Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Mystere (43) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for fall that features shades of “golden khaki, golden ivory, silver taupe, and matte khaki.” This quad is only interesting if you like softer, sheerer neutrals; the color payoff, with the exception of the golden shade, was sheerer, while the texture of all four shades was slightly dry and ranged from slightly powdery to somewhat powdery. As a result, they all look very barely-there applied to the lid, and the colors lost a lot of contrast and dimension as a result. I experienced noticeable fading after six and a half hours, and after nine hours, it was like I hadn’t put on any eyeshadow (I felt like my lids thought the eyeshadow made for a tasty morsel!).

Mystere #1 is a blackened brown with small gold shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, and it was a bit dry and powdery to work with. I applied it using a small crease brush, and it gave more intense payoff but did need some extra patience while blending. Disney Cinders is similar. Bobbi Brown Black Gold has larger shimmer. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #4 is less shimmery. Dior Night Golds #3 is cooler-toned, lighter. Chanel Topkapi is cooler-toned, darker. bareMinerals VIP is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Mystere #2 is a creamy, pale gold with warm, yellow-y undertones and a golden pearl finish. It had good color payoff, and the eyeshadow applied smoothly but was slightly powdery. Chanel Convoitise is yellower, more frosted, cream. Disney Sand in the Glass is warmer. MAC Femme-fi is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #1 is also similar. Chanel Pearl River #2 is yellower. Buxom Poodle is yellower, cream. bareMinerals Carte Blanche is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Mystere #3 is a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark taupe with a soft sparkle. It was semi-opaque and was a bit dry and powdery. MAC Romance Me is darker. MAC Earthly is browner. MAC Era is similar. Chanel Prelude #3 is slightly grayer. See comparison swatches.

Mystere #4 is a cool-toned, olive brown with a blackened base and green pearl that’s really not noticeable applied. It was sheer and powdery. theBalm Sophisticated is more shimmery. MAC Mystery is darker. See comparison swatches.

It is listed as a U.S. exclusive, but check with your local Chanel artist to verify–my guess is the baked version will be available globally (which is the norm for for the majority of Chanel quads), just not this formula. I don’t know why Chanel has two formulas, and I can’t fathom why they continue to have two formulas when time and time again readers confirm that the baked version is almost always inferior.

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This quad is only interesting if you like softer, sheerer neutrals; the color payoff, with the exception of the golden shade, was sheerer, while the texture of all four shades was slightly dry and ranged from slightly powdery to somewhat powdery.

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7/10

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7.5/10

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7/10

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8/10

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9/10

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Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Revlon Emerald/Empire PhotoReady Kajal
Revlon Emerald PhotoReady Kajal

Revlon Emerald/Empire PhotoReady Kajal ($8.99 for 0.08 oz.) is a dual-ended eyeliner with a bolder, deeper shade on one end for lining and defining, and then a brightening shade on the opposite end. Revlon says both shades can be applied to the water line as well as the lower lash line and should last all-day long and have a creamy formula. I found both ends to be creamy, nicely pigmented (Empire was fully opaque, while Emerald was mostly opaque), and they glided across the lash line easily without tugging, dragging, or skipping.

I wore both on the lower lash line as well as water line, and both applied with opaque color on the water line well.  The bad news is that I had terrible wear with both shades, but it was most distressing to see Empire dragged out about half an inch past my lash line like I had gone swimming for the past hour and a half, maybe with a few crying fits afterward!  I even had bits of the eyeliner on my actual lid–that’s transfer from the lower lash line onto the lid!  I didn’t see as much bleeding with Empire, but because it blended it out to my skin tone, it was hard to tell; but it had clearly faded/migrated.  NARS’ Kaliste actually looks a lot like Emerald (no, it had the exact same wear, so you can see what I mean!), and I had the same experience with that eyeliner formula as well–and it felt like a dream to apply but was a nightmare to wear.

All of this happened within an hour of wearing them.  I looked at my notes, and I thought, “Well, let’s just test it one more time,” and in fact, I tested both shades twice more today, and I had the same bleeding, smudged wear after an hour or less of wear.  It’s really a shame, because the creaminess, coupled with the rich color payoff, made this an eyeliner I wanted to rave about.

