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Wet n Wild Walking the Red Carpet & Flirting at the After Party Spring 2014 Eyeshadow Palettes: Review & Swatches

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Wet n Wild recently released a limited edition collection for Spring 2014, called “The Style Award Goes To . . .” The collection includes six Megalast nail polishes (I swatched two of them) and two 8-pan eyeshadow palettes, which I have for you today.

Frankly, I hesitated to buy these. Wet n Wild used to have a fantastic eyeshadow formula, but many of their latest released (such as the permanent 5-pan eyeshadow palettes) were not up to par. However, after posting a picture of the display on Instagram and receiving several comments that these eyeshadows are the old, good quality formula, I caved. And I’m glad I did! I don’t think these eyeshadows are  as good as the best of Wet n Wild, but they’re decent palettes with a few stand-out shades.

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Essence 3D Eyeshadows – Swatches & Quick Review

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Essence 3D Eyeshadow

A little while ago, I spotted a new product in Ulta’s Essence display – the 3D Eyeshadow, which has a raised (one might even say 3D) section and a flat section.  I was intrigued, so I bought two shades. Ulta online shows six shades, and that’s what I saw in-store, so I think that’s what they carry – however, this blog post (which is in German) shows nine shades, so it looks like Ulta doesn’t have the full range – not surprising! They sell for $3.49 each.

I bought the shades Irresistible Purr-ple and Irresistible Caramel Cream. All the shade names start with “Irresistible.”

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Irresistible Purr-ple

Irresistible Purr-ple

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Irresistible Caramel Cream

Irresistible Caramel Cream

Here is each shade swatched without primer, as I normally swatch. The colors are pretty, but the pigmentation is not great; it’s a bit uneven, a bit sheer, and there’s some fallout (especially from the purple shade on the far left). The darker shade from Caramel Cream performs best – it’s the smoothest and the most pigmented. Without primer, I’d say that Purr-ple’s performance is poor, and Caramel Cream’s performance is mediocre.

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Swatches

Irresistible Purr-ple // Irresistible Caramel Cream

So, I also swatched them over primer (NYX HD).  For these, I swatched each shade individually, but also layered the two colors from each duo – the lighter shade over the darker shade.

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Irresistable Purr-ple Swatches

Irresistable Purr-ple – over primer

Over primer, the darker shade from Purr-ple is still somewhat difficult; a bit fallout prone and somewhat patchy. The lighter shade performs fairly well, and overall, I’d say the duo is adequate. But, there are better purple duos out there, and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you happen to fall in love with the colors.

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Caramel Cream Swatches

Irresistible Caramel Cream – over primer

Over primer, Caramel Cream performs beautifully – both shades are lovely alone, and I especially love them together. I would recommend this one for sure, especially for the price!

As an aside, I know posting has been less frequent than usual this week; I’m out of town, and although I prepared plenty of photos in advance, I just haven’t had time to write up the posts to go with them! Regular (every day) posting should resume on Monday or Tuesday.

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NYC Luxury Reborn Single Eyeshadow – Swatch of the Day

NYC Luxury Reborn Eyeshadow

Luxury Reborn

I’ve given NYC’s eyeshadow a couple negative reviews, so I’m not sure why I decided to buy yet another one – but I’m glad I did! The NYC eyeshadow single in Luxury Reborn is great – the texture in particular is wonderful, very silky.  It has medium pigmentation and a satin finish.

NYC Luxury Reborn Swatch

Luxury Reborn


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NYC HD Eyeshadow Trios: Swatches & Review

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NYC HD Eyeshadow Trios

High-quality neutral eyeshadows can be difficult to find at the drugstore, so I was excited when I learned that NYC had released several new eyeshadow trios – and many of them were neutrals! Per the NYC website, there are 12 trios, and 5-6 of them look to be neutral; I’ve only seen six of them in-store so far (in permanent displays at CVS and temporary displays at Rite Aid), and those displays had the pictured four neutral quads. Drugstore.com has eleven of the trios available for purchase.

The suggested retail price of the trios is $2.99 each; I had $1 off coupons and bought them on sale, so I ended up paying only about a dollar per trio.


NYC HD Eyeshadow Trios

Long Beach Sands // Bronzed in Brooklyn // Late Night Latte // Central Park Plums

The eyeshadows trios are packaged in slim black compacts; I appreciate that there isn’t much space wasted, and they also look like they would be easy to depot.

