Friday, December 19th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a champagne-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is slightly more beige. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more golden. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is more beige but very similar applied. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more metallic. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is similar. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re familiar with Candlelight, this is a new shade in the range. It’s darker and warmer, more orange/peach-based than beige-based. The texture was soft, almost creamy, and smooth that applied flawlessly to the skin; it was so, so easy to use as it blended beautifully and sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores but still giving off that luminous glow. Some products are just top notch; as soon as I applied this and saw it in the mirror, I was like, “Yep, that’s the stuff.” When I wore it, the effect lasted well for just over nine hours before fading. Only bummer is that when they redid the packaging on The Celestial Powder, they reduced the size quite a bit (0.17 oz. to 0.11 oz.), but the price is the same, and it would have been nice to see a slight price drop (maybe $36 or so).

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Tom Ford Luca Lipstick
Tom Ford Luca Lipstick

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “corals to oranges.”

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Luca Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, coral-orange with a frosted finish. It had a light shine to it but wasn’t really glossy or luminous. The consistency was lightly creamy and applied fairly easily, but some of the color pulled into lip lines early on. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted for three and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Matthew Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, coral-pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. There’s a very subtle hint of silver/white pearl. The color was richly pigmented, comfortable to wear, and lasted for five hours while being hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Adriano Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral with a hint of pink and a luminous shine. It is very close to being orange, but there’s this tint of pink that is really visible (particularly against orange lipsticks)–which is actually what makes it a little more unique. It had fully opaque pigmentation that went on beautifully and lasted for five and a half hours on me. This was comfortable to wear and moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tomas Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with lighter copper shimmer and a subtle, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but there’s a definite translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through. It had a thinner, more emollient texture compared to the less shimmery shades in the range (like Adriano), which made the color glide on easily. The color wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rafael Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had intense color payoff and covered lips fully. The consistency was creamy, moderately hydrating, and easy to wear. This shade stayed on well for six hours. It is a very dupable shade, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Tom Ford Alexander, Patrick, Michael, John, Giacomo Lip Colors
Tom Ford Alexander, Patrick, Michael, John, Giacomo Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “pop pinks to roses.” Right now, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time).

You can check out sneak peek swatches here and here for the other shades. :) The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Alexander Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, blue-based cotton candy pink with a soft shimmer. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but it didn’t go on quite as evenly as I would have liked. The consistency just doesn’t feel luxuriously smooth, so I was a bit disappointed. The color wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Patrick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium coral with a hint of pink and a luminous shine. It had rich color payoff and hid my lip freckle entirely with a smooth, moderately creamy texture that made the lipstick apply evenly. This shade stayed on well for four hours when I tested it, and it was nicely moisturizing while I wore it. I really liked this shade, but it seems rather dupable, so you may have something like it in your stash. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Michael Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and was comfortable to wear. It was lightly hydrating, but it lasted for five hours, so a bit longer than the first two in the post. I also found this one harder to dupe, because it’s a very pink-driven shade that’s still warm-leaning, and the frost finish made it more unusual. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

John Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a heavier frosted finish. it had rich, fully opaque pigmentation that covered lips well and applied with even color. It wore well for almost six hours and was a little hydrating (but the least hydrating of this set). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giacomo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm undertones and a very fine golden shimmer. It had full color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without tugging, while delivering even color. It wore well for almost six hours and was moderately moisturizing over time. The finish on this one reminded me of a less glossy version of Guerlain’s Rouge G formula due to the inclusion of pearl. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longwear Eyeshadow
MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longwear Eyeshadow

MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longwear Eyeshadow ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dark camel [with a Semi-Matte finish].” It’s a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. Makeup Geek Preppy (P, $5.99) is browner, less yellow. Anastasia Bengal (LE) is similar. Anastasia Caramel (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Desert Sands (LE, $5.99) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M660 Speculous (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M650 Cookie (P, $21.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is very similar. MAC Outre (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

So, long ago when the Pro Longwear Eyeshadows released, I somehow missed this shade. My guess is it was “coming soon” or else I just totally spaced! A reader asked me to compare it to something, and that’s how the pieces came together–and now, here is the long-missing shade. The Pro Longwear formula is supposed to have a “silky, creamy texture formulated for maximum colour impact” and last eight hours. Uninterrupted had rich color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly–even over bare skin, which is always impressive with a more matte finished eyeshadow! The consistency was soft, silky, and blendable without being powdery. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. It is also available in regular compact for $21.

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Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand Artist Shadow
I526 (inner lid), ME612 (middle of lid), D826 (outer lid/crease), M546 (crease),
ME828 (crease), I520 (lower lash line), Sephora Love Affair Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light beige with a pink-tinge and a frosted finish. It had a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use with good color payoff. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading. Cle de Peau Stardust #1 (P) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) is similar. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. LORAC Nude (P) is similar. Illamasqua Slink (LE) is slightly warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, caramel brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly. The consistency was buttery and creamy, and it was so easy to use. This shade wore well for nine hours on me. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is darker. Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is less red. Stila Peace (P) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is more metallic, cooler-toned. LORAC Mocha (P) is similar. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer (P, $28.00) is a cream product. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy taupe with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. The color wore well for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Unexpected (P, $5.99) is cooler-toned, purpler. Tarte Natural Beauty (LE) is similar. Tarte You Look Mauveless (LE) is darker, brighter. LORAC Dusty Plum (LE) is darker, brighter. LORAC Unconditional (P) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is brighter, darker. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is very similar. Urban Decay Tease (LE, $18.00) is browner. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Haux (P, $15.00) is similar. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft burnt orange.” It’s a brightened, tangerine orange with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but it applied oddly–the color “bubbled” all over, so it looked a little odd. It was more noticeable to me when I was applying it than it seems to look in photos, but you can see that the color on the upper lip isn’t really smooth or opaque all-over. The consistency is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and mostly non-sticky, but the way it applied left something to be desired. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It is mint-scented and had a slightly minty-taste, but it didn’t bother my lips. The opacity of the color made it more unique. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is sheerer. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is darker, more shimmery. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Fame (206) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “raspberry red.” It’s a muted, warm reddish-plum with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that went on beautifully–I think you can see the difference between the two shades when it comes to how even the color applied. This shade wore well for five hours and was hydrating while worn. Nothing I could think of that was a gloss came that close. Chanel Audace (20) (P, $34.00) is browner, less pink. MAC Ruby (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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