Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC Next to Skin Blush
MAC Next to Skin Blush

MAC Artificially Wild features three blushes. Two of them are more contour-hued shades, while one is a blush. Two are shades that have been released previously in some capacity (see below for details). I really loved seeing these three; I feel like they’re colors we don’t see enough of.

MAC Next to Skin Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-ish beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that could be blended out for a sheerer application or applied more intensely for true-to-pan color. I think this works really well as a contour shade on fair to light-medium complexions. When applied heavily, it was still visible as a shadowy contour on my skin tone (NC25/NC30). It’s a lot more foolproof for fairer skin tones who want a subtle contour. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.

MAC Taupe Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft beige brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium, warm-toned taupe–there’s a mix of brown and gray, but it leans warm overall–with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, velvety without being powdery, and blendable on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. This used to be part of the Pro range, but I didn’t see it on MAC’s site presently. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is warmer. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pink Cult Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty neutral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly without looking powdery or totally flat. The consistency was soft, velvety, and blendable, while the color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. This is a repromote. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is brighter. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC  Artificially Wild Lipglass
MAC Artificially Wild Lipglass

There are four shades of MAC Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) featured in the upcoming Artificially Wild collection, which releases online on August 28th and in-stores on September 4th. Two are permanent.

MAC De-Nude Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dirty golden beige.” It’s a muted, light-medium, yellowed, orange-beige with a soft pearly shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly with only a little bit of settling into lip lines. I didn’t feel like the settling was noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade wore well for four and a half hours on me. I went through orange, copper, brown, beige, gold, and yellow lipglosses and the only shade that was remotely similar was Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99), but it is much sheerer so it looks a lot different applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Explicit Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with icy silver shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with taupe and bronze shimmer. It has semi-sheer color coverage–mostly in the form of shimmer and sparkle–with a high gloss finish. It wore for four hours on me. It is a permanent shade. MAC Deliciously Demure (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Beach (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cream grey nude.” It’s a cool-toned, light taupe with subtle pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, so it noticeably changes the lip color, but it does allow some of the natural color to come through. It settled slightly into lip lines (and worsened over time), but it was fairly even for such a light, creamy gloss. It lasted for three hours on me. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is warmer, sheerer. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Emancipation (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, less beige. MAC C-Thru (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Spite Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted plum taupe brown.” It’s a plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly without gathering too much into lip lines (a little but not enough that it’s really noticeable from a normal viewing distance). It wore well for four hours on me. It is a permanent shade. Buxom Dolly (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) (P, $28.00) is warmer, shimmery. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #524 (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Wallflower (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC Artificially Wild Lipsticks
MAC Artificially Wild Lipsticks

In the upcoming MAC Artificially Wild Collection, it appears MAC has brought back some classic, 90s favorites for a limited time.

MAC Icon Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “frosted neutral beige [with a Frost finish].” It’s a cool-toned, taupe-brown with a frosted, metallic shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which went on fairly evenly. It wore well for four and a half hours, but it was little drying. It’s a more unique shade when I look through past lipsticks I’ve reviewed. Bobbi Brown Twilight Shimmer (6) (P, $25.00) is warmer, glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Photo Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “golden brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, orange and red undertones and a satiny finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly. The color lasted for five hours and was neither hydrating nor drying while worn. It is part of the permanent range. NARS Deborah (P, $32.00) Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) MAC Tabla (P, $16.00) MAC Photo (P, $16.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Shitake Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep brown glaze [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage and applied evenly. The consistency had a moderate amount of slip and glided across the lips easily. It lasted for three hours on me. As far as I can tell, this is the discontinued Shitaki, but I have it as Shitaki from years ago, yet this one is labeled Shitake both on the bottom of the lipstick and in the press release. Chanel Icone (55) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Patchouli (LE, $34.00) is rosier. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, more opaque. Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach (LE, $23.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC x The Simpsions Lipglasses
MAC x The Simpsions Lipglasses

There are four new, limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) featured in the upcoming collaboration with The Simpsons, which releases online on August 28th and in-stores on September 4th.  I think seeing these made me long for lipsticks, too, as MAC often does lipgloss and lipstick pairing.  Over the years, it’s often their limited edition lipstick shades that sell out the quickest, and I kept thinking, “What would they have created to pair with yellow lipgloss?”

