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Surratt Beauty Grisaille Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Grisaille Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Grisaille Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Grisaille Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “contour” shade. It’s a medium, neutral-to-warm-toned taupe that leans brown with a semi-matte finish. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is slightly warmer, lighter, more matte. NARS Paloma Contour (P) is similar. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is rosier, warmer. NYX Taupe (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Madly (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Taupe Shape ($21.00) is cooler-toned. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is rosier, slightly warmer and lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had good color payoff that was buildable, but the incredibly soft, silky texture made blending it out a dream, so you could soften or sheer out color if you felt you applied too much. In the pan, the powder feels more like a cream, because of how finely-milled and smooth it is; the texture is the real hallmark of the formula. It’s amazing that there is no powderiness, despite how soft the blush is. Grisaille applied well to the skin and had a natural matte finish; the kind where it doesn’t look flat but isn’t shimmery either. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade on me. As a reminder, the blushes come in thin, lightweight plastic cases, as it is a product designed to live inside a palette (the brand has two sizes available). The packaging is fine for at-home use, but it may be too flimsy for excessive travel as-is.

Grisaille
Grisaille
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Bite Beauty Bouquet & Chablis High Pigment Pencils

Bite Beauty Bouquet High Pigment Pencil
Bite Beauty Bouquet High Pigment Pencil

Bite Beauty Bouquet High Pigment Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a semi-matte finish. It’s richly pigmented, as described, though the finish has a tiny bit more shine initially than a “modern matte” typically has, but that little bit of shine is worn away within an hour and a half of wear. The consistency is moderately creamy so it glides on well while still applying evenly. The color itself stays on well for four and a half hours and is lightly hydrating. It has a very subtle citrus-y scent. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is lighter. Laura Mercier Heartbreaker (LE, $23.00) is cooler-toned. YSL Corail Jalouse (32) (P, $34.00) is similar. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is brighter, pinker. MAC Giddy (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Chablis High Pigment Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “soft coral rose.” It’s a softly muted, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin shine. This shade had fantastic, full color coverage, though the finish wasn’t quite as matte as described. It stayed on well for five and a half hours with a lightly hydrating formula. It was comfortable to wear, and it was easy to apply as the texture was creamy without being heavy. The muted quality to the color is what makes it different from some other corals, which have a brightness to them. It has a very subtle citrus-y scent. Givenchy Corail Decollete (303) (P, $36.00) is slightly pinker. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is more muted, less coral. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is less pink. Guerlain Geneva (48) (P, $51.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is brighter, darker. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Out for Passion (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, warmer. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is less pigmented. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bouquet
Bouquet
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Chablis
Chablis
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm (Part 1)

Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm
Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm

Too Faced La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is supposed to hydrate lips so they appear plumper and smoother with a “delicious sweet citrus scent.” It comes in six shades (a second review is coming for the other three shades) and five of the six are “juicy tints of color,” while one is clear. The formula has some slip, but it seems less slippery/emollient–less “melty”–than the La Creme Lipstick formula, pehraps because this has a thinner feel overall. All of them give a light natural sheen to lips, and though they’re supposed to be tinted, just about all of them look nearly the same on lips. I have somewhat pigmented lips, but they’re not super pigmented–warmer shades make my lips look a wee bit warmer, cooler shades make them look a bit pinker/darker. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing them for their tinting abilities. On me, the formula is somewhat moisturizing; less so than my favorite lip balms, but the formula is thin enough that it doesn’t stay on for long. I get about an hour to two hours of wear, and then I feel like I have to reapply. The colored ones seemed to accentuate the texture of my lips–it seemed to catch on imperfections I didn’t even know I had. These seemed comparable to Bite Beauty’s BB for Lips. Since these three all look virtually colorless applied, I would rather opt for an ultra-hydrating lip balm than a so-so lip balm with no color or pick up one of their La Creme Lipsticks for greater hydrating and actual color.

Too Faced Like Buttah La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is the clear, colorless shade (as in, intentionally left clear!). It is less glossy than a more liquid-like lip balm, but it is also thinner. The consistency is lightly creamy, lightweight, and applies easily over the lips. It lasts an hour and a half on me.

Too Faced Hunny Bunny La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a sheer, peachy-beige. On my lips, it adds warmth and darkens my natural lip color just slightly with a smidgen of shine. It lasts an hour and a half on me.
Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is slightly more pigmented. MAC Taste of Paradise (LE) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Peachykeen La Creme Lip Balm ($22.00 for TBA oz.) is a sheer peach. The major difference between this and Hunny Bunny is the undertone; this doesn’t have any beige in it, so it looks peachier–like a mix of orange and pink. It lasts an hour and a half on me.
Bite Beauty Flush (P, $24.00) is similar. MAC Taste of Paradise (LE) is glossier. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

8
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
74%
Total
Peachykeen
Peachykeen
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
73%
Total

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NARS Dark Room, Shutter, Wrong Turn Nail Polish

NARS Dark Room, Shutter, Wrong Turn Nail Polishes
NARS Dark Room, Shutter, Wrong Turn Nail Polishes

Here are the last three shades from the upcoming nail collaboration between 3.1 Phillip Lim and NARS (official info here). If you missed the other posts, check here and here. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

