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Guerlain Frizzy Mango (849) Kiss Kiss Gloss

Guerlain Frizzy Mango (849) Kiss Kiss Gloss
Guerlain Frizzy Mango (849) Kiss Kiss Gloss

More Appetizing than a Frizzy Mango

Guerlain Frizzy Mango (849) Kiss Kiss Gloss ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a warm coral with gold sparkle. It seemed to have a good balance of pink and orange to create the coral coloring, but if pressed, I would say it leaned orange (more so in the tube than on, given the natural pink tone in most natural lip colors). Bobbi Brown Citrus is a bit darker and has more sparkle. Dior Pink Veil is pinker with silver shimmer. Chanel Coral Reef is comparable, perhaps a bit lighter.

It’s being repromoted with Guerlain’s spring collection, though it has been out prviously, but I’ve only just purchased it myself. Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Gloss is supposed to have a non-sticky, water-resistant texture along while being moisturizing while worn. It comes with a brush-type applicator. From what I’ve been able to gather, these glosses are meant to accent Guerlain’s lipstick range and add lots and lots of shine and radiance (which is just a fancy way to say these aren’t full coverage–if you are looking for more opaque gloss, Guerlain’s KissKiss Essence de Gloss would be a better fit).

Frizzy Mango has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; it delivers a healthy dose of gold sparkle and shimmer, and the base color is visible but still somewhat translucent such that it enables your natural lip color to come through. I would expect this to look a bit redder and more vibrant against those with a naturally redder lip color. Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Gloss formula is very cushion-y; not quite gel-like, but it has a thicker consistency, though it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. It has a sweet, fruity scent (Guerlain describes it as “subtle vanilla, violet, and red fruit.” It lasted four hours on my lips, and it was very, very hydrating both during and post wear. I could feel a very slight bit of the sparkle after it wore for four hours, but I didn’t notice any sparkle had traveled.

It’s pretty little sparkling coral number, sure to be flattering on a range of skin tones and certainly spring-appropriate. Coral is a very popular shade, so while I don’t have any specific dupes (Revlon Rosegold is more subdued, more brown-based, which was the only one that came to mind), I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some very budget-friendly options available. Guerlain doesn’t often add shades to the Kiss Kiss Gloss range, so I don’t wear them as regularly as some other formulas, but I’m always impressed by just how comfortable and hydrating the formula is when I test a new shade.  If you like formulas such as Dior’s Ultra Gloss and Hourglass’ Extreme Sheen, you’ll like this one.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Gloss Frizzy Mango
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Spring 2013: Cythere

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “soft metallic rose.” It’s a beige-brown with a rainbow shimmer. I’m not sure where NARS is seeing rose, as it yields a very metallic champagne/beige/brown kind of color both swatched and applied. The shimmer reminded me a lot of the kind found in Illamasqua Opulent, but the color of Opulent isn’t like Cythere. MAC Straight to the Head has a lot more glitter. Lancome Amande is browner.

The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is supposed to provide hydration, shine, and feel comfortable to wear. Cythere has mostly opaque color coverage along with a high-shine finish; not super glossy but very metallic and reflective. The texture is lightly tacky, creamy, and on the thicker side. This shade lasted four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it.  The color applied evenly and smoothly, but sharpening this formula can be a bit of a pain, as it is a very soft, creamy consistency that can get stuck and smeared all over your sharpener.  It’s better to put the pencil in the freezer for a bit, then sharpen, to minimize mess and waste.

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Cythere
Cythere

Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie

Are You Trashed With Milky Pinks?

Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink shimmer.” It’s a subdued, fuchsia pink with silver shimmer and sparkle. Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle has larger sparkle but is less densely-packed with it. MAC Floating Lotus is very similar.

It looks pinker and bolder in the tube than applied–it is really a sheer layer of pink that enhances any natural pink coloring and then has a fair amount of small-sized shimmer.  Unfortunately, Urban Decay didn’t describe it as sheer, even though they definitely use the term for some sheer shades of Lip Junkies, as the range has sheer and semi-sheer colors.  Since it doesn’t have a lot of color, it applies evenly easily, and there’s no settling of the color into lip lines.  The downside is that it only wore for two and a half hours, but it was hydrating both during and post-wear even after wearing it twice in a row.  It has a non-sticky texture that’s not too thick or too thin, and because it’s not sticky, it glides on readily. It has a sweet mint scent and flavor.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Trashed
Trashed
Trashed
9
Product
6
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie

Are You Flushed With Milky Pinks?

Urban Decay Flushed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy mauve pink.” It’s a very rosy pink when swatched, but it turns a little more strawberry pink with a hint of mauve/plum on the lips. MAC Curvaceous is less pink, plummier. Illamasqua Move is cooler-toned, brighter. Neither of those shades is all that similar, so I don’t think I have a dupe for this shade.

It’s semi-opaque; it covers my lip freckle somewhat, but there’s a slight translucency that enables the natural lip color to peek through. If you have naturally redder lips, I would expect this to turn redder, too. This shade applied evenly, and it just barely settled into lip lines but the settling wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It was comfortable to wear, lightly hydrating, and lasted for four hours. The texture was non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, and had a good glide on the lips. Urban Decay’s Lip Junkies are mint-scented and -flavored.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Flushed
Flushed
Flushed
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss
Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss

Pale, Shimmering Beige Offers a Warm Glow

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a warm, peachy beige with pale champagne and gold micro-shimmer. MAC Lightly Prancing has a similar composition but the gold shimmer is larger. MAC Viva Glam V is also similar, slightly warmer. MAC Devilishly Stylish has white shimmer.

The Luminizing Lipgloss formula is supposed to be “intense, pure moisture” — really hydrating, in other words, with a non-sticky texture and “long-lasting color and natural luminosity.” I’ve been meaning to check out other shades in this formula, because Shiseido owns Cle de Peau, which makes one of my favorite glosses of all time (#2, for those curious) and the packaging and descriptions are similar for both glosses. So, on a whim, I added this to my Nordstrom order.

There’s a slight milkiness to the color that gives it more color coverage than anticipated–you can see how faded my lip freckle looks, despite the gloss having transparency. It adds mostly warmth and gold shimmer and ultimately evens out my lip color.  The formula is non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, comfortable to wear, but most importantly, hydrating.  It’s definitely one of the most moisturizing gloss formulas on the market from what I have tried.  This shade lasted just over three hours on my lips, which is a bit shy for average on gloss for me though on par with similar shades (light shades like these always seem to wear away faster).

Shiseido Cafe Creme (BE 201) Luminizing Lipgloss

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Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie

Are You Obsessed With Milky Pinks?

Urban Decay Obsessed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy baby pink.” It looks like a brightened, blue-based bubblegum pink in the tube and when you squeeze it out, but on lips, it is more subdued–more of a milky, light-medium pink with subtle blue undertones. MAC Going Casual is a bit cooler-toned. NARS International Velvet is very similar. MAC Pagoda is a touch cooler-toned and has shimmer. Tom Ford Sugar Pink is warmer.

It’s semi-opaque; there’s a lot of milkiness and creaminess, and you can see how it significantly diffuses and fades the look of my lip freckle (but doesn’t cover it completely). For something as milky as this shade, I was surprised at how well it applied–the color deposited mostly evenly, there wasn’t too much settling into lip lines. When I pressed my lips together, the product didn’t bunch up nor were little lines of product created. Obsessed wore for three hours, and it was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. Lip Junkies are mint-scented and flavored.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Obsessed
Obsessed
Obsessed
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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