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MAC Punk Couture Collection for Winter 2013

MAC Punk Couture Collection
MAC Punk Couture Collection

Punk’s rebel spirit has a visual language all its own. Punk Couture: Eye Shadow x 4 builds fierce eyes with extreme black, silvered amethyst, nude matte and blackened plum. Also includes Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash, Penultimate Eye Liner and Eye Kohl. Neon Pigments instigate a chaos of colour, Retro Matte Lipstick attracts in true black, midnight violet, fig and oxblood, while Cremesheen Glass shimmers with golden and purple pearl. Black, beaded Nail Lacquers are pure, polished punk.

Lipstick ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Studded Kiss Dark oxblood red (Retro Matte)
  • Instigator Deep blackened plum (Retro Matte)
  • Hautecore True matte black (Retro Matte) (Repromote)
  • Punk Couture Deep blackened grape (Retro Matte)

Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 U.S. / $23.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Jet Boy Sheer black with gold pearl
  • No Apologies Sheer black with pinkish purple pearl
  • Dark Outsider Cream true black

Pigment ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

  • True Chartreuse Flat, rich chartreuse green (Pro, Permanent)
  • Neo-Orange Intense neon salmon (Pro, Permanent)
  • Magenta Madness Intense neon blue pink (Pro, Permanent)

Punk Couture Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • All Races Cool light taupe-mauve (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Magic Moor RIch blackened plum with pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Idol Eyes Silvered violet with gold (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte) (Permanent)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • Impassioned Bright warm pink (Cream) (Permanent)
  • Formidable Teal green with pink multi-changing pearl (Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Nocturnelle Black as night (Cream) (Permanent)

Availability: Online and in-stores December 26th, 2013 (North America); International January 2014 at all locations.

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MAC Huggable Lipcolour Collection for Winter 2013

MAC Huggable Lipcolour Collection
MAC Huggable Lipcolour Collection

When it comes to gorgeous lips, don’t compromise shine for colour. Your pout can have it all in a new formula inspired by Asian trends, hugging your lips in hues that stay bright for up to six hours. Huggable Lipcolour provides a lasting, glossy finish that helps boost collagen, leaving lips smooth and sculpted. A unique gel base allows each shade to smooth effortlessly onto the skin, with a feather-light finish giving immediate moisture.

Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Touche Light beige (Cream)
  • Fresh & Frisky Soft neutral peach (Cream)
  • Cherry Glaze Orange red (Cream)
  • Out for Passion Soft warm rose (Cream)
  • Fashion Force Cool coral (Cream)
  • Love Beam Mid-tone warm pink (Cream)
  • What a Feeling! Mid-tone cool pink (Cream)
  • Feeling Amorous? Mid-tone fuchsia (Cream)
  • Red Necessity Deep warm wine (Cream)
  • Commotion Deep cool plum (Cream)
  • Rich Marron Mid-tone nude (Cream) (Except Asia)
  • Rusty Deep auburn (Cream) (Except Asia)
  • Extra Sweet Light pink (Cream) (Asia Exclusive)
  • Sweet Creation Peach (Cream) (Asia Exclusive)

Availability: Online December 26th, 2013, in-stores January 2nd, 2014 (North America); International January 2014 (excluding Asia) at all MAC locations and stores.  Release date for Asia was not provided, so I do not have that information at this time.

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OCC Isherwood, Man by Man, Sebastian Nail Lacquers

OCC Isherwood Nail Lacquer
OCC Isherwood Nail Lacquer

OCC Isherwood Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic tobacco ebony.” It’s a deep, dark, rich mahogany brown with copper and bronze micro-shimmer and warm, red undertones. It was fully opaque in two coats and had a natural shine when dry. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. It had a more metallic finish, so there were some minor, though visible, brush strokes depending on the lighting/angle. I can’t recall reviewing anything quite like this shade. MAC Chestnut (LE, $16.00) has a similar coloring but is a cream, so it’s quite different at the end of the day. See comparison swatches.

Man by Man Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearlescent teal green.” It’s a vibrant, sparkling green-ish teal with green-teal sparkle and an almost metallic finish. It was semi-opaque after two coats, so I would recommend three coats for fully opaque color. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread well across the nail. It had a naturally shiny finish when it dried down. Zoya Giovanna (P, $8.00) is darker, less sparkly. Dior Samba (794) (LE, $24.00) is similar–finer shimmer. Urban Decay Mars (LE) is darker. Butter London Thames (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sebastian Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic, plum-toned taupe.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned beige-brown with subtle metallic shimmer. It had slightly visible brush strokes, though from a normal viewing distance, I really couldn’t detect them. The color was very nearly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. Dior Destin (382) (LE, $24.00) is slightly darker and more metallic. Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble (LE, $20.00) is purpler. MAC Endless Night (LE, $16.00) has no shimmer. Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is slightly grayer. Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty (P, $12.00) is a touch less brown, has a rubber finish (with a top coat, they’re more similar). See comparison swatches.  As a note, I had a couple of splayed bristles on the brush of this shade, but I can’t recall that happening on any other of my OCC polishes.

