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5 Beautiful Burgundy Eyeshadows

Reader Vinita requested top five picks of burgundy and red-toned purple eyeshadows–just in time for fall! It can be a difficult color for some to wear, because of the red tones, but try pairing it with warmer golds and coppers, or using it with a bright silver. It can be even used mixed with black in the crease to create a very dramatic smoky eye. You can also look for burgundies that lean brown to minimize the red tones found in them.

  1. MAC Deep Damson — a deep, dark burgundy-brown with a matte finish
  2. Le Metier de Beaute Fig — a purpled burgundy with a frosted finish
  3. Inglot #452 — shimmering burgundy with strong red undertones
  4. Make Up For Ever #311 — shimmery, deep brown-burgundy
  5. MAC Cranberry — medium-dark burgundy with a frost finish

What’s your favorite burgundy eyeshadow? How do you wear it?

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MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks (Part 1)

MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks
MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks

The MAC Retro Matte Collection brings back MAC’s Retro Matte with a vengeance, as it includes seven new shades in the finish. The collection will launch online the week of September 3rd and in-stores on September 12th (North America), and September 2013 for international locations. There is some uncertainty whether all shades are permanent or only some; the answer I received from MAC’s PR was some, which is what I’ve gone with, but the nearest counter/store are both saying all are permanent.  Each lipstick retails for $15.00 and contains 0.10 oz.

If you love the Retro Matte formula, then enjoy and purchase these–I felt like these four were consistent with the formula in general, though creamier than a Retro Matte from five years ago (or older), and are similar to the consistencies of the Retro Matte finishes released with RiRi Loves MAC.  The real downside to the Retro Matte formula (in my experience, of course) is that they are drying.  I’ve worn nothing but these since getting them on the 29th, and if it weren’t for catching up on hydration while I was sleeping (thank you, Jack Black!), it would be difficult to keep wearing this formula back-to-back.  They have great pigmentation and wear exceptionally long, but for me, I would rather wear a more hydrating formula, or if I was aiming for matte, a formula that isn’t drying (Burberry Lip Velvets come to mind).

The always lovely xSparkage has a fantastic tutorial on making your lip color last that uses loose powder (and lip pencil) to really set and lock down the lip color, which also makes it appear matte, that can pretty much turn most of your favorite lipsticks into a long-wearing, mostly matte version. This is the same thing I do when I need all-day color and want to touch up very, very minimally (like at a conference).

All Fired Up is described as a “bright fuchsia matte.” It’s a brightened, reddish-fuchsia–the kind of fuchsia that almost looks warm, because it doesn’t have strong blue undertones to it. It has a fully matte finish. The texture is fairly dry but doesn’t tug too much on lips. It had opaque color payoff and wore well for seven hours and left a stain behind. I found it somewhat drying on lips, and I would highly recommend exfoliating and hydrating lips prior to application and potentially dabbing on a little bit of clear lip balm throughout the day to keep lips from drying out. Urban Decay Catfight is redder, luminous. Chanel Suspense is lighter, less matte. Revlon Sorbet is cooler-toned, sheerer, less matte. Guerlain Girly is more fuchsia. Guerlain Gigi is less matte. Guerlain Gourmandise is similar–especially as it sets. See comparison swatches.

Dangerous is described as a “orangey red matte.” It’s a medium-dark, orange with strong red undertones and a flat, matte finish. It had opaque color playoff, was just barely creamy enough to apply without tugging or dragging, but you will need firmer pressure. It doesn’t just glide across lips like it’s on ice skates. It lasted six hours and had a slight stain afterward. When I wore it, the formula was slightly drying. Maybelline Orange Edge and Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin are close in color but have a glossier finish. MAC Scarlet Ibis is similar–slightly brighter. MAC Sail La Vie is also similar in color but less matte. MAC Lady Danger is brighter, less red. Buxom Rogue is glossier, less red, brighter. OCC Psycho has more brown tones to it. See comparison swatches.

Fixed on Drama is described as a “rich wine matte.” It’s a dark, burgundy red with neutral undertones (reads almost warm on me, as it has a slight brown tone) and a matte finish. This seemed to have less of a flat matte finish compared to other shades, and it was drier and stiffer to work with, which resulted in less opaque color coverage, too. This would be best applied with a lip brush and then layered for best color payoff. It wore for six and a half hours and left a stain behind, but I noticed it faded unevenly. Like the other shades, this was somewhat drying. Urban Decay Shame is warmer, glossier. MAC Endless Drama is similar–a touch darker, maybe, and less matte. MAC What Joy is more berry-hued. Guerlain Gigolo is brighter, less brown, glossy. See comparison swatches.

