Monday, November 3rd, 2014

bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette
bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette

bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette ($39.00 for 0.63 oz.) contains six eyeshadows, one highlighter, and three blushes in a fold-up palette. Each eyeshadow is 0.04 oz., while the Luminizer is 0.09 oz. and each blush is 0.10 oz. It’s a nice palette for someone who’s looking for a range of warm-toned neutrals in a variety of finishes paired with blush. There are a lot of neutral-themed palettes out there now, so this might not be a must-have, but at least this one is high quality and the added pairing of blushes makes it slightly different. If you’re a regular Ready fan, you may find this contains too many shades you already have as there are a few from previous holiday sets and/or permanent range.

Celebrate is a light, yellow beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency. It wore well for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fortune is a softened, light-medium warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture. The color wore well for ten hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shazam is a peach, muted by beige, with a frosted finish and warm undertones. The texture was a little powdery, though it had good color payoff. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

A-Ha is a warm, golden bronze with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, buttery consistency that went on fairly smoothly. It stayed on for nine and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pumped is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a soft, golden sparkle. It had great pigmentation, while the texture was soft and silky. It didn’t start to fade until after nine and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Foreshadow is a taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, silky consistency that blended well on the skin. It lasted for nine and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Premiere is a gold-shimmered, peach-beige with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that could be easily blended out for a lighter look or applied for a very glowing finish. It wore well for eight hours on me (and the formula only claims eight-hour wear). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Close Call is a rosy, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Natural High is a gold-shimmered, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–but it didn’t seem as pigmented as the standalone version I have–with a soft, smooth texture. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Indecent Proposal is a muted, plummy pink with a satin finish. It had decent color payoff but was a little powdery–the texture wasn’t as silky or as blendable as the other three shades. This blush wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes ($42.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm, smoky taupe with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. This shade is a real chameleon, though, because it will just as readily look like a bronze as it will a cooler-toned, almost purplish-taupe. I think it’s going to look a little different from person to person, depending on the lighting and what you pair it with, as a result (more so than most shades). This shade was released previously, and it’s back again for a limited time. It’s very pigmented–a little goes a long way–and the texture is a wet, mousse-cream, so it applies really well as it goes on evenly. It’s not the type of texture I’d expect to stay on well, but on me, it lasts eight hours before creasing slightly. Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is lighter, more golden. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is darker. MAC Mortal #5 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Trusted Instinct #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. LORAC Mocha (P) is similar. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Ulta Taupe (P, $10.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Spice Cream Color for Eyes ($42.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm, golden bronze with red undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had rich, full color coverage using very little product (use less than you think you’d need), and it blends easily on the skin. The color lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is lighter.Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is yellower. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is more golden. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is more golden. NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is browner. MAC Coil (LE, $21.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Axiom (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Spice

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Top Coat ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a clear top coat with gold leaf. It’s certainly fun and festive, but it requires fishing and some maneuvering to get the gold flakes to appear just-so on the nails. The cap on the Diorific polishes makes this a little more difficult, but the degree of difficulty will depend on how large your fingers are. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Mirror (022) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a pale, white gold with warm undertones and a very fine, metallic shimmer. Alone, it has a more pearly, white gold effect. I tried it layered over Shock (a warm red), and it made the pearl look more orange. It’s semi-sheer average two coats and has a moderately shiny dry down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Gold Equinoxe (241) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark gold with hints of brown and fine, gold metallic shimmer. It didn’t apply evenly, and it was only semi-opaque. The consistency of this was thin, and it seemed to dry as I was applying, even though it isn’t a foil finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Shock (762) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium red with subtle, warm undertones (almost neutral, I’d say) and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it dried down to a glossy finish without need for a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and this was the best-performing shade out of the five. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Smoky (990) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark, blackened purple berry with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque, but it was somewhat streaky (which was a surprise!), possibly due to the more watery formula. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, October 27th, 2014

Chanel Poesie (234) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow
Chanel Poesie (234) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

Chanel Poesie (234) Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a limited edition palette that features a mix of bronze, beige, pink, and taupe. It sold out at most retailers quickly, but Macy’s continues to have it in stock. The colors work well to create a warm, smoky eye with hints if pink and plum in it. The palette performed well overall, and the formula was consistent with the other quads in the range.

Poesie #1 is a medium bronzy brown with warm undertones and a slightly metallic finish. It had nice color payoff that went on very smoothly and evenly. The texture was soft and finely-milled, which made blending effortless. On me, it wore well for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Poesie #2 is a light, yellowed beige with a soft, frosted finish. It has incredibly fine shimmer, but there’s enough of a sheen that it’s not a satin or pearl finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to use. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Poesie #3 is a pale, pink-lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly. The powder had a soft, finely-milled feel to it that seemed just a little drier compared to the other shades in the quad. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Poesie #4 is a rich, deep taupewith subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The sheen is so prominent that it almost looks wet when applied. It had good pigmentation, and the powder felt soft, finely-milled, and silky on the skin. The color stayed on well for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Poesie (234)

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

NYX Earl Grey Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Earl Grey Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium cornflower blue–a purplish-blue–with a luminous finish. The formula was creamy with a lot of slip, but for a lighter shade, it ended up applying better than anticipated, though it was still somewhat streaky. It had mostly opaque color coverage (but if it was a drier formula, I think it would have yielded better pigmentation). On me, the color wore well for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Butch (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Violet Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium purple with warm, pinky-red undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff, while the formula still felt very creamy and slippery, it applied pretty well with even color. It wore well for almost six hours, and it leaves behind a fuchsia-ish stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is darker, more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is a smidgen darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Lavender Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium lavender with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which went on a bit streakily and had a tendency to settle into lip lines as it wore on. It wasn’t moisturizing, but it was drying either. The color wore well for four hours on me. Kat Von D Coven (P, $21.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow
D716 Crystalline Papaya (inner lid), I520 Pinky Sand (middle of lid), I838 Slate Pink (outer lid),
I834 Grape (crease), Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a sparkling, golden beige with a frosted sheen. It’s really dazzling in person–when I swatched it, I could see why it had been out of stock for so long!–and is great for brightening the inner corner. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very smooth and felt more like a cream-powder hybrid. The color itself wore well for almost ten hours, and there was slight (but surprisingly little) fall out over time. See comparison swatches/ view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and blended beautifully. The color lasted well for nearly ten hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I838 Slate Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dusty, medium-dark pink-mauve with a soft, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, while the powder’s texture was soft to the touch, easy to apply and blend out, and went on smoothly. The color didn’t show any signs of fading until after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I834 Grape Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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I838 Slate Pink

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