Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Colors

Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “richly pigmented,” “high shine, crease-proof” formula that can be used “wet or dry.” I initially thought it was a cream eyeshadow when I bought it, but it is actually a loosely packed powder–not unlike Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows or L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. The feel and performance was similar across the four shades. The formula was richly pigmented, smooth, blendable, and easy to apply on the lid, but the one area that was less impressive was wear–I did get noticeable creasing after six hours. I tried it over an eyeshadow primer (Smashbox 24-Hour), and it seemed to solve longevity issues, as it lasted until I took it off (12 hours later). They can be used wet or dry, but I did not really find the two methods to differ in terms of results or ease of application.

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Chantecaille Seashell Mermaid Eye Color
Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color Seashell
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Make Up For Ever C205, C206, C207 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C205 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, light-medium cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightweight, lightly creamy without being slippery, and forgiving on lips as it did not emphasize the natural texture of my lips. This shade lasted well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Clinique Wow Pop (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cotton Candy (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Dressed to Thrill (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Double Bubble (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C209 (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Snob (P, $17.00) is more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever C205 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C205
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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Shiseido Hushed Tones, Sweet Desire, Rouge Rum Punch Rouge Rouge Lipsticks

Shiseido Hushed Tones (RD713) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, and the consistency was smooth, lightly emollient, and comfortable to wear. The downside to this shade was how some of the color settled into lip lines as it wore, though it lated for four hours and was hydrating. MAC Without Your Love (LE, $17.00) is more muted (90% similar). Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Cloud (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirable (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hug Me (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) (P, $7.49) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Mischievous Rose (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sonic Truth (244) (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Peach Blossom (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick
Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick Hushed Tones (RD713)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
89%
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IT Cosmetics Velvet Luxe Brushes (304, 307, 314, 320, 322) Reviews & Photos

IT Cosmetics No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush ($38.00) is designed as a “flat but wide” brush for cream and liquid foundation application. It’s a medium-sized, dense, dome-shaped foundation brush made out of synthetic fibers. The brush head measured 33.5mm in width, 32.0mm in length, and 17.4mm in thickness with a handle length of 7.2 inches / 18.3 centimeters. IT’s Velvet Luxe range uses incredibly soft synthetic hairs that are as soft as high-end goat hair used by brands like Chikuhodo, Hakuhodo, etc. I liked this best with liquid, medium coverage or greater foundations with satin to luminous finishes, and it will fit in best with someone who tends to apply their foundation in patting and smooth downward (or upward) strokes rather than in circular, buffing motions.
The curved edge fits in well when maneuvering around the nose, underneath the eye, and around the mouth. Personally, I still preferred the No. 302 for liquid foundation.

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IT Cosmetics No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush
IT Cosmetics   No. 304 Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush
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Product
14
Fitness
14
Durability
5
Construction
5
Total
95%
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MAC Spoiled Fabulous, Wild Extract, Time to Shine Lipsticks

MAC Spoiled Fabulous Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light, champagne gold with warm undertones and fine gold and larger gold sparkle. It had a noticeably gritty texture when applied directly to the lips, and the sparkle really clings to each other, which causes unevenness and lumpy bits of sparkle on the lips. The “color” seemed to slip into lip lines as well. This is a shade that I found difficult to apply on its own and get any measure of standalone wear out of it, as it always made my lips look rough and very textured. It would work better as a layering shade. It lasted for two and a half hours on me. MAC Tanarama (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC No Interruptions (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Liquid Lurex (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC All I Want (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Whip (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Lame (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Altoum (LE, $35.00) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). MAC Free as a Butterfly (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more pigmented (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lipstick
MAC Lipstick Spoiled Fabulous
D
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
64%
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Bite Beauty Cocoa Multistick

Bite Beauty Cocoa Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a deep, chocolaty brown with subtle, warmer yellow undertones and a natural sheen. MAC Film Noir (P, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Brownie (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Earthshine (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Grunge (P, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bite Beauty Cocoa Multistick
Bite Beauty Multistick Cocoa
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
90%