Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows that range from warm beige to bluish-teal to cranberry to taupe. This is one of the better Anastasia palettes I’ve come across, as the eyeshadows were more consistent in texture and payoff–they weren’t as dry as past palettes I’ve tried from the brand. All except one shade wore well for eight hours, and there was really only shade that was a bit of a let-down (but not a total miss).

Fresh is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s somewhat powdery, but it had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blush is a golden champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was a smidgen dry, but it was soft, blendable, and had good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Venezia is a subtly, gold-shimmered bluish-teal with a faded quality and a frosted finish. It was prone to fading, and it was a more powdery, drier textured eyeshadow. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilded is a bronze-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen dry. As a heads up, this really seemed just like Topaz with a new name. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom is a taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the consistency was fairly soft, though a little dry feeling. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sangria is a vbirant, berry-plum with warm, copper-orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, buttery-smooth consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bengal is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was somewhat powdery. This also seemed like Caramel, just renamed. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but it was a little dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

China Rose is an orange-coral (just a hint of pink/red in it) with a golden, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was on the dusty side. (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Noir is a deep, matte black. It had good color payoff, but it was harder to blend. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Fresh

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Blush

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Friday, October 31st, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, limited edition holiday palette that runs very cool-toned. It’s always nice to see a more cool-toned palette, since they’re not as common as you might think (and most, like this one, are limited edition). Overall, it’s a nice palette with cooler, smokier shades that run from deep gray to soft white. Two shades had slightly drier textures, but most shades had good color payoff, long-wear, and were blendable on the skin.

The Parisienne #1 is described as a “deep blue-gray pearl.” It’s a dark, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that was easily blended on the skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #2 is described as a “metallic royal blue.” It’s a medium-dark, navy blue with a frosted sheen. The texture was a little dry, which made the color payoff seem less intense and not as easily blended on the lid. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #3 is described as a “pale blue pearl with silver shimmer.” It’s a brightened, light-medium silver with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and went on fairly smoothly with a soft, blendable texture. The color stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #4 is described as a “cool matte beige.” It’s a muted, cool-toned, light-medium beige with a hint of gray and a satin finish. It had fantasty color payoff with a really soft, silky texture that was easy to apply and blend out on the lid. It was a tiny bit powdery. The shade wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #5 is described as a “matte vanilla creme.” It’s a cool-toned, muted white with a soft, satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that went on evenly. The color lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #6 is described as a “bronze espresso sheen.” It’s a dark brown with cool undertones and khaki-bronze shimmer with a frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, though the texture was a smidgen dry–not stiff, though. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Parisienne #7 is described as a “matte burgundy with iridescent glitter.” It’s a cool-toned, burgundy with a matte finish and pink micro-glitter on top. The glitter doesn’t stick to the skin or bind with the eyeshadow, so you’d need a slightly tacky base to get the glittery effect to be visible. The color is actually more pigmented than it seems, as it is a little powdery and tends to dust away, but a little goes a long way–so take care if you wear over primer. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner
Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner

Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a twist-up, mechanical eyeliner available in four shades (I have two to review). The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “waterproof” with “exceptional colour release.” There’s a built-in sharpener as well. The two I tried were fairly pigmented in one stroke, and they’re just creamy enough not to be painful to use, but it’s not a formula I’d describe as soft or creamy. There’s a firmness to the pencil overall, but it isn’t dry or stiff.

Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two passes. The pencil applied without tugging, and it started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. It appeared to be waterproof–I took a shower with it on and didn’t find it running or smearing afterwards.
Urban Decay Lush (P, $20.00) is darker. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is very similar. Sephora Collection Diving in Malaysia (18) (P, $9.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is similar. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Photogravure (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. MAC Stubborn Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Coffee (P, $16.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Burberry Pale Grape No. 04 Effortless Kohl Eyeliner ($29.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a blackened plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke but was better with two layers. The consistency is just creamy enough not to drag, and the color holds onto the lash line well. I was able to get eight and a half hours of wear out of the shade, and it seemed to be waterproof (I took a shower with it on, and it didn’t smear or run). Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals 5PM (P, $15.00) is less purple. Bobbi Brown Black Plum (P, $24.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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Chestnut Brown No. 02

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Dior Gold Rain (164) Addict Gloss
Dior Gold Rain (164) Addict Gloss

Dior Gold Rain (164) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a sheer, white gold with light-medium gold shimmer and sparkle. It lasts for two and a half hours, though the lightweight, non-sticky, creamy consistency meant it was very comfortable and nicely hydrating during that time. The formula is supposed to be a sheerer, lightweight, hydrating, and high-shine gloss, and Dior delivers–it’s a matter of whether sheer is your thing (or not). MAC Pussywillow (LE, $15.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Rose (LE, $24.00) is less golden. Guerlain Gold Tchlack (P, $30.00) has a clearer base. Dior Lame Gold (LE, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Pink Excess (663) Addict Gloss ($29.50 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with pink and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but this one had more impact applied than Gold Rain, as it did noticeable tint the lips and add sparkle. It wasn’t quite as glossy, though. It lasted for three hours on me and was very hydrating over time. Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is more orange. Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is more pigmented. Josie Maran Timeless Coral (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is pinker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more pigmented, finer shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, October 27th, 2014

NYX Coconut Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Coconut Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bright, cool-toned white with a creamy, satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but due to the really creamy, slippery consistency, it didn’t go on as evenly as one would want. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and wasn’t drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Iced (P, $18.00) is very shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Black Sesame = Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned gray with a creamy, satin finish. This shade was opaque, and it applied very well with even, smooth color. The texture of the lipstick was still creamy and emollient, but it didn’t prove to make application problematic. The color wore well for five hours on me and wasn’t drying nor hydrating. I don’t have any dupes for this one!

NYX Chambord Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, dark black with neutral undertones and a glossy sheen. Despite having a high slip, very creamy texture, it applied fairly well. There was enough pigmentation that what little unevenness there was managed to to recede into the background for the most part. This shade lasted for six hours when I tested it and wasn’t drying nor hydrating. If you prefer a matte finish, you could lightly dust a matte black eyeshadow on top or translucent powder. Kat Von D Slayer (P, $21.00) is more matte, sheerer, lighter. MAC Hautecore (LE, $16.00) is very similar in color. Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is the same in color. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, October 27th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug Cheek to Chic Blusher ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is brighter, less golden. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, less golden. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is less golden. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is warmer. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is darker, less golden. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is less golden, cooler-toned. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is less golden. MAC Star Wonder (LE, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I think what makes this different from your standard gold-shimmered pink blushes is that the pink is rather cool-toned, which may make it more flattering on those with cooler complexions who have tried the warmer options and found them lacking. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery. The color applied evenly to the skin and blended out well without trouble. The finish is more frosted, so there was slight emphasis of pores, which is the one downside to this shade. You could tamp down some of that sheen by lightly applying a setting or finishing powder over it. On me, Love is the Drug lasted for eight hours before fading.

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Love is the Drug

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