Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer
Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer

Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “periwinkle iridescent glitter.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-purple with holographic micro-glitter. It was semi-opaque after two coats. I also tried layering one coat over black, which gave a really pretty effect. If you were willing to apply three coats, I think it could also be worn on its own, otherwise I would recommend a solid base coat first. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I had no trouble applying the polish, either alone or as a top coat, as the glitter spread evenly. I don’t know of a dupe based on what I’ve reviewed in the past, so if you happen to know of one, please feel free to suggest!

Law of Attraction Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne and blue 3D glitter.” It has a pale, metallic gold shimmer as the base color with medium blue glitter that seemed to appear almost holographic depending on the angle/lighting. Two coats of this polish alone was still noticeably sheer as there doesn’t seem to be a real base color, just a lot of gold shimmer. When I applied one coat over a black cream, it seems a lot more pigmented. It doesn’t apply as evenly as is desirable, which might be the result of a thicker consistency that was harder to control on the nail. Unfortunately, I don’t have any possible dupes to suggest for this one, but I’d love to hear from you if you know of one.

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Saturday, December 21st, 2013

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Huggable Lipcolours

Here are four more shades of the new MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) formula that I’ve finished testing.  The new–and limited edition–formula is supposed to be long-wearing (up to six hours), have a glossy finish, leave lips looking and feeling hydrated and smooth.  To me, the formula is somewhere between MAC’s Cremesheen lipsticks and Mineralize Rich lipsticks.  These are somewhat hydrating with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, last between two and five hours (lighter colors are quicker to disappear, deeper shades last longest), and have a consistency that’s a bit stiff.  The texture will tug and pull at the lip if you immediately try to glide it across lips; instead, I recommend pressing and holding for about five seconds, than gliding the bullet across lips as the warmth of your lip will help melt the color.  It does feel clingy–huggable–when worn, which is noticeable throughout the wear, but it is not drying.  Please see part one for a more in-depth review on the formula overall.

These are supposed to launch online on December 26th. The press release lists an in-store release date of January 2nd, though I would suggest checking with local counters/stores to ensure it’s not also releasing alongside Magnetic Nude (on December 26th). There are twelve shades available, with two shades being released everywhere but Asia (Rich Marron and Rusty), and two shades released exclusive to Asia (Extra Sweet and Sweet Creation).

Commotion is described as a “deep cool plum.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia berry with a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, applied evenly on the whole, and wore for five hours and left a slight stain behind. This is a fairly dupable color, so odds are, if this is the kind of color you gravitate towards, you may already have something similar in your stash. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is similar. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more opaque, brighter, matte. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is brighter, less cool-toned. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is more iridescent. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is lighter. Guerlain Girly (P, $49.50) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Feeling Amorous? is described as a “mid-tone fuchsia.” It’s a medium, fuchsia pink with slight cool undertones–it’s more like a muted fuchsia than a true fuchsia pink. It had a light shine and semi-sheer to semi-opaque color. The color lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is darker. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is a bit darker. Revlon Berry Couture (P, $7.99) is lighter. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is pinker. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is very similar. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $21.00) is less fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

Love Beam is described as a “mid-tone warm pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a subtle shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage and wore well for three hours on me. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Chanel Surprenante (129) (P, $34.00) is frosted. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

What a Feeling! is described as a “mid-tone cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a soft shine. It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, and this shade didn’t apply as evenly as the others. This shade only lasted for two and a half hours on me. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is a touch lighter, brighter. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, December 20th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Huggable Lipcolour
MAC  Huggable Lipcolours (Cherry Glaze, Commotion, Fashion Force,
Feeling Amorous, Fresh & Frisky, Love Beam)

MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) are supposed to be long-wearing for as long as six hours, pigmented, hug lips while providing a glossy finish that gives lips a “smooth and sculpted” appearance and “immediate moisture.” If you’re familiar with MAC’s lipstick formulas, I would describe this as a cross between the Cremesheen finish and Mineralize Rich Lipsticks. They wear a little longer than Mineralize Rich Lipsticks and Sheen Supremes, but they have a thinner, clingier consistency that is much more like the Cremesheen finished lipsticks; I don’t think they’re very similar to Sheen Supremes, as they have a lot more slip, creaminess, and a glossier shine. The consistency isn’t lightweight, because it’s noticeably there, as it does feel a bit gel-like, slightly glossy, but mostly… clingy–maybe I mean huggable. It’s a little tacky, too. I wouldn’t describe the consistency was creamy, as the bullet does skip and tug at the lips. The best way to apply is to rest the bullet against your lip for about five seconds, and then slowly pull to glide the color across the lips–this seemed to give me the best glide and smoothest results. I’ve only worn four so far, and I have eight to go, but these four were somewhat hydrating.  They did not feel immediately hydrating to me; there was some hydration over time, though.

