Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Laura Mercier Bare Baby Lip Glace
Laura Mercier Bare Baby Lip Glace

This spring, there are thirteen new shades of Laura Mercier Lip Glace ($25.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) being added to the permanent range. The new shades are supposed to be richer in color with the same “megawatt shine,” “nonsticky” texture, and hydrating formula. I tested two shades, Bare Baby and Poppy, yesterday. The formula is lightweight, not too thin or too thick, glossy, lightly hydrating, and non-sticky. There’s a burnt sugar/caramel-like scent to the gloss, but I didn’t notice any taste.

Bare Baby Lip Glace is a milky, pink-peach with white shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it did settle into lip lines, and it didn’t evenly apply. I think this shade would be better applied over a lipstick for added warmth and lightening. It wore well for two and a half hours. Chanel Rosace (87) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. YSL Nude Carat (No. 20) (P, $32.00) is lighter. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is brighter. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is also brighter. MAC Demure (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. Guerlain Rose in Bloom (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Poppy Lip Glace is a vibrant, poppy red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. It was intensely pigmented, and it applied beautifully. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Touch (P, $22.00) is shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is similar. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is also similar. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is more muted, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick
Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick

For spring, Illamasqua released a red-themed collection called, I’m the One, which features a lipstick, lipgloss, lip pencil, and polish. The lipstick and polish are repromotes from the permanent collection, while the lipgloss and lip pencil are new.

Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte classic red.” It’s a vibrant, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation. The texture was lightly creamy, so it did drag a little on lips, but it wasn’t difficult to apply–it definitely felt creamier than some of the drier Illamasqua lipsticks in the range. The color wore well for seven hours and left behind a stain, but it was somewhat drying. Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is more matte. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $22.00) is darker. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Eden Rouge (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Touch Intense Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “red with fine shimmer.” It’s a brightened, cherry red with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and very fine pink and ruby red shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and this shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Roam (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Feisty Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “scarlet red.” It was a brightened, medium red with slightly warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was just lightly creamy, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply, and it did apply evenly. It had opaque color coverage, and it lasted for five hours before it started to show signs of “cracking” where it pulled into lip lines. Worn alone, it did not look clingy and dry as some lip pencils can, but it’s not a particularly comfortable product to wear by itself as it is slightly drying. MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Redd (P) is warmer. MAC Cherry (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Freehand (LE, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, March 3rd, 2014

MAC Ray of Sunshine Mineralize Glass
MAC Ray of Sunshine Mineralize Glass

MAC Ray of Sunshine Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a medium-dark, orange with brown undertones and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied somehwat unevenly but was not too noticeable from afar. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Rising Sun (LE, $20.00) is very similar. MAC Imperial Light (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Tender Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a cream finish. It settled into lip lines and applied unevenly, though it had semi-sheer pigmentation. It wore well for three hours on me. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is similar. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is more pigmented. MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented, cooler-toned. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Vibrant Vibe Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones and an iridescent violet shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and it applied so-so. The color wore well for four hours, though. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is slightly darker. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is less fuchsia. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented but close in color. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented. MAC New Love (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Wake Up! Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone red.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned red with slight shimmer. It settled just slightly into lip lines, and it looked even for the most part but wasn’t perfectly even. This shade wore well for four hours on me. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned, darker. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. NYX Sunrise (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is darker, more orange. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery. MAC Totally Fab (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) has less shimmer, warmer. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) has less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new–and permanent!–lip gloss from MAC that heads to counters on March 6th but can be purchased online now. There are twelve shades in total, and this post features four that I tested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and glossy, while there’s no real word on coverage, the shades are described as “pearlescent.” They feel like lighter-weight Lipglass with less tackiness, but they’re more of a medium-weight gloss with a moderately tacky texture that’s lightly hydrating and wears between two and four hours (depending on the shade). The applicator is a rounded rectangle and feels smoother than the typical doe foot, and it also has more give and flex, so it seems to apply the gloss more evenly. The color coverage seems to run semi-sheer; noticeable color but not fully opaque. I’m not keen on the packaging, as it is bulky and doesn’t store efficiently.

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

MAC Lovingly Yours Mineralize Glass
MAC Lovingly Yours Mineralize Glass

MAC Lovingly Yours Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pinkish nude.” It’s a rosy, meidum peach with warm undertones and subtle gold shimmer. It lightened and warmed-up my natural lip color, but the natural lip color will strongly influence the way this appears on someone, because it is a sheer gloss. It lasted two and a half hours on me. MAC has put out a lot of shades that look very similar to this, and so have other brands — see comparison swatches.

