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Giorgio Armani Belladonna Highlighting Palette

Giorgio Armani Belladonna Highlighting Palette
Giorgio Armani Belladonna Highlighting Palette

Giorgio Armani Belladonna Highlighting Palette ($88.00 for 0.177 oz.) is described as a “universal illuminating powder.” It’s a pale, champagne beige with a soft, frosted sheen. The finish can get more or less metallic depending on your application method–a denser brush or a dampened one will give you a more pronounced metallic finish, while a fluffier brush will give you a softer sheen. It adds very subtle warmth, but it primarily highlights and adds sheen to the skin. Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $42.00) is more metallic, slightly darker. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE) is pinker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $29.00) has sparkles. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less golden but appears similar on the skin. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is very similar applied. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is lighter, whiter. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Per Giorgio Armani’s description, it sounds like a variation on the slightly baked, powder formula that’s been used by brands like Estee Lauder (the Gelees), Laura Mercier (Spellbound), MAC (Extra Dimension), Guerlain (Cruel Gardenia), and so on. The biggest difference I noticed was the powder’s texture felt even softer and more finely-milled in Belladonna than others–it had less of that baked consistency (almost dry). Belladonna has a soft, finely-milled texture that feels almost buttery but very lightweight. It blends easily across the skin, and it definitely yielded a noticeable sheen on the skin. On my skin, it just very slightly emphasized pores, and the powder wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade slightly.

Worth noting, Giorgio Armani’s is one of the most expensive highlighters at $88, but it is worsened by the fact it only contains 0.177 oz. of product–Laura Mercier, MAC, and Guerlain all contained 0.31 oz. or more (Estee Lauder’s contained 0.17 oz. as well).

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

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YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain
YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark orange with strong warm, red undertones and a glossy finish. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches. If you really want to replicate the color and finish, I would recommend going for an orange-red lipstick and adding a little gloss on top (here are some orange lipsticks to consider).

It had nearly opaque color coverage, and it applied very evenly. I was surprised at just how well it applied–no settling into lip lines, no splotchiness–just smooth, even, glossy color. The wear was phenomenal, as the color endured for eight hours, while the glossiness managed to stick around for four to five hours. It was lightly hydrating overall. The Glossy Stain formula has a grape-like scent to me, which I don’t particularly care for, but I don’t notice after about ten minutes. The texture of Glossy Stains is very thin and liquid-like initially, but between five and ten minutes, it thickens and turns to an almost gel-like consistency that hugs lips (but doesn’t feel clingy).

MAC Instigator & Punk Couture Lipsticks

MAC Instigator Lipstick
MAC Instigator Lipstick

MAC Instigator Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a deep, berry-wine with a satin finish. Officially, it’s labeled as a matte (not a Retro Matte), but it has a noticeable sheen for the first hour of wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a noticeable berry stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is very similar–just more matte. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is slightly purpler, less berry but comparable. See comparison swatches.

Punk Couture Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened grape [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a satin finish. I had trouble getting the color to apply evenly, as it had a tendency to gather/clump in places. It had mostly full color coverage, but I would apply this with a lip brush to improve the evenness. ┬áThe color lasted for five and a half hours, but it did seem to settle into lip lines as it wore on. Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is brighter, less cool-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is a bit darker, less pink/red. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is a more muted, grayer purple. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are sold out online, and the only real way to get them would be to track them down at a store/counter, or possibly, if MAC restocks it online (but you can’t count on a restock, and you never know when it might occur!). Also, just as an FYI, my Punk Couture lipstick arrived smashed against the top of the inside of the cap, and it had fallen entirely out of the base (so it was loose).

Instigator
Instigator
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Punk Couture
Punk Couture
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
80%
Total

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Formula X Freaky Like Freud & Law of Attraction Nail Lacquers

Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer
Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer

Formula X Freaky Like Freud Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “periwinkle iridescent glitter.” It’s a cool-toned, gray-purple with holographic micro-glitter. It was semi-opaque after two coats. I also tried layering one coat over black, which gave a really pretty effect. If you were willing to apply three coats, I think it could also be worn on its own, otherwise I would recommend a solid base coat first. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and I had no trouble applying the polish, either alone or as a top coat, as the glitter spread evenly. I don’t know of a dupe based on what I’ve reviewed in the past, so if you happen to know of one, please feel free to suggest!

Law of Attraction Nail Lacquer ($12.50 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne and blue 3D glitter.” It has a pale, metallic gold shimmer as the base color with medium blue glitter that seemed to appear almost holographic depending on the angle/lighting. Two coats of this polish alone was still noticeably sheer as there doesn’t seem to be a real base color, just a lot of gold shimmer. When I applied one coat over a black cream, it seems a lot more pigmented. It doesn’t apply as evenly as is desirable, which might be the result of a thicker consistency that was harder to control on the nail. Unfortunately, I don’t have any possible dupes to suggest for this one, but I’d love to hear from you if you know of one.

A-

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
B

Permanent

8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

bareMinerals Swoon Blush

bareMinerals Swoon Blush
bareMinerals Swoon Blush

bareMinerals Swoon Blush ($19.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “petal pink satin.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with a matte finish. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is warmer, slightly more orange. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter.MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is a touch warmer. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is pinker, less matte. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is several shades darker. See comparison swatches.

The texture was soft, silky, and very finely-milled. When applied to the skin, it blends beautifully–no harsh edges, no powderiness, just soft color. It had good color payoff, though it is a more buildable blush than it is incredibly intense from the get-go. I wore it on a couple of days ago, and it wore well for almost eight hours–just slight fading but no patchiness. This shade is part of the spring True Romantic collection, and it is new and limited edition.

Swoon
Swoon
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

bareMinerals Heartbreaker & Feel the Love Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss & Lipstick

bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss
bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss ($18.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a fine gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with noticeabe translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through. I noticed that was some very faint settling into lip lines. It had a light-to-medium-weight texture that was non-sticky and lasted for three hours. It was somewhat hydrating while worn. MAC Floating Lotus (LE, $20.00) is darker. Chanel Caprice (LE, $32.00) is similar. Chanel Confidence (P, $32.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is a bit lighter, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals Feel the Love Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “caramel rose pink.” It’s a muted, rosy coral with a soft, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. The color lasted well for four hours and was nicely hydrating while worn. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is lighter, matte. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is darker, slightly warmer. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is lighter. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, matte. NARS Montego Bay (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is warmer, more orange. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Ever Hip (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total