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Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Thanks a Latte Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a gilded, golden medium brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar is slightly darker. Urban Decay Chase is darker. Urban Decay Suspect is browner. Dior Couture Gold #5 is a touch more golden. bareMinerals Cognac is darker. MAC Woodwinked is darker, redder in tone.

Now, this is a Benefit eyeshadow I can get behind! I haven’t had the greatest luck with their relaunch of the eyeshadow range, but Thanks a Latte definitely reminds me of the Benefit eyeshadows I fell in love with. It looks a lot darker in the pan than it does applied or swatched, which I expect is due to how reflective the finish is. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, and it applied the same way. It adhered and sat well on the lid, and it lasted better than a lot of the other shades did, too. I was able to get a full nine hours of wear with no fading or creasing.

This shade can also be found in Benefit’s Easiest Nudes Ever Palette, which contains four eyeshadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows for $30.00 (the eyeshadows are 0.04 oz. each, and the cream eyeshadows are 0.11 oz. each, but it’s still a way better deal than buying this eyeshadow on its own unless you LOVE this one and loathe all the others).

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow Thanks a Latte
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of summery shades that certainly bring to mind the colors of a lagoon as it is filled with blue, green, and teal. It contains five eyeshadows housed within a plastic compact with two dual-end sponge-tip applicators and a full-size mirror inside.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 is a light-medium, pastel sky blue with a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, and because of its pastel nature, it looked almost chalky against my skin tone–when paired with the deeper tones in the palette, it worked better. Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise is darker. Dior Swimming Pool #3 is a touch darker but similar. NYX Cool Blue is darker. MAC Styledriven is extremely similar in color but slightly more satiny. bareMinerals Illusion is lighter.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #2 is a pale, iridescent pastel sea foam green. It’s really rather translucent and sheer; it seemed more like something you’d apply over another shade to add iridescence. Giorgio Armani #10 seemed similar but much more intense/opaque.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #3 is a depened, smoky blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. theBalm Bossy Bobbi is a touch darker. MAC Bold Babe is very comparable. MAC Parisian Skies is bluer. MAC Pre-packaged is deeper, richer. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #1 is darker. Urban Decay Unhinged is lighter.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #4 is a gold-shimmered, dusty blue with a hint of aqua/green and a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky. L’Oreal Endless Sea is a bit darker but similar. MAC Sky is very comparable. Urban Decay Aquarius is more frosted.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 is a pale, pastel yellow-green with a frosted finish. It looks like a mint green in the pan, but swatched and applied, it is much lighter and more like a yellow-green tinted white. It had good pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly. Fyrinnae Jade Ghost and MAC Zestful are both similar but more intense. Lancome Fashion Forward is a bit greener.

You know me, I’m a total glutton for all things teal and tropically-inspired, so when I first saw this quad, I was like, “Oh yeah!” It yielded a much softer look when used than it looked in the pan.  It didn’t look like it was going to be neon brights, but everything was more muted applied.  Two of the eyeshadows (#2 and #5) applied significantly more white-based than they looked in the pan, so they lost some of their differentiation and actual color.

The worst performer was the first eyeshadow (light blue), because it was a little powdery, didn’t apply evenly, and didn’t have great color payoff.  The best performer was #3 (dark blue) in the center, as it had good color payoff and blended out evenly.  I also liked #4 (dusty aqua/teal), but it was a little powdery. Though all of the eyeshadows had soft, silky textures, the palette on the whole was somewhat powdery and missed on the pigmentation.  I had some slight fading after eight hours of wear. For someone who doesn’t like the idea of bright blues, this might be a nice option, but for someone who really wanted the colors as seen in the pan, I think you’ll be disappointed.

Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette

C+
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

Sugarpill ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

Sugarpill ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadow
Sugarpill ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadows

Sugarpill CrhomaLust Loose Eyeshadows ($12.00 for 0.18 oz.) currently has a range of eighteen permanent shades, which I have covered as they’ve been released. Like the eyeshadows, I wanted to re-do swatches so they can be added to the Swatch Gallery. This post includes swatches of all eighteen, as well as photos of them (originally taken when I first covered the product, so the product photos are not new).

