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Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow

Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow
Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow

Sephora Break the Bank (11) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “emerald green with silver glitter.” It’s a darkened, aqua green with silver and aqua glitter and metallic finish. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is darker, less green. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl is bluer. Becca Luella is a touch darker.

This shade applied better with a dampened brush, because the color was weak dry, and there was a ton of glitter fall out if the eyeshadow was patted on dry. Unfortunately, while applying it damp helped to improve color payoff and minimize fall out, it did not apply evenly or smoothly; it looked patchy and faded from the get-go. With this particular shade, I think the only way to really get the color to come through is by layering it over a green/teal (or white) colored base.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Break the Bank (11)
6
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
66%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Forest Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “cool emerald green.” It’s a deep, dark, smoldering emerald green with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Sephora Walk on the Wild Side is greener, lighter, and a powder product. Urban Decay Loaded is bluer and a powder eyeshadow. bareMinerals Max Volume is slightly darker. OCC Poison is greener, less teal. theBalm Jealous Jordana is the most comparable.

Bobbi Brown claims that her new Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks should last “eight hours without creasing, flaking, or fading.” Forest had good color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable enough to get mostly opaque color, though there was some very slight sheerness if you looked really closely. From afar, I doubt anyone could tell. As an eyeliner, it is easier to apply it with enough pressure to get really opaque color, but the tip of this is a bit bigger than a regular pencil eyeliner. What I liked about the consistency was that it didn’t tug or pull on the eyelid, and it didn’t take too long or too little time to set–there was enough time to work the product in or blend it out, but I didn’t have to sit there and close my eyes waiting for the seconds to tick by for fear of it creasing before it set.

I also think that the brand was rather reasonable with their long-wear claim, only going for eight hours, rather than more ambition 12-, 16-, or even 24-hour wear.  Forest lasted well for eight hours; it was after ten hours that I saw some very faint creasing only on the innermost corner (I wore it all over the lid for testing).  I didn’t have any trouble with flaking, fading, or smudging, though.  All in all, Forest was impressive; not too creamy that it would take awhile to set but not so dry that it didn’t glide easily over lids.

Also, if you were ever a fan of MAC’s Shadesticks, I felt that these were rather comparable in feel and formula, though perhaps a smidgen creamier and more refined–like an improved Shadestick.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Forest
Forest
Forest

Benefit No Pressure Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit No Pressure Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit No Pressure Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit No Pressure Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “rich fawn.” It’s a bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray to keep it from being too warm-toned. It has a frosted, metallic finish that reflects a fair amount of light even when sheered out. Benefit Birthday Suit is lighter and more golden. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze is warmer, more of a true bronze. Make Up For Ever #15 is a few shades darker.

Whew! While the last two shades I’ve reviewed haven’t been much to write home about, No Pressure brings its A-game!  It has a creamy, lightweight consistency that goes on opaque without having to layer and layer product on–and there’s no worries about it applying unevenly or catching on itself.  It smooths on beautifully and sheers out easily, too, if desired.  Because it’s a richer, more pigmented color, it also works well as an eyeliner.  After I wore No Pressure for twelve hours, there were no signs of fading or creasing.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner No Pressure
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) Eyeshadow

Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) Eyeshadow
Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) Eyeshadow

Sephora Rolling in the Grass (10) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mirror dark green.” It’s a subtly warmed-up forest green with a soft, golden olive undertone and a green-gold shimmer with a frosted, metallic finish. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is lighter, warmer. Inglot #414 is cooler-toned, tealer. Inglot #418 is greener. Make Up For Ever #310 is less metallic.

When applied dry, it had rather disappointing color payoff; it appeared dry and a bit uneven, and overall, semi-sheer. When applied with a damp brush, it took on a much more intense color; it applied more evenly, smoothly, and was mostly opaque. Sephora’s Mirror finish is interesting, because it has the sparkling quality of a glitter eyeshadow matched with the reflective quality of a metallic finish but without the fall out problems.  While it didn’t wear the full ten hours Sephora claimed, it did hold up well; there was only some very minor fading along the edges.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Rolling in the Grass (10)
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “arctic blue.” It’s a pale, silvery blue with a frosted, metallic finish. It’s surprisingly only subtly cool-toned, despite its blue/silver coloring. MAC Blue Willow is more glittery and lighter. Cinderella Glass Slipper is a touch darker and less metallic. Buxom Husky is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 is very comparable.

This shade is incredibly reflective, and it tends to look more like a silvery white on the lid than blue–so if blue eyeshadow isn’t your thing, don’t let the color in the pot fool you! When paired with cooler-toned colors and other blues/teals, it will look bluer, but generally, it is a gray-ish white. The pigmentation of Blue My Mind was so-so; I wasn’t able to build up the color to get really opaque color, but it applied evenly for the most part even if there was a sheerness to the color overall.  I did experience noticeable creasing after ten hours of wear but no fading.  I also noticed that this one was coming apart from the edge of the glass, so the lid may not have been screwed on tightly enough after being manufactured.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner Blue My Mind
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

Sephora Jungle Party (09) Eyeshadow

Sephora Jungle Party (09) Eyeshadow
Sephora Jungle Party (09) Eyeshadow

Sephora Jungle Party (09) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sparkling dark green.” It’s a dark blackened brown base with green and gold sparkle. It has a glitter finish, according to Sephora, though it is not quite as sparkly as some of the other glitter finishes in the range. MAC Smutty Green is somewhat similar when applied lightly, but it is ultimately much greener. I couldn’t think of anything else, but you could definitely try layering a shimmery green eyeshadow over a matte black eyeshadow.

I’m not a huge fan of Sephora’s glitter finish eyeshadows, because they absolutely do have fall out problems–some are worse than others–and this one is not the worst, but it does have some fall out during application and some more does present itself while the color is worn. The texture of Jungle Party is soft but a bit dry and powdery; it doesn’t blend out as readily as other shades in the range have. I find it is best applied with a damp brush, because then you can get the majority of the sparkle onto the lid instead of trapped in the brush or underneath the eye. Of course, the more that gets applied to the eye, the more you’ll see make its way below your eye during the day. I would say about half of the sparkle seemed to travel, as after ten hours, there was still noticeable sparkle on the lid. The glitter particles in Jungle Party seem more like sparkle in size; not as big as glitter, so it’s not as gritty, and I didn’t experience any irritation or watery eyes despite the fall out problems.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Jungle Party (09)
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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