 1)

Buxom Call Me Hold the Line Eyeliner
Buxom Call Me Hold the Line Eyeliner

Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a recently released formula that’s supposed to “glide on like a gel” and wear for 14 hours. The formula is also supposed to be waterproof, transfer- and smudge-proof. I’ve been wearing these eyeliners on and off for the past few weeks, and I really like the formula. I wouldn’t say it delivers fully on a full 14 hours of wear, but they are long-wearing (great wear for first ten hours, then there is fading–where the eyeliner appears thinner but not smudged). There is definitely visible color there 14 hours later, though, but it’s not at the same intensity or thickness as originally applied. The color payoff is good overall, but it does vary from shade to shade. The pencils had a creamy, glide-on consistency that didn’t skip or tug on the lash line.

There are eight shades in the formula, and this post features four of them, and I will be reviewing the other four soon! ūüôā

Call Me Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “jet black.” It’s a rich, deep dark black with a barely-there satin sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for ten hours on my lower lash line. By no means an original shade but I would expect most brands to include a rich black eyeliner in any formula’s range, so this is just one more high-quality option to choose from. Because there is not much to say about the differences, I’ve just pulled several deep blacks but they’re all quite similar: See comparison swatches.

Come Over Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “sparkling bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, bronze and copper-shimmered bronze brown with a sparkly finish. It had decent to good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It didn’t tug or pull at the lash line, but it wasn’t as creamy as the more matte/satin shades. This shade lasted for ten and a half hours on my lower lash line. Make Up For Ever #25L is matte and darker. Bobbi Brown Bronze is warmer, less sparkly. Urban Decay Hustle is less sparkly. MAC Lord It Up is darker. MAC Orpheus is much darker. Burberry Midnight Brown is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Here’s My Number Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark chocolate.” It’s a deep, dark brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was very creamy and easily applied. It wore nicely for a full ten and a half hours before starting to thin. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is slightly less matte. Urban Decay Demolition is similar. MAC Rich Experience is very comparable. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa is darker. Bobbi Brown Mahogany is slightly less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Knock Twice Hold the Line Eyeliner ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “metallic deep champagne.” It’s a soft, muted bronze with a champagne shimmer-sheen finish. It’s darker than champagne, but it’s not too dark–this shade gets completely lost against my skin tone, as a reference, and I would not recommend for anyone who has a similar skin tone (it just feels like it never shows up to the party) but it may work well on fairer and deeper complexions where there would be more contrast. I wish it was a champagne, though, as it would work well for brightening in particular! This shade was also sheer when applied in one layer, and it was buildable in three to four layers to about 80% opacity. ¬†The consistency was very creamy, though, even if pigment was difficult to get out of it! ¬†Knock Twice seemed to wear well for ten hours on me–I used a magnifying mirror and was able to at least see the shimmer and a slight darkening, but it wasn’t quite as easy to measure the wear compared to the other shades (on me). MAC Deliciously Rich is a gel eyeliner, and the color is darker and has more sparkle. Urban Decay Hustle is darker and warmer. See comparison swatches.

Buxom   Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner
B+

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner Call Me
Call Me
Call Me
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner Come Over
Come Over
Come Over
B

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner Here's My Number
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Buxom Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner Knock Twice
Knock Twice
Knock Twice
C

Permanent

7
Product
6
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
76%
Total

Laura Mercier Sage, Slate, & Violet Longwear Eye Pencils

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil
Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil

Laura Mercier Sage Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque color coverage. With three or four passes, it was mostly opaque on the lash line. This shade lasted well for nine hours but looked substantially thinned out (but no smudging or migrating) after twelve hours. MAC Forever Green is more shimmery. bareMinerals 10AM is darker, slightly shimmery. See comparison swatches. Even with all of these olive green eyeliners, the matte finish makes this one stand out.

Slate Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a neutral, medium-dark gray–or it would be if it had any color payoff whatsoever. It had a really waxy consistency, which I expect is part of the reason why this had such poor pigmentation. No matter how many times I tried to layer it, it was always sheer and uneven. It seemed to look as bad ten hours later as it did when I initially applied it; all that waxiness kept what little applied in place, I guess. Urban Decay Smoke is similar. Urban Decay Uzi has shimmer. bareMinerals 11PM is lighter. Bobbi Brown Smoke is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Violet Longwear Eye Pencil ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark cool-toned purple with a matte finish. The consistency on this was slightly waxy with just so-so color payoff, but it was more buildable than Slate. For a purple, it wasn’t half bad. It wore well for eight and a half hours but was noticeably thinner after ten hours of wear. Urban Decay Vice is warmer and shimmery. Urban Decay Ransom is more shimmery, cooler-toned. NARS St. Marks Place is cooler-toned, more violet. Milani Perfect Purple is more shimmery. MAC Designer Purple is also more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Laura Mercier’s new Longwear Creme Eye Pencils are supposed to apply smoothly and evenly, be richly pigmented, last for 12 hours (yes, a full 12!), be “water-poof, smudge-proof, transfer-proof, and tear-resistant.” Each pencil comes with a pencil sharpener as well. They’re definitely water-resistant to water-proof overall, though I will say that it was difficult to determine the outcome of Slate when splashed with water, given it already looked faded from the get-go! I was disappointed in the texture of Slate and Violet, with Violet being salvageable, but Slate had no redeeming factors.

Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil Sage
Sage
Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil Slate
Slate
Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil Violet
Violet

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Sephora 5th Avenue (03) & Diving in Malaysia (18) Contour Eye Pencils

Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “gray.” It’s a dark gray with subtle brown undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in one layer, but it was very buildable in two layers to opaque color. It wore well for ten hours, and then was somewhat faded (thinner) after eleven hours of wear–it was still visible after the full twelve hours, but it was definitely not exactly as it looked when initially applied. Urban Decay Smoke is similar. bareMInerals 11PM has a slightly satin finish. Bobbi Brown Smoke is less warm-toned–cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Diving in Malaysia (18) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black green.” It’s a deep, dark brown with flecks of olive sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to more opaque color. It wore well for ten hours on me without fading, migrating, or smudging; but after twelve hours, it was noticeably thinner. Urban Decay Demolition has no shimmer. MAC Rich Experience is more matte. MAC Lord It Up is lighter, warmer. MAC Orpheus is lighter. See comparison swatches.

I really love these eyeliners, even though they don’t wear the full twelve hours that Sephora claims (wish they claimed something more reasonable!), as they do wear quite well for eight to ten hours, have great consistencies that aren’t too creamy, not too waxy, and come in a variety of shades. ¬†Plus, they’re priced just right!

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 5th Avenue (03)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Diving in Malaysia (18)
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners (2013 Relaunch)

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners ($19.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) have relaunched in new packaging–but the formula is the same as before–and two new shades. The brand describes the formula as a “water-based, buildable liner [that] contains super-fine glitter in a clear base that dries down quickly and really stays put … without any fall out.” Worth noting is the brand recommends removing the wiper (or the little black piece that fits in the opening of the tube) if you want more product on the brush.

ACDC is described as a “bright purple glitter.” It’s a medium-dark purple glitter with reddish tones.

Amp is described as a “light blue with iridescent glitter.” It’s a mix of lighter blue, darker blue, green, and teal glitter.

Distortion is described as a “iridescent glitter.” It’s an iridescent mix of glitter, so it flashes greenish-gold, fuchsia, pink, and blue.

Glamrock is described as a “silver glitter.” It is silver glitter and nothing but!

Junkshow is described as a “bright pink with iridescent glitter.” It’s a mix of fuchsia, dark pink, and a few bits of gold glitter.

Midnight Cowboy is described as a “beige glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, golden beige glitter.

Spandex is described as a “deep blue-black with iridescent glitter.” It’s a mix of black, fuchsia, bluish-teal, and navy blue sparkle and glitter (seems like multi-sized to me).

I haven’t reviewed that many glitter eyeliners, so I wasn’t able to come up with dupes, unfortunately! ¬†The formula is very long-wearing and does dry down fairly quickly, but the time it takes to set really depends on how much product is applied–if you go for a fully opaque coat, it takes about thirty seconds. ¬†Once it dries, though, it stays put. ¬†If you scratch or rub at them, clumps will come off, but if you don’t fuss with your eyes, I only saw a few stray sparkles underneath my eye after eight hours for each shade when I wore them.

If you actually want a really bling-tastic glitter eyeliner, you absolutely have to remove the wiper. This results in the brush and wand getting totally loaded in glitter, and like you might apply nail polish, you’ll want to run the plastic wand (not the brush) along the inside of the opening so it’s not also coated in glitter. Sometimes you can get too much this way, though, but it is a lot more efficient and effective at applying more opaque color. It is most practical to pick your method: either live with a few sparkles and keep the wiper in, or remove it and have free access to it. You might use a separate eyeliner brush to apply a sheerer layer, as the brush itself does get completely loaded with product. The wiper takes me about a minute to remove (I just squeezed my nails underneath the wiper’s edge and the opening of the tube), because it fits tightly into the opening (as it should)–but it may not be practical to remove it each time. For reference, I used two pulls (and everything on each pull) to create a 1.5 inch line for the swatches.

