Thursday, August 29th, 2013

MAC x Antonio Lopez 3 Lips/Nude Palette
MAC x Antonio Lopez 3 Lips/Nude Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez 3 Lips/Nude Palette ($27.50 for 0.13 oz.) contains three limited edition shades of lipstick with a nude theme. The palette contains slightly more than an individual lipstick, which is 0.10 oz., so it’s not a value-packed palette, but you may like that you can get three shades for the price point (and individually, not that they’re sold that way, you couldn’t get two for this price). It will also depend on whether you’re a fan of lip palettes or not. The palette contains an itty, bitty lip brush and mirror.

Vivid Image is described as a “light white pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a light-medium, milky pink with subtle yellow undertones and a barely-there sheen. The consistency is creamy, slightly thick, and can be unforgiving if lips are exfoliated prior to application. It wore for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Beauty is lighter, more beige. MAC Raspberry Swirl is darker, pinker. MAC You’re Perfect Already is slgihtly more beige. MAC Dreaminess is a touch pinker. Chanel Candeur is sheerer. OCC Femme is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Antonio’s Girls is described as a “light peach [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, warm-toned peach with just a smidgen of pink. It has a satiny sheen and mostly opaque color coverage. It lasted for four hours and was just a touch drying. Chanel Sentiment is darker. MAC Sweet & Sour is more orange. MAC Shy Girl is a bit darker. Chanel Peregrina is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Art Directed is described as a “glossy sheer champagne [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a shimmering, medium beige with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer. The finish looked more metallic on the lips, and it had sheer, shimmering color payoff. It lasted an hour and a half on me when I wore it. It was somewhat drying. MAC Smash Hit is more glittery and warmer. MAC Pleasureseeker is warmer and more coral/orange when applied but applied it is a less shimmery version. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, August 23rd, 2013

NARS Transvaal Eye Paint
NARS Transvaal Eye Paint

NARS Transvaal Eye Paint ($25.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “grey.” It’s a medium-dark, neutral-cool gray with a mostly matte finish. It was intensely pigmented and very creamy. NARS Madison Ave. is bluer, darker. Maybelline Audacious Asphalt is shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Solomon Islands is described as “turquoise blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue with a hint of teal/green to give it a more turquoise coloring. It has a matte finish and rich color payoff. MAC Mountain Air is darker and pearly, but it was the only turquoise-ish cream eyeshadow/eyeliner I could think of to compare. See comparison swatches.

Ubangi is described as a “black with blue shimmer.” It’s a cool-toned black with medium blue and navy blue micro-shimmer. This particular shade had a very slippery consistency–it was wetter than the others–and the color payoff was less intense as it had a tendency to sheer out. Urban Decay Sabbath is bluer. MAC Night Trail is similar. MAC Petrol Blue is lighter, bluer. MAC Waveline is lighter, less shimmery. bareMinerals Noon is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Please refer to my original review here for a more in-depth look at the formula as a whole. To recap, Eye Paints are designed to be a long-wearing, highly-pigmented gel formula that can be used as an eyeshadow or as an eyeliner. I applied each shade using NARS’ #38 brush to mimic applying it as an eyeliner (narrow swatch) and then applied the same color with the horizontal edge of the #38 to mimic applying it as an all-over lid color (wide swatch). The formua’s strength is its creaminess and intense color payoff, but it dries and sets very quickly so it can be difficult to blend the shades together or soften the edges if you do not work quickly.

As a cream eyeshadow, the wear is just okay; there is some fading apparent after six to seven hours, and Ubangi seemed more prone to fading than the other two shades. I did not experience creasing with any of these shades. When worn as an eyeliner, Solomon Islands did not fade or migrate, and it seemed to last quite well over a nine-hour period. These definitely perform best as eyeliners, less so as cream eyeshadows. If you want to use them as a base, they wear well with powder eyeshadow on top–no creasing or fading after ten hours of wear.

