Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush
MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow pink with gold pearl.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more neutral, rosier. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is brighter, warmer, more matte. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is darker, less shimmery. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and lightly powdery, though it was certainly easy to blend when applying to the skin. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, once blended and buffed on. According to MAC, the Mineralize Blush formula is described as a “sheer and lightweight” formula where “colour builds lightly” with “luminous, pearlized shimmer.” This had semi-sheer color payoff in one layer, though it was buildable to richer, more opaque coverage in two to three layers (depending on how much you grab each time). This newly repackaged version (I still haven’t received confirmation on whether or not the formula was updated) seems to have a smoother consistency than the older version, though the color seems about the same. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours before fading.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer
Essie Too Taboo Collection

Today, I’m reviewing three shades from Essie’s Too Taboo collection, which features six shades of neon. All three I tried dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish–it doesn’t have a really flat, chalky matte finish, but it isn’t shiny or glossy. It reminds me a bit of pleather or vinyl in its dry down, and if you prefer a glossier finish, just add your favorite top coat. These wore without chipping for seven days, but there was slightly more tip wear than average for me. The formula was thin, slightly watery, and two of the shades were harder to work with.

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “supercharged blue violet.” It’s a muted, bluish-purple with a semi-matte finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats. The formula was slightly watery, so the first coat was streaky, but the second coat covered better and hid the streakiness. Dior Sailor (LE, $24.00) is brighter, bluer. Cult Nails Wack Slacks (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. Illamasqua Cameo (P, $17.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie I’m Addicted Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon aquamarine blue.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a satin finish. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but it would really need a third for opaque color. The consistency was thin and watery, so the application was streaky. Zoya Rocky (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer. Essie In the Cab-ana (P, $8.00) is warmer, more aqua. Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. Zoya Phoebe (P, $9.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie Vices Versa Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “juicy neon lime.” It’s a brightened, light-medium chartreuse with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. This one was semi-sheer after two coats, and even three coats was only semi-opaque (see my middle finger), and the application was very difficult. It was very thin and watery, and as a result, it streaked and never leveled. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Deven Green (P, $10.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned, shimmery. China Glaze Def Defying (LE, $7.50) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette
Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette

Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette ($36.00 for 0. oz.) is an eyeshadow palette that includes nine shades, with three being larger and six being smaller in size. Three shades can also be used wet as eyeliners. There were a few really nice shades in this palette, but then there were a couple of more problematic shades. The worst was the glittery silver, as it was sheerer and prone to fall out. I thought it had a good balance of warm and cool-toned shades, though.

Purr is a very light, white-beige with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was soft and smooth, and the color payoff was good. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tiger’s Eye is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm, copper undertones and a frosted finish. The powder felt soft, smooth, and buttery to the touch, and it had excellent pigmentation. This shade didn’t start to fade until after eight and a half hours of wear. It’s a lovely, high quality shade, but it’s very easily duped. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Leopard is a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with gold sparkle and shimmer. It had good color payoff applied both wet or dry, though the shimmer is more noticeable when it is applied with a dampened brush. The texture was fairly soft, a little powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Meow is a light, neutral-toned beige with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the powder was soft, smooth, and finely-milled without being powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pussy Cat is a muted, medium purple with lavender shimmer and subtle, warm undertones. The texture was slightly powdery, and the color payoff was decent, but it’s a color that needs to be patted and layered on to get color more like what you see in the pan. On the lid, it wore well for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Jungle Love is a muted, deepened purple with fuchsia and violet shimmer over a semi-matte finish. This shade was difficult to use dry, as it was sheer, powdery, and difficult to blend. It worked better when applied with a dampened brush, as the color intensified and the product was more blendable. It wore well for eight hours before I saw signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kitten is a light, cool-toned pink with a white base and a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, though the texture was soft and finely-milled, it was also noticeably powdery. Applied, the color stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kitty Glitter is a sparkling, silver with a glittery finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture has a slightly chunky feel to it from the glitter. I had significant fall out with this shade both during and after application (I highly recommend using it prior to applying base makeup), though the “color” portion wore decently for eight hours. My under-eye area looked like a disco ball after a few hours, so you may want to use an adhesive base with this shade as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Panther is a dark black with a matte finish. Applied dry, it had decent color payoff, and applied with a dampened brush, it was much more intense and true-to-pan. The color wore well for eight hours before it started to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a new and permanent range of 30 shades. I saw 18 of the 30 shades at my local Walgreens (I bought those 18–more reviews to come!) earlier this week. The new formula is supposed to be crease-resistant, can be used wet or dry, and have “rich, vibrant color.” The texture is soft, a little powdery at times (depends on the shade), and tends to look similar whether applied dry or wet, though application with a dampened brush reduces the powderiness and sometimes brings out the shimmer in the finish. They were easy to apply and blend on the lid, and the wear was decent (six to eight hours), though the lighter shades tended to fade slightly faster compared to the richer, deeper shades in the range from what I’ve tested so far.

