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Kat Von D Ladybird True Romance Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows and one travel-sized eyeliner. All of the shades (including the eyeliner) are matte. The eyeshadows are supposed to be intensely pigmented, long-wearing and won’t crease, smudge, or fade. The eyeliner is also supposed to be long-wearing and should glide on easily.

Fur Elise is a subtly cool-toned, purpled burgundy with a matte finish. The texture was a smidgen dry, but it will perform better with a fluffier brush. theBalm Sexy is warmer, darker. theBalm Moderato is cooler-toned, darker. theBalm Alice Copper is more shimmery. bareMinerals Nightcap is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Vespertine is a warm-toned, light peach with a matte finish. It had a soft, buttery texture and rich color payoff. Urban Decay Foxy is yellower, less peach. NARS Night Star is slightly darker. bareMinerals Stealth is very comparable. See comparison swatches.

Renholder is a neutral-warm, gray-tinted, medium-dark brown with a matte finish. It seems a little too brown to be a true taupe. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled without being powdery. theBalm Matt Gallagher is pinker. Urban Decay Wreckage is darker, more shimmery. Urban Decay Naked 2 is lighter. MAC Magical Mist is more shimmery. bareMinerals Namaste is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Slate is darker. Bobbi Brown Chino is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Siouxsie-sioux is a darkened, gray-black with a satin finish–it looks mostly matte applied, but there seemed to be a faint shimmer in the pan. It was nicely pigmented and had a good, soft and blendable texture. Urban Decay Spell #2 is more shimmery. theBalm Sexy Stacey is cooler-toned. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome is lighter. Estee Lauder Black Chrome #2 is lighter. Urban Decay Gunmetal is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Unrequited is a light-medium, muted, peach-orange with a matte finish. The color payoff was true-to-pan, and it had a soft, buttery feel. Urban Decay Moonflower is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Ramatuelle #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Tete-a-Tint is darker. MAC Bare Minimum is cooler, more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Terracotta is darker. See comparison swatches.

Harlow is a warm-toned, medium brown with a yellowish tone and a matte finish. It had good payoff, but the texture was slightly stiff so it is best applied with a fluffier brush. Bobbi Brown Praline is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #2 is cooler. MAC Moleskin is slightly warmer. MAC Wedge is darker. theBalm Allegro is similar. theBalm Sultry is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Wolf is a dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff overall, but it was slightly stiff to work with. Urban Decay Bewitch is more shimmery. NARS Surabaya #2 is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Swiss Chocolate is slightly warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Pumped is warmer, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #17 is warmer, lighter. Inglot #363 is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Cleopatra is a muted copper with hints of brown and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation, and it had a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and smoothly. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 is darker. NARS Self Portrait 3 #2 is browner. MAC Body Conscious is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Immortal Love is a dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to opaque color with a creamy, glide-on consistency. It lasted eight hours with some minor, but noticeable, fading. Make Up For Ever #25L is lighter. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is darker. Urban Decay Whiskey is lighter. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer. MAC Seasonally Spicy is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Overall, this was a good palette, and for a matte palette, definitely an exceptional one that I’ve come across.  It’s not too warm-toned, though I would say it leans slightly warm as most of the neutrals are warm-toned.  Fur Elise and Siouxsie-sioux were the cooler-toned shades and the non-neutrals as well.  When I tested the palette for wear, I was able to get eight hours of wear, and I started to see some minimal fading after nine hours.

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette Ladybird
Ladybird
Ladybird
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pots (Lime Light, Turquoise Glow, Sapphire Flare)

CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow
CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow

CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish and slight sparkle. AVEDA Lemongrass is lighter, cooler. AVEDA Papyrus is less shimmery. Dior Peacock #1 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #304 is brighter. MAC Lucky Green is darker. MAC Juxt is more muted. Inglot #412 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Turquose Glow (325) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a cool-toned, aqua with subtle green tones and a metallic, sparkling finish. Make Up For Ever #53 is a cream product and lighter. MAC Lucky in Love is very similar. See comparison swatches.

CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle. Urban Decay Radium is slightly darker. NYX Kiss in Casablanca is darker. Make Up For Ever #167 is brighter. MAC Freshwater is slightly brighter. Inglot #426 is slightly bolder. See comparison swatches.

This is a new formula that I found at my local Walgreens this past weekend. I haven’t spotted it available online, but CoverGirl does list it on their website. Interesting enough, the pots themselves didn’t have any names on them (just numbers), and heads up–there were no safety seals on these at all. The formula is supposed to have “vivid color,” be “blendable,” and have a “glittery and sparkly effect.”

All three were slightly powdery and would apply better with flat, firm brushes or sponge-tip applicators rather than fluffy brushes, which will just exacerbate the powdery surface. I used them wet, though, because they seemed to have the kind of texture that would respond well to a damp brush, and it seemed to minimize some of the powderiness. There’s a noticeable grit to the texture if you blended the color against your skin; like the powder isn’t finely-milled enough.

