Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Maybelline Pomegranate Punk Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Maybelline Pomegranate Punk Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows (Part 2)

This post includes the remaining four shades of Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.), which are a cream/gel eyeshadow that’s supposed to yield 24-hour wear without creasing or fading and have intense color payoff.  I reviewed the formula itself here in part one.

  • Pomegranate Punk is a darkened red-burgundy with a shimmery finish. It has good color payoff and a creamy consistency. It’s similar to Benefit Stiletto. It’s slightly less red compared to MAC Idyllic. MAC Artifact seems similar, too, perhaps browner.
  • Tenacious Teal is a medium-dark blue with a silvered shimmer. It has great color payoff and applies smoothly. I’m not sure where they were going with the name, because there’s really no teal to speak of. It’s bluer than theBalm Open to Offers Olwen. It’s slightly lighter than Urban Decay Haight.
  • Too Cool is a bright metallic-finished white with subtle cool undertones. It has excellent pigmentation and a smooth feel. There are several white eyeshadows that are similar, depending on how you like your white, but it’s not a unique shade. Because it’s so pale and light, though, it will make a great base and make your eyeshadows pop more.
  • Tough as Taupe is a mauve-tinted gray with neutral-cool undertones. It’s opaque and feels very smooth. Though I don’t have it, it seems like it would be similar to MAC Stray Grey. MAC String-a-long may also be similar but I don’t own it to tell you how similar. Urban Decay Bust is browner. theBalm Come Hither Heather is lighter. MAC Interior Life is slightly darker. NARS Delphes is similar.

Please see this post for my full review! :)

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They're the best performing cream eyeshadow I've tried from a budget brand, and they're an excellent cream eyeshadow, period. The formula compares best to MAC Paint Pots, especially some of the more recent finishes. The best shades are those with less shimmery finishes.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Maybelline Painted Purple Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Maybelline Painted Purple Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows (Part 1)

Maybelline Painted Purple Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a violet purple with a subtly shimmered finish. It’s cooler-toned compared to MAC Violet. It’s warmer than MAC Parfait AmourInglot #379 is cooler-toned. Inglot #439 is more red-toned.

The reason it’s so special to earn a separate post is actually because it’s significantly under-performing compared to the other nine shades in the range.  I didn’t want this one shade to drag down such a good product (long-time readers may remember that I prefer to review shades individually because of small differences that impact the overall rating).  It suffers primarily from poor color payoff; it’s sheer and applies unevenly as a result.  It has a drier, less creamy, texture compared to the other shades as well (which likely contributes to the uneven application).

What product is visible after the initial application is still intact after twelve hours (which is how long I tested this particular shade).  There was no creasing or smudging, and it looked as faded as it did when I first applied it–that lack of pigmentation gives it this faded, washed out look.  The unevenness of the color makes for a patchy base, and the drier texture made blending and applying product on top more difficult. It still maintains the overall wear of the range, but it lacks in the pigmentation department.

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Painted Purple

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This is definitely the odd one out of the bunch; it doesn't have the same vibrancy or intensity in color payoff as the other shades do. This is often a problem with purple hued products, so it's not unexpected, but it's still a disappointment.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Maybelline Audacious Asphalt Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Maybelline Audacious Asphalt Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows (Part 1)

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) are a cream/gel eyeshadow that’s supposed to yield 24-hour wear without creasing or fading and have intense color payoff. There are currently ten shades in total, with five being reviewed in this post.

  • Audacious Asphalt is a brownish silver with a shimmery, metallic finish. It was almost pewter-like. It reminded me of Inglot #444.
  • Bad to the Bronze is a subtly warmed-up bronze with a smooth, metallic finish and sheen. It’s very opaque with little product. It’s similar to Urban Decay Suspect, which is a touch lighter. Make Up For Ever #15 is darker and more red-toned. Inglot #406 is slightly more golden. The color is reminiscent of MAC Genuine Treasure, but the texture is very, very different. From this old swatch that I have (I don’t have it any more), MAC Indianwood is warmer, a little more orange.
  • Bold Gold is a shimmery, medium-dark gold. It’s one of the more shimmery shades, so it’s not quite as smooth and not fully opaque but is buildable. Make Up For Ever #11 is similar in color but smoother–more metallic in finish than shimmery. Urban Decay Rush is browner.
  • Edgy Emerald is an aqua-teal with a shimmery finish. It is nearly opaque on the lids without having to build up the color, and it works well as an eyeliner, too. NYX Seafoam Green is similar but a touch darker. MAC Shimmermoss is slightly bluer. MAC Aquadisiac is similar. Urban Decay Minx is similar, perhaps just the tiniest bit bluer.
  • Fierce & Tangy is a brightened tangerine orange with a satiny finish. It applies so, so smoothly; this is one of the best shades in terms of texture and color payoff. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade. Make Up For Ever #10 is much darker, more of a true orange.

