Monday, July 1st, 2013

Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss
Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss

Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm red with no shimmer and subtle orange undertones. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, and the way it applied and sits on the lips makes it look more like a lip stain than a gloss. There is some minor settling into lip lines, but it’s not too noticeable from afar due to the general evenness of the color. While it looks bolder in the tube, applied, it is more muted from the translucency.  Fatal Apple wore for two and a half hours on me.  NARS Hollywoodlawn is more opaque, darker. Chanel Exces is slightly redder. See comparison swatches.

Fuchsia Finery Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a blue-based, medium bubblegum pink with no shimmer. This shade didn’t apply as evenly as Fatal Apple, as the color seemed to concentrate on the middle of my upper and lower lips!  Fuchsia Finery lasted two and a half hours on me. Revlon Berry Allure is slightly darker. Urban Decay Crush is cooler-toned and more opaque. MAC Style Packed is lighter, more opaque. MAC Call Me Gorgeous is more opaque. Chanel Pink Pulsion has shimmer and is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is less pink, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Pinkissimo Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm, yellow-toned, light-medium pink with white shimmer. On lips, it adds a warmer, pink tint along with lots of shimmer.  Pinkissimo wore for two hours when I tested it. NARS Candy Says is warmer, not as pink. MAC Out for Glamour isn’t quite as pink. See comparison swatches.

If you’re curious about how the new formula compares to the original formula, please see this post.  The formula is lightweight, on the thinner side, mostly non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.  I notice a slight tackiness develops after about two hours of wear, but it’s subtle and not enough to be described as sticky.  The biggest downside is how quickly they wear away, so frequent reapplication is necessary to maintain the color and glossiness throughout the day.  With the average gloss, I see between three and four hours of wear, and exceptionally long-wearing glosses last six hours or so in my experience, so you can see these fall short of average. For all of these, I wore them twice (back-to-back), and all three were lightly hydrating.  I couldn’t detect any scent/flavor when I tested them, and each comes in a large, rounded tube with a slanted, doe-foot applicator.

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Fatal Apple

B+

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9/10

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9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

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Fuchsia Finery

B-

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8/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

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7/10

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4/5

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Pinkissimo

B+

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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6/10

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Monday, July 1st, 2013

Fyrinnae Wizards' Wedding Cake Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Wizards’ Wedding Cake Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Wizards’ Wedding Cake Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bold icy blue shimmer … set on a deep chocolate brown base.” It’s a warm, medium-dark brown base with a lot of blue shimmer on it, so it takes on a mauve-ish hue applied damp and then turns even purpler when applied over Pixie Epoxy, because the blue shimmer is brought forward. It had really nice color payoff both applied damp as well as over Pixie Epoxy, but the finish goes from satin to more pearled. I couldn’t think of anything quite like this, and part of that is due to the warmth from the base color coming through, so even though it is more of cool-toned shade, there’s still this underlying warmth that makes it difficult to dupe. NARS Marie Galante #2 is darker, lacks the warmth. NARS Demon Lover has a similar color to when the blue shimmer is most pronounced. MAC Grand Galaxy is lighter, purpler. bareMinerals Encore is purpler, no blue shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Agenda Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “multi-faceted neutral deep gray with a fine highlight of pink throughout). Applied damp, it has a purply-gray coloring with a very fine pink satin sheen–it looked almost matte if not for a few bits of sheen. Applied over Pixie Epoxy, it brightened the shade and gave it a pinker, slightly warmer, look. This shade was very pigmented, and I even used it dry and still had no issues getting full color payoff. The texture is very, very finely-milled, but it evens out well on the lid and doesn’t look powdery at all. It also blends out easily. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is lighter. NARS Flowers 2 #2 is similar to the damp color (without Pixie Epoxy). Benefit Rain Check is pinker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Both shades applied well and had minimal fall out during application, as the textures allowed for the shadow to really be pressed and patted onto the skin and bind, rather than just brush and sheer out like some loose powders can. A little really does go a long way, whether applied dry, over your normal primer, with a damp brush, or over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy.  I wore these two shades together both over bare skin as well as over Pixie Epoxy, and I had no wear issues, as they lasted nine hours without creasing or fading.  Both my jars came very, very filled that they both looked domed and as if they were rising out of the jar, which did leave a bit of a mess on my table, so I’d recommend first opening them over a sink or a surface you can wipe down.

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Wizards' Wedding Cake

A+
It's an interesting shade that I didn't have any dupes for, and I loved how it mixed a warmer base with cooler shimmer to get something that's not quite cool-toned, but not quite warm-toned either.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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This shade had a very noticeable color difference between applications; dry, it was at its grayest, while damp it turned slightly purple, and then applied over Pixie Epoxy, it had a pink-purple-gray coloring.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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5/5

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Friday, June 28th, 2013

CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil
CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil

CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is subdued, subtly warm-toned medium-dark brown with a frosted bronze and gray shimmer. Disney Palace is slightly warmer. Disney Les Poissons is similar. Urban Decay Spotlight is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Juju is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rehab is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Heavenly Bliss is similar but a powder product. Chanel Raffinement #3 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown is a powder product. See comparison swatches.

Ashen Glow Flame (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is dirty, green-ish pewter with gold sparkle. MAC Greenluxe #3 is lighter, powder. Chanel Moon River is a bit warmer. MAC Hazy Day is less shimmery, powder. MAC ANtique Diamond is more metallic. MAC Modern Pewter is darker, powder. Benefit Skinny Jeans is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

There’s a light cooling sensation when these hit the skin, which doesn’t last for long, but it definitely feels cool and almost a little wet. They both glided on fairly well, but they’re semi-sheer at best. I was able to build up somewhat; with Melted Caramel Flame to mostly opaque color, while Ashen Glow Flame wasn’t as creamy, so it tended to stick and set, which resulted in semi-opaque color that was a little chunky and uneven. I wore these two shades together, and I only had some trouble with Ashen Glow Flame, which had slightly creased and faded away after seven hours of wear and had significant fall out–the other shade seemed just fine after eight and a half hours (no primer). These will require sharpening, so if you prefer twist-up pencils, you’ll want to pass on these. They also seemed a bit smaller than other jumbo pencils, so they didn’t quite well into my sharpeners for jumbo pencils.