The textures of the eyeshadows vary; some are sheer and sparkly, some have satin finishes, some are shimmers,  and some have almost no payoff at all.  I would say that the texture/payoff/pigmentation level ranges from very poor to acceptable; none of the eyeshadows rise to the level of good.

nyc long beach sands swatches

Long Beach Sands

Long Beach Sands:
Browbone shade: A little too soft – lots of fallout, decent payoff.
Lid shade: One of the better shades, a smooth satin.
Crease shade: Not much payoff, a satin.

nyc bronzed in brooklyn swatches

Bronzed in Brooklyn

Bronzed in Brooklyn:
Browbone shade: Very poor pigmentation, barely shows up.
Lid shade: Okay-ish; takes multiple swipes.
Crease shade: One of the better shades – satin finish.

nyc late night latte swatches

Late Night Latte

Late Night Latte:
Browbone shade: Shows up okay, okay texture.
Lid shade: The worst shade of the bunch – too hard, barely shows up.
Crease shade: Too sheer, but does show up.

nyc central park plums swatches

Central Park Plums

Central Park Plums:
Browbone shade: An okay shade – sheer but decent.
Lid shade: Another okay but sheer shade.
Crease shade: Not much payoff, does show up with multiple swipes.

Overall, I can’t recommend any of these trios — even for a dollar; they’re just too inconsistent and the quality isn’t there.  If you’re looking for an inexpensive neutral eyeshadow trio, go for one of Wet n Wild’s instead; they’re the same price and miles better.

*As noted in this review, I purchased all four of these trios.  This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Fyrinnae Loose Eyeshadow: Part Two — Swatches

Fyrinnae Mystical Hedgehog, Immortality, Witchy Woodland Creatures

This is the second part of my two-part Fyrinnae photos & swatchfest – the swatches! Part One, the photos of the eyeshadows in the jar, is here.

I normally swatch eyeshadow without any primer or base, but I find that loose eyeshadows don’t show up very well on bare skin.  So, I’ve swatched these two different ways; the first set of swatches (on the left in each photo) is over NYX HD primer, and the second set (on the right in each photo) is over Fyrinnae’s own Pixie Epoxie.  I found that the color shows up nicely over just primer, but the glitter needs a sticky base, like Pixie Epoxie, to adhere.

I’ve left these photos larger than usual to better show the complexity of the shades – please do click to enlarge, these eyeshadows are really lovely up close!

Fyrinnae Mystical Hedgehog, Cuddlefish, Immortality

With flash: Mystical Hedgehog, Cuddlefish, Immortality

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Full sun: Mystical Hedgehog, Cuddlefish, Immortality

I’m terrible at describing this type of complex color, so I’ve borrowed Fyrinnae’s own descriptions.

Mystical Hedgehog: Appears as a vibrant, shimmering purple with a turquoise-green highlight at a distance, but changes to a warmer purple to pink at an angle or close to light.

Cuddlefish: A vibrant violet, loaded with varying hues of purple and blue-violet sparkle.

Immortality: A rainbow of sparkle in soft black

Fyrinnae Witchy Woodland Creatures, Shenanigans, Book of the Dead

With flash: Witchy Woodland Creatures, Shenanigans, Book of the Dead

Full sun: Witchy Woodland Creatures, Shenanigans, Book of the Dead

Witchy Woodland Creatures: Glimmering, multi-faceted cocoa taupe. Shades of copper and silver, with hints of pink, gold, and green shimmer on a neutral taupe-brown base make this shadow suitable for a wide range of skintones.

Shenanigans: A rainbow of sparkle fills rich, metallic gold over a dark base

Book of the Dead: A slightly aged gleaming, sparkling beige-gold, fit for Osiris himself (we could hope!), graced with flashes of sparkle in varying hues. Neutral tone, not yellow.

Fyrinnae Koala, Kurisumasu!, Moon Child, Nijiro

With flash: Koala, Kurisumasu!, Moon Child, Nijiro

Full sun: Koala, Kurisumasu!, Moon Child, Nijiro

Koala: A medium rosy taupe, this shade has a satin finish.

Kurisumasu!: Versatile satiny rosy beige shade with subtle flashes of sparkle. Great for a highlight or all-over basic shade that can suit many skintones.

Moon Child: Soft glimmering ivory shade with just the right amount of shimmer and sparkle and a touch of coppery highlight.

Nijiro: Ivory with rainbow sparkles.

Fyrinnae products can only be purchased online. Fyrinnae usually has quite a long turn around time stated on their website, but I’ve ordered from them three times now, and my order has always shipped within a week or so.