Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) are available in six shades, and it is described as a “waterproof pencil eyeliner” with a “gel formula [that] allows the richest pigments and the smoothest application for intense color.” It may look like your regular pencil eyeliner, but it’s actually a twist-up pencil (and there’s a detachable sharpener on the opposite end of the pencil). Worth noting, you’re getting the amount of product typically found in twist-up pencils (0.01 oz.), rather than regular pencils (0.04 oz.). From my experience with the three shades I tried, which I’ve been working with for the past week and a half, I found the quality to be inconsistent. Th(ink) was the best performer, while Jazz(berry) was disappointing. All three shades were more unique in color than not, and I couldn’t think of any satisfactory dupes for any of them, so there is that. All three shades wore well for eight hours without fading or migrating, and after nine and a half hours, they looked thinner but not smudged or welled up in the corners of my eyes. I took showers with them on, and they didn’t seem to budge or smear, so I agree with the waterproof claim.

Intro(vert) (52) is a cool-toned emerald green with a frosted silver sparkle and finish. It had decent payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. The consistency was smooth overall and didn’t tug at the lash line. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade. Sephora Good Mood is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #52L is bluer. MAC Blue Noon is darker, bluer. See comparison swatches. You can also see a post I did on green-leaning teal eyeliners here.

Jazz(berry) (46) is a warm-toned, pink-plum with a subtle golden sheen and copper undertone. It was semi-sheer in a single pass, and it was only semi-opaque when I attempted to layer the color by applying it back-and-forth. The pencil didn’t tug on my lash line, but the color was prone to skipping/uneven application. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade–nothing came close. Not even Urban Decay 1999, as it was darker and less pink.

Th(ink) (44) is a deepened, blue and copper-shimmered violet over a blackened base. In a single pass, it had semi-opaque color, but it was very, very buildable and easy to layer with a couple of passes for very rich and intense color. This shade was the creamiest and easiest to apply of the three I tried. Make Up For Ever #8K is bluer, darker, less shimmery. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is more muted, matte. See comparison swatches.

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Intro(vert) (52)

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It had decent payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. The consistency was smooth overall and didn't tug at the lash line.

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Jazz(berry) (46)

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It was semi-sheer in a single pass, and it was only semi-opaque when I attempted to layer the color by applying it back-and-forth. The pencil didn't tug on my lash line, but the color was prone to skipping/uneven application.

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5/10

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6.5/10

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Th(ink) (44)

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In a single pass, it had semi-opaque color, but it was very, very buildable and easy to layer with a couple of passes for very rich and intense color. This shade was the creamiest and easiest to apply of the three I tried.

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9/10

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9/10

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish
NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish

NARS 413 BLKR Nail Polish ($19.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a rich, deep, dark blue with a jelly-cream finish–not quite as squishy and as plush as a true jelly, but it doesn’t have the texture or look of a true cream. MAC Double Trouble is similar. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is lighter, cream. China Glaze First Mate is also a cream. See comparison swatches.

The consistency was on the thinner side, almost watery but not quite. Each coat had a tendency to pull a little away from where I originally placed the brush, so I’d recommend starting your coat further away from the cuticle.  The first coat looked streaky after I applied it, but the second coat seemed to hide and correct whatever was wrong with the first coat for the most part.  After two coats, it was mostly opaque but there was a noticeable translucency (which is part of what made me think it was a jelly–but it lacked the thicker, squishy look for one).  I typically get really exceptional wear out of NARS’ formula (seven to ten days with minor tip wear).

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The first coat looked streaky after I applied it, but the second coat seemed to hide and correct whatever was wrong with the first coat for the most part. After two coats, it was mostly opaque but there was a noticeable translucency (which is part of what made me think it was a jelly--but it lacked the thicker, squishy look for one).