  • Absinthe is a brightened, light-medium green with yellow undertones and a chartreuse shimmer-sheen.
  • Asylum is a brightened orange-red with copper shimmer and a metallic sheen.
  • Birthday Girl is a muted, medium-dark pink with a pink shimmer. It almost has a matte base.
  • Darling is a green-teal with a frosted sheen.
  • Decora is a warm-toned pink-red with lighter pink shimmer and a frost finish.
  • Goldilux is a rich, molten gold with antique gold and brown undertones and a metallic finish.
  • Hysteric is a medium-dark purple with subtle warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish.
  • Junebug is a forest green with subtle warm, brown undertones and a frosted finish.
  • Lumi is an iridescent blue-teal-white with a frosted, metallic finish. This shade works best layered over other products.
  • Magentric is a darkened raspberry pink with a frosted, metallic finish.
  • Magpie is a dark, smoky blue with a frosted, metallic finish.
  • Paperdoll is a lavender with a matte base and silver sparkle.
  • Royal Sugar is a rich, cobalt blue matte base with lighter blue sparkle.
  • Starling is a medium-dark blue with a metallic finish.
  • Stella is a deep, dark black with subtle warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer.
  • Tiara is a warm silver-gray (almost pewter) with a frosted finish.
  • Tipsy is a warm-toned, grassy green with a frosted, metallic sheen.
  • Weekender is a cool-toned, medium purple with a silver-ish shimmer/sheen.

Generally, they have so-so to good color payoff when applied dry, and then all of them intensify when applied damp (I just used water). The only ones I don’t like are a couple that have mostly matte bases, because they can be a little powdery and hard to apply evenly and with good intensity (Paperdoll is my least favorite, and Birthday Girl performs somewhat better but is fussy); Royal Sugar has a mostly matte base but works quite well when applied damp (it doesn’t get uneven, as mattes often do when applied damp).

The texture of ChromaLusts is very, very finely-milled, so it feels very soft. The only shade that doesn’t feel quite as smooth as the rest is Tiara, which is a bit more sparkly in comparison to other shades. Some of these are prone to staining (greens, blues, and teals in particular), so you may want to wear a base underneath to minimize staining potential. When I wear ChromaLusts without a base, I get between eight and nine hours of wear, and when applied over a primer, I haven’t seen any signs of wear even after twelve hours.  Because they’re so finely-milled, they bind together well, but because they are loose, you’ll want to pat the product onto the lid rather than sweep to minimize fall out during application.

Sugarpill ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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Sugarpill Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

Sugarpill Eyeshadow
Sugarpill Acidberry Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Eyeshadows ($12.00 for 0.14 oz., each) currently has a range of thirteen permanent shades, which I have covered as they’ve been released. Because the initial launch was a few years ago, I’ve been wanting to re-do swatches so that they can be included in the Swatch Gallery (which requires everything be shown individually). This morning, I was like, “DO IT!” And so it has been done. I’ve also included four shades that were more recently released in the Heartbreaker palette (which didn’t need to be redone) for completion. Note that the photos of the eyeshadow pans are old (just updated the swatches).  (There is also @#$%!, which was a limited edition shade, but need to take full photos of it prior to swatching, as I’ve never used it before!)

  • 2AM is a pink-plum with a very subtle satin finish (looks mostly matte applied).
  • Acidberry is a light-medium green with yellow undertones and a satin finish.
  • Afterparty is a medium blue with a cool undertones and a frosted finish.
  • Bulletproof is a black with a matte finish.
  • Buttercupcake is a brightened, medium yellow with a matte finish.
  • Dollipop is a bold, fuchsia pink with a matte finish.
  • Flamepoint is a bright, red-toned orange with a matte finish.
  • Love+ is an orange-toned red with a matte finish.
  • Midori is a subtly cool-toned, medium-dark green with a pearly sheen.
  • Mochi is an aqua blue with a subtle satin shimmer over a matte finish.
  • Poison Plum is a deep purple-plum with strong red undertones and a matte finish.
  • Tako is a white with a matte finish.
  • Velocity is a bold, cobalt blue with a satin finish.

