Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss
Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss

Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep black cherry.” It’s a deepened red with cool undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny, finish. It makes me think of “blood red” more than “black cherry,” though. It was mostly opaque, applied evenly, and didn’t settle into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours. The consistency is lightweight, gel-like, lightly hydrating, and non-sticky. Dior Vie d’Enfer (869) (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is more shimmery. MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Guerlain L’Oiseau de Feu (900) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lipgloss ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer top coat with golden pearl.” It’s gold shimmer suspended in clear gloss. It’s nice to see that it is really being billed as a top coat (even the box distinguishes it from the rest of the range), and in the tube, it looks as described. That being said, it also looks a lot more shimmery in the tube than applied–the shimmer is fine but sparse. As a top coat, it only adds shine, but the thinner consistency doesn’t give it a really plump, juicy, glossy finish. I wish there was more visible shimmer when applied, because though it’s supposed to be sheer… it is also supposed to have gold pearl. It’s like a clear polish with large gold flecks that you feel like you have to fish out. Products like these are always so tricky to review (trying to consider a spectrum of clear to sheer is interesting). The shine on this only seemed to last about two hours on me, but it was comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glasses
MAC Heirloom Mix Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Ceremonial Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “hot pink with sparkles.” It’s a fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and very fine violet shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage applied, and it did settle slightly into lip lines. It wore well for two and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. MAC Vibrant Vibe (P, $22.00) is similar. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is more muted. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is more opaque. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Courting Chic Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “deep berry red with gold sparkles.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned red with gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which applied fairly evenly, though some color settled into lip lines. It lasted for three hours on me and was hydrating while worn. MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Hell Bound (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is redder, brighter. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Chanel Triomphal (LE, $32.00) is more opaque. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Romantic Overture Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “clear base with sparkles.” It’s not quite clear–it’s more like a peach-tinted base with a smattering of champagne sparkle. It definitely adds warmth to the lips, but it doesn’t add much color. It lasts an hour and a half on me, unfortunately, though it is comfortable to wear. There’s not much to it, so there are several similar shades that tend to look the same applied: See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Seeking Adoration Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “plummy pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with subtle gold pearl. It had semi-sheer color payoff and applied evenly for the most part. The consistency was comfortable to wear, hydrating, and lasted for two hours. Sisley Paris Berry (5) (P, $50.00) is less glossy, brighter. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is brighter. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is brighter. MAC New Love (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is similar. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is darker. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is more muted, less pink. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Social Season Cremesheen Glass ($22.50 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “violet with blue sparkles.” It’s a semi-sheer, muted fuchsia pink with silver and violet sparkle. It applies fairly evenly and feels comfortable to wear as it has a very creamy consistency. The color only lasts for two hours, though. Revlon Sugar Violet (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. MAC Rhythm (LE, $15.00) is warmer. L’Oreal Dazzle Me (LE, $9.99) is similar. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

These glosses are from the upcoming Heirloom Mix collection, which launches online on October 19th and hits stores/counters on October 23rd. International locations should see this sometime in November.

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Gucci Potent Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer
Gucci Potent Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer

Gucci Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a gloss with “intense color” and a “demi-glaze finish.” It is “packed with pigment,” “non-sticky”, hydrating, and scented with the brand’s “Blue Chocolate” fragrance. They also say “intense, saturated pigments.” I make a point to reiterate just how many ways Gucci called this a pigmented gloss, because you’ll see one gloss is nowhere near pigmented, and the other is some pigmentation but isn’t opaque. The gloss itself is mostly non-sticky–I get a little tackiness towards the last hour of wear–and has a lightweight, creamy, comfortable consistency with a fair amount of slip. It’s hydrating while on, but it does give me the same soapy taste while I wear it that I had with the lipsticks. I found the scent to be less intense than the lipsticks but still noticeable applied (not just in the tube). If brands want to have a single gloss formula with various intensities, all I’d like to see is the usage of shade descriptions like “sheer violet” and “opaque violet.”

Gucci Potent Violet Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a sheer, pink-lavender base with iridescent shimmer. The thinner texture of the gloss made it so I could feel some of the shimmer in it, though it wasn’t too noticeable. The color itself was sheer, and it wore well for two and a half hours. This was one of the most disappointing products that I bought from the new line. NARS Easy Lover (P, $26.00) is lighter, pinker. Shiseido Nebula (VI207) (P, $25.00) is purpler. L’Oreal Pucker-Up Pink (LE, $7.99) is lighter. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is brighter, pinker. Dior Dolly Pink (453) (P, $29.50) is pinker. Urban Decay Trashed (P, $19.00) is brighter. MAC Asian Butterfly (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Perky (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Gucci Crushed Coral Vibrant Demi-Glaze Lip lacquer ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, coral-red with a subtle gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage but a fair amount of the natural lip color comes through. There’s a little bit of settling, but it isn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is darker, redder. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is brighter, more opaque. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is lighter. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is pinker. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is slightly darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is more orange. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Calypso (LE, $29.50) is similar. Burberry Brick Red (P, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, September 27th, 2014

