Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Chanel Zephyr (377) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer
Chanel Zephyr (377) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

Chanel Zephyr (377) Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige with shimmer.” It’s a warm, orange-peach with peach and gold shimmer. MAC Summer Sweetneart is very similar in color but has no shimmer. MAC Pure Flattery is warmer. MAC Kiss Me Softly is similar. MAC Poetic License is warmer.

It’s one of the creamier-finished glosses within the range, so it doesn’t have as much sparkle as the sparkliest Glossimer and has a milkier finish on the lips. Because of the milky quality of the color, it does settle into lip lines somewhat. The high-gloss finished paired with the shimmer does help distract the eye from the settling so it is not as noticeable. I wish Zephyr applied more evenly, as it constantly would show “lines” if I pressed my lips together.  It lasted four hours, which was good and around average, and it was lightly hydrating while worn.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, felt comfortable when applied, and wasn’t sticky.

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Because of the milky quality of the color, it does settle into lip lines somewhat. The high-gloss finished paired with the shimmer does help distract the eye from the settling so it is not as noticeable.

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Azure (657) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic blue green.” It’s a brightened, bluish-teal with a metallic finish. It seems to shift a bit from blue to teal to green, depending on the angle and how the light hits the color. The color itself is interesting and complex. I’ll be reviewing it soon, but Dior’s Samba isn’t an exact dupe for this–it is more of a true teal with less shift and more warmth. China Glaze Deviantly Daring is similar when Azure is in its blue stages, but it doesn’t have the same green-teal shift. Zoya Charla has a very different finish (more glitter/sparkle) and is a darker, bluer polish overall.

It’s fully opaque in two coats, and the drying time is about average, but it’s important to wait for each coat to dry before applying another as it will pull/drag if not fully dry. There are also a lot of noticeable brush strokes to the finish, even after it has dried down (sometimes they fade and blend away once the polish is dry, but not in this case). I wish this was slightly less metallic or wasn’t as prone to showing the brush strokes, because I think it takes away from the application and end result. The consistency was slightly thin but was fine to work with. I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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I wish this was slightly less metallic or wasn't as prone to showing the brush strokes, because I think it takes away from the application and end result.

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8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

MAC Temperature Rising Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Temperature Rising Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Temperature Rising Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) includes these shades: Performance Art (frosted gold mauve, Veluxe Pearl)), Temperature Rising (light warm tanned peach, Lustre), Swelter (mid-tone grey violet, Frost), and Beautymarked (charcoal black with red pearl, Velvet). Beautymarked is part of the permanent range. The quad will be available online on May 16th and in-stores May 23rd (of course, it usually is online earlier than the stated date). It is packaged in a matte bronze with a rubbery texture–if you’re familiar with NARS’ packaging, it’s very much like that, only bronze in color.

Performance Art is is a pinky mauve with a dusting of very fine gold shimmer. It had good color payoff and applied smooth overall, though it was a smidgen dry. MAC Smoky Mauve is purpler and darker. Jasmine Carpet is darker and purpler. Tarte Frozen Hot Chocolate is slightly darker. NARS 413 BLKR #1 appears cooler-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off #3 is cooler-toned.

Temperature Rising is copper-shimmered peach with a soft, frosted sheen. It was very stiff to work with, and it really needed to be layered and packed on to get visible, even color both swatched and on the eye. Estee Lauder Pink Zinc is lighter (and a cream product). Chanel Complice is lighter. MAC Seaside is more coppery. Chanel Emerveille is a cream product and is less coppery. MAC Expensive Pink is pinker, darker.

Swelter is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle red undertones and a satiny sheen. It had decent to good color payoff, but it was a little stiff to work with. When I jabbed at it with a stiffer brush, I was able to get better color payoff. MAC Smoky Mauve is more frosted. Jasmine Carpet is very similar. NARS 413 BLKR #1 is grayer, cooler-toned. MAC Circa Plum is extremely similar.

Beautymarked is a blackened brown with burgundy and copper micro-shimmer. It was dry, somewhat chalky, and generally stiff and difficult to blend. Applied, it looks mostly like a matte black, but if you mix it or blend it with Swelter, you can bring out more of the shimmer in Beautymarked. Giorgio Armani #2 is similar in concept but has a much more pronounced shimmer/sparkle. L’Oreal Smoldering Plum is purpler. MAC Young Punk has more purple shimmer.

The real miss here was Beautymarked, which had a rather undesirable texture that made it a problematic shade to use. It’s also the kind of shade that looks incredibly complex in the pan but when used, it can be difficult to pull out those nuances and see the complexities. Performance Art was the best eyeshadow in this quad, because it had good pigmentation and a softer, smoother texture and application. Temperature Rising needs to be packed on for a smooth, even application. I wish it performed better overall, because the color combination works well together and would flatter a variety of skin tones. The eyeshadows did wear for eight hours with no creasing and only very minor fading with minor fading occurring after nine hours.

