Friday, December 24th, 2010

NYX Emerald City Eye Pencil
NYX Emerald City Eye Pencil

Quick Review: NYX Emerald City Eye Pencil

NYX Emerald City Eye Pencil ($3.50) is a darkened forest green with a hint of teal. It leans on the cooler side, but it works well with hazel eyes in particular. It has a fairly matte finish and good color pay off. NYX’s Eye Pencils last nearly all day on me, only slightly fading after eight hours (but from afar, I don’t think anyone would notice), but they are most notable for how soft they are. Use less pressure initially, just to get an idea of how soft these are–if you apply firmer pressure, you may find the tip breaks off.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re in need of affordable colored pencil eyeliners, NYX has you covered.

AVAILABILITY: NYX

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Shiseido GD824 Eyeshadow
Shiseido Ocean Sunset (GD824) Satin Eye Color

Shiseido Ocean Sunset (GD824) Satin Eye Color

Shiseido Ocean Sunset (GD824) Satin Eye Color ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a shimmering, paled yellow gold. Shiseido’s new line of Luminizing eyeshadows, trios, and blushes really impressed me–this is a soft gold (and it’s not meant to be brighter or darker) that’s great as an all-over lid shade or on the lower lash line. This eyeshadow has such a smooth, silky texture that’s nearly creamy with how buttery it is. It is nicely pigmented and applies evenly with no fall out.  The only downside is that these singles are a little pricey.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Such a smooth, silky textured eyeshadow, if yellow isn’t your cup of tea, they have several other shades that might be worth checking out at the counter.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Maybelline Silver Starlet Eye Studio Baked Eyeshadow
Maybelline Silver Starlet Eye Studio Baked Eyeshadow

Quick Review: Maybelline Silver Starlet Baked Eyeshadow

Maybelline Silver Starlet Baked Eyeshadow Duo ($7.29 for 0.09 oz.) is a baked eyeshadow (similar to MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows), and one side is solid while the other is marbled. When swatched, the product works amazing whether wet or dry–the solid side is a steely blue with frosty, silver sheen; the marbled side a neutral champagne pink with a frosted sheen.  The blue shade is actually similar to the blue from MAC’s Sea & Sky Duo.

It has a smooth texture, high frost finish, and both shades were incredibly pigmented.  In the past, I’ve found that baked eyeshadows often must be used wet in order to achieve good color pay off, but these worked well dry, too.  I did have the ever slightly noticeable fading after eight hours of wear with Maybelline’s Baked Eyeshadow Duos, but it was very slight.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Maybelline has several other variations on their duos, and based on this one, these might be a great alternative to higher-end baked eyeshadows like MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows–perhaps not necessarily exact dupes in terms of colors but the product type is quite similar.

AVAILABILITY: Drugstore.com

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

L'Oreal Brown Extra Intense Eyeliner
L’Oreal Brown Extra Intense Eyeliner

Quick Reviews: L’Oreal Brown Extra Intense Eyeliner

L’Oreal Brown (797) Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner ($8.49 for 0.03 oz.) is a dark neutral brown with a creamy, semi-matte finish. It’s easy to work with, and it glides on smoothly on the lid and lash line. It doesn’t drag, pull, or tug, and it deposits color evenly and doesn’t need layers to go opaque.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is one of the better eyeliners I’ve discovered at drugstores — at the price tag, I’d recommend waiting for them to go on sale!

AVAILABILITY: Drugstore.com

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Wet 'n' Wild Eyeliner
Cobalt Blue, Antique Amethyst, Gold Pewter; Denim Chrome

Quick Reviews: Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaChrome & H2o Proof Eyeliners

Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaChrome Eyeliners ($2.99 for 0.04 oz.) and Wet ‘n’ Wild H2O Proof Eye Pencil ($2.99 for 0.03 oz.) were both products that did not work for me. Both formulas smudged terribly on me after less than an hour of wear–since they gave me raccoon eyes so quickly, I went through all four in a day, but nothing lasted for more than an hour. All four pencils were also a bit hard; I would definitely recommend wearing down the tip on the back of your hand before using them, but they’re still not overly soft, so they can tug a bit.

Pigmentation was also problematic; it was decent in the MegaChrome Eyeliners but dismal in the H2O Proof Eye Pencil. They tend to apply patchy and need another pass or two (or three…) to get the right color intensity and evenness. For a waterproof formula, Denim Chrome couldn’t even last long enough to make it to a water test!

  • Cobalt Blue is a blackened navy blue.
  • Antique Amethyst is a blackened plum purple.
  • Gold Pewter is a true yellow gold with a soft metallic finish.
  • Denim Chrome is a medium-dark blue with silver glitter.

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  • Product: 13/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: There are better eyeliners on the market, both high-end and budget-friendly, so there is no need to settle on these.

AVAILABILITY: Drugstores

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010


Guerlain Spring 2011: Rue de Rivoli

Guerlain Rue de Rivoli Eyeshadow Palette ($84.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a palette that so perfectly embodies the feeling of spring from the textures to the colors themselves. The palette includes six eyeshadows (one which can double as an eyeliner): a soft, cool-toned, taupe brown with a matte finish; bright, frosted gold-tinged white; fuchsia pink with a pearly finish; soft, semi-sheer gray lilac; iridescent white pink and gold; and dark, grayish taupe with plum.

The gray lilac was the only shade that went on a bit sheer for me–it’s a little barely there and could use a boost in pigmentation (just because I couldn’t layer it on any more than what’s shown), but the other four shades had excellent pigmentation. The last shade, which is the grayish taupe with plum, is a difficult color to describe, because it is multi-faceted. It’s a charcoal gray, but then wait, there is some tuape, but is it taupe or is it mauve or maybe plum? This is the shade that can also be used as an eyeliner, too. These were silky smooth, applied beautifully and evenly, and there is a nice mix of matte, satin, and frost finishes.

I’m a fan of Guerlain overall, but when they released six of these palettes during fall, I was skeptical, and after trying two variations (Rue de Francs Bourgeois and 2 Place Vendome), I wasn’t sold. Price aside, the texture didn’t seem as fine or as soft as the brand’s other eyeshadows (singles, duos, and quads). Don’t get me wrong–they are nice eyeshadows, but I thought their other variations were better. I’m extremely pleased with this one; it really redeemed these palettes in my eyes!

The price tag is hefty, though the product is surely stunning from packaging to the composition of the colors–it’s all impeccably laid out. They even include a bristle-based dual-ended brush inside of it, which is an upgrade from the sponge-tipped applicators that dominate eyeshadow palettes (from low- to high-end). The filigree patterning on the cover of the palette is elegant and well-done, while the full-sized mirror is convenient but also covers the eyeshadows and keeps them protected. It’s a very sturdy palette, though the downside is the metal casing will show some fingerprints.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

RECOMMENDATION: I think Guerlain fans will enjoy this, especially if they liked fall’s palettes (I think this is even better than the two I tried, so!). The palette leans on the cooler side, but these kind of shades work well on warmer skin, too.

AVAILABILITY: January 2011

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