Sunday, July 19th, 2015

NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Biscayne Park and Sex Machine) and one was previously released (but limited edition, Stourhead). This was a less impressive set, unfortunately, as two shades settled into lip lines due to more slippery consistencies.

Stourhead is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a very light, milky pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that pulled into lip lines horribly and looked streaky on. It lasted for almost three hours, but it looked so bad by the end. MAC Bianca B (LE, $16.00) is darker, less pigmented, glossier, more muted. MAC Weekend 1 (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Olivier (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is cooler. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Beauty (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is darker, more muted, more pigmented, less shimmery, less glossy, brighter, warmer, lighter. Chanel Candeur (P, $35.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is darker, warmer. View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

Biscayne Park is described as a “pink guava.” It’s a peachy-brown with a soft sheen and warm undertones. The texture felt creamier and had more slip than my original version of this, and it resulted in semi-opaque coverage (instead of full) and seemed to settle into lip lines noticeably from the beginning. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Nude Embrace (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC She’s a Peach (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Cream (P, $28.00) is less glossy. MAC Soft Pout (P, $23.00) is less glossy. Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lament (P, $18.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is more muted. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is . Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is warmer. Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is brighter, warmer. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is warmer. View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

Sex Machine is described as a “must-have mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a lightly metallic sheen over a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a thin, soft formula that didn’t drag, but it did feel a little clingy and was drying over the four and a half hours it lasted. NARS Catfight (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever #12 (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Pussycat (04) (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Surratt Beauty Celestine (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Boca (LE, $16.00) is less glossy, lighter. Bite Beauty Sable (LE, $24.00) is darker, less glossy. Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is less glossy. Dolce and Gabbana Petal (135) (P, $33.00) is darker, less glossy. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is darker. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

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Sunday, July 19th, 2015

NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Yu and Luxembourg) and one is limited edition (Provocative Red). I didn’t expect this to sell out online, but it actually has–you may still be able to find it at a Nordstrom near you (it is exclusive to them, at least in the states). The set includes a mini sharpener that fits these pencils, too (which means they aren’t twist-ups–probably the formula’s biggest downfall!). It’s a nice set, though I really wish the container it is packaged in didn’t have such specific slots (to hold the pencils in place), as it is rather bulky and can’t really be reused as a result.

Yu is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a soft sheen. It had rich, opaque coverage that glided on easily without tugging and lasted five to six hours. It is very slightly hydrating, but if you have very dry lips, it may not be enough hydration for you. Maybelline Faint for Fuchsia (P, $7.99) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is more muted. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is darker, glossier. Guerlain Fluo Stiletto (662) (LE, $37.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, darker. Kat Von D Sexer (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker, more pigmented, more shimmery. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is cooler. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted, cooler, lower quality, brighter, lighter. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see even more: View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

Luxembourg is described as a “vivid watermelon.” It’s a brightened, pinky-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. The texture is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and lasts five to six hours while leaving behind a stain. It’s not drying, but it’s not hydrating either. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. MAC Victoriana (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is darker, more pigmented. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented, glossier, darker, cooler. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is more pigmented, glossier, cooler. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is less pigmented, lighter, glossier. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is darker, less glossy, more shimmery, glossier. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy, less pigmented, warmer. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is brighter, warmer, glossier, lighter. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is cooler, less glossy, less pigmented, warmer. MAC Red Necessity (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy, less pigmented. First 15 dupes listed, see even more: View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

Provocative Red is described as a “fuchsia rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark reddish-plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with even color. The texture wasn’t too stiff or too creamy, so you still retained a very flat, matte finish but was fairly easy to apply without skipping. It wore for six hours but was a little drying over time. Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $30.00) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Tulle (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

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Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a coppery bronze with lighter gold shimmer. It had finer shimmer, but it had a lot of shimmer, so the overall effect was dewy and frosted on the skin. The sheerer nature of the coverage made it less prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture, but if you build up the color, it can emphasize pores. The consistency was lightweight, thin, and blendable on the skin without disturbing base products but also could be worn alone. It may be a little too shimmery for some if mixed in with a base product, but it will add a general warmth, sheen, and shimmer when mixed. On me, this shade wore for ten hours before fading slightly. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted, cooler. Colour Pop Avalon (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is cooler. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Estee Lauder Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick

Pure Color Matte Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00)

Creamy, matte, and intense, this lipstick emphasizes the shape of your lips with saturated matte color. The lightweight, ultra-creamy formula glides on seamlessly, coating lips evenly while leaving a soft and smooth, and the lipstick bullet is shaped to sculpt the curves of your lips. More than a daring lipstick, the luxe, one-click case is a perfectly-chic accessory.

  • Extrovert Blackened plum
  • Stronger Vibrant violet
  • Shameless Violet Rich aubergine
  • Commanding Black cherry
  • Unattainable Bold raspberry
  • Neon Azalea Electric pink
  • Decisive Poppy Crimson red
  • Volatile Fiery tangerine
  • Furious Neon coral
  • Desirous Deep chestnut brown
  • Covetous Nude Light nude
  • Irrepressible Deep brick red (Estee Lauder Exclusive)

Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion ($30.00)

This innovative liquid lipstick hybrid plumps with continuous moisture. Saturates with high-intensity color, without sticky shine. Lips look pouty, sculpted, sexy. Creamy, moisture–rich formula glides on in one effortless swipe of bold liquid color. Goes on wet. Comes on strong. Lasts up to 8 hours. Oil elixir-infused formula is infused with avocado, jojoba and sunflower oils, creating a luxuriously comfortable, satin-matte finish. Dual-sided applicator lets you shape and color with precise definition. One side has a rounded tip that follows the curves of your lips. The other, a well that holds extra color to build impact. Depth, dimension and definition in one stroke.

