Thursday, May 30th, 2013

MAC Razzledazzler Lipstick
MAC Razzledazzler Lipstick

MAC Razzledazzler Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light cream peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a lightly pink-tinted, light-medium coral with a luminous sheen. It has mostly opaque color payoff but there is an underlying translucency and slight sheerness that is more Lustre-like. This lasted two and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Frolic is warmer, sheerer. MAC Style Surge is brighter, warmer. MAC Reel Sexy is lighter, pinker. MAC In a Heart Beat is lighter. MAC Cut a Caper is pinker. MAC Coral Bliss is slightly lighter. MAC So Vain is similar. Estee Lauder Naked is lighter and more matte. Burberry Devon Sunset is less pink. See comparison swatches.

Tart & Trendy ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright neutral orange cream [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a brightened, medium orange with a luminous finish and warm, slightly yellow undertones. It had mostly opaque color payoff with just a bit of sheerness–but it was definitely more pigmented than the average Lustre (which may be a happy accident for some!). I started my morning off wearing this, and it lasted three and a half hours on me. It felt somewhat drying (which is my typical experience with Lustres, so if you usually find them moisturizing, then we have opposite experiences, on average). Maybelline Electric Orange is redder in tone and a bit darker. MAC Booyah is slightly darker and more red-toned. MAC Good to Go has a strong red undertone and is darker. MAC Fashion Nomad is bit brighter/more intense. MAC Sounds Like Noise is lighter, yellower. MAC Saigon Summer is more muted and sheerer (which contributed to how much more muted it looked in comparison). MAC Morange is darker and redder. See comparison swatches.

Neon Orange ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright clean orange [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a bold, medium orange with strong, warm red undertones and a natural sheen. It had full, opaque color coverage, and it was lightly creamy. This shade is permanent at PRO stores (and regular customers now have access to the majority of the PRO range online). I’ve had this on for nearly four hours, and it’s still going strong. Shades like Maybelline Orange Edge, Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin, MAC Good to GoMAC Morange, and OCC Psycho are all rather comparable to each other. Shades like Maybelline Electric Orange, MAC Booyah, and MAC Fashion Nomad are a bit lighter, less reddened. Then, shades like MAC Scarlet ibis and MAC Sail La Vie are slightly redder and appear a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

Flamingo ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light milky bright coral [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pink-tinged coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slight, underlying translucency that gave it a lighter look applied to the lips (not as heavy-looking as an opaque, creamy shade). This shade is a bit of a chameleon, and it will really go pinker/more coral depending on your natural lip color.  It lasted just over two and a half hours on me.  theBalm Strawbery is pinker, darker. NYX Stella is a bit pinker. MAC Blossom Culture is slightly darker. MAC Sunny Seoul is darker and pinker. MAC Cut-a-Caper is warmer. MAC Coral Bliss is lighter, less pink. MAC Betty Bright is brighter. Guerlain Rose Desir is warmer, less pink. Chanel Flirt is more muted. See comparison swatches.

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Razzledazzler

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It has mostly opaque color payoff but there is an underlying translucency and slight sheerness that is more Lustre-like.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Tart & Trendy

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It had mostly opaque color payoff with just a bit of sheerness--but it was definitely more pigmented than the average Lustre (which may be a happy accident for some!).

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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8.5/10

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7.5/10

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Neon Orange

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It had full, opaque color coverage, and it was lightly creamy. This shade is permanent at PRO stores (and regular customers now have access to the majority of the PRO range online).

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Friday, May 24th, 2013

Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned white with a teal duochrome/shimmer. It has a soft, lightly metallic finish. When applied, I was able to get semi-opaque color payoff. I tried layering, but it does seem to get chunky and create unevenness/patchiness so one layer seemed to work best. It might be nice as an inner corner brightener or layered over black eyeshadow (to bring out the duochrome). It was also, inadvertently, kind of cool painted onto lashes. It’s not a dupe by any means, but since it is within the range, I thought it was worth mentioning: Maybelline Too Cool is a stark, cool white, with no teal shimmer/duochrome sheen. L’oreal Dive Right In is darker, less white, and a powder. Sugarpill Lumi is a loose powder and leans greener. See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Shady Shores 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a yellow gold with teal shimmer/duochrome. It applies with semi-opaque color coverage, and it was a bit more forgiving layered than the other shades I’ve tried from the spring/summer launch. NARS Goldfinger is a bit brighter, no teal shimmer, and a powder. MAC Treasure Hunt is less yellow, no teal shimmer. MAC Gorgeous Gold has a subtler duochrome and is a powder. MAC Impeccably Rich is less yellow, no teal shimmer. MAC Eclaire is less yellow, no teal shimmer. bareminerals Rising Star has no teal shimmer and is a powder. bareMinerals Standing O has no teal shimmer and is also a powder. See comparison swatches here.