Milani Bella Ivory (01) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a light, warm-toned white with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff applied both wet and dry, though it was slightly more pigmented when applied damp. The texture was soft, blendable, but a little powdery. When worn, the color stayed put for seven hours before fading. Ulta Bone (P, $10.00) is less shimmery. MAC This or That #1 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Venus (P, $18.00) is similar. MAC Mylar (P, $15.00) is brighter. bareMinerals Silhouette (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Sand (02) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is softened, gilded gold with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color payoff, and applied with a dampened brush, it was opaque and more metallic. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable, while it was just a bit on the powdery side. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is less metallic. Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (P, $5.99) is darker, less golden. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $15.00) is warmer. NARS Etrusque (LE, $24.00) is darker. Milani Drenched in Gold (P, $6.99) is lighter. bareMinerals Surreal (P) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium brown with warm undertones and a soft, gold satin shimmer. The powder was soft without being powdery, and it was easy to blend the color on the skin. It wore well for seven and a half hours before I saw signs of fading. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC A Medley of Mauves #4 (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Soba (P, $15.00) is similar. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is darker. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

MAC Rain of Flowers, Anti-Fashion, Girl Trouble Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Rain of Flowers, Anti-Fashion, Girl Trouble Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Rain of Flowers Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink and blue pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a deepened, subtly warm-toned blackened violet purple with brighter violet pearl and shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a hint of nail line at times. The consistency is slightly thin, almost watery, but it wasn’t too difficult to work with. Zoya Belinda (P, $9.00) is lighter. NARS Fury (LE, $20.00) is a cream, warmer. L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune (LE) is is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / / view dupes.

MAC Anti-Fashion Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a ”
mid-tone dirty purple with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a dusty, muted purple-taupe with fine, iridescent purple shimmer and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque after I applied two coats of polish. The formula on this shade was slightly thick, so be careful when applying as it had a tendency to pool along the edges. Chanel Charivari (603) (P, $27.00) is darker. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is a cream. Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Girl Trouble Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter pink [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a slightly muted lavender with warmer, almost golden pearl/shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two coats, while the consistency was slightly thin, but it dried down fairly quickly and didn’t streak or bubble. There were a few visible brush strokes, but most of them disappeared as it dried down. NARS Night Rider (LE, $20.00) has larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Delicate, Quiet Time, Coffee Break, Nocturnelle

MAC Delicate Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale sheer ballet pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a sheer, light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. Despite the new formula and brush applicator, this shade still applied streakily. The consistency was thicker and didn’t seem to be quite as uneven once applied as it self-leveled to a degree, it didn’t have a great end result. Zoya Rue (P, $9.00) is opaque, darker. MAC Confectionary (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Quiet Time Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige nude [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-beige with subtle neutral undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency leaned slightly thick, but it didn’t show up in the application. It applied well without streaking or pooling along the edges. YSL Beige Gallerie (39) (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is darker, grayer. Zoya Farah (P, $9.00) is similar. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is lighter. Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Coffee Break Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtone cool taupe [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, neutral taupe brown with a cream finish. The polish had full color coverage after two coats were applied, though it nearly opaque in a single coat. The texture leaned slightly thick, but I didn’t find it to be a problem during application, as the color didn’t pool along the edges or bubble. MAC Triumphant (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Essie Hot Coco (LE, $8.00) is darker, redder in tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich true black [with a Cream finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark black with a cream finish. It was almost opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so two coats does give it a glossier, plusher look once it dries down. There’s a natural shine to the dry down as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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