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Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow
Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow

Chanel Gri-Gri (101) Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-tinged gray with bronze, mauve, and gold shimmer. It has a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #1 is purpler. Urban Decay Rehab is a cream product, browner, darker. MAC Fashion Fix is matte. MAC Hypnotizing is purpler. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige is grayer. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was decent but could have been more intense. The texture was powdery and a little grainy, so the color sheered out all-too-easily on the lid. If you like sheer washes of color, then it’s right up your alley, but if you’re looking for true-to-pan goodness, you may find this lacking. Applied on bare lids, it was somewhat sheer, faded after six hours, and had quite a bit of fall out when worn. I’d recommend a slightly tacky or creamy primer when wearing this to minimize both the fading and fall out. This was probably the one item from Chanel’s fall collection that I was, personally, quite interested in seeing, but it was a let-down.

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow Gri-Gri (101)
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
71%
Total

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Maybelline Never Fade Jade, Pink Rebel, & Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a bluish-teal with a satin finish. It’s beest applied with a damp brush, as it is semi-sheer and slightly patchy when applied dry. It is also easier to blend out when it is damp, as it tended to stick when I tried to apply it dry. Fyrinnae Gender Bent is lighter. Fyrinnae Sleepy Holllow is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is more shimmery, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is greener, cream. MAC Cool Heat is bluer. Inglot #338 is matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and iridescent fuchsia shimmer. This one was quite sparkly. Applied dry, it’s very sheer and more like a barely-there wash of color. Applied damp, it was more semi-opaque. CoverGirl Fired Up Pink is brighter, less cool-toned. Urban Decay Noise is less sparkly, darker. MAC Infra-violet is similar, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with subtle warm, plum undertones. Applied dry, it was sheer and uneven, and applied damp, it was more pigmented but still patchy. It was difficult to blend on the skin. Disney Snarfblat is cooler-toned. Dior Lilas Mitzah is similar. Urban Decay Vice is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Though they seemed incredibly pretty in their pots, I did not care for these in practice, because they stain the skin in such an over-the-top way and for all their staining power, fade within hours. I felt like my experience with these three was very opposite of what I experienced with the first three I tried. I experienced major staining with Never Fade Jade and Pink Rebel; my eyes were a murky, moldy green paired with “have you been crying?” pink for THREE (!) days. With a primer, it seemed to prevent most of the staining from Pink Rebel, but Never Fade Jade ate right through the primer and left an unholy stain of pain.

All three of these faded very, very quickly; like by the time you went to apply color on the other eye, everything appeared noticeably faded and washed out. I used these damp on bare lids, and then I used them damp over a primer, and they really couldn’t be helped over bare lids and absolutely needed a primer to manage decent color. I still had significant fading after a mere four hours with primer, and there was also a fair amount of fall out. Pink Rebel seemed to be responsible for the majority of the fall out (it was very iridescent!). I had originally tried three of the more neutral shades, and I remember Musings of a Muse didn’t like these much, so I was confused as I loved the neutrals, but after I tried these three, I knew exactly what she was talking about (and we texted about the differences between the shades).

Definitely not 24-hours of wear; not even four hours of decent wear with a primer (which has generally seen me through many an eyeshadow formula to at least eight hours of wear!). The staining is to such a degree that it can actually interfere with wearing makeup the next day or even the day after that. The staining left behind is sheer and uneven, so one would be hard-pressed to argue that was 24-hour wear. It’s not “powerful color intensity” that “stays put up to 24 hours.”  Some of the shades in this range are absolutely a dream to use, but these three were nightmarish.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Never Fade Jade
5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
2
Longevity
3
Application
62%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Pink Rebel
Pink Rebel
Pink Rebel
5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
2
Longevity
3.5
Application
60%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Potent Purple
5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
2
Longevity
3.5
Application
58%
Total

Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy?, Banana Mochi, & Dragon’s Wing Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vibrant, gleaming green with a hint of turquoise.” It’s a medium-dark, forest green with gold and teal shimmer and a frosted finish. Applied damp, it is fairly opaque, and patted over Pixie Epoxy it is fully opaque and slightly smoother. It’s part of the Arcane Magic range, so at a certain angle or closer to a light source, it is supposed to take on a “deep pink color, almost magenta.” It’s very, very subtle when it does catch the light at just the right angle and distance. Sephora Walk on the Wild SIde is similar but lacks the brown-ish base. Sephora Rolling in the Grass is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Zodiac is warmer, browner. NARS Night Porter is darker. See comparison swatches.

