Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, metallic finish. NARS California is browner. MAC Star Myth is very similar. MAC In the Sun is darker, browner. MAC Red Hot Copper is slightly redder. MAC Brasuh is slightly more orange. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is redder. See comparison swatches.

The color is gorgeous, and the payoff is rich and intense–a little goes a long way–and it is incredibly finely-milled so it applies smoothly and evenly while being easy to blend. It lasted a full nine hours without creasing or fading. My issue with the project is the horrible packaging. It’s the same type of packaging that bareMinerals uses for their High Shine Eyecolors, and the problem is that as you unscrew the cap, it nearly springs open, and so much product gets loosened and pulled out with the sponge-tip applicator along the rim as well as just strewn outside of the tube.  Trying to apply with the sponge-tipped applicator is messy and ends up using a lot of product that you just don’t need.  I use a separate eyeshadow brush and lightly pat it against the applicator to get only as much as I need, and this also allows for more precise and controlled application.

It’s one of the worst types of packaging I’ve ever come across, and it was so disappointing to see Guerlain opt for this. I think the packaging is so poor and wasteful that on that alone, I wouldn’t purchase it–with a mere 0.02 oz. of product for $35, there’s not much to waste. (And it’s a shame, because there’s one other shade, which looks far more interesting/less dupable, but the packaging is making it so hard to pull the trigger.)  There’s no packaging-specific component for the Glossover any more, but I do take into account packaging that actually affects the overall quality of the product or application.

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Cuivre Ora

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It comes in one of the worst types of packaging I've ever come across, and it was so disappointing to see Guerlain opt for it. I think the packaging is so poor and wasteful that on that alone, I wouldn't purchase it--with a mere 0.02 oz. of product for $35, there's not much to waste.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink with golden sheen.”
Chanel Abstraction is warmer, almost coral-like in comparison. Urban Decay Scratch is warmer, doesn’t have a golden sheen, and is a powder product. Lancome Kitten Heel is lighter but has a golden sheen, and it is also a powder eyeshadow. Make Up For Ever #24E is very comparable. MAC Da BLing doesn’t have the same golden sheen and is a powder eyeshadow. See comparison swatches here.

Clinique Lavish Lilac Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “medium lilac.” It’s a smoky plum with a metallic sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. BareMinerals Chroma Violet is warmer, purpler. bareMinerals Romp is very similar but a powder product. MAC Round Midnight is darker and a powder eyeshadow. MAC Joy & Laughter #2 is slightly lighter and a powder product. MAC Winterized is a smidgen darker and a powder product. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is lighter and a powder eyeshadow. Urban Decay Rapture is purpler and a powder product. See comparison swatches here.

Pink and Plenty was semi-sheer in one stroke, and on the lid, it was a crumbly, flaky mess that was very unflattering on the lid! It made the lid look dry and crepe-y. It tugged at the lid, and in an attempt to even out the color, it clings to itself and doesn’t smooth out well. I wish this was easier to blend, because I could definitely see someone using this as a one-and-done wash of color that adds color and brightens. It “lasted” during the twelve hours I wore it without (further) creasing/fading, but it started off so patchy that it was hard to tell–I just went back the fact it looked exactly the same initially and twelve hours later.

Lavish Lilac was mostly opaque in a single pass, and it applied smoothly and evenly on the lid. The consistency of the pencil is somewhat dry but waxy, so it glides across the lid without tugging too much, but it’s not the creamiest or most comfortable pencil shadow I’ve come across. Like others in the range, it’s also not very blendable–it tends to stay and stick where you’ve applied it, so fading out the edges can take some elbow grease. One trick is to heat up the pencil with a blow dryer or used a similar-colored powder eyeshadow to help diffuse the edges. I didn’t experience any creasing or fading with this shade over the twelve hours I wore it.

