Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette ($59.50 for 0.298 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows and an eyeliner. The eyeshadows all had good color payoff or better with soft, blendable textures that were easy to use. When the weakest performers come in at B+, you’re in good shape. I’m a big fan of the Artist Shadow formula, and in general, only the mattes have any issues (some are lovely, some could use improvement). They can be so soft that they turn powdery, which makes them harder to apply on bare skin or the color payoff is just weaker, but many of them are good, just not perfect. That was the case with the two mattes here–good but not great–and the rest were quite nice. Most of the shades wore between eight and nine hours.

They are pretty consistent with the permanent versions I have, and I524 performed better in this palette than in my other palette (though that one isn’t full-sized). For those who picked up the Artist Palette, there are two overlapping shades in this set (I524 and D926). For those who nabbed the 30th Anniversary Palette, you’ll find these repeats: M100, ME108, and ME122.

The eyeshadows are 0.024 oz. each, which makes them a little larger than a dime, for a total value of $75.60. The eyeliner is full-sized, so it’s worth $19. The total value of the set is $94.60 for the actual products. It comes in a small, but substantial, “traincase” that unlatches to reveal a large mirror and a removable tray of eyeshadows. Underneath is a compartment that could hold whatever made sense to you–it’s about an inch and a half in height–so it could fit blush, lip colors, eyeliner, primers, and even some bottles of foundation (depends on the size of yours). This would only be travel friendly if you used the space underneath the eyeshadows, otherwise it is bulky and unnecessarily large. I would have rather a slim, travel-friendly palette with just the eyeshadows myself. (In which case, you might consider the Artist Palette, which is $42 for 8 eyeshadows in a very travel-friendly format.) Edited to add: You can actually take a pair of tweezers and grab the edge of each pan to remove. They don’t seem glued in, and the bottom of the foam insert may be slightly magnetic, as they pull back in slightly.

M530 Eggshell is a soft white with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency but was blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

S516 Sand is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a really soft, smooth consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I544 Pink Granite is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly rich, while the texture was really smooth and applied evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ME122 Snow is a bright, cool-toned white with a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth and blendable, but it was a little thinner than other metallic finishes in the range.
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ME108 Steel is a dark, cool-toned gray with a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on smooth as butter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

M100 Black is a dark black with a matte finish. The color payoff was decent to good, and the texture was soft without being powdery. It blended out well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D236 Lagoon Blue is a medium-dark, brightened blue-teal with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly, as the texture felt creamy and blendable. The permanent version of this seemed slightly richer overall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D926 Blueberry is a brightened violet purple with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The color payoff was nice, but the texture wasn’t perfectly smooth compared to other shades. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I218 Indigo Blue is a brightened, dark blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though not perfect, with a soft, blendable texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I524 Pinky Beige is a light peach with a hint of pink and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that went on easily and evenly due to the soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D826 Fig is a medium-dark plum with warm, brown undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. The consistency was smooth but there were noticeable sparkles in it. Most of the sparkles stayed on the lid, but there were a couple of stray sparkles at the end of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ME828 Garnet Black is a deepened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was amazing with really rich, smooth results that glided on evenly and easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

M10 Matte Black is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. The formula is lightly creamy, so it goes on without tugging at the lash line, and it lays down a fair amount of pigment in one stroke. It was fully opaque after two layers. On me, it lasted for eight hours without smudging. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 17th, 2014

Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder
Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder ($72.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light, almost cool-toned gold with a luminous sheen. Tarte Champagne (LE) is warmer, darker. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is warmer. Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is yellower. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is warmer, more beige. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, slightly warmer. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) has a whiter base. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is warmer. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is whiter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I feel like this is a cooler-toned version of Dentelle Precieuse (Saks and Chanel both still have it), and it’s actually a better deal, as it contains 0.28 oz. (compared to 0.21 oz.) and is cheaper–though just as a heads up, Nordstrom has it for $76, but Macy’s (and Bloomingdale’s prior to selling out) has it for $72. (And the eyeshadow palette in the collection is $70 at Nordstrom yet $80 everywhere else.) The texture is similar as it is soft, smooth, and blends effortlessly on the skin. Camelia de Plumes is slightly more shimmery and more pigmented–you don’t need much to get that delicate sheen. It’s not so fussy that you have to use the lightest touch with the lightest brush, but it is a noticeable highlighter, not a subtle one. Straight-on, it looks softly glowing, and if you tilt your face or turn slightly to the side, you’ll see the sheen in all its glory. It didn’t emphasize pores when I applied it, but it is pigmented enough that it will if applied more heavily. The highlighter lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set ($49.00 for 0.27 oz.) includes five, travel-sized lip pencils. Each Velvet Matte Lip Pencil contains 0.06 oz., and each Satin Lip Pencil contains 0.05 oz.  It is exclusive to Sephora.  They come in a long, rectangular plastic box (feels like acrylic to me, but I’m not an expert on materials!)–it’s thick, sturdy plastic, and it feels like something you would keep, not toss away. Three shades are limited edition (and two of those were released earlier this year in the Final Cut collection), and two are part of the permanent range. The only real downside to NARS’ lip pencils is that they require sharpening, so there is waste, and they may not be as travel-friendly since they don’t just twist-up. Otherwise, the formula has good color payoff, wears well, and is comfortable to wear.

