Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Gucci Potent Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a gloss with “intense color” and a “demi-glaze finish.” It is “packed with pigment,” “non-sticky”, hydrating, and scented with the brand’s “Blue Chocolate” fragrance. They also say “intense, saturated pigments.” I make a point to reiterate just how many ways Gucci called this a pigmented gloss, because you’ll see one gloss is nowhere near pigmented, and the other is some pigmentation but isn’t opaque. The gloss itself is mostly non-sticky–I get a little tackiness towards the last hour of wear–and has a lightweight, creamy, comfortable consistency with a fair amount of slip. It’s hydrating while on, but it does give me the same soapy taste while I wear it that I had with the lipsticks. I found the scent to be less intense than the lipsticks but still noticeable applied (not just in the tube). If brands want to have a single gloss formula with various intensities, all I’d like to see is the usage of shade descriptions like “sheer violet” and “opaque violet.”

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a sheer, pink-lavender base with iridescent shimmer. The thinner texture of the gloss made it so I could feel some of the shimmer in it, though it wasn’t too noticeable. The color itself was sheer, and it wore well for two and a half hours. This was one of the most disappointing products that I bought from the new line. NARS Easy Lover (P, $26.00) is lighter, pinker. Shiseido Nebula (VI207) (P, $25.00) is purpler. L’Oreal Pucker-Up Pink (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is brighter, pinker. Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is pinker. Urban Decay Trashed (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Asian Butterfly (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Perky (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with a subtle gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage but a fair amount of the natural lip color comes through. There’s a little bit of settling, but it isn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is darker, redder. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is brighter, more opaque. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is lighter. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is slightly darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is more orange. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Calypso (LE, $29.50) is similar. Burberry Brick Red (P, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base
MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base

MAC Artificially Wild features two new, limited edition shades of MAC Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.). Shell is also being repromoted (but it is part of the permanent range). For those unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases (also known as CCBs), they’re described as a “versatile and multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” You can “apply with a brush, sponge, or fingers.” The color payoff ranges “from a light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.”

I struggled a lot with these, because both shades felt even more emollient–almost greasy–than most CCBs. When I wore then on the eyes, I kept having to pat the CCBs back into place, but they would just pull right into the creases within a few minutes and remained very emollient. I tried applying eyeshadows on top to set, but it creased within a few hours. Then, I tried to wear each shade as a contour color, which worked better but they had to be dabbed on as they were very emollient and would sheer out very easily. Normally, I don’t have so much trouble working with CCBs, and though they don’t wear long on their own, setting usually keeps them in place for a more reasonable length of time–but it didn’t seem to be the case with these two. The best results I had were from dabbing the more shimmery shade on the brow bone or along the tops of cheek bones, as it seemed to last a bit longer and didn’t slide as noticeably.

MAC Au Nature Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty mustard olive.” It’s a dirty, yellowed green with warm, olive brown undertones and a satiny sheen. This shade had semi-opaque color coverage that was more buildable. It lasted six hours on cheeks. Divergent Intrepid Moss (LE) is a powder, more shimmery, browner. MAC A Harvest of Greens #3 (P, $21.00) is darker, more shimmery, powder. MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $15.00) is a powder, greener, less yellow. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Breaking Ground Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light iridescent mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark taupe with a purple/gray leaning. It had a more frosted finish, which applied semi-opaque at most but naturally wanted to apply sheer. This one was even more prone to sliding around, and I couldn’t get the color to build much more than semi-opaque. It lasted for five hours on the face. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker, powder. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is powder. MAC Phresh Out #4 (LE) is darker, powder, warmer. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, powder, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a new powder eyeshadow formula that’s available in thirty shades. I thought I’d try these three next, as purples are notorious for being difficult to do well, so I wanted to see if Milani’s newest formula could rise to the occasion.

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink.” It’s a light, icy pink with cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was richly pigmented. The texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, but almost buttery and dense. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is smoother. Bobbi Brown Pink Lily (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Violet (14) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering violet purple.” It’s a muted, medim purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and then it intensified to semi-opaque coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was drier, a little more powdery and prone to disappearing–it did not adhere well to the skin. I tried applying it with a dampened brush on the lid, and it still just didn’t seem to layer or build well. What color managed to stick to the skin stayed on for seven hours. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is warmer. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Purple (15) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich purple satin matte.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque, softer color, while applied damp, it was richer, smoother, and more opaque. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it was easy to blend on the skin. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #2 (P) is lighter. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Night Bird Eyeliner
NARS Night Bird Eyeliner

NARS Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is a new set of eyeliners available in four shades debuting this fall. They are being added to the permanent range, and they are black-based with colored pearl. The consistency of these was stiff, so they did tug somewhat at the lash line and didn’t apply with rich, opaque color coverage. They required three to four passes if you wanted a really solid line, though I found short, back-and-forth strokes to be the best application method for these due to the stiffer consistency. All four wore up to ten hours on me before I saw some very slight fading and a little migration to the outer corner of the lid, but they were quite long-wearing once they were on. At the price, I’d recommend checking out NARS Eye Paints, as it is a better formula with far more product (and $1 more), and three shades are similar to three of the pencils here.

