Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses

MAC Styledriven: Pro Longwear Lipglasses (Part 2)

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass ($18.50 for 0.06 oz.) is supposed to last up to six hours with lots of shine and color. There are nine shades released as part of the Styledriven collection, and all nine are permanent. This post features these four: Patience, Please (light pink-blue), Ready or Not! (neutral light coral with slight pearlized pigments), Show Me! (mid-tone neutral plum), and Whoops! (bright coral).

  • Patience, Please is a pale pink-beige with a very creamy, milky look. It does settle a bit into lip lines (but not as bad as some recent lipglasses). It’s lighter than MAC Good Times. It’s more opaque than MAC The Wee Coquette but pinker than MAC Glamour for All.
  • Ready or Not! is a light-medium peach with soft white micro-shimmer. I couldn’t get this shade to go on evenly (and again, this was just one pass of gloss!). It’s a little bit lighter and less pink compared to MAC Frankly Fresh but more orange than MAC 2N. It is very similar to MAC Illicit.
  • Show Me! is a medium-dark peach-orange brown. I’m going to have to give a big clueless, “Huh?” because it’s not what I’d call a “neutral plum.” It applies fairly evenly and definitely has opaque color. Paul & Joe #4 is lighter. Korres #33 Nude is a bit similar but not as opaque. It also resembles MAC Temper Tantra.
  • Whoops! is a coral-orange with a creamy finish. It’s mostly opaque and goes on fairly evenly but settles into lip lines a little. It’s like a shimmer-free version of MAC Geo Pink. MAC Exxhibitionist is brighter. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi is lighter and a touch pinker. Illamasqua Mistress is more intense.

Please see part one for a full review of the formula! :)

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MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Lipglasses Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

C+
This is a high-maintenance lipgloss; it takes patience and some effort to get the right amount of product to yield (mostly) even color coverage--and it takes a second of carelessness (aka pressing lips together) to erase that hard work.

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8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses
MAC Pro Longwear Lipglasses

MAC Styledriven: Pro Longwear Lipglasses (Part 1)

MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass ($18.50 for 0.06 oz.) is supposed to last up to six hours with lots of shine and color. There are nine shades released as part of the Styledriven collection, and all nine are permanent. This post features these five: Dark as Night (deep mid-tone purple with slight pearlized pigments), Driven by Love (red-blue with slight pearlized pigments), Full Speed Ahead (bright pink-magenta), Infinitely Likeable (light pink), and Lasting Achievement (mid-tone purple with slight pearlized pigments).

  • Dark as Night is a dark burgundy-wine with subtle gold and burgundy shimmer. It’s semi-opaque but this was one of the more difficult shades to apply evenly (I did not succeed). I can’t think of a dupe for this particular shade though; nothing I think of is dark enough.
  • Driven by Love is a rich red with gold shimmer. It’s a touch blue-based. This was the best performing shade out of the nine–not only is it intensely pigmented but delivers opaque color evenly. It is similar to several other red lipglosses, though.
  • Full Speed Ahead is a creamy bright pink with blue undertones. It’s mostly opaque and applies evenly if you’re patient. It is a touch darker than MAC True Babe. It is similar to OCC Pageant.
  • Infinitely Likeable is a light-medium pink with a good deal of milkiness to it. This one seemed thicker than the others; the swatch as shown is a single pull of gloss. It’s a bit darker than MAC Enchantee.
  • Lasting Achievement is a deep red with a hint of berry and gold shimmer. It has semi-opaque color coverage, but it goes on evenly. It is similar in color to Dolce & Gabbana Amethyst but more opaque.

These are long-wearing, and I do get a five to six hours of wear out of them–even the lighter shades (like Ready or Not!). The darker shades (like Driven by Love) look really good at six hours, while lighter shades (like Ready or Not!) are still noticeably on and give decent color but look faded compared to when it was first applied. They have a nice dose of shine in the finish, and the shine hangs on for longer than the usual gloss.

They’re thick and almost goopy, and they get sticky very quickly. The texture didn’t seem sticky when I swatched, but on lips, it feels akin to glue (the stickiness is emphasized by the thicker consistency of the gloss). They are more pigmented than your average gloss, but I had some issues getting even color because of the thicker consistency. If you smush your lips together, forget about even color, because the color will pull and drag and you’ll get unevenness.

Overall, the formula needs improvement. Some shades apply well and deliver both opaque and even color, but others have major issues with evenness. The ones that do apply evenly are rather high-maintenance; you don’t want to be pressing and sliding your lips together, because the gloss will move and look uneven.