NARS Dark Room Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue denim.” It’s a muted, navy blue with a cream finish. There’s a slight warmth to it (though it is a cool-toned color) compared to a true blue polish. It had a slightly thinner consistency, but it wasn’t watery or streaky. Application was pretty easy as the color didn’t bubble or pool along the edges, and it was opaque after two coats. I did have noticeable staining after swatching this, so I would recommend a good base coat to prevent staining of the natural nail during wear. Chanel Magic (LE, $27.00) is slightly lighter. NARS Superstar (LE, $20.00) is very similar. Chanel Blue Rebel (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned. Zoya Natty (P, $9.00) is slightly cooler-toned, lighter. Essie Go Overboard (LE, $8.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Shutter Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “black sea green.” It’s a blackened green–there is just a tint of green, but it is a very dark shade that looks nearly black in some lighting. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency was similar to Dark Room as it was slightly thin but not problematic for application. I would also recommend using a good base coat to prevent possible staining from wearing this shade. Deborah Lippmann Billionaire (LE, $19.00)is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Wrong Turn Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “graphite.” It’s a dark, slightly metallic gray with cool undertones and a pearly shimmer. It was nearly opaque after one coat, but two coats were still needed for full color coverage. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed well across the nail and was easy to apply. It dried down faster than other shades in the collection, due to the more metallic-like finish. Once dry, it had almost no visible brush strokes. MAC Grey Friday (LE, $16.00) is darker. China Glaze Stone Cold (LE, $7.50) is darker, more matte. Zoya Tao (P, $9.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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YSL Saharienne (4) Couture Palette

YSL Saharienne (4) Couture Palette
YSL Saharienne (4) Couture Palette

YSL Saharienne (4) Couture Palette ($60.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes five shades of eyeshadow with a variety of textures. According to YSL, the formula has “intense color” and is “long-wearing, crease-proof” with “crease-resistant … 12-hour hold.” There was noticeable fading with some shades between seven and eight hours, and a couple had actual creasing after eight hours of wear. The texture of the formula is what sells the palette, I think, as it is incredibly soft, finely-milled, and buttery without being too dense–it feels almost like a cream formula, though it is definitely powder. The palette had fairly good color payoff with some shades being more or less pigmented, but these blend like a dream and have a very flattering shimmer finish on the skin.

Saharienne #1 is a light, yellow-toned beige with a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff with a very smooth, soft texture that was a smidgen powdery. This shade showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. Too Faced Riviera (P, $16.00) is similar. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #1 (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is yellower. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Broken (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Eyes (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Shroom (P, $15.00) is more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Saharienne #2 is a brightened, light gold with strong, yellow tones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was incredibly soft and smooth. It lasted for just over seven hours on me. It’s a lovely shade, but it is very common. Tarina Tarantino Fantastical #3 (P) is lighter. Makeup Geek Bling (P, $5.99) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is similar. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is lighter. theBalm C1 (LE, $16.00) is similar. Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is similar. MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more metallic. MAC Nylon (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Dazzlelight (P, $15.00) is less yellow. Make Up For Ever #101 (P, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Saharienne #3 is a medium-dark, chocolate brown with subtle, warm yellow and red undertones and a satin sheen. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation. This shade wore well for eight hours before there was slight creasing. LORAC Cocoa (P) is more matte, darker. theBalm #37 (P, $6.50) is similar. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is similar. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, warmer. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is reder in tone. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Saharienne #4 is a medium-dark, gold-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It is lighter and warmer, plus more shimmery, compared to #3. It had really good pigmentation, and the texture was buttery and soft without being powdery. Applied, the color had very slight creasing after eight hours of wear. theBalm #37 (P, $6.50) is darker, less shimmery. theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #2 (P) is similar. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Nevermind (LE, $18.00) is similar.Dior Fairy Golds #5 (LE) is darker, less shimmery. bareMinerals A-Ha (P) is cooler-toned. Inglot #402 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Saharienne #5 is a light-medium, gray-leaning taupe with a hint of a golden shimmer/sheen. It had a slightly powdery texture, which reduced the color payoff, as the eyeshadow didn’t stick to the skin as well. It is a shade that benefits greatly from using a primer or base first. This wore well for seven hours before there was noticeable fading. I wish it performed better, because it was the most unique shade in the palette. MAC French Clay (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Oyster (LE, $30.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Just a Wisp Mineralize Blush

MAC Just a Wisp Mineralize Blush
MAC Just a Wisp Mineralize Blush

MAC Just a Wisp Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The highly reflective finish is actually what makes this less similar than other pale pinks I’ve come across. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is more muted, more matte. Surratt Beauty Guimauve (P, $32.00) is more matte. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This is another new (and permanent!) shade that’s been added to the Mineralize Blush range in the new, updated packaging. It had semi-opaque coverage in one layer, but it was buildable to full coverage in two layers or easily blended out for sheerer color. If you use a fan brush and a light hand, it becomes more of a pink-tinged highlighter. The high shimmer content makes it more wearable on darker complexions as well, as it doesn’t appear chalky at all, but it would make for a nice, soft pink blush on fairer complexions as well. The finish is quite reflective but seemed to only emphasize pores very, very slightly–something I only noticed when I looked exactly for that but felt like you couldn’t really tell at a distance. The texture was soft, lightly powdery, but smooth and silky to the touch. This shade wore well for seven hours before it turned a bit patchy.

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