Tuesday, August 9th, 2011


MAC Take Root Cream Colour Base

MAC Me Over: Take Root Cream Colour Base

MAC Take Root Cream Colour Base ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rich red brown.” It’s a red-toned brown with a hint of warmth, and while it’s opaque and nicely pigmented, it’s not as dark as it looks in the pan. There is a soft, frosted finish that’s not too heavy-handed. The color is similar to MAC Brown Script.

Cream Colour Bases tend to wear poorly when worn alone, because they have a lot of slip and take awhile to dry down, especially if you use them opaque–if you sheer them out to a wash, they will cooperate better when worn alone. I recommend setting with powder if you wear it over the lid. The creaminess of the formula, however, enables it to glide on like butter and easily blended across wherever you might apply it. I can see some using this as a blusher, perhaps, though not so much as a contour because of the shimmer in the finish.

MAC Me Over is a 51-piece collection for fall, which will launch in North America on August 25th, 2011 and internationally in September 2011. It will launch online approximately August 23rd but there is no concrete online launch date. All products–unless otherwise noted–are limited edition.

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Cream Colour Bases work best when sheered out, left to dry, and then built on for more intensity. This helps one achieve better wear and staying power.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, August 7th, 2011

bareMinerals The Flashback Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Flashback Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Flashback Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Flashback Ready Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Deja Vu and Amnesia. The duo will debut in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex (which includes sea minerals with antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine, and cucumber) that delivers “anti-aging benefits for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area.” The new solid eyeshadow is described as “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” with “stay-true color” that can be worn alone and is long-wearing and “won’t smudge or run.”

  • Deja Vu is a bright, metallic silver with a smooth, metallic sheen. It is similar to Inglot #448, just a touch cooler in tone.
  • Amnesia is a blackened brown-gray that’s not too dark or charcoal. It has a near matte finish. Inglot #348 is browner. It’s a bit darker than MAC Print.

Deja Vu is soft, smooth, and beautifully pigmented, while Amnesia is soft, it does have a touch of dryness common to mattes. It could be a smidgen more buttery, but it’s a good matte (just doesn’t quite achieve greatness). Both shades apply well with good blendability and staying power. When worn alone, I was able to wear these for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. The duo itself is an interesting color combination, particularly the way the two finishes provide such a contrast. Neither shade is overly unique, but they are good shades to add to a permanent range.

For more details on packaging, check out my original review.

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It's not as impressive as the first duo I tried out (The Showstopper), but it is a good one. I like the contrast in finishes in this, and I think it helps to set the stage for a larger variety of looks.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 30th, 2011


Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.30 oz.) is an earth-toned palette that features eight eyeshadows.

Column One

  • The Browbone is a warm beige with a soft, frosted finish. It is a little less beige compared to MAC Ricepaper.
  • The Eyelid is a rosy copper with a frost finish. It is similar in color but darker than MAC Jest.
  • The Crease is a warm, medium-dark golden brown with a pearly sheen. It is a touch lighter than MAC Soba.
  • The Definer is a dark, burgundy and copper shimmered brown with subtle red undertones. It is very similar to MAC Smut.

Column Two

  • The Browbone is a pale, dirty gray-pewter with a white, frosted sheen. Urban Decay Ruthless is a touch warmer but similar. Inglot #350 is a little grayer and has more of matte finish.
  • The Eyelid is a subdued, springy green with a golden sheen. It is more subdued with less yellow tones than MAC Juxt.
  • The Crease is a charcoal brown with a pearly sheen. Milani Melange is similar but has a more shimmered appearance.
  • The Definer is a red-brown with a teal duochrome and frosted finish. It is similar to MAC Club and Urban Decay Lounge.

The color payoff was excellent across the board with the exception of two shades–the green shade in column two was still good but a little sheer, while the smoky brown in column two was a little sheer as well. The latter shade also felt dry and stiff, so it wasn’t as easy to blend out as many of the other shades.  Texture on these was also nice, other than the exception mentioned–soft, smooth, and blendable.

Sometimes I have issues with the wear of Wet ‘n’ Wild’s eyeshadows (typically, nothing too concerning, though), but this palette wore really well without fading or having residual fall out at the end of the day.

