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Sephora Sweet Dreams (17), Pool Party (18), My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) Colorful Eyeshadows

Sephora Sweet Dreams (17) Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Sweet Dreams (17) Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Sweet Dreams (17) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “blue shimmer.” It’s a pale, cool-toned bluish-white with a pearly sheen. Maybelline Icy Mint is a cream product is less cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is slightly darker and a cream pencil. Urban Decay Strip is several shades darker. MAC Water & Ice #1 is less blue. MAC Dimensional Blue is bluer. Lancome Style Section is grayer. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, less blue. See comparison swatches here.

Sephora Pool Party (18) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright blue glitter.” It’s a periwinkle blue with silver glitter. Sugarpill Velocity is darker, matte. Urban Decay Chaos is several shades darker, slightly purpler, matte. NARS Rated R #2 is very similar. MAC Winkle is bluer. bareMinerals On the Rocks is similar, slightly purpler. Inglot #429 is much lighter and frosted. Inglot #369 is bluer and matte. See comparison swatches here.

Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep blue shimmer.” It’s a dark, purpled navy blue with a pearly finish and cool undertones. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #3 is bluer. Chanel Metamorphose #4 is darker. NARS Outremer is bluer, matte. Milany Primary #6 is lighter. MAC Love Cycle #2 is bluer. MAC Royale is lighter and purpler. OCC Technoir is lighter. Inglot #388 is purpler matte. See comparison swatches here.

Sweet Dreams was soft but powdery, and it applied best dry, as it crumbled on itself and created an uneven application applied damp, even though it seems smoother. It was noticeably faded after eight hours of wear (no primer).

Pool Party had so-so color payoff applied dry but amped up a lot when applied damp. The glitter did fall out during application and later on during wear, but it is not jam-packed with glitter, so the fall out isn’t as noticeable as it can be with other glittery eyeshadows. The underlying color lasted well for eight hours and was slightly faded after nine hours (no primer).

My Boyfriend’s Jeans had the same color payoff both wet and dry, and the finish seemed to stay the same, too–the damp application was slightly smoother but the difference was quite minimal between the two applications. I didn’t have any trouble with this shade’s wear, even after nine hours–no fading or creasing.

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Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Sweet Dreams (17)
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Pool Party (18)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow My Boyfriend's Jeans (19)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Maybelline Cool Crush & Seashore Frosts 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, bluish-silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. Because it’s on the sheerer side, it may be better as a base underneath your favorite powder eyeshadows than as a standalone color. The consistency is thinner and has more slip than the permanent range of Color Tattoos. The lasting power on me wasn’t as good as the permanent range; there was some faint creasing after ten hours (no primer). Sephora Sweet Dreams is bluer, powder. Maybelline Icy Mint is bluer, not as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is slightly bluer. Urban Decay Strip is darker, bluer, and a powder. MAC Water & Ice #1 is more silvered and a powder. MAC Free as Air is darker, bluer. Giorgio Armani #12 is more silver and a powder. Benefit Blue My Mind isn’t as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, less blue, and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Seashore Frosts 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, grayish-blue with gold and pink shimmer–it is a very interesting and complex shade. It applies with semi-opaque color in a single layer, and for me, it does best with one layer–more than one, and it just clumps up and becomes uneven. The texture was thin and slippery, so it was easy to apply and blends out best with fingertips. I saw light creasing after ten hours (no primer) with this shade. Clinique Big Blue is a bit darker, not as nuanced. Make Up For Ever #940 isn’t blue, but it has a very similar duochrome/sheen to it (so you could use it layered over a blue for a similar effect). L’Oreal Infinite Sky is bluer, not as muted, no sheen/shimmer like Seashore Frosts. Chanel Destination lacks the golden shimmer/sheen. See comparison swatches here.

I feel like Maybelline should have branded these differently, like they did with the Metals. Maybe Iridescent Color Tattoo or Luminous Color Tattoo, and then gone with a different description of the formula, like “to be used layered with your favorite Color Tattoo” or “for a sheer wash of shimmering color.”  They share little in common with the original formula (described as “longest-lasting,” “super-saturated color, “vibrant color that does not fade”), but the shades I’ve tried from the latest limited edition set have all been similar in texture, payoff, and wear.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Cool Crush
Cool Crush
Cool Crush
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Seashore Frosts
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

Clinique Big Blue & Massively Midnight Chubby Stick Shadow Tints

Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “grayish blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a gray cast and a frosted finish. Chanel Destination is slightly lighter (but also a cream product). Giorgio Armani #22 is lighter, more silvery, and a powder. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is less gray, bluer. Urban Decay Strip is lighter, more metallic, and a powder. Urban Decay Occupy is darker and a powder. Urban Decay Crystal is lighter and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Clinique Massively Midnight Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a navy blue with a subtle, pearly finish. Make Up For Ever #81 is darker, more muted, and a powder. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 is also darker, not quite as muted as #81 but more so than Massively Midnight, and is a powder. MAC Lunar is very similar in color but is a powder. Maybelline Electric Blue is comparable, slightly brighter. NARS Dark Rite is lighter. Urban Decay Evidence is similar but a powder. Chanel Metamorphose #4 is slightly brighter and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Big Blue was a big pain, because it had a tendency to clump during application–it didn’t smooth out evenly and created thicker, chunky patches on the lid, which only made my lid look wrinkled. The texture was on the drier side, and it did tug and pull at the lid while I tried to lay down the color. I didn’t see creasing really, but it wasn’t readily apparent given it already looked patchy from the initial application. This one skipped while applying, too!

