Thursday, October 17th, 2013

MAC Divine Night Lipstick
MAC Divine Night Lipsticks

MAC Divine Night Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) includes five new and limited edition shades just in time for the holidays. I’ll have full reviews, complete with wear times and ratings, when I’ve finished testing. In the meanwhile, here are photos and swatches to get you started. The color collection is available online now, and it will release in-stores on October 17th.

Exclusive Event is described as a “taupe brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned brown with hints of gray and a subtle sheen. It had opaque color coverage, was lightly creamy, and fairly easy to apply for an even, smooth result. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.  MAC Nude (LE, $15.00) is much darker, browner, and rosier. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sebastian (P, $18.00) is grayer, cooler-toned. MAC Naturally Eccentric (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Growing Trend (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Flair for Finery is described as a “cool pink nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones. It seems sheer when swatched, but it is more semi-opaque on lips; it lightens and brightens but has some translucency so the natural lip color will come through. It lasted two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat drying during that time (typical of my experience with Lustres).  MAC Vivid Image (LE, $15.00) is more opaque, lighter. NARS Paimpol (P, $25.00) is iridescent. MAC Beauty (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC You’re Perfect Already (LE, $18.00) is similar. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is warmer. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) is bluer-based. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Prepare for Pleasure is described as a “clean magenta red [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. On my lips, it turns redder (still a cool-toned, bluish red, just not so pink) and has mostly opaque color coverage–you can see a faint outline of my lip freckle. It applied evenly and easily. It wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind, but it was a smidgen drying (this is typical for me with Cremesheen finishes, so if you have the opposite, bump up the rating for yourself). Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $49.50) is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is pinker. MAC Relentlessly Red (P, $15.00) is matte. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is pinker. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $15.00) is similar–a touch pinker on me. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 (LE) is more matte. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is very similar. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is redder. See comparison swatches.

Private Party is described as a “dirty plum mauve [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, cool pink tones and a satin sheen. It had opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy so it glided onto lips without pulling or tugging but didn’t slide around. It wore well for just over four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. NARS La Paz (LE, $26.00) is shimmery, slightly purpler. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $21.00 is brighter. NARS Never Say Never (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Positively Dashing (P, $18.00)is pinker. MAC Deliciously Forbidden (LE, $16.00) is also a bit pinker. MAC Craving (P, $15.00) is a touch pinker but similar. Guerlain Bee (LE, $49.50) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lydia (P, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

You’ve Got It is described as a “pink undertone with gold frost [with a Frost finish].” It’s a pale beige with gold iridescent shimmer. It’s more like a layering shade than something worn on its own, as the consistency is thin, a little dry, and it skipped a bit on the lips. It just felt dry having it on for a couple of minutes, but I think it might work well underneath gloss or the like. It had sheer color coverage. When I wore it, the shade lasted about two hours, and it was drying.  MAC Warm Companion (LE, $15.00) is slightly more beige. MAC Secret Lover (LE, $15.00) had a cooler pink tone.MAC Ruffian Gold (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, less frosted. See comparison swatches.

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Exclusive Event

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9/10

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9.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

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Flair for Finery

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8.5/10

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Zoya Belinda Nail Lacquer
Zoya Belinda Nail Lacquer

Zoya Belinda Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, cosmic purple metallic.” It’s a rich, dark, royal purple with cool undertones and violet and plum shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency was a little thin, and it seemed to show some streaking. Zoya Suri (P, $8.00) was the only similar shade I could think of, but it is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Cassedy Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, celestial pewter metallic.” It’s a muted, green-gray with a frosted, metallic finish. It was opaque in two coats, and it applied evenly and smoothly. Urban Decay Addiction (LE, $15.00) is warmer, less green. Chanel Graphite (LE, $27.00) is also warmer. Zoya Tao (P, $8.00) is less metallic, bluer. See comparison swatches.

