Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Newport Nights Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) consists of five different shades of eyeshadow. It’s new for summer and is part of a limited edition launch from Wet ‘n’ Wild. I bought all of the original Centerstage Photo Op palettes when they released several months ago (and they seem to be all permanent now), and I didn’t have good luck then. Initially, when I swatched Newport Nights, I had more hope, as they were all more pigmented and a lot softer than the ones I had tried previously.

Unfortunately, these are powdery across the board, and during application, these would blend away into oblivion, so it was difficult to pack on the color–even over a primer. The center and bottom right shades performed the best and were visible on the lid, but the other three shades all ran together once applied. The wear without a primer is very, very dismal–faded within four hours (a far cry from “intensely-pigmented shadows” with “crease-resistant color that lasts all day”). With a primer, wear was better, but the application was still troublesome with the colors really needing a tacky, stark white base to perform decently. I’m always bummed when this happens, because Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Color Icon eyeshadow trios and palettes are so much better than these, so I don’t know why these aren’t better.

Newport Nights #1 is a pale, neutral beige with a mostly matte finish. It was slightly powdery, so it did look a bit chalky against my skin tone (on fairer complexions, it should be fine). It had decent color payoff. Since it is a basic shade, there are many similar shades, but here are a few I pulled out: Disney Ali Ababwa is darker. Urban Decay Broken is slightly satiny. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Kinky is lighter. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is similar. Urban Decay Foxy is warmer. MAC Vanilla is slightly satiny. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #2 is a warm, pinky-peach with a satiny finish–just a little shimmer and sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is warmer. Urban Decay Snatch has glitter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 is similar. MAC Orb is lighter. Chanel Intuition #1 is warmer. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #3 is a copper-shimmered, medium brown with warm, yellow-y undertones and a sparkling finish. This had a slightly gritty texture from the loose sparkle that seemed to sit on top of the actual eyeshadow color. Disney Bazaar is darker. Urban Decay beware is less shimmery. theBalm Allegro is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Tiger’s Eye is more shimmery. NARS Isolde is more coppery. MAC On to Watch is less brown. Burberry Pale Nude #1 is less shimmery, darker. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #4 is a light-medium pink with a satin shimmer and subtle, cool undertones. The pigmentation was so-so to decent, but it was slightly powdery. MAC Rose is darker. NARS Douce Franceh #2 is also darker. MAC Miss Piggy Pink is cooler-toned. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #5 is a meidum orange with warm, sunny undertones and a pearly sheen. It was slightly powdery but had good color payoff. MAC Chessa is more shimmery. Illamasqua Vulgar is brighter, darker, less shimmery. Chanel Pearl River #4 is similar, slightly brighter. Chanel Tigerlily is slightly warmer. OCC Mimosa is more shimmery. Burberry Dark Spice #4 is darker, less warm-toned. Inglot #368 is lighter. See more comparisons.

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I'm always bummed when this happens, because Wet 'n' Wild's Color Icon eyeshadow trios and palettes are so much better than these, so I don't know why these aren't better.

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Friday, May 31st, 2013

MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer
MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer

MAC Fiestaware Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone orange coral [with a cream finish].” It’s a light-medium orange with a cream finish and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque in two coats (there’s a little visible nail line coming through at a distance). The consistency was not too thick or too thin. Nails, Inc. Porchester Place is darker. Butter London Trout Pout is pinker. MAC Ravishing is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Ke Ai ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink frost [with a frost finish].” It’s a soft, pale pink with silver sparkle. It’s semi-opaque with two coats, and it’s the type of polish that seems like it’s supposed to be a sheer but MAC didn’t say it’s sheer (and they have used this as a descriptor in the past). It was slightly thick but had minimal brush strokes and applied fairly well. OCC Femme is darker. NARS Trouville is more pigmented, less shimmery. MAC Confectionary is lighter, less shimmery. Illamasqua Pink Raindrops is more muted, more pigmented.Rescue Beauty Lounge Plie is more pigmented, has no shimmer. Essie Kisses & Bisses is iridescent. See comparison swatches.

