Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base
MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base

MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pale sand shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is yellower. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter, powder. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly, powder. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is darker, powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is lighter. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is powder. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Cream Colour Base formula is described as a “multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” The effect ranges from a “light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.” In the full range, there are sometimes shades that cannot be worn on lips or eyes, and my press sample didn’t have a warning sheet, so I’m not 100% sure on this, but given that similarly light shades like this (think Pearl, Luna, etc.) are fine all-over, it’s probably the case here. The texture of Summer Wind is lovely; it’s lightweight, thin with little slip, but enough slip that it blends and plays well with bare skin as well as over foundation. It sits on the skin exceptionally well and is less dewy than I’d expect; it’s very your-skin-but-better with a golden glow. On my skin tone, the warmth is less apparent than it might otherwise be on fairer skin tones. On me, it wore well for seven hours before sliding around.

P.S. — There is also another shade (Desert Roadtrip) in this collection, which I don’t have at this time.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC is Beauty Lipsticks
MAC is Beauty Lipsticks

This set of MAC is Beauty Lipsticks ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is more of a miss as all six in this post have a Lustre finish. This type of finish is characterized by sheerer color payoff and a shinier finish by design. Unfortunately, my experience with these (and Lustres in general) is uncomfortable, as they are drying. They’re typically shorter-wearing (two to three hours) and some can apply unevenly. If you normally find this finish hydrating, these may perform like past Lustres, as these performed consistent with past Lustres for me (I just don’t have good results!).

Call the Hairdresser! is described as a “rosy mauve [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, rosy coral with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on fairly evenly. This shade wore well for almost three hours but was drying. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Catty is described as a “light creamy pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage–more than you’d expect given the finish–but goes on a bit unevenly and is very prone to settling into lip lines. I experienced settling after initial application, which worsened as the color wore away in an hour and a half. It was also drying. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

French Twist is described as a “light pink nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium peachy beige with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly but did have some streakiness. I had some settling into lip lines both initially as well as over time. This shade lasted for two hours on me and was drying. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Highlights is described as a “very pale creamy peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, muted gold with warm, yellow undertones and a gold, frosted sheen. It had sheer pigmentation that highlighted every lip line on my bottom lip (this was probably the second or third shade I had even applied for swatching, so I was truly surprised at how dry this made my lips look!). The formula looked a bit uneven in places. This shade was gone within an hour of wear and seemed drying (always harder to tell with short wear like that). Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Notice Me is described as a “pale lilac [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light lavender with a hint of pink and a luminous sheen. It applied unevenly and yielded semi-opaque color coverage. It wore well for two hours and was drying over time with some of the color settling into lip lines. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Pure Vanity is described as a “pale peach nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It is brighter than French Twist by a little bit. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied fairly evenly but could have been better. It lasted for two hours on me, was lightly drying, and some color settled into lip lines. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Call the Hairdresser!

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy pink with gold.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a delicate golden sheen. Colour Pop Trickery (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cream. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter. MAC Fun Ending (LE, $21.00) is slightly more muted. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is brighter, less shimmery. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is darker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is darker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

On light-medium and fairer skin tones, this could easily be used as a blusher. It’s very subtle on my medium skin tone, so I would expect it will be more and more subtle on deeper skin tones. The texture is thin but smooth with a firmer press where a denser blush brush is key to getting color to transfer onto the brush. More feathery brushes don’t seem to pick up much product when I was playing with it. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage and a satiny sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It was easily blended on the skin so it looked even and diffused. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

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Alpha Girl

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9/10

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7.5/10

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Monday, March 16th, 2015

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette ($40.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a set of highlighting and contouring powders. Two shades are most obviously contouring powders, while the other two lend themselves as more highlighters, but very fair skin tones may find they still have some color. The palette is very, very powdery–the interior is always covered in excess powdery dust and sparkle, and it can be frustrating when you get excess from the darkest shade with the lightest shade or sparkle from the highlighting shade mixed with the contouring shades. It is chocolate scented, which is noticeable when applied but wanes after two to three hours. The powders have a very soft, silky consistency with the highlighter shade having noticeable sparkle. All four shades were pretty pigmented and the silkiness made them easy to work with on the skin, and luckily, they didn’t look powdery applied. I also wish brands that released a palette like this would consider releasing at least two or three variations–this is very warm-toned and more mid-tone, so a lot of skin tones get left out.

Light Cocoa is a light, yellowed beige with a satin finish. It is a very, very subtle highlighter that I could only see marginally in person, but it doesn’t appear in photos at all. For my skin tone, it was more useful to blend out edges of the contouring shades. The texture was powdery though silky, and it lasted for seven hours before breaking down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Medium Cocoa is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish–there’s a smidgen of sheen but not a true satin or shimmery finish that ensures the powder looks natural but not flat on the skin. This looked more like a shadow that would fall on my face, though my guess is that it may be too warm-toned for those with rosier undertones. The texture was silky, very powdery, but blendable and easy to apply. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dark Cocoa is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow and red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had intense pigmentation and a little went a long way. The texture is very soft and powdery, so while blendable, it is harder to control the amount of product you apply. If you have medium or lighter skin, you may want to tap off excess prior to applying. This is a very, very warm-toned choice for contouring, which may work for those with a lot of golden undertones, but it is likely too warm to look like natural shadow on the face. It looks more like your typical bronzer as a result. On me, the color wears for almost eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pop of Light is a light, peachy-beige with gold sparkle. It illuminates subtly, and then it just has a lot of larger sparkly bits that sit on the skin but don’t really do much as half of the sparkles get lost and the other half are randomly dispersed on the skin (and then travel during wear). I wish they had opted for a finer shimmer that contributed to the overall sheen of the underlying powder. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Intemporel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “glimmering silver shade.” It’s a light-medium silver with subtle cool undertones and a metallic finish. NARS Amarapura (P, $20.00) is darker. Cult Nails Lethal (LE, $12.00) is slightly darker. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (I am also confident that there are a slew of dupes that I haven’t tried, as metallic silver is certainly not unique.)

The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it wasn’t difficult to apply two coats for opaque coverage, but the metallic finish yielded noticeable brush strokes, and those were hard to control without the steadiest of hands (of which I do not possess). The brush strokes looked worse initially, so they softened as the polish dried down, but they never went away. It lasted for six days on me before I saw a chip and noticeable tip wear, which is a day or so shorter than I usually get wish polish, including Chanel’s formula.

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Intemporel

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8/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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8/10

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4/5

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #001 Creme Deluxe Lipstick

After the poor reviews came in for Bite Beauty’s #001 (Original), they did something that few companies have done: they acknowledged the feedback, reformulated, and resent the reformulated shade to customers who purchased the original. It’s a very cool move, and it really builds a better relationship–or rather, helps salvage the relationship built–with the customer, but despite the advantages of such a move, it’s very rare to see a brand even do as much as acknowledge when a product doesn’t work well.

The reformulated #001 ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) flickers in and out of stock. I wanted to write-up a quick update on the reformulated version: the texture is the most noticeably different aspect of the product. It is much, much less emollient and slippery, which makes it last longer and wear better, and has more weight to it, even though it is not heavy in the least. It’s not perfect; the color payoff is the same and still pulls into lip lines over time for me, but it wears for seven hours, is hydrating, doesn’t feather/bleed for me, and applied with fairly even coverage. February and March’s shades were still significantly better than this reformulated version, though, and I look forward to seeing what they bring out in April.

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#001 (Reformulation)

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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