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Mariella's Reviews

Violeta

Anastasia
Review posted 1 week ago
product

I am so surprised by how much I like this shade, which I thought would go untouched in the "Mario" palette. It looks so warm and brick-red brown but when I apply this, it "cools down" and becomes the most terrific shade of blackened, shadowy brown. A total surprise and a winner.

Buildable
Smooth
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing
Great-value
Travel-friendly

Thunderbird

Urban Decay
Review posted 2 months ago
product

I waited and waited for Thunderbird to arrive in-store at my local Sephora and it was so worth the wait. This is a rich, glowing dark bronze/brown and has the black base that Christine described. The beauty of this black base is that if I pat and press Thunderbird onto my mobile lid and then use a fluffy blending or crease brush to buff out the edges, I get a murky "almost black" shade in my crease. Using just this one shadow gives the effect of having used 2 shades for a sultry effect. Buxom Bronzed Bod is listed as a dupe for Thunderbird. I have it, and it has the same effect - intense bronze when patted or pressed but blend it out and you get the black base acting as a great crease/contour shade.

Highly-pigmented
Creamy
Smooth
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing
Great-value

Mysterious Influence

MAC
Review posted 2 months ago
product

While the idea behind these might seem like a gimmick (and it is) and you don't get a lot of product for your money (you don't), I love this shadow and I'm sorry I missed out on Dynamically Charged (it was sold out when I picked up Mysterious Influence). I have a real weakness for this type of colour - murky bronzey olive type shades - and even though I have about 5 dupes of this, I just couldn't resist. It applies and blends so nicely and even works with regular shadows that don't have the magnetic thing going on.

Buildable
Buttery
Smooth
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing
Too-little-product

Hell Ya

Smashbox
Review posted 2 months ago
product

Probably my favourite colour in a palette of favourite colours (I love the Cover Shot Smoky palette!). This is such a flattering and wearable shade of brown for me. It's not surprising that I have several of the listed dupes for it, as I just love eyeshadows in this colour range. The texture is very smooth and it blends like a dream. The slightly reflective finish is very flattering.

Buildable
Creamy
Smooth
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing
Great-value
Travel-friendly

Habanera #1

NARS
Review posted 4 months ago

I've owned the Habanera duo for years. I'm pretty sure it was the first Nars eyeshadow duo I ever purchased. The left side (#1) is a watery, dreamy silvery aqua shade - very cool and watery looking and a colour I especially love wearing in the heat of summer because of its cool, reflective finish. While it seems a unique shade (and is, in many ways), two virtually identical dupes for it are UD's Money (LE but it's been in a few palettes, so you might already have it if you own either Mariposa or BOS 3) and Nars Parallax (from the Hardwired grouping which might be LE). This isn't a neutral or "natural" looking shade but it really is lovely when the weather is hot and steamy and you want a look for your eyes that isn't dull or warm looking and you can hardly bear to put much on your face.

Highly-pigmented
Buttery
Creamy
Smooth
Easy-to-apply
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing

Moonstone

Becca
Review posted 4 months ago
product

I love this stuff mixed with my foundation or CC cream. I love how it lightens the texture of IT CC Cream, making it apply more easily and effortlessly and also imparting a bit of dewy glow. What's funny is that I also have the "Illumination" formula of IT CC Cream but I much prefer using the original and adding a half pump of Moonstone to a pump of the CC cream. I have also used Moonstone as a highlighter in the traditional way - cheekbones and other high planes of my face and it is very easy to use this way and blends in seamlessly. A really lovely and sort of multi-purpose highlighter.

