Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer Style Eye-Con No. 7 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes seven shades of warm-toned hues ranging from yellowed beige to reddish-brown along with a lot of gold and copper in-between. There is a good variety in finish, which is its strength; I liked that there was at least one darker shade, but I think one of the light beige/peach shades could have been substituted with a more mid-tone or transition kind of shade in a satin/matte finish (maybe like a coppery brown). Most of the shades had good pigmentation and were soft and blendable, though the palette is really one that should be used with a primer to get the most out of it, as a few shades were slightly powdery.

The Dreamer #1 is described as a “baked creme matte.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and blended well on the skin. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #2 is described as a “golden tan shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, golden copper with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #3 is described as a “French vanilla satin.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder’s consistency was soft, almost creamy, and blendable on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #4 is described as a “deep espresso matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. The texture felt silky, but it was a little dry and powdery, which made it harder to apply evenly as the color didn’t adhere as well to the skin. It faded a bit faster than the other shades at the seven and a half hour mark. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #5 is described as a “warm peach matte.” It’s a brightened, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a subtle gold sheen. It had nice color payoff, while the texture was just a smidgen powdery, which made it a little harder to get true-to-pan color on the lid without it sheering down. It lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #6 is described as a “fiery copper shimmer.” It’s a pinky-coral with a lot of gold frost, which gives it a frosted sheen with strong, warm undertones. The texture was slightly dry, but it had fairly good color coverage. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dreamer #7 is described as a “warm gold shimmer.” It’s a medium, orange gold with a finer gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was soft enough that it was a little thin and powdery, where it really has to be gently patted onto the lid (and preferably, over a primer) to maintain its intensity. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

ColourPop Rumer Has It Super Shock Shadows
ColourPop Rumer Has It Super Shock Shadows

Just recently, there were six new, limited edition shades of ColourPop Super Shock Shadows ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) released in collaboration with Rumer Willis. Four of the shades were released last week, and two were released this week (and those two I don’t have, but I plan to buy next time I make an order). This set of shades is ideal for someone who loves a lot of sparkle, glitter, and their smoky eyes. There are also three lipsticks launched within the collaboration (two of which I will review soon!).

ColourPop Swan Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft creamy white with tons of silver glitter and hints of pink duochrome glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a medium white that leans slightly warm-toned with a lot of silver sparkle and glittery bits. The glitter made more of an impact than the underlying base color, which was semi-sheer (even applied with a fingertip). There is fall out from the shade when blended during application, and there was some fall out during wear. The texture had a chunkiness to it that made it harder to get even color out of the pot with a brush–it seemed to flake away in chunks, so fingertip application is definitely the preferred method with this shade. It is best patted on or layered over another shade to add sparkles. It didn’t crease over a nine hour period. MAC Permanent Press #1 (LE) is less sparkly. YSL Eau d’Argent (02) (P, $30.00) is a liquid. Urban Decay Cosmic (P, $20.00) is more sparkly. MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE) is less glittery. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less glittery. MAC Regal Affair (LE, $19.50) is similar. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is brighter, less glittery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is similar. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Angelic (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Ice Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true silver with tons of multi-dimensional highly reflective glitter in a metallic finish.” It’s a medium, pewter with larger silver glitter and multi-colored micro-glitter and sparkle; the sparkles tend to look like teal, silver, and gold. The texture was lightly emollient with semi-opaque color payoff from the base color with lots of glitter payoff. I was able to apply this shade with a brush without texture or payoff being an issue, though I highly recommend using a flat, synthetic brush. A fluffier brush will tend to catch the glitter and cause more fall out during application as a result, though fall out during wear resulted in less than five sparkles underneath the eye after nine hours of wear. Colour Pop Snow Flurry (LE, $5.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Tisse Venitien #3 (P) is darker. Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is darker. Sephora Collection Lunar Eclipse (98) (P, $13.00) is similar. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Chanel Moon River (LE, $34.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Feather Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true liquid gunmetal in an ultra metallic finish.” It’s a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen (but not “ultra metallic”). It had good color payoff that applied very smoothly and evenly, and the consistency blended out well on the lid without losing intensity. On me, it wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. YSL Grey Splash (01) (P, $30.00) is more sparkly. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE) is more metallic. Hourglass Graphite #4 (P) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is darker. Stila Black Diamond (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is darker. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #3 (P) is lighter. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is lighter. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is more metallic. Bobbi Brown Silver (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Raven Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “intense black lightly dusted with silver flecks in a metallic finish.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark black with silver sparkle. The cream formulation really shines here, because it enables the sparkles to actually adhere with the base product and onto the lid, rather than disappear in your brush or the air. I applied it with a flat, synthetic brush and had no issues getting opaque coverage out of it with noticeable sparkle. I didn’t get fall out during wear that I could detect, and there were a few stray sparkles after ten hours of wear but no creasing. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is a lesser version of this shade. Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is a powder. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is a powder. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is less sparkly, powder. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more sparkly, warmer. MAC Black Diamond (LE, $16.50)is less sparkly. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is a powder. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad
Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) is set of warm-toned, neutral shades that lean more red and copper. It’s a fairly good set of eyeshadows that runs on the shimmery side, but it wears well, is easy to apply, and had good pigmentation overall. Personally, I think that one of the browns could have been substituted for something very dark or more mid-tone, which would give it more versatility.

