Monday, January 27th, 2014

YSL Grenade Pepite (15) Gloss Volupte
YSL Grenade Pepite (15) Gloss Volupte

YSL Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new, recently released gloss formula that’s supposed to be “lightweight, non-sticky” with a unique applicator for “intense glossy colour.” The gloss is available in three finishes: Golden, Iridescent, and Pure, with Pure being the most difference as it has no shimmer, whereas the differences between Golden and Iridescent are much smaller–Iridescent has more iridescent/more prominent shimmer. YSL describes the Golden shades has having a “warm glimmer of gold flecks,” while the Iridescent shades have “tone-on-tone, pearlescent flecks.” The Pure finish is described as “sheer, mirror-like.”

The gloss is lightweight, smooth, and comfortable to wear. It really glides and smooths over the lips effortlessly but doesn’t feel too slippery, a little gel-like but not a full-on gel texture. They wear two and a half to four hours on me, depending on shade, color, and texture. I notice the texture of the sparkle about two-thirds of the way into wear, as the gloss begins to fade, but it is subtle and not to a bothersome level. The color coverage varies quite a bit from shade to shade, and I wouldn’t describe the Golden shades of them as “intense glossy colour,” but Pure seems to have the right level of color (“sheer”).  They’re not all super sheer, barely-there glosses, but they aren’t opaque glosses either. They have a sweet, mango-scent and are nicely hydrating. Golden Glosses have larger and more prominent sparkle, and the texture is a little thicker.

Grenade Pepite (No. 15) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, pink-coral with gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage; noticeable, rich color but not fully opaque so the natural lip color will come through. It had some sparkle but was not over-the-top or loaded with it. It wore well for four hours. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is warmer. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. Chanel Reflexion (71) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, more pigmented. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is warmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Nude Carat (No. 20) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a peachy-beige with gold sparkle and warm undertones. It had semi-sheer color coverage with some sparkle. It had a tendency to settle into lip lines somewhat, and though it applied more evenly than a lot of similarly-colored glosses, it wasn’t completely even. On me, the gloss lasted for three hours. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is warmer, more opaque. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Paper Lantern (LE, $20.00) is also similar. Hourglass Imagine (P, $28.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Corail Trapeze (No. 204) Gloss Volupte ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, orange with a creamy, glossy finish–no shimmer/sparkle. It had semi-sheer, even color coverage, and over my natural lip color, it looked more like a warmer, pink-coral but not an orange-y shade at all. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is slightly pinker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is brighter, more pigmented. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, brighter. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. NARS Viva (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Ravishing (LE, $15.00) is more muted. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is warmer, slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Corail Trapeze (No. 204)

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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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Friday, January 17th, 2014

Chanel Murmure (179) Glossimer
Chanel Murmure (179) Glossimer

Chanel Murmure (179) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium coral-pink with warm undertones and no shimmer. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is warmer. Chanel Nakkar (P, $29.50) has shimmer. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Applied, it looks pinker than it does in the tube or swatched, as it is semi-sheer and the natural pigmentation of my lips is influencing the end result to look pinker. It applied somewhat evenly, but the milkier consistency did result is some unevenness. It didn’t settle into lip lines as heavily as other milky glosses have, so I was pleasantly surprised. It lasted for three hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. The consistency is light-to-medium in weight, mostly non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.

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4/5

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss

This spring, Urban Decay Rule34 Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss ($20.00 for TBA fl. oz.) launches as the newest (but permanent) gloss formula as part of the Naked range.  It’s a sheer, hydrating, creamy gloss that feels fairly lightweight.  The consistency is somewhere between gel, cream, and lip balm (the kinds found in tubes, not the stick variety).  They’re very comfortable to wear and last between three and four hours on me (about average).  I didn’t notice any taste, but they are scented with sweet mint (like the Lip Junkies).  Shades like Lovechild and Streak don’t apply as evenly as I’d like, but shades like Beso, Naked, and Freestyle are great options for anyone who likes sheer lipgloss.  (If you aren’t into sheer lipgloss, consider the Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color range instead.)  But as a result of the sheer quality of the glosses, they tend to look more alike once applied than they do in the tubes, as the image above illustrates, so you probably don’t need every single shade!  There are subtle differences, and the biggest difference is often shimmer versus no-shimmer.

