Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Gucci Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder
Gucci Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder

Gucci Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a lightly brightened, pink-coral with a soft, golden sheen. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is a touch warmer. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is more matte. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is more matte. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is more matte. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is pinker, more matte. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As I mentioned in my review for Cherry Nectar, the formula is supposed to “softly illuminate” with a “veil of color.” Gucci has a bullet-point list that also calls out “sheer texture,” “blends effortlessly, and “buildable color.” I thought the quality of this shade was better than Cherry Nectar, as this was more blendable and easier to apply, but it, too, was very pigmented. The only way I could get a “veil of color” was barely dabbing the brush against the powder and then tapping off excess, then applying to the skin. The texture of the powder is soft, velvety, and very smooth with a silky feeling that doesn’t get powdery, and it looks fantastic on skin as there’s a soft, luminous glow that doesn’t emphasize pores. On my skin, this shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

MAC Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Mortal Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm-toned mix of coral and bronze. If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s supposed to be a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color with supreme blendability. In the past, many of these palettes have been incredibly shimmery and sparkly, but this one is a little toned down–more frosted than sparkle/glitter–so there is less concern for fall out. I get good wear out of the eyeshadows once they’re on, but they always look a bit faded applied. This palette could use more contrast, as the colors run together due to most of them being light-medium or medium in color. I’d also love one or two satin/matte finishes to add more variety.

Mortal #1 is a golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was semi-sheer both dry and wet, though it was more metallic when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft but not powdery, while it lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #2 is a golden orange with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was slightly powdery but very soft. On the eye, the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #3 is a brightened, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a frosted, golden shimmer finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied damp. The texture felt finely-milled and soft, though it was a bit powdery to work with. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #4 is a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque but not as metallic as when it was applied damp. The texture was soft, smooth, and not powdery (which is a big deal for this formula). The color didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

Mortal #5 is a warm-toned bronze with a slight gray/taupe vibe. Applied dry, it was more copper-bronze, and then applied damp, it had a stronger gray cast but still ran quite warm. The texture was soft and smooth, but the damp application didn’t yield full color coverage. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches of similar shades / view side-by-side swatches on the Dupe List.

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8/10

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks
MAC The Matte Lip Lipsticks

MAC Living Legend Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, deep dark berry with subtle warm undertones–it’s like a plummy-red as far as the undertones go. I think this may look slightly cooler against cooler complexions (more berry, less burgundy). The finish was more satin than matte, as there was a noticeable sheen that persisted for about an hour and a half of the total eight hours of wear. It wasn’t hydrating, but it wasn’t drying, so it wasn’t uncomfortable to wear. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and for such a dark shade, it did go on evenly overall but wasn’t perfect. I had a little bit of feathering that I noticed after the sixth hour of wear. NARS Ingrid (P, $32.00) is glossier. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is glossier. MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Instigator (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.000) is warmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is more metallic, brighter. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft blue pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium pink with very subtle blue undertones and a satiny finish. It turns more matte in finish after an hour of wear. The formula was richly pigmented, creamy enough to glide on and deposit even color, and it wore well for five and a half hours. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pander Me Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy mocha [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a satin finish (there’s too much of a sheen for it to really be a matte). It applied evenly with full color coverage. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Jane (P, $32.00) is slightly darker. MAC Style Approved (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is more orange, lighter. NARS Casablanca (P, $26.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Styled in Sepia Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty cement beige [with a Matte finish].” It is a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray–almost like a very warm taupe–and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was smooth and lightly creamy so it applied evenly and without dragging on the lips. It wore well for six hours with little settling into lines towards the end but was not drying (or hydrating). MAC Shitake (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery, warmer, less pigmented. Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) (P, $7.49) is lighter, glossier. MAC Nude (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Matte Lip Collection is supposed to be online on October 2nd and in-stores on October 9th.

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Living Legend

B+

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8/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette
MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette

MAC x Brooke Shields Gravitas Eyeshadow Palette ($85.00 for 0.68 oz.) includes fifteen eyeshadows that range from pale, white-beige to plum to matte black. The palette contains some permanent shades as well as some new shades. It was quick to sell out on launch day, but the palette is currently available at Nordstrom. It should be available at other retailers like Dillard’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s. Overall, I think it’s a good palette with only one major miss (Carbon), but the majority were fairly pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with. They pair well together, and there are a lot of different combinations to be made. It is a warmer-toned palette, and there are only a few more colorful shades, so it is primarily a neutral palette–which there are numerous options out there (past and present), so it’s not necessarily a must-have, but that’ll depend more on what palettes you already have.

