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MAC Extra Dimension Highlighters – Swatches Sneak Peek


MAC Extra Dimension Highlighters

MAC Extra Dimension Highlighters – Swatches Sneak Peek

I really thought I would be able to have everything reviewed by tomorrow morning, but it’s definitely not going to happen quite so quickly. I hope to have all of In Extra Dimension and Tres Cheek reviewed tomorrow, and then I will work on Reel Sexy, which likely won’t post until Friday. I always underestimate how long the process is! I would really appreciate it if you held off asking any questions regarding colors, dupes, textures, quality, wear, etc. until I’ve posted the review, because I will do my best to address all of those things and more at that time. Thank you!

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MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows – Swatches Sneak Peek


MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows – Swatches Sneak Peek

I really thought I would be able to have everything reviewed by tomorrow morning, but it’s definitely not going to happen quite so quickly. I hope to have all of In Extra Dimension and Tres Cheek reviewed tomorrow, and then I will work on Reel Sexy, which likely won’t post until Friday. I always underestimate how long the process is! I would really appreciate it if you held off asking any questions regarding colors, dupes, textures, quality, wear, etc. until I’ve posted the review, because I will do my best to address all of those things and more at that time. Thank you!

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss
Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium tangerine with gold shimmer. On my lips, it gives them an orange-tint–it looks slightly darker and more like a tint than a colored gloss. There’s also a fine golden shimmer that catches light really well. Oddly enough, I couldn’t think of a perfect dupe for this. It’s sheer yet tinted enough that it adds color and hue to my lips that reads as natural as it could ever be. Do you have any suggestions for a dupe? Perhaps I am being extra forgetful!

The formula of the Sheer Brilliance Lipglosses is lightweight, non-sticky, moisturizing, and for such a sheer gloss, rather longer-wearing. When I wore Orange Juiced, it hung on for three and a half hours and didn’t get sticky over time (which is something I’ve noticed happens with some of the longer-wearing lipglosses out there). This is also a nicely moisturizing formula that leaves lips feeling softer after it wears away than when it was initially applied!  The texture is wonderfully lightweight without being terribly thin; it’s comfortable to wear and gives off a healthy shine.  There was no scent or taste that I could detect.

Le Metier de Beaute Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss Orange Juiced
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Urban Decay New Eyeshadows (Reformulation)

Urban Decay New Eyeshadows (Reformulation) Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) has recently undergone a reformulation so that they’re “richer and smoother” with better color payoff. I compared the original and new formulas for the four shades I have, which were Last Call, Loaded, Mushroom, and Rockstar. Chase has only been released in the new formula, I believe. I could not find Shattered (and I tried to see if I reviewed it previously but only found the Loose pigment version).

Chase is a medium bronze with a subtle red undertone and a glitzy golden shimmer-sheen. Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (LE) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Dior Sundeck #4 (LE) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Nephilim (LE) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Chiffon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Starlight (P, $37.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC Quintessential (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Benefit My Two Cents (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Brownie (P, $12.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Truffle Glitter (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Metal Saffron (LE) is cooler, more muted, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Last Call is a plummy burgundy with a hint of pink sheen. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Babykins (LE, $5.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Trusted Instinct #3 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sugarpill Countess (P, $13.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Underhand (LE, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is lighter (80% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is more muted (85% similar). Tarte Dominate (P) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Star Violet (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). NYX Punk Heart (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP A Vow in Venice (LE, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Shockwave (P, $20.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). Coloured Raine Queen Mother (LE, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Remix (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Can't Stop, Won't Stop (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Loaded is a blackened green-teal. It goes on very, very dark–you will lose some of the strength of the overall green/teal if you blend it out, but it doesn’t look full-on black. MAC Cosmic Clash (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00)(90% similar). MAC Magic Spells (LE, $21.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Eat, Love (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #4 (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mushroom is a gray-brown–it’s a very intense taupe. Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Armor (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Robbery (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Chrome (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Frosted Pewter (LE, $12.00) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #2 (P) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Exec (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cinder (Left) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Pewter (LE, $14.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rockstar is a dark, smoky purple with subtle red undertones. MAC Cosmic Clash (LE, $22.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00)(90% similar). MAC Magic Spells (LE, $21.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Eat, Love (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #4 (P) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shattered is a silvered blue with a green-gold duochrome. Kat Von D 8 Bit (LE) is brighter, darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Blue Noir (LE, $21.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chameleon (P, $12.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Krinkle (DC, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). City Color Breezy (P, $6.99) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Walk of Shame is a pink-tinted light beige nude with a matte finish. I imagine it will work as a nice highlighter on lighter, cooler complexions. When I tried to use this, it looked a little chalky. Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Newport Nights #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Brule (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Bisque (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Nude (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Habit (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black #1 (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Morning Dew (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Consistently, all four reformulated versions were better than the original versions, but the difference is minor. They’re better, but not so much better (because they were already rather good) that I’d rush out to replace them. Primarily, the difference is a softer texture that has a little more give, so it almost feels creamy to the touch. The softness can result in a little more powderiness, but it is such a small amount that it is a minor concern. With Walk of Shame, there was more powderiness than with the more shimmery shades–if you’re familiar with the softer matte textures, it’s as much as expected.

