Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Chanel Atmosphere (629) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Atmosphere (629) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Secret (625) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a light-medium, softened, peach-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage after two coats of polish, but some visible nail line is apparent. Application is trickier, as the formula is streaky; the first coat was quite streaky, and I used a second, slightly thicker, coat and very lightly dragged it across the surface of the nail to try to minimize streakiness, but there were still some troublesome areas. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Dune (01) (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Muscle Tone (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Essie Brooch the Subject (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Atmosphere (629) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent pearl.” It’s a semi-sheer, pearly duochrome that shifts from a gold to pink to a murky green. It is much like Songe. It had a pearly, slightly metallic, finish that had minimal visible brush strokes, but it wasn’t brush stroke-free. I tried layering it over Secret as well as over Orage, but the thicker consistency of Atmosphere made it more difficult to apply as a top coat. The duochrome did become more pronounced when applied over Orage, though. NARS Disco Inferno (LE, $19.00) is darker, larger shimmer, cooler-toned. MAC Ascension (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented, greener. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is cooler-toned, more violet. Essie Kisses & Bisses (LE, $8.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Orage (631) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey blue.” It’s a deep, dark, smoky blue that’s so dark that it leans like a softened, bluish black in most lighting. Sometimes it appears bluer, but most of the time, it’s a softer variation on black. It was opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency was on the thinner side. It was slightly streaky on the first coat, but it evened out well after a second coat was applied. Drying time was average, and it dried down to a high shine finish. Cult Nails Blackout (DC, $12.00) is grayer. NARS Storm Bird (LE, $19.00) is lighter. NARS Galion (LE, $19.00) is similar. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk (LE, $7.50) is greener. Zoya Cynthia (P, $9.00) is brighter. Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather (LE, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014

MAC Moody Bloom Eyeshadows
MAC Moody Bloom Eyeshadows

There are six shades of MAC Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) in the upcoming Moody Blooms collection. I have five of the six, and they’re quite good. Four of the six have a Veluxe Pearl, which is easily one of MAC’s most consistent and high-performing finishes.

Artistic License is described as a “pinky gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a peachy-pink with a gold shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was a bit thinner and drier than most Veluxe Pearls. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Too Faced Jardin (P, $16.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blooming Mad is described as a “mid-tone ultra violet [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, fuchsia-lavender with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff, but it could have been a bit softer and pigmented. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Charm (P) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #2 (P) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is darker. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $15.00) is darker. CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is lighter. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is more frosted, purpler. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is lighter, more glittery. MAC Stars ‘n’ Rockets (P, $15.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Fishnet (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Fixation is described as a “metallic brown [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a soft, pearly finish. The texture is soft, buttery, and smooth, while the color payoff is excellent. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. NARS Naiade (P) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Antiqued (P, $15.00) is less red-toned. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Les Fauves #2 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hidden Motive is described as a “deep aubergine [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark purple with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Caravaggio #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Double Feature #1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Plum Dressing (P, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucky Green is described as a “dark yellow green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium green with warm, yellow undertones and a golden sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery to the touch. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. This is a permanent shade. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Kat Von D Birdcage (LE) is a touch lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Green Room is described as a “mid-tone teal [with a Satin finish].” I did not receive this shade, so I can’t share it with you at this time, but I hope to purchase it when it is available.

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Monday, June 9th, 2014

NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow
NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

This review features the last four shades of the new ($29.00 for 0.05 oz. each) which are set to launch on July 1st. You can see part one and part two for the other shades in the formula. Generally, the formula has a soft consistency, feels smooth, and applies softer and/or sheerer dry than when it is applied wet–this aspect was NARS’ goal, though, but whether you consider it adding to its versatility or an extra step you don’t have time for will be a personal call. I get shorter wear when I apply the shades dry than when I apply them with a dampened brush. For a more in-depth look at how this compares to a couple of other formulas, check out my first review of these. There will be a round-up shortly.

NARS Europa Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “gossamer pink peach.” It’s a light peach with a hint of pink and a satiny finish. This was the least shimmery shade in the entire range, and it was also one of the less pigmented shades. It had a thinner, almost drier texture, which I think contributed to why it swatched very sheer when applied dry. Applied with a dampened brush, it was more semi-opaque but still a little faded in color. On me, it lasted six hours applied dry, six and a half hours applied damp. Too Faced Cowboy Take Me Away (P, $16.00) is a touch lighter. Sephora Collection Desert Rose (90) (P, $13.00) is warmer. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Giove Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “navy.” It’s a blackened navy blue with navy shimmer and pearly finish. It was sheer applied dry and looked darker and almost dry, and it was fully opaque applied with a dampened brush. It lasted for six and a half hours dry, eight hours wet. Too Faced Heavy Metal (P, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Les Gris #3 (P) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Midnight Sky (P, $30.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #81 (P, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lysithea Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shark grey.” It’s a subtly warm-toned gray with silver shimmer and a frosted finish. It was very sheer applied dry, mostly opaque applied wet. It lasted six hours applied dry and closer to eight hours when applied with a dampened brush. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker, cooler. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) MAC A Waft of Grey #3 (P, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Sycorax Dual Intensity Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer in terms of color coverage but looked faded, more like a blackened brown, and didn’t apply very evenly, and lasted six and a half hours. Applied with a dampened brush, it was mostly opaque and lasted longer–eight hours. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is similar. Dior Nocturne (091) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. MAC Blackground (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Dark Dare (LE, $19.50) is darker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #4 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic

Here are the other three shades of Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) that I tested out. (Did you miss part one?) The formula is supposed to be “unbelievably blendable,” long-wearing, waterproof, highly-pigmented, and “glide on.” Unfortunately, my experience was very much the opposite: difficult to blend, prone to creasing, varying pigmentation, and they tugged during application. I’m a huge Make Up For Ever fan, but these left me disappointed.

Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as “diamond golden grey.” It’s a medium-dark taupe with soft, golden shimmer and a pearly finish. It was sheer when applied in a single stroke, and the consistency was dry enough that it was difficult to layer and build up to opaque color as well. This shade creased after six hours on me. bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE) is a powder. Urban Decay Pistol (P, $19.00) is warmer. Anastasia Antique (LE) is purpler. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is similar, powder. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P) is powder. MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder, cooler-toned. theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Little Black Bow (LE, $16.00) is more sparkly. Make Up For Ever #2 (P, $23.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S-52 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as a “satiny flesh-colored pink.” It’s a light, peachy beige with a champagne shimmer-sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke, and the consistency was almost blendable but still difficult to work with. It showed signs of creasing after six hours on me. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is lighter, powder. NARS Jezebel (P) is powder. MAC Naked (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Grain (P, $15.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S-60 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as a “satiny warm brown.” It’s a medium-dark, chocolate brown with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, and this one was buildable to opaque color. The consistency was creamier than any of the others, and I felt like I could almost blend out the edge. It wore well for seven hours before creasing. This was just the best of a bad lot, but it wasn’t good. Laura Mercier Rich Cocoa (P, $22.00) is darker, powder. Tarina Tarantino Locket Book (P, $15.00) is very similar (eyeliner). Laura Mercier Cocoa (P, $24.00) is warmer. Too Faced Chestnut (LE, $16.00) is powder. Bobbi Brown Bittersweet (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC Copper Strip (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is more matte, redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

MAC Skin Nail Lacquer
MAC Skin Nail Lacquer

MAC Skin Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “light peach beige [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with warm undertones and a cream finish. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Pop (LE, $16.00) more orange. MAC Pep Pep Pep (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Peachstock (LE, $16.00) is more beige, darker. MAC Myth (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Life & Beth (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency was just slightly thick, but it didn’t pool along the edges or take too long to dry (about average). It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats, but the major issue with this shade was the streaky application and end result. I hoped that it would self-level, but no such luck, so it looked a bit patchy and streaky in places. MAC makes this type of color over and over again, but I rarely have great success with the formula. The bristles of the brush seem too sharp or harshly cut so they make it difficult to get really even, smooth color. I typically get a week of wear out of MAC’s formula, which is normal for me for most formulas.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

MAC Corol Blush Duo
MAC Corol Blush Duo

MAC Corol Blush Duo ($33.00 for TBA oz.) is consists of two blushes, with them being split unevenly–the lighter shade covers about two-thirds, while the plum shade is about a third of the compact. It is larger than MAC’s normal blush compact–more like their Beauty Powders. It is packaged in a rubberized black with gold trimmings. What you really need to know is that the texture is incredibly stiff and stubborn to work with: all swatches required use of a metal spatula to scrape off layers of powder. Once layers were dislodged, I was able to jab at them with a brush to loosen and apply, but the powder in the compact felt almost like plastic to the touch. After it was loosened and crushed into a fine powder, the actual texture from there was softer and fairly blendable–but getting to that point required extreme measures. It took a fair amount of product to get “decent” color payoff, even after scraping away at it. It did not improve with use, unfortunately, and I’m pretty sure I caught it laughing evilly at me. I don’t know if I’ve encountered quite as stiff of a powder as this that wasn’t really plastic–I am totally flabbergasted that this made it out of production.

I purchased an additional Corol through maccosmetics.com to see if it would be any better. I’m happy to report that it is better in texture–there was no need to scrape layers off.  The texture was soft, a little powdery, and the lighter shade was almost chalky, but the consistency of the powder was infinitely better than the one I received as a sample.  When I compared the two powders together, I noticed that the lighter side darkens after you remove a few layers.  At first, I thought the shades differed, but after I brushed away several layers from the second powder, the two matched.  A few readers also reported that their powders were manageable, which is great news.  The original rating was 0.5, 3, 4, 6.5, and 0.5 for the powder as a whole; I’m updating the rating to reflect the consumer version available based on the one I purchased but leaving the original review so that we have a complete story going forward.

Corol #1 is described as a “bright coral pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with a hint of pink and has a matte finish. I couldn’t get pigmentation to show up with a brush or sponge applicator; I scraped off layers of product, which I was then able to smash into a finer powder, and that is what I could apply. I had two options: show you bare skin, or at least show you what the color could look like (with some extreme measures taken) so we could talk dupes instead, because the product is quite difficult to use. At best, this lasted six hours on me (from what I could distinguish). Hourglass Diffused Heat is pinker, but it is one of the closer shades that is also permanent. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is nearly identical. Giorgio Armani Coral Bliss (LE) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Corol #2 is described as a “mid-tone neutral plum.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle warm undertones and a satiny sheen. The texture of this one was only marginally less difficult to work with, but I still took a metal spatula to it to scrape away product, which I then smashed and manipulated so it turned into a loose powder. The problem is just swiping it with a brush, sponge, etc. yields nothing–it just doesn’t give color out at all. This shade wore well for six and a half hours before fading away. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Oasis (P, $29.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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