Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl is described as a “light mauve pink with copper sheen.” It’s a neutral, rosy pink with warmer, golden champagne shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage (and it is part of the Sheer range) with noticeable shimmer and lightening of the natural lip color. The milkiness of the color, though, settled into lip lines and didn’t go on evenly. It lasted for three and a half hours on me but was hydrating during that time. NARS Candy Says (LE, $26.00) is less golden. MAC Rags to Riches (P, $20.00) is more sparkly. MAC Floating Lotus (P, $20.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Bellini (P, $24.00) is less milky. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Wrecked (332) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl is described as a “shimmering bright red.” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a smattering of gold and fuchsia shimmer. The formula yielded semi-sheer color coverage, which settled slightly into lip lines, but looked fairly even otherwise. The color wore well for four hours and was moisturizing while worn. NARS Scandal (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is more opaque, less shimmery. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Totally Fab (LE, $20.00) is more opaque. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) Lust for Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) Lust for Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) Lust for Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral red.” It’s a bold, bright coral-orange with warm undertones and a glossy finish. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is pinker. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is warmer, less red. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is more muted. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter, less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade is part of the full coverage range, which is quite fitting, as it is intensely pigmented with full opacity. I did notice that it looked almost “bubbled” in places, which I think may be due to the fact that is more light-medium in thickness. The consistency is almost gel-like and creamy, but it doesn’t slide around. It’s not a gloss that feels like you’re wearing. It doesn’t bleed or feather on me, and it lasted for five and a half hours. The formula is mostly non-sticky (just towards the end it feels slightly tacky), is mint-scented, and is lightly hydrating on me.

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a very light, muted rose gold with a metallic, foil-like finish. It’s almost like a rosy silver-pewter kind of color. It was opaque after two coats, and it had minimal visible brush strokes (but there were a few). It dried down quickly and applied easily. NARS Pastorale (P, $20.00) is darker. MAC Shimmerfish (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Chanel Rose Moire (LE, $27.00) is darker. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire (P, $25.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Patsy (164) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, pewter–pale gold micro-glitter over a dirty golden taupe base with a metallic finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a slight translucency. The polish was slightly thin but dried down faster than the average polish. Formula X Alchemy (LE, $12.50) is warmer. Revlon Rich (P, $4.99) is greener. MAC Sinfully Sweet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Quartz (LE, $27.00) is less foil-like. SpaRitual Slate (LE, $10.00) is darker. Zoya Jules (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cora (170) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a depened, reddish-brown with lighter rose micro-glitter and shimmer. It was fully opaque in nearly one coat, though I applied two for swatches. This one applied beautifully and evenly. It dried to a flatter finish than the other two, though there was still some shine. Zoya India (P, $9.00) is redder, glossier. Essie Toggle to the Top (P, $8.00) is redder. Le Metier de Beaute Urban Dweller (LE, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday palette that runs very cool-toned. It’s always nice to see a more cool-toned palette, since they’re not as common as you might think (and most, like this one, are limited edition). Overall, it’s a nice palette with cooler, smokier shades that run from deep gray to soft white. Two shades had slightly drier textures, but most shades had good color payoff, long-wear, and were blendable on the skin.

The Parisienne #1 is described as a “deep blue-gray pearl.” It’s a dark, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that was easily blended on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #2 is described as a “metallic royal blue.” It’s a medium-dark, navy blue with a frosted sheen. The texture was a little dry, which made the color payoff seem less intense and not as easily blended on the lid. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #3 is described as a “pale blue pearl with silver shimmer.” It’s a brightened, light-medium silver with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and went on fairly smoothly with a soft, blendable texture. The color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #4 is described as a “cool matte beige.” It’s a muted, cool-toned, light-medium beige with a hint of gray and a satin finish. It had fantasty color payoff with a really soft, silky texture that was easy to apply and blend out on the lid. It was a tiny bit powdery. The shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #5 is described as a “matte vanilla creme.” It’s a cool-toned, muted white with a soft, satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that went on evenly. The color lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #6 is described as a “bronze espresso sheen.” It’s a dark brown with cool undertones and khaki-bronze shimmer with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, though the texture was a smidgen dry–not stiff, though. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #7 is described as a “matte burgundy with iridescent glitter.” It’s a cool-toned, burgundy with a matte finish and pink micro-glitter on top. The glitter doesn’t stick to the skin or bind with the eyeshadow, so you’d need a slightly tacky base to get the glittery effect to be visible. The color is actually more pigmented than it seems, as it is a little powdery and tends to dust away, but a little goes a long way–so take care if you wear over primer. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector's Edition
Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector’s Edition

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lacquer Collector’s Edition ($300.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Indulge in this full spectrum of highly pigmented, honey-infused Kiss Pop shades from Marc Jacobs. From soft pinks to enticing reds, these lip colors feature a long-wear, no-budge formula that glides on effortlessly, delivering the perfect burst of demi-matte color for any occasion. Infused with honey, a natural humectant, it provides comfortable color, while the nutrient-rich leaves of the candelilla plant pairs with silica to lock in bold pigment for smooth coverage in one swipe. Encased in a sleek, covetable jewelry box, each high-performance lacquer is full-sized and has a playfully oversized design that is Marc’s spin on the lip pencil. Perfect for the Marc Jacobs collector, they have a travel-friendly, chrome design that makes lip application easy, wherever you go.  Available at Sephora.

