Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette
Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette ($44.00 for 0.64 oz.) includes twelve matte eyeshadows ranging from yellowed beige to deep black. The majority of the palette is closer to neutral in tone than really cool- or warm-toned, though some shades lean cooler/warmer. The majority of the shades felt soft and silky with a few being a smidgen powdery, but I found these less powdery on the whole compared to other Tarte matte eyeshadows. Some wore for eight hours, while a few were faster to fade. I only had major issues with one shade (Best Friend), but the other shades were fairly easy to work with.

Free Spirit is a light, pale yellow beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was slightly powdery but had good color payoff and wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Force of Nature is a medium brown with warm, slightly reddish, undertones and a matte finish. It had pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t powdery. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dreamer is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft without being powdery. This one blended fairly well, but it could have been easier to work with. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Multi-Tasker is a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Caregiver is a light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, and the texture was just a little powdery but easy to blend and apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Natural Beauty is a subdued, pinky-taupe with a matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had excellent pigmentation with a slightly powdery, but silky, texture. It was really easy to blend on the skin. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Best Friend is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was rather powdery, so the color payoff was sheer and uneven. It started to look faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bombshell is a blackened purple with a muted quality to it and a matte finish. It was very pigmented, and there was some excess fall out when applied, but it has a softer, silkier consistency that made it easier to work with (it could have been more blendable, though). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Super Mom is a very light beige with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great color payoff, even though the texture was powdery, so it can be messy to use (I used it as a brow bone highlighter, and it covered the movable lid with dust). It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wanderer is a light-medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was moderately powdery, though it was very blendable on the skin and applied smoothly with good color coverage. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Power Player is a warm, taupe brown with a semi-matte finish (there’s a smidgen of a sheen there). It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth consistency. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fashionista is a rich black with a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a very silky, smooth consistency–it is a really lovely, rich black to work with, but a little goes a long way! It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

MAC Satin Ochre Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Satin Ochre Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Satin Ochre Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a mix of beige and coral. It’s part of the collaboration with Prabal Gurung, which will launch online on November 20th (in select stores on the 26th). One shade was really nice to work with, while the other needed improvement. At this price point, both shades should hit it out of the park. I also wish these were the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows.

Satin Ochre (Left) is described as a “soft pale white gold [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm, golden beige with a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, while the color payoff was mostly opaque. The eyeshadow wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is more muted. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is more sparkly. theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is a touch darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is similar. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Satin Ochre (Right) is described as a “coral orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted orange with a matte finish. It had a thinner, slightly stiff, consistency that made application more challenging. It tended to stick to skin without wanting to blend easily. This shade started to fade after seven hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is more beige. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Urban Decay Naked On the Run Palette
Urban Decay Naked On the Run Palette

Urban Decay Naked On the Run Palette ($54.00 for 0.73 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, blush, bronzer, lip gloss, eyeliner, and mascara. Five eyeshadows are 0.04 oz., and then one is a larger-sized eyeshadow at 0.07 oz. The gloss is full-sized, while the eyeliner is 0.03 oz. (compared to 0.04 oz. for full-sized). The mascara is travel-sized (which may make replacement difficult–UD has a travel-sized Supercurl, though I’m not sure it will fit). In order to accommodate for the depth of the gloss, the palette is quite thick, and overall, I wish it was lighter-weight. I also would have rather Urban Decay had included a double ended brush or two, rather than the gloss, because I think having brushes inside the palette protects them particularly well, whereas many of us have lip colors stashed in our makeup bags. The quality is good for the most part with the highlighter eyeshadow being quite powdery. I do think the color combination runs rather dark and feel like more contrasting shades would have provided for a more versatile palette.

Stag is a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had so-so pigmentation in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It wore well for eight and a half hours on my lower lash line. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Sesso is a warm-toned, medium-dark pink-plum with lighter pink pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage, was mostly non-stickyand comfortable to wear for the three hours it lasted on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Dive is a sparkly, medium-dark, rosy copper with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and went on fairly smoothly; it wasn’t overly glittery or sparkly, so it didn’t feel chunky to the touch. It had some fall out during application but minimal fall out during wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Fix is a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. The color payoff was good, and it was very blendable on the lid, though it was so soft that it was slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Resist is a warm, golden taupe with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Dare is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This was a really lovely shade to work with, as it was richly pigmented and had a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t powdery. It stayed on without fading for eight hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Stun is a rich, chocoalte brown with warm, yellowish undertones and chunkier micro-glitter and sparkle. The texture was a little dry to the touch,. and there was fall out during application as well as during wear due to the amount of sparkle in this shade. It had great color payoff, though. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

