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Revlon’s New ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows: MAC Paint Pots Dupe?

Revlon's ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows

Revlon’s new ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows

I have to admit, I haven’t been overly enthusiastic about many new drugstore products recently, but I was excited to try Revlon’s new ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows. These came out in the U.S. about a year ago, but I’ve only recently seen them in Canada, at least in my local drugstore. Oddly they aren’t on the revlon.ca website but they are on the revlon.com site. Not all my local stores had them, but I was able to find them at Shoppers Drugmart.

If you follow my blog you know I’ve been really into my MAC Paint Pots lately (you can see my review of Groundwork and Frozen Violet). I was curious to see how the Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows compared to the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots. Are they a dupe? Continue reading

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Brand Spotlight: #Annabelle Cosmetics Review

Annabelle Cosmetics eye shadows

Annabelle Cosmetics eye shadows

Annabelle is a Canadian drugstore brand based in Montreal that began in the 1960s. Most of their makeup products are actually made in Canada. I have already blogged about my love of the Annabelle lip liners, which are some of my favourite lip liners ever and very similar to the MAC lip liners. One of the things I like most about Annabelle is that their makeup has no scent or fragrance and is great for sensitive skin. I thought I’d do a brand spotlight to talk about some of the best Annabelle makeup products I’ve been trying out and also one that was a “miss” for me.

First up are the Annabelle eye shadows. This brand has quite an impressive selection for a drugstore brand as well as lots of good neutral shades (also hard to find at the drugstore). The Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow in Java Jive with the four shades Cream, Camel, Beige, & Brown is an awesome neutral palette.

Annabelle Quad eye shadow in Java Jive

Annabelle Quad eye shadow in Java Jive

The quad itself didn’t photograph well and all of the pics I took of it are showing as way too cool and purpley toned (sorry!), but the swatches, below, are more accurate.

swatches annabelle java jive quad

Java Jive quad: Cream, Camel, Beige, & Brown

None of the four shadows are overly shimmery. They just have a bit of sheen and the darkest Brown shade is pretty matte. I like using the Cream shade to blend out with and on my brow bone. Its very light which is perfect for my fair skin. I can do an eye look with just this quad alone.

Annabelle Trio eye shadow in Haute Chocolate

Annabelle Trio eye shadow in Haute Chocolate

The cool-toned neutral Trio Eyeshadow in Haute Chocolate was another awesome find!

swatches Haute Chocolate Trio

Haute Chocolate Trio

Both the quad and trio I tried are very long-wearing and don’t crease on me (I always use an eye shadow primer). There are 5 other quads and 9 other trios to choose from! My favourite though are the Annabelle Single Eyeshadows which totally remind me of the MAC eye shadows. These are made in Canada and come in 15 shades.

Annabelle Single Eye Shadows

Annabelle Single Eyeshadows look remarkably like the MAC eye shadows

I have three of these: #225 Ivory, Suedine, and #127 Brown Frost.

swatches annabelle Single Eyeshadows in #225 Ivory, Suedine, & #127 Brown Frost

Single Eyeshadows in #225 Ivory, Suedine, & #127 Brown Frost

Ivory is basically a dupe for MAC Brule. Suedine (french for “Suede”) is a gorgeous neutral taupey-brown, and Brown Frost is a good, medium, cool-toned brown, and both have the prettiest (non-shimmery) sheen. The Singles are so soft, easy to work with and long-wearing they perform like high-end eye shadows.

I was also brave and tried one of their TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayons. I don’t typically have much luck with creamy eye shadows, but the shade Taupe, a slightly metallic, golden shade that wasn’t too warm-toned for me was calling my name.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

swatch Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

I have used this on its own and under the Annabelle shadows and remarkably it hasn’t been creasing on me! I could barely get the swatch off my hand. Once these puppies are set, they aren’t going anywhere! Taupe is a beautiful, flattering shade that’s along the lines of MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl. Its like a browner, more coppery version of Powersurge.

The Annabelle Blushon powder blushes also bear a striking resemblance to the MAC blushes and are also Canadian made.

Annabelle blushes

Annabelle blushes are like mini MAC blushes!

I have #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto.

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 and #32

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto

swatches Annabelle blushes #44 and #32

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto

Rose Fawn is soft, cool-toned pink that is nearly matte with only a hint of sheen. It really reminds me of the feel and the quality of the MAC blushes. Its really pretty on fair skin and lasts all day. I’ve worn this one a lot.

