Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm peach pink.” It’s a warm-toned peach with a faint hint of pink. The subtle pink hue is only noticeable when applied, but it looks more peach-orange in the tube and swatched. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, rosier. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is similar, slightly pinker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC To the Future (P, $18.00) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC In a Heartbeat (LE, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is slightly darker, more matte. See comparison swatches.

The Lovemarc Lip Gel formula is supposed to be a “color-saturated, long-wearing, gellified lipstick.” I’ve really enjoyed this formula–one of my new favorites–but I believe this is the first shade that’s fallen short of expectations. I noticed a slight tendency for the formula to bunch up when applied to lips, so it doesn’t look quite even, and the consistency had a little graininess to it. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and the texture of the lipstick was very slick and emollient, so it did feel like it was slipping around when I wore it. This is a more emollient formula in general, but this particular shade seemed extra wet. It wore for three hours on me, and it was hydrating during that time, but it settled into lip lines over those hours.

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Makeup Geek Mermaid Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Mermaid Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Mercury Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic medium silver.” It’s a medium-dark, gray-ish silver with cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. The consistency was soft but noticeably powdery, so it had a tendency to sheer out some when blended on the skin. I recommend patting the color on to minimize fall out during application as well as sheering out, then blend along the edges to soften. It wore well on me for seven and a half hours before showing signs of fading. Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.80) is darker. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is lighter.MAC Tundra (LE) is a cream product. MAC Warm Thunder (LE, $19.50) is darker. MAC Evening Grey (LE, $19.50) is similar. Giorgio Armani #17 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Mermaid Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “metallic teal with reflects gold.” It’s a medium blue with iridescent green-tinged gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but it could have been more pigmented. The texture was soft and easy to blend on the lid, but it was slightly powdery. When I tested it, the color wore well for almost eight hours before starting to fade. Kat Von D 8 Bit (LE) is darker, less blue. NARS Bavaria (P, $24.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Diamond Sky (LE) is brighter. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is brighter. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is very similar. MAC Parrot (LE, $15.00) is a bit brighter. L’Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches.

Mocha Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep matte brown.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with a matte finish. I had a lot of trouble working with this one; it was incredibly powdery and very sheer–it was more like a wash of brown that looked lighter and lighter applied than it did in the pan. When applied to the lid, it lasted about six hours but was noticeably faded from there. Too Faced Semi-Sweet (P) is not as warm-toned. Laura Mercier Truffle (P) is similar in color. Kat Von D Wolf (P) is darker. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is similar in color, slightly darker. Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $20.00) is also similar. Inglot #327 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

MAC Dark Outsider Cremesheen Glass
MAC Punk Couture Cremesheen Glasses

In Punk Couture, there are three shades of MAC Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) that will be available. The collection released to most online retailers over the past two days, but we’re all still waiting with baited breath for maccosmetics.com to launch it. The collection will be available in-stores tomorrow, the 26th. So, first things first, if you remember the Style Black collection from 2009, these should look familiar. While called “Glimmerglass” with names like Blackware, Bling Black, and Black Fire… these are the same. They have different names and are technically a different formula, the colors are the same. When I compared them side-by-side, Glimmerglass came with a brust-type applicator instead of a doe-foot, but I didn’t notice any differences between the formulas or the colors. In the tube, swatched, etc. they’re exactly the same. Repromotes are one thing, but when brands release things under the guise that they’re new, it drives me batty. The Cremesheen Glass formula has a medium-weight consistency, is creamy, non-sticky, smells of vanilla, and tends to be shorter-wearing. All three of these wore for less than two hours each on me, which is particularly short in duration for my experience with lipgloss in general.

Dark Outsider is described as a “cream true black.” It’s a sheer, soft black. Applied, it’s a sheer wash of color that darkens and mutes the natural lip color, but it does settle noticeably into lip lines. It’s not a product that wears well alone. I’ve also included swatches of this applied over a red lipstick so you can see how it works. It wears less than two hours on me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Little Black Dress (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Jet Boy is described as a “sheer black with gold pearl.” It’s a sheer, soft gray-black with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle gives it an almost olive coloring. On lips, it gives lips a darker, slightly muted coloring with noticeable gold sparkle. I don’t know have a comparable gloss with a black base. This shade seemed virtually gone within two hours.

