Monday, July 18th, 2011


NARS Bali Eyeshadow

NARS Bali Eyeshadow

NARS Bali Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral taupe.” That description is rather apt–it’s a dark, gray-tinted brown, which is what taupe is. It has a matte finish, and the color payoff is good overall. It applies smooth for the most part, and it’s not too cool or warm, so it’s a color that should work well on a variety of skin tones. Bali makes for a nice crease color as well as a subtle way to line the eye.

NARS’ eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. When I wear them alone, I tend to get around seven to eight hours of wear before there is a faint amount of creasing. It’s decent wear, and when it begins its descent, it’s a slow fall, but I’d recommend a primer for all-day wear (especially for those with oilier lids, as I have normal-to-dry lids). In my experience, matte shades wear longer alone than shimmery or glittery shades, so Bali edges out more around eight hours of good wear.

NARS’ packaging is very slim, compact, and even the single eyeshadows include a mirror when you flip it open. Rubberized packaging ensures it won’t slip out of your hand, and it helps absorb any impact if you accidentally drop it. The downside to the rubberized packaging is that it can easily show powder debris if you keep it in your makeup bag. I keep my NARS in drawers, and everything is nice and clean.

The Glossover

product

NARS Bali Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Bali would make a great staple color to reach for when creating more neutral looks. It's dark enough to be used in more dramatic looks but soft enough that it would be useful in subtler looks, too.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

MAC Craving Lipstick<
MAC Craving Lipstick

MAC Craving Lipstick

MAC Craving Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “burst of plum” and has an amplified creme finish. It’s a plummy pink with a subtle shine that applies opaque with very little product needed.

The amplified creme finish is designed to deliver opaque color coverage with a creamy texture and shiny finish. MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. Amplified cremes typically last four hours when I wear them, as they are more opaque and have a tendency to cling to lips (but are not drying).

Maybelline Bit of Berry is similar–less plum. Hourglass Nocturnal is redder. Guerlain Bee is darker but still similar in overall color.

The Glossover

P
product

Craving

B+
Pink-plums are great for fall when lip colors move towards the darker end of the spectrum--they're noticeable, darker, but they're not overwhelming.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick<
MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick

MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick

MAC Brick-o-la Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone berry” and has an amplified creme finish. It’s a creamy berry pink with a subtle shine and opaque color coverage. The creaminess in the texture allows for easy glide across the lips and little product is needed to achieve full color. This shade is part of MAC’s permanent range.

The amplified creme finish is designed to deliver opaque color coverage with a creamy texture and shiny finish. MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. Amplified cremes typically last four hours when I wear them, as they are more opaque and have a tendency to cling to lips (but are not drying).

MAC Capricious is similar but less pink, and the finish makes it appear a bit different on lips. Cle de Peau #117 is slightly redder and darker, but it is in the same family. Chanel Etole is redder and more muted. Hourglass Nocturnal comes close but is a bit more plum.

The Glossover

P
product

Brick-o-la

B+
It's a softer way to wear a dark color--it's plum, pink, and berry--and none of those really dominates, which makes it easy to wear with a variety of looks. It should work well on both cooler and warmer skin tones, as well as light to dark.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new-for-fall product, which is exclusive to Sephora. This product claims to deliver long-wearing opaque color without feathering and all with a glossy shine–oh, and they’re supposed to be moisturizing, too. There are currently five shades: F-Bomb (bright red cream), Punch Drunk (bright orange cream), Adrenaline (bright fuchsia sparkle), Crush (hot pink), and Big Bang (bright pink with sparkle).

  • F-Bomb is a bright, medium-dark red with subtle ruby shimmer. It’s opaque, and it does stain a little (but surprisingly, not as much as some reds). It does have a subtly glossy shine. Overall, it leans a touch blue, but it’s not strongly blue-based. Make Up For Ever #44 is similar but not quite as dark. Guerlain Gwen is less vibrant. NYX Hero is not as opaque, slightly darker. Burberry Hibiscus seems a touch lighter. Chanel Dragon is a bit darker and has more shimmer.
  • Punch Drunk is a vibrant, darkened orange with creamy finish and subtle shine. It’s completely opaque. MAC Strut Your Stuff ius similar, perhaps not as dark. Giorgio Armani #405 is similar in vibrancy, but it is brighter, less red-based. Dolce & Gabbana Sheer is very similar.
  • Adrenaline is a darkened raspberry red with ruby and pink shimmer and glitter. I did not find that this was really glossy at all–it felt a little dry when I applied it, and it looked more like a regular lipstick than a gloss. MAC Quite the Thing is similar, more iridescent. Estee Lauder Wild Violet is slightly redder. NYX Chloe is similar in base color but has more iridescence.
  • Crush is a creamy blue-based fuchsia pink with a glossy shine. It’s nearly opaque in color. NARS Schiap is pinker, not quite as blue-based. MAC Florida is similar in color but lighter.
  • Big Bang is medium-dark raspberry pink with fuchsia glitter. It is lighter, less opaque, and not nearly as red as Adrenaline. This is cooler-toned as well. MAC Pink Burst is very similar, while MAC Quite the Thing is darker.

The majority of these shades are vibrant and rich in color, which means they definitely wear longer rather than shorter. Shades like F-Bomb wear three to four hours with a subtle shine, but the color itself lasts through a meal and still looks presentable six hours later. I only tested the wear on F-Bomb and Big Bang, so I could test out different finishes. Both Adrenaline and Big Bang have a fair amount of glitter (“sparkle”) in their finishes, and as a result, they have a slightly gritty texture, which becomes more noticeable over time, as the creaminess of the product wears away. It doesn’t travel too much, but as fun as the sparkling glitter might be, it is more troublesome than the creamier finishes. I did get four hours of wear with Big Bang.

