Friday, March 14th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#37 is a dark, neutral-to-cool-toned brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was really soft and easy to blend. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Smut (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#38 is a pale, warm-toned yellow with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #1 (P) is similar. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is darker. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less frosted. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is a smidgen yellower. See comparison swatches.

#39 is a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a silver sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. I did have some minor fall out over time, but the color itself lasted for eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is darker, browner. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. NARS Naiade (P) is less sparkly. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is less red. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

#40 is a brightened, yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had so-so pigmentation, as the texture was a little stiffer to work with. This shade managed to wear for seven and a half hours before it started to fade. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Gus Gus (LE) is darker. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is lighter. Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is similar. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#41 is a golden beige with soft, warm undertones and a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly smooth and easy to work with. This color wore well for almost eight hours. theBalm D3 (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen more gold. NARS Hollywoodland (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Aspire (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

#42 is a dark green with gold shimmer and warm undertones paired with a soft, satin finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. Clarins Forest #3 (LE) is darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #84 (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

#43 is a muted, medium-dark, blue-teal with a mostly matte finish–there is a little iridescent sparkle that sits on top. It had so-so pigmentation, as the texture was slightly dry and powdery. I had good wear for eight hours before it started to fade. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#44 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm toned brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, as the texture was a little powdery. The color managed to wear well for seven hours before fading became apparent. Tarina Tarantino Hollyhock (LE) is darker, more shimmery. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is darker. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Laura Mercier Bare Baby Lip Glace
Laura Mercier Bare Baby Lip Glace

This spring, there are thirteen new shades of Laura Mercier Lip Glace ($25.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) being added to the permanent range. The new shades are supposed to be richer in color with the same “megawatt shine,” “nonsticky” texture, and hydrating formula. I tested two shades, Bare Baby and Poppy, yesterday. The formula is lightweight, not too thin or too thick, glossy, lightly hydrating, and non-sticky. There’s a burnt sugar/caramel-like scent to the gloss, but I didn’t notice any taste.

Bare Baby Lip Glace is a milky, pink-peach with white shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it did settle into lip lines, and it didn’t evenly apply. I think this shade would be better applied over a lipstick for added warmth and lightening. It wore well for two and a half hours. Chanel Rosace (87) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is lighter. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is brighter. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is also brighter. MAC Demure (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Rose in Bloom (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Poppy Lip Glace is a vibrant, poppy red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented, and it applied beautifully. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is similar. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is also similar. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is more muted, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick
Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick

Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “radiant orchid.” It’s a bright, vibrant magenta with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more muted, lighter. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is lighter. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is purpler. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is pinker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is very similar. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is lihter. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

The description is confusing: “[t]his satin finish moisturizing lipstick offers rich, matte color,” and the formula is also supposed to be hydrating, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. It’s a satin finish–which is not matte–but it’s also matte. The finish is truer to satin than it is to matte, and it takes two and a half hours before that shine wears down enough that it looks more matte. It did have good color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy without slipping too easily. The formula was lightly hydrating, and the color lasted for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Inglot #103 Lipstick
Inglot #103 Lipstick

Inglot Lipstick ($12.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “classic” formula that’s long-wearing and hydrating–a short ‘n’ sweet description to be sure! I just wrapped up testing two shades, and the formula on both was lightly creamy with enough slip to apply without dragging, richly pigmented, and long-wearing (but worth noting is that both shades I tried were on the brighter and deeper end of the spectrum, lighter shades may or may not wear as well). At best, very lightly hydrating but not drying. I didn’t notice any added scent, but I did detect a slight waxiness. Bonus: each lipstick is 0.16 oz., which is quite generous (lipsticks typically range from 0.10 to 0.12 oz.).

Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream ($12.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a vibrant, orange-red with a soft sheen and warm undertones. It had rich, full color coverage and applied evenly. This shade wore well for six hours. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker, more muted. NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is very similar. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is also very similar. MAC Tomango (LE, $16.00) is matte. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is a smidgen lighter. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is similar. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is a touch redder. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is brighter. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream ($12.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a deep, dark muted berry with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. The consistency of this shade was slightly more emollient and had more slip than #103, and I think it shows in the finish, which looks a bit wetter. It had mostly opaque pigmentation applied to lips, but there was a touch of translucency that kept it from looking heavy. The most noteworthy part about this color was how evenly it applied, as this is a color that can often look splotchy. When I tried this shade, it wore well for six hours and left behind a stain. Laura Mercier Merlot (P, $26.00) is much lighter, warmer. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Guerlain Gigolo (LE, $49.50) is redder. Guerlain Bee (LE, $49.50) is much lighter. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour (LE, $35.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Formula X Nail Lacquers
Formula X Nail Lacquers

Formula X Free Fall Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “light blue textured glitter.” It’s a pale, sky blue with a sugary, textured finish. It’s matte but shimmery, and this is one of the more textured polishes I’ve come across–it’s rough and almost gritty without being sharp. The color is really interesting, but the application and coverage were difficult and uneven. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one, due to the more unique finish. When I tested this shade for wear, it did last for eight days with minor tip wear (almost as if the edge “sanded” away).

Formula X Photoelectric Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple and blue micro glitter in sheer bright blue.” It’s a vibrant, just-shy-of-neon blue with green-ish undertones with blue and purple micro-glitter. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly evenly. Surprisingly, I wasn’t able to find any similar shades from what I’ve reviewed in the past (not to say there aren’t any, just that I don’t have any to share!). I typically get a full week of wear with very, very minor tip wear with this formula.

Formula X Prismatic Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “emerald micro-glitter in sheer emerald.” It’s a muted, dusty, cool-toned green with lighter green and medium green micro-glitter. It was noticeably sheer with visible nail line after two coats. It didn’t apply as evenly as it should have. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Man by Man (P, $10.00), Zoya Giovanna (P, $9.00), and Dior Samba (794) (LE, $24.00) are all darker and brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chimera (P, $10.00) is less cool-toned. Zoya Zuza (P, $9.00) is still brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick
Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new formula that’s supposed to be “colour intense,” “long lasting,” hydrating, and have a “satin finish.” It seems like Illamasqua created a formula in response to some customers finding their original formula too drying or stiff to use. In my experience, some shades are drying and stiff, others are lightly creamy and apply evenly (though not particularly hydrating). This new formula is definitely creamier and has a lot more slip, so the resulting finish is more luminous. It takes about an hour and a half for the shine to fade and become more satin-like. I had no issues getting rich, opaque color payoff with any of the three new shades, and they glided on evenly and smoothly. I didn’t find them hydrating; they were more “not drying” than anything else, but these wear quite awhile, so it’ll depend on how long your lips can go without any real boost in moisture. I didn’t notice any scent, but I could detect a little waxiness from the base ingredients.

Luster is described as a “candy pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium, blue-based pink with a luminous sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for six and a half hours. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is more muted, less blue-based. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is slightly more muted. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches.

Glissade is described as a “bold pink.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had rich pigmentation, and it applied evenly. This shade wore well for over eight hours and leaves a stain behind. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is very similar. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is more muted, sheerer. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is less glossy. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is more matte. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Soaked is described as a “vibrant orange.” It’s a bright, medium-dark orange with strong, red undertones and a luminous shine. It had intense, opaque color payoff, and the color went on very smoothly. This shade lasted for almost seven hours on me. Though all the shades are fairly dupable, this orange is something we’ve seen across brands, and these are all extremely similar: Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00), Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00), Maybelline Electric Orange (P, $7.49), MAC Booyah (LE, $18.00), MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00), and MAC Morange (P, $16.00) See comparison swatches.

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