Laura Mercier Amaretto Swirl, Juicy Papaya, Pink Grapefruit Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm

Laura Mercier Amaretto Swirl Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have the “comfort of a lip balm, the coverage of a lipstick, and the sine of a gloss.” The three I tried were really quite pigmented, creamy, and hydrating; their downfall was longevity was less than similar-hued shades with a less emollient consistency (not entirely unexpected). There was a slight, sweet scent to them but no discernible taste. It’s a really comfortable formula to wear, and if you don’t mind reapplying or transfer, well worth a look!

Laura Mercier Amaretto Swirl Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pinkish beige.” It’s a light-medium, rosy beige with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with a creamy, smooth texture that applied without dragging and had fairly even coverage. I had some color gather in lip lines, though I don’t think it’s noticeable from a normal viewing distance, and it only wore for three hours, but it was hydrating. YSL Corail Intuitive (15) (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Revlon Jungle Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Juicy Papaya Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “coral pink.” It’s a bold, bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, nearly opaque color payoff with a very smooth, emollient texture. The color wore for five hours on me and left behind a moderate stain. It was comfortable and moisturizing while worn. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Psycho (P, $18.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Laura Mercier Pink Grapefruit Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “blush pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with a hint of pink and a creamy, glossy finish. It had almost full color coverage with a hint of the natural lip color peeking through. The texture was soft, creamy, and easy to apply, while the color itself lasted for three and a half hours. The formula was hydrating while worn. Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Express Yourself (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Razzledazzler (P, $17.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Buxom Coral Confession (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Roleplay (110) (DC, $30.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Nude (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Passion Charge (LE, $17.00) is less pigmented, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Heather (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Memento (P, $15.00) is cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Amaretto Swirl
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Juicy Papaya
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm Pink Grapefruit
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%

Anastasia Birkin, Gem, Gold Rush, Metallic, Suede Eyeshadows

Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow

Anastasia Birkin Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer color payoff with a very powdery consistency that was difficult to use on bare skin, as it would sheer out and get everywhere. This shade lasted for six hours before fading. Too Faced Millennial (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Cannelle (P) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Gem Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty consistency that applied well without sheering out. The color was faster to fade at seven hours of wear. MAC Lorelei (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #1 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Viseart Orange Topaz (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sphinx (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals In the Buff (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Rose Golden Rings (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Gold Rush Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a bright, light yellow gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was slightly dry overall. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours. Smashbox Goldenrod (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Amberluxe #2 (P) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Gold (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Remix (LE) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Legend (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Dream Girl #1 (LE) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anastasia Metallic Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark gold with warm, brown tones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage with a lightly dry, dusty consistency that made it harder to apply evenly, though the color itself was fairly blendable. It started to fade after seven hours. Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vicuna (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is brighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Thrasher (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Honey (DC, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Naked Gold (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Twinkle (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Etrusque (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sugarpill Goldilux (P, $13.00) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 10 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cheap Date (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Gold Bar (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow Birkin
F
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
5
Texture
5
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
57%
Anastasia Eyeshadow Gem
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
87%
Anastasia Eyeshadow Gold Rush
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
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MAC Modern Twist Collection for Spring 2016

MAC Modern Twist Collection
MAC Modern Twist Collection


For a new take on tradition, M∙A∙C introduces Modern Twist Kajal Liner, a kohl-like liner that’s sultry, seductive and maybe a little bit scandalous. The easy-glide formula makes this pencil a one-stroke wonder with a silky, soft texture that’s perfect for rimming the sensitive waterline. Its colour intensity and extreme depth creates a look with unparalleled impact. The long-wearing waterproof formula locks in your look for hours.

Availability

February 25th online, in-stores March 3rd

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The Details

Modern Twist Kajal Liner | $17.00 U.S. / $19.50 CAD | Permanent

  • Shoreline Grey
  • Squid Carbon black
  • Cat’s Meow Black
  • Black Walnut Brown-black
  • Polar Ice Pearly white
  • Nothing On Light beige
  • New Marine Emerald green
  • Long Espresso Espresso brown
  • Ocean Liner Deep blue
  • Swamped Deep khaki green
  • Grey Tide Platinum
  • Groundbreaker Warm, rich bronzy brown
  • Nightcast Grey muted plum

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MAC Future Forward Collection for Spring 2016

 

MAC Future Forward Collection
MAC Future Forward Collection


M∙A∙C pairs up with a powerful generation of women who are reshaping music’s future in a series of exclusive collaborations. From the crusading pop of Halsey, to the soulful R&B/pop jams of Tinashe and Lion Babe’s modern funk, to Dej Loaf’s electrifying rap, each visionary female taps into the core of her own creative force through a limited-edition colour statement.

Availability

Online only. Tinashe: March 17th; Halsey: March 31st; Dej Loaf: April 14th; Lion Babe: April 28th

MAC Cosmetics

The Details

Eyeshadow x 9 Tinashe | $38.00 U.S. / $42.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • All Hands on Deck Light green shimmer (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Black Water Black with gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Midnight Sun Shimmering mocha (Frost)
  • Revelry Mauvey purple grey (Satin)
  • Flame Mint silver shimmer (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Gleam Barely pinked gold (Lustre)
  • Vulnerable Soft pearly purple (Lustre)
  • Amethyst Deep purple with pink pearl (Satin)
  • Quarry Soft muted plum-brown (Matte) (Permanent)

Lipstick x Halsey | $17.00 U.S. / $21.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Halsey Grey (Matte)

Lipglass x Dej Loaf | $15.00 U.S. / $19.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Dej Loaf Soft mid-tone nude

Liquidlast Liner x Lion Babe | $21.00 U.S. / $24.00 CAD | Limited Edition

  • Lion Babe Shimmering gold

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MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette (Zac Posen)

MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Eye Z You Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a pink and plum-hued palette with a subdued gray in the mix. There are six shades, and two appear to be totally new-to-me, while three are repromotes from past releases (two are from larger permanent palettes) and one is permanent as a single (Phloof!). It’s decent, and I was able to use all six shades on their own with some success, but some of the shades are drier to work with.

Also, apologies for the close-up photos of the eyeshadows individually: I completely screwed up and forgot to take close-up shots altogether, so I had to make-do with the further away photo of the palette (they were already used, so I couldn’t re-shoot!).

Cozy Grey is described as a “soft white pearl [with a Matte finish].” It’s a subdued, light-medium taupe with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. (The official description didn’t make any sense to me.) It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was just a smidgen dusty but otherwise applied just fine. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Inglot #390 (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Combust (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Inner Strength (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Black #1 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE) is darker (80% similar). MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Camel Coat (P, $18.50) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Performance Art is described as a “soft lilac with multi-pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium, mauve with a sparkly, frosted sheen. The consistency was drier and looser to work with, which gave it less opaque coverage and made it prone to sheering out on the skin. There was some fall out during application and a few stray sparkles during wear. It wore for seven hours. Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE) is lighter, cooler, lower quality (90% similar). Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Twilight (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Catch Me If (P) is darker (90% similar). NARS Dolomites (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC After Dusk (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Tarte Make a Mauve (LE) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Natasha Denona Glaze (12M) (P) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Eyeshadow x 6 Palette Eye Z You
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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