Mariella's Reviews

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Goulue

NARS

Review posted 1 week ago

I got a very tiny compact of this (the size of a Nars single eyeshadow) as my VIB Rouge welcome gift for 2016. This is a beautiful shade - sort of a warm raspberry red that I think would be flattering on just about everyone. I am seriously contemplating buying a full size of this, though I doubt I actually need it and I never seem to finish up any makeup products save for skin care and foundations. But this is worth having and not like any other blush I own.

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Style Icon

Buxom

Review posted 1 week ago

I have 2 of the Buxom build-your-own palettes, so 12 shadows in total and I think of all of them, Style Icon is my favourite. I love the shimmery finish and the very wearable golden taupe/light brown colour. Very easy to wear and great value. I'm just sad that this whole line is being phased out in Canadian Sephora store.

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Chase

Urban Decay

Review posted 2 weeks ago

Can I just say how much I LOVE this eyeshadow (especially paired with its palette-sister, Deeper)? I have this in the 15th Anniversary palette but I'm glad UD had the wisdom to make this stunner a permanent shade. It is a lovely golden bronze shade that is warm but doesn't lean at all red. I can't wear red-toned shadows and yet I really love warmer shades like this one, which is so flattering. It is creamy smooth and pigmented and just a dream to use which is another reason I'm glad it is permanent - I can use it freely without worrying about using it up and not being able to replace it. I just wish UD would get with the program and make shadows available in simple pan form so we could easily put them into our own palettes and not have to pay for packaging we don't even want.

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Himalia

NARS

Review posted 2 weeks ago

When the Dual Intensity shadows first launched, Himalia was one of the shades I really wanted but these are so pricey as singles in Canada and I've yet even to hit pan on any of the shadows I own, so I held back. Then I was able to get this beauty in the Dual Intensity palette. This is a warm, shimmery beige/light bronze shade and I really like it. It seems a lot of people very much dislike the Dual Intensity shadows (while loving MAC's In Extra Dimension shadows which have basically the same finish, it seems to me) but I really like them. I like the fact that when used dry, these are not too heavily pigmented since I like to have a level of control with really shimmery shadows. But used wet, you can tget a full wattage type finish. Himalia is such a pretty colour for all over my lid, with a subtle matte colour in the crease. In the summer months, I love wearing this for an evening out as the shade and the sheen look so right and so "sultry summer nights".

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#395

Inglot

Review posted 3 weeks ago

This shadow looks more yellow toned than pink toned on me (more like MAC Dazzlelight than Phloof!, to clarify). It's a lovely, very high sheen shade that is a bit much for me for a browbone highlight but I love it as an allover lid colour with something like MAC Omega or Cork in my crease and it is great as an inner corner brightener. Works well with so many of the shadows in my collection and since getting it, I've been reaching for it a lot.

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Furious

Urban Decay

Review posted 2 months ago

The colour pictured above is actually the shade "Anger", not Furious. If you look at both the packaging and the instruction card for this palette, you will see that "Furious" is the black shadow that shares a pan with "Anger" but the instructions clearly state to use this shimmery white shade as a highlighter and the black shade (Furious) to line. It seems that UD put the first run of these palettes together with the split pan placed incorrectly but they eventually did correct it. My palette has the split pan placed as it should be and as the outer box shows it and, more importantly, to be in line with their own instructions for recreating the Mrs. Mia Wallace "look". So, Anger (labelled here as "Furious") is a wonderful shimmery shade that is great for inner corners but I find it a bit too sparkly to use as a browbone highlight except for evening/parties, etc. Pigmentation and texture are SPECTACULAR.

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Aura

Urban Decay

Review posted 3 months ago

I soooo didn't really need this but I so very much wanted it. I was torn between getting Aura or Hourglass Strobe Powder in Incandescent (that's the shade I love in the Ambient Light trio but the Strobe Powder is VERY different, which is confusing and a bit annoying; how I wish they'd make a full size of the Incandescent Ambient Light powder). Anyway, when I compared the 2 products in store, it was clear that while Aura packs a pretty hefty glow, it is much smoother more wearable than Incandescent, which has lots of "visible to the naked eye" glitter all through it. I am so happy with Aura. The pink tone to it is my best shade and this is similar to the LE Dior Glowing Gardens highlighter I got several months ago and which I use rather like a miser for fear of using it up and not being able to replace it. What is really lovely about Aura is that in addition to being lovely and flattering and all that, it is versatile enough that I can use it for daytime/work as well as using a more deliberate application for other occasions.

