Friday, September 26th, 2014

MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks
MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks

MAC The Matte Lip Collection launches online on October 2nd and arrives in-stores (and at-counters) on October 9th. The international release date is October 2014 with no specific date. I don’t have the blushes from this launch, but I will definitely purchase and review them when they go up for sale. Full reviews, photos, swatches, and more to come soon! Please hold questions until I’ve had a chance to review – that is when I will mention possible dupes, wear, color, etc. Thank you!

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Collection
MAC x Brooke Shields Collection

MAC x Brooke Shields Collection launched online today on MAC’s website (still to launch on other retailers’ websites as well as in-stores on October 2nd!). For international locations, I just have “October 2014″ but nothing more specific than that. I received product samples earlier today, but I didn’t receive the Gravitas eyeshadow palette–however, I did purchase it this morning and selected overnight shipping, so I should get it sometime tomorrow (could be anytime tomorrow, as late as 8PM!). I’ll have full reviews, photos, swatches, dupes, and all that jazz for this collection tomorrow! :)

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Gucci Lipsticks
Gucci Lipsticks

Gucci Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to “grip the lips for bold, saturated color” while feeling “weightless.” It is supposed to have “incredible coverage in a single swipe.” I had a good experience (aside from taste) with one shade, and a less impressive experience with the other shade I purchased. Both were pigmented, though, and they wore for a good length of time (see below for wear times).

The formula is scented with “Blue Chocolate,” which I have no idea what that translates to (initially, I thought it was a scent they had, but I couldn’t find anything on it). It has a sweet, vanilla base with a little earthiness, but it has a “perfume-y” feel overall. The scent is noticeable applied, not just in the tube, and it created a constant taste of soapiness when I wore both shades. As in, for the entire length of time I wore each shade, I felt like I had a bar of soap in my mouth. I don’t normally have issues with taste on most products. You may be less sensitive to taste, or may taste more appetizing to you, so your mileage may vary.

You may be wondering what the difference is between the Audacious Color-Intense formula and the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula. The description Gucci gives for the latter is that it “delivers bold color with an opulent finish” that “moisturizers” with “incredible coverage in a single swipe.” The reality is that the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula really only seems to emphasize that it’s hydrating (and has an “opulent finish,” which could mean anything!). My experience was that the Luxurious Moisture-Rich formula is more emollient, thinner, and has a wetter feel overall; the finish is glossier, the wear is shorter (in comparison), and is slightly more hydrating (but both formulas are hydrating). I actually wore Bitter Grape on half my lips with Tiger Lily on the other half (they’re very similar in color), and the difference is fairly pronounced in that side-by-side, particularly when I pressed my lips together. The Audacious formula holds onto lips (but not in an uncomfortable, clingy way) and therefore tends to wear longer and has a less glossy finish.

Gucci Bitter Grape Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a purpled-berry with cool undertones and a light dusting of violet shimmer. The shimmer is fine and subtle enough that it doesn’t really seem to be present indoors–only under sunlight. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a noticeable translucency where the natural lip color did come through. It had a lightly glossy finish, and it wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating while worn. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is less glossy, redder. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is similar. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Fever Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick ($39.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, coral-orange with with subtle, very fine gold shimmer. It had opaque color coverage and a luminous finish. I had a lot of application trouble with this one (and it doesn’t seem to show up as much in the photos as it does in real life), as it is overly-clingy so it clings to itself and clumps up on the lips and will catch on any imperfections on the lips. It tugged a bit during application, but it didn’t feel dry. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is more orange. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, pinker, less shimmery. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, less shimmery. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is more orange. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a set of seven, travel-sized Highliner Gel Crayons, which is a pencil eyeliner that twists up (no sharpening required). The formula is supposed to be waterproof, intensely pigmented, and smooth. I have a love/hate relationship with these, because some of the colors in the range are rather unique, but often, they’re not as creamy or as pigmented as expected. They are, in general, all very long-wearing and waterproof. Two shades–Midnight in Paris and Sunset–are exclusive to this set.

