Monday, September 1st, 2014

Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Wolvesmouth Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “metallic berry.” It’s a deepened, berry-red with subtle, cool undertones and a soft, metallic shimmer. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is glossier, no shimmer. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is darker, no shimmer. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) has less shimmer. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is brighter. Milani Chilled Brandy (P, $5.49) is much warmer. Make Up For Ever #13 (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Studded Kiss formula boasts 10-hour wear with “one-swipe payoff” that “leaves lips supple.” Wolvesmouth has mostly opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color will come through slightly. The consistency was thin, lightweight, a little clingy, and applied with only a little drag/tugging–but at least the color went on fairly evenly. On me, the color wore well for seven hours, and the formula was somewhat drying over time. It had a sweet, creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in an assortment of a slightly earthy set of more neutral shades. The eyeshadow formula is described as “luxe,” “long-lasting,” and “high-intensity” that “deliver rich color with a luxurious satin finish.” They can be used wet or dry, but I wouldn’t use the majority with a damp brush, because it creates a stiffer, hardened surface on the top that you’ll have to remove if you want to use the eyeshadow again. I was able to use the more frosted shades with a damp brush without issues later on. The frosts, in general, perform better than the other shades, as they have a denser texture, but they still tend to be powdery. The mattes have a thinner, drier consistency that feels soft in the pan but just doesn’t translate as intensely on the skin. It is a huge improvement from Body, but there’s still a lot of powdery shades with hit or miss pigmentation. I feel like it’s a palette that absolutely requires a primer to do the heavy-lifting and/or a damp application (in the case of the frosts) to be workable. At this price point, though, there are too many misses.

Light is a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff both wet and dry with a slightly powdery consistency, but it wasn’t too bad. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Individual is a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Being is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, and then it was about the same applied damp, just more uneven. The texture was powdery but thin, a little chalky. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kitten is a warm-toned, beige peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was fully opaque applied with a dampened brush, which also helped smooth the color out so it applied better. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Affection is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft frost finish, while applied with a dampened brush, the frost finish was amplified and the color was more opaque. The consistency was soft, blendable, but it was a bit powdery. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Character is a dark brown with warm undertones and a copper sparkle (that just translates into a mostly satin sheen with little visible sparkle). The texture is drier and thinner, which yielded barely-there color payoff when applied dry. It was boosted to semi-sheer coverage with a damp application, but it rendered the color difficult to blend, so it appeared patchy. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Thought is a medium, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied damp. The texture was soft without being powdery, while the color wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heart is a rosy brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It was semi-sheer applied both wet and dry, but trying to apply it damp made it difficult to work with as it didn’t want to blend. It lasted for seven hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peace is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with a muted quality and soft frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied with a dampened brush, but it was somewhat hard to blend with both application methods. It wore well for seven hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vitality is a brightened, gold with warm, yellow and brown undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was powdery enough that it didn’t bind well dry. It worked better with a dampened brush, as it had opaque color payoff and was much smoother. It wore well for eight hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Substance is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was fully pigmented applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was slightly powdery but workable, and it lasted for eight hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essence is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. The texture felt soft, but it was dry and thin, so it didn’t bind well on its own. It had semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, and it intensified to mostly opaque color coverage when applied dampened, but it was harder to blend when I used it damp. The color stayed on well for seven hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner
Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner

Hourglass Obsidian 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner ($45.00 for 3 x 0.002 oz.) is described as an “ultra black.” It’s a dark black with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. There are plenty of similar-hued black eyeliners on the market. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be waterproof, long-wearing, transfer-free, and pigmented. The consistency is creamy without being too wet, but it glides on smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lash line or skin. It is very thin, so you can get really precise lining out of it, which can be nice for tight-lining. It was semi-opaque in a single line, and it was buildable to fully opaque color in two layers. I had a lot of trouble with wear, though. I applied it to my lower lash line, and after wearing it on seven different occasions, every time it smeared and smudged after six hours. I honestly thought maybe it was my mascara, but I had the same issue over and over again. I think what it excels at most is really precision–it is so much thinner than other eyeliners I have, so you can really get between lashes for a lusher, thicker lash line if desired. It just doesn’t last very well on me at all, and rather than just fading/thinning into oblivion, it transfers (it goes from my lower lash line to my inner tear duct area) and smudges, which can ruin a makeup look. On my hand, it is resistant to pure water, but with enough fussing, it will budge.

