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Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is an orange-toned red with a glossy, luminous finish. MAC Everyday Diva is lighter.MAC Ruffian Red has gold shimmer. MAC Red Racer is more neutral. MAC Must Be Red is less bright. MAC Cockney isn’t quite as opaque but is very close in color. Guerlain Genna is slightly more orange.  See comparison swatches.

It was rich in color with opaque color coverage. The consistency is lightly creamy with some slip, so it glided across lips easily and distribued even, opaque color well. Because of the creaminess, it leaves behind a slightly glossy finish.  Despite the slip, it still wears quite well, as Infra-Red lasted six hours on me and left behind a noticeable stain that lingered for another hour and a half.  I found the formula lightly hydrating during the time I wore it.  It has a lightly fruity scent but no discernible taste.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Infra-red
Infra-red
Infra-red
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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NARS Hearts New York Set

NARS Hearts New York Set
NARS Hearts New York Set

NARS Hearts New York Set ($75.00) includes Amour (peachy pink), Laguna (diffused brown powder with golden shimmer), Biarritz (perfect, neutral cream colored beige), Nepal (soft, sheer rose), New York (plum brown), Galapagos (bitter chocolate infused with gold), Dolce Vita (sheer, dusty rose), and Chinatown (blood red). It contains 0.17 oz. of blush, 0.15 oz. of bronzer, 0.12 oz. of eyeshadow, 0.284 fl. oz. of lipgloss, and 0.50 fl. oz. of nail polish. The shades chosen for the set are the city’s most popular shades; all of the shades are available individually and are part of the permanent range.

Amour Blush is a subtly warm-toned, medium pink with a matte finish. I reviewed this previously here. I didn’t notice any differences between the full-size version and the one included in the palette (and the one in the palette is actually bigger at 0.17 oz. compared to 0.16 oz. for the permanent shade).  Chanel Rose Initale is pinker. MAC Posey has a more luminous finish, as it is a cream blush. MAC Flaming Chic is lighter, pinker. MAC Fleet Fast is more coral. MAC Mocha is darker. theBalm Frat Boy is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Biarritz Eyeshadow is a pale beige with a matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had good color payoff, though it may be hard to see, given that it is very close to my natural skin color (so it disappears). There are a fair number of comparable shades to this one that you may already have. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Anonymous has a satiny sheen. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is not as warm-toned. MAC Vanilla is lighter, satiny. MAC Blanc Type is less beige. MAC Bisque is very similar. L’Oreal Endless Pearl is lighter, less warm-toned. Benefit Call My Bluff is warmer and satiny. Bobbi Brown Ivory is slightly lighter. See more comparison swatches.

Nepal Eyeshadow is a warm-toned, peachy tan with a pearly sheen. It had so-so to decent color payoff, but it was buildable on the lid to mostly opaque color coverage. The texture was soft but a bit powdery. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is more frosted, slightly pinker. MAC Bare Minimum is less shimmery. Benefit It’s Complicated has a golden sheen. bareMinerals Peace is similar. Inglot #397 is more reflective, so it appears lighter. See comparison swatches.

New York Eyeshadow is a warm, dark plum with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff and was a bit powdery to work with, but it did build up color when applied to the lid. Make Up For Ever #141 is shimmery. NARS Grand Palais #2 is a touch warmer. MAC Festive Delight is darker, redder. MAC Trax is shimmery, slightly purpler. Lancome Colour du Jour has golden shimmer. Illamasqua Forgiveness is very similar–a smidgen more plum. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 is frosted. Make Up For Ever #39 is more intense and redder. See comparison swatches.

Galapagos Eyeshadow is a lightly warm-toned, yellow-toned, medium-dark brown with gold sparkle. It has good color payoff, and the sparkle somewhat translates to the lid but there is some minor fall out during wear. The texture was soft and blendable. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is a darker brown with less yellow in it. MAC Friendly is more frosted, darker. NARS Surabaya #2 is very similar, slightly warmer. MAC Lie Low is lighter. MAC Swiss Chocolate is similar in the base color, though slightly yellower in tone, but has no sparkle. MAC Roasted Chestnut is more metallic. Chanel Ebloui is redder and a cream product. Inglot #327 is very similar to the base color but is matte. See comparison swatches.