The Dolce Vita #1 is a brightened, golden peach with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, and a smidgen loose. The color wore well without fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #2 is a rich, medium-dark reddish-brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a soft, pearled finish. It had intense pigmentation with a smooth, blendable consistency that made this a very easy product to work with. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #3 is a copper-brown with lighter gold and copper sparkle and micro-glitter. The texture is very smooth with an almost wet-like feeling, which helps the glitter to bind better with the base color, so it actually translates as a whole onto the skin. There is some fall out during initial application, and then some more during wear; it’s noticeable–less than some glittery eyeshadows but certainly not perfect. The brownish color lasted for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #4 is a medium-dark, golden brown with a more satin-like finish. It had good color payoff, while the powder was soft and blendable, though a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before I saw some fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of the more recently released quints, and it is part of the permanent range as far as I know. I picked it up awhile ago when I initially was trying out the new range, and it seemed promising when swatched, but there’s a dryness to the formula that can make it difficult to blend and apply on bare skin. Over primer, it’s easier to work with, but it’s still not a formula I’d reach for or would feel comfortable recommending. As they have a drier, dusty kind of texture, they tend to sheer out on the skin or look dry and fade more quickly.

Jardin #1 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned sage green with a soft, metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a smidgen on the dry side, so it sheered out readily on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #2 is a brightened beige with a frosted finish and subtle warm undertones, though it tended to read almost cool-toned on me. It had good pigmentation that applied decently, but it was also a little dry to work with. It had started to look faded after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #3 is a medium-dark, khaki green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a moderately dry, thin consistency that had faded noticeably after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #4 is a brightened, pinky-white with a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that adhered well to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #5 is a deepened, almost blackened blue with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It swatched really beautifully with rich color payoff, but the texture was dry, and I had trouble with blending it out; it tended to just stick where it was initially applied. It did wear better than other shades at eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope
Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Kaleidoscope ($95.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes five shades for eyes in shades of black, navy blue, warm pink, copper, and golden brown. The True Color Eyeshadow is a wet/dry formulation (at least, this is what it used to be touted as; current descriptions are less helpful), including the mattes (they don’t harden if you use water with them). According to the brand, matte and shimmer finishes are supposed to have full coverage, while satin finishes are supposed to have sheer coverage (but no specificity regarding wet/dry). There are a lot of Le Metier’s eyeshadows that I love, and I often like how they pair colors in their Kaleidoscopes, but unless every single shade knocks it out of the park, the price is difficult to justify, which is the case here. Two of the five shades are excellent, while two are middling, and one is particularly disappointing.

