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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Veil ($30.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft, muted yellow beige with a pearly gold shimmer-sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Dior Gold Shock (001) (LE, $80.00) is yellower. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is yellower, more shimmery. Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Star! (LE) is sheerer. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy highlighting powder” that will give you a “lit-from-within radiance.” For anyone in the market for a warm-toned, more subtle highlighting powder, you may find this fits the bill. It’s really hard to overdo it, because the finish is subtly luminous rather than overtly shimmery. The texture is incredibly silky and smooth–it does, in fact, feel almost like a cream because it is so smooth without being powdery, which made it incredibly blendable and helped it sit well on the skin (no emphasis of pores or dryness). On my medium complexion, it doesn’t look yellow or give much color, just a soft sheen to the skin, but fairer complexions may see a stronger warmth when applied, though I think application will be sheer enough that it won’t be yellow. It’s a sweet spot between beige and gold without being too yellow or too orange. The powder highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. I’ll also be revieweing the liquid and cream version soon, but I can tell you that the powder is the least shimmery/frosted and is a bit more yellow-based.

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme

Here are swatches of all the shades I have of Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) (plus two shades of the Sheer Lip Gel formula). Hope to have full reviews eventually but wanted to get these swatches to you before the Sephora sale ends! :)

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Evergreen Beauty Deals

A little reminder!  SEPHORA’S annual Spring Beauty Insider Event opens up to BIs tomorrow, 4/17. VIB Rouges and VIBs will receive 15% off, while BIs will receive 10% off. See below for run dates and codes for each customer tier:

  • 4/12/2015 – 4/21/2015: VIB Rouge 15% off with code ROUGELOVE
  • 4/16/2015 – 4/21/2015: VIB 15% with code VIBLOVE
  • 4/17/2015 – 4/20/2015: BI 10% with code BILOVE

What have you hauled so far? What’s on your shopping list? I’d love to see your lists! :)

Fine print:

VIB Rouge 15% off eligible merchandise valid for a limited time in Sephora U.S. and Canada stores, on sephora.com, and at Sephora inside JCPenney locations. Enter promo code when prompted at checkout. VIB Rouge: valid 4/12/15 through 4/21/15 at 11:59 PM PDT. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other promotions or employee discounts. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Due to heavy demand, Sephora Flash delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. Not responsible for lost or stolen promotion cards. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time.

VIBs 15% off eligible merchandise valid for a limited time in Sephora U.S. and Canada stores, on sephora.com, and at Sephora inside JCPenney locations. Enter promo code when prompted at checkout. VIBs: valid 4/16/15 through 4/21/15 at 11:59 PM PDT. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other promotions or employee discounts. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Due to heavy demand, Sephora Flash delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. Not responsible for lost or stolen promotion cards. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time.

Beauty Insiders 10% off eligible merchandise valid for a limited time in Sephora U.S. and Canada stores, on sephora.com, and at Sephora inside JCPenney locations. Enter promo code when prompted at checkout. Beauty Insiders: valid 4/17/15 through 4/20/15 at 11:59 PM PDT. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other promotions or employee discounts. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. Not valid on orders shipping outside the U.S. or Canada. Due to heavy demand, Sephora Flash delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. Not responsible for lost or stolen promotion cards. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora at its sole discretion at any time.

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about NYX!

my answer: It can be really hard to find the range in-store, and it can be hard to find certain shades depending on your area. They come out with a lot of new products and a lot of new shades whenever they do, but not all of them are really amazing. They have some great products, but it can be overwhelmed by their misses at times.

Monday, April 20th, 2015

YSL Onde Sable (04) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Onde Sable (04) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a liquid eyeshadow that’s supposed to be “pigment-packed” and last for “16 hours without creasing, flaking, or fading.” It goes on to mention “pure color payoff” and that the applicator is actually supposed to be functional (including for lining). If you use the applicator, you’re going to get pretty poor color coverage and blendability, as the applicator seems to pick up far more water and not enough pigment two out of three pulls. I had the best luck by using a brush and letting some of that water soak into the brush, rather than being spread across my lids. Some shades wore well, while others gave me problems with color that flaked right off (in actual chunks and flakes) well before the sixteen hour mark. They’re not as blendable once they dry down, but you don’t want to blend too furiously while they’re still quite wet, or else you’ll end up with streaky color. I think this formula may work best as a one or two-hued look that has a more diffused, gauzy look to it, rather than as a richly pigmented eyeshadow.

