Week in Review | July 23rd through July 29th

Here’s a look at the top 10 products reviewed in the last week, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! 🙂

What’s been in your rotation the most this week? What caught your eye?

01

Urban Decay Perversion

Permanent. $22.00

Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22.0000 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark black with a satin sheen.

A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
97%
A

02. Make Up For Ever C104

Make Up For Ever C104 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy peach with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. Read full review.

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03. Make Up For Ever C105

Make Up For Ever C105 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium rosy pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

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04. Makeup Geek Infatuation

Makeup Geek Infatuation Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. Read full review.

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05. Urban Decay Lithium

Lithium is a medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and lighter gold sparkle. It had a very smooth, blendable texture that felt almost wet to the touch, and it applied well to bare skin with almost no fall out during application. Read full review.

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06. NARS Melina (Contour)

Melina (Contour) is a deep, dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable, while it had really rich color payoff. Read full review.

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07. NARS Consuming Red

NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26.00 for 0.086 oz.) is a deep red with warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

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08. NARS Infatuated Red

NARS Infatuated Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26.00 for 0.086 oz.) is a medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

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09. Urban Decay Kush

Urban Decay Kush 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22.0000 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium green with warm, yellow undertones and gold sparkle. Read full review.

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10. Urban Decay Lightyear

Lightyear is a bright, medium green with warm, yellowy undertones and a glittery finish. It had medium coverage applied dry and was opaque when applied damp. Read full review.

Breakdown |
Jul 23, 2016 — Jul 29, 2016

86%

Average Score
A
25
B
38
C
10
D
2
F
1

Total Reviews (76) — Brands Reviewed (13)

NARS Talia Contour Blush Duo

NARS Talia Contour Blush

NARS Talia Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. Talia adds a solid choice for medium and medium-dark skin tones looking for skin-like contouring. I also think it can work for lighter skin tones as well, particularly if you like a more dramatic contour or like being able to use a light hand and build-up.

Talia (Highlight) is a medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and effortless when it came to blending and applying it to the skin. It had good color payoff that could still be sheered out and/or applied with a lighter hand. For reference, it adds some noticeable color on me (like a very subtle bronzer) on my skin tone. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Talia (Contour) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was firmer and less forgiving, so it took extra work to blend out. On me, this shade started to fade after eight hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Fashion Punch, Lots of Laughs, Short & Snappy Lipglasses

MAC Fashion Punch Lipglass

MAC Fashion Punch Lipglass ($10.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and gold pearl. The coverage was semi-opaque, but the creamier finish made this one noticeably settle into lip lines, though it went on evenly (which doesn’t always happen with this type of color or product!). I felt like the shininess of the gloss helped to disguise some of the settling from a normal viewing distance. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Spanking Haute (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Au Naturelle (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Instant Crash (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) (DC, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Undressed (P) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Lots of Laughs Lipglass ($10.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and a creamy finish. It had good color coverage, though the natural lip color will still peek through, that went on evenly but had a tendency to settle into lip lines. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Worth noting, it was more pigmented and darker than its previous release. Sephora Rose Petal (05) (P, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Light English Red (LE, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Creamsicle (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Tooth (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Sisley Paris Baby (2) (P, $50.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Canvas (P, $28.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hoop (LE, $15.00) is brighter (85% similar). Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Ten (Watercolor) (LE) is darker (85% similar). NYX Sorbet (P, $5.99) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Short & Snappy Lipglass ($10.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark coral-red with fine gold pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture was light-medium in weight, moderately tacky, and comfortable to wear over the six hours it lasted. MAC Truly Everlasting (P, $24.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Dior Wonderland (575) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hibiscus (P) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Neon Carnival (P) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | MAC Little MAC Lipglass ($10.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a miniature-sized version of MAC’s regular Lipglass, so the formula is exactly the same and even includes shades previously released as limited edition. The Lipglass formula is supposed to be pigmented, shiny, and hydrating. I find that pigmentation can range from very sheer to totally opaque from shade to shade–there is a ton of variance–with a light-medium to medium-weight texture that’s thicker, moderately to very tacky, and lasts four to six hours. I don’t mind Lipglass myself, despite the tackiness, but if you loathe sticky glosses, Lipglass is probably not going to be your number one favorite! They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste. For comparison, full-sized MAC Lipglasses are $15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz. or $88.24/fl. oz. while the miniature-sized is $125.00/fl. oz. The smaller size makes the most sense for those who like more variety rather than more product or who do not typically finish a gloss.

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MAC Sized to Go Lipglass Fashion Punch
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
MAC Sized to Go Lipglass Lots of Laughs
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
87%
MAC Sized to Go Lipglass Short & Snappy
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
91%

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush

Makeup Geek Puppy Love Blush ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve-y brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable (for more on how it compares to the previous formula, check out this post). This blush was very pigmented, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it wasn’t dusty or powdery, so it didn’t sheer out immediately upon being blended. It was easy to maneuver and diffuse the edges of the blush on the skin for a very blended look. This shade wore well for just over eight hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

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Makeup Geek Blush Puppy Love
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%

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Make Up For Ever M402, M500, M501 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly without emphasizing the texture of my lips too much. The color wore well for over six hours and left a stain behind, while the formula felt lightly drying after four and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Consuming Red (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter (85% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with a lightly velvety consistency that glided on without tugging and distributed color evenly. The formula felt somewhat drying after four and a half hours, while the color lasted for nearly seven hours and left behind a strong, reddish stain. Colour Pop Chateau (P, $5.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Sin (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark berry with pinky undertones and a semi-matte finish. Oddly, the lipstick had an iridescent green sheen to it (in the same way some of Urban Decay’s matte Vice lipsticks had!) but doesn’t actually have shimmer. It’s hard to find true matte berry-hued lipsticks, from my experience, as there aren’t too many dupes for this one. It had a smooth, velvety texture that didn’t tug as it applied, and it laid down color evenly. The consistency wasn’t as flat-matte as it could have been, but I think that helped it be more forgiving when applied. This shade wore nicely for over six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Oh Lady (P, $20.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Smashbox Jam On It (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | 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 M402
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
91%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M500
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
92%
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M501
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%