Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

MAC Nude Lipstick
RiRi Hearts MAC Lipsticks

MAC Nude Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “cool nude cream [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with a gray cast–almost slightly rosy-toned at certain angles–and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage, and it felt very creamy, even for a matte (which is different than a Retro Matte!). It lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Shitaki is warmer, shimmery. MAC Double Shot is warmer, richer. Guerlain Giny is much lighter. Bobbi Brown Uber Nude is rosier. See comparison swatches. I think MAC’s permanent range may have some similar shades to this, but I’m not familiar enough with some of the browner shades to say for sure, though.

Talk That Talk Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte dark plum [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a deep, burgundy-berry with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that was somewhat uneven. The texture was dry, a little stiff, but about the norm for the Retro Matte formula. It was best applied (if you were going to use the tube) in quick, short strokes rather than trying to pull the bullet across the lips in a single, fluid motion.  This shade lasted for nearly eight hours, but it was drying. OCC Black Metal Dahlia and OCC Black Dahlia are both similar in color with the former having a metallic finish. MAC SOulfully Rich is darker, less berry. MAC Heart Hangover is purpler, less red. MAC Prince Noir is darker, less red. MAC Dramatic Encounter is slightly less red. Chanel L’Impatiente is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Who’s That Chick Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone orange with frost [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, medium orange with lighter tangerine orange shimmer and a frosted, partially metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage where the shimmer seemed to cover everywhere, but there was some translucency. This shade had a very creamy, emollient consistency. The shimmer is really what makes this different than other orange lipsticks, as the shimmer is at the forefront and gave the overall color a lighter look.  It lasted two and a half hours on me–it almost felt like it just slipped right off because of how creamy (but thin) it was! It didn’t seem drying or hydrating during that short period it was on for.  MAC Tart & Trendy is less shimmery. Milani Sweet Nectar is less shimmery, darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise is less shimmery, lighter. OCC Electric Grandma is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Please see my review on RiRi Woo here.

The RiRi Hearts MAC (Fall Edition) launches in MAC stores on September 26th, online September 30th, and everywhere else October 3rd (including international).

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Nude

A-
It had opaque color coverage, and it felt very creamy, even for a matte (which is different than a Retro Matte!). It lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

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8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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The texture was dry, a little stiff, but about the norm for the Retro Matte formula. It was best applied (if you were going to use the tube) in quick, short strokes rather than trying to pull the bullet across the lips in a single, fluid motion.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

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10/10

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The shimmer is really what makes this different than other orange lipsticks, as the shimmer is at the forefront and gave the overall color a lighter look.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base
MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base

MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “golden shimmer cream [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm-toned champagne-beige with champagne shimmer and a lightly frosted, metallic finish. Urban Decay Glint is more frosted, powder, and a touch pinker. bareMinerals The Love Affair is a powder but similar. See comparison swatches.

It has a creamy, emollient consistency that applies easily to the skin and can be blended beautifully. The finish is more metallic than it is a barely-there glow, so take your preferences into consideration. The nature of the Cream Colour Base is that they tend to look wet and never fully set without a powder to help, so it definitely gives a sheen, shine, and glow–with some shimmer. The effect is a glimmering sheen that doesn’t add a lot of color, but on very pale skin, I could see it adding subtle warmth in addition to the sheen. It seemed to just barely emphasize pores when I patted it on my cheek bones. It can also be used to highlight the brow bone, inner corner of the eye, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, collarbones, and so on.  Pigmentation on the Cream Colour Base just seems to depend on the shade, as the paler, more pearly shades are generally touted as highlighters, which would lend themselves to sheerer coverage, which is more in line with Diamonds‘ color payoff (semi-sheer but sheers out readily as it is so emollient).

It wears well for about six hours on me, and then it starts to make everything in the area look oily rather than dewy or glow-y.  I can see a lot of people really enjoying this product, but it doesn’t dry down, so based on my experience, it’s a product that is better for special occasions or shorter trips out rather than a go-to, everyday product–unless, of course, you set it with a powder, which should make it last longer.  Also, this is a bit larger than the standard CCB (0.17 oz. vs. 0.12 oz.).

The RiRi Hearts MAC (Fall Edition) launches in MAC stores on September 26th, online September 30th, and everywhere else October 3rd (including international).

