Monday, July 4th, 2011


Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.32 oz.) is new and limited edition for fall and contains eight eyeshadows: Banana (buttery cream), Olive (golden olive), Gold Nugget (yellow gold), Bronze (true bronze), Tiger’s Eye (golden copper), Copper Cocoa (light chocolate brown), Espresso (dark chocolate brown), and Amber (pink bronze).

Here’s a quick breakdown of Bobbi Brown’s finishes: regular eyeshadows have a matte finish, which means no shimmer; sparkle eyeshadows are glittery and have a translucent base to allow it to glide onto the lid; metallic eyeshadows are richly pigmented with a bright sheen; and shimmer wash eyeshadows are sheer and lightly pearlized.

  • Banana is a darkened butter yellow with a matte finish. This has a matte finish. It had nice color payoff and applied smoothly, softly, and didn’t feel powdery.
  • Gold Nugget is a sheer, yellowed gold color base with yellow gold glitter and shimmer. This has a sparkle finish. The color payoff is low here, which makes some sense if it’s supposed to have a “translucent base,” though I’m not entirely certain that these are supposed to be sheer. To me, this didn’t feel like a regular sparkle–it felt smoother. It’s a lot like MAC Goldmine.
  • Olive is a dirty khaki bronze with a metallic sheen. This has a sparkle finish. It’s noticeably more pigmented than Gold Nugget, yet it, too, has a sparkle finish. There is a little sheerness still. It is similar to Make Up For Ever #148 and a little less brown compared to Giorgio Armani #6.
  • Bronze is a red-toned bronze brown with a high-shine, metallic sheen. This has a metallic finish. This shade had nice color payoff. It’s a little less amber compared to Giorgio Armani #5. Inglot #406 is similar but richer. This seems like it would be similar to MAC’s Woodwinked.
  • Tiger’s Eye is an orange-y brown with a frosty finish. This has a metallic finish. It seemed less metallic, more frost to me. It had nice color payoff. Milani Bronze Doll is a lighter version but comparable in overall tone and color.
  • Espresso is a deep black-brown. This has a matte finish. It has really nice color payoff, but it looks a lot darker swatched than in the pan. This shade is part of the permanent range.  It seems comparable to MAC’s Showstopper.
  • Copper Cocoa is a warm, chocolate bronze with a subtle, pearly sheen. This has a shimmer wash finish. If shimmer washes are supposed to be sheer, this is quite off the mark. It’s one of the more pigmented shades in the palette. It’s a little warmer and lighter than Inglot #409.
  • Amber is a semi-sheer, orange-peach with gold and copper shimmer-sparkle. This has a shimmer wash finish. It’s sheer and has bits of sparkle that do leave some fall out when used. Urban Decay Blaze is similar but without the glitter/sparkle.

Unfortunately, the product sample I received to review did not come with a box, and the label on the back of the compact had sample labeling, so I couldn’t get an ingredients’ list or how much product was in it. I called my local Bobbi Brown counter and asked, and they said that the regular eyeshadows (mattes) contain 0.04 oz., sparkle finishes contain 0.02 oz., metallic finishes contain 0.05 oz., and shimmer wash finishes contain 0.05 oz. This palette contains 2x regular, 2x sparkle, 2x metallic, and 2x shimmer wash, which ends up being the equivalent value of: $20 in regular eyeshadows, $7.38 in sparkle eyeshadows, $20 in metallic eyeshadows, and $25 in shimmer wash eyeshadows. All in all, this palette contains $72.38 worth of product.

This is a warmer palette–very bronze indeed–that will suit medium to dark skin tones with yellow undertones best, but I do think it’s suitable for lighter complexions as a few of the shades are softer/sheerer.  There are at least two shades (Gold Nugget and Tiger’s Eye) that I could see turning rather orange on pinker complexions, though.  Fans of bronzes, earth tones, and metallic-like finishes will find this palette right up their alley, but those who prefer softer, subtler finishes may find this one too sparkly.