  • 9 x 0.15 oz Lip Color Sticks in Pop (bright berry red), Heartbreaker (pink coral), Smack (burgundy berry), Pop-A-Razzi (electric rose), Crush (tangerine red), Pow (peony pink), Pop Rock (strawberry red), Wham (coral rose), Headliner (berry sangria)

Best Bite Remix ($25.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Effortlessly color and hydrate lips with this set of four festive colors—perfect for pairing with holiday looks. These Mini High Pigment Pencils feature retractable, jumbo pencil tips that allow for smooth application on the go, and they’re also encased inside a gift-ready tin with a mirror for the ultimate on-the-go holiday present. This set debuts two new shades: Winterberry is the perfect festive vibrant shade, and Sablé is a nude color that takes your lip looks beyond the holiday season. Available at Sephora.

  • 4 x 0.05 oz Limited-edition high pigment pencil in Sablé (nude), Pomegranate (rose berry), Rhubard (plum rose), Winterberry (festive Raspberry red)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Collection ($37.50) (Limited Edition)

Perfect lip looks with these four travel-ready shades. A perfect stocking stuffer, this set includes everything you need for intensifying, sculpting, and hydrating lips. The navy metallic cosmetic case, designed exclusively by Estée Lauder, holds get-noticed colors that range from nude pinks to muted rose to warm coral red. Available at Sephora and Nordstrom

  • 4 x 0.04 oz Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Envious, Tumultuous Pink, Dynamic, Desirable

Buxom Two of a Kind ($18.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Stand out or go natural with Buxom’s Two of a Kind™ lip colors in Nudist and Provocateur. These creamy shades plump lips while giving them high-impact color to suit any mood. Available at Sephora.

  • 2 x 0.04 oz Mini Full-Bodied Lipstick in Nudist (nude beige), Provocateur (true red)

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a set of seven, travel-sized Highliner Gel Crayons, which is a pencil eyeliner that twists up (no sharpening required). The formula is supposed to be waterproof, intensely pigmented, and smooth. I have a love/hate relationship with these, because some of the colors in the range are rather unique, but often, they’re not as creamy or as pigmented as expected. They are, in general, all very long-wearing and waterproof. Two shades–Midnight in Paris and Sunset–are exclusive to this set.

This set seems to be an excellent way to try the formula, though, without investing $25 each. In the set, each pencil contains 0.37g/0.01 oz. while the full-sized eyeliners are 0.5g/0.01 oz. When I convert grams to ounces (using Google), 0.37g is really 0.0131 oz. and 0.5g is really 0.0176 oz. So this set contains 0.0917 oz. worth of eyeliner, or $130.26 worth of eyeliner. Or, if you’re not apt to finish products, for less than the cost of two shades, you get to try seven. I didn’t have any issues with my set, but some readers have received deluxe/travel-versions as samples and have found that sometimes the pencil loosens inside, so that’s just a heads up!

Midnight in Paris is described as an “inky indigo blue.” It’s a blackened navy blue with a shimmery sheen and slight sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two passes. It was lightly creamy and didn’t tug, but it’s not as creamy as the best in the range. It wore well for nine hours before thinning slightly. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) is darker. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sunset is described as a “golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a coppery orange with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was moderately creamy and glided along the lash line without pulling. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Copperthorn (LE, $$16.00) is a gel eyeliner, more glittery. MAC Cockiness (LE) is a liquid eyeliner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blacquer is described as a “black.” It’s a deep, dark, inky black with a soft sheen. It was intensely pigmented in one stroke, and the consistency was creamy and glided on like silk. It definitely represents when the formula is at its best. On me, this shade lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

You can browse through reviews of the other shades in this set here. Or view them individually: (Plum)age, Th(ink), (Brown)out, and O(vert). I swatched all the ones in the set to see how they compared in color payoff and texture to my full-sized versions, and (Plum)age seemed to have less of a sheen, was a touch darker but similar color payoff, while O(vert) seemed more pigmented in this set with a creamier consistency. Blacquer, Th(ink), and (Brown)out were consistent.

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