Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is supposed to be a multi-tasking product that can be used on lips and cheeks, and the formula says it will hydrate the skin and uses ceramidone that acts like a “poly-filler to refill and plump the skin.” From the description, it sounds like these are a “natural flush,” so not fully opaque coverage but some color. As you might expect, the product performs better on the cheeks than on the lips, though I wasn’t overly impressed with it as a cream blush either. As a blush, it must be applied directly from the tube in order to achieve any visible color; using fingertips, most of the color adhered to the fingertip rather than transferring onto the skin, and with a brush, the formula seemed streaky and very, very sheer and difficult to build up intensity. This meant it wasn’t ideal for applying over a base, as the consistency isn’t so creamy that hardly any pressure is used, so it ended up moving my foundation if I used it over a blush (but I tested longevity on bare skin). Once on, it dries down to a semi-dewy finish; it’s not really shiny or wet-looking, but it’s not matte and never fully sets in place, so the wear time was six hours or less as a blush. As a lip product, they’re just drier in feel, though they weren’t as drying as I expected given how parched they make my lips look. It’s a lip product that really needs a topper, be it lip balm or gloss, to smooth out the lips–the Beach Stick on tended to emphasize the texture of the natural lip, giving it that drier, parched appearance. They yielded more color payoff as a lip product than the cheek (they seem to adhere better).

Charlotte Tilbury Es Vedra Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a “mystic sunset coral.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It lasted for six hours as a blush, four hours as a lip product (lightly drying but not as drying as it looked). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Formentera Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “sun-kissed berry.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark brown with hints of rose and a soft sheen. This was one of the less shimmery shades in the range, and it had a more emollient consistency, which helped it look better on the lips but minimized its wear time–five hours on the cheeks, three hours on the lips (lightly drying). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “burnished bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, rich bronze with warm, golden yellow undertones and light gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff that lasted for six hours on cheeks, four hours on lips (lightly drying). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Las Salinas Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is “candy, fresh, pretty pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with cool undertones and warmer gold shimmer. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff and was one of the more difficult ones to build-up and too many layers made it look incredibly splotchy, so I wouldn’t recommend this for medium or deeper skin tones looking to wear it as a cheek color. As a blush, it lasted for four and a half hours, and as a lip product, it lasted four hours but was moderately drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte Tilbury Moon Beach Beach Stick ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a “rose gold, iridescent peach.” It’s a light-medium, gold-shimmered orange with a hint of red in its undertone. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff that is really more of a highlighter on my medium skin tone, so this is another shade better as a blush shade for fair skin tones but can still work as a highlighter on other skin tones. The color had turned patchy after four and a half hours of wear on cheeks and two and a half hours on lips but settled significantly and was drying. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Tasty Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “candy coloured coral with multi-dimensional pink and copper duochrome.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with a pink to gold shimmer-sheen. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) has a similar color but is matte. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is powder. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, powder. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It was richly pigmented and applied with full coverage when tapped on with a fingertip, but you could apply even less or simply blend out, as it blends effortlessly on the skin. You could also use a stippling or duo fiber brush to get sheerer coverage with little work. I find the Pearlized finish to be extremely forgiving, and it is very hard to overdo as a result. Though it appears slightly frosted when swatched heavily, as it is blended out, the finish becomes more of a pearly sheen, and as a result, it is actually one of the subtler shades with respect to the finish. I can see a definite shift to pink as I turn my head in the mirror, so depending on the angle, it can look more or less orange-coral. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Estee Lauder Discreet Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Discreet Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Discreet Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and sat well on the lips. The texture was lightweight, comfortable to wear, while the formula was hydrating and lasted for five hours on me. Bite Beauty Moka (P, $28.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Marzipan (P, $28.00) is browner, darker. Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, glossier. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is rosier. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is rosier. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Fierce Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, coral-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and wore for five and a half hours. It was lightly hydrating, but it wasn’t as moisturizing as most of the shades in the range. Marc Jacobs Beauty Rei of Light (212) (P, $30.00) is darker. Colour Pop Frenemie (LE, $5.00) is pinker. Bite Beauty #003 (LE, $36.00) is pinker. Chanel Coco (416) (P, $36.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Rose Rush (735) (P, $7.49) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Adriano (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $32.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is redder. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Willful (P, $48.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty True Coral (P, $50.00) is pinker. Guerlain Genna (P, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Jealous Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff that covered the lips fully, while the formula was lightly creamy and glided on to give even, smooth coverage. On me, this shade lasted for almost six hours, and it was a bit hydrating. Colour Pop Freshman (LE, $5.00) is glossier, darker. MAC Burmese Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Giacomo (LE, $32.00) is more muted. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is more matte. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Greta (P, $32.00) is brighter. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is similar. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $37.00) is similar. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is more matte. Guerlain Girly (P, $51.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 15th, 2015

Estee Lauder Brazen Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Brazen Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Brazen Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, dark reddish-berry with subtle cool undertones and a light sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that applied unevenly and tended to look patchy in places, while some color migrated into lip lines over time. This type of shade seems problematic across brands, and it’s rare to see a good formulation when there is any glossiness to it (and even still, some matte options don’t apply well). On me, it lasted for five hours and left a stain behind, but the color really settled into lip lines. The formula was moisturizing, though! Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is darker, matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is warmer, matte. Tom Ford Beauty Wes (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Runner (LE, $16.00) is matte. Bite Beauty Truffle (P, $24.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is matte. MAC Living Legend (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is lighter. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is matte. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is redder. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Dangerous Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with hints of warm, rosy red and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque coverage with a creamy, glide-on consistency that gave lips a smoother appearance. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me and was hydrating over time. Chanel Jeanne (408) (P, $36.00) is darker. Guerlain Gaetane (16) (P, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Make Up For Ever #20 (P, $19.00) is more matte, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Estee Lauder Daring Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange with warm undertones and leans yellower (rather than red), and it had a soft shine. It was fully opaque with a rich, creamy texture that was easy to apply and looked smooth and even on the lips. The formula is comfortable to wear, long-wearing at five and a half hours, and hydrating over time. Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) (LE, $7.49) is slightly darker, sheerer. MAC Forbidden Sunrise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Iberico (LE, $25.00) is darker, matte. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is darker. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is more muted. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is slightly darker. Maybelline Electric Orange (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 15th, 2015

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush ($21.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is more shimery. NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Peachtwist (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture was lightweight, silky, and smooth to the touch, though it felt thinner than many of theBalm’s other cheek products. It had good color payoff that could be easily worn sheer or at richer, true-to-pan color. The finish is extraordinary, as it looks beautiful on the skin with a natural-level luminosity that gives the skin a real glow but doesn’t look frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. The silky texture made blending a cinch, and I felt like I barely had to do any work to apply it evenly. On me, the product stayed on well for nine hours before fading slightly.

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Friday, May 15th, 2015

Too Faced Melted Rainbow Melted Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Rainbow Melted Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Rainbow Melted Liquified Long-Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is described as a “magenta.” It’s a brightened, light-medium fuchsia-magenta with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, sheerer, less purple. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is more matte, more muted. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is more matte. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is more matte, sheerer. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is less glossy. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is pinker. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is pinker, more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (P, $18.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Melted lipstick formula is designed to have “the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick.” It was intensely pigmented with a glossy finish that applied evenly and smoothly. The color sits between Melted Violet (lighter, purpler) and Melted Fuchsia (darker, pinker). It wasn’t hydrating over time, but it wasn’t drying, so the formula is comfortable to wear, and on me, the color lasted for eight hours before I removed it. I kind of wish they had injected this with rainbow-hued shimmer.

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