Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss
Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

This spring, Milani launched a new gloss formula, Brilliant Shine, in fourteen different shades. The new formula is supposed to have “rich color, extreme high shine, and comfortable lasting wear,” plus be “moisturizing and non-tacky.” I have several more to try (and not all of them are even photographed yet!), but here are the first three I tested. The texture is thick but smooth and mostly non-sticky, and the gloss smells like sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It comes with a paddle-shaped, sponge-tip applicator that fits along the curve of the lip. The formula has a high-shine, glossy finish, and they wear between three and four hours on me. I notice a slight tackiness that develops after an hour of wear, but it never feels full-on sticky, but it’s not 100% non-sticky. In some ways, the formula reminded me of MAC Lipglass, just not as thick and not tacky. Based on these three, they’re somewhat hydrating while worn.

Milani Berry Tempting (05) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, pink-tinged berry with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. Sometimes deeper shades like this can look splotchy on lips, but I thought this one managed to still allow the natural lip color to come through without looking too uneven. It wore well for four hours. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is similar. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is darker, shimmery. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

Ravish Raspberry (06) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a brightened, pinky-berry with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. It lasted just over four hours on me. It’s brighter and pinker compared to Berry Tempting. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is more muted. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is shimmery. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches.

Pink Lady (07) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a cool-toned, blue-based medium pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it wouldn’t apply evenly at all! It looked splotchy and as if it had settled into lip lines yet not fully. When I wore it, the color lasted for three hours. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is warmer. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned and shimmery. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is similar but more pigmented. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush
Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush

Revlon Racy Rose (008) Blush ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a a warm-toned coral with a hint of pink and a frosted sheen. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (P, $55.00) is pinker. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Born to Love (LE, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

I wish I could say I had much better luck with this shade over Haute Pink, but this shade had a lot of similar issues. The formula is described as an “ultra-soft, silky powder [that] adds a natural flush of color to your cheeks.” The color is “buildable” with a “soft satin finish.” In order to get any color payoff to really show on the skin, I had to scrape off layers of the powder, as it is very firmly packed into the pan. It’s incredibly stiff in the pan, so you need something that will dislodge the powder off the surface, like a rough/scratchy brush you don’t like much or, in my case, a metal spatula. The finish of Racy Rose is more frosted than Haute Pink, so I did have some trouble with the powder emphasizing pores. The color lasted for six and a half hours before showing signs of fading. The color range is really pretty and would be a nice alternative to high-end blushes, but the texture of the powder makes it difficult to use, both in terms of just getting color onto the skin as well as blending it out.

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Monday, January 20th, 2014

L'Oreal Gilded Envy (755) Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) Infallible Eyeshadow

This post features three of the six new shades L’Oreal added to the Infallible range with their Butterfly collection. As far as I know, these are new and permanent. I know Ulta has them available online, too, if you haven’t had any luck finding them locally. You can find the other three reviewed here.

L’Oreal touts these as having 24-hour wear that’s “waterproof, sweatproof, and crease-resistant.” The formula is supposed to be richly pigmented and velvety in feel. I’m not, and I don’t intend, to test these for 24-hours (it’s beyond the call of beauty blogging for me!), so I tested them for as long as I could, which was sixteen hours. Silver Sky was noticeably faded with significant fall out after eight hours of wear, and it just progressed from there–slightly creased after ten and a half hours. Gilded Envy and Timeless Blue Spark wore better, and I had some minor fading after fourteen hours of wear. With Gilded Envy, there was some minor fall out that became apparent at the twelve-hour mark but was hardly noticeable even after sixteen hours of wear.

L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a dirty, antique gold with a frosted, metallic finish and subtle, warm undertones. It’s almost an olive green, but it leans more golden and less olive. It’s not your typical gold–a little warmer than pewter. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and then applied with a damp brush, it was fully opaque. The texture was fairly soft, but it is rather sparkly, so you can feel the texture of some of the sparkle content in it, which is why it is smoother when applied with a dampened brush. MAC Cakeshop (LE) is lighter, cream. MAC Silver Birch (LE, $21.00) is grayer. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches. Just as an aside, NARS Kauai #1 is lighter and more golden, so while it was recently reviewed, I wouldn’t consider it a dupe.

Silver Sky (757) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, metallic silver shot through with silvery-gray sparkle. The sparkle doesn’t seem to bind or sit with the underlying base color, so it dusts away and results in a lot of fall out both during application as well as later on during wear. The color payoff was sheer when applied dry, and even with a dampened brush, it only upgraded to semi-sheer. I was disappointed by the slightly gritty, uneven texture and feel of this shade. There are a lot of comparable silver eyeshadows available — see comparison swatches.

