Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured
Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured

Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “white pearl.” It’s a neutral-to-cool-toned, shimmery white with a luminous finish. Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, powder. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is warmer, powder. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula was lightweight, thin, and lightly emollient; it spread and blended well on the skin, but it didn’t feel wet or tacky so it is less prone to disturbing base products, if you use it on top of other products. I tested and wore it over bare skin per usual, and it works wonderfully that way, along with over and under foundation. This is a shade more suitable for lighter skin tones, especially if you want to wear it at a higher opacity as it does have a stronger white base. It highlights and adds a very soft shimmer-sheen to the skin without adding color nor does it emphasize pores. It could also be used to lighten and add luminosity to a more matte cream blush. The color coverage was mostly opaque–less pigmented compared to other shades I’ve reviewed–but has the same blendability, so it can be applied heavily or easily sheered out. If you prefer a sheerer look, lightly tap onto cheeks with fingertips or a stippling brush. It wore well for eight hours before fading.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Julia (404) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “intense luminous nude.” It’s a softened, light-medium beige-brown with a lighter beige micro-shimmer and luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage that went on smoothly and evenly. The texture was lightweight, lightly creamy, and comfortable to wear. This shade wore well for four hours and was somewhat hydrating over time. Bite Beauty Pecan (P, $28.00) is slightly darker. Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is darker. Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Chanel Patchouli (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Coco (416) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “peony orange.” It’s a brightened, orange-red with warm undertones, faint gold micro-shimmer, and a glossy finish. This is one of the glossier shades I’ve tried, and the result is a juicier, plumper look overall. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a creamy, moderately emollient consistency that glided across lips easily. It lasted for four hours on me and was moderately hydrating over time. Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) (LE, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is redder, less glossy. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is redder, less glossy. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker, redder. NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is darker, more matte. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is brighter, less glossy. Guerlain Gipsy (P, $51.00) is lighter. Guerlain Gina (P, $51.00) is darker, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Edith (424) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “intense pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but the consistency had a bit too much slip and caused the color to look slightly unevenly at times. If I pressed my lips together, you could see “lines” where the color bunched up on itself. This shade wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. Bite Beauty Tatin (P, $24.00) is more matte, warmer. MAC Phosphorescent (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is brighter. Chanel Fleurie (139) (LE, $34.00) is less glossy, darker. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is similar. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is darker. Guerlain Georgia (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

ColourPop Pie Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Pie Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Pie Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “true bright neon pink pie in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, magenta pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish–there appears to be a smidgen of micro-shimmer but applied, it looks matte. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is slightly brighter, more magenta than fuchsia. Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is slightly more fuchsia, shimmery. LORAC Unashamed (LE) is lighter, powder. MAC Sweet Sentiment (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, more muted, powder. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is a powder. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Savage (P) is a powder. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is lighter, powder. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is a powder. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’ve tested a few of the new blush shades, and this is the first one to be reviewed (I like to test a few of a new formula prior to posting any reviews, just to have a better “big picture” of where it seems we’re going), so more are on the way. The formula on the Super Shock Cheeks seems to be creamier in comparison to the Super Shock Shadows, though they still have that more sponge-like consistency where you can press and mold the product like clay. According to the brand, coverage is buildable from “natural-looking” to “more intense,” and they specifically state that “fingertips will provide the highest amount of coverage.” On each blush’s product page, the brand suggests using a flat synthetic brush or duo fiber brush with the latter yielding “a more sheer, air brushed effect.”

This is a formula where technique counts. So, how best to apply? It depends on the shade, your skin’s natural texture, the level of coverage you want, and what tool(s) you use to apply the color with. All true with any product, of course, but I felt like there was a bigger learning curve with this formula as a blush. I have been using an assortment of brushes and techniques to apply these as I’ve applied them for testing as well as for just capturing initial face swatches to see what worked best for me. I’ve had good luck with brushes like MAC 159, MAC 188, Real Techniques Setting Brush, and Real Techniques Contour Brush for semi-sheer, buildable coverage that looked well-blended and diffused nicely along the edges. Fingertips work exceptionally well for depositing medium to full coverage and blending edges. For initial application (to get color coverage), dab and pat along the cheek area, don’t swipe. For blending, the key was to use less pressure than you think; a more airy touch is all you need to blend without displacing the color. I didn’t like flat synthetic brushes for applying these, as they tended to streak and were more prone to appearing uneven and blotchy–I would always end up correcting with fingertips. Some shades were less buildable than others, and some of the very lightest and more matte finishes were less forgiving on the skin (a couple seemed less creamy, which might have been a contributing factor).

Most of the blushes look mostly matte to semi-matte applied, even those that have shimmer don’t appear nearly as shimmery applied as they do swatched or in the pan unless you’re wearing them at full, true-to-pan intensity. As I swatched through a lot of them (I still have a few I haven’t photographed yet), several shades overlapped. If you tend to like a subtle application, you may want to stick with the lighter version of the shade, but if you need or like the versatility of having a richer and deeper shade and don’t mind sheering out the color, opt for the deeper version. If you have very strong cool or warm undertones, you may find that the nuance in undertone of two seemingly similar shades may be the make-or-break difference.

Pie had good color coverage that was slightly lighter than the pan color itself, but it had mostly opaque coverage. It was blendable and sheered out to a softer, cool-toned pink. Applied with a stippling brush, it had more of stained appearance on the skin as it was brighter but more translucent. The finish is mostly matte but doesn’t look flat or powdery on the skin, and it looked good on bare skin and over (liquid) foundation. When I tried it over liquid foundation, it doesn’t disturb the underlying base product much, if at all, because it doesn’t have a wet or creamy consistency once it hits the skin. It acts more like a powder product, but it is more forgiving when it comes to diffusing and sheering the color out than really intense powder blushes. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before fading. I think if you wore it at a higher opacity level (and depending on any base products underneath), you might also see slight staining of the skin.

