Saturday, February 7th, 2015

MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment
MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment

MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “black plum with plum pearl.” It’s a blackened purple with cool undertones and a pink shimmer that gives it a more frosted finish. Applied dry, it is less shimmery and goes on unevenly with so-so color payoff. Applied damp, it is more even and more pigmented, but it is hard to blend. The texture was fine but dry, so it wasn’t my favorite pigment to work with. It lasted for eight hours applied. L’Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Past Midnight #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. NARS High Society #3 (LE, $24.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pretty It Up Pigment ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “olive with pearlized pigments.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, sparky finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff applied wet or dry, but it is easier to work with damp, as there’s minimal fall out and the product goes on very smoothly. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. This shade was released as part of a holiday set, but the texture of the version in this collection is much finer and binds together a lot better. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is darker. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Stun (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Utopia (P, $6.99) is chunkier. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze (P, $28.00) is less sparkly, cream product. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is less sparkly. Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “fine white glitter with pearl sheen.” It’s pretty much as described–it’s very fine white glitter that when applied over a glitter adhesive looks more like a wet sheen than particles of glitter. This shade is part of the permanent range, and none of MAC’s Glitters are eye safe. As it is a loose glitter, it is best applied over some sort of adhesive base. I was rereading the description for MAC’s Glitters for this post, and MAC actually said it “can be applied directly to the skin.” When one does that, the product is messy to work with, and while some of the glitter sticks, a good deal of it doesn’t. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Pretty It Up

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It's pretty much as described--it's very fine white glitter that when applied over a glitter adhesive looks more like a wet sheen than particles of glitter.
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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft light gold with … flecks of … glitter.” It’s a sparkling, light-medium gold with a glittery, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, though the consistency was very smooth and lightly creamy, so it blended well on the skin. The color payoff was buildable to more opaque coverage, but there’s a fine line as you build to avoid it thickening as well. It lasted for nine hours but had noticeable fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop On the Rocks Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vibrant true bronze with gold and violet glitter.” It’s a brightened coppery bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. There was slight glitter in it, too, but it seemed primarily metallic applied. It was nicely pigmented, while the formula was creamy, blendable, and wore well for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Mooning Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich blackened bronze … with … pearlized glitter.” It’s a deepened bronze-shimmered brown with fine sparkle and a frost finish. It had rich color payoff that went on evenly with smooth color application. It wore well for ten hours before fading, but there was minor fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Bandit Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm rusty brown with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. It blends well on the skin, though it is more prone to sheering out slightly compared to the more shimmery shades in the range. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo
NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo

NARS St-Paul-de-Vence Eyeshadow Duo ($35.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of orange and medium brown, both warm-toned shades. These actually applied with more pigmentation when pressed onto the skin with a fingertip, as brushes seemed to make them apply more sheerly with a muted quality to them, but the satiny brown goes on unevenly with that type of application, so you might opt for sponge-tipped applicators or use a slightly tacky base. The duo goes together, though there isn’t a lot of contrast, so it may be too subtle together for some.

St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) is described as a “shimmering nectarine.” It’s a brightened peachy-orange with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It applied fairly well with good color payoff, but there’s a dryness to the shade overall that seemed to make it look more muted on the lid. It was noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Apricot (LE) is darker. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is yellower. Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P) is more muted. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is darker, less orange. Clarins The Essentials #3 (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is darker. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

St-Paul-de-Vence (Right) is described as a “chestnut.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little powdery and dry, so it tended to sheer out and fade more readily. It only lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Plum Ember (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Femme Fatale (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is darker. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a darkened burgundy purple with warm undertones and subtle pearly shimmer. It has a very waxy base, so while it glides across the skin without tugging, the color payoff in a single stroke is semi-sheer. It was buildable to mostly opaque color, and while I love the color but don’t find the formula to be particularly long-wearing as it thins after seven hours of wear. MAC Nightshade (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Raven (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Electric Cobalt Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a brightened, medium blue with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which was buildable to opaque color in two to three layers. It had the same waxy, glide-on texture that made it comfortable to apply but just not an intensely pigmented product. It wore well for seven hours before migrating towards the outer corner. Kat Von D D.R.A. (P, $10.00) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief (P, $15.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Emerald Volt Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a darkened green-teal with a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation in one pass, and the texture was better balanced between creamy and waxy, so it glided on, deposited even, rich color, and didn’t run. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Sephora Collection Good Mood (P, $9.00) is greener. Make Up For Ever #52L (LE, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Blue Noon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Electric Cobalt

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Deluxe Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Deluxe Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Shaaanxo Super Shock Shadow Set ($20.00 for 4 x 0.07 oz.) includes four earth-toned shades of cream eyeshadow. The four shades worked well together, and they could easily be used with other shades in the ColourPop formula. Three of the four performed very well, while the matte green fell short (though not a complete miss).

Deluxe is described as a “warm red bronze [with a Pearlized finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, copper and bronze shimmer that give it a light pearl finish. It had excellent color payoff that applied evenly, smoothly, and blended easily. The color wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Bandit (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, less brown. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Femme Fatale (LE, $15.00) is lighter/ Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is warmer. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted, less brown. MAC Antiqued (P, $15.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rebel is described as a “mid-tone khaki green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff where the actual coverage is higher, but it looks like a faded, softened version of how it looks in the pot. It wore well for eight and a half hours, but it seemed prone to fading faster than a lot of other shades I’ve tried in the formula. Kat Von D Cult (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $5.99) is darker. Kat Von D Gunner (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Mozambique (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Velvet Moss (DC, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #121R Middle (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Selfie is described as a “mid–tone peachy brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and blended well. This shade stayed on well for ten hours before fading. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is similar. LORAC Camel (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #3 (LE) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is similar. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

XO is described as a “light champagne [with a Pearlized finish].” It’s a brightened, light golden beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly creamy consistency that spread evenly across the skin and lasted for ten hours. LORAC Uninhibited (P) is lighter. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is similar. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is brighter. Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is similar. Maybelline Barely Brazen (P, $6.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes

Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes ($58.00 for 0.175 oz. each) debuted this spring as a new formula from the brand. There are seven variations, and each palette has five different shades. I didn’t like any of them, and I would never use any of these again personally, because they’re just far too time-consuming to work with. I’m a fan of Hourglass, and I loved their previous eyeshadow duos (some of the best eyeshadows on the market), so I was incredibly surprised to have such a poor experience with their newest formula.

The main problem with the formula is that it is so soft and finely-milled that it turns powdery, sometimes chalky, and doesn’t hold together well. In turn, that powderiness translates to poorer color payoff, poorer adhesion, and shorter wear times. The eyeshadow tends to dust off the skin without a tackier base to hold it there. Many shades sheer away to some degree with a few sheering away to near nothingness. Some of them are drier, some may be powdery but blend poorly. Even if you prefer a softer or sheerer look, you can easily achieve the same look with hundreds of other products that are easier to use.

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