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Diamonds

B-

It wears well for about six hours on me, and then it starts to make everything in the area look oily rather than dewy or glow-y. I can see a lot of people really enjoying this product, but it doesn't dry down, so based on my experience, it's a product that is better for special occasions or shorter trips out rather than a go-to, everyday product--unless, of course, you set it with a powder, which should make it last longer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Illamasqua Reflection Eyeshadow Palette
Illamasqua Reflection Eyeshadow Palette

Illamasqua Reflection Eyeshadow Palette ($46.50 for 0.20 oz.) is new for fall, and it is supposed to contain four “highly pigmented” eyeshadows with a “water-resistant” and “long-lasting” formula that is “silky” and “effortless” when applying and blending (per Illamasqua’s website). This is really a product that I think translates better in real life, under normal use, than it does in photos. It’s just not something that looks phenomenal in a close-up; no matter how lovely it seemed in person, the camera made the shades look a little iffy. If you like shimmering, sparkling cream eyeshadows, and you’re not going to be taking macro photos of your eye, I suspect you’ll still enjoy it. If you want your makeup to be immaculate, you’ll want to pass.

Every time I checked it in the mirror, I was struck by how pretty and sparkling the eyeshadows looked, but close-ups show that the product has room for improvement. Primarily, as these blend out, there’s an unevenness in texture that creates an almost patchy-looking appearance at times. I noticed that this happened a lot with Graphica, whereas Acute and Dart were much easier and forgiving. Precipice was a little chunky at times and was always the quickest shade to crease of the four.  They are water-resistant, so they won’t immediately smudge and run if your eyes are watery or water splashes on them, but if you rub at them long enough, they will move.

Precipice is described as a “soft lemon.” It’s a soft, light yellow with a sparkling, shimmering finish. It was semi-opaque when applied, but it is shade that worked best when sheered out. If it was applied in layers or at more semi-opaque coverage (in a single layer), it was quick to crease (two to three hours), but if it was sheered out, it held up better and lasted six and a half hours before creasing. Maybelline Shady Shores is darker, yellower. NYX Hot Yellow is a powder. Make Up For Ever #102 is matte, powder. See comparison swatches.

Acute is described as an “ash taupe.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, taupe (mix of gray and brown, heavier on the brown) with a shimmery, sparkling finish. It had good color payoff, and it could be applied with mostly opaque color in a single layer. This shade wore well with only faint creasing visible after eight hours of wear. Edward Bess Dusk is less sparkly, powder. Urban Decay Lost is a powder. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is similar. Urban Decay Rehab is less sparkly. MAC Satin Taupe is darker, powder. Chanel Topkapi #2 is similar, powder. See comparison swatches.

Dart is described as a “toasted bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with bronze shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which could be softened slightly. It wore well on without creasing for seven hours, but I saw some faint creasing just before the eight-hour mark. Urban Decay Ambush is more frosted, powder. MAC Divine Decadence is darker, powder. Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze is yellower. Too Faced Gangsta is similar, powder. See comparison swatches.

Graphica is described as a “graphite grey.” It’s a medium-dark gray with silver and teal micro-shimmer. This had semi-opaque color–it was weaker compared to the rest of the palette–and when sheered out tended to look a bit patchy. This shade creased after six hours of wear. Urban Decay Redemption is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Polished Jet is more sparkly. Urban Decay Asphalt is similar, powder. MAC Nighttrain is similar, powder. Make Up For Ever #1 is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Reflection

B-

This is really a product that I think translates better in real life, under normal use, than it does in photos. It's just not something that looks phenomenal in a close-up; no matter how lovely it seemed in person, the camera made the shades look a little iffy. If you like shimmering, sparkling cream eyeshadows, and you're not going to be taking macro photos of your eye, I suspect you'll still enjoy it. If you want your makeup to be immaculate, you'll want to pass.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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10/10

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case
Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case ($44.00 for 0.43 oz.) includes five eyeshadows, one lip color, one eyeliner, two blushes, and one highlighter. Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., each blush is 0.05 oz., the highlighter is 0.05 oz., Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color is 0.10 oz., and the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is 0.03 oz. There is $54 worth of eyeshadows, $9 worth of blush (Urban Decay doesn’t currently sell powder blushes, so I took the price-per-ounce for the Naked Flush palette, which is the most comparable product I could think of), $19 worth of lip color, and $14 worth of eyeliner. The kit is at least $96 in value (the blush/highlighter could make the value higher if they were actually sold separately).

