Monday, January 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent) formula that’s launching this spring. The range has nine shades, and the formula is supposed to be hydrating, comfortable to wear, high-gloss, and creamy. They have a light, creamy consistency that spreads easily over lips and doesn’t feel tacky for the most part (it gets just a wee bit tacky towards the end of wear). The wear time is typically between three and four hours, depending on the shade. The formula is comfortable to wear and nicely hydrating. A few shades did not apply as evenly as I’d like, as a few settled into lip lines or looked uneven/streaky. Urban Decay touts that these are like a “luxe gloss” and lip balm in one, and it really does feel like the shinier, slightly thicker lip balms (the ones commonly found in tubes, versus the stick-type). There was no discernible taste, but it had a sweet mint scent to me.

Beso is described as a “deep pink-mauve.” It’s a muted pink-plum with neutral-to-cool undertones and a creamy finish. Applied, it had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage and goes on evenly, smoothly, and easily. It wore well for four hours on me. Giorgio Armani #524 (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is slightly pinker. NARS Oasis (P, $25.00) is more shimmery. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more opaque. See comparison swatches.

Freestyle is described as a “brown-nude with subtle micro-shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, peachy-brown with peach and gold micro-shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage and a fair amount of micro-shimmer, which was never noticeable (no grit or texture from the shimmer), and it applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for three and a half hours. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is very similar. MAC Hot Spell (LE, $15.00) is browner, more pigmented. MAC Deliciously Demure (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is sparklier. Bobbi Brown Beach (P, $24.00) See comparison swatches.

Liar is described as a “soft mauve pink.” It’s a medium, muted pink with subtle warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with some translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through. It applied evenly overall and didn’t settle into lip lines too noticeably (especially not at a normal viewing distance). The gloss lasted for three hours. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is very comparable. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Pink (P, $45.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Chanel Nakkar (P, $29.50) has a slight shimmer. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

NARS Annees Larger Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Annees Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) sees the introduction of two new and permanent shades to the range with the spring collection. For spring, both shades are described sheer (and are). Otherwise, the formula is a thick, tacky gloss that is longer-wearing.  I found both of these fairly sticky but very high-shine.  If you have thinner lips, you’ll love the very small, fine applicator brush for applying the gloss, and if you have fuller lips, it may be less of an upside. After wearing both shades, neither was hydrating nor drying.

Annees is described as a “sheer violet.” It’s a light-medium, pink-tinged lavender with a creamy finish. Applied, it has more of a milky consistency and look, so it doesn’t apply as evenly as one would like and does settle into lip lines. Due to the way it applies, it’s a color I’d apply over a more opaque lipstick or lip liner. It had semi-sheer color coverage. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. It actually swatched more like Coeur Sucre but ends up looking more like International Velvet applied. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Pagoda (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Chanel Bagatelle (P, $29.50) is also shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Bimini is described as a “sheer pink guava.” It’s a medium peachy-orange with fine shimmer. It applied evenly, easily, and had sheer coverage. It lasted for four hours on me, which is average wear, but this is a long-wearing formula, so I would have expected even better wear. MAC Good Lovin’ (LE, $15.00) is browner. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pure Flattery (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Celestial Kiss (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 11th, 2014

NARS Wind Dancer Nail Polish
NARS Wind Dancer Nail Polish

NARS Wind Dancer Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cantaloupe.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with a jelly-cream finish. Rescue Beauty Lounge NailsandNoms (LE, $20.00) is more orange, shimmery. MAC Riot Gear (LE, $16.00) is yellower, brighter. Chanel June (LE, $27.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Wind Dancer is a new and limited edition shade from the spring collection. Two coats, and it yielded semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage–there was noticeable nail line coming through. It actually made nails look a little like candy corn.  The consistency was slightly thick, as you might expect with a jelly finish polish, but it leveled out on its own, spread evenly, and didn’t streak (which is sometimes a challenge for lighter shades like this). NARS’ polish formula usually wears between seven and ten days on me with minor tip wear and no chipping–it’s one of the longer-wearing formulas for me.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal’s adding six new shades to the Infallible range with their Butterfly collection. As far as I know, these are new and permanent. I know Ulta has them available online, too, if you haven’t had any luck finding them locally. L’Oreal touts these as having 24-hour wear that’s “waterproof, sweatproof, and crease-resistant.” The formula is supposed to be richly pigmented and velvety in feel. I’m not, and I don’t intend, to test these for 24-hours (it’s beyond the call of beauty blogging for me!), but I did test these three for sixteen hours. They look good after sixteen hours, though certainly a little faded with some very faint fall out. I didn’t experience creasing, but I have drier lids, so your mileage may vary if you have oilier lids and try wearing them for this long. They looked nearly the same after twelve hours as they did when I applied them, though. These three are very shimmery and sparkly, and I noticed the minor fall out at the nine hour mark, after that point, it steadily progressed but wasn’t too noticeable.

