Friday, June 12th, 2015

Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Neutral Matte (01) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) contains twelve matte (well, mostly) neutral eyeshadows. When it comes to their eyeshadow palettes, the Neutral Matte palette is considered the “base” where this is the one you start with, and the other palettes build on this one, particularly the shimmery ones like Bridal Satin, Sultry Muse, and Paris Nude (though you can get looks out of them as is, but you have to love your shimmer). According to the brand, the formula is supposed to be pigmented, smooth, blendable, and long-wearing, and the palettes/eyeshadows are made in small batches (which is what is said to be the reason for why restocking can take awhile). All of the shades in the palette were very soft and silky to the touch, finely-milled, and fairly pigmented, though some shades were more semi-opaque and buildable, while others were quite pigmented from the get-go. A few of the shades are more semi-matte to satin-matte, where they lack the flatness of a truly matte eyeshadow but look like a “natural matte” finish applied, so even some of the lighter shades are less prone to looking dry or chalky on the skin. They all wore well for nine hours on me before fading (no primer). Its greatest strength to me is really that they adhere and apply to bare skin without the necessity of primer, and they tended to blend easily without turning patchy or uneven. It’s worth taking a look at if you’re in need of more matte, warm-toned neutrals in your stash, but if you’ve already stocked up on many a neutral palette in the last few years, these are dupable (182 dupes across the twelve shades).

The brand has been around for awhile as a more artistry/professional brand, but Sephora recently started to carry some of their products (four of their eyeshadow palettes specifically, but there are additional ones; I have personally shopped through Muse Beauty and bought three more through them, shipping was $10, but they shipped from SF so I got mine to what amounted as overnight delivery). I hope Sephora will start carrying the other palettes, though, to make it more and more accessible.

Cannelle is a muted, mediuum peachy-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, blendable, and easy to work with, as it yielded mostly opaque color payoff and lasted for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Layin’ Low (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, lighter. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M664 Fawn (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Selfie (P, $5.00) is brighter. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Riff (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter. Too Faced Honey Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Invite Only (P, $12.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: Viseart Beige (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beige is a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff that was buildable to opaque, but it wasn’t fully pigmented. The texture was soft and a little powdery, but it remained blendable and applied well to the lid in practice. On me, the color lasted for nine hours before fading. Viseart Cannelle (P, ) is lighter. Laura Mercier Ginger (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Cannelle (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Ludwin (P, ) is darker. Tarte Peach Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Shhh… (P, ) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Just a Sip (LE, $5.00) is darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Bamboo (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sable is a light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that blended well on the skin without looking powdery or dry. It started to fade after nine hours of wear. Urban Decay Skimp (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Brule (P, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Countess (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is . MAC Her Mistress (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean (P, $5.99) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Sundeck #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Laetus (P, ) is darker. Hourglass Color Field #1 (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ivoire is a lightly, brightened white with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque with a silky texture that was surprisingly soft without turning powdery. It lasted for nine hours before fading. Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is cooler. Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is cooler. Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Chill (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC White (P, ) is cooler. Hello Kitty Milk (LE, ) is brighter. Makeup Geek White Lies (P, $5.99) is darker. Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is brighter. Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chocolat is a muted, dark brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture was a little firmer compared to the other shades and wasn’t as easily blended in comparison. The color still wore well for nine hours, though. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Wolf (P, ) is cooler. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Two Spicy #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Farah (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Fairfax (P, $5.00) is cooler. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is less shimmery. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is less shimmery. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Brique is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented, silky-smooth, and blendable on the lid and lasted for almost ten hours on me. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Saddle (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is darker. Inglot #122R Middle (P, $6.00) is brighter. Anastasia Sienna (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Zoeva Substitute for Love (P, ) is more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Peanut Butter (P, $16.00) is lighter. Anastasia Morocco (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever S706 Milk Toffee (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S604 Teak (P, $21.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Make Up For Ever M704 Canyon (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Wrath (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, ) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Taupe is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, caramel undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to work with on bare skin. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Texture (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is warmer. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter. LORAC Unspoken (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cafe is a medium, taupe brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that sat well on the skin. On me, the color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Primal (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Stila Being (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Tarte Taupe of the World (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Fix (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Too Faced Puddin’ (P, $16.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charbon is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. This shade had the most sheen out of the entire palette, but it seemed to make it more blendable than some matte black eyeshadows are, so perhaps that’s the reason for that slight sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and had a slightly firmer press compared to other shades. I started to see fading after nine hours of wear. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Anastasia Coal (LE, $12.00) is . Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #4 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Tuxedo (P, ) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Souris is a muted, dark gray with a “warmer” leaning though it still seemed cool-toned overall with a matte finish. I thought this was the worst performer of the palette, as it was prone to sheering out and didn’t adhere as evenly as other shades. The texture felt soft but somewhat powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. MAC All Woman (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P, ) is darker. LORAC Charcoal (P, ) is darker. MAC Smoked Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Velvet Charcoal (P, $14.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cendre is a softened, medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff but wasn’t as pigmented as other shades. The eyeshadow had a slightly firmer press, and it wasn’t as blendable as the other shades. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Risque (P, $16.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Adios (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tabac is a medium-dark brown with warmer undertones and a subtle gray tint paired with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly to the skin, and it was easily blended and diffused. On me, the color wore well for nine hours. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Deep Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brun (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Noble Spirit (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, lower quality. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Fire Finch (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Espresso Yourself (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, please click the links to see additional dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, June 12th, 2015

