Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Estee Lauder Red Ego (250) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Red Ego (250) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Red Ego (250) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deepened, dark red with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a glossy finish. The formula was hydrating and long-wearing, staying true for over six hours while leaving a lingering stain behind. I didn’t have any feathering or bleeding while I wore this. MAC Salon Rouge (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker, more matte. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is more muted. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $16.00) is more matte, warmer. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is similar. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. Dior Diorling (LE, $36.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Carnal (370) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, orange-red with a luminous finish and warm undertones. It was intensely pigmented and applied evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for over six hours, and it left behind a reddish stain. The formula was creamy, hydrating, and comfortable to wear without feathering around the edges. Tom Ford Beauty Flame (06) (P, $50.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Carmen (P, $32.00) is similar. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker, more muted. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is similar. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is similar. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is redder. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is lighter. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. Guerlain Gilda (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (450) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned berry with blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had fairly opaque coverage, but there was a noticeable translucency. The consistency on this one was more slippery than other shades, which made it apply less evenly in comparison to most of what I’ve tried in the range. It lasted for six hours, but I did experience slight feathering during the last hour. Bite Beauty Aubergine (P, $24.00) MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic silver … [with] an iridescent glow.” On the nail, it’s a deepened gray with a green and blue cast–it gives off a greener, more pewter-ish hue along the center of each nail, while the edges are smokier with a bluish-purple hue. At an angle, it can turn almost bluish-silver. NARS Disco Inferno (LE, $20.00) is less metallic, sheerer. MAC Ascension (LE, $16.00) is greener. Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game (LE, $19.00) is cooler-toned, less silver, more violet with green edges. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had a very metallic finish, and while many of the visible brush strokes faded as the polish dried down, there were still quite a few noticeable ones in the end result. The coverage was mostly opaque after two coats, and the polish’s consistency was slightly thin but not difficult to use. I didn’t have any issues with the color dragging or going on unevenly. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish, but a glossy top coat might give it extra oomph to make it look plusher. I get seven days of wear out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear and no chipping, which is the average for me on most polish formulas.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory (110) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory (110) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Insatiable Ivory (110) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened peach with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had opaque color coverage, and while it didn’t apply perfectly, it applied fairly well with minimal streakiness. The color lasted for four and a half hours (shy of the six-hours promised), but it was very hydrating and comfortable to wear. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lament (P, $18.00) is more matte, lighter. Melt Cosmetics Summer! (P, $19.00) is brighter. Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) (P, $36.00) is browner. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is more matte. Revlon Jungle Peach (LE, $7.99) is a touch pinker, darker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Eccentric (260) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and a lightly glossy sheen. It had rich, full color coverage with a very smooth, even application. This shade, with its sheen, made my lips look smoother and plumper. The color lasted for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. NARS Natalie (P, $32.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is darker, pinker. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is darker. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is pinker, darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Irresistible (440) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage–a very slight translucency at most, which will be more apparent with those with more natural pigmentation–that covered well and went on evenly. The formula was comfortable to wear, moisturizing, and lasted for six hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is warmer, less glossy. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker. Buxom Dolly (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $49.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $22.00) is warmer, brighter. Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is very similar. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is sheerer. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Gracia (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set
Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set

Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes three shades of Full-On Lip Cream and three shades of Full-On Lip Polish. The Lip Cream formula is described as a “creamy, no-shimmer lip gloss” with “sheer to medium” coverage.
The Lip Polish formula is described as a “sheer, shimmering lip gloss with a tingling, plumping effect.” The texture of both formulas was light-medium in thickness, creamy, and moderately tacky (the Lip Creams seemed slightly less tacky than the Lip Polishes). The Lip Creams had a tendency to settle into lip lines, and they’re true to the “no-shimmer” part of the description. The Lip Polishes are sheer with a fair amount of fine shimmer with a glossy shine.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test the wear of these formulas, as the tingling sensation was just too much for me (I am often sensitive to lip plumping products, particularly any that really have a tingle you can feel); just swatching through them and testing the wear for two shades was too much for my lips. I would expect two to four hours, given how tacky they are, though, and the two I did test were White Russian and Chloe, both lasting three hours. I wish I could be more helpful!

