Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Top 10 of 2011: Eyeshadow Palettes

The idea of picking a mere ten fantastic products for the entire eye category (which, as I’m sure you’re aware, I have a great love for) was borderline absurd. I could not resist breaking it out a bit more :)

  1. Bare Escentuals The Playlist Eyeshadow Palette (plus lots of love for the Ready formula in general!)
  2. Tarina Tarantino Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes
  3. theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette
  4. theBalm Cast Your Shadow Palette
  5. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette
  6. Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette
  7. Chanel Topkapi Eyeshadow Quad
  8. Inglot Eyeshadow Palettes
  9. Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope
  10. theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3

What was your favorite eyeshadow palette this year?

Sunday, June 26th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #4

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #337, 390, 350, 348, 376, 349, 339, 387, 324, 391, 318, 373 (Neutrals, Grays, Blacks)

This is the last post on Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.). This palette contains both mattes and several double sparkle eyeshadows, but I’m only reviewing the matte eyeshadows. I’m not going to review any of the double sparkle eyeshadows at this time (if/when I do, it will be when I have the majority of the available shades to review, rather than a smattering).

  • 337 is a soft, medium brown with red undertones and a matte finish.
  • 390 is a brownish beige with a matte finish.
  • 350 is a grayish cast beige with a matte finish. This looks much yellower in the pan, but it doesn’t swatch that way at all.
  • 376 is a sooty blackened-brown with a gray cast and matte finish.
  • 349 is a purple-tinged gray with a matte finish–though it almost has a little sheen.
  • 339 is a soft, grayish brown, kind of taupe-like, with a matte finish.
  • 387 is a muted, purple-tinged gray with a matte finish. It’s a lighter version of #349.
  • 324 is a blue-based, medium gray with a matte finish.
  • 391 is a dark black with a matte finish.
  • 318 is a bright white with a matte finish.
  • 373 is a bright white with a matte finish. #318 and #373 are very, very similar. If I had to pick out a difference, #318 seems slightly cooler toned.

This set of matte eyeshadows worked well overall.  None of them applied poorly, and they all had decent color payoff.  There are a few shades that are rather similar, though, within all of the neutral/browns, so these are certainly not all necessary.  Both #318 and #373 were nicely pigmented without being chalky; they are stark, for sure, against my skin tone, but they didn’t have that chalky feel that whites sometimes have.  #337 swatched a little softer than anticipated.

The Glossover

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #337, 390, 350, 348, 376, 349, 339, 387, 324, 391, 318, 373 (Neutrals, Grays, Blacks)

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Inglot has a good amount of grays in their range, and they are interesting because of the slight hints of color--a little blue, purple, or flat gray--which would work well to bring out certain intricacies in other shadows.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, June 26th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #3

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #341, 354, 327, 342, 360, 357 (Browns)

This next look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) revolves around some of their warmer brown shades.

  • 341 is a soft peach-beige with a matte finish.
  • 354 is a really pale white-peach with a matte finish. It was a little on the powdery side.
  • 327 is a warmer, medium-dark brown with subtle yellow undertones and a matte finish.
  • 342 is a dusty taupe-brown with subtle warmth and a matte finish. This is a really good shade for the crease.
  • 360 is a dusty, grayed taupe brown with a matte finish.
  • 357 is a warm medium brown with a matte finish.

Overall, this was another good batch of mattes from Inglot; smooth, easy to work with, and nice color payoff.  #354 had a powdery texture compared to the other five, but it wasn’t too bad, and it was surprising how it did not look chalky on me despite its pale color and matte finish.

The Glossover

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #341, 354, 327, 342, 360, 357 (Browns)

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I see both #348 and #360 working really well for neutral looks in the crease. A shade like #357 will suit warmer complexions best, as it may look more orange on cooler skin tones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, June 26th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #3

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #329, 378, 326, 363, 358 (Browns & Neutrals)

This next look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) is all about some neutrals–these were cooler browns and slightly odd shades that seemed to belong more to neutrals than a particular color.

