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Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

Dress Your Lips in Opulence

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “rainbow beige.” It’s a golden-beige with multi-colored shimmer (almost holographic but not quite) that reads mostly champagne, gold, copper, and pink once applied. NARS Albatross looks a bit lighter on the lips. MAC Bubble Lounge is lighter, less beige. MAC Luxure has a similar sparkle but is more silvered.

Now, the tube I have (which is a sample) indicates this is a Sheer Lipgloss, but online, Illamasqua has it listed as an Intense Lipgloss and again on their Facebook (when they posted promos)–so I’m going to go off of their websites. Intense Lipglosses are supposed to be rich in color, non-sticky, and have a high-shine finish.  The color coverage is semi-sheer to semi-opaque; there’s noticeable sheerness in the color, but there is enough sparkle that it still delivers a noticeable change in lip color. I didn’t initially feel the glitter/sparkle, but after a half hour, there was a definite grittiness and I could feel the edges of the sparkles.  Opulent wore for four hours, which was good and consistent with most glosses. The texture was non-sticky, and the finish had plenty of glossy shine.

With Generation Q, I noticed that Illamasqua has changed the packaging on their lipglosses. They used to be slanted, squeeze-tubes, but now they’re clear plastic with a black screw-top that twists and reveals a brush-type applicator. Both of the glosses I receive with this type of applicator had several splayed bristles, which made application more difficult. The bristles could be a little softer, as they seemed to be a touch scratchy against the lips as well as created some brush strokes. I’m not sure if I just happened to get two exceptionally messed-up brushes or if a lot of them are going to be that way. For now, we’ll assume that because these were samples, they were an early run, and perhaps not pristine, but I don’t think the applicator is ideal for this gloss formula–a regular doe-foot would be easier to maneuver around the lips and be less likely to cause visible brush strokes. I also detected a fruity scent.

Illamasqua Opulent Intense Lipgloss

B
9
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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Illamasqua Boost Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Boost Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Boost Intense Lipgloss

Get a Boost of Rich Color for Fall

Illamasqua Boost Intense Lipgloss ($20.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “blueberry violet.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based magenta pink with violet-fuchsia iridescent shimmer. I couldn’t think of a great dupe for this; lipsticks that may have been somewhat similar in color lacked the shimmer/sheen, which is such a noticeable characteristic of this gloss that they didn’t look alike at all. MAC Style Packed is pinker with no iridescence. LORAC Cliche has some iridescence, but it’s pinker and so much sheerer. Benefit Wild Child also had an iridescent shimmer, but it was sheerer and lighter.

Illamasqua’s Intense Lipgloss formula is supposed to deliver high-shine, rich color, and be non-sticky. Boost is mostly opaque, though there’s a little translucence that lets my natural lip color peek through. It’s very pigmented for a gloss overall, but it’s not as opaque as other shades in the range are. It does have an extremely glossy sheen, though, and the sheen lasts quite awhile. I wore this, and it lasted for five hours with the glossiness being pretty high-shine for three and a half of those hours. The color didn’t apply quite as evenly as it should have, though it’s one of those colors (because there doesn’t seem to be a lot on the market that is similar to it) that may make it worth the extra energy to apply. It’s not too heavy, feels comfortable on lips, and has a non-sticky texture–it feels very slick on lips.

With Generation Q, I noticed that Illamasqua has changed the packaging on their lipglosses. They used to be slanted, squeeze-tubes, but now they’re clear plastic with a black screw-top that twists and reveals a brush-type applicator. Both of the glosses I receive with this type of applicator had several splayed bristles, which made application more difficult. The bristles could be a little softer, as they seemed to be a touch scratchy against the lips as well as created some brush strokes. I’m not sure if I just happened to get two exceptionally messed-up brushes or if a lot of them are going to be that way. For now, we’ll assume that because these were samples, they were an early run, and perhaps not pristine, but I don’t think the applicator is ideal for this gloss formula–a regular doe-foot would be easier to maneuver around the lips and be less likely to cause visible brush strokes. I also detected a fruity scent.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Boost
Boost
Boost
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss

A Shimmering, Wearable Brown-Hued Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude with gold flecks.” This is a plummy brown with a hint of mauve and multi-colored shimmer–it almost looks holographic at certain angles. Holographic or not, it is chocked full of shimmer, though, as the formula might lead you to believe. Revlon Rosegold is pinker, warmer. MAC Blessedly Rich has more orange and copper in it. Bobbi Brown Beach is sheerer and has more gold/bronze shimmer. MAC Social Light is similar. MAC Explicit is a bit lighter. MAC Spree is browner.

I feel like a broken record, because I’m in love with nearly every single shade within the formula’s range. New for fall (but staying in the line), Bronzed Heather is no exception. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, though the color itself is more semi-sheer with such a hefty amount of shimmer that it’s almost semi-opaque. There’s a noticeable translucency that enables your natural lip color to come through. The gloss has a lightweight consistency that’s not too thick or too thin, spreads evenly, and when tested, this shade wore four hours. It’s hydrating, and the shimmer doesn’t travel to parts unknown.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Bronzed Heather

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MAC Styleseeker Lipglasses

MAC Styleseekers Lipglasses
MAC Styleseeker Lipglasses

Surprise! Three Fantastic Opaque Lipglasses

MAC Styleseeker Lipglasses ($15.00 for 0.17 oz.) includes four shades: C-Thru (peachy beige with shimmer), Eclectic Edge (mid-tone clean true orange), Ready to Roam (mid-tone true blue red), and Restless (dark burnt bronze).