MAC Grand Pumpkin Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright creamy orange.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that just slightly settled into lip lines (but it wasn’t too noticeable). It lasted for four hours on me when I tested it. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric blue violet.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and violet shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for five hours. MAC Unlimited Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nacho Cheese Explosion Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright neon lime yellow.” It’s a bright, green-tinged yellow–like highlighter yellow–with faint yellow pearl. Applied, it turns my lips more of a yellow-orange kind of color, as it had semi-sheer color coverage. This applied horribly; it settled into lip lines, was impossible to even out, and in general, a very fussy lip color. If you apply a very small amount (less than one pull of gloss), you might get semi-decent evenness in the application. On me, it wore for three hours. I could only think of one other yellow gloss: MAC Bright Side (LE, $15.00), which is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Red Blazer Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a bright, fuchsia-red with pink pearl and subtle, cool undertones. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It lasted for five hours on me. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is redder. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is more opaque. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is redder. Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #505 (P, $29.00) is redder. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2 ($38.00 for 1.12 oz.) includes sixteen, full-sized eyeshadows in various earthy hues ranging from beige to plum to deep bronze. Each eyeshadow is 0.07 oz., which is a bit larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (typically 0.05 oz.). Tarte has a few refills sold for $17/0.06 oz., which would make the value of this palette $317.33. Fifteen of the sixteen were really nice with only one being more of a miss. A lot of the colors are more dupable than not, and the palette runs warm-toned with a fair amount of shimmer, though I felt like there was a decent variety of matte, satin/pearl, and frost.

Update: Sephora is now listing this as “V1.” I’m not sure why it’s changed. It was listed as V2 when I initially posted about it (a week or so ago), and it was listed as V2 last night. The link I grabbed from Sephora last night has “V2″ at the end of it. The link still works but redirects to -V1 at the end. On the product listing, it was changed to V1 when I looked at ~8AM PST. I emailed Tarte to try to find out what’s going on.

Fingerpaint Art is described as a “plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Copper Kettle is described as a “copper.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a buttery, smooth consistency that lasted for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Silk Robe is described as a “mauve.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged brown with a pearly sheen and warm undertones. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly. I noticed slight fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Locket is described as an “antique gold.” It’s a light-medium, muted yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and had a buttery, smooth texture that was easy to work with. The color stayed on well for nine hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Kisses is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellowed undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had nice color payoff that had a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery, yet it was still blendable. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Handpicked Flowers is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a golden frosted shimmer. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable–just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mud Mask is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium, warm-toned taupe with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a touch powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

French Manicure is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a very light, pink-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was more noticeably powdery here, though it was still blendable and still wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fresh Brewed Coffee is described as a “rich brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and just a touch powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Keepsake Frame is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had really good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. The color showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lavender Bubble Bath is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cashmere Scarf is described as a “smoky taupe.” It’s a dark, warm-toned taupe with a yellow undertone and a soft, frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented, and it had a really smooth, buttery consistency that applied beautifully on the skin. It lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Candlelit Dinner is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a brightened, medium copper with a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a lovely, buttery feel. The color wore well for nine hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Champagne is described as a “champagne pink.” It’s a light-medium, peacy with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth, though just a touch powdery. I noticed slight fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Stone Massage is described as a “gray.” It’s a medium-dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it had a more powdery texture–this was the only real miss in the palette. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Breakfast in Bed is described as a “beige.” It’s a muted, light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation and was very blendable and finely-milled, though a bit powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick
Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick

Here are the last three shades of the new Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) range. You can check out all the shades reviewed here. To recap: the KissKiss formula falls somewhere between Rouge Automatiques and Shine Automatiques; it has more of the slip and feel of the Shine (and also a glossier finish), but the color payoff is more in line with the Rouge. I don’t think they are comparable to Rouge Gs; they have a thinner, more emollient consistency and wear shorter (on average). They have a violet scent but no discernible taste.

Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, orange-toned red with gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was a light translucency where the natural lip color came through and kept the color from looking “heavy” on. The shimmer is fine, and I didn’t notice the texture of the shimmer until the very last hour of wear. It lasted for five hours on me and left a light stain behind, and it was lightly hydrating. Kat Von D Adora (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more matte. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is redder. Guerlain Coque d’Or (P, $35.00) is sheerer, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Red Hot (328) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a luminous finish. This one didn’t have any shimmer. The consistency had a bit more slip than other shades, so the color had a glossier look, and it didn’t apply as evenly as other shades I’ve tested. It is moderately hydrating, which was a plus, and the glossier finish makes lips appear smoother. On me, the color wore well for five hours. NARS Audrey (P, $32.00) is darker. Revlon 5th Ave. Red (LE, $7.99) is slightly brighter, warmer. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Very Pink (360) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but like Red Hot, the consistency had a bit more slip to it, so it didn’t apply as evenly as other shades do in the range (but it is not too noticeable). The color wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is pinker, lighter. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is darker. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is more muted. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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