Saturday, August 17th, 2013

MAC Beluga Eyeshadow
MAC Beluga Eyeshadow

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online now, in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features eight eyeshadows. Beluga was the hardest to apply and use, as it was stiff and harder to blend around the edges, while Gilty Morsel has sparkle that doesn’t really bind with the base color, so there is fall out during application, and even though I’ve only been wearing the eyeshadows for around five hours (so far), there is noticeable (currently minor, though) fall out from it. I’ll update this post with actual wear times after I’ve finished wearing them later today, so the longevity ratings are based on my average experience with MAC’s eyeshadows (with wear in relation to finish, color, and quality). I’m four hours in, so far so good. :)

MAC Beluga Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dark charcoal with multi-dimensional pearl [with a Veluxe finish].” It’s a cool-toned, dark brown with flecks of green sparkle. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was noticeably dry and more difficult to blend out on the skin as it was stiff. Disney Cinders is warmer. MAC Mystery is lighter, more matte. MAC Black Magique is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Divine Decadence Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft bronze [with a Veluxe finish].” It’s a rich, copper-shimmered bronze with warm, red and copper undertones and a frosted finish. This was, by far, the very best of the collection: intensely pigmented with a creamy, buttery texture that felt like silk. MAC Copper Strip is less frosted. NARS Isolde #2 is slightly more copper-hued. MAC Antiqued is similar. See comparison swatches.

Gilty Morsel Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “glittery light gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pale, light-medium gold with yellow undertones and flecks of pale gold sparkle. It performs a lot like most Lustre finishes, which means it has a slightly dry, gritty texture and sheerer color payoff so it looks more like a wash of color than anything else. Chanel Convoitise is a cream product. MAC Greenluxe #2 is more metallic. Disney Sand in the Glass is less sparkly. Giorgio Armani #18 is yellower. Chanel Pearl River #2 is less sparkly. Buxom Poodle is a cream. See comparison swatches.

Palace Pedigreed Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dark plum [with a Satin finish].” It’s a deep plum with strong red undertones and a barley-there satin sheen. Though the texture was a little dry and thin, it still yielded a good amount of color. I didn’t have any trouble getting the color to show up, and it was buildable to fully opaque color coverage. The texture makes it slightly harder to blend, but it is much, much improved from the last time I tried it. Chanel Delicatesse #4 is warmer. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 is similar, purpler. MAC Plum Dressing is brighter. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is purpler. Le Metier de Beaute Fig is warmer, browner. Make Up For Ever #160 is very similar–slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Beluga

B-

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7/10

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8.5/10

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Divine Decadence

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9/10

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5/5

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Gilty Morsel

C+

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8/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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7/10

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

MAC Magnificent Feast Nail Lacquer
MAC Magnificent Feast Nail Lacquer

MAC Magnificent Feast Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling true gold.” It’s a medium-dark, brown-tinged gold with large gold and coppery gold sparkles. It has a high-shine, metallic finish. It applied as mostly opaque in two coats, and the drying time was faster than average. The consistency was on the thinner side but not watery. Zoya Kerry is yellower. OCC Cruising is lighter. Dior Diorling is sheerer. ORLY Flare is darker, slightly yellower. See comparison swatches.

MAC Sinfully Sweet Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling champagne with gold pearl.” It’s a pale taupe–gray and brown–with champagne and copper sparkle. This shade seemed okay when I looked at it, but it is actually only semi-opaque and applies unevenly after two coats, so I would recommend three coats for this shade. It had a slightly thin consistency. I couldn’t think of any really similar shades. Dior Diorling is much more golden. Chanel Diwali is more golden, less gray. See comparison swatches.

The other shades in the collection are either permanent (Discotheque, Impassioned) or repromotes that have been reviewed previously (Screening Room, Rebel).  I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s formula with minor tip wear.  These two polishes are more workable than many of the other shades MAC releases, but they’re not without some problems.

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Magnificent Feast

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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Sinfully Sweet

B-

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation ($48.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a gel-based formula that is “anti-aging, long-wearing” and “awakens your skin to its ideal radiance and clarity.” The coverage is supposed to be buildable from natural to full coverage, and it is supposed to have “supreme hydration.”

