Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil
Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil

Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil

Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.013 oz.) is described as an “intense black.” The formula is supposed to have intense pigmentation, be long-wearing, waterproof, and smudge-proof. The level of intensity is pretty good; it’s definitely a rich black–not a soft black here–but there are more intense blacks on the market. It is a cool-toned black, which means it doesn’t have any brown tones to it.

I really wanted to like the formula, because it feels very creamy going on–it applies easily with a nice glide across the lash line that never pulls or tugs–but it just doesn’t last for me. It migrates and smudges faintly below where I’ve put it after four hours or so. If you love an eyeliner that stays creamy and is incredibly smudge-able, this might be a formula you’d want to work with, but for long-wearing, stay-put eyeliner, not so much. As far as waterproofing goes, it doesn’t dissolve into tracks of gray-black down your face instantly, but it does breakdown a bit and smudges further.

Becca has usually been a quiet but well-done brand in my experience, but this product really fell flat for me. I’m definitely curious to hear if others had better results! I feel like maybe it’s just me, because the brand has nailed so many formulas, it’s hard to believe they’d put out such a disappointing eyeliner.

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Becca Majorca Automatic Eye Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

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After four hours, it's already migrated and smudged quite a bit--enough where I'd want to remove it entirely and start anew! It doesn't live up to the waterproof/smudge-proof claims it makes, unfortunately.

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

3/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, February 17th, 2012

NYX Rose Lipstick
NYX Rose Lipstick

NYX Rose Lipstick

NYX Rose Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an ultra frosted rosy pink with lighter rose shimmer. This is one of the frostiest lipsticks I can remember trying. MAC Whirls & Twirls has a similar frost level, but it’s sheerer (and the colors do not compare). Revlon Carnation is pinker, darker. Rimmel Dizzy is pinker, less frosted. MAC Hot Gossip is warmer, lighter.

The color coverage is mostly opaque, but because of the high level of frost present in the formula, it is very dry and difficult to apply. It does not want to slide on, so the color deposits unevenly and the shimmer tends to look chunky. I found this particular shade to be drying when worn as well, which is a huge downside. It was hard to wear for the full four hours that it clung to lips, and afterward, I really had to race for the lip balm to rehydrate my lips!

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NYX Rose Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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The formula of this shade needs help--if you apply balm underneath or have a hydrating gloss on top, it's workable, but it's not a pleasant shade to wear on its own.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Milani Blue Liquif'Eye Automatic Pencil
Milani Blue Liquif’Eye Automatic Pencil

Milani Blue Liquif’Eye Liquid Like Automatic Propel Pencil

Milani Blue Liquif’Eye Automatic Pencil ($7.99 for 0.01 oz.) is a medium-dark navy blue with silver and blue micro-glitter. It has decent color payoff in a single pass, but it really needs to be layered in order to achieve a rich, opaque line of color. It has a slightly drier texture, though it doesn’t overly tug at the lash line when applied. The color reminded me of tokidoki Skeletro, which is slightly darker.

I tested this on the lower lash line, and while it dries down easily and seems smudge-proof when swatched on my arm, it wasn’t quite as foolproof once applied. It wore for around six hours with minor smudging, but the fading and smudging was more than noticeable after eight hours. I didn’t and wouldn’t test this on the water line due to the micro-glitter particles. It’s not the worst performing eyeliner I’ve tried, but it’s definitely not one I’d grab when there are so many high performing eyeliners on the market. For example, Milani’s Liquif’Eye Pencil formula is excellent and wears much better.

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Milani Blue Liquif'Eye Liquid Like Automatic Propel Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

D+
Skip this and opt for Milani's Liquif'Eye formula in regular pencil form. You'll get more product, a creamier consistency, and infinitely better wear.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Bobbi Brown Onyx & Silver Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Onyx & Silver Eye Paint Palette

Bobbi Brown Onyx & Silver Eye Paint Palette ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) contains four shades of Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Eye Paints. They’re designed to not only wear for hours but are “densely pigmented” and “can be applied wet or dry” with a “lustrous, highly-reflective finish.”

It includes these shades: Tinsel (light silver), Silver (blue silver), Lava (black with silver pearl), and Blue Onyx (deep indigo blue)

  • Tinsel is a bright silver with silvery-white glitter and a metallic finish. It’s sheer both dry and wet, and it doesn’t come together smoothly even when applied wet–I had a lot of fall out with this shade. It’s a bit lighter than MAC Filament.
  • Silver is a dark silver-shimmered gray with subtle brow undertones and a bluish sheen. It has decent color payoff when applied dry but becomes opaque, deep, and smooth when applied damp. It reminded me of theBalm Muppetational, which is a bit lighter. MAC Tundra is also similar in both color and finish.
  • Lava is a matte black with silver sparkle and teal shimmer layered on top. It’s a better version of Bobbi Brown Onyx. It’s in the same vein as shades like MAC Black Tied and Lancome The New Black (which is the best of this type). When applied dry, the sparkle is less noticeable, and it appears as more of a black-brown with a dry, almost chalky look. When applied damp, it’s much more intense, more like a black, and the sparkle comes out more. I did experience some fall out with this shade.
  • Blue Onyx is a blackened blue with an indigo blue shimmer and sheen. It’s more of a satiny finish than metallic as described. This shade was very, very sheer when applied dry, and it doesn’t look all that blue either. When I dampened the product, it came out more vibrant and the blue came to the forefront. It reminded me of MAC Blue Storm. Givenchy Lune Mordoree is also similar but a touch purpler.

