Thursday, January 6th, 2011


Make Up For Ever Diamond Lab Shine Lipglosses

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lipglosses: Diamond Finish

For spring (although, these have been available at Make Up For Ever boutiques since last June), Make Up For Ever launches new Lab Sine Lip Gloss ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) in three finishes with 35 shades in total.

I reviewed the Metal Lab Shines several months ago, when I first purchased the Lab Shines. My intention was always to review all of the ones I purchased (which is all except for three, which they did not have in-stock at the time), but I was never able to get through lip swatches for all of the new glosses. I do still hope to do lip swatches for them in the future, but for now, please enjoy swatches and photos.

The Diamond Collection includes 12 shades and contains Make Up For Ever’s Diamond Powder. This finish is supposed to be transparent and natural-looking with a shimmering shine. All of the lip glosses have both hyaluronic acid and Camelina oil for help moisturize lips and improve elasticity. It is a non-sticky gloss with a slight, tropical fruit kind of scent. The scent is not overwhelming, and it doesn’t smell synthetically sweet. They are packaged in thick, clear tubes with a black cap and a brush-type applicator.

The shades included in this finish are: D0 (shimmering diamond), D2 (shimmering amethyst), D4 (shimmering grenadine), D6 (shimmering magenta), D8 (shimmering baby pink), D10 (shimmering fresh pink), D12 (shimmering quartz rose), D14 (shimmering Indian pink), D16 (shimmering beige), D18 (shimmering copper), D20 (shimmering tangerine), and D22 (shimmering papaya). Below are my descriptions of the shades, with the exception of D2, which was not available for me to purchase at the time.

  • D0 is a clear gloss with white-silver shimmer.
  • D4 is a sheer, pink-plum with soft pink shimmer.
  • D6 is a sheer, fuchsia pink with magenta shimmer.
  • D8 is a sheer, pale pink with silver and pink shimmer.
  • D10 is a sheer soft yellow-based pink with light pink shimmer.
  • D12 is a sheer milky pink with gold shimmer.
  • D14 is a sheer neutral pink with champagne shimmer.
  • D16 is a sheer, peach-beige with copper shimmer.
  • D18 is a semi-sheer, peach base with a heavy dose of light an dark copper shimmer.
  • D20 is a sheer, juicy tangerine orange with soft gold shimmer.
  • D22 is a milky rose pink with pale pink shimmer.

Diamond Lab Shines have a very smooth texture; they’re thick without being goopy, but they are very comfortable to wear. They’re some of the more moisturizing glosses I have tried, and with these lighter shades, I get about two to three hours of wear. With some of the darker shades, I have gotten up to four hours of wear. I’d love ‘em more if they wore longer (three to four is average for me, two is below), but I do love that they have a huge shade range (that’s permanent!).

My big complaint is that these only have 0.09 oz. in them–the average lip gloss has about 0.20 oz., and even Make Up For Ever’s Fascinating Lipgloss contained that much, but they halved the size and kept the price. I understand these are a completely different formula and contain their various powders (Diamond, Star, and Metal), but whether that really merits what is in essence over a 50% price increase is up for debate.  With the thicker nature of the gloss, I could see these being used up more quickly than other glosses, too.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: These are very nice gloss basics; they’re non-sticky, comfortable to wear, and there are lots of shades to choose from. The Diamond finish is a very sheer range, and if you are looking for something more pigmented, you are better off looking at the Star or Metal finish (the latter being the most pigmented/opaque).

WHERE TO BUY: Sephora.com

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Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Chanel Glossimers for Spring 2011
Chanel Nakkar and Aragonite Glossimers

Chanel Spring 2011: Nakkar and Aragonite

Chanel Glossimers ($28.50 for 0.19 oz.) are delightfully shimmering, sheer to semi-sheer lip glosses with a smooth, non-sticky formula that’s not too thick nor too thin. It also wears three to four hours on me, and I never find my lips parched after wear. For spring, Chanel launched two shades:

  • Nakkar is a reddened watermelon pink with subtle gold micro-shimmer. It provides some color on my lips, but it’s still on the sheer side. Nakkar is like a red version of Pink Teaser (from fall ’10).
  • Aragonite is a sheer, nearly colorless base with silver, pink, and teal micro-shimmer. Aragonite is fairly similar to Galactic, the primary difference being Aragonite has more pink shimmer, while Galactic has less and therefore appears cooler in tone.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: Both shades are pretty, and they are true to Chanel’s Glossimer formula–whether the shades appeal enough to you to purchase is just up to personal preference.

