Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer
Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer

Formula X Infamous Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal and purple metallic.” It’s a steely gray that leans slightly teal along the edges and shifts to a muted violet. It has more of a metallic shimmer running through it. MAC Submerged (LE, $16.00) is much bluer. KBShimmer Rollin’ with the Chromies (LE, $8.75) is more shimmery. Color Club Portfolio (P) is purpler. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the bottle, I thought it might be a possible dupe (or at least, similar to!) for Chanel Sweet Star, but it’s not (way, way darker). The duochrome is strong and noticeable, which is always a treat, though there are some visible brush strokes from the more metallic shimmer/finish. It dried down to a naturally high-shine finish, so it doesn’t need a top coat to shine. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a hint of the nail line coming through depending on the type of lighting/angle of my nails.

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Lipstick Queen Have Paris Silver Screen Lipstick
Lipstick Queen Have Paris Silver Screen Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick ($50.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be pigmented, hydrating, long-wearing, and have a “wet-look” for finish. They’re fairly pigmented, wear long, feel somewhat hydrating, and have a glossy (or wet) finish. The consistency of the lipsticks is thin, and they don’t feel stiff when applied, but they almost need to “melt” a little to glide on really nicely. They are mint-scented but don’t have a noticeable minty tingle except for the first couple of minutes of wear.

Lipstick Queen Play It Silver Screen Lipstick ($50.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly–it appears almost like a stain with the translucency it has. The color wore well for five hours and felt hydrating. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is darker. Guerlain Very Pink (360) (P, $37.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lipstick Queen Have Paris Silver Screen Lipstick ($50.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm-toned, coral-red with a glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and again, this one almost looks a bit like a stain. The consistency was less creamy compared the other two shades I tried. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was slightly hydrating. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is more orange. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lipstick Queen See Me Silver Screen Lipstick ($50.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a lightened, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had opaque color coverage–surprisingly more pigmented than the other two!–and had a creamier, easier-to-apply texture. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. MAC Style Approved (LE, $22.00) is darker, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is darker, redder. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. MAC Sushi Kiss (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gatsby (110) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a very light, muted rose gold with a metallic, foil-like finish. It’s almost like a rosy silver-pewter kind of color. It was opaque after two coats, and it had minimal visible brush strokes (but there were a few). It dried down quickly and applied easily. NARS Pastorale (P, $20.00) is darker. MAC Shimmerfish (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Chanel Rose Moire (LE, $27.00) is darker. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire (P, $25.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Patsy (164) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, pewter–pale gold micro-glitter over a dirty golden taupe base with a metallic finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a slight translucency. The polish was slightly thin but dried down faster than the average polish. Formula X Alchemy (LE, $12.50) is warmer. Revlon Rich (P, $4.99) is greener. MAC Sinfully Sweet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Quartz (LE, $27.00) is less foil-like. SpaRitual Slate (LE, $10.00) is darker. Zoya Jules (P, $9.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cora (170) Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is a depened, reddish-brown with lighter rose micro-glitter and shimmer. It was fully opaque in nearly one coat, though I applied two for swatches. This one applied beautifully and evenly. It dried to a flatter finish than the other two, though there was still some shine. Zoya India (P, $9.00) is redder, glossier. Essie Toggle to the Top (P, $8.00) is redder. Le Metier de Beaute Urban Dweller (LE, $10.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Scotch Shimmer Nail Polish
Bobbi Brown Scotch Shimmer Nail Polish

Bobbi Brown Scotch Shimmer Nail Polish ($15.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is described as a “glittery copper.” It’s a brilliant, brightened copper-orange with warm golden-copper and darker copper micro-glitter and shimmer. Rescue Beauty Lounge NailsandNoms (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Zoya Amy (P, $9.00) is much darker, redder. Zoya Beatrix (P, $9.00) is lighter, more glittery. Zoya Tanzy (P, $9.00) is darker, more orange/red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I love how fine the shimmer and glitter is, because it seems to catch the light particularly well and give it an extra bit o’ sparkle. I wish it had a little more coverage, as it seemed slightly translucent after two coats. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it seemed to dry faster than the average polish, but it still dried down to a shiny finish (I was expecting something more foil-like based on drying time). I get a week of wear out of Bobbi Brown’s polish formula, which is normal for me, with minor tip wear and no chipping (no base or top coat used).

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlight Powder
Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlight Powder

Bobbi Brown Pink Glow Highlight Powder ($45.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a peach-champagne with a hint of beige and rosiness and a frosted sheen. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Aura (P, $29.00) is more sparkly. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is a liquid. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I found this shade to be more metallic than Bronze Glow, and it just very slightly emphasized pores in comparison (but it is minimal emphasis). The powder felt just as soft and silky, which helped it blend easily on the skin. It had good pigmentation which was controllable; it didn’t feel like the merest touch of the brush was too much, but you don’t have to pack it on either. I think the rosiness in this one might be more prominent if you have pinker undertones, but even in the pan, it seems more “rose gold” than pink to my eye. On me, the highlighter showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette

Anastasia Tamanna Eyeshadow Palette ($29.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes ten eyeshadows that range from warm beige to bluish-teal to cranberry to taupe. This is one of the better Anastasia palettes I’ve come across, as the eyeshadows were more consistent in texture and payoff–they weren’t as dry as past palettes I’ve tried from the brand. All except one shade wore well for eight hours, and there was really only shade that was a bit of a let-down (but not a total miss).

Fresh is a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s somewhat powdery, but it had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Blush is a golden champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was a smidgen dry, but it was soft, blendable, and had good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Venezia is a subtly, gold-shimmered bluish-teal with a faded quality and a frosted finish. It was prone to fading, and it was a more powdery, drier textured eyeshadow. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilded is a bronze-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen dry. As a heads up, this really seemed just like Topaz with a new name. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Custom is a taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the consistency was fairly soft, though a little dry feeling. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sangria is a vbirant, berry-plum with warm, copper-orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, buttery-smooth consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bengal is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was somewhat powdery. This also seemed like Caramel, just renamed. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but it was a little dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

China Rose is an orange-coral (just a hint of pink/red in it) with a golden, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was on the dusty side. (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Noir is a deep, matte black. It had good color payoff, but it was harder to blend. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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