Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base
MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base ($70.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “vivid coral creme.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is a powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is powder. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more orange. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is darekr, powder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Not that this luxury holiday collection is a value proposition by any means, but regularly-sized and packaged Cream Colour Bases retail for $21.00 for 0.12 oz. or $175/oz., and this limited edition, over-sized version is $250/oz. It is over twice the amount of product in a regular CCB, though a little goes a long way. The compact is incredibly weighty–it’s probably not one you’d want to keep in a bag for on-the-go, because it is really that heavy–which does give it a more luxe and high-end feeling. It felt sturdy while still being functional. I found that this was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, which was a good thing, as it was longer-wearing at seven and a half hours, and yielded richer color payoff from the get-go. It looks more satin-to-matte applied once it sets and dries down.

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.97 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palettes (eight shades in each). Overall, I think the Lip Cremes and the Eyeshadows are the stars, but the rest leaves me unimpressed: one blush was a complete miss (worst product in the set), while the three eyeliners were rougher, drier formula. Some of the eyeshadows are very nice, others are sheerer and don’t perform as well. I noticed the eyeshadow formula seemed thinner in this palette across the board, which made a lot of shades seem less powdery, but some were under-pigmented. There’s plenty of “value” to the set, but I think it just depends on what you wanted most.

Pampered is a pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It looks more matte applied (doesn’t really get luminous or satiny when blended out), and the texture was smooth but not as soft as other shades in the range have been. The color payoff was good, while the blush itself lasted for nine hours (three shy of the 12-hour claim, though). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Savored is a warm, rosy plum with a satiny sheen. The texture was incredibly stiff–just hard to get any color out of it during application–and I found it harder to blend on the skin. I scraped off the first few layers, and it was slightly improved but still dismal. It seemed to wear around seven hours or so, but it was so sheer, it was hard to tell. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indulging is a muted, fuchsia pink with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a high-shine finish. The color deposited somewhat unevenly with minor settling into lip lines. It was lightly tacky and lasted for three hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rare is a warm rose pink with a soft, frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, lasted for four hours, and was lightly hydrating. It was mint-scented, but I didn’t notice much of a tingle beyond the very initial moment. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wonder is a brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pinky Promise is a muted, medium rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, silky texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Taupe of the World is a warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a semi-matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, so it wasn’t fully opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

You Look Mauveless is a medium-dark plum with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was mostly opaque and had a soft, silky consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just Malt Away is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The powder was soft, blendable, and silky, while it yielded full color coverage. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pampered Pink is a light-medium, warm pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dare to Be Gold is a warm, coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. It wasn’t fully pigmented, and the texture felt thinner and drier, though not too difficult to work with on the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Show Plum Love is a rich, plummy purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wind Down Brown is a dark, neutral brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it didn’t adhere as well to the skin, so a primer would help with this particular shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla Candles is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It is soft, a smidgen powdery, with fairly good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coming Up Roses is a muted plum with a soft, frosted finish. The texture was on the powdery side, so the color payoff wasn’t great. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hazelnut Bon Bons is a muted, medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was somewhat powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Bubble Bath is a brightened peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Cuff is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Feeling Grey-t is a light-medium, warm taupe brown with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, though it still had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso Yourself is a cool-toned taupe-gray with a matte finish. It was sheer, and the consistency was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnamon Latte is a deepened, purpled-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was powdery and semi-sheer. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal is a dark gray with cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke that was buildable to more opaque coverage in two to three layers. It lasted for seven hours on me, but it was painful to apply to the lash line. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a warm, chocolate bronze-brown with a frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, but it just had a drier, more dragging texture that made it harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum is a muted, medium-dark purple with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff in one go, but I wish the texture was less dry and easier to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sweet Indulgences

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.94 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palletes (eight shades in each). The set will be the TSV tomorrow, November 10th, on QVC for $59.97 (compared to $72.50 that it is listed at presently). My review will be up tomorrow morning :) For now, I hope you enjoy these swatches!

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette
bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette

bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette ($39.00 for 0.63 oz.) contains six eyeshadows, one highlighter, and three blushes in a fold-up palette. Each eyeshadow is 0.04 oz., while the Luminizer is 0.09 oz. and each blush is 0.10 oz. It’s a nice palette for someone who’s looking for a range of warm-toned neutrals in a variety of finishes paired with blush. There are a lot of neutral-themed palettes out there now, so this might not be a must-have, but at least this one is high quality and the added pairing of blushes makes it slightly different. If you’re a regular Ready fan, you may find this contains too many shades you already have as there are a few from previous holiday sets and/or permanent range.