Laguna Bronzer is a medium-dark tan brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff with buildable, blendable color and a fairly soft texture. It applied well and didn’t emphasize pores. I felt like the permanent version was slightly better in color payoff and a silkier texture. It lasted eight hours well on me with light fading apparent after nine hours. Urban Decay Toasted is darker, browner. MAC Lush Light Bronze is warmer. MAC Refined Golden is browner, darker. MAC Soft Sand is slightly warmer, lighter. Burberry Summer Glow is more yellow-toned. See comparison swatches.

Dolce Vita Lip Gloss is a warm, rosy plum with a creamy finish. This is a color that always seems to appear more saturated/brighter in photos than it does in real life; it’s one of those tricky, hard-to-photograph shades. Though it is described as sheer, it’s rather opaque applied. It applies evenly and smoothly, but I did detect a rather plastic-like scent from the tube. NARS Oasis was the only shade that seemed somewhat similar, but it is less pink, sheerer, and has shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Chinatown Nail Lacquer is a darkened, brown-based red with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque, but at certain angles in brighter light, there was a shadow of visible nail apparent. MAC Vintage Vamp is a bit darker. MAC Underfire is very similar. MAC Dangerously Fun is somewhat warmer. Chanel Rouge Fatal is similar. China Glaze Merry Berry is lighter, not as brown. See comparison swatches.

It’s a good palette overall, and it offers a good value for the amount and breadth of products you receive. It’s a more neutral palette, so it should be versatile and has a good amount of contrast for a variety of looks.

NARS Hearts New York Set

B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
NARS Eyeshadow Biarritz
Biarritz
NARS Eyeshadow Nepal
Nepal
Nepal
NARS Eyeshadow New York
New York
NARS Eyeshadow Galapagos
Galapagos
NARS Powder Bronzer Laguna
Laguna
NARS Lip Gloss (Discontinued Formula) Dolce Vita
Dolce Vita
NARS Nail Polish Chinatown
Chinatown
NARS Powder Blush Amour
Amour

Illamasqua Posture Lipstick

Illamasqua Posture Lipstick
Illamasqua Posture Lipstick

Illamasqua Posture Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cool mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-tinted lavender with a matte finish. MAC Nocturnal Instincts is pinker, not as cool-toned/gray. MAC Fresh Amour is more opaque, cooler-toned. MAC Lavender Whip is pinker. OCC Digitalis is also pinker. See comparison swatches here.

The good news is that this wasn’t nearly as dry as ESP! It has mostly opaque color payoff, and the color applied fairly evenly and smoothly. The consistency of the formula is a bit dry and stiff, so it will tug a bit at the lip, but it doesn’t drag or catch to the point where application is really difficult or the resulting coverage is patchy. The drier texture does cling somewhat to lips, but it didn’t actually seem drying over the five and a half hours it lasted on my lips. I didn’t see this listed on Sephora’s website, so I’m not sure if it will be launching at Sephora with the rest of the Paranomal collection or not, but it is available on Illamasqua’s website.

Illamasqua Lipstick Posture
Posture
Posture
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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Maybelline Waves of White & Shady Shores Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned white with a teal duochrome/shimmer. It has a soft, lightly metallic finish. When applied, I was able to get semi-opaque color payoff. I tried layering, but it does seem to get chunky and create unevenness/patchiness so one layer seemed to work best. It might be nice as an inner corner brightener or layered over black eyeshadow (to bring out the duochrome). It was also, inadvertently, kind of cool painted onto lashes. It’s not a dupe by any means, but since it is within the range, I thought it was worth mentioning: Maybelline Too Cool is a stark, cool white, with no teal shimmer/duochrome sheen. L’oreal Dive Right In is darker, less white, and a powder. Sugarpill Lumi is a loose powder and leans greener. See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Shady Shores 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a yellow gold with teal shimmer/duochrome. It applies with semi-opaque color coverage, and it was a bit more forgiving layered than the other shades I’ve tried from the spring/summer launch. NARS Goldfinger is a bit brighter, no teal shimmer, and a powder. MAC Treasure Hunt is less yellow, no teal shimmer. MAC Gorgeous Gold has a subtler duochrome and is a powder. MAC Impeccably Rich is less yellow, no teal shimmer. MAC Eclaire is less yellow, no teal shimmer. bareminerals Rising Star has no teal shimmer and is a powder. bareMinerals Standing O has no teal shimmer and is also a powder. See comparison swatches here.

