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Maybelline Yummy Plummy & Mochachino ColorSensational Lip Colors

Maybelline Yummy Plummy ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Yummy Plummy ColorSensational Lip Color

Maybelline Yummy Plummy ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a warm, pinky-plum with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy–just enough to allow the color to glide across lips but not so creamy that it felt thick. It wore well for four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. theBalm Captain (LE) is more matte, pinker. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is lighter. Guerlain Madame Reve (862) (LE, $49.50) is brighter. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Rapture (P, $22.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Casablanca (P, $48.00) is darker. MAC Plumful (P, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Also, I specifically went to Maybelline’s website to check the status on both of these shades before photographing (I’ve had them for a year or longer), and both were listed under the formula–except Yummy Plummy is not listed on any of the major retailers’ websites, so it might have been discontinued (though it’s still on Maybelline’s website). I’ve linked Amazon above, which is actually priced at $2.99 (free shipping for Prime members with any qualifying $25+ order).

Mochachino ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a warm, subdued coppery brown with warm, orange undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency of the formula was creamy (and this shade felt a bit thicker compared to Yummy Plummy), and it was neither hydrating nor drying. It wore well for four hours, which is about average for me. Chanel Synopsis (P, $34.00) is less coppery. MAC Sheer Seduction (LE, $15.00) is somewhat sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Authentic (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Yummy Plummy
Yummy Plummy
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Mochachino
Mochachino
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad
Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad

Tom Ford Lavender Lust Eye Color Quad ($78.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pink and purple themed palette. Tom Ford’s eyeshadows have four finishes: “sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer, and matte.” They’re supposed to “offer a spectrum of intensity and effects” with “excellent adhesion.” Overall, it’s a good quad, though not without its imperfections. The sparkly shade does produce some fall out during wear, though it’s minimal, it’s something to note. The lightest shade is on the sheerer side, which may be right up your alley if you intend to use it as a highlight shade, but for those who wanted something more opaque, it will be a let down. The colors go well together, and it’s certainly a very a harmonious set of shades.

Lavender Lust #1 is a pinky lavender with white sparkle. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. This shade wore well (no fading or creasing) for nine hours but had some slight fall out over time. CoverGirl Blazing Purple (340) (P, $4.99) is a bit darker, less sparkly. L’Oreal With a Twist (LE, $7.99) is darker, purpler. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Lavender Lust #2 is a medium-dark, smoky purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had very nice pigmentation and applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well without fading or creasing for nine hours. Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Black Grape (P, $21.00) is more sparkly. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is similar, less metallic. theBalm Lavish Latoya (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Urban Decay ACDC (P, $18.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Lavender Lust #3 is a pale, lavender-tinted white with a pink iridescent sheen. It was semi-opaque in pigmentation, though the texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled. I checked it a few times, as it’s such a light shade that it can be hard to tell opacity against my skin tone, but it’s more opaque than sheer–there’s some translucency there, though. It seemed like it might be a satin finish. It wore well for almost eight hours but looked somewhat faded after nine hours of wear. Fyrinnae Unicorn (P, $8.25) is cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Digit (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Party (LE, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $21.00) is more metallic, less pink. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur #1 (LE) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Datura (P, $14.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Lavender Lust #4 is a dark, red-toned purple with violet and plum shimmer. It had a satiny finish, and it had decent color payoff, but the texture was noticeably drier than the other three shades–soft but dry. It’s a shade that I’d probably use damp more often than not. With a fluffy crease brush, the dryness wasn’t noticeable during application. Urban Decay Tornado (LE, $18.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Matte Plum (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC Highly Charged (LE, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Grape (LE, $32.50) is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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The Tempting 10 — October 2013 Edition

Illamasqua Apocalips Lipstick Sleek Sunset Eyeshadow Palette Inglot #434 Marc Jacobs Th(ink) Giorgio Armani #701 Giorgio Armani #701 NARS Taj Mahal Cult Nails You're My Dandy Lion Fyrinnae Parental Advisory OCC Jubilee Illamasqua Stranger

October is a time that reminds me to be brave; to not be afraid of bold, unusual colors. Halloween is an often excuse to play with color in ways we’ve never felt comfortable doing so the rest of the year, but it also serves as a great reminder to: experiment more. play more. go outside of our comfort zone. embrace the unknown. thirst for something different. These are a few of my favorite more unique and unusual shades that I’ve come across, and I hope you’ll share your own unusual finds with me!

