Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Here are the remaining three Giorgio Armani Kaleidoscope Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.), which number in six total (see yesterday’s post here), and they’re all limited edition for fall. All three were less intensely pigmented compared to the permanent range of Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows. Of these three, Silver Chafer (35) performed the worst, as it was sheerer and slightly loose and wouldn’t come together as smoothly as the other two did. I wore these three shades together, and I had minor creasing after twelve hours with Silver Chafer (35), but the other shades were completely intact with no signs of fading or creasing.

Scarab Violetta (33) is a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It has a slight smokiness to it, so it’s more of a muted shade of purple than a really vibrant violet. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it was semi-opaque but still noticeably sheer. It was buildable on the lid, so I waas able to get more opaque color at that time. Dior Constellation #1 is warmer. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is grayer. Milani Purr-fect Purple is darker. MAC Water & Ice is similar. See comparison swatches.

Blue Beetle (34) is a medium-dark aqua blue with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and then applied damp, it was mostly opaque but not fully. It was buildable, though, so I was able to get opaque color on the lid. Giorgio Armani June Beetle is lighter, less blue, more aqua. Urban Decay Shattered is less blue. Urban Decay Haight is brighter. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is more muted. Illamasqua Alluvium is bluer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Silver Chafer (35) is a light-medium silver with multi-colored shimmer and a metallic finish. It looks more dimensional in the pot than it is on the lid or skin–it looks primarily silver and not much else. It was sheer when applied dry, and them semi-opaque when applied damp. This one was looser and didn’t bind as well together as other shades. MAC Guise is slightly lighter, warmer. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 is less metallic. Giorgio Armani #17 is lighter, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Scarab Violetta (33)

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Blue Beetle (34)

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9/10

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) are available in six shades, and it is described as a “waterproof pencil eyeliner” with a “gel formula [that] allows the richest pigments and the smoothest application for intense color.” It may look like your regular pencil eyeliner, but it’s actually a twist-up pencil (and there’s a detachable sharpener on the opposite end of the pencil). Worth noting, you’re getting the amount of product typically found in twist-up pencils (0.01 oz.), rather than regular pencils (0.04 oz.). From my experience with the three shades I tried, which I’ve been working with for the past week and a half, I found the quality to be inconsistent. Th(ink) was the best performer, while Jazz(berry) was disappointing. All three shades were more unique in color than not, and I couldn’t think of any satisfactory dupes for any of them, so there is that. All three shades wore well for eight hours without fading or migrating, and after nine and a half hours, they looked thinner but not smudged or welled up in the corners of my eyes. I took showers with them on, and they didn’t seem to budge or smear, so I agree with the waterproof claim.

Intro(vert) (52) is a cool-toned emerald green with a frosted silver sparkle and finish. It had decent payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. The consistency was smooth overall and didn’t tug at the lash line. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade. Sephora Good Mood is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #52L is bluer. MAC Blue Noon is darker, bluer. See comparison swatches. You can also see a post I did on green-leaning teal eyeliners here.

Jazz(berry) (46) is a warm-toned, pink-plum with a subtle golden sheen and copper undertone. It was semi-sheer in a single pass, and it was only semi-opaque when I attempted to layer the color by applying it back-and-forth. The pencil didn’t tug on my lash line, but the color was prone to skipping/uneven application. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade–nothing came close. Not even Urban Decay 1999, as it was darker and less pink.

Th(ink) (44) is a deepened, blue and copper-shimmered violet over a blackened base. In a single pass, it had semi-opaque color, but it was very, very buildable and easy to layer with a couple of passes for very rich and intense color. This shade was the creamiest and easiest to apply of the three I tried. Make Up For Ever #8K is bluer, darker, less shimmery. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is more muted, matte. See comparison swatches.

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Intro(vert) (52)

B

It had decent payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. The consistency was smooth overall and didn't tug at the lash line.

