Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple
NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple

NARS Quantum Illuminating Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “sheer iridescent magenta.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and subtle silver and pink micro-shimmer. It is sheer, just as described, with a very thin consistency that I found difficult to spread across the skin for even color. The Multiple itself is almost dry with a velvety feel, like a cream eyeshadow that’s on its last legs and has pulled away from the edges of the jar. It seemed more like a blush with a satin finish than a highlighting/illuminating product. On cheeks, it lasted for six hours on me, and on lips, it was a painful two hours before I had to remove it, because my lips were so, so parched. I try really hard to wear things for as long as they’ll wear, drying or not, but I couldn’t make it past two hours – and I suspect it would have lasted around three at most. Clinique Rosy Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Colour Pop Clutch (P, $8.00) is brighter. NARS Adoration (Right) (P) is powder. MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is cooler-toned, powder. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is powder. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is brighter, powder. YSL Rose Frivole (02) (P, $40.00) is similar. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter, powder. Bobbi Brown Summer Pink (LE, $26.00) is similar. NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is powder. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is darker, powder. MAC Supernova (LE, $27.00) is powder. MAC Weekend Getaway (LE, $22.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Violet Atom Illuminating Multiple ($39.00 for 0.50 oz.) is described as a “sheer iridescent violet.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender base with iridescent gold and violet shimmer. Again, it’s as sheer as you’d expect, given the description and its categorization as an “Illuminating Multiple.” The color had an iridescent sheen to it that made it seem like a more unique shade to me. The drier, thin consistency of this product made it prone to clumping. I only was able to apply it by taking a chunk off of it, warming it between my fingertips, and then patting it and swiping at it with the edge of my finger to blend it out. The color lasted for seven hours on the cheeks, and it lasted an hour on my lips and felt like it was sucking the life out of them every second of that hour. NARS Adelaide (LE, $30.00) is more sparkly. Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $59.00) is pinker. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is pinker, powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

In general, I like The Multiple most as a cheek product and sometimes on the eye, but they’re a really poor performing product on the lips, due to just how dry and silicone-like the texture is, in my experience. If you only want to use it as a cheek product, you’ll want to think of the rating as a little higher, though Quantum was still disappointing even as a cheek product. Both of these seemed exceptionally lacking in some of the glide that I’ve typically see present in the Multiple formula, and as mine are press samples, I don’t know if they’ve somehow dried out or if these new, Illuminating Multiple shades are just like that.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Hello Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft pastel yellow in a matte finish.” It’s a brightened, light yellow with a white base and matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and had a drier texture that tended to pill. It didn’t feel dried out per se in the pot, but it just didn’t have the same blendability or slide of the majority of the range. I couldn’t get the color to go on completely smoothly, unfortunately. It started to crease after eight hours of wear. Colour Pop One & Done (LE, $5.00) is more beige. Makeup Geek Mirage (LE, $5.99) is darker. NARS Misfit #1 (P, $24.00) is darker, more beige. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop In a Pickle Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pastel coral pink in a matte finish.” It’s a softened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on evenly, but it was a little drier in how it looked on the skin where it almost balled up in places and wasn’t as blendable. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. Hourglass Monochrome #3 (P) is lighter. Make Up For Ever S800 Grenadine (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Chanel Palpitation (104) (LE, $29.50) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Quadrille #3 (LE) is slightly darker. MAC Early Bird (LE, $16.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Dear Cupcake (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ColourPop Daddy Super Shock Pressed Pigment ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned vibrant violet in a matte finish.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation but wasn’t fully pigmented. I didn’t realize this was a Pressed Pigment (which means it is “not intended for use in the immediate eye area”) until I went to write up the review–it just didn’t seem vibrant enough to make me double check–so I went back and swatched/tested it as a blush as well (after having mistakenly used it as an eyeshadow). As a blush, it was fairly blendable but doesn’t feel quite as velvety and easy to use as the actual Super Shock Cheek formula. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my cheeks. Colour Pop Liaison (LE, $5.00) is darker. Maybelline Painted Purple (P, $6.99) is cooler-toned. Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Pro Longwear Fluidlines
MAC Pro Longwear Fluidlines

MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is set to add sixteen shades to the existing range of Fluidlines. It seems like this is similar to when MAC redid the Paint Pot range by adding “Pro Longwear” to the name and determined a new set of permanent shades to be available (primarily pulling from long-time favorites and past limited edition releases). I couldn’t really determine too many differences between these and my experience with the regular Fluidline formula; at most, some of these seemed to have more slip and a longer dry-down time (though not long). Once dry, they lasted until I took them off (ten hours) regardless of whether I used them as an eyeliner or as a cream eyeshadow, though they are designed as a gel eyeliner (I just happened to try a few on Wednesday as eyeshadows to pair with Bouffant eyeshadow from the collection!).

