Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Estee Lauder Rosy Future Courreges Super Gloss
Estee Lauder Rosy Future Courreges Super Gloss

Estee Lauder Rosy Future Courreges Super Gloss ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude,” which makes absolutely no sense. It’s a brightened, fuchsia-magenta with strong, blue undertones. Revlon HD Tourmaline (510) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, less pink. MAC Unlimited Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is sheerer. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is more magenta. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is more muted, sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be an “opaque, high shine hint of mod color for lips.” It has a metal, slant-tipped applicator that will squeeze out the product (reminds me of Hourglass’ lip oil applicator). It was nearly opaque with just a hint of translucency where the natural lip color would come through. It had a very smooth, slightly thick consistency that applied somewhat evenly and was comfortable to wear. The texture had moderate tackiness to it that was noticeable after about ten minutes after application (initially, it seemed almost non-sticky). It seemed to have Estee Lauder’s more traditional fig scent (fruity and sweet) but no discernible taste. On me, the color lasted four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

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Friday, February 27th, 2015

Estee Lauder x Courreges Illuminations Face Powder
Estee Lauder x Courreges Illuminations Face Powder

Estee Lauder x Courreges Illuminations Face Powder ($32.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “glowing, otherworldly” powder with a “burst of pure light.” It’s a brightened, golden champagne with a frosted, metallic sheen. Tarte Champagne (LE) is slightly lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is a smidgen lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora gave early access to VIB Rouges to the new collaboration collection between Estee Lauder and Courreges, and this particularly product went very quickly (it’s not even listed on the site any more, but I’m hoping that it’ll reappear when the collection is fully launched as well as be available at other retailers and at counters). The texture is a lot like a baked powder product (think MAC Mineralize products) with a soft, smooth, but almost dry, feeling to the touch, though it doesn’t look dry on the skin. It had good color coverage that was easily blended and diffused on the skin, and for a really ethereal look, could be applied with a feathery touch and fan brush for a mere dusting of sheen. Applied with a more traditional highlighting brush, the finish can veer too metallic and emphasize pores slightly, but for as high-shine as it is, I was surprised that it didn’t make pores look glaringly obvious. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

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Friday, February 27th, 2015

Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) are a really fun, interesting formula that’s one of the better liquid-to-powder eyeshadow formulas I’ve tried. They can be worn together as a more blended, complex look (see this post), opaque, all-over shade, or sheerer wash of color. The formula starts of as a thinner liquid with an almost cool feeling against the skin, and once it dries down, it transforms into a powder product; it remains blendable even after it “dries” for about a minute, because it really just looks, feels, and acts like a powder eyeshadow. If you press your fingertip to the dried down results, a bit of color will transfer to your fingertip (not all of it, and it is in line with the same effect as accidentally touching your fingertip to your eye with powder eyeshadow). It feels weightless, comfortable, and doesn’t “shrink” on the lid. Giorgio Armani markets these as having 16-hour wear, which isn’t quite what I get, but the formula wears twelve to fourteen hours on me, which is longer than most powder eyeshadows for me.

I’m not sure that this is the best packaging/applicator for the formula, as some of the shades (though none of the four featured in this review) were inconsistent–I would pull the applicator out of the tube, and it would be intensely pigmented with a slightly thicker consistency, but every once in awhile, the pull would yield a thinner, more watery texture that was prone to sheering out (as if it wasn’t fully mixed). They’re easiest to use all-over, and the neutral shades like the ones in this post are excellent for that purpose, but if you want to use a few together, you might just want to prepare for a practice run if you’ve never worked with a formula like this before. It doesn’t take long to get the hang of it, by any means, but it’s not quite foolproof!

Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a murky, rosy pink with gray-ish mauve coloring and a golden shimmer-sheen. The color has a lot of nuances to it, and it can be more of a chameleon once you start pairing it with other shades. It was thin with a very spreadable consistency, but it was semi-opaque. It built up well to opaque color in two layers, if desired. The color wore well for twelve hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Cold Copper (09) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented and applied with opaque color, though you could use less or blend it out for a softer look. The color lasted for fourteen hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes (11) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark golden brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had flecks of pink and copper micro-sparkle. The consistency was thin without being watery, easily spread across the skin, and wore well for fourteen hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) Eye Tint ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a brightened, golden champagne with a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to fully opaque coverage with two layers–it seemed a bit more pigmented when I applied it with a synthetic brush in practice compared to using the included applicator. The texture was a little thinner compared to top-performing shades but applied smoothly and blended well on the eyelid. It stayed on well for twelve and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with larger dark champagne sparkle. The texture was soft, but it was dry, which made it apply less smoothly. It was also more prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. The eyeshadow wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Colour Pop XO (P, $5.00) is a cream product. LORAC Uninhibited (P) is lighter. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is similar. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is yellower. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is less sparkly. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is more sparkly. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #19 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a brightened, cornflower blue with iridescent bluish-teal shimmer and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it didn’t build up much more than that when I tried layering it. It’s the kind of shade that needs a white, tacky primer to really pop, or else apply it over a black cream eyeshadow for a really iridescent sheen. The texture was slightly powdery, though blendable. It wore well for seven hours before fading. Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is darker. Hello Kitty Dear Daniel (LE) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Dior Rivage #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #429 (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #23 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) isa brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled consistency that was slightly powdery, though it didn’t sheer out readily so it retained most of its pigmentation when applied to the skin. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, cream product. Sugarpill Charmy (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is pinker, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Mango Tango (P, $5.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Arabian Sunset (LE) is darker. L’Oreal Cherie Merie (LE, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches
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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Chanel Olga (422) Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Olga (422) Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) has been reinvented with a “renovated formula and vibrant colour spectrum.” Each shade is “inspired by Coco Chanel and her closest friends.” The formula is touted as “ultra hydrating,” “rich,” “bright,” and “luminous.” The texture is lightweight with moderate slip so it glides on without tugging. These were comfortable to wear, but they weren’t “ultra hydrating” to me, and the color payoff didn’t see vibrant, rich, or bright.

Chanel Olga (422) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and barely-there golden shimmer. (Bright pink it is definitely not.) It’s semi-sheer with a luminous sheen. The formula was neither hydrating nor drying, and it lasted for an hour and a half on me. Guerlain Rosy Silk (LE, $37.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Ian (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Intime (93) (P, $35.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $30.00) is warmer, less shimmery. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is warmer. Too Faced Taffy (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is slightly less shimmery. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is brighter. Guerlain Gabrielle (P, $51.00) is lighter. Chanel Jersey Rose (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Cecile (432) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “soft rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a creamy, lightweight texture that went on evenly. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Tarte Rare (LE) is brighter, warmer. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Equivoque (126) (LE, $34.00) is darker. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Rose Desir (LE, $51.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Gabrielle (P, $51.00) is lighter. Guerlain Romance (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Jersey Rose (P, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Gardenia (P, $34.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Suzanne (438) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as am “intense rosewood.” It’s a softened, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft, shimmery sheen. It was less luminous compared to the other two shades, but it had the most color payoff–mostly opaque but with some translucency, so the natural lip color will still come through. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Marque (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is darker. Buxom Dolly (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery, more muted. MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is lighter more shimmery. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $16.00) is darker. Guerlain Gracia (P, $51.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Bite Beauty Marzipan Butter Cream Lipstick
Bite Beauty Marzipan Butter Cream Lipstick

Bite Beauty Marzipan Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “milky chocolate.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle rose and caramel tones. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, creamy consistency that gave it a luminous finish. The texture was slightly thicker than the average lipstick but never felt heavy. The color lasted well for five hours and was hydrating over time. NARS Femme Fleur (LE, $26.00) is darker, redder, brighter. Guerlain Gaetane (16) (P, $51.00) is brighter, redder. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is similar. NARS Het Loo (P, $25.00) is more matte, browner. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is more matte, slightly pinker. MAC Mocha (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Moka Butter Cream Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “warm dark brown.” It’s a medium-dark, coral-brown with warm, rosy tones and a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, though the texture had more slip so it didn’t apply as evenly as Marzipan, but the deeper coloring helped to disguise streaks. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was moisturizing while worn. Guerlain Gaetane (16) (P, $51.00) is slightly darker. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is shimmery. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is darker, browner. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is more matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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