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Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow & Gender Bent Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Aztec Gold Pressed Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic gold over a rich olive green base.” It’s a deep olive gold with a really rich, soft metallic finish. The texture of this was insane; it felt like a cream product, even though it is a pressed powder, but it truly felt so buttery and smooth that it felt exactly like a cream eyeshadow does. A little went a long way when applying this, too. I found it looked the same applied dry as it did dry over Pixie Epoxy (at most, slightly more of a sheen with Pixie Epoxy). It wore on bare lids without creasing or fading for nine hours (same results over Pixie Epoxy/Primer). Urban Decay Stargazer is lighter, more metallic. NARS Paramaribo #1 is darker, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is yellower. Inglot #433 is browner. See comparison swatches.

Gender Bent (Loose) Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vivid, somewhat shimmery teal graced with bold orange sparkle.” It’s a bluish-teal with orange shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. Applied damp, it was semi-opaque, and then patted dry over Pixie Epoxy, it was more opaque. It had a very, very finely-milled texture and feel–it looked almost matte in the jar–but it was actually easy to use damp or over Pixie Epoxy. Gender Bent wore well for almost eight hours with light fading apparent just after that without a primer, and then layered over Pixie Epoxy and primer, it lasted nine hours without any signs of wear. (Fyrinnae does not seem to make any long-wearing claims, and in their blurb about Pixie Epoxy, they emphasize it is not a primer and to use a primer first to maximize wear time.) Disney Caspian Sea is slightly bluer. Sephora Curacao Punch is more glittery. MAC Parrot is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is darker. Milani Teal the Truth is more teal. MAC Double Feature #3 #1 is matte. See comparison swatches.

Aztec Gold
Aztec Gold
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Gender Bent
Gender Bent
A

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows, each full-sized at 0.05 oz. that are supposed to be “stunning, high-pigment shadows for rich color payoff.” If you love rich, jewel-toned hues and frosted, metallic finishes, this is a palette well worth checking out. Overall, it’s incredibly pigmented, and the textures are phenomenal–creamy, buttery, and so, so soft. There are a few shades that aren’t totally perfect, but they perform better when applied and aren’t really finicky to apply. When I wore the eyeshadows, they lasted nine hours on bare lids as well as nine hours over primer with no signs of fading or creasing.

Dainty is a pale, pink-beige with a matte finish. While the majority of the palette have very shimmery finishes, this shade is completely matte. It can actually be used to take down the shimmer of any other shade by lightly layering it on top. Marc Jacobs The Tease #3 is slightly shimmery. Dior Constellation #3 is more shimmery. theBalm Matt Chung is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Heartless is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Charming is a burgundy-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade was slightly dry and stiffer compared to other shades in the palette, so the resulting color payoff was decent but not as intense as the rest of the palette. When used with a fluffy brush, it does apply with heavier color and blends out fairly easily. bareMinerals Ensemble is browner, darker. MAC Rich Core is more shimmery. MAC Sketch is similar. Urban Decay Uncut is purpler, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs The Tease #7 is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Girly is a warm, coppery brown with a green duochrome. It had fantastic color payoff and a smooth, buttery texture. MAC Double Feature #5 #2 is darker. MAC Greenluxe #5 is darker, bluer. I would imagine this is similar, but warmer and more orange-toned, to shades like Too Faced’s Label Whore and MAC Club/Blue Brown pigment (I think Green Brown would be more similar). See comparison swatches.

Totally Fetch is a vibrant fuchsia with a cool undertone and a pearly finish. It had intense color payoff and a very smooth, even texture. Fyrinnae Superstar is brighter. Sugarpill Dollipop is matte. Urban Decay Junkshow is purpler. MAC Double Feature #7 #1 is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Miss Sparkles is a deep black with silver sparkle. It has fairly good color payoff and is buildable, so you can get a really intense, deep black if desired, but the texture itself is very soft and slightly powdery, though that means it is easy to blend out. MAC Smokeluxe #5 is darker. MAC Bleuluxe #5 is similar. NARS Arabian Nights #2 is darker. NARS Night Breed is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is cooler-toned. Sugarpill Stella is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Ringleader is a warm, light-medium peach with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff and a smooth, buttery texture. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is less shimmery. Urban Decay Snatch has glitter. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is slightly pinker. Inglot #397 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Gangsta is a warm, bronzy brown with copper undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery feel. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 is less warm. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 is less shimmery. Urban Decay Deeper is darker, browner. MAC Cognac is yellower. MAC Tempting is more golden, less orange. MAC Romp is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Instigator is a molten, yellow gold with a high-shine, metallic finish. The color payoff was rich and intense, and the texture was incredibly soft and buttery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #5 is very similar. Sephora Girls Night Out is warmer. Urban Decay Spell #1 is similar, slightly darker. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. Maybelline Bold Gold is a cream product, darker. bareMinerals Remix is lighter, more gold. See comparison swatches.