Crush was the only shade that had a high gloss shine–the kind expected from these–while the others fell a little flat. Adrenaline was the only shade that I felt really missed the shine. F-Bomb, Punch Drunk, and Big Bang all had a subtle shine. After I wore them, I’m pleased to report my lips did not dry out, so they delivered on their ability to moisturize while worn. I also did not experience any bleeding while wearing F-Bomb, which is the most likely to bleed as it is a rich red.

This product is easy to sharpen, but you’ll waste doing so (from what I can tell, 1-2 uses), and you won’t particularly enjoy cleaning out your sharpener afterward. It shaves off the actual product, while it sharpens, and because of the creaminess of the formula, it smears easily when you attempt to clean. I tested it twice by removing the entire sharpened portion (so initially, the entire tip, then I sharpened until about 3mm of product was exposed, removed that, repeated).

Aside from the sharpening issue, the new pencils are rather good–as long as you don’t mind the lack of glossy shine. They look more like lipsticks than glosses (except for Crush). It falls short of that particular claim, which is reflected in the product rating, but it is certainly something that may be easily overlooked.

The Glossover

product

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
It's long-wearing, moisturizing, and four of the five deliver mostly opaque color coverage. Depending on how often you expect to use the lip pencil, the amount you lose from sharpening may be concerning.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Giorgio Armani Pulp Fiction (4) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Pulp Fiction (4) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani Pulp Fiction (4) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted gray with a hint of brown and burgundy shimmer. theBalm’s Come Hither was the closest shade I could think of that was similar. It’s less brown, more obviously purple. It’s a complex mix of brown, gray, burgundy. When used wet, it appears browner, less gray, so it looks a touch darker.  The color payoff is good but not fully opaque when dry or wet, and it doesn’t apply quite as evenly as other shades in the range.

The texture of the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows is interesting; it’s a really compacted loose powder, but it’s so finely milled that it almost feels like a hybrid cream-powder. Each pot contains 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a good amount, given that most pressed eyeshadows average around 0.05 oz. I have worn around half of the range alone on lids with 12+ hours of wear without creasing, smudging, or fading.

The Glossover

P
product

#4

B+
I like the complexity of the color, because you can see the different shades coming together and creating something with curves and secrets, but it could be a touch more pigmented and even in application.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, July 11th, 2011


MAC Double Feature Eyeshadow Duos

MAC Colourizations: Double Feature Eyeshadow Duos Swatches, Photos, Reviews, Dupes (Part 2)

MAC Double Feature Eyeshadow Duos ($25.00 for 0.09/0.10 oz.) are pre-filled with nameless eyeshadows. Some of the duos contain 0.09 oz. while others contain 0.10 oz. From the ones I have, Double Feature #5 and #8 contain 0.10 oz., while the others contain 0.09 oz. The four featured in this post are:  Double Feature 5 (pale frosty peach / dark brown with green pearl), Double Feature 6 (light grey taupe / mid-tone bronze), Double Feature 7 (bright fuchsia / cool black), and Double Feature 8 (mid-tone orange / deep navy).  Once I can purchase #7, I will update this post with a review and photos/swatches for it.

Edited @ 7/11:  Added photos, swatches, and review for Double Feature 7.

  • Double Feature 5 is a pale pink-peach with a frost finish / red-toned brown with a green-teal duochrome and a frost finish. Both shades were had good color payoff, and they felt really smooth when applied. The pink-peach shade is a bit like Urban Decay Scratch but lighter, and it is also comparable to Inglot #354 is similar but matte. The brown shade is like a much improved MAC Club or in line with Urban Decay Lounge and MAC Blue Brown pigment.
  • Double Feature 6 is a light-medium gray-taupe with a matte finish / medium coppered-bronze with a veluxe pearl finish. The light taupe was a touch sheer but wasn’t powdery, while the bronzy shade was better in terms of pigmentation and very smooth. The light taupe is like a darker, grayer MAC Brule. I suspect is a much lighter version of Omega. The bronzy shade is similar to Inglot #405 but less intense. It is a lot like MAC Amber Lights, just softened.
  • Double Feature 7 is a brightened fuchsia-purple with fuchsia sheen and a frost finish / muted black with a satin finish. The pink shade is a more intense with a stronger and pinker base than MAC Stars ‘n Rockets (and also Urban Decay Fishnet). It ends up more similar to Romping. The black shade is a soft black, so it’s less intense than MAC Carbon, but it is very dry and almost chalky–it was a pain to work with./li>
  • Double Feature 8 is a medium-dark, rusty orange with a frost finish / cool-toned purple with a satin finish. There was good color payoff for the orange shade, but the purple shade was sheer and very stiff/dry to use. MAC describes it as a “deep navy” but it ends up rather purple on me. The orange is much lighter and more orange than MAC Coppering. It’s most like MAC Red Brick with a shimmery finish. The purple shade seems like it would be similar to MAC Contrast as well as MAC Indian Ink but shimmery (not quite as dark, either).

The only duo that gave me cause for concern was Double Feature 8, because the purple/blue shade was rather hard to work with from both a texture and pigmentation standpoint. It was dry, stiff, and color payoff was low. In Double Feature 6, the light taupe was slightly sheer but that is me being nitpicky–it still had good color payoff.

The Glossover

palette

Double Feature #5

B+
Of this set, Double Feature 5 had the best overall quality--texture was soft, smooth, while color payoff was great. I would skip Double Feature 8 because the purple shade just lacks quality.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →