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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Too Faced Love Palette
Too Faced Love Palette

Too Faced Love Palette ($49.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains fifteen eyeshadows split into three combinations. It utilizes a new formula with “slurry powder technology,” which ultimately gives them a slightly drier, dustier consistency that is harder to apply on bare skin. The formula is one that definitely needs to be used damp (and I think most shades could probably be used with a damp brush with no ill effect, but I haven’t tried it with all of the shades) or with an eyeshadow primer, preferably one with a little tack or thickness to it. The more sparkly shades create a lot of sparkle fall out while applying as well as during wear, as the sparkle tended to separate from the base color. The eyeshadows lasted for seven to eight hours on average with semi-opaque color payoff. I think a brown eyeliner might have been a better fit with these, as they run more faded/softer applied, and the black can be harsh–it’s certainly a dramatic choice.

Cherish is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with a soft, fairly smooth texture that blended and adhered well to the skin. It lasted for eight hours. MAC Hey (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented. YSL Onde Sable (04) (P, $30.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is darker, more muted. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dearest is a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. You could feel the sparkle pull away from the base color, so it had a more crumbly consistency and tended to have fall out during application (as I blended) as well as when worn (all over the under eye). It lasted for seven hours before fading. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is darker. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, better quality. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is less shimmery. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is less shimmery. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Fringe (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Naked Bronze (Eye Color) (LE, ) is darker. Makeup Geek Rapunzel (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter. LORAC Dream Girl #1 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. LORAC Gilded (LE, ) is less shimmery. Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Adore is a soft, medium-dark copper with warm, orange-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that was a little dusty and tended to look sheerer on the lid as a lot of the color blends away. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Imagine (P, ) is darker. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Cannes (P, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is darker. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Desire is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, caramel undertones. It had nice color coverage that went on very smoothly and evenly, and this shade wasn’t too dusty to work with, so it applied well. The color wore for eight hours before fading. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is more muted. MAC Butterfudge (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Butterfudge (P, $16.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Deluxe (P, $5.00) is darker. LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Givenchy Delicate #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Amorous is a muted, purpled brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but was a little dusty and harder to blend on the skin without a base. It lasted for seven and a half hours. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #7 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smitten is a light, creamy pink with sparkle over a mostly satin finish and subtle, warmer undertones. It’s a little powdery and prone to sheering out when blended on the skin, though it starts with decent color coverage. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Sensibility (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) is . MAC Rose Blend #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Riviera #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Cambon #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Passion is a muted, medium-dark purple mauve with lighter gold sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty consistency that sheers out easily. It doesn’t adhere that well to bare skin, especially as the sparkle dusts away. It lasted for seven hours but had a lot of fall out during wear. bareMinerals Catch Me If (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Colour Pop Cricket (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Exposure #5 (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Viseart Vendome (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweetie Pie is a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation with a smoother texture that adhered well to bare skin. On me, it lasted for eight hours. MAC Love Power (LE, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Dior House of Pinks #3 (LE, ) is cooler. Colour Pop Bubbly (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Romance is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It was very pigmented but powdery, though it didn’t sheer out much when applied, so it ended up being one of the better shades in the palette. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Yes Please (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Viseart Taupe (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Dark Matte #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Obsessed is a deepened, burgundy-brown with warm undertones and a hint of plum paired with a soft, pearly sheen. It had intense pigmentation with a slightly dusty texture that seemed to make it harder to blend on bare skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Genie (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S622 Black Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Granite (LE, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE, ) is cooler. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #5 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani Senso (10) (P, $38.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE, ) is cooler. Givenchy Tentation #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Graphite #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Monochrome #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Devotion is a peachy gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff with a fairly smooth application, though it could have been better. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours for me. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE, ) is cooler. LORAC Beige (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is lighter. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is darker. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is darker. MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Vivacious (LE, ) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is darker. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Darling is a softened, light-medium green with warm, golden pearl and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty, texture that applied well. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Very Merry (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I330 Linden Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Clover (LE, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

