Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Too Faced Love Palette
Too Faced Love Palette

Too Faced Love Palette ($49.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains fifteen eyeshadows split into three combinations. It utilizes a new formula with “slurry powder technology,” which ultimately gives them a slightly drier, dustier consistency that is harder to apply on bare skin. The formula is one that definitely needs to be used damp (and I think most shades could probably be used with a damp brush with no ill effect, but I haven’t tried it with all of the shades) or with an eyeshadow primer, preferably one with a little tack or thickness to it. The more sparkly shades create a lot of sparkle fall out while applying as well as during wear, as the sparkle tended to separate from the base color. The eyeshadows lasted for seven to eight hours on average with semi-opaque color payoff. I think a brown eyeliner might have been a better fit with these, as they run more faded/softer applied, and the black can be harsh–it’s certainly a dramatic choice.

Cherish is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with a soft, fairly smooth texture that blended and adhered well to the skin. It lasted for eight hours. MAC Hey (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is brighter, more pigmented. YSL Onde Sable (04) (P, $30.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (P, $9.99) is darker, more muted. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dearest is a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. You could feel the sparkle pull away from the base color, so it had a more crumbly consistency and tended to have fall out during application (as I blended) as well as when worn (all over the under eye). It lasted for seven hours before fading. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is darker. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, better quality. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is less shimmery. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is less shimmery. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Fringe (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Naked Bronze (Eye Color) (LE, ) is darker. Makeup Geek Rapunzel (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter. LORAC Dream Girl #1 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. LORAC Gilded (LE, ) is less shimmery. Dior Contraste Horizon #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Adore is a soft, medium-dark copper with warm, orange-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that was a little dusty and tended to look sheerer on the lid as a lot of the color blends away. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. bareMinerals Imagine (P, ) is darker. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Cannes (P, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is darker. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is darker. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Desire is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, caramel undertones. It had nice color coverage that went on very smoothly and evenly, and this shade wasn’t too dusty to work with, so it applied well. The color wore for eight hours before fading. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is more muted. MAC Butterfudge (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Butterfudge (P, $16.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Deluxe (P, $5.00) is darker. LORAC Dream Girl #2 (LE, ) is lighter. Givenchy Delicate #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Amorous is a muted, purpled brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation but was a little dusty and harder to blend on the skin without a base. It lasted for seven and a half hours. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #7 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Exposure #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smitten is a light, creamy pink with sparkle over a mostly satin finish and subtle, warmer undertones. It’s a little powdery and prone to sheering out when blended on the skin, though it starts with decent color coverage. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC Sensibility (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) is . MAC Rose Blend #1 (LE, ) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Riviera #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Cambon #2 (P, ) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Passion is a muted, medium-dark purple mauve with lighter gold sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty consistency that sheers out easily. It doesn’t adhere that well to bare skin, especially as the sparkle dusts away. It lasted for seven hours but had a lot of fall out during wear. bareMinerals Catch Me If (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Colour Pop Tinsel (LE, $5.00) is warmer. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler. Colour Pop Cricket (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Exposure #5 (P, ) is less shimmery. Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Viseart Vendome (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweetie Pie is a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation with a smoother texture that adhered well to bare skin. On me, it lasted for eight hours. MAC Love Power (LE, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Dior House of Pinks #3 (LE, ) is cooler. Colour Pop Bubbly (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Chanel Tisse Rhapsodie #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Romance is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It was very pigmented but powdery, though it didn’t sheer out much when applied, so it ended up being one of the better shades in the palette. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Yes Please (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Viseart Taupe (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Dark Matte #1 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Obsessed is a deepened, burgundy-brown with warm undertones and a hint of plum paired with a soft, pearly sheen. It had intense pigmentation with a slightly dusty texture that seemed to make it harder to blend on bare skin. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Genie (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S622 Black Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Granite (LE, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE, ) is cooler. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #5 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani Senso (10) (P, $38.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Ripe Plum (Right) (LE, ) is cooler. Givenchy Tentation #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Graphite #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Hourglass Monochrome #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Devotion is a peachy gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had decent color payoff with a fairly smooth application, though it could have been better. It stayed on well for seven and a half hours for me. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE, ) is cooler. LORAC Beige (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is lighter. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is darker. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #7 (P, ) is darker. MAC Kitties (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Vivacious (LE, ) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is darker. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Darling is a softened, light-medium green with warm, golden pearl and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty, texture that applied well. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Too Faced Very Merry (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC 2 Dozen and One Greyhounds (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I330 Linden Green (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Clover (LE, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

