Sunday, January 12th, 2014

NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner

The NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) range has two new shades releasing for spring. Khao San Road is permanent, while Puerta del Sol is limited edition.  They’re both really fun, bright pops of color that are perfect for adding oomph to any look, but I wish they were a little creamier and more pigmented.  They are buildable to varying degrees (Puerta del Sol more so than Khao San Road), and they were both long-wearing and didn’t smudge at any point (but gradually faded/thinned after eight hours).

Khao San Road is described as a “metallic aquamarine.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with silver sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The formula is just lightly creamy, so it doesn’t smudge easily and dries and sets very quickly. It lasted for eight hours without fading or smudging on me. Sephora Collection Summer Cruise (23) (P, $9.00) is lighter. Chanel True Blue (57) (LE, $30.00) is similar. bareMinerals 4AM (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Puerta del Sol is described as a “parrot green with shimmer.” It’s a grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It is an eyeliner that really has to be layered and built-up in order to achieve more opaque color payoff. It wore well for eight hours before starting to thin. Ardency Inn Grass (P, $19.00) is warmer with no shimmer. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is less shimmery. NARS Rue de Rivoli (P, $24.00) is much darker (included here more because it’s in the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Fluidlines
MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Fluidlines

There are three shades of MAC Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) in the upcoming Magnetic Nude collection, which launches in-stores and at-counter on December 26th. I tested two yesterday, and I’ll be testing the third today, so the rating for Chilled will be added once I’ve finished wearing it for the day.

Chilled is described as a “frosted white gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a cool-toned white with a pale gold frosted sheen. It has a slightly sparkly consistency, so it doesn’t apply as smoothly as a true cream finish would. It had a metallic finish and semi-opaque color coverage.  I had some stray sparkles go elsewhere after a few hours of wear, so it the wear was as impeccable as I’ve typically experienced with the formula. MAC Gilded White (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

It’s Physical is described as a “brown with purple pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a dark brown with yellow-ish tones with purple shimmer. It looks more interesting in the pot than it does on, as the brown tended to dominate. It had decent color payoff but wasn’t fully opaque. It was something buildable, though, and on my lash line, it wore well for nine hours. Urban Decay Underground (P, $19.00) is less sparkly, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is browner. MAC Added Goodness (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Our Secret is described as a “metallic brown with red pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable and could be worn as a base, too. The color lasted well for nine hours on my lower lash line. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Hustle (LE, $19.00) is very similar. Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil

Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “smoky black matte with rosy red micro-glitter + purple-taupe satin.”

  • Blackheart is a deep, dark purpled black with burgundy sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, but it is buildable to more opaque color in two to three layers. It wore well for eight hours on me with slight thinning apparent after nine hours. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Dark Diversion (LE, $16.00) has no sparkle.Bobbi Brown Black Plum (P, $24.00) is lighter, less sparkle.See comparison swatches.
  • Darkside medium-dark plum with warm, brown tones and a satin shimmer. It was semi-sheer when applied in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two to three layers. It wore well for eight hours and was slightly faded after that. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is purpler. MAC Raven (LE, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is slightly more plum. See comparison swatches.

Crave + Venus 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “deepest, darkest brown-black matte + soft, off-white shimmer.”

Perversion + Pistol 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “blackest-black matte + light gray-brown shimmer.”

  • Perversion is a deep, dark black with a matte finish. It’s incredibly pigmented, very creamy, and wears eight to nine hours on me. This is part of the permanent range and has been reviewed previously. See comparison swatches.
  • Pistol is a golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable in two layers to fully opaque color. It lasted eight hours on me before starting to show signs of fading. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more golden/brown. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $19.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches.

Zero + Whiskey 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “Zealous black cream + rich brown matte.”

  • Zero is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range. It has so-so color payoff in a single pass, but it is buildable to mostly opaque color. It wears eight hours on me without signs of fading. See comparison swatches.
  • Whiskey is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with a mostly matte finish and warm, orange-red undertones. It’s part of the permanent range as well. It has decent color payoff and builds to opaque color in two layers. It wears just over eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is darker. NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Roach (P, $19.00) is shimmery. MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Rich Ground (P, $16.00) is metallic. See comparison swatches.

Now, the one bummer is that currently, the Zero + Whiskey pencil on Urban Decay’s website (that’s been there for awhile) is $12, and these are listed as $16 in the press release–same amount of product.

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Saturday, October 26th, 2013

MAC Cockiness Superslick Eyeliner
MAC Cockiness Superslick Eyeliner

MAC Cockiness Superslick Eyeliner ($20.50 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmery rose gold [with a Frost finish].” It’s more like a brightened, medium copper with barely-there pink, gold, and copper shimmer. I tried to look at it several different lighting situations to see if it turned more rose gold, but it always looked rather coppery. It had mostly opaque color coverage and seemed quite pigmented in a single stroke. There are actually not that bad coppery eyeliners–this post compares a few here but none really compare favorably. MAC Rich Ground (P, $16.00) is much darker and browner. Giorgio Armani Copper (05) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pisces Persuasion Superslick Eyeliner ($20.50 for 0.06 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmery white [with a Frost finish].” It’s a milky white with neutral to slightly cool undertones and a white shimmer. This one was a little more translucent; it applied evenly but the milky white wasn’t fully opaque in one go. I think this might be better layered over something else. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this; I only could think of two eyeliners that were white but both were totally matte.

