Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set
Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set

Make Smoky Eyes Pop with Colored Eyeliner

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeliner Set ($38.00 for 6 x 0.03 oz.) contains six travel-sized pencil eyeliners, including two set-exclusive shades: Uzi (gunmetal taupe with silver micro-glitter), Zero (zealous black), Demolition (deep brown matte), Smog (copper), Empire (dark eggplant satin), and Mainline (dark green/blue matte).

  • Uzi is a brown-tinged gray with a silver sparkle. It looks more silver-like when applied, but the sheerer or more smudged it is, the browner it looks. It has so-so color payoff in a single pass.
  • Zero is a medium-dark black with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it’s a good basic black.
  • Demolition is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. Like Zero, it’s a good basic shade of brown. The color payoff is decent in a single pass, but it layers well. MAC Brownborder is warmer, redder-toned. Milani Brown is similar; a touch cooler-toned.
  • Smog is a coppered-bronze with a pearly sheen. It had decent to good payoff in one go.
  • Empire is a violet purple with very, very fine blue micro-shimmer–the shimmer isn’t noticeable on, and it looks mostly matte when applied. It didn’t have great color payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable. MAC Permaplum is similar but more shimmery.
  • Mainline is a blue-teal with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation in a single go, and it layered fairly well. Estee Lauder Electric Teal is more turquoise and lighter.

For many years, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eye Pencils were my favorite eyeliners, and while they’re not my absolute favorites, I still love them and use them regularly.  They wear eight hours on me without migrating or disappearing, and they come in a variety of colors, making the range versatile and easy to go to.  Urban Decay’s eyeliner sets are an excellent way to get multiple colors for a fraction of the price of them full-sized.  Keep in mind, full-size is 0.04 oz., and these are 0.03 oz. a pop–25% less but each liner costs $6.33 (compared to $19.00).  This set contains $85.50 worth of eyeliner, so it’s a great deal.  Urban Decay eyeliners are buildable, and they’ll look opaque when layered (go back-and-forth once or twice).

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They wear eight hours on me without migrating or disappearing, and they come in a variety of colors, making the range versatile and easy to go to. Urban Decay's eyeliner sets are an excellent way to get multiple colors for a fraction of the price of them full-sized.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Zoya Blaze Nail Lacquer
Zoya Blaze Nail Lacquer

This is a Blazing Red

Zoya Blaze Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cool-toned medium mulberry red with a high concentration of micro-fine diamond holographic glitter.” It’s a darkened, plum-kissed red with holographic glitter, which tends to pull pink, fuchsia, and purple. Because of the holographic glitter, I don’t know of an exact dupe for the color. Cult Nails Iconic comes the closest, but it is a little darker and has flakes in it. Essie Size matters is redder and has a cream finish. Dior Graphic Berry is close to the base color but is a cream. Illamasqua Charisma is darker and has micro-shimmer but nothing holographic.

The formula on this shade was good overall. I had no trouble getting opaque color with two coats of polish, which is true-to-description, as Zoya lists this as a full coverage color. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, though it leans on the thicker side (but is in line with Zoya’s formula on average). It spread evenly and fluidly, without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the sides.  I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula without chipping.

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The holographic shimmer adds an extra layer of complexity to this polish. It's also not your typical holiday red, as it is deeper and has a little plum/raspberry in it that darkens it.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, November 16th, 2012

Color Club Show Time Nail Lacquer
Color Club Show Time Nail Lacquer

Baby, It’s Show Time!

Color Club Show Time Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark gray metallic.” It’s a rich, dark charcoal gray-black with silver-gray and icy teal shimmer. It’s close to being black, but there’s enough lightness in it that when paired with the gray shimmer, makes it look not-quite-black. Chanel Storm is a bit lighter and the shimmer is much more subdued. Nubar Midnight is matte in finish, and it has a lighter gray base color.  Neither is all that similar to Show Time, though.

It’s opaque in two coats, and the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have any trouble applying it.  The polish flowed evenly across the nail without streaking or bubbling.  It dried down in about the average time, but it’s forgiving if you start applying the second coat while the first is still drying down.  I typically get a week of wear out of Color Club’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Almost black but not quite, Show Time is still dramatic and interesting. Even though it's metallic, you really don't see any brush strokes, which is quite the feat.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Tom Ford Enchanted Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Enchanted Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Enchanted Eyeshadow Quad ($75.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition palette described as “neutral.” It contains a pressed powder formula that can be used wet and dry, and the formula is different than the original quads released with the line. It is the same formula as Emerald Lust.

The first shade is an icy, cool-toned pink with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry. MAC ready to Party is pinker. MAC Fresh & Mint is comparable. Dior Garden Roses is less frosted. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk has a pink iridescence. MAC Fresh Ice is a bit whiter.

The second shade is a pink-tinged peach with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff dry, but it had excellent payoff when used damp/wet. MAC Pink Frontier is less frosted. Chanel Abstraction is darker, more coral. bareMinerals Custom is warmer, less pink. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is warmer.

