Friday, March 27th, 2015

Clinique Nude Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Nude Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Nude Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, muted, peach-brown with a soft, shimmery finish and warm undertones. MAC Nude Pink (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery. Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is a cream product, rosier. Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE) is more shimmery, pinker. Becca Fig (P, $25.00) is a liquid product. Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is a cream product. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, more muted. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nude Pop is definitely one of the lighter, subtler shades in the range–both in the pan and as applied, as the color is true-to-pan–and will be a great option for those with fairer complexions who want something that’s easy to use and won’t require a light hand. On the other side, for deeper skin tones, it may only add a warm-toned sheen overall without adding noticeable color. I have medium-colored skin with warmer, yellow undertones, and I get subtle color and a luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. It’s the type of color I’d reach for often when wearing really bold eyes or lips. This is one of the more shimmery Cheek Pops when swatched (think Peach Pop), but it doesn’t look shimmery or frosted on the skin. The texture was soft, smooth, and easily blended on the skin. Every time I use a Cheek Pop, I’m just reminded at how easy it is to use these and get a beautiful finish out of the product. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Debutante Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Debutante Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

The new Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) recently released with eight shades. Just because you loved the original formula won’t mean you love this one and vice versa–they’re similar but have some more significant differences. The finish is the most obvious difference, as these are loaded with shimmer and the original features cream finishes. The Melted Metals are thinner with more slip, less pigmented, shorter-wearing, and have a less flattering wear over time as the shimmer tends to migrate into lip lines. I found it hard to reapply over faded product, so they require a more thorough removal for best reapplication. The original formula also has the phrase “Long-Wearing” printed on each tube as well as in the official name and marketing spiel for it, whereas Melted Metal has no mention of longevity.

According to the brand, the Melted Metal formula is supposed to be “liquified metallic lipstick in a tube” that’ comfortably coats lips in bursts of rich, glazed, metallic color that melts on.” Most shades are fairly pigmented with some being more or less pigmented and are comfortable to wear for the first few hours. They just don’t wear away as evenly as the original formula, and as the glossiness fades, the shimmer tends to gather, but this only occurs in the most shimmery/metallic shades, while the less shimmery ones wear away better. Towards the end of wear, it feels dry, but after removing the product, I didn’t feel like it actually dried out my lips. This formula feels and wears a lot better than some other highly metallic/shimmered lipgloss and lipstick formulas I’ve tried in the past, as the shimmer is fine enough that it never feels truly gritty. I feel like these are more like lipgloss than liquid lipstick, whereas the original formula leans more on the liquid lipstick side.

Too Faced Melted Debutante Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant pop of coral-pink with gold and golden-orange micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a heft dose of shimmer that looked semi-metallic as you moved. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Revlon HD Sunstone (565) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is pinker (but this is the closest I’ve seen to it). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dune (02) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is pinker, less glossy. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Melted Jelly Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deepened, purple-berry with fuchsia and violet shimmer and micro-shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there is some translucency there. It covered really evenly and smoothly (more impressive due to the overall darkness of this shade) and wore well for almost six hours. This one had less shimmer, which was both good and bad, as it was less truly metallic, but it wore away much better and more evenly. Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is brighter. Kat Von D Wolvesmouth (P, $21.00) is more matte, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Melted Violet Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, violet with pink undertones and very fine lavender shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked a bit streaky applied. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is lighter, pinker, less glossy. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, less glossy, less shimmery. MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, lighter. Kat Von D Wonderchilde (P, $21.00) is matte. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is more shimmery, matte. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Illamasqua Boost (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Clutch Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “vivid rosy red in a matte finish.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark pink-red with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. Colour Pop Early Bird (P, $8.00) is lighter. MAC Secret Admirer (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is powder. Milani Lady Rouge (06) (LE, $7.99) is darker, powder. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is warmer. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is powder, warmer. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is pinker, powder. NARS Soulshine #1 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, powder. MAC Simmer (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, powder. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It had rich, buildable coverage that was intense if applied or patted on with fingertips or more semi-opaque when applied with a stippling brush. I felt like a little went a long way, but the product remained blendable, so it is versatile for the full spectrum of skin tones as you can really adjust and play with the level of coverage. The texture has that lightly spongy, slightly creamy consistency that turns into more of a powder-like texture and finish once you start to apply it to the skin. In the pot, it’s distinctly a cream-based product, but it plays more like a powder product when you actually work with it. I think it looks like a cross of the two in terms of how it sits on the skin, as it looks almost like a stain due to that near-matte finish that doesn’t look totally flat. On me, this shade lasted for ten hours before fading.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Burberry Shell (003) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow
Burberry Shell (003) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow

