Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Desert Bronzing Powder
Dolce & Gabbana Desert Bronzing Powder

Dolce & Gabbana Desert Bronzing Powder ($68.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less yellow. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is darker. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The version pictured in the post is the Collector’s Edition, though the color itself is available year-round in the permanent collection (without the red lacquered case and design on the powder itself) for $51. I believe the permanent version has no shimmer overlay, as the Collector’s Edition had a ton of bronzy shimmer (which I did my best to remove prior to swatching) on about half to two-thirds of the surface of the powder. It’s not too yellow or orange, but it is likely a better fit for warmer skin tones. The texture is soft and finely-milled but somewhat powdery, and it tended to sheer out more readily as a result. It had buildable coverage, but I felt like you had to be careful not to blend it too much or else it would disappear. It lasted for six and a half hours, which is on the shorter side for face products on my normal skin.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

ColourPop Bunny Lippie Stix
ColourPop Bunny Lippie Stix

ColourPop Bunny Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “rich emerald green with small flecks of emerald glitter in a pearlized finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle, warm yellow undertones and cooler-toned, emerald green shimmer. It had smei-opaque color coverage that went on more evenly than expected, but it was a little streaky and uneven in places due to the more emollient consistency. It lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Risque (P, $6.00) is a lot cooler-toned. Dolce and Gabbana Smeraldo (LE, $33.00) is darker and cooler-toned, though it is also a lot sheerer. See comparison swatches
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ColourPop Charm Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “true mid-tone minty green in a satin finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua green with warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency is creamy with a little slip, but it doesn’t slide around, and this shade had mostly opaque color coverage but could have been more pigmented (not quite full coverage as promised). It pulled into lip lines after two and a half hours and worsened until removed with a total wear time of four hours. It’s definitely a shade that would likely benefit from the matching lip liner available through the brand (I don’t have it). NYX Key Lime (P, $6.00) is brighter, greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Raw Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “clean aqua blue shade with a satin finish.” It’s a medium, aqua blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly full color coverage, but it didn’t go on perfectly evenly or smoothly. The texture seemed a little thinner with more slip, which gave it some streakiness. Again, I think picking up the matching lip pencil for this shade might be necessary to really make this sing. It settled slightly into lip lines after three and a half hours, but the higher slip in the formula made it easier to press lips together and smooth the color out again. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Pistachio (P, $6.00) is lighter. NYX Scandalous (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It can be tough to get non-traditional lip colors like these right, and ColourPop’s attempts are impressive, even if not perfect. I think if you found NYX’s Wicked/Macaron Lippies to have too much slip, this formula will feel more comfortable and be easier to apply, as they’re significantly less emollient. I’m going to try to remember to grab some of the lip pencils next time I order from them, as now I’m curious how those might perform and if they would improve the wear here (in theory, they should) or if, perhaps, they’re wearable on their own. I did pick up a few of the more traditional colors last order, so for those who wanted to see those, hopefully I can share sometime in the next couple of months.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask ($26.00 for 0.52 oz.) is described as a “universal red-wine tint.” It’s a brightened, cherryr ed with cool undertones that turns to more of a pinky-red color applied to lips. NARS Shade IV (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Josie Maran Always Cherry (P, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Rose Gitane (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Night is Young (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I haven’t used this extensively (as I would if I was testing a lip balm’s healing/hydrating properties), though I have previously reviewed the original. This is more of a quick review to show how the newest tinted version looks. I think those who were disappointed by the subtle nature of the Champagne version will find this more palatable, as it produces a very noticeable reddish tint to lips. It will be nice for those who have good luck with this formula who want a little more color during the day but need the ultra-hydrating properties of the original. The formula is thicker and heavier, fairly tacky, and the color seems to fade faster than the feel of the balm, where the color seems to disappear after three to four hours, the balm lingers for five to six with some lingering as long as eight hours. The past iterations of this formula have been hydrating for me, and I found this one to feel much like those. The only critique I really have is that it doesn’t always look completely even applied, which is often the nature of sheer, but vibrant, shades like this.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

bareMinerals Modern Pop Collection for Spring 2015
bareMinerals Modern Pop Collection for Spring 2015

Inspiration strikes with MODERN POP, a color collection for lush lashes, delicately vibrant eyes, creamy peach lips highlighting a luminous complexion. A fashionforward twist on a classic trend, this is beauty with a carefree spirit and effortless appeal.

