Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Zoya Touch Collection
Minka, Shay, Pandora

Zoya Touch Collection

Zoya Touch Collection includes three nude shades: Minka (latte beige cream with a metallic kiss), Shay (desert rose sand beige cream with a metallic kiss), and Pandora (mauve beige cream with a metallic kiss).

  • Minka is a light-medium beige with warm undertones and a subtle silver micro-shimmer. It’s a bit like Deborah Lippmann Not THat Innocent, though not as dark.
  • Shay is a pink-tinged peach-beige with a silvery-white micro-shimmer threaded through the creamy base. It looks pinker in the bottle than applied, at least on my hands, which I attribute to my natural yellower undertones. It’s a bit like MAC Hangin’ Loose on me.
  • Pandora is a light-medium pale, beige-y rose with silvery-white threads of metallic shimmer. The closest shade I could think of was Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie, which is darker and pinker.

All three were surprisingly pigmented–Zoya really meant it when they said these were full coverage, because these were nearly opaque in one coat, but I used two for the swatches.  I typically get a week’s worth of wear out of Zoya’s formula.  The formula on these was on the thicker side, though, so more patience was required than I anticipated, which resulted in messier swatches than I’d like, because it didn’t flow as nicely as it could (my carpal tunnel has been acting up, so my hands are really shaky lately).

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Zoya Touch Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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If the idea of nude polish has always appealed to you but the sheer finishes commonly associated with softer nudes has put you off, Zoya has brought three neutral nudes to the party that deliver on opaque color coverage in two coats.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Sweet as Candy Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Sweet as Candy Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sweet as Candy Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sweet As Candy Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is like a palette of Neopolitan ice cream! There is a bright, warm white with a metallic sheen; medium-dark chocolate brown with a metallic sheen; and berry-tinged pink with subtle yellow undertones with a metallic sheen. I found all three shades to have a higher level of sheen, more so than the typical frost.

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this trio is well-pigmented, smooth to the touch, and the colors themselves performed well enough in a wear test, though there was some minor but noticeable fading after eight hours. These seem to work best directly over a base, rather than layered on top of each other–like I layered the eyelid shade over the crease shade, and I felt like I had to pack more of it on to get it to really show.

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Wet 'n' Wild Sweet as Candy Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

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One of the best trios I've seen from Wet 'n 'Wild, because the pigmentation on all three shades is excellent, along with a really smooth, soft texture. I did find it didn't wear as well as some of my favorite eyeshadows do, but they hold up remarkably well that I think most will find it excusable at this price point.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Summer 2011:  Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains “a vibrant orange, intense blue, deep brown, and lighter brown” that are “speckled with a pale golden tone.” Guerlain says that they can be used together or separately. The palette includes two sponge-tip applicators and mirror on the inside. It’s housed in a blackened bronze that shimmers in the light a bit.

I remember some readers were concerned about the feasiblity of using an eyeshadow palette like this, but in reality, the gold is really just an overspray–it disappears within the first use or two–so there are four distinct sections, each large enough to accomodate your average eyeshadow brush.

The palette includes a brightened, medium-dark orange with soft gold flecks of shimmer; dark, cool-toned brown with a pearled sheen; medium-dark, warmed-over brown with a soft gold micro-shimmer and satin finish; and a brightened medium-dark cobalt blue with a satiny sheen. Color pay off was good across the board, though the blue shade could use a little more oomph. The texture of these was soft without being powdery, so they applied smoothly and didn’t have any issues with fall out.

As a luxury brand, Guerlain’s price point isn’t for everyone, but at the least the palette contains 0.32 oz. worth of product, which is $184/oz. compared to brands like Chanel ($233/oz. for a quad), Dior ($276/oz. for a quint), MAC ($180/oz. for a pre-made quad), and NARS ($265/oz. for a trio). It’s always nice to see a boost in quantity with higher priced products, even if the total price may be a deciding factor. Despite its embellishments and designs, this eyeshadow palette retails for the same their normal quads do.

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Guerlain Terre Indigo Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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Guerlain fans who long for a little more color and oomph will appreciate this palette for its daring hues. The brand certainly didn't skimp on pigmentation so the shades touted as vibrant can actually be used that way.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Butter London Dosh Nail Lacquer
Butter London Dosh Nail Lacquer

Butter London Dosh Nail Lacquer

Butter London Dosh Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as “a molten apple green shot through with metallic gold.”  Dosh is British slang for money, according to the description over at beauty.com.  It’s  a granny smith apple green–chartreuse yet greener.  It has flecks of gold and green shimmer in a finish that almost looks like glass to me.

I compared this shade against other greens in the swatch gallery, but it’s really not like anything I have (not to say there may not be a dupe out there, but I don’t know one!).  It is a deeper green than Illamasqua Radium, but the way the chunky shimmer looks makes the end result differ significantly.

This had nice color pay off and only required two coats for an opaque result.  Most of my experience as of late with Butter London has been with cream finishes, and I’m pleased to report that the shimmer ones apply just as nicely as I remembered–really even flow, smooth application, and drying time isn’t long at all.  I typically get a week of wear with Butter London’s formula with a proper base and top coat.

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Dosh

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If you love your chartreuse/apple greens, Dosh makes a fun, shimmered variation to add to your stash.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011

theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow
theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow

theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow

theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark navy blue sheen.” It reads a little more like indigo to me–it has this really rich, deep dark navy blue twisted with a blackened violet. It’s all mixed with blue and violet and almost teal-ish shimmer and finished with a soft sheen. The sheen came through more when I applied it wet, but when dry, it has a slightly more matte finish.

my thoughts on the formula: theBalm’s eyeshadows are soft, silky smooth, and packed with pigment. They apply evenly, blend out beautifully, and aren’t powdery at all (sometimes a side effect of really soft eyeshadows). I find they are so easy to use, because they apply without fall out and blend with other shadows effortlessly. Worth noting, too, is individual eyeshadows come with 0.12 oz., which is just over double the average eyeshdaow–and at a rather affordable price tag.

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theBalm Risque Renee Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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theBalm's eyeshadows have such a soft, smooth texture that applies so well. Risque Renee is no different--excellent color pay off combined with the signature silky smooth feel makes for a standout eyeshadow.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Milani Drenched in Gold Baked Eyeshadow
Milani Drenched in Gold Baked Eyeshadow

Milani Baked Metallic Eyeshadow: Drenched in Gold

Milani Drenched in Gold Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a softened yellow gold with a metallic sheen.  It reminded me a lot of MAC’s Goldmine, which is a staple eyeshadow for me.  I liked the way this looked both wet and dry–there really wasn’t much of a difference-so it is more convenient to use.  It applied smoothly and had good color pay off with no fall out.

I do wish they’d ditch the sponge/brush applicator, though, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.

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Drenched in Gold

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This is an affordable dupe to MAC's Goldmine eyeshadow! It's gold without being too dark or metallic, so I think it will work well in a variety of looks.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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