Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

MAC Style Approved Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Style Approved Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Style Approved Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright orange coral.” It’s a muted, medium orange with a very, very slight coral tinge and a soft shine and subtle gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that was buildable from semi-sheer and applied fairly evenly. It wore well for three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Sephora Collection Samba (LE, $12.50) is brighter, lighter. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is yellower. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Saigon Summer (LE, $16.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Tropical Buzz Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty muted orange.” It’s a brightened, pumpkin orange with warm, yellow undertones and a glossy shine. It had buildable, mostly opaque color coverage, but the texture was slightly thicker and more emollient, so it didn’t apply evenly. This shade wore for three hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. Paul and Joe Beaute Once Upon a Time (081) (LE, $17.00) is darker. MAC Tangerine Dream (P, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Sheer Mandarin (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Banjee (P, $18.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Wear with Flare Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “midtone neutral.” It’s a muted, rosy beige with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had buildable, mostly opaque color coverage, but it didn’t apply totally even as it tended to streak and bunch up due to the more slippery consistency. This shade lasted two and a half hours on me, which is on the short side for me, but it was lightly hydrating. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is lighter, less warm-toned. Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is browner. NARS Pago Pago (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette
YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette

YSL Fetiche Couture Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette with five shades for fall. The palette has a leather panel on the front. I bought mine from Nordstrom, but it’s also available on YSL. I can appreciate the interesting combination of colors, and the finishes are more complex in person than they appear in photos. YSL claims 12-hour crease-resistant wear, but there’s usually noticeable fading after eight to nine hours and creasing by ten hours. I wish the wear-time claim wasn’t quite so extreme, because it does wear well relative to the average powder eyeshadow. I would also have liked to have seen the teal shade with a lot more pigment behind it.

Fetiche #1 is described as a “bright copper.” It’s a copper-shimmered, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was soft and silky, but it had a drier consistency that made it a bit powdery to work with. On me, the color wore well for nine hours before fading. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Dior Atlantique #5 (LE) is more matte. theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is similar. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is warmer, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #10 #4 (P) is browner. MAC Romantico (LE, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #2 is described as a “warm gold.” It’s a sparkly, medium gold with warm, orange-yellow undertones. This shade was only semi-opaque, and it has a fair amount of sparkle, so there is some fall out during application. Surprisingly, when worn, I didn’t notice much fall out during wear. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is more metallic. Dior Sundeck #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #1 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is similar. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is lighter. Chanel Intuition #2 (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #3 is described as an “opulent brown.” It’s a deep, dark, rich brown with subtle warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly smooth and finely-milled–this was the best shade in the palette. It wore well for ten hours on me before slightly creasing. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Espresso (P) is more matte. Urban Decay Muse (LE, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Gold Carbon (LE) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #3 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #4 is described as a “deep black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color didn’t show signs of fading until after nine and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is similar. NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is similar. NARS Night Clubbing (LE, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fetiche #5 is described as a “rich green.” It’s a blue-leaning, murky teal with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was on the drier side, though it wasn’t stiff or stubborn to work with on the lid. I was able to build up the color by patting it on to mostly opaque color, but it was quicker to fade than the other shades, as it only lasted eight hours on me. Too Faced Blue Satin Sashes (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Fascination #4 (P) is darker. theBalm Matt Schilling (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #60 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box
MAC All About Plum Look in a Box

MAC All About Plum Look in a Box ($49.50 for 0.43 oz.) is described as “shades of cool-toned lilacs, soft pale pinks, and silvery warm greys.” The palette contains two blushes, six eyeshadows, two lipsticks, and a double-ended brush (275SE/316SE). Each eyeshadow is 0.0176 oz. each (0.106 oz. total), blush is 0.14 oz. each (0.28 oz. total), and lipstick is 0.02 oz. each (0.04 oz. total). Based on price per ounce, the kit contains $31.68 worth of eyeshadow, $28 worth of blush, and $6.40 worth of lipstick, which adds up to $66.08. There is also a dual-ended brush, so I guess that’s valued at $34.92 in order to add up to the $101 value listed.

There were a couple of complete misses in this palette, but most of it was just average, which isn’t impressive. There were only three shades (out of 10) that were B+ or better rated. It’s always disappointing when MAC puts out subpar palettes like this, because they can do an excellent eyeshadow, so I don’t know why they don’t improve the formula in these. I’d rather they offer less product if they could be more consistent with the quality.

Lessons in Love (Blush) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff, though it was slightly dry and powdery. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

All Races (Eyeshadow) is a pale, cool-toned, lavender-gray with a matte finish. It is lighter and very, very stiff/dry in the pan–very unlike the single version I’ve used (it is limited edition but has been released previously). It started to fade after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Elementary Pink (Eyeshadow) is a brightened, light pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled, though a touch powdery. I noticed fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lingering Dusk (Eyeshadow) is a muted, bronzy pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a drier consistency, which made getting the pigment out of it more difficult, and it didn’t blend as easily on the skin. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dress to Impress (Lipstick) is a light, cool-toned milky pink. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly, though not perfectly. The lipstick wore well for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Style Cast (Blush) is a light-medium, muted orange with gold shimmer. It had decent color payoff that was fairly blendable. The color stayed on for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fashion Beat (Eyeshadow) is a light-medium, golden taupe with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and was easy to blend. The color didn’t fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stormy Sunset (Eyeshadow) is a muted, light-medium gray with a hint of purple and a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t fully pigmented as a result of the slightly dry texture. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blackboard (Eyeshadow) is a medium-dark, warm-toned black with a matte finish. It was powdery, semi-opaque, and faded after seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up the Amp (Lipstick) is a brightened, pinky purple with subtle, cool undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for five hours. This is a permanent shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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All About Plum

