Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) Color Elixir Lip Color

This review is featuring Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.), which is a formula I’ve been working my way through! I have three more shades for you today, and I’m hoping to wrap up testing the last three shortly. A quick overview of the formula, with more shade-related thoughts below: medium-weight feel, mostly non-tacky (starts off non-sticky, develops slight stickiness over time), and generally, not nearly as opaque as marketed. They’re typically semi-opaque with noticeable color, but they’re rarely opaque. They have a sweet, creme brulee scent but a sometimes perfume-like taste. It is a moisturizing formula overall with average wear of four hours.

Celestial Coral (010) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a pinky-coral with warm undertones and a glossy shine. On lips, it looked pinker than it did simply swatched on the skin. It was semi-opaque, but the natural lip color comes through noticeably so those with more natural pigmentation to their lip color will see that come through. It wore well for four hours and was hydrating when worn. Revlon Pink Pop (P, $7.99) is similar. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is brighter, darker, more opaque. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Amethyst Potion (045) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, subtly cool-toned berry with a hint of bluish-violet micro-shimmer. The shimmer is very, very subtle–it hardly is visible to the eye (you can see a couple of bits of shimmer in the close-up, which is larger than real life!). The color coverage was semi-opaque and somewhat uneven, but it didn’t settle into lip lines too much. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating during that time. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is shimmery, less glossy. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, shimmery. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches

Glistening Amber (055) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, yellow-toned light-medium orange with lighter gold shimmer. Applied, it takes on more of a peachy-orange color, leaning more orange to be sure, with noticeable shimmer and sparkle It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque and applied mostly evenly. It wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Rising Sun (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Natural Flare (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Imperial Light (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Burberry Cameo (P, $27.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Revlon Provocateur (135) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm
Revlon Provocateur (135) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Provocateur (135) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a brightened, medium red with light, warm undertones and a soft sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $49.00) and Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) are darker, slightly browner. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is very similar. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is a touch warmer. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

This is the third shade I picked up from the ColorBurst Lacquer Balm line (you can see the first two reviewed here), and I’m definitely going to see if there are more available at my local store. The formula is permanent, but sometimes the initial display gets ravaged, and it takes a few weeks for permanent displays to be updated. Cross your fingers for me :) Provocateur was mostly opaque; there was a hint of translucency but still quite pigmented. The consistency was lightweight, lightly creamy, somewhat balm-like (not quite as emollient), and this shade wore well for almost five hours and was lightly hydrating during that time.

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Winter 2013 Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Fireside Interlude Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “firey, warm blend of hues with a metallic finish.” It’s a deepened, molten orange with hints of brown with a coppery-gold metallic sheen. It’s like two colors layered with each other. When applied dry, it takes on more of that rusty orange coloring with a semi-matte to satin finish, but when applied damp or patted over Pixie Epoxy, you see that metallic sheen come through. It’s absolutely stunning, but I will say that this shade is not quite as easy to apply and get 100% amazing results every time–it can be a little more finnicky, though the extra effort might be worth it in this case! Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Peppermint Vodka Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “shimmering burgundy enhanced with copper sparkle.” It’s a warm-toned, muted, reddish-copper–I see where Fyrinnae is saying burgundy but “enhanced” with copper sparkle; because it seems like a warm burgundy, but lighter and then I see the coppery undertone. It had a frosted finish and applied similarly whether used dry, damp, or over Pixie Epoxy (it was more intense with the latter two methods). Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is darker, less warm-toned. Chanel Seduction #1 (LE) is slightly more burgundy. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #7 (P, $9.99) is darker, more burgundy. LORAC Garnet (P) is more coppery. NARS California (P, $24.00) is also more coppery. MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Scarlet Macaw Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “bright shimmery warm red filled with multi-color sparkle.” It’s a warm-toned, coral-orange with pink sparkle. The texture on this one was a little dry and almost gritty in a way; I felt like as I pressed and blended the color into the skin, it smoothed out, but it didn’t feel quite like other shades I’ve tried by Fyrinnae. Applied dry, it’s more orange, and then applied damp or over Pixie Epoxy, it’s redder. It will have some fall out if worn without a base, but it wears without fall out when used with Pixie Epoxy. This isn’t part of the new winter collection, but it was a mini sample included with my order–and it paired so well with the warmer tones from the collection, I ended up using it, too! NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is more coppery. MAC Pink Pepper (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Caribbean (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Arabian Sunset (LE) is very similar, less sparkly.L’Oreal Cherie Merie (LE, $7.99) is slightly lighter. MAC Dynamo (LE, $18.50) is lighter, cream product. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #3 (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sled Puppies Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “gleaming, shimmery transparent white gold.” It’s a pale, golden ivory with a sparkling, shimmering finish. Applied dry, it has a softer, less over-the-top sparkling effect, as when it is applied damp or over Pixie Epoxy, it becomes more metallic. Clarins Forest #2 (LE) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is warmer. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE) is similar. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is yellower. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is a bit yellower.Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is less sparkly. theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is similar but less sparkly (more metallic). Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is a touch warmer. MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Snowboarding Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “vibrant purple … [with] a fine shimmer finish].” It’s a cool-toned, violet purple with pinky tones and a iridescent, bluish-violet shimmer. Applied dry, it is a brighter, pinker purple with a barely-there satin finish. Applied damp or over Pixie Epoxy, it takes on a much more metallic finish–it really enabled the bluish-violet shimmer to come through. This shade, like Fireside Interlude, is for sure gorgeous but can require a little more patience to work with. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is less pink, less transformative. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more muted. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is brighter, less pink. Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) lacks the bluish-violet shimmer/sheen. See comparison swatches.

