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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil

Recently, there have been five new shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) released. The Velvet formula is “more powdery” than the regular formula, which is supposed to make it easier to blend and smudge out the eyeliner, if desired, for a smoky eye. Otherwise, it’s supposed to have all the long-wearing benefits of the original formula. The consistency definitely has that drier, more powdery feel that the brand talks about, and as a result, it doesn’t apply as evenly as the original pencils do. It just doesn’t glide-on as effortlessly. I find these apply best in short, small strokes and apply better as they warm up against the skin. Due to their dryness, getting really crisp, defined lines seems to be harder, so a smudging brush or tool helps to soften that edge so it looks better and more even. They wear fairly well on me, lasting at least eight hours, and either fade lightly or show some signs of smudging.

Urban Decay Cult 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep, smoky matte green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle, warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque color in a single stroke and was easily layered. The consistency was soft and glided on fairly well, but I still find that this formula is best applied in short strokes, rather than in fluid motions. It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to thin slightly. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is the only shade that is even remotely similar, but it is brighter and shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lure 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “smoky matte charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque in one stroke, and it was buildable to rich, opaque color after two layers. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before lightly smudging. bareMinerals Mesmerized (LE, $14.00) is warmer. NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lush 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich smoky matte brown.” It’s a deepened, dark brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The consistency is drier (you can definitely feel what they mean by “more powdery”), so it had a tendency to skip/drag in coverage, though it didn’t really feel stiff or stubborn when I used it on my lower lash line. It wore well for nine hours before it started to smudge along the lower edge. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is less matte. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Mahogany (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Minx 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte navy.” It’s a cool-toned, deep, dark purpled-blue with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. Again, it had that drier, powdery-like consistency that made it harder to get really crisp, defined edges and even color coverage. The color wore well for nine hours before it had slight smudging. Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $19.00) is bluer, glossier. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $29.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire (LE, $20.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Plum (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Plushie 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte purple.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged purple with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in one go, but it wasn’t very buildable as the consistency of this shade was drier than the rest, so it tended to skip and apply unevenly, which made layering the color difficult. Once on, the color did stay on well for eight and a half hours before starting to show signs of fading. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, less matte. MAC Snow Shadow (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

MAC Boutique Pink Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Boutique Pink Mineralize Rich Lipstick

There are nine new and limited edition shades (plus four repromotes) of MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.). The formula is described as a “lightweight, non-sticky formula” that “instantly nourishes lips” with “long lasting colour in a single stroke” for “medium shine finish, buildable coverage.” The consistency of the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula is very creamy with a fair amount of slip, so while they glide on easily and never tug at lips, sometimes you can see “lines” if you press your lips together. It feels like a light to light-medium-weight formula that’s comfortable to wear, hydrating, and vanilla-scented. I’ll have reviews of the new shades up as I work through testing them, so stay tuned for the rest.

MAC Boutique Pink Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer and soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall but if I pressed my lips together, there were faint–but visible–lines created. It lasted for three and a half hours on me but was nicely hydrating. It’s a fun shade, particularly for summer, but it’s one we’ve seen before (particularly by MAC). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more opaque, more matte. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is glossier. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is more opaque. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is slightly sheerer but very, very similar (I don’t know why they didn’t just repromote this one). Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is more fuchsia, brighter, darker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Ladies Who Lunch Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light cool pink cream.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly but settled somewhat into lip lines. This worsened as the color wore on, and it was manageable for about two and a half hours but needed help after three hours of wear. It was hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is more matte, darker. YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Splurge Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal cool plum.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque, buildable color coverage that applied evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines. The consistency of this particular shade had less slip compared to the other two, which helped it apply better and stay on without bunching up. It wore well for four hours and was moderately hydrating while worn. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter, redder, more matte. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is brighter. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is slightly richer/darker. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $22.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour

Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour ($50.00)

This long-wearing, chip resistant formula is highly pigmented with luxe, glossy color and UV protection to keep the color true. Two coats give the effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer, with a brilliant shine. A custom-designed, patented triangular brush ensures precise application, while shorter bristles pick up the right amount of product, preventing air bubbles and ensuring flawless coverage. Formulated without Toluene, Formaldehyde, or DBP. 0.4 oz. Made in USA.

  • Rouge Louboutin Classic red

Availability: Pre-order at NordstromSaks or Neiman Marcus; August 6th for official launch, also at Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora (listed + can sign up to be notified when in stock but yet net available).  Full range of 30 shades will release on August 31st (per WWD)

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Chanel Tisse Gabrielle (208) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Gabrielle (208) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Gabrielle (208) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cooler-toned mix of darker neutrals with one warmer shade in the form of a white gold, otherwise the quad is variations on taupe. Overall, the eyeshadows wore well and lasted over eight hours (or longer, noted below), had decent to great pigmentation, and were easy to apply.

The entire quad, though visually they don’t seem particularly small, contains less product than most palettes/quads (including the regular U.S. version of quads). Baked formulations often weigh less than more traditional powder formulas do, but it’s hard to say if it contains as many uses as the regular quads.

Tisse Gabrielle #1 is described as a “soft grey.” It’s a medium-dark taupe that leans gray with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, while the texture was soft and smooth. The color wore well for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $19.50) is darker, less shimmery. Anastasia Antique (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is more sparkly. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is warmer. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Satin Taupe (P, $15.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is similar. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Gabrielle #2 is described as an “iridescent white gold.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sparkle and finish. This shade was noticeably sparkly, so the texture wasn’t quite as smooth as other shades in the range. I had some slight fall out over time, though the color itself didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. There are an extraordinary amount of shades that are very similar in regards to color to this shade! MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #2 (P) is less sparkly. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is less sparkly. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is less shimmery. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is very similar. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Gabrielle #3 is described as a “grey mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, dark taupe with a purple tint and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that applied beautifully with really smooth, even color. It wore well for nine and a half hours before it started to crease slightly. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is more muted, grayer. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is purpler. Anastasia Antique (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, purpler. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is grayer. MAC Satin Taupe (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is grayer. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Gabrielle #4 is described as a “velvet grey.” It’s a medium-dark, murky brown with cool, gray undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It’s not quite your typical brown either. The texture was a bit drier on this shade, so while it had decent color payoff, it wasn’t as pigmented or as blendable as other shades. It wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade along the edges. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Mystere #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Wanderlust (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Hourglass Obsidian Edge 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner
Hourglass Obsidian Edge 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

The thinnest, softest, waterproof gel liner. Encapsulated in a 1.5mm mechanical pencil, this liner offers precision accuracy and ease of application. No pot, no brush, no clean-up required. Just two clicks and one stroke creates dramatic definition that resists transfer for extended wear. Available in a package of 3.

The precision 1.5mm tip ensures effortless control, and allows for lining in between lashes. The unique formula, poured into a slim mechanical component, has the malleability, intensity and staying power of a traditional gel. No pot, no brush, no clean-up required. The waterproof, transfer-proof and long-lasting formula delivers extended wear. The supple, moisturizing formula glides on smoothly and dries quickly. Two clicks is all you need to line the eye. Each advanced mechanical pencil lasts for approximately 17 to 20 uses. Only dispense product as needed – mechanical pencil does not retract. Free of phthalates, sulfates, talc and gluten. No animal testing. Ophthalmologist tested.

1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner ($45.00 for 3, $16.00 for one)

Single available at Sephora and Hourglasscosmetics.com only.

  • Obsidian Black

Availability: Now at Hourglass; July 29th at Sephora; August 15th at SpaceNK, Net-a-porter

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