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Cle de Peau T9 (Albertine) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Albertine (T9) Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft pink-tinged peach with a fine golden peach micro-shimmer. MAC Delectable is darker, more orange. MAC To the Future is very similar but doesn’t have the shimmer. MAC Fashion City is more orange. Chanel Santal is very comparable.

Albertine delivers mostly opaque color, but there’s a little hint of translucency. It applies evenly and smoothly, and the formula itself has a fair amount of slip but isn’t too thick, despite the creaminess of the texture. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear, and this particular shade wore for four and a half hours, which wasn’t particularly long but longer than average for shades of this lightness. This is a very wearable shade, and it is a bit more dupeable and less nuanced compared to some of the other colors available in the Extra Rich formula. I like it, and I am personally drawn to peaches and corals as go-to shades, so it is a color I’d wear often.

Cle de Peau advertises that there are “skincare benefits” in the formula, and while I can’t attest to that, given that I cannot commit to a single formula for six weeks to trial it, I can weigh-in on the short-term benefits like de-emphasis of lip lines (softened after ten to fifteen minutes of wear) and intense hydration. There are a lot of lipsticks that keep lips hydrated while you wear them to the point where your lips are no worse for the wear after they’ve faded, but there are fewer formulas that leave your lips feeling more hydrated than they were when you first applied the product.

Cle de Peau T9 (Albertine) Extra Rich Lipstick

A
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo
Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo ($19.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold” and an “icy silver.”  Each eyeshadow is 0.13 oz., which is over double the average-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz.), and the price point is very palatable for two shades.  A lot of the duos, though, are more basic than not, so whether any are must-haves depends on the size of your stash.

  • Mr. Gold is a medium yellow gold with a soft, frosted shimmer finish. The color payoff is good, but it could be a little denser in texture to give it really excellent color payoff. MAC Sweet & Sour is less yellow. Bare Escentuals Remix is slightly darker. Bare Escentuals Aspire is similar. MAC Goldmine is very similar.
  • Mr. Silver is a medium silver with a frosted, metallic finish. As with Mr. Gold, the color payoff was just good — it wasn’t as intense or as pigmented as Tarina Tarantino’s line has been in general. MAC Misty is similar, slightly more metallic. Giorgio Armani #12 is a smidgen lighter.

This wasn’t my favorite set, mostly because of the quality.  It’s good, but it’s not great, and so many of Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadows are fantastic. The texture on these was a little drier–not quite as creamy or as dense–so the pigmentation was less than many other shades. I felt that it performed just as nicely on the lid as other shades, and both shades were buildable to fully opaque color on the lid with or without a base. When I wore the shades to test the wear, I achieved seven hours with no fading or creasing (with slight fading around the edges after eight) when applied over bare lids, but I didn’t have any problems after eight hours when applied over a primer.

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Duo Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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butter LONDON Olympic Heavy Medal Trio


butter LONDON Olympic Heavy Medal Trio

To celebrate the London 2012 Summer Olympics, butter LONDON introduces a Commemorative Olympic Heavy Medal Trio (MSRP $36 – available this month), a set of three metallic nail lacquers worthy of standing upon the winner’s podium – The Full Monty, Diamond Geezer and The Old Bill

  • The Full Monty Does what it says on the bottle. Full-on molten gold. A beautiful colour that is always classy, never brassy.
  • Diamond Geezer Proper platinum, silvery and shiny. It’s finger-bling that sparkles like the real thing, but doesn’t cost it!
  • The Old Bill Burnished bronze with a beautiful antique patina. For sophisticated metal heads.

Availability: June 2012, $36 for the trio

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Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen
Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a semi-opaque, vibrant, medium-dark pink-red with a subtle warm undertone. MAC Impassioned is brighter. MAC Moxie is pinker. MAC Party Parrot is lighter. Guerlain Gigi is a smidgen brighter. NARS Funny Face has an iridiescent sheen. MAC Full Fuchsia has more fuchsia in it.

The Conditioning Lip Sheen formua is supposed to be a “lightweight, conditioning lipstick that delivers medium pigmentation and shine.” It’s scent- and taste-free. Each lipstick is pakcaged in a gunmetal-colored metal tube with two rows of “crystals” going around the bottom of the cap. Despite the metal finish, fingerprints stay relatively well-disguised (under bright light and if you’re paying attention, you’ll notice some).  It comes with a little more than the average lipstick–this contains 0.12 oz., and many lipsticks are right around 0.10 oz.

It’s a thinner, lightweight formula that still has some slip, so it glides across the lips, depositing even color as it goes.  It delivers almost opaque color, but there’s an underlying sheerness–you can still make out my lip freckle quite easily–so it’s not fully opaque. Because the texture is spreadable, you could also use a lot less for more of a stained lip look. This is not really what I envisioned this looking like, given its name, as it’s not really fuchsia–more pink and red, not quite coral. It’s bold and just shy of being a true bright lip color, so it’ll be a nice addition to any summer routine.  Fuchsia Lining wore for five and a half hours, and it was moderately moisturizing while it wore and my lips still felt good to go for a couple of hours post-wear.

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color

Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color
Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color

Tom Ford Savage Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is dirty red-brown. It’s hard to describe it, because it looks red, technically, but red brings images of bright, ruby reds to mind, whereas this is a much more muted red with a lot of brown to bring down the intensity. There’s a very faint sprinkling of gold shimmer that’s barely noticeable once applied. MAC Scene to Be Seen (Inner) (LE, $32.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Modern Mandarin (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $32.00) is cooler, brighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Almond (P, $24.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

What I like about Tom Ford’s blush range is the texture, and then after that, the buildable nature of the color itself. The texture is ridiculously soft, smooth, and feels dense, buttery–it almost feels like a cream blush because of how finely-milled and dense it is. You can build the color from a sheer flush to a more intense, true-to-pan color, if so desired. It doesn’t go on heavily, so you do not have to fear applying it, but it’s easily intensified without having to pack on the product. I continue to be impressed by the overall wear of the formula, too; Savage wore for a superb nine hours and was barely faded after ten.

This shade would be lovely on medium and medium-dark complexions in particular. It’s barely warm-toned, so it should be flattering on both warm and cool complexions, too. The only thing not to like is the price–at least Tom Ford gives plenty of product for the hefty price tag; it’s higher than average and definitely not skimpy. For reference, MAC blushes are 0.21 oz. and NARS blushes are 0.16 oz. each.

Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color Savage
Savage
Savage
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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