Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss
Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Milani’s Brilliant Shine Lipglosses, and today, I have three more shades that I’ve tested from the line-up. To recap, the recently launched formula is supposed to have rich color, extreme high shine, and comfortable lasting wear,” plus be “moisturizing and non-tacky.” The texture is thick but smooth and mostly non-sticky, and the gloss smells like sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It comes with a paddle-shaped, sponge-tip applicator that fits along the curve of the lip. The formula has a high-shine, glossy finish, and they wear between three and four hours on me. I notice a slight tackiness that develops after an hour of wear, but it never feels full-on sticky, but it’s not 100% non-sticky. In some ways, the formula reminded me of MAC Lipglass, just not as thick or as tacky. They’re somewhat hydrating as well.

Milani Sweet Grapefruit (09) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency but a noticeable amount of color. This shade lasted four hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Coral Crush (10) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, muted orange with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color will still come through. As the gloss is on the thicker side, it seems to bunch up if you press your lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is more muted, lighter. MAC Strictly Plutonic (LE, $20.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Red My Lips (12) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium red with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. This shade had rich, opaque color coverage, and it didn’t settle into lip lines. The gloss wore well for four and a half hours on me. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, February 17th, 2014

YSL Pourpre Preview (16) Glossy Stain
YSL Pourpre Preview (16) Glossy Stain

YSL Pourpre Preview (16) Glossy Stain ($35.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, fuchsia-purple with a glossy, creamy finish. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is less glossy, lighter. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is more fuchsia. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is similar. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) MAC Zen Rose (LE, $17.00) is darker. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is more muted, purpler. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is less glossy, pinker. See comparison swatches.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the texture I’ve come to expect from YSL’s Glossy Stains: light-medium in thickness, gel-like, mostly non-sticky, and very glossy. This color wore virtually as long as I wanted to, but it wears well for six to eight hours and then loses its glossiness and doesn’t look as even as it did initially after that. I still had noticeable, decent color twelve hours later, and the best part was that my lips never felt dehydrated. It does stain over time, which helps improve the longevity. The only downside is that the color is less forgiving than other Glossy Stains for evenness, and there is a little settling into lip lines that you’ll see in the close-up lip swatch. Luckily, it’s hard to see from a normal viewing distance, and it did not worsen over time. Glossy Stains have a grape-like scent, which I don’t notice once the product “dries” down (the formula begins as a very thin, liquid-like consistency but “dries” down to a gel-like one).

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Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Urban Decay Kush Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Kush Eyeshadow

As I mentioned yesterday, as I was going through our Urban Decay Eyeshadow gallery, and I noticed we were missing a few shades from the permanent range–which was something that needed to be rectified! These three shades all wore eight hours before starting to show signs of fading along the edges, but otherwise, they were quite good.

Urban Decay Kush Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05. oz.) is described as a “grass green shimmer with gold micro-glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, grassy green with warmer, gold shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff (but it could be a little more opaque), and the texture was really soft and smooth. Makeup Geek Appletini (P, $5.99) is lighter. Fyrinnae Dragon’s Wing (P, $6.80) is lighter, brighter. Disney by Sephora Fins (LE) is less frosted. Sephora Collection Picnic in the Park (07) (P, $13.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Sugarpill Midori (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, darker. Milani Green Safari (P, $6.49) is a cream product, cooler-toned. MAC Fresh Flare (P, $21.00) is less frosted, darker. MAC Guacamole (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC Feeling Fresh (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay S&M Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05. oz.) is described as a “steel grey shimmer with subtle taupe shift.” It’s a light-medium gray with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish and subtle warm undertones on top. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and buttery. Makeup Geek Mercury (P, $5.99) is lighter. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned. MAC Evening Grey (LE, $19.50) is darker. Guerlain Les Gris #4 (P) is similar. Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Urban Decay Twice Baked Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05. oz.) is described as a “rich brown satin with gold micro-glitter.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a satiny, pearly shimmer. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to blend. Anastasia Truffle (LE) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is more metallic. MAC Copper Strip (LE, $21.00) is a cream product, darker. NARS Surabaya #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Revlon Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm
Revlon Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm

