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YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain
YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark orange with strong warm, red undertones and a glossy finish. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches. If you really want to replicate the color and finish, I would recommend going for an orange-red lipstick and adding a little gloss on top (here are some orange lipsticks to consider).

It had nearly opaque color coverage, and it applied very evenly. I was surprised at just how well it applied–no settling into lip lines, no splotchiness–just smooth, even, glossy color. The wear was phenomenal, as the color endured for eight hours, while the glossiness managed to stick around for four to five hours. It was lightly hydrating overall. The Glossy Stain formula has a grape-like scent to me, which I don’t particularly care for, but I don’t notice after about ten minutes. The texture of Glossy Stains is very thin and liquid-like initially, but between five and ten minutes, it thickens and turns to an almost gel-like consistency that hugs lips (but doesn’t feel clingy).

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MAC Instigator & Punk Couture Lipsticks

MAC Instigator Lipstick
MAC Instigator Lipstick

MAC Instigator Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a deep, berry-wine with a satin finish. Officially, it’s labeled as a matte (not a Retro Matte), but it has a noticeable sheen for the first hour of wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a noticeable berry stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is very similar–just more matte. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is slightly purpler, less berry but comparable. See comparison swatches.

Punk Couture Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened grape [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a satin finish. I had trouble getting the color to apply evenly, as it had a tendency to gather/clump in places. It had mostly full color coverage, but I would apply this with a lip brush to improve the evenness.  The color lasted for five and a half hours, but it did seem to settle into lip lines as it wore on. Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is brighter, less cool-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is a bit darker, less pink/red. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is a more muted, grayer purple. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are sold out online, and the only real way to get them would be to track them down at a store/counter, or possibly, if MAC restocks it online (but you can’t count on a restock, and you never know when it might occur!). Also, just as an FYI, my Punk Couture lipstick arrived smashed against the top of the inside of the cap, and it had fallen entirely out of the base (so it was loose).

Instigator
Instigator
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Punk Couture
Punk Couture
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

Formula X Freaky Like Freud & Law of Attraction Nail Lacquers

Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer
Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer

Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “periwinkle iridescent glitter.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-purple with holographic micro-glitter. It was semi-opaque after two coats. I also tried layering one coat over black, which gave a really pretty effect. If you were willing to apply three coats, I think it could also be worn on its own, otherwise I would recommend a solid base coat first. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I had no trouble applying the polish, either alone or as a top coat, as the glitter spread evenly. I don’t know of a dupe based on what I’ve reviewed in the past, so if you happen to know of one, please feel free to suggest!

Law of Attraction Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne and blue 3D glitter.” It has a pale, metallic gold shimmer as the base color with medium blue glitter that seemed to appear almost holographic depending on the angle/lighting. Two coats of this polish alone was still noticeably sheer as there doesn’t seem to be a real base color, just a lot of gold shimmer. When I applied one coat over a black cream, it seems a lot more pigmented. It doesn’t apply as evenly as is desirable, which might be the result of a thicker consistency that was harder to control on the nail. Unfortunately, I don’t have any possible dupes to suggest for this one, but I’d love to hear from you if you know of one.

A-

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
B

Permanent

8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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bareMinerals Swoon Blush

bareMinerals Swoon Blush
bareMinerals Swoon Blush

bareMinerals Swoon Blush ($19.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “petal pink satin.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with a matte finish. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is warmer, slightly more orange. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter.MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is a touch warmer. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is pinker, less matte. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is several shades darker. See comparison swatches.

The texture was soft, silky, and very finely-milled. When applied to the skin, it blends beautifully–no harsh edges, no powderiness, just soft color. It had good color payoff, though it is a more buildable blush than it is incredibly intense from the get-go. I wore it on a couple of days ago, and it wore well for almost eight hours–just slight fading but no patchiness. This shade is part of the spring True Romantic collection, and it is new and limited edition.

Swoon
Swoon
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

bareMinerals Heartbreaker & Feel the Love Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss & Lipstick

bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss
bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss ($18.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a fine gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with noticeabe translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through. I noticed that was some very faint settling into lip lines. It had a light-to-medium-weight texture that was non-sticky and lasted for three hours. It was somewhat hydrating while worn. MAC Floating Lotus (LE, $20.00) is darker. Chanel Caprice (LE, $32.00) is similar. Chanel Confidence (P, $32.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is a bit lighter, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals Feel the Love Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “caramel rose pink.” It’s a muted, rosy coral with a soft, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. The color lasted well for four hours and was nicely hydrating while worn. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is lighter, matte. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is darker, slightly warmer. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is lighter. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, matte. NARS Montego Bay (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is warmer, more orange. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Ever Hip (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring. I had really good wear with the palette on the whole with all shades reaching nine ahours with ease, and then some lasting as long as nearly ten hours. One shade was surprisingly sheer (Woo is Me) for the Ready formula, so that was a disappointment. The color payoff of the other three shades was good to great.  When worn, the palette ended up being rather warm-toned, so if you tend to prefer cooler tones, this will be an easy skip.  The colors complement each other, though, and for someone who likes warmer, peachy/orange eyeshadows, this may work well.

Love It is described as a “light mint shimmer.” It’s a very pale, pale white with, at most, a green tint, but it looks mostly like a cool-toned white with a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and while the texture was soft and finely-milled, it was slightly powdery. MAC Chill (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is more shimmery, brighter. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is a bit whiter. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is similar. Chanel Promesse #4 (LE) is greener. bareMinerals Sensational (LE) is also greener. bareMinerals Five Star (LE) is similar–no green tinge at all, though. See comparison swatches.

Woo is Me is described as an “apricot pink sheen.” It’s a light-medium, yellow with a goldenrod undertone and a soft, pink frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and the texture was soft but a little chunky. Urban Decay X (P, $18.00) is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is less yellow. Dior Golden Flower #1 (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Smile Now (LE) is yellower. MAC Artistic License (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Louder is described as a “burnished copper.” It’s a rich, warm-toned copper with strong, orange undertones and a metallic finish. It was incredibly pigmented, and it had a very dense, soft texture but could have been a little smoother. A little went a long way with this shade. Louder has been featured in The Playlist (a limited edition palette). It’s a particular hue that is done often by brands, so there is no shortage of near-dupes. See comparison swatches.

Head Over Heels is described as a “warm slate.” It’s a medium-dark, taupe with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s extremely pigmented, and the texture was soft, blendable but not powdery. MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter, grayer. Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is a cream product that is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter. bareMinerals Exhale (P) is similar–has a satin finish, though. Bobbi Brown Pale Rose (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $29.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

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A-

Love It

Limited Edition
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C+

Woo is Me

Limited Edition
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A

Louder

Limited Edition
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A+

Head Over Heels

Limited Edition
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