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bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling (Part 2)

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling
bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling

This is part two of my review of bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling ($79.00 for 20 x 0.01 oz.)! You can read part one here.

Stay Golden is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a bright, metallic gold with warm, orange undertones. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was easy to work with–soft, smooth, and blendable. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is very similar. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product, yellower. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is also a bit yellower. Maybelline Bold Gold (P, $6.99) is a cream product, yellower. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Strawberry Mousse is described as a “frothy pink.” It’s a pale, light pink with warm, white sparkle over a matte base. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled. It may appear chalky on darker skin tones, though. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is more matte. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is more matte. Dior Constellation (864) #3 (LE) is more frosted. Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Toasted Espresso is described as a “shimmering espresso.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, and the texture was smooth, but it could have been more intense and buttery overall. Too Faced Yule Log (LE) is more sparkly. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P) is similar. Urban Decay West (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Life’s Luxury (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Charcoal is described as a “velvet charcoal.” It’s a medium-dark gray with warm, brown undertones and a matte finish. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. The texture is incredibly velvety, finely-milled, and soft. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 is similar. (LE) MAC Interior Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Emerald is described as a “velvet emerald.” It’s a cool-toned, muted green with a matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but because it was so soft and finely-milled, it was a little powdery and prone to sheering out. I couldn’t think of any shades like this that I’ve reviewed in the past.

Velvet Lavender is described as a “velvet lavender.” It’s a pale, cool-toned pinky-lavender with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled texture. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Mauve is described as a “velvet mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium rosy brown with a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was very velvety and smooth. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. LORAC Mauve (P) is purpler. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Velvet Nude is described as a “velvet nude.” It’s a pale, yellow-toned beige with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was quite soft and finely-milled. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is similar. NARS Biarritz (P, $24.00) is less yellow-toned. See comparison swatches.

Violet Spell is described as a “sparkling amethyst.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark plum with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was a smidgen dry. MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Daylight (LE, $21.00) is also similar, slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Yoga is described as a “dark red wine.” It’s a rich, burgundy with subtle warm undertones and red and burgundy shimmered finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture applied smoothly overall. Kat Von D Wonderland (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Rich Core (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals Eyecolor Set 2013 Degrees of Dazzling
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling (Part 1)

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling
bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling

bareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling ($79.00 for 20 x 0.01 oz.) contains twenty loose eyeshadows in four different finishes. There are five eyeshadows in each of these finishes: Velvet, High Shine, Glimmer, and Liner Shadow. If you’re someone who normally uses an eyeshadow primer or doesn’t mind using their loose eyeshadows with a damp brush, you’ll enjoy this set quite a bit. On the other hand, if you want the color to apply perfect with a dry application (and have no desire to use primer), then it’s decent to good, but it’s not outstanding. Some of the shades bind incredibly well together with just a brush and nothing else, but some require a damp brush and/or primer to allow the loose color to bind and smooth out. Generally, these wore between seven and nine hours for me, with the matte shades tending to wear a little shorter than the really rich, metallic shades.  Part two is here.

Black Leather is described as a “glistening blackest black.” It’s a matte black with silver sparkles. It has fairly good color payoff, and with a fluffier brush, it can pack quite the whallop when patted on. It can be a little difficult to blend so use a light hand and build up the color. Matte blacks aren’t hard to come by (the sparkle never really shows up–just gets trapped in the brush or lost on the way!), so here are some comparison swatches.

Deep Sea is described as a “metallic teal.” It’s a rich, blue-teal with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had excellent color payoff applied dry, and if you wanted an even smoother, more intense look, you could apply it with a damp brush. Too Faced Sequin (LE) is greener, lighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker. MAC Rain Drop (LE, $32.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Ginger Sugar is described as a “shimmering taupe.” It’s a pale, golden champagne beige with a metallic finish and darker champagne sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t seem to blend well with the underlying color, so it seems to flake away or get pushed around. The base had good color payoff, though. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product, no sparkle. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is a cream product, no sparkle. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is lighter, no sparkle. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is more golden, no sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Golden Pear is described as a “sparkling pale green.” It’s a muted, darkened golden with a green-ish cast and metallic finish. The texture was a bit dry, and it didn’t stick together as well as other shades, so it’s one that I would use with a damp brush or over a sticky base. It was prone to fading faster than the other shades as well. Too Faced Tinsel (LE) is brighter. CoverGirl Ashen Glow Flame (335) (P, $7.99) is a cream product. MAC Greenluxe #3 (P) is very similar. Chanel Moon River (LE, $34.00) is a cream product, browner. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Calligraphy #3 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Iridescent Iris is described as a “metallic violet.” It’s a duochrome that shifts from a murky green to a cool-toned, muted pinky-violet with a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but it was more opaque when applied with a damp brush. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is less violet. See comparison swatches.

