Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Illamasqua Supernatural Gleam Cream
Illamasqua Supernatural Gleam Cream

Illamasqua Supernatural Gleam Cream ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium, coppery-bronze with copper, gold, and bronze pearl. It has warm undertones and leans slightly orange, from the coppery tones. Urban Decay Baked is more golden, less copper. Urban Decay Gilded is yellower. Tom Ford Blush Guilt is much sheerer/lighter. Tom Ford Bronzed Amber is browner, less coppery. See comparison swatches here.

Gleam Cream is supposed to feel lightweight, highlight with “iridescent pearlescent pigments,” and can be used alone or with foundation. Supernatural adds a warm, coppery glow wherever it is applied. It does add some color on my medium complexion, so I see it certainly adding color to lighter skin tones and still adding some noticeable warmth and bronzing to medium-dark skin tones.

It has a shimmered, lightly frosted finish, and depending on how sheered out you apply it, it can emphasize pores. Very lightly applied, it did not emphasize pores (think stippling brush, blended out so it adds mostly warmth without adding color). The consistency is thin, creamy, and it applies and blends out easily as a result. It takes a few minutes to set (somewhat), but it never fully sets so it always had a dewy sheen. I have normal-to-dry skin, and it lasted well on me (I was surprised!) for a full eight hours and only started to look a bit patchy after nine hours.

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It has a shimmered, lightly frosted finish, and depending on how sheered out you apply it, it can emphasize pores. Very lightly applied, it did not emphasize pores (think stippling brush, blended out so it adds mostly warmth without adding color).

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Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Burberry Cameo Pink Lip Glow
Burberry Cameo Pink Lip Glow

Burberry Cameo Pink Lip Glow ($27.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, coral-pink with peachy-gold shimmer (and plenty of it). MAC Astral is darker, redder — less gold shimmer. MAC Star Quality has no shimmer, so it appears pinker. MAC Meteoric is not quite as pink but similar. Guerlain Cherry Pink is less shimmery. Dior Dolly Pink is not quite as pink (also a bit sheerer). See comparison swatches here.

Cameo Pink has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, as the underlying pink-coral base color tints and adds vibrancy to the lip while there’s a fair amount of gold shimmer which gives it a more opaque look, even though the natural lip color does come through. It has a slightly thicker, gel-like consistency that feels cushion-y and comfortable on the lips, and this shade wore well for five hours before starting to disappear. The formula was also hydrating, and the shimmer did not travel. It does have a floral-like scent but no discernible taste.

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It's a nice happy medium: a coral that's still warm-toned but with plenty of pink; not quite opaque but not sheer. It works well on its own or layered with other lipsticks.

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10/10

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Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Maybelline Electric Fuchsia ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Electric Fuchsia ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Electric Fuchsia ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, bright cool-toned fuchsia pink with a creamy, satiny finish. MAC Candy Yum Yum is very comparable in color. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl is not as neon, slightly more magenta. MAC Dear Diary is not quite as bright. MAC Quick Sizzle is pinker, darker. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash is less cool-toned but is very comparable (it’s not as bright, slightly lighter, not as blue-based). Maybelline Hot Plum is darker. OCC Nylon is brighter. Urban Decay Crush is muted, slightly more magenta.  See comparison swatches.

Electric Fuchsia is incredibly pigmented with rich, opaque color payoff in nearly a single stroke.  The texture is lightly creamy; just enough that it glides on evenly without tugging or pulling at the lip, but it doesn’t slip around while you wear it.  This shade lasted for six and a half hours well on my lips, and it did leave behind a light pinky-red stain.  It was lightly hydrating during the time I wore it and comfortable to wear.  It is a limited edition shade, so you’ll have to scope out your local drugstore for it.

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This is a great pop of neon pink for anyone in the market for one! Since it is limited edition, if you can't find it, look for it's sister, Maybelline's Fuchsia Flash, which is part of the permanent range.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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Friday, May 17th, 2013

MAC Scorching Haute Nail Lacquer
MAC Scorching Haute Nail Lacquer

MAC Scorching Haute Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter magenta.” It’s multi-sized magenta glitter suspended in a clear base; it has very small sparkle, micro-glitter, and then larger circular glitters. Zoya Carly is darker with a blacker base and less glittery. China Glaze Senorita Bonita is purpler and less glittery. Nubar Petunia Sparkle has a blacker base. Urban Decay Xanadu is not as dense, has darker purple glitter (rather than magenta). SpaRitual Shooting Star has a blacker base and shimmer rather than glitter. It’s opaque and densely-packed with glitter in two coats–and I was a bit surprised, because one coat didn’t inspire confidence it would turn opaque, but it did. That’s actually great news, as it makes it a more versatile polish–you can layer one coat over another polish or wear this alone with two coats. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied well while the glitter spread evenly across the nail.

