Monday, December 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake Lip Colors
Tom Ford Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “metallics.” Some of the colors are cool-looking, but I think the performance of the majority in the metallic family leave something to be desired. At this price point, you really should be getting near-perfection (if not perfection). There just shouldn’t be application issues like streakiness or patchiness. The only one I liked in this set was Sebastian, as it had the color payoff that was expected, but it wasn’t perfect, either.

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Kyril Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a very light silvery-white with cool undertones and pearly shimmer. It’s semi-sheer and somewhat streaky. I don’t think that this feels or looks like a luxury lipstick on its own; it will work better layered, of course, but on its own, it’s disappointing. It lasted for two hours and was neither hydrating nor drying, though it had a fair amount of slip. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

William Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium orange with lighter golden-copper shimmer and a light metallic sheen. The finish is more like a matte frost, as it doesn’t have a lot of glossiness or shine, but there’s a fair amount of shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff but applied evenly. It lasted for three hours on me, but it was drying over time, and I could feel a bit of the shimmer after two hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sebastian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and lighter golden orange shimmer. This one had more of a metallic sheen without being totally matte. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and lasted for four and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Omar Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deepened, copper-shimmered brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s really a darker version of Sebastian to me, though it’s not as shimmery and has weaker color payoff (semi-opaque). This one was lightly hydrating, though, and it still wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blake Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy-brown with warm undertones and copper shimmer. I love the idea of this color, but in practice, it needed improvement (and at this price point, it should be top notch). It had a more emollient consistency, so the color didn’t go on as evenly and looked almost patchy. The color coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque in places, but it wasn’t as pigmented as Tom Ford’s Lip Color formula usually is. It wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened medium red with warm, orange undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was intensely pigmented with full color coverage that applied beautifully and evenly. This shade wore for almost six hours, but there was very light feathering after four and a half hours of wear (and I am not prone to feathering). Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is sheerer. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is redder. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is slightly redder. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is a smidgen darker, not quite as orange-toned. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Rose Quartz (530) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is medium, rosy red with lighter pink shimmer and warm undertones. It’s an interesting shade that sometimes looks richer, and other times, lighter, due to the contrast between the base color and color of the shimmer. It had a very smooth, metallic finish applied. The consistency is slightly tacky after an hour or so of wear, and the gloss lasted for five hours all in all. It was fully opaque on me. NARS Risky Business (P, $26.00) is similar in concept but so much sheerer. Chanel Friandise (82) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Dior Paradise (732) (P, $29.50) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium coral-pink with very fine gold pearl–the gold shimmer is subtle and isn’t noticeable from afar. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture was slightly thick, lightly tacky to moderately tacky (as it wears), and lasted for five hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) (P, $28.00) is more orange, less shimmery. Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is more muted, less shimmery. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is brighter, less shimmery. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

ColourPop I Heart This Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop I Heart This Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop I Heart This Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned silvery taupe.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with a metallic, sparkly finish. It had excellent color payoff with a very smooth consistency. It had a lot of fall out during application (if you blend it at all, expect fall out), and then I had some fall out during wear (noticeable but not terrible) but no creasing or fading for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Tinsel Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “grayed out icy lavender [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a plummy brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff both swatched and applied to the lid, though it was buildable with two to three layers patted on. The texture was very smooth, though. It looked the same ten hours later as when I first applied it. It is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates limited edition set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Lectra Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deepened burgundy with pink violet glitter [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish undertones and lighter violet sparkle. It doesn’t read metallic to me–more like a satin with sparkle, but the sparkle is actually present on the lid due to the cream formula. It had great pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly on the lid. I had slight fall out over time, but the eyeshadow itself didn’t crease or fade over a ten-hour period.
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ColourPop Farah Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. There’s a subtle sheen to it that keeps it from being totally flat, but it doesn’t have a lot of shine. It had good pigmentation and a very smooth, even application. I didn’t have any issues with fading or creasing over ten hours. It is part of the Megan Naik foursome. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Onai Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “creamy white with blue violet opalescent duochrome [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light beige with a hint of warmth and a pearly sheen. I didn’t get much of a duochrome with this, though. It had fairly good color payoff with a blendable, smooth texture. It wore well for ten hours. It is part of the Megan Naik foursome. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight shades, seven of which are part of the permanent range (Ursa Major is, at this time, exclusive to the palette). The Dual-Intensity formula is supposed to give eight-hour, can be used wet or dry (dry for “sheer soft touch of sensual color” and wet for “high-impact finish”). They are sheerer applied dry, but I find them surprisingly buildable dry as well, so it takes two to three layers, and it doesn’t take real packing on, just going back for a little more product. They will be more intense right off the bat if applied with a damp brush, though, which is as described. The formula has a soft, finely-milled feel to it, and they’re very smooth and easily blended on the skin. The only downside is the wear varies anywhere from six to nine hours, and dry application seems to consistently wear between six and seven hours before creasing, whereas damp application lasts slightly longer with seven to nine hours of wear. The eyeshadows felt and performed very much in line with their permanent counterparts, but some of the under-performers from the original launch seemed improved in this palette, which is very rare to see.

Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., and full-sized versions are 0.05 oz. for $29, which makes the palette a $139 value in terms of amount of product, and in a more big picture way, to get eight shades would run you $232 (though they would be full-sized, just to be clear). I think this palette is an excellent way to try out NARS’ newer eyeshadow formula without completing breaking the bank. All but Ursa Major are part of the permanent range. The palette launches at NARS on January 1st but will head to other retailers and stores that carry the brand on February 1st as well.

