Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Exaltation (108) Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Exaltation (108) Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Here are the other three new shades of Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) launching for fall. The formula is supposed to be an “ultra-fine powder eyeshadow” that is “foolproof in its application” and can be “applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour.” Only one of the three here could be used with a dampened brush without ruining the surface of the powder (it hardens and darkens), so I’m not sure why the formula, in general, is touted as wet/dry.

Chanel Exaltation (108) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff when applied dry, and it had semi-sheer color payoff when applied with a dampened brush–yes, worse pigmentation. It also applied unevenly when used with a dampened brush. The texture was powdery, though soft, but it really needed an eyeshadow primer to get true-to-pan color that didn’t immediately start fading away. Also, where I used a dampened brush, the powder darkened and hardened. On me, the color lasted for six hours before fading significantly (and it never looked as bright applied as it did in the pan). Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 (LE) is similar. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Inglot #362 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, slightly shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Pulsion (112) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a blackened purple with subtle warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. Like Exaltation, it was more pigmented applied dry, where it was semi-opaque. When I tried applying it with a dampened brush, it applied more unevenly and yielded only semi-sheer color payoff. It was difficult to get the color to transfer if I used a damp brush, and the surface of the powder hardened. This color at least lasted for eight hours before fading, so there was a little upside. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P) is similar. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is slightly more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Admiration (114) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “golden yellow.” It’s a brightened, sunshine yellow with a soft, pearly sheen. The texture was quite powdery, but this one really sings when it is applied with a dampened brush, as you get really smooth, opaque color. Applied dry, it actually has quite a bit of pigmentation as well, but the texture has that powdery feel, so it is more prone to sheering out. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Ever So Yellow (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $5.99) is similar. Fyrinnae Banana Mochi (P, $6.80) is lighter, less bright. Sephora Collection Banana Split (05) (P, $13.00) is similar. NARS Flowers 1 #5 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Sunny Outlook (P, $21.00) is more orange. MAC Bright Sunshine (P, $15.00) is lighter, yellower. Make Up For Ever Jaune (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Sensation (102) Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Sensation (102) Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be an “ultra-fine powder eyeshadow” that is “foolproof in its application” and can be “applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour.” I strongly recommend not using any of the more satin/matte finishes with a dampened brush, as it causes the surface to crust over and harden. Using the more frosted or shimmery shades seems with a dampened brush doesn’t seem to have any issues. I wasn’t impressed by the new shades for fall; they were underwhelming and more difficult to use. These really needed an eyeshadow primer to work well, or else the color didn’t apply or last well. These three shades in particular look very similar to three of the shades in the Quadrille Eyeshadow Quad.

Chanel Sensation (102) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “ivory pink.” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach-beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-opaque. The consistency was soft but slightly powdery. It lasted six hours on me before fading. NARS Europa (P, $29.00) is darker. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. MAC Warm Breeze (P, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Palpitation (104) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied dry, it had softer, semi-opaque color payoff, and then applied with a dampened brush, the color intensified slightly and was more opaque. However, using a dampened brush left a hard, darkened surface on the pan that had to be rubbed/scraped away to become usable again. The texture was slightly powdery, so it had to be packed and patted on carefully if applied dry to get any intensity. When I tried using it with a dampened brush, it was hard to get the color to transfer to the skin–just stuck to the brush. On the lid, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Chanel Quadrille #3 (LE) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Cupcake (P, $5.99) is warmer, more shimmery. Chanel Rose Favorite (LE, $28.50) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Hesitation (106) Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pink plum.” It’s a medium-dark plum burgundy with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry, and then mostly opaque color payoff when applied with a dampened brush. This one seemed to be fine after using it wet, so that was a plus. The texture was a little powdery, though it was particularly blendable when I was working with it. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is darker, more matte. Tarte Plums Up (LE) is more purple, matte. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $5.99) is warmer, brighter. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is more purple, more shimmery. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is more matte, browner. MAC Blackberry (P, $15.00) is darker. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is more matte. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #141 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 16th, 2014

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.58 oz.) is described as a “universally flattering nude eyeshadow palette.” It includes ten eyeshadows (0.39 oz. in total, or 0.039 oz. each) and a miniature-sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer (0.19 oz.). Overall, it’s a good palette with ten shades and no major issues. Most of the eyeshadows had good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and the formula wears quite consistency–almost every shade lasted for eight hours on me (no primer). With LORAC’s primer, results are closer to ten to eleven hours. The palette is very warm-toned, so I wouldn’t describe it was “universally flattering” (which, in general, is a difficult task for any shade, let alone multiple shades!), but otherwise, it’s a nice neutral palette to consider if you haven’t yet had your fill.

When Urban Decay Naked3 came out, a lot of readers asked how this compared. There is definitely overlap, but I don’t think the palettes are that similar. The shades that are “most similar” (but they vary in degree) would be Undercover vs. Strange, Unbelievable vs. Trick, Unconditional vs. Limit/Nooner. Shades like Dust, Buzz, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart don’t seem to have anything that’s really similar that’s in the Unzipped palette.

