Sunday, February 9th, 2014

OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer
OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer

OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “24K gold with red/green duochrome [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a brightened, sunshine yellow with warm, yellow-red undertones and very fine micro-shimmer that shifts from a coppery-red to a murky green. I tried so hard to capture the duochrome, but it’s really subtle, and despite dozens of photos, no luck. After two coats, there was still visible nail line, and I’d describe the coverage as semi-opaque. It applied evenly, and there weren’t any brush strokes even though it is a more metallic finish. NARS Kismet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more coppery. See comparison swatches.

OCC Deven Green Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “nearly-neon green [with a Creme finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium green with subtle warm undertones. “Nearly-neon” is exactly right; it’s vibrant, bright, but it’s not quite neon. It was opaque in two coats, and the first coat was a little streaky going on, but the second coat smoothed and evened everything out. The consistency was slightly thick. The only neon green I could think of was China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard, which is a true neon green, and it has shimmer, so it’s really not similar at all.

OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “aquatic blue [with a Creme finish].” It’s a light-medium blue with a cream finish. It dries down to a satiny finish–there’s some shine, but it’s not glossy. The consistency is slightly thin, but it is opaque after two coats. It was a somewhat streaky going on the first coat, and the second coat covered most of it, but it wasn’t a flawless finish. Zoya Rocky (P, $9.00) is darker, more muted. Essie In the Cab-ana (P, $8.00) is warmer, greener. Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. SpaRitual Ebb & Flow (LE, $10.00) is much darker. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear with OCC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Sugarpill Smitten Chromalust Pigment
Sugarpill Smitten Chromalust Pigment

Sugarpill Smitten Chromalust Pigment ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “shimmery hot magenta loaded with reflective sparks.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia pink with lighter pink and white shimmer and sparkle. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Noise (LE, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Tease with Ease (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.00) is similar. Sugarpill Magentric (P, $12.00) is more muted, purpler. Sugarpill Decora (P, $12.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches. (You can see them on The Dupe List here.)

It’s a new and limited edition shade from Sugarpill’s loose eyeshadow range. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, and when applied with a dampened brush (I just used water), it’s intensely pigmented and very, very smooth. The texture is so soft and silky, as it is very finely-milled, so it almost melts against the skin. Smitten wore well for nine hours and had some light fading after that, and it very lightly stained my lids but was gone by morning.

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Saturday, February 8th, 2014

NARS Final Cut Blush
NARS Final Cut Blush

NARS Final Cut Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a warm-toned, muted medium orange with a hint of pink. The color is more complex than it seems initially, but I think this is a shade that may look pinker or more orange depending on your natural undertones, as it looks more peachy-orange in some lighting, and then coral in the next room. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is slightly pinker. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is also a smidgen pinker. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is darker, cream. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is pinker, more shimmery. NARS Gilda (P, $29.00) is darker, not as flat of a matte. MAC Early Morning (LE, $25.00) is darker. Chanel Frivole (P, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches. (You can see it on The Dupe List here!)

This shade is part of NARS’ Final Cut collection, which is a Nordstrom exclusive (in the states).  I reviewed all of the other shades from the collection here. The texture was incredibly soft, velvety, and finely-milled. I had no problems getting true-to-pan color, and applied on my medium skin tone, it’s a soft, coral-y flush, though not a strong, intense shade. It blends beautifully and easily, so it feels like a foolproof blush that can be worn every day and applied in a hurry. It wore well for almost eight hours on before showing signs of fading along the edges.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

ULTA Gold Brilliant Color Eyeshadow
ULTA Gold Brilliant Color Eyeshadow

Today, I have the last four shades from ULTA’s Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) range! (If you missed part one and two, check them out here and here.) To recap–generally–the formula wears about eight hours, is nicely pigmented, and has a soft, smooth texture. It feels like a pressed eyeshadow, for the most part, but it is soft to the point where it almost loosens. If you’re familiar with L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow, Lancome Infinite Color Design Eyeshadow, or Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, this formula will be recognizable.

Gold Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with strong, warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry, but it was more opaque and smoother when applied with a dampened brush. It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to crease. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is more orange. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is very similar. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Goldstone (P, $30.00) is darker. bareMinerals Gold Nugget (LE, $18.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Sage Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned green with a soft, frosted sheen. It had so-so pigmentation when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied damp, but it was one of the weaker shades in terms of pigmentation in the range. It lasted for almost eight hours before it started to crease. Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $5.99) is lighter. theBalm Runaround Rebecca (P, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Golden Olive (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Silver Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, cool-toned silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It was sheer when applied dry, and when applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-opaque. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours before it seemed to fade. It’s a very commonly seen shade, so there are plenty of similar shades: see comparison swatches.

Teal Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is is a muted, medium-dark blue with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it intensified to mostly opaque color coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The color wore well for almost eight hours before showing signs of fading.L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is very, very similar. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) has a duochrome. Disney by Sephora Friend Like Me (LE) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Divine Blue (LE, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Dimensional Blue (LE, $19.50) is lighter. L’Oreal Infinite Sky (P, $7.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright crimson.” It’s a neutral-to-cool-toned, medium red with a matte finish. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Cruella (P, $25.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Russian Red (P, $16.00) is less matte, slightly cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches.

It’s new for spring, and the formula is described as a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have “added hydration.” It is intensely pigmented–there is no doubt about that!–and the finish is an ultra matte, so very flat, no shine at all. Because it’s a liquid formula, it initially appears glossy as you apply it, but it quickly dries down to a fully matte finish within thirty seconds or so. You’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together as it fully dries, because it can “stick” if you have your lips closed, which will result in color lifting in any areas that weren’t completely dry. The color applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wears and wears, and as long as you’re not eating anything really oily, it lasts and lasts; on me, it wore a full eight hours and still looked nearly perfect on. I wouldn’t say it’s hydrating, and if you tend to wear glossier, more emollient lipsticks, you may fuss with your lips when you first wear this, as it clings to the lips in the way that liquid, matte finishes do. It seemed a little drying to almost not drying (but not moisturizing).

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Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Urban Decay X/Half Baked Eyeshadow Duo
Urban Decay X/Half Baked Eyeshadow Duo

Urban Decay X/Half Baked Eyeshadow Duo ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is split down the middle and features two shades from the brand’s permanent range. Like the other duo, the quality of this one is on par with the quality of the individual eyeshadows. If you love both shades and don’t think you’ll use up individual pans, this might be a good way to spend a little less. I tried blending the two shades together, and it was a very warm-toned, peach shade with hints of pink. Both wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.

X Eyeshadow is described as a “peach shimmer with gold shift.” It’s a warm-toned, pinky-peach with gold shimmer. This is a shade that turns more and more golden as it is blended and worked into the skin, because initially, it looks rather pink. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. Dior Golden Flower #1 (LE) is warmer. Laura Mercier Guava (P, $22.00) is more matte, less shimmery. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Half Baked Eyeshadow is described as a “golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium coppery orange with a frosted, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented, and the texture was so soft and smooth that it almost felt like a cream eyeshadow. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is darker, less metallic. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is darker, less metallic. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is also similar. Guerlain Crazy Paris #1 (LE) is more orange. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC Creative Copper (P, $15.00) is a touch darker. LORAC Gold (P) is darker. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is more muted. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is slightly more orange. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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