Friday, April 3rd, 2015

NARS x Christopher Kane Lip Glosses
NARS x Christopher Kane Lip Glosses

NARS Glow Pink Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer fuchsia.” It’s a sheer, fuchsia-tinted gloss that looks more like a stain once applied. For as sheer as it seems, it actually darkened and altered my natural lip color considerably, though I suspect those with naturally redder lips may not find the effect as noticeable. The gloss has a light-medium thick quality that is mostly non-tacky and smooth, but the way it stains/applies looks a bit uneven. The glossiness lasted for two hours, and it had worn down to a very subtle stain at that point that was gone by the fourth hour. I found the formula to be neither drying nor hydrating. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Mezmer Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer neon pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It is a darker, brighter take on Glow Pink. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that didn’t cover evenly but did stain. The texture was smooth and mostly non-tacky, and it was comfortable to wear. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Nebulous Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon coral.” It’s an orange-coral with warm undertones and a muted quality to it. I was surprised it wasn’t also described as sheer like the previous two shades. It is fairly sheer but produces a noticeable stained look to the lips, and despite looking completely different when swatched on the skin, the resulting stain (on my lips) is surprisingly similar to Glow Pink. It had the same slightly uneven result on as well. It lasted for three hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Nucleus Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “seashell pink.” It’s a light, pinky beige with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had a milky quality to it, so there was some settling into lip lines, though it went on more evenly than a lot of similarly hued shades. It lasted for two and a half hours on me, and the formula was neither drying nor hydrating, but it was comfortable to wear. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I was surprised that every single shade had a pretty comparable dupe within the permanent range of NARS Lipgloss, so you may want to check your stash if you have a lot of their permanent glosses in your stash.

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Glow Pink

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Nebulous

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

ColourPop Juicer Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Juicer Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Juicer Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright true yellow with a satin finish.” It’s a bright, sunshine yellow with a satiny sheen and subtle sparkle. It had fairly good color coverage that was semi-opaque and buildable to opaque color on the lid, but it looked a little dry or thickened on the skin. The color wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Heat Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright light yellow orange with a satin finish.” It’s a light-medium, golden yellow–more goldenrod than sun yellow–with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation and blended out really easily, while it still stayed on without creasing or fading for ten hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Cheeky Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mid-toned candy coral pink with a duochrome satin finish.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with a mostly matte finish. I didn’t detect a duochrome from this one, even in person as I moved my arm around to try to find it. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier consistency that made it harder to apply evenly. The color that applied wore well for ten hours, but it was hard to use. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Sunnies Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “juicy vibrant orange with a satin finish.” It’s a brightened, tangerine orange with warm undertones and a soft, golden-orange micro-sparkle. It had rich color payoff that applied fairly well but does seem a smidgen on the drier side. On me, the color lasted for a full ten hours and looked the same as I had applied it (no fall out either!). Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

(Note: I bought Juicer, Heat, Cheeky, and Sunnies back in December 2014; Shop is a sample sent by ColourPop in late February.)

ColourPop Shop Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rusty coral in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, reddish coral with warm, orange undertones and a mostly matte finish. The base is matte, but there is a very tiny bit of shimmer in it when you look closely, though it looks matte from a normal viewing distance. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015

MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick
MAC Call the Hairdresser! Lipstick

Here are the remaining six shades of MAC is Beauty Lipsticks ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.). All six shades are more dupable than not, but the non-Lustre finishes performed better on the whole. There are a few repromotes here, too, so long-time MAC fans may see old favorites or long-missed limited edition shades. It was interesting to revisit past reviews and find that my experience (and even ratings!) were nearly identical, which at least says there is consistency, even if a lot of those repromotes could have been improved.

