Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Monochrome Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is called the “rose ” palette for its mix of pinks. It’s a sheerer set of shades that, while very soft and finely-milled, were powdery, prone to blending away into nothingness. Three of the shades are matte, while one is a low-level sheen satin and another is a frost. I think they should have skipped the frost here, as it didn’t play nicely with the others due to having a slightly thicker, dense texture so it looked more textured and thicker on the lid as a result.

Monochrome #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly silky, but it was rather powdery to work with and quite sheer. It was noticeably faded after six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #2 is described as a “rose nude.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and didn’t adhere well to bare skin, and applied damp, it was more pigmented and applied more easily to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #3 is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a matte finish. It was sheer with a soft, powdery finish that didn’t want to stick to bare skin. On me, it was noticeably faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #4 is described as a “light mauve.” It’s a dirty, medium-dark mauve with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very sheer, dusty, and didn’t want to stay on bare skin at all. This was also a shade that seemed to look patchy and uneven applied. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monochrome #5 is described as a “dark chocolate.” It’s a deepened brown with warm,r eddish undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was actually quite good, but the dusty texture made it harder to work with. It just didn’t blend as easily as most eyeshadows, so it took more work to get it to look even and diffused on bare skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadows
Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadows

Sephora Colorful Duo Reflects Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) popped up online a week or so ago, and three shades are already out of stock (count me surprised!). I’m not sure if they’ll be restocking these, but hopefully they will for those of you who had this on your radar! They’re interesting in concept, but I wouldn’t consider the majority of them duochromes at all (only one had a subtle duochrome). They’re more frosted to metallic in finish with some shades having noticeable sparkle (both in the finish as well as some fall out). I swatched them both dry (left) and damp (right), but they don’t need to be used damp at all, and I didn’t think it really transformed the color much more than intensifying and smoothing out the finish slightly.

Sephora Hidden Treasures (114) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, golden shimmer and sparkle and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and the texture was denser but a little dry in feel. I felt like the formula with these wasn’t as smooth as the regular Colorful range. The eyeshadow wore well for nine hours but had some sparkle fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Mermaid Tail (112) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a purpled brown with a blue metallic sheen. This had the strongest duochrome out of the six, where it shifted from bluish-brown to brown. The texture was soft but a little dry, though blendable and applied without a lot of work. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours with very minor fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Seahorse (115) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, eggplant purple with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling finish. The consistency was dry and less easily blended on the skin as a result, as the edges tended to reflect the drier texture. It had decent pigmentation dry, but it was easier to work with when I used a damp brush, as it was more pigmented and the dryness had less of an impact. On me, the color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear, and there was some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Siren’s Charm (111) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, burgundy brown with gold and mauve sparkle. The texture was soft but dry, and it tended to kick up an excessive amount of powder when used it. The pigmentation was good whether applied dry or damp, but it was prone to sheering out when used dry on the lid. There was significant fall out throughout the time I wore it, and it only lasted for six and a half hours before fading noticeably. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened silver with a metallic finish. Again, there was a dryness present in the texture that made it harder to use as it was a little powdery and not as readily blended along the edges. It had good color payoff, but damp application helped to minimize some of the issues I had with the texture. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Stormy Seas (113) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It had a soft, lightly powdery texture that felt somewhat dry but was still blendable on the skin. It had good pigmentation both dry and damp, but it was smoother and adhered better to the skin when applied damp. It lasted for eight hours on me, and as it wasn’t as sparkly, it had minor fall out towards the end of the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Dior
Dior Peach Splendor Blush

Dior Peach Splendor Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a light, peachy-pink with a semi-matte finish. There are fine bits of sparkle strewn through the powder, but it appears primarily satin to matte on the skin. LORAC Unimaginable (LE) is pinker, darker, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. MAC New Romance (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. MAC Perfect Topping (2014) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker, darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Sugarbomb (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush feels soft to the touch and seems finely-milled, but there’s a dryness present that gives it a more powdery, visible look on the skin. If you have oilier skin, it may not be noticeable once applied, but drier skin types will definitely see the powder sit on the skin. It is barely visible on my skin tone (just lighter than a true medium) other than giving it a very subtle sheen (I can see the powdery finish in person better, though), so if you have a similar skin tone or are darker, I would highly recommend trying it in person. For fairer skin types, it would easily work as a foolproof, everyday kind of color. It had semi-sheer color payoff at most but tended to sheer out due to the drier texture–not the “maximum expression of pigments” or “Vibrant Color Powder Blush” (official product name) described. On my skin, which is normal-to-dry, it lasted for six and a half hours.

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

MAC Barbecue Lipglass
MAC Barbecue Lipglass

MAC Barbecue Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid orange red.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that settled slightly into lip lines but goes on fairly evenly. It wore well for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Opera Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark red.” It’s a deepened, blue-based red with a glossy shine. I swear there is a very, very fine shimmer that’s barely-there. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–there was some translucency so the natural lip color comes through–that goes on evenly. This shade lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oxblood Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light peachy nude.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that did settle into lip lines, unfortunately. It either looks streaky and uneven applied with less product, or else it will settle (pick your poison!). This shade wore well for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sin Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blood red.” It’s a deepened, muted red with subtle, warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on really unevenly with both streakiness and a lot of color settling into lip lines. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and feathered. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a sheer, pink-tinted gloss with fine white shimmer. It’s very, very sheer and adds mostly shimmer. It goes on fairly evenly and wears for two hours on me. I really am surprised Maybelline didn’t make it a point to offer these up as a sheerer counterpoint to their regular Color Elixir range, because these have little in common with the original range. They have a fairly strong perfume/soap-like taste and a sweeter, more creme brulee-like scent. NARS Istria (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is similar. Revlon Orchid (P, $7.49) is darker, pinker. MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, $20.00) is milkier. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Bait (LE, $15.00) is milkier. MAC Fashion Scoop (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Enthralling Nude (500) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a peach-tinted base with lighter peach shimmer. It is quite sheer (nowhere near the color payoff that’s described), though it goes on smoothly and has a pretty sparkle to it. It lasts two and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is pinker. bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00) is pinker. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is pinker. MAC Jasmine Honey (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Hourglass Verse (P, $28.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Leap Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Leap Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Leap Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “shimmery lavender.” Here’s the last duo in the collection that I have, and it is one of the least impressive due to the second shade being a really sparkly, sheer, fall-out prone mess to apply to the lid. I would highly recommend using a slightly tacky, white base to improve the consistency, wear, and payoff.

Leap #1 is a pinky mauve with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had sheer pigmentation applied dry, which was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was fairly smooth, and the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading. NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $24.00) is warmer, darker. Sleek MakeUP Eve’s Kiss (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC A Party of Pastels #4 (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Leap #2 is a glittery purple over a blackened burgundy base, but it is primarily made up of glitter. It had a rougher, sparkly consistency that felt dry and was difficult to apply to the skin, as so little of it wanted to adhere. What little I managed to get onto the eyelid, didn’t stick around for longer than six hours. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Plumluxe #3 (P) is cooler-toned, brighter. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is brighter. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Pearled Earth (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Rapture (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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