Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil

Recently, there have been five new shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) released. The Velvet formula is “more powdery” than the regular formula, which is supposed to make it easier to blend and smudge out the eyeliner, if desired, for a smoky eye. Otherwise, it’s supposed to have all the long-wearing benefits of the original formula. The consistency definitely has that drier, more powdery feel that the brand talks about, and as a result, it doesn’t apply as evenly as the original pencils do. It just doesn’t glide-on as effortlessly. I find these apply best in short, small strokes and apply better as they warm up against the skin. Due to their dryness, getting really crisp, defined lines seems to be harder, so a smudging brush or tool helps to soften that edge so it looks better and more even. They wear fairly well on me, lasting at least eight hours, and either fade lightly or show some signs of smudging.

Urban Decay Cult 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep, smoky matte green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle, warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque color in a single stroke and was easily layered. The consistency was soft and glided on fairly well, but I still find that this formula is best applied in short strokes, rather than in fluid motions. It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to thin slightly. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is the only shade that is even remotely similar, but it is brighter and shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lure 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “smoky matte charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque in one stroke, and it was buildable to rich, opaque color after two layers. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before lightly smudging. bareMinerals Mesmerized (LE, $14.00) is warmer. NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lush 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich smoky matte brown.” It’s a deepened, dark brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The consistency is drier (you can definitely feel what they mean by “more powdery”), so it had a tendency to skip/drag in coverage, though it didn’t really feel stiff or stubborn when I used it on my lower lash line. It wore well for nine hours before it started to smudge along the lower edge. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is less matte. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Mahogany (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Minx 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte navy.” It’s a cool-toned, deep, dark purpled-blue with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. Again, it had that drier, powdery-like consistency that made it harder to get really crisp, defined edges and even color coverage. The color wore well for nine hours before it had slight smudging. Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $19.00) is bluer, glossier. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $29.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire (LE, $20.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Plum (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Plushie 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte purple.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged purple with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in one go, but it wasn’t very buildable as the consistency of this shade was drier than the rest, so it tended to skip and apply unevenly, which made layering the color difficult. Once on, the color did stay on well for eight and a half hours before starting to show signs of fading. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, less matte. MAC Snow Shadow (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

MAC Boutique Pink Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Boutique Pink Mineralize Rich Lipstick

There are nine new and limited edition shades (plus four repromotes) of MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.). The formula is described as a “lightweight, non-sticky formula” that “instantly nourishes lips” with “long lasting colour in a single stroke” for “medium shine finish, buildable coverage.” The consistency of the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula is very creamy with a fair amount of slip, so while they glide on easily and never tug at lips, sometimes you can see “lines” if you press your lips together. It feels like a light to light-medium-weight formula that’s comfortable to wear, hydrating, and vanilla-scented. I’ll have reviews of the new shades up as I work through testing them, so stay tuned for the rest.

MAC Boutique Pink Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer and soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall but if I pressed my lips together, there were faint–but visible–lines created. It lasted for three and a half hours on me but was nicely hydrating. It’s a fun shade, particularly for summer, but it’s one we’ve seen before (particularly by MAC). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more opaque, more matte. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is glossier. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is more opaque. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is slightly sheerer but very, very similar (I don’t know why they didn’t just repromote this one). Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is more fuchsia, brighter, darker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Ladies Who Lunch Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light cool pink cream.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly but settled somewhat into lip lines. This worsened as the color wore on, and it was manageable for about two and a half hours but needed help after three hours of wear. It was hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is more matte, darker. YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Splurge Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal cool plum.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque, buildable color coverage that applied evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines. The consistency of this particular shade had less slip compared to the other two, which helped it apply better and stay on without bunching up. It wore well for four hours and was moderately hydrating while worn. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter, redder, more matte. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is brighter. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is slightly richer/darker. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $22.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, July 21st, 2014

MAC All About Coral Look in a Box
MAC All About Coral Look in a Box

MAC All About Coral Look in a Box ($39.50) includes a full-sized lipstick, full-sized lipgloss, full-sized eyeliner, and a Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow trio (0.07 oz.). The lipstick and gloss are worth $31, eyeshadows are worth $20 (based on price per ounce of the full-sized Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes), and the eyeliner is worth $16 for a total value of $67 (not sure where they get $72 MAC and Nordstrom confirm it is $72 value as they are stating the value of the Veluxe Pearlfusion Trio at $25). It’s currently a Nordstrom exclusive, but MAC’s website lists it as “coming soon.”

