Sunday, November 30th, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. Most of the shades had a waxier consistency, so while the eyeliner would feel soft and glide decently, it doesn’t deposit color evenly, and often, color payoff was lacking–even when layered. These don’t seem to be as soft or as intense as many other Technakohls I’ve tried in the past (but some of the limited edition varieties have been less impressive). The wear varied from five to eight hours, depending on the shade, but overall, they seemed to wear shorter than most eyeliners on me.

MAC Funfare Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “bright true pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easily built up to opaque color in two layers. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Broque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and lighter bronze and gold shimmer. It had a waxier consistency, so it didn’t apply evenly and didn’t build to opaque color. It wore well for six and a half hours before looking softened. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Plank Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm bronze brown with a pearly sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, but it wasn’t buildable. In fact, I felt like layering it dragged the color around and made it appear uneven. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC $$$ Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone gold bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, but it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, at least. It lasted for six hours on me before it looked softened/faded. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Brass Band Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze metal.” It’s a golden copper with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Twinked Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for six and a half hours on my lash line before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) Lip Lustre
Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) Lip Lustre

Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) Lip Lustre ($22.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a light, peachy orange with lighter gold shimmer. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Ultimate Dish (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Double Happiness (P, $20.00) is lighter. Hourglass Imagine (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s semi-sheer with a milkier consistency, so it doessn’t go on evenly and has a tendency to slip into lip lines and settle. Due to the way it looks on its own, I think it is better layered over a lipstick or lip liner, so you can get the shimmery, glossy finish but manage the settling. It has a fair amount of sparkle and shine, but I think it could stay glossier for longer, as it seemed to lose a lot of shine within an hour and a half of wear. The gloss wore for a total of three hours for me and was nicely hydrating while I wore it.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Stone Cold Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a silvery-white with cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which is a lot less than expected based on the formula description. I would say this is more of a layering shade than one for wear on its own, since it is sheerer. On me, it lasted for three hours. Tom Ford Beauty Moonlight (LE, $49.00) is lighter. MAC Eloquent Air (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Iced (P, $18.00) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Wrath Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The consistency was creamy and very emollient, but it lasted surprisingly long at five and a half hours. Kat Von D Gothica (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is lighter, redder. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Tabla (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Subverted (LE, $16.00) is darker, redder. MAC Photo (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Mischievous Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, yellow gold with a metallic sheen and shimmer. It semi-opaque color coverage that covered evenly for the most part. The consistency was very creamy with a lot of slip, but it seems to evaporate/dry down, as it ended up lasting for four and a half hours on me. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dolce and Gabbana Topazio (LE, $33.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $18.00) is brighter, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Keepsakes/Smoky Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.112 oz.) is a mix of beige, brown, and black. It’s more of a neutral palette than a monochromatic mix of silver, gray, and black. This one is also heavy on the permanent shades–five of the eight are part of the permanent range. After the last few years of disappointing holiday palettes from MAC, it’s not a surprise to see this one perform so dismally. This one is a real skip, I would say, and even the permanent shades in it are nowhere near the performance of their full-sized, standalone versions.

It’s one of three, 8-pan eyeshadow palettes for the holidays. Each eyeshadow is 0.014 oz., and even though there are eight of them, it’s noticeably less than past holiday palettes. In 2012 and 2013, they were 0.14 oz., and in 2011, they contained 0.21 oz. while pricing has stayed about the same. This year’s holiday packaging is very plastic-feeling, and the “pearls” that wrap around the palette lift a bit, so I don’t know if this is going to be particularly travel-friendly as far as durability goes. Since they put eight shades into the palette, each pan is on the smaller side, though it fits a MAC 239 and 217 brush comfortably. I do not find the quality of the holiday eyeshadow palettes to be on par with the average full-sized eyeshadow.

