Sunday, October 27th, 2013

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. If you’re not familiar with the newer Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes, they feature a newer eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry. The range tends to lean towards the more frosted, metallic, and glittery, though it technically can range from matte to glitter. This particular palette is the cooler-toned of the two, though I wouldn’t say it’s all that cool-toned overall. It is also very, very frosted–if you are not a fan of shimmer or frost, you’ll want to stay clear of this one. If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula.  2x Dare was one of the better palettes I’ve tried in this formula, though it wasn’t without its share of flaws–some light fading before the eight-hour mark, some fall out with the second shade, but there were no total misses in this palette.

2x Dare #1 is a bright, creamy white with a high frost, metallic finish. It had so-so color payoff applied dry, but it came together better when applied damp; it was more opaque and smoother. Dior Lune (001) (P, $30.00) is slightly warmer. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Ball Gown (LE) is similar. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is less metallic. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is less metallic. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is also cooler-toned. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #2 is a glittery, muted golden bronze with a metallic, glittery finish. The texture was a bit loose, slightly chunky because of the glitter, and the color payoff was decent but didn’t seem affected by a wet or dry application. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is yellower, less glittery. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is slightly more golden. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is similar. Chanel Apparence (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #3 is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with subtle, cool brown undertones and an array of plum, bronze, and silver shimmer/sparkle. It was sheer applied dry, but it was mostly opaque when applied damp, and it also smoothed out more when applied damp. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is less gray. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is less frosted. Inglot #434 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly but very similar. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #4 is a dirty, muted brown with a gray, yellow, and brown mix of sparkle and tone. It’s a very murky shade. I would almost call it pewter, because it’s not quite brown, but it’s not a bronze or gold either. It seemed to be more similar to other pewter-hued shades, though, so I’d classify it closest to that, but it’s a little warmer/browner. It was semi-opaque applied dry, fully opaque applied damp, and it had a more metallic finish when applied damp. Dior Millenium (381) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Chanel Moon River (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cream product. MAC Silver Birch (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #5 is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with a plummy-brown undertone and a light pearly shimmer. This was the least frosted/metallic shade in the palette. It had a slightly drier texture, which gave it less intense color payoff both applied dry and damp. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is warmer, cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is more frosted. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is grayer. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is similar, slightly warmer. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is a touch purpler. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first :)

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2x Dare

B-

If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula. 2x Dare was one of the better palettes I've tried in this formula, though it wasn't without its share of flaws--some light fading before the eight-hour mark, some fall out with the second shade, but there were no total misses in this palette.

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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Sunday, October 27th, 2013

MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. If you’re not familiar with the newer Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes, they feature a newer eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry. The range tends to lean towards the more frosted, metallic, and glittery, though it technically can range from matte to glitter. This particular palette is the warmer-toned of the two and has two particularly glittery shades in it. If you are not a fan of shimmer or frost, you’ll want to stay clear of this one. If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula.  Phresh Out has two shades that are particularly glittery, so wear was poor with fall out occurring throughout the wear and some fading with the first shade as well.

Phresh Out #1 is a pale, golden beige with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff when applied dry, and it was smoother and slightly more pigmented when applied damp. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is slightly yellower. Urban Decay Polyester Bride (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is less frosted. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is more beige, less frosted, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #2 is a glittery, warm-toned copper with a golden sheen and copper micro-glitter/sparkle. It had a slightly dry, kind of chunky consistency that was best applied damp, as it yielded more color payoff and helped to bind the shadow together. Too Faced Prancer (LE) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC Creative Copper (LE, $15.00) is more golden. Maybelline Breaking Bronze (P, $6.99) is more metallic. Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE) is more muted. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is similar. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is less glittery. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is similar but less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #3 is a pink-tinged beige with a glittery finish. Applied dry, it’s just a sheer glittery mess, but applied damp, it binds together better so there’s some color as well as glitter. LORAC Nude (P) is less glittery. MAC Love Connection #1 (P, $21.00) is a bit darker. MAC Light Touch (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Snow Season (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Star Crystal (LE, $32.50) is pinker. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #4 is a taupe with a stronger gray/purple cast with subtle warm, rosy brown undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, and the finish becomes more sheen-like when applied damp. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is similar. MAC Hypnotizing (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Phresh Out #5 is a dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nice pigmentation both dry and wet, though applied damp had a richer, deeper color. LORAC Espresso (P) is darker, more matte. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Busted (LE, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first :)

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Phresh Out

B-

If you are not a fan of shimmer or frost, you'll want to stay clear of this one. If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula. Phresh Out has two shades that are particularly glittery, so wear was poor with fall out occurring throughout the wear and some fading with the first shade as well.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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8/10

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6/10

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7/10

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6.5/10

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Sunday, October 20th, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Violet Lip Bag
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Violet Lip Bag

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Violet Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.198 oz.) features a full-size lipstick and Cremesheen Glass, plus a miniature-sized lip pencil.  Each lip bag contains $15.00 worth of Lipstick, $20.00 worth of Cremesheen Glass, and $5 worth of Lip Pencil, bringing the total value of the set to $40–plus there is a zippered bag that comes with the products.