Lagoon is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a blackened blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #4 (P) is bluer. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever #147 (P, $20.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Pewter is described as a “metallic pewter.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, light-medium taupe with a frosted, metallic finish. It had really rich color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $26.00) is darker, cream product. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is warmer. Disney by Sephora Kill Joy (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Rose Gold is described as a “antique golden mauve.” It’s a muted, rose-tinged copper with a frosted, metallic finish. This shade is also available individually in the permanent range. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture wasn’t as smooth as it could have been–a smidgen chunky in a way. When used with a damp brush, it smooths out better. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $40.00) is a cream product. MAC Temperature Rising (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. MAC Mythical (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Giorgio Armani #8 (P, $33.00) is more metallic, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Silver Dollar is described as a “sparkling silver.” It’s a bright, light silver-white with silver sparkle. It had so-so color payoff, and the consistency was on the drier side, so it performed better with a damp brush and/or slightly tacky base, otherwise it was prone to fall out. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is more metallic, less sparkly. Kat Von D Holy Bible (LE) is less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is similar. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is a touch darker. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is a cream product. MAC White as Snow (LE, $32.50) is similar. Chanel Infini (P, $28.50) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Starry Night is described as a “deep iridescent purple.” It’s a neutral-to-cool, dark purple with blue and teal satin sparkle. The base was more matte, while the sparkle sat on top, but there was enough of it that it gave a slight sheen when applied. The texture was a little dry and didn’t stick together as well, so it will be better applied with a damp brush or over a sticky base. MAC Past Midnight #2 (LE, $21.00) is more cool-toned. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals Eyecolor Set 2013 Degrees of Dazzling
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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Too Faced Red Stiletto & Sweet Maple La Creme Lipsticks

Too Faced Red Stiletto La Creme Lipstick
Too Faced Red Stiletto La Creme Lipstick

Too Faced Red Stiletto La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “classic red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was very emollient and creamy. I did notice some feathering after four hours of wear, and the color lasted for four and a half hours well. It was lightly hydrating during that time. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is more matte. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is brighter. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is slightly more muted, more matte. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Maple La Creme Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “plum brown.” It’s a plum-tinged, medium brown with a natural shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency all-over, so if you have naturally pigmented lips, this may look quite different on you as it is not fully opaque. The texture was lightly creamy though it had less slip compared to other shades of the La Creme formula, which was reflected in the finish–a soft sheen but not quite glossy. It wore well for three hours and was just a smidgen moisturizing while worn. bareMinerals Break Away (LE) is lighter, more matte. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is rosier. Bobbi Brown Soft Nude (P, $24.00) is more plum. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is warmer, browner. MAC Double Shot (P, $15.00) is darker, browner. Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is more matte, slightly rosier. See comparison swatches.

Too Faced La Crème Red Stiletto
Red Stiletto
Red Stiletto
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Too Faced La Crème Sweet Maple
Sweet Maple
Sweet Maple
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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bareMinerals Crystallized Collection (Quick)

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection
bareMinerals Crystallized Collection

bareMinerals Crystallized Collection (was $54.00, now $38.00) is a holiday set that’s already on sale, so I guess the timing of this review still works out since now you can get it for even more of a steal than before! It contains eight products, and most of them are full-sized. Everything is in silver-hued packaging. The standsout in the kit are definitely the Eyeshadow Duo (but I’m such a huge fan of the formula, that’s not a surprise) and lipstick.

Presto is described as an “almond satin.” It’s a pale, golden beige with a frosted, almost metallic, sheen. It also had flecks of fine copper sparkle that didn’t seem to combine well with the base color (they seemed to sit on top). I wouldn’t have described the finish as satin at all. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches.

Abracadabra is described as a “shimmering slate.” It’s a medium-dark gray with a frosted, metallic sheen. The color payoff was good, and the consistency was soft and smooth. It wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches.

Mesmerized is described as a “dark charcoal.” It’s a dark, warm-toned gray with a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry or wet. It lasted eight and a half hours before fading slightly on my lash line. See comparison swatches.

Steam is described as a “silver shimmer.” It’s a brightened, silvery white with golden edges and a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation and lasted eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches.

Golden Gate is a soft, rosy plum with a frosted, sparkling finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was finely-milled and velvety. It wore well for seven hours, and it did somewhat emphasize pores. See comparison swatches.