Massively Midnight was much better; it was creamier and less dry, so it applied more smoothly and evenly. It had mostly opaque color in a single pass, so getting a sheer wash of color was actually more difficult than I expected, as it’s just not very blendable. While it wears like iron (twelve hours no creasing or fading, no primer!), it doesn’t budge from the get-go; it’s difficult to fade the edges, blend to sheer it out, and the like as a result. If I heated up the pencil with a blow dryer, it became more blendable.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Big Blue
Big Blue
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Massively Midnight

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Sephora Surfin’ USA and Midnight Swim Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Surfin' USA (14) Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Surfin’ USA (14) Colorful Eyeshadow

Sephora Surfin’ USA (14) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “azure blue shimmer.” It’s a bright, medium blue with a hint of yellow that gives it an aqua/teal leaning (but it’s more blue than it is teal). It has a pearly sheen. Shades like Inglot #322, Inglot #371, MAC Electric Eel, and NARS Mad, Mad World #1 are all a bit bluer and matte, so the finish makes them rather different in practice. Make Up For Ever #118 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #83 is slightly greener-tinted and has a golden shimmer. MAC Parrot is darker. Sugarpill Afterparty is bluer, darker. Urban Decay Peace is lighter. Urban Decay Clash is also bluer (and a cream product). NARS South Pacific #1 is lighter. See comparison swatches here.

Applied damp, Surfin’ USA had good color payoff and went on smoothly but wasn’t quite as vibrant as when applied damp; then, it became even smoother, bolder, and fully pigmented. The texture is soft, buttery, and blendable on the lid. I had no trouble with it wearing all day long without fading or creasing (no primer) either. It’s definitely one of the best shades I’ve come across in Sephora’s Colorful range. This shade did lightly stain my skin after wearing it all day long.

Sephora Midnight Swim (16) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “petrol blue shimmer.” It’s a smoky, bluish-teal with a frosted finish. Urban Decay Junkie is a couple of shades lighter. Urban Decay Hijack is grayer, lighter. MAC Prussian is matte and bluer. MAC Rain Drop is lighter. Sugarpill Magpie is more frosted, so it appears slightly lighter, but it is the closest shade to Midnight Swim. See comparison swatches here.

The color payoff was the same whether applied dry or damp, but the finish changed from satiny to pearly–it’s more shimmery and reflective when applied damp. Both applications resulted in smooth, even color, and it was easy to blend out on the lid. Midnight Swim had a lovely soft, silky-smooth texture that made it easy to work with and yielded fantastic pigmentation. It lasted ten hours without creasing or fading when I tested it (no primer).

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Surfin' USA (14)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Midnight Swim (16)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Ample Amber Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bronze pink.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a subtle, frosted finish and warm undertones–it has a muted, almost copper-like, tone to it. Bobbi Brown Praline is warmer, lighter, and a powder product. Make Up For Ever #28 is very similar, and it is also a cream pencil. Burberry Pale Nude #1 is a touch darker, browner, and a powder. MAC Glimpse of Flesh is a smidgen lighter and a powder. MAC Tan is more metallic and a powder. MAC Caramel Sundae is less warm-toned and a powder. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is very similar but a powder product. See comparison swatches here.

Ample Amber has great buildable color, though it’s not quite the sheer wash of color described by Clinique.  One stroke yields semi-opaque color, and blended out, a sheer wash is achievable with some work (I would say you can get semi-sheer to semi-opaque color with less work).  It’s the blending that I have the biggest struggle with, as the pencil is on the drier side.  It doesn’t feel so stiff and stubborn that it becomes painful, but once on the lid, it doesn’t want to move around much, even initially.  Blending out the edges can be difficult, and when I used a blow dryer to heat the pencil prior to applying, the blending went better but not well.  I love that it wears a full twelve hours with no fading and only minor creasing (no primer) and that it doesn’t require sharpening, as it twists up.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Ample Amber
Ample Amber

AVEDA Lemongrass and Oceanica Eyeshadows

Aveda Lemongrass Petal Essence Single Eye Color
Aveda Lemongrass Petal Essence Single Eye Color

Aveda Lemongrass Petal Essence Single Eye Color ($14.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “satiny, light, iridescent green.” It’s a lightened, pastel green with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and it applied well. When I tested it, the shade lasted eight hours with some minimal fading. bareMinerals Wicked ius lighter, not as warm-toned. MAC Juxt is slightly warmer. Dior Peacock #1 is slightly darker. Dior Peacock #5 is lighter. Urban Decay Jealous #2 is darker. Aveda Papyrus is darker, less frosted. See comparisons here.

Aveda Oceanica Petal Essence Single Eye Color ($14.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “satiny, bright, island blue.” It’s a medium, muted blue with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly, but it did look noticeably faded after I wore it for eight hours. Dior Swimming Pool Turquoise is lighter. MAC Cool Heat is much darker. Guerlain Les Aquas #2 is slightly less blue. L’Oreal Endless Sea is a touch darker. MAC Parrot is bolder, slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #72 is brighter and matte. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is darker, more frosted. See comparison swatches here.

Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Color Lemongrass
Lemongrass
Lemongrass
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Aveda Petal Essence Single Eye Color Oceanica
Oceanica
Oceanica
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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