MAC Tropical Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter bronze.” It has a chocolate brown-tinted base with copper and bronze small/medium glitter suspended in it. I wasn’t able to think of any dupes for this one, and the only shade that I considered was China Glaze Ick-a-bod-y, which is larger orange glitter in a black base. I didn’t have the same luck with this shade as I did with Scorching Haute, as this one wasn’t opaque in two coats, and the glitter did not spread evenly. It tended to stick wherever the brush first was applied, but if you pulled the brush across the nail, most of the glitter stayed at the other end. I had to push it forward for more even glitter coverage. I applied one thin coat with two thicker coats on top on my middle finger, and I was able to get more opaque color but the result is on the thicker side.  The consistency was on the watery side.

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013

L'Oreal Endless Pearl 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Endless Pearl 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Endless Pearl In 24HR Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it has the kind of texture that works best dry, as it tends to crumble and stick to itself when applied wet (so it doesn’t apply as smoothly).  Dry, it can be somewhat powdery and may look chalky on darker complexions.  This is a shade you’ll find across brands, but it’s a great basic shade that works well as a highlighter on lighter complexions or as a neutralizing color to sweep over the lid to even out their color. Bobbi Brown Ivory, MAC Shroom (warmer, satiny), Urban Decay Walk of Shame, Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #5, Urban Decay Anonymous (satiny), theBalm Adagio, and MAC Brule are all rather similar.

Dive Right In is an iridescent aqua blue with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had so-so color payoff when applied dry and was semi-opaque when applied damp–it was smoother when applied damp as well. This shade creased on me noticeably after eight hours of wear (no primer). This is a limited edition shade, so you’ll likely have to find it at a local drugstore (I received this as a press sample; the other two shades I purchased myself). Giorgio Armani #10 is more silvered. Make Up For Ever #150 is bluer, less iridescent. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #3 is much darker.

Infinite Sky is a cool-toned, medium-dark silver-shimmered blue. Applied dry, it is sheerer, while it intensifies when applied damp–and the frosted sheen becomes more pronounced as well. MAC Dimensional Blue is a smidgen lighter. MAC Moon’s Reflection is a touch darker. Urban Decay Mary Jane is bluer.

I didn’t have any wear issues with either Endless Pearl or Infinite Sky, but Dive Right In did crease noticeably after only eight hours of wear (and these are 24-hour wear, technically). I tested all three shades for a total of fourteen hours, and the other two looked about the same as when I had applied them (no fading or creasing). The texture of the three were consistent; soft, finely-milled, and mostly smooth. Endless Pearl has such a matte finish that wet application didn’t go well compared to a lot of the shimmery shades in the range (and this wasn’t unexpected–a lot of products with matte finishes don’t turn out well if applied wet).

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever #25L Aqua Eyes Eyeliner ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark chocolate brown.” It’s a medium-dark chocolate brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. If it looks familiar, you may be familiar with it when it was launched as a limited edition shade named Gypsy. Now, it’s part of the permanent range of Aqua Eyes. Chanel Brun-Teak is similar but less red-toned. MAC Brownborder is also similar. Urban Decay Corrupt is browner with less red. Tarina Tarantino Locket Book is warmer, more golden, less red. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer is closer but shimmery and not as dark.

It felt, looked, and wore the same as Gypsy did, so if that was a favorite for you (or you missed out), you can have the same experience with #25L.  It’s fairly opaque in one stroke, and it’s very buildable without getting patchy or looking uneven.  The pencil has a slightly waxy and creamy consistency that allows it to glide on evenly and easily without pulling or tugging on the lash line.  I recently tested this, and it lasted for ten hours without smudging or migrating; there was some faint thinning of the lie, but it seemed fully intact at the eight-hour mark.

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This is a gorgeous, rich red-toned brown that's an excellent alternative to black eyeliner for everyday eyeliner. It works well on its own with a neutral eye or anchor a more intense look.

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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