Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow
MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow

MAC Bouffant Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale peach shimmer [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that was blendable and buildable in color. It wore well for eight hours before creasing on me. I expected this to have some dupes, but it was surprisingly dupable. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE) is lighter. Tarte Champagne Bubble Bath (LE) is similar. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is darker. Stila Rose Quartz (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Venitien #2 (P) is similar. Chanel Tisse Camelia #3 (P) is similar. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is similar. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is similar. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more glittery. MAC Jest (P, $15.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC A Natural Flirt (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is similar. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is more shimmery. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Yogurt Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “chalky pale pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light, neutral-to-cool-toned pink with a matte finish. The texture was firm and thin, which made it harder to get color off of the surface. It lasted for seven hours before fading. This shade is part of the permanent range. Lancome My French #2 (LE) is much darker. Make Up For Ever M870 Yogurt (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC The Wrong Man (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Elementary Pink (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Fray (LE, $18.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

There are two other new, limited edition shades in this collection, which I don’t have, but I’ll certainly try to snag them when the collection launches online on March 26th!

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

MAC Amber Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Amber Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Amber Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a warm-toned set of neutral eyeshadows with a mix of some of MAC’s long-time permanent options along with shades from past limited edition releases as well as new shades (that seem to be exclusive to this palette). Each eyeshadow is about the size of a dime and contains 0.02 oz., whereas a full-sized eyeshadow contains 0.05 oz. (or 0.04 oz. if it is a Veluxe Pearl eyeshadow). The compact is the size of MAC’s eyeshadow quads. I would consider this a palette that’s real value is in getting nine shades for $40, otherwise it’s about the same amount of product you get in a pre-made MAC eyeshadow quad (0.19 oz.). The quality seems comparable to MAC eyeshadows in general, and the shades available as singles seem to perform like their individual versions.

If there’s a lull in new products, I might go back and test out the shades for wear, but there are so many other limited edition MAC products to get through that this is definitely a lower priority at the moment — but here are photos and swatches with brief descriptions and initial thoughts! Hopefully this is still helpful! :)

Cozy Grey is described as a “cool grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light beige with a subtle gray tone and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, soft but a little firmly packed into the pan. This was released previously in the 15-pan Cool Neutral palette.

Kitties is described as a “pale bronze [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellowed gold with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and it was mostly opaque.

Georgia Peach is described as a “dirty rose pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark peach-brown with a matte finish. The texture was on the firmer side but yielded decent color payoff.

Ricepaper is described as a “peachy gold with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a lightened yellow with a frosted finish. It had a soft, blendable texture on the skin with good pigmentation. It seemed a smidgen yellower compared to my original.

Creative Copper is described as a “light beige [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a golden copper with hints of brown and a glittery, sparkly finish over a metallic sheen. Lustres are typically sheerer with noticeable sparkle/glitter and almost always have fall out. This has been released as a limited edition shade as well as in the 15-pan Warm Neutral palette, but it’s not as good as the one in the 15-pan palette–it is more like the limited version, as it is chunky and doesn’t hold together as well. I would use this one over a base for sure to help it bind.

Cork is described as a “muted golden brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a soft but firmer texture. It was sheerer and noticeably lighter than my permanent pan.

Don’t Tell is described as a “sparkly brown [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a rosy brown with copper and champagne sparkle and shimmer. It had a sparkly texture that you could feel that seemed to blend out to semi-sheer coverage.

Aromatic is described as a “matte brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was firm and dry, which resulted in semi-sheer, uneven pigmentation.