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Roasted Chestnuts

Sephora

Review posted 3 months ago

I don't actually own this yet. I was leaving Sephora with my purchases and went over to look at the new shadows and swatch a few that interested me, including Roasted Chestnuts and all I can say is WOW and DOUBLE WOW! This is a beautiful matte brown and talk about PIGMENTED....it is REALLY packed with colour and it is really smooth. Had I not been in such a rush, I'd have gone back to get this. The swatch on the back of my hand stayed there til I got home, which was pretty impressive. I am definitely going to grab this shadow the next time I'm at Sephora.

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Be on the A-List

Sephora

Review posted 3 months ago

I've had this shadow since Sephora rolled out their entire new line of eyeshadows back in March of 2014. This was also when they'd throw in an empty 3-pan palette to hold the shadows if you purchased 2 or more. Be On the A List is a nice mid-toned brownish taupe - a great, practical colour to wear every day. It is reasonably pigmented and easy to use. I find this to be an interesting shade to wear because, for some reason, I don't even seem to need any eyeliner with this - just a coat of black mascara and this shadow and my eyes look perfectly "done", which is great for times when I have to get up REALLY early and still look presentable (6 am trips to the airport, for example, which we're facing tomorrow morning to deliver youngest son for his move to NYC for 4 months) so it's timely that I saw this shadow mentioned on the site today and remembered why I like this so much.

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Gleam

Anastasia

Review posted 3 months ago

Love, love, love this peachy/champagne beauty. It's along the lines of MAC's All That Glitters or Naked Lunch, 2 shadows which I really love and use often. And as much as I have promised myself at least to TRY to stop buying the same sorts of shades that I already have in almost embarrassing abundance, I am very glad I have this as it is excellent - flattering, brightening, smooth and pigmented.

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Bronzed Taupe

L'Oreal

Review posted 4 months ago

I'm not quite sure how it is that I've overlooked writing a review for this lovely workhorse of a shadow. Like the best of the Infallibles, it wears well, applies so easily and it's so affordable. It surprises me that these are actually BETTER than the Chanel Illusion d'ombres - they are, for the most part, more pigmented, more buildable AND they don't dry out. All of this while costing of a fraction of the Chanel shadows. Bronzed Taupe is just what the name suggests - an easy to wear, almost universally flattering shade of taupe that works beautifully as a lid colour with a matte neutral brown shade (UD Vengeance, for example) in the crease/outer V and it is lovely worn all on its own for a quick and easy eye look.

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Rapture

Urban Decay

Review posted 4 months ago

Rapture was my first purchase of the new UD blush formula. I was torn between this and NARS Sin, which I've craved for years but which never really looked "right" on me. Rapture seems very similar in colour but it just looks better once applied and seems to have a better texture. This may have been my first purchase but it sure won't be my last.

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Cork

MAC

Review posted 4 months ago

Years ago, when I was first getting into MAC eyeshadows in a big way, I tried Cork because I knew it was a very highly regarded product. I HATED it! It looked so orange-y and dull on my cool skin and brown eyes - just did absolutely nothing for me. I bought it again last week mainly because of the lowered price of MAC's Pro-Pan shadows. I guess I've come a long way in my makeup techniques because I now understand how to use Cork so that it really works for me (subtle crease colour or for blending out darker, more intense crease colours and for giving more contour to a very basic, "no makeup" eye look. This is also good for my brows, which are dark and cool but which I sometimes want to intensify only slightly. Even though Cork is lighter and warmer than my actual brow hairs, it works really well.

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Patina (GR 707)

Shiseido

Review posted 5 months ago

I had been wanting GR707/Patina for the longest time. Finding it where I live in Ontario was the challenge. It's never been shown on the Canadian website which led me to believe that for some crazy reason, it was never released here. But one lone Shoppers Drug Mart seemed to have it. I say "seemed" because they did have a counter tester but when I went to purchase it, they didn't have any to sell. They took my name and said they'd call me but the call never came. I checked back whenever I was passing and the last time, the cosmetics clerk told me all the Shiseido cream shadows are being discontinued. I was really disappointed but THEN....she told me I could HAVE the counter sample, which seems to be basically brand new. I was so delighted - not just because she gave it to me but because I could finally have this shadow. It's a lovely murky khaki green and it's the sort of colour I always fall in love with. I really like the Shiseido cream shadows generally. I find they apply very easily with a finger or a synthetic brush, they last well, blend beautifully without setting too quickly. They work as coloured bases or on their own as shadows. There is glitter in this but it's subdued. I am so happy finally to have this in my collection as it's just that little bit different from all the other green toned cream shadows I own.

