Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Obscura Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a mix of “earth tones.” It’s consistent with the other palettes I’ve reviewed: disappointing. The texture of the eyeshadows is absolutely soft and finely-milled, but those positive characteristics are outweighed by how dusty and powdery the end result is. These are frustrating to use; they are not effortless, and half of the time, despite being so soft, they don’t go on smoothly, tend to look uneven, and require some elbow grease to blend. I also noticed that this particular palette seemed to have more overlap with the other palettes (but it could just be that it is last to be reviewed).

Obscura #1 is described as a “cream.” It’s a yellowed, light beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish–there’s a little sheen there. The texture was soft, finely-milled but quite powdery, which made it prone to sheering out. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #2 is described as a “smokey brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was very powdery, so very little of the powder actually stuck to the skin, which made it appear sheer and uneven. The texture may feel silky to the touch, but it is much harder to use in practice. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #3 is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a golden copper-bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s not rose gold to me, as it is has far too much brown in it. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, though it was easier to get smooth, even color and longer wear when I applied it with a dampened brush. Dry, it only lasted for seven hours, but dampened, it lasted closer to eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #4 is described as a “coffee.” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on unevenly–it looked patchy and was difficult to diffuse and blend–while the color itself wore for seven hours before fading. The texture was powdery and didn’t want to bind/adhere to the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Obscura #5 is described as a “cool bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with a metallic sheen. The texture was somewhat dry, a little powdery, but it is workable on the lid when used with a dampened brush. The color payoff is good both wet and dry, but it just was so much easier to work with when it came to blending and getting even, smooth color when I tried using it with a dampened brush. Once on, it lasted for seven hours dry, eight hours damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a real mix in regards to quality with one spectacular miss that really brings down any chance the palette had at a decent score. If that one shade had performed even average, this palette would be closer to a B+ in rating. This set of shades was less powdery compared to the other palettes I’ve reviewed with this formula. It still tended to apply more easily and wear longer when applied damp, though.

Exposure #1 is described as a “champagne.” It’s a light champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was easier to work with when applied with a damp brush, as it adhered better and went on more smoothly. The consistency was very soft and finely-milled, while being lightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours both wet and dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #2 is described as an “aubergine.” It’s a deepened eggplant purple with a matte finish. It’s extremely powdery to work with, so little color adheres to bare skin; it absolutely has to be applied over a base or primer. The color is actually more pigmented than you’d think, just none of it sticks due to just how powdery the texture is. I found it a little hard to blend and prone to fading within six hours. The way this applies and looks on the skin is so disappointing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #3 is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium-dark golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow was nicely pigmented both dry and wet, though it was easier to apply to the skin when used with a dampened brush as the eyeshadow adhered better and the dampness eliminated the powderiness of the formula. Applied dry, it wore well for seven and a half hours, and applied damp, it lasted for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #4 is described as a “black violet.” It’s a deepened, blackened purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It applied nicely both wet and dry, and it wasn’t powdery even when used dry. It had excellent pigmentation, and the eyeshadow wore well for eight hours regardless of how I applied it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exposure #5 is described as a “lilac.” It’s a muted, dusty mauve with rosy tones and a pearly sheen. It was powdery and drier to the touch, which made it harder to apply dry as it was prone to sheering out with the barest touch of the brush. It was better applied with a dampened brush, which brought out the cool tones and shimmery finish. Applied dry, it lasted for six hours, and applied damp, it wore closer to eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, January 26th, 2015

Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Chrome Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium silver with a metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage in two to three layers. It glided on but seemed a little waxy. It lasted for nine hours on me, which is shy of the 12-hours promised. MAC Sterling Silver (P, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Certainly Sterling (LE) is lighter. L’Oreal Silver Sky (290) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Cuff (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Silver Skates (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Chrome (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Gold Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, and it was fairly buildable, but the consistency was a little too waxy so it didn’t build to fully opaque coverage. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Twinked (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC $$$ (P, $16.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (P, $9.00) is darker. NARS Las Ramblas (LE, $24.00) is yellower, lighter. Urban Decay Goldmine (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Going for Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Antique (04) (LE, $28.00) is less yellow. Chanel Vegas Gold (LE, $28.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Pearl Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light white gold with warm, yellow tones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff and was rather waxy, so it was difficult to build up an even layer of color. It lasted for nine hours on me. MAC Snowed In (P, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venus (P, $19.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Blonde Ambition (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Pink Gold Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, and it wasn’t buildable to much more than that. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before thinning noticeably. Sephora Collection Girl Talk (P, $9.00) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani Copper (05) (LE, $28.00) is darker. Chanel Or Rose (LE, $30.00) is darker. Chanel Peche Cuivre (LE, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte
Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte

