Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Makeup Geek Duchess Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Duchess Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Duchess Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte cool purple.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish–you can see a sprinkling of micro-shimmer at times, but it’s not apparent on the lid. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, not powdery, and easy to blend out on the skin. It lasted eight full hours on me before showing signs of fading. Disney by Sephora Mystical Wonder (LE) is shimmery, lighter. MAC Illegal Cargo (LE, $15.00) is similar from I can tell, but it’s so sheer it’s hard to say 100%! Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is a bit brighter. See comparison swatches.

Envy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic green.” It’s a darkened, forest green with cool undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It had so-so pigmentation–the texture was on the drier side, so the color payoff wasn’t as intense as you’d expect. It can be layered and patted on for better coverage. It wore almost eight hours before showing signs of fading. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is very similar. MAC Dark Indulgence (LE, $21.00) is greener/richer. Make Up For Ever #80 (P, $20.00) is lighter. Inglot #414 (P, $6.00) is a touch warmer, more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Galaxy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic gunmetal.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, dense, and buttery. It blended beautifully when applied to the skin. It wore well for a full eight hours before it showed signs of wearing away. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is lighter. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is similar. Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Slate (P) is bluer-tinged. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as an “intense matte black with very subtle sparkle.” It’s a deep, dark, intense black with a mostly matte finish–there is a very, very fine multi-colored sparkle, but it’s really not visible when you apply and blend out the product. It had nice pigmentation, and it wore well for eight and a half hours. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P) is similar. theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is totally matte. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is fully matte. Urban Decay Blackout (P, $18.00) is also fully matte. NARS Night Breed (LE, $24.00) has more sparkle. MAC Carbon (P, $15.00) is all matte, warmer in tone. Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #13 (P, $33.00) is less matte. Make Up For Ever #04 (P, $20.00) has no sparkle/shimmer at all. See comparison swatches.

Country Girl Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery pink brown.” It’s a medium, rose-tinged brown with warm, orange undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It wore well for eight hours. NARS Naiade (P) is browner. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is browner. MAC Glimpse of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Dirty Martini Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte olive green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was soft and blendable. This shade lasted eight hours on me. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. NARS Mozambique (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Burberry Khaki (08) (P) is browner. Make Up For Ever #47 (P, $20.00) is richer. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, December 6th, 2013

Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) Color Elixir Lip Color

Here are the last three shades of Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) range that I’ve finished testing. I have a few more shades, but they’re not even photographed yet, so not sure if those are upcoming any time soon but we’ll see how things work out. The Color Elixir formula is a medium-weight consistency that’s mostly non-tacky (but a slight tackiness develops as it wears). Some shades apply unevenly or bunch up if you press your lips together, while others look even and smooth. There is a sweet, creme brulee scent and sometimes perfume-like taste. The formula is moderately moisturizing and wears about four hours on average.

Nude Illusion (060) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is light-medium peachy beige with soft, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the consistency did enable the gloss to settle into lip lines a bit. It’s not as even applied as I’d like. It wore well for three and a half hours. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) has shimmer. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is also lighter. Chanel Genie (P, $32.00) is very similar. Chanel Insouciance (P, $32.00) is more beige, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Caramel Infused (065) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, applied evenly overall (not perfect). This shade lasted for four hours on me. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker, darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Blush Essence (095) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, medium pink with soft white shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for just under four hours. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is less glossy. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Powder Blush
Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Powder Blush

Fyrinnae Nordic Angel Powder Blush ($6.50 for 0.21 oz./6 grams) is described as a “vibrant pinky-peach blush.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-tinged peach with a barely-there satin finish. Charlotte Tilbury Ecstasy (P) is more shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE) is less pink. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter, pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker, a cream product. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is similar. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is slightly pinker. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches.

You may have seen this when I reviewed Winter Romance yesterday, and since so many of you asked about it, I tested it straight away. It’s a new shade for their winter collection, and it’s available in full-size or sample size ($1.75), and I bought just the sample size, which should yield plenty of uses. Also, worth noting, it is listed as lip-safe but not eye-safe. The finish is incredibly well-done; it’s almost matte but has just enough luminosity that it looks like the skin’s natural dewiness when applied. The more you buff and blend the blush into the skin, the more it comes out. It’s quite pigmented, and I preferred to lightly tap out some of the loose blush color into the lid, and then pick up the color with my brush from there. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend on the skin. It wore well for almost eight hours on me.

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Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre
Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae Winter Romance Lip Lustre ($7.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich, velvety dark red.” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones, and a soft shine. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $49.00) is a touch brighter and warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is also a bit warmer, slightly brighter.MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen brighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is more matte. Guerlain Luxure (P, $49.50) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

The Lip Lustre formula is supposed to be “non-sticky lipcolour, nearly as solid as a lipstick, leaving rich colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness.” They come in lipgloss tubes, but they’re more like a liquid lipstick than a gloss. They can also be purchased as in a trial size (1.5ml vs. 8ml) for $2.00, which, honestly, is plenty of product given how pigmented the shades can be! Winter Romance had mostly opaque color, but there was an all-over translucency that enabled some of the natural color to peek through. It applied evenly, and the color looked smooth on the lips. The consistency is lightweight, lightly creamy, and comfortable to wear. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a stain that continued going for another two hours. However, after four hours of wear, it started to settle into lip lines somewhat. It was neither drying nor hydrating when worn. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss
NYX Cosmo Lipgloss

NYX Cosmo Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a shimmering rose gold–a lovely mix of pale pink, copper, and light copper. Applied, it looked lighter, softer, and not as warm-toned–more pink than copper came through. The finish was nearly metallic; incredibly sparkling and reflective.  It had semi-sheer coverage in terms of color, but there was so much shimmer in it, that the end result was more semi-opaque. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying.  As this one is so shimmer-packed, I do feel little bits of shimmer towards the end of wear.  Dior Paradise (732) (P, $29.50) is more coral, darker. Revlon Rosegold (DC, $7.49) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked is more pearly, less shimmery, pinker. (P, $19.00) MAC Social Light (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Blessedly Rich (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sunrise Lipgloss ($4.99 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a medium, warm-toned red with coppery gold micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it adds plenty of color to lips, but there is some translucency where the natural lip color comes through. I had some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but in general, it’s not easily noticed. It lasted well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is sheerer, less shimmery. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is also sheerer. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

The Mega Shine Lip Gloss formula is supposed to “[deliver] shine, moisture and softness and [envelop] lips with glistening color.” It has a light-medium-weighted consistency that spreads evenly and easily across the lips. The texture is mostly non-sticky with some very light tackiness developing over time. I find that the scent of the formula varies from tube to tube, as some arrive with no scent, some smell almost like plastic, and then some smell like cherry cough syrup.  I didn’t notice the scent once the gloss is applied, only when I smelled the applicator or the product in the tube, and there wasn’t any noticeable taste.

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