Monday, December 29th, 2014

ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, pigmented, blendable cream-powder hybrid eyeshadow. Overall, this is true of my experience with the formula in general, though some shades could be slightly more pigmented and some of the more glittery shades are prone to fall out (both during application as well as when worn, but primarily during application). I’m most impressed by the long-wear I get from the formula, which tops in at ten hours without fading or creasing with most shades. You can use fingertips to apply, but I’ve found natural or synthetic brushes to work quite well with the majority of shades (though there are a few that brushes don’t work well with, noted as I discover them). Here are reviews for five more:

ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duochrome.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with a satin sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation that went on evenly and was blendable, but this shade was more prone to sheering out than others I’ve tried. Once on the lid, it remains there for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Eye Candy Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned … lavender … with tons of silver and pink glitter.” It’s a light-medium, pink-lilac with subtle, cool undertones and a smattering of silver glitter. It didn’t seem all that glittery (which may be good or bad, depending on your preference!). The texture was soft, creamy, and blendable, while it had good color payoff that wore well for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Dasher Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true lavender with pink glitter.” It’s a medium-dark lavender purple with subtle, cool undertones and light pink glitter. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and blended easily. It wore well for ten hours but had some fall out over time. This shade is part of the Never Naughty limited edition four-piece set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Envy Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black saturated with violet glitter.” It’s a rich black with lighter purple glitter. This one was harder to apply to the lid without using your fingertip (I also tried a silicone applicator, but it didn’t go very well), as brush application yielded a faded, uneven black mess with little glitter transfer. Once on, it lasted for nine hours with some fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Cricket Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky mid-tone plum with … soft glitter.” It’s a very muted, blackened plum with flecks of gold sparkle. It was semi-sheer and fussy to work with–it always looked uneven and a bit splotchy. I even tried applying with fingertips, but the color payoff didn’t improve. It did wear without creasing or fading for nine hours and had minor fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass
MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes five new, limited edition shades. MAC released this formula (as part of the permanent range) earlier this year, and there wasn’t a whole lot of information on them regarding color coverage then (Nordstrom lists a description of “delivers luscious color” now), but they consistently ran semi-sheer to semi-opaque with noticeable color and coverage. These are all quite sheer, and with the exception of On Cue, they look nearly the same applied aside from shimmer level. They’re inconsistent with the permanent formula and its 12-shade range. All five shades disappeared within two hours of wear and had a lightly tacky, neither drying nor hydrating formula that was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste. Sheer gloss may not be everyone’s cup of tea (which is why I think it’s important brands distinguish sheer vs. medium vs. opaque shades and formulas well), but it is surprising to see five shades at this level of sheerness.

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale mint with pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, ultra-sheer milky white with pearl. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Boundless Energy Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet pink.” It is a very, very lightly pink-tinted clear gloss with a subtle milky quality to it. It looks like clear gloss on, so any clear gloss would easily replicate the look. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Loose & Lively Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “peachy orange.” It is a very light, milky peach with sheer color coverage that goes on a bit unevenly and settles slightly into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC On Cue Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold pearl.” It’s a gold-shimmered, mostly clear gloss. The shimmer has a slight grit to it after an hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Poetic Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale champagne pink with pearl.” It’s a really light, white-peach with soft pearl. It had sheer color coverage–more so than other shades here–and settled into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale purple with hints of grey.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe brown with warm undertones and a gray-ish over-tone with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, lightly buttery consistency that applied smoothly and blended easily. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Mesmerized (P, $9.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever I544 Pink Granite (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Mystify (P) is warmer. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is warmer, cream. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is brighter. Laura Mercier Sable (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, grayer. Chanel Gri-Gri (101) (LE, $29.50) is grayer. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $18.00) is grayer. Urban Decay Bust (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Earthly (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Taupe Notch Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “taupe.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin shimmer. I didn’t care for this shade, as it was very powdery to work with, which made the color payoff weaker and it prone to fall out during application as well as sheering out. Applied, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. Stila Character (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is yellower. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #3 (P) is more shimmery, lighter. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is darker, more shimmery. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. Divergent Burnt Mahogany (LE) is warmer. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is similar. Laura Mercier Rich Cocoa (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Factory (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Unexpected Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte pale pink brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had a drier, slightly powdery consistency, so it didn’t have the best pigmentation and tended to sheer out when applied to the lid. This is a shade that really needs the help of a primer to perform decently, as it also noticeably faded after six hours of wear. Giorgio Armani #15 (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Forbidden (P, $9.99) is warmer. MAC Bruised Sky (LE, $15.00) is darker, grayer. Benefit Rain Check (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Inglot #358 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. This is the last of the reviews for the new shades, and we don’t end on a very happy note; there are better eyeliner formulas on the marketplace, both more, less, or equally expensive and accessible. MAC created some more unusual colors, but I found the formula to be lacking in color payoff, longevity, and texture.

