Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 2 Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 2 Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 2 Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.60 oz.) was released last year but is still available at many major retailers. After reviewing Shady Lady Vol. 3, which is new for this year, I thought I’d better snag last year’s while I could. The nine eyeshadow shades included in this palette are: Caught in the Act Courtney (shimmering rich brown), Feisty Felicia (midnight black shimmer), Insane Jane (shimmery taupe), Bossy Bobbi (shimmering peacock blue), Makeout Mary (moss green shimmer), Just This Once Jamie (silvery lilac shimmer), Mischievous Marissa (luxurious champagne gold), Tempting Tara (shimmering sugar), and Devilish Danielle (golden peach shimmer).

  • Caught in the Act Courtney is dark chocolate brown with soft red undertones and flecks of copper shimmer. This shade is also available individually/permanently.
  • Feisty Felicia is darkened plum-black with silver flecks of shimmer.
  • Insane Jane is a medium-dark taupe brown with a metallic-frost finish.
  • Bossy Bobbi is a medium-dark teal-blue with a frost finish.
  • Makeout Mary is a yellowed khaki olive green with a golden shimmer-sheen.
  • Just This Once Jamie is a pink-mauve with silver shimmer and sheen. This shade is also available individually/permanently.
  • Mischievous Marissa is a muted orange with a frost finish. This shade is also available individually/permanently.
  • Tempting Tara is a bright white with a frost finish.
  • Devilish Danielle is a champagne peach with a frost 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.

theBalm’s single eyeshadows retail for $16.00 and contain 0.12 oz. worth of product, while this palette retails for $39.50 and comes with 0.60 oz. worth of product. Single eyeshadows work out to be $133/oz. and the palette works out to be $77/oz. The palette is also an excellent deal, because each shade is approximately 0.067 oz. each (the average full-sized eyeshadow is 0.05 oz.), so you get more variety.

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palette

Shady Lady Vol. 2

A+
All nine shades performed beautifully and lived up to theBalm's single eyeshadow formula. They were richly pigmented, silky smooth, and blended effortlessly.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Concrete Jungle Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a muted, gray-casted blue. It’s like the color of the sky as storm clouds start rolling in–a little ominous but still blue.

It’s not currently available, and unfortunately, didn’t garner enough votes in Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Bring-It-Back vote, so we won’t see this back in stock any time soon. On a brighter note, however, Diamond Cosmetics’ Concrete Jungle is supposedly a dupe, and from these swatches, they sure look awfully similar. I’m hoping to snag my own bottle for comparison and will keep you posted.

my thoughts on the formula: These are richly pigmented lacquers that have nuances in both the color and finishes. Each color is well-thought out, and I’ve yet to come across a poor performer in the brand’s color range. I used two coats for opaque coverage.

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product

Concrete Jungle

A
It's a shade unlike anything I have in my stash, so I have my fingers crossed that the Diamond Cosmetics shade really is a dupe so others can enjoy this color, too!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream ($50.00 for 1.7 oz.) is an incredibly moisturizing cream with the texture of a gel/cream hybrid but all of the hallmarks of a water-based gel. It absorbs within a coupleof minutes, and it never feels greasy or heavy. I have normal-to-dry skin, and especially in the fall/winter, I do tend towards moderately dry. I used this for a month and a half (usually both in the morning and evening, which is why I finished it so quickly), and my skin drank it in.

It wore beautifully under makeup, because it dries down to a near matte finish and doesn’t have any slip, slide, or residual greasiness after application. The texture is more like a cream than gel, but it lacks the density of cream, so it also lacks the heaviness when applied–it has a comfortably lightweight feel. I was so pleased that it worked well in the mornings, though, because it is often the easiest for me to tell just how enduring a moisturizer is–some will leave my skin feeling parched by early afternoon, but this moisturizer worked around the clock. The Hydrating Gel Cream comes in a screw-top jar made out of a hard plastic. It has a clean scent–light herbal-citrus; just very fresh and subtle.

ingredients: Water, Capric Triglyceride, Tribehenin Peg-20 Esters, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Rosa Canina (Rose) Fruit Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine), Cholesterol, Trehalose, Hydroxyproline, Proline, Caprylyl Glycol, Phytosphingosine, Phytantriol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Acrylates Copolymer, Linoleic Acid, Dimethiconol, PEG-8, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glycine, Sodium Carbomer, Ascorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol

By the by, are we not in the year 2011? Isn’t it about time beauty brands started listing ingredients online? I’m so beyond frustrated when I inquire via email/live chat only to be told to call some 1-800 number. Really — you think the best way to handle this is reading off a laundry list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients?

