Monday, October 13th, 2014

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette
NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette

NARS Virtual Domination Blush Palette ($65.00 for 0.95 oz.) includes a highlighter, three blushes, and a bronzer. It is a Sephora exclusive and launches November 1st. All of these shades have been released before with Sex Fantasy and Final Cut being limited edition, and the other four are part of the permanent range. It’s a decent palette, and I like the value behind it, though I wish the quality was at least as good as the standalone versions that have been released. They don’t fall too short, but in general, the texture had a thinner quality to it that made it less luxurious compared to full-sized blushes. Overall, the palette had good color payoff, blendable textures, and most wore for around eight hours. I felt like the palette was too bulky/heavy for what it was, but it at least doesn’t feel cheap.

NARS blush retails for $30.00 for 0.16 oz., and Bronzing Powder retails for $38.00 for 0.28 oz. This palette has 0.60 oz. of blush, which is a $112.50 worth of blush. Now, go figure, but this palette contains more than a full-sized Laguna (and far more than the one included in the Algorithm palette!) at 0.35 oz. or $47.50 worth of bronzer! The palette contains a total of $160.00 of NARS Blush/Bronzer, so it is a great value. In terms of price, for the cost of just over two full-size blushes, you’re getting five shades (sometimes a better way to think about value if you rarely finish products).

Miss Liberty is described as a “soft shimmering peach.” It’s a light, golden peach with a white sparkle and warm undertones. The way the shimmer and sparkle of this one act, it looks almost like a wet sheen on the face, but there are noticeable sparkles on the skin–it is by no means a particularly subtle highlighter option. It seemed slightly lighter than the permanent version I have, though effect for most skin tones will likely be the same since it is so sheer. It wears for seven hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range of Highlighting Blush. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Throat is described as a “flirty sheer peach.” It’s a medium, coral with gold shimmer and hints of pink. The texture was soft, a little thinner than the permanent version, but it was blendable and had fairly good color payoff–it just looked a little faded compared to the permanent version. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Laguna is described as a “diffused brown powder with golden shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It has more buildable color payoff than full-on, rich pigment. The texture was soft, lightweight, and blendable, though it can be a smidgen on the powdery side (which it seems in this particular palette). NARS has a tendency to put this in many of its palettes, so you may find you already have one (or half a dozen), and it is part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes of dupes / view dupes side-by-side side-by-side.

Sex Fantasy is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a very light, cool-toned pink with a hint of lavender. It has a totally flat, matte finish. The texture is soft and finely-milled, but it is powdery (more so than the permanent version). On me, it lasted for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Final Cut is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a softened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky, and it was only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See swatches of all dupes
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Virtual Domination

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9/10

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection
MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection

MAC Gold + Beige Pigments + Glitter Objects of Affection ($35.00 for 0.50 oz.) includes four pigments (each containing 0.09 oz.) and one glitter (containing 0.14 oz.). MAC’s Pigments can be a lot of fun to use, if you like loose eyeshadow, and I’ve always liked them as colored eyeshadow bases. They’re actually designed as a “highly concentrated loose colour powder” that will “adhere to the skin.” They can be used to “create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect.” The formula is supposed to be “easy to blend and long-lasting.” The majority work best when applied with a dampened brush, as it helps the powder bind and adhere to the skin, though some shades are more pigmented than others for dry application.

MAC now offers “Sized to Go” pigments in select shades, which are the same size as the ones in the set, for $10 ($111.11/oz). Normally, a full-sized jar of pigment is $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.). The set contains $40.00 or $50.40 worth of pigments, depending on which calculation you use. Full-sized glitters are $21.00 for 0.15 oz. ($140/oz.), so there is $19.60 worth of glitter here. All in all, the set contains at least $59.60 worth of product, and on the high end, $70.00. The only annoyance is that the smaller jars can be harder to use, depending on the size of your fingers/hands, but you’ll want to be careful. I usually find the best luck in pouring a little into the cap or onto a metal mixing palette.

Lithe is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was fully opaque. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

English Gilt is described as a “bright champagne.” It’s a metallic, golden bronze with warm undertones and a high-shine finish. It was a finer pigment, and it yielded semi-sheer color coverage applied dry, and then full coverage applied damp. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Pretty It Up is described as a “dirty olive with pearl.” It’s a murky, bronze and gold-shimmered brown with hints of olive/khaki. It had a chunkier texture, so it didn’t apply as smoothly as other shades and is trickier to apply, as there is a lot of fall out. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque. It wore well for eight hours but did have fall out over time. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Gold is described as a “sparkly chunky gold [Glitter].” It’s a chunky, gold glitter. MAC has a warning on the box that says it is not for use around the eye area. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Brown is described as a “dark chocolate brown.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was very, very finely-milled and silky. Even dry, it is more buildable to opaque color as it layers well. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was opaque applied damp (and it seemed to go on okay with a damp brush, despite it being a matte finish). On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. This shade is part of the permanent range. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

The collection releases online October 27th and in-stores on November 6th.