I tried Ivory Medium (14), which is most certainly not my shade (it appears to be the second lightest shade in the spectrum). I’ve included a photo below, but it’s a very sheer application so that most my natural skin tone can come through more and ended up having to apply loose powder (in a shade just darker than my natural skin tone) to make it presentable. Ivory Medium has a soft yellow undertone and a natural satin finish. It’s a little lighter than my forearm, which is light-medium. The very first thing you absolutely need to know is that this foundation is heavily fragranced–one of the most perfumed formulas I have tried. I don’t even remember Chanel being this scented. It smelled like stale flowers to me, but I’m not keen on floral scents (there just seemed to be something off about the scent, though), and I loathed wearing this foundation for every second because of the lingering, all-day scent.

From afar, the foundation looks fine, photographs nicely without any flashback. It has a lightly thickened liquid consistency that spreads evenly across the skin and has a wet, cool feel. It’s completely unforgiving to dry patches, though, and I thought maybe it would be more forgiving after a few hours (because this is touted as hydrating), but it just got worse. I have normal-to-dry skin, but this accentuated any dryness to the point where anyone talking to me would notice the foundation clinging to each piece of imperfect skin. Part of this seemed to be ensuring not to apply more than a light layer of product, and the best way to apply this was with a sponge (like a Beautyblender) over a brush, as most brushes seemed to give it a rather streaky finish. I was able to build to about medium coverage, but it starts to look thick and slightly caked on the skin.

It wears eight hours well, and then it starts looking faded/patchy in places (beyond just the drier areas) after ten hours of wear, so the wear-time was good. I wouldn’t say much longer than average, and I live in a dry climate (California), so I can’t say I’ve tested this under extreme conditions.

Marc Jacobs Bright Idea Remedy Concealer Pen ($39.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “an all-in-one eraser, brightener, and corrector.” It’s available in nine shades, and the one I tried was Bright Idea, which is a universal shade. It’s a pale pink with warm, pink undertones. It worked well to camouflage dark under eye circles and smudges (I’m wearing it on my left eye, which is on your right). The consistency is thin, not as thin as water but still quite liquid. It offers light-medium to medium coverage, and it takes a few minutes to really set in place. I would recommend applying, and then checking as you continue to do your makeup or get ready to blend the product again, because it will settle into creases as it sets. Once I’ve let it set and blended away any initial creasing, it doesn’t settle into my fine lines for the rest of the seven hours it wears well. After seven hours, the darkness seems to come back slowly but surely over the next few hours. It comes in a click-type pen, and the applicator is made out of palladium, so it is cool to the touch.

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Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation

C-

I have normal-to-dry skin, but this accentuated any dryness to the point where anyone talking to me would notice the foundation clinging to each piece of imperfect skin. Part of this seemed to be ensuring not to apply more than a light layer of product, and the best way to apply this was with a sponge (like a Beautyblender) over a brush, as most brushes seemed to give it a rather streaky finish. I was able to build to about medium coverage, but it starts to look thick and slightly caked on the skin.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Remedy Concealer Pen

B-

I would recommend applying, and then checking as you continue to do your makeup or get ready to blend the product again, because it will settle into creases as it sets. Once I've let it set and blended away any initial creasing, it doesn't settle into my fine lines for the rest of the seven hours it wears well.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Face & Eye Palette
Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Face & Eye Palette

Giorgio Armani Scarabeo Face & Eye Palette ($88.00 for 0.44 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for fall. Overall, I found the pigmentation of this palette to vary from decent to good, but the texture was on the dry side (except for the blush, which had a very lovely consistency) and somewhat powdery. The colors didn’t blend as easily on the lid as other Giorgio Armani eyeshadows have for me (many of them blend effortlessly). If you have drier eyelids, I would definitely stay away from this palette. When I wore the three eyeshadows, they looked noticeably faded after seven hours, and they had almost disappeared by ten hours (no primer); with a primer, they lasted slightly longer until eight and a half hours before starting to fade. The blush lasted well for eight hours and showed slight signs of fading after nine hours. It’s not a terrible palette–it’s decent, but at $88, it should be much better than that.

