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Giorgio Armani #700 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #700 Flash Lip Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #700 Flash Lip Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #700 Flash Lip Lacquer ($29.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a nearly colorless gloss with multi-colored micro-shimmer. It almost looked holographic, and it was a pain in the butt to attempt to capture any of its prettiness on camera. It’s very sparkly, glossy, and it shimmers with pink and blue and violet bits. There are plenty of shimmering, nearly clear glosses on the market, so for most, you’d really have to be a big fan of either clear gloss (generally) or of the Flash Lip Lacquer formula.

The consistency is not too thick or too thin, and it feels almost like a hybrid gel and gloss–there’s a cushion-like texture there. It’s very lightly tacky, and it feels almost like a second-skin yet is not clingy or drying. I mean second-skin in the best way, because it is comfortable to wear and sits well on the lips, plus it’s lightly hydrating. Even though this is quite colorless, which is as the shade was intended, I still saw a high gloss finish and plenty of shimmer after three and a half hours, which is impressive for something so sheer.

Giorgio Armani Flash Lip Lacquer #700
#700
#700
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments (Barely Brazen, Breaking Bronze, Downtown Brown)

Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) come in twelve different shades, and this post features three of them. These are the first three I grabbed to try, and they happened to coordinate rather well together, which was a nice bonus! I really liked all three, as they had a very soft, finely-milled texture with nice pigmentation. Maybelline touts 24-hour wear (which is one of my least favorite claims for any product to make), and I’m not overly comfortable wearing makeup for that long, but I did wear all three shades for sixteen hours. I had some creasing after nine hours, and it was noticeably faded and fairly creased by sixteen hours. When worn over a primer, I didn’t have any issues until fourteen hours (some fading but no creasing).

The one thing I did notice was that these don’t contain a ton of product; loose eyeshadows are all over the map in regards to sizing, with generous sizes above 0.15 oz. and some around this size.   The jar seemed large, so I was surprised to see how much it actually contained. I think that it has plenty of product to last you quite awhile, but for those who are concerned about price per ounce, it might be something to consider.

I plan to review a few more shades from the range, and the next three I have planned, I can tell you that these are not created equal at all.  Though they did not live up to the 24-hour claim, they did wear well for a over half a day, so I suspect that for most, the wear is long enough–or at least not a deal-breaker.  I did experience more issues with some of the other shades, which I will get into after I finish up testing them.

Barely Brazen is a warm, shimmering champagne beige with a frosted finish. It applied with mostly opaque color dry, and then was fully opaque when applied wet. MAC Mooncake is a cream product. MAC Summer Haze is more frosted, lighter. MAC All That Glitters is similar. See comparison swatches.

Breaking Bronze is a warm, coppery brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and then it was fully pigmented applied with a damp brush. Disney Cosmic is less warm. theBalm Manic Maribel is less metallic. MAC Bare My Soul is less shimmery. Urban Decay Penny Lane is similar. NARS Isolde #1 is less metallic. bareMinerals Bragging Rights is similar. See comparison swatches.

Downtown Brown is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. It had opaque color both wet and dry. bareMinerals Schmooze is less metallic. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 is similar, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Bronze is darker. Urban Decay Suspect is cooler-toned. MAC Woodwinked is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Barely Brazen
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Breaking Bronze
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Downtown Brown
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Chanel Esprit (88) & Instinct (86) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a soft sheen. This shade is supposed to be one of the more pigmented/opaque shades of the Rouge Coco Shine formula, which is reflected in its coverage, as it is nearly opaque applied.  Esprit lasted four and a half hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while worn.  The consistency was creamy with a fair amount of slip and applied evenly.  Chanel Fiction is warmer. Revlon Raspberry Pie is cooler-toned, more raspberry. Guerlain Lou-Ling is darker. Guerlain Guet-Apens is slightly darker. Chanel Taffeta Rose is somewhat brighter. See comparison swatches.

