Monday, December 29th, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Eva Glow Illuminating Powder
Dolce & Gabbana Eva Glow Illuminating Powder

Dolce & Gabbana Eva Glow Illuminating Powder ($68.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a very pale, muted yellowed beige with a light dusting of silver sparkle. It looks mostly matte on the skin, in terms of finish, and at most, it gives the appearance that the area it applied is lighter. I couldn’t think of another highlighter that had a similar color or finish.

I can’t say that this really worked to illuminate on my skin tone at all–maybe if I looked very closely and there was a fair amount of light. I could barely detect it, which might make it more suitable as a finishing or setting powder, though when I attempted to use it that way, I looked ashy (so I think it would be a shade that might work better for very light to fair skin tones). The powder itself feels very soft and finely-milled but terribly powdery; there’s a lot of excess that gets kicked up as soon as the brush touches the surface, and it can easily look powdery on the skin if you’re not careful. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to achieve the “radiant glow” described by the brand. In order to test wear, I just layered more heavily on cheekbones so I could actually see it, and it was noticeably faded within six hours.

The version featured in this post is the Collector’s Edition, but the shade itself is available permanently for $51 (without the red lacquered cover/design on the powder).

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass
MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes five new, limited edition shades. MAC released this formula (as part of the permanent range) earlier this year, and there wasn’t a whole lot of information on them regarding color coverage then (Nordstrom lists a description of “delivers luscious color” now), but they consistently ran semi-sheer to semi-opaque with noticeable color and coverage. These are all quite sheer, and with the exception of On Cue, they look nearly the same applied aside from shimmer level. They’re inconsistent with the permanent formula and its 12-shade range. All five shades disappeared within two hours of wear and had a lightly tacky, neither drying nor hydrating formula that was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste. Sheer gloss may not be everyone’s cup of tea (which is why I think it’s important brands distinguish sheer vs. medium vs. opaque shades and formulas well), but it is surprising to see five shades at this level of sheerness.

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale mint with pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, ultra-sheer milky white with pearl. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Boundless Energy Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet pink.” It is a very, very lightly pink-tinted clear gloss with a subtle milky quality to it. It looks like clear gloss on, so any clear gloss would easily replicate the look. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Loose & Lively Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “peachy orange.” It is a very light, milky peach with sheer color coverage that goes on a bit unevenly and settles slightly into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC On Cue Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold pearl.” It’s a gold-shimmered, mostly clear gloss. The shimmer has a slight grit to it after an hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Poetic Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale champagne pink with pearl.” It’s a really light, white-peach with soft pearl. It had sheer color coverage–more so than other shades here–and settled into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Tom Ford Rory, Diego, Alejandro, Luciano, Leonardo Lip Colors
Tom Ford Rory, Diego, Alejandro, Luciano, Leonardo Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “reds.” Rory was a total miss (and not at all a red!), while the other four were more promising. I was surprised that none of the reds was truly full coverage!

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Rory Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a heavily gold-shimmered peach with a metallic finish. The underlying base color is more of a light, peachy-nude, but there is a lot of gold shimmer in it, which takes center stage. This one applied poorly, as it tended to bunch up on itself and looked chunky–instead of lips looking smoother, they looked rough. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it’s something that is probably better mixed or layered with another lip product. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Diego Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but there’s a veil of translucency apparent that will let the natural lip color come through slightly. The consistency had some slip, but it didn’t feather or bleed on me over the six hours it lasted. I found the formula on this shade to be a bit hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Alejandro Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a very fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which went on evenly and looked smooth on the lips, but the natural lip color will come through. It lasted for six hours and was hydrating while worn. Alejandro is the same as Slander. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Luciano Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with slight translucency. The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. On me, it wore well for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Leonardo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned red with very fine ruby shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, but it definitely wasn’t a full coverage lipstick. The consistency was thinner with more slip compared to some shades in the Lip Color family (particularly permanent shades). This shade wore well for almost five hours on me and was hydrating while worn. Leonardo is also the same shade as Smoke Red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake Lip Colors
Tom Ford Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, Blake Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “metallics.” Some of the colors are cool-looking, but I think the performance of the majority in the metallic family leave something to be desired. At this price point, you really should be getting near-perfection (if not perfection). There just shouldn’t be application issues like streakiness or patchiness. The only one I liked in this set was Sebastian, as it had the color payoff that was expected, but it wasn’t perfect, either.

Presently, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time). Nordstrom also put up various trios (no savings, they’re $96 each) for pre-order. Neiman Marcus has a gift card event thorugh 12/16 that includes the Lips & Boys.

