Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC Artificially Wild Eyeshadows
MAC Artificially Wild Eyeshadows

MAC Artificially Wild features four new, limited edition shades of MAC Eyeshadows ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.). I really liked these, as I felt they were nicely pigmented with soft, blendable textures, but they were also more unusual colors, partially due to the satin finish.

MAC Artificial Earth Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft mauve nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, velvety, and blendable. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Stila Pink Diamond (P) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #32 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. Anastasia Ballet (LE) is less shimmery, pinker, warmer. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Marsh Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft dirty olive green [with a Satin finish].” It’s a softened, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on easily and wore well for eight hours. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is more shimmery. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is brighter. Anastasia Moss (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dirty mustard golden nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, ochre brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, velvety texture that was very blendable on the lid. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Au Nature (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Outre (LE, $15.00) is darker, browner, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Stony Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft grey concrete [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned pewter with a satin sheen. It’s a mix of brown, green, and silver/gray. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth like the other shades. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Stila Substance (P) is darker. NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer. L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) (P, $7.99) is darker, more shimmery. CoverGirl Ashen Glow Flame (335) (P, $7.99) is a cream product. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is a cream, more shimmery. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC Next to Skin Blush
MAC Next to Skin Blush

MAC Artificially Wild features three blushes. Two of them are more contour-hued shades, while one is a blush. Two are shades that have been released previously in some capacity (see below for details). I really loved seeing these three; I feel like they’re colors we don’t see enough of.

MAC Next to Skin Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-ish beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that could be blended out for a sheerer application or applied more intensely for true-to-pan color. I think this works really well as a contour shade on fair to light-medium complexions. When applied heavily, it was still visible as a shadowy contour on my skin tone (NC25/NC30). It’s a lot more foolproof for fairer skin tones who want a subtle contour. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.

MAC Taupe Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft beige brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium, warm-toned taupe–there’s a mix of brown and gray, but it leans warm overall–with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, velvety without being powdery, and blendable on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. This used to be part of the Pro range, but I didn’t see it on MAC’s site presently. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is warmer. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pink Cult Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty neutral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly without looking powdery or totally flat. The consistency was soft, velvety, and blendable, while the color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. This is a repromote. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is brighter. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC x The Simpsions Lipglasses
MAC x The Simpsions Lipglasses

There are four new, limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) featured in the upcoming collaboration with The Simpsons, which releases online on August 28th and in-stores on September 4th.  I think seeing these made me long for lipsticks, too, as MAC often does lipgloss and lipstick pairing.  Over the years, it’s often their limited edition lipstick shades that sell out the quickest, and I kept thinking, “What would they have created to pair with yellow lipgloss?”

MAC Grand Pumpkin Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright creamy orange.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that just slightly settled into lip lines (but it wasn’t too noticeable). It lasted for four hours on me when I tested it. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric blue violet.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and violet shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for five hours. MAC Unlimited Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nacho Cheese Explosion Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright neon lime yellow.” It’s a bright, green-tinged yellow–like highlighter yellow–with faint yellow pearl. Applied, it turns my lips more of a yellow-orange kind of color, as it had semi-sheer color coverage. This applied horribly; it settled into lip lines, was impossible to even out, and in general, a very fussy lip color. If you apply a very small amount (less than one pull of gloss), you might get semi-decent evenness in the application. On me, it wore for three hours. I could only think of one other yellow gloss: MAC Bright Side (LE, $15.00), which is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Red Blazer Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a bright, fuchsia-red with pink pearl and subtle, cool undertones. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It lasted for five hours on me. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is redder. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is more opaque. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is redder. Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #505 (P, $29.00) is redder. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick

This post features five of the more beige-hued shades of the NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) formula.

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as an “antique rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fully opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, while the color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is sheerer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is glossier. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is more matte, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Jane Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “terracotta rose.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for five hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is browner. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception (308) (LE, $36.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Brigitte Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “nude rose.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full color coverage in one pass, and the color glided on easily and evenly. On me, the color lasted for four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Sisley Paris Petal (L13) (P, $55.00) is pinker, more shimmery. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is darker. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is lighter, less pink. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Barbara Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “tan rose.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with a hint of pink. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips entirely, and it was smooth and even when it applied. The color wore well for four and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Wear with Flare (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is lighter. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Raquel Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a lightly pink-tinted, light-medium peach with a glossy finish. It had opaque color payoff, but the consistency had more slip compared to other shades in the range, so it didn’t apply as evenly. It also will show “lines” if you press your lips together. On me, this one lasted for three and a half hours (I believe the shortest of all the shades I’ve tested so far) and was lightly hydrating. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Enchanted One (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is more muted, less warm-toned. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is warmer, pinker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is warmer, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick
Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick

Here are the last three shades of the new Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) range. You can check out all the shades reviewed here. To recap: the KissKiss formula falls somewhere between Rouge Automatiques and Shine Automatiques; it has more of the slip and feel of the Shine (and also a glossier finish), but the color payoff is more in line with the Rouge. I don’t think they are comparable to Rouge Gs; they have a thinner, more emollient consistency and wear shorter (on average). They have a violet scent but no discernible taste.

Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, orange-toned red with gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was a light translucency where the natural lip color came through and kept the color from looking “heavy” on. The shimmer is fine, and I didn’t notice the texture of the shimmer until the very last hour of wear. It lasted for five hours on me and left a light stain behind, and it was lightly hydrating. Kat Von D Adora (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more matte. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is redder. Guerlain Coque d’Or (P, $35.00) is sheerer, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Red Hot (328) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a luminous finish. This one didn’t have any shimmer. The consistency had a bit more slip than other shades, so the color had a glossier look, and it didn’t apply as evenly as other shades I’ve tested. It is moderately hydrating, which was a plus, and the glossier finish makes lips appear smoother. On me, the color wore well for five hours. NARS Audrey (P, $32.00) is darker. Revlon 5th Ave. Red (LE, $7.99) is slightly brighter, warmer. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Very Pink (360) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but like Red Hot, the consistency had a bit more slip to it, so it didn’t apply as evenly as other shades do in the range (but it is not too noticeable). The color wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is pinker, lighter. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is darker. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is more muted. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, orange-red with a very subtle golden sheen. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is more matte, darker. NARS Exhibit A (P, $29.00) is darker, redder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (Here are some comparison swatches of eyeshadows.)

This is another shade that’s actually labeled as a blush (compared to “eye shadow” on others), though it is listed as part of the Artist Shadow formula and range. The new Artist Shadow formula is described as a “highly-blendable, gel-powder eyeshadow with vivid color payoff” (guess we’ll substitute eyeshadow for blush!). Like I802 Coral Pink, the texture is truly a mix of gel and powder; it has a slightly creamy feel, but it is very dense and applies and looks more like a powder on the skin. It’s intensely pigmented where the slightest bit goes a very, very long way, while the color wore well for nine and a half hours. I just wish that it was slightly more blendable on the skin; it’s not too difficult, but for a shade this bright and richly pigmented, it would have been very much appreciated.

P.S. — These are supposed to have reduced pricing if you purchase more than one, plus a compact, but I haven’t seen this pricing available online. I spoke with the Make Up For Ever Boutique at Valley Fair (CA), and she said that the LA and NY boutiques will ship anywhere. If you live near a boutique, they have the special pricing in effect. If you buy two or more shades, plus the duo compact, it’s $34 ($17/each), and if you purchase three shades with the trio palette, it’s $44 ($14.67/each). The boutique said they were charging $14.33/each after 3. There is also an 18x and 10x palette available for those who want to fill a larger palette.

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