Saturday, July 20th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag
MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag

MAC Illustrated Pink Lip Bag ($39.50) contains a full-sized Lipstick, Lipglass, and Lip Pencil, plus a medium-sized makeup bag. The value of the color products is $45, while the bag is very similar in size and material to the recently released Illustrated bags that retailed for $36, so the total (maximum) value is $81.  The gloss merely lightens Girl About Town, but it’s very subtle, so I don’t know if it’s really the best pairing, especially as the thickness of Picture Pink gives the finished look a very thick, almost goopy, finish.

Girl About Town is described as a “bright blue-fuchsia [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bold, fuchsia pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish. It has rich, opaque color coverage, and it wore six hours well on me and left behind a stain. MAC Pink Poodle is lighter. MAC Rare Exotic is similar. Buxom Exhibitionist is brighter/lighter. See comparison swatches. (This is part of the permanent range.)

Picture Pink is described as a “clear pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with a creamy consistency and finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it settled into lines and looked uneven. It’s the type of gloss that is best applied over another lip product (like a lipstick or lip pencil), because on its own, it’s a mess. It wore for four hours on me. MAC likes their milky pinks, so there is no shortage of dupes. MAC Infinitely Likeable is more neutral. MAC The Wee Coquette is lighter. MAC Stay Sweet is very similar. MAC Pink Fade is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Scoop is sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Embrace Me is described as a “vivid fuchsia.” It’s a vibrant, nearly neon, fuchsia with a matte finish. It had rich, full color coverage. I reviewed this in March here. Its strength is longevity and color payoff, but it’s a bit dry and is drying when worn alone. Urban Decay Anarchy is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, July 20th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Nude Lip Bag
MAC Illustrated Nude Lip Bag

MAC Illustrated Nude Lip Bag ($39.50) contains a full-sized Lipstick, Lipglass, and Lip Pencil, plus a medium-sized makeup bag. The value of the color products is $45, while the bag is very similar in size and material to the recently released Illustrated bags that retailed for $36, so the total (maximum) value is $81.  This set was actually quite interesting, because the lipstick and lipgloss aren’t similar in color, so they can be mixed in varying degrees to get several different variations on a warmer coral.

Naked Proof is described as a “neutral pink-beige [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a warm-toned, pink-tinged coral with a satiny finish and light sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore for four hours. It was very slightly drying on me, which is my typical experience with the Cremesheen finish, so if you find them normally hydrating, this should be fine for you. Chanel Interlude is darker. MAC Reel Sexy is lighter, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler is similar. Burberry Devon Sunset is similar. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition and exclusive to this set.)

Drawn to Chic is described as a “bright warm pink.” It’s a warm-toned, pink-coral with a glossy sheen and no shimmer. It had opaque color coverage, and it didn’t settle into lip lines very noticeably. It lasted four and a half hours on me. The consistency was slightly thick and tacky. MAC Fever Isle is shimmery. Revlon Papaya is slightly sheerer. MAC Star Quality is pinker. Hourglass Nectar is similar. See comparison swatches. (This shade is limited edition and exclusive to this set.)

Boldly Bare is described as a “reddish brown.” It’s a rosy, peach-brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and it applied fairly well–it isn’t particularly flatterong on lips alone, but it works well as a base for lipstick to adhere to. MAC’s Lip Pencils usually last five to seven hours on me alone. Urban Decay Deep is darker, browner. See comparison swatches. (This shade is part of the permanent range and can be purchased separately if desired.)

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) Le Rouge
Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) Le Rouge

Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant lavender fuchsia.” It’s a fuchsia-magenta with a creamy finish and a soft sheen. It had strong, blue undertones. Urban Decay Anarchy is much brighter. Revlon Lollipop is darker, shimmery. NYX Pink Lyric is lighter. Maybelline Hot Plum is brighter. MAC Zen Rose is more muted, purpler. MAC Dish It Up is more muted. Le Metier de Beaute Paris is less shiny. See comparison swatches.

It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the consistency was creamy with more slip than other shades in the Le Rouge range. Because it had more slip, when I pressed my lips together, I could see slight lines forming because of the lipstick bunching up on itself. The formula was still hydrating, though, and it lasted five and a half hours and left behind a soft, pinky stain.  Croisiere Fuchsia is part of the limited edition summer collection, so it is packaged with a thin layer of white leather around the tube rather than black leather (as the permanent range is).

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Dior Bonne Etoile (384) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Bonne Etoile (384) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Bonne Etoile (384) Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.21 oz.) consists of five eyeshadows with star patterns on four of the five shades. It’s part of the fall collection, Mystic Metallics, and is limited edition. Right now, Nordstrom still has it available, but it is on backorder (I bought mine at Nordstrom). It’s a very nice palette overall with good color payoff across all five shades, and those that seemed good (but not perfect) were buildable on the lid. I really had no trouble applying this, and over bare skin (no primer), they lasted a full eight hours. I saw minor fading after nine hours, and if you normally wear your eyeshadow with a primer, I think you’d be fine for truly all-day wear.

