Sunday, April 6th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss – Sweet Dreams, Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria
NARS Lipgloss – Sweet Dreams, Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria

Belize is described as a “pink mauve with flecks of gold.” It’s a medium, muted rosy pink with a light dusting of gold sparkle and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage (you can barely make out my lip freckle), but there was enough translucency that if you have really pigmented lips, the shade might look somewhat different on your lips. This shade wore well for four hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. MAC Floating Lotus (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stolen Kisses is described as a “sparkling caramel pink.” It’s a rosy, medium brown with fine pink shimmer and larger white sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage–similar to that of Belize–where some of the natural lip color peeks through. It lasted for four and a half hours on me. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is lighter, sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Risky Business is described as a “warm raspberry.” It’s a muted, coppery-red with pink and white shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and it noticeably darkened the natural lip color and added a lot of shimmer. The application was mostly even, though I could slightly feel the texture of the shimmer. The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Flash of Flesh (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is darker, warmer. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Supervixen is described as a “sheer sparkling mauve.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark plummy brown with bronze shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with plentiful shimmer. It lasted for three hours on me, though I didn’t notice the texture of the shimmer in this shade. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is warmer. Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is more muted. Revlon Rosegold (DC, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Blessedly Rich (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is similar. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Istria is described as a “pink glace.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and soft, white shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage that did not apply evenly, so it looked somewhat splotchy on the lips. It also settled into lip lines. The color wore well for three and a half hours on me. MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is less cool-toned. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is a touch lighter. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is lighter, less cool-toned. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Pagoda (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) Color Elixir
Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) Color Elixir

For spring, Maybelline released six new and limited shades of their Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) gloss. I picked up four of the six shades (the other two were tampered with), and the two shades I’m missing are Polished Petal (105) and Radiant Bloom (110). My local Walgreens just put out the display for this collection last week, and the glosses definitely move more slowly compared to the limited edition Color Tattoos. I’ve reviewed the formula in the past, so here’s a recap of the formula: it’s non-sticky for the most part (gets a little tacky after three hours of wear), has a creme brulee scent and somewhat perfume-y taste (can be a deal-breaker if you’re more sensitive to off-tastes or if you do a lot of drinking/eating with your gloss on!), and is hydrating. Maybelline pushes the gloss as having “high impact” color, the coverage tends to be more semi-opaque.

Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a very light, peachy-beige with fine gold shimmer. Applied, it looks less warm-toned due to the natural lip color coming through the semi-opaque color coverage. It settled into lip lines quite a bit, unfortunately, though it actually applied evenly otherwise. The milkiness of the gloss makes it better applied over a lipstick, as it will cut back on the settling. This shade wore for two and a half hours. MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Gleaming Gold (120) Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, yellow gold with lighter, brighter gold shimmer and sparkle. This had sheer color payoff, which makes it one of the sheerer Color Elixirs I’ve tried. It seems to warm-up the natural lip color while adding plenty of shimmer and sparkle. This shade stayed on for about two hours. Bobbi Brown Bare Peach (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pure Gold (LE, $24.00) is slightly warmer. Guerlain Gold Tchlack (P, $30.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium, lightly warmed-up brown with a subtle rosiness to it. This shade had no shimmer, just a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color covrage, and though it was a little milky, it applied evenly for the most part and didn’t settle into lip lines too noticeably (only if you’re upclose). This shade lasted for four hours on me when I tested the wear. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Spice (P, $15.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Over Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Almond Aura (130) Color Elixir ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a coppery-brown with warm, orange-red undertones and a fine gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and it applied really well–even, smooth, and no settling into lip lines. Almond Aura wore well for four and a half hours on me. MAC Over Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is much lighter, sheerer. MAC Kiss Don’t Tell (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted. Chanel Impertinence (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is browner, less coppery/warn-toned, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

MAC Spontaneous Patentpolish Lip Pencil
MAC Spontaneous Patentpolish Lip Pencil

Here are the last three shades from the new MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) range that I’ve finished testing! You can check out part one for an overview of the formula (and in-depth reviews of Go for Girlie, Innocent, Revved Up), part two (Fearless, Kittenish, Patentpink), and part three (round-up coming up next!). To summarize: the formula is lightly hydrating, short-wearing (two to three hours), moderately tacky, and have light to moderate shine. The color coverage varies from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. I’ve also had some issues with even application with some shades.