MAC x Brooke Shields Lipglasses
MAC x Brooke Shields Lipglasses

MAC Artful Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft mid-tone coral.” It’s a muted, medium pink-coral with pink shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied fairly evenly, though it settled slightly into lip lines (but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance). The texture was medium-weight, tacky, and neither hydrating nor drying. It wore well for four hours on me. Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Stoke the Flame (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, pinker. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is pinker, brighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is pinker. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is darker, warmer, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Knockout Lipglass ($22.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange-red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. There is a tiny, tiny amount of old shimmer that is hard to see. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a moderate translucency that enables the natural lip color to come through. There is very, very minor settling, but it wasn’t noticeable unless you were looking closely in the mirror. It had a medium-weight, sticky consistency that helped it wear a little longer than average, as it topped in at five hours. This is a repromote. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is lighter. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is redder. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is redder. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The packaging felt extremely lightweight, and the packaging for the glosses felt the cheapest to me overall. They also contain 0.01 fl. oz. less than full-sized Lipglasses.

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette
Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette

Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses Palette ($34.00 for 0.55 oz.) includes three eyeshadows, two bronzers, and a lip gloss. You may recognize the eyeshadows from Too Faced’s The Chocolate Bar. Both bronzers have routinely been featured in other palettes and are available individually as well. The lipgloss is a new formula called “La Creme Lip Gloss” that will officially debut next spring. The palette has a strong, chocolaty scent, so if you don’t dig sweet chocolate smells, you may want to look at other Too Faced offerings this holiday.

I think they could have chosen a more versatile set of shades, as I found the three odd to combine; the matte didn’t play as well with the shimmery shades, and when I tried to layer, it tended to look a little powdery/chalky. I think perhaps a more satiny finish for the lightest shade would have helped for combining the three, and if the darkest shade was darker, you could get more versatility out of these three. I just don’t love the way this is done, though the quality is good with the exception of the lip gloss, which was a total miss for me.

White Chocolate is a pale, light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a soft, silky consistency that had good color payoff without being powdery. However, when it layers or blends with the more shimmery shades like Creme Brulee and Haute Chocolate, it seems to make them appear a little chalky at times. I think the thinner texture (in comparison to the other two shades) also makes it less easily blended with them. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Creme Brulee is a brightened, medium-dark gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It is a little drier and thinner compared to the version in the Chocolate Bar, though the pigmentation was still good. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Haute Chocolate is a meidum-dark, bronzy brown with a frosted sheen and warm, reddish undertones. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable, though it wasn’t as buttery or as dense as the version in the Chocolate Bar. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chocolate Soleil (Bronzer) is a medium-dark, tan brown with warm, yellow-ish undertones and a satin-matte finish. It’s a permanent product in Too Faced’s range, and it’s in nearly every holiday palette from them this year (and was often included in their various palette/sets released in the past). The texture is soft, silky, lightly powdery, but blendable and fairly pigmented. It lasts about eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Snow Bunny (Bronzer) is a warm, light-medium gold with orange tones and a frosted sheen. It had a slightly thinner texture, but it was still smooth and blendable on the skin. The more frosted sheen did emphasize pores somewhat, so that may be a deal-breaker. I like it better dusted lightly over Chocolate Soleil as a highlighter, as that lighter application helps to minimize how much gets emphasized on the skin. It wears seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Naked Dolly (La Creme Lip Gloss) is a pink-peach with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it settled into lip lines and applied unevenly. The texture was somewhat thick, and it was tacky on the lips. The gloss lasted two hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss
Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink oyster.” It’s a milky, warm-toned pink with an iridescent pink-to-peach sheen. Chanel Songe (191) (LE, $29.50) has a lesser duochrome that shifts to more of a green-ish-mauve. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) has no duochrome. Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is lighter, less pink. Revlon Orchid (P, $7.49) is similar on but has no duochrome. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is similar, less duochrome. Bobbi Brown Firefly (P, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It looks more like a duochrome at times, but often, it just looks like a light pink. I always get excited for these types of glosses but find they have a very limited range of viewing/angles where it really looks as cool in person as it does swatched on your arm/hand (probably because you can really move and angle your arm/hand a lot more than your face!). It has a light-to-medium-weight consistency that feels creamy and comfortable to wear without being tacky. It had semi-sheer color coverage where the natural lip color is visible and will alter how this looks if you have more pigmented lips. It lasts for four and a half hours, and I never felt the shimmer while applying or as it wore away. It was lightly hydrating. The gloss is on the milkier side, so there is a little bit of settling, and if you press your lips together, it can create “lines” as the product moves around.

Again, it appears that Illamasqua is no longer available at any U.S. retailers, which means the only way to purchase their products is through their website. The press release I received for the Once… collection is for the US, and the pricing reflected what we saw in stores, but converting to “$ USD” on their website changes the price on this to $26.77 (but you will pay in £ at checkout). On non-polish and fragrance orders, shipping is free over £50.

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