Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor
Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor

Givenchy Delicate (9) Prisme Quatuor ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a set of lightly warm-toned neutrals with more matte finishes. Often, when a new formula comes out, I try to pick a shade that is more of a “gimme” and one that may be more challenging, and if a brand can’t put out decent warm-toned neutrals, then it really isn’t looking good for the formula. This quad is better than Tentation, but it still suffers from a texture that while soft to the touch, is firmer that makes it harder to blend and apply. I was able to get a decent look out of it, and it was only the deepest shade that was really difficult to work with. I don’t recommend it, because I think you can get better performing neutrals right out-of-the-palette at an assortment of prices equal or less than this from a myriad of brands, but if you were looking to make it work, I would highly recommend a primer or good base underneath to help combat some of the blending, pigmentation, and longevity issues present.

Delicate #1 is a medium-dark brown with warm, golden yellow undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier, thinner consistency that stuck to the skin but didn’t move well. The color started to fade after seven hours of wear. MAC Choco Cake (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. LORAC Unedited (P) is slightly darker. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is similar. Colour Pop Farah (P, $5.00) is a cream product. Kat Von D Leather (LE) is similar. MAC Clove (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Stila Being (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC A Harvest of Greens #4 (P, $21.00) is similar. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #2 is a medium, golden brown with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly blendable, moderately soft texture that was workable. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Mumu (LE, $15.00) is more matte. LORAC Undeniable (P) is less warm-toned. Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is darker. Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is darker. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer, more matte. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is more matte. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Brownluxe #2 (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #3 is a light-medium, golden beige-brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a drier, thin texture that wasn’t powdery but required building on the lid. It blended decently but faded after six and a half hours. MAC Mumu (LE, $15.00) is darker. LORAC Undeniable (P) is darker. Colour Pop Smash (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Fawned of You (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Tan-gled Up in You (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever S642 Sahara (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delicate #4 is a brightened ivory with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that was soft and blendable but thin. It lasted for six hours on me. It’s a more basic shade, so there are a lot of very, very similar options. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad
Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad

Givenchy Tentation (7) Prisme Quatuor Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00 for 0.14 oz.) consists of a medium yellowed green, burgundy, mauve-y pink, and shimmery beige. I thought it was an interesting color combination to try, but I was very disappointed in the quality of the eyeshadows in practice. Givenchy describes the formula as having an “intuitive application [that] offers immediate and even coverage for pure, intense color payoff … comfortable to wear and luminous, it stays true all day long.” They swatched with promise, but they just didn’t adhere well, blend easily, or wear for long. The initial application made it look like I had been wearing the eyeshadows for sixteen hours in humid weather–faded, muddied, and uneven, when it was more like five minutes. You know it’s bad when you apply the product, see the end result, apply more, still get the same result, and have ended up packing so much product on that you have more eyeshadow underneath your eye than above it, then say, “screw it!” and remove and try again another day, only to endure the same frustrating, dismal results as before a week later.

Tentation #1 is a medium, yellowed olive green with a smattering of light gold sparkle over a satin finish. It seemed like it had good color payoff, but it sheers out really easily in practice and doesn’t stick to the skin well. I felt like I applied the color, blended carefully, and then it seemed to disappear, like some kind of horrible magic trick. It was noticeably faded and creased after four hours of wear. Colour Pop Rebel (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery, cream. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Colour Pop Hammered (P, $5.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is more shimmery. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is warmer. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Marsh (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) (P, $23.00) is darker, less shimmery, cream. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is a cream. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #148 (DC, $20.00) is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #2 is a muted, dark burgundy-brown with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation but had a dry, hard-to-blend texture that faded quickly. The color applied and remained uneven on the skin, as it just wouldn’t blend. It showed signs of creasing after six hours of wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Red Mahogany (LE) is similar. Guerlain Cygne Noir #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Hello Kitty Celebrate (LE) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Black Forest Truffle (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is lighter. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is browner. Urban Decay Roach (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #3 is a light-medium, pink-mauve with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was sheer, firm, and difficult to get color to translate onto the skin, as it went on unevenly and tended to blend away to nothingness. On me, it seemed like it had vanished within four hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #4 (P) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Paris #1 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S812 Tea Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Cambon #3 (P) is brighter. MAC Lingering Dusk (LE, $15.00) is warmer, darker. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tentation #4 is a light, sparkly beige with warm, golden undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage with a firmer texture that didn’t play well with the skin. It sheered out as soon as you went to blend it, and the sparkles got everywhere. It looked like it had totally faded within four hours of wear. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #1 (LE) is warmer, darker. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is a liquid product, less sparkly. Dior Golden Reflections #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Clarins Forest #2 (LE) is similar. Bobbi Brown Bone (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, March 7th, 2015

NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Jubilation Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm-toned duo that is for those who love shimmer and metallic finishes. The texture of both shades is a bit firmer, so using ultra-soft brushes may get you poor results (e.g. blue squirrel haired brushes don’t work well, but goat hair and synthetic brushes worked fine). The color payoff was good regardless of dry or damp application, though the shimmer in the finishes was amplified when I used the shades damp. The “translucent wash of color” for damp application continues to elude me–I get nothing but intense color (and my brush is lightly misted, not sopping wet!). I would recommend a duo fiber brush like MAC’s 159 for applying these damp, rather than NARS’ own brush, as the damp application easily lifts base products and/or moves the brush around together while lifting it from place to place rather than blending it out, and I’ve had the best luck with the duo fiber brushes as they swirl without lifting the best. Damp application is a lot more work, because it is quite fussy.

