Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case
Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case ($44.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes five eyeshadows, one lip color, one eyeliner, two blushes, and one highlighter. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., each blush is 0.05 oz., the highlighter is 0.05 oz., Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color is 0.10 oz., and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is 0.03 oz. There is $54 worth of eyeshadows, $9 worth of blush (Urban Decay doesn’t currently sell powder blushes, so I took the price-per-ounce for the Naked Flush palette, which is the most comparable product I could think of), $19 worth of lip color, and $14 worth of eyeliner. The kit is at least $96 in value (the blush/highlighter could make the value higher if they were actually sold separately).

Two of the eyeshadows are quite glittery, so if you don’t like glitter eyeshadows, you may want to stay away. A third eyeshadow is sparkly but not as glittery as the other two. Provocateur hurts me on the inside, because it’s not just a glittery mess, but it’s poorly pigmented and gets everywhere and then some. It’s actually worse than it was last year. Scandal is amazing, and it’s a total bummer that the rest of the palette isn’t as good as the lip color. I hope Urban Decay will add Scandal to its permanent line-up of Super Saturated pencils in the future.

I also wish this palette was slimmer. It’s bulky to hold and handle; it just seems unnecessarily large. I just don’t see myself taking this to travel. I feel Urban Decay does everything bulky–it is rare that anything feels rightly-sized.

Scandal is described as a “bright metallic raspberry shimmer.” It’s a rich, vibrant pinky-red with metallic ruby shimmer and a glossy finish. This color knocked my socks off from the MOMENT I applied it to my lips. It is utterly spectacular in the coverage, consistency, and wear–it glides on with rich, even color that lasts five hours, plus a residual stain for another hour and a half or so. Milani Photo Flash is similar, not as red. Guerlain Pour Troubler is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Fetish is described as a “mauve-pink.” It’s a pinky-plum with a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was a little stiff/dry, so it wasn’t as easy to blend as I would have liked to see. It wore well for seven and a half hours, and then it started looking faded after eight hours of wear. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is darker. MAC Sweet Samba is more shimmery. NARS Oasis is more plum. Illamasqua Allure is bolder, deeper. See comparison swatches.

Quickie is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a bright, blue-based, light-medium pink with a matte finish. This had excellent color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was so soft that it was somewhat powdery. It did not look powdery on the skin, though, and it wore well for just under eight hours and started looking somewhat faded after eight and a half hours of wear. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One is similar. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is similar. See comparison swatches.

Craze is described as a “pale gold shimmer.” It’s a pale, yellow-y beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but it can be sheered out or built up, depending on your desired intensity and finish. It slightly emphasized pores when applied with about medium coverage; if I blended it out a lot and went for a lighter coverage, it did not, but there’s some give and take there. It wore well for eight hours and looked slightly faded after nine hours of wear. Becca Moonstone is slightly yellower. theBalm Solid Gold is also a bit yellower. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer is also yellower. Illamasqua Aurora is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Redemption is described as a “deep gunmetal satin.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. LORAC Slate is a touch lighter. Disney Jetsam is less blue. Disney Flotsam is less shimmery. theBalm Matt McDonald is lighter. Urban Decay Ace is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #1 is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is similar. See comparison swatches.

Fray is described as a “warm mauve matte.” It’s a neutral, pink-beige with a matte finish. It was soft, finely-milled, and just a tiny bit powdery. The color payoff was good, though, and it was easy to blend on the lid. Urban Decay Freestyle is warmer. Urban Decay Laced is a touch darker. MAC Bloom On is similar. Chanel Rose de Mai is darker, pinker. Inglot #341 is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Vaporize is described as a “deep metallic gray-taupe shimmer.” It’s a neutral-cool taupe–a mix of gray and brown–with a sparkly, almost glittery, finish. I had issues with fall out with this one, even though it was fairly pigmented. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #7 is similar, less glittery. Disney Kill Joy is lighter. theBalm Selfish is less sparkly. Urban Decay Armor is darker, grayer. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Satin Taupe is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Provocateur is described as a “light metallic mauve shimmer with multidimensional micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, rosy pink with darker pink glitter. This shade had really poor color payoff and really chunky, loose glitter that just got everywhere. It was fall out during application but throughout the wear. I ended up needing to re-test the shades in this without using this, because it was impossible to tell if any others were responsible! It’s actually worse than it was in last year’s Vice palette. Tom Ford Enchanted is similar but less glittery. MAC Heirloom is less pink, cream. Giorgio Armani #29 is pinker, less glittery. Bobbi Brown Pink Rose is similar. See comparison swatches.

