Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmer bronze brown.” It’s a deepened, chocolate brown with warmer, bronze shimmer for a more metallic finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is quite similar, just slightly redder. Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is darker. Dior Exquis (LE, $24.00) is more muted. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Like many others, I picked up another shade of Christian Louboutin’s polish during Sephora’s sale (almost every shade sold out during the sale). I was disappointed in the way this dried down, as it bubbled in places–it had bits of texture to it–and just didn’t look smooth. It had great color coverage, as it was almost opaque in a single coat, though I still applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the wear came in at seven days with minor tip wear and no chipping (better than Rouge Louboutin). It had minor visible brush strokes from the more metallic finish, but they weren’t too noticeable at a normal viewing distance–only under bright lights and if I brought my fingertips closer to my eyes.

In the spirit of Starlight, I was inspired to take some extra Swarovski crystals I had on hand and bedazzle part of the bottle. I happened to have several leftover of Crystal AB Swarovski crystals, so I probably would have chosen a different colored stone if I was starting from scratch. It’s a really easy DIY project, but it can be time consuming, depending on how many of the crystals you want to apply. The brand says there are 1,500 on Starlight–I think the Siam shade might look particularly stunning on Rouge Louboutin, because they seem to reflect almost red-black (like the bottle). Depending on the size, 1,500 will run you around $50-90 in Swarovski crystals. I recommend sizes 5, 7, 9, 10, and possibly 12ss, if you like a larger stone, but I would stay in the 7 and 9 range for the majority of the work. I used 5, 9, 10, 12, and 14ss since that’s what I had on hand. It took me about 15 minutes to do apply the amount you’ll see in the photos.

  • Supplies: E6000 (glue), crystals of your choice, applicator, syringe, sorting trays

How-to:

  1. Pour your crystals into sorting trays and arrange by size
  2. Fill the syringe with a small amount of glue–E6000 dries pretty quickly, so you don’t want too much, and a little goes a long way.
  3. Apply 2-3 “dots” or dabs of glue to the working area. You don’t want to apply glue to a large area; you want to work quickly and not have the glue dry before you get to that space. I like using a palette knife to smooth the glue across the glass surface, but it’s not necessary.
  4. Using your applicator (I used the Crystal Katana, which did work really well, but you can use a wax stick), apply the crystals in whatever pattern/arrangement you want. I used multiple sizes, but you can also do a more uniform design using all the same sizes–the world is your oyster!
  5. Make sure that none of the crystals sit over the edge of the bottom, so that the bottle will stay stand straight.
  6. Let dry (24-48 hours) and enjoy!

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Chanel Sensuel (11) Rouge Allure Gloss
Chanel Sensuel (11) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to have the “color intensity of a lipstick with the lacquered shine of a lip gloss” while having a hydrating, long-wearing formula. The color goes on fairly evenly and smoothly, though I get a little settling with these lighter shades, and have semi-opaque to more opaque color coverage. There is a noticeable glossiness that’s more than the shine you might get with a more luminous lipstick. These have a floral scent, though I didn’t notice any taste, and they are lightly tacky. The texture is lightweight without being thick or goopy, so it is comfortable to wear. For me, they’re only slightly hydrating over time with slightly longer-than-average wear (for lighter shades like these).

Chanel Sensuel (11) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a peachy brown with a very fine gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly overall, but there was slight settling into lip lines. I don’t think it’s noticeable except magnified/up-close. This shade lasted for four hours on me. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is a touch lighter. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Join the Party (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Ready or Not (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC 2N (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Burberry Cameo (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Exotique (12) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, tangerine orange with faint golden orange micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied to the lips, and there was some light settling into lip lines. This one wore well for four hours on me. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is similar. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is pinker. Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sensible (15) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and very faint micro-shimmer. It looks more coral on the applicator than applied, where it seemed to look pinker. This color didn’t apply as evenly as the other two, and it did have very faint settling in places. It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for four hours. MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is brighter. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is similar. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is similar. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Cygne Blanc (11) Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) includes a light warm pink paired with a warm, metallic white. Neither shade was great; they weren’t total misses, but they should be more pigmented and smoother in consistency. They apply and look better on the lid in practice than merely swatched, which is always nice, but they’re still a little disappointing.