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Monday, March 9th, 2015

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured
Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured

Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “pale gold.” It’s a soft, light-medium gold with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter, powder. Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter, powder. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is very similar, powder. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, powder. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

“Poured” is probably not the best way to describe this product, as it’s not really intuitive; it is a cream highlighter. Here is a breakdown of the other versions of this product: Pressed – $38/0.28 oz. and Liquid – $41/1.7 fl. oz.). The pressed version is the most shimmery and has the most color intensity, while the liquid version is lightest in weight and sheerest of the three. For traditional highlighting, I personally prefer the pressed as it is easiest to use and wears the longest, and for all-over illumination, I like mixing the liquid with moisturizer or foundation. However, the pressed versions can be rather shimmery, so if you’re someone who has loved the colors and concept of the pressed compacts but have found it to be too shimmery for your liking, the cream version is an excellent in-between option. It is also a better version if you have drier or more textured skin, as the shimmer is smoother and more pearl-like than frost-like. I’m hoping to do some comparisons soon, but I don’t own all of the products so I am working on that.

The Poured formula is supposed to have “high color payoff” with a “smooth, creamy finish” and “ultrafine pigment pearls.” It was actually quite pigmented with mostly opaque coverage, which I wasn’t sure it was going to be, and once you brush at the product, the color tends to lighten a bit. I liked to pat the cream highlighter along the tops of the cheekbones with a fingertip or with a tapered, duo fiber brush (I used one by Real Techniques) and then blend it together for a seamless golden sheen. The texture is thin, lightweight with an emollient, creamy feel, so it is easily sheered out or blended on the skin. It works on bare skin, under foundation (though, as you might expect, it will depend on the type and coverage of your foundation), and over foundation with success. It didn’t cause foundation to breakdown or separate as it was being applied. My skin is normal at the moment, and it lasted for eight and a half hours before it started to fade and move.

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Monday, March 9th, 2015

Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

For spring, there are five new, limited edition shades of Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz. each). They’ve just popped up locally for me, and as far as I know, you’ll probably have to track them down in-store if any of them appeal to you (usually, limited edition collections from drugstore brands aren’t available online).

All five had a slight greasy quality to them–slightly thinner but more slip than you’d expect and a bit heavy–but surprisingly, they lasted anywhere from 10 to 16 hours on me before creasing (which isn’t “24 hour wear without creasing or fading”), which is good wear for a cream eyeshadow but shorter than average wear for the original Color Tattoos (last spring I tested shades for 16 hours and didn’t have fading/creasing at that point). Every time I see a 24-hour wear time claim, I feel like I’m watching someone go into a pitch black basement in a horror movie screaming, “NOOOOO!”

The bigger issue I had with these was that they were harder to apply; they just didn’t have even, smooth coverage. They blend with each other nicely, but there were as of the lid where color was semi-sheer and other areas where the color would be mostly opaque. The only shade that didn’t have that issue was Black Orchid, which would be my top pick out of the bunch. I think these are best used as colored eyeshadows bases or as sheer washes of lighter, more shimmery/metallic eyeshadow, but if you want really opaque, smooth, true-to-pot color, you’ll be disappointed.

Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a silvery-white frost finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted for twelve hours before starting to crease. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Hibiscus Heartbreak (125) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium lavender with a cool undertone and warmer, golden pearl that gives it a more metallic finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, looked uneven applied, and lasted for ten and a half hours before I noticed very slight creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Black Orchid (130) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a gray overcast. It had mostly opaque coverage and had a slightly thicker consistency compared to the other shades in the spring set (more in line with the originals). It was browner when sheered out, and you lost a lot of the gray as a result. It wore well for sixteen hours, and I saw very slight fading but no creasing at that point. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium silvery blue with a metallic sheen. When it is sheered out, it is even lighter and more dominated by its silver tones. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on unevenly and tended to streak. It lasted for ten hours on me before I noticed creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Rose Riot (140) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a gold, frosted metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage that was best applied as a sheer wash, as it didn’t go on evenly due to the higher slip of the product. This shade lasted for twelve hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

MAC Acai Lipstick
MAC Acai Lipstick

MAC Acai Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid deep violet [with a Matte finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The texture was a little drier, though it didn’t drag too much when applied, but it seemed to emphasize any dryness/natural texture on the lips as it wasn’t as thick or as velvety in feel as some of MAC’s recent matte finishes have felt. It had mostly opaque color coverage that wore well for six hours but was fairly drying. Tom Ford Beauty Xavier (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Fanny (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is lighter, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is glossier. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is more shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Boca Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft pink nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly with a lightly creamy consistency. It lasted for five hours and was slightly drying after four hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Addison (LE, $32.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Blush (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Petite Red Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “strawberry cream [with a Satin finish].” It’s a bright, neon pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation though it had a slightly thinner, more emollient consistency than most satin finishes (e.g. Boca). It lasted for seven hours on me, feathered slightly along the upper lip line after five and a half hours, and felt drying after six hours of wear. Chanel La Petillante (49) (LE, $34.00) is warmer. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte, warmer. Kat Von D Bachelorette (P, $21.00) is more matte. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is more shimmery. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $16.00) is more matte. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is pinker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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