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Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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This palette is a good mix of finishes at first glance, but the finishes tend to run together and you're left looking for more satin/matte finishes. Not all of the shades are fully opaque when used, and some are designed that way, but whether that's a positive/negative is personal preference.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow
NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow

NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow

NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bitter chocolate infused with gold.” It’s a really rich, intense brown with a subtle yellow undertone that adds some warmth but doesn’t take away from the richness of the overall color. The larger gold sparkle doesn’t quite make it to the lid when applied (sometimes it shows up a bit but more often than not, it doesn’t), but there is a finer gold shimmer that is threaded through so it’s not an entirely matte shade.

Galapagos has a nice formula, too; it’s a well-pigmented eyeshadow that blends easily, despite its intensity. However, it is supposed to have this gold sparkle, which doesn’t translate onto the lids, so I had to take that into account. Galapagos reminds me of Bobbi Brown’s Black Cocoa, which had a redder base.  NARS lists these eyeshadows as long-wearing and crease-resistant, and they wear pretty well alone (no primer!), but I get about seven to eight hours before it shows slight creasing–it lasts all day with a primer.

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.

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NARS Galapagos Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you thought browns were "boring," Galapagos is such an intense brown that it breathes new life to the color. NARS proves you can have your oomph with your browns.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011


MAC Parfait Amour Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Purples

Here are several swatches of MAC eyeshadows from the purple family (mostly permanent shades) that are now part of The Swatch Gallery.

Parfait Amour is a cool-toned, blue-based purple with a frost finish. It’s hard to work with, just because the color payoff is low. Inglot #379 is similar in color but it has a matte finish.
Cobalt is a bright blue-indigo with a matte finish. It was a PRO shade but is no longer available. It is a powdery shade. It’s a lighter version of Atlantic Blue.
Beautiful Iris is a soft lilac with a veluxe pearl finish. Such a lovely inner corner highlight shade!
Digit is an ultra pale lilac with a satin finish. It’s much lighter than Beautiful Iris. Inglot #440 is similar, not quite as light, and it has more of a metallic finish in comparison.
Indian Ink is a dark purple with strong, cool undertones and a matte finish. This is a PRO shade.
Graphology is a blackened bluish-purple with a Matte2 finish. It reads more purple in the pan than it does when swatched. It has been discontinued.
Fig. 1 is a plummy eggplant purple with a Matte2 finish.
Vibrant Grape is a brightened raspberry-tinged plum with a satin finish.
Plum Dressing is a raspberry plum with a veluxe pearl finish.
Hepcat is a raspberry pink with a fuchsia-purple sheen. It has a frost finish. It’s less red-based and cooler-toned in comparison to Plum Dressing.
Seedy Pearl is an iridescent pinky-lilac with a frost finish.
Stars ‘n Rockets is a fuchsia-pink with an iridescent violet sheen. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It is similar to Urban Decay Fishnet, which is more pigmented.

The best shades in this selection of purples are Beautiful Iris, Digit, Fig. 1., Plum Dressing, and Seedy Pearl.  I am a huge fan of Stars ‘n Rockets, but Urban Decay’s Fishnet is a more pigmented version–so it’s a good shade but not the best.   Vibrant Grape is finicky, so it can be difficult to work with, as it is a drier matte.  Parfait Amour is the worst of the purples swatched in this post.  You can check out the progress made on the MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow Swatch Gallery–I think it’s really coming along.  I have a few more palettes to go through of mostly permanent shades, which at this point are browns/neutrals overall.  After that, I’ll move on to re-swatching limited edition shades.

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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches - Purples

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Several of MAC's purples have this gorgeous iridescent sheen--like Beautiful Iris, Digit, and Seedy Pearl--that work well to brighten the eyes.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Richly Revered Cremesheen Glass

MAC Semi-Precious Cremesheen Glass Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Semi-Precious Cremesheen Glass ($18.50 for 0.08 oz.) includes five, limited edition shades: Geo Pink (strawberry pink), Looks Like Sin (mid-tone reddish plum), Natural Flare (light caramel nude), Pure Magnificence (light grey pink), and Richly Revered (deep brown plum).

