Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a deepened navy blue with a satin finish. I would almost describe it as a pearl finish, but it doesn’t have that pearly sheen, yet it has a bit more shimmer than your traditional satin finish has. It was nicely pigmented with a thin, lightweight consistency that spread well and blended easily. On me, the color wore well for almost fourteen hours (out of the 16-hours promised), which was quite long, and I didn’t have any issues with fall out with this one (not surprising, given it isn’t sparkly).
Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Estrella (LE) is lighter. LORAC Navy #6 (LE) is more shimmery. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $15.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is darker. bareMinerals Climax (P) is a touch lighter. Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Jade (03) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pastel blue with a hint of gold shimmer. This was one of the weaker (if not weakest) shades of the formula, because it wasn’t as pigmented as the others. It is buildable, if you apply in layers, but it just never went on fully opaque in one layer like the rest (it didn’t even seem watery). It spreads and blends well, but it tends to sheer out noticeably. On me, it lasted for twelve hours before fading noticeably. Sugarpill CandyCrush (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I204 Sky Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. Dior Atlantique #2 (LE) is less shimmery. Dior Rivage #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani June Beetle (31) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Maybelline Icy Mint (LE, $6.99) is lighter. NARS South Pacific #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Styledriven (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Divine Blue (LE, $19.50) MAC Free as Air (LE, $16.50) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, purple-taupe with a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth finish. This particular shade seemed a little thicker in consistency compared to others I’ve tried. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and spread well across the lid without losing intensity, but I noticed that it almost too pigmented and a little goes a long way. If you over-apply and it dries down, it seemed to amplify the texture of my lids slightly, so there continues to be a learning curve with these. –the second time I tried it, I applied a little less and had great results without a fuss. It wore well for fourteen hours before fading on me. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE) is darker. Colour Pop Meow (P, $5.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Sasso (P, $37.00) is lighter, more sparkly. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is darker. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Great Beyond #4 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE) is darker, more sparkly. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is slightly warmer. L’Oreal Liquid Diamond (P, $7.99) is lighter. Inglot #434 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, January 26th, 2015

MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Moodyblu Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a blue-hued set of shades that ranges from light gray to navy blue. This was my least favorite of the three palettes, as it performed the worst out of the bunch. Three of the shades are part of the permanent range, while three are limited edition. Too many shades from this set had drier, thinner, and were more difficult to blend out on the skin to make it a must-have.

Midnight Snow is described as a “pale silver [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, silvery white with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a thinner texture that really had to be layered to work on the skin. Once on, it wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Idol Eyes is described as a “silver violet with gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, bluish-purple with gold sparkle. This is part of the permanent range, and it continues to be one of my least favorite MAC shades, because it is very sheer, gritty, and the sparkle gets everywhere. The one included in the palette seemed especially annoying to use. The only way I’ve ever managed half-decent results out of it is when patted over a colored, tacky base. At best, it seems to wear for six hours but has fall out, and it’s hard to tell, as there is little visible color on my skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Knight Divine is described as a “black with silver pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a drak gray with a silver frosted sheen. The color payoff was good, while the consistency was soft and blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Indigogo is described as a “blackened navy with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a muted, bluish-teal with a soft blue micro-sparkle over a satin finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was drier, which made blending it more difficult as it tended to turn patchy. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Truth is described as a “true dark blue [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, brightened blue with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft texture, but it was stiffer and thinner compared to the permanent version I have. It wore well for eight hours and was easier to use than I expected, based on the texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Exotic Purple is described as a “dark navy [with a Satin finish].” It’s a blackened navy blue that leans a little purple with a satin sheen. It was semi-sheer with a drier, thinner consistency that made it hard to work with. It was a shade that tended to look uneven when applied to the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic champagne.” It’s a brightened, light beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was incredibly easy to use. It wore well for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is similar. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P) is less shimmery. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) less shimmery. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is warmer. MAC Butternutty (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is similar. bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Stealth Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte true gray.” It’s a medium-dark gray with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It was soft but powdery, which made it prone to sheering out. It doesn’t adhere well to bare skin, and it is a shade I would only use with a primer. Alone, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (P, $21.00) is less blue. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is bluer. NARS Delphes #2 (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Linger Softly (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is bluer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light shimmer with peachy beige undertone.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a smattering of fine white sparkle (but it looks mostly matte applied). It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter. LORAC Undressed (P) is darker. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is a smidgen lighter. Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is warmer. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE) is similar. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Navy #1 (LE) LORAC Buff (P) is similar. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is similar. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep burgundy with red undertone.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm, brown undertones and a luminous finish. Tom Ford Beauty Pavlos (LE, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Runner (LE, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is a smidgen lighter. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Since brands have really embraced the whole “let’s release a way more expensive version and call it luxury” over the past year or so, I think it’s important that brands do it right–that’s the least they can do–and Bite gets it really wrong here. Bite Beauty’s Luminous Creme formula (which has the exact same packaging) retails for $24 for 0.15 oz., which makes this luxury formula 50% more expensive. Huge fan of the Luminous Creme formula and other lip products by Bite, but I really couldn’t feel anything different in this “better” formula, and worse, it under-performed, period. It had semi-opaque color coverage that goes on unevenly with visible streaks and patchiness, while the formula is unforgiving and pulls into lip lines. I had feathering, which is unusual for me, after two hours, and the color was mostly gone after four and a half hours. The consistency had a lot of slip (a little more than their regular formula), but it was also thin, which I think made it shorter-wearing. It didn’t stain, which was also a surprise, given the darkness of the color. It was only somewhat hydrating, but it didn’t seem as moisturizing as their standard formula. The extra kick in the pants was that it had a strong, waxy scent and lemony-soap taste.

