Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles Meteorites Illuminating Pearls
Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles Meteorites Illuminating Pearls

Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles Meteorites Illuminating Pearls ($60.00 for 0.88 oz.) is a softened, medium beige with golden shimmer. I expect mine is leaning a bit more obviously beige/warm, since some of the pearls (and it appears the bronzy ones!) were crushed. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more golden. NARS Hot Sand (P, $30.00) is liquid. theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is pinker. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is darker, more shimmery. Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’m going to refer you to the promotional image for the Meteorites here, as a few pearls in mine were pretty crushed up, which gives mine the appearance of being all gold and bronze pearls. Trying to dust them off was a bit like excavating at a dig site (and didn’t go so well for me). The promotional image shows pearls that range from beige, gold, pink, berry, and bronze (there are supposed to be six, but I could only really see five distinct shades). It comes in a gold case with a “bow” on top and a red pouf. The product that comes off from the pearls once you touch it (whether with the pouf or a brush) is soft, silky, and finely-milled with a low-level sheen without any over-the-top sparkle. The gold and bronze pearls bring a lot of warmth to the party, but it is sheer enough that it can be dusted all-over for a warm, luminous glow. Applied more heavily, it warms up my cheeks and gives off a glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Meteorites are somewhere between a highlighter and finishing powder, as they can be used all-over or applied more heavily as a targeted highlighter (though they’re subtle applied that way). They seem to give the skin a softer, glowy look that’s more, “Your skin looks great, did you change your skin care?” and less “What highlighter are you wearing?” I was bummed to see this year’s tin only contains 0.88 oz. compared to last year’s 1.05 oz.

Update (10/9/14): I’ve added photos of a second one, where the pearls aren’t crushed (purchased from Sephora).  The effect is still the same applied–a light warmth with soft shimmer–but a smidgen more beige overall.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NARS  Hardwired Lipstick
NARS Hardwired Lipstick

NARS Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula created for the holiday collection that’s supposed to have a “rich texture” while “deliver[ing] brilliant, glossy shine with full coverage.” The formula felt less clingy and more comfortable to wear than NARS’ permanent range, though it isn’t like their Audacious range, which has a lot more slip and is heavier. The finish has a light shine (like a satin), but it’s not what I would describe as glossy. Two of the three shades have good color payoff (but not fully opaque).

NARS Deadly Catch Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “crimson.” It’s a rich, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, a light creaminess, and lasted for seven and a half hours. It was lightly hydrating while worn. I doubt it’s a real surprise that it being a medium red that there is a slew of dupes out there. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is pinker. MAC Sparks of Romance (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Rioja (P, $28.00) is more muted. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is a touch glossier. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is brighter. Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $22.00) is similar. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Femme Fleur Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering brick red with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a soft dusting of gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color payoff, which went on evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for five hours, and it was lightly moisturizing over time. Kat Von D Gothica (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Thin Lizzy (P, $21.00) is more metallic, redder. Guerlain Gaetane (16) (P, $51.00) is glossier, lighter. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is more shimmery. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Chanel Synopsis (P, $34.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Adriatic Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “glistening soft cream.” It’s a light, pink-tinged beige with metallic shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this one didn’t apply as evenly as the other two. It didn’t seem to have more slip, but it sure looked as if it did. The color pulls into lip lines over time, so it is a very high maintenance color to wear. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Kat Von D Agatha (P, $21.00) is more matte, less shimmery. MAC Peach Beige (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more opaque. MAC Strip Poker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more opaque. MAC Siren Song (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Bare All (910) (P, $7.49) is lighter. NYX Fortune Cookie (P, $4.00) is more metallic. MAC Annelie (LE, $22.00) is darker. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss
Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss

Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep black cherry.” It’s a deepened red with cool undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny, finish. It makes me think of “blood red” more than “black cherry,” though. It was mostly opaque, applied evenly, and didn’t settle into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours. The consistency is lightweight, gel-like, lightly hydrating, and non-sticky. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (900) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer top coat with golden pearl.” It’s gold shimmer suspended in clear gloss. It’s nice to see that it is really being billed as a top coat (even the box distinguishes it from the rest of the range), and in the tube, it looks as described. That being said, it also looks a lot more shimmery in the tube than applied–the shimmer is fine but sparse. As a top coat, it only adds shine, but the thinner consistency doesn’t give it a really plump, juicy, glossy finish. I wish there was more visible shimmer when applied, because though it’s supposed to be sheer… it is also supposed to have gold pearl. It’s like a clear polish with large gold flecks that you feel like you have to fish out. Products like these are always so tricky to review (trying to consider a spectrum of clear to sheer is interesting). The shine on this only seemed to last about two hours on me, but it was comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Dark Majesty Fluidline
MAC Dark Majesty Fluidline

