Friday, June 17th, 2011

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Dashiki Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 1)

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m going through a lot of permanent eyeshadows from various brands so that we can add more swatches to the Swatch Gallery.  Here are eleven Urban Decay eyeshadows (with no real rhyme or reason), and going through all of the pots yesterday made me wish Urban Decay would sell their permanent range in refills.  It would be so much more convenient and take up less space!

  • Dashiki is a medium, brightened blue with a frosted sheen. It seems like it would be comparable to MAC’s Freshwater.
  • Free Love is a medium-dark coral-orange with a golden shimmer and sheen.
  • Haight is a medium-dark blue with a hint of teal and blue shimmer.
  • Lounge is a reddened brown with a teal shimmer and flash. It’s more of a duochrome. At first glance, it seems similar to MAC’s Club, and it is, but it has a lot more red in its base (also more pigmented).
  • Mary Jane is a steely gray-blue with a silver sheen.
  • Psychedelic Sister is a dark violet purple with subtle red undertones and a shimmered sheen.
  • Rush is a darkened gold-bronze with antique gold shimmer and a frosted sheen. It’s similar to Illamasqua Ore but less multi-faceted.
  • S&M is a medium-dark silver shimmered gray with a frosted finish.
  • Shakedown is a muted, played-down mushroom brown with a matte finish. It’s a browner version of Burberry Taupe Brown; matte version of Inglot #402.
  • Urb is an olive green with a golden sheen and antique gold micro-glitter. This a less-than-stellar shade because of the glittery finish; it doesn’t apply evenly and can have a lot of fall out during application.
  • Woodstock is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with soft pink shimmer and a pearled sheen.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows are some of my favorites–they are typically very pigmented, smooth, buttery, and blendable.  The only shades to watch for are any that have the word “glitter” or “sparkle” in the description, because they tend to have a micro-glitter that just doesn’t bind with the color base, which means it either disappears between brush and lid (best case scenario) or you end up with a sparkly under eye (worst case scenario).  (Urb is the shade that brings down the overall rating on these.)  Their matte finishes are soft and finely milled, but a note on application, these are so blendable that it’s easy to overdo it.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 1)

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With the exception of Urb, these are all really easy to use, blendable, and nicely pigmented eyeshadows. Urb lacks color payoff, has a grittier texture, and suffers from fall out.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, June 17th, 2011


Inglot #366 Eyeshadow

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #366, 361, 352, 368, 330 (Oranges)

Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) have several orange-based shades–unfortunately, I am missing two of them.  Of the two missing, they seem like darker oranges.

  • 366 is a medium-dark red with orange undertones and a matte finish.  It seems most comparable to Make Up For Ever’s #99 but slightly more orange-based.
  • 361 is a coral-orange with a matte finish.  It’s lighter and less pink-based compared to MAC’s Free to Be.
  • 352 is a pale white tinged with coral and a matte finish.
  • 368 is a soft orange with a matte finish.
  • 330 is a lightened peach with a matte finish.

These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch.  They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush.  A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows).  The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these.

The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #366, 361, 352, 368, 330 (Oranges)

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If you love your mattes, I think you'll like Inglot's take on them. If you've been hesitant to try mattes, these are incredibly easy to work with.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, June 16th, 2011


Inglot Matte Eyeshadow Palette #1

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #382, 362, 319, 359, 356 (Reds & Pinks)

Inglot’s Matte Eyeshadows ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) are what they’re most well-known for, given the buzz I’ve seen in the past.  I’m missing a few that I expect will be in this range (specifically, one pink and two oranges), so I left blank spots for them that way I do not have to rearrange everything when I eventually buy them.

  • 382 is a medium-dark blue-based red with a matte finish.  This shade seems comparable to Make Up For Ever #158 (slightly brighter) and #99 (bluer undertones).
  • 362 is a bright, just-darker-than bubblegum pink with a matte finish.
  • 319 is a pale cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a matte finish.
  • 359 is a muted rosy beige with a matte finish.
  • 356 is a lightened rose-tinted beige with a matte finish.

These are really soft mattes; they have a really buttery feel to them, where you can feel the powder loosening as you swatch.  They aren’t particularly powdery, though they’ll kick up a little dust if you are heavy handed with your brush.  A little product goes a long way, so there’s no reason to jab at the eyeshadow with a brush (something you might have done with past matte eyeshadows).  The softness and give allow these to apply smoothly and evenly; there is no patchiness or drag with these.

The only downside to these is if you really pack on the color, you might find that it fades (ever-so-marginally) after eight hours; it’s a very minimal drawback, resulting in 0.5 point reduction in longevity.  Overall, these five shades had excellent color payoff and lovely textures.  Even the lightest, #356, applied smoothly and never looked chalky.