Instinct (86) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft blue pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium beige-pink with neutral-cool undertones. As part of the normal range of Rouge Coco Shines, it is supposed to be sheer, which it is. It really doesn’t look like it alters my natural lip color much, other than giving it a natural sheen and darkening it slightly.  It seems to disappear in an hour and a half (judging primarily by shine, since color is a difficult indicator!), and after wearing it a few times in a row, I found it just slightly moisturizing.  Revlon Pink Lemonade is more opaque. NARS Mitzi is more shimmery. MAC Peach Blossom is similar. Guerlain Rose Desir is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Esprit (88)
Esprit (88)
Esprit (88)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Instinct (86)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5
Longevity
5
Application
80%
Total

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Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow & Gender Bent Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic gold over a rich olive green base.” It’s a deep olive gold with a really rich, soft metallic finish. The texture of this was insane; it felt like a cream product, even though it is a pressed powder, but it truly felt so buttery and smooth that it felt exactly like a cream eyeshadow does. A little went a long way when applying this, too. I found it looked the same applied dry as it did dry over Pixie Epoxy (at most, slightly more of a sheen with Pixie Epoxy). It wore on bare lids without creasing or fading for nine hours (same results over Pixie Epoxy/Primer). Urban Decay Stargazer is lighter, more metallic. NARS Paramaribo #1 is darker, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is yellower. Inglot #433 is browner. See comparison swatches.

Gender Bent (Loose) Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vivid, somewhat shimmery teal graced with bold orange sparkle.” It’s a bluish-teal with orange shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. Applied damp, it was semi-opaque, and then patted dry over Pixie Epoxy, it was more opaque. It had a very, very finely-milled texture and feel–it looked almost matte in the jar–but it was actually easy to use damp or over Pixie Epoxy. Gender Bent wore well for almost eight hours with light fading apparent just after that without a primer, and then layered over Pixie Epoxy and primer, it lasted nine hours without any signs of wear. (Fyrinnae does not seem to make any long-wearing claims, and in their blurb about Pixie Epoxy, they emphasize it is not a primer and to use a primer first to maximize wear time.) Disney Caspian Sea is slightly bluer. Sephora Curacao Punch is more glittery. MAC Parrot is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is darker. Milani Teal the Truth is more teal. MAC Double Feature #3 #1 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Aztec Gold
Aztec Gold
Aztec Gold
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Gender Bent
Gender Bent
Gender Bent
A

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows, each full-sized at 0.05 oz. that are supposed to be “stunning, high-pigment shadows for rich color payoff.” If you love rich, jewel-toned hues and frosted, metallic finishes, this is a palette well worth checking out. Overall, it’s incredibly pigmented, and the textures are phenomenal–creamy, buttery, and so, so soft. There are a few shades that aren’t totally perfect, but they perform better when applied and aren’t really finicky to apply. When I wore the eyeshadows, they lasted nine hours on bare lids as well as nine hours over primer with no signs of fading or creasing.

Dainty is a pale, pink-beige with a matte finish. While the majority of the palette have very shimmery finishes, this shade is completely matte. It can actually be used to take down the shimmer of any other shade by lightly layering it on top. Marc Jacobs The Tease #3 is slightly shimmery. Dior Constellation #3 is more shimmery. theBalm Matt Chung is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Heartless is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Charming is a burgundy-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade was slightly dry and stiffer compared to other shades in the palette, so the resulting color payoff was decent but not as intense as the rest of the palette. When used with a fluffy brush, it does apply with heavier color and blends out fairly easily. bareMinerals Ensemble is browner, darker. MAC Rich Core is more shimmery. MAC Sketch is similar. Urban Decay Uncut is purpler, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs The Tease #7 is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Girly is a warm, coppery brown with a green duochrome. It had fantastic color payoff and a smooth, buttery texture. MAC Double Feature #5 #2 is darker. MAC Greenluxe #5 is darker, bluer. I would imagine this is similar, but warmer and more orange-toned, to shades like Too Faced’s Label Whore and MAC Club/Blue Brown pigment (I think Green Brown would be more similar). See comparison swatches.

