Saturday, May 17th, 2014

MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer

MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “soft brick tan with a touch of shimmer.” It’s a medium, orange-brown with strong, warm undertones and a golden shimmer. Guerlain Bronzer (LE, $69.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is less yellow. Guerlain Moyen Brunettes (05) (LE, $75.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer (LE, $25.00) is slightly darker. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Bronzer (P) is similar. Dior Coral Glow Bronzer (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As mentioned in the review for Aphrodite’s Shell, the formula is supposed to wear for ten hours and have a luminous finish. The texture of this shade was softer and easier to work with; it was soft, somewhat silky, and blendable on the skin. It had better color payoff, though it was still a sheerer product that could be built up for about semi-opaque coverage in three to four layers. The shimmer in this shade was more pronounced, but it didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture when I wore it. It only wore for eight hours, which is about average for most face powders, but it is short of the ten-hour wear time claimed.

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8/10

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Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Urban Decay Streak Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Streak Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Streak Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) just debuted on the brand’s website and will be available at all the other retailers later this month/early June. It features a bronzer, highlighter, and blush in a slim compact. The texture of the bronzer and highlighter were good, while the blush was powdery and didn’t apply evenly. I wish the highlighter was just a bit less metallic, as it tended to emphasize skin imperfections and enlarge pores.

Streak Bronzer is described as a “pale bronze matte bronzer.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-brown with soft, gold shimmer. I wouldn’t describe it as matte, though it is not loaded with shimmer. The texture was soft, smooth, blendable, while it had good color payoff. It lasted for eight hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is yellower. bareMinerals Golden Gate Radiance (LE, $19.00) is pinker. MAC Optical (LE) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Streak Highlighter is described as a “peachy shimmer highlighter.” It’s a very light, gold-shimmered peach with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. The finish is high-shine, though, and it emphasized pores. The shade wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Streak Blush is described as a “bright coral blush.” It’s a pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was really powdery and didn’t bind well together, so it didn’t apply as nicely to skin. If you wear liquid foundation and apply this while the foundation is still drying down, you’ll have better luck getting good color payoff. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is warmer. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, May 12th, 2014

MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick
MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick

MAC Pure Heroine Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a slightly muted, purple-plum with subtle warm undertones and a glossy sheen. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is shimmery, brighter. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $16.00) is slightly more muted, more matte. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a limited edition shade that will be available online in North America on June 5th (select stores will also have it), and later in July for international locations. For those that feared it was going to be too similar to MAC Heroine, it’s not; and those who thought it might be like MAC Punk Couture, it’s not. It’s almost a mix of the two, with the warmer, pinky-plum undertones of Heroine with more of the depth and darkness of Punk Couture. The lipstick had more slip than I’d expect from an Amplified finish, and the coverage was mostly opaque but had some translucency. The finish was rather glossy, and the color seemed to pull into lip lines and did not apply as evenly as I would have liked. The color lasted for about four hours, and I did have a little feathering outside of my upper lip towards the end. It does leave behind a slight stain as well.

P.S. — Please keep comments focused on the lipstick — condescending remarks about the collaborator, their fans, etc. will not be tolerated.

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Pure Heroine

B-

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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Monday, May 12th, 2014

Dior Vie d'Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick
Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a brightened, medium, blue-based red with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for five hours on me. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Intrigue (995) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a cool-toned, purpled berry with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it was the least pigmented out of the shades I bought to try–and settled noticeably into lip lines. The gloss managed to wear just over five hours on me. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Wet Violet (P, $45.00) is darker, purpler. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

To recap, the formula is supposed to have the effect of “shiny gloss and pigmented lipstick into one color-rich product.” It is also described as long-wearing, lightweight, and having coverage “that is between a gloss and lipstick.” The texture is lightweight, creamy, and almost cool-to-the-touch when initially applied, but it thickens slightly and clings more to the natural curvature of the lip without being uncomfortable. A slight tackiness develops shortly after application and gets progressively tackier as it wears on, though it never feels too sticky or gluey. It feels mostly like a more opaque lipgloss than a liquid lipstick. It was fairly hydrating and wore longer than the average gloss. It had a perfume-y scent that is stronger during application than it is worn. At times, I felt like I was tasting it here and there (almost soapy), but it was faint enough that sometimes I thought I was imagining it.

