Sunday, April 13th, 2014

MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains a peach and copper eyeshadow with a brown eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” When you work with Apricot Blend dry, it can be powdery and the two eyeshadow shades had a tendency to sheer out during application very easily, so I felt like you really had to layer and pack on the eyeshadows to get them to stay. Working with them damp made the color truer-to-pan and created less fall out/excess powder. The eyeliner shade was stiff and much more difficult to use, regardless of application method. Apricot Blend wore well for eight hours before fading.

Apricot Blend #1 is described as a “champagne beige.” It’s a golden champagne with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque but more metallic. There are so many shades that are very, very similar to this, as it is a more basic shade — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apricot Blend #2 is described as a “dirty berry brown.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was very stiff and difficult to blend and had semi-opaque color coverage. Applied damp, it was easier to work with but still felt stiff, and it had more opaque pigmentation. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but performance was the same either way. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Anastasia Sienna (LE) is more orange, less shimmery. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE) is darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is a touch lighter.Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apricot Blend #3 is described as a “warm coral peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with a satin finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry, and it was slightly darker and more intense when applied damp. Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (LE) is more shimmery, warmer. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Apricot Blend

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Apricot Blend #1

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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6.5/10

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6.5/10

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5/10

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8.5/10

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4/5

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

MAC Rich Experience Pro Longwear Eyeliner
MAC Rich Experience Pro Longwear Eyeliner

MAC x Proenza Schouler Collection includes Pro Longwear Eyeliners ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) in two, permanent shades and Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) in two, permanent shades. I’ve reviewed all four of these previously, so you can read about the full reviews for: Pro Longwear Eyeliners and Pro Longwear Lip Pencils. This post only features photos of the pencils in the limited edition packaging, but the colors, textures, etc. are all the same. (I did re-test them, just in case!)

The Pro Longwear Eyeliner formula was disappointing to me, as they appear noticeably faded by the eight-hour mark–not the twelve hours as claimed–and they aren’t waterproof. They have a lightly creamy consistency that is fairly waxy but needs to be built up for opaque color.

Rich Experience is described as a “true brown.” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Ice is described as a “rich black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a satin finish and neutral undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Pro Longwear Lip Pencil formula wears long and hard, though they’re pretty uncomfortable to wear by themselves as they cling and feel more like shrink-wrap on the lips. Underneath lipstick, they definitely add anywhere from an hour to three hours of additional wear, depending on the shade, and they don’t seem to interfere with the way the lipstick itself feels/hydrates, so they’re a lot more comfortable to wear with lipstick or lipgloss on top. They have good color payoff and apply quite evenly.

Dynamo is described as a “bright peony.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-coral with a matte finish. MAC Dynamo (P, $19.50) Urban Decay Streak (P, $19.00) is the closest that I could think of, but it is warmer and more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

High Energy is described as a “bright orange-red cream.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Rich Experience

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4/5

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Black Ice

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6/10

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6.5/10

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8/10

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6.5/10

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4/5

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Dynamo

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8/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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10/10

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4/5

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

MAC Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil
MAC Black Black Chromagraphic Pencil

The MAC Playland Collection features four shades of MAC Chromagraphic Pencils ($16.00 for 0.04 oz.). This formula is permanent at PRO stores, and all shades have existed for awhile now. I have reviewed the formula a few times in the past, so this is a quickie review to include updated swatches, add dupes, and individual ratings. I’m a big fan of the Chromagraphic Pencil formula, because it’s very creamy, intensely pigmented, and long-wearing, but there are some shades that can’t be used on the water line and/or eye area, as well as some shades aren’t to be used on the lip area (all warnings are below).

The following shades are not to be used in the lip area: Black Black, Marine Ultra, NC15/NW20, NW25/NC30, NC42/NW35
The following shades are not to be used in the eye area: Basic Red, Genuine Orange, Process Magenta
The following shades are not to be used in the inner rim of eye: Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow, Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple

Black Black is described as a “deepest black.” It’s a deep, dark, inky black with a satin finish. Intensely pigmented, incredibly long-wearing, and fantastic on the water line. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Genuine Orange is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned orange with a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color in a single stroke. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used in the eye area or the inner rim of the eye. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade!

Hi-Def Cyan is described as a “hi-def cyan.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark sky blue with a matte finish. It had great pigmentation, and it was very buildable and creamy. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used on the inner rim of the eye. I couldn’t think of dupes for this shade either.

Process Magenta is described as a “matte magenta.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was rich and opaque in a single pass. This shade includes a warning that it is not to be used in the eye area or the inner rim of the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Black Black

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

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5/5

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Hi-Def Cyan

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

NARS Baalbek Eye Paint
NARS Baalbek Eye Paint

NARS Baalbek Eye Paint ($25.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “bronze.” It’s a blackened-brown with warm, olive undertones and dirty gold and bronze shimmer. MAC Past Twilight (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Sephora Collection Diving in Malaysia (18) (P, $9.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) has no shimmer. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS’ Eye Paint formula is supposed to be richly pigmented, smooth, quick-drying, long-lasting gel eyeliner. I was really impressed with the formula when it first released, because they can also be used as cream eyeshadows and have a consistency that works exceptionally well as an eyeliner and as a cream eyeshadow–and they wear long and hard. Baalbek is intensely pigmented, so a little goes a very long way, and it applies smoothly and evenly. It wore well for over twelve hours and didn’t budge or fade (it could have kept going!) as an eyeliner, and as an eyeshadow, it held up without creasing or fading for nine hours (then it slightly creased). It’s a new (and permanent) shade from NARS’ Adult Swim collection, which launches April 15th.

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Baalbek

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9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Urban Decay Perversion Ink for Eyes
Urban Decay Perversion Ink for Eyes

Urban Decay Perversion All Night Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a glossier, deep dark black. See comparison swatches / view dupes. The consistency is creamy enough that it glides evenly and easily across the lash line or lid without tugging or dragging, and it delivers good color payoff in a single stroke. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade/thin.

Urban Decay Perversion Ink for Eyes ($20.00 for 0.02 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark, neutral black with a satiny finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes. It’s easy to maneuver, and you can easily create thin to medium lines depending on whether you use the very tip of the pen or hold it more horizontally for a wider line. The liquid flowed evenly out of the pen, and it never seemed to dry up or require shaking to restart the flow of the eyeliner–and the lines it left were richly pigmented and fully opaque. It dried down fairly quickly, set and stayed in place on me for ten hours. It also removed easily with cleansing oil (I used shu’s).

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Perversion

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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5/5

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Urban Decay Black Velvet 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Black Velvet 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay Black Velvet 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, dark, ultra matte black with subtle warm undertones. What makes this shade standout from a lot of other intense black eyeliners on the market is how completely matte it is–looks a lot like powder kohls and the like. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

According to Urban Decay, the Velvet formula is supposed to be more easily and readily smudged and softened eyeliner compared to the original Perversion. It’s a “more powdery” take on their signature 24/7 formula, but it’s still supposed to wear long. The texture is definitely drier–powdery, in a sense–and doesn’t glide on as evenly/smoothly as the original Perversion. It’s not stiff or painful to use, but it applies best in short strokes. I think it applies more evenly to the waterline, though the original seems a little darker, but it is noticeably glossy in comparison, so I don’t know if it’s more of how that shine makes it stand out a little more than the very matte finish of Black Velvet. The original, though, is cooler-toned, and Black Velvet is distinctly warmer toned next to it. On me, Black Velvet lasted for nine hours before showing slight signs of fading.

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Black Velvet

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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