Monday, March 30th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

For summer, Too Faced Meltallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation where the natural lip color will come through to a small degree. The texture was lightweight, fairly emollient, but still applied evenly. This shade wore well for three and a half hours and wasn’t drying.
Too Faced Metallic Dream House (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, darker. Chanel Ina (450) (P, $36.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Welt (P, $24.00) is darker, more matte. Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink (LE, $22.50) is darker. Chanel Extatique (P, $34.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches
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For summer, Too Faced Metallic Peony Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink with a mix of pink and gold micro-shimmer for a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color coverage that went on evenly. It wore well for four hours and was neither hydrating nor moisturizing. On me, the gloss lasted for four hours and the shimmer does settle a bit over time. Revlon HD Petalite (540) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker, less glossy, warmer. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is darker, less shimmery. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is less glossy, darker. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with gold and pink shimmer. It was less metallic, though still pearly, with a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation but if you have more pigmented lips, you may still see the color change slightly. On me, it lasted for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Marie (430) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy. Tarte Rare (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Cherry Blossom (P, $35.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Adrienne (402) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “apricot nude.” It’s a light-medium, peach with a hint of pink and warm undertones. It had a very fine pearly sheen that gave it a more luminous finish that wasn’t too glossy. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that glided on well and wore comfortably for three hours on me. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is pinker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is brighter. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Antoinette (406) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering tawny brown.” It’s a rich, copper-red with warm, rusty red tones and a fine golden shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and applied smoothly. The texture of the lipstick is lightly creamy with enough slip to glide on without tugging on the lips but doesn’t slide around. On me, it wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating over time. NARS Femme Fleur (LE, $26.00) is browner. NARS Leslie (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Thin Lizzy (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Rusty (LE, $20.00) is redder. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is sheerer, browner. Dior Belle de Nuit (LE, $32.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Jeanne (408) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep chocolate.” It’s a dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a soft, glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied fairly evenly and didn’t feather or bleed over the four and a half hours it lasted. Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is darker. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is very similar (it is funny that they share the same name). NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Camden Chic (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

Too Faced Metallic Dream House Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.)
is a bright, fuchsia pink with violet micro-shimmer and cool, blue undertones. It had fairly good pigmentation, but again, there’s some translucency there–your natural lip color may peek through slightly. It goes on evenly overall, but sometimes you can see “lines” from where you’ve pressed your lips together. It’s slightly metallic in person, but it’s more of a fine pearly shimmer effect. On me, this shade wore well for five hours and wore away evenly without gathering into lip lines. Tom Ford Beauty John (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer. Kat Von D Lullabye (P, $21.00) is darker, matte. Kat Von D Sexer (P, $21.00) is matte. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Lollipop (P, $22.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom Boom (210) (P, $28.00) is darker. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is less glossy. Milani Flashy (P, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Show Orchid (P, $16.00) is less glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is more metallic. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Metallic Macaron Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium fuchsia-pink with warm undertones and lighter pink and gold metallic shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that applied well overall, though the texture has enough slip to it that if you press your lips together, sometimes you’ll see slight “lines.” The color wore well for five hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. Tom Ford Beauty Giacomo (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Michael (LE, $32.00) is less glossy. MAC Red Blazer (LE, $15.00) is darker. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Le Baiser (P, $34.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Fusion Pink (P, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Guerlain Grenade (LE, $51.00) is more muted, warmer, less glossy. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Metallic Dream House

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo
Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) vs. Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is supposed to create a “natural-looking, healthy glow” by using a “harmony of two shades.” There are four versions available, and I have the two designed for “Brunettes” (which tends to just mean warmer tones). It’s the type of product that is best applied swirled together, as the curved sliver of color on the edge is really quite thin, so only an eyeshadow brush could fit into it. Both shades had good, buildable color coverage with a soft, smoothing texture that looked good on the skin. The powder feels soft, silky, but thin and lightweight. They wore for eight hours each. The powders are heavily scented with a floral scent (primarily bergamot and gardenia) that I can smell from across the room when the compact is open and on my face (all day), so if you’re sensitive to scent, keep that in mind!

I was disappointed at just how similar the two were swatched and applied, because I don’t think anyone deeper than medium-tan or so will find these all that useful. Natural is only a shade or so darker with stronger yellow tones to it than Clair for Brunettes. On my skin tone, I couldn’t tell the difference between the two applied–they’re just too similar when you only have four shades! These also run very yellow/orange, less brown-based. I find that I prefer the shade range of the original Terracotta bronzers for more versatility (same price, quantity, better quality overall, and eight shades to choose from!).

Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with a semi-matte finish. It’s more like a natural matte finish, where the skin looks natural and isn’t flattened by the powder, but it’s not shimmery. The pigmentation was mostly opaque and seemed buildable and easily blended for a softer level of coverage. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is slightly darker. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is darker, more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Again, it doesn’t add a real shine or sheen to the face, but it doesn’t flatten away the skin’s natural radiance. It had good, buildable coverage, though it seemed less silky compared to Clair, that blended well and sat nicely on the skin. The color lasted for eight hours. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Debutante Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Debutante Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

The new Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) recently released with eight shades. Just because you loved the original formula won’t mean you love this one and vice versa–they’re similar but have some more significant differences. The finish is the most obvious difference, as these are loaded with shimmer and the original features cream finishes. The Melted Metals are thinner with more slip, less pigmented, shorter-wearing, and have a less flattering wear over time as the shimmer tends to migrate into lip lines. I found it hard to reapply over faded product, so they require a more thorough removal for best reapplication. The original formula also has the phrase “Long-Wearing” printed on each tube as well as in the official name and marketing spiel for it, whereas Melted Metal has no mention of longevity.

According to the brand, the Melted Metal formula is supposed to be “liquified metallic lipstick in a tube” that’ comfortably coats lips in bursts of rich, glazed, metallic color that melts on.” Most shades are fairly pigmented with some being more or less pigmented and are comfortable to wear for the first few hours. They just don’t wear away as evenly as the original formula, and as the glossiness fades, the shimmer tends to gather, but this only occurs in the most shimmery/metallic shades, while the less shimmery ones wear away better. Towards the end of wear, it feels dry, but after removing the product, I didn’t feel like it actually dried out my lips. This formula feels and wears a lot better than some other highly metallic/shimmered lipgloss and lipstick formulas I’ve tried in the past, as the shimmer is fine enough that it never feels truly gritty. I feel like these are more like lipgloss than liquid lipstick, whereas the original formula leans more on the liquid lipstick side.

Too Faced Melted Debutante Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a vibrant pop of coral-pink with gold and golden-orange micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a heft dose of shimmer that looked semi-metallic as you moved. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Revlon HD Sunstone (565) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, darker. Guerlain Gems (LE, $51.00) is pinker (but this is the closest I’ve seen to it). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dune (02) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is pinker, less glossy. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Melted Jelly Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a deepened, purple-berry with fuchsia and violet shimmer and micro-shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there is some translucency there. It covered really evenly and smoothly (more impressive due to the overall darkness of this shade) and wore well for almost six hours. This one had less shimmer, which was both good and bad, as it was less truly metallic, but it wore away much better and more evenly. Tom Ford Beauty Alasdhair (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Gucci Beauty Tiger Lily (P, $39.00) is brighter. Kat Von D Wolvesmouth (P, $21.00) is more matte, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Little Pretty (130) (P, $30.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Too Faced Melted Violet Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, violet with pink undertones and very fine lavender shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked a bit streaky applied. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is lighter, pinker, less glossy. MAC Vogue en Violet (P, $23.00) is darker, less glossy, less shimmery. MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, lighter. Kat Von D Wonderchilde (P, $21.00) is matte. Bite Beauty Violet (P, $24.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is more shimmery, matte. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Illamasqua Boost (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

ColourPop Fetch Please Set
ColourPop Fetch Please Set

ColourPop Fetch Please Set ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes three lipsticks, an eyeshadow duo, a pressed pigment duo, and a single eyeshadow. It’s an interesting set of shades, but I definitely wish the purple and orange duo was eye safe (Pressed Pigments aren’t eye safe) as I think it would have been really cool to work with all of those shades on the eye. I liked the set overall, but it didn’t feel as versatile or as user-friendly as a set of shades that could be used together.

Lovey Dovey is described as a “true mid-tone grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium gray with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a moderately blendable consistency. This shade takes a little extra work to really blend it with other shades compared to the brand’s more shimmery shades. It stayed put for ten hours, though. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hunger is described as a “deep maroon [with a Matte finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that builds and layers well. I was really happy to see such a rich shade of red that was part of their regular range, so it could be used on the eyes. It was blendable without losing its intensity. When I tested it, the color wore without creasing for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Just a Sip is described as a “warm dusty peach [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, peachy-orange with warm, brown undertones and satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a smooth, blendable consistency that was really easy to work with. The color wore well for ten hours without creasing or fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Squint is described as a “neon orange-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a golden satin sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a lightly creamy, smooth texture that felt velvety and blended well on the skin. On cheeks, it stayed on well for nine hours. Note, this is a Pressed Pigment, and the Pressed Pigment formula is “not recommended for the eye area.” See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Liaison is described as a “vivid violet-blue [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, medium-dark cool-toned violet purple with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was somewhat blendable–it seemed a little dry to me. It wore well for nine hours on cheeks. Note, this is a Pressed Pigment, and the Pressed Pigment formula is “not recommended for the eye area.” See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Squeeze is described as a “soft mauve pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a soft, muted medium pink with cool, mauve undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had opaque color coverage that glided on evenly without tugging on the lips. The color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Precocious is described as a “pale muted nude [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light, muted peachy-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage, but the texture was slightly drier, though it didn’t tug. It clung more, and it was somewhat drying after three hours of wear (with total wear of four hours). See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Paramour is described as a “deep dark blackberry [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deep, dark reddish burgundy with subtle, warm undertones. The consistency was thinner and had more slip, so while it glided on easily, it didn’t go on evenly. It looked somewhat patchy and feathered a bit outside the natural lip line after four hours of wear, though it lasted for closer to six hours. It was a lightly drying overall. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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