Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool neutrals ranging from a green-gold to a dark brown. This quad was more consistent in quality across the board with most shades being decent to good. For those who often find warmer-toned neutrals to be difficult to work with, you may enjoy these murkier, more subdued ones. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

My Fantasy is described as a “pale neutral olive [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, green-tinged gold with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is darker, warmer. MAC Rose Blend #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is darker. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, lighter. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fall in Lust is described as a “mid-tone cool grey mauve [with a Frost finish].” It’s a cool-toned, taupe with a gray leaning and a soft, frosted finish. This shade had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable but a little powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, more shimmery. Laura Mercier Sable (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Bust (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Lhasa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Romance Me (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, dark brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was a little dry and thin but not too difficult to work with. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is a repromote. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is slightly warmer.MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rising Passions is described as a “greenish charcoal with gold pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and an olive gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it lasted for just over eight hours before showing a bit of creasing. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (more similar in the pan than swatched). MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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A Novel Romance

B+

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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My Fantasy

A-

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Fall in Lust

B+

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Passionate Quest Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool pink and purple. Three of the four shades were quite good, with the very last shade being somewhat of a miss (not a total miss, but it could be better). They work well together, and there is a good mix of finishes and contrast in the palette so there are several looks that could be created from it. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

The Wrong Man is described as a “light cool dusty pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light pink with subtle cool, lavender undertones and a mostly matte finish. It looks primarily matte, even if it is listed as a Satin. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable, while it lasted for eight hours on me. Tarte Pink Outside the Box (LE) is lighter. NARS Bouthan #1 (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Miss Piggy Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. Benefit Pinky Swear (P, $20.00) is lighter. Benefit Pause for Applause (P, $20.00) is slightly more lavender. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Serenade is described as a “mid-tone orchid pink with blue duochrome pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium pink-shimmered plum with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was fairly smooth and easy to use. On me, the color didn’t show signs of fading until after eight hours of wear. MAC Violet Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $8.25) is darker. Milani Pink Twice (P, $6.99) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brazenly is described as a “rich eggplant [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. It’s still one of MAC’s better LE eyeshadows (it is a repromote). It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to slightly fade along the outer edge. MAC Hidden Motive (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is darker. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stay Sultry is described as a “deep violet navy [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark purple with navy micro-shimmer over a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was on the drier, thinner side. This was the miss of the palette, though in practical terms, if you apply it as a crease/outer lid color with a fluffier brush, it performs a bit better than it looks. I wish it was softer, so it would be easier to blend out (and probably would have had better color payoff!). It lasted for eight hours on me before showing a little creasing. This is a repromote. theBalm #5 (P, $6.50) is bluer. theBalm The Stroke (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Double Feature #8 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ron Ron Run (LE, $15.00) is more matte, a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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A Passionate Quest

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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The Wrong Man

A-

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Serenade

A-

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad
MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains a mix of smoky shades from teal to brown to black. Two of the four shades are part of the permanent range, and one is a repromote (so check your stash if you’re a long-time collector!). I was pleased to find that the quality was fairly good overall. It also reminded me a bit of the color combination from YSL’s Fetiche palette, though they aren’t dupes (just similar “at a glance”)

Sable is described as a “gold plum with bronze pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading. LORAC Mocha (P) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is slightly lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is m ore shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Anastasia Truffle (LE) is less shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is similar. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sex & the Oyster is described as a “mid-tone seafoam green [with a Veluxe Pearl].” It’s a muted, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had a drier, thinner texture that resulted in semi-opaque color payoff. It was buildable on the lid, so it was more workable than it looked initially. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. This is a repromote. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is brighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker. Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $18.00) is bluer. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brawn is described as a “mid-tone plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, silky, and very easy to blend. I could see this being a real workhorse crease shade for some. It wore well for just over eight hours on me. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is more matte, warmer. Too Faced Woolen Mittens (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Tied is described as a “black with silver sparkle [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark black with silver sparkles over a matte finish. This might be one of the best versions I’ve ever tried of this shade (it’s part of the permanent range)–it was intensely pigmented and very soft and silky. It started to show signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #5 (P) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Lovesick (LE, $18.00) Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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An Amorous Adventure

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Sable

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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Sex & the Oyster

C+

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7.5/10

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7/10

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7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

In the upcoming A Novel Romance collection (online August 14th, in-stores August 21st), there are two limited edition shades of MAC Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.).

MAC Animal Instincts Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “shimmering plum [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark warm plum with a soft sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, thin but not powdery, and blendable. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fun Ending Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “soft neutral peach [with a Satin finish].” It’s a pink-peach with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. I noticed that this blush had a tendency to darken on the skin if there was any natural oils on it, which made it look very similar to Animal Instincts applied lightly! The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, while it had good pigmentation. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Animal Instincts

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Fun Ending

A-

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Lipsticks
MAC A Novel Romance Lipsticks

In the upcoming A Novel Romance collection (online August 14th, in-stores August 21st), there are six limited edition shades of MAC Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.).

MAC A Novel Romance Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light cool dusty pink [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly without settling into lip lines. The color wore well for four hours on me, but it was a little drying. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is similar.Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Good Kisser Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone fuchsia [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It almost looks warm-toned against my skin tone. It had rich, opaque color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly, while the color wore well for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Hearts Aflame Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone brick red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, red with warm, brown undertones and a satiny sheen. It had rich pigmentation that applied beautifully without tugging on the lip. The color stayed on well for six hours and left behind a slight stain. I didn’t find it hydrating, but it wasn’t drying either. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is more muted, darker. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is browner. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lingering Kiss Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deepened, reddish burgundy with warm undertones and a soft shine. It wasn’t matte to me, and the consistency had more slip than the other matte shades in the collection. The slip made it harder to get really even color, so it looked slightly uneven in places. I had some very light feathering after the fifth hour of wear, though the color lasted well for six hours. It also left a stain behind and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is darker, browner. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned, less brown. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Myself Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmery nude beige [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a sheer, neutral-to-cool-toned pink. It lightens my natural lip color and makes them look less warm-toned, but as it is so sheer, it will look different depending on the level of pigmentation you have in your lips. On me, the color lasts an hour and a half and was drying. It also applied unevenly to a degree. This is a repromote from 2010. Givenchy Rose Ruban (211) (P, $36.00) is more opaque. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Yield to Love Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-plum with cool undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It lasted for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. Chanel Rayonnante (145) (P, $34.00) is sheerer, lighter, cooler-toned. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Rapture (P, $22.00) is more muted. MAC Plumful (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $24.00) is less cool-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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A Novel Romance

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8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Good Kisser

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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10/10

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Hearts Aflame

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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10/10

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quads
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quads

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Mutli Effect Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the newest eyeshadow formula and launch from the brand for fall. They’ve introduced eight quads–all are new and joining the permanent line-up–plus one limited edition variation (Poesie, which I do not have). The quality is consistent across the board; no quad scored below A- (two A-s, six As), which was very impressive. It is a huge improvement over the traditional baked formula of past Chanel quads, and it is more consistent than Chanel’s regular (U.S.) eyeshadow formula. The eyeshadows are soft and blendable, which makes them pretty easy to use and apply.

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