Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Lipsticks
MAC By Request (Spring 2014) Lipsticks

MAC Glam Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid, bright pinky-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, brightened, medium pinky-red with strong cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency. It wore well for eight hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is more matte, slightly pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $45.00) is less cool-toned. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is more matte, darker. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Hoop Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a satin finish. It had full, opaque pigmentation, and the consistency was moderately creamy and applied evenly. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker. NYX Stella (P, $4.00) is pinker. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pink Poodle Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid, fuchsia-pink [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia-pink with iridescent fuchsia and violet micro-shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the shade lasted for five hours and was a little drying. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Urban Decay Perversion Ink for Eyes
Urban Decay Perversion Ink for Eyes

Urban Decay Perversion All Night Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a glossier, deep dark black. See comparison swatches / view dupes. The consistency is creamy enough that it glides evenly and easily across the lash line or lid without tugging or dragging, and it delivers good color payoff in a single stroke. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade/thin.

Urban Decay Perversion Ink for Eyes ($20.00 for 0.02 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark, neutral black with a satiny finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes. It’s easy to maneuver, and you can easily create thin to medium lines depending on whether you use the very tip of the pen or hold it more horizontally for a wider line. The liquid flowed evenly out of the pen, and it never seemed to dry up or require shaking to restart the flow of the eyeliner–and the lines it left were richly pigmented and fully opaque. It dried down fairly quickly, set and stayed in place on me for ten hours. It also removed easily with cleansing oil (I used shu’s).

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Urban Decay Perversion Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner
Urban Decay Perversion Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner

Urban Decay Perversion Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, dark, blacker-than-black eyeliner with a satin-to-matte finish. It’s extremely intense in color payoff, and the texture is quite creamy, so it smooths over the skin easily and doesn’t drag or really skip. Because it’s so creamy, it can also be used as a black eyeshadow base if desired. The only downside is that it takes a couple of minutes for it to fully set and dry down, which makes it great for a smudgy look, but if you’re pressed for time, it might not be the first go-to for a two-minute look. I didn’t feel like it really moved while setting, but if you go to curl your lashes, you might disturb it. The texture is definitely lighter and creamier, wetter too, than a gel formula–sometimes gel and cream can feel the same, but this definitely feels and behaves like a true cream eyeliner. On me, it wore well and lasted ten hours without smudging or fading.

There are a ton of intense black eyeliners on the market in a variety of formulas, so there’s no shortage these days.  I’ve included swatch comparisons below of how this shade stacks up to the rest of the Perversion range, but if you’re looking to compare against other rich black eyeliners, here’s the official Dupe List / Swatch Comparisons for Perversion (cream).

Urban Decay Perversion Angled Brush ($16.00) is a medium-thick, angled brush made out of synthetic fibers. It worked well for applying the cream eyeliner just launched, and it is best for medium-thin to medium-thick lines, but if you really want something very thin and precise, I would go for a thinner or more pointed brush.

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Monday, March 24th, 2014

Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Moscato Cashmere Lip Cream ($28.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a bold, bright, vivid fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more muted, more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is a bit darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If Bordeaux was too dark for you, perhaps Moscato’s lighter and brighter hue is more up your alley (though they are equally bold, showstopping colors!). Moscato was intensely pigmented in a single stroke, comfortable to wear, and wears well for six hours and will last as long as eight with only slight fading. It takes two to three hours for the finish to wear down to something more matte, which is really the only “downside” to the formula–it’s supposed to be matte, but there’s a definite shine to it. To get more of a matte finish from the beginning, I would recommend lightly blotting. The consistency is creamy and stays that way for a few hours, so while it’s not transfer-proof, there’s so much pigmentation that it still wears long and well. There is a slight scent to it that I can’t quite place–a little herbal-y? perhaps that’s subtle and I can only somewhat catch a whiff of it when I smell the applicator.

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Chanel Coup de Coeur Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Coup de Coeur Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Coup de Coeur Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened, pinky-berry with a cream finish and a glossy shine. Formula X A+ (P, $12.50) is brighter. Dior Graphic Berry (LE, $24.00) is much darker. Chanel April (P, $27.00) is more muted, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

New for spring, Coup de Coeur is an excellent example of a high quality, high end polish.  It was richly pigmented, and it applied beautifully.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it went on evenly, smoothly, and didn’t pool along the edges of the nail.  I typically get a week of wear with Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping (which is true of most polishes on me).

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Collection
Cult Nails Casual Elegance Collection

Cult Nails Casual Elegance Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac creme.” It’s a cool-toned, bluish-lavender with a cream finish. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The consistency was slightly thicker, but it applied evenly, didn’t pool along the edges, and didn’t bubble. MAC Bleu Velvet (LE, $16.00) is more muted, almost gray-ish. Essie Rock the Boat (P, $8.00) is lighter, less purple. See comparison swatches.

Cult Nails Intriguing Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “periwinkle with gray tones and some holographic shimmer.” It’s a faded, medium, gray-tinged blue with very fine white shimmer. The shimmer appeared holographic in the bottle, but I couldn’t see it on the nail at all, no matter whether I was outdoors or indoors. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was opaque after two coats. Chanel Sky Line (LE, $27.00) is metallic, lighter. Zoya Skylar (P, $9.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Cult Nails Winter’s Light Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “top coat with fine grain glitter.” It has a fuchsia-magenta jelly base with purple micro-glitter. In the initial release I read for this collection, it was recommended as a layering shade but could also be worn alone. On my index and middle fingers, I used three coats, and on my ring and pinky, I used two coats. I also showed one layer over black. The consistency is a little thick, and this one seemed to take longer to dry down. Once dry, it has a more matte finish that had some shine, but it was bumpy, so you’ll want to use two layers of top coat or a thicker top coat to smooth it out. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Midnight Purple (200) (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less glittery, more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

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