Thursday, August 14th, 2014

 

bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Designer Label Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is an earth-toned set of shades. It’s new and permanent and features the brand’s Ready formula, which is one of my all-time favorite formulas on the market. All four shades have been released before… technically. I found a couple of color differences between the shades in this palette and their original releases in limited edition palettes (see below).

Ball Gown (V2) is described as a “nude sheen.” It’s a brightened, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had really nice color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, while the color wore well for ten hours before fading (though their claim is 12-hour wear). So, last holiday, there was an eyeshadow named Ball Gown in a limited edition quad (see here), but this shade is different–it is several shades lighter and yellowy, rather than more like a peach. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is more muted. LORAC Beige (P) is less shimmery. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is slightly more muted. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is darker, more orange. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is lighter, yellower. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Flow (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tres Chic is described as an “apricot creme.” It’s a light peach with yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that lasted for nine and a half hours before fading. This was released originally in The September Issue, but I found that the version in this quad is slightly lighter–it’s not as noticeable of a difference as the one between Ball Gown and its original release (more within “reason,” I guess). Makeup Geek Beaches and Cream (P, $5.99) is pinker. Disney by Sephora Flounder (LE) is yellower. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $15.00) is darker. MAC Bamboo (P, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #328 (P, $6.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Elitist is described as a “glistening olive.” It’s a medium-dark, olive brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff that was easy to blend and apply to the lid. It wore well for almost ten hours before creasing. This was released originally in The Wild Thing and The Star Treatment. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is cooler-toned. Kat Von D Disintegration (P) is browner. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is similar. NARS Paramaribo #2 (LE, $24.00) is more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Couture is described as a “glimmering clove.” It’s a dark brown with olive undertones–so it leans a smidgen green at times–and a pearly sheen. It had very nice pigmentation, and the consistency was soft, buttery, and easy to work with. On me, the color didn’t start to crease until after ten hours of wear. The September Issue, and it was an exact match in color for the one in this quad. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is similar. Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is similar. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is warmer. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is greener. See comparison swatches /
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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains six eyeshadows; five have matte finishes, one has a more satiny finish. The palette leans cool-toned, but I didn’t find it to be strongly cool-toned across the board. The palette is the same size as the previous Naked Basics palette, though this one has a slightly different color and has lighter lettering. The quality is good overall, but the darkest shade is under-pigmented and a little harder to blend, and most of the matte shades were a little powdery, though they’re soft and didn’t look dry or powdery on the lid.

It will launch on Urban Decay’s website on August 19th, but it will be available at the usual suspects like Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, Beauty.com on August 28th.

Skimp is described as a “pale nude satin.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with a satin finish. It is warmer and has a peach tone to it that wasn’t present when this was released in the Feminine palette (which looks pink-ish). The difference is subtle, and once applied to the skin, blended out, and so forth, it isn’t noticeably different–but it may be more noticeable if you are very cool or very warm-toned. It had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable but thinner than is typical for Urban Decay (and less dense/buttery compared to the previous version I have). It lasted for eight hours before fading on me. LORAC Navy #1 (LE) is darker. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is similar. Divergent Serene Vanilla (LE) is lighter. MAC Warm Breeze (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. Clarins The Essentials #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Magnate (LE) is lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stark is described as a “nude-pink matte.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with a matte finish and soft, warm undertones. It may be hard to see against my skin tone, as it is very similar to it, but it had good pigmentation, though it was slightly powdery. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Peach for the Stars (LE) Bobbi Brown Truffle (LE, $22.00) is darker. Anastasia Cream (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Habit (LE, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. MAC Malt (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frisk is described as a “warm gray matte.” It’s a light-medium taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation had potential, but the somewhat powdery consistent made it so a lot of the pigment didn’t adhere to the skin, which resulted in decent color payoff but not great. If you normally use a primer, you should be okay. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker, cream. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cover is described as a “muted red-brown matte.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a matte finish. This shade was excellent: great pigmentation, a beautifully soft but buttery and blendable texture, and lasted for just over eight hours before fading. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker, cream. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker, less matte. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Primal is described as a “muted brown matte.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. LORAC Navy #3 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is similar. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is warmer. theBalm Sultry (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Secret Service (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Namaste (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undone is described as a “deep, smoky brown matte.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had poorer color payoff, and it had a thinner, more powdery consistency that just didn’t apply well. I had trouble blending this shade with the others when I used it in the crease. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE) is darker. LORAC Cool Gray (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is darker. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is darker. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. This might be better titled as “Purpleluxe,” since it’s more like variations on purple than plum. It’s characterized by a lot of glitter, sparkle, and metallic finishes, which makes it harder to wear on its own as the powdery, sometimes crumbly, quality of the glittery shades shows up on the lids and creates a lot of fall out both during application as well as throughout the time I wore them. I think the way the Veluxe Pearlfusion formula sparkles can be really pretty, but they can be such a high maintenance product to apply/wear.