MAC Spontaneous Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “soft plum with pearl.” It’s a muted, pinky-mauve with fine, champagne shimmer. This shade had semi-sheer to almost semi-opaque color coverage, but it seemed to be one of the sheerer shades in the range. It wore well for two and a half hours on me. MAC Kittenish (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery. L’Oreal I Pink You’re Cute (175) (P, $8.95) is less glossy. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is less glossy, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is warmer, less shimmery, less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sultana Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “dark grape.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned, reddish-berry with a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it applied extremely unevenly and settled into lip lines. It only wore for three hours, which is quite short for such a deep shade. Revlon Embellished (P, $7.49) is lighter. Chanel Controversy (72) (P, $32.00) is browner. MAC Sweet Succulence (LE, $16.00) is similar, less glossy. Laura Mercier Merlot (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #408 (P, $32.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Teen Dream Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bright coral orange.” It’s a brightened pop of light-medium orange with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had opaque color coverage that applied very evenly overall. This shade even lasted for a full four hours, which was quite long compared to many other shades in the range. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. Givenchy Mandarine Bolero (304) (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Saigon Summer (LE, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

MAC Fearless Patentpolish Lip Pencil
MAC Fearless Patentpolish Lip Pencil

Here are the next three shades from the new MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) range that I’ve finished testing! You can check out part one for an overview of the formula (and in-depth reviews of Go for Girlie, Innocent, Revved Up). To summarize: the formula is lightly hydrating, short-wearing (two to three hours), moderately tacky, and have light to moderate shine. The color coverage varies from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. I’ve also had some issues with even application with some shades.

MAC Fearless Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “deep blue-pink.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it did not apply as evenly as I would like–luckily, with this particular shade, it wasn’t as noticeable from afar. It wore well for three hours. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is lighter, glossier. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is very similar. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is warmer, lighter. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $19.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Kittenish Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “mauvey pink.” It’s a softened, muted light-medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a creamy, lightly glossed finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly–this is one of the best I’ve reviewed so far. The color lasted for almost three hours. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is lighter, less glossy. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) iis slightly cooler-toned, less shiny. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $19.00) is warmer, brighter, less glossy. NYX Paparazzi (P, $4.00) is less glossy, slightly warmer. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned, lighter, less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Patentpink Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “washed-out lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with bluish-gray undertones and a light shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which applied somewhat evenly–more evenly than anticipated for this type of color–but could use improvement in that area. It wore well for just over two hours. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is glossier, lighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is glossier, brighter. MAC Enchantee (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) Rouge G Lipstick

This summer, Guerlain introduces new shades of Rouge G. Five shades are being added to the permanent range, and there are two limited edition shades–both featured in detail below–that come in specially-colored lacquered cases. They’ll be available at the retailers Guerlain is sold, and right now, only Saks seems to have the new shades available online. Rouge G is a long-time favorite for me, because of the long-wear, rich color payoff, and hydrating, comfortable formula.

Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) Rouge G Lipstick ($54.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “velvety red-pink.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia-pink with subtle cool undertones. At times, it almost looks warm-toned, but it is strongly pink-based, so it is definitely cooler overall. It had rich, intense color coverage, and the color wore well for six and a half hours and left behind a stain. YSL Rose Asarine (34) (P, $34.00) is warmer. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is matte. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is warmer, redder. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is lighter, matte. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is very similar. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Rose Glace (866) Rouge G Lipstick ($54.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude, barely there pink.” It’s a light, milky pink with white and pale pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage that seemed to lighten the natural lip color and added quite a bit of shimmer. I think the formula of this shade felt more like the Rouge G Brilliant, between the glossiness, shimmer, and shine, but as the classic Rouge G, I think it misses on what makes Rouge G special–the long-wear, color coverage, and smooth texture. There was slight, noticeable texture from the shimmer, which I wasn’t in love with. The color wore well for three hours, which is longer than average when it comes to a shade as light as this (with this level of coverage). Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) has a stronger pink color. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, March 14th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#37 is a dark, neutral-to-cool-toned brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was really soft and easy to blend. It wore well for nine hours on me. MAC Phresh Out #5 (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Bewitch (LE, $18.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Smut (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#38 is a pale, warm-toned yellow with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #1 (P) is similar. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is darker. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less frosted. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is similar. MAC Short Shorts (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is a smidgen yellower. See comparison swatches.

#39 is a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a silver sparkle. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. I did have some minor fall out over time, but the color itself lasted for eight hours. Sleek MakeUP Flora (P, $9.99) is darker, browner. Makeup Geek Country Girl (P, $5.99) is lighter. NARS Naiade (P) is less sparkly. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is less red. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is darker. Guerlain Turandot #2 (LE) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

#40 is a brightened, yellow gold with a metallic finish. It had so-so pigmentation, as the texture was a little stiffer to work with. This shade managed to wear for seven and a half hours before it started to fade. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Gus Gus (LE) is darker. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is lighter. Chanel Topkapi #4 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is similar. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#41 is a golden beige with soft, warm undertones and a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly smooth and easy to work with. This color wore well for almost eight hours. theBalm D3 (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen more gold. NARS Hollywoodland (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Aspire (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches.

#42 is a dark green with gold shimmer and warm undertones paired with a soft, satin finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours. Clarins Forest #3 (LE) is darker. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #84 (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

#43 is a muted, medium-dark, blue-teal with a mostly matte finish–there is a little iridescent sparkle that sits on top. It had so-so pigmentation, as the texture was slightly dry and powdery. I had good wear for eight hours before it started to fade. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#44 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm toned brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, as the texture was a little powdery. The color managed to wear well for seven hours before fading became apparent. Tarina Tarantino Hollyhock (LE) is darker, more shimmery. theBalm C3 (LE, $16.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Rewind (LE, $18.00) is darker. NARS Yamal (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC Omega (P, $15.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page.

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