Friday, July 12th, 2013

bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.28 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows with a neutral color-scheme. They’re part of the bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow range, which means they’re supposed to have rich color with 12-hour long-wear. I wore several shades from the palette, and they wore well for ten hours, but after a full twelve hours, there was some very slight fading. Generally, all of the eyeshadows had good color payoff and were very soft and smooth to the touch–so a couple of shades were just a smidgen powdery but did not look that way on the lid or sheer out too easily.

Boss Lady is described as a “shimmer bronze.” (That’s what the website says, but I think it’s a mistake.) It’s a pale, light peachy-beige with a satin finish and subtle warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. theBalm Matt Smith is less shimmery. L’Oreal Promiscuous Pearl is more shimmery. theBalm Adagio is more matte. Urban Decay Anonymous is similar. MAC Phloof is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is more shimmery. bareMinerals Serendipitous is warmer. Inglot #352 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Moneymaker is described as a “dusty olive.” It’s a deepened but subdued khaki brown with the merest hint of green and a mostly matte finish. The color payoff was nice, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Snare is grayer, more shimmery. Dior Khaki Design #1 is darker. Burberry Khaki is warmer, lighter. bareMinerals Utopia is much greener. Make Up For Ever #47 is also much greener. Make Up For Ever #148 is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Schmooze is described as a “bronze sheen.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with a subtle warm, golden champagne shimmer and sheen. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture had a really soft, buttery feel. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 is warmer. theBalm Stand-offish is lighter. Urban Decay Spotlight is similar. MAC Cactus Thorn is warmer. Burberry Pale Barley is similar. See comparison swatches.

Boardroom is described as a “deep chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with subtle red undertones and a matte finish. This was the “worst” shade in the palette, as it was a bit dry and stiff compared to the others. The color payoff, as a result, was only so-so, but it does apply better with a fluffier brush and wasn’t difficult to blend out with a brush. Urban Decay Muse is more shimmery. MAC Midnight Flurry is similar. MAC Dance in the Dark is darker. MAC Showstopper is not as warm-toned. MAC Diamond Dove is similar. bareMinerals Foreshadow is also similar. Inglot #363 is lighter. Inglot #326 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Exec is described as a “polished slate.” It’s a medium taupe with a satin-matte finish–there’s a very hint of sheen but it’s so subtle that it ends up looking more matte. It had nice pigmentation and felt very smooth and soft. MAC Bossa Blue is darker, warmer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is darker. Disney Kill Joy is similar. Urban Decay Mushroom is darker, more shimmery. MAC Electroplate is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Payday is described as a “light granite.” It’s a pale beige with a gray cast and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff and a soft, smooth texture. MAC Rainy Season is very similar. Inglot #350 is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Suspense is darker. See comparison swatches.

Magnate is described as a “nude peach.” It’s a warm-toned, beige-peach with a satin finish. It’s warmer than Boss Lady and slightly darker. Kat Von D Vespertine is brighter. Urban Decay ABC Gum is darker. NARS Night Star is similar. NARS Biarritz is more beige. bareMinerals Stealth is slightly darker and more orange. Inglot #390 is similar, slightly more beige. See comparison swatches.

Get Ahead is described as a “rustic taupe.” It’s a subdued, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray and mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. Kat Von D Wolf is darker. Urban Decay Bewitch is also darker. Urban Decay Faint is more yellow-toned. NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 is redder in tone. Make Up For Ever #17 is warmer, richer. Inglot #360 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Stone is very comparable. See comparison swatches.

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For those looking for a neutral palette that doesn't run too warm-toned and has more matte/satin finishes, you may really enjoy this one.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Friday, July 12th, 2013

Milani Sweet Nectar Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Sweet Nectar Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Sweet Nectar Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as an “orange cream.” It’s a medium-dark orange with subtle red tones and a satiny finish. MAC Good to Go is slightly darker. MAC Fashion Nomad is very similar. MAC Morange is similar. MAC Neon Orange is also similar. Illamasqua Flare is more matte. Maybelline Electric Orange is also similar. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, full color coverage when applied. The consistency is lightly creamy and glided evenly across lips without pulling or dragging. It’s touted as an opaque, hydrating formula. I found it to be lightly hydrating, but only for the first two to three hours. Sweet Nectar lasted five and a half hours when I wore it. There’s a sweet, somewhat synthetic, fruity scent that felt a bit cloying.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder ($34.00 for 0.26 oz.) is supposed to be a “silky, weightless finishing powder with a luminous, demi-matte Naked finish.” It’s designed to set your makeup and reduce shine, so it can be used after you’ve applied your foundation initially as well as later on during the day as a touch-up powder.

