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+

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8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Sexy (185)

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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Happy (186)

B+

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8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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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-

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8/10

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9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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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.

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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.

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Olive Blend

B-

Product

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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Olive Blend #1

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7.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

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Olive Blend #2

C+

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7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Sunday, April 13th, 2014

MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line
MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line

MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade & Line ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) contains a peach and copper eyeshadow with a brown 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.” When you work with Apricot Blend dry, it can be powdery and the two eyeshadow shades had a tendency to sheer out during application very easily, so I felt like you really had to layer and pack on the eyeshadows to get them to stay. Working with them damp made the color truer-to-pan and created less fall out/excess powder. The eyeliner shade was stiff and much more difficult to use, regardless of application method. Apricot Blend wore well for eight hours before fading.

Apricot Blend #1 is described as a “champagne beige.” It’s a golden champagne with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque but more metallic. There are so many shades that are very, very similar to this, as it is a more basic shade — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apricot Blend #2 is described as a “dirty berry brown.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned brown with a pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was very stiff and difficult to blend and had semi-opaque color coverage. Applied damp, it was easier to work with but still felt stiff, and it had more opaque pigmentation. I tried using it as an eyeliner as well as an eyeshadow, but performance was the same either way. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Anastasia Sienna (LE) is more orange, less shimmery. MAC Beautyburst (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE) is darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is a touch lighter.Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Apricot Blend #3 is described as a “warm coral peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with a satin finish. It had good color payoff when applied dry, and it was slightly darker and more intense when applied damp. Tarina Tarantino Trumpette (LE) is more shimmery, warmer. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Pearl River #4 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Apricot Blend

B-

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Apricot Blend #1

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Apricot Blend #2

D+

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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Saturday, April 12th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan
NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan

Scandal is described as a “sheer crushed cherry.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, while the color applied evenly for the most part, it did settle into lip lines. The color lasted for four and a half hours. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is very similar in color, less glossy. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is redder, brighter, more opaque. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is more opaque, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Misbehave is described as a “sheer cherry red with gold shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with red and gold shimmer. It’s pretty much Scandal with shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which seemed to apply better than Scandal, as the settling into lip lines was subtler and less noticeable. This shade wore well for four and a half hours as well. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange, less shimmery. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is slightly less warm-toned. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted, less shimmery. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is darker, more opaque. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Quito is described as a “bright strawberry pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it applied unevenly, and there was some color that settled lightly into lip lines. It wore well for five hours, though. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is very similar. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more muted. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Gitane is described as a “sheer sangria.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned red with orange undertones and very subtle shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, which applied evenly with a little settling into lip lines, but it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. It’s just barely darker and less warm-toned compared to both Scandal and Misbehave, but they’re all quite similar in the base color. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sixties Fan is described as a “pomegranate.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry with a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it was prone to settling into lip lines and didn’t apply as evenly as one would like. The color wore well for just over four hours. It is very similar to Quito–it’s just a smidgen darker and more muted. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is a little lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, more muted. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is more opaque. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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Scandal

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7.5/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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Misbehave

B+

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8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4.5/5

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Quito

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

Longevity

9/10

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