Diva-ish is described as an “intense fuchsia [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a medium-dark fuchsia pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on smoothly for the most part, but it looked like it was less forgiving of any imperfections compared to the average shade in this type of finish (just slightly). It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Kat Von D Berlin (P, $19.00) is brighter, matte. Bobbi Brown Watermelon (P, $26.00) is warmer. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $35.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $17.00) is similar. MAC Speak Louder (P, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Gracy (P, $51.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Me Gorgeous is described as an “intense coral pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium coral with a hint of pink, warm undertones, and a soft shine. It had excellent pigmentation that yielded full coverage with smooth, even color. It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Matthew (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is darker, pinker. Estee Lauder Eccentric (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is warmer, more muted. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is pinker, more matte. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is pinker. Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is a touch pinker. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is more matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Real Doll is described as a “light pink-lilac [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a hint of lavender and a light shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that lasted for two hours and pulled into lip lines slightly over time. I also found it lightly drying. It looked a little streaky at times–you have to be very careful not to over-apply as it is very unforgiving if you do. This shade has been released previously. Maybelline Hibiscus Pop (715) (P, $7.49) is brighter. Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is lighter, more opaque. Tom Ford Beauty Alexander (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is less cool-toned, more matte. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is brighter. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is brighter, more opaque. Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Be Fabulous (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Real Redhead is described as a “mauve nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a peachy-brown with a soft shine and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer coverage that added warmth and evenness to my natural lip color. It lasted for an hour and a half and was drying when worn. MAC Pure Vanity (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC French Twist (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Julia (404) (P, $36.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Caramel (P, $28.00) is warmer, darker. Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is sheerer. Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Cheri (61) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is more opaque, darker. Chanel Charmeuse (142) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Reel Sexy is described as a “bright coral [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a peachy-coral with a very slight hint of pink, warm undertones, and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that could be a somewhat streaky at times. It lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating for me, but I had some color settle into lip lines over time when worn. This shade has been released previously. MAC Oxblood (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is more muted. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty First Time (09) (LE, $50.00) is darker. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is glossier, pinker. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is darker. Revlon Jungle Peach (LE, $7.99) is lighter. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is more matte. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen pinker, lighter. MAC Razzledazzler (P, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Silly is described as a “bright white-pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with slight cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. It applied with opaque coverage and a lightly velvety consistency that didn’t pull or drag on the lips. The color lasted for five hours, was a smigden drying on me, and settled into lip lines to a small degree after three hours of wear. This shade has been released previously. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is glossier. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is brighter. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is glossier, cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is a bit brighter, lighter. MAC Steady Going (LE, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Diva-ish

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8.5/10

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder
MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder

MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “champagne base with silver.” It’s a light-medium peachy-beige witha very fine gold shimmer. The silver is merely an over-spray and disappears the first time the brush swishes across the surface (which I removed prior to swatching/using). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is one of the more confusing formulas released by MAC, as it is called a “High-Light Powder,” yet the effect of the shimmer was almost imperceptible on my skin–even in person. I’m not surprised that it barely produces color on my medium skin tone (it is too close to my natural coloring), but I thought it might work to give a luminous, natural sheen to the skin. Instead, it seemed to make the skin appear smoother but made the skin look flat, so it seemed more like a setting powder in regards to what the end result was. On fairer skin tones, this might work as a really subtle blush or brightener, and it may reduce some redness due to its generally peachy tone. The texture is really soft and finely-milled but fairly powdery, so I would recommend using a very light touch to avoid a lot of excess powder kicked up in the pan. What little color I could see seemed to last for eight hours on me.

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Nude Pink

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6.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Monday, March 9th, 2015

Maybelline Playful Peony (975) Color Sensational Lip Color
Maybelline Playful Peony (975) Color Sensational Lip Color

Maybelline Playful Peony (975) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, pink-lavender with subtle cool undertones, barely-there pearl, and a soft sheen. Maybelline Lilac Flush (725) (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, less pink. Maybelline Power Peony (720) (P, $7.49) is darker. Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After visiting three stores, I was able to track the last of the limited edition lip colors! I had expected it to be more on the lavender side, but alas, it was not the case , and I was surprised at actual color, as there were shades very close to this already released this spring by Maybelline, so it seems redundant. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but it could use improvement so that the application was smoother and less prone to streaking. It lasted for three hours on me and was a little hydrating, but the pearl shimmer added texture to it despite being subtle.

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Playful Peony (975)

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture is thicker, mostly non-sticky, and was nicely hydrating while worn. On me, it wore well for four and a half hours. It does have a strong perfume-y scent and soap-like taste. Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) (P, $8.99) is warmer. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Citrus Evolution (115) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the color settled into lip lines from the get-go and only worsened as it wore. On me, it lasted for three hours and was moisturizing while worn. Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is darker. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is darker. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Ray of Sunshine (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Passionate Peony (120) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light pink with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. When swatched and worn, it looked nothing like it did in the tube. It is slightly thick with a lot of milkiness, which made it pool into lip lines very noticeably. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it’s a gloss that would be better applied over a lip liner or lipstick to minimize it filling up lip lines. It lasted for three hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is darker. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is darker. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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