Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

MAC Dark Outsider Cremesheen Glass
MAC Punk Couture Cremesheen Glasses

In Punk Couture, there are three shades of MAC Cremesheen Glass ($20.00 for 0.09 fl. oz.) that will be available. The collection released to most online retailers over the past two days, but we’re all still waiting with baited breath for maccosmetics.com to launch it. The collection will be available in-stores tomorrow, the 26th. So, first things first, if you remember the Style Black collection from 2009, these should look familiar. While called “Glimmerglass” with names like Blackware, Bling Black, and Black Fire… these are the same. They have different names and are technically a different formula, the colors are the same. When I compared them side-by-side, Glimmerglass came with a brust-type applicator instead of a doe-foot, but I didn’t notice any differences between the formulas or the colors. In the tube, swatched, etc. they’re exactly the same. Repromotes are one thing, but when brands release things under the guise that they’re new, it drives me batty. The Cremesheen Glass formula has a medium-weight consistency, is creamy, non-sticky, smells of vanilla, and tends to be shorter-wearing. All three of these wore for less than two hours each on me, which is particularly short in duration for my experience with lipgloss in general.

Dark Outsider is described as a “cream true black.” It’s a sheer, soft black. Applied, it’s a sheer wash of color that darkens and mutes the natural lip color, but it does settle noticeably into lip lines. It’s not a product that wears well alone. I’ve also included swatches of this applied over a red lipstick so you can see how it works. It wears less than two hours on me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Little Black Dress (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Jet Boy is described as a “sheer black with gold pearl.” It’s a sheer, soft gray-black with gold sparkle. The gold sparkle gives it an almost olive coloring. On lips, it gives lips a darker, slightly muted coloring with noticeable gold sparkle. I don’t know have a comparable gloss with a black base. This shade seemed virtually gone within two hours.

No Apologies is described as a “sheer black with pinkish purple pearl.” It’s a sheer, soft gray-black with pinky-purple sparkle. It gave lips a darker, slightly purple-tinged look with some purple sparkle. Again, I don’t know of a comparable gloss due to the black base color. Like Jet Boy, this pulled a disappearing act after a little over an hour and a half of good wear.

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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer
Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer

Chanel Sonate (178) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “muted red.” It’s a warm-toned, muted coral-red with a glossy finish. It looks a lot redder in the tube, but swatched and then applied, it has such a muted appearance that it ended up looking more coral-red than red. Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) (P, $8.99) is pinker. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is warmer. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is slightly pinker but is close. Hourglass Nectar (P, $28.00) is warmer, redder. See comparison swatches.

This is one of two shades for Spring (the other is Murmure, but I’ve only purchased Sonate at this time), and both are supposed to be added to the permanent range based on the press release I received. Chanel specifically listed the two spring shade as having “no shimmer,” so if you love the formula of Glossimers and not the sparkle-factor, then these might be just the right ones for you. On the other hand, if it’s that glimmering sparkle that does it for you, it lacks it. The color coverage was semi-sheer to semi-opaque; noticeable amount of color that it changed the coloring of the lips from afar, but it let the natural lip color come through quite a bit (and you can see how much of my lip freckle is visible). For reference, the formula basically ranges from sheer to rich, and there’s typically no indicator as to which shade is supposed to be what. For the most part, it applied evenly, and it only settled slightly into lip lines after an hour of wear. This shade wore just under three hours on me, which is a little short for me. The consistency was lightweight, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.

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Thursday, December 19th, 2013

MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses
MAC Magnetic Nude Lipglasses

Launching December 26th, MAC’s Magnetic Nude collection includes five limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.), with one repromote (A Quiet Roar). Lipglass is a thicker, tacky formula that is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste. It’s strongest point is the variety in color and finish, and then its wear time tends to be longer, due to the sticky consistency. Hell Bound wore the longest at four and a half hours, while the two sheerer glosses wore for less than three hours. I find Lipglasses slightly drying on the whole, which was the case with A Quiet Roar and Overspiced. The other three shades were neither drying nor hydrating.

A Quiet Roar is described as a “creamy off-white.” It’s a pale, milky white gold with white and pale gold shimmer. It has semi-sheer color coverage and noticeably lightens the lip color while adding glossiness and shimmer. Because it is milky and light, it can be difficult to apply it evenly (or keep it looking even once applied). The consistency was fairly thick, even for Lipglass. It wore well for two and a half hours on me. MAC Boundless Beige (P, $19.50) is sheerer. MAC Girl on Board (LE, $15.00) is slightly whiter. MAC Little Rock (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle (P, $24.00) is also sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Hell Bound is described as a “brick red with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark red with copper-orange shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. The consistency seemed slightly thinner and less tacky than other Lipglasses. When I tested it, the color lasted for four and a half hours. I did notice a little bit of the texture of the sparkle after three and a half hours of wearing the gloss. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is sheerer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Restless (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker, browner. L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy (LE, $9.99) is redder. Hourglass Siren (P, $28.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

Oh My Darling is described as a “pale yellow pink.” It’s a pale, pinky-beige with warm undertones and multi-colored shimmer–I saw bits of green and gold in there. Applied, it had semi-sheer coverage and what was most noticeable was how shimmery it was. The gloss seemed to lighten my natural lip color slightly, but the effect was largely sparkly. It lasted two and a half hours on me. The multi-colored nature of the sparkle seemed almost holographic, and so I didn’t feel like I came up with any truly comparable shades, but you can see some other sheer, sparkly shades I pulled: See comparison swatches.