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I wish it performed better overall, because the color combination works well together and would flatter a variety of skin tones.

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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8/10

Longevity

9/10

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4/5

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

MAC Altered Beige Lipstick
MAC Altered Beige Lipstick

MAC Temperature Rising Lipsticks ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) will be available in four new and limited edition shades: Altered Beige (creamy yellow beige, lustre), Caliente (super dazzle violet, dazzle), Feel My Pulse (vivid magenta violet, cremesheen), and Sheer Seduction (super dazzle bronze, dazzle).

Altered Beige is a warm-toned, pinky beige with a frosted finish and semi-sheer to semi-opaque color. I felt like the frost made it appear more opaque, but a lot of the natural lip color will come through, given that it’s a lustre (which is a sheerer formula). It lasted two and a half hours on me. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #4 is similar. MAC Pure Zen is pinker. Giorgio Armani #111 is similar, slightly warmer. MAC Tropical Mist is very sheer on me but the two have a similar effect. MAC Japanese Maple is similar. MAC Marquise d’ is pinker. Revlon Creme Brulee is also similar.

Caliente is a brown-toned burgundy with red, copper, and burgundy sparkle. Dazzle finish isn’t one that pops up often, but it is a very sparkle-packed lipstick; the grit is less than glitter, but it’s more than shimmer. I find that these are moderately gritty about halfway through wear, and some of the sparkle travels outside of the natural lip. The effect can be very interesting and fun, but there are some downsides that you’ll have to weigh. Because of the sparkle, it can feel a little rough (not painful, not horrible, but not as creamy or as smooth) when applied. The other thing that I’m not crazy about with the Dazzle finishes is that they tend to have splotchy base colors. Caliente is true to form; slightly gritty after two hours, a definite grit you can feel in the bullet itself, some sparkle goes on a voyage across the plains of your face, and the color isn’t totally even. It lasted three hours on me. MAC Infused with Glam is warmer, more coppery. MAC Snazzy Dazzle is more plum, pinker. MAC Oh, Oh, Oh is more plum, less brown. MAC Subverted is browner, redder, deeper.

Feel My Pulse is a magenta purple with a soft, almost frosted sheen. It has mostly opaque color payoff with a little bit of translucency. It looks a bit purpler in the tube than on, which I imagine is the natural pink tones pulling out the pink on the lip. It lasted four and a half hours on me. MAC Heroine is purpler. Maybelline Brazen Berry is similar but glossier in finish. MAC Seductive Intent is purpler. MAC Style Curve is close in color but has a slight pearl in its finish. MAC Love Forever is pinker. MAC Spitfire is a bit pinker.

Sheer Seduction is a warm, orange-copper with copper sparkle. This shade also has a Dazzle finish, so it does feel a little gritty when initially applied, and as it wears away, the texture of the sparkle becomes more noticeable on the lips. The color payoff is more semi-opaque and even compared to Caliente. There were a few stray sparkles that abandoned lips while I wore it. It lasted three hours on me. OCC Authentic is darker and more metallic (rather than sparkly). LUSH Vibrance is brighter with more of a golden shimmer. Chanel Sari d’Eau is redder in tone. MAC Hot Sass is more subdued.

When it comes to Caliente and Sheer Seduction, they’re going to be love-it-or-hate-it products, because of the finish. If you love the sparkle, you might not care about the texture. But if you’re really concerned about texture, creaminess, and comfort, you’ll probably dislike this finish on the whole. It’s just one of those formulas that leaves something to be desired but the finish may be unique or fun enough to put up with (for some).  Altered Beige and Feel My Pulse both feel like shades we’ve seen from MAC quite often and recently.

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These were gorgeous in their tubes and fun to photograph, but I wasn't loving the wear and feel of the Dazzle finishes. The other two were better but less interesting given recent releases.

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Longevity

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013

MAC Banafsaji Eyeshadow
MAC Banafsaji Eyeshadow

MAC Art of the Eye Eyeshadows ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) include five shades, and they are: Banafsaji (deep purple blue), Farasha (bright deep orange), Gameela (deep pink magenta), Hajar Karim (clean warm green), and Parrot (deep aqua blue with bright green and blue pearl). Parrot is a repromote.

Banafsaji is a frosted, cool-toned purple with bluish tones and a violet base color. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft but a little dry. It could have been a bit more blendable, but it was not difficult to use. OCC Technoir is bluer. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #5 is very similar. MAC Drawn to Drama is purpler. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #2 is brighter. NARS Marie-Galante is more muted. MAC Warm & Smoky is warmer, less blue. Urban Decay Blue Bus is lighter, purpler.