It has 15 full-sized eyeshadows (0.05 oz. usually, though Veluxe Pearl eyeshadows are 0.04 oz.), so if you bought them individually, it would contain $240 worth of eyeshadows; and if you could buy them in pan-form only to build your own palette, it would contain $150 worth of eyeshadows, plus the cost of an empty 15-pan eyeshadow ($2 for the insert, $8 for the empty palette, so $10 in total). Either way, it is a fantastic value as far as MAC eyeshadows and palettes go, though there are certainly many mid-to-high-end palettes to choose at this price point. The pans are not removable, and they appear to be glued in like the other 15-pan pre-made palettes (I tried to remove six, but they weren’t budging).

Pretty is described as a “sofot golden peach beige [with a Satin finish].” It’s a warm-toned beige with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff and applied smoothly, though it could have been more pigmented. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Soft Brown is described as a “soft golden peach brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a warm-toned, medium reddish-orange brown with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation and applied smoothly without being powdery. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. This shade is permanent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Expensive Pink is described as a “pink with duochrome [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a copper-shimmered coral with a frosted finish. This shade is permanent. It had good color payoff, though the texture wasn’t quite as buttery as my permanent single, and it didn’t seem as shimmery (which made it appear darker). The color wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Clove is described as a “mid-tone golden brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that wasn’t powdery and was blendable. The color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Satin Taupe #2 is described as a “taupe with silver shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium taupe-brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. This shade is permanent, but it is so much lighter than the permanent version I have. It seemed to have decent color payoff, but it wasn’t consistent in color to past iterations of the shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Canter is described as a “soft neutral gold [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, pale yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff that went on smoothly, while it had a buttery consistency that was easy to work with. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Luscious is described as a “neutral bronze [with a Frost finish].” It’s a coppery orange with a frosted shimmer. It had so-so pigmentation with a thinner, slightly dry, consistency–at least it wasn’t stiff to work with. The color lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Antiqued is described as an “ash brown with bronze [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to apply. It wore well for eight and a half hours. This shade is permanent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Psyche is described as a “shimmering golden olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s medium-dark black with a matte finish, but there’s no real surprise that it looks splotchy, uneven, and is hard to work with as the texture is difficult to blend and the color payoff is weak. I actually feel like Carbon is too stark in this palette, and it would been great to have Typographic in its place (which is a better eyeshadow as well, but the softer quality to it would have worked nicely with the palette’s shades). This shade is permanent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shroom is described as a “soft beige with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wore well for eight and a half hours. This actually had better pigmentation than the permanent single I have. This shade is permanent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Persuade is described as a “mid-tone cool grey brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with cool, gray undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, though it was at least buildable to opaque color with two to three layers, and the texture was soft and only a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plummed is described as a “shimmering dark plum [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark plum-berry with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, and it applied evenly and blended well. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lofty is described as a “cool blackened brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, taupe brown with cool, gray undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled texture that was just a little powdery. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pepper is described as a “dark charcoal [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a deep, dark purplish-gray with almost neutral undertones–like the undertones seem slightly warm, but there’s a lot of darkness and gray that it appears almost cool-toned. It had nice pigmentation, and it applied very smoothly, while the consistency of the powder was very finely-milled and blendable. It stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Gravitas

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Lipglasses
MAC x Brooke Shields Lipglasses

MAC Artful Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft mid-tone coral.” It’s a muted, medium pink-coral with pink shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied fairly evenly, though it settled slightly into lip lines (but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance). The texture was medium-weight, tacky, and neither hydrating nor drying. It wore well for four hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Stoke the Flame (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, pinker. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is pinker, brighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker, warmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Knockout Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. There is a tiny, tiny amount of old shimmer that is hard to see. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a moderate translucency that enables the natural lip color to come through. There is very, very minor settling, but it wasn’t noticeable unless you were looking closely in the mirror. It had a medium-weight, sticky consistency that helped it wear a little longer than average, as it topped in at five hours. This is a repromote. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is lighter. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is redder. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is redder. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The packaging felt extremely lightweight, and the packaging for the glosses felt the cheapest to me overall. They also contain 0.01 fl. oz. less than full-sized Lipglasses.

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Artful

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Knockout

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Lipsticks
MAC x Brooke Shields Lipsticks

MAC Excite Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-red [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a very subtle gold shimmer. It had a lightly luminous finish with mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for four and a half hours, left a very slight stain behind, and was a little bit hydrating (which is an upgrade, as this finish is usually drying on me). Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is more matte, more opaque. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is darker, more opaque. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is less red. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is less glossy, more opaque. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gospel Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer rich burgundy [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a medium-dark, plummy red with a soft shine and subtle warm undertones. It is semi-opaque (which may be a pleasant mistake for some), rather than the sheer as described. It was lightly creamy and glided on easily, and it had a very flattering finish applied. The lipstick wore well for four hours and was neither hydrating nor drying over time. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is brighter, pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler-toned. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is more muted, more matte. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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