Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Disney Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette
Disney Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette

Disney Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette that features twenty eyeshadows (each containing 0.035 oz. of product) inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  

Blue Lagoon is a brightened, medium cyan blue with a light dusting of silver sparkle. Of all twenty eyeshadows, this was the worst (and it’s just so-so), as the texture was a bit dry and powdery, and the silver sparkle does seem to get everywhere. Urban Decay Peace is more shimmery. Urban Decay Clash is a cream product. NARS Mad, Mad World #1 is less shimmery, darker. MAC Electric Eel is less shimmery, darker. MAC Blue Candy is less shimmery. Inglot #371 is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches.

Scuttle is a warm-toned, champagne-shimmered golden beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and very, very slightly powdery. MAC Glamour Light is lighter. MAC Warming Heart is darker and more shimmery. MAC Grain is darker, less shimmery. Buxom Collie is a cream product. bareMinerals Stealth is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Flounder is a pale yellow with a hint of orange in it and a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, and the color was prone to sheering out quickly. I had better luck patting it onto the lid and only blending around the edges. theBalm Snobby is more shimmery, cooler. Bobbi Brown Banana is very similar. NARS Misfit #1 is lighter. MAC Motif is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #1 is more shimmery. Chanel Premier Regard #3 is more shimmery. Inglot #3102 is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches.

Sebastian is a pink-coral with a matte finish. It had a soft, smooth texture with just a small amount of powderiness, but it was easier to apply than Flounder. Chanel Rose de Mai is more muted. Inglot #359 is cooler. See comparison swatches.

Flotsam is a darkened, cool-toned gray with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, though the texture was slightly stiffer than a lot of the other shades (not hard to work with, but just noticeably different). theBalm Matt McDonald is lighter. Urban Decay Ace is warmer. NARS Mandchourie #2 is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Gunmetal is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Sea Shells is a warm, golden ivory with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had mostly opaque color, and the texture was soft and buttery–but a smidgen powdery. Make Up For Ever #101 is warmer, more frosted. Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl is a smidgen darker. MAC Carefree is cooler. MAC Short Shorts is similar. MAC Femme-fi is warmer. MAC Dazzlelight is cooler. Inglot #395 is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Les Poissons is a medium-dark brown with a hint of warmth and a frosted sheen. It was soft, smooth, and nicely pigmented. Tom Ford Platinum is a cream product, warmer. theBalm Matt Gallagher is cooler, less shimmery. Urban Decay Wreckage is cooler, darker. MAC Caramel Sundae is lighter. MAC Sweet Satisfaction is lighter. MAC Superwatt is a cream product, darker. Chanel Raffinement #3 is slightly darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Caspian Sea is a blue-teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff and a soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and to blend out. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is bluer, darker. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is darker, slightly bluer. MAC Parrot is very comparable. NARS South Pacific #1 is brighter. Make Up For Ever #83 is brighter. Inglot #415 is lighter, more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Your Voice is a silvered-white with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It was soft but a bit crumbly/powdery, and it did smooth down when patted and blended out on the lid. theBalm Sassy is similar. theBalm Metal-ica is also similar. MAC Flawless Figure is less frosted. MAC Crystal Avalanche is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #4 is similar. bareMinerals Cheers is less shimmery. Inglot #453 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Unfortunate Souls is a muted, cool-toned purple with a hint of blue and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, and it was a little stiff (but not powdery). Urban Decay Blue Bus is darker, more shimmery. NARS Self Portrait 1 #2 is darker. MAC Heroine is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #2 is much darker.

Atlantica is a subtly warm-toned, pastel green with golden yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and it was soft, smooth, and buttery to the touch. MAC Zestful is lighter. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 is darker. bareMinerals Wicked is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever #34 is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches.

Fins is a medium-dark, subtly yellow-toned green with gold and green sparkle. It had good color payoff, but there was some fall out when worn due to the amount of sparkle in it. Sephora Picnic in the Park is brighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever #52 is a cream product. Sugarpill Midori is darker. NARS Mad Mad World #2 is darker, less shimmery. Milani Green Safari is a cream product. MAC Feeling Fresh is warmer. Make Up For Ever #53 is cooler, less shimmery.