Two of the eyeshadows are quite glittery, so if you don’t like glitter eyeshadows, you may want to stay away. A third eyeshadow is sparkly but not as glittery as the other two. Provocateur hurts me on the inside, because it’s not just a glittery mess, but it’s poorly pigmented and gets everywhere and then some. It’s actually worse than it was last year. Scandal is amazing, and it’s a total bummer that the rest of the palette isn’t as good as the lip color. I hope Urban Decay will add Scandal to its permanent line-up of Super Saturated pencils in the future.

I also wish this palette was slimmer. It’s bulky to hold and handle; it just seems unnecessarily large. I just don’t see myself taking this to travel. I feel Urban Decay does everything bulky–it is rare that anything feels rightly-sized.

Scandal is described as a “bright metallic raspberry shimmer.” It’s a rich, vibrant pinky-red with metallic ruby shimmer and a glossy finish. This color knocked my socks off from the MOMENT I applied it to my lips. It is utterly spectacular in the coverage, consistency, and wear–it glides on with rich, even color that lasts five hours, plus a residual stain for another hour and a half or so. Milani Photo Flash is similar, not as red. Guerlain Pour Troubler is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Fetish is described as a “mauve-pink.” It’s a pinky-plum with a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was a little stiff/dry, so it wasn’t as easy to blend as I would have liked to see. It wore well for seven and a half hours, and then it started looking faded after eight hours of wear. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is darker. MAC Sweet Samba is more shimmery. NARS Oasis is more plum. Illamasqua Allure is bolder, deeper. See comparison swatches.

Quickie is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a bright, blue-based, light-medium pink with a matte finish. This had excellent color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was so soft that it was somewhat powdery. It did not look powdery on the skin, though, and it wore well for just under eight hours and started looking somewhat faded after eight and a half hours of wear. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One is similar. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is similar. See comparison swatches.

Craze is described as a “pale gold shimmer.” It’s a pale, yellow-y beige with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but it can be sheered out or built up, depending on your desired intensity and finish. It slightly emphasized pores when applied with about medium coverage; if I blended it out a lot and went for a lighter coverage, it did not, but there’s some give and take there. It wore well for eight hours and looked slightly faded after nine hours of wear. Becca Moonstone is slightly yellower. theBalm Solid Gold is also a bit yellower. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer is also yellower. Illamasqua Aurora is similar but a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Redemption is described as a “deep gunmetal satin.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. LORAC Slate is a touch lighter. Disney Jetsam is less blue. Disney Flotsam is less shimmery. theBalm Matt McDonald is lighter. Urban Decay Ace is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever #1 is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is similar. See comparison swatches.

Fray is described as a “warm mauve matte.” It’s a neutral, pink-beige with a matte finish. It was soft, finely-milled, and just a tiny bit powdery. The color payoff was good, though, and it was easy to blend on the lid. Urban Decay Freestyle is warmer. Urban Decay Laced is a touch darker. MAC Bloom On is similar. Chanel Rose de Mai is darker, pinker. Inglot #341 is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Vaporize is described as a “deep metallic gray-taupe shimmer.” It’s a neutral-cool taupe–a mix of gray and brown–with a sparkly, almost glittery, finish. I had issues with fall out with this one, even though it was fairly pigmented. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #7 is similar, less glittery. Disney Kill Joy is lighter. theBalm Selfish is less sparkly. Urban Decay Armor is darker, grayer. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Satin Taupe is darker, less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Provocateur is described as a “light metallic mauve shimmer with multidimensional micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, rosy pink with darker pink glitter. This shade had really poor color payoff and really chunky, loose glitter that just got everywhere. It was fall out during application but throughout the wear. I ended up needing to re-test the shades in this without using this, because it was impossible to tell if any others were responsible! It’s actually worse than it was in last year’s Vice palette. Tom Ford Enchanted is similar but less glittery. MAC Heirloom is less pink, cream. Giorgio Armani #29 is pinker, less glittery. Bobbi Brown Pink Rose is similar. See comparison swatches.

