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Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner
Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet Eye Dream Hyperliner ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “deepest black.” I’d argue it’s a dark black, but it’s not the richest, darkest black eyeliner I’ve come across. It’s not soft, and it’s a bit darker than medium black. There is a whole host of other black eyeliners that are comparable; most notably MAC Black Black, MAC Smolder, and Bobbi Brown Black. I promise: updated eyeliner comparisons are on my to-do list!

Long-time readers will remember that Tarina Tarantino’s Hyperliners have been my new favorite since the brand revamped their packaging and product range. I’ve been missing one shade for awhile, and I finally bought it a few weeks ago–just prior to learning about the brand’s exit from Sephora–but it’s still available and at the sale price of $9.  I’m a fan of the formula first and foremost because of the stellar wear and color payoff, and the price point and color range has made it my go-to for several months now.  

Tommy Jet wears for eight hours without fading, smudging, or migrating.  The color payoff of this particular shade is decent to good; it’s not as rich in a single stroke as some of the other shades, but it is buildable.

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner Tommy Jet
Tommy Jet
Tommy Jet
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

A Dark, Somber Fall Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette ($88.00 for 0.43 oz.) is a glossy black compact that features a light face powder to illuminate skin “with the signature ‘Armani Glow'” and three eyeshadows–two matte shades with “intense hues” and a satin-finished illuminator. This is one of two palettes released for fall; the second one seems to be a little warmer (from the descriptions, as I haven’t seen it).

The face powder is described as “ultra-fine, “transparent,” and listed as “sheer beige.” After reading the official description, it made a lot more sense to me–and I’m glad that the brand described the product as it actually was. It is a pale, neutral-cool beige with a very subtle satiny sheen. It will best suit light to medium complexions, but it is very finely-milled and sheer that it could be used on a variety of skin tones. The base color isn’t ashy or chalky, so even darker complexions can use it as a setting powder or the like. The finely-milled texture allows this to sit beautifully on the skin–very naturally–as it melts against the complexion. MAC Baby Don’t Go is pinker.

The first eyeshadow is supposed to be the “satinized illuminator,” which Armani describes as “soft beige.” It’s a warm, golden champagne with a frosted finish. The color payoff is really as described, which is decent to good, but it illuminates as it is supposed to. It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies very smoothly. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is very similar, a smidgen lighter. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is similar, a bit cooler-toned. MAC Femme-Fi is close.

The second eyeshadow is a medium-dark warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish, but there is a smatternig of fine golden shimmer strewn throughout–you don’t really notice when it is applied. It had a slightly stiff texture, though certainly finely-milled, which resulted in so-so pigmentation. Dior Golden Savannah is similar but more pigmented, so it appears a bit darker. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer, richer.

The third eyeshadow is a deep, dark matte black. There are a few bits of shimmer, but like a lot of other shades in this family, the shimmer isn’t noticeable on. The texture was soft and smooth, with rich color payoff. It similar to shades like Le Metier de Beaute Fin, Urban Decay Blackout, and Milani Pitch Black.

The double-decker palette is sleek and convenient to use, and the four shades in the palette coordinate and complement each other well.  I would have loved to see the bottom compartment feature only eyeshadow, rather than two tiny sponge-tipped applicators, though.  It would make the palette a better value.  Overall, the quality of the products included is good–the only shade that fell short was the brown eyeshadow, which could have been a little denser, more buttery, or else more pigmented.  When I wore the eyeshadows, they wore for eight hours without creasing or fading (with or without a primer), and the face powder lasted eight hours and helped reduce late afternoon shine.

Giorgio Armani #1 Easy Chic Face & Eye Palette

A
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Dior Marilyn Diorific Lipstick

Dior Marilyn Diorific Lipstick
Dior Marilyn Diorific Lipstick

Light Up the Night with Marilyn

Dior Marilyn (040) Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pinky-red with a subtle, natural sheen for its finish. MAC Love Goddess is much pinker, less red-based. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is darker, redder. Guerlain Pour Troubler is pinker. NARS Dragon Girl is darker, cooler-toned. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue is darker, almost berry-ish. Giorgio Armani #406 isn’t as bright.

The texture of the Diorific range is really incredible; creamy enough not to tug or pull at the lips during application but not so creamy that it slips and slides around.  I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding of the color while I wore it for eight hours.  It feels comfortable, lightweight, and hydrating when worn.  There’s a light floral scent that I can detect in the tube, but I don’t notice it when it is on my lips.  The color payoff is exactly as marketed: super rich and saturated.

