Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

Last week, there were four new shades of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) added to the line-up. If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s supposed to be an ultra-sparkly eyeshadow that “feels like a cream but goes on like a powder.” It can be used wet or dry (and it is recommended to use it wet for “intense color payout”), and Urban Decay recommends using fingertips for application, though I have used flat, synthetic brushes myself (my fingertips are far too large!). The effect of these is really pretty on the lid if you like your bit o’ sparkle, and I thought these four felt particularly smooth compared to past shades in the range. Dark Force was the most troublesome of the four; it tended to sheer out a lot on the lid when applied and creased quickly (within six hours), but the other shades stayed more intact, and those other three shades had almost no fall out.

Urban Decay Shockwave Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as “deep berry with pink and blue 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, copper-brown undertones and lighter purple and copper sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry with more of the warmer base color coming through, while damp application yielded more intense sparkle and a stronger leaning towards the purple end of the spectrum. On bare lids, it lasted for seven hours before creasing but had almost no fall out. MAC Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less pigmented. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Interstellar Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “antique gold with pink and gold 3-D sparkle.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium yellow gold with warmer gold and rosy pink sparkle over a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry with a much more amplified, metallic finish and opaque coverage when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before creasing and had almost no fall out. Buxom Gold Status (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Naked Bronze (Eye Color) (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Disco (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Dior Golden Shock #3 (LE, ) is darker. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Stila Vitality (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is warmer. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is less shimmery. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Vortex Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “smoky black with green shift and gold 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green set over a warmer, bronzy-brown base with lighter green and gold shimmer. This one seemed the smoothest and had the least amount of sparkle, even though it had a lot of sheen. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading and had almost no fall out. LORAC Clover (LE, ) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is warmer. NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Cle de Peau Stardust #4 (P, ) is darker. Colour Pop Hammered (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #3 (P, ) is lighter. MAC Sea Worship (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less pigmented, brighter. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P, ) is darker. Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Dark Force Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “taupe-brown with gold and iridescent 3-D sparkle.” It’s a medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and lavender and gold sparkle. This shade was the most sparkly of the four, and it was the problem-child! The texture was noticeably sparkly where the sparkle lifted away from the base color, so it had a lot of fall out during application and tended to sheer out and leave traces of sparkle with minimal color on the skin. It lasted for six hours before creasing and had some fall out. Colour Pop Nillionaire (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Don’t Tell (P, $16.00) is cooler, lower quality. Colour Pop 3 (Three) (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop So Quiche (P, $5.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Diamond Dog (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, June 21st, 2015

NYX Intense Butter Glosses ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) are a richer, more opaque gloss with a cream finish and a glossy shine. When NYX nails the formula, it’s really good, but there are some misses. My favorites were Spice Cake (A), Chocolate Crepe (A-), Apple Crisp (A-), and Toasted Marshmallow (A-). They wore around four hours on average and weren’t drying (nor hydrating) with a light vanilla scent but no taste. They’re heavier than the original Butter Gloss formula, and they’re lightly tacky.

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Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Maybelline Summer 2015 Creamy Matte Lip Colors

Just in time for summer, there are ten new shades of Maybelline ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.). I bought mine online at Ulta, and I thought I’d share a sneak peek while I work through testing these!

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Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Long-time readers will know that I’ve been a fan of Guerlain’s products for a very long time, and a lot of my holy grail base products are from them (like my discontinued but beloved Parure Gold!). I’m not as enamored with their eyeshadow or blush formula, but their Rouge Gs remain my favorite lipsticks of all-time. The formula is long-wearing, hydrating, comfortable to wear, and pigmented, and the only thing that makes them hard to love is the wallet-killing price tag of $53 (and I remember when they were $48 or so!). If you’ve tried Guerlain, I’d love to hear your personal favorites! :)

  1. Guerlain Les Voilettes Pressed Powder
  2. Guerlain Mythics Voyage Powder
  3. Guerlain Garconne Rouge G
  4. Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  5. Guerlain Gracia Rouge G
  6. Guerlain Gipsy Rouge G
  7. Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer Nail Lacquer
  8. Guerlain Gemma Rouge G
  9. Guerlain Gisela Rouge G
  10. Guerlain Geneva Rouge G

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Sunday, June 21st, 2015

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
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Here’s an epic collage of all 25 shades of the upcoming ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) shades. Check out full swatches and a few first impressions that were posted just before, in case you missed it!

