Friday, June 19th, 2015

Givenchy Rose Perfecto (204) Le Rouge-a-Porter
Givenchy Rose Perfecto (204) Le Rouge-a-Porter

Givenchy Rose Perfecto (204) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on fairly evenly and lasted for three hours. It was slightly hydrating over time. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, brighter, glossier. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jean (454) (P, $36.00) is brighter, more pigmented. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Viva (95) (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Corail Decollete (206) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had sheer, even coverage that noticeably tinted the lips but had a very lightweight look on the lips. This shade wore for three hours and was lightly moisturizing. Guerlain Pamplelune (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, darker. Guerlain Nahema (P, $37.00) is cooler, glossier. MAC Fashion Force (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter, glossier. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler, glossier. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Charmed (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented. MAC Play It Soft (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Call the Hairdresser! (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Desinvolte (97) (P, $35.00) is darker. Chanel Boheme (91) (P, $35.00) is cooler, glossier. Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Givenchy Rouge Atelier (302) Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark red with warm orange undertones and a natural finish. It hda semi-sheer color payoff and was one of the more pigmented shades from the six I bought (which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences for coverage). This shade lasted for four hours on me, so it was also one of the better-wearing ones. It was neither hydrating nor drying. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $22.00) is brighter, glossier. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is brighter. Chanel Dialogue (P, $35.00) is darker. MAC Flaming Lips (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. Chanel Arthur (440) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Sheer Slowburn (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is brighter, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Givenchy Le Rouge-a-Porter ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a hydrating, sheer coverage lipstick packaged in a slim tube that’s a riff off of the original Le Rouge formula. This formula is significantly lighter in weight and look, as well as much sheerer (and that is by design). The texture has a very smooth, velvety feel to it, almost like a stiffer lip balm, but it doesn’t tug on the lips. The color tended to look more like a stain of color, and it felt a little clingy, even if it wasn’t actually drying. For me, the formula was lightly hydrating at most and tended to wear only a few hours. These have a floral scent that’s noticeable in the tube and once applied, though I didn’t notice any taste.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

LORAC PRO Metal Palette
LORAC PRO Metal Palette

LORAC PRO Metal Palette ($28.00 for 0.144 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows with all but one being very shimmery (Onyx is more of a satin). If you’re a big fan of shimmer, frost, or metallic finishes, you may enjoy this. The quality is there, and none of the shades were difficult to use, even on bare skin. They’re soft, pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing; they are less powdery compared to some of LORAC’s eyeshadows but seem in line with their more shimmery/metallic shades (like Unzipped and Unzipped Gold). The only downside is that all of the shades are dupable, so you may have several similar shades already in your stash.

For pricing, the LORAC PRO palette retails for $42 and contains 0.32 oz. worth of eyeshadow (but also comes with a travel-sized eye primer, so it’s not as easily compared). Ignoring the primer, the eyeshadows cost $131.25/oz. in the full PRO palette, and this palette is $194.44/oz. The eyeshadows appear to be the same physical size as the ones in the full 16-shade PRO Palettes, even though these are 0.018 oz. each and the PRO palette lists each shade as 0.02 oz.

