Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

ColourPop Grind Lippie Stix
ColourPop Grind Lippie Stix

ColourPop Grind Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “vivid blue violet in a matte finish.” It’s a bold, brightened violet purple with magenta tones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightweight consistency that was just creamy enough not to be stiff or drag on the lips, but it doesn’t glide on effortlessly. The color wears like iron–lasting at least as long as six hours–but is a little drying towards the last two hours. I would highly recommend making sure your lips are smooth prior to applying this, as it may catch on imperfections. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is more magenta. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Leather Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened violet in a matte finish.” It’s a deepened, purpled berry with subtle, magenta tones and a satiny sheen. It’s not really matte, and the formula is noticeably more emollient than shades like Grind, which have more of a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it wasn’t opaque and will let the natural lip color come through. It could have applied more evenly, but at least it lasted for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Liam (LE, $32.00) is lighter, pinker. NYX Betrayal (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Fervent (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Wet Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned taupe gunmetal in a pearlized finish.” It’s a deepened, olive-toned bronze-brown–more brown than taupe to my eye–with a metallic sheen. It’s a very interseting color, but it applies terribly as it catches on imperfections I never knew I even had, and it tended to sink into lip lines over time. The color went on unevenly and was drying over time. It stayed on well for four and a half hours. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Icon (DC, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 29th, 2014

ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing, pigmented, blendable cream-powder hybrid eyeshadow. Overall, this is true of my experience with the formula in general, though some shades could be slightly more pigmented and some of the more glittery shades are prone to fall out (both during application as well as when worn, but primarily during application). I’m most impressed by the long-wear I get from the formula, which tops in at ten hours without fading or creasing with most shades. You can use fingertips to apply, but I’ve found natural or synthetic brushes to work quite well with the majority of shades (though there are a few that brushes don’t work well with, noted as I discover them). Here are reviews for five more:

ColourPop Girly Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duochrome.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with a satin sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation that went on evenly and was blendable, but this shade was more prone to sheering out than others I’ve tried. Once on the lid, it remains there for ten hours without fading or creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Eye Candy Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned … lavender … with tons of silver and pink glitter.” It’s a light-medium, pink-lilac with subtle, cool undertones and a smattering of silver glitter. It didn’t seem all that glittery (which may be good or bad, depending on your preference!). The texture was soft, creamy, and blendable, while it had good color payoff that wore well for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Dasher Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true lavender with pink glitter.” It’s a medium-dark lavender purple with subtle, cool undertones and light pink glitter. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and blended easily. It wore well for ten hours but had some fall out over time. This shade is part of the Never Naughty limited edition four-piece set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Envy Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black saturated with violet glitter.” It’s a rich black with lighter purple glitter. This one was harder to apply to the lid without using your fingertip (I also tried a silicone applicator, but it didn’t go very well), as brush application yielded a faded, uneven black mess with little glitter transfer. Once on, it lasted for nine hours with some fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Cricket Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “smoky mid-tone plum with … soft glitter.” It’s a very muted, blackened plum with flecks of gold sparkle. It was semi-sheer and fussy to work with–it always looked uneven and a bit splotchy. I even tried applying with fingertips, but the color payoff didn’t improve. It did wear without creasing or fading for nine hours and had minor fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask ($26.00 for 0.52 oz.) is described as a “universal red-wine tint.” It’s a brightened, cherryr ed with cool undertones that turns to more of a pinky-red color applied to lips. NARS Shade IV (LE, $26.00) is warmer. Josie Maran Always Cherry (P, $18.00) is warmer. NARS Rose Gitane (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Night is Young (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I haven’t used this extensively (as I would if I was testing a lip balm’s healing/hydrating properties), though I have previously reviewed the original. This is more of a quick review to show how the newest tinted version looks. I think those who were disappointed by the subtle nature of the Champagne version will find this more palatable, as it produces a very noticeable reddish tint to lips. It will be nice for those who have good luck with this formula who want a little more color during the day but need the ultra-hydrating properties of the original. The formula is thicker and heavier, fairly tacky, and the color seems to fade faster than the feel of the balm, where the color seems to disappear after three to four hours, the balm lingers for five to six with some lingering as long as eight hours. The past iterations of this formula have been hydrating for me, and I found this one to feel much like those. The only critique I really have is that it doesn’t always look completely even applied, which is often the nature of sheer, but vibrant, shades like this.

