Friday, September 13th, 2013

YSL Corail Fauve (12) Glossy Stain
YSL Corail Fauve (12) Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Fauve (12) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark orange-red with a glossy finish. Giorgio Armani #402 is lighter, more muted. OCC Jealous is brighter. NARS Hollywoodlawn is darker. Chanel Exces is similar. See comparison swatches.

Corail Fauve had semi-opaque color coverage–it wasn’t quite as opaque as some of the Glossy Stains have been, but it wasn’t sheer. It gave the lips strong, noticeable color without looking heavy. The consistency feels like water initially, but it transitions into a cushion-y, gel-like consistency after five to ten minutes. When it becomes a gel, it is lightly tacky as well. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent but no noticeable taste. This shade was comfortable to wear–being neither drying nor hydrating–and lasted well for five and a half hours. The glossiness persisted for just over four hours, while the color and residual stain did well until the sixth hour, and then it started to noticeably fade from there.

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Laura Mercier Cozy Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour
Laura Mercier Cozy Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour

Laura Mercier Cozy Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour ($24.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “creme rosy red.” It’s a plummy red–not a bright, in-your-face red, and not a true plum (too warm and red for that). It had a lightly glossy sheen that still kept it looking like a lipstick but definitely not matte. Urban Decay Manic is darker, redder. Chanel Ce Soir is lighter, pinker. MAC Grande Dame is lighter. MAC Glamourdaze is darker, more muted, more plum. Guerlain Grenade is darker, pinker. Burberry Redwood is browner, darker, less pink. See comparison swatches.

This is a recently released formula that has three difference finishes (Sheer, Matte, and Creme), and Cozy has a Creme finish, which means it’s supposed to have a “luminous finish” and “medium-to-full coverage.” The formula, in general, is supposed to be hydrating, long-lasting, and “breathable.” The real surprise is just how lightweight it feels applied–almost as if you had nothing on–and anyone who normally dislikes lipsticks because they feel heavy may want to check out this range to see if it is more to their liking. Cozy had rich, opaque color coverage, and it was incredibly comfortable to wear, as it was nicely hydrating during the five and a half hours it lasted. It also wore away really evenly, as a gradual fade, with no ring of color around the edge of the lips.  Thankfully it’s quite pigmented, because the 0.06 oz. amount is very, very small relative to other lipsticks (usually around 0.10 oz., and for this type of packaging, I don’t remember seeing 0.06 oz. before–closer to 0.08 oz. or so).

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Cozy had rich, opaque color coverage, and it was incredibly comfortable to wear, as it was nicely hydrating during the five and a half hours it lasted. It also wore away really evenly, as a gradual fade, with no ring of color around the edge of the lips.

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora 5th Avenue (03) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “gray.” It’s a dark gray with subtle brown undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff in one layer, but it was very buildable in two layers to opaque color. It wore well for ten hours, and then was somewhat faded (thinner) after eleven hours of wear–it was still visible after the full twelve hours, but it was definitely not exactly as it looked when initially applied. Urban Decay Smoke is similar. bareMInerals 11PM has a slightly satin finish. Bobbi Brown Smoke is less warm-toned–cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Diving in Malaysia (18) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black green.” It’s a deep, dark brown with flecks of olive sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to more opaque color. It wore well for ten hours on me without fading, migrating, or smudging; but after twelve hours, it was noticeably thinner. Urban Decay Demolition has no shimmer. MAC Rich Experience is more matte. MAC Lord It Up is lighter, warmer. MAC Orpheus is lighter. See comparison swatches.

I really love these eyeliners, even though they don’t wear the full twelve hours that Sephora claims (wish they claimed something more reasonable!), as they do wear quite well for eight to ten hours, have great consistencies that aren’t too creamy, not too waxy, and come in a variety of shades.  Plus, they’re priced just right!

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

YSL Rouge Gouache (11) Glossy Stain
YSL Rouge Gouache (11) Glossy Stain

YSL Rouge Gouache (11) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, vibrant orange-red with a glossy finish. OCC Meta is similar. OCC Jealous is slightly more orange. Urban Decay F-Bomb is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

I might not have had good luck with Violet Edition earlier this week, but Rouge Gouache was fantastic! It had rich, juicy color with most opaque color coverage that applied evenly, smoothly, and looked all-around gorgeous for a full six hours. The glossiness wanes as I approached the fifth hour of wear, but it definitely hangs out and is noticeable much longer than the average gloss. The color itself persists and stains the lips, which is the color you see that continues for another three to four hours (fading evenly). YSL’s Glossy Stains have a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste. I wouldn’t describe it as hydrating, but it’s not drying over the six hours it wears for. The consistency starts out very water-like but then develops into a slightly tacky gel-like formula (about five to ten minutes).

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “mauve.” It’s a medium-dark pink-plum with a satin finish. For a plum, it’s quite pink and lighter than the typical plum blush. Bobbi Brown Summer Pink is pinker, brighter. Tom Ford Wicked is more shimmery, cooler-toned. theBalm Cabana Boy is more plum. MAC Pink Tea is cooler-toned. MAC Subtle Breeze is similar. MAC Gentle is more shimmery. Chanel Rose Initiale is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Rose is similar. See comparison swatches.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and applied very smoothly and evenly. It was easy to blend out the product, and it didn’t stick as soon as it hit the skin, so you could diffuse and soften the edges. Houndstooth had true-to-pan color and can be applied as intensely as seen in the pan or applied with a lighter hand for softer color, but it is quite pigmented. If you are fairer or prefer a subtler look, apply less than you think you need and go from there. When I wore this shade, it lasted well for eight and a half hours, and after ten hours, it looked patchy in a few places but still held up well overall.

