Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “grayish taupe brown matte-satin.” It’s a darkened gray with brown undertones and a dusting of teal micro-shimmer with satin finish. This shade was in the Vice palette, but this seemed to apply a bit darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #5 is slightly browner. Benefit Holy Smokes is similar in color but a cream product. bareMinerals Undercover is lighter. MAC Nebula is a touch browner. MAC Keep Your Cool is browner. Urban Decay Pistol is warmer, lighter.

At first glance, it appears to have a satin finish, but the more it is blended out, the more matte the finish becomes. The sheen of the slight pearl included in it is very, very subtle. I was thrown by Urban Decay’s “matte-satin” description initially, but it really does make sense. The texture of this shade was slightly dry, so it tends to apply better with a fluffier brush and with light, feathery strokes.  Desperation had good color payoff, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color on the lid.  It’s good, just not perfect; the slightly drier texture made the payoff less intense and not as easily blended as the best of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows.

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Urban Decay Desperation Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's good, just not perfect; the slightly drier texture made the payoff less intense and not as easily blended as the best of Urban Decay's eyeshadows.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher
Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher

Illamasqua Lies Cream Blusher ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “light pearly pink.” It’s a light pink with a pearly, frosted finish and subtle, warm yellow undertones. It actually reminded me of MAC Veronica’s Blush, only in a cream form. NARS New Order is cooler-toned. MAC Flower Fantasy is slightly darker.

It’s going to work more as a cream highlighter on light-medium and darker complexions than as a blush, because it’s just a very pale, light color. Lightly tapped and patted on the higher planes of the face, it creates a glossy, high-shine look and reflection. For anyone who prefers subtler highlighters, I wouldn’t recommend this, but for those who want a more dramatic highlighter, this works nicely.  It does slightly emphasize pores in low light, but with more lighting or when you’re outdoors, it reflects so well that you don’t see the pores.  When I trialed it, Lies wore for eight hours without fading (or melting or sliding around).

It looks like it’s out of stock at Sephora at this very moment, but it’s part of the permanent range so it should be restocked For our international readers, it is also available directly from Illamasqua.

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Lies

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It's really easy to apply, and you can control the strength of the highlight by applying more or less. Lighter skin tones may find it adds some natural flush to their cheeks, but most skin tones will find this highlights without adding much color.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick
MAC Embrace Me Lipstick

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright fuchsia cream.” It’s a medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish (almost like a matte with a hint shimmer). There are a lot of shades that are similar to this–and unsurprisingly, MAC makes most of them, but Maybelline Fuchsia Flash is just a touch less blue-based and has a glossier finish but is otherwise very similar. MAC Pink Pigeon is a touch darker. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl is less bright, slightly more magenta. MAC Candy Yum Yum is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Dear Diary is a touch bluer-based. MAC Quick Sizzle is darker, pinker.

It applied with rich, opaque color, and it was lightly creamy but less so than other recent matte lipsticks that MAC has released. It didn’t tug exactly, but it just didn’t glide on as well. I tested this shade yesterday as my last of the day, and it wore for five and a half hours well, and then a stain lingered for another hour so. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Because it does have more of a matte finish, make sure you’ve hydrated and exfoliated your lips prior to applying and wearing this shade.

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MAC Embrace Me Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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Depending on how long you've been riding the MAC wave, you just may have a half dozen shades that are very similar to this.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Scratch Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rose gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned rosy pink with yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Urban Decay Freebird is lighter and has a golden sheen. bareMinerals Page Six is a touch lighter. MAC Rose Light is cooler-toned. MAC Da Bling is pinker. MAC Rose is darker, pinker. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #4 is more satiny in finish but close in color.

This eyeshadow had excellent color payoff–fully opaque with little product required. Scratch had a soft, buttery texture that was dense and finely-milled, but it was so soft that it was powdery–almost crumbly in a way, but incredibly fine crumbles, not large or chunky ones.  I didn’t experience fall out during wear, but it’s an eyeshadow that requires some clean-up after you initially apply it, so I recommend applying it prior to laying down any base makeup.  It applied with good color payoff to the lid, and it was very easy to blend out the edges.  Scratch lasted for eight hours well, and after nine, there was a hint of fading present.

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Scratch

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The major downside to this particular shade was the powdery nature of the texture. Otherwise, it had good pigmentation, wore well for eight hours, and was easy to blend.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lipglass

MAC Ablaze Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with red undertones and golden orange shimmer. Illamasqua Mistress is more coral. NARS Hollywoodlawn is darker, redder. MAC Eclectic Edge is less red, more shimmery. MAC Morange is more orange. MAC Caqui is similar but doesn’t have shimmer. Illamasqua Temper is brighter and has no shimmer.

This is such a lovely gloss from MAC–it had mostly opaque color coverage, but more importantly, it applied beautifully. The color went on evenly and didn’t bunch up on itself or slide around too much. It also seemed glossier than the average Lipglass. It’s a darker, deeper orange, so it doesn’t look neon, but it is still a bolder shade selection. I’m testing this shade right now, and we’re almost at the three-hour mark; based on how it’s wearing, it looks like it will last around four hours (typical of MAC Lipglass).

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This is such a lovely gloss from MAC--it had mostly opaque color coverage, but more importantly, it applied beautifully. It is more orange than the lipstick, though!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer
MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer

MAC Heroine Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright violet cream.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-purple with warm, pinky-red undertones and a cream finish. MAC In the Dark… Purple is darker, redder (better match for Heroine, actually). OCC Pansy is much pinker. Zoya Kieko is darker. Zoya Perrie is a bit lighter and more lavender.

While it’s not muted, it’s not a bold/bright shade either. It doesn’t match the Heroine lip products at all–it is purpler and lighter. Based on the collection, everything seems like it’s supposed to match (and the descriptions are fairly uniform across the products), but this one definitely stood out–and that may be to your liking (or not). It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly well. The consistency was on the thicker side, but it didn’t seem to cause problems during application other than being mindful of how much product is on the brush. I actually felt like this had a cream-jelly hybrid of a finish, because it had a slight squishy look to it after I applied the two coats.

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Heroine

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If you wanted the color to match the lipstick, you're out of luck. If you prefer lighter purples, you may still like it.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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