Product

8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Jazz(berry) (46)

D+

It was semi-sheer in a single pass, and it was only semi-opaque when I attempted to layer the color by applying it back-and-forth. The pencil didn't tug on my lash line, but the color was prone to skipping/uneven application.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

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6.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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Th(ink) (44)

A-

In a single pass, it had semi-opaque color, but it was very, very buildable and easy to layer with a couple of passes for very rich and intense color. This shade was the creamiest and easiest to apply of the three I tried.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Oui! (118) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Oui! (118) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Oui! (118) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a metallic, fuchsia-magenta pink with cool undertones. Illamasqua Stance and Illamasqua Obsess are both similar in color but have cream finishes. China Glaze Senorita Bonita is purpler, less shimmery. Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee is more fuchsia–brighter. See comparison swatches.

Launching August 9th exclusively at Sephora (looks like midnight PST for online; some local stores are opening an hour early for the launch so you can check with your local store for times), Marc Jacobs’ Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer will be available in 24 shades, and the major selling point of the polish is the high-shine finish. It comes in a flat, glass bottle with a glossy black cap that gets removed and reveals a ridged, rounded interior cap (like Chanel and Dior polishes). I’ve been wearing and testing Oui! in anticipation of the launch. Hopefully, I’ll be able to try and share more shades with you once the full line launches.

The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t bubble, pool, or streak when I applied it to the nail. It was very nearly opaque after two coats–there is very slight visible nail line apparent if a lot of light is coming through underneath the nail in close-ups, but I couldn’t see it in person. The finish is quite metallic, and there are somewhat visible brush strokes, which may or may not bother you. They applied fairy straight and are fine threads, so from afar, they didn’t stand out, but those super sensitive to them might want to try a cream finish instead. It dried down slightly faster than average, and the resulting finish was naturally shiny. I wore this shade, and it lasted well with minor tip wear but no chipping for seven days, and I was able to keep it going for as long as ten days with more noticeable tip wear but still no chipping.

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Oui! (118)

A-

It's a nicely done formula overall, especially for a such a metallic polish, as it had good consistency, wear, and application. I suspect the creams might be more impressive, so I'm very curious to try one of those once the full range releases. This particular shade had some visible brush strokes and wasn't 100% opaque (like 95%).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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4.5/5

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick
NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick

NARS 413 BLKR Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm rose brown.” It’s deepened, warm red with subtle brown undertones and a matte finish. It immediately reminded me of NARS Amsterdam, which is slightly warmer, but I think the two are quite similar (to the point where you wouldn’t need both unless you wear it all the time already). MAC Legendary is browner, warmer. MAC Pre-Raphaelite is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

It is only lightly creamy, so it tugged a bit when I applied it, but it was opaque once applied. It had a mostly matte finish that did look just slightly dry on the lips, so I would recommend properly exfoliating prior to application to get the most out of this (and least amount of product catching on any imperfections). 413 BLKR was somewhat drying over the six-and-a-half hour wear time–it left behind a reddish stain that lingered for another two hours.  There was no discernible scent or taste.

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413 BLKR

A-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4/5

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Rose Popillia (30) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Kaleidoscope Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) include six, limited edition hues. This post features three of them, as I haven’t yet tested the other three for wear yet. The consistency of these seems like a pressed powder initially, but the powder is not fully pressed, so it loosens as you sweep your applicator across it, so it is really a tightly packed loose powder–ultimately, easier to use than a true loose powder. If you apply them with a damp brush, the intensity and color stays throughout the wear, unlike some products that initially go on intensely but fade quickly. These are rated for 24-hour wear, which is beyond my testing limits, but I did wear them for 14 hours with no fading or creasing (both without a primer and with a primer). The texture seemed more finely-milled than past iterations of the ETK Intense formula, and all three were easy to blend and smooth out on the lid. Two of the three were somewhat sheerer when I initially swatched compared to many others I’ve tried (but I had no trouble building to opaque color when I applied to the lid).  Gold Hercule performed the best out of the three.

