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Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet & Sally Enamored Hi-Shine Nail lacquers

Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) Enamored Hi-Shine Nail lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) Enamored Hi-Shine Nail lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Blue Velvet (132) Enamored Hi-Shine Nail lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent deep ocean blue.” It’s a rich, medium-dark blue with very fine, metallic bluish-teal shimmer and a slightly shiny finish. It was fully opaque in two coats, but it was nearly opaque in just one, so it was quite pigmented. The formula applied evenly and smoothly, and though it seemed rather metallic, I didn’t have issues with brush strokes. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. NARS Night Flight (LE, $19.00) is much darker, while China Glaze Manhunt (LE, $8.00) is brighter and a cream. China Glaze Blue Bells (LE, $8.00) is brighter and lighter. Zoya Song (P, $8.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Sally (130) Enamored Hi-Shine Nail lacquer ($18.00 for 0.43 fl. oz.) is described as an “iridescent blackened green.” It’s a deep, dark blackened green–an inky green almost–with emerald green micro-shimmer. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish applied evenly and smoothly without pooling along the edges. It dried down to a naturally shiny finish. NARS Night Porter (LE, $19.00) is warmer. Illamasqua Kink (LE, $17.00) has no shimmer and has a rubber finish. Zoya Ray (P, $8.00) is brighter but similar. Butter London British Racing Green (P, $15.00) is lighter–not as blackened. See comparison swatches.

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Sally (130)
Sally (130)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Makeup Geek Cinderella, Cupcake, Burlesque, Bitten Eyeshadows

Makeup Geek Cinderella Eyeshadow
Makeup Geek Cinderella Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Cinderella Eyeshadow Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “pale shimmery pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with a frosted finish. In the pan, there is an almost pink tint, but it wasn’t visible when swatched–if you have significantly pink undertones, you might see it come through on your skin. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, though a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours without creasing or fading. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #2 is lighter, less warm-toned. (LE) theBalm Third Eye Blinded (P, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Nepal (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Jete (LE, $15.00) is pinker. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Jest is a little lighter. See comparison swatches.

Cupcake Eyeshadow Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte medium pink.” It’s a muted, medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft and finely-milled, and it had so-so color payoff; it tended to sheer out when applied, so it was best applied by patting on and only blending the edges. It lasted for seven and a half hours and then showed signs of fading. NARS Douce France #2 (LE, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Endless Passion (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Sushi Flower (P, $15.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Burlesque Eyeshadow Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “deep metallic burgundy.” It’s a muted, dark maroon with warm, brown undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable. It wore well for eight and a half hours without fading or creasing. Chanel Seduction #1 (LE) is lighter. theBalm Alice Copper (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Idyllic (LE, $18.00) is a cream product. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is similar–slightly cooler-toned. MAC Brazenly (LE, $15.00) is darker, purpler. Inglot #452 (P, $6.00) is similar in color but more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Bitten Eyeshadow Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.064 oz.) is described as a “matte deep maroon red.” It’s a muted, neutral-to-warm red with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and though the texture was soft and easy to blend on the lid, it was powdery. Use a lighter touch to initially grab the eyeshadow, and you may want to tap off the excess, and then pat onto the lid to minimize fall out. It wore well for eight hours before showing slight signs of fading. NARS Douce France #3 (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Cinderella
Cinderella
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Cupcake
Cupcake
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Burlesque
Burlesque
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Bitten
Bitten
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Gifting Collection

Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Collection
Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Collection

Petite Baked Eye Colour Bonbons ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Amethyst Trio
  • Bronze Trio
  • Emerald Trio

Luxe Colour Wardrobe Dual Decker Colour for Eye & Cheeks ($125.00) (Limited Edition)

Laura Mercier’s ultimate holiday accessory features a range of products that will leave your eyes and cheeks flawlessly glowing. Palette includes:

  • Eight eyeshadows in Morning Dew matte, Coffee Ground matte, African Violet luster, Ballerina Pink sateen, Deep Night matte, Dusk luster, Sable sateen and Crystal Beige luster.
  • Three Tightline Cake eyeliners in Black Ebony, Ground Espresso and Bleu Marine.
  • Two Second Skin cheek colors in Barely Pink and Heather Pink.
  • Face highlighter in Golden Shimmer.
  • Longwear Crème eye pencil in Espresso.
  • Double-Ended Crease/Smudge brush.
  • Travel Pony Tail brush.
  • Travel Flat eyeliner brush.
  • Instructional insert.

