Friday, June 26th, 2015

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette
NYX Highlight & Contour Palette

NYX Highlight & Contour Palette ($25.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a set of four highlight powders and four contour powders. All of the shades included in the palette can be purchased individually, and the palette is refillable, so shades can be removed or rearranged. The only downside is that they don’t sell the palette empty, and there are two additional highlight powder shades (Bone, Soft Peach) and two additional contour powder shades (Sienna, Saddle) available as singles (each single is $5.00). I liked that two of the four highlighters had some shimmer to them, so for those who like a little sheen to their highlight, you’ll have those options, and you can always tamp down the satiny sheen by dusting one of the more matte highlight powders on top to stretch out the others if you like less shimmer. The contours all had a semi-matte to satin finish, so none were totally matte, and they looked natural on the skin without looking too shimmery or too flat. I had some trouble blending out the contour shades at times, and I had the best luck by applying with a more feathery brush to lay down the general outline of the contour, and then going back to darken as needed. The highlight shades are soft and smooth but powdery.

Highlight Powders

Ice Queen is described as a “pearly pale white.” It’s a very light, cool-toned white with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to fully opaque color if desired, though it’s likely a shade worn more diffused for most, so luckily, it blends out quite easily. It just slightly emphasizes pores if I’m not careful or don’t buff it out enough. It lasted for eight hours on me. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is cooler. LORAC Shimmer Highlight (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Soft Light is described as a “matte nude.” It’s a very light, white-beige that is fairly neutral in undertone paired with a matte finish. The texture was soft and smooth but noticeably powdery. This looked chalky against my medium skin tone, so it is probably better mixed with one of the contours or for fairer skin tones than mine. The coverage was semi-opaque and slightly buildable, but with how powdery it was, it tended to sheer out if you blended out the edges at all. It started to fade after seven hours. NARS Highlight (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Lucid (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cream is described as a “matte soft yellow.” It’s a soft, buttery yellow with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a really soft, smooth consistency that was easy to blend and apply to the skin, though it was powdery in the pan. On me, it started to fade after seven and a half hours. Dolce and Gabbana Eva (P, $51.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Lyric (P, ) is lighter, cooler. LORAC Yellow Highlight (P, ) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nectar is described as a “pearly soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer. It was less frosted compared to Ice Queen. The texture was soft, blendable, and slightly powdery/dry but didn’t appear dry on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize the skin’s natural texture or pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours before turning a little patchy/faded. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. MAC Star! (LE, ) is more shimmery. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Contour Powders

Tan is described as a “matte soft brown with slight red undertones.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a smoother texture that was slightly firmer to the touch, and it could have been a little more blendable on the skin. I started noticing fading after eight hours of wear. NYX Sculpt (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Toasted (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Smashbox Bronze (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Toffee is described as a “matte neutral brown.” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. This was one of the more shimmery contour shades (it’s not matte at all!). The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth without being powdery. It lasted for eight hours on me. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Dark Cocoa (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sculpt is described as a “matte taupe.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray overtones but the stronger, more orange undertones made it look warmer and browner. It had a very slight satin sheen, but it was the more matte of the four contour shades in the palette. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. This shade blended fairly well on the skin, and it wore for eight hours. NARS Paloma Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is lighter, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Shadowplay (P, ) is lighter, warmer. NYX Tan (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hollow is described as a “matte deep brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a slightly firmer consistency, which made blending more challenging than desired. Once on, it stayed put for eight hours. Kat Von D Subconscious (P, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is cooler, better quality. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, June 26th, 2015

ColourPop Succulent Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Succulent Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Succulent Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, tomato red with warm, orange undertones and a very matte finish. It had nice color coverage that applied fairly evenly, though it is slightly thinner and dries down quickly, there is enough payoff that the streaking is very subtle (but there’s some on my upper lip, as working around the curves of the upper lip takes a little more time than the lower lip for me). The color wore for ten hours before I took it off, and it was fairly intact but had some fading from the center after a meal and loses a lot of its transfer-resistant quality as soon as you eat/drink (even just coffee). Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter, glossier. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Mangrove (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. Hourglass Raven (P, $28.00) is glossier. Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is better quality, more muted, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Mars Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-red with warm undertones and a very flat, matte finish. It had rich color coverage, and the texture wasn’t too thin or too thick, so it applied smoothly and evenly without streaking. There is very subtle flaking initially that I don’t even notice unless I’m looking for it, and a little color will rub off if you pat your lips with your fingertip, but after an hour, it seems to stop. On me, it lasted for ten hours with fading that began closer to the center of the mouth but wasn’t too apparent as it left a stain as it faded, which camouflaged some of it breaking down over time. It was lightly drying after six hours of wear and was more noticeably drying after eight hours. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Toucan (P, $5.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent. After playing with the packaging and the tubes, it appears that about 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing. I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.

