Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Duchess Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains three limited edition shades and one permanent shade. It’s from the upcoming MAC x Osbournes collaboration collection. The textures of the eyeshadows in this quad were fairly good, with the matte shade being a little drier and harder to blend on the skin. All four shades work well together, but there have been many warm-toned quads like it before, so it may also be more dupable depending on what products you already have.

Sweet Eyes is described as a “light golden nude [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, peach with a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the texture was soft, buttery, and blendable. This shade lasted for almost eight hours on me before starting to fade. This may be a repromote from a long-ago holiday eyeshadow palette, but the one in the 2008 palette seems a bit lighter/more beige and was also listed as a satin finish, so I don’t think they’re really the same. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is warmer, darker. theBalm #18 (P, $6.50) is lighter. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is similar. MAC Tenderly (LE, $15.00) is similar. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is has a smoother sheen. LORAC Nude (P) is slightly pinker. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Slink (LE) is a touch cooler. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sexy Eyes is described as a “soft warm bronze [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium, coppery brown with a gold-shimmered, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth, blendable and easy to work with on the lid. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is redder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is more sparkly. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. bareMinerals Imagine (P) is similar. See comparison swatches
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Femme Fatale is described as a “golden brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm brown with a soft, gold micro-shimmer and yellow undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a tiny bit powdery. It stayed well on my lids for seven and a half hours before fading. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #5 (P, $2.29) is darker, less yellow-toned. Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is darker, more red-toned. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is less warm-toned, more shimmery. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker, slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Embark is described as a “dark reddish brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture is a combination of soft yet dry, so it doesn’t yield the best color payoff, though it is buildable. It isn’t quite as effortlessly blended, but it is workable. This shade is permanent, though the one included in the quad was less pigmented than the permanent one I have. Make Up For Ever #162 (P, $20.00) is darker, richer. Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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palette

Duchess

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sweet Eyes

A-

Product

9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sexy Eyes

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

MAC Bloody Brilliant Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Bloody Brilliant Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Bloody Brilliant Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains three new, limited edition shades and one permanent shade. It’s from the upcoming MAC x Osbournes collaboration collection. Generally, the color payoff across the quad was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, but it’s a softer, subtler look overall. I think fairer complexions will get the most mileage out of this color combination, as there will be more contrast seen, but shades like Fizzy Rose and Tickety Boo get somewhat lost on a medium complexion like mine. I wish it was more true-to-pan in regards to the pigmentation, though the textures of the palette were okay and the shades lasted between seven and eight hours before fading.

Spoonful of Sugar is described as a “sparkling platinum [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light silver with subtle warmth and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and the texture was mostly smooth, but it didn’t have the same buttery, creamy feel of other Veluxe Pearls. It wore well for seven hours on me. theBalm #31 (P, $6.50) is lighter. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC A Waft of Grey #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC A Party of Pastels #1 (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Platinum Love (LE, $19.50) is lighter, brighter. MAC Silver Screen (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Infini (P, $28.50) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tickety Boo is described as a “soft muted plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, warm mauve with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and the texture was soft but a little powdery/dry in feel. It was easy to blend on the lid, though. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #3 (P) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Forbidden (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is slightly warmer. LORAC Mauve (P) is similar. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $28.50) is a touch warmer. MAC Blackberry (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fizzy Rose is described as a “pale lilac [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink-lavender with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, but the texture was soft and not stiff, so at least it was a more workable eyeshadow. It is best patted on, and if you use a base, even better, too maximize the color coverage. This shade lasted seven hours on me before significantly fading. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #1 (P) is cooler-toned, brighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark, slightly muted, blackened burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. I can’t tell you how many versions I’ve tried of this shade–and it is part of the permanent line-up–and how it swatches every which way. Here, in this quad, it had semi-opaque color coverage, though it was somewhat dry, and I found it harder to blend on the lid–it tended to “stick” where it initially landed. It wears almost eight hours, though. theBalm #27 (P, $6.50) is very similar. theBalm Matt Batali (LE, $16.00) is richer. MAC Graphology (DC, $15.00) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Bloody Brilliant

B-

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Spoonful of Sugar

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tickety Boo

B

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Stila Canary Smudge Stick Eyeliner
Stila Canary Smudge Stick Eyeliner

Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is supposed to be an intensely pigmented, long-wearing, and waterproof eyeliner. It’s a twist-up eyeliner, so no sharpening is required, and in general, the formula wears eight hours on me and has a creamy, glide-on consistency makes it easy to apply. The major variable with these is pigmentation–many are nicely pigmented and easily buildable to opaque color in two layers but some are sheerer.

