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Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Peace Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bright turquoise shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium sky blue with a pearly sheen. This kind of blue makes me think of a “warm” blue but it’s still not warm-toned–but it’s almost as if this is the closest blue can be to being warm. Sugarpill Afterparty is darker and less shimmery. UIrban Decay Unhinged is darker, cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #25 is lighter, more silver-ish. Maybelline Tenacious Teal is slightly darker. MAC Blue Candy is bluer and more matte. Urban Decay Clash is brighter and has slight sparkle. theBalm Great Gonzo is very similar.

Peace is fantastic!  It’s richly pigmented with true-to-pan color.  The texture is soft, buttery, and dense, so it feels like silk and glides on like butter.  The color is easy to blend and apply, and there were no issues with fall out or fading during wear.  It lasted a full nine hours when I tested it without fading or creasing.   It’s been really fun discovering more of Urban Decay’s permanent range, because it reminds me of why Urban Decay eyeshadows are so popular.

I really wish Urban Decay sold just pans of their eyeshadows. As I was getting the official color description to write the review, I kept thinking, “People would own so many more of these if they were sold as pans for like $13.” I also think more brands need to discount if you buy in bulk; like if you bought five or ten at once!

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Tom Ford Vapour Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Vapour Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Vapour Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Vapour Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.41 oz.) is described as a “semi-opaquewhite.” It is a metallic white with neutral to warm undertones. Dior Lady is very comparable. Chanel Pearl Drop is warmer, slightly yellowed in comparison. Nubar Organza is also very similar.

Vapour is very streaky–the first coat is incredibly streaky, and the second coat is almost as bad but it covers up some of what the first coat showed. As a result, the coverage is uneven and semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Obviously, at this price point, you want a metallic white that performs much, much better. Even if you want to go the route of a brushed metal kind of finish, the streaks of this one are plentiful, curved, and not as easily controlled as some of thosed brushed finishes. The consistency was on the tinner side but not watery, so I was able to apply each coat without getting too much polish on the brush. I normally get a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Vapour
Vapour
6
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
78%
Total

Edward Bess Summer in Capri Quad Royale

Edward Bess Summer in Capri Quad Royale
Edward Bess Summer in Capri Quad Royale

Edward Bess Summer in Capri Quad Royale ($45.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a “beige pink.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a rosy, plummy tinge and a satiny sheen. The individual colors are: a soft peach, warm beige-peach with a satin sheen, muted, medium brown with neutral undertones, and pale peach with a satin finish. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is much darker, more plum, less beige. MAC Darkly my Dear is darker but similar in color. NARS Douceur is slightly browner. Burberry Cameo is rosier.

The palette is primarily marketed as a cheek product, though it can be used on the eyes. It contains four shades to “sculpt and highlight the face.” As a blush/cheek color, it’s easier to use sections but not individual shades, as only the bottom right shade is large enough to accommodate a blush brush (and even that is not that large). Summer in Capri had good, true-to-pan color payoff, but it’s a lighter shade and will not show up well on medium-dark and deeper complexions, so I would recommend it primarily for lighter skin tones.

It is subtle on my skin tone (I’m medium) and adds some definition and color without being over-the-top. The texture is soft like silk, incredibly finely-milled, and so smooth. The finish is lovely with a satiny sheen that doesn’t look shimmery or heavy on the skin and gives skin a natural-looking glow. It lasted eight and a half hours well on my skin, and it started to fade after nine hours of wear.

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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L’Oreal Cherie Merie, Strawberry Blonde, With a Twist Infallible 24HR Eyeshadows

L'Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Cherie Merie Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral-orange with a soft, frosted finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff–it had some color but looked softer, muted, and then applied with a damp brush, the color intensified and smoothed out better to deliver more opaque color payoff. The texture was soft, smooth, and finely-milled. MAC Daydreaming is similar but more reflective in finish. Jasmine Arabian Sunset is slightly more orange. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 is more orange. bareMinerals Smash Hit is less shimmery and muted.

L’Oreal Strawberry Blonde Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is an iridescent pale pink. It’s sheer whether applied dry or damp, but it’s almost worst when applied damp because it gets very, very clumpy. It gives my lids a very scaly, crinkled look. I’d actually recommend applying this with fingertips or a sponge-tipped applicator; something where you can really crush the powder. MAC Opalesse is similar but smoother, slightly cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Party is more lavender. Dior Aurora #3 is very similar. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 is also comparable.

