Monday, August 4th, 2014

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes one highlighter (0.14 oz,) one bronzer (0.14 oz.), one blush (0.21 oz.), and six eyeshadows (0.035 oz. each). It’s a nice palette for someone who likes softer, more muted colors in medium tones. I found the palette to be warmer-toned, though some of the eyeshadows are only a little warm-toned. My least favorite product was the blush, as I found it to be weaker in pigmentation and harder to blend–it tended to look uneven applied and took quite a bit of buffing to get to look half-decent.

I bought mine at Sephora and received it on Friday, and only realized on Saturday evening that, “Hey! You should review this now! Tarte has a F&F sale going on!” 30% off at Tarte through today with code FANDF.

Unleashed is described as a “nude rose.” It’s a light-medium, coral-pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was a little dry, slightly stiff. I found it difficult to blend on the skin, as it tended to stick wherever it initially was applied but wouldn’t diffuse. It lasted eight hours on me before fading (nowhere near the 12-hours the formula is supposed to wear). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Champagne is a light, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft. It wore well for eight and a half hours before turning patchy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Park Ave. Princess #2 is a medium-dark, tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation that applied well and blended easily on the skin. The color wore well for almost nine hours before fading. This is nothing like the Park Ave. Princess I have from last holiday’s Off the Cuff palette; they’re two distinct colors, and I don’t own the permanent, standalone Park Ave. Princess to tell you which is closest to that, but it is so frustrating when brands can’t match their own products from release to release. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bare to Explore is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a pink-tinged beige with a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff that was soft, slightly powdery, but blendable. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make a Mauve is described as a “plum mauve.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum-brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly on the lid. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plum Away With Me is described as a “dark plum.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with a frosted finish. It had really good color payoff that applied beautifully with a smooth, even result. It wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Up to No Gold is described as a “gold.” It’s a light-medium, orange-toned gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very soft and had great pigmentation, but it was a little powdery so it didn’t adhere quite as well to bare skin as I’d like (better over a primer). On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tan-gled Up in You is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that was easy to apply and blend; soft but not powdery. It lasted well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Don’t Turn A-Brown is described as a “dark brown.” It’s a dark brown with a very subtle cool undertone and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was just a smidgen powdery but easy to blend on the skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before there was slight fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Rainforest After Dark

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8.5/10

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow

I tested and reviewed the Electric Cool Eyeshadow formula extensively when it originally launched in 2012. They have a sponge-like texture that has a little bit of spring, but you can press and smooth out like putty. If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres or Buxom Stay There Eyeshadows, these are similar in regards to texture. MAC’s version has decent color payoff, but it can vary from shade to shade, and they tend to apply best patted on, not swept or blended out much. I recommend MAC’s 242 for application, as it lays down color well and you can use it to blend out the edges. They wear well without creasing or fading, but there is some fall out with the more sparkly shades. Some of these work really well if you like a sparkling, all-over wash of color on the lid. The bolder and darker the shade, the more patchy and problematic it is to apply for an even, smooth, and opaque result. The lighter the shade, the better it performed.

MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering rose.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a frosted finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage that applied decently–it seemed easier to apply with this year’s version compared to my experience in 2012. The color was going strong after nine hours of wear. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is darker, powder. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is darker, powder. MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly, powder. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is more muted, powder. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gilded Thrill Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “gold.” It’s a brightened, coppery-gold with copper sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this was one that applied somewhat patchy on the lid. It had a tendency to sheer out and only leave behind a smattering of sparkle. I did have fall out with this shade but no creasing or fading over an eight hour period. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Kat Von D Summerfly (P) is less sparkly. MAC Phresh Out #2 (LE) is similar but powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Coil Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had intense color payoff in a single layer and could be sheered out for softer color with less of a sheen. It lasted well for almost nine hours without fading/creasing. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is powder, darker. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is warmer, less shimmery, powder. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is similar, powder. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) warmer, powder. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is powder. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Highly Charged Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich purple with pink pearl.” It’s a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a shade that easily sheered out whenever you tried to blend it. It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Ulta Purple (P, $10.00) is darker, powder. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is brighter, powder. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Plush (DC, $21.00) is powder. MAC Push the Edge (P, $21.00) is powder. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 (LE) is powder. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’ll have a review for the other three polishes up soon! :) As a reminder, these are from MAC’s upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores on August 21st.

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B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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6.5/10

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7/10

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7/10

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7.5/10

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3/5

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10/10

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC Atomic Ore Fluidline Eye Pencil
MAC Atomic Ore Fluidline Eye Pencil

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a new, twist-up pencil eyeliner from the brand available in seven limited edition shades. Overall, the formula has good pigmentation that is buildable to fully opaque color in two layers, wears about eight hours on me, and has a lightly creamy consistency. These will launch with the A Novel Romance Collection on August 14th online and August 21st in-stores. The ratings are preliminary! I won’t have official product information/claims for about a week — once I have those, the ratings may change. Right now, they’re being rated as an average MAC eyeliner formula (long-wearing, glides on, pigmented).

