Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

For spring, Maybelline released six limited edition shades (so says the display) of Color Tattoos in its Dare to Go Nude Collection. I’ve been trying to find these for a few weeks now, and by some miracle, I was able to find five of the shades. Unfortunately, I don’t have Stroke of Midnight (but you can see it swatched on Musings of a Muse for reference). Most of the stores I’ve visited haven’t even had displayers (empty or not), but a CVS about ten miles away did have a display that was only partially ravaged (many of the seals on lip products had been removed). It’s a real shame that these aren’t permanent, because they would be welcomed additions to the permanent range. Though in some ways, they might seem “boring” to some, they’re very core, basic shades. They reminded me a lot of Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow range in color selection as well as feel and finish–these all felt a little thinner than the original formula, a smidgen more emollient, but they applied and wore as well as the original shades do. As always, I’m not keen on actually wearing makeup for 24-hours, so I didn’t test any of these for a full 24-hours, but I tested all five for sixteen hours.

These are LIMITED EDITION as confirmed by Maybelline on March 4th, 2014.  Maybelline corporate confirmed that all shades released in the Dare to Go Nude Collection are limited edition with none slated to be added to the permanent range at this time.

Pure Nude (80) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14. oz.) is a light, pink-tinged beige with a golden sheen. It had good, buildable color coverage that wore well for twelve hours before I noticed some “cracking” of the texture, but it was very, very subtle. After sixteen hours, it hadn’t worsened. Guerlain Les Tendres #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Smoked Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is darker. MAC Phloof! (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Beige-ing Beauty (85) is a golden champagne with gold sparkle and shimmer. This one was semi-opaque at most, and it is almost better sheered out so it is a sparkling finish. I had some slight, visible fall out after ten hours of wear that gradually worsened for the next six hours, though I did not have any creasing or fading. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is more glittery. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is similar. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is less sparkly. Chanel Vision (LE, $36.00) is more glittery, darker. See comparison swatches.

Nude Compliment (90) is a subtly, cool-toned taupe-brown with a metallic finish. It seemed like the top layer, where it reflects, is more cool-toned and grayer, while the base seemed warmer, more reddish. When sheered out, it seemed slightly warm. The color payoff was really good and easily worn at opaque or sheer color. It wore well for sixteen hours without fading or creasing. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is less metallic. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Underground (DC, $18.00) is darker. Benefit No Pressure (P, $10.00) is darker. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is browner, darker. See comparison swatches.

Sleek & Spice (95) is a warm-toned, reddish-brown taupe with a metallic finish. In the pot, it seems too similar to Nude Compliment, but it’s a good deal warmer–the undertone really makes a difference. It had excellent, full color coverage. This shade lasted for sixteen hours without creasing or fading. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is a smidgen lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Caramel Cool (100) is as warm-toned, coppery orange with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and covered well, but it was easily blended and sheered out for a tint of color. When I tested it, the color lasted for sixteen hours without fading or creasing. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more orange. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is brighter. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is less metallic. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and easy to apply. The color wore well for four and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Incorrigible (08) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is mor emuted. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is more matte. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is similar. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter, more matte. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is darker, less blue-based. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pure Pout Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty cool beige.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned, pinky-beige with a soft, almost frosted, sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly for the most part. The color lasted two and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is much lighter. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is a little lighter. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is a touch lighter. MAC Pure Zen (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Jersey Rose (P, $34.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC So Good Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep magenta.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it wasn’t a heavy, full coverage cream result–a very slight translucency that kept it from looking heavy. The color wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $21.00) is very similar. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#19 is a medium-dark, gray-brown with a golden, frosted sheen. It’s almost too warm to really be considered a taupe. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $5.99) is darker. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is darker, less metallic. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is slightly grayer. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. bareMinerals Magnetism (P) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

#20 is a medium-dark, smoky mauve with a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a little powdery. It wore well for seven hours before showing signs of fading. theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is very similar but seems a little brighter. Disney by Sephora Carpet (LE) is darker. MAC Tendersmoke (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Romp (P) is much darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

#21 is a medium-dark, coppery orange with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #3 (P) is darker. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is brighter, more metallic. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is darker. LORAC Gold (P) is darker, warmer. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

#22 is a brightened, white with subtle warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation but was a little powdery. This shade lasted eight hours before beginning to show signs of wear. It’s a more basic shade, so there are a lot of similar shades — see comparison swatches.

