Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

L'Oreal Pure Purple (240) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
L’Oreal Pure Purple (240) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, smudge-proof formula that will glide on smoothly and last for 16 hours. My experience with them is that they’re long-wearing–easily nine to ten hour wear–but sixteen is a total stretch as there is only about a third of the eyeliner remaining. They don’t smudge or budge during the day, and they set fairly quickly, so if you prefer to smudge out your eyeliner, you may find this formula dries too fast. What I really liked about these was how creamy and silky the texture was, as they glided easily across the lash line. The color payoff was pretty good, though the purple shade was the weakest of the three. I wish they didn’t claim such a long wear time, because I loved two of the three shades I tested, but their scores are being pulled down because of that claim.

L’Oreal Pure Purple (240) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark purple with pinkish tones and a satiny finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, which was buildable in intensity, but the coverage was somewhat uneven. It wore well for nine hours before starting to gradually thin and fade away. Sephora Collection Eccentric Diva (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Blue Dahlia (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Door’s Unlocked (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $19.00) is darker, more iridescent. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $19.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

L’Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark blue with a satin finish. It had good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque in about a layer and a half. The consistency is creamy, easy to apply, and the product wore well for ten hours before starting to thin and fade. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is more muted, lighter. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (P, $9.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Chaos (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

L’Oreal True Teal (260) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a bold, brightened blue-teal with a pearly sheen. It had fantastic pigmentat in a single stroke, and the consistency was creamy and glided across the lash line without tugging or dragging. The color wore well for ten and a half hours before it started to fade. Urban Decay Vacancy (LE, $19.00) is more muted. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is a touch less blue. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre
Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre ($7.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright magenta with gold shimmer and highlight.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia pink with gold shimmer. The layer of gold shimmer seems to be a more defining characteristic of this shade, as it made it harder to dupe. Kat Von D Lullabye (P, $21.00) is more matte, no gold shimmer. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is a gloss, redder, less shimmery. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is less golden. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, lacks the gold shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lip Lustres are supposed to be “non-sticky lipcolour, nearly as solid as lipstick, leaving rich colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness.” It had intense color payoff that yielded full color coverage. The color went on evenly and smoothly for a forgiving finish that was lightly shiny but not glossy (indeed, more like a liquid lipstick). The consistency is more liquid-like, but it isn’t runny as it has a denser, drier texture that is more comfortable applied than it seems initially, but it isn’t drying (nor hydrating). It also non-sticky as described. On me, the color lasted for five and a half hours before fading, and it left behind a slight stain. There was no discernible taste or smell.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Makeup Geek Jackpot Pigment
Makeup Geek Jackpot Pigment

The upcoming Vegas Collection also features two new shades of Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) as well as three shades that are already available (Liquid Gold and Vegas Lights, which I’ve reviewed previously; and Night Life, which is included below).

Jackpot is described as a “pale shimmery yellow with just a hint of glitter.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and chunky sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture is rather chunky, which made it difficult to apply. Applied dry, it didn’t bind well or go on smoothly over the skin, and applied damp, it tended to chunk and thicken in places so it was uneven. The color wore well for nine hours, but I had noticeable fall out throughout the day. MAC Amberluxe #2 (P) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is smoother. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. theBalm #12 (P, $6.50) is lighter. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lemon Tart (P, $15.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Makeup Geek Yellow Brick Road (P, $5.99) is slightly brighter. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is a touch cooler-toned. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Poker Face is described as a “medium golden bronze.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with warm, coppery-gold shimmer and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was a little less copper-toned but still had good color payoff, and it had a very finely-milled texture. Applied damp, it was smoother, richer, and more molten-looking. When I tested it, the color lasted for ten hours. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is darker, less metallic. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is more coppery. Dior Sundeck #4 (LE) is similar. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is a cream. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Night Life is described as a “light shimmery rose brown taupe.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a taupe-hued, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was a little dusty but very finely milled, and applied damp, it was more metallic but easier to work with and smoother against the skin. It wore well for nine and a half hours without fading. LORAC Mocha (P) is darker, less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, less metallic. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, cream. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette
Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 for 0.36 oz.) is a limited edition set of twelve eyeshadows in shades of “deep tones of green, blue and gold.” The i-Divine Eyeshadow formula is supposed to be “super-pigmented [and] long-lasting.” I think this is a worthwhile palette at this price point; there are a few misses, but there are enough hits to make it compelling. If you typically use primer, I think some of the misses will be more manageable. When Sleek nails it, they REALLY nail it, but when they miss, it’s usually by a fair amount, and I usually find their satin/matte shades to be a bit drier, which results in sheerer color payoff compared to their more shimmery shades that are usually amazing.