Flat Out Fabulous is described as a “bright plum matte.” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia-plum with a flat, matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the consistency is slightly dry and does tug somewhat on lips. It does warm up as you try to apply it from the tube, so there is that, but your best bet would be applying with a lip brush to avoid dragging the product across the lips. This was the fourth I’d tested, and my lips were progressively getting drier and drier, so I’d also have to call this one drying. It lasted well for six and a half hours and then started to fade but did leave behind a stain. Urban Decay Anarchy is brighter, luminous. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia is brighter, lighter, less matte. Maybelline Hot Plum is slightly more plum and less matte. MAC Night Blooming is purpler, less matte. MAC Quick Sizzle is just slightly pinker. MAC Pink Pigeon is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches.

All Fired Up
All Fired Up
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total
Dangerous
Dangerous
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
Fixed on Drama
Fixed on Drama
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

5 Shades of Autumn for Nails (2013 Edition)

Rebecca suggested a theme of polishes perfect for autumn, and here are my five picks! I wanted to vary the shades so there would (hopefully!) be something for everyone to consider. There were a lot of amazing limited edition shades that caught my eye, but I wanted to stick with shades permanently available.

  1. Butter London Thames — deep, shimmering teal
  2. Illamasqua Raindrops — cool, bluish gray with flecks of sparkle/glitter
  3. Zoya Evvie — muted, stormy green-gray
  4. Chanel Provocation — muted plum-purple cream
  5. Guerlain Nahema — orange cream

What’s your favorite nail color to wear during autumn?

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MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Pink Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Pink Palette
MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Pink Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Pink Palette ($46.00 for 0.45 oz.) contains an iridescent powder (0.12 oz.), blush (0.13 oz.), and beauty powder (0.20 oz.). It’s a limited edition palette that releases on September 12th. I can’t remember the last time a full-sized Iridescent powder came out (to my recollection, which is not infallible, there were some in Fafi, which were $21 a pop and contained 0.28 oz., and blushes were $17.50 then, so my guess is these would be around $24), and then blushes are typically $21.00 for 0.21 oz. and beauty powders are typically $24.00 for 0.35 oz. So the palette contains $9.00 worth of iridescent powder, $13.00 worth of blush, and $13.71 worth of beauty powder–a total value of $35.72. You pay for convenience and variety, but if you only used one or two shades, you might consider finding similar products individually.

Belightful is described as a “light bronze with golden shimmer.” It’s a sheer, golden champagne base with copper and gold sparkle. This color has been released previously (both alone as well as in palettes). I’m not a huge fan of it, because it tends to emphasize pores and imperfections on the skin. It lasted six hours well on my skin, but then it turned somewhat patchy and looked faded from there. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer has a similar effect without the copper sparkle. MAC Redhead is more coppery on its own, less sparkly. Chanel Mouche de Beaute is more golden. See comparison swatches.

Pure Femininity is described as a “mid-tone blue pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a cool-toned, cotton candy pink with a nearly matte finish–it doesn’t even show any sheen unless it’s really buffed into skin (but then it’s very, very sheer). The color payoff was good, and the texture wasn’t too dry or powdery. This shade wore well for seven hours and looked somewhat faded after eight hours of wear. theBalm Argyle is warmer. Edward Bess Bed of Roses is darker, warmer. NARS Angelika is darker. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One is similar. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Peaceful is described as a “mid-tone peach.” It’s a light-medium orange (I guess you could say orange-peach) with a satiny finish. The texture was very, very powdery and a bit dry. Initially applied, it looked somewhat powdery on the skin, so I’d recommend lightly finishing by spraying a fixing spray or facial mist to take down that powderiness on the skin (just water works, too). This product wore for nearly six hours but was almost invisible by the seventh hour. NARS Realm of the Senses #3 is more shimmery. NARS Luster and NARS Gina are both darker. MAC Barefaced is browner, darker. MAC Solar Ray is more shimmery. MAC Warmth of Coral is darker, more orange. MAC Blazing Haute is slightly more yellow-toned but similar. See comparison swatches.

