Monday, January 2nd, 2012

NYX Seafoam Green Eyeshadow
NYX Seafoam Green Eyeshadow

NYX Seafoam Green Eyeshadow

NYX Seafoam Green Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a green-teal with a white frosted sheen and chunkier silver sparkle. It’s a bit like MAC Aquadisiac, which also has a similar grit. Urban Decay Minx has a darker appearance, almost leans less green. Make Up For Ever #168 is much more intense and smoother. It’s lighter and more teal compared to MAC Jealousy Wakes.

It looks similar to how it does in the pan, actually–you can see a fair amount of white pearl in the eyeshadow from the get-go, which is what gives it that softer, light color. I like the muted quality of the shade, and it would work for someone who’s a little less fearless when it comes to color! What I didn’t like was the sparkly grit to it, which made it less lovely to use, as it tended to fall out underneath the eye. It could be more pigmented, too — you can see it’s not fully opaque and even in the swatch. When I tested Seafoam Green, it wore for six hours before it started to fade somewhat without a base, but it seemed fine after eight hours when applied over an eyeshadow base.

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Seafoam Green

B-
It's actually a good dupe for MAC Aquadisiac, and I like the texture and payoff of this shade better, so if you're always had an eye on that one, you may like this one more! For $5.00, I think it's good, but in the grand scheme of things, it's an average eyeshadow.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, December 16th, 2011

Lancome Fashion Forward Color Design Eyeshadow
Lancome Fashion Forward Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Fashion Forward Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Fashion Forward Color Design Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “warm minted green” with a metallic finish. It looks absolutely NOTHING! like the swatch/photo of it on Lancome’s website, which makes it look more like a vibrant neon lime green. Instead, what we have is a pastel mint green with a subtle iridescent sheen. The color payoff is decent but could use a little more oomph or better binders so it would apply more opaquely. I know shades like this have to exist, but I couldn’t find anything in the Swatch Gallery; MAC Aqua was the closest, but it’s darker and more aqua, less green. It might be a little lighter than something like MAC Aquavert (which is a few years old now). Sugarpill Lumi has more of a teal iridescence.

It has a smooth texture, even though the color payoff could use a boost, so it applies well. Because it’s a little sheer and very iridescent, it could also be used as a layering shade–I bet it would be gorgeous layered over a black. Lancome’s eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing (without a base), and while I don’t quite achieve all-day wear, I get around eight hours with subtle creasing, but I don’t have any creasing issues if I use a base underneath.

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Fashion Forward

B-
It has a smooth texture, even though the color payoff could use a boost, so it applies well. Because it's a little sheer and very iridescent, it could also be used as a layering shade--I bet it would be gorgeous layered over a black.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, December 11th, 2011

NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick
NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick

NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick

NYX Fortune Cookie Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmery bronzed beige. It appears much lighter and whiter on my lips–it’s a very, very frosted finish. The shade reminded me of MAC Pretty Please, which is a little pinker; MAC Tanarama, which is more golden; and MAC Bubbles, which is whiter and pinker.

This is not for someone who doesn’t LOVE their shimmer. It’s kind of like a really shimmered/frosted nude. There’s so much shimmer in this that it ends up looking almost opaque on the lips. I like it overall, and I think the effect looks nicer from afar; I’d recommend layering a gloss on top (maybe a red or plum) that’s more of a cream finish. Though it can be worn alone, it also works well as a layering product.

Because of the high level of frost, it is a bit drying compared to other shades I’ve tried within this range. It also wears away a little unevenly, but it does apply evenly from the get-go, which isn’t always true for extreme frost finishes. Mine has no detectable scent, though I know sometimes NYX’s lipsticks seem to be scented with something, but this has been waiting to be tested/reviewed for several months so it may have lost its scent over time (I find that more budget-friendly brands lose their fragrance much faster than higher-end brands). Fortune Cookie wore for about three hours.

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Fortune Cookie

B-
Not the most comfortable or best wearing lipstick from NYX's range, but you may find it a fun layering shade nonetheless. I think it would be great under creamy lipglosses!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Dior Coral Crystal (345) Serum de Rouge
Dior Coral Crystal (345) Serum de Rouge

Dior Coral Crystal (345) Serum de Rouge

Dior Coral Crystal (345) Serum de Rouge ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a peachy tangerine that looks more like a soft peach when worn–it’s certainly not as vibrant as it looks in the tube or swatched against my lips (which have a natural corpse-like color, so it may have muted some of the vibrancy). The color coverage is semi-opaque but translucent. MAC Fashion City is darker and more opaque. NARS Love Devotion is similar but a bit more translucent.

Dior crams a lot of claims into this particular product, as it is supposed to be a lip treatment product in addition to being a lip color. I’m not prepared to give up lip swatching or reviewing other lipsticks for thirty days to test whether these will improve my lips’ condition over time (and to be frank, my lips are typically well-hydrated and exfoliated, so I don’t think they need much improvement!). It has a really soft, creamy consistency that makes it easy to apply (and overapply) but feels very lightweight. I only get two hours or so of wear, though. While it’s on, it’s hydrating and not drying, and I’ve wore this and reapplied two or three times over the course of the day to see if the formula is drying, but it wasn’t–my lips still felt good (and no desire for lip balm) after ten hours of regular wear of this formula.

Oddly enough, Sephora looks like they’ve pulled all but one shade from their stock, so I don’t know if these are possibly being discontinued. Dior’s website still has the full range available, as do other retailers, but it was curious to see these practically MIA at Sephora.