Descanso is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a lightly pink-tinged peach with a satin finish. It has mostly opaque color coverage that wears for four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Torres del Paine is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a light-medium, softened peach-orange with a satin finish. It wore nicely for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. It was semi-opaque with a slight translucency where the natural lip color came through. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Iberico is described as an “intense coral.” It’s a bold, bright orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and it was creamy enough that it glided on without skipping and delivered even color. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was a little drying towards the end. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Yu is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, magenta undertones and a luminous finish. The shade yiedled fairly opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. It lasts for six hours and leaves a stain behind, while it felt lightly hydrating. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cruella is described as a “passionate scarlet red. It’s a muted, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. The consistency had a light waxiness to it that gave it that “velvet” feel when applied, so it didn’t skip or drag on the lips. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it lasted for six hours. I found it a bit drying, which was the only downside. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Envy Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bluish-purple with cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it had the same really creamy consistency as other shades in the range. This one was loaded with shimmer, which helped to camouflage some of the underlying unevenness of the color itself, so it looked fairly good in person, even if up-close isn’t 100% amazing. It wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind an eggplant-hued stain behind. NYX Immortal (P, $6.00) is much purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technopagan (P, $18.00) is darker, richer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Sinful Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark blue with a glossy finish. The consistency was creamy with a lot of slip, but it applied beautifully with rich, opaque color that went on evenly. It stayed on for six hours. It’s not metallic in its finish, though, and it has barely-there shimmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Vain (P, $18.00) Illamasqua Disciple (P, $24.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Betrayal Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a lightly brightened, medium-dark purple with subtle cool undertones and a violet shimmer. It’s not really metallic in finish–more glossy with a faint shimmer that gets lost in it. The texture was creamy with a lot of slip, and it did show in the application, as the color didn’t go on evenly and looked streaky. This one needs a lip primer or pencil to work. It is also easier to work with if you blot it down slightly, as removing some of the slip made it stay in place better. It lasted for four and a half hours and left a fuchsia stain behind. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pagan (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is more matte, warmer. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is more muted, slightly warmer. MAC Fervent (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush
MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush

MAC Fleeting Romance Pro Longwear Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “coral.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with a satin-matte finish. There’s just enough of a sheen that it keeps it from looking flat on the skin, but it doesn’t have a shimmery finish. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is similar. Milani Coral Cove (05) (LE, $7.99) is brighter, lighter. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is similar. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, pinker. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is a cream product, warmer. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is warmer. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is warmer, brighter. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is a touch brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, silky, and very smooth. It was just a smidgen powdery compared to the other two I reviewed recently, but only by comparison–I don’t think I would have noticed otherwise. It had buildable color payoff as described that went from semi-sheer to mostly opaque (two to three layers), so it should work well on a variety of skin tones. The silkiness of the powder made it easy to apply and blend on the skin as well. MAC claims eight-hour wear, and that’s exactly what I had: eight hours before there was slight fading along the edges. You can also purchase it in pan format through MAC and pop it into your empty palette of choice, which will save you $7 (which almost pays for the empty palette!).

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Saturday, October 11th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss
NARS Lipgloss

NARS Burning Love Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright ruby with subtle shimmer.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a mere dusting of red shimmer. The shimmer gets lost in the gloss for the most part, so it reads more like a cream finish applied. It had semi-opaque color coverage that lasted for four and a half hours on me. It was lightly hydrating with a lightweight texture that was somewhat tacky. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is similar. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) (P, $35.00) is warmer. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Sephora Collection Red Glow (P, $13.00) is more metallic. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is redder. MAC Strawberry Malt (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Corsica Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink raspberry.” It’s a rosy plum with warm undertones and a very fine, gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightweight, comfortable feel on the lips that was somewhat sticky. The color wore well for five hours and was moderately moisturizing. I found this shade hard to dupe due to the more opaque color. MAC Seeking Adoration (LE, $20.00) is cooler, sheerer. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is lighter. Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Soleil d’Orient Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink champagne.” It’s an ultra-shimmery, golden beige with warm undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage where most of the coverage was the result of the shimmer, rather than the base color having that much pigment. The texture was comfortable to wear, felt lightweight, though moderately sticky. The color wore well for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Bared for You (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Clear Water (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) has finer shimmer, lighter. MAC Soft Serenade (LE, $15.00) is arker. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is lighter, less opaque. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is similar. Hourglass Imagine (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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