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8/10

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9/10

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7.5/10

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Voilette de Madame Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shines ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes three limited edition shades. This gloss formula is lightweight, shimmery, non-sticky, and wears an average of three to four hours. According to Guerlain, it comes in “varying degrees of coverage and pigment intensity.” All three shades were semi-sheer with slight settling into lip lines, and because they are on the sheerer side, they tended to look more alike applied than not. They have a thin, almost gel-like consistency that has some slip but doesn’t slide around. It has a medium shine, and the formula (and all three of these in particular) is nicely hydrating. The formula has a floral scent but no discernible taste and comes in a flat, clear tube with a slanted doe-foot applicator.

Madame Batifole (860) is described as an “electric sparkling fuchsia.” It’s a slightly cool-toned fuchsia with violet shimmer. In the tube, it has more of a berry coloring, but on lips, it’s pinker and against my skin tone, almost looks warm sometimes. The coverage is mostly even with very, very slight settling into (some) lip lines–completely unnoticeable from a normal viewing distance. It lasted three and a half hours on me. Revlon Sugar Violet is lighter. Revlon Berry Allure is similar. MAC Dress Kimono is cooler-toned. L’Oreal Dazzle Me is more fuchsia. Chanel Pink Pulsion is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Madame Flirte (861) is described as a “gourmand sparkling red.” It’s a muted, pink-red with lightly warm undertones and pink and gold shimmer. Applied, it seemed to look even pinker (which can be heavily influenced by your natural lip color). It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it did have some light settling into lip lines (noticeable in the close-up but less so from afar). It is more similar than not compared to Madame Batifole. It lasted three and a half hours on me. Revlon Berry Allure is similar, less shimmery. Burberry Hibiscus is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is lighter, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Madame Fascine (863) is described as a “sparkling deep purple.” In the tube, it looks like a smoldering, purpled burgundy with violet, fuchsia, and copper shimmer; swatched, it’s a brownish-plum with multi-colored shimmer. Applied, it’s similar to how it appears swatched–a brownish-plum, some shimmer, glossy shine. This seemed even glossier than other shades in the range. It lasted four hours when I tried it. MAC Spice is more opaque, creamier. MAC Get Rich Quick is more sparkly. MAC Looks Like Sin is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Aubergine is purpler. See comparison swatches.

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Madame Batifole (860)

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9/10

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8.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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Monday, August 5th, 2013

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Lucky Charmed Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “lush, metallic golden green with a touch of green sparkle throughout.” It’s a rich, medium-dark molten gold with strong yellow and brown undertones and a subtle green micro-shimmer. It was mostly opaque applied with a damp brush or applied over Pixie Epoxy. Fyrinnae Aztec Gold is more metallic and slightly greener. Too Faced Instigator is more golden. Marc Jacobs The Starlet #5 is lighter. Urban Decay Spell #1 is glittery. Urban Decay Stargazer is greener. NARS Paramaribo #1 is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Chameleon is warmer, browner. Make Up For Ever #11 is a cream product, lighter. Inglot #433 is similar. See comparison swatches.

Wicked Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “deep, dark purple with turquoise shimmer.” It’s a rich, dark pink-toned purple base with teal shimmer. It’s very interesting and complex, and I don’t have anything quite like this that I can recall. The downside is that it feels somewhat dry, and it didn’t apply as smoothly or as evenly as many other Fyrinnae eyeshadows have for me. It seemed to be an eyeshadow that applied differently every time I tried it.

Biker Chic Eyeshadow ($6.25 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “turquoise-blue sparkle on a deep black base.” It’s a cool-toned, dark black base color with blue-teal shimmer. Applied dry, it is blacker with only a smattering of shimmer, but applied over Pixie Epoxy, then the shimmer is much more apparent. The texture is very finely-milled, but it’s definitely a shade that it is easier blended when it is dry than wet or used over Pixie Epoxy, as it tends to stick slightly. I thought it was best when applied over Pixie Epoxy to maximize the shimmer, and then going over it the edge lightly with dry product to blend. Sephora Midnight Swim isn’t black-based. Milani Mix It Up is greener. MAC Magic Spell is darker, less blue/teal. See comparison swatches.

