Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Chanel Caresse (180) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Caresse (180) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Caresse (180) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, peach-orange with white sparkle over a satin finish. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is slightly pinker. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is similar. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For fairer complexions, I could see this being a nice, easy-to-wear, everyday shade that’s nearly impossible to overdo. It had more buildable coverage ranging from sheer to semi-opaque. Sometimes, with lighter shades like this, they don’t always show up as well on camera as they do in person, but I could barely detect where I had applied it, so for those with medium or darker skin tones, I’d recommend trying it in-store first. The texture was soft and silky–a smidgen powdery but didn’t look that way applied to the skin. If you were leery because of the sparkle, I honestly couldn’t see any transfer onto the skin, though I definitely saw it in the pan! On me, it seemed to wear for about seven and a half hours.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

NYX Earl Grey Lippie
NYX Macaron Lippie

NYX Earl Grey Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, light-medium cornflower blue–a purplish-blue–with a luminous finish. The formula was creamy with a lot of slip, but for a lighter shade, it ended up applying better than anticipated, though it was still somewhat streaky. It had mostly opaque color coverage (but if it was a drier formula, I think it would have yielded better pigmentation). On me, the color wore well for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Butch (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Violet Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium purple with warm, pinky-red undertones and a natural finish. It had good color payoff, while the formula still felt very creamy and slippery, it applied pretty well with even color. It wore well for almost six hours, and it leaves behind a fuchsia-ish stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is darker, more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is a smidgen darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Lavender Macaron Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium lavender with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which went on a bit streakily and had a tendency to settle into lip lines as it wore on. It wasn’t moisturizing, but it was drying either. The color wore well for four hours on me. Kat Von D Coven (P, $21.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Cuir Cannage (796) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of darker neutrals with warm undertones that range from light beige to burgundy-brown. I think it’s one of those palettes that performs better in practice as you apply and layer and blend them together than it swatches. It could use more pigmentation across the board (only one shade really nailed pigmentation), but for the most part, the eyeshadows were blendable and fairly easy to apply.

Cuir Cannage #1 is a plum-tinted brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, though the texture was a smidgen dry. It layered and built up well, so it ended up looking better in practice, which isn’t always the case. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #2 is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had nice pigmentation, which on smoothly and evenly, and the consistency was blendable, though a smidgen powdery. I didn’t notice any fading until after the eight-hour mark. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. This shade was interesting, because it wasn’t really powdery, yet it didn’t adhere well to the skin, but it was very buildable and almost too intense when I was using it. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #4 is a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation that had a really soft, blendable texture that made it easy to work with on the lid. It stayed on nicely for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

Cuir Cannage #5 is a blackened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it wasn’t as intense as it looked in the pan. It was fairly blendable, though, which is always a good characteristic for a deeper shade like this. On my lid, it lasted well for eight hours. See swatches of all dupes / View dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — Nordstrom started doing this price-matching thing, and this palette is listed at $54 on their site.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Plum Eye Bag ($39.50 for 0.62 oz.) is a cool-toned set of shades in iridescent lavender and deep plum with a cool purple eyeliner. Both of the eyeshadows are repromotes, while the eyeliner is permanent. The eyeliner was disappointing, as it was sheer and drier. It includes an Extra Dimension eyeshadow duo (0.14 oz.), In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara (0.44 fl. oz.), and a Powerpoint Eye Pencil (0.04 oz.). Everything in the set is full-sized, and it all fits into a small, glittery, zippered bag. In May, MAC released smaller-sized Extra Dimensions eyeshadows at $19.50/0.04 oz., whereas the duo contains 0.14 oz. in total, so there is a value of $68.25 there, plus $22 for the mascara and $16 for the eyeliner, for a total value of $106.25–so it is an excellent deal if they’re products you would use. Even if you just liked the eyeshadow duo, it is almost the same as what you would have paid on two singles (and you’ll get more–I have no idea how they managed to get more product into the compact, given they’re visually the same size as the singles).

Triple Impact is described as an “opalescent pink.” It’s an iridescent, cool-toned lilac with a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer coverage applied damp, and the coverage increased to semi-opaque when applied dampened, but it isn’t the most pigmented eyeshadow. The texture was soft and blendable, though, and it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Round Midnight is described as a “rich reddish plum.” It’s a depened, plummy burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had incredibly rich, opaque color payoff both wet and dry, and it’s not what I would call buildable (which is how this formula is described)–but you may prefer it that way. Applied, I didn’t notice any fading until after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Permaplum is described as a “deep plum with dark shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly sheen. It was a drier pencil, so the coverage was semi-sheer and uneven, unfortunately. I wasn’t able to get it to be fully opaque, even after layering it a few times, as it looked uneven. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before I noticed thinning. It’s part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Beige Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is one of three, 8-pan eyeshadow palettes for the holidays. It has a neutral theme running through it, and the set of shades runs warm-toned. This palette was the best of the three eyeshadows palettes, though I don’t think it’s great. It’s all right–the shades themselves are more dupable than not, and without superb quality to back them up, it ends up falling in the middle.

