Friday, July 25th, 2014

MAC All About Beige Look in a Box
MAC All About Beige Look in a Box

MAC All About Beige Look in a Box ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) is described as “shades of soft tan, copper, and pewtered bronze.” The palette contains two blushes, six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, and a double-ended brush (275SE/316SE). Each eyeshadow is 0.0176 oz. each (0.106 oz. total), blush is 0.14 oz. each (0.28 oz. total), and lipstick is 0.02 oz. each (0.04 oz. total). Based on price per ounce, the kit contains $31.68 worth of eyeshadow, $28 worth of blush, and $6.40 worth of lipstick, which adds up to $66.08. There is also a dual-ended brush, so I guess that’s valued at $34.92 in order to add up to the $101 value listed. I was underwhelmed by the palette; it’s not the worst I’ve tried from MAC, but it’s still a far cry from when MAC does their best. The quality is all over the map, but several shades suffered from drier, stiffer textures that made them harder to apply and use. As a heads up, the blush pans are on the smaller side, so you’ll need to use a smaller-than-average-sized blush brush for application.

Love & Laughter (Blush) is a medium, orange-coral with a gold shimmer and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was drier in texture, and it seemed to be a lot less pigmented on the skin. On me, it lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Light Study (Eyeshadow) is a light beige with a matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was somewhat stiff. It wore well for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Honesty (Eyeshadow) is a coppery brown with flecks of copper sparkle and finer copper shimmer. This is a permanent shade. It had decent pigmentation, though it had fall out when worn. The color itself didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sable Riche (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with golden shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth, while it lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Haute? (Lipstick) is a peachy-pink with a satin-matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, was slightly drying, and lasted for three hours on me but settled into lip lines towards the last hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Liberating (Blush) is a medium-dark, muted brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was dry, slightly stiff, which made it harder to get color payoff out of the shade. It lasted for seven hours before fading on my skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rocket Girl (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark gold with hints of brown and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied easily due to its soft, finely-milled texture. On me, the color stayed true for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum Ember (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark brown with reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had such a dry, stiff texture that resulted in sheer color payoff. It was difficult to use on the lid, as it didn’t want to blend. The color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocktail Black (Eyeshadow) is a burgundy-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was drier, so it was difficult to blend, and it didn’t have great color payoff. The color stayed on for seven hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Modern Wow! (Lipstick) is a brightened, almost-neon coral-pink with a soft sheen. It had opaque color coverage, and while the consistency was very creamy, it was slightly thick so that “lines” were created when I pressed my lips together (whether on purpose or inadvertently while talking). The color lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette
LORAC Navy Skinny Palette

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. While I liked the Nude palette, I found the Navy one to be rather powdery, particularly when I actually tried to use it and apply the colors to my lid. They just didn’t adhere well, and instead, had a tendency to look both powdery and uneven, plus they didn’t wear as long as the other palette did.

Navy #1 is a light, peachy-beige with warm, yellowish undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff but was fairly powdery, so it was prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #2 is a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so it wasn’t as blendable as I’d like. The color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and not powdery. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #4 is a golden, olive-brown with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, while the powder felt soft and was easily blended on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #5 is a light-medium taupe with a gray tint and a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, which was likely due to the soft, powdery nature of the texture, so the color sheered out considerably no matter how it was applied. On the lid, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #6 is a dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, though the texture was a little drier and stiffer to work with on the skin. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #7 is a medium black with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was on the powdery side, which resulted in semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. I had slight creasing after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette
LORAC Nude Skinny Palette

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette ($15.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a set of seven shades of warm-toned neutrals ranging from pale beige to reddish-brown. This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. I quite liked this one, so if you can find it, I think it’s well-worth considering for the wallet-friendly $15 price tag. I’ll be posting about the Navy palette tomorrow (which is also sold out online, sigh!), but a note in advance: not as impressive.

Zappos has it in stock! Thank you reader Jane for the heads up!!

Nude #1 is a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It was slightly powdery, had good color payoff, wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #2 is a brightened, medium orange-copper with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture is incredibly soft but almost a bit crumbly, though it is intensely pigmented. It lasted for eight hours on me with very slight fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #3 is a light-medium, muted orange brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, a soft, blendable texture, and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #4 is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the texture was soft, it was quite powdery, which made it a harder shade to work with. This shade was slightly faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #5 is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a softened frost finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before slightly creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #6 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was blendable and buttery, though a smidgen powdery. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #7 is a dark, burgundy brown with a mostly matte finish-. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft but slightly powdery. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Chanel Tisse Gabrielle (208) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Gabrielle (208) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Gabrielle (208) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cooler-toned mix of darker neutrals with one warmer shade in the form of a white gold, otherwise the quad is variations on taupe. Overall, the eyeshadows wore well and lasted over eight hours (or longer, noted below), had decent to great pigmentation, and were easy to apply.

The entire quad, though visually they don’t seem particularly small, contains less product than most palettes/quads (including the regular U.S. version of quads). Baked formulations often weigh less than more traditional powder formulas do, but it’s hard to say if it contains as many uses as the regular quads.

