Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass
MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass

MAC Summer Sweetheart Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light peach.” It’s exactly that: a pale, milky peach with a creamy consistency and look. MAC Peachstock is darker, more beige. MAC Orange Tempera is lighter, paler. MAC Ready or Not is more orange. NARS Odalisque is darker, more orange. MAC Woo Me is lighter.

It settles into lip lines, and it looks a little thick on the lips. It has fairly good opacity, though, as it is semi-opaque and covers most of my lip freckle. There is some translucency all around, so the natural lip color will come through and, depending on your natural lip color, may alter the resulting color. Despite it having a thicker, tackier consistency (but on par with MAC’s Lipglass formula), it only lasted two and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating during the time I wore it.

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Summer Sweetheart

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The shorter wear time combined with the color settling into lip lines made this product less impressive on the whole.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.19 oz.) contains four shades: Cheryl Chic (light coral pink), Dreammaker (pale frosty yellow), Caramel Sundae (mid-tone warm tan), and Showstopper (dark, cool-toned brown).

Cheryl Chic is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It has a frost finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. Tarte Skinny Dip is matte. NARS Bouthan #1 is lighter and matte. MAC Rose Light is a smidgen darker and more metallic. MAC Love Power is rather similar.

Dreammaker is a warm, yellow gold with a frosted finish. It has a frost finish officially. The color payoff was a little weak here, and there was some sheerness. It was also a little powdery both initially when I swatched as well as when I applied it to the lid; it really didn’t want to smooth out for me. This is also a repromote. bareMinerals The Rising Star is similar. Make Up For Ever #10 is more metallic and a touch darker.

Caramel Sundae is a softened, medium brown with a satiny sheen. It has a satin finish. There are warm tones to it, but they’re subtle and barely-there. It had decent to good color payoff, and it applied smoothly, but the texture was a touch dry. Giorgio Armani Moonlight Beige #3 is browner. Tarte Hot Cocoa is a touch grayer. Bobbi Brown Praline is a smidgen warmer.

Showstopper is a cool-toned, dark brown with a matte finish. It has a matte shade, and this is a shade that has come out many, many times pre-made palettes/quads. It has a firm, stiff texture that doesn’t yield great pigmentation and doesn’t blend out as easily as a really great matte would. theBalm Matt Ramirez has stronger red undertones. MAC Diamond Dove is similar. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #5 is warmer.

None of the shades in this palette were as bad as the ones in Spoiled Rich, though the palette as a whole is just okay–not horrible but at the price point, you’d likely want better quality.  Cheryl Chic was the best-performing out of the four with Caramel Sundae coming in second.  Dreammaker was surprisingly troublesome from its powdery texture to its sheer color payoff.  Showstopper was a pain to blend and apply, though it was unsurprising given its past track record.  The real concern with this palette is whether or not it’s going to show up on your skin tone, because three of the shades are on the softer side.  On my lid, the three lighter shades really ran together, so I think this may only be workable on really fair complexions.  I wore all four shades together, and they lasted seven and a half hours before starting to have a slightly faded look.

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Caramel Sundae

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None of the shades in this palette were as bad as the ones in Spoiled Rich, though the palette as a whole is just okay--not horrible but at the price point, you'd likely want better quality.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

NARS Bouthan Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Bouthan Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Spring 2013: Bouthan

NARS Bouthan Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “soft pink tulle” and “bright pink with gold shimmer.”  It’s new for spring, but it is being added to the permanent shade range. This duo was also the normal 0.14 oz. in size.

The light pink shade is a soft, pastel pink with neutral-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was slightly powdery. MAC Young Venus is very frosty. Dolce & Gabbana Cinnamon #1 is slightly darker and has a pearly finish. MAC Sugar Snack is pinker/darker. bareMinerals Giddy is comparable. MAC Pen ‘n’ Pink is very similar.

The darker pink shade is a medium pink with gold sparkle over a matte base. It has slightly warm undertones, and it almost looks like a strawberry pink to me. It had so-so pigmentation, and it was also powdery, so it readily sheered out. It is best applied patted on and then minimally blended. The gold sparkle doesn’t seem to stick or bind with the pink hue, so it ended up mostly underneath my eye–it’s not loaded with sparkle like the micro-glitter shades are, though. There weren’t any shades that really came close to this one that I could think of. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 is much, much darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bright Idea #3 is rosier, darker, and shimmery.

Both shades were powdery, so they ended up having slightly sheerer color payoff than true-to-pan color would be.  When I wore these two shades together, they lasted right around seven hours, but there was some minor fading at that point and then more noticeable fading after eight hours.

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NARS Bouthan Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

C+
Unfortunately, both shades were on the powdery side, with the darker pink being the worst offender. The color payoff wasn't true-to-pan, and they both had a tendency to fade more quickly than other NARS eyeshadows.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, January 11th, 2013

Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie

Are You Trashed With Milky Pinks?

Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink shimmer.” It’s a subdued, fuchsia pink with silver shimmer and sparkle. Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle has larger sparkle but is less densely-packed with it. MAC Floating Lotus is very similar.