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  • Part 1 (Beso, Freestyle, Liar)
  • Part 2 (Lovechild, Naked, Nooner)
  • Part 3 (Rule34, Streak, Walk of Shame)

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Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss

It's a sheer, hydrating, creamy gloss that feels fairly lightweight.  The consistency is somewhere between gel, cream, and lip balm (the kinds found in tubes, not the stick variety).  They're very comfortable to wear and last between three and four hours on me (about average).
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Monday, January 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Rule34 Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss
Urban Decay Rule34 Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss

Here’s a look at the last three glosses from the new Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss range! You can see the first three here and second set of three here.  To recap, Urban Decay Rule34 Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to be hydrating, comfortable to wear, high-gloss, and creamy. They have a light, creamy consistency that is non-sticky (but does gradually get a smidgen tacky after two to three hours of wear) and comfortable to wear. It’s hydrating, lasts between three and four hours, and is scented with sweet mint. The only downsides are that some glosses settle into lip lines or apply unevenly, but it depends on the shade.

Rule34 is described as a “medium brown-nude.” It’s a medium brown with a subtle rosy tint and a cream finish. The color coverage was semi-sheer, and the gloss applied evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines. It wore well for three and a half hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is shimmery. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is more opaque. Chanel Genie (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Streak is described as a “coral-peach.” It’s warm-toned, medium peach with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. The gloss lasted just over three hours on me. The difference between this and Rule34 are pretty slim when applied. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is shimmery. MAC Meteoric (LE, $20.00) is darker, pinker. Chanel Nakkar (P, $29.50) is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Walk of Shame is described as a “pale nude-pink with subtle micro-shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-peach with subtle gold micro-shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied to lips. It just barely settled into lip lines, but you couldn’t tell from a normal viewing distance. It applied evenly overall, and the gloss wore well for three hours on me. bareMinerals Dazzler (LE, $18.00)is similar. MAC Richer, Lusher (LE, $20.00) is pinker. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Boy Bait (P, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

Urban Decay Lovechild Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss
Urban Decay Lovechild Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss

Here’s a look at the next three glosses from the new Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss range! You can see the first three here.  To recap, Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to be hydrating, comfortable to wear, high-gloss, and creamy. They have a light, creamy consistency that is non-sticky (but does gradually get a smidgen tacky after two to three hours of wear) and comfortable to wear. It’s hydrating, lasts between three and four hours, and is scented with sweet mint. The only downsides are that some glosses settle into lip lines or apply unevenly, but it depends on the shade.

Lovechild is described as a “medium pink.” It’s a medium pink with soft, blue undertones and a cream finish. This one settles into lip lines somewhat, and it doesn’t look even at all times–it’s prone to showing “lines” where you’ve pressed your lips together. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it wore well for three hours on me. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Pink (P, $45.00) is less cool-toned. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Pagoda (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is less cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

Naked is described as a “nude-pink with pearly pink shift.” It’s a warm-toned, medium brown with rose tonts and pink and white micro-shimmer. It was semi-sheer on lips and added warmth and shimmer. It applied evenly and wore well for three and a half hours. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is browner. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (LE, $20.00) is also similar. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Naked is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nooner is described as a “light neutral nude.” It’s a light-medium, muted coral with warm undertones and a mostly creamy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and though it settled into lip lines just slightly, it did apply evenly otherwise. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. MAC Warm Embrace (P, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Richer, Lusher (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Kiss Me Softly (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Boy Bait (P, $20.00) is lighter, less pink. See comparison swatches.

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