Monday, July 20th, 2015

Bite Beauty Maple Matte Creme Lipsticks
Bite Beauty Maple Matte Creme Lipsticks

Bite Beauty Braised Maple Matte Creme Lipstick ($28.00 CDN for 0.15 oz.) is a lightly brightened, medium-dark brick red with warm, orange undertones and a glossy sheen. It had rich, opaque coverage with a light-medium thick consistency that went on smoothly and evenly. The color lasted for seven and a half hours, was hydrating, and left a stain behind. Really, the only downside is the fact that isn’t at all matte. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is lighter, less glossy. Make Up For Ever #44 (P, $19.00) is less glossy. NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is darker. Fyrinnae Winter Romance (P, $7.00) is less pigmented, less glossy. NARS Leslie (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Rei of Light (212) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. NARS VIP Red (P, $26.00) is darker, less glossy. Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Candied Maple Matte Creme Lipstick ($28.00 CDN for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, glide-on texture that sat well on the lips while keeping them hydrating over the six and a half hours it lasted. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is glossier. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is warmer. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is brighter. MAC Barbecue (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter, less glossy. Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter, less glossy. Chanel Arthur (440) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Steam Heat (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is less glossy. Colour Pop Succulent (P, $6.00) is brighter, less glossy. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Bite Beauty Mulled Maple Matte Creme Lipstick ($28.00 CDN for 0.15 oz.) is the same shade as Black Cherry from the U.S.-exclusive Frozen Berries collection. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Saboteur (132) (P, $30.00) is lighter. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is . Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is darker. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Bite Beauty Maple Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to leave a “velvet, soft focus finish” with “highly pigmented, moisturizing wearable color” that is also “longwearing.” If you’re not a fan of mattes, don’t fret, these aren’t really matte (and if you’re a fan of matte, you might want to keep looking). There are five shades, and all of them have a satin or glossier finish (two are pretty glossy). The glossier the shade, the more poorly it applied with streaky, uneven coverage that was prone to feathering along the edges of the natural lip, while the more satiny shades were more pigmented with more even application and longer, better wear. On me, I found the formula to be lightly to moderately hydrating with wear ranging between four and seven hours. The formula has a sweet, maple scent with a very subtle, almost sweet taste. These are exclusive to Canada.

P.S. — Big thanks to Julie over at Swatch & Review for helping me buy these! :)

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Monday, July 20th, 2015

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit
MAC Sophisticate Face Kit

MAC Sophisticate Face Kit ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) includes six eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lipsticks. Worth pointing out right away is that the back of my palette says the second blush on the left is Simply Bliss, whereas Nordstrom’s product listing had Cream Soda in its place; I checked both of them, and the blush in this palette is slightly more pink-tinted and a little lighter but not by much.

Linda is described as a “peachy tan shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium-dark orange-copper with hints of brown and warmer undertones paired with a pearly sheen. It was slightly powdery with semi-opaque coverage that wore for eight hours. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter, darker. Illamasqua Expose (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. MAC Coppertone (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler. NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is darker, more muted. Colour Pop Bonus (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $21.00) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

Simply Bliss is described as a “light neutral coral.” It’s a muted, light-medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It darkens as it is applied to the bare skin, so unless you have very dry skin and/or powder prior, it may do the same. The texture was slightly powdery but blendable with good pigmentation. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is darker, glossier. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Bliss (P, $9.99) is darker. bareMinerals The Spring Fling (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep blackened plum.” It’s a very dark brown with subtle, cooler undertones and a mostly matte finish. It is firm, stiff, and hard to work with and lasted for seven hours. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Risque (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, ) is . Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is warmer. Hourglass Infinity #5 (P, ) is darker, less pigmented, more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is darker. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is . Anastasia Deep Brown (P, $12.00) is warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P, ) is warmer. Urban Decay Undone (LE, $18.00) is darker, more pigmented, less shimmery. Chanel Charming #5 (LE, ) is lighter. NARS Bali (P, $24.00) is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. View dupes side-by-side.

Sun Tweaked is a light-medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wore for eight hours. Viseart Orange Topaz (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Outer Limits (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Makeup Geek In the Spotlight (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Shazam (LE, ) is lighter. MAC Mortal #2 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is darker. bareMinerals In the Buff (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Marzipan (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Cinderella (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Moonflower (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Light Bronze (P, ) is lighter. MAC Sweet Heat (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter. View dupes side-by-side.