P.S. — This wraps up all my reviews on this formula — all shades I bought have now been reviewed! :) If you missed any, you can see them all here!

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Intrigue (995)

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7/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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4/5

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metal grey.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned gray with a metallic, silver sparkle and sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on my lash line. Buxom I’ll Be Waiting (P, $17.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Uzi (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Gris Scintillante (P, $29.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Luna)Tic (64) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “metallic pale lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-ish lavender with a metallic sheen. It was semi-sheer applied in a single pass and buildable to semi-opaque color. This particular shade works well for brightening the eye. It lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. MAC Heirloom (P, $16.00) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I have a love/hate relationship with this formula (see my original review here). I often reach for Marc Jacobs’ eyeliners, because there’s just something slightly unique about the shade range, and despite them not performing well on paper, I still like them a lot personally. Both shades have a creamy, glide-on consistency that doesn’t pull or tug at the lash line, but they’re not exactly “richly pigmented” as described. They build, and once on the lash line, even semi-opaque looks almost opaque unless you’re viewing it very close-up (which no one is), but for the price point (and how little you get–0.01 oz. and these twist-up, no sharpening required), I wish they were as pigmented as they’re supposed to be.

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(Stone)Fox (58)

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9.5/10

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(Luna)tic (64)

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7.5/10

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6.5/10

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9.5/10

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

MAC Clear Water Lipglass
MAC Clear Water Lipglass

MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection contains five, limited edition shades of Lipglass. The formula on these is medium-thick, moderately tacky (only one is thicker and tackier, noted below), and vanilla-scented. They perform and feel similarly to past iterations of Lipglass. All of them have shimmer except one, and for the most part, they’re so shimmery that they’re the type of gloss that looks more impressive in person, as the light reflects off of the shine and shimmer. You’ll find these online on May 15th, in-stores on May 22nd for North America, and “May 2014″ for international locations.

MAC Clear Water Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer nude with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a sheer beige with silver, white, and iridescent cool pink shimmer and sparkle. The underlying base “color” is definitely sheer, but it adds a fair amount of shimmer, which gives it more of an impact applied. It wears three hours on me, and it could be used alone or to add shimmer over any lip color. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is more beige. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is also more beige. MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00) has more pink shimmers. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Lure Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry-red with a smattering of cool-toned, fuchsia pink shimmer. This is one of the less shimmery shades, so the sparkle effect is subtle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly and only lightly settled into lip lines. In general, it applied better than a lot of other semi-opaque berry glosses I’ve tried, but it’s not perfect. It is nice for layering over pinks and plums as well. This shade wore well for four hours on me. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is brighter. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Peachstock Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy true nude.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with a cream finish. This shade has been released previously, and the formula has changed slightly–it is thinner, so it didn’t settle as noticeably into lip lines and was easire to apply. The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is lighter. MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is a bit darker. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seducing Sound Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone plum bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, plummy brown with bronze and plum shimmer. This one is very shimmery with semi-opaque color coverage and even more shimmer coverage. It wears for four hours, and it the consistency was thinner than the average Lipglass. MAC Underdressed (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Liqueur (LE, $15.00) is redder. Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Water Deities Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light bronzy pink.” It’s a a light, coppery-brown with champagne and bronze shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; the actual “color” of the base seems semi-sheer, but there is a lot of shimmer in it, so the shimmer makes it seem like it has more coverage. This shade wore well for four hours on me. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is also pinker. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is sheerer, finer shimmer, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Lust (LE, $30.00) is less glossy. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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10/10

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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