Emerald is a blue-tinted teal with a mostly matte finish–there is a smidgen of micro-shimmer, but it doesn’t appear visible applied (looks matte). MAC Blue Noon is greener. Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal is bluer. See comparison swatches. You can also see additional blue-based teal eyeliner swatches.

Empire is a lightened, warm-toned, light beige with a matte finish. Sephora Blonde Ambition is more shimmery, while NARS Rue Bonaparte is more neutral. See comparison swatches. It would also be comparable to MAC NC15/NW20.

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5/10

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pastelluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “bright champagne with pearl, peach pink with pearl, light pink, bright lavender and dusty grey.”  This was the hardest palette to use of the six MAC launched, because four of the five shades had incredibly crumbly, almost gritty, textures that were just so filled with sparkle that the sparkle got everywhere during application, after, and really stuck to the skin.  I initially applied these shades this morning, and after nine hours of wear, most of what was applied on the lid seems to be underneath my eye and on my cheeks.  Even applying all of the shades with a damp brush didn’t give great results on the lid from the get-go.  The only shade that wasn’t a pain to use was #5.  The eye that I wore this palette on was watering all day (and the other one only started watering towards the end).

Pastelluxe #1 is a sparkling, pale gold with a muted quality. It was sheer both wet and dry, and it was difficult to smooth out, so it looked uneven applied. MAF Flicker is lighter. Bobbi Brown Bone is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #2 is a pale peach that looks more beige applied than it does in the pan. Like #1, it was sheer whether applied wet or dry, and the consistency was very sparkly and kind of crumbly to the touch. Urban Decay Sellout is darker, less glittery. NARS Delphes #1 is less glittery. MAC Light Touch is smoother. MAC Blonde Streak is cooler-toned. MAC Ice is darker. Bobbi Brown Bone is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #3 is a pastel pink with warm undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s mostly just a sprinkling of sparkle, and then applied wet, you can see more color but it is still semi-sheer. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is darker. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay SWF is darker. Maybelline Inked in Pink is darker, cream product. MAC Cheryl Chic is a bit darker, less metallic. MAC Tuapeless is cooler-toned. MAC Love Power is a touch darker and a cream product. MAC Good Fortune is lighter and a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir 4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #4 is a cool-toned lilac purple with gold and white sparkle. It had a very chunky, crumbly texture that was apparent both wet and dry–it went from very sheer to sheer. MAC Dynamic Duo 2 #1 is less metallic. MAC Fresh Ice is lighter, less metallic. MAC Silverwear is lighter, less metallic. MAC Digit is quite a bit lighter and less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Pastelluxe #5 is a dirty taupe with subtle warm undertones and a multi-colored sparkle. This one was particularly pretty as it caught the light and twinkled. Applied dry, it’s a softer, semi-opaque color, while applied dry, it is a bit darker and more opaque, as well as smoother. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is warmer. MAC Romance Me is less frosted. MAC Shale is warmer. Bobbi Brown Stormy Grey is warmer, less frosted. See comparison swatches.

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Pastelluxe was the worst of the six, as it was incredibly sparkly--these sparkly shades were crumbly, prone to fall out, and difficult to smooth out. They're a bit like the Pressed Pigments in that they really need to be mixed and pressed to smooth out.

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6.5/10

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7/10

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6.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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6/10

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6/10

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6/10

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Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink with golden sheen.”
Chanel Abstraction is warmer, almost coral-like in comparison. Urban Decay Scratch is warmer, doesn’t have a golden sheen, and is a powder product. Lancome Kitten Heel is lighter but has a golden sheen, and it is also a powder eyeshadow. Make Up For Ever #24E is very comparable. MAC Da BLing doesn’t have the same golden sheen and is a powder eyeshadow. See comparison swatches here.

Clinique Lavish Lilac Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “medium lilac.” It’s a smoky plum with a metallic sheen and neutral-to-cool undertones. BareMinerals Chroma Violet is warmer, purpler. bareMinerals Romp is very similar but a powder product. MAC Round Midnight is darker and a powder eyeshadow. MAC Joy & Laughter #2 is slightly lighter and a powder product. MAC Winterized is a smidgen darker and a powder product. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is lighter and a powder eyeshadow. Urban Decay Rapture is purpler and a powder product. See comparison swatches here.