Hypnotist is described as a “holographic violet-peach.” It’s a color-shifting shade of pink that goes from pink to violet to coral. It looks almost like it’s a pink flame. However, this only looks that way sometimes; it shifts other times to a pale, millky pink. It’s a chameleon, and for that reason, I don’t have dupes for this one. The formula was light-medium in weight, non-sticky, and lightly hydrating for the two hours it lasted. It had sheer color coverage, which is in line with how it’s marketed (bareMinerals says it has “sheer, pure color”).

Break Away is described as a “luscious mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, rosy plum with a satin-matte finish. It had full, opaque color coverage. The texture was lightly creamy, easy to apply without it tugging on the lips, and wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches.

The kit also includes a full-sized Lash Domination mascara and Dual-Ended Shade and Line Brush (works all right, nothing special, nothing horrible).

bareMinerals Full Face Collection 2013 Crystallized
Crystallized
Crystallized
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
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Also In This Review

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Presto

Permanent
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Abracadabra

Limited Edition
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A-

Mesmerized

Limited Edition
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B+

Steam

Limited Edition
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B-

Hypnotist

Limited Edition
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A-

Break Away

Limited Edition
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Maybelline Intoxicating Spice, Captivating Carnation, Petal Plush Color Elixir Lip Colors

Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) Color Elixir Lip Color

As promised, here are the final three Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Colors ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) that I have to review!  It’s a non-sticky (it does get a little tacky after three hours of wear), creme brulee-scented (with a somewhat perfume-y taste at times), and hydrating formula.  The color payoff, while touted as high impact, is more typically semi-opaque–noticeable but not fully opaque. You can find all of the shades I’ve reviewed here.

Intoxicating Spice (070) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, reddish-plum with a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; there was a fair amount of translucency, though the color applied evenly overall with minor settling into lip lines. It lasted for four hours and was moderately hydrating while worn. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is redder. MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is a bit darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Captivating Carnation (080) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it did apply slightly unevenly. It wore well for four hours, though, and it was hydrating while worn. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is shimmery, slightly lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is a touch less pink, but the two are surprisingly similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is warmer. Revlon Pink Pop (P, $7.99) is brighter. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is shimmery, lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Petal Plush (100) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium with pale white pearl and subtle cool undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and as it was a milkier gloss, it did settle into lip lines somewhat and was difficult to apply evenly. It wore well for three hours and was lightly moisturizing during that time. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is similar, less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is less pigmented. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) has no shimmer. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Bait (LE, $15.00) is more neutral. See comparison swatches.

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Intoxicating Spice (070)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Captivating Carnation (080)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Petal Plush (100)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascaras

Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara
Milani Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara

Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as a “glamorous sparkling mascara top coat that adds a beautiful shimmer to lashes … the gel based formula allows for easy, even application.” It’s not shimmer, it’s glitter–it’s definitely larger and chunkier, which is really a good thing as shimmer would be harder to see, but in case you were thinking, “oh, fine shimmer!” it’s really glitter-sized particles. It’s also a top coat, which means it can be used over mascara, not just bare lashes, and it will perform better over mascara (more to cling to).
The formula is very wet, not too thick or too thin, but wet. When the glitter gets caught on a lash, it does adhere, and it doesn’t fall out during wear, but the glitter applies in a scattered, sparse way. If you apply it similarly to mascara, where you’re running the wand through the lashes, you’ll need three coats or more to get visible sparkle. Now, the problem with this, is it has a tendency to clump and pull lashes together, so you’ll also need a lash comb or clean spoolie to help bring back definition and lash separation. It’s a lot easier to just use the glitter that’s on the tip of the wand to sort of tap and press and slide through the lashes, as you’ll get a denser application and minimize how much of the gel base on lashes.

The major upside of this product was once on, it stayed put, but the downside was in the application and lack of density of the glitter. I had better results with this formula than I did with Chanel’s glitter top coat, though you can get similar results using a liquid glitter eyeliner and dabbing or combing through lashes.

Just as a note (this had no impact on the rating), but you might concentrate the glitter on the tips of lashes, rather than the whole lash, as I saw pops of blurred sparkle throughout the day, which might be distracting for some!

Golden Eyes Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “gold shimmer.” It’s true, metallic gold glitter particles suspended in a clear base. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner, and it is a paler, less yellow gold. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Glare Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “bronze shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, gold and copper mix of glitter suspended in a clear base.

Silver Gaze Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($4.99 for 0.32 fl. oz.) is described as “silver shimmer.” It contains light-medium, metallic silver glitters suspended in a clear base. Urban Decay Glamrock (P, $19.00) is a liquid eyeliner but is similar. See comparison swatches.

Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara Golden Eyes
Golden Eyes
Golden Eyes
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total
Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara Bronze Glare
Bronze Glare
Bronze Glare
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total
Milani Sparkling Top Coat Mascara Silver Gaze
Silver Gaze
Silver Gaze
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
3.5
Application
81%
Total

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