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Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “smoldering charcoal.” It’s a darkened gray-brown–a really, really dark taupe–but as it sheers out, it becomes more and more taupe in color. Tarte Concrete Jungle is a bit lighter. Inglot #444 is browner. MAC Nebula is a bit darker. Make Up For Ever #2 is lighter.

Holy Smokes can be built to more opaque color, but it is best done in layers, because otherwise it has a tendency to gather in the creases while it is setting. The consistency felt a little thicker and wetter compared to some of the other shades in the range, and a thicker layer sometimes would crease just slightly. It took about thirty seconds for a full, opaque layer of product to dry, whereas a sheerer and thinner layer took ten to fifteen seconds. Once set, it didn’t crease or fade for the next twelve hours.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner Holy Smokes
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow

Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow
Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow

Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering grass green.” It’s a brightened emerald green with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen–but it has a definite cool undertone, more in line with an emerald green than a grass green. MAC Fresh Flare is darker. Milani Green Safari is similar–slightly darker–and a cream product. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here #3 is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Deacy Graffiti is similar–slightly frostier.

Picnic in the Park had good color payoff both wet and dry, but it did apply better and with more pigment when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was very soft, smooth, and blendable.  This type of green is prone to staining, and this shade is no different; my arm was lightly stained after only having this on it for mere moments.  When I wore this shade on my lid with no primer, while it lasted a solid nine hours and only had very minor signs of fading after ten hours, there was a faint stain left behind, too.  I tried wearing it over a primer and that seemed to prevent the staining.

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Picnic in the Park (07)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “polished copper.” It’s a muted copper-bronze with a bronze-shimmered frosted finish. Estee Laudewr Chained is similar–slightly warmer. MAC Cactus Thorn is browner. Dior Golden Savannah is less warm. Urban Decay Chase has less copper coloring. bareMinerals Cognac is darker, browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #3 is darker, browner.

It had excellent color payoff, and a fantastic consistency that lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. I had no problems getting opaque color on the lid, and it didn’t fade or crease, even after twelve hours.  It’s amazing how two shades can perform so differently, even when applied side-by-side! What’s interesting about this shade is that the more opaque you opt for, the less overtly copper/warm-toned it seems; it gets this golden brown coloring that’s soft and muted.  When it’s blended out, the copper-brown coloring comes forth.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner My Two Cents
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Estee Lauder Pink Zinc Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Pink Zinc Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Pink Zinc Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Pink Zinc Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm-toned, peach with a hint of beige and a frosted, metallic finish. bareMinerals Custom is very similar but more metallic. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is lighter and pinker. Chanel Emerveille is a touch darker.

It had good color payoff, and it didn’t require layers and layers of product to get opaque color. The consistency is lightweight and creamy, and it glides on and smooths over the lid with ease. On the lid, it dried down fairly quickly, and once it set, the color didn’t crease at all over a twelve-hour period. I noticed some minor fall out, and the color seemed slightly faded after twelve hours but had been totally intact after ten hours.  The consistency and feel of Estee Lauder’s Shadow Paints are interesting, because they feel very dry, almost as if they’d flake off, with a high shimmer/sparkle content, so they look lovely from afar.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paint Pink Zinc
Pink Zinc

Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Bow (887) Mono Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright pop of medium-dark pink with subtle blue undertones and a satin-like finish–just a dusting of shimmer. Urban Decay Noise is cooler-toned (more fuchsia) and frosted. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 is very nearly the same in color but has more of a matte finish. MAC Tease with Ease is slightly cooler-toned.

It’s not yet released stateside but should be popping up in the next few weeks (several of the more neutral shades are already available). Bow had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft, finely-milled, and smooth. It was a touch powdery, but since the formula can also be applied wet, then dampening the brush prior to applying would help alleviate the slight powderiness. The pigmentation was the same both wet and dry, though it is easier to sheer out when applied dry.  On the lid, it blends easily, and it can be sheered out or patted on for more opaque color payoff. When I wore this shade, it lasted for eight hours without creasing, and there was faint signs of fading after nine hours (no primer).

Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow Bow (887)
Bow (887)

Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “antique bronze.” It’s a deep bronze with subtle warm undertones and a copper and bronze shimmer. The finish is subtly shimmery; not as frosted or as metallic as some of the other shades in the range. MAC Venetian Tarnish is similar–a bit less red-toned. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze is lighter and more metallic. Urban Decay Smog is lighter and warmer, plus it is a powder. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #8 is darker and less bronze, and it is also a powder product.

It has a thin, creamy consistency that makes it really easy to apply to the lid. The color can be applied at full strength and opaque color, or it can easily be blended out to a sheer wash of color. My one problem with Bronze Have More Fun was that it faded unevenly and looked patchy after six hours or so, and then it continued down that path for the rest of the time I wore it (full twelve hours in total). Admittedly, from afar, I don’t think anyone would point it out and spot it, but it’s there and shouldn’t be (and others that I’ve already reviewed haven’t had this problem). I didn’t get any creasing or smudging, but I was disappointed with the way it wore overall.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner Bronze Have More Fun
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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