Thursday, June 20th, 2013

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick
MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid bright coral-red [with a matte finish].” It’s a bold, brightened orange-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It leans more red than orange, but it’s not full-on red. Maybelline Orange Edge is glossier. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is less red. Maybelline Neon Red is slightly more orange. MAC Scarlet Ibis is similar. MAC Sail La Vie is glossier. Buxom Rogue is more orange. OCC Psycho is more orange. See comparison swatches.

This is a shade that’s been part of the permanent range for as long as I’ve been a MAC customer (at least, I think so!), and it’s a shade that I’ve been asked about a lot when readers have looked for dupes. I bought it awhile ago, but I only just (finally!) photographed, swatched, and tested it. It’s long-wearing, which isn’t surprising, and lasts six hours and leaves a stain behind. It’s neither drying nor hydrating, but it can be somewhat unforgiving if you have drier lips (it will catch on any dry flakes). The consistency is lightly creamy so it doesn’t tug at the lips too much. It has a vanilla scent but no discernible flavor. The color coverage is rich and intense, so there was no issue with getting full color coverage out of it!

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The color coverage is rich and intense, so there was no issue with getting full color coverage out of it!

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Sephora Fairytale Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Fairytale Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Fairytale Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “golden green.” It’s a blue-teal with green and gold micro-shimmer. This shade was only semi-opaque when applied, and even layering by doing multiple passes didn’t quite intensify it to really true-to-pencil color. I wouldn’t recommend wearing it on the water line if you have sensitive eyes due to the amount of shimmer in it (and I don’t think it’s touted as water line safe). It lasted well for nine hours on me (not the 12 hours claimed), and by the twelfth hour, it was thinner than it was when I had initially applied but I didn’t see smudging or a lot in the corners of my eyes. Make Up For Ever #52L doesn’t have the golden shimmer. Urban Decay Junkie seems a bit darker. MAC Undercurrent is also darker. See comparison swatches.

My Boyfriend’s Jeans Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as an “electric blue.” It’s a bold, brightened blue with violet shimmer–it almost looks more like a cobalt blue, but it’s very rich. I don’t have anything quite like this in my stash. This was mostly opaque in a single pass, and it was buildable to full color with two passes. I’ve worn this a few times since getting it, and it wears well on me for nine hours but does start to look thinner after that (but no smudging). Urban Decay Chaos is lighter. NARS Rue Saint-Honore is much darker. See comparison swatches.

I did want to mention that of the five shades I bought, three of them had the tips half-way broken when I received them.  The first one I thought maybe was my fault (taking the cap off too quickly), but I was really careful with the rest, and I still had two more that were like it, so I’m not sure if there’s a quality control issue with respect to that or just bad luck.

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Fairytale

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Burberry Bright Poppy (311) Lip Velvet
Burberry Bright Poppy (311) Lip Velvet

Burberry Bright Poppy (311) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deepened, bold berry-red with a matte finish. MAC Heaux is similar, slightly brighter. Guerlain Liu is redder. MAC Rebel is slightly more berry-hued. MAC Lush Life is lighter. Guerlain Lou-Ling is slightly lighter. Burberry Bright Plum is a bit darker and redder. See comparison swatches.

It has semi-opaque color, but there’s a sheerness to it that you can tell by how my lip freckle comes through. The consistency is lightly creamy, so the lipstick applied evenly and smoothly without dragging along the lips, but it’s not too thick or heavy, and it doesn’t bleed or feather. It lasted for nearly seven hours and left a light stain behind, and it felt moderately hydrating while worn and for a couple of hours after it wore away. The finish on this isn’t quite as immaculate as other Lip Velvets, though, even if the lipstick is still quite good–it is inevitably not quite as impressive!

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The finish on this isn't quite as immaculate as other Lip Velvets, though, even if the lipstick is still quite good--it is inevitably not quite as impressive!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Buxom Rogue Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Rogue Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Rogue Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “fiery coral.” It’s a brightened, bold, orange-red with a luminous sheen and strong, warm undertones. Maybelline Orange Edge is lighter. Maybelline Infra-red is slightly redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is a touch lighter. Maybelline Neon Red is a smidgen brighter. MAC Scarlet Ibis is matte. MAC Sail La Vie is more matte. OCC Psycho is matte. See comparison swatches.

It’s incredibly rich in color and yielded full color coverage in nearly one pass. The consistency is very creamy, though slightly thick (not as thick or as heavy as YSL’s Rouge Voluptes). Rogue glided over the lips without pulling or tugging. I thought I might have issues with the color feathering, because of the texture, but I didn’t have any issues with feathering or bleeding outside of the lip. This shade lasted six and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. It’s also supposed to plump (“without the usual tingle”) using “encapsulated hyaluronic spheres” (which are also supposed to help hydrate). I didn’t notice any tingle, and I can be hyper-sensitive to lip plumpers, and my lips seemed fuller, but I couldn’t tell you if it was the plumping or simply the bolder color combined with a healthy shine. There was no scent or flavor to this lipstick.

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It's a really good formula overall, but I think the thickness/creaminess of the lipstick may feel too heavy for some, while others will appreciate the coverage and hydration of the formula.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Dior Bahia (792) Vernis
Dior Bahia (792) Vernis

Dior Bahia Vernis Duo ($29.00 for 2 x 0.23 fl. oz.) is a duo of polishes that is described as a “deep lagoon blue” and “hibiscus pink.” Both bottles are slightly smaller (about one-third less of the size — 0.34 fl oz. vs. 0.23 fl. oz.) of full-size Dior polishes.

Bahia (792) is a medium-dark, muted blue with a cream-jelly finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some visible nail line coming through. The finish seemed almost jelly-like in some ways. The polish’s consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have issues with it pooling along the edges, and it applied fairly well. Illamasqua Muse is darker, less blue. Zoya Breezi is slightly darker, more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Bahia (667) is a bright, medium pink with cool undertones. This shade was opaque after applying two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. OCC Palare is more shimmery. NARS Ratin Jot is a bit darker. L’Oreal Members Only is darker. China Glaze Escaping Reality is warmer. China Glaze Beach Cruise-r is cooler. Zoya Lara is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Bahia (792)

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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Longevity

9/10

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Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “taupe … [with] pink, blue, and lavender shimmers.” It’s a warm, muted, light-medium mauve with fine pink and lavender pearl (I couldn’t really pull out the blue). It applied well and was opaque in two coats. The formula is on the thicker side but the consistency didn’t affect the performance or application. Cult Nails Let’s Get Dirty is slightly pinker and warmer, but it is similar and the only shade I could think of that was similar (it also has a wax finish, so you’ll need a top coat to replicate the shine of Be Humble). See comparison swatches.

Forgiveness Nail Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “[opaque] … dove-lavender.” It’s a muted, neutral lavender with a creamy finish. It was opaque in two coats, and it flowed well across the nail without pooling along the edges or streaking. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid is slightly cooler. Zoya Lotus is much darker. Essie Cocktail Bling is cooler-toned. Essie Bangle Jangle is warmer, brighter. See comparison swatches.

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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