Monday, April 21st, 2014

Too Faced Melted Violet Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Violet Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to have “intensely saturated lip color with a precise tip applicator.” Too Faced says it has “the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick.” The consistency is light-medium–not too thick but not runny or watery–and is squeezed out of the tube through a flocked, angled applicator. All of the shades below were richly pigmented, and it seemed like a little went a long way, so don’t squeeze too much at once. The application of the colors was smooth, and each shade delivered even, opaque color that didn’t settle into lip lines or feather/bleed outside of the natural lip line. They wore for hours and hours (actual wear time noted below), and they were neither drying nor hydrating over time. The finish is a satin, which turns to a matte after three to four hours of wear, but they never fully set, so these aren’t transfer-proof. Here are the first three that I tested, with the next set to come soon–stay tuned!

Too Faced Melted Violet Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet orchid.” It’s a medium, magenta purple with a satin finish. The color coverage was totally opaque, and it applied evenly. It lasted for six and a half hours and left behind a stain. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is more muted, more matte. MAC Seductive Intent (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a blindingly bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without feathering outside the natural lip line. It lasted for eight hours and a stain lingered for hours after. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is slightly more muted. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $16.00) is less blue-based, more muted. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy (P, $18.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Ruby Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark cherry red with cool, pinky undertones and a satin finish. This shade was slightly glossier than the other two, but it still had the same rich, intense pigmentation. The consistency was a little thinner, so I felt like it wasn’t quite as easy to apply as the other two. It wore well for eight hours and again, a stain lingered for a few hours after. Chanel La Precieuse (317) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Glam (DC, $16.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Luxembourg (P, $25.00) is more matte. Maybelline Very Cherry (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Ronnie Red (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is not quite as blue-based. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color
Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color

Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.11 oz.) it’s a light-medium, rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Pinkfringe (LE, $16.00) is more frosted, lighter, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is similar. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is more opaque. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker, more opaque. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. NYX Paparazzi (P, $4.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For summer, Laura Mercier released four limited edition shades in a new formula, Gel Lip Colour, which is described as “comforting, sheer colour with a shine finish and subtle vanilla flavor,” and unsurprisingly, it’s also supposed to be hydrating. I’ve only tried one shade, so perhaps the others are better, but I didn’t love Heartbreaker. While the consistency was gel-like, felt smooth, and glided on easily, the resulting finish looked uneven, and it seemed to catch on every single imperfection on my lips. I would apply this, and it wouldn’t look right, so I’d apply something else, and that something else looked just fine. This just seemed to accentuate the texture of my lips, and it possibly also “balled” up on itself. It had semi-sheer color coverage, where it provided noticeable color but had a fair amount of translucency so the natural lip color would come through. If you pressed your lips together, it would create unevenness/lines. It had a very subtle vanilla scent that jockeyed with its waxy base, and it had a sweet taste. The color lasted two hours on me, and it was somewhat hydrating while worn.

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Chanel Conquise (144) Rouge Allure Lip Colour
Chanel Conquise (144) Rouge Allure Lip Colour

For spring, Chanel’s released two new shades of the Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colors ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) formula. If you’re unfamiliar with this formula, it’s supposed to be “intense, long-wearing colour with full coverage and a satin finish.”

Chanel Conquise (144) Rouge Allure Lip Colour ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is softly muted, medium orange with a hint of rosiness and a soft shimmer. It had rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy and felt lightweight. It applied well and laid down even, smooth color. This shade wore well for four hours on me, and it was lightly moisturizing during that time. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is slightly darker. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Ravishing (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Rayonnante (145) Rouge Allure Lip Colour ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is brightened, pinky-plum with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, so it didn’t deliver the “full coverage” as promised. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip, and it felt lightweight and comfortable to wear. It was lightly hydrating, and it lasted for four hours on me. Chanel Fougueuse (138) (P, $34.00) is brighter, pinker. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is darker. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is brighter. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Next in our look at all things bright lips is orange! You can see swatches here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin — a bright orange-red
  2. Urban Decay Bang –a pop of bright orange
  3. Inglot #103 — a bold, orange-red
  4. Milani Sweet Nectar — a yellow-toned orange
  5. NARS Timanfaya — a satin-matte orange with yellow undertones

What are your favorite bright orange lipsticks?

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26.00 for 0.52 oz.) is supposed to be a “soothing, leave-on lip mask that replenishes moisture in lips.” If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that keeping my lips in tip-top shape is not just a priority but part and parcel for sharing lip swatches with all of you! I’ve been specifically trying to branch out and try new lip balms, and after being impressed by some of Bite Beauty’s other products, I figured this would be one to consider. It’s less “mask”-like to me and more like your overnight lip balm/industrial-strength lip balm.

