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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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  • Best liquid lipstick formula?
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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

MAC Star Magnolia Lipstick
MAC Star Magnolia Lipstick

MAC Star Magnolia Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright carnation pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and silver and pink frost. It is one of the more frosty (less pearly) shades in the range, and the texture of the shimmer is noticeable when applying the lipstick from the tube. It wore for three hours and was drying on me. Too Faced Metallic Bunny (P, $21.00) is brighter. Chanel Elise (448) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Hibiscus Pop (715) (P, $7.49) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is brighter, cooler. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Koi Coral Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pale peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. This has some of the least noticeable pearl in it. The texture gravitated towards lip lines, though, and didn’t apply evenly. It lasted for two and a half hours and was drying. Chanel Peregrina (P, $34.00) is lighter. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, brighter, more pigmented. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Passion Charge (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Boheme (91) (P, $35.00) is brighter, warmer. bareMinerals Feel the Love (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Lovelight (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Liberte (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nippon Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “creamy mid-tone coral pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with warm undertones and gold pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied evenly, and it didn’t settle too much into lip lines until after thee hours of wear (which was the total length of wear). It was a little drying overall. Tarte Rare (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Lovelight (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC I’m In (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Marque (P, $23.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu (P, $21.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Mademoiselle (434) (P, $36.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Legende (428) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Desinvolte (97) (P, $35.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Pickled Plum Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright blue-pink.” It’s a medium, fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and faint gold and pink pearl. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with mostly even color, though it pulled into lip lines just slightly. The color lasted for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler. Too Faced Metallic Dream House (P, $21.00) is brighter. Chanel Jean (454) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: MAC Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) has a variety of finishes, which results in color coverage, finish, comfort, wear, and texture to vary from finish to finish. Lustres tend to be sheer to semi-sheer with a thin, slippery consistency and wear one to three hours; they are lightly to moderately drying on me, despite their slip. Cremesheens typically have semi-opaque to opaque coverage, wear an average of four hours, are sometimes drying and sometimes not drying, and have a light shine to their finish. Amplifieds have a light sheen, opaque coverage, slightly thicker consistency but is less “heavy” in look compared to satins; they are typically not drying but not hydrating and can wear four to six hours. Satins have less sheen compared to Amplifieds but have similar coverage and wear. Mattes, particularly newer iterations of the finish, have a velvety, silicone-like consistency that makes them easier to apply without drag, and they typically have opaque coverage and wear four to six hours, but they can be drying. Retro Mattes are ultra-matte with a very flat, nearly no-sheen finish, and they are often stiffer in the tube but thinner in consistency compared to satins or mattes; they are often drying but wear four to eight hours. All MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented with no discernible taste.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Becca Wild Honey Mineral Blush
Becca Wild Honey Mineral Blush

Becca Wild Honey Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a hint of brown paired with a pearly sheen. Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Video (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Craving (Right) (P, ) is darker. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This shade had semi-opaque to opaque coverage that applied evenly and smoothly with little effort. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth to the touch, which is probably why it blended so nicely! The pearly sheen gave the skin a soft glow without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture, and if you don’t like to see visible shimmer, this might be one to consider as translates it all sheen. This is another shade that may also work as a bronzer for some skin tones, depending on how warm and mid-tone you like yours. When I tested the blush, the color wore well for eight hours before fading.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Burberry Eye Colour Cream
Burberry Eye Colour Cream

Eye Colour Cream ($30.00) (New, Permanent)

A creamy, blendable eye shadow that delivers an effortless wash of luminising colour. The cushion-soft, lightweight cream eye shadow glides across the skin to deliver illuminating colour that can be easily blended to create a bespoke finish. The long-lasting, crease-free formula can be worn alone to add tone, depth and shadow or combined for a more dramatic result. Using the unique, flat-angled brush, it can also be applied as an eyeliner along the upper or lower lash line.

