Saturday, August 17th, 2013

MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline
MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online now, in-stores (and other online retailers) on August 22nd for North America locations) features two new (and limited edition) Fluidlines. Both shades are very glittery/sparkly, so the consistencies isn’t as smooth as cream Fluidlines, and the application is uneven/splotchy. It’s hard to get a good, dense line of color. I found the best way was to load up the brush and then press and almost roll the brush against the lash line to get decent color. I’ve been wearing both for almost eight hours now, and there is significant flaking of color. I wore both on my lower lash line, and depending on your sensitivities, the glitter falling out/flaking off the lash line may cause your eyes to water. I thought they might work better as a base, but when I tried to apply the color as more of a base, it was just as uneven.

Deliciously Rich Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “shimmering dirty taupe.” It’s a medium-dark brown with large gold sparkles. I applied this and the other shade with MAC’s 208 for swatches. Urban Decay Corrupt is less sparkly. MAC Lord It Up is similar but easier to apply and is more opaque. MAC Oprheus is a bit darker and less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Gilt Gourmet Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling burnished gold.” It’s a brown-ish, medium-dark gold with a frosted, metallic finish and larger gold and copper sparkles. MAC Handforged is yellower, warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil
Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil

Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “silver.” It’s more like a silver-shimmered, brownish taupe color with a frosted, metallic finish. It was creamy and had semi-opaque color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color but not fully opaque. It’s the type of color that looks great on the lower lash line to brighten and open up eyes with something more defining than beige. It lasted well for seven hours, and after eight, it looked slightly thinner but did not gather into the corners or smudge. Urban Decay Stray Dog is much darker, as is Urban Decay Mushroom. MAC Catch My Eye is more silver. See comparison swatches.

Black Jack (01) Eye Pencil ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a deep black with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to fully opaque color. The consistency was creamy, so the pencil glided on easily without skipping or tugging at the lash line. It wore well for eight and a half hours, and it even managed the water line for six and a half hours. It started to thin slightly but still looked quite nice after ten hours of wear–and no smudging or migration. It’s a basic black eyeliner, which is essential for each brand to have within their range, but it also means there are plenty of similar shades on the market.

It’s a new (but permanent) formula for fall. It looks like a pencil eyeliner, but it is retractable and comes with a plastic sharpener that pops off on the opposite end of the pencil tip. There is slightly less waste compared to your traditional pencil eyeliner, as you do not have to sharpen the full edge away, but you do get 0.01 oz. (compared to 0.04 oz. of a regular pencil eyeliner).

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Friday, August 9th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm
Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm

Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “buttery, rich lip balm with SPF 18 that locks in hydration.” Right now, it’s available in one shade–Makeout (10)–which is really just clear/translucent. If you’re familiar with Fresh Lip Treatments, I magicmarcer this will seem and feel familiar, but it’s not quite as emollient–it doesn’t slip as much, which I do like, because I feel like it’s so easy to run through a Fresh Lip Treatment and over-apply. Lip Lock Moisture Balm is lightweight, lasts about two to three hours, and is moderately hydrating. Personally, it doesn’t hydrate as much as my current (and ever continuing) favorite, Jack Black. It smelled lightly of mint (and a little herbal something rather), and depending on how much you put on, sometimes there was a slightly bitter taste (I didn’t notice it most of the time, though). (I bought this product, the other two were press samples, just to be totally clear.)

Marc Jacobs Invisible (30) Brow Tamer Grooming Gel ($24.00 for 0.23 oz.) is currently available in one shade–Invisible (30)–which is clear. If you don’t like crunchy brows, you’ll like this formula as it keeps brows soft and pliable, but still holds them in place. The brush is long, skinny, and flocked with almost a doe-foot like material–softer and finer than a traditional spoolie brush.

Marc Jacobs Blacquer Magic Marc’er Precision Pen ($30.00 for 0.016 oz.) is a pointed, felt-tip liquid eyeliner pen that delivers a rich, glossy black color with excellent color payoff and long-wear (ten hours with no flaking or smudging). I will forever loathe taking photos of liquid black eyeliner swatches, because they always appear browner in photos than they are in real life (where they’re pure, rich black!), so you’ll just have to go with it–it really is a glossy, deep black. From what I’ve been hearing, this is actually one of most raved about products (it was released briefly as a preview a couple of weeks ago). The tip has just enough give to maneuver around the lid and curves and roundness of the eye without issue, but it’s not floppy. It comes to a fine enough point to get the inner corners and lash line with precision, but because it widens as it gets to the base, thicker lines can be accomplished easily, too.

