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More Holiday 2016: Besame, Wander, BUXOM, Giorgio Armani, Kevyn Aucoin

Besame Mini Lipstick Set
Besame Mini Lipstick Set

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Besame Mini Lipstick Set, $25.00 (Limited Edition)

Bésame Cosmetics’ Classic Color Lipsticks feature vintage-inspired, smooth lip colors that leave a budge-proof finish that stays put, while the angled design achieves precise application. Each lasting color is inspired by the shades worn by coveted Hollywood starlets of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, imparting an iconic, satin-meets-matte lip look. Each formula is enriched with macadamia oil, vitamin C, chamomile, and aloe to leave your lips feeling soft and hydrated.

  • 5 x 0.035 oz/ 1 g Classic Color Mini Lipsticks in Noir Red (1930), Cherry Red (1935), Red Velvet (1946), Dusty Rose (1969), Chocolate Kiss (1970)

Wander Beauty Prone to Wanter Lipstick Set, $49.00 (Limited Edition)

Instantly switch up your lip look with these richly pigmented, long-lasting matte lipsticks. From brights to neutrals, customize the shades you want to take on the go. Simply pick a color combination and insert the two lipsticks into the Wander Beauty core for long-lasting, portable color. Enriched with marula oil, castor seed oil, coco seed butter, jojoba oil, mango seed butter, and sunflower oil, the formula glides on effortlessly and keeps lips moisturized.

  • 6 x 0.07 oz/ 2.04 g Lipstick in Velvet Rope, Miss Behave, Wanderberry, Barely There, Exhibitionist, B.B.

BUXOM Frozen Assets Bold Gel Lipstick Collection, $39.00 (Limited Edition)

The Frozen Assets 8-piece Mini Big & Sexy Bold Lipstick Collection includes a range of nude to red shades in moisturizing matte and satin finishes in a lightweight, gel formula. Each shade delivers piercingly vivid, one-stroke color to shamelessly stand out.

  • 4 x 0.03 oz/ 1 g Mini Big & Sexy Bold Gel Matte Lipstick in Racy Reveal (matte warm light pink), Sinful Cinnamon (matte cinnamon brown), Ultraviolet (matte bright violet), Ruby Temptress (matte brick red)
  • 4 x 0.03 oz/ 1 g Mini Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Rebel Rose (satin rosy pink), Graphic Grape (satin deep purple), Forbidden Berry (satin deep pink), Fuchsia Fetish (satin hot pink)

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Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a new finish within the Eye Tint family, which is a liquid eyeshadow formula that feels and performs like a cream but dries down to a powder-like eyeshadow within 10-15 seconds. The previously released shades in the Eye Tint formula have all had some shimmer (from pearl to glitter), and on the whole, I have quite liked them as they are fairly pigmented, long-wearing, and most are easy to use. I found the texture of the Matte shades to be similar to past shades, but I personally felt like the application was more challenging, especially with shades deeper than my natural skin tone. I can, however, see these working well as a good all-over shade and can even work as a flesh-toned base (if one of the six shades suits yours). I liked using flat, synthetic brushes over fingertips for anything that used more than one at a time, and I found the brush to apply the colors more evenly overall. What I like about the Eye Tint formula–that was present in the Matte shades–is that you can still diffuse the edges somewhat while it is dry, as it is more powder-like with better hold than a traditional powder product.

