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Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “soft matte pink.” It’s a pale pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. Urban Decay Heartless is shimmery. NARS Bouthan #1 is very similar. bareMinerals Giddy is warmer. Inglot #319 is cooler-toned, brighter.

It had beautiful pigmentation when I swatched it initially, and on the lid, it was still good, but due to the very matte, slightly powdery texture, it tended to stick and absorb (like a blotting powder might). For that reason, the texture does better over a primer. Without a primer, it tends to look noticeably faded (and slightly darkened) after six hours.  I didn’t experience any creasing, even after eight hours of wear, though.

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Easiest Nudes Ever Palette–I make a point to mention that, because the palette itself is $30 but contains three other eyeshadows along with two Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows; more or less, unless you really hate the other products, it’s hard to justify $20 for one eyeshadow when you could be paying $30 and receiving six different products.

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow Pinky Swear
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) consists of five shades: aqua, purple, dark gray, bluish-teal, and blue. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented,” “crease-resistant,” and “last all day.”

Maldives Sky #1 is a light-medium aqua with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but it was slightly powdery and almost looked chalky when applied to the lid. Inglot #345 is greener. Jasmine Blue Oasis is matte but close in color (slightly bluer). NARS Debbie Harry #4 is darker. Sugarpill Mochi is darker. MAC Aqua is slightly greener and matte. This particular hue is not well-known for being nicely pigmented, regardless of brand, which is not a justification but worth noting that it’s hard to get it right.

Maldives Sky #2 is a dark purple with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had sheer color payoff, but the worst part was how dry and stiff the texture was. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #4 is very similar but more pigmented. Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away is shimmery. Inglot #379 is brighter, bolder.

Maldives Sky #3 is a dark gray with a matte finish and neutral undertones. You may notice a pattern developing here: sheerer color payoff, dry, stiff texture. Urban Decay Desperation is cooler-toned. MAC Scene is similar but satiny. Chanel Gris Exquis is darker. Inglot #339 is similar.

Maldives Sky #4 is a medium-dark teal with blue undertones and a slight dusting of silver pearl. It is dry, chalky, and sheer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning is less blue, frosted. Sugarpill Mochi is lighter. Sephora Curacao Punch is more glittery, brighter. MAC Robin’s Egg is more teal-hued.

Maldives Sky #5 is a medium-dark blue with a satin-like finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but it still had a drier, stiffer texture that made it hard to apply and harder to blend out. It is fairly comparable to Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away #8. MAC Switch to Blue is similar but a cream product.

I had a lot of trouble working with this palette; so much so, that I really just gave up after awhile, because the colors weren’t applying with much intensity, consistently disappearing, and had no desire to blend with each other. It was an exhausting exercise in frustration. Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Color Icon formula is so much better than this one, and that formula is such a winner and well-reviewed that I’m truly mind-boggled why they’d use something else (and one that was inferior).  When I wore what I did manage to apply, it wore well for about six hours before starting to fade.  It’s such a shame, because the colors they chose would be beautiful together, if only they were pigmented, soft, and smooth. You’re better off taking your $4.99 and buying one of the existing Color Icon palettes.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

F
4
Product
5
Pigmentation
3.5
Texture
6
Longevity
2
Application
46%
Total

Illamasqua Pink Raindrops Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Pink Raindrops Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Pink Raindrops Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Pink Raindrops Nail Varnish (£13.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer cool pink.” It’s a light-medium neutral pink with pale pinkish-white flakes of glitter/sparkle throughout (they seem slightly iridescent). Illamasqua Scarce has a slightly cooler-toned base color (and is, obviously, different with all the black glitter). Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life is a rose gold and has a metallic finish, but it was slightly reminiscent in color. Zoya Pandora is slightly more beige/less pink (and no flakes). Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie is similar to the base color but is a cream.