Celebrate is a light, yellow beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency. It wore well for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fortune is a softened, light-medium warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture. The color wore well for ten hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shazam is a peach, muted by beige, with a frosted finish and warm undertones. The texture was a little powdery, though it had good color payoff. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

A-Ha is a warm, golden bronze with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, buttery consistency that went on fairly smoothly. It stayed on for nine and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pumped is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a soft, golden sparkle. It had great pigmentation, while the texture was soft and silky. It didn’t start to fade until after nine and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Foreshadow is a taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, silky consistency that blended well on the skin. It lasted for nine and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Premiere is a gold-shimmered, peach-beige with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that could be easily blended out for a lighter look or applied for a very glowing finish. It wore well for eight hours on me (and the formula only claims eight-hour wear). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Close Call is a rosy, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Natural High is a gold-shimmered, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–but it didn’t seem as pigmented as the standalone version I have–with a soft, smooth texture. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Indecent Proposal is a muted, plummy pink with a satin finish. It had decent color payoff but was a little powdery–the texture wasn’t as silky or as blendable as the other three shades. This blush wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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The Magic Act

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Laura Mercier Holiday 2014 Artist Palette for Eyes & Cheeks
Laura Mercier Holiday 2014 Artist Palette for Eyes & Cheeks

Laura Mercier Holiday 2014 Artist Palette for Eyes & Cheeks ($58.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows and one cheek color. The eyeshadows lean slightly cool-toned overall, but the cheek color is really warm, and I felt like it didn’t complement the eyeshadows well. Nearly all of the eyeshadows in the palette were slightly powdery, with the more shimmery shades having a dry, powdery consistency, whereas the mattes were silky and soft and a wee bit powdery (but better than stiff). Most of the eyeshadows lasted for eight hours, while the blush wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This palette is exclusive to Sephora.

Rosegold Shimmer is a light-medium, orange-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff with a fairly soft texture that was blendable. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla Nuts is a light beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and was only slightly powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stone Taupe is a dark, taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky consistency that was a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pewter is a murky, muted, dark green with strong brown tones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft but powdery texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Night is a deepened, navy blue with a muted quality and a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder felt soft, smooth, and silky. It’s soft enough that it is messy to apply, so I’d recommend doing eyes first if you use this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Topaz is a muted, medium brown with a hint of gray and a frosted sheen. It had a drier, dusty consistency that made it harder to apply and get true-to-pan color. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Morning Dew is a white-beige with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It is very soft and almost chalky as a result, but it will depend on skin tone on just how chalky it ends up looking on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere is a rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was opaque with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use and wasn’t too powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crystal Beige is a muted, medium-dark bronze brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. This shade had nice color payoff, but the texture was drier and a little dusty to work with, which gave it a faded look applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Holiday 2014

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Too Faced La Belle Carousel
Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Too Faced La Belle Carousel ($49.00 for 1.45 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, two bronzers, two blushes, and a travel-sized Better than Sex Mascara. What’s neat about this particular set is that the container holds five separate palettes and then the mascara in its own box. It’s perfect for giving and getting–a little for you, a little for a friend–or easily broken up and given as stocking stuffers. The back of each of the palettes actually have “to” and “from” lines, so they’re ready to gift. The set is a great value, and overall, it’s nice–not A+ territory, but it’s decent to good. The majority of the eyeshadows were nicely pigmented, wore for eight hours, and were easy to apply–there were a few (noted below) that had fall out due to more glittery textures or were lacking in pigmentation. The cheek products, except the matte bronzer, were rather frosted, so there was some emphasis of pores and skin imperfections.

Luminous Peach is a softened, medium orange with a golden orange frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me, but the frost slightly emphasized pores. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sun Bunny #1 is a medium-dark, yellowed brown with a frosted finish. It emphasized pores somewhat, but it had good color payoff and a blendable texture. It is the darker half of the Sun Bunny bronzer duo, which is part of Too Faced’s permanent range. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Who’s Your Poppy is a medium, warm-toned pink with a frosted, golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, though the texture was noticeably powdery. It didn’t emphasize pores too much, which was a surprise. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Soleil is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nutcracker is a bright, cool-toned white with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Nude Beach is a golden peach with a metallic finish and large, gold glitter. The underlying color applied fairly well, but the glitter gets everywhere. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Boxes & Bows is a brightened, warm pink with a gold, metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff and applied evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugar Plum Fairy is a deepened, eggplant purple with subtle, cool undertones and bluish-silver sparkle. The sparkle tended to fall out over time, though the base color was nicely pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Frost is a medium, cool-toned white with a sparkly, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was dryer and more crumbly, and there was fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tin Soldier is a dark, metallic silver with cool undertones. It had a fairly soft, buttery consistency with nice pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Christmas Tree is a cool-toned, emerald green with a subtle olive undertone and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was nice, but the texture, while smooth, had a drier consistency that made it a little harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Santa’s Boots is a neutral-toned black with subtle silver sparkle. The sparkle isn’t noticeable on the lid, because most of it never arrives, so the result is really a matte black. It’s semi-opaque but dusty to work with. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tufted Suede is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and it applied beautifully. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Angel Hair is a muted, golden brown with a hint of copper and a soft, frosted finish. It had so-so pigmentation, and the texture was a smidgen powdery, but it applied better on the eye than it swatched. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Haute Chocolate is a rich, deepened bronze with a metallic finish and warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was really soft and buttery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Yule Log is a dark, chocolate brown with copper flecks of sparkle over a satin finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was drier and there was some fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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La Belle Carousel

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Sun Bunny #1

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10/10

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