Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Nail Lacquer
MAC Ablaze Nail Lacquer

MAC Ablaze Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange cream.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with a cream finish. I would describe it as more red than orange, but it’s not just a warm red. MAC Kid Orange is very similar. NARS Lal Mirchi is more orange. MAC Morange is lighter and more orange. Essie Meet Me at Sunset is redder. Essie Braziliant is similar but has shimmer.

It’s a bit redder and richer compared to the lip products in the set, but they’re at least close enough that it’s hard to tell at a glance that they aren’t the same. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking. It was opaque in two coats, and it had a slightly shiny finish when it dried down. MAC’s nail lacquer formula can be hit and miss, but this one was easy to work with and not at all streaky. I typically get a week of wear with MAC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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MAC's nail lacquer formula can be hit and miss, but this one was easy to work with and not at all streaky.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Ablaze Lipstick
MAC Ablaze Lipstick

MAC Ablaze Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright apricot cream.” It’s a medium-dark coral-red with a barely-there sheen (not quite a flat matte). I actually think it looks very much like MAC Lady at Play, and if there was any detectable difference, it would be that Lady at Play is ever-so-slightly lighter (and of course, it has a more luminous finish). Guerlain Nahema is pinker, more subdued, shimmery. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker. MAC Hibiscus is redder, darker, shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild #909D is slightly darker. MAC Toxic Tale is a smidgen darker but very similar.

It’s bold and bright but not neon–there is a lightness to it. Ablaze had rich, opaque color coverage. Though it’s technically a matte finish, it felt more like a satin or amplified creme finish–creamy without being thick or slick, so it applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t tug or pull at the lips. I tested this one first thing, and it lasted five hours well and did leave a very subtle reddish stain behind. It was, unfortunately, a bit drying but not terribly so.

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Ablaze had fantastic color payoff, but it was slightly drying when I wore it, which was disappointing. MAC's Lady at Play is very close in color but a more hydrating formula.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

MAC Heroine Lipstick
MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Heroine Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright violet/purple.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned purple with a satin finish. Heroine originally launched with Reel Sexy last March. MAC Seductive Intent is slightly lighter and pinker. MAC Strong Woman is darker, purpler. MAC Violetta has a light shimmer but is otherwise a worthy dupe to consider.

It will shock absolutely nobody that Heroine has already sold out (and in all forms but the polish) on MAC’s website, but do not fear, as it is a normal launch and will be hitting stores and counters next week as well as retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, etc.  Heroine has a creamy consistency that glides on well without tugging or pulling on the lips.  It has full, opaque color coverage and wears well for six hours and does leave a reddish stain behind. It’s neither drying nor hydrating.

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If you don't mind a little shimmer, consider MAC's Violetta, which is part of the permanent range.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Illamasqua Disobey Blush
Illamasqua Disobey Blush

Illamasqua Disobey Blush ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless is warmer–more orange. Burberry Summer Glow is warmer, richer, and has a satiny finish. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer is warmer. MAC Nude on Board is shimmery but similar in color.

It has a soft, finely-milled texture that applies smoothly and evenly onto the skin. It doesn’t look powdery applied, and it blends out easily because of how soft the powder is.  The pigmentation is very true-to-pan, and it is also buildable and can be sheered out, so it’s a matter of preference whether you want the color to resemble the pan or something softer.  The color on my medium complexion is warming but subtle, so it may be a better bronzer pick for lighter complexions.  However, this has only a subtle warmth to it, so it could also work as a contouring shade.  As a light contour, it is quite nice and shadowy enough to work as a contour.  Disobey wore for eight hours on my skin without fading, and after nine hours, there was some minor fading that was visible.

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The color on my medium complexion is warming but subtle, so it may be a better bronzer pick for lighter complexions. However, this has only a subtle warmth to it, so it could also work as a contouring shade.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer
Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer

Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “matte bronze.” It’s a medium tan with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer is slightly browner. Burberry Summer Glow is warmer, darker, and satiny.

The formula is supposed to add warmth and radiance to the skin while minimizing “the appearance of pores, fine lines, and imperfections.” The texture is incredibly soft, finely-milled, and velvety. It’s so soft that it is a little powdery, so I recommend using a light touch and a soft brush with the product to minimize excess powder kick-up. The powder is effortless to apply; blends instantly and easily.  It sits beautifully on the skin and gives it a softer, smoother appearance overall; it never looks powdery, and it definitely helped to soften the [appearance of] texture of my skin.  Bronzed & Poreless wears well, too, and I had no trouble getting a nice and long nine hours of it without fading.

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I think this color is a fabulous pick for someone with light to light-medium coloring--on my more medium complexion, it was very subtle and does tend to get lost with my skin tone.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Urban Decay Loaded 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Urban Decay Loaded 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) now include these four shades in the permanent range: Loaded (dark green shimmer), Mainline (deep green/blue matte), Invasion (deepest dark green matte), Sabbath (deep navy matte), Abyss (bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-sparkle), and Chaos (vibrant cobalt blue matte with slight floating pearl). Out of these six, Loaded, Invasion, Abyss, and Chaos are entirely new, while the other shades have been released in exclusive sets/kits.

Loaded is a blackened green with very subtle micro-shimmer. It looked a bit faded in a single stroke, but it looks greener and more intense with built up. I don’t think it’s as intense as the eyeshadow, though! Make Up For Ever #20L is lighter.

Mainline is a subdued, medium-dark blue with a hint of teal and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke and layers well. MAC Practice Makes Perfect is similar but has a touch of shimmer. bareMinerals 1PM is slightly tealer.

Invasion is a blackened, cool-tone green with a mostly matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in a single stroke, but it layered to mostly opaque color. Prescriptives Blue Grotto is lighter. Make Up For Ever #4K is greener.

Sabbath is a bluish-purple with a mostly matte finish. It is very creamy–more so than other shades–and always looks a bit more satiny when layered. It had good color payoff in one stroke. La Prairie Midnight Blue is bluer. Chanel Marine is slightly bluer and pearly.

Abyss is a medium blue with silver sparkle. It had fantastic color payoff in a single pass, and it was easily layered (though it wasn’t necessary). Urban Decay Deviant is slightly darker but similar. Urban Decay Radium is just a touch darker. Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief is slightly darker.

Chaos is a brightened periwinkle blue with a mostly matte finish. This looks startling neon in the pencil, but it appears more subdued applied. It had so-so color payoff when applied in one pass but layered to mostly opaque color. Korres #13 is lighter, bluer. I couldn’t think of any other similar shades.

Some excellent reading: Green-Teal Eyeliner Comparisons, Blue-Teal Eyeliner Comparisons, Navy Blue Eyeliner Comparisons.

I’m testing Invasion and Chaos today, so for longevity, the rating is based off of my prior overall experience with Urban Decay’s formula.  If there are any significant problems, I’ll be sure to update this post to reflect them.  I generally see wear around eight hours, sometimes as long as ten, with little to no fading and no migration/smudging.  The consistency of Urban Decay’s formula is a combination of waxy and creamy, so the pencils definitely glide on without pulling or tugging on the skin, but some require one back-and-forth pass for more opaque color payoff. These six were actually rather pigmented and only Loaded and Chaos needed more than one pass for good color.

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These six were actually rather pigmented and only Loaded and Chaos needed more than one pass for good color. I prefer the intensity of Loaded eyeshadow, though, and you might try using it as an eyeliner instead.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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