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Wet ‘n’ Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Photos, Review

Wet 'n' Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.30 oz.) includes eight different eyeshadows, and in all honetsy, they almost seem more like two four-pan palettes stuck together. All eight shades coordinate and complement each other, but the quality of the second column is significantly superior compared to the first column. The one thing I have noticed with Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Color Icon eyeshadows is that their frosts are done well, but the more matte the shade is, the lesser the quality is, both in pigmentation and in wear.

The first column includes a semi-sheer, silvered white with a frosted finish, medium silvered gray with a frost finish; semi-matte dark black with blue sparkle, and matte black. The black with blue sparkle shade is a little sheer in the black color base, and the blue sparkles either disappear by the time one applies or leave a little fall out beneath the eye–the effect of the blue sparkle just doesn’t come through very much (the best thing to do would be to layer over a sticky base and reall pack it on, and then you might get a better result). The matte black shade is a bit chalky and stiff, making it rather unpigmented when swatched. I hoped that it would perform better in practice, but it didn’t get nearly as intense applied as it looks in the pan–but more frustrating was that it seemed to fade after a few hours.

The second column consists of a pale, icy blue with a frosted finish, aqua-teal with a golden sheen and frosted finish, rich midnight navy blue with a softened frost finish, and semi-matte black with soft silver sparkle. With these four, I only had issues with the matte black with silver sparkle shade, which took some layering to get the intensity level to match the color in the pan. Like the black with blue sparkle in the first column, the silver sparkle doesn’t translate much when used, so it ends up being more of a semi-matte/matte black. It is more pigmented than the matte black shade in the first column, though. Unfortunately, it, too, suffers from some fading after three to four hours of wear. The other three shades are fantastic, with really soft, smooth texture and rich color pay off. The aqua-teal is absolutely gorgeous–very much to the tune of MAC Parrot but lighter and brighter.

It is disappointing that four of eight shades have some problems, with two having issues with fading. If you do normally buy higher-end, I do think the quality of the second column makes the palette well worth the price tag, but if your budget is tight, you may find yourself at odds with the palette overall. If these were split in two, I would have given quality scores of 21/30 and 28/30 respectively. As I do with palettes, I individually assessed each shade, added them up, then divided by eight to get an average quality score, which was around 26/30.

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this palette shows both the best and worsts of the formula overall. The frostier shades seem to work the best and have no problem wearing all day (over a base, of course), while the more matte shades tend to lack in pigmentation and fade after a few hours (they don’t disappear, but they do fade noticeably).

Wet ‘n’ Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Photos, Review

B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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theBalm All About Alex Eyeshadow

theBalm All About Alex Eyeshadow
theBalm All About Alex Eyeshadow

theBalm Shady Lady Eyeshadow: All About Alex

theBalm All About Alex Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden khaki olive.”  It’s this darkened, golden-toned khaki brown with a faint hint of olive green micro-shimmer.  It’s subtle but it’s there; more noticeable when reflected against light than in a static swatch.  All of theBalm’s single eyeshadows are in simple cardboard packaging with a mirror inside.

my thoughts on the formula: theBalm’s eyeshadows are soft, silky smooth, and packed with pigment. They apply evenly, blend out beautifully, and aren’t powdery at all (sometimes a side effect of really soft eyeshadows). I find they are so easy to use, because they apply without fall out and blend with other shadows effortlessly. Worth noting, too, is individual eyeshadows come with 0.12 oz., which is just over double the average eyeshdaow–and at a rather affordable price tag.

theBalm All About Alex Eyeshadow

A
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
98%
Total

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Givenchy Candide Tangerine (50) Rouge Interdit Lipstick

Givenchy Candide Tangerine Rouge Interdit Lipstick
Givenchy Candide Tangerine Rouge Interdit Lipstick

Givenchy Spring 2011: Candide Tangerine

Givenchy Candide Tangerine (50) Rouge Interdit Lipstick ($29.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, bright orange with a touch of darkness that keeps it from being a completely neon shade. The finish is satiny with a soft sheen but a creamy texture and nearly full color coverage. Illamasqua’s Temptress is a touch redder, while shades like MAC Neon Orange are closer but a little lighter.

my thoughts on the formula: The Rouge Interdit formula is creamy without being slippery nor clingy. It wears comfortably and holds on for four to six hours, with some of the lighter shades lasting only three to four (but those are in the minority). It has a noticeable floral perfumed scent but no taste. I do find that this formula is moisturizing, too, while still wearing really well.

Givenchy Candide Tangerine (50) Rouge Interdit Lipstick

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

Nubar Spring Garden Collection for Spring 2011


Nubar Spring Garden Collection for Spring 2011

Take a leisurely stroll down the Earthen path through The Spring Garden, the scent of Pink Lily in the air. The fresh colors of early Spring abound, with the soft green of the Baby Sprout, gentle shade of Blue Hydrangea, delicate Yellow Primrose, silky Purple Aster, fresh White Peony, and the lively Honeysuckle, each enhanced with the elegant sparkle of Dewdrop.

Always free of formaldehyde, phthalate and toluene, the nail lacquers in nubar’s The Spring Garden Collection are:

  • Pink Lily Vibrant pink creme
  • Earthen Subdued earthen grey creme
  • Baby Sprout Soft pastel green
  • Blue Hydrangea Muted pastel blue
  • White Peony Ivory creme
  • Yellow Primrose Delicate pale yellow
  • Purple Aster Dusty pastel purple
  • Honeysuckle Cheerful honeysuckle
  • Dewdrop Fine glitter top coat

availability: March 2011 at bynubar.com

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