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Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette

It Is… Love!

For the holidays, Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) features four eyeshadows–two matte and two iridescent shades. It should start popping up retailers and counters in October.

The first shade is a light-medium golden orange–more like an orange-toned gold than your expected yellowy gold. It has a soft, frosted finish with a silky-smooth, finely-milled consistency that applies beautifully on the skin. The pigmentation was true-to-pan, and it didn’t require any layering or packaging to achieve opaque color. Milani Gold Dust is a smidgen darker and has a more metallic finish. Clarins Enchanted Summer is darker, less orange. Giorgio Armani #1 is similar, slightly less orange. MAC Goldmine is much yellower.

Next, there is a rusted, reddish-brown with a satiny finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was very soft to the touch and easy to blend on the eye. NARS Self Portrait 3 is lighter. MAC Magnetic Attraction is similar but has more gold shimmer. MAC In the Sun is redder. NARS California is richer, more orange. MAC Mythical is lighter. Guerlain Les Fauves has a shade that’s a bit darker, browner.

Below, there is a darker, muted reddish-plum with a hint of brown. The finish has a slight sheen to it, but it is mostly matte. The color payoff was good, and the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. MAC In the Sun is shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux reminded me–just barely–of this shade, but it is much darker, more burgundy. theBalm Racy Kacy is more orange/brown.

The last shade in the palette is a gray-tinged medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had a soft, buttery texture that made opaque color a breeze to achieve. Dior Fairy Golds has a very similar shade in it. Urban Decay Barlust is darker. MAC Havana is warmer. MAC Chestnut is warmer.

Turandot is a warm-toned palette that combines surprisingly well; I thought the shades might not offer enough contrast, but they can and do.  The two middle shades are similar but have different undertones, so they’re noticeably different when placed near each other.  I would not say that any of these shades are particularly unique, so the color combination could be replicated with products you may already own.  It’s, of course, nice to have them all in a single palette.  I don’t think I would have thought to put these particular shades together.  It does seem a little autumnal in color, even if it is for the holidays.

The quality is good across the board, with the two more matte shades having just slightly less color payoff compared to the shimmery shades.  They held up well on the eye, all four shades lasting for ten hours without any fading or creasing, both over a primer and without one. It’s one of my personal favorite palettes that have come out in the past year!

Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette

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9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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OCC Technoir Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Technoir Loose Colour Concentrate
OCC Technoir Loose Colour Concentrate

It’s Blue! It’s Purple! Maybe It’s Both…

OCC Technoir Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.50 for 2.5g) is described as a “purpled navy shimmer.” It’s a bluish-violet with navy blue and violet shimmer. There was an almost duo-chrome-like finish to it. Giorgio Armani Ecailles is similar but has a more satiny finish. MAC Wintersky is lighter. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is darker, more purple. Burberry Midnight Blue is similar, slightly bluer. MAC Naval Blue is darker, bluer.

The texture is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly without effort.  When applied dry, it has a softer, more subdued appearance and had good color payoff.  When applied wet, it was slightly richer in color, and it was fully pigmented.  I wore it on the lid for eight hours without a primer and did not experience any fading or creasing during that time period.  This shade will look bluer or more purple depending on what you use with it, but alone, it looks more purple than blue, but it’s not full-on purple.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate Technoir
Technoir
Technoir
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
94%
Total

MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush Review & Photos

MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush
MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush

Congratulations 214 and 227! It’s a Boy 215!

MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush ($25.00) is a new, limited edition (I believe, at least) brush designed to be used for shaping and defining the eye with both powder and cream eyeshadows. It has natural bristles. This brush is like a bigger 214, or a stumpy version of the 227. The 215 is wide, dome-shaped brush that’s packed with bristles. For me, it felt a little rough on the eye. It was less rough when I used powder eyeshadows than when I used cream eyeshadows, which seemed to emphasize the pointy, blunt edges of the bristles.