L’Oreal With a Twist Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow ($8.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a pink-toned lavender with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff; enough punch to be noticeable but not as intense and rich-looking as when applied damp. It was a little clumpy, though, when dampened, so press firmly against the lid to minimize this transferring onto the lids. Make Up For Ever #54 is purpler, less pink (and a cream product). Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 is lighter. Urban Decay Grifter is slightly pinker. NARS Marie-Galante #1 is similar in color but is sheerer so it’s not quite a dupe. Benefit Fancy Pansy is cooler-toned.

Cherie Merie was the top performer from these three, while Strawberry Blonde was pretty in the pot, it was a pain to use and very unflattering on the lid.  With a Twist fell somewhere between the two as it was easier to apply and use than Strawberry Blonde but not as easy to apply as Cherie Merie.  I wore the three together, and they lasted twelve hours well, but I did see some very slight fading with Cherie Merie and fall out from Strawberry Blonde.

P.S. — These have been a pain to find locally, but I was able to obtain press samples for review–I’ve looked for weeks and haven’t spotted them at any of the drugstores near me.

Cherie Merie
Cherie Merie
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total
With a Twist
With a Twist
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Tom Ford Escapade & Pink Haze Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Escapade Cream Color for Eyes ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pearlized peach.” It’s a warm-toned, golden peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. bareMinerals Aspire is more orange, darker, and a powder eyeshadow. MAC Angel Flame has a slight pink tone to it and is a powder eyeshadow. bareMinerals Stealth is more orange, matte, and a powder eyeshadow. Buxom Collie is more beige, less orange/peach, but is, at least, a cream product.

Pink Haze ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pink with peach tones and gold pearl.” It’s a pink bronze–pink, warm, slightly coppery–with a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Magnetic Attraction is redder, less pink (and a powder). MAC In the Sun is browner (and also a powder). MAC Red Hot Copper is much redder, more coppery. MAC Mythical is browner and a powder eyeshadow. Chanel Abstraction is more glittery and less warm-toned. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 is pinker, less warm-toned (and a powder). MAC Jete is similar when this is applied sheerly. Make Up For Ever #16 is more metallic, so it also appears quite a bit lighter.

Tom Ford managed to create a cream eyeshadow formula that is so lightweight that it looks and feels more like a mousse than a true cream eyeshadow. It’s not thick or solid like a lot of cream eyeshadows, and instead, it is movable and can slide around the pot if you tilt it. And applied? My goodness, it’s impressive. It glides on like butter, spreads evenly and smoothly over the lid, and blends out effortlessly–and then it sets and sticks around for twelve hours perfectly. No flaking, smudging, fading, or creasing whatsoever. It was impressive from the color payoff–totally opaque but just as easily sheered out by using less–to the texture to the wear. It felt like magic on.

I feel like it spun magic around me for feeling like it is worth the cringe-inducing price tag, but I would buy it. This, I would buy (and honestly, I considered buying one as a backup, but I managed to talk myself out of that). I wouldn’t buy just any shade, but if it was the right shade for your skin tone, it just might be worth the splurge. (For reference, both of these are absolutely stunning on warm, medium complexions!)

Pink Haze
Pink Haze
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Escapade
Escapade
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Make Up For Ever #54 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #54 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #54 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #54 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “lilac shimmer.” It’s a medium lavender purple with red undertones and a frosted finish. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 is pinker. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 is lighter and a powder. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is a powder product but similar in color.

Purples can be tricky, but Make Up For Ever managed to produce a lavender that applies fully opaque with little effort. It’s nicely pigmented, buildable, and blendable–so long as you work quickly as the Aqua Cream formula, while it lasts and lasts, sets within thirty seconds (or less) and once set, does not want to move. Sometimes I find applying a thin layer, lightly blending the edges, and then working with other colors in the same fashion is more practical; and after I’ve gotten the basic shape and color scheme going, I apply another thin layer on on the colors I want more opaque. #54 wore like iron for twelve hours; no creasing, smudging, budging, or fading during the entire time I tested it.

#54
#54
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total