Thursday, October 30th, 2014

NYX Rose Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Rose Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, pastel cotton candy p ink with a semi-matte finish. The consistency of this shade was the least creamy of the entire range, though it didn’t drag or tug–it was still lightly creamy, just not slippery like other shades. It had opaque color coverage, but between the drier consistency and lightness of color, it almost looked chalky on. The color wore well for five hours, but it pulled into lip lines over time. Kat Von D Armageddon (P, $19.00) is brighter, darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Snob (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Orange Blossom Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a lightened, soft peach-orange with warm undertones and a satiny shine. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a very creamy, emollient consistency. There was a little bit of streakiness, but it applied fairly well despite the slippery formula. On me, the color lasted for four hours. The closest shade to it that I could think of was Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Covet (P, $18.00), which is much darker (I wouldn’t call it a dupe).

NYX Citron Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow with warm undertones and a soft shine. It applied better than one might expect, though it was somewhat streaky and not nearly as pigmented as some of the other shades in the range. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel
Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel

Dior Golden Shock (001) Diorific Top Coat ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a clear top coat with gold leaf. It’s certainly fun and festive, but it requires fishing and some maneuvering to get the gold flakes to appear just-so on the nails. The cap on the Diorific polishes makes this a little more difficult, but the degree of difficulty will depend on how large your fingers are. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Mirror (022) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a pale, white gold with warm undertones and a very fine, metallic shimmer. Alone, it has a more pearly, white gold effect. I tried it layered over Shock (a warm red), and it made the pearl look more orange. It’s semi-sheer average two coats and has a moderately shiny dry down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Gold Equinoxe (241) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark gold with hints of brown and fine, gold metallic shimmer. It didn’t apply evenly, and it was only semi-opaque. The consistency of this was thin, and it seemed to dry as I was applying, even though it isn’t a foil finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Shock (762) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium red with subtle, warm undertones (almost neutral, I’d say) and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it dried down to a glossy finish without need for a top coat. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and this was the best-performing shade out of the five. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Smoky (990) Diorific Vernis Nail Enamel ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark, blackened purple berry with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque, but it was somewhat streaky (which was a surprise!), possibly due to the more watery formula. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, October 26th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Immortal Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark violet purple with cool, blue undertones and a metallic shimmer–it appears more as a frost finish than a metallic finish to me. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which I think was owed a lot to the very slippery, creamy consistency, and if it had been slightly drier, it would have been more pigmented applied. It also applied unevenly as a result. Once on, it wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Envy (P, $6.00) is bluer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technopagan (P, $18.00) is darker, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Power Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It wasn’t as creamy as the other two shades, but in a good way, as it still glided on without dragging, but the color distributed better and more evenly. It could have been a little more opaque, given the formula’s claims. The color wore well for five hours on me. Revlon Icy Violet (LE, $7.99) is lighter. NARS Falbala (P, $26.00) is sheerer, less metallic. MAC Venus (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Bloom of Rose (P, $35.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Cold Hearted Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a silver-shimmered, medium black with a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied with some unevenness. It tended to pull into lip lines after three to four hours of wear, though it lasted closer to six in all. Though it has a very different finish, Kat Von D Slayer (P, $21.00) with its sheerer, uneven application looked somewhat similar on (but it’s matte and has no shimmer, just to be clear!). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

NYX Earl Grey Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Earl Grey Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium cornflower blue–a purplish-blue–with a luminous finish. The formula was creamy with a lot of slip, but for a lighter shade, it ended up applying better than anticipated, though it was still somewhat streaky. It had mostly opaque color coverage (but if it was a drier formula, I think it would have yielded better pigmentation). On me, the color wore well for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Butch (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Violet Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium purple with warm, pinky-red undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff, while the formula still felt very creamy and slippery, it applied pretty well with even color. It wore well for almost six hours, and it leaves behind a fuchsia-ish stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is darker, more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is a smidgen darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Lavender Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium lavender with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which went on a bit streakily and had a tendency to settle into lip lines as it wore on. It wasn’t moisturizing, but it was drying either. The color wore well for four hours on me. Kat Von D Coven (P, $21.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

NYX Macaron Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Key Lime Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to be a “creamy and highly pigmented” formula that features more “pastel and neon” shades. They also note it has a “satin matte finish” and “long-wearing resilience.” The formula has a lot of slip to it, so it glides on and never tugs on lips, but it also had a tendency to go on somewhat unevenly (the degree dependent on the shade). The wear time for these three shades was a little longer than average. The formula was comfortable to wear, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

Key Lime is a pop of light-medium, slightly muted lime green with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous shine. It applied unevenly and looked streaky on, though it seemed to have a decent amount of pigmentation to it. The formula just was so creamy that the color wouldn’t stay in place as well. The color wore well for four hours. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this from other green-hued shades I’ve tried (which is, albeit, not nearly as numerous as reds I’ve tried!).

Pistachio is a light, bluish-aqua with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and while it applied better than expected for such a creamy, emollient, and pastel shade, it was uneven at the end of the day. It might work with a lip primer (readers have suggested NYX’s own Lip Primer helps a lot) or lip pencil underneath to mitigate some of the slippery consistency of the formula. It wore well for four and a half hours. NYX Scandalous (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blue Velvet is a brightened, medium-dark blue–almost periwinkle blue to me, as there’s a soft, dusty quality to it, but it doesn’t overwhelm the color, so it still looks brighter. It had more of a luminous finish with a fair amount of shine. It applied evenly for the most part, but it wasn’t perfect in application due to the higher slip in the formula. This shade stayed on for five hours and left a stain behind. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy (P, $18.00) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

NARS Laser Cut Palette
NARS Laser Cut Palette

NARS Laser Cut Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, one lipgloss, one blush, and one bronzing powder. The eyeshadows are marked as “Hardwired Eyeshadow” on the back of the palette, though I couldn’t tell you how they really differ from the permanent formula, other than it seems like a denser, less thin formula. The palette leaves something to be desired — I don’t think it’s NARS at its best–it’s just kind of in the middle.

Shade I is described as a “perfect neutral vanilla.” It’s a light beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was very powdery. See comparison swatches
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Shade II is described as a “shimmering cafe au lait.” It’s a golden brown with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen crumbly and the sparkle did fall out during wear (as well as application), while the color itself stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade III is described as a “matte army green.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft but incredibly powdery to the point where most of it dusted away and only some managed to stay on the skin. What did adhere to the skin stayed on for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s not sheer at all, and this version included in the set matches the original formulation, but it feels more like the new formula (which is a lot cooler and pinker in color). It lasted for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a pink-peach with warm udnertones and a satin finish. It’s warmer and less pink compared to the individual version that was released last year. It is sheer as described (though “sheer” was not part of the description when it originally launched), with a thinner, slightly dry, texture, but it wasn’t stiff. My standalone version is more pigmented. It lasted for seven hours applied. See comparison swatches
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Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a meidum-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=175779,171535,168835,165621,142013,141615,111363,108999,108998″>See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Laser Cut

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