NARS Night Bird Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with purple pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black base with violet and plum shimmer. It was sheer and more of a faded, warm-toned black with a couple of bits of purple shimmer here and there in one stroke. When I tried to layer it, I was able to semi-opaque color, but it didn’t layer evenly, so it doesn’t give a really rich, solid line of color. Urban Decay Delinquent (P, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Permaplum (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Tatar (P, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Clubbing Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with gold pearl.” It’s a softened, medium black with warm undertones and a very, very slight gold shimmer (which is almost imperceptible once applied). It was semi-sheer when applied in one stroke, but this one built up better and layered to mostly opaque coverage. MAC Local Wares (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Avenue (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Flight Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with cobalt blue pearl.” It’s a dark black with navy blue shimmer, so it looks more like a pearly, blackened blue. It was semi-sheer when applied in one go, and then it built up to mostly opaque coverage, though it was a bit uneven. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Night Trail (P, $20.00) is similar. MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) is is lighter. NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Night Porter Night Series Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “black with green pearl.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and cool-toned, emerald green shimmer. It had sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage that was uneven. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Dark Envy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. NARS Snake Eyes (P, $25.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush
Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Chanel Innocence (160) Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as “rosewood.” It’s a muted, medium pink with subtle warm, yellow undertones and a semi-matte finish. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is a touch lighter. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was surprised to find the texture of the blush to be incredibly thin and somewhat stiff. It’s quite sheer and really requires three to four layers to get visible, more true-to-pan color on the skin (both in the swatch and applied to cheeks). Normally, Chanel’s blushes are very soft and silky, sometimes bordering on powdery, but this one was thinner and drier. It didn’t feel genuinely stiff, yet little color was coming off of the pan when I was trying to apply it with a blush brush. Even the process of blending the color was challenging, as the color didn’t blend easily, so it had a tendency to look uneven and splotchy. The color lasted for seven hours on me before turning patchy and faded.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Make Up For Ever I-20 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever I-20 Aqua Matic

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is supposed to be an “eyeshadow pencil [that] glides on and stays put.” It’s supposed to be “unbelievably blendable” without transferring, while it is also “highly-pigmented, waterproof, smudge-free … [and has] intense color payoff.” These are very, very stiff to work with; they apply so-so with minor tugging on the lids but look uneven at a close range and have a drier consistency that makes them extremely difficult to blend and get even, smooth color coverage. I expected that they’d be long-wearing, since they seemed to stay put from the get-go, but some shades creased within six hours (noted below). I was really disappointed in the way these felt, applied, and wore. The only upside is they’re a twist-up pencil with an included sharpener, so at least there is less waste. I have three other shades to review, so expect part two soon.

Make Up For Ever I-20 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as an “iridescent turquoise.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and when I tried to layer it, the color was mostly opaque. The consistency was somewhat smooth but did noticeably tug on the eyelid during application. This shade lasted for seven hours on me before creasing. Urban Decay Fringe (P) is a powder. Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker, greener, powder. Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $8.25) is a powder. Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $6.80) is a powder. Disney by Sephora Caspian Sea (LE) is lighter, powder. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is bluer, powder. Urban Decay Deep End (P, $18.00) is bluer, powder. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery, powder. Make Up For Ever #83 (P, $20.00) is brighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I-22 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as an “iridescent electric blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened blue with a soft sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. This shade creased after six hours on me, and it faded within six hours when I tried to wear it as an eyeliner as well. It was difficult to blend and apply. Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) (LE, $4.99) is lighter, powder. Urban Decay Radium (P, $18.00) is powder. NYX Kiss in Casablanca (P, $4.50) is powder, more muted. Buxom Bulldog (P, $18.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I-30 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lime green.” It’s a brightened, chartreuse with strong, yellow leanings and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was buildable to semi-opaque color coverage but wasn’t fully opaque. This shade creased on me after six hours of wear. This one had a slightly more blendable texture compared to the previous two, but it wasn’t great. NARS Tropical Princess #1 (LE, $24.00) is greener, more muted, powder. MAC Chartreuse Bouquet (LE, $21.00) is powder. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, powder. MAC Brilliantly Lit (LE, $18.50) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I-90 Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is described as an “iridescent pop purple.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toened plummy purple with soft shimmer. It was sheer when applied in a single pass, and it was buildable to almost semi-opaque coverage, but it was noticeably uneven and almost splotchy at times. The consistency was about as blendable as I-30 but still frustrating to work with. This shade lasted for almost seven hours on me before creasing. MAC Violet Impact (LE, $15.00) is a powder, lighter. NYX Violetta (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, powder. NARS Trash (LE, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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