Sunday, July 10th, 2011


MAC Tete-a-Tint Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Browns (Part 1)

As promised, here are even more brown MAC Eyeshadows ($14.50 for 0.05 oz.) — I have a few more palettes to work through, including more neutrals (which include more browns, too).

Tete-a-Tint is a soft, medium-dark peach-brown with a Matte2 finish. It is now discontinued. Inglot #337 is similar but less warm–more of a brown than tinted with burnt peach.
Amber Lights is a rich, warm-toned coppery bronze with a frost finish. Inglot #405 is similar, perhaps more bronze than golden.
Soft Brown is a muted, medium-dark tan brown with a matte finish. Inglot #337 is closer to Soft Brown than it is to Tete-a-Tint.
Bamboo is a soft, yellowed brown with a matte finish.
Motif is a pale yellow with a duochrome of pink iridescence. It has a frost finish.
Arena is a softened, medium beige-brown with a satin finish.  Illamasqua’s Furore is similar but a little more orange.
Espresso is a neutral, dark brown with a matte finish.
Mystery is a cool-toned, gray-brown with a satin finish.
Smut is a cool-toned, charcoal brown with burgundy shimmer and a velvet finish.
Satin Taupe is a dark taupe with a frost finish. Bare Escentuals Meteorite is similar.
Romp is a medium-dark, golden brown with a frost finish. Urban Decay Rush is similar to Romp, but it’s less golden.

Shades like Amber Lights, Romp, and Satin Taupe are some of MAC’s standout eyeshadows within their entire permanent range. Whether the colors are ones you’d wear or not, these are highly pigmented, smooth-textured, and so easy to blend. 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. Soft Brown is one of MAC’s bestselling eyeshadow shades. Arena works so lovely as an all-over lid color because it has a subtle sheen but still remains rather sedate. Mystery and Smut are nice browns for those with cooler undertones. The only shade that falls a little short is Motif, which has a slightly gritty texture and less than perfect color payoff.

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Browns (Part 1)

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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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Sunday, July 10th, 2011


Giorgio Armani Copper/Black Grey (15) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Copper/Black Grey (15) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Copper/Black Grey (15) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is slightly cool-toned bronzy brown with a hint of taupe in it.  There’s a muted quality about the overall color that makes it a really wearable but rich brown.   It works well whether it is used dry or wet–when used wet, it seems like the color has a warmer undertone.  The finish is a reflective, metallic sheen with a bronzy-gold micro-shimmer.

The texture of the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows is interesting; it’s a really compacted loose powder, but it’s so finely milled that it almost feels like a hybrid cream-powder. Each pot contains 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a good amount, given that most pressed eyeshadows average around 0.05 oz. I have worn around half of the range alone on lids with 12+ hours of wear without creasing, smudging, or fading.

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#15

A+
It's still a brown-based shade, so it might be similar to products you already own, and as far as this particular range goes, may not be the most multi-faceted of the ones available. It is excellent in color payoff, texture, and wear, though!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, July 9th, 2011


Wet ‘n’ Wild Pride Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Pride Eyeshadow Palette

Wet n Wild Pride Color Icon Palette ($4.99 for 0.25 oz.) contains six eyeshadows–three matte eyeshadows and three shimmery eyeshadows. Though each side resembles each other in color, they are not quite the same.

The first shade is a matte white, which while stark against my skin tone, doesn’t feel or look chalky. Next, there is a matte, green-teal that is a little low on color payoff but is decent–be careful when you blend this shade, because it is easily sheered out. The third matte shade is a dark, navy blue with the same color payoff as the teal shade. It’s just a little sheer in places. Both of the latter shades work best patted on and lightly blended to avoid sheering out the color entirely. The texture of the three matte shades was soft, and they applied smoothly.

On the right of the palette, the first shade is a shimmering white with a slightly metallic finish. The second shade is a medium-dark, minty green with a metallic sheen. The final shade is a dark navy blue with a shimmery finish (the least metallic of the bunch). I found the color payoff to be better with this side of the palette–the white shade was slightly sheer in places, but the other two were nice. Again, the white was slightly less smooth in texture compared to the other two shimmery shades, but all three were good overall.

I did experience slight fading with the matte eyeshadows after six hours of wear, but the shimmery shades held up for a full eight hours.  I think it’s a nice palette for the price–if you don’t mind having to pack on the color to ensure vibrancy.

