If it was the only job I was able to get at the time, yes, absolutely. Would I continue to submit resumes and look for another place? Sure, since makeup has been such a huge part of my life for so long now, it would be odd to not be allowed to wear even a little bit! If the job where I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup was, in all other respects, a total dream job (great people, pay, benefits, enjoyable job, etc.), I think I’d likely learn to accept/deal with it and wear makeup after work or on the weekends.
-- Christine

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Make Up For Ever C103, C104, C105 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C103 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

Make Up For Ever C103 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very light, pink-tinged beige with a creamy, lightly shiny finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff, but the real feat here was how evenly it applied, despite being a very light shade. The consistency was creamy, comfortable, and felt hydrating over the four hours it lasted. I did have a little bit of the color gather in my lip lines over time. MAC Angel's Kiss (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Peach Beige (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Mirage (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Desert Sun (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Thrill (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fleshpot (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Addict (DC, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Sugar (P, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Myth (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics John Doe (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C104 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy peach with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. It had great pigmentation that applied with smooth, even coverage and sat well on the lips. The consistency was creamy enough to glide on and fill in lip lines to give the illusion of healthier lips while not being too emollient and sliding around. It wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. bareMinerals Dream Big (LE, $20.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Adrienne (402) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Daringly Nude (P, $7.99) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Sand (P, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Unicorn (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Real Redhead (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C105 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium rosy pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was opaque, while the texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and comfortable to wear. It applied evenly and didn’t cling to the lips. This shade wore well for just over four hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirable (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Addison (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Love Happens (LE, $17.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Weirdo (P, $17.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Naked Dream (LE, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Pretty Natural (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Hype Girl (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Boca (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam II (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Modesty (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C103
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
90%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C104
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C105
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner (Part 1)

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 Fireball 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22.0000 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark red-copper with iridescent pink sheen. It’s a really cool shade, but it could use more pigmentation, which is the major downside. The thinner consistency was a little watery and took longer to dry, though once it did, it wore for ten hours on me. Zoeva Opulence (P, $7.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Kush 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22.0000 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium green with warm, yellow undertones and gold sparkle. It had opaque coverage in a single stroke, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it applied evenly and didn’t take too long to dry. This shade lasted for ten hours on me. Colour Pop Maybe (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Maybe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Freak (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Sephora Caipirinha Dreamin' (LE, $10.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner Fireball
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
78%
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner Kush
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
93%
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner Deep End
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
90%
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Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a new finish within the Eye Tint family, which is a liquid eyeshadow formula that feels and performs like a cream but dries down to a powder-like eyeshadow within 10-15 seconds. The previously released shades in the Eye Tint formula have all had some shimmer (from pearl to glitter), and on the whole, I have quite liked them as they are fairly pigmented, long-wearing, and most are easy to use. I found the texture of the Matte shades to be similar to past shades, but I personally felt like the application was more challenging, especially with shades deeper than my natural skin tone. I can, however, see these working well as a good all-over shade and can even work as a flesh-toned base (if one of the six shades suits yours). I liked using flat, synthetic brushes over fingertips for anything that used more than one at a time, and I found the brush to apply the colors more evenly overall. What I like about the Eye Tint formula–that was present in the Matte shades–is that you can still diffuse the edges somewhat while it is dry, as it is more powder-like with better hold than a traditional powder product.

Giorgio Armani Taupe Smoke (19) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dirty, olive-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was more watery, though it didn’t take too long to dry down, so the resulting payoff was semi-sheer. It is somewhat buildable, but it is hard to keep the color even on the skin. It wore well for fourteen hours on me (out of the 16 the brand markets it as wearing for). Burberry Khaki (08) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Faint (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Sweet Tea (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Felt (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $6.00) is cooler (80% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Leather Smoke (20) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a very deep, dark brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture wasn’t too watery or too thin, so it was easier to get nearly full opacity out of the color. It wasn’t as foolproof as the shimmery Eye Tints, as the color tended to apply unevenly more often than not. I was able to wear this for a good fourteen hours before it started to crease faintly. Smashbox Java (P) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE) is less glossy (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Rich Brown (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bark (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Shadow Box (P) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dash of Mocha (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Fur Smoke (21) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dark brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This one seemed to have the tiniest bit of satin shimmer to it, and I think that addition made it easier to work with and apply to the skin without it becoming uneven or patchy as it dried down. It had a thin consistency, but it didn’t sheer out too easily when applied. On me, it wore well for fourteen hours. Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #17 (DC, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Wolf (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Sytry (P) is darker, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Taupe Smoke (19)
C-
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
72%
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Leather Smoke (20)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
84%
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Fur Smoke (21)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder

Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees (LE, $75.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Smokin' Whistles (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty La Belle (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% 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.” The texture of this shade was much smoother and more finely-milled compared to Golden Lights, and as a result, it didn’t feel dry or powdery, though it was very blendable and easy to work with. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. The shimmer seemed a little more refined as well, so it had more of a light-medium level of sheen that didn’t appear metallic or shiny. On my warmer complexion, it’s a highlighter hue that can work well with many blushes, as it doesn’t alter the color of them much when paired with my skin tone, but very fair and/or cooler skin tones may find it adds some warmth when used. The highlighter lasted seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

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Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder Radiant Lights
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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