Buildable
Smooth
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Long-wearing
Luminous
Natural
Travel-friendly

Master Palette by Mario

Anastasia
Review posted 5 months ago
palette

I hem'd and ha'd about getting this palette and was really on the fence about it. My main motivation for wanting it was that I have 5 or 6 ABH shadows I really like and I also regret not getting the Self-Made (as opposed to self-made) palette. My only complaint with the Mario palette (besides the Kardashian connection - I personally abhor that entire bunch) is that there is no light ivory highlight in the palette. Several of the mid-toned warm shades are similar enough that they could have taken out one of them (maybe Hollywood) and put in a true brow-bone highlight shade, which make this a perfect travel palette as well as an every day one. As it is now, I have to reach for something else to highlight my brows and brighten my tear-duct area. A few of these are prone to a bit of fall-out, but nothing dreadful and it's easy to remove (unlike Urban Decay Maui Wowie's fall-out, for example). I'm a huge fan of murky neutral eyeshadows so colours like Bronx and Paris lure me in every time. I also love sheen so Marina, Muse and 5th Avenue just make me happy. I really enjoy this palette but one little tweak and it would have been perfect.

Buildable
Highly-pigmented
Buttery
Creamy
Easy-to-apply
Long-wearing
Easy-to-use-product
Great-gift
Great-value
Travel-friendly
Versatile

I550 Olive Gray

Make Up For Ever
Review posted 5 months ago
swatch

When MUFE launched their newly reformulated eyeshadows a few years ago, I went a bit "overboard" buying them and it sort of goes without saying that I loaded up on the sorts of neutrals that are pretty much the core of my collection but they are the shades I use 99% of the time. I think Olive Gray was one of my very first purchases and I may even have 2 of these (a single and in the Nudes You Need palette?). This is a great eyeshadow that can be applied more heavily for a slightly darker look or more lightly for an every day, easy look. This shadow is one of those wonderful "one and done" shades because you can use it lightly across the lid, more heavily in the crease/outer corner and then blend it and buff it out to almost nothing toward the brow bone.

Buildable
Smooth
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing
Travel-friendly

Gritty & Glow

The Estee Edit
Review posted 5 months ago
palette

I was a little obsessed with buying this duo of palettes and didn't want to miss out on it so I didn't even wait til the VIB Rouge sale. While I could happily have passed on the face palette, I am really happy with the eyeshadows. The colours are GORGEOUS in colour, finish (such lush sheen) and pigmentation. They are smooth in texture and apply beautifully. My only complaint would be the absence of a brow highlight colour (is this a new trend? the last couple of palettes I've bought or considered buying are all lacking in a nice pearly beige or satiny ivory highlight shade). And I do have more black eyeshadows than I could ever need so replacing the black with an highlight shade would have worked for me, though the black in this palette (Mood) is rich and lovely and because it's not matte, it is a bit easier to wear and use to darken up my lash line or outer corner. My 2 favourite and most used shades are Swerve, which is a very reflective, almost liquid looking dark golden shade, and Burn, which Sephora describes as "burgundy bronze" but I find it more of a rich bronzed brown. It's not "burgundy" enough to look red. The other shades are all stunners. The "face" shades are all eye safe and can be used as shadows as well and the lightest shade (Snowlit) is great as a highlight but it is very frosted. I really do not need any more face highlighters but wanted the shadows so much that I'm willing to use these though the dark ones are too dark to work as highlighters but too reflective to use as bronzers. But I think they would be absolutely stunning on darker skin tones. And I plan to use them on bare legs in the summer.

Highly-pigmented
Buttery
Creamy
Easy-to-apply
Great-gift
Great-value
Travel-friendly
Versatile

Bronzed Bod

Buxom
Review posted 6 months ago
product

Bronzed Bod is such an unusual shade. When I pat/press it onto my mobile lid, it is a beautiful rosy, bronze shade and highly reflective and shiny. BUT...when I blend it upward toward my crease, the colour changes almost unbelievably. It becomes a cool dark greyish brown smokey shade, not unlike Anastasia's eyeshadow in Smoke or MAC's discontinued Keep Your Cool or Legendary Black. It really is surprising but also wonderful since I can totally skip a crease/outer corner shadow and just use Bronzed Bod and something for my inner corners if I want a lighter shade there. The texture of this shadow is great, as is the wear-time (I always use primer, however) and it blends easily though, as I say, the "shade shifting" is an unforeseen delight for me. If you want the pan colour on the crease, that is easily achieved - just pat and press rather than blend, blend, blend.... MAGIC!

