Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Sephora Love Affair Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Love Affair Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Love Affair Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “plum.” It’s a blackened plum with neutral undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so color coverage in a single pass but was buildable to opaque color with two layers. It had a really creamy, glide-on consistency that didn’t tug. This shade lasted for ten hours on me. Tarte Plum (LE) is warmer. Burberry Pale Grape No. 04 (P, $29.00) is darker, less shimmery. NARS Night Bird (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Nightshade (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is similar. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is very similar. Chanel Cassis (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Strawberry Macaroon Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a brightened, warm-toned light pink with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and the consistency was creamy without being too emollient (or slippery). The color started to thin after ten hours of wear (though not the twelve-hours marketed). Marc Jacobs Beauty Obey-ge (66) (P, $25.00) is much lighter–more like white. Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll (P, $15.00) is also much lighter, closer to white than pink. MAC Feminine Edge (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Tango Night Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black purple.” It’s a blackened purple with lighter purple and violet purple micro-glitter. It had a creamy consistency, and I didn’t feel the glittery bits when I applied, so it was comfortable to apply. It could have used more pigmentation in a single pass, as it was only semi-sheer, though it was buildable to mostly opaque. This shade lasted for almost ten hours, but some of the glitter migrated. NARS Night Bird (P, $24.00) is less glittery. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.00) is very similar. Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is lighter. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Surfer Babe Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “peacock blue.” It’s a brightened, yet more like a medium-dark, blue with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish that leans slightly teal (or “warm”). It is a gorgeous shade with excellent performance: rich color in a single pass that can be layered without fuss, and it lasted for ten hours. The real question is why I didn’t buy this earlier! MAC Take the Plunge (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. bareMinerals True Blue (LE) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $32.00) is similar. MAC Deep Blue Sea (LE, $16.00) is darker. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

By the way, I’ve now reviewed all of the shades available in the Contour Eye Pencil formula!

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

MAC Soft Pout Ultimate Lipstick
MAC Soft Pout Ultimate Lipstick

MAC Ultimate Lipstick ($23.00 for 0.15 oz.) will hopefully make its grand debut (finally!) on December 1st–fingers crossed! There’s not too much information on them, but the price point, name, and packaging make them seem like they should be similar to the lipsitcks Marcel Wanders collection (some of the shades in this collection were launched previously). The formula is new and permanent. From what I’ve experienced, the majority of the shades have good color payoff with lightweight, creamy textures that go on easily with a fair amount of slip but don’t slide around too much (a few are wetter). I get light hydration with most shades and four to six hour wear. They are vanilla-scented like MAC’s other lip products.

The price is noticeably higher than the standard MAC lipstick, though only a dollar more than the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula. Worth noting, however, is that these are 50% larger than the standard MAC lipstick. The standard MAC lipstick is $160/oz., while the Ultimate lipstick is $153.33/oz. Of course, if you rarely get through half of a lipstick, then paying less will probably make you better off.

Soft Pout is described as a “sheer pink peach with white pearl.” It’s a semi-opaque, medium peach with beige and warm undertones and a luminous finish. The texture has enough slip in it that it doesn’t apply evenly, though it feels creamy and comfortable to wear. The wear time is shorter than other shades at three hours (but it doesn’t feel like it disappears!) and was lightly hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey (P, $32.00) is brighter. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is similar. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is yellower. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is similar. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

