Monday, June 16th, 2014

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.58 oz.) is described as a “universally flattering nude eyeshadow palette.” It includes ten eyeshadows (0.39 oz. in total, or 0.039 oz. each) and a miniature-sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer (0.19 oz.). Overall, it’s a good palette with ten shades and no major issues. Most of the eyeshadows had good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and the formula wears quite consistency–almost every shade lasted for eight hours on me (no primer). With LORAC’s primer, results are closer to ten to eleven hours. The palette is very warm-toned, so I wouldn’t describe it was “universally flattering” (which, in general, is a difficult task for any shade, let alone multiple shades!), but otherwise, it’s a nice neutral palette to consider if you haven’t yet had your fill.

When Urban Decay Naked3 came out, a lot of readers asked how this compared. There is definitely overlap, but I don’t think the palettes are that similar. The shades that are “most similar” (but they vary in degree) would be Undercover vs. Strange, Unbelievable vs. Trick, Unconditional vs. Limit/Nooner. Shades like Dust, Buzz, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart don’t seem to have anything that’s really similar that’s in the Unzipped palette.

Undercover is a light, pink-tinged beige with a satin finish. It had good color payoff and a soft, silky texture that applied well. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unbelievable is a medium-dark, coppered brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture felt soft and almost buttery, though it was just slightly powdery. The color stayed on well for just over eight hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unattainable is a medium-dark, gold-shimmered bronze brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. The texture was a little powdery, but it had decent pigmentation and blended well. When worn, this shade wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unconditional is a muted, dusty pink-mauve with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was soft and silky, just a bit powdery. I noticed the color had faded slightly after eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unbridled is a warm-toned, burgundy-brown with a satin-matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was a bit thinner and drier compared to other shades in the palette, so it didn’t apply as smoothly or as intensely. Applied to the eye, the color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Undiscovered is a brightened, orange-toned gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was pretty smooth without being powdery. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unreal is a golden peach with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. The texture was incredibly soft and smooth, while the pigmentation was mostly opaque. When I tested it, the color didn’t fade for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Uncensored is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm, yellow and red undertones and a smooth, pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that applied beautifully. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unspoken is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-y undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and silky without being powdery. The wear topped in at eight hours before there was noticeable fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Untamed is a dark, red-toned brown with burgundy shimmer and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

MAC Beige Eyeshadow Swatches Part 2

Brule is described as a “soft creamy-beige [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Grain is described as a “golden beige with icy shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It is a light, warm-toned beige with a pearled sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Malt is described as a “soft pinkish-beige [with a Matte finish].” It is a light-medium, rosy beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orb is described as a “soft peachy-beige [with a Satin finish].” It is a pink-tinged beige with a satiny sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ricepaper is described as a “peachy gold with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It is a light, golden beige with warm, yellow-y undertones and a pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shroom is described as a “soft beige with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It is a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bonus

This shade has been discontinued but was re-swatched in the process, so… bonus :)

Bisque is a cool-toned, light beige with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

MAC Moody Bloom Eyeshadows
MAC Moody Bloom Eyeshadows

There are six shades of MAC Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) in the upcoming Moody Blooms collection. I have five of the six, and they’re quite good. Four of the six have a Veluxe Pearl, which is easily one of MAC’s most consistent and high-performing finishes.

Artistic License is described as a “pinky gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a peachy-pink with a gold shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was a bit thinner and drier than most Veluxe Pearls. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Too Faced Jardin (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blooming Mad is described as a “mid-tone ultra violet [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, fuchsia-lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it could have been a bit softer and pigmented. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Charm (P) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #2 (P) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is lighter. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is more frosted, purpler. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is lighter, more glittery. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $15.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Fixation is described as a “metallic brown [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a soft, pearly finish. The texture is soft, buttery, and smooth, while the color payoff is excellent. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. NARS Naiade (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Antiqued (P, $15.00) is less red-toned. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hidden Motive is described as a “deep aubergine [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark purple with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Plum Dressing (P, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucky Green is described as a “dark yellow green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery to the touch. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. This is a permanent shade. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is a touch lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Green Room is described as a “mid-tone teal [with a Satin finish].” I did not receive this shade, so I can’t share it with you at this time, but I hope to purchase it when it is available.

