Friday, February 3rd, 2012

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) are being repromoted with the MAC Vera Collection. I received confirmation from MAC HQ this morning that these will be permanent going forward (just these shades).  All seven shades available with this collection have been released previously. These shades include: Black Line (black with gold pearl), Black Swan (black with pearl), Designer Purple (iridescent violet), Industrial (periwinkle grey), Lord It Up (bronze with pearl), Petrol Blue (deep navy with pearl), and Undercurrent (teal with pearl).

  • Black Line is a dark brown-based black with dirty gold shimmer. It has good color payoff in a single stroke. It’s similar to Shiseido Black Sand.
  • Black Swan is a blue-based black with silver-blue shimmer. It has good color payoff in a single stroke. I don’t know of a dupe for this one.
  • Designer Purple is a brightened violet purple with violet and silver shimmer. This shade had some of the chunkier sparkle. It has good color payoff in one pass. MAC Rich Purple was the closest dupe I could think of, but it’s darker, less violet. Urban Decay Delinquent is similar but not as bright.
  • Industrial is a gray-casted blue with hints of brown. It’s an interesting color, and I found it difficuolt to describe. The color payoff is so-so in one pass, and even layering, it doesn’t build as well as the other shades. I couldn’t think of a dupe.
  • Lord It Up is a warm bronze brown with gold-bronze shimmer. It has good color payoff in one stroke. It’s similar to Urban Decay Corrupt.
  • Petrol Blue is a dark navy blue with sapphire shimmer. It has decent to good color payoff in a single pass but layers nicely. It’s similar, but brighter, than toki doki Skeletro. Make Up For Ever #3L is similar but not as intense.
  • Undercurrent is a blue-based teal with green-gold and teal shimmer. It has good color payoff in a single pass. Urban Decay Junkie is nearly identical.

The best part about Pearlglides is their intensity; they’re deep, dark, and look rich once applied. Some perform better in a single stroke than others, though you’ll get the best results if you go back and forth (just once, so it’s like two passes in total). The texture is very soft and creamy, so they glide effortlessly across the lash line and never tug or pull.

These wear around eight hours on me, and luckily, since these were repromoted, I was able to re-test these against the newer rating system in the past week. I tested out the wear of Black Line, Industrial, Lord It Up, and Undercurrent on the lower lash line. I’m not sure if these are water line safe, but my instinct is that they’re likely not, because of the high shimmer content in all of the shades.

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MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you love really soft, creamy eyeliners, this is a formula worth checking out. The shade range is interesting and more complex -- I don't have dupes for a lot of these shades.

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Friday, February 3rd, 2012

MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky
MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky

MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky is a new campaign to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS through MAC AIDS Fund’s Viva Glam program. This year’s limited life products include a specially designed Lip Conditioner (in a tube) with Ricky Martin’s signature emblazoned across it and lipstick Viva Glam Nicki (bright yellow pink) with Nicki Minaj’s signature on the inner packaging.

No matter how you may feel about the promotional material or celebrities chosen this year, the entire selling price of each product goes directly to MAC AIDS Fund, which is dedicated to raising HIV/AIDS awareness. MAF does some amazing things, and it’s one of the best charities I’ve seen any beauty brand identify with. It’s a rare thing to see a brand that donates 100% — and this isn’t just net proceeds, which is typically after costs are paid for. This is a full $14.50 or $15.00 that goes straight to a good cause. If neither of these products are appealing to you, there are several other permanent Viva Glam shades that are more wearable and universally flattering.

Viva Glam Nicki is a vibrant medium pink with subtle yellow undertones that give it a kiss of coral. It has a satin finish, which means it has a semi-matte finish; there’s a natural sheen but nothing glossy or shimmery. The color coverage is opaque, and it applies evenly. On me, it wears four hours. MAC Chatterbox is not as bright, slightly darker. YSL Fetish Pink has a blue-base. Elizabeth Arden Perfect Flamingo is a touch darker and cooler-toned.

Lip Conditioner is clear and slick. This always feels really slippery on my lips; almost like thickened milk. I prefer other lip balms to this personally. The staying power and overall hydration are good but not great. I like that it’s in a tube, though, so it’s more travel- and pocket-friendly.

