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Estee Lauder Emotional (140) & Decadent (150) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks

Estee Lauder Emotional (140) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Emotional (140) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Emotional (140) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm, rusty brown.” It’s a medium-dark red with strong, warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage–there was a slight translucency overall–and long-wear that topped in at six hours, plus it left a residual stain. It was moderately hydrating and comfortable to wear. Fyrinnae Winter Romance (P, $7.00) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $45.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is more matte. Guerlain Calligraphy #6 (LE) is more matte, warmer. Guerlain Gisela (LE, $51.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Decadent (150) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep, rich red-brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish-brown that almost looks like a really warm-toned plum. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a little translucency, but the consistency was lightly creamy, so the lipstick was easy to apply and comfortable to wear for the five hours it lasted on me. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $49.00) and Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $25.00) are lighter, sheerer. Maybelline Untainted Spice (950) (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, less red. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is redder, darker, more matte. Chanel Farouche (122) (P, $34.00) is more matte, slightly browner. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is a touch redder, matte. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Round-up: MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection Overview & Thoughts

MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection<
MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection

Now available at:  NORDSTROM, MACY’S

Will also launch at: Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s

MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection launches online on May 15th and in-stores on May 22nd in U.S./Canada. For international locations, it appears to have released in Europe, but the date given is “May 2014.” Overall, it’s a really good collection in regards to quality, though the unique packaging seems to be the real star here. I think the Extra Dimension formula here is the best I’ve seen from the brand; the softest/smoothest with none of the slight dryness of past shades. The colors are on the more muted/duller side, which may or may not be your cup of tea.

BEST PERFORMING: Enchanted One (A), Mystical (A). Extra Dimension Eyeshadows (As), Pearlglide Eyeliners (As)
WORST PERFORMING: Pet Me, Please (C), Peachstock (B-), Modern Lure (B)
MOST UNIQUE: Fathoms Deep, Soul Serenade
PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS: Clear Water, Mystical, Sea Worship

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Uninvited Nail Lacquer

MAC Uninvited Nail Lacquer
MAC Uninvited Nail Lacquer

MAC Uninvited Nail Lacquer ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral nude shade with slight pearl.” It’s a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and soft gold pearl. MAC Thimbleweed (LE, $16.00) is darker, more opaque. Cult Nails Evolution (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery. Zoya Taylor (P, $9.00) is opaque. Zoya Chantal (P, $9.00) is opaque, yellower. Dior Blossom (132) (LE, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Hangin’ Loose (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I wish MAC included “sheer” in their description for this particular shade, as it is semi-opaque after two coats with noticeable translucency throughout the nail as well as visible nail line. It seems like it’s possible that this was intentional, but with some of their other sheer polishes, they have called it out in the description (and here, they didn’t). The application was challenging, as it was streaky and didn’t apply evenly. The consistency didn’t seem too thick or too thin, but it was still problematic to apply. This shade is from MAC x Maleficent but is still available. I typically get seven days of wear out of MAC’s formula, but very little chips on me, so be sure to take that with several grains of salt!

Uninvited
Uninvited
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

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NYX Mauve Blush

NYX Mauve Blush
NYX Mauve Blush

NYX Mauve Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte light mauve.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. NARS Anguilla (P, $39.00) is warmer. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is similar. MAC Formal (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, fairly silky, and very blendable on the skin, so it was easy to use and difficult to overdo, as it could be sheered out for a softer color if you felt like you over-applied. It had good color payoff that went on with true-to-pan color. I could see this shade working well as an everyday blush for someone with a fair to medium skin tone. If some of the cooler-toned, rosy pinks haven’t worked out for you, this one might with its warmer undertone, which is what made it more unique within my stash. Applied, the color wore well for almost seven hours before starting to fade.

Mauve
Mauve
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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Bite Beauty Crianza Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Crianza Cashmere Lip Cream
Bite Beauty Crianza Cashmere Lip Cream

Bite Beauty Crianza Cashmere Lip Cream ($28.00 for 0.26 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark pink with red undertone.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink-red with subtle cool undertones (it almost looks warm-toned against my complexion, depending on the warmth of the light around me). Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Guerlain Provocative (863) (LE, $51.00) is warmer. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is warmer, matte. Urban Decay Catfight (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Party Parrot (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is lighter. Guerlain Gigi (P, $51.00) is similar. Guerlain Gourmandise (P, $49.50) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had really rich, intense color payoff that went on smoothly, without settling into lip lines, and evenly. This formula wears really long and well on me, and with this shade, it wore nicely for six and a half hours and left a reddish stain behind that lingered for another hour or so. The one aspect that I don’t find holds true to how Bite Beauty positions the product is it having a matte finish–it has a noticeable shine for at least the first two hours of wear. The formula is comfortable to wear, and it was neither drying nor hydrating while worn. It has a slightly herbal scent but no discernible taste. I’ve reviewed a few shades from the formula previously (see them here), and I’d also like to mention that one of the six tubes I have leaked and had faulty packaging (see that review here).

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

Stila Canary, Deep Fuchsia, Violet Smudge Stick Eyeliners

Stila Canary Smudge Stick Eyeliner
Stila Canary Smudge Stick Eyeliner

Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is supposed to be an intensely pigmented, long-wearing, and waterproof eyeliner. It’s a twist-up eyeliner, so no sharpening is required, and in general, the formula wears eight hours on me and has a creamy, glide-on consistency makes it easy to apply. The major variable with these is pigmentation–many are nicely pigmented and easily buildable to opaque color in two layers but some are sheerer.

Stila Canary Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “bright yellow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had really good color payoff in a single pass, and the consistency was creamy and easy to apply. The color wore well for almost eight hours before starting to fade. Sephora Collection Banana Split (10) (P, $9.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Deep Fuchsia Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. This shade wore well for eight hours on my lower lash line before it started to thin and fade. Urban Decay Woodstock (LE, $19.00) is lighter, shimmery. MAC Process Magenta (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stila Violet Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.01 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-purple with soft, purple shimmer. It had so-so color payoff in one stroke, and it was only buildable to semi-opaque coverage. This liner lasted for almost eight hours on me. Urban Decay Asphyxia (P, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Canary
Violet
Violet
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total