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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Favorite cool-toned lipstick?
  • Favorite warm-toned blush?
  • Favorite cool-toned eyeliner?
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Maybelline Burgundy Blush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Burgundy Blush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color

Maybelline Burgundy Blush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish burgundy with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on evenly but had a slightly drier consistency compared to most of the range. The texture was lightweight and slightly drying over time, but I only felt the drying quality kick in after four hours of wear, while the color lasted for closer to six in all. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Runner (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Cherry (08) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Studded Kiss (P, $16.00) is lighter. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler. Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer. Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Tulle (P, $6.00) is darker, brighter, warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Nude Nuance ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark brown with hints of warm orange and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade had one of the more matte finishes within the recent additions, and the color wore for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Maybelline Clay Crush (P, $7.99) is lighter. Colour Pop Parker (LE, $5.00) is lighter. Colour Pop Bumble (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy. MAC Persistence (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Whirl (P, $16.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Maybelline Clay Crush ColorSensational Creamy Matte Lip Color ($7.99 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-brown with a semi-matte finish. It had subtler, warmer undertones but it lacks brightness so it ends up appearing less orange-based. The texture was velvety and applied evenly with smooth, mostly opaque color payoff. I had some issues with the color pulling into lip lines after three hours, though it wore for five hours overall. NARS Het Loo (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Oxblood (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy. Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is lighter. Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC Persistence (P, $16.00) is darker. Colour Pop Parker (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: It is supposed to “deliver a burst of bold lip color” with a “creamy texture” and a matte finish. In general, the formula has good color payoff with a velvety, creamy consistency that covers evenly and most shades seem to make lips appear smoother but some shades were prone to pulling into lip lines as the color wore away. The big thing about these is that they have a mostly matte finish and are more comfortable to wear than many matte formulas due to the velvety feel (almost like a silicone primer, but not quite as heavy and not clingy). The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me. It had a sweet, plastic-like scent but no taste.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

ColourPop Vice Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
ColourPop Vice Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick

ColourPop Vice Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a light, pink-tinged peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. This was one of the worst shades in the range, because it applied unevenly. It was extremely challenging to get decent application–the photos in the post are the fourth attempt. Normally, I like to apply color to the top and bottom lip separately, but I had the best success by applying heavily to my bottom lip and then pressing my lips together and quickly finishing the top lip. When I tried to apply a second coat (after waiting fifteen minutes to ensure the first had completely dried down), it looked extremely thick and uneven. This one dries down very, very quickly. The color lasted fairly well for six hours but faded away more quickly from the center of the mouth and left more of a ring of color after four hours, and I hadn’t had anything to eat or drink during that time. It was lightly drying after the fifth hour of wear. Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Riot House (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Sundae Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with lighter violet micro-shimmer over a matte finish. This one was a surprise, as it is the only shade in the range with shimmer–like a matte frost, but the shimmer is very fine. It was mostly opaque, though some of the natural lip comes through, and it applies a little streakily. Luckily, it is such a bright shade that it distracts from any visible streaks. The color lasted for eight and a half hours with minimal, even fading while the shimmer seemed to travel slightly over time. It was slightly drying after six hours and then drying enough to want it off by the eighth hour. Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is less shimmery, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is lighter, glossier. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Lullabye (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, less glossy. Kat Von D Sexer (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, glossier. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, glossier. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, glossier. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is lower quality, less glossy. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is lower quality, less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a long-wearing, pigmented lipstick that starts off glossy and dries down quickly to that super flat matte finish. They have minimal transfer with some of the lighter shades having almost none for the first few hours of wear, but any time you’ve had a meal, they lose that transfer-resistant quality to a noticeable degree. They tend to wear anywhere from six to ten hours with darker shades maintaining better color coverage and wear over a longer period of time. Some shades get a little drying about two-thirds to three-fourths through the wear, while a few shades have been fairly non-drying even many hours into wear. They fade away evenly with most color loss occurring from the center of the lips if eating a more oil-based meal but the majority of color survives a meal. Reapplication has been hit or miss and tends to depend on how well it wore away and how easily the shade applies normally, but reapplication tends to emphasize the lip’s natural texture significantly compared to initial application and gives lips a very wrinkled, dried-up look. I’ve layered gloss on top of some shades with moderate success, though it will obviously lose the matte finish and will transfer and I’ll get tiny flakes where the matte lip color has lifted by mixing with gloss but has been pretty minimal. The formula had no discernible taste or scent. After playing with the packaging, it seemed like 16 of the 25 shades I received were significantly overfilled and had regular overflow of liquid lipstick coming out of them for about 10-15 open-and-closes where I needed to use a makeup removing wipe to clean the rim of the tube prior to closing or else the lipstick would ooze out of the closing. I have not had this issue with any of my other liquid lipsticks (Anastasia, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Make Up For Ever, Stila) personally, though readers reported experiencing similar issues with Anastasia and the previous Kat Von D packaging.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) falls short in two areas: not the 10-hour wear time claimed (more like four to six hours) nor “ultra-hydrating” as marketed. I’m always curious about the process a brand goes through before attaching such a specific claim and how they arrived at such a claim. If a lipstick lasted ten hours and was intensely hydrating, it would surely be a top notch formula, as that’s really the holy grail: long-wearing lip color that’s not just comfortable but moisturizing and improves the health of your lips as you wear it. You typically get really long-wear paired with a more drying/non-hydrating formula or a superbly hydrating formula with more middling wear. For the most part, the shades I tried were nicely pigmented, creamy enough to glide on easily, and were mostly non-drying (a few were drying over time). The formula has a sweet, floral scent but no discernible taste.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a mix of darker, more satin to matte shades that range from brown to blue to plum. There were a few eyeshadows that were just average, while there were a few that were exceptionally lovely to work with. The eyeshadows that I had trouble with were workable, even on bare skin, and typically the less pigmented shades were buildable in practice. I was still a little disappointed to see issues in the palette, though, at this price point. The palette can be used to create looks using just the contents, but it does work better when paired with Viseart’s other palettes to bring in more light and mid-tone shades (which is how the palette system is designed to be used).

