Monday, June 20th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #2

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #385, 372, 345, 340, 338, 389, 321 (Teals & Dark Blues)

Our look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) continues onto some shades of teal, indigo, and dark blues.  You can check out the Inglot Eyeshadow Swatch Gallery if you’re looking for more swatches! :)  It’s getting quite full!

  • 385 is a subtly, cool-toned, medium-dark green with a matte finish.
  • 372 is a medium-dark, blue-teal with a matte finish.
  • 345 is a pale aqua blue with a matte finish. It was a touch sheer.
  • 340 is a deep, dark blackened teal with a matte finish (but I swear, there were very tiny particles of micro-shimmer throughout — I swatched all of Inglot’s mattes first, so there was no residual shimmer from previous swatches).
  • 338 is a darkened cornflower blue with a matte finish.
  • 389 is a blackened blue with a hint of purple with a matte finish. This shade was a little sheer and harder to work with.
  • 321 is a dark, purple-blue with a matte finish. Like #340, it seems like it has a little bit of micro-shimmer.

These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch.  They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush.  A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows).  The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these.  The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.

#345 and #389 were on the sheerer side, with #345 being more noticeably sheer than #389, but #389 was harder to work with as it had a drier texture and dragged a bit when swatched.  I think it would be fine in practice, given it still has good (just not great) color payoff.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #385, 372, 345, 340, 338, 389, 321 (Teals & Dark Blues)

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I would skip #345 because of the sheerness of the color, while the rest are worth taking a look at. The standouts were definitely #372 and #338.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 20th, 2011

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Rule Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Oranges, Yellows, Golds

More MAC eyeshadow swatches for the Swatch Gallery ! :) I’m working my way through my “permanent” palettes (which are organized by color and house mostly permanent shades, but there are a few discontinued/limited edition shades in them) for now. I don’t own all of MAC’s permanent eyeshadows, so some shades may be missing that fall into one of the color categories.

Rule is a medium orange, not too bright or dark, with a matte finish.
Coral is an orange-coral–honestly more orange than a true coral–with a matte finish. It was a PRO shade but may have been discontinued.
Samoa Silk is a peachy orange with a veluxe finish (which looks and acts mostly like a matte).
Goldenrod is a darkened yellow with a hint of orange. It has a satin finish.
Juiced is a dirty orange with gold shimmer and a velvet finish. It is a discontinued shade.
Goldmine is a gold-shimmered yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It has a frost finish.
Bright Sunshine is a bright yellow with a frost finish. It is a PRO shade.
Bright Yellow is a muted canary yellow with a seemingly matte finish. I don’t know what the official finish of this is, and as far as I know, it was discontinued. It was a PRO shade.
Gorgeous Gold is a soft, yellowy gold with a green-blue iridescence. It has a veluxe pearl finish.
Nylon is a pale white gold with a high shine finish. It has a frost finish.

MAC’s matte finishes tend to be a harder/drier matte, which translate better in actual eyeshadow application rather than a simple swatch, but shades like Rule are excellent on both fronts.  I’ve often reached for Rule when I wanted to do a sunset-themed eye look.  Shades like Bright Sunshine and Nylon have stellar color payoff, while Juiced easily sheers out.  Gorgeous Gold has a fun duochrome, and it works well with blues, greens, and teals.

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Oranges, Yellows, Golds

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This is a really nice batch of eyeshadows (in quality) - the mattes have good color payoff both on skin and in application, while the shimmery shades are the same (but that's more expected!).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Aquarius Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 2)

Here are ten more Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches! :)   The Swatch Gallery is really starting to come together, and just seeing all of the swatches show up makes all of the re-swatching completely worth it.

  • Aquarius is a muted blue with a gray overcast and frosted sheen.
  • Blaze is lightened coppery brown with a soft, metallic sheen.
  • Blunt is a medium golden yellow with a soft, frosted finish.
  • Chronic is a medium-dark grass green with subtly cool undertones and a matte finish.
  • Ecstasy is a medium-dark violet purple with a soft sheen.
  • Electric is a bright, cyan blue with a matte finish.
  • Fishnet is a fuchsia pink with purple iridescence. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Freakshow is a deep, dark purple with subtle red undertones and a pearly finish. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Frigid is a dark, blue-purple with a pearly finish. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Gash is a coppered red with a soft, frosted finish.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows are some of my favorites–they are typically very pigmented, smooth, buttery, and blendable.  The only shades to watch for are any that have the word “glitter” or “sparkle” in the description, because they tend to have a micro-glitter that just doesn’t bind with the color base, which means it either disappears between brush and lid (best case scenario) or you end up with a sparkly under eye (worst case scenario). Their matte finishes are soft and finely milled, but a note on application, these are so blendable that it’s easy to overdo it.