One miss: I absolutely loved Pronto, the pale, neutral rosey-taupe type of blush shade I love, but sadly Pronto turned out to be a miss for me. It looks beautiful when first applied but it seriously oxidized on me and by the end of the day it was way darker and completely, straight up-bronzer brown. My BF even asked me what I had on my face. I didn’t have any issues with Rose Fawn oxidizing.

Another favourite of mine are the Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons. I have the shades Romance a nude, mauvey pink and Vamp a deep, burgundy-plum.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons

annabelle twistup retractable lipstick crayons in romance and vamp

Romance and Vamp

These really remind me of the MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils (I’ve reviewed Kittenish and Spontaneous, and Sultana). Side note: How excited are you that MAC is coming out with more Patentpolish Lip Pencils in new colours???!!! The Annabelle Lipstick Crayons feel creamy and comfortable like a lip balm and you can pop them on without a mirror, but they stay on for hours. I mean, look how pretty they are:

Swatch Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons in Romance and Vamp

Romance and Vamp

Annabelle is available in most drugstores – Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Rexall, Lawton’s Drugs – and Wal-Mart and Loblaws. If you are in the United States the Annabelle.ca site ships to the continental US, but doesn’t currently ship internationally. Here’s what I paid (yup bought all these myself and I’m not affiliated with the company in any way) for these Annabelle makeup items:

Prices
Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow: $10.95 CAD
Annabelle Trio Eyeshadow: $7.95 CAD
Anabelle Single Eyeshadow: $5.95 CAD
Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon: $9.95 CAD
Annabelle Blushon: $7.95 CAD
Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon: $9.95 CAD

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried the brand and if you have a favourite Annabelle product!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow Dupes (MAC & more)

In April I did a review of the awesome new NYX Hot Singles eye shadows after having ordered 14 of them in an array of beautiful neutrals. I had promised to look for dupes or very similar shades in my own eye shadow collection, mainly my MAC collection,  and have finally found time to do this post. I hope you find this helpful if you’ve been looking for dupes for some of the higher end shadows mentioned here or if you’re looking to order some of the NYX Hot Singles and need help selecting shades.

Let’s get started…

First up is Loaded, a neutral taupe with a slight sheen. I found it very similar to MAC Coquette (although Coquette is lighter) and a close dupe for MAC Concrete.

NYX Loaded a dupe for MAC Coquette and MAC Concrete

L-R: NYX Loaded, MAC Coquette, MAC Concrete

swatch NYX Loaded dupe for MAC Coquette and MAC Concrete

L-R: NYX Loaded, MAC Coquette, MAC Concrete

NYX S.O.S. a soft, matte, cool-toned “greige” is – as I suspected – a dupe for another of my favourites, Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige.

Definite Dupes: NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

Definite Dupes: NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

swatch Dupes NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

Dupes NYX S.O.S. and Revlon Greige are both perfect for a subtle, natural, “no makeup” look

The next two NYX shades I think I found  exact dupes for. First is NYX Fancy That and MAC ALL That Glitters.

Dupe for MAC All that Glitters, NYX Fancy That

L-R: NYX Fancy That, MAC All that Glitters

The next is NYX Guilt Trip, which is a dupe for MAC Espresso. I actually think Guilt Trip has a much nicer matte formula and is smoother and easier to blend than Espresso which I have always found a bit difficult to work with.

MAC espresso dupe NYX Guilt Trip

NYX Guilt Trip & MAC Espresso

swatch MAC espresso dupe NYX Guilt Trip

L-R: NYX Guilt Trip, MAC Espresso

I was so sure I had a dupe of NYX Coquette, a soft, matte, purple-toned neutral. Although I found 3 really similar shades, I don’t think either of them are exact dupes. NYX Coquette is similar to MAC Quarry and Nooner from the UD Naked 3 palette (which are total dupes for one another), and Makeup Geek Unexpected.

dupes NYX Coquette, MAC Quarry, UD Nooner, & Makeup Geek Unexpected swatches

L-R: NYX Coquette, MAC Quarry, UD Nooner, & Makeup Geek Unexpected

The last one is NYX Damage Control, a beautiful taupe with a very pretty sheen. I really hate to use the word “dupe” for this one, so I will say its similar to MAC Satin Taupe. I think Satin Taupe is an incredibly unique shade with so many subtle undertones and a bit of a duochrome finish, that I think its hard to dupe. However, if you’re looking for something to give you a very similar eye look, Damage Control is close, but I would say more cool-toned.

