Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Estee Lauder Impassioned (330) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Impassioned (330) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Impassioned (330) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright vibrant orange.” It’s a medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, fully opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly without settling into lip lines. The consistency was lightly creamy but didn’t feather over the six-hour wear time. It was lightly moisturizing while worn. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is a touch lighter. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is darker, redder. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is slightly redder. Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is brighter. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is glossier. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is darker, matte. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Envious (340) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm, bright poppy-red.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. The color applied evenly and smoothly while delivering rich, full color payoff. This shade lasted for six hours and left a slight stain behind as well. It was nicely hydrating while worn. MAC Cherry Glaze (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Too Faced Red Stiletto (P, $21.00) is a touch more muted. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is similar. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is brighter. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Chanel Dialogue (P, $34.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Cockney (P, $16.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

You can see my original review on the formula here. You can see all the shades I’ve reviewed here.

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Monday, May 19th, 2014

Estee Lauder Emotional (140) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Emotional (140) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Emotional (140) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm, rusty brown.” It’s a medium-dark red with strong, warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage–there was a slight translucency overall–and long-wear that topped in at six hours, plus it left a residual stain. It was moderately hydrating and comfortable to wear. Fyrinnae Winter Romance (P, $7.00) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $45.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Enigmatique (135) (P, $34.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is more matte. Guerlain Calligraphy #6 (LE) is more matte, warmer. Guerlain Gisela (LE, $51.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Estee Lauder Decadent (150) Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep, rich red-brown.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish-brown that almost looks like a really warm-toned plum. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a little translucency, but the consistency was lightly creamy, so the lipstick was easy to apply and comfortable to wear for the five hours it lasted on me. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $49.00) and Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $25.00) are lighter, sheerer. Maybelline Untainted Spice (950) (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, less red. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is redder, darker, more matte. Chanel Farouche (122) (P, $34.00) is more matte, slightly browner. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $26.00) is a touch redder, matte. NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The brightest reds in town: your cherry reds, your fire engine reds. Take your pick! :) Check out swatches of these shades here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red –a potent, cool-toned red
  2. Urban Decay 69 — a rich, satin red
  3. Maybelline On Fire Red — a bold, bluish red
  4. Giorgio Armani #402 — a brightened, warm-toned red
  5. Buxom Scoundrel — a bright, cherry red

What are your favorite bright red lipsticks?

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

How about a pop of vibrant coral on your lips this summer? Here are a few of my favorites… Check out swatches here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Maybelline Shocking Coral — medium-dark, pink-coral
  2. Givenchy Rose Dressing –a bright pop of, light-medium coral-pink
  3. Guerlain Geneva –a brightened orange-coral
  4. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral — a bold, bright coral
  5. Bite Beauty Crush — extremely neon coral

What are your favorite bright coral lipsticks?

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

One of my favorite beauty products to bring out during summer is neon lipsticks! The brighter, the better! Let’s kick it off with a look at some bold, vibrant fuchsia lipsticks… You can see them all here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Estee Lauder Dominant — bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink
  2. Buxom Exhibitionist — bold, brightened cool-toned fuchsia
  3. Urban Decay Anarchy — a glossy, fuchsia-magenta
  4. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash –a brightened, electric magenta pink
  5. Bite Beauty Moscato — a satiny, neon fuchsia pink

What are your favorite fuchsia lipsticks to wear during the summer?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for cheek and face products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Clinique Cheek Pop (review) are so incredible, I can recommend every single shade without hesitation. Great texture, pigmentation, and not too pricey! (Pictured: Plum Pop)
  2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (review) are soft, lightly luminous blushes that are great for everyday wear. They’ve gone in and out of stock during the sale, so you might have to look in-store for them if they’re on your list. (Pictured: Ethereal Glow)
  3. Make Up For Ever HD Blush (review) are forgiving, easy-to-use cream blushes that wear well, come in a variety of shades, and have a great texture. (Pictured: #215)
  4. Guerlain Meteorites Pearls (review) is a fantastic way to add subtle glow and softening to the face after applying your favorite foundation, and they’re an indulgence to be sure! (Pictured: Clair)
  5. Givenchy Le Prisme Blush (review) is incredibly finely-milled, velvety, and smooth in texture, so the blush goes on evenly and looks natural on the skin. (Pictured: It-Girl Purple)
  6. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (review) might be “old news” now, but they’re products that can easily be used often and add soft luminosity to the skin. (Pictured: Luminous Light)
  7. Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder (review) is a sweet fix for a craving for rose gold.
  8. Illamasqua Blusher (review) is a lovely option for anyone looking for more satin and matte finish blushes. (Pictured: Lover)
  9. Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush (review) is a richly pigmented, long-wearing, silky-smooth formula. (Pictured: Sensous Rose)
  10. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder (review) is a classic option for a finely-milled, silky-smooth, long-wearing bronzer. (Pictured: Moyen Brunettes)