I appreciated that Hourglass was upfront about how many uses each pencil contains, though I’m curious as to what constitutes a single use (lower lash line, upper lash line, or both? both eyes?). Each pencil contains 0.002 oz., and most twist-up pencil eyeliners are 0.01 oz., so this is a teeny, tiny amount. Most gel eyeliners (in pots) are 0.10 oz. or larger. They’re sold in a three-pack for $45 or individually for $16 (at Sephora/Hourglass’ website only for singles). Anyone track how many uses they normally get out of a twist-up pencil? I might just go draw twenty lines with mine to see if it empties the container. You know, in the name of science.

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Dior Pied de Poule (096) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Pied de Poule (096) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Pied de Poule (096) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.21 oz.) For fall, Dior’s “reinvented” their 5 Couleurs’ palettes with five new color combinations. I bought Pied de Poule (096) as it looked like an interesting mix of smoky, fall shades. The palette was decent but not a favorite for me due to inconsistent pigmentation in the shades. In general, the eyeshadow formula felt thin and drier, though the blue and green shades were less dry (the blue felt soft and buttery–it was a bit of a tease since that was the first I swatched!).

Pied de Poule #1 is a dark, smoky blue with gray and a frosted finish. It’s almost a blue-teal because of the muted quality of the color. It had excellent color payoff, and it was the best performing shade in the palette as the texture was soft, dense, and buttery. It wore well for nine hours before fading. NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is lighter, bluer. Too Faced Heavy Metal (P, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. theBalm #17 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Makeup Geek Ocean Breeze (P, $5.99) is lighter. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #4 (P) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is more shimmery but very similar in color. Guerlain Les Gris #3 (P) is bluer. Giorgio Armani #20 (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #2 is a sparkling, light-medium gold with lighter gold sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the texture was thin and a little dry. The color wore well for almost eight hours, but there was noticeable fall out after six hours of wear. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is less sparkly. Clarins The Essentials #2 (LE) is darker. Dior Golden Flower #2 (LE) is less sparkly. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is less sparkly. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #3 is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was a bit dry, a little powdery–not really stiff, just thin and dry. On me, there was slight fading after seven and a half hours of wear. As it is a more basic shade, it is similar to a lot of other black eyeshadows with little difference (mostly pigmentation with respect to this particular shade) — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #4 is a blackened burgundy with multi-colored sparkle over a matte finish. This shade was very dry, so it yielded sheer color payoff and was harder to blend on the skin. The sparkle did apply to the lid, but a lot of it fell out within five hours of wear. It’s such a dark color that it ends up looking more like a black eyeshadow than one with purple tones–but if you have pink-toned skin, you may see the nuance better. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is black. Chanel Prelude #4 (P) has no shimmer/sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pied de Poule #5 is a rich, earthy green with warm, olive brown undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was a little dry but blendable and fairly easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading. theBalm #30 (P, $6.50) is lighter. Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is a cream product. Makeup Geek Kryptonite (P, $6.99) is lighter. Urban Decay Stash (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is a smidgen warmer and lighter. MAC Greensmoke (P, $15.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Eureka (P) is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals Speaker Box (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

MAC Pure Flash! Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Pure Flash! Electric Cool Eyeshadow

Here are the other four shades of MAC Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) launching with the A Novel Romance collection (August 14th online, August 21st in-stores). To recap, these have a sponge-like texture with some spring, so they are a cream eyeshadow but dry down and set to more of a powder finish. If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres or Buxom Stay There Eyeshadows, these are similar in regards to texture. The performance of these really ranges from shade to shade, and the major weakness is really in the application/texture as some shades sheer out easily or apply unevenly (usually the darker shades). They don’t crease easily, and only the very sparkly shades have a bit of fall out.