Dark Matte #1 is a lightly brightened, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was rich, while the texture was silky and extremely easily blended out on the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Uninterrupted (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Yes Please (P, ) is cooler. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Undeniable (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Infinity #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Delicate #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #2 is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a drier, powdery consistency that gave it a more faded appearance. It started to show signs of actual fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Stila Being (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is darker. Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #3 is a muted, medium-dark red-toned brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that ran a little powdery but didn’t look that way applied. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is cooler. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Hot Tamale (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Colour Pop Mittens (P, $5.00) is darker. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Naiade (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #4 is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque coverage that applied with smooth, even color and blended beautifully on the skin. It showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. MAC Exposed (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE, ) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is lighter. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is cooler. Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is lighter. Zoeva Freshly Toasted (P, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #5 is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, red undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture felt a little soft and dry, so it had some powderiness to it, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply or blend on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler. MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Dark Matte #6 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #6 is a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with subtle, warmer reddish tones and a semi-matte finish. The texture on this shade was a little firmer and drier, which showed in its application (fussy and harder to blend) and color payoff (semi-opaque). It lasted for eight and a half hours, though. bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is darker, brighter. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is darker. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P, ) is cooler. Tarte Plums Up (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fabulous Three #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Pulsion (112) (P, $29.50) is darker, more muted. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is darker. Colour Pop Doe-a-Deer (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler. Tarte Boudoir Noir (LE, ) is darker. Hourglass Exposure #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #7 is a brightened, light-medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly as the texture was silky and blendable. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Vulgar (P, ) is brighter. MAC Rule (P, $16.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is brighter. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Chickadee (P, $5.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #8 is a brightened, medium-dark orange with hints of rusty red and a satin finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a silky, smooth, and blendable texture. The color lasted for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is darker. Buxom It Crowd (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Mandala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Viseart Brique (P, ) is more muted. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hot Paprika (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #9 is a muted, medium-dark purple with strong blue tones and a mostly matte finish. It had a silky texture that ran a little powdery, so it was prone to sheering out on the skin. On me, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Giorgio Armani #02 (P, $32.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is better quality. MAC Indigo Blend #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is lighter. bareMinerals Maven (LE, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted, cooler. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #2 (LE, $2.29) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Kamchatka (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Graphology (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Indian Ink (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Exotic Purple (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #4 (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Le Cordon Bleu (LE, ) is brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #10 is a deepened, muted navy blue with a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented with a slightly firmer consistency, but luckily, this just made it apply more intensely while still maintaining its blendability on the skin. It lasted for ten hours and left a slight stain behind, so you might want to use a primer with this one to avoid that. bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S226 Abyssal Blue (P, $21.00) is warmer. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Prussian (P, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #11 is a muted, medium-dark cool-toned green with a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was fairly buildable on the skin, and it blended without too much trouble, but it was on the powdery side. It started to fade after nine hours of wear. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Green Room (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Velvet Emerald (LE, $14.00) is lighter. MAC Bottle Green (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #12 is a slightly muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a semi-matte finish (there’s a slight sheen). It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily and wore well for nine hours. Makeup Geek High Tea (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Marsh (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Clarins Forest #1 (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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