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Kyril Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a very light silvery-white with cool undertones and pearly shimmer. It’s semi-sheer and somewhat streaky. I don’t think that this feels or looks like a luxury lipstick on its own; it will work better layered, of course, but on its own, it’s disappointing. It lasted for two hours and was neither hydrating nor drying, though it had a fair amount of slip. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

William Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium orange with lighter golden-copper shimmer and a light metallic sheen. The finish is more like a matte frost, as it doesn’t have a lot of glossiness or shine, but there’s a fair amount of shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff but applied evenly. It lasted for three hours on me, but it was drying over time, and I could feel a bit of the shimmer after two hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sebastian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rich, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and lighter golden orange shimmer. This one had more of a metallic sheen without being totally matte. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and lasted for four and a half hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Omar Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a deepened, copper-shimmered brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s really a darker version of Sebastian to me, though it’s not as shimmery and has weaker color payoff (semi-opaque). This one was lightly hydrating, though, and it still wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blake Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark plummy-brown with warm undertones and copper shimmer. I love the idea of this color, but in practice, it needed improvement (and at this price point, it should be top notch). It had a more emollient consistency, so the color didn’t go on as evenly and looked almost patchy. The color coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque in places, but it wasn’t as pigmented as Tom Ford’s Lip Color formula usually is. It wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. This is the last of the reviews for the new shades, and we don’t end on a very happy note; there are better eyeliner formulas on the marketplace, both more, less, or equally expensive and accessible. MAC created some more unusual colors, but I found the formula to be lacking in color payoff, longevity, and texture.

MAC Sterling Silver Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “silver.” It’s a bright, metallic silver. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it didn’t build up color from there. This shade had a waxy consistency, and it lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Counterfeit Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “silver grey.” It’s a medium-dark gray with warm undertones–almost looks like a silvery taupe–with a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage, though it didn’t apply evenly. This color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Clay Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep grey.” It’s a dark warm gray with a pearly sheen. It had a drier, waxier consistency that made it hard to get good color payoff out of it in a single stroke, but it seemed to be more buildable compared to many of the other shades, as after a few layers, I was able to get opaque color. This shade started to look blown out after six and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Steelpoint Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep smoky metallic grey.” It’s a dark gray with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one pass, which was fairly buildable to opaque color. The consistency wasn’t too waxy, and the color wore well for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Superfly Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “soft black.” It’s a rich black (not a soft black at all, actually) with a satin finish. It had a waxy feel to it, but it was buildable to opaque color after two layers. The eyeliner looked softened and smudged after six hours, though. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

MAC Technakohl Liners
MAC Technakohl Liners

MAC Technakohl Liners ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) are supposed to have a “soft and creamy” formula with “intense, rich colour deposit” while being long-wearing (specified as eight hours) and smudge-proof. I wish I could say that these were more impressive than the shades I’ve already reviewed, but these may be even more disappointing. The formula is soft as in waxy, so while it usually glides across the skin, it doesn’t lay down much color while doing so, and the waxiness builds up such that the color goes on unevenly and sticks in some places but not others. The wear is also shorter (though MAC’s saving grace is that they specified eight hours of wear) than most eyeliners, but the wear I get is shorter than they’ve claimed for most shades.

MAC Skyscape Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metallic deep sky blue.” It’s a muted, medium blue with cool undertones and a metallic shimmer-sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage, but it applied unevenly and bunched up on itself, which made parts of it appear darker and thicker. This shade lasted for six hours on me. Such a shame, because it is a more unique shade as far as I can tell for eyeliners. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Raisinette Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “brown-purple.” It’s a deepened, burgundy brown with cool undertones and a satin finish. The texture was waxy and a little stiff, which made it prone to dragging and skipping. It had decent pigmentation, but it was hard to apply. It lasted for seven hours on me before blowing out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Bishop Blue Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “blue-purple.” It’s a muted, dark purple with a hint of blue and a soft, pearly shimmer. It was sheer, dry, and very waxy, which gave it–at most–semi-sheer pigmentation and a faded quality to it at that. For me, this shade had smudged after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Image Conscious Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “purple.” It’s a medium-dark purple with soft shimmer and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which wasn’t buildable for much more intensity than that. The waxy consistency made it hard to build up the color. On me, this shade lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Alpha Grey Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metal grey.” It’s a pewter gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s so sheer with a really waxy consistency that just doesn’t help this apply well. It’s not sharp or painful, but you can’t get good color or application out of it. This shade stayed in place for six hours before it looked smudged/blown out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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