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Maybelline Cool Crush & Seashore Frosts 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, bluish-silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. Because it’s on the sheerer side, it may be better as a base underneath your favorite powder eyeshadows than as a standalone color. The consistency is thinner and has more slip than the permanent range of Color Tattoos. The lasting power on me wasn’t as good as the permanent range; there was some faint creasing after ten hours (no primer). Sephora Sweet Dreams is bluer, powder. Maybelline Icy Mint is bluer, not as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is slightly bluer. Urban Decay Strip is darker, bluer, and a powder. MAC Water & Ice #1 is more silvered and a powder. MAC Free as Air is darker, bluer. Giorgio Armani #12 is more silver and a powder. Benefit Blue My Mind isn’t as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, less blue, and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Seashore Frosts 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, grayish-blue with gold and pink shimmer–it is a very interesting and complex shade. It applies with semi-opaque color in a single layer, and for me, it does best with one layer–more than one, and it just clumps up and becomes uneven. The texture was thin and slippery, so it was easy to apply and blends out best with fingertips. I saw light creasing after ten hours (no primer) with this shade. Clinique Big Blue is a bit darker, not as nuanced. Make Up For Ever #940 isn’t blue, but it has a very similar duochrome/sheen to it (so you could use it layered over a blue for a similar effect). L’Oreal Infinite Sky is bluer, not as muted, no sheen/shimmer like Seashore Frosts. Chanel Destination lacks the golden shimmer/sheen. See comparison swatches here.

I feel like Maybelline should have branded these differently, like they did with the Metals. Maybe Iridescent Color Tattoo or Luminous Color Tattoo, and then gone with a different description of the formula, like “to be used layered with your favorite Color Tattoo” or “for a sheer wash of shimmering color.”  They share little in common with the original formula (described as “longest-lasting,” “super-saturated color, “vibrant color that does not fade”), but the shades I’ve tried from the latest limited edition set have all been similar in texture, payoff, and wear.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Cool Crush
Cool Crush
Cool Crush
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Seashore Frosts
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick
Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Bright Plum (15) Lip Cover Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, berry wine with cool, pink undertones and a luminous finish. MAC Rebel is more berry, less red. NARS Palais Royal is redder. NARS Valparaiso is lighter, less red. MAC Red Dwarf is lighter, pinker. MAC Endless Drama is browner. MAC What Joy is darker. Guerlain Gigolo is a bit darker, less berry-hued. Guerlain Bee is purpler, lighter. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker. See comparison swatches here.

Burberry’s lipstick formula is always a joy to test, because it’s very consistent (which always makes it easier!) in quality: long-wearing, lightly hydrating, rich color, and is comfortable to wear. Bright Plum is mostly opaque with rich, even color that applies evenly and smoothly. The consistency of the lipstick is lightly creamy, so it glides across lips without pulling or tugging, but it’s not so slippery that it will bleed or feather while it’s worn. With this shade, it lasted six and a half hours rather well, and then it started to fade and left behind a strong stain for another hour or so. It does have a slight floral scent but no discernible taste.

Burberry Lip Cover Bright Plum (15)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer
Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer

Guerlain Gemma Vernis Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a warm, yellow-toned medium pink with white pearl. OCC Femme is a bit lighter. MAC Snob is a cream. MAC Silly is lighter, not as warm-toned, no shimmer. MAC Comic Cute is darker, no shimmer. MAC Angel is a cream. See comparison swatches.

Gemma was opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly and smoothly without bubbling or streaking. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread out well. It has an almost metallic-like shimmer, but it’s not a strong metallic. You can see faint threads of the shimmer in the polish, and I noticed very, very faint brush strokes that were visible at certain angles with a lot of light, and only if I held my nails close to my face could I actually see them. It dried to a high gloss finish, and you could skip a top coat as a result. I’ve been getting a week of wear out of Guerlain’s formula without chipping and only very minor tip wear.

Guerlain Le Vernis Nail Lacquer Gemma
Gemma
Gemma
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Clinique Big Blue & Massively Midnight Chubby Stick Shadow Tints

Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint

Clinique Big Blue Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “grayish blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a gray cast and a frosted finish. Chanel Destination is slightly lighter (but also a cream product). Giorgio Armani #22 is lighter, more silvery, and a powder. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is less gray, bluer. Urban Decay Strip is lighter, more metallic, and a powder. Urban Decay Occupy is darker and a powder. Urban Decay Crystal is lighter and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Clinique Massively Midnight Chubby Stick Shadow Tint ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a navy blue with a subtle, pearly finish. Make Up For Ever #81 is darker, more muted, and a powder. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 is also darker, not quite as muted as #81 but more so than Massively Midnight, and is a powder. MAC Lunar is very similar in color but is a powder. Maybelline Electric Blue is comparable, slightly brighter. NARS Dark Rite is lighter. Urban Decay Evidence is similar but a powder. Chanel Metamorphose #4 is slightly brighter and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Big Blue was a big pain, because it had a tendency to clump during application–it didn’t smooth out evenly and created thicker, chunky patches on the lid, which only made my lid look wrinkled. The texture was on the drier side, and it did tug and pull at the lid while I tried to lay down the color. I didn’t see creasing really, but it wasn’t readily apparent given it already looked patchy from the initial application. This one skipped while applying, too!

Massively Midnight was much better; it was creamier and less dry, so it applied more smoothly and evenly. It had mostly opaque color in a single pass, so getting a sheer wash of color was actually more difficult than I expected, as it’s just not very blendable. While it wears like iron (twelve hours no creasing or fading, no primer!), it doesn’t budge from the get-go; it’s difficult to fade the edges, blend to sheer it out, and the like as a result. If I heated up the pencil with a blow dryer, it became more blendable.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Big Blue
Big Blue
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint Massively Midnight

MAC 167SE Face Blender Brush (Temperature Rising) Review, Photos

MAC 167SE Face Blender Brush
MAC 167SE Face Blender Brush

MAC 167SE Face Blender Brush ($34.00) is a limited edition brush designed to help blend out products used on the face. It is gently curved along the edges but has a rather flat, only slightly domed, shape overall. It’s fairly dense with bristles with some give, so it is movable but not floppy. The bristles felt soft against the skin. I liked it best for use for all-over face powders or bronzers, as well as blending and fading out blush and the like.

I reviewed it here previously (which I recommend reading for a more in-depth review). My original review stands and is the same for this one. Despite the fact that my original brush has the designation “SH” (for short-handled) and this one is marked as “SE” (for special edition), I didn’t notice any differences in bristle density, shape, cut, or texture.  The biggest difference is how they look, as this has black bristles and a bronze-hued handle.

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Illamasqua Morale Blush

Illamasqua Morale Powder Blush
Illamasqua Morale Powder Blush

Illamasqua Morale Powder Blush ($27.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering magenta pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pink with a frosted finish. NARS Gaiety is more matte. MAC Peony Petal is darker, less frosted. MAC I’m the One is darker, less frosted. See comparison swatches here.

The texture of Morale is very soft but, as a result, somewhat powdery.  Luckily, the powderiness did not translate on the skin as dry-looking or chalky.  The high frost content of the finish did emphasize the texture of the skin and pores.  Morale blends out beautifully on the skin and can be worn as a subtle pink or layered for a more intense look, as it is incredibly pigmented but still buildable and blendable, so a sheerer application is possible.  There was minor fading after eight hours of wear.

Illamasqua Powder Blusher Morale
Morale
Morale
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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