Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Amaze Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “metallic rose gold with [glitter].” It’s a slightly muted, medium coppery brown with a warm, golden metallic finish and a smattering of micro-glitter. It’s very pigmented, but the texture is a little chunkier applied to the lid. This was a shade that seemed to apply better with a flat synthetic brush or fingertips to minimize texture issues on the lid. Once on, the color lasted for ten hours without fading or creasing, but there was some fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop So Quiche Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft olive with … gold and pink violet glittery duochrome metallic finish.” It’s a dirty, olive-brown with warm undertones and pink and gold micro-glitter over a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation that went on fairly smoothly without bunching up (using a regular brush). It didn’t have show signs of fading or creasing over the ten-hour period I wore it, but there was some minor fall out over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Hustle Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “burgundy violet with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, berry-burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but it needed two layers to be true to pan. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Glitterati Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “icy silver laced with tons of gold glitter.” It’s a cooler-toned white gold with light-medium gold glitter. It’s very glittery, and it was one of the harder shades to work with from all of the shades I’ve tried from the brand. It bunched up and looked thicker on the lid, which gave my eyelid a very textured, almost wrinkled, look. Even applied with fingertips, it tended to look heavy. It was better applied and then sheered out, though just beware that there is a ton of glitter fall out if you blend this shade. It lasted for nine hours with light creasing after that, and it had a fair amount of fall out during wear. This shade was part of the Down with Decorum holiday set, which just recently was removed from their website. You never know, though, they might bring it back (they made several of the holiday shades permanent). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a semi-sheer, peachy-coral with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied fairly evenly and was comfortable to wear. The gloss lasted for three hours on me. It’s nowhere near the coverage Maybelline markets the formula as having, though. If you like sheerer glosses and aren’t sensitive to taste (the Color Elixirs have a strong soap-like/perfume-like taste), it might be worth considering. Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, more opaque. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is pinker. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is redder. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is less shimmery. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is brighter, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Glistening Coral (525) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium orange with very subtle gold pearl. As it is semi-sheer, the natural lip color will influence how this looks on–for me, it looks more coral (stronger pink) than orange. It lasted for two and a half hours and could have applied a bit more evenly. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is pinker, more opaque. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is more orange. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Lust for Mauve (535) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a rosy plum with warm undertones and beige and mauve shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage where a lot of the natural lip color is visible, but it did add noticeable color and shimmer when I applied it. This shade wore well for four hours. NARS Corsica (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more opaque. MAC Private Party (LE, $20.00) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Guerlain Rosy Silk Kiss Kiss Lipstick
Guerlain Rosy Silk Kiss Kiss Lipstick

Guerlain Rosy Silk Kiss Kiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “silky pink.” It’s a soft, light-medium pink with warm undertones, gold shimmer, and a luminous finish. Tom Ford Beauty Flynn (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Ian (LE, $32.00) is less pink, less warm-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Addison (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, less glossy. Too Faced Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny (LE, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Soft Savour (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more matte. Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had semi-sheer color coverage; enough pigment to alter the lip color but still translucent so the natural lip color will come through. The consistency was emollient with a fair amount of slip, and though the color could be smoothed into place, you will see “lines” if you press your lips together, as the color moves around. It pulled into lip lines slightly, but it didn’t seem to worsen over time. This shade lasted for three hours on me but was nicely hydrating, at least. This is the type of color that is right up my alley, but it seems hard to execute.

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass

On January 20th, MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink with sparkling pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with lighter pink and teal sparkle and shimmer. It looks a lot more muted on the lips, and it’s sheer enough that whatever your natural lip color is will greatly impact how this looks on you. The amount and type of sparkle (it’s very iridescent on) makes it harder to dupe, I think. Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) (P, $8.99) is darker, cooler-toned, less sparkly. MAC Social Season (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Seeking Adoration (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #505 (P, $29.00) is more pigmented, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s sheer, though also quite sparkly, so it will tint the lips a pink-red color while adding a lot of sparkle. I wish the description was more in line with the opacity-level actually seen. If your lips are redder naturally, I’d expect little color difference. It does pair and layer well with the lipstick, though I think any sparkly gloss will do the same. I liked how it applied fairly evenly without setling into lip lines heavily. The consistency is moderately tacky, but it is thinner than most shades in the permanent range for Lipglass (feels like a newer Lipglass to me). It lasted for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. I really love the Viva Glam line, so if sheer gloss is your cup of tea, it’s still worth checking out, and if you’re not keen on this shade, perhaps consider one of the other Viva Glam shades.

