Maybelline Tangy Tulip, Bubblegum Bloom, Carnation Cabernet Color Sensational Lip Colors

Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that was thin but glided on without tugging. On me, it lasted for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent that’s not too strong. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is more matte. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is darker. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is similar. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is redder. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is brighter. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty All the Way (122) (P, $30.00) is darker. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is more matte, brighter. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor Tangy Tulip (960)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
84%
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MAC x Julia Petit Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is one of three neutral duos in the upcoming Julia Petit collaboration collection. This is the last duo, and it is another instance where one shade is nice and one is hard to use. It’s an interesting pairing of colors/textures, but the quality is just missing in the black shade–it’s so difficult to blend.

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MAC Moving Sand Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Eyeshadow Duo Moving Sand
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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MAC x Julia Petit Purpurine Lipglass

MAC Purpurine Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer peach shimmer with pink and gold pearl.” It’s a peach-tinted clear base with gold and white micro-shimmer with larger pink sparkle/shimmer. MAC Glass Slipper (LE, $15.00) has less shimmer. MAC Happily Ever After (LE, $15.00) has teal shimmer. MAC Beautiful Moves (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Gold Rain (164) (LE, $29.50) is all gold. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned but looks very similar applied. MAC Clear Water (LE, $15.00) has less pink shimmer. Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is pinker. MAC Soft Spoken (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is similar. MAC Rags to Riches (P, $20.00) is pinker, more sparkly. MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00) is pinker. L’Oreal Pretty Precious (LE, $9.99) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Purpurine Lipglass
MAC Lipglass Purpurine
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
84%

Giorgio Armani Flannel, Cold Copper, Rose Ashes, Gold Ashes Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) are a really fun, interesting formula that’s one of the better liquid-to-powder eyeshadow formulas I’ve tried. They can be worn together as a more blended, complex look (see this post), opaque, all-over shade, or sheerer wash of color. The formula starts of as a thinner liquid with an almost cool feeling against the skin, and once it dries down, it transforms into a powder product; it remains blendable even after it “dries” for about a minute, because it really just looks, feels, and acts like a powder eyeshadow. If you press your fingertip to the dried down results, a bit of color will transfer to your fingertip (not all of it, and it is in line with the same effect as accidentally touching your fingertip to your eye with powder eyeshadow). It feels weightless, comfortable, and doesn’t “shrink” on the lid. Giorgio Armani markets these as having 16-hour wear, which isn’t quite what I get, but the formula wears twelve to fourteen hours on me, which is longer than most powder eyeshadows for me.

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Giorgio Armani Flannel (08) Eye Tint
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Flannel (08)
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
82%
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NARS Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a mix of warm pink and plum. The formula can be used wet or dry, with dry application yielding a “bold flush,” while damp application gives a “translucent wash of color.” The blushes perform best when applied dry, as they blend and diffuse with little effort and have decent wear (though wear definitely is longer and improved with a damp application). Applying either damp is trickier, as you lose a lot of the ability to blend, and it’s really more like tugging and dabbing color into place, but it never appears as nicely diffused and blended as dry application does. Damp application also means you have to contend with potentially emphasizing pores due to shimmery finishes getting amplified; the lighter shade in the duo didn’t seem to do so, but the darker shade will get very metallic quickly if you aren’t careful (and will take a lot of work to tamp it back down). The texture of the blushes is soft and smooth to the touch, but the powder itself has a firmer press, so really soft, feathery brushes (like Chikuhodo Zs, SUQQU, etc.) do not work well with these in particular. I primarily used MAC 159s when applying these, as they worked well for both dry and damp application methods.

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NARS Fervor Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Duo Fervor
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Gucci Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Shadow Quad

Gucci Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Shadow Quad ($65.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a warm-toned, neutral palette. I thought it would be more neutral or even slightly cool-leaning, but it seemed rather warm in person. It’s decent to good, but it’s not perfect, and at this price point, the downsides hard to overlook–worsened by the fact that all four shades are rather dupable.

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Gucci Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Shadow Quad
Gucci Beauty Magnetic Color Shadow Quad Tuscan Storm
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
Permanent
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