Pepper Please is described as a “sparkly bronze copper brown [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a muted, dark brown with subtle, reddish undertones and gold sparkles strewn through it over a matte finish. I’d expect this to look primarily matte once applied as the sparkles in Velvets rarely transfer to the lid unless you use a tackier base (which I would

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Monday, March 16th, 2015

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette ($40.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a set of highlighting and contouring powders. Two shades are most obviously contouring powders, while the other two lend themselves as more highlighters, but very fair skin tones may find they still have some color. The palette is very, very powdery–the interior is always covered in excess powdery dust and sparkle, and it can be frustrating when you get excess from the darkest shade with the lightest shade or sparkle from the highlighting shade mixed with the contouring shades. It is chocolate scented, which is noticeable when applied but wanes after two to three hours. The powders have a very soft, silky consistency with the highlighter shade having noticeable sparkle. All four shades were pretty pigmented and the silkiness made them easy to work with on the skin, and luckily, they didn’t look powdery applied. I also wish brands that released a palette like this would consider releasing at least two or three variations–this is very warm-toned and more mid-tone, so a lot of skin tones get left out.

Light Cocoa is a light, yellowed beige with a satin finish. It is a very, very subtle highlighter that I could only see marginally in person, but it doesn’t appear in photos at all. For my skin tone, it was more useful to blend out edges of the contouring shades. The texture was powdery though silky, and it lasted for seven hours before breaking down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Medium Cocoa is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish–there’s a smidgen of sheen but not a true satin or shimmery finish that ensures the powder looks natural but not flat on the skin. This looked more like a shadow that would fall on my face, though my guess is that it may be too warm-toned for those with rosier undertones. The texture was silky, very powdery, but blendable and easy to apply. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dark Cocoa is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow and red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had intense pigmentation and a little went a long way. The texture is very soft and powdery, so while blendable, it is harder to control the amount of product you apply. If you have medium or lighter skin, you may want to tap off excess prior to applying. This is a very, very warm-toned choice for contouring, which may work for those with a lot of golden undertones, but it is likely too warm to look like natural shadow on the face. It looks more like your typical bronzer as a result. On me, the color wears for almost eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pop of Light is a light, peachy-beige with gold sparkle. It illuminates subtly, and then it just has a lot of larger sparkly bits that sit on the skin but don’t really do much as half of the sparkles get lost and the other half are randomly dispersed on the skin (and then travel during wear). I wish they had opted for a finer shimmer that contributed to the overall sheen of the underlying powder. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette
Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette

Too Faced #TFNoFilter Selfie Powders Palette ($36.00 for 0.42 oz.) contains three “lightweight, finishing face powders” designed to act like photo filters in real life. The powders have a dryness to them (even though they feel soft to the touch) that make them harder to really dust on evenly as all-over finishing powders. On my skin tone, only the bronzing powder worked well; the brightening one made my complexion look yellower, but in a jaundiced kind of way, while the illuminating powder smoothed out pores, it didn’t actually add radiance–quite the opposite, as it made my skin look very, very flat and matte.

I think these are a poor imitation of some of the more cult classic finishing powders on the market. I ended up removing all of my base products and redoing it to finish out the rest of the photos I was taking for the day (for lip products and the like), since they really made me look worse rather than better and saved testing for another day entirely. (My husband actually asked, “Are you feeling okay?” when I popped into his office with the yellow powder on.)

Sunrise is described as a “brightening diffused warmth.” It’s a light-medium yellow with a satin finish. It is semi-sheer, but it’s actually more pigmented than merely translucent, and as a result, it actually turns my skin yellow. It’s not really warming on my skin tone, more sickly and either like I’m getting jaundiced or my foundation is a poor match for me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Totally Toasted is described as a “bronzed smoothing glow.” It’s a muted, medium gold-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a soft sheen. The top layer of the product was really soft and yielded more pigmentation than anticipated (what you’d expect from a bronzer, not a finishing powder), but after initially swatching it, the pan was firmer and harder, and then it had sheer color coverage. For those who like their bronzers more matte, once that top layer disappears, it applies with such translucent coverage that there’s almost no visible shimmer on the skin. The effect is subtle and does warm my skin up slightly, but if you are much darker than me, I don’t think it will do anything for your skin tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moon River is described as a “cool ethereal light.” It’s a sheer, lavender-leaning white with a very subtle satin shimmer. It is translucent like you’d expect from a finishing powder, but it doesn’t provide an “ethereal glow” to my skin at all. It makes the skin appear smoother (but all of the powders did that to the same level) without adding any luminosity or glow–I actually felt like it flattened the skin to the point where you lost the natural radiance that helps done-up skin still look like skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, March 13th, 2015

