Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a new, pencil eyeshadow formula for fall. It’s described as a “shimmering cream eyeshadow formula” that “glides on smooth in one swipe for instant buildable coverage.” The consistency is thin, cool, and almost like water when it touches the skin. It glides on very easily without skipping or tugging on the lid. Both of these shades lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, though there was a smidgen of sparkle fall out. I can see this formula working for someone who’s looking for shimmer and sparkle with minimal work, who may only want to use one or two colors at a time. I think the lighter shades would be great for an all-over brightening look and off you go, but they’re best used one or two at a time as they don’t blend too well with each other as they set quickly. I found this formula to have a very similar look and feel to Chanel’s Stylo Eyeshadow.

Full disclosure: I tried these on my lower lash line, and I had the most searing pain in my eye; I couldn’t even wait to grab a cotton pad to remove it (I couldn’t keep my eye open long enough to find one), so I just splashed my eyes with water and all of the eyeshadow washed away and my eyes instantly felt better. I had only applied it as an eyeliner to the lower lash line (but not the water line) on one eye, but once one eye started blinking and watering, the other one did (causing the eyeshadow on the lid to move), and then both were excruciatingly painful. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a beauty product give me such a vicious, instant reaction. Wearing them purely as an eyeshadow on the eyelid didn’t result in any painful reactions, and when I removed them with a cleansing oil, nothing was amiss either.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “ballet pink shimmer.” It’s a champagne peach with a frosted, sparkling finish. It was semi-opaque in a single stroke and buildable to just shy of full coverage with two to three layers. Make Up For Ever S-52 (P, $21.00) is lighter. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is powder. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is a powder. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is similar. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is warmer, more metallic. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Benefit RSVP (P, $10.00) is more metallic. Make Up For Ever #30E (P, $20.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rose copper shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish copper with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied in one stroke, and it was buildable to opaque color coverage with two layers. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more orange. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is powder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is browner, powder. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is redder, powder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is darker, powder. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Red Hot Copper (LE) is darker. MAC Coppering (P, $15.00) is darker, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

NARS Smokey Eye Kit
NARS Smokey Eye Kit

NARS Smokey Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a limited edition kit for fall. Each eyeshadow is 0.04 oz., and the eyeliner is 0.01 oz. It also comes with a travel-sized contour brush. First, if you purchased NARS’ NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette last spring, then you already have the three shades featured in this kit. On the upside, Bali performed much better in this palette than in the larger one.

In order for this to be a decent offering in terms of pricing, you have to get some use out of the included brush, which NARS prices at $32 for the full-sized version (the travel-sized feels like a cheap, rougher, scratchier, less dense version of the full-sized), and the eyeliner. Otherwise, I feel like you’re really paying for convenience to have these specific shades in a single palette; the larger NARSissist palette contains 0.45 oz. of product for $79 (which works out to be $176/oz.). NARS’ single eyeshadows retail for $25/0.07 oz. and $35/0.14 oz. (duos), which puts the price per ounce somewhere between $250 (duos) to $357 (singles). NARS’ Larger Than Life Eyeliner retails for $24/0.02 oz. (or $1200/oz.), so you’re getting a $12 value in this palette from the pencil alone. If you’re only interested in the eyeshadows, you’re paying $492/oz. All in, you’re getting about $30 (taking the PPO of duos) worth of eyeshadow, $12 worth of eyeliner, and a $32 brush (though I would disagree at this value, as the quality is vastly different from the full-sized), which would be $74. There’s value in having your very favorite shades in a palette for easy access and making it travel-ready, but I feel that this is poorly priced relative to other palettes NARS has done, which is disappointing.

Madrague #1 is described as a “matte cream.” This shade was of good quality in both the larger NARSissist palette as well as in this one, as it was soft, finely-milled, and blendable. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. It’s a more common shade, so there are many, many shades available that are quite close. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bali is described as a “neutral.” It’s a dark, subtly cool-toned brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It is much, much better quality in this palette than in the larger palette; here, it is soft, finely-milled, and blendable. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) NARS Bali (P, $24.00) MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) MAC Dance in the Dark (P, $15.00) MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mekong is described as an “espresso infused with shimmer.” It’s a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with fine sparkle over a matte finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture felt soft and smooth, but it could have been more blendable. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Beluga (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Cinders (LE) is similar. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is lighter. Chanel Topkapi #3 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Via Veneto is described as a “black.” It’s just that–a matte black. I have reviewed it previously here. It has good color payoff, but it is a stiffer eyeliner to use, so I don’t find it as comfortable to apply. It wears about seven to eight hours on my lower lash line before smudging. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wide Contour Brush #43 is short-handled, angled eye brush. It has a very sharp, flat angled shape, but the brush is incredibly large. Of all the brushes to provide in a Smokey Eye Kit, it’s hard to imagine how many people will get a lot of use out of it. The only way I could feasibly use it was to finish up any blending all-over the lid, but I felt like this over-blended due to the scratchier, rougher bristles and over-sized shape.