Color to Go Eye, Lip & Cheek Palette ($50.00)

  • Natural Nudes
  • Smoky Violet

Artist Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition, Sephora Exclusive)

Enclosed in a luxurious textured, chocolate brown case, this complete compact includes a large mirror and 12 eye colors hand selected by Laura Mercier. Mix and match for endless eye looks. 0.03 oz x 12 in Eye Colour in Sparkling Dew, Guava, African Violet, Plum Smoke, Kir Royal, Violet Ink, Vanilla Nuts, Primrose, Fresco, Bamboo, Truffle, Espresso Bean.

Luxe Travel Brush Collection ($125.00) (Limited Edition)

The Laura Mercier travel brush collection features a chic clutch filled with nine go-to brushes for perfect makeup application while you’re on the go. Full-size cheek color brush. Secret Camouflage/Camouflage powder brush. Allover Eye Color/Pony Tail brush. Eye Crease/Smudge brush. Flat Eyeline/Angled eyeliner brush.

Line & Define Mini Longwear Creme Eye Pencil Collection ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Cover your eyes in luminous color with a sampler pack of Longer Crème eye pencils by Laura Mercier. Includes: Violet, Espresso, Noir, Sage, Cobalt.

Shimmer Effects Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes Pink Opal, Amethyst, Rosegold, Sugar Frost.

Mini Lip Glace Collection ($48.00) (Limited Edition

  • Bare Nudes
  • Bold Brights

Souffle Body Creme Sampler ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes Ambre Vanille, Almond Coconut Milk, Creme de Pistache, and Fresh Fig.

Bath & Body Travel Quartet ($50.00) (Limited Edition)

Crème body wash (3 oz.): pour onto washcloth and gently lather onto skin before rinsing. Body butter (3 oz.): a richly moisturizing butter that naturally soothes and protects your skin. Hand crème (1 oz.): warm crème in hands and massage into skin. Eau Gourmande (0.5 oz.): spray on your skin as desired. Available in Tarte Au Citron or Fresh Fig.

Body & Bath Duet ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

Indulge in the ultimate luxury of a warm, fragranced bath. These softly scented bath salts work to melt away the stresses of the day, while the Soufflé Body Crème exfoliates, softens and soothes skin. Available in Almond Coconut Milk or Creme Brulee.

Hand Creme Sampler Collection ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Give hands a luxurious taste of ultra-rich and velvety hydration. Set includes: Fresi Fig, Creme Brulee, Almond Coconut Milk, and Creme de Pistache.

Body & Bath Luxe Quartet ($80.00) (Limited Edition)

Indulge and escape with Laura’s luxe quartet in three delectable gourmande scents, which contains Honey Bath, Body Scrub, Souffle Body Crème and a candle. Available in Almond Coconut Milk, Creme Brulee, or Ambre Vanille.

Votive Candle Sampler Collection ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Get warm and cozy for the holidays with four of Laura’s delicious votives. Set includes Creme Brulee, Fresh Fig, Ambre Vanille, Tarte au Citron.

Availability: Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus

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Chanel Rouge Rubis Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Rouge Rubis Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Rouge Rubis Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Rouge Rubis Le Vernis Nail Lacquer ($27.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid red.” It’s a brilliantly bright, medium red with neutral undertones–balanced between warm and cool. Sometimes it looks almost warm-toned, and then it would look cool-toned; it’s very well-balanced. The texture is more jelly than it is cream, and it had such a naturally high-shine finish. It was opaque in two coats.  I normally get a week of wear with Chanel’s polish (but almost nothing chips on me), though I know that Chanel’s formula can be hit or miss for many!

There are plenty of similar shades, since it is a rather opaque red! It really depends on whether you’re looking for a perfectly neutral red or don’t mind one that leans cool or warm. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, cream. MAC Touch of Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Russian Red (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Flaming Rose (P, $16.00) is pinker. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $23.00) is slightly pinker.Dior Marilyn (LE, $26.00) is darker. Cult Nails Evil Queen (P, $12.00) is very similar. China Glaze Hey Sailor (LE, $8.00) is cooler-toned. Zoya Sooki (P, $8.00) is warmer. Essie Silken Cord (LE, $8.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Masterclass Brush Collection

MAC Masterclass Brush Collection
MAC Masterclass Brush Collection

Introducing an ultra-modern range of unique brushes that delivers a high level of performance and revolutionizes personal makeup application. Ergonomically designed for even and effortless application, lush, silky, synthetic fibres are engineered to expertly pick up and apply product seamlessly. Available in three sizes, Linear 1, Oval 3 and Oval 6 feature a special grip brush handle designed for absolute control, and a tilted tip that keeps fingers and hands out of the way for ultimate precision.