Europa is a pink-tinged peach with warm undertones and a soft frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry and full opacity applied damp. The version in the palette actually performed better than the single I have–it feels almost smoother and softer (my single felt a little dry). It wore well for six and a half hours dry, seven hours damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Himalia is a medium-dark golden brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry that made the color appear softer and lighter, compared to the damp application, where the color was fully opaque and richer-looking overall. This shade wore well for almost seven hours dry, eight hours when applied damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ursa Major is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a slight gray tint. It had more of a pearly sheen, though it lookst more satin-like in the pan. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, which intensified to opaque payoff applied damp, though the color seems lighter applied than it appears in the pan. It wore well for six hours when I tried it dry, and it was slightly better applied damp with seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Subra is a rich, burgundy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearl finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation dry and was fully opaque applied damp. It wore well for just over seven hours when I wore it dry, but it lasted for almost nine hours when applied damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Andromeda is a light beige with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had fairly opaque color both wet and dry, though it was brighter when applied with a dampened brush. It started to crease after six and a half hours applied dry, seven and a half hours applied amp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lysithea is a gray-ish pewter with a hint of olive and gold in it and a metallic sheen. It was sheer applied dry and nearly opaque applied damp. I was able to wear this for six hours before it creased applied dry, and the wear extended to eight hours if I applied it with a dampened brush. This one was also better in the palette, as it actually had color when applied dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giove is a blackened navy blue with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry and appeared darker, while applying it with a dampened brush yielded good color payoff and a stronger, brighter blue coloring. It wore well for six and a half hours when I applied it dry, but it lasted for eight hours applied with a damp brush. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sycorax is a dark black with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff when I tried using it dry, and it was very nearly opaque applied damp (and it appeared richer, too). I thought it was softer in the palette than the single. This shade started to crease after six hours of dry wear, and eight hours of wear when applied damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Revlon HD Citrine Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon HD Citrine Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a very pigmented, high-shine formula that tends to be tacky (despite the brand saying it is “never sticky”) with a thicker consistency. There’s a very, very faint sweetness as far as scent goes, but it was hard to detect, even in the tube. The formula isn’t hydrating nor is it drying, so it is fairly comfortable to wear (as long as you don’t mind a thicker, tackier gloss to begin with). They feature a brush-type applicator, which seemed to give a rougher edge due to the thicker nature of the gloss. HD Citrine and HD Sunstone really stood out to me as a more unique shades that also performed well.

Revlon HD Citrine (550) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer is a bright orange with warm, reddish tones and lighter yellow gold shimmer. It had rich, opaque color payoff that covered ths lips well with even, smooth color. This shade lasted for almost six hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is less shimmery and sheerer. MAC Riviera Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) has no shimmer. Burberry Coral (P, $29.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Amber (555) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer is a muted orange-copper with orange and gold shimmer. Despite having a similar texture to other shades in the range, it was rather sheer–at most, semi-sheer–but the base color didn’t seem to do much. It lasted for three and a half hours. It could also have gone on more evenly, but luckily, the shimmer distracted the eye from some of the unevenness. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned, lighter. Divergent Temptation’s Choice (LE) is less shimmery. Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99) is similar. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is pinker. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is similar (I think HD Amber is its replacement). Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is more bronze. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Sunstone (565) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer is a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and finer light gold pearl. It had full color coverage that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. Some of the color pulled slightly into lip lines, but the high-shine finish helped to minimize the appearance. The gloss wore well for five hours on me. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Mermaid Kiss Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neon yellow green with a pearlized finish.” It’s a brightened chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage but has a slightly translucency quality to it. I found it to be buildable to opaque color in two layers patted onto the lid (it seemed more pigmented applied with a brush than fingertip, actually). Once on, it wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Colour Pop Sour (P, $5.00) is lighter and yellower. Kat Von D Cult (LE) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever ME338 Acidic Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani #17 (P, $32.00) is darker, power. Fyrinnae Bitey Tyrannosaur (P, $8.25) is darker, powder. Sephora Collection Apple Mojito (06) (P, $13.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. MAC Lime (P, $15.00) is matte, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Ibiza Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright turquoise with silver and gold duochrome finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua teal with cool undertones and gold and silver sparkle. This shade swatched better than it applied, as it seemed to fade as I worked with it on the lid to a duller bluish-teal. It seemed like it had really good color payoff, but it wasn’t as impressive applied–I also didn’t get the duochrome effect they described. How it appeared after the initial application is how it stayed for the next ten hours, so it didn’t fade further, I just wasn’t able to get the intensity of it in the pan/swatch to translate on the lid. There was minor fall out over time. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is darker, bluer, powder. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is darker, powder. Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is greener, powder. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Kimono Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright cobalt blue with silver, blue and violet glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, muted cobalt blue with blue and silver shimmer and glitter. This shade was mostly opaque, but it again had that slight translucency where it seemed a little faded. It was buildable when I used it on the lid, but I wish it was more pigmented right out of the pot. It wore well for ten hours with a small amount of fall out. Colour Pop Etiquette (P, $5.00) is darker, powder. Kat Von D Estrella (LE) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE) is purpler. Kat Von D Entombed (P) is darker, powder. Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is brighter, powder. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (LE) is brighter, powder. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is darker, powder. MAC Switch to Blue (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Shameless Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black drizzled with multiple shades of green [with a metallic finish].” It’s a deep black with emerald green and teal sparkle. It had good color payoff both swatched and applied, but it was a little harder to blend on the skin to really diffuse the edge. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing, and it had slight fall out after a few hours of wear. bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is lighter, powder. Sephora Collection Jungle Party (09) (P, $13.00) is greener, powder. Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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