Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Someone Turned the Electricity Off

Maybelline Electric Blue Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a navy blue with a fine, frosted finish. When sheered out, it has a darker, truer navy blue coloring, while when layered more heavily, it appears bluer. Urban Decay Evidence is less blue. MAC Naval Blue is similar but a powder product. Chanel’s Apparition is darker and less blue.

This shade didn’t apply evenly or layer well. I think this product would work just fine as an eyeshadow base, but it’s not something that I’d use on its own as a cream eyeshadow.  I experienced some very light fading after twelve hours, which isn’t the norm for me when it comes to Color Tattoos.  It wasn’t much, but it was there.  The consistency of the product is thin, creamy, lightweight, and dries down quickly but not so quickly that you can’t blend out the color if you desire.  This is a shade that is very, very common as a powder eyeshadow, so I’d probably opt for one of the many navy blue eyeshadows on the market, as many perform incredibly well.

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Electric Blue

B-
This is a shade that is very, very common as a powder eyeshadow, so I'd probably opt for one of the many navy blue eyeshadows on the market, as many perform incredibly well.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, January 11th, 2013

bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance
bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance

There’s Nothing Secret About This Radiance

bareMinerals Secret Radiance Remix Edition All-Over Face Color & Radiance ($19.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer radiant sheen” that gives a “radiant glow” with a “natural-looking luminosity.” It’s a light-medium golden champagne with a strong gold shimmer-sheen and warm, yellow undertones. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City is more golden. Chanel Empreinte de Chanel is more orange. Chanel Shimmering Tweed is a touch more golden.

It is plenty pigmented, and the texture is super soft, finely-milled, and it blends out easily. This is not a product I’d use all-over, because it’s very, very frosted and metallic–I applied it very, very lightly all-over face and then buffed it into the skin, and it was still a rather metallic effect; instead of giving me a natural, luminous lit-from-within glow, I looked oily (and I have normal-to-dry skin). I applied it more heavily along my upper cheek bones as a highlighter, and it’s the kind of frosted/metallic finish that will emphasize pores if not used very, very slightly.

So for me, it didn’t work well as an all-over powder, and it didn’t work well as a more targeted highlighter. I think it’s better as a highlighter than anything else, though with as many highlighters as there are on the market, this would not be my first choice. This lasted six and a half hours on me, and by eight hours, it looked slightly patchy.

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Secret Radiance

B-
I think it's better as a highlighter than anything else, though with as many highlighters as there are on the market, this would not be my first choice.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 28th, 2012

MAC Fireside Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Fireside Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Apres Chic: Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Apres Chic Mineralize Eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) includes five new (and limited edition) shades: Fireside (deep plum with purple veining), Frost at Midnight (deep blue/grey with grey veining), Ice (light peach base with white veining), Silver Birch (grey base with peach veining), and Winter Pursuit (copper base with grey veining).

Fireside is a reddish-brown base with a bluish-teal duochrome. The color payoff dry is lackluster, so I’d recommend using it with a damp or wet brush, where it is more pigmented. This color is one of the more popular shades that brands seem to have–MAC has two within the permanent range (Blue Brown pigment, Club eyeshadow). Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #8 has a very similar shade with a stronger duochrome. bareMinerals Mirage is a bit darker but similar. MAC Double Feature #5 included a similar shade. Urban Decay Lounge is very similar–same amount of red in the base color as well as duochrome. Of all of those, I prefer bareMinerals’ formula with Urban Decay’s as a second-place finish.

Frost at Midnight is a navy blue with a purplish tint. It has a frosted finish, and the pigmentation is better wet than dry, where it is rather sheer and faded. This shade had the worst pigmentation out of the five; it was still lacking in intensity when used damp. MAC Hint of Sapphire is darker, grayer. Inglot #434 is more muted, less blue. Cinderella Midnight is darker.

Ice is a warm, pale champagne-shimmered peach with a very high-frost, high-metallic finish. It had so-so pigmentation when used dry, but it has some powderiness and fall out problems if you use it wet, compared to damp, where it binds together better. MAC A Natural Flirt is warmer, pinker. NARS Ramatuelle is less metallic. bareMinerals Mixologist is very similar–more metallic than frosted.

