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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix
ColourPop Summer 2015 Lippie Stix

For summer, there are five new ColourPop Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) from tangerine to fuchsia. The Lippie Stix formula is a twist-up lipstick that comes in a variety of finishes with most of the finishes designed to have richer coverage. Here’s a recap of the formula overall (from yesterday’s review):

Matte finishes are supposed to be: “full coverage” and “long-wearing” and “ultra-comfortable, while cream finishes are supposed to be “full coverage” with “an ultra creamy feel and look.” The satin finish is ddescribed as “full coverage” and “long-wearing” that has a “hydrating feel.” Lastly, the hyper-glossy finish is supposed to have “full coverage” that “melts” and leaves “tons of moisture” with a “glossy finish.” All of the Lippie Stix have a synthetic, vanilla-like scent that sometimes smells synthetic and leans waxy. I don’t notice the scent applied, and I don’t notice any taste. In general, most of the finishes apply without tugging on the lips, have good coverage, and wear at least four hours, but most aren’t hydrating, while the hyper-glossy finish is a little tacky in feel. A few of the really matte shades are drier and can tug, and they can get drying.

Fiesta is described as a “light peachy pink in a cream finish.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium pinky-peach with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly for the most part. The texture was creamy, light-medium in weight, and was comfortable on. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is darker. Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) (P, $7.49) is cooler. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Potent (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is warmer. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Luau is described as a “bright tangerine in a hyper glossy finish.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with strong, yellow undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had mostly opaque coverage; there was a veil of translucency where if your natural lip color is stronger, you may find in influences the end result. The texture is thicker than the other finishes with a slight tackiness to it, but it lasted for five hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Tangerine Dream (P, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Estee Lauder Daring (P, $30.00) is more muted, less glossy. Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) (LE, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. MAC Forbidden Sunrise (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Peach Satin (540) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Polliwog is described as a “cool toned nude beige in a cream finish.” It’s a yellowed, light-medium peach-beige with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque color paoyff that could have applied more evently; the more translucent coverage seemed prone to streaky compared to other shades (but it’s not awful streaky). The texture is a little thicker and sits in lip lines initially, which isn’t too noticeable, but it gathers more of the color as it wears on for the next four hours. It was slightly drying over time. MAC Touch the Earth (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Cream (P, $28.00) is cooler. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Severine (112) (P, $30.00) is cooler. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Naturally Transformed (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Topanga is described as a “mid-tone dusty coral in a satin finish.” It’s a medium-dark pink-coral with a satin finish. It had rich color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly drying after three and a half hours of wear. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Maybelline Coral Burst (740) (P, $7.49) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is cooler. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Melted Melon (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Estee Lauder Surreal Sun (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Make Me Gorgeous (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Toucan is described as a “bright pinky red coral in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-fuchsia with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered evenly, but the texture was noticeably dry and stiff (one of the driest I’ve come across from the brand), which made it painful to apply as it tugged and dragged a lot during application. It lasted for eight hours but was very drying. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier. Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Palettes' Comparisons & Swatches
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Below are somewhat similar shades–not necessarily perfect dupes, but they’re the ones that “overlap” more to give you a general idea of where there are similar shades. You’ll definitely some similar shades if you own every single Naked-related palette (and even more if you own a lot of the other Urban Decay palettes), but it will depend on how many of them you own, which ones, and what kind of shades you favor (or not) and whether the difference in undertone, contrast, and finish are worth it or not.  I’ll go over the specific dupes for Naked Smoky in its full review. Hope this is helpful!

  • Beiges: Venus/Verve/Virgin/Bootycall; Skimp/Bootycall; High/Liar/Sin; Walk of Shame/Stark/Combust; Venus/Thirteen
  • Bronzes: Sidecar/Smog/Snakebite/Radar/Darkhorse; Half-Baked/Chopper; Chopper/Trick; Suspect/Dirtysweet
  • Blacks: Black Market/Creep/Blackout
  • Taupes: YDK/Toasted/Liar/Mugshot; Naked2/Frisk; Undone/Password; Cover/Tease
  • Browns: Buck/Whiskey; Faint/Whiskey
  • Plums: Crave/Hustle/Busted/Blackout; Darkside/Smolder
  • Grays: Gunmetal/Slanted/Dagger
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Inattendue Prisme Quatuour / Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a sparkling mix of shades with warmer undertones. This was the more pigmented of the three quads I bought from the range, but it wasn’t worth the price tag due to lower color payoff, fall out, and generally uneven color application. It was more frustrating to use than anything else. I give Givenchy credit for coming up with a more interesting color combination that you don’t often see in a set of four shades (though it is harder to combine as a result). I think you’d need to use a glitter adhesive and possibly sponge-tip/fingertips for applicators to manage this one.

Inattendue #1 is a medium, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden bronze sparkle. It had the least sparkly finish of the four shades, and it was the easiest to work with, as it applied with better color coverage and went on evenly. It had a small amount of fall out but creased after seven hours of wear. YSL Aquatic Copper (07) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Deluxe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Anastasia Truffle (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Le Metier de Beaute Axiom (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Mulch (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Inattendue #2 is a medium-dark black with silver glitter. It had a drier texture that was prone to applying unevenly, and the color payoff was weak. There was so much fall out during wear, as well as some when initially applied, that by the end of six hours, it had creased and turned into more of a satin finish eyeshadow! Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacklight (306) (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Moonspoon (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Inattendue #3 is a sparkling, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and pink and white glitter. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier consistency where the sparkle often came loose. There was a lot of fall out during application as well as during wear, and the base color was quick to crease (six hours). Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D862 Fairly Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Inattendue #4 is a muted, blackened plum with warm, brown undertones and lighter silver and plum sparkle and glitter that gives it a very high-shine finish. It had good color payoff with a gritty, glittery texture where the glitter adhered initially but easily dislodged from the base color as soon as you went to blend it out at all. The color lasted for seven hours but had a lot of fall out over time. Chanel Diapason (92) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Modern Majesty (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) just arrived this morning (no, seriously, like thirty minutes ago), so I haven’t had time to test yet (or even process!), but for now, enjoy photos and swatches! :)

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