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MAC Tropical Mist Lipstick

MAC Tropical Mist Lipstick
MAC Tropical Mist Lipstick

MAC & Carine Roitfeld: Tropical Mist Lipstick

MAC Tropical Mist Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer translucent nude.” (I will also note that MAC’s website only describes it as “nude,” which is more misleading than the press release’s description.) It’s a wash of warm beige with a soft, frosted finish. It has a lustre finish. For all intents and purposes, it looks like I put lip balm on, because it looks completely colorless on my lips. As far as dupes go, any lip balm that has more of a sheen than a glossy shine would substitute.

It was hard to judge how long this worn on me, truly, because the only thing I could see visually was that lustre-like finish, kind of frosted but barely. Instead, I took a napkin and pressed my lips against this after two hours (at which point, it seemed like it was gone), and there was nothing on the napkin.  I repeated this experiment twice more – the second time, after an hour and the third time, after three hours. There was a little bit of product visible on the napkin after an hour, and again, none after three hours. The fact that color is coming off shows that it’s not 100% clear or invisible, but because your lips are not invisible or clear, they tend to “absorb” the color so it’s less noticeable on. I’m not a big fan of lustre finishes, as I tend to find them drying, and Tropical Mist was no exception, as it was somewhat drying after wearing it for six hours (back to back).

It’s sheer. It’s translucent. It’s pretty much exactly as described by MAC, except it’s nearly invisible. Sheer doesn’t mean clear, right? Translucent is the adjective more likely to suggest clear, though after reading about ten definitions across various dictionaries online, it suggests something that allows light to pass through but in a slightly diffused manner (e.g. frosted glass).  On that note, I’m going to go with this needs a wee bit more color to give it a more diffused quality but only take off one point.  Since it’s somewhat drying, it’s not something I can recommend, and I think some will be hard-pressed to shell out $16.50 for something that’s going to look virtually colorless and not hydrating. I imagine some will expect a lower grade, but remember: MAC said this was sheer and translucent, so that’s the starting point for discussion.

MAC Lipstick Tropical Mist
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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ORLY Fired Up Collection for Fall 2012


Fall 2012: ORLY Fired Up Collection

Set sprits ablaze this fall 2012 as ORLY introduces Fired Up – a dynamic collection created to showcase inner power. High gloss shades mimic the inner workings of the human body, providing a natural explosion of color. The collection ranges from fiery red and deep wine tones to bright accents of golden yellow and vibrant orange balanced by hues of pewter and chocolate brown. Lacquers in the Fired Up Collection offer a dynamite seasonal touch of color to fingers and toes.

  • Glow Taupe creme
  • Flare Pale gold shimmer
  • Flicker Rust duo chrome shimmer
  • Ignite Red creme
  • Smolder Deep wine shimmer
  • Rapture Chocolate brown creme

Availability: September 2012 for $8.50 each. ORLY Nail Lacquers and Treatment products are available at orlybeauty.com, Sally Beauty,
Ulta and other purveyors of beauty throughout the U.S. and in over 100 countries worldwide.

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Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lipgloss

Surround Me in Pink Tulle

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink with pearl.” it’s a translucent light-medium pink with lots of silver sparkle. On my lips, it enhances the natural pink coloring found in my lips and gives them a truer pink look (less washed out, since my natural lip color is rather corpse-like). If you have more pigmented lips, it’s going to resemble clear gloss with a truckload of sparkle. MAC Floating Lotus is lighter and has finer shimmer. MAC Sweet Bean has finer shimmer. Bobbi Brown Pastel is much lighter, milkier. MAC Sueprglass has flaky shimmer instead.

Having a gloss like this in your stash is worthwhile, but it’s not necessarily a shade you need to have several versions of, because a lot of those differences get lost on the lips.  I’ve been reaching for this gloss often when I need something to wear for blush photos or in a video and don’t have a light enough lip color that might work, because a lot of the fall eye products have been pretty dark (as have the lip products; neither is a surprise). Super shiny, glossy enough to give lips a fuller look, and gorgeous sparkle that shimmers and dazzles.  It’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque but there’s an obvious translucency, as the natural lip color most definitely will come through, but there’s a lot of sparkle–so the more light that catches the shimmer, the more opaque it looks (see the difference between the flash and studio lit photos).

Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lipgloss is a staple product for me.  If you forced me to commit to a single gloss formula, I’d go here. I can say that without hesitation, and I really can’t do that with most products.  I will equivocate and hum and haw and tell you it depends on the shade or occasion or the like, because it’s usually true, and it’s hard to pick one favorite and commit to it.  This formula is high-shine, non-sticky, comfortable and hydrating to wear, wears well, and has shimmer that really wows. It never feels gritty, and Pink Tulle, despite its subtle color, lasts a solid four hours on me.  Bobbi Brown’s glosses are mint-scented and come with a doe-foot applicator. Bonus: also includes more gloss than the average one does.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Pink Tulle

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China Glaze Deviantly Daring Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Deviantly Daring Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Deviantly Daring Nail Lacquer

Do You Dare to Be Deviant?

China Glaze Deviantly Daring Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “adventurously bold peacock teal.” it’s a rich blue-based teal with a subtle shift to a slightly greener-teal and tends to darken around the edges. Urban Decay Mars is greener. Wet ‘n’ Wild Teal or No Teal is lighter. ORLY Haley’s Comet has chunkier shimmer/sparkle. Illamasqua Viridian is darker and greener.

It is, unfortunately, one of those shades that looks majestic in the bottle, but it’s less interesting on the nail. The richness of the color makes it look lovely on, but I don’t think it has the kind of shift you’d expect. I re-read the press release to get a better handle on what exactly the collection was about. If you’re looking for a strong duochrome finish, you’ll be disappointed. The shift in this one is subtle; there but not obvious. There were some noticeable brush strokes in brighter light.

Deviantly Daring is opaque in two coats, and the formula was really good–not too thick or too thin–and didn’t pool along the sides of the nail or streak.  The drying time was faster than average, and it did dry down to a fairly shiny finish.  China Glaze’s formula typically wears a full week on me with no chipping but has minor tip wear.  Their polish retails for $7, but you can easily find bottles for $3-4 at various e-tailers.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Deviantly Daring
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
94%
Total

NARS Lovejoy Blush

NARS Lovejoy Highlighting Blush
NARS Lovejoy Blush

Celebrate the Joy of Love with NARS!

NARS Lovejoy Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmering bronzed rose.” It’s rosy-red with a little brown thrown in paired with a golden shimmer-sheen. MAC Ring of Saturn is more orange-red, brighter–the two look a little more similar if used softly. Tom Ford Savage is similar but seems a smidgen lighter and has a mostly matte finish. MAC Buddy Up seems fairly close but doesn’t have the golden sheen. MAC Stratus is darker, a little redder.

The finish is noticeably sparkly and has a bit more shimmer than some of the more recent shades we’ve looked at. It did emphasize pores just slightly; not enough where it was too noticeable or really took away from the finish. Though there is a subdued quality to the overall color, there is enough red in it that it may give some skin tones a sunburned look. It had a slightly dry texture, but the color payoff was still good, and the color was blendable and buildable during application. This shade wore for seven full hours and started to have noticeable fading after eight hours.

NARS Powder Blush Lovejoy
Lovejoy

Tom Ford Beauty for Fall 2012


Tom Ford Beauty for Fall 2012

Lip Color ($48.00)

  • Aphrodisiac Plum
  • Black Orchid Dark purple

Ultra Shine Lip Gloss ($45.00)

  • Naivete Dark plum

Cheek Color ($55.00)

  • Narcissist Pink

Eye Creme Color ($35.00)

  • Plum Absolute Plum

Lip & Cheek Stain ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Tainted Love Red

Eye Defining Pencil ($35.00)

  • Exotic Teal Teal

Nail Lacquer ($30.00)

  • Dominatrix Smoky purple
  • Minx Smoky brown

Eye Color Quad ($75.00)

  • Emerald Lust Teals
  • Enchanted Neutrals

Availability: Now @ Saks, will also be at Neiman Marcus

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