Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “polished copper.” It’s a muted copper-bronze with a bronze-shimmered frosted finish. Estee Laudewr Chained is similar–slightly warmer. MAC Cactus Thorn is browner. Dior Golden Savannah is less warm. Urban Decay Chase has less copper coloring. bareMinerals Cognac is darker, browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #3 is darker, browner.

It had excellent color payoff, and a fantastic consistency that lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. I had no problems getting opaque color on the lid, and it didn’t fade or crease, even after twelve hours.  It’s amazing how two shades can perform so differently, even when applied side-by-side! What’s interesting about this shade is that the more opaque you opt for, the less overtly copper/warm-toned it seems; it gets this golden brown coloring that’s soft and muted.  When it’s blended out, the copper-brown coloring comes forth.

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My Two Cents

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What's interesting about this shade is that the more opaque you opt for, the less overtly copper/warm-toned it seems; it gets this golden brown coloring that's soft and muted. When it's blended out, the copper-brown coloring comes forth.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, February 11th, 2013

Benefit RSVP Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit RSVP Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit RSVP Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sparkling champagne.” It’s a warm, champagne beige with a frosted, metallic finish. Make Up For Ever #13 is darker. Urban Decay Sin is a touch pinker and is a powder product. MAC Darling Coquette is very similar but is a loose powder. Milani Champagne Toast is a bit warmer. Urban Decay Sin is slightly pink and more frosted.

It’s brightening without being too warm-toned; it’s not orange, tan, or red, but it is slightly warm-toned overall. The reflective finish helps make eyes look more awake when it is used as a wash of color. The more neutral coloring also enables it to work well as a universal base shade underneath other eyeshadows. It applied with full color coverage right off the bat, but you can use less or blend out what you’ve applied for sheer coverage, too. I like the versatility of the formula; it’s creamy enough to apply evenly and solidly, but it can be sheered out for lighter looks. RSVP wore for twelve hours on me without creasing, fading, or smudging (no primer). This was one of the best-performing shades from the range.

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RSVP

A+
It's brightening without being too warm-toned; it's not orange, tan, or red, but it is slightly warm-toned overall. The reflective finish helps make eyes look more awake when it is used as a wash of color.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick
MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick

MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright red” with a matte finish. It’s a brightened pink-red with blue undertones and a modern matte finish. Dior Marilyn is a touch pinker. MAC Absolute Power is a smidgen darker. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is also a touch darker. NARS Dragon Girl is cooler-toned and more matte.

This is an incredibly long-wearing red; even by red lipstick standards. It wore six hours and was still going strong, and that was after a cup of (bedtime) tea and dinner. Ronnie Red had no plans on going anywhere any time soon! When I removed it, there was quite a bit of staining left behind and some of it persisted even into early morning. Long, long-wearing.

It was very comfortable to wear, too; not at all drying, and I didn’t feel like my lips were dehydrated after the six hours I wore it for. It is fully pigmented with opaque color coverage. I didn’t experience any bleeding or feathering while I wore it. The texture is creamy enough to enable one-stroke color payoff and maneuver across the lips without pulling or dragging, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip, so it won’t move around once you’ve applied it.  The only “downside” is that it’s a red that we’ve seen before and by MAC, to boot, in the past few months.

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Ronnie Red

A+
This is an incredibly long-wearing red; even by red lipstick standards. It wasn't drying, wore well, and didn't feather or bleed while I wore it.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright teal shimmer.” It’s a blue-based teal with a frosted finish. Urban Decay Junkie is darker, bluer. MAC Rain Drop is more frosted. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is similar. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is a touch bluer. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is more metallic.

It originally debuted in the 15th Anniversary Palette, but it will now be available as a permanent shade online at urbandecay.com and at Sephora in JCP locations.  Deep End is incredibly rich in color payoff, and the color is true-to-pan.  It has a soft, buttery texture that’s dense and finely-milled, and as a result, is easily blended once applied to the lid.  This shade wore for nine hours without creasing or fading when I tested it.  It’s a color that you may already have in your stash, but if you’re a fan of intensely pigmented teal eyeshadows and don’t have one quite like it, it’s one to consider. The texture and pigmentation are quite phenomenal; definitely a standout shade (in terms of quality) within the range.

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Urban Decay Deep End Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
It's a color that you may already have in your stash, but if you're a fan of intensely pigmented teal eyeshadows and don't have one quite like it, it's one to consider.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MAC Vintage Selection Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Vintage Selection Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Vintage Selection Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted dirty peach.” It’s a subtly, warm-toned, lightened brown with a slightly frosted, champagne sheen. Make Up For Ever #13 is less warm-toned. Benefit RSVP is also similar. bareMinerals Libation is very similar but a powder product.

Of the seven shades (Let Me Pop! wasn’t available for purchase when I bought these, but since there wasn’t a noticeable difference between these and when they originally debuted, you can see a swatch here), Vintage Selection was by far the best performer. It was nicely pigmented, incredibly blendable, and applied beautifully–smoothly, evenly, and wore all day long without fading or creasing. This is the kind of consistency and quality that made Paint Pots my go-to base for years (and more to the point, what made them so popular when they originally debuted).  It’s creamy with just the right amount of slip to make for quick and easy blending and application, but it still dries down and sets without ever gathering in the creases.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Bare Study/Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

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Vintage Selection

A+
This is the kind of consistency and quality that made Paint Pots my go-to base for years (and more to the point, what made them so popular when they originally debuted).

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, January 25th, 2013

Estee Lauder Insatiable Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Insatiable Nail Lacquer

An Insatiable Purple for Spring

Estee Lauder Insatiable Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a muted, gray-purple with a cream finish. Zoya Lotus is warmer, pinker, and has shimmer. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid is much, much lighter and has sparkle. Rescue Beauty Lounge Insouciant is lighter, less gray. None of these, however, were close enough to be considered dupes–I just wanted to walk you through the potentials I considered but nothing came close.  (I heartily invite you to chime in if you know of a dupe!)

I always love it when I come across a shade that I don’t quite have (and that’s not to say there aren’t dupes in existence, merely that I don’t know of any and hopefully, that means it is at the very least not easily duped!). It’s a very stormy, cool-toned, rainy-day kind of purple, which is why it’s a bit different from other shades. It doesn’t have strong pink or red in its base, and when it comes to muted purples, the ones I’ve swatched have had more obvious pink/red underpinnings.  Insatiable was opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.  It applied evenly, fluidly, and didn’t bubble, streak, or pool along the edges. I typically get a full week out of Estee Lauder’s lacquer formula and only have very minor tip wear.  I only wish the bottle contained more product–it seems large but the container itself is deceptively small.

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A+
It's a very stormy, cool-toned, rainy-day kind of purple, which is why it's a bit different from other shades.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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