Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo
Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo ($19.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold” and an “icy silver.”  Each eyeshadow is 0.13 oz., which is over double the average-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz.), and the price point is very palatable for two shades.  A lot of the duos, though, are more basic than not, so whether any are must-haves depends on the size of your stash.

  • Mr. Gold is a medium yellow gold with a soft, frosted shimmer finish. The color payoff is good, but it could be a little denser in texture to give it really excellent color payoff. MAC Sweet & Sour is less yellow. Bare Escentuals Remix is slightly darker. Bare Escentuals Aspire is similar. MAC Goldmine is very similar.
  • Mr. Silver is a medium silver with a frosted, metallic finish. As with Mr. Gold, the color payoff was just good — it wasn’t as intense or as pigmented as Tarina Tarantino’s line has been in general. MAC Misty is similar, slightly more metallic. Giorgio Armani #12 is a smidgen lighter.

This wasn’t my favorite set, mostly because of the quality.  It’s good, but it’s not great, and so many of Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadows are fantastic. The texture on these was a little drier–not quite as creamy or as dense–so the pigmentation was less than many other shades. I felt that it performed just as nicely on the lid as other shades, and both shades were buildable to fully opaque color on the lid with or without a base. When I wore the shades to test the wear, I achieved seven hours with no fading or creasing (with slight fading around the edges after eight) when applied over bare lids, but I didn’t have any problems after eight hours when applied over a primer.

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Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver

A-

This is a really basic duo, and depending on how you like to use your duo eyeshadows, this one isn't so workable together. They're very contrasting colors, and I liked them better mixed with other shades in my stash rather than together.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 4th, 2012

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzurra Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a limited edition, warm-toned summer quad that features a pale white gold, medium-dark fuchsia, coppery orange-coral, and deep, dark molten brown. It’s packaged in a metallic bronze case with a dual-ended sponge-tipped applicator and full-sized mirror inside.  The packaging feels and looks luxe, and despite its metallic finish, seemed to keep fingerprints pretty well-disguised.

The left shade is a pale white gold with a frosted, sparkly finish–it almost looks more white than gold. The color payoff was decent to good, but it was a little sheer and not as smooth as I’d like, so there was very minor fall out while I wore this shade. theBalm Sassy is whiter. Givenchy Lune Mysterieuse is yellower. theBalm Tempting Tara is similar.

In the upper middle, there is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with a mostly matte finish. It’s very slightly powdery, but it had surprisingly good color payoff. A lot of higher-end brands tend to sheer out these brighter colors, so it was nice to see Guerlain go for the gusto here. MAC Tease with Ease has more red in it. MAC Passionate is significantly redder. NARS Caravaggio is darker. Urban Decay Junkshow is more fuchsia and purple. Inglot #362 is bluer-based and a little lighter.

In the bottom middle, there is a coppery orange-coral with gold shimmer. This, too, was very slightly powdery, but the color payoff was nice. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is more orange. Make Up For Ever #5 is similar, but it’s entirely matte. Urban Decay Free Love is very similar but has a stronger golden sheen.

The last shade, on the right, is a very deep,d ark brown with subtle warm undertones. It had amazing pigmentation despite its thinner texture. Tarina Tarantino Saw Dust is similar but less warm. MAC Embark is lighter and redder-toned.

It’s a very classic color combination for the summer, but it’s well-balanced with the different textures, finishes, and overall intensities of each shade.  It works extremely well together, which I think is part of a palette’s appeal, especially when they’re more compact like this one. Terra Azzurra is warm overall, though I think the only shade that’s very warm-toned is the orange-coral–the pink is very slightly yellow in undertone, and the brown isn’t cool-toned, but the depth of it makes it more wearable across skin tones. I felt the deep brown was the most impressive shade out of the four; it just has incredible depth and intensity, so it looks great in the crease or as an eyeliner.

The textures are similar to other Guerlain palettes–I find them a little dry, a little powdery–they’re not as dense, creamy, or as buttery as a really excellent eyeshadow tends to be.  Fortunately, I felt the powderiness didn’t translate when the colors were applied to the lid.  I only had some minor fallout during application with the white gold shade, which was a looser, sparkly texture that never seems to bind together perfectly well, and then while there was a wee bit of fall out throughout the day from that shade, it was very minor. Had I not been specifically looking for it, I probably wouldn’t have noticed.  When I wore the palette altogether in a look, it wore for eight hours with no fading or creasing with or without a base, which is stellar wear.

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Terra Azzurra

A-
It's a very classic color combination for the summer, but it's well-balanced with the different textures, finishes, and overall intensities of each shade.  It works extremely well together, which I think is part of a palette's appeal, especially when they're more compact like this one.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil
MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil

MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil

MAC & Beth Ditto also includes four lip pencils, three of which I knew I reviewed fairly recently (December ’11). You can find Embrace Me, Entertain Me, and In Synch reviewed previously. :)  Even though it was permanent, I wasn’t sure if I reviewed MAC Nightmoth Lip Pencil ($14.00 for 0.05 oz.), which is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a really deep, dark wine burgundy with strong red undertones. This will work well with shades like MAC Soulfully Rich, MAC Prince Noir, and MAC Smoked Purple.

