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Mariella's Reviews

palette

Game of Thrones

Urban Decay
Review posted 3 weeks ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Sheer, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Fall-out, Long-wearing, Great-gift, Versatile.

Review posted 3 weeks ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Sheer, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Fall-out, Long-wearing, Great-gift, Versatile.

I am trying to accept that the horrible, heavy, bulky, goofy packaging just had to be there because of the theme but I hate it. Also, there's really no way at all that I can rationalize buying this - it was a totally irrational purchase. There are 2 or 3 colours I don't like at all and a few other which I love in terms of their shade but which are gritty, dreadful glitter-bombs (Winterfell, I am SO looking at you! I would have loved you if you'd been an actual wearable eyeshadow rather than pressed glitter that feels like sandpaper!) So, there's lots for me to kvetch about in this palette but there are some shadows that are so beautiful that I am more than happy to have this palette. Winter is Here (why the name change from the phrase we all love and which Sean Bean refuses to utter in Wasted!), Casterly Rock, Frozen North and Dothraki are all beautiful shades and Weirwood is a colour I didn't think I'd be able to wear but I was wrong. Nymeria, which looked really ugly to me, is actually one of those perfect shades for subtly defining or blending out a crease (reminds me of UD's Tyranny from the Pulp Fiction palette years ago.

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A Cup of Coffee (350)

Sephora
Review posted 3 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 3 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

I was hesitant to try the reformulated Sephora shadows as most seemed a real disappointment compared to the earlier formula that these replaced. But A Cup of Coffee is terrific. It's a smouldery, smoky dark brown that is cool toned and gorgeous. While classed as a "shimmer", the finish is more silky than obviously shimmery and the whole effect is fabulous. A definite winner for a mere few bucks!

Minimalist

Smashbox
Review posted 4 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Review posted 4 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

This is a perfect replacement palette for UD's now discontinued NAKED palette. I might even like it better. This contains 8 shadows rather than 12 but every single shade is very wearable. There are no really dark shades like Creep or Gunmetal but the 2 larger pans are both excellent browbone highlight shades for me. The left side is more warm toned and the right side is cooler but the whole thing is still very neutral (leaning a bit toward cool). For me, it's a perfect every day type palette that is also great for travel. I took only this with me for a 4 day getaway and didn't feel at all deprived.

Punked

Smashbox
Review posted 4 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Review posted 4 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

This palette consists of 8 cool toned shadows in purples and grey tones. It has 3 quite shimmery shades and the remaining 6 are matte or satiny. I find all of the shades to be very easy to apply and nicely pigmented. The left side of this is more neutral and taupe-y while the right side is definitely purple. It's small and compact but has everything in it that I need including a lovely browbone highlight shade.

Fuchsia-In-the-Know (23)

Givenchy
Review posted 10 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Moisturizing-wear, Travel-friendly, Moisturizing.

Review posted 10 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Moisturizing-wear, Travel-friendly, Moisturizing.

This is probably one of the more expensive lipsticks I've purchased (MAC, UD and Clarins are usually my "price point") but, after getting a points perk from Sephora and falling in love with the colour, I had to have the full size. I tend to wear berry toned or neutral red lipsticks so this "fuchsia" shade (it's a pink red, rather the purple I think of when I hear the word "fuchsia"0 was a revelation to me. It is so flattering and brightening and has become my go-to warm weather lipstick. This feels divine on my lips and is such a nice contrast to all the matte lipsticks that seem to have overtaken the marketplace, both in how it feels and how it looks. I sure hope this colour doesn't get discontinued. I have to say, I don't like the packaging of the full sized lipstick because I can't help worrying that the "pull ribbon" will pull right off one of these days.

palette

Beached

Urban Decay
Review posted 10 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Review posted 10 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

This palette certainly lives up to its name; the colours do indeed evoke a "beachy", "summer fun" vibe. The colours are, for the most part, typical of the best of UD's shadow texture, with that almost liquid, satiny feel to them. The only colour that disappointed me was 16th St. because the glitter in that shade isn't really integrated into the base so there is fallout and not the nice, cohesive texture of the other glitter shades. I really like both Salt and Blaze (initially, I thought both of those shades would be too yellowy for me) and the 2 blue shades and Wedge are real stunners. Essentially, I got this palette for 10 bucks because I bought it on a day when SDM offers 20% off and I paid for much of the rest with loyalty points but even at its regular price, this palette is just "different" enough but not so outlandish that I am really glad to own it. And it is more versatile than you might think at first glance.

