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Sneak Peek: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes (Part 2)

Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush
Hourglass Dim Infusion Ambient Lighting Blush

My order of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes arrived today! I’ll be testing the three I didn’t have today and tomorrow. I ordered Ethereal Glow directly through Hourglass, so that’s not here yet… So far, it seems like these run very warm, and I would definitely have loved to see something cooler-toned somewhere (at least a pink or plum). Full reviews to come – I would appreciate it greatly if you would hold questions until I’ve written the reviews. Thank you!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a new and limited edition formula for spring. It’s a “demi-matte” take on the permanent Lovemarc Lip Gel, but it’s still supposed to have the “gellified feel” of the original. I’m not a fan of the formula because of how it looks and wears over time. Initially, they apply so-so but tend to catch on any imperfections on the lips, and the lighter shades did not apply evenly. Worn, they settle into lip lines terribly and tend to leave color on the outer edges of the lips. The settling process happens after about an hour and a half of wear and steadily worsens. None of these were drying, though none were hydrating. The finish is more satin to natural, less semi-matte. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Shout (138) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte bright watermelon.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and this shade applied the smoothest out of the three I tried. It wore for four and a half hours on me. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte soft nude.” It’s a light, pink-tinted beige with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and though it glided on without skipping, it didn’t apply evenly. It lasted three hours on me. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is warmer, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is glossier, warmer. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is pinker. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Flirt (144) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy coral with a semi-matte finish. It had mostly full color coverage, and it applied fairly well but wasn’t perfectly even (better than Pout, not as good as Shout). The color lasted for four hours. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Sentiment (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Innocence (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Flavour (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Shout (138)
Shout (138)
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Pout (142)
Pout (142)
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
Flirt (144)
Flirt (144)
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

10 Shades of Pretty in Pink Blushes, Lip Colors, and Eyeshadows for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just a couple of weeks away, it seemed only appropriate to make a list of pretty in pink shades.  Whether you like pink on your lips, tips, cheeks, or eyes, I hope that you’ll find at least one shade to drool over. 🙂

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Makeup Geek Moondust, Nautica, Ocean Breeze Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Moondust Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Moondust Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Moondust Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic silver taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted, metallic finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and buttery. The texture was easy to work with, so I could easily see this being a go-to neutral. This shade wore well for nine hours before showing signs of fading. MAC Silver Dawn (LE, $19.50) is less metallic. Urban Decay Vaporize (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pastelluxe #5 (P) is similar. Edward Bess Dusk (P, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Nautica Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue shade with shimmery finish.” It’s a medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen. The texture was on the drier, stiffer side, so the pigmentation was good but not as intense as the shade looked in the pan. I saw some fading after eight hours of wear. Chanel Apparition (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight (LE) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #2 (P) is similar. Urban Decay Occupy (LE, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Thru the Night (DC, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Climax (P) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #81 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Ocean Breeze Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic deep green/blue.” It’s a dark, navy blue with a frosted, sparkly finish. It’s a warmer take on blue compared to Nautica. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was easy to work with on the eye and blended well, but it was a bit drier. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to decline. Urban Decay Prank (LE, $18.00) is more matte. Dior Cosmos (281) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #4 (LE) is darker. Illamasqua Android (P, $25.50) is much darker. See comparison swatches.

Moondust
Moondust
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Nautica
Nautica
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Ocean Breeze
Ocean Breeze
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total