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NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner
NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner

NARS Barrow Street Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “seafoam green.” It’s a cool-toned, seafoam green with a matte finish. I don’t have too many mint/aqua eyeliners, but NARS Parrot Cay (which I always loved the look of but the wear left a lot to be desired) and Korres #12 are both similar–slightly lighter I would say.

The Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner is supposed to last for twelve hours without smudging or budging, and the formula is supposed to yield “rich, intense color.” It’s also a twist-up pencil with a built-in sharpener. In the past, I’ve found that many shades wear well for eight hours on the lash line, but twelve hours is pushing it–there is usually noticeable fading at that point (where the line of color looks thinner).

Barrow Street had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to more opaque color on the lash line. It actually wore incredibly well and may be one of the better-wearing shades I’ve tried; after eight hours, there was still the majority of the color on my water line, and my lash line remained the same. I’ll be testing it again for a full twelve-hours (I only had eight yesterday, and I forgot these are marketed as twelve-hour pencils!), so the longevity rating is tentative (it’s based on prior experience and yesterday’s wear compared to other shades). It can be a bit chalky, though, because of its light but bright base, and it tends to be the nature of the beast (err, this kind of color). I think from afar, it’s rather brightening and eye-opening, and it doesn’t read chalky.  It is lightly creamy, enough that it didn’t feel like it tugged or pulled when I applied it, but it could stand to be slightly softer/creamier.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Barrow Street

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MAC Daydreaming Eyeshadow

MAC Daydreaming Eyeshadow
MAC Daydreaming Eyeshadow

MAC Daydreaming Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “frosted mid-tone coral [with a] veluxe pearl [finish].” It’s a brightened, coral-red with a smooth, frosted sheen and warm, orange-y undertones. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is lighter, less intense. Urban Decay Free Love is lighter and has a golden sheen. MAC Raving Mad is more subdued, less warm-toned. MAC Spicy Smoke is darker, redder, and it is most similar when blended out.

Daydreaming is an online-exclusive from the MAC x Hayley Williams collaboration, which is supposed to launch on April 9th (but hardcore fans may want to start stalking a little earlier). It had good color payoff, and it blended to a smooth finish, but the texture was slightly dry (and not quite as buttery/dense as the very best of the veluxe pearl formula). Based on my experience with MAC eyeshadows, they typically wear around eight hours with no creasing and little to no fading (and shades like this tend not to fade; it’s only the more powdery, sheerer shades that sometimes do).

MAC Eyeshadow Daydreaming
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pinky-taupe matte.” It’s a pinky beige with mostly neutral undertones and a matte finish. You may already have this shade if you have the Vice palette. Inglot #344 is several shades darker. MAC Bloom On is slightly lighter and pinker. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac is darker.

Laced was one of my favorite shades from the Vice palette, because it’s not a shade that I have half a dozen similar shades of, and it’s a very versatile neutral.  How it might be used depends on your skin tone and what you pair it with, but it can be used as an all-over lid shade to even out the tone, to mattify any frost, to help in blending out another shade, as a highlighter, or as a softly defined crease for those with really pale complexions.  The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth–not at all powdery–and easy to blend and apply. The color payoff is true-to-pan, and it’s fully pigmented.  I wore alongside Easy Baked and Desperation, and it lasted a full nine hours without fading or creasing.

Urban Decay Laced Eyeshadow

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “grayish taupe brown matte-satin.” It’s a darkened gray with brown undertones and a dusting of teal micro-shimmer with satin finish. This shade was in the Vice palette, but this seemed to apply a bit darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #5 is slightly browner. Benefit Holy Smokes is similar in color but a cream product. bareMinerals Undercover is lighter. MAC Nebula is a touch browner. MAC Keep Your Cool is browner. Urban Decay Pistol is warmer, lighter.

At first glance, it appears to have a satin finish, but the more it is blended out, the more matte the finish becomes. The sheen of the slight pearl included in it is very, very subtle. I was thrown by Urban Decay’s “matte-satin” description initially, but it really does make sense. The texture of this shade was slightly dry, so it tends to apply better with a fluffier brush and with light, feathery strokes.  Desperation had good color payoff, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color on the lid.  It’s good, just not perfect; the slightly drier texture made the payoff less intense and not as easily blended as the best of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows.

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Easy Baked Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light bronze shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, golden copper with a frosted finish. Urban Decay Moonflower is a smidgen more orange/brown. Jasmine Cosmic is more metallic. Urban Decay Penny Lane is very similar–slight more orange. theBalm Mischievous Marissa is comparable. Urban Decay Half Baked is a touch darker, more golden.

The texture is lovely: buttery, creamy, and dense, which yielded rich, opaque color coverage and so little product required to achieve that kind of result. It smooths out beautifully on the lid and blends out easily.  Easy Baked feels like the very best of the brand’s formula; not so soft that it turns powdery (or crumbly) but soft enough that it just works well and sits nicely on the skin with excellent pigmentation.  I wore it yesterday, and it lasted for nine hours without fading or creasing.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Easy Baked
Easy Baked
Easy Baked
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Steel Stay-On Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a steely gray with gold and silver sparkle. It’s like a silvered pewter with a lot of sparkle and shine. Chanel Epatant is warmer, greener. Inglot #454 is warmer, less sparkly. Maybelline Audacious Asphalt is grayer, darker.

I can’t tell you how utterly fascinating this color is, only to be supremely disappointed at the quality of the product as a whole. It sparkles, dazzles, shimmies and dances in the light. It is so brilliant on the skin when I swatched it. On the lid, it is a mess; spotty color payoff, uneven color and texture, and looks creased from the get-go. The application is gritty, chunky, and never looks smooth. It made my lids look heavy and wrinkled. The disappointment didn’t stop there, though, because the fall out from this as it flaked off my lid throughout the day was painful and messy.  I tried finger-tips, sponge-tip applicators, a variety of brushes, and nothing worked even decently.  The only good thing I can say about the product is the color and way it sparkles is beautiful, but you never really get to see or enjoy it because it just doesn’t work well in practice.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint Steel
Steel

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