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

MAC Indulge Lipglasses
MAC Indulge Lipglasses

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online at MAC now, online elsewhere and in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features five Lipglass shades in various colors and finishes. Lipglass is tacky, thick, and can vary from sheer to opaque. I typically get between three and five hours of wear with the formula, depending on the color and finish. I’ve only had a chance to try two of these for wear, so I’ll update with the remaining three tomorrow or the next day.

Fashion Punch Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone neutral pink.” I don’t see pink, not even in the tube. It’s a just-shy-of-medium peach with strong warm, orange tones and light gold pearl. It had nearly opaque color coverage with minimal settling into lip lines. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Pure Flattery is lighter and more shimmery. MAC Imperial Light is sheerer. Chanel Genie is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Liqueur Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering taupe.” It’s a reddish-brown with gold, copper, and pink shimmer. The finish is fairly frosted, and the color coverage is mostly opaque and even. This shade is a repromote (fyi, MAC’s website lists it as Liqueur, but the bottom of my tube has Liquer). MAC Social Light is more plum, less red. MAC Deliciously Demure is lighter, less red. MAC Blessedly Rich is browner. Dior Ambre Lumiere is similar. Bobbi Brown Beach is browner. See comparison swatches.

Lust for Life Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark berry.” It’s a bright, berry red with fuchsia and ruby red pearl. It was semi-opaque–plenty of color but a light translucency that keeps it from looking too heavy. MAC Rebel is less shimmery, more purple. MAC Colour Saturation is similar but less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Ultimate Dish Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light beige with pearl.” It’s a peachy beige with warm undertones and white shimmery. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly overall, but it did settle into lip lines. This shade wore for three hours on me. MAC Calypso Beat is pinker. NARS Buenos Aires is more muted. MAC Peachstock is less shimmery. MAC Illicit is less shimmery. Hourglass Imagine is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Utterly Tart Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep red.” It’s a rich, deep red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. There is a hint of pink/berry in it that gives it more depth. It applied with mostly opaque color coverage and did so evenly and almost no settling into lip lines. Chanel Triomphal is warmer, shimmery. MAC Driven by Love is brighter, less pink. MAC Send Me Sailing is less pink. MAC Russian Red is brighter. MAC Cult of Cherry is shimmery. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, August 17th, 2013

MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow
MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow

MAC’s Indulge Collection (online now, in-stores on August 22nd for North America locations) features eight eyeshadows. On the whole, these four performed better than many past recent releases, even if they aren’t perfect, they were all fairly easy to work with. The “worst” one of these four was Sex & the Oyster as the texture was noticeably dry, while Three Ring Yellow was buttery and incredibly pigmented. I’ll update this post with actual wear times after I’ve finished wearing them later today, so the longevity ratings are based on my average experience with MAC’s eyeshadows (with wear in relation to finish, color, and quality). I’m four hours in, so far so good. :)

MAC Deep Cravings Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “dark shimmery grey [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with a pearly sheen–it has a very light dusting of pink and copper micro-shimmer. It had good color payoff, and it applied smoothly. The texture was good, but it did feel slightly dry–not as buttery or as soft as other VPs (which is something I’ve noticed in general with recent VP releases). LORAC Slate is lighter, bluer. Disney Flotsam is lighter, also bluer. Urban Decay Ace is very similar. MAC For Effect is similar but a cream. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is similar. See comparison swatches.

Eat, Love Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep emerald [with a Satin finish].” It’s a deep, blackened green with faint emerald green sparkles–it is more like a green-tinted black with brownish undertones. On the lid, it tends to look more like a matte finish, as the satin is very subtle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was only slightly dry. Fyrinnae Jaguar is bluer. Urban Decay Loaded is also bluer. MAC Dark Indulgence is greener. OCC Poison is lighter. Make Up For Ever #80 is lighter, greener. Bobbi Brown Forest is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches.