Jubilation (Left) is described as a “sparkling yellow gold highlighter.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It is actually rather metallic whether it is used dry or wet, though it is even more metallic when used wet and the pigmentation is richer. It emphasized pores very slightly when applied dry, and it lasted for seven hours. When I tested it with a dampened application, it definitely made my pores look bigger and skin more textured, and it wore well for eight hours.
NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is much lighter. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is similar. MAC Centre of Attention (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is similar. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker. Chanel Or (LE, $45.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jubilation (Right) is described as a “shimmering soft nude peach.” It’s a softened peachy-orange with a warm, golden metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff regardless of wet or dry application, but a wet application brought out the metallic shimmer and also tended to give it a chunkier, more textured look (the powder seemed thicker). Applied dry, it illuminated the skin and added warmth without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture and lasted for seven hours. Applied damp, it was thicker and more metallic, which amplified pores and my skin’s texture but wore well for eight hours. NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is darker. Laura Mercier Rosegold Shimmer (LE) is less shimmery. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is a cream product. MAC Fairly Precious (LE, $30.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $30.00) is darker. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is less warm-toned, less metallic. MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

MAC Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of three neutral duos in the upcoming Julia Petit collaboration collection. This is the last duo, and it is another instance where one shade is nice and one is hard to use. It’s an interesting pairing of colors/textures, but the quality is just missing in the black shade–it’s so difficult to blend.

Mumu is described as a “soft nude brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark ochre brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was so soft and smooth that it felt creamy, even though it was a powder product. It had good pigmentation with a blendable, easy-to-use formula that wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. LORAC Undeniable (P) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE) is less yellow. Too Faced Mousse (P, $16.00) is less yellow. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is similar. Anastasia Caramel (P, $12.00) is warmer, more orange. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is similar. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Uninterrupted (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Outre (LE, $15.00) is warmer, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Noite is described as a “black with pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a dark black with silver sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which is actually the pigmentation level that Lustres are supposed to have. I found it was buildable if you wanted a deeper, more opaque black. The texture is really dry and thin, which made it incredibly hard to blend; it always looked streaky, uneven, and just dry applied to the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was fall out from the sparkle in the shade. Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is sparklier. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is a cream product, has more sparkle. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is lighter. Kat Von D Black Star (LE) is less sparkly. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) has more sparkles, darker. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Too Faced Starry Night (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Pure Glam (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Oil Slick (P, $18.00) has more sparkles. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Black Tied (P, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

MAC Morganite Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Morganite Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Morganite Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of three neutral duos in the upcoming Julia Petit collaboration collection. It’s always disappointing when one shade out-performs the other, because it’s hard to justify a duo when half of it is less than stellar. The lighter shade is a drier, more glittery shade that is hard to apply without a tacky base to help it adhere to the skin. The darker shade has such a beautiful, workable texture, and again, the combination of shades could easily work well.

Sunstoned is described as a “soft pink champagne [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkly finish. It had sheer coverage (which is more in line with the type of finish it is) with a dry, thin texture, but it didn’t have as gritty of a feel as Druzy, though it has similar issues such as poor adhesion to bare skin and fall out (during wear as well as during application). It lasted for six hours on me and had a significant amount of fall out over time. Giorgio Armani #10 (P, $32.00) is similar. MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is lighter. MAC Faire Maiden (LE, $15.00) is darker, less sparkly. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is darker. Stila Kitten (P) is less glittery. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is less glittery. Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is sparkly. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Too Faced Moon on Their Wings (LE, $16.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Choco Cake is described as a “dark chocolate [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft, smooth, and almost creamy with how finely-milled and velvety the powder was. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it went on evenly and was buildable to opaque color. I found this really blendable and more like MAC’s Matte2 finish than their typical matte finish–a major plus. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Hourglass Infinity #4 (P) is lighter. Kat Von D Orion (LE) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is similar. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is yellower. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ground Brown (P, $15.00) is redder. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

MAC Sagu Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Sagu Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Sagu Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of three neutral duos in the upcoming Julia Petit collaboration collection. This duo’s downfall is just how poor the lighter shade is, which is owed a lot to the fact that it is a Lustre finish–one of MAC’s weakest finishes/formulas in their eyeshadow range. I wonder why MAC doesn’t make their “Lustre” finish their Pressed Pigments, since at least those have some adhesive quality. Most Lustres need to be used over a glitter adhesive or over a tacky, cream base (preferably something with a base color or is white). I think the idea of these two shades together could have been beautiful and easily a go-to for some, but the quality of the eyeshadows leaves something to be desired.

Druzy is described as a “dirty mauvy purple [with a Lustre finish].” It has a cool-toned, mauvy taupe base with copper and gold flecks of sparkle. This is an old school Lustre that’s a total pain to work with, because it’s a mess and rains sparkle/glitter all over your face and applies virtually no color. Since nothing adhered to the skin, I had to use it damp (even though it will cause the top layer to harden–Lustres, due to their dryness, seem very prone to hardening over time through oils on fingertips/brushes and are unforgiving if you use them with a damp brush) to even get anything to stick to the skin. The texture is dry, gritty, and there was no color or sparkle left after four hours. It had very sheer color payoff, and it was sheer by even Lustre standards (which is a sheerer finish with more sparkle). The color looks so promising in the pan–if only it was a Veluxe Pearl! It’s hard to “dupe” this since there’s little base color to replicate, but here are two possibilities that seemed like what you might have expected in a swatch. MAC Force of Nature #2 (LE, $21.00) is far more opaque. MAC Frozen Violet (P, $18.50) is a cream product that leans purpler. See comparison swatches / no Dupe List available, as I really don’t think these are dupes.

Black Plum is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, which I think applies better with a fluffy brush, but it is drier and harder to blend on the skin. It lasted for eight hours once applied. Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P) is lighter. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Presto (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Shadowy Lady (P, $15.00) is slightly cooler-toned. bareMinerals Ensemble (LE) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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