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

For spring, there are four new shades of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to a “brilliantly reflective look” that can be applied wet or dry (the brand recommends applying with fingertips). It’s supposed to have “sophisticated” sparkle and not “chunky glitter.” They’re really pretty and dazzling, and they’re certainly going to be more reflective and sparkly in person or as they move than in a still shot. That being said, there is a fair amount of fall out applying these, and there is some fall out over time (it is surprisingly less than you’d expect, given just how packed these are with sparkle!). The sparkle is finer than true glitter, and the flecks love to adhere to my under eye area. It seems like only full makeup remover and a cotton pad or tape will remove the majority. The texture feels fairly smooth in the pan and almost has a wet consistency. They tend to work best with a dampened brush (wetter than I’d normally use for a regular eyeshadow as well).

Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic white with iridescent 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a sparkly, bright white with flecks of white sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry, and it was semi-opaque applied with a damp brush. I had a noticeable amount of fall out during wear, though the color didn’t crease for eight hours. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is sheerer. Chanel Fantasme (P, $36.00) is not as bright. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light purple with pink-blue 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a muted, blackened purple with a hint of gray and pink and blue sparkle (the pink almost looks copper at times). It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied damp. The texture was finer, and the sparkle seemed to bind better with this shade (perhaps because the base was more pigmented). While the color itself lasted for eight hours, there was fall out during wear. Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte black with gold 3D sparkle.” It is a muted, dark black with warm undertones with more of a satin-matte finish topped off with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle doesn’t translate as well on the lid compared to other shades, which may be due to the more matte (and more opaque) base color, but it also seemed less sparkly in general. It was easier to work with, and it had less fall out, but it looked more like a satiny black applied (it darkened with little sparkle). It lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is less golden. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic pink-red with green 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper-brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a bluish-teal duochrome. The duochrome was more present on the lid than swatched, but it will perform best when layered over a darker base (the reddish tones will work in the background and let the duochrome sparkle come to the foreground). The color payoff was semi-opaque both wet and dry, but the dry application made the product apply more smoothly. This particular shade seemed chunkier, not as smooth as the other shades. It lasted for eight hours without creasing, but there was a fair amount of fall out that went on throughout wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE) is less sparkly. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is greener, less sparkly. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is less sparkly, stronger teal tone to it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, January 5th, 2015

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick
Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick

Here are the last three shades of the new Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.). This formula is supposed to have “sheer, pigmented color” with a “high-shine finish” and “buttery-smooth application.” The texture is thicker than traditional lip balm, but it has the “stiffer” feel where it starts to melt upon contact of the lips. It isn’t as thick or as creamy as the original Revolution formula (and obviously, these aren’t as pigmented). The pigmentation is semi-sheer to semi-opaque noticeable translucency but still that “sheer (yet still pigmented!)” color they seemed to be after. I wish I found these hydrating, but they weren’t drying either.

Urban Decay Sheer Slowburn Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “sheer orange-red.” It’s a brightened, orange-red with warm undertones and a light sheen. It had semi-opaque to mostly opaque pigmentation–you can see my lip freckle slightly, but it is one of the more pigmented shades in the range. It has a thinner feel and doesn’t look as “heavy” on in comparison to the original Revolution formula, but it did seem too pigmented relative to the positioning of this formula. It wore well for four and a half hours. MAC 5 Alarm (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Fashion Trip (LE, $22.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is more opaque. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is more opaque, less shiny. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is similar. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is more opaque, brighter. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is darker. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Sheer F-Bomb Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “sheer red.” It’s a muted, pinky-red with subtle cool undertones and a light shine. It looked almost warm-toned against my skin tone, but I think it will lean pinker on cooler complexions. It had semi-opaque color payoff that covered evenly for the most part and glided on easily. The color wore well for five hours on me. Burberry Oxblood No. 214 (P, $33.00) is warmer. MAC Red Necessity (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Sheer Shame Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “sheer berry.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry red with a light shine. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it applied unevenly and looked splotchy at times. It wore well for four and a half hours. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is more opaque, less glossy. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Emotion (92) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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