Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Spring 2012: Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is new (and permanent!) for spring. Guerlain describes the palette as having “an iridescent pink with pearl particles, matte pink, metallic violet, and raspberry shade with a velvety finish.” At first glance, it’s a very pretty spring palette that’s pretty much pink, pink, and more pink–totally reminiscent of Valentine’s Day. When I first saw it, I was really surprised to see such bold shades, and the pinks are not shy, barely-there shades; they’re really quite pink, and sometimes, pink can be a difficult shade to wear. On the flip side, you could double these as blushers quite easily.

The first shade in the palette is a purple-berry with a soft, frosted finish. It has excellent color payoff and a really smooth, soft texture that glides on easily and blends well. It’s much redder compared to MAC Deceit, darker and purpler compared to Make Up For Ever #17, purpler and less burgundy compared to Make Up For Ever #311, bit redder compared to MAC Hyperviolet, and touch purpler compared to Le Metier de Beaute Fig.

Next, in the middle and on the top, there is a soft pink; this is the closest you’ll get to pastel in this palette, but with the high frost finish, it reads bolder than a pastel would. It’s an airy pink with lots of shimmer and frost. It has good pigmentation, and the texture is pretty smooth and finely-milled overall. Inglot #319 is a matte version of this shade, while Inglot #431 has a slightly more metallif finish and yellow undertones. Make Up For Ever #303 is very close in finish but has yellower undertones.

Below the light pink, there is a bright medium-dark pink with a nearly matte finish (I detected a very faint shimmer but once applied, it looks matte). The color payoff is good, but the texture is a bit drier (being that it is matte, it’s not unexpected), so while it’s soft, there’s a hint of powderiness. It’s a couple of steps lighter compared to MAC Tease with Ease and more significantly lighter (or at least, more muted) compared to Inglot #362. Make Up For Ever #85 is a bit closer in color but not as blue-based and with the heavy frost finish, it looks a bit different.

The final shade, on the right, is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with a satiny sheen. It’s not vastly different from the other bright pink in this palette–it has a hint of fuchsia in it, so it’s less rosy pink, and it has a subtle sheen. The color payoff is good, and the texture is very soft and smooth, so it applies well and blends out nicely. It’s also similar to Make Up For Ever #85 but a bit darker and more fuchsia. Inglot #362 is still more vibrant and MAC Tease with Ease is still darker.

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Guerlain Les Roses Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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The colors look good together in the pan, though I think for easiest wear, you may find yourself reaching for other products to combine with this palette. If you've never worn pink eyeshadow before, you may find you have to experiment a couple of times to get this palette to work on its own. The deeper burgundy color will help a lot to define the eye, and the bluer undertones of some of the other pinks will keep eyes from looking bloodshot. And you could always wear these as a blush!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “swirling lavender gray” with an iridescent finish. It’s a murky lavender-green, and yes, I said it, lavender-green. It’s more of a duochrome than a single shade, so you’ll find it flashes a murky purple in certain lights but in other lighting or angles, you’ll see a silvered green. It’s similar to MAC Ascension and Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy (which has severe opacity issues). None of these shades are totally opaque after two coats, but Wicked Game is closer to being opaque after two coats (which is what is shown in swatches), as both Ascension and Gray’s Anatomy were sheer enough at two coats that I felt compelled to go for three for swatches.

You will have noticeable brush strokes from the metallic shimmer strewn through the color base, which may or may not be your thing. It’s a lot like brushed metal in finish, and I can totally understand not loving that look! They’re fairly easy to control and get into a straight line, but you will want a steady hand (I wasn’t so steady, and I went awry on my ring finger!). Again, it’s not quite opaque in two coats, as you can still see visible nail line peeking through. Deborah Lippmann’s formula is solid; it doesn’t bubble, chip, or streak for me, and I typically get a week of wear with minimal tip wear.

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Wicked Game

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It could use more pigmentation, but it's the most pigmented of the three shades in this particular hue. Deborah Lippmann's formula is really good, overall, and tends to wear better than the average polish for me.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Tarina Tarantino Wonderful Jewel Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Wonderful Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Wonderful Jewel Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.32 oz.) is an earthy color combination of pale yellow, mossy green, copper, minty green, and bronze-shimmered brown. It’s not overly warm, though the shades are more warm than not, so I think it could be worn by cooler complexions–that minty green and the darkness of the mossy green would work well.

On the left, there’s a soft yellow with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The color payoff is nice, and the texture is smooth. Make Up For Ever #102 is a bit darker and matte. It’s closer to theBalm Wild Child and MAC Nylon.

The top shade is a mossy green with subtle warm brown undertones. It has a slightly shimmered finish with good color payoff (could be a touch more intense) and a smooth texture overall. It’s not quite as dense as the frostier shades in the palette. theBalm Woman, Woman is more frosted and golden but still similar. Urban Decay Bender is closer in color but still has a different finish.

In the middle, we have a warm copper with a golden sheen and frosted, metallic finish. It’s fairly smooth but a little powdery, but the color payoff is really nice. It’s lighter than the coppery shade from Dreamy. It’s similar enough to shades like Urban Decay Half Baked, theBalm Manic Maribel, Bare Escentuals Louder, and so on.

On the right, there’s a springy, pastel green with a hint of mintiness and subtle yellowy undertones. The finish is more frosted, and the pigmentation is decent but not excellent.

