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Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder
Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder

Guerlain Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder ($69.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, pearlescent pink-tinged translucent powder. It brightens and adds a subtle luminosity to the skin all-over. It also extended the wear of my foundation by an hour and a half, though that’s more of a bonus, as the brand’s description says nothing about improving wear.  The pan uses a combination of pink, beige, lavender, and mint green, but the effect of the color swirled is a pale, cool-toned pink. I think the effect is comparable to Hourglass Mood Light, perhaps a bit more luminous.

Technically, Guerlain labels this as a “Radiance Powder” for the face, whereas past iterations of the pressed Meteorites formula are “Exceptional Pressed Powder.” This even contains significantly more product at 0.35 oz., as compared to 0.26 oz. for the Meteorites Voyage / Exceptional Pressed Powders. I really couldn’t detect any difference in texture or effect between the two formulas. Except the most obvious: more bang for your buck, because the permanent Mythic will cost you $55 just for the pan ($170 for the compact and pan). It brightens, softens the look of skin, and adds back a natural luminosity that gives skin a natural look. It works all-over, and on my medium complexion, it didn’t look chalky despite its cooler pink tone. Like other Guerlain powders, it is violet-scented.

I bought this when it popped up late last week on Nordstrom, because ever since falling in love with Wulong (last year’s Meteorites compact) and finding Mythic (part of the permanent range) equally impressive, I knew that there would be no way I’d skip this year’s. I’m glad I didn’t, because here’s why Meteorites are addictive: when I walked by my husband after applying this all over my face, he said, “Hey, you look really beautiful right now.” This after having passed him a dozen or more times, and all I had on was foundation and then used the Crazy Meteorites all-over to set and finish (no eyeshadow, blush, or lip color). I kid you not, as I was working through other swatches, he came over so he could look upon my beauty. So yes, Crazy Meteorites might make people go crazy around you.

Guerlain Radiance Powder Crazy Meteorites
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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MAC Divine Night Lipsticks

MAC Divine Night Lipstick
MAC Divine Night Lipsticks

MAC Divine Night Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes five new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. I’ll have full reviews, complete with wear times and ratings, when I’ve finished testing. In the meanwhile, here are photos and swatches to get you started. The color collection is available online now, and it will release in-stores on October 17th.

Exclusive Event is described as a “taupe brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned brown with hints of gray and a subtle sheen. It had opaque color coverage, was lightly creamy, and fairly easy to apply for an even, smooth result. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.  MAC Nude (LE, $15.00) is much darker, browner, and rosier. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sebastian (P, $18.00) is grayer, cooler-toned. MAC Naturally Eccentric (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Growing Trend (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Flair for Finery is described as a “cool pink nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones. It seems sheer when swatched, but it is more semi-opaque on lips; it lightens and brightens but has some translucency so the natural lip color will come through. It lasted two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat drying during that time (typical of my experience with Lustres).  MAC Vivid Image (LE, $15.00) is more opaque, lighter. NARS Paimpol (P, $25.00) is iridescent. MAC Beauty (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC You’re Perfect Already (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is warmer. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) is bluer-based. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Prepare for Pleasure is described as a “clean magenta red [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. On my lips, it turns redder (still a cool-toned, bluish red, just not so pink) and has mostly opaque color coverage–you can see a faint outline of my lip freckle. It applied evenly and easily. It wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind, but it was a smidgen drying (this is typical for me with Cremesheen finishes, so if you have the opposite, bump up the rating for yourself). Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is pinker. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $15.00) is matte. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is pinker. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $15.00) is similar–a touch pinker on me. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 (LE) is more matte. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is very similar. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is redder. See comparison swatches.

Private Party is described as a “dirty plum mauve [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, cool pink tones and a satin sheen. It had opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy so it glided onto lips without pulling or tugging but didn’t slide around. It wore well for just over four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS La Paz (LE, $26.00) is shimmery, slightly purpler. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $21.00 is brighter. NARS Never Say Never (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Positively Dashing (P, $18.00)is pinker. MAC Deliciously Forbidden (LE, $16.00) is also a bit pinker. MAC Craving (P, $15.00) is a touch pinker but similar. Guerlain Bee (LE, $49.50) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lydia (P, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

You’ve Got It is described as a “pink undertone with gold frost [with a Frost finish].” It’s a pale beige with gold iridescent shimmer. It’s more like a layering shade than something worn on its own, as the consistency is thin, a little dry, and it skipped a bit on the lips. It just felt dry having it on for a couple of minutes, but I think it might work well underneath gloss or the like. It had sheer color coverage. When I wore it, the shade lasted about two hours, and it was drying.  MAC Warm Companion (LE, $15.00) is slightly more beige. MAC Secret Lover (LE, $15.00) had a cooler pink tone.MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, less frosted. See comparison swatches.

MAC Lipstick Exclusive Event
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Lipstick Flair for Finery
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Lipstick Prepare for Pleasure
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
MAC Lipstick Private Party
Private Party
Private Party
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Lipstick You've Got It
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
72%
Total

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes
MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blush ($27.50 for 0.12 oz.) includes three new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. The finishes on these is a bit more metallic, high-shine than other iterations of the formula, so those who are very sensitive to pores being emphasized may want to look elsewhere for their blush fix.  It’s definitely a trade-off, and for some, it might be pretty enough on to overlook, but it’s going to be a matter of preference.  The textures of all three were soft, finely-milled,and very blendable, but they were prone to fading and did not last as long as regular powder blushes usually do (including MAC’s blushes).