Seraphina Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full-coverage, Polaris silver metallic.” It’s a pale, silvery white with a metallic finish. It was semi-opaque after two coats, and it looked streaky/uneven with two coats. I would recommend applying a third coat. Dior Lady (LE, $26.00) is more metallic, less glittery. China Glaze Icicle (LE, $8.00) is darker. China Glaze Frosty (LE, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches

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Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel
Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel

Chanel Bronze Ligne Graphique de Chanel ($34.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bronze khaki.” It’s a dark, gold-shimmered bronze with olive undertones and a pearly sheen. The brush doesn’t apply opaque product in a single stroke; it really has to be layered, but it dries fairly quickly and doesn’t apply perfectly smooth, so building in layers tends to result in an uneven texture. The color is striking, but the application leaves something to be desired. Once applied, it doesn’t budge, smudge, or fade–I wore it for a total of twelve hours–and didn’t seem to streak or run when my eyes watered (and later, when I dabbed water on it to test its water-resistant claim). The wear was good, but the color payoff and application were where it needed improvement. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Roach (P, $19.00) is redder-toned. Urban Decay Hustle (LE, $19.00) is more muted. Illamasqua Wisdom (P, $27.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Platine Mascara Gel Irise ($34.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “platinum bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, metallic bronze with gold and copper shimmer. It’s supposed to be a top coat for lashes and deliver “sheer, bronze-platinum iridescence,” which can be applied over bare lashes or over black mascara. I really wasn’t able to see difference when applied over bare lashes. I thought–at best–it lightened my black-brown lashes a little bit, but I could have been wishing that given how subtle the impact was. I didn’t see sparkle, shimmer, or color change. Maybe my lashes are too fine to show the effect or catch the sparkles, because when I applied over mascara, I was able to see very, very tiny bits of sparkle sparsely over the lashes. I think the effect is too subtle to really merit the product; you could get a similar effect by dusting a loose, shimmery eyeshadow on lashes (or mixed with clear brow gel/mascara for better hold). You can also use liquid glitter eyeliner and paint across the tips of lashes for a sparkly effect. I don’t have any actual dupes for this, as I can’t say I’ve tried many (possibly none previously) top coats for lashes. Normally, I’d consider this a loss for dark lashes like mine but Chanel actually expects this to be layered over black mascara, so that’s not really an excuse.

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Almost nothing shows up over bare lashes and only a faint dusting of shimmer is visible when layered over black mascara. It was not an effect that was ever even remotely visible unless I had my nose to the mirror. It seemed pigmented when I brushed the wand against my arm, but on lashes, not so much. It's supposed to be sheer, but this was too close to invisible.

Product

3/10

Pigmentation

4/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a white, red, and black. Of all the trios, this is the only one I’d really consider getting, which is due to the red eyeshadow, as it is difficult to find red eyeshadows, period, let alone at this price point. The red and black eyeshadows are also better than the majority of the collection, as they did not fade as quickly and were much more pigmented. I experienced noticeable fading without a primer (remember, Wet ‘n’ Wild touts these as highly pigmented and long-wearing!) after four hours. Over a primer, I was able to get to seven hours overall before it started looking faded.

Three’s a Party #1 is a pale, matte white. It’s chalky, powdery, and sheer; fades quickly and easily on the lid without a tacky base (try NYX Milk). LORAC White, MAC Chill, Sugarpill Tako, Make Up For Ever #00, and Inglot #373 are all matte whites that are similar (almost all perform better, though). NYX Milk is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Three’s a Party #2 is a warm, medium-dark red with orange undertones and a satiny finish. It was very powdery, though it was more pigmented than other shades have been. It really needs a white base for true-to-pan color. Fyrinnae Hitched is warmer, more sheen. Illamasqua Daemon is similar in color. Sugarpill Asylum is more shimmery. Sugarpill Love+ is redder, brighter. Inglot #366 is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

Three’s a Party #3 is a charcoal black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented, but it had a slightly drier texture that made it harder to blend out on the lid. Here are several other matte black eyeshadows to consider: theBalm Serious , Sugarpill Bulletproof, Urban Decay Blackout, Milani Pitch Black, bareMinerals Lights Down, that are all matte and black. See comparison swatches.

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7.5/10

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Three's a Party #2

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7.5/10

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8.5/10

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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild A Regular at the Factory Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition palette for summer, so you’ll have to hunt around your local drugstores for this one (I’ve yet to spot any of the Pop Art displays in my area, which means it hasn’t arrived yet or it has already sold out!). This was one of the “better” trios I tested, though it was still underwhelming, due to the incredible powderiness across the shades. These absolutely need to be worn over a primer, because they are prone to fading and creasing–they lasted a mere four hours before fading significantly without a primer–and even over primer, they didn’t last beyond eight hours.  They’re powdery, easily sheered out (but harder to build up), prone to fading, and really do not show why Color Icon eyeshadows were so coveted when they first debuted. (And Color Icon is a formula touted as highly pigmented and long-wearing.)

