Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

NYX Vixen Lip Gloss
NYX Vixen Lipgloss

The Sultry Season: NYX Vixen Lip Gloss

NYX Vixen (116) Lip Gloss ($5.50 for 0.53 fl. oz.) is a semi-opaque, brown burgundy shimmered with muted red sparkle. It’s not totally opaque, so it does have a tendency to settle into lip lines, but it looks pretty good from a normal viewing distance, so it’s not particularly bothersome. This gloss was scent-free, but in the past, I’ve NYX glosses that have smelled like plastic as well as synthetic berry. If you’re not sensitive to those scents, this is an affordable gloss to get you into the holiday spirit.

Is this the right berry for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Vincent Longo Aurelia Perfect Shine Lip Gloss
Vincent Longo Aurelia Perfect Shine Lip Gloss

A Little Shine, A Little Shimmer

Vincent Longo Aurelia Perfect Shine Lip Gloss ($22.00 for 0.24 oz.) is an ultra sheer pink-shimmered plum-tinged gloss. It does not do much to change-up the color of my lips–maybe a touch darker–but it does add a fine dusting of shimmer and soft shine. It’s a smooth, non-sticky gloss with a subtle vanilla scent. It wears two to three hours on me, which is below average for me, but it fades away evenly so reapplication is easy. Good thing you get plenty of gloss in a tube!

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you love a sheer gloss and not too much shine, you may like this one.

AVAILABILITY: Vincent Longo

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Thursday, November 4th, 2010

MAC Sassy Pink Lassies Lipglass Sets
Lipglasses: Electro Lush, Fab Fun, Frozen Dream, Sassy Lassy, The Wee Coquette

MAC Tartan Tale Chapter 2: Sassy Pink Lassies Lipglass Set

This year, MAC has released three different miniature lipglass sets. Each set contains five limited edition shades of lipglass, each containing 0.08 oz. of product. Like the other sets from Chapter 2, they are housed in a metal tin that features the tartan pattern on the outside. They also have a plastic insert to keep the glosses standing up evenly within the tin, but it can be easily removed for more storage. Each set retails for $29.50.

Lipglasses are sheer to opaque in color, but they have a tackier, stickier texture. They are supposed to be vanilla-scented, but I did find a couple throughout the sets that smelled like plastic. These have the same sponge-tipped applicators that full-sized lipglasses have, but it seems less spongy and less gloss is pulled through on each pass (not necessarily a bad thing there!).

This set includes: Electro Lush (medium mauve), Fab Fun (pale crystal pink), Frozen Dream (medium pink rose), Sassy Lassy (bright pink fuchsia), and The Wee Coquette (naked neutral pink).

  • Electro Lush is a creamy medium-pink with a little plum to it and white micro-shimmer. This is a repromote from Flashtronic (2007). I can’t think of a great dupe in the permanent line for this one.
  • Fab Fun is a sheer, milky pink gloss base with large flecks of silvery-white shimmer and glitter. It looks a lot like Morning Glory (Lustreglass) or even Like Venus (Dazzleglass).
  • Frozen Dream is a semi-sheer, cool-toned lilac pink with lots of pale pink and white shimmer. This is a repromote from Chill (2008). It’s not quite as pale as Cultured, but they are similar.
  • Sassy Lassy is an opaque, creamy fuchsia that pulls very blue. It also has subtle pale pink shimmer. It’s a lot bluer and cooler-toned than Pink Poodle.
  • The Wee Coquette is a cool-toned, white-beige with soft white shimmer. It’s very milky, and it does settle into liplines. It’s a lot like Fleshpot lipstick in lipglass form. It’s so pale it makes my lips look a little purple.

A normal lipglass contains 0.17 oz. of product and retails for $14.50. In this set, you’ll receive 0.40 oz. worth of lipglass for $29.50. This works out to be $85.29/oz. for an individual [full-sized] lipglass and $73.75/oz. for the lipglass set. It’s also worth pointing out that for the price of two full-sized shades, you’ll have five shades to choose from. If you’re someone who doesn’t stick with one gloss long enough to finish, the sets will be more worthwhile for you.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like the way these colors look together; it’s a good variation on pink, though they all lean rather cool-toned.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics (November 4th/11th — check your local store for availability)

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Thursday, November 4th, 2010

MAC Sassy Neutral Lassies Lipglass Sets
Lipglasses: Stealing Kisses, Girls at Play, Scottish Lilt, Bright & Perky, Spirits A’ Flying

MAC Tartan Tale Chapter 2: Sassy Neutral Lassies Lipglass Set

This year, MAC has released three different miniature lipglass sets. Each set contains five different shades of lipglass, each containing 0.08 oz. of product. Like the other sets from Chapter 2, they are housed in a metal tin that features the tartan pattern on the outside. They also have a plastic insert to keep the glosses standing up evenly within the tin, but it can be easily removed for more storage. Each set retails for $29.50.

Lipglasses are sheer to opaque in color, but they have a tackier, stickier texture. They are supposed to be vanilla-scented, but I did find a couple throughout the sets that smelled like plastic. These have the same sponge-tipped applicators that full-sized lipglasses have, but it seems less spongy and less gloss is pulled through on each pass (not necessarily a bad thing there!).

