Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Overall & Round-up

These are all of the shades of Giorgio Armani’s Eye to Kill Intense Eyeshadows that I have.  There is one missing (14), which came out with 13, 15, and 16 for holiday in 2010–unfortunately, it was already unavailable when I started to review these shades earlier this year.  You can view all 15 in their full glory in the Swatch Gallery.

More UniqueBlast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2), Purpura (3), Pulp Fiction (4)

Good AlonePulp Fiction (4), Khaki Pulse (6), Sweet Fire (7), Champagne (8), Rock Sand (9),

Less Unique:  Gold Blitz (5), Sweet Fire (7), Champagne (8), Rock Sand (9), White Punch (11)

Temptalia’s Favorites:  Blast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2)), Purpura (3), Pulp Fiction (4), Khaki Pulse (6), Black (13)

Best Quality:  Blast of Blue (1), Lust Red (2), Gold Blitz (5), Khaki Pulse (6), Black (13), Copper/Black Grey (15)

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Monday, July 18th, 2011


Thierry Mugler Dream Rouge Unique Lipstick

Thierry Mugler Rouge Unique Lipstick

Thierry Mugler Dream Rouge Unique Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “chimerical purple, haunting, dark, and translucent.” It’s a berry-grape with subtle ruby red and purple micro-shimmer strewn through the base color, which does have a translucent appearance without being sheer. The color coverage is semi-opaque, and Dream wore five hours on me and left behind a residual stain that wore on for another hour or so. It has a naturally glossy finish, and it’s very moisturizing. The creaminess of the formula enables it to glide on easily, and the color deposits evenly without a big fuss. I couldn’t detect any scent or taste.

Guerlain Bee has a very similar texture but the color is redder. MAC Rebel is brighter and pinker. Milani Sexy Rose is pinker, less berry, and has a frosted finish.

It’s packaged in a slim metal tube that’s shiny, so while it does hold fingerprints, the reflective surface makes it harder to see them unless you look closely. The lipstick itself is shaped like a faceted jewel, which is fun to look at, but it doesn’t affect application in any way. It has enough heft that it doesn’t feel cheap, but it’s still lightweight overall and travel-friendly.

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Thierry Mugler Rouge Unique Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is a great color for fall, because it's dark and vampy, but the translucent appearance of the color keeps it from being overwhelmingly dark. I wish their distribution was larger, because online-only shopping can be frustrating!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, July 18th, 2011


NARS Bali Eyeshadow

NARS Bali Eyeshadow

NARS Bali Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral taupe.” That description is rather apt–it’s a dark, gray-tinted brown, which is what taupe is. It has a matte finish, and the color payoff is good overall. It applies smooth for the most part, and it’s not too cool or warm, so it’s a color that should work well on a variety of skin tones. Bali makes for a nice crease color as well as a subtle way to line the eye.

NARS’ eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. When I wear them alone, I tend to get around seven to eight hours of wear before there is a faint amount of creasing. It’s decent wear, and when it begins its descent, it’s a slow fall, but I’d recommend a primer for all-day wear (especially for those with oilier lids, as I have normal-to-dry lids). In my experience, matte shades wear longer alone than shimmery or glittery shades, so Bali edges out more around eight hours of good wear.

NARS’ packaging is very slim, compact, and even the single eyeshadows include a mirror when you flip it open. Rubberized packaging ensures it won’t slip out of your hand, and it helps absorb any impact if you accidentally drop it. The downside to the rubberized packaging is that it can easily show powder debris if you keep it in your makeup bag. I keep my NARS in drawers, and everything is nice and clean.

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NARS Bali Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Bali would make a great staple color to reach for when creating more neutral looks. It's dark enough to be used in more dramatic looks but soft enough that it would be useful in subtler looks, too.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, July 18th, 2011


What’s in a brush?

Goody Jewel Shine Oval Cushion Brush ($6.49 at Walmart) is a tourmaline-infused brush designed to “smooth hair, minimize static, and enhance shine.” It has a “soft touch handle for a comfortable grip.”  When I sat down to write-up this review, I was trying to figure out how one might evaluate a brush.

For me, I use this brush each morning and evening to run through my hair.  I have long hair (about halfway down my back) that’s mostly straight, but there is some waviness from putting it up regularly.  My hair is thick and there is a lot of it–hairdressers always tell me, “You have enough hair for two people!” (That joke gets old when you’ve heard it for 15 years.)

I like that it runs through my hair easily, doesn’t catch, and there’s enough flexibility in the bristles that I can maneuver it easily through my hair.  It’s lightweight, and the grip is comfortable to hold–I haven’t had the brush fly from my hands yet. My hair doesn’t tangle much, but when I have a few loose tangles, it detangles those well without pulling painfully, because the flex and give of the bristles helps it work through the tangle steadily but surely.

Admittedly, the last brush I was using was FHI Heat’s Cushion Brush, which also used tourmaline as a selling point, so I didn’t see any dramatic difference from when I switched over, which means Goody’s doing a good job at maintaining the status quo at a third of the price!

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Sunday, July 17th, 2011


Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lipgloss

Chantecaille Brilliant Lipgloss: Patina

Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.) is semi-opaque berry red with subtle and muted gold micro-shimmer. The color applied more evently than Glaze, but it still had a slightly patchy look to it when worn. The consistency is gel-like, so it has some cushion and glides on easily, and it doesn’t feel sticky. I didn’t notice any scent or taste when I wore it either.

Brilliant Lipgloss is supposed to be a hydrating, long-lasting formula that finishes with brilliant shine. It is also has botanical microspheres to plump lips without stinging. It comes with a brush-type applicator, and one pull provides enough product for a single application. I do not find the formula long-lasting or plumping; it lasts three to four hours (which is about average for gloss on my lips), and I didn’t detect any plumping at all. The glossy shine will naturally give lips a fuller appearance, but nothing about the gloss made my lips look any fuller than they do with any shiny gloss. It is moisturizing, though, which makes it a more comfortable gloss to wear.

NYX Burgundy is a little redder, less berry, and more opaque. MAC Ban This! is a bit similar, but it’s more opaque and berry-based, as well as it has fuchsia as opposed to gold shimmer.

For a more in-depth review of the formula and product claims, please see my original review here! :)

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Chantecaille Patina Brilliant Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

C
When worn, it doesn't feel like a C-rated lipgloss at all, but the lack of plumping results coupled with average wear (as opposed to long-lasting wear) brought down an otherwise good lipgloss.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, July 17th, 2011


Urban Decay Baked Bronzer

Quick Review: Urban Decay Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Toasted Baked Bronzer ($26.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “bronze shimmer.” It is a warm, medium tan with a champagne shimmer and sheen. This shade completes Urban Decay’s trifecta of bronzers (the other two are Gilded and Toasted). It has a very smooth texture, but the shimmer and sheen may be too much for those who prefer a subtler or semi-matte bronzer. I’m only able to get an average of six hours of wear with this shade, though, which is below average.

Baked looks like a slightly lighter, more red-based version of Gilded. Gilded appears more orange-y, but the finishes are similar. I didn’t think they would be, given Gilded seems to have a rougher texture. MAC Golden is similar, a little more muted.

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Baked

B-
If you don't need a bronzer to wear longer than six hours, then you'll have less issues with this bronzer than I did. It has good color payoff without being difficult to apply and blend out. It's not more red-toned than the orange-toned Gilded, which makes it more suitable for cooler skin tones, but I still think it may be a bit too warm.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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