A Regular at the Factory #1 is a muted, light-medium yellow with a mostly matte finish. This shade was powdery, slightly chalky, so it was prone to sheering out when applied. It’s best to pat and pack it on and only blend the very edges as necessary. NARS Misfit #1 is less yellow. Make Up For Ever #102 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

A Regular at the Factory #2 is a medium, cyan blue with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff as it was powdery, so the color didn’t bind well together, which gave it a slightly uneven appearance. Again, pat and pack on the eyeshadow to maximize the color and minimize the fall out–and if you have a slightly tacky base, even better. NARS Mad, Mad World #1 is darker. Milani Olympian Blue is much darker. MAC Electric Eel is slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #72 is similar. Make Up For Ever #118 is lighter. Inglot #371 is very similar. See comparison swatches.

A Regular at the Factory #3 is a brightened, medium orange with yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it was the least powdery of the three. Fyrinnae Pyromantic Erotica is more shimmery. Disney Rajah is darker. Illamasqua Vulgar is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

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They're powdery, easily sheered out (but harder to build up), prone to fading, and really do not show why Color Icon eyeshadows were so coveted when they first debuted.

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Monday, August 12th, 2013

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation ($48.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a gel-based formula that is “anti-aging, long-wearing” and “awakens your skin to its ideal radiance and clarity.” The coverage is supposed to be buildable from natural to full coverage, and it is supposed to have “supreme hydration.”

I tried Ivory Medium (14), which is most certainly not my shade (it appears to be the second lightest shade in the spectrum). I’ve included a photo below, but it’s a very sheer application so that most my natural skin tone can come through more and ended up having to apply loose powder (in a shade just darker than my natural skin tone) to make it presentable. Ivory Medium has a soft yellow undertone and a natural satin finish. It’s a little lighter than my forearm, which is light-medium. The very first thing you absolutely need to know is that this foundation is heavily fragranced–one of the most perfumed formulas I have tried. I don’t even remember Chanel being this scented. It smelled like stale flowers to me, but I’m not keen on floral scents (there just seemed to be something off about the scent, though), and I loathed wearing this foundation for every second because of the lingering, all-day scent.

From afar, the foundation looks fine, photographs nicely without any flashback. It has a lightly thickened liquid consistency that spreads evenly across the skin and has a wet, cool feel. It’s completely unforgiving to dry patches, though, and I thought maybe it would be more forgiving after a few hours (because this is touted as hydrating), but it just got worse. I have normal-to-dry skin, but this accentuated any dryness to the point where anyone talking to me would notice the foundation clinging to each piece of imperfect skin. Part of this seemed to be ensuring not to apply more than a light layer of product, and the best way to apply this was with a sponge (like a Beautyblender) over a brush, as most brushes seemed to give it a rather streaky finish. I was able to build to about medium coverage, but it starts to look thick and slightly caked on the skin.

It wears eight hours well, and then it starts looking faded/patchy in places (beyond just the drier areas) after ten hours of wear, so the wear-time was good. I wouldn’t say much longer than average, and I live in a dry climate (California), so I can’t say I’ve tested this under extreme conditions.

Marc Jacobs Bright Idea Remedy Concealer Pen ($39.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as “an all-in-one eraser, brightener, and corrector.” It’s available in nine shades, and the one I tried was Bright Idea, which is a universal shade. It’s a pale pink with warm, pink undertones. It worked well to camouflage dark under eye circles and smudges (I’m wearing it on my left eye, which is on your right). The consistency is thin, not as thin as water but still quite liquid. It offers light-medium to medium coverage, and it takes a few minutes to really set in place. I would recommend applying, and then checking as you continue to do your makeup or get ready to blend the product again, because it will settle into creases as it sets. Once I’ve let it set and blended away any initial creasing, it doesn’t settle into my fine lines for the rest of the seven hours it wears well. After seven hours, the darkness seems to come back slowly but surely over the next few hours. It comes in a click-type pen, and the applicator is made out of palladium, so it is cool to the touch.

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Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation

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I have normal-to-dry skin, but this accentuated any dryness to the point where anyone talking to me would notice the foundation clinging to each piece of imperfect skin. Part of this seemed to be ensuring not to apply more than a light layer of product, and the best way to apply this was with a sponge (like a Beautyblender) over a brush, as most brushes seemed to give it a rather streaky finish. I was able to build to about medium coverage, but it starts to look thick and slightly caked on the skin.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Remedy Concealer Pen

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I would recommend applying, and then checking as you continue to do your makeup or get ready to blend the product again, because it will settle into creases as it sets. Once I've let it set and blended away any initial creasing, it doesn't settle into my fine lines for the rest of the seven hours it wears well.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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