Banana Mochi Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow with a touch of shimmer.” It’s a light-medium yellow with a pearly finish; applied damp over bare skin gave it a more satin-like finish, and patted over Pixie Epoxy brought out the shimmer and gave it more of a pearly/frosted finish. It had full color payoff for both applications. MAC Bright Yellow is matte. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 is slightly warmer. MAC Colour Added is a bit yellower. MAC Bright Sunshine is brighter. Inglot #370 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Dragon’s Wing Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “shimmery bright medium green with a slight aqua highlight.” It’s a light-medium, subtly warm-toned green with a fine gold and aqua shimmer. It’s so finely-milled that this one did have more noticeable fall out during application, even when tapping the brush to remove excess and patting over Pixie Epoxy. Illamasqua Possession is a cream product. MAC Wondergrass is warmer, less shimmery. OCC Foxfire is a bit darker, not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

All three eyeshadows applied smoothly over the lid, and the texture across the three was very finely-milled Over a primer and Pixie Epoxy, I did not experience any issues with wear after nine hours (no creasing, fading, or the like).  Fyrinnae doesn’t indicate their eyeshadows are long-wearing (their recommendation is to layer a primer under Pixie Epoxy, actually), but I do test them without a base and apply them with a damp brush; I had some fading after seven hours with Dragon’s Wing but the other two shades wore without fading or creasing for a full eight hours.

Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Eyeshadow Are You My Mummy?
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Banana Mochi
Banana Mochi
Banana Mochi
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Dragon's Wing
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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NARS Brow Gels

NARS Brow Gel
NARS Brow Gel

NARS Brow Gel ($22.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “glossy, easy gliding gel to tame, tidy, and groom eyebrows.” It’s available in four shades Oural (clear), Athens (blonde), Piraeus (medium brown), and Kinshasa (dark brown). The brow gel is housed in a matte black tube (much like mascara), and it comes with a spoolie-wand for applying.

  • Athens is a light-medium brown with subtle yellow undertones.
  • Kinshasa is a medium-dark red-tinged brown. (This is the shade that best matched my brows, but it felt a little red and light.)
  • Piraeus is a light-medium brow with subtle yellow undertones. I really couldn’t tell much of a difference between this and Athens. I initially thought I had received two of the same shade, but the labels showed they were two different shades. Piraeus is slightly darker, not as quite as yellow-toned–but they are very close.

The only one I liked and would consider using was Oural, which is clear. The consistency is slightly thick, takes about a minute or two to dry and set, and then it helps keep brows in place for eight hours or so. The problem I had with the colored shades was that there is way too much product in a single pull of the wand. There is so much product that you could be doing about twenty people’s brows with what is on the brush, so there is a large margin for error as you try to wipe the wand against the rim of the tube to avoid over-applying. It’s a very unforgiving product if you over-apply, because it leads to crunchy brows, stray marks all over the place, and it’s difficult to blend once it sets, so it really necessitates complete removal.

You want a pigmented formula, but you don’t it to be delivered in a way that’s wasteful or makes it so difficult to use. I had the best luck taking a clean spoolie brush and lightly running it against NARS’ wand, and then applying using my separate spoolie brush to get cleaner, even results. I think the color range is disappointing; Kinshasa is not going to be dark enough for black-brown or black brows, and Athens and Piraeus are far too similar for a range with only three colors. I’ve been using Oural on and off, and I like that it doesn’t leave my brows crunchy, but the hairs still stay in place throughout the day. I haven’t tried enough brow gels to affirmatively say it’s the best one on the market (the only other one I’ve used with consistency is MAC’s, which I also like).

NARS   Brow Gel
Brow Gel

LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette
LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 16 x 0.02 oz.; 1 x 0.19 oz.) consists of sixteen eyeshadows (half are shimmery, half are matte), plus a travel-sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, which comes in a squeeze-tube. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” and can be applied wet or dry. What I like is that they’ve included the primer so you can get “stay-true color that lasts,” rather than tout the eyeshadows as forever-wearing on their own. Overall, the palette has good pigmentation, soft and smooth textures, and has a good mix of finishes (mattes and shimmers) in a neutral spectrum of colors–though there are a few bolder/richer shades included so it’s not merely a mix of beige and brown. When I wore the eyeshadows over LORAC’s primer, they lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. When I wore them alone (and this is for reference and did not impact the rating, since it wasn’t a claim LORAC does make the claim that their eyeshadow formula, generally, is “long-lasting”), they lasted eight hours well and showed some light fading after nine hours of wear.

