Thursday, May 1st, 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks
MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks

MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection contains five shades of limited edition lipsticks, and I have four of them to share with you (I’ll review the missing one as soon as I can purchase it!). The collection releases online May 15th and in-stores on May 22nd (North America), and the only date I have for international locations is “May 2014.” Each lipstick is packaged in metallic blue-teal plastic tube with “water droplets” on the case, and the droplets are actually raised–and it’s some of the coolest packaging I’ve seen, personally (and to be clear, “cool” packaging doesn’t impact on the rating of the shades). It really does look wet, and it’s not so thick/textured that it won’t store well.

MAC Mystical Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone creamy rose [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a medium-dark, muted rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and easily without pulling at the lip during application. This sahde wore well for four and a half hours, and it wasn’t drying (which is noteworthy, as Cremesheens are often a bit drying on me). MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is a touch brighter. Burberry Primrose Hill Pink (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pet Me, Please Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light shimmering mauve [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with a hint of mauve/gray to it, but it still looked rather warm-toned overall. It had semi-opaque color coverage, so the natural lip color is going to influence the tone and color of the lipstick applied. This was released previously, and this version was less pigmented, but the color itself was fairly similar (more influence coming from skin/natural lip color since it wasn’t as opaque). This shade only lasted two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat drying (not a total surprise, given the level of frost in it!). I think this works best with gloss layered on top. MAC Art Directed (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Felicienne (LE, $22.00) is rosier. MAC Eloquent Air (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Siren Song Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer pale beige [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a very light, champagne beige with a frosted sheen–pretty much as MAC describes it. The way this appears applied is going to depend greatly on your natural lip color, as it is semi-sheer. This shade lightens my natural lip color while adding warmth and gold shimmer. The color wore well for two hours, and it was lightly drying on me, which is typical of my experience with Lustres; worth noting, some readers find the Lustre formula very hydrating, others in the middle, and some, like me, drying, so if you generally find them hydrating, then I would be less concerned about the drying aspect of it. MAC Altered Beige (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Giorgio Armani #111 (P, $32.00) is darker, more opaque. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone neutral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a subtle rosiness, and it has a matte finish. The consistency was lightly creamy and applied evenly and well over lips; and for a matte, lighter shade like this, they can sometimes be unforgiving, but I didn’t have any issues with application. The color lasted for five hours on me and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Flirt (144) (LE, $30.00) is similar. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Mystical

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Pet Me, Please

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7/10

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7.5/10

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8/10

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7/10

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4.5/5

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Siren Song

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Product

7.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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7/10

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)
Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition)

Dior My Lady (002) Glowing Colour Blush Palette (Cannage Edition) ($60.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a silvery-white shimmer. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Blush (P) is cooler-toned, matte. Revlon Haute Pink (002) (P, $9.99) is slightly warmer. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is brighter. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, matte. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is less shimmery. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s just barely cool-toned, as the dominant shade in the palette is more of a peachy-pink, followed by a cool-toned pink, and finally a softly warmed-up rose. Applied, it looked almost warm-toned on me (as I am warmer in tone), so you may find it behaves more like a chameleon depending on your skin tone and where you concentrate your brush during application. The texture is incredibly soft and finely-milled, but it leans on the powdery side so those with drier skin may find it less flattering. It had good color payoff, and the shimmer finish didn’t emphasize pores when applied to the cheeks. Worn, the color lasted for almost eight hours before starting to fade.

This blush is listed as a Saks’ exclusive, and it sold out within a day or two of being available online, so you’d have to find it at a Saks’ store locally or have it shipped to you. When I looked up the nearest local store to me, the locator showed San Francisco’s location (call 866-873-0972). Saks also says, “This item may be available in the Dior boutique within a Saks store … Please call 1.877.551.7257 for assistance.”

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My Lady (002)

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer

For summer, Chanel introduces four new shades of their Chanel Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.). All four have a “jelly” finish, and they’re very, very sheer and have a tendency to look the same applied to lips. Chanel described them as “translucent.” They’re as described, though shorter-wearing than the average Glossimer, but otherwise rather consistent. If you have more pigmented lips than mine, you may even find that they do not alter your natural lip color at all. The four feel the same: light-to-medium in weight, non-tacky, comfortable to wear, and are lightly hydrating. They last two hours on me (judging by the shine and feel of it on). If you’re a big fan of the Glossimer formula and are in the market for a mostly sheer-to-clear option, any of these will work. I’ve said it before, but a translucent gloss is one person’s dream, another person’s nightmare.

