Sunday, September 7th, 2014

You’ve probably noticed that I like to wear teal eyeliner–it’s the perfect pop of color on the lower lash line that brightens and still works whether it’s a minimal makeup day or not (or so I believe, at least). Here are the five that are my most-used!

  1. Sephora Good Mood — a green-teal with a pearly sheen
  2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Intro(vert) — a brightened green-teal with sparkle
  3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) — a pop of blue-teal
  4. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy — a true shimmery teal
  5. Sephora Fairytale — a deepened blue-teal with gold and green shimmer

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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Here are a few eyeliners in shades of autumn–browns, coppers, tarnished gold, and plum! What eyeliners do you gravitate towards during fall?

  1. Marc Jacobs Brown(out) — a medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen
  2. MAC Rich Ground — a coppery gel eyeliner
  3. Sephora Sun Tan — a golden copper
  4. Bobbi Brown Black Plum — a deep plum purple
  5. MAC Lord It Up — a sparkly dark brown

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

I originally reviewed this new Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) formula a few weeks ago, and now I have the other two shades I bought to share with you. The formula is described a “highly-pigmented lipstick that provides a burst of long-wearing, kissable color,” which is actually a different description than what was available two weeks ago (which read: “Give lips a burst of color—and hydration—when you swipe on this gel lip shade from Marc Jacobs”). The press release listed, “Color glides on effortlessly and lasts for hours, locking in hydration with advanced ingredients.”

Headliner (608) ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “berry sangria.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark raspberry pink with a satin-matte finish. There’s a slight shine to the finish, but it is fairly matte. It had full color coverage, and it applied smoothly and evenly. This was actually the best-performing shade of the four I bought. It was lightly creamy and didn’t tug or pull at the lips, and it was more comfortable to wear. It didn’t feel as thick, and it didn’t feel chalky at all. On me, it wore well for six and a half hours and was lightly drying–and it didn’t “crack” like the other shades I tried. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is slightly muted. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is warmer. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is a touch darker, more shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pow (600) ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but the consistency had a thicker, chalkier feel going on, so it did drag here and there. I was able to get mostly even color, but after two and a half hours of wear, the color started to pull into lip lines and “crack.” The color wore for about five hours. It was lightly drying while worn. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Here are the other two shades of Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) that I purchased. The formula is supposed to glide on easily with “instant buildable coverage.” It’s a twist-up, creamy eyeshadow pencil that feels cool and water-like when it touches the skin. It sets quite quickly, so it’s easiest to use a single shade as an all-over color or base. If you want to use more than one shade, work one eye at a time and you may find layering the lighter shade back over the darker shade, then blending, is a useful technique. I found this formula to have a very similar look and feel to Chanel’s Stylo Eyeshadow. I didn’t have any creasing with either shade over an eight-hour period, but there was some fall out.

Full disclosure: I tried these on my lower lash line, and I had the most searing pain in my eye; I couldn’t even wait to grab a cotton pad to remove it (I couldn’t keep my eye open long enough to find one), so I just splashed my eyes with water and all of the eyeshadow washed away and my eyes instantly felt better. I had only applied it as an eyeliner to the lower lash line (but not the water line) on one eye, but once one eye started blinking and watering, the other one did (causing the eyeshadow on the lid to move), and then both were excruciatingly painful. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a beauty product give me such a vicious, instant reaction. Wearing them purely as an eyeshadow on the eyelid didn’t result in any painful reactions, and when I removed them with a cleansing oil, nothing was amiss either.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pewter shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, golden taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two to three layers. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Santorini (LE) is similar. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE) is similar. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is similar. CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shoshanna (414) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “teal mermaid shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, green-leaning teal with subtle cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer coverage in a single pass, and it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. This shade was more difficult to apply, and because it wasn’t a neutral color, it was very obvious when it applied unevenly–it looked patchy on. Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (P, $5.99) is darker, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #5 (LE) is darker, powder. theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is lighter, powder. NARS China Seas #1 (P, $24.00) is bluer, powder. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is bluer, powder. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is powder. L’Oreal Dive Right In (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “pinkish mauve with copper sheen.” It’s a rosy brown with golden copper shimmer. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. NARS More (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is less brown, less shimmery. MAC Hot Spell (LE, $15.00) is darker, browner. MAC Over Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, sheerer. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is browner, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade is part of the full coverage range of Lip Vinyls, and it did have mostly opaque coverage. It had a lightweight, almost gel-like consistency that glided over the lips easily and covered evenly for the most part and was non-sticky. I noticed that this particular shade had a stronger mint scent and related tingle (not a sting, though) than others I’ve tried in the past. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was very hydrating.

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a new, pencil eyeshadow formula for fall. It’s described as a “shimmering cream eyeshadow formula” that “glides on smooth in one swipe for instant buildable coverage.” The consistency is thin, cool, and almost like water when it touches the skin. It glides on very easily without skipping or tugging on the lid. Both of these shades lasted for nine hours without creasing or fading, though there was a smidgen of sparkle fall out. I can see this formula working for someone who’s looking for shimmer and sparkle with minimal work, who may only want to use one or two colors at a time. I think the lighter shades would be great for an all-over brightening look and off you go, but they’re best used one or two at a time as they don’t blend too well with each other as they set quickly. I found this formula to have a very similar look and feel to Chanel’s Stylo Eyeshadow.

Full disclosure: I tried these on my lower lash line, and I had the most searing pain in my eye; I couldn’t even wait to grab a cotton pad to remove it (I couldn’t keep my eye open long enough to find one), so I just splashed my eyes with water and all of the eyeshadow washed away and my eyes instantly felt better. I had only applied it as an eyeliner to the lower lash line (but not the water line) on one eye, but once one eye started blinking and watering, the other one did (causing the eyeshadow on the lid to move), and then both were excruciatingly painful. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a beauty product give me such a vicious, instant reaction. Wearing them purely as an eyeshadow on the eyelid didn’t result in any painful reactions, and when I removed them with a cleansing oil, nothing was amiss either.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “ballet pink shimmer.” It’s a champagne peach with a frosted, sparkling finish. It was semi-opaque in a single stroke and buildable to just shy of full coverage with two to three layers. Make Up For Ever S-52 (P, $21.00) is lighter. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is powder. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is a powder. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is similar. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is warmer, more metallic. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Benefit RSVP (P, $10.00) is more metallic. Make Up For Ever #30E (P, $20.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rose copper shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish copper with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied in one stroke, and it was buildable to opaque color coverage with two layers. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more orange. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is powder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is browner, powder. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is redder, powder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is darker, powder. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Red Hot Copper (LE) is darker. MAC Coppering (P, $15.00) is darker, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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