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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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Revlon Berry Couture Super Lustrous Lipstick
Revlon Berry Couture Super Lustrous Lipstick

Revlon Berry Couture Super Lustrous Lipstick ($7.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a cool-toned, fuchsia-berry with a soft shine. The color was buildable from sheer to semi-opaque–it looked a bit like a lip stain, because of how thin the formula is, as it looks a lot like my natural lip; not heavy-looking at all. This particular shade wore for three and a half hours on me, which is shy of average, but for something with as much slip as this does going on, it was good wear. Revlon Sorbet is warmer. MAC Lickable is slightly brighter. Dior Lucky is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Fuchsia Shock Super Lustrous Lipstick ($7.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a cool-toned fuchsia pink with iridescent fuchsia shimmer. It had sheer to semi-opaque color that was buildable and never felt heavy or thick on the lips. It lasted two and a half hours on me. MAC Midnight Mambo is brighter, cooler-toned. Revlon Lollipop is darker. Chanel Extatique is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Lover’s Coral Super Lustrous Lipstick ($7.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a softened, coral-red with warm undertones and a soft shine. This shade didn’t apply as evenly as the other two, but it had the same thin, your-lips-but-better finish that had a light sheen and sat well on the lips. It wore for two hours. NYX Haute Melon is more muted. Guerlain Nahema is more pigmented, shimmery. Chanel Coquette is lighter, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever Folk is similar. See comparison swatches.

It has a “Shine” finish, which delivers “lightweight color and moisturizing shine” with “buildable color payoff.” The formula is supposed to be moisturizing with a shiny finish. I didn’t detect any scent in any of the ones I bought at all, though I certainly stuck my nose close enough to get pink on the tip of it!  These three all felt moderately hydrating on me, but the hydration only lasts as long as they do, so it’s not as hydrating as a separate lip balm.

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Monday, July 1st, 2013

Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss
Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss

Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm red with no shimmer and subtle orange undertones. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, and the way it applied and sits on the lips makes it look more like a lip stain than a gloss. There is some minor settling into lip lines, but it’s not too noticeable from afar due to the general evenness of the color. While it looks bolder in the tube, applied, it is more muted from the translucency.  Fatal Apple wore for two and a half hours on me.  NARS Hollywoodlawn is more opaque, darker. Chanel Exces is slightly redder. See comparison swatches.

Fuchsia Finery Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a blue-based, medium bubblegum pink with no shimmer. This shade didn’t apply as evenly as Fatal Apple, as the color seemed to concentrate on the middle of my upper and lower lips!  Fuchsia Finery lasted two and a half hours on me. Revlon Berry Allure is slightly darker. Urban Decay Crush is cooler-toned and more opaque. MAC Style Packed is lighter, more opaque. MAC Call Me Gorgeous is more opaque. Chanel Pink Pulsion has shimmer and is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is less pink, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Pinkissimo Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm, yellow-toned, light-medium pink with white shimmer. On lips, it adds a warmer, pink tint along with lots of shimmer.  Pinkissimo wore for two hours when I tested it. NARS Candy Says is warmer, not as pink. MAC Out for Glamour isn’t quite as pink. See comparison swatches.

If you’re curious about how the new formula compares to the original formula, please see this post.  The formula is lightweight, on the thinner side, mostly non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.  I notice a slight tackiness develops after about two hours of wear, but it’s subtle and not enough to be described as sticky.  The biggest downside is how quickly they wear away, so frequent reapplication is necessary to maintain the color and glossiness throughout the day.  With the average gloss, I see between three and four hours of wear, and exceptionally long-wearing glosses last six hours or so in my experience, so you can see these fall short of average. For all of these, I wore them twice (back-to-back), and all three were lightly hydrating.  I couldn’t detect any scent/flavor when I tested them, and each comes in a large, rounded tube with a slanted, doe-foot applicator.

