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theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer

theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer
theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer

theBalm Put a Lid On it Eyeshadow Primer ($18.00 for 0.40 oz.) is a translucent eyeshadow primer that has a medium-thick, spreadable consistency that applies evenly and smoothly. It’s supposed to help amplify your favorite eyeshadows as well as improve their staying power. It comes in a squeeze-tube with a needle nose applicator, so you can easily get just what you need out. The consistency was a bit thicker than I anticipated (thicker than Too Faced Shadow Insurance or Urban Decay Primer Potion), but it smooths out well so that it feels weightless once blended and spread over the lid. It feels a bit like a silicone-based face primer but not as heavy on the silicones. It takes a few seconds to dry down and “set,” and once set, it feels like almost nothing on the lid. One thing I loved was that this product didn’t separate as some tube-based primers can, so I didn’t have to worry about what I’d get upon first squeeze.

I nave normal-to-dry lids, but my eyelids are by no means impervious to products creasing or fading on me. Some products last all day without a primer, others start to crease or fade between six and eight hours into wear. As much as possible, I like to test eye products both with and without primer to get a better idea of how it wears overall, so I’ve been using this on and off for the past month. It’s easy to blend powder eyeshadows on top of it, and they don’t “stick” so you can soften and fade or blend with the shadow next to it. It also doesn’t mute my eyeshadow. For a weaker eyeshadow, it definitely helps it look more intense and apply more evenly. It seemed to prolong eyeshadows that would crease on me for an added two to three hours (so twelve to fourteen hours of wear, total). For cream eyeshadows, it only added an extra hour or two of wear (ten to twelve hours of wear, total).

theBalm   Put a Lid On it
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine

Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine
Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine

Tom Ford Willful Lip Color Shine ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is brightened, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a glossy shine. Chanel Amant is more matte, brighter. MAC Hibiscus is shimmery. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is less pigmented. Guerlain Chamade is cooler. Guerlain Bal de Mai is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The Lip Color Shine formula is Tom Ford’s way of giving you lighter-weight, sheerer color with an ultra-hydrating formula. Willful actually packed quite a bit of color with mostly opaque color that had some translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through slightly. For those who found other shades of the range too sheer for the price point, you might like the opacity of this one. It lasted just over four and a half hours well on me before starting to fade. It was very hydrating and comfortable to wear with a creamy consistency that felt slightly slick but not too wet, so it didn’t bleed or settle into lip lines.

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Shine Willful
Willful
Willful
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick
Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick

Revlon Cruise Collection ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick ($9.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned coral with subtle golden copper shimmer. NARS Beautiful Liar is warmer, more orange. MAC Lady at Play is lighter. MAC Hibiscus is brighter. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is redder. Guerlain Nahema is lighter. Guerlain Chamade is similar. Guerlain Bal de Mai is darker. Burberry Pink Amber is pinker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is slick, slightly tacky, and has a natural sheen but nothing too shiny or glossy (but not totally matte). It feels somewhat thin, and it applies and looks a bit like a lip stain/lipstick hybrid. The color was semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Initially, I was loving the texture, feel, and look of this product, but after wearing it for a few hours, I was less enamored. The major problem with the formula is that it sucked the moisture right out of my lips (which were hydrated and smooth prior to application), and the drier my lips became, the more uneven and flaky the lip color started to look. It managed to last for about five hours, though it became progressively unflattering over the last two hours of wear. The formula is, unfortunately, touted as long-wearing with lots of hydration.

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick Cruise Collection
B-

Permanent

6
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

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Dior Diablotine (643) Vernis Nail Lacquer

Dior Diablotine (643) Nail Lacquer
Dior Diablotine (643) Nail Lacquer

Dior Diablotine (643) Nail Lacquer ($24.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “sparkling poppy red.” It’s a bold, bright red with warm, orange undertones and soft flecks of sparkle. MAC Vivid Effect is less shimmery and lighter. Dior Merveille is slightly darker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Poppy is redder, darker. Essie Too Too Hot is redder. See comparison swatches.

It has rich, intense color payoff and yielded full color coverage in two coats. The consistency was nicely balanced and wasn’t too thick or too thin, so the polish flowed well across the nail and never streaked, bubbled, or pooled along the edge. Dior’s wider brush makes it easier to apply one coat smoothly and evenly, and it minimizes any chance of brush strokes (no visible ones here). The finish is amazing; it is subtle but sparkling–perfect for summer–and shiny without needing a top coat. I usually get a week of wear with no chipping, just minor tip wear, with Dior’s formula.

Dior Vernis Diablotine (643)

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Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil Review & Photos

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil
Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil ($42.00 for 0.25 oz.) is supposed to help lips look better both in the short-term as well as over the long-term by conditioning, hydrating, and relieving dry and chapped lips. The applicator is a “24-karat gold-plated, anti-bacterial palladium,” slanted and slightly curved tip. You lightly press to dispense the product to apply.

This lip treatment is a follow-up to Hourglass’ No. 28 Primer Serum, and it contains 14 essential oils, as well as vitamins A, B5, C, and E. It also includes Saliporine 8, which Hourglass says, in clinical studies, has shown to “reinforce the natural moisturizing factor of the skin and boost moisture levels,” Volulip, which in clincal studies has shown to “provide improvement in the appearance of lip shape, softness, volume, hydration, and youth for at least 69% of volunteers.” The third ingredient is K3 Viamerine, which Hourglass said in clinical studies was shown to “deliver deep hydration and reduce the appearance of depth in wrinkles.”

