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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) falls short in two areas: not the 10-hour wear time claimed (more like four to six hours) nor “ultra-hydrating” as marketed. I’m always curious about the process a brand goes through before attaching such a specific claim and how they arrived at such a claim. If a lipstick lasted ten hours and was intensely hydrating, it would surely be a top notch formula, as that’s really the holy grail: long-wearing lip color that’s not just comfortable but moisturizing and improves the health of your lips as you wear it. You typically get really long-wear paired with a more drying/non-hydrating formula or a superbly hydrating formula with more middling wear. For the most part, the shades I tried were nicely pigmented, creamy enough to glide on easily, and were mostly non-drying (a few were drying over time). The formula has a sweet, floral scent but no discernible taste.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette
Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette

Viseart Dark Matte (04) Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a mix of darker, more satin to matte shades that range from brown to blue to plum. There were a few eyeshadows that were just average, while there were a few that were exceptionally lovely to work with. The eyeshadows that I had trouble with were workable, even on bare skin, and typically the less pigmented shades were buildable in practice. I was still a little disappointed to see issues in the palette, though, at this price point. The palette can be used to create looks using just the contents, but it does work better when paired with Viseart’s other palettes to bring in more light and mid-tone shades (which is how the palette system is designed to be used).

Dark Matte #1 is a lightly brightened, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was rich, while the texture was silky and extremely easily blended out on the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Uninterrupted (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (P, $21.00) is lighter. bareMinerals Yes Please (P, ) is cooler. MAC Terre (Right) (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Clove (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Truffled (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is lighter, more muted. Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is lighter. LORAC Undeniable (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (P, ) is lighter. Hourglass Infinity #4 (P, ) is less shimmery. MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Givenchy Delicate #2 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Mumu (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #2 is a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a drier, powdery consistency that gave it a more faded appearance. It started to show signs of actual fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Stila Being (P, ) is warmer. Tarte Eiffel for You (LE, ) is darker. LORAC Brown (LE, ) is lighter. Urban Decay Dare (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is warmer. MAC Aromatic (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. LORAC Unedited (P, ) is darker. Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #7 (LE, ) is lighter. Too Faced Cashmere Bunny (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Big Spender (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #3 is a muted, medium-dark red-toned brown with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that ran a little powdery but didn’t look that way applied. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Brown Script (P, $16.00) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is cooler. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE, ) is darker, cooler. Viseart Dark Matte #4 (P, ) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Hot Tamale (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Colour Pop Mittens (P, $5.00) is darker. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Naiade (P, ) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #4 is a muted, medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque coverage that applied with smooth, even color and blended beautifully on the skin. It showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. MAC Exposed (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE, ) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is lighter. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is more shimmery. MAC Amorous Alloy (P, $20.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Chutney (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is cooler. Buxom Filthy Rich (P, $12.00) is lighter. Zoeva Freshly Toasted (P, ) is darker. Viseart Dark Matte #3 (P, ) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #5 is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, red undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture felt a little soft and dry, so it had some powderiness to it, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply or blend on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Deep Damson (P, $16.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Quadrille #1 (LE, ) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is darker, cooler. MAC Sketch (P, $16.00) is darker, more muted. Viseart Dark Matte #6 (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #6 is a muted, medium-dark eggplant purple with subtle, warmer reddish tones and a semi-matte finish. The texture on this shade was a little firmer and drier, which showed in its application (fussy and harder to blend) and color payoff (semi-opaque). It lasted for eight and a half hours, though. bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is darker, brighter. MAC Palace Pedigreed (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery. MAC Hyperviolet (LE, $18.00) is darker. Kat Von D Fur Elise (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Charming (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Tarina Tarantino Deep Dahlia (LE, ) is darker. Kat Von D Hybrid Moments (P, ) is cooler. Tarte Plums Up (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Fabulous Three #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Chanel Pulsion (112) (P, $29.50) is darker, more muted. Sleek MakeUP Stallion (LE, $9.99) is darker. Colour Pop Doe-a-Deer (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler. Tarte Boudoir Noir (LE, ) is darker. Hourglass Exposure #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #7 is a brightened, light-medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly as the texture was silky and blendable. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Vulgar (P, ) is brighter. MAC Rule (P, $16.00) is darker. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker. Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is brighter. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Chickadee (P, $5.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #8 is a brightened, medium-dark orange with hints of rusty red and a satin finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a silky, smooth, and blendable texture. The color lasted for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P, ) is darker. Buxom It Crowd (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Mandala (LE, ) is darker, brighter. Viseart Brique (P, ) is more muted. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hot Paprika (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #9 is a muted, medium-dark purple with strong blue tones and a mostly matte finish. It had a silky texture that ran a little powdery, so it was prone to sheering out on the skin. On me, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Giorgio Armani #02 (P, $32.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is better quality. MAC Indigo Blend #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey #3 (P, $2.29) is lighter. bareMinerals Maven (LE, ) is darker. Laura Mercier Deep Night (P, $23.00) is more muted, cooler. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #2 (LE, $2.29) is lighter. MAC Naval (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Kamchatka (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Graphology (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Indian Ink (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Exotic Purple (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #4 (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Le Cordon Bleu (LE, ) is brighter. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #10 is a deepened, muted navy blue with a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented with a slightly firmer consistency, but luckily, this just made it apply more intensely while still maintaining its blendability on the skin. It lasted for ten hours and left a slight stain behind, so you might want to use a primer with this one to avoid that. bareMinerals Lagoon (LE, $14.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker. Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Make Up For Ever S226 Abyssal Blue (P, $21.00) is warmer. Too Faced De La Mer (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter. MAC Prussian (P, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #332 (P, $6.00) is lighter. Inglot #389 (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #11 is a muted, medium-dark cool-toned green with a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was fairly buildable on the skin, and it blended without too much trouble, but it was on the powdery side. It started to fade after nine hours of wear. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Green Room (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter. bareMinerals Velvet Emerald (LE, $14.00) is lighter. MAC Bottle Green (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Dark Matte #12 is a slightly muted, medium-dark olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a semi-matte finish (there’s a slight sheen). It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily and wore well for nine hours. Makeup Geek High Tea (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Marsh (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Clarins Forest #1 (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