Okay, well, first things first, this isn’t sheer in the slightest. In fact, it’s very nearly opaque in a single coat! It’s more pigmented than Raindrops, and it seems to have more glittery flakes. I do miss the more jelly-like quality of the original Raindrops, because it was very apropos given the name/inspiration.  The consistency is somewhat thicker compared to Illamasqua’s formula in general and slightly thicker compared to Raindrops.  I normally get seven to ten days of wear with Illamasqua’s formula (it is one of the longest-wearing formulas I’ve tried) with very minor tip wear but no chipping.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Pink Raindrops
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: Discontinued Shades with Comparison Swatches

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Several shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) have been discontinued. Urban Decay made suggestions for what to use instead, and these are my thoughts on them along with comparison swatches.

1999 is a reddish plum with gold, plum, and bronze shimmer. It is much redder and browner compared to Vice; and then too red compared to Underground. Neither is comparable.

Binge is a cool-toned, navy blue with a pearly sheen. Sabbath is darker, cooler-toned, and matte, so it has a completely different effect when worn, as Sabbath is so much more intense.

Covet is a deepened green-based teal with a pearly sheen. It is much greener compared to Junkie, which has larger sparkle (gold, at that) and a stronger blue base.

Crash is a darkened, plummy eggplant with plum pearl. It is closest to Rockstar, as Rockstar is just slightly darker. Delinquent is purpler, less plum.

Deviant is a medium blue with silver sparkle. It is just slightly more subdued compared to Abyss, but the two are rather similar. Chaos is nothing like either, and I would not even consider it in the same family!

Eldorado is medium gold with strong orange undertones and a slightly metallic finish. Goldmine is yellower and less metallic. Honey (which has long been discontinued) is nothing like either gold.

Flipside is a medium blue with a hint of teal and a pearly sheen. Deep End is noticeably bluer.

Graffiti is a springy, grass green with silver sparkle. I find that it’s hard to dupe this shade, and Freak is lighter and significantyl warmer, more yellowy in comparison.

Gunmetal is a darkened gray with neutral undertones and a pearly sheen. Uzi is much, much darker (closer to black), while Mushroom is so much browner. Neither is at all similar!

Lucky is a darkened copper with a slightly metallic finish. Scorch is lighter, more golden–it’s not really that orange-copper kind of color.

Lust is a cool-toned, dark purple with slight pearl. Chaos is by no means a dupe; as it is lighter, brighter, and has a lot of blue in it.

Ransom is a medium-dark, pink-ish purple with a slight pearl to its finish. Psychedelic Sister is pinker, so it appears a bit warmer and brighter, while layering Asphyxia over it helps it appear closer, it is still brighter.

Generally speaking, I don’t think most of them are really dupes. They eliminated cool-toned purples in place of pink and plum-based ones, and I think now there’s a hole in the color range as a result. Graffiti is a more unusual shade, and Freak is no replacement; it’s a nice addition, but it’s not a replacement.  I also think Lust and Lucky have no real comparable shades in the range.   Products and shades get discontinued, so it’s not a surprise to see some of these make an exit to accommodate new shades.  I recommend checking our eyeliner comparison series to see if maybe another brand has something closer to a shade you’ll be missing (or stock up on it before it’s gone).

See more swatches!

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners: Hustle, Desperation, Mushroom, Uzi, Cuff

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Hustle (metallic brown shimmer), Desperation (rich gray matte), Mushroom (metallic taupe-pewter shimmer), Uzi (dark gunmetal shimmer with silver micro-sparkle), and Cuff (metallic silver shimmer with silver micro-sparkle). Out of these five Desperation and Cuff are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Hustle is a medium-dark brown with subtle copper shimmer and a neutral-warm undertone. It had decent payoff in one go, and it was buidlable to mostly opaque color. Chanel Brun-Cuivre is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer, richer. Urban Decay Underground is lighter, less warm-toned.

