Sunday, August 24th, 2014

NARS Fanny, Vera, Charlotte, Audrey, Anna Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Fanny, Vera, Charlotte, Audrey, Anna Audacious Lipsticks

Next up, five of the more berry-hued shades from the new NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) formula. You can see reviews for other shades here. I almost have the next set of five finished for testing (these deeper shades wear long-er-I’m lucky to test two shades in a day!), so stay tuned for the rest of the reviews. Thank you for your patience!

NARS Fanny Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “rich berry.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry pink with a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is brighter, shimmery. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is redder. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is slightly brighter. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Vera Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bright raspberry.” It’s a berry pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had good color coverage with smooth, even application. The color stayed on well for five and a half hours while staining. I didn’t find it drying or hydrating while worn. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is more muted. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is similar. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $51.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Charlotte Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “oxblood burgundy.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with subtle cool undertones. It looks almost warm on me, though it swatches with a cool, pink undertone. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but the consistency is a little thinner with a touch more slip than other shades. The color lasted for six hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Roxo (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is similar. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #48 (P, $19.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Audrey Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “red currant.” It’s a muted, warm-toned reddish-plum with a luminous finish. It had full color coverage, and it applied beautifully for an even, smooth result. On me, the color wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. The muted quality to the color made it more unique. Urban Decay Manic (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Anna Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “smokey rose.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pink with a semi-matte finish. It had full color coverage, which applied fairly well, but I felt like the consistency was a bit drier than other shades in the formula, so it didn’t leave lips looking as smooth. The color wore well for four hours, but it was somewhat drying. Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is brighter, sheerer. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hot Gossip (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette ($88.00 for 0.177 oz.) is a set of two shades, so more of a duo than a palette. It contains almost the equivalent of four, average-sized full-sized eyeshadows. I wish I could figure out why Giorgio Armani’s compacts are so pricey, because their single eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, etc. are all in line with other designer brands (Chanel, Dior, and so on), but their eyeshadow palettes are totally out of step price-wise.

The way the formula is described is confusing per the press release, as the brand describes it as “discreet and muted or more intense, but ever sheer and luminous with lasting hold,” yet it “can be adjusted to customize the makeup look.” On Giorgio Armani’s website, it says the “collection creates a transparent and lightness effect,” while the blurb for this palette simply says “light and shadow is intensified with a black pearl and shimmery nude … long lasting color with no makeup feel.” It seems like the texture is weightless or sheer (“no makeup feel”), more than the color, though it seems the pigmentation is billed as buildable (“can be adjusted” and “discreet and muted or more intense”). Both shades are intensely pigmented; there is no buildable color here, just very, very richly pigmented eyeshadows with phenomenal textures–soft, smooth, and velvety–that blend easily and go on beautifully. They’re blendable, so you can sheer out each shade if you use the tiniest amount and a good, fluffy blending brush to do so (but basically you can do that with any eyeshadow; there’s nothing about the formula that one would describe as buildable).

Organica (Left) is described as a “black pearl.” It’s a gray-ish purple with subtle cool tone underneath and a sparkling, multi-colored pearl where violet and teal dominate. In the pan, it looked lighter and warmer, but it swatched rather cool-toned. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was soft, dense, and buttery. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. It wasn’t, however, all that adjustable or buildable, because a little went a long way. Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (P) is warmer, browner. Too Faced Nashville (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Fathoms Deep (LE, $19.50) is purpler. Laura Mercier Violet Steel (LE, $23.00) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE) is more sparkly. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Giorgio Armani #4 (P, $33.00) is grayer. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $33.00) is purpler. Chanel Illusoire (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Organica (Right) is described as a “shimmery nude.” It’s a yellowed orange with a frosted, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, buttery texture that applied evenly and blended easily. The color didn’t start to fade until after nine hours of wear. Tarte Up to No Gold (LE) is yellower. LORAC Undiscovered (P) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Gold Digger (P, $5.99) is darker, more orange. bareMinerals Gold Nugget (LE, $18.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC Artificially Wild Eyeshadows
MAC Artificially Wild Eyeshadows

MAC Artificially Wild features four new, limited edition shades of MAC Eyeshadows ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.). I really liked these, as I felt they were nicely pigmented with soft, blendable textures, but they were also more unusual colors, partially due to the satin finish.

