Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a frosted, metallic bright white with neutral-to-cool undertones. It had good color payoff with a creamy, buttery texture, but it didn’t go on smoothly as I anticipated. It’s almost too metallic, I think, so it just doesn’t have that perfectly even coverage that would be ideal. It wears for eight and a half hours, and it is blendable on the skin. This type of color is really not particularly unique (and understandable; every brand wants to have one of their own), but there are a lot of very close options: See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with a silvered, metallic sheen. This was a surprisingly under-pigmented shade, as many of the metallic finishes have been off-the-charts pigmentation. It was semi-opaque but not as rich or as opaque as other shades. The texture felt creamy and almost wet in the pan, and it went on as a smooth layer. It lasted for eight hours before fading. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery. Sleek MakeUP Acid #11 (P, $9.99) is lighter. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is darker. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (LE) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE) is similar. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is lighter. Kat Von D Piaf (LE) is lighter. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay S&M (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Tundra (LE) is a cream product. MAC Evening Grey (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It is also in the Artist Palette. Unfortunately for swatching purposes, it’s about a shade darker than my natural skin tone, but it is quite pigmented and almost fully covers the skin underneath it. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and smooth without being powdery. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. Urban Decay Downfall (LE, $18.00) is darker. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is darker. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Frappe (LE, $22.00) is similar. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M100 Black Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s a shade that has a lot of pigmentation, but the softer, silkier texture is also a little powdery, so not all of the powder adheres to the skin. It is really intense over a primer, and over bare skin, it’s pretty good in regards to coverage but the color itself is just not as deep/dark. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. As a more basic shade, there are plenty of similar shades, past and present. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M532 Sugar Coated Candy Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light beige with a matte finish. It seems to have good color payoff, but the texture is very finely-milled and silky that it is also excessively powdery, so it doesn’t stick to the skin well on its own. It is better over a primer, but it can still be dusty to work with. Even my softer, feathery brushes kick-up a lot of excess powder when I try to use this shade. On the eye, it lasts for seven hours before creasing. bareMinerals Promise (P) is slightly pinker. bareMinerals Pure (LE) is lighter. Kat Von D South (LE) is similar. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is lighter. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. LORAC Cream (P) is slightly pinker. Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Bisque (DC, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte
YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte

YSL Passionnee (6) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with golden shimmer and a soft, frosted finish. It is a very dupable shade, though this variation is more muted/less warm-toned than others in the family. Laura Mercier Golden Pink (LE, $35.00) is a cream product, lighter. Revlon Racy Rose (008) (P, $9.99) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is lighter. Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is slightly cooler-toned. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is pinker, darker. Milani Dolce Pink (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Springsheen (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P) is similar. Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery. Benefit Bella Bamba (P, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last week, I reviewed Singuliere (1). Passionnee (6) had better color payoff, but the texture was a wee bit powdery, though the powder itself had a silky, finely-milled quality to it. The finish is more shimmery with this particular shade, which still reads as luminous and glowing on the skin and doesn’t emphasize pores. It had mostly opaque color payoff, which can easily be applied less intensely or blended down from initial application due to the softness of the powder. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me but faded a little faster than the first shade I tried.

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Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set
Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Double-Ended Pencil Set ($39.00 for 0.08 oz.) includes four, double-ended eyeliners. Each side is 0.01 oz., so it’s really the equivalent of 2 full-sized eyeliners, though you’re getting eight shades for the price of two. These are all previously released shades with two being brought back in this set (Black Market and Tornado) and the others are permanent. Urban Decay’s formula is long-wearing on me (eight to ten hours), and it is a waxy, glide-on formula that doesn’t tug at the lash line, but some shades require two to three passes for full color coverage.