This is a classic color. I remember hearing about it for nearly as long as I’ve been buying MAC products. I so rarely wear lip liner (usually only for special events or when I’m going to be out all day and can’t touch-up at all), and thus, have never been compelled to pick this one. I want to make sure to mention that Nightmoth was applied after I had already applied over ten other lip products, so my lips do show some of the effect of that many swatches when combined with the drier formula of the lip pencil.

MAC’s Lip Pencils work best on freshly hydrated and exfoliated lips, which is true for most long-wearing lip liners. Nightmoth wears and wears and wears. I get eight hour wear, minimal transfer, and while it doesn’t look so pretty on its own (not many lip pencils do!), it doesn’t actually dry out my lips. It absolutely will prolong the color of anything you put on top of it.

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Nightmoth

A-
It applies fairly evenly and easily, even over really dry, parched lips (which mine were when I swatched it!). It will wear for hours on its own or help add a couple of extra hours to your favorite lipstick by using it underneath.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Weekend Getaway Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Weekend Getaway Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “cool rose.” For some reason, I really want to describe this as a strawberry pink! It’s a subtly cool-toned medium-dark pink. As a blush, it add a pop of pink or built up to more true-to-pan color. Tom Ford Wicked looks a bit more plum. MAC Lovecloud is a smidgen lighter. Illamasqua Seduce is a darker pink. MAC Feeling Flush has more purple in it. Urban Decay Afterglow is very similar. On lips, it’s an opaque subtly blue-based medium pink. MAC Please Me is more yellow-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is less cool-toned. Revlon Carnation is darker. MAC Cheers All Around is just slightly pinker. Rimmel Dizzy is a smidgen darker.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

When I trialed this yesterday for wear, it wore for seven hours as a blush and five and a half hours as a lip color, which was definitely on the longer end out of the eight shades of the new formula.  Weekend Getaway isn’t so cool-toned that it won’t flatter warmer complexions; there’s a subtle brightness in the overall color that makes it seem really effortless and appropriate for summer looks. Out of the eight, this one was my favorite–and it so pleased me to find it was one of the longer-wearing shades, too.

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Weekend Getaway

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Weekend Getaway isn't so cool-toned that it won't flatter warmer complexions; there's a subtle brightness in the overall color that makes it seem really effortless and appropriate for summer looks.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 1st, 2012

MAC Out for Fun Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Out for Fun Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Out for Fun Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Out for Fun Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark orange with a little hint of red, so it has a coral-like tint. On cheeks, it looks like a peachy-tangerine, and it can be built up to a more intense shade of orange. MAC Optimistic Orange is more orange. It’s like a cream version of MAC Modern Mandarin. Make Up For Ever #5 is similar but matte. On the lips, it has a coral-orange appearance with opaque color coverage, but it definitely comes out more coral on the lips than when applied to the cheeks. Laura Mercier Kissed Lips is pinker. NYX Haute Melon is a smidgen pinker. Guerlain Nahema is darker. NARS Niagara is a touch pinker. Laura Mercier Tangerine is very close. MAC Crosswires is also quite similar!

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

Out for Fun is a great summer shade–it’s that warm pop of coral that so many brands offer during the warmer season. It looks more coral on the lipsthan on the cheeks, due to the natural pinkness often found on bare lips. As one of the darker shades in the launch, it’s flattering across the spectrum of skin colors, from light to dark and everything in-between. Those with warmer undertones will find it slightly more complementary than those with really cool undertones. When I wore this shade for testing, it lasted seven hours on the cheeks and five hours on the lips.

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Out for Fun

A-
Out for Fun is a great summer shade--it's that warm pop of coral that so many brands offer during the warmer season. It looks more coral on the lipsthan on the cheeks, due to the natural pinkness often found on bare lips. As one of the darker shades in the launch, it's flattering across the spectrum of skin colors, from light to dark and everything in-between.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 1st, 2012

MAC Keep It Casual Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Keep It Casual Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Keep It Casual Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Keep It Casual Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($20.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm wine.” It’s a muted red that turns a little raspberry red-like when it’s blended out. It looks a little like MAC Mocha when applied sheer on cheeks. MAC Mighty Aphrodite is pinker. Smashbox Blushing/Peony is similar. On lips, it’s a raspberry red with a muted quality, and it’s opaque with little product needed. NARS Flamenco is redder. NARS Afghan Red is darker. Guerlain Rose Bengale is a smidgen lighter and has shimmer. Guerlain Guet-Apens is more berry-hued. MAC Positively Dashing is more berry, less pink. MAC Deliciously Forbidden has less red.

For an in-depth review of the formula, please see this post. The main takeaways were that as a blush, this yields a dewy finish that might be just the wrong side of dewy for some, but it may be the perfect recipe for those with drier skin; as a lip color, the finish is more like a satin matte, and it has a slightly clingy nature that works as a way to make the color lightweight and very natural-looking.

This shade in particular is one of the more intense shades, so it does have a lot more color payoff, which means it’s best to use a lighter hand with it. It’s very blendable, but it’s also incredibly buildable–this will be a real stunner on deeper complexions.  I tested the wear of this yesterday, and it managed to wear as a blush for about seven hours, which was pretty good, and on the lips, just under six hours.

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Keep It Casual

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This reads like an autumnal hue, even though it's certainly wearable during the summer, but it will make for a nice transitional blusher later on this year. It will be really lovely on darker complexions, too.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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