Urban Decay recommends Light for shades 0.5 through 3.0; Medium Light for shades 2.0 through 4.0; Medium for shades 4.5 through 6.5; Medium Dark for shades 6.0 through 8.0; and Dark for shades 8.0 through 12.0. I used Medium over 4.0 in the photos, for reference. I applied it using Urban Decay’s Good Karma Finishing Brush. The texture is soft, incredibly finely-milled, and feels like a silky powder as it goes onto the skin. Applied over Urban Decay’s Naked Liquid Foundation, it made the resulting finish more matte and definitely more “blurred.”

It boosted the wear of the liquid foundation by another hour, so I was able to get eight and a half hours of wear before my t-zone started to show some fading, which started to be noticeable after nine and a half hours of wear. If used to touch-up, then the foundation looks mostly intact even after eleven hours of wear. I liked how well it softened the look of the skin without appearing powdery, but I did miss some of the subtle luminosity of the liquid foundation, so I might opt to use this more as a touch-up powder a few hours into wear (personally).  The powder was supposed to have a luminous and demi-matte finish, but it read rather matte when I tested it.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ($39.00 for 1.0 oz.) is supposed to be a “weightless” and “invisible” foundation with a “luminous, demi-matte finish” and “buildable coverage.” There are eighteen shades to choose from with shades ending in zero indicating a warm-toned shade, and shades ending with a five are for cooler complexions.

I used 4.0, which was somewhat too yellow on me (compared to my natural skin tone)–I’m actually curious whether 3.5 or 4.5 would be a better match for me. I ended up blending all the way down my neck to help it match my skin better. It is also more forgiving, because it is a lighter coverage formula, so it does sheer out. The consistency is thin, liquidy, but it doesn’t feel watery or runny. It’s easy to apply, spread, and blend out without using more than you need. While it is naturally a sheerer foundation, it does build to light-medium coverage and covers my natural redness, a few acne/post-acne marks, and evens out my skin tone overall. You can definitely see the impact foundation has in the before and after photos!

The foundation dries down (without using powder) within ten minutes or so, and what you see in photographs is a semi-matte finish where there is enough luminosity in the finish that it doesn’t look flat. It’s not sticky, and it’s comfortable to wear because it doesn’t feel heavy or mask-like. It’s supposed to have “light-diffusing spheres for a soft-focus finish,” and what it actually translates to is smoother-looking skin, even if you don’t really have it. On my normal-to-dry skin, it wears well for seven and a half hours, then it starts to fade around my t-zone, but it looked rather nice even nine hours later–it didn’t turn patchy or fade too noticeably.

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Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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Monday, July 8th, 2013

MAC Flavour Lipstick
MAC By Request (2013 Edition) Lipsticks

MAC Flavour Lipstick is described as a “soft, muted peachy-pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium pink-coral with a subtle sheen but fairly creamy finish. It had a soft, smooth consistency that applied well without tugging or dragging on the lips, and it delivered opaque color coverage. It lasted four and a half hours when I wore it, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Native is very similar. Revlon Pink Lemonade is sheerer.NARS Bolero is more matte. MAC Haute Altitude is darker. MAC Ever Hip is warmer. MAC Coral Bliss is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Glam Lipstick is described as a “vivid, bright pinky-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a rich, vibrant cool-toned red with a strong blue undertone that it turns pink when sheered out. It delivered full color coverage, and the texture was slightly creamy but more comparable to recent Retro Matte finishes like RiRi Woo, Heaux, etc. It wore for eight hours and left a stain that continued on for a couple more hours. It was neither hydrating nor drying. There is no shortage of dupes for this shade, though, as it is a very classic red. MAC RiRi Woo is similar, not quite as pink-toned. NYX Chic Red is darker. NARS Dragon Girl is similar. NARS Luxembourg is brighter. MAC Russian Red is darker, not as cool-toned. MAC Ruby Woo is not as pink-toned. MAC Ronnie Red is similar. MAC Love Goddess is pinker. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 is similar. Dior Marilyn is also similar. Buxom Scoundrel is not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