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Coral Crystal

B-
As creamy and as comfortable as this formula is to wear, I never have good luck with the wear time! A few of the darker shades wear a bit better, but lighter shades like Coral Crystal seem to disappear within two hours.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Spring 2012: Boulevard du Montparnasse Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring. It contains six eyeshadows, with the long, skinny shade on the right designed to be used as an eyeshadow or eyeliner. The palette is hefty with a metal compact and filigree lid. There’s an interior mirror that flips open that’s connected to the lower portion of the palette. Inside, there is also a small, dual-ended brush that is serviceable but not better than the average full-size brush. The shades are described as soft pink, tea rose, pearl mauve, soft violet, luminous pink, and intense plum. I’m not entirely sure which description goes with which, to be honest! I know that the luminous pink shade is the center shade and the intense plum is the eyeshadow/liner shade on the far right of the palette.

The upper left eyeshadow is a pale white pink with a satiny shimmer. It has surprisingly good color payoff for as pale and light as it is, and it doesn’t look chalky against my skin tone. It’s similar to Tarina Tarantino Delightful (more shimmer), MAC Fresh Ice (more shimmer, purpler), and Bare Escentuals Muse (a touch darker, pinker).

The bottom right (or side right) eyeshadow is pale pink-tinted mauve with a pearly sheen. It’s soft and light with nice pigmentation and a smooth, silky soft feel. It didn’t seem like something different, but I couldn’t find a dupe for it; there’s the mauve in it that separates it from shades like Bare Escentuals Giddy, which is similar in lightness and finish but is much pinker.

In the center, there is a vibrant medium, subtly blue-based pink with a white, frosted finish. The color payoff is nice, and it has a really dense, buttery texture. Make Up For Ever #85 is less blue-based. It is fairly similar to Urban Decay Hot Pants. MAC Feather Pink also compares well in regards to hue, but it is bluer and matte.

To the right of the center pink eyeshadow, there is a medium-dark purple with a pearly sheen. It could be more pigmented; there is some softness there that makes it appear less like it does in the pan when applied to the skin. Make Up For Ever #142 is a darker, deeper version. Bare Escentuals Encore is darker and less red.

The bottom shade is a rosy brown with a satin finish; it almost appears matte. The color payoff is so-so, and on deeper skin tones, I’m not sure it would show up well. Inglot #344 is browner, while Inglot #359 is pinker.

On the right side, there is an eggplant purple with a pearled finish. It’s supposed to be an eyeshadow/eyeliner shade, so I did swatches of it dry and wet. This shade was finicky to work with; the texture was drier and stiffer compared to the other shades in the palette, so the resulting color payoff was sheerer and a bit uneven. When it is used wet, it is a lot easier to use. MAC Hyperviolet is deeper and less purple. Bare Escentuals Nightcap is darker, more matte, and browner. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is deeper and browner. MAC Fig 1 is a little darker and matte. Inglot #445 is a touch lighter and more frosted.

Overall, the palette is decent but not great–the color payoff could be improved. This was really my major issue with this palette, because three shades had pigmentation issues to some degree, with the eggplant shade having the most (as well as texture issues). Even though pink eyeshadow can sometimes be difficult to wear, Guerlain’s incorporated a lot of mauve, rose, and plum to dial back the pink; the only genuinely pink shade in the palette is the center shade. Both the pink mauve and rosy brown work well as neutrals. The wear of these eyeshadows is better over a prime and so-so without; they wear about eight hours before I start noticing some slight fading. I find Guerlain’s eyeshadows a tiny bit powdery overall.

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Boulevard du Montparnasse

B-
If you like palettes that deliver softer color, you may still enjoy this one, as the colors tend to be a little more muted compared to how they look in the pan. If you like true-to-pan results with denser, more buttery textures, you may want to skip this. At $85, I expect all shades to perform excellently, so it would be a skip for me.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Giorgio Armani #604 Plum Gloss d'Armani
Giorgio Armani #604 Plum Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #604 Plum Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #604 Plum Gloss d’Armani ($28.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as “bold amethyst.” It’s a sheer grape purple, and when applied to lips, it looks like a cool-toned plum-purple. It reminded me of Illamasqua Fierce when it swatched, but they’re nothing alike on the lips. I couldn’t think of any other potential gloss dupes.

It doesn’t look nearly as purple applied as it does swatched, because the natural pinkness of my lips (which are already rather corpse-like to begin with) peeks through and makes this shade more wearable than it appears. It looks super, super dark in the tube, but don’t let it fool you–it’s a sheer gloss. Giorgio Armani described it as “vivid yet so translucent on application that it matches any skin tone,” and it’s true; there’s definite color, plenty of pop and oomph, but there’s a translucency there that makes the gloss look a bit different from person to person, depending on their natural lip color. I’m torn; I kind of dig the way the color looks on lips from afar, but my lips almost look diseased up close, because it does not apply evenly and the color has a tendency to settle into lip lines.

Though you’ll see disappointing marks for longevity, it’s only because the brand claims eight hours of wear (without fading!), and I’ve never managed to hit that marker; I get to around six with darker shades, five or so with lighter shades. Don’t get me wrong–it’s excellent wear for lipgloss (because this is really lipgloss, it’s not a liquid lipstick), but it does fall short of their claim. The texture feels like a gel, and while it feels non-sticky initially, I find it gets tackier as you wear it.

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#604

B-
The unevenness and settling into lip lines can be deal-breakers for some; they're certainly not characteristics that sell this gloss. It wears for five hours and stays glossy for three. The pigmentation is right where Giorgio Armani described it!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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