Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture is thicker, mostly non-sticky, and was nicely hydrating while worn. On me, it wore well for four and a half hours. It does have a strong perfume-y scent and soap-like taste. Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) (P, $8.99) is warmer. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Citrus Evolution (115) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the color settled into lip lines from the get-go and only worsened as it wore. On me, it lasted for three hours and was moisturizing while worn. Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is darker. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is darker. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Ray of Sunshine (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Passionate Peony (120) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light pink with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. When swatched and worn, it looked nothing like it did in the tube. It is slightly thick with a lot of milkiness, which made it pool into lip lines very noticeably. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it’s a gloss that would be better applied over a lip liner or lipstick to minimize it filling up lip lines. It lasted for three hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is darker. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is darker. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color
Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color

Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that was thin but glided on without tugging. On me, it lasted for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent that’s not too strong. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is more matte. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is darker. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is similar. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is redder. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is brighter. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty All the Way (122) (P, $30.00) is darker. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is more matte, brighter. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Bubblegum Bloom (965) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light, cool-toned pink with a strong white base and white frosted shimmer. It was semi-sheer with a gritty texture that applied horribly; it was incredibly uneven, made my lips look worse, and settled into lip lines. The color slipped away within an hour and a half with additional color settling into lip lines, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is darker, brighter, less shimmery. MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Be Fabulous (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Carnation Cabernet (970) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia-berry with cool, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage with a moderately emollient consistency that has a “wet” appearance when applied. The texture is thin with translucency, so the natural lip color comes thorugh, and this tended to look like a lip stain applied. It lasted for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Francesco (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, less glossy. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is similar. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is less glossy. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is brighter. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — There is one more new, limited edition shade from Maybelline, but my local store didn’t have it. Sorry! :(

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Super Shock Cheek

In February, ColourPop Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) released in twenty shades from peach to fuchsia. I haven’t had much time with these yet, so I don’t have any insight to share quite yet (I’m wrapping up testing NARS’ formula, then I’ll move on to this one!). Hopefully I can start posting a review for a shade or two later this week or next. :) The formula is designed to be similar to the Super Shock Shadows, which means it is a firmer, cream-based product (no depotting!)–the brand does say that fingertips result in highest coverage, flat synthetic brushes have “more coverage” than duo fiber brushes, which will have “sheer, air brushed” coverage. All of these have already been added to the Swatch Gallery for easy comparisons.

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

ColourPop Rebound Collection
ColourPop Rebound Collection

ColourPop Rebound Collection ($20.00 for 4 x 0.07 oz.) includes four shades for spring/summer 2015. Those who tend to prefer more matte finishes may like that this set includes three more matte shades and one sparkly shade. There’s something to be said about reading carefully, though, as this set includes three Super Shock Shadows and one Super Shock Pressed Pigment (Ex); with the latter being “not intended for use in the immediate eye area.” I missed that until I sat down last week to write-up the review, so you’ll see it included in the eye look with the other shades, but I tested it as a blush (and it is only be rated as a blush) after that.

One & Done is described as a “soft butter cream ivory with a matte finish.” It’s a light, subdued yellowed beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There’s a little sheen to the finish that keeps it from being totally matte. It had fairly opaque coverage that could build to fully opaque color with two layers of product. The consistency was blendable, while the formula was long-wearing and stayed on for nine hours before creasing. Hourglass Obscura #1 (P) is powder. Hourglass Monochrome #1 (P) is lighter, powder. Hourglass Atmosphere #1 (P) is lighter, powder. LORAC Undressed (P) is a powder. Kat Von D Damned (LE) is less yellow, powder. Tarte Breakfast in Bed (LE) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Mirage (LE, $5.99) is darker, brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever M510 Vanilla (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is powder. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Soon is described as a “golden peach with pink opal iridescent duochrome finish.” It’s a softened, peachy-orange with warm undertones and pink and pale gold sparkle. It was semi-opaque and slightly buildable, but I couldn’t get fully opaque color (even with fingertips). The texture is blendable with little fall out during application, and there were a few stray sparkles that drop while it is worn, but it was minimal. The color itself stayed on well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Halo (LE, $5.00) is darker, less sparkly. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $42.00) is brighter, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ex is described as a “bright coral red with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single pass with fingertips, but with a stippling brush, it was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque buildable coverage. Since the brand released a blush formula, their recommendations were to use fingertips for the most coverage, but advised that a flat brush could be used for higher coverage (but less than fingertips) and a duo fiber brush for a “sheer, air brushed effect.” I haven’t tried their blushes yet (I did order) so I’m not sure how the Super Shock Shadow/Pressed Pigment formula differs, but I tried to use that as my guideline when I went to test this as a blush. When I used it on my eye (again, it is not safe for the immediate eye area), it did require two layers for more opaque color–it’s definitely one that lends itself to fingertip application for best pigmentation. It lasted for eight hours as a blush. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Adios is described as a “smokey taupe gray with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark taupe with warmer, brown undertones and an overcast of gray. It had more of a semi-matte finish than a true matte–there was a very slight sheen to it. It had mostly opaque pigmentation applied with fingertips or with a brush, so I used a brush to apply it to the lid and had no issues doing so. The texture was lightweight, blendable, and the color itself wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC Lofty (LE, $15.00) is darker. Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is less shimmery. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Exec (LE) is grayer. Lancome Volcano (P, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