MAC Dark Majesty Fluidline ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “black with black pearl.” It’s a softened, charcoal black with subtle silver micro-shimmer. It was semi-opaque, but buildable, and had a lightweight, creamy consistency that was easy to apply and then dried down to stay in place for nine hours. Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Black Market (LE, $19.00) is darker. Urban Decay Uzi (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Smoke (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals 11PM (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gentrified Fluidline ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “brown with bronze pearl.” It’s a plummy brown with warm undertones and gold sparkle. It was semi-sheer, and it was difficult to build up the color, because it seemed to be slightly thinner and more emollient than most Fluidlines. What I was able to apply lasted for eight and a half hours, at least. It’s too bad, as it was a more unique shade. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $19.00) is darker. NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is darker, browner, less shimmery. Chanel Grenat (P, $30.00) is redder, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These eyeliners are from the upcoming Heirloom Mix collection, which launches online on October 19th and hits stores/counters on October 23rd. International locations should see this sometime in November.

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Lipsticks
MAC Heirloom Mix Lipsticks

MAC No Faux Pas Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “hot pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that applied smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and left behind a strong stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating for me. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is more muted, glossier. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is a smimdgen lighter. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is glossier. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Good Taste (P, $22.00) is more muted, sheerer. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is warmer. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is darker. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Rebel Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink plum [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark berry with cool, pink undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it was easy to apply due to its creamy consistency. The color lasted for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. This is part of the permanent range. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is brighter, lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker, glossier, warmer. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Salon Rouge Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean berry red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deepened, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and the texture was mostly creamy and didn’t tug on the lips. It seemed to have a thinner quality, though, and it wasn’t quite as even in application compared to other shades with a similar finish. The color lasted for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. It was slightly drying. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Roxo (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is glossier. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is similar. NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is more matte. MAC Prolong (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Such Flare (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer, more matte. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Absolute Power (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sparks of Romance Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true red [with a Matte Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, brightened red with subtle, cool undertones and barely-there gold shimmer. It had almost full color coverage, and the finish is was semi-matte. The consistency didn’t tug at lips, but there was a slight texture that I could feel due to the shimmer content. It wore well for six and a half hours and was slightly drying. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is more muted, less red, matte. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Rioja (P, $28.00) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is brighter. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is glossier. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Tribalist Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep purple berry [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a berry-red with subtle, cool undertones and a very glossy finish. It feels nothing like MAC’s Amplified finish. Due to the high slip in the formula, it doesn’t apply evenly and feathered within two and a half hours of wear. The color lasted for six hours, but it looked disastrous by that point with how much feathering and settling had occurred by then. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is similar. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is slightly redder. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These lipsticks are from the upcoming Heirloom Mix collection, which launches online on October 19th and hits stores/counters on October 23rd. International locations should see this sometime in November.

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Sunday, October 5th, 2014

MAC I'm a Lover Pro Longwear Blush
MAC I’m a Lover Pro Longwear Blush

MAC I’m a Lover Pro Longwear Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. Tarte Whimsy (LE, $26.00) is brighter, darker. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is brighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Blush (P) is more matte, darker. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is lighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is brighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter, brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more muted. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The press release noted that this was limited edition, but MAC’s website is showing the three blushes from The Matte Lip collection as permanent–and the proof is in the fact that they’ll be offering pan-only versions of all three (though this shade is still “coming soon” for purchase). The Pro Longwear Blush formula is supposed to be “ultra fine, silky” with eight-hour wear and buildable color. The texture was very silky–almost creamy–and lightweight, and it was beautiful on the skin. It feels a lot smoother than the other shades of the formula I’ve come across. The color was buildable from semi-sheer to mostly opaque. On me, this shade wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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