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

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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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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

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8.5/10

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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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9/10

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8/10

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6.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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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

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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

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7/10

Longevity

10/10

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3/5

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Who's That Chick

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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

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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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