Week in Review | September 24th through September 30th

Here’s a look at the top 10 products reviewed in the last week, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂

What’s been in your rotation the most this week? What caught your eye?

01

Clinique Black Honey Pop

Permanent. $21.00/0.12 oz.

Clinique Black Honey Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pinky plum with warm undertones and a luminous finish.

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
A

02. Colour Pop Bardot

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a "rusty red copper." It's a medium-dark, coppery red with warm, red-orange undertones and fine pinky-red and gold shimmer. Read full review.

A

03. Bobbi Brown Bronze

Bronze is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a softer, light-medium golden bronze shimmer. Read full review.

A-

04. MAC Claretcast

MAC Claretcast Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pinky berry with subtle, cool undertones paired with a satin finish. Read full review.

A-

05. MAC Mulling Spices

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, medium-dark red with strong, cool, pink undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

A-

06. Laura Mercier Indiscretion

Indiscretion is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a soft, golden sheen. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, lightly dry texture that was dry to the touch but did appear dry or dusty applied to the skin. Read full review.

A-

07. Laura Mercier Addiction

Addiction is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage, and it was easy to blend on the skin. Read full review.

A-

08. MAC Postmodern

MAC Postmodern Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, dark pink-coral with subtle, warmer undertones and a satiny, cream finish. Read full review.

A-

09. MAC Double Fudge

MAC Double Fudge Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, brownish burgundy with warm, red undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. Read full review.

A-

10. Laura Mercier Fall In Love

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette ($58.00 for 0.44 oz.) includes four, miniature-sized versions of the permanent Face Illuminators. Read full review.

Breakdown |
Sep 24, 2016 — Sep 30, 2016

84%

Average Score
A
18
B
36
C
8
D
2
F
2

Total Reviews (66) — Brands Reviewed (11)

Guerlain Shalimar Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo

Guerlain Shalimar Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo ($46.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a limited edition set of shades for the holiday season. Guerlain’s weakness seems to be eyeshadows, unfortunately, and the holiday duo left much to be desired. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented” with “multiple metallic reflections.” The consistency of the top shade was dry, slightly gritty, and extremely difficult to blend, while the bottom shade was looser and easier to work with but had fall out (and is, between the two, quite dupable).

Shalimar (Top) is a medium-dark, grape-hued plum base with lighter navy blue shimmer. It had a firmer press, which made getting color payoff difficult, and I could not build up the color with multiple layers, as it just didn’t stick to itself well. When I tried to blend out the color, it looked patchy, uneven, and draggy around the edges. It started to crease after six hours of wear. There was really not much to like about this shade, besides the color it was attempting to be! Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Kauai #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Freakshow (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dusty Desire (LE, $32.50) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Highly Charged (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay ACDC (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shalimar (Bottom) is a brighter, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It is the more traditional holiday gold you’d see during the season, so while it performed better than the top shade, it is easily duped with other products rather than acquiring one dud and one decent shade for the price of $46. The texture of this shade was softer, smoother, and more blendable on the skin, but it had some fall out issues over time. It had was mostly opaque in coverage, and it lasted for seven hours before creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Cumin (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #3 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Indian Gold (44M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Metal (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is lighter (80% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Retrospeck (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Patina (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Guerlain Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Duo Shalimar
C
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
7
Application
3.5
Total
74%
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Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham | MAC x Selena Updates

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection
Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Collection

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham

NET-A-PORTER, NordstromNeiman Marcus, and The Bay have launched the collection this morning.  As of this posting, I have only seen the Modern Mercury Highlighter in stock on NET-A-PORTER and The Bay.

Edited at 9:23AM PST: Reader LaMaitresse noted the collection is at The Bay as well.

MAC x Selena Collection
MAC x Selena Collection

MAC x Selena

The collection is supposed to be available today at maccosmetics.com for all customers.  MAC updated press information yesterday stating that the collection will be available in all stores on October 6th.  (I’d still double-check and call your local store, if you can, especially if it’s a long drive.)  This update should also mean that retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillards, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks should also have the collection shortly.

Edited at 9:33AM PST:  The collection is live now, though the website is slow, moderately glitchy, and otherwise annoying to go through. Some items are showing up as “coming soon” still, while the Blush Duo shows as “sold out.”

Here are some helpful links:

Guerlain Rouge Saphir Rouge G & Rose Indien KissKiss Lipsticks

Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color

Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color ($56.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-red with cooler undertones and a natural finish. Colour Pop JujuRouge (LE, $5.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty #009 (LE, $36.00) is darker, less glossy (95% similar). Laura Mercier Vivien (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Legendary (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Sancho (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pomegranate (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Garconne (P, $55.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (P, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a specially packaged Rouge G with a blue “jewel” as the clasp, while the rest of the packaging is the same signature Rouge G component. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and pigmented, which it is. The Rouge G formula has been a long-time favorite for me, and I wasn’t disappointed with the performance of this year’s holiday shade at all. I would like to see Guerlain introduce more shades of the Rouge G throughout the year and in more options than red, though! Rouge Saphir was creamy, lightweight, smoothing, and intensely pigmented. It did seem a bit denser and creamier than some Rouge Gs and had less of a pearly sheen. The color lasted for over six hours and was very moisturizing while worn, and it did not feather or bleed past the edges of my lips.

Guerlain Rouge Saphir (821) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia magenta with cool undertones and a natural sheen. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker (95% similar). Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Daddy's Little Girl (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Whip (P, $5.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Frenemy (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). MAC Girl About Town (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Crush (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Anarchy (DC, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The KissKiss formula is supposed to be hydrating, have a satin finish, and be long-wearing. It was comfortable to wear, but I found the consistency of the shade to be a little unforgiving on the lips, as it would catch on any unevenness on my lips. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which was a bit less coverage than the line tends to deliver, and some of the color settled into lip lines–the brightness of the color made it less apparent, though. It wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing.

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Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Rouge Saphir (821)
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick Rose Indien (563)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder

Guerlain Terra India Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, reddish brown with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $68.00) is warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a limited edition bronzing powder for the holidays, which is supposed to give the face an “enhanced and illuminated” effect, and it is scented with the brand’s Shalimar scent (which is noticeable in the pan and to a lesser degree, on the skin). The consistency was soft, just a smidgen dusty, but very blendable and forgiving on the skin, as it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. There was fine shimmer in the powder that translated to more of a satiny sheen as it was blended and buffed on my skin, so the finish looked natural and luminous but not shimmery or metallic. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder Terra India
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles

Guerlain Perles de Legende Meteorites Perles ($65.00 for 0.80 oz.) is a translucent, gold-sparkled finishing powder. Guerlain Perles des Neiges (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Liu (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Brilliant Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This year’s holiday Meteorites Perles are supposed to have three shades: “pink to refresh, gold to illuminate, and a touch of blue to softly correct the complexion.” It is dominated by a lot of smaller gold pearls with a few larger pink and minty green pearls, and when I swatched and used it, it was mostly a translucent, yellowish powder with gold micro-sparkle. This year’s Meteorites’ shimmer/sparkle is more noticeable on the skin as a result, but the overall effect is one of the subtlest I’ve seen out of all the Meteorites I’ve tried. I think those who enjoy using this product and aren’t as concerned about a noticeable effect will be happy with their purchase, but as a fan of the product, I still found the difference to be incredibly subtle. What I noticed, for the most part, was that it gave my skin a warmer, slightly brighter look overall with fine sparkle all over the skin. It had no impact on the wear of my base products, and the sparkles were still visible eight hours later (when I tested for wear on bare skin).

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Guerlain Meteorites Pearls Perles de Legende
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
87%