Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette
Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette

Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Eye Palette ($39.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a set of 24 eyeshadows to celebrate the color of the year: Marsala. Last year’s palette was larger in size and in amount ($48.00 for 1.53 oz.) with 24 eyeshadows and one blush. This year, there are still 24 eyeshadows (but no blush), and each eyeshadow is 0.017 oz. (compared to 0.059 oz. each). I liked the palette, and it was easier to use without a primer than many other palettes I’ve tried over the past few months–even the mattes–which is always a happy find, but a lot of the satin/matte shades seemed prone to fading. I think that it does get repetitive, there’s an overabundance of warmer tones, and in general, the composition could use improvement (greater diversity in tone, color selection, and for such a large palette, it could use a couple of lighter shades that could work as brow bone highlighters or transitioning shades). This palette actually seems like it will suit deeper skin tones more readily (which is often not the case), so that is a plus–I still think some cooler plums, a richer copper (rather than two gold-ish hues), and a couple of apricot/peach shades would have helped make this palette more versatile. The texture of the eyeshadows are slightly drier and more powdery–almost like there’s a bit too much filler, though color payoff is decent to good with a couple of exceptions.

The palette has deeper wells and seems cheaper (just in the way it felt), but the upside is that it is more compact and would be easier to travel wish. I just wish they had found a better balance between materials chosen and laying things out. Perhaps, if they were going to significantly reduce the physical size of the palette, they could have reduced the number of eyeshadows included as well (and the price could better reflect the reduction in size/quantity).

Autumn Blonde is a light, warm-toned beige with a bit of gold sparkle and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft consistency, though it was slightly powdery. It lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Toasted Nut is a brightened copper orange with a metallic sheen. The color payoff was rich and opaque, while the consistency was soft and smooth, so it was easy to blend on the eye. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala Matte is a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had pretty good pigmentation with a soft, slightly powdery texture. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala Satin is a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a satin finish–it seemed slightly brighter than the matte version. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft consistency. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shifting Sand is a light, brightened gold with subtle,w arm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was denser and felt almost creamy. It had good color payoff and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocoa Brown is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff but was slightly dry to work with. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burro is a muted, medium brown with warm, khaki undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Taupe is a cool-toned, gray-taupe with a semi-matte finish. It was soft but dry, and it didn’t have the best color payoff. It showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala Metallic is a red-copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had really good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to work with. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala Glitter is a slightly muted, medium-dark red-copper with warm undertones and sparkle over a more metallic sheen. The texture was somewhat dry, and the sparkle made it feel a little gritty, so it wasn’t a great product to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kelp is a muted, light-medium green with warm, golden pearly shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft consistency. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dusty Olive is a medium-dark green with warm, olive undertones and fine, forest green shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff, but it was a little dry and could have been better. The color stayed on well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Desert Mist is a sparkling, golden orange with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic, glittery finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation and didn’t feel gritty, but it was prone to fall out both during application as well as during wear. It lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Butterum is a coppery orange with warm undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had decent to good pigmentation with a slightly dry texture. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Macaroon is a light-medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was slightly powdery. It stayed on well for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chutney is an orange-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was slightly powdery but had fairly good pigmentation. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nimbus Cloude is a sparkly silvery-white with a metallic sheen. It was semi-opaque and didn’t go on as smoothly or as evenly as one might like. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonlight Blue is a blackened navy blue with blue and silver sparkle. This shade was very dry, stiff, and had really poor color payoff and blenability. What I managed to get onto the skin stayed there for about six hours before fading, but it looked like something out of a horror movie. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carob Brown is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bracken is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, golden bronze shimmer and frost finish. It had excellent pigmentation that went on beautifully and was easy to use. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Russet is a medium-dark brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. The texture was slightly dry, though it had decent to good color payoff, it just didn’t blend as easily. It wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Chocolate is a warm, reddish-brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff that was slightly dry and lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Castor Gray has a reddish-brown base with a bluish-teal duochrome and metallic finish. It was a bit dry and dusty to work with, but it had decent color payoff and lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Red Mahogany is a rich, burgundy brown with a satin finish and warm undertones. It had fantastic pigmentation that was easy to apply, blend, and wear as it lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Chanel Spring 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Spring 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Paradisio (645) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearly pale green.” It’s a very light, warm white with a green-ish tint and metallic shimmer. It had some visible brush strokes, and it had semi-opaque color coverage. I wish it applied more evenly, and it’s a polish that might be better with three coats, though it has a medium-thick consistency so I don’t know about the wear/feel of three coats. Dior Pampille (192) (LE, $24.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is whiter. Essie Absolutely Shore (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery. Butter London Fiver (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tenderly (641) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy mauve with warm undertones and a cream-jelly finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation after two coats, and it dried down to a naturally shiny finish without the need of a top coat. It was easy to apply and self-leveled. Zoya Odette (P, $9.00) is lighter. Formula X Perfection (P, $12.50) is grayer. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is darker. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is darker, cooler-toned. Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Desirio (643) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense magenta.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry-pink with a cream finish. It had almost opaque coverage after a single coat, but I used two in swatches to be sure. It dried down to a high-shine finish and was incredibly easy to apply. Chanel Coup de Coeur (P, $27.00) is more muted, warmer. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) is brighter. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, December 26th, 2014

Chanel Tisse Fantaisie (236) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Fantaisie (236) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Fantaisie (236) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($62.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a mix of “pink coral, white satin, pale green satin, and intense brown.” It’s a new, limited edition quad for spring that leans warm-toned and earthy. Chanel fell short with the pigmentation on their spring quads relative to the permanent quads they released with this formula earlier in the year, which often had good or better color payoff applied dry. The majority of shades in the quad are better used with a dampened brush and bring to mind Chanel’s often-disappointing baked shadow formula of years past (which was often the non-U.S. version), though the textures are smoother in the new quad.