MAC Dazzleshadow
MAC Dazzleshadow

MAC Last Dance Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “peach beige with pink sparkles.” It’s a light, yellowed peach that shifts to more of a pink-orange sheen. The texture was soft and lightly emollient, but it tended to crumble if you weren’t careful. Applied dry, it was chunkier and semi-sheer, while damp application was semi-opaque but buildable to full coverage with two to three layers. It started to crease and had a lot of fall out by six hours when used dry, and it lasted closer to eight hours when used damp with slightly less fall out. Used over a glitter adhesive, I only saw minimal fall out and no creasing or fading after a ten-hour wear period. Colour Pop Shark Attack (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter, warmer. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter, warmer. Colour Pop Too Soon (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Fireball (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #3 (LE, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Slow/Fast/Slow Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “bronze with red sparkles.” It’s a muted, rosy brown with copper and pink sparkles. The texture was noticeably grittier and more prone to looking “dry” on the skin–almost like the formula was separating the sparkles from the color base as it was applied to the skin, which made it harder to work with dry (and it lasted for five and a half hours before creasing). When I used it damp, it was a little easier to apply, though the best way was to pat it in place with a fairly dampened brush, and this helped it to last seven hours before fading. There was a lot of fall out dry, a fair amount damp, and then minimal (and ten-hour wear) with a glitter adhesive. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, cooler. L’Oreal Amber Rush (P, $7.99) is darker. Tarte Rose to the Top (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery. Chanel New Moon (97) (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Dive (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Toxic (LE, $18.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Let’s Roll Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “red bronze with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium copper-red with warm, orange undertones and a slew of pink and copper sparkle. The texture has that slightly wet-feel to it, but it goes on more like a powder and certainly blends like one. It had semi-opaque coverage dry and full coverage damp. The wear dry came in at six and a half hours, while damp got me closer to eight, though there was significant fall out either way (less with damp application). When applied over a glitter adhesive, it stayed on for ten hours without fading or creasing, and the fall out was minimal. MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery, darker. Zoeva Warm Notes (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Glitter (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Sonic (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Toxic (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Can’t Stop, Don’t Stop Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “deep plum purple with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, coppery plum with warm undertones and lighter pink and purple sparkle and flecks of shimmer. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, while damp application yielded much richer, opaque coverage. It wore for six hours before creasing with a lot of fall out dry; eight hours with fading and some fall out damp; and ten hours with no fading or creasing and minimal fall out over a glitter adhesive. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Plummed (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Tarte Plum Away With Me (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME840 Pink Chrome (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Sangria (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Try Me On Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “deep blue green with sparkles.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bluish-green with cooler undertones and warmer olive-gold and blue sparkle over a metallic sheen. It had so-so pigmentation applied dry, but it was very sparkly and chunky to work with, so it didn’t go on as evenly and the sparkle tended to look more like “dirt” on the skin when it wasn’t catching the light. The color lasted for six hours dry but had a ton of fall out to deal with. When I applied using a dampened brush, it was smoother and the sparkle embedded better with the base color, and the color stayed on for eight hours but still had a moderate amount of fall out. I had the best luck applying it over a glitter adhesive, which minimized fall out and extended wear to ten hours. Colour Pop Krinkle (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Hocus Pocus (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shoshanna (414) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Jade Shore (LE, $34.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #16 (P, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Let’s Boogie Dazzleshadow ($20.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “black with sparkles.” It’s a muted, charcoal black with gold and silver sparkle and flecks of shimmer. The texture on this one was noticeably grittier than the other shades, which made it very mess to work with, especially if you did more than just pat it into the skin. It had semi-opaque coverage both damp and dry, but it was smoother damp. Applied dry, it lasted for six hours before creasing with a lot of fall out, while damp application yielded no creasing but some fading after eight hours and moderate fall out. When applied over a glitter adhesive, there was minimal fall out and no fading after ten hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacklight (306) (LE, $32.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Moonspoon (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, warmer. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Black Oyster (Cream) (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Deck (P, $5.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is darker. Givenchy Inattendue #2 (P, ) is less pigmented, warmer. Viseart Diane (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: The texture has a slightly emollient feel, but it is primarily a powder eyeshadow. It’s not really gritty, as the sparkles are flatter and less textured, but it’s not quite smooth like your traditional powder eyeshadow, because it is packed with sparkle. The wear is poor when used dry; there is a fair amount of fall out as well as creasing within six hours, and there’s a tendency for the color to sheer out as it is blended on the lid. Even just applying the eyeshadow with a damp brush improves the wear to eight hours with minor creasing and less fall out but still a moderate amount. I also used Too Faced’s Glitter Glue, which these are harder to blend over (workable but requires extra brushes), but the primer intensifies the base color while making the finish appear more sparkly. I think they’re an improvement as far as your standard powder eyeshadow that has sparkle or glitter in it (think of MAC Lustres as a good example), but it’s not a perfect formula. You’ll still want to use a good, slightly tacky base underneath to maximize the performance of both color payoff as well as wear. Check out part one for a full overview of the formula.