I tested several shades (though not every single shade individually) from the range for twelve to sixteen hours. I wore each of them alone, not with other products, primers, or eyeshadows. I didn’t experience any budging, creasing, fading, or smudging. The shades I specifically tested were: Audacious Asphalt, Bad to the Bronze, Edgy Emerald, Fierce & Tangy, Painted Purple, and Tough as Taupe.  These can also be used as an eyeshadow base or as an eyeliner, depending on what you’re looking for.   I tried these as bases and liners, and they worked and performed well.  It’s always nice when a cream eyeshadow can double as a cream eyeliner!

I didn’t test these for a full 24-hours, because I am really, really loathe to wear makeup for that long. Adverse reactions can be a job hazard from product tester, and the last time I did that kind of test, my eyes paid for it for another few days (dry, flaking), so I’m not keen on doing it again :( I apologize in advance. I think that a product that wears as long as sixteen hours without any issues is likely to continue in the same vein.

The consistency is creamy and smooth, though some shades are smoother than others due to the finish (the more shimmery ones are less smooth, while the more matte ones are the smoothest). The texture is similar to MAC Paint Pots (Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams aren’t quite as thick and dry down faster). These dry down quick but too quickly, so there is some time to work, but if you want to blend out the edges really seamlessly, I would recommend working on one eye at a time.  Color payoff varies from good to great over these five shades, with Audacious Asphalt and Bold Gold being buildable but not completely opaque in one go.  The other three are nearly opaque without layering.

What’s kind of funny about the range is the lack of really neutral eyeshadows. There are lots of fun, colorful shades, but there is a lack of one-and-done eyeshadows. That’s usually not how a brand launches a product like this, but hopefully with the success of the initial ten, they’ll roll out some softer/lighter shades that will work great for those mornings you have five minutes or less to put on your makeup.

Each shade is housed in a heavy glass jar with a screw-on black lid.  The glass gives it more heft, so it doesn’t feel cheap when you hold it, but it’s not the most travel-friendly as a result (and it is more breakable–one of mine arrived with a superficial crack on the bottom).  Also, be careful if you have more than one open, because the product’s name is actually on the lid, not the bottom of the jar, so if you can easily mix them up.  Thankfully, the shade range is pretty diverse and there aren’t shades that look too similar to each other, so it is possible to look them up if you forgot.

P.S. — They are currently buy one, get one 50% off at Ulta.

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They're the best performing cream eyeshadow I've tried from a budget brand, and they're an excellent cream eyeshadow, period. The formula compares best to MAC Paint Pots, especially some of the more recent finishes. The best shades are those with less shimmery finishes.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon
Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon

Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon ($22.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “turquoise.” It’s a new and limited edition item from Estee Lauder Topaz for spring. The new formula is supposed to be creamy, richly pigmented (intense color in “one single stroke”), and blendable. Estee Lauder also says it can be used on the lower inner rim of the eye.

It’s so lovely! The color aside, which is gorgeous, but the formula is fantastic. It’s perfectly pigmented, and it’s nearly opaque in a single pass (and once you get past the initial tip, which is very fine-tipped, it’s easier to get that opaque line in one go). The consistency is very, very creamy, and it glides on the lash line effortlessly. I was expecting this to have some wear issues, but like the recent Kajal eyeliners, it didn’t budge. It wore for eight hours on my lower waterline, which is very impressive. On my lower lash line, it wore for twelve hours. No smudging, fading, migration, or any of that nonsense; just pure long-wearing color.

The color it is a dark blue-teal. It’s creamy with no shimmer, so it has more of a matte finish. It’s darker compared to Estee Lauder Electric Teal, though the difference isn’t extreme, so you may find you only need one.

These come sharpened, and the tip is extremely fine and long. It sharpens like other jumbo eye pencils, but because it has the consistency of your normal pencil eyeliner, there is a lot less waste than if this was a creamy jumbo eye pencil (think Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencils). The waste is the same as an eyeliner (it wasn’t enough to make me concerned).

