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bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling (Part 2)

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling
bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling

This is part two of my review of bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling ($79.00 for 20 x 0.01 oz.)! You can read part one here.

Stay Golden is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a bright, metallic gold with warm, orange undertones. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was easy to work with–soft, smooth, and blendable. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is very similar. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product, yellower. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is also a bit yellower. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is a cream product, yellower. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Strawberry Mousse is described as a “frothy pink.” It’s a pale, light pink with warm, white sparkle over a matte base. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled. It may appear chalky on darker skin tones, though. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is more matte. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is more matte. Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is more frosted. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Toasted Espresso is described as a “shimmering espresso.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, and the texture was smooth, but it could have been more intense and buttery overall. Too Faced Yule Log (LE) is more sparkly. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is similar. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Life’s Luxury (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Charcoal is described as a “velvet charcoal.” It’s a medium-dark gray with warm, brown undertones and a matte finish. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. The texture is incredibly velvety, finely-milled, and soft. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 is similar. (LE) MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Emerald is described as a “velvet emerald.” It’s a cool-toned, muted green with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but because it was so soft and finely-milled, it was a little powdery and prone to sheering out. I couldn’t think of any shades like this that I’ve reviewed in the past.

Velvet Lavender is described as a “velvet lavender.” It’s a pale, cool-toned pinky-lavender with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Mauve is described as a “velvet mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium rosy brown with a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was very velvety and smooth. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. LORAC Mauve (P) is purpler. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Nude is described as a “velvet nude.” It’s a pale, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was quite soft and finely-milled. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is similar. NARS Biarritz (P, $24.00) is less yellow-toned. See comparison swatches.

Violet Spell is described as a “sparkling amethyst.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark plum with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was a smidgen dry. MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is also similar, slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Yoga is described as a “dark red wine.” It’s a rich, burgundy with subtle warm undertones and red and burgundy shimmered finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture applied smoothly overall. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Rich Core (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling (Part 1)

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling
bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling ($79.00 for 20 x 0.01 oz.) contains twenty loose eyeshadows in four different finishes. There are five eyeshadows in each of these finishes: Velvet, High Shine, Glimmer, and Liner Shadow. If you’re someone who normally uses an eyeshadow primer or doesn’t mind using their loose eyeshadows with a damp brush, you’ll enjoy this set quite a bit. On the other hand, if you want the color to apply perfect with a dry application (and have no desire to use primer), then it’s decent to good, but it’s not outstanding. Some of the shades bind incredibly well together with just a brush and nothing else, but some require a damp brush and/or primer to allow the loose color to bind and smooth out. Generally, these wore between seven and nine hours for me, with the matte shades tending to wear a little shorter than the really rich, metallic shades.  Part two is here.

Black Leather is described as a “glistening blackest black.” It’s a matte black with silver sparkles. It has fairly good color payoff, and with a fluffier brush, it can pack quite the whallop when patted on. It can be a little difficult to blend so use a light hand and build up the color. Matte blacks aren’t hard to come by (the sparkle never really shows up–just gets trapped in the brush or lost on the way!), so here are some comparison swatches.

Deep Sea is described as a “metallic teal.” It’s a rich, blue-teal with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had excellent color payoff applied dry, and if you wanted an even smoother, more intense look, you could apply it with a damp brush. Too Faced Sequin (LE) is greener, lighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Ginger Sugar is described as a “shimmering taupe.” It’s a pale, golden champagne beige with a metallic finish and darker champagne sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t seem to blend well with the underlying color, so it seems to flake away or get pushed around. The base had good color payoff, though. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product, no sparkle. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is a cream product, no sparkle. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is lighter, no sparkle. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is more golden, no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Golden Pear is described as a “sparkling pale green.” It’s a muted, darkened golden with a green-ish cast and metallic finish. The texture was a bit dry, and it didn’t stick together as well as other shades, so it’s one that I would use with a damp brush or over a sticky base. It was prone to fading faster than the other shades as well. Too Faced Tinsel (LE) is brighter. CoverGirl Ashen Glow Flame (335) (P, $7.99) is a cream product. MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is very similar. Chanel Moon River (LE, $34.00) is a cream product, browner. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #3 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Iridescent Iris is described as a “metallic violet.” It’s a duochrome that shifts from a murky green to a cool-toned, muted pinky-violet with a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but it was more opaque when applied with a damp brush. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is less violet. See comparison swatches.

