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Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is bold, brightened orange with hints of red in it along with a frosted, matte finish and warm undertones. Hourglass Muse is more coral, redder. MAC Scarlet Ibis is darker, redder. Estee Lauder Wild Fire is redder and luminous. YSL Blood Orange is glossier and sheerer.

This is the final shade I tried out in the formula, and it fell in the middle of the spectrum; not the worst, not the best. I’m still surprised that Estee Lauder didn’t put out a better formula, because the brand has better lipsticks in their house, not to mention the numerous lipstick formulas across other brands under the Estee Lauder umbrella.  Rock Candy has excellent pigmentation–full, opaque color coverage–but the consistency is a bit dry and not creamy enough, so it does tug on the lips when you apply it.  The other issue I had was that it is drying.  It wasn’t the most drying lipstick I’ve tried, but it was more than just a little drying after wearing it for six full hours.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick Rock Candy

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NARS Nico Blush

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush
NARS Nico Blush

NARS Nico Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “natural glow.” It’s a lightly warmed-up, pale beige with a subtle sheen. When I tried thinking of potential dupes, I wasn’t finding any. The closest I could come up with was theBalm Solid Gold, which is really much yellower and frosted.

I actually think Nico was one of the first few NARS products I ever purchased, and it may have been one of my first NARS blushes. It was recommended to me as a brow highlighter, actually, and as a light wash of color for lids. As a blush, it doesn’t quite work on my skin tone. Nico is a shade that you’ll love or never have a use for, and it’s really going to depend on your skin tone and how you want to use it. It’s categorized as a blush, but I think it might be better suited as a NARS “Highlighting Blush.”  As you can see on my skin tone, it’s very nearly my skin tone–just with a sheen, so it does give me a slight “glow” when worn on the cheeks.  I do prefer it (on me) as a brow bone highlighter, because I feel like you can see it better, and it sometimes looks a bit powdery when I’ve worn it on cheeks.

The texture is very soft and finely-milled, and I’d recommend using softer bristles with it, as it can be powdery with a denser blush brush (the “scratchier” the brush feels on your skin, the more powder gets dislodged from the pan).  Nico lasts seven hours on my cheeks, and then it starts to look a bit patchy towards the eight-hour mark.  I’ve worn this of and on throughout the years, and when my cheeks are more normal, it can be quite nice, but it definitely isn’t as flattering if my cheeks have any dryness. I think for those with oilier skin types, it might work well as a highlighter as it shouldn’t look too dewy or glowy (which can sometimes make oilier skin types look oilier).  The sheen does not emphasize pores, which is the best part about it, though–it’s all sheen, no shimmer or frost.

NARS Powder Blush Nico
Nico

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “raspberry pink.” It’s a bright, bold raspberry pink with a natural sheen. Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia is darker, redder. MAC Impassioned is brighter. Guerlain Gigi is very comparable.

It has full color coverage, and the pencil has a great consistency–just creamy enough to apply evenly and smoothly but not thick, so it adheres well and doesn’t feather or bleed. I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: this range is very much an opaque one, though Clinique describes the coverage as “perfectly in between” sheer and opaque. The other issue I’ve had is that these aren’t that moisturizing (some better than others). Plushest Punch was moderately hydrating, and of the ones I’ve tried thus far, it was the most hydrating. It wore long and well, though, topping five hours with a very subtle residual stain that lingered for the next hour.

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense

A-
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Bark Long-Wear Cream Bark Stick

Bobbi Brown Bark Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Bark Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Bark Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich brown.” It’s a rich, red-toned dark brown with a creamy, mostly matte finish. I couldn’t think of any other cream formulas that were similar in color, but there were several powder alternatives. Make Up For Ever #162 is fully matte. Inglot #326 is less red-toned. MAC Embark is darker. theBalm Mahna-Mahna is very close.

The consistency is creamy and glides on beautifully, evenly, and smoothly with full color coverage. It is blendable and remains blendable just long enough to work but not so long that it has a chance to gather into the creases before you’ve finished. I did have a problem with this one tending to fade along the edges after eight hours, and it wasn’t a problem I experienced with any of the other shades. It was such a bummer, because the color payoff was fantastic, texture was creamy and blendable, and no creasing–but fading is still frustrating!

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Bark
Bark
Bark
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Zoya Pixie Dust Collection for Summer 2013


Because everyone wants more of it… the color experts at Zoya went back to the lab and created six more beautiful,
long-wearing textured, matte and sparkling Zoya PixieDust Colors! This incredible and best-selling formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other.

  • Solange Gold metal sparkle
  • Beatrix Tangerine metal sparkle
  • Destiny Core metal sparkle
  • Miranda Rose sparkle
  • Stevie Violet sparkle
  • Liberty Blue sparkle

Availability: April 1st, 2013 at Zoya

MAC Style Surge Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Style Surge Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Style Surge Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Style Surge Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “neutral coral cream.” It’s an orange-coral with a hint of pink and a creamy, slightly glossy sheen. MAC Lady at Play is quite a bit darker and more red/pink in comparison. Laura Mercier Tangerine is darker and pinker. MAC Vegas Volt is darker and slightly more orange. MAC Crosswires is darker and pinker.

This shade was fully opaque, and it has a creamier consistency than the other shades–there was a wetness to it that gave it that glossy finish. It applied evenly and easily, and though it was creamier, it didn’t feel any thicker/thinner than the majority of the range. It was the most hydrating shade of the twelve colors released. Style Surge lasted four hours on me when I wore it, and it was incredibly comfortable to wear.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Style Surge
Style Surge
Style Surge
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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