Monday, June 24th, 2013

Buxom Runaway Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Runaway Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Runaway Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “rosy chestnut.” It is a rich, deepened plummy red with a glossy shine. MAC Sheer Plum is browner, less red. MAC Glamourdaze is less red, more plum. Chanel Imperial is slightly lighter and has some shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Runaway was rich with full color coverage in nearly a single stroke. The consistency is slightly thick (but not gummy or heavy), very creamy, and easy to apply. The formula sits really well on the lips and gives lips a plumper look because of the coverage and finish. I’ve really liked how nice Buxom’s Full Bodied lipsticks feel on, and they wear exceptionally well (though to be fair, all the shades I’ve tried so far are also darker/brighter shades that generally wear better than say a light pink or beige), with Runaway wearing well for five and a half hours.  It was nicely hydrating, and the lipstick had no scent or taste.

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Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Buxom Rogue Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Rogue Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Rogue Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “fiery coral.” It’s a brightened, bold, orange-red with a luminous sheen and strong, warm undertones. Maybelline Orange Edge is lighter. Maybelline Infra-red is slightly redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is a touch lighter. Maybelline Neon Red is a smidgen brighter. MAC Scarlet Ibis is matte. MAC Sail La Vie is more matte. OCC Psycho is matte. See comparison swatches.

It’s incredibly rich in color and yielded full color coverage in nearly one pass. The consistency is very creamy, though slightly thick (not as thick or as heavy as YSL’s Rouge Voluptes). Rogue glided over the lips without pulling or tugging. I thought I might have issues with the color feathering, because of the texture, but I didn’t have any issues with feathering or bleeding outside of the lip. This shade lasted six and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. It’s also supposed to plump (“without the usual tingle”) using “encapsulated hyaluronic spheres” (which are also supposed to help hydrate). I didn’t notice any tingle, and I can be hyper-sensitive to lip plumpers, and my lips seemed fuller, but I couldn’t tell you if it was the plumping or simply the bolder color combined with a healthy shine. There was no scent or flavor to this lipstick.

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It's a really good formula overall, but I think the thickness/creaminess of the lipstick may feel too heavy for some, while others will appreciate the coverage and hydration of the formula.

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Sunday, October 14th, 2012


The Royal Treatment

bareMinerals & Buxom Holiday 2012 Gift Sets

Light Show ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Light things up with a palette radiating in shades sure to ignite the night, plus a sleek and chic bag. Exclusively available at bareMinerals boutiques and bareMinerals.com.

Simply Irresistible ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

An alluring 9-piece collection of rich, luxurious shades for eyes, lips and cheeks.

Deluxe Original SPF Foundation ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited edition, deluxe size of award-winning ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation for flawless coverage with a naturally luminous finish.

Fab in a Flash ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

Get out the door looking gorgeous with this 3-piece collection of mini grab-and-go essentials, includes mini mascara, lipgloss, and eyeliner.

Shine On ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Let your beautiful self shine with this glowing palette for eyes, lips and face, plus a stunning makeup bag. Exclusive to Ulta.

Ready Luminizer ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

Enhance your complexion with a radiant, lit-from-within glow in two stunning shades with skin-nourishing benefits. Available in The Love Affair and The Shining Moment.

White Hot ($54.00) (Limited Edition)

Spark a trend with this palette of sultry shades for a look that’s as beautifully cool as it is stunningly hot, plus a chic bag. Exclusively available at Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstom and fine spas and salons.

Flawless Definition Mascara ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

A trio of mascaras that will leave your lashes looking lush in the blink of an eye.

A Vision in Velvet ($79.00) (Limited Edition)

Dress up in 10 velvet matte eyecolors & 10 velvet satin eyecolors for endless irresistible looks.

Night Vision ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

A collection of Round the Clock™ Waterproof Eyeliners for stunning eye looks guaranteed to dazzle after dark.

Fired Up ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

Heat things up with this sizzling palette for eyes, lips and cheeks, plus a dazzling makeup bag. Exclusively at Sephora & Sephora.com.

The Finer Things Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

An extraordinary eyeshadow palette, featuring 8 provocative shades plus Prime Time Eyelid Primer.

Hot to Trot ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Maverick (rosewood shimmer), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Crowd Surfer (cotton candy pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smooth Talker (golden pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Firecracker (candied apple), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Smarty Pants (shimmering shell), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Dreamer (golden sand).

Buxom Gilt Trip ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This dazzling Buxom® collection includes a range of eyeliners from rich, deep black to a sparkling gold glitter. Mini Insider Eyeliner in Onyx imparts a rich, velvety color that glides on ultra smooth without tugging. Mini Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick in Machete multitasks as a three-in-one secret weapon that shadows, lines, and smokes in black with gold flecks. Glitter Liquid Eyeliner in Gold Dust features a clear liquid formulation with glam gold sparkles. Line ‘em on, layer ‘em up and smoke ‘em out to create a gilded, golden, totally glitzed-out look.

Buxom Time to Shine ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This luscious 6-piece lip collection has multiple finishes and shades from shimmering and sparkling Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Polishes so creamy, glass smooth Buxom Big & Healthy™ Lip Creams. Lacquer ’em on and layer ’em up to create the perfect pout. With the refreshing tingling sensation plus vitamins A and E, lips are soft, smooth and ready for the spotlight.

Balance Boost Kit ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

Bare Minerals infused their Mineral Veil finishing powder with a subtle apricot tint to wake up your complexion while balancing skin tone. This limited-edition Balance & Boost Mineral Veil finishing powder imparts a quiet boost of color to counteract dull skin for a fresh, flawless look all day.

