Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Christian Louboutin Ni Toi Ni Moi Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Ni Toi Ni Moi Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Ni Toi Ni Moi Nail Colour ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “mint green.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark green-teal with a cream finish. Essie Naughty Nautical (LE, $8.00) is brighter, lighter. YSL Vert d’Orient (36) (P, $25.00) is darker. MAC Salad Dressed (LE, $16.00) is bluer. MAC Ocean Dip (LE, $16.00) is greener. Illamasqua Venous (LE, $17.00) is similar. China Glaze Exotic Encounters (LE, $7.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was mostly opaque after two coats, though there was a hint of nail line coming through at certain angles (I almost thought I was imagining it due to it being that subtle). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it flowed really well across the nail without streaking or pooling along the edges. It dried down to a very glossy, plush-looking finish (almost like a jelly-cream hybrid) and didn’t need a top coat. I felt like this applied exactly as it should–with great ease–and it lasted longer than the other two shades I’ve tested from the range. This shade had minor tip wear, but no chipping, after ten days of wear.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Chanel Audace (20) Rouge Allure Gloss
Chanel Audace (20) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Audace (20) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with fine gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on beautifully–the application was smooth and even, while the glossiness made lips appear plumper. The color lasted well for five and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating over time. The formula is fairly lightweight with a creamy-gel-like feel with some tackiness. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (P, $28.00) is browner, warmer. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Distinction (21) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, dark berry-red with a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but unlike Audace, it was difficult to apply evenly as the color tended to streak and settle into lip lines. The settling worsened as the gloss wore away, though it lasted for about five hours. The texture was lightly tacky, and it developed more tackiness after a few hours, but it feels more like a cream-gel hybrid and isn’t too thick on. NARS Shade III (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is sheerer. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is darker. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

MAC Audacious Ultimate Lipstick
MAC Audacious Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new and permanent formula with a shade range of ten (in the U.S., three additional shades available in Asia). The press release doesn’t have any real information regarding the formula, so going off of past years’ Couture offerings, it seems like it should be a hydrating, pigmented lipstick. The released was pushed back from late Semptember to an October 29th (online) and December 1st (in-store) launch, but I’ve yet to see it make its online debut (and I don’t have any updates). Let’s hope they pop up online come the 1st, but nevertheless, here are reviews for three more shades from the range.

To recap: The formula feels very similar to the formula used for the Marcel Wanders’ lipsticks (which is also where the packaging is from). A few of the shades now made permanent were launched previously, too. They’re creamy with some slip, glide on without tugging, are lightly hydrating, and tend to be fairly pigmented with average to good wear. The price is noticeably higher than the standard MAC lipstick, though only a dollar more than the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula. Worth noting, however, is that these are 50% larger than the standard MAC lipstick. The standard MAC lipstick is $160/oz., while the Ultimate lipstick is $153.33/oz. Of course, if you rarely get through half of a lipstick, then paying less will probably make you better off. Here’s a fun fact: only a $0.50 increase from the price in 2012 (based on Marcel Wanders)!