Bonne Etoile (384) #1 is a warm-toned, olive green with gold, copper, and emerald green micro-shimmer. It had a pearly finish–not quite frosted. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was and smooth. Urban Decay Zodiac is greener, more metallic. MAC Vintage Coin is similar but a cream product. MAC Humid is greener. MAC Greensmoke is slightly less warm-toned. L’oreal Golden Emerlad is much greener. Lancome Designer is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Bonne Etoile (384) #2 is a silvered pewter with a metallic, sparkling finish. It had nice color payoff, and though it seemed almost glittery, the sparkles are finer and smoothed together well. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #1 is lighter. MAC Palladium is slightly darker and a cream product. Dior Garden Rosese #4 is darker. Sugarpill Tiara is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bonne Etoile (384) #3 is a warm-toned, olive brown with a satin finish. It had very nice pigmentation and applied evenly and smoothly. Disney Abu is darker. Urbn Decay Snakebite is less golden. NARS Paramaribo #2 is more golden. Giorgio Armani #6 is similar. Dior Golden Savannah #4 is darker. bareMinerals Elitist is lighter. Inglot #409 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Bonne Etoile (384) #4 is a muted, darkened blue-teal with a metallic finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it was buildable–the texture is just slightly dry, but not dry in a stiff, difficult-to-work-with kind of way, just the type of dry that you might find with very metallic finishes. Urban Decay Shattered is much lighter. Urban Decay Hijack is very similar. MAC Emerald Dusk is bluer, more muted. Guerlain Les Aquas #1 is much darker and matte. Sugarpill Magpie is brighter, bluer. See comparison swatches.

Bonne Etoile (384) #5 is a soft, meadowy green with a strong, golden metallic sheen. It had good color payoff and a smooth, even application. Disney Cinderelly is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Sweet & Sour is darker. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #3 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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It's a very nice palette overall with good color payoff across all five shades, and those that seemed good (but not perfect) were buildable on the lid. It's one of the better Dior palettes I've come across, because it's very fuss-free and just does well on texture, pigmentation, and even presents a solid, workable color combination. The only thing is that all the finishes have shimmer, so if you prefer mattes, this isn't a palette for you.

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It had a pearly finish--not quite frosted. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was and smooth.

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It had nice color payoff, and though it seemed almost glittery, the sparkles are finer and smoothed together well.

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Chanel Icone (55) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Icone (55) Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Icone (55) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a peach-brown with a golden shimmer and a soft, pearly finish. It had mostly opaque color and lasted four and a half hours on me. NARS Peloponesse is more matte, darker. NARS Isola Bella is lighter, satin. MAC Posh Tone is lighter, less shimmery/ MAC Delectable is less shimmery. MAC Freckletone is less shimmery. MAC Cozy Up is lighter, satin.
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Mystique (57) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “apricot.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium coral with a hint of reddish-pink. The finish is a noticeable sheen and reflective quality. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and it wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Liar is darker, pinker. Chanel Interlude is slightly softer. MAC Style Surge is more opaque, brighter. MAC Razzledazzler is slightly pinker. Burberry Devon Sunset is more muted. See comparison swatches.

The Rouge Coco formula is lightly creamy, somewhat hydrating, and wears about average. They’re supposed to have “full-coverage” with finishes that vary from “matte to pearl to soft shimmer.” Both of these were mostly opaque, but there was a slight translucency that was apparent. It’s actually what gave them a lighter look once applied. These shades are new (and permanent!) for fall.

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It's a peach-brown with a golden shimmer and a soft, pearly finish.

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Chanel Destiny (61) Le Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Destiny (61) Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Destiny (61) Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “golden beige.” It’s a peachy-brown with a satin finish and soft, warm undertones. MAC Honey Jasmine is more orange, brighter, powder. NARS Silvana is browner, more shimmery, powder. MAC Seasonawl Appeal is rosier, powder. MAC Eternal Sun is similar, powder. MAC Barefaced is more shimmery, powder. MAC Coppertone is similar, matte, powder. See comparison swatches.

It has buildable color where a little goes a long way, but the consistency allows you to blend it out to the sheerest layer, if desired. The texture is a lightweight, thin cream that almost immediately turns to powder when it touches the skin, but it doesn’t look like powder. It sets easily but stays blendable for a minute or so. It worked well over bare skin as well as over liquid foundation. I wore this shade yesterday over bare skin and over foundation, and the wear was really the same for me either way (I have normal-to-dry skin, but if you had oilier skin, you may see a difference in longevity compared to when patted over foundation), which was eight hours of nice wear, and then after nine hours, there was some noticeable fading but some color still apparent.

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It has buildable color where a little goes a long way, but the consistency allows you to blend it out to the sheerest layer, if desired. The texture is a lightweight, thin cream that almost immediately turns to powder when it touches the skin, but it doesn't look like powder.

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