Marc Jacobs Willful & Editrix Le Marc Lip Cremes

Marc Jacobs Willful Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick

Marc Jacobs Willful Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant deep orchid.” It’s a bold, bright, medium magenta purple with cool undertones and a satin finish. The coverage was mostly opaque, while the consistency was creamy, comfortable to apply, and had more slip than some past iterations I’ve tried in this formula–to that end, it seemed more prone to settling into the lip lines after four hours of wear. It didn’t make it to the 10-hour wear time claimed, but it lasted for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Doo Wop (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty #007 (LE, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Night Blooming (LE, $19.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Surfer Girl (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Dragonfruit (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Silvia (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Stronger (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (80% similar). Too Faced Melted Violet (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marc Jacobs Editrix Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep oxblood.” It’s a dark, brownish burgundy with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage where there was a slight translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through. This shade also had more slip than past shades I have tried from this formula, which made it more comfortable to wear as it wasn’t drying, but it did slide around more and some color gathered in lip lines as the color wore on. This shade wore for six and a half hours. Too Faced Chocolate Cherries (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Frenemy (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Prim (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Paramour (LE, $5.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty #011 (LE, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Deep Love (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Chestnut (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) claims 10-hour wear with “vivid pigment” and a “rich, velvety” texture that is “ultra-hydrating.” As you might expect, they don’t last ten hours; they last four to six hours with some leaving a stain. The texture is lightweight, creamy, and glides on without dragging or tugging on the lip, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip so it stays in place. The formula isn’t hydrating, and it can be drying, depending on the shade. The lipstick had a sweet, floral scent, but it was very subtle, even when smelled directly from the tube.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Willful (248)
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5.5
Application
5
Total
82%
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Editrix (250)
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
6
Application
6
Total
82%

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadows (Part 1)

L'Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “soft, velvety” in texture with “intense pigments for exquisite color richness” and “lasts all day.” The texture is incredibly soft; to the point where I’m not sure these would travel as well as your average powder eyeshadow. The lighter, more matte shades are very white-based and can look chalky on my skin tone but should work better on fairer skin tones or coupled with a smoothing primer. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented and blendable on the lid with good adhesion without a primer with a few exceptions. Unsurprisingly, neutrals were more consistently higher-performing than the bolder/more colorful shades. I did run into wear issues, as all the shades I tried either faded and/or creased within six hours of wear, so I would recommend a primer with these. Initially, they reminded me of formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow, Kat Von D Metal Crush, etc., but while these have a similar velvety, smooth feel, they are looser once you touch your brush to them.

L’Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a very light, warmer white with a matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied fairly well and blended out with ease, but it made my lids look a bit drier than than they did without eyeshadow. This shade lasted for six hours before fading. Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Linen (P) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC White (P) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P) is more muted (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P) is darker (95% similar). Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (P) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE) is more muted (90% similar). Viseart Ivoire (P) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Liberatus (P) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly soft consistency that was a little powdery on the skin. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Chanel Charming #1 (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Solar (LE) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 5 (LE) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #3 (LE) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Warm Breeze (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flower Child (P) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M534 Oat (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sugarpill Heart-Shaped Cookie (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a smooth, soft, and blendable consistency that applied well and was easy to work with. The only downside was the wear–it started to crease after six hours of wear. Viseart Beaux-Arts (P) is warmer (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #1 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Angelic Cockatiels (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Guerlain Calligraphy #2 (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Amber Lights (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). LORAC Copper (LE) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Paris Beach
B-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
82%
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Little Beige Dress
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow Sunset Seine
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
5
Total
86%
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Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Angelique Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, muted, medium-dark coppery orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Colour Pop Most Necessary (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Guerlain Pause d'Ete (LE, $82.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Peach Nectar (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Butterfly Beach (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $30.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Artistique Blush formula is supposed to have a “naturally glowing finish.” The formula is consistent: the blushes have a very soft, almost cream-like powder texture that blends out effortlessly to a luminous sheen with semi-opaque to opaque coverage (that is easily applied more sheerly or layered for true-to-pan color) and good wear (eight to nine hours). Angelique had good color payoff with a really silky, smooth, and blendable texture that sat well on the skin–it didn’t emphasize pores but still produced a noticeable glow. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

A note on packaging: Surratt’s range comes in lightweight plastic pans, which aren’t ideal for long-term use (particularly if traveling or putting in a makeup bag), as his products are designed to be put into custom palette solutions. Personally, I put magnets on the back of each and keep them in freestyle palettes (like a Z-Palette) as it is more economical.

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Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush Angelique
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%

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Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.80 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows–all “brand new” according to Urban Decay–arranged by character, going down in columns. Visually, it doesn’t seem like an immediately comprehensive palette, but I think you can get a variety of looks out of it afterall, though they will skew warm or otherwise brighter and more colorful. There are a couple of shades that seem more than similar to past shades released by the brand (Duchess is the worst offender). I wish they would have opted for either Looking Glass/Lily/Royal Flush and added a light and more mid-tone beige or taupe shade for transition and highlighting (on different skin tones). The more shimmery shades in the palette were really nice, but the more colorful, more matte shades were dusty and thin and require primer to apply well (personally, I didn’t find UD’s primer sufficient–they needed a stark white base). Worth noting, the colorful mattes have a thinner consistency that makes them less blendable next to the denser shimmers (there’s a disconnect in how they smooth over one another). Dream On really only functions if used with a damp brush or over an adhesive base. The third row is exceptionally good, and I really wish the rest of the palette was that impressive, so it leaves me with a myriad of feelings, because there are some really amazing shades in the palette… and some real misses. The palette will be available at Urban Decay on May 1st and other retailers to follow after that.

Looking Glass is a light pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was very slightly dusty but didn’t have any fall out when applied. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Sweet Lust (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #5 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Chiffon (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Lilac Dream #1 (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Blazing Gold #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior House of Pinks #1 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hatter is a bright, grassy green with subtle, warm undertones and a satin shimmer. It looked more matte applied to the skin than satiny. The texture was soft to the touch but quite dusty and looser overall, which resulted in the color sheering out with something for it to grab onto (like a tacky primer or base). I did not find it sufficient to use Urban Decay’s (Anti-Aging) Primer with it–the color was still faded and somewhat uneven. What color translated to the lid lasted for seven and a half hours. Make Up For Ever S312 Mint Green (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Illamasqua Fledgling (P) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Hajar Karim (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Mad Mad World #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Inglot #384 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lily is a light, iridescent pinky-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a cooler, frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that applied decently to the skin. The color wore for seven hours on me. Sephora Ex-boyfriend (LE) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Pink Pearl (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior Rose Garden #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Pink Frosting (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Whimsical (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Flatline (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Young Venus (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura #1 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I902 Quartz (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Delightful (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Harpooned Heart (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Milani Bella Rose (29) (P, $4.49) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pink Freeze (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette Alice Through the Looking Glass
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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