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Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D L.U.V. Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte rich violet.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark magenta purple with warm, pink undertones and a matte finish. Too Faced Melted Violet (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is purpler. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is less matte. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Studded Kiss formula is supposed to have “10-hour wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet touch comfort.” It had semi-opaque color coverage, but the consistency is slightly stiff, so it is difficult to get “one-swipe payoff” as it doesn’t glide across the lips in one go. It tugs, pulls, and drags somewhat, so you may be better off applying this with a lip brush. The coverage is fairly even, though it isn’t even in some places. It lasted for seven hours, though it was slightly drying towards the end. I was surprised that this shade was actually lacking pigmentation, as it is a deeper shade. The Studded Kiss formula has a creme brulee scent but no discernible taste.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2
Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette V2 ($38.00 for 1.12 oz.) includes sixteen, full-sized eyeshadows in various earthy hues ranging from beige to plum to deep bronze. Each eyeshadow is 0.07 oz., which is a bit larger than the average full-sized eyeshadow (typically 0.05 oz.). Tarte has a few refills sold for $17/0.06 oz., which would make the value of this palette $317.33. Fifteen of the sixteen were really nice with only one being more of a miss. A lot of the colors are more dupable than not, and the palette runs warm-toned with a fair amount of shimmer, though I felt like there was a decent variety of matte, satin/pearl, and frost.

Update: Sephora is now listing this as “V1.” I’m not sure why it’s changed. It was listed as V2 when I initially posted about it (a week or so ago), and it was listed as V2 last night. The link I grabbed from Sephora last night has “V2” at the end of it. The link still works but redirects to -V1 at the end. On the product listing, it was changed to V1 when I looked at ~8AM PST. I emailed Tarte to try to find out what’s going on.

Fingerpaint Art is described as a “plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Copper Kettle is described as a “copper.” It’s a muted, medium-dark copper-brown with a frosted sheen. It had excellent pigmentation with a buttery, smooth consistency that lasted for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Silk Robe is described as a “mauve.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged brown with a pearly sheen and warm undertones. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly. I noticed slight fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Locket is described as an “antique gold.” It’s a light-medium, muted yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation and had a buttery, smooth texture that was easy to work with. The color stayed on well for nine hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Kisses is described as a “chocolate.” It’s a dark brown with warm, yellowed undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had nice color payoff that had a soft, smooth texture that wasn’t powdery, yet it was still blendable. It showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Handpicked Flowers is described as a “golden pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a golden frosted shimmer. It had fairly good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable–just a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mud Mask is described as a “tan.” It’s a medium, warm-toned taupe with a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a touch powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

French Manicure is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a very light, pink-beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, though the texture was more noticeably powdery here, though it was still blendable and still wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fresh Brewed Coffee is described as a “rich brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and just a touch powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Keepsake Frame is described as a “bronze.” It’s a medium, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had really good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and easy to apply. The color showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lavender Bubble Bath is described as a “blackened plum.” It’s a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had great color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cashmere Scarf is described as a “smoky taupe.” It’s a dark, warm-toned taupe with a yellow undertone and a soft, frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented, and it had a really smooth, buttery consistency that applied beautifully on the skin. It lasted for nine hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Candlelit Dinner is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a brightened, medium copper with a frosted, metallic finish. It had excellent color payoff with a lovely, buttery feel. The color wore well for nine hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Champagne is described as a “champagne pink.” It’s a light-medium, peacy with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had great pigmentation, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth, though just a touch powdery. I noticed slight fading after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hot Stone Massage is described as a “gray.” It’s a medium-dark brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it had a more powdery texture–this was the only real miss in the palette. The color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Breakfast in Bed is described as a “beige.” It’s a muted, light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation and was very blendable and finely-milled, though a bit powdery. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Red Strass, Red Hot, Very Pink KissKiss Lipsticks

Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick
Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick

Here are the last three shades of the new Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) range. You can check out all the shades reviewed here. To recap: the KissKiss formula falls somewhere between Rouge Automatiques and Shine Automatiques; it has more of the slip and feel of the Shine (and also a glossier finish), but the color payoff is more in line with the Rouge. I don’t think they are comparable to Rouge Gs; they have a thinner, more emollient consistency and wear shorter (on average). They have a violet scent but no discernible taste.

Guerlain Red Strass (327) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, orange-toned red with gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but there was a light translucency where the natural lip color came through and kept the color from looking “heavy” on. The shimmer is fine, and I didn’t notice the texture of the shimmer until the very last hour of wear. It lasted for five hours on me and left a light stain behind, and it was lightly hydrating. Kat Von D Adora (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Head in the Clouds (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Estee Lauder Envious (P, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more matte. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is redder. Guerlain Coque d’Or (P, $35.00) is sheerer, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Red Hot (328) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a luminous finish. This one didn’t have any shimmer. The consistency had a bit more slip than other shades, so the color had a glossier look, and it didn’t apply as evenly as other shades I’ve tested. It is moderately hydrating, which was a plus, and the glossier finish makes lips appear smoother. On me, the color wore well for five hours. NARS Audrey (P, $32.00) is darker. Revlon 5th Ave. Red (LE, $7.99) is slightly brighter, warmer. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain Very Pink (360) KissKiss Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but like Red Hot, the consistency had a bit more slip to it, so it didn’t apply as evenly as other shades do in the range (but it is not too noticeable). The color wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is pinker, lighter. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is darker. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is more muted. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Revlon Whimsical (115) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, orange-red with a very subtle golden sheen. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is more matte, darker. NARS Exhibit A (P, $29.00) is darker, redder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (Here are some comparison swatches of eyeshadows.)

