Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow
Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow

Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering grass green.” It’s a brightened emerald green with a subtle golden shimmer-sheen–but it has a definite cool undertone, more in line with an emerald green than a grass green. MAC Fresh Flare is darker. Milani Green Safari is similar–slightly darker–and a cream product. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here #3 is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Deacy Graffiti is similar–slightly frostier.

Picnic in the Park had good color payoff both wet and dry, but it did apply better and with more pigment when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was very soft, smooth, and blendable.  This type of green is prone to staining, and this shade is no different; my arm was lightly stained after only having this on it for mere moments.  When I wore this shade on my lid with no primer, while it lasted a solid nine hours and only had very minor signs of fading after ten hours, there was a faint stain left behind, too.  I tried wearing it over a primer and that seemed to prevent the staining.

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If you want to enjoy the color of the year (emerald), this is a nice version that won't (completely) break the bank.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Sephora Apple Mojito (06) Eyeshadow
Sephora Apple Mojito (06) Eyeshadow

Sephora Apple Mojito (06) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright chartreuse with gold glitter.” It’s a brightened lime green with subtle yellow undertones; the finish to the color itself is mostly matte, and then there’s a sprinkling of gold micro-glitter. Sugarpill Acidberry is similar in color but has a faint sheen. lllamasqua Pivot has no micro-glitter but the colors are nearly the same. Make Up For Ever #91

This one applied better dry than it did damp, as applying it damp made it less blendable and, on occasion, made it look uneven. I think the more matte-like finish was the reason this was occurring. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, but there was powderiness and an underlying sheerness that was present. Apple Mojito was noticeably faded after a mere eight hours, while other shades have worn better for longer (closer to the full ten hours Sephora claims). Over a good, creamy eyeshadow base, I think the powderiness would go away and the color would have more punch (and better wear).

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I really had to pack on this color, and I had to be careful not to blend it much--because the powdery texture made it easy to sheer out. It also was prone to fading faster than other eyeshadows in the range.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, February 11th, 2013

Sephora Banana Split (05) Eyeshadow
Sephora Banana Split (05) Eyeshadow

Sephora Banana Split (05) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering yellow.” It’s a brightened, sunshine yellow with warm, golden tones and a pearly finish–some shimmer but not a full-on frost. NARS Flowers 1 #5 is not quite as bright. Illamasqua Hype is matte. Make Up For Ever #24 is a cream product. MAC Bright Sunshine is lighter, more frosted.

It has a soft, smooth texture that’s incredibly pigmented and blends easily on the lid.  The powder is just a touch powdery, but I didn’t notice it as a major problem during application (e.g. so powdery that the pigment would sheer out if you attempted to blend it).  The color payoff was about the same both wet and dry, but it had a more shimmery finish when applied damp.  I wore Banana Split on the inner third of my lid, and it lasted for nine hours well and was just a bit faded after ten hours (no primer).

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Banana Split is incredibly pigmented and blendable. There was a touch of powderiness in the pan but didn't translate to the lid.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, February 11th, 2013

Sephora French Riviera (04) Eyeshadow
Sephora French Riviera (04) Eyeshadow

Sephora French Riviera (04) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “glittering gold.” It’s a warm, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and gold micro-glitter. Urban Decay Spell is darker but has a similar finish (including the micro-glitter). L’Oreal Gold Imperial is lighter and has a browner base. Urban Decay Blitz is a touch browner/less yellow. Inglot #403 is yellower and has no micro-glitter. Make Up For Ever #10 is a touch warmer and has no micro-glitter.  Generally, French Riviera was slightly less warm, orange/brown, so it is a “cooler” gold (but not really cool-toned).

It has a glitter finish, and it won’t come as much of as a surprise, but there is fall out both during application and later on while the shade is worn. I found the fall out and feel to be in line with Urban Decay’s micro-glitter-infused eyeshadows. I’d love for a glittery eyeshadow that would apply and stay put, but unfortunately, this isn’t it. The texture of French Riviera is soft and smooth, so the underlying gold base is lovely and works, once you get past the glittery fall out. I found that much of the glitter gets lost during application and little remains on the actual lid, so there isn’t a lot left to fall out while it is worn (and fall out during application is easier to deal with, since you can clean it up and be done with it).   When I wore this shade, I had no problems with it wearing a full ten hours without fading or creasing–but the micro-glitter did migrate.

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If you like micro-glitter and don't mind applying with a special base, I'd still consider the shade. If you loathe micro-glitter and don't want to put in any extra effort, skip.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Sephora Girls Night Out (03) Eyeshadow
Sephora Girls Night Out (03) Eyeshadow

Sephora Girls Night Out (03) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “metallic dark gold.” It’s a rich, molten yellow gold with bronzy brown undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. NARS Paramaribo is much less metallic, more golden, less warm-toned. Inglot #404 is more coppery. Inglot #430 is much yellower. MAC Amber Lights is browner and more coppery.

The color payoff of Girls Night Out is insane–it’s super, super pigmented with a rich, buttery texture that almost feels like a slick, cream eyeshadow. It is a softer eyeshadow, though, and when I used it, I did get some excess powder kicked up on the pan. On the eye, the color adhered well, so I didn’t see any fall out during application or later on while I wore the eyeshadow. I also expected that this was going to be dupable, but it doesn’t have enough copper/orange or gold/yellow to be close to a lot of expected shades.  Girls Night Out also wore phenomenally  it delivered on Sephora’s 10-hour wear claim with no fading or creasing after being worn for 10 hours (no primer).

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Girls Night Out is incredibly pigmented, long-wearing, and blends beautifully. It's only ding was some powderiness in the pan, as a result of having such a soft texture.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Sephora Snakeskin Dress (02) Eyeshadow
Sephora Snakeskin Dress (02) Eyeshadow

Sephora Snakeskin Dress (02) Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering golden khaki.” It’s a warm, olive green with a golden olive shimmer-sheen. It has a frosted finish and brown undertones. Urban Decay Jealous is lighter and greener. Urban Decay Mildew is greener and less golden. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion is very similar in color but less frosted. Inglot #419 is more olive, less green/yellow. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is more olive, way less green.

Applied dry, it has a more frosted finish and is a touch powdery, but the overall color payoff is good. Applied damp, it went on more smoothly and resulted in a softer frost finish with a stronger sheen. It seemed about as pigmented use either way. I tested this shade yesterday, and it wore well for a full ten hours–no fading or creasing–without primer, which is the time Sephora claimed. The texture was soft, smooth, and just a smidgen powdery.  Snakeskin Dress applied well with good color payoff, easy blending, and looked even and smooth on the lid.

The new, reformulated Sephora eyeshadows are also designed to be used in palettes, and each compact has a small indent where a key fits into it in order to lift out the pan and place it into the palette. It’s easy to get the pans in and out without nicking the edges, and the palettes have the same indentation, so you can transfer to and from with the same level of ease. I think these are a bit higher priced than I’d expect, though you get more eyeshadow than the average pan (0.07 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.).  I wish they sold the pans separately, too, because then for those who don’t care about having a pot, they wouldn’t have to pay for it either.

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Snakeskin Dress is nicely balanced between green, khaki, and olive; it's not too brown or too green, and as a result, there are a lot of dupes for it. The wear was impressive, too, at a full ten hours without a primer.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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