Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma (216) Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is mix of pinks and neutrals with most shades running slightly warm, though two are cooler-toned. There are two mattes, while the other five are more frosted/metallic. I liked them individually more than I liked them together, personally (I think there are perhaps too many mid-tones for my liking), and I felt like they worked better if one only used two or three shades at a time. There were no duds in the palette at all, and that is always an impressive feat for a palette that goes over four or five shades. I had no issues getting good pigmentation to show up on bare skin, even with the more matte shades, which made it easy to use.

The Enigma #1 is described as a “matte caviar black.” It’s a deep, dark black with a matte finish. It seems to have a subtle warm undertone but appears mostly neutral applied (from what I can tell!). It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t too powdery and remained blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. It is a basic shade, so there are plenty of similar shades out there that you may already have. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #2 is described as a “deep gray pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with a frosted, silver-ish sheen with very fine teal micro-shimmer (it gives it an almost bluish cast at times). It had nice color coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use and lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #3 is described as a “metallic slate green.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-leaning pewter–more silver than gold, but there’s a golden sheen that gives it a more pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was smooth and almost creamy to the touch. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #4 is described as a “peony pearl with gold glitter.” It’s a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. I don’t know where they get the glitter part of the description from, because in the pan and when swatched, I don’t see it. If it’s there, it’s in such a minuscule quantity (but normally you’d see it in the pan!). It lasted for eight hours well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #5 is described as a “soft pink matte.” It’s a brightened, pastel pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Despite the lightness, it didn’t look or feel chalky at all, and instead, it was soft, smooth, and silky with excellent color payoff. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #6 is described as a “metallic taupe with iridescent shimmer.” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It’s not what I would describe as taupe (far too warm, even in the pan, it doesn’t look very gray-tinged). The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was buttery and rich. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Enigma #7 is described as a “rosy champagne pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, medium peach-brown with a metallic sheen. The consistency was soft and smooth, while it blended beautifully on the lid and had excellent pigmentation. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

For spring, there are four new shades of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to a “brilliantly reflective look” that can be applied wet or dry (the brand recommends applying with fingertips). It’s supposed to have “sophisticated” sparkle and not “chunky glitter.” They’re really pretty and dazzling, and they’re certainly going to be more reflective and sparkly in person or as they move than in a still shot. That being said, there is a fair amount of fall out applying these, and there is some fall out over time (it is surprisingly less than you’d expect, given just how packed these are with sparkle!). The sparkle is finer than true glitter, and the flecks love to adhere to my under eye area. It seems like only full makeup remover and a cotton pad or tape will remove the majority. The texture feels fairly smooth in the pan and almost has a wet consistency. They tend to work best with a dampened brush (wetter than I’d normally use for a regular eyeshadow as well).

Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic white with iridescent 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a sparkly, bright white with flecks of white sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry, and it was semi-opaque applied with a damp brush. I had a noticeable amount of fall out during wear, though the color didn’t crease for eight hours. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is sheerer. Chanel Fantasme (P, $36.00) is not as bright. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light purple with pink-blue 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a muted, blackened purple with a hint of gray and pink and blue sparkle (the pink almost looks copper at times). It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied damp. The texture was finer, and the sparkle seemed to bind better with this shade (perhaps because the base was more pigmented). While the color itself lasted for eight hours, there was fall out during wear. Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte black with gold 3D sparkle.” It is a muted, dark black with warm undertones with more of a satin-matte finish topped off with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle doesn’t translate as well on the lid compared to other shades, which may be due to the more matte (and more opaque) base color, but it also seemed less sparkly in general. It was easier to work with, and it had less fall out, but it looked more like a satiny black applied (it darkened with little sparkle). It lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is less golden. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic pink-red with green 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper-brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a bluish-teal duochrome. The duochrome was more present on the lid than swatched, but it will perform best when layered over a darker base (the reddish tones will work in the background and let the duochrome sparkle come to the foreground). The color payoff was semi-opaque both wet and dry, but the dry application made the product apply more smoothly. This particular shade seemed chunkier, not as smooth as the other shades. It lasted for eight hours without creasing, but there was a fair amount of fall out that went on throughout wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE) is less sparkly. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is greener, less sparkly. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is less sparkly, stronger teal tone to it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, January 5th, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

For spring, there are four new shades of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) being added to the line-up. Urban Decay sent along several of the existing shades, and I almost thought they were reformulated, so I ended up swatching them (but they seemed the same as before) as well. Full reviews to come :)

