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NYX Blush & Castle Round Lipsticks

NYX Blush Round Lipstick
NYX Blush Round Lipstick

NYX Blush Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with soft, warm yellow undertones and a light shine. It’s almost so warm-toned that it gets into a pink-coral range, but I think it leans just pink enough to still be a pink hue overall. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a creamy consistency that easily glided onto lips. It had a fair amount of slip, which was great for application, but it did seem like it wore off a bit faster as a result–though it was lightly hydrating while it lasted (three and a half hours). Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Hoop (DC, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is warmer, a touch lighter. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

NYX Castle Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned, lavender-shimmered, medium purple with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the consistency was very creamy and emollient. It applied evenly for the most part, though it wasn’t perfectly even. This shade wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. I couldn’t think of any previously reviewed shades quite like this. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $15.00) is matte, no frost, so it appears darker and brighter. MAC Seasoned Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker, less frosted. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is grayer. MAC Lavender Whip (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches.

NYX’s Round Lipstick formula is a nice, budget-friendly formula that offers a bajillion colors (real number), so it’s always been a go-to recommendation from me when there’s a color someone wants to try but may not want to splash out a lot for.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Blush
Blush
Blush
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Castle
Castle
Castle
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses
MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glass ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) includes five new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. Cremesheen Glasses have a nice, non-sticky, medium-weight, creamy consistency that is comfortable to wear.  Unfortunately, there are two major downsides:  they don’t last long at all, and there’s little product inside the tube (even though they seem larger–to compare: MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz., whereas these contain 0.08 fl. oz.).  They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.  If you normally love this formula or don’t mind the shorter wear time, then pay closer attention to the rating by taking out the longevity scores.

Flair for Finery is described as a “cool nude.” It’s a peachy-beige with subtle warm undertones. It looks almost cool-toned in the tube, but it turns quite peach with a hint of pink applied and swatched. It had semi-sheer color coverage, settled somewhat into lip lines, and will leave lines if you press your lips together. It lasted two hours on me.  NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC C-Thru (P, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is also warmer. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is a little warmer. See comparison swatches.

Prepare for Pleasure is described as a “bluish red.” It’s a brightened, pink-red with cool, blue undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. It wore for almost three hours.  Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is warmer. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is redder, darker. MAC Forever Rose (P, $19.50) is a bit lighter. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is darker, shimmery. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Private Party is described as a “plum mauve with pearl.” It’s a subdued, plummy pink with fine pale pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it slightly settled into lip lines. It lasted for just over two and a half hours.  NARS Oasis (P, $25.00) is warmer, less pink. MAC Spanking Rich (LE, $20.00) is more glittery. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

You’ve Got It is described as a “nude taupe with green pearl.” It’s a light, beige-brown with light green micro-shimmer. Applied, it seems to lighten lips and added a milkiness to them. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage.  This shade was completely gone after a mere two hours of wear. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more beige. MAC Glitter & Ice (LE, $20.00) doesn’t have green shimmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Cremesheen Glass Flair for Finery
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Prepare for Pleasure
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Private Party
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass You've Got It
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Centre of Attention Mineralize Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a two-in-one product that features a section that’s described as a “24 carat gold shimmer” and a larger area described as a “pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer.”  This was the least impressive Mineralize Skinfinish of the three, because the texture of the inner shade is quite gritty and chunky; it’s a very loose, glittery shade, so that flaw reaches everywhere–glittery bits visible on the cheeks, sheerer color payoff, and is just an unflattering texture against the skin.  I don’t have huge, huge pores (maybe you disagree!), but the texture of both the inner and outer (as well as swirled together) all emphasize pores to some degree with the outer shade emphasizing pores the least (only slightly).  For newer readers, MAC’s Mineralize products tend to be shorter-wearing on me, which is one of my biggest complaints about the formula overall; and Centre of Attention is no exception with the swirled shade almost completely missing-in-action after seven hours.

Centre of Attention (Inner) is a glittery, yellow gold with strong, warm undertones, and a soft, frosted finish–with lots of glittery bits. It is a chunky, glittery shade, so the texture is somewhat gritty and rough. The glitter seems very loose, too, so it tends to flake away from the color and gets everywhere. This was patchy on me after six hours of wear and the glitter has traveled to various points on my face. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is more metallic, less yellow. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is less yellow. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is lighter. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less glittery. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is yellower, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Centre of Attention (Outer) is a pale, pearlescent of pink-tinged beige with a soft, pearly finish. It was very soft and a little powdery, and it does sheer out a lot. I would recommend applying this wet or over liquid foundation while still slightly damp to maximize adhesion to the skin This was almost entirely faded on me after seven hours of wear. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Porcelain Pink (LE, $23.50) is darker, pinker. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Centre of Attention is a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. It’s less glittery than the inner shade alone, but the gold from it definitely alters the coloring of the outer. It’s just a slightly smoother, less chunky version of the inner shade. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar in color. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The big takeaway from this is the inner shade is very glittery, which tended to have a loose, obvious appearance on the skin–it was just bits of gold glitter all over the cheek when the inner shade was worn alone or when it was mixed with the outer color.

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish Centre of Attention
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
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MAC Fierce Entrance Nail Lacquer

MAC Fierce Entrance Nail Lacquer
MAC Fierce Entrance Nail Lacquer

MAC Fierce Entrance Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich gold bronze [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a warm, golden bronze with copper and bronze shimmer. It has a heavily frosted, metallic finish, that’s somewhat shiny but has a slight texture to it. MAC Magnificent Feast (LE, $16.00) is yellower, more golden. MAC Rich Rich Rich (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less metallic. Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is less warm-toned, lighter. Chanel Delight (LE, $27.00) is lighter, less brown. See comparison swatches.