Pink and Plenty was semi-sheer in one stroke, and on the lid, it was a crumbly, flaky mess that was very unflattering on the lid! It made the lid look dry and crepe-y. It tugged at the lid, and in an attempt to even out the color, it clings to itself and doesn’t smooth out well. I wish this was easier to blend, because I could definitely see someone using this as a one-and-done wash of color that adds color and brightens. It “lasted” during the twelve hours I wore it without (further) creasing/fading, but it started off so patchy that it was hard to tell–I just went back the fact it looked exactly the same initially and twelve hours later.

Lavish Lilac was mostly opaque in a single pass, and it applied smoothly and evenly on the lid. The consistency of the pencil is somewhat dry but waxy, so it glides across the lid without tugging too much, but it’s not the creamiest or most comfortable pencil shadow I’ve come across. Like others in the range, it’s also not very blendable–it tends to stay and stick where you’ve applied it, so fading out the edges can take some elbow grease. One trick is to heat up the pencil with a blow dryer or used a similar-colored powder eyeshadow to help diffuse the edges. I didn’t experience any creasing or fading with this shade over the twelve hours I wore it.

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Pink and Plenty

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6/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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2.5/5

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9/10

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9/10

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8/10

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10/10

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick
Illamasqua ESP Lipstick

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “vivid violet.” It’s a rich, violet purple with pink undertones and a matte finish. Nothing that I could think of seemed to come very close–this is very purple; not pink, not fuchsia, and then not ultra dark/vampy. OCC Belladonna was the closest, but it’s lighter. MAC Potent Fig and MAC Fervent are much darker, less violet. MAC Violetta and MAC Heroine are both much pinker. Illamasqua Kontrol is purpler, grayer, and quite a bit darker. See swatch comparisons here.

Though it’s a more unique color, and anyone who’s been on the hunt for a brightened purple will be tempted by ESP, the texture is very, very unforgiving. It’s incredibly dry, which made application problematic, wear uncomfortable, and the color looked dry and patchy applied. I would highly recommend laying down a smidgen of balm first–just enough to make everything smooth over better–and applying the color with a lip brush.It’s very easy to break the bullet because of how much pressure you exert just to swipe the lipstick across the lips (it tugs, drags, and pulls). It will come as no surprise but this is uncomfortable to wear, because it feels like it is clinging to the lips and is somewhat drying (but not as drying as it looks). The upside, I guess, is because it is clingy, whatever you do apply will last quite awhile (six hours for me).

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This was one of the driest, stiffest lipsticks I've used not -- not just drying or clingy but the consistency of the lipstick was hard to work with and apply.

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5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “dandelion and African frost.” It’s a brighter, bolder duo that is being added to the permanent range. The combination is one you’ll either love or loathe, because it’s bold, bright, and not a pairing that everyone gravitates towards.

Fashion Rebel #1 is a mostly matte yellow with orange-y undertones–not quite a goldenrod shade but close. Jasmine Cave of Wonders is shimmery. Sephora Banan Split is frosted. Inglot #323 is yellower. Illamasqua Hype is lighter, more matte. The color payoff was just so-so–it really needs to be packed and pressed on, as the texture is on the stiffer side. In order to get even, more opaque color, I had to use NARS’ primer underneath.

Fashion Rebel #2 is a pink-tinged violet with a matte finish. MAC Spoiled Rich is darker, purpler. bareMinerals Statement is pinker. Sugarpill 2AM is lightly shimmered and brighter. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet has a light shimmer. Urban Decay Purple Haze is darker. Inglot #334 is more lavender. It had a powdery texture, so it was prone to sheering out in places. The best way to apply this shade was to press and pat it on, then lightly blend around the edges very, very carefully. Like the yellow, it was hard to use without a primer, because the color payoff was so sheer.

I’m not keen on this eyeshadow duo as a result of the sheerer color payoff and less-than-stellar textures.  The yellow shade was stiff and required a lot of layering to build up the color, while the purple shade was powdery and prone to sheering out–and both absolutely needed a primer to even work half-decently.  When worn without a primer, they both were somewhat faded after eight hours, while when worn with a primer, there was less fading but still slight fading of the purple shade (but the yellow was fine).

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NARS Fashion Rebel Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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I'm not keen on this eyeshadow duo as a result of the sheerer color payoff and less-than-stellar textures. Even with a primer, which many do use as part of their regular routine, it wasn't a good product.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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3.5/5

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