L'Oreal Ice Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator
L’Oreal Ice Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator

L’Oreal Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is supposed to be a highlight powder that can be used all-over or on the high planes of the face, and there are three shades. Each shade is divided into four colors, though you’ll end up using at least two together unless you use a very, very small brush. I didn’t feel like it mattered a whole lot whether you mixed evenly or leaned towards one side or the other. The texture of these feels soft and smooth in the pan, but it’s a drier powder where the shimmer separates from the powder to a degree, which makes the shimmer emphasize the skin’s natural texture even more than it already does do to the high shimmer and micro-sparkle amount. It read more like a glittery highlighter on the skin than a luminous sheen. I can’t imagine using this all-over as a highlighter unless you were going for a very over-the-top, disco-ball effect, but I don’t think that’s going to work for most. The wear was eight hours across the board, but the sparkle and shimmer travel all over–I had sparkle on my neck and around my nose, so by the end of the day, all of me was effectively highlighted. On my skin tone, there isn’t a big difference between Ice and Rose; on very fair or cooler-toned skin, you might pick up more of a difference applied. What’s funny about this particular highlighter is I think it looks ten times better in photos than in does in person, so maybe if you aren’t actually going out and just need to take a photo, these might do the trick! I’m very disappointed, because the powder seemed promising just touching the powder itself, and there aren’t nearly enough budget-friendly highlighter options on the market.

L’Oreal Ice Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a brightened, pink-tinged white with warmer gold shimmer and pink sparkle. It was intensely pigmented and very frosted on the skin with visible specks of sparkle/micro-glitter that emphasized pores and the skin’s natural texture (it made my cheeks look dry and textured). It wore for eight hours, but I had glittery bits all over my face and neck by the end of the day. The powder itself feels really smooth in the compact but can be powdery. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Golden Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a brightened, orange-based gold with a frosted sheen and lighter gold sparkle. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft feel to the powder’s surface but was quite powdery once you worked with it. Again, the sparkly bits tended to lift from the base color and get everywhere. The powder itself lasted for eight hours, and this was the only one with visible color on my medium skin tone. The sparkly, metallic finish emphasized pores and gave my cheeks a drier look. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Rose Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen with visible sparkle/micro-glitter. The texture was soft, smooth, and only a little powdery, but as soon as you start to blend it out, the shimmer and sparkle separate from the powder. This shade had the least visible sparkle compared to the other two. It’s actually a product best applied wet or with fingertips, I think. The highlighter emphasized the skin’s texture and made it look worse for the wear as pores looked enormous! On me, the effect lasted for eight hours but the sparkle migrated all over the face. MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00)

BECCA collaborated with YouTube beauty celebrity and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill to create a new limited-edition shade of their number one bestselling luminizer powder. Featuring her dream shade, Champagne Pop—a soft white, gold shade with pinky peach undertones—this creamy luminizer leaves the skin with a soft pearlized glow. It’s infused with light-reflecting pearls that beautifully catch the light, allowing your favorite features to pop. Just apply to targeted areas, or simply sweep it up on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose for quick, radiant perfection.

  • Champagne Pop Soft white gold with pinky peach undertones

Availability: July 2nd at 9AM PST/Noon EST at Sephora

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