Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Illamasqua Mistress Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Mistress Intense Lipgloss

The Summer Season: Illamasqua Mistress Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Mistress Intense Lipgloss ($19.00) is a creamy, orange-coral with fierce pigmentation and a juicy, plump look. Illamasqua’s Intense Lipglosses really feel like liquid lipsticks sometimes, just because they’re so packed with color, have the look and feel of both a gloss and lipstick. They’re non-sticky, too, and while the gloss parts fades after an hour or two, the color itself remains for a solid four to five.

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Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Guerlain Cashmere Gloss
Sable (#01), Ambre (#04), Ebene (#06)

Guerlain Terracotta Lip Gloss ($30.00) is a lightweight, non-sticky lipgloss that delivers subtle color with SPF 15. It’s a very moisturizing formula that lasts about two hours on my lips. The shades themselves are sheer in color, but they really have an excellent formula. I’ve tried three of the six shades that came out — there are also: Sierra (#02), Grenade (#03), and Santal (#05).

  • Sable (#01) is a beige nude with champagne shimmer. It adds a little beige to my natural lip color, but mostly, it mutes the natural rose tint of my lips down a bit. I like this kind of shade with a smoky eye, either alone or over a nude lipstick.
  • Ambre (#04) is a softened red-coral with fine gold shimmer. It’s muted, it’s sheer, but it still delivers a significant amount of color without being thick or goopy. I like this shade, because I think it would be universally flattering–it’s not at all orange.
  • Ebene (#06) is a lush reddened, ambered bronze. It’s one of the most pigmented shades of the three I tried. Loved the consistency — smooth, even color that doesn’t sink into lip lines.

Guerlain describes the applicator as ergonomic, but I have to tell you, it was really awkward for me. I don’t know if it’s perhaps more to do with the length of the applicator or the handle, but it felt a little wobbly in my hands, personally–but I would say I have bigger hands with longer fingers (I blame my piano playing years!), so that could be it, too.

They feel like a glossy, thicker lip balm, but they’re on the thinner side for a lipgloss. They still deliver the shine and glossiness that you’d expect in a gloss, but they keep lips looking full, pouty, and soft while you wear ‘em. They have a slight scent, like most Guerlain lip products, but it seems subtler than is par for the brand.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  Those who really enjoy lightweight, non-sticky glosses that go on thin and have a nice, moisturizing touch, may like Guerlain’s Terracotta Glosses.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Lipglasses: Flurry of Fun, Easy Lounger, Splashing

MAC To the Beach Collection — Lipglass Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC’s To the Beach Collection features four limited edition lipsticks from champagne-gold to deep berry, with each retailing for $14.

  • Flurry of Fun is a sheer, muted tangerine peach with iridescent teal shimmer–yes, teal.  The shimmer in this reminds me of Reflects Transparent Teal, which is kind of cool.
  • Easy Lounger is an ultra sheer light baby pink with silvered shimmer.  The shimmer in this gloss feels different than the average lipglass, to be honest.  It seems incredibly fine and brilliant.  The shade itself doesn’t do much on lips but add a glossy, shimmering look with no real color change.  It’d be nice over a darker lipstick, though.
  • Splashing is a medium pink with yellow undertones and soft champagne shimmer.  It’s pretty pigmented as far as lipglosses go, and it doesn’t emphasize lines too badly, though the milkiness of the gloss does seem to settle there.

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Clarins #06 Gloss Appeal
Clarins Orchid (06) Gloss Appeal

Clarins Orchid (#06) Gloss Appeal ($21.00) is a sheer, reddened coral with ultra fine iridescent fuchsia shimmer. Gloss Appeal is a nice, non-sticky, lightweight gloss that lasts about two hours on its own. The shimmer is super, super fine, which makes it ideal for those who are sensitive to texture and the grit of more glittery glosses. It has a subtle, fruity scent that doesn’t linger once its on the lips. It only delivers semi-sheer color on my lips, so if you have ultra pigmented lips, you may want to try it out in-store first!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love non-sticky, subtly shimmery glosses, you may like Clarins’ Gloss Appeal.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Monday, May 10th, 2010

Illamasqua Fierce Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Fierce Intense Lipgloss

The Summer Season: Illamasqua Fierce Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Fierce ($19.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium violet purple. Yes, it’s really, truly a purple lipgloss. This isn’t a hint of violet, a smidgen of purple–it is undeniably purple. I don’t, personally, think I’d wear this shade alone, but I’d work it with a red or burgundy lipstick mixed with it for something I could wear. Though I experienced no bleeding and the gloss goes on beautifully–smooth, evenly, and mostly opaque–the natural color of the edges of my lips are visible–I recommend using a lip brush to apply and a magenta or purple lip liner underneath. I think this will yield the most impacting pout if you’re going full-force purple.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010

MAC Superglass Collection
MAC Superglass: Fab Frenzy, Totally Bang!, Cherry Electric, Superflash!,
Sweet Tart, Gift Wrap, Sugar Overload, Disco Blend, Tunnel of Love

MAC Superglass Collection: Review, Photos, & Swatches

Superglass is latest lipgloss creation by MAC.  My review for these is still the same and reposted with minor edits below.  They are a thick, sticky gloss loaded with both shimmer and flaky glitter particles.  They’re not for those who prefer less rather than more when it comes to shimmer, glitter, or texture.  I personally found it to be one of the thickest glosses I’ve ever worn–almost like the consistency of honey.

I like these, but I don’t love them–I like them a lot more on top of lipsticks for an extra kick of dazzling shimmer, but alone, they’re not as fun.  The texture/formula on these is consistent through all nine shades, so must-haves seem more dependent on your personal tastes.   My personal favorites, though, are Totally Bang! and Cherry Electric.

