Thursday, November 13th, 2014

MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) consists of a beige and brown, both with warmer undertones. They work well together, and both shades had good color payoff, soft textures, and wore for eight and a half hours before fading. I really liked the duo from a quality standpoint, and the packaging is very similar to the bronzer/blush–metal compact that feels substantial in the hand. I was disappointed to see that the compact contains a mere 0.06 oz. total, when a full-sized MAC eyeshadow is 0.05 oz. It’s a nice duo (though dupable for sure), but I wish it had at least the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows in it (the pans don’t seem that small!).

Terre (Left) is described as a “shimmering neutral beige [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was easy to blend and apply to the skin. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is very similar. Stila Kitten (P) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) is lighter. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is similar. NARS All About Eve #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sweet Eyes (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pure Flash (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Terre (Right) is described as a “mid-tone warm brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with a satin finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had fantastic color payoff, while the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to use. Tarte Fresh Brewed Coffee (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever S632 Hazelnut (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S610 Almond (P, $21.00) is rosier. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Plum Ember (LE, $15.00) is redder. LORAC Untamed (P) is darker. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is less warm-toned. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Texture (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P, $29.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes a light warm pink paired with a warm, metallic white. Neither shade was great; they weren’t total misses, but they should be more pigmented and smoother in consistency. They apply and look better on the lid in practice than merely swatched, which is always nice, but they’re still a little disappointing.

Cygne Blanc #1 is described as a “silvery ballerina pink.” It s a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and white shimmer. It had so-so color payoff with a soft, silky, but slightly powdery, consistency. On me, the color wore well for almost eight hours before fading. LORAC Blush (LE) is similar. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is darker. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Allure (P, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sensibility (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cygne Blanc #2 is described as a “frosted white.” It s a brightened white with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was very soft and dense, but it didn’t go on quite as smoothly as I expected. It will blend and even out, but the texture made it seem like it was going to be perfection. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC White (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte yellow orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use, though it was a smidgen powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #4 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is very similar. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (DC, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Juiced (DC, $15.00) is more shimmery, yellower. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is slightly brighter/more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Simply Marlena Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink with purple undertone and gold flecks.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, bluish undertones and a satin finish–mostly matte with a smattering of very fine shimmer. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation, but it was on the powdery side, so it tends to have a fair amount of fall out when you apply it, and it does seem to sheer out a little too easily on the lid. If you normally use a primer, you probably won’t notice. On me, it wore well for eight hours. Chanel Exaltation (108) (P, $29.50) is lighter, matte. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 (LE) is similar. Sugarpill Birthday Girl (P, $12.00) is purpler. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is more matte, brighter. Inglot #362 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery medium green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a golden olive shimmer for a more satiny finish. The consistency was drier, somewhat powdery, and the color payoff reflected it, as this one was semi-opaque. It faded a little faster than much of the range does on me and only wore well for seven hours when I tested it. MAC Marsh (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is darker, less green. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is very similar. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is darker. Anastasia Moss (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is darker. Inglot #121R Middle (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Cygne Noir (10) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) pairs a shimmery black with a deepened burgundy purple. It’s a very dark, smoky color combination. I liked it better combined with other products for greater contrast, but the two can definitely be worn together. It could be better performing, particularly at this price, I’d rather not see a so-so shade like the shimmery black.

Cygne Noir #1 is described as a “shimmering silver black.” It’s a medium black with subtle, warm undertones and silver sparkle. It had good pigmentation but could have used more intensity to be true-to-pan. The consistency was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. I had minor fall out over time, and the majority of the color was intact after eight hours of wear. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is much darker. Le Metier de Beaute Starry Night (P, $28.00) is a cream product. MAC Polished Jet (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cygne Noir #2 is described as a “deeply pigmented plum.” It’s a warm-toned, burgundy with reddish-brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It was nicely pigmented with a very soft, almost powdery, consistency that was easier to use on the lid than the swatch made it seem like. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is more muted, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is lighter. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #7 (P) is less shimmery. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Brazenly (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #311 (DC, $20.00) is less warm-toned. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.97 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palettes (eight shades in each). Overall, I think the Lip Cremes and the Eyeshadows are the stars, but the rest leaves me unimpressed: one blush was a complete miss (worst product in the set), while the three eyeliners were rougher, drier formula. Some of the eyeshadows are very nice, others are sheerer and don’t perform as well. I noticed the eyeshadow formula seemed thinner in this palette across the board, which made a lot of shades seem less powdery, but some were under-pigmented. There’s plenty of “value” to the set, but I think it just depends on what you wanted most.

Pampered is a pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It looks more matte applied (doesn’t really get luminous or satiny when blended out), and the texture was smooth but not as soft as other shades in the range have been. The color payoff was good, while the blush itself lasted for nine hours (three shy of the 12-hour claim, though). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Savored is a warm, rosy plum with a satiny sheen. The texture was incredibly stiff–just hard to get any color out of it during application–and I found it harder to blend on the skin. I scraped off the first few layers, and it was slightly improved but still dismal. It seemed to wear around seven hours or so, but it was so sheer, it was hard to tell. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indulging is a muted, fuchsia pink with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a high-shine finish. The color deposited somewhat unevenly with minor settling into lip lines. It was lightly tacky and lasted for three hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rare is a warm rose pink with a soft, frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, lasted for four hours, and was lightly hydrating. It was mint-scented, but I didn’t notice much of a tingle beyond the very initial moment. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wonder is a brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pinky Promise is a muted, medium rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, silky texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Taupe of the World is a warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a semi-matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, so it wasn’t fully opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

You Look Mauveless is a medium-dark plum with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was mostly opaque and had a soft, silky consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just Malt Away is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The powder was soft, blendable, and silky, while it yielded full color coverage. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pampered Pink is a light-medium, warm pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dare to Be Gold is a warm, coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. It wasn’t fully pigmented, and the texture felt thinner and drier, though not too difficult to work with on the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Show Plum Love is a rich, plummy purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wind Down Brown is a dark, neutral brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it didn’t adhere as well to the skin, so a primer would help with this particular shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla Candles is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It is soft, a smidgen powdery, with fairly good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coming Up Roses is a muted plum with a soft, frosted finish. The texture was on the powdery side, so the color payoff wasn’t great. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hazelnut Bon Bons is a muted, medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was somewhat powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Bubble Bath is a brightened peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Cuff is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Feeling Grey-t is a light-medium, warm taupe brown with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, though it still had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso Yourself is a cool-toned taupe-gray with a matte finish. It was sheer, and the consistency was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnamon Latte is a deepened, purpled-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was powdery and semi-sheer. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal is a dark gray with cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke that was buildable to more opaque coverage in two to three layers. It lasted for seven hours on me, but it was painful to apply to the lash line. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a warm, chocolate bronze-brown with a frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, but it just had a drier, more dragging texture that made it harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum is a muted, medium-dark purple with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff in one go, but I wish the texture was less dry and easier to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.94 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palletes (eight shades in each). The set will be the TSV tomorrow, November 10th, on QVC for $59.97 (compared to $72.50 that it is listed at presently). My review will be up tomorrow morning :) For now, I hope you enjoy these swatches!

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