Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

theBalm All About Alex Eyeshadow
theBalm All About Alex Eyeshadow

theBalm Shady Lady Eyeshadow: All About Alex

theBalm All About Alex Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden khaki olive.”  It’s this darkened, golden-toned khaki brown with a faint hint of olive green micro-shimmer.  It’s subtle but it’s there; more noticeable when reflected against light than in a static swatch.  All of theBalm’s single eyeshadows are in simple cardboard packaging with a mirror inside.

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 All About Alex Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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All About Alex performs incredibly well, and the color itself is flattering on both warmer and cooler skin tones--that subtle olive green shimmer gives it just enough coolness to work.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Givenchy Candide Tangerine Rouge Interdit Lipstick
Givenchy Candide Tangerine Rouge Interdit Lipstick

Givenchy Spring 2011: Candide Tangerine

Givenchy Candide Tangerine (50) Rouge Interdit Lipstick ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, bright orange with a touch of darkness that keeps it from being a completely neon shade. The finish is satiny with a soft sheen but a creamy texture and nearly full color coverage. Illamasqua’s Temptress is a touch redder, while shades like MAC Neon Orange are closer but a little lighter.

my thoughts on the formula: The Rouge Interdit formula is creamy without being slippery nor clingy. It wears comfortably and holds on for four to six hours, with some of the lighter shades lasting only three to four (but those are in the minority). It has a noticeable floral perfumed scent but no taste. I do find that this formula is moisturizing, too, while still wearing really well.

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Givenchy Candide Tangerine (50) Rouge Interdit Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is a shade of orange that will work well on warmer skin tones, particularly deeper skin tones, because it offers a lot of brightness without turning neon.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, February 28th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Silent Treatment Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Silent Treatment Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio: Silent Treatment

Wet ‘n’ Wild Silent Treatment Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a neutral-themed eyeshadow trio that performs nicely and lasts all day (I included some photos of the look I used to test this trio about six hours after application).  It’s a little cool-toned, but the soft peach highlighter adds a touch of warmth. The crease shade is a dark, neutral-cool brown with gold shimmer–I was surprised at how it didn’t come off as a warmer brown from all of the gold shimmer.  I did feel that the gold flecks did not really come across when applied, but they didn’t land all over my under eye, either.    The eyelid shade is a mauve-tinted silvered brown; it’s a surprisingly complex shade.

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 in a wear test–easy to apply and blend while lasting the eight hours I wore it for (without any fading that I could see).  However, 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.

P.S. – I used this trio to do a drop test – I dropped it from 4 feet above tile floor, and it survived completely intact. The packaging did not break or crack, and the eyeshadow themselves were unharmed.

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Wet 'n' Wild Silent Treatment Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

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The Silent Treatment trio worked out really well, and I think these are some nice neutrals, not just because of color pay off, but the shades themselves--interesting and not too warm or cool.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, February 28th, 2011

Video Review: MAC Cremeblend Blush

This pretty much rounds off our MAC posts–for a few weeks at least–I hope, ha!

Sunday, February 27th, 2011


MAC Sheen Supreme: Overall & Recommendations

OVERALL, it’s a good formula, and I think it adds some nice shades to MAC’s permanent range.  I feel like there’s easily at least one shade that catches the eye.  There is a good balance of cool, more neutral, and warm shades here, as well as brights and darks and everyday kind of shades.  The majority of shades have some past shade compares closely, but for the most part, each shade doesn’t have five shades that are exactly the same either.  (One must always keep in mind that not everyone has every past or present shade, and so what is easily duped for one person is a new holy grail shade for another!)  It’s a solid release, and even better because they are permanent.

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Sunday, February 27th, 2011


MAC Sheen Supreme: Dupes & Comparisons

If I did not include a swatch or comparison below, it is most likely because I do not own the color to compare.

  • BARE AGAIN is a more opaque version of Hug Me. It is rosier than Cherish, lighter than Kinda Sexy. Woo Me is lighter and pinker.
  • BEHAVE YOURSELF is similar to Viva Glam Gaga and Of RoyaltySnob is cooler-toned and more opaque.
  • CAN’T GET ENOUGH is a little lighter than Sweet Ever After.
  • CAN’T RESIST is slightly less red than Fresh Moroccan. Funbathing is plummier, Rose Maiden is lighter and pinker, Odyssey is much plummier.
  • FULL SPEED is nearly identical to Red Full Stop. Rozz Revival is deeper and redder, while See Sheer is less pink and bright.  Chatterbox and Lustering are really too pink to be anything like it. Vegas Volt is noticeably orange in comparison.
  • GOOD TO BE BAD is a less opaque version of Darkside. Deepest Wish is browner, as is Kittenish. Media has stronger berry tones. Love Peck is also similar, though a touch darker, depending on how you apply it.
  • GOTTA DASH! is lighter than So Vain, more orange and pigmented than Funshine and Blowdry. (I don’t/couldn’t find Ravishing or Shy Girl, unfortunately.)
  • INSANELY IT! is a more fuchsia version of Fusion Pink, while Full Fuchsia is a little too magenta. NARS Funny Face is a little cooler and more purpled.
  • LOOK AT HER! is less red and shimmery compared to Guerlain Ginger, but it is more copper than Bronze Shimmer. Bronzilla is a rosy, pale bronze but not like it.
  • NEW TEMPTATION is pinker and sheerer than Russian Red. I expect it is closer to MAC Red, but I do not own it to compare.
  • QUITE THE THING! is a less opaque, more shimmered version of Rebel. Show Orchid is brighter, more magenta.
  • SUPREMELY CONFIDENT is most like Fleshpot, which is a little darker. Creme d’Nude, Blankety, Myth, and Viva Glam Gaga 2 are all noticeably darker.
  • ULTRA DARLING is a touch darker than NARS Niagara, bit more muted than MAC Crosswires, and little redder than Korres #18. Fast Thrill has more shimmer and less coral.

* I don’t own any comparable to Impressive, though it seems a lot like Modesty and Midi-mauve.

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