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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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

OCC Aurora Stained Gloss
OCC Aurora 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 don’t think any of these really live up to the concept of the Stained Gloss formula, and in general, they’re very different in look and feel from the original shades released. As a general lip color product, shades like Aurora and Concubine still work fine, but they’re not really as described.

OCC Aurora Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-toned coral.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft shine. It seemed less glossy compared to other Stained Glosses I’ve tried, and the pigmentation was opaque but looked heavier–it didn’t really have that “translucent finish” that seems associated with the formula in general. It lasted four and a half hours on me, and this one stained just slightly after that. This shade totally screams “summer is here!” to me, though. It’s neither hydrating nor drying on me while worn. MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer, less glossy. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Flamingo (LE, $12.50) is more matte, darker. Bite Beauty Sweety (LE, $24.00) is darker, more matte. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is very similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Concubine Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm plum neutral.” It’s a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had full color coverage, but it completely lacked that “translucency” of Stained Gloss–it looks like regular Lip Tar with a bit of shine, but it doesn’t have that really wet, glossy, stained glass-effect that the original Stained Glosses had. This shade didn’t stain at all but lasted for three and a half hours on me. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is glossier, slightly pinker. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker, matte. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. Estee Lauder Potent (P, $30.00) is lighter. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is pinker, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker, glossier. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is darker. NYX Blush (P, $4.00) is darker. MAC Flamingo (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

OCC Dune Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne gold shimmer.” It’s a gold-shimmered beige with a heavy dose of very fine, metallic gold shimmer. This was semi-sheer, so the natural lip color comes through quite noticeably, and on my lips, it lightens the natural lip color slightly and adds the gold shimmer. It doesn’t look even, though, and there’s only a soft shine–not true glossiness. This one needed a “sheer” descriptor, because it doesn’t live up to the “highly pigmented with a translucent finish” concept. This one lasted an hour and a half on me–just slips away so quickly!–and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It was best mixed in with other shades. MAC Gold Mirror (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Playland (LE, $16.00) is more metallic, more pigmented, less shiny. Bobbi Brown Candlelight (LE, $24.00) is sheerer, glossier. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) is glossier, larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium peachy coral with a satin finish and warm, reddish undertones. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter, less shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Shameless Bold Blush formula is described as a “vivid, silky blush … that delivers bold color and unprecedented vibrancy.” I’m not keen on the texture of the formula–the texture is stiff and yields little color. You really have to work your brush into the surface of the blush to get decent color out of it. If you can manage to get enough color on the skin, the resulting finish is delicate, lightly luminous, and gives skin a glow without emphasizing pores–but it’s a real struggle to get there. For a blush that describes itself as “silky” with “bold color and unprecedented vibrancy,” I can think of a dozen formulas that are far more vibrant and pigmented than this one. The color lasted for seven hours on me before starting to fade.

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Monday, March 10th, 2014

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish
Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish

Illamasqua PerfuzziNail Varnish ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, sunshine yellow gold with gold micro-glitter and glitter. Zoya Kerry (P, $9.00) is metallic. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned. China Glaze Lighthouse (LE, $7.50) is similar but sheerer. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (LE, $7.50) is less glittery. Zoya Solange (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

This shade is exclusive to Bloomingdale’s, and it’s supposed to have a “Shattered Stars” formula/finish, but it was like glue. I don’t know if I’ve ever encountered such a thick polish before. I was more than a little surprised that it didn’t look like gluey, gloppy awfulness on the nails, as it actually looked half-decent, but it was noticeably thick. It was fairly opaque in a single coat but two are necessary for fully opaque color. It’s a gorgeous color, but something went very awry with the consistency, which made application more difficult, and you have to be really, really careful with how you place your hand as you wait for it to dry (which takes forever). I typically get a week or more out of Illamasqua’s formula.

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