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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Chanel Misia (418) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Misia (418) Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Misia (418) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “copper orange.” It’s a softened, medium orange with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage where there was visible color, but there was a translucent quality to it that would allow the natural lip color to come through. The texture was lightweight with some slip, and it glided on without tugging and distributed even coverage. It lasted for four hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is brighter. NARS Jane (P, $32.00) is more opaque, browner. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is redder. Sephora Collection Samba (LE, $12.50) is lighter, brighter. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception (308) (LE, $36.00) is darker. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is yellower. Marc Jacobs Beauty All the Way (122) (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Booyah (LE, $18.00) is darker, more matte. Chanel Sari d’Eau (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Marie (430) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “intense red pink.” It’s a brightened, medium rosy pink with soft white shimmer and a light frosted finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with some translucency, so the natural lip color will come through and may alter the way this looks, depending on what your lip color is naturally. The texture had some slip, which made it easy to apply, but it didn’t slide around too much. It lasted for four hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. Maybelline Coral Burst (740) (P, $7.49) is lighter, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, pinker. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is pinker, less shimmery. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is more muted, less shimmery. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose (P, $30.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, pinker. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is pinker. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Grenade (LE, $51.00) is pinker. Burberry Rose Pink (307) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Arthur (440) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “luminous red.” It’s medium-dark, orange-red with warm undertones and a subtle shimmer and luminous finish. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, though there is still that translucent quality so it isn’t fully opaque. The texture has more slip than thickness. It was lightly hydrating and lasted for four and a half hours on me. This is the type of color that is incredibly dupable; there are so many near dupes that just vary by glossiness in the finish or being slightly more orange or redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Giorgio Armani Beauty (Loreal USA)

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad
Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad

Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring that features four shades ranging from olive green, peach, light yellow, and brown. A few of Guerlain’s quads I like, but a lot of them are less impressive. There’s definitely something different about the formula in the more recent iterations that is drier and more powdery, which has, in turn, made them sheerer, harder to apply, and shorter-wearing.

Les Precieux #1 is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft texture–it felt a little dry to me–that blended easily, so it tended to look sheerer when actually applied (without a base to help it). It wore well for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #2 is a light, frosty pink-peach with warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a drier texture, though it didn’t feel stiff, but it just didn’t adhere well to the skin. It lasted for six hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #3 is a buttery light yellow gold with a frosted finish with white sparkle. The texture was somewhat dry with a powderiness to it. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it didn’t stick to bare skin well. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #4 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly with a really rich, buttery texture. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

NARS Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Adoration Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is one of six duos that will be available on March 4th. The lighter shade was best applied dry, as damp application resulted in such a metallic finish that it was more like a flashing, neon sign that said, “Hey, my skin isn’t perfect! I have pores! And texture!” The darker shade ended up becoming much, much more pigmented when applied damp, but it become too shimmery, and it lasted longer that way. It was easier to apply, blend, and control applied dry, though, and coverage was buildable so greater intensity was achievable with two or three passes. Wear time is fairly good regardless of application method, but I get slightly longer results with a damp application. The texture is firm, but smooth, and it doesn’t feel dry or stiff, but it seems to have a firmer press overall.

The formula is supposed to have a “weightless, luxurious texture” that can be used wet or dry. The wet application is supposed to give a “translucent wash of color,” while dry application yields “a natural glow that warms the complexion.” If you’ve tried MAC Extra Dimension Blush and MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish, the formulas are similar. Estee Lauder, Lancome, and Laura Mercier have all done cheek products with a similar wet/dry kind of formula.

Nearly across the board, there was either negligible color payoff difference between wet and dry applications, but when there was a difference, it was typically much more pigmented. The shades tended to apply with a more metallic/shimmery finish when applied with a dampened brush and emphasized pores. The fact that it was more pigmented applied damp may be great news for some, but it is the opposite of how the formula was described (which is how I rate products), so you will see that have a negative impact on the ratings. It is interesting that it was described as a wash when applied wet, as this is the opposite of the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow formula.

With the new blush formula, NARS also added a Wet/Dry Blush Brush to their assortment of brushes. I’m trying to give the brush more chances, but I had great difficulty using it with their formula, particularly wet, where it tended to lift the product and leave the results looking patchy, even over bare skin. With enough effort and a very, barely-there touch and some fingertip blending, I could manage fairly even color over bare skin. However, it was impossible to use over a liquid foundation, as it moved and lifted the foundation in places. I far preferred using MAC’s 159 stippling brush, which worked well for both wet and dry applications. Ultra-soft brushes by Chikuhodo and SUQQU didn’t pick-up product well with this formula. Some of the deeper shades do work with those feathery, ultra-soft brushes.

Adoration (Left) is described as a “sparkling baby pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and white shimmer and slightly larger silver-white sparkle. The texture was firm but smooth with semi-opaque color coverage dry and mostly opaque coverage damp. It had more of a frosted finish when it was applied dry, and it very slightly emphasized pores but for the most impart imparted a high-shine sheen and lasted for seven and a half hours. When I applied it damp, it was much more metallic and emphasized every pore and imperfection, but it wore well for eight and a half hours. The effect can be luminous without being emphasized by patting translucent or flesh-colored powder over it. MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC For Your Amusement (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $11.99) is warmer. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Adoration (Right) is described as a “shimmering hot pink.” It’s a medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and buildable, with a more satin-like finish that gave the skin a lovely glow that didn’t draw attention to pores, and it lasted for eight hours on me. Applied damp, it was intensely pigmented with nearly opaque coverage from the get-go, and you’ll want to apply the smallest amount and build-up, or else you’ll have a lot of work ahead of you. The dampened application intensifies the sheen, but it doesn’t turn metallic, so it still gives a glow without emphasizing the texture of the skin, and applied this way, the blush lasted for nine hours. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is similar. YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte (01) (P, $40.00) is less shimmery. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is more muted. Chanel Affinite (65) (P, $38.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is cooler-toned. NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatchesview dupes.

P.S. — I am testing the wet and dry application for each shade, so one duo is the equivalent of testing four blushes, and while I will work diligently through the six, I may not get be able to test all of them before the official release date (it really depends on how long each shade wears and whether I can test more than one shade per cheek per day!)–just as a heads up.

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

I’ve always loved the idea of more darker, slightly muted versions of your typical spring colors! While Laura Mercier’s take was disappointing, it inspired me to take a look through shades that exist that might satisfy that craving for subdued pastels and shades of spring. I narrowed down my list to a mere five, but if you wanted to see how many I started with, check out the many I considered here.

  1. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash — a muted, pink-purple with a satin finish
  2. Makeup Geek Duchess — a muted, cool-toned purple
  3. Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar — a lightly brightened blue-teal
  4. Make Up For Ever M240 Prussian Blue — a dusty, navy blue
  5. MAC Typographic — a sooty gray

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