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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

NYX Prismatic Shadow
NYX Prismatic Shadow

NYX Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is a “fully pigmented” powder eyeshadow formula designed to have a “brilliant metallic” finish and is available in twelve shades. This post covers six of the twelve, with the other six to be reviewed shortly. Overall, the formula had good color payoff ranging from semi-opaque to opaque with soft, blendable textures that could get a little powdery and had a fair amount of fall out during application, while the wear was typically between seven and eight hours (no primer). I don’t think they’re truly metallic, but they have a good sheen but with more noticeable sparkle/shimmer, so I think they tended to look more frosted than truly metallic. Worth noting, I had originally purchased all twelve from Ulta online, and about half of them arrived broken. I ended up returning those and then purchasing directly from NYX, and only one (Tin) was broken. The formula seems particularly fragile as they are softly pressed into the compacts, so they crumble easily.

NYX Bedroom Eyes Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep brown metallic.” It’s a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was incredibly soft and almost crumbly, so it can be a little powdery to work with. It had good color coverage and blended easily on the skin. The wear came in at eight hours before fading. MAC Twinks (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker. Chanel Charming #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE, ) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE, ) is darker. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Mortal #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Cuir Cannage #4 (P, ) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery. Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is lighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Fireball Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “rusty orange with red opalescence.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that blended really easily on the skin. There was slight dryness/powderiness to it in the pan, but it didn’t look that way applied. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Brash (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Coppering (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Star Myth (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Gingersnap (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE, ) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Leila (416) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Red Alert (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $5.99) is lighter, cooler. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Girl Talk Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “opalescent pink.” It’s a light, pink-tinged peach with hints of beige and warmer undertones paired with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture that was less powdery compared to other shades in the range. It applied well and stayed in place for eight hours. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Jest (P, $16.00) is warmer. LORAC Champagne (P, ) is less shimmery. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. LORAC Beige (P, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I524 Pinky Beige (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is darker, warmer. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS Valhalla (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer. MAC Bouffant (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #2 (LE, ) is darker, more muted. Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Golden Peach Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a lightly brightened, light-medium coral with warm, pink-red undertones and golden frost. It had very nearly opaque coverage with a lightly powdery, but fairly blendable, texture that sat well on the lid. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Freelove (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Mortal #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Colour Pop Shark Attack (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Anastasia China Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer. Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Liquid Gold Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep copper gold.” It’s a rich, brightened copper with warm, orange undertones and a lighter, golden metallic sheen. The eyeshadow as intensely pigmented with a really smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t powdery at all. It wore for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tarte Candlelit Dinner (LE, ) is cooler. Make Up For Ever ME728 Copper Red (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Caramel (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Too Faced Bon Bon #2 (P, $16.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Butterum (LE, ) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Toasted Nut (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. LORAC Unleashed (P, ) is more shimmery. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Punk Heart Prismatic Shadow ($6.00 for 0.043 oz.) is described as a “deep plum with purple shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a drier, powdery texture that was blendable and adhered well to the skin for the most part, but it was a bit messy to work with and faded after seven hours of wear. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Rare Find (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Remix (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Sensuous (P, $5.99) is darker, warmer. NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Diapason (92) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Love Letter (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Plum Grand (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #2 (P, ) is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Sleek Makeup Antique Blush
Sleek Makeup Antique Blush

Sleek Makeup Antique Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is a subdued, plummy brown with soft, warm undertones and silver micro-glitter over a more satiny finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores. The micro-glitter isn’t too detectable unless you’re looking up-close in a mirror, and a lot of it seems to disappear between the pan, brush, and face. On me, this shade lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Earthshine (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Crazed Imagination (LE, $21.00) is darker. Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sleek Makeup Rose Gold Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is a warm, medium pink base color with a mega-ton of frosted, gold shimmer. The pigmentation was rich with a very soft, buttery texture that was so soft that it was almost crumbly if you weren’t careful. I had better luck applying in sheerer layers. The higher shimmer content in the finish did emphasize pores to a moderate degree when applied. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Glisten (P, $26.00) is warmer. bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is lower quality, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: Sleek Makeup Blush ($6.99 for 0.27 oz.) is supposed to be “ultra long lasting” and “highly pigmented.” My experience with their blush formula has been true to both; they’re intensely pigmented and a little goes a long way. The powder’s texture is soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin. The finish varies from shade to shade, so some are more luminous while others can be very frosted and metallic. On my normal-to-dry skin, they last between eight and nine hours on me.

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

I think the first product I fell in love with from Urban Decay was their eyeliner (though possibly their eyeshadow… it’s been awhile!). Over the last couple of years, they’ve really expanded their range to be more comprehensive again (I feel like they were comprehensive when I first got into makeup but wasn’t following the brand, and then a lot of core products, like blush, were MIA for years). With great difficulty, I managed to narrow down to a top ten, but if you’re curious, here is what I started whittling it down from. What are your favorites from Urban Decay?

