Thursday, May 31st, 2012

MAC Powder to the People Powder
MAC Powder to the People Powder

MAC & Beth Ditto Powder to the People Powder

MAC Powder to the People Powder ($38.00 for 0.35 oz.) is an odd product. At first, it seemed like a cheek product. It’s listed under Face > Powder on the brand’s website, but the description is, “Play with polka dots to create highlighting effects on your eyes by blending the colours of this ultra-fine, lightweight pressed powder with a velvet-smooth finish.” With all that said, it appears to be an eyeshadow “palette” so-to-speak, but I’m baffled as to why they put it under the powder category instead of under eyes/shadow, if that’s what this intended to be used for. Nevertheless, I tried it as an eyeshadow and swirled together as a cheek color.

I’m only rating this on the performance of the product as an eyeshadow because of how it is described by MAC specifically–I just wanted to cover all the bases and show you how it works and looks as a cheek color, too, because I know a lot of us thought that was what it was initially!

I’m not keen on the texture of the powder. It’s dry, powdery, and half of the shades look chalky applied. When applied as an eyeshadow, it was so-so, but it absolutely needed a primer underneath in order for the colors to show up (which is what I have shown below). The darker brown is the most pigmented shade out of the compact. As a blush, it left a powdery finish on my cheeks that wasn’t particularly flattering.  When I tested it on the eyes for application/color and wear, it lasted about six hours over a primer before fading around the edges (I couldn’t really get it to show up without a primer).  When I tested out the longevity of the product as a blush, it wore for seven hours and only looked a smidgen faded after eight.

The first shade I swatched was a medium-dark terracotta brown with orange undertones. It was the most pigmented of all the shades. It’s more orange and lighter than MAC Soft Brown. It has more brown in it compared to MAC Rule. The second shade is a pale peach-orange with a matte finish that’s sheer and powdery. NARS Ramatuelle was the closest dupe.

The next shade was a medium-dark blue that applied very sheer and chalky. It was darker than Dior Swimming Pool and NYX Cool Blue. MAC Winkle is darker and cooler-toned. The fourth shade was a sallow yellow with a sheer, chalky color payoff. MAC Three Ring Yellow is similar.

The last shade was a soft, light-medium yellow-toned pink that was fairly sheer and powdery. Inglot #359 is a smidgen darker. MAC Paradise Island isn’t as yellow-toned. MAC Launch Away is more pigmented. MAC Crew is a smidgen warmer. When swirled together, the effect is a dirty brown-tan with a mostly matte finish and ends up rather powdery. MAC Sun Dipped is so much better. Chanel Sable Beige is yellower and has a golden sheen.

As an eyeshadow palette, the packaging is a bit frustrating–dust and excess powder from the colors will mix, which means when you’re trying to get pure yellow, you might find brown-hued dust on top, which will give it a dirty look. You get a lot of product, but the price tag is rather steep, too. I imagine it would be more practical and useful to have put together a quad of four colors and priced it at $38 instead. I used MAC’s 239, and it felt almost too big for the polka dots.  At the end of the day, it feels and looks like a collector powder, and it exemplifies a common problem with multi-tasking products: they’re never as good in one as they are separate.

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Powder to the People

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Dry, chalky, powder, and sheer. You absolutely have to use a primer with this product in order to get decent color payoff! The dry texture makes everything a little stiffer and less blendable.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Suspense (natural stone) and Awe (violet woods). 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.).

Suspense is is a light-medium gray-beige with a matte finish. It’s a lighter taupe, mushroom-y kind of color. The color payoff is excellent, and the texture is soft, dense, and rich without being powdery. Guerlain Les Gris is lighter and shimmery. I was surprised when I wasn’t able to think of any other dupes!

Awe is a cool-toned, ultra dark purple with hints of teal and silver shimmer. It’s almost a blackened-purple, but there’s not enough darkness there (which isn’t a bad thing–blackened colors often lose the color nuance once applied). The pigmentation is good, but it’s not perfect–the texture is a smidgen on the drier side, especially compared to many of the other shades within the formula. bareMinerals Daring is similar but more intense, a little more purple. MAC Indigo Noir is purpler, less gray.

These two shades together aren’t quite as complementary as a lot of the other duos the brand has released. They certainly work together, but for whatever reason, it’s just not as effortless.  I think it might be the beige-ness of Suspense that makes it more difficult.  I love the texture and feel of Suspense, and it’s such a lovely, versatile neutral matte shade to work with. Awe applies fine, but you might need to go back to darken the area you applied it to.  I did have a little fading with Awe after eight hours (without a primer–no fading when used over a primer) as well.

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bareMinerals The Cliff Hanger Ready Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
The quality of the duo is good, but it isn't as good as many of the other duos available. I really love how versatile Suspense is--I could see that being a go-to shade for a lot of people.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Ballet Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Ballet Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Ballet Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “light pink glitter.” It’s a smattering of rosy pink (with warm undertones) glitter suspended in a translucent base. I don’t really have similar shades to this, since it’s more of a glitter than it is a regular eyeshadow, but Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (which has a sparkle finish as well) came the closest, but it had more color and a little less sparkle/glitter.

This is one of four shades from the spring collection, and all four shades were described as sheer pastels over a translucent base, so they’re not supposed to be intense or opaque. They are supposed to be “crease-free” and “long-lasting.” Ballet was better than Silver Spoon, as it adhered to the lid better and had minimal fall out over the course of the eight hours I wore it on the lid. There wasn’t enough fall out during application to gripe over either. As I mentioned in my previous review, it’s hard to judge “creasing,” since there’s not enough pigment to give an even, opaque layer such that you know where the color ends and begins. The glitter didn’t gather in the crease, though, which is usually what a product like this would do if it was prone to creasing.

