Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Seduction (42) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a mix of burgundy, beige, rose gold, and brown. It’s a really nice palette of wearable shades, and the quality is good overall. I think Chanel fans will be pleased, and any one who tends to find pigmentation lacking in them will find this a surprise. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, and as a result, some shades can feel almost powdery as the powder loosens from the solid pan very easily. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, and of course, that ultra soft texture means these blend like a dream. Luckily, that softness didn’t mean that the shades sheered out when applied/blended, and it didn’t result in shorter wear. I wore all four shades yesterday, and they lasted eight hours without fading or creasing (no primer).

Seduction #1 is a medium-dark, reddened burgundy with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. MAC Festive Delight is less shimmery. MAC Cranberry is very similar. MAC Brazenly is darker. is darker. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #2 is a pale, gray-tinged beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and silky, though a little powdery. MAC Winterscape is cooler-toned. MAC Star Crystal is pinker. MAC Creamy Bisque is less frosted. MAC Her Cocoa #1 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #3 is a medium-dark, pinky-brown with a hint of peach. It reminded me of rose gold but darker and not as metallic. The finish was more like a satin. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly soft and silky. MAC Pink Pepper is more sparkly. MAC Caribbean is darker, redder. MAC Expensive Pink is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Seduction #4 is a deepened brown with subtle bronze and copper shimmer with a satin finish. It had subtle warm undertones, great pigmentation, and a soft, finely-milled texture. MAC Constructivist is a cream product. Urban Decay Bewitch is lighter. MAC Life’s Luxury is a cream product. Milani Rich Java is similar. MAC Carbonized is darker. Guerlain Turandot #4 is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector
Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca Rose Gold Shimmering Skin Perfector ($38.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a warm-toned, light-medium peach-brown with rose, gold, and copper shimmer. Urban Decay Glint is lighter. MAC Soft & Gentle is lighter, more beige. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper is lighter. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is pinker. Not a dupe but because it does come to mind, Benefit Rockateur is significantly pinker. See comparison swatches.

This is a new–and limited edition!–shade for the holidays, and it also has a raised pattern/design in the pan. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable. It gives a noticeable but not over-the-top glow to the skin when dusted lightly over it–the finish doesn’t turn metallic. On my skin tone, there’s almost no visible color, but on fairer complexions, I would expect to see some warmth and color, not just a sheen. Like Moonstone, it’s not a totally foolproof highlighter, because it is incredibly pigmented, so it can be easy to over-apply and get a finish that emphasizes pores. I had the best luck applying with a fan brush across the high planes of the face. Rose Gold wore well, though, and stayed on my skin for eight and a half hours and only started to show signs of fading after nine hours of wear.

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Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, red-orange with a shiny, luminous finish. There’s really no shortage in high-voltage oranges on the market, so you can really pick the formula and price point that best suits you. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception is browner. MAC Dangerous is matte. Urban Decay Bang is less red. Maybelline Orange Edge is similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis is more matte. MAC Sail La Vie is similar. MAC Lady Danger is matte. Buxom Rogue is similar. See comparison swatches.

Dior recently released the latest Rouge Dior Lipstick range, which is supposed to have “luxurious, full-coverage lip color” with a “satiny finish.” It’s a lightweight, lightly creamy, moderately hydrating, and easy to apply formula. Trafalgar was richly pigmented and almost had full coverage in a single stroke. It applied smoothly, evenly, and didn’t bleed or feather outside my natural lip lines. It lasted well for six hours, and it left behind a warm, reddish stain that lingered for another hour or so.

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Le Metier de Beaute Whisper Radiance Powder Rouge
Le Metier de Beaute Whisper Radiance Powder Rouge

Le Metier de Beaute Whisper Radiance Powder Rouge ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft, peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. It has definite warm undertones, and the finish isn’t subtle. Urban Decay Glint is lighter. bareMinerals The Love Affair is more beige. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is pinker. See comparison swatches.

After swatching, I was quite worried that this was going to be frost-overload applied and make every single pore I had (and ones I didn’t even know I had) stand out like beacons in the night. I was completely wrong–the resulting finish was just right; glow-y without being too oily, a luminous sheen that wasn’t metallic. The texture was soft, buttery, finely-milled, and a little powdery (the surface of the pan was very soft, so if your brush is stiffer or “scratchy,” it can cause excess product to come loose). On the skin, it wore well for eight hours, and after just under nine hours of wear, I saw some light fading. If you have fairer skin, you may notice this adds warmth as well as sheen, but on more medium and darker complexions, it will be primarily sheen.

