Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

MAC x BollyDoll/Blue Makeup Bag
MAC x BollyDoll/Blue Makeup Bag

MAC x BollyDoll Makeup Bags ($36.00) are available in two prints, one with bluer shades and the other with pinker shades. Each bag is made out of 100% polyester and measures 6.75 inches / 17 centimeters width, 1.75 inches / 5 centimeters in depth, and 5 inches / 12 centimeters in height. The outside feels very soft and smooth, while the inside is slightly more textured. There is a small, clear plastic pocket on the interior. The side of the bag has a black fabric loop, and it has a black zipper. The bags seem durable and should be able to take a little dirt/makeup debris when traveling and be easily wiped down. I would consider them medium in size; large enough for a multi-day trip as well as to be used as an everyday makeup bag.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Eyeshadow
ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Eyeshadow

ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, pigmented, and blendable cream-powder hybrid eyeshadow. It feels more like a cream than a powder eyeshadow, and the brand is very careful to remind you to tightly screw the caps back on and not to leave them open for too long. I’m a big fan of this type of product, and I have had good luck with the majority of the formulas I’ve seen of its kind, including this one. I wore all four of these, and after ten hours, they didn’t appear to have faded or creased. I get more fall out during application than during wear, and these are quite glittery, so it is surprising, but it is not fall out-free–slight fall out but not enough that it looked like more had fallen than stayed on the lid. I recommend applying these prior to any base products, as there is some fall out during application. They’re a good cream eyeshadow, and the price point is really icing on the cake.

The pigmentation is mostly opaque to fully opaque on the lid, and I used both natural and synthetic brushes and didn’t find one to be better than the other (I tried MAC 239, 242, 249, Chikuhodo GSN-09, IT Cosmetics #105, IT Cosmetics All-Over Shadow). The brand recommended fingertips for application, which definitely transfers color, but I find my fingertips far too large for my eyelid and could only apply one–maybe two!–shades at a time, so brushes worked out a lot better for me. I think fluffier, more rounded crease brushes tend to work best for applying this type of formula into the crease, though, compared to a more tapered one. All four shades were easy to blend with each other, and they just applied like good eyeshadows should–not a lot of work, no packing color on, and they nearly blend themselves.

If you’re familiar with MAC Electric Cool (which has nearly identical packaging, just in black), DiorShow Fusion Monos, Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, or Buxom Stay-There formulas, then this is very similar. Most of those formulas contain more product than 0.07 oz., except MAC’s, which is the same size.

ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering champagne with gold and silver glitter.” It’s a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with fine gold and silver glitter. It had fully opaque color coverage, and it was creamy, blendable, and lasted for ten hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #1 (P) is darker. Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is less metallic. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Cashmere (LE) is less metallic, lighter. LORAC Sand (LE) is lighter, less metallic. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is similar. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is lighter. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is similar. Giorgio Armani #18 (LE, $33.00) is less metallic. Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Amira Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “antique gilded gold [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a smoky, olive gold with warm undertones and bronze and gold glitter. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency. This one had a fair amount of fall out when applied, especially when blended with a fluffier brush, so you may want to apply prior to any base products. Once on, the color lasted for ten hours and had only slight fall out during wear. This shade is part of the Megan Naik set; as a heads up, the brand lists Amira as the burgundy shade and Lectra as the antique gold one, but I have both on myd esk, and the gold one is labeled Amira, and the burgundy one is labeled Lectra. YSL Avant Garde #4 (P) is lighter. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is less glittery, warmer. Urban Decay Oz #1 (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 (LE, $18.00) is warmer, lighter. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is similar.Illamasqua Ore (P, $25.50) is less glittery. Giorgio Armani #26 (LE, $33.00) is darker, less golden. Make Up For Ever #11 (P, $23.00) is less glittery, brighter, more metallic. Inglot #433 (P, $6.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches
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ColourPop Hammered Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky olive with tons of gold glitter [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a muted, dark olive brown with subtle, warm undertones and gold micro-glitter over a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this was one of the sheerer shades that I’ve tried so far. It builds up with a few layers, and it is very blendable. This shade lasted for ten hours with minimal fall out. Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Psyche (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P) is lighter. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glittery. Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever D320 Golden Khaki (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is lighter. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Gilt by Association (P, $21.00) is darker, more golden. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is a smidgen lighter. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Partridge Super Shock Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “saddle brown undertone with a green duochrome finish [with a Pearlized finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm brown with reddish-orange undertones and a blue-teal sheen. I found the duochrome on this to be quite weak, even in the pan, and it doesn’t translate to much other than a medium-dark, warm brown. It had good pigmentation and lasted for ten hours. This shade is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates set, which is limited edition. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) doesn’t have a duochrome. Ardency Inn Peacock (P, $21.00) has a stronger duochrome. Kat Von D On the Road (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter, stronger duochrome. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) has a stronger duochrome. Kat Von D Queen (LE) has a stronger duochrome. MAC Double Feature #5 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Fireside (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) has a stronger duochrome, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows (three are larger, nine are more medium in size). Will have a full review soon — here’s a sneak peek! :)