When I wore these three together, I had had slight fading with Wicked after seven hours but the other shades did not show any signs of wear (no primer but over Pixie Epoxy). Over a primer (and Pixie Epoxy), I still saw some fading with Wicked, but it wasn’t until eight and a half hours, while the other shades continued to remain strong and crease-free.

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs
Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs

Guerlain Two Stylish (02) Eyeshadow Duo / Ecrin 2 Coueleurs ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep blue” and “metallic grey.” The duo comes in a narrow compact with two full-sized eyeshadows (actually, at 0.07 oz. a pop, they’re a bit larger than average, which is usually around 0.05 oz.) and a dual-ended sponge-tip applicator. Under the lid, a mirror spans the full length of it. I think I might of preferred a more square-shaped compact and left out the applicator, though the narrowness of the palette gives it a sleeker look. Guerlain describes the duos as having “one a pure color and one a luminous veil.” The more matte shade is supposed to be that “pure color” with “intense” color payoff, while the other is “a veil, a sparkly, or metallic texture that can add a layer of dazzling radiance.”

Two Stylish #1 is a cool-toned pewter–a little mix of gray and gold that comes out more gray than gold with a frosted, metallic finish. This is the “luminous veil” shade, and it had semi-opaque to mostly opaque color. It can be used with a lighter hand to achieve a more veil-like sheerness, but it’s fairly pigmented, which you may consider a happy accident or disappointment, depending on your preferences. The texture was soft, buttery, and very-nearly creamy. If you know me, you know I’m all for shades of pewter, and there are certainly a number of similar shades. Dior Constellation #2 is warmer. Tom Ford Emerald Lust #1 is lighter. MAC Vex has a violet duochrome. MAC Misty is lighter. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 is similar. Giorgio Armani #19 is slightly warmer. Dior Garden Roses #4 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Two Stylish #2 looks midnight blue in the pan, but it had a surprisingly greenish-yellow undertone that made it appear more like a blue-teal (but with stronger blue coloring) when swatched. I think it may be bluer with less teal influence on cooler complexions. The finish is mostly matte–there seemed to be a very faint satin sheen when you looked at it closely, but it was primarily matte in appearance from afar. It had decent color payoff, but I wouldn’t describe it as intense. The texture was somewhat dry, which may have been what interfered with getting really rich, true-to-pan pigmentation. On the lid, I applied it with a fluffy crease brush, which helped to loosen more product and get better payoff on the lid, and it helped blend the product out without trouble. Disney Lapis is brighter. MAC Pre-Packaged is more shimmery. Illamasqua Burst is brighter, less blue. See comparison swatches.

The two colors work well together, and I can certainly see why someone might love it, but I can also see why someone wouldn’t find it worth the expense.  I think it’s decent to good, but the blue shade needs more intensity to really live up to Guerlain’s description.  It would create and enable more dimension, depth, and make it a more versatile duo if that were the case.   I wore the palette over bare lids, and they wore well for eight hours with some minor fading of the blue shade becoming noticeable after nine hours of wear.  Over primer (I used NARS’ Smudge Proof), I didn’t see any signs of wear after nine hours.

The palette is permanent and will be available across all Guerlain retailers this August.

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The two colors work well together, and I can certainly see why someone might love it, but I can also see why someone wouldn't find it worth the expense. I think it's decent to good, but the blue shade needs more intensity to really live up to Guerlain's description. It would create and enable more dimension, depth, and make it a more versatile duo if that were the case.

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8/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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This is the "luminous veil" shade, and it had semi-opaque to mostly opaque color. It can be used with a lighter hand to achieve a more veil-like sheerness, but it's fairly pigmented, which you may consider a happy accident or disappointment, depending on your preferences.

