Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique
Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pinky rose.” It’s a soft, muted pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural shine. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $20.00) is warmer. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is more opaque. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be an “alternative to lipstick” with a “sheer to medium finish.” (As a note, Sephora also has the following: “Surratt Li[p]slique goes on smooth, delivering sheer yet buildable color. This moisturizing formula features high-coverage and goes on thick for lasting, subtle color and a glossy finish,” which is confusing and contradictory, and Barney’s, which was first to carry Surratt when it debuted, doesn’t have anything like that.) The texture is creamy with moderate slip that glides on easily and feels comfortable to wear without being too heavy or too thin. Perfectionniste has semi-sheer coverage that goes on fairly evenly and smoothly, while the color lasts for four hours and is hydrating over time. There was no scent or taste to the formula. Worth noting is that it comes in a twist-up, slim pencil, and it contains substantially less than your average lipstick (0.05 oz. vs. 0.10 oz.), though it’s not a real surprise, as the slimmer format typically results in this type of quantity (across brands).

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre
Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre

Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violette quartz.” It’s a nearly clear base with a moderate amount of of violet and teal-to-violet shimmer and sparkle suspended in the base. The Lip Lustre formula is described as “sheer,” “long-wearing,” and “moisturizing.” It is a light-medium thick, tacky gloss that feels very smooth going on and holds on well, even with a really sheer shade like this one. This gloss lasted for four hours and was somewhat hydrating while worn. There was no scent or taste that I could distinguish. The base looks more lavender in the tube, but it doesn’t seem to translate on the lips. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is less violet. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Soigne Lip Lustre ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as an “elegant sparkling rose.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and lighter pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that covered evenly for the most part. Again, it had a tacky texture that helped it last for five hours, but it was still hydrating and very smooth and easy to apply. It isn’t incredibly thick, but it isn’t thin, so you can feel that you’re wearing a gloss on the lips. Buxom Trixie (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. MAC Stoke the Flame (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (P, $28.00) is lighter. NARS Ophelia (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Clinique Heather Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Heather Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Heather Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a soft, shimmer-sheen finish. There’s an almost plummy tone to it, but it is light enough that it seems more pink than plum. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is brighter, slightly darker. Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Physicians Formula Rose (P, $12.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Kindergarten Red (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is less shimmery. MAC Please Yourself (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #330 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. MAC Formal (LE) is more matte. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is is cooler-toned. MAC Gentle (P, $27.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had mostly opaque coverage that was buildable to fully opaque with two layers, but it didn’t have quite as rich of pigment as many other shades from the range have had. It’s also surprisingly similar to two of the other new-for-spring shades, so it may be redundant if you already picked up either Rosy Pop or Pink Pop. The powder had a soft, smooth consistency that was easily applied and blended on the skin for a beautifully diffused, glowing cheek color. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

Too Faced Metallic Dream House Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.)
is a bright, fuchsia pink with violet micro-shimmer and cool, blue undertones. It had fairly good pigmentation, but again, there’s some translucency there–your natural lip color may peek through slightly. It goes on evenly overall, but sometimes you can see “lines” from where you’ve pressed your lips together. It’s slightly metallic in person, but it’s more of a fine pearly shimmer effect. On me, this shade wore well for five hours and wore away evenly without gathering into lip lines. Tom Ford Beauty John (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Lullabye (P, $21.00) is darker, matte. Kat Von D Sexer (P, $21.00) is matte. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Lollipop (P, $22.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom Boom (210) (P, $28.00) is darker. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is less glossy. Milani Flashy (P, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Show Orchid (P, $16.00) is less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is more metallic. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Metallic Macaron Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with warm undertones and lighter pink and gold metallic shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied well overall, though the texture has enough slip to it that if you press your lips together, sometimes you’ll see slight “lines.” The color wore well for five hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. Tom Ford Beauty Giacomo (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Michael (LE, $32.00) is less glossy. MAC Red Blazer (LE, $15.00) is darker. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Le Baiser (P, $34.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Fusion Pink (P, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Guerlain Grenade (LE, $51.00) is more muted, warmer, less glossy. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015


MAC Desert Roadtrip Cream Colour Base
MAC Desert Roadtrip Cream Colour Base

MAC Desert Roadtrip Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze.” It’s a copper-brown with warm undertones and a lighter golden copper frosted shimmer-sheen finish. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is yellower. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is a powder.Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is yellower, powder. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is a powder. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is a powder. theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, powder. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is a powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that could be layered for opaque, true-to-pan pigmentation or blended out for a sheerer look. When sheered out, it tended to yield less shimmer, so the finish was more luminous than over-the-top shimmery. The consistency is lightweight, thin and spreadable, and blends out nicely on the skin, whether used on bare skin or over foundation. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo
Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) vs. Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is supposed to create a “natural-looking, healthy glow” by using a “harmony of two shades.” There are four versions available, and I have the two designed for “Brunettes” (which tends to just mean warmer tones). It’s the type of product that is best applied swirled together, as the curved sliver of color on the edge is really quite thin, so only an eyeshadow brush could fit into it. Both shades had good, buildable color coverage with a soft, smoothing texture that looked good on the skin. The powder feels soft, silky, but thin and lightweight. They wore for eight hours each. The powders are heavily scented with a floral scent (primarily bergamot and gardenia) that I can smell from across the room when the compact is open and on my face (all day), so if you’re sensitive to scent, keep that in mind!

I was disappointed at just how similar the two were swatched and applied, because I don’t think anyone deeper than medium-tan or so will find these all that useful. Natural is only a shade or so darker with stronger yellow tones to it than Clair for Brunettes. On my skin tone, I couldn’t tell the difference between the two applied–they’re just too similar when you only have four shades! These also run very yellow/orange, less brown-based. I find that I prefer the shade range of the original Terracotta bronzers for more versatility (same price, quantity, better quality overall, and eight shades to choose from!).

Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with a semi-matte finish. It’s more like a natural matte finish, where the skin looks natural and isn’t flattened by the powder, but it’s not shimmery. The pigmentation was mostly opaque and seemed buildable and easily blended for a softer level of coverage. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is slightly darker. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is darker, more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Again, it doesn’t add a real shine or sheen to the face, but it doesn’t flatten away the skin’s natural radiance. It had good, buildable coverage, though it seemed less silky compared to Clair, that blended well and sat nicely on the skin. The color lasted for eight hours. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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