Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Burberry Oxblood No. 214 Lip Mist
Burberry Oxblood No. 214 Lip Mist

Burberry Oxblood No. 214 Lip Mist ($33.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish berry with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage–a lot more than the “subtle hint of color” described (though they allude to more buildable color, as they give a tip to apply “twice for stronger colour”), which may be a happy problem for some to have. It lasted for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. This shade is also available in the permanent range, just in regular packaging. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Audrey (P, $32.00) is similar. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Gold No. 217 Lip Mist ($33.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned beige with faint gold shimmer and a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage; the base color gave my lips a lighter, more beige-hue with some shimmer. The color pulled into lip lines shortly after applying, and it worsened as it wore. The color only wore well for two and a half hours. It was comfortable to wear during that time, though. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Gold (LE, $49.00) is less glossy. MAC Altered Beige (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Sous Le Vent (P, $35.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Burberry Gold No. 447 Iconic Colour Nail Polish
Burberry Gold No. 447 Iconic Colour Nail Polish

Burberry Gold No. 447 Iconic Colour Nail Polish ($22.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a muted, yellowed beige with warm undertones and faint gold pearl shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it wasn’t too thick or too thin to work with. This one bubbled slightly on me (and I tried applying it twice, just to be sure), unfortunately, so that was a real disappointment. Zoya Taylor (P, $9.00) has no shimmer. Cult Nails Mazo (DC, $12.00) is warmer, sheerer. L’Oreal The Statement Piece (LE, $6.99) is more glittery. Zoya Tomoko (P, $9.00) is more glittery. Guerlain Altoum (LE, $25.00) is metallic. China Glaze Fast Track (LE, $7.50) is darker. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is a cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Burberry Oxblood No. 303 Iconic Colour Nail Polish ($22.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a deep, reddish burgundy cream. It’s fully opaque after two coats and dries to a high-shine finish (no need for a top coat, unless you want it for sustained wear/shine). The consistency was on the thinner side, so I recommend being generous for applying each coat or else use a good base coat to smooth out the natural nail. This shade is part of the permanent range, but it will be in the standard packaging. NARS Chinatown (P, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Vintage Vamp (P, $16.00) is similar. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 15th, 2014

MAC Kinky Lipglass
MAC Kinky Lipglass

MAC Kinky Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer red with multidimensional glitter.” It’s a medium, warm-toned red with fuchsia and red glitter. NARS Misbehave (P, $26.00) is less sparkly, sheerer. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) has finer shimmer, darker. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Totally Fab (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s semi-sheer–I found it somewhat buildable to get between sheer and semi-opaque color, depending on your tolerance for the thickness of your gloss–with lots and lots of glitter. It’s definitely a sparkly, glittery gloss that has some noticeable texture, but it is surprisingly unnoticeable given how full of glitter it is. Despite the brighter, darker color and the opacity level, it applied fairly evenly and didn’t pull into lip lines. The gloss on its own wore well for almost five hours. It’s medium-to-thick, noticeable on, and tacky, which is in line with the Lipglass formula. It’s particularly lovely over your favorite red lipstick (any will do!).

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base
MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base

MAC Coral Lumineux Cream Colour Base ($70.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “vivid coral creme.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. Guerlain Petrouchka #9 (LE) is a powder. Makeup Geek Summer Fling (P, $9.99) is lighter, powder. MAC Ocean City (LE, $30.00) is powder. YSL Corail Affranchi (07) (P, $40.00) is more orange. NARS Exumas (P, $39.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #420 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted, pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. NYX Cinnamon (P, $5.00) is darekr, powder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Not that this luxury holiday collection is a value proposition by any means, but regularly-sized and packaged Cream Colour Bases retail for $21.00 for 0.12 oz. or $175/oz., and this limited edition, over-sized version is $250/oz. It is over twice the amount of product in a regular CCB, though a little goes a long way. The compact is incredibly weighty–it’s probably not one you’d want to keep in a bag for on-the-go, because it is really that heavy–which does give it a more luxe and high-end feeling. It felt sturdy while still being functional. I found that this was less emollient than other Cream Colour Bases, which was a good thing, as it was longer-wearing at seven and a half hours, and yielded richer color payoff from the get-go. It looks more satin-to-matte applied once it sets and dries down.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte yellow orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use, though it was a smidgen powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #4 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is very similar. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (DC, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Juiced (DC, $15.00) is more shimmery, yellower. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is slightly brighter/more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Simply Marlena Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink with purple undertone and gold flecks.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, bluish undertones and a satin finish–mostly matte with a smattering of very fine shimmer. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation, but it was on the powdery side, so it tends to have a fair amount of fall out when you apply it, and it does seem to sheer out a little too easily on the lid. If you normally use a primer, you probably won’t notice. On me, it wore well for eight hours. Chanel Exaltation (108) (P, $29.50) is lighter, matte. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 (LE) is similar. Sugarpill Birthday Girl (P, $12.00) is purpler. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is more matte, brighter. Inglot #362 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery medium green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a golden olive shimmer for a more satiny finish. The consistency was drier, somewhat powdery, and the color payoff reflected it, as this one was semi-opaque. It faded a little faster than much of the range does on me and only wore well for seven hours when I tested it. MAC Marsh (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is darker, less green. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is very similar. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is darker. Anastasia Moss (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is darker. Inglot #121R Middle (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Bite Beauty Aubergine Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Aubergine Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Aubergine Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “eggplant.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted, berry with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It’s definitely not the matte finish you might expect–and it gives off a higher sheen than even a satin, though the shine does wear down after an hour or two of wear. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that goes on evenly and smoothly, as the consistency is creamy enough not to drag, but it doesn’t slide around once applied. This shade wore well for six hours and was moderately hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter, lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is glossier. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is sheerer. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Cognac Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It was one of the more emollient shades in the range–it had more slip, so it has a thicker, creamier feel on the lips. Luckily, the color still went on evenly, and the wear came in at five hours. The formula was comfortable to wear and hydrating over time. NARS Deborah (P, $32.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $16.00) is more metallic. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Truffle Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a deepened, blackened red with cool undertones and a glossy shine. This was the worst-performing shade in the range, because it was too slippery in texture. The color didn’t go on evenly, and it was prone to pulling into lip lines. It is better blotted down and worn more as a stain, which helps to mitigate some of the unevenness. The color lasted for five hours and left behind a stain. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is more matte. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is purpler. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is redder. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is redder. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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