Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Summer 2011:  Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains “a vibrant orange, intense blue, deep brown, and lighter brown” that are “speckled with a pale golden tone.” Guerlain says that they can be used together or separately. The palette includes two sponge-tip applicators and mirror on the inside. It’s housed in a blackened bronze that shimmers in the light a bit.

I remember some readers were concerned about the feasiblity of using an eyeshadow palette like this, but in reality, the gold is really just an overspray–it disappears within the first use or two–so there are four distinct sections, each large enough to accomodate your average eyeshadow brush.

The palette includes a brightened, medium-dark orange with soft gold flecks of shimmer; dark, cool-toned brown with a pearled sheen; medium-dark, warmed-over brown with a soft gold micro-shimmer and satin finish; and a brightened medium-dark cobalt blue with a satiny sheen. Color pay off was good across the board, though the blue shade could use a little more oomph. The texture of these was soft without being powdery, so they applied smoothly and didn’t have any issues with fall out.

As a luxury brand, Guerlain’s price point isn’t for everyone, but at the least the palette contains 0.32 oz. worth of product, which is $184/oz. compared to brands like Chanel ($233/oz. for a quad), Dior ($276/oz. for a quint), MAC ($180/oz. for a pre-made quad), and NARS ($265/oz. for a trio). It’s always nice to see a boost in quantity with higher priced products, even if the total price may be a deciding factor. Despite its embellishments and designs, this eyeshadow palette retails for the same their normal quads do.

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Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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Guerlain fans who long for a little more color and oomph will appreciate this palette for its daring hues. The brand certainly didn't skimp on pigmentation so the shades touted as vibrant can actually be used that way.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011

theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow
theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow

theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow

theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark navy blue sheen.” It reads a little more like indigo to me–it has this really rich, deep dark navy blue twisted with a blackened violet. It’s all mixed with blue and violet and almost teal-ish shimmer and finished with a soft sheen. The sheen came through more when I applied it wet, but when dry, it has a slightly more matte finish.

my thoughts on the formula: theBalm’s eyeshadows are soft, silky smooth, and packed with pigment. They apply evenly, blend out beautifully, and aren’t powdery at all (sometimes a side effect of really soft eyeshadows). I find they are so easy to use, because they apply without fall out and blend with other shadows effortlessly. Worth noting, too, is individual eyeshadows come with 0.12 oz., which is just over double the average eyeshdaow–and at a rather affordable price tag.

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theBalm's eyeshadows have such a soft, smooth texture that applies so well. Risque Renee is no different--excellent color pay off combined with the signature silky smooth feel makes for a standout eyeshadow.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Milani Drenched in Gold Baked Eyeshadow
Milani Drenched in Gold Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Metallic Eyeshadow: Drenched in Gold

Milani Drenched in Gold Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a softened yellow gold with a metallic sheen.  It reminded me a lot of MAC’s Goldmine, which is a staple eyeshadow for me.  I liked the way this looked both wet and dry–there really wasn’t much of a difference-so it is more convenient to use.  It applied smoothly and had good color pay off with no fall out.

I do wish they’d ditch the sponge/brush applicator, though, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.

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Drenched in Gold

B+
This is an affordable dupe to MAC's Goldmine eyeshadow! It's gold without being too dark or metallic, so I think it will work well in a variety of looks.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire (7) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire (7) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

More Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow with #7

Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire (7) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, rosy pink with a metallic sheen.  It’s a much more wearable pink than you often seen, because it is less vibrant and reflects more of the natural pink found in the skin.  I did feel like the color in the pot didn’t match the result when used–it looks pinker, less rosy, so it is a little misleading.

This is a product that lives up to its claims–it wears all day without budging, creasing, or fading–and blends as well on its own as it does with other eyeshadows (or on top of an eyeshadow base). Giorgio Armani describes the Eyes to Kill Intense formula as neither powder nor cream but a hybrid that creates a “smooth, lasting color film” that can be applied wet or dry.  Giorgio Armani explains, “Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye … Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.”

The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow.  It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look using #6).  It’s almost like a really dense loose powder that’s been pressed down, because if you dig at it, it loosens.

Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price).  The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).

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If the color in the pot matched the actual color swatched, it would have been a higher rated product, so take that into consideration--if the softer pink is more your style, then it works out for you!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, May 21st, 2011

bareMinerals High Shine Eyecolors
Gold Medal, Flash, Meteorite, Vapor

New bareMinerals High Shine Eyecolors!

bareMinerals High Shine Eyecolors ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) just saw the release of six new shades: Gold Medal (pale gold), Flash (iced lilac), Meteorite (iced mocha), and Vapor (gunmetal gray), which are shown in this post, along with Ice (frosted pink) and Rose Gold (antique golden mauve).

I love the texture and color pay off of this product, but I still find the packaging a huge let down. I first reviewed these here. These apply really smoothly with insane pigmentation and a fun, foil-like finish. These wear well alone (eight hours, no creasing) as well as over a base, with other shadows, or over other eyeshadows.

  • Gold Medal is a muted, antique gold with a metallic finish.
  • Flash is a softened lilac with a silvery-white sheen.
  • Meteorite is a cool-toned brown with subtle burgundy tones.
  • Vapor is a bluish gray with a smooth, metallic sheen.

These are beautiful from first swatch to application, but there is a major drawback to this product line. The applicator/tube is a total no-go! However they managed it, when you pull the applicator out of the tube (which is a large sponge-tipped applicator), it also pulls a ton of product onto the edges. In essence, it pulls out far too much product on the applicator itself as well as leaves a lot along the rim of the tube (which just falls on your floor, lap, or wherever!).

I would recommend dumping the color into a jar or else cutting the applicator off — because it seems like the larger sponge-tip does pull much of the excess to the rim, so if you just snipped it off entirely (and used a separate brush to apply), you could leave it in the tube. (Ironically, they tout the applicator as a “convenient, quick-draw wand [that] allows for easy, on-the-go application.”) I wouldn’t recommend any kind of QUICK-DRAW with this unless you wanted it all over your sink.

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It's such a great product bottled in such a horrific way. There's just not that much excess product in the tube that you'd want to risk wasting it with the current packaging. The colors are amazing, as is the formula itself!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Milani Rich Java Baked Eyeshadow
Milani Rich Java Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Metallic Eyeshadow: Rich Java

Milani Rich Java Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) a medium-dark chocolaty brown with subtle red undertones and a delicate bronze micro-shimmer layered on top.  It did seem to pull redder in the pan, but when swatched, it’s much less apparent.  The softer shimmer and finish of Rich Java really elevates it, too, because it has nice color coverage (though it seems less intense swatched than the color seen in the pan).  It applies nearly the same wet as it does dry, just a little smoother.

I do wish they’d ditch the sponge/brush applicator, though, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.

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Rich Java

B+
This is a nice go-to brown for smoky brown eyes or darker crease color, particularly for warmer skin tones, as it skews a little warm.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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