Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Maybelline Yummy Plummy ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Yummy Plummy ColorSensational Lip Color

Maybelline Yummy Plummy ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a warm, pinky-plum with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy–just enough to allow the color to glide across lips but not so creamy that it felt thick. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. theBalm Captain (LE) is more matte, pinker. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Guerlain Madame Reve (862) (LE, $49.50) is brighter. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Rapture (P, $22.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $48.00) is darker. MAC Plumful (P, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Also, I specifically went to Maybelline’s website to check the status on both of these shades before photographing (I’ve had them for a year or longer), and both were listed under the formula–except Yummy Plummy is not listed on any of the major retailers’ websites, so it might have been discontinued (though it’s still on Maybelline’s website). I’ve linked Amazon above, which is actually priced at $2.99 (free shipping for Prime members with any qualifying $25+ order).

Mochachino ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a warm, subdued coppery brown with warm, orange undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency of the formula was creamy (and this shade felt a bit thicker compared to Yummy Plummy), and it was neither hydrating nor drying. It wore well for four hours, which is about average for me. Chanel Synopsis (P, $34.00) is less coppery. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $15.00) is somewhat sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

L'Oreal Never Lacque-ing Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Never Lacque-ing Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Never Lacque-ing Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a gray-tinged, light beige with a cream finish. This was a rather streaky polish, and the best application results were with three coats–two thinner coats and then one really thick coat at the end, though drying time was quite long with that method. I applied two coats on my pinky and middle fingers, and three coats on my index and ring fingers in the swatches. I normally get a week of wear out of L’Oreal’s lacquers. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Endless Night (LE, $16.00) is darker. Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is darker. Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty (P, $12.00) is darker, rubber finish. See comparison swatches.

L’Oreal The Matte Velvet Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a mattifying top coat. It mattifies any color you apply it over, and it does so quickly, easily, and without trouble. If you dig the matte nail trend, I highly recommend picking up a mattifying top coat, as it makes any color you already have into a matte finish, and the wear is substantially longer! Though L’Oreal’s matte nail color formula chips away within a day on me, the mattifying top coat over a L’Oreal polish lasts almost a week with minor tip wear but no chipping. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I found one thin-to-medium coat perfect for getting a streak-free matte finish.

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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream
NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Addis Ababa Soft Matte Lip Cream ($5.99 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, neon pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is darker. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $15.00) is brighter, bluer-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is brighter, bluer-based. See comparison swatches.

It’s richly pigmented with full color coverage in nearly one swipe. It applies evenly, and it dries down to a satin-matte finish in about thirty seconds. After two to three hours of wear, it is fully matte. The texture is thin, and it almost feels dry when applied, but it’s not drying while worn at all. It’s actually slightly hydrating overall. Addis Ababa wears really well and lasts a long time–a solid six and a half hours plus a stain that lingers for a few more hours. It’s not a particularly original color, but it is a fantastic version of it–and for under $10.

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Saturday, October 5th, 2013

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Amber Rush Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Amber Rush Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, reddish copper with orange undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had great color payoff both wet and dry, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well fourteen hours, and I didn’t see any signs of creasing, only very slight fading. Dior Meteore (661) (P, $30.00) is browner. LORAC Garnet (P) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $40.00) is pinker. NARS California (P, $24.00) is darker, less metallic. MAC In the Sun (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. MAC Mythical (LE, $15.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Cosmic (P, $24.00) is darker, a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Iced Latte Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, champagne beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It is semi-sheer when applied dry, and then it is semi-opaque when applied wet. This shade is best applied with a damp brush patted on in two to three layers. It wore well for nine hours, and it was somewhat faded and slightly creased after ten hours of wear. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is similar. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.99) is a cream product. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product, less metallic. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $20.00) is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

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It had great color payoff both wet and dry, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well fourteen hours, and I didn't see any signs of creasing, only very slight fading.

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It is semi-sheer when applied dry, and then it is semi-opaque when applied wet. This shade is best applied with a damp brush patted on in two to three layers. It wore well for nine hours, and it was somewhat faded and slightly creased after ten hours of wear. If you wear it over a primer, it's still worth considering.

