YSL Rosy Glow (14) Couture Palette

YSL Rosy Glow (14) Couture Palette

YSL Rosy Glow (14) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.16 oz.) contains a mix of warmer neutrals with satin to frost finishes. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “intense” in color, long-wearing, and crease-proof. The palette largely performed as past Couture palettes have, which is with decent pigmentation, softer/dustier textures, and below-average wear but does improve significantly when used over a primer. While I typically like the end result of how the formula looks on the lid, this palette had one major miss–the light gold–that was just sheer and messy to work with, which is not at all the “intense color” promised.

Rosy Glow #1 is a light, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, though the slightly dusty texture made it prone to sheering out more readily on the skin unless it was applied over a primer. It was easy to blend and sat well on the skin. The color started to fade noticeably after six and a half hours of wear. Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sweet Lust (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Blush (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #5 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet Allure (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pale Mauve (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #4 (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Kimber (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rosy Glow #2 is a light gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, shimmery finish. It had sheer coverage, which was not buildable and did not perform significantly better over primer. This was so frustrating to discover in the palette, because at this price point, all five shades should perform well. It was dusty, messy to use, and lasted for five and a half hours. Dior Exuberante #3 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #3 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Alexandre Trois (P) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Champs-Elysees (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Dust (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bling (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Fall Collection 2012 #2 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Soft Gold (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Party (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rosy Glow #3 is a slightly muted, dark brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The texture was soft without being too powdery or too firm, so it applied with good coverage to bare skin but still blended out with ease. The color faded noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear. LORAC Black #5 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Vendome #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Pink Chocolate #4 (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Exuberante #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Fine (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is warmer (85% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Sinful (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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YSL Golden Glow (13) Couture Palette

YSL Golden Glow (13) Couture Palette

YSL Golden Glow (13) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, neutral eyeshadow palette with subtle, warmer shades. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “intense” in color, long-wearing, and crease-proof. I like the way YSL’s Couture eyeshadow formula looks on the lid, but it is a formula that really needs a primer to last through the day–so if you typically wear primer, and you don’t already have neutrals covered, you might like this one. The eyeshadows are very soft, lightly dusty but “melt” a bit, where they meld with the skin and don”t just sit on it and look dry. Overall, the pigmentation was semi-opaque to opaque with most shades blending easily. They all faded noticeably within six to seven hours on me, though.

Golden Glow #1 is a light-medium taupe brown with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer finish. It had great color payoff paired with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency. The color started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. theBalm #32 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Artificial Earth (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) (P, $39.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Glow #2 is a pale, white gold with a frosted shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly dusty, but blendable, texture that initially looked dry on the lid but seemed to “melt” and look more pearly after about a minute. The color wore well for six and a half hours on me. Becca Chardonnay (LE) is more shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Exuberante #3 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Taiga #1 (P, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Soft Gold (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #1 (P) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pelican (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Glow #3 is a dark brown with a soft, satiny sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage, while the texture of the powdery was looser and more powdery. I had trouble blending this shade out on its own as it tended to adhere where it was initially applied. Over primer, it blended much better. I noticed fading with this shade after seven hours. Too Faced Obsessed (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Hourglass Obscura #4 (P) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #4 (P) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Busted (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Secret Lovers (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S622 Black Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Mekong (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Fetiche #3 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Zagreb (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #4 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Graphite #3 (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Ankh (LE) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner (Part 2)

Urban Decay 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner

Urban Decay 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22.0000 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a water-resistant, long-wearing, “intensely pigmented” liquid liner with an ultra-precise (thin) applicator. There are cream shades and metallic shades; the cream ones have a shiny finish (so none dry matte), while the metallic ones have a more pearly sheen. They require 20-30 seconds worth of shaking, or else you’ll end up with a more watery, sheerer consistency that is hard to work with. If shaken for long enough, everything mixes and most shades are semi-opaque to opaque and thin without feeling watered down, but it is a very wet, thin formula that takes 15-30 seconds to dry down (depends on the shade–metallics dried faster for me, on the whole). Once it dries down, it does seem to shrink slightly and I can feel it cling to my skin a bit. The applicator is thin and flexible enough to maneuver around the curve of the lid. Something that was somewhat frustrating is that the formula is so thin and wet that I do get some splattering when I open shades as well as when I apply (like a dot or two randomly on face).

These remove pretty easily with just water and a light rub, but they don’t come off just rubbing with a dry fingertip at all, so removing those spots requires real makeup remover or a dampened brush/cotton swab. During removal, the eyeliner flakes off in small chunks.. If I just sprayed the eyeliner with water and lightly dab or blot (or even just let the water evaporate), they didn’t smudge, fade, or run. I didn’t have any issues with the wear of them–they all went for a full 10-hours before I removed.

Urban Decay Bump 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22.0000 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is a bright white with a satiny sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which applied fairly fluidly and didn’t skip. In order to get truly opaque coverage, a second layer is needed, but be sure to wait until the first layer dries down. It lasted for ten hours on me. Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Polar Ice (P, $17.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Fascinating (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Exit (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Alpine (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Exit (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Santa Monica Blvd. (P, $24.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Cuff 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22.0000 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is a bright silver with a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage, even after I spent a good bit of time shaking up the tube; on the best application, I was able to get semi-opaque coverage, but three of the four times I tried swatching for better coverage, it was just semi-sheer. If you want to layer this for true opacity, just make sure to let the first layer dry. MAC Sterling Silver (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Cuff (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Silver Sky (290) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Kicker (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Kicker (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Diamonds are Forever (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Silverstroke (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner Bump
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
84%
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner Cuff
C
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
73%
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner Revolver
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
6
Longevity
10
Application
3
Total
69%
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Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Peach Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a very light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a shimmery, lightly sparkly finish. Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Catrice Stardust (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, more pigmented (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to give “natural looking color” with buildable coverage that wears “all day.” It has a warmer base color, while the shimmer seemed cooler and icier (particularly noticeable when I applied it to the face and blended out). The texture was fairly soft, not as smooth as the other two shades in the range, but it remained blendable and easy to apply to the skin. The texture didn’t emphasize pores on me, and it had buildable, medium coverage. While this had the most noticeable shimmer, it actually seemed to have the least amount of sheen between the three shades in the line; it yields a noticeable glow–somewhere between subtle and moderate. This shade stayed on well for seven hours on me.

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Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Peach Lights
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
84%
Permanent

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MAC x Star Trek Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “sheer wash of soft rose shimmer.” MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Enigmatic (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Highlight) (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition formula for the brand’s collaboration for Star Trek. I have next to no specific information regarding the formula, so I’m assessing it as a typical highlighting powder as they seem designed to impart luminosity over strong color (all three shades are described as sheer and have shimmer/pearl). This shade had sheer to semi-sheer coverage with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin and sat well without emphasizing pores or the skin’s texture. I believe this is the lightest of the three shades that will be available, and it gives a soft glow to my skin tone (light-medium to medium, for reference) but may add a little bit of color on very fair complexions. This wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

The Star Trek collection will be available online on August 25th and in-stores September 1st (North America). There are two more shades–Strange New Worlds (sheer wash of golden coral pearl) and Highly Illogical (sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl) also released.

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MAC Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Luna Luster
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%