Friday, March 6th, 2015

MAC Morganite Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Morganite Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Morganite Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of three neutral duos in the upcoming Julia Petit collaboration collection. It’s always disappointing when one shade out-performs the other, because it’s hard to justify a duo when half of it is less than stellar. The lighter shade is a drier, more glittery shade that is hard to apply without a tacky base to help it adhere to the skin. The darker shade has such a beautiful, workable texture, and again, the combination of shades could easily work well.

Sunstoned is described as a “soft pink champagne [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkly finish. It had sheer coverage (which is more in line with the type of finish it is) with a dry, thin texture, but it didn’t have as gritty of a feel as Druzy, though it has similar issues such as poor adhesion to bare skin and fall out (during wear as well as during application). It lasted for six hours on me and had a significant amount of fall out over time. Giorgio Armani #10 (P, $32.00) is similar. MAC Natural Vigor #1 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is lighter. MAC Faire Maiden (LE, $15.00) is darker, less sparkly. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is darker. Stila Kitten (P) is less glittery. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is less glittery. Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is sparkly. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Too Faced Moon on Their Wings (LE, $16.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Choco Cake is described as a “dark chocolate [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft, smooth, and almost creamy with how finely-milled and velvety the powder was. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it went on evenly and was buildable to opaque color. I found this really blendable and more like MAC’s Matte2 finish than their typical matte finish–a major plus. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Hourglass Infinity #4 (P) is lighter. Kat Von D Orion (LE) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Anastasia Chocolate (P, $12.00) is similar. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is yellower. Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (P, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ground Brown (P, $15.00) is redder. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

MAC Bao Bao's Jewels Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a mix of warmer-toned neutrals with a splash of bluish-gray. I think this could have been such a great combo with a richer blue or emerald green (jewel tones!). In case you’re unfamiliar with MAC’s Veluxe Pearlfusion formula, it’s a wet/dry product where dry application results in “sheer coverage with a soft, sparkling finish,” while damp application results in “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance.” Some shades are true to this, others are pigmented either way (which you may find is a good thing, depending on how you like to apply your eyeshadows). If you love a lot of sparkle or metallic finishes, you may like this formula, but it isn’t the easiest to work with as it tends to have a slightly dry texture that doesn’t bind together without a tacky base or damp application. The more sparkly shades tend to have some fall out during wear, though the color portions tend to wear eight to nine hours on me.

Bao Bao’s Jewels #1 is described as a “pale pink shimmer.” It’s a champagne beige with larger pink sparkle and glitter. This is a very glittery shade that is very dry, so it gets everywhere if you use it dry. When I used it with a damp brush, it was better, but it still had a lot of glittery fall out during application as well as during wear. The color part of it lasted for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 is described as a “gold shimmer.” It’s a brightened, coppery gold with warm, brown undertones and a bright, metallic finish. It’s pretty pigmented regardless of dry or damp application, though dampened application is smoother and more brilliant. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bao Bao’s Jewels #3 is described as a “dark rose bronze.” It’s a coppery bronze brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. This is another shade that was richly pigmented both wet and dry, which may be a happy accident for those who don’t want to have to use them damp to get the more opaque payoff, but it’s by no means “sheer” dry. The color wore well for nine hours but there was a bit of fall out from the sparkle in it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bao Bao’s Jewels #4 is described as a “dark brown with silver pearl.” It’s a taupe brown with warm, yellow undertones and and silver sparkle and smaller shimmers. It had semi-opaque coverage applied dry and fully opaque coverage applied damp, but the damp application makes it much easier to use, as it is smoother and the product holds together better. When I used it dry, the texture is drier and doesn’t bind as well, so there is a ton of fall out during application, and it just doesn’t wear as well dry for this shade–six hours with fall out–whereas damp application helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin and lasts eight hours with minor fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bao Bao’s Jewels #5 is described as a “steel grey shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark bluish-gray with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry (yay! just as described!) and mostly opaque when applied damp. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Bao Bao's Jewels

