Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow
Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow

Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a dark, smoky brown with cool, gray undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that just a smidgen on the powdery side but remained blendable and easy to use on the lid. The color lasted for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is lighter. bareMinerals Panorama (LE) is grayer. Kat Von D Dark Throne (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned taupe with a soft, plummy-mauve influence and a satin finish. it had good pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture had a soft, finely-milled, velvety feel to it that wasn’t powdery. This shade wore well for nine hours before showing signs of wear. MAC Rose Blend #2 (LE) is grayer. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and it had a creamy, buttery texture that was easy to work with on the skin. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is lighter. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is darker. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is more beige. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is more beige. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M548 Pink Gray Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and while the texture was soft, silky, and blendable, it was on the powdery side. It applied decently over bare skin, but it’s the type of matte finish that would be best over a primer (or if you have oilier lids, it should be okay). On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is darker, cream. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is a touch lighter.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm brown with just a smidgen of gray and a pearly sheen. It seems to be more of a brown than taupe. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on so smoothly! The texture was equally lovely: buttery, smooth, and blendable. On the lid, the color stayed didn’t show signs of fading for eight and a half hours. This shade is part of the Artist Palette. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is warmer. LORAC Chrome (P) is darker. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is warmer, cream. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Pewter (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, velvety texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It was very blendable and lasted for eight hours. LORAC Unspoken (P) is a little lighter. Makeup Geek Mocha (P, $5.99) is darker. Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is similar. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is similar. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup Artist Shadow

Some of the first eyeshadows I had to try from the Make Up For Ever 30th Anniversary Palette were the brights. I really love their new eyeshadow formula, because everything is so much more pigmented, blendable, long-wearing, and just all-around easy to use. The texture of some of the shades really borders on a cream or gel eyeshadow, as they feel quite creamy but really look and perform much like traditional powder eyeshadow. They feel very different from their previous range, with the exception of the mattes, which are more finely-milled and velvety, though at times they can be a little powdery.

Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, sunshine yellow with a frosted sheen. It had excellent full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Chanel Admiration (114) (P, $29.50) is a cream product, more muted. MAC Ever So Yellow (LE, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $5.99) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is warmer, more golden. Fyrinnae Banana Mochi (P, $6.80) is lighter, less shimmery. NARS Flowers 1 #5 (LE, $24.00) is darker. NARS Corcovado (P, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Sunny Outlook (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Bright Sunshine (P, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, yellowed chartreuse with a pearly sheen and warm undertones. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, soft texture that applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing slightly. MAC Lisa’s Spikes (LE, $15.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Thrash (P) is more matte. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned green-teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable while feeling almost cream-like. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing, and it just barely stained the lid (I couldn’t really tell except when I looked for it, and it was gone by morning). MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted, less shimmery. Sephora Collection Picnic in the Park (07) (P, $13.00) is greener, brighter. Make Up For Ever #52 (LE, $23.00) is warmer, cream product. NYX Seafoam Green (P, $4.50) is more muted. NARS Misfit #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is lighter, cream. MAC Surf USA (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Sugarpill Midori (P, $12.00) is greener, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff and had a soft, smooth texture that applied evenly. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. This shade is also in the Artist Palette, and I found this one to be slightly creamier in consistency. Stila Sapphire (P) is brighter. Giorgio Armani #18 (P, $32.00) is darker. Urban Decay Madness (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Friend Like Me (LE) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is warmer, brighter. Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Haight (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Aquas #3 (P) is similar. Sugarpill Magpie (P, $12.00) is darker, more shimmery. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl Eyeshadow Quad
Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl Eyeshadow Quad

Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes four shades is a mix of peach and purple. The color payoff, texture, and wear of the three of the four shades is really nice, but I wasn’t keen on the more glittery shade as it was sheerer and had a fair amount of fall out while worn. I also wished for more finish variation, as the overall look is rather metallic applied.

This brand has been available (along with this particular quad) for awhile in the UK, and I bought this from Selfridges, but it will be available stateside at Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Beautylish, NET-A-PORTER today, September 2nd.