Each eyeshadow is 0.014 oz., and even though there are eight of them, it’s noticeably less than past holiday palettes. In 2012 and 2013, they were 0.14 oz., and in 2011, they contained 0.21 oz. while pricing has stayed about the same. This year’s holiday packaging is very plastic-feeling, and the “pearls” that wrap around the palette lift a bit, so I don’t know if this is going to be particularly travel-friendly as far as durability goes. Since they put eight shades into the palette, each pan is on the smaller side, though it fits a MAC 239 and 217 brush comfortably. I do not find the quality of the holiday eyeshadow palettes to be on par with the average full-sized eyeshadow.

Her Mistress is described as a “soft pastel egg [with a Matte finish].” It’s a pale, yellowed beige with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sweet Sovereign is described as a “frosty gold champagne [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, golden beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had decent pigmentation that went on fairly smoothly–it was buildable, at least–and performed better on the lid than the swatch suggested it would. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Faire Maiden is described as a “bright coppering gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, yellowed gold with copper sparkle. As the Lustre finish might have you expecting, it is semi-opaque with a noticeable sparkle that does fall out over time (and a lot of it never makes it to the lid, as it tends to sit on the surface rather than bind with the eyeshadow color). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Tempting is described as a “sinfully rich coco [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a subtle golden sparkle–it’s more of a frost finish than a Lustre one. It is also one of the most pigmented Lustre eyeshadows MAC has out (it is part of the permanent range as well). The sparkle doesn’t stick with the color, but most of it doesn’t apply to the lid so there isn’t much fall out that could occur (but what is there will drop). See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Omega is described as a “soft muted beige taupe [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm, dirty taupe with a matte finish. The color payoff was lovely with a really rich, buttery consistency that was a smidgen on the powdery side but really velvety overall. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Quintessential is described as a “dirty olive [with a Frost finish].” It’s a golden brown with subtle, warm, olive undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff that went on smoothly. It was also buildable to a slightly richer, more intense color. It was very blendable. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Mystery is described as a “muted plum brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a drier, stiffer consistency. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Night Whisper is described as a “rich black brown [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a blackened brown with subtle,w arm undertones and a semi-matte finish. There’s a barely-there shimmer in the pan, but once applied, it looks mostly matte. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was stiff and harder to blend. (Note, the press release listed this as a Veluxe Pearl finish, but the back of the palette says (V) which indicates Velvet as (VXP) is typically used to denote Veluxe Pearl, and the finish in real life doesn’t look anything like a Veluxe Pearl finish!) See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag
MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag

MAC Keepsakes/Red Lip Bag ($39.50 for 0.31 oz.) includes three, full-sized red-hued lip products, plus a glittery bag to put them in. The set launches October 17th online and will head in stores on the 23rd (see full details here. The set contains $47 worth of products (plus the bag). Though I love the color of Ruby Woo (a very classic red), it is drying on me over time, so you may want to carefully prep lips and be aware that you may need a little balm beforehand. Topping with the gloss helps to mitigate some of the drying qualities of the lipstick, but it had a tendency to feather after a few hours (which I don’t usually experience).

Ruby Woo Lipglass is a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a thick, tacky texture. It bled slightly on me after three and a half hours of wear, though the color wore five hours on me in total. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is not quite as blue-based. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ruby Woo Lipstick is a deepened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and an ultra-matte finish. It has full color coverage that wears for hours and hours (I took mine off after eight hours). It was somewhat drying on me, unfortunately, after about two and a half hours of wear. Kat Von D Hellbent (P, $21.00) is less blue-based, darker. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Dragon Girl (P, $25.00) is similar, slightly pinker. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Ruby Woo Lip Pencil is a medium, pink-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. It’s not a comfortable product to wear on its own, and it takes some work to get an even layer of color if you actually fill in all of your lip area. It does cling, and it makes my lips look like raisins. It lasted for eight hours on me, but it was very drying on its own. It was surprisingly a lot lighter than the lipstick, though. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Trust in Red (P, $19.50) is similar. Urban Decay 69 (P, $19.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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