Badass is a medium-dark blue with violet and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it was more buildable when I was applying it than it seemed initially. The texture was very soft and blendable. NARS Kamchatka is matte. Tom Ford Cobalt Rush #2 is bluer. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is darker. MAC Thru the Night is darker, bluer. MAC Naval Blue is very similar. MAC Blue Storm is darker, bolder. See comparison swatches.

Jailbird is a cool-toned, metallic silver. The texture was incredibly butter and smooth, and the color payoff was amazing. MAC Silver Sleet is similar, slightly darker. MAC Warm Thunder is darker, less metallic. MAC Tundra is similar. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #6 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Pretty Rebel
Pretty Rebel
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
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Giorgio Armani Beauty Kaleidoscope Collection for Fall 2013


The Armani world takes on multiple facets for autumn. It is a world seen through a kaleidoscope that augments tones and luminosity to create an intense collection of pure, sparkling, high-impact colors.

Face & Eye Palette ($88.00) (Limited Edition)

The black case, with its chic magnetic closure, conceals two tiers – one for the face and one for eye makeup application and is the perfect capsule for touch-ups at any time of the day. The palette opens to reveal a face powder in shades sprinkled with pearls for subtly metallic glints.The delicate eye shadow harmonies are then discovered: spellbinding colours that bring out the eyes in blue-violet and brown-green tones.

  • Palette No. 1 A Rosy Blush face powder and three eye shadows in Smoky Purple, Iridescent Blue and Satin Grey Blue.
  • Palette No. 2 A Light Pink Blush face powder and three eye shadows in Copper Wood, Iridescent Jade and Sea Green.

Eyes to Kill Intense Eye Shadow ($33.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Gold Hercule Gold-green
  • June Bettle Blue-teal
  • Rose Popillia Plum
  • Scarab Violetta Purple
  • Silver Chaffer Silver
  • Blue Beetle Blue

Rouge d’Armani ($32.00)

  • 300 Orange
  • 409 Red-orange
  • 410 Red
  • 610 Berry red
  • 611 Brown
  • 612 Plum

Availability: Now @ Giorgio Armani Beauty; August 2013 at Giorgio Armani Beauty counters and online retailers

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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease (202) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows that follow a purple/plum theme. This palette had more of a mix of finishes, rather than all frosts/metallics like The Starlet. For more in-depth commentary about the packaging, please see this post.  Three shades were noticeably powdery, which meant they were easy to blend, but sometimes they were prone to sheering out while blending.  It’s better than stiff, stubborn mattes/satins, but powderiness can sometimes be unforgiving on dry lids or harder to achieve the intensity one desires.  The lightest pink shade was the hardest to work with as it tended to disappear, but the magenta shade, while very powdery, was more workable.  The more shimmery shades in the palette were quite nice with good color payoff, soft and smooth textures, and no application issues.  When I wore the eyeshadows over primer, I had no wear issues, and when I wore them over bare lids, I noticed the light pink shade had faded by eight hours, while the rest of the shades only showed signs of fading after nine hours.

