Friday, May 10th, 2013

L'Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral-orange with a soft, frosted finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff–it had some color but looked softer, muted, and then applied with a damp brush, the color intensified and smoothed out better to deliver more opaque color payoff. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled. MAC Daydreaming is similar but more reflective in finish. Jasmine Arabian Sunset is slightly more orange. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 is more orange. bareMinerals Smash Hit is less shimmery and muted.

L’Oreal Strawberry Blonde Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is an iridescent pale pink. It’s sheer whether applied dry or damp, but it’s almost worst when applied damp because it gets very, very clumpy. It gives my lids a very scaly, crinkled look. I’d actually recommend applying this with fingertips or a sponge-tipped applicator; something where you can really crush the powder. MAC Opalesse is similar but smoother, slightly cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Party is more lavender. Dior Aurora #3 is very similar. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 is also comparable.

L’Oreal With a Twist Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a pink-toned lavender with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff; enough punch to be noticeable but not as intense and rich-looking as when applied damp. It was a little clumpy, though, when dampened, so press firmly against the lid to minimize this transferring onto the lids. Make Up For Ever #54 is purpler, less pink (and a cream product). Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 is lighter. Urban Decay Grifter is slightly pinker. NARS Marie-Galante #1 is similar in color but is sheerer so it’s not quite a dupe. Benefit Fancy Pansy is cooler-toned.

Cherie Merie was the top performer from these three, while Strawberry Blonde was pretty in the pot, it was a pain to use and very unflattering on the lid.  With a Twist fell somewhere between the two as it was easier to apply and use than Strawberry Blonde but not as easy to apply as Cherie Merie.  I wore the three together, and they lasted twelve hours well, but I did see some very slight fading with Cherie Merie and fall out from Strawberry Blonde.

P.S. — These have been a pain to find locally, but I was able to obtain press samples for review–I’ve looked for weeks and haven’t spotted them at any of the drugstores near me.

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Cherie Merie

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Cherie Merie was the top performer from these three. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

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Strawberry Blonde

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Strawberry Blonde was pretty in the pot, it was a pain to use and very unflattering on the lid.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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With a Twist

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With a Twist fell somewhere between the two as it was easier to apply and use than Strawberry Blonde but not as easy to apply as Cherie Merie.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of summery shades that certainly bring to mind the colors of a lagoon as it is filled with blue, green, and teal. It contains five eyeshadows housed within a plastic compact with two dual-end sponge-tip applicators and a full-size mirror inside.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 is a light-medium, pastel sky blue with a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, and because of its pastel nature, it looked almost chalky against my skin tone–when paired with the deeper tones in the palette, it worked better. Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise is darker. Dior Swimming Pool #3 is a touch darker but similar. NYX Cool Blue is darker. MAC Styledriven is extremely similar in color but slightly more satiny. bareMinerals Illusion is lighter.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #2 is a pale, iridescent pastel sea foam green. It’s really rather translucent and sheer; it seemed more like something you’d apply over another shade to add iridescence. Giorgio Armani #10 seemed similar but much more intense/opaque.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #3 is a depened, smoky blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly. theBalm Bossy Bobbi is a touch darker. MAC Bold Babe is very comparable. MAC Parisian Skies is bluer. MAC Pre-packaged is deeper, richer. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #1 is darker. Urban Decay Unhinged is lighter.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #4 is a gold-shimmered, dusty blue with a hint of aqua/green and a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky. L’Oreal Endless Sea is a bit darker but similar. MAC Sky is very comparable. Urban Decay Aquarius is more frosted.

Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 is a pale, pastel yellow-green with a frosted finish. It looks like a mint green in the pan, but swatched and applied, it is much lighter and more like a yellow-green tinted white. It had good pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly. Fyrinnae Jade Ghost and MAC Zestful are both similar but more intense. Lancome Fashion Forward is a bit greener.

You know me, I’m a total glutton for all things teal and tropically-inspired, so when I first saw this quad, I was like, “Oh yeah!” It yielded a much softer look when used than it looked in the pan.  It didn’t look like it was going to be neon brights, but everything was more muted applied.  Two of the eyeshadows (#2 and #5) applied significantly more white-based than they looked in the pan, so they lost some of their differentiation and actual color.

The worst performer was the first eyeshadow (light blue), because it was a little powdery, didn’t apply evenly, and didn’t have great color payoff.  The best performer was #3 (dark blue) in the center, as it had good color payoff and blended out evenly.  I also liked #4 (dusty aqua/teal), but it was a little powdery. Though all of the eyeshadows had soft, silky textures, the palette on the whole was somewhat powdery and missed on the pigmentation.  I had some slight fading after eight hours of wear. For someone who doesn’t like the idea of bright blues, this might be a nice option, but for someone who really wanted the colors as seen in the pan, I think you’ll be disappointed.

