Monday, March 9th, 2015

Maybelline Playful Peony (975) Color Sensational Lip Color
Maybelline Playful Peony (975) Color Sensational Lip Color

Maybelline Playful Peony (975) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, pink-lavender with subtle cool undertones, barely-there pearl, and a soft sheen. Maybelline Lilac Flush (725) (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, less pink. Maybelline Power Peony (720) (P, $7.49) is darker. Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After visiting three stores, I was able to track the last of the limited edition lip colors! I had expected it to be more on the lavender side, but alas, it was not the case , and I was surprised at actual color, as there were shades very close to this already released this spring by Maybelline, so it seems redundant. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but it could use improvement so that the application was smoother and less prone to streaking. It lasted for three hours on me and was a little hydrating, but the pearl shimmer added texture to it despite being subtle.

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Playful Peony (975)

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Rebellious Raspberry (110) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture is thicker, mostly non-sticky, and was nicely hydrating while worn. On me, it wore well for four and a half hours. It does have a strong perfume-y scent and soap-like taste. Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) (P, $8.99) is warmer. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is lighter. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Citrus Evolution (115) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the color settled into lip lines from the get-go and only worsened as it wore. On me, it lasted for three hours and was moisturizing while worn. Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is darker. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is darker. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Ray of Sunshine (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Passionate Peony (120) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light pink with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. When swatched and worn, it looked nothing like it did in the tube. It is slightly thick with a lot of milkiness, which made it pool into lip lines very noticeably. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it’s a gloss that would be better applied over a lip liner or lipstick to minimize it filling up lip lines. It lasted for three hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is darker. NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is darker. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Rebellious Raspberry (110)

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Citrus Evolution (115)

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Passionate Peony (120)

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Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4/5

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color
Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color

Maybelline Tangy Tulip (960) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency that was thin but glided on without tugging. On me, it lasted for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. The formula has a sweet, fruity scent that’s not too strong. MAC Ravishingly Rich (P, $23.00) is more matte. NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is darker. NARS Geraldine (P, $32.00) is similar. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Lipstick Queen Jungle Queen (P, $22.00) is redder. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is brighter. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty All the Way (122) (P, $30.00) is darker. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is more matte, brighter. MAC Morange (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Bubblegum Bloom (965) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light, cool-toned pink with a strong white base and white frosted shimmer. It was semi-sheer with a gritty texture that applied horribly; it was incredibly uneven, made my lips look worse, and settled into lip lines. The color slipped away within an hour and a half with additional color settling into lip lines, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Maybelline Petal Pink (710) (P, $7.49) is darker, brighter, less shimmery. MAC To Savour (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC A Novel Romance (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Dress to Impress (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Be Fabulous (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. MAC Rose Lily (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Carnation Cabernet (970) Color Sensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, fuchsia-berry with cool, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage with a moderately emollient consistency that has a “wet” appearance when applied. The texture is thin with translucency, so the natural lip color comes thorugh, and this tended to look like a lip stain applied. It lasted for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Sheer Anarchy (P, $20.00) is less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Francesco (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, less glossy. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is similar. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is less glossy. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is brighter. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

P.S. — There is one more new, limited edition shade from Maybelline, but my local store didn’t have it. Sorry! :(

The Glossover

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Tangy Tulip (960)

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Bubblegum Bloom (965)

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Product

5.5/10

Pigmentation

5.5/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4/5

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Carnation Cabernet (970)

B+

Product

8.5/10

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Sunday, March 1st, 2015

A tried and true favorite of mine, coral lipstick is a shade I reach for throughout the year. If you’ve been looking for a way to warm-up your spring, consider these five beautiful shades:

  1. YSL Peach Passion — a glossy, peachy-coral
  2. NARS Julie — a soft, pink-coral
  3. Estee Lauder Eccentric — a light-medium pink-coral
  4. Urban Decay Streak — a medium coral-pink
  5. Maybelline Coral Burst — a luminous pink-coral

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Saturday, February 14th, 2015

You don’t have to splash out lots of your budget to get a beautiful red lip color! Here are a few of my more wallet-friendly favorites:

  1. Revlon Provocateur — a warm, brightened red
  2. Maybelline On Fire Red — a bold, bright red
  3. Milani Cherry Crave — a shimmery red
  4. Maybelline Very Cherry — a classic red with a matte finish
  5. NYX Chic Red — a strong, blue-based red

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

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

I love dusty and muted rosy lipsticks, which can range from light and rosy pink to rosy brown to rosy coral. Here are some of my current favorites for spring! :)

  1. Bite Beauty Musk — a muted, rosy pink-beige
  2. Givenchy Nude Guipure — a light-medium rosy pink
  3. Guerlain Garance — a medium, rosy coral
  4. Estee Lauder Irresistible — a medium-dark muted rosy pink
  5. Maybelline Untainted Spice — a deepened rosy brown

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