Friday, April 4th, 2014

NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo for summer. It’s an interesting mix of shades, but they do work together. One of my favorite aspects to trying out a NARS duo is seeing how the two work together, because you can discover combinations you never thought about before. I was less enamored with this duo as I was Tropical Princess, as the texture was more powdery in both shades here. The left side wasn’t as powdery as the right side, and the left side still applied more smoothly, evenly, and had better color payoff than the right side. I found the right side to be powdery, a little chalky, and a shade that really needs a base underneath to help it hold. The left side lasted for almost eight hours, while the right side was noticeably faded after six hours.

Lost Coast #1 is described as a “golden pewter.” It’s a warm-toned pewter with a bronzy gold sheen and a cooler, taupe-ish color underneath. It had a frosted finish, while the texture was somewhat powdery, though soft and blendable. theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is very similar. bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $18.00) is darker. Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lost Coast #2 is described as a “lilac snow.” It’s a light, pink-toned lavender with a satin finish–matte with a soft shimmer-sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but it was quick to sheer out as the texture was drier, more powdery, so it just didn’t bind together or stick well to the skin. I highly recommend using a primer or cream eyeshadow base underneath this to get better color payoff and to avoid it looking dry/powdery on the skin. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Inglot #346 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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Monday, March 31st, 2014

MAC Go for Girlie Patentpolish Lip Pencil
MAC Go for Girlie Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula that’s available online now and will debut at stores and counters on April 3rd. The formula is described as having “the colour and shine of a gloss, the precision of a lip pencil.” You can “[achieve] a luscious shine with a single swipe.” There are twelve shades in total (and I will review all as I finish wearing them!), and each is housed in a twist-up jumbo-sized pencil. Keep in mind that most jumbo pencils contain less product than your average lipstick, and the same is true here; each has 0.08 oz. whereas a full-sized MAC lipstick is 0.10 oz.

In general, the formula has semi-opaque color coverage that’s buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque with moderate shine, light hydration, and short wear time (two to three hours). The shine seems to fade away rather quickly–in about an hour–which is faster than most glosses. It’s somewhat tacky, though nowhere near as tacky as regular Lipglass, and it has a thinner texture, so it is lighter-weight and almost hugs the lips. The latter part makes them somewhat comparable to the Huggable formula, but I think the Huggable is better all-around. If you’re looking for a jumbo-sized lip pencil with semi-sheer color coverage and a light glossy shine, I’d recommend Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, as they’re very similar in feel (but a little less tacky than these), are more hydrating, wear longer, contain more product, and are cheaper ($17 for 0.10 oz.). Another thing to note is that the thinner, tackier consistency means the color catches on any imperfections on the lips, which can be more or less noticeable depending on the color, intensity, and finish.

MAC Go for Girlie Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bright yellow-pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with no shimmer and a lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that went on so-so–it wasn’t as even as I’d like, and after two hours of wear, had some noticeable settling of the color into my lip lines. It wore for a total of three hours. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is more muted, sheerer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker, less glossy. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Innocent Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. This applied very unevenly, but it did have semi-opaque pigmentation. It lasted an hour and a half. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is slightly warmer. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is glossier, more shimmery. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is a touch less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Revved Up Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with gold micro-shimmer. It’s semi-sheer in color payoff, so the natural pink tones of my lips influence the end result, making it appear more like a pinkypeach applied. This applied slightly better than the last shade, but it only lasted for two and a half hours on me. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches /
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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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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Tea Rose (08) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) is described as a “light rose.” It’s a muted, almost dusty, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and an ultra matte finish. NARS Laos (P, $39.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is lighter, warmer. Guerlain Madame Rougit (LE, $67.00) is lighter. MAC Mocha (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

This was the best-performing shade of the new-for-spring set of four, but it was still disappointing and frustrating to use due to the dry, powdery texture. It’s a powder that seems soft but almost turns into a loose powder with the lightest touch. This shade didn’t feel as chalky as the other three, even though it still has a lot of powdery excess and had trouble adhering to bare skin. It needs some sort of emollient base (moisturizer, oilier skin, liquid/cream foundation, etc.) to help it stick to the skin. Otherwise, bare skin is an uphill battle, as the blush goes on unevenly, looks splotchy, and is very sheer (because so little of it stays on the skin). Over foundation, I was able to get the color to stay, and with some work, blended and even enough that it was presentable. What managed to stay on bare skin almost seven hours, and wear was definitely improved over foundation–more like eight to nine hours. I’m so used to blushes that have no problem applying to the skin, whether bare, powdered, or fully made-up with primer and foundation, including some by Milani.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush
Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush

Milani Love Potion (07) Rose Powder Blush ($7.99 for 0.60 oz.) is described as a “dark rose.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with a matte finish and cool, blue undertones. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is more pigmented. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery. MAC Prom Princess (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream, cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be a “luxurious matte blush” that has a “micro-milled … powder.” The product is so incredibly powdery and chalky–even the lightest tap of the brush to the pan creates a lot of excess powder getting everywhere. The powder doesn’t adhere well to bare skin; it was quick to blend away on my normal-to-dry forearm, and it was only moderately better on my face, which is normal at the moment. If you wear a liquid or cream foundation or some sort of emollient base, you can get the pigment to stick better, but blending this shade was somewhat challenging. It did not appear as splotchy as Lady Rouge, but it wasn’t easily blended. I highly recommend using much, much less than you think and gradually building up the color to the desired intensity. When I wore this shade, the color lasted well for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading and some patchiness.

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