Thursday, July 16th, 2015

MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit
MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit

MAC Pretty Natural Lip Kit ($29.50 for 0.31 oz.) is a pinky-beige set of shades, all in full-size, so this is one of the better value kits from Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale. The set of shades works well together, and for what they are, they are decent. I find MAC’s Lip Pencil formula to be harder to apply as it is quite stiff/firm, and it is quite drying. The lipstick was the best of the set.

Pretty Natural is described as a “midtone warm nude.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-beige with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on fairly evenly, though the color had a tendency to pull into lip lines (which worsened as it wore). The texture was creamy and glided on without tugging, while the color itself lasted for four hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. MAC High Tea (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Japanese Maple (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Love Happens (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Naked Dream (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy. MAC Boca (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roleplay (110) (P, $30.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Confession (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Wear with Flare (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Wear with Flare (LE, $22.00) is brighter, warmer. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is darker. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Feeling Fine is described as a “soft beigey pink with pearl.” It’s a light, pink-beige with multi-colored shimmer (a mix of lavender, gold, white, and pink). On the lips, it is sheer, so it doesn’t add a lot of color, and I noticed the lighter base color was visibly lightening my natural lip color while adding noticeable shimmer–but your mileage will vary a lot on this one, as it will depend vastly on your natural lip color. The gloss had a light-medium weight to it, was tacky, and stayed put for three hours. This shade has been released previously (but has always been a limited edition shade). L’Oreal Pretty Precious (LE, $9.99) is less glossy. MAC Dressed to Dazzle (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Star (LE, $29.50) is lighter. Maybelline A Wink of Pink (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Buzz (324) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Revlon Snow Pink (P, $7.99) is more pigmented. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Rags to Riches (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. MAC Poetic (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Rose (LE, $24.00) is cooler. MAC Steel Kiss (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Dior No Angel (353) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Subculture is described as am “underground pink.” It’s a muted, medium peachy-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a dryer, firmer consistency which really needs firm pressure to achieve color coverage. I’m not a big fan of the standard MAC Lip Pencil formula as I find them hard to use all-over the lips and mildly tolerable along just the edges of the lips. This is part of the permanent range. It lasted for six hours but is pretty drying on its own. MAC Boldly Bare (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Boldly Bare (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Nice ‘n’ Spicy (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler. MAC Etcetera (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler. MAC Have to Have It (LE, ) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Too Faced Your Love is King Love Flush Blush
Too Faced Your Love is King Love Flush Blush

Too Faced Your Love is King Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “plummy rose.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Mata Hari (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is warmer. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, warmer. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter, more pigmented. Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is more pigmented, cooler, glossier. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is less shimmery, brighter. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, cooler. IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is less pigmented, cooler. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is brighter. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is more muted. LORAC Underrated (LE, ) is lighter. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

There’s a touch of sheen that translates to more of a natural finish on the skin, but it isn’t shimmery or even what I’d call luminous. It had good pigmentation with a soft but firmer press, and this was the one shade that I felt could have been easier to blend. It could look a little uneven if I applied too heavily initially and had to do a lot of blending, so it was a shade that I’d recommend applying in sheerer layers to build up the coverage rather than taking it down by blending/buffing. It wore well for almost ten hours on me, which made it one of the longer-lasting shades in the bunch but not as long as the brand claims.

Formula Summary | Too Faced Love Flush Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is supposed to be an exceptionally long-wearing (16 hours), pigmented, and “buttery soft” blush. It’s a nice blush, but unsurprisingly, it doesn’t last 16 hours. Some shades last eight hours, others last a little closer to ten hours–it is nice wear for powder blush generally, but you’ll find that many shades’ ratings took a hit because of the 16-hour wear claim. The blush has a soft texture that’s just firm enough not to kick up a lot of excess powder, but it’s not too firm where you can’t get good color payoff when you use it. Pigmentation varied from shade to shade and ranged from semi-opaque to totally opaque, while the blush tended to blend well on the skin with a satin to luminous finish. The compacts may be a little hard to open if you have larger fingers/hands (like me), and sometimes I felt like the pattern made it harder to get good pigmentation out of the blush if I used a more feathery brush.

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Giorgio Armani No. 13 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 13 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 13 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with fine gold shimmer that gives it a soft, glowing sheen that doesn’t read too shimmery on the skin. It has a stronger yellow base, though it is a sheer coverage product, but it will noticeably tint the cheeks yellow on some skin tones (it does on mine for reference). The texture is lightweight and spread well, but it didn’t blend out as evenly as other shades in the range, which was disappointing, and I think it was because it dried down quickly. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is warmer. NARS Jubilation (Left) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Dior Gold Shock (001) (LE, $80.00) is less shimmery. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Giorgio Armani No. 04 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery. MAC Centre of Attention (Inner) (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette
Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Art of Colour Eye & Cheek Palette ($79.00 for 0.83 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows, one blush, and a full-sized mascara and is a Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusive. It’s a disappointing palette; I think it looks and swatches better than it applies, and it’s a palette that should be used with an eyeshadow primer to minimize some of the issues that I experienced (like adhesion and longevity). Some of the eyeshadows ran a little drier, one was quite firm and difficult to use altogether, while the blush was horrendous. I would have also preferred to see them ditch the mascara and drop the price.