Blacktrack is described as a “solid flat black.” It’s a deep black with a matte finish. It dries to a really flat, matte finish in about thirty seconds and stayed put for ten hours as an eyeliner. It had mostly opaque coverage but is best applied in short strokes for maximum coverage. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blitz & Glitz is described as a “intense black with gold pearl.” It’s a deepened black with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer. It had opaque coverage in a single stroke when I tested it on my lower lash line (I used MAC’s 263 to apply). This shade wore well for a full ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Blue Peep is described as a “turquoise blue.” It’s a brightened, muted, medium blue with almost “warm” undertones–there’s a teal vibe, but it is bluer than green. It had an ultra matte finish. The liner went only with mostly opaque coverage in one pass and lasted for the full ten hours I wore it for. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Brassy is described as a “brassy gold.” It’s a brightened, golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, but it had more slip than a lot of the other shades, so it applied better in short strokes and layered after it sets slightly. Once on, the color stayed put for ten hours. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Copperthorn is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a medium-dark copper brown with chunky gold and copper sparkle/glitter. It’s extremely chunky and sparkly with more of a sheer base color–the majority of this one is sparkle. I actually found it chunkier than when it was previously released. The majority of the eyeliner seems to stay in place (I can tell where I put it and still see that distinct line after ten hours), but there were glittery bits underneath my eye and on my cheek during wear. Get comparison swatches/ compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, March 9th, 2015

Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

For spring, there are five new, limited edition shades of Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz. each). They’ve just popped up locally for me, and as far as I know, you’ll probably have to track them down in-store if any of them appeal to you (usually, limited edition collections from drugstore brands aren’t available online).

All five had a slight greasy quality to them–slightly thinner but more slip than you’d expect and a bit heavy–but surprisingly, they lasted anywhere from 10 to 16 hours on me before creasing (which isn’t “24 hour wear without creasing or fading”), which is good wear for a cream eyeshadow but shorter than average wear for the original Color Tattoos (last spring I tested shades for 16 hours and didn’t have fading/creasing at that point). Every time I see a 24-hour wear time claim, I feel like I’m watching someone go into a pitch black basement in a horror movie screaming, “NOOOOO!”

The bigger issue I had with these was that they were harder to apply; they just didn’t have even, smooth coverage. They blend with each other nicely, but there were as of the lid where color was semi-sheer and other areas where the color would be mostly opaque. The only shade that didn’t have that issue was Black Orchid, which would be my top pick out of the bunch. I think these are best used as colored eyeshadows bases or as sheer washes of lighter, more shimmery/metallic eyeshadow, but if you want really opaque, smooth, true-to-pot color, you’ll be disappointed.

Maybelline Petunia Punk (120) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a silvery-white frost finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted for twelve hours before starting to crease. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Hibiscus Heartbreak (125) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium lavender with a cool undertone and warmer, golden pearl that gives it a more metallic finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, looked uneven applied, and lasted for ten and a half hours before I noticed very slight creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Black Orchid (130) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a gray overcast. It had mostly opaque coverage and had a slightly thicker consistency compared to the other shades in the spring set (more in line with the originals). It was browner when sheered out, and you lost a lot of the gray as a result. It wore well for sixteen hours, and I saw very slight fading but no creasing at that point. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Hydrangea Hype (135) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium silvery blue with a metallic sheen. When it is sheered out, it is even lighter and more dominated by its silver tones. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on unevenly and tended to streak. It lasted for ten hours on me before I noticed creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Rose Riot (140) Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a gold, frosted metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage that was best applied as a sheer wash, as it didn’t go on evenly due to the higher slip of the product. This shade lasted for twelve hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Hibiscus Heartbreak (125)