XOXO is a soft, light-medium orange with warm undertones and a lightly frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that applied smoothly. On me, it wore for eight hours before fading slightly. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Mortal #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Shazam (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $24.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Orange Topaz (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Puppy Love is a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a subtle, frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff with a smooth consistency that made it easy to work with. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Romantico (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay YDK (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P, ) is darker. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is cooler. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer. Stila Thought (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is warmer. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Everlasting is a blackened green that leans browner with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had decent pigmentation but was dusty and prone to sheering out, so it always looked softer and more faded than it did in the pan. I had some trouble blending it out as well. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Copper Wood (LE, ) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Covenant (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Zoeva Infusion (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Green Clean #3 (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Perfect Black is an intense black with a satin finish. It was richly pigmented and very, very creamy, so I had no problems applying it and never felt it tugging at the lash line. It is, however, so creamy that wear is an issue as it migrated to the corners of the eyes noticeably after seven hours of wear. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is less glossy. MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Black Ice (P, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is less glossy. Giorgio Armani Black (01) (P, $28.00) is . Estee Lauder Blackened Black (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $9.00) is less glossy. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $25.00) is darker. Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Sephora Collection Clubbing Stilettos (P, $9.00) is less glossy. MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Favorite warm-toned lipstick?
  • Favorite cool-toned blush?
  • Favorite neutral-toned eyeshadow?
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick

Bite Beauty Barberry Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pinky plum with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The finish had a definite sheen to it, which lasted for hours, and then it became more semi-matte. It had a light, creamy texture that glided on without tugging on the lips. The color lasted for six and a half hours, left a stain behind, and was hydrating while worn. This one seemed harder to dupe for me, based on products I’ve reviewed in the past. Bite Beauty #002 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Burgundy (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler, glossier. Too Faced Metallic Jelly (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Erik (456) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Goddess of the Sea (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lydia (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, warmer. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Black Cherry Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a lightly brightened, dark reddish burgundy with warm undertones, very fine ruby shimmer, and a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied somewhat evenly, but the color could have been smoother at the end. The texture had a lot of slip to it, which made it prone to sliding around. I had some light feathering along my upper lip after five hours of wear, and the color lasted for almost seven hours in all. It was lightly hydrating over time. Bite Beauty Plum (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Saboteur (132) (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to leave a “velvet, soft focus finish” with “highly pigmented, moisturizing wearable color” that is also “longwearing.” If you’re not a fan of mattes, don’t fret, these aren’t really matte (and if you’re a fan of matte, you might want to keep looking). There are five shades, and all of them have a satin or glossier finish (two are pretty glossy). The glossier the shade, the more poorly it applied with streaky, uneven coverage that was prone to feathering along the edges of the natural lip, while the more satiny shades were more pigmented with more even application and longer, better wear. On me, I found the formula to be lightly to moderately hydrating with wear ranging between four and seven hours. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste.

P.S. — A few of mine arrived with an almost jelly-esque bit on the edges of the lipstick itself, and I’m not sure if it was heat-related as my samples came from NYC (I’m in California) or not.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection
NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection

The Fall 2015 Color Collection, created by NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars, stars a lush and lavish mix of shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks. The look begins with natural sculpting of the face. Eyes dramatize in smoky shimmering brown and golden ombré. Lips captivate in tones of iconic red. Making its official launch is the Velvet Shadow Stick, a silky, velvety shadow in a range of sumptuous shades for layering under and over, blending and setting, creating looks that are modern, sophisticated and always tempting.

Velvet Shadow Stick ($28.00)

  • Hollywoodland Pale gold
  • Aigle Noir Black infused with gold shimmer
  • Glenan Navy
  • Goddess Pink champagne
  • Oaxaca Quartz
  • Sukhothai Shimmering peacock
  • Filbuste Black
  • Reykjavik Grey

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00)

  • Telesto Brown with gold shimmer
  • Pasiphae Shimmering peacock burgundy

Lipstick ($27.00)

  • VIP Red Dark brique

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Chelsea Girls Pink beige
  • Baby Doll Shimmering candy pink

Blush ($30.00)

  • Tribulation Shimmery rosy sand

NARSissist Six Appeal Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

For Fall 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces every NARSissist’s eye essential – smoky, subtle, minky, bold – the combinations are endless. The limited-edition eye kit features a compact of six shadows ranging from pale lilac to smoky charcoal, a mini Via De’Martelli Larger Than Life® Eyeliner and a newly designed travel size Wide Contour Brush #43 for easy application on the go. It’s neutrals worth noticing.

Availability: July 15th at NARS; August 1st at department and specialty stores

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Bite Beauty Shade 007 Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty Shade 007 Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Lip Lab Limited Release Crème Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

  • Shade 007 (“Snapdragon”) Bubblegum magenta

Availability: Exclusively at Sephora at 9AM PST/Noon EST on July 1st for U.S. customers; July 15th at Noon EST for Canadians (different stock)