If you’re a fan of MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows, you’ll probably like Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Eye Paints, because they’re really similar. They have the feel, look, and wear of baked eyeshadows. If you use them dry, expect sheerer color payoff, while dampening the shade will greatly intensify the pigmentation and smooth out the texture. The colors are prone to fading during wear if you use them damp/wet during application; of course, they will always dry a little more muted than when they are initially applied wet since it does not stay perpetually wet, but it fades even more.

Tinsel had a ton of fall out; it was difficult to apply from the get-go because of the amount of excess that littered my under eye area, but I had continual fall out throughout the day because it just doesn’t bind together. You’d really need a sticky base to get it to adhere to minimize the fall out. I had similar issues with Lava but to a lesser degree; I didn’t have too much fall out during application, but I did find the silver sparkles transferred to parts unknown as the day wore on.

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Bobbi Brown Onyx & Silver Eye Paint Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

D+
Fading and fall out -- two big no-nos when it comes to eyeshadow, and they're too prevalent in this palette to make it worth recommending. As far as baked eyeshadows go, these are some of the more basic shades, so I think using pressed alternatives is your best bet.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

3/5

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011


MAC Cool Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Ice Parade: Cool Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Cool Snowglobe Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition holiday compact that features six eyeshadows: Snowball (frost white), Illegal Cargo (pale lavender), Idol Eyes (silvered violet with gold), Warm & Smoky (medium purple), Howzat (slate), and Set to Dance (dark royal blue). The MAC Ice Parade Collection launches October 27th, 2011 in-stores.

  • Snowball is a cool-toned white with a shimmery finish. It has a frost finish. The color payoff of this shade was lacking; it was sheer and didn’t apply smoothly. There are many other white eyeshadows that could work instead.
  • Illegal Cargo is a medium-dark, smoky purple with really poor pigmentation and a dry, stiff texture. It has a frost finish. MAC Parfait Amour is more vibrant and pigmented. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is closer in color but more pigmented.
  • Idol Eyes is an ultra sheer smoky purple with chunky gold shimmer and silver flecks. It has a lustre finish and is part of the permanent range. MAC Parlor Smoke is similar in the base color but doesn’t have the gold sparkle. I don’t like Idol Eyes, because it’s sheer, chunky, and when worn, results in a ton of fall out.
  • Warm & Smoky is a rich, vibrant violet purple with good color payoff and a smooth texture. It has a veluxe pearl finish. It has a redder undertone than MAC Parfait Amour. Urban Decay Frigid is similar. MAC Grape pigment might be comparable as well.
  • Howzat is a purple-tinted gray with so-so pigmentation but a smoother texture. It has a satin finish and is a repromote. MAC Moody is darker, while NARS Delphes is lighter.
  • Set to Dance is a deep purple-tinted burgundy-brown. It has a matte finish and is a repromote. I have no idea how it’s described as a “royal blue,” because I couldn’t detect any blue in it at all. It had good color payoff and was rather workable for a matte finish by MAC. MAC Celestial Black is similar in base color but has shimmer. MAC Beauty Marked is redder and warmer.

For the past few years, I’ve crossed my fingers that MAC has taken note of reviews and customer feedback on their holiday palettes and amped up the quality and pigmentation of the shades they include in their eyeshadow palettes. They stand to be such a good deal with fun, pretty colors that are fun to receive or to give. I know because I remember my first set of holiday palettes by MAC; they were fantastic. Some of my favorite shades came from them–they were often better than permanent variations!

Two of the six shades had decent to good color payoff, while the other four were sheerer, and often, textures were a miss–either dry or chunky (see individual shades for specifics!). MAC can–and should–do better.  It’s so painful for me to have paid $38.00 for this and have it be so lacking.

The packaging is all white with a “snowglobe” on the top of the compact. It will rain silver glitter (“snow”) if you shake and move the compact. I think it’s cute and fun, but I can’t help but point out that it makes the palette bulkier and harder to store (you can’t stack them).

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Cool Snowglobe

D+
I would skip this palette--you could buy two or three permanent shades from MAC or comparable brand for the price of this palette, but at least you would get high quality, high performing shades.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, October 24th, 2011

Chanel Blazing Gold Ombre Essentielle
Chanel Blazing Gold Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Holiday 2011: Blazing Gold Ombre Essentielle

Chanel Blazing Gold Ombre Essentielle ($28.50 for 0.07 oz.) is a yellow gold with chunky gold sparkle. Unlike Beige Lame, this one was disappointing. The powder was soft but gritty–the larger sparkle didn’t seem to adhere and meld with the base color but separated from it. It resulted in poorer color payoff; it was sheer and uneven, and boy, it was a pain in the behind to apply. There was fall out all over the place!  There are many golds that compare well to this one, and often, they are better in texture and overall quality. You might consider Bare Escentuals Aspire, MAC Goldmine, or Make Up For Ever #10.

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Blazing Gold

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There was too much fall out to make this a viable option--you shouldn't have to deal with it all day long while you wear it. You also shouldn't have to pack the product on to get decent color payoff!

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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