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NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream
NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream ($5.99 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, neon pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is darker. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $15.00) is brighter, bluer-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is brighter, bluer-based. See comparison swatches.

It’s richly pigmented with full color coverage in nearly one swipe. It applies evenly, and it dries down to a satin-matte finish in about thirty seconds. After two to three hours of wear, it is fully matte. The texture is thin, and it almost feels dry when applied, but it’s not drying while worn at all. It’s actually slightly hydrating overall. Addis Ababa wears really well and lasts a long time–a solid six and a half hours plus a stain that lingers for a few more hours. It’s not a particularly original color, but it is a fantastic version of it–and for under $10.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Chanel Fascination (41) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Fascination (41) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Fascination (41) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Fascination (41) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a cool-toned, bluish-gray quad is one of two quads released with the Jeux de Regards collection. The color selections in the palette are on the more basic side, with the most interesting shade being a navy blue with a slight duochrome, which was greatly hindered by its powdery texture and sheer color payoff, so it really lost a lot of its intrigue once applied. It’s somewhat better when applied damp, but it still doesn’t have opaque pigmentation, though the powderiness goes away. If this one shade had performed better, the quad as a whole would be quite nice (the other three shades perform much better), but I really want to see all four shades perform well. The problem child of the palette also noticeably faded within six hours of wear, while the silver shade lasted slightly better for seven hours, and the remaining two shades were still going strong after eight and a half hours of wear.

Fascination #1 is a medium-dark, purplish-blue with an iridescent aqua sheen. It almost has a duochrome finish, but it gets lost as the color payoff is quite weak. Even when applied damp, it doesn’t yield more than semi-opaque color (it appears smoother in color but still sheer). Fyrinnae Wicked (P, $6.80) can also be somewhat powdery, but it’s a much deeper, darker color with a stronger purple base. Urban Decay Prank (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Bleuluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly. Maybelline Seashore Frosts (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Clinique Big Blue (P, $16.00) is a cream product, less duochrome sheen. See comparison swatches.

Fascination #2 is a cool, purplish-white with a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it wasn’t powdery and applied smoothly. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is whiter. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P) is more sparkly. Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is whiter. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is more frosted. MAC Vellum (P, $15.00) has a stronger sheen. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Fascination #3 is a dark gray with a cool, purplish undertone and a satin finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was just right–soft but not powdery, dense and buttery–so it applied beautifully on the skin. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is similar. LORAC Slate (P) is bluer-tinted. Disney by Sephora Flotsam (LE) is similar. theBalm Matt McDonald (LE, $16.00) is bluer. NARS Mandchourie #2 (P, $24.00) is also bluer. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Fascination #4 is a blackened navy blue with a hint of green/teal underneath and a satin finish. It had very nice pigmentation and applied smoothly, evenly, and blended out well. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is greener. MAC Blue Spruce (LE, $15.00) is more muted. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever #60 (P, $20.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #4 (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Fascination (41)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette (Part 2)

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette

This is part two of our review of the Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.). Please see part one for an overview of the palette.

Instaglam is a pale pink with a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff and went on smoothly. Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is pinker. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Treasures Untold (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is pinker. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Muse (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Stupid Autocorrect is a warm, coppery red with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation and a smooth, even texture. MAC Quartz Fusion (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $15.00) is darker. L’Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Galore is a warm, golden beige with a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff and a really soft, buttery feel. Guerlain Crazy Paris #2 (LE) is more metallic. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is less golden. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is more beige. See comparison swatches.

Hexagram is an olive brown with warm, brown undertones and a green-ish tint. It had a frosted finish with a soft, buttery texture. It had nice pigmentation. Urban Decay Chase (P, $18.00) is lighter. NARS Paramaribo #2 (LE, $24.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Smile Now is a soft, light-medium yellow-peach with a pink-peach iridescent sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry. Guerlain Turandot #1 (LE) doesn’t have the pink sheen. bareMinerals Tres Chic (LE) is more muted. bareMinerals Nirvana (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Cry Later is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it was a smidgen dry. Disney by Sephora Abu (LE) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $18.00) is less warm-toned. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is redder. See comparison swatches.

Arcadia is a lavender purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and wasn’t dry or powdery. MAC Tropica (LE, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #54 (LE, $23.00) is a cream product. MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is more sparkly. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Wonderland is a deep burgundy with subtle warm undertones and a sparkly finish. It had great color payoff and applied smoothly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #7 (P) is more matte. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Rich Core (LE, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Eclosion #4 (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #311 (P, $20.00) is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Berry Noir (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Queen is a warm brown with a bluish-teal sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Bukowski is a medium blue with subtle cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation and applied nicely and wasn’t powdery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #6 (P, $9.99) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE) is darker. Disney by Sephora Blue Lagoon (LE) is more matte. MAC Blue Calm (P, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Freshwater (P, $15.00) is similar.See comparison swatches.

