Friday, September 5th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm mauve with silver frost.” It’s a muted, dark brown with copper, mauve, and silver flecks of shimmer in it. The finish is more frosted, lightly metallic. MAC Icon (DC, $16.00) is several shades lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. It doesn’t feel gritty in the tube, despite the high shimmer content, initially or as it wears away. On me, the color lasted four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It is a Viva Glam, limited life, shade, and it is packaged in a metallic red, rubberized tube. Viva Glam is one of the best charitable causes in beauty, as every cent of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and it had a creamy, buttery texture that was easy to work with on the skin. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is lighter. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is darker. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is more beige. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is more beige. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M548 Pink Gray Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and while the texture was soft, silky, and blendable, it was on the powdery side. It applied decently over bare skin, but it’s the type of matte finish that would be best over a primer (or if you have oilier lids, it should be okay). On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is darker, cream. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is a touch lighter.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm brown with just a smidgen of gray and a pearly sheen. It seems to be more of a brown than taupe. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on so smoothly! The texture was equally lovely: buttery, smooth, and blendable. On the lid, the color stayed didn’t show signs of fading for eight and a half hours. This shade is part of the Artist Palette. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is warmer. LORAC Chrome (P) is darker. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is warmer, cream. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Pewter (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, velvety texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It was very blendable and lasted for eight hours. LORAC Unspoken (P) is a little lighter. Makeup Geek Mocha (P, $5.99) is darker. Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is similar. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is similar. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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M548 Pink Gray

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8/10

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl Eyeshadow Quad
Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl Eyeshadow Quad

Charlotte Tilbury The Uptown Girl Eyeshadow Quad ($52.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes four shades is a mix of peach and purple. The color payoff, texture, and wear of the three of the four shades is really nice, but I wasn’t keen on the more glittery shade as it was sheerer and had a fair amount of fall out while worn. I also wished for more finish variation, as the overall look is rather metallic applied.

This brand has been available (along with this particular quad) for awhile in the UK, and I bought this from Selfridges, but it will be available stateside at Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Beautylish, NET-A-PORTER today, September 2nd.

The Uptown Girl #1 is a golden peach with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. The consistency was soft and buttery, but it didn’t go on quite as smoothly as desired–almost like it was too soft–so I would recommend picking up less product than you think. It had good color payoff, and the eyeshadow lasted for nine hours before fading. bareMinerals Ball Gown (V2) (P) is darker. LORAC Beige (P) is less shimmery. theBalm #7 (P, $6.50) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #4 (P) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Exquisite Ego #1 (LE, $21.00) is less warm-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is darker, more muted. Urban Decay Flow (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Uptown Girl #2 is a gray-ish purple with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth, while the color didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Fall in Lust (LE, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P) is darker, less shimmery. YSL Saharienne #5 (P) is lighter. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #16 (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Pearled Earth (P, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Candied Violet (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $18.00) is darker, less shimmery. Too Faced Bluff (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #1 (P) is warmer. Inglot #420 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Uptown Girl #3 is a light, warm-toned peach with a glittery finish. It was semi-sheer, and it had an almost wet-like texture that was thinner than the other shades. This shade seemed best patted over another color, rather than used on its own. I had moderate fall out while I wore this, unfortunately, so you may find an adhesive or cream eyeshadow base helpful. MAC Fabulous Three #2 (LE) is darker, less glittery. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Pastelluxe #2 (P) is lighter. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Uptown Girl #4 is a medium-dark, warm-toned, muted purple with a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation that went on evenly as the consistency of the powder was soft and finely-milled. It wore well for eight and a half hours when I tested it. Ardency Inn Disco (P, $21.00) is more sparkly, lighter. Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple (P, $21.00) is brighter, darker. Chanel Tisse Camelia #4 (P) is darker. Makeup Geek Drama Queen (P, $5.99) is brighter. Urban Decay Uncut (P, $18.00) is brighter. Illamasqua Queen of the Night (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto Lip Lustre
Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto Lip Lustre

Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto Lip Lustre ($22.00 for 0.12 fl. oz.) is a medium, true coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. NARS Ophelia (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, pinker. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is less glossy. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is sheerre. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker. Chanel Mystery (P, $29.50) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Lip Lustre formula is supposed to give “mirror-shine” and “the illusion of sculpted, 3-dimensional, [and a] voluptuous pout.” On the brand’s website, it also says “pure, un-adulterated colour in an XXL creamy texture.” I also watched her video announcing the product, and it seems like it is supposed to be a more pigmented product–lacquer not lip gloss. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly, and it had a lightly thick but not heavy consistency that was mostly non-sticky. It had a vanilla scent and was comfortable to wear. Sweet Stiletto lasted for four hours on me and it was lightly hydrating while worn. I was disappointed to see that the gloss only contains 0.12 fl. oz. of product, which is about half the size of most full-sized glosses, though the price seems to reflect this (compared to the lipstick, which is priced at $32).

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Sweet Stiletto

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9/10

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9/10

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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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Monday, September 1st, 2014

Zoya Remy, Sansa, Yuna Nail Lacquers
Zoya Remy, Sansa, Yuna Nail Lacquers

Zoya Remy Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “indigo with copper and gold liquid metal.” It’s an inky, blackened navy blue with lighter blue and teal sparkle. It seems like the “copper and gold” turns into a lighter, bluish-teal with the blue polish over/mixed with it. This was so pigmented–it was pretty much opaque in one coat, but the swatches show two. It was slightly thin but not particularly problematic to apply. Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, smaller shimmer. Color Club First Looks (P) is darker, smaller shimmer. China Glaze Little Drummer Boy (LE, $7.50) is darker, smaller shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Samsa Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deepest eggplant with gold liquid metal.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with gold and copper flecks of sparkle and shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and dried down to a shiny finish. The consistency was a little thin, but it didn’t run to the edges, thankfully. Chanel Taboo (LE, $27.00) is darker, different colored shimmer. Cult Nails Spontaneous (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Cult Nails Enigmatic (LE, $12.00) is darker, less shimmery. Zoya Neeka (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned, less sparkly. Butter London Marrow (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Yuna Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “grey with copper and gold liquid metal.” It’s a dark gray with subtle warm undertones and a yellowed sparkle. It had very nearly opaque color coverage after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. China Glaze Concrete Catwalk (LE, $7.50) and Zoya Evvie (P, $9.00) have no shimmer, so they’re not very similar overall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sansa

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8/10

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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Kat Von D Thin Lizzy Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Thin Lizzy Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Thin Lizzy Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling brick copper.” It’s a lightly brightened, copper-red with gold and copper sparkle. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Manhunter (P, $18.00) is brighter, more orange. Kat Von D Gothica (P, $21.00) is lighter, browner. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is lighter, more orange, less red. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception (308) (LE, $36.00) has less shimmer, brighter. NARS Moscow (P, $26.00) has less shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Let us rejoice for a moment, because Thin Lizzy had a lightly creamy consistency that applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t tug or drag on the lips. It isn’t a slippery feeling, so it still retains a mostly matte finish on the lips, but it is comfortable to wear and isn’t a struggle to apply. It had good color coverage, and though it says “sparkling,” it is a finer shimmer that is less present than some of the other more metallic/frosted shades in the range. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

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Thin Lizzy

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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5/5

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