Monday, November 17th, 2014

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipglass
MAC Carmine Rouge Lipglass

MAC Carmine Rouge Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean true red.” It’s a brightened, neutral red with a creamy, glossy finish. It seems to almost look warm on me, which is often how neutral reds look on my coloring, so it may appear more neutral or even subtly cool-toned depending on your undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a fairly smooth, even application. The texture is slightly thick, tacky, but holds on well and lasts for five hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is darker. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is darker. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) (P, $35.00) is warmer. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is warmer, brighter. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is shimmery, pinker. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Ultramarine Pink Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty violet.” It’s a bold, brightened magenta plum with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was mostly opaque and applied verly evenly. The consistency is on the thicker side with a noticeable amount of tackiness. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is pinker, shimmery. Illamasqua Belladonna (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Carmine Rouge

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9/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Burberry Burberry Winter Glow Lip Glow
Burberry Burberry Winter Glow Lip Glow

Burberry Oxblood No. 23 Lipgloss ($29.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool undertones and creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which seems in line with the brand’s description (“hint of colour”), and a lightweight, comfortable-to-wear feel on the lips. This shade lasted for four hours on me and was moderately hydrating. It could apply more evenly, though. This color is part of the permanent range, but it will have Burberry’s regular packaging (instead of gold). MAC Pleasant (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Hopelessly Devoted (LE, $20.00) is pinker. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $20.00) is redder. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is more opaque. MAC Impassioned (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Gold No. 25 Lipgloss ($29.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a beige-tinted gloss with lots of muted gold and antique gold shimmer and larger gold sparkle. It adds a very slight bit of warmth to my natural lip color, but it’s really the amount of sparkle that is most noticeable. I couldn’t feel any of the sparkle or shimmer, which was nice, even as it wore away. It wore well for three hours on me and was hydrating over time. Dior Gold Rain (164) (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery. NARS Soleil d’Orient (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pussywillow (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Maybelline Gleaming Gold (120) (LE) has finer shimmer. Bobbi Brown Bare Peach (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pure Gold (LE, $24.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Pure Sophistication (LE, $15.00) is yellower. Chanel French Toffee (83) (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery. MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is lighter. Guerlain Gold Tchlack (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Oxblood No. 23

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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Gold No. 25

B+

Product

9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

MAC Kinky Lipglass
MAC Kinky Lipglass

MAC Kinky Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer red with multidimensional glitter.” It’s a medium, warm-toned red with fuchsia and red glitter. NARS Misbehave (P, $26.00) is less sparkly, sheerer. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) has finer shimmer, darker. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Totally Fab (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s semi-sheer–I found it somewhat buildable to get between sheer and semi-opaque color, depending on your tolerance for the thickness of your gloss–with lots and lots of glitter. It’s definitely a sparkly, glittery gloss that has some noticeable texture, but it is surprisingly unnoticeable given how full of glitter it is. Despite the brighter, darker color and the opacity level, it applied fairly evenly and didn’t pull into lip lines. The gloss on its own wore well for almost five hours. It’s medium-to-thick, noticeable on, and tacky, which is in line with the Lipglass formula. It’s particularly lovely over your favorite red lipstick (any will do!).

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Kinky

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Light English Red Lipglass
MAC Light English Red Lipglass

MAC Light English Red Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer beige nude.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and fine white shimmer. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had semi-opaque color coverage (definitely not sheer) that applied surprisingly evenly. There was some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The texture was thin, light-medium in weight, lightly tacky, and fairly comfortable to wear. It wore well for three and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Given that the formula does feel much like regular Lipglass, this is double the price with the same amount of product in the tube. I was really disappointed with the way the tube felt in my hands, though; it’s so light that it feels cheap and just doesn’t have any of the hallmarks of high-end, designer packaging. MAC’s regular Lipglass feels better to me, as far as packaging goes.

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Light English Red

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.97 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palettes (eight shades in each). Overall, I think the Lip Cremes and the Eyeshadows are the stars, but the rest leaves me unimpressed: one blush was a complete miss (worst product in the set), while the three eyeliners were rougher, drier formula. Some of the eyeshadows are very nice, others are sheerer and don’t perform as well. I noticed the eyeshadow formula seemed thinner in this palette across the board, which made a lot of shades seem less powdery, but some were under-pigmented. There’s plenty of “value” to the set, but I think it just depends on what you wanted most.

Pampered is a pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It looks more matte applied (doesn’t really get luminous or satiny when blended out), and the texture was smooth but not as soft as other shades in the range have been. The color payoff was good, while the blush itself lasted for nine hours (three shy of the 12-hour claim, though). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Savored is a warm, rosy plum with a satiny sheen. The texture was incredibly stiff–just hard to get any color out of it during application–and I found it harder to blend on the skin. I scraped off the first few layers, and it was slightly improved but still dismal. It seemed to wear around seven hours or so, but it was so sheer, it was hard to tell. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indulging is a muted, fuchsia pink with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a high-shine finish. The color deposited somewhat unevenly with minor settling into lip lines. It was lightly tacky and lasted for three hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rare is a warm rose pink with a soft, frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, lasted for four hours, and was lightly hydrating. It was mint-scented, but I didn’t notice much of a tingle beyond the very initial moment. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wonder is a brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pinky Promise is a muted, medium rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, silky texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Taupe of the World is a warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a semi-matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, so it wasn’t fully opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

You Look Mauveless is a medium-dark plum with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was mostly opaque and had a soft, silky consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just Malt Away is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The powder was soft, blendable, and silky, while it yielded full color coverage. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pampered Pink is a light-medium, warm pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dare to Be Gold is a warm, coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. It wasn’t fully pigmented, and the texture felt thinner and drier, though not too difficult to work with on the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Show Plum Love is a rich, plummy purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wind Down Brown is a dark, neutral brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it didn’t adhere as well to the skin, so a primer would help with this particular shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla Candles is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It is soft, a smidgen powdery, with fairly good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coming Up Roses is a muted plum with a soft, frosted finish. The texture was on the powdery side, so the color payoff wasn’t great. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hazelnut Bon Bons is a muted, medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was somewhat powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Bubble Bath is a brightened peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Cuff is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Feeling Grey-t is a light-medium, warm taupe brown with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, though it still had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso Yourself is a cool-toned taupe-gray with a matte finish. It was sheer, and the consistency was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnamon Latte is a deepened, purpled-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was powdery and semi-sheer. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal is a dark gray with cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke that was buildable to more opaque coverage in two to three layers. It lasted for seven hours on me, but it was painful to apply to the lash line. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a warm, chocolate bronze-brown with a frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, but it just had a drier, more dragging texture that made it harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum is a muted, medium-dark purple with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff in one go, but I wish the texture was less dry and easier to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sweet Indulgences

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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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7.5/10

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Savored

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1.5/10

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1.5/10

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.94 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palletes (eight shades in each). The set will be the TSV tomorrow, November 10th, on QVC for $59.97 (compared to $72.50 that it is listed at presently). My review will be up tomorrow morning :) For now, I hope you enjoy these swatches!

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