Sharpener

Anastasia
Review posted 10 months ago

Tagged as: Easy-to-use, Effective, Must-have, Sturdy, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 10 months ago

Tagged as: Easy-to-use, Effective, Must-have, Sturdy, Travel-friendly.

For a few bucks, this is a great investment. If you love your pencils (eye or lip), this sharpener is a great way to keep the love affair going. I've learned over the years that the secret to a good sharpener is the BLADE and the best blades (from UD, ABH and a few other brands) are all made by the very same company that uses the same markings on the blade - "made in Germany" and what is either a crown or trident. If you look for that imprint, you won't go wrong no matter what the price of the sharpener and without that marking, I wouldn't buy it no matter what the claims or the price! The added goodness of the Anastasia design is that it adapts for 3 shades of pencils rather than just one or two.

product

Dirtysweet

Urban Decay
Review posted 11 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 11 months ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Dirtysweet is such a wonderful lid colour for me. I have about 5 or 6 of the listed dupes and while they're all nice shadows, none of them is quite as nice on me as Dirtysweet. It's a pretty light bronzed gold shade with a glow-y finish. I know that the Naked Smoky palette wasn't very well received but it's a palette I really love using and this colour - which I love on the mobile lid with some dark liner for an easy but flattering look - makes me glad I purchased the palette.

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Brown (03)

Clarins
Review posted 11 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Review posted 11 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Buttery, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

I think Clarins is really overlooked as a makeup brand, in part because they don't have a really edgy, innovative image or a lot of flashy advertising. I've purchased several of their e/s palettes over the years and have been pleased with them. This one is a really basic, reliable and wearable product for folks like me whose lives don't really fit in with neon brights, hot pinks and electric blues and outrageous glitters. This is the sort of palette I rely on for getting ready for work in the mornings or for informal family get-togethers. My only "criticism" is that a lighter "lightest" shade is something I'd have appreciated, although the lightest shade in this is such a good all over lid shade for cancelling out veining and redness and making my mobile lids look nice. The 3 other shades are graduating darker browns and while the middle 2 shades look almost identical, they are different when applied.

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Satin Seduction

Buxom
Review posted 12 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 12 months ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

I've had this shadow (purchased along with 5 others to make up a value palette) for a few years and it's a great eyeshadow - one of those "must have" colours that works as a "no makeup" eyemakeup or as a highlighter for brow, inner corner or all over the lid. It is, as Christine describes it, a warm light beige with a sheen but my pan looks very different to what is pictured here - the photo here looks far more pinky-peach than mine, which is more of a champagne colour - really a warm beige indeed. For a shimmery shadow, another point in its favour is that it doesn't look crepe-y or create or highlight "texture" issues on my lids.

palette

Showmance

Smashbox
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Great-value, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

While I purchased this in Spring, it will be the perfect Autumn quick and easy trio to use for every day. I almost didn't purchase this based on the less than amazing rating it received from Christine, but I am really glad to have it. All 3 shades work really well for me and I find the quality and performance to be excellent for my needs. I do need to reach for a lighter, more ivory shade for my inner lids and for brow-bone highlighting but other than that, this trio is perfect.

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Pin-up

Tarte
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Buildable, Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Travel-friendly.

I bought this to be a dupe for some favourite LE shadows that I fear using up. I really enjoy the other Tarte Metallic shadows I have but am sorely disappointed in this one. It's not at all like it appears in the pan when it's applied. Rather than a pearly while shade (or even light beige), this takes on a weirdly yellow/golden tone and that's not at all what I was looking for. In terms of texture, pigmentation and creamy smooth application, Pin-Up is every bit as good as the other in this line but it's the colour itself that has disappointed me.

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Sublime Bronze Ambition

Pat McGrath
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Easy-to-use-product, Great-gift, Travel-friendly, Versatile.