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013

MAC Bossa Blue Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Eyeshadows ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) come in six shades. All six are limited edition.  If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ll know that MAC Mineralize and I, generally, don’t get along.  I love the way they look in their pots, and photographing the Mineralize collections is always fun–everything looks spectacular.  I’m always disappointed by their performance, as they never look as pretty applied as they do in their pots.  This is particularly true with the eyeshadows, and this year’s seemed worse to me than some of the more recent releases.  More or less, the formula seems to have gotten better over the years (finer, smoother, less powdery), but the texture on these, overall, felt like Mineralize Eyeshadows from three or four years ago–drier, kind of powdery.  Color payoff was an issue (even used with a damp brush), and then later on, wear, as all of these looked noticeably faded well before eight hours.

Bossa Blue is described as a “royal blue with brown pearl.” It’s a warm-toned taupe–a grayish brown with a gray sheen. The texture was a bit dry and powdery, and the resulting payoff when applied dry was semi-sheer, while when applied damp, it was more semi-opaque. I found it fairly buildable on the lid, but it does need some layering. There’s no shortage of shades like this, even with MAC’s releases. MAC Pastelluxe #5 is warmer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is a cream product but similar in color. Urban Decay Armor is a touch darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is similar. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Keep Your Cool is darker. MAC Twilight Falls is browner. Giorgio Armani #4 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Caribbean is described as a “rose with pink and red pearl.” It’s a reddish-coral with pink and copper sparkle. The payoff was sheer whether used dry or wet. This shade was really dry, powdery, and glittery–it didn’t bind well together, so it had a lot of fall out during application but throughout the time I wore it. My eye ended up really watery when I wore this, because of how much fall out and how sparkles kept getting into my eye. Milani I Heart You is slightly redder. MAC Raving Mad is less sparkly. MAC Daydreaming is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Cha-Cha-Cha is described as a “deep blue green with green pearl.” It’s a blackened blue with green and blue shimmers. Applied dry, it is sheerer and lighter, and then applied damp, it was semi-opaque and turned a bit bluer. The texture was dry and powdery, but not as difficult to use as Caribbean. Urban Decay Spell #2 is darker, less cool-toned. theBalm Sexy Stacye is grayer. Urban Decay Asphalt is a bit grayer. Urban Decay Ace is less shimmery. MAC Jade’s Fortune is more intense but very similar. MAC Hint of Sapphire is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Dare to Bare is described as a “light cream with gold pearl.” It’s a pale pink with a hint of lavender and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. This shade was slightly powdery, but it seemed to stick to itself fairly well. It was one of the more pigmented shades of the six. It was semi-sheer applied dry and prone to sheering out if you applied it to the lid dry, but applied damp, it went on very nicely and with full color coverage. MAC Pastelluxe #3 is sheerer. Urban Decay SWF is darker. MAC Seedy Pearl is cooler-toned. MAC Love Power is darker, cream product. MAC Good Fortune is more metallic, cream. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. bareMinerals Glitterati is more golden. Shades like MAC Joy & Laughter #1 and MAC Young Venus seemed similar initially but pulled too purple. See comparison swatches.

Time to Tango is described as a “lavender with silver pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark lavender with a gray tinge and gold sparkle. The texture was a little gritty (like Caribbean but not quite as bad) because of the high sparkle content and general looseness of the shadow. Applied dry, it’s a sheer wash of color, and then applied dry, it’s more semi-opaque but doesn’t quite bind together as smoothly as I’d like to see in a powder product. I had a ton of fall out from this shade, unfortunately, throughout the day. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is less shimmery. Milani Purr-fect Purple is darker. MAC Idol Eyes is less purple. See comparison swatches.

Tropica is described as a “silver blue with purple.” It is a cool-toned, lavender urple with a subtle, teal iridescent duochrome sheen. Applied dry, it is fairly sheer, and then applied damp, the duochrome is more pronounced as the product is more opaque and smooths out better. Benefit Fancy Pansy is darker. OCC Datura is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, June 24th, 2013

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette
Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 4 x 0.049 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows and is a limited edition palette available as part of the Disney and Sephora collaboration for The Little Mermaid (featuring Ariel). It comes in an off-white plastic palette with a scene from the movie (at least, presumably, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it!) on the cover in shades of blue to violet. Inside, there’s a full-sized mirror and two dual-ended brushes.

