Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Maybelline Painted Purple Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Maybelline Painted Purple Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows (Part 1)

Maybelline Painted Purple Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a violet purple with a subtly shimmered finish. It’s cooler-toned compared to MAC Violet. It’s warmer than MAC Parfait AmourInglot #379 is cooler-toned. Inglot #439 is more red-toned.

The reason it’s so special to earn a separate post is actually because it’s significantly under-performing compared to the other nine shades in the range.  I didn’t want this one shade to drag down such a good product (long-time readers may remember that I prefer to review shades individually because of small differences that impact the overall rating).  It suffers primarily from poor color payoff; it’s sheer and applies unevenly as a result.  It has a drier, less creamy, texture compared to the other shades as well (which likely contributes to the uneven application).

What product is visible after the initial application is still intact after twelve hours (which is how long I tested this particular shade).  There was no creasing or smudging, and it looked as faded as it did when I first applied it–that lack of pigmentation gives it this faded, washed out look.  The unevenness of the color makes for a patchy base, and the drier texture made blending and applying product on top more difficult. It still maintains the overall wear of the range, but it lacks in the pigmentation department.

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Painted Purple

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This is definitely the odd one out of the bunch; it doesn't have the same vibrancy or intensity in color payoff as the other shades do. This is often a problem with purple hued products, so it's not unexpected, but it's still a disappointment.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Monday, December 26th, 2011

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow
NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, pastel-like yellow with a frosted sheen. It has decent color payoff, but it’s not as dense as some other NYX eyeshadows. It also felt powderier and was less true-to-pan in terms of color; it looks much lighter, which could be a result of the higher pearl/frost content. Make Up For Ever #102 is a bit more pastel and has a matte finish. MAC Gorgeous Gold is a little yellower and has more iridescence.

While the texture was undeniably soft, it had a definite powdery feel that wasn’t easy to mitigate, even knowing that NYX’s eyeshadows are softer (compared to say MAC eyeshadows, which tend to be harder–not necessarily a bad thing!), so there was some fall out.  The color payoff could have been better, too, because it had an underlying sheerness and the softness of the shade, while providing for a smooth look, made it just as easy to blend out the color so it looked almost faded.  Without a base, this shade lasts four to five hours and then begins to look noticeably faded.  With a base, I had better results, though after nine hours, it did seem a bit faded.

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Hot Yellow

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If you were looking for an intense yellow, you won't find it in Hot Yellow--it's much more muted and less yellow than it appears in the pan. The powderiness makes for below average wear between the fading and fall out, so it's definitely not a must-have NYX eyeshadow.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, December 9th, 2011

Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow
Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “muted taupe-grey” with a shimmer finish. It’s a great variation on taupe–a cool-toned brown with a grayish overcast and has more of a satiny sheen than an overt shimmer finish, but it doesn’t deliver on full color coverage. As far as similar shades, theBalm Selfish and NARS Grand Palais are close in color but much more shimmery. MAC Satin Taupe is much more intense and deeper.

Unfortunately, the color payoff is somewhat lacking; it deposits decent color, and I discovered it performed a little better applied on the eye, but it’s just not as good as it could (or should) be and definitely requires some packing and pressing of the color onto to the lid to get decent payoff. The texture is soft without being powdery or too fragile. The formula is designed to be long-wearing with “pigment-packed color” that “stays true for daylong wear.” As expected, the wear is not perfect without a primer–I get around eight hours, after that point there is very subtle creasing–but have no issues when it is applied over a primer.

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Volcano

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It's really too bad about the color payoff--I was really hoping to add another fantastic taupe to the list, as sometimes finding the right shade of taupe can be a challenge, especially one that nails it on texture, pigmentation, and color.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Dolce & Gabbana Jewels (142) Eyeshadow Quad
Dolce & Gabbana Jewels (142) Eyeshadow Quad

Dolce & Gabbana Jewels (142) Eyeshadow Quad

Dolce & Gabbana Jewels (142) Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.16 oz.) is part of the Precious Stones collection, just in time for the holidays. Everything is inspired by the “sumptuous shades and textures” of precious stones and gem colors. It’s not exactly the interpretation I would expect when one is looking at jewels and gems–I always think turquoise, sapphire, ruby, but there are certainly lighter, less dramatic stones, too.

The first shade in the palette is a pale pink-lilac with a soft, frosted finish that is just slightly sheer. theBalm Curtain Call is purpler. It’s actually very, very similar to MAC Seedy Pearl. Make Up For Ever #303 is pinker and frostier. Next to that is a softened orange–kind of like a peach shimmered pale orange with a frosted finish. Like the first shade, it’s a touch sheer. The hue is similar to theBalm Stubborn Eyeshadow.

On the bottom left, we have a frosted, cool-toned white. It’s just shy of being silver-tinted. The theme of the quad is definitely softer color, because this one was also a little sheer. theBalm Sassy is similar in color. MAC Forgery is also similar but has a chunkier texture. Inglot #453 is similar but more opaque and has a more metallic finish.  The last shade is medium-dark red-tinted brown with a champagne sheen. This was the most pigmented shade of the four. Bare Escentuals Vow is similar in color but has a satin finish, so it doesn’t look quite the same.