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Ballet

B+
I will reiterate that these are more expensive than I would expect from Bobbi Brown, and I don't like that they contain less than Sparkle eyeshadows before them. I had much better luck with Ballet adhering and wearing throughout the day--none of the fall out issues I had with Silver Spoon.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, May 28th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo
Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Amber/Elektron Eye Dream Highlight Duo ($19.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains a “bright copper” and a “bright champagne.”

Both shades have a really soft, dense, almost creamy texture that’s buttery and smooth as silk.  Amber is nicely pigmented, while Elektron could use just a wee bit more pigmentation, though it seems to perform better on the eye than merely swatched on the skin.  The two work together nicely, but I think I’d have preferred to have seen Elektron with a less metallic finish–then it could work really well as both a brightening shade on the lid as well as a highlighter. Using it as both with Amber in the crease comes off very metallic.  When I wore this duo, both shades last a full eight hours without creasing or fading–whether they were over a primer or applied to bare lids.

It’s a good bang for your buck; you’re getting two full-sized eyeshadows, which are over double the size of the average full-sized eyeshadow (0.13 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.). The two shades offer what a brand offers in a quad!  Of course, then we have to consider whether one would use up either shade and whether such a high amount is really a value.

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Amber/Elektron

A

The duo works together, but I recognize that both shades are dupeable, so it may not be a must-have, depending on the size of your stash. The quality is good overall, though, and this duo will flatter warmer complexions, especially during the summer.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Silver Moon Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “light silvery glitter.” The description is rather accurate: it’s a light silver glitter with large, chunky particles. There’s really no underlying color, just silver glitter that’s suspended in an almost clear base. The closest dupe I could think of was Bobbi Brown Tinsel.

Sometimes Bobbi Brown knocks it out of the park with her Sparkle eyeshadows (like here), but other times, they can fall flat and translate into high glitter, little payoff, and poor adherence. This particular hue is from the Brightening Nudes collection–ah, lo and behold, press release to save the day when the brand’s website has a poor product description–“Sparkle Eye Shadow is a featherweight formula that instantly lights up eyes with a unique combination of shimmering pearls and glitter in a translucent base. Creamy-soft powder shadow glides on smoothly and clings to lids for crease-free, long-lasting wear. The Brightening Nudes Collection includes four new, beautifully sheer pastel shades in pink, silvery white, grey and soft gold that illuminate eyes with subtle shimmer and shine.”

Silver Moon didn’t have a lot of fall out during application, but I did have residual fall out throughout the day to a noticeable, slightly annoying degree–not the worst offender when it comes to the glitter category, but it didn’t adhere as well as other shades have in the past.  The consistency almost feels wet, though it’s definitely a powder, which enables it to apply really smoothly, despite the glitter content. It doesn’t feel too gritty, and it doesn’t have any rough feel when applied to the lid. Though the texture is similar to past Sparkle eyeshadows, the color intensity is not; it is supposed to be sheer and suspended in a translucent base. Honestly, it’s hard to detect any creasing because these are sheer and there’s no color base, just lots of sparkle, so there’s no opaque layer or really distinct area where it is and isn’t.

P.S. — I’m not pleased to see the price tag hiked to $28 and the product amount pulled down to 0.09 oz. — the last time I reviewed a Sparkle eyeshadow, which was about a year and a half ago, it was $24 and 0.13 oz. $28 seems rather close to designer high-end lines like Chanel, Dior, and the like.  Most of Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadows retail for $21.

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Silver Moon

B
I'm a little miffed at the price tag, which seems rather steep for a Bobbi Brown eyeshadow, and I'm not crazy about the amount of fall out that happens while wearing the product. I would expect at least some minor fall out during application, as is the nature of glitters, but there was less fallout during application than there was during wear!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, May 24th, 2012

bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Page Six (sandy pink sheen) and Most Requested (burgundy sparkle). 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.).

Page Six is a warm strawberry pink with subtle golden shimmer and a frosted, metallic sheen. It’s soft, smooth, and opaque in color. MAC Rose Light is pinker, not as yellow-toned. Lancome Kitten Heel is a smidgen lighter and has a stronger golden sheen. Inglot #399 is darker. Giorgio Armani #7 is darker, less pink.

Most Requested is a red-toned medium-dark brown with burgundy tones. It also has subtle sivler and ruby sparkle. It has mostly opaque color coverage and applies smoothly. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa is a little lighter and browner. bareMinerals Kismet is very similar, perhaps a touch browner, and doesn’t have sparkle. Chanel Ebloui is darker.

I’m a huge, huge fan of the Ready Eyeshadows.  The formula is soft, dense, and feels almost creamy, and it applies smooth as silk against the skin, whether over a primer or on bare lids. I get a full eight hours of wear without creasing or fading when I wear the formula on bare lids or over a primer, so it’s great to have that versatility. The 15 Minutes works together, which is always nice, though they are easily used alone or with other eyeshadows you have in your stash. Most Requested has noticeable sparkle, so there is some fall out during application and the majority of the sparkle doesn’t translate onto the lid (gets lost somewhere between the brush and the lid).

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bareMinerals The 15 Minutes Ready Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
The 15 Minutes works together, which is always nice, though they are easily used alone or with other eyeshadows you have in your stash.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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