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5 Shades of Aqua Eyeshadow

Reader Sylirael asked if I had done a post on aqua eyeshadows, and the last time I did one was back in ’11, so I thought three years later might be a good time to update my top five!

  1. Giorgio Armani #10 — a metallic, aqua-blue
  2. Sugarpill Mochi — a muted, aqua blue with a satin finish
  3. Inglot #345 — a minty, aqua green with a matte finish
  4. Make Up For Ever #93 — a bold, bright aqua-green
  5. Urban Decay Shattered — a gold-shimmered, muted aqua blue

What are your favorite aqua-hued eyeshadows?

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Maybelline On Fire Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor

Maybelline On Fire Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor
Maybelline On Fire Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor

Maybelline On Fire Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark red with rosy pink tones and a soft, blue undertone. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $45.00) is less glossy. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

It’s a bold, bright traffic-stopping red with a naturally glossy, lightly luminous, finish. The color payoff was incredibly rich and opaque, while the finish gave it a juicy, plump look on the lips. It wears as long as six hours on me and leaves behind a noticeable red stain that lingers for another couple of hours. The formula is lightly creamy, comfortable to wear, and lightly hydrating. The Vivids range is one of my favorite lipstick formulas, especially for bold, creamy color, and On Fire Red is just one more shade worth checking out if you’re on the hunt for a cooler-toned red.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color On Fire Red
On Fire Red
On Fire Red
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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10 Shades of Coral for Spring to Wear on Lips & Cheeks

Reader Dilyana wanted to see more top picks for corals… so here’s my current top ten list of coral lipsticks, lipglosses, and blushes! (See them in the Swatch Gallery here.) What are your favorites right now?

  1. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — a warm-toned, pinky-coral with a satin finish
  2. Too Faced Bon Bon — a bright, warm-toned coral
  3. Chanel Reflexion — a shimmering, coral-red gloss
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a muted, coral-orange with a luminous finish
  5. Maybelline Caramel Infused — a soft, pink-coral gloss
  6. Urban Decay Streak — a glossy coral-pink
  7. Tom Ford Love Lust –a shimmering, dark coral
  8. Burberry Camel Pink — a peachy-gold shimmered coral-pink gloss
  9. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) — a vibrant, pink-coral
  10. MAC Be a Lady –a brightened, pink-coral
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Maybelline Nude Rebellion & Barely Pink Master Glaze Glisten Blush Sticks

Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick
Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick

For spring, Maybelline released two limited edition shades of Master Glaze in its Dare to Go Nude Collection. The Master Glaze formula is supposed to give cheeks a “dewy and gently glazed” look with “the sheerest color.” They have a slick, very emollient consistency, so they blend out really easily, even over foundation, without disturbing underlying base products. They never fully set or dry down, which leaves the finish looking noticeably luminous and dewy–for some, it might look “oily,” as it is a higher level of sheen. Wear time is short, though, and I don’t get much longer than six hours of wear before it looks faded and patchy.

Nude Rebellion (201) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick ($8.99 for 0.24. oz.) is peachy-bronze with a champagne sheen and metallic finish. This one is more metallic, and it did emphasize pores somewhat, depending on the angle and how the light hit the skin. It lasted six hours on my skin before looking patchy. It is rather sheer on cheeks, and even when built up, gives merely a slight warmth to the natural skin tone (fairer skin tones may see more color). Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is less metallic, darker. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is lighter. MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Barely Pink (202) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick ($8.99 for 0.24. oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with soft gold shimmer and a frosted finish. This shade was less metallic on, and it didn’t accentuate pores or skin imperfections, though it sadly only lasted for five and a half hours. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE) has more of a golden sheen. MAC Rio (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) has more golden shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Maybelline Master Glaze Nude Rebellion (201)
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
Maybelline Master Glaze Barely Pink (202)
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

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Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

For spring, Maybelline released six limited edition shades (so says the display) of Color Tattoos in its Dare to Go Nude Collection. I’ve been trying to find these for a few weeks now, and by some miracle, I was able to find five of the shades. Unfortunately, I don’t have Stroke of Midnight (but you can see it swatched on Musings of a Muse for reference). Most of the stores I’ve visited haven’t even had displayers (empty or not), but a CVS about ten miles away did have a display that was only partially ravaged (many of the seals on lip products had been removed). It’s a real shame that these aren’t permanent, because they would be welcomed additions to the permanent range. Though in some ways, they might seem “boring” to some, they’re very core, basic shades. They reminded me a lot of Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow range in color selection as well as feel and finish–these all felt a little thinner than the original formula, a smidgen more emollient, but they applied and wore as well as the original shades do. As always, I’m not keen on actually wearing makeup for 24-hours, so I didn’t test any of these for a full 24-hours, but I tested all five for sixteen hours.

These are LIMITED EDITION as confirmed by Maybelline on March 4th, 2014.  Maybelline corporate confirmed that all shades released in the Dare to Go Nude Collection are limited edition with none slated to be added to the permanent range at this time.

Pure Nude (80) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14. oz.) is a light, pink-tinged beige with a golden sheen. It had good, buildable color coverage that wore well for twelve hours before I noticed some “cracking” of the texture, but it was very, very subtle. After sixteen hours, it hadn’t worsened. Guerlain Les Tendres #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is darker. MAC Phloof! (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Beige-ing Beauty (85) is a golden champagne with gold sparkle and shimmer. This one was semi-opaque at most, and it is almost better sheered out so it is a sparkling finish. I had some slight, visible fall out after ten hours of wear that gradually worsened for the next six hours, though I did not have any creasing or fading. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is more glittery. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is similar. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is more glittery, darker. See comparison swatches.

Nude Compliment (90) is a subtly, cool-toned taupe-brown with a metallic finish. It seemed like the top layer, where it reflects, is more cool-toned and grayer, while the base seemed warmer, more reddish. When sheered out, it seemed slightly warm. The color payoff was really good and easily worn at opaque or sheer color. It wore well for sixteen hours without fading or creasing. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is less metallic. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Underground (DC, $18.00) is darker. Benefit No Pressure (P, $10.00) is darker. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is browner, darker. See comparison swatches.

Sleek & Spice (95) is a warm-toned, reddish-brown taupe with a metallic finish. In the pot, it seems too similar to Nude Compliment, but it’s a good deal warmer–the undertone really makes a difference. It had excellent, full color coverage. This shade lasted for sixteen hours without creasing or fading. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is a smidgen lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Caramel Cool (100) is as warm-toned, coppery orange with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and covered well, but it was easily blended and sheered out for a tint of color. When I tested it, the color lasted for sixteen hours without fading or creasing. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more orange. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is brighter. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Pure Nude (80)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Beige-ing Beauty (85)
8.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Nude Compliment (90)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Sleek & Spice (95)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Caramel Cool (100)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

10 Gorgeous Red Lipsticks & Lipglosses for Valentine’s Day

Some say a good red lip color is hard to find, but I feel like I fall in love with a new red lip color at least once a month! In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are ten of my favorite (permanently available!) red lipsticks and lipglosses… What’s your favorite?

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