Monday, February 18th, 2013

Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “arctic blue.” It’s a pale, silvery blue with a frosted, metallic finish. It’s surprisingly only subtly cool-toned, despite its blue/silver coloring. MAC Blue Willow is more glittery and lighter. Cinderella Glass Slipper is a touch darker and less metallic. Buxom Husky is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 is very comparable.

This shade is incredibly reflective, and it tends to look more like a silvery white on the lid than blue–so if blue eyeshadow isn’t your thing, don’t let the color in the pot fool you! When paired with cooler-toned colors and other blues/teals, it will look bluer, but generally, it is a gray-ish white. The pigmentation of Blue My Mind was so-so; I wasn’t able to build up the color to get really opaque color, but it applied evenly for the most part even if there was a sheerness to the color overall.  I did experience noticeable creasing after ten hours of wear but no fading.  I also noticed that this one was coming apart from the edge of the glass, so the lid may not have been screwed on tightly enough after being manufactured.

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Blue My Mind

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I wasn't impressed by Blue My Mind, because it isn't buildable in color to get opaque color and that it creased at the ten-hour mark (other shades didn't crease!).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “clear fuchsia.” It looks like a creamy, magenta fuchsia when squeezed out of the tube, but on lips, it’s definitely more of a sheer fuchsia pink with blue undertones. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is shimmery and more fuchsia. Urban Decay Crush is similar in color but more opaque (so it appears bolder/brighter). Korres Crocus is purpler.

It has semi-sheer color coverage; enough color that it tints the natural lip color to a brighter pink, but it looks and acts more as a stain or veil of color. In that respect, it looks mostly even once applied and doesn’t settle into lip lines. It has a not too thick, not too thin consistency (about medium) that feels very gel-like. There’s a lot of slip, but it doesn’t feel heavy, though as a result, it doesn’t have great staying power–with Kiss You, it lasts around two hours. It is somewhat hydrating but won’t replace a good lip balm. It has a sweet, fruity scent and comes in a squeeze-tube with a slanted tip applicator.

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Kiss You

B-
The real downside to Benefit's Ultra Gloss formula seems to be that they just don't stay on lips for long, so you're regularly reapplying (good thing these come with 0.50 fl. oz.--quite a bit more than most glosses).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder
Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) is described as an “elegant gold shade enhanced with pink highlights.” It’s a warm-toned, golden champagne with champagne sparkle; there’s a faint hint of pink that I spotted at a glance at the product in the pan, but against my warm complexion, I couldn’t see any effect from the coloring. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat is very similar in color and has a metallic sheen, too, just less sparkle. NARS Satellite of Love has a darker, tanner base color. bareMinerals Secret Radiance is a bit darker when swatched heavly, but on the skin, it really looks rather similar applied.

It had a much more sparkly finish than I expected based on the description and even from just looking at the texture of the product, which came off as very metallic but not that it would have larger sparkle in it. The texture is soft, almost cream-like, because it’s a very smooth, dense product.  Applied, it does yield a rather metallic sheen wherever it’s applied, even if it’s really worked into the skin.  The sparkles are somewhat there, but some get lost in the brush and blended away.  It somewhat emphasizes the skin’s natural texture along with pores; not the most emphasis I’ve come across but enough that’s noticeable.   I put this on straight away this morning, and it started to get a little patchy after seven hours of wear but there was still some left after eight hours.

I kind of wish Chanel hadn’t ran a free two-day shipping promo (because it’s what made me cave and hold out hope I could receive and turnaround a review before it sold out), because for $80, it was disappointing to see emphasis of pores/skin texture.  Brands like Chanel are famous for beautiful powders that reflect light in spectacular ways without emphasizing pores, so Mouche de Beaute was most definitely a miss.

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Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder

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Brands like Chanel are famous for beautiful powders that reflect light in spectacular ways without emphasizing pores, so Mouche de Beaute was most definitely a miss.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, February 8th, 2013

Burberry Gold Pearl Eyeshadow
Burberry Gold Pearl Eyeshadow

Burberry Gold Pearl Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a pale, yellowy beige with subtle gold sparkle. MAC Dazzlelight is frosted and lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is a bit lighter and frosted. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #1 is similar in color but metallic in finish. It’s kind of like Trench, Porcelain, and Gold Trench combined.

I didn’t love the texture; the base color was on the powdery side, while the sparkles didn’t quite bind with the base color, so they tended to flake or disappear during application and later on, during wear, I experienced fall out of the residual sparkles that did make it on the lid. Part of the “appeal” of a product like this is the sparkle/shimmer, so if you can’t actually see it on the lid, because it winds up trapped in the brush or underneath your eye, you’re really not getting the “pigment” you’d expect when seeing it in the pan.

The color can be easily used as a sheer wash or applied more heavily; that is one of the best features of Burberry’s eyeshadows is they are so soft, they can be done sheerly, but they’re so dense, that they can be applied with full coverage without having to layer or pack on the product. Because the sparkle isn’t jam-packed into the product, there isn’t a lot of fall out, but I felt like 90% of the sparkles wound up underneath my eye. The underlying base color wore well, though, and it was fully intact after nine hours of wear without any signs of fading or creasing (no primer).

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Gold Pearl

B-
Burberry usually is very consistent across their products, and their powder eyeshadows tend to have a phenomanlly silky-smooth, buttery texture, but this one fell short for me.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle cool undertones. On my warmer complexion, when it is sheered out, it almost looks warm-toned, but it’s really not. Milani Green Safari is very close, just slightly more frosted. MAC Feeling Fresh is warmer and lighter. MAC Fresh Flare is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here is very close but a powder product.

Extreme Emerald had good color payoff–not fully opaque on the lid–but certainly not just a sheer wash of color. It was a little difficult to build-up the color and blend it, because it didn’t apply evenly. The consistency of this shade was wetter than other Shadow Paints I’ve tested, and as a result, it was prone to creasing because the drying time was much longer than the other shades. What I noticed was that while it creased initially, it didn’t crease more during the day–so however it dries is how it stays.  If it’s a color you’re interested in, I recommend closing your eyes for two to three minutes and/or watching and lightly blending out the creasing as it happens.  I re-tested it this way, and I didn’t have any color gathered in the creases, though it was still a bit patchy in color overall.

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Extreme Emerald

B-
If it's a color you're interested in, I recommend closing your eyes for two to three minutes and/or watching and lightly blending out the creasing as it happens.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Monday, February 4th, 2013

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “pastel lavender pink.” It’s a milky, pale lavender-pink with subtle shimmer. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is pinker, more opaque. MAC Pink Fade is a touch lighter. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter. MAC Stay Sweet is warmer, pinker. MAC Good Times is less cool-toned. MAC Pink Fade is cooler-toned.

It’s semi-sheer and allows a lot of the natural lip color to come through, which can warm/cool the color as well as make it appear pinker/redder. Because of its lightness, it does settle into lip lines and can cause lines of demarcation if you press your lips together. On my lips, it definitely appeared less purple applied than it does swatched or in the tube. When I applied it over Viva Glam Nicki 2 lipstick, it gave it a glossier look (of course!) and added a smidgen of pink–gave it less of a cool-toned vibe.  It wore three hours on my lips, and the texture and consistency is true-to-formula–thicker and tackier than your average gloss.

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Viva Glam Nicki 2

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It's semi-sheer and allows a lot of the natural lip color to come through, which can warm/cool the color as well as make it appear pinker/redder. Because of its lightness, it does settle into lip lines and can cause lines of demarcation if you press your lips together.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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