Countess is a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very pigmented, but it was somewhat powdery as the texture was very, very soft. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Ali Ababwa (LE) is darker. MAC Blanc Type (P, $15.00) is more neutral-toned. L’Oreal Endless Pearl (P, $7.99) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

WTF is a muted, orange-red with a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was slightly dry. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is more frosted. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Raving Mad (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Saffron (LE, $15.00) is similar. Sugarpill Asylum (P, $12.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

Kat Von D Eyeshadow Book Spellbinding
Spellbinding
Spellbinding
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette (Part 1)

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.) contains twenty-four eyeshadows that are designed to work together in pairs (though you can surely use them as you wish); twelve of the shades are touted as never-before-seen. Each eyeshadow is 0.05 oz., which is the average weight of a full-sized eyeshadow, so the palette is an excellent value overall. The eyeshadow formula is supposed to be highly pigmented, long-wearing, and “crease-free.” Overall, this palette is a good choice for a new holiday palette for yourself (or your wish list) or someone else. It has a good mix of colors and neutrals as well as a variety of finishes, so there are plenty of looks to be created. The texture of the palette was generally soft and smooth, with the only downside being occasional powderiness because of how soft the eyeshadows were. The color payoff was quite good with a few exceptions.  The majority of shades wore well for eight and a half hours without fading or creasing, but shades that were powdery did tend to look faded after seven to eight hours of wear.

Dark Throne is a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) has a more satin-like sheen. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is darker. Urban Decay Ace (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is more neutral, grayer. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome (LE, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Amnesia (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Precious is a soft, shimmery peach with subtle warm undertones. It had good pigmentation and applied smoothly. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #3 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is glittery. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #2 (LE) is similar. Chanel Intuition #1 (P) is slightly pinker. bareMinerals Peace (P) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is pinker. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is less frosted, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Babe is a medium-dark, cool-toned violet purple with bluish-violet iridescent shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was somewhat powdery. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Illamasqua Trance (LE) is a cream product. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Piaf is a medium-dark gray with a silver, metallic sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was slightly powdery/dry. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #3 (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #21 is darker. (LE, $33.00) See comparison swatches.

Sunset Blvd. is a medium, yellow gold with a soft, frosted sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is similar. Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is also similar. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is yellower. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $28.50) is similar. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

8 Bit is a muted, bluish-teal with pale gold shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish. It had nice color payoff, and it applied very smoothly without being powdery. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is darker. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is similar. Urban Decay Shattered (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Sky (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Geek is a light-medium, muted peach-orange with a satin finish. It had great color payoff with a soft, silky texture. Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Always Sunny (P, $21.00) is similar. Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Fallen is a warm, gold-shimmered copper-bronze with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. Too Faced Gangsta (LE) is similar. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is yellower. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Bronze (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Holy Bible is a pale, muted silver with hints of gray and white and a metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff but was a little dry. Disney by Sephora Glass Slipper (LE) is bluish. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is more frosted. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is darker. Inglot #447 (P, $6.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Oddfellow is a deep, dark black with subtle brown undertones and a teal shimmer/sparkle. On the eye, the teal sparkle isn’t really visible, so it’s mostly a matte black. It had great pigmentation and applied very smoothly–not at all powdery. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Fyrinnae Biker Chic (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) has no sparkle. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) has no sparkle. Milani Pitch Black (P, $5.99) has no sparkle. Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Fin (LE, $30.00) has no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Birdcage is a yellowed, chartreuse green with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff and applied very smoothly and evenly. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Browbone (LE) is darker, less yellow. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is similar. Aveda Papyrus (P, $14.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #304 (P, $20.00) is greener. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 (LE, $15.00) is more frosted. MAC Brilliantly Lit (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. bareMinerals Icon (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Gunner is dark green with silver and green sparkle and subtle, warm undertones. This shade was quite dry and had sheerer color payoff. Urban Decay Bender (P, $18.00) is more frosted. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Humid (P, $15.00) is more frosted. MAC Femme Noir (P, $15.00) is matte. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Kat Von D Eyeshadow Book Spellbinding
Spellbinding
Spellbinding
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy! Perfumed Shimmer Powder

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy! Perfumed Shimmer Powder
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy! Perfumed Shimmer Powder

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy! Perfumed Shimmer Powder ($89.00 for 0.61 oz.) is a shimmering, pale pink powder scented with a sweet cherries and creamy almond. It’s a decadent, luxurious vanity treat–by no means a must-have, but it’s a nice-to-have if you go out and dress in little black dresses. The way the shimmer dances in the light is exquisite–really–and it dances, glimmers, and sparkles all at once and looks quite lovely on the body (shoulders, decolletage, legs). The shimmer is like micro-sparkle; larger than shimmer, smaller than sparkle and glitter. On the face, I think it can be too over-the-top unless you love sparkle, but it’s a product that works really well in hair, on arms, shoulders, legs, and so on.

One spray held about six to eight inches away, and the result is a light dusting of fairy dust all over the skin.  One spray held closer to the skin (one to inches away) will yield more concentrated shimmer and color.  To get a heavier swatch of product, I sprayed twice close to the skin, so you can see the bluish-pink color base of the product, but it’s virtually translucent when applied normally.

Guerlain Perfumed Shimmer Powder La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy!

Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner

Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner
Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner

Ardency Inn Grass Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright matte green.” It’s a medium, grassy green with subtle yellow undertones and a matte finish. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is yellower. Aveda Jade Vine (P, $16.00) is more muted, yellower. Urban Decay Freak (P, $19.00) is a lot lighter. MAC Emerald Sea (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Landscape Green (P, $19.00) is the closest, but it isn’t safe for the water line. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be “creamy,” “waterproof,” “long-lasting,” and “supercharged with pure pigments.” It has decent to good color payoff in a single stroke, but it layers really well to rich, opaque color in two passes. The consistency is lightly creamy–enough that it glides across the lash line without skipping or tugging but not so much that it quickly smudges or never sets. It didn’t run or smudge when it came in contact with water, and it wore well for nine and a half hours on me with very faint thinning at the end of the day.

Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner Grass
Grass
Grass
A-

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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