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MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette
MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez Face/Coral Palette ($46.00 for 0.45 oz.) contains an iridescent powder (0.12 oz.), blush (0.13 oz.), and beauty powder (0.20 oz.). It’s a limited edition palette that releases on September 12th. I can’t remember the last time a full-sized Iridescent powder came out (to my recollection, which is not infallible, there were some in Fafi, which were $21 a pop and contained 0.28 oz., and blushes were $17.50 then, so my guess is these would be around $24), and then blushes are typically $21.00 for 0.21 oz. and beauty powders are typically $24.00 for 0.35 oz. So the palette contains $9.00 worth of iidescent powder, $13.00 worth of blush, and $13.71 worth of beauty powder–a total value of $35.72. You pay for convenience and variety, but if you only used one or two shades, you might consider finding similar products individually.

Star! is described as a “peachy gold with pink and yellow pearl.” It’s a light golden beige with warm undertones. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which is as expected. It had some gold sparkle, but it seemed to disappear before it was applied. This shade wore well for six and a half hours but was patchy after seven hours. It did emphasize pores slightly.
NARS Nico gives a similar, but more flattering, glow to the skin. MAC Soft & Gentle is more beige, metallic. Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Passion for Colour is described as a “mid-tone coral [with a Satin finish].” It’s a coral-orange with a subtle sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and it was easy to blend and apply to the skin. It wore well for seven hours and looked somewhat faded after eight hours. Edward Bess Secret Affair is slightly darker. Tom Ford Love Lust is more shimmery. Aveda Hibiscus is pinker. MAC Ripe for Love is more orange. MAC Supercontinental is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Smooth Harmony is described as a “medium golden bronze.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-brown with a golden sheen. (I don’t remember Smooth Harmony being this orange.) The color payoff was just so-so, and it was somewhat powdery. It wore well for six and a half hours, but it had noticeably faded after seven and a half hours. Physicians Formula Light Bronzer is more orange. MAC Fresh Honey is darker, more orange. MAC Blazing Haute is similar. Dior Pink Glow Bronzer is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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MAC x Antonio Lopez 3 Lips/Red Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez 3 Lips/Red Palette
MAC x Antonio Lopez 3 Lips/Red Palette

MAC x Antonio Lopez 3 Lips/Red Palette ($27.50 for 0.13 oz.) contains three shades of lipstick with a red theme. Two of the shades are repromotes, and one is part of the permanent range.   The palette contains slightly more than an individual lipstick, which is 0.10 oz., so it’s not a value-packed palette, but you may like that you can get three shades for the price point (and individually, not that they’re sold that way, you couldn’t get two for this price). It will also depend on whether you’re a fan of lip palettes or not. The palette contains an itty, bitty lip brush and mirror.

Scarlet Ibis is described as a “bright orange red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with a matte finish. This is a repromote. It had completely opaque color coverage and wears long–six hours–and leaves a stain behind. It’s neither drying nor hydrating, but you’ll want to ensure your lips are in fairly healthy condition since it won’t provide any extra hydration while worn and it is has a matte finish (which is always less forgiving). MAC Dangerous just has an even more matte finish. Maybelline Orange Edge is glossier, slightly less red. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is glossier. MAC Sail la Vie is similar. MAC Lady Danger is more orange. Buxom Rogue is also more orange. See comparison swatches.

MAC Red is described as a “vivid bright bluish-red [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark blue-based red with a barely-there sheen. This shade is part of the permanent range. It had opaque color coverage, wore well for six hours and left behind a stain. It was slightly drying on me–I could feel it towards the tail end of the wear. MAC Glam is similar. Giorgio Armani Red Fuchsia is darker. NYX Chic Red is slightly darker. MAC Ronnie Red seems somewhat brighter. See comparison swatches.

Deeply Adored is described as a “deep scarlet [with a Matte finish].” It’s a deepened, brown-ish red with a matte finish. It tends to pull less brown, almost pinky-red, when sheered out or used more sparingly. This is a repromote. I noticed that it was harder to build up the color to get the brown tones to come forward in the palette than when applied from the tube–I felt like I had to use noticeably more product for opaque color than the other two or when I’ve applied this shade in tube-form. It lasted for five and a half hours well, and it did leave a stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS 413 BLKR is darker, browner. OCC Role Play is similar–slightly warmer. NARS Majella is brighter, warmer. MAC Extended Play is slightly browner. Dior Diorling is similar. MAC Such Flare is also similar. See comparison swatches.

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