This is another shade that’s actually labeled as a blush (compared to “eye shadow” on others), though it is listed as part of the Artist Shadow formula and range. The new Artist Shadow formula is described as a “highly-blendable, gel-powder eyeshadow with vivid color payoff” (guess we’ll substitute eyeshadow for blush!). Like I802 Coral Pink, the texture is truly a mix of gel and powder; it has a slightly creamy feel, but it is very dense and applies and looks more like a powder on the skin. It’s intensely pigmented where the slightest bit goes a very, very long way, while the color wore well for nine and a half hours. I just wish that it was slightly more blendable on the skin; it’s not too difficult, but for a shade this bright and richly pigmented, it would have been very much appreciated.

P.S. — These are supposed to have reduced pricing if you purchase more than one, plus a compact, but I haven’t seen this pricing available online. I spoke with the Make Up For Ever Boutique at Valley Fair (CA), and she said that the LA and NY boutiques will ship anywhere. If you live near a boutique, they have the special pricing in effect. If you buy two or more shades, plus the duo compact, it’s $34 ($17/each), and if you purchase three shades with the trio palette, it’s $44 ($14.67/each). The boutique said they were charging $14.33/each after 3. There is also an 18x and 10x palette available for those who want to fill a larger palette.

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Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in an assortment of a slightly earthy set of more neutral shades. The eyeshadow formula is described as “luxe,” “long-lasting,” and “high-intensity” that “deliver rich color with a luxurious satin finish.” They can be used wet or dry, but I wouldn’t use the majority with a damp brush, because it creates a stiffer, hardened surface on the top that you’ll have to remove if you want to use the eyeshadow again. I was able to use the more frosted shades with a damp brush without issues later on. The frosts, in general, perform better than the other shades, as they have a denser texture, but they still tend to be powdery. The mattes have a thinner, drier consistency that feels soft in the pan but just doesn’t translate as intensely on the skin. It is a huge improvement from Body, but there’s still a lot of powdery shades with hit or miss pigmentation. I feel like it’s a palette that absolutely requires a primer to do the heavy-lifting and/or a damp application (in the case of the frosts) to be workable. At this price point, though, there are too many misses.

Light is a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff both wet and dry with a slightly powdery consistency, but it wasn’t too bad. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Individual is a medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Being is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, and then it was about the same applied damp, just more uneven. The texture was powdery but thin, a little chalky. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kitten is a warm-toned, beige peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff applied dry, and it was fully opaque applied with a dampened brush, which also helped smooth the color out so it applied better. It wore well for eight hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Affection is a medium brown with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft frost finish, while applied with a dampened brush, the frost finish was amplified and the color was more opaque. The consistency was soft, blendable, but it was a bit powdery. It wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Character is a dark brown with warm undertones and a copper sparkle (that just translates into a mostly satin sheen with little visible sparkle). The texture is drier and thinner, which yielded barely-there color payoff when applied dry. It was boosted to semi-sheer coverage with a damp application, but it rendered the color difficult to blend, so it appeared patchy. It started to fade after six and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Thought is a medium, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation applied dry, and it was fully opaque when applied damp. The texture was soft without being powdery, while the color wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Heart is a rosy brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It was semi-sheer applied both wet and dry, but trying to apply it damp made it difficult to work with as it didn’t want to blend. It lasted for seven hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peace is a medium-dark, coppery-brown with a muted quality and soft frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry, and it was mostly opaque applied with a dampened brush, but it was somewhat hard to blend with both application methods. It wore well for seven hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vitality is a brightened, gold with warm, yellow and brown undertones and a metallic finish. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque color coverage, but it was powdery enough that it didn’t bind well dry. It worked better with a dampened brush, as it had opaque color payoff and was much smoother. It wore well for eight hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Substance is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and it was fully pigmented applied with a dampened brush. The consistency was slightly powdery but workable, and it lasted for eight hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essence is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. The texture felt soft, but it was dry and thin, so it didn’t bind well on its own. It had semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, and it intensified to mostly opaque color coverage when applied dampened, but it was harder to blend when I used it damp. The color stayed on well for seven hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Hollywood Ending Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) was disappointing as a duo. I don’t think that they work that well together, because the drier consistency of more frosted Dazzle doesn’t play so well with the more matte finish of Promise. It’s an unusual pair of colors, but this one didn’t knock it out of the park–and I’m so accustomed to bareMinerals doing so with the Ready range!

Promise is described as a “creamy beige.” It’s a cool-toned, pink-tinged beige with a mostly matte finish. It had excellent color payoff, while the consistency was soft, smooth, and very finely-milled. The color started to creas after ten hours of wear. theBalm Matt Smith (LE, $16.00) is less pink. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Lithe Spirit (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dazzle is described as a “midnight teal.” It’s a deepened, dark green-based teal with a frosted finish and cool undertones. The texture seemed soft initially, but there’s a slight dryness to it that is particularly visible when applied to the skin–it just doesn’t have the same really smooth, even, blendable texture that many Ready eyeshadows do. The color did, however, wear well for ten and a half hours before fading slightly. This shade was included in a previously limited edition holiday palette. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is a touch lighter. bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker, less shimmery. Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is brighter. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is slightly muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Promise

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Dazzle

Permanent
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