Friday, October 10th, 2014

NARS  Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula for the holiday color collection. It’s described as “powdered pigments with intense iridescence.” When I was swatching, it felt like a wet/dry formula, and I was able to use all three shades wet/dry without any consequences to the powder later on. The texture is soft, a little dry, and very sparkly. During application as well as during wear, there is a noticeable amount of fall out. The eyeshadows seem to have flecks of sparkle–larger than shimmer, smaller than glitter–that stick best once they’re blended out, which means it isn’t easy to remove the excess fall out merely by brushing it away. The wore well for almost eight hours on me (no primer), and they were easy to blend on the lid. They were fairly pigmented, though it varied shade to shade.

NARS Canberra Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering lavender.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a sparkling, frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff applied dry or damp, though it was smoother and easier to blend with a slightly dampened brush. When it was used dry, it had a drier quality to it. It wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing slightly, and there was a fair amount of fall out during wear. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is warmer. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is brighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is less sparkly. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is more glittery. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Gravity (LE, $18.00) is brighter, less sparkly. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is less sparkly. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Encore (P) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Gabon Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bronzed green.” It’s a dirty, dark olive green with lighter golden khaki sparkle and shimmer. This one was the driest of the three, and it takes some buffing to blend out the edges so it doesn’t look dry on the lid as well. I also felt like this one had less pigment when applied damp than dry, though it was buildable. There was some fall out during wear, and this shade lasted for eight hours before creasing. Dior Pied de Poule #5 (P) is less sparkly. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Greenluxe #4 (P) is darker. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #14 (LE, $33.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Opal Coast Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent white.” It’s a light, golden white with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage both wet and dry (application didn’t seem to be impacted either way). This one was one of the easiest shades to apply, and it had less fall out during wear. The texture was only slightly dry, but I thought this was the best of the three, despite being less pigmented. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. MAC Regal Affair (LE, $19.50) is more metallic. MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is more shimmery. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is less sparkly. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #2 (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These will launch online on October 15th and in-stores on November 1st.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is one of three, 8-pan eyeshadow palettes for the holidays. Each eyeshadow is 0.014 oz., and even though there are eight of them, it’s noticeably less than past holiday palettes. In 2012 and 2013, they were 0.14 oz., and in 2011, they contained 0.21 oz. while pricing has stayed about the same. This year’s holiday packaging is very plastic-feeling, and the “pearls” that wrap around the palette lift a bit, so I don’t know if this is going to be particularly travel-friendly as far as durability goes. Since they put eight shades into the palette, each pan is on the smaller side, though it fits a MAC 239 and 217 brush comfortably. I do not find the quality of the holiday eyeshadow palettes to be on par with the average full-sized eyeshadow. This palette is all right; it works decently on the skin, but it takes some layering and packing on to make it all work.

Sensibility is described as a “pale frosty pink [with a Frost finish].” It’s a semi-sheer, light pink with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. The texture was somewhat stiff. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Taupeless is described as an “icy pink with silver sparkle [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with silver sparkle. Lustre finishes are supposed to be sheerer shades, which this is, though the texture is also chunky and a little stiff. It lasted for eight hours, but there was fall out during wear. This shade has been out in a couple of holiday palettes previously. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum Grand is described as a “dirty frosty lavender [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark, purple plum with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, but dry, consistency. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Nocturnelle is described as a “pinked-up chrome purple [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with cool, pink undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fully opaque color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and blendable. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Fashion Beat is described as a “dirty violet grey [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, golden beige with a hint of gray and subtle, warm undertones. It had a more frosted finish, and it didn’t really have the sparkle content that you’d expect from a Lustre finish. It was also mostly opaque, which is more payoff than Lustres have. It lasted for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Subtly Elegant is described as a “light grey lilac [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-leaning taupe with subtle warm undertones and matte finish. It had really nice color payoff with a silky, velvety texture that was just a smidgen powdery. The color wore well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Shadowy Lady is described as a “blackened plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened purple-plum with a matte finish. This version seemed darker, slightly cooler-toned, than my permanent version (which is older). It had decent color payoff, but the texture was on the stiffer side, which made it harder to blend on the lid. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Magic Moor is described as a “rich blackened plum with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a blackened, plummy taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was fairly soft. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/swatch-gallery?sg=159293,144423,142943,109619,109567,108086,105593,105101,142526″>See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments
MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments

There are eight new, limited edition shades of MAC Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) in the Heirloom Mix collection, which will debut online on October 19th and hit stores/counters on the 23rd. Theese are smaller in size than the permanent versions–these are the size of a normal MAC eyeshadow and contain 0.04 oz., compared to the larger size, which contains 0.10 oz. and retails for $21 (though everything in this collection has slightly higher prices due to the limited edition packaging, presumably). Pressed Pigments are supposed to give a “high shine” when applied dry or a more “dramatic wet look” when applied damp. It has “sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage.” For as sparkly as a lot of these are, the fall out is a lot less than I’d expect with most dropping within the first few hours, but the majority does seem to stay on the lid. I experienced creasing somewhere between seven and eight hours. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented both dry and wet, though all were smoother wet. Sometimes the pigment (not the glitter) portion clumps together when you try to blend, so there’s a crumbly quality to the product that makes it harder to apply and blend (especially dry).

I have a very love/hate relationship with the Pressed Pigments. Often, they have a very pretty, sparkling appearance on the lids, and while far from perfected, they can be lovely in real life as the light catches all of the flecks and sparkles. The light to medium shades are more forgiving, while the darker ones are more nuanced and complex, but they are more difficult to apply and blend out. If you’re a really big fan of glitter and don’t mind some fall out (or have a good, go-to adhesive base), you might still want to take a look. If you’re a no-fallout kind of person, I’d look elsewhere for your glitter fix. Also, if you have a lot of the other shades released from this formula, it seemed like there was a noticeable amount of overlap with past releases (see comparison/dupe links below).

MAC Enchantment Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “violet with blue violet sparkles.” It’s a deep, dark, blackened navy blue with sparkle and finer blue shimmer. It was quite opaque applied dry or damp, though it was easier to smooth out on the skin with applied damp as the consistency was a little dry around the edges. You’ll need to spend some extra time blending it out if you use it dry. It’s definitely not a buildable formula, though it is a formula that can be sheered out the more you blend it. On me, the color lasts a seven and a half hours before creasing, but there is continual fall out during the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Majesty Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark brown base with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm, orange undertones and a teal sparkle. There is a “green pearl” to it in a sense, but it is hard to see once it is applied to th eskin. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but a crumbly, while applied damp, it was smoother. The color wore well for eight hours before creasing, but there was fall out while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Noble Descent Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “pearly smoky mauve.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a sparkling finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque with a smoother, more metallic sheen. This one was easier to apply to the skin, as it blended out more readily. It showed signs of creasing after seven hours of wear, and it did a small amount of fall out throughout wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Noblesse Oblige Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “frosty wood.” It’s a warm-toned pewter–a mix of gold, taupe, and gray–with a sparkling, glittery finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and lighter, warmer in appearance, while applied damp, it was more glittery and opaque. Again, the wear wasn’t bad–seven and a half hours–before creasing occurred, but there is some fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nostalgic Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “soft light salmon beige.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a metallic, sparkling finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied damp. It started to crease after seven hours of wear, and it had some fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Prim and Proper Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black gray with silver sparkles.” It’s a cool-toned, blackened gray with silver sparkle. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, and applied damp, it was more opaque, metallic, and tended to clump together. This shade was difficult to apply both wet and dry, as dry, it was dry and stiff, where the color clumped together and specks (didn’t really apply like a powder eyeshadow, more like loose glitter), but damp application seemed to make it stick without blending much. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear, and I had a fair amount of fall out with this one throughout the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Regal Affair Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “white base with fine opal pearl.” It’s a warm, white gold with a sparkling, metallic sheen. It can be clumpy and crumbly, so I’d recommend using a firmer brush to press and work the product into the skin, which helps it smooth out. This shade lasted for seven hours before creasing slightly, and it had only a small amount of fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Victorian Plum Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “plum with violet pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a sparkly finish. This was an interesting shade, as it was actually a bit more opaque applied dry than damp, though both application methods yielded high pigment. It was smoother when applied with a damp brush. This had a drier consistency, which was particularly noticeable when I was applying it to the lid and trying to blend. There was some fall out during wear, and it started to crease after eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Enchantment

