Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Makeup Geek Neptune Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Neptune Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Neptune Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte bright blue.” It’s a brightened, cornflower blue with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a very soft, but somewhat powdery, consistency that is better if applied over a slightly tacky base. I would recommend patting in layers and only blending the edges, or else it is prone to sheering out. It wears for seven and a half hours before fading. Kat Von D Starflyer (LE) is very similar. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Cobalt (P, $15.00) is darker. Illamasqua Sadist (P) is darker. Inglot #388 (P, $6.00) is darker. Inglot #369 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Peacock Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte deep teal blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bluish-teal with a mostly matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was soft and powdery enough that it doesn’t adhere well to bare skin. It will deliver better results with some sort of primer, as it won’t sheer away as easily. It lasted for almost eight hours before fading on me. Make Up For Ever M240 Prussian Blue (P, $21.00) is a smidgen greener. YSL Fetiche #5 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Blue Satin Sashes (LE, $16.00) is darker. theBalm Matt Schilling (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Sea Mist Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmering turquoise.” It’s a muted, dirty green-teal with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, while the consistency was soft, blendable, and fairly easy to work with. The color showeed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Indo (P, $18.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #4 (P) is darker. Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE) is greener. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $15.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #302 (DC, $20.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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Peacock

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer
Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal and purple metallic.” It’s a steely gray that leans slightly teal along the edges and shifts to a muted violet. It has more of a metallic shimmer running through it. MAC Submerged (LE, $16.00) is much bluer. KBShimmer Rollin’ with the Chromies (LE, $8.75) is more shimmery. Color Club Portfolio (P) is purpler. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the bottle, I thought it might be a possible dupe (or at least, similar to!) for Chanel Sweet Star, but it’s not (way, way darker). The duochrome is strong and noticeable, which is always a treat, though there are some visible brush strokes from the more metallic shimmer/finish. It dried down to a naturally high-shine finish, so it doesn’t need a top coat to shine. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a hint of the nail line coming through depending on the type of lighting/angle of my nails.

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9/10

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9/10

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Lipstick Queen Have Paris Silver Screen Lipstick
Lipstick Queen Have Paris Silver Screen Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick ($50.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be pigmented, hydrating, long-wearing, and have a “wet-look” for finish. They’re fairly pigmented, wear long, feel somewhat hydrating, and have a glossy (or wet) finish. The consistency of the lipsticks is thin, and they don’t feel stiff when applied, but they almost need to “melt” a little to glide on really nicely. They are mint-scented but don’t have a noticeable minty tingle except for the first couple of minutes of wear.

Lipstick Queen Play It Silver Screen Lipstick ($50.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly–it appears almost like a stain with the translucency it has. The color wore well for five hours and felt hydrating. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is darker. Guerlain Very Pink (360) (P, $37.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lipstick Queen Have Paris Silver Screen Lipstick ($50.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm-toned, coral-red with a glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and again, this one almost looks a bit like a stain. The consistency was less creamy compared the other two shades I tried. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was slightly hydrating. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is more orange. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lipstick Queen See Me Silver Screen Lipstick ($50.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a lightened, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had opaque color coverage–surprisingly more pigmented than the other two!–and had a creamier, easier-to-apply texture. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. MAC Style Approved (LE, $22.00) is darker, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is darker, redder. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. MAC Sushi Kiss (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Play It

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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9/10

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9/10

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8/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a very light, muted rose gold with a metallic, foil-like finish. It’s almost like a rosy silver-pewter kind of color. It was opaque after two coats, and it had minimal visible brush strokes (but there were a few). It dried down quickly and applied easily. NARS Pastorale (P, $20.00) is darker. MAC Shimmerfish (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Chanel Rose Moire (LE, $27.00) is darker. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire (P, $25.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Patsy (164) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, pewter–pale gold micro-glitter over a dirty golden taupe base with a metallic finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a slight translucency. The polish was slightly thin but dried down faster than the average polish. Formula X Alchemy (LE, $12.50) is warmer. Revlon Rich (P, $4.99) is greener. MAC Sinfully Sweet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Quartz (LE, $27.00) is less foil-like. SpaRitual Slate (LE, $10.00) is darker. Zoya Jules (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cora (170) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a depened, reddish-brown with lighter rose micro-glitter and shimmer. It was fully opaque in nearly one coat, though I applied two for swatches. This one applied beautifully and evenly. It dried to a flatter finish than the other two, though there was still some shine. Zoya India (P, $9.00) is redder, glossier. Essie Toggle to the Top (P, $8.00) is redder. Le Metier de Beaute Urban Dweller (LE, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Estee Lauder Red Ego (250) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Red Ego (250) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Red Ego (250) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deepened, dark red with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a glossy finish. The formula was hydrating and long-wearing, staying true for over six hours while leaving a lingering stain behind. I didn’t have any feathering or bleeding while I wore this. MAC Salon Rouge (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker, more matte. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is more muted. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is more matte, warmer. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. Dior Diorling (LE, $36.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Carnal (370) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, orange-red with a luminous finish and warm undertones. It was intensely pigmented and applied evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for over six hours, and it left behind a reddish stain. The formula was creamy, hydrating, and comfortable to wear without feathering around the edges. Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is similar. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker, more muted. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is similar. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is similar. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is redder. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is lighter. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (450) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned berry with blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had fairly opaque coverage, but there was a noticeable translucency. The consistency on this one was more slippery than other shades, which made it apply less evenly in comparison to most of what I’ve tried in the range. It lasted for six hours, but I did experience slight feathering during the last hour. Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic silver … [with] an iridescent glow.” On the nail, it’s a deepened gray with a green and blue cast–it gives off a greener, more pewter-ish hue along the center of each nail, while the edges are smokier with a bluish-purple hue. At an angle, it can turn almost bluish-silver. NARS Disco Inferno (LE, $20.00) is less metallic, sheerer. MAC Ascension (LE, $16.00) is greener. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is cooler-toned, less silver, more violet with green edges. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had a very metallic finish, and while many of the visible brush strokes faded as the polish dried down, there were still quite a few noticeable ones in the end result. The coverage was mostly opaque after two coats, and the polish’s consistency was slightly thin but not difficult to use. I didn’t have any issues with the color dragging or going on unevenly. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, but a glossy top coat might give it extra oomph to make it look plusher. I get seven days of wear out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear and no chipping, which is the average for me on most polish formulas.

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Sweet Star

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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