Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

ColourPop Juicer Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Juicer Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Juicer Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright true yellow with a satin finish.” It’s a bright, sunshine yellow with a satiny sheen and subtle sparkle. It had fairly good color coverage that was semi-opaque and buildable to opaque color on the lid, but it looked a little dry or thickened on the skin. The color wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Heat Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright light yellow orange with a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium, golden yellow–more goldenrod than sun yellow–with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation and blended out really easily, while it still stayed on without creasing or fading for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Cheeky Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-toned candy coral pink with a duochrome satin finish.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with a mostly matte finish. I didn’t detect a duochrome from this one, even in person as I moved my arm around to try to find it. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier consistency that made it harder to apply evenly. The color that applied wore well for ten hours, but it was hard to use. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Sunnies Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “juicy vibrant orange with a satin finish.” It’s a brightened, tangerine orange with warm undertones and a soft, golden-orange micro-sparkle. It had rich color payoff that applied fairly well but does seem a smidgen on the drier side. On me, the color lasted for a full ten hours and looked the same as I had applied it (no fall out either!). Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

(Note: I bought Juicer, Heat, Cheeky, and Sunnies back in December 2014; Shop is a sample sent by ColourPop in late February.)

ColourPop Shop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rusty coral in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, reddish coral with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. The base is matte, but there is a very tiny bit of shimmer in it when you look closely, though it looks matte from a normal viewing distance. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

ColourPop Flux Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Flux Super Shock Shadow

For spring, there are twelve new, limited edition shades of ColourPop Super Shock Shadows ($5.00 for 0.07 oz. each) with most shades in the pastel family (though there a few that aren’t). ColourPop sent ten of the twelve shades with my blush order, which had been delayed longer than their stated turnaround time. I bought the other two shades, along with other new products (blushes, lipsticks, and lip liners) but don’t have those yet! I admit, I was nervous when I saw how pastel these were when I opened the box, because pastels are hard to do in any form. I think these are a bit weaker than their best shades, and they take more effort to blend on the eye. They were performed better than a lot of similarly-colored pastels that I’ve come across, though, which was a surprise, given how finicky pastels can be.

ColourPop Flux Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light mint green in a matte finish.” It’s a very light, green-tinted white with a matte finish and very subtle warm, yellow undertones. It has a very strong white base and easily looks almost chalky on my skin tone. When I used it on the inner third of my lid paired with bolder shades, it worked, but it’s the kind of shade that can be harder to use just right. The texture was a little drier than other Super Shock Shadows I’ve tried, but the texture is definitely matte. It didn’t apply smoothly and tended look a bit dry on the lid to me. The color didn’t fade or migrate, but it did crease after eight hours. Kat Von D Archangel (LE) is more shimmery, powder. Dior Dulcinee #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, powder. MAC Sky Blue (P, $16.00) is bluer, powder. MAC Aqua (P, $16.00) is slightly darker, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Beauty Call Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true powder blue in a matte finish.” It’s a light, sky blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that was blendable overall, but it is harder to use than the majority of the Super Shock range. I found this one to take a little longer to blend out on the lid. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Make Up For Ever S208 Baby Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker, powder. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker, powder. Dior Swimming Pool #3 (LE) is powder. Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is warmer, powder. bareMinerals Illusion (P) is lighter, warmer. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Taco Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone aqua in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium periwinkle blue with a mostly matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that is better to apply in layers to get a really smooth, even layer of color. This shade blended well and lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl #2 (LE, $2.29) is darker, powder. Dior Swimming Pool #3 (LE) is more shimmery, powder. Inglot #369 (P, $6.00) is darker, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Snapdragon Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone sea foam green in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, seafoam green with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage and applied with fairly even, smooth coverage without having to layer it on. It blended out easily and wore for a full ten hours without creasing or fading. Sephora Collection Green Tea Time (12) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker, powder. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is lighter, powder. Inglot #372 (P, $6.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid)
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid)

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid) ($41.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden bronze pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coppery-brown with very fine, lighter gold shimmer. Giorgio Armani #100 (LE, $64.00) is warmer. MAC Golden Elixir (LE, $31.00) is slightly less golden. Tom Ford Beauty Bronzed Amber (LE, $58.00) is darker, redder. Becca Topaz (Poured) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Becca Topaz (Pressed) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The original Shimmering Skin Perfectors come in tubes with a pump dispenser, and the formula is a “sheer cream-liquid” for “subtle luminosity” with a “water-light” feel. For how it compares to the other formulations in the family, please see this post. The texture is thin, water-like (but not quite as thin as true water) that can be used over or under foundation, on bare skin, or mixed with your favorite base products (moisturizer, primer, foundation). It takes a bit of time to dry down if patted on top of cheek bones or the like as a more targeted highlighter than all-over. It is as sheer as described: this is not going to yield a lot of color or shimmer, which is in line with how it is marketed, just that it might not be what you’re looking for. I prefer mixing this in with moisturizer or liquid foundation for an all-over luminosity that’s never too dewy or oily. I get a very subtle warmth when I mix Topaz in with my foundation, and I’d expect it might be greater for fairer skin tones but any color change will likely be lost on deeper skin tones. On the other side, it won’t lighten-up deeper foundations, so it’s a great way for darker skin tones to get an all-over glow that won’t give a lighter or off-white cast. When patted on cheek bones (and a bit lower, since it does give me some color) as a more traditional highlighter, it is more of a bronzing illuminator on my skin tone, and it lasts for eight hours on me. When mixed with foundation, it doesn’t seem to shorten or extend the wear of my foundation. The only downside is that due to the pump dispenser, it is easy to get far more product than you want if you aren’t mixing or using it all-over.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop
Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop

Clinique Melon Pop Cheek Pop ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $12.99) is pinker, more matte. Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is warmer, more matte. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker. Tarte Unleashed (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is more matte. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is more matte. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is pinker, more matte. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is more orange. MAC Dainty (P, $27.00) is pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Here’s the last of the new spring shades I have for now (the other two shades are still on back order), and it’s another shade that I suspect will win over fair to medium skin tones looking for a softer, warm-toned, everyday blush. I think it may be too subtle for deeper skin tones, though it will still produce a soft, warm sheen. (If you’re looking for a deeper coral, consider Peach Pop and Ginger Pop.) It had good color payoff that was easily sheered out or layered for greater intensity, but the color darkened slightly on the skin compared to how it looks in the pan (which is a bit lighter, more orange). The texture was soft, smooth, and incredibly blendable on the skin. I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but the finish of the formula is why this blush stands out: it’s beautifully luminous with a glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. On me, this blush wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

NYX High Voltage Lipstick
NYX High Voltage Lipstick

NYX Playdate High Voltage Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, light-medium lavender with a gray overcast and a satiny sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly for the most part. The consistency had some slip in it, so it was easy to apply and felt comfortable on. The color wore well for four hours but pulled into lip lines slightly after two and a half hours of wear. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Weekend 2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Lavender Jade (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Colour Pop Brills (P, $5.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Dominique (P, $32.00) is pinker. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Posture (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Privileged High Voltage Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright pop of light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a light shine. It had rich, opaque color payoff in a single pass with a lightly creamy, slightly slippery consistency that glides on easily but has a thicker consistency (not thick per se, just thicker). This shade stayed on well for four and a half hours and left a stain behind. It wasn’t hydrating nor was it moisturizing, but it was comfortable to wear. It’s a very dupable shade of bright pink with the only differentiating factors being that it’s not the most neon, but it’s still on the lighter side. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Femme-de-Luxe (P, $23.00) is more matte. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is very similar. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is brighter. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is sheerer, darker. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lwarmer. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is similar. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Twisted High Voltage Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium orchid purple with some pink and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and deposited smooth color. The consistency is lightly creamy with some slip so it glides on easily. It wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Grind (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is pinker, more matte. NYX Violet (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is darker, more matte. Too Faced Melted Violet (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is pinker, more matte. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is pinker, brighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

MAC is Beauty is collection that launches March 26th now March 30th online (North America) and in select stores on April 2nd (North America) with select international stores to receive sometime in April 2015. It’s a massive collection with twelve lipsticks, sixteen fluidlines, five eyeshadows, four lipglosses, three nail lacquers, three brushes, two face powders, and an eyeliner. There are some shades and pieces that I didn’t have for you to review, and I’ll definitely do my best to buy them when the collection launches–I just can’t guarantee it since sometimes collections sell out so quickly.

Eight of the lipsticks had a Lustre finish, which is my least favorite finish MAC does from experience; I don’t have issues with it simply being a sheerer finish, I have issues with it for being drying, prone to unevenness/settling into lip lines, and being very short-wearing. It also strikes me as wholly unnecessary to launch eight of them in a single launch, as they often look similar applied (four of them are in the “warm peach/beige” family).

The Fluidline formula can be really great for wear, but they don’t always apply as nicely as you might want. I have found very thin angle brushes (263, not the 266!) and very thin eyeliner brushes work the best. The more pearly or glittery shades tend to perform less well compared to more matte/cream shades. The majority of the shades have been previously released, whether permanent as usual or as a limited edition shade in the past, but note that they’re now called “Pro Longwear Fluidline,” rather than just Fluidline. This appears similar to how MAC relaunched their Paint Pot formula (which is now called Pro Longwear Paint Pot). I couldn’t really distinguish differences between the original and “new.” At most, the updated formula might have a little more slip with some shades. If you already have the original, I don’t think it’s necessary to rush out and grab the new formula in the same shade. The sixteen shades featured in this launch will also be added to the permanent range.

The only product that really caught my eye was Blue Peep Fluidline as it is a more unusual eyeliner shade.  Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick was definitely pretty, but it’s dupable enough that it wasn’t as interesting to me.  It was good to see Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder get repromoted, but I wish the texture was better.

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