Plumluxe #1 is described as a “frosty white.” It’s a glittering, bright white with a metallic finish and subtle warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry and more opaque pigmentation when applied damp. The texture wasn’t glittery exactly, but it wasn’t smooth–almost crumbly where flecks of sparkle/shimmer acted more like chunks. I had a lot of fall out with this shade when I wore it. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is less glittery. Tarina Tarantino Glinda’s Kiss (LE) is less glittery. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is more muted. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #2 is described as a “white pink with pearl.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned, light-medium pink with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had sheer color that was very powdery when applied dry, which was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It had moderate fall out when worn, though the color itself didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $3.99) is less glittery. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is less glittery. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is less glittery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is similar. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is darker. Urban Decay SWF (P, $18.00) is less glittery. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #3 is described as a “lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver and white sparkle/shimmer. It had a more glittery, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and a bit crumbly, and applied with a dampened brush produced smoother, more pigmented results. I had some fall out with this shade when I wore it, though the color didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is darker. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly, darker. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is darker, less sparkly. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #4 is described as a “dark purple with light pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly shimmer. It was sheer and powdery when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush, which helped most of the powderiness. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #5 is a dark gray with a pearly sheen and subtle,c ool undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer but not powdery, and then applied damp, it was slightly more pigmented. The color lasted for almost eight hours before fading. There is a surprisingly amount of shades very similar to this — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) contains a light and medium-dark shade for a quick and easy eye that can be created with just these two shades. They’re easily combined with other eyeshadows in your stash, but they worked well together as a duo. Both shades were easy to use, good quality, and long-wearing. As a heads up, Presto was featured in a limited edition holiday gift set last year (see my post here); Flicker was featured in a holiday palette from 2012 (which I don’t recall reviewing).

Presto is described as a “cool champagne sheen.” It’s a golden champagne with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. I kind of get what they mean by “cool champagne,” but it’s still a warmer shade. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was blendable and lasted for eleven hours before creasing slightly. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is lighter. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is more beige. MAC Greenluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is more beige, darker. MAC Ricepaper (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flicker is described as an “antique bronze.” It’s an earthy, olive brown with a subtle green sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and dense, though it was just a bit powdery. It wore well for almost twelve hours before fading. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is slightly greener. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is greener. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is darker, greener. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever #148 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner
Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner ($45.00 for 3 x 0.002 oz.) is described as an “ultra black.” It’s a dark black with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. There are plenty of similar-hued black eyeliners on the market. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be waterproof, long-wearing, transfer-free, and pigmented. The consistency is creamy without being too wet, but it glides on smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lash line or skin. It is very thin, so you can get really precise lining out of it, which can be nice for tight-lining. It was semi-opaque in a single line, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two layers. I had a lot of trouble with wear, though. I applied it to my lower lash line, and after wearing it on seven different occasions, every time it smeared and smudged after six hours. I honestly thought maybe it was my mascara, but I had the same issue over and over again. I think what it excels at most is really precision–it is so much thinner than other eyeliners I have, so you can really get between lashes for a lusher, thicker lash line if desired. It just doesn’t last very well on me at all, and rather than just fading/thinning into oblivion, it transfers (it goes from my lower lash line to my inner tear duct area) and smudges, which can ruin a makeup look. On my hand, it is resistant to pure water, but with enough fussing, it will budge.

I appreciated that Hourglass was upfront about how many uses each pencil contains, though I’m curious as to what constitutes a single use (lower lash line, upper lash line, or both? both eyes?). Each pencil contains 0.002 oz., and most twist-up pencil eyeliners are 0.01 oz., so this is a teeny, tiny amount. Most gel eyeliners (in pots) are 0.10 oz. or larger. They’re sold in a three-pack for $45 or individually for $16 (at Sephora/Hourglass’ website only for singles). Anyone track how many uses they normally get out of a twist-up pencil? I might just go draw twenty lines with mine to see if it empties the container. You know, in the name of science.

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Friday, August 8th, 2014

Dior Trafalgar (876) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Trafalgar (876) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Trafalgar (876) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of pinks, golds, and plums. It’s one of the five new (and permanent) variations added to the 5 Couleurs range. It was a lot better than Pied de Poule, so my experience with the range is mixed (I only bought two, and I don’t have plans to buy others at this time) but consistent with my experience using Dior’s eyeshadow palettes in general. Some are amazing, some are completely and utter disappointments, and some are in-between. Trafalgar didn’t have any major misses; all five shades had fairly good pigmentation, wore well without fall out or fading issues, and were easy enough to use.

Trafalgar #1 is a light, warm-toned pink with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft but a little powdery/dry. It wore well for eight hours before fading on me. MAC Eggplant Blend #1 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is smoother. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC A Party of Pastels #2 (P, $21.00) is similar. Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is similar. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Glitterati (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trafalgar #2 is an iridescent, pink and gold-tinged white–almost like a duochrome (but it is fairly subtle) that has a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that applied well enough and was easy to blend. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before I saw fading. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler-toned. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) is less pink. MAC Winterscape (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Solar White (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trafalgar #3 is a rich, brightenred red-berry with warm, orange-red undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fantastic color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly. I was really surprised at how lovely this shade was, and it really made me wonder why the satin/matte finishes in Pied de Poule were so poor in comparison. On me, the color stayed true for eight and a half hours before creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is more orange, more muted. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker, more shimmery, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trafalgar #4 is a muted, medium-dark gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that went on fairly evenly, which wore well for eight hours. MAC My Fantasy (LE, $15.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. LORAC Navy #4 (LE) is darker. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is cooler-toned, less yellow/gold. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Trafalgar #5 is a dark, burgundy brown with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen dry. The color didn’t show any fading or creasing until after eight and a half hours of wear. NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is darker.Too Faced Soiree (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #4 (LE) is darker. Inglot #423 (P, $6.00) is slightly browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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