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9/10

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8.5/10

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Two Stylish #2

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It had decent color payoff, but I wouldn't describe it as intense. The texture was somewhat dry, which may have been what interfered with getting really rich, true-to-pan pigmentation.

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8/10

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8/10

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Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush
Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush

Guerlain Madame Rougit 4-Colours Blush ($67.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as “raspberry, pale pink, beige, and coral” that are supposed to be used together to “illuminate and highlight” with a “velvety finish.” It contains shades of light-medium, slightly cool-toned pink with a soft, frosted sheen; barely-there pale pink (I couldn’t get this one to show up well individually at all); pink-coral with a matte finish; and an orange-coral with a subtle gold pearl. Swirled together, it creates a medium-dark pink-coral with subtle warm undertones and a barely-there satin finish–not totally matte but low shimmer. theBalm Argyle is lighter, cooler-toned. Edward Bess Bed of Roses is slightly cooler-toned. theBalm Frat Boy is warmer. MAC Divine Desire is more frosted, cooler-toned. Dior Pink Happiness is slightly warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale is similar. Benefit Bella Bamba is similar in color but very shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, and I experienced the best texture, feel, and color payoff when everything was swirled together and applied. Individually, the shades were less impressive with some being decent and one being particularly sheer and a little dry. The description of the blush is somewhat contradictory, because it is called a blush, but then it’s for illuminating and highlighting, which would usually mean sheerer color, so it seems like it’s maybe a combination of both.  Updated: The big thing I noticed is that the color payoff is much better after the raised circles get brushed down–I think it’s really the pattern that makes the payoff initially disappointing, because when your blush brush gets in there and in-between all the crevices, it’s not an issue applying it to the skin. Honestly, it doesn’t make sense the way it looks individually and then comes together with so much more color payoff.

The individual shades are not very large, so they don’t lend themselves well to individual application (and it is designed to be used together). I would say you’re be better off trying to use it as two halves, and then swirling and mixing as you please. If you want a cooler coloring, stay on the lower bottom shades; if you want something warmer, focus on the upper right of the palette. It lasted eight hours well on my skin when I wore it yesterday (you better believe I ripped open my order as soon as it was dropped off, ha!), and it had some faint signs of fading after nine hours. Because of the mostly matte finish, it did not emphasize pores, and as the texture was soft but not powdery, it sat quite nicely on the skin.

It comes in a glossy black, rectangular compact that opens with a full-size mirror underneath the lid, and then the blush compartment lifts up to reveal a pink-bristled, rounded brush. The whole thing comes with a “suedette pouch.” The powder is violet-scented, and it’s noticeable when I open the compact, but I didn’t notice it when applied. This palette definitely brings back memories of Blush G Serie Noire, and while there are some similarities (both are a blend of pink an coral), the finish is very, very different, as Blush G was a high-shimmer, high-frost product with a strong, golden sheen and a lighter pink base. Blush G was also more versatile and could easily be darkened or lightened, depending on which sections you applied from. The texture was also softer and more buttery–though this one is certainly soft and not at all stiff, it’s just a bit drier in a way. I like Blush G more, because I think it is more versatile, but I can see the more matte finish of Madame Rougit  appealing to many.  It’s disappointing, given Guerlain’s past face powders (many of which have become holy grails for people) and the price point.

P.S. — I’m going to keep playing with this one over the weekend, because I’m not having some of the issues that several of you have had. I’m concerned, as obviously that points to signs of inconsistent quality during production, and the last thing I’d want to do is recommend a product (well, I don’t recommend this!) that might be an outlier. I might even order a second one and see if that is better/worse. As always, thank you for sharing your experiences :)

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Madame Rougit

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The texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin, and I experienced the best texture, feel, and color payoff when everything was swirled together and applied. Individually, the shades were less impressive with some being decent and one being particularly sheer and a little dry. The product seems to get better--softer and more pigmented--after the pattern is brushed away, which does take a few uses.

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8/10

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7.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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