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Hourglass Verse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss

Hourglass Verse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss
Hourglass Verse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss

Hourglass Verse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light beige shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with bronze and lighter peach shimmer. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) is darker. bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is simiar. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to be “richly pigmented” with a “high-shine” finish that is also hydrating. While I have definitely used shades in the range that fit the bill as far as intense pigmentation goes, Verse is significantly short of “richly pigmented.” It’s more sheer to semi-sheer with a fair amount of shimmer but little in the way of color; adds warmth and evens out the natural lip color but does not alter it much. The consistency is light-medium in weight, thin but noticeable applied, and lightly tacky. It lasted two and a half hours, and after wearing it twice in a row, it seemed to be moderately hydrating. I wish I had bought a different shade–if this had been opaque, I’d have been so much more impressed.

Verse
Verse
8.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
78%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte hot fuchsia.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with a satin finish. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is slightly brighter. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I bought this shade despite my lackluster experience with three of the other shades in the range. The problem isn’t applying it, not the color itself, or even the pigmentation; it’s the wear, and the way it wears away and leaves a ring of color along the outer edge of lips while settling into lip lines. I don’t have to do anything but sit at my desk, typing away, and it gravitates into every crevice on my lips. The texture is velvety and glides on without tugging or dragging, and it doesn’t feel like a matte lipstick at all. It’s a formula that will be less forgiving on drier lips, as it catches and emphasizes those types of imperfections. The finish is more semi-matte (Marc Jacobs Beauty says it is “demi-matte”), as there is still a sheen to the color for at least an hour into wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which was probably its best attribute. It wears five hours on me, but it wears quite unevenly over time. It was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste.

Gossip (140)
Gossip (140)
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

ULTA Bone, Taupe, Mink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow

ULTA Bone Brilliant Color Eyeshadow
ULTA Bone Brilliant Color Eyeshadow

ULTA Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) recently popped online, and I couldn’t resist trying them when they were buy one, get one free (and they’re B1G1 still right now, actually!). If you’re familiar with L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow, Lancome Infinite Color Design Eyeshadow, or Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, this formula will be recognizable. It is a loosely pressed eyeshadow; it is, in general, more of a pressed eyeshadow than a loose one, but it isn’t pressed as firmly as true pressed eyeshadows. It can be used wet or dry, depending on what you’re looking for. ULTA doesn’t have nearly as grand a description as the previously mentioned formulas do; ULTA says these “[offer] the comfort of a cream and the ease of application only a powder can deliver.” They’re supposed to be long-wearing (but no specific hour-length is given) and crease-resistant.

Bone Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pale, light beige with subtle warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff whether it was used dry or damp, and I was able to use it with a dampened brush even though it had more of a matte finish. The texture was very soft and finely-milled–just a little powdery. It wore well for eight hours on me and was lightly creased after nine hours of wear. Too Faced White Chocolate (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer. bareMinerals Celebrate (LE) is more shimmery. Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is similar. Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies (LE, $16.00) is matte. Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is matte. theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker, matte. Too Faced Dainty (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Boss Lady (LE) is cooler-toned. Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE) is darker. theBalm Adagio (P, $16.00) is matte. Urban Decay Anonymous (LE, $18.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Endless Pearl (P, $7.99) is slightly more matte. See comparison swatches.

Taupe Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium brown with a hint of a grayish tone, but it had stronger warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was excellent whether used dry or wet–intense either way. The texture was soft, velvety, and smooth. It wore well for nine hours before starting to crease. I thought L’Oreal Amber Rush might be similar, but it is much warmer and redder. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker, grayer. MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $18.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Stormy Grey (LE, $21.00) is darker, grayer. See comparison swatches.