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Sunday, September 29th, 2013

L'Oreal Matte-r of Fact Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal Matte-r of Fact Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Matte-r of Fact Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a blue-teal with a matte finish. It’s a new and limited edition shade for fall, which I’ve just wrapped up testing, because testing took all of 24 hours–it chips like crazy. Matte polish, in general, does tend to chip on me far faster than regular polish (especially since regular polish almost never chips on me), but there were chips on every nail after a day. It’s opaque in two coats, and like most matte formulas, it dries down very quickly. I would recommend a ridge-filling coat prior, as you can see some ridges from my natural nails. MAC Screening Room is glossy, but it is the closest I could think of in terms of color. See comparison swatches.

L’Oreal The True Diamond Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a clear base with a lot of fine silvery-white shimmer and sparkle. It’s designed to be used as a top coat, and one coat has great coverage for a top coat–you’ll get plenty of shimmer across the nail. I used one coat over Matte-r of Fact, and a second would have been totally unnecessary. I used two coats of it alone on my thumb nail, just so you could see what the top coat looked like on its own. The top coat extended the wear of Matte-r of Fact by two days before there was noticeable chipping. I generally have no problems with chipping when I’ve used L’Oreal’s Colour Riche formula–it wears well and long for me (week)–and would expect this to be just fine over more normally-wearing polishes. I don’t personally have anything similar to this, so I didn’t have any dupes in mind.

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Even though it's pigmented, dries quickly, and the consistency wasn't too thick or too thin, it is entirely chipped within a day, which I would expect to be a deal-breaker for most. I also had some staining after only wearing it for a day (since it chipped so badly!).

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette
Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette

Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette ($12.99 for 0.36 oz.) consists of twelve eyeshadows that are supposed to be intensely pigmented and long-wearing. All twelve shades are, in fact, richly pigmented, wear well, blend beautifully, and are all-around fantastic eyeshadows. To get the same vibrancy as seen in the pan, no primer is needed; I had no trouble applying these to bare lids to get bright, true-to-pan color. Even better, they lasted well for a full eight hours. There was some faint signs of fading with some shades (as noted) after nine hours of wear but very little. The texture of these is very soft, dense, and buttery, and at times, they’re almost so soft that they can crumble, but once you’re using a makeup brush and a light hand, you’re unlikely to encounter any issues. The only thing I’d have loved to see were actual shade names (that desire had no impact on rating, though).

Sunset #1 is a medium-dark black with a satin finish–not quite matte but nowhere near as shimmery or as metallic as the other shades in the palette. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery or too soft. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #2 is a vibrant red with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, and this shade had excellent pigmentation. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #3 is a warm, somewhat dulled, copper with brown undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture was soft and dense, though it was just slightly powdery. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #4 is an intense and incredibly bright tangerine orange that leans yellow. It had intense color payoff and a buttery, dense consistency. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #5 is a medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was smooth but not quite as soft or as buttery as other shades. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #6 is a brightened, light-medium blue with cool undertones and a silvered shimmer and frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly overall. It wasn’t as intensely pigmented as other shades in the palette. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #7 is a muted, dark burgundy-brown with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation and a really smooth, buttery consistency. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #8 is a muted, coppery-red with warm undertones and a frosted finish. This isn’t quite the same as the red in the palette–it is definitely browner/more orange and muted. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #9 is a rich, rusty orange-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texxture was soft, buttery, and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #10 is a lightened copper with gold sparkle and shimmer. It had a frosted, metallic finish, and it was more sparkly compared to the other shades. I noticed some slight fall out over time with this shade. The pigmentation was good, though. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #11 is a rose gold with a frosted, metallic sheen; it is warmer, less rose-tinted than it is orange. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, while the color payoff was great. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #12 is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was easy to work with it as it was soft, smooth, and blendable. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Technically, this palette is $9.99, but unfortunately, it can’t be purchased direct from Sleek Makeup due to U.S. shipping restrictions. However, there are a few reputable sellers on Amazon that have it available for $12.99 (plus $2.50 shipping). Some Sleek Makeup products are available for purchase directly from the brand but not all.

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All twelve shades are, in fact, richly pigmented, wear well, blend beautifully, and are all-around fantastic eyeshadows. To get the same vibrancy as seen in the pan, no primer is needed; I had no trouble applying these to bare lids to get bright, true-to-pan color. Even better, they lasted well for a full eight hours.

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