Rose Popillia (30) is a smoky, plum and gold shimmered mauve. It looked warmer, lighter in the pot, and then swatched, a very smoky, grayish purple base comes out. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it’s slightly more pigmented but not fully opaque. On the lid, it can be layered and built up to opaque color. What made this shade difficult to dupe is really how multi-faceted the shimmer looks. Dior Constellation #5 is warmer, more plum. Clinique Lavish Lilac is more plum. theBalm rem is warmer, more purple. Urban Decay Rapture is more purple. MAC Tendersmoke is more plum. See comparison swatches.

June Beetle (31) is a cool-toned, green-tinged blue over a bluish-violet base. It has a frosted, slightly metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and them applied damp, it was semi-opaque. Like #30, it could be built more to full opacity on the lid but required some layering. Maybelline Icy Mint is lighter, cream. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, cream. MAC Dimensional Blue is less nuanced. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is darker, bluer. Chanel Destination is more muted, cream. See comparison swatches.

Gold Hercule (32) is a golden, medium green with strong yellow undertones and a smoky plum duochrome–you can see around the edges it takes on a plummy coloring. The other shades are certainly complex and interesting, this one felt like the truest duochrome of the three, as you could really see how it changed at an angle. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and then applied damp, it was fully opaque. Urban Decay Jealous #2 is greener, warmer. theBalm Runaround Rebecca is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Mildew is darker. MAC Unsurpassable is slightly darker. MAC Spread the Wealth is somewhat warmer, cream. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Rose Popillia (30)

B+

Applied dry, it's semi-sheer, and then applied dry, it's slightly more pigmented but not fully opaque. On the lid, it can be layered and built up to opaque color.

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8/10

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7.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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June Beetle (31)

A-

Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and them applied damp, it was semi-opaque. Like #30, it could be built more to full opacity on the lid but required some layering.

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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10/10

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Gold Hercule (32)

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A+

The other shades are certainly complex and interesting, this one felt like the truest duochrome of the three, as you could really see how it changed at an angle. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and then applied damp, it was fully opaque.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo
Guerlain Two Spicy Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Two Spicy Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “spicy coral” and “ebony brown.” The coral shade is the “luminous veil,” whereas the brown shade is the “pure color shadow,” with the former being somewhat sheer and the latter being intensely pigmented. I was incredibly surprised–happily, though–that despite the amount of sparkle in the coral shade that there was very little fall out during wear. I had some when I initially applied the color to the lid, but little and then maybe one or two flecks were visible eight hours later (and no creasing or fading for either shade to report). The brown applied beautifully and was very easy to blend out on the lid. Overall, the colors work well with each other, but there is such a dramatic difference in texture that I’m not totally sold on the pairing, and I wish the coral shade was more flattering applied.

Two Spicy #1 is a medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and copper and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff. It had a very unusual consistency, as it felt almost wet and like a cream product, though it is supposed to be a powder. It even pushes and dents in a little, as if it were a drier cream. It looked noticeably frosted and sometimes bunched up on itself on the lid, looking like chunks of sparkle on the lid. Applied with a fluffier brush, you would eliminate this issue but would get more of a wash of color. MAC Hot Paprika is similar but less sparkly. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 is pinker–more coral. See comparison swatches.

Two Spicy #2 is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was nicely opaque and easy to apply–soft, finely-milled, and blendable. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is more shimmery. Urban Decay Snakebite is warmer, lighter. MAC Cross-Cultural is similar. MAC Brown Down is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Two Spicy (08)

A-
Overall, the colors work well with each other, but there is such a dramatic difference in texture that I'm not totally sold on the pairing, and I wish the coral shade was more flattering applied.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Two Spicy #1

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It had a very unusual consistency, as it felt almost wet and like a cream product, though it is supposed to be a powder. It even pushes and dents in a little, as if it were a drier cream.

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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Two Spicy #2

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It is a dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was nicely opaque and easy to apply--soft, finely-milled, and blendable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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