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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Monday, April 28th, 2014

NYX Merengue Butter Gloss
NYX Merengue Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is supposed to have sheer to medium color coverage, a non-sticky texture, and be a hydrating formula. They feel really creamy going on, and they’re comfortable to wear with a lightly tacky texture that doesn’t feel heavy. The wear is slightly below average (three hours), but for something with as much creaminess, it is decent. Something I kept experiencing was just uneven coverage, though, where the color tended to settle into lip lines and/or look splotchy applied. I think they work better as a layering product (over lipstick or the like), rather than alone. The formula has a sweet, vanilla scent and was lightly hydrating.

NYX Merengue Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, light cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a cream finish. It’s the type of milky pink that looks pretty in the tube, but it doesn’t work as well on its own as the color settles into lip lines. It had semi-opaque pigmentation. This one applies better than many iterations I’ve tried, but it doesn’t look great by itself–it’s really a product that would be better layered over a lipstick or lip liner. The gloss wore three hours on me. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is similar. MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Strawberry Parfait Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a medium, cool-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied so-so; it blended in more with the natural lip color, which helped camouflage the unevenness, but it was there. This shade wore well for two and a half hours on me. NARS Angelika (P, $26.00) is less glossy. Chanel Baie Rose (89) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is a touch lighter. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Sugar Cookie Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which applied somewhat evenly but it did look splotchy at times. This shade wore well for three and a half hours. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter, redder. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil
Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil

Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant warm coral.” It’s a muted, medium coral with warm, reddish undertones and a glossy finish. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less warm-toned. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (For blush comparisons, look here.)

I picked this up during the sale a couple of weeks ago, because it was new and sounded interested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and works as a tint for lips and cheeks. Josie Maran describes it as “natural-looking, never-greasy color.” As far as I’m concerned, this is only a lip product, because on cheeks, it feels oily, lightly tacky, doesn’t set or dry down, and slides around after five hours of wear. I found it difficult to wear with foundation, whether applied over or under, as the emollient texture makes applying foundation over it difficult, and applying it over foundation led to the foundation breaking down after two to three hours. I had the best results over bare skin, but they weren’t great results.

Though it felt greasy on the skin, it was comfortable to wear on the lips–very cushion-y, gel-like, and somewhat hydrating. The major downside is that as a lip product, it needs regularly reapplication as it doesn’t really leave a stain behind, and the color and glossiness wear off in two hours or less. I also found it gritty, and I don’t know why there was any grit element to it at all, but it was something I noticed when swatching both on skin, applied to cheeks, and on lips. It had a sweet, citrus-y scent and taste to it that I couldn’t really place but is there. It’s a real disappointment, because the price point is fantastic, and even better, it contains a lot of product.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

NYX Apple Strudel Butter Gloss
NYX Apple Strudel Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer to medium coverage” gloss that can be worn alone or over lipstick and “is never sticky.” The formula is also supposed to “provide nourishment.” They have a creamy, light-to-medium-weight consistency that glides on, feels comfortable, and is lightly tacky (they gradually get a little tackier as they wear on as well). The formula has a sweet, vanilla scent. As described, coverage varies from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. They wear two to three hours on me, on average, and they were slightly hydrating.

NYX Apple Strudel Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peachy-pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it didn’t apply evenly and had a tendency to settle into lip lines–especially over time. It lasted for three hours on me. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Talk Softly to Me (LE, $15.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Cherry Cheesecake Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as an “orange.” It’s a softened,, medium orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it settled slightly into lip lines, but because it was a deeper color, it didn’t seem as noticeable at a normal viewing distance (only really, really up-close). It wore well for three hours on me. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is a bit darker, less glossy. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Maple Blondie Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep peach.” It’s a muted, medium warm-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and it wasn’t as prone to settling as Apple Strudel, but it didn’t apply flawlessly–just a little unevenness, a bit of settling. The color lasted for two and a half hours on me. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is darker, pinker. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker. MAC Talk Softly to Me (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Please Me (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer
Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer

For summer, Chanel introduces four new shades of their Chanel Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.). All four have a “jelly” finish, and they’re very, very sheer and have a tendency to look the same applied to lips. Chanel described them as “translucent.” They’re as described, though shorter-wearing than the average Glossimer, but otherwise rather consistent. If you have more pigmented lips than mine, you may even find that they do not alter your natural lip color at all. The four feel the same: light-to-medium in weight, non-tacky, comfortable to wear, and are lightly hydrating. They last two hours on me (judging by the shine and feel of it on). If you’re a big fan of the Glossimer formula and are in the market for a mostly sheer-to-clear option, any of these will work. I’ve said it before, but a translucent gloss is one person’s dream, another person’s nightmare.

Chanel Hello (184) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly light rose.” It’s a clear gloss with a faint tint of rosy pink; applied, it just looks like my natural lip color with a glossy finish. Chanel Eden (437) (LE, $29.50) is very similar on. Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sexy (185) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly fuchsia.” It swatched completely clear, and applied, it looked clear as well. It certainly appear fuchsia-tinted in the tube, but I didn’t detect any visible tint outside of the tube. Any clear, shimmer-free gloss will be similar to this.

Chanel Happy (186) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly coral.” It was a warm-toned, light-medium pink-tinted gloss. It is very sheer applied, just amplifying the natural lip color and adding a glossy finish. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is warmer. Chanel Eden (437) (LE, $29.50) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sunny (188) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly orange.” It’s a muted, peach-tinted clear gloss. It added warmth to my natural lip color when applied. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is more pigmented, warmer. Urban Decay Walk of Shame (P, $20.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is darker. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 12th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan
NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan

Scandal is described as a “sheer crushed cherry.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, while the color applied evenly for the most part, it did settle into lip lines. The color lasted for four and a half hours. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is very similar in color, less glossy. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is redder, brighter, more opaque. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is more opaque, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Misbehave is described as a “sheer cherry red with gold shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with red and gold shimmer. It’s pretty much Scandal with shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which seemed to apply better than Scandal, as the settling into lip lines was subtler and less noticeable. This shade wore well for four and a half hours as well. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange, less shimmery. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is slightly less warm-toned. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted, less shimmery. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is darker, more opaque. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Quito is described as a “bright strawberry pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it applied unevenly, and there was some color that settled lightly into lip lines. It wore well for five hours, though. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is very similar. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more muted. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Gitane is described as a “sheer sangria.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned red with orange undertones and very subtle shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, which applied evenly with a little settling into lip lines, but it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. It’s just barely darker and less warm-toned compared to both Scandal and Misbehave, but they’re all quite similar in the base color. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sixties Fan is described as a “pomegranate.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry with a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it was prone to settling into lip lines and didn’t apply as evenly as one would like. The color wore well for just over four hours. It is very similar to Quito–it’s just a smidgen darker and more muted. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is a little lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, more muted. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is more opaque. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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