Quartz is a brightened, white gold with warm, buttery yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft, dense, and buttery, but it’s a shade that could easily thicken on the lid so use less than you think you need, as it is very pigmented and stretches quite a bit. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Nylon (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Opal (LE, ) is less shimmery. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #2 (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Cashmere (LE, ) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Rose Gold is a medium, muted copper with hints of rose and brown and a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a really soft, smooth consistency that was easily blended on the skin. The eyeshadow lasted for almost nine hours before fading. MAC Tan (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler. bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Unbelievable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unattainable (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Scheherazade’s Tale (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever I538 Pearly Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $24.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Rosegold (P, $24.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Amaze (P, $5.00) is warmer. Hourglass Exposure #3 (P, ) is lighter. Buxom Bold Bling (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Viseart Camille (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Graphite is a dark, taupe brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had intense pigmentation that applied beautifully to the skin with really smooth, even coverage that wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is cooler. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Onyx is a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish paired with subtle, silver sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t bind well with the underlying color, so it looks and functions primarily as a matte black eyeshadow. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a little powdery but blended well on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Indigo (LE, ) is less shimmery. LORAC Caviar (LE, ) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Black Star (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (P, ) is darker. Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery. Viseart Charbon (P, ) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Penthouse (LE, ) is darker. MAC Dark Soul (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Dark Dare (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Gilded is a light-medium, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was a smidgen powdery. The eyeshadow was easy to work with and blended nicely on the skin, and the color started to show signs of creasing after eight and a half hours of wear. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $29.50) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals Remix (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is darker. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is darker. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is darker, cooler. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Amber is a medium, copper with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, creamy texture that adhered well to the skin and blended out with ease. On me, the color started to crease after eight and a half hours of wear. This is one of the most dupable shades, so there are plenty to choose from. bareMinerals Louder (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is darker. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Clover is a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, buttery, dense texture that applied evenly and smoothly to the skin. On me, it wore well for nine hours before creasing. theBalm Kawabunga (LE, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals Flicker (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE, ) is darker. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Kelp (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Hourglass Color Field #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Green Iron (06) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Mirage (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter. Milani Bella Khaki (17) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, darker. Gucci Beauty Fumé (Left) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Cobalt is a brightened, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a slightly thinner, drier texture compared to the other shades, though I didn’t notice issues working with it in practice. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler. Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Kat Von D Entombed (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Love Cycle #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) Sheer Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) Sheer Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering warm pink.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff that delivered fairly even coverage. The more emollient consistency made it easy to apply and felt comfortable once on, though the wear was only three hours. The formula felt lightly hydrating to me, but some of the shimmer and color pulled into lip lines over time. MAC I’m In (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu (P, $21.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is brighter. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas (P, $45.00) is lighter, glossier. Chanel Vera (420) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Eat Cake (150) Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy nude.” It’s a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. The consistency had some slip and a little more weight to it than with the previous shade. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered evenly with some color pulling into lip lines as it wore on for four hours. Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Sheer Liar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker. Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is darker, less glossy. Chanel Mademoiselle (434) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Bare Hug (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC I’m In (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Marc Jacobs Beauty Sheer Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be hydrating, smoothing, and have sheerer color payoff. The texture has a moderate amount of slip and feels “wet” applied, though it is thinner, so it doesn’t slide around as much as a thicker lipstick would. The wear time is three to four hours typically with a lightly hydrating formula. The lipstick has a sweet, floral scent, but it is very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Urban Decay Wende's Contraband Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes six eyeshadows and one travel-sized eyeliner. The eyeshadows are 0.03 oz. each, whereas a full-sized Urban Decay eyeshadow is 0.05 oz. Four of the six shades are part of the permanent range, while the other two (Reign and Tornado) have been released previously so there are no truly new shades here. The formula is different from their regular range, and then different from both last year’s Shadow Box and Vice3/Vice LTD palettes. The press is firmer on all six shades, and it is only a detriment to one (Flash), while one other shade has a dryness to it that made it a pain to work with without a base (Tornado). The palette seems unnecessarily large, probably to accommodate the eyeliner, but it could be a lot slimmer and smaller and contain the eyeshadows still.

Of course, I’m not sure how many long-time Urban Decay collectors need another Smog or Zero eyeliner, so this palette seems more suited for those who haven’t yet added these shades to their stash. If you prefer a mix of finishes, you’ll want to skip this, as it is very heavy on the shimmer. Also worth noting, Trick lacked all of the sparkle and micro-glitter as the one found in Naked3, while Tornado is comparable in color to its Shadow box (2014) appearance but warmer and significantly less intense than its original iteration (Wizard of Oz).

