Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow

For spring, Sephora added four new Mirror finish eyeshadows to their already-massive Colorful Eyeshadow range. These are very… un-spring-like in a way, as three of the shades are darker and smokier than the pastels we typically see during the season, so it’s a refreshing set of shades. Looking at the other shades that existed previously, they’re good choices to help round out the colors with this finish. The Mirror finish is supposed to be highly pigmented with “the highest possible shine.” Sephora’s Colorful eyeshadow formula boasts a 10-hour wear time with “an ultrasmooth, blendable texture.”

Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a gold-leaning pewter with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was almost cream-like and applied smoothly overall. It wore well for almost nine hours and had almost no fall out over time. bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is less metallic. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is lighter, less golden. MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is less sparkly. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is a cream. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Planet Earth (99) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with green and gold micro-sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had more of a neutral undertone–not quite cool, not quite warm. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me with very minor fall out. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Across the Universe (100) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a smoky, navy blue with lighter, brighter blue sparkle and shimmer and a pearly sheen. They can’t all be winners, and this one was a miss–the texture was drier, stiffer, and the resulting color payoff was semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It seemed to fade faster than the other shades as I could see some fading and some fall out after seven hours. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is more muted. Sugarpill Magpie (P, $12.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Star-Crossed Lovers (103) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and larger pink micro-glitter and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, but it seemed to have chunkier glitter than the other three, so I had some noticeable fall out by the eighth hour, though the color itself seemed to do well for nine hours. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is less sparkly, darker. MAC Da Bling (P, $15.00) is less sparkly, more muted. Make Up For Ever #24E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

Sleek MakeUP Garden of Eden i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek MakeUP Garden of Eden i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek MakeUP Garden of Eden Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) is an earth-toned palette that features six warmer, more neutral shades, and then six cooler-toned, more green-hued options, for a total of twelve eyeshadows. Sleek’s formula for their frosts is very soft, smooth, and they almost feel like a cream product. The frostier shades tended to have good color payoff, and they were easy to work with. The more matte the base, the more problematic they seemed with some being decent and a couple having very sheer color payoff and stiffer, drier textures.  On average, the eyeshadows wore for eight and a half hours before fading, except in the case of some of those more stubborn mattes, then it was closer to eight hours.  The color combination is interesting, and there are many things to like about the palette, but there are some stiffer, sheerer colors in this palette that are disappointing.

Normally, I buy Sleek MakeUP through a seller via Amazon, but it looks like the palette is out of stock/unavailable currently (I know it was up a couple of days ago, so hopefully it’ll be back soon). You can purchase through Sleek directly, even if you do not live in the UK. The palette itself permanent, but if you want the palette with the special packaging, the specially-packaged version is limited edition.

