Friday, December 5th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft burnt orange.” It’s a brightened, tangerine orange with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but it applied oddly–the color “bubbled” all over, so it looked a little odd. It was more noticeable to me when I was applying it than it seems to look in photos, but you can see that the color on the upper lip isn’t really smooth or opaque all-over. The consistency is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and mostly non-sticky, but the way it applied left something to be desired. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It is mint-scented and had a slightly minty-taste, but it didn’t bother my lips. The opacity of the color made it more unique. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is sheerer. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is darker, more shimmery. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Fame (206) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “raspberry red.” It’s a muted, warm reddish-plum with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that went on beautifully–I think you can see the difference between the two shades when it comes to how even the color applied. This shade wore well for five hours and was hydrating while worn. Nothing I could think of that was a gloss came that close. Chanel Audace (20) (P, $34.00) is browner, less pink. MAC Ruby (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

MAC Give Me Fire Eyeshadow
MAC Give Me Fire Eyeshadow

MAC Give Me Fire Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft pink champagne with pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, beige-brown with warm undertones and a golden sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage with loose sparkle that tended to drop underneath the lid when initially applied. The texture was thin but not dry. It wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Terre (Left) (LE) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Envol (847) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE) is lighter. Urban Decay Last Sin (LE, $18.00) is similar. bareMinerals Future (P) is pinker. Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $21.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) (P, $28.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is lighter, pinker, more shimmery. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is very similar. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Strike While Haute Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “true red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation that went on smoothly, but it does need to patted on with minimal blending to maintain its intensity. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #2 (LE, $2.29) is warmer, darker. Sugarpill Love+ (P, $12.00) is richer. Inglot #366 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Red Alert Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rusty red mid-tone copper [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a rusty, muted orange-copper with hints of brown and a slight reddish tint. It had a frosted finish with a smooth sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque with a soft, blendable texture that made it easy to use. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #2 (LE) is redder. MAC Gingersnap (P, $15.00) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Amorous Alloy (LE, $19.50) is darker. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is redder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #8 (P, $9.99) is redder. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Disney by Sephora Trust Me (LE) is similar. NARS California (P, $24.00) is darker. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is redder. MAC Coppering (P, $15.00) is brighter. Le Metier de Beaute Innocence (DC, $30.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Makeup Geek Houdini Foiled Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Houdini Foiled Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) are supposed to be a cream and powder hybrid that “does not require primer” and “does not crease, flake, or smudge” with “intense pigmentation.” Two of the four shades reviewed here were a less foolproof to use; the consistency wasn’t as smooth, and the color payoff didn’t transfer as well from brush to lid to get the intensity applied as seen in the pan. The shades wore seven to seven and a half hours on me, and they definitely crease (rather than fade), so that’s a bit of a bummer–I would definitely use primer with these. As I’ve mentioned in the previous two reviews, these are more like powder eyeshadows, so color will transfer/smudge/blend if you touch it, even hours later–they don’t set like a cream eyeshadow, they act just like powders in that respect.

They reminded me of Ardency Inn’s Manuka Honey Eyeshadows as well as some of the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows (more the Metallic finishes) or even some of the ultra metallic Sleek eyeshadows (Sunset #3 comes to mind). All are more powder-like than cream, but they have a creaminess and intensity to them that is reminiscent of cream eyeshadow.

Makeup Geek Magic Act Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “light gold with yellow undertones.” It’s a light-medium gold with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. There’s a slightly muted quality to the color, so it doesn’t read true gold. It had good pigmentation with a buttery, dense texture that went on smoothly and was very blendable. It started to crease after seven hours of wear. MAC Lithe (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is yellower. MAC Canter (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Too Faced Honey Pot (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is similar. Stila Vitality (P) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is yellower. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is similar. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Jester Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright mossy green with slight gold undertones.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed green with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff with a silky, creamy consistency that went on smoothly. This shade started to crease after seven hours of wear. Sleek MakeUP Fig (P, $9.99) is lighter. Too Faced Very Merry (LE, $16.00) is less golden. Urban Decay Jealous #2 (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. MAC Lucky Green (P, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 (LE) is darker. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Houdini Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep emerald teal green.” It’s a cool-toned, blackened teal with a metallic sheen. It had a slightly drier consistency that made it more to flaking in the pan (but it doesn’t flake off once applied, to be clear), and as a result, the pigmentation wasn’t as strong. It lost a lot of the richness/intensity of the teal color and looked more like a muted version of itself applied. Once on, the color showed signs of creasing after seven and a half hours of wear. LORAC Deep Teal (LE) is warmer. bareMinerals Dazzle (P) similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is lighter. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is less metallic. MAC Deep Blue Green (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Center Stage Foiled Eyeshadow ($9.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “bright royal blue.” It’s a rich, navy blue with a hint of violet/purple and a metallic finish. It had really good color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth consistency. It felt a little drier/less creamy compared to the other shades in the range, and it didn’t seem to apply as easily as the other shades. This shade started to crease after seven and a half hours of wear. theBalm Pipeline (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is bluer. Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is less purple. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Blue Storm (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. The lighter beige shades actually performed a lot better than the ones I reviewed previously, so those might be worth considering if you prefer a mechanical eyeliner. The two green-hued shades were a miss for me, though, due to their stiffer consistencies, shorter wear times, and color payoff (or lack thereof).