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glasses
MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Ceremonial Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “hot pink with sparkles.” It’s a fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and very fine violet shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage applied, and it did settle slightly into lip lines. It wore well for two and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. MAC Vibrant Vibe (P, $22.00) is similar. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is more muted. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is more opaque. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Courting Chic Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “deep berry red with gold sparkles.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which applied fairly evenly, though some color settled into lip lines. It lasted for three hours on me and was hydrating while worn. MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is redder, brighter. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Chanel Triomphal (LE, $32.00) is more opaque. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Romantic Overture Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “clear base with sparkles.” It’s not quite clear–it’s more like a peach-tinted base with a smattering of champagne sparkle. It definitely adds warmth to the lips, but it doesn’t add much color. It lasts an hour and a half on me, unfortunately, though it is comfortable to wear. There’s not much to it, so there are several similar shades that tend to look the same applied: See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seeking Adoration Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “plummy pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with subtle gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color payoff and applied evenly for the most part. The consistency was comfortable to wear, hydrating, and lasted for two hours. Sisley Paris Berry (5) (P, $50.00) is less glossy, brighter. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is brighter. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is brighter. MAC New Love (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is similar. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is more muted, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Social Season Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “violet with blue sparkles.” It’s a semi-sheer, muted fuchsia pink with silver and violet sparkle. It applies fairly evenly and feels comfortable to wear as it has a very creamy consistency. The color only lasts for two hours, though. Revlon Sugar Violet (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Rhythm (LE, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is similar. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These glosses are from the upcoming Heirloom Mix collection, which launches online on October 19th and hits stores/counters on October 23rd. International locations should see this sometime in November.

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Courting Chic

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

MAC Crazed Imagination Blush
MAC Crazed Imagination Blush

MAC Crazed Imagination Blush (24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted plum with a hint of pink pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, browner. MAC Lavish Living (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is warmer, redder. MAC Plum Foolery (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Stratus (LE, $27.00) is warmer, browner. Chanel Rose Temptation (LE, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I think this is the type of color that is very wearable across skin tones, and the finish is shimmery without emphasizing pores or skin imperfections, but the blush wasn’t without texture issues, so it may not be worth the trek and fight at MAC stores today (it launches at MAC stores only today). The texture was stiffer, a little dry. It seemed to get better after I rubbed away the top few layers, but it was still a little dry (but not as stiff) underneath. Applied, it sits well on the skin, blends fairly readily, and wears eight hours before fading slightly.

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

L'Oreal Highlighter (230) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
L’Oreal Highlighter (230) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a long-wearing, smudge-proof formula that will glide on smoothly and last for 16 hours You can see the first three I reviewed here. I’m quite fond of this formula overall, but that wear claim is substantial and these just don’t make it even close to it–the best wear I get is about ten hours. There is still visible eyeliner on after as long as fourteen hours, but it’s much, much thinner and less vibrant. The color payoff and glide-on consistency are the most impressive aspects of the formula, even with their brighter, more colorful shades.

L’Oreal Highlighter (230) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a pink-peach with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff in a single stroke and remains that way even if layered. It wears nine hours on me, though that’s not the full 16-hours as marketed. The consistency is creamy, easy to apply, and doesn’t tug on the lash line. Marc Jacobs Beauty Obey-ge (66) (P, $25.00) is more sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll (P, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

L’Oreal Green Ivy (270) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single pass. This one I had to be careful applying, as too much layering seemed cause uneven application, but it is quite pigmented in one go, so it isn’t necessary. The consistency is lightly creamy and glides right on. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me before thinning down. Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Snakeskin Dress (17) (P, $9.00) is lighter. MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter. bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is warmer, browner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

L’Oreal Silver Sky (290) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner ($8.99 for 0.03 oz.) is a brightened, sparkling silver. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one pass, but it was never fully opaque no matter the layers. This was my least favorite out of the six I’ve tried (I hope to buy the others when I see them on sale). It glided on, but it had more texture due to the sparkles in it. It wore well for eight hours. Urban Decay Cuff (P, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Silver Skates (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Chrome (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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