Passion Charge Lipstick is described as a “clean coral [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a brightened, pink coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage and applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for two hours on me, and it was somewhat drying. Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is more orange, more opaque. Chanel Boheme (91) (P, $34.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte, more pigmented. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is darker. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is slightly brighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is warmer, more orange. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stoke the Flame Lipglass is described as a “soft rosy coral with pearl.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with gold and copper shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage when applied to lips; this is a shade that may get lost on more pigmented lips and just add shimmer. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is more opaque. Revlon Pango Peach (P, $7.99) is warmer. MAC Meteoric (LE, $20.00) is similar. Guerlain Frizzy Mango (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Collective Chic #1 is described as a “rich gold.” It’s a light-medium copper with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry and more intense color coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft but sparkly, and I did have issues with fall out during wear, unfortunately, though the color part stayed on for eight hours. I also had trouble getting it to adhere to the lid, as it tended to flake off. It’s a very common color with lots of very similar shades, past and present: See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Collective Chic #2 is described as a “sparkling brown.” It’s a dirty, medium-dark olive brown with a flash of green and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied dry, which was much more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft but prone to crumbling, so go easy on the pan when you use your brush against it. On me, the color wore well for eight hours but had some fall out over time. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is less sparkly. Too Faced Leopard (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Disintegration (P) is less shimmery. Clarins Forest #1 (LE) is less shimmery. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #3 (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Collective Chic #3 is described as a “blackish plum.” It’s a warm-toned, burgundy-brown with a satiny sheen. It looks more plum in the pan than swatched–it was darker, less nuanced. It was semi-opaque applied dry, and it was mostly opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, blendable, and easy to work with and didn’t have any fall out concerns. The color lasted for eight hours before fading.NARS Subra (P, $29.00) is purpler. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Brownluxe #5 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Brownborder Technakohl is dark brown eyeliner that’s part of the permanent range, which I’ve reviewed in the past.

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a new formula for fall. It’s described as “lightweight,” having a “burst of color–and hydration,” and is long-wearing. If you’re a fan of Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Lip Gels, I don’t think you’ll like these at all; the texture is drier, almost stiff and slightly chalky. The texture is noticeably thick and feels heavier on the lip, though it manages to look better than it feels. These are more like the old school, matte lip color. It’s imperative that you prep your lips prior to applying, as the thicker, drier formula will catch on any imperfections on the lip. I was surprised to see that these are huge–particularly for a lip pencil–at 0.15 oz., which is larger than most lipsticks, let alone jumbo lip pencil. They were also very pigmented, and these two shades wore for five to six hours (see below for specifics), but they tended to “crack” after two to three hours as the color settled into lip lines. I found the formula to be lightly drying–there was no burst of hydration whatsoever.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “coral rose.” It’s a brightened, coral-red with warm undertones and a satin matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that lasted for six hours on me but didn’t fade as evenly as I would have liked to see, as it settled into lip lines after four hours. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is redder. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is more orange. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is softer. Guerlain Gracy (LE, $51.00) is pinker, darker. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as an “electric rose.” It’s a bright, cool-toned, medium pink with blue undertones. It had full color coverage, and the color stayed on for five hours and started to “crack” and settle after three and a half hours of wear. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is brighter, bluer-based. This was the least chalky-feeling shade of the ones I tried. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is lighter. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is sheerer. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Urban Decay Gunmetal Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
Urban Decay Gunmetal Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner

Urban Decay Gunmetal Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($19.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “black with black and silver sparkle.” It’s a mix of black and silver glitter suspended on a clear base. Tarina Tarantino Black Diamond (P, $16.00) has more black in it. NARS 47th Street (LE, $24.00) is a pencil eyeliner with a black base. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner formula is described as a “water-based, buildable formula [that] contains super-fine glitter in a clear base that dries down quickly and stays put.” It had decent color coverage, though it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage — anything more and it was three or four layers and started to actually feel heavy on the skin. The consistency is thin and watery, and it’s best applied in short strokes, which maximizes the payoff but also ensures more even distribution of the glitter. The majority of the glittery bits stayed in place over an eight-hour period, though there were a few stray ones here and there.

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Friday, July 11th, 2014

NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes
NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes

Today, I have three of the more metallic-finished polishes from the newly reformulated NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.), which will have a total of 43 permanent shades. The official launch is July 15th, and both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Pastorale Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-copper–it really is rose gold–with a metallic, foil-like finish. There were almost no visible brush strokes, as nearly all of them disappeared once the polish dried. The color was opaque after two coats of polish, and it dried quickly. This shade lasted for seven days with minor tip wear on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm (112) (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, more orange. Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze (LE, $20.00) is darker. Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life (LE, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Milos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich gold.” It’s a shimmery, buttery yellow gold with a frosted finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and there were very subtle brush strokes–I really only noticed them at angles. The consistency was on the thicker side, and the drying time was longer than any of the other shades I tried, and it was unforgiving if you applied a second coat too quickly. Zoya Kerry (P, $9.00) is yellower. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Dior Or Divin (LE, $24.00) is more orange. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker, yellower. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (LE, $7.50) is darker, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Amarapura Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver chrome.” It’s a brightened, medium silver foil with a metallic, foil-like finish. It really looks a lot like tinfoil on the nails! It was fully opaque after two coats, though it was almost opaque after a single coat. The consistency is slightly thin but not problematic, and there are very slight visible brush strokes but most of them disappeared after the polish dried down. Cult Nails Lethal (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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