  1. Illamasqua Apocalips is a vivid, medium-dark blue-teal with a matte finish. I love the unusual color, but what I love even more is that it still applies and wears fairly well. It’s definitely a show-stopping color!
  2. Sleek Sunset Palette is a budget-friendly palette that’s top-to-bottom fantastic. No duds in the bunch; not only is this a feat for an eyeshadow palette in general, but to do so at under $15? It’s quite unusual!
  3. Inglot #434 is a cool-toned, purplish taupe–a glorious mix of purple, gray, and brown for something infinitely complex, bold but neutral.
  4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Th(ink) is a bold, cool-toned violet purple with a pearly shimmer that really opens up the eye–and it is a shade that had many, many readers asking, “What are you wearing?” Purple eyeliners that can be applied with opaque, rich color are hard to come by, but Th(ink) makes a strong case for one that does.
  5. Giorgio Armani #701 is a cool-toned, sheer bluish-purple gloss filled with blue and violet shimmer. It’s very intriguing on its own, but it can be layered over lipstick for a different look.
  6. NARS Taj Mahal is bold, bright, but not totally over-the-top, and it’s more of a tangerine than a full-on orange with red tones, so it has more golden, yellowy undertones.
  7. Cult Nails You’re My Dandy Lion is a warm, buttery yellow with a cream finish–and lo and behold, it applies beautifully. It’s practically a unicorn among polish!
  8. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory is a bold, bright, royal purple like I haven’t seen before. It’s so vibrant and pigmented–if you are a fiend for purple eyeshadow, it is a must-have.
  9. OCC Jubilee is a pale, aqua-green with a blue-purple duochrome. It’s metallic, shimmering, and reflective. I love the way the color shifts as you move, as it is layered over other products, and will lean one way or another depending on what is paired with.
  10. Illamasqua Stranger is a green-ish gold gloss with a high-shine finish, lots of metallic shimmer, and it is a shade that changes as you move.

I hope you’ll consider sharing your must-haves for October in the comments! Here’s a quickie list to get you started…

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OCC Black Metal Dahlia & Batty Nail Lacquers

OCC Black Metal Dahlia Nail Lacquer
OCC Black Metal Dahlia Nail Lacquer

OCC Black Metal Dahlia Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep maroon with red pearl.” It’s a rich, luxurious deep red with metallic, ruby red shimmer. It applied evenly and smoothly, and two coats was plenty for fully opaque color coverage. The consistency was slightly thicker than average, but it didn’t impact the application at all. MAC Underfire (LE, $16.00) is a cream. Illamasqua Scarab (P, $17.00) is darker. Dior Apparat (LE, $24.00) has gold shimmer. China Glaze Mommy Kissing Santa (LE, $8.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

OCC Batty Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “midnight black with silver glitter.” It’s a rich, deep black with silver micro-glitter–it looks like a blackened night sky with twinkling stars. It was nearly opaque in a single coat, but I applied two for perfectly opaque, smooth color. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed evenly across the nail without pooling along the edges. NARS Night Breed (LE, $19.00) has finer sparkle. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition (LE) has slightly finer shimmer. Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) is similar. Color Club Show Time (P) has finer shimmer. See comparison swatches.

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Batty
Batty
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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MAC Nocturnals Collection for Holiday 2013

MAC Nocturnals Collection
MAC Nocturnals Collection

For all those devoted to life from dusk to dawn. After-dark glamour comes in mini kits for seductive spirits seeking nocturnal pleasures. Lavish sets evoke the intoxicating essence of evenings out, in glossy black boxes embellished in white and gold. M·A·C Nocturnals Pigments and Glitter features five convenient jars, giving you smoky eyes in three scintillating shade waves. Nocturnals Lip Gloss provides high-impact colour in three sumptuous shades of coral, pink and nude. With just a whisper of polish for your pout, Nocturnals Tastitints condition in barely-there shades and four different flavours: peppermint, vanilla, lavender and guava.