Wedge is described as a “soft muted beige taupe.” It’s a muted, medium yellowed brown with a matte finish. It seems a bit lighter than the permanent version of Wedge to me. It had sheerer coverage with a dusty texture. The color lasted for seven hours on me. Urban Decay Naked (P, $18.00) is less pigmented, more pigmented. Jane Rock Star (DC, ) is lighter. Kat Von D Harlow (P, ) is darker. Ulta Sable (, ) is less shimmery. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is darker, less pigmented, more muted, lighter. View dupes side-by-side.

With Flair is a muted, coppery-brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture, but it was a smidgen dry, which made it a challenge to work with on bare lids. It wore for seven and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Laurier Rose (127) (LE, $34.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. YSL Steamy Coral (05) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. Viseart Melonie (P, ) is darker, cooler. NYX Fireball (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Beautifully Charred is described as a “deep brown with pearl.” It’s a slightly muted, dark brown with warmer undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to apply and lasted for eight hours. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE, ) is warmer. Inglot #409 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Mona Lisa (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Anastasia Baby I’m a Star (LE, $12.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Embellish (LE, ) is more shimmery. Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Hot Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker. NARS Ursa Major (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Reign (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE, ) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hey is described as a “nude shimmer.” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a blendable texture but wasn’t quite as soft in the pan (almost firm, but it worked okay). It wore well for eight hours on me. Too Faced Cherish (P, ) is lighter. Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury The Dolce Vita #1 (P, ) is cooler. MAC A Natural Flirt (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S516 Sand (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte Rose Champagne (LE, ) is cooler. Stila Kitten (P, ) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Sin (DC, $20.00) is darker. Kat Von D Precious (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. Stila Kitten (, $18.00) is . Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P, ) is more shimmery. View dupes side-by-side.

Love Happens is described as a “warm light nude.” It’s a light-medium peach with a hint if pink and warmer undertones paired with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that felt a little dry and clingy on the lips. There was some color that settled into lip lines within the first half hour, and it worsened over the three hours it wore for. It was slightly drying. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer. MAC She’s a Peach (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is darker. Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer, better quality. Tom Ford Beauty Beau (LE, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is glossier. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Pretty Natural (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

True Red is described as a “vivid bright coral red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It seems more matte here, which may just be due to the format of the lipstick in a pan compared to a tube. It lasted for five hours and was on the drying side. MAC Barbecue (LE, $16.00) is . Clinique Poppy Pop (P, $18.00) is brighter, warmer. Estee Lauder Fierce (P, $30.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Rose Rush (735) (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Rafael (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more muted. Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is glossier. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is glossier. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Dolce and Gabbana Fire (610) (P, $33.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Mangrove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted, less glossy. MAC Dangerous (P, $16.00) is less glossy, less shimmery, darker. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker. View dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, July 20th, 2015

Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush
Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush

Becca Nightingale Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “deep mulberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Seduction (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is darker, glossier. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer. NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted. IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is darker. Colour Pop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Of the shades I’ve tried, this one seemed to have the least shimmer and sheen, but it wasn’t quite matte; as I buffed and blended the powder into the skin, it retained a natural finish that was less than a true satin but definitely not matte. It had mostly opaque color payoff (which makes it less true to the “buildable” quality of the formula), which may be great for some but too much work for others. I would recommend using a lighter hand or a more feathery brush to start off with this to figure out how much (or little) you need for your particular skin tone and application style. The texture was firmer than all of the other shades, and there was a slight dryness to it yet it wasn’t really stiff. It wasn’t quite as easily blended out as the majority of the line, but it wasn’t a lot of extra effort in comparison, which was good news. This shade wore for eight and a half hours before fading around the edges.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

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Sunday, July 19th, 2015

NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS Ultimate NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Biscayne Park and Sex Machine) and one was previously released (but limited edition, Stourhead). This was a less impressive set, unfortunately, as two shades settled into lip lines due to more slippery consistencies.