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Friday, June 12th, 2015

Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights The Matte Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights The Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Desert Nights The Matte Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. MAC Tan Tint (LE, $29.50) is darker. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter. Burberry Copper Glow (P, $48.00) is warmer. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is a new, permanent formula that comes in two shades (I reviewed the other shade here), and this is the darker of the two. It is also the rosier of the two, though they both lean warm and slightly more orange-based. It’s supposed to be an “ultra silky” powder bronzer that can be used to add warmth to the skin. The texture is lightweight, silky and soft to the touch with a really smooth feel, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side in the pan, but luckily, it didn’t look powdery on the skin at all. It was blendable and easily applied at full intensity or with a lighter hand or blended out for a sheerer look. On me, the color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015

MAC She Sparkles Dazzleshadow
MAC She Sparkles Dazzleshadow

MAC Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a new formula that launches online on June 11th and hits stores on June 18th (July for international locations). The formula is supposed to have “rich pigments [that] adhere to the lid” with a “twinkling sheen.” The “liquidform ‘bridge’ texture” gives it “superior adhesion and performance, minimizing fallout.” MAC didn’t note whether they could be used with a damp brush, though I used all with a damp brush (as well as dry and over primer), and I didn’t notice any adverse changes to the surface texture of any of the shades. The texture has a slightly emollient feel, but it is primarily a powder eyeshadow. It’s not really gritty, as the sparkles are flatter and less textured, but it’s not quite smooth like your traditional powder eyeshadow, because it is packed with sparkle. A lot of the shades had more of a duochrome nature and others shifted based on the amount of sparkle (the sparkly bits reflected light more, giving the color a lighter appearance at certain angles but not a real color shift).

The wear is poor when used dry; there is a fair amount of fall out as well as creasing within six hours, and there’s a tendency for the color to sheer out as it is blended on the lid. Even just applying the eyeshadow with a damp brush improves the wear to eight hours with minor creasing and less fall out but still a moderate amount. I also used Too Faced’s Glitter Glue, which these are harder to blend over (workable but requires extra brushes), but the primer intensifies the base color while making the finish appear more sparkly, even from the get-go. I think these are easier to work with when you’re only using one or two shades, but using them altogether with no other powder eyeshadows was a little more challenging, as they do not blend out as evenly as the glittery bits tend to give the edge a rougher, more uneven look as some bits of sparkle are spread but not the rest.

I think they’re an improvement as far as your standard powder eyeshadow that has sparkle or glitter in it (think of MAC Lustres as a good example), but it’s not a perfect formula. You’ll still want to use a good, slightly tacky base underneath to maximize the performance of both color payoff as well as wear. It is also comparable to several other formulas on the market in terms of feel and performance: Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow, MAC Pressed Pigments, Urban Decay Moondust, Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Gucci.