Lagoon is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a blackened blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #4 (P) is bluer. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever #147 (P, $20.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Pewter is described as a “metallic pewter.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, light-medium taupe with a frosted, metallic finish. It had really rich color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $26.00) is darker, cream product. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Kill Joy (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Rose Gold is described as a “antique golden mauve.” It’s a muted, rose-tinged copper with a frosted, metallic finish. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture wasn’t as smooth as it could have been–a smidgen chunky in a way. When used with a damp brush, it smooths out better. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $40.00) is a cream product. MAC Temperature Rising (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. MAC Mythical (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Giorgio Armani #8 (P, $33.00) is more metallic, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Silver Dollar is described as a “sparkling silver.” It’s a bright, light silver-white with silver sparkle. It had so-so color payoff, and the consistency was on the drier side, so it performed better with a damp brush and/or slightly tacky base, otherwise it was prone to fall out. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is more metallic, less sparkly. Kat Von D Holy Bible (LE) is less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is similar. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is a touch darker. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is a cream product. MAC White as Snow (LE, $32.50) is similar. Chanel Infini (P, $28.50) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Starry Night is described as a “deep iridescent purple.” It’s a neutral-to-cool, dark purple with blue and teal satin sparkle. The base was more matte, while the sparkle sat on top, but there was enough of it that it gave a slight sheen when applied. The texture was a little dry and didn’t stick together as well, so it will be better applied with a damp brush or over a sticky base. MAC Past Midnight #2 (LE, $21.00) is more cool-toned. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection (Quick)

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection
bareMinerals Crystallized Collection

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection (was $54.00, now $38.00) is a holiday set that’s already on sale, so I guess the timing of this review still works out since now you can get it for even more of a steal than before! It contains eight products, and most of them are full-sized. Everything is in silver-hued packaging. The standsout in the kit are definitely the Eyeshadow Duo (but I’m such a huge fan of the formula, that’s not a surprise) and lipstick.

Presto is described as an “almond satin.” It’s a pale, golden beige with a frosted, almost metallic, sheen. It also had flecks of fine copper sparkle that didn’t seem to combine well with the base color (they seemed to sit on top). I wouldn’t have described the finish as satin at all. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches.

Abracadabra is described as a “shimmering slate.” It’s a medium-dark gray with a frosted, metallic sheen. The color payoff was good, and the consistency was soft and smooth. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches.

Mesmerized is described as a “dark charcoal.” It’s a dark, warm-toned gray with a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry or wet. It lasted eight and a half hours before fading slightly on my lash line. See comparison swatches.

Steam is described as a “silver shimmer.” It’s a brightened, silvery white with golden edges and a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation and lasted eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches.

Golden Gate is a soft, rosy plum with a frosted, sparkling finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was finely-milled and velvety. It wore well for seven hours, and it did somewhat emphasize pores. See comparison swatches.

Hypnotist is described as a “holographic violet-peach.” It’s a color-shifting shade of pink that goes from pink to violet to coral. It looks almost like it’s a pink flame. However, this only looks that way sometimes; it shifts other times to a pale, millky pink. It’s a chameleon, and for that reason, I don’t have dupes for this one. The formula was light-medium in weight, non-sticky, and lightly hydrating for the two hours it lasted. It had sheer color coverage, which is in line with how it’s marketed (bareMinerals says it has “sheer, pure color”).

Break Away is described as a “luscious mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, rosy plum with a satin-matte finish. It had full, opaque color coverage. The texture was lightly creamy, easy to apply without it tugging on the lips, and wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches.

The kit also includes a full-sized Lash Domination mascara and Dual-Ended Shade and Line Brush (works all right, nothing special, nothing horrible).

Crystallized
Crystallized
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascaras

Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara
Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara

Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as a “glamorous sparkling mascara top coat that adds a beautiful shimmer to lashes … the gel based formula allows for easy, even application.” It’s not shimmer, it’s glitter–it’s definitely larger and chunkier, which is really a good thing as shimmer would be harder to see, but in case you were thinking, “oh, fine shimmer!” it’s really glitter-sized particles. It’s also a top coat, which means it can be used over mascara, not just bare lashes, and it will perform better over mascara (more to cling to).
The formula is very wet, not too thick or too thin, but wet. When the glitter gets caught on a lash, it does adhere, and it doesn’t fall out during wear, but the glitter applies in a scattered, sparse way. If you apply it similarly to mascara, where you’re running the wand through the lashes, you’ll need three coats or more to get visible sparkle. Now, the problem with this, is it has a tendency to clump and pull lashes together, so you’ll also need a lash comb or clean spoolie to help bring back definition and lash separation. It’s a lot easier to just use the glitter that’s on the tip of the wand to sort of tap and press and slide through the lashes, as you’ll get a denser application and minimize how much of the gel base on lashes.

