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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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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