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, pewter-gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s like a mix of gold, taupe, and gray, and I find it’s very brightening on the lid. The shade is richly pigmented with a soft, almost creamy consistency, that goes on like butter over the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It’s very smooth and had excellent color payoff that was easy to work with and blend on the skin. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture is ridiculously smooth and soft with a buttery, dense feel. It slides over the skin smoothly with intense pigmentation. It really was a dream to work with, and even better, it lasted for nine and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deepened brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was very soft and dense, and it was just slightly prone to thickening on the skin in the way that almost-cream-like-powders can. The pigmentation was incredible as a little went a long way. The color did last well for almost ten hours, though! See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned beige (there’s an almost gray cast over it) with a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dense but not really thin either. It felt a lot like a cream-powder hybrid to the touch. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “liquid-like true gold.” It’s a medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had very good color payoff that went on smoothly and was easy to work with on the lid as it blended beautifully. The color didn’t show any signs of creasing after ten hours of wear. LORAC Unlimited (P) is brighter. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #3 (LE) is a powder. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is a powder. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P, $16.00) is less yellow, powder. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter, powder. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is darker, powder. MAC Unwind (P, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is lighter, powder. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop La La Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true rose gold [with an Ultra Metallic finish].” It’s a muted, coppery-brown with a hint of pink and a frosted, metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, and it was easily applied with a brush or fingertip (whichever method you prefer, really, as the results were the same either way). I wore it for ten hours, and it still looked immaculate after that time period. It is part of the Down With Decorum six-piece set. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is darker. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is a powder. Stila Affection (P) is browner, powder. Makeup Geek Roulette (LE, $5.99) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. LORAC Unbelievable (P) is more muted, powder. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is a powder. Guerlain Les Fauves #4 (LE) is a powder. bareMinerals Imagine (P) is less copper, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Eve Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “dirty antique gold [with an Ultra Metallic finish].” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with a golden sheen. The color payoff was excellent with rich, full color coverage. The consistency was blendable, smooth, and applied beautifully to the skin, while the color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. It is part of the Down With Decorum six-piece set. Burberry Gold #2 (LE) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is a powder. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is warmer, powder. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is less golden, powder. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is less khaki, powder. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is powder. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is less khaki, powder. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is a powder. MAC Romp (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Mittens Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep warm brown [with a matte finish].” It’s a dark, burgundy-brown with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff that was easy to blend, but it is more prone to sheering out compared to the other shades featured in this review. It was easy to blend and work into the crease, though, so it is also forgiving. Once on, the color stayed on well for ten hours. This was a limited edition holiday set that was just released on its own as part of the matte collection. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE) is browner, powder. Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is much darker, powder. Make Up For Ever M608 Red Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $5.99) is redder, powder. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $15.00) is a powder. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.58 oz.) is new palette for spring that includes ten eyeshadows and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer. It’s new and permanent with an official release date of January 15th. It’s the same size (but in terms of the palette itself and amount of product you get) as the original, which is always nice to see. On the back of the packaging, it states that the “Shimmer Eye Shadows can be used wet,” whereas I think LORAC typically describes their eyeshadow formula (as a whole) is as a wet/dry one. I actually appreciate the distinction as many matte formulas don’t play well with water (the surface will harden). The really metallic shades definitely apply more smoothly with a dampened brush, but there’s a delicate balance in application with them due to their really soft, dense consistencies. If you over-apply damp, it can look almost wrinkled on the skin, and when you apply dry, the metallic shades almost crumble at times if you try to apply like a regular eyeshadow–use less than you think you need.

When you have the two palettes side-by-side, the original is distinctly pink-toned, while Gold is just that, gold–warmer, more coppery/brown. Here are the shades I thought were most similar to each other, but they weren’t really dupes:

  • Unreal (Original) | Unpredictable (Gold) — the latter is more metallic and has a stronger peachiness to it, and it looks more like a duochrome (that peachy-pink that we often see) whereas Unreal has less nuance to it and is more beige. (See side-by-side comparison.)
  • Unreal (Original) | Uninhibited (Gold) — the two appear more similar when you look at the pans, with Uninhibited clearly lighter and warmer (less rosy beige), but Uninhibited swatches significantly lighter than it appears, which makes it even more dissimilar to Unreal in practice. (See side-by-side comparison.)
  • Undiscovered (Original) | Unleashed (Gold) — the latter is brighter, richer, deeper and more metallic, while Undiscovered is softer, more faded/muted. (See side-by-side comparison.)

Undressed is a light, yellowed beige with a matte finish. The pigmentation was nice, while the texture was soft, silky, and smooth without being powdery or dusty. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Uninhibited is a warm-toned, golden beige with yellow undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer to semi-opaque; I felt like each time I used it, the color payoff varied (I even swatched just on my arm multiple times and had similar, varying results!). When I applied it with a dampened brush, it was more consistent and was closer to full coverage. This shade wore well without fading for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unpredictable is a brightened, peachy-coral with a gold frost/metallic sheen. The texture is incredibly soft, but buttery and dense, and it seems to apply and look chunky when used dry, as dry application almost gets too much product onto the brush in a single go. I found it easier to control using a dampened brush, as you could get smoother (but still opaque) color with less fuss. It does work dry, but be mindful of the texture, as it can bunch up! On me, the color wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undeniable is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that was easy to blend on the skin. The color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unedited is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft, but it was on the powdery side, so though it seemed really pigmented (and it will be, if you use a primer or base with it), it doesn’t stick as well to bare skin and results in it looking less opaque. On me, this shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unlocked is a brightened, white gold with a frosted, metallic finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color payoff when applied dry, but it looked more frosted rather than metallic, as it did when it was applied damp. The consistency was very soft and smooth, buttery and dense. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unlimited is a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was so soft and dense that it almost crumbled at times and didn’t go on as smoothly as you’d think it would. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unleashed is a brightened, rich molten copper with a metallic finish. It had rich color payoff both wet and dry, but the damp application gave it a brighter sheen, and it also made the product apply thicker. The consistency feels almost like a cream to the touch, but it was one of the shades that could be over-applied and in turn, bunch up on itself, with a damp application. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. There are so many similar shades to this, so chances are, you probably have something close already. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unwind is a medium, taupe-brown with warm, yellow-ish tones (almost ocher-like) and a mostly matte finish. It had really had nice color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, and with its very soft, smooth texture, it blended well during application. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unafraid is a deep, rich brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen–it’s not truly metallic unless really buffed into the skin. It had intense color payoff both wet and dry, and there was very little difference between the two application methods. This shade wore well for almost nine hours. I thought it was the best shade in the entire palette, as far as quality goes. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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