Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a new, permanent formula available in a slew of shades from clear to black. (You can get more information from the launch post here.) I bought nine shades to review, and I thought I’d share swatches sooner rather than later in case you were considering picking up any during the ongoing sale at Sephora (15% off with code ROUGELOVE, VIBLOVE, ends 4/21; 10% off with code BILOVE, ends 4/20).

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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayons for Summer 2015
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayons for Summer 2015

Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00) (New, Permanent)

Marc’s exclusive, richly pigmented gel eye crayon gets a fresh look for summer with 10 new shades of extreme-wear, waterproof color. This breakthrough formula glides on smoothly for a flawless, precise application, then sets in place for all-day wear. The built-in sharpener helps mold product into a perfect point for an instantly sharp look.

  • Sunset (74) Golden bronze shimmer  (Repromote from Holiday)
  • Midnight in Paris (72) Inky indigo blue (Repromote from Holiday)
  • Peridot (90) Sage green shimmer
  • Top Seacret (88) Teal shimmer
  • Lollipop (86) Cherry pink summer
  • Blue Me Away (84) Light sky blue pearl
  • Violet Femme (82) Orchid shimmer
  • In the Buff! (80) Champagne shimmer
  • Orange Crush! (780) Deep orange shimmer
  • Navy Noir (76) Darkest navy

Availability: Now at Sephora (VIB/VIB Rouge early access)

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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer

New and permanent for summer, the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquers ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) are supposed to have “maximum color and brilliance” with a mint scent. There are eighteen shades available, and I picked up six to test. Stay tuned!

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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

YSL Full Metal Shadow
YSL Full Metal Shadow

Here’s a sneak peek of YSL Full Metal Shadows ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.), which is a liquid eyeshadow formula available in ten shades. They’re supposed to last 16 hours without creasing, which will be interesting to test for.

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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette
Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette

Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.295 oz.) is a set of five, neutral eyeshadows with matte finishes. Those on the hunt for a warmer, muted neutrals in strictly matte finishes may like this one. All five shades had decent or better pigmentation with softer, silkier textures, where only one was on the powdery side. Unsurprisingly, the shades are more dupable than not, so if you already have your favorite neutral palette, I don’t think this is going to be a must-have.

Ombre Nudes #1 is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that blended really easily on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ombre Nudes #2 is a medium brown with soft, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before creasing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ombre Nudes #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of taupe and a subtle, yellow undertone. It had a mostly matte finish. The color had decent color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that made it more buildable in practice. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ombre Nudes #4 is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage with a silky, smooth texture that was easy to work with. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ombre Nudes #5 is a dark, richer brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It was the most pigmented shade in the palette, but it was also the most powdery, so it applies better in two thin layers (built-up) rather than all at once. It was a little harder to blend as well. It stayed on for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 18th, 2015

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set
ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Where the Light Is Set ($20.00 for 0.28 oz.) includes four shades of warm-toned eyeshadows in beige, brown, copper, and bronze. Three of the four shades were really lovely and easy to use, while Glow is a bit drier, so it needs some extra work to really blend it down on the skin. All of them lasted for twelve hours without any fading or creasing, and they were easy to combine together in a look. Three of the four eyeshadows are very easily duped, but they’re primarily duped by powder options, so it is good to see those shades in cream versions.

Glow is described as a “creamy vanilla with a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, light white-beige with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It appears darker and warmer in the pan, but it is much whiter applied and has more semi-opaque coverage. The texture is a little drier and more prone to applying unevenly, though it is blendable enough that you can smooth it out, but it skips a little initially. I think really fair skin tones may not notice any chalkiness, but for sure on my medium skin tone, it was really stark and chalky enough that I had to mix and blend in Cornelious quite a bit to make it work. It may potentially be a good base shade for brightening powder eyeshadows that need some help. It wore well for twelve hours without fading or creasing. Tarte Compassionate (LE) is brighter, powder. Givenchy Delicate #4 (P) is powder. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is powder. Tarte Super Mom (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. Too Faced Turtle Dove (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is powder. Too Faced Meow (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Rockabilly (P, $16.00) is powder. Kat Von D Lifelike (P) is powder. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is powder. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is powder. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is powder. MAC Vanilla (P, $16.00) is brighter, powder. Inglot #355 (P, $6.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cornelious is described as a “mid-tone warm caramel with a matte finish.” It’s a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, velvety texture that blended well on the skin. It hadn’t faded or creased over a twelve-hour period. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is lighter, powder. Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is a powder, cooler-toned. LORAC Sepia (LE) is darker, powder. Stila Individual (P) is warmer, powder. MAC Rose Cloud (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is yellower, powder. Makeup Geek Latte (P, $5.99) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee (P, $5.99) is warmer, powder. MAC Layin’ Low (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

KathleenLights is described as a “bright golden copper with a pearlized finish.” It’s a bright copper with warm, red undertones and a strong, gold, metallic shimmer finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy consistency that blends out really well, but it’s so metallic that it can sometimes bunch up on itself and create texture on the lid. Though I used a brush to apply it in the look, I later tried patting it on with a fingertip, and the application was smoother. I prefer brushes, so the best method was to initially apply with a brush and then smooth it out with my fingertip (rather than using the brush to blend so much) on the larger area, then going back to the brush to blend out edges. The finish is really metallic and brightens the eye a lot. On me, it wore well for twelve hours without fading or creasing. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #5 (LE) is less metallic, powder. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 (LE) is darker. Sugarpill Penelope (P, $13.00) is redder, powder. Urban Decay Heat (LE, $18.00) is lighter, powder. LORAC Unleashed (P) is a powder. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is powder. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. LORAC Nude #2 (LE) is lighter, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is less metallic, powder. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is darker, less metallic, powder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. LORAC Gold (P) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is slightly darker, powder. MAC Campfire (LE, $32.50) is more metallic, powder. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blaze is described as a “coco bronze sprinkled with multi-dimensional glitter [with a metallic finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with a smattering of gold micro-glitter. The texture was very soft, creamy, and a little more emollient than other shades in this formula (though the more metallic shades tend to have a wetter feel than the mattes in general). It applied with rich color payoff and blended easily on the skin. It wore well for twelve hours without creasing or fading, and I didn’t notice any fall out over time either. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is slightly brighter. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is warmer, powder. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is darker, powder. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is warmer, powder. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more sparkly, darker, powder. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE) is powder. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is redder, powder. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is warmer, powder. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is more metallic, powder. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less metallic, powder. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is powder. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is more sparkly, lighter. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is powder. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is darker, more sparkly. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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