Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#13 is a dark, muted reddish burgundy with a satin-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P) is purpler. Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. MAC Festive Delight (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Chanel Eclosion #4 (P) is brighter, purpler, more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Crucible (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

#14 is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours before beginning to fade. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is a smidgen warmer. Dior Pastel Fontanges #5 (LE) is pinker. NARS Jezebel (P) is warmer. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is similar. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is darker. LORAC Champagne (P) is lighter. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Stubborn (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Hush (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Raffinement #2 (P) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

#15 is a purple-shimmered, blackened eggplant–it ends up looking like a sooty, warm-toned gray with flecks of plummy-purple shimmer on top. The texture was dry and powdery, which resulted in uneven, semi-sheer color payoff. When applied to the lid, it had some slight fading after seven hours of wear. This one was difficult to dupe, partially because the color doesn’t quite translate from the pan to the swatch. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 (LE) is purpler. MAC Beautymarked (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Graphology (DC, $15.00) is darker, purpler. See comparison swatches.

#16 is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a golden sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft but not powdery. It lasted for eight hours before starting to fade along the edges. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is also darker. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

#17 is a muted, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color wore well for just over eight hours before I saw some fading on the edges. Ulta Teal (P, $10.00) is brighter, lighter. L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is brighter, lighter. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Vapor (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

#18 is a light beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the consistency was really soft, smooth, and buttery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before it seemed to fade. Tarina Tarantino Jasper (P) is similar. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is lighter. MAC Tenderly (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is pinker. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is pinker. MAC Butternutty (LE) is a cream product. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches of all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page. .

#1 is a warm-toned, dark brown with gold micro-glitter and copper sparkle over a satin-matte finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth, but you could feel some of the sparkle separate from the base color, so there was fall out during application. I noticed some minor fall out during wear, but only some of the sparkle translates onto the lid so there’s less that falls out over time. The color lasted for eight hours before gradually fading. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is grayer. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is less sparkly, more frosted. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is darker, cream product. NARS Surabaya #2 (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Pumped (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches. This seemed really close to Silly, but #1 had a better texture and more pigmentation.

#2 is a silver-sparkled, cool-toned pinky-purple. The texture was dry, powdery, and almost gritty–I could really feel the powder and sparkle in it. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it was difficult to apply. It’s a shade that really has to have a sticky, almost white-tinged base to work in any usable capacity. What color I managed to get onto the lid lasted for six hours before I saw noticeable fading. Laura Mercier African Violet (P, $23.00) is cooler-toned with a golden sheen. MAC Swelter (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. Buxom Schnauzer (P, $18.00) is a cream product. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, frosted. See comparison swatches.

#3 is a muted, dark green with cool undertones and a fine, emerald green micro-shimmer and satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is more frosted. Makeup Geek Envy (P, $5.99) is very similar. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #80 (P, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#4 is a softened, pink-tinged peach with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery. This shade lasted for eight hours before it started to fade. This seemed really similar to theBalm Stubborn, though it appeared slightly lighter in the pan but the swatches were nearly identical. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is similar. LORAC Champagne (P) is lighter. MAC A Natural Flirt (LE, $19.50) is warmer.Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

#5 is a deep, dark, muted cool-toned purple with a satin finish. It had fantastic pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled but slightly powdery. The color wore well for eight and a half hours when I tested it. theBalm The Stroke (P, $16.00) is very similar, if not identical, but the color payoff was weaker. MAC Double Feature #8 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#6 is a muted, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. The color lasted for just over eight hours when I wore it. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is brighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is more frosted. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is slightly more frosted. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, February 17th, 2014

Wet 'n' Wild I'm His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($3.99 for 0.21 oz.) contains five eyeshadows that range from silvery-white to navy blue. The quality of this palette is mediocre; every shade suffered from a powdery, sometimes chalky, base, so color payoff was often sheer, all were prone to fading quickly on the lid, and even in the event that a fair amount of color applied to the skin, it easily sheered away if you blended it at all. The consistency just didn’t allow the powder to bind, adhere, or smooth over the skin. It’s this type of quality that gives drugstore makeup a bad name–this reinforces every negative stereotype, and it’s unfortunate, because there are better products to be found in the drugstore aisles and Wet ‘n’ Wild used to make them to boot!

I had hoped that by now these palettes would be readily available online, but I still haven’t spotted the new 5-pan palettes, like this one, yet–they’re all permanent additions to Wet ‘n’ Wild’s range.

I’m His Breezey #1 is a soft, pale, bluish gray with a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was very, very powdery to work with. It managed less than four hours of decent wear on me. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #2 is a pale gray with a soft, frosted finish. It seemed like a promising shade initially, but it is so powdery to work with that it turns into a veil of color when applied. It had faded significantly after four hours of wear. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #3 is a cool-toned, muted, dark purple-blue with a mostly matte finish. It had sheer color payoff, and the texture was powdery and dry. It started to crease and fade after three hours of wear. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #4 is a medium, sky blue with a soft, pearly finish. The texture was powdery, slightly chalky, while the pigmentation was semi-sheer. This shade had completely vanished by the sixth hour–as in, it looked like my regular lid–and it was showing signs of fading after three hours. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #5 is a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle. It was the least powdery shade in the palette, and the color payoff was semi-opaque. It lasted longer than the other shades, too, and managed six hours. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, January 6th, 2014

MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Sprinkle of Blues Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cool-toned mix centered around blue. It contained a white with a blue sheen, muted navy blue, medium-dark blue, and a blackened navy. This quad was horrifying across the board–dry, stiff, difficult to blend, splotchy application, fast to fade, and utter garbage. I’ve worked with all six of the quads released in the collection, and none were as frustrating as this one–this performed so much worse than the others; it didn’t even apply halfway decently. It cannot be used damp; the only hope it has is being applied over a slightly tacky, white base. I don’t know why this quad differed so greatly compared to the others, which, with work and a particular technique, I could apply and it would look fine on.

