Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a bluish-teal with a satin finish. It’s beest applied with a damp brush, as it is semi-sheer and slightly patchy when applied dry. It is also easier to blend out when it is damp, as it tended to stick when I tried to apply it dry. Fyrinnae Gender Bent is lighter. Fyrinnae Sleepy Holllow is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is more shimmery, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is greener, cream. MAC Cool Heat is bluer. Inglot #338 is matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and iridescent fuchsia shimmer. This one was quite sparkly. Applied dry, it’s very sheer and more like a barely-there wash of color. Applied damp, it was more semi-opaque. CoverGirl Fired Up Pink is brighter, less cool-toned. Urban Decay Noise is less sparkly, darker. MAC Infra-violet is similar, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with subtle warm, plum undertones. Applied dry, it was sheer and uneven, and applied damp, it was more pigmented but still patchy. It was difficult to blend on the skin. Disney Snarfblat is cooler-toned. Dior Lilas Mitzah is similar. Urban Decay Vice is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Though they seemed incredibly pretty in their pots, I did not care for these in practice, because they stain the skin in such an over-the-top way and for all their staining power, fade within hours. I felt like my experience with these three was very opposite of what I experienced with the first three I tried. I experienced major staining with Never Fade Jade and Pink Rebel; my eyes were a murky, moldy green paired with “have you been crying?” pink for THREE (!) days. With a primer, it seemed to prevent most of the staining from Pink Rebel, but Never Fade Jade ate right through the primer and left an unholy stain of pain.

All three of these faded very, very quickly; like by the time you went to apply color on the other eye, everything appeared noticeably faded and washed out. I used these damp on bare lids, and then I used them damp over a primer, and they really couldn’t be helped over bare lids and absolutely needed a primer to manage decent color. I still had significant fading after a mere four hours with primer, and there was also a fair amount of fall out. Pink Rebel seemed to be responsible for the majority of the fall out (it was very iridescent!). I had originally tried three of the more neutral shades, and I remember Musings of a Muse didn’t like these much, so I was confused as I loved the neutrals, but after I tried these three, I knew exactly what she was talking about (and we texted about the differences between the shades).

Definitely not 24-hours of wear; not even four hours of decent wear with a primer (which has generally seen me through many an eyeshadow formula to at least eight hours of wear!). The staining is to such a degree that it can actually interfere with wearing makeup the next day or even the day after that. The staining left behind is sheer and uneven, so one would be hard-pressed to argue that was 24-hour wear. It’s not “powerful color intensity” that “stays put up to 24 hours.”  Some of the shades in this range are absolutely a dream to use, but these three were nightmarish.

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Never Fade Jade

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I experienced major staining with Never Fade Jade and Pink Rebel; my eyes were a murky, moldy green paired with "have you been crying?" pink for THREE (!) days. With a primer, it seemed to prevent most of the staining from Pink Rebel, but Never Fade Jade ate right through the primer and left an unholy stain of pain.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

2/10

Application

3/5

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Pink Rebel

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Pink Rebel seemed to be responsible for the majority of the fall out (it was very iridescent!).

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

2/10

Application

3.5/5

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Potent Purple

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Applied dry, it was sheer and uneven, and applied damp, it was more pigmented but still patchy. It was difficult to blend on the skin.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

2/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, June 10th, 2013

Aveda Jade Vine Petal Essence Eye Definer
Aveda Jade Vine Petal Essence Eye Definer

Aveda Jade Vine Petal Essence Eye Definer ($16.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “matte, bright, grass green.” It’s a yellow-toned, medium green with a matte finish. MAC Emerald Sea is less pigmented. Make Up For Ever #16L is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Landscape Green is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

It had decent to good color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color after a few passes back and forth. However, I wasn’t able to achieve this kind of payoff on the lash line, because the consistency of the pencil was rather waxy and stubborn, so it didn’t glide on easily. It tended to drag and skip, and it ended up looking rather subtle when I tried to apply it. The wear was so-so, as the eyeliner (that I managed to apply) lasted six hours well and started to smudge after that.

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Jade Vine

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The texture really made this a difficult product to apply, and it also resulted in weaker color payoff.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

2.5/5

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner
Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner

Chanel True Blue (57) Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “turquoise blue.” It’s a light-medium blue with silver and blue sparkle and shimmer. It doesn’t look teal or have any real flash of green to make a turquoise kind of color. This blue eyeliner comparison post features swatches of a lot of shades that compare with this one, most notably YSL #9 (more turquoise), bareMinerals 4AM (more opaque, so it appears bluer), and then Make Up For Ever #7L/Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi/Urban Decay Electric (all brighter blues).