From Dolce & Gabbana’s press release on this collection, this quad is supposed to be a contrast between highlighting and shading, though I’m not sure where they’re getting “light jet” or “dark topaz.” I’m going to assume “light jet” is somehow the white shade. At some point in the press release, they describe the eyeshadow colors of the collection as “soft pearl hues to vibrant jewel shades.” Nothing about the Jewels quad is at all vibrant. They’re all very soft and muted. If you want intense color, look elsewhere, but if you like your eyeshadow soft and more natural, this should be right up your alley.

The confusion as to the pigmentation level aside, the texture of these was a bit powdery, with the peach-orange shade being the least powdery . It’s a very soft formulation, but it’s too soft, because it creates a lot of excess product without enough binder. I find I have to pack and pack and pack on the color to get a noticeable, even layer of color. They don’t just blend but disappear. You have to use a heavy hand to get enough color to show on the lid, but then you have to use the lightest hand to blend away any edges.  It’s marginally better when they’re used wet, but not by much, because the color still fades–there’s just a little less fall out.

I always find Dolce & Gabbana eyeshadows require more work and patience than an eyeshadow ought to.  I think these can work for someone who only sweeps on a single color and loves the idea of variety in color but really loves the idea of barely-there color on the lid (I have a friend just like this!) and is happy to see a visual difference in the pan but doesn’t mind the actual results.  They just don’t cooperate well when they’re used together.

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Dolce & Gabbana Jewels (142) Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

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I haven't been impressed with a lot of Dolce & Gabbana's eyeshadows lately, which is a shame. They can do an excellent lipstick, but their range of eye products has been full of misses.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, October 30th, 2011

shu uemura Glitter Fuse Lipstick
shu uemura Glitter Fuse Lipstick

shu uemura for WKW: Glitter Fuse Lipstick

shu uemura Glitter Fuse Rouge Unlimited Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as an “innocent beige shade with a heavenly splash of golden dust full of hope.” It’s very slick and shimmery with a rosy beige base color (that’s barely visible) with soft golden shimmer and a shiny finish. MAC Gel is frostier and less beige. MAC Quietly Please is a little pinker.

On my lips, it adds warmth to my otherwise corpse-like lips (cool-toned, grayish mauve) along with plenty of golden shimmer. The shimmer is noticeable but feels smooth on the lips, even as it wears away. It seems like the sheerness of the lipstick does make it prone to wearing away quicker than the average lipstick–I managed two and half hours of wear. The Rouge Unlimited formula is marketed to wear for up to eight hours, though. I didn’t notice any scent or taste, though, and I really appreciated that it didn’t feel gritty after awhile.

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shu uemura Glitter Fuse Rouge Unlimited Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's a great shade for everyday wear, but you'll need to keep it with you for frequent applications! If you like the effect but want it to last longer, you could layer it with a lip pencil or lipstick, though it may alter the appearance slightly.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

3/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, October 21st, 2011

MAC Pearl Iced Delights Eye Bag
MAC Pearl Iced Delights Eye Bag

MAC Ice Parade Pearl Iced Delights Eye Bag

MAC Pearl Iced Delights Eye Bag ($45.00) includes Taupeless (lavender pink), Celestial Black (rich blue-black with red pearl), and Purple Dash (purple), along with a full-sized Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara and 275SE brush. There are three different Eye Bags and all three contain both the mascara and special edition brush, but the eyeshadow duo and eyeliner vary. MAC Ice Parade launches on October 27th, 2011 in-stores.

  • Taupeless is an icy pink with subtle cool undertones and silver sparkle. It has a lustre finish, which means it is prone to fall out. The pigmentation is so-so with some underlying sheerness. This particular shade is a repromote. It is similar to MAC Seedy Pearl, which has a smoother finish.
  • Celestial Black is a burgundy-tinted black with red shimmer. It has a velvet finish. It’s dry, stiff, and tends to work better when used with a fluffy brush (like the 222). The color payoff is underwhelming. MAC Beauty Marked isn’t as black-based.
  • Purple Dash is a purple-plum with fuchsia-purple shimmer. It’s creamier than the limited edition Technakohls from the holiday colour collection. This is part of the permanent range. It is similar to Make Up For Ever #4L.

This kit would be a skip for me, because the fall out from Taupeless combined with the stiffness of Celestial Black make it less than appealing at $45. The mascara and special edition 275 are nice additions but likely not the reason you were interested in it! I think some will love the bag, while others will hate it. It’s very soft and squishy, so it feels cheap to me, though it is lined and feels durable enough.

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MAC Ice Parade Pearl Iced Delights Eye Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

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This kit would be a skip for me, because the fall out from Taupeless combined with the stiffness of Celestial Black make it less than appealing at $45. The mascara and special edition 275 are nice additions but likely not the reason you were interested in it!

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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