Light Pink Blush is a rosy plum with a frosted finish. It had fantastic color payoff and a soft, finely-milled texture that applied evenly and was easy to blend out on the skin. The finish is rather shimmery, so it does emphasize pores ever-so-slightly. NARS Oasis is pinker. NARS Lovejoy is darker. Chanel Plum Attraction is darker, less warm. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Copper Wood is a cool-toned, dark brown with green and bronze flecks of shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat dry and powdery–and I felt like this translated on the lid, too. Chanel Mystere #4 is more matte, lighter. theBalm Sophisticated is similar. Dior Golden Savannah 5 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Iridescent Jade is a cool-toned, medium-dark green with a pale gold shimmer-sheen. This shade has an overlay, so it appears like a springy green in the pan, but it is much darker underneath. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry. Sephora Walk on the Wild Side is warmer, greener. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #2 is lighter, more metallic. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is lighter. MAC Shimmermoss is lighter, bluer. MAC Aquadisiac is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Spruced is bluer. Make Up For Ever #302 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sea Green is a muted, smoky green with cool undertones and a bluish tint. It had a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was decent, but the texture was a little dry here, too. Giorgio Armani Black Pearl #3 is bluer. Dior Garden Pastels #5 is slightly greener. Make Up For Ever #302 is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Scarabeo

B-

The quality of the blush really helped to keep the overall rating from sinking below a B-, as it had a lovely texture and wore well (though it emphasized pores slightly). The eyeshadows were disappointing, as they had a drier, powdery texture that didn't lie well on the skin.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4/5

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Light Rose

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Copper Wood

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8/10

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9.5/10

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7.5/10

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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

OCC Dekadent Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Dekadent Lip Tar Stained Gloss

OCC Dekadent Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “translucent crushed blueberry.” It’s a pink-tinged violet–much like what you’d see if you did in fact crush blueberries. On my lips, this translated to a cool-toned, medium-dark pink color with a subtly glossy finish. It has a thinner texture than the average gloss, but it’s not too thin. It’s non-sticky and a little gel-like on. This shade wore for well for four hours, but it didn’t have any real, long-lasting stain. Unlike other shades in the Lip Tar Stained Gloss range, this one is very sheer (just as described), so depending on what you’re looking for, this may be more or less your style than the rest of the range. This type of sheerness always seems to leave my lips looking somewhat splotchy and uneven. Revlon Sugar Violet is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet has shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Mein Herr Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “creme fraiche beige.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with subtle warm undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this shade settled into every lip line. From afar, it isn’t as noticeable, because the color is more opaque than not and glossy, but it’s there and I wish that it wasn’t. This is an issue that tends to happen with paler beige glosses. It lasted four hours. MAC Calypso Beat is pinker. Chanel Zephyr is shimmery. MAC Liquid Passion is similar. NARS Buenos Aires is shimmery, less warm-toned. MAC Ready or Not is more opaque. MAC Peachstock is similar. MAC Fashion Whim is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Both shades will be available at Sephora on August 27th.

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Dekadent

B+
This shade wore for well for four hours, but it didn't have any real, long-lasting stain. Unlike other shades in the Lip Tar Stained Gloss range, this one is very sheer (just as described), so depending on what you're looking for, this may be more or less your style than the rest of the range.

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8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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B-
It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this shade settled into every lip line. From afar, it isn't as noticeable, because the color is more opaque than not and glossy, but it's there and I wish that it wasn't.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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3.5/5

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Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Esprit (88) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “burgundy.” It’s a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a soft sheen. This shade is supposed to be one of the more pigmented/opaque shades of the Rouge Coco Shine formula, which is reflected in its coverage, as it is nearly opaque applied.  Esprit lasted four and a half hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while worn.  The consistency was creamy with a fair amount of slip and applied evenly.  Chanel Fiction is warmer. Revlon Raspberry Pie is cooler-toned, more raspberry. Guerlain Lou-Ling is darker. Guerlain Guet-Apens is slightly darker. Chanel Taffeta Rose is somewhat brighter. See comparison swatches.

Instinct (86) Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft blue pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium beige-pink with neutral-cool undertones. As part of the normal range of Rouge Coco Shines, it is supposed to be sheer, which it is. It really doesn’t look like it alters my natural lip color much, other than giving it a natural sheen and darkening it slightly.  It seems to disappear in an hour and a half (judging primarily by shine, since color is a difficult indicator!), and after wearing it a few times in a row, I found it just slightly moisturizing.  Revlon Pink Lemonade is more opaque. NARS Mitzi is more shimmery. MAC Peach Blossom is similar. Guerlain Rose Desir is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Esprit (88)

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Esprit lasted four and a half hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. The consistency was creamy with a fair amount of slip and applied evenly.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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5/5

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Instinct (86)

B-

It seems to disappear in an hour and a half (judging primarily by shine, since color is a difficult indicator!), and after wearing it a few times in a row, I found it just slightly moisturizing.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

5/5

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