Monday, November 24th, 2014

IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain
IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain

IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve Vitality Cheek Stain ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a rich, brightened, berry-purple with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer. MAC Hot Nights (LE, $21.00) is similar. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Restores Dazzle (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s intensely pigmented–a little goes such a long way! If you prefer a very foolproof blush, you might look elsewhere, as this requires a very feathery touch to control just how much gets applied. The powder itself has a soft, buttery, and silky consistency, so it is easy to blend out on the skin and diffuse for softer color. It’ll be a nice option for anyone who prefers a more pigmented blush that doesn’t require building to get true-to-pan color. As the blush gets blended and buffed onto the skin, it looks more luminous than shimmery with a light glow and a distinctive “stained” look, even though it is a powder. This shade wore well for ten hours before fading slightly along the edges.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to deliver “true color clarity” with “vivid high-impact shine and a “lightweight feel” that is “never sticky.” The gloss has a creamy consistency to it that is a little gel-like, and though it doesn’t feel heavy, it is a thicker consistency. There’s a light tackiness to it initially, which I find develops to a noticeable tackiness after a couple of hours–if you don’t like thicker, tackier glosses, I don’t know that these are for you. The wear of these darker shades ended up being longer than average, which was nice, and I didn’t have issues with the gloss feathering, but I’m not prone to feathering, so your mileage may vary. I think a doe-foot applicator might have made the gloss easier to apply, because around the edges, the brush will splay out and give a more jagged edge, due to the thickness and spreadability of the gloss itself. There is a very subtle sweet scent, but it’s very, very hard to detect except in the tube. They weren’t drying on me, but they weren’t hydrating either.

From what I’ve heard (but I’m not in contact with Revlon, so this is an observation) and seen, this formula is replacing the ColorBurst Lipgloss range, which seems to be vanishing from online and my local displays are empty.

Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a white sparkle. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which applied fairly evenly, but it could have gone on better. It wore well for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is less sparkly, sheerer. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is less glossy. Milani Flashy (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened pinky-red with fuchsia shimmer and sparkle. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on evenly and lasted for six hours. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned with a pinker (less red) base. MAC Impassioned (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Carnelian (545) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a creamy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a high-shine finish. It applied beautifully and evenly, except along the edges due to the bristles of the brush (be very slow and methodical when applying with the applicator!). It wore well for five and a half hours. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Viva Glam I (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $15.00) is less red. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8.5/10

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Baby Blues Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “light blue.” It’s a light, bluish-gray with a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one stroke that was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency didn’t drag or tug on the lash line, but it could have applied slightly more evenly. It wore well for ten and a half hours on me (out of the twelve claimed). I really like how unique it is (relative to what I’ve come across). MAC Heirloom (P, $16.00) was the only remotely similar shade I could think of, but it is purpler. It did remind me a lot of Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Sailor Suit Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a brightened navy blue over a blackened base with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it built up to fully opaque color with two layers. This shade stayed on well for ten hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Wave)length (68) (P, $25.00) is lighter. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is similar. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Petrol Blue (P, $15.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Suede Shoes Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “petrol blue.” It’s a muted, blackened blue with a hint of green–it’s not enough to be teal, but it’s a “warmer” blue–and a satin finish. It had decent color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque, smooth color in two passes. This shade wore well for ten hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Midnight in Paris (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Black Ivy (LE, $16.00) is greener. Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Mainline (P, $19.00) is brighter, bluer. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is greener. MAC Midnight Blues (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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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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