Saturday, May 9th, 2015

ColourPop Spoon Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Spoon Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Spoon Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “light silver champagne with multi-dimensional silver flecks.” It’s a very light, champagne-beige base with a lot of multi-colored sparkle that flash pink, silver, and teal paired with a metallic sheen. This shade is particularly complex, because the more metallic sheen seems to give a brighter, almost pink-champagne color when I look at swatched in person, dead-on, but if it’s angled at all, it flashes warmer to the point where it blends into my skin tone completely. At other times, the sparkle seems to disappear, and other times, it is at the forefront. Colour Pop Smokin’ Whistles (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Colour Pop Lunch Money (P, $8.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is warmer. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $26.00) is powder. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more metallic. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is one of the more sparkly shades in the line-up where the sparkles are noticeable on the skin, which may or may not be your cup of tea. It’s not smoothing out pores, but it’s not emphasizing them, despite how sparkly and metallic it is on the skin, but the sparkles scatter a bit as the color is blended on the skin, though they don’t seem to migrate–after eight hours, I wasn’t seeing stray sparkles on my chin, around my nose, or anywhere except the cheek bone that I applied it to. The texture is very smooth, lightly creamy, and the underlying color glides on effortlessly and blends well on the skin. It’s highly reflective on the skin when it catches the light, and at other times, almost imperceptible on my medium skin tone. It had opaque coverage if applied with a fingertip, and then sheerer coverage when applied with a stippling brush. When I tried applying with a stippling brush, it seemed to get more sparkle than color, so I preferred application with fingertips or a denser brush. On me, it lasted eight hours before breaking down.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Buff (80) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Buff (80) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Marc Jacobs Beauty In the Buff (80) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “champagne shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to full coverage in two to three layers. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lash line. On me, the eyeliner wore well for nine hours before it started to thin. Estee Lauder Pearl (P, $23.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Girl Talk (P, $9.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Midnight in Paris (72) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as an “inky indigo blue.” It’s a sparkly, blackened navy blue with lighter silver and blue shimmer and sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. The texture was lightly creamy, but it could have been a little creamier for smoother, more even application. This shade wore well for nine hours before I noticed very slight thinning of the line. Marc Jacobs Beauty Navy Noir (76) (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Metalhead (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sephora Collection Suede Shoes (P, $9.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) Eyeshadow
Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) Eyeshadow

Guerlain Mono Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a recently released range of single eyeshadows. I bought three of them to try, and if you notice the pattern on the monos are the same as some of the recent limited edition quads (which I have had some issues with), and these are just okay. They’re average eyeshadows, which doesn’t make them compelling at $34 a pop given they’re somewhat powdery, prone to sheering out, and have below-average wear (six hours). The major selling point of the formula is that it’s supposed to “stay all day long,” but it’s the type of powder eyeshadow formula that feels like my eyelids are “eating” them as they just don’t last.

Guerlain Taupe Secret (01) Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, gray-leaning taupe with subtle, warm, almost mauve-y undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was soft and almost crumbly as a result, so it was somewhat powdery and easily sheered out when applied to the lid. If you wanted better color payoff, a lightly tacky base or cream eyeshadow would help tremendously. On me, it had creased after six hours of wear. Tarte Steel the Scene (LE) is darker. Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE) is pinker. MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Gucci Beauty Sasso (P, $37.00) is darker, grayer, more sparkly.Urban Decay Angel (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. NARS Callisto (P, $29.00) is brighter, more metallic. MAC French Clay (P, $16.00) is warmer. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is more metallic, pinker. Giorgio Armani Shimmer Greige (LE) Dior Fairy Golds #4 (LE) See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Hey Nude (04) Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium beige with warm, peach undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a very soft, moderately powdery texture that kicked up a lot of excess product. It was buildable on the lid, though you have to be careful of how much you blend, as it can sheer out. On me, it lasted for five hours. Colour Pop Cornelious (LE, $5.00) is darker, cream. Becca Ombre Nudes #2 (P) is similar. Tarte You’re a Natural (LE) is similar. MAC Georgia Peach (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Hourglass Infinity #2 (P) is darker. Tarte Force of Nature (LE) is darker. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #1 (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. MAC Kid (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Guerlain Khaki Mono (07) Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a murky, medium-dark olive green with warm, brown undertones and a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation and was the best-performing shade of the three I tried. The texture was smoother and less powdery, so it had better hold and didn’t sheer out when applied to the skin. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. Anastasia Anaconda (LE, $12.00) is warmer. Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE) is darker. Hourglass Color Field #5 (P) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Dusty Olive (LE) is brighter. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #3 (LE) is lighter. MAC Cool Companions #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. YSL Avant Garde #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Greensmoke (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, May 8th, 2015

ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Teasecake Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “pale pink with gold and pink duo chrome finish.” It’s a lightly pink-toned peach with soft beige that gives it a more toned down look paired with pearly shimmer that from gold to pink. Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is much yellower. Colour Pop Double Dip (LE, $8.00) is lighter, more golden. MAC Coupe d’Chic (LE, $28.00) is pinker, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is powder, lighter. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is lighter, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker, powder. Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) is darker. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture is very smooth and creamy with a “wet” feel, but it’s still the signature texture that’s springy and bouncy (think clay or PlayDoh) that goes onto skin like a powder and sits like a powder. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to semi-opaque, with fingertip application yielding semi-opaque coverage. With the more duochrome sheen, I think it is prettier and more complex in person than in photos, as you can see how it shifts as your face moves and the light hits the cheeks in different ways. On me, it doesn’t show up with much color until I tilt or move, but on fairer skin tones, I think you’ll get subtle color out of it as well. The texture has a frosted sheen that just slightly emphasized pores after about two and a half hours of wear (initially, it didn’t), though it didn’t worsen over the rest of the time I wore it. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me.

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Friday, May 8th, 2015

Chanel Lumiere d'Ete Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d’Ete Illuminating Powder ($65.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden-bronze powder.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with lightly warm, yellow undertones and a luminous finish. MAC Golden Rinse (LE, $35.50) is pinker-toned. Guerlain #03 (P, $53.00) is darker, redder. Tom Ford Beauty Gold Dust (P, $65.00) is darker. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is warmer. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is lighter. NARS Craving (Right) (P) is more shimmery, darker, redder. NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, warmer. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is very similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is slightly darker, browner. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is browner. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Chanel’s released a limited edition bronzing version of their Illuminating Powder. This version feels like those gel-powder hybrids like MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc., where the texture is soft, smooth but firm, and the color payoff is more buildable from medium to full coverage. Here, Chanel’s powder had mostly opaque pigmentation that was easily sheered out or built up to fully opaque coverage. The powder was smooth and silky to the touch, but I had no trouble getting product onto my brush (the included brush is usable in a pinch, but it’s not my preference). The texture is satiny with a luminous sheen that gives a real glow to the skin without emphasizing pores. It blends effortlessly on the skin, and on me, the bronzer wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Friday, May 8th, 2015

Bite Beauty Shade 005 (
Bite Beauty Shade 005 (“Lavender Thistle”) Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty Shade 005 (“Lavender Thistle”) Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “hazy lilac.” It’s a light-medium, muted lavender with gray overtones and subtle cool, pink undertones in a natural finish. NYX Playdate (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Weekend 2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, more matte. MAC Notice Me (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Olivier (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Colour Pop Brills (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned, matte. NARS Dominique (P, $32.00) is slightly pinker, more opaque, darker. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Illamasqua Posture (P, $24.00) is grayer, more matte. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Lavender Whip (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Creme Deluxe formula is supposed to be their higher-end, luxury-level lipstick, though I personally can’t say that these are better than their Luminous Creme lipstick (which is fantastic). This limited edition shade sold out quite quickly once released, but hopefully some of the dupes will help those who weren’t able to snag one. The texture is lighter-weight and thinner and seems a little less emollient in comparison to the Luminous Creme formula with this shade. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, so the natural lip color will come through and may make this shade lean pinker or redder, depending on what tones you find in your natural lip color. It applies somewhat evenly, and honestly, it looked even when I looked in the mirror, but the close-up shot shows that it’s not quite even in some places. On me, this shade lasted for three hours and was lightly hydrating over time.

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