Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments
Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments

Ardency Inn MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a new eyeshadow formula that’s supposed to have “superior color payoff” and “ultralong-lasting wear, even without an eye primer” due to “high-grade silicon waxes.” This is an impressive eyeshadow formula, particularly if you love your shimmery finishes! I will review all twelve shades in due time, but you can view swatches of all of them here. The shimmer finishes have an extraordinarily creamy, buttery, smooth texture with amazing color payoff. The satin/matte finishes are soft, finely-milled, but less creamy and a bit powdery, but they remained blendable and fairly easy to use. The pearly shades seemed almost wet in the pan with less intensity and a slightly thinner consistency than the more frosted shades. All of the shades below lasted for ten hours on me without creasing/fading. And can we just have a moment to admire Royal?

Also, the pans seem to be only held in by a magnet, so if you have a stronger magnet (to lift it out) or steady hands and tweezer, they do come out of the pan.

Updated on 8/26 at 9:03PM PST: Thanks to reader Tugce, who visited Ardency Inn’s website and noted the following was listed: “In the USA, do not use “Royal”, “Orchid”, “Tangerine” and “Punch” near the eyes.” This is information that really SHOULD be listed on Sephora.

Ardency Inn Tangerine MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “matte yellow orange with a neon kick.” It’s a brightened, yellowed orange with a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety, though a smidgen powdery. It lasted for ten hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Acid #4 (P, $9.99) is a touch lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker. Inglot #122R Top (P, $6.00) is yellower. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Juiced (DC, $15.00) is yellower. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Orchid MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia with extreme blue reflects.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia-purple with cool, blue undertones and a bluish-violet shimmer-sheen. It had incredibly rich color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, lasted for ten hours, and was a dream to apply. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is more muted, lighter. Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $18.00) is more muted, less shimmery. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $15.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Boudoir (P) is more muted, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Punch MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “matte bright coral with neon pink and yellow undertones.” It’s a brightened, coral-red with a matte finish and warm undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, while the texture was a little powdery, it was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend. It lasted for ten hours before fading. Makeup Geek Razzleberry (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. MAC Full of Flavour (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC More Amour (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ardency Inn Royal MODSTER Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “royal purple with red undertones and slight blue reflects.” It’s an insanely intense, vibrant violet purple with cool, blue undertones and a soft, frosted finish. A little goes a very long way with this shade! The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, while it was easy to blend on the skin. It wore well for ten hours and still hadn’t faded/creased. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is lighter. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is more muted. Urban Decay Ransom (DC, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Zoya India, Teigen, Autumn Nail Lacquer
Zoya India, Teigen, Autumn Nail Lacquers

Zoya India Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, luxurious red with a gold liquid metallic shimmer.” It’s a deep, blackened reddish wine with gold sparkle that looks more like a mix of gold and copper, depending on the angle and lighting. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it applied smoothly and evenly. I didn’t notice any brush strokes, but the consistency did run a little thick. It didn’t seem to impede application. Essie Toggle to the Top (P, $8.00) has much larger sparkle/glitter. Chanel Malice (LE, $27.00) is much darker with finer shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $10.00) is darker with finer shimmer. Illamasqua Charisma (P, $17.00) has finer shimmer. Dior Apparat (LE, $24.00) has finer shimmer. China Glaze Sugar Plums (LE, $7.50) is less shimmer, larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Teigen Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned cranberry with a copper liquid metal.” It’s a pinkish-red with gold sparkle and subtle, cool undertones. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but I found the consistency to be a little watery, which resulted in sheerer coverage. Chanel Rouge Moire (LE, $27.00) has finer shimmer, warmer. Zoya Bobbi (P, $9.00) is pinker, lighter. Urban Decay Hot Mess (LE) is less golden, darker. SpaRitual Break of Dawn (LE, $10.00) is similar. Zoya Reva (P, $9.00) is slightly darker. Zoya Blaze (P, $9.00) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Autumn Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “varnished copper liquid metal.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish copper with flecks of gold and copper shimmer. It was fully opaque after two coats with a slightly thicker consistency. There were very subtle brush strokes that I could see, but only under brighter lighting conditions. MAC Styleseeker (LE, $16.00) is darker, with finer shimmer. Le Metier de Beaute Silk Road (LE, $10.00) is darker. China Glaze Harvest Moon (LE, $7.50) is browner, more golden. Zoya Tanzy (P, $9.00) is lighter, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Kat Von D Wonderchilde Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Wonderchilde Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Wonderchilde Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “iridescent neon lilac.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-leaning purple with lighter violet and lavender sparkle and shimmer. It had more of a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. This isn’t like Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00), which has a matte finish. Too Faced Lollipop (P, $22.00) is more fuchsia, glossier. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is pinker. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After testing several of the mattes and having little luck, I thought I’d try one of the more shimmery shades I bought to change it up. Wonderchilde is definitely better, but it’s not a knock-your-socks-off shade like Poe. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly, as the consistency was lightly creamy, on the thin side (so lightweight), and was fairly comfortable to wear. It didn’t drag or tug at the lips much, and it lasted for six hours when worn without being drying. It has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Sephora #27 Pro Blending Brush
Sephora #27 Pro Blending Brush