NYX Beach Babe HD Blush
NYX Beach Babe HD Blush

NYX Beach Babe HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, gold-shimmered brown with warm, reddish-yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is less red. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is slightly darker. Too Faced Sun Bunny #2 (P) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. MAC Global Glow (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was nicely pigmented with color that could be applied at true-to-pan intensity. The texture was soft with a fairly silky feel that didn’t get too powdery–the least powdery shade I’ve tested so far from the new HD range–that blended easily on the skin. I also found that despite seeming rather shimmery when swatched, the finish is softer and more luminous than a true frost on the skin. It seemed to buff and diffuse especially well in practice. When I wore this blush (or bronzer), it stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading.

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Friday, February 20th, 2015


ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light neon lime with satin finish.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse green with a pearly sheen. It had fairly good color coverage, but it was a shade that required two layers for full opacity. It layered and blended easily, and it wore well for ten hours. Colour Pop Mermaid Kiss (P, $5.00) is darker. MAC Lisa’s Spikes (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, less yellow. Make Up For Ever ME338 Acidic Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, greener. Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Thrash (P) is less shimmery. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is similar. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is similar. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is similar. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Chipper Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone minty green … with multi-coloured glitter.” It’s a light-medium, sea foam green with lighter, aqua glitter. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly with very little fall out during application. I had minor fall out during wear, but the color itself hadn’t faded or creased after ten hours. Urban Decay Dragon (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #2 (P) is darker, warmer. MAC Apple Squishee (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever S312 Mint Green (P, $21.00) is less glittery, darker. Make Up For Ever I332 Meadow Green (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Kelly (P, $15.00) is matte. Disney by Sephora Cinderelly (LE) is lighter, less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Fins (LE) is slightly darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Pop Rocks Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned cornflower blue … with multi-coloured glitter.” It’s a medium-dark blue with lighter silver and blue glitter. It swatched as semi-opaque, but it seemed to go on fully opaque when I applied it to the lid (I used a flat, synthetic brush) to the point where a little went further than anticipated. I didn’t notice any glitter fall out when I was blending this shade, but there were a few stray glittery bits after a few hours of wear. I didn’t have any creasing or fading at the ten-hour mark. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is much darker. Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever ME232 Turquoise Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. Shiseido Esmaralda (BL 620) (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Poolside (P, $5.99) is warmer. Kat Von D Bukowski (LE) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #6 (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is lighter. NARS South Pacific #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Parrot (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Lace Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep rich blue violet with a pearlized finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with a blackened purple base and lighter purple shimmer and amethyst glitter. I thought this one was a bit trickier to get opaque color coverage with using a brush, as it tended to look darker and less vibrant when applied with a brush (the same brush I could use with the previous three without issue). The first time I swatched it, the color payoff was very intense, but every subsequent time, it was weaker. The texture was blendable, and it stayed on well without any fading or creasing over a ten-hour period. MAC Victorian Plum (LE, $19.50) is darker. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Simbad’s Seas (LE, $9.99) is bluer. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is more muted. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is warmer, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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