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly light rose.” It’s a clear gloss with a faint tint of rosy pink; applied, it just looks like my natural lip color with a glossy finish. Chanel Eden (437) (LE, $29.50) is very similar on. Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly fuchsia.” It swatched completely clear, and applied, it looked clear as well. It certainly appear fuchsia-tinted in the tube, but I didn’t detect any visible tint outside of the tube. Any clear, shimmer-free gloss will be similar to this.

Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly coral.” It was a warm-toned, light-medium pink-tinted gloss. It is very sheer applied, just amplifying the natural lip color and adding a glossy finish. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is warmer. Chanel Eden (437) (LE, $29.50) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly orange.” It’s a muted, peach-tinted clear gloss. It added warmth to my natural lip color when applied. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Hello (184)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sexy (185)

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Happy (186)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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5/5

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Monday, April 21st, 2014

Tarte Fearless Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Fearless Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Fearless Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “coral pink.” It’s a medium, subtly warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. On my warmer skin tone, it almost looks cool-toned, but in the pan, it’s definitely warmer in tone. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is much darker but when worn lightly, it is similar. MAC Formal (LE) is lighter. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is similar. Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is cooler-toned. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had fairly good color payoff, but it wasn’t as intense as it appeared in the pan, and it was buildable to full coverage. The texture was a little drier and stiffer than other Tarte blushes that I’ve tried; it seemed like the top layer needed to be removed first, and then the texture was somewhat improved. It was fairly blendable, and it lasted for almost ten hours once applied (short of the twelve hours claimed, though).

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Fearless

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Vivacite (88) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia-berry with cool, blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. There’s a barely-there sheen that becomes more noticeable when the blush is really buffed into the skin. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00)is lighter, more shimmery. Guerlain Cherry (02) (LE, $42.00) is a cream product. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is slightly lighter, more muted, and has sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush feels very finely-milled, but it also seems somewhat dry, so it doesn’t stick to skin well unless you’ve used a primer, liquid/cream foundation, or have normal-to-oily skin (any of these gives the powder blush something to adhere to). Since it doesn’t adhere well, the color payoff is semi-opaque but not buildable to full color coverage. It blended decently, but I wish that it was more blendable, as a richer shade like this can be more challenging to apply and blend to an even, smooth layer of color as a result. Once on, the blush wore well for seven and a half hours before starting to fade.

The Glossover

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Vivacite (88)

B-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Olive Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains copper and olive green eyeshadows with an olive eyeliner. The Studio Sculpt Shade & Line Eyeshadows can be used wet “for a defined look with super-saturated colour” or dry for “medium buildable coverage.” This is one of the easier shades to use, because the two eyeshadow shades aren’t too powdery and yield the appropriate pigmentation for dry/wet applications, so they don’t feel overly fussy to use. The eyeliner shade is still a troublemaker, but it was easier to use than some of the others have been. Once on, they lasted for eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.

Olive Blend #1 is described as a “rich rose-gold.” It’s a muted, light-medium copper with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-sheer when applied dry with a lightly powdery texture, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush and much smoother. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is slightly darker. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Honey Honey (LE, $16.00) is more golden. MAC Creative Copper (P, $15.00) is yellower. Disney by Sephora All Aglow (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Penny Lane (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $18.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Golden Iris (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Olive Blend #2 is described as a “deep olive green.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned green-brown with a satin finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, then semi-opaque applied with a dampened brush. The texture was still dry and stiff, but it was easier to work with compared to the majority of the other eyeliner shades in the range. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow. theBalm #42 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is similar. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Cobra (LE, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Olive Blend #3 is described as a “dirty olive.” It’s a medium-dark, olive brown with a hint of green and gold shimmer. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and then very opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was slightly powdery when used dry, but it was easier to apply when it was damp. Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, less metallic. MAC Fiction (DC, $15.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is slightly darker. bareMinerals Spectacular (P) is more metallic. Inglot #419 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Olive Blend

B-

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Olive Blend #1

B

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Olive Blend #2

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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