Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette
Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette

Let the Moonlight Bathe You in Beige

Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige Palette ($88.00 for 0.41 oz.) consists of a highlighter, two eyeshadows, and lip wax housed in a glossy black compact with a mirror and two sponge-tipped applicators. Giorgio Armani describes the shades as, “Beige shimmer powder joins taupe eyeshadows that intensify gradually, along with Beige lip wax for sheer, natural elegance.”

The highlighter is a pale white-beige with a silver-ish sparkle. There is definitely an overlay of silver glitter that dusts away within the first use (and likely, for the better, since the glitter particles are large). I removed this overlay before I swatched and applied the product. It has a shimmer-sheen finish where a little bit of shimmer is detectable, but it creates mostly a glow-y sheen on the skin. The texture was soft and finely-milled, so it blended easily and sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores or the natural texture. NARS Albatross has more of a golden sheen. MAC Lightscapade is similar but has a stronger sheen. MAC Truth & Light is a touch warmer. MAC Too Chic is frostier.

The first eyeshadow is a soft taupe that leans gray. It has a satin-like finish, and the color payoff is good. Chane Variation is grayer, darker. NARS Vent Glace is warmer, browner. bareMinerals Suspense is darker, grayer. Estee Lauder Tempting Mocha is darker.

The second eyeshadow is a subdued medium-dark brown with just a hint of gray. It has a mostly matte finish with a touch of satiny sheen. The color payoff seemed so-so, but on the lid, it was better–good overall. MAC Omega is lighter. Chanel Premier Regard is a smidgen darker and grayer. MAC Camo is lighter.

The lip wax is sheer, as described; it is a warm peach-beige with a soft, frosted sheen. When applied, it really just lightened my natural lip color and added a soft, frosted sheen. As far as dupes go, any sheer beige lipstick will get you close, assuming you have a natural lip color similar to mine. It had more color than MAC Tropical Mist. RevlonC reme Brulee is comparable in color, though it is a bit more pigmented.  I didn’t love the formula of this, as it is very unforgiving on the lips, since the texture is on the drier side.

The eyeshadows wore for eight hours without fading or creasing (without a primer).  They were incredibly easy to apply and blended out beautifully.  The highlighter lasted for eight hours with minor fading along the edges.  The lip wax lasted two hours on me from what I could tell–something as sheer as this harder to determine!

Overall, I like the palette, but I’m not in love.  The price point is heart-wrenching, and so I need to be in love with the entire palette to get excited about it.  The eyeshadows performed better when I was applying them, and as they’re finely-milled and very, very soft, they can become sheer if blended out enough (which is what happened when I swatched them).  The whole look this palette creates is soft and natural; very work-friendly and nearly foolproof to create.

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Moonlight Beige

B+
The whole look this palette creates is soft and natural; very work-friendly and nearly foolproof to create.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, November 9th, 2012

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow
Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel Abstraction Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “peach rose.” It looks very coral-pink in the pot, slightly pinker when swatched, but on my lid, it looked closer to the color you see in the pot–more coral-pink than anything else. Certainly warm-toned with coppery-gold and pink sparkle. MAC Love Spice is less pink. Urban Decay Free Love is much more coral and vibrant. MAC Quartz Fusion is redder.

It isn’t yet out, but it is part of the soon-to-be-released Les Expressions de Chanel collection.  When applied dry, it has sheerer payoff, such that it is a smattering sparkles and less metallic.  When applied damp, it has better pigmentation, though not quite opaque.  The color is buildable and after two or three layers, you’ll find mostly opaque coverage.   It’s not as smooth as the best Illusion d’Ombres, but it’s definitely not chunky or gritty or glittery.  It’s more shimmery, almost sparkly.  I wore it alone all over the lid, and it lasted for twelve hours without creasing or fading.  There was minimal, but noticeable, fall out–the kind that you notice but won’t look like a disco ball from across the room.

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Abstraction

B+
Fans of Illusion d'Ombre and sparkly eyeshadows in general will like the finish. If you have a lot of natural redness in your eyes, you might find this emphasizes it.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow

A Sparkling Wash of Taupe for Lids

Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “grey beige sparkle.” It’s a light-medium taupe brown with bits of silver, brown, and reddish-brown sparkle. I don’t know of anything quite as sparkly, but there are some shades that are similar in color (just not in finish). MAC Romance Me is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir is a bit darker. MAC Superwatt is browner. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is grayer. Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose is very similar in color.

I love the idea and concept of glittery, sparkling eyeshadows, but they don’t always translate well on the lid.  One of the biggest problems is the fall out that occurs while you wear it, so by the end of the day, half of it (and sometimes all of it!) is beneath your eye instead of on it. Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle formula is hit or miss for me, but Cement worked well (as far as this type of finish goes).  It wore for eight hours without creasing, but more importantly, the fall out was minimal.  There were a few stray, fallen sparkles, but not enough where it would be noticeable to the casual onlooker.