Highly-pigmented
Buttery
Creamy
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing
Great-value
Travel-friendly

Cashmere

Viseart
Review posted 6 months ago
palette

I received this from my kids for Mothers' Day and I've been loving it ever since. These shadows are just my sort of colours and they apply beautifully and look elegant and sophisticated. It's a perfect palette for travel because it's so small and yet so jam packed with everything I need for how I want to look 95% of the time. (and now that I've written a review, I'm hoping that the "vanity" icon will actually show up for me, even though this IS in my Vanity! Weirdly on-going problem for me).

Buildable
Highly-pigmented
Buttery
Creamy
Easy-to-apply
Long-wearing
Easy-to-use-product
Great-gift
Travel-friendly
Versatile

Constructivist

MAC
Review posted 6 months ago
product

When I use Constructivist, I ask myself why I ever wasted my money on Chanel's Ebloui. Constructivist is one of those reliable, easy to wear products that is a great, not too red brown and is wonderful as a "one and done" lid shade (I blend it up into the crease and fade it out from there) and it also makes a terrific base for other shadows if you want to give them a bit of a boost. And unlike Ebloui (which I think was discontinued not too long after the Id'O shadows first launced), it lasts in the jar for years without drying out.

Buildable
Highly-pigmented
Smooth
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing
Great-value

Tartelette Tease

Tarte
Review posted 6 months ago
palette

This is a great little palette for travel and for every day as well. It's small but "mighty" and great for creating neutral looks from natural to more intense. The two middle shades are shimmery but not madly glittery and all 6 shades are wearable and of very good quality. I like that there's not a lot of wasted space as well.

Buildable
Buttery
Creamy
Easy-to-apply
Long-wearing
Easy-to-use-product
Great-gift
Great-value
Travel-friendly
Versatile

Dusk 'Til Dawn

Buxom
Review posted 6 months ago
product

I've been trying to get several of the newer Buxom eyeshadows since Christine reviewed them in Spring or early Summer and finally, a few weeks, ago, they became available in store at the Sephora store near me. This was a double happiness, since they'd actually removed the entire Buxom line a short time ago. Now, they've brought it back AND had all the new shades (which weren't even available in NYC in August!). Dusk Til Dawn is just the sort of dark, rich bronzey olive green that I have a real weakness for, though none of the shadows I own (and I have loads of similar type colours) is really close to this one. It is very pigmented...I have to take care to use a light hand or it can look way too dark for daytime, and the texture is very smooth and creamy. All in all, just a great shadow, especially for autumn.

Highly-pigmented
Buttery
Creamy
Smooth
Blendable
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing
Great-value
Travel-friendly

20 Cream

Sephora
Review posted 6 months ago

I am so disappointed that Sephora is discontinuing this foundation less than 2 years after releasing it. I have both Cream and 10/Ivory and recently purchased a back up of Cream now that they're marked down prior to being phased out. The coverage of this is excellent - natural but surprisingly effective and it feels so light and natural too. I've heard this is a dupe for the Armani foundation that is packaged similarly (with the dropper). I find the wear to be excellent - it last all day without breaking down or becoming cakey as the day wears on and without settling into pores. I can apply this with my fingers, a foundation brush or a beauty blender and get pleasing results with any of those methods. I love everything about this foundation and will really miss it when it's gone. I'd have purchased a 2nd backup but I'm not sure how long this would last, even unopened and in its glass jar. It's a shame that it's being discontinued - it really is so excellent and even at full price, it was a real bargain.