  • 329 is a chocolate brown with a matte finish. It’s not warm, more of a neutral brown.
  • 378 is a dark, cool-toned brown with a hint of burgundy. It has a matte finish.
  • 326 is a dark, cool-toned brown with an even subtler hint of burgundy than #378. It also has a matte finish. Both #378 and #326 are extremely similar, and it is hard to distinguish which is which.
  • 363 is a taupe brown with a matte finish.
  • 358 is a subdued mauve-gray with a matte finish. This just seemed so neutral when I was arranging the palettes, but it swatches rather purple.
  • 344 is a pink-plum brown with a matte finish.  It’s totally the definition of a neutral, though – soft, natural.

Overall, these are true to Inglot’s matte formula and are easy to work with. I had a touch of sheerness with #378, but the other four had nice color payoffs and smooth applications.

The Glossover

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #329, 378, 326, 363, 358, 344 (Browns & Neutrals)

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I'm so glad that these applied much better than the purples within the same palette--or else I would have thought the whole palette was cursed!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #3

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #377, 379, 325, 375, 320, 386, 334, 346 (Purples)

This next look at Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) features several variations on purple.

  • 377 is a deep royal purple with a matte finish, though I detected a slight micro-shimmer. This shade was a little patchy.
  • 379 is a medium-dark blue-purple with a matte finish. This shade was powdery and sheer in places.
  • 325 is a rich eggplant purple with a matte finish.
  • 375 is an eggplant purple with a matte finish–it is just a lighter version of #325. It has a slightly stronger red undertone.
  • 320 is a medium grape purple with a matte finish. It was a little sheer in places.
  • 386 is a lightened medium purple with red undertones and a matte finish. It was patchy and easily sheered out.
  • 334 is a pink lavender with a matte finish. I also had some evenness issues with this shade.
  • 346 is a light lilac with a matte finish.

While I’ve had fairly good luck with Inglot’s matte eyeshadows in the past, I found a lot of these troublesome.  Several shades did not apply evenly, so the end result was a patchy swatch that was sheer in places and opaque elsewhere.  I was rather disappointed in how these swatched, so I played around with them in application, and they were better but not as stellar as the rest of the matte range.  The only shades out of these that I recommended are #325 and #375.

The Glossover

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #377, 379, 325, 375, 320, 386, 334, 346 (Purples)

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I'm surprised that purples ended up being a rather weak point in the range--far too many were difficult to apply evenly.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #2

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #332, 336, 322, 371, 367, 388, 369 (Blues)

To finish off this palette of Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.), we look at enough blue to paint a sky.

  • 332 is a deep navy blue with a hint of indigo and a matte finish. I detected the faintest bit of blue micro-shimmer.
  • 336 is a cornflower blue with a matte finish. I found it a smidgen on the sheer side, but it seems like it is buildable. It’s a bit like MAC’s Winkle.
  • 322 is a bright, medium cyan blue with a matte finish.
  • 371 is a bright cyan blue with a matte finish–it is just slightly lighter than #322.
  • 367 is a pale, whitened sky blue with a matte finish. This was a little sheer and blended out too quickly (and ended up looking sheer).
  • 388 is a vibrant, dark blue-purple with a matte finish. It seems comparable to MAC’s Atlantic Blue.
  • 369 is a soft, paled periwinkle blue with a matte finish. Like #336, it was a touch sheer.

These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch.  They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush.  A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows).  The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these.  The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.

#367 was the one I had the most trouble with; I think the lightness alone emphasizes any shortcomings it has–it’s a little sheer, slightly powdery, and the end result is something patchy.  #336 and #369 were more buildable in color but still had some noticeable sheerness.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #332, 336, 322, 371, 367, 388, 369 (Blues)

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#367 was the one I had the most trouble with; I think the lightness alone emphasizes any shortcomings it has--it's a little sheer, slightly powdery, and the end result is something patchy. #336 and #369 were more buildable in color but still had some noticeable sheerness.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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