Generally, all of these shades lasted eight hours on me, and then when applied over Pixie Epoxy, a little longer than eight hours and were slower to show signs of fading. Shades like Scarlet Macaw and Sled Puppies had slight fall out when worn without Pixie Epoxy (which is designed to minimize sparkle fall out from the brand’s eyeshadows). The eyeshadows can be applied dry, damp, or over Pixie Epoxy–to get the maximum effect and impact from Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows, I highly recommend using them over Pixie Epoxy. If you need extra staying power, layer your favorite primer underneath Pixie Epoxy.  You can read reviews of Because Cats, Boot Season, and Frostbytes here.

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Fyrinnae Because Cats Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Because Cats Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Because Cats Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “wine-grape layered on a dark base, sprinkled with rainbow sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with blue, violet, and fuchsia micro-shimmer. It had a frosted finish. Applied dry, it takes on a softer, more muted appearance and is semi-opaque. Applied damp or over Pixie Epoxy (second swatch), it’s much more opaque and appears richer and darker. It wore well for eight hours on the lid over Pixie Epoxy (which isn’t a primer, just as a reminder!), and I had no fall out; when worn applied damp to the lid, I had good wear for almost eight hours and very minimal fall out. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is warmer. Too Faced Badass (LE) is more muted. MAC Thunder and Rain #2 (LE, $21.00) is somewhat similar. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is darker, less blue. MAC Banafsaji (LE, $15.00) is bluer. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #2 (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Boot Season Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “multi-faceted green … graced with hues of brown and rust.” It’s a medium-dark, forest green with warm, brown undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, sheen. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer and lighter–also warmer–and then applied over Pixie Epoxy (or damp), it is darker and more pigmented. It wore well for eight hours on the lid over Pixie Epoxy, and I had no fall out; when worn applied damp to the lid, I had good wear for almost eight hours and very minimal fall out.  This shade is very, very soft and is best applied over Pixie Epoxy, dampened, or else patted on to maintain color opacity.  Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is warmer, darker. Urban Decay Zodiac (P, $20.00) is very similar. MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greensmoke (DC, $15.00) is similar. L’Oreal Golden Emerald (P, $7.99) is slightly greener. Sugarpill Junebug (P, $12.00) is less warm-toned. Make Up For Ever #84 (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted. Inglot #418 (P, $6.00) is brighter, greener. See comparison swatches.

Frostbytes Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “striking metallic deep silver.” It’s a medium-dark silver with cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it had a softer, almost warm-toned appearance, and then applied damp or over Pixie Epoxy, it was fully opaque and the finish became more metallic. This shade lasted for a full eight hours whether applied on the bare lid with a damp brush or over Pixie Epoxy. Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Too Faced Jailbird (LE) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Oz #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Tundra (LE) is a cream product. MAC Evening Grey (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. MAC Silver Sleet (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Fyrinnae’s eyeshadows can also be purchased in mini sizes (the brand says these mini sizes are approximately 0.4 to 0.7 grams, or 0.014 to 0.025 oz.). All of the ones shown in this post are mini sizes!

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Monday, December 9th, 2013

Revlon Whimsical (115) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm
Revlon Whimsical (115) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a newer lip color release from Revlon. I picked up a couple of shades from my local drugstore a few weeks ago, but it seems these are permanent as they’re available online. There are ten shades in total. The formula is supposed to have “high shine with balm-like moisture.” They are twist-up jumbo-sized pencils, so no sharpening is required. Though they seemed almost semi-sheer when swatched on the skin, they’re actually quite pigmented on the lips. They have a moderate level of shine, and they feel like a lighter-weight lip balm. I found both shades I tried to be somewhat hydrating–not quite as hydrating as the best lip balm but comfortable to wear. They had a mint scent and slight mint flavor.

Whimsical (115) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a medium-dark, subtly cool-toned pink with a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage and was mostly even. It wore well for four hours. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is more matte. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $15.00) is matte, redder, brighter. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is darker. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Lickable (P, $15.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Vivacious (120) ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a pinky-red with subtle warm undertones. This one had a less glossy/balm-like finish and more of a satin finish. It was very nearly opaque on lips, though, and it lasted for almost five hours. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Aphrodisiac (LE, $49.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Impassioned (P, $15.00) is a touch brighter, more matte. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is similar. Guerlain Gourmandise (P, $49.50) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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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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