The major upside of this product was once on, it stayed put, but the downside was in the application and lack of density of the glitter. I had better results with this formula than I did with Chanel’s glitter top coat, though you can get similar results using a liquid glitter eyeliner and dabbing or combing through lashes.

Just as a note (this had no impact on the rating), but you might concentrate the glitter on the tips of lashes, rather than the whole lash, as I saw pops of blurred sparkle throughout the day, which might be distracting for some!

Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “gold shimmer.” It’s true, metallic gold glitter particles suspended in a clear base. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner, and it is a paler, less yellow gold. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Glare Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “bronze shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, gold and copper mix of glitter suspended in a clear base.

Silver Gaze Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “silver shimmer.” It contains light-medium, metallic silver glitters suspended in a clear base. Urban Decay Glamrock (P, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner but is similar. See comparison swatches.

Golden Eyes
Golden Eyes
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total
Bronze Glare
Bronze Glare
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total
Silver Gaze
Silver Gaze
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige gold.” It’s a pale, champagne gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke and built up nicely. The consistency was lightly creamy–enough to glide across lids without skipping but it didn’t take forever to set. Once set, it stays in place and wore well for eight hours. This is particularly nice for highlighting the inner corner of the eye to brighten. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is darker, powder. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is yellower, power. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is slightly warmer, yellower, and powder. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is powder, slightly yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, coppery undertones and bronze and copper shimmer that give it a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was creamy enough that it didn’t skip or tug at the eyelid during application, and the shade wore well for eight hours. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter, powder. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $16.00) is warmer. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is very similar, powder. MAC Sizzlin’ Diva (LE, $16.50) is similar. Buxom Mutt (P, $18.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

As a note, I couldn’t find a single retailer that still carried Bronze online–not a one–so if it’s something on your must-have list, I would recommend calling a local counter (even the nearest to you, as many retailers will ship to you) to see if they have it.

Tuxedo Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as the “blackest black.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned black with a matte finish. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, though it was only semi-opaque in a single stroke. The consistency was stiffer, drier than the other two, and I found it skipped and tugged at the lid a bit. It worked better and more comfortably as an eyeliner. On the lid (or lash line, for that matter), it wore well without creasing or fading for eight hours. NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is a gel formula but similar in color. Make Up For Ever #0E (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows
Too Faced Universal Brunette Bulletproof Brows

Too Faced Bulletproof Brows ($30.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cream-to-powder clay formula (it’s really supposed to be “a powder, gel, pencil, and setting wax all in one”) that’s “sweat-proof” and “water-resistant.” It’s available in two shades, Universal Taupe and Universal Brunette, and the latter is the shade featured in this post (I don’t have the other one, so I’m not sure how much lighter it is in comparison). It claims “24-hour Bulletproof Brows,” after you give the product a minute to set. Each shade comes with a dual-ended brush–an angled brush on one end, a spoolie on the other.

Universal Brunette is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm brown with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage; it doesn’t really build to more than that, even if I waited a few minutes between layers. The consistency is lightly creamy, somewhat waxy, and medium-thick. I found application more challenging than I expected. The thicker, waxier consistency made it so the product got trapped and clumped in the angled brow brush (I used the included brush as well as two other angled brushes of varying thickness). I felt like a lot more product was caught in the bristles than was getting on my brows. Because it’s waxy, it has a tendency to cling to the brow hairs more than the skin beneath. If you have sparser brows, I think it’s easier and applies better, but if you have fuller brows, a lot of stuck to the brow hairs and left little behind on the skin. It doesn’t look even, smooth, or generally, defined or well-groomed.  There wasn’t much information or particulars regarding intensity of the color in the press release, so if this was designed to give really soft, natural looking color, then it is closer.  If you want more defined brows, it’s not buildable/pigmented enough.

It sets within thirty to forty seconds, and it is budge- and water-resistant after that. I would almost say water-proof, as it’s really not going anywhere when water hits it. You really have to rub quite vigorously (I did that against the back of my hand, not my brow bone!), and you’ll get a couple of flakes, but it doesn’t smear, bleed, or the like. My brows felt soft, not crunchy, but I could feel that there was some waxiness to them, which helped to keep them in place. It lasted through a shower and blow drying my hair, so of all the claims, I would definitely concur that it’s long-wearing, “bulletproof,” and should hold up to sweat and water.

As another note, if you have darker brown or black-brown (or black!) brows, this is too light. It seems fine up-close, but in the full face photo, you can see how it’s not a match (the color not being a match didn’t impact the rating).

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
83%
Total