Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Chanel Audace (20) Rouge Allure Gloss
Chanel Audace (20) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Audace (20) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with fine gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on beautifully–the application was smooth and even, while the glossiness made lips appear plumper. The color lasted well for five and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating over time. The formula is fairly lightweight with a creamy-gel-like feel with some tackiness. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (P, $28.00) is browner, warmer. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Distinction (21) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, dark berry-red with a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but unlike Audace, it was difficult to apply evenly as the color tended to streak and settle into lip lines. The settling worsened as the gloss wore away, though it lasted for about five hours. The texture was lightly tacky, and it developed more tackiness after a few hours, but it feels more like a cream-gel hybrid and isn’t too thick on. NARS Shade III (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is sheerer. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is darker. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

MAC Soft Pout Ultimate Lipstick
MAC Soft Pout Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) will hopefully make its grand debut (finally!) on December 1st–fingers crossed! There’s not too much information on them, but the price point, name, and packaging make them seem like they should be similar to the lipsitcks Marcel Wanders collection (some of the shades in this collection were launched previously). The formula is new and permanent. From what I’ve experienced, the majority of the shades have good color payoff with lightweight, creamy textures that go on easily with a fair amount of slip but don’t slide around too much (a few are wetter). I get light hydration with most shades and four to six hour wear. They are vanilla-scented like MAC’s other lip products.

The price is noticeably higher than the standard MAC lipstick, though only a dollar more than the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula. Worth noting, however, is that these are 50% larger than the standard MAC lipstick. The standard MAC lipstick is $160/oz., while the Ultimate lipstick is $153.33/oz. Of course, if you rarely get through half of a lipstick, then paying less will probably make you better off.

Soft Pout is described as a “sheer pink peach with white pearl.” It’s a semi-opaque, medium peach with beige and warm undertones and a luminous finish. The texture has enough slip in it that it doesn’t apply evenly, though it feels creamy and comfortable to wear. The wear time is shorter than other shades at three hours (but it doesn’t feel like it disappears!) and was lightly hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey (P, $32.00) is brighter. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is yellower. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is similar. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

To Savour is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a pale, light pink with cool undertones and a muted, almost gray-like overcast. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a creamy, emollient texture. It didn’t apply evenly and tended to look streaky applied, unfortunately. The color lasted for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Be Fabulous (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is brighter. NARS Stourhead (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marque is described as a “soft light neutral pink.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy beige with warm undertones and light, gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly. It was lightly hydrating and lasted for four hours on me. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is warmer, more glossier. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Lovelight (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Garance (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Cherry Blossom (P, $35.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Femme-de-Luxe is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a vibrant, light-medium fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly. It had less sheen compared to several other shades in the range. This one lasted well for four hours on me and was lightly moisturizing. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more matte. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is less shimmery. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

MAC Audacious Ultimate Lipstick
MAC Audacious Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new and permanent formula with a shade range of ten (in the U.S., three additional shades available in Asia). The press release doesn’t have any real information regarding the formula, so going off of past years’ Couture offerings, it seems like it should be a hydrating, pigmented lipstick. The released was pushed back from late Semptember to an October 29th (online) and December 1st (in-store) launch, but I’ve yet to see it make its online debut (and I don’t have any updates). Let’s hope they pop up online come the 1st, but nevertheless, here are reviews for three more shades from the range.

To recap: The formula feels very similar to the formula used for the Marcel Wanders’ lipsticks (which is also where the packaging is from). A few of the shades now made permanent were launched previously, too. They’re creamy with some slip, glide on without tugging, are lightly hydrating, and tend to be fairly pigmented with average to good wear. The price is noticeably higher than the standard MAC lipstick, though only a dollar more than the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula. Worth noting, however, is that these are 50% larger than the standard MAC lipstick. The standard MAC lipstick is $160/oz., while the Ultimate lipstick is $153.33/oz. Of course, if you rarely get through half of a lipstick, then paying less will probably make you better off. Here’s a fun fact: only a $0.50 increase from the price in 2012 (based on Marcel Wanders)!

