Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss
Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

This spring, Milani launched a new gloss formula, Brilliant Shine, in fourteen different shades. The new formula is supposed to have “rich color, extreme high shine, and comfortable lasting wear,” plus be “moisturizing and non-tacky.” I have several more to try (and not all of them are even photographed yet!), but here are the first three I tested. The texture is thick but smooth and mostly non-sticky, and the gloss smells like sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It comes with a paddle-shaped, sponge-tip applicator that fits along the curve of the lip. The formula has a high-shine, glossy finish, and they wear between three and four hours on me. I notice a slight tackiness that develops after an hour of wear, but it never feels full-on sticky, but it’s not 100% non-sticky. In some ways, the formula reminded me of MAC Lipglass, just not as thick and not tacky. Based on these three, they’re somewhat hydrating while worn.

Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, pink-tinged berry with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. Sometimes deeper shades like this can look splotchy on lips, but I thought this one managed to still allow the natural lip color to come through without looking too uneven. It wore well for four hours. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is similar. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is darker, shimmery. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

Ravish Raspberry (06) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a brightened, pinky-berry with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. It lasted just over four hours on me. It’s brighter and pinker compared to Berry Tempting. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is more muted. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is shimmery. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Pink Lady (07) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, blue-based medium pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it wouldn’t apply evenly at all! It looked splotchy and as if it had settled into lip lines yet not fully. When I wore it, the color lasted for three hours. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned and shimmery. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is similar but more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Dior Dulcinee (324) Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Dulcinee (324) Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Dulcinee (324) Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) is new and limited edition for spring–and exclusive to Nordstrom. The colors look bolder at a glance than they perform on the eye. The darker, mint green looks more like a wash of very pale aqua green on the lid, even though I tried to pat and pack it on. Even the purple shade didn’t seem to hold up well; it just sheered out quickly and looked faded from the get-go. If you’re after a very, very soft, pastel-driven look, you may enjoy this palette. If you wanted the colors to look and perform exactly as they do in the pan on the eye, you’ll be disappointed. Overall, the eyeshadows lasted about seven hours before starting to fade (from what they looked like initially).

Dulcinee #1 is a pink-tinged beige with a frosted, metallic finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. Guerlain Les Tendres #1 (LE) is similar. LORAC Nude (P) is warmer. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Phloof! (P, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Star Crystal (LE, $32.50) is darker, less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #2 is a pale, pastel green with a pearly, golden sheen. It looked cool-toned in the pan, but it has a strong golden shimmer that makes it look more like a yellowed green. It had good pigmentation, and it applied smoothly and evenly on the skin. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful #4 (P) is darker. Disney by Sephora Atlantica (LE) is brighter, darker. MAC Zestful (LE, $19.50) is similar. Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #5 (LE) is also quite similar. See comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #3 is a glittering, sparkly silver with neutral undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s semi-sheer–mostly just something you’d use to layer glitter over another shade. This is the purpose of the center shade in these types of Dior palettes. The texture has an almost wet feel to it, and it adheres better than some other glittery eyeshadows. I had minor fall out after seven hours of wear. There’s no shortage of similar sparkly silver shades — see comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #4 is a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned, purple with a satin shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, but it sheers out quite quickly, and it doesn’t build up, so it looks more like a light purple on the lid. Too Faced Candied Violet (P) is cooler-toned, darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Poppycock (LE) is brighter. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is brighter. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm rem (P, $16.00) is warmer, smokier. See comparison swatches.

Dulcinee #5 is a blue-leaning, light-medium aqua with a satin finish. It seemed like it had decent pigmentation when I initially swatched it, but it blends and disappears very quickly on the lid! I’d apply it, then apply another color next to it, and it would look MIA after a couple of minutes. The texture was somewhat powdery as well. Disney by Sephora Blue Oasis (LE) is bluer, darker. Sugarpill Mochi (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Sky Blue (P, $15.00) is bluer. Inglot #367 (P, $6.00) is greener, darker. Inglot #345 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) ColorSensational Lip Color

For spring, Maybelline’s added ten shades of “nude” that range from the very, very palest beige to muted mauves to deep plums. I greatly appreciate that Maybelline considered the spectrum of skin tones when they thought about flesh-colored lipsticks, because what’s “nude” for one skin tone isn’t going to be nude for everyone.  Here are the last four from the new set of shades!  My favorite in this set was Untainted Spice.

Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is medium-dark, muted brown with hints of rose and beige and a luminous finish. It had full, opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating during that time. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is pinker and more matte. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Mocha (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Double Shot (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is similar in color but matte. Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Stormy Sahara (945) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is medium, muted orange with a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and while the texture was creamy and comfortable to wear, it did streak a little. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Abandon (P, $48.00) is browner. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is also similar. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Untainted Spice (950) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, brownish-plum with a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips. The consistency was very creamy and emollient, and it applied smoothly to the lips without streaking or settling into lip lines. This shade wore well for almost five hours and was somewhat hydrating when worn. Chanel Farouche (122) (P, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $16.00) is more plum. Chanel Bel Ami (P, $34.00) is less brown. Chanel Baroque (LE, $34.00) is more matte. Chanel Imperial (DC, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Espresso Exposed (955) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, reddish-burgundy with a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it applied very unevenly. It looked streaky on, possibly due to how creamy/emollient the consistency was. The color lasted six hours and left behind a stain, and it was somewhat hydrating during that time. I had some feathering along the upper lip lines, though, which is highly unusual for me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is metallic. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 12th, 2014

NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Khao San Road Larger Than Life Eyeliner

The NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) range has two new shades releasing for spring. Khao San Road is permanent, while Puerta del Sol is limited edition.  They’re both really fun, bright pops of color that are perfect for adding oomph to any look, but I wish they were a little creamier and more pigmented.  They are buildable to varying degrees (Puerta del Sol more so than Khao San Road), and they were both long-wearing and didn’t smudge at any point (but gradually faded/thinned after eight hours).

