Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright white with a blue iridescent shimmer-sheen. It had an overall frosted finish with fairly good color payoff. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable on the lid. It lasted for eight hours on me before creasing slightly. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is similar. Maybelline Waves of White (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Sugarpill Lumi (P, $12.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, sky blue with subtle aqua tones (making it a “warmer” blue) with a sparkly, frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff–definitely one of the weaker shades I’ve tested so far. The consistency was creamy and smooth with a wet-like feeling. It lasted for eight hours with minor fall out over time. Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is greener, less sparkly. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is warmer. L’Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever #150 (DC, $20.00) is a lot lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a satin-matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that felt more like a cream than a powder. The color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. It did lightly stain the skin but went away after a few hours. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cream. Maybelline Never Fade Jade (P, $6.99) is darker. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a navy blue with a subtle, pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly. The creamier, more buttery consistency made blending really easy, despite how rich and pigmented the shade was. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Kat Von D Entombed (P) is brighter. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P) is a touch lighter. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 (LE) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deep dark black with silver sparkle. It was incredibly rich in pigment–a little goes a very long way!–and the sparkle actually binds with the underlying color, so the majority of it applies to the lid and stays in place while worn. There is minor fall out but not really noticeable unless I went looking for it. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before showing signs of wear. Too Faced Starry Night (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Pure Glam (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Oil Slick (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is similar. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is similar. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Kat Von D Wonderchilde Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Wonderchilde Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Wonderchilde Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as an “iridescent neon lilac.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-leaning purple with lighter violet and lavender sparkle and shimmer. It had more of a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. This isn’t like Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00), which has a matte finish. Too Faced Lollipop (P, $22.00) is more fuchsia, glossier. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is pinker. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After testing several of the mattes and having little luck, I thought I’d try one of the more shimmery shades I bought to change it up. Wonderchilde is definitely better, but it’s not a knock-your-socks-off shade like Poe. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly, as the consistency was lightly creamy, on the thin side (so lightweight), and was fairly comfortable to wear. It didn’t drag or tug at the lips much, and it lasted for six hours when worn without being drying. It has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Makeup Geek Jackpot Pigment
Makeup Geek Jackpot Pigment

The upcoming Vegas Collection also features two new shades of Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) as well as three shades that are already available (Liquid Gold and Vegas Lights, which I’ve reviewed previously; and Night Life, which is included below).

Jackpot is described as a “pale shimmery yellow with just a hint of glitter.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish and chunky sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture is rather chunky, which made it difficult to apply. Applied dry, it didn’t bind well or go on smoothly over the skin, and applied damp, it tended to chunk and thicken in places so it was uneven. The color wore well for nine hours, but I had noticeable fall out throughout the day. MAC Amberluxe #2 (P) is less sparkly. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #4 (LE) is smoother. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less sparkly. theBalm #12 (P, $6.50) is lighter. MAC Golden Hours #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lemon Tart (P, $15.00) is lighter, less sparkly. Makeup Geek Yellow Brick Road (P, $5.99) is slightly brighter. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is a touch cooler-toned. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Poker Face is described as a “medium golden bronze.” It’s a medium-dark bronze brown with warm, coppery-gold shimmer and a metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was a little less copper-toned but still had good color payoff, and it had a very finely-milled texture. Applied damp, it was smoother, richer, and more molten-looking. When I tested it, the color lasted for ten hours. YSL Fetiche #1 (LE) is darker, less metallic. LORAC Nude #6 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Tiger’s Eye (LE, $16.00) is more coppery. Dior Sundeck #4 (LE) is similar. Chanel Mirage (95) (P, $36.00) is a cream. Dior Golden Flower #4 (LE) is similar. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Gangsta (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Cognac (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Museum Bronze (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Night Life is described as a “light shimmery rose brown taupe.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a taupe-hued, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it was a little dusty but very finely milled, and applied damp, it was more metallic but easier to work with and smoother against the skin. It wore well for nine and a half hours without fading. LORAC Mocha (P) is darker, less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is less metallic. Sleek MakeUP Python (P, $9.99) is darker. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, less metallic. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is less metallic. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, cream. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette
MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette

MAC Plumluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains “five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks.” MAC describes it as a “hybrid formula” that can be applied dry for sheer color, wet for opaque color. This might be better titled as “Purpleluxe,” since it’s more like variations on purple than plum. It’s characterized by a lot of glitter, sparkle, and metallic finishes, which makes it harder to wear on its own as the powdery, sometimes crumbly, quality of the glittery shades shows up on the lids and creates a lot of fall out both during application as well as throughout the time I wore them. I think the way the Veluxe Pearlfusion formula sparkles can be really pretty, but they can be such a high maintenance product to apply/wear.