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Gold + Beige

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

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8.5/10

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NARS Nail Polish
NARS Nail Polish

NARS Barents Sea Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling deep blue.” It’s a metallic, medium-dark blue with very fine medium blue shimmer that runs through it. The metallic finish leaves some threads of shimmer that you can detect, but it the majority fade as it dries down. The formula on this was thicker, and it had a tendency to pool along the edges if you weren’t careful. It took much longer to dry as well, and it dried down to a semi-matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is darker. Chanel Bel-Argus (667) (LE, $27.00) is lighter, brighter. China Glaze Blue Bells (LE, $7.50) is brighter. Zoya Song (P, $9.00) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Algonquin Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling lilac.” It’s a muted, medium-dark lavender purple with neutral-to-cool undertones and lighter, silvery-lavender flecks of sparkle and shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was visible nail line after two coats. The finish had a light shine to it, but I would recommend a top coat with it, as it isn’t as glossy as other polishes in the range. The formula seemed slightly thicker, though it wasn’t problematic to work with. NARS Kalymnos (P, $20.00) is much lighter and a cream. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is more glittery, brighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Forgiveness (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Night Rider (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid (P, $12.00) is less sparkly. Zoya Nimue (P, $9.00) is darker, finer shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Sherwood Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering violet rose.” It’s a rosy plum with fine rose gold and copper shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats, so there was visible nail line. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I think a third coat would be possible without it feeling too thick or taking too long to dry. This shade dried down to a lightly glossy finish, so a top coat wouldn’t be necessary. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one–everything I considered was much more copper-hued or a cream (Essie Hot Coco has a similar tone but is a cream).

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments
MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments

There are eight new, limited edition shades of MAC Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) in the Heirloom Mix collection, which will debut online on October 19th and hit stores/counters on the 23rd. Theese are smaller in size than the permanent versions–these are the size of a normal MAC eyeshadow and contain 0.04 oz., compared to the larger size, which contains 0.10 oz. and retails for $21 (though everything in this collection has slightly higher prices due to the limited edition packaging, presumably). Pressed Pigments are supposed to give a “high shine” when applied dry or a more “dramatic wet look” when applied damp. It has “sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage.” For as sparkly as a lot of these are, the fall out is a lot less than I’d expect with most dropping within the first few hours, but the majority does seem to stay on the lid. I experienced creasing somewhere between seven and eight hours. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented both dry and wet, though all were smoother wet. Sometimes the pigment (not the glitter) portion clumps together when you try to blend, so there’s a crumbly quality to the product that makes it harder to apply and blend (especially dry).

I have a very love/hate relationship with the Pressed Pigments. Often, they have a very pretty, sparkling appearance on the lids, and while far from perfected, they can be lovely in real life as the light catches all of the flecks and sparkles. The light to medium shades are more forgiving, while the darker ones are more nuanced and complex, but they are more difficult to apply and blend out. If you’re a really big fan of glitter and don’t mind some fall out (or have a good, go-to adhesive base), you might still want to take a look. If you’re a no-fallout kind of person, I’d look elsewhere for your glitter fix. Also, if you have a lot of the other shades released from this formula, it seemed like there was a noticeable amount of overlap with past releases (see comparison/dupe links below).

