Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright pop of yellowed tangerine–mostly orange with very strong yellow undertones–and a satin finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is more muted. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) is darker. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, redder. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is so smooth–it feels like a cream more than a powder, but it definitely acts and plays more like a powder than a cream on a brush, on the skin, and so forth. With the satin finish, there’s enough sheen to give the skin a light glow that’s natural without being frosted or metallic (and therefore, it doesn’t emphasize pores at all). At this point, it comes as no surprise that it is incredibly rich in pigment, so a little goes a long way, but that smooth, buttery texture makes it easy to blend on the skin. It is also denser, so there’s no excess product being kicked up, and I felt like I didn’t have to worry about how much (or little) I was getting on the brush a lot. On my skin, it wore well for nine hours before fading slightly.

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S732 Orange

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

MAC Make You Mine Pro Longwear Blush
MAC Make You Mine Pro Longwear Blush

MAC Make You Mine Pro Longwear Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “dirty salmon.” It’s a muted, medium copper-plum with a very fine gold shimmer-sheen–it’s more like a soft, satin finish. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Sea Me, Hear Me (LE, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Ambering Rose (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of this blush is brilliant–soft, silky, smooth–and done so well that it almost feels like a cream product rather than a powder. MAC really nailed the formula here, as it is delivers the promised buildable color, blends easily, and wears for eight hours (exactly as claimed). The finish has a very subtle sheen to it that translates more as your-skin-but-better, so there’s no emphasis of pores, and it’s not really shimmery. That slight sheen keeps it from looking too dull or matte against the skin. And good news, it is permanent! You can purchase it in pan format through MAC and pop it into your empty palette of choice, which will save you $7 (which almost pays for the empty palette!).

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Make You Mine

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) Rouge G Lipstick ($54.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “luminous red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with very subtle cool undertones (it has more of a pink base, which makes it appear more neutral than strongly cool or warm-toned) and a soft, luminous shine. MAC Sparks of Romance (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is more matte, more muted. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC True Love’s Kiss (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is similar. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is slightly cooler-toned. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency is lightly creamy–enough that it glides on easily without tugging while yielding even, opaque color coverage in one stroke–but it doesn’t slip around, so the color stays even, no matter if you press your lips together. Unsurprisingly, this rich red lasts for eight hours on me and is hydrating from start to finish. Rouge G is one of my favorite formulas, because the formula is comfortable to wear, pigmented, and moisturizing–my lips always feel even nicer after wearing one for awhile. Though this is a lovely red, it is rather dupable, which is the only downside to it. This particular shade comes in a red lacquered case, but it has the same style and features as regular Rouge Gs (and it is hefty). There is a very light violet scent (I didn’t even notice it initially, but it is there in the tube).

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Rouge Parade (820)

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, bright, in-your-face orange-red with a golden orange frosted shimmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #4 (P, $9.99) is brighter, lighter. Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is darker, redder. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is very similar. MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Despite the more metallic finish, once blended out on the skin, it didn’t seem to emphasize pores, which was a happy surprise. It seems to diffuse and become a smoother, more luminous glow than an overt frost when applied as a blush. The color payoff is crazily intense–a little goes a very long way–but the dense, creamy consistency plays well with a stippling brush so that it isn’t difficult to adjust the amount of product. It has an almost gel-cream-powder feeling, so it’s not quite like a powder, but it’s not a cream product either. From that standpoint, I find it easier to use than NARS Taj Mahal, which is very similar and just as intense. On me, this shade lasted for nine hours before fading slightly.

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ME734 Tangerine

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with just a hint of gray and a high-frost finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, creamy, and extremely blendable. It wore well for nine hours on me. Ardency Inn Rose Gold (P, $21.00) is more mauve. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is a touch lighter. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. Ulta Taupe (P, $10.00) is less shimmery. Laura Mercier Bamboo (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is less frosted. Urban Decay Lost (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M842 Wine Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, muted berry with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a silky, finely-milled texture that was slightly powdery. Of all of Make Up For Ever’s finishes, the mattes feel the most like your traditional powder eyeshadow and the most like their original formula (but I think their mattes are smoother and silkier). Wine has some trouble adhering to bare skin, though plenty of pigment lifts off the surface–it just doesn’t stick. On me, it wears seven and a half hours before looking slightly faded. Sleek MakeUP Valley of Diamonds (LE, $9.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Honeymoon in Hollywood (LE, $9.99) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Eyelid (LE, $2.29) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sha La La (LE) is brighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches
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Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, creamy consistency that was blendable and never powdery. The finish is really nice, as it has a barely-there shimmer that just keeps it from looking too flat on the skin, but it doesn’t look shimmery applied. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Yes Please (P) is lighter. Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Make Up For Ever S-60 (P, $21.00) is a cream product, more shimmery. MAC A Harvest of Greens #4 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Cry Later (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Texture (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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D562 Taupe Platinum

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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5/5

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8/10

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had insanely rich color payoff where a little went a long way. The texture was creamy–almost like a cream eyeshadow–and very smooth, so the color went on evenly but was also blendable. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is a smidgen lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less red. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is lighter. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, golden copper with a metallic sheen. It had excellent pigmentation that was fully opaque and went on incredibly smoothly and evenly on the skin (arm and eyelid). The consistency felt creamy, buttery, and rich, while it lasted for nine hours before fading. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) s slightly brighter. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is browner. Disney by Sephora Drizella (LE) is more muted. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is warmer, lighter. bareMinerals Truffle (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff is fantastic with a really rich, buttery texture that goes on so smoothly. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. This shade was featured in the Artist Palette as well, so I’m able to confirm that the two are equal in quality, which is excellent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D868 Crystalline Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a pink-tinged white with iridescent pink and silver flecks of sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a fairly creamy, dense texture. The “Crystalline” shades seem to be more layering ones (think Make Up For Ever’s Star Powders) that transform colors underneath, though they’re brightening on their own, as they’re very sparkly. The sparkle adheres with the base color, but there was some fall out over the eight-hour wear time. Stila Pink Diamond (P) is warmer. Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is more metallic. Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Pastelluxe #3 (P) is pinker. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is less sparkly. Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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I606 Pinky Earth

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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I662 Amber Brown

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10/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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ME930 Black Purple

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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