Sunday, October 26th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Immortal Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark violet purple with cool, blue undertones and a metallic shimmer–it appears more as a frost finish than a metallic finish to me. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which I think was owed a lot to the very slippery, creamy consistency, and if it had been slightly drier, it would have been more pigmented applied. It also applied unevenly as a result. Once on, it wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Envy (P, $6.00) is bluer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technopagan (P, $18.00) is darker, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Power Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It wasn’t as creamy as the other two shades, but in a good way, as it still glided on without dragging, but the color distributed better and more evenly. It could have been a little more opaque, given the formula’s claims. The color wore well for five hours on me. Revlon Icy Violet (LE, $7.99) is lighter. NARS Falbala (P, $26.00) is sheerer, less metallic. MAC Venus (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Bloom of Rose (P, $35.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Cold Hearted Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a silver-shimmered, medium black with a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied with some unevenness. It tended to pull into lip lines after three to four hours of wear, though it lasted closer to six in all. Though it has a very different finish, Kat Von D Slayer (P, $21.00) with its sheerer, uneven application looked somewhat similar on (but it’s matte and has no shimmer, just to be clear!). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer
Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer

Formula X Alchemy Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “platinum-infused, mixed metal shimmer.” It’s a dirty, antique gold base with silver, gold, and copper micro-glitter. It almost seemed like sparkle, because the particles seemed even finer than most micro-glitters. Tom Ford Beauty Silver Smoke (LE, $32.00) has a similar base color, but it isn’t glittery–it’s more metallic, so it’s not what I would consider a worthy dupe. See comparison swatches / view dupes. If you know of potential dupes, please share in the comments’ section!

This was a total impulse buy, but the promotional image really made me curious about it! I’ve had good luck with Formula X, so I kept my fingers crossed. It’s an interesting shade, and I think the multi-colored micro-glitter makes it different than other potential dupes (that I know of, of course!). I also felt like it was a festive, holiday-esque shade that wasn’t your typical interpretation (metallic golds, reds, etc.) of the season. I wish it was more pigmented, though, as it is only semi-opaque and not the “full coverage” described. It’s the type of formula that can be layered with up to three coats comfortably or two thicker ones. It dries down faster than the average polish to a shiny, metallic finish–not really glossy, just reflective. The wear time was consistent, and it lasted well with only very minor tip wear for seven days (no base/top coat).

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad
Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes shades of beige, warm green, brown, and murky green. Cle de Peau’ sells their eyeshadows as refills (which is just a plastic pan with the four shades), and you can elect to purchase a plastic compact to put them in for an additional $25. I put mine in a Z-palette by attaching a small magnetic to the bottom of the pan. It’s an interesting mix of shades if you like your beige and greens together, but I didn’t end up loving the way the colors worked together, partially because the warmer green shade doesn’t look as intense on the lid as it does swatched or in the pan, so it loses contrast on the lid.

Stardust #1 is a soft, muted beige with very subtle warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was very soft and blendable, though a little powdery initially. It had good color payoff and was easy to use. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #2 is a medium-dark, warm-toned olive green with a soft, frosted finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft–almost creamy–and effortless to blend. The only thing I noticed was that it seemed to apply slightly more mutedly than it swatched. On the lid, the color stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #3 is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm, yellow-ish undertones and a lightly frosted finish–almost a combination of frost and satin to me, because there is very fine shimmer to it. It might be harder to tell against my skin tone, but it did have good pigmentation that was mostly opaque. The texture was a little powdery, though it was incredibly easy to blend on the lid without losing intensity. It lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #4 is a dark, dirty green with subtle, warm olive undertones and a golden-green metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was very smooth and finely-milled, but there was a slight dryness to it. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Stone Cold Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a silvery-white with cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which is a lot less than expected based on the formula description. I would say this is more of a layering shade than one for wear on its own, since it is sheerer. On me, it lasted for three hours. Tom Ford Beauty Moonlight (LE, $49.00) is lighter. MAC Eloquent Air (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Iced (P, $18.00) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Wrath Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The consistency was creamy and very emollient, but it lasted surprisingly long at five and a half hours. Kat Von D Gothica (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is lighter, redder. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Tabla (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Subverted (LE, $16.00) is darker, redder. MAC Photo (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Mischievous Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, yellow gold with a metallic sheen and shimmer. It semi-opaque color coverage that covered evenly for the most part. The consistency was very creamy with a lot of slip, but it seems to evaporate/dry down, as it ended up lasting for four and a half hours on me. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is brighter, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, pink-lavender with cool undertones and a soft, satin finish. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is darker, pinker, more matte. MAC Fizzy Rose (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay X-Rated (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Feather Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Lazy Sunday (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

According to the brand, this shade has already been discontinued, but Sephora still has it in stock–second to last row, seventh shade from the left–so I figured I better jump on the review for this one! It might be a bummer for anyone who loves a good pastel pink/lavender blush! It is a shade that is listed as an “Artist Blush,” and not as an eyeshadow. I see this shade working better on fairer complexions than mine, though I can get color to show up on me without turning chalky or ashy. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable, though I found a flatter, denser blush brush to work better with this than a fluffier one. I love the way the Satin finishes look as blushes, as it has a soft, natural sheen that never emphasizes pores. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on cheeks.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

NYX Macaron Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Key Lime Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to be a “creamy and highly pigmented” formula that features more “pastel and neon” shades. They also note it has a “satin matte finish” and “long-wearing resilience.” The formula has a lot of slip to it, so it glides on and never tugs on lips, but it also had a tendency to go on somewhat unevenly (the degree dependent on the shade). The wear time for these three shades was a little longer than average. The formula was comfortable to wear, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

Key Lime is a pop of light-medium, slightly muted lime green with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous shine. It applied unevenly and looked streaky on, though it seemed to have a decent amount of pigmentation to it. The formula just was so creamy that the color wouldn’t stay in place as well. The color wore well for four hours. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this from other green-hued shades I’ve tried (which is, albeit, not nearly as numerous as reds I’ve tried!).

Pistachio is a light, bluish-aqua with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and while it applied better than expected for such a creamy, emollient, and pastel shade, it was uneven at the end of the day. It might work with a lip primer (readers have suggested NYX’s own Lip Primer helps a lot) or lip pencil underneath to mitigate some of the slippery consistency of the formula. It wore well for four and a half hours. NYX Scandalous (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blue Velvet is a brightened, medium-dark blue–almost periwinkle blue to me, as there’s a soft, dusty quality to it, but it doesn’t overwhelm the color, so it still looks brighter. It had more of a luminous finish with a fair amount of shine. It applied evenly for the most part, but it wasn’t perfect in application due to the higher slip in the formula. This shade stayed on for five hours and left a stain behind. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy (P, $18.00) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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