Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “metallic silver with pearl, light blue, blue with pearl, purple blue with pearl, black with blue pearl.”

Bleuluxe #1 is a sparkling, pale silver that almost leans warm. Dry, it’s very sheer and sparkly; wet, it’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque and needs to really be pressed and worked into the lid to smooth it out. Bobbi Brown Tinsel is less sparkly. NARS Silver Factory is a cream product. NARS Flowers 2 #1 is less sparkly.
MAC Guise is darker. MAC Extra Silver is more metallic. MAC White as Snow is similar but loose. Giorgio Armani #17 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #2 is a cool-toned, silver and blue-shimmered blue with a hint of gray. It has a very sparkly finish. Applied dry, it’s very sheer; applied wet, it is semi-opaque but needs to be pressed and crushed on the lid to smooth out the color. Maybelline Seashore Frosts has a golden duochrome/shimmer and is a cream product. Clinique Big Blue is less sparkly, cream. theBalm Matt Horowitz is more matte. Urban Decay Strip is lighter. MAC Blue Moon is less sparkly. Chanel Destination is less sparklly, cream. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #3 is a navy blue with a blackened base and multi-colored sparkle. Applied dry, it was kind of chunky and sheer, while applied wet, it was semi-sheer and smoother. This was a shade I needed to layer and pack on to get to be opaque on the lid. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is bluer. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #4 is a blackened navy blue with a pearly shimmer. It was sheer when applied dry, and it intensified to semi-opaque color when applied damp. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx is darker. MAC Shop & Drop is darker. MAC Thru the Night is similar. MAC Blue Storm is lighter. Burberry Midnight Blue is lighter. Make Up For Ever #81 is bluer. See comparison swatches.

Bleuluxe #5 is a medium-dark black with a dusting of blue pearl. It had semi-opaque color when applied dry, and it was slightly more intense when applied wet. The texture was very smooth, and this was the best shade of the five. MAC Dark Dare is a bit darker. Sugarpill Stella is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The new Veluxe Pearlfusion eyeshadow formula is widely varying from shade to shade, palette to palette. The overall quality really depends on the finish, and I’m sure it won’t surprise you, but the heavier the sparkle is, the lower the performance. These can be used both wet and dry, with dry application yielding “sheer coverage with a soft, sparkling finish,” and wet application yielding “a super saturation of colour that glistens with metallic brilliance.” The texture is supposed to feel “creamy and lightweight.”

Anyone who loves MAC’s Pressed Pigment formula and has no issues with the sparkle-factor and resulting fall out (that I’ve experienced, at least) with them with likely enjoy these, too, as overall, they’re finer but still very sparkly and the finish certainly reflects and catches the light nicely. But there is fall out, and if you loathe any fall out, I’d probably skip this launch entirely. If you can deal with some, they may be worth checking out. The texture varies from so soft that the powder turns a little crumbly and becomes difficult to smooth out (you really have to press it, or crush it with a brush or sponge-tip applicator) to soft, creamy, and intensely pigmented. There were shades that made me, “Oooh” and “Ahhh!” when I swatched or applied them.

I wore #2 on the inner lid, #3 on the middle of lid, #4 on the outer lid, and #5 in the crease–all used with a wet application and MAC’s 239 brush. I didn’t experience any creasing over a twelve-hour period, and fading didn’t become noticeable until after nine and a half hours of wear; all quite impressive. There was some fall out during application, but because they are used wet, and none of those four needed significant pressing/crushing prior to application, it was minimal and easy to clean-up. I did have continued fall out throughout the day and by the end of eight hours, there was a moderate amount of sparkle underneath my eyes. The sparkle is finer, so it’s not as obvious as larger glitter particles can be.

The price point seems a bit high, and it’s hard to really know how long an eyeshadow will last you until you’ve used it endlessly. Normally, MAC’s full-size powder eyeshadows contain 0.05 oz., and the quads (that also retail for $40) contain 0.19 oz. (Veluxe Pearl eyeshadows are normally 0.04 oz., which is usually why quads aren’t 0.20 oz.), so this palette is smaller at 0.14 oz. Unless you regularly finish your eyeshadows, I don’t think you’ll actually feel the quantity difference–and if you have a larger stash, you may appreciate that there are five shades in this.