Bellini is a light-medium, pink-coral with gold shimmer. This was such an awful product; I have no idea why the brand’s blushes are dry and almost chunky in texture, when their eyeshadows are much smoother and more finely-milled. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends decently, but it looks a little dry on my skin. If I applied it with a damp brush or over still-drying liquid or cream foundation, it looked better. On, it lasted for six and a half hours before fading. Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $28.00) is brighter. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is warmer. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is warmer. Smashbox Carnation (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burnished Rose is a muted, medium-dark brown with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, but almost dry, consistency. This shade didn’t layer well with other eyeshadows, as it didn’t seem to stick as well, but it was better when applied as the first layer (onto bare skin). It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Brown Sugar (LE, $23.00) is . Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is darker. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Sable (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Mocha (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P, ) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Maroon (LE, ) is warmer. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is darker, more muted. Tarte Pretty (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Cle de Peau Satin Moon #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Lost (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gunmetal is a medium-dark gray with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly drier and dusty consistency that applied decently to bare lids. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is darker. Kat Von D Piaf (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. LORAC Slate (P, ) is darker. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Diesel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Gray (10) (P, $4.49) is lighter. Smashbox Obsidian (P, ) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (P, $21.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE, ) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Santeria (LE, ) is darker. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Morning Dew is a subtly warm-toned, pink beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a really silky, finely-milled texture that could get a little powdery in the pan as it is quite soft. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Smashbox Naked (P, ) is darker. Dior Golden Shock #4 (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is darker. Too Faced Coconut Crème (P, $16.00) is cooler. Tarte Super Mom (LE, ) is lighter. bareMinerals Chance (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is cooler. MAC Blanc Type (P, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is . Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Laura Mercier Buttercream (P, $23.00) is warmer. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

African Violet is a warm, plummy purple with larger gold sparkle and shimmer. It’s part of the permanent range, and it’s been included in past palette releases from the brand. It’s an interesting shade, but it seems to have production issues; you’ll see a lot of love it or hate it kind of reviews. This was the smoothest and softest version I’ve come across, but the shimmer separates slightly when you start to blend it on the lid still. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Smashbox Amethyst (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Passion (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Prickly Pear (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Catch Me If (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler, less shimmery. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Bordello (P, $18.00) is cooler. theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less pigmented, less shimmery. theBalm rem (P, $16.00) is cooler. Fyrinnae Meerkat (Pressed) (P, $8.25) is darker, brighter. Fyrinnae Meerkat (P, $6.80) is darker, brighter, more pigmented, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla Kiss is a light beige with a satiny sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage (it just blends in with my skin tone) with a really firm texture, which I think is why the color payoff was subpar. I had really had to jab at it to get any powder to dislodge from the surface, so this was the big dud in the palette. It wore for seven hours before fading on me. Divergent Serene Vanilla (LE, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE, ) is darker. MAC Smokeluxe #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. MAC Brownluxe #1 (P, ) is darker. MAC Mylar (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Lucius (P, ) is less shimmery. Tarte Chantilly Lace (LE, ) is warmer. YSL Avant Garde #2 (P, ) is brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cappuccino is a muted, medium brown that leans slightly taupe-y but still pulls lighter and warmer than taupe, I think. It had a matte finish that was really smooth and finely-milled. The texture felt silky and a smidgen powdery in the pan but looked good applied. The color lasted for almost eight hours on me. MAC Omega (P, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Vanish (P, ) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is darker. theBalm Score (LE, $16.00) is darker. Hello Kitty Hot Cocoa (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever M540 Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Trench Coat (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Latte (P, ) is warmer. Smashbox Taupe (P, ) is darker. Buxom Star Treatment (P, $12.00) is darker. Too Faced Nudie (P, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Pink Haze is a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that applied well to the skin and lasted for eight hours before fading. NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is darker. Sugarpill Kitten Parade (P, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Pont des Arts (P, ) is less shimmery. Zoeva Sweeter End (P, ) is darker, more muted. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is darker. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Brown Sugar is a softened, medium-dark brown with warmer, yellow undertones and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer coverage and the glitter didn’t bind with the powder, so it got everywhere but your eye. A lot of it was trapped in the brush or fell below my lid when I was blending it out, so there wasn’t a lot of fall out during wear as there just wasn’t much glitter to fall! I would recommend a tackier base to use with this one. It lasted seven hours on me. Laura Mercier Burnished Rose (LE, $23.00) is . NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Cocoa Chili (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Pretty (LE, ) is warmer. Givenchy Inattendue #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Bamboo (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Sketchbook (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit
NARS Hardwired Eye Kit