Overspiced is described as a “dirty muted coral.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium peach with a hint of beige and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it was a thicker, slightly goopy, gloss that settled into lip lines and was troublesome during application. The color just didn’t want to apply or blend or move and look even. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is very similar. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is less glossy. MAC Ready or Not (P, $19.50) is much lighter. MAC Peachstock (LE, $15.00) is also a lot lighter. MAC Myth (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Chanel Genie (P, $32.00) is slightly pink-tinged. See comparison swatches.

Steel Kiss is described as a “dirty mauve with green pearl.” Swatched, it is a taupe-shimmered, muted dark brown with subtle warm, caramel undertones. It has multi-colored, fine shimmer–very much to the tune of Oh My Darling. Applied, they do look different, as Steel Kiss gives lips a warmer, browner appearance–slightly darkening–with plenty of shimmer. It wore well for almost three hours. As with Oh My Darling, I didn’t feel like shades I thought of were similar enough, as they were less dimensional, but here were the ones I considered: see comparison swatches.

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) Color Elixir Lip Color

As promised, here are the final three Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Colors ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) that I have to review!  It’s a non-sticky (it does get a little tacky after three hours of wear), creme brulee-scented (with a somewhat perfume-y taste at times), and hydrating formula.  The color payoff, while touted as high impact, is more typically semi-opaque–noticeable but not fully opaque. You can find all of the shades I’ve reviewed here.

Intoxicating Spice (070) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, reddish-plum with a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage; there was a fair amount of translucency, though the color applied evenly overall with minor settling into lip lines. It lasted for four hours and was moderately hydrating while worn. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is redder. MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is a bit darker, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Captivating Carnation (080) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it did apply slightly unevenly. It wore well for four hours, though, and it was hydrating while worn. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is shimmery, slightly lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is a touch less pink, but the two are surprisingly similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is warmer. Revlon Pink Pop (P, $7.99) is brighter. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is shimmery, lighter. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Petal Plush (100) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium with pale white pearl and subtle cool undertones. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and as it was a milkier gloss, it did settle into lip lines somewhat and was difficult to apply evenly. It wore well for three hours and was lightly moisturizing during that time. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is similar, less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is less pigmented. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) has no shimmer. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Bait (LE, $15.00) is more neutral. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Celestial Coral (010) Color Elixir Lip Color

This review is featuring Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.), which is a formula I’ve been working my way through! I have three more shades for you today, and I’m hoping to wrap up testing the last three shortly. A quick overview of the formula, with more shade-related thoughts below: medium-weight feel, mostly non-tacky (starts off non-sticky, develops slight stickiness over time), and generally, not nearly as opaque as marketed. They’re typically semi-opaque with noticeable color, but they’re rarely opaque. They have a sweet, creme brulee scent but a sometimes perfume-like taste. It is a moisturizing formula overall with average wear of four hours.

Celestial Coral (010) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a pinky-coral with warm undertones and a glossy shine. On lips, it looked pinker than it did simply swatched on the skin. It was semi-opaque, but the natural lip color comes through noticeably so those with more natural pigmentation to their lip color will see that come through. It wore well for four hours and was hydrating when worn. Revlon Pink Pop (P, $7.99) is similar. Giorgio Armani #519 (P, $29.00) is brighter, darker, more opaque. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Amethyst Potion (045) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, subtly cool-toned berry with a hint of bluish-violet micro-shimmer. The shimmer is very, very subtle–it hardly is visible to the eye (you can see a couple of bits of shimmer in the close-up, which is larger than real life!). The color coverage was semi-opaque and somewhat uneven, but it didn’t settle into lip lines too much. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating during that time. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is shimmery, less glossy. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, shimmery. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches

Glistening Amber (055) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, yellow-toned light-medium orange with lighter gold shimmer. Applied, it takes on more of a peachy-orange color, leaning more orange to be sure, with noticeable shimmer and sparkle It was semi-sheer to semi-opaque and applied mostly evenly. It wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Rising Sun (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Natural Flare (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Imperial Light (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Burberry Cameo (P, $27.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, December 13th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne glitter.” It’s a pale, golden beige with gold, champagne, and copper shimmer and sparkle. On lips, it adds a very subtle warmth, but it is primarily adding a glossy shine and a moderate amount of shimmer. It wears three hours on me and is lightly hydrating. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Pleasure Principle (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Phiff (LE, $20.00) is also warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pure Gold High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden yellow shimmer.” It has a gold-tinged base that leans yellow and then is full of pale gold, medium gold, and copper shimmer and sparkle. On lips, it adds warmth, but again, primarily adds gold and copper shimmer/sparkle, plus a glossy shine. It wears just under four hours on me and was nicely hydrating while worn. I know you’re all wondering how similar is this to Canary (P, $24.00)? There is a difference between the two, to a degree, and the difference is more obvious when you look at the two tube-by-tube or swatch-by-swatch, but applied? Pure Gold just looks like a sheer application of Canary, and that sheerness is the primary difference: Pure Gold has finer shimmer and less of it; and yes, it is noticeably yellower overall, but when it is sheered out, you really can’t tell. I wouldn’t get Pure Gold; I love Canary and highly recommend that, so if you want a shimmery gold gloss, that’s the one I’d go for. See comparison swatches.

The High Shimmer Lipgloss formula is a long-time favorite–it sparkles, dazzles, and glimmers as the light reflects against it the most spectacular way.  It has a lightweight feel that’s comfortable, hydrating, and surprisingly long-wearing given that many are mostly shimmer without a lot of color.  The consistency is non-tacky, and the formula is mint-scented.  Both of these have less sparkle than some of the other shades, and it’s that high-sparkle content that does make these special and standout against other glosses.

Bobbi Brown also released Rose as part of the Old Hollywood collection, which I don’t have at the moment but purchased earlier this week–looks like it doesn’t show up until sometime next week, but when it does, you can bet I’ll be testing it!

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