Friday, February 27th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) are a really fun, interesting formula that’s one of the better liquid-to-powder eyeshadow formulas I’ve tried. They can be worn together as a more blended, complex look (see this post), opaque, all-over shade, or sheerer wash of color. The formula starts of as a thinner liquid with an almost cool feeling against the skin, and once it dries down, it transforms into a powder product; it remains blendable even after it “dries” for about a minute, because it really just looks, feels, and acts like a powder eyeshadow. If you press your fingertip to the dried down results, a bit of color will transfer to your fingertip (not all of it, and it is in line with the same effect as accidentally touching your fingertip to your eye with powder eyeshadow). It feels weightless, comfortable, and doesn’t “shrink” on the lid. Giorgio Armani markets these as having 16-hour wear, which isn’t quite what I get, but the formula wears twelve to fourteen hours on me, which is longer than most powder eyeshadows for me.

I’m not sure that this is the best packaging/applicator for the formula, as some of the shades (though none of the four featured in this review) were inconsistent–I would pull the applicator out of the tube, and it would be intensely pigmented with a slightly thicker consistency, but every once in awhile, the pull would yield a thinner, more watery texture that was prone to sheering out (as if it wasn’t fully mixed). They’re easiest to use all-over, and the neutral shades like the ones in this post are excellent for that purpose, but if you want to use a few together, you might just want to prepare for a practice run if you’ve never worked with a formula like this before. It doesn’t take long to get the hang of it, by any means, but it’s not quite foolproof!

Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a murky, rosy pink with gray-ish mauve coloring and a golden shimmer-sheen. The color has a lot of nuances to it, and it can be more of a chameleon once you start pairing it with other shades. It was thin with a very spreadable consistency, but it was semi-opaque. It built up well to opaque color in two layers, if desired. The color wore well for twelve hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented and applied with opaque color, though you could use less or blend it out for a softer look. The color lasted for fourteen hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes (11) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark golden brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had flecks of pink and copper micro-sparkle. The consistency was thin without being watery, easily spread across the skin, and wore well for fourteen hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a brightened, golden champagne with a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to fully opaque coverage with two layers–it seemed a bit more pigmented when I applied it with a synthetic brush in practice compared to using the included applicator. The texture was a little thinner compared to top-performing shades but applied smoothly and blended well on the eyelid. It stayed on well for twelve and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015

NARS Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of warm pink and plum. The formula can be used wet or dry, with dry application yielding a “bold flush,” while damp application gives a “translucent wash of color.” The blushes perform best when applied dry, as they blend and diffuse with little effort and have decent wear (though wear definitely is longer and improved with a damp application). Applying either damp is trickier, as you lose a lot of the ability to blend, and it’s really more like tugging and dabbing color into place, but it never appears as nicely diffused and blended as dry application does. Damp application also means you have to contend with potentially emphasizing pores due to shimmery finishes getting amplified; the lighter shade in the duo didn’t seem to do so, but the darker shade will get very metallic quickly if you aren’t careful (and will take a lot of work to tamp it back down). The texture of the blushes is soft and smooth to the touch, but the powder itself has a firmer press, so really soft, feathery brushes (like Chikuhodo Zs, SUQQU, etc.) do not work well with these in particular. I primarily used MAC 159s when applying these, as they worked well for both dry and damp application methods.

Fervor (Left) is described as a “shimmering, soft pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a silvery shimmer. The pigmentation was similar both wet and dry–mostly opaque–but dampened application made the color two to three shades darker and intensified the shimmery effect in the finish. Luckily, while it has noticeable shimmer, it doesn’t intensify to the point where it’s harder to apply; it stayed luminous without emphasizing pores regardless of application method. On me, the blush lasted for seven hours applied dry and eight hours applied damp. LORAC Underrated (LE) is darker, more matte. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is more matte. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is more matte, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is warmer. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fervor (Right) is described as a “sparkling deep coppery rose.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery brown with pink and gold shimmer for a more frosted finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, frosted finish. Applied damp, it was darker, bolder, and nearly metallic. It is a lot harder to work with damp than dry, so my recommendation is to apply dry unless you really need the color intensify of damp application, but be prepared for a lot of buffing and/or dusting of translucent powder to tamp it down. Just blending the damp product is significantly harder, whereas dry application feels nearly effortless. Applied damp, the metallic finish emphasizes the skin’s natural texture and any pores in the area. Applied dry, it wore well for eight hours, and applied damp, it lasted for eight and a half hours. This one was more of a chameleon between dry and damp applications, as it takes on a stronger rosy/plum color damp compared to how warm and copper it is dry. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE) is rosier. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is redder. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is redder. NARS Mauritanie (LE, $39.00) is a cream, matte. Chanel Canaille (89) (LE, $45.00) is similar to the dry application, primarily. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is a cream. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is similar. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is slightly more plum. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Ambering Rose (P, $21.00) is warmer, brighter. MAC Stratus (LE, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Gucci Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Shadow Quad
Gucci Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Shadow Quad

Gucci Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Shadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a warm-toned, neutral palette. I thought it would be more neutral or even slightly cool-leaning, but it seemed rather warm in person. It’s decent to good, but it’s not perfect, and at this price point, the downsides hard to overlook–worsened by the fact that all four shades are rather dupable.

