Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

MAC Barbecue Lipglass
MAC Barbecue Lipglass

MAC Barbecue Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid orange red.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that settled slightly into lip lines but goes on fairly evenly. It wore well for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Opera Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark red.” It’s a deepened, blue-based red with a glossy shine. I swear there is a very, very fine shimmer that’s barely-there. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–there was some translucency so the natural lip color comes through–that goes on evenly. This shade lasted for five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oxblood Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light peachy nude.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that did settle into lip lines, unfortunately. It either looks streaky and uneven applied with less product, or else it will settle (pick your poison!). This shade wore well for four hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sin Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep blood red.” It’s a deepened, muted red with subtle, warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on really unevenly with both streakiness and a lot of color settling into lip lines. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and feathered. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Barbecue

B+

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Oxblood

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bellgreens Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a green-hued set of shades. The palette contains six shades in total, with two shades being part of the permanent range (Gorgeous Gold and Charcoal Brown). There was only dud in the palette, while the other five were very easy to work with and performed well. Even the miss of the palette was still blendable enough on the lid that it was still usable, but it will take a little extra effort to get the right level of intensity and diffusion. I was very surprised to see that the palette only contained 0.10 oz. worth of product, which is the equivalent of two full-sized eyeshadows. Despite the size of the palette, it really doesn’t have much product. MAC’s eyeshadow quads typically contain 0.19 oz. almost double what’s inside this one.

Fresh Blade is described as a “pale frosted yellow [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, golden yellow with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was dense and buttery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gorgeous Gold is described as a “muted yellow gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a green-tinged, light-medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. There is a green-gold duochrome to it, but it is subtle. The eyeshadow had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture. This shade also lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vicuna is described as a “light neutral olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium golden brown with a pearly sheen. It had really nice pigmentation with a blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery at times, but it was just barely powdery. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Savant is described as a “mid-tone mustard lime [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, dirty olive green–it really is like mustard and lime together–with a mostly matte finish. It was really velvety with a smooth, soft texture that blended well but still adhered well with good color payoff to bare skin, which was a happy surprise. It wore well for eight hours on me. I couldn’t think of any really great dupes for this shade, because it’s darker and not a brighter, more typical chartreuse-like green. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Charcoal Brown is described as a “muted taupe brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was fairly blendable. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and almost felt like a Matte2 with how velvety and blendable it was. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sushi Green is described as a “charcoal olive with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle, olive undertones and a slight gold sparkle. It was a firmer, stiffer shade that had semi-opaque pigmentation that was harder to work with. My best advice is to apply using a fluffier brush to minimize how work it will take to diffuse and blend out. It lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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10/10

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Gorgeous Gold

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9.5/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MAC Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC x Toledos Pearlglide Eyeliners

MAC Chlorafill Pearlglide Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “green line with pearl.” It’s a brightened, chartreuse green that leans yellow with very subtle gold sparkle. The sparkle is more of a smattering than a really glittery finish–I almost didn’t notice it initially–especially in comparison to other shades in the Pearlglide formula. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, but the consistency has some slip, so it tends to look streaky when applied. It benefits greatly from taking a pencil brush and using it to smudge and blend the eyeliner into place. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Sourpuss (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “iridescent violet.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and purple sparkle and micro-glitter. It had so-so pigmentation in one pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It wears eight and a half hours on me with some glitter migration over time. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $19.00) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Plum)age (60) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Vice (P, $19.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $19.00) is less sparkly. Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner ($17.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep navy with pearl.” It’s a deepened navy blue with a blackened blue base and lighter blue sparkle. It had decent pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to nearly opaque color with two layers. The eyeliner glided on easily and wore well for eight and a half hours. I had slight migration of the glittery bits with this shade, but it was less than what I had with Designer Purple. Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $19.00) is less sparkly, more muted. NARS Rue Saint-Honore (P, $24.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches
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Chlorafill

B-

Product

8/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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Designer Purple

