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NARS Las Ramblas & Via de Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliners

NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold.” It’s a warm, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage on the lash line, though it wasn’t totally even so it does need to be smudged and blended a bit after applied to get the best results. The consistency could have been somewhat creamier/easier to glide on. It wore well for seven hours but has noticeably thinned out after eight hours. Chanel Vegas Gold is darker, more orange. Make Up For Ever #9L is slightly less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Via de Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark chocolate brown with red undertones and a very subtle pearl. It was semi-opaque in a single pass but was buildable to full opacity with a few passes. It was creamier than Las Ramblas, so it was easier to apply. This shade lasted for eight hours well and only started to look somewhat thinner after nine hours. Urban Decay Bourbon is darker, browner. MAC Brown Border is darker. MAC Fluidline is warmer, more copper. See comparison swatches.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Las Ramblas
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Via de Martelli

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CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) & Ice Flame (345) Flamed Out Shadow Pencils

CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil
CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil

CoverGirl Gold Flame (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is a warm, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. It’s not too frosted, but it’s more shimmery than a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color; it did need some light blending (with a finger tip or a fluffy brush) to even out some of the color on the lid, but overall it was nice. It wore well for seven and a half hours and was lightly creased after eight hours of wear. CoverGirl Melted Gold is similar but a powder. Disney Triton is similar, slightly warmer, powder. Chanel Cool Gold is darker. Sephora French Riviera is lighter, powder. MAC Goldmine is warmer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 is similar. Chanel Pearl River #3 is similar. OCC Acacia is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Remix is similar. Make Up For Ever #10 is similar but a powder. See comparison swatches.

Ice Flame (345) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned, silvery blue with a pearly sheen. It had sheer color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to about semi-opaque; there was some sheerness overall. Like the first shade, a little blending with the fingertip or a fluffy brush was necessary to even out the color since it wasn’t fully opaque. This shade wore well for eight hours and was somewhat faded after nine hours but had no creasing. Maybelline Seashore Frosts is bluer, has a golden shimmer. Clinique Big Blue is darker. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter. MAC Linger Softly is darker, powder. Chanel Destination is similar–a touch bluer. See comparison swatches.

The consistency is soft, and these both had a cooling sensation when they touched the skin. The pencil glides on well, as it had a good deal of slip, so I didn’t have any issues with either shade tugging or dragging on the lid. They set within thirty seconds, but they’re blendable and movable before then. It didn’t feel like they set too quickly or too slowly. These are the last of the CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencils I bought, and I don’t plan on buying any more right now (fall is coming!), but there are several other shades that exist. Based on my experience, the ones with chunkier sparkle seem to be the ones that are more problematic. The wear is inconsistent, but none of the four I tried creased instantly or had issues setting, so they’re manageable on my normal-to-dry lids (not super dry, but they’re not super oily!).

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil Gold Flame (330)
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil Ice Flame (345)
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

Sephora Blonde Ambition & Roof Top Party Contour Eye Pencils

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “beige.” It’s a pale, gilded beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single pass, but it’s only semi-opaque and buildable to about semi-opaque, even though I tried to layer it. It’s sufficient for brightening the eye, and it can be evened out with a brush to blend the eyeliner together. NARS Rue Bonaparte is matte. MAC Gilded White is very similar, perhaps a touch whiter. Other champagne eyeliners are warmer, more beige. See comparison swatches.

Roof Top Party Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “gunmetal.” It’s an olive brown; a murky, dirty brown with a hint of green and subtle shimmer. The color payoff was good in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color with two or so passes of the eyeliner. Urban Decay Stash is richer–darker and more intense. MAC Forever Green is greener. bareMinerals 10AM is darker, more intense. See comparison swatches.

I liked both of these, but they weren’t as intense on the eye as they looked in the pencil–it was almost as if the consistency was a little too waxy so the color didn’t build up to full intensity as a result. Though, the waxiness enabled both shades to glide across the skin easily–no skipping or dragging. Both shades wore well for eight hours on me with very minimal thinning but no smudging or migrating.

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Blonde Ambition
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil Roof Top Party
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad
Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad ($68.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains four eyeshadows in a “smooth, long-wearing formula” with textures that range from “soft matte to high pearl.” The palette was really nice in terms of quality, but it could have used more contrast, depending on your skin tone. I think fairer complexions may notice the subtleties between each shade more so than medium and darker skin tones. For example, on my medium complexion, it definitely runs together and loses something.  I wore all shades, and they lasted eight hours well and were a little faded before the ninth hour.

