Sunday, April 27th, 2014

NYX Apple Strudel Butter Gloss
NYX Apple Strudel Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer to medium coverage” gloss that can be worn alone or over lipstick and “is never sticky.” The formula is also supposed to “provide nourishment.” They have a creamy, light-to-medium-weight consistency that glides on, feels comfortable, and is lightly tacky (they gradually get a little tackier as they wear on as well). The formula has a sweet, vanilla scent. As described, coverage varies from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. They wear two to three hours on me, on average, and they were slightly hydrating.

NYX Apple Strudel Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peachy-pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it didn’t apply evenly and had a tendency to settle into lip lines–especially over time. It lasted for three hours on me. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Talk Softly to Me (LE, $15.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Cherry Cheesecake Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as an “orange.” It’s a softened,, medium orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it settled slightly into lip lines, but because it was a deeper color, it didn’t seem as noticeable at a normal viewing distance (only really, really up-close). It wore well for three hours on me. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is a bit darker, less glossy. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Maple Blondie Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep peach.” It’s a muted, medium warm-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and it wasn’t as prone to settling as Apple Strudel, but it didn’t apply flawlessly–just a little unevenness, a bit of settling. The color lasted for two and a half hours on me. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is darker, pinker. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker. MAC Talk Softly to Me (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Please Me (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

NYX Powder Blush

NYX Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) comes in 27 shades (at least, that’s what I counted on their website), and I recently purchased 12 shades to swatch and (possibly) review. Not sure when/if I’ll have a chance to review all of them, but I know I’ll have a few reviews, at least. I can, however, promise you photos and swatches. :) You’ll also find these have been added to the Swatch Gallery/Dupe List features! Now, let’s take a look at the last six… (I you missed the first part, check it out here!)

Desert Rose is described as a “matte burgundy pink.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark, pink-berry with a soft, pearly finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dusty Rose is described as a “matte rose pink.” It’s a light-medium, rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flamingo is described as a “baby pink with blue tone.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mauve is described as a “matte light mauve.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Taupe is described as a “matte taupe.” It’s a dark, cool-toned brown with a satin-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bourgeois Pig is described as a “dusty pink with slight blue undertones.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink with a subtle, satin finish and cool undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

NYX Powder Blush

NYX Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0. oz.) comes in 27 shades (at least, that’s what I counted on their website), and I recently purchased 12 shades to swatch and (possibly) review. Not sure when/if I’ll have a chance to review all of them, but I know I’ll have a few reviews, at least. I can, however, promise you photos and swatches. :) You’ll also find these have been added to the Swatch Gallery/The Dupe List features! Now, let’s take a look at the first six…

Apricot is described as a “pink peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark pink coral with a satin finish. The gold shimmer is very subtle in this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Summer Peach is described as a “peachy pink with gold reflects.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with a semi-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pinched is described as a “coral pink with gold iridescence.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with a soft golden shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peach is described as a “matte baby pink.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. (Why is it called PEACH!) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cinnamon is described as a “matte bright orange.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned orange with a satin finish. I wouldn’t call it matte, as when it blends out, it develops a soft sheen–subtle but there. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Garden is described as a “pink with gold reflects.” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) Color Elixir
Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) Color Elixir

For spring, Maybelline released six new and limited shades of their Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) gloss. I picked up four of the six shades (the other two were tampered with), and the two shades I’m missing are Polished Petal (105) and Radiant Bloom (110). My local Walgreens just put out the display for this collection last week, and the glosses definitely move more slowly compared to the limited edition Color Tattoos. I’ve reviewed the formula in the past, so here’s a recap of the formula: it’s non-sticky for the most part (gets a little tacky after three hours of wear), has a creme brulee scent and somewhat perfume-y taste (can be a deal-breaker if you’re more sensitive to off-tastes or if you do a lot of drinking/eating with your gloss on!), and is hydrating. Maybelline pushes the gloss as having “high impact” color, the coverage tends to be more semi-opaque.

Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a very light, peachy-beige with fine gold shimmer. Applied, it looks less warm-toned due to the natural lip color coming through the semi-opaque color coverage. It settled into lip lines quite a bit, unfortunately, though it actually applied evenly otherwise. The milkiness of the gloss makes it better applied over a lipstick, as it will cut back on the settling. This shade wore for two and a half hours. MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Gleaming Gold (120) Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, yellow gold with lighter, brighter gold shimmer and sparkle. This had sheer color payoff, which makes it one of the sheerer Color Elixirs I’ve tried. It seems to warm-up the natural lip color while adding plenty of shimmer and sparkle. This shade stayed on for about two hours. Bobbi Brown Bare Peach (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pure Gold (LE, $24.00) is slightly warmer. Guerlain Gold Tchlack (P, $30.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium, lightly warmed-up brown with a subtle rosiness to it. This shade had no shimmer, just a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color covrage, and though it was a little milky, it applied evenly for the most part and didn’t settle into lip lines too noticeably (only if you’re upclose). This shade lasted for four hours on me when I tested the wear. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Spice (P, $15.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Over Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Almond Aura (130) Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a coppery-brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a fine gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it applied really well–even, smooth, and no settling into lip lines. Almond Aura wore well for four and a half hours on me. MAC Over Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is much lighter, sheerer. MAC Kiss Don’t Tell (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted. Chanel Impertinence (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is browner, less coppery/warn-toned, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Revlon Peach Light PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator
Revlon Peach Light PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

Revlon Peach Light PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator ($12.99 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-beige with a soft, warm undertone and a fine gold shimmer. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is darker. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Fire Lust (LE, $65.00) is pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to “brighten and illuminate skin for a radiant complexion,” and it is designed to be worn alone or mixed with foundation. The consistency is thin, very liquid-like, which makes it ideal for mixing with a liquid/cream foundation or moisturizer. It’s a very subtle highlighter/illuminator–it’s just a sheerer product, so it seems like a much more toned down version of your average highlighter. I think it works best mixed with foundation, because that subtle effect stretches and adds very slight warmth as well as breathes life back into skin (particularly helpful if you have drier skin). Alone, it doesn’t dry down fully, so it doesn’t wear long–a mere four and a half hours–and can make foundation look a little patchy after five to six hours. When I mix it, though, it doesn’t impact the wear of my foundation at all.

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Friday, March 14th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#37 is a dark, neutral-to-cool-toned brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was really soft and easy to blend. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Smut (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#38 is a pale, warm-toned yellow with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #1 (P) is similar. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is darker. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less frosted. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is a smidgen yellower. See comparison swatches.

#39 is a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a silver sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. I did have some minor fall out over time, but the color itself lasted for eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is darker, browner. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. NARS Naiade (P) is less sparkly. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is less red. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

#40 is a brightened, yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had so-so pigmentation, as the texture was a little stiffer to work with. This shade managed to wear for seven and a half hours before it started to fade. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Gus Gus (LE) is darker. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is lighter. Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is similar. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#41 is a golden beige with soft, warm undertones and a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly smooth and easy to work with. This color wore well for almost eight hours. theBalm D3 (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen more gold. NARS Hollywoodland (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Aspire (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

#42 is a dark green with gold shimmer and warm undertones paired with a soft, satin finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. Clarins Forest #3 (LE) is darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #84 (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

#43 is a muted, medium-dark, blue-teal with a mostly matte finish–there is a little iridescent sparkle that sits on top. It had so-so pigmentation, as the texture was slightly dry and powdery. I had good wear for eight hours before it started to fade. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#44 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm toned brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, as the texture was a little powdery. The color managed to wear well for seven hours before fading became apparent. Tarina Tarantino Hollyhock (LE) is darker, more shimmery. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is darker. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

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