Tom Ford First Time (09) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium pinky-peach with a satin finish. This was a limited edition color, and likely the only way to find it is if your local store happens to still have one stashed away. As pretty as this color is, it was the type of finish that I feel is more unforgiving and definitely benefits from a full lip prep routine (the majority of shades in the formula didn’t feel that way). It lasts for five hours, but it pulls into lip lines after three and a half hours (you can even see how it seems more attracted to my lip lines upon initial application). The more velvety texture doesn’t cling, so you can smooth it out as you wear it, but it is a little drying. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is more beige. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Black Dahlia (10) Lip Color Matte ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a cool-toned, burgundy with strong red tones and a semi-matte finish. It was semi-opaque and pulled into lip lines from the get-go. There was more slip in this shade than others in the range, but it wasn’t that emollient, even though it still seemed to have similar issues as many burgundies do. It lasted for six hours and left behind a stain, and it wasn’t drying (nor hydrating). I think this one needs to be applied with a lip brush and over a lip liner to perform well. This is also a limited edition shade, but it is still available at Neiman Marcus. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte, cooler-toned, less red. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015

NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick
NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick

NARS Liguria Sheer Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude caramel.” It’s a soft, pumpkin peach-orange with very fine yellowed peach shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Covet (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is much sheerer and appears more muted as a result. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula didn’t feel like NARS’ Sheer Lipstick formula at all; it’s heavier with a thicker, creamier consistency with more of a satin-to-matte finish with fairly opaque color coverage. It seemed to have more in common with NARS’ regular lipstick formula (but not Audacious) than the Sheer Lipstick formula. The thicker consistency paired with subtle frost in it seemed to make it very prone to catching on any imperfections and made my lips look drier than they were (as they weren’t dry at all). It wore well for four hours, but it separated and pulled into lip lines and faded unevenly (left a bit of a ring of color behind). It was neither drying nor hydrating in my experience.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Infinity Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.175 oz.) is a warm-toned neutral palette with four matte finishes and one shimmery shade. All five shades were slightly to very powdery, though pigmentation was decent for three of the five shades. It’s a formula that needs a good primer or base (preferably a lightly tacky base) so the powderiness gets absorbed and color can be packed on, but even the most mediocre of eyeshadows can be boosted with such tools. At $58, it shouldn’t need the full bag of tricks to perform well. On the upside, I think the color combination works well together, and there’s a good light-medium-dark ratio so you can build various gradients of brown.

Infinity #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and has a matte finish. It seemed marginally less powdery than the beige in Graphite–the two look virtually the same on me (the descriptions are the same, actually). It only lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #2 is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was incredibly silky but it was very powdery and dry, so there was a lot of excess product even with gentle touches of the brush in the pan. I had a lot of trouble getting this shade to adhere to the skin on its own, because the texture is thin and dusty, it just doesn’t stick. It tends to sheer out even more when you blend it. This was noticeably faded after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #3 is described as a “bronzed mauve.” It’s a smoky, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, somewhat powdery, but it was blendable on the skin. It had good color payoff both wet and dry (shimmery shades can be used damp in this formula). I had the best luck applying it by pressing it into the skin, then pressing more into the skin, and then using a very light touch to blend out the edges–and of course, make sure to tap your brush to remove the excess before you apply to the eye. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #4 is described as a “cool taupe.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff and wasn’t as powdery as other shades in this palette, which made it a lot easier to work with. I don’t think it’s the easiest eyeshadow to use on bare skin, but it was manageable, and if you use a primer, it should help it blend more smoothly. (At this price point, though, it’s disappointing no matter what.) It lasted for seven hours on me before creasing and fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Infinity #5 is described as a “dark cocoa.” It’s a dark, taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones with a cooler, gray-ish overtone and a matte finish. This shade wasn’t too powdery and still managed to have good pigmentation, though there was a dryness there that made it harder to blend. It really needed a lot of buffing along the edges and may just be more work than one wants to put in for a neutral palette (when there are so many to choose from). It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — I haven’t received my order from Sephora for the other five palettes. It was supposed to arrive yesterday, but it just says “order processed,” which means it isn’t even transit yet (but should have been, because it was 2-day shipping). It is unlikely I will receive this week. I’m really sorry :(

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