XOXO is a soft, light-medium orange with warm undertones and a lightly frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that applied smoothly. On me, it wore for eight hours before fading slightly. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Mortal #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Shazam (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $24.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Orange Topaz (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Puppy Love is a soft, medium brown with warm undertones and a subtle, frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff with a smooth consistency that made it easy to work with. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Romantico (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay YDK (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P, ) is darker. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is cooler. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Vendome #1 (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer. Stila Thought (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE, ) is warmer. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Everlasting is a blackened green that leans browner with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had decent pigmentation but was dusty and prone to sheering out, so it always looked softer and more faded than it did in the pan. I had some trouble blending it out as well. The color started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Copper Wood (LE, ) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Covenant (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Zoeva Infusion (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Green Clean #3 (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Perfect Black is an intense black with a satin finish. It was richly pigmented and very, very creamy, so I had no problems applying it and never felt it tugging at the lash line. It is, however, so creamy that wear is an issue as it migrated to the corners of the eyes noticeably after seven hours of wear. Urban Decay Perversion (LE, $19.00) is less glossy. MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Black Ice (P, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is less glossy. Giorgio Armani Black (01) (P, $28.00) is . Estee Lauder Blackened Black (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $9.00) is less glossy. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (P, $25.00) is darker. Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Sephora Collection Clubbing Stilettos (P, $9.00) is less glossy. MAC Blacktrack (P, $16.00) is less glossy. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick

Bite Beauty Barberry Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pinky plum with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The finish had a definite sheen to it, which lasted for hours, and then it became more semi-matte. It had a light, creamy texture that glided on without tugging on the lips. The color lasted for six and a half hours, left a stain behind, and was hydrating while worn. This one seemed harder to dupe for me, based on products I’ve reviewed in the past. Bite Beauty #002 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Burgundy (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler, glossier. Too Faced Metallic Jelly (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Erik (456) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Goddess of the Sea (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lydia (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Bauhau5 (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, warmer. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Black Cherry Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a lightly brightened, dark reddish burgundy with warm undertones, very fine ruby shimmer, and a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied somewhat evenly, but the color could have been smoother at the end. The texture had a lot of slip to it, which made it prone to sliding around. I had some light feathering along my upper lip after five hours of wear, and the color lasted for almost seven hours in all. It was lightly hydrating over time. Bite Beauty Plum (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, glossier. Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Saboteur (132) (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to leave a “velvet, soft focus finish” with “highly pigmented, moisturizing wearable color” that is also “longwearing.” If you’re not a fan of mattes, don’t fret, these aren’t really matte (and if you’re a fan of matte, you might want to keep looking). There are five shades, and all of them have a satin or glossier finish (two are pretty glossy). The glossier the shade, the more poorly it applied with streaky, uneven coverage that was prone to feathering along the edges of the natural lip, while the more satiny shades were more pigmented with more even application and longer, better wear. On me, I found the formula to be lightly to moderately hydrating with wear ranging between four and seven hours. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste.

P.S. — A few of mine arrived with an almost jelly-esque bit on the edges of the lipstick itself, and I’m not sure if it was heat-related as my samples came from NYC (I’m in California) or not.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Giorgio Armani #2 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani #2 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 02 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a sparkling, light golden beige with larger, more glittery particles than fine shimmer. It had sheer coverage that illuminated skin when applied as a highlighter on the cheek bones and just barely emphasized pores, but the sheerness made it less apparent (if applied more heavily, I think the effect would be more noticeable). It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. This one also works nicely for decolletage, as the larger shimmer makes it more noticeable to the eye. Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is less shimmery. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more pigmented. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, more pigmented. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer
Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer

Last year, Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) launched in Sun Kiss (100), which I really loved as a formula. It was limited edition, but this summer, it’s back along with two more shades (one lighter and one darker) and seems to be permanent. I remember last year that I wished for a rosier and deeper shade for darker skin tones, and now we have one lighter and darker! The formula is thin, almost watery, with a velvety feel that has a more satin finish to it–if you’ve tried the Maestro line at all, the texture is very in line with the rest of the range. It sits extremely well on the skin, whether bare or over/under foundation, and it blends out easily and lasts for nine to ten hours. The only thing I’m not keen on is the packaging, which uses a dropper to dispense the product. One bottle contains a mega-ton of bronzer, so it’ll take a long time to get through a bottle, and I’d rather a half-size option for $40 or so instead (same with the brand’s Fluid Sheers).