White Russian is a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted three hours on me. It does settle into lip lines and doesn’t appear even when applied, though it is not the worst offender I’ve come across. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Berry Blast is a cool-toned, medium-dark fuchsia pink with a creamy, glossy finish. This shade had semi-opaque color payoff, and it went on a little more evently than White Russian, but there was some settling into lip lines. I felt like the deeper color helped to camouflage some of the settling, though. See comparison swatches
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Creamsicle is a milky, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and this particular shade seemed to have a thicker consistency than the others. It settled into lip lines noticeably as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chloe is a peachy-coral with fine gold and peach shimmer. It had sheer color, but it had a fair amount of shimmer, which gave it a more “opaque” look in a way. This was the other shade I managed to test, and it also lasted for three hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trixie is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had sheer color coverage with a moderate amount of visible god shimmer. It seemed to brighten and add warmth to my natural lip color. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sophia is a light-medium, pinky-mauve with gold shimmer. It actually seemed more like a combination of the two formulas, as this one had a creamier look applied, which tended to cover some of the shimmer. It also settled into lip lines and didn’t go on as evenly. The coverage was semi-opaque, which is more pigmentation than as described. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Laura Mercier Holiday 2014 Artist Palette for Eyes & Cheeks
Laura Mercier Holiday 2014 Artist Palette for Eyes & Cheeks

Laura Mercier Holiday 2014 Artist Palette for Eyes & Cheeks ($58.00 for 0.48 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows and one cheek color. The eyeshadows lean slightly cool-toned overall, but the cheek color is really warm, and I felt like it didn’t complement the eyeshadows well. Nearly all of the eyeshadows in the palette were slightly powdery, with the more shimmery shades having a dry, powdery consistency, whereas the mattes were silky and soft and a wee bit powdery (but better than stiff). Most of the eyeshadows lasted for eight hours, while the blush wore well for seven and a half hours on me. This palette is exclusive to Sephora.

Rosegold Shimmer is a light-medium, orange-brown with a golden shimmer-sheen. It had decent color payoff with a fairly soft texture that was blendable. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla Nuts is a light beige with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and was only slightly powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Stone Taupe is a dark, taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, silky consistency that was a smidgen powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pewter is a murky, muted, dark green with strong brown tones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a soft but powdery texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deep Night is a deepened, navy blue with a muted quality and a matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder felt soft, smooth, and silky. It’s soft enough that it is messy to apply, so I’d recommend doing eyes first if you use this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Topaz is a muted, medium brown with a hint of gray and a frosted sheen. It had a drier, dusty consistency that made it harder to apply and get true-to-pan color. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Morning Dew is a white-beige with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It is very soft and almost chalky as a result, but it will depend on skin tone on just how chalky it ends up looking on the skin. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cashmere is a rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was opaque with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use and wasn’t too powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Crystal Beige is a muted, medium-dark bronze brown with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. This shade had nice color payoff, but the texture was drier and a little dusty to work with, which gave it a faded look applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble
Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble

Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble ($49.00 for 0.40 oz.) includes ten of Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencils. I really like Sephora’s eyeliner formula here, because they come in such a wide array of colors, have just enough creaminess/waxiness to glide on without tugging, fairly good color payoff, and wear for eight to ten hours. The only caveat is that they’re listed as having a 12-hour wear time, which I don’t quite get to. All but one of the shades in this set are part of the permanent range, and they’re all full-sized, so the set is a value of $100.

Diamonds are Forever is described as a “silver.” It’s a medium silver with subtle, cool undertones and a metallic shimmer. It had decent pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was mostly opaque after two layers. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girl Talk is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a light-medium, golden beige with a hint of gold sparkle over a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one pass, and it was only buildable to semi-opaque color. I wish this one was more pigmented. Applied, the color started to thin after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Girls Night Out is described as a “gold.” It’s a medium-dark gold with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and it had a nice, creamy consistency that applied evenly. It wore well for nine and a half hours before thinning. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Welcome to My Loft is a cool-toned, purpled taupe with a pearly sheen. This shade seemed softer than most others in the formula, and it had decent to good color payoff. On me, it wore well for just over eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tiramisu is described as a “brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This had really good color payoff in one pass, and it applied beautifully. It lasted for almost ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Clubbing Stilettos is described as a “black.” It’s a rich, deep dark black with subtle, silver sparkle over a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it was really creamy and smooth on the skin. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Lace is described as a “black.” It’s a deepened black with a satin-matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one stroke, and it was buildable to fully opaque color payoff in two layers. It wore well for almost nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Good Mood is described as a “jade.” It’s a green-leaning teal with a pearly sheen. It had decent to good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to fully opaque color payoff with two strokes. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Summer Cruise is described as a “turquoise.” It’s a brightened, medium blue with a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage. It lasted for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Purple Stilettos is described as a “purple.” It’s a brightened, medium purple with fuchsia undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass, and it was closer to opaque color after two passes. It showed signs of fading after nine and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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