MAC She Sparkles Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “light grey with silver sparkles.” It’s a muted, light-medium pewter with warm, beige tones paired with a sparkling, metallic finish. This was one of the better shades in the collection, as it had a stronger base color and less sparkle, which resulted in stronger color payoff, better application, and less fall out. It wore well for seven hours before creasing (worn dry), eight hours (worn damp), ten hours (with adhesive primer). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Palladium (LE, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Two Stylish #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Dior Etoile (021) (P, $31.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Lunar Eclipse (98) (P, $13.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Telepathy (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Tarte C’est La Vie (LE, ) is warmer. Colour Pop I Heart This (P, $5.00) is warmer. Hourglass Graphite #5 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Colour Pop Ice (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Sugarpill Tiara (P, $13.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Boom Boom Room Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “light burgundy with emerald sparkles.” It’s a reddish-burgundy with warm, coppery undertones paired with fine green shimmer that shifts from copper-brown to bluish-teal. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry, which amplified to semi-opaque applied damp, but it is a very sparkly shade, so the fall out during wear was noticeable. It lasted for six hours (worn dry), seven hours (worn damp), ten hours (with adhesive primer). Urban Decay Solstice (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Feel the Fever Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “deep blue purple with pink sparkles.” It’s a muted, purply taupe with cooler undertones and multi-colored shimmer and sparkle, primarily blue and pink. It had the same color coverage applied dry as it did damp, which was mostly opaque. The texture was lightly emollient with good glide and adhesion, but it adheres better damp as it goes on smoother and the sparkles seem to bind better with the underlying color. There was a fair amount of fall out after six hours when worn dry, a little less fall out when worn damp where it lasted for closer to seven hours. I had minor fall out and longer wear (ten hours) when applied over a glitter adhesive. MAC Get Physical (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is lighter, warmer. MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Frost at Midnight (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Fathoms Deep (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter. Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Ether (P, $20.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Meow (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. First 15 dupes listed previously, see even more dupes: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Say It Isn’t So Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “dark grey with pink sparkles.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gray with silver and pink sparkle over a metallic finish. It was very sparkly, so applied dry, it was less pigmented and more prone to fall out during wear and creased within six hours. Applied damp, it was easier to work with, as it adhered better and lasted a little longer (seven hours) with fall out but not as much as dry application. It wore for ten hours over a glitter adhesive with minimal fall out. Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Tundra (LE, ) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Liquid Diamond (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Gunmetal (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Acid #11 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Get Physical Dazzleshadow ($21.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “purple with light blue sparkles.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with warmer, plummy undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. I had some fall out by the end of six hours when I wore it dry, and then slightly less but still noticeable fall out after seven hours when I wore it damp. Over a glitter adhesive, it lasted closer to ten hours with minimal fall out. MAC Grand Galaxy (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Sugarpill Strangeling (P, $13.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Canberra (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Plumluxe #3 (P, ) is warmer. MAC Feel the Fever (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Besame American Beauty 1945 Lipstick
Besame American Beauty 1945 Lipstick

Besame Classic Color Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) recently popped up on Sephora with six shades, and I bought two of them to try out. The formula is supposed to have a “satin, matte finish that delivers full coverage in one coat.” It also is supposed to “leave lips feeling soft and hydrated.” Both of these were pigmented, comfortable to wear, and long-wearing. They’re not ultra-hydrating, but they were lightly moisturizing to the point where after six hours, my lips still felt good (no need to rush for the balm). The consistency is lightweight and thin but still yielded good coverage and glided on without pulling on the lips. I didn’t have any color that bled or feathered outside of my natural lip line (though I am not prone to either, but I have experience both occasionally). The formula had a sweet, vanilla scent to it but no discernible taste.

Besame American Beauty 1945 Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “cool berry red.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark red with cool, raspberry undertones and a satin finish. It had very nearly opaque coverage (you can just barely see my lip freckle peeking through) that applied evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for six and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is warmer. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is darker, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Besame Besame Red 1920 Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “true red with a cooler, blue-toned base.” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had full color coverage that applied with smooth, even color without dragging or tugging on the lips. The texture was lightly creamy but didn’t slide around (but it isn’t transfer-proof). It was comfortable to wear during the six hour period it lasted. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is darker. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is warmer. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is more muted, less glossy. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy. MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Opera (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Ruby Rush (07) (P, $50.00) is warmer. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Outlaw (P, $19.00) is warmer, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015

IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush
IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush

IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Vitality Cheek Flush ($24.00 for 0.136 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle, cooler undertones and a matte finish. MAC Hipness (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Amour (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is cooler. MAC P.S. I Like You (LE, $22.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is darker, brighter. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be long-wearing and give the “glow of of a stain.” This shade is the most matte out of the four shades available in the formula, and I found the texture to be a little thinner and more prone to powderiness (at least, in the pan) as a result, though it remained blendable on the skin and applied and looked even. On me, despite it leaning cool in the pan, it ended up looking warmer and more like a pinky-coral, so those who have cooler, pinker undertones may find it stays truer-to-pan on them. It has a more “natural matte” finish, where there isn’t really shimmer or a strong sheen, but it doesn’t look totally flat like a true matte would. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before fading.

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