Sephora #27 Pro Blending Brush ($20.00) is a fluffy, medium-sized rounded brush designed for blending made out of goat hair. The brush head is 14mm in length, 9mm in width, and 6mm in thickness. It had a total length of 178mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. It is fairly soft, lightly fluffy with moderate spring and works in a variety of ways. I like using it to apply a highlighter to my brow bone, and then blend downwards to the crease color, but it can also be used to apply all-over color to the lid, to set or blend out concealer, or to blend out any harsh edges between eyeshadows. It is similar to MAC 217 and Hakuhodo J5523.

Sephora #73 Pro Precision Blush Brush ($32.00) is a small-medium, flattened blush brush with a strongly tapered edge. It is made with natural pony bristles. The brush head is 31mm in length, 26mm in width, and 15mm in thickness. It had a total length of 210mm with a pinched, metal ferrule. This is a feathery, lighter-weight blush brush with a lot of spring and give, so I’ve found it ideal for applying blush and highlighting powders for a subtler application/color. It is moderately soft, but if you tend to use a stippling or tapping motion to apply your brush, you may want to look for a softer brush.

Sephora’s Pro brushes have longer handles than the average brush brand, but they’re weighted well, so they don’t feel awkward in the hand. They seem to use high quality printing on the handles, too, as none of mine show signs of fading/wear for the names.

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Monday, August 25th, 2014

Kat Von D Slayer Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Slayer Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Slayer Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte pitch black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Hautecore (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is more opaque, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was really surprised to find this shade to have semi-opaque color coverage (where’s the “one-swipe payoff” they claim?). The consistency was a little creamier than a lot of the other mattes, but the lack of opacity made it look uneven applied to the lips. The formula dragged a little when applying, but it was more comfortable to use and wear than other shades in the matte finish that I’ve tried. It lasted for five and a half hours on me (not nearly the 10-hour wear time promised), though it didn’t feel drying over time. It has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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Monday, August 25th, 2014

NARS Lana, Annabella, Rita, Marlene, Olivia Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Lana, Annabella, Rita, Marlene, Olivia Audacious Lipsticks

Here are five shades of orange and red from the NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) range. The performance of these shades was consistent with the range thus far. I appreciate that the brand did so well in creating a formula that translated so well across shades.

NARS Lana Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange red.” It’s a bright, orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, intense color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. While a lovely shade, there are a lot of very similar shades on the market. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is sheerer. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is darker, redder. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Firecracker (06) (LE, $49.00) is similar. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is a touch more matte, darker.Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is similar. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is similar. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is similar. Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Annabella Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “poppy red.” It’s a brightened, warm-toned red with a soft sheen. It had fully opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and the color went on evenly with a smooth result. It lasted for six hours and left a stain behind. I found it very slightly drying over time. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is a smidgen darker. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is more matte, darker. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is less warm-toned. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is redder. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is darker. Giorgio Armani #402 (P, $32.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “scarlet.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned red with a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation, but the consistency was thicker and a little drier compared to other shades in the range, which is noticeable with the more matte finish that this shade has applied. The color wore well for six and a half hours, but it was noticeably drying towards the end. Estee Lauder Emotional (140) (P, $30.00) is browner. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Fyrinnae Winter Romance (P, $7.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $50.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is warmer. Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $22.00) is more matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is glossier, brighter. MAC Red Racer (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Marlene Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “red brick.” It’s a brightened, muted orange-red with warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It was an extremely pigmented formula that had a slightly thicker consistency, but it didn’t have too much slip, so it wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is brighter, redder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Olivia Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “garnet.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark red with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on easily and smoothly. This shade feathered very slightly on me after five hours of wear, though it lasted closer to six in all. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is browner, lighter, more muted. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is glossier, darker. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is darker. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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