The Modern Icon READY Eyeshadow 4.0 ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Chic Pink cashmere
  • Carefree Peach sherbet
  • Sophisticate Natural amethyst
  • Exhale Warm slate

Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner ($16.00)

  • Classic Cream Cream

Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Fall in Love Dark peach
  • Dream Big Nude peach
  • Express Yourself Coral peach

Marvelous Moxie Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pearl Glaze Top coat

Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara ($18.00)

  • Intense Black Black

Availability: January 2015; now online at Nordstrom and ULTA

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette
Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette

Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette ($39.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a set of 24 eyeshadows to celebrate the color of the year: Marsala. Last year’s palette was larger in size and in amount ($48.00 for 1.53 oz.) with 24 eyeshadows and one blush. This year, there are still 24 eyeshadows (but no blush), and each eyeshadow is 0.017 oz. (compared to 0.059 oz. each). I liked the palette, and it was easier to use without a primer than many other palettes I’ve tried over the past few months–even the mattes–which is always a happy find, but a lot of the satin/matte shades seemed prone to fading. I think that it does get repetitive, there’s an overabundance of warmer tones, and in general, the composition could use improvement (greater diversity in tone, color selection, and for such a large palette, it could use a couple of lighter shades that could work as brow bone highlighters or transitioning shades). This palette actually seems like it will suit deeper skin tones more readily (which is often not the case), so that is a plus–I still think some cooler plums, a richer copper (rather than two gold-ish hues), and a couple of apricot/peach shades would have helped make this palette more versatile. The texture of the eyeshadows are slightly drier and more powdery–almost like there’s a bit too much filler, though color payoff is decent to good with a couple of exceptions.

The palette has deeper wells and seems cheaper (just in the way it felt), but the upside is that it is more compact and would be easier to travel wish. I just wish they had found a better balance between materials chosen and laying things out. Perhaps, if they were going to significantly reduce the physical size of the palette, they could have reduced the number of eyeshadows included as well (and the price could better reflect the reduction in size/quantity).

Autumn Blonde is a light, warm-toned beige with a bit of gold sparkle and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft consistency, though it was slightly powdery. It lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Toasted Nut is a brightened copper orange with a metallic sheen. The color payoff was rich and opaque, while the consistency was soft and smooth, so it was easy to blend on the eye. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala Matte is a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had pretty good pigmentation with a soft, slightly powdery texture. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala Satin is a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a satin finish–it seemed slightly brighter than the matte version. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft consistency. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shifting Sand is a light, brightened gold with subtle,w arm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was denser and felt almost creamy. It had good color payoff and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocoa Brown is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff but was slightly dry to work with. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burro is a muted, medium brown with warm, khaki undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Taupe is a cool-toned, gray-taupe with a semi-matte finish. It was soft but dry, and it didn’t have the best color payoff. It showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala Metallic is a red-copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had really good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to work with. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala Glitter is a slightly muted, medium-dark red-copper with warm undertones and sparkle over a more metallic sheen. The texture was somewhat dry, and the sparkle made it feel a little gritty, so it wasn’t a great product to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kelp is a muted, light-medium green with warm, golden pearly shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft consistency. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dusty Olive is a medium-dark green with warm, olive undertones and fine, forest green shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff, but it was a little dry and could have been better. The color stayed on well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Desert Mist is a sparkling, golden orange with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic, glittery finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and didn’t feel gritty, but it was prone to fall out both during application as well as during wear. It lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Butterum is a coppery orange with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation with a slightly dry texture. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Macaroon is a light-medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was slightly powdery. It stayed on well for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chutney is an orange-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was slightly powdery but had fairly good pigmentation. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nimbus Cloude is a sparkly silvery-white with a metallic sheen. It was semi-opaque and didn’t go on as smoothly or as evenly as one might like. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonlight Blue is a blackened navy blue with blue and silver sparkle. This shade was very dry, stiff, and had really poor color payoff and blenability. What I managed to get onto the skin stayed there for about six hours before fading, but it looked like something out of a horror movie. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carob Brown is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bracken is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, golden bronze shimmer and frost finish. It had excellent pigmentation that went on beautifully and was easy to use. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Russet is a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. The texture was slightly dry, though it had decent to good color payoff, it just didn’t blend as easily. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Chocolate is a warm, reddish-brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff that was slightly dry and lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Castor Gray has a reddish-brown base with a bluish-teal duochrome and metallic finish. It was a bit dry and dusty to work with, but it had decent color payoff and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Red Mahogany is a rich, burgundy brown with a satin finish and warm undertones. It had fantastic pigmentation that was easy to apply, blend, and wear as it lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Chanel Spring 2015 Collection
Chanel Collection Reverie Parisienne

The collection featured an assortment of pink and coral-toned shades, much in the way that one would expect for a spring-timed launch. I was disappointed with one of the star products of the launch (Jardin de Chanel), as the texture was stiffer, while the product itself could have been more pigmented as well. Crazy Fuchsia (194) (A) ended up being the only product I really liked (personally) in the collection, because it was a very pigmented gloss with little tackiness.  I had higher hopes for both eyeshadow quads, but unfortunately, they were somewhat lacking in pigmentation.

You can see the full list of products/shades in the collection here, as I didn’t buy everything from the new collection. 

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Did you pick up anything from Chanel’s spring collection? How are you liking your picks?