Atomic Ore ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “gold.” It’s a muted, medium gold with a dirty tone to it–makes it less yellow, rather green-tinged–with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. The consistency was a little on the drier side. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. MAC Powerline (P, $20.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #9L (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Brilliance ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a dark black with a satin finish. It had good pigmentation in one pass, and it had a really creamy, glide-on consistency that worked well on the lash line. This shade wore well for eight hours before migrating to the outer corner of the lash line. There is no shortage of black eyeliners on the marketplace, so here are some comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deep Blue Sea ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened blue with a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easy to build to fully opaque color coverage. It wore well for eight hours before migrating slightly to the outer corner of the eye. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Mountain Air (P, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Earth Sign ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a deep, plummy burgundy with a soft sheen. In one stroke, it had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was opaque after two layers. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before thinning. MAC Nightshade (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet (P, $15.00) is similar. Urban Decay Blackheart (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rockstar (P, $19.00) is similar. MAC Dark Diversion (LE, $16.00) is richer. Chanel Cassis (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Black Plum (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Evil Twin ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “blue purple.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark cool-toned violet with a pearly finish. It had fairly good pigmentation in a single pass (and that’s even better for purple eyeliner, since most are weak in regards to pigmentation!), and it was buildable to opaque color after two layers. The color wore well for eight hours before fading on me. Sephora Collection Eccentric Diva (P, $9.00) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Metropolis ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep metal gray.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in one go, and it was opaque after two layers were applied. The consistency was lightly creamy, while the eyeliner wore well for eight hours before thinning. Urban Decay Uzi (P, $19.00) is less pearly, darker. Chanel Gris Scintillante (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals 11PM (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Water Willow ($16.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “deep khaki green.” It’s a dark, forest green with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and the color itself stayed on well for eight hours before migrating slightly. MAC Black Ivy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Invasion (P, $19.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #4K (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Atomic Ore

B-

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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7.5/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Deep Blue Sea

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Lipglasses
MAC A Novel Romance Lipglasses

There are five new, limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) in the upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores (and at counters) on August 21st.

Bared for You ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, peach with soft white shimmer. I get less rose gold, more peach than anything else. It had semi-opaque color coverage with plenty of shimmer and a glossy shine. It settled somewhat into lip lines but applied fairly evenly. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, less peach. MAC Pure Flattery (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Naked Space (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Good Lovin’ (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pure Fiction ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone violet pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with blue undertones and a milky, creamy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it did settle somewhat into lip lines, unfortunately! This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is darker, less cool-toned, brighter. MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is similar. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Reckless Desire ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer pearlescent lavender grey.” It has a clear base with pink and lavender iridescent shimmer. It is sheer as the base really seems colorless. It wears three hours on me. MAC Vacant (LE, $15.00)is less shimmery. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more iridescent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Talk Sexy ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark purple.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry plum with fuchsia and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which meant that it didn’t look as even applied on its own, though it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance (just up close). This shade wore well for four and a half hours. Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is redder, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Wet Violet (P, $45.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Flight of Fancy (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wanting More ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “washed-out lavender.” It’s a light, milky pink with a subtle gray tint. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but this one settled terribly into lip lines and looked so uneven applied. The gloss lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Good Times (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Bared for You

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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Reckless Desire

B+

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8/10

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a mix of cool neutrals ranging from a green-gold to a dark brown. This quad was more consistent in quality across the board with most shades being decent to good. For those who often find warmer-toned neutrals to be difficult to work with, you may enjoy these murkier, more subdued ones. It will launch with the rest of the collection on August 14th online, August 21st in-stores.

My Fantasy is described as a “pale neutral olive [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, green-tinged gold with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation that applied smoothly and evenly. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is darker, warmer. MAC Rose Blend #3 (LE) is similar. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tarina Tarantino Secret Pond (LE) is darker. Chanel Convoitise (90) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, lighter. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is darker. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fall in Lust is described as a “mid-tone cool grey mauve [with a Frost finish].” It’s a cool-toned, taupe with a gray leaning and a soft, frosted finish. This shade had good color payoff, and the texture was blendable but a little powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is darker, more shimmery. Laura Mercier Sable (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Bust (P, $18.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Lhasa (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Romance Me (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, dark brown with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was a little dry and thin but not too difficult to work with. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is a repromote. Chanel Charming #5 (LE) is slightly warmer.MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rising Passions is described as a “greenish charcoal with gold pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and an olive gold shimmer. It had good pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it lasted for just over eight hours before showing a bit of creasing. MAC Collective Chic #3 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (more similar in the pan than swatched). MAC Well Put Together (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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A Novel Romance

B+

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9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Fall in Lust

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad
MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad

MAC An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains a mix of smoky shades from teal to brown to black. Two of the four shades are part of the permanent range, and one is a repromote (so check your stash if you’re a long-time collector!). I was pleased to find that the quality was fairly good overall. It also reminded me a bit of the color combination from YSL’s Fetiche palette, though they aren’t dupes (just similar “at a glance”)

Sable is described as a “gold plum with bronze pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color lasted for eight and a half hours on me before fading. LORAC Mocha (P) is cooler-toned. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is slightly lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is m ore shimmery, lighter. Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is less shimmery. Anastasia Truffle (LE) is less shimmery. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is similar. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sex & the Oyster is described as a “mid-tone seafoam green [with a Veluxe Pearl].” It’s a muted, medium-dark green-leaning teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had a drier, thinner texture that resulted in semi-opaque color payoff. It was buildable on the lid, so it was more workable than it looked initially. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. This is a repromote. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is brighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker. Urban Decay Hijack (LE, $18.00) is bluer. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brawn is described as a “mid-tone plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark taupe brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, silky, and very easy to blend. I could see this being a real workhorse crease shade for some. It wore well for just over eight hours on me. MAC Cocktail Black (LE, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #4 (P) is darker. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is darker. YSL Saharienne #3 (P) is more shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is more matte, warmer. Too Faced Woolen Mittens (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Tied is described as a “black with silver sparkle [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark black with silver sparkles over a matte finish. This might be one of the best versions I’ve ever tried of this shade (it’s part of the permanent range)–it was intensely pigmented and very soft and silky. It started to show signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Chanel Tisse Riviera #4 (P) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #5 (P) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Lovesick (LE, $18.00) Illamasqua Zeitgeist (P, $25.50) bareMinerals Penthouse (LE) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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An Amorous Adventure

B+

Product

9/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Sex & the Oyster

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7.5/10

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7/10

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7/10

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8.5/10

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