Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright white with a blue iridescent shimmer-sheen. It had an overall frosted finish with fairly good color payoff. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable on the lid. It lasted for eight hours on me before creasing slightly. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is similar. Maybelline Waves of White (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Sugarpill Lumi (P, $12.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, sky blue with subtle aqua tones (making it a “warmer” blue) with a sparkly, frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff–definitely one of the weaker shades I’ve tested so far. The consistency was creamy and smooth with a wet-like feeling. It lasted for eight hours with minor fall out over time. Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is greener, less sparkly. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is warmer. L’Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever #150 (DC, $20.00) is a lot lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a satin-matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that felt more like a cream than a powder. The color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. It did lightly stain the skin but went away after a few hours. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cream. Maybelline Never Fade Jade (P, $6.99) is darker. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a navy blue with a subtle, pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly. The creamier, more buttery consistency made blending really easy, despite how rich and pigmented the shade was. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Kat Von D Entombed (P) is brighter. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P) is a touch lighter. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 (LE) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deep dark black with silver sparkle. It was incredibly rich in pigment–a little goes a very long way!–and the sparkle actually binds with the underlying color, so the majority of it applies to the lid and stays in place while worn. There is minor fall out but not really noticeable unless I went looking for it. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before showing signs of wear. Too Faced Starry Night (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Pure Glam (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Oil Slick (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is similar. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is similar. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise

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D206 Celestial Blue

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Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow
Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow

Burberry Graphite (No. 28) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a dark, smoky brown with cool, gray undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky texture that just a smidgen on the powdery side but remained blendable and easy to use on the lid. The color lasted for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is lighter. bareMinerals Panorama (LE) is grayer. Kat Von D Dark Throne (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Siouxsie-sioux (P) is grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned taupe with a soft, plummy-mauve influence and a satin finish. it had good pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture had a soft, finely-milled, velvety feel to it that wasn’t powdery. This shade wore well for nine hours before showing signs of wear. MAC Rose Blend #2 (LE) is grayer. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Graphite (No. 28)

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Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I922 Electric Purple Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I922 Electric Purple Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever I922 Electric Purple Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a vibrant, violet purple with cool, pink undertones and a satiny sheen. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Urban (P) is slightly more shimmery, a touch darker. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is more muted. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Of all the shades in Make Up For Ever’s massive (original) eyeshadow range, #92 was iconic. It was that bold, bright, deep purple with a matte finish that so many people had to have (myself included), so it was a real surprise to see how much they changed it in the new formula. I had asked specifically what shade replaced #92 in the new range, and the answer was consistently I922. The finish is obviously different, as the new one has a satiny, pearly sheen and the original had a matte finish. The original was also darker overall, so they’re not too similar in color or finish. I don’t remember if #92 was actually eye safe or not, but I922 is listed as a “Blush” rather than an eyeshadow, even though it is lumped with all of the eyeshadows.

It was intensely pigmented with a soft, lightly creamy (but it is more powder than cream) consistency that blends fairly easily on the skin. Applied with a lighter hand, it takes on a pinky-lavender coloring rather than the richer violet you see in the heavy swatch. As a blush, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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I922 Electric Purple

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

Clé de Peau Pastel (11) Luminizing Face Enhancer
Clé de Peau Pastel (11) Luminizing Face Enhancer

Clé de Peau Pastel (11) Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a cool-toned, white with a golden micro-shimmer/sheen that has a very luminous, glowing finish. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a stronger yellow/golden sheen. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After about 0.5 seconds of consideration, I ended up buying the other two shades of Luminizing Face Enhancer, which both looked cooler-toned online. The reality is while it appears very cool-toned in the pan with pale blue and lavender bits, it is more white-based but still has a warmer, golden sheen. It’s not nearly as warm as the other two shades I reviewed before, though, and it should work well on very fair skin tones without adding noticeable color. The texture of the powder is silky, finely-milled, and very easy to apply and blend out. It’s very pigmented–you don’t need much and even my softest brushes had no problem grabbing a good amount of product, so I’d opt for a lighter hand and build up to the desired intensity. It’s glowing and luminous without emphasizing pores, but it’s a noticeable sheen. On me, it lasted for eight and a half hours.

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10/10

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9/10

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cool mauve with red frost.” It’s a sheer, gray-ish tinted gloss with iridescent pink and silver shimmer and sparkle. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is pinker, finer. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) is finer shimmer. MAC Vacant (LE, $15.00) is more lavender. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more silvered. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The base is almost clear, though there’s a general cool/gray vibe that translates onto lips by giving them a more muted, toned down look. Otherwise, it is primarily shimmer/sparkle that gets noticed. I wish MAC had thought to include/indicate that it was a sheer gloss in the description or else amped up the pigmentation to actually fit the description. I think it’s a shade that is best for layering, as it adds a pretty sparkle over anything you may layer it over. It’s thinner than the average Lipglass but still tacky and thicker on. The color lasted three hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. This shade will be available for the next six months, and it comes with a metallic red, rubberized cap instead of a glossy black one. Viva Glam is one of the best charitable causes in beauty, as every cent of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Viva Glam Rihanna 2

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8.5/10

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6.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm mauve with silver frost.” It’s a muted, dark brown with copper, mauve, and silver flecks of shimmer in it. The finish is more frosted, lightly metallic. MAC Icon (DC, $16.00) is several shades lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. It doesn’t feel gritty in the tube, despite the high shimmer content, initially or as it wears away. On me, the color lasted four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It is a Viva Glam, limited life, shade, and it is packaged in a metallic red, rubberized tube. Viva Glam is one of the best charitable causes in beauty, as every cent of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Viva Glam Rihanna 2

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8.5/10

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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