Monday, December 31st, 2012

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?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Revlon Tutti Frutti Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Tutti Frutti Colorburst Lip Butter

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Tutti Frutti

Revlon Tutti Frutti Colorburst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a pop of tangerine orange with a glossy sheen. MAC Saigon Summer is more orange. Clarins Sunset Rouge is lighter and shimmery. Chanel Sari d’Eau is more orange, more vibrant. Guerlain Orange Euphorique is lighter and shimmery. Chanel Sari Dore is a bit lighter. Chanel Exotic is close but more opaque. Cle de Peau #26 is a touch lighter.

Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter formula is supposed to have “sheer to medium color” with a shiny finish and be ultra-hydrating on lips.  Tutti Frutti is semi-opaque with noticeable translucency, and this translucency actually makes it look redder on my lips than it appears in the swatch (which makes it look quite orange).  The natural pink hues in my lip color seem to dial down the orange of the shade.  The consistency is smooth, creamy, and glides on easily without tugging or pulling.  Tutti Frutti lasted for two and a half hours, but it was moisturizing.

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Tutti Frutti

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The translucency of the color tones down the orange; it gives it a more reddish, slightly coral-like coloring when I apply it. The redder your natural lip color, the redder this will look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer
Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer

A Rather Radiant Blue Mosaic Awaits

Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a blue-tinted clear base with blue glitter and larger green, silver, and blue hexagon-shaped glitter. It totally reminded me of the glitter in Deborah Lippmann–if you used Radiant (Blue Mosaic) over a blue-black base, you’d get pretty close to the overall shade. The major difference is Radiant has a mostly clear base, while Deborah Lippmann is a colored (opaque) base. That would, of course, make Radiant more versatile, since you could layer it over any number of polishes.

To clear up any confusion: the bottle I actually bought and own is called Blue Mosaic, which was around for a limited time before being re-released–but under the name Radiant, which is what is currently available at stores and retailers nationwide. How utterly confusing–It’s like when L’Oreal thought it would be a great idea to name things differently by region.

Worn alone, even with two coats, it’s fairly sparse. It really does just look like a layering polish, and I can’t imagine there was an intention for much more than sheer base the glitter is suspended in. Even in the bottle, the base color looks clear with tons of glitter particles floating in it. Alone, it makes my fingertips look frostbitten, LOL!

I tried layering it over SpaRitual’s Ebb & Flow, which was a slightly aqua-tinted blue color, and this made it look bluer with lots of glitter. In the swatches of Radiant alone, I used two coats, and with it layered, I used just one coat of Radiant over two coats of the base color polish.  I think if you really want it to stand out, you’re better off trying to do two coats for layering.

The formula is a little thick, especially if you’re doing two coats over two colored coats, but it’s manageable. The hexagon-shaped glitters you do have to fish around a little for, and they slide around easily if you don’t wait long enough between coats.  I typically get a week of wear with Revlon’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Radiant

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I wish you could get more hexagonal glitter per coat--it's one thing to need two or three layers for opaque glitter coverage, but when you need two coats for layering over a base color, it can result in a rather thick sandwich of nail colors! The formula on this shade could be a little thinner to better accommodate using two coats for layering.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Revlon Gold Coin Nail Lacquer
Revlon Gold Coin Nail Lacquer

A Metallic Gold for Every Budget

Revlon Gold Coin (925) Nail Lacquer ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a dirty champagne-gold foil with a metallic shimmer-sheen. The most recent iteration of this that I reviewed was Chanel Diwali, which is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Superfreak is lighter. Dior Timeless Gold is very similar. And while I haven’t yet reviewed, I do have Illamasqua Swinger now swatched, and it is rather similar–marginally darker and warmer at best. Timeless Gold has the least amount of visible brush strokes (next to none), while Diwali has the most visible brush strokes.  Gold Coin and Swinger are tied for having just a few noticeable ones under really bright light.

As of this morning, it’s actually buy one, get one 50% off at drugstore.com.  I picked up several Revlon polishes a couple of months ago on a whim, and a reader mentioned Gold Coin being a dupe for Diwali, so when I realized I had it in the to-be-swatched bin, I knew I had to check it out.  It’s opaque in two coats, and the formula was a nice balance of thick and thin.  The polish applied easily, evenly, and fluidly across the nail without pooling along the sides, bubbling, or streaking.  The dry down was a little quicker than the average, and it does dry to a semi-shiny finish–there’s a lot of sheen but it’s not glossy.  I tested the wear of Gold Coin, and it wore for a full seven days without chipping and had minor tip wear.

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If you love the look of champagne-gold with a foil finish but haven't been willing to pay the high price tags of the likes of Chanel and Dior, Revlon makes an excellent version that's just as good.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Truffle ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a warm rosy pink with subtle white micro-shimmer and a naturally glossy finish. MAC Venus is pinker. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is a little rosier. Thierry Mugler Feeling is redder and more frosted. Guerlain Cherry Blossom is similar in color but has a frosted finish, so it appears a smidgen lighter.  It’s a nice everyday-appropriate shade with a little more oomph–still, natural-looking and the finish only adds to how effortless it looks.

The color coverage is mostly opaque, though there is some translucency to the color, as you can still see my lip freckle peeking through. This formula is supposed to have sheer to medium color coverage, so this is a wee bit over but not by much.  Lip Butters have a divine consistency that’s really creamy, slick, and easy to apply, but it often comes at the expense of wear.  Pink Truffle was one of the longer-wearing shades I’ve tested from this range–three hours–which is only a little shy of my more typical four hour average for lipsticks. It contains a little less product than the average lipstick (typically 0.10 to 0.12 oz.) and requires more frequent reapplication, but it is a more moisturizing formula.

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Pink Truffle

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It's a nice everyday-appropriate shade with a little more oomph--still, natural-looking and the finish only adds to how effortless it looks. I also had much better luck with the wear with this particular shade--a solid three hours!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Revlon Creme Brulee Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Creme Brulee Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Creme Brulee Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Creme Brulee ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a sheer light-medium brown with peach shimmer and subtle warm undertones. Guerlain Ne M’oubliez Pas is more opaque, slightly darker. NARS Pago Pago is pinker. MAC Lush Amber is very similar.

It’s a rather translucent color, which means that it will often look different depending on the natural coloring of your lips. For instance, if you have a lot more natural pigmentation, this will look less pale/light. On me, it adds some warmth and makes my lip color look more even, but it doesn’t add a whole lot of color. If you like the idea of a “nude” in the sense of a soft way to de-emphasize your natural lip color while adding warmth, this would be a good pick.

Creme Brulee is a wearable, everyday kind of shade, and the texture is creamy and has a lot of slip, so it glides across lips easily and leaves behind a glossy sheen. Unfortunately, the slip also contributes to a very short wear time–a mere hour! I typically get four hours of the average lipstick (that isn’t touted as long-wearing). It contains a little less product than the average lipstick (typically 0.10 to 0.12 oz.) and requires frequent reapplication, but it is a more moisturizing formula.

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Crème Brulee

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If you like the idea of a "nude" in the sense of a soft way to de-emphasize your natural lip color while adding warmth, this would be a good pick. Of course, you have to be willing to reapply frequently!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

4/10

Application

4.5/5

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