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MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette
MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette

MAC Eyeshadow x 15/Warm Neutral Palette ($100.00 for 0.68 oz.) contains fifteen, warm-toned eyeshadows. It has four permanent shades and four repromoted shades (ones that have been released previously as limited edition shades). This is actually one of MAC’s better pre-made palettes, which is even more impressive give there are 15 shades in the palette. Vanilla Extract and Honey Lust were the worst performers, but there were a lot of nicely pigmented, easy to use and blend shades overall. The palette could have used one or two additional medium-dark to dark shades for more contrast, as a lot of them were in the light-medium and medium range. All of the shades wore just around eight hours on me before fading, with a couple of shades that had some fall out (noted below). If you’re curious about pricing and value, consider checking out my lengthy discussion/thoughts after the review.

Hey is described as a “metallic coral [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a light, peachy beige with a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly and evenly. bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is similar. Laura Mercier Primrose (P, $23.00) is pinker. Too Faced Cheers! (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is also similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #2 (P) is lighter, more beige. Disney by Sephora Splendid (LE) is slightly more beige.MAC Summer Haze (LE, $21.00) is browner. bareMinerals Peace (P) is less frosted. Inglot #397 (P, $6.00) is darker, less beige. See comparison swatches.

Warm Breeze is described as a “pastel coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy beige with a satin-matte finish. The texture was soft, and it had fairly good color payoff. Chanel Charming #1 (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Bubbly (LE) is similar. Too Faced Whiskers on Kittens (LE) and Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE) are pinker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is also pinker. bareMinerals Peace (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Gingersnap is described as a “deep rosy pink [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, rusty brown with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Amorous Alloy (LE, $19.50) is darker, browner. Urban Decay Trick (P, $18.00) is browner. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is redder, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #3 (P, $9.99) is more metallic, warmer. Disney by Sephora Trust Me (LE) is redder. NARS California (P, $24.00) is darker, browner. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Magnetic Attraction (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Mythical (LE, $15.00) is slightly browner. See comparison swatches.

Dark Brew is described as a “deep chocolate with pink pearl [with a Velvet finish].” It is a medium-dark, chocolaty brown with warm, yellow-red undertones and a satin finish–almost matte. The texture was soft and silky, while the color payoff was really nice. Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is lighter, yellower-toned. LORAC Sable (P) is darker. MAC Brown Script (P, $15.00) is redder. Make Up For Ever #17 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Dance in the Dark is described as a “dark brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a dark, cool-toned brown with a matte finish. It had a softer, slightly dry, texture that was a smidgen powdery, so it doesn’t adhere as nicely to the skin as other shades in the palette, but it is actually on the pigmented side. Laura Mercier Espresso (LE, $23.00) is warmer. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Midnight Flurry (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. Guerlain Calligraphy #4 (LE) is darker. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #3 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Inglot #326 (P, $6.00) is redder in undertone. See comparison swatches.

Brule is described as a “soft creamy beige [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish that borders almost matte. It was nicely pigmented and very soft and silky–easy to blend out on the skin. There are a lot of comparable shades to this one–it is a basic/staple: See comparison swatches.

Vanilla Extract is described as a “soft warm yellow beige [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It almost seemed like a Lustre finish, as it had a sort of sheer, slightly wet, texture. It was semi-opaque. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is darker, less yellow. Giorgio Armani #10 #2 (P) is similar. Urban Decay Blunt (P, $18.00) is also similar. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is slightly yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Honey Lust is described as a “bronze-dipped peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a warm-toned, coppery orange with copper and gold micro-glitter. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the texture was gritty and glittery, which is typical of the Lustre finish. I had fall out with this shade during wear. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less glittery, less frosted. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE) is more golden. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is browner. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more orange. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #10 (P, $9.99) is yellower. LORAC Gold (P) is less glittery. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is less glittery. Disney by Sephora Cosmic (LE) is browner. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

Amber Lights is described as a “peachy-brown with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a vibrant, warm-toned, coppery brown with a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff and a soft, buttery texture–one of my favorite MAC eyeshadows for color payoff and texture. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less metallic. LORAC Gold (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is also similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is slightly less orange. MAC Campfire (LE, $32.50) is browner, darker. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is slightly less orange. bareMinerals Hoopla (LE) is more muted, less orange. See comparison swatches.