Desperation is a medium-dark gray with a matte finish. I almost thought it was going to be taupe, but it’s really rather gray (not a bad thing, just an observation). It really needed to be applied back-and-forth to yield decent opacity. Urban Decay Stray Dog is warmer (more taupe) and pearly. NARS Madison Ave. is a darker, bluer-based gray.

Mushroom is a pearly taupe with a nice balance of gray and brown. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was buildable and easy to use. Urban Decay Stray Dog is a touch grayer, perhaps, and less metallic.

Uzi is a soft black with a silver shimmer and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was nicely buildable. The original Uzi seemed lighter and grayer; more gray than black.

Cuff is a light-medium silver-gray with silver sparkle. It had decent to good payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color. Urban Decay Dime had a more metallic finish, so it also appeared brighter (and I wish they had brought back Dime instead). Guerlain Silver is similar.

Some excellent reading: Silver Eyeliner Comparisons, Brown Eyeliner Comparisons

Uzi was the most pigmented shade out of the five highlighted in this post, as it had solid color payoff in one stroke and could be layered without trouble.  The weakest shade was Desperation, which was weak in one pass and never quite made it to full, rich color despite layering and building up the color.  Hustle, Mushroom, and Cuff were all moderately pigmented in one stroke and were mostly buildable to fuller color coverage.  Urban Decay’s 24/7 formula has a slightly waxy, slightly creamy consistency that makes these very easy to apply across the skin, as there is no skipping, tugging, or pulling.  I will be testing the new shades over the upcoming weeks–I have found the wear across the formula to be fairly consistent in general.  I usually see the shades last between eight and ten hours with little to no fading, and then no smudging or migration.  If any of these acts contrary, I’ll be sure to update the post and rating to reflect that.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) Cuff
Cuff
Cuff
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners: Corrupt, Whiskey, Roach, Smog, Scorch

Urban Decay Corrupt 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Corrupt 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Corrupt (dark metallic reddish brown shimmer with silver micro-sparkle), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Roach (deep copper brown shimmer), Smog (copper shimmer), and Scorch (bronze shimmer with silver micro-sparkle). Out of these five Roach and Scorch are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Corrupt is a dark brown with a subtle cool undertone and multi-colored sparkle. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and then it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer, more brown, whereas Corrupt has a slightly blackened/gray coloring. CoverGirl Brown is more matte, slightly darker, while CoverGirl Brown is similar in color but matte in finish.

Whiskey is a medium-dark, slightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. The color payoff was quite nice in a single stroke, and it’s very easy to apply it with full opacity. MAC Brownborder is similar. Chanel Brun-Teak is slightly less warm-toned. MAC Lord It Up compares best in terms of color with this shade but has a sparkly finish.

Roach is a warm-toned, bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with copper and gold shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it built up to opaque color when done a second time. Urban Decay Lucky is brighter, more metallic, and more copper-colored (less brown). Tokidoki Savana is slightly more muted.

Smog is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent color in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. Urban Decay Lucky is darker and more copper-hued.

Scorch is a warm-toned, bronze-brown with a pearly sheen. It had decent payoff in one pass, and it built up to opaque color coverage when I went back-and-forth. Urban Decay Baked is a bit darker but slightly brighter/more metallic. Make Up For Ever #10L is more golden.

Some excellent reading: Bronze/Copper Eyeliner Comparisons, Brown Eyeliner Comparisons

Whiskey was the top-performing shade from the five featured in this post; it is nicely pigmented whether you use one stroke or go back-and-forth over it. Smog was the least impressive, as it didn’t quite build to full color coverage, even when layered, but it gets close. The other three had decent to good color in a single pass but were more buildable to opacity. The consistency was slightly waxy and creamy, so the color would glide across the skin without tugging, pulling, or skipping. I typically get eight to ten hours of wear with little to no fading, and I haven’t had trouble with smudging or migration with the formula previously. I will be testing the newer shades over the next few weeks, so if I notice any differences, I will be sure to update this post to reflect them!

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners: Corrupt, Whiskey, Roach, Smog, Scorch

A-
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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