Tuscan Storm #1 is a light, yellowed gold with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Unlocked (P) is lighter. LORAC Sand (LE) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is slightly more beige. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Mystere #2 (LE) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is similar. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tuscan Storm #2 is a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and a pearly shimmer-sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but it wasn’t fully opaque, though it was buildable on the lid, yet it always appeared lighter applied than in the pan. The texture was thinner, lightly powdery but blendable. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is darker. LORAC Khaki (LE) is less shimmery. theBalm Epic (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Navy #5 (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Ska (P, $16.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #4 (P) is cooler-toned, lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is darker. Chanel Mystere #3 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tuscan Storm #3 is a muted, medium-dark caramel brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture felt incredibly silky and smooth without being powdery. It blended easily on the skin and lasted for seven and a half hours. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is yellower. Tarte Hazelnut Bon Bons (LE) is lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P) is darker. LORAC Sepia (LE) is rosier. Stila Individual (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Lt. Brown (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Frappe (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is similar. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tuscan Storm #4 is a deepened brown with warm, red undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery texture that felt a bit dry. The dryness made it a little harder to blend, though I think it wouldn’t be noticed if you normally use a primer. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Hourglass Monochrome #5 (P) is less shimmery. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is lighter. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is darker. LORAC Cocoa (P) is warmer. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is warmer. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is warmer. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Life’s Luxury (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is more of a highlighter/blush concept, as the lightest shade is most similar to other gold highlighters we’ve seen in the past. The formula is a lot easier to work with dry, as it blended nicely and just didn’t take nearly as much effort to work into the skin as a damp application. If you wear foundation underneath these, I would recommend great care and some brush experimentation when using the formula damp, as using NARS’ Wet/Dry Blush Brush lifts the color and doesn’t blend the color well at all. I think this duo was a lot more flattering on the skin, as the texture wasn’t emphasized terribly (compared the first one I reviewed).

If you missed my initial review of this formula, you can find it here, but it went into more detail about the formula. As a recap, NARS is touting these as a wet/dry formula with the wet formula yielding a “translucent wash of color,” which is really the opposite of my experience, as applying either shade with a dampened brush intensifies both the color and the finish (if it has any shimmer)–this would have rated a B+ if it was described as most wet/dry formulas were (including their own Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula, which is damp application yields greater pigment/intensity).

Frenzy (Left) is described as a “sparkling soft pink-gold highlighter.” It’s a brightened, true yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. I don’t see any pink in the pan, whether from afar, up-close, or when swatched (wet or dry). The texture is firmly packed, and this was a shade that yielded only so-so color coverage with brushes but will yield better pigmentation if you use your fingertips. It had a luminous finish that gave the skin a sheen (and didn’t give me much color, but I’m medium in color) without emphasizing pores. It wore well for seven hours. When I applied it damp, it was more pigmented and significantly more shimmery, but it only slightly emphasized pores and wore well for eight hours. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is very similar. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Frenzy (Right) is described as a “shimmering bright tangerine orange.” It’s a medium-dark orange with warm, yellow-red undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. The texture was softer while still being smooth. Applied dry, you’ll get semi-opaque coverage with a softer quality to it, while the finish appears more satiny on the skin. I was able to get seven and a half hours of wear when I applied it dry. When I tried using the blush damp, the color payoff was deeper and richer with a more pronounced shimmery sheen. It was harder to blend and work with when used damp, though it lasted for nine hours. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is slightly redder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, redder. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) iis darker. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is more muted. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is similar. NARS Luster (P, $29.00) is lighter, yellower, more shimmery. MAC My Paradise (LE, $28.00) is similar when mixed. MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is darker, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with larger dark champagne sparkle. The texture was soft, but it was dry, which made it apply less smoothly. It was also more prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. The eyeshadow wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Colour Pop XO (P, $5.00) is a cream product. LORAC Uninhibited (P) is lighter. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is similar. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is yellower. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is less sparkly. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is more sparkly. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #19 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a brightened, cornflower blue with iridescent bluish-teal shimmer and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it didn’t build up much more than that when I tried layering it. It’s the kind of shade that needs a white, tacky primer to really pop, or else apply it over a black cream eyeshadow for a really iridescent sheen. The texture was slightly powdery, though blendable. It wore well for seven hours before fading. Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is darker. Hello Kitty Dear Daniel (LE) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Dior Rivage #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #429 (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #23 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) isa brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled consistency that was slightly powdery, though it didn’t sheer out readily so it retained most of its pigmentation when applied to the skin. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, cream product. Sugarpill Charmy (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is pinker, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Mango Tango (P, $5.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Arabian Sunset (LE) is darker. L’Oreal Cherie Merie (LE, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches
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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Lancome My French Palette
Lancome My French Palette

Lancome My French Palette ($58.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes nine shades with two that double as powder eyeliners. Six of the nine shades are neutrals, and then two are in the teal family with one blackish-gray. The formula used in the palette really needs an eyeshadow primer in order for the majority of the shades to have good color coverage and smooth, even application, as it had a more powder quality that made it harder to apply to bare skin (or else it would sheer out immediately as the product didn’t stick well).

My French #1 is a very light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a soft but powdery texture that absolutely requires a base to perform decently. It faded within six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #2 is a pinky mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Another shade that was somewhat powdery and resulted in so-so pigmentation. It lasted for six hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #3 is a pinky-peach–more pink than peach–with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery, dusty texture. The color only lasted for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #4 is a bright, metallic beige with warm undertones. The texture was so soft that it applied thickly, where the powder bunched up on itself, so it can emphasize the texture on the lids or lines/wrinkles. It had intense color payoff, and it did wear well for eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #5 is a peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that wasn’t powdery. It applied well and stayed on for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #6 is a rich, bronzy brown with a metallic finish and warm, reddish undertones. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, dense, buttery texture that went on well. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #7 is a light-medium, aqua teal with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was a little dry to work with, which made blending unnecessarily difficult. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #8 is a muted, bluish-teal with a satiny sheen. The texture was on the drier, stiffer side and difficult to blend or apply in a solid line (as eyeliner). I couldn’t even use this wet at all–using it wet made the surface harden. It lasted for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #9 is a gray-ish black with subtle shimmer. It had excellent pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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