Audacious is described as a “warm mid-tone red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff that went on evenly, smoothly, and wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating over time. The consistency was lightweight, emollient without being too slippery. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $50.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is similar. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ravishingly Rich is described as a “bright mid-tone orange.” It’s a medium orange with a lighter, tangerine micro-shimmer and luminous finish. It was creamy and comfortable to wear with rich, opaque color coverage. This shade lasted well for four and a half hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is lighter.Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is more matte. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is lighter. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is lighter. Maybelline Electric Orange (P, $7.49) is less shimmery. MAC Booyah (LE, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lelss shimmery. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Chanel Sari d’Eau (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Scene is described as a “deep berry.” It’s a rich, burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. It was semi-opaque with color that pulled into lip lines somewhat and looked more like a stain than a lipstick. The consistency had a lot of slip and had a tendency to feather on me, which isn’t something I experience often, so it was disappointing. The color lasted well for five hours. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is darker. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Gigolo (LE, $51.00) is cooler-toned. Buxom Menace (P, $21.00) is brighter. Burberry Bright Plum (15) (P, $30.00) is more matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Galaxy Girl Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black blue.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and medium blue sparkle and shimmer. This was one of the weaker shades I’ve tried in the range, as the sparkles seemed to make it harder to apply it in a smooth, even line. It built up decently, but it was still lacking in intensity. It wore well for ten hours. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) has more navy-hued shimmer. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) has more shimmer so it appears lighter. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) also has more shimmer and appears lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark green.” It’s a rich, medium-dark cool-toned green with a pearly sheen. It had really good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was easily opaque after one and a half layers of product. It wore particularly well and topped in at eleven hours before it started to thin/fade. The texture was creamy without being too waxy or emollient. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Starry Sky Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “grey.” It’s a medium-dark silver-shimmered gray with cool undertones. The consistency was soft, creamy, and didn’t tug at the lash line. It was semi-opaque in one pass, and it was mostly opaque after two layers. The color lasted well for nine and a half hours before thinning. bareMinerals Steadfast Slate (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Buxom I’ll Be Waiting (P, $17.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror
Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror

Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror ($42.00) is a medium-sized, heft 24 karat gold-plated compact mirror with Swarovski crystals. It has a very interesting, unique shape, and it is incredibly heavy, which makes it feel higher quality in the hand as it feels solid, but it’s not something I’d want to keep in a bag to use for touch-ups on-the-go. It might be a nice item to keep on a desk (or a vanity) for touch-ups at the office or the like, or if you normally carry a big purse, you might not mind the additional weight.

Given the metallic finish of it, fingerprints are easily seen, so ultimately, this is more like a paperweight or collector’s item. The quality of the mirrors seems exceptionally good; just really crisp and made me take mental note that it seemed like a higher quality compact overall. One mirror is normal, and the other side has a 2x magnification. It comes with a velvet, drawstring bag, so you can keep it in there for storage. The box itself is numbered, but the compact is not (wish it was engraved somewhere on it).

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio
MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the brand’s online-only, limited edition offering for Black Friday. It’s a mix of warm white, medium silver, and shimmery black for a smoky, monochromatic eye. It uses MAC’s Veluxe Pearlfusion formula, which is designed to give “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when used dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when used wet. Some of the Veluxe Pearlfusion offerings are quite nice, but others are misses. This one was a miss for me, due to just so-so quality.

Smokey Black Friday #1 is a bright white with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery, consistency that yielded sheer color coverage applied dry and semi-opaque coverage applied damp. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less metallic. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is similar. LORAC Snow (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is less metallic. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) MAC Chillproof (LE, $15.00) MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #2 is a purplish-gray with a light silver metallic shimmer/frost. More like a cool-toned taupe than a real gray. It was sheer applied dry and semi-sheer applied damp. It looked faded after seven hours of wear. MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Breaking Ground (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker, cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #3 is a dark, charcoal gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It was slightly dry and powdery to the touch. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, but it was mostly opaque applied damp. It wore well for eight hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P) is similar. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is darker. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is similar. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. LORAC Slate (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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