Silver Birch is a dirty pewter; it has gray, gold, and brownish-black in it. This shade had the most nuance to it, out of the five, but the payoff was weak when used dry. When applied damp, it was nicely pigmented and applied more smoothly. MAC Modern Pewter is lighter, warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is lighter, more golden.

Winter Pursuit is a warm, medium-dark copper that has a rosy-red tint that gives it a more muted appearance–not so orange-copper. It has a very frosted, metallic-like finish. This shade had the best color payoff of the five–it could be used both wet and dry, though dry is so-so in payoff. MAC Star Myth is more orange. MAC Magnetic Attraction is redder. MAC Mythical is a bit redder.

Long-time readers will know that I LOVE looking and photographing Mineralize Eyeshadows, but I’m not a fan of them in practice. They tend to have fall out problems, and they usually fade more quickly, with or without a primer. The Mineralize Eyeshadows we’ve seen over the past couple of years are definitely improved compared to the initial release, but I still have both problems. These shades gave me the same two problems, though fall out was less than usual. When I use these wet, as I did with all of the shades I wore (Ice, Silver Birch, and Frost at Midnight), there was noticeable fading within three hours. Frost at Midnight looked mostly gray by eight hours, while the lightest shade, Ice was barely visible.  Finally, Silver Birch had faded but was still visible.

Silver Birch was the most interesting/unique out of the five. At a glance, Fireside seems really interesting, and the color is beautiful and lovely, but it’s a commonly produced shade by a variety of brands. As always, if you don’t have the wear problems I encounter with the Mineralize Eyeshadows, then the biggest drawback of these becomes the weak color payoff when used dry (so omitting wear, these would be more like a B-rated product). The texture was soft but some shades were less smooth, as the sparkle was more noticeable.

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MAC Apres Chic Mineralize Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B-
As always, if you don't have the wear problems I encounter with the Mineralize Eyeshadows, then the biggest drawback of these becomes the weak color payoff when used dry (so omitting wear, these would be more like a B-rated product).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Apres Chic: Porcelain Pink Returns!

MAC Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “soft pinky coral with gold veining.” It’s a light pink with warm undertones and a dusting of gold sparkle and shimmer. It looks more coral in the pan than it does when swatched. Chanel Pink Cloud is pinker, less golden. MAC Rhapsody in Two is a touch pinker. Benefit Sugarbomb is a darker pink and less metallic.

The version of Porcelain Pink that I had previously was made in 2009, and though I opted not to purchase a new one when it re-released last year, I thought it might be high time to try again and see if MAC had refined the texture at all! Like I mentioned in my Stereo Rose review, there is variation across the Mineralize Skinfinishes, due to the random veining. The one I bought this year seems to be pinker than my 2009 one, which is almost a bit peachy in comparison.

Porcelain Pink has a high frosted, slightly metallic finish. The texture felt marginally finer and softer, but I think it’s more the nature of the veining that gives it a slightly powdery, not-quite-gritty but not-quite-smooth feel. It wore for around six hours but was slightly faded along the edges, and then it started to look a bit patchy after seven hours. Mineralize face products tend to fade on me more quickly than MAC’s regular powder products, just as a warning.

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Porcelain Pink

B-
Not enthused about the texture, which is a little gritty from the sparkle, and also a bit powdery. It will be more of a highlighter on light-medium and darker complexions, while fairer skin tones may be able to use it as a natural blusher, too.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, December 9th, 2012

China Glaze Pizzazz Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Pizzazz Nail Lacquer

Add a Little Pizzazz to Your Holiday Nails

China Glaze Pizzazz Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend.” It’s a mix of light blue, green, orange, yellow, fuchsia, and pink medium-sized glitter particles. It’s definitely not too similar to Glitter all the Way. This is a bit more pastel, and the size is more confetti-like as well as more are uniform. I couldn’t think of a dupe, so I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have!