Dior Diorific Lipstick Marilyn
Marilyn

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Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit
Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit

A Palette Inspired by the French Cinema

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95.00 for 0.49 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows inspired by “the spark present throughout the French cinema New Wave.” The colors can be worn alone or layered over each other (part of the brand’s methodology).

Nouvelle is described as a “sheer mink negative.” It’s a warm peach with a frosted finish and a kiss of pink. The color payoff is rich and opaque, not quite the sheer color they described it as (so for some, this is probably a good thing!). It had a lovely soft, finely-milled texture that felt buttery and smooth. Chanel Complice is similar but less reflective, a smidgen darker. theBalm Stubborn is warmer, less pink. Urban Decay Scratch is fairly close, though a little pinker.

Gamine is described as a “satin pink celluloid.” It is a blue-based cotton candy pink with a soft frosted finish. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 is sheerer, less frosted. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is similar, a smidgen darker. MAC for Miss Piggy is sheerer, less frosted. MAC Feather Pink is cooler-toned, almost lilac.

Icon is described as a “silky matte Parisian mauve.” It’s a soft pink-tinged mauve with a matte finish. It had a soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that yielded rich color. Inglot #399 is frosted. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is similar but satiny. MAC Neo Nebula is shimmery. Urban Decay Bordello is darker and frosted.

Fin is described as a “smoldering black carbon.” It’s a rich, deep, dark black with a fine dusting of multi-colored shimmer (which you don’t really notice when it is applied). The pigmentation in this is so, so rich. The texture is soft, smooth, and not a bit powdery. As far as comparably rich in pigment black eyeshadows go, Urban Decay Blackout is similar but has a more matte finish; Milani Pitch Black is also similar; and Make Up For Ever #4 is entirely matte and has no shimmer at all.

The palette is high quality from top to bottom, and really, the only reason it lost any points was because of Nouvelle, which was described as sheer but is, in fact, quite pigmented–for most, this will be received as great news.  When I tested these shades for wear, they wore for eight hours with no fading or creasing.

Each eyeshadow is just over 0.12 oz., which is double the size of most eyeshadows.   To put it into perspective, a MAC quad is the equivalent of paying $200/oz., and the Kaleidoscope is $194/oz.  Note:  my packaging is sample packaging, while retail versions are packaged in the brand’s signature black; the packaging rating reflects the retail packaging.

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit

A
10
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

MAC Full Lash Curler Review & Photos


Sleek Eyelash Curler by MAC

MAC Full Lash Curler ($20.00) is easy-to-use, doesn’t pinch, and yields a soft, natural curl that stays. I’ve been using this for the past few weeks when I’ve gone to curl my lashes, and I think it’s very comparable to shu uemura’s curler in shape, feel, and use. If you have smaller eyes, you might consider MAC’s Half Lash Curler. This particular version of the curler is all black, because it is/was part of the Carine Roitfeld collection. I think the all-black coloring makes it look rather sleek (and reminiscent of Chanel’s). It came with one additional curling pad.

When I use this, I’m able to get all my lashes between the curler, and the curl is natural and never an L-shape.  I don’t feel like you have to squeeze your lashes to death to get a good curl either!  The handle is large enough to accommodate a variety of hand sizes.  The overall curler felt sturdy, and I’ll definitely keep this with my lash/brow basics for regular use.

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Dior Lady (039) Diorific Lipstick

Dior Lady Diorific Lipstick
Dior Lady Diorific Lipstick

Lady’s Just a Little Less Diva

Dior Lady (039) Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is lightened coral-red with a natural sheen. And yes, it does look a lot like Dior Diva, which is just slightly darker. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is redder. Guerlain Habit Rouge is darker. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is sheerer and a smidgen lighter. MAC Cockney has golden shimmer. Chanel Cambon is a bit less warm.

This formula is supposed to be long-wearing with rich color payoff delivered in a single pass.  Lady is incredibly pigmented and yields opaque color coverage in one pass, just as advertised.  The texture is creamy enough to enable the lipstick to glide across lips without tugging or dragging, but it doesn’t feel heavy or slide over itself once it is applied.  When I tried Lady, it lasted for eight hours, and my lips felt lightly hydrated even after that time period.  Like other Dior lipsticks, this does have a light floral scent.

Dior Diorific Lipstick Lady
Lady

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