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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush

Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “rosewood.” It’s a medium, muted rosy pink with a soft, satiny sheen. It is slightly warm-toned, but it doesn’t turn coral or look reddish. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is brighter, powder. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is slightly more plum, powder. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter, powder. NYX Apricot (P, $15.00) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I continue to be impressed by the new HD Blush formula, and I’m just so pleased that the shades have performed consistently well. It’s always frustrating when a formula is inconsistent, as you never know whether a new shade will be a hit or miss, but with this range, every shade has been quite good. #310 is no exception! It had excellent, rich color payoff that can be as bold or as subtle as you’d like. The formula itself is lightly creamy but sets and dries down to a powder-like texture after twenty to thirty seconds, but what’s nice is that the powder-like texture is blendable like you’d expect a powder blush to be. It’s just so easy to apply, blend, and then it wears well–a solid nine hours with this particular shade.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

NYX Dusty Rose Blush
NYX Dusty Rose Blush

NYX Dusty Rose Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte rose pink.” It’s a light-medium, rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. NARS Anguilla (P, $39.00) is lighter, warmer, cream. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, warmer, less pink. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is lighter. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is warmer. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is browner, less pink. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever #330 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a more buildable formula that can be applied more subtly but is still very pigmented and can be applied with true-to-pan color. The texture of Dusty Rose is very soft, silky, and smooth–but it can be a little powdery, so use a lighter touch with your brush to avoid kicking up excess product. The pigmentation was excellent; it was easy to get full-color coverage, but it could also be sheered out or applied with a lighter hand for a softer blush. When I wore it on my cheeks, the color was true for seven and a half hours before it started to fade.

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Monday, May 5th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren (210) Style Eye-Con No.7 Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren (210) Style Eye-Con No.7 Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren (210) Style Eye-Con No.7 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows that range from bright white to deep teal. It’s a new and limited edition palette for summer. The quality of the palette was very good, with only the blue being slightly powdery and a bit sheerer, but by no means was it even bad. Even though the palette is a rainbow of colors, they’re all noticeably muted–they’re not bright, neon, in-your-face colors, but rather a softer variation of a rainbow theme. For those who prefer more matte finishes, you’ll want to look elsewhere, as all seven shades are more frosted. All seven shades wore at least as long as eight hours with some lasting well after nine hours.

The Siren #1 is described as a “cloud white pearl.” It’s a bright, frosted white with subtle cool undertones. It had good color payoff, while the texture was dense, buttery, and smooth. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P) is warmer. theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #1 (P) is slightly warmer. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is similar. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Chillproof (LE, $15.00) is brighter, more metallic. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #2 is described as a “rusty red pearl.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture felt so soft and smooth that it almost felt like a cream eyeshadow. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (P, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. Milani Primary #2 (P, $6.99) is similar. Milani I Heart You (P, $6.99) is more orange. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker. Sugarpill Asylum (P, $12.00) is warmer, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #3 is described as a “copper shimmer.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark copper with warm, golden undertones and a frosoted finish. The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was blendable and easy to work with. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is lighter. theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is browner. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less frosted. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Gold (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more orange. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is lighter. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #4 is described as a “marigold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, almost metallic, finish. The pigmentation was opaque, and the eyeshadow felt soft and creamy. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less metallic. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is lighter. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #5 is described as a “seafoam pearl.” It’s a medium, seafoam green–a mix of blue and green, leaning green–with a soft, pearly sheen. The color payoff was great, and this shade was easily applied due to its soft, smooth, creamy texture. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21. is bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #6 is described as a “cobalt pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, purple-blue with a soft, pearly sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, but it was the least pigmented of the seven, and the texture was slightly powdery to work with. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is darker, bluer. Urban Decay Blue Bus (LE, $18.00) is purpler. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is purpler. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #2 (LE) is darker, purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technoir (P, $14.00) is darker. bareMinerals On the Rocks (P) is lighter, less pearly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #7 is described as a “sea smoke glitter pearl.” It’s a deepened, dark teal with cool, blue undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was dense and buttery. bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is less frosted. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker. Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is slightly greener. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick
Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “hydrating lipstick that creates full lips with intense color.” During the sale, I picked up three of the shades that were featured for summer to try out the formula. All three shades I tried had full color coverage with a creamy, light-to-medium weight texture that looked smooth and even when applied to the lips. They were lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and longer-wearing. I didn’t notice any scent or taste, which is a nice bonus.

Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a vibrant, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It’s a bit more sheen than a satin finish, but it’s not truly glossy. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, and the formula was creamy, comfortable to wear, and was lightly hydrating. Finding a neon pink has ever been as easy as it is these days–there are so many options just like this one. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is pinker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flamingo Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly, and the color wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is warmer. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is lighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Samba Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly lightened medium orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full, opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the color went on evenly and smoothly–no tugging or pulling at the lip at all. This shade wore well for five and a half hours, left a slight stain, and was lightly moisturizing while worn. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer, more muted. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Too Faced Melted Coral Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Coral Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Here are the other three shades of Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.). (If you missed part one, check out the review here.) It’s a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to have “intensely saturated lip color with a precise tip applicator.” Too Faced says it has “the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick.” The consistency is light-medium–not too thick but not runny or watery–and is squeezed out of the tube through a flocked, angled applicator. These next three shades were similar in application and quality to the first three, too, which is always a good thing! The pigmentation was intense, opaque, and the colors applied evenly. These wear a really long time, but these lighter shades didn’t stain as much as the deeper shades in the range. They’re not moisturizing on me, but they’re not drying and pretty comfortable to wear, even towards the end of the wear. The finish is a satin, which turns to a matte after three to four hours of wear, but they never fully set, so these aren’t transfer-proof.

Too Faced Melted Coral Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy coral.” It’s a light-medium orange with subtle reddish tones. It had a satin finish, fully opaque color, and lasted for six hours on me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is more orange. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is lighter. theBalm First Officer (LE) is more matte. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is similar. MAC Sushi Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more orange. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Peony Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff that yielded full color coverage, which wore well for five hours. MAC How Darling (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Nude Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral nude.” It’s a medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had intense pigmentation that was opaque and smooth on the lips. This shade wore well for five hours, which is on the shorter end for this formula. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is slightly darker. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Chanel Cheeky (79) Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Cheeky (79) Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Cheeky (79) Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “rose with bronze tint.” It’s a medium brown with subtle rosiness and neutral-to-warm undertones. It had a satin-mate finish when applied. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery, powder. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Regular readers will know that Chanel’s cream blush is one of my favorites (actually, if pressed, it is THE favorite). It has a cream-to-powder formulation, which means that initially, it feels like a cream blush, but as it gets applied to the skin, it becomes a powder, which means it easily blends on top of foundation or bare skin, goes on evenly and smoothly, and never looks powdery or caky. The finish is satin-matte, which gives it a very believable, natural finish that’s not too dewy or luminous, but it’s also not flat. On fairer skin tones than mine, it might work as a contour as well. It had excellent, true-to-pan color payoff that could be applied as richly or as subtly as desired. When I tested it, the color wore well for ten hours before lightly fading.

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Cheeky (79)

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