Who’s-It is described as a “glittering white.” It’s a semi-sheer, shimmery white with neutral-to-warm undertones. I wouldn’t describe it as glittery; perhaps sparkly but the shimmer seems finer than sparkle. I didn’t have any issues with fall out from this shade. There’s no shortage of shimmery white eyeshadows on the market, but a few of the closer dupes I found were: Disney Ball Gown, which was a touch cooler; MAC How to Marry, which is slightly more pigmented; and NARS Flowers 1 #1, which is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches (there are also several more similar shades that I pulled out).

What’s-It is described as a “matte clay grey.” It’s a soft, muted gray with a hint of brown and lavender. It had a matte finish, and it had good color payoff. The texture was soft without being powdery, and it was incredibly easy to apply and blend out on the skin. NARS Self Portrait 2 #3 is grayer, darker. MAC Parlor Smoke is darker. MAC Creative Whim is purpler. MAC Silver Gull is darker. MAC Silverwear is more shimmery. MAC Look at the Eyes is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Dinglehopper is described as an “iridescent light teal.” It is a semi-sheer, medium-dark green with a pearly sheen. It was a little dry, and I wasn’t able to really build up the color to true-to-pan intensity/color. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is cooler-toned. NARS Delphes #3 is warmer. MAC Lady Grey is less green. MAC Sweet & Sour #2 is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #2 is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Snarfblat is described as a “violet with iridescent glitter.” It’s a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and subtle shimmer, plus a few bits and bobs of silver glitter. The glitter seemed to flake away rather quickly, and I really didn’t see it on the lid, or even underneath my lid during application or later on as I wore the eyeshadow (so if you wanted glitter, it really wasn’t present, and if you were nervous about it having glitter, rest easy). It had so-so color payoff but was a bit weak; it can be layered for slightly more intense payoff. Disney Sea Witch is more pigmented. MAC Warm & Smoky is similar. MAC Pink Union #2 is brighter. MAC Drawn to Drama is similar. MAC Dusty Desire is also similar. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is darker. See comparison swatches.

Overall, the four-pan palette is decent but not as impressive as the larger Storylook palette.  At the price point, if you were just looking to collect a single piece from the collection, I’d still opt for the mirror, and if you had more room in your budget, the Storylook palette.  I didn’t encounter fall out issues, despite two shades being described as glittery, and the eyeshadows lasted well for eight hours but there were signs of fading and then subtle creasing after nine hours of wear.  There is no specific release date yet, but it is expected sometime June or July online.

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Overall, the four-pan palette is decent but not as impressive as the larger Storylook palette. At the price point, if you were just looking to collect a single piece from the collection, I'd still opt for the mirror, and if you had more room in your budget, the Storylook palette.

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot
CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot

CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, yellow gold with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both dry and wet, but the texture was slightly grainy. On the lid, I did have issues with fall out while I wore it. Disney Triton is similar, slightly warmer. Chanel Cool Gold is darker, cream. Sephora French Riviera is lighter. MAC Goldmine is warmer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 is similar. Chanel Pearl River #3 is similar. OCC Acacia is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Remix is similar. Make Up For Ever #10
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Melted Caramel (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, slightly warmed-up brown with a hint of gray and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was nice with good, opaque coverage whether it was applied dry or wet, though it was smoother and easier to apply when applied with a damp brush. There was some fall out present after eight hours of wear. Clinique Ample Amber is a cream product. Tom Ford Platinum is grayer. MAC Romantico is darker. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is similar. MAC Lie Low is darker. MAC Tan is warmer. MAC Aurora is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Scorching Cocoa (355) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a little gray tint. It had good color payoff dry, and then it was darker and more intense when applied damp. This one had less fall out compared to the other two. Disney Chateau is darker. Tom Ford Platinum is a cream product. MAC Romantico is warmer. MAC Lie Low is warmer. MAC Deeply Dashing is more glittery. MAC Aurora is lighter. Illamasqua Focus is slightly grayer. See comparison swatches.

The major issue I had with these was fall out that occurred throughout the wear of each shade, and a secondary issue was that the texture had a grainy texture; not just powdery, but there was something gritty and rough about the texture of these. I felt like they really needed to be pressed and “crushed’ in a way in order to get them to look smooth on the lid. I highly recommend applying these damp, as it makes them easier to press into the skin. I didn’t experience any creasing or fading over an eight-hour period with these shades, though.

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