NARS Hardwired Eye Kit ($59.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six eyeshadows (0.04 oz. each) and a travel-sized eyeliner and #43 brush. As you might have discerned from the rating alone, this was a major miss for me. I’m not a fan of the Hardwired eyeshadow formula, as I find that for all its softness, it is an incredibly powdery formula that is prone to fading, sheering out during application, and often blends unevenly. The more shimmery finishes in the formula are easier to use, but the satin/matte finishes need some sort of tacky base to even have a chance of working.

Shade I (2015) is a light-medium beige with a subtle, almost cool tone to it (runs a little gray-ish) with a matte finish. It’s extremely powdery and prone to getting everywhere, both in the pan as well as on the eye. It lasted for six hours before fading. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is cooler. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm #24 (P, $6.50) is lighter. LORAC Nude #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Tarte Summer Breeze (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Light Study (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Nassau (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Baby Face (P, $5.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade II (2015) is a muted, medium-dark taupe with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It’s very powdery, thin, and doesn’t adhere well to the skin. This needs a sticky primer–desperately–to yield better color payoff as well as to last longer than the measly four hours it did. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $18.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is darker. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Cover (P, $18.00) is lighter. Tarte Merci You Later (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is darker. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is more shimmery. Tarte Feeling Grey-t (LE, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade III (2015) is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a soft shimmer… except that it’s so powdery that the shimmer disappears and it looks more matte applied. It goes on unevenly and turns rather patchy as soon as I started to blend it on the skin. It was a complete disaster to use and had disappeared after five hours but had noticeably degraded after a mere two and a half hours. Make Up For Ever M626 Neutral Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M618 Espresso (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is less shimmery. Hourglass Obscura #4 (P, ) is warmer. Hourglass Infinity #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Saleos (P, ) is darker. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is more shimmery. Viseart Cool Matte #5 (P, ) is lighter. NARS Zagreb (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. LORAC Black #5 (LE, ) is warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade IV is a soft, yellowed beige with a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff with a soft consistency that wasn’t too powdery that applied decently to the skin, but it’s no savior for the palette as a whole. It lasted for seven hours on me. Make Up For Ever D504 Celestial Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P, ) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Viseart Kifu (P, ) is less shimmery. Too Faced Devotion (P, ) is darker. Smashbox Flirt (P, ) is darker. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Galore (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade V is a muted, dark forest green with subtle, gold pearl over a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a smooth consistency, but I found it more challenging to blend out in the crease as it looked uneven. It wore for seven hours before fading. Too Faced Punk (P, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME310 Fir Tree Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Shade VI is a dark black with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It was slightly firmer in the pan, but it was prone to sheering out and looking blotchy on the lid. Too Faced Panther (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Corrupt (P, $5.99) is darker. Sugarpill Bulletproof (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Carbon (P, $16.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE, $2.29) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Pandora (P, ) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Black (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) is darker. Divergent Dauntless Ink (LE, ) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is warmer. Laura Mercier Noir (P, $23.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P, ) is darker. Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Jet Black (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Sephora Collection Black Lace (P, $13.00) is . First 15 dupes, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Via de Martelli is a medium-dark, mahogany brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a satin finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke but was buildable to opaque coverage with two layers. It lasted for eight hours on me before thinning. Stila Spice (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Stila Lionfish (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Lionfish (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Stila Espresso (P, $20.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Tiramisu (P, $9.00) is warmer. MAC Gentrified (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Brown Border (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Rich Ground (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Glossover

LE
palette

Hardwired Eye Kit

D

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

5.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Shade I (2015)

C

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Shade II (2015)

F

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

4/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Becca Hyacinth Mineral Blush
Becca Hyacinth Mineral Blush

Becca Hyacinth Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “vibrant poppy pink.” It’s a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Mata Hari (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, more muted. Chanel Affinite (65) (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte (01) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is more muted. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more muted. NARS Panic (Left) (P, ) is lighter. Sephora Collection Love Sick (22) (P, $15.00) is lighter, more muted. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It was intensely pigmented–by no means buildable–to the point where you’ll want to use a lighter hand when applying (and fairer skin tones may want to use a more feathery, airy brush as well) as a little goes a long way. The texture was soft, firmer than the more shimmery shades, but still easily blended during application. The color didn’t turn patchy or appear uneven, despite it being such a rich color (which I naturally over-applied the first time I used it!). I suspect this will look cooler-toned on those with naturally cool undertones, as one I diffuse it, the color looks warmer on me due to my undertones. The color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

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Hyacinth

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9/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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