Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Smashbox 3D Orchid Always Sharp 3D Liner
Smashbox 3D Orchid Always Sharp 3D Liner

Smashbox Always Sharp Liner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a “waterproof kohl eyeliner that glides on and self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off.” There’s also a 3D formula, which as far as I can tell, differs primarily by the inclusion of shimmer. The original (or regular) formula is waterline safe as well. The self-sharpening mechanism is great for anyone who needs more precision when using their pencil eyeliner, and it definitely works! The consistency of the pencils was soft enough that it glided on without tugging on the lash line. The three shades I tried yielded more opaque color coverage in a couple of layers. The formula noticeably faded and thinned out after six to seven hours, and the teal shade migrated into the outer edge of my lash line, so wear was less than ideal. It seemed waterproof, as it didn’t run or smudge when it came into contact with water.

Smashbox 3D Orchid Always Sharp 3D Liner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “black with pink pearl.” It’s a warm-toned black with violet sparkle and shimmer. It was semi-sheer in a single stroke and buildable to semi-opaque color. This shade wore well for seven hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty (Plum)age (60) (P, $25.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Empire (P, $19.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.00) has finer sparkle. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smashbox Cabana Always Sharp Liner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “green.” It’s a green-leaning teal with a subtle, pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in one pass, and it was fully opaque after two layers. This shade wore well for seven hours but migrated and gathered in my outer corner. Sephora Collection Good Mood (P, $9.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #52L (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Blue Noon (LE, $16.00) is slightly bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smashbox Penny Lane Always Sharp Liner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “brown with shimmer.” It’s a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with gold and bronze shimmer. It had fairly good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color after two layers. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me and didn’t migrate. Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is warmer. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is a gel eyeliner. Urban Decay Hustle (LE, $19.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow

These are the last of the Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) shades I have to review! You can check out previously reviewed shades here. :) The brand describes them as “creamy, waterproof, [and] long-lasting.” It’s a cream-to-powder formula, so it feels like a cream initially but dries down to a powder finish. Givenchy actually states that this lasts for 16 hours, which is quite a tall order and one that I haven’t found any shade to live up to (or even last close to that).

Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as an “old pink.” It’s a muted, rosy pink with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff that could be applied opaque in a single layer or sheered out for a softer look. This shade was creamy but quick to dry down, so I would recommend working one eye at a time to ensure blendability throughout application. On me, this shade wore well for twelve hours before creasing. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is slightly warmer, powder. LORAC Mauve (P) is cooler-toned, powder. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #5 (LE) is more shimmery, cooler-toned, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Prune Taffetas (8) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “plum.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned plum with a pink base and a soft, pearly shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it took two to three layers (you could get away with almost two if you went heavy) to get more opaque coverage. The consistency was lightly creamy, dried down to a powder finish, and lasted for almost twelve hours before creasing. theBalm #2 (P, $6.50) is a powder product. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P) is more metallic, powder. MAC Pink Union #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more muted, powder. MAC Luxury Touch (LE, $16.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

MAC x Sharon Osbourne Patentpolish Lip Pencils
MAC x Sharon Osbourne Patentpolish Lip Pencils

The upcoming MAC x Osbournes Collection features four shades of Patentpolish Lip Pencils, which were a new (and limited edition) formula that released at the end of March of this year. Two of the shades are repromotes, so since I just tested them two months ago, I didn’t re-test them for wear, but the shades are the same in regards to texture/color/application. The Patentpolish Lip Pencil formula is supposed to have “the colour and shine of a gloss, the precision of a lip pencil.” They come housed in a jumbo-sized, twist-up lip pencil and contain slightly less product than a lipstick (0.10 oz.). The two new shades in this collection are actually better than many shades I tried when the formula initially launched, as both applied evenly and lasted a bit longer.

MAC French Kiss Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($21.50 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “warm caramel.” It’s a warm-toned, medium brown with muted, orange tones. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, and the color actually applied quite evenly and smoothly. The shade only lasted two hours on me, though. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is more opaque, lighter. MAC Show Me (P, $19.50) is darker, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Innocent Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($21.50 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. This applied very unevenly, but it did have semi-opaque pigmentation. It lasted an hour and a half. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is slightly warmer. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is glossier, more shimmery. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is a touch less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Patentpink Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($21.50 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “washed-out lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with bluish-gray undertones and a light shine. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, which applied somewhat evenly–more evenly than anticipated for this type of color–but could use improvement in that area. It wore well for just over two hours. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is glossier, lighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is glossier, brighter. MAC Enchantee (LE, $18.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Ruby Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($21.50 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone rose.” It’s a medium-dark, muted berry with cool undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque poigmentatoin that applied evenly, smoothly, and didn’t settle into lip lines. This shade wore for three hours but didn’t really leave a stain. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is brighter. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more berry-hued. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is brighter, cooler-toned. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (P, $28.00) has shimmer. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, May 17th, 2014

MAC Aphrodite's Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer

MAC Aphrodite’s Shell Extra Dimension Bronzer ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with a touch of fine shimmer.” It’s a muted, medium golden brown with a soft, golden shimmer and satin finish. It had warm, yellow undertones. Urban Decay Bronzer (P) is warmer, darker. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is darker, browner. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is a touch darker. MAC Refined Golden (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is described as long-wearing (specifically a whopping “ten hours”) and as having a “luminous” finish. This is going to be a shade that is best for very fair to light complexions; it just barely shows up at all on my skin tone (medium or NC25). The texture is thin, a little dry, though “smooth” to the touch, but the product doesn’t easily loosen from the surface, so the initial coverage is sheer. It’s somewhat buildable, but it takes several layers and a scratchier brush (which helps to get more product off of the surface of the pan). The color seemed to last for around eight hours (it was more visible in person than in photos, so I was able to track the wear, thankfully!), but it didn’t get to ten.

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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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