Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, slightly muted, orange-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, cream. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is browner. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The blush is made up of two distinct colors–a gold-shimmered peach and a warm, reddish-brown–that swirl together to create what you see applied. You can get deeper, richer color by concentrating the brush along the sides, or you can lighten the color up more by concentrating on the center. I went for equal parts (to whatever degree that seemed achievable) for most of the application, and then I tried to get a little more of the lighter shade to dust along the tops of cheek bones (like a highlighter) to give it more dimension. The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, which made it a cinch to apply to the skin as well as when it came down to blending the edges away. It had good color payoff, and the finish on this shade seemed slightly more frosted than other shades I tried, to the point that it seemed to emphasize pores just slightly. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.27 oz.) includes five, travel-sized lip pencils. Each Velvet Matte Lip Pencil contains 0.06 oz., and each Satin Lip Pencil contains 0.05 oz.  It is exclusive to Sephora.  They come in a long, rectangular plastic box (feels like acrylic to me, but I’m not an expert on materials!)–it’s thick, sturdy plastic, and it feels like something you would keep, not toss away. Three shades are limited edition (and two of those were released earlier this year in the Final Cut collection), and two are part of the permanent range. The only real downside to NARS’ lip pencils is that they require sharpening, so there is waste, and they may not be as travel-friendly since they don’t just twist-up. Otherwise, the formula has good color payoff, wears well, and is comfortable to wear.

Descanso is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged peach with a satin finish. It has mostly opaque color coverage that wears for four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Torres del Paine is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a light-medium, softened peach-orange with a satin finish. It wore nicely for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. It was semi-opaque with a slight translucency where the natural lip color came through. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Iberico is described as an “intense coral.” It’s a bold, bright orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it was creamy enough that it glided on without skipping and delivered even color. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was a little drying towards the end. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Yu is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, magenta undertones and a luminous finish. The shade yiedled fairly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. It lasts for six hours and leaves a stain behind, while it felt lightly hydrating. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cruella is described as a “passionate scarlet red. It’s a muted, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. The consistency had a light waxiness to it that gave it that “velvet” feel when applied, so it didn’t skip or drag on the lips. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it lasted for six hours. I found it a bit drying, which was the only downside. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

NARS Holiday 2014 Collection

NARS Holiday Collection is now available, including all the sets/kits (they bumped up the launch date).  You can see all reviews I have so far here. I’m going to try and get the last two sets reviewed tomorrow (but you can peek at swatches here).  My top picks are the limited edition Lipglosses, Deadly Catch/Femme Fleur lipsticks, and the Lip Pencil Set (full review goes up today).  Reader Nicole also spotted a few items up at Sephora (but not everything is up yet).

shu uemura x Shupette
shu uemura x Shupette also debuted today! :)

Let me know if you haul anything! I love hearing about what readers buy!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Sugar & Spice Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a new, limited edition, ULTA exclusive palette that features twelve eyeshadows with a glittery gold exterior. It’s a fairly good, neutral-driven eyeshadow palette with a lot of warmer shades and a variety of finishes from matte to frost. There was only shade that was a big miss (Black Licorice), but the majority had good color payoff, good to slightly powdery textures, and wore for seven to eight hours. This has sold out online, so you’ll only be able to find it at a local ULTA store if you have one nearby.

Coconut Cream is a bright, white matte. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutmeg is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Biscotti is a bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugared Violet is a blackened purple with warm undertones and a satin finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Truffle is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pink Frosting is a bright, cool-toned, light pink with a frosted, metallic finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnamon Sugar is a golden bronze with a metallic sheen and warm undertones. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Cake is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Meringue is a pink-tinged light beige with a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Clove is a cool-toned, light-medium taupe with a purple tinge and a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bon Bon is a pale, frosted lilac with cool undertones. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Licorice is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Envy Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bluish-purple with cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it had the same really creamy consistency as other shades in the range. This one was loaded with shimmer, which helped to camouflage some of the underlying unevenness of the color itself, so it looked fairly good in person, even if up-close isn’t 100% amazing. It wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind an eggplant-hued stain behind. NYX Immortal (P, $6.00) is much purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technopagan (P, $18.00) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Sinful Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark blue with a glossy finish. The consistency was creamy with a lot of slip, but it applied beautifully with rich, opaque color that went on evenly. It stayed on for six hours. It’s not metallic in its finish, though, and it has barely-there shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Vain (P, $18.00) Illamasqua Disciple (P, $24.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Betrayal Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a lightly brightened, medium-dark purple with subtle cool undertones and a violet shimmer. It’s not really metallic in finish–more glossy with a faint shimmer that gets lost in it. The texture was creamy with a lot of slip, and it did show in the application, as the color didn’t go on evenly and looked streaky. This one needs a lip primer or pencil to work. It is also easier to work with if you blot it down slightly, as removing some of the slip made it stay in place better. It lasted for four and a half hours and left a fuchsia stain behind. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pagan (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is more matte, warmer. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is more muted, slightly warmer. MAC Fervent (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright pop of yellowed tangerine–mostly orange with very strong yellow undertones–and a satin finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is more muted. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) is darker. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, redder. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is so smooth–it feels like a cream more than a powder, but it definitely acts and plays more like a powder than a cream on a brush, on the skin, and so forth. With the satin finish, there’s enough sheen to give the skin a light glow that’s natural without being frosted or metallic (and therefore, it doesn’t emphasize pores at all). At this point, it comes as no surprise that it is incredibly rich in pigment, so a little goes a long way, but that smooth, buttery texture makes it easy to blend on the skin. It is also denser, so there’s no excess product being kicked up, and I felt like I didn’t have to worry about how much (or little) I was getting on the brush a lot. On my skin, it wore well for nine hours before fading slightly.

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