5050 is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was rather powdery to work with, so it was messy to use during application but also prone to fading faster than other shades. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Naked on the Run Bronzer is a light-medium, yellow-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The powder was silky and soft, while the color payoff was true-to-pan, but it was easily blended on the skin for a lighter (or heavier) look, as desired. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

Naked on the Run Blush is a brightened, light-medium pink with strong, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was slightly powdery to work with, but it was nicely pigmented and blendable on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of dupes / view dupes on The Dupe List.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Cinder Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a smoky duo with one more frosted, taupe shade and a more satiny, charcoal gray. The quality is decent but not excellent, and at this increased price point, they really ought to be top notch. The packaging is hefty and substantial, and you can certainly feel as if your money is going towards it.

Cinder (Left) is described as a “smoky cool grey [with a Lustre finish].” It’s an almost sooty, taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a slight sparkly consistency that is expected from the Lustre finish, but it actually had better payoff than most Lustres, and the eyeshadow looked smoother on the skin. The color wore well for almost eight hours with a bit of fall out. MAC Divine Rule (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #2 (P) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker. LORAC Chrome (P) is similar. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is darker. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is grayer. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is darker, grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cinder (Right) is described as a “dark charcoal [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark charcoal gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The major problem with this shade was that it had a thinner, drier, and more powdery texture, which resulted in sheerer color coverage and made it harder to blend out on the skin. This shade showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Black Licorice (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Pied de Poule #3 (P) is similar. LORAC Navy #7 (LE) is darker. LORAC Charcoal (P) is lighter. MAC Gravel (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Soot (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Nehru (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Les Gris #1 (P) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Amnesia (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette
Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette

Burberry Gold No. 25 Complete Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes a dark brown, khaki gold, antique gold, and pewter beige. After a season of many disappointments, it is always refreshing to discover something as well-done as this palette. The quality is consistently high across all four eyeshadows: richly pigmented, soft and silky textures, and long-wear. I’m digging Burberry’s take on gold, as there is no true, yellow gold here, only variations on the theme, which is nice while still being more traditional yet not the same ol’, same ol’. It is a warmer-toned set of shades, all are shimmery, and more dupable, so it may not work for everyone. If you tend to like your warm, shimmery shades with a gold twist, you may fall in love. I personally hope they’ll consider adding it to their core range down the line. These were just the type of eyeshadows that felt like they applied and blended themselves–no fuss at all.

Gold #1 is a rich, medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was very easy to use. It wore well for nine hours before fading slightly. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is darker, more matte. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is similar. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Right) (P) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is slightly cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is darker. theBalm #37 (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery. theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm B4 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold #2 is a golden khaki-brown with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had a very soft, finely-milled consistency that was a tiny bit powdery if you weren’t careful. The pigmentation was excellent, though, and it lasted for nine hours on me. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is more golden. Anastasia Gilded (LE) is darker. Tarte Provence Upon a Time (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is brighter. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is darker. Anastasia Topaz (LE) is lighter, more shimmery. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is more metallic, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is similar. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold #3 is a warmer, light-medium antique gold with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with. This shade showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE) is similar. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold #4 is a light, muted gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was beautifully blended on the skin. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is slightly warmer. Anastasia Legend (LE) is yellower. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is similar. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is darker, cream. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is lighter. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is lighter.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 14th, 2014

Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte khaki brown.” It’s a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish (there’s the faintest sheen to it, but it is mostly matte). It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that easily blended on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Anastasia Bengal (LE) is brighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P) is darker. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00 is less yellow-toned. Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is more matte. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Madrague #2 (P, $24.00) is lighter. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Pretentious Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic bronze.” It’s a golden bronze with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. It had intense color payoff with a soft, buttery consistency that applied evenly and blended well on the skin. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Tarte Bronze Cuff (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE) is less warm-toned. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is less golden. Anastasia Topaz (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is very similar. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less golden. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Purely Naked Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery tan.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow-ish tones and a soft, satin shimmer It was somewhat powdery, so the color payoff was decent but not true-to-pan. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P) is darker. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $3.99) is similar. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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