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Bobbi Brown Cement Sparkle Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Bobbi Brown's Sparkle formula is hit or miss for me, but Cement worked well (as far as this type of finish goes). It wore for eight hours without creasing, but more importantly, the fall out was minimal.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Cinderella Midnight Hour Eyeshadow Palette
Cinderella Midnight Hour Eyeshadow Palette

What Will You Be Wearing at the Midnight Hour?

Cinderella Midnight Hour Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 0.196 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows and is part of a limited edition collaboration collection between Sephora and Disney. The shades are described as “pearl shimmer,” “champagne nude,” “grey pearl,” and “charcoal shimmer glitter.”

The first shade is a bright white with a very subtle gray tinge. It has a high-frost finish that’s almost metallic. The texture was soft, buttery, and yielded good color payoff. Maybelline Too Cool is very similar. theBalm Sassy is also close. MAC Forgery is a bit grayer. Inglot #453 is more metallic.

The second shade is a darkened beige-peach with a champagne sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft. Chanel Complice is a touch lighter. theBalm Stubborn is pinker. Chanel Emerveille is similar. MAC Darling Coquette is a touch darker. Urban Decay Sellout is lighter.

The third shade is a medium gray with a silver sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was drier than the other shades, so it was stiffer in texture. Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away is a soft frost. Guerlain Les Gris is cooler-toned. MAC Evening Grey is darker.

The last shade is a dark gray that turns rather brown when I swatched it. It was dry, a bit stiff, and had the least color payoff of the four–a little sheer and uneven. MAC Moody is darker. Urban Decay Black Market is much darker.

I like the palette, and certainly, it performed better than I anticipated (but I was, admittedly, rather cynical when I approached this collection), but it didn’t knock it out of the park like the larger eyeshadow palette did.  This set of shades is interesting, and I will say that the warmer beige/peach shade is an odd choice.  I didn’t feel like it complemented the other three cooler-toned shades.  Perhaps it could have used a silvery-blue or really inky black.  When I wore the shades, they lasted almost eight hours over a primer, and without a primer, there was noticeable fading after eight hours.

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Midnight Hour

B+

Three of the four shades were good, while one was a bit of a miss. The wear of these wasn't perfect, which was where they were the weakest.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette

Bon Bons That Won’t Go to Your Hips

Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00) includes Shadow Insurance Candlelight Eyeshadow Primer (0.17 oz.), full-sized Lashgasm Mascara (0.40 oz.), and twelve eyeshadows: Vanilla (matte bone), Cut the Cake (heathered mist), Framboise (no description), Coffee Bean (matte coffee), Peach Fuzz (peachy gold), Hot Cocoa (chocolate), Candy Rose (pink sparkle), Lovey Dovey (sable brown), Nude Beach (nude peach), Cinnamon Sugar (no description), Marzipan (no description), and Licorice Latte (black with bronze sparkle). Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz. for a total of 0.36 oz. of eyeshadow.

Vanilla is a pale ivory with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that wasn’t powdery. MAC Laundry Daze has more shimmer. Bobbi Brown Ivory is similar. Inglot #351 is a bit cooler-toned.

Cut the Cake is a soft lavender with a hint of cool undertones. The pigmentation was nice, and the texture was smooth and blendable. MAC Creative Whim is pinker and darker. OCC Datura is more iridescent. MAC Dynamic Duo 2 is similar. theBalm Curtain Call is pinker.

Framboise is a dark, smoky plum with a shimmery sheen and finish. It had so-so color payoff–it could have used more pigment. Urban Decay Rapture has more red in it. Urban Decay Rockstar is darker, mroe intense. MAC Joy & Laughter is more subdued. MAC Hypnotizing is lighter. MAC Winterized is close but less sparkly.

Coffee Bean is a cool-toned gray-brown (but I wouldn’t call it taupe). The more you blend it, the browner it becomes. It had good color payoff, though it was a bit stiff in texture. MAC Bad Lieutenant is similar in color. Urban Decay Back Door is very similar. MAC Dance in the Dark is a little more red-brown.

Peach Fuzz is a pink-tinged peach with golden sparkle. The golden sparkle doesn’t bind well with the pink base color, so it tends to blend away as fall out on the eye. It had good pigmentation but was slightly powdery. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is more beige and has no sparkle. Buxom Cocker Spaniel is lighter.

Hot Cocoa is a medium brown with a champagne sheen and golden orange tones. The pigmentation was nice, and the texture was easy to work with. MAC Magical Mist is a bit less red-toned. NARS Flowers 3 is warmer and has less of a sheen. Urban Decay YDK is richer.

Candy Rose is a light-medium pink with yellow undertones and a matte finish. It has silver sparkle that you can see in the pan, but it dusts away very quickly and doesn’t bind with the color itself. This shade had nice color payoff and a soft, just barely powdery, texture.