MAC Bare Asset Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “medium beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The texture was creamy without being too waxy, so it applied smoothly. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (I don’t have single swatches available in the gallery, as the original swatches are quite old, but this seems quite similar to MAC NW25/NC30.)

MAC Risque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “pale beige.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque color with two layers. Like Bare Asset, it was creamy without being too waxy or too emollient, and it also wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches/ view dupes. (I don’t have single swatches available in the gallery, as the original swatches are quite old, but this seems quite similar to MAC NC15/NW20.)

MAC Snowed In Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “light peach off-white.” It’s a brightened, warm white with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied in a fluid stroke, and it was slightly buildable but wasn’t fully opaque no matter how many layers I attempted to apply. This shade stayed on well for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Army Style Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “military deep green.” It’s a muted, dark olive green with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was drier, somewhat stiff, yet waxy, and the resulting color payoff was sheer. At best, it was semi-sheer, but it looked so unevenly when layered. It had faded after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sourpuss Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as an “acid green.” It’s a brightened chartreuse green with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, and it was slightly buildable but the color tended to bunch up in places, so it wasn’t as even as I’d like. The consistency was a bit stiffer than other shades, too, which made it less pleasant to apply. The color started to fade after six and a half hours. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. Most of the shades had a waxier consistency, so while the eyeliner would feel soft and glide decently, it doesn’t deposit color evenly, and often, color payoff was lacking–even when layered. These don’t seem to be as soft or as intense as many other Technakohls I’ve tried in the past (but some of the limited edition varieties have been less impressive). The wear varied from five to eight hours, depending on the shade, but overall, they seemed to wear shorter than most eyeliners on me.

MAC Funfare Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “bright true pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easily built up to opaque color in two layers. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Broque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and lighter bronze and gold shimmer. It had a waxier consistency, so it didn’t apply evenly and didn’t build to opaque color. It wore well for six and a half hours before looking softened. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Plank Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm bronze brown with a pearly sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, but it wasn’t buildable. In fact, I felt like layering it dragged the color around and made it appear uneven. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC $$$ Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone gold bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, but it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, at least. It lasted for six hours on me before it looked softened/faded. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Brass Band Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze metal.” It’s a golden copper with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Twinked Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for six and a half hours on my lash line before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo
Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo

Giorgio Armani #08 Gun Metal Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a dark taupe brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. It looked a lot more shimmery in the pan than it did when it swatched! The consistency was silky but powdery, so it didn’t apply as evenly or with as much intensity as desired. I don’t notice the shortcomings as much when I applied it into the crease with a fluffier brush, but for lid application, it is more noticeable. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. Anastasia Deep Brown (LE) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #6 (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Persuade (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Defy (LE, $18.00) is grayer. Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (P, $29.00) is darker, grayer. Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (P) is warmer. Make Up For Ever M620 Gray Brown (P, $21.00) is similar. bareMinerals Tide Pool (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is similar. Ulta Mink (P, $10.00) is similar. Chanel Mystere #4 (LE) is similar. MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Double Feature #3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Legendary Black (DC, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #14 Aurore Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a cool-toned,, rosy mauve with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery but very finely-milled. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. Chanel Utopia (96) (LE, $36.00) is a crema product. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is lighter, brighter. MAC Strawberry Patch (LE, $32.50) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #15 Parma Eyes to Kill Solo ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted, medium purple with a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a very soft, silky, and finely-milled texture–that did kick up excess when used–which applied easily. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Make Up For Ever S836 Pink Ash (P, $21.00) is lighter. Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) (P, $23.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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