Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

YSL Rouge Gouache (11) Glossy Stain
YSL Rouge Gouache (11) Glossy Stain

YSL Rouge Gouache (11) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, vibrant orange-red with a glossy finish. OCC Meta is similar. OCC Jealous is slightly more orange. Urban Decay F-Bomb is darker, redder. See comparison swatches.

I might not have had good luck with Violet Edition earlier this week, but Rouge Gouache was fantastic! It had rich, juicy color with most opaque color coverage that applied evenly, smoothly, and looked all-around gorgeous for a full six hours. The glossiness wanes as I approached the fifth hour of wear, but it definitely hangs out and is noticeable much longer than the average gloss. The color itself persists and stains the lips, which is the color you see that continues for another three to four hours (fading evenly). YSL’s Glossy Stains have a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste. I wouldn’t describe it as hydrating, but it’s not drying over the six hours it wears for. The consistency starts out very water-like but then develops into a slightly tacky gel-like formula (about five to ten minutes).

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10/10

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Monday, September 9th, 2013

YSL Violet Edition (01) Glossy Stain
YSL Violet Edition (01) Glossy Stain

YSL Violet Edition (01) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep, burgundy-berry with a glossy finish. MAC Lust for Life is lighter, pinker. Chanel Crushed Cherry is brighter, redder. MAC Rebel is more berry-hued. MAC Lasting Achievement is more muted, less red. See comparison swatches.

For the life of me, I could not get this to apply evenly; it just seemed to stick, settle, and gather in various places all over my lips. It’s not unusual that a deeper, vampier shade does some of that, but I was quite surprised the extent to which this did all those things. The color coverage is semi-opaque with a noticeable change and tint to the color, but the product has some translucency that enables the natural lip color to come through–just slightly. Obviously, given how wretched this looks on my lips, despite its long-wear of six and a half hours, it’s hard to recommend it. The glossiness lasts four to five hours, and then the color lingers and lingers well to six hours. There’s a residual stain that continues for another two hours or so. YSL’s Glossy Stains have a sweet, fruity scent but no discernible taste. I wouldn’t describe it as hydrating, but it’s not drying over the six hours it wears for.

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9/10

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7/10

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10/10

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013

YSL Corail Hold Up (105) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain
YSL Corail Hold Up (105) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Hold Up (105) Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink coral.” It’s a coral-orange with only a hint of pink–it looks more pink-coral soaked on the applicator, but swatched and applied, it is warmer and more true coral than pink-coral. There is a light gold and pink shimmer running through the stain. The color also darkens as it stains, so it does appear darker applied than it does in the tube or swatched (just a heads up!). Revlon Kiss me Coral is similar but a true gloss. Guerlain Candy Stripe is also similar but is a gloss. Hourglass Nectar is pinker, less shimmery, gloss. See comparison swatches.

The consistency feels slick and water-like when it is initially applied, but it thickens in about five minutes or so, and then the consistency is a lightly tacky gel. It delivered semi-opaque color (and looked very much like your traditional lip stain in terms of color and effect), plus shimmer. It applied fairly evenly and didn’t settle much into lip lines (only the deepest ones, which are on my lower lip in the middle) but the shimmer helped to minimize the visibility of that. It wears five and a half hours well, and then the glossiness has faded away and the color remains for another hour or so. It was neither drying nor hydrating.  One of the nice things about this product is because it doesn’t have the traditional feel of a gloss, it also builds and can be re-applied easily–it doesn’t look splotchy if you re-apply. It has a fruity, grape-like scent to me, which disappears after fifteen to twenty minutes. It reminds me sangria.

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9/10

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9.5/10

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10/10

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain
YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Fugitive (109) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft golden fuchsia.” It’s a bold, bright medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a coppery gold shimmer. Applied, it takes on an even deeper, bolder, redder coloring–it darkens considerably after about fifteen minutes of wear. Because of its opacity, it’s not an easy shade to dupe. OCC Rhythm Box is very similar to the base color but it is shimmer-free. MAC Impassioned has no shimmer and is slightly cooler-toned. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy is redder. See comparison swatches.