I’ve been using this for several weeks now, and I think this is the type of product that will work best (and will be most “worth it”) for someone who finds most products don’t work for them; for someone who suffers from dry, chapped, cracked, or peeling lips and truly needs a treatment.  If your lips are fairly smooth with whatever lip care you’re using, this is going to feel lovely, but I don’t know if you’ll see dramatic improvement or truly feel it.

I deliberately wore some of the more drying lipstick formulas I’m aware of to essentially roughen up my lips so they would be cracked and peeling (I don’t recommend that, and I don’t think I’d go that far again), and then I tried this.  I routinely reached for this over my regular lip balm (Jack Black) after a particularly long “lip swatching” session.  I also used it when my lips felt and looked normal (soft, smooth, no cracking/peeling).  Hourglass’ Lip Treatment Oil seemed to soothe, relieve, and repair my lips faster than my normal lip balms would when my lips were in a really rough state.

It always felt lovely on; slightly thick, somewhat creamy but not wet, with medium-weight.  It had a very light tack to it, more from its thickness than anything else.  It has a lemony, herbal scent and slightly herbal taste–it wasn’t a taste I was fond of but didn’t notice after a few regular uses.  When I first started using this, I applied it in the morning and before bed (I usually am testing gloss/lipstick during the day).  My lips were normal, and I really didn’t feel like it was doing anything more than what normal lip balm does for me.  I didn’t like using it during the day as much, because I felt like it wasn’t very long-lasting and would disappear after two hours or so.  Obviously, at this price point, frequent reapplication isn’t something the wallet wants to here.

That’s why I decided to give it more of a challenge, and then maybe, I’d see more of the restorative effects of the product–and I did.  The wear time didn’t improve, but I noticed improvement within a few hours (especially in terms of making my lips feel more soothed and less discomfort) and saw more dramatic improvement after three to four days of using this three to four times a day.  It also seems to relieve my lips when they’re normal but rubbed raw from swatching slightly faster than my normal lip balm (within two hours, as compared to three).

Based on my experience, it’s a product I’d recommend considering if you have lips in need of serious treatment, not simply routine care.  It is absolutely hydrating and soothing even when lips feel good to start, but the efficacy was not much more (if at all) than I’ve experienced with other lip balms at varying price points.  It’s also a product that can work well for anyone who has moderate lip concerns as a night-time treatment to help maintain good lip care.  Now, if you ordinarily splash out for your lip balm, then it might just replace your current go-to.  For reference:  Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is $150/oz., Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil is $168/oz., Dior Creme de Rose is $108/oz., and La Mer’s Lip Balm is $156/oz.

Ingredients

Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Octyldodecanol, Amyris (Amyris Balsamifera) Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora Wood Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzoin Siam Absolute, Bois De Rose (Aniba Rosaeodora) Oil, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) Leef Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Cherry (Prunus Avium) Pit Oil, Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllus) Oil, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Eucalyptus Globulus Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Geranium (Geranium Maculatum) Oil, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Oil, Hazelnut (Corylus Americana) Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Oil, Kukui (Aleurites Moluccana) Nut Oil, Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Oil, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Peel Oil, Lithospermum Officinale Root Extract, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Olive(Olea Europaea) Oil, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Peel Oil, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Panthenyl Triacetate, Petitgrain (Citrus Reticulata) Oil, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Roseum) Oil, Rose Hips Seed Oil, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Vanilla (Vanilla Planifolia) Oil, Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata) Oil.

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Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper Review & Photos

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper
Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper

Guerlain Super Aqua-Serum Light Wrinkle Plumper ($165.00 for 1.6 fl. oz.) is supposed to hydrate skin while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles. According to Guerlain, after 30 hours, 72% hydration and 27% reduction in wrinkles were apparent. It is also supposed to be a lighter version (in terms of texture) of their Super Aqua-Serum, so it is more suitable for normal to combination skin types.

In the late spring and summer, my skin tends to be closer to normal than normal-to-dry (just as in the winter, it is drier rather than normal), so I reached for this when I needed something in the evening. I liked it a lot, and a lot of what I loved came from two things: 1) the fine lines around my eyes (which are, at present, my “major” signs of aging) look softer the next morning after using this on a consistent basis, and 2) the texture is incredibly lightweight and thin but not watery or runny. The texture is thin, like a lotion, and absorbs very quickly (within a minute of applying).

It is actually very hydrating–so hydrating that I really didn’t need to use a moisturizer afterwards, but you may find you can stretch a bottle further by using and applying it as a serum (so less, or only on some areas) and following up with moisturizer. I also tried it as more of as-needed product for near fine lines, around my nose, and the tops of my cheeks (all areas I tend to be a bit drier), and it worked nicely as a spot hydrator.  It doesn’t top my go-to for dry spots, but Guerlain’s has a nicer texture and faster absorption (and will work better under makeup).  It has a floral fragrance–not the strongest I’ve come across, but it’s not light; it’s on par with Guerlain’s skincare range in general and strong enough that there is a lingering scent even after it has absorbed.

The benefits last about as long as you keep using the product, but it’s not correcting signs of aging, just camouflaging them by “plumping” the lines so they look less visible.  It worked well for me, and it did all the things it was supposed to, and it did them with a really lovely, quick-absorbing texture while still delivering great hydration.  That being said, a good smoothing primer (usually something with silicones in it) can also work well for smoothing out fine lines–at least for a few hours (as compared with a day or so with this). While I liked it, I’m not sure it’s the one and will continue to see what else is out there before committing to this price point. (I’m also not very bothered by the fine lines I do have, so naturally, I’m less inclined to pay a lot to minimize something I don’t notice often.)

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