Wednesday, July 20th, 2011


MAC Honesty Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Neutrals (Part 1)

  • Back with more MAC Eyeshadows–almost through the permanent shades I have–and this set features neutrals, including browns as well as beiges.
  • Honesty is a soft coppered brown with chunky gold and copper glitter. It has a lustre finish. It’s not the chunkiest lustre I’ve come across, but it doesn’t make my list of must-haves. Urban Decay Blaze would be a good alternative.
  • Patina is grayish-brown (almost taupe) with a pale, golden sheen. It has a frost finish.
  • Wedge is a warm-toned, medium brown with a matte finish. It is warmer and brown compared to MAC Omega but softer than MAC Cork.
  • Soba is a yellow-ed brown with a subtle golden sheen and satin finish. It’s yellower than Wedge, and the finishes are different, but they are similar.
  • Era is a darkened beige with a champagne sheen. It has a satin finish. It is lighter (and shimmery) than Burberry Almond.
  • Malt is a pinked brown-beige with a matte finish. It’s a bit powdery. Inglot #344 is similar.
  • All That Glitters is a lightened copper-gold with a veluxe pearl finish.The texture is rather gritty for a veluxe pearl.  Urban Decay Blaze is similar.
  • Bisque is a soft beige with a matte finish. Inglot #390 is similar.
  • Brule is a soft, warm beige with a satin finish.
  • Blanc Type is a pale white-beige with a Matte2 finish. Inglot #355 is similar but may turn more peach on some complexions.

Eyeshadows like Honesty and All That Glitters–tend to have chunkier textures with glitter fall out.  I will buy a new All That Glitters, even though mine was brand new as of a month ago, since many of you say I have a bad batch, but please give me some time to do so. Shades like Bisque, Brule, and Blanc Type are very light, and I know that on me Blanc Type photographs ashy (on me) when I’ve used it as a highlighter. Patina is a fun shade, because it’s almost like a neutral duochrome, and I couldn’t think of a real dupe for it.

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Neutrals (Part 1)

B-

Two shades brought down the overall grade of an otherwise average to good set of eyeshadows. They're good--not the best on the market--but reliable and easy to work with (excepting Honesty and All That Glitters).

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011


Laura Mercier Pine Bronze Sateen Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Pine Bronze Sateen Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Pine Bronze Sateen Eye Colour ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “smoky green with bronze shimmer.” The Sateen formula is designed to be a “lightweight eyeshadow with a creamy powder texture” with “intense, luminous color” that has “superior blending” and “long-wearing, crease-resistant application.”

It’s an olive green with subtle, pale gold shimmer strewn through it, but it has more of a satin sheen than it is shimmery. The level of pigmentation is very nice–smooth, mostly even color that is opaque with little need to build the color to get there. Like Cedar, it wears best over a primer, but the product claims long-lasting wear without mention of a primer. It wears for about seven hours before I start noticing subtle creasing but more noticeable fading.

Inglot #419 is a frosted, metallic variation of this color, but because of those two characteristics, I would not call them dupes at all. The color is more like Urban Decay Urb, but Urb lacks pigmentation and has texture issues. It is very similar to Burberry Khaki.

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Laura Mercier Pine Bronze Sateen Eye Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

B
I would still recommend this--overall--as long as you wear an eyeshadow primer underneath, which I imagine most of us do already! This product lost the majority of points from failing to be long-wearing and crease-resistant on its own as claimed.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011


Laura Mercier Cedar Sateen Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Cedar Sateen Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Cedar Sateen Eye Colour ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “warm brown with shimmer.” The Sateen formula is designed to be a “lightweight eyeshadow with a creamy powder texture” with “intense, luminous color” that has “superior blending” and “long-wearing, crease-resistant application.”

First things first: yes, the eyeshadow is broken; it slipped out of the bubble wrap it was shipped in, and this was the result, but the damage was contained, so I could still give you some idea of the color and quality of the product, even if it might be hard to look at.

Cedar is a warm, medium-dark brown with subtle gold shimmer and satin sheen. It has excellent color payoff, and it applies smoothly and evenly. The wear is great over a primer with no fading or creasing, but the formula is described as long-wearing and crease-resistant without mention of a primer, so I did try it that way as well. I get about seven hours or so without a primer, which isn’t bad, but it’s not a full day of wear. The creasing is very subtle, but the fading is more noticeable. I would still recommend wearing it over an eyeshadow base to get solid wear throughout the day.

It’s a lot like MAC Swiss Chocolate, except Cedar has a little shimmer. NARS Galapagos is a bit darker, while Inglot #327 is a matte version. Milani Rich Java is a bit more red-based.