Art of Seduction is described as a “cool nude with gold frost.” It’s a light, beige-brown with light green micro-shimmer. Applied, it seems to lighten lips and added a milkiness to them. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage.  This shade was completely gone after a mere two hours of wear. If you purchased You’ve Got It from the holiday color collection, run and skip right ahead, because Art of Seduction is the exact same color–in the tube, swatched, and applied. If I really want to play make-believe, the gold shimmer in Art of Seduction caught the light of the camera better and looked more golden than white but I had them side-by-side in various rooms in my house, and they’re the same. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more beige. MAC Glitter & Ice (LE, $20.00) doesn’t have green shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Dark Deed is described as a “darkened blood red [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a deepened, muted red with berry and brown tones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but there was some settling into lip lines. It wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating while worn. This is a repromote. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is browner, darker. Giorgio Armani #408 (P, $32.00) is similar. MAC Endless Drama is darker. MAC What Joy is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Vino is described as an “intense violet purple.” It’s a blackened burgundy with strong, cool red undertones. The consistency was dry and a little stiff; I found that this left crumbles of color all over my lips so that they looked like they were covered in black specks, which I tried to remove the best I could prior to photographing. This is part of the permanent range. It wears eight hours or longer, though it’s terribly uncomfortable and fairly drying. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $19.50) is a bit darker (seems to be more pigmented/smoother, which gives it a better payoff). Urban Decay Venom (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Stroke of Midnight/Violet

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Product

8/10

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8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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7/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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5.5/10

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5/5

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Dark Deed

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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4.5/5

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Thursday, October 17th, 2013

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes
MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blushes

MAC Divine Night Mineralize Blush ($27.50 for 0.12 oz.) includes three new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. The finishes on these is a bit more metallic, high-shine than other iterations of the formula, so those who are very sensitive to pores being emphasized may want to look elsewhere for their blush fix.  It’s definitely a trade-off, and for some, it might be pretty enough on to overlook, but it’s going to be a matter of preference.  The textures of all three were soft, finely-milled,and very blendable, but they were prone to fading and did not last as long as regular powder blushes usually do (including MAC’s blushes).

Lavish Living is described as a “violet with silver pearl base with gold pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, plum with a little hint of berry and brown, with a frosted, partially metallic, finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. It emphasized pores slightly when I applied it for photos. It lasted for six and a half hours but was noticeably faded after that. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is browner. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is pinker. MAC Tea Petal (P, $21.00) is a cream product, browner. Chanel Rose Temptation (LE, $43.00) is similar. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $43.00) is a bit warmer. See comparison swatches.

Lured to Love is described as a “coral pink base with pink frost.” It’s a light-medium, coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had the most natural finish of the three, as it had the least amount of shimmer/sheen. The texture was very soft, and it can be somewhat powdery depending on the brush you use with it. It does blend into the skin well, and once worked it, the blush doesn’t look powdery on the skin. It is just slightly emphasized pores, and it wore well for just over six hours. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is more orange. Physicians Formula Warm (P, $11.99) is similar. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Blush (LE, $21.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Deep Throat (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is brighter, pinker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is pinker, softer. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is more orange. Chanel Fleur de Lotus (LE, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Talk of the Town is described as a “warm brown base with yellow bronze.” It’s a soft, peach-pink with a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was a little loose and glittery; it didn’t feel as smooth as it could have been. On cheeks, it can emphasize pores slightly, but if you use a dense brush and really buff it in, then a pretty, somewhat metallic glow, comes forward and doesn’t emphasize pores. This shade will only add a little color on very fair complexions but mostly shimmer/sheen on medium and deeper skin tones. The biggest downfall of this was that it was almost all faded/patchy by the sixth hour. MAC Light Year (LE, $23.50) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Lavish Living

B-

Product

8/10

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8.5/10

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7/10

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4.5/5

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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7/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($34.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a lightly warm-toned, dark reddish plum with hints of brown and burgundy along with fine plum shimmer. NARS Rouge Tribal (P, $26.00) is very similar–a touch darker. MAC Lasting Achievement is cooler-toned, less red. (P, $19.50) MAC Feelin’ So Good (LE, $15.00) is browner. MAC Richly Revered (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, much sheerer. Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches.

I noticed immediately how evenly the color applied; a lot of these deeper colors look splotchy on the lips, and this one looked fairly even. Unsurprisingly, the color did settle into lip lines, though it was not too noticeable from a normal viewing distance–this has been my experience with similar shades like NARS Rouge Tribal and MAC Lasting Achievement, where up-close, it is visible but in “real life,” it’s not as noticeable. This gloss is supposed to be long-wearing with bold color, a gel texture, and a hydrating formula. Controversy wore well for five hours, but I did notice some feathering occur after three hours of wear. It was nicely hydrating while worn with a smooth, gel-like consistency that wasn’t tacky. It had semi-opaque color payoff but was obviously not fully opaque.

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Controversy (72)

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8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4/5

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Sephora Banana Split (10) Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Banana Split (10) Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Banana Split (10) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “yellow.” It’s a bright, sunny yellow with a matte finish. It’s this matte finish that makes it hard to dupe–I only have one other matte yellow in my stash, which is MAC Primary Yellow, which I find is slightly warmer. The color payoff is good, even in a single stroke, and it’s buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency is creamy, a little thicker compared to other shades in the formula, but it works well on the lash line as it doesn’t tug or pull and deposits good color from the get-go. It wore well for ten hours on me, which isn’t the full 12-hours that Sephora claims, but relative to other eyeliners, it is a nice, long-lasting shade.

Indulge Yourself (22) Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “flashy green.” It’s a brightened, grassy green with a subtle, cool undertone but warmer, gold shimmer that brightens and warms it up, so it looks cool and warm at the same time. The finish is pearly–not too frosty but more sheen than a satin. In a one layer, it only had so-so color payoff, and then when layered, it had semi-opaque color coverage but was not an intense, richly pigmented product. It wore well, though, and lasted nine and a half hours when I tested it, and it didn’t tug or pull at the lash line when I applied it. Urban Decay Freak is much lighter. Urban Decay Graffiti would be most comparable. See comparison swatches.

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Banana Split (10)

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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8/10

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6.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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