Friday, December 12th, 2014

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.53 oz.) contains sixteen eyeshadows, and it is described as a “deeper, warmer version” of the original Chocolate Bar palette. (Why couldn’t they have gone for a deeper, cooler-toned version instead? The first was certainly warm-toned!) The palette is decent overall with a few shades that could be better, but most had a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too powdery but remained blendable. The formula here is thinner rather than really buttery or dense, but only a few felt dry and thin. I didn’t like the glittery shade included in this palette, as it didn’t adhere well to skin, resulted in fall out all over the place (both during application as well as during wear), and doesn’t layer well over the other eyeshadows so it seemed like a waste to me. If I take out Pink Sugar’s rating (and pretend it doesn’t exist), it boosts the palette’s grade to a higher B (not quite a B+).

If you’ve purchased the original Chocolate Bar palette recently, you may have a thinner version than the ones released initially. If you bought several months back, this palette is noticeably thinner (but the rest of it is the same, so they’ll stack). The magnetic closure felt weaker on the Semi-Sweet palette, which makes me a little wary for traveling, but it seems like it should be okay. Two larger-sized eyeshadows contain less product (0.07 oz. compared to 0.10 oz.) while the standard-sized eyeshadows remained the same (0.03 oz. each). The larger-sized eyeshadows look like they’re not as tall and are just wider than the standard-sized but keep the heights the same.

Here are some comparisons of shades that were reasonably similar between the two palettes:

  • White Chocolate (Original) is slightly darker than Coconut Creme (Semi-Sweet)
  • Gilded Ganache (Original) is a more shimmery, darker version of Cocoa Chili (Semi-Sweet)
  • Milk Chocolate (Original) is a smidgen darker than Mousse (Semi-Sweet)
  • Hazelnut (Original) is slightly less metallic compared to Frosting (Semi-Sweet)

Licorice is a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture was slightly thin and stiffer, so the color payoff was decent but not intense. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Coconut Creme is a light beige with warm, creamy yellow tones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, was slightly dusty, and wore well seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nougat is a muted, medium-dark peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and was slightly powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Truffled is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a mostly matte finish. It has a bit more of a sheen to it compared to say, Coconut Creme, but it is still more matte than a satin to me. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Fudgeis a rich, dark brown with a hint of black/gray and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture. It wasn’t really a rich, buttery texture–thinner, firmer–but it was a firmness that made it difficult to use.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocoa Chili is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. There’s a sprinkling of gold sparkle, but very little of it transfers to the lid, so it is primarily just a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture. It wore well for eight hours on me. It is just a fraction darker and less yellow in tone compared to Truffled, but the two are too similar applied I think to merit being in the same palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pink Sugar is a pale pink with subtle yellow undertones (more apparent in the pan than swatched) with a glittery finish. It felt almost wet in the pan, but it was thin and very, very sheer. It seemed more like a glitter top coat, but it didn’t stick to the lid at all, and it wouldn’t stick or layer over the powder eyeshadows in the palette either. I tried to apply it, and all the glitter would fall beneath the eye. I tried using my fingertip, and the glitter stuck to my fingertip and none transferred to my lid. Just an absolute waste of a shade in this palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Puddin’ is a muted, medium-dark brown with a faint hint of gray and a matte finish. It was a little faded when swatched and used compared to how it looked in the pan. For me, the color was faded on the lid after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blueberry Swirl is a faded, very muted, dark blue with a hint of black and purple to it and a soft, frosted finish. It looks a lot lighter and softer than in the pan. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, while the consistency was a little dry but was blendable at least. It lasted seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peanut Butter is a brightened, medium orange with a hint of brown and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a silky, soft texture. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frosting is a bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth consistency, though it felt a little dry. It stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rum Raisin is a slightly muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly and was easily blended on the skin. It had a slight dryness to it, but it didn’t seem to impact wear or application. This shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mousse is a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque and a little dusty, and it was faded after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Caramel is a brightened, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The consistency felt a little dry, but the color payoff was excellent when swatched. When I applied to the lid, I had a little more trouble getting the color to adhere to the lid, but it was manageable. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bon Bon #2 is a medium copper with a hint of brown and a metallic finish. It had a really soft texture that was almost crumbly, so there was some fall out during application, but it had good color payoff and was blendable. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. (There is a shade previously released called Bon Bon, but this isn’t the same.) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Butter Pecan is a light gold with a hint of peach to it (there’s a little orange vibe I get from it) and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neon yellow green with a pearlized finish.” It’s a brightened chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage but has a slightly translucency quality to it. I found it to be buildable to opaque color in two layers patted onto the lid (it seemed more pigmented applied with a brush than fingertip, actually). Once on, it wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Colour Pop Sour (P, $5.00) is lighter and yellower. Kat Von D Cult (LE) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME338 Acidic Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #17 (P, $32.00) is darker, power. Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur (P, $8.25) is darker, powder. Sephora Collection Apple Mojito (06) (P, $13.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. MAC Lime (P, $15.00) is matte, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Ibiza Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright turquoise with silver and gold duochrome finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua teal with cool undertones and gold and silver sparkle. This shade swatched better than it applied, as it seemed to fade as I worked with it on the lid to a duller bluish-teal. It seemed like it had really good color payoff, but it wasn’t as impressive applied–I also didn’t get the duochrome effect they described. How it appeared after the initial application is how it stayed for the next ten hours, so it didn’t fade further, I just wasn’t able to get the intensity of it in the pan/swatch to translate on the lid. There was minor fall out over time. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is darker, bluer, powder. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is darker, powder. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is greener, powder. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Kimono Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright cobalt blue with silver, blue and violet glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, muted cobalt blue with blue and silver shimmer and glitter. This shade was mostly opaque, but it again had that slight translucency where it seemed a little faded. It was buildable when I used it on the lid, but I wish it was more pigmented right out of the pot. It wore well for ten hours with a small amount of fall out. Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is darker, powder. Kat Von D Estrella (LE) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE) is purpler. Kat Von D Entombed (P) is darker, powder. Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is brighter, powder. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is brighter, powder. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is darker, powder. MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Shameless Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black drizzled with multiple shades of green [with a metallic finish].” It’s a deep black with emerald green and teal sparkle. It had good color payoff both swatched and applied, but it was a little harder to blend on the skin to really diffuse the edge. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing, and it had slight fall out after a few hours of wear. bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is lighter, powder. Sephora Collection Jungle Party (09) (P, $13.00) is greener, powder. Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Kimono