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Laura Mercier Cedar Sateen Eye Colour Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
I would still recommend this--overall--as long as you wear an eyeshadow primer underneath, which I imagine most of us do already! This product lost the majority of points from failing to be long-wearing and crease-resistant on its own as claimed.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Overall & Round-up

These are all of the shades of Giorgio Armani’s Eye to Kill Intense Eyeshadows that I have.  There is one missing (14), which came out with 13, 15, and 16 for holiday in 2010–unfortunately, it was already unavailable when I started to review these shades earlier this year.  You can view all 15 in their full glory in the Swatch Gallery.

More UniqueBlast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2), Purpura (3), Pulp Fiction (4)

Good AlonePulp Fiction (4), Khaki Pulse (6), Sweet Fire (7), Champagne (8), Rock Sand (9),

Less Unique:  Gold Blitz (5), Sweet Fire (7), Champagne (8), Rock Sand (9), White Punch (11)

Temptalia’s Favorites:  Blast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2)), Purpura (3), Pulp Fiction (4), Khaki Pulse (6), Black (13)

Best Quality:  Blast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2), Gold Blitz (5), Khaki Pulse (6), Black (13), Copper/Black Grey (15)

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Monday, July 18th, 2011


NARS Bali Eyeshadow

NARS Bali Eyeshadow

NARS Bali Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral taupe.” That description is rather apt–it’s a dark, gray-tinted brown, which is what taupe is. It has a matte finish, and the color payoff is good overall. It applies smooth for the most part, and it’s not too cool or warm, so it’s a color that should work well on a variety of skin tones. Bali makes for a nice crease color as well as a subtle way to line the eye.

NARS’ eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. When I wear them alone, I tend to get around seven to eight hours of wear before there is a faint amount of creasing. It’s decent wear, and when it begins its descent, it’s a slow fall, but I’d recommend a primer for all-day wear (especially for those with oilier lids, as I have normal-to-dry lids). In my experience, matte shades wear longer alone than shimmery or glittery shades, so Bali edges out more around eight hours of good wear.

NARS’ packaging is very slim, compact, and even the single eyeshadows include a mirror when you flip it open. Rubberized packaging ensures it won’t slip out of your hand, and it helps absorb any impact if you accidentally drop it. The downside to the rubberized packaging is that it can easily show powder debris if you keep it in your makeup bag. I keep my NARS in drawers, and everything is nice and clean.

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NARS Bali Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Bali would make a great staple color to reach for when creating more neutral looks. It's dark enough to be used in more dramatic looks but soft enough that it would be useful in subtler looks, too.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, July 17th, 2011


MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Brown (Part 2)

Here is our next set of brown MAC Eyeshadow ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) swatches! It looks like the next post will be lighter neutrals/highlighter shades.

Woodwinked is a warm, red-toned brown with a metallic shine. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It is less copper than Inglot #405.
Tempting is a warmed-over chocolate brown with golden shimmer and sheen. It has a lustre finish, but it’s–quite possibly–the best lustre finish eyeshadow ever, because it doesn’t feel like one. It’s smooth, richly pigmented, and you won’t end up with all of the shimmer underneath your eye. Inglot #406 is similar, but it’s not quite as dark and has a more metallic sheen. Urban Decay Smog is similar but darker.
Cork is a warm, medium-dark brown with a satin finish.
Mythology is a rusty copper–like the color of a penny–with chunky shimmer-glitter. It has a lustre finish, and I find it difficult to work with, because it doesn’t have good color payoff and the chunky glitter causes a lot of fall out.
Bronze is a rich, dark bronze with a warm, golden sheen. It has a frost finish.
Omega is a soft taupe with a matte finish. Inglot #342 is similar, just a touch warmer and less gray.
Charcoal Brown is a medium-dark, gray-tinted brown with a matte finish. Urban Decay Shakedown is similar but not quite as warm.
Concrete is a dark, gray-tinged brown with cool undertones. It has a satin finish.

The most problematic shades from this set was Mythology. I didn’t have any issues with the other shades, which had good color payoff and were easy to work with. These are a lot of MAC’s long-time favorites and likely to be some of the more popular shades (yes, believe it or not, neutrals are their top sellers)–you can actually view “bestsellers” for their permanent eyeshadows, and Woodwinked, Cork, and Bronze all show up. I have found that the neutral range of mattes is a cinch to work with; they really aren’t fussy–not powdery, chalky, or poorly pigmented.

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Brown (Part 2)

A-

Even though MAC may be known for their brighter shades and bold looks, their shade of browns is amazing. From matte to frost to satin finishes, they work well and come in a large variety.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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