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 the shades had a waxier consistency, so while the eyeliner would feel soft and glide decently, it doesn’t deposit color evenly, and often, color payoff was lacking–even when layered. These don’t seem to be as soft or as intense as many other Technakohls I’ve tried in the past (but some of the limited edition varieties have been less impressive). The wear varied from five to eight hours, depending on the shade, but overall, they seemed to wear shorter than most eyeliners on me.

MAC Funfare Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “bright true pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easily built up to opaque color in two layers. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Broque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and lighter bronze and gold shimmer. It had a waxier consistency, so it didn’t apply evenly and didn’t build to opaque color. It wore well for six and a half hours before looking softened. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Plank Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm bronze brown with a pearly sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, but it wasn’t buildable. In fact, I felt like layering it dragged the color around and made it appear uneven. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC $$$ Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone gold bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, but it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, at least. It lasted for six hours on me before it looked softened/faded. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Brass Band Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze metal.” It’s a golden copper with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Twinked Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for six and a half hours on my lash line before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set
Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set

Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set ($32.00 for 0.22 oz.) includes eight shades of pencil eyeliner from black to purple to blue. All of the shades are part of the permanent range, and you can pick up singles for $10 as well (same size), so the set has a good value ($80). The eyeliner formula is fairly waxy, which helps it glide on and apply without tugging, but the color payoff is sometimes lacking, even when layered. The formula is supposed to last for eight hours and be waterproof, and some shades wear eight hours while others last six to seven hours. They’re more water-resistant than truly waterproof. It is surprising that the formula is so lacking, because Sephora Contour Eye Pencils are quite nice (and also $10), and other brands that have been produced by Sephora (e.g. Tarina Tarantino) had very nice formulas as well.

There were two issues I had with the set that you won’t see reflected in the rating, but they’re worth noting: there is no packaging of the set–they came in a cheap, flimsy plastic envelope with a clear front and black backing. It is not giftable as-is, and though it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, it was a major surprise to see. The second issue was that Sephora originally advertised this as including Napolitano eyeliner, but alas, they included Puro Amor. It took a couple of weeks, but Sephora appears to have updated the product listing with this, though the promotional image still shows Napolitano.

Eyegasm is a green-ish teal with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had sheer color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-sheer at best. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Proud Peacock is a blackened teal with a hint of green and subtle, warm undertones. It had a pearly finish with a light sheen. Again, the waxiness made it glide on, but it was sheer when applied. I was able to build up to semi-opaque color coverage, but it was uneven. This shade lasted for six hours and migrated to the outer corners. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D.R.A. is a brightened, medium blue with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Homie is a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was somewhat buildable but tended to cling to itself and look uneven. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Piaf is a blackened purple with multi-colored glitter in shades of purple, silver, and gold. It was sheer no matter if I applied in a single pass or tried to layer it–the waxy texture made it just move the product around rather than build it up. This shade lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Immortal Love is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This version is worse than one I tested before, as this was sheerer and waxier. It lasted for seven and a half hours, which at this point, was the rare bright spot in this set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Puro Amor is a deep black with a mostly matte finish. It had a waxy, almost dry, consistency that didn’t really tug, but it looked dry on the skin. It doesn’t go on evenly, and it wasn’t very pigmented. It lasted for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Metal Love is a deep black with silver sparkle. It was one of the more pigmented shades in the set, and it was buildable to opaque coverage in two to three layers. It had a creamier, less waxy, consistency. This shade wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Chanel Precision Eye Definer
Chanel Precision Eye Definer

Recently, three new, limited edition shades of Chanel Precision Eye Definer ($29.00 for 0.03 oz.) were released in some brighter pops of color. I’m usually disappointed by Chanel’s limited edition eyeliners, and unfortunately, these weren’t impressive. Chanel’s formula is quite waxy, so it does glide across the skin, the color payoff is often uneven and sheerer. Sometimes they layer decently, other times the waxiness seems to build-up while the color stays about the same. I get noticeable fading after six hours of wear, and by eight hours, they look smudged.

