Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

OCC Vain Lip Tar
OCC Vain Lip Tar

OCC Vain Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep, dark indigo.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with a soft shine. It’s cool-toned, but it seems to be a subtle, cool undertone. The color will stain the lips for a good while, just as a heads up. I couldn’t think of any dupes of this shade from the blue lipsticks I’ve reviewed in the past.

The consistency of the Lip Tar was thinner, more watery, compared to others I’ve tried, which made application trickier, even though I used OCC’s Lip Brush. It also has a glossier finish that lingers for three to four hours before it wears down to more of a satin-matte one. If you want a matte finish from the get-go, I’d recommend blotting once, which should take down the shine without removing all the color, as it is quite pigmented (despite the thinner texture). I also had some feathering with this shade that was noticeable after six hours of wear and worsened over the next two hours. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014

Kat Von D L'Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte bright coral pink.” It’s a pink-coral with warm undertones and an ultra matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is pinker, less matte. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter, less matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, pinker, less matte. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is more orange. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is darker, pinker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This performed a lot better than Coven, luckily. The consistency was slightly creamier, so it didn’t tug or drag quite as much on the lips, but it doesn’t just glide over the lips smoothly. The color, however, did apply evenly overall. It took six and a half hours before the color started to have any visible signs of breaking down, and after eight hours of wear, there was slight fading along the center of the lips and some of the color had pulled into lip lines. This particular shade wasn’t tacky, so by pressing and rubbing lips together, I was able to ease most of the color back into place so that it was still wearable for another two hours. It wasn’t drying over time, and it doesn’t feel too clingy (it feels less clingy than you’d expect given the matte quality). If you have drier lips that have flakes/cracks, the formula can catch on them. It is more forgiving than I expected, though. In general, I think those that are really after long-wearing, ultra-matte lip color, it may still be a very interesting formula. For someone who doesn’t mind reapplication and prefers to have a really comfortable-to-wear formula on, this might not be the one.

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

MAC Dream Daze Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Dream Daze Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Dream Daze Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “midtone pink nude.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was buildable from semi-opaque to mostly opaque. It was comfortable to wear, lasted for three hours, and applied evenly. MAC Soft Savour (LE, $16.00) is pinker, less warm-toned, more matte. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer, pinker. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is pinker, lighter. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is sheerer, lighter. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Shy Shine (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fashion Trip Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright orange red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had buildable coverage from semi-opaque to nearly opaque. The color wore well for five hours, and it was hydrating while worn. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is redder. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is redder. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is redder. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is redder. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is similar. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Love Temple Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink coral.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a light shine. It had buildable coverage from semi-opaque to mostly opaque color coverage. This shade applied evenly and fairly smoothly without bunching up on the lip. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is pinker, more matte. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, darker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is pinker. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is similar. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is pinker. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box
MAC All About Plum Look in a Box

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) is described as “shades of cool-toned lilacs, soft pale pinks, and silvery warm greys.” 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.

There were a couple of complete misses in this palette, but most of it was just average, which isn’t impressive. There were only three shades (out of 10) that were B+ or better rated. It’s always disappointing when MAC puts out subpar palettes like this, because they can do an excellent eyeshadow, so I don’t know why they don’t improve the formula in these. I’d rather they offer less product if they could be more consistent with the quality.

Lessons in Love (Blush) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, though it was slightly dry and powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All Races (Eyeshadow) is a pale, cool-toned, lavender-gray with a matte finish. It is lighter and very, very stiff/dry in the pan–very unlike the single version I’ve used (it is limited edition but has been released previously). It started to fade after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Elementary Pink (Eyeshadow) is a brightened, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, though a touch powdery. I noticed fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lingering Dusk (Eyeshadow) is a muted, bronzy pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a drier consistency, which made getting the pigment out of it more difficult, and it didn’t blend as easily on the skin. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dress to Impress (Lipstick) is a light, cool-toned milky pink. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly, though not perfectly. The lipstick wore well for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Style Cast (Blush) is a light-medium, muted orange with gold shimmer. It had decent color payoff that was fairly blendable. The color stayed on for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fashion Beat (Eyeshadow) is a light-medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and was easy to blend. The color didn’t fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stormy Sunset (Eyeshadow) is a muted, light-medium gray with a hint of purple and a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t fully pigmented as a result of the slightly dry texture. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackboard (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark, warm-toned black with a matte finish. It was powdery, semi-opaque, and faded after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up the Amp (Lipstick) is a brightened, pinky purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for five hours. This is a permanent shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Kat Von D Coven Studded Lipstick
Kat Von D Coven Studded Lipstick

Kat Von D Coven Studded Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte lavender.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned lavender purple with a matte finish. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is much, much darker. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) Illamasqua Posture (P, $24.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches
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This shade was a lot less impressive compared to the other two shades I’ve reviewed so far. It was the first of the matte finish shades I tried, so fingers crossed some of the other hues are better quality! The consistency was dry and stiff, so the lipstick dragged and tugged on the lips during application, which led to a rather uneven appearance. Even on my arm, when I was swatching, it was difficult to drag across the skin, and it didn’t seem to like being layered, as the product would clump in places. I could easily see this catching on any dryness or imperfections on the lips, and it would be imperative to exfoliate prior to application as it is unforgiving. It lasted for six hours on me before it was noticeably faded in the center, and it was fairly drying over time. It’s far cry from “bold color, 10-hour wear, and luxe comfort,” as described. So far, I feel like there’s some variation in quality in the range, depending on color and finish, but I’ll keep working my way through ‘em and posting reviews so we can find out together.

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