Friday, October 24th, 2014

NYX Earl Grey Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Earl Grey Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium cornflower blue–a purplish-blue–with a luminous finish. The formula was creamy with a lot of slip, but for a lighter shade, it ended up applying better than anticipated, though it was still somewhat streaky. It had mostly opaque color coverage (but if it was a drier formula, I think it would have yielded better pigmentation). On me, the color wore well for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Butch (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Violet Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium purple with warm, pinky-red undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff, while the formula still felt very creamy and slippery, it applied pretty well with even color. It wore well for almost six hours, and it leaves behind a fuchsia-ish stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is darker, more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is a smidgen darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Lavender Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium lavender with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which went on a bit streakily and had a tendency to settle into lip lines as it wore on. It wasn’t moisturizing, but it was drying either. The color wore well for four hours on me. Kat Von D Coven (P, $21.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

NYX Macaron Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Key Lime Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is supposed to be a “creamy and highly pigmented” formula that features more “pastel and neon” shades. They also note it has a “satin matte finish” and “long-wearing resilience.” The formula has a lot of slip to it, so it glides on and never tugs on lips, but it also had a tendency to go on somewhat unevenly (the degree dependent on the shade). The wear time for these three shades was a little longer than average. The formula was comfortable to wear, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

Key Lime is a pop of light-medium, slightly muted lime green with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous shine. It applied unevenly and looked streaky on, though it seemed to have a decent amount of pigmentation to it. The formula just was so creamy that the color wouldn’t stay in place as well. The color wore well for four hours. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this from other green-hued shades I’ve tried (which is, albeit, not nearly as numerous as reds I’ve tried!).

Pistachio is a light, bluish-aqua with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and while it applied better than expected for such a creamy, emollient, and pastel shade, it was uneven at the end of the day. It might work with a lip primer (readers have suggested NYX’s own Lip Primer helps a lot) or lip pencil underneath to mitigate some of the slippery consistency of the formula. It wore well for four and a half hours. NYX Scandalous (P, $6.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blue Velvet is a brightened, medium-dark blue–almost periwinkle blue to me, as there’s a soft, dusty quality to it, but it doesn’t overwhelm the color, so it still looks brighter. It had more of a luminous finish with a fair amount of shine. It applied evenly for the most part, but it wasn’t perfect in application due to the higher slip in the formula. This shade stayed on for five hours and left a stain behind. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy (P, $18.00) is much lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

NARS Laser Cut Palette
NARS Laser Cut Palette

NARS Laser Cut Palette ($59.00 for 0.62 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, one lipgloss, one blush, and one bronzing powder. The eyeshadows are marked as “Hardwired Eyeshadow” on the back of the palette, though I couldn’t tell you how they really differ from the permanent formula, other than it seems like a denser, less thin formula. The palette leaves something to be desired — I don’t think it’s NARS at its best–it’s just kind of in the middle.

Shade I is described as a “perfect neutral vanilla.” It’s a light beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was very powdery. See comparison swatches
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Shade II is described as a “shimmering cafe au lait.” It’s a golden brown with a sparkling, metallic finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was a smidgen crumbly and the sparkle did fall out during wear (as well as application), while the color itself stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shade III is described as a “matte army green.” It’s a medium-dark, olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was really soft but incredibly powdery to the point where most of it dusted away and only some managed to stay on the skin. What did adhere to the skin stayed on for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink-plum with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s not sheer at all, and this version included in the set matches the original formulation, but it feels more like the new formula (which is a lot cooler and pinker in color). It lasted for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Day Dream is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a pink-peach with warm udnertones and a satin finish. It’s warmer and less pink compared to the individual version that was released last year. It is sheer as described (though “sheer” was not part of the description when it originally launched), with a thinner, slightly dry, texture, but it wasn’t stiff. My standalone version is more pigmented. It lasted for seven hours applied. See comparison swatches
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Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a meidum-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=175779,171535,168835,165621,142013,141615,111363,108999,108998″>See comparison swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, October 11th, 2014

MAC Objects of Affection/Nude + Coral Lipglass
MAC Objects of Affection/Nude + Coral Lipglass

MAC Objects of Affection/Nude + Coral Lipglass ($35.00 for 0.32 fl. oz.) includes three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass. Again, I’ve reviewed these shades in the past, so this is just a quick overview with photos and swatches.

Stately Shimmer is a sheer peach with pink-peach shimmer. View dupes.

Fashion Whim is a milky, peach-orange with subtle gold shimmer. View dupes.

Rising Sun is a medium orange with gold shimmer. View dupes.

Courtly Coral is a muted orange-brown with pink and gold sparkle. View dupes.