This set includes: Bright & Perky (classic bronze), Girls at Play (plummy brown), Scottish Lilt (peachy beige), Spirits A’ Flying (pale gold), and Stealing Kisses (glossing spice).

  • Bright & Perky is a semi-sheer, orange-toned brown with orange-gold shimmer.  It seems rather similar to Ornamental (lipglass).
  • Girls at Play is a semi-sheer darkened red with a heavy hit of gold shimmer. It’s a redder version of Pret-a-Papier (from Pret-a-Papier). It’s also the lipglass version of Baron’s Rose and Fun Bathing lipsticks. I would like it more if it didn’t apply so splotchily.
  • Scottish Lilt is a semi-opaque, milky, pale, fleshy beige. It’s similar to C-Thru, but it lacks the red flecks.
  • Spirits A’ Flying is a sheer milky peach gloss base (very sheer!) with tangerine shimmer. It’s a weaker version of Kumquat (from Spring Colour Forecast).
  • Stealing Kisses is a semi-opaque, creamy muted tangerine-brown with white micro-shimmer. It’s similar to Entice, but it’s more orange.

A normal lipglass contains 0.17 oz. of product and retails for $14.50. In this set, you’ll receive 0.40 oz. worth of lipglass for $29.50. This works out to be $85.29/oz. for an individual [full-sized] lipglass and $73.75/oz. for the lipglass set. It’s also worth pointing out that for the price of two full-sized shades, you’ll have five shades to choose from. If you’re someone who doesn’t stick with one gloss long enough to finish, the sets will be more worthwhile for you.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The glosses, on the whole, are definitely neutral tones, and they’re even neutral colors.  I’m not really pulled either direction with these, as I think they’ll work for a variety of people, but nothing really jumps out at me either.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics (November 4th/11th — check your local store for availability)

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Thursday, November 4th, 2010

MAC Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass Sets
Lipglasses: Hearts-a-Beatin’, Jest for Fun, Mimmy, Pretty Quick!, Tad Saucy

MAC Tartan Tale Chapter 2:  Sassy Coral Lipglass Set

This year, MAC has released three different miniature lipglass sets. Each set contains five different shades of lipglass, each containing 0.08 oz. of product. Like the other sets from Chapter 2, they are housed in a metal tin that features the tartan pattern on the outside. They also have a plastic insert to keep the glosses standing up evenly within the tin, but it can be easily removed for more storage. Each set retails for $29.50.

Lipglasses are sheer to opaque in color, but they have a tackier, stickier texture. They are supposed to be vanilla-scented, but I did find a couple throughout the sets that smelled like plastic. These have the same sponge-tipped applicators that full-sized lipglasses have, but it seems less spongy and less gloss is pulled through on each pass (not necessarily a bad thing there!).  Wear time seems to be three to four hours on average, but some shades pull a little longer while others are shorter.

This set includes: Hearts-a-Beatin’ (pale raisin), Jest for Fun (peachy blossom pink), Mimmy (bright pink coral), Pretty Quick! (bright coral), and Tad Saucy (pale muted pink).

  • Hearts-a-Beatin’ is a medium-dark coral with bronzy brown pull and orange-gold and white shimmer. It’s like Tranceplant and Ornamental had a baby.
  • Jest for Fun is an opaque, milky pink beige with just the tiniest leaning of coral. It has ultra fine white shimmer, but the milkiness definitely takes over here. It’s not quite as pale as Underage, but it’s similar. Ample Pink (Plushglass) looks rather similar when worn.
  • Mimmy is a sheer, pale jelly pink with fuchsia and gold flecks of shimmer strewn through the gloss base. This originally launched with MAC’s Hello Kitty Collection.
  • Pretty Quick! is an opaque, creamy light coral with white micro-shimmer. It resembles Strange Potion (from Venomous Villains) a bit, actually, when worn.
  • Tad Saucy is a clear gloss base with a heavy dose of white and pink shimmer. It looks rather frosty on lips, so it may be better as a layering gloss than alone. It seems similar to Bountiful (Plushglass).

A normal lipglass contains 0.17 oz. of product and retails for $14.50. In this set, you’ll receive 0.40 oz. worth of lipglass for $29.50. This works out to be $85.29/oz. for an individual [full-sized] lipglass and $73.75/oz. for the lipglass set. It’s also worth pointing out that for the price of two full-sized shades, you’ll have five shades to choose from. If you’re someone who doesn’t stick with one gloss long enough to finish, the sets will be more worthwhile for you.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! :)

  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like how the set ranges from light to dark, and it’s not just straight-up coral (though it also seems to miss having a truly outrageous coral shade) but variations on coral.  I feel like I have seen a few of these shades before, but if corals are up your alley, they’re worth a peek.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics (November 4th/11th — check your local store for availability)

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Thursday, November 4th, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale: Viva Glam, Sir Teddy, & Brush Sets Video Review

I filmed my Tartan Tale Kit/Sets review yesterday, and my throat was scratchy afterward, which had to mean I talked way too long–sure enough, I did! We ended up splitting the video into two parts. It worked out, though, because I spend half of this video on why Viva Glam (and Sir Teddy) are great charitable campaigns, and then the other half on a rant review on MAC’s brush sets.

For my written review and photos of the brush set, you can view it here. (Link to vote is here — I’m Christine Mielke.)