Monday, May 18th, 2015

MAC The Matte Lip Collection

Launching online on May 28th, MAC The Matte Lip Collection ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) features 22 shades of Retro Matte and Matte finish lipsticks. Over half are shades that have been previously released or are found in the permanent range, with the new shades including Tropic Tonic (which I don’t have), D for Danger, Men Love Mystery, Matte Royal, Antique Velvet, Stone, Whirl, Persistence, and Naturally Transformed. I’m still awaiting the full press release and will post full launch information and descriptions as soon as I receive. Here’s a sneak peek of 21 of the 22 shades…

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Monday, May 18th, 2015

ColourPop Boba Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Boba Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Boba Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone true pink with golden highlights.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with lighter gold shimmer. Applied, the finish looks more like a luminous sheen than a frosted or overtly shimmery highlighter. This shade is more like a highlighting blush, as it gives color as well as highlights the skin. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and very blendable. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Please Yourself (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC I’m a Lover (P, $23.50) is less shimmery. MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. NARS Adelaide (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Morale (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Lunch Money Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft light gold with a reflective golden duochrome finish.” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. It had good color payoff that yielded full coverage applied with fingertips, but the lightly creamy, emollient consistency blended out well so it could be sheered out with fingertips or applied sheer from the get-go with a brush. The finish may seem frosted in a swatch, but on the skin, it’s a luminous glow that doesn’t emphasize pores, but it does have very slight sparkle that is sometimes visible (depends on the angle), though it doesn’t seem to migrate. It lasted for eight hours on me. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is a powder. MAC Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being) (LE, $30.00) is more beige. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly. Tarte Champagne (LE) is similar, powder. Urban Decay Craze (LE) is lighter, powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is powder. theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is darker. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 18th, 2015

Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, subtly warm-toned, light-medium pink with a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly, while the texture and formula made the lips look smoother and plumper. The color wore well for five hours and was hydrating over time. Surratt Beauty A La Mode (P, $34.00) is more matte, darker. Chanel Elise (448) (P, $36.00) is sheerer. Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Pheromonal (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is similar. Guerlain Geraldine (77) (P, $51.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is lighter. Chanel Fougueuse (138) (P, $34.00) is darker. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Thrilling Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a reddish-berry with subtle, cool undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was a slight translucency to the shade that allowed the natural lip color to come through. It wore well for five hours and was hydrating over time. MAC The Scene (P, $23.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Brandy (P, $24.00) is lighter, more matte. Bite Beauty Winterberry (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Gospel (LE, $16.00) is more muted, lighter. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery. MAC Heaux (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Palais Royal (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad
Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad

Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) is set of warm-toned, neutral shades that lean more red and copper. It’s a fairly good set of eyeshadows that runs on the shimmery side, but it wears well, is easy to apply, and had good pigmentation overall. Personally, I think that one of the browns could have been substituted for something very dark or more mid-tone, which would give it more versatility.

The Dolce Vita #1 is a brightened, golden peach with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was soft, blendable, and a smidgen loose. The color wore well without fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #2 is a rich, medium-dark reddish-brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a soft, pearled finish. It had intense pigmentation with a smooth, blendable consistency that made this a very easy product to work with. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #3 is a copper-brown with lighter gold and copper sparkle and micro-glitter. The texture is very smooth with an almost wet-like feeling, which helps the glitter to bind better with the base color, so it actually translates as a whole onto the skin. There is some fall out during initial application, and then some more during wear; it’s noticeable–less than some glittery eyeshadows but certainly not perfect. The brownish color lasted for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Dolce Vita #4 is a medium-dark, golden brown with a more satin-like finish. It had good color payoff, while the powder was soft and blendable, though a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before I saw some fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

If you prefer cooler-toned blushes, here are my top five picks for summer cheeks this year :)

  1. Clinique Pansy Pop — a luminous lavender
  2. Urban Decay Bittersweet — a purple with a natural finish
  3. Surratt Se Pomponner — a brightened magenta pink
  4. ColourPop Pie — a bright, fuchsia pink
  5. NARS Desire — a bold, matte fuchsia pink

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Jardin (456) Eyeshadow Palette ($62.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of the more recently released quints, and it is part of the permanent range as far as I know. I picked it up awhile ago when I initially was trying out the new range, and it seemed promising when swatched, but there’s a dryness to the formula that can make it difficult to blend and apply on bare skin. Over primer, it’s easier to work with, but it’s still not a formula I’d reach for or would feel comfortable recommending. As they have a drier, dusty kind of texture, they tend to sheer out on the skin or look dry and fade more quickly.

Jardin #1 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned sage green with a soft, metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a smidgen on the dry side, so it sheered out readily on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #2 is a brightened beige with a frosted finish and subtle warm undertones, though it tended to read almost cool-toned on me. It had good pigmentation that applied decently, but it was also a little dry to work with. It had started to look faded after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #3 is a medium-dark, khaki green with warm, olive undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a moderately dry, thin consistency that had faded noticeably after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #4 is a brightened, pinky-white with a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that adhered well to the skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jardin #5 is a deepened, almost blackened blue with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It swatched really beautifully with rich color payoff, but the texture was dry, and I had trouble with blending it out; it tended to just stick where it was initially applied. It did wear better than other shades at eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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