The Uptown Girl #1 is a golden peach with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. The consistency was soft and buttery, but it didn’t go on quite as smoothly as desired–almost like it was too soft–so I would recommend picking up less product than you think. It had good color payoff, and the eyeshadow lasted for nine hours before fading. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P) is darker. LORAC Beige (P) is less shimmery. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is less warm-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is darker, more muted. Urban Decay Flow (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Uptown Girl #2 is a gray-ish purple with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth, while the color didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P) is darker, less shimmery. YSL Saharienne #5 (P) is lighter. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #16 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Pearled Earth (P, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $18.00) is darker, less shimmery. Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is warmer. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Uptown Girl #3 is a light, warm-toned peach with a glittery finish. It was semi-sheer, and it had an almost wet-like texture that was thinner than the other shades. This shade seemed best patted over another color, rather than used on its own. I had moderate fall out while I wore this, unfortunately, so you may find an adhesive or cream eyeshadow base helpful. MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is darker, less glittery. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Pastelluxe #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Uptown Girl #4 is a medium-dark, warm-toned, muted purple with a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that went on evenly as the consistency of the powder was soft and finely-milled. It wore well for eight and a half hours when I tested it. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is more sparkly, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P) is darker. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is brighter. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is brighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Eyeshadow Palette ($250.00 for 30 x 0.08 oz.) is a limited edition palette to commemorate Make Up For Ever’s 30th anniversary. It’s available online through Sephora for VIB Rouges now (yesterday, it just said VIBs… today it says VIB Rogues) and will open up to everyone on the 9th. I pre-ordered and purchased mine from a Make Up For Ever boutique. Stock in boutiques is really low–the one I went to had 10 (all spoken for) and that was “a lot” of stock relative to other boutiques around the country, so your best bet is likely through Sephora (and probably online).

First, I plan to review all of the shades in the set, but I will likely review a few at a time so that reviews can come out sooner rather later (30 will take awhile to test for wear), so this post is to share photos and swatches of all of the shades included. Now, a few notes/observations:

  1. All of the shades included in the palette are part of the permanent Artist Shadow range, so you can purchase any of the shades individually/separately from this palette.
  2. Each eyeshadow is full-sized, and the cheapest a non-Pro person can purchase the Artist Shadows for is $14.33 each (excluding palettes/compacts), which makes the palette at least a value of $429.90. If you just take the price of each individual shade ($21, excluding compact), it would be $630. For me, this was the most budget-friendly way to get Make Up For Ever’s new eyeshadows to put in the Swatch Gallery for future reference. If you like more than 18 eyeshadows, then you would get your money’s worth.
  3. Each shade is removable, so you could always rearrange or move to other palettes/storage solutions.
  4. If you purchased the Artist Palette, there are several repeats here: M536 Milk Tea, I550 Olive Gray, ME230 Peacock Blue, ME930 Black Purple.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Eyeshadow Quad
Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Eyeshadow Quad

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes four shades that range from beige to taupe to dark brown. Overall, it’s a decent to good set of shades, and I think it hinges on how much you love (or loathe) glitter, because the glittery shade does have fall out issues throughout wear. It’s pretty, but you will find glittery bits all over the face by the end of the day. The darker brown shade is buildable, but it could have been more pigmented. All four shades were easy to blend and apply to the lid, and they worked well together.

This brand has been available (along with this particular quad) for awhile in the UK, and I bought this from Selfridges, but it will be available stateside at Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Beautylish, NET-A-PORTER today, September 2nd.

The Rock Chick #1 is a light, gray-ish beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff that had a soft, buttery texture that was easy to apply and blend on the skin. The color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Air (P) is cooler-toned. LORAC Chrome (P) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is darker. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is darker. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Benefit RSVP (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Rock Chick #2 is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a pearly sheen. It had excellent pigmentation and a soft, finely-milled consistency that worked well on the skin. I didn’t see any fading until after nine hours of wear. Tarte Cashmere Scarf (LE) is darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE) is darker, warmer, Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is a touch darker. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is warmer. LORAC Chrome (P) is a little lighter. Dior Pastel Fontanges #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is warmer. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Rock Chick #3 is a glittering, warm-toned taupe with larger sparkle. The consistency had a slicker, almost wet-like, feel to it, while it was thinner yet still quite pigmented. Applied, the color itself wore well for eight and a half hours, but there was a moderate amount of fall out over time. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is less glittery. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is less glittery. Stila Substance (P)is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Rock Chick #4 is a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, but a smidgen powdery. It builds and layers well, but it’s not as pigmented as the other shades. Applied, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE) is similar. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Foreshadow (P) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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