Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC SO Supreme Supreme Lipsticks

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) has been launched again with the So Supreme collection, and there are five limited edition shades and one repromoted shade (that is also part of the permanent range).  All of the shades felt consistent with the Sheen Supreme formula, except Pret-a-Pretty, which had a drier consistency and a lot less glossiness/shine.  The formula tends to be comfortable to wear with a fair amount of slip and creaminess, and they’re not drying but not particularly hydrating in my experience.  I typically get between three to four hours of wear with this formula, with brighter or deeper shades lasting four hours or slightly longer, and then very pale or pastel-like shades lasting around three hours. I’ll be testing these shades for wear over the week and will update with exact times, so the  ratings are subject to change, but I would not expect drastic changes.

Candy Apple is described as a “midtonal warm plum.” It’s a brightened, muted reddish plum with a glossy finish. You might say there’s a little plum in it, which gives it that muted feel, but it’s still rather red and vibrant. Urban Decay Manic is deeper, redder. Chanel Dialogue is redder. Revlon Wild Watermelon is a bit brighter. Guerlain Chamade is redder. See comparison swatches.

Gotta Dash! is described as “pale clean coral.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with very subtle pink tones–but it is more peach than it is a pink-coral. If you have really pink lips naturally, I expect this to be closer to coral on you. It had mostly opaque color coverage.  The lighter color paired with the higher slip consistency does mean little lines can be created if you press your lips together. This shade is part of the permanent range. MAC Naked Proof is less glossy. Chanel Sentiment is similar but less glossy. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour is more matte, lighter. MAC Reel Sexy is more matte, pinker,. Burberry Pink Apricot is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Playtime is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and fine shimmer. It had mostly full color coverage. OCC Lovecraft is metallic. NYX Pink Lyric is darker, pinker. Maybelline Pink Pop is lighter, as is MAC Divine Choice. MAC Outrageously Fun is a touch more magenta. MAC Naughty Saute is cooler-toned, lighter. OCC Narcissus is purpler. See comparison swatches. Long-time MAC fans may remember Slimshines, which is a formula I compared to this formula when it originally came out (they’re not quite similar), and Kissable was one of the few I had–and this shade immediately reminded me of it; Kissable is glossier with more shimmer and is, perhaps, a smidgen lighter, but they are comparable.

Pleasurefruit is described as a “bright warm pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with subtle warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage. Revlon Sorbet is similar. MAC Lickable is cooler-toned. MAC Impassioned is more matte, brighter. Guerlain Gigi is redder. See comparison swatches.
collection, and there are five shades and one repromoted shade (that is also part of the permanent range).

Pret-a-Pretty is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a pale, pink-tinged beige with a satin finish. Though it is the Sheen Supreme formula, it actually was quite a dull sheen rather than the shinier, glossier finish the others had. This one was the least forgiving, as it tended to settle into lip lines and emphasize any imperfections. It was mostly opaque but there was noticeable sheerness. MAC Of Beauty is pinker. MAC You’re Perfect Already is pinker, darker. MAC Fun Finds is more beige. MAC Myth is similar. MAC Innocence Beware is less pink, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Sweet Grenadine is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a slightly muted orange with a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency. Of all the shades, it had the thinnest consistency and sat best on the lips. MAC Tart & Trendy is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Candy Apple

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It's a brightened, muted red with a glossy finish. You might say there's a little plum in it, which gives it that muted feel, but it's still rather red and vibrant.

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It's a light-medium, peachy-orange with very subtle pink tones--but it is more peach than it is a pink-coral. If you have really pink lips naturally, I expect this to be closer to coral on you.

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Playtime

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It's a brightened, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and fine shimmer. It had mostly full color coverage.

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8.5/10

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9.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Revlon Pink Pop Super Lustrous Lipgloss
Revlon Pink Pop Super Lustrous Lipgloss

Revlon Pink Pop Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a pop of blue-based, medium-dark pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color, which did apply in a way that looked somewhat splotchy but not as bad as some of the other shades in the range. It wore for two and a half hours. Revlon Fuchsia Finery is slightly darker. RevlonBerry Allure is darker. Chanel Insolence is lighter. Burberry Hibiscus is darker. See comparison swatches.

