Friday, February 20th, 2015


ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Sour Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light neon lime with satin finish.” It’s a brightened, yellowed chartreuse green with a pearly sheen. It had fairly good color coverage, but it was a shade that required two layers for full opacity. It layered and blended easily, and it wore well for ten hours. Colour Pop Mermaid Kiss (P, $5.00) is darker. MAC Lisa’s Spikes (LE, $15.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever S336 Lime (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, less yellow. Make Up For Ever ME338 Acidic Green (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, greener. Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green (P, $21.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Thrash (P) is less shimmery. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is similar. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is similar. CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is similar. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Chipper Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone minty green … with multi-coloured glitter.” It’s a light-medium, sea foam green with lighter, aqua glitter. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly with very little fall out during application. I had minor fall out during wear, but the color itself hadn’t faded or creased after ten hours. Urban Decay Dragon (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #2 (P) is darker, warmer. MAC Apple Squishee (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever S312 Mint Green (P, $21.00) is less glittery, darker. Make Up For Ever I332 Meadow Green (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Kelly (P, $15.00) is matte. Disney by Sephora Cinderelly (LE) is lighter, less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Fins (LE) is slightly darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Pop Rocks Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned cornflower blue … with multi-coloured glitter.” It’s a medium-dark blue with lighter silver and blue glitter. It swatched as semi-opaque, but it seemed to go on fully opaque when I applied it to the lid (I used a flat, synthetic brush) to the point where a little went further than anticipated. I didn’t notice any glitter fall out when I was blending this shade, but there were a few stray glittery bits after a few hours of wear. I didn’t have any creasing or fading at the ten-hour mark. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $37.00) is much darker. Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $18.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever ME232 Turquoise Blue (P, $21.00) is brighter. Shiseido Esmaralda (BL 620) (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker. Makeup Geek Poolside (P, $5.99) is warmer. Kat Von D Bukowski (LE) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #6 (P, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Peace (P, $18.00) is lighter. NARS South Pacific #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Parrot (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Lace Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep rich blue violet with a pearlized finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with a blackened purple base and lighter purple shimmer and amethyst glitter. I thought this one was a bit trickier to get opaque color coverage with using a brush, as it tended to look darker and less vibrant when applied with a brush (the same brush I could use with the previous three without issue). The first time I swatched it, the color payoff was very intense, but every subsequent time, it was weaker. The texture was blendable, and it stayed on well without any fading or creasing over a ten-hour period. MAC Victorian Plum (LE, $19.50) is darker. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Simbad’s Seas (LE, $9.99) is bluer. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is more muted. Disney by Sephora Sea Witch (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Union #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is warmer, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Tom Ford Black Jade Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Black Jade Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Black Jade Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.41 oz.) is a blackened green with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a fine lighter green shimmer. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The finish was naturally glossy when it dried down, and the coverage was smooth and even. It wore well for seven days on me with very minor tip wear. NARS Shutter (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. NARS Night Porter (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Dior Amazonia (LE, $24.00) is warmer, less shimmery. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Indigo Night Nail Lacquer ($32.00 for 0.41 oz.) is an inky, blackened navy blue with fine, brighter blue shimmer. It was opaque after two coats of polish, and the color went on evenly with smooth, glossy end results. The texture was slightly thin with this shade. This shade also lasted for seven days on me with very minor tip wear. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Distortion (LE, $10.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness (LE, $3.99) is brighter. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. NARS Night Flight (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Double Trouble (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Chanel Malice (71) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Malice (71) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Malice (71) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is warmer. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is pinker, lighter. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is more matte. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is more matte. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is brighter, cream. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is lighter, pinker. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is warmer. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is less shimmery. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Here’s an example of when Chanel gets it right: a beautiful, silky-smooth texture that doesn’t turn powdery and blends effortlessly on the skin with excellent color payoff that is easily built-up, sheered out, or applied at full, true-to-pan intensity. The finish is luminous with a subtle sheen that gives the skin a natural glow but doesn’t emphasize pores. It’s a color that is often made (as is obvious given how lengthy the dupe list is!), but this is a lovely iteration of it for anyone who tends to look for high-end blushes. Malice lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Bite Beauty Marzipan Butter Cream Lipstick
Bite Beauty Marzipan Butter Cream Lipstick