Fancy Dress is described as a “chalky white beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned beige with a satin-matte finish. It had decent color payoff that was blendable on the skin. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Kid is described as a “soft beige [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a medium, subdued brown with soft, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a drier consistency. It’s part of the permanent range. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Honey Lust is described as a “bronze dipped peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a sparkly, golden copper with darker copper sparkle. Lustre shades are sheerer, but this is even sheerer than the permanent version. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Satin Taupe #2 is described as a “taupe with silver shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm taupe brown with a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was so much warmer and sheerer than the permanent version. (Even warmer than the one in the Gravitas palette, which was off to me as well.) See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Forgery is described as a “sterling silver [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a sparkly, silver-white with cool undertones. Again, Lustres are designed to be sheerer shades with more sparkly finishes, but this one was sheerer than the permanent version. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Divine Rule is described as a “frosty grey mauve with silver pearl [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a warm-toned, taupe brown with a frosted sheen. It had a light sparkle, but it was less sparkly compared to the other two Lustre shades in the palette. It had better color payoff, though, and it was more in line with how the formula is supposed to be. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Noble Spirit is described as a “warm black brown [with a Satin finish].” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin finish. It had a very dry, stiff consistency that yielded sheer, uneven color. See swatches of all dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Carbon is described as an “intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It’s part of the permanent range, and it’s been reviewed numerous times, so you can just view an ongoing list of dupes here.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss
Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss

Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep black cherry.” It’s a deepened red with cool undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny, finish. It makes me think of “blood red” more than “black cherry,” though. It was mostly opaque, applied evenly, and didn’t settle into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours. The consistency is lightweight, gel-like, lightly hydrating, and non-sticky. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (900) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer top coat with golden pearl.” It’s gold shimmer suspended in clear gloss. It’s nice to see that it is really being billed as a top coat (even the box distinguishes it from the rest of the range), and in the tube, it looks as described. That being said, it also looks a lot more shimmery in the tube than applied–the shimmer is fine but sparse. As a top coat, it only adds shine, but the thinner consistency doesn’t give it a really plump, juicy, glossy finish. I wish there was more visible shimmer when applied, because though it’s supposed to be sheer… it is also supposed to have gold pearl. It’s like a clear polish with large gold flecks that you feel like you have to fish out. Products like these are always so tricky to review (trying to consider a spectrum of clear to sheer is interesting). The shine on this only seemed to last about two hours on me, but it was comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Lipsticks
MAC Heirloom Mix Lipsticks

MAC No Faux Pas Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “hot pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had full color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that applied smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lips. This shade wore well for six and a half hours and left behind a strong stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating for me. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is more muted, glossier. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is a smimdgen lighter. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is glossier. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is glossier. MAC Good Taste (P, $22.00) is more muted, sheerer. NARS Yu (P, $25.00) is warmer. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is darker. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Rebel Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink plum [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark berry with cool, pink undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it was easy to apply due to its creamy consistency. The color lasted for six hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. This is part of the permanent range. MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is brighter, lighter. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker, glossier, warmer. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $50.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Salon Rouge Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean berry red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deepened, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, and the texture was mostly creamy and didn’t tug on the lips. It seemed to have a thinner quality, though, and it wasn’t quite as even in application compared to other shades with a similar finish. The color lasted for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. It was slightly drying. MAC Dangerously Chic (P, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Roxo (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is glossier. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is similar. NYX Chic Red (P, $4.00) is more matte. MAC Prolong (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Such Flare (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer, more matte. MAC Runaway Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Absolute Power (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Sparks of Romance Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true red [with a Matte Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark, brightened red with subtle, cool undertones and barely-there gold shimmer. It had almost full color coverage, and the finish is was semi-matte. The consistency didn’t tug at lips, but there was a slight texture that I could feel due to the shimmer content. It wore well for six and a half hours and was slightly drying. MAC Damn Glamorous (LE, $16.00) is more muted, less red, matte. MAC Ruby (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Rioja (P, $28.00) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is brighter. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is glossier. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. MAC MAC Red (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Tribalist Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep purple berry [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a berry-red with subtle, cool undertones and a very glossy finish. It feels nothing like MAC’s Amplified finish. Due to the high slip in the formula, it doesn’t apply evenly and feathered within two and a half hours of wear. The color lasted for six hours, but it looked disastrous by that point with how much feathering and settling had occurred by then. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is similar. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is slightly redder. MAC Sin (P, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These lipsticks are from the upcoming Heirloom Mix collection, which launches online on October 19th and hits stores/counters on October 23rd. International locations should see this sometime in November.

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