Friday, January 9th, 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass

On January 20th, MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink with sparkling pearl.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with lighter pink and teal sparkle and shimmer. It looks a lot more muted on the lips, and it’s sheer enough that whatever your natural lip color is will greatly impact how this looks on you. The amount and type of sparkle (it’s very iridescent on) makes it harder to dupe, I think. Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) (P, $8.99) is darker, cooler-toned, less sparkly. MAC Social Season (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Seeking Adoration (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is less sparkly. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Giorgio Armani #505 (P, $29.00) is more pigmented, less sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s sheer, though also quite sparkly, so it will tint the lips a pink-red color while adding a lot of sparkle. I wish the description was more in line with the opacity-level actually seen. If your lips are redder naturally, I’d expect little color difference. It does pair and layer well with the lipstick, though I think any sparkly gloss will do the same. I liked how it applied fairly evenly without setling into lip lines heavily. The consistency is moderately tacky, but it is thinner than most shades in the permanent range for Lipglass (feels like a newer Lipglass to me). It lasted for three and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. I really love the Viva Glam line, so if sheer gloss is your cup of tea, it’s still worth checking out, and if you’re not keen on this shade, perhaps consider one of the other Viva Glam shades.

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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss
Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss

Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new gloss released just in time for spring. According to Maybelline, it is “the first lip lacquer with intense liquid lip color and brilliant iridescent shine.” If you’re familiar with the original Color Elixirs, most were fairly pigmented, but the Iridescent range is definitely sheerer in comparison. The shades in this review are some of the more pigmented shades in the range, but it’s not the “intense liquid lip color” as described. They look and feel more like traditional lip gloss, and quite honestly, I’m surprised these weren’t marketed as semi-sheer for a “spring look” (’tis the season for sheer). The shimmer is fine and never gritty, while wear averages around four hours. The formula was nicely hydrating and comfortable to wear with only slight tackiness occurring after a few hours of wear (initially, it feels non-sticky). They have a sweet scent, but there is a very perfume-y taste, and it is noticeable. If you’re very sensitive to lip products with any taste, you probably won’t like these.

I also had packaging issues with several of the applicators broken, whether partially bent/floppy to barely hanging on. I remember experiencing a couple of wonky applicators with the original set, but it seemed more prevalent in the new shades.

Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, fuchsia pink with subtle iridescent shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four hours on me. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is darker. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Radiant Ruby (530) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. This one didn’t seem to have shimmer to it, so I’m not sure how it’s part of Iridescent range (where’s the pearl?!). It settled into every lip line on me (some of the worst I’ve seen) and made all the lip lines look fuchsia-ish and really stand out. It had semi-sheer coverage overall. On me, this shade wore well for four hours. MAC Glam (LE, $15.00) is brighter, more opaque. MAC Love Alert (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Hibiskiss (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Maybelline Mystical Magenta (610) Color Elixir Iridescent Lipgloss ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a muted, light-medium fuchsia pink with iridescent violet shimmer. This shade had the most shimmer of the three with semi-sheer color payoff. Unfortunately, the color settled into lip lines, but at least the shimmer was there to distract the eye from it (somewhat). It lasted for four hours on me. MAC Ceremonial (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Vibrant Vibe (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is more muted, less shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Buxom Berry Blast (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass
MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass

MAC Lightness of Being Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz. each) includes five new, limited edition shades. MAC released this formula (as part of the permanent range) earlier this year, and there wasn’t a whole lot of information on them regarding color coverage then (Nordstrom lists a description of “delivers luscious color” now), but they consistently ran semi-sheer to semi-opaque with noticeable color and coverage. These are all quite sheer, and with the exception of On Cue, they look nearly the same applied aside from shimmer level. They’re inconsistent with the permanent formula and its 12-shade range. All five shades disappeared within two hours of wear and had a lightly tacky, neither drying nor hydrating formula that was vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste. Sheer gloss may not be everyone’s cup of tea (which is why I think it’s important brands distinguish sheer vs. medium vs. opaque shades and formulas well), but it is surprising to see five shades at this level of sheerness.