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Blue Lagoon (374)

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For someone who doesn't like the idea of bright blues, this might be a nice option, but for someone who really wanted the colors as seen in the pan, I think you'll be disappointed.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013

MAC Heroine Eyeshadow
MAC Heroine Eyeshadow

MAC Heroine Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright cobalt blue [with a matte finish].” It’s a bluish-purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. Cinderella Fairy Godmother is several shades lighter. MAC Blue Orbit is more frosted. MAC Royale is deeper and darker. Urban Decay Blue Bus is pearly and purpler. NARS Self Portrait 1 #2 is somewhat similar in color. bareMinerals On the Rocks is bluer and iridescent. MAC Cobalt is brighter, slightly darker. Inglot #388 is darker.

It had so-so color payoff; it applied fairly evenly, but there was a general sheerness to the color that kept it from looking as rich applied as it did in the pan. The texture was soft, though, and it was easy to blend–and some of MAC’s recent matte eyeshadows have been more problematic in both payoff and texture. This one is somewhat buildable, and a good primer and/or white base both go a long way to improving the pigmentation, as both help the eyeshadow become more intense and to adhere better.  Without a primer, it had a tendency to look noticeably faded after six and a half hours, but over a primer, the wear was mostly intact after eight hours.

When MAC finally launched the eyeshadows on their website, this shade was quick to sell out, but Nordstrom has it on backorder and shipping on 5/4.

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Heroine

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This color is workable, and you have to use the right base, tools, and some patience to get it closer to color you see in the pan. This color often has issues, so it's not a surprise to see some of those problems show up in here, too.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

MAC Devil's Food Lipstick
MAC Devil’s Food Lipstick

MAC Devil’s Food Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “glossy deep plum [with a] frost [finish].” It’s a burgundy-brown with barely-there ruby red micro-shimmer. Maybelline Plum Paradise is redder, brighter. Chanel Baroque is less red, browner. MAC Approaching Storm is darker, less shimmery. MAC Odyssey has a pinker shimmer/iridescence.

It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, and it applies somewhat evenly, but it pulls and settles into lip lines. This one wore that way, too, where the color migrated and gathered into the creases of the lip while it wore. Devil’s Food lasted just over four hours on me, which is about average. It was a bit drying, though, which wasn’t surprising, given the consistency wasn’t as creamy as it could have been and did tug slightly at lips during application.

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Devil's Food

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A lot of what was disappointing about this shade was how much it settled and pulled into lip lines, which just made the color look uneven and patchy.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Urban Decay Glitterrock Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Glitterrock Moondust Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Glitterrock Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic pink with pink 3-D sparkle.” It’s a plummy pink with silver sparkle and a frosted, metallic finish. It’s a bit like a cross between Urban Decay Provocateur and Urban Decay Bordello. MAC Neo Nebula is pinker. Giorgio Armani #7 is a touch warmer.

The consistency was softer and smoother than the last few I’ve reviewed, but the color was less buildable than the best of this range. It is sheer when applied dry, and then it builds to semi-opaque coverage when applied damp but really has to be patted and packed on. Glitterrock had similar fall out issues to the rest of the range, but it wore for eight hours without creasing, fading, or getting patchy.  On the lid, it looked smokier than it did when swatched; as it blends out, the underlying base color seems to darken and gray out. For a comparison to their Stardust eyeshadows, please read this review.

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Glitterrock

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Glitterrock wasn't the worst performer, but it wasn't the best (within the range). You might consider trying Urban Decay's Bordello if you like the color.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Urban Decay Secret Service Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Secret Service Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Secret Service Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft cool brown matte.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-tinged brown with a matte finish. It’s a brown-leaning taupe, but it has a fair amount of brown in it. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #3 is slightly darker. MAC Omega is much lighter. Bobbi Brown Hot Stone is darker. Urban Decay Faint is a few shades lighter.

The texture was a little dry, and the resulting color payoff was good but not excellent; when I applied it to the lid with a fluffy crease brush, I had less trouble getting better color payoff, but it did need a second layer of product to really get true-to-pan color.  I wish it had been just a bit denser/more buttery, because it was also somewhat dusty, so it was prone to fading.  There was some noticeable fading of the color when I wore it, though no creasing, starting at the seven hour mark.  With a really fluffy brush, it works well enough, but it took extra work to blend it out if used with a firmer brush (say for applying to the lid, rather than the crease).

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Secret Service

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I wish it had been just a bit denser/more buttery, because it was also somewhat dusty, so it was prone to fading. The color payoff could have been better and more like the color in the pan.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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