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Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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I can see why this palette has been sold out at all the local retailers near me since it came out (I was only able to snag one because they're now available online). It has good color payoff across the board, nice textures to work with, and good wear.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, July 29th, 2011


Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne with pearl.” High Shimmer Lip Glosses are supposed to have “light-catching shimmer with lasting, non-sticky shine” that will “moisturize, condition, and protect lips.” All of Bobbi Brown’s lipglosses now feature a doe-footed applicator (and they’re all a whopping 0.24 fl. oz. now).

Bare Sparkle is silver and champagne glittered gloss with flecks of copper thrown in, and all three hues of micro-glitter are suspended in a–virtually–colorless base. The way these sparkle reminds me of Chanel Glossimers–less color but lots of shine and glitz. As far as I can infer from the description, these are expected to run sheer in color.  It is easily duped, because ultimately it’s shimmer and no distinguishable color (just look in the Sheer Lipgloss gallery, and there are dozens of similar shades).

The formula is medium-thickness, and it applies evenly without trouble (probably helped by the fact there isn’t any real color!). It’s non-sticky, but it wears around four hours for me.  It smells like mint, but it’s not overwhelming or sweet, though there is no noticeable taste.  It wears well, and it doesn’t dry out lips–a little moisturizing, not ultra hydrating or a replacement for a real lip balm.

The most surprising element about this gloss is how noticeable, yet fine, the glitter particles are. Often, glosses chocked full of glitter are fun to wear initially, but the aftermath of traveling and/or gritty leftover glitter makes them a nuisance as they wear away. These are so much better! I didn’t experience any wayward glitter as it faded away (aka, I didn’t find glitter that was once in my gloss on my nose!), and it never felt gritty or rough, even as the gloss itself waned.

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Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

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Bare Sparkle is about as sheer in color as one can get with a gloss, but it packed with a ton of sparkle and shine--but not in a way that's overdone or gaudy. If you like Chanel Glossimers, I think you'd like these--or at least they'd be worth a look-see!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, July 29th, 2011


NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo

NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo

NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering blue turquoise” and “dark aquamarine.”

On the left, there is a twinkling sky blue with a hint of teal and white frost finish. Inglot #415 is similar but it leans a touch greener and has a subtle golden sheen. The color payoff of this shade was excellent–so densely packed with color with a rich, smooth texture that made it easy to blend and apply.

On the right, there is a muted, silvered blue with a silver-white shimmer-sheen. It’s paler and bluer compared to MAC Moon’s Reflection, while Urban Decay Mary Jane is much darker. It has good color payoff, but it is a touch sheerer compared to the left shade. It’s very soft, though, and it applies well onto the skin.

Per NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

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NARS South Pacific Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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Both shades are distinctly blue but not over-the-top blue. I liked how one shade is a brighter blue, while the other is subtler, more muted.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011


Thierry Mugler Feeling Rouge Unique Lipstick

Thierry Mugler Rouge Unique Lipstick

Thierry Mugler Feeling Rouge Unique Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fruity pink with light transparency.” It’s more than just plain ol’ pink. At first glance, this seemed like a color that would be easy to describe, but I found it more difficult when I went to do so! It’s a lightened coral-pink-red with gold and pink micro-shimmer and a semi-frosted sheen. It almost looks coral, but then it seems dominated by pink, and then it’s darker than just pink. The color coverage is semi-opaque, and the color deposited fairly evenly across the lips without much effort.

Feeling wore four and half hours on me, but unlike Dream, it did not leave behind a stain (which is fine, but just worth noting). The formula on this was creamy but had less slip compared to Dream (which also had a glossier finish and more translucence in the overall color). This shade was moisturizing, though, and I didn’t detect any scent or taste. The creaminess of the formula still allowed for easy application.

Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink is a little redder but similar. Chanel Taffeta Rose and Elizabeth Arden Tulip are similar but brighter. MAC Naughty You is somewhat similar in base color but the lack of oapcity and glitter makes them look rather different.

It’s packaged in a slim metal tube that’s shiny, so while it does hold fingerprints, the reflective surface makes it harder to see them unless you look closely. The lipstick itself is shaped like a faceted jewel, which is fun to look at, but it doesn’t affect application in any way. It has enough heft that it doesn’t feel cheap, but it’s still lightweight overall and travel-friendly.

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Thierry Mugler Feeling Rouge Unique Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you have found a lot of the popular fuchsia pink shades too bright for you, Feeling might be on that fine line of bright and punchy and wearable. It's not tame, but it's not neon.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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