Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Eyeshadow Palette ($250.00 for 30 x 0.08 oz.) is a limited edition palette to commemorate Make Up For Ever’s 30th anniversary. It’s available online through Sephora for VIB Rouges now (yesterday, it just said VIBs… today it says VIB Rogues) and will open up to everyone on the 9th. I pre-ordered and purchased mine from a Make Up For Ever boutique. Stock in boutiques is really low–the one I went to had 10 (all spoken for) and that was “a lot” of stock relative to other boutiques around the country, so your best bet is likely through Sephora (and probably online).

First, I plan to review all of the shades in the set, but I will likely review a few at a time so that reviews can come out sooner rather later (30 will take awhile to test for wear), so this post is to share photos and swatches of all of the shades included. Now, a few notes/observations:

  1. All of the shades included in the palette are part of the permanent Artist Shadow range, so you can purchase any of the shades individually/separately from this palette.
  2. Each eyeshadow is full-sized, and the cheapest a non-Pro person can purchase the Artist Shadows for is $14.33 each (excluding palettes/compacts), which makes the palette at least a value of $429.90. If you just take the price of each individual shade ($21, excluding compact), it would be $630. For me, this was the most budget-friendly way to get Make Up For Ever’s new eyeshadows to put in the Swatch Gallery for future reference. If you like more than 18 eyeshadows, then you would get your money’s worth.
  3. Each shade is removable, so you could always rearrange or move to other palettes/storage solutions.
  4. If you purchased the Artist Palette, there are several repeats here: M536 Milk Tea, I550 Olive Gray, ME230 Peacock Blue, ME930 Black Purple.

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte black cherry.” It’s a deepened, muted dark burgundy-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

A lot of the issues I had with Motorhead, I also had with Homegirl, unfortunately! While the formula is supposed to have “one-swipe payoff” with 10-hour wear, the color coverage really disappoints here with its semi-opaque and uneven coverage. The consistency of the lipstick is excruciatingly stiff and dry, which makes it tug a lot on the lips, and the color gets distributed in patches. As it has a thin, dry texture, it doesn’t build well on itself and creates patchy color that is darker in some places and lighter in others. The color wears for seven and a half hours and does leave a noticeable stain behind, but it is pure misery to wear it, as my lips were borderline bleeding after wearing this. I’ve been spreading out the testing of these shades with more hydrating formulas in-between to avoid fully drying my lips out, but my lips couldn’t escape this one.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is lightly muted, light-medium coral with a hint of pink and warm undertones, and it has a lightly luminous finish–a little more of a sheen than satin. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is warmer, brighter. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is more matte. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Razzledazzler (P, $16.00) is a touch warmer/darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Kissing lipstick formula is supposed to have rich color, a luminous finish, and leave lips “soft, pert, soothed and hydrated.” It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the finish was true to luminous–a light shine that wasn’t glossy but more than satiny, which gave the lips a fuller, smoother appearance overall. The consistency is lightly creamy so that it glides on easily while depositing even color coverage without tugging or dragging on the lips. This particular shade lasted for four hours, though it was neither hydrating nor drying while I wore it. It had a vanilla scent but no discernible taste. You can read my reviews for other shades here.

The brand has launched in the U.S. today at Nordstrom, Beautylish, NET-A-PORTER, Bergdorf Goodman.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow Cheek to Chic Blusher ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, almost cool-toned pink with a pearly, golden sheen. The golden shimmer/sheen makes it seem warmer overall, but the pink itself reads cool-toned. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is less golden. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is brighter. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is a touch lighter. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is brighter. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is warmer. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is similar. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is brighter. NARS Orgasm (P, $34.00) is more shimmery and warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s the finish that makes this blush sing–it’s luminous without being metallic or frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores while giving skin a really lovely glow and flush. It had good color payoff, and it had a soft, velvety, finely-milled consistency, which helped the powder apply easily and sit well on the skin. When I tested it, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. The blush is easiest used swirled together, because neither are that large on their own, so you’d really need to use smaller, more precise blush brushes to fit into them. You can read my other reviews for this formula here.

The brand has launched in the U.S. today at Nordstrom, Beautylish, NET-A-PORTER, Bergdorf Goodman.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Eyeshadow Quad
Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Eyeshadow Quad

Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes four shades that range from beige to taupe to dark brown. Overall, it’s a decent to good set of shades, and I think it hinges on how much you love (or loathe) glitter, because the glittery shade does have fall out issues throughout wear. It’s pretty, but you will find glittery bits all over the face by the end of the day. The darker brown shade is buildable, but it could have been more pigmented. All four shades were easy to blend and apply to the lid, and they worked well together.

This brand has been available (along with this particular quad) for awhile in the UK, and I bought this from Selfridges, but it will be available stateside at Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Beautylish, NET-A-PORTER today, September 2nd.

The Rock Chick #1 is a light, gray-ish beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff that had a soft, buttery texture that was easy to apply and blend on the skin. The color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Air (P) is cooler-toned. LORAC Chrome (P) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is darker. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is warmer. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is darker. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. Benefit RSVP (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Rock Chick #2 is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe brown with a pearly sheen. It had excellent pigmentation and a soft, finely-milled consistency that worked well on the skin. I didn’t see any fading until after nine hours of wear. Tarte Cashmere Scarf (LE) is darker, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #4 (LE) is darker, warmer, Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is a touch darker. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is warmer. LORAC Chrome (P) is a little lighter. Dior Pastel Fontanges #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #4 (P, $2.29) is warmer. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Rock Chick #3 is a glittering, warm-toned taupe with larger sparkle. The consistency had a slicker, almost wet-like, feel to it, while it was thinner yet still quite pigmented. Applied, the color itself wore well for eight and a half hours, but there was a moderate amount of fall out over time. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is less glittery. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is less glittery. Stila Substance (P)is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Rock Chick #4 is a dark brown with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft, silky, but a smidgen powdery. It builds and layers well, but it’s not as pigmented as the other shades. Applied, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. Tarte Don’t Turn A-Brown (LE) is similar. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE) is darker. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Foreshadow (P) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto Lip Lustre
Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto Lip Lustre

Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto Lip Lustre ($22.00 for 0.12 fl. oz.) is a medium, true coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. NARS Ophelia (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, pinker. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is less glossy. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is sheerre. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker. Chanel Mystery (P, $29.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Lip Lustre formula is supposed to give “mirror-shine” and “the illusion of sculpted, 3-dimensional, [and a] voluptuous pout.” On the brand’s website, it also says “pure, un-adulterated colour in an XXL creamy texture.” I also watched her video announcing the prdouct, and it seems like it is supposed to be a more pigmented product–lacquer not lip gloss. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, and it had a lightly thick but not heavy consistency that was mostly non-sticky. It had a vanilla scent and was comfortable to wear. Sweet Stiletto lasted for four hours on me and it was lightly hydrating while worn. I was disappointed to see that the gloss only contains 0.12 fl. oz. of product, which is about half the size of most full-sized glosses, though the price seems to reflect this (compared to the lipstick, which is priced at $32).

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