A few comparisons:

  • Vice is the lightest and warmer of the beige/neutral shades
  • Trap is a purple-leaning taupe with some of the cooler-neutral undertones in the launch
  • Shimmy is lighter and more neutral than 1st Base, which is pinker and brighter with less rose than Solow
  • Bumble is a darker, more muted version of Donut, which is warmer than Solow
  • Seesaw is your warmer lavender, while Koala is a slightly darker, cooler-toned lavender
  • Drive In is lighter and warmer than Lychee, and both are lighter than Zipper
  • Sundae is cooler and not quite as bright, plus it has micro-shimmer, than Highball
  • Highball is almost a “warm” fuchsia but reads almost cool-toned even on my skin tone, whereas Mars is a warm, fuchsia-red
  • Succulent is an orange-based red, whereas Creeper is a blue-based red (also a bit darker and less neon)
  • Tulle is a cooler, plummier take on Bumble, which is lighter and warmer

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Sunday, June 21st, 2015

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a new formula that will launch on June 25th with 25 shades ranging from light beige to chocolate brown. It takes a really long time to work through and wear each of these as they are typically longer-wearing (six to ten hours), so I can only try one shade a day (while still needing to test other lip products), which means it’ll be awhile before I have full reviews for all of the shades. I am certainly hoping to review them all, but I’m not sure when I’ll finish that up. With that being said, I thought first impressions (I’ve worn three shades so far and applied all shades at least once, some two or three times) might be useful in addition to full photos and swatches.

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First Impressions

Packaging woes: About a fourth to a third of my tubes are leaking/spilling/pooling over. I’m not sure where the weak point is, but there is a ton of excess liquid accumulated on the interior rib where the cap screws on (it’s the top of the part of the tube that contains the gloss, where the wand pulls out of) and when you screw the top back on, all of this excess is squeezed out and runs everywhere. This is my biggest concern, because this is an unforgiving formula to have leaking in a bag (not that any makeup product leaking is going to be a fun time). So far, I haven’t had any leak out once I’ve closed and cleaned off all of the excess product that has oozed out (e.g. all 25 of them laying horizontally on a table), but the product does keep spilling over the edge. I’m still trying to figure out what’s happening/keeping an eye on them to see if they continue. I snapped a couple of photos and posted on Instagram to show what I mean.

Inconsistency in texture and application: A lot of the shades applied really smoothly with rich color payoff, while a few were sheerer, streaky, or patchy. I applied all troublemakers three times in hopes of it being my ineptitude, but these three were perpetually poor once applied: Vice (streaky, do not attempt to apply a second coat), Zipper (sheerer, patchy), Lax (uneven/patchy). Some of them have a thinner consistency and others have a lightweight but not thin consistency, and the ones with a thinner consistency dry quickly. I felt like I had to really rush with these and had no leeway to get crisper lines if desired. They do not layer well at all, so it’s one shot; if it doesn’t look right, remove entirely and reapply. Some of the thicker shades go on with intense, smooth color but have a tendency to crack more noticeably once dry. The darker, thicker shades took the longest to dry (Lax, Tulle). Your best bet is to apply quickly and get it to be mostly even/smooth and let it dry down, as liquid lipsticks tend to level a little and dry to a smoother finish than you’d think they would.

Kind of kiss-proof: I’ve only tried three, and they’re mostly kiss-proof, but not totally and you’ll want to do a “kiss-off” on the back of your hand about five to ten minutes after applying to ensure a more kiss-proof finish. I had very subtle color on the rim of my coffee cup with one of the darker shades, and I kissed my husband (lightly!) about an hour and a half after application, and he noticed a little reddish stain on his coffee cup (he was very sure to call me to tell me “It’s not kiss-proof! Don’t put that in your review!”).

If you like liquid lipstick, they’re probably going to be worth checking out: except for packaging (see above) concerns, these felt a lot like your typical matte, liquid lipstick formulas. They are not a hydrating, ultra-comfortable lipstick formula, so if you like your balm-like lipsticks, these are not them. They are ultra-matte, lightly clingy, longer-wearing, and get drying after several hours of wear. The price point is attractive, and they contain the same as liquid lipsticks like Anastasia and Stila, but Kat Von D has almost double the amount (and this is my preferred formula for matte, liquid lipsticks). They will break down with oil (whether that’s an oil-based salad dressing you’re having with lunch or using it to remove them at the end of the day).

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