Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette ($58.00 for 0.44 oz.) includes four, miniature-sized versions of the permanent Face Illuminators. It’s pretty neat, as they have the same swirled, raised design, but everything is on a smaller scale. For someone who likes different highlighter shades (or highlighting blushes/bronzers) and would use two or three of them, it’s handy to have and would be good for traveling. Since the individual Illuminators are pricey, this is a good way to try them all for less than the cost of two full-sized shades. I think that the palette versions are fairly comparable to the permanent versions I have, though there are a few differences that I noticed. I don’t think that those differences really impact the overall look of the products applied, but they are there. This formula (and thus palette) is most suitable for someone who likes moderate highlights and some sparkle but not over-the-top metallic highlighters.

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula is typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that can get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but doesn’t emphasize my pores. The texture is smooth and blendable, but there is a bit of dryness to it that seems common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tends to last around eight hours.

Indiscretion is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a soft, golden sheen. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, lightly dry texture that was dry to the touch but did appear dry or dusty applied to the skin. The sheen became more refined as I buffed and worked the product on my skin, and while the full-size version seemed to be more likely to emphasize my pores a bit, this one didn’t. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00)(100% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Hush (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Moodlight (Candlelight) (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Addiction is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage, and it was easy to blend on the skin. The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, and it didn’t emphasize my pores when applied. The color lasted for almost eight hours on me. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (LE, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $46.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Yellow Topaz (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia So Hollywood (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Collection (Holiday 2016) Fall In Love
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
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Bite Beauty Holiday 2016 Launches

Bite Beauty Holiday 2016 Launches
Bite Beauty Holiday 2016 Launches


More launches from Bite Beauty for the holidays!

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The Details

Best Bite Redux | $25.00 | Limited Edition

This set has a rich assortment of shades, including two luscious reds, one poppy pink, and a deep berry. Matte Crème Lip Crayons help protect and seal in moisture while providing a water-resistant layer on the surface of the lips. These long wearing, creamy crayons impart rich, wearable color while delivering a delicious burst of citrus scent upon application.

  • 4 x 0.03 oz/ 0.91 mL Deluxe Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Truffle, Red Velvet, Orchid, Fraise

Discovery Set | $39.00 | Limited Edition

This giftable collection features everything you need to create the perfect holiday lip. The Deluxe Agave Lip Mask keeps lips soft and hydrated, and the Deluxe Line and Define Primer smooths lips and keeps colors on longer. The Amuse Bouche Lipstick is the perfect neutral while the Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Leche provides a bold, matte, lip that is long lasting and hydrating.

  • 0.15 oz/ 4.43 mL Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot
  • 0.18 oz/ 5.32 mL Deluxe Agave Lip Mask
  • 0.05 oz/ 1.47 mL Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Leche
  • 0.03 oz/ 0.88 mL Deluxe Line & Define Primer


Amuse Bouche Lipstick | $26.00 | Limited Edition

  • Mistletoe Red (Limited Edition)

Matte Creme Lip Crayon | $24.00 | Limited Edition

  • Cava Deep beige

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Refills Available Now

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Redesigned in a sleek hard-shell case, the Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette features magnetic removable pans so you can refill and customize your dream contour palette.

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The Details

Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette | $49.00 | New, Permanent

Redesigned in a sleek hard-shell case, the Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette features magnetic removable pans so you can refill and customize your dream contour palette. As an expert artist, Kat Von D uses shadow and light to create depth and dimension in her sketches and portraits. She applied the same principles of contrast and gradients to create the bestselling Shade + Light Contour Palette.

Shade + Light Face Contour Palette Refill | $14.00 | New, Permanent

The same all-matte tones from the original Shade+Light Face Contour Palette are now available individually, so you can customize your dream palette and replace your favorite shades. Magnetic pans make it easy to pop out the old shades and insert the new ones.