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Wet n Wild Pride Color Icon Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
If you're seeking a cool-toned palette of white, green/teal, and blue, Pride is an affordable one that will let you experiment and play around with some fun colors.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 9th, 2011


Giorgio Armani Airy Jade (10) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Airy Jade (10) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Airy Jade (10) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale, blue-tinged white with a bright, metallic sheen. Interestingly enough, this is a lot like #11–even the downsides of this particular shade were the same ones I experienced with #10–just blue-tinted instead of pink. Like #10, it doesn’t apply as evenly as other Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows have.

The texture of the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows is interesting; it’s a really compacted loose powder, but it’s so finely milled that it almost feels like a hybrid cream-powder. Each pot contains 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a good amount, given that most pressed eyeshadows average around 0.05 oz. I have worn around half of the range alone on lids with 12+ hours of wear without creasing, smudging, or fading.

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#10

B+
The nice part about this particular light blue is the metallic sheen ensures that it doesn't look chalky, which sky blues often end up looking like because of the lightness in the color.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, July 8th, 2011


Lancome Heat Wave Color Design Eyeshadow Palette

Lancome Heat Wave Color Design Eyeshadow Palette

Lancome Heat Wave Color Design Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.11 oz.) includes four warm, summery hues in one, limited edition palette. The shades don’t really have names, just color descriptions on the back with a finish listed underneath.

  • Beige is a pale, white gold with stronge ryellow undertones. This has a shimmer finish. There is a touch of sheerness, and it has more of a metallic sheen amongst the shimmer as well. It’s yellower than MAC Nylon.
  • Peachy Keen is a soft, orange-peach. This has a sheen finish. The color payoff was good, and the shadow itself applied very smoothly. Bare Escentuals Sundance seemed the most similar, but it’s more orange, not quite as dark.
  • Copper is a coppery bronze. This has a metallic finish. The shade itself is very smooth and nicely pigmented. It is similar to MAC’s Amber Lights.
  • Dark Brown is a medium-dark brown with bronze shimmer. This has a metallic finish. Despite being labeled a metallic finished eyeshadow, it is more shimmer than metallic sheen. The brown shade from Givenchy Candide Garden was the one that seemed similar, though it is a little darker and redder.

Most of the eyeshadows felt really soft and smooth to the touch; Beige was the only one that had a shimmery finish and felt less smooth compared to the other three–I wouldn’t call it gritty or glittery at all, though! It was also the only one that had good pigmentation, as ooposed to great, which the other three shades did have. This is a palette that coordinates really well for warmer skin tones. It’s has summer bronze written all over it. I do think that one would find the golden shade a touch too metallic to use as a regular brow highlighter, but it works well on the inner tearduct. The gradient in light to dark here is also useful, because it allows you to blend and layer the shades to create more variance between the hues.

The shades are housed in a metallic copper palette that’s slim and square, but what I did like about it was the inclusion of a miniature eyeshadow brush–an actual brush. It’s by no means the best eyeshadow brush I’ve used, but it will get the job done decently. It’s also nice to see a brush instead of a sponge-tipped applicator.  There is also a full-sized mirror when you open up the palette.

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Lancome Heat Wave Color Design Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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For warmer skin tones, this palette is perfect for summer--the hues are on point for the shades of summer. Depending on how you use the palette, you might miss having a more toned-down highlighter shade.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, July 8th, 2011


CoverGirl Turquoise Tempest Eyeshadow

CoverGirl Turquoise Tempest Eyeshadow

CoverGirl Turquoise Tempest Eye Enhancers Eyeshadow ($3.47 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted blue-teal with a semi-matte finish. It has a very subtle shimmer, but it’s hardly noticeable when worn. I found the color was rather like the color in the pan–both had a dusty quality to them–so it didn’t seem in-your-face bright. The color payoff was good initially, but it sheers out very easily, which means it doesn’t apply as well on the lid as it swatches.

It has a tendency to look faded even though it has just been applied if you make an attempt to blend it out on the lid.  The color didn’t fade much over eight hours though there was a bit of fall out, but it was difficult to get true-to-pan color on the lid from the get-go.  The texture was also a little powdery and didn’t always apply evenly.  I found the best results were achieved when you packed on the product and didn’t blend too much–just stick to the edges.

Inglot #372 is more of a true teal in comparison (less blue), while MAC Surf Baby has more green. Milani Teal the Truth is similar but has a very metallic finish.

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CoverGirl Turquoise Tempest Eye Enhancers Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is something that would be nice for someone who wants to experiment with brighter colors without breaking the bank, but for someone who loves their brights, this may be more of a disappointment.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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