The latest iteration of Glossy Stains is Rebel Nudes, which is supposed to combine “the shine of a gloss, color of a lipstick, and the long wear of a stain” plus “use “Euphoric Pearl technology for an all-day 3D luminous effect.” It had mostly opaque color coverage with just a bit of translucency that gave it the appearance of a really enhanced stain. The consistency feels thin, almost water-like, initially, and then as it sits on lips, it has a thicker, more balm-like consistency that is just slightly tacky. It has a soft glossy shine–not as shiny as a full-on, high-shine gloss but more than balm; the nicest aspect of the shine is that it’s all-over and even. The stain applied evenly overall, though I noticed the shimmer wasn’t quite as even–it seemed slightly grouped together in some places but from afar, it wasn’t noticeable. Fuchsia Fugitive lasted well for seven and a half hours with the shine topping in at nearly five hours and the stain persisting for the remainder of the time. It was neither drying nor hydrating after wearing for a full eight hours.

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The stain applied evenly overall, though I noticed the shimmer wasn't quite as even--it seemed slightly grouped together in some places but from afar, it wasn't noticeable. Fuchsia Fugitive lasted well for seven and a half hours with the shine topping in at nearly five hours and the stain persisting for the remainder of the time.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint
MAC Supreme Lipglass Tint

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint ($20.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a new formula launched with the So Supreme collection. There are eight shades in total, all of which are limited edition. They come in click-type tubes with a brush-type applicator. The formula is supposed to have “PH pigments that work with body’s natural temperature to give you a fresh color that’s yours alone.” So, while makeup is inevitably a your-mileage-may-vary proposition, these are even more so (if it helps, my regular body temperature is 96.8 degrees F, yes, 96.8, that’s not a typo!) based on that (and I have no idea what that actually means or how it might work–they seem to tint my lips in some fashion).

The consistency is rather tacky–not quite as tacky as Lipglass and thinner than most Lipglasses–but it was surprisingly tacky. It was also the type of tackiness that developed more and more as the gloss wore on. They also have MAC’s typical vanilla scent (but no discernible taste). Since this is a new type of product, I focused and put the time towards trying these first (which is why the lipsticks will be tested later this week). Their best attribute is that they have a longer wear time from what I’ve tried so far, and they do have a stained effect after two to three hours (the glossiness wears away but the color remains).

However, the longer it wears, the more it migrates and bleeds out of the natural lip line (and I very, very rarely have this issue–even with glossy, vibrant red lipsticks). As it fades away, it fades from the center of the lips first and leaves behind a very obvious ring of color along the outer portion of the lips. The amount of feathering, though, was surprisingly; the color had expanded three milimeters beyond my natural lip line all around my lips. I kind of resembled a toddler who ate a cherry popsicle in a hurry, just slightly more sophisticated. For me, these were also somewhat drying (it was like the cherry on top of an overall disappointing sundae–you know, the one that wasn’t worth the calories!).

Also: I was able to remove the majority of whatever color was left behind with Make Up For Ever’s Aqua’Eyes quite easily, and I would say less than 5% remained, if that. When I tried removing it with a cleansing oil (shu’s) last night, I didn’t have as much luck.

Blushing Berry is described as a “midtonal cool red.” It’s a reddened berry with cool undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage. This shade wore with most of the color intact for four hours, and then it was more of a ring of stained/tinted color by the fifth hour with significant feathering apparent after three and a half hours that worsened as it continued to wear on. NARS Penny Arcade is not quite as red-toned. MAC Colour Saturation is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bubblegum is described as a “soft warm pink.” It’s a pale pink with subtle warm undertones. When applied, it seemed to turn into a bluer pink, though. It did settle into lip lines, and it was difficult to even this out as it had a milky look and feel. This one darkened considerably on the lips and lost its milkiness within an hour. I did experience some feathering with this shade after three hours, and there was a ring of color after four hours. Edward Bess First Kiss is similar but more opaque. Tom Ford Sugar pink is more neutral. MAC Next Fad is more shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is brighter, more opaque. MAC Please Me is more opaque. MAC Petite Indulgence is sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Glorious Intent is described as a “warm plum.” It’s a deepened berry with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage. This shade feathered within the first two hours, and then it worsened over the next three hours that it wore well for (other than the feathering). It left behind that dreaded ring of color after six hours of wear in total. It is a more intense, more opaque version of Blushing Berry. NARS Penny Arcade is not quite as red-toned. MAC Colour Saturation is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Gwi-Yo-Mi is described as a “midtonal raspberry.” It is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink. On my lips, it turns a pinky-raspberry color with semi-sheer color coverage. It seemed to settle into lip lines a bit, too. Revlon Fuchsia Finery is lighter. Revlon Berry Allure is similar. NARS Mexican Rose is pinker. NARS Penny Arcade is similar. MAC Imperial Red is pinker. MAC Colour Saturation is darker. See comparison swatches.