Stila Canary Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “bright yellow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had really good color payoff in a single pass, and the consistency was creamy and easy to apply. The color wore well for almost eight hours before starting to fade. Sephora Collection Banana Split (10) (P, $9.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Deep Fuchsia Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. This shade wore well for eight hours on my lower lash line before it started to thin and fade. Urban Decay Woodstock (LE, $19.00) is lighter, shimmery. MAC Process Magenta (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Violet Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-purple with soft, purple shimmer. It had so-so color payoff in one stroke, and it was only buildable to semi-opaque coverage. This liner lasted for almost eight hours on me. Urban Decay Asphyxia (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Canary

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Deep Fuchsia

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Violet

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, May 17th, 2014

MAC Silver Sun Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
MAC Silver Sun Extra Dimension Eyeshadow

MAC Silver Sun Extra Dimension Eyeshadow ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty sea foam green.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly yellow-toned green with a golden, frosted sheen. Sleek MakeUP Fauna (P, $9.99) is darker, less metallic. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #2 (P) is darker, matte. NARS Delphes #3 (LE, $24.00) is less metallic. MAC Sweet & Sour #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, so it was easy to apply and blend out on the skin. It wore well for seven hours before starting to fade just slightly–and MAC touts the wear of the formula at six hours. If you missed this when it launched on MAC’s website, the collection will still launch at other retailers next week and in-stores/at counters on the 22nd. You can see the reviews of the other shades here.

The Glossover

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product

Silver Sun

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick Eyeliner
Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick Eyeliner

Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is touted as a richly pigmented, long-wearing, waterproof eyeliner. It’s a formula I really like for its creamy, glide-on consistency that doesn’t tug or pull at the lash line, diverse shade range, and generally good wear. Some shades are more pigmented than others, though, as you’ll note below. I actually bought several more shades during their most recent sale after trying some of their recently released shades, so you’ll see more reviews over the next couple of months as I work my way through them (I went overboard).

Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “mint green.” It’s a light, pastel green with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in a few layers. It wore well for eight hours before thinning. NARS Barrow Street (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Cobalt Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep teal blue.” It’s a medium blue with a matte finish (I really don’t see the teal in this at all). It had good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to full opacity in two passes. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief (P, $15.00) is very shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. MAC Hi-Def Cyan (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. bareMinerals 4AM (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Ultra Marine Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “shimmering navy blue.” It’s a sparkling, medium-dark blue; it still has some brightness to it, so it doesn’t look black on the lash line. It was quite sheer in one pass, and it really didn’t layer well so I could never achieve full opaque color. It started to fade and thin after seven and a half hours. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Cobalt (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (P, $9.00) is brighter. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #3L (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Mint Julep

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Cobalt

A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Ultramarine

C-

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

5.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Urban Decay Streak Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Streak Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Streak Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) just debuted on the brand’s website and will be available at all the other retailers later this month/early June. It features a bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a slim compact. The texture of the bronzer and highlighter were good, while the blush was powdery and didn’t apply evenly. I wish the highlighter was just a bit less metallic, as it tended to emphasize skin imperfections and enlarge pores.

Streak Bronzer is described as a “pale bronze matte bronzer.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-brown with soft, gold shimmer. I wouldn’t describe it as matte, though it is not loaded with shimmer. The texture was soft, smooth, blendable, while it had good color payoff. It lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is yellower. bareMinerals Golden Gate Radiance (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Optical (LE) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Streak Highlighter is described as a “peachy shimmer highlighter.” It’s a very light, gold-shimmered peach with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. The finish is high-shine, though, and it emphasized pores. The shade wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Streak Blush is described as a “bright coral blush.” It’s a pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was really powdery and didn’t bind well together, so it didn’t apply as nicely to skin. If you wear liquid foundation and apply this while the foundation is still drying down, you’ll have better luck getting good color payoff. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

palette

Streak

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Streak Bronzer

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Streak Highlighter

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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