Stourhead is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a very light, milky pink with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage that pulled into lip lines horribly and looked streaky on. It lasted for almost three hours, but it looked so bad by the end. MAC Bianca B (LE, $16.00) is darker, less pigmented, glossier, more muted. MAC Weekend 1 (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Olivier (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is cooler. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Beauty (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more muted. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is darker, more muted, more pigmented, less shimmery, less glossy, brighter, warmer, lighter. Chanel Candeur (P, $35.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is darker, warmer. View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

Biscayne Park is described as a “pink guava.” It’s a peachy-brown with a soft sheen and warm undertones. The texture felt creamier and had more slip than my original version of this, and it resulted in semi-opaque coverage (instead of full) and seemed to settle into lip lines noticeably from the beginning. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Nude Embrace (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC She’s a Peach (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Bite Beauty Cream (P, $28.00) is less glossy. MAC Soft Pout (P, $23.00) is less glossy. Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey (P, $32.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lament (P, $18.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is more muted. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is . Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is warmer. Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is brighter, warmer. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is warmer. View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

Sex Machine is described as a “must-have mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a lightly metallic sheen over a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a thin, soft formula that didn’t drag, but it did feel a little clingy and was drying over the four and a half hours it lasted. NARS Catfight (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler. Make Up For Ever #12 (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter, cooler. Tom Ford Beauty Pussycat (04) (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Colour Pop Solow (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Surratt Beauty Celestine (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Boca (LE, $16.00) is less glossy, lighter. Bite Beauty Sable (LE, $24.00) is darker, less glossy. Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is less glossy. Dolce and Gabbana Petal (135) (P, $33.00) is darker, less glossy. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is darker. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

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Sunday, July 19th, 2015

NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set
NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set

NARS True NARS Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes three full-sized Lip Pencils. Two are part of the permanent range (Yu and Luxembourg) and one is limited edition (Provocative Red). I didn’t expect this to sell out online, but it actually has–you may still be able to find it at a Nordstrom near you (it is exclusive to them, at least in the states). The set includes a mini sharpener that fits these pencils, too (which means they aren’t twist-ups–probably the formula’s biggest downfall!). It’s a nice set, though I really wish the container it is packaged in didn’t have such specific slots (to hold the pencils in place), as it is rather bulky and can’t really be reused as a result.

Yu is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a soft sheen. It had rich, opaque coverage that glided on easily without tugging and lasted five to six hours. It is very slightly hydrating, but if you have very dry lips, it may not be enough hydration for you. Maybelline Faint for Fuchsia (P, $7.99) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is more muted. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is darker, glossier. Guerlain Fluo Stiletto (662) (LE, $37.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, darker. Kat Von D Sexer (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is cooler. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker, more pigmented, more shimmery. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is cooler. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted, cooler, lower quality, brighter, lighter. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see even more: View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

Luxembourg is described as a “vivid watermelon.” It’s a brightened, pinky-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. The texture is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and lasts five to six hours while leaving behind a stain. It’s not drying, but it’s not hydrating either. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Colour Pop Creeper (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. MAC Victoriana (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy. Chanel Rouge Byzantin (LE, $34.00) is darker, more pigmented. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is darker. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 (LE, ) is darker. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented, glossier, darker, cooler. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is more pigmented, glossier, cooler. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is less pigmented, lighter, glossier. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is darker, less glossy, more shimmery, glossier. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is cooler, less glossy, less pigmented, warmer. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is brighter, warmer, glossier, lighter. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is cooler, less glossy, less pigmented, warmer. MAC Red Necessity (LE, $20.00) is darker, less glossy, less pigmented. First 15 dupes listed, see even more: View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

Provocative Red is described as a “fuchsia rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark reddish-plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with even color. The texture wasn’t too stiff or too creamy, so you still retained a very flat, matte finish but was fairly easy to apply without skipping. It wore for six hours but was a little drying over time. Burberry Redwood (304) (P, $30.00) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Tulle (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. View dupes side-by-side for comparisons here.

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Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 14 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a coppery bronze with lighter gold shimmer. It had finer shimmer, but it had a lot of shimmer, so the overall effect was dewy and frosted on the skin. The sheerer nature of the coverage made it less prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture, but if you build up the color, it can emphasize pores. The consistency was lightweight, thin, and blendable on the skin without disturbing base products but also could be worn alone. It may be a little too shimmery for some if mixed in with a base product, but it will add a general warmth, sheen, and shimmer when mixed. On me, this shade wore for ten hours before fading slightly. Tarte Park Ave Princess (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted, cooler. Colour Pop Avalon (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is cooler. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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