Friday, July 19th, 2013

MAC Illustrated Sultry Eye Bag
MAC Illustrated Sultry Eye Bag

MAC Illustrated Sultry Eye Bag ($46.50) includes three full-sized products: a Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo, Eye Kohl, and Haute & Naughty Mascara. The duo is worth $21, pencil is worth $16, and mascara is worth $20, so the total value of the set is $57, plus a full-sized makeup bag. The bag is actually the same size as the Illustrated bags that were released alone, and those retailed at $36, so the maximum possible value would be $93. The bag seemed to be made out of the same material as the Illustrated standalone bags. Keep in mind, Thunder and Rain came out in 2011, and the eyeliner and mascara are both part of the permanent range.

Thunder and Rain #1 is a cool-toned, medium-dark gray with apearly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and when applied damp, it was slightly improved but not by much. The eyeshadow lasted well for six and a half hours, and then it started to fade. MAC Diesel is a touch darker. MAC Smokeluxe #4 is similar, more metallic. Urban Decay Asphalt is darker. Urban Decay Ace is darker. Giorgio Armani #21 is more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Thunder and Rain #2 is a medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was powdery, and the color payoff was semi-sheer applied dry and more opaque applied damp. The eyeshadow lasted well for six and a half hours, and then it started to fade.  NARS Demon Lover #1 is cooler-toned, slightly bluer. MAC Drawn to Drama is slightly purpler. Feline is a rich black with a matte finish. It has intense color payoff, and the consistency is creamy and glides on well. This is part of the permanent range. I’ve reviewed this in the past, and it has numerous dupes since it is a black eyeliner and many brands make them (see black eyeliner comparisons).

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer
Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer

Essie Sunday Fun Day Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright, tangerine-crush coral with soft shimmer.” It is a warm-toned, coral-orange with flecks of white sparkle. It was mostly opaque afer two coats of polish, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it was easy to apply. Dior Diablotine is darker, redder. Chanel Lilis is more orange. MAC Vivid Effect is less warm-toned, cream. See comparison swatches.

Rock the Boat Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “French blue with a hint of periwinkle.” It’s a cool-toned, lavender-blue with a subtle silvery shimmer. I tried applying this three times, and it was uneven and streaky each time I tried, which was a real shame since this is a rather unique color from what I’m aware of. The consistency was on the thicker side, and it didn’t flow evenly across the nail. I thought it might self-level but no suck luck. Chanel Sky Line is metallic. Cult Nails Princess is bluer. Zoya Skylar is much darker. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint

Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “golden pink bronze.” It’s a rosy bronze with a champagne shimmer. , which looks almost plummy. Because it’s just a wash of color, all of the shades that are similar are much more pigmented and are also powder blushes. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach (a powder) is very similar but matte. NARS Lovejoy is more plum. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal is also more plum. See comparison swatches.

Based on the actual tint of this, it’s not going to be particularly useful on medium or deeper complexions–it gets completetely lost on my skin tone, which is just a smidgen lighter than true medium. Instead, what you see is mostly a dewy sheen but no visible color. On a fairer complexion, I think you’ll see a glorious tint of plummy bronze–should be quite lovely–but be wary of the wear time, especially if you have an oilier skin type (I’m normal-to-dry). The sheen (and I could see some of the shimmer bits upclose) lasted a mere four hours, and it’s best applied over bare skin. It didn’t play well with liquid foundation after a few hours and caused it to look a bit patchy.

All in all, I love the concept. The consistency is gel-like and glides on so well without skipping, and being sheer and just a tint, it’s impossible to overdo and effortless to blend. It would be nice if it was slightly more buildable, so it could be usable for a variety of skin tones, and it could use improvement on wear time, as I felt like it never set–it was always a bit wet and slightly tacky.

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Saturday, July 6th, 2013

NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner
NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner

NARS Las Ramblas Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold.” It’s a warm, yellow gold with a pearly sheen. It had so-so color payoff in a single stroke and was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage on the lash line, though it wasn’t totally even so it does need to be smudged and blended a bit after applied to get the best results. The consistency could have been somewhat creamier/easier to glide on. It wore well for seven hours but has noticeably thinned out after eight hours. Chanel Vegas Gold is darker, more orange. Make Up For Ever #9L is slightly less yellow. See comparison swatches.

Via de Martelli Larger Than Life Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark chocolate brown with red undertones and a very subtle pearl. It was semi-opaque in a single pass but was buildable to full opacity with a few passes. It was creamier than Las Ramblas, so it was easier to apply. This shade lasted for eight hours well and only started to look somewhat thinner after nine hours. Urban Decay Bourbon is darker, browner. MAC Brown Border is darker. MAC Fluidline is warmer, more copper. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer
Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer

Essie Naughty Nautical Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark green-teal with soft, white sparkle. MAC Ocean Dip is darker, no shimmer. Illamaqua Venous is more muted, no shimmer. Zoya Zuza is more shimmery. See comparison swatches. The formula was good; the color was mostly opaque after two coats with the barest bit of the nail line coming through when there was a lot of light in the room. It dried down to a glossy shine, and the sparkles are still somewhat visible even at a distance. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have any trouble applying even layers of the polish. I normally get seven days of wear with minor tip wear with Essie’s formula.