I typically get seven days of wear with no chipping and only minor tip wear with OCC’s formula.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Isherwood
Isherwood
Isherwood
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Man by Man
Man by Man
Man by Man
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Sebastian
Sebastian
Sebastian
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

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Cle de Peau #119 and #121 Satin Eye Colors

Cle de Peau #119 Satin Eye Color
Cle de Peau #119 Satin Eye Color

Cle de Peau Satin Eye Color ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing eyeshadow with “brilliant, sumptuous color” that yields a smooth application. Earlier this year, there were three new and limited shades released, and I tested two of them. For incredibly finely-milled, velvety textures, Cle de Peau knocks these out of the park. I was able to use these both wet and dry, though the results did not drastically differ between the two. Both shades wore well without creasing over an eight-hour period, but I saw some light fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

#119 Satin Eye Color ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pearlescence [that] creates a dewy, luminous glow.” It’s a pale, light golden beige with a soft, frosted finish and pale gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage–noticeably color but not intensely pigmented. It worked well as a highlighter or an all-over shade to brighten lids. I can see that some readers may prefer the lit-from-within quality of the color and finish, which may be more important than the pigmentation. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter. NARS Jezebel (P) is almost peachy in comparison. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is more frosted, lighter. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is similar. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is also similar. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

#121 Satin Eye Color ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deeply rich luster [that] creates a discerning elegance.” It’s a warm-toned, coppery brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color applied wet or dry, though th elatter application gave it a more intense, smoother result. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more frosted but very similar in color. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is a smidgen warmer/brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more frosted. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is also a bit more frosted. NARS California (P, $24.00) is redder. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch redder. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Cle de Peau Satin Eye Color #119
#119
#119
9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Cle de Peau Satin Eye Color #121
#121
#121
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick

L'Oreal Ballerina Shoes (135) Colour Riche Lipstick
L’Oreal Ballerina Shoes (135) Colour Riche Lipstick

L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick ($8.95 for 0.13 oz.) is supposed to combine “luxuriously rich color” and “intensely rich hydration” for a creamy, moisturizing, and pigmented lipstick formula. The pigmentation seems to vary from shade to shade–some true-to-description, others are sheerer. Generally, they aren’t drying, but some shades are just a little moisturizing, others are moderately so, and then a few seem to be neither drying nor hydrating. The three I have here for you show how the formula can vary. They have a fairly strong perfume-y scent.

Ballerina Shoes (135) Colour Riche Lipstick ($8.95 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. This is not just shimmer–this is a genuine frosted finish, which isn’t for everyone. It had semi-opaque color coverage. It wore well for two and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is pinker, less frosted. NARS Mitzi (P, $26.00) is sheerer, less pink. Guerlain Rose Desir (LE, $49.50) is less frosted. Guerlain Romance (LE, $35.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

I Pink You’re Cute (175) Colour Riche Lipstick ($8.95 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage and no shimmer. It wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is not quite as warm, brighter. MAC Venus (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sunny Seoul (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pink Flamingo (180) Colour Riche Lipstick ($8.95 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage applied, and the consistency was lightly creamy and applied evenly. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating during that time. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Playtime (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $15.00) is more magenta. Chanel Kensington (LE, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipcolour Ballerina Shoes (135)
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipcolour I Pink You're Cute (175)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipcolour Pink Flamingo (180)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling (Part 2)

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling
bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling

This is part two of my review of bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling ($79.00 for 20 x 0.01 oz.)! You can read part one here.

Stay Golden is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a bright, metallic gold with warm, orange undertones. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was easy to work with–soft, smooth, and blendable. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is very similar. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product, yellower. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is also a bit yellower. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is a cream product, yellower. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Strawberry Mousse is described as a “frothy pink.” It’s a pale, light pink with warm, white sparkle over a matte base. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled. It may appear chalky on darker skin tones, though. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is more matte. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is more matte. Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is more frosted. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Toasted Espresso is described as a “shimmering espresso.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, and the texture was smooth, but it could have been more intense and buttery overall. Too Faced Yule Log (LE) is more sparkly. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is similar. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Life’s Luxury (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Charcoal is described as a “velvet charcoal.” It’s a medium-dark gray with warm, brown undertones and a matte finish. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. The texture is incredibly velvety, finely-milled, and soft. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 is similar. (LE) MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Emerald is described as a “velvet emerald.” It’s a cool-toned, muted green with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but because it was so soft and finely-milled, it was a little powdery and prone to sheering out. I couldn’t think of any shades like this that I’ve reviewed in the past.

Velvet Lavender is described as a “velvet lavender.” It’s a pale, cool-toned pinky-lavender with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Mauve is described as a “velvet mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium rosy brown with a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was very velvety and smooth. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. LORAC Mauve (P) is purpler. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Nude is described as a “velvet nude.” It’s a pale, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was quite soft and finely-milled. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is similar. NARS Biarritz (P, $24.00) is less yellow-toned. See comparison swatches.

Violet Spell is described as a “sparkling amethyst.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark plum with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was a smidgen dry. MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is also similar, slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Yoga is described as a “dark red wine.” It’s a rich, burgundy with subtle warm undertones and red and burgundy shimmered finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture applied smoothly overall. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Rich Core (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals Eyecolor Set 2013 Degrees of Dazzling
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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