Monday, January 19th, 2015

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
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.

The texture of the blush is soft, smooth, but thin, so it ended up having more buildable coverage than really intense pigmentation that was, at most, semi-opaque. I just went back into the archives, and the blush ombre formula was originally described as a “medium-buildable coverage” product. It doesn’t adhere as well to bare skin if it’s on the drier side (my arm is drier than my face) and can look a little powdery initially. Once it gets blended and buffed into the skin, the satin finish really comes forward and gives a light sheen that’s natural but not shimmery or shiny. As it is only semi-opaque at most, it pulls warmer on me, but I would expect those with cooler undertones would see this appear slightly cooler-toned instead. On me, the blush wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

This will release January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette
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).

It will be re-releasing exclusively on ULTA on January 25th.

Nameless is described as a “medium taupe satin.” It’s a golden brown with a hint of gray on top with a frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to blend and work with. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade was in the Shattered palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Backdoor is described as a “cool dark brown matte. It’s a dark, charcoal brown with cool, gray undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff with a soft but thin consistency, which could have blended more readily. It wore well for eight hours on me. This shade was in the Smoked palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deeper is described as a “medium metallic bronze.” It’s a rich, bronzy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frost finish. It had great pigmentation that went on easily and blended well, which lasted for eight hours on me. It was in the 15th Anniversary palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Disco is described as a “pale metallic gold with iridescent glitter.” It’s a slightly muted, light-medium gold with warm undertones and silver micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t adhere with the base color, so most of it gets lost or trapped in a brush, rather than applied. What few glittery bits make it to the lid do fall off later (I didn’t see any glitter by the end of the day). The base color lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heat is described as a “bright metallic copper.” It’s a bright, gold-shimmered copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was excellent, while the texture was fairly soft and smooth. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. Urban Decay did have a Heat eyeshadow in their deluxe range once upon a time, but it was a red-based shade, so this is different. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crystal is described as a “icy metallic blue shimmer.” It’s a silvery, light-medium silvery-blue with a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation, but the texture was drier and thinner, which made it somewhat powdery and prone to fading on the lid after seven hours of wear. It was in Book of Shadows Vol. 4. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Goddess is described as a “deep smoky blue with micro-glitter.” It’s a slightly brightened, navy blue with fine blue shimmer and larger micro-glitter. It was sheer, patchy, and a generally difficult eyeshadow to use in practice, as it was harder to blend or achieve decent payoff on the skin. It was faded after six hours. It was previously available in their original eyeshadow range but didn’t make the cut when they reformulated. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vaporize is described as a “medium metallic gray-taupe.” It’s a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic finish with micro-glitter. The glitter doesn’t bind with the eyeshadow, so it is mostly metallic, and the underlying color was nicely pigmented. The texture was a little dry, but it seemed improved from when it was in the Anarchy palette. It wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Floss is described as a “deep metallic emerald with micro-glitter.” It’s a very rich, intense emerald green with a blackened-brown base and a metallic finish and silver micro-glitter. I wanted to fall in love with this one, but the texture was so soft that it was almost crumbly and a little dry to work with. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Perversion is described as a “soft black matte.” It’s a softened, medium black with a mostly matte finish. The texture was thin, a little dry, but fairly blendable on the skin. It had decent to good pigmentation, though it was buildable. The color wore well for seven and a half hours. It was in the Book of Shadows Vol. 3. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Provocateur is described as a “icy metallic pink with micro-glitter.” It’s a muted, pink with warm undertones and coppery-pink micro-glitter. It was semi-sheer with a lot of glittery bits, which made it harder to work with. This shade really needs an adhesive base to work decently. The underlying color lasted for seven and a half hours, but there was some fall out. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hoodoo is described as a “medium metallic violet with pink shift.” It’s a muted, medium purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff that seemed to be hurt by the drier, slightly powdery consistency of the shadow itself. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Freakshow is described as a “bright purple satin.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, fairly blendable texture that wore well for seven and a half hours. It was previously available in the deluxe eyeshadow formula but was not included in the reformulated eyeshadow range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Junkshow is described as a “bright pink satin.” it’s a vibrant, fuchsia-pink with cool undertones and iridescent micro-shimmer. It was a thinner, somewhat powdery shade that had signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. It was in the 15th Anniversary palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blitz is described as a “bright metallic gold.” It’s a bright, metallic gold with warm, yellow undertones. It had excellent color payoff with a really smooth, blendable consistency (one of the best shades in the palette). This shade wore well for eight hours on me. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chase is described as a “soft metallic bronze.” It’s a golden bronze with warm undertones and a very metallic finish. This shade had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that I had no issues using on bare skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading. This is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Last Sin is described as a “pale champagne shimmer.” It’s a peachy beige with a hint of pink and a frosted finish. It was drier and more crumbly, which made it harder to apply (lots of fall out during application). On me, the color lasted for seven hours before fading. This shade was also in Vice3. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Roadstripe is described as a “iridescent white with blue-violet shift.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned white with an iridescent blue sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly powdery consistency. I had to really layer and pack it on to get the intensity on bare skin. It also showed signs of fading after six and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Anonymous is described as a “pale peachy cream matte.” It’s a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great color payoff with a very silky, soft texture that made it easy to apply to the skin. This sahde wore well for seven and a half hours. It was in the Vice palette. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Laced is described as a “soft pink-nude matte.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with a hint of gray and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation that was blendable, smooth, and silky. The color showed signs of fading after seven and a half hours of wear. This is part of the permanent range. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom 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.