I tested the wear, specifically, of these shades: Chase, Last Call, Shattered, and Loaded. None of the shades I did in recent testing (in actually comparing the formulas) had Urban Decay’s famous (or, perhaps, infamous) micro-glitter, so I’m not yet ready to do a full review on that finish. The original launch date for this was supposed to be a week out yet, which was when I was going to do the bulk of my testing, so I’m really sorry for having to scramble a bit!  With a primer, I didn’t have any wear issues, and I didn’t have wear issues with the originals previously.  Without a primer, these did seem to adhere better to bare skin than the original formula, and after eight hours of wear, there was only minor fading (it wasn’t particularly noticeable except at a very close distance).

I’ll be testing additional shades in the next few weeks and will keep you informed on how the wear goes with those!  These particular shades are some of Urban Decay’s best, so they may represent that end of the spectrum, while other shades more prone to being troublemakers may not do so well in a wear test.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Chase
Chase
Chase
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Last Call
Last Call
Last Call
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Loaded
Loaded
Loaded
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Mushroom
Mushroom
Mushroom
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Rockstar
Rockstar
Rockstar
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Shattered
Shattered
Shattered
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow

shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow
shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow

shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow

shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.049 oz.) is a warm, reddish-toned medium-dark brown with a golden shimmer-sheen. The “P” stands for pearl finish, which is described as a “silky shimmer of light for luminous radiance.” It’s very similar to Urban Decay Snakebite, which is a touch darker and less red-toned. Bobbi Brown Chocolate is darker, less orange. Make Up For Ever #15 is darker. MAC Buckwheat is redder, less warm. MAC Bronze is similar but a little more golden. MAC Tempting has a stronger golden sheen.

The color coverage is great, with rich pigmentation. The texture is very, very soft–almost too soft–so it has a slightly more powdery feel as a result. It applies so opaquely onto the lid, though, and the powderiness didn’t seem to lead to fall out when I was testing it out in practice. The softness enables effortless blending, too. It’s a basic brown–certainly dupeable–but lovely to use and extremely flattering on warmer skin tones. When worn over a primer, it lasts for eight hours without creasing or fading (which is quite a feat!), and I didn’t have any issues at ten hours when used over a primer.

What is pictured is an eyeshadow refill, and refills are $15 a pop, while the compacts that contain them (from shu uemura) range from $8.00 for a single, $9.00 for a duo, and $14.00 for a quad. They’re similar to other pan eyeshadows, so you could fit these into other custom palettes (like Z-palettes and the like) as well. I have a shu palette, and the shades slide into the compact, which I haven’t seen before, and I did like it. It was lightweight, slim, and held the products inside easily. I did not take the palette into account for packaging score here – the packaging with this is so minimal, there’s nothing to complain about per se. These are designed to be put into a palette, so obviously this would not be practical to keep on its own. It does come with a plastic exterior case, which is good enough to hold it until you do have a palette.

shu uemura P Dark Brown (861) Eyeshadow

A
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Burberry Tulip Pink Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Tulip Pink Lipstick
Burberry Tulip Pink Lipstick

Burberry Tulip Pink Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium rosy beige-pink. It’s a little mauve, pink, and beige all rolled into one interesting color. Bobbi Brown Miami Coral is more orange, warmer. Chanel Candeur is much lighter, paler. Clarins Lilac Pink is a bit more lilac. Estee Lauder Night Bloom is similar but sheerer. It’s a flattering neutral pink that doesn’t lean too warm or too cool. It should complement a range of skin tones and complexions. You could wear it for work or paired with a more dramatic eye.

Tulip Pink has opaque color coverage, and though this formula often has a more luminous finish, this particular shade has a creamier look and feel with a natural shine but to a lesser degree compared to other shades (like recently reviewed Primrose Hill Pink). It’s still moisturizing, and while the consistency is a touch thicker, it doesn’t feel heavy and still sits on the lips well. This shade wore for three and a half hours.

Burberry Lip Cover Tulip Pink
Tulip Pink
Tulip Pink
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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