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Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Yesterday, I shared my favorite cool-toned purple eyeshadows, so I wanted to feature my favorite warm-toned purples, too! I’d love to hear your favorites.

  1. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry — a shimmery, frosted medium purple
  2. Sugarpill Hysteric — an ultra-shimmery warm violet
  3. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister — a warm, medium purple
  4. NARS Phoebe — a shimmering, plummy purple
  5. Makeup Geek Drama Queen — a deepened, warm-toned purple burgundy

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

OCC Unknown Pleasures Collection
OCC Unknown Pleasures Collection

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ fall collection, Unknown Pleasures has a good mix of more unique, non-traditional lip colors paired with a few interesting takes on more traditional lip colors that still manage to be more unique than not.  It’s always fun to see matching nail polishes with the lip colors, in case Lip Tars aren’t your thing.  Overall, I really liked the collection, though I didn’t care for the thinner, runnier consistency of Vain and Pagan Lip Tars, but the collection gave us Technopagan Lip Tar, which is a knock-your-socks-off kind of a color.

Sephora was supposed to launch it earlier this week, but no sign of it yet, but it is available at Beautylish and occmakeup.com.  

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner
Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner ($45.00 for 3 x 0.002 oz.) is described as an “ultra black.” It’s a dark black with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. There are plenty of similar-hued black eyeliners on the market. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be waterproof, long-wearing, transfer-free, and pigmented. The consistency is creamy without being too wet, but it glides on smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lash line or skin. It is very thin, so you can get really precise lining out of it, which can be nice for tight-lining. It was semi-opaque in a single line, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two layers. I had a lot of trouble with wear, though. I applied it to my lower lash line, and after wearing it on seven different occasions, every time it smeared and smudged after six hours. I honestly thought maybe it was my mascara, but I had the same issue over and over again. I think what it excels at most is really precision–it is so much thinner than other eyeliners I have, so you can really get between lashes for a lusher, thicker lash line if desired. It just doesn’t last very well on me at all, and rather than just fading/thinning into oblivion, it transfers (it goes from my lower lash line to my inner tear duct area) and smudges, which can ruin a makeup look. On my hand, it is resistant to pure water, but with enough fussing, it will budge.

I appreciated that Hourglass was upfront about how many uses each pencil contains, though I’m curious as to what constitutes a single use (lower lash line, upper lash line, or both? both eyes?). Each pencil contains 0.002 oz., and most twist-up pencil eyeliners are 0.01 oz., so this is a teeny, tiny amount. Most gel eyeliners (in pots) are 0.10 oz. or larger. They’re sold in a three-pack for $45 or individually for $16 (at Sephora/Hourglass’ website only for singles). Anyone track how many uses they normally get out of a twist-up pencil? I might just go draw twenty lines with mine to see if it empties the container. You know, in the name of science.

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

OCC Lament Lip Tar
OCC Lament Lip Tar

OCC Lament Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral rose beige.” It’s a light-medium, muted orange–not quite peach, not quite true orange, and it’s not as bright as you might expected. Melt Cosmetics Summer! (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Enchanted One (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is more muted, more beige. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is pinker. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is yellower. MAC Nearly Nude (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency was thin but not watery, easy to spread but didn’t feather or bleed along the edge of the natural lip line, and it felt like most Lip Tars do (and I only note this since two of the six fall shades were a little runny). It had excellent color payoff that yielded full color coverage with little product, and the color itself stayed on well for almost six hours before starting to break down. It was neither drying nor hydrating on me, and it didn’t feel clingy, so it was pretty comfortable to wear.

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Purple eyeshadow may be a harder color for brands to excel at, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t beautiful, readily available ones available! Here are five of my current favorite cool-toned purple eyeshadows… Share yours in the comments! :)

  1. Urban Decay Flash — a brightened, medium purple
  2. Inglot #439 — a rich, violet purple
  3. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted purple
  4. Fyrinnae Because Cats — a frosted, bluish-purple
  5. L’Oreal Purple Priority — a deep, frosted purple

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<