Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

ColourPop Grind Lippie Stix
ColourPop Grind Lippie Stix

ColourPop Grind Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “vivid blue violet in a matte finish.” It’s a bold, brightened violet purple with magenta tones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightweight consistency that was just creamy enough not to be stiff or drag on the lips, but it doesn’t glide on effortlessly. The color wears like iron–lasting at least as long as six hours–but is a little drying towards the last two hours. I would highly recommend making sure your lips are smooth prior to applying this, as it may catch on imperfections. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is more magenta. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Leather Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened violet in a matte finish.” It’s a deepened, purpled berry with subtle, magenta tones and a satiny sheen. It’s not really matte, and the formula is noticeably more emollient than shades like Grind, which have more of a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it wasn’t opaque and will let the natural lip color come through. It could have applied more evenly, but at least it lasted for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Liam (LE, $32.00) is lighter, pinker. NYX Betrayal (P, $6.00) is darker. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Fervent (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Wet Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.0357 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned taupe gunmetal in a pearlized finish.” It’s a deepened, olive-toned bronze-brown–more brown than taupe to my eye–with a metallic sheen. It’s a very interseting color, but it applies terribly as it catches on imperfections I never knew I even had, and it tended to sink into lip lines over time. The color went on unevenly and was drying over time. It stayed on well for four and a half hours. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Icon (DC, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Desert Bronzing Powder
Dolce & Gabbana Desert Bronzing Powder

Dolce & Gabbana Desert Bronzing Powder ($68.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less yellow. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is darker. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The version pictured in the post is the Collector’s Edition, though the color itself is available year-round in the permanent collection (without the red lacquered case and design on the powder itself) for $51. I believe the permanent version has no shimmer overlay, as the Collector’s Edition had a ton of bronzy shimmer (which I did my best to remove prior to swatching) on about half to two-thirds of the surface of the powder. It’s not too yellow or orange, but it is likely a better fit for warmer skin tones. The texture is soft and finely-milled but somewhat powdery, and it tended to sheer out more readily as a result. It had buildable coverage, but I felt like you had to be careful not to blend it too much or else it would disappear. It lasted for six and a half hours, which is on the shorter side for face products on my normal skin.

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Tom Ford Olivier, Julian, Pablo, Xavier, Liam Lip Colors
Tom Ford Olivier, Pablo, Xavier, Liam Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “violets to orchids.” Of these, Pablo performed the best, while Liam was the more unique shade here. This is the last of the Lips & Boys reviews (all rejoice!), which means round-ups are next. :)

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Olivier Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light, frosted pink-lavender with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that looked somewhat streaky applied, and it didn’t have a very smooth, even finish. The consistency was such that the shimmer tended to bunch up on itself. On me, it was somewhat drying and only lasted for three hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Julian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) was reviewed previously here.

Pablo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bold, brightened magenta fuchsia with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer. The finish was more luminous, not quite glossy, but definitely had a shine to it. The coverage was mostly opaque, but it’s the type of finish where the natural lip color will peek through very slightly. The color wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Xavier Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a subtle pearl shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage–noticeable color but a fair amount of the natural lip color will come through. It lasted for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Xavier is also the same as Violet Fatale. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Liam Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purple with hints of pink and very fine pearl. It had decent color payoff, but it wasn’t fully opaque. The consistency was creamy, lightly emollient, and applied without tugging but wasn’t perfectly even once on. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was hydrating while worn. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Just Breathe Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Just Breathe Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo

MAC Just Breathe Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 for 0.06 oz.) is described as a “shimmery light blue.” It seems like the duos in this collection consistency have one smoother, easier-to-use shade and one drier shade that’s less impressive.

Just Breathe #1 is a light-medium, silvery-blue with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque and not quite as bright, whereas a dampened application yielded smoother, richer color payoff. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Kat Von D Moonshine (LE) is grayer. Colour Pop Sugar (P, $5.00) is a cream product. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE) is darker. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is darker. Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $18.00) is brighter. Too Faced Jailbird (LE, $16.00) is darker. Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. MAC Water & Ice #1 (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Just Breathe #2 is a muted, medium-dark gray with silver shimmer and a metallic sheen. It was a drier, chunkier product to work with that had sheer color payoff applied dry and semi-opaque pigmentation when applied damp. It had a lot of fall out during application and then minor fall out over the seven and a half hours it lasted. Too Faced Tin Soldier (LE, $16.00) is more metallic. theBalm Surf’s Up (LE, $16.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (LE, $24.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Acid #11 (P, $9.99) is darker. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $24.00) is darker. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is darker, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Prince Charming (P, $6.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Tom Ford Ian Lipstick
Tom Ford Ian Lipstick

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “light pinks to mauves.” James and Richard were both lovely, which is no surprise since they’re repromotes of this past fall’s lipsticks. You can find Addison (which is part of this family) here, as it was sold out when I originally placed my order, and I already reviewed it! :)

Right now, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time).

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Ian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a frosted gold shimmer. The finish was rather glossy, and it felt a lot more like Lip Color Sheer than a Lip Color. The glossier, wetter consistency paired with semi-sheer color coverage just doesn’t ring true to the Lip Color formula. The color applied somewhat streaky, which is probably because of how much slip it had, and did settle into lip lines just slightly. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and moderately moisturizing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flynn Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly. This one seemed to pull into lip lines slightly after two and a half hours of wear, though it lasted for four and a half all in all. It was lightly hydrating and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Addison Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) was reviewed previously here.

James Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a natural finish–a little shine but not glossy. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, easy-to-apply formula that went on beautifully. On me, the color wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating over time. This is the same as Twist of Fate, which was a limited edition shade released this past fall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Richard Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark warm-toned plum with a satin finish. There was very, very fine white-silver pearl. This shade had full color coverage, and the consistency was creamy enough to apply evenly and smoothly, but it didn’t slide around on the lips. It lasted for five hours on me and kept my lips moisturized during that time. This is the same as Negligee, which was a limited edition shade released this past fall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. Most of these were disappointing with sheer color payoff that was only somewhat buildable and shorter (six hours) wear.

MAC Whirlpool Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “dark deep blue.” It’s a bluish-teal with subtle green tones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was only somewhat buildable to semi-sheer intensity. The consistency was very waxy, so while it didn’t feel sharp or dry against the lash line, it still tended to skip. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Take the Plunge Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue with a hint of “warmth” that makes it almost a blue-teal (but I think it is quite blue). It is very creamy and prone to “breaking” and leaving chunks of product when applied, so use a very light pressure when applying to avoid this. It had good color payoff, but it doesn’t like to be layered as it will cause the product to push onto itself and look somewhat uneven. This looked softened and blown out after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Vent Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metallic lime.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle golden warmth and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage in one pass, and it was semi-opaque after a few layers. It, too, had that waxier consistency that made it sheerer but not dry (though it looks that way due to the poor pigmentation). This shade lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Cool Jazz Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a satin finish. The consistency was slightly dry, fairly waxy, and prone to skipping. It had semi-sheer color coverage in a single pass but was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It started to smudge after six hours (looked blown out). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Metalhead Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “greyish metal blue.” It’s a muted, blackened blue with a pearly shimmer. It had very sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which I was able to build up to semi-opaque color coverage with four or five layers. It looked quite faded and softened after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Cast Iron Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “elephant grey.” It’s a muted, bluish-gray with a satin finish. It was waxy and sheer, though I was able to build it up to semi-opaque color coverage with several passes. It wore well for seven hours before it faded. At least this shade was more unique, though the formula is still disappointing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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