This set seems to be an excellent way to try the formula, though, without investing $25 each. In the set, each pencil contains 0.37g/0.01 oz. while the full-sized eyeliners are 0.5g/0.01 oz. When I convert grams to ounces (using Google), 0.37g is really 0.0131 oz. and 0.5g is really 0.0176 oz. So this set contains 0.0917 oz. worth of eyeliner, or $130.26 worth of eyeliner. Or, if you’re not apt to finish products, for less than the cost of two shades, you get to try seven. I didn’t have any issues with my set, but some readers have received deluxe/travel-versions as samples and have found that sometimes the pencil loosens inside, so that’s just a heads up!

Midnight in Paris is described as an “inky indigo blue.” It’s a blackened navy blue with a shimmery sheen and slight sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two passes. It was lightly creamy and didn’t tug, but it’s not as creamy as the best in the range. It wore well for nine hours before thinning slightly. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) is darker. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sunset is described as a “golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a coppery orange with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was moderately creamy and glided along the lash line without pulling. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Copperthorn (LE, $$16.00) is a gel eyeliner, more glittery. MAC Cockiness (LE) is a liquid eyeliner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blacquer is described as a “black.” It’s a deep, dark, inky black with a soft sheen. It was intensely pigmented in one stroke, and the consistency was creamy and glided on like silk. It definitely represents when the formula is at its best. On me, this shade lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

You can browse through reviews of the other shades in this set here. Or view them individually: (Plum)age, Th(ink), (Brown)out, and O(vert). I swatched all the ones in the set to see how they compared in color payoff and texture to my full-sized versions, and (Plum)age seemed to have less of a sheen, was a touch darker but similar color payoff, while O(vert) seemed more pigmented in this set with a creamier consistency. Blacquer, Th(ink), and (Brown)out were consistent.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($65.00 for 0.56 oz.) is compact that features a bronzer and a highlighter. I can see why this is one of the most raved about products from the brand’s offerings, as the texture of both powders is soft, finely-milled, and silky, while the bronzer is not too orange or yellow, and the highlighter is luminous without emphasizing pores. There’s also quite a bit of product in the compact, so it’s a better value than some of the other products in the range. They’re both nice products, and if you regularly bronze/contour and highlight, it may be convenient to have it a single palette together. If you have a healthy stash of bronzers and highlighters, you may find this more dupable.

Filmstar Bronze is a medium tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that applied easily and blended out nicely. It wore well for eight hours on me. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is darker. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is yellower. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is warmer. Chanel Sable Beige (LE, $60.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Filmstar Glow is a pale, champagne beige with a luminous sheen. It seems almost frosted initially, but it blends to a very luminous, glowing finish that doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It reflects light without looking metallic. The powder’s texture is silky, finely-milled, and very blendable. On me, the highlighter stayed on for eight hours before fading slightly. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is warmer. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is yellower. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gucci Cherry nectar Sheer Blushing Powder
Gucci Cherry nectar Sheer Blushing Powder

Gucci Cherry Nectar Sheer Blushing Powder ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, muted coppery red with a very delicate dusting of gold shimmer that gives it a satin finish. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, cream. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $29.00) is pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS Taos (P, $29.00) is very similar–a touch less red. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is more muted, browner. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to “softly illuminate” with a “veil of color.” The bullet point list calls out its “sheer texture” that “blends effortlessly” and has “buildable color.” The blush has an incredibly soft, silky, and smooth texture that feels like a luxurious powder product. It’s not at all sheer–it’s quite pigmented and would highly recommend a light hand and a feathery tool for application, even on medium and darker skin tones. A little goes a very long way, and in that aspect, it’s difficult to get just a “veil of color.” To get sheer color, I get the smallest amount on my brush, tap of excess, tap it once on the back of my hand, and then apply–otherwise it’s a pretty significant amount of color on my medium complexion! It may be a happy accident for some, but for those who prefer sheerer or more buildable formulas, this shade isn’t that (and neither was the other shade I bought, but maybe others in the range are sheerer/more buildable). It’s just not really in line with how they’ve described (and named!) the formula.

Applied, the finish was satiny but not shimmery or luminous, just not ultra-flat like a true matte finish would look. This shade didn’t blend as readily as you’d expect, given the texture, and for as rich and pigmented as it is, it would have been fantastic to have that superior blendability there. On me, Cherry Nectar wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. I didn’t notice any scent or fragrance to the powder.

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