MAC Artificial Earth Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft mauve nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, velvety, and blendable. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. Stila Pink Diamond (P) is more shimmery, lighter. theBalm #32 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. Anastasia Ballet (LE) is less shimmery, pinker, warmer. Urban Decay Minor Sin (LE, $18.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Pink Frontier (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Marsh Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft dirty olive green [with a Satin finish].” It’s a softened, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on easily and wore well for eight hours. MAC Olive Blend #3 (LE) is more shimmery. theBalm #16 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is brighter. Anastasia Moss (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Natural Wilderness Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “dirty mustard golden nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, ochre brown with warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, velvety texture that was very blendable on the lid. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. MAC Au Nature (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Outre (LE, $15.00) is darker, browner, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Stony Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “soft grey concrete [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-to-warm-toned pewter with a satin sheen. It’s a mix of brown, green, and silver/gray. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth like the other shades. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Stila Substance (P) is darker. NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is lighter, warmer. L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) (P, $7.99) is darker, more shimmery. CoverGirl Ashen Glow Flame (335) (P, $7.99) is a cream product. MAC Antique Diamond (P, $18.50) is a cream, more shimmery. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

MAC  Artificially Wild Lipglass
MAC Artificially Wild Lipglass

There are four shades of MAC Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) featured in the upcoming Artificially Wild collection, which releases online on August 28th and in-stores on September 4th. Two are permanent.

MAC De-Nude Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dirty golden beige.” It’s a muted, light-medium, yellowed, orange-beige with a soft pearly shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly with only a little bit of settling into lip lines. I didn’t feel like the settling was noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade wore well for four and a half hours on me. I went through orange, copper, brown, beige, gold, and yellow lipglosses and the only shade that was remotely similar was Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99), but it is much sheerer so it looks a lot different applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Explicit Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with icy silver shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark brown with taupe and bronze shimmer. It has semi-sheer color coverage–mostly in the form of shimmer and sparkle–with a high gloss finish. It wore for four hours on me. It is a permanent shade. MAC Deliciously Demure (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Bobbi Brown Beach (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Obviously Bare Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cream grey nude.” It’s a cool-toned, light taupe with subtle pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, so it noticeably changes the lip color, but it does allow some of the natural color to come through. It settled slightly into lip lines (and worsened over time), but it was fairly even for such a light, creamy gloss. It lasted for three hours on me. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is warmer, sheerer. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Emancipation (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, less beige. MAC C-Thru (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Spite Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted plum taupe brown.” It’s a plummy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly without gathering too much into lip lines (a little but not enough that it’s really noticeable from a normal viewing distance). It wore well for four hours on me. It is a permanent shade. Buxom Dolly (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) (P, $28.00) is warmer, shimmery. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #524 (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Wallflower (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker. Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

MAC x The Simpsions Lipglasses
MAC x The Simpsions Lipglasses

There are four new, limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) featured in the upcoming collaboration with The Simpsons, which releases online on August 28th and in-stores on September 4th.  I think seeing these made me long for lipsticks, too, as MAC often does lipgloss and lipstick pairing.  Over the years, it’s often their limited edition lipstick shades that sell out the quickest, and I kept thinking, “What would they have created to pair with yellow lipgloss?”

MAC Grand Pumpkin Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright creamy orange.” It’s a slightly muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that just slightly settled into lip lines (but it wasn’t too noticeable). It lasted for four hours on me when I tested it. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as an “electric blue violet.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia magenta with cool, blue undertones and violet shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for five hours. MAC Unlimited Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, purpler. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nacho Cheese Explosion Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright neon lime yellow.” It’s a bright, green-tinged yellow–like highlighter yellow–with faint yellow pearl. Applied, it turns my lips more of a yellow-orange kind of color, as it had semi-sheer color coverage. This applied horribly; it settled into lip lines, was impossible to even out, and in general, a very fussy lip color. If you apply a very small amount (less than one pull of gloss), you might get semi-decent evenness in the application. On me, it wore for three hours. I could only think of one other yellow gloss: MAC Bright Side (LE, $15.00), which is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Red Blazer Lipglass ($16.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a bright, fuchsia-red with pink pearl and subtle, cool undertones. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It lasted for five hours on me. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is redder. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is more opaque. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is redder. Milani Flashy (DC, $6.49) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #505 (P, $29.00) is redder. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) was disappointing as a duo. I don’t think that they work that well together, because the drier consistency of more frosted Dazzle doesn’t play so well with the more matte finish of Promise. It’s an unusual pair of colors, but this one didn’t knock it out of the park–and I’m so accustomed to bareMinerals doing so with the Ready range!

Promise is described as a “creamy beige.” It’s a cool-toned, pink-tinged beige with a mostly matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was soft, smooth, and very finely-milled. The color started to creas after ten hours of wear. theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is less pink. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dazzle is described as a “midnight teal.” It’s a deepened, dark green-based teal with a frosted finish and cool undertones. The texture seemed soft initially, but there’s a slight dryness to it that is particularly visible when applied to the skin–it just doesn’t have the same really smooth, even, blendable texture that many Ready eyeshadows do. The color did, however, wear well for ten and a half hours before fading slightly. This shade was included in a previously limited edition holiday palette. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is a touch lighter. bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker, less shimmery. Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is brighter. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is slightly muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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