Mariella's Reviews

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Glowing Pink (001)

Dior

Review posted 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 2 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 6 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 6 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 6 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....

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Money

Urban Decay

Review posted 6 months ago

Money is such a gorgeous shade of icy green. It's cool and sort of "watery" looking, if that makes any sense and it is a terrific colour for hot summer days or night because the cool, silvery green-ness is looks so fresh and easy. I have this in 2 separate LE palettes and I'm glad it is now available as a single shadow as well.

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The Magic Touch

bareMinerals

Review posted 6 months ago

I've yet to be disappointed by a single "Ready" eyeshadow (and I have a LOT of them). Flicker was one of the shadows that was always on my list of "I'll pick it up one day" shades and when I saw that Sephora was phasing out a lot of the duos and quads, I grabbed the last one of these at my local store. As Christine says in her review, this is such a handy duo because it's one you can reach for every day and use all on its own for a really nice looks or two. Presto is a fleshy/peach shade with a silky sheen. It works perfectly all over the lid, right up to the brow bone. It's not too shiny or frost and is pretty much close to my skin tone. Flicker is the sort of colour I can't get enough of - a slightly lighter version of Inglot 419, MAC Sumptuous Olive or Fiction, etc. - a bronzed olive brown that pairs nicely with Presto and which is just type of shadow I love to wear all year round, though it's a totally perfect autumn shade. The texture of both of these shadows is unbeatable.

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Pro Palette 2

LORAC

Review posted 7 months ago

I am SO in love with this palette, I cannot tell you! First of all, it is so refreshing to see names that actually mean something - Light Brown, Silver, Plum, Navy - rather than nebulous names like Lahore, Ego, Karma....names that tell you nothing about the colours! I was unsure at first whether to get the original or #2 but as soon as I saw them side by side, the choice was easy. The quality of the shadows is overwhelmingly excellent. They're highly pigmented and apply smoothly and blend beautifully. Having 8 matte and 8 shimmer shadows in such wearable colours all in one palette is fabulous.

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Beige

LORAC

Review posted 7 months ago

I absolutely ADORE this shadow from the Pro Palette 2. It is unbelievably smooth and creamy and so very pigmented that I need to remind myself that even when I'm using the softest of my brushes, I only need to touch the surface lightly (I often forget and end up with more than enough product for both eyes, and this is the case with most of the shadows in the palette). I just love how bright and wide-awake this makes my eyes look. I'm not sure if this shadow is available on its own but if it is, I will certainly buy a single pan of it the next time I'm in the US.

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Naked2 Basics

Urban Decay

Review posted 7 months ago

This is such a wonderful, easy to use palette. For days when being confronted by 20 shadows in a palette is just too much to process, this compact and well co-ordinated little beauty is just perfect - everything you need for a great neutral, professional eye look and nothing you don't need. Makes getting ready in the mornings a snap and it is so great for work-related travel as well. Also a great palette for those new to makeup as it offers great quality, basic shades that are easy to use and hard to make a mistake with. The original Naked Basics was too warm for me and had too many shades that looked almost the same once applied to the skin (and I do NOT need another matte black shadow) but Naked2Basics is just perfection for me.

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Sophia

Buxom

Review posted 7 months ago

I got this as a freebie from Sephora in a gift bag they gave for some VIB Event (which is really nice). I love the product itself - this was my first exposure to anything from Buxom, which is a line I simply never take much notice of. The colour is just too pale and sheer but the product itself is lovely. I don't know how beneficial the minty cool tingle is but I'd certainly purchase this product in a more pigmented shade. As a gloss though or for a "no makeup" look if I'm going out for a power walk or to the gym, it is very nice.

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Dandy Lion

Tarina Tarantino

Review posted 7 months ago

A large part of why I wanted the Emerald Pretty palette was because of this unique and stunning colour - a green-y old gold shade that is beautiful and also excellent quality. I finally broke down and bought this palette on sale when Sephora was discontinuing Tarina Tarantino. I'm so glad I made the decision to get the palette - all the shadows in it are great but Dandy Lion is so wonderful that it would have been a worthwhile purchase even if the other shadows weren't very good (but they are great too).