Nocturnals Lipgloss/Nude ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Boy Bait Light neutral beige with pearl (Cremesheen Glass) (Permanent)
  • Overindulgence Neutral brown (Cremesheen Glass) (Repromote)
  • Richly Revered Vampy blue red (Cremesheen Glass) (Repromote)
  • Phiff! Light beige nude (Dazzleglass) (Repromote)

Nocturnals Lipgloss/Pink ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fashion Scoop Clear pink (Cremesheen Glass) (Permanent)
  • Colour Saturation Dark cool wine creme (Cremesheen Glass) (Repromote)
  • Petite Indulgence Bright blue-pink (Cremesheen Glass) (Repromote)
  • Dressed to Dazzle Pink tinted with silver sparkle (Dazzleglass) (Repromote)

Nocturnals Lipgloss/Coral ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • On the Scene Pink with pink and white pearl (Cremesheen Glass) (Repromote)
  • Star Quality Bright orange coral (Cremesheen Glass) (Repromote)
  • Night is Young Bright red cream (Cremesheen Glass)
  • Moth to Flame Sheer neutral beige with violet pearl (Dazzleglass) (Repromote)

Nocturnals Pigments & Glitter/Silver and Violet ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Kitschmas Shimmering pink mauve pearl (Frost) (Pigment) (Permanent)
  • Vanilla Soft ivory white (Frost) (Pigment) (Permanent)
  • Push the Edge Deep bright purple with pearl (Frost) (Repromote)
  • Pink Bright pink (Glitter)
  • Grey Sparkly chunky grey (Glitter)

Nocturnals Pigments & Glitter/Green and Teal ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Just Before Dawn Warm taupe frost (Frost) (Pigment)
  • Deep Blue Green Rich deep bluish green (Frost) (Pigment) (Permanent)
  • Old Gold High frosted tarnish gold (Frost) (Pigment) (Permanent)
  • 3D Gold Sparkly chunky gold (Glitter)
  • Reflects Gold White glitter that flashes gold (Glitter)

Nocturnals Pigments & Glitter/Black and Gold ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Naked Fleshy beige with pearl (Matte) (Pigment) (Permanent)
  • Museum Bronze Rich taupe with gold pearl (Frost) (Pigment) (Repromote)
  • Copper Sparkle Super frosty copper flecks (Frost) (Pigment) (Permanent)
  • Gold Sparkly chunky gold (Glitter)
  • Black Sparkly chunky black (Glitter)

Nocturnals/Tastitints ($32.50 U.S. / $38.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Mintessence Milky white
  • Sugared Vanilla Creamy light soft beige
  • Taste of Paradise Poppy pink

Dash of Lavender Mauve

Availability: November 7th, 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com. International November 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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MAC Stroke of Midnight Collection for Holiday 2013

MAC Stroke of Midnight Collection
MAC Stroke of Midnight Collection

For all those devoted to life from dusk to dawn. After-dark glamour comes in mini kits for seductive spirits seeking nocturnal pleasures. Lavish sets evoke the intoxicating essence of evenings out, in glossy black boxes embellished in white and gold. M·A·C Stroke of Midnight Pigments and Glitter features five convenient jars, giving you smoky eyes in three scintillating shade waves. Stroke of Midnight Lip Gloss provides high-impact colour in three sumptuous shades of coral, pink and nude. With just a whisper of polish for your pout, Stroke of Midnight Tastitints condition in barely-there shades and four different flavours: peppermint, vanilla, lavender and guava.

Stroke of Midnight Lip Bag/Nude ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Softly Lit Soft beige with pink frost (Cremesheen Glass)
  • Creme d’Nude Pale muted peach beige (Cremesheen) (Lipstick) (Permanent)
  • Boldly Bare Dirty red brown (Lip Pencil) (Repromote)

Stroke of Midnight Lip Bag/Violet ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Art of Seduction Cool nude with gold frost (Cremesheen Glass)
  • Dark Deed Darkened blood red (Amplified) (Lipstick) (Repromote)
  • Vino Intense violet purple (Lip Pencil) (Permanent)

Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag/Nude ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Utterly Becoming Cremy beige (Paint Pot)
  • In Extreme Dimension Lash Black (Mascara) (Permanent)
  • Past Twilight Blackened plum (Fluidline)
  • 209 Eyeliner/239 Eye Shader Double-ended brush

Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag/Gold ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Genuine Treasure Reflects antique gold (Paint Pot) (Repromote)
  • In Extreme Dimension Lash Black (Mascara) (Permanent)
  • Blitz & Glitz Intense black with gold pearl (Fluidline) (Permanent)
  • 209 Eyeliner/239 Eye Shader Double-ended brush

Stroke of Midnight Eye Bag/Violet ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Frozen Violet Frosted purple silver (Paint Pot) (Permanent)
  • In Extreme Dimension Lash Black (Mascara) (Permanent)
  • Blacktrack Solid flat black (Fluidline) (Permanent)
  • 209 Eyeliner/239 Eye Shader Double-ended brush