Saddle is described as a “golden orange brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had a really soft, silky texture that can be a little powdery, though it’s really pigmented. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear (P, $5.99) is darker. Anastasia Sienna (LE) is redder in tone. Kat Von D Cleopatra (P) is also redder. MAC Soft Brown (P, $15.00) is more muted, less yellow-toned. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is browner, shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Lemon Tart is described as a “metallic gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a muted, yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Kat Von D Sunset Blvd. (LE) is yellower. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Dreammaker (LE, $15.00) is also similar. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is slightly yellower. See comparison swatches.

Creative Copper is described as a “frosted gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a rich, coppery brown with warm undertones and a frosted, almost metallic, finish. Though it says it is a Lustre finish, it’s a lot smoother and infinitely more pigmented than most Lustres, though there is a little glitteriness to it (and some fall out). But this is a lot like Amber Lights (and its many dupes!), just a little browner. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #3 (P, $21.00) is lighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #7 (LE) is similar. MAC Exquisite Ego #2 (LE, $21.00) is more orange. LORAC Gold (P) is more orange. theBalm Manic Maribel (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is less frosted. MAC Amber Lights (P, $15.00) is warmer, more orange. bareMinerals Louder (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is browner. See comparison swatches

Butterfudge is described as a “dirty mocha with gold pearl [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. It had fairly good pigmentation and was soft to the touch. Too Faced Milk Chocolate (P) is less golden. Too Faced Chocolate Milk (LE) is less brown. Burberry Pale Nude #1 (P) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Divine Decadence is described as a “soft bronze [with a Velvet finish].” It’s a dark, bronze-shimmered brown with red-orange undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was a little dry and, in a way, gritty. It had good color payoff, though, but it was a little messy to use and didn’t blend as easily. It didn’t apply as intensely as the single I have does. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is darker. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $17.00) is a cream product, darker. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is similar. MAC Sable (P, $15.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Unwind is described as a “dirty olive [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a muted, yellowed khaki–it’s not gold, yet it’s not really an olive or a green. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was incredibly soft and buttery. bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is less yellow. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is less yellow. Too Faced Twinkle (LE) is not quite as yellow. NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is a cream product. Sephora Collection Girls Night Out (03) (P, $13.00) is yellower. MAC Gaelic Gold (LE, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Laura Mercier Spring Renaissance Collection for Spring 2014

Laura Mercier Spring Renaissance Collection for Spring 2014
Laura Mercier Spring Renaissance Collection for Spring 2014

Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Reinvent yourself with shades that cast a happy, youthful glow. Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette includes four eye shadows in shimmering neutrals and two blushes in pops of colour to create the perfect look for the season.

Faux Lash Mascara ($24.00)

  • Sierra Brown (Limited Edition)
  • Black (Permanent)

Creme Cheek Colour ($24.00)

  • Sunrise (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Praline (Permanent, Repromote)

Metallic Creme Eye Colour ($23.00)

  • Golden Mist (New, Limited Edition)
  • Copper Sunrise (New, Limited Edition)
  • Platinum (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Alloy (Permanent, Repromote)

Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour ($24.00

  • Pure (New, Limited Edition)
  • Play (New, Limited Edition)

Lip Pencil ($22.00)

  • Chestnut (Permanent, Repromote)

Creme Smooth Lip Colour ($26.00)

  • Brigitte (Permanent, Repromote)
  • Palm Beach (Permanent, Repromote)

Eye Canvas ($26.00)

  • EC-2 (Permanent, Repromote)

Creme Eye Liner ($22.00)

  • Graphite (New, Limited Edition)
  • Espresso (Permanent, Repromote)

Availability: January 2014

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theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer ($24.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy-pink highlighter.” It’s a soft, pinky-peach–but I’d actually call it rose gold–with a frosted sheen. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is darker, less peach. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is not quite as shimmery, darker. MAC Adored (LE, $30.00) is pinker. MAC Lust (LE, $30.00) is pinker, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

You may have heard of Mary-Lou Manizer. This is a very similar product, just in another shade. It adds luminosity, warmth, and an overall glow wherever it is applied. It can be used on cheeks, as well as on lids and the rest of the face, if desired. On my medium complexion, it adds subtle rosy, bronzy warmth but not a lot of obvious color, along with a glowing, luminous sheen. On fairer complexions, I would expect that this could be used as a subtle blusher in addition to being a highlighter. It doesn’t have a chalky or white base, so it should work as a highlighter on deeper complexions. The finish is high-shine but forgiving, so it doesn’t emphasize pores. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me before starting to show signs of fading. This powder had such a soft, buttery, silky texture that it was easy to apply and blend, and it’s very, very pigmented–a little goes a long way.