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

ColourPop Lippie Stix
ColourPop Lippie Stix

ColourPop Grind Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a twist-up lipstick that’s supposed to be long-wearing, comfortable to wear, and is available in three finishes; the Glossy finish has medium-full coverage, while the other two (Satin and Matte) are supposed to have full coverage. Several of you asked about these yesterday, so I got my butt into gear and shot photos/swatches for you :) I didn’t purchase all of the shades they had available, only a handful, so these are all the shades I did buy.

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

MAC Red Obsessed Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Red Obsessed Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Red Obsessed Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft rose.” It was a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden frosted finish and a natural sheen. Maybelline Just Pinched Pink (10) (P, $8.99) is pinker. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is a powder. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is a powder. MAC Keep It Loose (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes. Here are some dupes for it as a lip color.

It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage, though this one was definitely running sheerer overall. It had a glossy sheen that was noticeable on the cheeks, and even when applied to lips, there was still some shine and creaminess to it, which isn’t the norm for the formula. I found it to be drying when I wore it on lips, and it lasted about three hours. It worked better on cheeks, as it was easily blended on the skin and sat well without emphasizing pores. The color wore well for seven hours as a blush.

Just to reiterate, this has 0.08 fl. oz., which is a huge reduction from the 0.43 fl. oz. that came in the clear pot (which I believe last released in April 2014, so it wasn’t that long ago).

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Color Trio
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Color Trio

Tom Ford Lips & Boys is a collection of fifty (yes, FIFTY!) shades of miniature-sized lipsticks that are all limited edition. They were released as an “early access” deal during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. The collection was set to launch officially on Tom Ford’s site on the 28th but launched early on the 27th. (My husband said, “Tom Ford duped you, because he got tired of you duping him!”) Within about six hours of launching, Stavros, Julian, and Addison had already sold out! I snagged these three (which I’ve dubbed The Lost Boys) on Cyber Monday. As some retailers are taking pre-orders now and shipping when they fully launch on December 26th, I thought what better way to kick off the Lips & Boys reviews than with the first three to sellout!

You can check out sneak peek swatches here and here for the other shades. :) The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

When you purchase three shades from Neiman Marcus, a box that fits the three is included. It’s a thick, glossy cardboard box with the gold logo to close it.

Tom Ford Stavros Lip Color ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, dark taupe with mauve and cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips evenly. The consistency was creamy and glided over lips easily. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was moisturizing over time. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sebastian (P, $18.00) is lighter and less shimmery. MAC Soft Sable (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes. As a heads up, this shade isn’t even available for pre-order from what I could find, so it may be reign as the hardest shade to get–and it’s no wonder, as it is a more unique shade.

Tom Ford Julian Lip Color ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pink with a lilac tone to it and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and hugged for longer-than-average wear but didn’t feel clingy. The formula was lightly creamy, comfortable to wear, hydrating, and lasted for five hours on me. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Vivid Imagination (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Addison Lip Color ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly. I think the texture could have been slightly smoother overall, though. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. Addison is the same as Pink Dusk, which was previously released. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is a smidgen darker, cooler. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is slightly darker. Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is darker. MAC Flavour (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Bolero (LE, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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