Snow Pink Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, light beige with champagne gold shimmer. On lips, it doesn’t add much color, but it does add a noticeable amount of shimmer and shine. It lasted for two hours. Chanel French Toffee is similar, less sparkly. Dior No Angel is similar. UIrban Decay Midnight Cowboy is also similar. MAC Almond Blossom is not as warm-toned. MAC Boundless Beige is creamier. MAC Bare Necessity is similar. See comparison swatches.

Sugar Violet Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a fuchsia-lilac with iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which gave a hint of shimmer, glossiness, and tinted lips to a deeper pink. This shade wore well for two hours. It is similar to Pink Pop, but it does have shimmer. Revlon Fuchsia Finery is pinker. Revlon Berry Allure doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Dress Kimono is similar. Burberry Hibiscus is similar. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

For a comparison of the new formula to the prior one, please see this post. The feel and consistency of the formula is pleasant and comfortable, but several shades tend to give a splotchy, uneven look to lips. The other issue is that because of how thin they are, they don’t last long. I normally get three to four hours of wear out of gloss, but these are lucky to last two hours. They definitely need frequent application to maintain the shine and color, which makes it all the more disappointing that the amount is only 0.13 fl. oz. in the container (the original formula had 0.20 fl. oz., which is more in line with average gloss size).  These had a thin, lightweight feel and were hydrating when worn.  I noticed a very slight tackiness that developed after two hours of wear, but it’s not truly tacky.

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Pink Pop

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Sunday, July 14th, 2013

NARS Caucase Brow Perfector
NARS Caucase Brow Perfector

NARS Brow Perfector ($22.00 for 0.007 oz.) will be available in four shades that range from blonde to black (but no redhead). The formula is described as “velvety” with a “natural matte finish” and “natural ingredients [that] ensure brows are nourished, soft, and smooth.” That last bit, I couldn’t attest to and don’t actually know what they’re referring to as far as particulars. There’s a lot of focus on the precision tip of the pencil that is oval-shaped.

  • Caucase is described as “brown.” It’s a light-medium, neutral brown with a matte finish.
  • Kalamata is described as “light brown.” It’s a light-medium, slightly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. I could barely tell the difference between this and Caucase, both in the pencil as well as swatched. I triple-checked the names to make sure they were, in fact, two different shades!
  • Salzbourg is described as “blonde.” It’s a pale, peachy beige-brown with a matte finish.
  • Suriname is described as “black.” It’s a blackened brown with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish.

I used a mix of Caucase and Suriname to fill in the right (your right!) brow, as the first was a bit too light, and the second was too dark. The consistency all four shades was very stiff, slightly waxy, but they’re skip-happy and are best applied with little dashes of product rather than trying to fill in any fluid manner. You’re just not going to get good color payoff in a single stroke, and to get any color at all, you need firm pressure. I normally use powder to fill in my brows, which I find easier, more precise, and infinitely more blendable. These pencils stick where you place them, and they don’t blend together too well. On the upside, the product lasted well for nine hours. The oval shape didn’t seem to give me added precision, but it didn’t seem to complicate matters–if you have finer or thinner brows, it may be an issue, though.

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Brow Perfector

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While I can appreciate that you might have to give up some creaminess to get a more long-wearing brow pencil formula, this was rather stiff and harder to work with. I wish the formula was more blendable, too, to ensure really even, full brows.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot
CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot

CoverGirl Charcoal (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium gray with a frosted sheen. It had good decent to good color payoff applied dry, and then it was smoother and more even when applied damp. Disney Midnight Hour is a touch lighter. MAC Frozen Blue is similar. Bobbi Brown Sterling is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Blazing Purple (340) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a pinky lavender with a pearly finish. It’s slightly iridescent. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry, and this shade actually applies really smoothly and binds together well. I might say this is the best of the shades I’ve tried. L’Oreal With a Twist is purpler. Urban Decay Tainted is less shimmery. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #4 is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Charcoal had a slightly grainy, powdery consistency, but applied wet, it did smooth out and apply better. I had minimal fall out with it as well, so that was a big plus since I’ve experienced much more noticeable fall out with several other shades. Blazing Purple, however, didn’t have that grainy texture, and it also didn’t have any fall out. Both shades lasted without fading or creasing for eight hours.

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Charcoal (335)

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Charcoal had a slightly grainy, powdery consistency, but applied wet, it did smooth out and apply better. I had minimal fall out with it as well, so that was a big plus since I've experienced much more noticeable fall out with several other shades.