MAC Modern Romance Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool rose.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pink with blue undertones and pale pink and white shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but it did settle into lip lines and did not apply evenly. It lasted for almost three hours on me. MAC Got Style! (P, $22.00) is less blue-based, a smidgen darker. Chanel Baie Rose (89) (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is more pigmented. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Modest Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with a sprinkle of goldenrod shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied to lips, but being such a pale shade, it did noticeably settle into lip lines. It wore well for almost three hours when I tested it. This is another shade that MAC loves to release often (with varying degrees of shimmer, slightly lighter/darker) — see comparison swatches.

MAC New Love Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone berry.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned berry pink with a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and unfortunately, it did not apply evenly. It didn’t seem to settle as much into lip lines as the lighter shades, but it had a splotchy, uneven look when applied. It wore well for almost four hours, though, which is a little longer than the others in this review. Revlon Sugar Violet (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is very similar. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is brighter. Burberry Hibiscus (P, $27.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new–and permanent!–lip gloss from MAC that heads to counters on March 6th but can be purchased online now. There are twelve shades in total, and this post features four that I tested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and glossy, while there’s no real word on coverage, the shades are described as “pearlescent.” They feel like lighter-weight Lipglass with less tackiness, but they’re more of a medium-weight gloss with a moderately tacky texture that’s lightly hydrating and wears between two and four hours (depending on the shade). The applicator is a rounded rectangle and feels smoother than the typical doe foot, and it also has more give and flex, so it seems to apply the gloss more evenly. The color coverage seems to run semi-sheer; noticeable color but not fully opaque. I’m not keen on the packaging, as it is bulky and doesn’t store efficiently.

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass
MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass

MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new–and permanent!–lip gloss from MAC that heads to counters on March 6th but can be purchased online now. There are twelve shades in total, and this post features four that I tested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and glossy, while there’s no real word on coverage, the shades are described as “pearlescent.” They feel like lighter-weight Lipglass with less tackiness, but they’re more of a medium-weight gloss with a moderately tacky texture that’s lightly hydrating and wears between two and four hours (depending on the shade). The applicator is a rounded rectangle and feels smoother than the typical doe foot, and it also has more give and flex, so it seems to apply the gloss more evenly. The color coverage seems to run semi-sheer; noticeable color but not fully opaque. I’m not keen on the packaging, as it is bulky and doesn’t store efficiently.

MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cool peach cream.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and subtle iridescent shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted three hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is darker. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Warm Embrace (P, $15.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Strange Potion (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Richer, Lusher (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Cheerful Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtonal coral cream.” It’s a muted, tangerine orange with warm undertones and barely-there shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and it wore well for three hours on me. MAC Geo Pink (LE, $20.00) is darker, more shimmery. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented. Chanel Calypso (LE, $29.50) is darker. Milani Coral Crush (10) (P, $5.49) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Fashion Perk Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep plum cream.” It’s a muted, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and almost no shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but it did not apply evenly; it looked somewhat splotchy applied. It wore well for four hours on me. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is brighter. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is similar. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is brighter, more pigmented. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is similar. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is a smidgen brighter. Burberry Hibiscus (P, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Got Style! Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtonal cool mauve frost.” It’s a medium, cool-toned pink with pearly shimmer. This shade was much sheerer than the other three. It applied evenly for the most part, and it wore well for two and a half hours on me. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is more pigmented. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss

For spring, Bobbi Brown’s Nectar & Nude Collection features three new and limited edition shades of lipgloss; one from the High Shimmer range and two from the original range.

Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “golden nectar.” It’s a sheer, tangerine-tinted base with gold and copper sparkle and shimmer. It adds warmth to the lips but really the shimmer and sparkle are the most visible aspects of it. It was easy to apply, comfortable to wear, and lasted for three hours. Though I’m a huge fan of this formula, I’ve been disappointed to see a lot of overlap/similar shades being released lately. They may look different in the tube, but applied, they’re nearly the same. Bobbi Brown Pure Gold (LE, $24.00) is slightly warmer when applied. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is darker. Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery. Guerlain Gold Tchlack (P, $30.00) is similar. Dior Lame Gold (LE, $28.00) is also similar. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is less golden. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) has more shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Nectar Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “bright nectar.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied okay but wasn’t as even as I’d like. It lasted for three hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is lighter. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is very similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is also very similar. MAC Warm Embrace (P, $15.00) is lighter. Chanel Nakkar (P, $29.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “soft pink beige.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with super fine shimmer. Applied, it’s semi-sheer, and it ended up looking a lot pinker (because the natural lip color will influence the shade), so the peachy coloring of the gloss warmed up my natural lip color. The gloss lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is similar. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Richer, Lusher (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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