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Glowing Pink (001)

Dior

Review posted 6 months ago

I was in an absolute frenzy to get this after seeing it here. I'd been "stalking" it at my local Sephora (where it still hasn't arrived) and finally broke down and got it at The Bay (where, to be honest, the service at the Dior counter is so much better). This is absolutely gorgeous as a highlighter or even as a finishing powder to brighten my whole face as the shine is very subtle if you use a softer brush. My biggest complaint about the product is that it's not refillable. The compact is really heavy and substantial (and beautifully decorated, though it is shiny, so if you are OCD about fingerprints, good luck - though it does come with a little pouch) and it comes with a small kabuki brush but once you finish the product, there is no use at all for this lovely compact. I think that's a shame and a waste. I thought this would be a lot like my Guerlain Cruel Gardenia from a few years back, this this is actually much lighter and cooler, which surprised me.

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Wreckage

Urban Decay

Review posted 7 months ago

I initially got the Mariposa palette because I really, really wanted Mushroom but Wreckage has actually been the shade I've used the most in that palette (together with Skimp and Spotlight). It's a really wearable bronzy brown that isn't too dark and even though it has a lot of shimmer, it's not glittery and it applies really nicely. I'm not sure if UD has released this as a single since way back when it came out in Mariposa, but they really ought to, as it is such a flattering colour and not too red for folks like me who don't look great in really red-toned brown shadows.

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Leather

Shiseido

Review posted 8 months ago

Beautiful brown with subtle shimmer. Not too red and SO much nicer than Chanel Ebloui. It applies with more pigmentation and also builds better than Ebloui and generally has a nicer texture and costs a fair bit less. Leather works really well all on its own or as a base for other shadows and looks so interesting with MAC Tempting or Trax (both of which need a bit of help) applied over top. Lasts all day on me, too.

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Tisse d'Automne (254)

Chanel

Review posted 11 months ago

As soon as I saw Christine's photos of this, what little willpower I possess just evaporated. This is a perfect autumn quad with a golden bronzey brown, an olive green, a darker almost black green laced with old gold and a pretty peachy nude. All have the lovely finish typical of these quads from Chanel - a flattering and elegant satiny sheen. It sort of goes without saying that at this price, a little more product would have been welcome and now that I've learned to save the little plastic insert that protects these shadows, I can also say they are travel friendly-ish (but I'd still keep my fingers crossed and keep them well protected!)

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Manic

Urban Decay

Review posted 12 months ago

A mini of F-Bomb got me hooked on this formula, which is rich, long-wearing but not drying. Manic is my "every day" shade - a rich plummy berry shade. I find that in general, these lipsticks wear really well and when they do shade, they leave behind a stain that is even and flattering looking, even if you don't get a chance to re-apply.

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Soul

Stila

Review posted 12 months ago

It's a rare day indeed when I disagree with Christine about a product but this is one of those rare times. I loved the original "In the..." Stila palettes and was sad not only that they were discontinued but that they were replaced with new palettes that were both far more pricey AND which seemed of really lousy quality. Because Stila is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, I was able to purchase both of the new palettes I own using my "points", so that made these a bit safer to try. I am even more pleased with this palette than I am with Spirit (which was my first purchase). I find all the colours apply beautifully and deliver enough pigmentation for me, but then I tend to go for less intense looks most of the time. "Heart" is such a great subtle crease or blending shade. "Substance" is a beautiful silvery taupe - what more can I say? The only tricky one for me is Character, which has some chunky glitter but all the others in this palette are just great. My only concern is that all of these shadows (like many other Stila shadows) are prone to breaking, based on quite a few reviews I've read. I'd love to travel with this palette but I'm a bit leery if they are that fragile. I've kept some thin packing "foam" to cut to size for these palettes in hopes of protecting them and I might just give it a try the next time we're going away....