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow
Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows (Part 1)

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cream-gel-mousse formula that’s designed to have a lightweight texture, yield “vivbrant, lively, buildable” color, be waterproof, and long-wearing. Just for fun, Bare Escentuals made a charitable contribution to Canine Companions for Independence when this product launched. They are also exclusive to Sephora. There are fourteen shades in total, and I will review all of them, but this post focuses on: Black Lab (shimmering black sky), Bulldog (intense royal blue), Chihuahua (bright silver), Cocker Spaniel (opalescent pink), and Collie (sparkling champagne).

I went to Buxom’s site to see if they had a more accurate description of the product’s pigmentation (at least, what it should be), and each shade actually gets a breakdown, which includes listing the type of coverage. All of the shades in the range are described as “sheer, buildable.” They’re vibrant in the pot, but the vibrancy doesn’t translate as much on the lid, so if you’ve steered clear because these look daunting in the pot, then don’t worry about it. If you’ve seen the pot and went, “Whoa!” and wanted opaque color coverage, you’ll be disappointed, as these are true-to-description: they’re sheer. They’re slightly buildable but not enough where you could get opaque color as it looks like in the pan but it varies between shades.

The formula is fun to play with, just because the consistency is unlike most products on the market. These actually launched well before Chanel Illusion d’Ombres, which have a similar texture. Stay-There Eyeshadows have a spongy quality that reminds me of memory foam; you can press it, and it will slowly spring back to form. You can jab at it with a pencil, and you’ll end up shifting it around more than anything!

I like using a really stiff, firm, and flat brush with these, but I’ve had the best luck applying these with fingertips. Once applied, they dry down to a powder finish in just the right time–not instantly but not so long that it’s creased before you’ve finished applying product to the other eye. I’ve tested several shades without primer as washes, including Black Lab, Bulldog, Chihuahua, Collie, Mutt, Pug, Saint Bernard, and Shih Tzu, and I haven’t had any issues with the shades creasing, fading, or smudging. I’ve even worn a few of them during showers to test waterproof claims, and they haven’t budged.

  • Black Lab has a semi-sheer, semi-matte black base with multi-colored shimmer; you get flecks of green, blue, violet, and silver for the most part. Chanel Mirifique looks similar in the pot, but they’re not very alike swatched. Bobbi Brown Onyx is similar. Bobbi Brown Black Sparkle is a bluer-tinted base.
  • Bulldog is a semi-sheer medium purple-tinted blue with soft micro-shimmer-sheen. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is more intense and slightly purpler. Inglot #336 is somewhat similar but darker and matte.
  • Chihuahua is a bright, foil-like silver with a metallic finish. This was a really opaque color, actually. MAC Electra is similar but less metallic. Inglot #448 is slightly darker.
  • Cocker Spaniel is a pale peach with a subtle iridescent finish. It’s not pink on me, but I can see some of a pearly pink in the pot, so I think this is a shade that will look pinker/peachier depending on your undertones (with my yellower undertones, it leans peach). MAC Double Feature 5 is a bit like this but more of a true peach. Make Up For Ever #940 is quite similar but has a stronger iridescent sheen.
  • Collie is a peachy gold with a frosted, metallic sheen. This was one of the more opaque colors as well. It’s not quite as orange as Dior Couture Gold or as yellow as Urban Decay Blunt.

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Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

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They're not quite as buildable as they seem like they should be, because for some, you really can't get much more color than what one layer of product yields (like Black Dog). The wear is really great, though, and if you like using sheer color as a base or as a wash for quick looks, you'll enjoy these.

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Monday, January 30th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #4 Khol Pencil
Make Up For Ever #4K Khol Pencil

Make Up For Ever #4K Khol Pencil

Make Up For Ever #4K Khol Pencil ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep green.”  It’s a rich green-teal with very subtle blue and teal micro-shimmer.  The shimmer is just barely noticeable.  It yields great color payoff in a single pass, which is always good news when it comes to an eyeliner.  It’s the closest I’ve come to finding a dupe to Prescriptives Blue Grotto. It’s a bit greener than NARS Kaliste.

