Friday, March 13th, 2015

Chanel L'Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L’Intemporel de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes five shades of muted, smokier shades. It was a complete and utter disaster; not worth $8, let alone $80. Described as a “rich palette” with “an absolute black” and “brilliant green and plum shades,” I don’t know what palette they’re speaking of, because these were sheer, dusty, and uneven applied to the skin. One could probably salvage it to some degree by using a tacky, colored or white-hued base. The eyeshadows are just so powdery with little binder that they don’t adhere well to bare skin, sheer away as soon as you make any attempt to blend, and they look dry and patchy. As they end up showing up rather sheer and muted, the darker shades get lost in each other. The entire look had creased and faded after five hours of wear.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #1 is described as a “gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish. It was very powdery, but it applied the best out of the five shades, as it at least looked fairly even. It was significantly faded after five hours of wear. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #2 is described as a “brilliant green.” It’s a faded, murky forest green with a lighter green satin shimmer. Thie texture was unbelievably powdery–it just doesn’t bind; instead, it flies away as you apply it to the skin. It needs some sort of tacky base to have a hope of adhering. It looked dry, blotchy, and was the worst eyeshadow in the palette. The color had such promise in the pan, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #3 is described as an “absolute black.” It’s a soft black with neutral undertones and a smattering of ultra-fine silver shimmer. It was semi-sheer, powdery, difficult to blend, and short-wearing. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #4 is described as a “plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. This one was deceptive; it seemed to swatch well and held together on the skin better than the other shades, but it still was difficult to apply on the lid–it just tended to blend out too readily, which made it look sheer and uneven. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Intemporel de Chanel #5 is described as a “silver-white.” It’s a brightened, silvery-white with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was powdery and thin so it didn’t apply evenly or with more than semi-opaque coverage. It faded after five hours. This type of color is more basic, so there are a slew of alternatives out there. See swatches of similar shades / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) consists of a medium yellowed green, burgundy, mauve-y pink, and shimmery beige. I thought it was an interesting color combination to try, but I was very disappointed in the quality of the eyeshadows in practice. Givenchy describes the formula as having an “intuitive application [that] offers immediate and even coverage for pure, intense color payoff … comfortable to wear and luminous, it stays true all day long.” They swatched with promise, but they just didn’t adhere well, blend easily, or wear for long. The initial application made it look like I had been wearing the eyeshadows for sixteen hours in humid weather–faded, muddied, and uneven, when it was more like five minutes. You know it’s bad when you apply the product, see the end result, apply more, still get the same result, and have ended up packing so much product on that you have more eyeshadow underneath your eye than above it, then say, “screw it!” and remove and try again another day, only to endure the same frustrating, dismal results as before a week later.

Tentation #1 is a medium, yellowed olive green with a smattering of light gold sparkle over a satin finish. It seemed like it had good color payoff, but it sheers out really easily in practice and doesn’t stick to the skin well. I felt like I applied the color, blended carefully, and then it seemed to disappear, like some kind of horrible magic trick. It was noticeably faded and creased after four hours of wear. Colour Pop Rebel (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery, cream. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Colour Pop Hammered (P, $5.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is warmer. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Marsh (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) (P, $23.00) is darker, less shimmery, cream. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is a cream. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #148 (DC, $20.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #2 is a muted, dark burgundy-brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation but had a dry, hard-to-blend texture that faded quickly. The color applied and remained uneven on the skin, as it just wouldn’t blend. It showed signs of creasing after six hours of wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Red Mahogany (LE) is similar. Guerlain Cygne Noir #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Hello Kitty Celebrate (LE) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Black Forest Truffle (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is lighter. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is browner. Urban Decay Roach (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #3 is a light-medium, pink-mauve with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was sheer, firm, and difficult to get color to translate onto the skin, as it went on unevenly and tended to blend away to nothingness. On me, it seemed like it had vanished within four hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #4 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Paris #1 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S812 Tea Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P) is brighter. MAC Lingering Dusk (LE, $15.00) is warmer, darker. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #4 is a light, sparkly beige with warm, golden undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer texture that didn’t play well with the skin. It sheered out as soon as you went to blend it, and the sparkles got everywhere. It looked like it had totally faded within four hours of wear. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #1 (LE) is warmer, darker. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is a liquid product, less sparkly. Dior Golden Reflections #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Clarins Forest #2 (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Bone (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color
Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color

Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that was thin but glided on without tugging. On me, it lasted for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent that’s not too strong. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is more matte. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is darker. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is similar. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is redder. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is brighter. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty All the Way (122) (P, $30.00) is darker. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is more matte, brighter. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Bubblegum Bloom (965) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light, cool-toned pink with a strong white base and white frosted shimmer. It was semi-sheer with a gritty texture that applied horribly; it was incredibly uneven, made my lips look worse, and settled into lip lines. The color slipped away within an hour and a half with additional color settling into lip lines, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is darker, brighter, less shimmery. MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Be Fabulous (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Carnation Cabernet (970) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia-berry with cool, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage with a moderately emollient consistency that has a “wet” appearance when applied. The texture is thin with translucency, so the natural lip color comes thorugh, and this tended to look like a lip stain applied. It lasted for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Francesco (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, less glossy. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is similar. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is less glossy. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is brighter. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — There is one more new, limited edition shade from Maybelline, but my local store didn’t have it. Sorry! :(

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

MAC Sagu Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Sagu Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Sagu Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of three neutral duos in the upcoming Julia Petit collaboration collection. This duo’s downfall is just how poor the lighter shade is, which is owed a lot to the fact that it is a Lustre finish–one of MAC’s weakest finishes/formulas in their eyeshadow range. I wonder why MAC doesn’t make their “Lustre” finish their Pressed Pigments, since at least those have some adhesive quality. Most Lustres need to be used over a glitter adhesive or over a tacky, cream base (preferably something with a base color or is white). I think the idea of these two shades together could have been beautiful and easily a go-to for some, but the quality of the eyeshadows leaves something to be desired.

Druzy is described as a “dirty mauvy purple [with a Lustre finish].” It has a cool-toned, mauvy taupe base with copper and gold flecks of sparkle. This is an old school Lustre that’s a total pain to work with, because it’s a mess and rains sparkle/glitter all over your face and applies virtually no color. Since nothing adhered to the skin, I had to use it damp (even though it will cause the top layer to harden–Lustres, due to their dryness, seem very prone to hardening over time through oils on fingertips/brushes and are unforgiving if you use them with a damp brush) to even get anything to stick to the skin. The texture is dry, gritty, and there was no color or sparkle left after four hours. It had very sheer color payoff, and it was sheer by even Lustre standards (which is a sheerer finish with more sparkle). The color looks so promising in the pan–if only it was a Veluxe Pearl! It’s hard to “dupe” this since there’s little base color to replicate, but here are two possibilities that seemed like what you might have expected in a swatch. MAC Force of Nature #2 (LE, $21.00) is far more opaque. MAC Frozen Violet (P, $18.50) is a cream product that leans purpler. See comparison swatches / no Dupe List available, as I really don’t think these are dupes.

Black Plum is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, which I think applies better with a fluffy brush, but it is drier and harder to blend on the skin. It lasted for eight hours once applied. Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P) is lighter. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Presto (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $15.00) is slightly cooler-toned. bareMinerals Ensemble (LE) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette
Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette ($58.00 for 0.332 oz.) contains six eyeshadows and two cheek colors. Everything about this palette was a disappointment. It’s a bit like wearing a bunch of faded, barely-there eyeshadows that just make your natural lid look muddied, dreary, and powdery. Both cheek colors were stiff and required a spatula to scrape off color to get anything to show up in a swatch, but I couldn’t get either to visibly appear on my cheeks. The eyeshadows are very soft and powdery, and unfortunately, most of them blend away to poor versions of themselves in practice. I was a bit surprised, because it swatched better than anticipated, but it was a mess trying to use this. The only way to salvage it would be use to a white, tacky/creamy base. The only nice thing about this is the packaging, which has “water’ droplets on the exterior (exactly like MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection).

