Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a new and limited edition formula for spring. It’s a “demi-matte” take on the permanent Lovemarc Lip Gel, but it’s still supposed to have the “gellified feel” of the original. I’m not a fan of the formula because of how it looks and wears over time. Initially, they apply so-so but tend to catch on any imperfections on the lips, and the lighter shades did not apply evenly. Worn, they settle into lip lines terribly and tend to leave color on the outer edges of the lips. The settling process happens after about an hour and a half of wear and steadily worsens. None of these were drying, though none were hydrating. The finish is more satin to natural, less semi-matte. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Shout (138) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte bright watermelon.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and this shade applied the smoothest out of the three I tried. It wore for four and a half hours on me. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte soft nude.” It’s a light, pink-tinted beige with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and though it glided on without skipping, it didn’t apply evenly. It lasted three hours on me. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is warmer, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is glossier, warmer. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is pinker. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Flirt (144) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy coral with a semi-matte finish. It had mostly full color coverage, and it applied fairly well but wasn’t perfectly even (better than Pout, not as good as Shout). The color lasted for four hours. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Sentiment (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Innocence (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Flavour (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Passionate Dreams Collection ($35.00 for 4 x 0.50 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition collection that features four polishes. They can be purchased as a set during the pre-sale period for $35 (compared to $48 after pre-sale); shades will only be sold individually if the shades do not sell out during the pre-sale. I typically get between seven and ten days of wear with Cult Nails’ formula, as it is particularly long-wearing in my experience.

Angel Whispers Nail Lacquer is described as a “soft, pale pink creme.” It’s a very light, pink-tinged white with fine white sparkle and shimmer. It’s a textured polish, so the finish has an almost sandy feel, but it’s not a genuine sand finish/texture to me–smoother than that, somewhat matte, but sparkly still. The consistency of this polish was unbearably thick, almost gluey. It dried down surprisingly quickly despite that problem, but it is difficult to apply evenly, both in terms of just getting an even thickness across the whole nail as well as just getting the color to spread evenly across the nail. The end result was sparkly and interesting, but this was one of the thickest polishes I’ve ever come across. It was also opaque after two coats. I don’t have any dupes for this.

Ignite Nail Lacquer is described as a “black jelly base with silver glitter.” It’s a deep, warm-toned black base with silver micro-glitter. It didn’t look like a jelly base to me–more like a cream. It also looked like there was a pale gold glitter in it, too, as it didn’t look purely silver to me. The consistency was just a little on the thick side. You might prefer to wear this with a top coat if you want to have a smooth finish, as the micro-glitter is raised above the black base color. It was fully opaque after two coats. L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges (LE, $6.99) has more of a texture. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) is mostly silver glitter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Fashion Polish (LE, $20.00) has multi-colored glitter/sparkle. Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) has more silver sparkle. See comparison swatches.

Kiss Nail Lacquer is described as a “vibrant red that dries to a wax-like finish.” It’s a vibrant, medium red with warm undertones with a soft matte finish. It has a smooth, rubber/vinyl/wax-like finish that has a little sheen but not true shine–but it’s not as flat as a matte polish. It was fully opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. I don’t have another red polish that has this type of finish (at least, not that I can remember), but here are some reds that have a glossier finish: see comparison swatches.

Lethal Nail Lacquer is described as a “silver foil.” It’s a bright, metallic silver with a shiny, foil-like finish. It is quite shiny all on its own (no need for a top coat). The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it was opaque after two coats. It is unforgiving if you apply the second coat before the first is fully dry, though, as you’ll definitely get drag. There were noticeable brush strokes. Zoya Seraphina (P, $9.00) is sheerer, less metallic. China Glaze Icicle (LE, $7.50) is darker. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Revlon Haute Pink (002) Blush
Revlon Haute Pink (002) Blush

