Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a green-hued set of shades. The palette contains six shades in total, with two shades being part of the permanent range (Gorgeous Gold and Charcoal Brown). There was only dud in the palette, while the other five were very easy to work with and performed well. Even the miss of the palette was still blendable enough on the lid that it was still usable, but it will take a little extra effort to get the right level of intensity and diffusion. I was very surprised to see that the palette only contained 0.10 oz. worth of product, which is the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows. Despite the size of the palette, it really doesn’t have much product. MAC’s eyeshadow quads typically contain 0.19 oz. almost double what’s inside this one.

Fresh Blade is described as a “pale frosted yellow [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, golden yellow with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was dense and buttery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gorgeous Gold is described as a “muted yellow gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a green-tinged, light-medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. There is a green-gold duochrome to it, but it is subtle. The eyeshadow had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture. This shade also lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vicuna is described as a “light neutral olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium golden brown with a pearly sheen. It had really nice pigmentation with a blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery at times, but it was just barely powdery. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Savant is described as a “mid-tone mustard lime [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, dirty olive green–it really is like mustard and lime together–with a mostly matte finish. It was really velvety with a smooth, soft texture that blended well but still adhered well with good color payoff to bare skin, which was a happy surprise. It wore well for eight hours on me. I couldn’t think of any really great dupes for this shade, because it’s darker and not a brighter, more typical chartreuse-like green. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Charcoal Brown is described as a “muted taupe brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was fairly blendable. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and almost felt like a Matte2 with how velvety and blendable it was. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sushi Green is described as a “charcoal olive with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle, olive undertones and a slight gold sparkle. It was a firmer, stiffer shade that had semi-opaque pigmentation that was harder to work with. My best advice is to apply using a fluffier brush to minimize how work it will take to diffuse and blend out. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC x Toledos Pearlglide Eyeliners

MAC Chlorafill Pearlglide Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “green line with pearl.” It’s a brightened, chartreuse green that leans yellow with very subtle gold sparkle. The sparkle is more of a smattering than a really glittery finish–I almost didn’t notice it initially–especially in comparison to other shades in the Pearlglide formula. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, but the consistency has some slip, so it tends to look streaky when applied. It benefits greatly from taking a pencil brush and using it to smudge and blend the eyeliner into place. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Sourpuss (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “iridescent violet.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and purple sparkle and micro-glitter. It had so-so pigmentation in one pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It wears eight and a half hours on me with some glitter migration over time. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $19.00) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Plum)age (60) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Vice (P, $19.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $19.00) is less sparkly. Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep navy with pearl.” It’s a deepened navy blue with a blackened blue base and lighter blue sparkle. It had decent pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to nearly opaque color with two layers. The eyeliner glided on easily and wore well for eight and a half hours. I had slight migration of the glittery bits with this shade, but it was less than what I had with Designer Purple. Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $19.00) is less sparkly, more muted. NARS Rue Saint-Honore (P, $24.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches
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Friday, January 16th, 2015

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral light beige.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that worked well on the lid and didn’t sheer out (though it was easy to diffuse the edges) too readily. It started to crease on me slightly after nine hours. I also really like this one (personally) on my brow bone, so it’s been a new go-to for me when I test out other ColourPop shades, as when you sheer it out (on purpose), it gives a subtle sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Smash Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutram medium warm beige.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a very smooth, creamy consistency that was blendable and easy to apply. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Desert Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm saddle brown.” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had really good color payoff, but the color is more prone to sheering out on the lid, especially if you use a brush. I think a brush works with it, but you may need to add a second layer. The color wears well for ten hours on me without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

ColourPop 3 (Three) Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned starlit bronze.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a subtle gray cast paired with silver micro-glitter. It had good color payoff that was blendable and easy to apply. I had a little glitter fall out while I blended this shade, but I didn’t notice more than very, very minor fall out during the ten-hour crease-free, fade-free wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Doe-a-Deer Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “blackened violet.” It’s a deepened, blackened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that looked uneven when sheered out, so it needed more work to really buff and blend in. I felt like it lost a lot of its intensity once blended, though. It started to crease after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.175 oz.) is a warm-toned neutral palette with four matte finishes and one shimmery shade. All five shades were slightly to very powdery, though pigmentation was decent for three of the five shades. It’s a formula that needs a good primer or base (preferably a lightly tacky base) so the powderiness gets absorbed and color can be packed on, but even the most mediocre of eyeshadows can be boosted with such tools. At $58, it shouldn’t need the full bag of tricks to perform well. On the upside, I think the color combination works well together, and there’s a good light-medium-dark ratio so you can build various gradients of brown.