This brush is a larger eye brush, so if you have a smaller eye area or smaller lids, you may find it too large to use often. It’s a bit large against my eye lids, but I like it for applying one-and-done eyeshadows–which are more or less a wash of color on the lid.  It picks up pigment easily and deposits it well without it getting lost within the bristles.  For more multi-colored looks, it’s too big for me.  It’s softer than the 214 but not as soft as the 227.  The 227 also blends more readily, but this is easier to blend with than the 214.

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MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush Review & Photos

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush
MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

Defined Contouring Made Easy with the 163

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush ($35.00) is a new and limited edition brush designed to be used with MAC’s Pro Sculpting Creams, but they are noted as a multi-purpose brush, so they can be used however you find it works.  The brush is not MAC’s softest face brush, but I wouldn’t describe it as scratchy.  I think the blunt edge gives it a harsher feel against the skin, but when I run it back and forth against my face or arm, it feels fine.  It’s tightly packed with bristles, making it a very dense brush.

It was good for placing the Pro Sculpting Creams on the face, but it wasn’t so good at blending them out. I needed to use my fingertips or another brush to do that.  I think this brush is fairly purpose-specific, and as a result, it’s not a must-have brush for everyone.  It may work well in professional kits or for anyone who does more intense, dramatic contouring.  I did not like this for foundation, blush, or powder products in general.  It worked best with liquids and creams, mostly for initial application.  It had a tendency to drag products in noticeable streaks when used to blend.

Again, this is a brush that seemed to be more of a one trick pony than a great workhorse of a brush.  It’s great if what you’re looking for is a way to apply cream/liquid products in defined lines. There’s also a Sonia Kashuk brush that’s supposed to be a dupe, but I only just bought mine so I can’t weigh in quite yet!

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Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss

Would You Rock Brown Lipgloss?

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone golden beige.” It’s a medium-dark brown with yellow undertones and pink and gold shimmer. NARS More is the closest in color, but it doesn’t have any shimmer and looks a bit more like a lipstick when applied. Bobbi Brown Canary has similar gold sparkle but has no real base color. MAC Bright & Perky is sheerer.

Uber Suede is mostly opaque, and it applies evenly without settling into lip lines.  It’s a warmer brown, but it doesn’t look too orange or red.  The formula is hydrating, comfortable to wear, and the sparkle doesn’t travel.  This shade wore five hours on me, which is longer than average.  It has a mint scent with no discernible taste.  The texture isn’t too thick or too thin, and it is non-sticky.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Uber Suede
Uber Suede

Dior Marilyn Diorific Vernis

Dior Marilyn Diorific Vernis
Dior Marilyn Diorific Vernis

Nails the Color of Hollywood Red

Dior Marilyn Diorific Vernis ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a rich, medium red cream with mostly neutral undertones. If pressed, I’d say blue-based but it’s very, very neutral. There’s a very fine ruby shimmer that’s really not visible in most lighting conditions. Frankly, I didn’t even know it existed until I was editing photos. Cult Nails Evil Queen is a smidgen lighter. China Glaze Poinsettia is not as rich. Chanel Rouge Carat is darker, bluer-based, and has more noticeable shimmer. Zoya Sooki is similar. Zoya Tamsen is very comparable. Butter London Pillar Box Red is a smidgen darker. MAC Touch of Red is lighter and warmer.

The formula is thin but not watery, and while the color looks opaque in two coats, under brighter lighting (like flash), it’s not quite–there is a shadow of visible nail line.  Because of the thinner formula, three coats is do-able and doesn’t feel too thick or take forever to dry.  It even dries down to a nice, shiny finish that doesn’t have to have a top coat, but it does look a little better with one.  I typically get a week of wear with Dior’s polishes with no chipping and only minor tip wear.

P.S. — I know a few readers asked for brush photos, so, the ever-lovely Musings of a Muse has some! 🙂

Dior Diorific Vernis Marilyn
Marilyn

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