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Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette

Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette
Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette

Laura Mercier Spring 2014 Artist Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.41 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows (0.03 oz. each), miniature-sized Caviar Stick in Cocoa, (0.03 oz.) and miniature-sized Full Blown Volume Mascara in Black (0.20 oz.). It’s a nice palette overall, and if you’re a fan of more neutral, muted colors with matte and satin finishes, you’ll probably get a lot of use out of this one. The downside is that if you don’t love or use the included minis, then this palette is significantly less value-packed than the last two editions of it. The only overlap with holiday’s palette is with Guava and African Violet. Generally, the eyeshadows had good color payoff, soft, smooth textures, and wore eight and a half hours before fading or creasing.

During the holidays, when Laura Mercier released the holiday Artist Eyeshadow Palette, it sold out quickly and was difficult to track down. It’s not at all a surprise that this is still around over a month later, because the $80 price tag of spring’s palette, compared to the holiday palette’s price of $48, makes it difficult to justify–even if Laura Mercier wants us to feel like we’re getting our value because they’ve included a miniature-sized Caviar Stick and Mascara. Laura Mercier says that the palette has a value of $120. Based on what’s included, the set includes $92.00 worth of eyeshadow, $10.40 worth of Caviar Stick, $12.00 worth of mascara, which is $114.40–shy of $120. I think it was a very shortsighted move to significantly increase the price of the palette and tossing in two minis, because the palette is the star attraction–the other two items are just bonuses, and at the end of the day, I don’t think they justify the $32 price hike, because you’re really not getting more value, you’re just buying more products and paying that price for them. If they had made the palette closer to $60 and included both minis, I think it would have sold better. Make no mistake: you are paying real money to get those minis, they’re not just toss-ins; it ends up looking like a way of justifying that $80 price tag to customers.

Noir is described as a “deepest black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it could have been a bit more pigmented. The texture was soft and blendable, and the color lasted well for eight and a half hours. There are many black eyeshadows just like it — see comparison swatches.

Deep Night is described as a “deep black navy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened navy that leans almost purple with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, though it could have been more intense. It was more buildable, though, so you could achieve truer-to-pan color with a few layers. The color wore well for just over eight and a half hours. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is less pigmented. bareMinerals Maven (LE) is slightly bluer. NARS Kamchatka (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Coffee Ground is described as a “cool charcoal brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is darker. MAC Brun (P, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) is very similar. Bobbi Brown Hot Stone (LE, $22.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Cafe au Lait is described as a “neutral caramel beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and silky. It wore well for nine hours. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is warmer. Chanel Charming #2 (LE) is very similar. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $22.00) is lighter. LORAC Taupe (P) is very similar. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is more shimmery. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Ginger is described as a “light neutral peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a soft, light-medium orange with a matte finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and easy to blend. The color wore well for almost eight and a half hours. Anastasia Orange Soda (LE) is more orange. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Terracotta (LE, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Buttercream is described as a “light neutral yellow [with a Matte finish].” It’s a pale, neutral-to-warm beige with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and silky, though it almost looked chalky on my medium complexion (should be fine on fairer skin tones). It wore well for eight hours. It’s another basic shade, so there are plenty of similar shades out there — see comparison swatches.

Diamond Pink is a brightened, pinky-white with a metallic finish. This is a limited edition shade (exclusive to the palette) and has a Luster finish, officially. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft but not quite as smooth as other shades in the palette. I noticed a smidgen of fall out over time with this color but not too much, otherwise the wear was eight and a half hours. This shade is surprisingly common to see, so there are quite a few that are very close (with minor differences, like a fraction lighter/darker/more metallic) — see comparison swatches.

Guava is described as a “peach stucco [with a Sateen finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a soft, golden sheen. The texture was incredibly soft and smooth, while the color payoff was good. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Too Faced Ringleader (LE, $16.00) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is less golden. See comparison swatches.

Sable is described as a “cool grey taupe [with a Sateen finish].” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned taupe with a soft, pearly finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was a little stiffer than the other shades in the palette, though it lasted for almost nine hours applied to the lid. Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is darker. NARS Lhasa (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Shale (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is darker. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

African Violet is described as a “violet copper shimmer [with a Luster finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark plum with a golden shimmer-sheen. The texture was a little drier with larger shimmer particles, so it didn’t apply as smoothly. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is darker. Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $8.25) is darker. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches.