MAC Satin Taupe dupe NYX Damage Control

NYX Damage Control and MAC Satin Taupe

MAC Satin Taupe dupe NYX Damage Control

L-R: NYX Damage Control, MAC Satin Taupe

Most of the NYX Hot Singles turned out to be pretty unique and I was unable to find dupes for them (in my collection anyhow). For a full review, swatches of all 14 shades, and pricing info, you can check out my previous post.


Thanks so much for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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MAC Capricious Dupe!

MAC Capricious dupe

Revlon Super Lustrous Mauvy Night VS MAC Capricious

I’m such a huge fan of MAC’s Capricious lipstick. I just bought another one. This lustre finish lipstick is the perfect rosy plum (and also the shade worn by Evil Queen Regina on Once Upon a Time). It may just be my all time favourite MAC lipstick.

I recently did a post on my Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick collection and my favourite Revlon shade is without a doubt the beautifully plum, Mauvy Night (with the recently discovered Plumilicious a very close second). It suddenly hit me that the two shades are quite similar. Although they don’t initially appear to be dupes in the tube, I tried side-by-side swatches and it turns out that Mauvy Night may just be a dupe for MAC Capricious! and probably why I love them both so much.

Swatch Revlon Mauvy Night VS MAC Capricious

Left: Mauvy Night Right: Capricious

I would say that Capricious is a bit more pigmented and slightly glossier than Mauvy Night, but otherwise they are extremely similar. MAC lipsticks are $19.00 CAD and Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are only $9.99 CAD, so Mauvy Night is a pretty great drugstore alternative if you’re on a budget.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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I Can’t Stop Buying Revlon Shadow Links!

Revlon Shadow Links in "Bone"

Revlon Shadow Links in “Bone”

It started with Greige, then I picked up some more of the taupes and browns, and now I think I might officially have a Shadow Links “problem”. In my defense my drugstore had them on sale again (for $2.95 CAD) and I also can’t seem to resist anything miniature. The little Shadow Links are just so darn cute!

I decided to try out Bone a light, matte cream shade. It seriously reminded me of Brule from MAC (a “soft-creamy beige”). Brule is officially a “satin” finish but on me it looks completely matte. I use Brule so much it was in my Most Repurchased Makeup Products of All Time post. I love to have a matte shade that matches my skin tone to blend out shadows and use on my brow. I have to say I think Bone is a pretty close dupe for MAC Brule.

MAC Brule eyeshadow

MAC “Brule”

Revlon Shadow Links Bone Dupe for MAC Brule

A dupe for MAC’s Brule?

In the pan, Bone looks a little lighter and cooler toned, but once applied they are extremely similar. Bone blended really smoothly. It stayed on all day (I always use my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer). I did try to get a side by side swatch pic, but they just didn’t show up at all; both totally match my skin tone which is kind of the point but doesn’t make for much of a swatch 🙂

I just continue to be impressed by these little Shadow Links!

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Drugstore Find: Milani Color Statement Lipliners

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

After my post on Annabelle lipliners I felt like I needed to give a shout out to my other favourite drugstore lipliners, the Milani Color Statement Lipliners. I first heard about these from LisaLisaD1. These are very similar to MAC lipliners (which I also really love) and are just as good quality in my opinion, but for a lower price. The differences would be you get more product with the MAC liners (1.45g vs the 1.14g Milani) and I find the Milani liners softer and require more frequent sharpening, so the MAC would certainly last longer. Also, MAC has a much wider colour selection. I think the Milani are the best drugstore lip liners.

If you love neutral lip liners though, you will love some of the shades from Milani. I have:

  • 02 – True Red: This is the only non-neutral one I have, that I got for using with red lipsticks. Its a blue-toned red, which is harder to find in a liner, and is also nice to wear on its own.
  • 03 – Nude: My favourite and the one I have worn the most (I’m getting down to the end and will definitely repurchase). It’s a light, pinkey-brown nude. It’s a my-lips-but-better shade worn on its own and also works with almost any lipstick shade.
  • 04 – All Natural: My second favourite. It leaves the land of “pinkey” brown and arrives more in nude brown land. This is a great one for a 1990s lip! It’s a light, neutral brown so it also works well with lots of lipstick shades.
  • 07 – Brandy: A pretty, dark, mauvey-brown. It’s the darkest out of the five I have.
  • 09 – Spice: A medium, warm brown.
Milani Color Statement Lipliner Swatches: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliner Swatches: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

I find these liners creamy, non-drying, easy to apply. They make a great base under lipsticks or on their own for a matte lip. They retail for about $3.99 CAD which is amazing. I ordered mine (with the exception of True Red) directly from the Milani website which ships to Canada. Shipping was $16.45 USD, but there were no additional customs fees.

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