Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

MAC Boutique Pink Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Boutique Pink Mineralize Rich Lipstick

There are nine new and limited edition shades (plus four repromotes) of MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.). The formula is described as a “lightweight, non-sticky formula” that “instantly nourishes lips” with “long lasting colour in a single stroke” for “medium shine finish, buildable coverage.” The consistency of the Mineralize Rich Lipstick formula is very creamy with a fair amount of slip, so while they glide on easily and never tug at lips, sometimes you can see “lines” if you press your lips together. It feels like a light to light-medium-weight formula that’s comfortable to wear, hydrating, and vanilla-scented. I’ll have reviews of the new shades up as I work through testing them, so stay tuned for the rest.

MAC Boutique Pink Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer and soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall but if I pressed my lips together, there were faint–but visible–lines created. It lasted for three and a half hours on me but was nicely hydrating. It’s a fun shade, particularly for summer, but it’s one we’ve seen before (particularly by MAC). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more opaque, more matte. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is glossier. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is more opaque. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is slightly sheerer but very, very similar (I don’t know why they didn’t just repromote this one). Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is more fuchsia, brighter, darker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Ladies Who Lunch Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light cool pink cream.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly but settled somewhat into lip lines. This worsened as the color wore on, and it was manageable for about two and a half hours but needed help after three hours of wear. It was hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is more matte, darker. YSL Fetish Pink (8) (P, $34.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Splurge Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tonal cool plum.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque, buildable color coverage that applied evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines. The consistency of this particular shade had less slip compared to the other two, which helped it apply better and stay on without bunching up. It wore well for four hours and was moderately hydrating while worn. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter, redder, more matte. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is brighter. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is slightly richer/darker. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $22.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick

Here are the other two shades of Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) that I purchased. The formula is supposed to glide on easily with “instant buildable coverage.” It’s a twist-up, creamy eyeshadow pencil that feels cool and water-like when it touches the skin. It sets quite quickly, so it’s easiest to use a single shade as an all-over color or base. If you want to use more than one shade, work one eye at a time and you may find layering the lighter shade back over the darker shade, then blending, is a useful technique. I found this formula to have a very similar look and feel to Chanel’s Stylo Eyeshadow. I didn’t have any creasing with either shade over an eight-hour period, but there was some fall out.

Full disclosure: I tried these on my lower lash line, and I had the most searing pain in my eye; I couldn’t even wait to grab a cotton pad to remove it (I couldn’t keep my eye open long enough to find one), so I just splashed my eyes with water and all of the eyeshadow washed away and my eyes instantly felt better. I had only applied it as an eyeliner to the lower lash line (but not the water line) on one eye, but once one eye started blinking and watering, the other one did (causing the eyeshadow on the lid to move), and then both were excruciatingly painful. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a beauty product give me such a vicious, instant reaction. Wearing them purely as an eyeshadow on the eyelid didn’t result in any painful reactions, and when I removed them with a cleansing oil, nothing was amiss either.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pewter shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, golden taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two to three layers. NARS Dione (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Santorini (LE) is similar. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE) is similar. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Court in Cannes (LE, $9.99) is similar. CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Juju (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shoshanna (414) Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “teal mermaid shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, green-leaning teal with subtle cool undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-sheer coverage in a single pass, and it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. This shade was more difficult to apply, and because it wasn’t a neutral color, it was very obvious when it applied unevenly–it looked patchy on. Makeup Geek Glass Slipper (P, $5.99) is darker, powder. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #5 (LE) is darker, powder. theBalm #36 (P, $6.50) is lighter, powder. NARS China Seas #1 (P, $24.00) is bluer, powder. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is bluer, powder. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is powder. L’Oreal Dive Right In (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #53 (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

NARS Zakynthos, Ithaque Nail Polishes
NARS Zakynthos, Ithaque Nail Polishes

These are the last two shades of NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) that I have to review! :) There are a total of 43 permanent shades, and today (July 15th) is the official launch day. Both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Zakynthos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige.” It’s a medium beige with subtle, rosy undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it applied fairly evenly, though it was somewhat streaky initially, leveled quite a bit, but there was still some unevenness. The consistency was on the thinner side, and the brush on this shade was very splayed/uneven. MAC Style Tip (LE, $16.00) is similar. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/product/rescue-beauty-lounge-nail-lacquer/sheer-nude”>Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude (LE, $20.00) is warmer. China Glaze Dress Me Up (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Ithaque Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a sheer, milky, light pink with a glossy, creamy finish. I wish NARS had thought to include “sheer” in the description, because after two coats, it’s semi-sheer. It was slightly streaky but leveled quite a bit while drying down. MAC Ke Ai (LE, $16.00) is warmer, has shimmer. MAC Delicate (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Confectionary (LE, $16.00) is more opaque. Cult Nails Enticing (P, $12.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer
Essie Too Taboo Collection

Today, I’m reviewing three shades from Essie’s Too Taboo collection, which features six shades of neon. All three I tried dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish–it doesn’t have a really flat, chalky matte finish, but it isn’t shiny or glossy. It reminds me a bit of pleather or vinyl in its dry down, and if you prefer a glossier finish, just add your favorite top coat. These wore without chipping for seven days, but there was slightly more tip wear than average for me. The formula was thin, slightly watery, and two of the shades were harder to work with.