  • Lucid Pinkish nude
  • Lyric Yellow beige
  • Levitation Soft peach

Shade + Light Face Contour Palette Refill | $16.00 | New, Permanent

  • Shadowplay Soft brown
  • Sombre True taupe
  • Subconscious Deep brown

MAC Mulling Spices, Fireworks, Habanero Liptensity Lipsticks

MAC Miptensity Lipstick

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, medium-dark red with strong, cool, pink undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, but it covered incredibly evenly and smoothly, so I could barely tell (my lip freckle was the only indication it wasn’t opaque). The consistency was soft, lightly balm-like as it melted against the lips, though it is noticeably firm initially. The formula sat well on my lips, didn’t emphsaize lip lines, and made them appear fuller while lasting for a good six and a half hours. It left behind a stain and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Guerlain Samsara (P, $37.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Leonardo (P, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty #009 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Vega (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Just a Bite (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Life's Blood (LE, $21.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC MAC Red (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Vivien (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Garconne (P, $55.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Fireworks Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange with warm,r ed undertones and a lightly glossy, creamy finish. It had good color payoff, though it was not fully opaque, that covered somewhat evenly. The major issue I had with this shade was that the color gathered in lip lines noticeably, and it was more prone to visiblyl streaking to my eye. It was comfortable to wear and lasted for six hours on me. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is brighter, glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Holly (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Cardinal (LE, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay No-Tell Motel (P, $17.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Guerlain Gala (P, $55.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Retro Red (P, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly brighter, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage, but the texture remained a little draggy when applying, so it did not look as even and as opaque in a few places. The texture is a bit thicker, but it did not feel heavy and was fairly comfortable to wear. I was able to wear this one for six and a half hours, but it started to feel drying after four hours. Bobbi Brown Flame (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is brighter (95% similar). Guerlain Gilda (P, $55.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mimosa (LE, $24.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to have “intense amounts of pigment” with a gel-like texture that melts on lips that leaves behind a satin finish and wears for “eight hours.” It’s supposed to be “comfortable” to wear, but there are no claims about hydration–and overall, they were non-drying. The majority of the range varied from semi-opaque to fully opaque in one stroke, while the texture had some body and thickness to it but was not heavy. The consistency feels firmer in the tube, but it became softer and more pliable as it warmed up against the lips. This was also true about how the color settled and looked on the lips–it tended to fill up lip lines without emphasizing them as much after thirty seconds of wear. The formula didn”t have a lot of slip, and it was actually lightly tacky, which helped it stay in place better. The wear ranged from four to eight hours with lighter shades typically wearing shorter than deeper and more intense shades. The finish was anywhere from satin to natural with noticeable sheen, sometimes glossiness, but it often wore to a satin to semi-matte finish after a few hours. The formula has MAC’s typical vanilla scent but had no discernible taste.

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MAC Liptensity Lipstick Mulling Spices
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
92%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Fireworks
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
MAC Liptensity Lipstick Habanero
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
86%

Dior Splendor Collection for Holiday 2016

Dior Splendor Collection for Holiday 2016
Dior Splendor Collection for Holiday 2016


The new holiday color collection from Dior is called Splendor.

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The Details

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette | $63.00 | Limited Edition

The legendary palette bears the sequin motif inspired by the work of the Haute Couture ateliers. The texture blends into the lids and sculpts the eyes with pearly light and dense ultra-pigmented shadow. A texture that deposits an ultra-pigmented veil with no powdery effect.

  • Smoky Sequins (066)
  • Precious Embroidery (776)

Diorific Lips | $38.00 | Limited Edition

Diorific is housed in a gold Dior collector case, the jewel of the collection. A unique formula in rich shades with a luminous, long-lasting matte finish and perfectly shaped and defined lips to create a captivating, sophisticated look. Apply in a swath of dense magnetic colour, or in touches at the center of the lips.

  • Golden (006)

Diorific Matte Lipstick | $38.00 | Limited Edition

In a limited edition, Diorific reinvents the purest expression of the powdery matte finish for the first time in a fine film that glides on with incredible comfort. An easy-wearing matte whose secret lies in its unique use of an exceptionally soft and velvety micronized silicon powder. The “powdery” silicon smoothes colour with no streaking while striking a subtle balance between hold and comfort. Unlike traditional matte makeup, this formula continuously moisturizes lips without drying them. Finer, sheerer and less opaque, Diorific Matte radiates colour with a subtle velvety finish. From an easy rosewood to the iconic red, along with the flashiest and trendiest corals and pinks, this utterly modern and elegant matte lipstick truly makes a statement and can be worn on any lips.

  • Charm (440)
  • Ravissement (560)
  • Fascination (880)
  • Splendor (950)

Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow | $31.00 | Limited Edition

A weightless texture that blends into the skin and dresses the eye in velvety colour. In a single step, it creates an even and intense matte finish for a professional makeup effect.

  • Infinity (751)

Diorific Vernis | $28.00 | Limited Edition

  • Nova (Top Coat)
  • Golden (328)
  • Splendor (850)
  • Cosmic (899)

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Chanel Super Nude & Super Coral Rouge Allure Glosses

Chanel Super Nude (137) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Super Nude (137) Rouge Allure Gloss ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, peachy-coral with warm undertones and very fine gold pearl. It had almost opaque color coverage, which applied smoothly without streaking, but some of the color welled up into my lip lines, though it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The consistency was thin but spreadable, lightweight, and just a touch tacky after a half hour of wear but never heavy or truly sticky. It wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. Divergent Natural Virtue (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Vida Loca (LE, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Chic Supremacy (LE, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pleasure First (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Dainty (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fashion Whim (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Mystery (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Lingerie (11) (P, $48.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Tres Leches (P, $5.99) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Divergent Supreme Ritual (LE) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Super Coral (157) Rouge Allure Gloss ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a slightly bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It was semi-opaque with even coverage, but the slightly thinner consistency made it less smoothing and plumping on so some of the color emphasized lip lines. The formula was hydrating over the five hours it lasted on my lips. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Maui (P) is lighter, brighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Tattoo My Heart (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Tropiques (379) (P, $35.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is brighter (90% similar). Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Never Say Never (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (DC, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to have the “colour intensity of a lipstick” with the “shine of a lipgloss” paired with hydrating, “long-wearing coverage.” It’s a solid gloss formula for someone who likes semi-opaque to opaque coverage and doesn’t mind a bit of tackiness (I find it develops within an hour or so of wear, but it is never heavy or super sticky). I tend to get wear between four and six hours, and the formula is hydrating and comfortable over time.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Super Nude (137)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Super Coral (157)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
88%