It was fully opaque after two coats of polish. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it spread evenly and easily across the nail. It didn’t pool along the edges or streak during application. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s polishes. I don’t have great luck with application of a lot of shades, but their more metallic shades tend to do better–streak-free and nicely pigmented.

MAC Nail Lacquer Fierce Entrance
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes (Part 2)

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes
Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes

This is part two of our review on Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.). You can read part one here.

Wish is a pale, caramel brown with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery. Chanel Gri-Gri (101) (LE, $28.50) is darker, grayer. MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown (LE, $29.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Palace (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sultana (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Les Poissons (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Bright Eyes is a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE) is very similar. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is lighter. Urban Decay Noise (LE, $18.00) is slightly more muted. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is a touch darker. Sugarpill Decora (P, $12.00) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Sequin is a vibrant, jewel-tone teal with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, a soft, buttery texture, and applied smoothly. Best shade in the entire set. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is bluer. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Marshmallow is a soft, light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had a soft, buttery feel and great color payoff. Too Faced Taffy (LE) is lighter. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is similar. Maybelline Inked in Pink (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #303 (P, $20.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Mauvelous is a pale, softened mauve with coppery-red micro-glitter. It had semi-opaque color payoff but there was definitely a sheerness present. The glitter also was prone to fall out both during wear as well as during application. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is darker, less glittery. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Provocateur is very, very similar. Giorgio Armani #29 is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Starry Night is a matte black with very fine silver sparkle. It had subtle warm undertones, good color payoff, and was just slightly powdery. There’s no shortage of this type of shade, so all of these are quite similar: Too Faced Pure Glam (LE), Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE), Guerlain Crazy Paris #6 (LE), Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE), Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P), NARS Night Breed (LE, $24.00), and Sugarpill Stella (P, $12.00), See comparison swatches.

Inner Light is a pale, peachy-pink with a strong golden shimmer and sheen. It looks more like an iridescent gold highlighter applied than it does peach or pink. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture. The highlighter wore well for almost eight hours. It did just slightly emphasize pores but the sheen tended to minimize the impact overall. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a similar effect on, just not as warm.bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

Lollipop is a cool-toned, medium pink with subtle blue undertones and a champagne shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours and started fading after eight and a half hours of wear. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is warmer. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is matte. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is darker, cooler-toned, less shimmery. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes Be Merry, Be Bright
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes (Part 1)

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes
Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) features two palettes, one titled Be Merry, the other titled Be Bright. Each palette has six eyeshadows and two cheek colors. Each eyeshadow contains 0.06 oz. of product, while each cheek color contains 0.14 oz. The two palettes come in a zippered makeup bag with a full-sized Lash Injection mascara. The approximate value of this palette is $285, with a breakout of: $216 worth of eyeshadow, $48 worth of cheek products, and $21 worth of mascara.  Overall, the Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup palette set is quite nice, and the Be Merry palette has solid pigmentation across the board with no troublesome shades; the “worst” was Chocolate Moon, which was a little drier compared to the other shades.  The worst performer in Be Merry was Mauvelous, which was prone to fall out and sheerer.  The majority of the products wore well, with the eyeshadows ranging from eight to nine hours on average with Mauvelous was the only one that had fall out during wear.

Egg Nog is a pale, neutral beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft, smooth, and not powdery. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE) and Too Faced Snow Angel (LE) are both similar. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Cream (P) is darker. Too Faced Dainty (LE) is pinker. bareMinerals Boss Lady (LE) is similar. theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is also similar. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Very Merry is a light-medium green with golden, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is brighter. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is less frosted. bareMinerals Wicked (P) is lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more metallic but very similar. See comparison swatches.

Buttered Rum is a warm, golden medium-dark brown with a frosted, metallic finish and warm undertones. It had really nice color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is more sparkly. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. Urban Decay Radar (LE, $18.00) is browner. Too Faced Gangsta (LE) is slightly darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #4 (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bubbly is a warm, light-medium peach with soft gold shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth overall, but the gold shimmer seemed to flake away from the underlying color. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) is darker. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) is warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Brown Sugar is a dark, chocolate brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had excellent pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. Too Faced Yule Log (LE) is less metallic, darker. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Roasted Chestnut (LE, $32.50) is similar. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Chocolate Moon is a dark gray with brown undertones and a soft sparkle. It looked brown in the pan but swatched rather gray, so it was unusual in that respect. Kat Von D Dark Throne (LE) is similar. theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Poison (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is similar. MAC Steel (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Typographic (P, $15.00) is less sparkly, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Spice is a light-medium orange with subtle brown tones and a golden sheen. It had so-so color payoff with a slightly dry texture. On my medium complexion, it added slight golden warmth but didn’t look too orange, and the satin sheen did not emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours but was faded after nine hours. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is more orange. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Peachy Keen is a warm, light-medium pink with gold shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft. This one did slightly emphasize pores with the higher shimmer content. It wore well for almost eight hours. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is less shimmery. MAC Rio (LE, $23.50) is warmer. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is similar. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $23.50) is darker. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is similar. bareMinerals The Natural High (LE, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Makeup Palettes Be Merry, Be Bright
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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