Tisse Fantaisie #1 is described as a “pink coral.” It’s a muted, light-medium orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was surprisingly sheer when applied dry, yet this formula is supposed to be pigmented without needing a damp application. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop Cheeky (P, $5.00) is lighter, pinker. Anastasia Fresh Peach (P, $12.00) is more orange. LORAC Apricot (LE) is more orange. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S748 Coral (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker. Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Fantaisie #2 is described as a “white satin.” It’s a brightened white with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish and subtle warm undertones It was semi-opaque regardless of whether I used it dry or damp. It had a soft, blendable consistency, but the pigmentation was less stellar. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Shades like this are certainly useful, but they are more basic so there are plenty of shades very similar to it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Fantaisie #3 is described as a “pale green satin.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green with warm, khaki and brown tones and a golden metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation that seemed slightly richer and more intense when applied damp, but the coverage was the same regardless of application method. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is warmer, brighter. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P) is similar. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Flicker (P) is lighter. MAC Sea Worship (LE, $19.50) is warmer. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is greener, lighter. Anastasia Moss (P, $12.00) is greener. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is darker. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is darker. MAC Unsurpassable (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Greensmoke (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is warmer, brighter. bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is more metallic, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Fantaisie #4 is described as an “intense brown.” It’s a dark, red-toned brown with warm undertones and a soft shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, but it wasn’t very intense unless applied damp. The consistency felt soft and was blendable on the lid, and it did last for eight hours before fading, but I wish it was more pigmented. Dior Cuir Cannage #5 (P) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Take on Bordeaux (LE) is more matte. Dior Trafalgar #5 (P) LORAC Cocoa (P) is less brown. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is less shimmery. theBalm #1 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, December 26th, 2014

Chanel La Petillante (49) Rouge Allure Velvet
Chanel La Petillante (49) Rouge Allure Velvet

Chanel La Petillante (49) Rouge Allure Velvet ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “coral red.” It’s a brightened, pink-red that has a very slight warmth to it and a satin-matte finish. It was nearly opaque applied to lips with a lightweight, velvety texture that was fairly thin but was comfortable to wear and applied well. It lasted for six hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $30.00) is redder. Lipstick Queen Have Paris (P, $50.00) is warmer. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is more matte, pinker. Givenchy Rouge Egerie (305) (P, $36.00) is warmer, lighter. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is more matte, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel La Romanesque (50) Rouge Allure Velvet ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “magenta.” It’s a muted, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was very slightly drying towards the end for me. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is a smidgen lighter. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is darker. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is glossier. MAC Good Taste (P, $22.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Voila! (120) (P, $30.00) is darker, redder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Chanel Insaisissable (152) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Insaisissable (152) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Insaisissable (152) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vivid coral.” It’s a brightened, medium coral with warm, orange undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly, but I thought the texture was a little thin and not quite stiff, but not creamy either. It was lightly drying over the five hours it lasted on me, unfortunately. Tom Ford Beauty Adriano (LE, $32.00) is slightly darker. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is similar. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is glossier, slightly pinker. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Bite Beauty Blood Orange (LE, $24.00) is more orange. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $35.00) is less pigmented. MAC Toxic Tale (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $51.00) is glossier, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Badine (154) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a light-medium, slightly muted pink with subtle, warm undertones and a light shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly. The texture was more emollient than Insaisissable, but I felt like this one bunched up in places as I applied–almost as if it was catching on flakes I didn’t know I had (but I don’t really see what I felt in the close-up image). This shade lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is brighter, more matte. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is similar. Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is a smidgen darker. Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is lighter. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio
Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a limited edition set of two blushes and a highlighter. This year’s trio is definitely worth considering from the Color of the Year collection, as much like last year, it’s pretty good overall (could wear a little longer) with good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and has good value. It’s a warm-toned set of shades, so if you prefer cooler-tones, you might check out some of the dupes listed.

Spanish Villa is a golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency. It does slightly emphasize pores if you’re not careful–I found using less dense brushes (like fan brushes) made it really easy to get luminous results that didn’t also make my pores stand out. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Just a heads up, this is the same shade in last year’s Color of the Year blush trio. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more metallic, lighter. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is yellower. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more golden. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Coral Pink is a light-medium peachy-orange with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It looks mostly matte on the skin, though, even when really buffed and worked into the skin. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it was a smidgen powdery, which may translate to chalky depending on the skin tone. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was moderately buildable. When I tested it, the color lasted for seven hours on me. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is darker, more orange. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is darker, more beige. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala is a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation that was very blendable with a soft, smooth texture. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. NARS Almeria (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is browner. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, slightly more plum than red. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is browner. MAC Ambering Rose (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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