Revolt is described as a “bright metallic silver shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a bright silver with silver micro-glitter. It had so-so pigmentation and was incredibly glittery–not as bad asd Provocateur but still frustrating to work with. Urban Decay Shellshock is more pigmented and less glittery. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer is more metallic, less glittery. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #6 is less glittery. NARS Silver Factory is a cream product. MAC Extra Silver is more metallic, less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black with a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range, and if you tend to buy Urban Decay products, you probably have this already. It wears long and well for at least eight hours and then starts to thin out for me after nine to ten hours of wear, but it doesn’t migrate or smudge. See comparison swatches.

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Anarchy

B-

Two of the eyeshadows are quite glittery, so if you don't like glitter eyeshadows, you may want to stay away. A third eyeshadow is sparkly but not as glittery as the other two. Provocateur hurts me on the inside, because it's not just a glittery mess, but it's poorly pigmented and gets everywhere and then some. It's actually worse than it was last year. Scandal is amazing, and it's a total bummer that the rest of the palette isn't as good as the lip color. I hope Urban Decay will add Scandal to its permanent line-up of Super Saturated pencils in the future.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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9.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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Fetish

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4/5

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder
Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder ($29.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft, glowing beige powder.” It’s a pale, champagne-beige with warm white sparkle and shimmer. The finish is rather frosted, somewhat metallic. Kevyn Aucoin has a much, much finer shimmer that translates to a more luminous glow. NARS Debbie Harry Highlighter is less sparkly. NARS Albatross is more golden. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel is slightly pinker. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

It has a soft, silky texture that gives off quite a bit of shimmer/sparkle when you touch your brush to it, so I’d actually recommend using a light hand and a fluffy brush (maybe a fan or stippling brush). If you like more over-the-top highlighters or more metallic sheen, you’ll like this. If you prefer a very minimal glow or more of a soft sheen, this is probably going to be too much for you. Applied moderately, it definitely emphasized pores somewhat. If I applied just the teeniest, tiniest bit, it just barely emphasized the skin’s texture. There are also small, but visible, off-white sparkles. They’re fine enough that they really only present themselves as they catch the light, so they don’t look like dirt particles otherwise (sometimes more glittery products will look like dirt on the skin, if they aren’t reflecting light). The powder includes a small, domed-shaped flat brush, and I used that to apply the product in the swatches. It yielded light-medium coverage when I used it. It wears six and a half hours on me, which is not surprising given it is a baked product (and I generally get shorter wear with baked products across brands), and it can look faded/slightly patchy after eight hours. It is housed in a larger, square box with a “suede” finish (lightly velvety).

It’s online now at ULTA, and it is an ULTA exclusive, but it officially launches tomorrow, 9/10.

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Naked

B-

If you like more over-the-top highlighters or more metallic sheen, you'll like this. If you prefer a very minimal glow or more of a soft sheen, this is probably going to be too much for you. Applied moderately, it definitely emphasized pores. If I applied just the teeniest, tiniest bit, it just barely emphasized the skin's texture.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

YSL Violet Edition (01) Glossy Stain
YSL Violet Edition (01) Glossy Stain

YSL Violet Edition (01) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep, burgundy-berry with a glossy finish. MAC Lust for Life is lighter, pinker. Chanel Crushed Cherry is brighter, redder. MAC Rebel is more berry-hued. MAC Lasting Achievement is more muted, less red. See comparison swatches.

For the life of me, I could not get this to apply evenly; it just seemed to stick, settle, and gather in various places all over my lips. It’s not unusual that a deeper, vampier shade does some of that, but I was quite surprised the extent to which this did all those things. The color coverage is semi-opaque with a noticeable change and tint to the color, but the product has some translucency that enables the natural lip color to come through–just slightly. Obviously, given how wretched this looks on my lips, despite its long-wear of six and a half hours, it’s hard to recommend it. The glossiness lasts four to five hours, and then the color lingers and lingers well to six hours. There’s a residual stain that continues for another two hours or so. YSL’s Glossy Stains have a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste. I wouldn’t describe it as hydrating, but it’s not drying over the six hours it wears for.

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Violet Edition (01)

B-

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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