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 24-7 Glide-On Pencil Set
Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Sets ($59.00 for 8 x 0.04 oz.) contains eight, full-sized eyeliners. There are five new (and exclusive) shades as well as three from permanent range included. The set has a total value of $162, as there are eight, full-sized eyeliners, and Urban Decay’s full-sized eyeliners retail for $19 each, plus Grindhouse, which retails for $10 separately. Urban Decay’s Grindhouse is one of my favorite eyeliner sharpeners, and it’s one that I’ve been using for years (though this is my first of the newer designed one). You know what else is awesome? The set is actually the same price as last year’s Ocho Loco set–no price increase. The set is limited edition.

Overall, the set is well worth the price of admission if you like Urban Decay’s eyeliner formula.  If it doesn’t work for you, then obviously this isn’t the right kit for you.  Otherwise, it’s an excellent value, comes in a variety of colors, and I didn’t have any wear issues with any of the shades.  Tornado was the weakest in pigment, but it was buildable with a few passes to more opaque color.  I noticed that these shades, while five are new, are not necessarily brand spankin’ new–you’ll see some similarities to past and/or existing shades.

Roach is described as a “deep copper brown shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine gold and copper shimmer. The overall finish was more pearly than frosted. It had decent color payoff in a single pass and was buildable to opaque color with two to three passes along the lash line. It wore without migrating or smudging for eight hours, and it had started to fade slightly after that (where it thins out). Bobbi Brown Bronze is similar. Urban Decay Hustle is less red-toned. See comparison swatches.

Twice Baked is described as a “rich brown satin with gold micro-sparkle.” It’s a medium-dark brown with a neutral-warm undertone and fine champagne shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff in a single pass and was buildable to opaque color in two passes. It lasted eight and a half hours on my lash line, and after just over nine hours, it had thinned slightly but did not migrate or smudge. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Urban Decay Stray Dog is grayer. Urban Decay Underground is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Corrupt is darker. MAC Orpheus is slightly darker. Burberry Midnight Brown is similar. See comparison swatches.

Crave is described as a “deepest, darkest brown-black matte.” It’s a dark brown with neutral-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had a slightly creamier consistency, so it took a bit longer to set. It had decent to good color payoff in one go, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two to three layers. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Urban Decay Demolition is similar. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa is more matte, darker. Make Up For Ever Gypsy is lighter, redder. Bobbi Brown Mahogany is similar. See comparison swatches.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black with a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range, and if you tend to buy Urban Decay products, you probably have this already. It wears long and well for at least eight hours and then starts to thin out for me after nine to ten hours of wear, but it doesn’t migrate or smudge. See comparison swatches.

Deep End is described as a “bright metallic peacock shimmer.” It’s a bold, bright medium aqua-blue with a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation in one stroke, and it was very buildable and was opaque in two layers on the lash line. It wore well for just over eight hours, and then by nine, it looked slightly thinner but did not migrate or smudge. Lancome Dress-Up Teal is less shimmery. MAC Float on By is slightly greener. Make Up For Ever #7L, Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi, and Urban Decay Electric are all a brighter blue. See comparison swatches.

Mars is described as a “bright metallic green shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned green with bluish undertones and an emerald green micro-shimmer. It had pretty good color payoff in one pass, and it was definitely buildable to rich, opaque color in two layers. It wore well for eight and a half hours, and after nine and a half hours, I noticed it was thinner but had not smudged or migrated. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Sephora Good Mood is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #52L is very similar. MAC Blue Noon is less shimmery. Urban Decay Covet is slightly darker, less green, but similar. MAC Minted is darker. See comparison swatches.

Ultraviolet is described as a “bright blue-violet shimmer.” It’s a vibrant, bluish-purple (almost royal blue but not quite) with a pearly sheen. In a single stroke, it was so-so in color, and it was somewhat buildable but takes three to four layers to get an opaque line. The consistency was slightly waxier than others in the formula. It wore without smudging or migrating for eight hours. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Marc Jacobs Th(ink) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Tornado is described as a “bark eggplant pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with violet and eggplant micro-shimmer. It had a more pearly/satiny finish, rather than full-on frost or metallic. It had poor payoff in a single pass, but it layers and builds well to opaque color with three to four passes. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. This shade is new and exclusive to the set. Marc Jacobs Th(ink) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Empire is a touch lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Riot is also similar. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, the set is well worth the price of admission if you like Urban Decay's eyeliner formula. If it doesn't work for you, then obviously this isn't the right kit for you. Otherwise, it's an excellent value, comes in a variety of colors, and I didn't have any wear issues with any of the shades. Tornado was the weakest in pigment, but it was buildable with a few passes to more opaque color. I noticed that these shades, while five are new, are not necessarily brand spankin' new--you'll see some similarities to past and/or existing shades.

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