Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette
Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette

Urban Decay Strip Naked Flushed Palette ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) just debuted on the brand’s website and will be available at all the other retailers later this month/early June. I’m not in love with the texture that Urban Decay has in their cheek palettes, as there’s always something off about them. Strip didn’t impress me, as two shades were problematic. The best shade was the bronzer, but if you aren’t a fan of more shimmery bronzers, that will likely make this an automatic pass.

Strip Bronzer is described as a “deep bronze shimmer bronzer.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly red-toned brown with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. It’s shimmery enough to impart a soft glow to the skin, but it doesn’t seem to emphasize my pores (just maintains the status quo). It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. The color lasted for eight hours on me, which is about average. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is yellower. Urban Decay Baked (P, $26.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Strip Highlighter is described as a “golden shimmer highlighter.” It’s a light-medium, golden brown with larger, gold sparkle and shimmer. It doesn’t bind together well and almost seems like a loose highlighter. It tends to catch on any baby hairs you may have on your face, and it doesn’t adhere to the skin, so it travels to parts unknown. It also emphasizes pores, unfortunately. The sheen was visible for six and a half hours. Too Faced Snow Bunny (P) is less sparkly. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is lighter, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Strip Blush is described as a “deep mauve blush.” It’s a medium, rosy plum with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, while the texture felt soft, it also seemed powdery and didn’t bind together well, so it sheered out easily. This shade stayed on the skin for seven hours. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, pinker. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Dior Atlantique (344) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Atlantique (344) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Atlantique (344) 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($61.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a new and limited edition, cool-toned palette that features three blue-hued eyeshadows, a shimmery silver, and a medium brown (that is very warm-toned, so it seems out of place). The good news is this wasn’t as bad as Rivage, which made any blue eyeshadow lover instantly tear up. It’s still not a hit, and it’s hard to forgive major errors at this price point. The darkest blue is incredibly powdery, dusty, and sheer. The silver shade is mostly silver shimmer, and the light blue is so-so. The best performer was the medium blue, followed by the brown, which was still a little powdery. On the lid, wear time varied dramatically depending on shade, so if that’s a deal-breaker, I’ve noted the wear times with each shade below.

Atlantique #1 is a sheer, sparkly silver with cool undertones. There’s no real colored base, just silver shimmer and larger silver sparkle. It’s better patted over another shade than used on its own. There was some fall out over time, and it seemed to last about five hours before most of the sparkle had moved onto bigger and better things (namely, my cheeks). Divergent Transform (LE) is less sparkly. Dior Dulcinee #3 (LE) is a cream product, more pigmented. MAC Platinum Love (LE, $19.50) is less sparkly, more metallic. bareMinerals Steam (LE, $14.00) is more metallic. MAC Bleuluxe #1 (P) is more pigmented. Chanel Infini (P, $28.50) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Tinsel (LE) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atlantique #2 is a light-medium, sky blue with a subtle sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the texture was a little powdery to work with, so it was prone to disappearing when blended on the lid. It’s best to pat this shade in place and only finesse the edges. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading. Dior Dulcinee #5 (LE) is greener. MAC Clearwater (P, $18.50) is a cream product, more muted. Disney by Sephora Blue Oasis (LE) is greener. MAC Sky Blue (P, $15.00) is slightly greener. Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise (LE) is darker. Dior Swimming Pool #3 (LE) is a touch cooler-toned. Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atlantique #3 is a navy blue with fine, navy blue shimmer. The texture was soft but quite powdery, and the resulting color payoff was dismal–semi-sheer at best. It applied unevenly, and it was difficult to blend out on the lid. It managed to stay on for almost seven hours, though, but getting it to look half-decent was a challenge. MAC Indigo Blend #2 (LE) is darker. Makeup Geek Nautica (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is darker, brighter. MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Climax (P) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atlantique #4 is a medium, muted periwinkle blue with a soft, pearly sheen. It had really good pigmentation, and the texture was balanced between soft and smooth without being powdery. This color wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 (LE, $2.29) is darker. NARS Rated R #2 (P, $24.00) is more matte, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Atlantique #5 is a medium brown with very fine golden shimmer, yellow-y undertones, and a satin finish. It had fairly good color coverage, and the texture was just slightly powdery. The color lasted well for eight hours. MAC Butterfudge (P, $15.00) is lighter, cream product. Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth #5 (P, $2.29) is darker. Makeup Geek Hipster (P, $5.99) is more muted, less warm-toned. Too Faced Hazelnut (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is similar. Anastasia Truffle (LE) is warmer. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. Disney by Sephora Bazaar (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks
MAC Alluring Aquatic Lipsticks

MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection contains five shades of limited edition lipsticks, and I have four of them to share with you (I’ll review the missing one as soon as I can purchase it!). The collection releases online May 15th and in-stores on May 22nd (North America), and the only date I have for international locations is “May 2014.” Each lipstick is packaged in metallic blue-teal plastic tube with “water droplets” on the case, and the droplets are actually raised–and it’s some of the coolest packaging I’ve seen, personally (and to be clear, “cool” packaging doesn’t impact on the rating of the shades). It really does look wet, and it’s not so thick/textured that it won’t store well.