I think someone who likes a glossier shine to their lipstick formula, fair amount of color payoff (but not fully opaque), likes their lipstick to hug (or cling) to their lips and not slip around at all, and doesn’t mind a little tackiness may like this formula. Some people will definitely find it uncomfortable to wear. As I wore these, I found they were unforgiving on flakes, dryness, and did not reapply well. They were best applied over freshly exfoliated, hydrated lips, and to reapply, you really need to remove whatever may be left. It’s also a product that takes about five minutes to smooth out on the lips; I suspect as the warmth of your lips heat the color, the color becomes more blendable, so it smooths and evens out just so. If you like Giorgio Armani’s Rouge Ecstasy formula, you’ll probably like these.  Their biggest downside is really that they about average for wear–not long-wearing.

It is a new (and limited edition) formula that launches online on December 26th. The press release lists an in-store release date of January 2nd, though I would suggest checking with local counters/stores to ensure it’s not also releasing alongside Magnetic Nude (on December 26th). There are twelve shades available, with two shades being released everywhere but Asia (Rich Marron and Rusty), and two shades released exclusive to Asia (Extra Sweet and Sweet Creation).

Cherry Glaze is described as an “orange red.” It’s a warm, orange-toned, medium red that’s brightened but not quite neon red. It had semi-opaque color coverage, a light sheen, and applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for five hours and did leave a slight stain behind. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $21.00) is shinier but very similar. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is also similar but not quite as warm-toned. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is similar. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

Fashion Force is described as a “cool coral.” It’s a light-medium, slightly muted, pink-tinged coral with a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied to the lips. It lasted three and a half hours on me. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Fresh and Frisky is described as a “soft neutral peach.” It’s a light-medium, orange-peach wih a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. It applied mostly evenly and wore well for three hours on me. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $16.00) is more orange. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Ravishing (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC In a Heartbeat (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is more matte, lighter. Bobbi Brown Peach Sorbet (LE, $23.00) is sheerer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Out for Passion is described as a “soft warm rose.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips. It appeared mostly even when I applied it and lasted three and a half hours. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is brighter, glossier. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is lighter, shimmery. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. Revlon Lover’s Coral (P, $7.99) is brighter. NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is less pink. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is pinker, a touch warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, December 19th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses
MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses

Launching December 26th, MAC’s Magnetic Nude collection includes five limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.), with one repromote (A Quiet Roar). Lipglass is a thicker, tacky formula that is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste. It’s strongest point is the variety in color and finish, and then its wear time tends to be longer, due to the sticky consistency. Hell Bound wore the longest at four and a half hours, while the two sheerer glosses wore for less than three hours. I find Lipglasses slightly drying on the whole, which was the case with A Quiet Roar and Overspiced. The other three shades were neither drying nor hydrating.

A Quiet Roar is described as a “creamy off-white.” It’s a pale, milky white gold with white and pale gold shimmer. It has semi-sheer color coverage and noticeably lightens the lip color while adding glossiness and shimmer. Because it is milky and light, it can be difficult to apply it evenly (or keep it looking even once applied). The consistency was fairly thick, even for Lipglass. It wore well for two and a half hours on me. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is sheerer. MAC Girl on Board (LE, $15.00) is slightly whiter. MAC Little Rock (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle (P, $24.00) is also sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Hell Bound is described as a “brick red with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark red with copper-orange shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. The consistency seemed slightly thinner and less tacky than other Lipglasses. When I tested it, the color lasted for four and a half hours. I did notice a little bit of the texture of the sparkle after three and a half hours of wearing the gloss. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is sheerer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker, browner. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is redder. Hourglass Siren (P, $28.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Oh My Darling is described as a “pale yellow pink.” It’s a pale, pinky-beige with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer–I saw bits of green and gold in there. Applied, it had semi-sheer coverage and what was most noticeable was how shimmery it was. The gloss seemed to lighten my natural lip color slightly, but the effect was largely sparkly. It lasted two and a half hours on me. The multi-colored nature of the sparkle seemed almost holographic, and so I didn’t feel like I came up with any truly comparable shades, but you can see some other sheer, sparkly shades I pulled: See comparison swatches.