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Pink and Plenty

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Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “grayish blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a gray cast and a frosted finish. Chanel Destination is slightly lighter (but also a cream product). Giorgio Armani #22 is lighter, more silvery, and a powder. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is less gray, bluer. Urban Decay Strip is lighter, more metallic, and a powder. Urban Decay Occupy is darker and a powder. Urban Decay Crystal is lighter and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Clinique Massively Midnight Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a navy blue with a subtle, pearly finish. Make Up For Ever #81 is darker, more muted, and a powder. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 is also darker, not quite as muted as #81 but more so than Massively Midnight, and is a powder. MAC Lunar is very similar in color but is a powder. Maybelline Electric Blue is comparable, slightly brighter. NARS Dark Rite is lighter. Urban Decay Evidence is similar but a powder. Chanel Metamorphose #4 is slightly brighter and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Big Blue was a big pain, because it had a tendency to clump during application–it didn’t smooth out evenly and created thicker, chunky patches on the lid, which only made my lid look wrinkled. The texture was on the drier side, and it did tug and pull at the lid while I tried to lay down the color. I didn’t see creasing really, but it wasn’t readily apparent given it already looked patchy from the initial application. This one skipped while applying, too!

Massively Midnight was much better; it was creamier and less dry, so it applied more smoothly and evenly. It had mostly opaque color in a single pass, so getting a sheer wash of color was actually more difficult than I expected, as it’s just not very blendable. While it wears like iron (twelve hours no creasing or fading, no primer!), it doesn’t budge from the get-go; it’s difficult to fade the edges, blend to sheer it out, and the like as a result. If I heated up the pencil with a blow dryer, it became more blendable.

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Big Blue

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Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Massively Midnight

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Illamasqua Morale Powder Blush
Illamasqua Morale Powder Blush

Illamasqua Morale Powder Blush ($27.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering magenta pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pink with a frosted finish. NARS Gaiety is more matte. MAC Peony Petal is darker, less frosted. MAC I’m the One is darker, less frosted. See comparison swatches here.

The texture of Morale is very soft but, as a result, somewhat powdery.  Luckily, the powderiness did not translate on the skin as dry-looking or chalky.  The high frost content of the finish did emphasize the texture of the skin and pores.  Morale blends out beautifully on the skin and can be worn as a subtle pink or layered for a more intense look, as it is incredibly pigmented but still buildable and blendable, so a sheerer application is possible.  There was minor fading after eight hours of wear.

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Morale

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The high frost content of the finish did emphasize the texture of the skin and pores, which is the biggest drawback of this product. It had great color payoff and was blendable and buildable.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Color Club Blue Heaven Nail Lacquer
Color Club Blue Heaven Nail Lacquer

Color Club Blue Heaven Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is softened, lightly cool-toned baby blue with holographic shimmer. I could only think of one shade that was even remotely similar, which was Color Club Over the Moon, but it is a brighter, medium blue (it does have holographic shimmer, though). You can compare them both here.

I’ve been incredibly impressed with Color Club’s holographic formula, and Blue Heaven is good, though the others have spoiled me that this one wasn’t quite as fantastic. I noticed the consistency was just a bit thicker, so the coats didn’t apply as beautifully and as evenly as the others did. There were some faint brush strokes that were still noticeable and visible after the polish dried down. It was fully opaque in two coats, though, and the holographic shimmer dazzles and is obvious no matter the lighting conditions. I typically get a week of wear out of Color Club’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Blue Heaven

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I've been incredibly impressed with Color Club's holographic formula, and Blue Heaven is good, though the others have spoiled me that this one wasn't quite as fantastic.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Maybelline Coral Burst Blush
Maybelline Coral Burst Blush

Maybelline Coral Burst Blush ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium orange with a soft, golden sheen and a satin finish. MAC Optimistic Orange is a cream product and less golden but still similar. NARS Taj Mahal is lighter, less red-toned. MAC My Paradise is somewhat redder.

Coral Burst is incredibly pigmented–very, very intense, so darker complexions will have no issues with it showing up on their skin tones, while lighter complexions will want to use a light hand and a stippling or fan brush to apply this.  The texture is soft, smooth, and fairly blendable on the skin.  It has a subtle golden shimmer that gives it a luminous, satiny finish that glows but isn’t too frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture.  Coral Burst wore seven hours well on me with slight fading becoming noticeable after eight hours.

Also: can we show some love for Musings of a Muse? I can never find the limited edition collections at my local drugstores, and whenever she spies something new, she always texts me to alert me of her finds!

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Coral Burst

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Coral Burst is incredibly pigmented--very, very intense, so darker complexions will have no issues with it showing up on their skin tones, while lighter complexions will want to use a light hand and a stippling or fan brush to apply this.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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