WHERE TO BUY: Nordstrom

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Friday, December 31st, 2010

MAC Kissable Lipcolour
MAC Kissable Lipcolour: So Vain, Strut Your Stuff, Super, Temper Tantra, Vanity Fair, Woo Me

MAC Peacocky: Kissable Lipcolour Review, Photos, Swatches, Part 3

MAC Kissable Lipcolour ($18.00 for 0.17 oz.) are a new, medium-coverage lip product that is designed to give you the “comfort of a lipstick” with the “shiny finish of a lipgloss.” It’s supposed to be a lightweight, highly emollient formula with creamy color. It is also touted as being feather-resistant and wearing “for hours.” This includes these four: Super (muted neutral brown), Temper Tantra (mid-tone reddish brown), Vanity Fair (mid-tone blue pink), and Woo Me (light pinky nude).

  • Super is a medium beige nude with opaque color coverage. It is slightly lighter than Korres #30. It is pinker than Freckletone lipstick, darker than Cherish lipstick.
  • Temper Tantra is a red-tinged beige brown with nearly opaque color coverage. It is a little less coral than Korres #25. It seems like a more orange Cosmo.
  • Vanity Fair is a cool-toned, blue-based pink. It is similar to Viva Glam Gaga lipstick (less so the gloss), Saint Germain, Snob, Pink Friday, etc. I found it rather streaky on lips (the worst of the bunch) and difficult to apply evenly.
  • Woo Me is a pale peach with very subtle micro-shimmer. Like the other shades in the launch, it does suffer from streakiness, but it applies more evenly than Vanity Fair. It is nearly opaque. It is lighter than Cherish lipstick, peachier than Hue.

Kissable Lipcolour is vanilla-scented and comes in a long, skinny tube (they are the same as the Dare to Wear Lipglasses), but they have a good amount of product in them (0.17 oz.). It has a thin-to-medium, non-sticky consistency that feels creamy, lightweight, and a lot like a liquid lipstick. I didn’t experience any feathering after wearing one of the darker shades for the past five hours, though I am not prone to lip color bleeding.

I’ve been wearing Scandelicious since noon (five now), and it’s still hanging on–and I’ve had lunch and a drink since. There was some color transfer on my cup, but it seemed less than a normal lipstick. Some of the shininess has disappeared, but it doesn’t read flat, matte, or dry–rather it transitions to a satin finish. I would say it started at 90% opaque color and five hours later is at 75% (again, with eating and drinking!). My lips do not feel parched at all–they actually feel quite comfortable! It feels and wears more like a lipstick than a gloss, especially after an hour or so.

I have found that the lighter shades tend to gather in lip lines or show some streaking, but the medium to darker shades seem to apply better and smoother. These reminded me of Korres’ Liquid Lipstick, though these seem like a thinner, less watery formula (Kissable Lipcolour almost seems gel-like). They are also thinner and have a creamier finish as compared to Chanel Rouge Allure Laques (which also have more shimmer), but they are a good alternative that is more affordable.

I am disappointed to see such a high price tag, as it just seems to be yet one more sign that MAC prices will soon be in line with other high-end brands. Unlike the Mega Metal Eyeshadows, you do not get more product than you would in a regular lipgloss (e.g. Lipglass). Though in the interest of providing a fuller picture, the quantity and price are in-line with comparable brands like Benefit, Stila, and Urban Decay; not exactly comforting, I’m sure!

MAC Peacocky launches on January 6th, 2011 in-stores across North America, January 2011 for international. The approximate launch date for online is January 4th but may not be exact. It features 15 Mega Metal Eyeshadows ($19.50 each) and 12 Kissable Lipcolours ($18.00 each). All products are limited edition.

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

FINAL THOUGHTS: I think the medium to darker shades are very nice, but the lighter shades a little less so (think 26/30). So far, the wear seems to be true to their “hours” claim (my average is three hours or so for gloss, four hours for lipstick). The colors definitely are on the opaque side with none really on the sheer side.

WHERE TO BUY: MAC Cosmetics, January 6th for North America; January 2011 for international

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Friday, December 31st, 2010

MAC Kissable Lipcolour
MAC Kissable Lipcolour: Enchantee, Exxhibitionist, Flaunting It, Love Peck, Peacocky, Scandelicious

MAC Peacocky: Kissable Lipcolour Review, Photos, Swatches, Part 2

MAC Kissable Lipcolour ($18.00 for 0.17 oz.) are a new, medium-coverage lip product that is designed to give you the “comfort of a lipstick” with the “shiny finish of a lipgloss.” It’s supposed to be a lightweight, highly emollient formula with creamy color. It is also touted as being feather-resistant and wearing “for hours.” This includes these four: Peacocky (sky blue with red pearl), Scandelicious (blue fuchsia), So Vain (muted dirty coral), and Strut Your Stuff (bright true red).

