Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Chanel Precision Eye Definer
Chanel Precision Eye Definer

Recently, three new, limited edition shades of Chanel Precision Eye Definer ($29.00 for 0.03 oz.) were released in some brighter pops of color. I’m usually disappointed by Chanel’s limited edition eyeliners, and unfortunately, these weren’t impressive. Chanel’s formula is quite waxy, so it does glide across the skin, the color payoff is often uneven and sheerer. Sometimes they layer decently, other times the waxiness seems to build-up while the color stays about the same. I get noticeable fading after six hours of wear, and by eight hours, they look smudged.

Berry Lucky is a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a subtle, pearled sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and this was the more buildable shade of the three. Urban Decay Woodstock (LE, $19.00) is very similar. MAC Process Magenta (P, $16.00) is matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cocorange is a brightened, medium-dark orange with reddish undertones and a satin finish. It never built up to more than semi-opaque color–there was a translucency to it so that parts of it appeared redder and other parts appeared more tangerine and yellowed. It’s a very unique color as far as I can tell, though. MAC Genuine Orange (P, $16.00) is matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sweet Star is a muted, bluish teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation in one stroke, and it was only buildable to semi-opaque color. Again, it looked somewhat uneven when built up. Urban Decay Vacancy (LE, $19.00) is greener. MAC Deep Blue Sea (LE, $16.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is greener, more sparkly. NARS Khao San Road (P, $24.00) is lighter, bluer. Urban Decay Junkie (P, $19.00) is more sparkly. NARS Abbey Road (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Undercurrent (P, $15.00) is more sparkly, greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Berry Lucky

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7.5/10

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8/10

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Sweet Star

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6/10

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Monday, October 13th, 2014

NYX Wicked Lippies
NYX Wicked Lippies

NYX Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) recently released, and the formula is described as “richly pigmented” and having a “dazzling metallic finish.” The best way for me to sum up the formula was: surprising, in a good way. Most of the shades are quite metallic, and most of them have good color payoff. The formula is creamy and slippery, yet many of the shades went on well without too much unevenness (though some were problematic, see Scandalous below). I expected they’d wear away quickly, due to the slippery nature of the texture, but they wore about average (four hours) or longer. I didn’t notice any scent or taste for most, though a couple had a very subtle waxy scent that I noticed in the tube but not on.

NYX Trickery Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a dirty, olive green with fine gold shimmer for a frosted, metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that applied fairly well, but there was some unevenness. The texture was creamy, surprisingly slippery, so I was actually impressed it looked as good on as it did, given how emollient the formula was. I was even more surprised that it lasted for five hours; it seemed like a lot of the slickness disappeared within an hour, and once it did, it didn’t move readily. It was neither drying nor hydrating, and it was comfortable to wear. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Fragmented (LE, $18.00) was the closest I had, but it is a lot sheerer and lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Risque Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a rich, emerald green with metallic green shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and again, the formula felt incredibly creamy and emollient, yet it applied a lot better than expected. There was slight unevenness, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The color wore well for almost five hours, and it left a light stain behind. Dolce and Gabbana Smeraldo (LE, $33.00) is much darker, sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chlorophyll (P, $18.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Scandalous Wicked Lippie ($6.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a glossy, pearly finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the high slip in the formula made itself quite apparent with its uneven coverage. It slides around a lot, and it is very high maintenance to wear on its own. A lip liner is a must with this one, I’d say. Alone, it lasted for three and a half hours. NYX Pistachio (P, $6.00) is a lot lighter. Illamasqua Apocalips (P, $24.00) is more matte, darker, bluer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Chlorophyll (P, $18.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — If you don’t dig unconventional colors, that’s cool, but please don’t criticize or insult those who do. Not everyone loves red lipstick OR green lipstick but that’s why options exist :)

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Trickery

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9/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Monday, August 25th, 2014

Kat Von D Slayer Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Slayer Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Slayer Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte pitch black.” It’s a medium-dark black with subtle warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. MAC Hautecore (LE, $16.00) is glossier. Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is more opaque, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was really surprised to find this shade to have semi-opaque color coverage (where’s the “one-swipe payoff” they claim?). The consistency was a little creamier than a lot of the other mattes, but the lack of opacity made it look uneven applied to the lips. The formula dragged a little when applying, but it was more comfortable to use and wear than other shades in the matte finish that I’ve tried. It lasted for five and a half hours on me (not nearly the 10-hour wear time promised), though it didn’t feel drying over time. It has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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Slayer

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6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

5.5/10

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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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Au Nature

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6.5/10

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8/10

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6.5/10

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6/10

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte rich violet.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark magenta purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. Too Faced Melted Violet (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is purpler. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Studded Kiss formula is supposed to have “10-hour wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet touch comfort.” It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the consistency is slightly stiff, so it is difficult to get “one-swipe payoff” as it doesn’t glide across the lips in one go. It tugs, pulls, and drags somewhat, so you may be better off applying this with a lip brush. The coverage is fairly even, though it isn’t even in some places. It lasted for seven hours, though it was slightly drying towards the end. I was surprised that this shade was actually lacking pigmentation, as it is a deeper shade. The Studded Kiss formula has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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L.U.V.

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6.5/10

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7.5/10

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6.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Givenchy Or Insolite (12) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Givenchy Or Insolite (12) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow

Givenchy Or Insolite (12) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “gold.” It’s a light-medium gold with subtle yellow undertones–it’s almost a “cool” gold because it lacks really strong, yellow/orange warmth with lighter gold shimmer and sparkle. MAC My Fantasy (LE, $15.00) is a powder. MAC Cool Companions #1 (LE) is a powder, more metallic. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is more opaque, powder. Dior Pastel Fontanges #3 (LE) is a powder. Bobbi Brown Sunlight Gold (P, $28.00) is less sparkly. MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is a powder, more metallic. Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy’s cream eyeshadow formula is supposed to wear for 16 hours, be waterproof, and “dry down to a powdery finish.” It’s also supposed to be “saturated.” This shade might intentionally be sheerer, but there’s no indication that that is the case–and it is unfortunately semi-sheer. It wasn’t buildable to more than moderate coverage, but it was never close to opaque color. It’s really just a wash of gold shimmer more than anything else, which can be a pretty look if that is what you’re opting for. I didn’t see any creasing for first twelve hours, but there was noticeable fall out after ten hours that worsened for the full sixteen hours I wore it. The way the cream eyeshadow dries down seems to make my eyelids look crepe-y–just more wrinkly than they really are, so it is not the most flattering texture.

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Or Insolite (12)

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Product

6.5/10

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6.5/10

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7/10

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6.5/10

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4.5/5

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