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Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss
Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium tangerine with gold shimmer. On my lips, it gives them an orange-tint–it looks slightly darker and more like a tint than a colored gloss. There’s also a fine golden shimmer that catches light really well. Oddly enough, I couldn’t think of a perfect dupe for this. It’s sheer yet tinted enough that it adds color and hue to my lips that reads as natural as it could ever be. Do you have any suggestions for a dupe? Perhaps I am being extra forgetful!

The formula of the Sheer Brilliance Lipglosses is lightweight, non-sticky, moisturizing, and for such a sheer gloss, rather longer-wearing. When I wore Orange Juiced, it hung on for three and a half hours and didn’t get sticky over time (which is something I’ve noticed happens with some of the longer-wearing lipglosses out there). This is also a nicely moisturizing formula that leaves lips feeling softer after it wears away than when it was initially applied!  The texture is wonderfully lightweight without being terribly thin; it’s comfortable to wear and gives off a healthy shine.  There was no scent or taste that I could detect.

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Video Review/Demo: Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette System

Video Review/Demo: Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette System

You asked for it, so here it is! 🙂 I hope I covered everything!

P.S. — If the blush looks heavy, that’s because it is — I was testing out of the wear of a new cheek product. In order to see how well it wears and how much it fades throughout the day, it’s infinitely easier when I can make notes over a 6-10 hour period on how fast and how much it has faded that way!  I can only test one cheek product for wear per day, so I have to multi-task as much as I can!

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Urban Decay New Eyeshadows (Reformulation)

Urban Decay New Eyeshadows (Reformulation) Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) has recently undergone a reformulation so that they’re “richer and smoother” with better color payoff. I compared the original and new formulas for the four shades I have, which were Last Call, Loaded, Mushroom, and Rockstar. Chase has only been released in the new formula, I believe. I could not find Shattered (and I tried to see if I reviewed it previously but only found the Loose pigment version).

Chase is a medium bronze with a subtle red undertone and a glitzy golden shimmer-sheen. Too Faced Dear Diary (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Morphe Queen (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals A-Ha (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Copper Pearl (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Hexagram (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Nephilim (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Sundeck #4 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced After Hours (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Chiffon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Starlight (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Board Shorts (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Bossing It (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Gilded (LE, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Adorn (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Quintessential (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC English Gilt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Benefit My Two Cents (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Last Call is a plummy burgundy with a hint of pink sheen. MAC Pinkluxe #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Stila Sangria (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Enchanted (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D826 Fig (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Babykins (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Chameleon (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Wild Nights (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Livid (146DC) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Trusted Instinct #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Just Stay (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Countess (P, $13.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Ultraviolit (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Maroon (22M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Lit (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Underhand (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is lighter (80% similar). Coloured Raine Queen Mother (LE, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #3 (LE, ) is more muted (85% similar). Tarte Dominate (P, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Warm Notes (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Loaded is a blackened green-teal. It goes on very, very dark–you will lose some of the strength of the overall green/teal if you blend it out, but it doesn’t look full-on black. MAC Cosmic Clash (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00)(90% similar). MAC Magic Spells (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Eat, Love (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mushroom is a gray-brown–it’s a very intense taupe. Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Derailed (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Robbery (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Armor (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Selfish (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #2 (P, ) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Smokey Grey (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Twilight (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #1 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Cheers (V2) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Chrome (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Frosted Pewter (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC 2x Dare #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Exec (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #4 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cinder (Left) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Pewter (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rockstar is a dark, smoky purple with subtle red undertones. MAC Cosmic Clash (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Forest (P, $28.00)(90% similar). MAC Magic Spells (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Eat, Love (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Venitien #4 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Shattered is a silvered blue with a green-gold duochrome. Urban Decay Freeze (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D 8 Bit (LE, ) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Fancy (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Blue Noir (LE, $21.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Les Aquas #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Chameleon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Krinkle (DC, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). City Color Breezy (P, $6.99) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Walk of Shame is a pink-tinted light beige nude with a matte finish. I imagine it will work as a nice highlighter on lighter, cooler complexions. When I tried to use this, it looked a little chalky. Tarte Toasted Marshmallow (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Biarritz (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Promise (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Egg Nog (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cream (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm B1 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade I (LE, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Newport Nights #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fancy Dress (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Snow Angel (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Brule (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Bisque (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Nude (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Habit (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black #1 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sand Out from the Crowd (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Morning Dew (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bone (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Meringue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Consistently, all four reformulated versions were better than the original versions, but the difference is minor. They’re better, but not so much better (because they were already rather good) that I’d rush out to replace them. Primarily, the difference is a softer texture that has a little more give, so it almost feels creamy to the touch. The softness can result in a little more powderiness, but it is such a small amount that it is a minor concern. With Walk of Shame, there was more powderiness than with the more shimmery shades–if you’re familiar with the softer matte textures, it’s as much as expected.

