Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

MAC Light English Red Lipglass
MAC Light English Red Lipglass

MAC Light English Red Lipglass ($30.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer beige nude.” It’s a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and fine white shimmer. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Lots of Laughs (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had semi-opaque color coverage (definitely not sheer) that applied surprisingly evenly. There was some minor settling of the color into lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The texture was thin, light-medium in weight, lightly tacky, and fairly comfortable to wear. It wore well for three and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Given that the formula does feel much like regular Lipglass, this is double the price with the same amount of product in the tube. I was really disappointed with the way the tube felt in my hands, though; it’s so light that it feels cheap and just doesn’t have any of the hallmarks of high-end, designer packaging. MAC’s regular Lipglass feels better to me, as far as packaging goes.

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.97 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palettes (eight shades in each). Overall, I think the Lip Cremes and the Eyeshadows are the stars, but the rest leaves me unimpressed: one blush was a complete miss (worst product in the set), while the three eyeliners were rougher, drier formula. Some of the eyeshadows are very nice, others are sheerer and don’t perform as well. I noticed the eyeshadow formula seemed thinner in this palette across the board, which made a lot of shades seem less powdery, but some were under-pigmented. There’s plenty of “value” to the set, but I think it just depends on what you wanted most.

Pampered is a pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It looks more matte applied (doesn’t really get luminous or satiny when blended out), and the texture was smooth but not as soft as other shades in the range have been. The color payoff was good, while the blush itself lasted for nine hours (three shy of the 12-hour claim, though). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Savored is a warm, rosy plum with a satiny sheen. The texture was incredibly stiff–just hard to get any color out of it during application–and I found it harder to blend on the skin. I scraped off the first few layers, and it was slightly improved but still dismal. It seemed to wear around seven hours or so, but it was so sheer, it was hard to tell. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indulging is a muted, fuchsia pink with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a high-shine finish. The color deposited somewhat unevenly with minor settling into lip lines. It was lightly tacky and lasted for three hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rare is a warm rose pink with a soft, frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, lasted for four hours, and was lightly hydrating. It was mint-scented, but I didn’t notice much of a tingle beyond the very initial moment. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wonder is a brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pinky Promise is a muted, medium rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a soft, silky texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Taupe of the World is a warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a semi-matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery, so it wasn’t fully opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

You Look Mauveless is a medium-dark plum with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It was mostly opaque and had a soft, silky consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Just Malt Away is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. The powder was soft, blendable, and silky, while it yielded full color coverage. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pampered Pink is a light-medium, warm pink with a soft, frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dare to Be Gold is a warm, coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. It wasn’t fully pigmented, and the texture felt thinner and drier, though not too difficult to work with on the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Show Plum Love is a rich, plummy purple with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had fantastic color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wind Down Brown is a dark, neutral brown with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it didn’t adhere as well to the skin, so a primer would help with this particular shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vanilla Candles is a light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It is soft, a smidgen powdery, with fairly good color payoff. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coming Up Roses is a muted plum with a soft, frosted finish. The texture was on the powdery side, so the color payoff wasn’t great. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Hazelnut Bon Bons is a muted, medium brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was somewhat powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Bubble Bath is a brightened peach with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze Cuff is a muted, golden brown with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Feeling Grey-t is a light-medium, warm taupe brown with a matte finish. It was somewhat powdery, though it still had decent pigmentation. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso Yourself is a cool-toned taupe-gray with a matte finish. It was sheer, and the consistency was powdery. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cinnamon Latte is a deepened, purpled-brown with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It was powdery and semi-sheer. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charcoal is a dark gray with cool undertones and a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke that was buildable to more opaque coverage in two to three layers. It lasted for seven hours on me, but it was painful to apply to the lash line. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a warm, chocolate bronze-brown with a frosted shimmer. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke, but it just had a drier, more dragging texture that made it harder to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Plum is a muted, medium-dark purple with a pearly sheen. It had decent color payoff in one go, but I wish the texture was less dry and easier to apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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8/10

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set
Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set

Tarte Sweet Indulgences Holiday Gift Set ($59.94 for 2.60 oz.) is a three-piece set, where there are three, slim square boxes that are designed to be given as gifts. You can keep them all for yourself, break the set up, or gift the entire thing. One box contains two blushes and three lip colors, another with three eyeliners and two mascaras, and a third with two eyeshadow palletes (eight shades in each). The set will be the TSV tomorrow, November 10th, on QVC for $59.97 (compared to $72.50 that it is listed at presently). My review will be up tomorrow morning :) For now, I hope you enjoy these swatches!

