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Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic (Part 2)

Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic

Here are the other three shades of Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) that I tested out. (Did you miss part one?) The formula is supposed to be “unbelievably blendable,” long-wearing, waterproof, highly-pigmented, and “glide on.” Unfortunately, my experience was very much the opposite: difficult to blend, prone to creasing, varying pigmentation, and they tugged during application. I’m a huge Make Up For Ever fan, but these left me disappointed.

Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as “diamond golden grey.” It’s a medium-dark taupe with soft, golden shimmer and a pearly finish. It was sheer when applied in a single stroke, and the consistency was dry enough that it was difficult to layer and build up to opaque color as well. This shade creased after six hours on me. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is a powder. Urban Decay Pistol (P, $19.00) is warmer. Anastasia Antique (LE) is purpler. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is similar, powder. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is powder. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder, cooler-toned. theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Little Black Bow (LE, $16.00) is more sparkly. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S-52 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as a “satiny flesh-colored pink.” It’s a light, peachy beige with a champagne shimmer-sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, and the consistency was almost blendable but still difficult to work with. It showed signs of creasing after six hours on me. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is lighter, powder. NARS Jezebel (P) is powder. MAC Naked (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Grain (P, $15.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S-60 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as a “satiny warm brown.” It’s a medium-dark, chocolate brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, and this one was buildable to opaque color. The consistency was creamier than any of the others, and I felt like I could almost blend out the edge. It wore well for seven hours before creasing. This was just the best of a bad lot, but it wasn’t good. Laura Mercier Rich Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker, powder. Tarina Tarantino Locket Book (P, $15.00) is very similar (eyeliner). Laura Mercier Cocoa (P, $24.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC Copper Strip (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D-12
D-12
4
Product
4
Pigmentation
4
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
49%
Total
S-52
S-52
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
69%
Total
S-60
S-60
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of shades for summer. I came across this on QVC when I bought The Nude Beach palette. According to bareMinerals, it was inspired by the coast of Northern California. All four shades had a muted quality to them, which made them appear more muddied applied to the lid than anticipated, and the somewhat powdery texture of the shades seemed to compound this problem. It’s an interesting set of shades, but the texture of these really needs the help of a primer, which would help the color adhere better to the skin. I packed and packed Sea Glass on like no tomorrow but really couldn’t get it to appear as it does in the pan. bareMinerals’ Ready formula is one of my favorites, because it is very, very pigmented, applies beautifully without primer, and wears long without fading or creasing, but this quad fell so short compared to other palettes and quads.

Pacific Sands is described as a “sunlit sand.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was slightly powdery. This shade wore well for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is yellower. Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sea Glass is described as a “jade shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, muted green-gray with a matte finish. It seemed to have good color payoff when I swatched it, but the powdery texture made it difficult for it to actually stay on the skin–it was very prone to sheering out with the merest touch of the brush. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Velvet Emerald (LE, $14.00) is much greener and less gray (not really dupe, but it was the only other closest one besides Earth!). bareMinerals Earth (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Coast is described as a “radiant copper.” It’s a muted, yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a bit thinner and less buttery compared to most shades in the Ready formula. This shade stayed on without fading for nine hours. This shade doesn’t blend as well with the other three shades, possibly because of the difference in finish. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold (P) is similar. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Sweet & Sour #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Barefoot (LE, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $28.50) is lighter. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tide Pool is described as a “shimmering coal.” It’s a dark, cool-toned brown with a gray edge and a satiny finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery while wearing for almost ten hours before showing signs of fading. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Perspective (LE) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Beluga (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Mystery (P, $15.00) is slightly warmer. bareMinerals Undercover (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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B+

Pacific Sands

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Sea Glass

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Golden Coast

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Tide Pool

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MAC Warmer-Toned Purple Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches

MAC Warm-Toned Purple Eyeshadow Swatches

Fig. 1 is described as a “eggplant purple [with a Matte² finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Haux is described as a “Soft muted rosy brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a soft, muted plummy mauve with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shale is described as a “mauve-plum with subtle shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a smoky, muted mauve with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stars N’ Rockets is described as a “purple w/pink pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, iridescent fuchsia-purple with a lavender sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vibrant Grape is described as a “bright magenta violet [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, magenta purple with a soft violet micro-shimmer (it looks mostly matte applied). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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bareMinerals The Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains eight shades that were inspired by shades in bareMinerals’ loose eyeshadow range, and with the name, you can see that it’s a neutral-based palette. The quality is good overall, but the palette contains a lot of mid-tone eyeshadows, and I found myself really longing for one or two medium-dark to dark, satin-to-matte shades that would work to add more depth to any look. It is also a warm-toned palette, which there are many of on the market nowadays, so while lovely in many ways, it is ultimately a more dupable palette. I love the size of this style of palette that bareMinerals does, because each eyeshadow still has plenty of product (0.03 oz.), but they’re very compact and perfect for traveling. bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadow formula is supposed to wear for 12 hours, yield “vivid, pure, provocative color,” and “resist creasing, fading, and smudging.”