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Friday, June 26th, 2015

Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Rich Ruby ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that covered the lips for the most part, but there is a very light translucency to it overall. The texture was lightweight, velvety, and smooth and applied evenly to the lips. It was really comfortable to wear and wasn’t drying over the six hours it lasted, and I didn’t experience feathering or bleeding either. Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is darker. NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is darker. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler. Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Charlotte (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. Besame Besame Red 1920 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Besame American Beauty 1945 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Stunner (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Anastasia American Doll (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline All Fired Up ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened,pinky-red with warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, while it lasted for six and a half hours with a light stain left behind. It was slightly drying after four hours of wear, though. The texture seemed a bit thinner compared to other shades I’ve tried. Colour Pop Toucan (P, $5.00) is cooler. Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is cooler. Chanel La Petillante (49) (LE, $34.00) is warmer. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy. Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Pink Sugar ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture had a velvety feel to it with light slip but heavier, full coverage. It seemed thicker than other shades in the range, and it emphasized lip lines slightly but didn’t pull into them too much while worn. The color lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop 1st Base (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted, warmer, less glossy. Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: It is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015

LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette
LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC PRO Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.144 oz.) contains eight matte eyeshadows in neutral shades ranging from white to brown to black. I think if you have all of the PRO palettes released, you probably have neutrals close enough to these. It’s a good palette, and it applied fairly well over bare skin, which isn’t always the case for LORAC’s eyeshadows, but it is very dupable. I would have liked to see one or two more mid-tone shades, as the overall look of the palette is quite dark and smoky.

Bare is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture is very smooth and silky, though it kicked up excess product in the pan. It had good pigmentation and lasted for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is darker. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is warmer. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy (P, $21.00) is cooler. Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Graphite #1 (P, ) is cooler. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter. Hourglass Color Field #1 (P, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Laetus (P, ) is warmer. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Glow (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Latte is a light-medium brown with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery in the pan. Applied, it lasted for eight hours before fading. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is darker. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is warmer. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lower quality. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is cooler. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Fix (LE, $18.00) is darker. Tarte Wanderer (LE, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P, ) is warmer. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Buxom Gimme Gorgeous (P, $12.00) is less pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Corduroy is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but it was one of those shades that seems really pigmented but seems to fade almost immediately upon hitting the eye–it appears softer applied than in the pan. The texture was very, very finely-milled but powdery (perhaps why it is prone to fading/sheering out). It wore for almost eight hours before fading. Inglot #342 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Faint (P, $18.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Leather (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Tarte Picnic Basket (LE, ) is warmer. Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Taupe (P, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Chocolate (P, ) is more muted, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate is a muted, dark brown with subtle, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that was buildable on the skin, but like Corduroy, it had a tendency to sheer down and look a bit faded applied. On me, it started to show signs of wear after eight hours. Inglot #363 (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Coconut Grove (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Embark (LE, $16.00) is cooler. MAC Ground Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is darker. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Linen is a bright white with a matte finish. It had a very smooth consistency, but it was a little powdery to work with and turns chalky on my skin tone, so it will be more appropriate for fairer skin tones or layered over a good base for darker skin tones, I think. It had semi-sheer color payoff and lasted fors even and a half hours on me. Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is brighter. NYX Milk (P, $4.50) is brighter. Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter. LORAC White (P, ) is cooler. Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is cooler. Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is warmer, better quality. Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is warmer. Kat Von D Banshee (LE, ) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Mauve is a dusty, muted, medium mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery. The color stayed on well for eight hours before starting to fade. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is darker. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Quarry (P, $16.00) is darker. Inglot #344 (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Haux (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is darker, cooler. LORAC Mauve (P, ) is cooler. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is lighter, cooler. Tarte Rose to the Occasion (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is brighter, cooler. LORAC Unconditional (P, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burgundy is a muted, dark burgundy with warm, red-brown undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that kept most of its color when applied, but it could have been easier to blend. On me, it started to fade after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Cherry Cordial (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter, cooler. theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is lighter. LORAC Dusty Plum (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever M608 Red Brown (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever M822 Plum (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is darker. Tarte You Look Mauveless (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

jet Black is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t too powdery and blended without trouble. It started to fade after eight hours of wear for me. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is darker. Buxom LBD (P, $12.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is . LORAC Black (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Righteous (LE, $16.00) is darker. Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss
Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss

Maybelline Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a new formula that’s supposed to be shiny, non-sticky, and hydrating for four hours with twelve shades divided into three finishes. I’m reviewing them based on finish, so this post features the four shimmery shades. They’re lightweight, mostly non-sticky (a very slight tackiness develops after two to three hours of wear), wear for one to three hours, and are comfortable and hydrating. The formula has a sweet, fruity-floral scent that tastes like perfume-y soap during the entire length of wear; I could taste it just talking to someone, and it ruined anything I ate or drank. The shimmer in these shades is noticeable in texture, though they are fine enough not to feel particularly gritty, but the thinner consistency made them apparent on the lips. They were comfortable to wear, though, and they don’t feel heavy and keep and maintain hydration going for an hour or two after most of the gloss has worn away. The formula is sheer with a lot of shades looking the same once applied, but they may vary wildly from person to person due to much of it being dependent on your natural lip color.

Maybelline Just a Glimmer Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a clear gloss with iridescent, pink, lavender, and silver shimmer with a glossy shine. It lasted for two hours on me and was hydrating overall. MAC Beautiful Moves (LE, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Steel Kiss (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline A Wink of Pink Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is silver and pink sparkle suspended in a barely-there pink-tinted base with warmer undertones. It gives my natural lip colors a darker, redder look with warmth. It only lasted for two hours, even though it was moisturizing when worn. MAC Rags to Riches (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #500 (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Allegorie (LE, $29.50) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Fuchsia Flicker Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a light, cool-toned pink-tinted base with lighter pink sparkle. This was another shade that wore for two hours on me but was still moisturizing. MAC Happily Ever After (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Pagoda (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pagoda (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Fashion Scoop (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Lilac Lumi Baby Lips Lipgloss ($4.49 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, pinky-lavender with lighter violet iridescent shimmer. This was the most pigmented of the four shimmery shades, and this shade had noticeable color applied, though it was still semi-sheer coverage. It wore well for three hours on me and was hydrating over time. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Steam (322) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. Gucci Beauty Potent Violet (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Shiseido Nebula (VI207) (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented. MAC Vacant (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015

L'Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
L’Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator

L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a liquid highlighter that can be used as a specific highlighter (like on cheek bones) or all-over (likely mixed in with a base product, like foundation or moisturizer). The biggest con to these is that they have a very, very short working window as they dry down almost immediately, and they dry down and don’t want to move much and instead the shimmer/sheen flakes off than diffuses or blends out. The texture is liquid but thicker than your typical liquid-based highlighter (which are often a little watery or thin) and is viscous enough to hold its shape in a dollop when you squeeze it out. The squeeze-tube offers a good amount of control over how much you get per use, which is nice. The liquid highlighters seemed to have less visible sparkle/glitter than the powders did, though there are a few bits. It gave the skin a metallic sheen that’s by no means subtle, but it didn’t seem to emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. They can be mixed with a base product, but you’ll want to use something with a thinner consistency to help this spread out. The shimmer is larger and may be too intense when mixed in for all-over use, but it will depend on your preferences.

L’Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a fine golden beige shimmer. It gave the skin a really metallic sheen, and on my medium complexion, appeared as a much brighter highlighter than I expect it’ll look on very light skin. This one had the longest working window, though it’s not long, and you’ll want to work one cheek at a time and use fingertips to avoid the product drying on an applicator. This shade lasted for eight hours. NARS New Order (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Golden Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a bright, metallic gold with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It was semi-opaque but sheers out quite a bit in practice. It dries down very quickly and is difficult to get to look even–I had the best luck using fingertips with this one. Using a brush resulted in the product drying on the brush and little to none transferring to my skin. It lasted for eight hours on me before turning patchy. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani No. 10 (P, $59.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Rose Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm undertones and lighter gold shimmer. This was the most shimmery of the three, and it had a slightly thinner consistency as well. It spread fairly well over the skin, but it does dry down as you’re applying it, so you have to work quickly and do as much spreading initially. You might want to apply a sheer, even layer and build up intensity as needed, which will minimize the need to blend (and should take less time to apply). The color lasted for eight hours before the product started to look patchy on the skin. Laura Mercier Indiscretion (LE, $42.00) is lighter. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is warmer. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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