Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick
Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick

I originally reviewed this new Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) formula a few weeks ago, and now I have the other two shades I bought to share with you. The formula is described a “highly-pigmented lipstick that provides a burst of long-wearing, kissable color,” which is actually a different description than what was available two weeks ago (which read: “Give lips a burst of color—and hydration—when you swipe on this gel lip shade from Marc Jacobs”). The press release listed, “Color glides on effortlessly and lasts for hours, locking in hydration with advanced ingredients.”

Headliner (608) ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “berry sangria.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark raspberry pink with a satin-matte finish. There’s a slight shine to the finish, but it is fairly matte. It had full color coverage, and it applied smoothly and evenly. This was actually the best-performing shade of the four I bought. It was lightly creamy and didn’t tug or pull at the lips, and it was more comfortable to wear. It didn’t feel as thick, and it didn’t feel chalky at all. On me, it wore well for six and a half hours and was lightly drying–and it didn’t “crack” like the other shades I tried. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is slightly muted. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is brighter. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is warmer. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is a touch darker, more shimmery. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pow (600) ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but the consistency had a thicker, chalkier feel going on, so it did drag here and there. I was able to get mostly even color, but after two and a half hours of wear, the color started to pull into lip lines and “crack.” The color wore for about five hours. It was lightly drying while worn. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is warmer. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, August 1st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Lipglasses
MAC A Novel Romance Lipglasses

There are five new, limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) in the upcoming A Novel Romance collection, which will launch online on August 14th and be in-stores (and at counters) on August 21st.

Bared for You ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, peach with soft white shimmer. I get less rose gold, more peach than anything else. It had semi-opaque color coverage with plenty of shimmer and a glossy shine. It settled somewhat into lip lines but applied fairly evenly. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, less peach. MAC Pure Flattery (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Naked Space (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Good Lovin’ (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pure Fiction ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone violet pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with blue undertones and a milky, creamy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it did settle somewhat into lip lines, unfortunately! This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is darker, less cool-toned, brighter. MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is similar. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Reckless Desire ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer pearlescent lavender grey.” It has a clear base with pink and lavender iridescent shimmer. It is sheer as the base really seems colorless. It wears three hours on me. MAC Vacant (LE, $15.00)is less shimmery. MAC Icescape (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is more iridescent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Talk Sexy ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark purple.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry plum with fuchsia and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which meant that it didn’t look as even applied on its own, though it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance (just up close). This shade wore well for four and a half hours. Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is redder, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Wet Violet (P, $45.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Flight of Fancy (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wanting More ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “washed-out lavender.” It’s a light, milky pink with a subtle gray tint. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but this one settled terribly into lip lines and looked so uneven applied. The gloss lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Tender (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. MAC The Wee Coquette (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Good Times (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Lipsticks
MAC A Novel Romance Lipsticks

In the upcoming A Novel Romance collection (online August 14th, in-stores August 21st), there are six limited edition shades of MAC Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.).

MAC A Novel Romance Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light cool dusty pink [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied evenly without settling into lip lines. The color wore well for four hours on me, but it was a little drying. MAC Ladies Who Lunch (LE, $22.00) is similar.Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Good Kisser Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone fuchsia [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. It almost looks warm-toned against my skin tone. It had rich, opaque color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly, while the color wore well for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Moxie (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Hearts Aflame Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone brick red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, red with warm, brown undertones and a satiny sheen. It had rich pigmentation that applied beautifully without tugging on the lip. The color stayed on well for six hours and left behind a slight stain. I didn’t find it hydrating, but it wasn’t drying either. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is more muted, darker. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Extended Play (DC, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Legendary (LE, $16.00) is browner. MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lingering Kiss Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep plum red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deepened, reddish burgundy with warm undertones and a soft shine. It wasn’t matte to me, and the consistency had more slip than the other matte shades in the collection. The slip made it harder to get really even color, so it looked slightly uneven in places. I had some very light feathering after the fifth hour of wear, though the color lasted well for six hours. It also left a stain behind and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Fixed on Drama (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is darker, browner. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Dramatic Encounter (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned, less brown. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Myself Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “soft shimmery nude beige [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a sheer, neutral-to-cool-toned pink. It lightens my natural lip color and makes them look less warm-toned, but as it is so sheer, it will look different depending on the level of pigmentation you have in your lips. On me, the color lasts an hour and a half and was drying. It also applied unevenly to a degree. This is a repromote from 2010. Givenchy Rose Ruban (211) (P, $36.00) is more opaque. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Feed the Senses (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Yield to Love Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-plum with cool undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It lasted for four and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. Chanel Rayonnante (145) (P, $34.00) is sheerer, lighter, cooler-toned. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Rapture (P, $22.00) is more muted. MAC Plumful (P, $16.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $24.00) is less cool-toned, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Dior Trompe L'Oeil Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Trompe L’Oeil Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Trompe L’Oeil (011) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a brightened, sparkling silver with a very fine shimmer and sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff but is prone to sheering ouot, so it seems to apply mostly as a wash. To build it up, you really have to wait between layers. It takes about thirty seconds or so to set–plenty of time to blend and work with it–and wears for nine and a half hours on me. I didn’t have any issues with fall out. LORAC Silver (P) is a powder. theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is lighter, powder. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is a powder. Makeup Geek Mercury (P, $5.99) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $18.00) is a powder. NARS Interstellar (P, $25.00) is less sparkly. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is a powder. Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is more metallic, lighter. Maybelline Silver Strike (P, $6.99) is more metallic. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Reveuse (271) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a medium-dark, navy blue with a sparkly, frosted finish. It seemed pigmented, but it had a rather chunky/gritty texture that made the color/sparkle flake away. As it dried down, flakes of blue came off the lid and landed underneath my eye (this was in the first five minutes or less). It continued throughout the nine hours I wore it, and though it didn’t crease, it progressively faded as the color flaked away. It was a very odd experience, as I can’t remember many eyeshadows flaking away. MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (P, $21.00)is lighter, powder. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is darker. Urban Decay Goddess (DC, $18.00) is powder. NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is darker. Maybelline Electric Blue (P, $6.99) is darker. MAC Deep Truth (P, $15.00) is brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever #308 (P, $20.00) is brighter, powder. Inglot #428 (P, $6.00) is brighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm
Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm

Earlier, I posted my first review of Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.), which you can find here. According to the brand, it’s supposed to be a hydrating formula that gives lips a better appearance. There are six shades in all, with one being colorless, and the others are supposed to have “juicy tints of color.” The formula is somewhat hydrating–less than a really good lip balm, and it is also less than their regular La Creme lipstick formula, for me–and very short-wearing (only one shade lasts two hours; all the others last less). It has a lightweight feel on the lips, but it is thinner than the La Creme lipsticks. The “tinted” shades seem to emphasize lip imperfections; the formula seems to catch every little imperfection (ones I didn’t know I had!).

Too Faced Pink Slip La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a very sheer, coral-tinted shade. At most, it maybe adds a slight warmth to lips, but it feels like I’m partially imagining it! It wears an hour and a half on me. Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is warmer. Korres Quince (P, $12.99) is pinker, darker. bareMinerals Amped Pink (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Just Kissed La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a very sheer, peachy-coral tint. It’s really a smidgen warmer than Pink Slip, but the two look nearly identical, despite looking drastically different in the tubes. It stayed on for about an hour and a half. Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is similar. Korres Quince (P, $12.99) is darker, more pigmented. bareMinerals Amped Pink (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Plum Crazy La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a very sheer, warm-toned plum with a natural sheen. This shade slightly darkened the lips; of all the shades, this had the most visible tint, but it was still very sheer at best. It lasted for two hours on me. Bite Beauty Dolce (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Korres Quince (P, $12.99) is brighter, warmer. bareMinerals Amped Pink (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm
Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm

Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is supposed to hydrate lips so they appear plumper and smoother with a “delicious sweet citrus scent.” It comes in six shades (a second review is coming for the other three shades) and five of the six are “juicy tints of color,” while one is clear. The formula has some slip, but it seems less slippery/emollient–less “melty”–than the La Creme Lipstick formula, pehraps because this has a thinner feel overall. All of them give a light natural sheen to lips, and though they’re supposed to be tinted, just about all of them look nearly the same on lips. I have somewhat pigmented lips, but they’re not super pigmented–warmer shades make my lips look a wee bit warmer, cooler shades make them look a bit pinker/darker. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing them for their tinting abilities. On me, the formula is somewhat moisturizing; less so than my favorite lip balms, but the formula is thin enough that it doesn’t stay on for long. I get about an hour to two hours of wear, and then I feel like I have to reapply. The colored ones seemed to accentuate the texture of my lips–it seemed to catch on imperfections I didn’t even know I had. These seemed comparable to Bite Beauty’s BB for Lips. Since these three all look virtually colorless applied, I would rather opt for an ultra-hydrating lip balm than a so-so lip balm with no color or pick up one of their La Creme Lipsticks for greater hydrating and actual color.

Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is the clear, colorless shade (as in, intentionally left clear!). It is less glossy than a more liquid-like lip balm, but it is also thinner. The consistency is lightly creamy, lightweight, and applies easily over the lips. It lasts an hour and a half on me.

Too Faced Hunny Bunny La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a sheer, peachy-beige. On my lips, it adds warmth and darkens my natural lip color just slightly with a smidgen of shine. It lasts an hour and a half on me.
Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is slightly more pigmented. MAC Taste of Paradise (LE) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Peachykeen La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a sheer peach. The major difference between this and Hunny Bunny is the undertone; this doesn’t have any beige in it, so it looks peachier–like a mix of orange and pink. It lasts an hour and a half on me.
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