The Tease #1 is a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a pearly finish–slightly shimmery but not too frosted. It had fairly good color payoff and a soft texture. MAC Black Grape is more metallic, glittery. Dior Constellation #4 is warmer. theBalm All the Way Annie is darker. theBalm Lavish Latoya is cooler-toned. Urban Decay AC/DC is a touch lighter. MAC Dusty Desire is more violet. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #2 is a muted, cool-toned gray with a purple tint. It had a mostly matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, though it was soft and easy to blend, and had good pigmentation. Fyrinnae Agenda has a pink shimmer/sheen. NARS Flowers 2 #2 is a satin finish. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #3 is a pale, pastel pink that appears more white than pink on the skin. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was rather powdery, so it tended to blend out to oblivion on the skin. Dior Constellation #3 is pinker. MAC Dare to Bare is warmer. theBalm Matt Chung is more matte. NARS Douce France #1 is more matte. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #1 is lighter. Chanel Variation #1 is similar. Chanel Premier Regard #2 is more matte, pinker. bareMinerals Muse is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #4 is a pale, muted peach with beige tones and a soft golden sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. Disney Scuttle is yellower. Urban Decay Skimp is more matte. MAC Sahara Dust is slightly more beige. MAC Nubile is darker, cream. MAC Hush is less shimmery. Chanel Eclosion #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #5 is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, high-shine finish. It had great pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. MAC Pinkluxe #2 is pinker, more metallic. theBalm Safe Bet Annette is slightly muted. MAC Love Power is a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #6 is a fuchsia-magenta with a matte finish. It had really rich color payoff, but the texture was noticeably powdery. It blends well but can sheer out if you are not careful. Sugarpill 2AM is similar. Urban Decay Infamous is shimmery. NARS Rebel #2 is lighter. MAC Power Boosted is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #7 is a warm-toned, burgundy-brown with red and violet micro-shimmer. It looked mostly burgundy applied, as the shimmer flakes away (didn’t seem to bind with the actual eyeshadow) and what was left is very subtle. Disney Master is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Enchanted #4 is deeper, browner, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The Tease #4
The Tease #4
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet (204) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows housed in a black, plastic palette with a very slim, curvy look. When the preview went on, I bought this palette and The Tease, because if they were going to do a good job, the metallics and browns of The Starlet would show the line in the best light, and if they were really, really phenomenal, the brand would not just excel at golds and bronzes but purples? I’d have a good idea about the overall quality of the brand. I’ll be reviewing The Tease soon, but this post is just about The Starlet. (As a preliminary morsel, The Tease is good but not as near-to flawless as The Starlet.)

Overall, it’s an excellent palette with rich color payoff, creamy, buttery textures (but the formula is powder!), and wears well. On bare lids, the eyeshadows lasted eight hours fairly well with very minor fading–and slight creasing after nine hours. Over primer (I used NARS Smudge Proof), I had no signs of wear after nine hours. What I noticed about this particular palette most was the texture, because nearly every shade was so buttery and smooth that they felt like creams, even to the touch. This made them incredibly easy to apply and intensely pigmented. They blended beautifully with each other and across the skin. For all it seemed like a warm-toned, almost earthy, palette, it’s not really. There are two cool-toned taupes, the bronze is only slightly warmed-up, even the gold has a dirty cast that gives it a tarnished appearance rather than a molten yellow-y hue, and then there’s a bright, metallic silver–distinctly cool-toned.

My only gripe would be about the packaging, as it’s not as luxe as it looks, and it’s not without flaws. On one hand, it looks nice as a sleek, glossy black compact, but for all of that, it is just a medium-weight plastic. It doesn’t hold fingerprints as badly as metal would, but some were visible. It comes in a thin, black cloth case, and it comes with a single sponge-tip applicator that’s stuck at the bottom of the black cloth case. Since the applicator doesn’t fit in the case, and you only get one, I would have preferred they didn’t include it (it just seems cheap). When you open the palette, there’s a thin piece of black plastic that covers all the eyeshadows that can be removed, and then there is a mirror that spans the length of the interior side of the upper portion of the palette. The palette, technically, opens by pressing the metal tab in the middle along the side, but I was easily able to pop it open by getting my nail between the two halves of the palette. The mechanism for releasing the palette is too readily released, and it would easily open up in a makeup bag if it jostled around enough. The hinge, though, does take more pressure to actually fully open the palette, so if it does happen to get opened up, it should only open up partially (a few millimeters) rather than spring open.

Each eyeshadow is just over 0.03 oz. in weight, and the average full-sized eyeshadow is around 0.05 oz. Most palettes at this price point from other designer brands (like Dior and Chanel) also retail for $59 or so and come with about the same amount of product. Marc Jacobs Beauty has positioned themselves as a designer/high-end brand, not as pricey as a true luxury brand (like Tom Ford), nor as an affordable range.

