Sunday, January 5th, 2014

MAC A Medley of Mauves Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Medley of Mauves Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Medley of Mauves Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a cooler-toned pink and purple-themed palette. It consisted of a light-medium pink, pinky-purple, plum, and medium brown. There was noticeable fading after seven hours of wear with all the shades, and I had a fair amount of sparkle fall out underneath my eye. I had higher hopes, given that the two I tested the day before had done surprisingly well on wear. If you’re still drawn to this palette, I would recommend using a slightly tacky base with them to improve wear, minimize fall out, and improve blendability.

A Medley of Mauves #1 is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a frosted sheen. It had a powdery texture, so when it was applied dry, it didn’t stick to the skin well–dusted away. Applied with a damp brush, it smoothed out and stayed on the skin better and yielded semi-opaque color coverage. MAC Fair Sex (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is more glittery. Dior Garden Roses #1 (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Lily (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

A Medley of Mauves #2 is a pinky-purple with a sparkling, frosted finish. This one was very sparkly, and incredibly lovely to look at when swatched, but it definitely resulted in fall out when worn (not just during application, which you can clean up before you head out the door!). Applied dry, it’s sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. The consistency was powdery. Fyrinnae Meerkat (P, $6.80) is darker, purpler. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is slightly purpler. MAC Neo Nebula (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is darker, purpler. See comparison swatches.

A Medley of Mauves #3 is a warm-toned plum with brown undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture didn’t feel stiff but translated into a stiff, uneven application, which occurred whether I applied the color dry or with a damp brush. It had sheer coverage when applied dry, and then semi-opaque coverage when applied damp. This shade was more faded than the others after seven hours of wear. Anastasia Pink Sapphire (LE) is warmer. Urban Decay Last Call (P, $18.00) is more metallic, lighter. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

A Medley of Mauves #4 is a medium brown with a golden bronze pearled finish. The consistency was on the drier side, which made it harder to apply and blend out on the skin. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied with a damp brush, it was semi-opaque. Too Faced Hazelnut (P) is has a stronger sheen. Too Faced Chestnut (LE) is darker. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is more matte. Bobbi Brown Praline (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fierce gold with aluminum-like mirror finish.” It’s a vibrant, rich yellow gold with a metallic, foil-like finish and larger copper flecks of sparkle. It was fully opaque after applying two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too then, so the polish applied evenly and smoothly without pooling along the edges. Zoya Kerry (P, $8.00) is yellower. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Be Merry, Be Bright Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-magenta purple glitter.” It consists of violet and fuchsia glitter in three sizes ranging from small to medium and hexagon in shape. The glitter is suspended in a clear base, so it is best as a layering top coat. I applied two coats of the polish alone on my thumb nail to show the density of the glitters, and then I applied one coat over Mingle with Kringle. It does need to be tugged into place to a degree, as the glitters sometimes concentrate in one area. KBShimmer Would Jubilee It? (P, $8.75) is the only one I have that is similar, but it also has light blue and navy blue glitter in it. See comparison swatches.

All Wrapped Up Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight purple and blue glitter.” It’s a medium-dark, muted purple with lighter purple and silver micro-glitter. It had a textured finish, though not as “sandy” as some. It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it didn’t seem troublesome when I applied it, but there are a few areas that look bald. L’Oreal The Reign of Studs (LE, $6.99) is less blue-based. China Glaze Skyscraper (LE, $8.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Your Present Required Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-sized and multi-colored glitter.” It’s a mix of light blue, medium blue, navy blue, lavender, copper, and gold glitters in small and medium and in circular and hexagon shapes. It could have used more density, as even two coats of it alone was rather sparse. I ended up needing to apply two coats to all nails to get a better effect. China Glaze Pizzazz (LE, $8.00) is finer and brighter. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula with minor tip wear but no chips.

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil
Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) were definitely the one formula/product I was excited to test from the new range, as it was getting non-stop raves across the blogosphere. I think whether they work magic for you will depend on how you prefer to use jumbo eyeshadow pencils; if you use them as an all-over wash, you’ll probably like these. If you want to wear them together, not as much, and if you want to wear shadow on top, even less.

They worked best alone, slightly blended and sheered out. They feel amazing when swatched on the arm, but they weren’t as lovely on the eyes–and it did vary across the ultimate texture of the shade. I found that they looked dry on the lid, and instead of traditional creasing, it looked cracked instead in the crease area after seven hours of wear (which is short for me). When I tried to wear the three shades I purchased together, blending was a major challenge. I ended up stippling the lighter color where the two met straight from the pencil, which helped some. The least flattering (in terms of texture on the lid, nothing to do with the color or my skin tone) was Champagne Diamonds, as it made my lids look wrinkly and dried–like it was clinging to the skin–while the most flattering was Smoky Emerald, which was also the creamiest of the three I put my hopes into.  Applying powder eyeshadow on top only worked so-so if it was a sheer layer of the pencil, but it if was a more opaque layer, then eyeshadow seemed to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend.  Most appear to really love these pencils, so my experience seems to be in the minority, and they may be worth trying if they’re accessible.

Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a warm, champagne-shimmered peachy beige with champagne sparkle. Too Faced Cheers! (LE) is lighter, powder. Maybelline Barely Brazen (P, $6.99) is more champagne-hued, less sparkly. MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is more beige. Urban Decay Sin (P, $20.00) is pink-tinged. Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.99) is lighter, less sparkly. MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is less sparkly, powder. Make Up For Ever #30E (P, $20.00) is less sparkly, slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

It was mostly opaque on the lid, but it does need to be slightly layered or blended to be even and opaque. The consistency was slightly creamy, and it didn’t drag or pull at lids when applied, but when it is blended, the sparkles seem to move around and some fall out below the eye (and this did happen during wear, too). It dries down almost immediately, so there is little time to blend it out–I found I had to layer a little bit more on the edges to give some blendability to the color. As a wash of color, applied as a more sheer shade, it worked better as it didn’t leave the lid looking dry/wrinkled, and then opacity wasn’t an issue.

Golden Quartz Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a warm, golden, medium-dark brown with gold sparkle. Makeup Geek Utopia (P, $6.99) is more sparkly. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is more red-toned. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is a powder. MAC Venetian Tarnish (LE) is similar. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is a powder. bareMinerals Ritzy (LE) is a powder, not as golden. See comparison swatches.

In a single pass, it had fairly good color payoff, and it was buildable to opaque color in two layers. The consistency was lightly creamy–slightly creamier than Champagne Diamonds–and applied more evenly on the lids. It did, though, dry down almost instantaneously, so blending it was somewhat troublesome. I didn’t have fall out with this shade when I was blending or later on while I wore it.

Smoky Emerald Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil (£19.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a deep, dark, warm-toned forest green with subtle micro-shimmer and a pearly sheen. Giorgio Armani #25 (LE, $33.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Urban Decay Bender (P, $18.00) is lighter, powder.MAC Vintage Coin (LE) is very similar, slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

This shade was the most pigmented of the three, and it was also noticeably more emollient–creamier, easier to apply, and remained blendable for about fifteen seconds before drying down. It was also the most flattering, as it did not cling to lids and leave them looking wrinkled/dry.

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Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Illamasqua Fusion Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Fusion Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Fusion Nail Varnish (£14.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “khaki gold glitter.” It’s a deepened, muted, olive brown with golden olive shimmer and sparkle. It was mostly opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. It dried a little faster than average, but it still had a naturally shiny finish without a top coat. Chanel Mysterious (601) (P, $27.00) has no shimmer and is greener. Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ripley (P, $10.00) is lighter, greener. SpaRitual Lithophonic (LE, $10.00) has green shimmer, is greener overall. See comparison swatches.

Perseid Nail Varnish (£14.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “galactic black glitter.” It’s a blackened purple with green-teal micro-shimmer and larger holographic, hexagon-shaped glitters. It’s nearly opaque after two coats of polish, but the consistency is quite thick. It’s a polish that tends to pool along the edges. About half of the glitter seems caught underneath the polish, so it gives the finish a more uneven/bumpy look. It took two thick coats of top coat to smooth it out, and it still didn’t seem entirely smooth. I think this polish looks very interesting in the bottle, and on the nails, less so, but I only saw some of the dimension on the nails when I was outside and the sun was shining–otherwise it looked very black and lost a lot of the character.  The good news is that I don’t have anything like it, so it is a more unique shade from what I can tell–but the formula needs work.

Illamasqua’s Nail Varnish formula wears as long as ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping–it’s one of the longest-wearing formulas I’ve come across.

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit
Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit

Anna Sui x Minnie Mouse Rock Song Makeup Kit ($50.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes three eyeshadows (0.10 oz. total) and a full-sized lipstick (0.14 oz.). The eyeshadows are housed within a bow-shaped, red-hued palette with black detailing, with a dual-ended applicator (sponge-tipped and brush)–you might think it’s four, but the silver shade is just repeated. The lipstick is full-sized and comes in a decorated, round tube with the lipstick bullet in the shape of Minnie Mouse (more or less). The lipstick was the best part of the set, and the eyeshadows were just so-so; the colors are, of course, very basic so many will have similar shades in their stash, but the color payoff was more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than richly pigmented. The three-way split pan is also rather small, and an eyeshadow brush (like MAC’s 239) just barely fits within. The tin, though, is nice, and it’s roomy and easily reused for whatever you desire. I was worried that while the aesthetic was appealing that the actual products wouldn’t be quite as impressive, and unfortunately, that was the case.