Trick is described as a “light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium, copper orange with warm undertones and a frosted, golden sheen. It was missing all of the sparkle and micro-glitter that is readily apparent in its iteration found in my Naked3 palette, and it seemed a little warmer overall. The texture was firmer than the usual Urban Decay eyeshadow but very smooth and blendable. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Viseart Melonie (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy, darker. Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is darker. YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Haze (LE, $42.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is darker. Urban Decay Dive (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, warmer, cooler, lighter. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, more muted, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. LORAC Nude #5 (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Smog is described as a “deep coppery bronze shimmer.” It’s a dark brown with warm, copper undertones and a metallic gold sheen. It had intense color payoff with a really soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with and blended well on the skin. The color started to crease after eight hours of wear. MAC Woodwinked (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Venetian Tarnish (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Dior Sundeck #4 (LE, ) is lighter. Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Bette (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is darker, cooler. Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Reign is described as a “rich brown satin.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly without trouble. The texture had a firmer press compared to the usual Urban Decay formula, but it seemed very smooth, though not as dense or as creamy. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Pewter (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. YSL Saharienne #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Grand-Palais (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Dream Girl #8 (LE, ) is darker. Urban Decay Radar (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, more pigmented, more shimmery. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P, ) is less shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Deep End is described as a “bright teal.” It’s a brightened, blue-leaning teal with a frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff with a firmer, but smooth and blendable, consistency that adhered well to bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Coconut (P, $5.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Midnight Sea (Eye Color) (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P, ) is less shimmery. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Fringe (P, ) is darker. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE, ) is . theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, more pigmented, less shimmery. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Maybelline Never Fade Jade (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler. Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Flash is described as a “bright iridescent purple.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark violet with cooler undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was firm as well, but it was thinner and stiffer to work with, and the resulting color payoff was semi-opaque. It required some layering and packing on the lid, and it is more suitable to be used over a primer. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. The color is weaker and softer than past iterations of Flash. Urban Decay Hoodoo (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Anastasia Iridescent Purple (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Violet (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. Sugarpill Strangeling (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Makeup Geek Caitlin Rose (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Hello Kitty Happy (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Too Faced Live It Up (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is lighter, cooler. MAC Sexy PB&J (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Violet (14) (P, $4.49) is darker, brighter. Illamasqua Charm (P, ) is darker, cooler. Urban Decay Urban (P, ) is lighter. Inglot #441 (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tornado is described as a “vibrant deep purple shimmer.” It’s a deepened purple with warm, plum undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was drier and dusty to work with, so it didn’t adhere evenly to the skin and tended to look faded as you worked with it (blending the edges and whatnot). The color had noticeably faded after seven hours of wear. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever I834 Grape (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Backfire (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Sephora Collection Seahorse (115) (LE, $13.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Milani Bella Purple (15) (P, $4.49) is less shimmery, lighter. theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Plumluxe #4 (P, ) is darker. Chanel Tisse Cambon #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (DC, $18.00) is lighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “electric watermelon.” It’s a bright, medium coral-pink with a satin finish. It had rich, fully opaque pigmentation that glided on without tugging for smooth, even coverage. The texture was creamy enough to feel comfortable during application, but it didn’t slide around. The color wore well for six hours but was a little drying. Marc Jacobs Beauty Core Cora (234) (P, $30.00) is cooler. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is cooler. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is cooler. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is warmer, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t’aime (238) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Je t’aime (238) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rum raspberry.” It’s a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with a very subtle shimmer to it over a satin finish. It had good color payoff paired with a lightly creamy consistency that sat on the lips well and didn’t tug during application. The color wore for five and a half hours and was a little drying over time. Bite Beauty Corvina (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less glossy. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is lighter, cooler. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Core Cora (234) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty So Sofia (236) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) claims 10-hour wear with “vivid pigment” and a “rich, velvety” texture that is “ultra-hydrating.” As you might expect, they don’t last ten hours; they last four to six hours with some leaving a stain. The texture is lightweight, creamy, and glides on without dragging or tugging on the lip, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip so it stays in place. The formula isn’t hydrating, and it can be drying, depending on the shade. The lipstick has a sweet, floral scent, but it is very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Viseart Paris Nude (06) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Paris Nude (06) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Paris Nude (06) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a set of twelve shades, and if you’ve ever longed for a palette of shimmery, mid-tones, this might be the one for you. Viseart’s philosophy is that the palettes are supposed to be mixed (and their roots are as a professional artistry brand that is gaining attention with its availability at Sephora), though you can certainly achieve looks with this palette alone, but if you like a variety in finish, you’ll need to add in your favorite mattes. The palette leans warm overall with a few shades more neutral-to-warm. The texture is soft and blendable with some shades feeling a little dry, dusty, and/or powdery, but these things didn’t translate into application, as they still adhered well to bare skin (no primer) and wore for eight hours or longer. I think they perform better in practice than just swatched, in general. I wish the pans were removable so you could create your own palette of finishes, as I do think that for travel, a set of twelve is a good number, but most will want a few darker and/or matte shades in their look.

