Monday, September 15th, 2014

Clé de Peau Stellar Gaze (307) Eyeshadow Quad
Clé de Peau Stellar Gaze (307) Eyeshadow Quad

Clé de Peau Stellar Gaze (307) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of four, warm-toned autumnal shades that range from gold to plum. The texture of the eyeshadows is soft, velvety, lightly creamy and silky, while being incredibly blendable. They feel smooth to the touch, and the finishes are particularly flattering on the eyelid–think a luminous, glowy highlighter that adds life but doesn’t accentuate pores–this is in the same vein, just for the eyes. All four shades lasted for eight and a half hours, and the first three shades had really nice color payoff, but the last–the plum–shade was a little less pigmented. Overall, it’s a nice quad, though the shades are more dupable than not, so it may not be particularly interesting to some unless it’s a go-to combination.

Each of the eyeshadow quads is available as a “refill” so it is just the set of eyeshadows, and you can purchase the case (here) for $25, which comes with two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. I put all of my eyeshadow quads into a Z-palette (see a photo of it here), but I do have two cases from the two eyeshadow quads I received as samples (I bought six quads, which is a statement on how enamored I was after trying two), so you’ll see it in the post for those interested in purchasing the two together.

Stellar Gaze #1 is a slightly muted, medium yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish and warm undertones. It had good color payoff with a silky, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blended out beautifully on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Dior Trafalgar #4 (P) is cooler-toned. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is slightly darker. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Barefoot (LE, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stellar Gaze #2 is a medium-dark, gold-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation that went on evenly and was easy to work with. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and buttery to the touch. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is more metallic. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer. theBalm #10 (P, $6.50) is similar. MAC Golden Hours #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is more metallic. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is darker. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stellar Gaze #3 is a brightened, medium-dark copper with hints of brown and a frosted sheen. It had full color coverage with a blendable, soft, buttery texture that made application a breeze. The eyeshadow stayed on well for eight hours before fading slightly.
Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Amberluxe #3 (P) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stellar Gaze #4 is a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth, though a smidgen powdery compared to the other shades. This shade wore well for eight hours before it started to fade. Tarte Fingerpaint Art (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter. Disney by Sephora Carpet (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Ursula (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Swelter (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, olive brown with warm, golden frosted shimmer and yellow-ish undertones. It had a very metallic, shimmery finish. The color payoff was incredibly intense, while the texture felt almost wet and creamy, and it went on smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for almost nine hours before fading. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Flicker (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Greensmoke (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic, full color coverage that went on even and smoothly. The consistency had a creamy, buttery texture. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is less metallic. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less shimmery. theBalm #10 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Golden Quartz (P) is a cream product. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is slightly darker. Illamasqua Dart (P) is a cream product, less shimmery. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Friendly (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark, forest green with warm, olive brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though it is the weaker of the four in this post. It had a soft, smooth texture, and it was blendable on the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is lighter. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is brighter. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Smutty Green (P, $21.00) is darker. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer. Sugarpill Junebug (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #310 (DC, $20.00) is more shimmery. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches
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Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a deep brown with warm, olive undertones and a fine gold and green shimmer-sheen. I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but it was richly pigmented with a creamy, buttery texture that applied so smoothly. A lot of these Artist Shadows are nearly effortless to apply–they just go on, a couple of swishes of your brush, and voila. It wore well for eight and a half hours before slightly fading. Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Gilt by Association (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is darker. is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre
Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre ($7.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright magenta with gold shimmer and highlight.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia pink with gold shimmer. The layer of gold shimmer seems to be a more defining characteristic of this shade, as it made it harder to dupe. Kat Von D Lullabye (P, $21.00) is more matte, no gold shimmer. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is a gloss, redder, less shimmery. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is less golden. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, lacks the gold shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lip Lustres are supposed to be “non-sticky lipcolour, nearly as solid as lipstick, leaving rich colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness.” It had intense color payoff that yielded full color coverage. The color went on evenly and smoothly for a forgiving finish that was lightly shiny but not glossy (indeed, more like a liquid lipstick). The consistency is more liquid-like, but it isn’t runny as it has a denser, drier texture that is more comfortable applied than it seems initially, but it isn’t drying (nor hydrating). It also non-sticky as described. On me, the color lasted for five and a half hours before fading, and it left behind a slight stain. There was no discernible taste or smell.

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Friday, September 12th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a golden copper, frosted sheen. Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine (P, $21.00) is brighter, more orange. LORAC Nude #5 (LE) is browner. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is browner. Makeup Geek Goddess (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, slightly browner. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more muted, browner. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is darker. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever #10 (P, $23.00) is more orange, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is intensely pigmented, and it’s a blush where a little goes a long way. The creamier, denser texture makes it easier to apply, blend, and diffuse for a softer application if so desired. It can also just as easily be applied at full color coverage for a more dramatic, richer look. Your choice in tools will make a world of difference with a blush as pigmented as this one; I highly recommend a less dense, stippling-type brush (I like MAC’s 159) for applying color, and if you feel like it’s still too bold, you can use a buffing brush to soften further or take a colored setting powder to tone it down (alternatively, I often use my foundation brush to diffuse edges). The finish has more shimmer in it than some of the other blushes in the range, but it didn’t emphasize pores and appears more pearly than shimmery on. As a blush, the color lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had insanely rich color payoff where a little went a long way. The texture was creamy–almost like a cream eyeshadow–and very smooth, so the color went on evenly but was also blendable. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is a smidgen lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less red. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is lighter. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, golden copper with a metallic sheen. It had excellent pigmentation that was fully opaque and went on incredibly smoothly and evenly on the skin (arm and eyelid). The consistency felt creamy, buttery, and rich, while it lasted for nine hours before fading. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) s slightly brighter. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is browner. Disney by Sephora Drizella (LE) is more muted. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is warmer, lighter. bareMinerals Truffle (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff is fantastic with a really rich, buttery texture that goes on so smoothly. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. This shade was featured in the Artist Palette as well, so I’m able to confirm that the two are equal in quality, which is excellent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D868 Crystalline Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a pink-tinged white with iridescent pink and silver flecks of sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a fairly creamy, dense texture. The “Crystalline” shades seem to be more layering ones (think Make Up For Ever’s Star Powders) that transform colors underneath, though they’re brightening on their own, as they’re very sparkly. The sparkle adheres with the base color, but there was some fall out over the eight-hour wear time. Stila Pink Diamond (P) is warmer. Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is more metallic. Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Pastelluxe #3 (P) is pinker. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is less sparkly. Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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I662 Amber Brown

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is pinker. Divergent Obscure Coral (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is very similar. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, more muted. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is more muted, pinker. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is less shimmery. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is a little lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a very intensely pigmented blush with a soft, creamy, buttery texture that goes on on smoothly and evenly. The finish has a luminous sheen–not shimmery or frosty–so it looks glowing on the skin. The creamier texture makes it really easy to blend on the skin so it doesn’t look splotchy, and it is forgiving, despite the rich color payoff. You can blend it out for sheerer color without a lot of work, though you’ll certainly want to start with a light to moderate hand. On me, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading.

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