  1. Urban Decay Mushroom Eyeshadow
  2. Urban Decay Stash 24/7 Liner
  3. Urban Decay Strip Lipstick
  4. Urban Decay Dive Bar Eyeshadow
  5. Urban Decay Catfight Lipstick
  6. Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow
  7. Urban Decay Bittersweet Blush
  8. Urban Decay Quiver Lipgloss
  9. Urban Decay Loaded Eyeshadow
  10. Urban Decay Rapture Blush

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Estee Lauder Launches for July 2015
Estee Lauder Launches for July 2015

A new perspective. A different angle. Now, Estée Lauder empowers women to transform and define their appearance in a completely new way. Introducing New Dimension, a transformative collection that’s so powerful it will help change women’s perspective on how they see themselves. One breakthrough serum – New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum – and an Expert Liquid Tape along with two custom shaping experts – Shape + Sculpt Face Kit and Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit – help create beautiful contours and a visibly more defined facial shape. Working on every level of skin’s surface, helping to create both visible volume and structure, this new collection finds, flatters and reflects skin’s best features. It’s a multi-faceted transformation, immediately and over time. Needed visible volume is added. Facial contours look more defined. The cheeks and jawline appear more lifted. Revolutionary? Absolutely. New Dimension gives a whole new angle on beauty.

Shape + Sculpt Face Kit ($50.00) (New)

Create an ideal facial framework with New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit. This intuitive contour kit contains two tones that instantly and expertly sculpt the face. Two coordinated cream shades brighten and contour to add depth and dimension. The light tone accents cheekbones, brows and the nose by bringing light to the center of the face. The dark shade slims and sculpts to emphasize the hollows of cheeks and create shadows where desired.

Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit ($40.00) (New)

Bigger, brighter, lifted or more defined – New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit creates an ideal eye shape and appearance. The expertly coordinated trio contour kit plays with shading and finish to create depth and dimension. The universal palette smoothes, contours and highlights with a Smoothing Base, a Contour Shade and a Highlighter Cream. The Smoothing Base preps the lid for the day while the Contour Shade defines the eye depending on desired shape and the Highlighter Cream accentuates and accents the look.

Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Singles ($25.00) (New)

A new generation in eye color, NEW Pure Color Envy Eye Defining Singles is a strikingly edited collection of 20 eyeshadow singles ranging from the softest nudes to the boldest hues. Choose your perfect shades and create a collection of your favorite colors. Available in matte, velvet, luminous and brilliant finishes, the versatile formula ranges from polished mattes to high chromatic shines. Shadows instantly melt onto lids to create a rich veil of creamy, smooth and even color with the weightless silky texture blending to perfection. Skin imperfections are smoothed away and all that is left is a thin layer of pure, unadulterated color that lasts up to six hours when applied dry and up to eight hours of when applied wet. Incredibly versatile, these stunning colors can be used wet or dry. Use dry for a softer, translucent color or wet for extreme color and depth. For a stunningly monochromatic look, wear one color or for a flawlessly contoured eye, layer shades. The talc-free formula allows for any look to be created without it looking chalky or muted. Pure, weightless, non-flaking, crease-resistant color that stays and blends effortlessly.

  • Amber Intrigue
  • Blue Fury
  • Brash Bronze
  • Cheeky Pink
  • Emerald Envy
  • Fearless Petal
  • Flawless
  • Hyper Teal
  • Impulsive Blonde
  • Infamous Orchid
  • Magnetic Rose
  • Naked Gold
  • Nude Dare
  • Ominous
  • Silver Edge
  • Steely Lilac
  • Strong Currant
  • Unrivaled
  • Vain Violet
  • Insolent Ivory

Availability: Now at Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s

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Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Photo Filter Palette
Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Photo Filter Palette

Photo editing software is a huge trend in social media for that picture-perfect, professionally lit look. These palettes were inspired by popular photo filters, putting a fun spin on the technological trend. The Overcast palette contains cool, breezy tones for more smoky looks, while the Sunbleached palette includes soft, light-filled shades. Each features brand-new hues, as well as a few bestselling Colorful shades. The packaging showcases gorgeous artwork and each includes a large mirror.

Sunbleached Filter ($32.00)

  • Walking in the Sand
  • Selfie
  • #tbt
  • Swell
  • Latergram
  • Whitewashed
  • Sandy Toes
  • Desert Rose
  • Swan Song
  • Secret Boudoir

Overcast Filter ($32.00)

  • Sandcastle
  • Flagstone
  • June Gloom
  • Getaway
  • Berlin Underground
  • Rocky
  • Black Lace
  • Cozy Sweater
  • #happydays
  • Smoke Signals

Availability: Now at Sephora

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