Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

I’ve always loved the idea of more darker, slightly muted versions of your typical spring colors! While Laura Mercier’s take was disappointing, it inspired me to take a look through shades that exist that might satisfy that craving for subdued pastels and shades of spring. I narrowed down my list to a mere five, but if you wanted to see how many I started with, check out the many I considered here.

  1. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash — a muted, pink-purple with a satin finish
  2. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted, cool-toned purple
  3. Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar — a lightly brightened blue-teal
  4. Make Up For Ever M240 Prussian Blue — a dusty, navy blue
  5. MAC Typographic — a sooty gray

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

‘Tis the season for pastels, and you don’t have to go far for a pretty lavender these days. Check out five of my current favorites:

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Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The world could always use more cool-toned taupe eyeshadows (that are permanent!), and here are five of my current favorites:

  1. Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray — a shimmery taupe
  2. Dior Aventure — a gray-taupe with a frosted finish
  3. Giorgio Armani Shadow — a cool-toned, purple taupe
  4. ColourPop Meow — a frosted, purply taupe
  5. Inglot #434 — a rich, deep taupe with cool undertones

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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I872 Pearly Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, cool-toned light pink with a pearly, almost metallic, sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, dense texture that was a cinch to work with. It wore well for almost nine hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Sugar Plum (P, $5.00) is less metallic. Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $15.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is darker. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $3.99) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #2 (LE) is lighter MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is similar. bareMinerals Muse (P) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D862 Fairly Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a sparkling, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish with sparkle. It had good color payoff, though not quite opaque, that was buildable to fully opaque color very easily. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. It adhered well without a fuss, and the color itself lasted well for almost nine hours, but I did have some fall out over time. Colour Pop Bubbly (P, $5.00) is a cream product. MAC Noble Descent (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Paper Roses (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Rose des Vents (94) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, darker. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is similar. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) iis similar. MAC Love Power (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Le Metier de Beaute Gamine (LE, $30.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I824 Ocher Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a copper-red with warm undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had excellent color payoff–a little goes a long way–with a buttery, dense, and smooth consistency that applied like a dream. This shade really exemplifies what makes the Artist Shadow range so fantastic. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing. Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala Satin (LE) is slightly warmer. Colour Pop Drift (LE, $5.00) is darker, cream. MAC It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time (LE, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Sonic (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is lighter. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Kat Von D WTF (LE) is more muted. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (P, $9.99) is redder. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Saffron (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Coppering (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a lightly brightened, pastel green with warm, yellow undertones and a subtle sparkle and pearly sheen. It was richly pigmented with a very smooth, creamy consistency that bordered on feeling more like a cream eyeshadow than a powder one. The texture remained blendable on the lid, adhered well to bare skin, and wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. Make Up For Ever I330 Linden Green (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had full color coverage with a lightly creamy, blendable texture that was easy to use. On me, it lasted well for nine hours before fading. Hello Kitty Dear Daniel (LE) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker. NARS Rated R #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Winkle (P, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals On the Rocks (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Eve ME232 Turquoise Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, blue-teal with a hint of gold shimmer and frosted finish. It was incredibly pigmented and a little goes a long, long way. The consistency is soft, dense, and buttery and goes on the same way. It started to fade after nine and a half hours of wear. Makeup Geek Poolside (P, $5.99) is darker, more muted. Kat Von D Bukowski (LE) is bluer. Disney by Sephora Blue Lagoon (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Sephora Collection Surfin’ USA (14) (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is bluer. Urban Decay Peace (DC, $18.00) is bluer. Maybelline Tenacious Teal (P, $6.99 is bluer.) Make Up For Ever #83 (DC, $20.00) is darker. Inglot #415 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Peach is often like the lighter, softer version of coral, as you can find pink-leaning peach shades or more orange-leaning peach shades, so there is usually a shade that will work for someone! There are even more peachy-beige kind of shades that are more neutral. I love peach on the eyes, whether as an eyeliner or on the center or inner lid. The center of lid is great to really brighten, especially if you use darker, more contrasting shades on the inner/outer areas of the lid. The inner tear duct is a nice place for a pop of more shimmery peach that I find helps to open up eyes.

  1. Bite Beauty Leche — a satin-finished, medium peach lip color
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight — a peach with champagne shimmer and warm undertones that works as a highlighter or subtle blush
  3. L’Oreal Highlighter (230) — brighten eyes with this peachy-pink eyeliner
  4. Make Up For Ever #I524 Pinky Beige — a light-medium peach with a pearly sheen to brighten eyes
  5. YSL Tender Peach (26) — a glossy, pink-tinted peach lipstick

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