final thoughts: I love this for morning or evening, really. It makes for an excellent daytime moisturizer (assuming you use a separate SPF, of course!) for those with drier skin types that don’t want to wear a heavy cream underneath their makeup. For those with oilier skin with drier patches or still want a more hydrating moisturizer for the evening (but without the heaviness of true evening creams), I think this would work quite nicely.  This moisturizer strikes a good balance between hydration and texture.

where to buy: Bobbi Brown

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Monday, March 7th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild I Got Good Jeans Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild I Got Good Jeans Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio: I Got Good Jeans

Wet ‘n’ Wild I Got Good Jeans Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) includes a pale, silvery blue with a frost-metallic finish; deep, navy blue with a soft frost finish; and a darkened, yellow gold with a soft metallic finish. The color pay off was really nice on all three shades–very true-to-pan. Each shade was smooth to the touch, too. I had minor fall out with the gold shade and the slightest fading with the navy blue when worn.

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 pretty good overall. The eyeshadows are soft, smooth, and well-pigmented. I noticed a little bit of fall out with the gold shade and minor fading with the blue–both being very slight and more nitpicky than anything else.

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Wet 'n' Wild I Got Good Jeans Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This is definitely one of the better variations from the new spring trios! These are common enough shades that they make great affordable alternatives to higher-end shades like Urban Decay Mary Jane, MAC Deep Truth, and MAC Goldmine.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 7th, 2011

Tarte NeutralEyes Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte NeutralEyes Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte NeutralEyes Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Neutral Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.60 oz.) features ten of Tarte’s Amazonian clay eyeshadows. It also includes Brown emphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner, double-ended shadow brush, and miniature-sized Lifted Eye Primer.  It comes in a shimmering purple palette with zipper and snake print detailing.

  • Matte Bone is a soft beige with a matte finish. It has a very smooth feel.
  • Matte Taupe is a softened grayish taupe with a semi-matte finish–it has just a touch of sheen.
  • Matte Olive Green is an olive-tinged charcoal brown with a semi-matte finish. I just didn’t see green in this shade when swatched. This one was also a little sheer and powdery.
  • Shimmering Bronze is a muted copper with a frost finish.
  • Matte Deep Teal is a darkened bluish-teal with a satin sheen. It was a touch sheer. (Yes, this shade arrived broken.)
  • Matte Soft Pink is a pale pinked beige with a matte finish–it’s very similar to Matte Bone, except there it leans pink.
  • Shimmering Soft Peach is a champagne shimmered peach with a frost finish. It goes on rather sheer.
  • Matte Brown is a medium-dark red-toned brown with a semi-matte finish.
  • Matte Plum is a red-toned plum purple with a semi-matte finish. I wish this had beenmore pigmented–it was a little powdery and sheer.
  • Matte Navy is a blackened blue-teal with a matte finish.
  • Brown Aqua-Gel Eyeliner is a medium-dark chocolate brown with subtle warm undertones. It is incredibly smooth and creamy, but it was so creamy that the tip of the pencil broke off upon first use.

my thoughts on the formula: The formula on these eyeshadows was scattered–a couple were silky smooth and had true-to-pan color, while others were powdery and sheered out with the slightest touch. The eyeliner glides on with nice pigmentation and wears all day but one has to be careful with it or else it breaks.

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Tarte Neutral Eyes Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

C-
I struggled with several of these eyeshadows. The ones I noted having either pigmentation or texture issues were as troublesome applied to eyes as they were swatched. I felt like just a simple touch of the brush made these sheer out so quickly. It's a shame, because the palete itself has cute, funky packaging and comes with a whole lotta product for your $44.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 7th, 2011

Dior Pink Stiletto Ultra Gloss
Dior Pink Stiletto Ultra Gloss

Dior Pink Stiletto Ultra Gloss

Dior Pink Stiletto (234) Ultra Gloss ($27.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a sheer pink and gold shimmered gloss. It’s virtually colorless and just lends lots of added shine and shimmer atop your natural lip color.  Ultra Gloss is moisturizing with a very smooth, slick feel with a shimmering sparkle that’s noticeable without being overwhelming.

my thoughts on the formula: The strength of Ultra Gloss lies in its formula–I really think it’s the feel and look of the product that makes this gloss worth checking out. It’s completely non-sticky and has no scent or taste. All these characteristics leads me to think that a lot of lipgloss fans will enjoy them. I did find that these only lasted just under two hours on me, and then all that remained was the shimmer/micro glitter, and I’d say this was the major downside of this gloss.

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Dior Pink Stiletto Ultra Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

B
The formula is so comfortable to wear, because it has a soft, smooth texture that's non-sticky, moisturizing, and just feels nice. Unfortunately, it disappears too quickly--less than two hours--and normally, I get around three to four with gloss.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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