Friday, December 19th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme
Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme

Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Creme ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a muted, plummy red with warm undertones and a satin finish. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Forever Brown (305) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Decadent (150) (P, $30.00) is glossier, darker. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Maybelline Untainted Spice (950) (P, $7.49) is is darker, browner. Chanel Farouche (122) (P, $34.00) is darker. Buxom Runaway (P, $21.00) is glossier. Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula behind this shade is supposed to be moisturizing with a “matte satin finish” that’s supposed to glide on with the “lasting power of a lip stain.” It had mostly opaque color coverage with a light-to-medium-weight consistency that applied fairly easily, though it could have been slightly creamier for more comfortable application. The color distributed evenly, and it looked smooth and even on. It wasn’t hydrating at all while I wore it, and it felt slightly drying towards the last hour of wear. On me, it lasted for five and a half hours.

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection
Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015 Color of the Year Collection

SEPHORA and Pantone proudly introduce the 2015 PANTONE® Color of the Year Collection in Marsala 18-1438, an extraordinary new assortment of cosmetics for eyes, lips, and cheeks in celebration of Pantone’s complex and robust nude shade. Now in its fourth year, this collaboration brings SEPHORA’s innovative textures, finishes, and product forms to the beauty category with a limited edition collection that reinvents and redefines neutrals with captivating dimension, shifting in intensity from boldly pigmented to modestly sheer.

“A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” noted Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while it’s grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

The exclusive collection, designed by SEPHORA, evokes the sleek, modern lines of the iconic PANTONE Chip with a captivating ombre color variation for a stunning presentation. Each color product features Sephora Collection’s high performance formulas that offer rich color payoff and a luxurious feel during wear, with refined finishes like matte, pearl, metallic, and shimmer.

An incredibly versatile color for beauty, Marsala is an appealing and sophisticated shade that’s flattering for any skin tone. It pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks, and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics, offering a range of lipstick and blush options. On the eyes, Marsala illuminates smoky-neutral color combinations, and adds a dramatic touch to bronze, for looks that can be worn from morning until night.

Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette ($39.00) (Limited Edition)

Create an infinite amount of looks with this eye shadow palette containing matte, glitter, pearl, and shimmer finishes, and 24 coordinating shades to accompany them.

Bold Marsala Mascara & Brow Highlighter ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

Achieve a dramatic color effect with this moisturizing and volumizing mascara that can be used both on lashes and brows. The vitamin-enriched formula contains natural Jojoba oil and a blend of soft waxes to keep lashes healthy, improving flexibility and preventing breakage. On the brows, it helps to groom and hold unruly hairs while adding a rich Marsala tone.

Marsala Metalshine Liquid Liner ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

This long-wearing liquid liner delivers a bold swipe of Marsala at the lash line with a striking metallic finish. The soft, flexible brush makes application effortless for high-impact eyes.

Marsala Layering Lip Collection ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Mix and layer tones of Marsala with this set of five ombre nude pencils that provide sheer coverage and a dewy finish. The buttery formula contains hyaluronic filling spheres for plumping, and resveratrol, an antioxidant derived from red wine grapes, for hydrating color that shines.

Pure Marsala Matte Lip Crème ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

Discover one of the most breathtaking ways to wear the Color of the Year with this gorgeous hue in an exclusive case. Formulated with extracts, oils and Resveratrol, an anti-aging ingredient derived from red grapes, it leaves behind a rich, long-lasting, natural satin finish.

Cooling Marsala Multi ($25) (Limited Edition)

This lightly-pigmented balm cools on contact while delivering a sheer wash of flattering Marsala that is ideal for cheeks, contouring, and highlighting. The caffeine and coconut oil-based stick adds moisture while de-puffing and cooling on contact for immediate skin relief.

Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

This chic compact contains two matte blushes in Marsala, paired with a cream highlighter. The triple jet milled process allows for intense color payoff and a luxurious, velvety texture, while the unique blend of naturally-derived oils and powders enhance the skin’s overall appearance. For flawless application, apply with the Marsala Pro Angled Blush Brush #49.

Marsala Pro Angled Blush Brush #49 ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

The slanted-bristle design of this brush easily hugs the contours of the face for even, precise application in a single sweep. Use with the Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio for a dazzling Color of the Year look.

