Monday, May 12th, 2014

Dior Vie d'Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick
Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a brightened, medium, blue-based red with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for five hours on me. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is warmer. NARS Norma (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Intrigue (995) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a cool-toned, purpled berry with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it was the least pigmented out of the shades I bought to try–and settled noticeably into lip lines. The gloss managed to wear just over five hours on me. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Wet Violet (P, $45.00) is darker, purpler. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

To recap, the formula is supposed to have the effect of “shiny gloss and pigmented lipstick into one color-rich product.” It is also described as long-wearing, lightweight, and having coverage “that is between a gloss and lipstick.” The texture is lightweight, creamy, and almost cool-to-the-touch when initially applied, but it thickens slightly and clings more to the natural curvature of the lip without being uncomfortable. A slight tackiness develops shortly after application and gets progressively tackier as it wears on, though it never feels too sticky or gluey. It feels mostly like a more opaque lipgloss than a liquid lipstick. It was fairly hydrating and wore longer than the average gloss. It had a perfume-y scent that is stronger during application than it is worn. At times, I felt like I was tasting it here and there (almost soapy), but it was faint enough that sometimes I thought I was imagining it.

P.S. — This wraps up all my reviews on this formula — all shades I bought have now been reviewed! :) If you missed any, you can see them all here!

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Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick
Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Tiny Pink (269) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with some translucency, but it covered the natural lip color for the most part. There was some minor settling of the color into vertical lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is darker. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is a touch lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Rieuse (373) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl oz.) is a slightly muted, medium coral-pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, mostly opaque pigmentation that covered my natural lip color. It applied evenly and smoothly, and it wore well for five hours on me. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is pinker. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is shimmery. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker. Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is brighter. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This formula is supposed to have the effect of “shiny gloss and pigmented lipstick into one color-rich product.” It is also described as long-wearing, lightweight, and having coverage “that is between a gloss and lipstick.” The texture is lightweight, creamy, and almost cool-to-the-touch when initially applied, but it thickens slightly and clings more to the natural curvature of the lip without being uncomfortable. A slight tackiness develops shortly after application and gets progressively tackier as it wears on, though it never feels too sticky or gluey. It feels mostly like a more opaque lipgloss than a liquid lipstick. It was fairly hydrating and wore longer than the average gloss. It had a perfume-y scent that is stronger during application than it is worn. At times, I felt like I was tasting it here and there (almost soapy), but it was faint enough that sometimes I thought I was imagining it. I also had issues with the color getting on my teeth.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Dior Magique (479) Dior Addict Fluid Stick
Dior Magique (479) Dior Addict Fluid Stick

Dior Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a formula that has the effect of “shiny gloss and pigmented lipstick into one color-rich product.” It is also supposed to be long-wearing, lightweight, and have coverage “that is between a gloss and lipstick.” They have a very creamy, slightly gel-like consistency that’s light-medium in thickness, an ultra-glossy finish, and good color coverage. The texture is non-sticky initially, but it develops moderate tackiness within a few minutes of wear. The major issue I had with this formula was that it was very prone to getting on my teeth, and there’s a fine line between even coverage and over-application. It’s comfortable to wear and fairly hydrating over time, and the formula, thus far, has lasted longer than the average gloss on me. It feels, behaves, and looks more like a really pigmented lipgloss than a liquid lipstick. It had a perfume-y scent that is stronger during application than it is worn. At times, I felt like I was tasting it here and there (almost soapy), but it was faint enough that sometimes I thought I was imagining it. I love the color payoff, glossiness, and length of wear, but the tackiness and scent/taste keep me from being in love personally.

Dior Magique (479) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and mostly opaque color coverage. It applied evenly and made my lips look smoother than they probably are naturally. The color lasted for five hours, while the glossiness lasted nearly four. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is pinker. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is sheerer. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is pinker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is similar. Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dior Wonderland (575) Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($35.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It’s really a darker (by several shades) version of Magique. It was mostly opaque–there’s something that keeps it looking heavy in color, almost an illusion of transparency–and wore well for five hours and leaves a faint stain behind. Illamasqua Follow (DC, $22.00) is pinker. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Hourglass Ballet Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss
Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss

Hourglass Ballet Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss ($28.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish–it’s just shy of being a fuchsia, but there’s still a fair amount of vibrancy. It was richly pigmented, easy to apply, and lasted for five hours. The formula is mostly non-sticky–it gets slightly tacky towards the end of wear–light-medium in thickness, comfortable to wear, and somewhat hydrating. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is more fuchsia. MAC Full Speed Ahead (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is brighter, shimmery. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. Illamasqua Belladonna (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hourglass Canvas Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss ($28.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm nude.” It’s a light-medium, rosy beige with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and it applied evenly without settling into lip lines. This shade wore well for four hours, and it was moderately hydrating during that time. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is pinker, sheerer, darker. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is pinker. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hourglass Muse Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss ($28.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant red orange.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had really good color payoff, but I found the application to be trickier with this shade than the others (and I totally would have guessed it to be the other way around!)–it seemed to take a lot of maneuvering and additional product to get it sit evenly on the lips. Once on, it lasted for five hours and was somewhat moisturizing while worn. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is sheerer. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, redder. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is darker. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is darker, redder. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is darker, redder. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is more orange. Illamasqua Mistress (P, $22.00) is pinker, lighter. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

MAC Clear Water Lipglass
MAC Clear Water Lipglass

MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection contains five, limited edition shades of Lipglass. The formula on these is medium-thick, moderately tacky (only one is thicker and tackier, noted below), and vanilla-scented. They perform and feel similarly to past iterations of Lipglass. All of them have shimmer except one, and for the most part, they’re so shimmery that they’re the type of gloss that looks more impressive in person, as the light reflects off of the shine and shimmer. You’ll find these online on May 15th, in-stores on May 22nd for North America, and “May 2014″ for international locations.

MAC Clear Water Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer nude with multidimensional pearl.” It’s a sheer beige with silver, white, and iridescent cool pink shimmer and sparkle. The underlying base “color” is definitely sheer, but it adds a fair amount of shimmer, which gives it more of an impact applied. It wears three hours on me, and it could be used alone or to add shimmer over any lip color. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is more beige. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is also more beige. MAC Like Venus (P, $20.00) has more pink shimmers. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Lure Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry-red with a smattering of cool-toned, fuchsia pink shimmer. This is one of the less shimmery shades, so the sparkle effect is subtle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied fairly evenly and only lightly settled into lip lines. In general, it applied better than a lot of other semi-opaque berry glosses I’ve tried, but it’s not perfect. It is nice for layering over pinks and plums as well. This shade wore well for four hours on me. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is brighter. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Peachstock Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy true nude.” It’s a light-medium, muted peach with a cream finish. This shade has been released previously, and the formula has changed slightly–it is thinner, so it didn’t settle as noticeably into lip lines and was easire to apply. The color lasted for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is lighter. MAC Innocent (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Calypso Beat (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is a bit darker. MAC Fashion Whim (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seducing Sound Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone plum bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, plummy brown with bronze and plum shimmer. This one is very shimmery with semi-opaque color coverage and even more shimmer coverage. It wears for four hours, and it the consistency was thinner than the average Lipglass. MAC Underdressed (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Liqueur (LE, $15.00) is redder. Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Water Deities Lipglass ($16.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light bronzy pink.” It’s a a light, coppery-brown with champagne and bronze shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; the actual “color” of the base seems semi-sheer, but there is a lot of shimmer in it, so the shimmer makes it seem like it has more coverage. This shade wore well for four hours on me. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is also pinker. NARS Bimini (P, $26.00) is sheerer, finer shimmer, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Lust (LE, $30.00) is less glossy. MAC Double Happiness (LE, $20.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Always Cherry Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant cool red.” It’s a subtly cool-toned, medium cherry red with a glossy finish. NARS Rose Gitane (P, $26.00) is warmer. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is similar. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is warmer. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

My experience with this shade mirrored what I experienced with Timeless Coral. The formula is supposed to be a hydrating tint that can be applied on lips and cheeks–”natural-looking, never-greasy color.” It performs best as a lipgloss, but it’s more of a gloss, less of a stain. This shade did leave a very, very slight stain behind, and it wore two and a half hours, which was longer. It is somewhat hydrating as a lip gloss, though there are gritty bits here and there in the product. As a blush, it feels oily and slick, and it never sets or remotely dries down, so it moves around and looks uneven as it wears away (or breaks down foundation if you wear it on top of foundation, and I only saw about three hours of decent wear that way) after five hours on bare skin. The texture is dewy and lightly tacky on the cheeks, but it doesn’t feel tacky on the lips. It has a sweet, almost citrus-y, scent and taste.

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