I really, really wanted these to be as impressive as Giorgio Armani’s Eye Tints, which I love, but the price point is tough. I’m really at a loss as to how these were so different in general performance compared to the Eye Tints, because they’re very similar in feel and description–they’re both owned by L’Oreal. I had similar issues with some shades of the Eye Tints where the amount seemed too watery without enough pigment, so the product would go on more sheerly than if you tried again. For that reason, I don’t think the doe-foot applicator is the best delivery system. The Eye Tints are $172.72/oz., while the Full Metal Shadows are $200/oz. The major difference between the two was actually in the finish and dry down; YSL’s Full Metal Shadows are much more metallic with a heavier frost/shimmer element that seems to give a chunkier, thicker consistency when applied with more opaque coverage. It was almost like YSL’s version had more shimmer than base color, and the end result didn’t work as well layered or applied as a mutli-colored look. I was able to get better wear out of the product when wore with one or two shades as a semi-opaque wash of color. You can compare the two ingredient lists below, and they’re very similar in what’s in each, but the order of the first few ingredients is slightly different.

Giorgio Armani: Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lauroyl Lysine, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Zea Mays Starch, Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan, Isotearate Phenoxyethanol, Stearath-20, Argilla/Magnesium Aluminum Silicate Magnesium Silicate, PEG-75 Stearate, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica[Nano]/Silica,Xanthan Gum, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20, Alumina, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, May Contain CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77007/Ultramarines, CI77400/Bronze Powder, CI77400 Copper Powder, CI77288/Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 75470/Carmine, CI 77163 Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77510/ Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77742/ Manganese Violet, CI77120/Barium Sulfate, CI19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI42090/ Blue 1 Lake, Mica.

YSL: Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosicilate, Talc, Lauroyl Lysine, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Calcium Aluminum Borosiclate, Zea Mays Starch/Corn Starch, Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimtehicone Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Isotearate, Argilla/Magnesium Alumnum Silicate, Glycerin, Silicia, Phenoxethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates Copolymr, Alumina, Magnesium, Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Tin Oxide, Silicia [Nano]/Silicia, May Contain Mica, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides, CI 77007/Ultramarines, CI77288/Chromium Oxide Greens, CI77400/Bronze Powder, CI77400 Copper Powder, 77510/ Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77742/ Manganese Violet, CI77120/Barium Sulfate, CI19140/Yellow 5 Lake, CI42090/ Blue 1 Lake

YSL Onde Sable (04) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly when applied with a brush. It wore well for ten hours before creasing on me. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is powder. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more orange, powder. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Lorelei (LE, $19.50) is darker, less shimmery, powder. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is rosier, powder. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is lighter, powder. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is powder. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is warmer, powder. MAC All That Glitters (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Pink Cascade (06) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a rosy peach-copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was semi-opaque to opaque, depending on how much product was caught on the applicator, but it thickens a lot on the skin, so you may want to apply less than you think. This shade flaked off in clumps at the eight-hour mark, but when I wore it as a semi-opaque wash of color blended all-over the lid, I had less issues with flaking until twelve hours of wear. Lancome My French #5 (LE) is a powder. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $36.00) is similar. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE) is darker, powder. bareMinerals Bare Skin (LE) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is less pink, powder. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $16.00) is a powder. MAC Sweet Heat (LE, $19.50) is darker, powder. Estee Lauder Pink Zinc (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Steamy Coral (05) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a brightened, orange-copper with warm, orange-red undertones and a metallic sheen with finer shimmer compared to the other two shades. It had semi-opaque to opaque color payoff that went on more evenly and seemed less watery. It wore well for almost fourteen hours before creasing. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less metallic, powder. Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is a powder, brighter. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is browner. Makeup Geek Roulette (LE, $5.99) is powder. Make Up For Ever I702 Mahogany (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Amorous Alloy (LE, $19.50) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is powder. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is powder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is powder. MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Pink Cascade (06)

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bonus Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true peach in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened pop of orange with warm, reddish undertones and a very fine gold micro-shimmer. Colour Pop Tonic (P, $8.00) is darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery, powder. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is a powder, darker, redder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $32.00) is redder, powder. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is similar. theBalm Swiss Dot (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, powder. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Frivole (P, $45.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is supposed to offer buildable coverage that is most intense when applied with fingertips and sheerer when applied with a stippling or duo fiber brush. It is a cream-based blush that feels more like a kind of clay, as it will indent if you press it, and you can almost mold it into a shape, if desired, so it’s not as emollient or as wet as your typical cream blush. It tends to look, feel, and behave more like a powder blush when applied to the skin, as there is no slip, but it is blendable and diffuses easily across the skin. For the easiest, quickest application, I’ve had the best luck applying with fingertips and merely skimming the side of the fingertip pad across the cheeks, which gives color and spreads it out well without disturbing base products. If you need more intensity, tap the color into place and then lightly skim on top. I also like using a stippling brush, which works just fine for my medium coloring with the medium to dark-hued shades and doesn’t feel like it takes forever to build by any means. Bonus had good color payoff that was buildable from semi-sheer to fully opaque (about two layers, depending on how heavy-handed you are). It wore well for ten hours before fading slightly.

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