The consistency of both shades was thin with a lot of slip; it was thinner and creamier, while feeling almost wet, compared to the permanent range of Color Tattoos. I have normal-to-dry lids (more often slightly dry), and both shades had light creasing after nine and a half hours of wear. Again, I wish these had been touted as a new finish/variation on the Color Tattoo range, like the Metals were. The consistency, payoff, and feel of these is different enough from the original Color Tattoo formula that I think it would do a better job of setting expectations.

I don’t have Blue Paradise or Lavish Lavender–I only spied the display for these just yesterday at my local Walgreens (and I was there three days or so prior) and they only had three pots left (all ones I’ve reviewed). It was sandwiched between two Garnier displays as an endcap (very easy to overlook).  I was lucky enough that the lovely Muse was willing to play personal shopper for me so I could review the ones I have!

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Waves of White

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The consistency, payoff, and feel of these is different enough from the original Color Tattoo formula that I think it would do a better job of setting expectations.

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8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, bluish-silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. Because it’s on the sheerer side, it may be better as a base underneath your favorite powder eyeshadows than as a standalone color. The consistency is thinner and has more slip than the permanent range of Color Tattoos. The lasting power on me wasn’t as good as the permanent range; there was some faint creasing after ten hours (no primer). Sephora Sweet Dreams is bluer, powder. Maybelline Icy Mint is bluer, not as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is slightly bluer. Urban Decay Strip is darker, bluer, and a powder. MAC Water & Ice #1 is more silvered and a powder. MAC Free as Air is darker, bluer. Giorgio Armani #12 is more silver and a powder. Benefit Blue My Mind isn’t as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, less blue, and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Seashore Frosts 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, grayish-blue with gold and pink shimmer–it is a very interesting and complex shade. It applies with semi-opaque color in a single layer, and for me, it does best with one layer–more than one, and it just clumps up and becomes uneven. The texture was thin and slippery, so it was easy to apply and blends out best with fingertips. I saw light creasing after ten hours (no primer) with this shade. Clinique Big Blue is a bit darker, not as nuanced. Make Up For Ever #940 isn’t blue, but it has a very similar duochrome/sheen to it (so you could use it layered over a blue for a similar effect). L’Oreal Infinite Sky is bluer, not as muted, no sheen/shimmer like Seashore Frosts. Chanel Destination lacks the golden shimmer/sheen. See comparison swatches here.

I feel like Maybelline should have branded these differently, like they did with the Metals. Maybe Iridescent Color Tattoo or Luminous Color Tattoo, and then gone with a different description of the formula, like “to be used layered with your favorite Color Tattoo” or “for a sheer wash of shimmering color.”  They share little in common with the original formula (described as “longest-lasting,” “super-saturated color, “vibrant color that does not fade”), but the shades I’ve tried from the latest limited edition set have all been similar in texture, payoff, and wear.

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Cool Crush

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Seashore Frosts

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Seashore Frosts is one that is unique enough to still be worth considering, despite the wear and pigmentation.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4/5

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Friday, May 17th, 2013

MAC Scorching Haute Nail Lacquer
MAC Scorching Haute Nail Lacquer

MAC Scorching Haute Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter magenta.” It’s multi-sized magenta glitter suspended in a clear base; it has very small sparkle, micro-glitter, and then larger circular glitters. Zoya Carly is darker with a blacker base and less glittery. China Glaze Senorita Bonita is purpler and less glittery. Nubar Petunia Sparkle has a blacker base. Urban Decay Xanadu is not as dense, has darker purple glitter (rather than magenta). SpaRitual Shooting Star has a blacker base and shimmer rather than glitter. It’s opaque and densely-packed with glitter in two coats–and I was a bit surprised, because one coat didn’t inspire confidence it would turn opaque, but it did. That’s actually great news, as it makes it a more versatile polish–you can layer one coat over another polish or wear this alone with two coats. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied well while the glitter spread evenly across the nail.

MAC Tropical Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter bronze.” It has a chocolate brown-tinted base with copper and bronze small/medium glitter suspended in it. I wasn’t able to think of any dupes for this one, and the only shade that I considered was China Glaze Ick-a-bod-y, which is larger orange glitter in a black base. I didn’t have the same luck with this shade as I did with Scorching Haute, as this one wasn’t opaque in two coats, and the glitter did not spread evenly. It tended to stick wherever the brush first was applied, but if you pulled the brush across the nail, most of the glitter stayed at the other end. I had to push it forward for more even glitter coverage. I applied one thin coat with two thicker coats on top on my middle finger, and I was able to get more opaque color but the result is on the thicker side.  The consistency was on the watery side.

