Monday, June 6th, 2011

Revlon Strawberry ColorBurst Lipgloss
Revlon Strawberry ColorBurst Lipgloss

Revlon Strawberry ColorBurst Lipgloss

Revlon Strawberry ColorBurst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “weightless gloss [that] makes lips pop with 5x more shine than patent leather.” It’s supposed to yield mirror-like shine with “rich color” and a “weightless feel.” It also includes “moisturizers and anti-oxidants such as sweet almond oil and vitamin E.” The range includes fifteen shades.

Strawberry is a softened pink-red with subtle, warm yellow undertones and flecks of silver and pink micro-glitter. The formula is soft and smooth, and while it’s a little thick and nearly non-sticky, it’s comfortable to wear. I was able to get semi-opaque color with ltitle effort, and there was definitely a high-shine finish.  This gloss wore about three hours on me, which is particularly noteworthy given that it isn’t a sticky gloss.  I wouldn’t call it a moisturizing lipgloss, but it didn’t dry out my lips either.

I detected a subtle scent of sweet vanilla initially, but the scent seems to disappear in the tube and when worn on lips quickly–the two tubes I bought two or three months ago no longer have any scent to them.   The packaging is slim and functional, with a semi-matte black cap and clear tube.  The applicator is interesting, as it is an indented doe-foot (best understood by a visual, as included below).

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Revlon's ColorBurst Lipglosses are one of the best drugstore lipglosses I've come across, and it would hold its own against some high-end lipglosses, too. The pigmentation is on point with formula that doesn't dry out lips, wears well, and looks as shiny as advertised.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, June 5th, 2011


Benefit They’re Real! Mascara for July 2011

This jet-black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

It’s available only in black and will retail for $22. It is available for one-day only at several Benefit locations on June 10th, before officially launching in July (see above!).

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Saturday, June 4th, 2011

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick
MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “rouged chocolate” with a lustre finish.  It’s a reddened brown with semi-opaque color and a subtly glossy finish. For a lustre, it’s particularly pigmented, though it’s not completely opaque.  It glides on easily and leaves behind ample amount of color with a good amount of shine.  I actually found this lustre to be a bit moisturizing, as compared to other lustres that do nothing for me in the moisturization department.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. I typically get four hours of wear, but some of the lighter lustre and glaze finishes tend to disappear by hour three. Amplified cremes and amplified finishes, however, tend to go beyond four. I find the formula comfortable to wear and not drying (but not moisturizing–a couple of the matte shades can be drying).

P.S. — I have no idea why the tube of lipstick looks like that; it didn’t look like it had anything on it when I swatched it originally.

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This is a shade that makes it easier to wear brown, because the red in it brightens and softens the brown.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, June 4th, 2011


shu uemura Ethnocolor Scope Tokyo Lash Bar for 2011

shu uemura consistently challenges the boundaries of expression with unparalleled expertise and vision. In1968 founder Shu Uemura introduced the world to “mode make-up”, a make-up collection of cutting-edge design and concept that led the world to new trends and elevated make-up to a state of art. Eyes embellished with shu uemura’s iconic false eyelashes broadened the possibilities of expression and were often used as the means to express the concept of “mode”.

tokyo lash bar is a modern lash play-space providing total eye make-up service enabling customers to freely explore unique eye designs with make-up and beyond. The first tokyo lash bar opened in 2004 and quickly expanded to become an international beauty staple, providing a stage for shu uemura’s annual false eyelash collection. 2011’s tokyo lash bar collection, “ethnocolor-scope” features the beauty of intricate decoration inspired by handicrafts. A signature fusion of fashion trends, art, and innovations catapulted shu uemura into an industry vanguard. Discover the innovation emboldening women around the world.

Ethnic Charm ($65.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Lively and charming eyelashes trimmed with yellow, green and orange beads. The vivid décor on the tips of these lashes gives a fun, youthful look.

Tribal Patch ($28.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Wear these cheeky lashes to accent a casual look. Inspired by patchwork designs, they dazzle with striking colors, adding a rich graphic accent to your eyes.

Green Folklore ($65.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Intricately layered eyelashes with an accent of luscious feathers. This extraordinarily elaborate design creates a refreshing verdant gaze. The green-feather mini eyelashes.

Oriental Arch ($28.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

The elegance of Asia inspires eyelashes with a rare splendor. A silky woven thread forms a unique arch shape to accentuate your oriental beauty.

Mini Fancy Bonbon ($22.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

The delightful bonbons on natural brown lashes add a festive and candy-sweet flavor to your gaze.

Mini Violet ($22.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

Purple cotton threads and a delicate flower motif enhance an adorably girly look.

availability: June 2011, shuuemura-usa.com

You can also vote for your favorite look in their The Beauty Art Make-up Competition–the challenge is Birds of Paradise!

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Friday, June 3rd, 2011


MAC Beauty Balm

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 ($30.00 for 1 fl. oz.) is described as a “lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.”

First things first, I have no experience using BB Creams as they are known elsewhere in the world, so I urge you to check out Musings of a Muse’s review on this as well as her informative post on what BB Creams are. She pretty much sums them as one major multi-tasking face product that imparts skincare benefits, along with concealing/foundation and moisturizing qualities.  On its face, MAC isn’t marketing this as a “true” BB Cream from what I can gather, because it’s designed to work best as a face primer–not as a tinted moisturizer, moisturizer, foundation, concealer, etc.

It’s a soft, sheer shade of yellowed beige with soft shimmer-sheen. It’s not something I could wear alone at all, because it just looked a bit too light on me (I am NC25/NC30 for reference). When I layered Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer over it, it became something I could use. It seems more like an illuminating primer to me; something like MAC Strobe Cream but yellow-based and with a significantly different texture (not as thick or heavy, thinner, not quite as shimmery).

It works well as a primer; it helped keep my makeup looking fresher longer (ten hours) and always felt lightweight. I only tested this product for two days (not back-to-back), though, because it does have dimethicone as the second ingredient in it, which I am more-often-than-not sensitive to, but for readers, I wanted to give it a shot. I didn’t experience any breakouts, but I deliberately tested it on two occasions but with a week between each try.

The packaging is interesting, because it has a very long, needle-nose applicator that squeezes out the merest amount.  For a product you wear all over your face, it seems too precise.  It’s by no means a deal-breaker, since I would rather squeeze out more than have half the tube squirt out, but I thought it was interesting.

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Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink fuchsia.” It’s a bright, medium-dark pink with a little touch of fuchsia–it is blue-based but subtly so.  Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Colors are really comfortable to wear with their semi-matte finishes, creamy but lightweight textures, and rich color coverage. They are also scent- and taste-free, which should appeal to some. Wear was anywhere from four to six hours, with deeper shades like Cosmic Raspberry wearing for six hours.

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Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
This is the kind of pink that should work on both warmer and cooler skin tones, because the level of brightness makes it pop on all skin tones. Bobbi Brown's Rich Lip Color formula is one of my new favorites and definitely a memorable launch from the year.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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