Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) come in twelve different shades, and this post features three of them. These are the first three I grabbed to try, and they happened to coordinate rather well together, which was a nice bonus! I really liked all three, as they had a very soft, finely-milled texture with nice pigmentation. Maybelline touts 24-hour wear (which is one of my least favorite claims for any product to make), and I’m not overly comfortable wearing makeup for that long, but I did wear all three shades for sixteen hours. I had some creasing after nine hours, and it was noticeably faded and fairly creased by sixteen hours. When worn over a primer, I didn’t have any issues until fourteen hours (some fading but no creasing).

The one thing I did notice was that these don’t contain a ton of product; loose eyeshadows are all over the map in regards to sizing, with generous sizes above 0.15 oz. and some around this size.   The jar seemed large, so I was surprised to see how much it actually contained. I think that it has plenty of product to last you quite awhile, but for those who are concerned about price per ounce, it might be something to consider.

I plan to review a few more shades from the range, and the next three I have planned, I can tell you that these are not created equal at all.  Though they did not live up to the 24-hour claim, they did wear well for a over half a day, so I suspect that for most, the wear is long enough–or at least not a deal-breaker.  I did experience more issues with some of the other shades, which I will get into after I finish up testing them.

Barely Brazen is a warm, shimmering champagne beige with a frosted finish. It applied with mostly opaque color dry, and then was fully opaque when applied wet. MAC Mooncake is a cream product. MAC Summer Haze is more frosted, lighter. MAC All That Glitters is similar. See comparison swatches.

Breaking Bronze is a warm, coppery brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and then it was fully pigmented applied with a damp brush. Disney Cosmic is less warm. theBalm Manic Maribel is less metallic. MAC Bare My Soul is less shimmery. Urban Decay Penny Lane is similar. NARS Isolde #1 is less metallic. bareMinerals Bragging Rights is similar. See comparison swatches.

Downtown Brown is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. It had opaque color both wet and dry. bareMinerals Schmooze is less metallic. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 is similar, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Bronze is darker. Urban Decay Suspect is cooler-toned. MAC Woodwinked is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Barely Brazen

B+

There are a lot of good things to say about this shade--nice color payoff, soft and smooth texture, and blends out easily--and the only downside is that it only lasts decently for 10 hours or so but definitely not 24!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Breaking Bronze

B+

Like Barely Brazen, the major downside to this shade was just that it didn't hit the 24-hour wear time that Maybelline claimed.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

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Downtown Brown

A-

Downtown Brown had fantastic color payoff whether applied wet or dry, but it did not last a full 24 hours as claimed. For most, this isn't going to be a deal-breaker.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

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Saturday, July 27th, 2013

5 Must-Have Corals Under $20

Four of the five are under $10, even! :) You can see them all side-by-side here.

  1. Physicians Formula Warm — soft, glowy pink-coral
  2. Revlon Kiss Me Coral — warm, orange-coral gloss
  3. Zoya Tinsley — gold-shimmered coral
  4. Maybelline Shocking Coral — vibrant pink-coral
  5. Inglot #361 — matte orange-coral

Do you have a favorite budget-friendly coral-hued product?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Pure, snow white–in a variety of finishes, plus a highlighter that looks almost white in the pan but is a little warmer and golden than that. I wanted to include a white polish, but there weren’t many permanent ones to choose from (that I’ve covered and were good) — what white polishes have you found to work best? You can check out comparison swatches of my picks, too :)

  1. Inglot #453 — bright, metallic white (and not too cool-toned)
  2. Sugarpill Tako — matte white
  3. Maybelline Too Cool — creamy, cool-toned white
  4. NARS Albatross — a dusting of shimmer and sheen
  5. NARS Santa Monica Blvd. — bright white for your lash line

What’s your favorite white-hued beauty product?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Will you be wearing your red, white, and/or blue on July 4th? I’m most likely going to sport a red lip, at the very least! Here are five of my picks for a little red-themed inspiration, and it was quite hard to narrow it down, because there are so many awesome red lipsticks and polishes in particular. So think of this as just a moment in time – surely if I picked a week from now, it would be different :)

  1. Fyrinnae Hitched — a bold, warm red with a beautiful satiny sheen
  2. Zoya Blaze — a deeper, cool-toned red with sparkle
  3. Maybelline Very Cherry — rich, cherry red with a matte finish for under $10
  4. Make Up For Ever #99 — pure matte red for those who dare to go big
  5. Guerlain Garconne — classic, sumptuous deepened red

And for fun, I pulled ‘em all up to compare here.

What’s your favorite red-hued product?

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Maybelline Neon Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor
Maybelline Neon Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor

Maybelline Neon Red ColorSensational Vivid Lipcolor ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a bold, brightened red-orange with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Orange Edge is lighter, more orange than red. Maybelline Infra-red is very similar. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is lighter, more orange. MAC Scarlet Ibis is more matte. MAC Cockney is darker. Guerlain Genna is slightly darker. Hourglass Raven is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Neon Red had rich, true-to-tube color with full coverage. The consistency is lightly creamy, slightly slick, and it applied easily without tugging or dragging along the lips. Despite the slickness, I didn’t have issues with the color feathering while I wore it for six hours. It was lightly hydrating and did leave a faint stain behind after it wore away.

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Neon Red

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A+

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is very similar–it doesn’t read quite as glossy but you don’t need both. MAC Scarlet Ibis is close in color but matte in finish. MAC Sail La Vie is mostly matte and a touch lighter. OCC Psycho is a bit more orange and matte. See comparison swatches.

Whew, boy! Orange Edge is incredibly pigmented in a single swipe; you’ll have no trouble getting full color coverage with this shade.  It is similar enough to Vibrant Mandarin (which is permanent) that if you can’t find this particular shade locally, I’d consider opting for the permanent shade instead.  The consistency was creamy with some slip and slickness, so it glided easily across the lips without tugging or pulling.  It also applied with even, smooth color coverage, and it felt comfortable to wear.  Orange Edge lasted six hours well on me and left a reddish stain for another hour.

As a note:  the packaging of this one was off; the bullet twisted up very, very slowly and wasn’t normal at all but not totally broken.

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Orange Edge

A+
It is similar enough to Vibrant Mandarin (which is permanent) that if you can't find this particular shade locally, I'd consider opting for the permanent shade instead. Orange Edge was slightly better in quality, though - but they are very minor improvements.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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