I’m also frustrated at how little these tubes contain–0.06 oz. (which is as much as Dazzleglass–I’ve regularly complained about the amount in those, too) and yet how large they seem.  They’re long, thick tubes with a pinched sponge-tipped applicator that doesn’t bother me.  It doesn’t hinder or really help application.  I can see it being too large and hindering application for those who have naturally thin lips.

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MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Lipglasses Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

C+
This is a high-maintenance lipgloss; it takes patience and some effort to get the right amount of product to yield (mostly) even color coverage--and it takes a second of carelessness (aka pressing lips together) to erase that hard work.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, September 17th, 2011

MAC Fall Colour Lipglasses
C-Thru, Good Times, Orange Tempera, Pink Fade

MAC Fall Colour: Lipglasses

MAC Fall Colour Lipglasses ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) includes four shades: C-Thru (peachy beige with shimmer), Good Times (pale mauve), Orange Tempera (pale peach), and Pink Fade (pale pink). These are part of the MAC Fall Colour Collection, which debuts in North America on September 29th, 2011 and rolls out internationally in October. C-Thru is part of the permanent collection, the other three are limited edition.

  • C-Thru is a milky beige-nude with pale beige-white shimmer. IT’s semi-opaque and does settle a bit into lip lines. This is a permanent shade. MAC on the Scene is similar. Urban Decay Max is a little more opaque and peach-tinted.
  • Good Times is a pale, creamy mauve-pink with nearly opaque color coverage. There is enough milkiness that it does settle into lip lines but the more opaque color hides some of it. Good Times is more opaque than MAC Going Casual but less pink than MAC Splashing. FYI, it just came out with MAC Me Over.
  • Orange Tempera is a soft, light-medium peach with a creamy look. There is some settling into lip lines but it is on the more opaque side and applies fairly evenly. It is lighter than MAC Illicit.
  • Pink Fade is a really cool-toned, blue-based pale pink with a creamy milkiness that encourages settling into lip lines. The coverage is mostly opaque and applies fairly evenly. It is lighter than MAC Viva Glam Gaga. It is a little cooler-toned than MAC Enchantee.

I’m not a big fan of the way MAC’s creamier lipglasses look on lips–they tend to settle into lip lines and apply unevenly. The thickness of the lipglass texture can make it harder to get even color coverage because it doesn’t glide as easily as a thinner gloss would. Lipglass is a sticky formula with a vanilla scent that typically wears three to fours on me. I don’t find the moisturizing, but I don’t usually find them drying either. I recommend creamier shades like these over a lip liner or lipstick.

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C-Thru

B-
These all settle into lip lines, which can be a difficult look to pull off! I recommend using a lip liner or lipstick underneath, which should minimize settling and give a more even appearance overall.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss
Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss

Quick Review: Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss

Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss ($30.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a translucent formula with no sparkle but “packed with pigments.” It’s non-sticky with a “delicious sheerness.” I gather it should also be moisturizing, given its name. For summer, three shades were released: Tango (09) (flamboyant red), Salsa (07) (neon fuchsia), and Mambo (08) (sunny coral).

The gloss has a lovely jelly-like feel on lips that’s moisturizing; very cushioned and slick without being sticky. It is scented with Guerlain’s signature violet fragrance, and it is one of the stronger scents in higher end makeup, so if you’re particularly sensitive to scents, you might want to sniff first before purchasing. All three shades from the summer launch are shimmer-free with a healthy dose of glossy shine. The color is certainly not sheer, and all three had that translucent quality you’d expect from a gel-like gloss but they do yield quite a bit of color on the lips.

Tango (09) was a semi-opaque pinky red. Salsa (07) was a semi-opaque medium-dark pink. (neon fuchsia), and Mambo (08) was a semi-opaque muted orange. Tango and Salsa looked somewhat similar when worn–there is a difference, but it is not as large when worn than it is when swatched on the skin.

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Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss Quick Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
If you like shimmer-free lipgloss with a non-sticky but gel-like texture, you'll like these. The colors look intensely vibrant in the tubes, but when worn, they are much tamer (and they're designed to be that way).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, August 21st, 2011

MAC Me Over Lipglasses
MAC Me Over Lipglasses in Good Times, Illicit, Social Light, and The Wee Coquette

MAC Me Over: Lipglasses

There are seven shades of MAC Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) launched with MAC Me Over. They include: Curvaceous (light grey pink), Good Times (pale mauve), Illicit (creamy neutral pink), Plum Fun (neutral plum with purple pearlized pigments), Social Light (neutral pink with pearlized pigments), Spite (muted plum taupe brown), and The Wee Coquette (naked neutral pink).