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49.00 for 0.53 oz.) contains sixteen eyeshadows. It’s currently available to VIB/VIB Rouges at Sephora, but it will launch for everyone on December 15th and be in-store in January. I tested about half of the shades yesterday and will be testing the other half today, with a review hopefully tomorrow :)

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.60 oz.) is most notable as being a more cool-toned palette in what feels like a neverending sea of warm-toned palettes. It’s decent to good, but a few shades were troublesome to wear on bare skin as they didn’t adhere as well and tended to look faded and uneven. Some shades wore for six hours, others wore for a full eight. The texture of the eyeshadows, on the whole, was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. There were a couple that were a little powdery, but some were really easy to work with. For me, it was a bit of a mixed bag, and that always leaves me feeling lukewarm. I think if you use a white base or a good primer, it has potential, but it was a lot like Chrysalis in terms of how it felt and applied. I would have loved to see less mid-tone browns in this palette (perhaps a cool beige as one and a deeper brown).

Just a little note, that though the size seems like the Monarch/Chrysalis palettes (I checked, they seem exactly the same size from width to thickness), the amount in this one is actually a bit less, with the size going from 0.73 oz. to 0.60 oz. Price has stayed the same.

Gravitron is a cool-toned, iridescent pink-white with lilac shimmer. It was soft and silky with decent to good color payoff, though it tended to sheer out more easily when applied to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vast is a muted, medium taupe brown with a subtle, gray tint and a soft, frosted finish. It’s more of a neutral brown than one that leans really warm or cool-toned. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, smooth, blendable consistency. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lycan is a bright, yellow-toned, creamy white with a matte finish. The texture felt silky and was a smidgen powdery, so I’d use a lighter touch with it in the pan to prevent excessive dustiness on the eye (just gets everywhere, particularly lashes). It had good color payoff and lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Night Crawler is a cool-toned, taupe with strong gray tones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and it went on really smoothly and evenly. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dios is a muted, silver-shimmered dark gray with bluish tones and a soft, satiny finish. It was powdery and a little dry to me, and this was one that I found difficult to apply to bare skin. It looked uneven and patchy when I used it, and it seemed even more faded after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lunacy is a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture ran drier, it adhered better to the skin and was easier to use than I expected. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Astrological is a brightened lavender with a subtle golden sheen. It was soft but powdery, and prone to sheering out when you applied it, so it always looked a little faded. It lasted for seven hours before fading even more. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Darkstar is a deepened, gray taupe with a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and almost creamy. This was the best one in the palette, even with wear that lasted eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orion is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It was somewhat powdery, though very silky and finely-milled. I wish this had been darker and cooler in tone to fit the palette better. The color looked worn after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