Lavish Living is described as a “violet with silver pearl base with gold pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, plum with a little hint of berry and brown, with a frosted, partially metallic, finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. It emphasized pores slightly when I applied it for photos. It lasted for six and a half hours but was noticeably faded after that. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is browner. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Tea Petal (P, $21.00) is a cream product, browner. Chanel Rose Temptation (LE, $43.00) is similar. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $43.00) is a bit warmer. See comparison swatches.

Lured to Love is described as a “coral pink base with pink frost.” It’s a light-medium, coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had the most natural finish of the three, as it had the least amount of shimmer/sheen. The texture was very soft, and it can be somewhat powdery depending on the brush you use with it. It does blend into the skin well, and once worked it, the blush doesn’t look powdery on the skin. It is just slightly emphasized pores, and it wore well for just over six hours. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is more orange. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is similar. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Blush (LE, $21.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Deep Throat (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is brighter, pinker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is pinker, softer. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Talk of the Town is described as a “warm brown base with yellow bronze.” It’s a soft, peach-pink with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was a little loose and glittery; it didn’t feel as smooth as it could have been. On cheeks, it can emphasize pores slightly, but if you use a dense brush and really buff it in, then a pretty, somewhat metallic glow, comes forward and doesn’t emphasize pores. This shade will only add a little color on very fair complexions but mostly shimmer/sheen on medium and deeper skin tones. The biggest downfall of this was that it was almost all faded/patchy by the sixth hour. MAC Light Year (LE, $23.50) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Blush Lavish Living
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Mineralize Blush Lured to Love
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Mineralize Blush Talk of the Town
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total

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MAC Stares & Speculation Fluidline

MAC Stares & Speculation Fluidline
MAC Stares & Speculation Fluidline

MAC Stares & Speculation Fluidline ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty olive with gold pearl.” It’s a subdued, green-tinged brown with warm undertones and a golden bronze micro-shimmer. Sephora Collection Roof Top Party (P, $9.00) is similar–a little lighter. Urban Decay Stash (P, $19.00) is very close but in pencil form. bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is greener. See comparison swatches.

It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke (applied with MAC’s 208) and can be applied more heavily, as if it were a cream eyeshadow. The consistency was creamy, not too thick or too thin, and spread well–it was very true to the Fluidline formula.  I wore this along the lower lash line, and it didn’t move for twelve hours (until I took it off).  No smudging or flaking!

I’ve reviewed Deliciously Rich and Macroviolet is part of the permanent range (each time they repromote it, I think I’ve reviewed it, and each time, I find out I’m wrong), but I have a swatch of it here.

MAC Fluidline (Discontinued) Stares & Speculation
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

NYX Blush & Castle Round Lipsticks

NYX Blush Round Lipstick
NYX Blush Round Lipstick

NYX Blush Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium pink with soft, warm yellow undertones and a light shine. It’s almost so warm-toned that it gets into a pink-coral range, but I think it leans just pink enough to still be a pink hue overall. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a creamy consistency that easily glided onto lips. It had a fair amount of slip, which was great for application, but it did seem like it wore off a bit faster as a result–though it was lightly hydrating while it lasted (three and a half hours). Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Hoop (DC, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is warmer, a touch lighter. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

NYX Castle Round Lipstick ($3.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned, lavender-shimmered, medium purple with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the consistency was very creamy and emollient. It applied evenly for the most part, though it wasn’t perfectly even. This shade wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. I couldn’t think of any previously reviewed shades quite like this. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $15.00) is matte, no frost, so it appears darker and brighter. MAC Seasoned Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker, less frosted. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is grayer. MAC Lavender Whip (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches.

NYX’s Round Lipstick formula is a nice, budget-friendly formula that offers a bajillion colors (real number), so it’s always been a go-to recommendation from me when there’s a color someone wants to try but may not want to splash out a lot for.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Blush
Blush
Blush
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Castle
Castle
Castle
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses
MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Divine Night Cremesheen Glass ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) includes five new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. Cremesheen Glasses have a nice, non-sticky, medium-weight, creamy consistency that is comfortable to wear.  Unfortunately, there are two major downsides:  they don’t last long at all, and there’s little product inside the tube (even though they seem larger–to compare: MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz., whereas these contain 0.08 fl. oz.).  They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.  If you normally love this formula or don’t mind the shorter wear time, then pay closer attention to the rating by taking out the longevity scores.

Flair for Finery is described as a “cool nude.” It’s a peachy-beige with subtle warm undertones. It looks almost cool-toned in the tube, but it turns quite peach with a hint of pink applied and swatched. It had semi-sheer color coverage, settled somewhat into lip lines, and will leave lines if you press your lips together. It lasted two hours on me.  NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC C-Thru (P, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC On the Scene (LE, $20.00) is also warmer. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is a little warmer. See comparison swatches.

Prepare for Pleasure is described as a “bluish red.” It’s a brightened, pink-red with cool, blue undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. It wore for almost three hours.  Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is warmer. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is redder, darker. MAC Forever Rose (P, $19.50) is a bit lighter. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is darker, shimmery. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Private Party is described as a “plum mauve with pearl.” It’s a subdued, plummy pink with fine pale pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it slightly settled into lip lines. It lasted for just over two and a half hours.  NARS Oasis (P, $25.00) is warmer, less pink. MAC Spanking Rich (LE, $20.00) is more glittery. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

You’ve Got It is described as a “nude taupe with green pearl.” It’s a light, beige-brown with light green micro-shimmer. Applied, it seems to lighten lips and added a milkiness to them. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage.  This shade was completely gone after a mere two hours of wear. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more beige. MAC Glitter & Ice (LE, $20.00) doesn’t have green shimmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Cremesheen Glass Flair for Finery
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Prepare for Pleasure
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass Private Party
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
MAC Cremesheen Glass You've Got It
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total

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