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “supercharged blue violet.” It’s a muted, bluish-purple with a semi-matte finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats. The formula was slightly watery, so the first coat was streaky, but the second coat covered better and hid the streakiness. Dior Sailor (LE, $24.00) is brighter, bluer. Cult Nails Wack Slacks (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. Illamasqua Cameo (P, $17.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie I’m Addicted Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon aquamarine blue.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a satin finish. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but it would really need a third for opaque color. The consistency was thin and watery, so the application was streaky. Zoya Rocky (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer. Essie In the Cab-ana (P, $8.00) is warmer, more aqua. Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. Zoya Phoebe (P, $9.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie Vices Versa Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “juicy neon lime.” It’s a brightened, light-medium chartreuse with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. This one was semi-sheer after two coats, and even three coats was only semi-opaque (see my middle finger), and the application was very difficult. It was very thin and watery, and as a result, it streaked and never leveled. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Deven Green (P, $10.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned, shimmery. China Glaze Def Defying (LE, $7.50) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

MAC Tropical, Soiree, Quick Million Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Tropical, Soiree, Quick Million Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Tropical Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “black with rainbow multi-pearl [with a Glitter finish].” It has a sheer, black-tinted base with small-sized light orange and orange-copper glitter (no rainbow glitter–wondering if the description is wrong). After two coats, it was mostly opaque, as the formula spread evenly across the nail–didn’t have to play with the glittery bits to get them into place. It dried down to a slightly bumpy/textured finish, but a layer of top coat will smooth it out without having to apply multiple coats. Cult Nails Blaze (DC, $12.00) is smaller in size and is a top coat so it looks somewhat similar if it is layered over black. China Glaze Electrify (LE, $7.50) has larger glitter in a clear base.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Soiree Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkly light bronze gold [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peachy beige with fine threads of metallic shimmer. It had opaque color coverage after two coats. The consistency was slightly thick but manageable without any major impact on application. It dried down to a lightly shiny finish. There were very slightly visible brush strokes, but only from certain angles. L’Oreal The Statement Piece (LE, $6.99) is lighter, yellower. Zoya Tomoko (P, $9.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Shimmerfish (LE, $17.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Quick Million Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold glitter with large particle pink glitter [with a Glitter finish].” It has fine white gold shimmer and pearl with larger chunks of pink glitter. Some of the pink glitter ends up looking gold due to the other shimmer in the base. The consistency was slightly thicker, but the glitters spread fairly well without a lot of work. If you don’t like textured or bumpy nails, though, this one is noticeably chunky when it dries down. Even with two layers of top coat, it still felt a bit textured. It had semi-opaque color coverage after two coats. I’m not sure of a dupe for this one, so I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz. each) is now available in five new shades! It looks like most are out of stock at the moment, but they should be restocked soon. All five shades are new and permanent.

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “medium sand shade with a matte finish.” It’s a medium brown with a subtle gray-tinge and a satin finish. It had a very slight sheen when I swatched–not totally matte. The color payoff was nice, and the texture was soft, silky, and very blendable. I could see this shade being a real workhorse for some! On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading. LORAC Lt. Brown (P) is more matte. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is slightly darker. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer. Clarins The Essentials #4 (LE) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Taupe (P) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is lighter. Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Glass Slipper Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale teal with slight shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, bluish-teal with a metallic finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, but when I worked with on the lid, I felt like the product didn’t transfer as well from the brush to the lid so the color needed to be built up and packed on to a degree. Once on, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is darker. NARS China Seas #1 (P, $24.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $5.99) is darker. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. MAC Shimmermoss (P, $15.00) is greener. Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Pop Culture Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “vibrant iridescent lavender purple.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a soft, frosted finish. It had decent color payoff, but it was a lot sheerer than most shades by the brand, though the texture was soft and blendable. The color was buildable in two to three layers. When worn, it wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is warmer. Maybelline Potent Purple (P, $6.99) is warmer. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is brighter. MAC Parfait Amour (P, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale silver with purple iridescence.” It’s a cool-toned beige with a subtle pink-to-green duochrome. The duochrome is very subtle; sometimes it just looks more like a silvery beige applied, so it depends a lot on what else it is paired with. The texture was very soft and buttery, while the color payoff was good. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals Iridescent Iris (LE, $14.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #940 Star Powder (P, $20.00) is more metallic. MAC Vex (P, $15.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Makeup Geek Shark Bait Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “blue based green with a matte finish.” It’s a medium-dark, blue-leaning teal with a matte finish. The texture was really soft, but it was also noticeably powdery, so it was messier to use. The color payoff was semi-opaque, but it’s a shade that’s best patted on in two layers. I also felt like it performed better with a primer than on bare skin, as the color was never fully opaque on bare skin alone. theBalm #43 (P, $6.50) is similar. theBalm C2 (LE, $16.00) is greener. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Inglot #338 (P, $6.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

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