This didn’t have the same level of creaminess as #1K, though it was still creamy.  It applied easily enough to both the lash line and water line, which this formula is supposed to be designed for. Perhaps because it was marginally less creamy and therefore drier (but I would not describe it as dry), this wore better on the lower water line–five hours when applied alone and six and a half hours when set with powder–while wear on the lower lash line was about the same with no smudging or budging after eight hours.

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If you're looking for a waterline-approved eyeliner, you might want to consider Make Up For Ever's Khol Pencils! They deliver excellent color payoff and have a great creaminess that helps them apply easily to the lash line.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #1K Khol Pencil
Make Up For Ever #1K Khol Pencil

Make Up For Ever #1K Khol Pencil

Make Up For Ever #1K Khol Pencil ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep black.”  It’s a rich black with a creamy finish; no real sheen or shine, so it appears mostly matte once applied.  This liner from the brand is supposed to be “exceptionally smooth” and work well for both the lash line and lower water line. According to Sephora, it is a blend of vegetable lipids, vitamin E, mango seed oil, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, and jojoba oil.  When I tried to figure out just how long this was supposed to wear, Make Up For Ever actually said for long-lasting results to dust a loose powder or use their makeup seal over it.

The pencil is, however, designed to be used on the upper and lower rims, or the waterlines, which is why it has such a creamy texture.  The Khol Pencil (which is how it’s spelled on the pencil, but on their website, they write it as Kohl Pencil) glides across the lash line/water line effortlessly, because it has such a soft, creamy consistency that helps it deliver intense color in a single pass.  This is a very smudgeable eyeliner, though I didn’t find that it would run, smudge, or migrate when I wore it.

When I tested it on the waterline, it lasted for four hours or so, but it held up better on the lower lash line and made it to eight hours with most of it intact.  Despite the eyeliner disappearing on the waterline after four hours, it doesn’t migrate or wind up underneath your lash line.  I did dust on a smidgen of black eyeshadow on top of the lower waterline to see if it would improve the wear, which it did, though it extended the wear to five hour and a half hours.

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If you're looking for a waterline-approved eyeliner, you might want to consider Make Up For Ever's Khol Pencils! They deliver excellent color payoff and have a great creaminess that helps them apply easily to the lash line.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

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Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich coral-brown with a natural sheen and hint of shimmer. It’s more of a muted coral that doesn’t have the level of warmth that many corals have. Dior Versailles has a similar coral-brown-like base, but it has a lot of golden shimmer, so it appears lighter. MAC Mellowarm is reminiscent of this shade but with more orange. Cle de Peau #114 is slightly more orange, but it’s somewhat similar. Burberry Blush is pinker.

The color coverage is opaque in a single pass–no building required–and the lipstick’s consistency is soft and creamy, so it glides on easily. What I’ve always loved about the Extra Rich formula is the hydration; these wear four to six hours (this one wears five) and my lips always feel better after wearing these. After ten to fifteen minutes of wear, this does seem to soften lip lines. I’m really sensitive to lip plumpers, but I never have issues with these. Cle de Peau says that there are “skincare benefits” included in the formula, but I’ve never worn one for six weeks straight to tell you if there are any long-term benefits.

Cle de Peau is a luxury beauty brand, so it’s not positioned to be affordable. The formula is excellent; the lipstick is comfortable to wear, yields full-color coverage, hydrates, and wears longer than average. Whether it’s worth the luxury price tag is up to you and your justification/rationalization process. For me, it’s a treat; this is the type of product you reward yourself with–maybe for that tough contract you negotiated, recent raise you received, graduating school–and something you’re absolutely in love with. You don’t buy this just to buy a color; you buy it because it’s one of those ultra flattering shades on you.

It took me years to learn the lesson: quality over quantity; buy one lipstick you’ll love wearing everyday rather than five that you wear once or twice a year. A good friend of mine always looks at “cost per use” when it comes to her makeup buying decisions. She won’t shell out big bucks for a shade she knows she’ll never feel comfortable wearing, but she will on something she knows she’ll use for weeks on end.

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Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's an excellent formula--great color payoff, wear, feel, consistency--but it certainly comes at the top of the price range. Worth splurging on if it's just the right shade of coral you've been looking for, though!

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