Khao San Road is described as a “metallic aquamarine.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with silver sparkle. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The formula is just lightly creamy, so it doesn’t smudge easily and dries and sets very quickly. It lasted for eight hours without fading or smudging on me. Sephora Collection Summer Cruise (23) (P, $9.00) is lighter. Chanel True Blue (57) (LE, $30.00) is similar. bareMinerals 4AM (LE, $15.00) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Puerta del Sol is described as a “parrot green with shimmer.” It’s a grassy green with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It is an eyeliner that really has to be layered and built-up in order to achieve more opaque color payoff. It wore well for eight hours before starting to thin. Ardency Inn Grass (P, $19.00) is warmer with no shimmer. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is less shimmery. NARS Rue de Rivoli (P, $24.00) is much darker (included here more because it’s in the permanent range). See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 11th, 2014

NARS Final Cut Collection
NARS Final Cut Collection

NARS Final Cut Satin Lip Pencils ($25.00 for 0.07 oz. each) includes four limited edition shades that are exclusive to Nordstrom (in the U.S.; Holt Renfrew in Canada, Selfridges in the UK). If you like Satin Lip Pencils, I see no reason why you wouldn’t like the formula of these, with the exception of Stourhead, which will require significant prep work, patience, and reduced expectations. They’re nicely pigmented, fairly comfortable to wear, and have a good wear time. I wish they were as hydrating as they claim, but they’re not drying at least.  I wish that there was a bigger difference between Descanso and Torres del Paine, as they look surprisingly similar for shades included in a single collection.

Descanso is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a light-medium, rosy peach with a satin finish and warm undertones. It looks pinker on the lips than it does when swatched on the skin. The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. It had opaque color coverage, didn’t settle into lip lines, and was even. It lasted four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is slightly darker. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Montego Bay (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is slightly lighter, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. Estee Lauder Naked (LE, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches.

Stourhead is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a pale, pink-tinted lavender with a satin finish and cool, blue undertones. The consistency wasn’t dry as I feared, and it felt lightweight, creamy, and seemed easy enough to apply, but it was difficult to apply evenly. It also settled into lip lines slightly from the initial application, but after an hour and a half of wear, it really migrated into all of my lip lines and looked a little like dry, cracked lips. It lasted two and a half hours on me. It had semi-opaque color coverage but was not as pigmented as the other three. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Beauty (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less pink. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Torres del Paine is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a light-medium peachy orange with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and applied evenly. The color wore well for four hours and was slightly moisturizing. And no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, this is strangely similar to Descanso; this shade being slightly warmer with no rosy tone to it. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is very similar. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is slightly lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is more muted, matte. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Villa Lante is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pink with strong, blue undertones and a satin finish. This shade had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Steady Going (LE, $16.00) is more matte but very close in color. MAC Playtime (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is less blue-based. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($3.99 for 0.21 oz.) consists of five eyeshadows. These are new–and permanent–beginning January. I found mine at Walgreens about a week ago. The formula is suposed to be “long-lasting, highly pigmented … satiny-smooth for crease resistant wear.” There are five of the 5-pan palettes being added to the permanent range. Recently, I’ve been rather disappointed with Wet ‘n’ Wild’s eyeshadow palettes, so I thought I would start with this neutral-themed one, as neutrals tend to easier to do than bright, bold colors. All five shades are on the softer side and can be powdery, so you’ll want to use a light touch when grabbing color and then pat, rather than sweep, on. I would recommend using an eyeshadow primer underneath these, as alone, they are noticeably faded after six to seven hours.

I don’t think the formula is as good as the now-classic Color Icon Trios and 8-pan palettes–there’s a prevailing dryness/powderiness throughout all of them that makes them harder to work with, prone to fading, and lacking color payoff. It’s not the worst Color Trio palette I’ve tried, but it doesn’t live up to the original formula.  The color combination is nice, and I could see it being a workhorse of a neutral palette for some; I just wish the quality of this was like their original palettes (that are still available–not like I’m pining for shadows from 10 years ago!).

Naked Truth #1 is a light, yellow-toned beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This shade was the most powdery of the five, and it had a tendency to sheer out a lot when applied to the lid, as it doesn’t adhere to the skin well. If you applied it over a slightly tacky base, it would be more pigmented and easier to use. Cle de Peau #119 (LE, $45.00) is yellower. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is less warm-toned. Make Up For Ever #126 (P, $20.00) is less yellow, more peach. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #2 is a light beige with yellow tones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it wasn’t too powdery and was blendable on the skin. Kat Von D Countess (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Ali Ababwa (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Broken (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Brule (P, $15.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Daydream (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #3 is a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a satin finish–a little sheen that ends up looking more matte than anything else on the lid. The texture was dry, slightly stiff to work with, but it wasn’t too powdery, though these characteristics resulted in semi-opaque pigmentation. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is darker. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Two Spicy #2 (P) is slightly warmer. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is warmer. Burberry Dark Spice #2 (P) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #4 is a warm, medium-dark brown-leaning taupe with a soft, pearly shimmer. This was the best shade in the palette, as it wasn’t too powdery and was nicely pigmented. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #4 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is darker. MAC Just Before Dawn (LE, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Mystere #3 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #5 is a medium brown with warm, coppery tones and gold sparkle over a satiny finish. It had decent color payoff, though the texture was powdery. This shade did give me problems with fall out during wear (not just during application). Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is slightly warmer, no sparkle. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, no sparkle. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

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