#23 is a muted, bluish-teal with a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture could have been smoother. It lasted for seven hours when I tested it. NARS China Seas #1 (P, $24.00) is very similar. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is also very similar. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is darker. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

#24 is a light-medium, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was really soft and finely-milled; a smidgen powdery but very blendable. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE) is very similar. Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is less warm-toned. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Brule (P, $15.00) is not as beige. 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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Friday, February 28th, 2014

MAC Be a Lady Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Be a Lady Mineralize Rich Lipstick

The MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “lightweight,” “hydrating,” “long-lasting,” and have “buildable coverage.” The formula on these three was much more emollient with more slip compared to the original shades released. Interesting enough, the six new shades are smaller than the original ones released–0.12 oz. compared to the prior 0.14 oz. bullets, though the tubes seem to be the same size.

MAC Be a Lady Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone coral.” It’s a brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly full color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly without tugging or dragging. It wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer, darker. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) is warmer, more shimmery. Chanel Hyde Park (LE, $34.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Peony (P, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Be Fabulous Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “washed out pastel pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a soft sheen and almost a lightly frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it had a very creamy, emollient consistency, which made it difficult to apply evenly. It lasted two and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Enchantee (LE, $18.00) is glossier, darker. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) is more shimmery. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Bold Spring Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep blue pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the consistency was medium-weight and creamy, so I did notice that you could see “lines” if I pressed my lips together at all. The color lasted three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is more muted. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is brighter. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is more matte, slightly darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “cool pink.” Urban Decay Blush (P) is powder. Sleek MakeUP Macaroon (P) is warmer, darker. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is powder. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, cooler-toned, powder. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is powder. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is darker. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker, powder. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches.

After trying #330 and #410, I was pretty impressed with the newest cream blush formula from Make Up For Ever. #210 is lightly creamy, somewhat emollient, when initially applied, but it dries down and sets to a very powder-like finish–so it’s smooth, blendable, but it won’t slip around throughout the day. The texture gets more velvety and powder-like when applied, but it still retains the blendability and evenness in color of a traditional cream blush. It had excellent, true-to-pan color payoff, that could easily be applied with a lighter hand for softer, sheer color, or more intensely for a more opaque color. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before it started to fade.

P.S. — For those that were concerned about lack of cool-toned shades in the new range, don’t trust Sephora’s stock photos–they’re definitely off significantly! The image for this shade makes it look like an orange-coral!

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#13 is a dark, muted reddish burgundy with a satin-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P) is purpler. Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. MAC Festive Delight (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Chanel Eclosion #4 (P) is brighter, purpler, more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Crucible (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

#14 is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours before beginning to fade. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is a smidgen warmer. Dior Pastel Fontanges #5 (LE) is pinker. NARS Jezebel (P) is warmer. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is similar. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is darker. LORAC Champagne (P) is lighter. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Stubborn (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Hush (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Raffinement #2 (P) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

#15 is a purple-shimmered, blackened eggplant–it ends up looking like a sooty, warm-toned gray with flecks of plummy-purple shimmer on top. The texture was dry and powdery, which resulted in uneven, semi-sheer color payoff. When applied to the lid, it had some slight fading after seven hours of wear. This one was difficult to dupe, partially because the color doesn’t quite translate from the pan to the swatch. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 (LE) is purpler. MAC Beautymarked (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Graphology (DC, $15.00) is darker, purpler. See comparison swatches.

#16 is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a golden sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft but not powdery. It lasted for eight hours before starting to fade along the edges. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is also darker. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

#17 is a muted, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color wore well for just over eight hours before I saw some fading on the edges. Ulta Teal (P, $10.00) is brighter, lighter. L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is brighter, lighter. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Vapor (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

#18 is a light beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the consistency was really soft, smooth, and buttery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before it seemed to fade. Tarina Tarantino Jasper (P) is similar. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is lighter. MAC Tenderly (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is pinker. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is pinker. MAC Butternutty (LE) is a cream product. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is pinker. 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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