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Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss

A Shimmering, Wearable Brown-Hued Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude with gold flecks.” This is a plummy brown with a hint of mauve and multi-colored shimmer–it almost looks holographic at certain angles. Holographic or not, it is chocked full of shimmer, though, as the formula might lead you to believe. Revlon Rosegold is pinker, warmer. MAC Blessedly Rich has more orange and copper in it. Bobbi Brown Beach is sheerer and has more gold/bronze shimmer. MAC Social Light is similar. MAC Explicit is a bit lighter. MAC Spree is browner.

I feel like a broken record, because I’m in love with nearly every single shade within the formula’s range. New for fall (but staying in the line), Bronzed Heather is no exception. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, though the color itself is more semi-sheer with such a hefty amount of shimmer that it’s almost semi-opaque. There’s a noticeable translucency that enables your natural lip color to come through. The gloss has a lightweight consistency that’s not too thick or too thin, spreads evenly, and when tested, this shade wore four hours. It’s hydrating, and the shimmer doesn’t travel to parts unknown.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Bronzed Heather

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theBalm Brushes Launch in August


theBalm Brushes Launch in August

Powder to the People Powder Brush ($29.50)

Empowder yourself with a brush that does it all. This powderful brush is the ideal size and shape for all-over powder, blush, highlighting and contouring.

Blend a Hand Tapered Foundation Brush ($26.50)

Let this pointed foundation brush Blend a Hand and give you a flawless foundation application. The tapered point applies both your foundation and concealer close to the skin for an airbrushed finish. Blend a Hand is shaped to fit in even the smallest contours of your face, particularly around the eyes and nose. Help is on the way!

Give Crease a Chance All-over Eyeshadow Brush/Eye Blending Brush ($26.50)

Don’t stress, Give Crease a Chance! One end of this double-sided brush is great for applying all-over color to the eyelids. The other side uses duo-fiber technology to blend your eyeshadows for a peaceful, easy finish.

Eye Believe Double-sided Eyebrow/Eyeliner Brush ($24.50)

Eye Believe in bold liner and perfect brows. One side of this multi-tasking brush is angled, making it easy to create both perfect eyebrows and eyeliner. Flip it around for a precise defining tip that gives you something to believe in.

Crease, Love, and Happiness Smudger Brush/Tapered Crease Brush ($24.50)

Give yourself peace of mind with Crease, Love, and Happiness. Using your favorite shadows, drag the small end of this brush along the lower lash line for soft, natural definition or use it on your eyelid to place colors exactly where you want. Fall in love with the larger end which defines your crease and applies shadows all over your lid in one smooth sweep.

Availability: August 27th on thebalm.com

OCC Lip Tars to Launch at Sephora


OCC Lip Tars to Launch at Sephora

Beginning September 17th, OCC Lip Tars will be available at Sephora.com. Select stores (see below) will also be launching the Lip Tar range:

  • New York, NY 76TH & BROADWAY
  • Los Angeles, CA HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND
  • West Nyack, NY PALISADES CENTER
  • San Francisco, CA POWELL STREET
  • Boston, MA PRUDENTIAL CENTER
  • Garden City, NY ROOSEVELT FIELD
  • Santa Monica, CA SANTA MONICA
  • Miami, FL SOUTH BEACH
  • Las Vegas, NV VENETIAN
  • Toronto, ON EATON CENTRE (November)
  • New York, NY MEATPACKING DISTRICT (November)

September 6th through November 3rd, you’ll be able to find Anime and NSFW at Sephora locations nationwide as part of a long-wearing lip products promotion. Beginning October 4th, OCC Anime, Hush, Memento, NSFW, and Strumpet will be featured in Sephora Hot Now in all stores until November 3rd, and at that point, those shades will become part of the Beauty-To-Go indefinitely.  OCC will be added to additional Sephora locations in the future!  Nylon, an exclusive shade to Sephora, will launch online on August 21st.

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Bobbi Brown Turquoise Nail Lacquer

Bobbi Brown Turquoise Nail Lacquer
Bobbi Brown Turquoise Nail Lacquer

What IS the Color of Turquoise?