Onyx is a medium black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage, though the texture is so silky and soft that it is prone to kicking up excess product, so it is best patted on gently to maintain intensity. It was fairly blendable on the skin and lasted for eight hours. As you might expect, there are lots of matte blacks on the marketplace, so there are plenty of dupes. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sapphire is a medium-dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen that leans slightly purple. It had decent pigmentation, but it was certainly lacking oomph and needed to be layered two or three times to get really good, even coverage out of it. The texture was slightly dry, which made it a little harder to blend out. This was previously included in another Kaleidoscope, but it was much better that time, as it had a richer, denser texture that was less dry. It lasted for seven hours and had some fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smoky Quartz is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft and smooth, but it was a smidgen dry, which gave it a powdery look when applied dry. It was easier to work with and had better, truer color payoff when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading.
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Carnelian Opal is a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm orange undertones and a frosted golden sheen. It was intensely pigmented both wet and dry, with the damp application yielding a slightly deeper color and more metallic finish. It wore well for nine hours on me. This is the type of quality I associate with Le Metier de Beaute, but it doesn’t make up for the first three. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Citrine is a subdued, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a gold shimmer-sheen finish. It had opaque coverage both wet and dry, though dry coverage gave it a smoother result. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while the color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a twist-up, cream-based eyeshadow that’s supposed to be lightweight, long-wearing, and cooling when it touches the skin. It’s supposed to give a “shimmering veil of color.” The formula is semi-sheer to semi-opaque in one stroke, and it is buildable to opaque coverage with two to three passes, or you can use a flat, firm synthetic brush, which seems to give mostly opaque coverage more readily. I also find using a brush offers infinitely more precision, maneuverability, and gives a more even layer of coverage. The wear varied from shade to shade; as short as six hours to as long as eight hours. The formula has a fair amount of slip but dries down quickly, and it does have a wet, cool sensation when the eyeshadow hits the lid, though this is lessened if you use a separate applicator. I think this formula works best in more neutral tones, as they’re more forgiving on the skin, but shades like purple and blue don’t work as well when they’re even a little bit uneven.

Chanel Laurier Rose (127) Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a rosy copper with warm, orange undertones and a metallic finish. A single pass yielded semi-opaque coverage, and two layers was enough for full opacity. This shade was the easiest shade to use in a large area at full intensity, as it applied evenly. When I tested it, the color wore well for eight hours before it started to crease. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Olilvine (137) Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, medium olive green with a cooler coloring overall, but the undertone is slightly warm, so it takes on a more neutral appearance. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to opaque coverage with three layers. This shade was the hardest to work with, as it had less slip and applied more unevenly as a result. Even when I tried to use a brush, the drying time was too quick, so it had already partially dried on the brush. On me, it started to show signs of creasing after seven hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Caroube (147) Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted taupe brown with a pearly sheen and lighter gold shimmer. It has more of a burgundy undertone with a warmer shimmer color. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied in one go, while it was buildable to full intensity with two layers. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Campanule (107) Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a slightly muted, cool-toned violet purple with faint sparkle. It had sheer coverage in one pass, and it took four layers to get opaque color (it’s supposed to be sheer, though). The consistency was a little drier compared to most of the other shades, though it was reasonably blendable. It tended to grab my natural creases while I was applying, and it was hard to smooth out the color so that it didn’t emphasize the lines on my eyelid. It started to crease after seven hours on me and had minor fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Azulejo (117) Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is an aqua blue with a subtle, warmer green tint to it and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one pass, and it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage with three layers (it didn’t seem to build to fully opaque color for me). It is somewhat blendable on the lid, as I could get the edges, but I couldn’t seem to blend it for an even layer of color. When I wore it, the color started creasing after six hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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