Violet Steel is a cool-toned, purplish-taupe with a frosted sheen. It has a Luster finish, officially, and is limited edition/exclusive to this palette. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade wore well for nine hours. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is grayer. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, grayer. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Rich Cocoa is a dark, warm-toned brown with bronze shimmer and a satin finish . It has a Sateen finish, officially. It had so-so color payoff, but the consistency was dry and powdery, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as the other shades. Urban Decay Twice Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is more shimmery. Burberry Dark Spice #2 (P) is darker. Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Cocoa (Caviar Stick) is a medium-dark, chocolate brown with warm, yellowy undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, applied smoothly, and wore well for nine hours without creasing or fading. Bobbi Brown Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker, powder. LORAC Sable (P) is slightly darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is very similar. MAC Dark Brew (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, powder. See comparison swatches.

Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara is supposed to thicken, lengthen, curl, and sculpt lashes. For me, it did all those things about average or a little better–a good mascara but not life-changing. I would say it does more to thicken than it does to lengthen. I didn’t have any smudging or flaking, and it was easy enough to remove.

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Illamasqua Fatale Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Fatale Eyeshadow Palette
Illamasqua Fatale Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Fatale Eyeshadow Palette ($46.50 for 0.20 oz.) includes four shades of warmer, shimmery colors that include copper, berry, purple, and taupe. The color scheme really works well together, and there are various combinations one can create with just the four shades included. There’s a good mix of shades that can contrast against each other. For those who prefer more satin or matte finishes, this palette may feel like frost-overload. It’s a good palette, but two shades could have been more pigmented.

Bronx is described as a “bronzed gold.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned coppery ornage with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is a shade that we’ve seen a lot, so there’s no shortage of dupes, but it’s a nice color to have in your arsenal if you don’t have it already. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is darker, less shimery. Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE) is more metallic, yellower. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. LORAC Gold (P) is very similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is slightly darker. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #2 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Ensnare is described as a “sultry berry shimmer.” It’s a brightened, pinky-berry with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but it was a little dry and didn’t apply as smoothly as Bronx. This shade started to show signs of fading just after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Pink Pepper (LE, $21.00) is glittery, lighter. MAC Caribbean (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Daydreaming (LE, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Charm is described as a “seductive violet shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink-violet with a soft, frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t quite as pigmented as you’d expect from Illamasqua’s formula. It wore well though and lasted a full eight hours. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #2 (P) is darker. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is darker. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Mystify is described as a “chestnut brown.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned taupe brown with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky-smooth. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to show signs of fading. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani Fatal #1 (P) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Fatale
Fatale
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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theBalm #31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36 Eyeshadows

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#31 is a light, cool-toned, silver-shot white with a frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff, while the texture was soft, it was also powdery and felt almost dry. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is lighter. MAC A Waft of Grey #1 (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Lune (001) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is brighter. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is similar. NARS Self Portrait 2 #2 (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

#32 is a cool-toned, medium pinky-mauve with a frosted, metallic finish. It had decent pigmentation, and the texture was on the powdery side. It lasted just over seven hours on me. theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Bordello (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#33 is a cool-toned, violet purple with an iridescent sheen. It had moderate color payoff, but it was not as intense as it looked in the pan when swatched. It wasn’t powdery, though, and the texture was smooth. It wore well for seven and a half hours without fading or creasing. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer-toned. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

#34 is a cool-toned, silvery white with a frosted finish. It’s a little lighter and brighter than #31, but it has much, much better color payoff. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. This color managed eight hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P) is similar. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is very similar (if not the same). theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches.

#35 is a medium-dark black with soft, micro-shimmer. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was on the powdery side, which gave it a more muted color when applied. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) has a stronger sheen. MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

#36 is an iridescent, aqua green with hints of gold in its sheen. It was semi-sheer, and the texture was a little stiffer to work with. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is very close but better quality. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is more frosted. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is more frosted, darker. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

#31
#31
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
76%
Total
#32
#32
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
#33
#33
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
#34
#34
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
#35
#35
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
#36
#36
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
76%
Total

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theBalm #25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 Eyeshadows

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans — #26-44

#25 is medium-dark, cool-toned taupe with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was very soft but a little powdery though easy to blend. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Guerlain Two VIP #2 (LE) is slightly warmer. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is darker, cream. MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Rowdy (P) is more mauve. See comparison swatches.