Ecstasy was the biggest miss here–it’s a little sheer and soft, you just can’t get as much color out of it as you should.  Frigid also seems to be lacking some color payoff, but it isn’t as sheered out as Ecstasy.   If you’re looking for more Urban Decay swatches, you can check out our full Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatch Gallery! :)

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 2)

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Here, shades like Ecstasy and Frigid were sheerer than expected, while shades like Blunt and Gash standout as exemplary eyeshadows from Urban Decay.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, June 19th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #2

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #323, 370, 364, 343, 333, 331, 384 (Yellows & Greens)

Our look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) moves to some of their yellows and greens. (I did show #323 yesterday, but it fits better with this post.)  I’m hoping to get through the rest of the matte eyeshadows I have before next weekend, because I know several readers will be heading to IMATS in Pasadena, so I hope this will be helpful.

  • 323 is a bright, medium-dark yellow with a matte finish.
  • 370 is a bright yellow with a little mustard to it and a matte finish.
  • 364 is a soft yellow with a hint of green and a matte finish.
  • 343 is a bright yellowed chartreuse with a matte finish. This felt a little dry and ended up looking powdery and uneven when I swatched it.
  • 333 is a dark hunter green with a matte finish.
  • 331 is a medium-dark grass green with a matte finish.
  • 384 is a medium grass green with a matte finish.

These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch.  They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush.  A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows).  The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these.  The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.

I had a little trouble with #343, because the texture seemed drier and rather powdery, so it didn’t hold together as well and ended up having a more uneven finish than the other shades.

Edit: Images are fixed – sorry it took so long, I was sleeping.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #323, 370, 364, 343, 333, 331, 384 (Yellows & Greens)

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With the exception of #343, this set was pretty true-to-formula--great color payoff, smooth finishes, and easy to blend.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 18th, 2011


Inglot #328 Eyeshadow

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #328, 353, 355, 351, 323 (Beiges & Yellow)

Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range has a fair amount of peaches/beiges (they seem to have more peach than beige) — plus a bright yellow to cheer the whole group up, since it sits in the last slot of this palette.

  • 328 is a soft, peach beige with a matte finish.
  • 353 is a soft, warmed-up, ultra light peach-beige. with a matte finish
  • 355 is a soft beige with a hint of peach and a matte finish. This is so close to #353, it’s hard to tell them apart.
  • 351 is an ivory with a matte finish.
  • 323 is a bright, medium-dark yellow with a matte finish.

These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch.  They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush.  A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows).  The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these.  The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.

I did find that #323 was the “worst” of the bunch; it did have some payoff issues, where it applied unevenly and seemed to disappear was I blended it out.   #353 and 355 are really similar, as well, and I don’t think one would need both; #353 is just a little warmer.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #328, 353, 355, 351, 323 (Beiges & Yellow

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#323 brings down the overall scores for each metric, just because it isn't consistent with the formula--a little patchy, not as pigmented, and sheers out easily.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 17th, 2011


MAC One-Off, MAC Jealousy Wakes, MAC Emerald Green, MAC Gulf Stream

MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions: Jealousy Wakes Comparison Swatches

Now, I have no problems comparing Jealousy Wakes to other products, because it’s the shade I created and it doesn’t bother me to share comparisons with all of you.  Part of me hoped to find something comparable, but the other part wanted to find nothing, just because that was the whole point! :)

  • MAC One-Off is more of a green–it has a stronger yellow undertone, less teal/blue (this shade was limited edition).
  • MAC Emerald Green is significantly yellower. This was one of the inspiration pieces for Jealousy Wakes, but I knew I wanted something with less yellow. This is a PRO pigment (and one of my favorites!).
  • MAC Gulf Stream is a blue-teal, so it doesn’t end up being comparable–it almost seemed like it would be when I saw it in the pan.  This was limited edition.
  • Urban Decay Graffiti is a much lighter, brighter green with a yellow undertone. Would be pretty with Jealousy Wakes!
  • MAC Humid is really nothing like it, but I had a few readers ask how close it was.
  • MAC Shimmermoss ends up looking so much bluer compared to all the green shades. Again, not at all comparable!

I haven’t tried it, but you may be able to get rather close with MAC Teal and Emerald Green pigments – a little mix of both just might get you there.  I’ll play around with it later on this week to see.

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