Friday, October 7th, 2011


Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment

Illamasqua Zeitgeist Pure Pigment ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “shimmering black.” It’s new for fall/winter and available at Sephora state-side, while the full line of Pure Pigments is available at Illamasqua (they do ship internationally!).

Pure Pigments are loose, colored powder that can be used alone or mixed with other products. I find they work best when used wet or with a mixing medium, but shades like Zeitgeist have a more matte base color, which allows it to adhere better without an additional product. However, when used dry, the intensity is lackluster; the shimmer stands out more, but the base black color gets a little lost. It looks sheer and almost chalky when it’s applied dry. I like it better over a primer–especially as a crease shade–and it darkens nicely.

When it’s applied damp (I used just water for the swatch), it’s much more intense–very rich and deeply black–but the shimmer is softer and less apparent. Trade-offs! If you want the intensity and the shimmer, you could apply it damp first, and then pat a little on top dry. This particular shade would work well as an eyeshadow or eyeliner. The color reminded me of Lancome The New Black Eyeshadow but less shimmery.

The packaging looks sleek on the outside, and I appreciate that it has a smaller opening inside, but I think even smaller holes with a sifter would be more efficient.  Opening the “pot” can be finicky as well; it’s easiest to lift it up on all sides with the edge of something (like your nail), but it’s not the best.

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Zeitgeist

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If you're looking for a really sooty, dark black in loose form, Zeitgeist may be up your alley!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, October 6th, 2011


Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) is almost like a carton of Neopolitan ice cream. It’s a trio of pink, brown, and plummy brown.  It’s one of the best trios of the limited edition sets.

The pink is a cool-toned, blue-based cotton candy pink with a soft frost finish. It has a really lovely texture; very soft and smooth, with good density. The color payoff is amazing on this shade! Inglot #319 is similar but has more of a sheen. MAC Feather Pink is darker.

In the middle, there is a blackish-brown with a burgundy shimmer-sheen. It’s darker and more cool-toned compared to Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone. It’s rather similar to MAC Smut.  Surprisingly, the texture is really workable; it’s soft and silky smooth with rich color payoff.

The final shade is a plummy brown with a frosted finish. The frost finish is almost metallic in the sheen. It’s a little lighter and browner than MAC Tendersmoke. It’s also lighter than MAC Shale. MAC Heirloom is browner, while Giorgio Armani Sweet Fire is pinker.  This has a soft, smooth texture with good color payoff.

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Wet 'n' Wild We're Blasting Off Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's definitely one of my favorites from the new limited edition trios--the quality is much higher in this one than the majority of the others I have reviewed.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011


Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) is such a visually striking palette! It’s a very classic color combination (generally speaking), but it looks stunning. It’s silver, black, and red. And I really do mean red–it’s not a red masquerading as fuchsia or pinky-red or coppery-red. It looks candy apple red in the pan.

The first shade in the palette is a medium-dark silver with a metallic finish. It’s definitely similar in color to Inglot #448. The color payoff is decent to good, but the texture makes it so it doesn’t come together as well so the appearance is less than smooth (which gives it slightly uneven color payoff).

In the middle, there’s a mostly matte black with brown undertones. It’s not the worst I’ve tried (and Wet ‘n’ Wild has had worse mattes in their palettes), but it’s not stellar. It has a drier texture so the pigmentation suffers; it’s not as opaque or as dense as I’d like. It performs better on the eye when it comes to pigmentation but did find there was slight fading after six hours (even over a primer). Not quite as bad as Wet ‘n’ Wild Fly me to the Moon but not as lovely as Make Up For Ever #4.

The final shade is is an orange-based red with a satiny shimmer-sheen. It has decent color payoff, though not as vibrant swatched as it appears in the pan. Sugarpill Love+ is more intense (though matte). Make Up For Ever #99 is matte, and more intense, while Make Up For Ever #158 is matte and more intense but also darker. Inglot #366 is similar but seems more orange. For $3, it’s a rather impressive red from a drugstore brand when many higher end brands do not have reds in their lines.

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Wet 'n' Wild Enter a New Realm Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
For the red alone, I'd still recommend it -- particularly if you've always wanted to try red eyeshadow but know you'd never use it often enough to justify some of the higher end options. The black is the worst performing shade here, while the silver is the best and the red is decent.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Urban Decay Shakedown Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Shakedown Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Shakedown Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Shakedown Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is actually no longer available, because Urban Decay has slowly but methodically discontinued their matte eyeshadows. I took these photos several months ago (ah, yes, the never-ending backlog!), and while it’s not conventionally available any more, it does still pop-up on retailers like HauteLook.

It’s a grayish brown with a cool tone and matte finish. Urban Decay’s matte eyeshadows are soft and silky but can sometimes be a little powdery. Shakedown is only very slightly powdery, but the silkiness of the texture makes it a cinch to blend. It makes a great crease color for neutral looks. It’s similar to: theBalm Celebrational (shimmery), MAC Street Cool (cream-based product, frosted), MAC Double Feature 3 (satiny), and Inglot #342 (lighter, more caramel).

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A-
It's a versatile neutral shade, and it's a shame it was discontinued, because the matte finish made it even more versatile. I hope we'll see Urban Decay roll out a revamped line of mattes now that they've really culled the line.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Lancome Style Section Eyeshadow
Lancome Style Section Eyeshadow

Lancome Style Section Eyeshadow

Lancome Style Section Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “metallic silver,” which is exactly what it is. It’s a bright silver with a high shine finish–very metallic–and decent color payoff, but it coudl have a softer, denser texture.

I tested out this particular shade on my eyelid without a primer (it’s supposed to be long-wearing), and it wore with very subtle creasing after eight hours. Over a primer, I had no problem with creasing or fading at the twelve-hour mark. This particular shade isn’t unique, but silver is a staple shade for any stash.

It reminded me of MAC Electra, which might be a shade darker.  It is more of a neutral silver compared to several others shades in the Swatch Gallery.

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Style Section

B
I like it, but I don't love the texture--it is on the drier side, which means you may not get the best color payoff.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

NARS California Eyeshadow
NARS California Eyeshadow

NARS California Eyeshadow

NARS California Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich copper.” It’s a warm, reddish copper with a frosted finish. The color payoff is good, though the texture seems on the drier side–but luckily, it still comes together with a smooth feel and even color. It seems a touch redder and deeper compared to MAC Mythology but not as red as MAC Coppering.

According to NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

Oh, and p.s.? It’s available for $8 at Sephora.com.  Talk about perfect timing! :)

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California

B+
It's a lovely shade for autumn; burnt around the edges, fiery without being aflame, and rich in color. It won't wear all day without some noticeable wear, but over a primer, it's quite nice..

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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