Monday, May 11th, 2015

Becca Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffles
Becca Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffles

Here are the other half of the new Becca Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffles ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.), which is a lip gloss described as having a “double dose of pigment and shimmer” that is also hydrating with shine that lasts for hours. I reviewed the first half here, if you missed it! To recap, the texture of the gloss is unusual: it felt smooth, but it almost felt dry, clung to the lips, and got very tacky after fifteen minutes of wear. The way the gloss is in the tube is that there are two distinct shades, and they aren’t mixed, so you have to mix them as you apply, which doesn’t always work well. I also had issues where the gloss would leak out about one or two clicks’ worth of product, even after I used all that I had initially clicked out. The pigmentation tended to semi-sheer to semi-opaque, which sometimes applied quite unevenly.

Becca Papaya/Topaz Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and fine gold shimmer. The gloss was semi-opaque and went on fairly evenly, though it wasn’t always consistently even–sometimes it didn’t mix as well as other times. It lasted for four and a half hours and was a little drying. MAC Laundry List (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Revlon HD Citrine (550) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Riviera Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is similar. Burberry Coral (P, $29.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Becca Raspberry/Opal Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink-berry with very fine champagne shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it didn’t look streaky on, but there was some settling into lip lines after two hours of wear. The gloss stayed on well for four hours in total, but it was a lightly drying. It was a harder-to-dupe shade, so I wish it was more hydrating and easier to wear. NARS Shade III (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Seeking Adoration (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is brighter, less shimmery. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (DC, $28.00) is darker. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Becca Watermelon/Opal Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a coral-orange with warm undertones and a dusting of fine, gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. It pulls into lip lines slightly, but it didn’t worsen much over the four hours it lasted. This one was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Barbecue (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Maybelline Glistening Coral (525) (P, $8.99) is lighter, less shimmery. Revlon HD Sunstone (565) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery. Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Dior Paradise (732) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, slightly pinker. Burberry Brick Red (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, May 11th, 2015

ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Avalon Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true golden bronze with a pink duochrome finish.” It’s a medium-dark copper with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted sheen that shifts from gold to pink subtly. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is a powder, redder. LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is a powder, less shimmery. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is a powder. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is a powder. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is yellower, powder. MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is less red-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This shade was richly pigmented and could easily be worn as a blush or bronzer, not just as a highlighter. If you apply it with a feathery or duo-fiber brush and a moderate hand, you can get subtle color out of it with a stronger sheen. It had a pearly sheen when blended out on the cheeks and only looks really metallic if left at full coverage; the more it gets buffed and blended, it becomes more luminous. It didn’t emphasize pores (it’s not going to camouflage them, though!), and the consistency was lightly creamy, smooth, and blendable. The color wore well for nine hours on me before fading.

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Sunday, May 10th, 2015

ColourPop Butterfly Beach Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Butterfly Beach Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Butterfly Beach Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with highlights of gold and silver.” It’s a rich, coppery bronze with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented and applied easily with fingertips or a duo-fiber stippling brush. Despite the really metallic sheen, it didn’t emphasize pores, but it may be too reflective/shiny for some. This shade wore exceptionally well and seemed to stay in place for nine and a half hours with barely any fading detected. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is a powder, less metallic. MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is darker, not quite as warm-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Wisp Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “golden champagne.” It’s a golden bronze with warm undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff–opaque with fingertips and then sheerer depending on how feathery/dense your brush is–and as described. The texture is lightly creamy, smooth, and extremely blendable on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more orange. Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is darker, more red-toned. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is lighter, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is darker, powder. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is warmer, powder. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Global Glow (P, $30.00) is darker, powder. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a newly released formula that features six shades ranging from neutral to a pop of teal, though five of the six are more neutral/earthy tones that tend to learn warm-toned. It’s supposed to be long-wearing, with a “glide-on” consistency with “soft-focus illuminating pigments” that will “smooth over lines and imperfections.” The eyeshadows are absolutely gorgeous applied, and they’re very pigmented but are easily blended out for a sheerer wash of color, but they have wear problems.