Revolt is described as a “bright metallic silver shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a bright silver with silver micro-glitter. It had so-so pigmentation and was incredibly glittery–not as bad asd Provocateur but still frustrating to work with. Urban Decay Shellshock is more pigmented and less glittery. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer is more metallic, less glittery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #6 is less glittery. NARS Silver Factory is a cream product. MAC Extra Silver is more metallic, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black with a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range, and if you tend to buy Urban Decay products, you probably have this already. It wears long and well for at least eight hours and then starts to thin out for me after nine to ten hours of wear, but it doesn’t migrate or smudge. See comparison swatches.

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Two of the eyeshadows are quite glittery, so if you don't like glitter eyeshadows, you may want to stay away. A third eyeshadow is sparkly but not as glittery as the other two. Provocateur hurts me on the inside, because it's not just a glittery mess, but it's poorly pigmented and gets everywhere and then some. It's actually worse than it was last year. Scandal is amazing, and it's a total bummer that the rest of the palette isn't as good as the lip color. I hope Urban Decay will add Scandal to its permanent line-up of Super Saturated pencils in the future.

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8.5/10

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Saturday, September 7th, 2013

theBalm Swiss Dot Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Swiss Dot Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

theBalm Swiss Dot Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “peach.” It’s a medium-dark orange with subtle red undertones and a matte finish. Chanel Presage is similar but a cream product. NARS Gilda is slightly pinker. MAC Early Morning is a touch more muted. MAC Out for Fun is slightly redder and brighter, also a cream product. Guerlain Peach Boy #1 is pinker/redder. Chanel Frivole is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

It’s intensely pigmented with rich color payoff. The texture is soft and finely-milled without being powdery. It does have a tendency to cling to the skin almost immediately, so I highly recommend applying over totally dry/set foundation (if it is liquid/cream) with a light hand and patting, then blending. You may consider lightly dusting cheeks with a finishing or setting powder and then applying the blush, because this will help it blend better. Even on bare skin, it sometimes would stick where it landed, and it would be difficult to blend out. Swiss Dot wore well, though, for eight and a half hours, and after ten hours of wear, it started looking patchy, so it lives up to its long-wearing claim.

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It's intensely pigmented with rich color payoff. The texture is soft and finely-milled without being powdery. It does have a tendency to cling to the skin almost immediately, so I highly recommend applying over totally dry/set foundation (if it is liquid/cream) with a light hand and patting, then blending.

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10/10

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

theBalm Toile Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Toile Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

theBalm Toile Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “strawberry.” It’s a bright, bold coral-pink with a barely-there satin sheen. MAC Simmer is similar. NARS Amour is slightly more muted, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

It’s incredibly pigmented with true-to-pan color, but the coverage is more buildable than over-the-top. I would still recommend using a lighter hand when initially applying so that you can adjust the intensity more readily. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and it wasn’t powdery. As I applied Toile to the skin, it blended out easily initially, but it tends to stick in place once it is sheered out slightly. The blush wore nine and a half hours on me without fading, so it lived up to its long-wearing claim. I wouldn’t describe this so much as a product that stains, as it easily removes with regular makeup remover with no extra elbow grease required.

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Saturday, August 31st, 2013

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Pink Palette
MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Pink Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Pink Palette ($46.00 for 0.45 oz.) contains an iridescent powder (0.12 oz.), blush (0.13 oz.), and beauty powder (0.20 oz.). It’s a limited edition palette that releases on September 12th. I can’t remember the last time a full-sized Iridescent powder came out (to my recollection, which is not infallible, there were some in Fafi, which were $21 a pop and contained 0.28 oz., and blushes were $17.50 then, so my guess is these would be around $24), and then blushes are typically $21.00 for 0.21 oz. and beauty powders are typically $24.00 for 0.35 oz. So the palette contains $9.00 worth of iridescent powder, $13.00 worth of blush, and $13.71 worth of beauty powder–a total value of $35.72. You pay for convenience and variety, but if you only used one or two shades, you might consider finding similar products individually.

