Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Dolomites Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm-toned set of hues from NARS’ upcoming fall collection, which launches online July 15th on NARS (everywhere else on August 1st). This is another limited edition duo (like Jardin Perdu), and the texture, again, was reminiscent of Kauai, with its really dense, buttery feeling. Dolomites works particularly well together for a quick eye that needs no other products to complete (I don’t find all NARS’ duos to be as naturally complementary).

Dolomites (Left) is described as a “shiny rose quartz.” It’s a muted, medium plum with warm, pink undertones and a metallic sheen. It had decent to good color payoff, but it’s a shade that works better built up or applied with a slightly dampened brush to really sing. The texture feels soft, almost creamy, and very smooth (not powdery or loose at all). On me, the color stayed true for eight and a half hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Eve’s Kiss (P, $9.99) is less metallic. MAC Great Beyond #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is more golden. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolomites (Right) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a satiny shimmer over a mostly matte finish. The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled, but this shade was on the powdery side, so you’ll want to use a lighter touch with it when grabbing the color or tap off excess prior to applying it to the eyelid. It had really nice pigmentation, though, and it wore well for nine hours before showing signs of fading. LORAC Untamed (P) is lighter, less red. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is darker. Divergent Burnt Mahogany (LE) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is more muted. MAC Dark Brew (P, $15.00) is less red. NARS Naiade (P) is much lighter. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is warmer. NARS Surabaya #1 (P, $24.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Jardin Perdu Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades that is new–and limited edition!–for fall. It’s supposed to be online on July 15th on NARS, and then a full release to the usual retailers on August 1st. I think if you really loved the texture of Kauai, you’ll love the texture of these shades. I will say these two felt a smidgen softer, so sometimes, it seems like more product loosens from the pan than necessary.

Jardin Perdu (Left) is described as a “metallic dove grey.” It’s a medium-dark, silver-gray with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish and cool undertones. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was very soft and buttery. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE) is very similar. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is warmer. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is similar. Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is similar. MAC Tundra (LE) is a cream product. MAC Evening Grey (LE, $19.50) is slightly warmer. MAC Silver Sleet (LE, $32.50) is more metallic. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jardin Perdu (Right) is described as a “metallic amethyst.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with subtle warm undertones. It had really good color payoff, and the powder felt soft, fairly smooth, and dense. The color stayed on well for eight hours before fading on me. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is very similar–it’s just a brighter, slightly warmer version, but it was surprisingly similar. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, warmer. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is similar. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is similar. bareMinerals Encore (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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Bitter is described as a “vivid green with shimmer [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a brightened, chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lime is described as a “lime green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucky Green is described as a “bright lime [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium, gold-shimmered green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sour Lemon is described as a “acidy yellow chartreuse [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium chartreuse that leans yellow with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sumptuous Olive is described as a “khaki with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s an olive brown with warm undertonews and a soft, frosted finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Swimming is described as a “hi-shine sea green [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a lightened, medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a gold sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette
Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette ($36.00 for 0. oz.) is an eyeshadow palette that includes nine shades, with three being larger and six being smaller in size. Three shades can also be used wet as eyeliners. There were a few really nice shades in this palette, but then there were a couple of more problematic shades. The worst was the glittery silver, as it was sheerer and prone to fall out. I thought it had a good balance of warm and cool-toned shades, though.

Purr is a very light, white-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was soft and smooth, and the color payoff was good. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tiger’s Eye is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm, copper undertones and a frosted finish. The powder felt soft, smooth, and buttery to the touch, and it had excellent pigmentation. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. It’s a lovely, high quality shade, but it’s very easily duped. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Leopard is a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with gold sparkle and shimmer. It had good color payoff applied both wet or dry, though the shimmer is more noticeable when it is applied with a dampened brush. The texture was fairly soft, a little powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Meow is a light, neutral-toned beige with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pussy Cat is a muted, medium purple with lavender shimmer and subtle, warm undertones. The texture was slightly powdery, and the color payoff was decent, but it’s a color that needs to be patted and layered on to get color more like what you see in the pan. On the lid, it wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jungle Love is a muted, deepened purple with fuchsia and violet shimmer over a semi-matte finish. This shade was difficult to use dry, as it was sheer, powdery, and difficult to blend. It worked better when applied with a dampened brush, as the color intensified and the product was more blendable. It wore well for eight hours before I saw signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kitten is a light, cool-toned pink with a white base and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, though the texture was soft and finely-milled, it was also noticeably powdery. Applied, the color stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kitty Glitter is a sparkling, silver with a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture has a slightly chunky feel to it from the glitter. I had significant fall out with this shade both during and after application (I highly recommend using it prior to applying base makeup), though the “color” portion wore decently for eight hours. My under-eye area looked like a disco ball after a few hours, so you may want to use an adhesive base with this shade as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Panther is a dark black with a matte finish. Applied dry, it had decent color payoff, and applied with a dampened brush, it was much more intense and true-to-pan. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a new and permanent range of 30 shades. I saw 18 of the 30 shades at my local Walgreens (I bought those 18–more reviews to come!) earlier this week. The new formula is supposed to be crease-resistant, can be used wet or dry, and have “rich, vibrant color.” The texture is soft, a little powdery at times (depends on the shade), and tends to look similar whether applied dry or wet, though application with a dampened brush reduces the powderiness and sometimes brings out the shimmer in the finish. They were easy to apply and blend on the lid, and the wear was decent (six to eight hours), though the lighter shades tended to fade slightly faster compared to the richer, deeper shades in the range from what I’ve tested so far.

Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a light, warm-toned white with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff applied both wet and dry, though it was slightly more pigmented when applied damp. The texture was soft, blendable, but a little powdery. When worn, the color stayed put for seven hours before fading. Ulta Bone (P, $10.00) is less shimmery. MAC This or That #1 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Venus (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Mylar (P, $15.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Silhouette (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Sand (02) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is softened, gilded gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and applied with a dampened brush, it was opaque and more metallic. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable, while it was just a bit on the powdery side. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is less metallic. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is darker, less golden. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is darker. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is lighter. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium brown with warm undertones and a soft, gold satin shimmer. The powder was soft without being powdery, and it was easy to blend the color on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before I saw signs of fading. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC A Medley of Mauves #4 (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Soba (P, $15.00) is similar. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is darker. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Kat Von D Love Letter Shade Shifter Eyeshadow
Kat Von D Love Letter Shade Shifter Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Shade Shifter Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.09 oz.) is supposed to be a powder eyeshadow that shifts–as in a duochrome finish–that is water-activated. Sephora has two of the shades available as a duo for $15, and I think if you like either shade and don’t have dupes for them, it’s an exceptionally good deal. If you don’t like using eyeshadows wet, not to worry, as I didn’t find adding water to make much of a difference–wet or dry, both shades had good color payoff, soft, buttery textures, and were easy to blend.

Kat Von D Love Letter Shade Shifter Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “purple/maroon shift.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a frosted finish. The duochrome/shift is very weak with this one; it really just looks like one color most of the time. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable, while the color lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned, purpler. Too Faced Pop (P, $16.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is warmer. MAC Swelter (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Schnauzer (P, $18.00) is a cream product. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kat Von D On the Road Shade Shifter Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “brown/green shift.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with rich, orange-red undertones with a green shift/frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery to the touch, which made it easy to use on the lid. This is the type of shade that has definitely been done before, some lean bluer/more teal, others are greener (like this one). Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is bluer. Kat Von D Queen (LE) is bluer, less metallic. Too Faced Girly (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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