Sugarpill is a fantastic brand, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the creatrix behind the brand, Amy, and she is as fun in person as she seems online. It’s a brand that you can tell takes their time to development new products and shades; that has a goal in mind and doesn’t waver from it. I very much remain impressed by Sugarpill’s range and how they’ve grown over the years. If you like bolder shades, definitely consider their pressed eyeshadows, which tend to be bold, bright, and have mostly matte finishes.

You’ll notice that all of the shades have good pigmentation, with some being incredibly intense and others being mostly opaque. Many of them will stain if applied over bare skin, so I recommend applying over a primer which will bridge the gap between 90% opacity and 100% as well as minimize the potential to stain. They have a soft, finely-milled texture that blends easily and smoothly. Not so soft that they turn powdery, but not dry or stiff so they aren’t problematic to blend. When worn alone, I get eight to nine hours of wear without fading or creasing; with primer, I’ve seen wear as long as twelve hours.

Sugarpill Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

MAC Rimal Dahabia Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Rimal Dahabia Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Rimal Dahabia Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Rimal Dahabia Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains these shades: Shroom (soft beige with shimmer), Soft Brown (soft golden peachy brown), Beautyburst (rich reddish brown), and Najm el Lail (blackened deep brown). Shroom and Soft Brown are permanent, while Beautyburst came out with Barbie Loves MAC in 2007.

Shroom is soft, light beige with a hint of warmth and a lightly frosted finish (though it’s officially a satin). It’s soft, smooth, and easy to blend out. It also has lovely color payoff. This used to be a go-to brow bone highlighter for me, because it wasn’t too stark or too cool/warm. Make Up For Ever #126 is darker, slightly shimmery. Urban Decay Anonymous is more matte and less beige. Cinderella A Wish is more matte. Giorgio Armani #1 Madreperla #1 is similar, but a touch more frosted. Urban Decay Skimp is a touch warmer and more shimmery. bareMinerals Serendipitous is very similar. MAC Brule is matte.

Soft Brown is a light-medium brown with warm, subtly red undertones and a matte finish. It is soft, silky-smooth, and nicely pigmented. It’s a great go-to neutral for outer lid and crease work on many skin tones, and then it can work as an all-over lid shade on darker complexions, too. MAC Exposed is darker and redder. MAC Body Conscious is more orange. MAC Glimpse of Flesh is shimmery and lighter. MAC Indie Spirit is a bit darker.

Beautyburst is a warm-toned, reddened, medium-dark brown with a matte finish (though it is listed as a satin). It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It blended nicely on the lid when I applied it. MAC Deep Fixation is more orange and more shimmery. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 is a touch lighter. MAC Brown Script is a bit darker and browner. theBalm Racy Kacy is warmer and shimmery.

Najm el Lail is a blackened brown with a matte finish. The swatch tells the majority of the story: dry, patchy, so-so color payoff. It’s not as easy to blend as a softer eyeshadow, as it tends to stick and be stubborn about softening along the edges. Too Faced Licorice is grayer/blacker. Dior Night Golds #3 is shimmery. MAC Bad Lieutenant is very similar. theBalm Matt Ramirez is also rather similar but has a slightly redder base. MAC Diamond Dove is similar. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is slightly browner. MAC Brun is a bit lighter and cooler-toned. MAC Midnight Flurry is also similar. MAC Legendary Black is darker, grayer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone has a satin finish.