Stroke of Midnight Brush Kit/Mineralize ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 287SE Duo-Fibre Eyeshadow Brush
  • 268SE Duo-Fibre Tapered Blending Brush
  • 159SE Duo-Fibre Blush Brush
  • 187SE Duo-Fibre Face Brush

Stroke of Midnight Brush Kit/Essentials ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 217SE Blending Brush
  • 239SE Eyeshader Brush
  • 212SE Flat Definer Brush
  • 193SE Angled Foundation Brush
  • 168SE Large Angled Contour Brush

Stroke of Midnight Brush Kit/Smoky Eye ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 211SE Pointed Liner Brush
  • 266SE Small Angle Brush
  • 214SE Short Shader Brush
  • 219SE Pencil Brush
  • 227SE Large Fluff Brush

Stroke of Midnight Eyes/Cool ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fair Sex Light frosted pink (Frost)
  • Deception Frosty golden brown (Frost)
  • Romance Me Warm plum with gold pearl (Lustre) (Repromote)
  • Shadowy Lady Blackened plum (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Frisco Soft pastel pink (Matte)

Stroke of Midnight Eyes/Warm ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Femme-fi Frosty golden cream (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Amber Lights Peachy brown with shimmer (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Socialite Warm copper (Satin)
  • Mulch Red-brown with bronze pearl (Velvet) (Permanent)
  • Midnight Hour Warm blackened plum (Velvet)

Stroke of Midnight Eyes/Smoky ($39.50 U.S. / $47.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Chillproof Frosty white (Frost)
  • Retrospeck Beached blonde (Lustre) (Permanent)
  • Gaelic Gold Metallic gold (Veluxe Pearl) (Repromote)
  • Well Put Together Black with gold frost (Velvet)
  • Carbon Intense black (Matte) (Permanent)

Stroke of Midnight Face Palette/Cool ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Scene Muted blue-grey (Satin) (Eyeshadow) (Permanent)
  • All Races Cool light mauve taupe (Matte) (Eyeshadow) (Repromote)
  • Magic Moor Rich blackened plum with pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Eyeshadow) (Repromote)
  • Sparkling Rose Soft pink with gold frost (Iridescent Pressed Powder)
  • Ebony Intense black (Eye Kohl)
  • Sublime Pleasure Soft mauve cream (Lustre) (Lipstick)
  • Romantically Inclined Cool plum cream (Cremesheen) (Lipstick)

Stroke of Midnight Face Palette/Warm ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Tenderly Soft warm pink with frost (Frost) (Eyeshadow)
  • Showstopper Deep blackened brown (Matte) (Eyeshadow) (Repromote)
  • After Dusk Mid-tone rosy pink with pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Eyeshadow)
  • Golden Muted golden tan-beige with shimmer (Bronzing Powder) (Permanent)
  • Coffee Intense bronze (Eye Kohl) (Permanent)
  • Myself Light dirty mauve with traveling pearl (Lustre) (Lipstick)
  • Love Talk Mid-tone cool nude (Cremesheen) (Lipstick)

Stroke of Midnight/Viva Glamorous ($30.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Viva Glam I Intense brownish blue-red (Matte) (Lipstick)
  • Viva Glam I Intense brownish blue-red (Lipglass)

Kids Helping Kids (Limited Edition)

  • Greeting Cards ($10.00 U.S. / $12.00 CDN)
  • Gift Tags ($10.00 U.S. / $12.00 CDN)

Stroke of Midnight Lip and Cheek Bag/Pink($59.50 U.S. / $71.50 CDN) (Limited Edition) (Retailer Exclusive)

  • Formal Soft pink (Blush)
  • How Darling! Warm pink cream (Cremesheen) (Lipstick)
  • Soft Spoken Soft pink with red frost (Lipglass)
  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush
  • Slim Mirror Mirror

Stroke of Midnight Lip and Cheek Bag/Coral ($59.50 U.S. / $71.50 CDN) (Limited Edition) (MAC Store Exclusive)

  • Margin Peach with golden shimmer (Blush) (Permanent)
  • Night to Remember Warm red frost (Cremesheen) (Lipstick)
  • Pure Sophistication Gold frost (Lipglass)
  • 129SE Powder/Blush Brush
  • Slim Mirror Mirror

Stroke of Midnight/Grooming Kit ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition) (MAC Store Exclusive)

  • Slim Mirror Mirror
  • Duo Lash Comb/Brow Brush Dual-ended brush
  • Manicure File Nail file
  • Tweezers/Slant Slanted tweezers

Availability: October 24th, 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com. International November 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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