The third shade is a gray-tinged mauve with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation both wet and dry, though the frosted finish was more pronounced when used wet. NARS 413 Blkr is pinker. NARS Flowers 1 is a bit darker. MAC Joy & Laughter is darker. MAC Hypnotizing is darker, more mauve.

The last shade is a burgundy-brown with a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was amazing–incredibly rich–and the texture was so, so smooth. MAC Sketch is less shimmered. Cinderella Rococo is lighter, less intense. MAC Rich Core is purpler. theBalm Sexy is matte. Make Up For Ever #311 is plummier.

I was not in love with Tom Ford’s original eyeshadow quads, but the formula used in the two fall palettes is phenomenal (Enchanted is one of them). The shades are nicely pigmented with soft, finely-milled textures that apply smoothly and even, and the formula adheres and wears all day long without a primer.  It has such a creamy, buttery texture that it just makes you go, “oooh!” as you touch it.  I thought the composition of this palette was more versatile in Enchanted than in Emerald Lust, because this had less over-the-top frosts.

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It has such a creamy, buttery texture that it just makes you go, "oooh!" as you touch it. I thought the composition of this palette was more versatile in Enchanted than in Emerald Lust, because this had less over-the-top frosts. Though, this color combination is more dupable.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

SpaRitual Lithophonic Nail Lacquer
SpaRitual Lithophonic Nail Lacquer

There’s Something Murky Lurking In Here

SpaRitual Lithophonic Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep brown metallic shimmer infused with rhyolite.” It’s a murky olive-tinged brown with olive green shimmer. Dior Czarina is darker, less green. Dior Amazonia is an olive green, so it is a lot less brown and has no shimmer. China Glaze Agro is much greener, less brown. NARS Mash is also quite greener with way less brown in it.  China Glaze Zombie Zest came the closest, though it is obviously lighter; it has a similar brown-colored base and green shimmer.

This shade is totally opaque with two coats of the polish.  It had a good consistency–not too thick or too thin–and flowed evenly across the nail without bubbling or streaking.  The shimmer dispersed evenly and just barely created brush strokes–only noticeable with a lot of light and barely under those conditions. I love SpaRitual’s packaging, because the rubberized handle makes it easier to hold and open the bottle.  I typically see a week of wear out of SpaRitual’s formula with very minor tip wear.

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It's a very interesting shade, because it's brown, then it's olive, and then it's almost green. I like the way it changes based on the lighting and the angle, and the formula was good overall to boot!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, November 12th, 2012

bareMinerals The Rare Find Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Rare Find Eyeshadow Quad

A Dream in Earth Tones

bareMinerals The Rare Find Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four shades: Lost for Words (neutral beige), Surreal (shimmering pale gold), Eureka (metallic moss), and Frisson (rusty auburn).

Lost for Words is a neutral medium beige with a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, and while finely-milled and soft to the touch, it was a smidgen powdery. MAC Arena is darker, warmer, and shimmery. Urban Decay Naked is darker, browner. MAC Brule is lighter.

Surreal is a yellowed gold with a metallic, frosted finish. The shade had lovely, full coverage color, and it was very soft, buttery, and smooth. L’Oreal Gold Imperial is less orange. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is comparable. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold is similar. Bare Minerals Remix is less orange. Chanel Blazing Gold is yellower.

Eureka is an olive green with a frosted finish. It was insanely pigmented–so much lush color–and was soft, smooth, and buttery. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is darker, less frosted. theBalm Wocka, Wocka is more olive. bareMinerals Spectacular is lighter and has more of a sheen. MAC Sumptuous Olive is lighter. Inglot #433 is more golden. Inglot #419 is darker, greener.

Frisson is a rusted brown-red with orange undertones and a satiny-matte finish. The pigmentation was out of this world, so a little goes a long way. theBalm Racy Kacy is darker and shimmery. MAC Soft Brown is lighter, less red-toned. Guerlain Les Fauves is more orange. Guerlain Turandot is very similar, less matte.

If you’ve been on the hunt for an earthy palette of colors, The Rare Find is an excellent option!  It’s a very warm-toned set of shades, so it will be particularly flattering on complexions with yellow undertones.  All four shades had stellar color payoff, and the only downside was that Lost for Words was just a tiny bit powdery in texture, which did not inhibit the wear or pigmentation.  I wore the four shades together, and they lasted eight hours without a primer–no creasing or fading at all!

The texture of bareMinerals’ Ready formula is incredibly soft, finely-milled, and dense.  It feels like butter, because it’s so smooth.  Every time a new palette comes out and I try it, I’m impressed all over again, which is a very, very rare find indeed.

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The Rare Find

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If you've been on the hunt for an earthy palette of colors, The Rare Find is an excellent option! It's a very warm-toned set of shades, so it will be particularly flattering on complexions with yellow undertones.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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