Tisse Gabrielle #1 is described as a “soft grey.” It’s a medium-dark taupe that leans gray with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, while the texture was soft and smooth. The color wore well for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Soul Serenade (LE, $19.50) is darker, less shimmery. Anastasia Antique (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is more sparkly. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is warmer. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Satin Taupe (P, $15.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is similar. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Gabrielle #2 is described as an “iridescent white gold.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sparkle and finish. This shade was noticeably sparkly, so the texture wasn’t quite as smooth as other shades in the range. I had some slight fall out over time, though the color itself didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. There are an extraordinary amount of shades that are very similar in regards to color to this shade! MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #2 (P) is less sparkly. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is less sparkly. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is less shimmery. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is very similar. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Gabrielle #3 is described as a “grey mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, dark taupe with a purple tint and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that applied beautifully with really smooth, even color. It wore well for nine and a half hours before it started to crease slightly. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is more muted, grayer. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is purpler. Anastasia Antique (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, purpler. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is grayer. MAC Satin Taupe (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is grayer. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Gabrielle #4 is described as a “velvet grey.” It’s a medium-dark, murky brown with cool, gray undertones and a soft, pearly finish. It’s not quite your typical brown either. The texture was a bit drier on this shade, so while it had decent color payoff, it wasn’t as pigmented or as blendable as other shades. It wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade along the edges. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #8 (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Mystere #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals Wanderlust (P) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Chanel Tisse Venitien (232) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Venitien (232) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Venitien (232) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cooler-toned set of shades where pewter and green dominate. I’m not sold on the inclusion of the peach shade in this quad; I longed for something cooler-toned–more beige or almost like a gray-ish beige. I also found that against my skin tone, the natural warmth seemed to overwhelm both greens and made them run together with the pewter shade. Overall, the colors had good color payoff, were easy to apply and blend, and wore well without primer.

The entire quad, though visually they don’t seem particularly small, contains less product than most palettes/quads (including the regular U.S. version of quads). Baked formulations often weigh less than more traditional powder formulas do, but it’s hard to say if it contains as many uses as the regular quads.

Tisse Venitien #1 is described as a “blue green.” It’s a muted, dirty green-teal with a frosted finish. It had subtle cool undertones. The texture felt soft and finely-milled, but it seemed slightly dry. The color coverage was mostly opaque and stayed on for nine hours before fading. MAC Legendary Lure (LE, $19.50) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is brighter. Fyrinnae Jaguar (DC, $6.80) is cooler-toned, brighter. Urban Decay Snare (P, $18.00) is greener. MAC Clarity (LE, $21.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #16 (P, $33.00) is lighter, more metallic. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Venitien #2 is described as a “silver pink.” It’s a light, peachy-pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, though it is close enough to my skin tone that it may seem like it isn’t (but it is!). On me, the color wore well for nine hours before starting to fade slightly. Chanel Tisse Camelia #3 (P) is slightly pinker. NARS Europa (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. theBalm #14 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is warmer. Dior Pastel Fontanges #5 (LE) is pinker. Laura Mercier Sparkling Dew (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Too Faced Bubbly (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Dope (LE, $18.00) is pinker. MAC Easy Gesture (LE, $15.00) is similar. LORAC Champagne (P) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Venitien #3 is described as a “platinum khaki.” It’s a dirty, neutral-to-warm toned pewter with a blend of gold, silver, and antique gold. It sometimes leans green-ish and other times looks silver. It had really good color payoff, but the texture was slightly powdery–almost like it was too soft–but it has a really hypnotizing sparkle to it. Applied, it lasted for nine and a half hours before slightly creasing. Kat Von D Melancholia (P) is warmer. MAC Hazy Day (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is lighter, cream. MAC Silver Birch (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is less sparkly but very similar in color. Dior Garden Roses #4 (LE) is cooler-toned. Benefit Skinny Jeans (P, $10.00) is cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Venitien #4 is described as an “intense green.” It’s a cool-toned, dark forest green with a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly to the skin. It wore well for just over nine hours before I noticed a tiny bit of creasing. MAC Legendary Lure (LE, $19.50) is darker. theBalm #3 (P, $6.50) is more matte. Makeup Geek Envy (P, $5.99) is similar. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Eat, Love (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned, bluer. bareMinerals Max Volume (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #80 (P, $20.00) is lighter, greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, July 21st, 2014

Chanel Tisse Vendome (204) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Vendome (204) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Vendome (204) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a mix of warmer neutrals with a pop of orange. It’s a solid color combination with quality to back it up, but the shades are more dupable than not. The harder aspect to dupe is really the finer shimmer Chanel used throughout their new quads, because it’s fine without disappearing away, yet doesn’t come off as frosted applied to the skin. The entire quad, though visually they don’t seem particularly small, contains less product than most palettes/quads (including the regular U.S. version of quads). Baked formulations often weigh less than more traditional powder formulas do, but it’s hard to say if it contains as many uses as the regular quads.

Tisse Vendome #1 is described as a “copper.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with warm, caramel undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly, while the texture was soft but not powdery. This shade stayed on well for nine hours before fading. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #1 (P) is cooler-toned. Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $3.99) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC A Medley of Mauves #4 (P, $21.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is slightly darker. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Vendome #2 is described as a “peach beige.” It’s a light peach with a frosted sheen and warm undertones. It’s more of a beige than a true peach. It had fairly good pigmentation, but it could have been a bit more opaque–it does build up to opaque color with two layers. On me, the color wears well for eight and a half hours before fading. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #2 (P) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #2 (P) is a touch less warm-toned. MAC Fabulous Three #1 (LE) is less peach. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is similar. LORAC Beige (P) is very similar. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is warmer. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is darker. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Jest (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Sellout (P, $18.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / / view dupes.

Tisse Vendome #3 is described as an “intense apricot.” It’s a softened, medium orange with a pearly, almost metallic, finish. It had good color coverage, and the texture was soft without being powdery, so it applied well to the lid. It wore well for nine hours on me before I saw slight creasing. MAC Apricot Blend #3 (LE) is yellower. NYX Orange (P, $4.50) is darker. Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is brighter, darker. Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Vendome #4 is described as a “grey brown.” It’s a medium-dark, subdued brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a satiny finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and it was really blendable, silky, and smooth when working with it on the skin. This shade didn’t start to crease until after nine and a half hours of wear. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is slightly cooler-toned. theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #3 (P, $2.29) is less shimmery, warmer. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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