Gates of Eden is a medium, slightly muted, coppery orange with a golden, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is more metallic. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is browner. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is more metallic, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is lighter, more golden. LORAC Gold (P) is slightly warmer/darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is more metallic, lighter. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Eve’s Kiss is a soft, muted, pinky mauve with a frosted finish and subtle warm undertone. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth to work with. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is pinker. Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $5.99) is warmer. theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Bordello (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Paradise on Earth is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe-brown with a metallic finish. The texture is soft, smooth, and almost creamy–and it is very, very pigmented. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is warmer and a cream product. Chanel Ebloui (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is grayer. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Python is a medium-dark, reddish-orange-toned brown with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was a little drier and stiffer to work with than the other frosted finishes in the palette. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is less metallic. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Forbidden is a cool-toned, gray-tinged, medium-dark plum with a satin-matte finish. It had a soft texture, and the resulting pigmentation was fairly good–it was also buildable to fully opaque color in two to three layers. MAC Bruised Sky (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Benefit Rain Check (P, $20.00) is slightlyh purpler. Inglot #358 (P, $6.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Flora is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with as satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and easy to blend on the skin. MAC Dark Brew (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Sable (P) is darker. MAC Brown Script (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Entwined is a medium, subtly yellow-toned brown with an almost neutral-to-cool undertone overall. The texture was very stiff, and it was difficult to get color to dislodge from the surface; felt like I really had to jab my brush against the surface to get at the powder. It also faded faster than other shades. Tarina Tarantino Hollyhock (LE) is more satiny. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is darker. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is similar. bareMinerals Namaste (P) is darker. Bobbi Brown Stone (LE, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Adam’s Apple is a light-medium, yellow-toned chartreuse green with a matte finish. As a huge fan of all things chartreuse, the powderiness of this shade just hurt it so badly–it has trouble adhering to the skin, so it doesn’t build up color well as it just sheers away as soon as you try to blend it. It also noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Aveda Lemongrass (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #5 (LE) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Juxt (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker. Inglot #364 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Fig is a light-medium, golden green with a metallic finish. It’s yellower and much more shimmery/reflective compared to Adam’s Apple. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft but a little stiff. Aveda Lemongrass (LE, $14.00) MAC Juxt (P, $15.00) Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is less metallic. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is greener. Dior Peacock (434) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Evergreen is a light-medium, subtly yellow-toned green with a frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation–it could have been more opaque–but the texture was soft. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99) is less metallic, darker. Fyrinnae Dragon’s Wing (P, $6.80) is brighter. MAC Guacamole (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Fauna is a medium-dark, muted forest green with subtle warm undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it was buildable to fully opaque color. It had a soft, smooth texture but was slightly dry. Ulta Sage (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer. Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.80) is slightly darker. Too Faced Evergreen (LE, $16.00) is less frosted. Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned, darker. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches.

Tree of Life is a brightened, medium-dark green with a mostly matte finish and an almost neutral undertone. If you blend it out, you can see a slight yellow undertone but when it is more opaque, it looks almost cool-toned. The texture was somewhat stiff to work with, though it was buildable and with a little work, can be intensely pigmented. MAC Bottle Green (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Hajar Karim (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #53 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned, less green. Inglot #333 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

ULTA Gold Brilliant Color Eyeshadow
ULTA Gold Brilliant Color Eyeshadow

Today, I have the last four shades from ULTA’s Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) range! (If you missed part one and two, check them out here and here.) To recap–generally–the formula wears about eight hours, is nicely pigmented, and has a soft, smooth texture. It feels like a pressed eyeshadow, for the most part, but it is soft to the point where it almost loosens. If you’re familiar with L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow, Lancome Infinite Color Design Eyeshadow, or Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, this formula will be recognizable.

Gold Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with strong, warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry, but it was more opaque and smoother when applied with a dampened brush. It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to crease. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is more orange. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is very similar. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is darker. bareMinerals Gold Nugget (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Sage Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned green with a soft, frosted sheen. It had so-so pigmentation when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied damp, but it was one of the weaker shades in terms of pigmentation in the range. It lasted for almost eight hours before it started to crease. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is lighter. theBalm Runaround Rebecca (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Silver Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, cool-toned silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It was sheer when applied dry, and when applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-opaque. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours before it seemed to fade. It’s a very commonly seen shade, so there are plenty of similar shades: see comparison swatches.

Teal Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is is a muted, medium-dark blue with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it intensified to mostly opaque color coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The color wore well for almost eight hours before showing signs of fading.L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is very, very similar. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) has a duochrome. Disney by Sephora Friend Like Me (LE) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Divine Blue (LE, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Dimensional Blue (LE, $19.50) is lighter. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Shimmer (7) Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Shimmer (7) Lip Color