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

MAC Moody Blooms Fluidlines
MAC Moody Blooms Fluidlines

There are three shades of MAC Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) that will be releasing in the Moody Blooms collection. Two of them were under-performing, unfortunately! Copperthorn was quite mesmerizing applied, so I think the sheerness can “work” in that sense, but it’s not pigmented as Fluidlines are supposed to be (without a modifier in the description, then it falls short).

Black Ivy is described as a “blackened green.” It’s a dark, bluish-teal with very fine teal micro-shimmer over a semi-matte base. It had fairly good color payoff, and the consistency was creamy, lightweight, and easy to apply along the lash line. It wore well for ten hours on my lower lash line without fading or smudging. Revlon Emerald (P) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is slightly richer. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Blues (LE, $16.00) is slightly brighter. Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal (LE, $22.00) is bluer. bareMinerals 1PM (LE, $15.00) is a touch bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Copperthorn is described as a “glittery bronze.” It’s a glittery, medium copper with flecks of copper and gold sparkle and micro-glitter. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and to build color payoff, you really had to allow the first layer to totally dry down. It’s an interesting and fun shade to use (I tried it on the inner third of the lower lash line), but there is a lot of fall out/migration. After eight hours, I had glittery bits all along my under eye area, unfortunately. MAC Cockiness (LE) is a liquid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nightshade is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a medium-dark plummy purple with an almost golden, pearly sheen. It had warmer undertones and a soft sheen. The color payoff, unfortunately, was pretty poor. The left part of the swatch is the product applied with an angled brush as if to mimic applying a single stroke across the lash line, and it just doesn’t seem to apply smoothly or evenly. This is usually an issue I see with the more glittery shades (like with Copperthorn) with the Fluidline formula, so I was disappointed by this one. On the upside, this shade wore well for ten hours. Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blackheart (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is darker. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

There are twelve shades of NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.), and I’ve now finished reviewing all of them. In general, I like them; I think the textures are soft and smooth for nearly all of the shades. If you apply them with a dampened brush, color payoff is quite good and wear is about average. They’re blendable and easy to apply with no fall out. They’re supposed to be sheer when applied dry, opaque when applied with a dampened brush, and this is sometimes true, sometimes not. A couple were very sheer, and a few were quite pigmented dry. If you aren’t someone who likes to use their eyeshadows wet, then I would say to look elsewhere, but if you like the idea of two types of finishes and color coverage, you may like these.

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Monday, June 9th, 2014

NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

This review features the last four shades of the new ($29.00 for 0.05 oz. each) which are set to launch on July 1st. You can see part one and part two for the other shades in the formula. Generally, the formula has a soft consistency, feels smooth, and applies softer and/or sheerer dry than when it is applied wet–this aspect was NARS’ goal, though, but whether you consider it adding to its versatility or an extra step you don’t have time for will be a personal call. I get shorter wear when I apply the shades dry than when I apply them with a dampened brush. For a more in-depth look at how this compares to a couple of other formulas, check out my first review of these. There will be a round-up shortly.

NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “gossamer pink peach.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink and a satiny finish. This was the least shimmery shade in the entire range, and it was also one of the less pigmented shades. It had a thinner, almost drier texture, which I think contributed to why it swatched very sheer when applied dry. Applied with a dampened brush, it was more semi-opaque but still a little faded in color. On me, it lasted six hours applied dry, six and a half hours applied damp. Too Faced Cowboy Take Me Away (P, $16.00) is a touch lighter. Sephora Collection Desert Rose (90) (P, $13.00) is warmer. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Giove Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “navy.” It’s a blackened navy blue with navy shimmer and pearly finish. It was sheer applied dry and looked darker and almost dry, and it was fully opaque applied with a dampened brush. It lasted for six and a half hours dry, eight hours wet. Too Faced Heavy Metal (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Les Gris #3 (P) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #81 (P, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lysithea Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shark grey.” It’s a subtly warm-toned gray with silver shimmer and a frosted finish. It was very sheer applied dry, mostly opaque applied wet. It lasted six hours applied dry and closer to eight hours when applied with a dampened brush. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker, cooler. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Sycorax Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer in terms of color coverage but looked faded, more like a blackened brown, and didn’t apply very evenly, and lasted six and a half hours. Applied with a dampened brush, it was mostly opaque and lasted longer–eight hours. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is similar. Dior Nocturne (091) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. MAC Blackground (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Dark Dare (LE, $19.50) is darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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