Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Eyeshadow Palette ($37.99 for 0.384 oz.) contains six, full-sized eyeshadows (each is 0.064 oz.) in a limited edition palette. Five of the six are new, exclusive shades, and one is from the permanent range. It’s a very warm-toned palette that contains three very shimmery shades and three matte to satin shades. It was a good palette overall with a couple shades having a slightly powdery consistency, but the pigmentation and wear were both impressive across the palette.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows retail for $5.99 each, which means the palette contains $35.94 worth of eyeshadow–there’s no value/deal here, other than having the palette to house them in. They aren’t glued in, so you could remove the eyeshadows from the included palette and put them elsewhere, or you could theoretically switch out a couple of shades and put in other ones (though the names of these are printed on the palette). Makeup Geek is typically a very budget-friendly option for high quality products, but at this price point, the palette ends up competing against so many other palettes from brands. I wish these were available individually so you could pick and choose the ones you wanted if you didn’t love all of them (or already owned Bada Bing), since you’re really paying for each and every shade at this price.

Casino is described as a “shimmery saturated metallic gold with orange undertones.” It’s a brightened, light-medium orange with golden shimmer and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours and a half before fading slightly. MAC Golden Hours #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is slightly less orange, but it is rather similar. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Goldmine (P, $15.00) is much lighter. Dior Aurora #1 (LE) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is slightly browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sin City is described as a “shimmery medium golden apricot.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with yellow gold, frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly, though the texture was slightly powdery. The color showed a bit of fading after eight hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #4 (P, $9.99) is more metallic. MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Chessa (LE, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roulette is described as a “shimmery rosy burnt sienna.” It’s a medium-dark, copper with hints of red and brown and a metallic finish. It had rich, intense color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and incredibly smooth. Applied, it wore well for nine hours before fading. LORAC Nude #5 (LE) is more orange. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is lighter. Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Amorous Alloy (LE, $19.50) is darker. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is slightly darker, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is redder. NARS California (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mirage is described as a “pale matte beige with peachy yellow undertones.” It’s a light, pastel yellow with a matte finish. It had nice color payoff, but it was noticeably powdery, so there’s a lot of excess powder kicked up in the pan. I recommend tapping off excess product prior to applying to the eye to avoid fall out during application. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. bareMinerals Pacific Sands (LE) is lighter. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is more muted. Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is less yellow. theBalm Snobby (P, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pale Nude #3 (P) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Desert Sands is described as a “medium terracotta matte.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff without being powdery–it was well-balanced between soft and silky. It wore well for nine hours before fading. LORAC Nude #4 (LE) is darker, browner. Urban Decay Tyranny (LE, $18.00) is darker, less yellow. Kat Von D Glasswing (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE, $16.00) is a touch less yellow. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC One to Watch (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Outre (LE, $15.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bada Bing is described as a “deep brown with flecks of gold.” It’s a dark brown with a mostly matte finish and bits of gold sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t really show up once you apply the shade–it just gives it a barely-there sheen overall. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a little drier and thinner than the original version I have. It stayed on without fading for eight hours. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Sundeck #5 (LE) is redder. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is more matte. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is warmer. LORAC Sable (P) is redder. MAC Ground Brown (P, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft rose.” It’s a medium, pink-plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Fetish (LE) is darker. NARS G-Spot (P, $39.00) is darker, more shimmery, cream. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is much warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is the kind of shade that is easy to wear on light to medium skin tones but may get lost on deeper complexions. It isn’t too warm or reddish, and it has a subdued quality to it, so it is easily worn as a sheer layer of color or applied with more true-to-pan color. It had a soft, silky texture that felt almost like a cream blush, though it was definitely a powder product. La Vie En Rose seemed less pigmented than other shades I’ve tested in the Surratt range, though it had decent, buildable color coverage. It has a satin-matte finish that gets more luminous as it is buffed and worked into the skin, but it never looks shimmery or frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade along the edges.

