Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Homegirl Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte black cherry.” It’s a deepened, muted dark burgundy-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $21.00) is warmer. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

A lot of the issues I had with Motorhead, I also had with Homegirl, unfortunately! While the formula is supposed to have “one-swipe payoff” with 10-hour wear, the color coverage really disappoints here with its semi-opaque and uneven coverage. The consistency of the lipstick is excruciatingly stiff and dry, which makes it tug a lot on the lips, and the color gets distributed in patches. As it has a thin, dry texture, it doesn’t build well on itself and creates patchy color that is darker in some places and lighter in others. The color wears for seven and a half hours and does leave a noticeable stain behind, but it is pure misery to wear it, as my lips were borderline bleeding after wearing this. I’ve been spreading out the testing of these shades with more hydrating formulas in-between to avoid fully drying my lips out, but my lips couldn’t escape this one.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Kat Von D Motorhead Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Motorhead Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Motorhead Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte black cherry.” It’s a deepened, burgundy-red with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. NARS Liv (P, $32.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Bite Beauty Bordeaux (P, $28.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, glossier. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, brighter. MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Heart Hangover (LE, $18.00) is more muted, less red. MAC Prince Noir (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Dominate (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. Chanel L’Impatiente (P, $34.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Studded Kiss might be one of the more disappointing products of the year, though we’ll see what the rest of the year brings, but it’s certainly in the running. Motorhead is another let-down in all facets with its dry, stiff consistency that made the color apply unevenly as it dragged and tugged at the lips. It lacked color payoff, which was a real surprise. While it clings on for dear life for eight hours, it is fairly drying. It is difficult to apply, uncomfortable to wear, and doesn’t live up to the formula’s claims. I have few more shades left to review, so here’s hoping at least a couple help me forget this one, because my lips quiver in absolute fear at the idea of wearing this ever again.

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Monday, August 18th, 2014

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in an assortment of jewel-tones. The eyeshadow formula is described as “luxe,” “long-lasting,” and “high-intensity” that “deliver rich color with a luxurious satin finish.” They can be used wet or dry, but I wouldn’t use the majority with a damp brush, because it creates a stiffer, hardened surface on the top that you’ll have to scrape or rub away (paper towel works well) on the satin/matte finishes. I found this palette to be incredibly powdery, poorly pigmented, prone to fading, and a generally frustrating experience. I wouldn’t have paid $10 for this, let alone the $49 I actually paid for it. I bought all four (like a complete and utter fool), but I’ve only tested two for wear so far, and I think this one is the worst, but tentatively speaking, I don’t have high hopes for the others.

Pink Diamond is a light pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was sheer; applied damp, it was semi-opaque. It was soft but powdery. It faded after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Topaz is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was more opaque. It was powdery but blendable, and it lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Garnet is a medium-dark plum with a eparly sheen and warm undertones. Applied dry, it was ultra sheer and very stiff/dry–impossible to blend–and applied damp, it was semi-opaque but still difficult to blend on the skin. It lasted for six and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Quartz is a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was incredibly powdery, which made it hard to work with as it can’t be used dry without an adhesive/creamy base underneath it, as it is very sheer and prone to disappearing the moment you try to blend it. Applied damp, it had better color payoff but you really have to wet the brush repeatedly to keep it from drying. It had noticeable fading after six hours of wear. It is a little warmer compared to Pink Diamond. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Aquamarine is a soft, bluish-aqua with a pearly sheen and cool undertones. It was sheer applied dry, and then semi-sheer applied damp. It was faded after five hours of wear, and it looked awful applied, because it was uneven and sheer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Emerald is a darkened, cool-toned green with flecks of green and teal shimmer. The texture was stiff, dry, and difficult to blend and use on the eye. Applied dry, it was very sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amethyst is a light-medium, pinky lavender with a frosted finish. The texture was so, so powdery and a little chunky. It was sheer dry, then just slightly less sheer damp. It faded after five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tanzanite looks to be a medium-dark purple with subtle warm, pink undertones and a bit of a bluish-teal sparkle, but it’s hard to know since it was barely a veil of color when swatched, wet or dry. I tried to test this one the best I could for wear, and it seemed about three to four hours before it was just kind of a faded, slightly creased, mess–but I could barely get color on in the first place. This shade is beyond unacceptable. I might have breathed a little fire after using this one. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Midnight Quartz is a cool-toned, muted purple with a satin finish. This one was just like Tanzanite: almost imperceptible dry… or wet. It was dry, stiff, hard to blend or apply. What little I managed to pack onto the lid was all but gone after four and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonstone is a brightened, silvery-white with a frosted sheen. Though very powdery, it at least had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry and opaque color payoff applied damp. It was faded after six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sapphire is a medium-dark blue with subtle, green undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, opaque color coverage applied damp. This shade was only somewhat powdery, and it lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Diamond is a dark, neutral-to-cool-toned gray with a frosted finish. It was mostly opaque both wet and dry, though slightly powdery and surprisingly, not as blendable as expected either. It wore well for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, August 18th, 2014