Undercover is a light, pink-tinged beige with a satin finish. It had good color payoff and a soft, silky texture that applied well. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unbelievable is a medium-dark, coppered brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture felt soft and almost buttery, though it was just slightly powdery. The color stayed on well for just over eight hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unattainable is a medium-dark, gold-shimmered bronze brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. The texture was a little powdery, but it had decent pigmentation and blended well. When worn, this shade wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unconditional is a muted, dusty pink-mauve with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was soft and silky, just a bit powdery. I noticed the color had faded slightly after eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unbridled is a warm-toned, burgundy-brown with a satin-matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was a bit thinner and drier compared to other shades in the palette, so it didn’t apply as smoothly or as intensely. Applied to the eye, the color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undiscovered is a brightened, orange-toned gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was pretty smooth without being powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unreal is a golden peach with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. The texture was incredibly soft and smooth, while the pigmentation was mostly opaque. When I tested it, the color didn’t fade for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Uncensored is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm, yellow and red undertones and a smooth, pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that applied beautifully. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unspoken is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-y undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and silky without being powdery. The wear topped in at eight hours before there was noticeable fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Untamed is a dark, red-toned brown with burgundy shimmer and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

MAC Beige Eyeshadow Swatches Part 2

Brule is described as a “soft creamy-beige [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Grain is described as a “golden beige with icy shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It is a light, warm-toned beige with a pearled sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Malt is described as a “soft pinkish-beige [with a Matte finish].” It is a light-medium, rosy beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orb is described as a “soft peachy-beige [with a Satin finish].” It is a pink-tinged beige with a satiny sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ricepaper is described as a “peachy gold with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It is a light, golden beige with warm, yellow-y undertones and a pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shroom is described as a “soft beige with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It is a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bonus

This shade has been discontinued but was re-swatched in the process, so… bonus :)

Bisque is a cool-toned, light beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

MAC Moody Bloom Eyeshadows
MAC Moody Bloom Eyeshadows

There are six shades of MAC Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) in the upcoming Moody Blooms collection. I have five of the six, and they’re quite good. Four of the six have a Veluxe Pearl, which is easily one of MAC’s most consistent and high-performing finishes.

Artistic License is described as a “pinky gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a peachy-pink with a gold shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was a bit thinner and drier than most Veluxe Pearls. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Too Faced Jardin (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blooming Mad is described as a “mid-tone ultra violet [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, fuchsia-lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it could have been a bit softer and pigmented. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Charm (P) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #2 (P) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is lighter. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is more frosted, purpler. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is lighter, more glittery. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $15.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Fixation is described as a “metallic brown [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a soft, pearly finish. The texture is soft, buttery, and smooth, while the color payoff is excellent. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. NARS Naiade (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Antiqued (P, $15.00) is less red-toned. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hidden Motive is described as a “deep aubergine [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark purple with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Plum Dressing (P, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucky Green is described as a “dark yellow green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery to the touch. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. This is a permanent shade. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is a touch lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Green Room is described as a “mid-tone teal [with a Satin finish].” I did not receive this shade, so I can’t share it with you at this time, but I hope to purchase it when it is available.

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

MAC Moody Blooms Fluidlines
MAC Moody Blooms Fluidlines

There are three shades of MAC Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) that will be releasing in the Moody Blooms collection. Two of them were under-performing, unfortunately! Copperthorn was quite mesmerizing applied, so I think the sheerness can “work” in that sense, but it’s not pigmented as Fluidlines are supposed to be (without a modifier in the description, then it falls short).

Black Ivy is described as a “blackened green.” It’s a dark, bluish-teal with very fine teal micro-shimmer over a semi-matte base. It had fairly good color payoff, and the consistency was creamy, lightweight, and easy to apply along the lash line. It wore well for ten hours on my lower lash line without fading or smudging. Revlon Emerald (P) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is slightly richer. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Blues (LE, $16.00) is slightly brighter. Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal (LE, $22.00) is bluer. bareMinerals 1PM (LE, $15.00) is a touch bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Copperthorn is described as a “glittery bronze.” It’s a glittery, medium copper with flecks of copper and gold sparkle and micro-glitter. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and to build color payoff, you really had to allow the first layer to totally dry down. It’s an interesting and fun shade to use (I tried it on the inner third of the lower lash line), but there is a lot of fall out/migration. After eight hours, I had glittery bits all along my under eye area, unfortunately. MAC Cockiness (LE) is a liquid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nightshade is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a medium-dark plummy purple with an almost golden, pearly sheen. It had warmer undertones and a soft sheen. The color payoff, unfortunately, was pretty poor. The left part of the swatch is the product applied with an angled brush as if to mimic applying a single stroke across the lash line, and it just doesn’t seem to apply smoothly or evenly. This is usually an issue I see with the more glittery shades (like with Copperthorn) with the Fluidline formula, so I was disappointed by this one. On the upside, this shade wore well for ten hours. Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blackheart (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is darker. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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