Bobbi Brown Turquoise Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is described as a “flat vibrant turquoise.” It’s a little bluer than what I think of when I hear “turquoise,” but it’s not a true blue–definitely a blue-teal. (Even if you google “turquoise,” you’ll see it varies quite a bit from green to blue.) It has a cream finish. Estee Lauder Teal Topaz is lighter, less blue. Illamasqua Muse is darker, bluer. Orly Viridian Vinyl is a smidgen less blue. Butter London Artful Dodger is similar as well, though it, too, is less blue.

This is the second shade of polish that I’ve seen by Bobbi Brown for as long as I’ve been following the brand (about five years).  The formula on Turquoise was better than Twilight, as this wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed easily across the nail without pooling along the sides.  It is very, very close to being fully opaque after two coats, but there is a faint shadow where the nail line is.  We’re talking like 95% opaque!  It doesn’t take too long to dry, and when it dries, there is still a naturally shiny finish.  I can’t test every polish shade for a full 7-days (can you imagine; that would be, at most, only 52 shades a year, and I swear, there are about 100 or more released each season!), I do test at least a few shades from each brand with varying finishes and lightness/darkness as well as re-test brands for consistency throughout the year.  Turquoise lasted a full week with no chipping and had minor tip wear.  I should warn you, however, that very few products chip on me at all.

Bobbi Brown Nail Lacquer Turquoise
Turquoise
Turquoise
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

OCC Nylon Lip Tar

OCC Nylon Lip Tar
OCC Nylon Lip Tar

Does It Get Any Brighter Than This?

OCC Nylon Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon pink.” This color is electric–it’s absolutely a bold, bright neon pink with subtle blue undertones. I really think this is the brightest pink I own. MAC Dear Diary is darker, less bright. MAC Candy Yum Yum is a bit more magenta and less bright but comes the closest.

OCC’s Lip Tars are supposed to have the wear of a lipstick with the ease of a gloss–long-wearing, lightweight, and satin-matte in finish.  Nylon is insane. It’s blindingly bright.  True to form, a little goes a long way for opaque color coverage.  There is a learning curve with Lip Tar, but if you apply with a brush, you’ll learn quickly and easily. It’s just such a pigmented formula that if you over-apply, you’ll end up with too much product, which will end up on your teeth and will be prone to feathering.

The texture is a creamy liquid, not so thin that it’s watery, but not thick or heavy. On the lips, it feels lightweight and sets after a couple of minutes to the satin-matte finish (initially, it may look a wee bit glossy, depending on how much product you’ve applied).  When I wore this, it lasted for eight and a half hours–and there was still a pink-y stain left behind.  (It stained my arm when I did a swatch for it, and it couldn’t have been on my arm for longer than a few minutes.)  It lasted through a meal and two coffees. The best part, aside from the awesome wear, was that it wasn’t drying.

Quick note: this launches tomorrow on Sephora, so you won’t see it up ’til then. 🙂

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Nylon
Nylon
Nylon
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
98%
Total

OCC + Nylon Magazine Nylon Lip Tar


OCC + Nylon Magazine Nylon Lip Tar

Heralded in the September Issue of NYLON MAGAZINE as the Best Lipstick of 2012, OCC Lip Tar has eclipsed its cult-status and has officially been cemented as a staple in every makeup junkie’s cosmetic arsenal. To celebrate, OCC has partnered with NYLON MAGAZINE to introduce an extraordinary new neon pink, Pantone™-matched to the NYLON logo, aptly christened “NYLON”.

A stunning new innovation in lip colour, OCC LIP TAR is liquefied lipstick. It combines the longevity of a lipstick with the ease of application of a gloss. Packed with highly emollient naturally-derived ingredients including Hemp Oil, whose Omega-3 EFAs allow LIP TAR to go on slick and moist, but set to a satinmatte finish. Just the tiniest drop is needed to provide fullest coverage possible while remaining featherweight light and ultra-longwearing.

NYLON LIP TAR is available August 21st, exclusively at Sephora.com, and in select Sephora Locations beginning on September 17th! Nylon Lip Tar will retail for $16.00.

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