No Apologies is described as a “sheer black with pinkish purple pearl.” It’s a sheer, soft gray-black with pinky-purple sparkle. It gave lips a darker, slightly purple-tinged look with some purple sparkle. Again, I don’t know of a comparable gloss due to the black base color. Like Jet Boy, this pulled a disappearing act after a little over an hour and a half of good wear.

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Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Huggable Lipcolours

These are the last four shades of the new MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) formula! It feels good to be done. :)  There is a lot of consistency across the shades, particularly in terms of texture, wear, and feel, though there was more variance in level of color coverage–some where semi-sheer while others were semi-opaque. I found the formula was a mix of MAC’s Cremesheen lipsticks and Mineralize Rich lipsticks. The new formula is somewhat hydrating with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, lasts between two and five hours (lighter colors are quicker to disappear, deeper shades last longest), and have a consistency that’s a bit stiff.  The texture will tug and pull at the lip if you immediately try to glide it across lips; instead, I recommend pressing and holding for about five seconds, than gliding the bullet across lips as the warmth of your lip will help melt the color.  It does feel clingy–huggable–when worn, which is noticeable throughout the wear, but it is not drying.  Please see part one for a more in-depth review on the formula overall (and part two for four more shades).

These are supposed to launch online on December 26th. The press release lists an in-store release date of January 2nd, though I would suggest checking with local counters/stores to ensure it’s not also releasing alongside Magnetic Nude (on December 26th). There are twelve shades available, with two shades being released everywhere but Asia (Rich Marron and Rusty), and two shades released exclusive to Asia (Extra Sweet and Sweet Creation).

Red Necessity is described as a “deep warm wine.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark raspberry red. It had semi-opaque color coverage–more color than most of the other shades in the line-up–and wore well for five hours and left behind a soft, pinky-red stain. Dior Minuit (LE, $36.00) is mor ematte, brighter. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is more matte, less pink. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Love Goddess (LE, $16.00) is deeper. MAC Scan-delicious (LE, $19.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Rich Marron is described as a “mid-tone nude.” It’s a medium-dark, warm, rose-tinged brown with a light shine. It was semi-sheer, and it didn’t apply as evenly as I would have liked. It lasted two and a half hours on me. MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $21.00) is more opaque, so it appears a bit darker. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Mocha (LE, $16.00) is also warmer, more matte. MAC Spice (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. See comparison swatches.

Rusty is described as a “deep auburn.” It’s a darkened, warm red with a slight hint of brown and soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly overall. It lasted well for four and a half hours on me. Fyrinnae Winter Romance (P, $7.00) is similar, deeper. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more frosted. NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is more matte, slightly lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is redder, more matte. Guerlain Habit Rouge (P, $35.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Touche! is described as a “light beige.” It’s a light peach with a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this one slipped around a bit more and didn’t apply evenly. I also noticed that the color settled into lip lines noticeably after an hour and a half. It lasted just over two hours on me. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more opaque, more matte. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Secret (85) (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. Chanel Gourmandise (76) (P, $34.00) looks similar on. Guerlain Sous Le Vent (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is slightly pinker and less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, December 21st, 2013

MAC Huggable Lipcolour
MAC Huggable Lipcolours

Here are four more shades of the new MAC Huggable Lipcolour ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) formula that I’ve finished testing.  The new–and limited edition–formula is supposed to be long-wearing (up to six hours), have a glossy finish, leave lips looking and feeling hydrated and smooth.  To me, the formula is somewhere between MAC’s Cremesheen lipsticks and Mineralize Rich lipsticks.  These are somewhat hydrating with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color, last between two and five hours (lighter colors are quicker to disappear, deeper shades last longest), and have a consistency that’s a bit stiff.  The texture will tug and pull at the lip if you immediately try to glide it across lips; instead, I recommend pressing and holding for about five seconds, than gliding the bullet across lips as the warmth of your lip will help melt the color.  It does feel clingy–huggable–when worn, which is noticeable throughout the wear, but it is not drying.  Please see part one for a more in-depth review on the formula overall.

