Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss
Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss

Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep black cherry.” It’s a deepened red with cool undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny, finish. It makes me think of “blood red” more than “black cherry,” though. It was mostly opaque, applied evenly, and didn’t settle into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours. The consistency is lightweight, gel-like, lightly hydrating, and non-sticky. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (900) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer top coat with golden pearl.” It’s gold shimmer suspended in clear gloss. It’s nice to see that it is really being billed as a top coat (even the box distinguishes it from the rest of the range), and in the tube, it looks as described. That being said, it also looks a lot more shimmery in the tube than applied–the shimmer is fine but sparse. As a top coat, it only adds shine, but the thinner consistency doesn’t give it a really plump, juicy, glossy finish. I wish there was more visible shimmer when applied, because though it’s supposed to be sheer… it is also supposed to have gold pearl. It’s like a clear polish with large gold flecks that you feel like you have to fish out. Products like these are always so tricky to review (trying to consider a spectrum of clear to sheer is interesting). The shine on this only seemed to last about two hours on me, but it was comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

LORAC Mega Pro Palette
LORAC Mega Pro Palette

LORAC Mega Pro Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes 32 eyeshadows–16 matte, 16 shimmer from white to black to plum to teal. It is a limited edition palette. My order just arrived this afternoon, so I’ll start testing it, but there weren’t too many obvious “that’s going to be a problem” eyeshadows and most felt like the eyeshadows from the previous Pro palettes–soft, silky (but sometimes powdery) mattes, more consistent shimmery shades (less likely to be powdery). It launches tomorrow, exclusively at Amazon and LORAC, so I figured that swatches might be helpful as it’ll take awhile to test 32 shades!

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) Rouge G Lipstick ($54.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “luminous red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with very subtle cool undertones (it has more of a pink base, which makes it appear more neutral than strongly cool or warm-toned) and a soft, luminous shine. MAC Sparks of Romance (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is more matte, more muted. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is similar. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is slightly cooler-toned. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency is lightly creamy–enough that it glides on easily without tugging while yielding even, opaque color coverage in one stroke–but it doesn’t slip around, so the color stays even, no matter if you press your lips together. Unsurprisingly, this rich red lasts for eight hours on me and is hydrating from start to finish. Rouge G is one of my favorite formulas, because the formula is comfortable to wear, pigmented, and moisturizing–my lips always feel even nicer after wearing one for awhile. Though this is a lovely red, it is rather dupable, which is the only downside to it. This particular shade comes in a red lacquered case, but it has the same style and features as regular Rouge Gs (and it is hefty). There is a very light violet scent (I didn’t even notice it initially, but it is there in the tube).

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Rouge Parade (820)

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is one of three, 8-pan eyeshadow palettes for the holidays. Each eyeshadow is 0.014 oz., and even though there are eight of them, it’s noticeably less than past holiday palettes. In 2012 and 2013, they were 0.14 oz., and in 2011, they contained 0.21 oz. while pricing has stayed about the same. This year’s holiday packaging is very plastic-feeling, and the “pearls” that wrap around the palette lift a bit, so I don’t know if this is going to be particularly travel-friendly as far as durability goes. Since they put eight shades into the palette, each pan is on the smaller side, though it fits a MAC 239 and 217 brush comfortably. I do not find the quality of the holiday eyeshadow palettes to be on par with the average full-sized eyeshadow. This palette is all right; it works decently on the skin, but it takes some layering and packing on to make it all work.

Sensibility is described as a “pale frosty pink [with a Frost finish].” It’s a semi-sheer, light pink with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was somewhat stiff. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Taupeless is described as an “icy pink with silver sparkle [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with silver sparkle. Lustre finishes are supposed to be sheerer shades, which this is, though the texture is also chunky and a little stiff. It lasted for eight hours, but there was fall out during wear. This shade has been out in a couple of holiday palettes previously. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum Grand is described as a “dirty frosty lavender [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark, purple plum with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, but dry, consistency. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Nocturnelle is described as a “pinked-up chrome purple [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with cool, pink undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fully opaque color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and blendable. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Fashion Beat is described as a “dirty violet grey [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, golden beige with a hint of gray and subtle, warm undertones. It had a more frosted finish, and it didn’t really have the sparkle content that you’d expect from a Lustre finish. It was also mostly opaque, which is more payoff than Lustres have. It lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Subtly Elegant is described as a “light grey lilac [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-leaning taupe with subtle warm undertones and matte finish. It had really nice color payoff with a silky, velvety texture that was just a smidgen powdery. The color wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened purple-plum with a matte finish. This version seemed darker, slightly cooler-toned, than my permanent version (which is older). It had decent color payoff, but the texture was on the stiffer side, which made it harder to blend on the lid. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Magic Moor is described as a “rich blackened plum with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a blackened, plummy taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was fairly soft. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=159293,144423,142943,109619,109567,108086,105593,105101,142526″>See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Collection
MAC Heirloom Mix Collection