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Dramatic Teal

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Amazing pigmentation, wear, and feel! Estee Lauder's been stepping up their game, and their newest eye crayon has shown just how much. Don't sleep on this one; I expect this shade to be a sellout just like Electric Teal from holiday.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, January 14th, 2012

NYX Cool Blue Eyeshadow
NYX Cool Blue Eyeshadow

NYX Cool Blue Eyeshadow

NYX Cool Blue Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a light-medium sky blue with a matte finish. MAC Styledriven is lighter, less cool-toned. The color payoff is decent to good, though there is an underlying sheerness. theBalm Great Gonzo is less cool-toned and brighter. MAC Sky Blue is paler, less blue. Inglot #367 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #118 is much more vibrant and less cool-toned.

Surprisingly, the shade holds it own in a sea of sky blues, because it’s darker than most sky blues (which tend to have an airy, ethereal blue quality to them) but not vibrant enough to be similar to brighter blues. The lightness in the color with the matte finish does give the texture a chalky feel, and the texture is more powdery compared to other NYX eyeshadows. It’s very soft and powdery, so while it blends easily, it fades and sheers out just as easily. When worn, even over a primer, I felt it had faded a bit after six hours of wear.  Without a base, it doesn’t crease (probably because of the drier texture!) but does look faded after four hours or so.

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NYX Cool Blue Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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The color was surprisingly unique from many other sky blues I've come across, but the texture is powdery, making it somewhat sheer when applied, and it fades before the day is over.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, January 13th, 2012

NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil

NARS Dark Rite Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a dark navy blue with a shimmery finish. I feel it necessary to do a full copy-and-paste from spring’s press release regarding this product, because too often I receive comments and emails saying I’m being unduly harsh and unfair, all because NARS “meant” for this product to crease; that this is supposed to have that “creased” look.  I’m harsh, but I don’t think unduly so; this is an atrocious product, and from a high-end brand that can and does put out quality products, it’s appalling. I don’t make excuses for brands, least of all when they create products that perform this poorly.

This is what the press release states: “The navy blue Soft Touch Shadow Pencil complements any warm-weather look. Use the creamy, long-wearing formula alone, as a base for layering with powder shadow, or to line and sculpt the eye.” This product is long-wearing by itself, can be used as a base beneath powder eyeshadow, as well as an eyeliner. There is nothing about this product creasing, migrating, moving, turning to sludge, or otherwise indicating it’s supposed to look like this on the lid.

Whenever I wear/experiment NARS’ Soft Touch Shadow Pencils, I notice my eyes are a bit irritated; there’s a burning sensation (not on the lid but of my eye), especially when I use these as eyeliners. I’ve tried Dark Rite in the three methods that NARS states: alone, as a base, and as an eyeliner. None of these methods was successful. The good news is this product creases so quickly that it takes very little time to go through all those tests!

Alone, it fades, smudges on the beneath the lower lash line (from the lid!), creases, and pools into creases. It isn’t dry to the touch after a half hour of wear, which is obviously going to be a problem–if it doesn’t dry, it doesn’t set, so it won’t stay in place. It applies somewhat evenly but does have problems; if you apply with a finger, it seems to just slide around but I wasn’t able to get a really even look with it using my fingers. I had the best luck doing one pass and doing my best not to layer.

As a base with powder eyeshadows on top, it’s both a pain to use (because it’s wet, the powder eyeshadow tends to clump and stick to it but not blend out well; the darker hue also has a tendency to “eat” the eyeshadow) and wear (because it creases after five minutes, just not as bad as it was alone). In the past, I have tried several of these pencils over/under various bases, with/without eyeshadow, and the results are dismal  (See Celebrate.).  I tried the same methods with this one as well with the same disappointing results, whether it’s used alone, underneath eyeshadow, or over a primer, it’s a one-way trip to Crease City.

Finally, as an eyeliner, it smudges and travels further and further away from the lash line. I don’t need any help making my under eye circles look any darker, but this product excelled at it.

The only reason it earns any points is that it is pigmented, but the pigmentation is patchy and uneven, which does impact the overall pigmentation score.  The texture is creamy enough that it glides on the lid without too much tugging or pulling, which accounts for some points.  But you’ll notice that when it comes to overall product score and longevity, there are none.  These continue to be one of the worst formulas I’ve come across.  At $24, it’s a slap in the eye.

If you want a shadow pencil that actually works, consider Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils, which not only wear all day long without trouble, they’re four bucks cheaper. Here are some navy blue eyeliners to consider as well.

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If you're been looking for a product to deliver a creased, glossy look, perhaps for an editorial, maybe this is up your alley. I suspect you could find a cheaper cream product to do something similar or else pat Vaseline or gloss over your favorite navy blue eyeshadow.
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