Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad
Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) is set of warm-toned, neutral shades that lean more red and copper. It’s a fairly good set of eyeshadows that runs on the shimmery side, but it wears well, is easy to apply, and had good pigmentation overall. Personally, I think that one of the browns could have been substituted for something very dark or more mid-tone, which would give it more versatility.

The Dolce Vita #1 is a brightened, golden peach with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, and a smidgen loose. The color wore well without fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #2 is a rich, medium-dark reddish-brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a soft, pearled finish. It had intense pigmentation with a smooth, blendable consistency that made this a very easy product to work with. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #3 is a copper-brown with lighter gold and copper sparkle and micro-glitter. The texture is very smooth with an almost wet-like feeling, which helps the glitter to bind better with the base color, so it actually translates as a whole onto the skin. There is some fall out during initial application, and then some more during wear; it’s noticeable–less than some glittery eyeshadows but certainly not perfect. The brownish color lasted for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #4 is a medium-dark, golden brown with a more satin-like finish. It had good color payoff, while the powder was soft and blendable, though a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before I saw some fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of the more recently released quints, and it is part of the permanent range as far as I know. I picked it up awhile ago when I initially was trying out the new range, and it seemed promising when swatched, but there’s a dryness to the formula that can make it difficult to blend and apply on bare skin. Over primer, it’s easier to work with, but it’s still not a formula I’d reach for or would feel comfortable recommending. As they have a drier, dusty kind of texture, they tend to sheer out on the skin or look dry and fade more quickly.

Jardin #1 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned sage green with a soft, metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a smidgen on the dry side, so it sheered out readily on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #2 is a brightened beige with a frosted finish and subtle warm undertones, though it tended to read almost cool-toned on me. It had good pigmentation that applied decently, but it was also a little dry to work with. It had started to look faded after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #3 is a medium-dark, khaki green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a moderately dry, thin consistency that had faded noticeably after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #4 is a brightened, pinky-white with a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that adhered well to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #5 is a deepened, almost blackened blue with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It swatched really beautifully with rich color payoff, but the texture was dry, and I had trouble with blending it out; it tended to just stick where it was initially applied. It did wear better than other shades at eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope
Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope ($95.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes five shades for eyes in shades of black, navy blue, warm pink, copper, and golden brown. The True Color Eyeshadow is a wet/dry formulation (at least, this is what it used to be touted as; current descriptions are less helpful), including the mattes (they don’t harden if you use water with them). According to the brand, matte and shimmer finishes are supposed to have full coverage, while satin finishes are supposed to have sheer coverage (but no specificity regarding wet/dry). There are a lot of Le Metier’s eyeshadows that I love, and I often like how they pair colors in their Kaleidoscopes, but unless every single shade knocks it out of the park, the price is difficult to justify, which is the case here. Two of the five shades are excellent, while two are middling, and one is particularly disappointing.

Onyx is a medium black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, though the texture is so silky and soft that it is prone to kicking up excess product, so it is best patted on gently to maintain intensity. It was fairly blendable on the skin and lasted for eight hours. As you might expect, there are lots of matte blacks on the marketplace, so there are plenty of dupes. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sapphire is a medium-dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen that leans slightly purple. It had decent pigmentation, but it was certainly lacking oomph and needed to be layered two or three times to get really good, even coverage out of it. The texture was slightly dry, which made it a little harder to blend out. This was previously included in another Kaleidoscope, but it was much better that time, as it had a richer, denser texture that was less dry. It lasted for seven hours and had some fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smoky Quartz is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft and smooth, but it was a smidgen dry, which gave it a powdery look when applied dry. It was easier to work with and had better, truer color payoff when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading.
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Carnelian Opal is a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm orange undertones and a frosted golden sheen. It was intensely pigmented both wet and dry, with the damp application yielding a slightly deeper color and more metallic finish. It wore well for nine hours on me. This is the type of quality I associate with Le Metier de Beaute, but it doesn’t make up for the first three. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Citrine is a subdued, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had opaque coverage both wet and dry, though dry coverage gave it a smoother result. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a twist-up, cream-based eyeshadow that’s supposed to be lightweight, long-wearing, and cooling when it touches the skin. It’s supposed to give a “shimmering veil of color.” The formula is semi-sheer to semi-opaque in one stroke, and it is buildable to opaque coverage with two to three passes, or you can use a flat, firm synthetic brush, which seems to give mostly opaque coverage more readily. I also find using a brush offers infinitely more precision, maneuverability, and gives a more even layer of coverage. The wear varied from shade to shade; as short as six hours to as long as eight hours. The formula has a fair amount of slip but dries down quickly, and it does have a wet, cool sensation when the eyeshadow hits the lid, though this is lessened if you use a separate applicator. I think this formula works best in more neutral tones, as they’re more forgiving on the skin, but shades like purple and blue don’t work as well when they’re even a little bit uneven.

