Monday, January 5th, 2015

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick
Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick

To recap, the new Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) 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 Obsessed Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “sheer baby pink.” It’s a light-medium, slightly muted, rosy pink with cool undertones and a light shine. This one was semi-sheer to semi-opaque and tended to look uneven any time I pressed my lips together. It’s just thick enough where it can do that, but it doesn’t feel heavy on. It lasted for four hours on me. Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is warmer. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is similar. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is more opaque, lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Sheer Liar Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “sheer pinky-brown nude.” It’s a muted, medium brown with a hint of rose and a light shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. It was comfortable to wear and almost a little hydrating on me over the four hours it lasted. Buxom Dolly (LE, $21.00) is less glossy. Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is darker. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is similar. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is warmer, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Sheer Streak Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “sheer coral-pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and glided without tugging on the lips. It was comfortable to wear and easy to apply. This shade lasted for four hours on me. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is warmer, brighter. MAC Phosphorescent (LE, $17.00) is pinker. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is less glossy. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is a touch pinker. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is brighter. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is pinker lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is brighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is brighter. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is glossier, warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is more opaque, more muted. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is lighter. Guerlain Georgia (P, $51.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Sheer Walk of Shame Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “sheer pale nude-pink.” It’s a sheer, golden beige with subtle gold pearl. It almost looked like it was going to veer towards clear when I swatched it, but it does actually have more color to its base. It noticeably lightened my lip color and muted my lip freckle, but it doesn’t apply all that evenly and tended to pull into lip lines a bit. I didn’t feel like it settled much more over time, but this shade only lasted three hours. Burberry Gold No. 217 (LE, $33.00) is sheerer. Chanel Volage (227) (LE, $34.00) is less glossy. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is similar. Chanel Charmeuse (142) (LE, $34.00) is warmer. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Moody Margot (106) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $35.00) is similar. Chanel Gourmandise (76) (P, $35.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

ColourPop Bunny Lippie Stix
ColourPop Bunny Lippie Stix

ColourPop Bunny Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “rich emerald green with small flecks of emerald glitter in a pearlized finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle, warm yellow undertones and cooler-toned, emerald green shimmer. It had smei-opaque color coverage that went on more evenly than expected, but it was a little streaky and uneven in places due to the more emollient consistency. It lasted for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Risque (P, $6.00) is a lot cooler-toned. Dolce and Gabbana Smeraldo (LE, $33.00) is darker and cooler-toned, though it is also a lot sheerer. See comparison swatches
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ColourPop Charm Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “true mid-tone minty green in a satin finish.” It’s a brightened, light-medium aqua green with warm undertones and a satin finish. The consistency is creamy with a little slip, but it doesn’t slide around, and this shade had mostly opaque color coverage but could have been more pigmented (not quite full coverage as promised). It pulled into lip lines after two and a half hours and worsened until removed with a total wear time of four hours. It’s definitely a shade that would likely benefit from the matching lip liner available through the brand (I don’t have it). NYX Key Lime (P, $6.00) is brighter, greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Raw Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0352 oz.) is described as a “clean aqua blue shade with a satin finish.” It’s a medium, aqua blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly full color coverage, but it didn’t go on perfectly evenly or smoothly. The texture seemed a little thinner with more slip, which gave it some streakiness. Again, I think picking up the matching lip pencil for this shade might be necessary to really make this sing. It settled slightly into lip lines after three and a half hours, but the higher slip in the formula made it easier to press lips together and smooth the color out again. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NYX Pistachio (P, $6.00) is lighter. NYX Scandalous (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It can be tough to get non-traditional lip colors like these right, and ColourPop’s attempts are impressive, even if not perfect. I think if you found NYX’s Wicked/Macaron Lippies to have too much slip, this formula will feel more comfortable and be easier to apply, as they’re significantly less emollient. I’m going to try to remember to grab some of the lip pencils next time I order from them, as now I’m curious how those might perform and if they would improve the wear here (in theory, they should) or if, perhaps, they’re wearable on their own. I did pick up a few of the more traditional colors last order, so for those who wanted to see those, hopefully I can share sometime in the next couple of months.

