Dior Fusion, Temptation, Gravity Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadows

Dior Fusion (764) Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow

Dior Fusion (764) Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.06 oz.) is a light-medium rosy pink with warm undertones and warmer gold sparkle. It had good pigmentation applied dry (though I also tried it damp, where it was smoother in appearance) and a glittery, but fairly smooth, texture that applied well to bare skin. For as much sparkle is in it, there was only a little bit of fall out after eight hours of wear. I had noticeable creasing after seven hours of wear. MAC Rose (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). YSL Paris #4 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Golden Rose (60M) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Clinique Pink and Plenty (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Wildfire (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Recharged (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). City Color Ladylike (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Temptation (184) Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warmer, pink undertones and a glittery, sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a drier, dustier texture that didn’t adhere as well to bare skin, and it was one of the weaker shades in the new formula. I would recommend using an adhesive base with this one to help amplify the color, but you could try it damp (I haven’t had anything happen to the surface of mine from using them damp). This shade wore well for seven hours before it creased a bit, though I had very little fallout. MAC Butterfly Party (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Highly Charged (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Grape (LE, $32.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Delinquent (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Lunacy (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Satellite Dreams (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm Surfari (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Prune (P) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hello Kitty Happy (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Gravity (094) Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.06 oz.) is a deep, smoky purple with cooler shimmer and warmer undertones. It looked more like a deep gray in the pan, but it ended up swatching more purple, so that was interesting! Though I’m not rating it on damp usage (it doesn’t say it is a wet/dry formula), I did notice it was much smoother and more pigmented damp than dry with the dry application being mostly opaque and more noticeably glittery. On the lid, it was a little challenging to blend out the shade without it looking a bit patchy and uneven, so I would recommend using a primer with this one (and an adhesive base would be even better). The color started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear with minimal fallout. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #12 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow ($29.50 for 0.06 oz.) is supposed to be a metallic, shiny, pigmented powder eyeshadow that will mimic a “wet lid.” The texture was smooth, but I could feel the texture of the glitter and sparkle, as several shades are full of glittery bits. The good news was that the texture is also denser and creamier, which enabled the sparkles and glitters to bind better with the base. I noticed the sparkles would separate from the base when I would diffuse and blend out the edges, but the flecks tended to move rather than fall off the eye. The formula varied from semi-opaque to totally opaque. The eyeshadows wore six to seven hours on me before they started to crease, but I had very minimal fall out over time, though. I didn’t see any mention of using these wet, but I had no issues using it wet as well as dry, for reference (wet application was not considered for purposes of rating the products).

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Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Fusion (764)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
87%
Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Temptation (184)
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
80%
Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Gravity (094)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
83%

Chanel Rosewood (350) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rosewood (350) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Rosewood (350) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple (P, $24.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage” with a “silky texture” that adds “radiance to the cheeks.” The texture was silky and finely-milled, but it was also a little dusty and prone to sheering out. The pigmentation started off semi-sheer and was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, so it is buildable, but if you want really dramatic coverage, you might find it lacking. When I applied it to bare cheeks, I found the formula fairly blendable, but it did require some extra maneuvering and blending to really even out the coverage. The color wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Chanel Joues Contraste Rosewood (350)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%

Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Week September 10th through 17th (2016)

Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Week

Sephora’s Beauty Insider Appreciation Event starts today! šŸ™‚ VIB Rouges will receive 4x points; VIBs will receive 3x points; and BIs will receive 2x points on all purchases made between September 10th and September 17th, 2016.

VIB Rouges can get an 8-piece sample bag with code MYSURPRISE on $35+ purchases, while supplies last.

Fine Print:

Qualified VIB Rouge will earn quadruple points, VIBs will earn triple points and Beauty Insiders will earn double points on merchandise purchases made Saturday, September 10, 2016 through Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT. Bonus points will be automatically credited to your BI Accounts the same day of purchase. Points not earned on sales tax, shipping, Sephora gift cards, eGift cards and prior purchases. Not valid on previous purchases or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. Sephora and SiJCP employees are not eligible for offers. This offer is subject to change, alternation or termination by Sephora in its discretion at any time.

Here are the new items for holiday that launched today (most are currently exclusive to VIB Rouges):

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Bite Beauty Lotus Multistick

Bite Beauty Lotus Multistick

Bite Beauty Lotus Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted (95% similar). Makeup Geek Valentine (P, $10.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Heartless (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Lovesick (P, $20.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Tarte Dollface (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Pink (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Personal Pick (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Inspiration (64) (DC, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (LE) is brighter (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Lust for Blush (P, $7.99) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pow (600) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. The multi-tasking cream product had a lightly creamy, velvety texture that glided on easily but had more of a light-medium consistency and weight to it, so it felt denser than a really slick or emollient cream blush and had more substance to it than the average lipstick formula. Lotus performed the best as a cheek color, then as a lip color, and lastly as an eye product (unusable without primer and setting powder, though).

On cheeks, I applied by patting on the color with my fingertips and using a synthetic brush to blend out the color, which worked well to diffuse and spread out the color along my cheek area. The blush wasn’t transfer-proof, but I didn’t have any issues with it migrating or moving around, so I was able to enjoy the soft sheen without any mess! It wore well for nine hours on my normal-to-dry skin.

As a lip product, it had nearly opaque coverage when applied directly from the tube, but it will have sheerer, more buildable coverage if applied in a dabbing motion, with a lip brush, or using fingertips. It was comfortable on the lips over the four and a half hours it lasted, but it wasn’t the most flattering on, as it pulled into lip lines slightly from the get-go, which worsened over time. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating while worn.

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Bite Beauty Multistick Lotus
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
6
Application
5
Total
84%
I’m much more critical of products, and I really have little tolerance for truly disappointing products. I am more willing to try different brands, products, and colors, I think, because being plugged into the community really gives one insight into just how vast it is! On a more negative note, I trust online reviews (not just influencer reviews but ones on retailers’ websites) a lot less, which is something I’ve experienced across types of reviews, not just beauty.
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Becca Bronzed Amber Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Bronzed Amber Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Bronzed Amber Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with warm, golden shimmer. L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Kitten (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

This shade is supposed to be a combination between the brand’s Opal highlighter and Wild Honey blush, and it is exclusive to Becca’s website. The texture was soft, lightly dusty but blendable and didn’t look powdery on the skin. I was actually surprised by the resulting finish, as it was luminous without being metallic–this is the least shimmery highlighter I’ve seen from Becca. It’s very hard to overdo, which made it more forgiving, while a lot of their range is so intense that a light hand is necessary! The texture wasn’t as smooth or as cream-like as the permanent shades, though, but I don’t think it looks dry or powdery on the skin, which is where it counts the most. It had good pigmentation that was buildable from semi-opaque to opaque. On me, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Bronzed Amber
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
84%