If you keep the wiper in, it can be difficult to achieve a nice even line of glitter, because the glitter applies initially as you sweep the brush across the area, but it doesn’t pull all of the initial bits across, so you get uneven coverage. I would say you need five or so pulls of the product to get a semi-sheer to semi-opaque covergae for layering that is also even. Overall, I wish that the wiper had a larger opening so there could be more product on it but not quite as much as the brush gets when there is no wiper in place. I think this would enable the best of both worlds: the ability to layer, and then ability to build-up to more opaque coverage with two layers.

Urban Decay   Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
3
Application
87%
Total

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case
Urban Decay Shattered Face Case

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case ($44.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes five eyeshadows, one lip color, one eyeliner, two blushes, and one highlighter. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., each blush is 0.05 oz., the highlighter is 0.05 oz., Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color is 0.10 oz., and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is 0.03 oz. There is $54 worth of eyeshadows, $9 worth of blush (Urban Decay doesn’t currently sell powder blushes, so I took the price-per-ounce for the Naked Flush palette, which is the most comparable product I could think of), $19 worth of lip color, and $14 worth of eyeliner. The kit is at least $96 in value (the blush/highlighter could make the value higher if they were actually sold separately).

The Shattered Face Case is much better than the Anarchy Face Case, as the overall quality is higher.  None of the products are outright bad here; Temper and Bleach are a smidgen powdery, while Remix and Nameless are slightly dry (not as buttery/creamy as the best Urban Decay eyeshadows are!).  Shakedown was the best powder product as it had the nicest texture and payoff.  The blushes performed better here, though Glint did emphasize pores slightly.

Lovechild is described as a “cool pink cream.” It’s a medium pink with subtle, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had opaque color coverage and wore well for four hours. MAC Steady Going is cooler-toned, matte. MAC Next Fad is shimmery. MAC Please Me is similar, more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is darker. L’Oreal Florid Pink is sheerer. Urban Decay Obsessed is a bit lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Overexposed is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a muted rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and not powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours and showed slight signs of fading after nine hours. theBalm Houndstooth is a bit richer in color, so it is a bolder pick. MAC Rosy Outlook is less warm-toned. Bobbi Brown Peony is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Temper is described as a “soft baby pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, and the texture was finely-milled but a little dry, so it didn’t blend as easily as I would have liked to have seen. It wore well for seven and a half hours and showed some signs of fading after eight and a half hours. MAC Pure Femininity is similar. Chanel Inspiration is warmer, lighter, cream. theBalm Argyle is similar. MAC Stay Pretty is a bit cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Glint is described as a “soft pink-champagne shimmer.” It is a muted, champagne beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. It lasted just over eight hours well on my skin, and it was noticeably faded after eight and a half hours. It does slightly emphasize pores. Tom Ford Guilt is a cream product. bareMinerals The Love Affair is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Shakedown is described as a “medium gray-brown satin.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe. It’s a mix of gray and brown where the top is gray while the undertone is a strong, orange-toned brown. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. Urban Decay Lost is warmer. MAC Satin Taupe is similar. Urban Decay Barlust is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Muse is also darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Remix is described as a “rich purple shimmer with tonal micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff but the texture was slightly dry. MAC Pinkluxe #3 is pinker. Urban Decay Last Call is warmer. MAC Pink Union #1 is very similar. MAC Universal Appeal is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Nameless is described as a “rich brown-gunmetal satin.” It’s a medium brown with warm, golden sheen and warm, orange-y undertones. It had a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, and the color payoff was fantastic. CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame is a cream product, lighter. Urban decay Nevermind is less metallic. Buxom Mutt is a cream product, warmer. bareMinerals A-Ha is less metallic. Inglot #402 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Minor Sin is described as a “champagne-pink satin.” It’s a light pink with warm undertones and a pale golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Cheryl Chic is slightly pinker. MAC Love Power is a cream product. MAC Rose Light is similar but more frosted, less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleach is described as a “yellow-beige matte.” It’s a light beige with creamy yellow tones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture–just a tiny bit powdery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl #3 is darker. MAC Greenluxe #1 is more shimmery. Disney Ali Ababwa is similar. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Foxy is a smidgen yellower. NARS Biarritz is less yellow. MAC Brule is similar. L’Oreal Endless Pearl is less yellow. Inglot #353 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Zero is described as a “zealous black cream.” It’s a medium-dark black with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it‚Äôs a good basic black. It wears eight and a half hours well on me. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay Face Case Shattered
Shattered
Shattered
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
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