Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Night Bird Eyeliner
NARS Night Bird Eyeliner

NARS Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a new set of eyeliners available in four shades debuting this fall. They are being added to the permanent range, and they are black-based with colored pearl. The consistency of these was stiff, so they did tug somewhat at the lash line and didn’t apply with rich, opaque color coverage. They required three to four passes if you wanted a really solid line, though I found short, back-and-forth strokes to be the best application method for these due to the stiffer consistency. All four wore up to ten hours on me before I saw some very slight fading and a little migration to the outer corner of the lid, but they were quite long-wearing once they were on. At the price, I’d recommend checking out NARS Eye Paints, as it is a better formula with far more product (and $1 more), and three shades are similar to three of the pencils here.

NARS Night Bird Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with purple pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with violet and plum shimmer. It was sheer and more of a faded, warm-toned black with a couple of bits of purple shimmer here and there in one stroke. When I tried to layer it, I was able to semi-opaque color, but it didn’t layer evenly, so it doesn’t give a really rich, solid line of color. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Permaplum (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Tatar (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Clubbing Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a softened, medium black with warm undertones and a very, very slight gold shimmer (which is almost imperceptible once applied). It was semi-sheer when applied in one stroke, but this one built up better and layered to mostly opaque coverage. MAC Local Wares (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Avenue (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Flight Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with cobalt blue pearl.” It’s a dark black with navy blue shimmer, so it looks more like a pearly, blackened blue. It was semi-sheer when applied in one go, and then it built up to mostly opaque coverage, though it was a bit uneven. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Night Trail (P, $20.00) is similar. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is is lighter. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Porter Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and cool-toned, emerald green shimmer. It had sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers

Zoya’s summer collection, Bubbly, features six shades with holographic sparkle, and this is a review of three of those shades. I’m usually drawn to Zoya’s summer collection, because they have such a magical sparkle to them. This year was no exception in that regard, though opacity was lacking. Two shades were less pigmented than described, and they would need at least three coats or underwear to achieve full coverage. The formula was slightly thin but not watery or difficult to apply, and I had exceptionally good wear out of this finish from Zoya. (Keep in mind, however, that almost nothing chips on me.)

Zoya Binx Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “spicy orchid purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but it had a bit of translucency and visible nail line. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. This shade wore well for almost ten days with minor tip wear when I tested it. Formula X Astrolady (P, $12.50) is lighter. Illamasqua Fire Rose (P, $17.00) is warmer, less holographic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Stassi Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “brilliant citron green with a gold metallic glaze and holographic finish.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned green with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was semi-sheer after I applied two coats, though the color went on evenly. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more glittery. Zoya Rikki (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned, different finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Muse Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold.” It’s a medium-dark blue with aqua green and gold shimmer and holographic micro-glitter. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but there was visible nail line. If you want more opaque color, I think you would need three coats. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. This shade wore well for ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping. Revlon Radiant (LE, $4.99) reminded me of the glittery bits but is almost clear in color (more of a top coat). Zoya Maisie (P, $9.00) has similar holographic sparkle but isn’t the same. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

MAC Green Room Eyeshadow
MAC Green Room Eyeshadow

MAC Green Room Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone teal [with a Satin finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark green-teal with a mostly matte finish. There’s a very, very subtle sheen to it, but applied, it really looks and acts like a matte finish eyeshadow. Giorgio Armani Iridescent Jade (LE) is more shimmery. NARS Misfit #2 (P, $24.00) is brighter. MAC Newly Minted (DC, $15.00) is warmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Turquoise (P, $14.00) is brighter, lighter. Make Up For Ever #53 (P, $20.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the powder was thin, slightly dry, though it had decent to good color payoff and wasn’t too difficult to blend. It didn’t seem to stain my lids while worn, which was nice, as a lot of the deeper teal eyeshadows have a tendency to do so. I wish the texture was denser, because I think it would make the product easier to work with and more pigmented. Applied, it wore well for almost eight hours before fading.

