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theBalm Sexy Stacey Eyeshadow

theBalm Sexy Stacey Eyeshadow
theBalm Sexy Stacey Eyeshadow

theBalm Sexy Stacey Eyeshadow

theBalm Sexy Stacey Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pewter.” It’s a dark gray with silver shimmer and sheen–and the faintest hint of teal micro-shimmer. I wouldn’t call it pewter myself; it’s just too gray to be pewter, which tends to lean more taupe or gold, depending on the base.

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 Shadow/Liner Sexy Stacey
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
98%
Total

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Nubar Spring Garden Collection Swatches, Photos, Review (Part 2)

Nubar Spring Garden Collection
Nubar: Pink Lily, Purple Aster, White Peony, Yellow Primrose

Nubar Spring Garden Collection: Part 2

Nubar Spring Garden Collection ($7.49 for 0.50 fl. oz., each) includes eight color shades, plus a glitter top coat (which I will review tomorrow, separately from the colors). This post features: Pink Lily (vibrant pink creme), Purple Aster (dusty pastel purple), White Peony (ivory creme), and Yellow Primrose (delicate pale yellow).

  • Pink Lily is a soft, pale pastel pink with faint white micro-shimmer. Two coats. It’s a little lighter than China Glaze Something Sweet.
  • Purple Aster is a warmed, pastel purple cream with faint white micro-shimmer. Two coats. It’s subtly warmer than China Glaze Light As Air.
  • White Peony is a soft, warmed ivory with faint white micro-shimmer. I used two coats and there was very slight visible nail line but it was nearly opaque. It’s a little whiter than Essie Marshmallow.
  • Yellow Primrose is a warmed, pale, pastel butter yellow with faint white micro-shimmer. Two coats. I can’t think of a dupe for this shade.

my thoughts on the formula: The formula on these was a little thicker than I expected, but it was also quite pigmented. They applied smoothly, without bubbling, and two coats was perfect for opaque color on all four shades. I typically get a week of wear with Nubar’s polishes.

Nubar Spring Garden Collection Swatches, Photos, Review (Part 2)

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
92%
Total

Nubar Spring Garden Collection Swatches, Photos, Review (Part 1)

Nubar Spring Garden Collection
Nubar: Baby Sprout, Blue Hydrangea, Earthen, Honeysuckle

Nubar Spring Garden Collection: Part 1

Nubar Spring Garden Collection ($7.49 for 0.50 fl. oz., each) includes eight color shades, plus a glitter top coat (which I will review tomorrow, separately from the colors). This post features: Baby Sprout (soft pastel green), Blue Hydrangea (muted pastel blue), Earthen (subdued earthen gray creme), and Honeysuckle (cheerful honeysuckle).

  • Baby Sprout is a really pale, pastel green cream with the faintest hint of white micro-shimmer. Two coats. The only shade I have that comes close is China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, but it is much, much darker and less pastel–mintier; I wouldn’t say they’re similar at all, brighter than Rescue Beauty Bikini Bottom.
  • Blue Hydrangea is a softened sky blue with faint white micro-shimmer. Two coats. It is bluer than China Glaze Moody Blue.
  • Earthen is a lightened cement gray taupe with faint white micro-shimmer. Two coats. It is lighter than MAC’s On the Prowl.
  • Honeysuckle is a brightened medium-dark pink cream with a bit of a jelly-like finish. Two coats. It reminded me of Chanel Riviera.

my thoughts on the formula: The formula on these was a little thicker than I expected, but it was also quite pigmented. They applied smoothly, without bubbling, and two coats was perfect for opaque color on all four shades. I typically get a week of wear with Nubar’s polishes.

Nubar Spring Garden Collection Swatches, Photos, Review (Part 1)

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
92%
Total

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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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