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl is described as a “light mauve pink with copper sheen.” It’s a neutral, rosy pink with warmer, golden champagne shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage (and it is part of the Sheer range) with noticeable shimmer and lightening of the natural lip color. The milkiness of the color, though, settled into lip lines and didn’t go on evenly. It lasted for three and a half hours on me but was hydrating during that time. NARS Candy Says (LE, $26.00) is less golden. MAC Rags to Riches (P, $20.00) is more sparkly. MAC Floating Lotus (P, $20.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Bellini (P, $24.00) is less milky. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Wrecked (332) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl is described as a “shimmering bright red.” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with warm undertones and a smattering of gold and fuchsia shimmer. The formula yielded semi-sheer color coverage, which settled slightly into lip lines, but looked fairly even otherwise. The color wore well for four hours and was moisturizing while worn. NARS Scandal (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is more opaque, less shimmery. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Totally Fab (LE, $20.00) is more opaque. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Pink Diamond (326)

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8.5/10

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Wrecked (332)

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) Lust for Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) Lust for Lacquer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) Lust for Lacquer ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral red.” It’s a bold, bright coral-orange with warm undertones and a glossy finish. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is pinker. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is warmer, less red. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is more muted. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter, less red. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade is part of the full coverage range, which is quite fitting, as it is intensely pigmented with full opacity. I did notice that it looked almost “bubbled” in places, which I think may be due to the fact that is more light-medium in thickness. The consistency is almost gel-like and creamy, but it doesn’t slide around. It’s not a gloss that feels like you’re wearing. It doesn’t bleed or feather on me, and it lasted for five and a half hours. The formula is mostly non-sticky (just towards the end it feels slightly tacky), is mint-scented, and is lightly hydrating on me.

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Gone Bad (216)

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set
Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set

Buxom Winner Takes All Lip Set ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes three shades of Full-On Lip Cream and three shades of Full-On Lip Polish. The Lip Cream formula is described as a “creamy, no-shimmer lip gloss” with “sheer to medium” coverage.
The Lip Polish formula is described as a “sheer, shimmering lip gloss with a tingling, plumping effect.” The texture of both formulas was light-medium in thickness, creamy, and moderately tacky (the Lip Creams seemed slightly less tacky than the Lip Polishes). The Lip Creams had a tendency to settle into lip lines, and they’re true to the “no-shimmer” part of the description. The Lip Polishes are sheer with a fair amount of fine shimmer with a glossy shine.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test the wear of these formulas, as the tingling sensation was just too much for me (I am often sensitive to lip plumping products, particularly any that really have a tingle you can feel); just swatching through them and testing the wear for two shades was too much for my lips. I would expect two to four hours, given how tacky they are, though, and the two I did test were White Russian and Chloe, both lasting three hours. I wish I could be more helpful!

White Russian is a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted three hours on me. It does settle into lip lines and doesn’t appear even when applied, though it is not the worst offender I’ve come across. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Berry Blast is a cool-toned, medium-dark fuchsia pink with a creamy, glossy finish. This shade had semi-opaque color payoff, and it went on a little more evently than White Russian, but there was some settling into lip lines. I felt like the deeper color helped to camouflage some of the settling, though. See comparison swatches
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Creamsicle is a milky, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and this particular shade seemed to have a thicker consistency than the others. It settled into lip lines noticeably as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chloe is a peachy-coral with fine gold and peach shimmer. It had sheer color, but it had a fair amount of shimmer, which gave it a more “opaque” look in a way. This was the other shade I managed to test, and it also lasted for three hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Trixie is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and gold shimmer. It had sheer color coverage with a moderate amount of visible god shimmer. It seemed to brighten and add warmth to my natural lip color. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sophia is a light-medium, pinky-mauve with gold shimmer. It actually seemed more like a combination of the two formulas, as this one had a creamier look applied, which tended to cover some of the shimmer. It also settled into lip lines and didn’t go on as evenly. The coverage was semi-opaque, which is more pigmentation than as described. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Winner Takes All

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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