To Savour is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a pale, light pink with cool undertones and a muted, almost gray-like overcast. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a creamy, emollient texture. It didn’t apply evenly and tended to look streaky applied, unfortunately. The color lasted for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Be Fabulous (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is brighter. NARS Stourhead (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marque is described as a “soft light neutral pink.” It’s a muted, medium-dark rosy beige with warm undertones and light, gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly. It was lightly hydrating and lasted for four hours on me. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is warmer, more glossier. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Lovelight (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Garance (P, $51.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Cherry Blossom (P, $35.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Femme-de-Luxe is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a vibrant, light-medium fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly. It had less sheen compared to several other shades in the range. This one lasted well for four hours on me and was lightly moisturizing. NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more matte. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is less shimmery. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is brighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Galaxy Girl Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black blue.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle, warm undertones and medium blue sparkle and shimmer. This was one of the weaker shades I’ve tried in the range, as the sparkles seemed to make it harder to apply it in a smooth, even line. It built up decently, but it was still lacking in intensity. It wore well for ten hours. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) has more navy-hued shimmer. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) has more shimmer so it appears lighter. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) also has more shimmer and appears lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Go For a Ride Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark green.” It’s a rich, medium-dark cool-toned green with a pearly sheen. It had really good pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was easily opaque after one and a half layers of product. It wore particularly well and topped in at eleven hours before it started to thin/fade. The texture was creamy without being too waxy or emollient. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Starry Sky Contour Eye Pencil ($10.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “grey.” It’s a medium-dark silver-shimmered gray with cool undertones. The consistency was soft, creamy, and didn’t tug at the lash line. It was semi-opaque in one pass, and it was mostly opaque after two layers. The color lasted well for nine and a half hours before thinning. bareMinerals Steadfast Slate (LE) is warmer, darker, less shimmery. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Stone)Fox (58) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Buxom I’ll Be Waiting (P, $17.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio
MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the brand’s online-only, limited edition offering for Black Friday. It’s a mix of warm white, medium silver, and shimmery black for a smoky, monochromatic eye. It uses MAC’s Veluxe Pearlfusion formula, which is designed to give “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when used dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when used wet. Some of the Veluxe Pearlfusion offerings are quite nice, but others are misses. This one was a miss for me, due to just so-so quality.

Smokey Black Friday #1 is a bright white with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery, consistency that yielded sheer color coverage applied dry and semi-opaque coverage applied damp. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less metallic. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is similar. LORAC Snow (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is less metallic. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) MAC Chillproof (LE, $15.00) MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #2 is a purplish-gray with a light silver metallic shimmer/frost. More like a cool-toned taupe than a real gray. It was sheer applied dry and semi-sheer applied damp. It looked faded after seven hours of wear. MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Breaking Ground (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker, cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #3 is a dark, charcoal gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It was slightly dry and powdery to the touch. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, but it was mostly opaque applied damp. It wore well for eight hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P) is similar. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is darker. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is similar. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. LORAC Slate (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

MAC Nasty Gal Lipsticks
MAC Nasty Gal Lipsticks

MAC Gunner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep purple [with a Matte finish].” It’s a lightly brightened, dark purple with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly well (though not perfectly, I didn’t notice the imperfections at a normal viewing distance, only close-up). The consistency was lightly creamy and didn’t tug at the lips, but the finish isn’t truly matte as a result. It wore well for six and a half hours and left a fuchsia-like stain behind. It was a little drying over time. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Runner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “burgundy [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, burgundy red with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it didn’t look even when applied. There was something about it that looked almost grainy. The color itself wore really long (over six hours), but it was somewhat drying towards the last half of wear. I found it particularly troublesome to apply it from the tube, as it seemed prone to skipping. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Stunner Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with cool, pink undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nearly full color coverage with a lightly creamy texture that was easy to apply. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind. It was a little drying but the least drying of the three. MAC Kinky (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Bite Beauty Fraise (P, $24.00) is lighter. NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Kat Von D Hexagram (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier, brighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ruby Woo (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These lipsticks launch on December 4th on maccosmetics.com and at select store locations.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Makeup Geek Graphite Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Graphite Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Graphite Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light graphite grey with flecks of silver.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gray with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, which could have been truer-to-pan, but it had a soft, blendable consistency so it was easy to use on the lid. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly. Dior Golden Reflections #1 (LE) is warmer, darker. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Kat Von D Graphic Nature (P) is darker. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is brighter, cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Chimney (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is similar. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is similar. CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Howzat (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Ice Queen Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “frosty shimmery white.” It’s a cool-toned, bright white with a very fine shimmer-sheen finish. It’s somewhat powdery, but it had decent pigmentation nonetheless. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours when I tested it. Kat Von D Banshee (LE) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Anti-Star (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is similar. Hello Kitty Milk (LE) is similar. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Purr (LE, $16.00) is similar. LORAC Snow (P) is similar. theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is slightly brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is cooler-toned. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #1 (P) is similar. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek White Lies Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte pure white.” It’s a cool-toned white with a matte finish that comes off looking almost gray-ish applied. I think it’s a shade that would be really nice over a good base for a pure white, but it doesn’t have the density or richness to be bright white on the skin by itself. It showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Banshee (LE) is brighter. Make Up For Ever M126 Chalk (P, $21.00) is brighter. MAC Pick Me Up (P, $15.00) is similar. LORAC White (P) is brighter. Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is brighter. Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is brighter. Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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