Morange ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright cream orange [with a cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark orange with red undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats and applied fairly well. Cult Nails Ay Poppy is more muted. NARS TV Party is slightly lighter. NARS Madness is brighter. Illamasqua Gamma is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Pop ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach cream [with a cream finish].” It’s a light peachy orange with a cream finish. It was slightly thin in consistency, and it was streaky during application. What makes it stand out from other peaches is it has a strong orange and yellow tone to it. MAC Riot Gear is darker, more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep is less orange, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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It's a light-medium orange with a cream finish and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque in two coats (there's a little visible nail line coming through at a distance).

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It's semi-opaque with two coats, and it's the type of polish that seems like it's supposed to be a sheer but MAC didn't say it's sheer (and they have used this as a descriptor in the past).

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It's a medium-dark orange with red undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats and applied fairly well.

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013

L'Oreal Endless Pearl 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Endless Pearl 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Endless Pearl In 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it has the kind of texture that works best dry, as it tends to crumble and stick to itself when applied wet (so it doesn’t apply as smoothly).  Dry, it can be somewhat powdery and may look chalky on darker complexions.  This is a shade you’ll find across brands, but it’s a great basic shade that works well as a highlighter on lighter complexions or as a neutralizing color to sweep over the lid to even out their color. Bobbi Brown Ivory, MAC Shroom (warmer, satiny), Urban Decay Walk of Shame, Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #5, Urban Decay Anonymous (satiny), theBalm Adagio, and MAC Brule are all rather similar.

Dive Right In is an iridescent aqua blue with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff when applied dry and was semi-opaque when applied damp–it was smoother when applied damp as well. This shade creased on me noticeably after eight hours of wear (no primer). This is a limited edition shade, so you’ll likely have to find it at a local drugstore (I received this as a press sample; the other two shades I purchased myself). Giorgio Armani #10 is more silvered. Make Up For Ever #150 is bluer, less iridescent. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #3 is much darker.

Infinite Sky is a cool-toned, medium-dark silver-shimmered blue. Applied dry, it is sheerer, while it intensifies when applied damp–and the frosted sheen becomes more pronounced as well. MAC Dimensional Blue is a smidgen lighter. MAC Moon’s Reflection is a touch darker. Urban Decay Mary Jane is bluer.

I didn’t have any wear issues with either Endless Pearl or Infinite Sky, but Dive Right In did crease noticeably after only eight hours of wear (and these are 24-hour wear, technically). I tested all three shades for a total of fourteen hours, and the other two looked about the same as when I had applied them (no fading or creasing). The texture of the three were consistent; soft, finely-milled, and mostly smooth. Endless Pearl has such a matte finish that wet application didn’t go well compared to a lot of the shimmery shades in the range (and this wasn’t unexpected–a lot of products with matte finishes don’t turn out well if applied wet).

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013

MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Masat al Lail Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains these shades: Rondelle (platinum silver frost), Waft (deep navy with pearl), Gentle Fume (dirty concrete grey with silver pearl), and Carbon (intense black). Long-time MAC collectors may remember this composition, as it was originally launched in Smoke Signals (2007) as the Gentle Fume quad.

Rondelle is a gray-tinged white with a frosted finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but it was a little dusty, though I was able to get it to apply smoothly for the most part. Tarte Silver Burst is brighter, whiter. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 is more metallic. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is cooler-toned.

Waft is a dark, bluish-gray with a subtle, frosted finish. The texture is rather dry, which is why this shade looks a bit patchy (and it does look dry, too) when swatched. It has so-so color payoff, but it was buildable and when used with a soft, fluffier brush, it did seem to apply better and more smoothly. theBalm Matt McDonald is very similar. MAC Warm Thunder is more metallic. Tarina Tarantino DIamond DUsk is more metallic, lighter. MAC Weathered is bluer.

