Saturday, August 17th, 2013

MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow
MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online now, in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features eight eyeshadows. On the whole, these four performed better than many past recent releases, even if they aren’t perfect, they were all fairly easy to work with. The “worst” one of these four was Sex & the Oyster as the texture was noticeably dry, while Three Ring Yellow was buttery and incredibly pigmented. I’ll update this post with actual wear times after I’ve finished wearing them later today, so the longevity ratings are based on my average experience with MAC’s eyeshadows (with wear in relation to finish, color, and quality). I’m four hours in, so far so good. :)

MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark shimmery grey [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with a pearly sheen–it has a very light dusting of pink and copper micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly. The texture was good, but it did feel slightly dry–not as buttery or as soft as other VPs (which is something I’ve noticed in general with recent VP releases). LORAC Slate is lighter, bluer. Disney Flotsam is lighter, also bluer. Urban Decay Ace is very similar. MAC For Effect is similar but a cream. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is similar. See comparison swatches.

Eat, Love Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep emerald [with a Satin finish].” It’s a deep, blackened green with faint emerald green sparkles–it is more like a green-tinted black with brownish undertones. On the lid, it tends to look more like a matte finish, as the satin is very subtle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was only slightly dry. Fyrinnae Jaguar is bluer. Urban Decay Loaded is also bluer. MAC Dark Indulgence is greener. OCC Poison is lighter. Make Up For Ever #80 is lighter, greener. Bobbi Brown Forest is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches.

Sex & the Oyster Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone greyed blue green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a smoky, bluish-green-tinted light gray. It looks bluer in the pot, but applied, it seemed to take on a grayer coloring overall. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was somewhat dry and almost crumbly but not quite. Disney Destined is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Hijack is darker (this was the first shade that came to mind, actually!). MAC Emerald Dusk is darker, bluer. MAC Water is greener. See comparison swatches.

Three Ring Yellow Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright sulfur green yellow [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a green-tinged, medium yellow with a frosted finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to work with. This is a repromote, and it was also one of the best-performing shades of the collection. Fyrinnae Banan Mochi is warmer. NARS Rated R #1 is greener. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 is more shimmery. MAC Colour Added is similar. MAC Brilliantly Lit is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Eyeshadow Palette
Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Eyeshadow Palette

Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) contains four cool-toned eyeshadows. Cold Chemistry will launch later today at noon PST, and the eyeshadows are available as a palette, but you can also purchase each eyeshadow individually ($12.00 each). All of the eyeshadows will be added to the permanent range. I really liked the palette overall, and the color payoff was good to great across the board. My only note was that a couple of the shades have a slightly dry, powdery feel, though it was less noticeable when you’re applying it to the lid than trying to get a swatch on your hand or arm. When I wore the shades together, they lasted well without fading or creasing for eight hours; after nine hours of wear, I saw some slight fading along the edges (no primer).

Soot & Stars is a deep, dark charcoal gray–not quite black–with a pearly sheen. There are very, very fine teal shimmers in this, but you won’t see them on the eye. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and applied smoothly. Urban Decay Spell #2 is slightly warmer. theBalm Sexy Stacey is lighter. MAC Jade’s Fortune is similar. MAC Dark Moon is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #1 is lighter, cream. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Diamond Eyes is a bright, cool-toned white with a frosted finish. It had a very soft, smooth texture and applied with excellent color payoff.  It can be very slightly powdery at times.  Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #1 is similar. theBalm Metal-ica is not as cool-toned. Sugarpill Tako is matte. Maybelline Too Cool is a cream product. MAC Flawless Figure is less frosted. Giorgio Armani Black Pearl #4 is similar. Inglot #453 is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Elemental Chaos is a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was slightly dry, so it can get powdery. Disney Snarfblat is more muted. MAC Warm & Smoky is warmer. MAC Drawn to Drama is darker. Disney Sea Witch is similar–less frosted. MAC Parfait Amour is cooler-toned, less frosted. MAC Dusty Desire is warmer. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Subterranean is a smoky, forest green with a hint of teal shimmer. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth, but it was a tiny bit powdery. Milani Mix It Up is similar. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick is more muted. Bobbi Brown Forest is greener. Giorgio Armani #20 is darker. Sugarpill Magpie is bluer. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Etoile (021) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pewter–it’s gray and gold mixed together. It’s one of the sheerer shades in the range, and it was buildable to about 90% opacity, but it’s not as pigmented as the other shades. Because it’s a lighter shade, it can still function and work well, and in some cases, looks better when applied as a wash compared to the darker shades in the range–but I think you have to want it and know what you’re getting yourself into. If you like pewter-ish shades, you might try Millenium instead, as it is darker and more pigmented. Guerlain Two Styslih #1 is similar but a powder. Dior Constellation #2 is warmer. MAC Greenluxe #3 is darker, warmer. MAC Palladium is more metallic. MAC Vex is cooler-toned. MAC Arctic Grey is similar but powder. Giorgio Armani #19 is lighter, more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Lune (001) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a cool-toned, frosted white with a metallic finish. It can almost look silver-toned against my warmer complexion. It is not the starkest white I’ve come across, so it can be more wearable across more skin tones as a result. It was fairly pigmented, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two layers. It can also be sheered out if desired. Disney Midnight Hour #1 is a powder product but close in color. MAC Fancy Frosting is similar. MAC Angelic is more glittery. MAC The Cool Elite is slightly cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #4 is also similar–slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Both shades wore consistently as the rest of the formula has–no real fading or creasing, just some minor fall out that happens during wear with a minor amount (but something I could detect if I looked in the mirror) of sparkle underneath the eye after eight hours of wear. For a comparison against other formulas, check out my original review.

