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Top 10 of 2012: Lipglosses

Top 10 of 2012: Lipglosses

These are ten fantastic shades of gloss that I reviewed and tested in the past year.  You’ll notice that there are a few from Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer range, and let’s just say it was hard not to include more!

What was your favorite lipgloss from 2012?

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Top 10 of 2012: Lipsticks

Top 10 of 2012: Lipsticks

There were actually a lot of fantastic lipsticks released this year! I already pulled up twenty that to consider for the top ten, and I had only reached August (I go backwards). There were 52 pages of lip product reviews to sift through (that’s 312 posts!), and these were the ones that made the cut:

What was your favorite lipstick from 2012?

Top 10 of 2012: Makeup Palettes

Top 10 of 2012: Makeup Palettes

There were actually a lot of fantastic palettes released this year! I already pulled up twenty that to consider for the top ten, and I had only reached August (I go backwards).  So here are my picks–and I tried to include a variety of brands that were all excellent, but full disclosure: could have easily included more bareMinerals, Guerlain, and another Tom Ford (Enchanted).

What was your favorite makeup palette from 2012?

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Dior Espiegle (687) Dior Addict Lipstick

Dior Espiegle (687) Dior Addict Lipstick
Dior Espiegle (687) Dior Addict Lipstick

A Sheer Dance of Fuchsia Shimmer

Dior Espiegle (687) Dior Addict Lipstick ($31.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “punch of pink.” It looks like a fuchsia pink in the tube, but it’s much tamer swatched and applied. It’s a lightly cool-toned, medium pink with iridescent shimmer. On my lips, it brightened and added some cool-toned pink coloring. Guerlain Rose Ensoleille looks similar on but is a bit warmer overall. Guerlain Rose Piquant is cooler-toned. The shimmer was reminiscent of Revlon cupcake, which is more lilac and pigmented.

This shade wore away in a mere two hours, which is quick for a lip product–a lot of this range lasts three hours, which is decent for something as balm-like in texture as this is.  The texture is slick, lightweight, and very comfortable on the lips.  It also applies evenly and slides on without tugging or dragging.  It is somewhat hydrating but not enough where I’d describe the formula as a moisturizing one.  The color is sheer, which is on par with the range and expected results (supposed to have a “veil” of color), so don’t let the color in the tube intimidate (or mislead) you!

Dior Addict Lip Color Espiegle
Espiegle

bareMinerals Remix Collection for Spring 2013


bareMinerals Remix Collection for Spring 2013

In this high fidelity collection for eyes, cheeks and lips, bold, bass-thumping brights meet sheer, high-gloss finishes for an effect that’s unapologetically audacious yet effortlessly wearable. This limited edition collection, available in custom aqua-sheen packaging, features new Loud & Clear™ Lip Sheers and exclusive fully saturated shades in a harmony of warms, cools, brights and deeps that ebb and fl ow together seamlessly for endless customized looks.

A collection inspired by the elusive moment when pulsating energy meets tranquil clarity. You know the moment when the music is blasting, the crowd is going wild and you can just feel the beat, inside and out? All wrapped up in the sound, the chords swirl around you, vibrant and alive, taking total control. Nothing else matters. You live it, breathe it, everything is suddenly still…and it all seems to make sense.

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 ($30.00)

  • The Next Big Thing Sunlit gold, glowing copper, vibrant peach, smoky plum
  • The Wild Thing Iridescent aqua, bronzed taupe, electric chartreuse, deep marine blue

Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner ($15.00)

  • Midnight Navy

Flawless Definition Mascara ($18.00)

  • Black Black
  • Aqua Blast Teal

bareMinerals Ready Blush ($22.00)

  • The Natural High Flush

Bronzing Mineral Veil Finishing Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 25 ($19.00)

Secret Radiance All-Over Face Color ($19.00)

A year-round complexion booster that gives skin a radiant glow for a uniquely beautiful lit-from-within effect. It buffs on a naturally luminescent, sheer sheen. Because of the ability to be layered in any combination, the skin enhancer brings out a natural-looking radiance in your complexion.

Loud & Clear Lip Sheer ($15.00)

Amp up lips with a translucent splash of vivid high-fidelity color and soft glistening shine. The sheer gel loads lips with shea butter and jojoba seed oil for maxed-out moisture while nourishing and conditioning lips.

  • Amped Pink Pink
  • Tangerine Trance Tangerine
  • Berry Remix Berry

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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MAC Veluxe Brow Liners

MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Stylish Brow: Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Veluxe Brow Liner ($19.50 for 0.042 oz.) is a new and permanent range of brow pencils that can be used to fill, define, and shape the brow. It comes in five shades: Strawberry Blonde (soft muted beige-taupe), Redhead (soft brown), Brunette (muted mid-tone gray), Deep Brunette (muted blackish-brown), and Deep Dark Brunette (dark dirty chocolate).

  • Strawberry Blonde is a light-medium brown with a gray-ish cast.
  • Redhead is a light-medium brown with subtle warm undertones.
  • Brunette is a medium brown with a subtle gray tinge.
  • Deep Brunette is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones.
  • Deep Dark Brunette is a dark brown with subtle warm, undertones. It is only marginally darker than Deep Brunette and has less red undertones.

MAC described the pencil as a “rich powdery formula.”  It is kind of odd to think of an eyeliner as powdery, but there is a little powderiness to the pencil here.  That powderiness works well with the brow pencil, because it lends it a softer finish and feel, so it looks more natural and is more readily blended along the brow so it doesn’t create harsh lines.

After using the Brow Gelcreme, the Veluxe Brow Liner was less interesting.  It’s not too soft or hard; firm enough to give a full, opaque line of color, but not so firm that it drags or pulls.  Unlike a lot of pencil eyeliners, there is no dry-down–it’s like a pressed powder eyeshadow in pencil form.  When I wore Deep Dark Brunette, I felt it was a smidgen on the light side for my natural brow color (dark brown, slightly black)–I typically use Espresso or Brun eyeshadows to fill my brows in–and it was faded in places (about 80% remained) after eight hours.  Unlike the Brow Gelcremes, this range has more shades, though I think it is lacking a really dark shade and not enough ashy colors.

The five new pencils are permanent, per a Live Chat I did with MAC yesterday (and the website corroborates, as they aren’t listed as limited edition), so you can feel free to fall in love and make it a new staple in your routine.

MAC Veluxe Brow Liners

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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