3AM is a brightened, light-medium warm taupe brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had great color payoff, but it’s a shade that’s so soft that it easily turns powdery. If you know in advance, it seems controllable to the point where it doesn’t feel or act powdery when you apply it. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonshine is a brightened silver with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and fairly rich without being powdery. This shade creased after seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Killing Moon is a deep black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. The texture is a little dry, but it doesn’t seem powdery, just drier. It may take a little extra patience to blend out on the lid, depending on how much you use. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Innerstellar

B+

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Eyeshadow
ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Eyeshadow

ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, pigmented, and blendable cream-powder hybrid eyeshadow. It feels more like a cream than a powder eyeshadow, and the brand is very careful to remind you to tightly screw the caps back on and not to leave them open for too long. I’m a big fan of this type of product, and I have had good luck with the majority of the formulas I’ve seen of its kind, including this one. I wore all four of these, and after ten hours, they didn’t appear to have faded or creased. I get more fall out during application than during wear, and these are quite glittery, so it is surprising, but it is not fall out-free–slight fall out but not enough that it looked like more had fallen than stayed on the lid. I recommend applying these prior to any base products, as there is some fall out during application. They’re a good cream eyeshadow, and the price point is really icing on the cake.

The pigmentation is mostly opaque to fully opaque on the lid, and I used both natural and synthetic brushes and didn’t find one to be better than the other (I tried MAC 239, 242, 249, Chikuhodo GSN-09, IT Cosmetics #105, IT Cosmetics All-Over Shadow). The brand recommended fingertips for application, which definitely transfers color, but I find my fingertips far too large for my eyelid and could only apply one–maybe two!–shades at a time, so brushes worked out a lot better for me. I think fluffier, more rounded crease brushes tend to work best for applying this type of formula into the crease, though, compared to a more tapered one. All four shades were easy to blend with each other, and they just applied like good eyeshadows should–not a lot of work, no packing color on, and they nearly blend themselves.

If you’re familiar with MAC Electric Cool (which has nearly identical packaging, just in black), DiorShow Fusion Monos, Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, or Buxom Stay-There formulas, then this is very similar. Most of those formulas contain more product than 0.07 oz., except MAC’s, which is the same size.

ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering champagne with gold and silver glitter.” It’s a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with fine gold and silver glitter. It had fully opaque color coverage, and it was creamy, blendable, and lasted for ten hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #1 (P) is darker. Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is less metallic. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Cashmere (LE) is less metallic, lighter. LORAC Sand (LE) is lighter, less metallic. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is similar. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is lighter. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is similar. Giorgio Armani #18 (LE, $33.00) is less metallic. Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Amira Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “antique gilded gold [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a smoky, olive gold with warm undertones and bronze and gold glitter. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency. This one had a fair amount of fall out when applied, especially when blended with a fluffier brush, so you may want to apply prior to any base products. Once on, the color lasted for ten hours and had only slight fall out during wear. This shade is part of the Megan Naik set; as a heads up, the brand lists Amira as the burgundy shade and Lectra as the antique gold one, but I have both on myd esk, and the gold one is labeled Amira, and the burgundy one is labeled Lectra. YSL Avant Garde #4 (P) is lighter. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is less glittery, warmer. Urban Decay Oz #1 (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 (LE, $18.00) is warmer, lighter. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is similar.Illamasqua Ore (P, $25.50) is less glittery. Giorgio Armani #26 (LE, $33.00) is darker, less golden. Make Up For Ever #11 (P, $23.00) is less glittery, brighter, more metallic. Inglot #433 (P, $6.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches
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ColourPop Hammered Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky olive with tons of gold glitter [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a muted, dark olive brown with subtle, warm undertones and gold micro-glitter over a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this was one of the sheerer shades that I’ve tried so far. It builds up with a few layers, and it is very blendable. This shade lasted for ten hours with minimal fall out. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P) is lighter. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glittery. Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Gilt by Association (P, $21.00) is darker, more golden. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is a smidgen lighter. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Partridge Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “saddle brown undertone with a green duochrome finish [with a Pearlized finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm brown with reddish-orange undertones and a blue-teal sheen. I found the duochrome on this to be quite weak, even in the pan, and it doesn’t translate to much other than a medium-dark, warm brown. It had good pigmentation and lasted for ten hours. This shade is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates set, which is limited edition. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) doesn’t have a duochrome. Ardency Inn Peacock (P, $21.00) has a stronger duochrome. Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter, stronger duochrome. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) has a stronger duochrome. Kat Von D Queen (LE) has a stronger duochrome. MAC Double Feature #5 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) has a stronger duochrome, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows (three are larger, nine are more medium in size). Will have a full review soon — here’s a sneak peek! :)

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