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette
Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette

Sleek Makeup Sunset i-Divine Palette ($12.99 for 0.36 oz.) consists of twelve eyeshadows that are supposed to be intensely pigmented and long-wearing. All twelve shades are, in fact, richly pigmented, wear well, blend beautifully, and are all-around fantastic eyeshadows. To get the same vibrancy as seen in the pan, no primer is needed; I had no trouble applying these to bare lids to get bright, true-to-pan color. Even better, they lasted well for a full eight hours. There was some faint signs of fading with some shades (as noted) after nine hours of wear but very little. The texture of these is very soft, dense, and buttery, and at times, they’re almost so soft that they can crumble, but once you’re using a makeup brush and a light hand, you’re unlikely to encounter any issues. The only thing I’d have loved to see were actual shade names (that desire had no impact on rating, though).

Sunset #1 is a medium-dark black with a satin finish–not quite matte but nowhere near as shimmery or as metallic as the other shades in the palette. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery or too soft. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #2 is a vibrant red with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The texture was soft, buttery, and smooth, and this shade had excellent pigmentation. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #3 is a warm, somewhat dulled, copper with brown undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented, and the texture was soft and dense, though it was just slightly powdery. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #4 is an intense and incredibly bright tangerine orange that leans yellow. It had intense color payoff and a buttery, dense consistency. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #5 is a medium yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was smooth but not quite as soft or as buttery as other shades. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #6 is a brightened, light-medium blue with cool undertones and a silvered shimmer and frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly overall. It wasn’t as intensely pigmented as other shades in the palette. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #7 is a muted, dark burgundy-brown with warm, coppery undertones and a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation and a really smooth, buttery consistency. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #8 is a muted, coppery-red with warm undertones and a frosted finish. This isn’t quite the same as the red in the palette–it is definitely browner/more orange and muted. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #9 is a rich, rusty orange-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texxture was soft, buttery, and smooth. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #10 is a lightened copper with gold sparkle and shimmer. It had a frosted, metallic finish, and it was more sparkly compared to the other shades. I noticed some slight fall out over time with this shade. The pigmentation was good, though. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #11 is a rose gold with a frosted, metallic sheen; it is warmer, less rose-tinted than it is orange. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery, while the color payoff was great. See comparison swatches.

Sunset #12 is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was easy to work with it as it was soft, smooth, and blendable. See comparison swatches.

P.S. — Technically, this palette is $9.99, but unfortunately, it can’t be purchased direct from Sleek Makeup due to U.S. shipping restrictions. However, there are a few reputable sellers on Amazon that have it available for $12.99 (plus $2.50 shipping). Some Sleek Makeup products are available for purchase directly from the brand but not all.

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All twelve shades are, in fact, richly pigmented, wear well, blend beautifully, and are all-around fantastic eyeshadows. To get the same vibrancy as seen in the pan, no primer is needed; I had no trouble applying these to bare lids to get bright, true-to-pan color. Even better, they lasted well for a full eight hours.

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Buxom Menace Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Menace Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Menace Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “rich wine.” It’s a rich, brightened berry-red with cool undertones and very fine ruby red shimmer. It had mostly opaque color with a barely-there translucency that kept it looking more lightweight in comparison to other shades in this formula. The finish was still glossy and luminous, though. It wore well for six hours, and it left behind a berry-ish stain. When I wore it, the formula of Menace was somewhat hydrating. Guerlain Gigolo is a bit darker. Guerlain Orgueil is similar. Giorgio Armani #408 is more muted. Burberry Bright Plum is similar. See comparison swatches.

Two-Timer Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as an “earthy rose.” It’s a medium, rosy brown with some peach with a creamy, shiny finish. It full, opaque color coverage, and it glided on easily as the formula was very creamy and a cinch to apply. It wore well for five hours, and it was nicely hydrating the entire time. Givenchy Croisiere Coral is more orange, less glossy. Urban Decay Liar is rosier. Urban Decay Protest is a touch brighter. MAC Style Surge is less rosy. See comparison swatches.

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