Farasha is a brightened, medium-dark orange with a matte finish. This looks lighter in the pan than it does on; consistently, whether on the lid or on my arm, it was darker swatched. It has fairly good pigmentation, but it is more buildable than it is incredibly intense right out of the pan, so I did need to pack it on the lid to get opaque, even color payoff. NARS Persia is darker, redder. Jasmine Rajah is shimmery, so it is a little lighter. MAC Rule is more muted. MAC Orange is darker, redder.

Gameela is a bold, bright medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was buildable to fully opaque color. The texture is soft but a little dry; it’s not MAC’s best matte eyeshadow though decent to good. I recommend patting and packing the color on (and use a primer, if you have one) for best results. Chanel Rose Favorite is lighter. MAC Embrace Me is darker (between the two, since they both are recent releases, I’d get this all day long over Gameela). MAC More AMour is redder, more subdued. MAC Tease With Ease is more fuchsia. MAC Passionate is a bit richer and darker.

Hajar Karim is a grassy, medium-dark green with a matte finish and a dusty quality to it. It had so-so color payoff that required building to get to opaque color, but it is possible to get there. Again, patting the color on rather than sweeping will go a long way, and if you use a primer or white eyeshadow base, you’ll get true-to-pan color with less layering. NARS Self Portrait 1 #3 is yellower. Illamasqua Fledgling is brighter, bolder. MAC Feeling Fresh is shimmery and a bit darker. MAC Fresh Flare is shimmery and warmer. Inglot #384 is richer and yellower (in tone).

Parrot is a medium-dark blue with a hint of aqua/teal that is layered with green and gold shimmer; it’s not a strong duochrome, but there’s a slight tint and sheen to it at certain angles. I think this shade was interesting and unique three or four years ago, but now, there are so many options that are similar to it. The texture is a smidgen dry (I’ve been noticing all of the recent Veluxe Pearls have this dryness) that doesn’t seem to impede application or color payoff, but it’s there. Jasmine Diamond is darker. Tom Ford Emerald Lust is tealer. Urban Decay Unhinged is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is darker. Tarina Tarantino Ozma is similar. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen is slightly darker. Urban Decay Haight is bluer. Inglot #415 is lighter, more metallic (but has a stronger golden sheen). Make Up For Ever #83 is brighter.

On the whole, they’re decent to good, but a few of them require some work to get them applied with full, rich color, as well as extra effort to blend them out. I had the best luck with Parrot, which had good color payoff without having to build and layer it on.  The worst performer was Hajar Karim, which really needs to be packed on (three or four layers).  Farasha and Gameela were in the middle of the pack; they both require two or three layers of product to be packed on, but the textures are soft enough that they’re still blendable.  Banafsaji had better pigmentation than some, but it was a bit stiff to blend.  I wore all five yesterday (three on one eye, two on the other), and Hajar Karim was the first to show signs of fading (after seven hours), while Farasha and Gameela lasted nine hours without fading or creasing but Gameela stained my lids.  Banafsaji had slight fading after eight hours, while Parrot didn’t show any signs of fading after nine hours.

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MAC Art of the Eye Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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On the whole, they're decent to good, but a few of them require some work to get them applied with full, rich color, as well as extra effort to blend them out. I had the best luck with Parrot, which had good color payoff without having to build and layer it on.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4/5

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Rain Check Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “smoky amethyst.” It’s a cool-toned, muted purple with a smoky feel and a satin finish. Tom Ford Enchantress #3 is lighter. NARS 413BLKR #1 is warmer. theBalm rem is purpler. Giorgio Armani #27 is metallic. NARS Charade is very comparable–perhaps a smidgen darker.

Anyone who loves soft, smoky plum will like this; and if you tend to look for really bold, intense shades, you’re best skipping to another review. It had good pigmentation–enough to get close to the color seen in the pan but there was still some sheerness–and the texture was very soft, finely-milled, but also a little powdery. What I noticed was that wants to stay as a soft, slightly sheer color when applied; it doesn’t layer or build up to full color, and it softens and sheers out very readily if you use sweeping motions to blend it. I had the best results patting and lightly swishing along the edges only, because it helped to leave the bulk of the color alone. This shade lasted seven and a half hours when I wore it, but it was a little faded after eight hours.

This shade can also be found in Benefit’s Sexiest Nudes Ever Palette, which contains four eyeshadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows for $30.00 (the eyeshadows are 0.04 oz. each, and the cream eyeshadows are 0.11 oz. each, but it’s still a way better deal than buying this eyeshadow on its own unless you LOVE this one and loathe all the others).

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Rain Check

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Anyone who loves soft, smoky plum will like this; and if you tend to look for really bold, intense shades, not so much.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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