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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact
Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact

Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact ($62.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “beige and champagne colors” that “unify while peach dots add a perfecting touch.” It’s a translucent powder with very fine shimmer that translates into more of a soft sheen on the skin rather than detectable shimmer or sparkle. As much as I love Meteorites, it can be difficult to distinguish differences between them at times, and this is one of those times. Visually, I really just don’t notice a difference between the effect of this compared to Clair (02 on my skin tone. I think some skin tones might find one works better than the other, but on my medium complexion, they both give a subtle luminous effect that simultaneously blurs imperfections while giving the skin a brightened, livelier appearance. I love the effect of both on the skin, but I don’t think you need both unless you’re very fair or much deeper and perhaps your skin tone will allow any nuances to become visible. View comparison swatches / view dupes.

I like wearing it alone over bare skin, but I typically use it as a finishing powder dusted all-over the face after I’ve applied setting powder (and it is a finishing powder, to be clear!). I get an extra half hour of wear out of my foundation if I just use this and skip the setting powder, but I have normal-to-dry skin. The powder is violet-scented, though I don’t notice any scent when it is applied.

For those who were wondering if the pan could be removed: it is supposed to be glued in, and in fact, the one I ordered arrived with the pan itself rattling around, because it wasn’t actually glued in any more (but you can see where the glue was). I hope I was just one of the few unlucky ones to have this happen to them, and it isn’t prevalent (the other one I ordered was fine).

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Medium (03)

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Compact
Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Compact

Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Compact ($62.00 for 0.35 oz.) uses “green dots [to] hide redness, white dots [to] illuminate, and champagne [to] even out skin tone.” I feel like the best way to describe Meteorites and their effect on the skin is that people start asking you, “What are you doing with your skin? It looks amazing!” You get comments on your skin, not your makeup. That being said, I also feel like it’s a product that is more believable in person than in photos. On me, it imparts subtle luminosity and gives my skin a smoother appearance while minimizing pores and skin texture. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and it feels velvety and smooth on the skin. Even though this shade is technically designed for fair skin, it worked well on my medium complexion (likely due to the translucent nature of the product).

I think if you’ve been tempted by the Mythic Voyage Powder, this is an excellent alternative, and I can’t tell the difference between the two applied. It’s really great to see the pressed Meteorites make a return in a more affordable form than the Voyage powders (which do come in a much more substantial compact, but the lower-priced version is easier to travel with). It works well as a finishing powder, and breathes life back into the skin, especially if you tend to use a more matte foundation or setting powder. For me, I have normal-to-dry skin (quite normal at the moment, though), and if I only use this without setting powder, my foundation does last an extra half hour to an hour, but I wouldn’t recommend this in place of a setting powder (I typically use both in a full look). I also like this dusted over bare skin for really lazy days. The pressed version has the same violet scent as their other powder products.

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Clair (02)

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “hot pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle cool, blue undertones and a satiny sheen. Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $34.00) is more matte, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is redder. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is slightly darker. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (P, $30.00) is warmer. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had nearly full color coverage with a creamy, lightly emollient consistency that glided on easily but still stayed in place. The color lasted for almost six hours, was slightly hydrating, and left a pinky-red stain behind. The formula seemed to have more slip than the average Amplified to me, but it didn’t slide around or feel like a major departure from the formula on average. Though it is well-done, this type of shade has been a favorite for MAC to release in the past year, so I hope it will do well and help raise funds for the MAC AIDS Fund, but it was surprisingly dupable.

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Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, pewter-gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s like a mix of gold, taupe, and gray, and I find it’s very brightening on the lid. The shade is richly pigmented with a soft, almost creamy consistency, that goes on like butter over the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It’s very smooth and had excellent color payoff that was easy to work with and blend on the skin. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture is ridiculously smooth and soft with a buttery, dense feel. It slides over the skin smoothly with intense pigmentation. It really was a dream to work with, and even better, it lasted for nine and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deepened brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was very soft and dense, and it was just slightly prone to thickening on the skin in the way that almost-cream-like-powders can. The pigmentation was incredible as a little went a long way. The color did last well for almost ten hours, though! See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned beige (there’s an almost gray cast over it) with a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dense but not really thin either. It felt a lot like a cream-powder hybrid to the touch. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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D552 Crystalline Gray Beige