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

Tom Ford In the Pink Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette
Tom Ford In the Pink Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette

Tom Ford In the Pink Ombre Eye Color Trio Palette ($60.00) is described as “pink rose, pink champagne, ballet slipper pink.” It’s a limited edition palette that contains three eyeshadows; mine came in sample packaging (no official labels or boxes), so I’m not sure of the amount of product in each, but the pans don’t look small. Tom Ford’s fall collection has started popping up at local counters but not yet online, though I’m sure it will be soon as the official launch is September. I think She Wolf was a more versatile palette that could work across a variety of skin tones, but In the Pink is more confined. I think really fair or darker complexions could make this work; on my medium complexion, it just runs together.

Though it not be as appealing to as many, the quality is there. Like the other palette in the collection, the texture is first and foremost: silky-smooth satin and matte shades, and then a more sparkly shade that almost feels wet and creamy. The pigmentation across the three shades was actually even better than She Wolf. When I wore the trio together, the two less shimmery shades wore well for eight hours and showed some signs of fading after just over nine hours of wear (no primer). The sparkly shade held up surprisingly well, though there was some noticeable (a little more than minor but there was far more on the lid than underneath it) fall out from the sparkles. The amount of fall out were significantly less than I’ve previously experienced with some of the shades in his quads. I feel like the base color holds the sparkles together better, which gives everything more adhesive power on the lid.

In the Pink #1 is a pale, light pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it didn’t feel powdery, though it did feel incredibly silky. On my lid, though, it’s too close to the skin tone and just looks lost (not something that impacted the rating, but you’ll wonder where it’s gone when you see the photos). LORAC Light Pink is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs The Tease #3 is lighter. MAC Pen ‘n’ Pink is slightly darker. NARS Bouthan #1 is cooler-toned. Chanel Variation #1 is lighter. bareMinerals Giddy is similar. Inglot #356 is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

In the Pink #2 is a warm-toned, rosy peach with hints of beige and a frosted finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture felt like buttery silk. Dior Chimere is pinker. MAC Jest is warmer, browner. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less shimmery. MAC Nubile is a cream product. MAC Jete is similar. MAC Sweet Heat is browner. bareMinerals Custom Made is lighter. Inglot #397 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

In the Pink #3 is a light-medium, peachy brown with a lot of pale peach and white sparkle. It had great color payoff, as you could see the base color as well as the sparkles in it. NARS Nepal is similar in color but not in finish. MAC Warming Heart is slightly yellower but is similar. baremInerals Custom Made is pinker, less sparkly (more frosted). See comparison swatches.

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Friday, August 16th, 2013

YSL Fuchsia Dore (14) Glossy Stain
YSL Fuchsia Dore (14) Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Dore (14) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a reddish pink with subtle, very fine gold shimmer. Chanel Triomphal is slightly redder. MAC Plum Fun is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby is similar–not as opaque. See comparison swatches.

All of the Glossy Stains I’ve tried have definitely turned redder applied than they do in the tube, and this one was no exception. It turns to more of a reddish berry with gold shimmer–but it looks almost warm-toned when I’ve applied it, compared to how it looks in the tube or just swatched on the skin. Overall, the color is mostly opaque (you can see my lip freckle peeking through). The color gets pinker and less red as the gloss and stain wear and wear; the glossiness lasts four to five hours, while the stain lingers for upwards of eight hours. The consistency is thin and very liquid (feels a lot like water), and it has a strong grape scent. After ten minutes or so, the product thickens and turns into more of a thin, gel consistency that’s lightly tacky. It was neither hydrating nor drying when I wore it.

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Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze sugar.” It’s a warm-toned, caramel bronze with pale bronze shimmer. It has a soft, frosted finish–not quite metallic but not just a frost. The consistency was very creamy and emollient–but in a way that didn’t feel too wet or take forever to set when applied to the lid, just in a way that made it apply smoothly and with rich, full color coverage. It sets fairly quickly, so you will want to make sure you work one eye at a time. MAC Brownluxe #4 is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 is similar. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Bronze is similar. Urban Decay Deeper is similar. Chanel Promesse #3 is warmer. bareMinerals Ritzy is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige gold.” It’s a pale, warm-toned light gold with subtle yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency was lightly creamy but still sets fairly quickly so work one eye at a time. MAC Vanilla Diamond is more sparkly. Chanel Convoitise is yellower. MAC Pastelluxe #1 is more sparkly. Disney Charming is lighter. Disney Sea Shells is also lighter. Urban Decay Illusion is similar. MAC Dazzlelight is lighter. MAC Halo is similar. Benefit Bikini-tini is very similar. Make Up For Ever #126 is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Both shades lasted well on me for eight hours; after ten hours, I had some very subtle creasing and slight fading.

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