Audacious is described as a “warm mid-tone red.” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff that went on evenly, smoothly, and wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating over time. The consistency was lightweight, emollient without being too slippery. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $50.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is similar. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ravishingly Rich is described as a “bright mid-tone orange.” It’s a medium orange with a lighter, tangerine micro-shimmer and luminous finish. It was creamy and comfortable to wear with rich, opaque color coverage. This shade lasted well for four and a half hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is lighter.Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is more matte. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is lighter. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is lighter. Maybelline Electric Orange (P, $7.49) is less shimmery. MAC Booyah (LE, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is brighter, lelss shimmery. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Chanel Sari d’Eau (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Scene is described as a “deep berry.” It’s a rich, burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. It was semi-opaque with color that pulled into lip lines somewhat and looked more like a stain than a lipstick. The consistency had a lot of slip and had a tendency to feather on me, which isn’t something I experience often, so it was disappointing. The color lasted well for five hours. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is darker. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Gigolo (LE, $51.00) is cooler-toned. Buxom Menace (P, $21.00) is brighter. Burberry Bright Plum (15) (P, $30.00) is more matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Galaxy Girl Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black blue.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and medium blue sparkle and shimmer. This was one of the weaker shades I’ve tried in the range, as the sparkles seemed to make it harder to apply it in a smooth, even line. It built up decently, but it was still lacking in intensity. It wore well for ten hours. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) has more navy-hued shimmer. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) has more shimmer so it appears lighter. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) also has more shimmer and appears lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark green.” It’s a rich, medium-dark cool-toned green with a pearly sheen. It had really good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was easily opaque after one and a half layers of product. It wore particularly well and topped in at eleven hours before it started to thin/fade. The texture was creamy without being too waxy or emollient. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Starry Sky Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “grey.” It’s a medium-dark silver-shimmered gray with cool undertones. The consistency was soft, creamy, and didn’t tug at the lash line. It was semi-opaque in one pass, and it was mostly opaque after two layers. The color lasted well for nine and a half hours before thinning. bareMinerals Steadfast Slate (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Buxom I’ll Be Waiting (P, $17.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Chanel Rêve d'Orient Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Rêve d’Orient Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Rêve d’Orient Eyeshadow Quad ($70.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition Quad that will be available on chanel.com on December 1st. As a bonus, any orders with the Quad will get complimentary overnight shipping (and therein is the Cyber Monday deal for ya!). The formula of the quad seemed similar to the recent Tisse series quads that Chanel released a few months ago, but these do have a raised star pattern on each shade (otherwise, it doesn’t seem different). All four shades performed well with nice pigmentation, soft, blendable textures, and long-wear (eight to nine hours). They can be used wet or dry, though I don’t think it’s necessary to use them damp to get good performance out of them, but applying the shades with a dampened brush gives a slightly more intense look and a smoother, less frosted (more metallic) finish. You may find that you can easily dupe this with shades you already own, though, as there was no shortage of dupe options for the shades in this quad.

Rêve d’Orient #1 is described as a “luminous brown.” It’s a medium-dark, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly finish–a little more sheen than satin but not a frost. It had excellent pigmentation applied wet or dry, though the drier application was a touch richer with less product. It wore well for nine hours on me. Tarte Bastille in the Night (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. Tarte Too Haute to Handle (LE) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, yellower. Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is redder. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is similar. MAC Pink Sensibilities #4 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is redder. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is redder. MAC Divine Decadence (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Friendly (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, darker. Chanel Intuition #4 (P) is similar. Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rêve d’Orient #2 is described as a “glimmering beige.” It’s a brightened, white gold with warm, ivory undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque with a more frosted finish, whereas when I applied it to the skin with a dampened brush, it had a smoother, more metallic finish. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $19.50) is less warm-toned. Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is darker. LORAC Cashmere (LE) is darker. LORAC Sand (LE) is darker. LORAC Opal (LE) is similar. Hello Kitty Bright (LE) is similar. MAC Amberluxe #1 (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (P, $21.00) is warmer. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #2 (P) is warmer. YSL Saharienne #2 (P) is less shimmery. Too Faced Snowflakes (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rêve d’Orient #3 is described as a “rich gold.” It’s a brightened, medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, but the wet application made it appear slightly darker and richer. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. Kat Von D Brass Knuckles (LE) is lighter. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Antique Gold (P, $37.00) is lighter. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is brighter. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is warmer, lighter. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Instigator (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #5 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, darker. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is similar. Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rêve d’Orient #4 is described as a “deep black.” It’s a rich, dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented both wet and dry, though it is a bit smoother and looks inkier in person when applied damp. Thankfully, it is incredibly blendable with a silky, finely-milled texture. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is softer. Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE) is warmer. MAC Smokeluxe #5 (P) is similar. MAC Bleuluxe #5 (P) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil
Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days The Celestial Bronzing Veil ($48.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a medium, golden brown with a hint of gray–there’s an almost “dirty” aspect to the color–and a shimmery, luminous finish. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is warmer. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is more shimmery. Too Faced Spice (LE) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Gilded (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Secret Radiance (P, $19.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s designed to add both color as well as glow by using “crystal pigments in bronze, gold and silver” (the latter seems to give it that more neutral/dirty vibe that I see). The color payoff was excellent and easily delivered true-to-pan color onto the skin, but the silky, lightweight, ultra-soft powder is easily blended and manipulated on the skin. You can also concentrate your brush towards the upper half of the pan for a lighter, more shimmer-based glow, or towards the bottom half of the pan for more color with less shimmer. I tried to swirl for a good mix of color and shimmer when I applied it to my cheeks for testing. I really loved the texture, as it was a cinch to apply. It didn’t accentuate my pores, and the powder sat well on the skin without looking powdery nor shiny. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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