Friday, June 7th, 2013

Revlon Sorbet Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Sorbet Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Sorbet Colorburst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a cool-toned, fuchsia pink with a luminous finish.
NARS Jardin des Plantes is brighter, redder. MAC Lickable is similar in color. Guerlain Champs-Elysees is brighter, more pigmented. Revlon Raspberry Pie is a bit darker, less bright. Revlon Lollipop is less red, not as bright. See comparison swatches.

Wild Watermelon Colorburst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark coral-red with a luminous finish. There’s surprisingly little warmth in this color–there’s some, but it doesn’t turn orange. Maybelline Shocking Coral is brighter, more opaque. MAC Fusion Pink has an iridescence to it. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is more orange. See comparison swatches.

Both shades had buildable color coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. There’s a noticeable translucency, which is as expected for the formula (they’re not designed to be full coverage), so the natural lip color will come through. If you have naturally redder lips, I expect both shades will appear redder as a result. The consistency is lightly creamy with a fair amount of slip, so they feel more like a lip balm than a traditional lipstick and feel that way, too. They will slide around the lips somewhat, but I don’t have issues with the color fading or feathering–mostly that the wear time is on the shorter end. Sorbet lasted three and a half hours, which is good for a Lip Butter, but short for shades like this (normally, I’d get five to six hours). Wild Watermelon lasted three hours. They were lightly hydrating but only while worn.

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Sorbet

A-
Both shades had buildable color coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. There's a noticeable translucency, which is as expected for the formula (they're not designed to be full coverage), so the natural lip color will come through.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Wild Watermelon

B+
Both shades had buildable color coverage that ranged from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. There's a noticeable translucency, which is as expected for the formula (they're not designed to be full coverage), so the natural lip color will come through.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, June 6th, 2013

CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow
CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow

CoverGirl Lime Light (310) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish and slight sparkle. AVEDA Lemongrass is lighter, cooler. AVEDA Papyrus is less shimmery. Dior Peacock #1 is lighter. Make Up For Ever #304 is brighter. MAC Lucky Green is darker. MAC Juxt is more muted. Inglot #412 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Turquose Glow (325) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a cool-toned, aqua with subtle green tones and a metallic, sparkling finish. Make Up For Ever #53 is a cream product and lighter. MAC Lucky in Love is very similar. See comparison swatches.

CoverGirl Sapphire Flare (315) Flamed Out Shadow Pot Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle. Urban Decay Radium is slightly darker. NYX Kiss in Casablanca is darker. Make Up For Ever #167 is brighter. MAC Freshwater is slightly brighter. Inglot #426 is slightly bolder. See comparison swatches.

This is a new formula that I found at my local Walgreens this past weekend. I haven’t spotted it available online, but CoverGirl does list it on their website. Interesting enough, the pots themselves didn’t have any names on them (just numbers), and heads up–there were no safety seals on these at all. The formula is supposed to have “vivid color,” be “blendable,” and have a “glittery and sparkly effect.”

All three were slightly powdery and would apply better with flat, firm brushes or sponge-tip applicators rather than fluffy brushes, which will just exacerbate the powdery surface. I used them wet, though, because they seemed to have the kind of texture that would respond well to a damp brush, and it seemed to minimize some of the powderiness. There’s a noticeable grit to the texture if you blended the color against your skin; like the powder isn’t finely-milled enough.

Aside from the texture, good color payoff was possible.  I had a noticeable amount of fading after six and a half hours of wear, which continued for the next few hours I wore them for.  Over a sticky primer, the results were better, and I was able to see the wear extend to eight hours without fading.  Depending on what primers and potions you already have, you may be able to make these work.  Lime Light was the best-performer, as it was barely faded after eight hours.  Turquoise Glow had the most powdery texture of the three, and it was noticeably grittier, too.  There was some sparkle fall out after eight hours, too, but it was less concerning compared to the fading.

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Lime Light (310)

B-
It is a brightened, chartreuse green with a frosted, metallic finish and slight sparkle.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Turquoise Glow (325)

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Turquoise Glow is a cool-toned, aqua with subtle green tones and a metallic, sparkling finish.

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7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sapphire Flare (315)

B
It's a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Revlon Pink Lemonade Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Pink Lemonade Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Lemonade Colorburst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, lightly warmed-up pink with a luminous sheen. MAC Dreaminess is more pigmented. MAC Angel is darker. Guerlain Beatrix is less pink. Guerlain Rose Desir is darker. Chanel Candide is pinker. Chanel Candeur is cooler. Chanel Magnolia is similar. Chanel Confidentielle is darker. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink is cooler. See comparison swatches.

Pink Lemonade has semi-sheer color payoff that applied fairly evenly. It lightened my natural lip color but didn’t give it a heavy, pasty look as some pale shades can do. If a lot of beiges and pale pinks make you feel washed out, you may really like the sheerness and finish of this shade. It lasted a mere two hours, so you’ll need to be willing to reapply frequently. The consistency is slick, almost wet, and very balm-like, so it is easy to apply and slides right on (and this is likely why it tends to disappear more quickly than other lipsticks). It was lightly hydrating while worn.

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Pink Lemonade

B+

The consistency is slick, almost wet, and very balm-like, so it is easy to apply and slides right on (and this is likely why it tends to disappear more quickly than other lipsticks).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, June 3rd, 2013

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.

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Cruise Collection

B-
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.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Orange Edge ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark orange with strong red undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is very similar–it doesn’t read quite as glossy but you don’t need both. MAC Scarlet Ibis is close in color but matte in finish. MAC Sail La Vie is mostly matte and a touch lighter. OCC Psycho is a bit more orange and matte. See comparison swatches.

Whew, boy! Orange Edge is incredibly pigmented in a single swipe; you’ll have no trouble getting full color coverage with this shade.  It is similar enough to Vibrant Mandarin (which is permanent) that if you can’t find this particular shade locally, I’d consider opting for the permanent shade instead.  The consistency was creamy with some slip and slickness, so it glided easily across the lips without tugging or pulling.  It also applied with even, smooth color coverage, and it felt comfortable to wear.  Orange Edge lasted six hours well on me and left a reddish stain for another hour.

As a note:  the packaging of this one was off; the bullet twisted up very, very slowly and wasn’t normal at all but not totally broken.

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Orange Edge

A+
It is similar enough to Vibrant Mandarin (which is permanent) that if you can't find this particular shade locally, I'd consider opting for the permanent shade instead. Orange Edge was slightly better in quality, though - but they are very minor improvements.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Infra-Red ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is an orange-toned red with a glossy, luminous finish. MAC Everyday Diva is lighter.MAC Ruffian Red has gold shimmer. MAC Red Racer is more neutral. MAC Must Be Red is less bright. MAC Cockney isn’t quite as opaque but is very close in color. Guerlain Genna is slightly more orange.  See comparison swatches.

It was rich in color with opaque color coverage. The consistency is lightly creamy with some slip, so it glided across lips easily and distribued even, opaque color well. Because of the creaminess, it leaves behind a slightly glossy finish.  Despite the slip, it still wears quite well, as Infra-Red lasted six hours on me and left behind a noticeable stain that lingered for another hour and a half.  I found the formula lightly hydrating during the time I wore it.  It has a lightly fruity scent but no discernible taste.

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Infra-red

A+

If you love your warmer reds, definitely keep an eye out for Infra-red at your local drugstores, as it is part of Maybelline's limited edition spring/summer collection.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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