Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Revlon Peach Light PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator
Revlon Peach Light PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

Revlon Peach Light PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator ($12.99 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-beige with a soft, warm undertone and a fine gold shimmer. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is darker. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Fire Lust (LE, $65.00) is pinker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to “brighten and illuminate skin for a radiant complexion,” and it is designed to be worn alone or mixed with foundation. The consistency is thin, very liquid-like, which makes it ideal for mixing with a liquid/cream foundation or moisturizer. It’s a very subtle highlighter/illuminator–it’s just a sheerer product, so it seems like a much more toned down version of your average highlighter. I think it works best mixed with foundation, because that subtle effect stretches and adds very slight warmth as well as breathes life back into skin (particularly helpful if you have drier skin). Alone, it doesn’t dry down fully, so it doesn’t wear long–a mere four and a half hours–and can make foundation look a little patchy after five to six hours. When I mix it, though, it doesn’t impact the wear of my foundation at all.

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Friday, March 14th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#37 is a dark, neutral-to-cool-toned brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was really soft and easy to blend. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Smut (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#38 is a pale, warm-toned yellow with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #1 (P) is similar. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is darker. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less frosted. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is a smidgen yellower. See comparison swatches.

#39 is a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a silver sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. I did have some minor fall out over time, but the color itself lasted for eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is darker, browner. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. NARS Naiade (P) is less sparkly. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is less red. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

#40 is a brightened, yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had so-so pigmentation, as the texture was a little stiffer to work with. This shade managed to wear for seven and a half hours before it started to fade. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Gus Gus (LE) is darker. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is lighter. Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is similar. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#41 is a golden beige with soft, warm undertones and a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly smooth and easy to work with. This color wore well for almost eight hours. theBalm D3 (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen more gold. NARS Hollywoodland (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Aspire (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

#42 is a dark green with gold shimmer and warm undertones paired with a soft, satin finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. Clarins Forest #3 (LE) is darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #84 (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

#43 is a muted, medium-dark, blue-teal with a mostly matte finish–there is a little iridescent sparkle that sits on top. It had so-so pigmentation, as the texture was slightly dry and powdery. I had good wear for eight hours before it started to fade. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#44 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm toned brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, as the texture was a little powdery. The color managed to wear well for seven hours before fading became apparent. Tarina Tarantino Hollyhock (LE) is darker, more shimmery. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is darker. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Maybelline Just Pinched Pink (10) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick
Maybelline Just Pinched Pink (10) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick

Maybelline Just Pinched Pink (10) Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick ($8.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, powder. Chanel Revelation (63) (P, $38.00) is lighter. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is slightly darker, powder. See comparison swatches.

The Master Glaze formula is supposed to give cheeks a “dewy and gently glazed” look with “the sheerest color.” The texture is moderately creamy, so it glides across the skin easily, but it can sometimes feel a little oily on the skin. It never fully dries down, so there’s dewy sheen that straddles the line between luminous and oily. You can minimize some of the oiliness (and also prolong the wear) by applying translucent setting or finishing powder on top. The color coverage was more buildable than it was “the sheerest color,” though it can easily be worn as a sheer pop of rosy pink as it is very blendable, and the color wore well for six hours before there was noticeable fading. It doesn’t build up to truly opaque color, though, as it takes a fairly thick layer to do so, which just doesn’t wear or feel right as a blush (very slippery and seems to look patchy within an hour).

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Formula X Nail Lacquers
Formula X Nail Lacquers

Formula X Free Fall Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “light blue textured glitter.” It’s a pale, sky blue with a sugary, textured finish. It’s matte but shimmery, and this is one of the more textured polishes I’ve come across–it’s rough and almost gritty without being sharp. The color is really interesting, but the application and coverage were difficult and uneven. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one, due to the more unique finish. When I tested this shade for wear, it did last for eight days with minor tip wear (almost as if the edge “sanded” away).

Formula X Photoelectric Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “purple and blue micro glitter in sheer bright blue.” It’s a vibrant, just-shy-of-neon blue with green-ish undertones with blue and purple micro-glitter. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly evenly. Surprisingly, I wasn’t able to find any similar shades from what I’ve reviewed in the past (not to say there aren’t any, just that I don’t have any to share!). I typically get a full week of wear with very, very minor tip wear with this formula.

Formula X Prismatic Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “emerald micro-glitter in sheer emerald.” It’s a muted, dusty, cool-toned green with lighter green and medium green micro-glitter. It was noticeably sheer with visible nail line after two coats. It didn’t apply as evenly as it should have. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Man by Man (P, $10.00), Zoya Giovanna (P, $9.00), and Dior Samba (794) (LE, $24.00) are all darker and brighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chimera (P, $10.00) is less cool-toned. Zoya Zuza (P, $9.00) is still brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, March 8th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#31 is a light, cool-toned, silver-shot white with a frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff, while the texture was soft, it was also powdery and felt almost dry. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is lighter. MAC A Waft of Grey #1 (P, $21.00) is darker. Dior Lune (001) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is brighter. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is similar. NARS Self Portrait 2 #2 (LE, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

#32 is a cool-toned, medium pinky-mauve with a frosted, metallic finish. It had decent pigmentation, and the texture was on the powdery side. It lasted just over seven hours on me. theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Bordello (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#33 is a cool-toned, violet purple with an iridescent sheen. It had moderate color payoff, but it was not as intense as it looked in the pan when swatched. It wasn’t powdery, though, and the texture was smooth. It wore well for seven and a half hours without fading or creasing. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer-toned. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

#34 is a cool-toned, silvery white with a frosted finish. It’s a little lighter and brighter than #31, but it has much, much better color payoff. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. This color managed eight hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P) is similar. theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is very similar (if not the same). theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches.

#35 is a medium-dark black with soft, micro-shimmer. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was on the powdery side, which gave it a more muted color when applied. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) has a stronger sheen. MAC A Waft of Grey #4 (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

#36 is an iridescent, aqua green with hints of gold in its sheen. It was semi-sheer, and the texture was a little stiffer to work with. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is very close but better quality. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is more frosted. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is more frosted, darker. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Revlon Legacy Collection Super Lustrous Lipsticks
Revlon Legacy Collection Super Lustrous Lipsticks

For spring, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) sees the limited edition return of five iconic shades from the past as voted by Revlon customers. I found mine last week at CVS, and the display looked like it had just been put out, so hopefully if these interest you, you’ll find them locally! The Super Lustrous formula is supposed to be hydrating, smooth, and creamy. I found all five shades to be lightly hydrating with pretty good pigmentation and about average wear. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

5th Ave. Red is a lightly cool-toned, medium-dark red that’s a little muted–not too bright. On me, it almost pulls neutral rather than distinctly cool-toned. It had rich, mostly opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy and had a soft, natural shine. It wore well for four and a half hours and left a light stain. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is warmer. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is brighter. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is less glossy. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Lady (LE, $36.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches.

Icy Violet is a cool-toned, plummy brown with a lavender and purple frost finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Ametista (LE, $32.00) is sheerer, more iridescent. Guerlain Rose Bengale (P, $35.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Jungle Peach is a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was very creamy and emollient. It wore well for three hours on me. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is pinker. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is less glossy, darker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is darker. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sandstorm is a medium-dark, copper-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a slightly frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and this shade didn’t apply as evenly as the rest, though from afar it was not too noticeable. The color lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Synopsis (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Snow Peach is a brightened, pink-coral with a creamy, glossy finish and warm undertones. It had rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy, while the consistency was very creamy and emollient. It wore well for four hours on me. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is very similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, less glossy. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is very similar. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is less glossy. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches.

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