Giorgio Armani Sun Glow (90) Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium brown with soft, yellow undertones and a very, very fine golden shimmer-sheen that gives it a more satin finish. It was very pigmented but blendable and easily sheered out if desired. This color doesn’t show up much on my medium skin tone, so it would be better for fairer complexions or for mixing with foundation to add an all-over glow. It lasted for nine hours on me. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is cooler. Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) (P, $64.00) is darker. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker.See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Sun Kiss (100) Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is medium brown with warm, yellow-red undertones and a very fine, golden shimmer that creates a more satin-like finish on the skin. It had rich color coverage in a single drop, and I use about one to two drops per cheek at most (you really don’t need much at all!). It blended out beautifully and wore for nine hours on me. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is lighter, cooler. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #25I (P, $36.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #20M (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Sun Glow (90) (P, $64.00) is darker. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is less shimmery. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Dark Cocoa (P, ) is warmer, less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE, ) is more shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P, ) is less glossy. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. (, $0.00) is warmer, less pigmented, better quality, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Sun Bath (110) Maestro Bronzer ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a rich, coppery brown with fine gold shimmer that gives it a satin finish overall. The texture was blendable, thin, and easily sheered out, if desired. It was richly pigmented and a little went a long way. On me, the color wore for almost ten hours before fading slightly. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is cooler. MAC Billionaire Bronze (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker. Clarins Splendours (LE, $35.00) is lighter, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Sun Drenched (P, $55.00) is warmer. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Sun Kiss (100)

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

MAC Film Noir Blush
MAC Film Noir Blush

MAC Film Noir Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “rich warm chocolate [with a Matte finish].” It’s a very deep, dark burgundy brown with warm, reddish tones and a matte finish. I couldn’t think of any dupes based on products I’d reviewed in the past; it’s much, much darker than anything I was considering (Chanel Plum Attraction, MAC Pressed Amber, NYX Taupe).

This is one of the new (and permanent!) blush shades, and I imagine it’s inspired by Film Noir lipstick. The color is so cool, and I love that it is a more unique blush shade, too. It was mostly opaque in terms of pigmentation, but the texture was drier and a little firmer, which made blending it out a real challenge. No matter what brush I used, it was difficult to correct once applied. The only way I could correct it at all was to use a damp sponge or foundation brush that had a little foundation on it to help buff the edges. I had the best luck applying with a very, very feathery brush and just lightly swirling it out. Once diffused, it looks more like a cooler-toned plum than a really deep brown/burgundy, but it is certainly a blush best for someone who is willing to take their time to get it just right. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

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Film Noir

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7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

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3.5/5

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Monday, June 29th, 2015

MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass
MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass

MAC Cherry Popping Dazzleglass ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “fuchsia with purple pearl.” It’s a muted, pinky-red with lighter violet and pink sparkle and shimmer. It was semi-sheer on lips with noticeable color that went on evenly but still let the natural lip color come through. The texture was medium-thick with a tacky feel. On me, the gloss lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Social Season (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is cooler. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

MAC Rollergirl Dazzleglass ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude with pink pearl.” It’s a light, beige-brown with lighter gold and pink sparkle. It is sheer with a little creamy, warming tint but for some, the natural lip color may be darker/stronger and see even less impact. The texture was tacky, thicker, but it was a little hydrating over time. It wore for four hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Phiff (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less pigmented. MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is less pigmented. Bobbi Brown Beach (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | MAC Dazzleglass ($20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “non-sticky, non-tacky, lightweight, and moisturizing” gloss with “exceptional shine with a crystalline iridescence” with “sheer colour.” Dazzleglasses are a very sparkly, longer-wearing gloss that is heavier and very tacky (it’s incredibly thick and noticeable on the lips–it’s not for someone who doesn’t like gloss). The tackier quality helps the wear trend towards three to five hours, and it helps prevent the sparkle from feeling gritty when worn while also keeping it from traveling all over the place. It has a brush-type applicator, and it is worth noting that despite the thicker plastic tube, it actually contains only 0.06 fl. oz. (Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz.). They are typically sheer to semi-sheer with their best qualities being the high-shine finish that’s very sparkly. They’re usually non-drying to lightly moisturizing for me. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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Cherry Popping

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8.5/10

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10/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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7.5/10

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