These are supposed to launch online on December 26th. The press release lists an in-store release date of January 2nd, though I would suggest checking with local counters/stores to ensure it’s not also releasing alongside Magnetic Nude (on December 26th). There are twelve shades available, with two shades being released everywhere but Asia (Rich Marron and Rusty), and two shades released exclusive to Asia (Extra Sweet and Sweet Creation).

Commotion is described as a “deep cool plum.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia berry with a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, applied evenly on the whole, and wore for five hours and left a slight stain behind. This is a fairly dupable color, so odds are, if this is the kind of color you gravitate towards, you may already have something similar in your stash. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is similar. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more opaque, brighter, matte. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is more muted. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is brighter, less cool-toned. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is more iridescent. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is lighter. Guerlain Girly (P, $49.50) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Feeling Amorous? is described as a “mid-tone fuchsia.” It’s a medium, fuchsia pink with slight cool undertones–it’s more like a muted fuchsia than a true fuchsia pink. It had a light shine and semi-sheer to semi-opaque color. The color lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is darker. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is a bit darker. Revlon Berry Couture (P, $7.99) is lighter. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is pinker. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is very similar. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $21.00) is less fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

Love Beam is described as a “mid-tone warm pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a subtle shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage and wore well for three hours on me. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Chanel Surprenante (129) (P, $34.00) is frosted. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

What a Feeling! is described as a “mid-tone cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based pink with cool undertones and a soft shine. It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque, and this shade didn’t apply as evenly as the others. This shade only lasted for two and a half hours on me. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is a touch lighter, brighter. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, December 19th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses
MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses

Launching December 26th, MAC’s Magnetic Nude collection includes five limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.), with one repromote (A Quiet Roar). Lipglass is a thicker, tacky formula that is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste. It’s strongest point is the variety in color and finish, and then its wear time tends to be longer, due to the sticky consistency. Hell Bound wore the longest at four and a half hours, while the two sheerer glosses wore for less than three hours. I find Lipglasses slightly drying on the whole, which was the case with A Quiet Roar and Overspiced. The other three shades were neither drying nor hydrating.

A Quiet Roar is described as a “creamy off-white.” It’s a pale, milky white gold with white and pale gold shimmer. It has semi-sheer color coverage and noticeably lightens the lip color while adding glossiness and shimmer. Because it is milky and light, it can be difficult to apply it evenly (or keep it looking even once applied). The consistency was fairly thick, even for Lipglass. It wore well for two and a half hours on me. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is sheerer. MAC Girl on Board (LE, $15.00) is slightly whiter. MAC Little Rock (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle (P, $24.00) is also sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Hell Bound is described as a “brick red with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark red with copper-orange shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. The consistency seemed slightly thinner and less tacky than other Lipglasses. When I tested it, the color lasted for four and a half hours. I did notice a little bit of the texture of the sparkle after three and a half hours of wearing the gloss. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is sheerer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker, browner. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is redder. Hourglass Siren (P, $28.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Oh My Darling is described as a “pale yellow pink.” It’s a pale, pinky-beige with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer–I saw bits of green and gold in there. Applied, it had semi-sheer coverage and what was most noticeable was how shimmery it was. The gloss seemed to lighten my natural lip color slightly, but the effect was largely sparkly. It lasted two and a half hours on me. The multi-colored nature of the sparkle seemed almost holographic, and so I didn’t feel like I came up with any truly comparable shades, but you can see some other sheer, sparkly shades I pulled: See comparison swatches.

Overspiced is described as a “dirty muted coral.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium peach with a hint of beige and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it was a thicker, slightly goopy, gloss that settled into lip lines and was troublesome during application. The color just didn’t want to apply or blend or move and look even. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is very similar. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is less glossy. MAC Ready or Not (P, $19.50) is much lighter. MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is also a lot lighter. MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Chanel Genie (P, $32.00) is slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

Steel Kiss is described as a “dirty mauve with green pearl.” Swatched, it is a taupe-shimmered, muted dark brown with subtle warm, caramel undertones. It has multi-colored, fine shimmer–very much to the tune of Oh My Darling. Applied, they do look different, as Steel Kiss gives lips a warmer, browner appearance–slightly darkening–with plenty of shimmer. It wore well for almost three hours. As with Oh My Darling, I didn’t feel like shades I thought of were similar enough, as they were less dimensional, but here were the ones I considered: see comparison swatches.

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