The Starlet #1 is a muted, mauvey-taupe with a very subtle golden shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture was smooth and soft. Dior Constellation #5 is less metallic, darker. theBalm rem is purpler, darker. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is lighter, less metallic. MAC Hypnotizing is a touch darker. MAC Smoky Mauve is pinker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #2 is a light peach-beige with copper flecks of shimmer and a rich, frosted and metallic finish. It had warm undertones, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to apply. It looks much darker in the pan, but I think the metallic finish is what makes it appear so much lighter applied. MAC Summer Honey is slightly lighter. MAC Warming Heart is darker. MAC Summer Haze is darker. bareMinerals Custom Made is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #3 is a medium-dark, chocolate brown with subtle warm undertones and a sprinkling of very fine gold shimmer. It had excellent pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. Urban Decay Bewitch is less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust is more golden. MAC Friendly is warmer. Urban Decay Snakebite is similar. MAC Havana is warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #4 is a brightened, orange copper with a frosted, metallic finish. The color intensity is fantastic with fully opaque color in a single stroke, and the texture is very, very creamy and rich in feel. Guerlain Cuivre Ora is less frosted. NARS California is darker, browner. MAC Star Myth is less frosted. MAC Mythology is browner, darker. MAC Brash is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights is more orange. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #5 is a tarnished, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It is not a true yellow gold; there’s a dirtiness to it–a muted quality that keeps it from being a really honey gold. It had great color payoff and a smooth texture. Sephora French Riviera is yellower, less metallic. Urban Decay Spell #1 is darker. Urban Decay Blitz is more muted. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. MAC Gorgeous Gold is lighter, less metallic. Chanel Topkapi #4 is warmer. Make Up For Ever #11 is a cream product, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #6 is a light-medium silver with a smooth, metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation, and applied very evenly and smoothly. Maybelline Cool Crush is a cream product. Urban Decay Oz #2 is darker. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is slightly darker. Lancome Style Section is similar, slightly less metallic. Buxom Chihuahua is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

The Starlet #7 is a darkened taupe with a subtle, warm-toned brown base but a cooler gray shimmer/sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth–not quite as creamy as the other shades but still nice. MAC Bossa Blue is less shimmery. Disney Midnight Hour is darker. theBalm Selfish is similar. Urban Decay Armor is darker, grayer. Urban Decay Mushroom is grayer. Giorgio Armani #4 is similar. See comparison swatches.

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl (Heart Shaped, Studded Kiss)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) comes in twelve shades, and during Sephora’s preview sale, I bought two shades. It’s supposed to be “an effervescent, plumping lipgloss with ultimate shine” that comes in both full coverage and sheer coverage shades. My guess is that shades in the 200s are full coverage, while shades in the 300 range are sheer.

The formula is slick, not too thin or too thick, and feels comfortable on. There’s a cooling sensation that’s more minty-fresh than bee-stung (and I’m fairly reactive–not in a good way–to lip plumping); I always feel like I’ve just brushed my teeth after I’ve applied either shade. There is a sweet, fruity scent (maybe grape?) that I know some won’t like, but I can’t detect scent once applied, just in the tube and on the wand. The applicator is a flexible doe-foot wand that’s slightly indented in the middle and hugs the curve of the lip well. It has a very high-shine finish that gives lips a very plump, full look from the get-go.

After an hour or so of wear, there is the tiniest grit of the sparkle if I really press my lips together, but I don’t really notice the texture of the shimmer until three or four hours into the wear. It’s completely non-tacky when applied, but after three or so hours of wear, it does have some tackiness. Both shades were nicely hydrating each time I wore them.

All in all, a nice formula–not the best but good–and I’m curious to see how the creams work out when the line launches fully on August 9th. The only thing I didn’t like was that the sparkle had a noticeable texture while worn at times.

Heart Shaped (308) is described as a “shimmering baby pink.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with pale golden shimmer. It has warm undertones and semi-sheer color coverage. This shade wore three hours on me, which is slightly below average. Revlon Pango Peach is warmer, less pink. Revlon Papaya is more opaque, less shimmery. Guerlain Frizzy Mango is similar. See comparison swatches.

Studded Kiss (310) is described as a “shimmering berry lavender.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered berry-red with cool undertones. It applied fairly evenly, though it does settle into lips (but it’s not very noticeable from a normal viewing distance, only if you have your nose to the mirror), and has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, as it was somewhat buildable. This shade wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Big Bang is purpler. Urban Decay Adrenaline is brighter. NARS Penny Arcade is less shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation is similar but less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total