I was excited as can be to see this available in-store for purchase since every other PMcG palette is "online only" where I live. So purchase it I did! The texture and pigmentation of these shadows are everything I'd heard about eyeshadows from this brand. Packaging is clever too - cardboard but substantial feeling and nicely designed. My only complaint is the lack of an ivory or beige shadow (satin or sheen or even matte) that works as a highlighter and inner corner colour. That would make this a perfect palette for me. However, the shadows in this are gorgeous and the colours very well co-ordinated. Zero fallout, which is a bonus in shadows with this much sheen.

product

Shake Down

Tarte
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Simply gorgeous. When these first launched, they weren't available in-store in Canada but a while back, I noticed them in-store at Sephora and bought 3 shades (Shake Down, Grind and Pin Up) and I'm happy with all 3 of them. Shake Down is a gorgeous golden taupe shade....not as dark as the "golden bronze" of Temptalia's description might lead you to think. It's a really wearable colour that looks great on its own but is also very adaptable in combination with other shadows. But I love this as an all over the lid/one and done look, perhaps with something matte and a bit darker in the crease. I also love that these are packaged in such a way as to be easy to "depot" and put into a larger palette for travel or just for convenience.

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Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick (2017)

Givenchy
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Moisturizing-wear, Non-sticky, Travel-friendly, Moisturizing.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Easy-to-apply, Long-wearing, Moisturizing-wear, Non-sticky, Travel-friendly, Moisturizing.

I got a Sephora Points Perk of this lipstick in the shade Fuchsia-in-the-Know/#23 and it is absolutely gorgeous. The colour is a deep red-toned pink. This feels absolutely wonderful on the lips - silky and hydrating - and wear time is really good too (not always the case when a lipstick is this creamy and moist feeling). It is such a flattering colour. These are awfully pricey where I live ($41 Canadian) and not available in-store anywhere near me so I will have to order the full size on-line, something I am always reluctant to do, but I will do it for this particular colour and product.

Cookie Crunch

Sephora
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

I'm so glad I finally grabbed this (at a mere $6 Canadian) before it was discontinued entirely. Even at full price, most of Sephora's single shadows were bargains - most had wonderful quality at reasonable prices. Cookie Crunch is a beautiful golden brown shimmer. At first, I found this difficult to use - little product seemed to transfer to my brush or my eyes - but after a few uses, it improved 10-fold (I think it may have been packed down really hard during the packaging process). It is an easy and flattering colour to wear and really sparkles up my brown eyes. Really sad to see these shadows go....

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Nude Beach

Too Faced
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Sheer, Hard-to-apply, Hard-to-blend, Fall-out.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Sheer, Hard-to-apply, Hard-to-blend, Fall-out.

I have this shadow in the original Two Faced Natural Eye Palette and it is totally UNWEARABLE because of the glitter fall-out that is totally not integrated or blended with what little base colour there is. Probably one of the worst shadows I own and it's good that they eventually replaced it with something else (even though they took a few really good shades out of that palette too).

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D320 Golden Khaki

Make Up For Ever
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Creamy, Smooth, Blendable, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Travel-friendly.

I was so glad to be able to grab this beautiful neutral just before the "old" formula was pulled and replaced by the new - and often weaker - formula. It is pretty much as the name suggests - a khaki brown shade (a wonderful melange of olive and brown) with a flattering sheen. So nice and such a shame that its replacement isn't nearly as nice.

Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base

MAC
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Lightweight, Easy-to-apply, Spreads-easily, Long-wearing, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Lightweight, Easy-to-apply, Spreads-easily, Long-wearing, Travel-friendly.

This eyeshadow primer is fantastic! I like it even better than Urban Decay Primer Potion which, til now, has been my "gold standard". MAC's applies more smoothly and eyeshadows apply more smoothly over it. My only complaint is the opening of the tube....I wish it were a narrow, pointed tip like UDPP or Too Faced, rather than a wider, flat opening which is messier and seems to make for more waste.

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Mink Magnet

Buxom
Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

Review posted 1 year ago

Tagged as: Highly-pigmented, Buttery, Creamy, Easy-to-apply, Crease-resistant, Long-wearing, Great-value, Travel-friendly.

I've got 3 of the Buxom customizable palettes and Mink Magnet is a shade I purchased for my first palette. It is such a beautiful and wearable colour and the quality is first rate.