Infinity #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and has a matte finish. It seemed marginally less powdery than the beige in Graphite–the two look virtually the same on me (the descriptions are the same, actually). It only lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #2 is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was incredibly silky but it was very powdery and dry, so there was a lot of excess product even with gentle touches of the brush in the pan. I had a lot of trouble getting this shade to adhere to the skin on its own, because the texture is thin and dusty, it just doesn’t stick. It tends to sheer out even more when you blend it. This was noticeably faded after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #3 is described as a “bronzed mauve.” It’s a smoky, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, somewhat powdery, but it was blendable on the skin. It had good color payoff both wet and dry (shimmery shades can be used damp in this formula). I had the best luck applying it by pressing it into the skin, then pressing more into the skin, and then using a very light touch to blend out the edges–and of course, make sure to tap your brush to remove the excess before you apply to the eye. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #4 is described as a “cool taupe.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff and wasn’t as powdery as other shades in this palette, which made it a lot easier to work with. I don’t think it’s the easiest eyeshadow to use on bare skin, but it was manageable, and if you use a primer, it should help it blend more smoothly. (At this price point, though, it’s disappointing no matter what.) It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing and fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #5 is described as a “dark cocoa.” It’s a dark, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones with a cooler, gray-ish overtone and a matte finish. This shade wasn’t too powdery and still managed to have good pigmentation, though there was a dryness there that made it harder to blend. It really needed a lot of buffing along the edges and may just be more work than one wants to put in for a neutral palette (when there are so many to choose from). It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — I haven’t received my order from Sephora for the other five palettes. It was supposed to arrive yesterday, but it just says “order processed,” which means it isn’t even transit yet (but should have been, because it was 2-day shipping). It is unlikely I will receive this week. I’m really sorry :(

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a mix of neutrals with a few pops of color, but the contents aren’t nearly as bright as the exterior packaging, which is a vibrant chartreuse. The packaging is very much the same as Vice3. I thought the formula felt different in Vice LTD compared to Vice3 but also compared to Urban Decay’s formula (since reformulation) in general. The eyeshadows felt a bit firmer in their pans (not in a bad way), less powdery in general. The more colorful shades seemed weaker in color payoff, and I didn’t have as much luck with some shades applying to bare skin as I have in the past with the brand’s formula, so wear time was shorter on average. I liked it more than Vice3, though, by a bit. Disco, Heat, Floss, Hoodoo, and Roadstripe are shades new-to-me (I believe Roadstripe existed many, many moons ago), while the other shades have been released in various palettes over the years (noted by the shade itself).

It will be re-releasing exclusively on ULTA on January 25th.