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Magic Touch Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) contains a light and medium-dark shade for a quick and easy eye that can be created with just these two shades. They’re easily combined with other eyeshadows in your stash, but they worked well together as a duo. Both shades were easy to use, good quality, and long-wearing. As a heads up, Presto was featured in a limited edition holiday gift set last year (see my post here); Flicker was featured in a holiday palette from 2012 (which I don’t recall reviewing).

Presto is described as a “cool champagne sheen.” It’s a golden champagne with subtle warm undertones and a pearly sheen. I kind of get what they mean by “cool champagne,” but it’s still a warmer shade. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was blendable and lasted for eleven hours before creasing slightly. YSL Saharienne #1 (P) is lighter. Chanel Quadrille #2 (LE) is more beige. MAC Greenluxe #1 (P) is lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is more beige, darker. MAC Ricepaper (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Halo (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flicker is described as an “antique bronze.” It’s an earthy, olive brown with a subtle green sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and dense, though it was just a bit powdery. It wore well for almost twelve hours before fading. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Buche de Noel (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is greener. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is slightly greener. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is greener. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is darker, greener. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever #148 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 8th, 2014

OCC Covet Lip Tar
OCC Covet Lip Tar

OCC Covet Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “buff neutral.” It’s a light-medium, orange beige with strong, warm undertones and a satin finish. MAC Tropical Buzz (LE, $22.00) is more orange, darker. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less orange. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is more orange, darker, shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Banjee (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency was in line with the Matte Lip Tars; not too thick or too thin, never watery, and very pigmented so a little goes a long way, even with a lighter color like Covet. It’s a more unusual color, which I found harder to dupe, so it was nice to see this get added to the permanent line-up. It wears a total of eight hours on me, but the color pulls into lip lines noticeably after six hours of wear. It takes about an hour for the satiny shine to wear down to a matte finish. It was neither hydrating nor drying over time, and it was comfortable to wear.

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Big Debut Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of six new additions to the brand’s duo range. Long-time readers might remember that I’m a huge fan of the Ready formula, so I always yearn for even more shades. The Big Debut works well for a two-shade look, as one is more shimmery than the other, and there is nice contrast, yet the two easily blend together. It was a good duo overall, though the shades weren’t perfect (and this formula can get to perfect).

Future is described as a “sunset pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with a golden, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. On me, the color wore well for eleven hours before fading. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is more beige. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is darker, less pink. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is pinker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is less peach. theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals Custom Made (LE) is pinker, less peach, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Center Stage is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a muted, blackened purple with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, though it seemed buildable when I used it on the eye. The texture was soft, slightly powdery but not difficult to use (easy to blend), and the color wore well for eleven hours before fading. Too Faced Jungle Love (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Indigo Blend #3 (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals In Vogue (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Starry Night (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Wonder by Wonder (LE) is warmer. NARS Demon Lover #2 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Spellcaster (LE, $15.00) is similar. Lancome Zip Me Up (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #4 (LE) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

I originally reviewed this new Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) formula a few weeks ago, and now I have the other two shades I bought to share with you. The formula is described a “highly-pigmented lipstick that provides a burst of long-wearing, kissable color,” which is actually a different description than what was available two weeks ago (which read: “Give lips a burst of color—and hydration—when you swipe on this gel lip shade from Marc Jacobs”). The press release listed, “Color glides on effortlessly and lasts for hours, locking in hydration with advanced ingredients.”

Headliner (608) ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “berry sangria.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark raspberry pink with a satin-matte finish. There’s a slight shine to the finish, but it is fairly matte. It had full color coverage, and it applied smoothly and evenly. This was actually the best-performing shade of the four I bought. It was lightly creamy and didn’t tug or pull at the lips, and it was more comfortable to wear. It didn’t feel as thick, and it didn’t feel chalky at all. On me, it wore well for six and a half hours and was lightly drying–and it didn’t “crack” like the other shades I tried. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is slightly muted. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is warmer. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is a touch darker, more shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pow (600) ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but the consistency had a thicker, chalkier feel going on, so it did drag here and there. I was able to get mostly even color, but after two and a half hours of wear, the color started to pull into lip lines and “crack.” The color wore for about five hours. It was lightly drying while worn. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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