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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand ($28.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a golden champagne with warm, peachy tones and a soft, frosted sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less peach. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is a powder. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighte,r powder. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, powder. Benefit Watt’s Up! (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side. (If this looks familiar, it’s because this is very, very similar in color and finish to the liquid version that I just reviewed!)

Now that we’ve looked at the powder and liquid versions of the Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer range, we finish with the Wand option. This is a cream version, so it is an emollient solid stick that twists-up. The formula is supposed to “mimic the natural radiance of healthy skin” in a more portable option. The texture of the cream version is lightweight with a slightly glossy finish initially that dries down to more of a luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. It doesn’t add much color to my medium complexion, but it may warm up fairer skin tones. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading slightly. It worked well over and under foundation, as well as on bare skin. If you want to apply over foundation, I recommend patting the product on with your fingertips or with a stippling brush by lightly skimming over the surface. If you use it directly from the tube, you may find it will lift your foundation (depending on what you’re wearing and how much pressure you use–it is more foolproof with fingers/brushes).

For me, I think this is the better option if you want a cream or liquid (something more emollient and typically more forgiving on drier skin types) for specific highlighting, rather than all-over; for mixing with foundations or moisturizers, the liquid is your best bet. For greatest ease and the lowest shimmer amount, the powder is going to be the one you’d want to check out. I love that Josie Maran offered three different types, but I’d love to see more shades, and at the very least, something cooler in tone.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle
Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle

Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle ($24.00) (New, Permanent)

BECCA Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé is a double dose of pigment and shimmer. This lightweight, marbled gloss melts beautifully into the lips. The satiny-soft texture drenches lips in hydrating color, while brown algae extract smooths and softens for sophisticated shine that lasts for hours.

  • Papaya/Topaz
  • Fig/Topaz
  • Watermelon/Opal
  • Guava/Opal
  • Lychee/Topaz
  • Raspberry/Opal

Availability: Now at Sephora and ULTA

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a subtly warm-toned, purpled taupe with a hint of brown and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and it didn’t seem too watery whenever I tried getting color off of the applicator (because the formula has been finicky, I did ten pulls and swatches to check for consistency). This shade applied more smoothly, and I think it is because the finish is smoother–more pearled/stronger sheen–than frosted or sparkling, so it didn’t thicken on the lid. I still think application is best with a separate brush, as the doe foot really doesn’t provide control or precision at all (contrary to what they may market it as). It lasted for ten hours (out of the 16 claimed), which is good wear in the grander scheme of things but does fall short based on the description. Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE) is darker, powder. Colour Pop Meow (P, $5.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Sasso (P, $37.00) is lighter, powder. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, powder. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, powder. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. bareMinerals Pewter (LE, $14.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is darker, powder. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is warmer, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is purpler, warmer, powder. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is darker, powder. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned bronze brown with copper and gold sparkle. It had a more frosted, textured finish, and it was watery yet dried down to a more uneven, flaky finish that was difficult to blend without lifting parts of the actual color (you can see how it blending in the crease caused it to lift in the photos below). It was consistently watery more often than not, and I highly recommend using a brush to apply, as it will soak up some of the excess water before it hits your eyelid, which will give you better color payoff and more even application. I had large chunks of the product flaking off within six hours of wear; I was beyond disappointed in this one. Tarte Pretty (LE) is darker, powder. Too Faced Frosting (P, $16.00) is a powder. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is less sparkly. Burberry Gold #2 (LE) is powder. Tarte Bronze Cuff (LE) is less sparkly, powder. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less sparkly, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less sparkly. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is lighter, powder. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is ligher, powder. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is powder. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is powder. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Dewy Gold (08) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold with a sparkling, metallic sheen. This shade was very watery, and it never seemed to have much of a base color. I tried to layer and build up the color, but it was always on the semi-sheer side. I didn’t have flaking issues, at least, though it was creased within eight and a half hours of wear. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE) is darker, powder. LORAC Unlimited (P) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is a powder. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is darker. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is a powder. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is a powder. Stila Vitality (P) is darker, powder. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is a powder. Ulta Gold (P, $10.00) is darker, powder. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is less yellow, powder. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is a powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Urban Decay Summer 2015
Urban Decay Summer 2015

The new eyeshadows, blushes, and lipglosses are now available at Sephora! :) I know a lot of readers were anxious for the launch, so I thought I’d pass along the update! Last day for VIB/VIB Rouges to save 15% off with codes VIBLOVE/ROUGELOVE. (You could say I just made my eighth order……)

REVIEWS: Eyeshadows | Afterglow Blushes | Revolution High-Color Lipglosses
SWATCHES:  Eyeshadows | Afterglow Blushes | Revolution High-Color Lipglosses

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette for Summer 2015
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette for Summer 2015

MAKE UP FOR EVER introduces 2 collectible new Artist Palettes, each featuring 9 complimentary shades of its iconic Artist Shadow gel-powder formula. Artist Palette Vol. 1—Nudes You Need delivers a selection of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s most universally flattering neutrals, while Artist Palette Vol. 2—Colors You Crave offers nine colorful Artist Shadows to achieve more vibrant looks.

Electric Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

These are existing shades, and you can see swatches here.

  • I-872 Pearly Pink
  • ME-910 Electric Magenta
  • S-924 Purple
  • D-552 Crystalline Gray Beige
  • ME-232 Turquoise Blue
  • ME-302 Peacock
  • ME-512 Golden Beige
  • ME-700 Amber
  • ME-930 Black Purple

Nude Artist Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

These are existing shades, and you can see swatches here.

  • I-528 Pearl
  • S-556 Taupe Gray
  • S-102 Onyx
  • I-514 Pink Ivory
  • D-562 Taupe Platinum
  • I-544 Pink Granite
  • ME-512 Golden Beige
  • ME-644 Iced Brown
  • D-652 Celestial Earth

Availability: Now at Sephora

P.S. — According to Sephora, each shade is 0.06 oz., which means the palette contains 0.54 oz. worth of Artist Shadows. Full-sized Artist Shadows contain 0.08 oz. and retail for $21 each (individually). The palette’s value is then $141.75. And don’t forget! VIB/VIB Rouges can get 15% off still (4/21) with code ROUGELOVE/VIBLOVE! :)

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