Nameless is described as a “medium taupe satin.” It’s a golden brown with a hint of gray on top with a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to blend and work with. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade was in the Shattered palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Backdoor is described as a “cool dark brown matte. It’s a dark, charcoal brown with cool, gray undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a soft but thin consistency, which could have blended more readily. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade was in the Smoked palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deeper is described as a “medium metallic bronze.” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frost finish. It had great pigmentation that went on easily and blended well, which lasted for eight hours on me. It was in the 15th Anniversary palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Disco is described as a “pale metallic gold with iridescent glitter.” It’s a slightly muted, light-medium gold with warm undertones and silver micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t adhere with the base color, so most of it gets lost or trapped in a brush, rather than applied. What few glittery bits make it to the lid do fall off later (I didn’t see any glitter by the end of the day). The base color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heat is described as a “bright metallic copper.” It’s a bright, gold-shimmered copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was excellent, while the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay did have a Heat eyeshadow in their deluxe range once upon a time, but it was a red-based shade, so this is different. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crystal is described as a “icy metallic blue shimmer.” It’s a silvery, light-medium silvery-blue with a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, but the texture was drier and thinner, which made it somewhat powdery and prone to fading on the lid after seven hours of wear. It was in Book of Shadows Vol. 4. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Goddess is described as a “deep smoky blue with micro-glitter.” It’s a slightly brightened, navy blue with fine blue shimmer and larger micro-glitter. It was sheer, patchy, and a generally difficult eyeshadow to use in practice, as it was harder to blend or achieve decent payoff on the skin. It was faded after six hours. It was previously available in their original eyeshadow range but didn’t make the cut when they reformulated. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vaporize is described as a “medium metallic gray-taupe.” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish with micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t bind with the eyeshadow, so it is mostly metallic, and the underlying color was nicely pigmented. The texture was a little dry, but it seemed improved from when it was in the Anarchy palette. It wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Floss is described as a “deep metallic emerald with micro-glitter.” It’s a very rich, intense emerald green with a blackened-brown base and a metallic finish and silver micro-glitter. I wanted to fall in love with this one, but the texture was so soft that it was almost crumbly and a little dry to work with. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “soft black matte.” It’s a softened, medium black with a mostly matte finish. The texture was thin, a little dry, but fairly blendable on the skin. It had decent to good pigmentation, though it was buildable. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. It was in the Book of Shadows Vol. 3. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Provocateur is described as a “icy metallic pink with micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, pink with warm undertones and coppery-pink micro-glitter. It was semi-sheer with a lot of glittery bits, which made it harder to work with. This shade really needs an adhesive base to work decently. The underlying color lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was some fall out. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hoodoo is described as a “medium metallic violet with pink shift.” It’s a muted, medium purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff that seemed to be hurt by the drier, slightly powdery consistency of the shadow itself. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freakshow is described as a “bright purple satin.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, fairly blendable texture that wore well for seven and a half hours. It was previously available in the deluxe eyeshadow formula but was not included in the reformulated eyeshadow range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Junkshow is described as a “bright pink satin.” it’s a vibrant, fuchsia-pink with cool undertones and iridescent micro-shimmer. It was a thinner, somewhat powdery shade that had signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. It was in the 15th Anniversary palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blitz is described as a “bright metallic gold.” It’s a bright, metallic gold with warm, yellow undertones. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, blendable consistency (one of the best shades in the palette). This shade wore well for eight hours on me. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chase is described as a “soft metallic bronze.” It’s a golden bronze with warm undertones and a very metallic finish. This shade had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that I had no issues using on bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last Sin is described as a “pale champagne shimmer.” It’s a peachy beige with a hint of pink and a frosted finish. It was drier and more crumbly, which made it harder to apply (lots of fall out during application). On me, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. This shade was also in Vice3. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roadstripe is described as a “iridescent white with blue-violet shift.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned white with an iridescent blue sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery consistency. I had to really layer and pack it on to get the intensity on bare skin. It also showed signs of fading after six and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Anonymous is described as a “pale peachy cream matte.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great color payoff with a very silky, soft texture that made it easy to apply to the skin. This sahde wore well for seven and a half hours. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Laced is described as a “soft pink-nude matte.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that was blendable, smooth, and silky. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. This is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “metallic rose gold with [glitter].” It’s a slightly muted, medium coppery brown with a warm, golden metallic finish and a smattering of micro-glitter. It’s very pigmented, but the texture is a little chunkier applied to the lid. This was a shade that seemed to apply better with a flat synthetic brush or fingertips to minimize texture issues on the lid. Once on, the color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing, but there was some fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop So Quiche Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft olive with … gold and pink violet glittery duochrome metallic finish.” It’s a dirty, olive-brown with warm undertones and pink and gold micro-glitter over a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation that went on fairly smoothly without bunching up (using a regular brush). It didn’t have show signs of fading or creasing over the ten-hour period I wore it, but there was some minor fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Hustle Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “burgundy violet with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, berry-burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but it needed two layers to be true to pan. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Glitterati Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “icy silver laced with tons of gold glitter.” It’s a cooler-toned white gold with light-medium gold glitter. It’s very glittery, and it was one of the harder shades to work with from all of the shades I’ve tried from the brand. It bunched up and looked thicker on the lid, which gave my eyelid a very textured, almost wrinkled, look. Even applied with fingertips, it tended to look heavy. It was better applied and then sheered out, though just beware that there is a ton of glitter fall out if you blend this shade. It lasted for nine hours with light creasing after that, and it had a fair amount of fall out during wear. This shade was part of the Down with Decorum holiday set, which just recently was removed from their website. You never know, though, they might bring it back (they made several of the holiday shades permanent). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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