Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic champagne.” It’s a brightened, light beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was incredibly easy to use. It wore well for eight hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is similar. Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P) is less shimmery. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) less shimmery. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is warmer. MAC Butternutty (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is similar. bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Stealth Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte true gray.” It’s a medium-dark gray with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It was soft but powdery, which made it prone to sheering out. It doesn’t adhere well to bare skin, and it is a shade I would only use with a primer. Alone, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (P, $21.00) is less blue. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is bluer. NARS Delphes #2 (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Linger Softly (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $15.00) is bluer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light shimmer with peachy beige undertone.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a smattering of fine white sparkle (but it looks mostly matte applied). It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter. LORAC Undressed (P) is darker. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #4 (P) is a smidgen lighter. Tarte Free Spirit (LE) is warmer. Tarte Just Malt Away (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Damned (LE) is similar. Too Faced Dream On (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Navy #1 (LE) LORAC Buff (P) is similar. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is similar. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #2 (P, $2.29) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral light beige.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that worked well on the lid and didn’t sheer out (though it was easy to diffuse the edges) too readily. It started to crease on me slightly after nine hours. I also really like this one (personally) on my brow bone, so it’s been a new go-to for me when I test out other ColourPop shades, as when you sheer it out (on purpose), it gives a subtle sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Smash Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutram medium warm beige.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a very smooth, creamy consistency that was blendable and easy to apply. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Desert Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm saddle brown.” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had really good color payoff, but the color is more prone to sheering out on the lid, especially if you use a brush. I think a brush works with it, but you may need to add a second layer. The color wears well for ten hours on me without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

ColourPop 3 (Three) Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned starlit bronze.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a subtle gray cast paired with silver micro-glitter. It had good color payoff that was blendable and easy to apply. I had a little glitter fall out while I blended this shade, but I didn’t notice more than very, very minor fall out during the ten-hour crease-free, fade-free wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Doe-a-Deer Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “blackened violet.” It’s a deepened, blackened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that looked uneven when sheered out, so it needed more work to really buff and blend in. I felt like it lost a lot of its intensity once blended, though. It started to crease after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) was a miss in my experience, due to a low color payoff, shorter wear times, and a stronger, more noticeable perfume-like taste. While these are comfortable to wear and most shades are rather hydrating, the taste seemed stronger with this set than the original. I also had issues with several applicators coming broken or partially broken. The formula isn’t like the original Color Elixir range, and Maybelline didn’t indicate that these were less pigmented, only that they were shimmery. Some of them look very similar on, due to sheerness, even though there are only eight shades to choose from. I could only see considering them if you prefer sheerer, lightly shimmery glosses, don’t mind reapplication, and aren’t sensitive to flavored lip products.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Blushing Petal (505) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a sheer, pink-tinted gloss with fine white shimmer. It’s very, very sheer and adds mostly shimmer. It goes on fairly evenly and wears for two hours on me. I really am surprised Maybelline didn’t make it a point to offer these up as a sheerer counterpoint to their regular Color Elixir range, because these have little in common with the original range. They have a fairly strong perfume/soap-like taste and a sweeter, more creme brulee-like scent. NARS Istria (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is similar. Revlon Orchid (P, $7.49) is darker, pinker. MAC Fashion Fanatic (LE, $20.00) is milkier. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Bait (LE, $15.00) is milkier. MAC Fashion Scoop (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Enthralling Nude (500) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a peach-tinted base with lighter peach shimmer. It is quite sheer (nowhere near the color payoff that’s described), though it goes on smoothly and has a pretty sparkle to it. It lasts two and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is pinker. bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00) is pinker. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is pinker. MAC Jasmine Honey (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Hourglass Verse (P, $28.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Maybelline ColorSensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lip Colors ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) were less impressive compared to the regular and Vivids range (the Vivids being one of my favorite lipstick formulas). If they were marketed as a sheerer formula, they might have worked better, but as-is, they’re not as pigmented as the regular ColorSensational range, while some were had higher slip and looked streaky or uneven when applied. Unsurprisingly, the darker shades in the range performed the best, while the lighter, more pastel-like shades tended to be more difficult to get smooth, even color with. The formula has a sweet, creme brulee-like scent but has a perfume-y taste (not as bad as the Color Elixirs but more noticeable than the Vivids range for me).

MOST UNIQUE: Blushing Bud (B+)
PERSONAL FAVORITE: Coral Burst (A-)

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick
Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick

Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a fuchsia-magenta with cool, blue undertones and very fine iridescent shimmer with a luminous sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is more opaque. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is more matte, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is brighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is lighter. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is less magenta. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is similar. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

At last, the missing (and final) shade of the new spring colors! It had semi-sheer coverage, which could have applied more evenly–it looks a little splotchy to me, where some areas have a more magenta coloring and others are less blue-based, more fuchsia. The consistency has a lot of slip, so there’s no tugging while applyling, but it slidews around and will show “lines” if you press your lips together. On me, this shade wore well for three and a half hours with a slight stain left behind, but it was hydrating over time.

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