Tan Lines is described as a “dark peach copper.” It’s a medium, warm-toned copper with a frosted finish. It’s not quite as overtly orange-toned, so it has a better balance of red and orange, which gives it a slightly muted quality. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery with excellent color payoff and application. It wore well for eleven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude Beach is described as a “light, warm sand.” It’s a light beige with very subtle cool undertones and a frosted, somewhat metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, though the texture was soft and smooth, it wasn’t as buttery or as dense as the Ready formula is in general. This shade wore well for nine and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches /
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Bare Skin is described as a “copper rose.” It’s a muted, medium copper-brown with a metallic finish and warm undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. This shade stayed on well for ten hours before starting to fade slightly, though it never creased over the twelve hours I wore it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pure is described as a “light, airy peach.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It’s almost too light and not quite warm enough to be considered peach to me. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly rich and buttery. This shade wore well for just over ten hours on me before it started to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the Buff is described as a “light golden peach.” It’s a medium, peach-orange with a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth, while the color blended easily onto the skin and wore well for just over ten and a half hours before it started to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Natural is described as a “light buttery peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the consistency of the powder was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. It was a tiny bit powdery but almost unnoticeable during application. This shade stayed well on the eyelid for ten hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Santorini is described as a “burnished taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, while the consistency was soft and smooth, though not quite as dense as other shades. The eyeshadow wore well for eleven hours before I noticed some fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Skinny Dip is described as a “light, iridescent pink.” It’s a cool-toned, iridescent pink-tinged white with a pearly sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, while the texture was soft, blendable, but slightly powdery. This shade lasted well when I wore it for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows; three are larger (0.07 oz. each) and six are smaller (0.03 oz. each). It’s an Ulta-exclusive palette that launches on June 1st. Some of the shades are really nice, some are lacking pigmentation, and a few are on the powdery side. If you usually use a primer, I think you’ll probably be okay, but it doesn’t work as nicely as the Rock ‘n’ Roll palette.

I double-checked with Too Faced, and they confirmed June 1st as the launch date on Friday (5/30). Unfortunately, I don’t have any other information on whether there is a new date, it’s simply late, or if there is some other reason for the delay. I highly suggest calling your local ULTA before making a drive to visit. Update on 6/3/14:  Too Faced says there are shipment delays to retailers at this time, and the palettes are now pushed back to end of the month.

Cowboy Take Me Away is a light peach with a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff, while the texture was soft, blendable, and smooth–not at all powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Y’all is a muted, golden brown with a frosted sheen. It had decent pigmentation, and the texture was blendable but somewhat powdery and wasn’t as smooth to apply. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolly is a dark, subtly cool-toned brown with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft without being powdery. It lasted just over eight hours before I noticed fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Famous in a Small Town is a brightened, warm white with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had great pigmentation, and the consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and buttery. The color stayed on the lid well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Paper Roses is a medium, warm-toned pink with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had really good color coverage, and the texture was soft, blendable, and smooth. This shade managed to wear well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rhinestone is a muted, dark eggplant purple with neutral undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had decent color payoff, but it could have been more intense, and the texture was somewhat powdery, which made it prone to sheering out on the lid. It would be best applied over a primer or slightly tacky base. It looked faded before eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All American Girl is a golden ivory with a frosted sheen. It was semi-sheer, and the texture was very thin–almost hard but not really stiff–which gave it a very smooth application, but the payoff wasn’t there. This shade showed signs of creasing after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nashville is a muted, cool-toned, gray-purple with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and buttery, though just a bit powdery. The color lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bluebird is a sparkling, navy blue with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It was dry, almost chunky in a way, though the shimmer isn’t glitter and feels somewhere between shimmer and sparkle in regards to particle size. It just didn’t bind well together, unfortunately, which made it harder to work with. The color started to crease after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Country
Country
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Rock 'n' Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock Candy Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows; three are larger (0.07 oz. each) and six are smaller (0.03 oz. each). It’s an Ulta-exclusive that launches on June 1st. Overall, it’s a nice palette with smokier, darker shades (contrasted with three lighter shades) and good color payoff, decent wear, and soft textures. If you’ve used Too Faced’s eyeshadows before, you’ll be familiar with their slightly softer consistency and texture, which can sometimes be a bit powdery at times. With this type of texture, I would recommend using a primer underneath, as the color will adhere better and wear longer.

I double-checked with Too Faced, and they confirmed June 1st as the launch date on Friday (5/30). Unfortunately, I don’t have any other information on whether there is a new date, it’s simply late, or if there is some other reason for the delay. I highly suggest calling your local ULTA before making a drive to visit.  Update on 6/3/14:  Too Faced says there are shipment delays to retailers at this time, and the palettes are now pushed back to end of the month.

Rockabilly is a light, neutral-to-warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had a soft, silky texture that applied smoothly with good color payoff. It was just slightly powdery. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me. This is definitely a shade Too Faced has released a few times before with little to no noticeable differences. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rap is a coppery gold with warm, orange undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft to the touch, but it was a bit chunky, so there was some fall out during application and a little bit of sparkle fall out during wear. The color wore well for almost eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ska is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable, while the color lasted well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

New Wave is a light, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and white sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t bind too well with the underlying base color, so a lot of it gets trapped and lost in the brush as it is applied to the lid. The few remaining sparkles seem to fall out during wear, which means this is really mostly a matte pink at the end of the day. On my lid, the color stayed put for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pop is a medium-dark plum with warm, burgundy undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was slightly powdery, though soft and easy to blend, but it’s a shade that needs a primer or slightly tacky base to shine. Over bare lids, it fell a little flat–just looked faded–though it lasted for seven and a half hours. It had decent to good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heavy Metal is a blackened blue with very fine iridescent purple and bluish-teal shimmer that creates a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and was only just slightly powdery. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

New Romantic is a light-medium, golden beige with a soft, pearly finish. It had good pigmentation, while the texture was soft and smooth but not powdery. This color stayed well on the lid for seven and a half hours before it started to break down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glam Rock is a cool-toned taupe with a matte base finished with white sparkle. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery, but the sparkles tended to separate from the actual eyeshadow color, so it applied more like a regular matte shade than one with sparkle. I noticed some stray sparkle fall out when it was worn, though the actual color lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Punk is a medium-dark, forest green with cool-toned emerald green micro-shimmer and a warm, olive brown undertone. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little powdery, though soft, so it was prone to sheering out and looking somewhat faded without a primer. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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