Thursday, January 8th, 2015

ColourPop Bae Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Bae Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Halo Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “golden champagne dusted with soft gold glitter [with a satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with gold glitter over a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was a shade that needed two layers for full opacity. On me, it wore well for nine and a half hours without creasing or fading, but there was a smidgen of fall out.
It is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “penny copper [with a metallic finish].” It’s a deepened copper bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while remaining easy to blend. It wore well for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Drift Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true cranberry [with a pearlized finish].” It’s a medium-dark, berry-red with subtle warmer undertones and a light sparkle over a more pearly finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that was easy to use and blend out on the skin while retaining its intensity. I didn’t have any fading or creasing over a ten-hour period. It is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Bae Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich eggplant purple with an emerald and turquoise, glittery duo chrome [with a metallic finish].” It is a dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and bluish-teal sparkle and shimmer. The color payoff was intense, while the consistency was still smooth, blendable, and easy to use. This shade didn’t crease or fade over ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks

Maybelline Rose Rush (735) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque with a light layer of translucency, so the natural lip color will peek through. The consistency was lightweight, emollient, and comfortable to wear as it was lightly hydrating and didn’t settle into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $32.00) is darker, less glossy. Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is redder, darker. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is less glossy. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is more orange, less glossy. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is similar. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more muted. NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is darker. Guerlain Genna (P, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Coral Burst (740) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a lightly brightened pink-coral with warm undertones and a light sheen. It had nearly full color coverage, but it had a very lightly translucent look to it as well. On me, the color lasted for four hours and was hydrating while worn. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $20.00) is sheerer, more muted. Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is similar. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is slightly lighter. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is lighter, pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, darker. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is more muted. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink-peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It looks warmer and more peach-toned swatched, but because it isn’t fully opaque, it seemed to look pinker applied. It didn’t go on quite as evenly as one might like, though it wasn’t as streaky as light shades can be. On me, this shade wore well for three and a half hours. Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is darker, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Flynn (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Addison (LE, $32.00) is more matte. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $30.00) is similar. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is brighter, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks

For spring, there are ten shades of Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.), which are supposed to be a “kicky bouquet of lip colors.” The Color Sensational formula is supposed to be richly pigmented with a creamy texture and feel hydrating. These three had fairly good color coverage, but the thicker, more emollient texture made them harder to apply even, smooth color. The formula was lightly hydrating overall, comfortable to wear, and had a little below average wear. The formula has a sweet, creme brulee-like scent with a slight perfume-y taste (I find it less noticeable compared to the Elixirs).

Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a light peach with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency was creamy and slippery enough that it applied unevenly. It wore well for three hours and was lightly hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Beau (LE, $32.00) is slightly pinker. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is darker. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Moody Margot (106) (P, $30.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle,w arm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered well with minimal unevenness. The slightly thicker consistency seemed prone to showing “lines” if you pressed your lips together, though. It lasted for four hours on me and was a smidgen hydrating. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is darker. Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and very subtle pearl with a glossier finish. It had nearly full color coverage, but if you have natural pigmentation, I could see this turning a little more fuchsia. The consistency was emollient and glided on without tugging, but it tended to pull into lip lines after two hours of wear (while it lasted for a total of three hours for me). NYX Rose (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, more matte. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is grayer. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is a smidgen warmer. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is a touch darker. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new gloss released just in time for spring. According to Maybelline, it is “the first lip lacquer with intense liquid lip color and brilliant iridescent shine.” If you’re familiar with the original Color Elixirs, most were fairly pigmented, but the Iridescent range is definitely sheerer in comparison. The shades in this review are some of the more pigmented shades in the range, but it’s not the “intense liquid lip color” as described. They look and feel more like traditional lip gloss, and quite honestly, I’m surprised these weren’t marketed as semi-sheer for a “spring look” (’tis the season for sheer). The shimmer is fine and never gritty, while wear averages around four hours. The formula was nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear with only slight tackiness occurring after a few hours of wear (initially, it feels non-sticky). They have a sweet scent, but there is a very perfume-y taste, and it is noticeable. If you’re very sensitive to lip products with any taste, you probably won’t like these.

I also had packaging issues with several of the applicators broken, whether partially bent/floppy to barely hanging on. I remember experiencing a couple of wonky applicators with the original set, but it seemed more prevalent in the new shades.

Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, fuchsia pink with subtle iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four hours on me. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Radiant Ruby (530) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. This one didn’t seem to have shimmer to it, so I’m not sure how it’s part of Iridescent range (where’s the pearl?!). It settled into every lip line on me (some of the worst I’ve seen) and made all the lip lines look fuchsia-ish and really stand out. It had semi-sheer coverage overall. On me, this shade wore well for four hours. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is brighter, more opaque. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Mystical Magenta (610) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, light-medium fuchsia pink with iridescent violet shimmer. This shade had the most shimmer of the three with semi-sheer color payoff. Unfortunately, the color settled into lip lines, but at least the shimmer was there to distract the eye from it (somewhat). It lasted for four hours on me. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Vibrant Vibe (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is more muted, less shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks

Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) come in ten shades for spring, nine of which I bought locally and have some swatches to share with you while I work on testing them. (I’m missing Orchid Ecstasy, which I’ve ordered but hasn’t arrived yet). Reviews to come :)

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Sunday, January 4th, 2015

ColourPop Button Lippie Stix
ColourPop Button Lippie Stix

ColourPop Button Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “pale creamy peach nude [with a satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, pink-tinged peach with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that didn’t tug or drag on the lips but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the color wears a little longer for me (almost five hours). It was neither drying nor hydrating. The formula seems thin enough to me that if you have drier lips, it may catch on flakes/imperfections so you may want to consider prepping lips prior to applying this. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is a smidgen lighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is browner. Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is a touch pinker, more muted. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Rocket Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “soft bright pinky coral [with a satin finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It was thicker and more emollient than other shades I’ve tried with a “satin finish,” but it had the full color coverage you’d expect from it. It applied easily as it glided over lips without dragging, and it covered evenly. On me, this shade wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Patrick (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more muted. Bite Beauty Tatin (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is warmer, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is darker. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is more muted. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Flamingo (LE, $12.50) is cooler-toned. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is darker, glossier. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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