Pont des Arts is a soft, light-medium peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that adhered well to the skin and lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P, ) is cooler. bareMinerals Future (P, ) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $36.00) is cooler. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is cooler. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is cooler. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is darker. Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champs-Elysees is a brightened, light gold with warm, undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but it was somewhat powdery to work with, so while it blended nicely, it was messier to work with. On me, it started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE, ) is darker. Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE, ) is darker. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is darker. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is darker. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Rapunzel (P, $5.99) is darker. Viseart Champagne (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. LORAC Dream Girl #1 (LE, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beaux-Arts is a muted, medium orange-copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was good, while the texture was soft and blendable with light powderiness. It wore well for ten hours before fading. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, more pigmented. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Amberluxe #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Platonic (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Alexandre Trois is a light golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly, while wearing for ten hours with no degradation. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE, ) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Anastasia Legend (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler. Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is lighter. LORAC Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery. LORAC Unlocked (P, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is cooler. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler. Viseart Champagne (P, ) is lighter, cooler. Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Saint-Honore is a slightly muted, medium-dark rosy brown with warm, coppery undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to work with, and it had excellent color payoff that adhered well to the skin and stayed in place for ten hours. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler. LORAC Mocha (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tarte Silk Robe (LE, ) is darker, cooler. LORAC Maroon (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Guerlain Petrouchka #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Surratt Beauty Cuivre (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P, ) is lighter. Viseart Copper (P, ) is darker. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Marais (P, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes shown, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Orangerie is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was a little dusty in the pan, where it kicked up excess powder. Applied, I didn’t notice the texture as much, and it blended without issue and wore for nine hours. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. LORAC Undiscovered (P, ) is lighter, warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Rocket Girl (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. Milani Bella Gold (22) (P, $4.49) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #7 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marais is a medium-dark, copper-brown with warm undertones and a gold, frosted finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, but this shade also had that slightly dusty, thinner consistency compared to some of the best shades in the palette. In general, even when the shades seem to have a dustier or more powdery consistency, they still performed pretty highly applied to the lid (which is where it really counts!). This shade wore well for nine hours before fading. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is darker, warmer. MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau #121 (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, brighter, warmer. theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery. LORAC Nude #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever I702 Mahogany (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Stila Affection (P, ) is lighter. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter. MAC Mortal #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes shown, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Montaigne is a muted, light-medium golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had intense pigmentation with a soft, buttery consistency that was a cinch to apply to the skin as it blended easily and went on evenly and smoothly. This shade wore for ten hours before fading. bareMinerals Kudos (LE, ) is lighter. Dior Trafalgar #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. MAC Vicuna (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Viseart Ceska (P, ) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Vendome is a subdued, medium-dark mauvy purple with warm undertones and gold and purple micro-shimmer that gives it a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, while the texture was a little thinner and dustier. I found it to be more buildable in nature when working with it on the lid, and it lasted for eight and a half hours on me (which is shorter-wearing relative to the rest of the shades). MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Chanel Tisse Camelia #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. bareMinerals Catch Me If (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is cooler. Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl #4 (P, ) is darker, cooler. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #3 (P, ) is cooler. MAC Plum Grand (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Jeu de Paume is a light-medium, golden khaki with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that ran a little dusty. Applied, it went on smoothly and evenly and didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. MAC Greenluxe #3 (P, ) is cooler. Kat Von D Delaney (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler. Colour Pop Fringe (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Hello Kitty Cookie (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler. Burberry Gold #3 (LE, ) is warmer. Burberry Gold #3 (LE, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Grand-Palais is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This shade had semi-opaque color payoff, which could have been much more intense and true-to-pan, as it ran lighter swatched. The consistency was slightly dry and dusty, but at least it still wore for eight and a half hours. Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Havana (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Radar (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Schmooze (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Silver Dawn (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter. YSL Saharienne #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker. Ardency Inn Vintage Gold (P, $21.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Trusted Instinct #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. First 15 dupes shown, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Saint Germain is a smoked, purple-taupe with warm, brown undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was a little drier and dusty to work with, so it is best applied by patting it on the lid with a firmer brush to get better color payoff and the least amount of fall out. On the eye, the color wore well for eight and a half hours. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter, cooler. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pearled Earth (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. MAC Fathoms Deep (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler. Giorgio Armani #16 (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Winterized (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Stolen Moment (P, $20.00) is darker. First 15 dupes shown, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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