Pearl White is a pale white with a soft, frosted finish–almost cool-toned but not quite. It had decent color payoff, and the texture was soft but a little powdery. This is a staple shade, so there are a lot of really, really similar shades — see comparison swatches.

Ice Silver is a light-medium silver gray with a soft, frosted finish. It was sheer, and the texture could have been a little silkier–it felt a bit dry or stiff. There are plenty of similar shades to this one, but I will note that it is the softer frost that makes this slightly different as many silvers run frosted/metallic. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is more metallic. Kat Von D Holy Bible (LE) is lighter. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Too Faced Jailbird (LE) is darker. NARS Ramatuelle #1 (LE, $24.00) is similar. MAC White as Snow (LE, $32.50) is more sparkly. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Diamond Blue is a medium blackened blue with medium-dark blue micro-sparkle. The texture of this one was drier, somewhat stiff, and the resulting color payoff showed that–as it was semi-opaque but noticeably more muted/softer than as it appeared in the pan. Applied, it looks mostly black (as this type of finish often loses its shimmer when applied!). Too Faced Starry Night (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Oddfellow (LE) is also darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Mod #2 (P) is similar. Sugarpill Stella (P, $12.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Minnie Mouse (01) is a brightened, orange-red with warm undertones and a lightly luminous sheen. It reads a lot like a poppy red. The texture of the lipstick was creamy and lightweight, while the formula was comfortable wear, lasted for five and a half hours (plus a stain), and was lightly hydrating. It was mostly opaque, but it had a translucency that gave it a very lightweight look–not like a heavy, opaque cream–though it entirely covered my lip freckle! MAC Night to Remember (LE, $15.00) is similar. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is more matte. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder, brighter. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Cockney (P, $15.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Genna (LE, $49.50) is slightly more orange. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, October 21st, 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette
MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight/Warm Face Palette ($49.50 for 0.295 oz.) is a warm-toned palette with products for eyes, lips, and face. It contains three eyeshadows (0.028 oz. each), two lipsticks (0.024 oz. each), one iridescent powder (0.176 oz.), and one eye pencil (0.015 oz.). The products represent a a total value of $44.09 –$16.80 worth of eyeshadows, $7.20 worth of lipsticks, $15.09 worth of iridescent powder, and $5 worth of eyeliner. Over time, as more and more brands churn out mega palettes for the holidays all around $50 or so, and I wish MAC would step-up the value (or reduce the cost) of their holiday sets and kits.  Golden and Showstopper were the major misses here, as neither performed well; while Myself wears away quickly and Coffee is uncomfortable to use.

Golden is described as a “muted golden tan-beige with shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium orange-brown with golden shimmer. The texture of this was strangely dry and almost crumbly/chunky. It flaked away and didn’t bind together well. The color payoff was so-so but it tended to sheer out/blend away as the product didn’t stick to the skin well. What did apply lasted six and a half hours. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more golden.MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. See comparison swatches.

Myself is described as a “light dirty mauve with traveling pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a pale, muted pink with neutral undertones and a golden sheen. On lips, it lightens the natural color and has semi-opaque color coverage. It wore for two hours. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $15.00) is also similar. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Love Talk is described as a “mid-tone cool nude [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a plummy brown with neutral-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage and wore for four hours. It was a smidgen drying–but this is typical of Cremesheen finishes for me, though I know others do not have any issues with this finish! Bobbi Brown Soft Nude (P, $24.00) has more plum in it. MAC Viva Glam VI (P, $15.00) is more frosted, less brown. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (P, $35.00) is more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Suede (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Tenderly is described as a “soft warm pink with frost [with a frost finish].” Though it has pink tones, it translated to more like a neutral-cool pale beige with a warmer, golden sheen. It had so-so color payoff. NARS Mississippi Mermaid (LE, $24.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is warmer. MAC Dew (LE, $15.00) is similar. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

After Dusk is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink with pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a rosy plum with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. theBalm Just This Once Jamie (P, $16.00) is browner. MAC Performance Art (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Universal Appeal (LE, $21.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Trax (P, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Star Violet (P, $15.00) is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE) is less metallic. See comparison swatches.

Showstopper is described as a “deep blackened brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, deep dark brown with a matte finish. The only problem is it doesn’t look like much applied, because it had such poor color payoff and a really stiff, dry texture that made it difficult to apply and blend. Too Faced Dark Chocolate (LE) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty She Wolf #1 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Boardroom (LE) is similar. MAC Set to Dance (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Diamond Dove (LE, $15.00) is similar. Inglot #329 (P, $6.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Coffee is described as an “intense bronze.” It’s a chocolate brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was a bit dry. It was uncomfortable to apply to the lash line, as it tended to skip and tug. The color wore well for almost eight hours with minimal fading. Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is similar. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is more neutral-toned. See comparison swatches.

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