MAC Beautiful Moves Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale mint with pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, ultra-sheer milky white with pearl. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Boundless Energy Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violet pink.” It is a very, very lightly pink-tinted clear gloss with a subtle milky quality to it. It looks like clear gloss on, so any clear gloss would easily replicate the look. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Loose & Lively Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “peachy orange.” It is a very light, milky peach with sheer color coverage that goes on a bit unevenly and settles slightly into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC On Cue Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold pearl.” It’s a gold-shimmered, mostly clear gloss. The shimmer has a slight grit to it after an hour of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Poetic Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale champagne pink with pearl.” It’s a really light, white-peach with soft pearl. It had sheer color coverage–more so than other shades here–and settled into lip lines. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Chanel Fleur d'Eau (192) Glossimer
Chanel Fleur d’Eau (192) Glossimer

Chanel Fleur d’Eau (192) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly coral.” It’s a semi-sheer coral with a glossy, high-shine finish. It seems more coral-tinted, as it just adds warmth and a slight orange-red tint to the natural lip color while still being rather translucent–which I think fits with the “jelly” part of the description. The consistency was non-sticky, comfortable to wear, and lasted for three hours on me while being lightly hydrating. Dior Pink Excess (663) (LE, $29.50) is more sparkly. Chanel Sunny (188) (P, $29.50) seems lighter but looks similar applied. Josie Maran Timeless Coral (P, $18.00) is pinker. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is redder. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Crazy Fuchsia (194) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “metallic magenta.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with fuchsia and silver shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage which applied evenly and smoothly–so exciting to finally see a more full coverage Glossimer! It had a light-to-medium-weight, mostly non-sticky texture that was comfortable to wear and was slightly moisturizing over the five hours it lasted. Chanel Distinction (21) (P, $34.00) is darker, less shimmery. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is brighter, lighter, cooler-toned. Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is darker. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is darker, less shimmery. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is less opaque, less shimmery. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (P, $28.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bold, brightened medium red with warm, orange undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was intensely pigmented with full color coverage that applied beautifully and evenly. This shade wore for almost six hours, but there was very light feathering after four and a half hours of wear (and I am not prone to feathering). Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is sheerer. Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is redder. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is slightly redder. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is a smidgen darker, not quite as orange-toned. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Rose Quartz (530) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is medium, rosy red with lighter pink shimmer and warm undertones. It’s an interesting shade that sometimes looks richer, and other times, lighter, due to the contrast between the base color and color of the shimmer. It had a very smooth, metallic finish applied. The consistency is slightly tacky after an hour or so of wear, and the gloss lasted for five hours all in all. It was fully opaque on me. NARS Risky Business (P, $26.00) is similar in concept but so much sheerer. Chanel Friandise (82) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Dior Paradise (732) (P, $29.50) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Strawberry Topaz (535) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium coral-pink with very fine gold pearl–the gold shimmer is subtle and isn’t noticeable from afar. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture was slightly thick, lightly tacky to moderately tacky (as it wears), and lasted for five hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gone Bad (216) (P, $28.00) is more orange, less shimmery. Dior Rose Tricheuse (669) (LE, $35.00) is more muted, less shimmery. Hourglass Muse (P, $28.00) is brighter, less shimmery. NARS Paris Follies (LE, $26.00) is more muted. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is lighter. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Revlon HD Citrine Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon HD Citrine Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a very pigmented, high-shine formula that tends to be tacky (despite the brand saying it is “never sticky”) with a thicker consistency. There’s a very, very faint sweetness as far as scent goes, but it was hard to detect, even in the tube. The formula isn’t hydrating nor is it drying, so it is fairly comfortable to wear (as long as you don’t mind a thicker, tackier gloss to begin with). They feature a brush-type applicator, which seemed to give a rougher edge due to the thicker nature of the gloss. HD Citrine and HD Sunstone really stood out to me as a more unique shades that also performed well.

Revlon HD Citrine (550) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer is a bright orange with warm, reddish tones and lighter yellow gold shimmer. It had rich, opaque color payoff that covered ths lips well with even, smooth color. This shade lasted for almost six hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is less shimmery and sheerer. MAC Riviera Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) has no shimmer. Burberry Coral (P, $29.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Amber (555) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer is a muted orange-copper with orange and gold shimmer. Despite having a similar texture to other shades in the range, it was rather sheer–at most, semi-sheer–but the base color didn’t seem to do much. It lasted for three and a half hours. It could also have gone on more evenly, but luckily, the shimmer distracted the eye from some of the unevenness. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned, lighter. Divergent Temptation’s Choice (LE) is less shimmery. Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99) is similar. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is pinker. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is similar (I think HD Amber is its replacement). Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is more bronze. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Sunstone (565) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer is a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and finer light gold pearl. It had full color coverage that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. Some of the color pulled slightly into lip lines, but the high-shine finish helped to minimize the appearance. The gloss wore well for five hours on me. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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