Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Is brown lipstick making a comeback for fall? Perhaps… here are five more modern takes on brown (at least, to me) that switch it up by adding brown tones or changing the finishes. What are your favorite shades of brown from the past and present?

  1. Maybelline Touchable Taupe — a soft, muted rosy brown
  2. OCC Marion — a medium, rosy brown
  3. Too Faced Sweet Maple — a warm, plummy brown
  4. NARS Cythere — a metallic beige-brown
  5. NARS Deborah — a lightly glossy, reddish-brown

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Yesterday, I shared some of my favorite warm-tauped taupe eyeshadows, so today I have five of my favorite cooler-toned taupes. I’d love to hear your favorites!

  1. Maybelline Tough as Taupe — a cool-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
  2. Inglot #349 — a matte, grayish taupe
  3. Dior Aventure — a sparkling, cool-toned taupe
  4. Giorgio Armani #4 — a cool-toned, purplish-brown-taupe
  5. Inglot #434 — a cool-toned, gray taupe

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

One of my favorite products these days are cream eyeshadows, particular one-and-done shades, which I’ve included three of here, and then two brighter, more vibrant shades that could be used as bases or incorporated with other eyeshadows for a major look.

  1. Benefit Birthday Suit — a bronzy taupe
  2. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy — tangerine orange
  3. Shiseido Esmaralda — a bluish-teal
  4. MAC Rubenesque — a coppery peach
  5. Dior Lune — a shimmery white

>> See side-by-side swatches here! <<

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Maybelline Pink Fever (20) Master Glaze Blush
Maybelline Pink Fever (20) Master Glaze Blush

Maybelline Pink Fever (20) Master Glaze Blush ($8.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with white shimmer. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Blush (LE) is a powder. Urban Decay Quickie (LE) is less shimmery, powder. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is a powder. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Master Glaze blush formula is supposed to give dewy, sheer color. It applies sheer in one layer, but I found it to also be buildable to light-medium coverage. The consistency is quite emollient with a high degree of slip, and it doesn’t fully set or dry down, so the finish is more luminous–which may look oily if your skin is already naturally dewy. It didn’t emphasize pores, and the shimmer seemed almost undetectable once applied. On my normal-to-dry skin, Pink Fever wore well for six hours, but it was faded and patchy after that.

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

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5/5

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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?