MAC Heirloom Mix Collection will launch online on October 19th and be available in-stores and at counters on October 23rd.  It’s a limited edition collection for the holiday season, and it has special, glossy black packaging with silver flecks of sparkle/glitter (but the packaging is smooth, you can’t feel the glittery bits at all).  The Pressed Pigments are smaller this time around, just for reference.  The lipsticks are the best-performing overall, though there is one miss (Tribalist), which is an area where MAC tends to shine.  The Cremesheen Glasses have a nice texture, but they don’t wear long, often settle into lip lines or apply unevenly.  The Pressed Pigments are always interesting, and I think they’re prettier in person and tend to look best just one or two at a time, but they can be crumbly, sometimes chunky and difficult to work with, and they all have fall out during wear to some degree (some are worse than others).

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments
MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments

There are eight new, limited edition shades of MAC Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) in the Heirloom Mix collection, which will debut online on October 19th and hit stores/counters on the 23rd. Theese are smaller in size than the permanent versions–these are the size of a normal MAC eyeshadow and contain 0.04 oz., compared to the larger size, which contains 0.10 oz. and retails for $21 (though everything in this collection has slightly higher prices due to the limited edition packaging, presumably). Pressed Pigments are supposed to give a “high shine” when applied dry or a more “dramatic wet look” when applied damp. It has “sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage.” For as sparkly as a lot of these are, the fall out is a lot less than I’d expect with most dropping within the first few hours, but the majority does seem to stay on the lid. I experienced creasing somewhere between seven and eight hours. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented both dry and wet, though all were smoother wet. Sometimes the pigment (not the glitter) portion clumps together when you try to blend, so there’s a crumbly quality to the product that makes it harder to apply and blend (especially dry).

I have a very love/hate relationship with the Pressed Pigments. Often, they have a very pretty, sparkling appearance on the lids, and while far from perfected, they can be lovely in real life as the light catches all of the flecks and sparkles. The light to medium shades are more forgiving, while the darker ones are more nuanced and complex, but they are more difficult to apply and blend out. If you’re a really big fan of glitter and don’t mind some fall out (or have a good, go-to adhesive base), you might still want to take a look. If you’re a no-fallout kind of person, I’d look elsewhere for your glitter fix. Also, if you have a lot of the other shades released from this formula, it seemed like there was a noticeable amount of overlap with past releases (see comparison/dupe links below).

MAC Enchantment Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “violet with blue violet sparkles.” It’s a deep, dark, blackened navy blue with sparkle and finer blue shimmer. It was quite opaque applied dry or damp, though it was easier to smooth out on the skin with applied damp as the consistency was a little dry around the edges. You’ll need to spend some extra time blending it out if you use it dry. It’s definitely not a buildable formula, though it is a formula that can be sheered out the more you blend it. On me, the color lasts a seven and a half hours before creasing, but there is continual fall out during the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Majesty Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark brown base with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm, orange undertones and a teal sparkle. There is a “green pearl” to it in a sense, but it is hard to see once it is applied to th eskin. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but a crumbly, while applied damp, it was smoother. The color wore well for eight hours before creasing, but there was fall out while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Noble Descent Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “pearly smoky mauve.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a sparkling finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque with a smoother, more metallic sheen. This one was easier to apply to the skin, as it blended out more readily. It showed signs of creasing after seven hours of wear, and it did a small amount of fall out throughout wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Noblesse Oblige Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “frosty wood.” It’s a warm-toned pewter–a mix of gold, taupe, and gray–with a sparkling, glittery finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and lighter, warmer in appearance, while applied damp, it was more glittery and opaque. Again, the wear wasn’t bad–seven and a half hours–before creasing occurred, but there is some fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nostalgic Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “soft light salmon beige.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a metallic, sparkling finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied damp. It started to crease after seven hours of wear, and it had some fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Prim and Proper Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black gray with silver sparkles.” It’s a cool-toned, blackened gray with silver sparkle. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, and applied damp, it was more opaque, metallic, and tended to clump together. This shade was difficult to apply both wet and dry, as dry, it was dry and stiff, where the color clumped together and specks (didn’t really apply like a powder eyeshadow, more like loose glitter), but damp application seemed to make it stick without blending much. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear, and I had a fair amount of fall out with this one throughout the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Regal Affair Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “white base with fine opal pearl.” It’s a warm, white gold with a sparkling, metallic sheen. It can be clumpy and crumbly, so I’d recommend using a firmer brush to press and work the product into the skin, which helps it smooth out. This shade lasted for seven hours before creasing slightly, and it had only a small amount of fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Victorian Plum Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “plum with violet pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a sparkly finish. This was an interesting shade, as it was actually a bit more opaque applied dry than damp, though both application methods yielded high pigment. It was smoother when applied with a damp brush. This had a drier consistency, which was particularly noticeable when I was applying it to the lid and trying to blend. There was some fall out during wear, and it started to crease after eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Enchantment

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