Giorgio Armani Taupe Smoke (19) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dirty, olive-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was more watery, though it didn’t take too long to dry down, so the resulting payoff was semi-sheer. It is somewhat buildable, but it is hard to keep the color even on the skin. It wore well for fourteen hours on me (out of the 16 the brand markets it as wearing for). LORAC Vintage (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Oak (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Cocoa Brown (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Ombre Nudes #4 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #4 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Faint (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Carob Brown (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sweet Tea (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Khaki (08) (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Felt (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Cedar (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Shade III (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $6.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Leather Smoke (20) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a very deep, dark brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and a mostly matte finish. The texture wasn’t too watery or too thin, so it was easier to get nearly full opacity out of the color. It wasn’t as foolproof as the shimmery Eye Tints, as the color tended to apply unevenly more often than not. I was able to wear this for a good fourteen hours before it started to crease faintly. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Bark (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is less glossy (95% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Triple Fudge (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Honey Brown #5 (P, ) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Rich Brown (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Espresso (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Java (P, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Continuous Cocoa (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Noir Petrole (812) (P, $36.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dash of Mocha (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Clarins Brown #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Fur Smoke (21) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a dark brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This one seemed to have the tiniest bit of satin shimmer to it, and I think that addition made it easier to work with and apply to the skin without it becoming uneven or patchy as it dried down. It had a thin consistency, but it didn’t sheer out too easily when applied. On me, it wore well for fourteen hours. Laura Mercier Ganache (LE, $23.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Codes Elegants #4 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Undercover (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Wolf (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #17 (DC, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Minx #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Corduroy (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Self Portrait 3 #1 (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Jardins Eclatants #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Charming #4 (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Sytry (P, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Darkhorse (P, ) is cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Fairfax (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Spice Smoke (22) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which wasn’t too buildable, but it could be diffused as it was drying down without it becoming patchy or uneven, so it was a little easier to work with than some of the other darker shades in the range. This shade lasted for 14 hours on me before creasing slightly. Viseart Petit Pro #3 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). NARS New York (P, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Coloured Raine Moments (P, $6.99) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 20 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Dusty Plum (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm #13 (P, $6.50) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Hot Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Ciate Queen Bee (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Goji (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Kismet (P, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Red Ochre (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Turandot #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M822 Plum (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Hot Chocolate (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). Sleek MakeUP Propose in Prague (LE, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Siren (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tarte Leader (P, ) is darker (80% similar). Too Faced Just Ripe (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Camel Smoke (23) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium brown with warm, caramel undertones and a matte finish. This was the easiest shade to use, as it was the most opaque and least thin, so it spread better without sheering out and didn’t get patchy. On me, the color lasted for 14 hours before I noticed some creasing occurring. Lancome Voyage (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #337 (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Lula (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Sophia (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Succubus (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Lt. Brown (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Cornelious (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Soft Brown (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Adore (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). LORAC Sepia (LE, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Kat Von D Unrequited (P, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani Nude Smoke (24) Matte Eye Tint ($39.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that wasn’t too watery in its liquid form, and it dries down fast enough that it didn’t settle into lines while there is still time to blend. On me, the color wore well for fourteen hours before creasing. Urban Decay Commando (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Come True (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Myth (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Hey Nude (04) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Au Naturel (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Georgia Peach (P, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Force of Nature (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #1 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Infinity #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Black #3 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte View from the Taupe (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). NARS Hammamet (Left) (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Giorgio Armani #501 Uptown & #601 Plum Vinyl Ecstasy Lacquers

Giorgio Armani Uptown (501) Ecstasy Lacquer
Giorgio Armani Uptown (501) Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #501 Uptown Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It darkens quite a bit on lips and appears pinker as well. It had semi-opaque coverage which went on evenly, and it was somewhat buildable (it’s supposed to be buildable). The color wore for six hours and left behind a strong stain. MAC Never Say Never (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (LE, $34.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is warmer (85% similar). Dior Tropiques (379) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Wonderland (575) (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Nahema Smack (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is warmer (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (DC, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is warmer (80% similar). Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Giorgio Armani #601 Plum Vinyl Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, cooler undertones and a lightly shiny finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one layer and could be built up to mostly opaque coverage (but always with some translucency) with two to three layers. The consistency spread across the lips well and left even color that didn’t gather into lip lines (not an easy feat for deeper shades like this). The color wore for almost eight hours with the shine fading after five hours. MAC It's Never Ending (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Preserving Passion (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is cooler (90% similar). Revlon Embellished (P, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Exposed (P, $54.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Distinction (21) (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Lust for Life (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Plum Fiction (19) (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Jouer Bond (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Crushed Cherry (DC, $30.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Peer Pressure (LE, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | The Ecstasy Lacquer formula is supposed to have the shine of a gloss, color and hydration of a lipstick, and the long-wear of a stain, though they say “applied in a single layer for a subtle touch of color … or in a layered application for a bold, statement lip.” It has a floral scent, which is noticeable in the tube and for an hour or so of wear (particularly strong when it is drying down). There is a slight taste to me, as well. Initially, the formula is thin and more water-like, but after you’ve applied it, the consistency thickens, levels out, and “adheres” to your lips in a very comfortable wear. The consistency is mostly non-sticky and gradually gets a lightly tacky about half-way through wear.

