Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo
Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a dark taupe brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. It looked a lot more shimmery in the pan than it did when it swatched! The consistency was silky but powdery, so it didn’t apply as evenly or with as much intensity as desired. I don’t notice the shortcomings as much when I applied it into the crease with a fluffier brush, but for lid application, it is more noticeable. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Deep Brown (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #6 (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Persuade (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Defy (LE, $18.00) is grayer. Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is darker, grayer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Tide Pool (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is similar. Ulta Mink (P, $10.00) is similar. Chanel Mystere #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Double Feature #3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #14 Aurore Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a cool-toned,, rosy mauve with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery but very finely-milled. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. Chanel Utopia (96) (LE, $36.00) is a crema product. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is lighter, brighter. MAC Strawberry Patch (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #15 Parma Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted, medium purple with a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a very soft, silky, and finely-milled texture–that did kick up excess when used–which applied easily. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is lighter. Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

MAC Soft Pout Ultimate Lipstick
MAC Soft Pout Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) will hopefully make its grand debut (finally!) on December 1st–fingers crossed! There’s not too much information on them, but the price point, name, and packaging make them seem like they should be similar to the lipsitcks Marcel Wanders collection (some of the shades in this collection were launched previously). The formula is new and permanent. From what I’ve experienced, the majority of the shades have good color payoff with lightweight, creamy textures that go on easily with a fair amount of slip but don’t slide around too much (a few are wetter). I get light hydration with most shades and four to six hour wear. They are vanilla-scented like MAC’s other lip products.

The price is noticeably higher than the standard MAC lipstick, though only a dollar more than the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula. Worth noting, however, is that these are 50% larger than the standard MAC lipstick. The standard MAC lipstick is $160/oz., while the Ultimate lipstick is $153.33/oz. Of course, if you rarely get through half of a lipstick, then paying less will probably make you better off.

Soft Pout is described as a “sheer pink peach with white pearl.” It’s a semi-opaque, medium peach with beige and warm undertones and a luminous finish. The texture has enough slip in it that it doesn’t apply evenly, though it feels creamy and comfortable to wear. The wear time is shorter than other shades at three hours (but it doesn’t feel like it disappears!) and was lightly hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey (P, $32.00) is brighter. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is yellower. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is similar. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

To Savour is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a pale, light pink with cool undertones and a muted, almost gray-like overcast. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a creamy, emollient texture. It didn’t apply evenly and tended to look streaky applied, unfortunately. The color lasted for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Be Fabulous (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is brighter. NARS Stourhead (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marque is described as a “soft light neutral pink.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy beige with warm undertones and light, gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly. It was lightly hydrating and lasted for four hours on me. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is warmer, more glossier. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Lovelight (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Garance (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Cherry Blossom (P, $35.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Femme-de-Luxe is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a vibrant, light-medium fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly. It had less sheen compared to several other shades in the range. This one lasted well for four hours on me and was lightly moisturizing. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more matte. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is less shimmery. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

MAC Nasty Gal Lipsticks
MAC Nasty Gal Lipsticks

MAC Gunner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep purple [with a Matte finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, dark purple with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly well (though not perfectly, I didn’t notice the imperfections at a normal viewing distance, only close-up). The consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lips, but the finish isn’t truly matte as a result. It wore well for six and a half hours and left a fuchsia-like stain behind. It was a little drying over time. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Runner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, burgundy red with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it didn’t look even when applied. There was something about it that looked almost grainy. The color itself wore really long (over six hours), but it was somewhat drying towards the last half of wear. I found it particularly troublesome to apply it from the tube, as it seemed prone to skipping. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Stunner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, pink undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nearly full color coverage with a lightly creamy texture that was easy to apply. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was a little drying but the least drying of the three. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is lighter. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier, brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These lipsticks launch on December 4th on maccosmetics.com and at select store locations.

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Eyeshadow Palette
Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Eyeshadow Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette that uses a different formula than her other palettes. It is a wet/dry formula that’s supposed to have a “rich and buildable layer of color” when applied dry with “three times the color intensity and … [a] metal reflective finish” when applied damp. The palette is really easy to work with, and the four shades performed well consistently with good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and long-wear (eight hours). It is true that the color is more buildable (or sheer-able) if you use it dry, whereas a damp brush will yield very opaque results with (seemingly) less product, though both application methods yielded richer color payoff without fuss. Ultimately, applying the shades with a dampened brush does seem to give slightly richer color with more depth and a stronger sheen, but it is a subtle difference–not three times the intensity (I think the third shade had the “biggest” difference, while the first had the least) and not all were metallic when damp. It’s a really lovely palette if you like your warmer, smokier neutrals with a lot of shimmer, but you may want to check your stash for dupes first as these were more dupable shades.