MAC Mystical Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone creamy rose [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a medium-dark, muted rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and easily without pulling at the lip during application. This sahde wore well for four and a half hours, and it wasn’t drying (which is noteworthy, as Cremesheens are often a bit drying on me). MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is a touch brighter. Burberry Primrose Hill Pink (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pet Me, Please Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light shimmering mauve [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with a hint of mauve/gray to it, but it still looked rather warm-toned overall. It had semi-opaque color coverage, so the natural lip color is going to influence the tone and color of the lipstick applied. This was released previously, and this version was less pigmented, but the color itself was fairly similar (more influence coming from skin/natural lip color since it wasn’t as opaque). This shade only lasted two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat drying (not a total surprise, given the level of frost in it!). I think this works best with gloss layered on top. MAC Art Directed (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Felicienne (LE, $22.00) is rosier. MAC Eloquent Air (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Siren Song Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer pale beige [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a very light, champagne beige with a frosted sheen–pretty much as MAC describes it. The way this appears applied is going to depend greatly on your natural lip color, as it is semi-sheer. This shade lightens my natural lip color while adding warmth and gold shimmer. The color wore well for two hours, and it was lightly drying on me, which is typical of my experience with Lustres; worth noting, some readers find the Lustre formula very hydrating, others in the middle, and some, like me, drying, so if you generally find them hydrating, then I would be less concerned about the drying aspect of it. MAC Altered Beige (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer. Giorgio Armani #111 (P, $32.00) is darker, more opaque. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone neutral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a subtle rosiness, and it has a matte finish. The consistency was lightly creamy and applied evenly and well over lips; and for a matte, lighter shade like this, they can sometimes be unforgiving, but I didn’t have any issues with application. The color lasted for five hours on me and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Flirt (144) (LE, $30.00) is similar. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant cool red.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, medium cherry red with a glossy finish. NARS Rose Gitane (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is similar. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is warmer. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

My experience with this shade mirrored what I experienced with Timeless Coral. The formula is supposed to be a hydrating tint that can be applied on lips and cheeks–“natural-looking, never-greasy color.” It performs best as a lipgloss, but it’s more of a gloss, less of a stain. This shade did leave a very, very slight stain behind, and it wore two and a half hours, which was longer. It is somewhat hydrating as a lip gloss, though there are gritty bits here and there in the product. As a blush, it feels oily and slick, and it never sets or remotely dries down, so it moves around and looks uneven as it wears away (or breaks down foundation if you wear it on top of foundation, and I only saw about three hours of decent wear that way) after five hours on bare skin. The texture is dewy and lightly tacky on the cheeks, but it doesn’t feel tacky on the lips. It has a sweet, almost citrus-y, scent and taste.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant warm coral.” It’s a muted, medium coral with warm, reddish undertones and a glossy finish. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less warm-toned. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

I picked this up during the sale a couple of weeks ago, because it was new and sounded interested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and works as a tint for lips and cheeks. Josie Maran describes it as “natural-looking, never-greasy color.” As far as I’m concerned, this is only a lip product, because on cheeks, it feels oily, lightly tacky, doesn’t set or dry down, and slides around after five hours of wear. I found it difficult to wear with foundation, whether applied over or under, as the emollient texture makes applying foundation over it difficult, and applying it over foundation led to the foundation breaking down after two to three hours. I had the best results over bare skin, but they weren’t great results.

Though it felt greasy on the skin, it was comfortable to wear on the lips–very cushion-y, gel-like, and somewhat hydrating. The major downside is that as a lip product, it needs regularly reapplication as it doesn’t really leave a stain behind, and the color and glossiness wear off in two hours or less. I also found it gritty, and I don’t know why there was any grit element to it at all, but it was something I noticed when swatching both on skin, applied to cheeks, and on lips. It had a sweet, citrus-y scent and taste to it that I couldn’t really place but is there. It’s a real disappointment, because the price point is fantastic, and even better, it contains a lot of product.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

MAC Lipglass -- Bright Side, Lots of Laughs, Live It Up, Carousel, Pure Silliness
MAC Lipglass — Bright Side, Lots of Laughs, Live It Up, Carousel, Pure Silliness

The MAC Playland Collection includes five new and limited edition shades of MAC LipglassApril 10th April 15th (MAC corporate confirmed as of 4/10 8:26AM PST) and in-stores and at counter on April 17th.

Bright Side is described as a “creamy yellow.” It’s a medium, warm-toned yellow with white pearl. It’s semi-sheer, so when applied to my lips, my natural lip color makes it so it ends up looking like a yellow-peach. It didn’t apply evenly, though, and it tended to settle into lip lines. It wore well for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. I wasn’t able to think of any dupes for this one!

Carousel is described as a “creamy pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a creamy, milky finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but I really wished it had applied evenly! The thickness of Lipglass seems to make these creamy, milky shades a total pain in the behind to apply. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is purpler. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Live It Up is described as a “creamy orange.” It’s a light-medium, milky orange with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and this shade actually applied fairly evenly, though it wasn’t perfect. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, sheerer, lighter. Chanel Envolee (427) (LE, $29.50) is lighter, sheerer. MAC Imperial Light (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lots of Laughs is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-cool-toned pink with a creamy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it applied so-so–a little unevenly, some settling into lip lines. It lasted for four hours on me, though, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is sheerer, darker.Revlon Bejeweled (P, $7.49) is sheerer. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is slightly lighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is sheerer. MAC Infinitely Likeable (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Pagoda (LE, $20.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pure Silliness is described as a “creamy lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink-purple with a creamy, glossy finish. It applied terribly unevenly, though it had semi-opaque color coverage. The color wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is lighter. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter.MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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