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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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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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longwear Eyeshadow ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark camel [with a Semi-Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is browner, less yellow. Anastasia Bengal (LE) is similar. Anastasia Caramel (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is very similar. MAC Outre (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

So, long ago when the Pro Longwear Eyeshadows released, I somehow missed this shade. My guess is it was “coming soon” or else I just totally spaced! A reader asked me to compare it to something, and that’s how the pieces came together–and now, here is the long-missing shade. The Pro Longwear formula is supposed to have a “silky, creamy texture formulated for maximum colour impact” and last eight hours. Uninterrupted had rich color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly–even over bare skin, which is always impressive with a more matte finished eyeshadow! The consistency was soft, silky, and blendable without being powdery. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. It is also available in regular compact for $21.

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Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand Artist Shadow
I526 (inner lid), ME612 (middle of lid), D826 (outer lid/crease), M546 (crease),
ME828 (crease), I520 (lower lash line), Sephora Love Affair Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light beige with a pink-tinge and a frosted finish. It had a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use with good color payoff. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading. Cle de Peau Stardust #1 (P) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) is similar. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. LORAC Nude (P) is similar. Illamasqua Slink (LE) is slightly warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, caramel brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly. The consistency was buttery and creamy, and it was so easy to use. This shade wore well for nine hours on me. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is darker. Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is less red. Stila Peace (P) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is more metallic, cooler-toned. LORAC Mocha (P) is similar. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer (P, $28.00) is a cream product. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy taupe with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. The color wore well for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Unexpected (P, $5.99) is cooler-toned, purpler. Tarte Natural Beauty (LE) is similar. Tarte You Look Mauveless (LE) is darker, brighter. LORAC Dusty Plum (LE) is darker, brighter. LORAC Unconditional (P) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is brighter, darker. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is very similar. Urban Decay Tease (LE, $18.00) is browner. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Haux (P, $15.00) is similar. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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