White is a crisp, slightly cool-toned white with a matte finish. The texture is soft, a bit powdery, and does look a little chalky against my skin tone (but blended out, with other shades–I used it mixed with Cream–or on paler skin tones, it should be fine). Sugarpill Tako is similar. bareMinerals Cumulus is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #00 is similar. Inglot #373 is also similar. Inglot #318 is a touch cooler. Bobbi Brown White is similar as well. See comparison swatches.

Cream is a pale beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was the least pigmented shadow of the sixteen; the texture was a little stiff and dry, so it was a bit hard to get good color payoff. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Kinky is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Anonymous is comparable. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Biarritz is warmer. MAC Sahara Dust is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ivory is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Taupe is a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. Urban Decay Beware is warmer. theBalm Allegro is lighter. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is more shimmery. MAC Caramel Sundae is more shimmery. MAC Aurora is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 is darker. Inglot #360 is slightly darker. Inglot #337 is a touch lighter and warmer. See comparison swatches.

Light Pink is a pale, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was slightly powdery. theBalm Matt Chung is lighter. NARS Bouthan #1 is warmer. MAC Young Venus is more shimmery. Chanel Variation #1 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Mauve is a muted, pink-plum with a matte finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the texture was very soft but a touch powdery. NARS Charade #1 is warmer, more shimmery. Illamasqua Forgiveness is darker. Inglot #344 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Icon is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sable is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had very nice pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. NARS Surabaya #2 is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Flowers 3 #4 is more shimmery. MAC Take Root is more shimmery, cream product. Guerlain Turandot #4 is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is more shimmery. Inglot #327 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Espresso is a deep, dark taupe–a cool-toned, gray cast overwhelms the very dark brown base. It has a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was slightly stiff. MAC Diamond Dove is warmer. bareMinerals Foreshadow is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Black is medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff, and it is best applied by patting on, then blending, to maximize the intensity. theBalm Serious,  MAC Carbon, and Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 are all similar.  See comparison swatches.

Nude is a warm, champagne beige with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff and applied smoothly. MAC Smokeluxe #1 is warmer. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is similar. Urban Decay Skimp is less shimmery. MAC Shroom is more beige. Illamasqua Slink is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is similar. Chanel Raffinement is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Champagne is slightly rose-tinted and champagne-colored. Between this and Nude, there isn’t much of a noticeable difference–at least on my skin tone. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Urban Decay Skimp is less shimmery. MAC Call Me Bubbles is less shimmery. Illamasqua Slink is similar. Chanel Raffinement is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gold is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft and buttery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #4 is more orange. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is darker. Urban Decay Penny Lane is lighter. NARS Isolde #1 is similar. MAC Campfire is more metallic, lighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 is less frosted, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Light Bronze is a warm-toned peach with yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was very soft but a smidgen powdery. Disney Splendid is lighter. MAC Summer Haze is darker. MAC All That Glitters is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Pewter is a medium-dark brown with mostly neutral undertones–the top layer seems almost cool-toned, but the undertone seems slightly golden. It had good color payoff, and the texture felt soft and buttery, though a tiny bit powdery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #3 is very similar. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is less shimmery. MAC Havana is warmer. Urban Decay Snakebite is darker, yellower. MAC Friendly is warmer, redder. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is more golden. Urban Decay Bewitch is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Garnet is a medium-dark, muted copper with reddish-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. theBalm Racy Kacy is similar. NARS California is also similar–slightly redder. MAC In the Sun is redder. MAC Rusty is a cream product. MAC Deep Fixation is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Ever Elegant is darker. Burberry Dark Spice #3 is browner. See comparison swatches.

Deep Purple is a blackened purple with subtle, warm brown undertones and a dusting of plum micro-shimmer. It had a very pearly sheen–not quite a frost but more than a satin. It had nice color payoff, and it applied smoothly. Disney Wonder by Wonder is lighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night is lighter. MAC Spellcaster is more matte. Giorgio Armani #3 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Slate is a deepened, cool-toned charcoal gray with flecks of teal micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff and had a smooth, buttery texture. Disney Flotsam is lighter. Urban Decay Ace isn’t as cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #1 is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

LORAC 16-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Pro Palette
Pro Palette
Pro Palette
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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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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