Sunday, February 8th, 2015

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows with a neutral theme. Five of the six eyeshadows are part of the permanent range, which may be a deal-breaker for long-time MAC fans. On the bright side, those five permanent eyeshadows are as good in the palette as they are individually. The only shade I had real trouble with was the limited edition color.

Each eyeshadow is 0.042 oz., which is slightly smaller than full size (0.05 oz.). Depending on how you want to calculate the value, if you take the equivalent price per ounce for single eyeshadows sold in pots, then the palette has a value of $80, and if you take the equivalent price per ounce for single eyeshadows sold in pans, then the palette has a value of $50 in eyeshadow + $10 for a palette to fit them in (since you can purchase five of the six shades in pan form, I think this comparison is the most useful).

Vapour is described as a “peach-pink with violet pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s an iridescent brightened white with a bluish sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was one of the weaker shades in the palette with respect to intensity. It was buildable, and it was easy to work with otherwise as it blended well. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Phloof! is described as a “frosted off-white [with a Frost finish].” It’s a pinky-beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and blended well. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Omega is described as a “soft muted beige-taupe [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation that was really soft and finely-milled, which made it easy to blend on the skin. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Quarry is described as a “soft muted plum-brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and silky, though a smidgen powdery, and the resulting color payoff was mostly opaque. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Satin Taupe is described as a “taupe with silver shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. The color payoff was excellent, while the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stroke of Midnight is described as a “black plum with sparkle pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened purple base (mostly black) with a dusting of multi-colored sparkle. It ends up looking mostly matte and like a soft, warm black applied, because the sparkles don’t really translate. The texture was a bit powdery and drier, and I found blending to be more troublesome, though not impossible. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

NARS Porto Venere Eye Paint
NARS Porto Venere Eye Paint

NARS Porto Venere Eye Paint ($25.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “soft pale pink.” It’s a light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE) is a powder product. Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE) is a powder product. MAC Rose Blend #1 (LE) is darker, powder. bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) is a powder product. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is a powder product. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is darker, powder. MAC Sensibility (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, powder. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Eye Paint formula, it’s supposed to be a long-wearing, richly pigmented gel eyeliner and eyeshadow. It’s actually a more unique shade (and finish) when it comes to a gel/cream formula, as the majority of similarly-colored shades went, they were powder eyeshadows. I could see this working well as an eyeshadow base to make colors more vibrant, too. I think it is better applied as a sheerer layer or wash of product than on its own, as it is only semi-opaque at best. Two or three thin layers will build up the color to mostly opaque coverage. It seems like it might be a workhorse for some, but it doesn’t really live up to pigmentation claims, though it lasted for twelve hours on me as an eyeliner and ten hours as a cream eyeshadow.

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline
MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline

MAC Little Black Bow Fluidline ($17.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “grey with silver pearl.” It’s a dark gray with subtle warm, brown undertones and a metallic sheen. MAC Counterfeit (P, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Starry Sky (P, $9.00) is darker. Urban Decay Moonspoon (LE, $19.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) (P, $25.00) is darker. Buxom I’ll Be Waiting (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was previously released, so you may want to check your stash for it if you’re a collector of Fluidlines. The consistency is thin, creamy, and spreadable on the skin, which makes it work well as both an eyeliner as well as a cream eyeshadow/base (if desired!). The texture seemed smoother with less noticeable sparkle–yet more of a sheen–than the one before it. The color applies best layered, as you’ll get more even, opaque results that way. It’s semi-opaque in a single layer otherwise. On me, it lasted for ten hours as an eyeliner on the lower lash line.

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Little Black Bow

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment
MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment

MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “black plum with plum pearl.” It’s a blackened purple with cool undertones and a pink shimmer that gives it a more frosted finish. Applied dry, it is less shimmery and goes on unevenly with so-so color payoff. Applied damp, it is more even and more pigmented, but it is hard to blend. The texture was fine but dry, so it wasn’t my favorite pigment to work with. It lasted for eight hours applied. L’Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Past Midnight #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. NARS High Society #3 (LE, $24.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pretty It Up Pigment ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “olive with pearlized pigments.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, sparky finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff applied wet or dry, but it is easier to work with damp, as there’s minimal fall out and the product goes on very smoothly. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. This shade was released as part of a holiday set, but the texture of the version in this collection is much finer and binds together a lot better. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is darker. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Stun (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Utopia (P, $6.99) is chunkier. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze (P, $28.00) is less sparkly, cream product. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is less sparkly. Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “fine white glitter with pearl sheen.” It’s pretty much as described–it’s very fine white glitter that when applied over a glitter adhesive looks more like a wet sheen than particles of glitter. This shade is part of the permanent range, and none of MAC’s Glitters are eye safe. As it is a loose glitter, it is best applied over some sort of adhesive base. I was rereading the description for MAC’s Glitters for this post, and MAC actually said it “can be applied directly to the skin.” When one does that, the product is messy to work with, and while some of the glitter sticks, a good deal of it doesn’t. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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7.5/10

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Pretty It Up

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It's pretty much as described--it's very fine white glitter that when applied over a glitter adhesive looks more like a wet sheen than particles of glitter.
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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft light gold with … flecks of … glitter.” It’s a sparkling, light-medium gold with a glittery, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, though the consistency was very smooth and lightly creamy, so it blended well on the skin. The color payoff was buildable to more opaque coverage, but there’s a fine line as you build to avoid it thickening as well. It lasted for nine hours but had noticeable fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop On the Rocks Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vibrant true bronze with gold and violet glitter.” It’s a brightened coppery bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. There was slight glitter in it, too, but it seemed primarily metallic applied. It was nicely pigmented, while the formula was creamy, blendable, and wore well for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Mooning Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich blackened bronze … with … pearlized glitter.” It’s a deepened bronze-shimmered brown with fine sparkle and a frost finish. It had rich color payoff that went on evenly with smooth color application. It wore well for ten hours before fading, but there was minor fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Bandit Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm rusty brown with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. It blends well on the skin, though it is more prone to sheering out slightly compared to the more shimmery shades in the range. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo
NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of orange and medium brown, both warm-toned shades. These actually applied with more pigmentation when pressed onto the skin with a fingertip, as brushes seemed to make them apply more sheerly with a muted quality to them, but the satiny brown goes on unevenly with that type of application, so you might opt for sponge-tipped applicators or use a slightly tacky base. The duo goes together, though there isn’t a lot of contrast, so it may be too subtle together for some.

St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) is described as a “shimmering nectarine.” It’s a brightened peachy-orange with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It applied fairly well with good color payoff, but there’s a dryness to the shade overall that seemed to make it look more muted on the lid. It was noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Apricot (LE) is darker. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P) is more muted. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is darker, less orange. Clarins The Essentials #3 (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is darker. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

St-Paul-de-Vence (Right) is described as a “chestnut.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little powdery and dry, so it tended to sheer out and fade more readily. It only lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Plum Ember (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Femme Fatale (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is darker. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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