Sick of Swimmin’ is a cool-toned white with a frosted, teal iridescent sheen. It was semi-sheer, and it’s probably a shade best used to apply over another to add dimension. MAC Vellum is similar but less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Ursula is a subtly warm-toned, muted plum with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff but was slightly powdery. Inglot #446 is brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is warmer. OCC Overlook is warmer. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 is less shimmery, darker. MAC Rich Core is darker. MAC Rare Find is slightly darker. MAC Universal Appeal is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Uncut is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sha La La is a reddened berry with cool undertones and a satiny finish. It had so-so color payoff, but it did build up better (to about semi-opaque color). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a little powdery. MAC Posthaste is redder. NARS Douce France #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Hepcat is slightly cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Triton is a warm-toned, medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and larger gold sparkle. It had good color payoff, but there was some fall out during application and seemed to have some minor fall out later on during wear, too.
Chanel Cool Gold is a cream product. Sephora French Riviera is yellower. NARS Corcovado is yellower, cream. Maybelline Gold Rush is slightly darker, cream product. MAC Goldmine is similar. Chanel Blazing Gold is lighter. OCC Triptych is slightly darker. bareMinerals Remix is very similar. Inglot #430 is warmer, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Wanderin’ Free is a muted copper with a frosted finish.  It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery–but again, there was a smidgen of powderiness. theBalm Manic Maribel and Urban Decay Chopper are darker, warmer. Urban Decay Limelight is warmer. MAC Summer Haze is cooler. MAC All That Glitters is similar. Buxom Collie is lighter, cream. bareMinerals Nirvana is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Jetsam is a teal-tinged, deep gray with a pearly sheen.  It looks more teal in the pan than it does swatched or applied. Sephora Midnight Swim is lighter. Urban Decay Hijack is lighter. MAC Blue Spruce is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick is lighter. Inglot #451 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sea Witch is a dark, bold purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen.  It had decent to good color payoff, but it was slightly dry.  MAC Warm & Smoky is darker, cooler. MAC Pink Union #2 is brighter. MAC Drawn to Drama is darker. MAC Parfait Amour is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Treasures Untold is a pink-tinged white with a golden sheen.  It had good color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that was very slightly powdery. L’Oreal Strawberry Blonde is pinker. MAC Double Feature #5 #1 is less shimmery. MAC Winterscape is cooler. MAC Golden Flurry is less frosted. MAC Let’s Skate is a cream product. MAC Radial Pink is lighter. MAC Opalesse is cooler. MAC Good Fortune is a cream product.

Overall, I really liked the palette, and I think it’s well worth the $55 price tag assuming they’re colors and finishes that you would use.  My main issue was that most shades were on the powdery side with some just being very slightly powdery to a few feeling almost crumbly.  The majority of the shades had good color payoff, though.  I wore several shades from the palette (10 of the 20), and I’m almost at seven hours of wear–so far so good in terms of fading/creasing.  There has been some slight fall out from Fins and Triton.

Also, heads up: Sephora teased about this collection on their Facebook, and while doing so, also stated that this was the last and final installment of the collection.

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Ariel

A-

At a glance, it didn't seem coordinated, but after using it and playing with the colors, I think it works. It's a bolder, brighter palette, and it seems very summery as a result. If you prefer more neutral shades, less frosted finishes, it might not be for you. If, on the other hand, you like pops of color, there are plenty of those here!

Product

9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Blue Lagoon

B-

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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Scuttle

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Monday, June 10th, 2013

Chanel Suspense Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Suspense Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Suspense Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is brightened, fuchsia pink with a luminous sheen and cool undertones. It had mostly opaque color with some very light translucency. Suspense lasted just under four hours on me, which is longer than the average Rough Coco Shine and just under average for lipsticks in general (on me). Revlon Sorbet is a smidgen lighter, less pigmented. Too Faced So Berry Sexy is cooler-toned, less fuchsia. MAC Lickable is less red. Guerlain Gigi is brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is darker. See comparison swatches.

Synopsis Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a softly, warmed-up medium brown with faint shimmer. Once applied, it looks less brown and warmer and slightly rosy (because of the natural pink tones in my lip color). It had semi-opaque color payoff with some translucency, and it lasted for three hours on me. shu uemura Dream Orange is lighter. MAC Glamour Era is less shimmery. MAC Mellowarm is similar. Guerlain Gracieuse is lighter. Guerlain Brun Satin is less pigmented. Benefit Saucy is warmer. See comparison swatches.