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Bao Bao's Jewels #2

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Christian Louboutin Beaute Spring 2015 Nail Coffret
Christian Louboutin Beaute Spring 2015 Nail Coffret

Christian Louboutin Beaute Spring 2015 Nail Coffret ($90.00 for 3 x 0.20 fl. oz.) is an interesting concept. For a luxury price point, the coffret was actually something that I felt fit with the brand and what you might expect from a luxury brand. The box is heavy duty cardboard, and it’s certainly more of a keepsake/display piece if you liked the design. The bottles half the size of a full-sized bottle, and from a price per ounce perspective, it’s $150/oz. compared to $125/oz. for a full-sized bottle–or three shades for less than the cost of two. The downside, though, is that two of the three shades had issues with application and overall results. It wasn’t even much of a surprise, as the issues were with the two lighter shades, and the issues are ones I’ve often seen with these types of colors–one hoped that at this price point they would have been perfected. I get a week of wear with this brand’s formula with minor tip wear, which is average for me.

Now, a word on packaging… The bottles needed to be more securely placed and/or included a styrofoam piece that fit over the top of the bottles within the interior of the box. I understand that they may have chosen not to do something like this so you would get that “wow!” factor when you opened it. Instead, they relied on the bottles being held in place tightly, and to a degree, they are, as each has a ribbon that will enable you to lift them out of their slots, but my order arrived with one bottle having slid out and smashed open (the interior of the box has its own artsy design now!). I get to say Neiman Marcus was A+ in customer service, as I called right after opening the box and seeing it, and they immediately offered to replace and reship the order (I’m not even a big NM shopper, and I do not have their credit card). The replacement order arrived, and a different bottle came loose this time, but thankfully, it didn’t knock into any of the other bottles, so nothing was broken. I consider this a brand issue, as the interior of the box had too much open space and the bottles themselves were just not secure, but the actual box arrived without any dings or scratches (which is where Neiman Marcus’ packaging efforts would have played a role).

Salonu is described as an “opaque cement white.” It’s a light, muted buttery yellow with a cream finish. The consistency was thicker, and it was prone to streaking. The first coat had noticeable streaking, and unfortunately, a second coat didn’t manage to cover and smooth everything out. It didn’t self-level, so the thicker texture made it harder to work with. It did dry down to a high-shine finish, at least. NARS Anarchy (LE, $20.00) is more beige. MAC Near Beth Experience (LE, $16.00) is yellower, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

True Blue is described as a “periwinkle blue.” It’s a medium-dark, purple-tinted blue with a hybrd cream and jelly finish with a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats, but there was a slight translucency to it like you’d expect with a jelly finish, yet it didn’t have the real plushness of a jelly finish. The consistency was thinner but was easy to apply evenly. Dior Sailor (LE, $24.00) is bluer. Cult Nails Wack Slacks (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is similar. Illamasqua Force (P, $17.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond (P, $10.00) is brighter. China Glaze Manhunt (LE, $7.50) is darker. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like (LE, $19.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Chick is described as a “vivid yellow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with a cream finish and a very light sheen–one of the less glossy Louboutin polishes I’ve tried. It had mostly opaque coverage, but it went on with heavy streaking. The texture was a little thin to work with. Cult Nails New Day (LE, $12.00) is lighter. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion (DC, $12.00) is darker. NARS 15 Minutes (LE, $20.00) is similar. Chanel Mimosa (LE, $27.00) is brighter, darker. Butter London Jasper (P, $15.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Spring 2015