The last shade on the bottom is a deep, dark brown with a sprinkling of bronze shimmer. The base color is nearly matte, so this shade will take on more of a matte quality, especially when applied with a fluffier brush. It is similar to the brown shade from Dreamy, actually, though a little less red-toned, as is Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone.

Overall, it’s a good palette, though there’s room for improvement. The “worst” performing shade was the pastel green, which could have used a boost in pigmentation, but the textures were good across the board. Like some of the other palettes, it has a more dupeable feel, so whether it’s worth a peek really depends on what shades you already have in your stash. When I trialed this palette without a primer, it wore for about eight hours without creasing but had minor creasing after ten hours; I had no issues with creasing when used with a primer.

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Wonderful

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If you like your greens and browns, you may like this palette. It has a very earth-tones vibe to me, and while it's definitely warm-toned, it doesn't read too warm for cooler complexions, which is nice.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

MAC Aurora Pigment
MAC Aurora Pigment

MAC Daphne Guinness: Pigments

With the Daphne Guinness collection (due in-stores on December 26th), there are three shades of MAC Pigments ($20.00 for 0.15 oz.): Aurora (pinked taupe), Circa Plum (frosty dirty mid-tone lavender), and Nebula (dark greyed brown with pearl).

  • Aurora is a neutral-cool, rose-tinted brown with a frosted finish. It shimmers nicely, and it can be used wet or dry; when applied wet, you’ll have a smoother, more metallic finish. It kind of reminded me of how Urban Decay Tease looked like in the pan, so MAC Quarry is similar in hue but with a matte finish. MAC MaltL is like a lighter cousin. Urban Decay Toasted is a bit more bronze. Also reminded me of a less brown MAC Gold Stroke.
  • Circa Plum is a rosy plum with a frosted finish. The one I have and swatched is from when it launched previously, so it’s possible that it may vary in color compared to the new release. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is similar but less plum. MAC Tendersmoke is less pink.
  • Nebula is a deep, dark taupe with a little hint of brown around the edges, but it loses some of the brown you’d expect from taupe because of how dark it is–it’s still there, and when you apply it dry, it’s more noticeable. When applied damp, it has a more metallic finish and depth. Dry, it’s a bit like MAC Legendary Black. MAC Bloodline is lighter.

MAC Pigments are designed to be worn softly or more intensely as well as with a formulation that makes it apply to the lid.  It’s also supposed to be long-wearing.  These shades applied well whether dry or wet (and I tested Nebula on the eye, because it seemed sheer when swatched, but it was very intense–too intense, actually, for the look I was going for), as they all have good color payoff.  The textures are soft and smooth, which helps increase how blendable they are.  I don’t get perfect wear out of pigments without some sort of adhesive base (like MAC Mixing Medium) or an eyeshadow primer–after eight hours, there is some minor creasing and fading, but if I do wear some sort of base, I don’t have either issue.

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MAC Daphne Guinness Pigments Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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These are really wearable shades that can be used as washes, eyeshadows, or as an eyeshadow base, depending on the look you're going for. MAC Pigments are one of my favorite loose formulas because of how well the product binds together and how little poof! there is when you open the jar.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Ozotic #529 Nail Lacquer
Ozotic #529 Nail Lacquer

Ozotic #529 Nail Lacquer

Ozotic #529 Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “glittering particles that shift from blue to purple to orange.” this is definitely more of a layering polish than one most would wear alone, though it still comes together nicely enough by itself. There’s a healthy amount of glitter coverage without leaving gaping holes or lots of bald spots, and it doesn’t take a lot of work to do that either, as the glitter distributes well and doesn’t require pulling and manipulation of the brush to get the glitter to sit just right. It’s predominantly purple with more of a coppery orange hue around the edges, and the glitter is suspended in a clear base. You could argue blue, too, perhaps more blue-violet, but to me, mostly purple and copper.

It’s not too thick, as some glitters can be when they’re in a clear base, and I used three coats for swatches, so you could see how opaque it could get. It didn’t feel too thick at all with three coats, and I wore this shade on my right hand (I usually keep my left hand naked for regular polish swatching) for a week with no issues. Removal was on par with most other glitters; more effort than your typical polish, but if you let your polish remover soak through the polish, it won’t be so difficult.

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Ozotic #529 Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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I like it, though I don't think it shifts colors quite enough for my taste, so I probably wouldn't shell out for this particular shade (and would opt for something else by Ozotic, since I do like what I've tried so far!).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Estee Lauder Cyber Silver Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow
Estee Lauder Cyber Silver Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow

Estee Lauder Cyber Silver Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow

Estee Lauder Cyber Silver Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a dark silver-shimmered gray. It looks a bit darker, less silver (and certainly less metallic) when applied dry compared to when it is applied wet, where the metallic sheen and therefore silver nature of the hue comes through much more. Either way, though, the color payoff is tops. The shade reminded me of Dior Smoking Blue, but this is more metallic. It’s a little lighter compared to Bobbi Brown Silver and Urban Decay S&M.

Of the three I tried, I thought Cyber Silver had the most depth, and it applied really smoothly both wet and dry. It wears for around six hours without a base when applied dry but reaches eight hours when applied dry; there were no wear issues if used with an eyeshadow base. The texture feels almost like a baked eyeshadow but with a much smoother feel and the product holds together infinitely better.

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Cyber Silver

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Perfect hue for the holidays--you could wear it as part of a smoky eye for New Year's Eve. It looks metallic without being over-the-top, and it has excellent color payoff both wet and dry.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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