Monday, March 31st, 2014

MAC By Request Lipglasses
MAC By Request Lipglasses

Surprise! We’ll be seeing matching MAC Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) shades to the By Request Lipsticks I reviewed last week. They’ll be launching online April 1st (along with the lipsticks), and they are limited edition. Note, Pink Poodle (By Request) is different from the Pink Poodle shade available in the permanent range.

MAC Glam Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is brightened, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a glossy finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the gloss wore well for five hours on me. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is shimmery. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is similar. Milani Photo Flash (DC, $6.49) is darker. MAC Impassioned (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Hoop Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium rose-pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It seemed to have more neutral undertones than cool or warm ones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, applied mostly evenly, and lasted for four hours on me while being neither hydrating nor drying. MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is warmer. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned, darker. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $19.00) is less glossy. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, iridescent-shimmered fuchsia-magenta with blue undertones. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, applied mostly evenly, and wore well for four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) has no shimmer, more muted. Milani Flashy (P, $7.49) is lighter, more shimmery, less glossy. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is darker, less cool-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

MAC Go for Girlie Patentpolish Lip Pencil
MAC Go for Girlie Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula that’s available online now and will debut at stores and counters on April 3rd. The formula is described as having “the colour and shine of a gloss, the precision of a lip pencil.” You can “[achieve] a luscious shine with a single swipe.” There are twelve shades in total (and I will review all as I finish wearing them!), and each is housed in a twist-up jumbo-sized pencil. Keep in mind that most jumbo pencils contain less product than your average lipstick, and the same is true here; each has 0.08 oz. whereas a full-sized MAC lipstick is 0.10 oz.

In general, the formula has semi-opaque color coverage that’s buildable from semi-sheer to semi-opaque with moderate shine, light hydration, and short wear time (two to three hours). The shine seems to fade away rather quickly–in about an hour–which is faster than most glosses. It’s somewhat tacky, though nowhere near as tacky as regular Lipglass, and it has a thinner texture, so it is lighter-weight and almost hugs the lips. The latter part makes them somewhat comparable to the Huggable formula, but I think the Huggable is better all-around. If you’re looking for a jumbo-sized lip pencil with semi-sheer color coverage and a light glossy shine, I’d recommend Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, as they’re very similar in feel (but a little less tacky than these), are more hydrating, wear longer, contain more product, and are cheaper ($17 for 0.10 oz.). Another thing to note is that the thinner, tackier consistency means the color catches on any imperfections on the lips, which can be more or less noticeable depending on the color, intensity, and finish.

MAC Go for Girlie Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “bright yellow-pink.” It’s a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with no shimmer and a lightly glossy finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that went on so-so–it wasn’t as even as I’d like, and after two hours of wear, had some noticeable settling of the color into my lip lines. It wore for a total of three hours. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is more muted, sheerer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker, less glossy. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is darker, less glossy. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Innocent Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “nude beige.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a creamy, lightly glossy finish. This applied very unevenly, but it did have semi-opaque pigmentation. It lasted an hour and a half. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is slightly warmer. MAC Softly Lit (LE, $20.00) is glossier, more shimmery. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is a touch less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Revved Up Patentpolish Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “creamy peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with gold micro-shimmer. It’s semi-sheer in color payoff, so the natural pink tones of my lips influence the end result, making it appear more like a pinkypeach applied. This applied slightly better than the last shade, but it only lasted for two and a half hours on me. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, glossier. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer. MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches /
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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer
Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer

Chanel Bliss (181) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium, pinky-coral with subtle gold shimmer. Applied, it looks much lighter and milkier with semi-opaque color coverage. It doesn’t even look sparkly! The color lasted for four hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Modest (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lovingly Yours (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is very similar. MAC Nectarsweet (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter, more opaque. See comparison swatches.