It’s glitter suspended in a clear base, so it’s best used as a layering polish; particularly because it’s really sparse. I layered one coat over China Glaze Blue Bells Ring, and then I did two coats of the glitter on its own on my thumb nail so you could see the coverage. It’s not a glitter that ever gets close to being opaque.  There was something about this polish that didn’t translate well no the nail–I think the thicker, almost gel-like consistency wasn’t helping, because the glitter didn’t spread evenly, which resulted in almost bald-looking spots in areas.  This shade required some pushing and pulling and patting to get the glitter to space out evenly.

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Pizzazz

B-
I wasn't keen on the application--it was just extra thick, even for a glitter-in-clear-polish. It didn't apply evenly with ease, so it wasn't the best layering glitter I've come across. Sometimes the glitter composition can be worth the extra effort, but that is definitely going to come down to the individual.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, December 3rd, 2012

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette
shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette

Karl for Shu – The Smoky Velvet Palette

shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00 for 0.245 oz.) consists of two silky smooth eyeshadows, three pressed eyeshadows, and one glow-on blush.

1 is described as a “glitter black” and comes in the “silky smooth eyeshadow formula.” It’s a soft black with very small silver glitter particles. It had a creamy but a very thin consistency–it was soft and just barely creamy, enough that it felt more like a really thin, cream eyeshadow than a powder one. It had good color payoff despite the thin consistency. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome is a bit softer, less glittery. Buxom Black Lab is similar but has multi-colored sparkle.

2 is described as a “deep khaki” and comes in the “silky smooth eyeshadow formula.” It’s an olive green with a soft, olive shimmer. This shade was creamier than #1, but it had a similar lightweight and thin feel. L’Oreal Golden Emerald is darker, greener. Lancome Designer is darker. MAC Sumptuous Olive is warmer, browner.

3 is described as an “elegant light silver” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a sparkling silver-tinged white with a glittery, sparkly content that gives it a very sheer appearance. Cinderella Midnight Hour is less metallic. MAC She’s Got Class is similar both in color and texture. MAC Forgery is also quite similar.

4 is described as an “mint green” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a pale green with soft yellow undertones and a smattering of gold micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture. Cinderella Cinderelly is darker. Too Faced Fantasy Island is yellower. bareMinerals Wicked is also yellower. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is very similar.

5 is described as an “glitter beige” and is part of the “pressed eyeshadow formula.” It’s a pale, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. The color payoff was so-so. Buxom Poodle is less yellow. Giorgio Armani #18 is similar, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Gold is yellower. MAC Treasure Hunt is similar but has more of a sheen.

6 is described as an “dusty rose” and is part of the “glow-on blush formula.” It’s a brightened, dark pink with gold shimmer. It packs plenty of pigment, so it can be used on all skin tones. The texture is incredibly finely-milled, so it is extremely blendable on the skin, so even pale complexions will be able to adjust the intensity to their liking. MAC Supernova is a bit redder. Tom Ford Wicked is pinker, more blue-based. Worth noting is it’s a pain to apply as a blush, since the pan is the size of an eyeshadow.

The palette is remarkable for its texture; the two cream eyeshadows had a beautiful, velvety-creamy consistency that felt like butter and silk came together, while the blush was finely-milled and easy to blend, despite its rich color.  The really sparkly white eyeshadow, though, while soft, did not apply as smoothly. I found it was best applied as a layering shade over another eyeshadow.  I experienced some fall out when applied alone, and significantly less (but still a little) fall out when patted over one of the cream eyeshadows. Shu can do incredible glitter eyeshadows sometimes, but the white in this palette wasn’t quite it. The gold shade was way, way less sparkly (and better bound together), so I didn’t have problems with that shade.  The cream eyeshadows wore well for six hours, but after eight full hours, they was some faint creasing.  The blush lasted eight hours without fading.

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shu uemura Smoky Velvet Eye & Cheek Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B-
The fall out from the two glittery shades along with the faint (but still there) creasing from the two creamier shades really hurt this palette overall. I'm still amazed by the textures of the products, but I wish the wear was better.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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