Belightful is described as a “light bronze with golden shimmer.” It’s a sheer, golden champagne base with copper and gold sparkle. This color has been released previously (both alone as well as in palettes). I’m not a huge fan of it, because it tends to emphasize pores and imperfections on the skin. It lasted six hours well on my skin, but then it turned somewhat patchy and looked faded from there. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer has a similar effect without the copper sparkle. MAC Redhead is more coppery on its own, less sparkly. Chanel Mouche de Beaute is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Pure Femininity is described as a “mid-tone blue pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a nearly matte finish–it doesn’t even show any sheen unless it’s really buffed into skin (but then it’s very, very sheer). The color payoff was good, and the texture wasn’t too dry or powdery. This shade wore well for seven hours and looked somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. theBalm Argyle is warmer. Edward Bess Bed of Roses is darker, warmer. NARS Angelika is darker. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One is similar. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Peaceful is described as a “mid-tone peach.” It’s a light-medium orange (I guess you could say orange-peach) with a satiny finish. The texture was very, very powdery and a bit dry. Initially applied, it looked somewhat powdery on the skin, so I’d recommend lightly finishing by spraying a fixing spray or facial mist to take down that powderiness on the skin (just water works, too). This product wore for nearly six hours but was almost invisible by the seventh hour. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 is more shimmery. NARS Luster and NARS Gina are both darker. MAC Barefaced is browner, darker. MAC Solar Ray is more shimmery. MAC Warmth of Coral is darker, more orange. MAC Blazing Haute is slightly more yellow-toned but similar. See comparison swatches.

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Antonio Lopez Face/Pink

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7.5/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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Saturday, August 31st, 2013

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette
MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette ($46.00 for 0.45 oz.) contains an iridescent powder (0.12 oz.), blush (0.13 oz.), and beauty powder (0.20 oz.). It’s a limited edition palette that releases on September 12th. I can’t remember the last time a full-sized Iridescent powder came out (to my recollection, which is not infallible, there were some in Fafi, which were $21 a pop and contained 0.28 oz., and blushes were $17.50 then, so my guess is these would be around $24), and then blushes are typically $21.00 for 0.21 oz. and beauty powders are typically $24.00 for 0.35 oz. So the palette contains $9.00 worth of iidescent powder, $13.00 worth of blush, and $13.71 worth of beauty powder–a total value of $35.72. You pay for convenience and variety, but if you only used one or two shades, you might consider finding similar products individually.

Star! is described as a “peachy gold with pink and yellow pearl.” It’s a light golden beige with warm undertones. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which is as expected. It had some gold sparkle, but it seemed to disappear before it was applied. This shade wore well for six and a half hours but was patchy after seven hours. It did emphasize pores slightly.
NARS Nico gives a similar, but more flattering, glow to the skin. MAC Soft & Gentle is more beige, metallic. Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Passion for Colour is described as a “mid-tone coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a coral-orange with a subtle sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it was easy to blend and apply to the skin. It wore well for seven hours and looked somewhat faded after eight hours. Edward Bess Secret Affair is slightly darker. Tom Ford Love Lust is more shimmery. Aveda Hibiscus is pinker. MAC Ripe for Love is more orange. MAC Supercontinental is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Smooth Harmony is described as a “medium golden bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-brown with a golden sheen. (I don’t remember Smooth Harmony being this orange.) The color payoff was just so-so, and it was somewhat powdery. It wore well for six and a half hours, but it had noticeably faded after seven and a half hours. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more orange. MAC Fresh Honey is darker, more orange. MAC Blazing Haute is similar. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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8/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” Rose gold is a fairly apt way to describe it; it’s a mix of pink, beige, and brown with slight warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It is darker than rose gold to me; and of course, the low shimmer makes it less shiny and metallic. There is a very sparkly overlay that can be brushed away after one use (or, if you prefer, brushed away before using). MAC Taste Your Senses is a cream product, less shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Love Lust is more shimmery, pinker. Urban Decay Naked Flushed is more matte, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose is slightly lighter, more shimmery. MAC Light Year is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is softer than any Box o’ Powder I’ve tried, and frankly, the texture feels quite different than the other shades, too. It is sumptuously soft and velvety, and it almost feels like an incredibly finely-milled baked product.  It has a baked feel, but it’s more finely-milled and smoother than traditional baked products. It’s rather like Laura Mercier’s Illuminators and Estee Lauder’s Gelees.  The color payoff was true-to-pan and buildable, so it could be applied at full intensity or applied with a lighter hand for something softer.  It has a very subtle satin finish that becomes more and more glow-inducing as it gets blended and buffed into the skin.  When I wore it, Rockateur lasted well for eight hours and started looking faded after nine hours of wear.  I didn’t notice it emphasizing pores or skin imperfections.

Just a heads up: this contains significantly less product than other Box o’ Powders (which are 0.25 or 0.28 oz. usually) at 0.17 oz., though the price is the same.

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