These are two more of eight new shades being added to the Rouge Coco Shine formula range, and the new shades are specifically designed to be more pigmented (“colour-rich”), as the Rouge Coco Shine formula normally has sheer color (by choice).  The consistency is lightweight, thin, and very emollient, as they feel like a lip balm/lipstick hybrid.  Suspense was moderately hydrating on me, while Synopsis was lightly hydrating.   Both shades lasted longer than the sheerer shades wear on me, but they are still a bit short compared to regular lipsticks so be prepared for more frequent reapplication.

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Suspense

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This is a great color for summer; bright without being neon, and it was rather moisturizing when I tried it.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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8/10

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Synopsis

A-

Synopsis is a more original/unique color, and I think it's one that will be quite influenced by your natural lip color, too, so it may look different from person to person.

Product

8.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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7.5/10

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Friday, June 7th, 2013

Revlon Sorbet Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Sorbet Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Sorbet Colorburst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a cool-toned, fuchsia pink with a luminous finish.
NARS Jardin des Plantes is brighter, redder. MAC Lickable is similar in color. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is brighter, more pigmented. Revlon Raspberry Pie is a bit darker, less bright. Revlon Lollipop is less red, not as bright. See comparison swatches.

Wild Watermelon Colorburst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with a luminous finish. There’s surprisingly little warmth in this color–there’s some, but it doesn’t turn orange. Maybelline Shocking Coral is brighter, more opaque. MAC Fusion Pink has an iridescence to it. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Both shades had buildable color coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. There’s a noticeable translucency, which is as expected for the formula (they’re not designed to be full coverage), so the natural lip color will come through. If you have naturally redder lips, I expect both shades will appear redder as a result. The consistency is lightly creamy with a fair amount of slip, so they feel more like a lip balm than a traditional lipstick and feel that way, too. They will slide around the lips somewhat, but I don’t have issues with the color fading or feathering–mostly that the wear time is on the shorter end. Sorbet lasted three and a half hours, which is good for a Lip Butter, but short for shades like this (normally, I’d get five to six hours). Wild Watermelon lasted three hours. They were lightly hydrating but only while worn.

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Sorbet

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Both shades had buildable color coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. There's a noticeable translucency, which is as expected for the formula (they're not designed to be full coverage), so the natural lip color will come through.

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9/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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7/10

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Both shades had buildable color coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. There's a noticeable translucency, which is as expected for the formula (they're not designed to be full coverage), so the natural lip color will come through.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows and one travel-sized eyeliner. All of the shades (including the eyeliner) are matte. The eyeshadows are supposed to be intensely pigmented, long-wearing and won’t crease, smudge, or fade. The eyeliner is also supposed to be long-wearing and should glide on easily.

Fur Elise is a subtly cool-toned, purpled burgundy with a matte finish. The texture was a smidgen dry, but it will perform better with a fluffier brush. theBalm Sexy is warmer, darker. theBalm Moderato is cooler-toned, darker. theBalm Alice Copper is more shimmery. bareMinerals Nightcap is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Vespertine is a warm-toned, light peach with a matte finish. It had a soft, buttery texture and rich color payoff. Urban Decay Foxy is yellower, less peach. NARS Night Star is slightly darker. bareMinerals Stealth is very comparable. See comparison swatches.

Renholder is a neutral-warm, gray-tinted, medium-dark brown with a matte finish. It seems a little too brown to be a true taupe. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled without being powdery. theBalm Matt Gallagher is pinker. Urban Decay Wreckage is darker, more shimmery. Urban Decay Naked 2 is lighter. MAC Magical Mist is more shimmery. bareMinerals Namaste is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Slate is darker. Bobbi Brown Chino is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Siouxsie-sioux is a darkened, gray-black with a satin finish–it looks mostly matte applied, but there seemed to be a faint shimmer in the pan. It was nicely pigmented and had a good, soft and blendable texture. Urban Decay Spell #2 is more shimmery. theBalm Sexy Stacey is cooler-toned. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome is lighter. Estee Lauder Black Chrome #2 is lighter. Urban Decay Gunmetal is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Unrequited is a light-medium, muted, peach-orange with a matte finish. The color payoff was true-to-pan, and it had a soft, buttery feel. Urban Decay Moonflower is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Ramatuelle #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Tete-a-Tint is darker. MAC Bare Minimum is cooler, more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Terracotta is darker. See comparison swatches.

