Monday, February 3rd, 2014

MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a cool-toned mix of plum, purple, and lavender. The plum is on the warmer side, but the other shades are neutral to definitely cool-toned. I thought these shades felt a lot less powdery than the other eyeshadows in the collection, but they had similar issues when worn–six hours or less of decent wear, not fully pigmented even when applied with a dampened brush. I feel like this collection isn’t a step forward in the Mineralize formula but a real regression.

Great Beyond #1 is described as a “dusky plum.” It’s a muted, plummy-brown with a frosted finish. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It was slightly powdery but was smoother than other shades in this collection. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #2 is described as a “soft mauve violet.” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned lavender purple with a frosted sheen. It was sheer when applied dry, and then the color payoff was semi-sheer when applied with a dampened brush. It wasn’t dry, but it was somewhat powdery and didn’t bind well together. I found I needed to really wet the brush to get it to apply with any visible color to the lid. I noticed this one was faster to fade as well. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #3 is described as a “icy white lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a frosted finish. It had a softer, denser consistency that was a little powdery but not dry. Applied dry, it was sheer, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was more pigmented and smoother–more semi-opaque. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #4 is described as a “deep blue violet.” It’s a medium-dark, muted cool-toned dusty purple with a pearly sheen and subtle shimmer. It was very sheer when applied dry, and it did amp up when applied with a dampened brush, but it wasn’t as smooth. It took some layering to get decent, even color with this shade. It also faded faster than the other shades. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glasss
MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Cremesheen Glass

For spring, MAC has six shades of Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) in the A Fantasy of Flowers Collection due in-stores on the 6th. Three shades–Galaxy Rose, Pagoda, and Star Quality–are repromotes, while the other three–Flare of Fantasy, Nectarsweet, and Playful Petal–are new; all are limited edition. The formula is light-medium in thickness, creamy, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear, but it is a very short-wearing gloss on me (I usually get three to four hours on average with most gloss formulas) and tends to wear two hours or less. The other major downside is that each gloss contains about half as much gloss as the average gloss; MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 fl. oz. and costs less, so that’s just something to keep in mind as the containers look quite large but aren’t actually that big on the interior.

Flare for Fantasy Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink beige.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink-coral with fine, multi-colored shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage; added warmth, a little color, and lots of shimmer. The gloss lasted two hours on me. Revlon Pango Peach (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented, more muted. Guerlain Frizzy Mango (LE, $32.00) is darker. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $27.00) is pinker, darker. See comparison swatches.

Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone violet pink.” It’s a brightened, raspberry pink with neutral-to-warm undertones. When swatched, it seems almost cool-toned, but when applied, it reads warmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was somewhat even but the gloss had a tendency to settle into lip lines. This shade lasted a little longer than three hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nectarsweet Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with peach and gold shimmer. It had sheer color payoff with most of the noticeable effect being shimmer, though it added warmth and lightness to my natural lip color. The gloss lasted a mere hour and a half on me. Urban Decay Naked (P, $20.00) is darker, slightly. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Zephyr (377) (LE, $29.50) is milkier. MAC Rich & Witty (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is more muted. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Pagoda Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “frosted cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned milky pink with white shimmer. It is a milkier gloss, so it does settle into lip lines and is difficult to apply evenly. It lasted for two hours on me. MAC loves to do a cool-toned, milky pink gloss so there are plenty of iterations in the archive. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker, less shimmery. Chanel Bagatelle (P, $29.50) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

Playful Petal Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “electric magenta.” It’s an iridescent, muted fuchsia pink. The underlying color is rather sheer–it will tint lips pinker unless you have a lot of natural pigmentation (then it won’t do much in the way of changing the color)–but the selling feature is the iridescent fuchsia sparkle that switches between fuchsia, lavender, and blue. It lasts for an hour on me. I didn’t have anything that I could think of that was quite like this–with the way it sparkles. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, while Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) has no similar but has a similar coloring effect on the lips. See comparison swatches.

Star Quality Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.0.09 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-coral.” It’s a light-medium coral-pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for almost three hours on me.  MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is more orange/brown. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is more orange. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC in the Meadow Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a single eyeshadow with four quadrants–like a pinwheel. Long-time readers will know that I’m not a huge fan of the Mineralize Eyeshadow formula, and this iteration doesn’t do much to sway me otherwise. The texture was on the dry side across the board, and it’s a product that doesn’t wear well–I get six hours of wear in total, but I noticed some fading after five hours. If I don’t use an eyeshadow base or apply these with a damp brush, the colors instantly look faded when I’ve applied them. They’re just so prone to fading away!

In the Meadow #1 is described as an “ice shimmering white.” It’s a pale, silvery white with a frosted sheen. It had sheer color payoff when applied dry (and was quite powdery and difficult to apply to the lid), and then semi-opaque color payoff when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was somewhat powdery and chunky, so this was my least favorite texture in the “quad.” See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #2 is described as a “pale yellow.” It’s a pale, yellow gold with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was nearly opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was as pigmented but smoother and less powdery. See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #3 is described as a “golden mint.” It’s a pastel, light-medium green with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It applied semi-sheer dry, and then more semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was on the drier side, so it needs to be applied over a base if used dry or else with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

In the Meadow #4 is described as a “dirty olive green.” It’s a murky, dirty green-tinged brown with a bronze shimmer-sheen. The texture was on the drier side, so the color payoff when applied dry was sheer and powdery. It was smoother and more pigmented when applied with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

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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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