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Silver Sun

MAC

Review posted 7 months ago

I am so glad that MAC made many of the Extra Dimension shadows permanent. I was finally able to get the shades I missed in the Alluring Aquatic collection (of which Silver Sun was part) as well as a few other shades. Silver Sun "almost" completes my collection and I was waiting eagerly for it to be back in stock. This is a wonderful silvery green shade. I thought it would be similar to Vex so, before getting it, I swatched both side by side at the MAC counter and this is so much darker and greener while still retaining a silvery aspect to it. As it's the Extra Dimension formula, it performs beautifully when applied with a damp brush, delivering a more deep and intense shading. I don't think I have anything at all like this in my eyeshadow collection and I'm so happy to have it. It's an interesting shade in that, applied dry and used all on its own, it's perfect for hot summer days since it looks so cool and fresh (not unlike the left side of Nars Habanera, though it's darker green than that shadow) but the ability to apply this more heavily or damp for a darker application makes it perfect for autumn, especially paired with a brown or dark grey/brown (like Copperplate or Coquette) shadow.

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Gilded Envy (755)

L'Oreal

Review posted 8 months ago

I was so happy finally to get Gilded Envy to add to my collection of taupe/pewter type shadows. This shade has never been released in Canada but I found it easily at the Walmart in Buffalo when we went over the border a few days ago. It's a beautifuly neutral pewter shade that's a bit more metallic than I'd ideally like but not so much that I'm not delighted with it. It wears very well without creasing and so it also works great as a base under other shadows (I like using it under MAC's Caviar Dreams shadow, which is one of those problematic Lustre finishes; using Gilded Envy enhances how it looks once applied). Great inexpensive shadow.

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Stolen Moment

MAC

Review posted 8 months ago

I am so loving this wonderful shadow and so happy it was repromoted as I was entirely unaware of it when it first was released. While Christine categorizes it as "warm", I find it to be a lovely, silvery taupe brown that leans more cool. It's a wonderfully versatile shade.

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Go Lightly

Stila

Review posted 8 months ago

I've loved Go Lightly for years but never bought it because it's so similar to the brown side of MAC's Illusionary/Burning Ambition MES from years back. But I purchased the Spirit Eyes Are the Windows palette recently and it contains this shadow and I am so happy. It is a lovely shade of brown that is warm and somewhat golden but not too warm or red toned. I have a weakness for these sorts of brown shades so I'm delighted with this. I like to apply it in the outer V with something like Stila Wheat, Bubbly or Chinois on the inner part of the lid. It's a nice all over shade as well.

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Legendary Lure

MAC

Review posted 8 months ago

I really debated about whether or not to get this shadow. I already have Loaded, Damaged, Fiction and several other "dupes" for this shade and to be perfectly honest, my "need" for this sort of colour (greenish and dark) is pretty limited. But I knew I'd regret not buying it and it is such a gorgeous and complex shade. The "Extra Dimension" formulation makes this colour quite wearable, since it's easy to get a lighter application that is still smooth and even but just not super dark or "in your face". I wear this to work quite often - that's how wearable and versatile it is. Glad MAC made this permanent so more people can purchase (Alluring Aquatics sold out SO fast that I wasn't even able to purchase this).

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Silver Dawn

MAC

Review posted 8 months ago

I was so happy that quite a few of these shadows from the various collections have been made permanent. Silver Dawn is a beautiful, easy to wear silvery mauve-taupe shade that isn't too dark and looks great even in the day time. Applying with a damp brush ups the depth of colour and pigmentation for a more dramatic look and the same colour, used dry on the inner half of the lid and then damp on the outer lid gives a somewhat more complex look while still using just the one shadow.

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Mariposa

Urban Decay

Review posted 8 months ago

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this palette in all the years I've owned it. When it first came out, I nearly bought it simply to get the shade Mushroom (which, at the time, wasn't available as a single shadow) but when I looked at this, I realized it was silly to purchase it for just that one shade, especially since I already had Rockstar and Gunmetal and perhaps Money). But then my daughter received it as an Xmas gift (she'd really wanted the original Naked palette!) and liked it but wasn't thrilled. So I bought Naked for her and she gave me this. I really like it. It is actually a pretty good travel palette - small and with a range of versatile colours from light to darker and from neutral to "less neutral". I would never use Infamous - I simply don't wear colours like that on my eyes - but every other shade in here is great and it's in this palette that I discovered Wreckage, which is a fabulous mid-toned brown that doesn't lean red. And Mushroom is a staple taupe-grey and one of those shades you can always rely on when you want a nice eye but don't want to have to think or do a lot of work. The only downside is the case....it's actually not that difficult to open once you know the "trick" of sort of pushing just on one side rather than trying to pull it open with even pressure all around but until you figure out the best way, it can be fiddly (and even when you've got it sussed, it can still be tricky!).