  • Curvaceous is a milky pink with just a hint of plum. It has a creamy, milky appearance, so it can take some patience to get even coverage, though the opacity of the gloss is mostly opaque. It is similar to Illamasqua Move but Curvaceous is less pigmented.
  • Good Times is a pale, milky pinked mauve. The lightness of the color combined with the milkiness does make it a gloss that settles into lip lines. The color itself is mostly opaque. It is more opaque than MAC Going Casual but much less pink compared to MAC Splashing.
  • Illicit is a peachy-beige with white micro-shimmer. This is a repromote. I found this one difficult to apply in an even layer of color–it just settles into lip lines and looks quite uneven, which is also due to the general thickness of the formula itself. It is less pink compared to MAC Lust, less coral compared to MAC Pretty Quick!, more peach (but less even) than MAC Jest For Fun, similar to (but less even) than MAC Frankly Fresh,
  • Plum Fun is a berry-tinted red with gold shimmer. It has nearly opaque color coverage. NYX Burgundy is redder. NARS Bougainville is very similar, though it is a touch darker. Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant is pinker.
  • Social Light is a pink-brown with multi-colored shimmer. It’s an interesting shade, because it looks browner in the tube and swatched, but it emphasizes the redness in my lips when worn. This was, however, the 11th or 12th lip product I swatched. When swatched, it resembles MAC Spree, but it’s a touch less brown. It is less coral compared to MAC Wildly Refined.
  • Spite will be reviewed when I am able to purchase it, but my local stores are presently sold out of it. This is a permanent shade.
  • The Wee Coquette is a pale, milky blue-based pink with white shimmer. This is a repromote. It is less opaque and glossier than MAC Enchantee.

MAC Lipglasses are sticky, vanilla-scented, and wear longer than most glosses (because of their tackiness). I get between three and four hours with lighter colors, and some of the darker shades will wear four to five on me. The formula is very thick, though, which can make getting an even layer more difficult. Additionally, when the hue is very pale, creamy, or otherwise milky-looking, the unevenness is more pronounced.

MAC Me Over is a 51-piece collection for fall, which will launch in North America on August 25th, 2011 and internationally in September 2011. It will launch online approximately August 23rd but there is no concrete online launch date. All products–unless otherwise noted–are limited edition.

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MAC Me Over Lipglasses Swatches, Photos, Reviews

B-
I generally don't mind MAC's stickier, thicker Lipglass formula, but a couple of these felt more gloppy than just thick on. The milkier shades are better over a lipstick, because it will help minimize the unevenness in the gloss layer more.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


Giorgio Armani #402 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #402 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #402 Gloss d’Armani ($28.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is an orange-red with lots of gold shimmer. When worn, it’s semi-opaque–there is a translucency that allows the natural lip color to peek through, but the gloss imparts a fair amount of color. For those with more pigmented lips, it will likely brighten and enhance but provide seemingly sheerer coverage. It’s not quite as red as Chantecaille Glaze. It is rather similar to Hourglass Primal. Chanel Imaginaire is similar but doesn’t have the gold shimmer.

Gloss d’Armani is supposed to last for eight hours (without fading), be moisturizing, and have a smooth, non-sticky texture. Color payoff is indeterminant, because on one hand, Giorgio Armani says “concentrated, high definition color” but then later describes some shades as “sheer chiffon.” For a more in-depth review of Gloss d’Armani, please read my original review here.

Even though I can’t say I’ve experienced the full eight-hour wear Giorgio Armani claims, I do get an impressive five to six hours of wear with every shade I’ve reviewed so far (I think we’re up to three–two more pigmented shades, one sheer shade). #502 wears a solid six hours, but if you desire a really glossy shine, you’ll need to refresh the shine after three hours or so.

The gloss starts off as almost gel-like and non-sticky, but over time, it gets tackier and tackier. It’s not thick and sticky, but I wouldn’t describe it as non-sticky. The initial non-sticky phase allows for the gloss to be evenly distributed across the lips without becoming splotchy, though. I didn’t detect any fragrance or scent.

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#402

B+
It may not be as non-sticky and as long-wearing as it claims, but it is one of the longest-wearing glosses I've come across that isn't more of a liquid lipstick. This is truly a gloss from the way it looks to the way it feels.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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