Three of the four are good or better (and two of the three are great), while the one shade that dropped the ball was Najm el Lail. I’m not sure why MAC seems to have issues with making a soft, buttery black-brown eyeshadow–above, you’ll see I noted several limited edition black-brown shades (mostly found in quads) from MAC over the years and they all have the same issues (dry, stiff).  Like the other quad, I’m testing the wear of these today and will update this post with that information later this afternoon. Based on the textures/payoffs/finishes, I’ve given it a longevity grade based off of years of testing MAC eyeshadows.

Just to do a little math, since the palette contains two permanent shades, here’s how the value works out to be: 1) pan eyeshadows cost $12 each (so $48 in eyeshadows), and the 2) the price of the quad is $9. So, if you purchase everything individually, you would be spending $57–compared to $40 to purchase a pre-made quad (in standard packaging), which means you pay $17 for choice. If you already have a palette to put them in, then you might consider the cost of choice $8. I find this is helpful to put it into perspective, though as a long-time MAC collector, I completely understand when you remember paying $34 for quads!  On the other hand, at $40, I really think it should be fantastic–there are too many $30-50 palettes on the market that are standouts these days.

MAC Rimal Dahabia Eyeshadow Quad

B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains these shades: Rondelle (platinum silver frost), Waft (deep navy with pearl), Gentle Fume (dirty concrete grey with silver pearl), and Carbon (intense black). Long-time MAC collectors may remember this composition, as it was originally launched in Smoke Signals (2007) as the Gentle Fume quad.

Rondelle is a gray-tinged white with a frosted finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but it was a little dusty, though I was able to get it to apply smoothly for the most part. Tarte Silver Burst is brighter, whiter. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 is more metallic. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is cooler-toned.

Waft is a dark, bluish-gray with a subtle, frosted finish. The texture is rather dry, which is why this shade looks a bit patchy (and it does look dry, too) when swatched. It has so-so color payoff, but it was buildable and when used with a soft, fluffier brush, it did seem to apply better and more smoothly. theBalm Matt McDonald is very similar. MAC Warm Thunder is more metallic. Tarina Tarantino DIamond DUsk is more metallic, lighter. MAC Weathered is bluer.

Gentle Fume is a medium-dark matte gray base with silver sparkle. The silver sparkle doesn’t adhere or bind with the base color very well, so it flakes and disappears the moment you go to blend out the color. If you want any sparkle to survive, pat the color on, and then leave it alone. There will be fall out during the day, though. MAC Fabulous Fit doesn’t have the sparkle and is a touch lighter. MAC Silver Gull is much lighter. NARS Delphes #2 is close to the base color but doesn’t have the silver sparkle. Chanel Gris Exquis is a darker gray with no silver sparkle.

Carbon is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It is part of the permanent range, and it varies in its dryness. This isn’t the worst iteration I’ve seen of it, but it’s certainly not the best and is by no means a favorite of mine to use. The beauty world can do better black eyeshadows now, so Carbon could use a reformulation to put it on par with current black eyeshadows. It’s just so dry and stiff, so the color payoff is sheerer and patchy–even applied on the lid, it can be a pain to blend out. You can find numerous black eyeshadows that compare to this (in terms of color).

It is a cool-toned, silver-and-gray smoky eye palette.  Over the years, I’ve grown frustrated with Carbon, so the inclusion of it in the quad is tiresome, as it is so often released in quads and palettes, so you very likely have one already (and it’s just not a great quality eyeshadow to begin with, so why have doubles or triples of it?).  I think the color of Waft is the most interesting, but it turns out that Weathered ends up looking more nuanced on the lid because it is bluer.  I wish the silver sparkle stuck to Gentle Fume, because then it would be something harder to dupe or find, but it just disappears and gets everywhere else.  Rondelle is the best performing shade in the palette.  I’m going to be wearing this quad for wear today, so I’ll report back with the results this afternoon–based on my experience with MAC’s drier/sheerer shades, I don’t get great wear (between seven and eight hours, some fading), I’ve assessed a rating but if it is better/worse, I’ll be sure to let you know.

MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad

C
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

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