Timeless Blue Spark (760) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium blue with a very metallic finish. Applied dry, it was mostly opaque, and then applied with a dampened brush, it was very opaque and incredibly metallic. Giorgio Armani Blue Beetle (34) (LE, $33.00) and Giorgio Armani June Beetle (31) (LE, $33.00) have more of a duochrome finish. Urban Decay Haight (P, $18.00) is brighter, bluer. Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is darker. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is similar but less metallic, so it appears darker. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Revlon Haute Pink (002) Blush
Revlon Haute Pink (002) Blush

Revlon Haute Pink (002) Blush ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a subtly cool-toned, light-medium pink with a satin finish. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is brighter, more matte. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Formal (LE) is similar. Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is similar. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is more matte. MAC Stay Pretty (P, $23.50) is more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lovecloud (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The formula is described as an “ultra-soft, silky powder [that] adds a natural flush of color to your cheeks.” The color is “buildable” with a “soft satin finish.” Here’s what you need to know: in order to get a swatch of the product at all, I had to scrape off layers of product with a metal spatula. This is a very, very sheer product, and based on the description, it’s not designed to be wham! in-your-face color, but if you have to scrape off product to get color, there’s trouble. At best, it is buildable to semi-sheer color coverage, but I fear that it isn’t buildable to the point where all skin tones could wear it with ease–I think deeper complexions will not find it builds up enough color to show up well. The texture is soft, lightweight, and not at all powdery, as it doesn’t loosen from the surface that much–soft but stiff in a sense, so it’s not as easy to blend on the skin as I’d like. The finish doesn’t emphasize pores, and it does get more shimmery/luminous the more it is buffed and worked into the skin. It wore well for six and a half hours on me before showing signs of fading.  The color is absolutely gorgeous, and the finish is so lovely–I wish it was softer, a little less tightly packed/pressed, because I think the color payoff would be much improved and it would blend more easily on the skin.

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Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) ColorSensational Lip Color

For spring, Maybelline’s added ten shades of “nude” that range from the very, very palest beige to muted mauves to deep plums. I greatly appreciate that Maybelline considered the spectrum of skin tones when they thought about flesh-colored lipsticks, because what’s “nude” for one skin tone isn’t going to be nude for everyone.  Here are the last four from the new set of shades!  My favorite in this set was Untainted Spice.

Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is medium-dark, muted brown with hints of rose and beige and a luminous finish. It had full, opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating during that time. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is pinker and more matte. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Mocha (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Double Shot (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is similar in color but matte. Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Stormy Sahara (945) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is medium, muted orange with a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and while the texture was creamy and comfortable to wear, it did streak a little. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Abandon (P, $48.00) is browner. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is also similar. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Untainted Spice (950) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, brownish-plum with a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips. The consistency was very creamy and emollient, and it applied smoothly to the lips without streaking or settling into lip lines. This shade wore well for almost five hours and was somewhat hydrating when worn. Chanel Farouche (122) (P, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $16.00) is more plum. Chanel Bel Ami (P, $34.00) is less brown. Chanel Baroque (LE, $34.00) is more matte. Chanel Imperial (DC, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Espresso Exposed (955) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, reddish-burgundy with a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it applied very unevenly. It looked streaky on, possibly due to how creamy/emollient the consistency was. The color lasted six hours and left behind a stain, and it was somewhat hydrating during that time. I had some feathering along the upper lip lines, though, which is highly unusual for me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is metallic. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) ColorSensational Lip Color

For spring, Maybelline’s added ten shades of “nude” that range from the very, very palest beige to muted mauves to deep plums. I greatly appreciate that Maybelline considered the spectrum of skin tones when they thought about flesh-colored lipsticks, because what’s “nude” for one skin tone isn’t going to be nude for everyone.  This is the next set of three that I’ve finished testing, and my favorite from these three is Maple Kiss, as it applies really nicely and wears well.  The other two are more emollient, so they slip more and do not apply quite as evenly.

Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, coppery brown with a satin finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and glided on evenly and smoothly. It was very forgiving on lips and made them look smoother than they actually were. The color wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $21.00) is pinker, lesls brown. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Mocha (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned, matte. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) See comparison swatches.

Truffle Tease (930) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-beige with subtle warm undertones and an almost gray-cast at times. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. The finish was glossier than some of the other shades–more luminous than satin. This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is pinker, lighter. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is a bit lighter, more matte. Too Faced Naughty Nude (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen warmer. See comparison swatches.

Sin-a-mon (935) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, gray-tinged light-medium beige with a luminous sheen. It was semi-opaque, so it allowed the natural lip color to come through (which makes it look a little rosier when applied than when swatched). It applied evenly for the most part, and the color lasted for three and a half hours. It was somewhat hydrating.  MAC To the Future (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Naked Bliss (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. MAC Japanese Maple (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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