#26 is a dark, cool-toned gray with a soft, satiny finish. It had good pigmentation, but it was a little on the powdery side, so it looked somewhat dry applied. If you apply over a primer, it seems to smooth out more. The color lasted just over seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Panorama (LE) is warmer. theBalmtA4 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is warmer. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is more metallic. LORAC Slate (P) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Genre (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#27 is a neutral-to-cool-toned, blackened purple with a satin-matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so the coverage wasn’t even. When worn, the eyeshadow lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P) is darker, more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is lighter. Lancome Zip Me Up (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

#28 is a muted, warm-toned burgundy with a metallic finish. It had decent pigmentation, but there was a dryness to the texture that didn’t give it the most intense, smoothest finish. It wore well for seven and a half hours before it started to fade. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is less metallic. Chanel Fatal (837) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Chanel Seduction #1 (LE) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is very similar but has more pigmentation and a better texture. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Crucible (LE, $30.00) is darker. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

#29 is a muted, yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was okay, but it wasn’t opaque or intensely pigmented. The texture was a little dry and powdery but blendable. On me, it wore well for seven hours before showing signs of fading. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is yellower, brighter. theBalm #12 (P, $6.50) is yellower. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Lemon Tart (P, $15.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is darker. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is yellower. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $28.50) is yellower. See comparison swatches

#30 is a dark, olive green with a golden shimmer. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before it started to fade slightly along the edges. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is a cream product, darker. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is a little lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is similar. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

#25
#25
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
#26
#26
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
#27
#27
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
#28
#28
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
#29
#29
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
#30
#30
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette
Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette ($49.00 for 0.40 oz.) consists of ten shades in the theme of all that is bold and colorful–you know, electric. It includes two previously-seen shades, Revolt and Chaos, while the other eight are new to the palette. Each shade is 0.04 oz., which is a little shy of full-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz.), and it also includes a dual-ended brush.

In fine print on the back of the palette, which I didn’t even see until I was grabbing size information, is the following: “Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area.” It’s not surprising to see such a warning, given that neon pigments, generally, have not been tested or approved by FDA for use on the “immediate eye area.” If you are already sensitive to red or pink eyeshadows, you should definitely heed the warning, as they all have a pink/red tinge. Neon pigments are often approved in the EU and Canada but not in the U.S., though it could be another ingredient that isn’t approved for usage on the eye (will be curious if UK/Canadian palettes have the same warning on the back). As always, use at your own discretion and risk. I am not a cosmetic scientist or medical professional. I have shown all four of those shades applied as blushes–be careful with shades like Jilted and Urban, as that frosted finish coupled with the intense pigmentation means a little goes a long, long way.

Overall, the palette had good color payoff, soft and smooth textures, and long-wear. I liked the there were more matte shades paired with rather frosted/metallic shades, though I think one or two of the metallic finishes could have been softer frosts. The high frost/metallic finishes take more patience to blend with some of the matte shades, as the frostier shades have a denser, thicker feel, while the mattes are softer and thinner, so having a satin would work well in-between. The more matte shades perform fairly well even over bare skin, adhering for the most part and applying evenly without blending away, but they do perform their best over a primer for maximum vibrancy. The frosts did not need a primer (they were the same either way for me). I also wished there was a yellow or coral shade in the palette, as the majority of the colors are medium or dark, and it would have made for a better variety of colors.  All four shades indicated as not eye safe were prone to staining, with or without a primer underneath. The mattes lasted just over eight and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading, while the frosts/metallics lasted almost ten hours on me (they wore like iron). The brush seemed good – soft, easy to wash, didn’t take a long time to dry, no shedding.

Revolt is described as a “bright metallic silver shimmer with silver glitter.” It’s a brightened, light-medium silver with a metallic finish and silver micro-glitter. The pigmentation was slightly improved compared to when this was in the Anarchy palette, but it’s still not fully pigmented and has a fair amount of glitter. The problem with the glitter is that it just doesn’t bind with the rest of the powder, so it tends to fall out during application and whatever does end up on the lid does fall out later on. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is warmer. MAC Bleuluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gonzo is described as a “bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium blue with soft, silver micro-shimmer over a matte base–it appears mostly matte applied. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft, just a little powdery. NARS Solomon Islands (P, $25.00) is darker, cream. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Crease (LE, $2.29) is darker, cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Royal (LE) is a smidgen darker. NARS Mad Mad World #1 (P, $24.00) is totally matte. Milani Olympian Blue (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Electric Eel (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Blue Candy (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #322 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Slowburn is described as a “bright red-orange matte with floating pearl.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange with strong, red tones and a mostly matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. NARS Persia (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, less red. MAC Orange (P, $15.00) is more orange. Inglot #123R Bottom (P, $6.00) is more muted, more orange. Sugarpill Love+ (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned, redder. Inglot #366 (P, $6.00) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