You would think that to kick off a 12-month long limited edition release party, they would have come out with guns blazing and given us something to covet, but this was disappointing and you’re far better off looking to their Luminous Creme formula for a better-performing, longer-wearing, and more pigmented option. The packaging should have reflected the up-charge, and the formula should have been near perfection, especially since their Luminous Creme formula is excellent, so there’s no excuse for this under-performing release. Bite can do a lot better.

One last annoyance was that the bottom wasn’t labeled with any name or number, so you might want to mark it!

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral light beige.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that worked well on the lid and didn’t sheer out (though it was easy to diffuse the edges) too readily. It started to crease on me slightly after nine hours. I also really like this one (personally) on my brow bone, so it’s been a new go-to for me when I test out other ColourPop shades, as when you sheer it out (on purpose), it gives a subtle sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Smash Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutram medium warm beige.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a very smooth, creamy consistency that was blendable and easy to apply. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Desert Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm saddle brown.” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had really good color payoff, but the color is more prone to sheering out on the lid, especially if you use a brush. I think a brush works with it, but you may need to add a second layer. The color wears well for ten hours on me without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

ColourPop 3 (Three) Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned starlit bronze.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a subtle gray cast paired with silver micro-glitter. It had good color payoff that was blendable and easy to apply. I had a little glitter fall out while I blended this shade, but I didn’t notice more than very, very minor fall out during the ten-hour crease-free, fade-free wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Doe-a-Deer Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “blackened violet.” It’s a deepened, blackened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that looked uneven when sheered out, so it needed more work to really buff and blend in. I felt like it lost a lot of its intensity once blended, though. It started to crease after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Graphite Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.175 oz.) is an interesting mix of neutrals with two pops of bolder color–a coppery-orange and a bluish-teal. The new formula is supposed to be long-wearing, “crease-resistant,” and “richly-pigmented.” Though I am a fan of Hourglass and often think they put out excellent products, I wasn’t too impressed by this eyeshadow palette. The matte shades, while incredibly soft and finely-milled, are extremely powdery to work with. There is an excessive amount of powder kicked up just touching the brush to the surface, and even after tapping that excess off the brush, there is still fall out during application. The mattes didn’t wear well, and they were harder to blend on the skin for me.

The shimmery shades are not quite as prone to powderiness, but there is still some powder fall out during application. These shades can also be used wet or dry, and I had the best luck using them damp, as it prevented fall out and helped maintain intensity without having to build up the colors in layers. Wear was all over the place, so the eyeshadow formula on the whole seemed rather inconsistent. It is particularly disappointing, because Hourglass’ previous powder eyeshadow formula was one of the softest, most buttery and well-done, period. Here’s hoping the other palettes perform better, and this was just a one-off.

The two palettes I received as press samples were damaged on the top. I bought the four other palettes, so if those have any issues, I’ll be sure to note those things in the relevant review. A reader mentioned hers (that she purchased) also had scratches on the lid, which is an issue when you price your product at $58.

Graphite #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very dusty and was difficult to apply to the skin; it just didn’t want to stay on well, and it was faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #2 is described as a “copper gold.” It’s a brightened, copper with a warm, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was very sheer and dry, even though the powder itself was incredibly fine. Unfortunately, it was only usable when applied with a damp brush and really pressed and smoothed over the skin, and then I was able to get rich, opaque color. Applied dry, it was a total mess; I could only see it working dry over a slightly tacky base. Dry, it was faded within a few hours, but applied damp, it lasted for almost seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #3 is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, but the consistency was also powdery with a dryness to it that made it harder to blend on the skin. It just seems to stick wherever it initially lands without wanting to really diffuse or soften. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #4 is described as a “gun metal.” It’s a steely gray with a hint of blue and a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but less blendable. Applied dampened, it was more opaque and deeper, and it was easier to apply to the lid and use, though it dried back down quickly and became harder to blend out the edges. It wore longer–almost eight hours–compared to other shades, at least. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphite #5 is described as a “silver.” It’s more of a pewtery gold with subtle, warmer undertones with a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer in coverage, and it did intensify to mostly opaque pigmentation when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, blendable, but it was somewhat powdery. This was the only shade I liked in the palette. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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