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Scorching Haute

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9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

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7.5/10

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8/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

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4/5

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Chanel Envolee (427) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
Chanel Envolee (427) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Envolee (427) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral.” In the tube, it appears like a warm coral-red with shimmer, but swatched on the skin, it takes on a much softer, lighter color–more soft orange with gold shimmer than coral. On lips, it adds warmth and maybe tints them to something slightly darker, but it’s very minimal and the shimmer is hard to spot (it is not a very sparkly shade).  There is a number of sheer glosses that are similar to this.

Sheer gloss should have a more visible impact than a clear gloss would. On my lips, this shade makes my lips look glossy and adds more pinkness to them (you can see that my lips almost look a bit washed out when they have nothing on them). Because the effect is subtle, it makes this gloss more readily duped–there’s nothing particularly notable about this shade. It wears three hours on me, and the consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, doesn’t get tacky, and is comfortable and lightly hydrating while worn. But I recognize that many readers need some special oomph to merit splashing out this much on a gloss, and if that’s you, keep going and don’t look back on this one.

We will always see and hear the debate between clear, sheer, and opaque gloss and what is or isn’t worth it and what does and doesn’t make it worth it. If you prefer opaque gloss, Glossimers (generally) aren’t going to be your number one go-to. Sometimes they have semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, and more frequently (in the past couple of years), many of them are very sheer. The press release described Envolee as just “coral,” whereas Eden, another shade, is described more aptly as a “translucent raspberry”–so this should be more pigmented than Eden, but it is not.

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Envolee (427)

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The press release described Envolee as just "coral," whereas Eden, another shade, is described more aptly as a "translucent raspberry"--so this should be more pigmented than Eden, but it is not.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, May 6th, 2013

Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Metamorphose (44) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($59.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette exclusive to Chanel.com from their summer collection. It features four shades of eyeshadows in varying finishes that can be “applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results.” Outside of the U.S., this quad and its formula will be very familiar, while those within the U.S. will note that the shape, texture, and feel of the formula is different. This is, essentially, the baked formula, compared with the traditional power eyeshadow that we typically see in the quads here in the U.S.

Metamorphose (44) #1 is a medium-dark, cool-toned green with a hint of blue/teal and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was more opaque applied damp, but it could have applied more evenly and smoothly. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is a touch darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is greener. Dior Garden Pastels #5 is very slightly warmer/greener. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is cooler-toned.

Metamorphose (44) #2 is a cool-toned, green-tinged, pale gray. It looks more like a mint green in the pan, but it comes off rather grayish when I applied it. The color payoff is very sheer when used dry, and then it is decent to good in opacity when applied damp. Giorgio Armani #10 is more metallic. Dior Cruise is similar. is a bit darker (and a cream product).

Metamorphose (44) #3 is a lightly warmed-over yellowy-green with a frosted sheen. It was sheer to semi-sheer when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied damp. Too Faced Fantasy Island #2 is more metallic but very close in color. bareMinerals Wicked is more intense, greener. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #6 is much darker, greener. MAC Juxt is brighter and much warmer. MAC Valiant is very similar.

Metamorphose (44) #4 is a deep navy blue with cool undertones and a satiny finish. It had decent pigmentation when applied dry, but it was much more intense when applied damp. Urban Decay Evidence is a more pearled sheen. MAC Naval Blue is more frosted. MAC Lunar is darker. bareMinerals Climax is more pearled. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 is darker–more blackened. Make Up For Ever #81 is darker.

Generally, the baked eyeshadow quads are less intense and pigmented than the regular powder eyeshadow quads. To an extent, I would agree. These really have to used damp to see decent color payoff, as when they are applied dry, they are subtle and on the powdery side. From my own experiences, I tend to prefer the powder eyeshadows over baked ones as well for both blending, wear, and color payoff. Metamorphose had faded noticeably when I checked at the eight-hour mark.  The texture was always on the drier, powdery side, and when applied damp, it didn’t blend out as easily as Chane’s best eyeshadows do.

P.S. — 0.04 oz.? Ouchhh! I know that baked eyeshadows tend to weigh less, but whoa does that seem crazy small. They look like a normal-sized eyeshadow, all domed and the like, but the weight is (somewhat) concerning.

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Metamorphose (44)

B-
From my own experiences, I tend to prefer the powder eyeshadows over baked ones as well for both blending, wear, and color payoff. Metamorphose doesn't make a strong case for the baked formula.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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