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Inglot Matte Eyeshadows in #382, 362, 319, 359, 356 (Reds & Pinks)

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If you love your mattes, I think you'll like Inglot's take on them. If you've been hesitant to try mattes, these are incredibly easy to work with.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011


Inglot #434

Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in Inglot #434, 444, 454, 451, 448, 447, 453 (Grays & Whites)

To wrap up our look at Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.), we have several grays and whites.  I’m not sure if there is a black eyeshadow with a pearl finish, but it could be in pot-form only or else not available online–seems hard to believe there isn’t any, though!   These were all easy to work; soft, smooth and application was seamless.  The color payoff is excellent without being excessive.  Lighter shades like #448 and 447 go on a lot lighter than they look in the pan, though.

  • 434 is a purple-gray with a pearl finish. This shade was surprisingly complex; I think it’s that mix of purple and gray and silver, which still retains depth.
  • 444 is a gray just barely kissed by brown with a pearl finish. It’s not quite taupe, but it’s almost there.
  • 454 is a bright silver with subtle brown in the background. It has a pearl finish.
  • 451 is a dark, blue-based gray with a soft silver shimmer and pearl finish.
  • 448 is a bright silver with a pearl finish that leans more metallic.
  • 447 is a bright white that has a hint of silver with a pearl finish. It seems to have a high level of frost.
  • 453 is a bright white with a pearl finish. It is similar to #447 but is a truer white, while the other seems just slightly silvered in comparison.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in Inglot #434, 444, 454, 451, 448, 447, 453 (Grays & Whites)

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If you're looking to create a traditional smoky eye of grays, Inglot sure has you covered. There is a good mix of light and dark, plus brighter whites for high contrast.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Hourglass Jett Script Precision Liquid Liner<
Hourglass Jett Script Precision Liquid Liner

Hourglass Script Precision Liquid Liner

Hourglass Jett Script Precision Liquid Liner ($32.00 for 0.028 oz.) is a felt-tipped liquid liner that’s specially designed with a really fine tip. The formula is described as long-wearing with a quick dry down to prevent smearing and transfer. It’s available in only one shade–Jett–which is black.

Like many black liquid eyeliners, it does have a tendency to photograph brown in swatches, though it does look like a medium black in real life. It’s not an ultra deep black, but it’s not a soft black either; it’s a happy medium of the two. It applies smoothly, gliding on with ease, and the color is distributed evenly without dragging. There’s no patchiness in the color, so you won’t have to go back over the same area twice. When swatched on my arm, it did bleed around the edges, but I did not notice any bleeding until I was cropping the swatch photograph. I didn’t spot any bleeding eyeliner when I tested it on my eyelid, but it does make me want to note that it might do so if you have more wrinkly eyelids.

It’s budge- and smudge-proof, and I’d even go so far as to say it’s very nearly waterproof. It had no problem lasting through a shower. I do need a more robust eye makeup remover like Lancome Bi-Facil to remove it, but it doesn’t require elbow grease to do so. The lines you can draw with this are quite thin and precise, and you can curve around the lash line easily in one motion. The thinness and smallness of the tip may require a few practice runs, but you’ll hit your stride with little work–especially if you are a liquid liner pro.

Because of the slight bleeding on my arm swatch, I did take that into account for the rating.  While I did not experience it personally on my actual eyelids, there are several liquid liners that I’ve swatched in the past month or so that did not have any inkling of bleeding even on the arm, so it is something to consider depending on the texture of your natural lids (mine are fairly smooth).

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The precision of this eyeliner is where it excels, so it will work best for those who like thinner lines; if you often do thicker eyeliner, I'd recommend going for Hourglass' Calligraphy Eyeliner or another felt-tip eyeliner of choice.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011


Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in Inglot #446, 445, 440, 420, 439, 441 (Purples)

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadow ($4.50 to $7.00 each for 0.09 oz.) range is certainly expansive! They don’t quite fit into two 20-pan palettes neatly (there are two that overflowed into a third, plus one I know I’m missing). There are also a fair amount that seem to only be available in individual pots, rather than refills (which I do not have).

Inglot’s Pearl Eyeshadows have a very fine shimmer with a brighter, pearly sheen.   I had a good experience with these six eyeshadows–they were easy to work with, nicely pigmented, and had the soft, smooth textures I’ve come to expect from Inglot’s Pearl eyeshadows.  #440 is the only one that I felt wasn’t true-to-pan in color; it was a few notches lighter, because of the heavy white pearl.

  • 446 is a rich, jewel-toned plum purple with red undertones in a pearl finish.
  • 445 is a softened, medium-dark plum with a pearl finish.
  • 440 is a frosted, cool-toned lilac with a pearl finish. Like some of the other lighter pearl shades, the white pearl really reflects and comes through, almost washing the shade out.
  • 420 is a grayish mauve with a pearl finish–it almost looks metallic.
  • 439 is a rich, jewel-toned violet purple with a pearl finish.
  • 441 is a medium-dark violet with a pearl finish.

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Inglot Pearl Eyeshadows in Inglot #446, 445, 440, 420, 439, 441 (Purples)

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If you're a fanatic for purple eyeshadows, Inglot certainly has more than a few to satisfy you! It's a good mix of red- and blue-based purples, too.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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