Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush
Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush

Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush ($12.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more muted, browner. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is similar. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is similar. NARS Anguilla (P, $39.00) is darker, cream. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is similar. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to have “luminous, light-reflecting pigments” for a “skin perfecting effect” while being “infused with 100% Argan oil.” It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to full color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that was slightly powdery (I could definitely tell talc was the first ingredient). Nevertheless, it sat well on the skin and looked natural without being too matte or too shimmery. It didn’t look powdery, and the blush itself blended easily when I used it. On my skin, it lasted for seven hours before fading. The powder is heavily fragranced; it has a spicy, perfume-y scent, and the scent lingers and lingers all day long. If you’re sensitive to scents, I would stay away, and if you don’t want to smell your face all day, I’d also stay away. It’s not subtle, and I can see the scent being a deal-breaker. The compact also contains a brush stored underneath the pan of blush. The brush was scratchy and shed everywhere, and it did make the compact more cumbersome by having that additional layer for it.

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Saturday, February 14th, 2015

You don’t have to splash out lots of your budget to get a beautiful red lip color! Here are a few of my more wallet-friendly favorites:

  1. Revlon Provocateur — a warm, brightened red
  2. Maybelline On Fire Red — a bold, bright red
  3. Milani Cherry Crave — a shimmery red
  4. Maybelline Very Cherry — a classic red with a matte finish
  5. NYX Chic Red — a strong, blue-based red

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow
Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Mint Soda Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “metallic mint with a sparkling gold sheen.” It’s a brightened golden chartreuse green with gold sparkle and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, while it intensified to mostly opaque pigmentation when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, silky, and smooth, but there is a lot of sparkle to it, which I did see fall out with while worn, though the color didn’t fade for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Hug Life Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “vibrant seafoam turquoise with green and gold undertones.” It’s a lightly brightened, aqua green with subtle warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was very finely-milled and smooth. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Clickbait Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “metallic mossy teal with golden sheen.” It’s a softened, medium bluish-teal with a strong yellow gold shimmer-sheen. It was fairly opaque even applied dry, though it was smoother and more metallic when applied damp. The consistency of the powder was silky and soft that was finely-milled. This shade wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Holy Ghost Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “sparkling deep sea blue with aqua and green reflects.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with subtle cool undertones and a pearly sheen with lighter aqua flecks of sparkle. The texture was very finely-milled and silky, which made it easy to blend out. It was semi-opaque when I tried it dry, though it was buildable. I had better pigmentation when I used it with a dampened brush, but it was easier to blend when it was dry. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Grand Tiara Loose Eyeshadow ($14.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “bright metallic silver.” It’s a light-medium silver with a metallic finish and very fine shimmer. It was semi-opaque applied dry and fully opaque with a very metallic sheen when applied damp. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, February 9th, 2015

Sugarpill Strangeling Loose Eyeshadow
Sugarpill Strangeling Loose Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Strangeling Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic violet with aqua reflects.” It’s a brightened violet purple with cool undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. It was a more buildable product rather than richly pigmented right out of the jar. The texture was very soft and silky, and it blended well on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is darker, less metallic. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Pop Culture (P, $5.99) is less metallic. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is more iridescent. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is more iridescent. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Charmy Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pinky peach with iridescent fuchsia reflects.” It’s a light-medium coral with warm undertones and gold and fuchsia shimmer over a satin finish. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, though it applies deeper when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was very silky and finely-milled, while going on evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Mortal #3 (LE) is similar. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever I752 Electric Coral (P, $21.00) is warmer, brighter. L’Oreal Cherie Merie (LE, $7.99) is darker. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Paradisco (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dynamo (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #2 (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Penelope Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “metallic copper.” It’s a brightened copper with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, but it was a richer, more molten copper shade when applied with a dampened brush, and it had a more metallic finish. The texture is smoother than a lot of loose coppery shades like this, but it wasn’t as finely-milled as a shade like Charmy, and it is better pressed into the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Unleashed (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Flame Thrower (P, $9.99) is less metallic. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is a cream product, more muted. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is similar. MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sugarpill Countess Loose Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “metallic maroon with a splash of aqua reflects.” It’s a muted, burgundy brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was semi-opaque applied dry over skin, and it was fully opaque when I used a dampened brush. The color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear, but the texture was soft and easy to work with. Makeup Geek Showtime (P, $9.99) is warmer, browner. MAC Plummed (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #3 (P) is less metallic, warmer. Tarte Plum Away With Me (LE) is slightly warmer, less metallic. Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Desdemona (P, $29.00) is warmer, less metallic. NARS China Seas #2 (P, $24.00) is less metallic. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $6.99) is similar. Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is similar. Chanel Fatal (837) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is warmer. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is less metallic. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. MAC Idyllic (LE, $18.00) Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Mandarin (27) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a softened orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had great color payoff both dry and damp, and it applied easily without sheering out on the eye. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. Colour Pop Play (P, $5.00) is lighter, cream. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is more matte. Anastasia Fresh Peach (P, $12.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Apricot (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is yellower, lighter. Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter. Sephora Collection Rio (91) (P, $13.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is similar. Inglot #123R Top (P, $6.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Gold (22) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a rich, molten orange gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It was semi-opaque applied dry, but it was prone to sheering out due to the slightly powdery texture. When I tried it with a dampened brush, the pigmentation was opaque, and the product itself was a lot easier to work with as it applied as a thicker, denser layer. It wore well for eight hours. LORAC Unlimited (P) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #3 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Summerfly (P) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is more orange. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Maybelline Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Rouge (19) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff but was drier to use, while applied damp, it was fully opaque and smoother. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Tease with Ease (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Decora (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Lovely Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft light gold with … flecks of … glitter.” It’s a sparkling, light-medium gold with a glittery, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, though the consistency was very smooth and lightly creamy, so it blended well on the skin. The color payoff was buildable to more opaque coverage, but there’s a fine line as you build to avoid it thickening as well. It lasted for nine hours but had noticeable fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop On the Rocks Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vibrant true bronze with gold and violet glitter.” It’s a brightened coppery bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. There was slight glitter in it, too, but it seemed primarily metallic applied. It was nicely pigmented, while the formula was creamy, blendable, and wore well for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Mooning Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich blackened bronze … with … pearlized glitter.” It’s a deepened bronze-shimmered brown with fine sparkle and a frost finish. It had rich color payoff that went on evenly with smooth color application. It wore well for ten hours before fading, but there was minor fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Bandit Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm rusty brown with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. It blends well on the skin, though it is more prone to sheering out slightly compared to the more shimmery shades in the range. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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