Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color

Today, I have three more shades from Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) range. It’s a new and permanent formula introduced this winter, and it’s supposed to have rich color payoff with a plush feel, hydration, and high-gloss shine. Some shades are nice, others apply somewhat streakily, as the consistency is more medium to medium-thick. Sometimes, if you press your lips together, you can see a “line” appear where the color has moved and bunched up. The gloss is non-sticky when first applied, but it does develop a slight tackiness while worn–it never becomes really sticky, though. It has a sweet, creme brulee scent and a perfume-y taste. I notice the taste more with the brighter and darker shades than the lighter ones. They are moderately moisturizing.

Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, orange-based medium red with a creamy, glossy finish. It’s nearly opaque (there’s just a hint of translucency), and the consistency is medium-weight and applies evenly. It wears for five hours on me. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is similar. NARS Wonder (LE, $25.00) is more orange, more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is slightly more muted. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less opaque–the colors are very similar but Maybelline’s is better with respect to performance. See comparison swatches.

Mauve Mystique (025) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a pinky-plum with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with some of the natural lip color coming through. It applied evenly for the most part, but there were some areas where you could see the color was somewhat streaky. I would apply less rather than more, as this was a color that tended to bunch up if you pressed or moved your lips together too much. It lasted for four hours on me. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is brighter. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Pink (P, $45.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $19.00) is a bit pinker, less glossy. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is more muted, more mauve. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Curvaceous (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is similar but sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Caviar Couture (050) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, reddened berry with faint fuchsia shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and as you might have guessed, it doesn’t apply flawlessly. There is some settling into lip lines, but it has a somewhat splotchy appearance on the lips. It’s not the worst I’ve encountered, but it’s not as opaque as Maybelline would have you believe and can be a high maintenance color to wear. On me, it wore for four and a half hours. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is pinker, lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer ($3.49 for 0.42 fl. oz.) is a deepened–but still bright–navy blue with faint navy blue micro-shimmer. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency was easy to work with, though on the thinner side. The dry down left a nice shine, too, but you may want a top coat to give it that plush finish. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $19.00) doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Double Trouble (LE, $16.00) is a cream. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

In addition to Mazel Tov Madness, there are three glittery shades out for the holidays (the collection also has three other shades not featured in this post, as I don’t have them). Mountain High contains an assortment of glitter and flakes in pastel green, medium blue, orange, and pink suspended in a milky, off-white base. I applied one coat over the blue polish, and it did lighten the color, but the glitter dispersed evenly and there was a good amount applied in one coat. I applied two coats of it alone on the thumb nail. MAC Unconditionally Fabulous (LE, $16.00), China Glaze Snow Globe (LE, $7.50), China Glaze Luxe & Lush (LE, $7.50), and Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven (LE, $19.00) are all similar but are less flaky. See comparison swatches.

Titanium Crush is metallic silver shimmer and glitter with gold sequins. It seemed like a glitter top coat when I looked at in the bottle, but it’s quite dense in a single coat. You actually would need to use very little if you wanted to use it layered. Again, I applied two coats on the thumbnail so you could see the opacity, and then one coat over the blue. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Stardust Silver (001) (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, no sequins. Zoya Seraphina (P, $8.00) has no sequins. China Glaze Tinsel Town (LE, $7.50) is similar but has a black base. See comparison swatches.

Black Metal Magic is a mix of medium-sized black and silver hexagon-shaped glitters suspended in a clear base. It had good density in a single coat, though the consistency was somewhat loose. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one based on what I’ve reviewed in the past.

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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Makeup Geek Bada-Bing Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Bada-Bing Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Bada-Bing Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep brown with flecks of gold.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a satin sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Midnight Hour (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Beaches and Cream Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “creamy matte natural beige.” It’s a soft, pale peach with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and very easy to blend out on the skin. It wore well for just over eight hours. Anastasia Cream (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie (P, $5.99) is darker, more orange. Kat Von D Vespertine (P) is lighter. Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $18.00) is also lighter. See comparison swatches.

Bleached Blonde Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery pale gold.” It is a softened, light-medium gold with beige-brown tones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture felt smooth and buttery. It showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is paler. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Barefoot (LE, $15.00) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is more metallic. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is similar. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is slightly warmer. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Bling Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “frosted slightly warm ivory.” It’s a pale, lightly warm-toned golden beige with a frosted sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, though a smidgen powdery. It wore well for almost eight hours without creasing or fading. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less frosted. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is also similar. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Mystere #2 (LE) is more beige. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Vanilla (LE, $18.00) is less yellow. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fierce gold with aluminum-like mirror finish.” It’s a vibrant, rich yellow gold with a metallic, foil-like finish and larger copper flecks of sparkle. It was fully opaque after applying two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too then, so the polish applied evenly and smoothly without pooling along the edges. Zoya Kerry (P, $8.00) is yellower. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Be Merry, Be Bright Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-magenta purple glitter.” It consists of violet and fuchsia glitter in three sizes ranging from small to medium and hexagon in shape. The glitter is suspended in a clear base, so it is best as a layering top coat. I applied two coats of the polish alone on my thumb nail to show the density of the glitters, and then I applied one coat over Mingle with Kringle. It does need to be tugged into place to a degree, as the glitters sometimes concentrate in one area. KBShimmer Would Jubilee It? (P, $8.75) is the only one I have that is similar, but it also has light blue and navy blue glitter in it. See comparison swatches.

