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MAC Honey Jasmine Blush

MAC Honey Jasmine Blush
MAC Honey Jasmine Blush

MAC Honey Jasmine Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft warm coral [with a satin finish].” It’s a medium orange with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a barely-there satin sheen. Chanel Espiegle is more frosted, less orange. Chanel Frivole is much darker, redder. Illamasqua Rude is redder. MAC Blazing Haute is more orange, lighter. MAC Warmth of Coral is more frosted. MAC Cream Soda is lighter. NARS Gina is slightly browner, a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

When MAC puts out a highly pigmented satin-finish blush, it’s always a reason to celebrate.  Honey Jasmine has buildable, true-to-pan color payoff that can be as intense or as subtle as you’d like.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and applies smoothly without looking powdery on the skin.  The more you blend and buff the blush into the skin, the more the satin sheen comes through.  It never becomes too much, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture.  Honey Jasmine wore well for seven hours, and I noticed some slight fading along the edges after eight hours of wear.

MAC Powder Blush Honey Jasmine
Honey Jasmine
Honey Jasmine
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Sneak Peek: MAC All About Orange Photos & Swatches

MAC All About Orange Collection
MAC All About Orange Collection

MAC All About Orange Collection launches (officially) online tomorrow and in-stores on June 6th. Here are sneak peek swatches of most of the upcoming collection (all but the nail lacquers) — I’ll be posting full reviews and additional photos soon, so please hold all questions until I’ve had a chance to write about the products more in-depth. Thank you!

Kat Von D Proud Peacock Waterproof Autograph Pencil

Kat Von D Proud Peacock Waterproof Autograph Pencil
Kat Von D Proud Peacock Waterproof Autograph Pencil

Kat Von D Proud Peacock Waterproof Autograph Pencil ($10.00 for 0.028 oz.) is described as a “deep gray green.” It’s a smoldering, blackened green-tinted teal with a pearly sheen. Make Up For Ever #20L is similar in color but less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #4K is matte and less blackened. Urban Decay Loaded is darker. Urban Decay Invasion is less green and more matte. MAC Dark Envy is a gel eyeliner, but it is similar in color–slightly greener. See comparison swatches.

During Sephora’s sale earlier this year, I saw this formula and loved that they came in smaller sizes because the price tag was also smaller–and you know me, I love all things teal. It was surprisingly a let-down, because the texture was waxy but stubborn so it tugged and pulled at the lash line. Then, the color payoff was uneven and semi-opaque. I really couldn’t build-up the color well enough to get rich, opaque color. It’s supposed to last eight hours and be waterproof, too, and on me, it lasted six hours well, and it had migrated to the outer corners somewhat by the eighth hour. It seemed water-resistant but did smudge slightly when I rubbed at it with water.

Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencil Proud Peacock
Proud Peacock
Proud Peacock
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total

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Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Cool Gold Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “luminous gold.” It’s a medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and warm undertones. NARS Corcovado is brighter, yellower. Maybelline Gold Rush is darker, more molten. MAC Goldmine is less frosted and a powder. Chanel Pearl River #3 is similar but a powder. Chanel Blazing Gold is very similar but a powder. OCC Triptych is darker and also a powder. bareMinerals Remix is browner. Make Up For Ever #10 is yellower, less orange. Inglot #403 is yellower. See comparisons swatches.

This is a new formula for Chanel, and it’s described as lightweight, long-wearing, and designed to “[highlight] eyes with gleaming color” as well as “[create] a shimmering veil on lids.” I bought three when the collection initially launched, and Cool Gold was the first one I tried putting to the test. Swatched on skin, it had semi-opaque color when layered and semi-sheer when applied in a single pass, which seemed to align with the idea of a veil of shimmer on the lids. It’s a very soft, shimmery look. The consistency is soft and silky, and it feels water-like when applied; it even feels cool and has a lot of slip, but it doesn’t actually feel that movable on the lid. It blends well, but it doesn’t slide around–not even initially when creamier products can sometimes instantly settle into the creases. After eight hours of wear, it held up decently, but there was noticeable fall out (which was unexpected) and some light creasing on the inner lid (but not in the outer crease).

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Cool Gold
Cool Gold
Cool Gold
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer

Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer
Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer

Zoya Tinlsey Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, rose gold foil metallic.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark pink base color with metallic, coppery-gold shimmer. Zoya Rica was the only shade that I could think of that was similar, and it is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Tinsley was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some faint sheerness throughout. You could see the visible nail line coming through at certain angles (in particular, it is noticeble in photos from further away). The formula was good, though, as it wasn’t too thick or too thin, flowed well across the nail with even coverage and no streakingn or bubbling. It dried down slightly faster than the average polish, and there were no issues with visible brush strokes. I normally get a week of wear with Zoya’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Tinsley
Tinsley
Tinsley
A-

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow
Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow

Guerlain Cuivre Ora Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow ($35.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark copper with a frosted, metallic finish. NARS California is browner. MAC Star Myth is very similar. MAC In the Sun is darker, browner. MAC Red Hot Copper is slightly redder. MAC Brasuh is slightly more orange. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence is redder. See comparison swatches.

The color is gorgeous, and the payoff is rich and intense–a little goes a long way–and it is incredibly finely-milled so it applies smoothly and evenly while being easy to blend. It lasted a full nine hours without creasing or fading. My issue with the project is the horrible packaging. It’s the same type of packaging that bareMinerals uses for their High Shine Eyecolors, and the problem is that as you unscrew the cap, it nearly springs open, and so much product gets loosened and pulled out with the sponge-tip applicator along the rim as well as just strewn outside of the tube.  Trying to apply with the sponge-tipped applicator is messy and ends up using a lot of product that you just don’t need.  I use a separate eyeshadow brush and lightly pat it against the applicator to get only as much as I need, and this also allows for more precise and controlled application.

It’s one of the worst types of packaging I’ve ever come across, and it was so disappointing to see Guerlain opt for this. I think the packaging is so poor and wasteful that on that alone, I wouldn’t purchase it–with a mere 0.02 oz. of product for $35, there’s not much to waste. (And it’s a shame, because there’s one other shade, which looks far more interesting/less dupable, but the packaging is making it so hard to pull the trigger.)  There’s no packaging-specific component for the Glossover any more, but I do take into account packaging that actually affects the overall quality of the product or application.

Guerlain Iridescent Loose Eyeshadow Cuivre Ora
Cuivre Ora
Cuivre Ora
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
92%
Total

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