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13 Emerald Greens to Covet

Long-time readers will probably find this no surprise… but I love emerald green when it comes to makeup! Whether it’s for nails, eyes, or lips. Here are 13 favorites — from deeper to brighter, warmer to cooler! 🙂

  1. Butter London British Racing Green — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  2. Zoya Logan — A Cool Green with a Glitter finish.
  3. Kat Von D Iggy — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  4. Sephora Go For a Ride — A Cool Green with a Pearl finish.
  5. Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  6. Milani Green Safari — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  7. Buxom Pre-nup — A Cool Green with a Frost finish.
  8. Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosplay — A Cool Green with a Satin finish.
  10. Make Up For Ever D306 Bottle Green — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.
  11. Urban Decay Kush — A Warm Green with a Frost finish.
  12. NYX Risque — A Cool Green with a Metallic finish.
  13. Colour Pop Empire — A Warm Green with a Metallic finish.

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Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, bright orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, high-shine finish. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Mineshaft (P, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Flash Drive (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline So Hot (P, $7.99) is lighter (95% similar). Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Runway Red (-, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty No Vacancy (P, $54.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Altressa (P, $85.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Push Some Buttons (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Forever Darling (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Jouer Shibuya (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Punch Drunk (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Classic (P, $7.99) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Special Force (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Fortune Red (LE, $17.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

#402 Red to Go was nearly opaque in a single layer, though perhaps you could use less and do a better job smoothing and evening it out to get that “subtle touch of color” in a single layer, as the brand mentions. It’s a buildable formula, which is interesting, I think. It does actually build-up well, despite having a water-like texture that dries to a thicker, more gel-like one. I think if you prefer your gloss to be more opaque, you’d like the coverage that comes right out of the tube. It dried down and felt smooth, hugging (but not uncomfortably clingy), and comfortable to wear overall. The color was still going strong after six hours with noticeable shine. It was lightly hydrating while worn.

FORMULA SUMMARY | The Ecstasy Lacquer formula is supposed to have the shine of a gloss, color and hydration of a lipstick, and the long-wear of a stain, though they say “applied in a single layer for a subtle touch of color … or in a layered application for a bold, statement lip.” It has a floral scent, which is noticeable in the tube and for an hour or so of wear (particularly strong when it is drying down). There is a slight taste to me, as well. Initially, the formula is thin and more water-like, but after you’ve applied it, the consistency thickens, levels out, and “adheres” to your lips in a very comfortable wear. The consistency is mostly non-sticky and gradually gets a lightly tacky about half-way through wear.

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Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer
Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer

Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred Ecstasy Lacquer ($38.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Socialite (-, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Stolen Cherry (P, $54.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Apple Crisp (P, $5.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Disruptor (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bugatti Red (17) (P, $48.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Le Palace (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Smart Aleck (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Bad Apple (P, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Suggestive (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Utterly Tart (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

#400 Four Hundred had semi-opaque color payoff, which is a little more than a “subtle touch of color” for one layer, but it definitely gets close to opaque with two layers. It has that thinner, watery consistency when initially applied, but it dries down and feels more like a hugging gel. The texture is lightweight with a light tackiness that develops over time. It’s comfortable to wear without being drying, and it wears for six hours easily.

FORMULA SUMMARY | The Ecstasy Lacquer formula is supposed to have the shine of a gloss, color and hydration of a lipstick, and the long-wear of a stain, though they say “applied in a single layer for a subtle touch of color … or in a layered application for a bold, statement lip.” It has a floral scent, which is noticeable in the tube and for an hour or so of wear (particularly strong when it is drying down). There is a slight taste to me, as well. Initially, the formula is thin and more water-like, but after you’ve applied it, the consistency thickens, levels out, and “adheres” to your lips in a very comfortable wear. The consistency is mostly non-sticky and gradually gets a lightly tacky about half-way through wear.

P.S. — Anyone else feel like someone forgot to name it?

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