  • Peacocky is a medium blue with piink and silver micro-shimmer. I was able to layer enough product on for a nearly opaque result, but with the more product you apply, the more prone it is to streaking/unevenness in application (as apparent in the lip swatches). It’s one of MAC’s more pigmented blue consumer shades, though. It is a little darker (plus it has shimmer) than OCC’s Rx, but Rx is more pigmented.
  • Scandelicious is a bright, medium-dark pink with fuchsia micro-shimmer. It seems like Girl About Town in lipstick form–with shimmer. It is slightly less red compared to Korres #54.  It is comparable to Illamasqua’s Petulant.
  • So Vain is a soft peach-coral with opaque color coverage. It’s a less orange Ravishing lipstick. It is lighter and pinker than Korres #30.
  • Strut Your Stuff is a bright orange-based red. MAC describes it as a true red, but it looks orange-tinged to me. The swatch seems less orange-based than when I wear it, so it could be my undertones pulling out the orange. It seems more orange than Ladybug, as well as more orange than Korres #56 (which looks more like a true red on me).  It also seems comparable to Illamasqua’s Fume (which isn’t as orange), but this isn’t as orange as Illamasqua’s Temper.

Kissable Lipcolour is vanilla-scented and comes in a long, skinny tube (they are the same as the Dare to Wear Lipglasses), but they have a good amount of product in them (0.17 oz.). It has a thin-to-medium, non-sticky consistency that feels creamy, lightweight, and a lot like a liquid lipstick. I didn’t experience any feathering after wearing one of the darker shades for the past five hours, though I am not prone to lip color bleeding.

I’ve been wearing Scandelicious since noon (five now), and it’s still hanging on–and I’ve had lunch and a drink since. There was some color transfer on my cup, but it seemed less than a normal lipstick. Some of the shininess has disappeared, but it doesn’t read flat, matte, or dry–rather it transitions to a satin finish. I would say it started at 90% opaque color and five hours later is at 75% (again, with eating and drinking!). My lips do not feel parched at all–they actually feel quite comfortable! It feels and wears more like a lipstick than a gloss, especially after an hour or so.

I have found that the lighter shades tend to gather in lip lines or show some streaking, but the medium to darker shades seem to apply better and smoother. These reminded me of Korres’ Liquid Lipstick, though these seem like a thinner, less watery formula (Kissable Lipcolour almost seems gel-like). They are also thinner and have a creamier finish as compared to Chanel Rouge Allure Laques (which also have more shimmer), but they are a good alternative that is more affordable.

I am disappointed to see such a high price tag, as it just seems to be yet one more sign that MAC prices will soon be in line with other high-end brands. Unlike the Mega Metal Eyeshadows, you do not get more product than you would in a regular lipgloss (e.g. Lipglass). Though in the interest of providing a fuller picture, the quantity and price are in-line with comparable brands like Benefit, Stila, and Urban Decay; not exactly comforting, I’m sure!

MAC Peacocky launches on January 6th, 2011 in-stores across North America, January 2011 for international. The approximate launch date for online is January 4th but may not be exact. It features 15 Mega Metal Eyeshadows ($19.50 each) and 12 Kissable Lipcolours ($18.00 each). All products are limited edition.

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

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

FINAL THOUGHTS: I think the medium to darker shades are very nice, but the lighter shades a little less so (think 26/30). So far, the wear seems to be true to their “hours” claim (my average is three hours or so for gloss, four hours for lipstick). The colors definitely are on the opaque side with none really on the sheer side.

WHERE TO BUY: MAC Cosmetics, January 6th for North America; January 2011 for international

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Friday, December 31st, 2010

MAC Kissable Lipcolour
MAC Kissable Lipcolour: Enchantee, Exxhibitionist, Flaunting It, Love Peck, Peacocky, Scandelicious

MAC Peacocky: Kissable Lipcolour Review, Photos, Swatches, Part 1

MAC Kissable Lipcolour ($18.00 for 0.17 oz.) are a new, medium-coverage lip product that is designed to give you the “comfort of a lipstick” with the “shiny finish of a lipgloss.” It’s supposed to be a lightweight, highly emollient formula with creamy color. It is also touted as being feather-resistant and wearing “for hours.” This includes these four: Enchantee (light blue pink), Exxxhibitionist (red-toned coral), Flaunting It (grey mauve), Love Peck (blackened blood red).