MAC Hoop Lipstick is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a subtle sheen. It had full color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and like more recent MAC Matte lipsticks. It lasted four hours on me. Urban Decay Rush is more subdued. MAC Force of Love is brighter, darker. MAC Betty Bright is warmer, less pink. Chanel Hyde Park is pinker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pink Poodle Lipstick is described as a “vivid, fuchsia-pink [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia pink with iridiescent bluish-fuchsia shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage; there’s a slight translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through, so if you have naturally redder lips, this will appear redder overall. It wore five hours on me and was slightly drying. Revlon Fuchsia Shock is lighter, not as blue-based. MAC Midnight Mambo is purpler. MAC Rare Exotic is darker. MAC Quick Sizzle is cooler-toned, matte. MAC Lickable is slightly warmer. MAC Girl About Town is darker. Estee Lauder Demure is less cool-toned. Chanel Extatique is lighter. Buxom Exhibitionist is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Rozz Lipstick is described as a “watermelon reddish pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, coral-orange with strong red undertones and a matte finish. It had really rich, opaque color payoff, and the consistency was lightly creamy so it didn’t tug on lips but didn’t slide around. It wore for six and a half hours and left a light stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Mysterious Red is darker. Chanel Amant is more orange, more muted. MAC Scarlet Ibis is more orange. MAC Lady Danger is more orange, lighter. Hourglass Raven is slightly more orange. See comparison swatches. (Also: In the Originals collection, you may remember Rozz Revival, which was inspired by this shade.)

MAC Tomango Lipstick is described as a “bright reddish orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a vibrant, brightened medium orange with strong red undertones and a matte finish. It had a lightly creamy consistency that applied evenly and well, and the color was rich and fully opaque on lips. It wore for six hours well and was neither hydrating nor drying. Urban Decay Bang is slightly brighter. Maybelline Orange Edge is similar in color, shinier. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is slightly redder. Maybelline Neon Red is shinier. MAC Scarlet Ibis is redder. MAC Sail La Vie is similar. MAC Morange is lighter. MAC Lady Danger is very similar–perhaps a fraction darker. Buxom Rogue is shinier.
See comparison swatches.

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Flavour

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It's a warm-toned, light-medium pink-coral with a subtle sheen but fairly creamy finish.

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Glam

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It's a rich, vibrant cool-toned red with a strong blue undertone that it turns pink when sheered out.

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9/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Hoop

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It's a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a subtle sheen.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Urban Decay Turn On 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil
Urban Decay Turn On 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil

This post is part of a series of reviews featuring Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils ($19.00 for 0.04 oz. each). Please see part one for more in-depth coverage on the formula overall. This post features pinks and plums from the shade range.  These will launch initially on urbandecay.com and then roll out to Sephora, Macy’s, Beauty.com, and ULTA shortly after.

Turn On 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rose-pink with soft pearl.” It’s a muted, slightly cool-toned, medium-dark pink with a mostly matte finish and a hint of shimmer. It had opaque color coverage and wore for six hours. MAC Just Wonderful is more subdued, slightly plum. MAC Pink Treat is darker. See comparison swatches.

Manic 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rosy wine.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark pink with a matte finish. It applied with opaque color payoff, though this one was slightly drier compared to other shades.  It lasted six and a half hours. MAC In Anticipation is lighter, more neutral. MAC Just Wonderful is more plum. MAC Pink Treat is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Rush 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “pink-mauve with soft pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with silver shimmer and sparkle. This shade was a bit drier in consistency, so it looked drier applied, and I found that my lips were just slightly dry after wearing this compared to other shades..  It wore for six hours.  MAC In Anticipation is darker, less shimmery. MAC Pink Treat is darker. See comparison swatches.

Obsessed 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “baby pink.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and a matte finish. It was fully opaque on lips and wore well for six and a half hours. MAC Silly is not quite as blue-based. See comparison swatches.

Native 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a light-medium, almost neutral-toned pink (it almost looks gray-ish) with a matte finish. It had full color payoff when applied to the lips and lasted for six hours when I wore it. MAC Hip ‘n’ Happy is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Streak 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($19.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “coral pink with soft pearl.” It’s a warm, true coral with a white shimmer over a matte finish. It had rich color payoff, though the texture was slightly drier compared to the other shades from the shimmer content. It lasted six and a half hours when I tested Streak.  I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.

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Turn On

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It's a muted, slightly cool-toned, medium-dark pink with a mostly matte finish and a hint of shimmer.

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9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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It's a warm-toned, medium-dark pink with a matte finish. It applied with opaque color payoff, though this one was slightly drier compared to other shades.

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9/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

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Rush

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It's a muted, medium-dark pink with silver shimmer and sparkle. This shade was a bit drier in consistency, so it looked drier applied, and I found that my lips were just slightly dry after wearing this compared to other shades.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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