It looks pinker and bolder in the tube than applied–it is really a sheer layer of pink that enhances any natural pink coloring and then has a fair amount of small-sized shimmer.  Unfortunately, Urban Decay didn’t describe it as sheer, even though they definitely use the term for some sheer shades of Lip Junkies, as the range has sheer and semi-sheer colors.  Since it doesn’t have a lot of color, it applies evenly easily, and there’s no settling of the color into lip lines.  The downside is that it only wore for two and a half hours, but it was hydrating both during and post-wear even after wearing it twice in a row.  It has a non-sticky texture that’s not too thick or too thin, and because it’s not sticky, it glides on readily. It has a sweet mint scent and flavor.

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Trashed

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I think Urban Decay should make sure to add "sheer" to the description of this color, like they have for several other sheer shades in the range. So long as you don't mind the sheerness, you're good to go and this is still a shade worth considering!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

More Naked with Flushed

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) includes a bronzer (described as a sheer medium bronze satin), highlighter (described as a soft pink champagne shimmer), and blush (described as a dusty rose satin with a hint of shimmer).

Bronzer is a medium-tan with orange-brown undertones and has a barely-there sheen. It does have sheer color, as described. The texture is firm but not powdery or really dry, just firm; the texture does not feel like Urban Decay’s eyeshadows, which are buttery and dense, softer, too. MAC Cajun is darker and more shimmery. MAC Nude on Board is browner, less orange. Urban Decay Gilded is browner and frosted. It applied the best out of the three shades, and because of the strong warm, orange undertones, will complement warmer complexions more. On my skin tone, it was a soft, warmed-over shade that actually worked well but I don’t see it showing up on medium-dark to dark complexions or working with cooler skin tones.

Highlighter is a champagne beige with a frosted, metallic finish. The payoff is seemingly sheer, but it really frosts the skin when applied. A little goes a very, very long way! Even lightly used, it yields a frosted, metallic finish on the skin that, unfortunately, emphasizes pores quite readily. I did a heavier application on the left, then a lighter application on the right (over the blush and bronzer, respectively). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat is more golden. bareMinerals The Love Affair has a golden sheen. MAC Superb is similar when applied, though darker/more pigmented. MAC Redhead is a touch pinker. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is similar.

Blush is a medium-dark rosy pink with a hint of coral warmth that is mostly matte in finish. Though there are some bits of shimmer, it really looks matte both swatched and applied to the cheeks. It had so-so color payoff but the texture was on the drier side. It didn’t blend as easily as a great blush does. Guerlain Pink Punk is a bit pinker. MAC Supercontinental is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast is similar–a bit darker. Laura Mercier Canyon Sunset is darker.

The shades can be used individually or blended together as desired.  I was expecting a denser, more buttery texture–more like their eyeshadows–than the firm, drier texture that was here.  The highlighter was more like their eyeshadows, though still less buttery.  The good news is that none of the shades were powdery.  When I wore these yesterday, the bronzer wore the best with seven and a half hours of wear, while the highlighter was a bit patchy after six hours.  The blush lasted for seven hours but was noticeably faded after eight hours.

I know that Urban Decay stated in the press release that this is designed to work with all skin tones (and straight from the press release: “as our staffers can attest”), I’m not sure it will.  The bronzer, by being so sheer and not very buildable, may not show up on some complexions at all.  The blush may accentuate redness in cheeks, and because it’s not as blendable, it can look ruddy and uneven (rosy-hued blushes can be hard to perfect).  The highlighter is over-the-top even in light applications, so I don’t expect it to appeal to as many.  It’s just going to emphasize pores and any imperfections on the skin.

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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I like the concept, but I think the texture needs work. A softer, more buttery texture would go a long way to making it a more versatile, blendable, and easy-to-use product. It is also rather warm-toned for something designed to work across all complexions.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Dior Pink Happiness (729) DiorBlush
Dior Pink Happiness (729) DiorBlush

If Happiness was a Color, Would It Be Pink?

Dior Pink Happiness (729) DiorBlush ($43.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a blush duo that features a matte side to yield color, and then a pearly side that provides the highlight/sheen. They can be used individually together, alone, or swirled together.

The matte side is a medium-dark pink with yellow undertones. Chanel Rose Intiale is very similar. MAC Subtle Breeze is a bit cooler-toned. The pearly side is a light-medium pink with yellow undertones and a pale gold shimmer-sheen. Chanel Pink Cloud is a touch warmer, lighter. MAC Flower Fantasy has a paler sheen. MAC Easy Manner is richer in color.  Together, they create a medium (just on the light side of medium) pink with a hint of coral and a subtle sheen. The color reminded me of MAC Pet Me, though that is a bit more plum. Tarte Curious is brighter, more coral. theBalm Don’t You Want Me is similar.

If you’ve tried other blush duos by Dior, you’ll likely remember how soft, silky-smooth, and finely-milled the texture was.  This duo is part of the same formula/range, but it has a different pattern that goes across it than the permanent shades.  I’m not sure if they’re made/pressed differently, but this had a much firmer, stiffer texture that made achieving true-to-pan color payoff more difficult and blending less effortless.  With the level of pigmentation, I think this is best suited for light to medium complexions, while darker skin tones may want to try before they buy.   Pink Happiness wore for seven hours well but was noticeably faded along the edges after eight hours.

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Pink Happiness

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The texture could be a lot softer, silkier, and generally yield better color payoff along with being a more blendable product.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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