Harlow is a warm-toned, medium brown with a yellowish tone and a matte finish. It had good payoff, but the texture was slightly stiff so it is best applied with a fluffier brush. Bobbi Brown Praline is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #2 is cooler. MAC Moleskin is slightly warmer. MAC Wedge is darker. theBalm Allegro is similar. theBalm Sultry is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Wolf is a dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff overall, but it was slightly stiff to work with. Urban Decay Bewitch is more shimmery. NARS Surabaya #2 is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Swiss Chocolate is slightly warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Pumped is warmer, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #17 is warmer, lighter. Inglot #363 is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Cleopatra is a muted copper with hints of brown and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation, and it had a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and smoothly. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 is darker. NARS Self Portrait 3 #2 is browner. MAC Body Conscious is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Immortal Love is a dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to opaque color with a creamy, glide-on consistency. It lasted eight hours with some minor, but noticeable, fading. Make Up For Ever #25L is lighter. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is darker. Urban Decay Whiskey is lighter. Urban Decay Bourbon is warmer. MAC Seasonally Spicy is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Overall, this was a good palette, and for a matte palette, definitely an exceptional one that I’ve come across.  It’s not too warm-toned, though I would say it leans slightly warm as most of the neutrals are warm-toned.  Fur Elise and Siouxsie-sioux were the cooler-toned shades and the non-neutrals as well.  When I tested the palette for wear, I was able to get eight hours of wear, and I started to see some minimal fading after nine hours.

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Ladybird

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Overall, this was a good palette, and for a matte palette, definitely an exceptional one that I've come across. It's not too warm-toned, though I would say it leans slightly warm as most of the neutrals are warm-toned.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Fur Elise

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7/10

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9/10

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Vespertine

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9.5/10

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10/10

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Chanel Ce Soir Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Ce Soir Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Ce Soir Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted plum with pink tones, subtle warm undertones, and a natural sheen. NARS Casablanca is darker, less pink. NARS Falbala is sheerer, more shimmery. NARS Mayflower is sheerer. MAC Craving is pinker, cooler. Chanel Bel Ami is warmer, less pink. Chanel Etole is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.  The consistency was lightly creamy without being too slick or too wet, and it felt lightweight and comfortable applied–no heaviness or thickness from the creamy texture.  It was fully opaque, and Ce Soir wore for five hours and was lightly hydrating during that time.

Le Baiser Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink with subtle warm undertones (it seems to lean just slightly warm) and a soft, frosted finish. MAC Heart to Heart is warmer. MAC Force of Love is lighter. Chanel Enjouee is warmer, more coral. Guerlain Gourmandise is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches.  The texture of Le Baiser was only somewhat creamy–it was noticeably stiffer/drier compared to Ce Soir–which I expect is from the frost content in it.  It doesn’t tug or pull at lips; it’s just not as creamy.  The color applied with nearly opaque color (there is a very faint outline of my lip freckle coming through, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from afar).  It lasted five and a half hours, but it wasn’t hydrating (luckily, it wasn’t drying either).

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Ce Soir

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It was fully opaque, and Ce Soir wore for five hours and was lightly hydrating during that time.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Le Baiser

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The texture of Le Baiser was only somewhat creamy--it was noticeably stiffer/drier compared to Ce Soir--which I expect is from the frost content in it. It doesn't tug or pull at lips; it's just not as creamy.

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Moon River Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “platinum.” It’s a metallic taupe with a champagne sheen. Urban Decay Mushroom is grayer. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is browner and a powder. Urban Decay Rehab is browner. MAC Antique Diamond is grayer. Guerlain Callipgraphy #2 is slightly grayer and a powder product. bareMinerals Magnetism is a powder eyeshadow but close in color. See comparison swatches.

Moon River has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, depending on if you layer it. It delivered a “shimmering veil” of color just as Chanel described. It’s kind of long-wearing in some aspects, as it didn’t fade or crease on me, but I did substantial fall out of shimmering sparkles underneath my eyes. The consistency was very wet-like, cool to the touch, and creamy, so it glided on well and applied even color as it slid across the lid. Though it feels wet when applied, it doesn’t slip or slide around on the lid. Mine arrived broken at the tip, but the other two I purchased were fine, and Chanel has always been great about makeup returns based on my experience.

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Moon River

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I wish there wasn't so much fall out, because it's not just a few stray bits and bobs, it's a crescent moon of sparkle that just makes my under eyes look even more tired!

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8.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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