Totally Fetch is a vibrant fuchsia with a cool undertone and a pearly finish. It had intense color payoff and a very smooth, even texture. Fyrinnae Superstar is brighter. Sugarpill Dollipop is matte. Urban Decay Junkshow is purpler. MAC Double Feature #7 #1 is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Miss Sparkles is a deep black with silver sparkle. It has fairly good color payoff and is buildable, so you can get a really intense, deep black if desired, but the texture itself is very soft and slightly powdery, though that means it is easy to blend out. MAC Smokeluxe #5 is darker. MAC Bleuluxe #5 is similar. NARS Arabian Nights #2 is darker. NARS Night Breed is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is cooler-toned. Sugarpill Stella is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Ringleader is a warm, light-medium peach with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff and a smooth, buttery texture. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less shimmery. Urban Decay Snatch has glitter. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is slightly pinker. Inglot #397 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Gangsta is a warm, bronzy brown with copper undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery feel. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 is less warm. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is less shimmery. Urban Decay Deeper is darker, browner. MAC Cognac is yellower. MAC Tempting is more golden, less orange. MAC Romp is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Instigator is a molten, yellow gold with a high-shine, metallic finish. The color payoff was rich and intense, and the texture was incredibly soft and buttery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #5 is very similar. Sephora Girls Night Out is warmer. Urban Decay Spell #1 is similar, slightly darker. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. Maybelline Bold Gold is a cream product, darker. bareMinerals Remix is lighter, more gold. See comparison swatches.

Badass is a medium-dark blue with violet and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was more buildable when I was applying it than it seemed initially. The texture was very soft and blendable. NARS Kamchatka is matte. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is bluer. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is darker. MAC Thru the Night is darker, bluer. MAC Naval Blue is very similar. MAC Blue Storm is darker, bolder. See comparison swatches.

Jailbird is a cool-toned, metallic silver. The texture was incredibly butter and smooth, and the color payoff was amazing. MAC Silver Sleet is similar, slightly darker. MAC Warm Thunder is darker, less metallic. MAC Tundra is similar. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #6 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Too Faced 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Pretty Rebel
Pretty Rebel
Pretty Rebel
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows that follow a purple/plum theme. This palette had more of a mix of finishes, rather than all frosts/metallics like The Starlet. For more in-depth commentary about the packaging, please see this post.  Three shades were noticeably powdery, which meant they were easy to blend, but sometimes they were prone to sheering out while blending.  It’s better than stiff, stubborn mattes/satins, but powderiness can sometimes be unforgiving on dry lids or harder to achieve the intensity one desires.  The lightest pink shade was the hardest to work with as it tended to disappear, but the magenta shade, while very powdery, was more workable.  The more shimmery shades in the palette were quite nice with good color payoff, soft and smooth textures, and no application issues.  When I wore the eyeshadows over primer, I had no wear issues, and when I wore them over bare lids, I noticed the light pink shade had faded by eight hours, while the rest of the shades only showed signs of fading after nine hours.

The Tease #1 is a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a pearly finish–slightly shimmery but not too frosted. It had fairly good color payoff and a soft texture. MAC Black Grape is more metallic, glittery. Dior Constellation #4 is warmer. theBalm All the Way Annie is darker. theBalm Lavish Latoya is cooler-toned. Urban Decay AC/DC is a touch lighter. MAC Dusty Desire is more violet. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #2 is a muted, cool-toned gray with a purple tint. It had a mostly matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, though it was soft and easy to blend, and had good pigmentation. Fyrinnae Agenda has a pink shimmer/sheen. NARS Flowers 2 #2 is a satin finish. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #3 is a pale, pastel pink that appears more white than pink on the skin. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was rather powdery, so it tended to blend out to oblivion on the skin. Dior Constellation #3 is pinker. MAC Dare to Bare is warmer. theBalm Matt Chung is more matte. NARS Douce France #1 is more matte. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #1 is lighter. Chanel Variation #1 is similar. Chanel Premier Regard #2 is more matte, pinker. bareMinerals Muse is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #4 is a pale, muted peach with beige tones and a soft golden sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. Disney Scuttle is yellower. Urban Decay Skimp is more matte. MAC Sahara Dust is slightly more beige. MAC Nubile is darker, cream. MAC Hush is less shimmery. Chanel Eclosion #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #5 is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, high-shine finish. It had great pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is pinker, more metallic. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is slightly muted. MAC Love Power is a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #6 is a fuchsia-magenta with a matte finish. It had really rich color payoff, but the texture was noticeably powdery. It blends well but can sheer out if you are not careful. Sugarpill 2AM is similar. Urban Decay Infamous is shimmery. NARS Rebel #2 is lighter. MAC Power Boosted is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #7 is a warm-toned, burgundy-brown with red and violet micro-shimmer. It looked mostly burgundy applied, as the shimmer flakes away (didn’t seem to bind with the actual eyeshadow) and what was left is very subtle. Disney Master is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Enchanted #4 is deeper, browner, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Plush Shadow The Tease #4
The Tease #4
The Tease #4
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 The Tease (202)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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