Overspiced is described as a “dirty muted coral.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium peach with a hint of beige and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it was a thicker, slightly goopy, gloss that settled into lip lines and was troublesome during application. The color just didn’t want to apply or blend or move and look even. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is very similar. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is less glossy. MAC Ready or Not (P, $19.50) is much lighter. MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is also a lot lighter. MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Chanel Genie (P, $32.00) is slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

Steel Kiss is described as a “dirty mauve with green pearl.” Swatched, it is a taupe-shimmered, muted dark brown with subtle warm, caramel undertones. It has multi-colored, fine shimmer–very much to the tune of Oh My Darling. Applied, they do look different, as Steel Kiss gives lips a warmer, browner appearance–slightly darkening–with plenty of shimmer. It wore well for almost three hours. As with Oh My Darling, I didn’t feel like shades I thought of were similar enough, as they were less dimensional, but here were the ones I considered: see comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Fluidlines
MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Fluidlines

There are three shades of MAC Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) in the upcoming Magnetic Nude collection, which launches in-stores and at-counter on December 26th. I tested two yesterday, and I’ll be testing the third today, so the rating for Chilled will be added once I’ve finished wearing it for the day.

Chilled is described as a “frosted white gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a cool-toned white with a pale gold frosted sheen. It has a slightly sparkly consistency, so it doesn’t apply as smoothly as a true cream finish would. It had a metallic finish and semi-opaque color coverage.  I had some stray sparkles go elsewhere after a few hours of wear, so it the wear was as impeccable as I’ve typically experienced with the formula. MAC Gilded White (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

It’s Physical is described as a “brown with purple pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a dark brown with yellow-ish tones with purple shimmer. It looks more interesting in the pot than it does on, as the brown tended to dominate. It had decent color payoff but wasn’t fully opaque. It was something buildable, though, and on my lash line, it wore well for nine hours. Urban Decay Underground (P, $19.00) is less sparkly, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is browner. MAC Added Goodness (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Our Secret is described as a “metallic brown with red pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable and could be worn as a base, too. The color lasted well for nine hours on my lower lash line. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Hustle (LE, $19.00) is very similar. Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Lipsticks
MAC Magnetic Nude Lipsticks

In the MAC Magnetic Nude collection, there are four shades of Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) releasing. The collection will be available in-stores and at-counter on December 26th.

Carnal Instinct is described as a “deep brick red with gold pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-brown with copper flecks of shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, applied evenly overall, and was lightly creamy. It wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Extended Play (P, $18.00) is less brown. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is darker, browner, less shimmery. MAC Camden Chic (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. MAC Subverted (LE, $15.00) is a touch more metallic but is very similar. MAC Show-All (LE, $15.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches.

Close Contact is described as a “creamy peach [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a creamy, liightly shiny finish. It had opaque color coverage and creamy consistency, though it was almost too creamy, so it sometimes bunched up on itself during application. The color wore well for three and a half hours. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker, more matte. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $15.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Pure Decoration (LE, $15.00) is more orange. MAC Nearly Nude (LE, $15.00) is also more orange. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Morning Rose is described as a “soft cool rose [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a medium, rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a lightly frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and it did apply evenly, though the consistency did drag a little. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly drying (which is typical of my experience with this finish–if Cremesheens are normally hydrating, it would probably be fine for you!). L’Oreal I Pink You’re Cute (175) (P, $8.95) is lighter. Chanel Surprenante (129) (P, $34.00) is a touch brighter. Chanel Equivoque (126) (LE, $34.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $49.00) is a touch darker. MAC Venus (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sunny Seoul (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sensual Sparks is described as a “dirty cool caramel [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a muted, peachy-orange with subtle warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the consistency was very creamy and glided on without tugging or pulling on the lip. It lasted three hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Naughty Nude (P, $21.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is browner. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is warmer, brighter. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is lighter. NARS Floralies (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Wholesome (LE, $15.00) is a little lighter. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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