The price point on this is higher than the regular line ($65 vs. $52), while quantity also decreased (0.10 oz. vs. 0.18 oz.), and I wish it was one or the other. This type of wet/dry formula seems similar to ones like Chanel’s recent eyeshadow quads, Tom Ford’s Nude Dip quad (which is similar in color composition, too), Estee Lauder Gelees, NARS Dual Intensity, MAC Extra Dimension, and so forth, which all tended to have lower quantities compared to their traditional powder formulas, but it was more of a mixed bag with regards to whether a brand increased the price per ounce as well. For reference, the palette is the same physical size of the regular line, so visually, they don’t seem smaller.

Fallen Angel #1 is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color applied dry, and it was fully opaque applied damp, where it was also a bit more shimmery and brighter. The consistency was soft without being powdery and applied smoothly to the skin, while it wore well for eight hours before fading. Anastasia Blush (LE) is darker. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is a touch cooler-toned. Stila Kitten (P) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #1 (LE) is very similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fallen Angel #2 is a golden taupe brown with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it appeared slightly warmer and a touch more muted, while applied damp gave it a smoother sheen; the differences are subtle, though. It wore well for eight hours on me. Urban Decay Resist (LE, $18.00) is darker. Laura Mercier Topaz (P) is less shimmery. MAC Quintessential (LE, $15.00) is warmer, less shimmery. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Sleek MakeUP Aladdin’s Lamp (LE, $9.99) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker, less shimmery, cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is cooler-toned, darker. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is more golden. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $42.00) is darker. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is similar Urban Decay YDK (LE, $18.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Superwatt (LE, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is lighter. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fallen Angel #3 is a warm, bronzy brown with a metallic and reddish undertones. It was opaque both wet and dry, though it appeared slightly darker when applied damp. The color lasted well for eight hours. Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is lighter, yellower. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less shimmery. MAC Golden Hours #1 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Too Faced Haute Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is redder. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is redder. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $15.00) is redder. MAC Twinks (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fallen Angel #4 is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a soft, pearly finish. Applied dry, it had a softer look to it and was slightly less smooth and opaque compared to the damp application. This shade also lasted for eight hours before fading. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #4 (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP 1001 Nights (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is warmer. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is similar. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P) is darker. MAC Dark Dare (LE, $19.50) is darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl (214) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl (214) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl (214) Style Eye-Con No. 7 Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes seven shades ranging from matte beige to green-teal to eggplant. It’s a new(er) and permanent addition to the palette range that released in the fall. Overall, it’s a nice palette with six of the seven shades performing well with good color payoff, long-wear, and softer, easier-to-use textures. The one that was the major miss was drier with a stiffer consistency that made it harder to blend and use on the eyelid. It seemed like a more unique mix of shades to me, which is nice to see.

The Night Owl #1 is described as a “champagne sheen with silver glitter.” It’s a muted, antique gold with neutral-to-warm undertones and a metallic sheen. While I detected silver micro-glitter in the pan, almost none showed up on the actual lid, so there didn’t seem to be issues with fall out either (because there wasn’t any to fall!). The color itself wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #2 is described as an “intense black matte with iridescent glitter.” It’s a deep, dark black with a mostly matte finish (and it appears mostly matte once applied and blended on the skin) and a sprinkling of very fine multi-colored shimmer. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #3 is described as a “metallic golden bronze.” It’s a rich, medium-dark honey gold with hints of brown in its base and a high-shine, metallic finish. It was incredibly soft, buttery, and smooth with intense color payoff. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #4 is described as a “matte creme.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #5 is described as a “mermaid sheen with subtle iridescent shimmer.” It’s a brightened, bluish-teal with a frosted, metallic sheen and subtle silver sparkle. The consistency is a smidgen dry, though it is very pigmented and was fairly easy to blend. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #6 is described as a “cocoa matte with rose gold shimmer.” It’s a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. There is a light dusting of gold micro-shimmer. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Night Owl #7 is described as a “rich matte espresso.” It’s a blackened eggplant purple with subtle, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. This was the worst-performing shade in the palette, as it was drier and stiffer, so the color payoff was lacking and blendability was lower. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Cappuccino Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “brown glitter.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a gold sparkle and shimmer. It had decent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two layers. It wore well for ten hours (shy of the 12-hours claimed, though) before thinning. Tarte Bronze (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is similar. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is a cream product. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Cocoa Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with warm, red undertones and a subtle bronze shimmer. It had good pigmentation in one pass with a soft, creamy consistency that wore well for ten hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer (P, $15.00) is very similar. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flirting Game Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “taupe.” It’s a dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones while the gray-ish cast is quite noticeable, so it almost looks cool-toned on top. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it glides on easily without tugging at the lash line as the consistency is lightly creamy (but not so creamy that it smudges or migrates). It wore well for ten and a half hours on me. Sephora Collection Welcome to My Loft (LE, $9.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $19.00) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Underground (P, $19.00) is a touch browner but similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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