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The new Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadows are best used wet, because dry they're sheer, uneven, and very, very fallout-prone. When applied damp with a wet brush, the color payoff is more opaque, smoother and more even, and there is less fall out during application and wear--though there is some.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Bleuluxe #1

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6.5/10

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7.5/10

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6/10

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7/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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4/5

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Monday, June 17th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo
Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Face & Body Bronzing Duo ($42.00 for 0.60 oz.) consists of a bronzer and blush that can be used individually or blended together.  It’s not your typical bronzer, because it’s not an orange/tan-based one, and those who tend to prefer slightly reddish tones to their blush/bronzer in the summer may like the shades included in this duo.  I wasn’t keen on the texture and blendability of the bronzer, unfortunately, as it was difficult to get it to look even and smooth on the skin.  Both shades wore well for seven and a half hours, and after eight hours, I noticed some slight fading along the edges.

Nude Beach Blush is a dirty, reddish-plum with a matte finish. It had good color intensity, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and fairly easy to blend out on the cheeks. NARS Seduction is bolder, darker, redder. NARS Lovejoy is similar in color but has more shimmer. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Nude Beach Bronzer is a dirty, plummy-brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny sheen. This shade was sheerer, though still somewhat buildable. I had similar issues with blending, though, where it was difficult to soften or diffuse the edges of the color. It looked somewhat splotchy applied as a result. MAC Stylish Me is warmer, lighter. MAC Earthshine is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

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Nude Beach

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It's not your typical bronzer, because it's not an orange/tan-based one, and those who tend to prefer slightly reddish tones to their blush/bronzer in the summer may like the shades included in this duo. I wasn't keen on the texture and blendability of the bronzer, unfortunately, as it was difficult to get it to look even and smooth on the skin.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Nude Beach Bronzer

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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3/5

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Friday, June 14th, 2013

L'Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Now You Sea Me Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a muted, aqua blue cream. Estee Lauder Teal Topaz is much darker, more of a teal. Dior St. Tropez is brighter. Cult Nails Manipulative is less blue, lighter. China Glaze Sea Spray is bluer, lighter. Zoya Wednsday is warmer, greener. See comparison swatches.

I’ve been really impressed with L’Oreals new Colour Riche lacquer formula, but Now You Sea Me was disappointing–it was very streaky, and I wasn’t able to cover all of the streakiness with a thicker second coat. It seemed like it would be opaque in two coats, if it weren’t for the streaks that still were visible. It dried down to a slightly glossy finish, and the drying time was about average. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I was surprised to find it difficult to apply. I normally get a week of wear with L’Oreal’s lacquer.

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Now You Sea Me

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It's such an interesting color and one that I haven't come across myself. I really wish it wasn't so streaky!

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3/5

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Urban Decay ABC Gum Eyeshadow
Urban Decay ABC Gum Eyeshadow

Urban Decay ABC Gum Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale peach matte.” It’s a warm-toned peach with a matte finish. The texture is soft, finely-milled, albeit a bit powdery, but it blends really well and sits nicely on the skin (doesn’t look powdery). Kat Von D Vespertine is more orange. Urban Decay Freestyle is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Skimp is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Orb is pinker. bareMinerals Peace is darker, more shimmery. bareMinerals Stealth is slightly warmer. Inglot #390 is cooler. See comparison swatches.

Asphyxia Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “hyacinth shimmer with blue shift.” It’s a light-medium, pink-lavender with an iridescent, blue sheen. The texture was soft, slightly powdery, and applies best with a moderately firm brush. The color payoff was so-so, but it is buildable to mostly opaque color payoff; applied over a base, and true-to-pan opacity is possible. MAC Stars ‘n Rockets is a bit darker. Urban Decay Grifter is less pink, more shimmery. Urban Decay Tainted is less shimmery, purpler. L’Oreal With a Twist is slightly purpler. See comparison swatches.

Haight Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “mermaid blue shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a hint of green (but it’s not enough to make it teal) and has a frosted finish. The color payoff is lovely and rich, while the texture is soft, smooth, and buttery. It’s easy to use and blend out on the lid. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #3 is tealer. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is similar. Urban Decay Junkie is darker, greener. Urban Decay Unhinged is slightly lighter. Guerlain Les Aquas #3 is darker. See comparison swatches.