MAC Pure Flash! Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale champagne.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had mostly opaque color in one layer, and it applied evenly for the most part on the lid. It doesn’t crease, and I only noticed slight fading after nine hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty Honey Bunny (400) (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned. Divergent Humble Sheen (LE) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #1 (P) is darker, powder. NARS Jezebel (P) is a powder. Too Faced Cheers! (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is a powder. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is a powder. MAC Naked Lunch (P, $15.00) is slightly pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Superwatt Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light shimmering taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-taoned taupe brown with a hint of gray and frosted, metallic finish. It was mostly opaque with one layer of product, which could be sheered out for more of a wash if desired. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade. Marc Jacobs Beauty Au Revoir (406) (P, $28.00) is slightly darker. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is darker, powder. NARS Himalia (P, $29.00) is powder. Giorgio Armani #09 (P, $32.00) is darker, powder. Clarins Forest #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, powder. Too Faced Crisp Apple Strudel (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Blacklit Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “black with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a soft, medium black with multi-colored sparkle–the teal sparkle seems to dominate. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly for the most part. It was buildable with two to three layers. The color lasted for eight hours with minor fall out. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned, powder.. Sephora Collection Jungle Party (09) (P, $13.00) is greener. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is less multi-colored in its shimmer. Urban Decay Oil Slick (P, $18.00) MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is a powder. Buxom Black Lab (P, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Switch to Blue Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich cobalt.” It’s a muted, medium-dark blue with a pearly sheen. It seemed to have good color payoff, but it had a tendency to sheer out and apply unevenly on the lid. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade slightly. Make Up For Ever I-22 (P, $21.00) is brighter. Dior Atlantique #4 (LE) is lighter, powder. Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is powder, more shimmery. MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, powder. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter, powder. Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. Maybelline Electric Blue (P, $6.99) is darker. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As a reminder, these are from MAC’s upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores on August 21st.

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow
MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow

I tested and reviewed the Electric Cool Eyeshadow formula extensively when it originally launched in 2012. They have a sponge-like texture that has a little bit of spring, but you can press and smooth out like putty. If you’ve tried Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres or Buxom Stay There Eyeshadows, these are similar in regards to texture. MAC’s version has decent color payoff, but it can vary from shade to shade, and they tend to apply best patted on, not swept or blended out much. I recommend MAC’s 242 for application, as it lays down color well and you can use it to blend out the edges. They wear well without creasing or fading, but there is some fall out with the more sparkly shades. Some of these work really well if you like a sparkling, all-over wash of color on the lid. The bolder and darker the shade, the more patchy and problematic it is to apply for an even, smooth, and opaque result. The lighter the shade, the better it performed.

MAC Love Power Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmering rose.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a frosted finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage that applied decently–it seemed easier to apply with this year’s version compared to my experience in 2012. The color was going strong after nine hours of wear. Sephora Collection Star-Crossed Lovers (103) (P, $13.00) is darker, powder. MAC Pink Sensibilities #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, powder. Chanel Impulsion (93) (LE, $36.00) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #12 (P, $9.99) is darker, powder. MAC Pinkluxe #2 (P) is more sparkly, powder. theBalm Safe Bet Annette (P, $16.00) is more muted, powder. MAC Cheryl Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Gilded Thrill Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “gold.” It’s a brightened, coppery-gold with copper sparkle and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but this was one that applied somewhat patchy on the lid. It had a tendency to sheer out and only leave behind a smattering of sparkle. I did have fall out with this shade but no creasing or fading over an eight hour period. Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is lighter. Kat Von D Summerfly (P) is less sparkly. MAC Phresh Out #2 (LE) is similar but powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Coil Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had intense color payoff in a single layer and could be sheered out for softer color with less of a sheen. It lasted well for almost nine hours without fading/creasing. Make Up For Ever D652 Celestial Earth (P, $21.00) is powder, darker. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Sable Riche (LE, $15.00) is warmer, less shimmery, powder. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is a powder. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $28.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is similar, powder. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) warmer, powder. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is powder. Chanel Charming #3 (LE) is powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Highly Charged Electric Cool Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich purple with pink pearl.” It’s a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a shade that easily sheered out whenever you tried to blend it. It lasted for eight hours before fading slightly. Ulta Purple (P, $10.00) is darker, powder. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is brighter, powder. Sleek MakeUP Bliss in Barcelona (LE, $9.99) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Plush (DC, $21.00) is powder. MAC Push the Edge (P, $21.00) is powder. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #3 (LE) is powder. Inglot #439 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’ll have a review for the other three polishes up soon! :) As a reminder, these are from MAC’s upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores on August 21st.

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