Cygne Blanc #1 is described as a “silvery ballerina pink.” It s a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and white shimmer. It had so-so color payoff with a soft, silky, but slightly powdery, consistency. On me, the color wore well for almost eight hours before fading. LORAC Blush (LE) is similar. Too Faced Kindness is Free (LE, $16.00) is darker. Ulta Pink (P, $10.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Allure (P, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Taffy (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Sensibility (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cygne Blanc #2 is described as a “frosted white.” It s a brightened white with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was very soft and dense, but it didn’t go on quite as smoothly as I expected. It will blend and even out, but the texture made it seem like it was going to be perfection. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm Envious Erin (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC White (P, $21.00) is less metallic. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder ($70.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “bare shouldered bronze.” It was a medium-dark, tan brown with a subtle gray-tinge and warm undertones. It had a matte finish. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more satin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is housed in a large, hefty metal compact (there’s no lack of weight with this compact). The product inside is part of the permanent range, which can be add for a mere $25.00 (and is also 0.35 oz. in size), so with this you are truly paying $45 just for packaging. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t impressive. It feels almost soft, yet dry, where the powder clumps and sticks together but doesn’t blend out easily. It’s hard to explain, but it lacks silkiness and blendability. On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. I wish MAC had chosen to create a new, limited edition highlighter, probably with a design on the actual powder, with a really lovely texture; something that would rival luxury, seasonal highlighters that brands like Dior and Chanel release.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Chickadee Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte yellow orange.” It’s a brightened, medium orange with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use, though it was a smidgen powdery. The color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Ardency Inn Tangerine (P, $21.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #4 (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory #3 (LE, $2.29) is very similar. Disney by Sephora Rajah (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (DC, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Juiced (DC, $15.00) is more shimmery, yellower. Illamasqua Vulgar (P) is slightly brighter/more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Simply Marlena Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink with purple undertone and gold flecks.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, bluish undertones and a satin finish–mostly matte with a smattering of very fine shimmer. The eyeshadow had good pigmentation, but it was on the powdery side, so it tends to have a fair amount of fall out when you apply it, and it does seem to sheer out a little too easily on the lid. If you normally use a primer, you probably won’t notice. On me, it wore well for eight hours. Chanel Exaltation (108) (P, $29.50) is lighter, matte. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 (LE) is similar. Sugarpill Birthday Girl (P, $12.00) is purpler. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is more matte, brighter. Inglot #362 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “shimmery medium green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a golden olive shimmer for a more satiny finish. The consistency was drier, somewhat powdery, and the color payoff reflected it, as this one was semi-opaque. It faded a little faster than much of the range does on me and only wore well for seven hours when I tested it. MAC Marsh (LE, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Olive Blend #2 (LE) is darker, less green. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is very similar. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is darker. Anastasia Moss (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Dior Khaki Design #3 (P) is darker. Inglot #121R Middle (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Bite Beauty Aubergine Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Aubergine Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Aubergine Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as an “eggplant.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted, berry with cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It’s definitely not the matte finish you might expect–and it gives off a higher sheen than even a satin, though the shine does wear down after an hour or two of wear. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that goes on evenly and smoothly, as the consistency is creamy enough not to drag, but it doesn’t slide around once applied. This shade wore well for six hours and was moderately hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter, lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is glossier. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is sheerer. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Cognac Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It was one of the more emollient shades in the range–it had more slip, so it has a thicker, creamier feel on the lips. Luckily, the color still went on evenly, and the wear came in at five hours. The formula was comfortable to wear and hydrating over time. NARS Deborah (P, $32.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $16.00) is more metallic. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Truffle Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a deepened, blackened red with cool undertones and a glossy shine. This was the worst-performing shade in the range, because it was too slippery in texture. The color didn’t go on evenly, and it was prone to pulling into lip lines. It is better blotted down and worn more as a stain, which helps to mitigate some of the unevenness. The color lasted for five hours and left behind a stain. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is more matte. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is purpler. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is redder. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is redder. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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