Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Fancy Frosting Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Fancy Frosting Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Fancy Frosting Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted white.” It’s a silvery white with a sparkly, frosted finish. MAC Virgin Silver is a touch darker. MAC She’s Got Class is more frosted. shu uemura Smoky Velvet #3 is brighter. MAC Angelic is very similar (no glitter). Chanel Fantasme has more sparkle (less metallic).

MAC’s Paint Pot formula is supposed to be “long-wearing,” “highly-pigmented,” and have “seamless coverage without weight or caking.” Fancy Frosting is more like the glittery Paint Pots that MAC has released more frequently in the past couple of years, and so it is nowhere near as smooth, pigmented, or as long-wearing as the creamier (and typically, less shimmery) shades. This one builds to semi-sheer coverage, but you really have to build layer by layer and give each layer time to dry, or else it will turn caky and bunch up on itself. It’s best used as a sheer wash of sparkle. When I wore it, there was some fall out–a few stray sparkles had managed to get loose, though it wasn’t too noticeable. I didn’t see any creasing or fading over an eight hour period.

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Fancy Frosting is more like the glittery Paint Pots that MAC has released more frequently in the past couple of years, and so it is nowhere near as smooth, pigmented, or as long-wearing as the creamier (and typically, less shimmery) shades.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Urban Decay Moonspoon Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moonspoon Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Moonspoon Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “medium gray with bright silver sparkle.” It is a warm gray base color with brighter silver sparkle. MAC Double Feature 2 #2 is satiny but similar in darkness. Inglot #444 is warmer, no sparkle.

It was rather sheer when applied dry, and it was more pigmented when applied damp but only managed to get to semi-opaque color–it was amplified by a lot of sparkle and shimmer but the base color stayed rather subtle. Moonspoon wasn’t as smooth as the other shades; there was a touch of grittiness to the larger particles of sparkle. It did not apply as smoothly or as evenly, and it was harder to blend it out when I tried using it on the lid. It seemed to stick in places. This shade lasted for eight hours without creasing, but it did seem a bit patchy, and of course, there was fall out during application but continued fall out throughout the day. For a comparison to their Stardust eyeshadows, please read this review.

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I wish this had a softer, smoother texture that applied better. It would be dreamy, too, if there was no fall out, but at least it could be more successful on the other points!

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

5.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Dior Cruise (230) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Cruise (230) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Cruise (230) Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a pale aqua blue with a frosted finish. Cinderella Glass Slipper is bluer. Dior Swimming Pool #4 is similar but bluer. bareMinerals Illusion is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 is more metallic. MAC Sky Blue is darker. Inglot #367 is matte.

The texture is soft and finely-milled, but it is also on the powdery side. My larger issue with it was the weak color payoff–no matter whether it was used wet or dry, because it looked the same both ways–and that it was sheer at all stages. I tried to layer and build up the color to no avail. The formula can be used both dry as well as wet, but I really didn’t notice any difference in finish or intensity when I used it wet. When applied with a damp brush, what I did find was that it stayed on better; I was able to see eight hours without creasing or fading (though it was always sheer). When applied dry, it had disappeared by eight hours. At present, this shade is exclusive to Saks and Dior.com.

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I can't say I would look long and hard for this shade, because it's not nearly as versatile or as pigmented as it should be.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, February 25th, 2013

Benefit Poutrageous Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Poutrageous Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Poutrageous Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink coral.” It’s a brightened, orange coral with a very subtle shimmer. On lips, it adds warmth and shine, but it’s a sheerer gloss so there’s little visible color, even on my less pigmented lips. Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced is similar when worn, though it has more shimmer. Bobbi Brown Citrus is very similar as well.  (Even with these two, both are sheer formulas, but you can see a greater difference in the actual color of my bare lips compared to my lips with the respective gloss on.)

Again, with a gloss this sheer, I think it’s important that it be clear that it is not the “bright pink coral” you see in the tube but a “sheer bright pink coral.” It’s definitely crossing the line between sheer and clear. Even as far as adding warmth goes, it’s rather subtle. Benefit should reconsider the way it describes the coverage of their new gloss range, because I can read it as a mix of sheer/less sheer, but they also make references to “drenching lips in luscious color … [f]rom crystal clear to hot pink.” To that end, I’m expecting sheer to semi-sheer coverage but not near clear with any of the shades except Icebreaker (which is clear). (The press release was actually more vague.)

The consistency is smooth, gel-like, and glides on easily.  It has a fair amount of slip, and it’s a comfortable gloss to wear.  The “color” of this goes on evenly and you can press your lips together and never worry about it creating lines.  It also doesn’t settle into lip lines.  The formula is lightly hydrating, but it wears away within an hour and a half.

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The formula is decent in how it feels on, but it wears away quickly and the color is just too close to clear and very, very sheer--but there's nothing that prepares you for that level of sheerness.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Benefit Lollibop Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Lollibop Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Lollibop Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” Squeezed from the tube, it’s a creamy, medium-dark pink with cool undertones. On lips, it’s a barely-there wash of pink; it brightens my natural lip color while amplifying any pink tones to it, but it doesn’t dramatically alter the color. Urban Decay Flushed is slightly more pigmented and more neutral. Guerlain Cherry Pink is slightly pinker and has sparkle. Chanel Pink Pulsion is cooler-toned, more fuchsia. Dolce & Gabbana Candy is comparable–slightly more milky-looking in appearance.

I think this gloss really pushes the boundaries of “sheer” and still describing it as “hot pink.” Benefit says, “from crystal clear to hot pink,” as if the range offers a variety of color/coverages–and this is just so barely-there. It would be clearer and better for customers to see this described as a “sheer hot pink.” I don’t have pigmented lips naturally, but the effect of this gloss is my-lips-but-better balm. Because the formula is only lightly hydrating, this wouldn’t be my first choice for something with such a subtle effect.

I like the consistency of the Ultra Plush formula, because it is not too thin or too thick and feels like a gel-balm hybrid.  It’s slick, lightweight, and comfortable to wear.  It’s moderately glossy, but the glossiness tends to fade within an hour down to a more natural sheen.  The whole product, though, disappears in record time: two hours at the very most, but it tends to wear between an hour and an hour and a half.

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It's too close to being clear to be aptly described as "hot pink." It definitely looks like it's going to be pinker when you squeeze it out of the tube, but it's very, very subtle. It wears away very quickly (1-2 hours, half the length of wear I usually get with gloss!).

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pearly lavender.” It’s a medium-dark lavender with neutral-cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #4 is slightly pinker and a powder product. MAC Amethyst is pinker and lighter.

It had so-so color payoff, and it wasn’t very buildable; I couldn’t get opaque color coverage, even if I applied a layer, waited thirty seconds, applied another, and so forth. At best, I was able to achieve semi-sheer to semi-opaque color. The bigger problem I had was that this tended to catch on itself and ended up looking patchy and uneven once applied. I tried using fingertips, fluffy brush, sponge applicator, and a firm, flat brush to apply this evenly but didn’t have luck with any of those methods. For the most even results, I recommend applying a very little amount and blending it out with fingertips or a fluffy brush (I like MAC’s 217 for this kind of blending) and used as a wash of color. As an eyeliner, this did better, but it smudged out a bit while setting.

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This particular shade of lavender is one I couldn't think of a lot of dupes for (and nothing was that close), so it's disappointing that the formula didn't apply better.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3/5

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