These are the last three shades of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Colors ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) that I have to review. (See part one here.) The formula is supposed to be a “soft, buttery feel” and be hydrating. The press release also mentioned that it would leave a “thin veil of light-reflecting color that lasts for hours without feathering or drying.” These definitely have more than a mere “thin veil” of color–they’re closer to semi-opaque. Pink Gold Shimmer was the sheerest, but it wasn’t that sheer. The sparkle is fine, lovely and dazzling when it catches the light, and multi-dimensional. These have a slick, emollient texture that enables them to glide on easily but they tend to wear away a bit faster than the average lipstick, though they are lightly moisturizing. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Pink Gold Shimmer (7) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pale peachy pink.” It’s a pink-tinged peach with gold shimmer, but applied, it looks like a light-medium warm-toned pink with gold shimmer. The color coverage was semi-sheer. It wore well for two and a half hours. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is also lighter, less shimmery. NARS Mitzi (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Rose Desir (LE, $49.50) is pinker. Chanel Gardenia (P, $34.00) is less glossy, darker. See comparison swatches.

Calypso Shimmer (10) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright peach coral.” It’s a medium, slightly muted, orange with gold shimmer. This shade applied with semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency where the natural lip color will come through. The texture of this one was on the thicker side, and as a result, you could see “lines” appear if you pressed your lips together. It wore well for three hours. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Chanel Etonnante (131) (P, $34.00) is darker, redder. Chanel Mystique (57) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is less glossy, pinker. Chanel Pimpante (P, $34.00) Burberry Heather Rose (P, $30.00) is darker. Benefit Saucy (P, $18.00) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches.

Ballerina Shimmer (12) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink.” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with gold shimmer. It was semi-opaque color coverage, so some of the natural lip color came through (so it will alter the way it looks, if you have more natural pigmentation in your lips). It wore well for three and a half hours. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

ULTA Pink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow
ULTA Pink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow

Today, I have three more shades from ULTA’s Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) range! (If you missed part one, check it out here.) To recap–generally–the formula wears about eight hours, is nicely pigmented, and has a soft, smooth texture. It feels like a pressed eyeshadow, for the most part, but it is soft to the point where it almost loosens. If you’re familiar with L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow, Lancome Infinite Color Design Eyeshadow, or Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, this formula will be recognizable.

Pink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, and then it was fully opaque when applied damp. It could be layered for fully opaque color dry, though. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is very similar. L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) (P, $7.99) is not as warm-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is more glittery. Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay SWF (P, $18.00) is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Purple Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, lightly cool-toned purple with a frosted finish. It had the same color payoff whether applied wet or dry–mostly opaque but not fully. It had a soft, smooth consistency, and it was buildable. The color lasted for eight hours on me before starting to crease. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #1 (P) is less frosted. MAC Pinkluxe #4 (P) is warmer. MAC Plush (DC, $21.00) is warmer, less frosted. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is darker, less frosted, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Gravity (LE, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is slightly darker,cooler-toned but very similar. See comparison swatches.

Night Sky Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark black with silver sparkle and shimmer over a satin base. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, and then it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture of this was a little drier, so blending it takes some time and is not as easy as other shades. The effect can be pretty intense when applied wet, and surprisingly, the fall out was very minimal during the eight hours it lasted. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #5 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Pure Glam (LE, $16.00) and Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) are less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Lava (LE) is similar. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is a cream product. Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is also a cream-product. bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte hot fuchsia.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with a satin finish. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is slightly brighter. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I bought this shade despite my lackluster experience with three of the other shades in the range. The problem isn’t applying it, not the color itself, or even the pigmentation; it’s the wear, and the way it wears away and leaves a ring of color along the outer edge of lips while settling into lip lines. I don’t have to do anything but sit at my desk, typing away, and it gravitates into every crevice on my lips. The texture is velvety and glides on without tugging or dragging, and it doesn’t feel like a matte lipstick at all. It’s a formula that will be less forgiving on drier lips, as it catches and emphasizes those types of imperfections. The finish is more semi-matte (Marc Jacobs Beauty says it is “demi-matte”), as there is still a sheen to the color for at least an hour into wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which was probably its best attribute. It wears five hours on me, but it wears quite unevenly over time. It was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste.

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