Sunday, January 12th, 2014

NARS Annees Larger Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Annees Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) sees the introduction of two new and permanent shades to the range with the spring collection. For spring, both shades are described sheer (and are). Otherwise, the formula is a thick, tacky gloss that is longer-wearing.  I found both of these fairly sticky but very high-shine.  If you have thinner lips, you’ll love the very small, fine applicator brush for applying the gloss, and if you have fuller lips, it may be less of an upside. After wearing both shades, neither was hydrating nor drying.

Annees is described as a “sheer violet.” It’s a light-medium, pink-tinged lavender with a creamy finish. Applied, it has more of a milky consistency and look, so it doesn’t apply as evenly as one would like and does settle into lip lines. Due to the way it applies, it’s a color I’d apply over a more opaque lipstick or lip liner. It had semi-sheer color coverage. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. It actually swatched more like Coeur Sucre but ends up looking more like International Velvet applied. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Pagoda (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Chanel Bagatelle (P, $29.50) is also shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Bimini is described as a “sheer pink guava.” It’s a medium peachy-orange with fine shimmer. It applied evenly, easily, and had sheer coverage. It lasted for four hours on me, which is average wear, but this is a long-wearing formula, so I would have expected even better wear. MAC Good Lovin’ (LE, $15.00) is browner. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pure Flattery (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Celestial Kiss (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color

For spring, Maybelline’s added ten shades of “nude” that range from the very, very palest beige to muted mauves to deep plums. I greatly appreciate that Maybelline considered the spectrum of skin tones when they thought about flesh-colored lipsticks, because what’s “nude” for one skin tone isn’t going to be nude for everyone. I’m working my way through them, and these are the first three I tested (I’ve been testing them in numerical order, just in case you’re waiting for a particular shade to be reviewed). The consistency is creamy, lightly emollient with noticeable slip, and is lightly to moderately hydrating. The wear time depends on the shade (specified below).

Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a very light beige with a pink tint and satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it had one of the more unforgiving applications of the shades released in this collection. It tended to catch and emphasize any dryness or imperfections on the lips, so it is imperative to exfoliating prior applyling to this. It is also difficult to keep it in place and looking even, as the color tended to bunch up on itself and leave lines. I patted a lot of the color into place with my fingertip, and you can see lines from my fingerprints! This shade wore well for three hours on me. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Naked (LE, $16.00) is slightly grayer. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Fleshpot (P, $16.00) less pink. See comparison swatches.

Blushing Beige (915) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a smidgen of rosiness to its tone and satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips, and like Bare All, it wasn’t the most forgiving of textures/finishes. The color wore well for three hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is pinker. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nude Lust (920) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium peachy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color with slight translucency. The texture was more forgiving on the lips, but I did have some issues with getting it to stay in place and look even, as the consistency is just thick enough with enough slip that can bunch up. Nude Lust lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #111 (P, $32.00) is shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Revlon Elusive Nail Enamel
Revlon Elusive Nail Enamel

Revlon Elusive Nail Enamel ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is satin-matte black cream with fine bluish-teal glitter and larger bluish-teal hexagon-shaped glitter. It dries down to a semi-matte finish–a little sheen but still quite flat. There will be some noticeable texture due to the larger glitters without a top coat. It was opaque after two coats, and there was good dispersion of the glitters as I applied each coat. I didn’t have to pull or tug the glitters into place. The consistency was slightly thick, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply overall. Cult Nails Living Water (LE, $12.00) is the only one I could think of that was even similar, but it doesn’t have any larger-sized glitters. See comparison swatches.

Rich Nail Enamel ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a smoky, green-tinged gold–like a mix of metallic gold and pewter–with a metallic finish. It dried down with a natural, high-shine finish, but the color coverage wasn’t opaque after two coats. The bigger drawback was that it didn’t apply evenly. It’s a polish that really needs three coats to work. The consistency was slightly thick, so three coats will take some patience and careful application to avoid it becoming too thick. Urban Decay Addiction (LE, $15.00) is darker. SpaRitual Slate (LE, $10.00) is warmer, finer shimmer. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Party of Pastels Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cooler-toned pink-themed palette. It is a lighter alternative to A Medley of Mauves. The palette contains a bright silver, light pink, pinky-lilac, and a plum. I noticed significant fall out with this palette, particularly owing to the silver and the plum shade, which had very sparkly finishes (the other two were more pearly/smooth). Oddly enough, the actual colors of both of those shades lasted longer than the two more pearled ones! After eight hours, there was just a smidgen of fading with the silver and plum shades, but more noticeable fading with the other two.