Berry Lucky is a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a subtle, pearled sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and this was the more buildable shade of the three. Urban Decay Woodstock (LE, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Process Magenta (P, $16.00) is matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocorange is a brightened, medium-dark orange with reddish undertones and a satin finish. It never built up to more than semi-opaque color–there was a translucency to it so that parts of it appeared redder and other parts appeared more tangerine and yellowed. It’s a very unique color as far as I can tell, though. MAC Genuine Orange (P, $16.00) is matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sweet Star is a muted, bluish teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one stroke, and it was only buildable to semi-opaque color. Again, it looked somewhat uneven when built up. Urban Decay Vacancy (LE, $19.00) is greener. MAC Deep Blue Sea (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is greener, more sparkly. NARS Khao San Road (P, $24.00) is lighter, bluer. Urban Decay Junkie (P, $19.00) is more sparkly. NARS Abbey Road (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Undercurrent (P, $15.00) is more sparkly, greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 17th, 2014

Chanel Volage (227) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Volage (227) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Volage (227) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, muted pink-peach with a luminous finish. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is more opaque, lighter.MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Satisfaction (89) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Cheri (61) (P, $34.00) is warmer. Chanel Charmeuse (142) (LE, $34.00) is similar. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Shy Shine (P, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is one of the stranger lipsticks I’ve encountered, as it looks quite warm and peach in the tube, and then swatched, it retains that warmth, but applied, it lightens my natural lip color and the end result is more pink than peach. It had semi-opaque color coverage (you can tell by my lip freckle) with a light sheen. The texture was thin with a fair amount of slip, so it glided on without tugging, but it can look streaky. It lasted two hours on me, and it was drying on me. It felt more like a Rouge Coco Shine than a Rouge Allure to me, and it looked it, too, with its sheerer coverage. It’s the only new shade of Rouge Allure from the holiday collection, and I skipped

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NARS  Hardwired Lipstick
NARS Hardwired Lipstick

NARS Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula created for the holiday collection that’s supposed to have a “rich texture” while “deliver[ing] brilliant, glossy shine with full coverage.” The formula felt less clingy and more comfortable to wear than NARS’ permanent range, though it isn’t like their Audacious range, which has a lot more slip and is heavier. The finish has a light shine (like a satin), but it’s not what I would describe as glossy. Two of the three shades have good color payoff (but not fully opaque).

NARS Deadly Catch Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “crimson.” It’s a rich, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, a light creaminess, and lasted for seven and a half hours. It was lightly hydrating while worn. I doubt it’s a real surprise that it being a medium red that there is a slew of dupes out there. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is pinker. MAC Sparks of Romance (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Oblivion (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Rioja (P, $28.00) is more muted. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is a touch glossier. Givenchy Grenat Initie (307) (P, $36.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is brighter. Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $22.00) is similar. Buxom Provocateur (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Femme Fleur Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering brick red with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a soft dusting of gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color payoff, which went on evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for five hours, and it was lightly moisturizing over time. Kat Von D Gothica (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Kat Von D Thin Lizzy (P, $21.00) is more metallic, redder. Guerlain Gaetane (16) (P, $51.00) is glossier, lighter. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is more shimmery. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Chanel Synopsis (P, $34.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Adriatic Hardwired Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “glistening soft cream.” It’s a light, pink-tinged beige with metallic shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this one didn’t apply as evenly as the other two. It didn’t seem to have more slip, but it sure looked as if it did. The color pulls into lip lines over time, so it is a very high maintenance color to wear. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Kat Von D Agatha (P, $21.00) is more matte, less shimmery. MAC Peach Beige (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more opaque. MAC Strip Poker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, more opaque. MAC Siren Song (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Bare All (910) (P, $7.49) is lighter. NYX Fortune Cookie (P, $4.00) is more metallic. MAC Annelie (LE, $22.00) is darker. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette
Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette

Hello Kitty Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 for 0.70 oz.) includes twenty eyeshadows in an array of colors and neutrals with a variety of finishes. I love the concept–colors, neutrals, mattes, satins, shimmers–but I think the quality is missing. Often, you’ll see collaborations or non-beauty brands put out makeup, and the first thought is, “This is going to suck, it’s just a gimmick.” Sometimes you’re surprised, and sometimes, you’re not at all. The eyeshadow formula used here feels cheap, because they’re loaded with fillers that make these powdery, chalky, prone to fading, and under-pigmented. There’s no reason this shouldn’t perform at least decently–the price tag certainly leaves plenty of room to use quality ingredients and formulas. It is packaged similarly to Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows with a bulky, cardboard container with a pull-out drawer. The drawer doesn’t extend fully, so the top row of eyeshadows sits a little underneath the lip of the exterior cover.

This is a quick review. In this instance, I have only tested twelve of the twenty shades for wear, and I have used an average wear time for the remaining shades. In an effort to cover more products during the holiday season, some palettes and sets will be given quick reviews. I’m still doing full reviews of products throughout the holiday season, but instead of having 20 palettes/sets photographed, swatched, and half-tested but never written up come January, my goal is to share photos and swatches and shorter reviews where it makes sense to. I use your reactions as a community to prioritize what gets fully tested and what may get a shorter review.

Happy is a medium, pink lavender with cool undertones and a subtle sparkle. It was powdery, prone to fading, excessive fall out, wears six hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Playdate is a muted, medium-dark gray with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. Powdery, semi-sheer, faded after five and a half hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Dear Daniel is a brightened, medium-dark periwinkle blue with an aqua micro-shimmer over a matte finish. It was powdery, sheer, dry, chalky, prone to fading after five and a half hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Milk is a cool-toned white with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, lightly powdery, seven hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Celebrate is a medium-dark, burgundy-brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, lasted for seven and a half hours, and was a touch powdery. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Supercute is a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a soft, pearly sheen. It had a very dusty, dry consistency that was prone to fading along with semi-sheer color coverage. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Friendship is an iridescent, peachy-pink with a frosted sheen. It had so-color payoff, some powderiness to the texture. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Kitty-Chan is a dark, navy blue with a metallic sheen and copper sparkle. The copper sparkle made it more unique, but it didn’t bind and just fell underneath the lid during application. The consistency wasn’t powdery. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Apple Pie is a light, peach with a hint of beige, warm undertones, and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff and was easy to blend, but it was somewhat powdery. One of the better shades in the palette, though. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bow is a medium-dark, coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation but was very powdery, so it adhered poorly to the skin and immediately looked faded applied to bare skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

1974 is a medium-dark gray with subtle, neutral undertones (almost looks warm on my skin tone) and a satin finish. It was dry, powdery, and semi-sheer. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Kawaii is a cool-toned, light-medium aqua-teal with a metallic sheen. It had decent pigmentation and was only a little dry. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

The Original is a deep brown with olive undertones and a soft, bronze shimmer. It had great color payoff, though the texture was still on the powdery side. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Hot Cocoa is a muted, medium-dark brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It was drier, powdery, and somewhat chalky with semi-sheer color payoff. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bright is a brightened, metallic white gold with warm, yellow undertones. It had good pigmentation but was still a little powdery and dusty to work with. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Three Apples is a muted, cool-toned emerald green with a subtle golden overlay. It had good color payoff with only a slight powderiness, but it wore better than a lot of the other shades. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Anniversary is a blackened navy blue with lighter blue sparkle over a matte finish. It had great color payoff, and it was only a little powdery. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cookie is an ultra frosted, pewter gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It was very crumbly and powdery, though the pigmentation was good (it just didn’t stick). See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Mimmy is a muted, light-medium butter yellow with a soft, frosted finish. It was crumbly and powdery, a little chalky, and difficult to get to stick to the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Chocolate Chip is a rich, golden bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was a soft, smooth shade that wasn’t powdery and was nicely pigmented. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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