Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Tom Ford Casey, Orlando, Peter, Alasdhair Lip Colors
Tom Ford Casey, Orlando, Peter, Alasdhair Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “silver to blacks.” I don’t think that’s a very accurate description of this set of shades, though this doesn’t seem like a single family, as it is really white, brown, beige, and purple. The colors are interesting, but the performance left something to be desired with all four shades.

Casey Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a frosted white with an almost metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that went on unevenly and seemed to catch on imperfections I couldn’t even see (in person, at least, clearly they were there!). Applied, it lasted for two hours and was a little drying. The only way I think this one would work would be layered with other products. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orlando Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, beige-brown with warm undertones and a champagne sheen. It applies lighter than it swatches (or than it appears in the tube) with semi-opaque pigmentation. The consistency was lightly creamy but applied somewhat unevenly with some streakiness as well. It lasted for three and a half hours on me but wasn’t hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peter Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a golden frost. It also had semi-opaque color payoff with noticeable translucency (so the more natural pigment your lips have, the more the color will look different on you) and I could feel a slight texture element from the shimmer. It lasted for three hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stavros Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) was reviewed here.

Alasdhair Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium-dark berry with hints of red and silver and fuchsia pearl. It had semi-opaque color coverage, where the natural lip color does come through. The consistency had a lot of slip, so while I didn’t experience feathering/bleeding myself, it’s one that I would be concerned about if you were more prone to either. The shade settled somewhat into lip lines over time, though it lasted for five hours on me. It was lightly hydrating over time. 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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Sunday, November 30th, 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. Most of these were disappointing with sheer color payoff that was only somewhat buildable and shorter (six hours) wear.

MAC Whirlpool Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “dark deep blue.” It’s a bluish-teal with subtle green tones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, and it was only somewhat buildable to semi-sheer intensity. The consistency was very waxy, so while it didn’t feel sharp or dry against the lash line, it still tended to skip. This shade lasted for six and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Take the Plunge Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep ocean blue.” It’s a medium-dark blue with a hint of “warmth” that makes it almost a blue-teal (but I think it is quite blue). It is very creamy and prone to “breaking” and leaving chunks of product when applied, so use a very light pressure when applying to avoid this. It had good color payoff, but it doesn’t like to be layered as it will cause the product to push onto itself and look somewhat uneven. This looked softened and blown out after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Vent Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “metallic lime.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle golden warmth and a metallic sheen. It had sheer coverage in one pass, and it was semi-opaque after a few layers. It, too, had that waxier consistency that made it sheerer but not dry (though it looks that way due to the poor pigmentation). This shade lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Cool Jazz Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “navy blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a satin finish. The consistency was slightly dry, fairly waxy, and prone to skipping. It had semi-sheer color coverage in a single pass but was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. It started to smudge after six hours (looked blown out). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Metalhead Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “greyish metal blue.” It’s a muted, blackened blue with a pearly shimmer. It had very sheer pigmentation in a single pass, which I was able to build up to semi-opaque color coverage with four or five layers. It looked quite faded and softened after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Cast Iron Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “elephant grey.” It’s a muted, bluish-gray with a satin finish. It was waxy and sheer, though I was able to build it up to semi-opaque color coverage with several passes. It wore well for seven hours before it faded. At least this shade was more unique, though the formula is still disappointing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer
Essie Too Taboo Collection

Today, I’m reviewing three shades from Essie’s Too Taboo collection, which features six shades of neon. All three I tried dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish–it doesn’t have a really flat, chalky matte finish, but it isn’t shiny or glossy. It reminds me a bit of pleather or vinyl in its dry down, and if you prefer a glossier finish, just add your favorite top coat. These wore without chipping for seven days, but there was slightly more tip wear than average for me. The formula was thin, slightly watery, and two of the shades were harder to work with.

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “supercharged blue violet.” It’s a muted, bluish-purple with a semi-matte finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats. The formula was slightly watery, so the first coat was streaky, but the second coat covered better and hid the streakiness. Dior Sailor (LE, $24.00) is brighter, bluer. Cult Nails Wack Slacks (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. Illamasqua Cameo (P, $17.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie I’m Addicted Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon aquamarine blue.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a satin finish. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but it would really need a third for opaque color. The consistency was thin and watery, so the application was streaky. Zoya Rocky (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer. Essie In the Cab-ana (P, $8.00) is warmer, more aqua. Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. Zoya Phoebe (P, $9.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie Vices Versa Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “juicy neon lime.” It’s a brightened, light-medium chartreuse with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. This one was semi-sheer after two coats, and even three coats was only semi-opaque (see my middle finger), and the application was very difficult. It was very thin and watery, and as a result, it streaked and never leveled. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Deven Green (P, $10.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned, shimmery. China Glaze Def Defying (LE, $7.50) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, May 30th, 2014

OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss
OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss

For summer, OCC has six new shades of Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) now available. All are permanent except for Dune, which is limited edition. The Stained Gloss formula is supposed to be “highly pigmented with a translucent finish.” I feel like if you loved the concept and delivery of the original shades released–that “stained glass” effect that had rich color payoff but that layer of translucency and high gloss finish–these will disappoint. They’re more like lightly glossed Lip Tars; the finish differs quite a bit compared to other Stained Glosses I’ve tried, unfortunately.

OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon pastel pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and a soft, glossy shine. The finish was one of the glossiest of the six new shades, but the coverage read heavier–perhaps it’s the light, milky/creamy quality of the color itself–and didn’t have that “stained glass” look of the original formula. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it settled slightly into lip lines and wasn’t the most even applied. The color lasted for three hours and left a very, very slight stain behind. Worth noting is that it did apply better than many other bubblegum pink glosses I’ve tried (though still room for improvement). MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Armageddon (P, $19.00) is more opaque, matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is matte. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake (P, $7.49) is darker. NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is lighter, sheerer. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Off World Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearlescent lilac shimmer.” It’s a shimmery, pink-lavender with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It’s fairly sheer–almost between sheer and semi-sheer–and applied very unevenly. The consistency was creamy with a lot of slip, so it moved around a lot and was difficult to keep looking smooth and even. It lasted two hours on me and didn’t leave any stain behind. Bite Beauty Lavender (P, $24.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is a touch warmer. MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less glossy. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is similar. NYX Merengue (P, $5.00) is lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Nomad Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold-laced maroon.” It’s a gold-shimmered, plummy red with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Of all the six shades, this one came closest to replicating that “stained glass” effect that the original shades had. It’s not as glossy, but it has the translucency while still achieving good color coverage. This shade wore well for six hours and a left a stain behind, too, while the formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Estee Lauder Decadent (150) (P, $30.00) doesn’t have shimmer, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $49.00) is less red. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $25.00) is slightly less red. MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is glossier. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is glossier. Dior Belle de Nuit (LE, $32.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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