Monday, August 19th, 2013

From blushes to lipsticks, I have my personal five favorites for fall lip color! This idea is courtesy of readers Maribel, Sara, Shahnaz, Camille, and Rebecca, who all wanted to see some great shades for autumn. As always, I look forward to hearing about your top five!

  1. NARS Train Bleu — matte, purple berry
  2. Burberry Bright Plum — bright, bold berry-pink
  3. MAC Endless Drama — deep red
  4. Buxom Runaway — rusty plum
  5. Urban Decay Venom — shimmering berry

What are your top five fall lip colors?

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

These are my very, very favorite lipstick formulas (in no particular order!) at the moment.

What’s your favorite lipstick formula?

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Buxom Swinger Full-Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Swinger Full-Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Swinger Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “vivid magenta.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based magenta–it’s a mix of fuchsia and purple, but I would say it leans closer to purple than fuchsia (but still not a true purple!). It has a creamy, luminous finish. Urban Decay Anarchy and Maybelline Electric Fuchsia are pinker. Maybelline Hot Plum is darker. MAC Dear Diary is slightly brighter, more matte. MAC Night Blooming is purpler. MAC Candy Yum Yum is brighter. See comparison swatches.

The consistency is so lovely–creamy with slip but not so much slip that it just slides around. It stays in place, doesn’t bleed or feather during the six hours it wears (and it stains a bit fuchsia for another hour or so), and is such a comfortable, nicely hydrating formula to wear. The glossy finish gives lips a really plump, luscious look. Swinger is fully opaque with little product needed in order to achieve full color coverage.  The formula is also unscented and has no taste, and as a little bonus, it’s a bit more product at 0.13 oz. than most lipsticks.

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A+

Swinger is yet another excellent shade in Buxom's Full-Bodied range! It's incredibly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable the entire time you have it on.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Provocateur Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “true red.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium red with very subtle pink undertones and that leans slightly blue. When I swatch it, I see slight blue undertones, but when applied–against my skin tone–it looks slightly warm-toned. Urban Decay F-Bomb is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion is slightly muted. MAC Ronnie Red is bluer. Guerlain Garconne is darker. Dior Diorling is darker, more matte. Buxom Scoundrel is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The finish is lightly glossy–a healthy sheen but not a full-on high-shine finish like a true gloss would have–and gives lips a smooth, plump look.  The consistency is lightly creamy and glides on with full color coverage in one stroke.  Provocateur wore well for six and a half hours, and it left behind a red stain that persisted for another two hours or so.  The formula is nicely hydrating and very comfortable to wear, and there was no scent or taste.

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Provocateur

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It's a richly pigmented, long-wearing, and hydrating classic red lipstick--there's no room for improvement here!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Buxom Scoundrel Full-Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Scoundrel Full-Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Scoundrel Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “blue red.” It’s a medium-dark, blue-based red with cool undertones and a glossy finish. Edward Bess Eternal Passion is brighter. MAC Love Goddess is pinker. Guerlain Gwen is darker. Dior Marilyn is more matte. Chanel Rouge Byzantin is darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches.

One of the ways Scoundrel stands out from a sea of red lipsticks is the glossy sheen–it’s not a gloss, but it’s a very creamy, intensely pigmented red with a natural shine. It looks juicy and almost wet once applied, and the finish is just very flattering on the lips as it doesn’t look heavy, settle into lip lines, or emphasize any imperfections you may find on the lip. The formula is also nicely hydrating both during wear and after the colors wears off, and this shade lasted six and a half hours, plus a residual stain. Full-Bodied Lipsticks are quickly becoming one of my favorite lipstick formulas for creamy color.

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Scoundrel

A+

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, June 28th, 2013

Buxom Exhibitionist Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Exhibitionist Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Exhibitionist Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a bold, brightened fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia is lighter, cooler-toned. Revlon Lollipop is darker, more muted. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash is lighter. Maybelline Hot Plum is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Embrace Me is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The pigmentation is rich and full coverage, while the consistency is creamy, not too thick or too thin, and glides on evenly without tugging or pulling at the lip.  The creamy, glossy finish gives lips a very lush, plump look.  It is very creamy, though, and while this is mostly a good thing, you can get very faint lines if you press your lips together–it’s not very noticeable with such a bright color like this, at least. Exhibitionist lasted five hours well on me, and then a light stain persisted for another hour and a half.  It felt nicely hydrating the entire time I wore it, and I didn’t feel the need to reach for balm for a couple of hours after this wore off.   It feels like a more expensive, luxury lipstick, despite it’s rather reasonable price tag (and it’s a bit bigger than your average lipstick at 0.13 oz.).

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Exhibitionist

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It feels like a more expensive, luxury lipstick, despite it's rather reasonable price tag (and it's a bit bigger than your average lipstick at 0.13 oz.).

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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