Revlon Haute Pink (002) Blush ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a subtly cool-toned, light-medium pink with a satin finish. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is brighter, more matte. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Formal (LE) is similar. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is similar. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is more matte. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lovecloud (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The formula is described as an “ultra-soft, silky powder [that] adds a natural flush of color to your cheeks.” The color is “buildable” with a “soft satin finish.” Here’s what you need to know: in order to get a swatch of the product at all, I had to scrape off layers of product with a metal spatula. This is a very, very sheer product, and based on the description, it’s not designed to be wham! in-your-face color, but if you have to scrape off product to get color, there’s trouble. At best, it is buildable to semi-sheer color coverage, but I fear that it isn’t buildable to the point where all skin tones could wear it with ease–I think deeper complexions will not find it builds up enough color to show up well. The texture is soft, lightweight, and not at all powdery, as it doesn’t loosen from the surface that much–soft but stiff in a sense, so it’s not as easy to blend on the skin as I’d like. The finish doesn’t emphasize pores, and it does get more shimmery/luminous the more it is buffed and worked into the skin. It wore well for six and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading.  The color is absolutely gorgeous, and the finish is so lovely–I wish it was softer, a little less tightly packed/pressed, because I think the color payoff would be much improved and it would blend more easily on the skin.

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Monday, January 6th, 2014

MAC A Waft of Grey Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad
MAC A Waft of Grey Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad

MAC A Waft of Grey Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad ($44.00 for 0.05 oz.) is the smoky eye quad–a mix of silver-shot white, silver, gray, and black.  I had fall out during wear with the silver and gray shades, as both were quite sparkly, but the colors themselves wore between six and eight hours.  Because it is a smoky eye quad, the colors are rather dupeable, so I would recommend looking elsewhere if you’re in the market for a silver/gray/black palette.

A Waft of Grey #1 is cool-toned white with a frosted sheen. It was slightly powdery and sheer applied dry, and it was semi-opaque when applied with a damp brush. This applied so-so; I couldn’t build up the color or smooth it out entirely, so it always looked a little creased. It was noticeably faded after six hours of wear. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) is similar. Dior Lune (001) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is lighter. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is also lighter. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC The Cool Elite (LE, $16.50) is a cream product. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $23.00) is cooler-toned, a cream product. See comparison swatches.

A Waft of Grey #2 is a light-medium silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It was fairly sparkly, too, and I did have issues with fall out during wear. It was sheer when applied dry, semi-opaque when applied damp.  Like the white shade, it doesn’t quite smooth out over the lid.  Though there was fall out, the color itself remained mostly intact after eight hours of wear. If it looks familiar, it should–it’s pretty much the same as the silver in Party of Pastels. Sleek MakeUP Pretty in Paris (LE, $9.99) is a touch darker. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #6 (P) is slightly darker. Disney by Sephora Your Voice (LE) is similar. NARS Silver Factory (LE, $24.00) is a cream product. NARS Flowers 3 #1 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Virgin Silver (LE) is a cream product. MAC Extra Silver (LE, $19.50) is less cool-toned. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 (P) is similar. Giorgio Armani #17 (LE, $33.00) is also similar. Le Metier de Beaute Platinum (P, $30.00) is less frosted, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

A Waft of Grey #3 is medium-dark,c harcoal gray with silver sparkle and shimmer. It was very, very dry and stiff to work with, so the color payoff when applied dry was barely-there. Applied with a dampened brush, I was able to get semi-opaque color coverage. MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #4 (P, $21.00) is a little darker and not as sparkly (but they are similar). Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $5.99) is less sparkly. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

A Waft of Grey #4 is a medium-dark black with a satin finish and cool undertones. The texture was powdery, but the color was mostly buildable. It needs to be used slightly dampened or over a slightly tacky base, because dry, it sheers out and disappears. bareMinerals Black Leather (LE, $14.00) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party #3 (LE) is darker. MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $15.00) is similar. theBalm Serious (P, $16.00) is darker. Estee Lauder Black Chrome #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, more matte. Chanel Premier Regard #4 (P) is more matte. bareMinerals Lights Down (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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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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