Mink Brilliant Color Eyeshadow ($10.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, cool-toned brown with a satin-matte finish–a very subtle sheen so it isn’t totally matte. It had fairly good pigmentation applied dry, and it was slightly better applied with a dampened brush, but it was about the same. The color was buildable, though, so in practice, it can get quite intense as you layer. The texture wasn’t as soft or as blendable as the other two shades. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Perspective (LE) is slightly darker. theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Showstopper (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Concrete (P, $15.00) is more matte, darker. bareMinerals Apropos (P) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Bone
Bone
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Taupe
Taupe
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Mink
Mink
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Round-up: MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Collection

MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Collection
MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Collection

If you love the Mineralize formula, this collection might be right up your alley, as it features Mineralize Eyeshadows, Blushes, and Skinfinishes. If you like sheerer, softer, almost faded shades for eyes, perhaps the eyeshadows in this collection will work well for you, as they will yield that look quite easily. The big takeaway is that, in my experience, Mineralize products have shorter wear times; instead of getting closer to eight, they tend to average six or so. The textures of the products were on the powdery side. If you’re a fan of MAC’s Lustre lipstick finish, this collection features six shades with that finish, and the lipsticks seem to be the most popular part of the collection.   Just to reiterate, I found this year’s Perfect ToppingStereo Rose, and Lily White to be significantly different from their previously released versions.  You can find the collection line at Nordstrom and Macy’s.

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MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Pink Sensibilities Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a mix of pink and brown that runs mostly warm, with the exception of the lightest pink, which does have a cool undertone. This was the best of the four released in the collection, as two shades were really nicely pigmented and much smoother and less powdery to work with. It’s not a product I would run out to buy, though, as I still had wear issues (six hours with the exception of one shade, which lasted six and a half hours) and some fall out from the more glittery shades.

Pink Sensibilities #1 is described as a “pinky brown.” It’s a brightened, medium brown with a warm, rosy tone to it and a frosted, metallic finish. It was the least powdery and most smooth, pigmented shade out of the collection. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was fully opaque. It even wore for about a half hour longer. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sensibilities #2 is described as an “icy blue pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a frosted, sparkling finish. This one had some fall out during wear, as it was on the glittery side. The texture was slightly gritty and powdery, so I would highly recommend patting it over a stick base or applying it with a dampened brush (probably wet it more than usual). It was sheer when I applied it dry, and then it was mostly opaque when applied with a dampened brush. This shade is very similar to at least two of the other “icy pinks” MAC included in the now-permanent Mineralize Eyeshadow Quads. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sensibilities #3 is described as a “yellow pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It wasn’t too powdery, but it was glittery enough that I saw some fall out occur during wear. It was semi-sheer applied dry, then more opaque when applied with a dampened brush. See comparison swatches.

Pink Sensibilities #4 is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with muted, reddish undertones and a sparkling, soft frost finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage when applied dry, and then full color payoff when applied with a dampened brush. It was fairly smooth and just a smidgen on the powdery side. See comparison swatches.

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MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow

MAC Great Beyond Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a cool-toned mix of plum, purple, and lavender. The plum is on the warmer side, but the other shades are neutral to definitely cool-toned. I thought these shades felt a lot less powdery than the other eyeshadows in the collection, but they had similar issues when worn–six hours or less of decent wear, not fully pigmented even when applied with a dampened brush. I feel like this collection isn’t a step forward in the Mineralize formula but a real regression.

Great Beyond #1 is described as a “dusky plum.” It’s a muted, plummy-brown with a frosted finish. It was semi-sheer when applied dry, semi-opaque when applied with a dampened brush. It was slightly powdery but was smoother than other shades in this collection. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #2 is described as a “soft mauve violet.” It’s a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned lavender purple with a frosted sheen. It was sheer when applied dry, and then the color payoff was semi-sheer when applied with a dampened brush. It wasn’t dry, but it was somewhat powdery and didn’t bind well together. I found I needed to really wet the brush to get it to apply with any visible color to the lid. I noticed this one was faster to fade as well. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #3 is described as a “icy white lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a frosted finish. It had a softer, denser consistency that was a little powdery but not dry. Applied dry, it was sheer, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was more pigmented and smoother–more semi-opaque. See comparison swatches.

Great Beyond #4 is described as a “deep blue violet.” It’s a medium-dark, muted cool-toned dusty purple with a pearly sheen and subtle shimmer. It was very sheer when applied dry, and it did amp up when applied with a dampened brush, but it wasn’t as smooth. It took some layering to get decent, even color with this shade. It also faded faster than the other shades. See comparison swatches.

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Great Beyond #3

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Great Beyond #4

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