B+

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8.5/10

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8/10

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Petrol Blue

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral light beige.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that worked well on the lid and didn’t sheer out (though it was easy to diffuse the edges) too readily. It started to crease on me slightly after nine hours. I also really like this one (personally) on my brow bone, so it’s been a new go-to for me when I test out other ColourPop shades, as when you sheer it out (on purpose), it gives a subtle sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Smash Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutram medium warm beige.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a very smooth, creamy consistency that was blendable and easy to apply. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Desert Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm saddle brown.” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had really good color payoff, but the color is more prone to sheering out on the lid, especially if you use a brush. I think a brush works with it, but you may need to add a second layer. The color wears well for ten hours on me without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

ColourPop 3 (Three) Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned starlit bronze.” It’s a medium brown with warm undertones and a subtle gray cast paired with silver micro-glitter. It had good color payoff that was blendable and easy to apply. I had a little glitter fall out while I blended this shade, but I didn’t notice more than very, very minor fall out during the ten-hour crease-free, fade-free wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Doe-a-Deer Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “blackened violet.” It’s a deepened, blackened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff that looked uneven when sheered out, so it needed more work to really buff and blend in. I felt like it lost a lot of its intensity once blended, though. It started to crease after nine hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Truth

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9.5/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “metallic rose gold with [glitter].” It’s a slightly muted, medium coppery brown with a warm, golden metallic finish and a smattering of micro-glitter. It’s very pigmented, but the texture is a little chunkier applied to the lid. This was a shade that seemed to apply better with a flat synthetic brush or fingertips to minimize texture issues on the lid. Once on, the color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing, but there was some fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop So Quiche Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft olive with … gold and pink violet glittery duochrome metallic finish.” It’s a dirty, olive-brown with warm undertones and pink and gold micro-glitter over a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation that went on fairly smoothly without bunching up (using a regular brush). It didn’t have show signs of fading or creasing over the ten-hour period I wore it, but there was some minor fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Hustle Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “burgundy violet with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, berry-burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but it needed two layers to be true to pan. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Glitterati Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “icy silver laced with tons of gold glitter.” It’s a cooler-toned white gold with light-medium gold glitter. It’s very glittery, and it was one of the harder shades to work with from all of the shades I’ve tried from the brand. It bunched up and looked thicker on the lid, which gave my eyelid a very textured, almost wrinkled, look. Even applied with fingertips, it tended to look heavy. It was better applied and then sheered out, though just beware that there is a ton of glitter fall out if you blend this shade. It lasted for nine hours with light creasing after that, and it had a fair amount of fall out during wear. This shade was part of the Down with Decorum holiday set, which just recently was removed from their website. You never know, though, they might bring it back (they made several of the holiday shades permanent). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Amaze

B+

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Hustle

B+

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8/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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10/10

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks

Maybelline Rose Rush (735) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque with a light layer of translucency, so the natural lip color will peek through. The consistency was lightweight, emollient, and comfortable to wear as it was lightly hydrating and didn’t settle into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $32.00) is darker, less glossy. Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is redder, darker. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is less glossy. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is more orange, less glossy. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is similar. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more muted. NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is darker. Guerlain Genna (P, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Coral Burst (740) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a lightly brightened pink-coral with warm undertones and a light sheen. It had nearly full color coverage, but it had a very lightly translucent look to it as well. On me, the color lasted for four hours and was hydrating while worn. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $20.00) is sheerer, more muted. Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is similar. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is slightly lighter. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is lighter, pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, darker. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is more muted. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink-peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It looks warmer and more peach-toned swatched, but because it isn’t fully opaque, it seemed to look pinker applied. It didn’t go on quite as evenly as one might like, though it wasn’t as streaky as light shades can be. On me, this shade wore well for three and a half hours. Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is darker, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Flynn (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Addison (LE, $32.00) is more matte. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $30.00) is similar. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is brighter, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Rose Rush (735)

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Coral Burst (740)

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Peach Poppy (745)

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8/10

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