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Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Estee Lauder x Courreges Iridescent Ball Highlighter
Estee Lauder x Courreges Iridescent Ball Highlighter

Estee Lauder x Courreges Iridescent Ball Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a sheer wash of champagne sheen. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $28.00) is less shiny. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is thinner, liquid. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The product’s description is confusing, because in one breath, it’s described as an “iridescent powder gelee,” which is then followed by the term “sensorial cream.” To be totally clear, this is like a very firmly-packed cream–think like a lipgloss that’s been put into pan-form. It’s not at all powder-like, and it doesn’t dry down at all, so it remains shiny and glossy on the skin. If you prefer a more matte finish or lightly luminous highlight, this probably isn’t a product for you, because it is shiny and can look oily as much as it looks glossy. It’s not a product that worked well over foundation and only seemed suitable on bare skin (the latter of which is what I test wear for, but with something like this, I also play with it to see how it would react with base products under it), as over foundation, it tends to break down base products more quickly. It lasts for six and a half hours and migrates slightly over time (so the area that I highlighted got larger as the day goes on).

It doesn’t have underlying pigment in the base, but it has champagne shimmer that translates into more of a sheen, even though in the pan, it looks more beige/champagne. It’s very sheer when used, and the only way to get sheer to semi-sheer coverage is to pat the product onto the skin with fingertips and then only blend the edges with a soft touch. Otherwise, the product sheers out to nothing but a wet-looking sheen. In practice, it is more shine than shimmer, more shine than color. Estee Lauder said it could be used “dotted onto cheeks for an allover polished glow,” which I think would be a very specific look as it would give the skin a wet/oily sheen wherever it is applied (but might be nice for drier skin types), which can work when it’s done on high planes, but it is easy to go overboard if you apply it everywhere! The texture is thin, somewhat spreadable but really benefits from the warmth of fingertips rather than brush for good application. It’s not really tacky, but my hair will get stick to it (as will a stray dog hair, found that out as well!).

The brand could have described the color/coverage of this product better, because I think knowing that is necessary so anyone who purchases knows what they’re getting themselves into. In the press release, Courreges was inspired by his desire to “let the light into my clothes” when making this product. This is absent in Sephora’s description, but the press release seems to indicate that the coverage is something in the sheerer realm (certainly opaque, as light wouldn’t come through), though it isn’t totally clear where it’s supposed to fall, and it falls on the very, very sheer part of the spectrum. Descriptions like these (and lack of more specific ones) are what makes rating more difficult, and I’ve tried to weigh the idea that “this isn’t supposed to be opaque” with “but this is almost clear,” but sheer and clear are quite different to me. (Wouldn’t it be nice if brands used a 1-5 opacity system?!)

The pan is small, and it is hard to get some brushes in it with ease. Something about seeing the pan’s rim combined with the packaging felt cheap to me, but that’s a very subjective observation, so some may love it and others may feel the same. The amount contained in the pan seems small, but there aren’t a lot of products like this on the market to compare size with. I honestly think that a liquid highlighter (like Kevyn Aucoin’s or Becca’s) would be a better investment, but both will give a must less shiny finish.

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Iridescent Ball

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Chanel Perle de Lune (916) Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner
Chanel Perle de Lune (916) Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner

Chanel Perle de Lune (916) Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner ($32.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a taupe brown with a silvered, metallic sheen. Sephora Collection Flirting Game (P, $9.00) is darker, less metallic. Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. MAC It’s Physical (LE, $16.00) is less metallic. Guerlain Amber Silver (05) (P, $30.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $19.00) is darker. Urban Decay Underground (P, $19.00) is darker, less metallic. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Catch My Eye (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I never learn; this is just not a formula that I can get to work for me. Chanel says the formula is supposed to be “gentle [and] soft” for “smooth, even lining,” while it is also listed as waterproof. It’s a stiffer, firmer eyeliner that tugs at the lower lash line and never feels pleasant to use. I’m able to get some color payoff when I’ve used it on my lower lash line, but I always have to go back two or three times to get even, semi-opaque coverage. On the upside, it did wear well and was waterproof when I tested it, with the eyeliner lasting nine hours on me.

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Perle de Lune (916)

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