Black Market is described as a “charcoal black satin.” It’s a soft, gray-ish black with subtle shimmer and a pearly sheen. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage but was semi-sheer in a single stroke. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. MAC Metropolis (LE, $16.00) Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (P, $15.00) Urban Decay Black Market (LE, $19.00) Urban Decay Uzi (P, $19.00) MAC Black Swan (P, $15.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornado is described as a “dark eggplant pearl.” It’s a deepened purple with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had sheer color payoff in a single stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It wore well for nine hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Velvet is described as a “rich, smoky black matte.” It’s a rich, deep dark matte black with subtle, warm undertones. It has a very dry, matte finish–more flatter than Perversion. The texture is dry, powder-like, and it applies best in short strokes. It wears nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smoke is described as a “deepest gray matte.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-opaque. The color wore well for eight and a half hours, and the pencil itself was lightly creamy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zero is described as a “zealous black cream.” It’s a medium black with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Demolition is described as a “deep brown matte.” It’s a dark brown with wwarm, reddish undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation in one stroke, but it was buildable to mostly opaque pigmentation with two layers. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “blackest black matte.” It’s a deep, dark black. This is part of the permanent range. It is one of the creamier pencils by Urban Decay, so it has really good color payoff that goes on smoothly and evenly. It wears nine to ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

LSD is described as a “navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle.” It’s a blackened navy blue with lighter blue sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage in one stroke that was buildable to more opaque color in two layers. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Blush Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Blush Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Blush Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink, flesh tone.” It’s a dusty, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy formula that glided across lips easily without tugging on the lip. It was light-to-medium in weight, and while it was mostly even, it was thick enough that if you pressed your lips together, sometimes you could see slight lines (but they were faint). This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Flirt (144) (LE, $30.00) is lighter. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is warmer. NARS Montego Bay (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Coral Bliss (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pastel pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a satin sheen. The formula was lightly creamy and applied without dragging, but it was a creamier, thicker consistency (though not thick or heavy) that it created “lines” that made the color less even. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for four hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is more matte. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is glossier. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is brighter, glossier. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted. NYX Chic (P, $4.00) is more shimmery. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bobbi Brown Pink Nectar Lip Color ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy coral.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coral with a hint of rosy pink and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, while the formula had a good glide that worked well to deposit even color during application. It had the same problem where if you pressed your lips together, there were very faint lines. In general, they’re not noticeable to the casual observer, only if you look at your lips close-up. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was neither hydrating nor drying when I wore it. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is darker, more orange. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is slightly more muted. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more matte. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Pink Kiss

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte
YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte

YSL Singuliere (1) Blush Volupte ($47.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny finish. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is brighter. Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is pinker. Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is brighter, cream. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Dame (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

YSL’s description of the formula is mostly fluff: “pure color and light heart,” and “freed of of opaque powders, color expresses itself without any constraint.” Sephora’s description is the easiest to understand, as it says it offers “intense color payoff” with a “silky finish.” The blush can be applied swirled together, which is the most practical way, or you can use the center shade, which is lighter, for highlighting. The center is less than a 1″ square, so it is quite small, and you’ll probably need to use a large eye brush to use it without getting the outer color mixed in with it. The texture is silky and velvety–finely-milled and smooth–but the color payoff isn’t intense. It’s moderately pigmented and builds to semi-opaque color payoff at most. If you love sheerer blushes that you never have to worry about going overboard with, you may like this shade, because the finish is lovely on the skin: lightly luminous, doesn’t emphasize pores, and is easy to blend and apply. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

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8/10

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10/10

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright white with a blue iridescent shimmer-sheen. It had an overall frosted finish with fairly good color payoff. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable on the lid. It lasted for eight hours on me before creasing slightly. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is similar. Maybelline Waves of White (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Sugarpill Lumi (P, $12.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, sky blue with subtle aqua tones (making it a “warmer” blue) with a sparkly, frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff–definitely one of the weaker shades I’ve tested so far. The consistency was creamy and smooth with a wet-like feeling. It lasted for eight hours with minor fall out over time. Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is greener, less sparkly. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is warmer. L’Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever #150 (DC, $20.00) is a lot lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a satin-matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that felt more like a cream than a powder. The color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. It did lightly stain the skin but went away after a few hours. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cream. Maybelline Never Fade Jade (P, $6.99) is darker. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a navy blue with a subtle, pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly. The creamier, more buttery consistency made blending really easy, despite how rich and pigmented the shade was. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Kat Von D Entombed (P) is brighter. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P) is a touch lighter. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 (LE) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deep dark black with silver sparkle. It was incredibly rich in pigment–a little goes a very long way!–and the sparkle actually binds with the underlying color, so the majority of it applies to the lid and stays in place while worn. There is minor fall out but not really noticeable unless I went looking for it. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before showing signs of wear. Too Faced Starry Night (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Pure Glam (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Oil Slick (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is similar. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is similar. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise

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