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Chanel Spring 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Spring 2015 Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Paradisio (645) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearly pale green.” It’s a very light, warm white with a green-ish tint and metallic shimmer. It had some visible brush strokes, and it had semi-opaque color coverage. I wish it applied more evenly, and it’s a polish that might be better with three coats, though it has a medium-thick consistency so I don’t know about the wear/feel of three coats. Dior Pampille (192) (LE, $24.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Vapour (LE, $30.00) is whiter. Essie Absolutely Shore (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery. Butter London Fiver (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Tenderly (641) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy mauve with warm undertones and a cream-jelly finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation after two coats, and it dried down to a naturally shiny finish without the need of a top coat. It was easy to apply and self-leveled. Zoya Odette (P, $9.00) is lighter. Formula X Perfection (P, $12.50) is grayer. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is darker. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is darker, cooler-toned. Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Desirio (643) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense magenta.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry-pink with a cream finish. It had almost opaque coverage after a single coat, but I used two in swatches to be sure. It dried down to a high-shine finish and was incredibly easy to apply. Chanel Coup de Coeur (P, $27.00) is more muted, warmer. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) is brighter. MAC Toco Toucan (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio
Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a limited edition set of two blushes and a highlighter. This year’s trio is definitely worth considering from the Color of the Year collection, as much like last year, it’s pretty good overall (could wear a little longer) with good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and has good value. It’s a warm-toned set of shades, so if you prefer cooler-tones, you might check out some of the dupes listed.

Spanish Villa is a golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency. It does slightly emphasize pores if you’re not careful–I found using less dense brushes (like fan brushes) made it really easy to get luminous results that didn’t also make my pores stand out. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Just a heads up, this is the same shade in last year’s Color of the Year blush trio. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more metallic, lighter. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is yellower. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more golden. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Coral Pink is a light-medium peachy-orange with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It looks mostly matte on the skin, though, even when really buffed and worked into the skin. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it was a smidgen powdery, which may translate to chalky depending on the skin tone. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was moderately buildable. When I tested it, the color lasted for seven hours on me. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is darker, more orange. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is darker, more beige. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala is a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation that was very blendable with a soft, smooth texture. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. NARS Almeria (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is browner. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, slightly more plum than red. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is browner. MAC Ambering Rose (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Tom Ford Olivier, Julian, Pablo, Xavier, Liam Lip Colors
Tom Ford Olivier, Pablo, Xavier, Liam Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “violets to orchids.” Of these, Pablo performed the best, while Liam was the more unique shade here. This is the last of the Lips & Boys reviews (all rejoice!), which means round-ups are next. :)

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Olivier Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light, frosted pink-lavender with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked somewhat streaky applied, and it didn’t have a very smooth, even finish. The consistency was such that the shimmer tended to bunch up on itself. On me, it was somewhat drying and only lasted for three hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Julian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) was reviewed previously here.

Pablo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bold, brightened magenta fuchsia with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer. The finish was more luminous, not quite glossy, but definitely had a shine to it. The coverage was mostly opaque, but it’s the type of finish where the natural lip color will peek through very slightly. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Xavier Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a subtle pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage–noticeable color but a fair amount of the natural lip color will come through. It lasted for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Xavier is also the same as Violet Fatale. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Liam Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purple with hints of pink and very fine pearl. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t fully opaque. The consistency was creamy, lightly emollient, and applied without tugging but wasn’t perfectly even once on. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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