Chanel Tocade (182) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but the gloss didn’t apply as evenly as desired–it looked a little splotchy, though thankfully it wasn’t too noticeable from afar. It was comfortable wear, mostly non-sticky, lightly hydrating, and lasted for five hours. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned, brighter. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is more opaque, brighter. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is more muted. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is slightly darker. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, March 17th, 2014

Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss
Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a new formula that’s described as having “vivid clear color” and “profound moisture,” while the applicator is supposed to enable you to apply with “no streaks.” I bought two shades, opting for the violet-color (because I’m always on the hunt for a delectable purple gloss) and a red (figuring it would be most likely to perform the best) — I try to pick shades that might work well and horribly, if I don’t have the whole range to test, to get some idea about overall performance. The gloss is lightweight, non-sticky with a hybrid cream-gel consistency– a rather emollient feel on the lips–and nicely hydrating. While the wear time varied for me between the two shades, but it was a little longer than the average gloss. The gloss had no discernible scent or taste. The price point, quantity, and overall quality make this a worthwhile formula to check out!

Shiseido Nebula (VI207) Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet with multi-coloured pearls.” It’s a medium lavender-purple with soft, cool undertones and a multi-colored, fine shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, where the gloss noticeably changed the natural lip color but still enabled some of it to come through, so your natural lip color will influence the ultimate result (particularly any undertones). It applied evenly for the most part, but there was room for improvement. This shade wore well for four and a half hours. NARS Annees (P, $26.00) appears more similar when swatched (but has no shimmer), but applied, it is much lighter. MAC Cinestyle (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned, milkier, no shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Shiseido Lust (RD305) Lacquer Gloss ($25.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “blood red.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a very, very fine white shimmer (I didn’t even notice it when I looked in the mirror–only in the close-up photos is it apparent). It ha mostly opaque pigmentation with a little translucency to keep it from looking heavy or like a liquid lipstick. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is redder, less shimmery. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is redder, more shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is less warm-toned, less shimmery. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is slightly darker. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is more muted, darker. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is a touch more muted. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Laura Mercier Bare Baby Lip Glace
Laura Mercier Bare Baby Lip Glace

This spring, there are thirteen new shades of Laura Mercier Lip Glace ($25.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) being added to the permanent range. The new shades are supposed to be richer in color with the same “megawatt shine,” “nonsticky” texture, and hydrating formula. I tested two shades, Bare Baby and Poppy, yesterday. The formula is lightweight, not too thin or too thick, glossy, lightly hydrating, and non-sticky. There’s a burnt sugar/caramel-like scent to the gloss, but I didn’t notice any taste.

Bare Baby Lip Glace is a milky, pink-peach with white shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it did settle into lip lines, and it didn’t evenly apply. I think this shade would be better applied over a lipstick for added warmth and lightening. It wore well for two and a half hours. Chanel Rosace (87) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is lighter. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is brighter. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is also brighter. MAC Demure (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Rose in Bloom (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Poppy Lip Glace is a vibrant, poppy red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented, and it applied beautifully. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is similar. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is also similar. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is more muted, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick
Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick

For spring, Illamasqua released a red-themed collection called, I’m the One, which features a lipstick, lipgloss, lip pencil, and polish. The lipstick and polish are repromotes from the permanent collection, while the lipgloss and lip pencil are new.

Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte classic red.” It’s a vibrant, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation. The texture was lightly creamy, so it did drag a little on lips, but it wasn’t difficult to apply–it definitely felt creamier than some of the drier Illamasqua lipsticks in the range. The color wore well for seven hours and left behind a stain, but it was somewhat drying. Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is more matte. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $22.00) is darker. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Eden Rouge (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Touch Intense Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “red with fine shimmer.” It’s a brightened, cherry red with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and very fine pink and ruby red shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and this shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Roam (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Feisty Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “scarlet red.” It was a brightened, medium red with slightly warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was just lightly creamy, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply, and it did apply evenly. It had opaque color coverage, and it lasted for five hours before it started to show signs of “cracking” where it pulled into lip lines. Worn alone, it did not look clingy and dry as some lip pencils can, but it’s not a particularly comfortable product to wear by itself as it is slightly drying. MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Redd (P) is warmer. MAC Cherry (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Freehand (LE, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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