Bite Beauty Marzipan Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “milky chocolate.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle rose and caramel tones. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, creamy consistency that gave it a luminous finish. The texture was slightly thicker than the average lipstick but never felt heavy. The color lasted well for five hours and was hydrating over time. NARS Femme Fleur (LE, $26.00) is darker, redder, brighter. Guerlain Gaetane (16) (P, $51.00) is brighter, redder. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is similar. NARS Het Loo (P, $25.00) is more matte, browner. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is more matte, slightly pinker. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Moka Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm dark brown.” It’s a medium-dark, coral-brown with warm, rosy tones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, though the texture had more slip so it didn’t apply as evenly as Marzipan, but the deeper coloring helped to disguise streaks. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was moisturizing while worn. Guerlain Gaetane (16) (P, $51.00) is slightly darker. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is shimmery. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is darker, browner. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is more matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, February 13th, 2015

Bite Beauty Heather Butter Cream Lipstick
Bite Beauty Heather Butter Cream Lipstick

Bite Beauty Heather Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy finish. The texture was creamier with more slip than other shades I’ve tried, which made it apply with some streaking. It had mostly opaque pigmentation and lasted for four hours on me, while the formula was hydrating while worn. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roleplay (110) (P, $30.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Eccentric (P, $30.00) is lighter, pinker. Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect (P, $32.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is brighter, warmer. bareMinerals Feel the Love (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Understudy (114) (P, $30.00) is brighter, more matte. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Razzledazzler (P, $16.00) is lighter. Guerlain Garance (P, $51.00) is darker, pinker. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Pecan Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm dusty pink.” It’s a medium, muted, peachy brown with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color payoff that glided on evenly and smoothly. The texture was slightly thicker than average but not overly heavy. It was hydrating without sliding around, and it wore well for five hours on me. I was surprised to find few close shades to it (from what I’ve reviewed).Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is lighter, more matte. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is much lighter. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is lighter, pinker. Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is darker. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is darker, richer. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Double Shot (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Bite Beauty Hazelnut Butter Cream Lipstick
Bite Beauty Hazelnut Butter Cream Lipstick

Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a creamy, thicker, and hydrating formula with good color payoff, light shine, and moderate wear time. The formula has eight shades, and I’ve tested two so far (I bought four initially, liked them enough to buy the remaining four for review, too). According to the brand, the selling point of the lipstick is that they “hand cut each bullet, removing the outer waxy layer,” which gives the lipstick an “impossibly creamy core.” They’re nice overall, and the only downside was that the thicker consistency may catch on flakes if you have them. It feels thicker than their Luminous Creme range, but they are less glossy. It is creamy, to a degree, but the slightly heavier and thicker texture make it firmer overall. It’s not as creamy as formulas like NARS Audacious or YSL Rouge Volupte (probably one of the creamiest formulas, all-time), but the thicker quality makes it adhere and stay on longer, as it doesn’t slide or slip all over the place. As a bonus, thicker lipsticks often cover more pigmented lips better.

As far as the “hand cut” bit, take it or leave it; I don’t really think it adds anything (Luminous Creme formula has a traditional bullet, and it’s very creamy and emollient!). My lips are large enough/shaped to the point where I didn’t have issues using the more bluntly cut edge to apply to my lips, but I still prefer the traditional shape for better precision. “Hand cut” is also not emblazoned on the actual bullet, it is just a translucent paper tab that is placed over it. The packaging is heavier and more substantial than the Luminous Creme formula–it feels weightier to me. The scent is similar to the rest of Bite’s products, which is a subtle fruit-y scent that seems more like what their base smells like than added fragrance.

Bite Beauty Hazelnut Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “brown pink.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. On me, it lasted for five hours and was hydrating over time. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roleplay (110) (P, $30.00) is lighter, more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is brighter, darker. Bite Beauty Glace (P, $24.00) is more matte, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is brighter, darker. NARS Bansar (P, $25.00) is browner. bareMinerals Break Away (LE) is warmer, lighter. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is glossier, sheerer. NARS Tolede (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is warmer, brighter. MAC Gem of Roses (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is lighter. Benefit La La Land (DC, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Rosewood Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “plum rosewood.” It’s a dusky, medium-dark rosy plum with very subtle, warm undertones and a soft shine. It had good, mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy, thickened consistency that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for five hours and was moisturizing while worn. Tom Ford Beauty Cary (LE, $32.00) is slightly more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Richard (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is warmer. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Rose (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is sheerer, glossier. MAC Gem of Roses (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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