Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) ColorSensational Lip Color

For spring, Maybelline’s added ten shades of “nude” that range from the very, very palest beige to muted mauves to deep plums. I greatly appreciate that Maybelline considered the spectrum of skin tones when they thought about flesh-colored lipsticks, because what’s “nude” for one skin tone isn’t going to be nude for everyone.  This is the next set of three that I’ve finished testing, and my favorite from these three is Maple Kiss, as it applies really nicely and wears well.  The other two are more emollient, so they slip more and do not apply quite as evenly.

Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, coppery brown with a satin finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and glided on evenly and smoothly. It was very forgiving on lips and made them look smoother than they actually were. The color wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $21.00) is pinker, lesls brown. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Mocha (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned, matte. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) See comparison swatches.

Truffle Tease (930) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-beige with subtle warm undertones and an almost gray-cast at times. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. The finish was glossier than some of the other shades–more luminous than satin. This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is pinker, lighter. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is a bit lighter, more matte. Too Faced Naughty Nude (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen warmer. See comparison swatches.

Sin-a-mon (935) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, gray-tinged light-medium beige with a luminous sheen. It was semi-opaque, so it allowed the natural lip color to come through (which makes it look a little rosier when applied than when swatched). It applied evenly for the most part, and the color lasted for three and a half hours. It was somewhat hydrating.  MAC To the Future (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Naked Bliss (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. MAC Japanese Maple (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color

For spring, Maybelline’s added ten shades of “nude” that range from the very, very palest beige to muted mauves to deep plums. I greatly appreciate that Maybelline considered the spectrum of skin tones when they thought about flesh-colored lipsticks, because what’s “nude” for one skin tone isn’t going to be nude for everyone. I’m working my way through them, and these are the first three I tested (I’ve been testing them in numerical order, just in case you’re waiting for a particular shade to be reviewed). The consistency is creamy, lightly emollient with noticeable slip, and is lightly to moderately hydrating. The wear time depends on the shade (specified below).

Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a very light beige with a pink tint and satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it had one of the more unforgiving applications of the shades released in this collection. It tended to catch and emphasize any dryness or imperfections on the lips, so it is imperative to exfoliating prior applyling to this. It is also difficult to keep it in place and looking even, as the color tended to bunch up on itself and leave lines. I patted a lot of the color into place with my fingertip, and you can see lines from my fingerprints! This shade wore well for three hours on me. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Naked (LE, $16.00) is slightly grayer. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Fleshpot (P, $16.00) less pink. See comparison swatches.

Blushing Beige (915) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a smidgen of rosiness to its tone and satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips, and like Bare All, it wasn’t the most forgiving of textures/finishes. The color wore well for three hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is pinker. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nude Lust (920) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium peachy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color with slight translucency. The texture was more forgiving on the lips, but I did have some issues with getting it to stay in place and look even, as the consistency is just thick enough with enough slip that can bunch up. Nude Lust lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #111 (P, $32.00) is shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

2013 was good year for lipsticks, particularly if you loved yours bold, bright, and/or matte. There were new formulas to fall in love with, and plenty of new and limited shades released from my favorite formulas. This was a tough list to compile! Because I really do believe variety is the spice of life, I tried to pick across a variety of formulas!

What lipsticks did you fall in love with this past year?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

After reflecting on reviews I’ve done over the past year that are more budget-friendly, I definitely need to spend a little more time on cheek color in the upcoming year. Good thing I’ve already gotten a great start on that with some of the upcoming products for spring! :) (So stay tuned!) Here is a mix of cheek colors, face tools, and a few polishes to round-out our last top ten for budget-friendly products.

What are your favorite budget-friendly cheek/face and/or nail products from this past year?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Here is a compilation of my favorite budget-friendly lipsticks and lipglosses that I’ve tested over the past year! I’m really excited to have found an affordable, high-quality lip scrub this year. Bonus points for being an indie brand to boot! It does seem like 2013 was the year of bright lipstick–fuchsia, red, and orange!

What were your favorite budget-friendly lipsticks and lipglosses from the past year?

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

I have a whole slew of fun top tens to share with you over the next few days!  You may even see some of these pop up again in a few other top tens.  I wanted to put a spotlight on some of the best affordable and budget-friendly products that I enjoyed and reviewed over the past year.  I hope you’ll take a moment to share your own favorites that you discovered this year.

What were your favorite budget-friendly eyeshadows and eyeliners this year?