I tested the wear, specifically, of these shades: Chase, Last Call, Shattered, and Loaded. None of the shades I did in recent testing (in actually comparing the formulas) had Urban Decay’s famous (or, perhaps, infamous) micro-glitter, so I’m not yet ready to do a full review on that finish. The original launch date for this was supposed to be a week out yet, which was when I was going to do the bulk of my testing, so I’m really sorry for having to scramble a bit!  With a primer, I didn’t have any wear issues, and I didn’t have wear issues with the originals previously.  Without a primer, these did seem to adhere better to bare skin than the original formula, and after eight hours of wear, there was only minor fading (it wasn’t particularly noticeable except at a very close distance).

I’ll be testing additional shades in the next few weeks and will keep you informed on how the wear goes with those!  These particular shades are some of Urban Decay’s best, so they may represent that end of the spectrum, while other shades more prone to being troublemakers may not do so well in a wear test.

Chase
Chase
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Last Call
Last Call
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Loaded
Loaded
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Mushroom
Mushroom
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Rockstar
Rockstar
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Shattered
Shattered
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

Guerlain Terra Azzurra Collection by Emilio Pucci for Summer 2012


Guerlain Terra Azzurra Collection by Emilio Pucci for Summer 2012

“Guerlain by Emilio Pucci” embodies the union of two prestigious Houses in perfect synergy. This exceptional makeup collaboration draws its inspiration from summertime in the Italian Riviera, with its light-hearted and energetic “dolce vita” attitude that welcomes the warm, sea weather. Created by Guerlain Creative Director, Olivier Echaudemaison, and Pucci’s Image Director, Laudomia Pucci, the collection embraces summer with delightfully sunny shades and vibrant bursts of color. The common thread of this second collaboration is a motif inspired by an iconic print, “Winter Capri”, taken from the Emilio Pucci archives. Exclusively retouched for this collection, this signature print, a blue flower interlaced with swirls and flames, adds a joyful and elegant Pucci touch to the Guerlain summer products.

Terra Azzurra Bronzing Powder & Blush ($75.00) (Limited Edition)

The star of the collection, this exquisite powder and blush combines two success stories: Guerlain’s legendary Terracotta powder and Emilio Pucci’s iconic prints. The world of beauty and fashion unite in a single case to beautifully enhance the complexion. Half bronzer and half blush, this hybrid powder has a lightweight formula and offers a universal harmony of four shades. The outer case pays tribute to the paneling of a Riva yacht with an ebony-colored varnished wood. Presented in an accessory pouch printed with the Pucci motif, this is the ultimate summery accessory.

Meteorites Perles d’Azur ($58.00) (Limited Edition)

These must-have multi-colored little pearls are adopting their summer wardrobe! Encased in Pucci adorned packaging, Meteorites Perles d’Azur is enriched with a corrective blue pearl to create a flawless complexion.

Meteorites Pucci Collector’s Brush ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

An elegant Kabuki-style powder brush designed to work perfectly with the Meteorites Perles d’Azur pigments and to pick up just the right amount of Terra Azzurra powder. This chic midnight blue brush is stored in its Pucci print pouch.

Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Capri Warm tones

Le 2 Mascara ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Blu 2 Pucci Blue

Khol Kajal ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Blu Acqua Indigo blue

Terracotta Gloss ($30.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Porto Fino Shiny coral pink
  • Porto Ercole Sensual brown
  • Porto Azzurro Unruly indigo blue, transparent on lips

Terracotta Vernis ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Paradisio Luminous coral pink with a high-lacquer finish
  • Riviera Powerful electric indigo blue with subtly metallic finish

availability: May 2012 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales, and Bergdorf Goodman

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