L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Applied dry, it is mostly opaque with a frosted finish, and then applied with a dampened brush, it’s more metallic and fully opaque. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to use. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is very similar. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is more metallic. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #5 (P) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is pinker. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is less frosted, slightly darker. MAC Love Power (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. (LE) See comparison swatches.

Burst Into Bloom (759) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a fuchsia-plum with a shimmering, sparkling, and metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque but still very metallic. Applied with a dampened brush, is was even more metallic but also had full color coverage. It was soft to the touch, applied evenly and blended well. MAC Stylishly Merry (LE, $19.50) is less metallic. Sugarpill Magentric (P, $12.00) is more fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

Purple Priority (758) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, dark–but still vibrant–purple with a warm base but cooler shimmer and sparkle, so it read cooler-toned against my warmer complexion. It might be a bit of a chameleon and play differently depending on your undertones and the undertones of any products paired with it. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but slightly stiff, so it didn’t go on as evenly as other shades. Applied with a dampened brush, it was intensely pigmented and much smoother. This color had a lot of depth and intensity, despite also being quite dark, which made it harder to dupe. Fyrinnae Because Cats (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned, lighter. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is not as cool-toned, lighter. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. Too Faced Badass (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Half Truth (LE, $18.00) is more muted.MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is less frosted, darker. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple (P, $7.99) is brighter, less cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color

For spring, Maybelline’s added ten shades of “nude” that range from the very, very palest beige to muted mauves to deep plums. I greatly appreciate that Maybelline considered the spectrum of skin tones when they thought about flesh-colored lipsticks, because what’s “nude” for one skin tone isn’t going to be nude for everyone. I’m working my way through them, and these are the first three I tested (I’ve been testing them in numerical order, just in case you’re waiting for a particular shade to be reviewed). The consistency is creamy, lightly emollient with noticeable slip, and is lightly to moderately hydrating. The wear time depends on the shade (specified below).

Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a very light beige with a pink tint and satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it had one of the more unforgiving applications of the shades released in this collection. It tended to catch and emphasize any dryness or imperfections on the lips, so it is imperative to exfoliating prior applyling to this. It is also difficult to keep it in place and looking even, as the color tended to bunch up on itself and leave lines. I patted a lot of the color into place with my fingertip, and you can see lines from my fingerprints! This shade wore well for three hours on me. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Naked (LE, $16.00) is slightly grayer. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Fleshpot (P, $16.00) less pink. See comparison swatches.

Blushing Beige (915) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a smidgen of rosiness to its tone and satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips, and like Bare All, it wasn’t the most forgiving of textures/finishes. The color wore well for three hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is pinker. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nude Lust (920) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium peachy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color with slight translucency. The texture was more forgiving on the lips, but I did have some issues with getting it to stay in place and look even, as the consistency is just thick enough with enough slip that can bunch up. Nude Lust lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #111 (P, $32.00) is shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Guerlain Universal Eyebrow Kit
Guerlain Universal Eyebrow Kit

Guerlain Eyebrow Kit ($52.00 for 0.14 oz.) consists of three shades designed to allow you to mix and match for the perfect brow color. There is a fourth shade, which is described as a “pearly pink beige” to be used as a brow bone highlighter. The compact includes a mirror and a double-ended brush; one side has a thin, angled brush, and the other is a spoolie (to comb brows into place, blend/soften color once applied). It’s a good addition to Guerlain’s range, as I don’t think they (at least not presently) have any other brow products. The compact itself is weighty, glossy black, and slim for something that has four shades.  This kit will be best for someone who finds their brows change color over time, or they have medium to dark brows that never seem to match one shade well.

I would, of course, argue that it’s not quite universal, though it surely covers a fair amount of the spectrum. If you have really light or really dark brows, I don’t think it’ll be a good match. The lightest shade is a muted, yellow-toned, medium brown with a matte finish. The medium shade is a medium-dark, red-tinged brown with a matte finish. The darkest shade is a dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish.  The highlighter shade is a soft, shimmering pinky-peach with a pearled sheen.  These also worked for a quick, neutral-hued eye look in a pinch.

For my brows, I’ve been mixing the medium and dark shades, and then using the highlighter to highlight the brow bone. The more I use it, the more I find that the darkest shade is the one the suits my brows best, with just a little bit of the medium shade mixed in.  All of the brow powders are soft and blendable–they’re easy to apply with the brush included (though it’s so short, I find it more difficult to use than my regular brow brush) and look natural. The highlighter shade is very soft and noticeably powdery; I wish it wasn’t as powdery, because it sometimes looks chalky against my skin tone. On fairer skin tones, I think it would be fine. I saw seven to eight hours of wear with the brow powders, which is about average.

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