A Party of Pastels #1 is a bright, frosted silver with cool undertones. It was powdery, though soft to be sure. Applied dry, it was sheer, and then applied with a damp brush, it was mostly opaque but was difficult to get fully even and opaque–it always looked a little sheer. I tried layering it on the lid, and it never smoothed out completely. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is a touch darker. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #6 (P) is slightly darker. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is similar. NARS Silver Factory (LE, $24.00) is a cream product. NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is a cream product. MAC Extra Silver (LE, $19.50) is less cool-toned. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is similar. Giorgio Armani #17 (LE, $33.00) is also similar. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is less frosted, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

A Party of Pastels #2 is a light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage when applied dry, and it wasn’t too powdery. Applied with a dampened brush, it was more opaque. Too Faced Coquet (LE) is slightly warmer. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is darker. MAC Dare to Bare (LE, $21.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Pastelluxe #3 (P) is more metallic. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Good Fortune (LE, $16.50) is a cream product. bareMinerals Glitterati (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

A Party of Pastels #3 is a pink-tinged lavender with a frosted, metallic sheen. Again, applied dry it had sheer color payoff and then was more opaque when applied damp (and the finish became more metallic, too). MAC Joy & Laughter #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Ready to Party (LE, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is less metallic. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is similar. Dior Garden Roses #5 (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

A Party of Pastels #4 is a pink-tinged plum with a sparkling, frosted finish. Applied dry, it was a sheer wash, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was semi-opaque. MAC A Medley of Mauves #2 (P, $21.00) is a touch pinker. bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is purpler. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is darker. MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is similar–has more of a sheen. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014

MAC A Harvest of Greens Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Harvest of Greens Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Harvest of Greens Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a warm-toned quad with earthy shades. It contains a medium brown, olive brown, olive green, and a medium-dark brown. The darkest brown shade was most troublesome, as the texture was drier and stiffer, which resulted in poorer color payoff even when applied damp, and then it was difficult to blend out. The olive brown had similar issues but to a lesser degree, so it was more workable. The olive green was the easiest shade to work with. The medium brown and olive green shades wore well for almost eight hours on me, while the olive brown had some fading after seven hours and the dark brown was noticeably faded after six hours of wear.

A Harvest of Greens #1 is a muted, beige-shimmered orange-toned brown with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and frosted, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque and metallic. This shade was noticeably powdery when used dry. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker, browner. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is browner. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is less metallic. Clinique Ample Amber (P, $16.00) is a cream product, less metallic. MAC Tan (LE, $21.00) is similar but a little rosier. Make Up For Ever #28E (P, $20.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

A Harvest of Greens #2 is a khaki brown with a hint of olive green and a pearly sheen. It had sheer, slightly uneven, color payoff when applied dry–working with it dry, it seemed a little stiff–and then applied with a fairly dampened brush, it was smoother and more opaque. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever #148 (P, $20.00) is greener, less brown. MAC Soba (P, $15.00) is browner. Dior Golden Savannah #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

A Harvest of Greens #3 is an olive green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. The texture was fairly soft and smooth for both applications. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is greener, darker. Clinique Whopping Willow (P, $16.00) is a cream product, darker. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is greener. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is also greener. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is darker, greener. Makeup Geek Liquid Gold (P, $6.99) is more golden, yellower. Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed (P, $6.80) is lighter. Sugarpill Goldilux (P, $12.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

A Harvest of Greens #4 is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture of this one was drier and stiffer–it was harder to blend and even out on the skin. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque, but the damp application made it even harder to blend. This one also faded noticeably after six hours of wear, which was faster than the other shades. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is darker. Urban Decay Factory (P, $18.00) is rosier. Too Faced Chestnut (LE) is warmer. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is darker, rosier. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Buckwheat (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Havana (LE, $19.50) is darker. Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is rosier. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, December 28th, 2013

MAC Instigator Lipstick
MAC Instigator Lipstick

MAC Instigator Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a deep, berry-wine with a satin finish. Officially, it’s labeled as a matte (not a Retro Matte), but it has a noticeable sheen for the first hour of wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a noticeable berry stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is very similar–just more matte. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is slightly purpler, less berry but comparable. See comparison swatches.

Punk Couture Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened grape [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a satin finish. I had trouble getting the color to apply evenly, as it had a tendency to gather/clump in places. It had mostly full color coverage, but I would apply this with a lip brush to improve the evenness.  The color lasted for five and a half hours, but it did seem to settle into lip lines as it wore on. Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is brighter, less cool-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is a bit darker, less pink/red. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is a more muted, grayer purple. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are sold out online, and the only real way to get them would be to track them down at a store/counter, or possibly, if MAC restocks it online (but you can’t count on a restock, and you never know when it might occur!). Also, just as an FYI, my Punk Couture lipstick arrived smashed against the top of the inside of the cap, and it had fallen entirely out of the base (so it was loose).

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