Burberry Shell (003) Wet & Dry Glow Shadow ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a brilliant, brightened golden orange with warm undertones and a strong, metallic sheen. The texture was soft, smooth, and very blendable on the skin. It can be applied wet or dry, with dry application giving lighter, slightly sheer coverage and damp application giving you a slightly deeper, more metallic finish. It wore well for nine hours before creasing a bit. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) isn’t quite as metallic. Kat Von D Platonic (LE) is darker, less shimmery/ MAC Mortal #2 (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Baked Cowboy (P, $18.00) is darker, less metallic. Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE) is darker. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is slightly darker. Ulta Gold (P, $10.00) is yellower. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is darker. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is yellower. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Pale Barley (102) Wet & Dry Silk Shadow ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a softened, medium-dark taupe brown with warm, golden beige shimmer that gives it a more pearly finish. It’s supposed to give a “more natural, buildable” effect when used dry with a more “saturated color effect” when used damp, though I didn’t see significant differences between the two applications. It’s a bit softer dry, and the shimmery finish is stronger when applied damp, but the differences are very subtle. The formula of the new range doesn’t seem to feel or perform differently than what I’ve experienced in the original eyeshadow range, though this seems to run lighter than the original in color. The texture is incredibly soft and silky–a little powdery at times–and blends effortlessly on the skin. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading to a small degree. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #2 (LE) is more shimmery. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is slightly darker. MAC Quintessential (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Era (P, $16.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown (LE, $22.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Burberry Rosewood (202) Wet & Dry Silk Shadow ($29.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with a hint of rose and a subtly metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry and opaque coverage applied damp, and the finish became more metallic when it was applied with a wet brush. The consistency was very finely-milled and silky, but it was a little powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading regardless of application method. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker. Kat Von D Heaven Knows (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Custom (P, $12.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S560 Taupe (P, $21.00) is warmer, less shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #5 (LE) is lighter. MAC Vintage Selection (P, $18.50) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #2 (P) is cooler-toned. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

ColourPop Juicer Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Juicer Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Juicer Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright true yellow with a satin finish.” It’s a bright, sunshine yellow with a satiny sheen and subtle sparkle. It had fairly good color coverage that was semi-opaque and buildable to opaque color on the lid, but it looked a little dry or thickened on the skin. The color wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Heat Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright light yellow orange with a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium, golden yellow–more goldenrod than sun yellow–with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation and blended out really easily, while it still stayed on without creasing or fading for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Cheeky Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-toned candy coral pink with a duochrome satin finish.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with a mostly matte finish. I didn’t detect a duochrome from this one, even in person as I moved my arm around to try to find it. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier consistency that made it harder to apply evenly. The color that applied wore well for ten hours, but it was hard to use. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Sunnies Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “juicy vibrant orange with a satin finish.” It’s a brightened, tangerine orange with warm undertones and a soft, golden-orange micro-sparkle. It had rich color payoff that applied fairly well but does seem a smidgen on the drier side. On me, the color lasted for a full ten hours and looked the same as I had applied it (no fall out either!). Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

(Note: I bought Juicer, Heat, Cheeky, and Sunnies back in December 2014; Shop is a sample sent by ColourPop in late February.)

ColourPop Shop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rusty coral in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, reddish coral with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. The base is matte, but there is a very tiny bit of shimmer in it when you look closely, though it looks matte from a normal viewing distance. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

ColourPop Flux Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Flux Super Shock Shadow

For spring, there are twelve new, limited edition shades of ColourPop Super Shock Shadows ($5.00 for 0.07 oz. each) with most shades in the pastel family (though there a few that aren’t). ColourPop sent ten of the twelve shades with my blush order, which had been delayed longer than their stated turnaround time. I bought the other two shades, along with other new products (blushes, lipsticks, and lip liners) but don’t have those yet! I admit, I was nervous when I saw how pastel these were when I opened the box, because pastels are hard to do in any form. I think these are a bit weaker than their best shades, and they take more effort to blend on the eye. They were performed better than a lot of similarly-colored pastels that I’ve come across, though, which was a surprise, given how finicky pastels can be.

ColourPop Flux Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light mint green in a matte finish.” It’s a very light, green-tinted white with a matte finish and very subtle warm, yellow undertones. It has a very strong white base and easily looks almost chalky on my skin tone. When I used it on the inner third of my lid paired with bolder shades, it worked, but it’s the kind of shade that can be harder to use just right. The texture was a little drier than other Super Shock Shadows I’ve tried, but the texture is definitely matte. It didn’t apply smoothly and tended look a bit dry on the lid to me. The color didn’t fade or migrate, but it did crease after eight hours. Kat Von D Archangel (LE) is more shimmery, powder. Dior Dulcinee #5 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, powder. MAC Sky Blue (P, $16.00) is bluer, powder. MAC Aqua (P, $16.00) is slightly darker, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Beauty Call Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “true powder blue in a matte finish.” It’s a light, sky blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that was blendable overall, but it is harder to use than the majority of the Super Shock range. I found this one to take a little longer to blend out on the lid. It wore well for ten hours without fading or creasing. Make Up For Ever S208 Baby Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker, powder. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker, powder. Dior Swimming Pool #3 (LE) is powder. Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is warmer, powder. bareMinerals Illusion (P) is lighter, warmer. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Taco Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone aqua in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, light-medium periwinkle blue with a mostly matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that is better to apply in layers to get a really smooth, even layer of color. This shade blended well and lasted for ten hours without creasing or fading. Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl #2 (LE, $2.29) is darker, powder. Dior Swimming Pool #3 (LE) is more shimmery, powder. Inglot #369 (P, $6.00) is darker, powder. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Snapdragon Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone sea foam green in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, seafoam green with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage and applied with fairly even, smooth coverage without having to layer it on. It blended out easily and wore for a full ten hours without creasing or fading. Sephora Collection Green Tea Time (12) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, darker, powder. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is lighter, powder. Inglot #372 (P, $6.00) is darker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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