More the Merrier Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, yellow-leaning chartreuse with a cream finish. L’Oreal New Money is more muted. Illamasqua Radium is greener. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is similar but sheerer. China Glaze Def Defying is darker, greener. See comparison swatches. Though there seemed to be good pigmentation, the formula was off, which resulted in a streaky, uneven application. Even the consistency was a little thick, so the polish pooled towards the edges of the nail.

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013

MAC Bossa Blue Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Eyeshadows ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) come in six shades. All six are limited edition.  If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ll know that MAC Mineralize and I, generally, don’t get along.  I love the way they look in their pots, and photographing the Mineralize collections is always fun–everything looks spectacular.  I’m always disappointed by their performance, as they never look as pretty applied as they do in their pots.  This is particularly true with the eyeshadows, and this year’s seemed worse to me than some of the more recent releases.  More or less, the formula seems to have gotten better over the years (finer, smoother, less powdery), but the texture on these, overall, felt like Mineralize Eyeshadows from three or four years ago–drier, kind of powdery.  Color payoff was an issue (even used with a damp brush), and then later on, wear, as all of these looked noticeably faded well before eight hours.

Bossa Blue is described as a “royal blue with brown pearl.” It’s a warm-toned taupe–a grayish brown with a gray sheen. The texture was a bit dry and powdery, and the resulting payoff when applied dry was semi-sheer, while when applied damp, it was more semi-opaque. I found it fairly buildable on the lid, but it does need some layering. There’s no shortage of shades like this, even with MAC’s releases. MAC Pastelluxe #5 is warmer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is a cream product but similar in color. Urban Decay Armor is a touch darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is similar. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Keep Your Cool is darker. MAC Twilight Falls is browner. Giorgio Armani #4 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Caribbean is described as a “rose with pink and red pearl.” It’s a reddish-coral with pink and copper sparkle. The payoff was sheer whether used dry or wet. This shade was really dry, powdery, and glittery–it didn’t bind well together, so it had a lot of fall out during application but throughout the time I wore it. My eye ended up really watery when I wore this, because of how much fall out and how sparkles kept getting into my eye. Milani I Heart You is slightly redder. MAC Raving Mad is less sparkly. MAC Daydreaming is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Cha-Cha-Cha is described as a “deep blue green with green pearl.” It’s a blackened blue with green and blue shimmers. Applied dry, it is sheerer and lighter, and then applied damp, it was semi-opaque and turned a bit bluer. The texture was dry and powdery, but not as difficult to use as Caribbean. Urban Decay Spell #2 is darker, less cool-toned. theBalm Sexy Stacye is grayer. Urban Decay Asphalt is a bit grayer. Urban Decay Ace is less shimmery. MAC Jade’s Fortune is more intense but very similar. MAC Hint of Sapphire is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Dare to Bare is described as a “light cream with gold pearl.” It’s a pale pink with a hint of lavender and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. This shade was slightly powdery, but it seemed to stick to itself fairly well. It was one of the more pigmented shades of the six. It was semi-sheer applied dry and prone to sheering out if you applied it to the lid dry, but applied damp, it went on very nicely and with full color coverage. MAC Pastelluxe #3 is sheerer. Urban Decay SWF is darker. MAC Seedy Pearl is cooler-toned. MAC Love Power is darker, cream product. MAC Good Fortune is more metallic, cream. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. bareMinerals Glitterati is more golden. Shades like MAC Joy & Laughter #1 and MAC Young Venus seemed similar initially but pulled too purple. See comparison swatches.

Time to Tango is described as a “lavender with silver pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark lavender with a gray tinge and gold sparkle. The texture was a little gritty (like Caribbean but not quite as bad) because of the high sparkle content and general looseness of the shadow. Applied dry, it’s a sheer wash of color, and then applied dry, it’s more semi-opaque but doesn’t quite bind together as smoothly as I’d like to see in a powder product. I had a ton of fall out from this shade, unfortunately, throughout the day. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is less shimmery. Milani Purr-fect Purple is darker. MAC Idol Eyes is less purple. See comparison swatches.

Tropica is described as a “silver blue with purple.” It is a cool-toned, lavender urple with a subtle, teal iridescent duochrome sheen. Applied dry, it is fairly sheer, and then applied damp, the duochrome is more pronounced as the product is more opaque and smooths out better. Benefit Fancy Pansy is darker. OCC Datura is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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