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

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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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Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blending Brush
Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blending Brush

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blending Brush

Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blending Brush ($16.00) debuted in the past couple of months, and it is a very small, domed pencil brush designed to blend and feather products like Urban Decay’s Shadow Pencils. It is made out of PET (recycled plastic bottles), so the bristles are synthetic and vegan-friendly. The brush itself is small–around 6mm or so in length–and it can be used in the crease, smudging of colors (on the lash line or elsewhere).

I found the brush wasn’t tapered enough to be a really great crease brush but too dense to blend out colors with ease. The fluffiness was lacking, and so while it could deposit color well enough, it didn’t provide the soft, airy feel that seems to make blending nearly effortless. I also wish the tip itself was a little more tapered and had a touch more give.

Funny enough, I didn’t find it useful in softening the edges of the 24/7 Shadow Pencils much; it worked better with powder eyeshadows. I felt like the creaminess of the 24/7 Shadow Pencils got eaten up by the brush and the result was more of a smeared look, rather than something feathered at the edges.

final thoughts: I’ve liked Urban Decay’s new brushes, but this one was a bit of a miss for me. It was designed to blend out the 24/7 Shadow Pencils, which I felt is where it performed the worst, and it didn’t excel in the other ways I tried it either.

where to buy: Urban Decay

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Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Illamasqua Absorb Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Absorb Intense Lipgloss

Beyond Black – as Nude as Nude Can Go

Illamasqua Absorb Intense Lipgloss (£13.00 for 0.20 fl.oz.) is described as a “creamy biscuit nude.” This is easily one of the palest, lightest nudes that I own. On me, it’s not a shade I like, but I know there are readers who really enjoy a very pale nude lip–and with the right look, it can definitely be pulled off. For those intrigued, it can also be mixed with other Intense Lipglosses easily (since it’s quite creamy), as well as patted on for a sheerer, more muted effect of the natural lip color.

It’s paler and more of a true nude with less pink than other well-known nudes like MAC Fleshpot. Similarly, it is less pink than NARS Madere–and perhaps a touch lighter, but the main point of difference is the pink-tinge of Madere.

my thoughts on the formula: Illamasqua Intense Lipglosses are color-rich glosses that have the feeling and finish of a gloss but the color pay off of an opaque lipstick. The formula itself is non-sticky, though a little thick, and doesn’t dry lips out at all. I usually get around four hours of wear or so. Because of how pale it is, any unevenness is really easily seen.

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Absorb

B
I thought with a black lipstick reviewed, it would be fun to go to the other end of the spectrum with something very, very pale.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Make Up For Ever #50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
Make Up For Ever #50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Going Basic Black with Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever #50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a semi-matte black. It’s black–that’s really all it is–no subtle nuances of black but a real, dark black. To get well-defined edges, use a lip brush or even line with black eyeliner prior to lipstick application (which will also provide better wear). The only area I had trouble keeping the color in place was in the center of my lips, where the area tends to fleshier and sits more inside the mouth.

my thoughts on the formula: The Rouge Artist Intense formula is typically opaque, and while it’s not a moisturizing lipstick, it’s not a drying one either, though it does not feel creamy against the lips (it may take a little more pressure to apply than your average lipstick). With lighter shades, I see four hours of wear, but with darker shades, I get around five to six hours of wear.

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#50

B+
There is no more high maintenance shade than black--lipgloss being even more time intensive than lipstick--but at least this formula delivers really rich, opaque color with minimal effort.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild 909D Mega Last Lip Color
Wet ‘n’ Wild 909D Mega Last Lip Color

Wet ‘n’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color: 909D

Wet ‘n’ Wild #909D Mega Last Lip Color ($2.99 for 0.11 oz.) is a long-wearing formula designed to last four hours while providing full color coverage in one stroke in semi-matte, cream finishes. #909D is a rich coral-orange that leans far more orange than it does coral, but it’s not quite a true orange. It did deliver true, opaque color in a single pass.  I do wish they would include the actual names, rather than just the number, on the label.

my thoughts on the formula: It has a smooth, glide-on texture that’s not really creamy but doesn’t drag. The finish itself is semi-matte with a very soft sheen but no shimmer. Based on this shade, I didn’t detect any scent or taste, which is actually quite welcome–all too often less expensive brands have very synthetic or waxy scents. This shade wears four hours before fading. It is not moisturizing and only a touch drying; those with drier lips may want to prep with balm first.

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#909D

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I like that Wet 'n' Wild specified four hours of wear, because brands will claim long-wearing but rarely state a specific claim, so it can be difficult to judge just how long is long. This shade should flatter those with warmer undertones, especially medium to dark complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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