All Wrapped Up Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight purple and blue glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with lighter purple and silver micro-glitter. It had a textured finish, though not as “sandy” as some. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t seem troublesome when I applied it, but there are a few areas that look bald. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is less blue-based. China Glaze Skyscraper (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Your Present Required Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-sized and multi-colored glitter.” It’s a mix of light blue, medium blue, navy blue, lavender, copper, and gold glitters in small and medium and in circular and hexagon shapes. It could have used more density, as even two coats of it alone was rather sparse. I ended up needing to apply two coats to all nails to get a better effect. China Glaze Pizzazz (LE, $8.00) is finer and brighter. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chips.

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Maybelline Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent!) gloss from Maybelline. It’s supposed to yield “hyper-saturated color,” an “ultra cushiony feel,” and “glass shine.” They’re a really lovely lipgloss to enter the market, and there are many things to like: nicely hydrating, a variety of colors, comfortable to wear, and last well (for a gloss). They’re not “hyper-saturated,” the pigmentation varies from shade to shade, with some being more opaque and others being semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Whether that’s a deal-breaker is a matter of preference, but the other issue I had with several of these is they had a tendency to apply streakily (not evenly as Maybelline says). Because of the medium-thick consistency, often when I would press my lips together, you could see a line where the color moved/lifted–the color does slip and move. It’s non-sticky initially, and after three to four hours, it gets slightly tacky. Some shades apply better than others (noted below). If you tend to wear gloss over lipstick, then the unevenness should be less of an issue. The formula has a sweet, creme brulee scent and slight perfume-y taste.

Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with white sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, applied mostly evenly, and lasted for four hours on me. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Dashing Orchid (035) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned plum with very fine fuchsia and pink micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a noticeable level of translucency, so the natural lip color will come through. It applied evenly for the most part, and this shade wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is ery similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Hibiscus Haven (085) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium, blue-based pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque to nearly opaque color, but this was a shade that did not apply evenly. Even when it was finally into place, a mere pressing of the lips once moves the color around yet again. It lasted four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler, darker. NYX Addis Ababa (P, $5.99) is brighter. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

L'Oreal The Statement Piece Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Statement Piece Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Lacquers ($6.99 for 0.40 fl. oz. each) is a limited edition formula for the holidays. There are nine shades available, and I have four to share with you in this post (I don’t have the rest, and I’ve yet to spot these locally). The Gold Dust formula is a textured polish, so it dries to a matte finish with a “luminous and sandy finish.” I haven’t spotted them online (most of the limited edition mass products don’t!), but they are supposed to be available at your local drugstores. The texture of these is slightly thick, and the brush is on the wider side; if you have narrower nail beds, I think these might be somewhat frustrating to use. For me, it was only troublesome when I applied the polish to my pinky nail. Two were fine with just two coats, and then two could have used three thin coats as there were some areas that were sparse. I tested The Statement Piece for wear, and it lasted seven days with some tip wear but no chipping (I rarely get chipping, though, just as a note!).

The Statement Piece is a pale, champagne gold with a sandy, glittery texture and silver sequin glitters. This one sparkled nicely, applied well, and was totally opaque in two coats. None of the following mentions have the textured finish, but the colors are similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cruising (P, $10.00) is yellower. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The Reign of Studs is a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver sparkle and silver sequins. It was nicely opaque after two thin-to-medium coats and dried down quickly. This one was really lovely on–very sparkly and dimensional. Zoya Carter (P, $8.00) has a textured finish, but it’s a red-toned purple. China Glaze Skyscraper (LE, $8.00) is bluer and not textured. See comparison swatches.

Rough Around the Edges is a matte black with a sandy, sugary texture with silver sparkle. It was mostly opaque with two coats, though I’d do three thinner coats to get fuller opacity with this particular shade. I didn’t have anything that really looked quite like this when it was dry. Shades like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) and Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) are black with silver sparkle, but they’re glossy.

Hidden Gems had a blackened, sandy base with teal shimmer and silver sequin glitter. This shade took unusually long to dry, and it didn’t dry evenly–I sat around fifteen between between coats, then another thirty after the second coat, and the camera picks up where it’s still slightly wet (anything that seems shinier/wetter). I think this one really needs at least three thin coats. I don’t have a lot of textured polishes, so I don’t have a dupe for this, though the composition reminded me of L’Oreal VIP Status (DC), which is metallic/shimmery (traditional polish). See comparison swatches, just for fun.

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