Friday, November 14th, 2014

Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Fraise Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “jewel red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented and yielded full coverage in a single stroke. The consistency is lightweight, a little creamy (but not wet or slick), and holds without feeling clingy. It lasted for six and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is brighter. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is more matte, pinker. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is glossier. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Framboise Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “vibrant pink/purple.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented and easy to use with a lightweight, creamy consistency that applied evenly but didn’t slide around once applied. It wore well for six and a half hours. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is darker. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is darker. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Good Taste (P, $22.00) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is brighter. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Peche Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that applied evenly with smooth, glide-on consistency. The color lasted for five and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Gucci Beauty Fever (P, $39.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is more muted. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is slightly more orange. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Blood Orange (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is glossier. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is darker, glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Estee Lauder Red Ego (250) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Red Ego (250) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Red Ego (250) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deepened, dark red with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a glossy finish. The formula was hydrating and long-wearing, staying true for over six hours while leaving a lingering stain behind. I didn’t have any feathering or bleeding while I wore this. MAC Salon Rouge (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker, more matte. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is more muted. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is more matte, warmer. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. Dior Diorling (LE, $36.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Carnal (370) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, orange-red with a luminous finish and warm undertones. It was intensely pigmented and applied evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for over six hours, and it left behind a reddish stain. The formula was creamy, hydrating, and comfortable to wear without feathering around the edges. Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is similar. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker, more muted. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is similar. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is similar. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is redder. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is lighter. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (450) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned berry with blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had fairly opaque coverage, but there was a noticeable translucency. The consistency on this one was more slippery than other shades, which made it apply less evenly in comparison to most of what I’ve tried in the range. It lasted for six hours, but I did experience slight feathering during the last hour. Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes
Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes ($42.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm, smoky taupe with a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. This shade is a real chameleon, though, because it will just as readily look like a bronze as it will a cooler-toned, almost purplish-taupe. I think it’s going to look a little different from person to person, depending on the lighting and what you pair it with, as a result (more so than most shades). This shade was released previously, and it’s back again for a limited time. It’s very pigmented–a little goes a long way–and the texture is a wet, mousse-cream, so it applies really well as it goes on evenly. It’s not the type of texture I’d expect to stay on well, but on me, it lasts eight hours before creasing slightly. Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is lighter, more golden. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is darker. MAC Mortal #5 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Trusted Instinct #2 (LE) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. LORAC Mocha (P) is similar. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is cooler-toned. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is less shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Paradise on Earth (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Ulta Taupe (P, $10.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Spice Cream Color for Eyes ($42.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a warm, golden bronze with red undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had rich, full color coverage using very little product (use less than you think you’d need), and it blends easily on the skin. The color lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly. MAC Mortal #4 (LE) is lighter.Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is yellower. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is more golden. Urban Decay Smog (P, $18.00) is more golden. NARS Fez (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is browner. MAC Coil (LE, $21.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Axiom (LE, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes four, miniature cream eyeshadow pencils. The quartet is/was exclusive to Sephora, and they’re completely sold out online (but it’s possible it’s still available in stores), but just about every other retailer that carries the brand has a six-piece set available. The six-piece set has all four of these shades, plus Copper and Khaki. I really regret not getting the six set now! Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks normally retail for $28/0.05 oz. (or $560/oz.), so the four-piece set is a total value of $67.20, and the six-piece set is a total value of $100.80 (each of these is 0.03 oz.). The formula is touted as “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich color payoff.” I really liked this set of four; they worked really well together, but they were creamy, opaque, blendable, and long-wearing. I could actually wear them together as a look, which isn’t always easily achieved with jumbo pencils like these (they often dry down too quickly or work better as sheer washes or eyeshadow bases). All four shades wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. The only downside is that the kit is pretty warm, and the colors are similar enough that while they blend seamlessly into each other, there isn’t a lot of contrast.

Rosegold is described as a “dirty pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was fully opaque in one stroke and was easy to blend the edges or blend out for a sheerer wash of color. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is described as a “pewter.” It’s a golden bronze with a hint of khaki in the undertone. It had a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the consistency was easily blended on the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is described as a “soft mauve with pearl.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff in one go, while the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully but remained blendable long enough to work with it–yet it didn’t settle into creases either. The color stayed on well for nine hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cocoa is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a dark, yellow-toned brown with very fine bronze pearl, but it has more of a semi-matte finish applied. It had nice pigmentation in one stroke, and it went on evenly. With a deeper shade like this, the ability to blend it out is so important, and I had no issues blending and using it in the crease. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Geneva Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Geneva Rouge G Lipstick

Here are the currently available warmer orange/reds from the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) range–there are a surprising amount of them! The Rouge G formula is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since–hope you’ve enjoyed this update! :)

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Geneva is a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm udnertones and a glossy, luminous sheen. It had rich color coverage that gave lips a fuller, plumper look. It wore well for five hours and kept my lips feeling hydrated both during and after wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Genna is described as a “poppy red.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a luminous finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me, and it was incredibly comfortable and moisturizing while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilda is described as a “warm red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange-toned red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It was intensely pigmented and applied evenly with rich, smooth color. This shade wore well for six and a half hours on me and left behind a light stain. The formula was lightweight, moisturizing, and comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gipsy is described as a “deep tangerine.” It’s a muted, medium orange with lighter, tangerine shimmer and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly overall. It seemed a little more emollient than the average shade in the formula. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was very hydrating during that time. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gisela is described as a “terracotta rose.” It’s a deepened, muted rusty red with warm, orange undertones and orange pearl. It had a less glossy finish compared to much of the Rouge G range, but it still had a light shine. The color wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind a subtle stain. It was nicely hydrating throughout the wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gracy Rouge G Lipstick

Here are the currently available deeper pinks and reds from the Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick ($51.00 for 0.12 oz.) range. The Rouge G formula is a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with a moderately creamy consistency that glides on easily and leaves a lightly glossy, luminous finish behind. Most shades are mostly opaque to fully opaque, though a few are less pigmented. I find the formula to be consistent overall, but there are a few that I like less than others. I reviewed the majority the range four or five years ago, and of course, any newly released shades since, but I thought it was time for an update for the shades still available today. :)

>> You can find Rouge Gs at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus <<

>> See all the permanent Rouge Gs in the Swatch Gallery! <<

Gracy is described as a “vibrant pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones–almost more of a coral-pink–with a soft, lightly luminous finish. It had nice color coverage that was pretty much opaque applied. The consistency was lightweight, while the formula was hydrating and lasted for five and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Grenade is described as a “pearly raspberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy pink with white pearl and a glossy sheen. It’s somewhere between coral, rose, and red, but the muted quality to the color makes it harder to pin to a single family. It had full color coverage and lasted for five hours on me. It was nicely hydrating, while the formula was creamy and glided on easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gala is described as a “true red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with subtle cool, pink undertones–about as close to neutral as you can get–with a glossy finish. The color lasted for six hours and left behind a stain. The formula was creamy, easily applied, and yielded full color coverage. I didn’t have any issues with feathering/bleeding. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Garconne is described as a “classic red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark red with strong, blue undertones and a glossy finish. It had fully opaque color payoff in one stroke, and the consistency was soft and creamy, so it never tugged at the lips during application. The color wore well for over six hours and was hydrating the entire time. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding with this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Greta is described as a “dark cherry red.” It’s a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had very rich, opaque color payoff that went on evenly and lasted for hours and hours (six and a half well, but there was a lot left even after eight hours). It was hydrating and comfortable to wear. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding with this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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