Aside from the texture, good color payoff was possible.  I had a noticeable amount of fading after six and a half hours of wear, which continued for the next few hours I wore them for.  Over a sticky primer, the results were better, and I was able to see the wear extend to eight hours without fading.  Depending on what primers and potions you already have, you may be able to make these work.  Lime Light was the best-performer, as it was barely faded after eight hours.  Turquoise Glow had the most powdery texture of the three, and it was noticeably grittier, too.  There was some sparkle fall out after eight hours, too, but it was less concerning compared to the fading.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Lime Light (310)
B-

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Turquoise Glow (325)
C-

Limited Edition

7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Sapphire Flare (315)
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner

Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner
Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner

Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner ($37.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a mostly matte, medium-dark black with neutral undertones.  It’s slightly darker than the average black eyeshadow but not as intense as the blackest black eyeliners–see comparison swatches. It doesn’t seem creamy initially, but the pencil tip glides across skin evenly and smoothly without dragging or skipping. One single pass delivered quite a bit of product, and of course, going back and forth yielded fully opaque color. It applied really well to the waterline, as well as the lash line. When worn on the water line, it lasts between six and eight hours for me (six being if my eyes are somewhat watery). On the lower lash line, it lasted eight to ten hours well and had some slight smudging after ten hours of wear.

If it’s any comfort to your wallet, you’re getting almost twice as much as your standard pencil eyeliner (0.04 oz., and this is 0.07 oz.). Guerlain says it can be used as an eyeshadow, too, if desired. It comes as a long, tapered tip with a widge base, and really, my big concern with this product is how easy it will be to used as you wear down the tip, because it’s not a pencil you can use in your normal pencil sharpener.

Guerlain Khol Me Kajal Eyeliner Noir Volcanique (01)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer

theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer
theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer

theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer ($18.00 for 0.40 oz.) is a translucent eyeshadow primer that has a medium-thick, spreadable consistency that applies evenly and smoothly. It’s supposed to help amplify your favorite eyeshadows as well as improve their staying power. It comes in a squeeze-tube with a needle nose applicator, so you can easily get just what you need out. The consistency was a bit thicker than I anticipated (thicker than Too Faced Shadow Insurance or Urban Decay Primer Potion), but it smooths out well so that it feels weightless once blended and spread over the lid. It feels a bit like a silicone-based face primer but not as heavy on the silicones. It takes a few seconds to dry down and “set,” and once set, it feels like almost nothing on the lid. One thing I loved was that this product didn’t separate as some tube-based primers can, so I didn’t have to worry about what I’d get upon first squeeze.

I nave normal-to-dry lids, but my eyelids are by no means impervious to products creasing or fading on me. Some products last all day without a primer, others start to crease or fade between six and eight hours into wear. As much as possible, I like to test eye products both with and without primer to get a better idea of how it wears overall, so I’ve been using this on and off for the past month. It’s easy to blend powder eyeshadows on top of it, and they don’t “stick” so you can soften and fade or blend with the shadow next to it. It also doesn’t mute my eyeshadow. For a weaker eyeshadow, it definitely helps it look more intense and apply more evenly. It seemed to prolong eyeshadows that would crease on me for an added two to three hours (so twelve to fourteen hours of wear, total). For cream eyeshadows, it only added an extra hour or two of wear (ten to twelve hours of wear, total).

theBalm   Put a Lid On it
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “platinum.” It’s a metallic taupe with a champagne sheen. Urban Decay Mushroom is grayer. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is browner and a powder. Urban Decay Rehab is browner. MAC Antique Diamond is grayer. Guerlain Callipgraphy #2 is slightly grayer and a powder product. bareMinerals Magnetism is a powder eyeshadow but close in color. See comparison swatches.

Moon River has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, depending on if you layer it. It delivered a “shimmering veil” of color just as Chanel described. It’s kind of long-wearing in some aspects, as it didn’t fade or crease on me, but I did substantial fall out of shimmering sparkles underneath my eyes. The consistency was very wet-like, cool to the touch, and creamy, so it glided on well and applied even color as it slid across the lid. Though it feels wet when applied, it doesn’t slip or slide around on the lid. Mine arrived broken at the tip, but the other two I purchased were fine, and Chanel has always been great about makeup returns based on my experience.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Moon River
Moon River
Moon River
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Chanel Jade Shore Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Jade Shore Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Jade Shore Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Jade Shore Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “tender green.” It’s a cool-toned green with gold and aquamarine shimmer. It’s complex; and I think it’s going to look bluer on those with cooler undertones. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #2 is darker and a powder eyeshadow. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is similar but powder. Dior Garden Pastels #5 is slightly bluer. Make Up For Ever #302 is more teal and a powder eyeshadow. See comparison swatches.

The Stylo Eyeshadow formula is supposed to feel lightweight, be long-wearing, and give a “shimmering veil” of color. I had some wear issues with Cool Gold, but when I tried Jade Shore, the experience was rather different! I didn’t experience any creasing, and I didn’t have significant issues with fall out. There were a few stray sparkles underneath my lash line after eight hours of wear, but it was barely noticeable. The consistency felt exactly the same as with Jade Shore: wet and cool, just like water, creamy, and it glided on effortlessly, but despite all the slip, it didn’t settle into my creases. The color payoff is semi-sheer to semi-opaque, which is as described.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Jade Shore
Jade Shore
Jade Shore
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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