The formula is emollient enough that the dry down time is on the long side, which makes it prone to creasing as it dries down. I tried smoothing out the color after the initial dry down, but it still faintly creased within a few hours. As they wore on, you could just see where the color has separated at the crease line slightly, but it was just puzzling how quick it was to start creasing but how slowly it progressed after that. I tried applying a lighter wash of color, so it could dry down more quickly and just have less product available for creasing, but it still creased in a similar timeframe. They worked better as eyeliner, though if you have any fine lines close to the lash line, it may settle or pull into them. The finish is incredibly lovely; it’s very summer-sheen and luminous without emphasizing or thickening on the lid–I just wish they were actually long-wearing. The formula was very reminiscent of Tom Ford’s Cream Color for Eyes in terms of texture and finish, but it fell short when it came to wear. What’s odd about the formula is that the creasing never got really bad–it was faintly visible but never easily detected, and at a glance, it’s barely noticeable for the first six hours or so unless you look closely. It was such a bizarre experience for me, because usually when something creases–especially so early on–it is a total disaster and goes downhill fast.

The only way I could prevent creasing was to apply an eyeshadow primer and dust translucent powder over the lid, then apply the cream eyeshadow, which held the initial creasing at bay until six to seven hours OR dust translucent powder on top of the cream eyeshadow, which would prevent creasing for seven to eight hours.

Charlotte Tilbury Bette Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “rich, burnished, amber-gold.” it’s a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, blendable texture that applied evenly and smoothly to the lid. It could easily be worn as an opaque layer of product or sheered out as a wash. I could see very faint signs of creasing after four hours of wear that got a tiny bit worse after a full eight hours, but it was surprising how well it held up despite the early-on creasing. Applied only on the lid, it wore for eight hours without issue (effectively, no creases to settle into!). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Cleopatra Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “vibrant peacock.” It’s a rich, blackened teal with lighter emerald green and bluish-teal shimmer that gives it a more metallic finish when applied at full opacity. It has a more pearly sheen when applied as a sheerer, thinner layer of product. It was richly pigmented, and a little goes a very long way, but it started to crease after four hours of wear and worsened as time went, though the creasing was always faint to light. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as an “antique oyster gold.” It’s a coppery bronze with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff with a creamy, blendable consistency that was particularly prone to creasing while drying down. Even when trying to control and prevent that initial creasing, I still had very faint creasing begin after three and a half hours of wear, which got a little worse by the eight-hour mark but except for a very fine line of separation in my crease, the color hadn’t faded or smudged. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “wisteria-chocolate bronze.” It’s a dark, chocolate brown with warm, plum and bronze shimmer with a slightly red, plummy tone to it. It looks rather brown in the pot and swatched, but as it is diffused and sheered out, it has a reddish tone to it. The pigmentation is off-the-charts, and you need so little product to get really opaque coverage out of it. This one seemed to dry down slightly faster than other shades, but again, there was very faint creasing noticeable by the four-hour mark, and then it got only a little worse over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Norma Jean Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “sparkling-pink champagne.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had rich color payoff that applies evenly and smoothly at full intensity, if desired. The finish becomes more sparkly and less pearly when applied as a sheerer wash of color. The drying time on this one seemed slightly longer than the average on these, which meant it was very prone to creasing while it was drying down. I tried to keep my eyes closed while it was drying and tried to pat it into place to minimize that initial creasing (which should be unnecessary!), and when I was successful, there was still that faint line of creasing after four hours of wear. That faint line got slightly worse as the day wore on. When I used it as a brow bone highlighter, it lasted for eight hours without fading or breaking down. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “minky-mossy golden grey-green.” It’s a medium-dark, muted olive green with warm, bronze and antique gold sparkle and shimmer. It had a little more slip than other shades, which made it apply with less intensity in a single layer, though it was buildable to fully opaque color. I had faint creasing within four hours of wear, which slowly worsened over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Becca Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffles
Becca Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffles

Becca Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is supposed to be a “double dose of pigment and shimmer” that’s hydrating and leaves lips looking smoother with shine that “lasts for hours.” I found the texture of the gloss to be very different and hard to describe; it’s smooth, but almost dry and clingy, and it’s incredibly tacky after about fifteen minutes on the lips. The gloss is “marbled” as it combines two colors, and they do, in fact, twist out as two colors, and trying to mix them on the lips is not ideal. The applicator feels like a lightly flexible, silicone, slanted tip, but it’s silicone itself is slightly stiff and again, not ideal for application. Click-type glosses also contain less products than more conventional twist-top/doe-foot glosses. After I’d click up gloss, apply, and close, when I reopened, there would always be a blob of gloss waiting. The pigmentation tended to semi-sheer to semi-opaque, which sometimes applied quite unevenly. I will review the other three shades soon!

Becca Fig/Topaz Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, light-medium beige-brown with a very low-shimmer level. I don’t know if it’s just my particular product, but not a lot of the shimmery shade (Topaz) comes through on this–I think I wasted about half the gloss just trying to find it. It had semi-opaque coverage but looked streaky. It lasted for two and a half hours on me and was lightly drying. Marc Jacobs Beauty Uproar (336) (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery. Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Shade II (LE, $26.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Courtly Coral (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige (P, $22.00) is similar. NARS Greek Holiday (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE) is darker. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is darker. Bobbi Brown Air Kiss (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC 2N (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $20.00) is similar. Guerlain Browny Clap (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Becca Guava/Opal Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, coral-pink with fine, light gold shimmer. Mixed, it becomes a slightly lighter, washed-out coral-pink with a sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it settled a bit into lip lines after two hours of wear, and you could see “lines” if you pressed your lips together, which made it hard to keep even. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink (P, $19.00) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Buzz (324) (P, $28.00) is sheerer. Surratt Beauty Soigne (P, $32.00) is darker. Revlon HD Petalite (540) (P, $8.99) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (DC, $28.00) is sheerer. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Becca Lychee/Topaz Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned, cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and coppery shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage that went on somewhat unevenly. It lasted for four hours on me, but it did pull into lip lines slightly, though it wasn’t drying. Urban Decay Failbait (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Revlon HD Pink Sapphire (520) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Seeking Adoration (LE, $20.00) is darker. NARS Angelika (P, $26.00) is brighter. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is darker. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Chanel Mediterranee, Coquelicot, Lavanda, Terrana Le Vernis
Chanel Mediterranee, Coquelicot, Lavanda, Terrana Le Vernis

Chanel Terrana (697) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a smoky, taupe-brown with very fine, pearly shimmer in bronze and pink. It was mostly opaque after two coats, though I’d recommend a slightly thicker second coat to ensure full opacity (I went with two thin coats on my pinky nail, and there’s some visible nail line coming through). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed evenly across the nail without pooling along the edges. It lasted for seven with days with minor tip wear (no base or top coat), which is average for me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Mediterranee (707) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark blue with a hint of green that gives it a slightly “warm” undertone. There was a very, very faint hint of nail line coming through at times, but it was difficult to detect under most lighting conditions. The polish was slightly thick, but it didn’t pool along the edges and applied evenly and smoothly overall. This was the other shade I tested for wear specifically, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear, which is average for me and what my experience has been with Chanel’s formula over the years. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Coquelicot (717) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, orange-based red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented; a single coat was very nearly opaque (see pinky nail), but two coats gave it a much richer, lusher look as the texture seemed shinier and plusher. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied beautifully. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Lavanda (727) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deepened, royal purple with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. This one applied a bit unevenly for me, and it was more semi-opaque after two coats. When it dried down, the resulting finish wasn’t as glossy/shiny as the other three were. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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