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Round-up: NARS Final Cut Collection

NARS Final Cut Collection
NARS Final Cut Collection

The new-for-spring NARS Final Cut Collection, which is exclusively available at Nordstrom (in the U.S.), Selfridges (UK), and Holt Renfrew (Canada), is here!  It has an official release date of February 1st, though.  On March 1st, it will also be available at narscosmetics.com and NARS Boutiques. There is an additional blush, Final Cut, that I don’t have, so I wasn’t able to review it for you, but the rest of the collection has been reviewed in full and is linked below.  My personal favorites were Descanso and Villa Lante Satin Lip Pencils.

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Tarte Spring 2014 Launches

Tarte Spring 2014 Launches
Tarte Spring 2014 Launches

Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte Eye & Cheek Palette ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

This perfectly portable mirrored compact features eight new limited-edition eye shadows and one blush in everyday shades that complement all complexions. Create the perfect matte look for any occasion by mixing and matching the liner, lid, crease, and highlight colors in the supremely soft, velvety formula. Each shade delivers rich, blendable pigments. The innovative Amazonian colored clay provides unique antiaging, hydrating, and color-correcting benefits.

Cheek Stain Collector’s Vault ($150.00) (Limited Edition)

Rediscover the stain that started it all. To celebrate Tarte’s milestone cheek stain anniversary, they’re giving their award-winning cult favorite a makeover and introducing a brand new shade. The new, sleek design offers the same great formula and size in a slimmer, easy-to-use applicator while minimizing waste to reduce our carbon footprint. Enriched with t5 super fruit complex™, this iconic product delivers a fresh, “just pinched” look, plus antiaging and skin-restorative benefits with every application.

Lipsurgence Power Pigment ($24.00) (New)

Get vibrant, skin-brightening color with this lip tint inspired by Tarte’s newly designed cheek stains. Punched-up color and vibrant shine helps you create the perfect smile all day long. Infused with vitamins, shea butter, and a hint of mint, LipSurgence power pigments also deliver a burst of pure moisture to hydrate lips.

  • Exposed Nude pink
  • Fearless Pink coral
  • Tipsy Peachy pink coral
  • Blissful Dark peach coral
  • True Love Watermelon red
  • Flush Reddish berry
  • Blushing Bride Plummy rose
  • Natural Beauty Berry rose

Cheek Stain ($30.00)

After 15 years of success, the original and cult favorite Tarte cheek stain is getting a makeover. The sleek design features the same great long-wearing formula and size in an easy-to-use slim applicator. This new package delivers a radiant, natural-looking flush while minimizing waste and helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Enriched with t5 super fruit complex™, this iconic product delivers a fresh look and antiaging and skin-restorative benefits with every application.

  • Exposed Nude pink
  • Tipsy Sheer pink coral
  • Fearless Pink coral
  • Blissful Warm rosy pink
  • Blushing Bride Plummy pink
  • True Love Sheer watermelon
  • Natural Beauty Sheer berry rose
  • Flush Sheer berry

Collector’s Edition Super Size Maracuja Oil ($75.00) (Limited Edition)

Maracuja oil is rich in vitamin C and essential fatty acids to hydrate sensitive, dry, and even acne prone skin. It leaves the complexion more even toned and smooth without a greasy feel. This powerful elixir has anti-aging and healing properties to replenish, rebuild, and brighten skin without causing breakouts and is known to help control sebum production for improved skin clarity and texture. Now, get more miraculous oil plus a collector’s keepsake box to store brushes, glosses, or whatever takes your fancy. 3.4 fl. oz.

Collector’s Edition Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

Refresh, renew, and recharge tired eyes with this powerful, multitasking eye treatment in chic, limited-edition collector’s packaging. The skintuitive™ formula addresses fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles by hydrating, firming, and brightening the delicate eye area for immediate results and visible improvement over time. The nutrient-rich, luxurious cream delivers the ultimate in hydration for smooth, youthful-looking eyes as vitamin C instantly illuminates tired eyes for a refreshed, rested appearance. Antioxidant rice bran, mango and coconut fight signs of aging and free radical damage while oat sugars instantly smooth and visibly tighten skin.

Colored Clay CC Primer ($34.00) (New)

  • Fair
  • Light
  • Medium
  • Tan
  • Deep

Availability: Sephora, ULTA, and tartecosmetics.com

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Sneak Peek: NARS NARSissist Eye Palette Photos & Swatches

NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette
NARS NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette

Here’s a sneak peek at the new NARS NARSissist Eye Palette which launches January 15th online at narscosmetics.com, February 1st at department stores/specialty retailers.  Except, Nordstrom already has it online for purchase. Full review to come — please hold questions until the review is up – I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!  🙂

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