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes five shades of muted, smokier shades. It was a complete and utter disaster; not worth $8, let alone $80. Described as a “rich palette” with “an absolute black” and “brilliant green and plum shades,” I don’t know what palette they’re speaking of, because these were sheer, dusty, and uneven applied to the skin. One could probably salvage it to some degree by using a tacky, colored or white-hued base. The eyeshadows are just so powdery with little binder that they don’t adhere well to bare skin, sheer away as soon as you make any attempt to blend, and they look dry and patchy. As they end up showing up rather sheer and muted, the darker shades get lost in each other. The entire look had creased and faded after five hours of wear.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #1 is described as a “gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish. It was very powdery, but it applied the best out of the five shades, as it at least looked fairly even. It was significantly faded after five hours of wear. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #2 is described as a “brilliant green.” It’s a faded, murky forest green with a lighter green satin shimmer. Thie texture was unbelievably powdery–it just doesn’t bind; instead, it flies away as you apply it to the skin. It needs some sort of tacky base to have a hope of adhering. It looked dry, blotchy, and was the worst eyeshadow in the palette. The color had such promise in the pan, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #3 is described as an “absolute black.” It’s a soft black with neutral undertones and a smattering of ultra-fine silver shimmer. It was semi-sheer, powdery, difficult to blend, and short-wearing. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #4 is described as a “plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. This one was deceptive; it seemed to swatch well and held together on the skin better than the other shades, but it still was difficult to apply on the lid–it just tended to blend out too readily, which made it look sheer and uneven. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 is described as a “silver-white.” It’s a brightened, silvery-white with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was powdery and thin so it didn’t apply evenly or with more than semi-opaque coverage. It faded after five hours. This type of color is more basic, so there are a slew of alternatives out there. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor
Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor

Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a set of lightly warm-toned neutrals with more matte finishes. Often, when a new formula comes out, I try to pick a shade that is more of a “gimme” and one that may be more challenging, and if a brand can’t put out decent warm-toned neutrals, then it really isn’t looking good for the formula. This quad is better than Tentation, but it still suffers from a texture that while soft to the touch, is firmer that makes it harder to blend and apply. I was able to get a decent look out of it, and it was only the deepest shade that was really difficult to work with. I don’t recommend it, because I think you can get better performing neutrals right out-of-the-palette at an assortment of prices equal or less than this from a myriad of brands, but if you were looking to make it work, I would highly recommend a primer or good base underneath to help combat some of the blending, pigmentation, and longevity issues present.

Delicate #1 is a medium-dark brown with warm, golden yellow undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier, thinner consistency that stuck to the skin but didn’t move well. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. LORAC Unedited (P) is slightly darker. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is similar. Colour Pop Farah (P, $5.00) is a cream product. Kat Von D Leather (LE) is similar. MAC Clove (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Stila Being (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC A Harvest of Greens #4 (P, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #2 is a medium, golden brown with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly blendable, moderately soft texture that was workable. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Mumu (LE, $15.00) is more matte. LORAC Undeniable (P) is less warm-toned. Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is darker. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is darker. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer, more matte. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is more matte. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #3 is a light-medium, golden beige-brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a drier, thin texture that wasn’t powdery but required building on the lid. It blended decently but faded after six and a half hours. MAC Mumu (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Undeniable (P) is darker. Colour Pop Smash (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever S642 Sahara (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #4 is a brightened ivory with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was soft and blendable but thin. It lasted for six hours on me. It’s a more basic shade, so there are a lot of very, very similar options. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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