Plumluxe #1 is described as a “frosty white.” It’s a glittering, bright white with a metallic finish and subtle warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry and more opaque pigmentation when applied damp. The texture wasn’t glittery exactly, but it wasn’t smooth–almost crumbly where flecks of sparkle/shimmer acted more like chunks. I had a lot of fall out with this shade when I wore it. Too Faced La Croisette (P, $16.00) is less glittery. Tarina Tarantino Glinda’s Kiss (LE) is less glittery. Dior Golden Snow #3 (LE) is warmer. MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is more muted. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is less glittery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #2 is described as a “white pink with pearl.” It’s a subtly, cool-toned, light-medium pink with a sparkly, metallic finish. It had sheer color that was very powdery when applied dry, which was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It had moderate fall out when worn, though the color itself didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. Milani Bella Pink (13) (P, $3.99) is less glittery. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is less glittery. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sensibilities #2 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC A Medley of Mauves #1 (P, $21.00) is less glittery. Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #2 (P) is similar. Too Faced Marshmallow (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pinkluxe #1 (P) is darker. Urban Decay SWF (P, $18.00) is less glittery. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Maribu (LE, $32.50) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #3 is described as a “lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver and white sparkle/shimmer. It had a more glittery, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was sheer and a bit crumbly, and applied with a dampened brush produced smoother, more pigmented results. I had some fall out with this shade when I wore it, though the color didn’t start fading until after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is darker. NARS Kauai #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #6 (LE, $16.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is warmer. Sleek MakeUP Romance in Rome (LE, $9.99) is darker. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is similar. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly, darker. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is darker, less sparkly. Milani Purr-fect Purple (P, $6.99) is similar. MAC Grand Galaxy (LE, $19.50) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #4 is described as a “dark purple with light pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly shimmer. It was sheer and powdery when applied dry, and it was more opaque when applied with a dampened brush, which helped most of the powderiness. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dior Lilas Mitzah (176) (P, $29.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Freakshow (P, $18.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Plumluxe #5 is a dark gray with a pearly sheen and subtle,c ool undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer but not powdery, and then applied damp, it was slightly more pigmented. The color lasted for almost eight hours before fading. There is a surprisingly amount of shades very similar to this — see comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

 

Laura Mercier Desire Lip Glace
Laura Mercier Desire Lip Glace

Laura Mercier Desire Lip Glace ($25.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “burgundy with shimmer.” It’s a reddish burgundy with warm undertones and violet and fuchsia shimmer. NARS Rouge Tribal (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Black Tea (LE, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Feelin’ So Good (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Lip Glace formula is supposed to be a “high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss” that “hydrates and protects lips” with a “non-sticky formula.” The color is described as “rich, long-lasting” as well. It had semi-opaque color coverage, so the natural lip color came through but it was visible. The shimmer is on the lighter side, so it is more in the background with this particular shade. Applied, the color didn’t settle too much into lip lines, but the sheerer nature of such a dark shade made it so it didn’t look that even on, either. The gloss felt lightweight, non-sticky, and was lightly hydrating, while it lasted for three and a half hours on me. It had a burnt sugar/caramel scent but no discernible taste.

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Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Kat Von D Gothica Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Gothica Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Gothica Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery-brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a mix of gold and copper flecks of sparkle and shimmer. Revlon Sandstorm (LE, $7.99) is smoother, glossier. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) has less shimmer. Milani Bronze Beauty (P, $5.49) is more metallic, shimmery. MAC Who’s That Chick (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more shimmery. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, more metallic, glossier. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is less sparkly. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is more metallic, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency has just enough give so that it doesn’t really tug/drag harshly at the lips, but it doesn’t glide on effortlessly–you do need a decent amount of pressure. The color goes on fairly evenly, though some of the sparkle seems to stick in places so the particles aren’t as evenly distributed as the actual underlying color is. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it wasn’t as pigmented as some of the other shades I’ve reviewed previously. On me, the color lasts six and a half hours, shorter than the 10-hour wear-time that’s claimed and shorter than most of the ones I’ve tried. It is slightly drying but not nearly as drying as you might expect, given it’s clingier feel. This one is also noticeably textured, as you can feel a slight grittiness from the sparkle both as applied from the tube itself as well as when it wears down.

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