  • Gold Copper No. 100
  • Mink No. 102
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  • Pink Heather No. 106
  • Dusky Mauve No. 108
  • Damson No. 110
  • Pearl Grey No. 112
  • Charcoal No. 114

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Sephora Sunbleached Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Sunbleached Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Sunbleached Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.395 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows, with two being oversized. I liked the palette overall; it’s not the best palette of all-time, but it’s decent to good. It runs light to mid-tone with only one truly dark/contrasting shade, so it is likely a better fit for those who like their colors softer. A good primer should fix the majority of pigmentation issues that I saw. Three of the shades (Secret Boudoir, Desert Rose, and Walking in the Sand) are part of the permanent range, while the remaining seven are new–and as a nice touch, they’re actually indicated as bestsellers right on the back, which just seems so nice for transparency’s sake.

Sephora’s Colorful Eyeshadow formula is supposed to “provide superior color, coverage, and long-lasting wear (up to 10 hours)” and be “exceptionally easy to apply.” I quite like the Colorful Eyeshadow formula (not every shade is a winner, of course!), but they tend to be nicely pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing.

Secret Boudoir is a light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was just a smidgen powdery. The color lasted for nine hours on me. Kat Von D Countess (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is less shimmery. Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is lighter. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Too Faced Heaven (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Her Mistress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Obscura #1 (P, ) is warmer. Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Laetus (P, ) is more muted. Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is warmer. Viseart Sable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Swell is a purply-taupe with a warmer undertone and soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a drier consistency that made it harder to adhere to bare skin. Over some sort of base or primer, I think it would be more buildable. It lasted for seven hours on me. Bobbi Brown Rockstar (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE, ) is darker, warmer. MAC Satin Taupe (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker. Tarte Up Too Slate (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Latergram is a light-medium, tangerine orange with warm, yellow undertones and a gold, frosted sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but there was some translucency there. The texture was smooth and blendable on the skin, while it wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $24.00) is darker, more muted. Kat Von D Platonic (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced XOXO (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Desert Rose is a light peach with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was easy to work with. The color started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. bareMinerals Peace (P, ) is darker. bareMinerals Empress (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

#tbt is a dark, chocolaty brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was on the powdery side, which made it harder to get intense color out of it as it would sheer out on the skin. It remained fairly blendable, so that was an upside, as sometimes the more powdery, darker shades can turn patchy during application. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is . Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Brown Down (P, $16.00) is darker. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is warmer. Tarte Picnic Basket (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #5 (P, ) is darker. LORAC Corduroy (P, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Whitewashed is a pale, buttery yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery but didn’t look dry applied. It wore well for eight hours on me. Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Entomology (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Tarte Free Spirit (LE, ) is . LORAC Undressed (P, ) is warmer. Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is lighter. Anastasia Buttery (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Buxom Mix & Mingle (P, $12.00) is . Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #1 (P, ) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Swan Song is a brightened, pink-tinted white with cooler undertones and a matte finish. This type of shade will likely work better for fairer skin tones, as it does look chalky on me (it is, even in the pan, the color of chalk really, so it’s not a surprise), but for those with darker skin tones, it mixes well with the other mattes and satins in the palette to lighten colors. The texture was silky but a smidgen powdery in the pan. It lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. LORAC White (P, ) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #1 (LE, $2.29) is warmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #10 (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Aaah (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is cooler. Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is brighter. Kat Von D Liberatus (P, ) is warmer. Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Bright Editorial #1 (P, ) is cooler. LORAC Linen (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Walking in the Sand is a light-medium, yellowed peach with a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a little firmer compared to other shades in the palette. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Vespertine (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Natural (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Fawn (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Barefoot in the Grass (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Lace Teddy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Empress (LE, ) is more shimmery. Inglot #330 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Selfie is a softened, light-medium golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and easily blended consistency that lasted for nine hours. Too Faced Y’all (P, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Unattainable (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Stila Peace (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Ambre Nuit #2 (LE, ) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sandy Toes is a muted, peach-pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was firmer and a little drier, but it wasn’t too hard to get semi-opaque coverage out of it, though it was buildable to fairly opaque pigmentation in two layers. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Tiny Pansie (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Monochrome #2 (P, ) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE, ) is darker. Dior Chimere (821) (P, $31.00) is more shimmery, darker. Lancome My French #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Becca Ombre Rouge #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Smashbox Posh (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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