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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle
Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle

Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle ($24.00) (New, Permanent)

BECCA Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé is a double dose of pigment and shimmer. This lightweight, marbled gloss melts beautifully into the lips. The satiny-soft texture drenches lips in hydrating color, while brown algae extract smooths and softens for sophisticated shine that lasts for hours.

  • Papaya/Topaz
  • Fig/Topaz
  • Watermelon/Opal
  • Guava/Opal
  • Lychee/Topaz
  • Raspberry/Opal

Availability: Now at Sephora and ULTA

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow
YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow

YSL Taupe Drop (03) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a subtly warm-toned, purpled taupe with a hint of brown and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and it didn’t seem too watery whenever I tried getting color off of the applicator (because the formula has been finicky, I did ten pulls and swatches to check for consistency). This shade applied more smoothly, and I think it is because the finish is smoother–more pearled/stronger sheen–than frosted or sparkling, so it didn’t thicken on the lid. I still think application is best with a separate brush, as the doe foot really doesn’t provide control or precision at all (contrary to what they may market it as). It lasted for ten hours (out of the 16 claimed), which is good wear in the grander scheme of things but does fall short based on the description. Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani Shadow (07) (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Kat Von D Darkstar (LE) is darker, powder. Colour Pop Meow (P, $5.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Sasso (P, $37.00) is lighter, powder. Giorgio Armani Organica (Left) (LE) is darker, cooler-toned, powder. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, powder. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, powder. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. bareMinerals Pewter (LE, $14.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is darker, powder. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is warmer, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is purpler, warmer, powder. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $19.50) is darker, powder. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is darker, powder. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Aquatic Copper (07) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned bronze brown with copper and gold sparkle. It had a more frosted, textured finish, and it was watery yet dried down to a more uneven, flaky finish that was difficult to blend without lifting parts of the actual color (you can see how it blending in the crease caused it to lift in the photos below). It was consistently watery more often than not, and I highly recommend using a brush to apply, as it will soak up some of the excess water before it hits your eyelid, which will give you better color payoff and more even application. I had large chunks of the product flaking off within six hours of wear; I was beyond disappointed in this one. Tarte Pretty (LE) is darker, powder. Too Faced Frosting (P, $16.00) is a powder. Colour Pop On the Rocks (P, $5.00) is less sparkly. Burberry Gold #2 (LE) is powder. Tarte Bronze Cuff (LE) is less sparkly, powder. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less sparkly, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less sparkly. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is lighter, powder. Tarte Keepsake Frame (LE) is ligher, powder. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is powder. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is powder. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

YSL Dewy Gold (08) Full Metal Shadow ($30.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold with a sparkling, metallic sheen. This shade was very watery, and it never seemed to have much of a base color. I tried to layer and build up the color, but it was always on the semi-sheer side. I didn’t have flaking issues, at least, though it was creased within eight and a half hours of wear. MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE) is darker, powder. LORAC Unlimited (P) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Magic Act (P, $9.99) is a powder. Colour Pop Get Lucky (P, $5.00) is darker. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is a powder. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is a powder. Stila Vitality (P) is darker, powder. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is a powder. Ulta Gold (P, $10.00) is darker, powder. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is less yellow, powder. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is a powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Urban Decay Summer 2015
Urban Decay Summer 2015

The new eyeshadows, blushes, and lipglosses are now available at Sephora! :) I know a lot of readers were anxious for the launch, so I thought I’d pass along the update! Last day for VIB/VIB Rouges to save 15% off with codes VIBLOVE/ROUGELOVE. (You could say I just made my eighth order……)

REVIEWS: Eyeshadows | Afterglow Blushes | Revolution High-Color Lipglosses
SWATCHES:  Eyeshadows | Afterglow Blushes | Revolution High-Color Lipglosses

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette for Summer 2015
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette for Summer 2015

MAKE UP FOR EVER introduces 2 collectible new Artist Palettes, each featuring 9 complimentary shades of its iconic Artist Shadow gel-powder formula. Artist Palette Vol. 1—Nudes You Need delivers a selection of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s most universally flattering neutrals, while Artist Palette Vol. 2—Colors You Crave offers nine colorful Artist Shadows to achieve more vibrant looks.

Electric Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

These are existing shades, and you can see swatches here.

