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Sephora Night Owl, Rio, Desert Rose, Swan Songs Colorful Eyeshadows

Sephora Night Owl (93) Colorful Eyeshadow
Sephora Night Owl (93) Colorful Eyeshadow

This spring, Sephora added five new Lustre Matte finish eyeshadows to their Color Eyeshadow range. I have four of the five here that I’ve tested (I don’t have Berry Crush at this time). This is a really nice finish for someone who likes the idea of mattes but often finds them troublesome to apply and/or blend, as these are easier to blend and use, but they aren’t too shimmery.

Sephora Night Owl (93) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “royal blue purple.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark purple with a satin sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, though it was buildable to opaque color. The texture was soft, silky, and easy to blend, and it lasted well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Makeup Geek Duchess (P, $5.99) is warmer, more muted. Disney by Sephora Mystical Wonder (LE) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Rio (91) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “soft orange.” It’s a muted, medium orange with a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture, while silky and smooth, was a little powdery, so this was a shade that I felt like I kept patting on and not getting the intensity as seen in the pan. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before looking faded around the edges. Over a primer, it was less problematic in that regard. NARS Ramatuelle #3 (LE, $24.00) is more muted, more shimmery. MAC Coral (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is darker. Dior Pareo (P, $29.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #5 (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Desert Rose (90) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “warm light rose.” It’s a soft, light peach with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. There’s just a hint of pink, and it’s more noticeable if you had a true peach next to it. The color payoff was fantastic–rich and opaque–while the texture was soft and blendable. I didn’t notice any fading until after the eighth hour of wear. MAC Warm Breeze (P, $15.00) is lighter. Too Faced Spike the Punch (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #2 (LE) is more matte. MAC Bare Minimum (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Swan Song (89) Colorful Eyeshadow ($13.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pale shell pink.” It’s a pink-tinged white with a mostly matte finish. I didn’t get much of a satiny sheen with this shade like I did with the other three. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery. This shade wore well for almost eight hours before showing signs of fading along the edges. Laura Mercier Vanilla Nuts (P, $23.00) is very similar. MAC Ever Ivory(P, $21.00) is more beige. MAC Flounce (P, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay Strange (P, $18.00) is warmer. Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty In the Pink #1 (LE) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Tease #3 (P) is similar. theBalm Matt Chung (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Rio (91)
Rio (91)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon & Rose Neillia Rouge Volupte Lipsticks

YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage in a single stroke. The consistency is on the thicker side relative to the average lipstick, but it doesn’t feel heavy–and better, it doesn’t look it. The color applied smoothly and evenly, and it wore well for four and a half hours and left behind a subtle stain. It was moderately hydrating while worn. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned, less pink, less glossy. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is brighter, darker. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is brighter, cooler-toned, less glossy. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is lighter, more muted. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is brighter, darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $16.00) is brighter, slightly darker, less glossy. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is less glossy, darker, more muted, more fuchsia. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Rose Neillia (33) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had full color coverage, and the consistency was slightly thick with a high degree of slip. It applied evenly for the most part, but sometimes, if I pressed my lips together, I could tell where they were–just slightly. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me and was moderately moisturizing. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is warmer, less glossy. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is glossier, warmer. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, more matte. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches of all shades or view them side-by-side on The Dupe List.

Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “carnation pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with strong, blue undertones and a flat, matte finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $16.00) is less matte, slightly purpler. See comparison swatches. (Or see it on The Dupe List.)

This is a new shade added this spring (you can see the other I tried here), and the last I have to review. The formula is described as a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have “added hydration.” It had rich, full color coverage in a single stroke, and the color applied evenly and smoothly. It begins as a liquid, and initially, it is glossy, but it quickly dries and sets for an ultra matte finish (about twenty to thirty seconds). Be sure not to press lips together while it’s drying, as the formula will stick and lift wherever the lips are touching. This shade wears six hours on me and is lightly drying. It does feel clingy to a degree, so it may be uncomfortable to wear if you are used to more emollient/slippery formulas.

Armageddon
Armageddon
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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5 Beautiful Blue Eyeshadows for Spring

Don’t be afraid of rocking blue eyeshadow! There are so many variations on blue, whether they lean green or purple, bright or muted, light or dark that can be worn. Here are five of my picks for spring:

  1. Sugarpill Mochi — a cool-toned, aqua blue with a matte finish
  2. Urban Decay Peace — brightened, vibrant medium blue
  3. Inglot #415 — a gold-shimmered, medium blue with a frost finish
  4. Illamasqua Sadist — a deep, dark, purple-blue with a matte finish
  5. L’Oreal Timeless Blue Spark — a medium, muted blue with a metallic finish

What colors do you pair with blue eyeshadow?

OCC Automaton, Deven Green, Pool Boy Nail Lacquers

OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer
OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer

OCC Automaton Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “24K gold with red/green duochrome [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a brightened, sunshine yellow with warm, yellow-red undertones and very fine micro-shimmer that shifts from a coppery-red to a murky green. I tried so hard to capture the duochrome, but it’s really subtle, and despite dozens of photos, no luck. After two coats, there was still visible nail line, and I’d describe the coverage as semi-opaque. It applied evenly, and there weren’t any brush strokes even though it is a more metallic finish. NARS Kismet (LE, $19.00) is darker, more coppery. See comparison swatches.

OCC Deven Green Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “nearly-neon green [with a Creme finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium green with subtle warm undertones. “Nearly-neon” is exactly right; it’s vibrant, bright, but it’s not quite neon. It was opaque in two coats, and the first coat was a little streaky going on, but the second coat smoothed and evened everything out. The consistency was slightly thick. The only neon green I could think of was China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard, which is a true neon green, and it has shimmer, so it’s really not similar at all.

OCC Pool Boy Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “aquatic blue [with a Creme finish].” It’s a light-medium blue with a cream finish. It dries down to a satiny finish–there’s some shine, but it’s not glossy. The consistency is slightly thin, but it is opaque after two coats. It was a somewhat streaky going on the first coat, and the second coat covered most of it, but it wasn’t a flawless finish. Zoya Rocky (P, $9.00) is darker, more muted. Essie In the Cab-ana (P, $8.00) is warmer, greener. Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted. SpaRitual Ebb & Flow (LE, $10.00) is much darker. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear with OCC’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Automaton
Automaton
9
Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Deven Green
Deven Green
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Pool Boy
Pool Boy
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Sugarpill Smitten Chromalust Pigment

Sugarpill Smitten Chromalust Pigment
Sugarpill Smitten Chromalust Pigment

Sugarpill Smitten Chromalust Pigment ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “shimmery hot magenta loaded with reflective sparks.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia pink with lighter pink and white shimmer and sparkle. Too Faced Totally Fetch (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Noise (LE, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Tease with Ease (DC, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.00) is similar. Sugarpill Magentric (P, $12.00) is more muted, purpler. Sugarpill Decora (P, $12.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches. (You can see them on The Dupe List here.)

It’s a new and limited edition shade from Sugarpill’s loose eyeshadow range. Applied dry, it had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, and when applied with a dampened brush (I just used water), it’s intensely pigmented and very, very smooth. The texture is so soft and silky, as it is very finely-milled, so it almost melts against the skin. Smitten wore well for nine hours and had some light fading after that, and it very lightly stained my lids but was gone by morning.

Smitten
Smitten
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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