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Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Chanel Insaisissable (152) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Insaisissable (152) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Insaisissable (152) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vivid coral.” It’s a brightened, medium coral with warm, orange undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly, but I thought the texture was a little thin and not quite stiff, but not creamy either. It was lightly drying over the five hours it lasted on me, unfortunately. Tom Ford Beauty Adriano (LE, $32.00) is slightly darker. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is similar. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is glossier, slightly pinker. Dior Sunset (660) (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Bite Beauty Blood Orange (LE, $24.00) is more orange. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $35.00) is less pigmented. MAC Toxic Tale (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel (LE, $51.00) is glossier, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Badine (154) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a light-medium, slightly muted pink with subtle, warm undertones and a light shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly. The texture was more emollient than Insaisissable, but I felt like this one bunched up in places as I applied–almost as if it was catching on flakes I didn’t know I had (but I don’t really see what I felt in the close-up image). This shade lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is brighter, more matte. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is similar. Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is a smidgen darker. Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is lighter. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer
MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer

MAC Lightness of Being Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale beige.” It’s a light, warm beige with a jelly-cream finish. There’s a plushness to it, while it’s still a milkier color. It had semi-sheer color coverage after two coats (and the polish is thick enough that I don’t think a third will work easily). It’s a little streaky and doesn’t level out completely, unfortunately. I typically get good wear out of MAC’s formula–a week with minor tip wear–but the application on this shade was tricky. Chanel Secret (625) (P, $27.00) is more opaque. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is more opaque. Rescue Beauty Lounge Thank You (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker. Chanel Beige Petale (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Medium White (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Movement Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “pale lavender.” It’s a a muted, pink-tinged lavender with a little gray cast and a cream finish. It had opaque pigmentation, but the consistency was slightly thick and not fully self-leveling. The first coat was streaky, but the second covered the majority of streaks. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Vapid (P, $10.00) MAC Inert (LE, $16.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Uninhibited Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Uninhibited Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Uninhibited Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “shimmery light grey.” The formula can be used wet or dry, with the dry application being sheerer and the color is described as buildable. The color is sheer to buildable, as described, but the texture of the darker shade is drier and almost crumbly.

Uninhibited #1 is a warm gray with a metallic sheen. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, and it intensified to mostly opaque color coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was slightly dry but went on evenly. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Tarte C’est La Vie (LE) is lighter. NARS Lysithea (P, $29.00) is darker. NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $24.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Pewter (LE, $14.00) is darker. MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Uninhibited #2 is a medium-dark gray with a frosted finish. It was very sheer applied dry, and then it was semi-opaque applied damp, but it was always somewhat uneven and more challenging to blend on the skin. The texture was dry and crumbly to work with. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Graphite (P, $5.99) is warmer. Dior Golden Reflections #1 (LE) is similar. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is lighter. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Chanel Tisse Paris (238) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad
Chanel Tisse Paris (238) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Paris (238) Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the cooler-toned quad in the collection. I think this particular quad is less pigmented than the original set of quads released in the new eyeshadow formula. If you like the concept and don’t mind using your eyeshadows with a dampened brush, then you might still enjoy this, or else use a white eyeshadow base to get the colors to pop more. If you like the idea of softer pinks with gray, this might work. I wish the darker gray was more blendable, though.

Tisse Paris #1 is described as a “soft rosewood.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff both wet and dry, though it was a smidgen darker and had a stronger sheen when applied with a dampened brush. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Tarte Pampered Pink (LE) is similar. Chanel Jardin Zen #3 (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Aveda Bare Bellis (P, $14.00) is darker, warmer. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Paris #2 is described as a “delicate ivory.” It’s a light, gold-shimmered beige with a soft, frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and with a dampened brush, it was easier to use and had less powderiness to it, plus it was more opaque. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading. Colour Pop Onai (P, $5.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. Colour Pop Girly (P, $5.00) is a cream product. LORAC Vanilla (LE) is a smidgen lighter. theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever I514 Pink Ivory (P, $21.00) is less golden. Make Up For Ever I414 Yellow Ivory (P, $21.00) is brighter. NARS Andromeda (P, $29.00) is more golden. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is darker. Too Faced Champagne Truffle (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Mylar (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Paris #3 is described as an “intense rosewood.” It’s a medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it was a little faded compared to the pan, and it wasn’t quite opaque. It’s a shade that would apply and look better with a dampened brush, because it is a little powdery to work with dry, which made it prone to sheering out. On me, it started to fade after seven hours of wear. Make Up For Ever S814 Light Rosewood (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Rose (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Scratch (P, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tisse Paris #4 is described as an “intense slate grey.” It’s a deep, dark gray with a silver and teal metallic shimmer-sheen finish. The texture was somewhat dry, which made blending more difficult (I think it needs a more velvety base to do well) and resulted in semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. MAC Smoky Black Friday #3 (LE) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Silver Shoes (LE) is lighter. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm A4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Spell #2 (LE, $18.00) is more sparkly. MAC Hint of Sapphire (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Tall, Dark, & Handsome (LE, $19.50) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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