MAC Sterling Silver Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “silver.” It’s a bright, metallic silver. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it didn’t build up color from there. This shade had a waxy consistency, and it lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Counterfeit Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “silver grey.” It’s a medium-dark gray with warm undertones–almost looks like a silvery taupe–with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage, though it didn’t apply evenly. This color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Clay Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep grey.” It’s a dark warm gray with a pearly sheen. It had a drier, waxier consistency that made it hard to get good color payoff out of it in a single stroke, but it seemed to be more buildable compared to many of the other shades, as after a few layers, I was able to get opaque color. This shade started to look blown out after six and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Steelpoint Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep smoky metallic grey.” It’s a dark gray with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, which was fairly buildable to opaque color. The consistency wasn’t too waxy, and the color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Superfly Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “soft black.” It’s a rich black (not a soft black at all, actually) with a satin finish. It had a waxy feel to it, but it was buildable to opaque color after two layers. The eyeliner looked softened and smudged after six hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. Most of these were disappointing with sheer color payoff that was only somewhat buildable and shorter (six hours) wear.

MAC Whirlpool Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “dark deep blue.” It’s a bluish-teal with subtle green tones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was only somewhat buildable to semi-sheer intensity. The consistency was very waxy, so while it didn’t feel sharp or dry against the lash line, it still tended to skip. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Take the Plunge Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue with a hint of “warmth” that makes it almost a blue-teal (but I think it is quite blue). It is very creamy and prone to “breaking” and leaving chunks of product when applied, so use a very light pressure when applying to avoid this. It had good color payoff, but it doesn’t like to be layered as it will cause the product to push onto itself and look somewhat uneven. This looked softened and blown out after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Vent Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metallic lime.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle golden warmth and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage in one pass, and it was semi-opaque after a few layers. It, too, had that waxier consistency that made it sheerer but not dry (though it looks that way due to the poor pigmentation). This shade lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Cool Jazz Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a satin finish. The consistency was slightly dry, fairly waxy, and prone to skipping. It had semi-sheer color coverage in a single pass but was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It started to smudge after six hours (looked blown out). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Metalhead Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “greyish metal blue.” It’s a muted, blackened blue with a pearly shimmer. It had very sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which I was able to build up to semi-opaque color coverage with four or five layers. It looked quite faded and softened after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Cast Iron Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “elephant grey.” It’s a muted, bluish-gray with a satin finish. It was waxy and sheer, though I was able to build it up to semi-opaque color coverage with several passes. It wore well for seven hours before it faded. At least this shade was more unique, though the formula is still disappointing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. Most of the shades had a waxier consistency, so while the eyeliner would feel soft and glide decently, it doesn’t deposit color evenly, and often, color payoff was lacking–even when layered. These don’t seem to be as soft or as intense as many other Technakohls I’ve tried in the past (but some of the limited edition varieties have been less impressive). The wear varied from five to eight hours, depending on the shade, but overall, they seemed to wear shorter than most eyeliners on me.

MAC Funfare Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “bright true pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easily built up to opaque color in two layers. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Broque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and lighter bronze and gold shimmer. It had a waxier consistency, so it didn’t apply evenly and didn’t build to opaque color. It wore well for six and a half hours before looking softened. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Plank Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm bronze brown with a pearly sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, but it wasn’t buildable. In fact, I felt like layering it dragged the color around and made it appear uneven. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC $$$ Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone gold bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, but it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, at least. It lasted for six hours on me before it looked softened/faded. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Brass Band Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze metal.” It’s a golden copper with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Twinked Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for six and a half hours on my lash line before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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