C-Thru has been reviewed C-Thru previously, and it is part of the original range.

Eclectic Edge is a medium orange with soft white micro-shimmer. It has a hint of red tones, but it’s mostly tangerine orange. It’s not too bright, but it’s no faded shade! The color coverage is mostly opaque, and it applies nice and evenly. MAC Riviera Life is similar but appears just barely darker. MAC Morange is darker, more orange, brighter.

Ready to Roam is a blue-based medium red with ruby red micro-shimmer–the shimmer is so subtle, I didn’t know there was shimmer until I applied it to my lips and saw it while editing photos! It’s there, and you’ll see it, but it’s subtle. This is mostly opaque and applies evenly and smoothly. Chanel Triomphal is darker with pink shimmer. MAC Driven by Love is darker but similar. MAC Totally Fab is lighter, less opaque. MAC Send Me Sailing has more blue in its base and has no shimmer. MAC Russian Red is very similar but has no shimmer.

Restless is a reddish-brown with copper and bronze shimmer–this one is shimmer-heavy. The color is semi-opaque but still applied evenly overall. MAC Purple Rage is redder, less brown, and has less shimmer. MAC Sonoran Rain is much redder. MAC Pret-a-Papier is similar but not as opaque. MAC Girls at Play has less brown, more berry coloring.

The three limited edition shades (Eclectic Edge, Ready to Roam, and Restless) are some of MAC’s best Lipglasses from recent memory. The reason is because they’re even, apply smoothly, and don’t accentuate lip lines by sinking into them.  All three shades are on the opaque side, but what’s remarkable is really just how evenly the color applies.  Lipglasses are sticky (one of the stickier formulas on the market) and have a thicker consistency, but they tend to be more long-wearing as a result of the tackiness. They’re also vanilla-scented. I tested all three shades over the past two days, and Eclectic Edge wore for four hours, Ready to Roam for five hours, and Restless for four and a half hours.

MAC Styleseeker Lipglasses

A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Bobbi Brown Firefly High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Firefly High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Firefly High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Firefly High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold ivory with opal flecks.” It’s a virtually colorless gloss with warm white and iridescent opal shimmer–looks like a wintry mix of silver, white, and lilac. There’s no real color in the base, just lots and lots of shimmer, but on, it’s definitely apparent you’re wearing something–it’s highly reflective and looks a little pink-ish. MAC She-zam is more silver-shimmered. NARS Luxor is similar in color and sheen, though it is milkier. MAC Frozen Lame has a lot more white shimmer.

Long-time readers will know that this is one of my favorite formulas–it has a ridiculous amount of sparkle and dazzle combined with a non-sticky and comfortable to texture that’s not too thick or too thin.  These glosses typically last a full four hours and sometimes longer on me; Firefly wore for a full four hours, which is noteworthy for a gloss that’s fairly sheer in color.  The shimmer is so high that it’s almost semi-sheer to semi-opaque in color because of the coverage the shimmer yields.  It’s moisturizing, and I like that it doesn’t get sticky over time.  Bobbi Brown’s glosses come with a doe-foot applicator, slightly more gloss than the average gloss, and are mint-scented.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Firefly
Firefly
Firefly
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Cremesheen Glasses (Part 2)


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

Three More Sheer Glosses that Remind Me of Spring

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these three Cremesheen Glass shades: Pagoda (frosted cool pink), Paper Lantern (frosted soft warm pink), Rising Sun (frosted bright orange).

  • Pagoda is a cool-toned, lilac pink with white shimmer. It doesn’t have too milky of a base, but it does settle into lip lines a bit and doesn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. Because the color coverage is semi-sheer, it doesn’t read as cool-toned as it looks in the tube. MAC Enchantee is cooler-toned and more opaque. MAC Japanese Spring is more opaque, milkier, no shimmer. MAC Going Casual is lighter. MAC Lavender Wind is more iridescent.
  • Paper Lantern is a sheer pink=beige with soft white shimmer. It’s virtually colorless on my lips–it just adds some shimmer and shine. As a result, it looks like any number of sheer lipglosses.
  • Rising Sun a semi-sheer tangerine orange with soft golden orange shimmer. It warms up my natural lip color while giving it an orange-brown kind of tint. MAC Secret Identity is darker, more orange. NARS Hopi is darker, more opaque. MAC Kumquat is lighter and more opaque.

As mentioned earlier, I’m not finished testing the wear of these shades and will make more progress as the day continues.  From the Cremesheen Glasses, I’ve tested Paper Lantern (two and a half hours), Rising Sun (two hours), and just finished wearing Double Happiness (hour and a half).  These glosses typically wear between an hour and two hours on me–sometimes a little longer, but usually between one and two hours. It’s a rather short-wearing formula for me, as I usually average three to four hours on gloss.

I’m not someone who likes to reapply often, but I know that it’s not a deal-breaker for a lot. I do want to point out that these contain less product than the average gloss: these only have 0.09 fl. oz. To contrast, MAC Lipglass has 0.17 fl. oz., while it is an improvement over Dazzleglass, which has a mere 0.06 fl. oz. Combined with frequent reapplication, you’re likely to go through a tube far faster if you use it regularly.

Cremesheen Glasses have a creamy, not quite gel-like, but close, texture that’s thin without being too thin. It’s non-sticky, and it’s a nice alternative to those who find Lipglass to be too heavy/sticky. It is vanilla-scented but has no noticeable taste. They come with a doe-foot applicator inside a clear plastic tube.

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Cremesheen Glasses (Part 2)

B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total

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