Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Cappuccino Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “brown glitter.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a gold sparkle and shimmer. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two layers. It wore well for ten hours (shy of the 12-hours claimed, though) before thinning. Tarte Bronze (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is similar. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is a cream product. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Cocoa Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with warm, red undertones and a subtle bronze shimmer. It had good pigmentation in one pass with a soft, creamy consistency that wore well for ten hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer (P, $15.00) is very similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flirting Game Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “taupe.” It’s a dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones while the gray-ish cast is quite noticeable, so it almost looks cool-toned on top. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it glides on easily without tugging at the lash line as the consistency is lightly creamy (but not so creamy that it smudges or migrates). It wore well for ten and a half hours on me. Sephora Collection Welcome to My Loft (LE, $9.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $19.00) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Underground (P, $19.00) is a touch browner but similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Cocoa

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base

Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base ($48.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a gold-shimmered light beige that gives more of a pearlescent sheen than a distinct shimmer/sparkle. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is similar, but it is a cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s described as a “multiuse luminizer” that hydrates while illuminating. It’s a thin, liquid highlighter that can be used all-over the face, mixed with moisturizer or foundation, or patted on top of foundation for more targeted illumination. I find it is easiest to used mixed in with moisturizer or liquid foundation, and it will give your base a more luminous, dewy look that isn’t oily or wet. It is the type of product that I think translates better in-person than in a photo, as it livens up the skin and illuminates it without being flashy or obvious. It’s that “Did you change your skin regimen?” kind of effect. For the holidays, it is available in limited edition, gold-hued packaging, but the shade itself is available in the permanent line-up in its regular packaging (same price). I notice I get a slightly smoother application of my base products as well as a subtle skin smoothing effect when using this.

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Nude Radiance No. 01

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights Lip Lustre
Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights Lip Lustre

Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Nights Lip Lustre ($22.00 for 0.12 fl. oz.) is a sheer, golden beige base with lighter gold and copper shimmer. It is a gloss that it is primarily sparkle and shimmer. While it’s a sparkly, pretty gloss, it doesn’t seem to be in line with how the formula is described. Charlotte Tilbury describes it as hydrating and non-sticky with “un-adulterated colour” and six-hour wear. It’s is significantly less pigmented compared to Sweet Stiletto, which I reviewed previously, and the other shade mentioned in this post. This one lasted for four hours on me, and it was slightly tacky. It was somewhat hydrating over time. NARS Soleil d’Orient (LE, $26.00) is more pigmented, more shimmery. MAC Bared for You (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. NARS Sweet Dreams (P, $26.00) is similar. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) is slightly darker. MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is more pigmented. MAC Almond Blossom (LE, $19.00) is lighter. Guerlain Sable Show (LE, $32.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Charlotte Tilbury Bardot Beige Lip Lustre ($22.00 for 0.12 fl. oz.) is a light, peachy beige with warm undertones and a creamy finish. This shade had semi-opaque color payoff, but the lighter, milkier base did result in some settling into lip lines. The thinner consistency of the gloss kept it from looking really dismal, but it’s a shade that will perform better over a lip liner or lipstick for additional glossiness, shine, or to lighten. It did apply better than many other shades of this lightness. It wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is similar. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE) is similar. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is pinker. MAC Ready or Not (P, $19.50) is similar. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is similar. Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid hot pink.” It’s a neon, cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and an ultra-matte finish. There are certainly similar shades in regards to the color, but this is the most matte of all I’ve come across. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is less blue-based. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is glossier. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is less blue-based, less matte. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is glossier. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is less matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade delivers exceptionally well on all but hydration–the formula feels drying after four hours of wear, and it gets more drying until I take off–but the color coverage is excellent, while it was still wearing quite well even after eight hours. You can easily eat most meals (any meal with higher oil content will break down makeup, though), and I like that it doesn’t flake away or fade unevenly. It’s the type of formula that goes on as a creamy, liquid lipstick but then dries down fully to a totally flat, matte finish. You have to work fairly quickly when you are applying it, and you want a thin, even layer to get a really smooth application. It will leave a stain that lingers for hours after. It’s not as comfortable to wear as a more emollient, traditional lipstick, but it doesn’t feel totally like cling-wrap on the lips either. I wish it was more “not drying,” but the trade-off of rich, truly long-wearing color might be worth it for some.

