Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Brown Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a nice set for anyone who’s a fan of the Extra Dimension eyeshadow formula. The duo performed well, and the included eyeliner is nice (not revolutionary, not bad)–I would have loved to see a smokier, more taupe-hued eyeliner to pair with this, though. The set includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles!). As a FYI, I didn’t review (or include a rating for) the mascara.

Just Gleaming is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer color payoff, and applied damp, it was more opaque and smoother. The consistency was soft and blendable. MAC only listed the wear of the formula as six-hours, and it actually lasts for seven and a half on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Stolen Moment is described as a “mauvey nude.” It’s a cool-toned, purple-leaning taupe with hints of brown in the undertone and a frosted finish. It was opaque both wet and dry (not quite the buildable formula as described but might be a welcomed “flaw” for others), but the damp application made it more metallic. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade has been released previously. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Stubborn Brown is described as a “deep rich brown.” It is a medium-dark brown with a mostly matte finish. It had decent to good pigmentation in a single stroke, while the texture was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lash line. On me, it wore eight hours on the lower lash line before thinning. It’s part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Chanel Jersey (80) Joue Contraste Blush
Chanel Jersey (80) Joue Contraste Blush

Chanel Jersey (80) Joue Contraste Blush ($46.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, peachy brown with subtle gold shimmer. Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is a touch lighter, more shimmery. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is darker, redder. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is warmer, less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler-toned, cream. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury First Love (P, $40.00) is lighter, browner. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is slightly more shimmery. MAC Seasonal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is darker, warmer. Chanel Espiegle (DC, $45.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I believe this came out somewhat recently, though I can’t recall exactly when, and Chanel’s website lists it as permanent. I was expecting to buy the new, holiday shade, but Nordstrom didn’t have it in yet (they just put it up when I checked last night–bought it, but it’ll take a few days before it arrives to me here on the west coast!), so I thought it might be a good time to try and review this shade. The texture was very soft and silky, but it didn’t seem powdery, and it blended out beautifully on the skin. It felt nearly effortless to apply, as the pigmentation was good (but not so intense that the barest touch of the brush gets too much product in one go) and easily diffused along the edges. It’s warm without being red or strongly orange, and the soft shimmer gives the finish a satiny glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. On me, the color wore well for almost eight hours before fading.

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Friday, October 17th, 2014

Chanel Envol (847) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Envol (847) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Envol (847) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm-toned, golden beige with a hint of pink and a frosted, metallic sheen. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is a powder product, lighter. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is a powder, more beige. bareMinerals Future (P) is similar, powder. Kat Von D Killing Jar (P) is darker, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is powder. NARS Jezebel (P) is powder. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is lighter, powder. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is powder. MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $15.00) is pinker, darker, powder. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $15.00) is powder. Estee Lauder Pink Zinc (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new shade from Chanel’s holiday collection (I’m making the assumption it is limited edition, but it could be permanent–I don’t have official details yet, but the collections is available online at several retailers already). It had fairly good color payoff that was buildable to opaque color coverage in two layers. It had a very smooth consistency that made it easy to blend and sheer out for more of a wash of shimmer and sparkle. It is mostly shimmery, but there are a few larger sparkles in it, which seemed to stay on the lid for the most part. There were a handful of sparkles underneath my eye after eleven hours of wear. I could see this being a really go-to shade for anyone who likes a warmer wash of color on the lid; it is a very nice one-and-done kind of shade.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher
Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher

Charlotte Tilbury The Climax Cheek to Chic Blusher ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, slightly muted, orange-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Sleek MakeUP Pink Mint (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, cream. NARS Soulshine #2 (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is browner. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Shape the Future (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The blush is made up of two distinct colors–a gold-shimmered peach and a warm, reddish-brown–that swirl together to create what you see applied. You can get deeper, richer color by concentrating the brush along the sides, or you can lighten the color up more by concentrating on the center. I went for equal parts (to whatever degree that seemed achievable) for most of the application, and then I tried to get a little more of the lighter shade to dust along the tops of cheek bones (like a highlighter) to give it more dimension. The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled, which made it a cinch to apply to the skin as well as when it came down to blending the edges away. It had good color payoff, and the finish on this shade seemed slightly more frosted than other shades I tried, to the point that it seemed to emphasize pores just slightly. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading.

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) recently released, and the formula is described as “richly pigmented” and having a “dazzling metallic finish.” The best way for me to sum up the formula was: surprising, in a good way. Most of the shades are quite metallic, and most of them have good color payoff. The formula is creamy and slippery, yet many of the shades went on well without too much unevenness (though some were problematic, see Scandalous below). I expected they’d wear away quickly, due to the slippery nature of the texture, but they wore about average (four hours) or longer. I didn’t notice any scent or taste for most, though a couple had a very subtle waxy scent that I noticed in the tube but not on.

NYX Trickery Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a dirty, olive green with fine gold shimmer for a frosted, metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied fairly well, but there was some unevenness. The texture was creamy, surprisingly slippery, so I was actually impressed it looked as good on as it did, given how emollient the formula was. I was even more surprised that it lasted for five hours; it seemed like a lot of the slickness disappeared within an hour, and once it did, it didn’t move readily. It was neither drying nor hydrating, and it was comfortable to wear. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fragmented (LE, $18.00) was the closest I had, but it is a lot sheerer and lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Risque Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a rich, emerald green with metallic green shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and again, the formula felt incredibly creamy and emollient, yet it applied a lot better than expected. There was slight unevenness, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The color wore well for almost five hours, and it left a light stain behind. Dolce and Gabbana Smeraldo (LE, $33.00) is much darker, sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chlorophyll (P, $18.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Scandalous Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a glossy, pearly finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the high slip in the formula made itself quite apparent with its uneven coverage. It slides around a lot, and it is very high maintenance to wear on its own. A lip liner is a must with this one, I’d say. Alone, it lasted for three and a half hours. NYX Pistachio (P, $6.00) is a lot lighter. Illamasqua Apocalips (P, $24.00) is more matte, darker, bluer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chlorophyll (P, $18.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — If you don’t dig unconventional colors, that’s cool, but please don’t criticize or insult those who do. Not everyone loves red lipstick OR green lipstick but that’s why options exist :)

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). This set has a cool tone running through it and ranges from white to black to blue and teal. The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

White is described as a “soft pearl white.” It’s a bright, silvery white with a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. It had a soft, silky texture that was easy to use. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. This shade is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blue Noir is described as a “dirty grayish blue.” It’s a muted, medium-dark bluish teal with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was smoother and more even when applied damp. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Soul is described as a “charcoal black smoked with gold.” It’s a muted, medium black with silver sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, opaque color applied damp. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. There was a little bit of fall out from the sparkle. This shade is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Grey is described as a “sparkly chunky grey.” It’s a cool-toned, purple-gray chunky glitter. It is not eye or lip safe.

Deep Blue Green is described as a “rich deep bluish green.” It’s a rich, blackened teal with a bluish leaning and frosted finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry and more opaque applied damp. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. This shade is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is described as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

MAC now offers “Sized to Go” pigments in select shades, which are the same size as the ones in the set, for $10 ($111.11/oz). Normally, a full-sized jar of pigment is $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.). The set contains $40.00 or $50.40 worth of pigments, depending on which calculation you use. Full-sized glitters are $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.), so there is $19.60 worth of glitter here. All in all, the set contains at least $59.60 worth of product, and on the high end, $70.00. The only annoyance is that the smaller jars can be harder to use, depending on the size of your fingers/hands, but you’ll want to be careful. I usually find the best luck in pouring a little into the cap or onto a metal mixing palette.

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