Availability: December 26th, 2014 at Sephora

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

As promised, here are five of my favorite more neutral/basic shades of from Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencils. You can see all the shades I’ve reviewed here. I really like the more pearly/metallic finish shades, as they tended to have the creamiest consistency and most pigmentation in a single pass. What are your favorite budget-friendly eyeliners for basics?

  1. Sephora Flirting Game — a cool-toned, taupe brown with a pearly sheen
  2. Sephora Cocoa — a warm, dark brown with a pearly sheen
  3. Sephora Sun Tan — a pop of metallic copper-brown
  4. Sephora Girls Night Out — a warm, honey gold with a metallic finish
  5. Sephora 5th Avenue — a deepened gray with a matte finish

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Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Sephora Love Affair Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Love Affair Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Love Affair Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “plum.” It’s a blackened plum with neutral undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so color coverage in a single pass but was buildable to opaque color with two layers. It had a really creamy, glide-on consistency that didn’t tug. This shade lasted for ten hours on me. Tarte Plum (LE) is warmer. Burberry Pale Grape No. 04 (P, $29.00) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Night Bird (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Nightshade (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is similar. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is very similar. Chanel Cassis (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Strawberry Macaroon Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a brightened, warm-toned light pink with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and the consistency was creamy without being too emollient (or slippery). The color started to thin after ten hours of wear (though not the twelve-hours marketed). Marc Jacobs Beauty Obey-ge (66) (P, $25.00) is much lighter–more like white. Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll (P, $15.00) is also much lighter, closer to white than pink. MAC Feminine Edge (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Tango Night Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black purple.” It’s a blackened purple with lighter purple and violet purple micro-glitter. It had a creamy consistency, and I didn’t feel the glittery bits when I applied, so it was comfortable to apply. It could have used more pigmentation in a single pass, as it was only semi-sheer, though it was buildable to mostly opaque. This shade lasted for almost ten hours, but some of the glitter migrated. NARS Night Bird (P, $24.00) is less glittery. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.00) is very similar. Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Surfer Babe Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “peacock blue.” It’s a brightened, yet more like a medium-dark, blue with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish that leans slightly teal (or “warm”). It is a gorgeous shade with excellent performance: rich color in a single pass that can be layered without fuss, and it lasted for ten hours. The real question is why I didn’t buy this earlier! MAC Take the Plunge (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. bareMinerals True Blue (LE) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $32.00) is similar. MAC Deep Blue Sea (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

By the way, I’ve now reviewed all of the shades available in the Contour Eye Pencil formula!

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Galaxy Girl Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black blue.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and medium blue sparkle and shimmer. This was one of the weaker shades I’ve tried in the range, as the sparkles seemed to make it harder to apply it in a smooth, even line. It built up decently, but it was still lacking in intensity. It wore well for ten hours. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) has more navy-hued shimmer. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) has more shimmer so it appears lighter. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) also has more shimmer and appears lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark green.” It’s a rich, medium-dark cool-toned green with a pearly sheen. It had really good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was easily opaque after one and a half layers of product. It wore particularly well and topped in at eleven hours before it started to thin/fade. The texture was creamy without being too waxy or emollient. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Starry Sky Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “grey.” It’s a medium-dark silver-shimmered gray with cool undertones. The consistency was soft, creamy, and didn’t tug at the lash line. It was semi-opaque in one pass, and it was mostly opaque after two layers. The color lasted well for nine and a half hours before thinning. bareMinerals Steadfast Slate (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Buxom I’ll Be Waiting (P, $17.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror
Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror

Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror ($42.00) is a medium-sized, heft 24 karat gold-plated compact mirror with Swarovski crystals. It has a very interesting, unique shape, and it is incredibly heavy, which makes it feel higher quality in the hand as it feels solid, but it’s not something I’d want to keep in a bag to use for touch-ups on-the-go. It might be a nice item to keep on a desk (or a vanity) for touch-ups at the office or the like, or if you normally carry a big purse, you might not mind the additional weight.

Given the metallic finish of it, fingerprints are easily seen, so ultimately, this is more like a paperweight or collector’s item. The quality of the mirrors seems exceptionally good; just really crisp and made me take mental note that it seemed like a higher quality compact overall. One mirror is normal, and the other side has a 2x magnification. It comes with a velvet, drawstring bag, so you can keep it in there for storage. The box itself is numbered, but the compact is not (wish it was engraved somewhere on it).

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