Best & Most Brilliant Kit ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

Brightening Pearl Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, Dual-Sided Hint Blush, Bright Radiance All- Over Face Color, Prime Time Eyelid Primer, Well Rested SPF 20 Eye Brightener, Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in black, Best Friend Lip Balm, Double-Ended Seamless Blending Brush, Deluxe Sample of Deep Cleansing Foam.

Cool as Ice ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Hot Ticket (electric pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Daredevil (sparkling blackberry), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Fashionably Late (sparkling opal), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Socialite (sparkling pink), Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Gutsy (fuchsia berry), and Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rebel (pink mauve).

Glow Getters ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Features blush, eyeshadow, and gloss.

Light Up the Room ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

All about the eyes and brightening!

Main Attraction ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, gloss, mini brush, eyeliner, and eyeshadow.

Mini Masters ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Silver-hued brush set.

Star Treatment Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

An extraordinary palette, featuring 8 pure, intense, provocative shades by bareMinerals

Scene Stealer ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Eye Makeup Remover, Eyeliner, Pretty Amazing Lip Color, Prime-Time Shadow ink Pink Sugar.

Seize the Day ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 10 AM (golden sage), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Noon (deepest navy), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 1 PM, Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 3 PM (deep brown shimmer), Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 5 PM (deep plum), Pencil Sharpener.

The Dream Team (Limited Edition)

Holiday brush set.

The Royal Treatment ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Large gift set featuring eyeshadows, blushes, glosses, and mascara.

Renew & Replenish ($TBA) (Limited Edition)

Travel-sizes of Pure Transformation Night Treatment, Exfoliating Treatment Cleanser, Purely Nourishing Moisturizer, and Active Cell Renewal Night Serum.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush
Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush

Fair Maidens Get Swept Away with Buxom

Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a pale peach with a hint of pink and a subtle sheen. MAC Stay By Me is actually a bit similar. NARS Sex Appeal is a bit more peach, less pink.  It has a lot in common with Sex Appeal, as it’s the kind of shade that isn’t universal but works really well for some.

Buxom’s True Hue formula is supposed to be “silky, sheer, and ultra-buildable.” It’s both sheer and very, very light in color, period, which means it’s not really an appropriate shade for my coloring (it’s just hard to see it!). From what I was able to see and gather from trying it out was that it’s mostly buildable, but it did seem to be just shy of true-to-pan color even when layered heavily. This was actually more likely due to the slightly dry texture, which made getting color more difficult than had it had a softer, creamier texture. Applied to my skin, it worked more as a highlighter; there was a soft, barely-there shimmer-sheen–nice and glowy–without much color. It looked nice, and the glowy sheen lasted a full eight hours on me. I would only recommend this shade for fairer complexions, though.

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Buxom Swept Away True Hue Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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If the texture was a little softer, it would be more buildable, and then it'd be really as marketed. This is a particular shade that will be best on those with very fair skin who like soft color, because the pan color is fairly light!

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush
Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush

Buxom Adds a Little Euphoria to Your Day

Buxom Euphoria True Hue Blush ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “lively coral.” In the pan, it looks like an orange-coral, but when I swatched it, the color was much more medium orange with a more tangerine-like hue when blended out. Illamasqua Expose is darker, less bright. MAC Optimistic Orange is a touch darker. NARS Gina is browner, more subdued.

Buxom’s True Hue formula is supposed to be “silky, sheer, and ultra-buildable.” While I was less impressed with Luvitate, Euphoria was much better! The texture was softer, more finely-milled without being dry nor powdery, while the payoff was sheer as advertised–but buildable, also as advertised–so you can use it without fear of overdoing it while medium and deep complexions can still use it, too.  The soft texture made it easy to apply, layer, and blend out Euphoria on the skin.  It wore for a full eight hours with no noticeable fading.

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I'm so pleased that Euphoria turned out to be a much better performer than Luvitate! Now, I'm eager to see how other shades in the range perform.

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10/10

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9/10

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Friday, August 24th, 2012

NARS Lovejoy Highlighting Blush
Buxom Luvitate True Hue Blush

Come Back to Earth After Trying Luvitate

Buxom Luvitate True Hue Blush ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “shimmering nude.” It’s a beige-apricot with a golden shimmer-sheen. It reminds me of shades like NARS Orgasm but with a more neutral base. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane is matte in finish and a bit browner. The shimmering shade in Guerlain Peach Boy is noticeably pinker. Chanel In Love is darker with a subtler gold shimmer. Overall, when applied, it still reads a little coral-ish, but with some beige thrown in.

Buxom’s True Hue formula is supposed to be “silky, sheer, and ultra-buildable.” Surprisingly, I found the texture to be stiffer and on the drier side. It wasn’t silky or soft or all that smooth.  The color payoff is as described–sheer–and it is buildable, though it will take some layering if you have a medium to dark complexion. It’s do-able, and it’s not too many layers, but the blendability of this is lacking.  I suspect the drier texture is playing a role in making this harder to blend and appear rather patchy on the cheeks.  This has a fair amount of shimmer and sheen in the finish, too, which does make pores more noticeable.  The wear of Luvitate was decent–seven hours with light but some fading after eight hours.

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Buxom Luvitate True Hue Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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I was bummed about the texture! For something that claims to have silkiness, I wasn't seeing (or rather, feeling!) it at all. With a color like this that seems to common enough across brands, I wouldn't waste time on something less than stellar.

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8/10

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9/10

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7/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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