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Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Colors

Chantecaille Seashell Mermaid Eye Color

Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “richly pigmented,” “high shine, crease-proof” formula that can be used “wet or dry.” I initially thought it was a cream eyeshadow when I bought it, but it is actually a loosely packed powder–not unlike Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows or L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. The feel and performance was similar across the four shades. The formula was richly pigmented, smooth, blendable, and easy to apply on the lid, but the one area that was less impressive was wear–I did get noticeable creasing after six hours. I tried it over an eyeshadow primer (Smashbox 24-Hour), and it seemed to solve longevity issues, as it lasted until I took it off (12 hours later). They can be used wet or dry, but I did not really find the two methods to differ in terms of results or ease of application.

Chantecaille Seashell Mermaid Eye Color ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, light-medium golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It was richly pigmented both wet and dry, and the texture was soft, silky, and dense, so a little went a long way on the lid. The color blended out easily but showed signs of creasing after six hours of wear. LORAC Black #2 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Ginger Sugar (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Koosh (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Fashion Beat (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Stila Kitten (P) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever #13 (P, $23.00) is cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Crystal Spark (LE) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Devotion (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chantecaille Triton Mermaid Eye Color ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium taupe with cooler, gray overtones and warmer, brown undertones paired with a metallic sheen. It was opaque applied both dry and damp, but the damp application made the base color appear deeper and more intense. The powder was smooth to the touch, dense, and adhered well to bare skin while still blending out nicely. On me, it wore well for six and a half hours before creasing. MAC Cloudy Afternoon (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #16 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Zoeva Outline (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is less shimmery (85% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Uncommon (LE) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Satin Taupe (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Clarins Nude #3 (P) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tarte Steel the Scene (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Morning Frost (DC, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Big Attitude (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chantecaille Starfish Mermaid Eye Color ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep burgundy-brown with warm, red undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture had a really dense, but smooth, feel to it. As the powder loosened from the surface, it felt more like a loose pigment when applied with how intense the coverage was. This shade wore well for six hours on me. bareMinerals Most Requested (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Roach (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Plumifique (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Fatal (837) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Queen (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). MAC Oh My Mocha! (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (80% similar). Laura Mercier Cherrywood (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is cooler (80% similar). Sugarpill Countess (P, $13.00) is brighter, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals Euphoria (P) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Natasha Denona Rosewood (51M) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Dior Destinee (875) (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color Seashell
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
90%
Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color Triton
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
91%
Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color Starfish
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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What's the Most Life-Changing Beauty Tool that you've tried?

Share your pick! And don't forget to share why!
I don’t think most would consider it a tool, but cleansing oils in general made removing makeup so much easier (and efficient) that I feel I have no excuse to not remove makeup at the end of the day–when I was younger, it made a really compelling case to always remove my makeup. Now, I’m used to removing, so it seems wrong not to these days! A more tool-like item would be the T3 blow dryer, because it dries my hair so, so much faster than any blow dryer I had used previously and didn’t suck up my hair either.

-- Christine

Tom Ford Lip Contour Duos for September 2016

Tom Ford Lip Contour Duos
Tom Ford Lip Contour Duos


Tom Ford innovation meets lip artistry in this dual lip color and shaping tool. On one end, the slim and sleek pencil features a lip shaper to enhance and define lips. On the opposite end is a full-coverage, slim stick lip color. Use them together to add dimension, shape and create and ombré effect on your lips.

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The Details

Lip Contour Duo | $53.00

  • Devil Inside Red
  • Dream Obscene Plum
  • Fling It On Peach
  • I’ll Teach You Muted rose
  • Make Me Deep plum
  • Public Display Muted beige
  • Secret Escort Bright red
  • Show It Off Brown

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Make Up For Ever C205, C206, C207 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C205 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C205 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, light-medium cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightweight, lightly creamy without being slippery, and forgiving on lips as it did not emphasize the natural texture of my lips. This shade lasted well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Clinique Wow Pop (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cotton Candy (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Dressed to Thrill (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Double Bubble (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C209 (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Snob (P, $17.00) is more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C206 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium magenta-pink with cooler undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. The texture had more slip to it, and the color slid around on the lips, which caused the color to look uneven, occasionally streaky, and some of the color pulled into lip lines. While it was comfortable to wear, as it was hydrating, it was a more high-maintenance shade that would benefit from a lip primer or lip liner. It had mostly opaque color payoff, which lasted for four and a half hours on me. Bite Beauty #007 (LE, $36.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fashion Tide (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Doo Wop (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay PDA (P, $17.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop BYOB (P, $5.00) is more muted (85% similar). Clinique Wow Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (80% similar). Bite Beauty Cotton Candy (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C207 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. This was less glossy compared to the other two shades in this review, which may have been the result of a slightly thinner, less emollient consistency overall. It applied without tugging on the lips, and it was still comfortable on the lips, as it did not cling or dry them out. This shade had good pigmentation, though it wasn’t fully opaque. On me, this shade wore well for over six hours and left a deep fuchsia stain behind. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Stefania (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C205
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C206
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
87%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C207
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
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92%

Shiseido Hushed Tones, Sweet Desire, Rouge Rum Punch Rouge Rouge Lipsticks

Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Hushed Tones (RD713) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, and the consistency was smooth, lightly emollient, and comfortable to wear. The downside to this shade was how some of the color settled into lip lines as it wore, though it lated for four hours and was hydrating. MAC Without Your Love (LE, $17.00) is more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirable (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hug Me (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sonic Truth (244) (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Peach Blossom (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shiseido Sweet Desire (RD714) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a soft sheen. The lipstick had a lightweight, smooth, and lightly creamy texture that was comfortable to wear and felt hydrating over time. It had good color payoff that went on fairly evenly, but it could have been just a smidgen improved in this area. This shade wore nicely for four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Rush (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Modesty (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Shiraz (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shiseido Rouge Rum Punch (RD504) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy-berry with cooler undertones and a soft sheen. It had good color coverage, though not fully opaque, with a creamy, lightweight texture that glided across the lips with ease and deposited even, smooth color. This shade wore well for five and a half hours, left a faint stain behind, and was moisturizing while worn. Chanel Destinee (DC, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Craving (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Red Dwarf (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Crisis (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Rapture (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Capricious (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Recit (212) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a vibrant, long-wearing, and hydrating lipstick available in 16 shades inspired by red. The pigmentation varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque with a lightweight, lightly creamy consistency that wasn’t too thin or too thick, so it sat well on the lips and made mine appear smoother. The colors applied evenly on the lips and didn’t drag as the texture is very smooth and emollient enough to have a soft sheen but not enough to slide around easily. The formula lasted anywhere from four to eight hours, which was nicely hydrating.

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Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick Hushed Tones (RD713)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick Sweet Desire (RD714)
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
91%
Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick Rouge Rum Punch (RD504)
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
97%