Thursday, January 8th, 2015

ColourPop Bae Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Bae Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Halo Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “golden champagne dusted with soft gold glitter [with a satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellowed beige with gold glitter over a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was a shade that needed two layers for full opacity. On me, it wore well for nine and a half hours without creasing or fading, but there was a smidgen of fall out.
It is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “penny copper [with a metallic finish].” It’s a deepened copper bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, while remaining easy to blend. It wore well for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Drift Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true cranberry [with a pearlized finish].” It’s a medium-dark, berry-red with subtle warmer undertones and a light sparkle over a more pearly finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that was easy to use and blend out on the skin while retaining its intensity. I didn’t have any fading or creasing over a ten-hour period. It is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Bae Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich eggplant purple with an emerald and turquoise, glittery duo chrome [with a metallic finish].” It is a dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and bluish-teal sparkle and shimmer. The color payoff was intense, while the consistency was still smooth, blendable, and easy to use. This shade didn’t crease or fade over ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, pewter-gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s like a mix of gold, taupe, and gray, and I find it’s very brightening on the lid. The shade is richly pigmented with a soft, almost creamy consistency, that goes on like butter over the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It’s very smooth and had excellent color payoff that was easy to work with and blend on the skin. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture is ridiculously smooth and soft with a buttery, dense feel. It slides over the skin smoothly with intense pigmentation. It really was a dream to work with, and even better, it lasted for nine and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deepened brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was very soft and dense, and it was just slightly prone to thickening on the skin in the way that almost-cream-like-powders can. The pigmentation was incredible as a little went a long way. The color did last well for almost ten hours, though! See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned beige (there’s an almost gray cast over it) with a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dense but not really thin either. It felt a lot like a cream-powder hybrid to the touch. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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D552 Crystalline Gray Beige

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10/10

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ME644 Iced Brown

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Get Lucky Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “liquid-like true gold.” It’s a medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had very good color payoff that went on smoothly and was easy to work with on the lid as it blended beautifully. The color didn’t show any signs of creasing after ten hours of wear. LORAC Unlimited (P) is brighter. Chanel Rêve d’Orient #3 (LE) is a powder. Tarte No Champagne, No Gain (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Milani Bella Sand (02) (P, $3.99) is a powder. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P, $16.00) is less yellow, powder. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is lighter, powder. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is darker, powder. MAC Unwind (P, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery, powder. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is lighter, powder. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop La La Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true rose gold [with an Ultra Metallic finish].” It’s a muted, coppery-brown with a hint of pink and a frosted, metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly, and it was easily applied with a brush or fingertip (whichever method you prefer, really, as the results were the same either way). I wore it for ten hours, and it still looked immaculate after that time period. It is part of the Down With Decorum six-piece set. Colour Pop Sequin (P, $5.00) is darker. Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is a powder. Stila Affection (P) is browner, powder. Makeup Geek Roulette (LE, $5.99) is darker, powder. Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is powder. Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. LORAC Unbelievable (P) is more muted, powder. MAC Sexy Eyes (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is a powder. Guerlain Les Fauves #4 (LE) is a powder. bareMinerals Imagine (P) is less copper, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Eve Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “dirty antique gold [with an Ultra Metallic finish].” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with a golden sheen. The color payoff was excellent with rich, full color coverage. The consistency was blendable, smooth, and applied beautifully to the skin, while the color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing. It is part of the Down With Decorum six-piece set. Burberry Gold #2 (LE) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Pretentious (P, $5.99) is a powder. Kat Von D Depeche (LE) is warmer, powder. Hello Kitty Chocolate Chip (LE) is lighter, powder. Anastasia Topaz (P, $12.00) is less golden, powder. Make Up For Ever ME658 Golden Brown (P, $21.00) is less khaki, powder. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is powder. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is a powder. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is less khaki, powder. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is a powder. MAC Romp (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Mittens Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep warm brown [with a matte finish].” It’s a dark, burgundy-brown with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff that was easy to blend, but it is more prone to sheering out compared to the other shades featured in this review. It was easy to blend and work into the crease, though, so it is also forgiving. Once on, the color stayed on well for ten hours. This was a limited edition holiday set that was just released on its own as part of the matte collection. Sephora + Pantone Universe Hot Chocolate (LE) is browner, powder. Anastasia Deep Plum (P, $12.00) is much darker, powder. Make Up For Ever M608 Red Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. NARS Dolomites (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker, powder. Makeup Geek Bitten (P, $5.99) is redder, powder. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $15.00) is a powder. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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10/10

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10/10

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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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Alexander

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