Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow

Giorgio Armani #10 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a golden beige with warm undertones and a metallic sheen with larger dark champagne sparkle. The texture was soft, but it was dry, which made it apply less smoothly. It was also more prone to sheering out when blended on the skin. The eyeshadow wore well for seven hours on me before fading. Colour Pop XO (P, $5.00) is a cream product. LORAC Uninhibited (P) is lighter. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is similar. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is yellower. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is less sparkly. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Dior Night Golds #5 (LE) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is more sparkly. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #19 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) is a brightened, cornflower blue with iridescent bluish-teal shimmer and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it didn’t build up much more than that when I tried layering it. It’s the kind of shade that needs a white, tacky primer to really pop, or else apply it over a black cream eyeshadow for a really iridescent sheen. The texture was slightly powdery, though blendable. It wore well for seven hours before fading. Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is darker. Hello Kitty Dear Daniel (LE) is less shimmery. Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. Dior Rivage #1 (LE) is similar. MAC Moon’s Reflection (P, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #429 (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giorgio Armani #23 Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.061 oz.) isa brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, finely-milled consistency that was slightly powdery, though it didn’t sheer out readily so it retained most of its pigmentation when applied to the skin. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, cream product. Sugarpill Charmy (P, $13.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Tisse Fantaisie #1 (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Kat Von D Placebo (LE) is pinker, less shimmery. Makeup Geek Mango Tango (P, $5.99) is darker. Disney by Sephora Arabian Sunset (LE) is darker. L’Oreal Cherie Merie (LE, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches
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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment
MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment

MAC Evil Stepmother Pigment ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “black plum with plum pearl.” It’s a blackened purple with cool undertones and a pink shimmer that gives it a more frosted finish. Applied dry, it is less shimmery and goes on unevenly with so-so color payoff. Applied damp, it is more even and more pigmented, but it is hard to blend. The texture was fine but dry, so it wasn’t my favorite pigment to work with. It lasted for eight hours applied. L’Oreal Purple Priority (758) (P, $7.99) is more shimmery. MAC Past Midnight #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Ardency Inn Purple Hearts (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. NARS High Society #3 (LE, $24.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Starless Night (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pretty It Up Pigment ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “olive with pearlized pigments.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, sparky finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff applied wet or dry, but it is easier to work with damp, as there’s minimal fall out and the product goes on very smoothly. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. This shade was released as part of a holiday set, but the texture of the version in this collection is much finer and binds together a lot better. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is darker. Colour Pop Mooning (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Stun (LE, $18.00) is darker. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Collective Chic #2 (LE) is darker. bareMinerals Embellish (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Utopia (P, $6.99) is chunkier. Sleek MakeUP Lust in LA (LE, $9.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze (P, $28.00) is less sparkly, cream product. Urban Decay Snakebite (LE, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is less sparkly. Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “fine white glitter with pearl sheen.” It’s pretty much as described–it’s very fine white glitter that when applied over a glitter adhesive looks more like a wet sheen than particles of glitter. This shade is part of the permanent range, and none of MAC’s Glitters are eye safe. As it is a loose glitter, it is best applied over some sort of adhesive base. I was rereading the description for MAC’s Glitters for this post, and MAC actually said it “can be applied directly to the skin.” When one does that, the product is messy to work with, and while some of the glitter sticks, a good deal of it doesn’t. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Pretty It Up

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It's pretty much as described--it's very fine white glitter that when applied over a glitter adhesive looks more like a wet sheen than particles of glitter.
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Friday, February 6th, 2015