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “neutral tan with silver sheen.” It’s a muted, medium copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Bronzer (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #3 (LE) is warmer, more golden. MAC Perfectly Poised (Outer) (LE, $32.00) is more orange. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is more orange. MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is more orange, coppery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The last time I swatched this shade was when it released in 2007, so it’s been awhile! I couldn’t find one in my stash, so I’m not able to compare the original to the current version. The texture of the powder was soft and fairly smooth, but it was powdery, so there was excess product kicked up in the pan as well as when applied. It will buff away easily enough, but I wish it was smoother. It had good color payoff, and it could be applied with a lighter hand or a fan brush for a warm glow with less color, but it does yield a fair amount of color. The finish is quite metallic and though MAC says “silver sheen” it reads golden on my skin. There was some emphasis of pores and the skin’s natural texture, unfortunately. Applied, the color wore well for seven hours before looking faded and patchy. It’s neat to see MAC bring back a long-ago shade from the range to make permanent, but between this, Cheeky Bronze, and Gold Deposit, they really could have brought back one or two other, more differentiated shades.

The new packaging is glossy black, but the size is the same as the previous compacts. The bottom of the compact is curved inward, so these will fit more snugly together for better storage. They contain the same amount of product, but MAC increased the price from $30.00 to $32.00.

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz. each) is now available in five new shades! It looks like most are out of stock at the moment, but they should be restocked soon. All five shades are new and permanent.

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium sand shade with a matte finish.” It’s a medium brown with a subtle gray-tinge and a satin finish. It had a very slight sheen when I swatched–not totally matte. The color payoff was nice, and the texture was soft, silky, and very blendable. I could see this shade being a real workhorse for some! On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading. LORAC Lt. Brown (P) is more matte. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer. Clarins The Essentials #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Taupe (P) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is lighter. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Glass Slipper Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale teal with slight shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, bluish-teal with a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, but when I worked with on the lid, I felt like the product didn’t transfer as well from the brush to the lid so the color needed to be built up and packed on to a degree. Once on, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is darker. NARS China Seas #1 (P, $24.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $15.00) is greener. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Pop Culture Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “vibrant iridescent lavender purple.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a soft, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was a lot sheerer than most shades by the brand, though the texture was soft and blendable. The color was buildable in two to three layers. When worn, it wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Maybelline Potent Purple (P, $6.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is brighter. MAC Parfait Amour (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale silver with purple iridescence.” It’s a cool-toned beige with a subtle pink-to-green duochrome. The duochrome is very subtle; sometimes it just looks more like a silvery beige applied, so it depends a lot on what else it is paired with. The texture was very soft and buttery, while the color payoff was good. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Iridescent Iris (LE, $14.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is more metallic. MAC Vex (P, $15.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Shark Bait Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “blue based green with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, blue-leaning teal with a matte finish. The texture was really soft, but it was also noticeably powdery, so it was messier to use. The color payoff was semi-opaque, but it’s a shade that’s best patted on in two layers. I also felt like it performed better with a primer than on bare skin, as the color was never fully opaque on bare skin alone. theBalm #43 (P, $6.50) is similar. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is greener. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

MAC Screaming Bright, Silver Dew, Formidable Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Screaming Bright, Silver Dew, Formidable Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Screaming Bright Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, slightly warm-toned gold with a pearly, slightly metallic, finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish spread evenly across the nail without a fuss. It dried down slightly faster than other shades in the range. There were very slightly visible brush strokes, but they weren’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. NARS Gold Viper (LE, $20.00) is more metallic. L’Oreal The Statement Piece (LE, $6.99) is more glittery. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Swinger (P, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cruising (P, $10.00) is darker, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Silver Dew Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold glitter base with multi-colored large glitter [with a Glitter finish].” It’s a glittering, white gold with larger multi-colored glitter. It was semi-sheer after two coats with noticeable translucency. It might be better as a top coat, though it’s almost too pigmented for that. Chanel Pearl Drop (LE, $27.00) was the closest I had in color, but it has such a different finish, so I wouldn’t consider them dupes.

MAC Formidable Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “teal green with pink multi-changing pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a plummy purple base with iridescent shimmer that shifts from bluish-teal to fiery pink-plum. It’s semi-opaque after two coats (it’s really a three-coater, if you want nice results). The shimmer/pearl disperses fairly evenly, and it dries down to a lightly glossy finish. It had a slightly thinner consistency, but it didn’t pool along the edges or seem watery. Orly Galaxy Girl is very similar (thanks for the reminders!).

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