Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes

Surratt Beauty Mesmer Eyes Prismatique Eyes

The following was previously written for my first review on this formula, as all three I tried were very consistent in performance: Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a two-part compact that twists to reveal a glittery, more powder-like eyeshadow on the lower level, and then on the upper level, the lid twists off and reveals a cream eyeshadow. The brand states that the cream eyeshadow is a long-wearing, “water-proof shadow base” that can be used underneath the glittery eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. The glittery eyeshadow is called a “prismatic top coat.” The two only work well when used together, but neither works that well alone. Together, they’re pretty, but the cream eyeshadow is fussier than ideal for a cream-based product, so blending and getting even coverage were quite challenging.

Based on the fact that the cream eyeshadow is the long-wearing part and has the most claims, I rated this as a standalone product plus how well it did hold the glitter eyeshadow, but the wear considers it on its own as well as when worn with the glitter eyeshadow. On the other hand, the glitter eyeshadow’s wear is based on how long it wears over the cream base (there seem to be next to no claims made for the eyeshadow, other than calling it a top coat and it designed to be very sparkly!). The cream eyeshadow worked decently as an eyeliner without the glittery eyeshadow on top of it, but on the lid, it had a tendency to crease before it had a chance to set due to a longer dry-down time. If I applied the glittery eyeshadow on top of the cream base as it was drying down, the glitter was fairly locked on and seemed to prevent any initial creasing. Then the whole layer cake of product lasted for nine hours before I noticed faint creasing. The cream eyeshadow was fairly crease-resistant, but the longer dry down time meant keeping the lid close and lightly patting the cream eyeshadow back into place after 15-20 seconds until it was fully dried at about 45 seconds. I recommend a flat, slightly narrow, synthetic brush to pat on the glitter eyeshadow for best results.

The glitter eyeshadow will get everywhere without the cream base to lock on, and the glitter seemed like flecks, which were a pain to remove from the skin (it is always amusing that glitter won’t stick to the lid, but it’ll stick to your nose no problem!). The cream eyeshadow was generally pigmented but had a fair amount of slip to it without being really thick, so it tended to look patchy and uneven on the lid, especially the more I blended out the edge. It is the type of product that is easier to use as a base on the lid and then use traditional powder eyeshadow to do crease work. The packaging felt flimsy to me, and I’ve too often swiveled open the lower level and nicked the edge of the pan as a result. I had consistent results across the three shades I purchased inasmuch as wear and application went. This particular duo had a more pigmented, buildable cream eyeshadow in it, though it was even more slippery than Glamour Eyes, so it easily looked patchy and streaky applied.

Mesmer Eyes (Cream) is described as a “khaki green.” It’s a murky, medium-dark olive green with warm, brown undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque coverage after two passes, but it takes some doing to manage the formula as it dries down. I kept my eyelid closed and patted lightly over the natural crease about half-way through the dry down phase, which helped to push color out of the crease. Once it dried down, the color would last for eight and a half hours. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #12 (P) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Mozambique (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Surratt Beauty Prismatique Eyes Mesmer Eyes
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
80%
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Introduction to Charlotte Tilbury

Introduction to Charlotte Tilbury

I’m new to this brand. Where should I start?

A Few Notes | Charlotte Tilbury’s most iconic product is likely her Magic Cream, which is a moisturizer (and now comes in additional types of products, like eye and night creams). I love almost everything about the Eyes to Mesmerise cream eyeshadow formula, but they did crease on me, which is why I’ve only recommended the most interesting and versatile of the shades there, but they’re well-worth trying if you have decent luck with cream eyeshadows (some readers reported no creasing, others had similar experiences) and primer will help.

What would you recommend to someone just trying Charlotte Tilbury for the first time?

WHERE TO BUY

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Week in Review | January 23rd through January 29th

Here’s a look at the top 10 products reviewed in the last week, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! :)
01

Colour Pop Porter

Permanent. $5.00/0.07 oz.

Porter is described as a "warm burgundy with gold multi-dimensional gold glitter on top [of] a metallic finish."

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
A+

02. Colour Pop Telepathy

Telepathy is described as a "bright gold with a green undertone in an ultra-metallic finish." It's a bright, light-medium yellow gold with an almost "cool" undertone (compared to most golds, which are often orange-based) paired with a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A+

03. Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #4

Honeymoon #4 is a deep plum with soft, warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It was the least shimmery shade, which is something the quad needed for better cohesion, I think. Read full review.

A

04. Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #2

Honeymoon #2 is a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.

A

06. Colour Pop Weenie

Weenie is described as a "pinky rose gold in a pearlized finish." It's a slightly muted, medium-dark coppery bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

A

07. Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon

Honeymoon #4 is a deep plum with soft, warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It was the least shimmery shade, which is something the quad needed for better cohesion, I think. Read full review.

A

08. MAC Silly

MAC Silly Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "bright white-pink [with a Matte finish]." Read full review.

A

09. Urban Decay Smog

Smog is described as a "deep coppery bronze." It's a coppery brown with warm, red0orange undertones and a frosted finish. Read full review.

A

10. Colour Pop Taurus

ColourPop Taurus Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a "mid-tone yellow brown in a matte finish." Read full review.

Breakdown |
Jan 23, 2016 — Jan 29, 2016

84%

Average Score
A
31
B
24
C
8
D
4
F
5

Total Reviews (72) — Brands Reviewed (8)

Tom Ford Last Dance Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Last Dance Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Last Dance Eyeshadow Quad ($80.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a mix of gold, green, and a pop of glittering blue. Overall, all four shades had good or better color payoff, wore for eight hours (the glitter shade had fall out), and were easy enough to use. I wish the two more satin-like shades had a slightly less dusty consistency.

Last Dance #1 is a pale, buttery yellow with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft and was easy to work with on the eyelid. This shade wore well for eight hours before creasing. Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $18.00) is more muted (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Aspire (P) is warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Sand (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Champagne (P) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Enjoy (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Last Dance #2 is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, brown undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a lightly dry, dusty consistency that tended to sheer out when applied but was very blendable. I noticed slight fading after eight hours of wear. Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Couture (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Elitist (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Disintegration (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Bedazzled Spruce (LE) is darker (85% similar). Smashbox Moss (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Last Dance #3 is a muted, medium-dark blue with subtle, cool undertones and a glittering, metallic finish. It had a lot of chunky glitter/sparkle, which gave it a very reflective finish on the lid, but it was harder to work with it as it would apply in chunks rather than really smoothly. I would consider using this with a slightly dampened brush to minimize fall out (in the same vein, an adhesive base would be necessary to control fall out over time). The color lasted for eight hours, but it had some fall out. The difference in thickness of the product made it harder to blend it with the other shades (which had a thinner consistency). Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Revlon Neptune Star (LE, $4.99) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Krinkle (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad Last Dance
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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