Make Up For Ever M402, M500, M501 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly without emphasizing the texture of my lips too much. The color wore well for over six hours and left a stain behind, while the formula felt lightly drying after four and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Consuming Red (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter (85% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Bae (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M402
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows (Fall 2016)

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a “new,” limited edition formula available in six shades for fall. NARS’ has used the term “Hardwired Eyeshadow” before, though they were more like typical powder eyeshadows and several were matte, and then two of the six shades (Outer Limits and Stud) were released in previous seasonal collections as regular eyeshadows (but were quite different from NARS’ standard powder formula!). NARS’ describes this formula as “high-pigment,” “high-shine,” and long-wearing. It’s a pressed eyeshadow with a high amount of metallic shine and reflective sparkle. The six in the launch are very similar in feel and application, and the two repeated shades are similar to their original launches (Outer Limits was a little lighter/less pigmented to me). The formula compares to MAC Pressed Pigments and Urban Decay Moondusts; they have similar almost-wet, smooth texture with lots of sparkle and shine but adhere better and have less fall out than traditional glitter/sparkle eyeshadows. NARS’ formula is semi-opaque to opaque with sparkle that varies from finer and smoother (like the latter three) to larger, chunkier, and looser, so the wear varies from minimal to moderate fall out.

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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow

MAC x Star Trek Midnight & To Boldly Go Pressed Pigment

MAC Midnight Pressed Pigment ($23.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cobalt blue with pearl sparkle.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter blue sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry, which was mostly opaque when applied damp. It applied more smoothly and evenly when I used it with a damp brush than dry. The color lasted for eight hours with a little fall out over time. Hello Kitty Kitty-Chan (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Swing (116) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bluebird (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Vega (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Dior Reveuse (271) (LE, $31.00) is warmer (80% similar). Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Midnight Pressed Pigment
MAC Pressed Pigment Midnight
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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YSL Golden Glow (13) Couture Palette

YSL Golden Glow (13) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, neutral eyeshadow palette with subtle, warmer shades. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “intense” in color, long-wearing, and crease-proof. I like the way YSL’s Couture eyeshadow formula looks on the lid, but it is a formula that really needs a primer to last through the day–so if you typically wear primer, and you don’t already have neutrals covered, you might like this one. The eyeshadows are very soft, lightly dusty but “melt” a bit, where they meld with the skin and don”t just sit on it and look dry. Overall, the pigmentation was semi-opaque to opaque with most shades blending easily. They all faded noticeably within six to seven hours on me, though.

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YSL Golden Glow (13) Couture Palette

YSL Rosy Glow (14) Couture Palette

YSL Rosy Glow (14) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.16 oz.) contains a mix of warmer neutrals with satin to frost finishes. The eyeshadows are supposed to be “intense” in color, long-wearing, and crease-proof. The palette largely performed as past Couture palettes have, which is with decent pigmentation, softer/dustier textures, and below-average wear but does improve significantly when used over a primer. While I typically like the end result of how the formula looks on the lid, this palette had one major miss–the light gold–that was just sheer and messy to work with, which is not at all the “intense color” promised.

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YSL Rosy Glow (14) Couture Palette

Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner (Part 2)

Urban Decay 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner ($22.0000 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a water-resistant, long-wearing, “intensely pigmented” liquid liner with an ultra-precise (thin) applicator. There are cream shades and metallic shades; the cream ones have a shiny finish (so none dry matte), while the metallic ones have a more pearly sheen. They require 20-30 seconds worth of shaking, or else you’ll end up with a more watery, sheerer consistency that is hard to work with. If shaken for long enough, everything mixes and most shades are semi-opaque to opaque and thin without feeling watered down, but it is a very wet, thin formula that takes 15-30 seconds to dry down (depends on the shade–metallics dried faster for me, on the whole). Once it dries down, it does seem to shrink slightly and I can feel it cling to my skin a bit. The applicator is thin and flexible enough to maneuver around the curve of the lid. Something that was somewhat frustrating is that the formula is so thin and wet that I do get some splattering when I open shades as well as when I apply (like a dot or two randomly on face).

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Urban Decay 24/7 Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner
Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner Bump
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
84%
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