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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6.5/10

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6/10

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Friday, July 25th, 2014

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette
LORAC Navy Skinny Palette

LORAC Navy Skinny Palette This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. While I liked the Nude palette, I found the Navy one to be rather powdery, particularly when I actually tried to use it and apply the colors to my lid. They just didn’t adhere well, and instead, had a tendency to look both powdery and uneven, plus they didn’t wear as long as the other palette did.

Navy #1 is a light, peachy-beige with warm, yellowish undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color payoff but was fairly powdery, so it was prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #2 is a medium-dark, cool-toned gray with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the texture was on the drier side, so it wasn’t as blendable as I’d like. The color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and not powdery. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #4 is a golden, olive-brown with a frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, while the powder felt soft and was easily blended on the skin. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #5 is a light-medium taupe with a gray tint and a pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, which was likely due to the soft, powdery nature of the texture, so the color sheered out considerably no matter how it was applied. On the lid, it lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #6 is a dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, though the texture was a little drier and stiffer to work with on the skin. I didn’t see any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Navy #7 is a medium black with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was on the powdery side, which resulted in semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. I had slight creasing after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

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9/10

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7/10

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7.5/10

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7.5/10

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil

Recently, there have been five new shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) released. The Velvet formula is “more powdery” than the regular formula, which is supposed to make it easier to blend and smudge out the eyeliner, if desired, for a smoky eye. Otherwise, it’s supposed to have all the long-wearing benefits of the original formula. The consistency definitely has that drier, more powdery feel that the brand talks about, and as a result, it doesn’t apply as evenly as the original pencils do. It just doesn’t glide-on as effortlessly. I find these apply best in short, small strokes and apply better as they warm up against the skin. Due to their dryness, getting really crisp, defined lines seems to be harder, so a smudging brush or tool helps to soften that edge so it looks better and more even. They wear fairly well on me, lasting at least eight hours, and either fade lightly or show some signs of smudging.

Urban Decay Cult 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep, smoky matte green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle, warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque color in a single stroke and was easily layered. The consistency was soft and glided on fairly well, but I still find that this formula is best applied in short strokes, rather than in fluid motions. It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to thin slightly. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is the only shade that is even remotely similar, but it is brighter and shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lure 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “smoky matte charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque in one stroke, and it was buildable to rich, opaque color after two layers. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before lightly smudging. bareMinerals Mesmerized (LE, $14.00) is warmer. NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lush 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich smoky matte brown.” It’s a deepened, dark brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The consistency is drier (you can definitely feel what they mean by “more powdery”), so it had a tendency to skip/drag in coverage, though it didn’t really feel stiff or stubborn when I used it on my lower lash line. It wore well for nine hours before it started to smudge along the lower edge. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is less matte. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Mahogany (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Minx 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte navy.” It’s a cool-toned, deep, dark purpled-blue with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. Again, it had that drier, powdery-like consistency that made it harder to get really crisp, defined edges and even color coverage. The color wore well for nine hours before it had slight smudging. Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $19.00) is bluer, glossier. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $29.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire (LE, $20.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Plum (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Plushie 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte purple.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged purple with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in one go, but it wasn’t very buildable as the consistency of this shade was drier than the rest, so it tended to skip and apply unevenly, which made layering the color difficult. Once on, the color did stay on well for eight and a half hours before starting to show signs of fading. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, less matte. MAC Snow Shadow (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new formula for fall. It’s described as “lightweight,” having a “burst of color–and hydration,” and is long-wearing. If you’re a fan of Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Lip Gels, I don’t think you’ll like these at all; the texture is drier, almost stiff and slightly chalky. The texture is noticeably thick and feels heavier on the lip, though it manages to look better than it feels. These are more like the old school, matte lip color. It’s imperative that you prep your lips prior to applying, as the thicker, drier formula will catch on any imperfections on the lip. I was surprised to see that these are huge–particularly for a lip pencil–at 0.15 oz., which is larger than most lipsticks, let alone jumbo lip pencil. They were also very pigmented, and these two shades wore for five to six hours (see below for specifics), but they tended to “crack” after two to three hours as the color settled into lip lines. I found the formula to be lightly drying–there was no burst of hydration whatsoever.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “coral rose.” It’s a brightened, coral-red with warm undertones and a satin matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that lasted for six hours on me but didn’t fade as evenly as I would have liked to see, as it settled into lip lines after four hours. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is redder. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is more orange. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is softer. Guerlain Gracy (LE, $51.00) is pinker, darker. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as an “electric rose.” It’s a bright, cool-toned, medium pink with blue undertones. It had full color coverage, and the color stayed on for five hours and started to “crack” and settle after three and a half hours of wear. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is brighter, bluer-based. This was the least chalky-feeling shade of the ones I tried. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is lighter. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is sheerer. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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