FYI, Sleek lists this as unavailable to ship to USA due to shipping regulations on their site, but it is also available for $9.99 (plus $2.50 shipping) via Amazon (I’ve only ordered Sleek via Amazon, and I’ve never had any issues–pretty quick to arrive, too!).

Scheherazade’s Tale is a light-medium, beige-brown with a metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a texture that felt almost creamy, so it applied very smoothly. It wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gold Souk is a light-medium, sparkling yellow gold with warm undertones and a glittery, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture seemed to stick together, despite it being a more glittery shade. On me, the color wore well for nine and a half hours and had a smidgen of fall out (surprisingly little, though!). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Aladdin’s Lamp is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blend out. I was able to get nine hours of wear before it showed signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sultan’s Garden is a dark, smoky green with soft green and gold sparkle/shimmer. It was semi-sheer with a sheerer, drier texture that just didn’t yield good color payoff. On me, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hocus Pocus is a rich, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a frosted, metallic sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly intense, while the texture was buttery and smooth. This shade wore well for ten hours on me before it was showing slight creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Simbad’s Seas is a bold, rich bluish-purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had amazing color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly due to the soft, buttery texture. It was still going strong after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Genie is a rich, medium-dark bronzy brown with a high-shine, metallic finish. This shade was very soft and intensely pigmented, so it was easy to over-apply, which made the metallic finish appear almost chunky. It was easier to apply on the lid knowing that, compared to when I initially swatched it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Magic is a blackened navy blue with a satin finish and subtle cool undertones. It had so-so color payoff, as the texture was slightly dry and stiff to work with. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before there was fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stallion is a medium-dark burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was dry and stiffer in the pan, so it wasn’t as easy to apply as other shades in the palette. On me, the shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sorcerer is a blackened navy blue–just a darker version than Black Magic–that has a faint bit of purple-ish micro-shimmer and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage that was still blendable, but the powder was a little drier and thinner. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Valley of Diamonds is a rich, medium-dark wine with gold sparkle over a satiny finish. It had really good color payoff, and it applied smoothly and evenly. The color didn’t show signs of creasing until after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

1001 Nights is a rich, deep black with a pearly sheen. It had the creamiest texture of a powder I’ve ever experienced–it really felt like a cream eyeshadow. It was smooth and richly pigmented, and it lasted for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette
LORAC Navy Skinny Palette

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. While I liked the Nude palette, I found the Navy one to be rather powdery, particularly when I actually tried to use it and apply the colors to my lid. They just didn’t adhere well, and instead, had a tendency to look both powdery and uneven, plus they didn’t wear as long as the other palette did.

Navy #1 is a light, peachy-beige with warm, yellowish undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff but was fairly powdery, so it was prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #2 is a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so it wasn’t as blendable as I’d like. The color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and not powdery. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #4 is a golden, olive-brown with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, while the powder felt soft and was easily blended on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #5 is a light-medium taupe with a gray tint and a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, which was likely due to the soft, powdery nature of the texture, so the color sheered out considerably no matter how it was applied. On the lid, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #6 is a dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, though the texture was a little drier and stiffer to work with on the skin. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #7 is a medium black with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was on the powdery side, which resulted in semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. I had slight creasing after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette
LORAC Nude Skinny Palette

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette ($15.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a set of seven shades of warm-toned neutrals ranging from pale beige to reddish-brown. This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. I quite liked this one, so if you can find it, I think it’s well-worth considering for the wallet-friendly $15 price tag. I’ll be posting about the Navy palette tomorrow (which is also sold out online, sigh!), but a note in advance: not as impressive.

Zappos has it in stock! Thank you reader Jane for the heads up!!

Nude #1 is a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It was slightly powdery, had good color payoff, wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #2 is a brightened, medium orange-copper with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture is incredibly soft but almost a bit crumbly, though it is intensely pigmented. It lasted for eight hours on me with very slight fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #3 is a light-medium, muted orange brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, a soft, blendable texture, and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #4 is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the texture was soft, it was quite powdery, which made it a harder shade to work with. This shade was slightly faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #5 is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a softened frost finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before slightly creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #6 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was blendable and buttery, though a smidgen powdery. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #7 is a dark, burgundy brown with a mostly matte finish-. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft but slightly powdery. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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