It uses a lanolin base along with castor seed oil, shea butter, agave nectar, and jojoba oil. It also contains “triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine.” I’ve been wearing this for a few weeks now, and I apply it shortly before bed. After eight to ten hours later, there is usually a sheer layer still on my lips, which is something I really want to have happen in a lip balm. My lips feel nourished, smooth, and comfortable the next day. The texture of this product is very thick, which makes it a bit harder to squeeze out of the tube, and it takes a few seconds to “melt” on the lips so that it can be smoothed across for even coverage. It is a fairly tacky product, though not to the level of feeling like glue. It has a sweet, non-descript scent and taste and a soft sheen (not too glossy, not matte).

For me, my lips usually just need an extra boost of hydration on an as-needed basis, but they’re not chronically dry any more and haven’t been for some time. That being said, the Agave Lip Mask maintained the health and smooth texture of my lips (and if I wear nothing for long enough, my lips will start to go back a horrible, winding path of dryness). A little goes a long way, and one tube will last quite awhile as you don’t need to frequently reapply, but I have heard of others having issues with the packaging cracking/breaking over time. I haven’t experienced any issues with packaging deteriorating over time, but I keep mine in my nightstand.

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For me, my lips usually just need an extra boost of hydration on an as-needed basis, but they're not chronically dry any more and haven't been for some time. That being said, the Agave Lip Mask maintained the health and smooth texture of my lips (and if I wear nothing for long enough, my lips will start to go back a horrible, winding path of dryness).
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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a cool-toned eyeshadow palette that features twelve shades ranging from soft beige to purple to deep navy blue. There is a variety of finishes as well, so there’s a lot of versatility in combinations within the palette. The larger eyeshadows are 0.095 oz. each, while the smaller eyeshadows are 0.049 oz. each, which brings the cost of the eyeshadows to $63.36/oz. The 8-pan eyeshadow palettes are $36.00 for 0.40 oz. (also includes a mini Autograph eyeliner, though, which would add 0.028 oz.), which is a cost of $90/oz. It’s a good quality palette overall, though Kat Von D’s eyeshadow formula tends to be particularly soft, which makes for easier blending, but some shades can sheer out a bit, and the texture can also be powdery at times. If you use an eyeshadow primer, some of the powderiness is minimized and will not be as noticeable. The eyeshadows wore well from seven to nine hours, depending on the shade (wear time noted by each shade below). The palette is on the larger size (physically), though it’s slim and its cardboard packaging will absorb impact, so it should still work for travel.

Lifelike is described as a “matte cream.” It’s a pale, creamy ivory with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, was a smidgen powdery, and wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hybrid Moments is described as a “matte deep purple.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned, muted purple with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was soft and powdery enough that it didn’t bind as well. It wore well for nine houors. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mezzanine is described as a “sparkle violet.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-purple with a frosted finish that did have some fine purple sparkle. It had good pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly, but some of the sparkle fell out over time, though the underlying color lasted for almost nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Transition is described as a “pearl mauve.” It’s a light, muted pink-plum with a metallic sheen. It had really good color payoff, while the texture was soft, creamy, and buttery (but not powdery!). This shade wore well for almost nine hours before showing signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lunar Lights is described as a “pearl gray.” It’s a dirty, frosted, bright white with a frosted finish. It had rich pigmentation, and it had a really soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blend. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glasswing is described as a “matte caramel.” It’s a light-medium, muted yellowed brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and balanced–not powdery at all. It stayed on for eight and a half hours before it started to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melancholia is described as a “pearl silver.” It’s a metallic, pewter gold with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. The pigmentation was really intense, but the texture was slightly powdery, so it didn’t hold together quite as well. A little goes a long way, and if you use a primer, that should take care of the lingering powderiness! It wore well for eight hours on me, and then it started to fade around the edges. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Milk is described as a “matte gray.” It’s a light gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucid is described as a “sparkle rose.” It’s a light pink with cool, blue undertones and white sparkle. The underlying base color had good, true-to-pan color payoff, but the texture was a little chalky, and the sparkle didn’t really stick to the eyeshadow, so they didn’t translate as well when applied. Some of the remaining sparkle fell out during the day as it wore on, though the pink base lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphic Nature is described as a “pearl charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with a satin finish. The color payoff was decent, but the texture was rather powdery, so the color didn’t bind together well, which gave it a drier, sheerer appearance. On the lid, it lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Entombed is described as a “pearl blue.” It’s a dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen that leans just slightly purple. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a smidgen powdery. The color wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornay is described as a “matte navy.” It’s a blackened blue with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat dry, which made it stiffer to use, so the application was as even and the color was more difficult to blend out in the lid. It’s manageable, but it wasn’t as nice as some of the other matte shades in the palette. When applied, it wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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