Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Revlon Cupcake Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Cupcake Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Cupcake Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Cupcake ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, yet brightened, lilac pink with cool, blue undertones and a naturally glossy sheen. MAC Snob is a bit paler, not as vibrant, and more opaque. MAC Saint Germain is paler, more opaque. MAC Pink Nouveau is more vibrant, opaque, and pinker. Revlon Strawberry Shortcake is less lilac, almost gray-ish (in comparison), and more opaque. MAC Pink Popcorn is darker, pinker. MAC Naughty Saute is more opaque and slightly pinker. MAC Dress It Up is less lilac, more opaque. MAC All Styled Up is a little lighter and more opaque. MAC Viva Glam Gaga is pinker, lighter.

The sheerness of the formula (and this range is supposed to be sheer to medium in coverage) actually makes this type of color infinitely more wearable than its opaque counterparts! It has a thin, slick consistency that glides easily onto lips, but it does wear away quickly–Cupcake only managed to stay on my lips for an hour and a half (as opposed to the average lipstick lasting four hours on me). 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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It wears away a little too quickly, but otherwise, it's a great product--so if you don't mind reapplying every hour or so, then it might still be a formula you'd enjoy. If you've ever wanted to rock a lilac pink but found more opaque versions to be too much, this is a nice alternative.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Milani Pitch Black Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Pitch Black Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Pitch Black Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Pitch Black Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.11 oz.) is an intense dark black with a matte finish–though there appears to be a very, very faint sheen, it doesn’t translate on the lid or from afar. It also seems to have very subtle blue undertones (rather than brown), but it’s hard to tell–it’s that close to neutral. Urban Decay Blackout is just slightly richer. Tarina Tarantino Lovely is a little softer. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit is similar. Inglot #391 is not quite as dark.

The formula is supposed to be “super pigmented, easily blendable, creaseproof, [and] silk-like.”  This is the second shade I’ve tried from the line-up, and I’m not disappointed.  I think the texture is a little drier than Shocking Pink, but it’s very intense and pigmented.  It’s soft, finely-milled, and doesn’t look chalky when applied.  It blends out fairly easily, though it could be just a little softer and denser.  The good news is that it’s not powdery, so you don’t end up with lots of excess product underneath your lid during application as you might with a more powdery formula.  This particular shade is closer in texture to MAC’s mattes, but it’s not quite as dry.  When I trialed Pitch Black on the bare lid, it wore for eight hours with some slight fading around the edges but no creasing.

It will be available exclusively at select CVS stores this May. I’ve linked to Milani’s website for the time being, as it’s a good starting point for tracking down where Milani is sold near you.  These are packaged in a clear-cover plastic compact and contain over double the amount of product as the average eyeshadow (0.11 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.).

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Pitch Black

A-
It's definitely one of the better budget-friendly blacks--I love that it doesn't have a super dry, chalky texture, and it actually goes on as intense as it looks in the pan.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Milani Shocking Pink Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Shocking Pink Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Shocking Pink Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Shocking Pink Powder Eyeshadow ($4.49 for 0.11 oz.) is a vibrant magenta pink with strong blue undertones and a very subtle dusting of silver shimmer. This might be one of the most vibrant shades I’ve seen, period, but particularly from a mass brand. Sugarpill Dollipop is less blue-based, pinker. MAC Magenta Madness is a little more intense, darker, and pinker. Make Up For Ever #75 is much, much darker and pinker.

The formula is described as “super pigmented, easily blendable, creaseproof, [and] silk-like.” It’s a pretty tall order, but Milani actually delivers well on all four claims. It’s extremely pigmented; it’s rich in color, and it has a soft, buttery texture that’s dense and so very soft. It’s one of the softer, denser mattes (like Inglot), as compared to MAC’s regular matte formula, which is a drier, firmer matte. The soft, silky-smooth texture enables really easy blending and diffusing of color. It applies and adheres well to the bare lid, lasting about eight hours with no creasing and minor fading around the edges.

It will be available exclusively at select CVS stores this May. I’ve linked to Milani’s website for the time being, as it’s a good starting point for tracking down where Milani is sold near you.  These are packaged in a clear-cover plastic compact and contain almost double the amount of product as the average eyeshadow (0.11 oz. vs. 0.05 oz.).

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Shocking Pink

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Intensely pigmented, soft as silk, smooth as butter, and easy to blend--what's not to love? Oh, and it's less than $5--even better. Fans of matte eyeshadows who also love their brights will definitely want to keep an eye out at their local CVS!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 4th, 2012

Revlon Papaya ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine
Revlon Papaya ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine

Revlon Papaya ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine

Revlon Papaya ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a semi-opaque coral-orange with soft white and gold micro-shimmer and a high-shine glossy finish. MAC Star Quality came to mind, because of its vibrancy, but it’s very pink in comparison. MAC Whoops! is much darker. It’s a lot like Hourglass Nectar, which doesn’t have any shimmer and is a touch more opaque (but doesn’t apply as evenly). MAC Exxxhibitionist differs a lot in texture, but the color is just a bit lighter. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi is less vibrant and slightly pinker. MAC Double Dare is redder.

