Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Clinique A Black Honey Affair Eyeshadow Palette & Long Last Soft Matte Lipsticks Launch
Clinique A Black Honey Affair Eyeshadow Palette & Long Last Soft Matte Lipsticks Launch

A Black Honey Affair Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00) (Sephora Exclusive)

Mix, match, and layer to create a host of luxe eye shadow looks—from subtle and understated to dramatically contoured. Inspired by the beauty of the Black Honey lipstick shade, this palette is crease- and fade-resistant, and the deluxe, mirrored compact includes a sponge and brush for ultraluxe application.

  • Sugar Cane
  • Hazy
  • Black Honey
  • Lucky Penny
  • Morning Java
  • Purple Pumps
  • Lavender Out Loud
  • Graphite

Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick ($16.00) (New)

Long-wearing formula keeps its just-applied look for hours. Non-drying, non-feathering. Full coverage, velvety, soft matte finish.

  • Plum
  • Beauty
  • Magenta
  • Petal
  • Peony
  • Mandarin
  • Crimson
  • Suede
  • Pink Chocolate

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Monday, September 15th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Hot Berry Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Hot Berry Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Hot Berry Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright, pink berry.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and violet iridiescent shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a smidgen of translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through (this may turn red on those with more natural red pigment in their lip color). The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply and didn’t have any issues on or when I pressed my lips together (a problem with some of the other shades in the range). It wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is brighter, warmer. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is slightly brighter. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is redder. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more matte, no shimmer. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright, reddish coral.” It’s a bold, orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was incredibly pigmented and yielded full color coverage in a single stroke. The consistency was light-to-medium in weight but applied smoothly and stayed even throughout the wear. It lasted for six hours on me, though it was neither hydrating nor drying. This is a very common color–there are a lot of extremely similar shades to it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Watermelon Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright orange, pink.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. On me, it almost looks cool-toned, but it is a warmer pink. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the formula felt comfortable to wear, creamy, while it applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $35.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is similar. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, September 15th, 2014

Clé de Peau Stellar Gaze (307) Eyeshadow Quad
Clé de Peau Stellar Gaze (307) Eyeshadow Quad

Clé de Peau Stellar Gaze (307) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of four, warm-toned autumnal shades that range from gold to plum. The texture of the eyeshadows is soft, velvety, lightly creamy and silky, while being incredibly blendable. They feel smooth to the touch, and the finishes are particularly flattering on the eyelid–think a luminous, glowy highlighter that adds life but doesn’t accentuate pores–this is in the same vein, just for the eyes. All four shades lasted for eight and a half hours, and the first three shades had really nice color payoff, but the last–the plum–shade was a little less pigmented. Overall, it’s a nice quad, though the shades are more dupable than not, so it may not be particularly interesting to some unless it’s a go-to combination.

Each of the eyeshadow quads is available as a “refill” so it is just the set of eyeshadows, and you can purchase the case (here) for $25, which comes with two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. I put all of my eyeshadow quads into a Z-palette (see a photo of it here), but I do have two cases from the two eyeshadow quads I received as samples (I bought six quads, which is a statement on how enamored I was after trying two), so you’ll see it in the post for those interested in purchasing the two together.

Stellar Gaze #1 is a slightly muted, medium yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish and warm undertones. It had good color payoff with a silky, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blended out beautifully on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Dior Trafalgar #4 (P) is cooler-toned. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is slightly darker. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Barefoot (LE, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stellar Gaze #2 is a medium-dark, gold-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation that went on evenly and was easy to work with. The consistency was soft, finely-milled, and buttery to the touch. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is more metallic. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer. theBalm #10 (P, $6.50) is similar. MAC Golden Hours #1 (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is more metallic. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is darker. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stellar Gaze #3 is a brightened, medium-dark copper with hints of brown and a frosted sheen. It had full color coverage with a blendable, soft, buttery texture that made application a breeze. The eyeshadow stayed on well for eight hours before fading slightly.
Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Amberluxe #3 (P) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Retrospeck #2 (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stellar Gaze #4 is a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth, though a smidgen powdery compared to the other shades. This shade wore well for eight hours before it started to fade. Tarte Fingerpaint Art (LE) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter. Disney by Sephora Carpet (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Ursula (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Swelter (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, September 15th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever ME912 Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, fuchsia-magenta with a frosted, violet sheen. Ardency Inn Orchid (P, $21.00) is slightly more shimmery. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE) is more muted. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is more muted. Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is more fuchsia. Urban Decay Junkshow (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Infamous (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Power Boosted (LE, $15.00) bareMinerals Boudoir (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had good color payoff, though it was not quite as intense as other blush shades thus far, but it’s probably sufficient for most looking to use this as a cheek color. This shade is part of the Metallic line-up, so the finish is more shimmery and reflective applied. Surprisingly, it didn’t emphasize pores or look full-on, metallic when I tried it as a blush. The texture was lightly creamy, dense, and buttery, which helped it apply and blend out more readily so even though it is a bolder, bright shade, it wasn’t fussy to work with. ME912 Orchid wore well for eight hours before showing signs of minor fading.

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Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, olive brown with warm, golden frosted shimmer and yellow-ish undertones. It had a very metallic, shimmery finish. The color payoff was incredibly intense, while the texture felt almost wet and creamy, and it went on smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for almost nine hours before fading. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Flicker (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Greensmoke (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is less shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, bronze with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic, full color coverage that went on even and smoothly. The consistency had a creamy, buttery texture. Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is less metallic. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less shimmery. theBalm #10 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Golden Quartz (P) is a cream product. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is slightly darker. Illamasqua Dart (P) is a cream product, less shimmery. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Friendly (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark, forest green with warm, olive brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though it is the weaker of the four in this post. It had a soft, smooth texture, and it was blendable on the skin. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Fyrinnae Are You My Mummy? (P, $6.80) is lighter. Sephora Collection Rolling in the Grass (10) (P, $13.00) is brighter. NARS Night Porter (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Smutty Green (P, $21.00) is darker. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer. Sugarpill Junebug (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #310 (DC, $20.00) is more shimmery. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches
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Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a deep brown with warm, olive undertones and a fine gold and green shimmer-sheen. I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but it was richly pigmented with a creamy, buttery texture that applied so smoothly. A lot of these Artist Shadows are nearly effortless to apply–they just go on, a couple of swishes of your brush, and voila. It wore well for eight and a half hours before slightly fading. Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Gilt by Association (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is darker. is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Is brown lipstick making a comeback for fall? Perhaps… here are five more modern takes on brown (at least, to me) that switch it up by adding brown tones or changing the finishes. What are your favorite shades of brown from the past and present?

  1. Maybelline Touchable Taupe — a soft, muted rosy brown
  2. OCC Marion — a medium, rosy brown
  3. Too Faced Sweet Maple — a warm, plummy brown
  4. NARS Cythere — a metallic beige-brown
  5. NARS Deborah — a lightly glossy, reddish-brown

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