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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7/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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Blazing Purple (340)

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Blazing Purple didn't have that grainy texture I've come across with this formula generally, and it also didn't have any fall out.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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9/10

Longevity

9/10

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Saturday, July 6th, 2013

NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow
NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow

NARS Bavaria Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep sea blue.” It’s a muted, bluish-teal with a pale gold shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it definitely needs to be patted on and built up on the lid. The texture was slightly stiff to work and didn’t blend easily with the other matte shades in this launch. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is more intense, brighter. MAC Sky is similar. MAC Rain Drop is darker, greener. L’Oreal Endless Sea is very comparable. Guerlain Les Aquas #2 is lighter. Dior Blue Lagoon #4 is similar. Inglot #413 is more metallic, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Kamchatka Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “navy smoke.” It’s a muted, purplish navy blue with a matte finish. The texture was soft, blendable, but a little powdery so it had a tendency to sheer out quickly. I found the best payoff occurred by placing the color with pats and very, very lightly blending only the edges. I tried it over NARS’ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer, and it still didn’t want to take well. theBalm The Stroke is darker, more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Sapphire is bluer, more shimmery. Urban Decay Half Truth is purpler. NARS Demon Lover #1 is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Naval is similar. OCC Technoir is bluer and shimmery. Inglot #332 is bluer, bolder. Inglot #321 is bluer, much darker. See comparison swatches.

Namibia Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “grey moon.” It’s a light-medium, neutral gray with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable though very slightly powdery. MAC Fabulous Fit is darker. MAC Silver Gull has slight sparkle. MAC Courtly Grey is a touch darker. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Yamal Eyeshadow ($24.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “maple sugar.” It’s a medium brown with very subtle warm undertones–a little caramel-like but it’s not overly warm–and a matte finish. The color payoff was decent, and it was the easiest of the four to apply and use. I applied this in the crease and above the crease, and it didn’t sheer out like Kamchatka did. theBalm Allegro is warmer. MAC Caramel Sundae is warmer, shimmery. MAC Moleskin is warmer. bareMinerals Namaste is darker. Inglot #342 is much darker. Bobbi Brown Stone is darker. Urban Decay Naked is very similar. See comparison swatches.

If you tend to like your colors semi-sheer and matte, you may enjoy the shades in this launch, as they all lend themselves to a softer application overall.  If you’re really determined to get really rich, dense pigmentation, you might be disappointed.  When I wore them yesterday, I had noticeable fading–even over NARS’ primer (!)–after seven hours.  I actually thought it looked better applied over bare skin, because the natural oils (though I have normal-to-dry lids) took down the powderiness of Kamchatka.  Originally, I tried layering Kamchatka over Yamal (I used this shade all over the crease and blended almost halfway to the brow bone as a fading color, as I intended to use Kamchatka to darken the inner portion of the crease), and it really didn’t want to blend with Yamal.  They can be blended with each other side-by-side, but they didn’t do well with more overlap as Kamchatka really needs every bit of help to stick to the lid, so when another powder eyeshadow is already underneath, it doesn’t adhere well.

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8.5/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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Friday, July 5th, 2013

Essie The Girls Are Out Nail Lacquer
Essie The Girls Are Out Nail Lacquer

Essie The Girls Are Out Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, fuchsia pink with soft white/silver sparkle suspended in it. It almost looks like a jelly finish, but it wasn’t completely squishy-looking. The color was fully opaque after two coats were applied. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed easily over the nail without streaking or bubbling.  I normally get a week of wear out of Essie’s formula with minor tip wear. Dior Bahia (667) is lighter. NARS Ratin Jot is similar but a cream finish. L’Oreal Members Only is warmer. China Glaze Beach Cruise-r is cooler-toned–more magenta. Essie Bossa Nova is darker, more fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

Full Steam Ahead Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a soft, light-medium lavender with subtle cool undertones and a subtle white pearl. The consistency on this shade was slightly thick, and it didn’t level out for me, so it looked a little streaky and uneven after two coats. I tried applying this a few different ways from using thinner coats to using one thin, one thicker, and then two more medium coats, but the results were all rather similar. I normally get a week of wear out of Essie’s formula with minor tip wear. Zoya Julie is lighter. Essie She’s Picture Perfect is darker, cooler-toned. Essie Nice is Nice is slightly pinker. Essie Bangle Jangle is more muted. See comparison swatches.

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