Kat Von D Agatha Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Agatha Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Agatha Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte pale peach nude.” It’s a light, peach with warm undertones and a hint of pink. It had a totally matte finish. MAC What’s Haute? (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Fleur d’Coral (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is sheerer. MAC Strip Poker (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Woodrose (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is similar. Maybelline Bare All (910) (P, $7.49) is a touch lighter. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is easily one of the worst shades I’ve tried from the Studded Kiss formula. It’s incredibly dry in texture, so from the tube, the color is stiff and tugs on lips a lot. The result is patchy, uneven color coverage that looked streaky–yet there’s no slip in the formula at all. It was extremely uncomfortable to wear, as it clinged, pulled into lip lines, and dehydrated my lips within the first two hours of wear. It wore for almost five hours, but it was so painful to wear by the end.

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Dior Trompe L'Oeil Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow
Dior Trompe L’Oeil Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow

Dior Trompe L’Oeil (011) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a brightened, sparkling silver with a very fine shimmer and sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff but is prone to sheering ouot, so it seems to apply mostly as a wash. To build it up, you really have to wait between layers. It takes about thirty seconds or so to set–plenty of time to blend and work with it–and wears for nine and a half hours on me. I didn’t have any issues with fall out. LORAC Silver (P) is a powder. theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is lighter, powder. L’Oreal Silver Sky (757) (P, $7.99) is a powder. Makeup Geek Mercury (P, $5.99) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Shellshock (LE, $18.00) is a powder. NARS Interstellar (P, $25.00) is less sparkly. Giorgio Armani Silver Chafer (35) (LE, $33.00) is a powder. Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is more metallic, lighter. Maybelline Silver Strike (P, $6.99) is more metallic. MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Reveuse (271) Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a medium-dark, navy blue with a sparkly, frosted finish. It seemed pigmented, but it had a rather chunky/gritty texture that made the color/sparkle flake away. As it dried down, flakes of blue came off the lid and landed underneath my eye (this was in the first five minutes or less). It continued throughout the nine hours I wore it, and though it didn’t crease, it progressively faded as the color flaked away. It was a very odd experience, as I can’t remember many eyeshadows flaking away. MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #3 (P, $21.00)is lighter, powder. MAC Tonight’s Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, powder. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is darker. Urban Decay Goddess (DC, $18.00) is powder. NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is darker. Maybelline Electric Blue (P, $6.99) is darker. MAC Deep Truth (P, $15.00) is brighter, powder. Make Up For Ever #308 (P, $20.00) is brighter, powder. Inglot #428 (P, $6.00) is brighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Kat Von D Coven Studded Lipstick
Kat Von D Coven Studded Lipstick

Kat Von D Coven Studded Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte lavender.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned lavender purple with a matte finish. Melt Cosmetics By Starlight (P, $19.00) is much, much darker. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) Illamasqua Posture (P, $24.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches
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This shade was a lot less impressive compared to the other two shades I’ve reviewed so far. It was the first of the matte finish shades I tried, so fingers crossed some of the other hues are better quality! The consistency was dry and stiff, so the lipstick dragged and tugged on the lips during application, which led to a rather uneven appearance. Even on my arm, when I was swatching, it was difficult to drag across the skin, and it didn’t seem to like being layered, as the product would clump in places. I could easily see this catching on any dryness or imperfections on the lips, and it would be imperative to exfoliate prior to application as it is unforgiving. It lasted for six hours on me before it was noticeably faded in the center, and it was fairly drying over time. It’s far cry from “bold color, 10-hour wear, and luxe comfort,” as described. So far, I feel like there’s some variation in quality in the range, depending on color and finish, but I’ll keep working my way through ‘em and posting reviews so we can find out together.

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