Lovey Dovey is a medium-dark bronze brown with orange undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. MAC Mulch is very similar. MAC Electric Coil is more coppered. Dior Aurora is more subdued. Buxom Golden Retriever is similar.

Nude Beach is a golden beige with gold micro-glitter. This shade was sheer, and it was the sheerest of the twelve. I did have problems with fall out from the micro-glitter both during application and while I wore it. Cinderella Charming is similar without the glitter. Dior Couture Gold is slightly paler.

Cinnamon Sugar is a golden, light-medium bronze-brown with a metallic finish. The color payoff was nice, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. Urban Decay Chase is darker, richer. Buxom Mutt is browner, less golden. Urban Decay Suspect is a smidgen darker.

Marzipan is a light-medium orange-brown with a mostly matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and it was a little stiff to work with, but it was still blendable. Inglot #337 is darker. MAC Moleskin is darker and browner. Chanel Beige Lame is less orange, browner, and has shimmer/sparkle.

Licorice Latte is a blackened brown with bronze sparkle. It had good color payoff, and while it was a dry kind of matte, it was still soft and blendable. Cinderella Cinders is warmer. Dior Night Golds is browner, less black. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy is warmer, redder-toned. Bobbi Brown Black Gold has more sparkle. MAC Legendary Black is similar.

Overall, Bon Bons is a solid eyeshadow palette, and at $42, it’s more than worth a peek.  It’s a mostly neutral palette with a few purples/pinks thrown in.  I like that they have a variety of finishes from matte to satins to frosts.  The only shade I didn’t care for was Nude Beach, because it was sheer and had fall out throughout the day. The mascara lengthened well without clumping and did not flake on me–if you need any thickening and volumizing, this isn’t the right mascara. Some of the more matte shades leaned on the powdery side, but none of the shades were really powdery to a point where it was detrimental to application.  When I tested out the wear of the eyeshadows, they wore eight hours without fading or creasing over the Candlelight base, and without any base, there was some minor but noticeable fading after eight hours.

The palette is an excellent value, even for the eyeshadows alone, but you also get an eyeshadow primer and full-sized mascara to complete the look.  I like that both of those things fit inside the palette, since they’re of substantial enough size that they’ll last longer than few uses.  You could always put in a gloss or eyeliner in those slots, too, as time went on.

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Cement

B+

This is a good palette option for someone who enjoys warm-toned neutrals! There are a few pops of color but nothing too bold or bright, so there are ways to switch it up that won't be intimidating.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

MAC Tenderly Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments Set
MAC Tenderly Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments Set

Cozy Up with Tenderly Warm

MAC Tenderly Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments Set ($32.50 for 0.40 oz.) consists of four shades: Darling Coquette (soft beige frost), Silk Stocking (beige), Rose Light (rose with copper sparkle), and Ever Elegant (copper frost).

Darling Coquette is a soft, darkened beige with a frosted, metallic finish. When applied dry, it has decent pigmentation, and when applied damp, it binds together better and has more payoff. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical is warmer. Urban Decay Juju is a touch darker. Urban Decay Sellout is lighter. MAC Love Connection is slightly rosy. Urban Decay Sin is pinker.

Silk Stocking is a toned-down golden beige with a metallic sheen. This shade is fairly chunky and very metallic. It had so-so payoff when used dry and much better pigmentation when used damp. MAC Retrospeck is a touch darker. Chanel Apprence is similar. Dior Fairy Golds is comparable. Urban Decay Echo Beach is darker.

Rose Light is a light-medium rosy pink with a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was good both dry and wet without much change between the two–the metallic finish is more apparent when it is used damp. This shade was promoted previously in February. Urban Decay Bordello is darker, more mauve-hued. MAC Love Power is similar. MAC Da Bling is darker.

Ever Elegant is a rich coppery brown with a soft, metallic sheen. This is the least shimmery/metallic shade of the four. It is also very pigmented both dry and wet–it’s a little deeper when applied damp. Estee Lauder Violet Underground is a bit more red-toned. Tom Ford Illicit is a bit darker and is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #14 is darker. MAC Antiqued is a touch less red. theBalm Racy Kacy is similar.

This was the best set of the three, because there was better pigmentation across the board, and none of the shades had fall out problems.  When I used the four together, it still made my lids look very wrinkled/crepe-y, though.  Ever Elegant looked the best applied, as it wasn’t too frosted/metallic and lacked the really chunky texture that worsens the effect.  All four shades wore for eight hours without fading or creasing (without a primer/base).

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MAC Tenderly Warm Crushed Metallic Pigments Set Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Using these can be tricky and getting them to smooth out and look flattering on the lids is another challenge. The chunky, almost gritty textures, really don't help this product shine.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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