Friday, February 28th, 2014

MAC Be a Lady Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Be a Lady Mineralize Rich Lipstick

The MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “lightweight,” “hydrating,” “long-lasting,” and have “buildable coverage.” The formula on these three was much more emollient with more slip compared to the original shades released. Interesting enough, the six new shades are smaller than the original ones released–0.12 oz. compared to the prior 0.14 oz. bullets, though the tubes seem to be the same size.

MAC Be a Lady Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone coral.” It’s a brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly full color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly without tugging or dragging. It wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer, darker. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) is warmer, more shimmery. Chanel Hyde Park (LE, $34.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Peony (P, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Be Fabulous Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “washed out pastel pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a soft sheen and almost a lightly frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it had a very creamy, emollient consistency, which made it difficult to apply evenly. It lasted two and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Enchantee (LE, $18.00) is glossier, darker. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) is more shimmery. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Bold Spring Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep blue pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the consistency was medium-weight and creamy, so I did notice that you could see “lines” if I pressed my lips together at all. The color lasted three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is more muted. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is brighter. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is more matte, slightly darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

#13 is a dark, muted reddish burgundy with a satin-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P) is purpler. Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. MAC Festive Delight (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Chanel Eclosion #4 (P) is brighter, purpler, more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Crucible (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

#14 is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours before beginning to fade. theBalm #4 (P, $6.50) is a smidgen warmer. Dior Pastel Fontanges #5 (LE) is pinker. NARS Jezebel (P) is warmer. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is similar. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 (LE) is darker. LORAC Champagne (P) is lighter. MAC Summer Honey (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. theBalm Stubborn (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Hush (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Raffinement #2 (P) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

#15 is a purple-shimmered, blackened eggplant–it ends up looking like a sooty, warm-toned gray with flecks of plummy-purple shimmer on top. The texture was dry and powdery, which resulted in uneven, semi-sheer color payoff. When applied to the lid, it had some slight fading after seven hours of wear. This one was difficult to dupe, partially because the color doesn’t quite translate from the pan to the swatch. Guerlain Crazy Paris #5 (LE) is purpler. MAC Beautymarked (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Graphology (DC, $15.00) is darker, purpler. See comparison swatches.

#16 is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a golden sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft but not powdery. It lasted for eight hours before starting to fade along the edges. Tarina Tarantino Dandy Lion (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is also darker. Urban Decay Jealous #1 (LE, $18.00) is darker. Urban Decay Mildew (P, $18.00) is darker. Dior Garden Pastels #1 (LE) is lighter. Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

#17 is a muted, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. The color wore well for just over eight hours before I saw some fading on the edges. Ulta Teal (P, $10.00) is brighter, lighter. L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark (760) (P, $7.99) is brighter, lighter. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is brighter. bareMinerals Vapor (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

#18 is a light beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the consistency was really soft, smooth, and buttery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before it seemed to fade. Tarina Tarantino Jasper (P) is similar. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is lighter. MAC Tenderly (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is pinker. theBalm D2 (LE, $16.00) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is pinker. MAC Butternutty (LE) is a cream product. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is pinker. 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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Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Formula X Nail Lacquer
Formula X The Cut – Spring 2014 Nail Lacquers

For spring, Formula X introduced five new shades in “The Cut.” In general, I’m a fan of Formula X’s lacquer formula, as it is pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to apply. I had trouble with the three shades I tried from the five new ones (I do not have the other two)–they were streaky, with Dynamic being just slightly streaky and troublesome but the end result was manageable, while the other two were noticeably uneven. All three were slightly thick in consistency, though they dried down a little faster than average and had naturally shiny finishes.

Formula X Alive Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque peach pink.” It’s a light-medium peachy-pink with a cream finish. This shade was streaky on both the first and second coat, so the resulting finish was noticeably streaky and uneven. The formula felt slightly thick as well. It seems a bit brighter in real life than it’s showing in the photos. Tom Ford Beauty Coral Beach (03) (LE, $32.00), Chanel Starlet (LE, $27.00), and Butter London Trout Pout (P, $15.00) are all much darker. See comparison swatches.