Maybelline Coral Burst (740) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a lightly brightened pink-coral with warm undertones and a light sheen. It had nearly full color coverage, but it had a very lightly translucent look to it as well. On me, the color lasted for four hours and was hydrating while worn. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $20.00) is sheerer, more muted. Colour Pop Rocket (P, $5.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Sucre (P, $24.00) is darker. Gucci Beauty Hibiscus Thrill (P, $39.00) is darker, more shimmery. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is similar. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is slightly lighter. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is lighter, pinker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, darker. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is more muted. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Peach Poppy (745) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink-peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. It looks warmer and more peach-toned swatched, but because it isn’t fully opaque, it seemed to look pinker applied. It didn’t go on quite as evenly as one might like, though it wasn’t as streaky as light shades can be. On me, this shade wore well for three and a half hours. Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) (P, $7.49) is darker, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Flynn (LE, $32.00) is lighter, more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Addison (LE, $32.00) is more matte. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Impulsive (P, $30.00) is similar. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is brighter, pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Native (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks
Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom 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).

Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a light peach with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency was creamy and slippery enough that it applied unevenly. It wore well for three hours and was lightly hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Beau (LE, $32.00) is slightly pinker. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $35.00) is darker. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is a smidgen lighter. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Moody Margot (106) (P, $30.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Blushing Bud (705) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle,w arm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered well with minimal unevenness. The slightly thicker consistency seemed prone to showing “lines” if you pressed your lips together, though. It lasted for four hours on me and was a smidgen hydrating. Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is darker. Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Barely Bloomed (700) Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick ($7.49 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and very subtle pearl with a glossier finish. It had nearly full color coverage, but if you have natural pigmentation, I could see this turning a little more fuchsia. The consistency was emollient and glided on without tugging, but it tended to pull into lip lines after two hours of wear (while it lasted for a total of three hours for me). NYX Rose (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, more matte. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is grayer. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is a smidgen warmer. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is a touch darker. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) 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.

I also had packaging issues with several of the applicators broken, whether partially bent/floppy to barely hanging on. I remember experiencing a couple of wonky applicators with the original set, but it seemed more prevalent in the new shades.

Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, fuchsia pink with subtle iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four hours on me. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Radiant Ruby (530) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. This one didn’t seem to have shimmer to it, so I’m not sure how it’s part of Iridescent range (where’s the pearl?!). It settled into every lip line on me (some of the worst I’ve seen) and made all the lip lines look fuchsia-ish and really stand out. It had semi-sheer coverage overall. On me, this shade wore well for four hours. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is brighter, more opaque. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Mystical Magenta (610) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, light-medium fuchsia pink with iridescent violet shimmer. This shade had the most shimmer of the three with semi-sheer color payoff. Unfortunately, the color settled into lip lines, but at least the shimmer was there to distract the eye from it (somewhat). It lasted for four hours on me. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Vibrant Vibe (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is more muted, less shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

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).

Urban Decay Cosmic Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic white with iridescent 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a sparkly, bright white with flecks of white sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage applied dry, and it was semi-opaque applied with a damp brush. I had a noticeable amount of fall out during wear, though the color didn’t crease for eight hours. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. MAC Plumluxe #1 (P) is similar. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty Stagelight (302) (LE, $32.00) is sheerer. Chanel Fantasme (P, $36.00) is not as bright. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Ether Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light purple with pink-blue 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a muted, blackened purple with a hint of gray and pink and blue sparkle (the pink almost looks copper at times). It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied damp. The texture was finer, and the sparkle seemed to bind better with this shade (perhaps because the base was more pigmented). While the color itself lasted for eight hours, there was fall out during wear. Too Faced Sugar Plum Fairy (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Scorpio Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “matte black with gold 3D sparkle.” It is a muted, dark black with warm undertones with more of a satin-matte finish topped off with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle doesn’t translate as well on the lid compared to other shades, which may be due to the more matte (and more opaque) base color, but it also seemed less sparkly in general. It was easier to work with, and it had less fall out, but it looked more like a satiny black applied (it darkened with little sparkle). It lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is less golden. Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Solstice Moondust Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic pink-red with green 3D sparkle and shift.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark copper-brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a bluish-teal duochrome. The duochrome was more present on the lid than swatched, but it will perform best when layered over a darker base (the reddish tones will work in the background and let the duochrome sparkle come to the foreground). The color payoff was semi-opaque both wet and dry, but the dry application made the product apply more smoothly. This particular shade seemed chunkier, not as smooth as the other shades. It lasted for eight hours without creasing, but there was a fair amount of fall out that went on throughout wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Castor Gray (LE) is less sparkly. Makeup Geek Insomnia (P, $6.99) is greener, less sparkly. MAC I’ve Got a Crush on You (LE, $32.50) is less sparkly, stronger teal tone to it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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