This pencil was a painful, frustrating experience in why high-end doesn’t always equate to better. The consistency of the pencil is very, very dry and stiff. It tugged, pulled, and was incredibly difficult to apply with even, opaque color (and I would have settled for sheer but even). It almost feels like it’s scraping along the lash line. When you swatch an eyeliner on your arm, the amount of pressure you find yourself using is often much more than you would to the lash line (whether lower or upper), and I couldn’t even get it to build up well in a swatch. I should know better than to buy this, given how disappointed I was with Or Rose in December–but I am a SUCKER! for blues and teals in eyeliner form. On the upside, it wears well; doesn’t seem to fade, smudge, or budge from where it gets applied–it just never, ever looks even, smooth. It always looks jagged and dry.

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True Blue (57)

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This pencil was a painful, frustrating experience in why high-end doesn't always equate to better. I should know better than to buy this, given how disappointed I was with Or Rose in December--but I am a SUCKER! for blues and teals in eyeliner form.

Product

3/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

1/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

2/5

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Saturday, May 4th, 2013

MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder
MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder

MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder ($25.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with fine gold pearl.” It’s a yellowy, medium-dark tan brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Illamasqua Disobey is a browner and has no shimmer. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is warmer, more orange, and matte.

As I mentioned in my review for MAC’s Refined Golden, there were some serious texture issues (oddities?) with the regular bronzing powders in this collection. A few readers chimed in and said they had similar issues with past limited edition releases of the normally-permanent shades. That, of course, worries me, because I was originally chalking it up to being one-off, because the permanent versions have a normal, powder-like texture. The texture of Soft Sand almost felt like plastic–almost like a very stiff cream bronzer that didn’t give much payoff at all. I took a paper tough and just went to town getting the first few layers off, and that seemed to help quite a bit. I was able to get it to pick up on my brush after that and had it show up well on my skin. It lasted just under eight hours well without fading.  I had issues with the texture of last year’s Soft Sand, too; there were very similar issues but this felt even worse and even harder to get to work.

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I had issues with the texture of last year's Soft Sand, too; there were very similar issues but this felt even worse and even harder to get to work.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

4/10

Texture

3/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush
Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush

Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “dusty pink.” It’s a softened, medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. NARS Mata Hari is a bolder, brighter version. MAC Prom Princess is darker and cooler-toned. MAC Subtle Breeze is a smidgen cooler-toned.

It’s supposed to be a “silky-sheer powder blush that … gives cheeks a … natural-looking pop of color” with a matte finish and long-wear. It can be applied as a veil of sheer color, and in fact, does better when applied that way, but it is buildable to heavier color. Pink Rose had a stubborn texture; dry, stiff, and difficult to work with. It was challenging to dislodge enough product to get even, consistent color, and the powder didn’t want to blend easily on the cheeks, either. I really felt like I had to jab at the surface to get any color payoff or product out of the pan. It’s a shame as the color cold be very workable on both cool and warm-toned skin as a subtler, everyday kind of shade but also as something more dramatic once built up. The product managed to wear mostly intact for about eight hours, but it was hard to determine, as it looked patchy initially (so, so difficult to blend!).

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Pink Rose

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The color could have been very versatile, but the texture prevented this blush from working well -- it was stiff and dry, which made it hard to get color to apply and then even harder to blend it out.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

2.5/5

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Monday, April 8th, 2013

Estee Lauder Sinister Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Sinister Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Sinister Stay-On Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is medium-dark black with silver sparkle. MAC Blackground has a warmer base and smaller shimmer. Urban Decay Oil Slick is also a bit warmer (and a powder product). Buxom Black Lab is similar but has multi-colored sparkle.

It had so-so color payoff; it is more easily applied as a sheer wash of color (so then it turns into a dark gray), and if you attempt to build up the color, it doesn’t work out so well. It tended to bunch up and layer in odd ways so that it didn’t give you a smooth, even result. The texture was smoother than Steel, but it had a very dry, almost flaky texture once it dried down. The color came off in chunks throughout the day. I tested it twice just to be sure, but it was the same: splotchy color, fall out, and then light creasing after eight hours.

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Sinister

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I wish this had better color payoff, was more buildable, and actually wore for at least eight hours without flaking off and creasing.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

2.5/5

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