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Melted Caramel Flame (350)

B
This was decent to good; not the best pencil formula I've tried, but a decent more budget-friendly alternative to some of the higher end eyeshadow pencils on the market.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Ashen Glow Flame (335)

C-
As much as I wanted to fall in love with this shade, it just wasn't happening because of the slightly gritty, chunky texture that made it difficult to get good color payoff, even when layered. The wear was also disappointing with fall out and fading.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013

L'Oreal Mint Ice Colour Riche Le Gloss
L’Oreal Mint Ice Colour Riche Le Gloss

L’Oreal Mint Ice Colour Riche Le Gloss ($7.95 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a subtly gold-shimmered mint green. I couldn’t think of any dupes from products I’ve reviewed, and the only sheer, green-tinged gloss that came to mind was MAC’s Spring Bean, which I believe is a little yellower (I haven’t had it in sometime, but I do remember it looking kind of yellow-y applied, plus shimmery). When I saw this at Walgreens, I had to pick it up; green gloss? C’mon, so fun! Alone, it’s a sheer dusting of gold and green micro-shimmer that give lips a glossy shine, but there’s no real green coloring of the lips.

Though the Colour Riche Le Gloss formula tends to be more pigmented than it is sheer, Mint Ice is incredibly sheer, so there’s no need to fear the color in the tube if it was worrisome. Of course, if you wanted a real pop of green you’re going to have to look elsewhere. My guess is L’Oreal made this deliberately sheer, though it’s still very, very sheer–it really doesn’t even change my natural lip color at all, just adds shimmer and shine–and given the permanent’s range opacity, it should be more pigmented.

The texture is slightly thick, kind of like jelly, non-sticky, and this shade lasts an hour and a half, tops, on me, which was disappointing.  It feels nice on, but it just doesn’t last (good thing there’s a lot of it in the tube).  It had a sweet vanilla-like scent but no discernible taste.  I wore it a few times back-to-back to get a better feel of how well it hydrated, and it was nicely moisturizing overall.

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Mint Ice

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It doesn't feel like a C- gloss on the lips, but it's very, very sheer and wears away quickly. If you like the idea of seeing a green gloss in your stash, but are just in the market for a shimmery, mostly clear gloss--and don't mind frequent application--it's still a nice formula in terms of how it feels on the lips.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

4/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot
CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot

CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, yellow gold with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both dry and wet, but the texture was slightly grainy. On the lid, I did have issues with fall out while I wore it. Disney Triton is similar, slightly warmer. Chanel Cool Gold is darker, cream. Sephora French Riviera is lighter. MAC Goldmine is warmer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 is similar. Chanel Pearl River #3 is similar. OCC Acacia is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Remix is similar. Make Up For Ever #10
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Melted Caramel (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, slightly warmed-up brown with a hint of gray and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was nice with good, opaque coverage whether it was applied dry or wet, though it was smoother and easier to apply when applied with a damp brush. There was some fall out present after eight hours of wear. Clinique Ample Amber is a cream product. Tom Ford Platinum is grayer. MAC Romantico is darker. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is similar. MAC Lie Low is darker. MAC Tan is warmer. MAC Aurora is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Scorching Cocoa (355) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a little gray tint. It had good color payoff dry, and then it was darker and more intense when applied damp. This one had less fall out compared to the other two. Disney Chateau is darker. Tom Ford Platinum is a cream product. MAC Romantico is warmer. MAC Lie Low is warmer. MAC Deeply Dashing is more glittery. MAC Aurora is lighter. Illamasqua Focus is slightly grayer. See comparison swatches.

The major issue I had with these was fall out that occurred throughout the wear of each shade, and a secondary issue was that the texture had a grainy texture; not just powdery, but there was something gritty and rough about the texture of these. I felt like they really needed to be pressed and “crushed’ in a way in order to get them to look smooth on the lid. I highly recommend applying these damp, as it makes them easier to press into the skin. I didn’t experience any creasing or fading over an eight-hour period with these shades, though.

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Melted Gold (320)

B-

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8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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4/5

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8/10

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9/10

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8/10

Longevity

7/10

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4/5

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Scorching Cocoa (355)

B-

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

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7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

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4/5

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Friday, June 21st, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest Color Icon Bronzer ($3.99 for 0.46 oz.) is a medium-dark, orange-toned tan with a soft, champagne shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer is more orange. Burberry Copper Glow is slightly warmer. MAC Lush Light Bronze is slightly browner. MAC Refined Golden is darker. Burberry Copper Glow is more golden. See comparison swatches.

It had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied evenly and smoothly. The more the product is worked into the skin and buffed out, the more refined the shimmer becomes and more natural the glow looks. It adds a lot of warmth, some orange tones, but it isn’t too frosted on the skin, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. Bikini Contest was easy to apply and blend out, and on my warmer complexion, didn’t look sunburnt or too orange. I think it may be too orange-based for cooler skin tones, though. When I wore it, the bronzer lasted seven and a half hours well on my cheeks, and after eight hours, it started to fade.

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Bikini Contest

A-

This is a fantastic budget-friendly bronzer! If you've been scared of bronzer or uncertain about what shade would work best, you might consider this formula.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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