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Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation
Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation

Guerlain Tenue de Perfection Foundation ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is the latest foundation from Guerlain, which debuted earlier this fall. It has a limited shade range–a mere six to choose from–which is typical for Guerlain, but it can’t go without noting, as a greater and more expansive shade range would go a long way. I have Beige Clair (02), which is about half a shade too light; I’m normally between 02 and 03 in Guerlain’s foundations and typically mix to get the right shade for my skin tone.

It’s supposed to wear for a heart-stopping 16 hours with “ultimate coverage and comfort.” Some of the longest-wearing foundations I’ve tried have heavier, clingier formulas that tend to be unflattering on drier skin types (but good fits for oilier skin types). The texture of this was surprisingly lightweight, and the dry down was semi-matte to just shy of a truly natural finish. It was buildable to medium coverage; one pump yielded light-medium coverage, a pump and a half more like medium coverage. Two pumps was getting closer to full coverage, but it didn’t feel heavy worn that way. The formula evened out my skin tone and left my skin looking semi-matte.

I have normal-to-dry skin, closer to normal at this time, and my t-zone can get shiny towards the end of the day. After 16 hours of wear, it was surprising to find it still looked decent; I wouldn’t say it lasts 16 hours immaculately, but it seemed to fade evenly, so it didn’t look patchy or completely gone in places. It was as if my medium-coverage application went to light-medium coverage along my t-zone. I would say that on my skin type, it wore beautifully for 10 hours (without setting powder!), which was still impressive, though certainly not the full 16 as promised. When I set lightly with powder, it wore nearly perfectly for 12-13 hours, and it looked somewhat better after 16 hours than it did without any powder.

There are some brands and formulas that just seem to work well for me, and Guerlain’s foundations are definitely some of my favorites–I haven’t met one I didn’t like, and quite frankly, readers never ask me more frequently what foundation I’m wearing than when I’m wearing Guerlain. Again, I wish they had more shades, because it’s a very limited selection–very, very fair complexions will probably find the lightest (12) a bit too dark, and if you’re much past medium, there’s probably no shade match.

Guerlain   Tenue de Perfection
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencils

Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) were definitely the one formula/product I was excited to test from the new range, as it was getting non-stop raves across the blogosphere. I think whether they work magic for you will depend on how you prefer to use jumbo eyeshadow pencils; if you use them as an all-over wash, you’ll probably like these. If you want to wear them together, not as much, and if you want to wear shadow on top, even less.

They worked best alone, slightly blended and sheered out. They feel amazing when swatched on the arm, but they weren’t as lovely on the eyes–and it did vary across the ultimate texture of the shade. I found that they looked dry on the lid, and instead of traditional creasing, it looked cracked instead in the crease area after seven hours of wear (which is short for me). When I tried to wear the three shades I purchased together, blending was a major challenge. I ended up stippling the lighter color where the two met straight from the pencil, which helped some. The least flattering (in terms of texture on the lid, nothing to do with the color or my skin tone) was Champagne Diamonds, as it made my lids look wrinkly and dried–like it was clinging to the skin–while the most flattering was Smoky Emerald, which was also the creamiest of the three I put my hopes into.  Applying powder eyeshadow on top only worked so-so if it was a sheer layer of the pencil, but it if was a more opaque layer, then eyeshadow seemed to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend.  Most appear to really love these pencils, so my experience seems to be in the minority, and they may be worth trying if they’re accessible.

Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a warm, champagne-shimmered peachy beige with champagne sparkle. Too Faced Cheers! (LE) is lighter, powder. Maybelline Barely Brazen (P, $6.99) is more champagne-hued, less sparkly. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is more beige. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is pink-tinged. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.99) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly, powder. Make Up For Ever #30E (P, $20.00) is less sparkly, slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

It was mostly opaque on the lid, but it does need to be slightly layered or blended to be even and opaque. The consistency was slightly creamy, and it didn’t drag or pull at lids when applied, but when it is blended, the sparkles seem to move around and some fall out below the eye (and this did happen during wear, too). It dries down almost immediately, so there is little time to blend it out–I found I had to layer a little bit more on the edges to give some blendability to the color. As a wash of color, applied as a more sheer shade, it worked better as it didn’t leave the lid looking dry/wrinkled, and then opacity wasn’t an issue.

Golden Quartz Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a warm, golden, medium-dark brown with gold sparkle. Makeup Geek Utopia (P, $6.99) is more sparkly. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is more red-toned. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is a powder. MAC Venetian Tarnish (LE) is similar. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is a powder. bareMinerals Ritzy (LE) is a powder, not as golden. See comparison swatches.

In a single pass, it had fairly good color payoff, and it was buildable to opaque color in two layers. The consistency was lightly creamy–slightly creamier than Champagne Diamonds–and applied more evenly on the lids. It did, though, dry down almost instantaneously, so blending it was somewhat troublesome. I didn’t have fall out with this shade when I was blending or later on while I wore it.