Formula X Dynamic Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque light taupe.” It’s a light-medium taupe with a subtle warm undertone and cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and it was applied decently overall, but the first coat was noticeably streaky and the second coat needed to be a little thicker and slowly dragged across the nail to minimize additional streakiness. L’Oreal Never Lacque-ing (LE) is lighter, less gray. Rescue Beauty Lounge Be Humble (LE, $20.00) is shimmery, purpler. MAC Inert (LE, $16.00) is grayer. Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Formula X Over the Top Nail Lacquer ($10.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque light green.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pastel green with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. Though the pigmentation seemed opaque after two coats, it was streaky and uneven in application, so it looked patchy. Zoya Tracie (P, $9.00) and Essie Navigate Her (LE, $8.00) a few shades darker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Hourglass Verse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss
Hourglass Verse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss

Hourglass Verse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light beige shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with bronze and lighter peach shimmer. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) is darker. bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is simiar. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be “richly pigmented” with a “high-shine” finish that is also hydrating. While I have definitely used shades in the range that fit the bill as far as intense pigmentation goes, Verse is significantly short of “richly pigmented.” It’s more sheer to semi-sheer with a fair amount of shimmer but little in the way of color; adds warmth and evens out the natural lip color but does not alter it much. The consistency is light-medium in weight, thin but noticeable applied, and lightly tacky. It lasted two and a half hours, and after wearing it twice in a row, it seemed to be moderately hydrating. I wish I had bought a different shade–if this had been opaque, I’d have been so much more impressed.

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Monday, February 3rd, 2014

MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a cool-toned mix of plum, purple, and lavender. The plum is on the warmer side, but the other shades are neutral to definitely cool-toned. I thought these shades felt a lot less powdery than the other eyeshadows in the collection, but they had similar issues when worn–six hours or less of decent wear, not fully pigmented even when applied with a dampened brush. I feel like this collection isn’t a step forward in the Mineralize formula but a real regression.

Great Beyond #1 is described as a “dusky plum.” It’s a muted, plummy-brown with a frosted finish. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It was slightly powdery but was smoother than other shades in this collection. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #2 is described as a “soft mauve violet.” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned lavender purple with a frosted sheen. It was sheer when applied dry, and then the color payoff was semi-sheer when applied with a dampened brush. It wasn’t dry, but it was somewhat powdery and didn’t bind well together. I found I needed to really wet the brush to get it to apply with any visible color to the lid. I noticed this one was faster to fade as well. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #3 is described as a “icy white lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a frosted finish. It had a softer, denser consistency that was a little powdery but not dry. Applied dry, it was sheer, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was more pigmented and smoother–more semi-opaque. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #4 is described as a “deep blue violet.” It’s a medium-dark, muted cool-toned dusty purple with a pearly sheen and subtle shimmer. It was very sheer when applied dry, and it did amp up when applied with a dampened brush, but it wasn’t as smooth. It took some layering to get decent, even color with this shade. It also faded faster than the other shades. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glasss
MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glass

For spring, MAC has six shades of Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) in the A Fantasy of Flowers Collection due in-stores on the 6th. Three shades–Galaxy Rose, Pagoda, and Star Quality–are repromotes, while the other three–Flare of Fantasy, Nectarsweet, and Playful Petal–are new; all are limited edition. The formula is light-medium in thickness, creamy, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear, but it is a very short-wearing gloss on me (I usually get three to four hours on average with most gloss formulas) and tends to wear two hours or less. The other major downside is that each gloss contains about half as much gloss as the average gloss; MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz. and costs less, so that’s just something to keep in mind as the containers look quite large but aren’t actually that big on the interior.

Flare for Fantasy Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink beige.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink-coral with fine, multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage; added warmth, a little color, and lots of shimmer. The gloss lasted two hours on me. Revlon Pango Peach (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, more muted. Guerlain Frizzy Mango (LE, $32.00) is darker. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $27.00) is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone violet pink.” It’s a brightened, raspberry pink with neutral-to-warm undertones. When swatched, it seems almost cool-toned, but when applied, it reads warmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was somewhat even but the gloss had a tendency to settle into lip lines. This shade lasted a little longer than three hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nectarsweet Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with peach and gold shimmer. It had sheer color payoff with most of the noticeable effect being shimmer, though it added warmth and lightness to my natural lip color. The gloss lasted a mere hour and a half on me. Urban Decay Naked (P, $20.00) is darker, slightly. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is milkier. MAC Rich & Witty (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is more muted. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pagoda Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “frosted cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned milky pink with white shimmer. It is a milkier gloss, so it does settle into lip lines and is difficult to apply evenly. It lasted for two hours on me. MAC loves to do a cool-toned, milky pink gloss so there are plenty of iterations in the archive. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Chanel Bagatelle (P, $29.50) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Playful Petal Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “electric magenta.” It’s an iridescent, muted fuchsia pink. The underlying color is rather sheer–it will tint lips pinker unless you have a lot of natural pigmentation (then it won’t do much in the way of changing the color)–but the selling feature is the iridescent fuchsia sparkle that switches between fuchsia, lavender, and blue. It lasts for an hour on me. I didn’t have anything that I could think of that was quite like this–with the way it sparkles. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, while Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) has no similar but has a similar coloring effect on the lips. See comparison swatches.

Star Quality Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-coral.” It’s a light-medium coral-pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for almost three hours on me.  MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is more orange/brown. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

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