MAC Free as a Butterfly Lipstick
MAC Free as a Butterfly Lipstick

MAC Free as a Butterfly Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “semi-sheer golden nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light golden beige with a frosted sheen. The Lustre finish is a sheerer formula, and indeed, it is sheer, though it seemed a bit sheerer than the average Lustre. It lightens my natural lip color and adds a lot of shimmer/sheen. The color lasts for two hours and is drying over time (the latter is something I generally experience with Lustres). Too Faced Shimmering Naked Dolly (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Solar Gold (LE, $49.00) is warmer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Hollywood (P, $18.00) is more pigmented. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Pet Me Please (LE, $16.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Royal Ball Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “fleshy pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned pink with a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied fairly evenly, but the color pulled into lip lines as it wore. The payoff was more than most Lustres. It lasted almost three hours on me, but it was drying and thin enough that it felt clingy the whole time. Too Faced Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny (LE, $22.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pleasure Model (P, $18.00) is similar. Guerlain Gabrielle (P, $51.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

NARS Guyane Lipgloss
NARS Guyane Lipgloss

NARS Guyane Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “seashell pink.” It’s a very light beige with a hint of pink and subtle shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff but settled into lip lines noticeably, and it wasn’t completely even. The texture was lightweight, lightly tacky, and lasted three hours but the color settled more and more into lip lines as it wore on. The formula was hydrating while worn. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is sheerer, warmer. NARS Spring Break (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Orange Tempera (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Emancipation (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Cut Loose (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC C-Thru (P, $15.00) is warmer. MAC A Quiet Roar (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Vent Sale Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver highlight.” It’s a brightened shimmering white gold with very fine multi-colored pearl and white shimmer. The base color settled somewhat into lip lines, but the shimmer seemed to reflect back and distract from it to some degree. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, primarily through the shimmer. It lasted for three hours on me and was hydrating. MAC Clear Water (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is sheerer. MAC Girl on Board (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC A Quiet Roar (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Little Rock (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Sable Show (LE, $32.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil
Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Burgundy Suede Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a darkened burgundy purple with warm undertones and subtle pearly shimmer. It has a very waxy base, so while it glides across the skin without tugging, the color payoff in a single stroke is semi-sheer. It was buildable to mostly opaque color, and while I love the color but don’t find the formula to be particularly long-wearing as it thins after seven hours of wear. MAC Nightshade (LE, $16.00) is similar. Urban Decay Darkside (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Strong Willed (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Raven (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals 6AM (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Electric Cobalt Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a brightened, medium blue with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which was buildable to opaque color in two to three layers. It had the same waxy, glide-on texture that made it comfortable to apply but just not an intensely pigmented product. It wore well for seven hours before migrating towards the outer corner. Kat Von D D.R.A. (P, $10.00) is warmer. Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief (P, $15.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Radium (P, $19.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Abyss (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Emerald Volt Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($23.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a darkened green-teal with a pearly sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation in one pass, and the texture was better balanced between creamy and waxy, so it glided on, deposited even, rich color, and didn’t run. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Sephora Collection Good Mood (P, $9.00) is greener. Make Up For Ever #52L (LE, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Blue Noon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Electric Cobalt

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme
Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme

Marc Jacobs Blow (210) Le Marc Lip Creme ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark berry velvet.” It’s a medium-dark, burgundy red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin sheen. Bite Beauty #001 (LE, $36.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Truffle (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $50.00) is more matte. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is glossier. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Saboteur (132) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Tribalist (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Diva (P, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The new Le Marc Lip Creme formula is supposed to be a “rich, velvety, ultra-hydrating lipstick” with “vivid pigment” and “10-hour” wear. Sometimes I wonder how many people actually test a product before a brand makes a claim like long-wearing, because 10 hours is a very long time, so I’m genuinely curious how many people test and report back with such-and-such wear time before a brand makes a claim. It is a deeper, richer hue, which tend to last longer than a much lighter shade would, period, but it only lasted six hours for me. Blow is semi-opaque with a noticeable translucency where the natural lip color will come through. The formula is lightweight, lightly creamy, and glides on without tugging on the lips, though there is some unevenness. It was comfortable initially, but I found the formula to be lightly drying over time. The formula has a very, very subtle sweet floral scent, but I could barely detect it in the tube.

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