  • Lethal Red
  • Quiet Riot
  • Cold Fire
  • Naughty Naive
  • Wicked Sweet
  • Strange Bloom
  • Bittersweet
  • Not So Innocent
  • Vague Obsession
  • Fierce Beauty
  • Fragile Ego
  • Pierced Petal
  • True Liar
  • Extreme Nude
  • Naked Ambition
  • Savage Garden

Availability: Sephora (Matte lipsticks), Estee Lauder (Liquid Lipsticks)

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls
Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls

Guerlain Summer Edition (2015) Meteorites Pearls ($62.00 for 0.88 oz.) is described as “delicate pastel colors” available exclusively at Nordstrom. According to the brand, it uses “fresh green” for anti-redness, fuchsia to revive, “sunny yellow” for anti-dullness, “pearlescent white” to reflect light, champagne to illuminate, and “rich coral” to enhance. The overall effect is supposed to give “your skin in a pure radiant halo of light while covering your skin in a delicate violet scent.” The back of the container also calls them Rainbow Pearls (rather than Summer Edition), and worth nothing is that they look little like the promotional image.

Whatever the shades, they mix to a pale veil of white-ish powder with lighter gold pearl. I think this one may not work as well as other combinations have for all skin tones, but keep in mind that the skin swatches are rather heavy just to show the product compared to the product applied to the face, where it is used as intended (dusted all over like a finishing powder). This combination seemed to create a more blurred effect with a little shimmer here and there, but it tended to give the skin a smoother appearance without mattifying it as much as traditional loose powder would. For me, the effect of these Meteorites seemed subtler than the usual, and it is already a rather subtle product, so it’s definitely not for everyone. If you’re looking for a more traditional highlighting product, Meteorites are more like brightening or finishing powders that are applied in a more translucent layer, though they can be dabbed on high planes of the face to create a highlighted effect. The latter tends to be more or less impactful depending on the specific shade of Meteorites, and I think this one doesn’t work well for that purpose. The texture seemed slightly chalky to me, but it seemed to last about eight hours (it is harder to really check for wear sometimes with such subtle products but I do my best!).

As you might expect, Meteorites can differ from shade to shade, but there are some that are rather similar. Guerlain Perles du Dragon (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Perles de Nuit (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette
NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette

NARS Blame It On NARS Blush Palette ($59.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes a highlighter, bronzer, and two blushes, plus a traval-sized ITA brush. I have reviewed most of these shades before, so the list of similar shades is pretty up-to-date, so rather than pull a new link, I’ve included the current lists as they stand. I did test each of these versions for wear, pigmentation, application, and so forth. I think the packaging is really cool, but I wish the compact didn’t feel so bulky. I really like some of NARS’ blushes, but there are a fair amount that have been misses for me. This palette is a bit of a mixed bag, and I find there is too much variance from release to release.

It may seem expensive initially, but each powder is 0.14 oz., while a full-sized highlighter/blush from NARS is 0.16 oz. and costs $30. The bronzer is larger at 0.28 oz. and retails for $39. You’re getting 0.42 oz. of blush, which is a value of $78.75. You’re getting 0.14 oz. of bronzer, which is a value of $19.50. The kit has $98.25 worth of powder products and then whatever value the ITA would bring in (full-size retails for $55, which I don’t have, so I can’t comment on the quality between the two, but I do not like the travel version at all, as it is very scratchy, rough, poorly cut, and sheds).

Satellite of Love is described as a “sparkling gold sand.” It’s sort of apt, because it is a muted, medium brown with warmer, orange undertones and larger gold sparkle that tends to separate from the base powder, so not as much sticks to the skin or gets trapped in your brush. The version in the palette seems a little smoother but drier than the one I have as an individual pan (it is permanent), and it didn’t seem to emphasize pores this time around. It is a Highlighting Blush, so it is a more buildable product, though the best case was semi-opaque. The color wore for seven hours before fading. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. NARS Jubilation (Right) (P, ) is less shimmery, more pigmented, brighter, darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker, more pigmented. View all similar shades on The Dupe List!

Casino is described as a “dark brown with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a golden, pearly sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation with a slightly firm texture, but it blended well on the skin and lasted for seven hours on me. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P, ) is more shimmery. View all similar shades on The Dupe List.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.”
This shade has been released previously as a limited edition shade, and the original launch was much more pigmented and almost darker overall, but this version is consistent with the one that was in last holiday’s Laser Cut palette. Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Alpha Girl (LE, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is cooler. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker, warmer. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $55.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer, cooler, lighter. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. View all similar shades on The Dupe List.

New Attitude is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with a mostly matte finish. The version in this palette seems to lean warmer, whereas the individual version I have of it was distinctly blue-based (even in the pans!). The texture of this blush was soft but a little powdery, and it lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented, cooler. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Blush (P, ) is darker. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is warmer. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter, cooler. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Angelika (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Quickie (LE, ) is darker, brighter, cooler. View all similar shades on The Dupe List/a>.

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