Smoky Emerald Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a deep, dark, warm-toned forest green with subtle micro-shimmer and a pearly sheen. Giorgio Armani #25 (LE, $33.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Urban Decay Bender (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder.MAC Vintage Coin (LE) is very similar, slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

This shade was the most pigmented of the three, and it was also noticeably more emollient–creamier, easier to apply, and remained blendable for about fifteen seconds before drying down. It was also the most flattering, as it did not cling to lids and leave them looking wrinkled/dry.

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil Champagne Diamonds
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
74%
Total
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil Golden Quartz
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil Smoky Emerald
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Makeup Geek Green & Yellow Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Lemon Drop Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Lemon Drop Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Lemon Drop Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery bright lemon yellow.” It’s a bright pop of medium, sunshine yellow with a frosted, almost metallic, finish. It had really nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery–a smidgen powdery. A little of this goes a long, long way on the eye! Fyrinnae Banana Mochi (P, $6.80) is lighter. It wore well for nine hours without fading or creasing. Sephora Collection Banana Split (05) (P, $13.00) is very similar. NARS Flowers 1 #5 (LE, $24.00) is less metallic. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Bright Sunshine (P, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Make Up For Ever #24 (P, $23.00) is a cream product. Inglot #323 (P, $6.00) is matte. See comparison swatches.

Pixie Dust Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery lime green.” It’s a yellowed, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, while it had excellent pigmentation. It lasted just over eight and a half hours on me. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is greener. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is greener. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is more matte, greener. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Brilliantly Lit (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Appletini Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery apple green with flecks of gold.” It’s a medium-dark green with almost cool undertones and a warmer, muted gold sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was on the more powdery side, so it sheered out somewhat when blended. It wore well for almost eight hours. Fyrinnae Dragon’s Wing (P, $6.80) is less golden. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter. MAC Wondergrass (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Guacamole (LE, $15.00) is similar, not as shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Foxfire (P, $14.00) is more metallic, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Tipsy (P, $12.00) is brighter, more intense. See comparison swatches.

Shimmermint Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic mint green with gold shimmer.” It’s a muted, pale meadow green with soft gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable but slightly powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Fyrinnae Electric Stardust (P, $6.80) is lighter. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is a bit darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #34 (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Poolside Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright shimmery teal with specks of gold.” It’s a bold, slightly aqua-leaning blue with fine sparkle. It’s listed as “specks of gold,” but it looked more silver to me. It had good pigmentation, though it is a shade that applies better over a base and patted on, because it was powdery. It was slightly faded at almost eight hours of wear. Disney by Sephora Blue Lagoon (LE) is similar. Sephora Collection Surfin’ USA (14) (P, $13.00) is brighter, more metallic. MAC Blue Calm (P, $15.00) is bluer, darker. MAC Parrot (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is bluer, lighter. NARS South Pacific #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Yellow Brick Road Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery pale yellow.” It’s a more muted, paler yellow with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It’s a lot less intense and over-the-top compared to Lemon Drop, and it has a less metallic/frosted finish. The texture is soft but a touch powdery at times, but the color payoff was fairly good. It wore well for eight hours. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #1 (LE) is lighter, more matte. MAC Bright Yellow (P, $15.00) is matte, brighter. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Lemon Drop
Lemon Drop
Lemon Drop
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pixie Dust
Pixie Dust
Pixie Dust
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Appletini
Appletini
Appletini
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Shimmermint
Shimmermint
Shimmermint
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Poolside
Poolside
Poolside
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Yellow Brick Road
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour & Twilight Caviar Stick

Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour
Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour

Laura Mercier Pearl Fantasy Illuminating Eye Colour ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, shimmering purple-tinged gray. Dior Constellation (864) #1 (LE) is a bit darker. MAC Time to Tango (LE, $21.00) is darker, bluer. MAC Pastelluxe #4 (P) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #3 (LE) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, though it could be on the powdery side at times. Pearl Fantasy had good color payoff, but it was not fully pigmented. I could see this being a formula that would work better when applied with a damp brush, as it would take down any powderiness while amplifying the color. When applied dry, the color was buildable to opaque color in two to two and a half layers of product. It wore well for eight hours with minor fading becoming apparent near the nine-hour mark.

Laura Mercier Twilight Caviar Stick ($26.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with an emphasis on gray, but the underlying base color is brown. The finish was pearly–not quite metallic but not frosted. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is grayer, powder. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is a powder product. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is warmer, powder product. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker, grayer, less pearly, powder. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is darker, powder. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer, powder. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

It was lightly creamy, and it dried down quickly, so I would recommend working one eye at a time so that you can blend and work along the edges. It had fairly good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two to three passes. I had light creasing after eight hours of wear, though, which was surprising to see for a long-wear product like this.

Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour Pearl Fantasy
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Twilight
Twilight
Twilight
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color & Trophy Wife Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color
Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color

Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lip Color ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is vibrant, warm red with orange-brown undertones and a luminous finish. This is very nearly the same as Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00), which I reviewed just yesterday–at the most, Rouge Fatal is slightly redder/not as brown. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is darker, less brown. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is similar but more matte. Milani Cherry Crave (P, $5.49) is metallic. MAC Viva Glam I (P, $15.00) is more matte. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is brighter, less brown. See comparison swatches.

Rouge Fatal is richly pigmented and fully opaque on lips in a single stroke. The consistency is light-to-medium-weight, creamy, and comfortable to wear; it doesn’t slip around, but it doesn’t cling either. It lasts and lasts for a long six hours and leaves behind a red stain.  The Tom Ford Lip Color formula is supposed to “deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity,” while also being hydrating and applying smoothly. The formula lives up to all of those things–great color payoff, moderately glossy/luminous, and it gives lips a smoother, healthier appearance. It is lightly scented with sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It was somewhat hydrating while worn.  The biggest drawback to the Lip Color range is really that most colors are more basic, so they are more easily duped by comparable formulas at a lower price point (case in point: Marc Jacobs’ Showstopper for this shade).

Tom Ford Trophy Wife Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is pink-toned red with cool, bluish undertones and a cream finish. Chanel Rouge Rubis (P, $27.00) is a touch brighter. Chanel Cinema (P, $27.00) is darker. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is darker. L’Oreal The Queen’s Might (LE) is pinker. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $23.00) is similar. Chanel Suspicious (P, $27.00) is a bit pinker. China Glaze Hey Sailor (LE, $8.00) is similar. Essie Silken Cord (LE, $8.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

The quality of the formula was very nice with rich, fully pigmented color in almost one coat (but the swatches are with two). It had a consistency that was balanced between thick and thin, so it didn’t accumulate along the edges or shift while drying. Even the dry down seemed slightly quicker than the average polish, and when it dried, there was a moderate shine left behind. If you want a plush, glossy finish, you’ll still need a top coat. I get about a week of wear out of Tom Ford’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping, which is normal for me across most polish formulas (so take that with a grain of salt).

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Rouge Fatal
Rouge Fatal
Rouge Fatal
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer Trophy Wife
Trophy Wife
Trophy Wife
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencils

Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil

Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “smoky black matte with rosy red micro-glitter + purple-taupe satin.”

  • Blackheart is a deep, dark purpled black with burgundy sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, but it is buildable to more opaque color in two to three layers. It wore well for eight hours on me with slight thinning apparent after nine hours. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Dark Diversion (LE, $16.00) has no sparkle.Bobbi Brown Black Plum (P, $24.00) is lighter, less sparkle.See comparison swatches.
  • Darkside medium-dark plum with warm, brown tones and a satin shimmer. It was semi-sheer when applied in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage with two to three layers. It wore well for eight hours and was slightly faded after that. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is purpler. MAC Raven (LE, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is slightly more plum. See comparison swatches.

Crave + Venus 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “deepest, darkest brown-black matte + soft, off-white shimmer.”

Perversion + Pistol 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “blackest-black matte + light gray-brown shimmer.”

  • Perversion is a deep, dark black with a matte finish. It’s incredibly pigmented, very creamy, and wears eight to nine hours on me. This is part of the permanent range and has been reviewed previously. See comparison swatches.
  • Pistol is a golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable in two layers to fully opaque color. It lasted eight hours on me before starting to show signs of fading. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more golden/brown. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $19.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches.

Zero + Whiskey 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “Zealous black cream + rich brown matte.”

  • Zero is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range. It has so-so color payoff in a single pass, but it is buildable to mostly opaque color. It wears eight hours on me without signs of fading. See comparison swatches.
  • Whiskey is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with a mostly matte finish and warm, orange-red undertones. It’s part of the permanent range as well. It has decent color payoff and builds to opaque color in two layers. It wears just over eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is darker. NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Roach (P, $19.00) is shimmery. MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Rich Ground (P, $16.00) is metallic. See comparison swatches.

Now, the one bummer is that currently, the Zero + Whiskey pencil on Urban Decay’s website (that’s been there for awhile) is $12, and these are listed as $16 in the press release–same amount of product.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) Blackheart
Blackheart
Blackheart
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) Darkside
Darkside
Darkside
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) Crave
Crave
Crave
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) Venus
Venus
Venus
7
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) Perversion
Perversion
Perversion
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) Pistol
Pistol
Pistol
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) Zero
Zero
Zero
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) Whiskey
Whiskey
Whiskey
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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