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Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette ($34.00 for 4 x 0.06 oz.) is designed to help you recreate the look Mia Wallace’s look from the movie. Urban Decay says there are three new shades (so two are repromotes), but these were all new to me (at least, by these names). When I first saw the palette, it reminded me of Naked Basics, and there is overlap. Righteous is closest to Foxy, though it is lighter and brighter than Foxy. None seemed similar to Tyranny. Vengeance is darker and more shimmery, with a stronger red tone (versus yellow) than Faint. Furious is very similar to Venus, though Venus’ texture is quite different. Anger is more shimmery, less warm-toned compared to Crave. They are similar enough, however, that if you rarely use the Naked Basics palette, I’m not sure that this one would be much more useful. The Pulp FIction palette leans warmer overall. I found the eyeshadows to be very blendable, easy to use, and fairly pigmented across the board. I wish the palette itself was more compact, because then it would be travel-friendly, and though the colors are dupable, they work well together for a mostly matte neutral eye.

Righteous is described as a “light cream matte.” It’s a very light and bright, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had a very soft, finely-milled texture, but it was powdery, and it had decent to good pigmentation. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is darker. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is similar. Kat Von D Lifelike (P) is less warm-toned. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Vanilla (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Blanc Type (P, $15.00) is less yellow. Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tyranny is described as a “warm brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before I saw signs of fading. LORAC Unspoken (P) is darker. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is similar. Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (P, $5.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is very similar–a touch darker at most. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vengeance is described as a “deep taupe-brown matte-satin.” It’s a medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a satin shimmer. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, dense, and buttery while being extremely easy to apply. On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade along the edges. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cream. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is darker. Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Furious is described as a “white satin.” It’s a warm, bright white with subtle yellow tint and a pearly sheen. It was slightly powdery, and though it had decent pigmentation, it could have been more opaque. I didn’t notice it start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Purr (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Ivory (01) (P, $3.99) is similar. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is a touch darker. MAC This or That #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Venus (P, $18.00) is very similar. MAC Mylar (P, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Anger is described as a “black satin with slight tonal sparkle.” It’s a dark black with a satiny sheen. It had so-so colorpayoff, due to its slightly dry, powdery texture. It wasn’t as blendable as I expected, and when you have a richer black eyeshadow like this, it’s important to have that blendability. On me, the color stayed true for eight and a half hours before fading. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Anastasia Black Diamond (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Lovesick (LE, $18.00) has more sparkle. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Lights Down (P) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Urban Decay Gunmetal Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
Urban Decay Gunmetal Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

Urban Decay Gunmetal Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($19.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “black with black and silver sparkle.” It’s a mix of black and silver glitter suspended on a clear base. Tarina Tarantino Black Diamond (P, $16.00) has more black in it. NARS 47th Street (LE, $24.00) is a pencil eyeliner with a black base. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner formula is described as a “water-based, buildable formula [that] contains super-fine glitter in a clear base that dries down quickly and stays put.” It had decent color coverage, though it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage — anything more and it was three or four layers and started to actually feel heavy on the skin. The consistency is thin and watery, and it’s best applied in short strokes, which maximizes the payoff but also ensures more even distribution of the glitter. The majority of the glittery bits stayed in place over an eight-hour period, though there were a few stray ones here and there.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a new powder eyeshadow formula that’s available in thirty shades. I thought I’d try these three next, as purples are notorious for being difficult to do well, so I wanted to see if Milani’s newest formula could rise to the occasion.

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink.” It’s a light, icy pink with cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was richly pigmented. The texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, but almost buttery and dense. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is smoother. Bobbi Brown Pink Lily (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Violet (14) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering violet purple.” It’s a muted, medim purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and then it intensified to semi-opaque coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was drier, a little more powdery and prone to disappearing–it did not adhere well to the skin. I tried applying it with a dampened brush on the lid, and it still just didn’t seem to layer or build well. What color managed to stick to the skin stayed on for seven hours. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is warmer. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Purple (15) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich purple satin matte.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque, softer color, while applied damp, it was richer, smoother, and more opaque. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it was easy to blend on the skin. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #2 (P) is lighter. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Night Bird Eyeliner
NARS Night Bird Eyeliner

NARS Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a new set of eyeliners available in four shades debuting this fall. They are being added to the permanent range, and they are black-based with colored pearl. The consistency of these was stiff, so they did tug somewhat at the lash line and didn’t apply with rich, opaque color coverage. They required three to four passes if you wanted a really solid line, though I found short, back-and-forth strokes to be the best application method for these due to the stiffer consistency. All four wore up to ten hours on me before I saw some very slight fading and a little migration to the outer corner of the lid, but they were quite long-wearing once they were on. At the price, I’d recommend checking out NARS Eye Paints, as it is a better formula with far more product (and $1 more), and three shades are similar to three of the pencils here.

NARS Night Bird Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with purple pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with violet and plum shimmer. It was sheer and more of a faded, warm-toned black with a couple of bits of purple shimmer here and there in one stroke. When I tried to layer it, I was able to semi-opaque color, but it didn’t layer evenly, so it doesn’t give a really rich, solid line of color. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Permaplum (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Tatar (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Clubbing Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a softened, medium black with warm undertones and a very, very slight gold shimmer (which is almost imperceptible once applied). It was semi-sheer when applied in one stroke, but this one built up better and layered to mostly opaque coverage. MAC Local Wares (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Avenue (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Flight Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with cobalt blue pearl.” It’s a dark black with navy blue shimmer, so it looks more like a pearly, blackened blue. It was semi-sheer when applied in one go, and then it built up to mostly opaque coverage, though it was a bit uneven. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Night Trail (P, $20.00) is similar. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is is lighter. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Porter Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and cool-toned, emerald green shimmer. It had sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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