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Sephora Surfin’ USA and Midnight Swim Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Surfin' USA (14) Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Surfin’ USA (14) Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Surfin’ USA (14) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “azure blue shimmer.” It’s a bright, medium blue with a hint of yellow that gives it an aqua/teal leaning (but it’s more blue than it is teal). It has a pearly sheen. Shades like Inglot #322, Inglot #371, MAC Electric Eel, and NARS Mad, Mad World #1 are all a bit bluer and matte, so the finish makes them rather different in practice. Make Up For Ever #118 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #83 is slightly greener-tinted and has a golden shimmer. MAC Parrot is darker. Sugarpill Afterparty is bluer, darker. Urban Decay Peace is lighter. Urban Decay Clash is also bluer (and a cream product). NARS South Pacific #1 is lighter. See comparison swatches here.

Applied damp, Surfin’ USA had good color payoff and went on smoothly but wasn’t quite as vibrant as when applied damp; then, it became even smoother, bolder, and fully pigmented. The texture is soft, buttery, and blendable on the lid. I had no trouble with it wearing all day long without fading or creasing (no primer) either. It’s definitely one of the best shades I’ve come across in Sephora’s Colorful range. This shade did lightly stain my skin after wearing it all day long.

Sephora Midnight Swim (16) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “petrol blue shimmer.” It’s a smoky, bluish-teal with a frosted finish. Urban Decay Junkie is a couple of shades lighter. Urban Decay Hijack is grayer, lighter. MAC Prussian is matte and bluer. MAC Rain Drop is lighter. Sugarpill Magpie is more frosted, so it appears slightly lighter, but it is the closest shade to Midnight Swim. See comparison swatches here.

The color payoff was the same whether applied dry or damp, but the finish changed from satiny to pearly–it’s more shimmery and reflective when applied damp. Both applications resulted in smooth, even color, and it was easy to blend out on the lid. Midnight Swim had a lovely soft, silky-smooth texture that made it easy to work with and yielded fantastic pigmentation. It lasted ten hours without creasing or fading when I tested it (no primer).

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Surfin' USA (14)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Midnight Swim (16)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bronze pink.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a subtle, frosted finish and warm undertones–it has a muted, almost copper-like, tone to it. Bobbi Brown Praline is warmer, lighter, and a powder product. Make Up For Ever #28 is very similar, and it is also a cream pencil. Burberry Pale Nude #1 is a touch darker, browner, and a powder. MAC Glimpse of Flesh is a smidgen lighter and a powder. MAC Tan is more metallic and a powder. MAC Caramel Sundae is less warm-toned and a powder. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is very similar but a powder product. See comparison swatches here.

Ample Amber has great buildable color, though it’s not quite the sheer wash of color described by Clinique.  One stroke yields semi-opaque color, and blended out, a sheer wash is achievable with some work (I would say you can get semi-sheer to semi-opaque color with less work).  It’s the blending that I have the biggest struggle with, as the pencil is on the drier side.  It doesn’t feel so stiff and stubborn that it becomes painful, but once on the lid, it doesn’t want to move around much, even initially.  Blending out the edges can be difficult, and when I used a blow dryer to heat the pencil prior to applying, the blending went better but not well.  I love that it wears a full twelve hours with no fading and only minor creasing (no primer) and that it doesn’t require sharpening, as it twists up.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Ample Amber
Ample Amber

AVEDA Lemongrass and Oceanica Eyeshadows

Aveda Lemongrass Petal Essence Single Eye Color
Aveda Lemongrass Petal Essence Single Eye Color

Aveda Lemongrass Petal Essence Single Eye Color ($14.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “satiny, light, iridescent green.” It’s a lightened, pastel green with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and it applied well. When I tested it, the shade lasted eight hours with some minimal fading. bareMinerals Wicked ius lighter, not as warm-toned. MAC Juxt is slightly warmer. Dior Peacock #1 is slightly darker. Dior Peacock #5 is lighter. Urban Decay Jealous #2 is darker. Aveda Papyrus is darker, less frosted. See comparisons here.

Aveda Oceanica Petal Essence Single Eye Color ($14.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “satiny, bright, island blue.” It’s a medium, muted blue with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly, but it did look noticeably faded after I wore it for eight hours. Dior Swimming Pool Turquoise is lighter. MAC Cool Heat is much darker. Guerlain Les Aquas #2 is slightly less blue. L’Oreal Endless Sea is a touch darker. MAC Parrot is bolder, slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #72 is brighter and matte. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is darker, more frosted. See comparison swatches here.

Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Color Lemongrass
Lemongrass
Lemongrass
B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Color Oceanica
Oceanica
Oceanica
B

Limited Edition

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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Maybelline Precious Pearl and Icy Mint Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows

Maybelline Precious Pearl Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Maybelline Precious Pearl Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Precious Pearl Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm ivory with a frosted shimmer and finish. It looks more golden in the pot, but swatched and applied, it looked closer to white (and I have warm undertones, so those would normally bring out the warmth in a shade like this). MAC Angelic is cooler-toned. MAC She’s Got Class is slightly cooler-toned. MAC The Cool Elite is more of a pure white. Dior Fairy Golds #3 is similar. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #2 is warmer. Guerlain Terra Azzura #1 is similar but a powder.  See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Icy Mint Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is an iridescent, cool-toned, blue-aqua with a frosted finish. bareMinerals Sensational is greener. Benefit Blue My Mind is less iridescent. Buxom Husky is bluer. MAC Blue Willow is more silvered. Dior Swimming Pool #4 is comparable but a powder product. Giorgio Armani #10 is more metallic, less blue, and a powder product. L’Oreal Dive Right In is more aqua and a powder product. See comparison swatches here.

Both of these looked better in the pot than applied, because both were sheerer, a little streaky, and were difficult to apply evenly. Precious Pearl was easier, and the color itself is far more forgiving with a sheer, slightly uneven application. Icy Mint, because it does have a tint of bluish-aqua to it, does look odd with as much streakiness as there is. The texture of both shades was slick and creamy, so they glided on well but didn’t seem to smooth out quite as nicely. They are very blendable, though, and they took a bit longer to set than other Color Tattoos I’ve worked with.

As an eyeshadow base, they worked better than they did alone, as the unevenness gets covered by other eyeshadows. I tried applying sheer, thin layers and allowing them to dry before applying another layer, but it didn’t help (just slid the product around or caused it to look clumpy). Icy Mint creased noticeably after six hours of wear, and Precious Pearl had light creasing after eight hours of wear.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Precious Pearl
8
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Icy Mint
Icy Mint
Icy Mint
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total

L’Oreal Endless Pearl, Dive Right In, Infinite Sky Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Endless Pearl 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Endless Pearl 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Endless Pearl In 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it has the kind of texture that works best dry, as it tends to crumble and stick to itself when applied wet (so it doesn’t apply as smoothly).  Dry, it can be somewhat powdery and may look chalky on darker complexions.  This is a shade you’ll find across brands, but it’s a great basic shade that works well as a highlighter on lighter complexions or as a neutralizing color to sweep over the lid to even out their color. Bobbi Brown Ivory, MAC Shroom (warmer, satiny), Urban Decay Walk of Shame, Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #5, Urban Decay Anonymous (satiny), theBalm Adagio, and MAC Brule are all rather similar.

Dive Right In is an iridescent aqua blue with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff when applied dry and was semi-opaque when applied damp–it was smoother when applied damp as well. This shade creased on me noticeably after eight hours of wear (no primer). This is a limited edition shade, so you’ll likely have to find it at a local drugstore (I received this as a press sample; the other two shades I purchased myself). Giorgio Armani #10 is more silvered. Make Up For Ever #150 is bluer, less iridescent. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #3 is much darker.

Infinite Sky is a cool-toned, medium-dark silver-shimmered blue. Applied dry, it is sheerer, while it intensifies when applied damp–and the frosted sheen becomes more pronounced as well. MAC Dimensional Blue is a smidgen lighter. MAC Moon’s Reflection is a touch darker. Urban Decay Mary Jane is bluer.

I didn’t have any wear issues with either Endless Pearl or Infinite Sky, but Dive Right In did crease noticeably after only eight hours of wear (and these are 24-hour wear, technically). I tested all three shades for a total of fourteen hours, and the other two looked about the same as when I had applied them (no fading or creasing). The texture of the three were consistent; soft, finely-milled, and mostly smooth. Endless Pearl has such a matte finish that wet application didn’t go well compared to a lot of the shimmery shades in the range (and this wasn’t unexpected–a lot of products with matte finishes don’t turn out well if applied wet).

L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Endless Pearl
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Dive Right In
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
4
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
L'Oreal Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow Infinite Sky
Infinite Sky
Infinite Sky
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark chocolate brown.” It’s a medium-dark chocolate brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. If it looks familiar, you may be familiar with it when it was launched as a limited edition shade named Gypsy. Now, it’s part of the permanent range of Aqua Eyes. Chanel Brun-Teak is similar but less red-toned. MAC Brownborder is also similar. Urban Decay Corrupt is browner with less red. Tarina Tarantino Locket Book is warmer, more golden, less red. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer is closer but shimmery and not as dark.

It felt, looked, and wore the same as Gypsy did, so if that was a favorite for you (or you missed out), you can have the same experience with #25L.  It’s fairly opaque in one stroke, and it’s very buildable without getting patchy or looking uneven.  The pencil has a slightly waxy and creamy consistency that allows it to glide on evenly and easily without pulling or tugging on the lash line.  I recently tested this, and it lasted for ten hours without smudging or migrating; there was some faint thinning of the lie, but it seemed fully intact at the eight-hour mark.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner #25L
#25L
#25L
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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