Linear 1 ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

With a short, narrow shape, the brush delivers a firm, precise stroke to line lashes and lips. Also defines and fills brows. Synthetic fibres. Handle features special grip design and tilted brush tip for ultimate precision. Sleek black finish.

Oval 3 ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN)

The ultimate multipurpose tool, with an elongated oval shape and slightly pointed tip. Smoothly shades and blends powder or cream eye shadows, powder, and liquid or cream concealer in the hard-to-reach contours of the face. Synthetic fibres. Handle features special grip design and tilted brush tip for ultimate precision. Sleek black finish.

Oval 6 ($42.00 U.S. / $50.50 CDN)

Ideal for blush, foundation or powder, the rounded, medium-sized brush applies, blends and contours all over the face or cheeks for even, flawless coverage. Synthetic fibres. Handle features special grip design and tilted brush tip for ultimate precision. Sleek black finish.

Availability: Now online @ MAC Cosmetics

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Makeup Geek Bewitched, Blitz, Paparazzi, Prince Charming, Utopia Pigments

Makeup Geek Bewitched Pigment
Makeup Geek Bewitched Pigment

Makeup Geek Bewitched Pigment ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light amethyst purple with a slight shimmer.” It’s a medium purple with subtle warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish–almost pearly but a little higher in shimmer. Applied dry, it’s sheer and tended to blend away into an even sheerer color, and then applied with a damp brush, it was more pigmented but didn’t seem to apply as evenly. The texture was somewhat drier and powdery; it wasn’t as easy to work with as other pigments in the range. It showed some signs of fading after eight hours of wear. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #1 (P) is darker. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is slightly brighter. Dior Garden Roses #3 (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Encore (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Blitz Pigment ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “medium brown with red undertones and slight shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, copper-shimmered brown with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It was semi-opaque when applied dry, but it was fully opaque when applied with a damp brush–it also looked more intense. It wore well for just over eight hours before slightly fading. MAC Her Cocoa #4 (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Divine Decadence (LE, $15.00) is less red-toned. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $16.00) is a cream product. Tom Ford Beauty Illicit (LE, $40.00) is also a cream product. MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is lighter and a cream product. MAC Tan (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Twinks (P, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 (LE) is less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Paparazzi Pigment ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “glittery smokey grey.” It’s a dark, charcoal gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a dusting of silver sparkle. I was worried this shade wouldn’t come together when applied damp, as sometimes more matte bases are prone to applying unevenly, but this worked quite well when applied damp–opaque and even in color, while applying it dry was sheerer and not as even. It wore well for eight hours and started to fade somewhat after that. Urban Decay Poison (LE, $18.00) is similar. Chanel Gris Exquis (LE, $28.50) is lighter. bareMinerals Do Not Disturb (P) is more shimmery. bareMinerals Chateau (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Prince Charming Pigment ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “metallic cool silver.” It’s a medium-dark, silver-shimmered gray with a frosted finish. It is a darker silver, and when applied with a dampened brush, it tended to look less silver, almost grayer. The texture was a little powdery/dry, and it was slightly faded by eight hours. MAC Thunder and Rain #1 (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Warm Thunder (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Utopia Pigment ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “mixture of deep brown and antique gold duochrome shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a lot of sparkle. The texture is quite chunky, so it is rather sheer if applied dry and will get everywhere; applied with a dampened brush, it comes together better, but it can make the lid look like it is more textured–crinkled? in a way as some metallic/glittery shades can. It didn’t fade or crease over eight hours, but I did have some noticeable fall out over time. Urban Decay Ambush (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Deeper (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Tempting (P, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #6 (P, $33.00) is yellower. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

This is the last of my Makeup Geek pigments that I have to review, so you can find all shades that I’ve reviewed here!

Bewitched
Bewitched
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Blitz
Blitz
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Paparazzi
Paparazzi
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Utopia
Utopia
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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