A Sprinkle of Blues #1 is a pale, cool-toned white that flashes blue. It’s very, very sheer and powdery–it was almost chalky–and difficult to swatch, let alone apply. It clumps if you use it wet, so I wouldn’t recommend applying it with a damp brush. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is very similar. Maybelline Waves of White (LE, $6.99) is greener. MAC Vellum is whiter with a less pronounced iridescence. See comparison swatches.

A Sprinkle of Blues #2 is a smoky, muted navy blue with a satin finish. This was also dry, a little stiff, and can’t be used wet. It clumped and applied unevenly when I used it with a damp brush–it would dry and look splotchy. theBalm Matt Horowitz (LE, $16.00) is bluer. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is more frosted, darker. bareMinerals Private Isle (LE) is bluer. See comparison swatches.

A Sprinkle of Blues #3 is a medium-dark, slightly brightened, blue with a pearly finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and uneven, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more opaque, but it was still uneven–I couldn’t get it to smooth out even when just swatched on my arm (and there was no help for it on the lid). MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is very similar, is also Mineralized, and is infinitely better. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is purpler. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is more muted, cream product. Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is bluer. MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Deep Truth (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Le Metier de Beaute Lapis (P, $30.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches.

A Sprinkle of Blues #4 is a medium-dark gray with bluish-teal and silver sparkle and shimmer. Applied dry, I could barely get it to show up at all. I had to dampen the brush with two to three times amount of water I normally would to get color to swatch. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is similar. LORAC Slate (P) is also similar. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is warmer-toned. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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This quad was horrifying across the board--dry, stiff, difficult to blend, splotchy application, fast to fade, and utter garbage. I've worked with all six of the quads released in the collection, and none were as frustrating as this one--this performed so much worse than the others; it didn't even apply halfway decently.

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Smeraldo Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “ice-cold, luminous green.” It’s a cool-toned, emerald green with fine emerald green shimmer. Illamasqua Violate (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was sheer; no matter how many layers I attempted to apply, whether I used a lip brush or not, it was always sheer, streaky, and all in all, horrible. If Dolce & Gabbana are going to take the time to put out a green-hued lipstick and then charge $36 for it, the least they could do was pack it with pigment, least of all by making it apply smoothly (I would settle for mostly even at this point).  The shimmer and color tended to bunch up, too, so it was streaky, crumbly, and patchy. The only nice thing I can say about this shade was that it was hydrating for the three hours it lasted for–it did stain my lips a sort of green-ish-gray. This is a product that made me see red as soon as I applied it, and I was just in total disbelief as to why they would let this go into production. The formula is rose-scented with a slight floral taste at times.

Dolce & Gabbana Ametista Classic Cream Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “bright purple.” Less bright purple, more fuchsia-tinted lavender with iridescent purple shimmer. NYX Castle (P, $4.00) is more lavender, less shimmery. NARS Tender Night (LE, $25.00) is similar but sheerer. MAC Pink Popcorn (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Though both of these lipsticks are part of the Classic Cream range, and these specific shades are touted as “bold, rich color inspired by the stones they are named after” and neither of these fit the bill. Ametista is semi-sheer, and as it is closer to the natural lip color, the sheerness doesn’t look as patchy or streaky, but it’s not a lipstick that deposits color very evenly. It wears two and a half hours on me, though it was moisturizing while I wore it.

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Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel
Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel

Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel ($34.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bronze khaki.” It’s a dark, gold-shimmered bronze with olive undertones and a pearly sheen. The brush doesn’t apply opaque product in a single stroke; it really has to be layered, but it dries fairly quickly and doesn’t apply perfectly smooth, so building in layers tends to result in an uneven texture. The color is striking, but the application leaves something to be desired. Once applied, it doesn’t budge, smudge, or fade–I wore it for a total of twelve hours–and didn’t seem to streak or run when my eyes watered (and later, when I dabbed water on it to test its water-resistant claim). The wear was good, but the color payoff and application were where it needed improvement. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Roach (P, $19.00) is redder-toned. Urban Decay Hustle (LE, $19.00) is more muted. Illamasqua Wisdom (P, $27.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “platinum bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, metallic bronze with gold and copper shimmer. It’s supposed to be a top coat for lashes and deliver “sheer, bronze-platinum iridescence,” which can be applied over bare lashes or over black mascara. I really wasn’t able to see difference when applied over bare lashes. I thought–at best–it lightened my black-brown lashes a little bit, but I could have been wishing that given how subtle the impact was. I didn’t see sparkle, shimmer, or color change. Maybe my lashes are too fine to show the effect or catch the sparkles, because when I applied over mascara, I was able to see very, very tiny bits of sparkle sparsely over the lashes. I think the effect is too subtle to really merit the product; you could get a similar effect by dusting a loose, shimmery eyeshadow on lashes (or mixed with clear brow gel/mascara for better hold). You can also use liquid glitter eyeliner and paint across the tips of lashes for a sparkly effect. I don’t have any actual dupes for this, as I can’t say I’ve tried many (possibly none previously) top coats for lashes. Normally, I’d consider this a loss for dark lashes like mine but Chanel actually expects this to be layered over black mascara, so that’s not really an excuse.

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Almost nothing shows up over bare lashes and only a faint dusting of shimmer is visible when layered over black mascara. It was not an effect that was ever even remotely visible unless I had my nose to the mirror. It seemed pigmented when I brushed the wand against my arm, but on lashes, not so much. It's supposed to be sheer, but this was too close to invisible.

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