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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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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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 the shades had a waxier consistency, so while the eyeliner would feel soft and glide decently, it doesn’t deposit color evenly, and often, color payoff was lacking–even when layered. These don’t seem to be as soft or as intense as many other Technakohls I’ve tried in the past (but some of the limited edition varieties have been less impressive). The wear varied from five to eight hours, depending on the shade, but overall, they seemed to wear shorter than most eyeliners on me.

MAC Funfare Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “bright true pink.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke, and it was easily built up to opaque color in two layers. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Broque Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep brown.” It’s a dark brown with warm undertones and lighter bronze and gold shimmer. It had a waxier consistency, so it didn’t apply evenly and didn’t build to opaque color. It wore well for six and a half hours before looking softened. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Plank Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “deep bronze brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm bronze brown with a pearly sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, but it wasn’t buildable. In fact, I felt like layering it dragged the color around and made it appear uneven. This shade lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC $$$ Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone gold bronze.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had sheer pigmentation in a single stroke, but it was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, at least. It lasted for six hours on me before it looked softened/faded. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Brass Band Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze metal.” It’s a golden copper with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, and it was fully opaque after two layers. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Twinked Technakohl Liner ($16.00 for 0.012 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold with sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium yellow gold with a frosted sheen and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color payoff in a single pass, which was somewhat buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It wore well for six and a half hours on my lash line before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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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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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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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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