Friday, March 28th, 2014

Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder
Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder

Dior Transalantique Diorskin Nude Tan Golden Shimmer Powder ($58.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “soft golden glow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is darker. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is very similar. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had very rich color payoff, and in a highlighter that’s as metallic/frosted as this, it makes it a little more difficult to apply as a little goes a long way–and more than a little is a recipe for emphasized pores. I applied this with a stippling brush (MAC’s 131) with a light hand along the tops of cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose, and I still felt like it slightly emphasized the texture of the area. It was quite reflective, though, that seemed to almost mitigate some of that emphasis that I saw when I looked closer in the mirror. The texture of the powder was soft, finely-milled, and smooth; it was also effortless to blend it out on the skin. When I wore it, the highlighter wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly.

I bought mine as soon as I saw it online for sale (the 20th), received it on the 26th, and now it’s gone! If it’s something that interests you, it’s a Saks’ exclusive, so you’ll have to track it down in-store.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Too Faced A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.39 oz.) includes nine eyeshadows–three of which are larger, six are smaller in size. Too Faced also likes to separate their shades into Day, Classic, and Fashion, and there’s an included booklet that shares how to use each as a look, but don’t feel confined to how they’re ordered! The palette is a great value, as you’re getting the equivalent of almost eight full-sized eyeshadows (considering the average eyeshadow is 0.05 oz.), though the lighter shades are significantly larger, and you may or may not use them accordingly. I love that the palette is well under the $50 price point, and you’re still getting nine shades to play with. In general, this palette is rather shimmery, so if you tend to incorporate more satin/matte finishes into your looks, you may find this impractical to use as a standalone palette and would need to add in your favorite mattes. It is also a very warm-toned palette, which may or may not be a happy thing.

As an aside, one of the things about Too Faced’s eyeshadow palette is they rarely repeat names, but shades can definitely overlap from palette to palette. I’d really like to see some of those very, very similar shades just share names.

St. Tropez is a pale, warm-toned beige with golden sparkle over a satin finish. This shade is the least shimmery–applied–in the palette, as all of the sparkle sits on top of the actual eyeshadow, so it doesn’t translate on the lid. If you want the sparkle to stay, you’ll need to apply over a tacky base (cream eyeshadow, adhesive base, etc.). There’s so little that actually seems to make it to the eye that I really didn’t notice fall out during wear–you know, there was just… little to fall out. Divergent Serene Vanilla (LE) is more matte. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek New Year’s Eve (P, $6.99) is slightly lighter. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cannes is a brightened, medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish and copper sparkle. This had a slightly grittier, more sparkly texture so it wasn’t as smooth as other eyeshadows. It had slight fall out during wear but most of it occured during the initial application. It had fairly good color payoff, though, and I didn’t have any creasing after eight hours of wear. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is darker, less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more metallic. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is darker. MAC Double Feature #8 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Copper Sparkle (P, $21.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Soleil is a medium-dark, red-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had intense pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. It wore well for eight hours without creasing/fading. Fyrinnae Peppermint Vodka (P, $6.80) is very similar. Makeup Geek Burlesque (P, $5.99) is darker, less frosted. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Riviera is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very and finely-milled. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Tarina Tarantino Jasper (P) is similar. Cle de Peau #119 (LE, $45.00) is darker. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is more muted. NARS All About Eve #1 (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. Benefit Bikini-tini (P, $10.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jardin is a pinky-coral with a lot of gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and just a little bit powdery. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Clinique Pink and Plenty (P, $17.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cote d’Azur is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade didn’t start to show signs of fading until after eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is a smidgen less warm-toned. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is warmer. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is slightly warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is more muted. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is similar. Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

La Croisette is a brightened, white gold with a metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It did well for wear, lasting eight hours before I saw it start to fade. theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Zephyr (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. MAC Solar White (LE, $15.00) is more golden. Dior Garden Pastels #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Monaco is a brightened, cool-toned, fuchsia pink with a pearly finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was blendable, soft, and buttery to the touch. It wore well for nine hours before starting to fade slightly–this did stain a little bit but was gone after a few hours. Sugarpill Smitten (LE, $12.00) is very similar. Too Faced Bright Eyes (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is similar. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is brighter. Urban Decay Woodstock (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

De La Mer is a cool-toned, blackened navy blue with soft, navy blue shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture was as smidgen dry, so it is a shade that needs to be built up for best intensity. It wore well, though, and didn’t start to fade until the eighth hour of wear. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is a cream product. MAC Bleuluxe #4 (P) is less sparkly. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is a cream product, brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire (LE, $30.00) is brighter, more shimmery. MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Lunar (LE, $19.50) is similar. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Eyeshadows
MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Eyeshadows

MAC Butterscotch Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte warm beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted yellow with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had a soft, finely-milled texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Bobbi Brown Banana (LE, $22.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Diesel Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “cool grey frost [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-cool-toned gray with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it felt a little dry and could have been more pigmented. Applied, it wore well for eight hours. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is slightly darker. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is similar. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is more frosted. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Nighttrain (LE, $15.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fiction Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “muted green with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, muted, olive green with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry–it is better than the original I had, though. This shade wore well for almost eight hours before fading. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is darker. MAC In the Meadow #4 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is darker, greener. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is greener. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $17.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is brighter. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is darker. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #148 (P, $20.00) is less frosted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Lipsticks
MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Lipsticks

MAC Glam Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid, bright pinky-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, brightened, medium pinky-red with strong cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency. It wore well for eight hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is more matte, slightly pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $45.00) is less cool-toned. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is more matte, darker. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Hoop Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a satin finish. It had full, opaque pigmentation, and the consistency was moderately creamy and applied evenly. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker. NYX Stella (P, $4.00) is pinker. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pink Poodle Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid, fuchsia-pink [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia-pink with iridescent fuchsia and violet micro-shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the shade lasted for five hours and was a little drying. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Urban Decay Black Velvet 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Black Velvet 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay Black Velvet 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, dark, ultra matte black with subtle warm undertones. What makes this shade standout from a lot of other intense black eyeliners on the market is how completely matte it is–looks a lot like powder kohls and the like. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

According to Urban Decay, the Velvet formula is supposed to be more easily and readily smudged and softened eyeliner compared to the original Perversion. It’s a “more powdery” take on their signature 24/7 formula, but it’s still supposed to wear long. The texture is definitely drier–powdery, in a sense–and doesn’t glide on as evenly/smoothly as the original Perversion. It’s not stiff or painful to use, but it applies best in short strokes. I think it applies more evenly to the waterline, though the original seems a little darker, but it is noticeably glossy in comparison, so I don’t know if it’s more of how that shine makes it stand out a little more than the very matte finish of Black Velvet. The original, though, is cooler-toned, and Black Velvet is distinctly warmer toned next to it. On me, Black Velvet lasted for nine hours before showing slight signs of fading.

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer
Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer

Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium, pinky-coral with subtle gold shimmer. Applied, it looks much lighter and milkier with semi-opaque color coverage. It doesn’t even look sparkly! The color lasted for four hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Modest (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is very similar. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter, more opaque. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Tocade (182) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the gloss didn’t apply as evenly as desired–it looked a little splotchy, though thankfully it wasn’t too noticeable from afar. It was comfortable wear, mostly non-sticky, lightly hydrating, and lasted for five hours. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned, brighter. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is more opaque, brighter. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is more muted. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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