I’ve been wanting to try Paula Dorf cosmetics for a while now. The brand is known for high quality cosmetics and innovative problem-solving products such as Transformer® (from eye shadow to liquid liner) and Perfect Illusion® for lips (ends feathering lips) among others. So I was very happy to have an opportunity through Brandbacker to get to try out some new Paula Dorf eye makeup! I received Aztec City Eye Palette and Teal Mascara.
Paula Dorf Aztec City Eye Palette
Paula Dorf Aztec City Eye Palette makes a great first impression.
It comes in a sleek black plastic slim palette that’s easy to take along if you’re traveling. In fact, I took it with me for Thanksgiving weekend. There’s also a long mirror inside.
The 5 shades are inspired by the Aztec landscape from “the desert sand to the crisp blue sky”: they are natural, neutral shades. Often I am concerned when I receive eye shadow to review that I’ll get bright shades that I can’t possibly wear on my well over 40 eyes. Not to worry. The shades in this palette are perfect for those of us who prefer somewhat more restrained shades. I think they are lovely.
Although the 5 shades aren’t named, I would describe them as:
- champagne satin
- blue-grey satin
- mauve satin
- camel matte-satin
- chocolate brown satin.
Here are the swatches. The champagne is at the top but it didn’t show up very well in the photo. Also, the blue looks much more blue-aqua in the photo rather than the blue-grey that it is.
I found them to be a little powdery in the palette (talc is one of the first ingredients), but I didn’t have any fallout when I was applying them.
I applied them over Urban Decay Anti-aging Eye Primer. Still I found that – except for the chocolate brown – I had to really pack the shades on in order for them to show up on my dry eyes. However, the shades blended well, and I think they looked very pretty. They lasted for about 6 hours and they faded a bit over time the first time I wore them. Today, I really packed on the color, and it wore well with no fading for 10 hours.
I used the champagne in the corner, mauve and camel on the lid, chocolate brown in the v and crease, and I used the blue shade as eyeliner.
The champagne is more like a highlighter that gives a glow rather than color. The blue, mauve and camel shades were light but very attractive. The chocolate brown makes its presence known 😉 Definitely a good palette for neutral lovers like me.
It comes with a dual-ended brush, with blending and slant-tip sides. I thought the quality of the brush was much better than most brushes included with palettes.
The Paula Dorf Aztec City Eye Palette is priced at $36, and you can get additional information or purchase it on the Paula Dorf website. The total weight is 0.30 oz./8.5 g, and each good-sized shade is 0.06 oz/1.7 g.
Ingredients: Mica & Dimethicone, Talc & Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Stearate, Solum Diatomeae, Capryl Glycol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Piroctone Olamine. May contain (+/-): ci 77019 & ci 77891, ci 77742, ci 77288, ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499.
Paula Dorf Teal Mascara
I was very excited about the Teal Mascara because I thought I would love mascara in a teal shade with my blue eyes. The black lightly rubberized tube also makes a nice presentation.
The wand is a traditional normal sized and shaped wand.
This is what the website said about the product: “This teal color, smudge-proof mascara conditions, thickens and lengthens to create beautiful flake-proof lashes. Water-resistant formula gentle enough to be worn with contact lenses. ”
Unfortunately, the Teal Mascara was a fail for me. I have blonde eyelashes, and I could hardly get this mascara to cover my lashes and make them show up. I tried several coats, and I tried several times and got the same result every time. Just about nothing. No volume, no lengthening, almost no coverage. I wonder whether I got a bad tube?
Also, the shade didn’t look particularly teal on my eyes, but a wan black. What do you think? When I removed the mascara with makeup remover, I could see the teal shade.
I’m sorry to not be able to give this mascara a good review, but it did not work for me, and I do not think the formula that was in the tube I received would work for anyone.
Teal Mascara is priced at $22 and the tube contains 0.33 oz/9.3 g. More information is available on the website.
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Beeswax, Ethyl Ester of Pvm/Ma Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Pvp, Kaolin, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Copernicia Cerifera (carnauba) Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Magnesium, Aluminum Silicate, Simethicone, Phenoxethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Trisodium Edta. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Chromium Hydroxide Green.
Now the good news is: my readers will receive the Teal Lash Color/Mascara for free with the purchase of the Aztec City Eye Palette. Just put in the code: TEAL at checkout on the Paula Dorf website! Then you can let me know your experiences with the mascara.
Disclaimer: I was provided the products reviewed above through my association with Brandbacker, a bloggers association. Nevertheless, the opinions expressed above are my true opinions and are not influenced by receiving the products to try.