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Monday, April 14th, 2014

Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Geraldine (77) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “luminous pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, bluish undertones and a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly and made lips smoother and plumper than they actually were (which is where Rouge Gs shine). The color wore well for five and a half hours, and it was nicely hydrating while worn. This is a new and permanent shade now available from the brand. Estee Lauder Infamous (P, $30.00) is brighter, less glossy. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is slightly more fuchsia. YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) (P, $34.00) is darker. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is less glossy. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is purpler. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Geneva (48) Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “blood orange.” It’s a coral-orange with warm undertones and a slightly muted quality to it; the color is still vibrant, but it’s not neon. The finish is glossy and luminous, which makes lips look healthier than they do bare. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for almost six hours, and it was extremely hydrating while worn and after it wore away. This is a new and permanent shade now available from the brand. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, slightly lighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is a bit brighter. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is less glossy, pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is similar. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is slightly darker, less glossy. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, April 14th, 2014

MAC Playland Collection
MAC Playland Collection

MAC Playland Collection pops up online on April 10th April 15th (MAC corporate confirmed as of 4/10 8:26AM PST) and hits stores and counters on April 17th. The emphasis of this collection is likely going to be on the lipsticks, I think, given the finish, brightness, and opacity of the six. I’ll be picking up the two shades of Casual Color I don’t have, and as soon as I receive and test, you’ll see reviews for those as well.  The Chromagraphic Pencil formula is excellent, but it’s long been part of the permanent Pro range and has been released previously in a consumer launch as well, so while lovely, they are repromotes, which is the same case for three of the four Pigments.  The Lipglasses were a miss for me–almost all had problems applying evenly.

Nordstrom has Playland available online now (4/14 at 8:54AM PST).

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Monday, April 14th, 2014

MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Eggplant Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains pink and silver eyeshadows with a plum eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” The eyeliner shade was poor, oh so sad, with its incredibly sheer color payoff and dry, stiff texture–it was so challenging to even get a smidgen of color to show up. I had better luck with the eyeshadows, but they weren’t great; still on the powdery side with varying pigmentation. The wear, though, has been rather consistent, as this one clocked in at eight hours before there was noticeable fading.

Eggplant Blend #1 is described as a “soft light pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was very sheer, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-sheer. It was somewhat powdery when it was dry. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is very similar but more metallic. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #29 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Eggplant Blend #2 is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a dark, subtly cool-toned burgundy purple with a satin finish and a hint of gold shimmer. Using this shade was an exercise in frustration–it didn’t matter whether it was wet or dry, it was sheer and had the most stubborn, difficult-to-use texture. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but I just couldn’t get it to perform. bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Pinkluxe #5 (P) is similar. MAC Deceit (LE, $21.00) is also similar. L’Oreal Smoldering Plum (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (P, $25.50) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #79 (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Eggplant Blend #3 is described as a “dirty silver-grey.” It’s a light-medium, lightly warmed-up gray with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff when applied dry, which was just slightly smoother and more pigmented when applied damp. Ulta Silver (P, $10.00) is lighter. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is more sparkly. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is a cream product. MAC Extra Silver (LE, $19.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, April 14th, 2014


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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact
Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye & Cheek Compact ($95.00 for 0.47 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette just in time for summer that includes three eyeshadows, one bronzer, and one blush. It’s housed in a white lacquered square compact (the same size as Tom Ford’s bronzer, which is, for all intents in purposes, quite large). The sparkly eyeshadow and the warmer taupe shade are reminiscent of the She Wolf Eyeshadow Trio; they’re not one-for-one dupes, but if you have She Wolf, you may feel this is redundant, depending on how important the undertone is (She Wolf runs cooler-toned, these run warm). The deep blue is interesting, and there’s no doubt that it’s pigmented–seems even more pigmented in practice, not just swatched–but it’s a shade that I can see people loving or leaving. I give props to Tom Ford for actually putting out such a bold blue and not reducing it to sheer nothingness (a la Dior). The quality is good, overall, but I think the texture and quality of Tom Ford’s individual blushes is better and more luxurious.

Believe it or not, but this palette has sold out almost everywhere online in the U.S. Nordstrom is the only U.S. retailer that has it listed, and it’s backordered presently. Selfridges also has it for those outside of the U.S. (it might also be available for shipping to U.S., but international shipping is pretty high). It’s a lot of money to plunk down on a single item, though technically, it has more product than an eyeshadow trio has ($60.00/0.16 oz.) and a single blush ($56.00/0.28 oz.) combined.

Unabashed Eyeshadow #1 is a sparkling, golden beige with warm undertones and a glittery finish. It almost feels wet in the pan, and it’s one of those rare sparkly finishes that doesn’t seem to have fall out all day long. There is some minor fall out, but it’s not noticeable unless you really go looking for it. Divergent Choose (LE) is less warm-toned. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. MAC Phresh Out #3 (LE) is pinker. Too Faced Moon on Their Wings (LE, $16.00) is more golden. MAC Warming Heart (LE, $21.00) is slightly more peach. MAC Hey (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 is a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned taupe brown with a matte finish. The texture was impossibly soft and finely-milled; really felt more like a loose powder with just how silky it was. It had good color payoff, but because it was so soft, it was a little powdery. On the lid, it was very easy to blend and work with and lasted for nine hours. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) and Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) are both cream products. bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE) is cooler-toned.Kat Von D Renholder (P) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unabashed Eyeshadow #3 is a deep, dark cobalt blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It’s mostly opaque, and it is rather rich applied to the lid, but it seems a little brighter in the pan then applied on the lid. The texture was soft, silky, and blendable, but there’s a little powderiness due to the overall softness. This color wore like iron, though, and it did stain the skin. NARS Outremer (P, $24.00) is similar. Illamasqua Sadist (P) is lighter. Inglot #388 (P, $6.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unabashed Bronzer is a gold-shimmered, peachy-brown with a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. It emphasized pores slightly when applied, and if applied more sheerly, then I didn’t notice any emphasis so it may depend on how you wear it. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is more orange. Too Faced Spice (LE) is browner. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more frosted. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is browner, more frosted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unabashed Blush is a light-medium, coral-pink with a golden sheen. It’s just bright enough to add a pop of color, but it’s not neon. The texture was blendable when applied, and it felt soft and finely-milled. It had good pigmentation, but it wasn’t as pigmented as Tom Ford’s individual blushes typically are. The color wore well for eight and a half hours. MAC Petal Power (LE, $25.00) is similar. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is lighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is darker, less pink. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (LE, $30.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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