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Salonu

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9/10

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6.5/10

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True Blue

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Chanel Etienne (446) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Etienne (446) Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Etienne (446) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “intense burgundy red.” It’s a raspberry red with cool, pink undertones and a very soft, micro-shimmer and pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, so there was translucency to the color that allowed the natural lip color to come through. The consistency had moderate slip but didn’t feather or bleed. I found the formula lightly hydrating, and the color lasted for four and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (LE, $32.00) is more opaque, less glossy. Revlon Flirtatious (125) (P, $8.99) is glossier, pinker. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is more matte, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Jean (454) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep fuchsia.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia magenta with strong, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer and glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lot of slip, though the texture is thinner so it didn’t feel like it slid everywhere. It didn’t go on as evenly as I expected, even though it’s hard to see the visible streaks. There are a lot of similar shades to this, even with the glossier finish. It lasted for four hours on me. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy (P, $20.00) is darker, less cool-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is more muted, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Crush (LE, $22.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Ladyflower (LE, $22.00) is more muted. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is brighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is a smidgen lighter. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is pinker. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more magenta. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is darker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is brighter, less glossy. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is sheerer. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Erik (456) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sparkling deep berry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple-berry with cool undertones and a soft shimmer and glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a fair amount of translucency, though the deeper color changes the natural lip color noticeably. It pulled into lip lines over time and made them appear darker, as the color gathered there. It applied fairly evenly, but there was still room for improvement. On me, it was lightly hydrating and stayed on well for four hours. Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is more shimmery. Gucci Beauty Bitter Grape (P, $39.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is darker. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Flirt (LE, $35.00) is similar. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Jean (454)

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Lancome My French Palette
Lancome My French Palette

Lancome My French Palette ($58.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes nine shades with two that double as powder eyeliners. Six of the nine shades are neutrals, and then two are in the teal family with one blackish-gray. The formula used in the palette really needs an eyeshadow primer in order for the majority of the shades to have good color coverage and smooth, even application, as it had a more powder quality that made it harder to apply to bare skin (or else it would sheer out immediately as the product didn’t stick well).

My French #1 is a very light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a soft but powdery texture that absolutely requires a base to perform decently. It faded within six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #2 is a pinky mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Another shade that was somewhat powdery and resulted in so-so pigmentation. It lasted for six hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #3 is a pinky-peach–more pink than peach–with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery, dusty texture. The color only lasted for six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #4 is a bright, metallic beige with warm undertones. The texture was so soft that it applied thickly, where the powder bunched up on itself, so it can emphasize the texture on the lids or lines/wrinkles. It had intense color payoff, and it did wear well for eight hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #5 is a peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, buttery texture that wasn’t powdery. It applied well and stayed on for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #6 is a rich, bronzy brown with a metallic finish and warm, reddish undertones. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, dense, buttery texture that went on well. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #7 is a light-medium, aqua teal with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was a little dry to work with, which made blending unnecessarily difficult. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #8 is a muted, bluish-teal with a satiny sheen. The texture was on the drier, stiffer side and difficult to blend or apply in a solid line (as eyeliner). I couldn’t even use this wet at all–using it wet made the surface harden. It lasted for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

My French #9 is a gray-ish black with subtle shimmer. It had excellent pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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My French Palette

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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My French #2

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7/10

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7.5/10

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad
Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad

Guerlain Les Precieux Eyeshadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring that features four shades ranging from olive green, peach, light yellow, and brown. A few of Guerlain’s quads I like, but a lot of them are less impressive. There’s definitely something different about the formula in the more recent iterations that is drier and more powdery, which has, in turn, made them sheerer, harder to apply, and shorter-wearing.

Les Precieux #1 is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft texture–it felt a little dry to me–that blended easily, so it tended to look sheerer when actually applied (without a base to help it). It wore well for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #2 is a light, frosty pink-peach with warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a drier texture, though it didn’t feel stiff, but it just didn’t adhere well to the skin. It lasted for six hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #3 is a buttery light yellow gold with a frosted finish with white sparkle. The texture was somewhat dry with a powderiness to it. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it didn’t stick to bare skin well. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Les Precieux #4 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly with a really rich, buttery texture. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Les Precieux (504)

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8/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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8.5/10

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10/10

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Les Precieux #2

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6.5/10

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6.5/10

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7/10

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