Each year that MAC releases these sets, I say the same thing: these are an excellent value. Generally, both of these formulas are low on value–there really isn’t much in those large plastic tubes (they look way bigger than they are). Cremesheen Glass retails for $20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz., while Dazzleglass retails for $20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz. Yeah, the amount contained in the tube in this set is more than a full-sized Dazzleglass–go figure! This set includes $53.33 worth of Cremesheen Glass and $26.67 worth of Dazzleglass, so it is a total value of $80.

The Cremesheen Glass formula is creamy, light-to-medium in weight, non-sticky, vanilla-scented, and very comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, they’re often milky, so they can settle into lip lines, and they wear away within one to three hours (usually about two for me except for some of the deeper/more pigmented shades). It is a sheerer formulation, so they can be used for layering as well. Dazzleglass is a medium weight, sticky, vanilla-scented, sparkling gloss. It is also a sheerer formula to wear, but the sparkles distract from possible settling for the most part. The formula wears longer, due to the tackiness, but can vary from two to five hours.

The collection launches online on October 23rd.

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Saturday, October 11th, 2014

MAC Objects of Affection/Nude + Red Lipglass
MAC Objects of Affection/Nude + Red Lipglass

MAC Objects of Affection/Nude + Red Lipglass ($35.00 for 0.32 fl. oz.) includes three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass. Again, I’ve reviewed these shades in the past, so this is just a quick overview with photos and swatches.

Paper Lantern is a sheer, warm peach with beige shimmer. View dupes.

Dynasty at Dusk is a semi-sheer, coral-orange with gold shimmer. View dupes.

Deelight is a dusty, muted rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. View dupes.

Love Alert is a cool-toned, pink-red with lighter pink sparkle. View dupes.

Each year that MAC releases these sets, I say the same thing: these are an excellent value. Generally, both of these formulas are low on value–there really isn’t much in those large plastic tubes (they look way bigger than they are). Cremesheen Glass retails for $20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz., while Dazzleglass retails for $20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz. Yeah, the amount contained in the tube in this set is more than a full-sized Dazzleglass–go figure! This set includes $53.33 worth of Cremesheen Glass and $26.67 worth of Dazzleglass, so it is a total value of $80.

The Cremesheen Glass formula is creamy, light-to-medium in weight, non-sticky, vanilla-scented, and very comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, they’re often milky, so they can settle into lip lines, and they wear away within one to three hours (usually about two for me except for some of the deeper/more pigmented shades). It is a sheerer formulation, so they can be used for layering as well. Dazzleglass is a medium weight, sticky, vanilla-scented, sparkling gloss. It is also a sheerer formula to wear, but the sparkles distract from possible settling for the most part. The formula wears longer, due to the tackiness, but can vary from two to five hours.

The collection launches online on October 23rd.

The Glossover

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8/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, October 11th, 2014

MAC Objects of Affection/Pink + Plum Lipglass
MAC Objects of Affection/Pink + Plum Lipglass

MAC Objects of Affection/Pink + Plum Lipglass ($35.00 for 0.32 fl. oz.) includes three Cremesheen Glasses and one Dazzleglass. I’ve reviewed these shades in the past, so this is just a quick overview with photos and swatches.

Fashion Scoop is a milky, light pink with fine white shimmer. View dupes.

Pagoda is a cool-toned, light medium pink with white shimmer. View dupes.

Loud & Lovely is a cool-toned, medium fuchsia pink with a cream finish. View dupes.

Rags to Riches is a muted, warm rose pink with gold and pink sparkle. View dupes.

Each year that MAC releases these sets, I say the same thing: these are an excellent value. Generally, both of these formulas are low on value–there really isn’t much in those large plastic tubes (they look way bigger than they are). Cremesheen Glass retails for $20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz., while Dazzleglass retails for $20.00 for 0.06 fl. oz. Yeah, the amount contained in the tube in this set is more than a full-sized Dazzleglass–go figure! This set includes $53.33 worth of Cremesheen Glass and $26.67 worth of Dazzleglass, so it is a total value of $80.

The Cremesheen Glass formula is creamy, light-to-medium in weight, non-sticky, vanilla-scented, and very comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, they’re often milky, so they can settle into lip lines, and they wear away within one to three hours (usually about two for me except for some of the deeper/more pigmented shades). It is a sheerer formulation, so they can be used for layering as well. Dazzleglass is a medium weight, sticky, vanilla-scented, sparkling gloss. It is also a sheerer formula to wear, but the sparkles distract from possible settling for the most part. The formula wears longer, due to the tackiness, but can vary from two to five hours.

The collection launches online on October 23rd.

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Pink + Plum

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8/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4.5/5

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