Savage is described as a “bright hot pink matte.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned, medium-dark magenta pink with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, but it did sheer out a little when applied, so it needs to be gently patted on to maximize color payoff.  Milani Shocking Pink (P, $5.99) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Magenta Madness (LE, $21.00) is similar. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is a touch darker and less cool-toned. Make Up For Ever #75 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Fringe is described as a “bright metallic teal.” It’s a medium-dark, bluish-teal with a frosted, metallic finish. It had a really dense, buttery texture that was smooth and richly pigmented. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is bluer. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker, greener. Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $6.80) is darker. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is brighter, bluer. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is bluer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Chaos is described as a “bright blue matte with floating tonal pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark cobalt blue with fine, iridescent shimmer over a matte base. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker, more muted. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is darker, purpler. MAC Cobalt (P, $15.00) is darker. Illamasqua Sadist (P) is more muted. Sugarpill Royal Sugar (P, $12.00) is very similar. Sugarpill Velocity (P, $12.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Jilted is described as a “bright metallic fuchsia with blue shift.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with a soft, frosted finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is a little lighter. Urban Decay Junkshow (LE, $18.00) is slightly more muted. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Urban is described as a “bright metallic purple.” It’s a vibrant, medium purple with pinky-red undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, while the texture was buttery and smooth. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is warmer, darker. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Push the Edge (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, warmer. Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Freak is described as a “bright green with gold shift.” It’s a vibrant, light-medium, cool-toned green with a golden sheen, which gives it a mostly warm tone to it overall. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99) is darker, more muted. Fyrinnae Dragon’s Wing (P, $6.80) is darker. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is lighter. Illamasqua Possession (LE) is a cream product, less metallic. MAC Wondergrass (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Thrash is described as a “bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-leaning chartreuse with a satin shimmer over a matte finish. It had fairly good colr payoff, but the texture is slightly powdery, even though it’s quite soft and finely-milled. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is very similar. NARS Celebrate (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bitter (P, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #343 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

For spring, Maybelline released six limited edition shades (so says the display) of Color Tattoos in its Dare to Go Nude Collection. I’ve been trying to find these for a few weeks now, and by some miracle, I was able to find five of the shades. Unfortunately, I don’t have Stroke of Midnight (but you can see it swatched on Musings of a Muse for reference). Most of the stores I’ve visited haven’t even had displayers (empty or not), but a CVS about ten miles away did have a display that was only partially ravaged (many of the seals on lip products had been removed). It’s a real shame that these aren’t permanent, because they would be welcomed additions to the permanent range. Though in some ways, they might seem “boring” to some, they’re very core, basic shades. They reminded me a lot of Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow range in color selection as well as feel and finish–these all felt a little thinner than the original formula, a smidgen more emollient, but they applied and wore as well as the original shades do. As always, I’m not keen on actually wearing makeup for 24-hours, so I didn’t test any of these for a full 24-hours, but I tested all five for sixteen hours.

These are LIMITED EDITION as confirmed by Maybelline on March 4th, 2014.  Maybelline corporate confirmed that all shades released in the Dare to Go Nude Collection are limited edition with none slated to be added to the permanent range at this time.

Pure Nude (80) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14. oz.) is a light, pink-tinged beige with a golden sheen. It had good, buildable color coverage that wore well for twelve hours before I noticed some “cracking” of the texture, but it was very, very subtle. After sixteen hours, it hadn’t worsened. Guerlain Les Tendres #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is darker. MAC Phloof! (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Beige-ing Beauty (85) is a golden champagne with gold sparkle and shimmer. This one was semi-opaque at most, and it is almost better sheered out so it is a sparkling finish. I had some slight, visible fall out after ten hours of wear that gradually worsened for the next six hours, though I did not have any creasing or fading. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is more glittery. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is similar. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is more glittery, darker. See comparison swatches.

Nude Compliment (90) is a subtly, cool-toned taupe-brown with a metallic finish. It seemed like the top layer, where it reflects, is more cool-toned and grayer, while the base seemed warmer, more reddish. When sheered out, it seemed slightly warm. The color payoff was really good and easily worn at opaque or sheer color. It wore well for sixteen hours without fading or creasing. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is less metallic. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Underground (DC, $18.00) is darker. Benefit No Pressure (P, $10.00) is darker. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is browner, darker. See comparison swatches.

Sleek & Spice (95) is a warm-toned, reddish-brown taupe with a metallic finish. In the pot, it seems too similar to Nude Compliment, but it’s a good deal warmer–the undertone really makes a difference. It had excellent, full color coverage. This shade lasted for sixteen hours without creasing or fading. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is a smidgen lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Caramel Cool (100) is as warm-toned, coppery orange with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and covered well, but it was easily blended and sheered out for a tint of color. When I tested it, the color lasted for sixteen hours without fading or creasing. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more orange. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is brighter. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
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8.5
Longevity
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8.5
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4.5
Application
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10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
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Application
98%
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10
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9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
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98%
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