Heart & Seoul is described as a “warm peach.” It’s a light-medium peach with warm brown undertones. On lips, it took on a coral-pink tone with semi-sheer color coverage. It wore well (without feathering or fading) for three hours, and after four hours, there was some feathering and after four and a half hours, the middle area of my lips were without color and there was just an outer ring of color on my lips. Revlon Pink Pop is similar. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell is lighter, pinker, more opaque. MAC Star Quality is a bit darker, more opaque. See comparison swatches.

Kiss, Kiss is described as a “cool peach cream.” It’s a warm, pinky-coral that turns darker and pinker applied to my lips. It wore well for the first two and a half hours, and then there was noticeable feathering after three and a half hours with a ring of color left on the outer edges of the lips after five hours of wear. Giorgio Armani #519 is brighter, more opaque. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell is lighter. MAC Star Quality is lighter. MAC Galaxy Rose is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

K-Wow is described as a “soft cool pink.” It’s a light-medium, blue-based, milky pink. On lips, it looks like a cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones. It does settle into lip lines and doesn’t seem to smooth out/even out. Both NARS Coeur Sucre and MAC Pink Nouveau have similar coloring but are both more opaque that they aren’t that similar. See comparison swatches.

Simply Wow is described as a “midtonal cool mauve.” It’s a cool-toned, pink plum. This was one of the better-applying shades, as it had a very smooth, mostly even appearance on. It had semi-opaque color coverage. I wore this one, and it felt like a gloss for three and a half hours, and then it resembled more of a light stain. It feathered around the edges of my lips by the four and a half hour-mark. I noticed a subtle ring of color left behind after five hours. MAC Mall Madness is more shimmery. MAC Call Me Gorgeous is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Hopefully, some of you who have tried these or will try them will share your thoughts and experiences. I’m very curious to see if anyone else has as much trouble!

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Blushing Berry

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This shade wore with most of the color intact for four hours, and then it was more of a ring of stained/tinted color by the fifth hour with significant feathering apparent after three and a half hours that worsened as it continued to wear on.

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When applied, it seemed to turn into a bluer pink, though. It did settle into lip lines, and it was difficult to even this out as it had a milky look and feel.

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5/10

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9/10

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It's a deepened berry with cool undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage. It is a more intense, more opaque version of Blushing Berry.

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5/10

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10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

5/10

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss
OCC Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rhythm Box Lip Tar Stained Gloss ($18.00 for 0.33 oz.) is described as a “translucent purpled burgundy.” It looks burugndy-red in the tube, but applied, it’s a cool-toned, pinky-red with hints of berry and a luminous shine. OCC New Wave is lighter, redder. Guerlain Girly is slightly darker. NARS Jardin des Plantes is a bit brighter, matte. Maybelline Vivid Rose is very similar. MAC Love Goddess is a smidgen redder. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker. Guerlain Gigi is slightly brighter. Guerlain Gourmandise is brighter. See swatch comparisons here. You can also see all shades of the Lip Tar Stained Glosses.

OCC’s new Lip Tar Stained Glosses are a thinner, glossier version of their famous Lip Tars. If you felt like Lip Tar was too opaque or heavy, you may like the Stained Glosses. It’s not sheer color as in barely-there color; indeed, it is exactly like stained glass windows where there is strong, noticeable color that you can still see through. There is some translucency to the color, so the natural lip color comes through (but depending on what that is, it may have little to no effect), but you can see that while burgundy in the tube, it applies much pinker. Rhythm Box lasted eight hours well with moderate glossiness for four hours. It did leave behind a lingering stain for another two hours or so.

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It's incredibly long-wearing and delivers the stained glass look and color as promised. I wish it was hydrating, because of how long it wears!

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9.5/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

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4.5/5

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