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) are available in six shades, and it is described as a “waterproof pencil eyeliner” with a “gel formula [that] allows the richest pigments and the smoothest application for intense color.” It may look like your regular pencil eyeliner, but it’s actually a twist-up pencil (and there’s a detachable sharpener on the opposite end of the pencil). Worth noting, you’re getting the amount of product typically found in twist-up pencils (0.01 oz.), rather than regular pencils (0.04 oz.). From my experience with the three shades I tried, which I’ve been working with for the past week and a half, I found the quality to be inconsistent. Th(ink) was the best performer, while Jazz(berry) was disappointing. All three shades were more unique in color than not, and I couldn’t think of any satisfactory dupes for any of them, so there is that. All three shades wore well for eight hours without fading or migrating, and after nine and a half hours, they looked thinner but not smudged or welled up in the corners of my eyes. I took showers with them on, and they didn’t seem to budge or smear, so I agree with the waterproof claim.

Intro(vert) (52) is a cool-toned emerald green with a frosted silver sparkle and finish. It had decent payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. The consistency was smooth overall and didn’t tug at the lash line. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade. Sephora Good Mood is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #52L is bluer. MAC Blue Noon is darker, bluer. See comparison swatches. You can also see a post I did on green-leaning teal eyeliners here.

Jazz(berry) (46) is a warm-toned, pink-plum with a subtle golden sheen and copper undertone. It was semi-sheer in a single pass, and it was only semi-opaque when I attempted to layer the color by applying it back-and-forth. The pencil didn’t tug on my lash line, but the color was prone to skipping/uneven application. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade–nothing came close. Not even Urban Decay 1999, as it was darker and less pink.

Th(ink) (44) is a deepened, blue and copper-shimmered violet over a blackened base. In a single pass, it had semi-opaque color, but it was very, very buildable and easy to layer with a couple of passes for very rich and intense color. This shade was the creamiest and easiest to apply of the three I tried. Make Up For Ever #8K is bluer, darker, less shimmery. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is more muted, matte. See comparison swatches.

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It had decent payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. The consistency was smooth overall and didn't tug at the lash line.

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It was semi-sheer in a single pass, and it was only semi-opaque when I attempted to layer the color by applying it back-and-forth. The pencil didn't tug on my lash line, but the color was prone to skipping/uneven application.

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In a single pass, it had semi-opaque color, but it was very, very buildable and easy to layer with a couple of passes for very rich and intense color. This shade was the creamiest and easiest to apply of the three I tried.

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Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Revlon Emerald/Empire PhotoReady Kajal
Revlon Emerald PhotoReady Kajal

Revlon Emerald/Empire PhotoReady Kajal ($8.99 for 0.08 oz.) is a dual-ended eyeliner with a bolder, deeper shade on one end for lining and defining, and then a brightening shade on the opposite end. Revlon says both shades can be applied to the water line as well as the lower lash line and should last all-day long and have a creamy formula. I found both ends to be creamy, nicely pigmented (Empire was fully opaque, while Emerald was mostly opaque), and they glided across the lash line easily without tugging, dragging, or skipping.

I wore both on the lower lash line as well as water line, and both applied with opaque color on the water line well.  The bad news is that I had terrible wear with both shades, but it was most distressing to see Empire dragged out about half an inch past my lash line like I had gone swimming for the past hour and a half, maybe with a few crying fits afterward!  I even had bits of the eyeliner on my actual lid–that’s transfer from the lower lash line onto the lid!  I didn’t see as much bleeding with Empire, but because it blended it out to my skin tone, it was hard to tell; but it had clearly faded/migrated.  NARS’ Kaliste actually looks a lot like Emerald (no, it had the exact same wear, so you can see what I mean!), and I had the same experience with that eyeliner formula as well–and it felt like a dream to apply but was a nightmare to wear.

All of this happened within an hour of wearing them.  I looked at my notes, and I thought, “Well, let’s just test it one more time,” and in fact, I tested both shades twice more today, and I had the same bleeding, smudged wear after an hour or less of wear.  It’s really a shame, because the creaminess, coupled with the rich color payoff, made this an eyeliner I wanted to rave about.

Emerald is a blue-tinted teal with a mostly matte finish–there is a smidgen of micro-shimmer, but it doesn’t appear visible applied (looks matte). MAC Blue Noon is greener. Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal is bluer. See comparison swatches. You can also see additional blue-based teal eyeliner swatches.

Empire is a lightened, warm-toned, light beige with a matte finish. Sephora Blonde Ambition is more shimmery, while NARS Rue Bonaparte is more neutral. See comparison swatches. It would also be comparable to MAC NC15/NW20.

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Saturday, July 6th, 2013

NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold.” It’s a warm, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage on the lash line, though it wasn’t totally even so it does need to be smudged and blended a bit after applied to get the best results. The consistency could have been somewhat creamier/easier to glide on. It wore well for seven hours but has noticeably thinned out after eight hours. Chanel Vegas Gold is darker, more orange. Make Up For Ever #9L is slightly less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Via de Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark chocolate brown with red undertones and a very subtle pearl. It was semi-opaque in a single pass but was buildable to full opacity with a few passes. It was creamier than Las Ramblas, so it was easier to apply. This shade lasted for eight hours well and only started to look somewhat thinner after nine hours. Urban Decay Bourbon is darker, browner. MAC Brown Border is darker. MAC Fluidline is warmer, more copper. See comparison swatches.

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