Gentle Fume is a medium-dark matte gray base with silver sparkle. The silver sparkle doesn’t adhere or bind with the base color very well, so it flakes and disappears the moment you go to blend out the color. If you want any sparkle to survive, pat the color on, and then leave it alone. There will be fall out during the day, though. MAC Fabulous Fit doesn’t have the sparkle and is a touch lighter. MAC Silver Gull is much lighter. NARS Delphes #2 is close to the base color but doesn’t have the silver sparkle. Chanel Gris Exquis is a darker gray with no silver sparkle.

Carbon is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It is part of the permanent range, and it varies in its dryness. This isn’t the worst iteration I’ve seen of it, but it’s certainly not the best and is by no means a favorite of mine to use. The beauty world can do better black eyeshadows now, so Carbon could use a reformulation to put it on par with current black eyeshadows. It’s just so dry and stiff, so the color payoff is sheerer and patchy–even applied on the lid, it can be a pain to blend out. You can find numerous black eyeshadows that compare to this (in terms of color).

It is a cool-toned, silver-and-gray smoky eye palette.  Over the years, I’ve grown frustrated with Carbon, so the inclusion of it in the quad is tiresome, as it is so often released in quads and palettes, so you very likely have one already (and it’s just not a great quality eyeshadow to begin with, so why have doubles or triples of it?).  I think the color of Waft is the most interesting, but it turns out that Weathered ends up looking more nuanced on the lid because it is bluer.  I wish the silver sparkle stuck to Gentle Fume, because then it would be something harder to dupe or find, but it just disappears and gets everywhere else.  Rondelle is the best performing shade in the palette.  I’m going to be wearing this quad for wear today, so I’ll report back with the results this afternoon–based on my experience with MAC’s drier/sheerer shades, I don’t get great wear (between seven and eight hours, some fading), I’ve assessed a rating but if it is better/worse, I’ll be sure to let you know.

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The quad just requires too much work. I think that eyeshadows have significantly improved over the past five years, and I feel like these are too dry and stiff and lack color payoff.

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013

MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer
MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer

MAC Confectionary Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light blue pink [with a cream finish].” It’s a pale, pastel pink with a neutral-cool undertone and a creamy finish. MAC Delicate has barely-there shimmer, but it is similar. Cult Nails Enticing is slightly pinker and has white micro-shimmer. Nubar Pink Lily is a touch pinker but very close.

Streaks, ahoy! This was a troublemaker of a polish; it was all streaks and nothing but. Two coats and there was still so much visible streaking–it wasn’t just the first coat that was being difficult. The color coverage was semi-opaque, as the nail line still comes through quite a bit, even if you overlook the streaky application. It’s such a shame, because I could see someone really loving the delicate look of pale pink–and the sheerness would give it a very soft look. (Of course, it’s not described as sheer.)  The consistency was just a bit watery but didn’t pool along the edges.  I usually get a week of wear out of MAC’s polish with minor tip wear, which is the most consistent characteristic I’ve experienced with the polish.

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It's such a shame, because I could see someone really loving the delicate look of pale pink--and the sheerness would give it a very soft look. (Of course, it's not described as sheer.)

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8/10

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Monday, April 8th, 2013

Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow
Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow

Illamasqua Creep Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft lavender purple.” It’s a light-medium lavender purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. There are several lavender eyeshadows that I’ve come across, but I haven’t seen anything this cool-toned. The closest shade I could think of was MAC Water & Ice #2 which is more silvered and very frosted.

Creep had decent to good color payoff, but it didn’t yield full, opaque color.  The texture was very soft and finely-milled, but it was noticeably powdery, so it was prone to sheering out during application and tended to fade while worn.  Because the powderiness, it would work better over a slightly creamy or tacky base, because it would give the powder something to adhere to, so it would appear more pigmented and wear better.  It lasted six hours well but looked significantly faded after eight hours of wear.

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The powdery texture resulted in sheerer color payoff and color that was prone to fading while worn.

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