  • I-872 Pearly Pink
  • ME-910 Electric Magenta
  • S-924 Purple
  • D-552 Crystalline Gray Beige
  • ME-232 Turquoise Blue
  • ME-302 Peacock
  • ME-512 Golden Beige
  • ME-700 Amber
  • ME-930 Black Purple

Nude Artist Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

These are existing shades, and you can see swatches here.

  • I-528 Pearl
  • S-556 Taupe Gray
  • S-102 Onyx
  • I-514 Pink Ivory
  • D-562 Taupe Platinum
  • I-544 Pink Granite
  • ME-512 Golden Beige
  • ME-644 Iced Brown
  • D-652 Celestial Earth

Availability: Now at Sephora

P.S. — According to Sephora, each shade is 0.06 oz., which means the palette contains 0.54 oz. worth of Artist Shadows. Full-sized Artist Shadows contain 0.08 oz. and retail for $21 each (individually). The palette’s value is then $141.75. And don’t forget! VIB/VIB Rouges can get 15% off still (4/21) with code ROUGELOVE/VIBLOVE! :)

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer
Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer ($26.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a peachy champagne with warm undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less peach. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is a powder. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighte,r powder. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is darker, powder. Benefit Watt’s Up! (P, $30.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s supposed to be a liquid highlighter (“concentrated radiance liquid for the face”) that can be used alone or mixed with a base product (moisturizer, foundation, etc.). The texture is lightweight, thin without being watery, easily spread on the skin or mixed in with other liquids and creams. The effect is very comparable to the wand version, in terms of color, and the delivery mechanism is really the major difference, though I think the liquid is a bit less frosted overall. It gives a luminous, lightly dewy finish once it dries down that doesn’t emphasize pores and lasts for seven and a half hours on me.

You’ll get the most quantity of product through the liquid version, but I think it is most suited towards those who expect to use it mixed with their base products, as it is difficult to dispense just the amount needed for more targeted highlighting (like the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s bow)–I get a big dollop that’s more than needed for even mixing in. You can almost get 3/4 of a dollop if you’re careful when dispensing, but I couldn’t get a manageable amount out for using this to highlight specific areas, unfortunately. You can twist off the pump entirely, which may work better if you want to do more specific areas rather than all-over.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Surratt A La Mode Automatique Lip Crayon
Surratt A La Mode Automatique Lip Crayon

Surratt Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “high-pigment lip crayon with a lightweight, non-drying matte finish.” It is also described as “moisturizing” and “nourishing.” It might as well be a jumbo-sized lip liner, and despite it looking thicker, it actually contains as much as your typical, lip pencil (0.04 oz.). You don’t need to sharpen this one, as it simply twists up. It’s so dry, painful to use as it pulls and drags at the lips, and feels uncomfortable to wear for however long it wears. The major upsides are that wear time runs long and doesn’t feather or bleed, but if you’re someone who cannot do clingy, dry, and drying lip products, I don’t know that will be much comfort to you. There was no scent or taste to the formula. I found these uncomfortable, bordering on painful, to wear, and I don’t consider myself to have dry lips, yet these made my lips look worse and feel worse. Just as a heads up, the amount contained in this seems a little below average than most jumbo lip pencils.

Surratt A La Mode Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright coral.” It’s a brightened, coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a drier, stiff consistency that tugs on the lips a lot, so it can be hard to get really smooth color without having to go over the same area a few times. It lasted for six hours and faded from the center of the mouth first. Anastasia Sweet Talker (P, $20.00) is more matte. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Dynamo (P, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Celestine Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a very dry, stiff texture that made it difficult to apply, as it dragged and pulled at the lips a lot. It lasted for five hours on me, and it was drying over time, as well as in generally being uncomfortable to wear due to how clingy it was. Flower Beauty Petal Kiss (P, $6.98) is pinker. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Half-Red (P) is darker. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is very similar. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Shocking Automatique Lip Crayon ($34.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “audacious pink.” It’s a medium-dark, warm pink-red with an ultra-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but the formula is dry and stiff that it does drag, so it can be a challenge to get the color to deposit on the lips well. It wore for six and a half hours, and it was painfully drying–not just dry-feeling–over time. MAC Victoriana (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC La Vie En Rouge (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is very similar. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is slightly brighter. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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