The consistency of both shades was thin with a lot of slip; it was thinner and creamier, while feeling almost wet, compared to the permanent range of Color Tattoos. I have normal-to-dry lids (more often slightly dry), and both shades had light creasing after nine and a half hours of wear. Again, I wish these had been touted as a new finish/variation on the Color Tattoo range, like the Metals were. The consistency, payoff, and feel of these is different enough from the original Color Tattoo formula that I think it would do a better job of setting expectations.

I don’t have Blue Paradise or Lavish Lavender–I only spied the display for these just yesterday at my local Walgreens (and I was there three days or so prior) and they only had three pots left (all ones I’ve reviewed). It was sandwiched between two Garnier displays as an endcap (very easy to overlook).  I was lucky enough that the lovely Muse was willing to play personal shopper for me so I could review the ones I have!

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Waves of White
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Shady Shores
Shady Shores
Shady Shores
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 oz.) is described as a “translucent purpled burgundy.” It looks burugndy-red in the tube, but applied, it’s a cool-toned, pinky-red with hints of berry and a luminous shine. OCC New Wave is lighter, redder. Guerlain Girly is slightly darker. NARS Jardin des Plantes is a bit brighter, matte. Maybelline Vivid Rose is very similar. MAC Love Goddess is a smidgen redder. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker. Guerlain Gigi is slightly brighter. Guerlain Gourmandise is brighter. See swatch comparisons here. You can also see all shades of the Lip Tar Stained Glosses.

OCC’s new Lip Tar Stained Glosses are a thinner, glossier version of their famous Lip Tars. If you felt like Lip Tar was too opaque or heavy, you may like the Stained Glosses. It’s not sheer color as in barely-there color; indeed, it is exactly like stained glass windows where there is strong, noticeable color that you can still see through. There is some translucency to the color, so the natural lip color comes through (but depending on what that is, it may have little to no effect), but you can see that while burgundy in the tube, it applies much pinker. Rhythm Box lasted eight hours well with moderate glossiness for four hours. It did leave behind a lingering stain for another two hours or so.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss Rhythm Box
Rhythm Box
Rhythm Box
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick
Illamasqua ESP Lipstick

Illamasqua ESP Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “vivid violet.” It’s a rich, violet purple with pink undertones and a matte finish. Nothing that I could think of seemed to come very close–this is very purple; not pink, not fuchsia, and then not ultra dark/vampy. OCC Belladonna was the closest, but it’s lighter. MAC Potent Fig and MAC Fervent are much darker, less violet. MAC Violetta and MAC Heroine are both much pinker. Illamasqua Kontrol is purpler, grayer, and quite a bit darker. See swatch comparisons here.

Though it’s a more unique color, and anyone who’s been on the hunt for a brightened purple will be tempted by ESP, the texture is very, very unforgiving. It’s incredibly dry, which made application problematic, wear uncomfortable, and the color looked dry and patchy applied. I would highly recommend laying down a smidgen of balm first–just enough to make everything smooth over better–and applying the color with a lip brush.It’s very easy to break the bullet because of how much pressure you exert just to swipe the lipstick across the lips (it tugs, drags, and pulls). It will come as no surprise but this is uncomfortable to wear, because it feels like it is clinging to the lips and is somewhat drying (but not as drying as it looks). The upside, I guess, is because it is clingy, whatever you do apply will last quite awhile (six hours for me).

Illamasqua Lipstick ESP
ESP
ESP
5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
4
Texture
10
Longevity
3
Application
68%
Total

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