  • Most pigmented shadesFab Frenzy, Totally Bang!, Cherry Electric
  • Sheerest shadesSweet Tart, Sugar Overload

Are you looking to double your dazzle or streamline your dazzle?

There are some shades of Superglass that are similar to Dazzleglass shades, but I’d say that these, on average, are more pigmented than Dazzleglasses, so the Superglass version is very much a Super-Dazzleglass version.  Whether you’re a fiend for all things dazzling and therefore want to double your dazzle or if you’re looking to get shades different from your Dazzleglasses…

  • Cherry Electric is like a pinker version of Love Alert.
  • Totally Bang! is a pinker version of Ms. Fizz.
  • Sugar Overload is comparable to Sugarrimmed.
  • Fab Frenzy is a much more intense version of Date Night.
  • Disco Overload is like a brighter, more orange version of Bare Necessity.
  • You probably don’t need both Sweet Tart and Superflash–they’re so similar to each other–the latter being a smidgen brighter, but they look nearly the same on lips.

Superglass ($18.00 for 0.15 oz.)

  • Fab Frenzy is is darkened berry-purple with flecks of iridescent fuchsia-purple flakes. It’s decently pigmented, and it does give plenty of color to lips on its own.
  • Totally Bang! is is a vibrant fuchsia-pink with semi-opaque color coverage. It has iridescent purple flakes along with golden and amber shimmer. This is one of the most pigmented shades of Superglass.
  • Cherry Electric is a softened pink with a little extra kick of red. It has iridescent purple flakes along with golden shimmer. The color coverage is semi-sheer with some color but not solid.
  • Superflash! is a sheer baby pink with flashes of amber shimmer and flakes of grayish-purple. This one is definitely on the sheerer side.
  • Sugar Overload is a milky pale pink-nude with gold and white shimmer and then larger grayish-silver flecks of glitter. Very milky looking, not really creamy, but it doesn’t settle into lips too much. It is, however, pretty sheer. It’s a bit like Boy Bait Cremesheen Glass, except with glitter overload. Ha, overload!
  • Sweet Tart is a soft pink with only a slight milkiness to it. It has white and gold shimmer with large flecks of a grayish-purple and peach glitter. It’s a sheerer shade, but it gives more color than Sugar Overload. I feel like it just brings out some of the natural pink in my lips.
  • Gift Wrap is a sheer, muted pinky-coral with flakes of silver-y purple and amber and white shimmer. It has some color, but it tends to just emphasize your natural lip color.
  • Disco Blend is a peachy-beige with a smidgen of brown. The sparkles in it seem to include a gold shimmer, chunkier gray-silver particles, and some peach flecks. Not totally sheer, but it’s not opaque either — it does a decent job of giving my lips a different color, though.
  • Tunnel of Love is a reddish brown with white and gold shimmer along with flecks of grayish-silver and peach glitter. I found this one had the most color pay off, but it has a tendency to look a little uneven on the lips. From further away, it’s not as noticeable, but I just couldn’t get it to look smooth and even. Bonus: it made my teeth look super white!

The formula is thick and sticky, but the glitter never felt gritty to me, even five hours later. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t feel much grittiness, but I think when these fade entirely, there may be a little texture to the glitter. Because it is pretty thick and sticky, the glosses lasted quite awhile on my lips. I slicked on Sweet Tart around 6 PM, and it was still lingering at 11 PM. It wasn’t quite as glossy as it was initially, but it still looked glossy and shimmery. The glitter seemed to stay in place, and none of it migrated to the outer edges of my lips, so all in all, it faded nicely. Oh, and did I mention I ate dinner with it on? Oh, yeah.

I do think the glitter is large and chunky, and it really does remind me of the flecks of glitter you’ll see in some nail polishes, but it’s not so severe once it’s on your lips, particularly at a normal viewing distance. You’ll see flat grayish particles, but they catch light, so this gloss looks best in light/in person, that way it can catch light as you move vs. a still photograph. It’s an interesting look, and I know some will love it, some will find it tacky. I like the concept better over lipstick than worn alone, partially because these are a bit sheer, but also because it makes the glitter pop a little more.

INGREDIENTS: Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Trisostearyl Citrate, Tocepheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Squalane, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Polyacrylate-4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Vanillin [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxidies (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163,), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)]

I know some of us (that includes me!) were concerned about just how much product was going to be in these tubes, but it looks like MAC may have considered what we’ve been complaining about–there is 0.15 oz. in Superglass, as compared to 0.06 oz. in Dazzleglass, 0.08 oz. in Cremesheen Glass, and 0.17 oz. in Lipglass. More expensive than Lipglass, but it’s a way better deal than Dazzleglass! The packaging is very much like Dazzleglass in terms of the type of materials, glossy look of the plastic, etc. but it is six-sided, so it won’t roll off your bathroom counter at least!

BOTTOM LINE: These are long-wearing, ultra glittery lipglosses with a thick (but not goopy!) feel and sticky texture. They seem to run from sheer to semi-sheer with some shades being more pigmented than others, but none are entirely opaque. They are vanilla scented, and I didn’t really notice any taste since wearing them.  I think these are best over lipsticks, rather than alone, though some of the more intense shades could be worn alone.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you don’t mind sticky gloss and love yourself some glitter, I’d say give these a shot. You might be surprised at how the glitter translates on your lips! If you don’t like the stickiness of Lipglass, I don’t think you’ll like the feel of Superglass at all. I also wouldn’t go into these expecting 100% opaque color pay off either!

Availability: Nordstrom

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