Sex & the Oyster Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone greyed blue green [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a smoky, bluish-green-tinted light gray. It looks bluer in the pot, but applied, it seemed to take on a grayer coloring overall. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was somewhat dry and almost crumbly but not quite. Disney Destined is lighter, warmer. Urban Decay Hijack is darker (this was the first shade that came to mind, actually!). MAC Emerald Dusk is darker, bluer. MAC Water is greener. See comparison swatches.

Three Ring Yellow Eyeshadow ($15.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “bright sulfur green yellow [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a green-tinged, medium yellow with a frosted finish. The color payoff was excellent, and the texture was soft, smooth, and easy to work with. This is a repromote, and it was also one of the best-performing shades of the collection. Fyrinnae Banan Mochi is warmer. NARS Rated R #1 is greener. MAC Double Feature #2 #1 is more shimmery. MAC Colour Added is similar. MAC Brilliantly Lit is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil
Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil

Guerlain Amber Silver (05) Eye Pencil ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “silver.” It’s more like a silver-shimmered, brownish taupe color with a frosted, metallic finish. It was creamy and had semi-opaque color payoff in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color but not fully opaque. It’s the type of color that looks great on the lower lash line to brighten and open up eyes with something more defining than beige. It lasted well for seven hours, and after eight, it looked slightly thinner but did not gather into the corners or smudge. Urban Decay Stray Dog is much darker, as is Urban Decay Mushroom. MAC Catch My Eye is more silver. See comparison swatches.

Black Jack (01) Eye Pencil ($30.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black.” It’s a deep black with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to fully opaque color. The consistency was creamy, so the pencil glided on easily without skipping or tugging at the lash line. It wore well for eight and a half hours, and it even managed the water line for six and a half hours. It started to thin slightly but still looked quite nice after ten hours of wear–and no smudging or migration. It’s a basic black eyeliner, which is essential for each brand to have within their range, but it also means there are plenty of similar shades on the market.

It’s a new (but permanent) formula for fall. It looks like a pencil eyeliner, but it is retractable and comes with a plastic sharpener that pops off on the opposite end of the pencil tip. There is slightly less waste compared to your traditional pencil eyeliner, as you do not have to sharpen the full edge away, but you do get 0.01 oz. (compared to 0.04 oz. of a regular pencil eyeliner).

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod (112) Style Eye-Con No. 3 Palette ($42.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a trio of eyeshadows with a smoky, monochromatic vibe. The formula in these is supposed to “allow true, instant color payoff and long-lasting, plush performance.” The three eyeshadows vary in size, with the lightest being the largest and the darkest being the smallest. The white eyeshadow is the best performer, as it is pigmented and had a good texture, while the other two were less impressive and required some extra work/patience to get to work just right. I think the palette is a rather basic set of shades, so it’s a real shame this didn’t knock it out of the park–because a good smoky eye palette is always a nice color combination for a permanent range.

The Mod #1 is described as an “eggshell white.” It’s a neutral-toned white with a satin finish; it’s not a stark, bright white, but it’s not so warm that it looks more ivory than white. It had really nice color payoff, though the texture was just slightly powdery (but it was easy to blend). MAC This or That #1 is warmer. theBalm Metal-ica is more shimmery. Urban Decay Venus is more ivory-colored. Giorgio Armani Open is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mod #2 is described as a “black with iridescent shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark matte black with silver and teal iridescent shimmer. The color payoff was good, but the texture was slightly dry and stiffer to work with than many of the other Marc Jacobs’ eyeshadows I’ve played with, so it does take extra work to blend it out on the lid. theBalm Guilty Gwen is more frosted. NARS Night Breed is more matte. Lancome The New Black is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is also similar. Chanel Mirifique is more sparkly, cream. Sugarpill Stella is very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Mod #3 is described as a “light grayish taupe.” It’s a pale, cool-toned gray with hints of purple and a satiny sheen. It had decent color payoff, but this shade was somewhat powdery and slightly dry, so it was difficult to achieve opaque, lasting color. This one was prone to fading after six hours of wear. NARS Namibia is matte. Disney What’s It is lighter. MAC Silver Gull is sparkly. Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

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