Cosmic Bliss #1 is a light-medium beige with warm, caramel undertones and a matte finish. It looked a lot lighter in the pan than it did swatched. It had a soft, buttery texture and had great color payoff. NARS Biarritz is lighter. MAC Call Me Bubbles is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Grain is more shimmery. MAC Bisque is lighter. Chanel Beige Lame is warmer, darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Cosmic Bliss #2 is a warm, golden-shimmered, medium-dark brown with a frosted sheen. The texture was a bit drier compared to the first shade, and the resulting color payoff was good but not as easy to blend out. MAC Bronze is darker. MAC Woodwinked is warmer. MAC Soba is darker. Dior Golden Savannah #1 is less shimmery. Benefit Thanks a Latte is more metallic. bareMinerals Cognac is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Cosmic Bliss #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was really soft and smooth. Urban Decay Stray Dog is darker. Urban Decay Lost is much darker. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rehab is a cream product. Chanel Topkapi #2 is similar. Chanel Raffinement #1 is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Cosmic Bliss #4 is a medium-dark bronze brown with a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture so it applied smoothly and evenly. Bobbi Brown Bronze is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Deeper is slightly darker. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze is browner. MAC Buckwheat is redder. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #421 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Edward Bess Prismette Eyeshadow Quad Cosmic Bliss
Cosmic Bliss
Cosmic Bliss
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
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Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) has finishes that “range from matte to satin to shimmer,” with a “smudge-proof formula [that] can be applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results.”  Overall, it’s a good palette with an interesting mix of colors and textures.  When trying it out, the green shade wasn’t as smooth or as easy to use as the other three shades, as it had an almost sparkly finish that made it less inclined to smooth out and bind together.  I didn’t encounter this issue with the other shades, though, and they applied more smoothly and were easier to blend.  I wore all four shades together, and the green one was very slightly creased after eight hours, while the rest held up without creasing and had only minor fading after nine hours of wear.

Delicatesse #1 is a neutral, light-medium gray-green with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and applied damp, it is more opaque and has a stronger metallic sheen. Chanel Jade Shore is greener, warmer. MAC Lady Grey is darker, less shimmery. Lancome Enduring Vert is lighter. Chanel Riviere is slightly lighter less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #2 is a pale white with a green sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff when applied dry and then took on a more metallic sheen with opaque color payoff when applied damp. MAC Zestful is greener. Lancome Fashion Forward is paler. Chanel Promesse #4 is similar. Sugarpill Lumi is bluer. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #3 is a warm, pink-coral with a soft, pearly sheen. Applied dry, it still had good color but was softer overall. Applied damp, it’s smoother and brighter. Chanel Pink Lagoon is darker. Urban Decay Scratch is darker. MAC Pink Frontier is similar. Chanel Rose de Mai is less shimmery. bareMinerals Page Six is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #4 is a warm-toned, medium-dark plum. Applied dry or damp, the color payoff was pretty good, and the texture was soft, smooth, and lightly frosted. I really didn’t see much of a difference between the two applications. Disney Master is cooler-toned. MAC Festive Delight is less shimmery. MAC Brazenly is bolder. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Ombres Fleuries Quadra Eyeshadow Delicatesse
Delicatesse
Delicatesse
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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B+

Delicatesse #1

Limited Edition
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A-

Delicatesse #2

Limited Edition
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A

Delicatesse #3

Limited Edition
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A

Delicatesse #4

Limited Edition
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Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Convoitise (90) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a softly warmed-up, pale gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It has hints of yellow, but it’s not a strong, true yellow gold–it is muted and not quite neutral but close. MAC Greenluxe #2 is more metallic. Disney Charming is lighter. Disney Sand in the Glass is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #18 is similar. NARS Hollywoodland is darker. MAC Retrospeck is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is darker, yellower. Lancome Eternal Gold is darker, yellower. Chane lApparence is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

It’s a new and limited edition shade exclusive to Chanel.com, and later on, Nordstrom.   Fans of Chanel’s cream eyeshadow formula will love the way this looks and feels on the lid, because it’s soft, smooth, sparkling, and easy to apply.  It also had buildable coverage that could go from sheer to mostly opaque, as it layered well, but it was easily blended out, too.  I didn’t have any issues with fall out or creasing over a nine hour period (without a primer), and it has the type of finish that’s sparkling, shimmering, and eye-opening.  I can definitely see it working as a one-and-done shadow that gets patted on as you’re walking out the door.

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Convoitise (90)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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