Chanel Laurier Rose (127) Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a rosy copper with warm, orange undertones and a metallic finish. A single pass yielded semi-opaque coverage, and two layers was enough for full opacity. This shade was the easiest shade to use in a large area at full intensity, as it applied evenly. When I tested it, the color wore well for eight hours before it started to crease. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Olilvine (137) Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, medium olive green with a cooler coloring overall, but the undertone is slightly warm, so it takes on a more neutral appearance. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to opaque coverage with three layers. This shade was the hardest to work with, as it had less slip and applied more unevenly as a result. Even when I tried to use a brush, the drying time was too quick, so it had already partially dried on the brush. On me, it started to show signs of creasing after seven hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Caroube (147) Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted taupe brown with a pearly sheen and lighter gold shimmer. It has more of a burgundy undertone with a warmer shimmer color. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied in one go, while it was buildable to full intensity with two layers. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Campanule (107) Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a slightly muted, cool-toned violet purple with faint sparkle. It had sheer coverage in one pass, and it took four layers to get opaque color (it’s supposed to be sheer, though). The consistency was a little drier compared to most of the other shades, though it was reasonably blendable. It tended to grab my natural creases while I was applying, and it was hard to smooth out the color so that it didn’t emphasize the lines on my eyelid. It started to crease after seven hours on me and had minor fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Azulejo (117) Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is an aqua blue with a subtle, warmer green tint to it and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one pass, and it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage with three layers (it didn’t seem to build to fully opaque color for me). It is somewhat blendable on the lid, as I could get the edges, but I couldn’t seem to blend it for an even layer of color. When I wore it, the color started creasing after six hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a newly released formula that features six shades ranging from neutral to a pop of teal, though five of the six are more neutral/earthy tones that tend to learn warm-toned. It’s supposed to be long-wearing, with a “glide-on” consistency with “soft-focus illuminating pigments” that will “smooth over lines and imperfections.” The eyeshadows are absolutely gorgeous applied, and they’re very pigmented but are easily blended out for a sheerer wash of color, but they have wear problems.

The formula is emollient enough that the dry down time is on the long side, which makes it prone to creasing as it dries down. I tried smoothing out the color after the initial dry down, but it still faintly creased within a few hours. As they wore on, you could just see where the color has separated at the crease line slightly, but it was just puzzling how quick it was to start creasing but how slowly it progressed after that. I tried applying a lighter wash of color, so it could dry down more quickly and just have less product available for creasing, but it still creased in a similar timeframe. They worked better as eyeliner, though if you have any fine lines close to the lash line, it may settle or pull into them. The finish is incredibly lovely; it’s very summer-sheen and luminous without emphasizing or thickening on the lid–I just wish they were actually long-wearing. The formula was very reminiscent of Tom Ford’s Cream Color for Eyes in terms of texture and finish, but it fell short when it came to wear. What’s odd about the formula is that the creasing never got really bad–it was faintly visible but never easily detected, and at a glance, it’s barely noticeable for the first six hours or so unless you look closely. It was such a bizarre experience for me, because usually when something creases–especially so early on–it is a total disaster and goes downhill fast.

The only way I could prevent creasing was to apply an eyeshadow primer and dust translucent powder over the lid, then apply the cream eyeshadow, which held the initial creasing at bay until six to seven hours OR dust translucent powder on top of the cream eyeshadow, which would prevent creasing for seven to eight hours.

Charlotte Tilbury Bette Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “rich, burnished, amber-gold.” it’s a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, blendable texture that applied evenly and smoothly to the lid. It could easily be worn as an opaque layer of product or sheered out as a wash. I could see very faint signs of creasing after four hours of wear that got a tiny bit worse after a full eight hours, but it was surprising how well it held up despite the early-on creasing. Applied only on the lid, it wore for eight hours without issue (effectively, no creases to settle into!). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Cleopatra Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “vibrant peacock.” It’s a rich, blackened teal with lighter emerald green and bluish-teal shimmer that gives it a more metallic finish when applied at full opacity. It has a more pearly sheen when applied as a sheerer, thinner layer of product. It was richly pigmented, and a little goes a very long way, but it started to crease after four hours of wear and worsened as time went, though the creasing was always faint to light. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as an “antique oyster gold.” It’s a coppery bronze with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff with a creamy, blendable consistency that was particularly prone to creasing while drying down. Even when trying to control and prevent that initial creasing, I still had very faint creasing begin after three and a half hours of wear, which got a little worse by the eight-hour mark but except for a very fine line of separation in my crease, the color hadn’t faded or smudged. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “wisteria-chocolate bronze.” It’s a dark, chocolate brown with warm, plum and bronze shimmer with a slightly red, plummy tone to it. It looks rather brown in the pot and swatched, but as it is diffused and sheered out, it has a reddish tone to it. The pigmentation is off-the-charts, and you need so little product to get really opaque coverage out of it. This one seemed to dry down slightly faster than other shades, but again, there was very faint creasing noticeable by the four-hour mark, and then it got only a little worse over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “sparkling-pink champagne.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff that applies evenly and smoothly at full intensity, if desired. The finish becomes more sparkly and less pearly when applied as a sheerer wash of color. The drying time on this one seemed slightly longer than the average on these, which meant it was very prone to creasing while it was drying down. I tried to keep my eyes closed while it was drying and tried to pat it into place to minimize that initial creasing (which should be unnecessary!), and when I was successful, there was still that faint line of creasing after four hours of wear. That faint line got slightly worse as the day wore on. When I used it as a brow bone highlighter, it lasted for eight hours without fading or breaking down. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “minky-mossy golden grey-green.” It’s a medium-dark, muted olive green with warm, bronze and antique gold sparkle and shimmer. It had a little more slip than other shades, which made it apply with less intensity in a single layer, though it was buildable to fully opaque color. I had faint creasing within four hours of wear, which slowly worsened over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Buff (80) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Buff (80) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Buff (80) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “champagne shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to full coverage in two to three layers. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lash line. On me, the eyeliner wore well for nine hours before it started to thin. Estee Lauder Pearl (P, $23.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Girl Talk (P, $9.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Midnight in Paris (72) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as an “inky indigo blue.” It’s a sparkly, blackened navy blue with lighter silver and blue shimmer and sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. The texture was lightly creamy, but it could have been a little creamier for smoother, more even application. This shade wore well for nine hours before I noticed very slight thinning of the line. Marc Jacobs Beauty Navy Noir (76) (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Metalhead (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sephora Collection Suede Shoes (P, $9.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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