MAC Enchantment Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “violet with blue violet sparkles.” It’s a deep, dark, blackened navy blue with sparkle and finer blue shimmer. It was quite opaque applied dry or damp, though it was easier to smooth out on the skin with applied damp as the consistency was a little dry around the edges. You’ll need to spend some extra time blending it out if you use it dry. It’s definitely not a buildable formula, though it is a formula that can be sheered out the more you blend it. On me, the color lasts a seven and a half hours before creasing, but there is continual fall out during the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Majesty Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark brown base with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm, orange undertones and a teal sparkle. There is a “green pearl” to it in a sense, but it is hard to see once it is applied to th eskin. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but a crumbly, while applied damp, it was smoother. The color wore well for eight hours before creasing, but there was fall out while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Noble Descent Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “pearly smoky mauve.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a sparkling finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was mostly opaque with a smoother, more metallic sheen. This one was easier to apply to the skin, as it blended out more readily. It showed signs of creasing after seven hours of wear, and it did a small amount of fall out throughout wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Noblesse Oblige Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “frosty wood.” It’s a warm-toned pewter–a mix of gold, taupe, and gray–with a sparkling, glittery finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer and lighter, warmer in appearance, while applied damp, it was more glittery and opaque. Again, the wear wasn’t bad–seven and a half hours–before creasing occurred, but there is some fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nostalgic Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “soft light salmon beige.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a metallic, sparkling finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied damp. It started to crease after seven hours of wear, and it had some fall out during wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Prim and Proper Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “black gray with silver sparkles.” It’s a cool-toned, blackened gray with silver sparkle. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, and applied damp, it was more opaque, metallic, and tended to clump together. This shade was difficult to apply both wet and dry, as dry, it was dry and stiff, where the color clumped together and specks (didn’t really apply like a powder eyeshadow, more like loose glitter), but damp application seemed to make it stick without blending much. It started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear, and I had a fair amount of fall out with this one throughout the day. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Regal Affair Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “white base with fine opal pearl.” It’s a warm, white gold with a sparkling, metallic sheen. It can be clumpy and crumbly, so I’d recommend using a firmer brush to press and work the product into the skin, which helps it smooth out. This shade lasted for seven hours before creasing slightly, and it had only a small amount of fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Victorian Plum Pressed Pigment ($19.50 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “plum with violet pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a sparkly finish. This was an interesting shade, as it was actually a bit more opaque applied dry than damp, though both application methods yielded high pigment. It was smoother when applied with a damp brush. This had a drier consistency, which was particularly noticeable when I was applying it to the lid and trying to blend. There was some fall out during wear, and it started to crease after eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Enchantment

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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7/10

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Modern Majesty

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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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Noble Descent

B+

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8.5/10

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10/10

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glasses
MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Ceremonial Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “hot pink with sparkles.” It’s a fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and very fine violet shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage applied, and it did settle slightly into lip lines. It wore well for two and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. MAC Vibrant Vibe (P, $22.00) is similar. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is more muted. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is more opaque. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Courting Chic Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “deep berry red with gold sparkles.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which applied fairly evenly, though some color settled into lip lines. It lasted for three hours on me and was hydrating while worn. MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is redder, brighter. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Chanel Triomphal (LE, $32.00) is more opaque. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Romantic Overture Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “clear base with sparkles.” It’s not quite clear–it’s more like a peach-tinted base with a smattering of champagne sparkle. It definitely adds warmth to the lips, but it doesn’t add much color. It lasts an hour and a half on me, unfortunately, though it is comfortable to wear. There’s not much to it, so there are several similar shades that tend to look the same applied: See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seeking Adoration Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “plummy pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with subtle gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color payoff and applied evenly for the most part. The consistency was comfortable to wear, hydrating, and lasted for two hours. Sisley Paris Berry (5) (P, $50.00) is less glossy, brighter. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is brighter. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is brighter. MAC New Love (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is similar. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is more muted, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Social Season Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “violet with blue sparkles.” It’s a semi-sheer, muted fuchsia pink with silver and violet sparkle. It applies fairly evenly and feels comfortable to wear as it has a very creamy consistency. The color only lasts for two hours, though. Revlon Sugar Violet (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Rhythm (LE, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is similar. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These glosses are from the upcoming Heirloom Mix collection, which launches online on October 19th and hits stores/counters on October 23rd. International locations should see this sometime in November.

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Ceremonial

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Mineralize Blushes
MAC Heirloom Mix Mineralize Blushes

MAC Modest Blush Mineralize Blush ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light baby salmon pink.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had more buildable color that was mostly opaque with two to three layers. The texture was soft, lightly powdery, but blendable, and the color lasted for seven hours before fading slightly. The Mineralize Blush formula is described as “sheer and lightweight” with “colour [that] builds lightly,” which seems to hold true here. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is warmer. YSL Singuliere (1) (P, $47.00) is cooler. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is cooler. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is lighter, cooler. Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is more shimmery. MAC Formal (LE) is similar. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is cooler. MAC Rosy Outlook (P, $23.50) is lighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sweet Sentiment Mineralize Blush ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pink with a lilac/lavender vibe. It had a satin finish with buildable color that was opaque in two layers. The blush felt soft, smooth, and was blendable on the skin. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is darker, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is less sihmmery. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is a cream product. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is brighter. Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $7.99) is brighter, lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is more shimmery. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Angelika (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Feeling Flush (LE, $27.00) is darker. Illamasqua Morale (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These blushes are from the upcoming Heirloom Mix collection, which launches online on October 19th and hits stores/counters on October 23rd. International locations should see this sometime in November.

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Modest Blush

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8/10

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