Neither of these eyeliners are going to be going anywhere once they’ve dried down and set.  They were easy to remove with a cleansing oil (I used shu’s), but I would opt for whatever your go-to remover is for anything super long-wearing or hard to remove, because a lot of lightweight makeup removers will struggle to remove these.  They are definitely waterproof and smudge-proof once dried.  The consistency, however, is watery initially, and because I applied to my lower lash line, I noticed that the first go-round, Pisces Persuasion actually pooled downward as it was setting–so just be careful where and how you apply it.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first :)

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Monday, October 21st, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a warm-toned palette with products for eyes, lips, and face. It contains three eyeshadows (0.028 oz. each), two lipsticks (0.024 oz. each), one iridescent powder (0.176 oz.), and one eye pencil (0.015 oz.). The products represent a a total value of $44.09 –$16.80 worth of eyeshadows, $7.20 worth of lipsticks, $15.09 worth of iridescent powder, and $5 worth of eyeliner. Over time, as more and more brands churn out mega palettes for the holidays all around $50 or so, and I wish MAC would step-up the value (or reduce the cost) of their holiday sets and kits.  Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use.

Golden is described as a “muted golden tan-beige with shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium orange-brown with golden shimmer. The texture of this was strangely dry and almost crumbly/chunky. It flaked away and didn’t bind together well. The color payoff was so-so but it tended to sheer out/blend away as the product didn’t stick to the skin well. What did apply lasted six and a half hours. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more golden.MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Myself is described as a “light dirty mauve with traveling pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pale, muted pink with neutral undertones and a golden sheen. On lips, it lightens the natural color and has semi-opaque color coverage. It wore for two hours. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Love Talk is described as a “mid-tone cool nude [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a plummy brown with neutral-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore for four hours. It was a smidgen drying–but this is typical of Cremesheen finishes for me, though I know others do not have any issues with this finish! Bobbi Brown Soft Nude (P, $24.00) has more plum in it. MAC Viva Glam VI (P, $15.00) is more frosted, less brown. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Tenderly is described as a “soft warm pink with frost [with a frost finish].” Though it has pink tones, it translated to more like a neutral-cool pale beige with a warmer, golden sheen. It had so-so color payoff. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is warmer. MAC Dew (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

After Dusk is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a rosy plum with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is browner. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Showstopper is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, deep dark brown with a matte finish. The only problem is it doesn’t look like much applied, because it had such poor color payoff and a really stiff, dry texture that made it difficult to apply and blend. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. MAC Set to Dance (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Coffee is described as an “intense bronze.” It’s a chocolate brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a bit dry. It was uncomfortable to apply to the lash line, as it tended to skip and tug. The color wore well for almost eight hours with minimal fading. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is more neutral-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use. It was a disappointing palette overall.

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Monday, October 21st, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag/Nude
MAC Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag/Nude

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Nude Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a small, zippered bag that contains a Paint Pot ($20.00 value), Fluidline ($16.00 value), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara ($21.00 value), and a double-ended brush (approximately $10-15 value). The value of the color products is $57 alone, so you’re definitely getting more for your money by purchasing everything as a set; there is also the value of the bag and the double-ended brush that would bring the value to at least $67. Even if you’re just digging the Paint Pot and Fluidline, together they’re $36, so it’s not too bad if the other products are less interesting.

Past Twilight is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a deep, dark plummy brown with a mostly matte finish. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it had a creamy, easy-to-apply consistency. It wore well without smudging or fading over a twelve-hour period. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is browner. MAC Dark Diversion (LE, $16.00) is a bit lighter but still quite similar. bareMinerals 5PM (P, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Utterly Becoming is described as a “creamy beige.” It’s a light-medium rosy beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was lightly creamy and easy to spread and blend on the skin. It had opaque color coverage, and it wore well for twelve hours without fading or creasing. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is a powder product. MAC Inner Strength (LE, $15.00) is a powder product. See comparison swatches. I don’t have it swatched (and I’m not sure I have it at all), but I believe Painterly is grayer/cooler-toned.

The bag seems sturdy and practical enough, and it’s wider than the zipppered Lip Bags, so it can accommodate more products. The dual-ended brush is a toss-in for me; it’s not bad, it’s not great–MAC’s full-sized versions are both better in feel and consistency of the density/shape of the brush heads.  In Extreme Dimension mascara separates and defines, but sometimes it seems to pull out a lot of product on the wand, which needs to be removed so that lashes don’t enter Clump City. I didn’t see a lot of length or volume with the mascara.  I didn’t have any flaking/smudging, though!

P.S. — I did not purchase the Gold or Violet Eye Bags, as they both contain products I’ve reviewed in the past.

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