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Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Bark Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “deep shimmer eggplant.” It’s a dark, shimmering plum with red undertones and subtle plum, red, and violet shimmer. Bobbi Brown Black Violet is a touch less red-toned but otherwise is very comparable. Urban Decay Tornado is a powder eyeshadow, and it’s a bit purpler. I was surprised not to find more similar shades.

It has semi-opaque color coverage, but I was not able to build up the color to get fully opaque color, and compared to the other shades, the pigmentation in a single stroke was noticeably sheerer.  The color applied evenly, which is important, because uneven, sheer color is something that can look off even from a distance.  I did experience some very light creasing after eight hours, though it did not seem to worsen too much more when I checked at the ten-hour mark.  The consistency was creamy enough that it glided on and didn’t pull at the lid, and it didn’t take too long or too little time to set.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick Violet Plum

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NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “garnet.” It’s a deeper red with cool, blue undertones and a subtle, natural-looking sheen. Rimmel #111 is more orange-toned. MAC Runaway Red is darker. MAC Eden Rouge is slightly brighter. MAC Russian Red is more matte and a bit darker. NARS Mascate is deeper and darker.

It had great pigmentation that applied with opaque , even color.  Majella wore well for a full six hours, and being that it’s a red, it did leave behind a stain that was rather potent for another hour or so.  Even after eight hours, my lips still looked redder than normal.  It was slightly hydrating though not quite as moisture-packed as NARS described, but it did last for awhile and didn’t dry out lips.  I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding of the color, and I didn’t see the color settle into lip lines over time or as it wore away.  It had a lightweight, thin consistency despite the actual feel of the product–it is soft, almost as if it were melting, when it touched my lips.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Majella
Majella

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Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure Eyeshadow
Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure Eyeshadow

Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “golden sand.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-gold with a metallic finish. Tarte Canary Diamond is a bit more orange and darker. Chanel Vision is more metallic and sparkly but similar in color. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 is less metallic. Milani Drenched in Gold is very similar in color but more frosted in finish.

It had good color payoff (but was just short of perfection), but the real wonder was the texture:  so soft and smooth.  It really applied well and went on smoothly and adhered to the lid for a whopping ten hours without fading or creasing. Gilt-y Pleasure blended out easily when I worked with it.  The brighter, warmer coloring paired with the high-shine finish makes it work well to brighten and open up the eyes (particularly on warmer skin tones).

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Most Glamorous Nudes Ever Palette–I make a point to mention that, because the palette itself is $30 but contains three other eyeshadows along with two Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows; more or less, unless you really hate the other products, it’s hard to justify $20 for one eyeshadow when you could be paying $30 and receiving six different products.

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow Gilt-y Pleasure
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “vivid watermelon.” It’s a vibrant, pinky-red with a satin finish. There’s quite a bit of pink in it, so while it calls to mind certain famous reds, I don’t think it matches because it has such strong pink coloring. MAC Ronnie Red is redder. NARS Dragon Girl is deeper. NYX Chic Red is darker.

It’s a rather bright, rich color that applied mostly opaque on the lips. I found that this shade stained very quickly and readily, which helped make it wear longer, too–a solid six hours with a residual stain that continued on for another two (of course, tapering down over those hours). Luxembourg didn’t feather or bleed on me, which is always good news with a shade as bright as this! It had a thin texture that felt lightweight on the lips, but it wasn’t hydrating–I would not say it was drying, though. If you like your reds with a lot of pink, you’ll like this shade, because from afar, it looks more pink than it does red, which is what makes it less dupable.

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil

A
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

NARS Hyde Park Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Hyde Park Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Hyde Park Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Hyde Park Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “cardinal red.” It’s a deeper red with mostly neutral undertones–it looks a bit berry-ish–and a satin finish. MAC Fire Sign is warmer. Guerlain Pour Troubler is cooler-toned, more berry-hued. Shiseido Sweet Pea is warmer. NARS Flamenco is more muted. Dior Technicolor Red is similar but has shimmer.

While many shades in the range are screaming with pigment, this one was actually a bit translucent; there’s a hinto f my lip freckle that still comes through. Hyde Park looked a bit like a lip stain/lipstick hybrid. It lasted four and a half hours well on me, and then a noticeable stain lingered for the next hour or so. The color did settle into lip lines somewhat after four hours of wear. It was neither hydrating nor moisturizing while I wore it.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Hyde Park
Hyde Park

NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “peach beige.” It’s a warmed-up, medium peachy-brown with a satin finish. It is reminiscent of NARS Biscayne Park, which is lighter and not as warm-toned. MAC Posh Tone is more beige. MAC Delectable is very similar. Bobbi Brown Soft Coral is darker and warmer.

It has decadent, rich color–full color coverage–and it just takes minimal amount of product. One even layer seems to cover everything, and it ensures that the lip color never looks heavy when worn. The texture feels creamy, almost wet, when you apply it, but it doesn’t have much slip once on. It stays on nicely, and Isola Bella wore five hours when I tested it. It was lightly hydrating over the time I wore it, and it didn’t cling.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Isola Bella
Isola Bella

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