MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “crimson into pale nude.” It’s a medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. In the pan, it looks like it fades from a light beige to a rosy pink. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. LORAC Underrated (LE) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Blush Ombre Kindergarten Red
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
83%

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a mix of neutrals with a few pops of color, but the contents aren’t nearly as bright as the exterior packaging, which is a vibrant chartreuse. The packaging is very much the same as Vice3. I thought the formula felt different in Vice LTD compared to Vice3 but also compared to Urban Decay’s formula (since reformulation) in general. The eyeshadows felt a bit firmer in their pans (not in a bad way), less powdery in general. The more colorful shades seemed weaker in color payoff, and I didn’t have as much luck with some shades applying to bare skin as I have in the past with the brand’s formula, so wear time was shorter on average. I liked it more than Vice3, though, by a bit. Disco, Heat, Floss, Hoodoo, and Roadstripe are shades new-to-me (I believe Roadstripe existed many, many moons ago), while the other shades have been released in various palettes over the years (noted by the shade itself).

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Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Vice LTD
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
86%
Limited Edition
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Maybelline Rose Rush, Coral Burst, Peach Poppy Color Sensational Lipsticks

Maybelline Rose Rush (735) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque with a light layer of translucency, so the natural lip color will peek through. The consistency was lightweight, emollient, and comfortable to wear as it was lightly hydrating and didn’t settle into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Diego (LE, $32.00) is darker, less glossy. Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $30.00) is redder, darker. MAC Excite (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is less glossy. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is more orange, less glossy. MAC True Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Impassioned (P, $30.00) is similar. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more muted. NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is brighter. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is darker. Guerlain Genna (P, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick Rose Rush (735)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
92%
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Maybelline Barely Bloomed, Blushing Bud, Petal Pink Color Sensational Lipsticks

For spring, there are ten shades of Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.), which are supposed to be a “kicky bouquet of lip colors.” The Color Sensational formula is supposed to be richly pigmented with a creamy texture and feel hydrating. These three had fairly good color coverage, but the thicker, more emollient texture made them harder to apply even, smooth color. The formula was lightly hydrating overall, comfortable to wear, and had a little below average wear. The formula has a sweet, creme brulee-like scent with a slight perfume-y taste (I find it less noticeable compared to the Elixirs).

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Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick Barely Bloomed (700)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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Maybelline Opalescent Orchid, Radiant Ruby, Mystical Magenta Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new gloss released just in time for spring. According to Maybelline, it is “the first lip lacquer with intense liquid lip color and brilliant iridescent shine.” If you’re familiar with the original Color Elixirs, most were fairly pigmented, but the Iridescent range is definitely sheerer in comparison. The shades in this review are some of the more pigmented shades in the range, but it’s not the “intense liquid lip color” as described. They look and feel more like traditional lip gloss, and quite honestly, I’m surprised these weren’t marketed as semi-sheer for a “spring look” (’tis the season for sheer). The shimmer is fine and never gritty, while wear averages around four hours. The formula was nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear with only slight tackiness occurring after a few hours of wear (initially, it feels non-sticky). They have a sweet scent, but there is a very perfume-y taste, and it is noticeable. If you’re very sensitive to lip products with any taste, you probably won’t like these.

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Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Opalescent Orchid (515)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Urban Decay Cosmic, Ether, Scorpio, Solstice Moondust Eyeshadows

For spring, there are four new shades of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is supposed to a “brilliantly reflective look” that can be applied wet or dry (the brand recommends applying with fingertips). It’s supposed to have “sophisticated” sparkle and not “chunky glitter.” They’re really pretty and dazzling, and they’re certainly going to be more reflective and sparkly in person or as they move than in a still shot. That being said, there is a fair amount of fall out applying these, and there is some fall out over time (it is surprisingly less than you’d expect, given just how packed these are with sparkle!). The sparkle is finer than true glitter, and the flecks love to adhere to my under eye area. It seems like only full makeup remover and a cotton pad or tape will remove the majority. The texture feels fairly smooth in the pan and almost has a wet consistency. They tend to work best with a dampened brush (wetter than I’d normally use for a regular eyeshadow as well).

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Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Cosmic
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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