  • Enchantee is a slightly milky, light-medium pink with blue undertones. It is reminiscent of Viva Glam Gaga Lipglass and Snob Lipstick. The coverage is nearly opaque, but as I’ve seen in the other lighter shades in this formula, it can be a touch streaky–the streakiness is less noticeable from a normal viewing distance than in the close-up shot, though.
  • Exxxhibitionist is brightened red-coral with faint white micro-shimmer (very subtle!). It provides opaque color coverage without a lot of product. It is a darker version of Vegas Volt (also redder).
  • Flaunting It is a pinked plum with very subtle white micro-shimmer. It’s just about opaque on my lips, and it is one of the more universally flattering shades in the line-up. It is like Plumful lipstick in a lipstick/gloss hybrid form.  It has the same “feel” as Illamasqua’s Move, which is pinker.
  • Love Peck is a dark, blood red with subtle brown undertones. Despite the intensity of the color, it is not completely opaque–it looks a little more like a stain than a lipstick or gloss. This one makes teeth look whiter, though! It reminded me of Face Atelier’s Revenge lipstick with more glossiness. It is a toucher redder and glossier than MAC Dark Side.

Kissable Lipcolour is vanilla-scented and comes in a long, skinny tube (they are the same as the Dare to Wear Lipglasses), but they have a good amount of product in them (0.17 oz.). It has a thin-to-medium, non-sticky consistency that feels creamy, lightweight, and a lot like a liquid lipstick. I didn’t experience any feathering after wearing one of the darker shades for the past five hours, though I am not prone to lip color bleeding.

I’ve been wearing Scandelicious since noon (five now), and it’s still hanging on–and I’ve had lunch and a drink since. There was some color transfer on my cup, but it seemed less than a normal lipstick. Some of the shininess has disappeared, but it doesn’t read flat, matte, or dry–rather it transitions to a satin finish. I would say it started at 90% opaque color and five hours later is at 75% (again, with eating and drinking!). My lips do not feel parched at all–they actually feel quite comfortable!  It feels and wears more like a lipstick than a gloss, especially after an hour or so.

I have found that the lighter shades tend to gather in lip lines or show some streaking, but the medium to darker shades seem to apply better and smoother. These reminded me of Korres’ Liquid Lipstick, though these seem like a thinner, less watery formula (Kissable Lipcolour almost seems gel-like). They are also thinner and have a creamier finish as compared to Chanel Rouge Allure Laques (which also have more shimmer), but they are a good alternative that is more affordable.

I am disappointed to see such a high price tag, as it just seems to be yet one more sign that MAC prices will soon be in line with other high-end brands. Unlike the Mega Metal Eyeshadows, you do not get more product than you would in a regular lipgloss (e.g. Lipglass).  Though in the interest of providing a fuller picture, the quantity and price are in-line with comparable brands like Benefit, Stila, and Urban Decay; not exactly comforting, I’m sure!

MAC Peacocky launches on January 6th, 2011 in-stores across North America, January 2011 for international. The approximate launch date for online is January 4th but may not be exact. It features 15 Mega Metal Eyeshadows ($19.50 each) and 12 Kissable Lipcolours ($18.00 each). All products are limited edition.

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

  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: I think the medium to darker shades are very nice, but the lighter shades a little less so (think 26/30). So far, the wear seems to be true to their “hours” claim (my average is three hours or so for gloss, four hours for lipstick). The colors definitely are on the opaque side with none really on the sheer side.

WHERE TO BUY: MAC Cosmetics, January 6th for North America; January 2011 for international

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Thursday, December 30th, 2010

MAC Mickey Contractor Lipglass
MAC Lipglass: Flesh, Lust

MAC Mickey Contractor: Flesh & Lust

MAC Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 oz.) sees two shades as part of the MAC Mickey Contractor Collection. Flesh (dirty nude brown) is limited edition, while Lust (soft muted pink) is permanent.  Lipglass is a thicker, stickier gloss with a range of finishes and opacities.  They are vanilla scented.

  • Flesh is a orange-tinged medium beige with a creamy look and subtle micro-shimmer. It seems to lean green on me, which is not exactly flattering for me! It has a creamy consistency, so it does settle into lip lines, but on the plus side, it is more pigmented and is semi-opaque. I can’t think of a dupe, though I’m not convinced there isn’t one.
  • Lust is a muted rosy beige with a creamy consistency and finish. It does settle into lip lines, and it’s nearly opaque as far as glosses go. Since it is a thicker, more opaque shade, even though it does settle, it is less noticeable from afar. I see this shade being a lot more wearable than Flesh for many skin tones.  This is a permanent shade.

P.S. — On eyes, I am wearing Jaan eyeshadow on the lid, Vivah eyeshadow on the outer lid/crease, Folie in the crease, Burberry Trench to highlight, Ivy fluidline on upper lash line, Urban Decay Perversion on lower water line, Jaan eyeshadow on lower lash line. On cheeks, I am wearing Sur Blush.

MAC Mickey Contractor will be available on January 6th at select North American stores and January 2011 for select international stores. It will be available online on approximately January 4th but may not be available until the 6th.

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

FINAL THOUGHTS: Flesh might work better on those with darker skin tones as well as those with more olive complexions.  It might be one of those try before you buy shades… too bad distribution is so limited.

WHERE TO BUY: maccosmetics.com

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