Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Benefit Lollibop Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Lollibop Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Lollibop Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” Squeezed from the tube, it’s a creamy, medium-dark pink with cool undertones. On lips, it’s a barely-there wash of pink; it brightens my natural lip color while amplifying any pink tones to it, but it doesn’t dramatically alter the color. Urban Decay Flushed is slightly more pigmented and more neutral. Guerlain Cherry Pink is slightly pinker and has sparkle. Chanel Pink Pulsion is cooler-toned, more fuchsia. Dolce & Gabbana Candy is comparable–slightly more milky-looking in appearance.

I think this gloss really pushes the boundaries of “sheer” and still describing it as “hot pink.” Benefit says, “from crystal clear to hot pink,” as if the range offers a variety of color/coverages–and this is just so barely-there. It would be clearer and better for customers to see this described as a “sheer hot pink.” I don’t have pigmented lips naturally, but the effect of this gloss is my-lips-but-better balm. Because the formula is only lightly hydrating, this wouldn’t be my first choice for something with such a subtle effect.

I like the consistency of the Ultra Plush formula, because it is not too thin or too thick and feels like a gel-balm hybrid.  It’s slick, lightweight, and comfortable to wear.  It’s moderately glossy, but the glossiness tends to fade within an hour down to a more natural sheen.  The whole product, though, disappears in record time: two hours at the very most, but it tends to wear between an hour and an hour and a half.

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It's too close to being clear to be aptly described as "hot pink." It definitely looks like it's going to be pinker when you squeeze it out of the tube, but it's very, very subtle. It wears away very quickly (1-2 hours, half the length of wear I usually get with gloss!).

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pretty pewter.” It’s a dirty taupe brown with a sprinkling of champagne shimmer and a metallic sheen. It runs slightly cool-toned on the skin and in the pot; it may look even cooler-toned on those with naturally cool complexions. MAC Silver Birch is lighter, grayer. MAC Modern Pewter is much lighter. The Glossover

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Skinny Jeans

A+
Skinny Jeans works well as an eyeshadow, base, sheer wash of color, or as an eyeliner. The color itself is very nuanced and will adapt and change based on what it is worn with.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Benefit Fauxmance Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Fauxmance Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Fauxmance Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft berry.” It squeezes out and looks like a coral rose with soft white shimmer, and then applied, it’s a light coral-pink with a glossy, reflective sheen. MAC Persistent Peach is a touch lighter and has a creamier consistency. Chanel Mystery is very close in color but glossier. MAC Strange Potion is darker, more coral. Dior Pink Veil is pinker.

Fauxmance has a gel-like consistency that feels comfortable on the lips, glides on easily, and has a lot of slip, but it doesn’t feel thick or heavy when worn.  The color coverage of this particular shade is semi-sheer to semi-opaque with some translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through.  What I liked was that this didn’t turn out to be too creamy or milky, so it doesn’t settle into lip lines noticeably nor have problems where pressing your lips would cause lines to show up.  The lipgloss has a sweet, fruity scent but no real taste to me.  The biggest downside, though, is this slips into oblivion within two hours, which is really short wear compared to the average lipgloss (in my experience).

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Great coverage, texture, and overall feel, but the wear is short; and if you don't typically get four hours (maybe you get two), expect even less.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Benefit No Pressure Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit No Pressure Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit No Pressure Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “rich fawn.” It’s a bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with a hint of gray to keep it from being too warm-toned. It has a frosted, metallic finish that reflects a fair amount of light even when sheered out. Benefit Birthday Suit is lighter and more golden. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze is warmer, more of a true bronze. Make Up For Ever #15 is a few shades darker.

Whew! While the last two shades I’ve reviewed haven’t been much to write home about, No Pressure brings its A-game!  It has a creamy, lightweight consistency that goes on opaque without having to layer and layer product on–and there’s no worries about it applying unevenly or catching on itself.  It smooths on beautifully and sheers out easily, too, if desired.  Because it’s a richer, more pigmented color, it also works well as an eyeliner.  After I wore No Pressure for twelve hours, there were no signs of fading or creasing.

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No Pressure

A+
Everything about this shade is fantastic: full color payoff, twelve-hour wear without creasing or fading, and beautiful, even application.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, February 18th, 2013

Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Blue My Mind Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “arctic blue.” It’s a pale, silvery blue with a frosted, metallic finish. It’s surprisingly only subtly cool-toned, despite its blue/silver coloring. MAC Blue Willow is more glittery and lighter. Cinderella Glass Slipper is a touch darker and less metallic. Buxom Husky is darker. Giorgio Armani #10 is very comparable.

This shade is incredibly reflective, and it tends to look more like a silvery white on the lid than blue–so if blue eyeshadow isn’t your thing, don’t let the color in the pot fool you! When paired with cooler-toned colors and other blues/teals, it will look bluer, but generally, it is a gray-ish white. The pigmentation of Blue My Mind was so-so; I wasn’t able to build up the color to get really opaque color, but it applied evenly for the most part even if there was a sheerness to the color overall.  I did experience noticeable creasing after ten hours of wear but no fading.  I also noticed that this one was coming apart from the edge of the glass, so the lid may not have been screwed on tightly enough after being manufactured.

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Blue My Mind

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I wasn't impressed by Blue My Mind, because it isn't buildable in color to get opaque color and that it creased at the ten-hour mark (other shades didn't crease!).

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pearly lavender.” It’s a medium-dark lavender with neutral-cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #4 is slightly pinker and a powder product. MAC Amethyst is pinker and lighter.

It had so-so color payoff, and it wasn’t very buildable; I couldn’t get opaque color coverage, even if I applied a layer, waited thirty seconds, applied another, and so forth. At best, I was able to achieve semi-sheer to semi-opaque color. The bigger problem I had was that this tended to catch on itself and ended up looking patchy and uneven once applied. I tried using fingertips, fluffy brush, sponge applicator, and a firm, flat brush to apply this evenly but didn’t have luck with any of those methods. For the most even results, I recommend applying a very little amount and blending it out with fingertips or a fluffy brush (I like MAC’s 217 for this kind of blending) and used as a wash of color. As an eyeliner, this did better, but it smudged out a bit while setting.

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This particular shade of lavender is one I couldn't think of a lot of dupes for (and nothing was that close), so it's disappointing that the formula didn't apply better.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3/5

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