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10/10

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmer bronze brown.” It’s a deepened, chocolate brown with warmer, bronze shimmer for a more metallic finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is quite similar, just slightly redder. Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is darker. Dior Exquis (LE, $24.00) is more muted. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Like many others, I picked up another shade of Christian Louboutin’s polish during Sephora’s sale (almost every shade sold out during the sale). I was disappointed in the way this dried down, as it bubbled in places–it had bits of texture to it–and just didn’t look smooth. It had great color coverage, as it was almost opaque in a single coat, though I still applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the wear came in at seven days with minor tip wear and no chipping (better than Rouge Louboutin). It had minor visible brush strokes from the more metallic finish, but they weren’t too noticeable at a normal viewing distance–only under bright lights and if I brought my fingertips closer to my eyes.

In the spirit of Starlight, I was inspired to take some extra Swarovski crystals I had on hand and bedazzle part of the bottle. I happened to have several leftover of Crystal AB Swarovski crystals, so I probably would have chosen a different colored stone if I was starting from scratch. It’s a really easy DIY project, but it can be time consuming, depending on how many of the crystals you want to apply. The brand says there are 1,500 on Starlight–I think the Siam shade might look particularly stunning on Rouge Louboutin, because they seem to reflect almost red-black (like the bottle). Depending on the size, 1,500 will run you around $50-90 in Swarovski crystals. I recommend sizes 5, 7, 9, 10, and possibly 12ss, if you like a larger stone, but I would stay in the 7 and 9 range for the majority of the work. I used 5, 9, 10, 12, and 14ss since that’s what I had on hand. It took me about 15 minutes to do apply the amount you’ll see in the photos.

  • Supplies: E6000 (glue), crystals of your choice, applicator, syringe, sorting trays

How-to:

  1. Pour your crystals into sorting trays and arrange by size
  2. Fill the syringe with a small amount of glue–E6000 dries pretty quickly, so you don’t want too much, and a little goes a long way.
  3. Apply 2-3 “dots” or dabs of glue to the working area. You don’t want to apply glue to a large area; you want to work quickly and not have the glue dry before you get to that space. I like using a palette knife to smooth the glue across the glass surface, but it’s not necessary.
  4. Using your applicator (I used the Crystal Katana, which did work really well, but you can use a wax stick), apply the crystals in whatever pattern/arrangement you want. I used multiple sizes, but you can also do a more uniform design using all the same sizes–the world is your oyster!
  5. Make sure that none of the crystals sit over the edge of the bottom, so that the bottle will stay stand straight.
  6. Let dry (24-48 hours) and enjoy!

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Chanel Affriolant (13) Rouge Allure Gloss
Chanel Affriolant (13) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new formula that’s supposed to be pigmented like a lipstick with the glossiness you’d expect from gloss, while hydrating lips. I reviewed three shades yesterday, and I definitely think these shades performed better. They were more pigmented, applied more smoothly, and lasted a little longer. The formula is semi-opaque to mostly opaque, wears four to six hours, is lightly hydrating, and slightly tacky. It has a floral scent but no discernible taste to me.

Chanel Affriolant (13) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and very fine, cooler-toned pink shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage and applied evenly with very slight settling, which wasn’t noticeable except very close-up and magnified. This shade wore well for five hours on me. Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is warmer. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is brighter, pinker. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is more muted. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Extase (16) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and very subtle micro-shimmer (it’s quite sparse). It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but the sheerer nature of this made it look less perfect applied compared to Affriolant. It wore well for four and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Follow (DC, $22.00) is darker, brighter. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Supreme (17) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and very fine white micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on fairly smoothly. This shade wore for almost six hours, which made it one of the longer-wearing shades that I have from the range. MAC Hopelessly Devoted (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Impassioned (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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