This formula is described as giving “weightless color with vivid, mirror-like shine” with “rich color with a weightless feel” and contains “moisturizers and anti-oxdants such as sweet almond oil and vitamin E.” The pigmentation is lovely with this shade–not quite opaque but gives a lot of coverage for a gloss and doesn’t look or feel heavy (as really opaque glosses can sometimes look and feel). The thin, non-sticky lightweight texture makes it comfortable to wear and slightly moisturizing. Papaya wore for four hours when I tested it.

It comes with a paddle-shaped applicator, which is a little large and long, so I could see it being more difficult to use on thinner lips. On my lips, it was fine, but I do have fuller lips and it more than covered mine. This is scented with sweetened vanilla, but for whatever reason, the scent disappears after a month or two once I’ve opened it.

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Papaya

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Papaya has good pigmentation, even application, and a lightweight texture that feels comfortable to wear. If you're looking for a budget-friendly coral gloss, this is definitely one to start with!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Revlon Sunset Peach ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine
Revlon Sunset Peach ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine

Revlon Sunset Peach ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine

Revlon Sunset Peach ColorBurst Lipgloss Lip Shine ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a semi-sheer peach-orange gloss with golden peach shimmer. The color is fairly sheer, so it gives a browner, warmed-up look to my natural lip color along with a fair dosage of shimmer and glossy shine. MAC Natural Flare is more orange–this is more like how the shade would look like if it had been opaque. Burberry Cameo has a much more opaque peach base. Dior Apricot Cloche has more shimmer.

This formula is described as giving “weightless color with vivid, mirror-like shine” with “rich color with a weightless feel” and contains “moisturizers and anti-oxdants such as sweet almond oil and vitamin E.” The problem with this gloss is really the pigmentation, which is not what one would expect given claims of “killer color.” (I will also be reviewing Papaya, which is much more opaque, after I test out the wear, but on that aspect, not all shades in the formula are like this one.) I reviewed Strawberry previously, which was definitely more pigmented. The texture is thin, non-sticky, and is lightly moisturizing at best. It wasn’t drying, but it wasn’t hydrating for me. The sheerness of Sunset Peach didn’t lend itself to lengthened wear; it managed to stay on for just around two hours.

It’s packaged in a thin plastic tube with Revlon’s quilted pattern on the black cap with a clear tube. It holds a good amount of gloss–a little over the average. The applicator is a paddle-shaped sponge, which is a little on the lengthy side. On my fuller lips, it wasn’t difficult to use, but I could see it being cumbersome on thinner lips. It has a faint sweet vanilla scent, but the scent doesn’t last very long–every tube I’ve had longer than two months no longer has any scent.

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The two major drawbacks to this gloss were the lack of pigmentation (because it's supposed to be a pigmented formula) and short wear time (two hours)--if you are looking for a sheerer gloss and don't mind frequent reapplication, then it's worth a look.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Revlon Neptune Star Diamond Lust Eyeshadow
Revlon Neptune Star Diamond Lust Eyeshadow

Revlon Neptune Star Diamond Lust Eyeshadow

Revlon Neptune Star Diamond Lust Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.028 oz.) is a muted dark navy blue with multi-colored shimmer (preodminantly blue, green, and violet). The color payoff is sheer and looks almost muddied when it is applied dry, and when it’s applied wet, the navy blue starts to bubble forth. Dry, it has a similar color as Dior Smoking Blue, though it doesn’t have the same shimmer/glitter. Make Up For Ever #147 is closest in terms of overall color but lacks the glitter component.

This eyeshadow takes a LOT of work to get to work well (or decently, I suppose). It suffers from poor color payoff, poor blendability, and fall out (both during application and later on while it is worn). When I saw this, it looked so beautiful and shimmering in its compact, so I had to buy it. I thought it was going to be a finer shimmer application, but it’s fairly large, chunky glitter–the texture actually feels gritty to the touch. This is a product that I’d say is best used patted lightly on top of some other, better performing eyeshadow. It just doesn’t deliver enough pigmentation to be used easily on its own.

The fall out is pretty bad, but I had the most frustration dealing with how difficult this shade was to blend. It is dry and stiff to work with, and when you finally manage to blend it out, there’s a really muddied look to it. It does not play well with others for that reason.  Fall out during application is one problem, and there’s fall out because you’re heavier handed and then there’s fall out because the product is too powdery or doesn’t bind together well, but fall out that continues throughout the time you wear it is the kind I focus most on and am most concerned about.  You will absolutely need to bring out your arsenal of tricks to use with the glitter-bomb–a sticky, adhesive base (like MAC Mixing Medium, Too Faced Glitter Glue, etc.) is a must.

Revlon may describe this has having “rich, refined pigments” and a “velvety smooth texture” that “glides on smoothly, blends effortlessly,” but I didn’t find that any of those things were true.  What is true is that yes, this will provide a really gorgeous dimension to the lid with the high sparkle content, but it will take some patience and additional products to get it to behave (which solves the fall out issue the most, but not so much the pigmentation or the blendability).  It ends up being a novelty purchase for me; something to work with for a very specific type of look when you have enough time to prep and clean up after it. If you like a glittery effect and don’t mind the work to create the look, you may find this is worth checking out. I recommend it as a layering shade over a coordinating eyeshadow.

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Neptune Star

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If you like a glittery effect and don't mind the work to create the look, you may find this is worth checking out. I recommend it as a layering shade over a coordinating eyeshadow.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

2/5

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