Mist is a muted, light-medium green-teal with strong gray and cool undertones. It had a satin finish. It had decent color payoff but was so soft that it sheered out to semi-sheer coverage. It was noticeably faded after five hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fog is a light-medium, khaki green with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was soft yet powdery enough that it tended to blend away to a rather sheer, faded color applied to the lid in practice. It wore well for five and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Storm is a muted, overcast green with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage but was prone to sheering out to a very faded, sheerer version of itself. It only wore well for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wind is a soft, muted pink-lavender with hints of gray and a subtle, warmer undertone and a matte finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, but it had a somewhat powdery texture that made it difficult to keep at that intensity–it wanted to sheer out almost instantly. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Purple Rain is a cool-toned, purple-gray with a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a soft texture that was somewhat powdery. It was faded within six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cloud is a muted, medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery, semi-sheer, and lasted a mere five hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sunset (Cheek Color) is a pink-peach with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. I had to chip away at the pan’s surface to dislodge product with a metal spatula, because the surface was so firm and hard that it nearly felt like plastic. What I managed to scrape away ended up being chalky, powdery, and dry. I couldn’t get it to show up on my skin tone, but I did see a slightly chalky cast in person, though it seemed to disappear nearly instantly, because it was gone less than an hour later. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Earth (Cheek Color) is a medium-dark reddish brown with a satin finish. It had a similarly hard surface that required scraping to get any product out of it for swatching. It was powdery, dry, prone to fading, and incredibly difficult to blend on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

MAC Lightly Tauped Studio Eye Gloss
MAC Lightly Tauped Studio Eye Gloss

MAC Lightly Tauped Studio Eye Gloss ($21.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light beige gloss with pearl.” It’s a dirty olive with fine, multi-colored shimmer. It’s basically a slightly warming clear gloss with a smattering of shimmer. This isn’t a type of product I’ve come across often, so I don’t know of any dupes that are designed for use on eyes. The glossy effect coupled with the barely-there amount of shimmer when actually applied to the lids is really replicated by any glossy product that could be applied to the eyes.

The Studio Eye Gloss formula is supposed to give a “high shine” and can be used with pigments or as a “wash of gloss and a hint of color” on its own. I’d love to know the reasoning for including this formula in a mass, consumer-driven collection like MAC x Cinderella, because this is everything that you’d expect to find in a PRO-only product… because it IS a PRO product. It is a high maintenance product that’s best for photoshoots or for someone who wants a very specific look and doesn’t mind the pitfalls of what amounts to as a lipgloss you put on your eyes.

It’s tackier than any gloss I’ve tried, and it physically snaps the skin on my eye lid back as it sticks to my finger or brush (anyone who is concerned about tugging or pulling at the skin around the eyes, stay far away). I applied it using a flat, synthetic brush all over the lid and above the crease, and it settled into the creases within five minutes. I could feel the gloss migrating immediately, and the area near my inner corner gave me the sensation of my eyelid becoming glued shut. Every time I blinked, I could feel my upper and lower lash lines sticking together and slowly releasing. The product is so sheer and within a few minutes, most of the shimmer settles into the creases, so it just looks like you’ve applied clear gloss–I can get the same glossy effect using Vaseline, which is more comfortable to wear, since it isn’t tacky.

I tried patting pigment on top of it, and the loose pigment stuck well to the glossy base. It was hard to apply, and it’s very finicky as you’ll get big clumps of product lifting off of the area as you work. It actually lasted a bit longer than I anticipated–creasing occurred two hours into wear, but surprisingly, I didn’t feel like the effect was glossy (the pigment looked the same applied damp).

MAC doesn’t make a whole lot of claims about it on their website, so I don’t know if it’s supposed to be long-wearing or crease-resistant, but it’s not even short-wearing, because the formula gravitates towards the creases immediately for me. I can only see this working for an editorial shoot, where the look is high-shine, glossed eyelids, where the eyes can be touched up constantly for that specific shot.

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