Buildable-coverage
Natural-fn
Smooth-fn
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Hides-pores
Lightweight-wear
Long-wearing
Great-value

Bloodstone (RD503)

Shiseido
Review posted 8 months ago
product

For maybe 25 years (possibly more - I know - crazy), I've been looking to replace an old Estee Lauder lipstick called Datenut Red. In spite of all the lipsticks out there from companies like MAC and Make Up For Ever and even with the new reds for Autumn 2016, I couldn't find just this colour til I check out Bloodstone from Shiseido's new lipstick release. It is about as close as I've ever come to this exact shade and it's in a finish I like (not matte, not drying, not too sheer). So happy I got it and on Seniors' Day at SDM (20% off and I paid for most of the balance with my Optimum points - how GREAT IS THAT?). I'm tempted to rate this "great value" because of those savings but, in reality, this is not an inexpensive lipstick (less costly than Chanel or Tom Ford but still "up there").

Buildable
Highly-pigmented
Creamy
Smooth
Easy-to-apply
Long-wearing
Moisturizing-wear
Non-sticky
Travel-friendly
Moisturizing

Silver Plum (07)

Clarins
Review posted 8 months ago
product

I love almost everything I've ever purchased from Clarins - skin care, body care, fragrances and makeup. This cream to powder-y shadow is no exception. The texture is somewhere between Chanel's Illusion d'ombre and L'Oreal's Infallible shadows, which is to say it's more like a moist, compacted powder than it is a cream. Silver Plum applies beautifully with a finger or a brush. You pretty much can't go wrong. I do wear a primer with these simply because I wear eyeshadow primer with everything...it's just habit and "insurance" though many say these last even on oily lids without primer and they last all day. Silver Plum is a great "shade shifter" type colour - depending on what you pair it with, it will look more dark taupe, medium brown or plum. The sheen is subdued and refined, rather than full on glittery so it's very wearable for all ages.

Buildable
Sheer
Creamy
Smooth
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing
Great-value
Travel-friendly

Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer

LORAC
Review posted 8 months ago

I received a sample sized tube of this when I purchased the Pro2 palette a few years ago. It's a really nice, dependable eyeshadow primer - does its job of keeping shadow crease free, vibrant and in-place. I do prefer a doe foot applicator to a squeeze tube, however. And the fact that Lorac isn't available in Canada means I'd have to make a trip over the border to get this so it's not likely I'll repurchase, but only because of the availability issue - there are so many good primers I can get at my local Sephora.

Lightweight
Easy-to-apply
Spreads-easily
Travel-friendly

Matte Moss (14)

Sephora
Review posted 8 months ago

I got this to be a dupe for Marc Jacobs O(vert) gel liner, after comparing them side by side in-store and finding very little difference in colour. Despite the adjective "matte", this pencil has about the same level of sheen (not glitter but not flat, dry looking "matte-ness") as the MJ pencil has and the shades are virtually identical. The Sephora pencil doesn't glide on quite as nicely as the MJ one does, nor is it as long wearing but it is really not bad and for 1/3 the price, I can't complain. I love that this is a twist up pencil and that there's a smudger on the other end.

Highly-pigmented
Smooth
Easy-to-apply
Long-wearing
Easy-to-sharpen
Great-value

Secret Keeper

Sephora
Review posted 9 months ago

I'm surprised I haven't written a review for Secret Keeper yet. It's one of Sephora's newer releases (2015/16) and it's so lovely. The site describes it as "light grey" but this shadow is so much more than that...it's a shimmery, satiny taupe grey with undertones of purple (very subtle). It puts me in mind a great deal of TheBalm's Insane Jane which is one of the best eyeshadows ever but not available any longer and it was never available as a single shadow, which is a shame. The quality of Secret Keeper is first rate. It works well with other neutrals - browns or greys - as well as with purple shades like Inglot 434 or 420 or MAC's Grand Galaxy but it's also really useful as a "one and done" shade since the sheen and the versatile undertones mean that it looks different depending on how the light hits various planes of your eyes. And because Sephora has designed their eyeshadows to be easy to depot, this shadow (like the other singles) is very "travel friendly".

Buildable
Creamy
Smooth
Blendable
Easy-to-apply
Crease-resistant
Long-wearing
Great-value
Travel-friendly

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