  • Geo Pink is a semi-opaque, orange-coral with soft, white-pink shimmer. I really don’t get “strawberry pink” with this. It’s much brighter and more orange-based than anything else. I even double-checked, but it’s really this orange on me. It’s like a richer, deeper MAC Fold and Tuck and rather comparable to MAC So Bad.
  • Looks Like Sin is a sheer plum with a glossy sheen. This is a repromoted shade. I couldn’t think of dupes for this shade.
  • Natural Flare is a semi-opaque, medium-dark, peach brown with white shimmer. It’s darker than Burberry Cameo and more pigmented than MAC Utterly Posh. It has a similar, but lighter, color base to MAC Stealing Kisses, less orange than MAC Light That Fire, and less orange/red than MAC Kumquat.
  • Pure Magnificence is a sheer, milky pastel pink with a cool undertone.  I can see why MAC Described this as a “grey pink.” Urban Decay Peroxide is a little bluer-based but similar in overall look. MAC Boy Bait also seems like it would be rather similar to this.
  • Richly Revered is a semi-sheer, dark, vampy plum-red with a glossy shine. It is very similar to NARS Nana.

Cremesheen Glass is a formula that glides onto the lips easily, feels comfortable without being thin or thick, and tends to be on the sheerer side in color.  It’s non-sticky (as compared to Lipglass, which is very thick and sticky), and it typically wears two hours or so on me before wearing away.  They also tend to be creamier colors, rather than packed with shimmer, but that’s not quite the case here, as both Geo Pink and Natural Flare have plenty of shimmer.  I’m not a big fan of the price point/quantity of these–a mere 0.08 oz., whereas lipglass contains 0.17 oz.

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MAC Semi-Precious Cremesheen Glass Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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These definitely seem like fall colors to me, which isn't a bad thing, as this is a fall collection. It was kind of weird to see such shimmered Cremesheen Glasses, too!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Pressed Amber Mineralize Blush

MAC Pressed Amber Mineralize Blush Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Pressed Amber Mineralize Blush ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “melange of nude, beige, and brown” that all comes together as a medium-dark, muted brown.  It’s brown without being overly warm or dark–no chocolate, bronze, or the like here.  It’s more aptly described a brown nude, I would say, because it retains a lot of the natural color found in the skin.  The texture is like Feeling Flush, with a very soft, smooth powder without frost or glitter.  It has a satin-like sheen that looks natural when applied to the skin.  This product could benefit from improved wear, though, as I do find it fades faster than the average blush–I get around six hours of wear (tested this shade yesterday) before it begins its fading decline.

It reminded me of a darker, less orange version of MAC Peachtwist. It doesn’t have the plum notes that MAC Darkly My Dear has. It ends up being closer to MAC Prim & Proper but a little darker, browner. It’s also comparable to Korres #15 Natural Blush without any gold sheen/shimmer. It’s darker and less pink compared to MAC Eversun.

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Pressed Amber

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I know that when I first started getting into makeup, the concept of brown blush was totally lost on me, but it's one of my go-tos for a quick touch of warmth and color without being bronzy or pink. I could see this shade being a sleeper hit.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 24th, 2011


MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush

MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Feeling Flush Mineralize Blush ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “melange of pink, deep blue-pink, and soft brown.” It swirls together and creates a plum-tinged pink with blue undertones and a satin sheen. The mineralize blushes from this collection have a very different texture than past mineralize blushes. These have the texture of the In the Groove mineralize eyeshadow trios–very silky smooth, soft, and really no frost or grittiness.  The overall feel is reminiscent of Chanel’s Joue Contrastes (not quite as silky).  These feel even softer and have less of a sheen the the less frosted side of the In the Groove mineralize blush duos.

Feeling Flush has good color payoff, and it’s very blendable on the cheeks. It’s a shade that will flatter darker skin tones and cooler skin tones best.  I tend to get six hours of good wear with the mineralize blushes before they begin to fade.

It’s a lot less vibrant and fuchsia compared to MAC Her Blooming Cheek, plummier and less fuchsia compared to Full Fuchsia, and pinker than MAC Overdyed. It’s actually more like a mix of Full Fuchsia and Dirty Plum.   It’s a lot less red compared to Amazon Princess, not really similar.  It is comparable to Band of Roses with slightly less sheen, maybe a little bluer.

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Feeling Flush

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I think mineralize blush fans will enjoy the difference in texture, while those who tended to stay away from mineralize blushes because of their often frosty finishes will find these a welcome surprise.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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