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Friday, December 19th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a champagne-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a luminous finish. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is slightly more beige. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is more golden. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is more beige but very similar applied. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is more metallic. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is similar. Becca Rose Gold (LE, $38.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is similar. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re familiar with Candlelight, this is a new shade in the range. It’s darker and warmer, more orange/peach-based than beige-based. The texture was soft, almost creamy, and smooth that applied flawlessly to the skin; it was so, so easy to use as it blended beautifully and sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores but still giving off that luminous glow. Some products are just top notch; as soon as I applied this and saw it in the mirror, I was like, “Yep, that’s the stuff.” When I wore it, the effect lasted well for just over nine hours before fading. Only bummer is that when they redid the packaging on The Celestial Powder, they reduced the size quite a bit (0.17 oz. to 0.11 oz.), but the price is the same, and it would have been nice to see a slight price drop (maybe $36 or so).

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Starlight

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight shades, seven of which are part of the permanent range (Ursa Major is, at this time, exclusive to the palette). The Dual-Intensity formula is supposed to give eight-hour, can be used wet or dry (dry for “sheer soft touch of sensual color” and wet for “high-impact finish”). They are sheerer applied dry, but I find them surprisingly buildable dry as well, so it takes two to three layers, and it doesn’t take real packing on, just going back for a little more product. They will be more intense right off the bat if applied with a damp brush, though, which is as described. The formula has a soft, finely-milled feel to it, and they’re very smooth and easily blended on the skin. The only downside is the wear varies anywhere from six to nine hours, and dry application seems to consistently wear between six and seven hours before creasing, whereas damp application lasts slightly longer with seven to nine hours of wear. The eyeshadows felt and performed very much in line with their permanent counterparts, but some of the under-performers from the original launch seemed improved in this palette, which is very rare to see.

Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., and full-sized versions are 0.05 oz. for $29, which makes the palette a $139 value in terms of amount of product, and in a more big picture way, to get eight shades would run you $232 (though they would be full-sized, just to be clear). I think this palette is an excellent way to try out NARS’ newer eyeshadow formula without completing breaking the bank. All but Ursa Major are part of the permanent range. The palette launches at NARS on January 1st but will head to other retailers and stores that carry the brand on February 1st as well.

Europa is a pink-tinged peach with warm undertones and a soft frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry and full opacity applied damp. The version in the palette actually performed better than the single I have–it feels almost smoother and softer (my single felt a little dry). It wore well for six and a half hours dry, seven hours damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Himalia is a medium-dark golden brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage applied dry that made the color appear softer and lighter, compared to the damp application, where the color was fully opaque and richer-looking overall. This shade wore well for almost seven hours dry, eight hours when applied damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ursa Major is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a slight gray tint. It had more of a pearly sheen, though it lookst more satin-like in the pan. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, which intensified to opaque payoff applied damp, though the color seems lighter applied than it appears in the pan. It wore well for six hours when I tried it dry, and it was slightly better applied damp with seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Subra is a rich, burgundy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearl finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation dry and was fully opaque applied damp. It wore well for just over seven hours when I wore it dry, but it lasted for almost nine hours when applied damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Andromeda is a light beige with a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had fairly opaque color both wet and dry, though it was brighter when applied with a dampened brush. It started to crease after six and a half hours applied dry, seven and a half hours applied amp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lysithea is a gray-ish pewter with a hint of olive and gold in it and a metallic sheen. It was sheer applied dry and nearly opaque applied damp. I was able to wear this for six hours before it creased applied dry, and the wear extended to eight hours if I applied it with a dampened brush. This one was also better in the palette, as it actually had color when applied dry. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giove is a blackened navy blue with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied dry and appeared darker, while applying it with a dampened brush yielded good color payoff and a stronger, brighter blue coloring. It wore well for six and a half hours when I applied it dry, but it lasted for eight hours applied with a damp brush. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sycorax is a dark black with a satin finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff when I tried using it dry, and it was very nearly opaque applied damp (and it appeared richer, too). I thought it was softer in the palette than the single. This shade started to crease after six hours of dry wear, and eight hours of wear when applied damp. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

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