When I wore these shades, Asphyxia had some fall out after six hours or so but didn’t fade or crease, while the other two eyeshadows wore well for nine hours without fading or creasing (no primer).

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ABC Gum

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This would work well for brightening lids, possibly concealing redness, as well as a brow bone highlighter or layering shade to mute frosted shades.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Asphyxia

B-

The color is more complex and interesting than other shades, but it does have some texture issues that give it a powdery, somewhat crumbly, feel that hinders application and wear.

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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Haight

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I love the slightly muted quality of Haight--it makes it a bit different than your standard medium blue.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 6th, 2013

CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow
CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow

CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish and slight sparkle. AVEDA Lemongrass is lighter, cooler. AVEDA Papyrus is less shimmery. Dior Peacock #1 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #304 is brighter. MAC Lucky Green is darker. MAC Juxt is more muted. Inglot #412 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Turquose Glow (325) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a cool-toned, aqua with subtle green tones and a metallic, sparkling finish. Make Up For Ever #53 is a cream product and lighter. MAC Lucky in Love is very similar. See comparison swatches.

CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle. Urban Decay Radium is slightly darker. NYX Kiss in Casablanca is darker. Make Up For Ever #167 is brighter. MAC Freshwater is slightly brighter. Inglot #426 is slightly bolder. See comparison swatches.

This is a new formula that I found at my local Walgreens this past weekend. I haven’t spotted it available online, but CoverGirl does list it on their website. Interesting enough, the pots themselves didn’t have any names on them (just numbers), and heads up–there were no safety seals on these at all. The formula is supposed to have “vivid color,” be “blendable,” and have a “glittery and sparkly effect.”

All three were slightly powdery and would apply better with flat, firm brushes or sponge-tip applicators rather than fluffy brushes, which will just exacerbate the powdery surface. I used them wet, though, because they seemed to have the kind of texture that would respond well to a damp brush, and it seemed to minimize some of the powderiness. There’s a noticeable grit to the texture if you blended the color against your skin; like the powder isn’t finely-milled enough.

Aside from the texture, good color payoff was possible.  I had a noticeable amount of fading after six and a half hours of wear, which continued for the next few hours I wore them for.  Over a sticky primer, the results were better, and I was able to see the wear extend to eight hours without fading.  Depending on what primers and potions you already have, you may be able to make these work.  Lime Light was the best-performer, as it was barely faded after eight hours.  Turquoise Glow had the most powdery texture of the three, and it was noticeably grittier, too.  There was some sparkle fall out after eight hours, too, but it was less concerning compared to the fading.

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Lime Light (310)

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It is a brightened, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish and slight sparkle.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

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4/5

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Turquoise Glow (325)

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Turquoise Glow is a cool-toned, aqua with subtle green tones and a metallic, sparkling finish.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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3.5/5

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Sapphire Flare (315)

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It's a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick
Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned coral with subtle golden copper shimmer. NARS Beautiful Liar is warmer, more orange. MAC Lady at Play is lighter. MAC Hibiscus is brighter. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is redder. Guerlain Nahema is lighter. Guerlain Chamade is similar. Guerlain Bal de Mai is darker. Burberry Pink Amber is pinker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is slick, slightly tacky, and has a natural sheen but nothing too shiny or glossy (but not totally matte). It feels somewhat thin, and it applies and looks a bit like a lip stain/lipstick hybrid. The color was semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Initially, I was loving the texture, feel, and look of this product, but after wearing it for a few hours, I was less enamored. The major problem with the formula is that it sucked the moisture right out of my lips (which were hydrated and smooth prior to application), and the drier my lips became, the more uneven and flaky the lip color started to look. It managed to last for about five hours, though it became progressively unflattering over the last two hours of wear. The formula is, unfortunately, touted as long-wearing with lots of hydration.

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Cruise Collection

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The major problem with the formula is that it sucked the moisture right out of my lips (which were hydrated and smooth prior to application), and the drier my lips became, the more uneven and flaky the lip color started to look.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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