Friday, November 14th, 2014

Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette
Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette

Naked on the Run Palette ($54.00) (Limited Edition)

You never know when (or where) you’ll have the urge to get Naked. This travel-ready kit comes loaded with EVERYTHING you need for a complete Naked look. While our Naked palettes travel beautifully, sometimes you really have to maximize every last bit of space in your carry-on. Enter Naked on the Run—a LIMITED-EDITION, all-in-one Naked palette. The ultimate travel kit for Naked junkies, this palette comes loaded with EVERYTHING you need for a complete Naked look: six ALL-NEW shades of Eyeshadow (including an extra large dose of the perfect all-over shade, 5050). Bronzer. Blush. We even included a full-size Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss and a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (both new shades), plus a travel-size Perversion Mascara.

This palette is the ONE thing you need to easily create a complete Naked look on the run. (And let’s not forget that every single shade inside is new!) We obsessed over the lineup until it was just right, carefully crafting the perfect mix of neutrals for day and night. Each shade in Naked on the Run is designed to work perfectly together and makes it easy to create a range of looks—from simple and Naked to sultry Naked. With a lot of all-in-one palettes, you run out of lip color long before everything else. Not so with Naked on the Run, because the Naked Lipgloss is FULL-SIZE. When you want to change up your look, just swap out the liner and the gloss for your favorite UD shades. Luxurious enough for the most coveted designer bag (yet practical enough to take anywhere), Naked on the Run comes in a sleek, highly metallized rose-gold case topped with mesmerizing artwork and a bold, metallic “Naked on the Run.”

Each eyeshadow is 0.04 oz. The blush and bronzer are 0.30 oz. The gloss is 0.13 fl. oz. The mascara is 0.13 fl. oz. The pencil is 0.03 oz.

  • Dive Metallic rose with golden micro-shimmer
  • Fix Soft taupe matte
  • Resist Medium metallic taupe
  • Dare Medium bronze matte
  • Stun Metallic bronze with light gold micro-shimmer
  • 5050 Cool bisque satin
  • Blush Vibrant pink with light shimmer
  • Bronzer Medium bronze matte
  • Stag Deep brown satin (24/7 Eyeliner)
  • Perversion Mascara
  • Sesso Rose with pink shimmer (Naked Lipgloss)

Availability: December 1st online, December 4th in-stores for Sephora; November 20that Urban Decay

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Preppy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte khaki brown.” It’s a medium-dark, caramel brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish (there’s the faintest sheen to it, but it is mostly matte). It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that easily blended on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Anastasia Bengal (LE) is brighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #3 (P) is darker. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M646 Latte (P, $21.00 is less yellow-toned. Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino (P, $21.00) is darker. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is more matte. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Madrague #2 (P, $24.00) is lighter. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Pretentious Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic bronze.” It’s a golden bronze with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. It had intense color payoff with a soft, buttery consistency that applied evenly and blended well on the skin. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Tarte Bronze Cuff (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE) is less warm-toned. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is less golden. Anastasia Topaz (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Poker Face (P, $6.99) is very similar. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is less golden. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Purely Naked Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery tan.” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow-ish tones and a soft, satin shimmer It was somewhat powdery, so the color payoff was decent but not true-to-pan. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P) is darker. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $3.99) is similar. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 14th, 2014

Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “jewel red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented and yielded full coverage in a single stroke. The consistency is lightweight, a little creamy (but not wet or slick), and holds without feeling clingy. It lasted for six and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is brighter. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is more matte, pinker. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is glossier. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Framboise Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink/purple.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented and easy to use with a lightweight, creamy consistency that applied evenly but didn’t slide around once applied. It wore well for six and a half hours. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is darker. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is darker. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Good Taste (P, $22.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Peche Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly with smooth, glide-on consistency. The color lasted for five and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Gucci Beauty Fever (P, $39.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is more muted. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is slightly more orange. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Blood Orange (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is glossier. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is darker, glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 14th, 2014

Diptyque Spice Candle
Diptyque Spice Candle

Diptyque Spice Candle ($68.00 for 6.5 oz.) is described as “cinnamon with the reassuring roundness of plum.” Sometimes, I’m not sure why I buy things I know I probably won’t like, because Diptyque’s candles always disappoints me. Their holiday candles are always so beautifully packaged, and since I tend to gravitate towards spicy, cozy scents in the fall and winter, I thought this one might hit the spot (and being cinnamon-driven, I didn’t think it would be a shy scent).

I was wrong – there is so little throw that I’m not even sure there’s any scent being released as the wax melts. When I burn it, I can’t detect any scent. I get more scent in the room when it is unlit and just sitting there (though it is very subtle, and only if I’m within a foot of it). Unlit, it smells of warm, spicy cinnamon with a hint of clove and sweet plum. It’s not an overly complicated scent but very holiday-esque (to me) and aptly named. The only positive things I have to say about it is that it does burn evenly, and it burns cleanly. Currently, I don’t need to read by candlelight, so the lack of throw is devastating at this price point (and this is what I’ve experienced with every Diptyque candle I’ve tried). Someone remind me of this next holiday season when those prettily housed candles try to tempt me again.

It’s also available in a smaller size for $34 (2.4 oz.) or as part of the holiday trio ($98 for 3 x 2.4 oz. candles) The large size featured in this post is supposed to have a 60-hour burn time, while the smaller size has a 30-hour burn time.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Bite Beauty Brandy Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Brandy Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Brandy Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “muted raspberry.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-red with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the color applied evenly and smoothly with just a smidgen of shine initially (it wore away within an hour). The color itself lasted for five and a half hours on me, and the formula was comfortable and hydrating. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, more matte. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Givenchy Rouge Egerie (305) (P, $36.00) is brighter, lighter. Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) (LE, $36.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Flirte (861) (LE, $51.00) is similar. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is similar. Revlon Wild Watermelon (P, $7.49) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Sucre Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “warm pink.” It’s a pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, full color coverage that applied beautifully with smooth, even color. This shade wore well for five hours and was moderately moisturizing over time. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is glossier. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is slightly darker. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is similar. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is similar. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is lighter. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Tatin Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rose pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous finish. It had rich color payoff with a lightly creamy, comfortable-to-wear formula that applied evenly. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is darker, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is darker. Guerlain Georgia (P, $51.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Terre Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00 for 0.06 oz.) consists of a beige and brown, both with warmer undertones. They work well together, and both shades had good color payoff, soft textures, and wore for eight and a half hours before fading. I really liked the duo from a quality standpoint, and the packaging is very similar to the bronzer/blush–metal compact that feels substantial in the hand. I was disappointed to see that the compact contains a mere 0.06 oz. total, when a full-sized MAC eyeshadow is 0.05 oz. It’s a nice duo (though dupable for sure), but I wish it had at least the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows in it (the pans don’t seem that small!).

Terre (Left) is described as a “shimmering neutral beige [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that was easy to blend and apply to the skin. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is very similar. Stila Kitten (P) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) is lighter. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is similar. NARS All About Eve #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sweet Eyes (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pure Flash (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Terre (Right) is described as a “mid-tone warm brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with a satin finish and warm, yellow undertones. It had fantastic color payoff, while the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to use. Tarte Fresh Brewed Coffee (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever S632 Hazelnut (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S610 Almond (P, $21.00) is rosier. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Plum Ember (LE, $15.00) is redder. LORAC Untamed (P) is darker. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is less warm-toned. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Texture (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P, $29.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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