If you missed the first shades I reviewed, you can check out that post here! Today, I have the last two shades of Revlon’s new Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) that I have. Revlon describes the formula as “velvety matte,” hydrating, and comfortable. These are a twist-up pencil, so you won’t have to worry about sharpening. There is a slight mint scent, but I didn’t notice any flavor. The finish is more matte, but I’d say almost a satin-matte–not a fully flat, super matte finish but not quite the sheen of a true satin finish. They have good color coverage, and they wear longer than average. As they’re just slightly hydrating, “balm” is a stretch to say, but they go on more easily than some drier matte lipsticks do.

Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-tinted purple with slight warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color comes through just slightly so if you have a stronger natural lip color, you may find it alters the way the shade looks applied. The consistency was lightly creamy, lightweight, and just slightly hydrating. It wore well for five hours on me. MAC Feel My Pulse (LE, $16.00) is lighter and pinker. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $16.00) is darker, not as pinky. MAC Heroine (LE, $16.00) is a little brighter but similar. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Showy Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is light-medium, cool-toned brightened pink with blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. This shade was really pigmented and applied with full color coverage that was even and smooth. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was just lightly hydrating overall. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is darker, less blue-based. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $16.00) is darker, less blue-bsed/ MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter, darker, more blue-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is also brighter, darker, and more blue-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

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Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “coral.” It’s a medium, coral-orange with a satin finish and warm undertones. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is brighter. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is more muted, powder. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is more orange, lighter. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker. Dior Pink Glow Blush (LE) is powder, warmer. See comparison swatches.

This is the other shade from Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush formula that I tested, and it was consistent with the first shade. It had a lightly creamy texture in the compact that applied and felt like traditional cream blush initially, but after sitting on the skin for about thirty seconds, it turned into a powder finish that was satin-to-matte. The color applied evenly and smoothly, and it was easy to blend and work the color into the skin. It was nicely pigmented, so the color could look true-to-pan if desired, but it was easy enough to apply less or blend for a softer, sheerer look. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

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Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Formula X Beacon Nail Lacquer
Formula X Beacon Nail Lacquer

This post features three more shades from Formula X’s Liquid Crystals Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) formula. If you missed my original post, you can view it here. Beacon and Equinox were nicely pigmented, shiny, and easy to apply, but Moon Glow had all the same issues as Fluorescent.

Beacon Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “royhal blue micro-glitter in sheer blue.” It’s a deepened–but still bright–medium-dark blue with lighter blue and purplish shimmer and sparkle. The texture is smooth to the touch, and the finish is shiny–foil-like. It was fully opaque after two coats. I also tried one coat over black, and it can work, but you can see how one coat is quite dense. Zoya Dream (P, $9.00) has larger shimmer, more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is more muted. China Glaze Blue Year’s Eve (LE, $7.50) is lighter. Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is bluer, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Equinox Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple micro-glitter in sheer purple.” It’s a fuchsia-shimmered, medium purple with warm undertones and a shiny, foil-like finish. It had full coverage after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was easy to apply. China Glaze Senorita Bonita (LE, $7.50) is brighter, less shimmery. Zoya Kieko (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Moon Glow Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent blue micro-glitter in sheer baby blue.” It’s an iridescent, light blue-shimmered blue-tinged base. It seems more like iridescent blue shimmer suspended in a clear base. The formula seemed watery, which resulted in sheerer, more uneven color payoff. The shimmer didn’t spread evenly across the nail with each coat. I used three coats on my ring finger, and while significantly more opaque than two coats, it was still noticeably sheer. I did one coat over black, and it was stunning, so if it was something you only wanted to use as a top coat, it may still be worth considering. Color Club Blue Heaven (P) is the closest shade I could think of, but it is opaque, not as iridescent, and it is holographic. See comparison swatches.

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