Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC in Lillyland Collection
MAC Lip Gelees: Lush & Bright, Preppy, Shift to Pink, Resort Life

MAC in Lillyland Collection: Lip Gelees Review, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

Last but not least… the lip gelees aka the best part of the collection, IMO! Okay, let me condition that: if you like shimmer/glitter, check out the lip gelees. If you don’t, you won’t like them. Sorry, these are DAZZLING. And more dazzling than Dazzleglass, too… Also, please note that, like dazzleglasses, these lip gelees do look prettier and more shimmer-tastic in real life. It’s hard to pick up on the multi-reflective, shimmering water feel and look of these in a photograph.

Oh, and by the way?  These come with a whopping 0.5 oz. of product.  That’s over three times as much product as lipglass.  That’s nearly ten times the amount of product in a dazzleglass.  Lip Gelees are one of the most affordable lipglosses by the ounce — $28 per ounce.

Lip Gelee ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Resort Life is a gilded beige base with silver-ish shimmer. This is the “lightest” of the four, but it has lots of sparkle on the lips. It warms up the natural lip color a bit while adding lots of shimmer (and not much color).
  • Shift to Pink is a lilac-y pink with a soft pinky pearl base and lots of brighter lilac and pink shimmer. The lilac/purple is much more noticeable on lips than I anticipated, too. I think it definitely gave my lips a decent amount of color and shimmer when applied. I found this one didn’t apply as evenly as the other three, but with some smooshing, it looks fine from afar.
  • Preppy is a semi-sheer, medium fuchsia-pink pearl base with lots of fuchsia shimmer. This is a really pigmented one, actually. It really added plenty of pink to my lips without actually being super hot, fuchsia pink — it’s a very pretty, slightly brightened medium pink with lots of pink and fuchsia shimmer.
  • Lush & Bright is a semi-sheer, coral-orange with pink and gold shimmer. This one is the least “frosty” or shimmery, but it still has a nice level of shimmer. This gave my lips a nice peachy-coral look — I’d say this one didn’t go on as a true-to-swatch as the others did, because it’s much lighter on my lips than the skin swatch.

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection
MAC Lipglasses: Spirit & Soul, Naked Frost, Liqueur, Glamour For All

MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection: Lipglass Reviews, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

I’m pleased with the opacity on these lipglasses — they’re all quite rich in color for lipglasses, and it is quite unusual to find this many pigmented shades in a single launch. If you don’t like frosty lips, though, you may not find yourself swooning over these, because three of the four do have that frosty, glimmering look. Like the lipsticks, whether these are for you is really a matter of personal taste; none of them are bad in formula, texture, or feel, but the colors may not appeal to everyone.

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Glamour For All is a creamy, slightly milky medium pink. It’s harder to find a creamy medium pink, because often, creamy/milky pinks tend to be pale and lightened up a bit — this one isn’t. On lips, it’s very creamy, so it does have a tendency to settle into lip lines.
  • Liqueur is a reddish-brown with multicolored shimmer. It’s a pretty rich shade on lips, and it doesn’t sheer out too much on lips.
  • Naked Frost is a neutral gilded bronze with multicolored shimmer. It has a very frosty and shimmery look on lips. It looks almost like a gilded beige on lips, rather than as deep or as bronzy as it does in the swatch.
  • Spirit & Soul is a slightly cool, kind of neutral tan-brown with multicolored shimmer. It has the same frosty, shimmery finish as both Naked Frost and Liqueur. The gold shimmer really pops when applied to lips.

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Monday, January 4th, 2010

NARS Orgasm Lipgloss

The Spring Season: NARS Orgasm Lip Gloss

NARS Orgasm Lip Gloss ($24.00) is a sheer peachy-pink with gold shimmer. I really like this lipgloss worn over nudes and light pinks for added glossiness and shimmer, because it doesn’t effect color very much (if at all!) – just adds a little more pop. One of the reasons that NARS Lip Glosses are popular is they’re non-sticky without being drying, and they last a particularly long time–at least for a gloss. I personally see wear time around four hours, whereupon the glossiness does tend to fade, but the shimmer sticks around for a little longer after that.

The gloss formula is fairly thin, and the doe-footed applicator doesn’t get too much out per application, which may or may not be what you’d like–you just can’t glob it on, so you’re neither wasteful and it forces you to be a little more precise in your application. I guess those are good things! :)  I do wish they’d improve the smell a bit; some seem almost scent-free, but other times, it’s more of a chemical/plastic-y scent that’s harder to ignore.

Is this glossy peach-pink the one for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Too Faced Fun in the Dark Palette

Spring Makeup with Too Faced Fun in the Dark Palette

Too Faced Fun in the Dark Palette ($32.50) is a new, limited edition eyes, cheeks, and lip palette from Too Faced for the spring. It contains four eyeshadows (Pin-Up, Peep Show, Full Frontal, Lucky Charms), two lip products (Tropical Pink, Free Love), one blush (Papa Don’t Peach), and one bronzer (Sun Bunny).  When you flip open the top, there are small, circular lights that go along the border of the palette that light up, and according to Too Faced, the battery life is about thirty hours.

I really, really did not like the light-up mirror included in the palette.  In fact, I will just come right out and say it:  I hated it.  It was a blinding cool-toned white.  The light was neither flattering nor comfortable to look towards.  I disliked it so much, I left the palette open for two days to drain the battery of the lights, because it was just such a distraction.  But seriously, it hurt my eyes a bit when I first flipped the top of this palette open.  Don’t get me wrong, the lighting is a minor point, and like I did, you can always drain the battery for the lights, but it didn’t leave me the best first impression, you know?

The four eyeshadows are of the softer shadow variety, and they’re smooth and well-pigmented.  Pin-up is a neutral, maybe slightly cool, champagne beige with soft white shimmer.  Peep Show is a cool-toned medium pink with gold shimmer–this one was lovely; it reminded me of Urban Decay Naked Lipstick or MAC Stark Naked BlushFull Frontal is a rich chocolate brown with red undertones and a slightly frosty finish.  Lucky Charms is a frosty medium-dark forest green with gold shimmer and green sheen.

Papa Don’t Peach is a pinky-peachy blush, which leans a little more peach.  It has good pigmentation, and it’s similar to NARS Orgasm, but I’d say it’s a little darker and not nearly as shimmery.  If you like Orgasm, though, I imagine you’d like this shade as well.  Sun Bunny is a split-bronzer with a darker, more coppery bronze on one side and a lighter, less shimmery soft copper bronze on the other side.

Tropical Pink is an ultra sheer (aka clear) gloss with a hint of gold sparkle.  I found it pretty disappointing, just because there was no pigmentation to speak of and it felt quite gooey.  Free Love is a medium-pink lipstick with gold shimmer.  I liked Free Love a lot more, because you could get pigmentation out of it with enough layers.  I’m still no fan of lip palettes, particularly when they’re housed near powder-based products, though!

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a palette for easy travel, you might enjoy Fun in the Dark, because it has a little something for all of your face – the eyes, cheeks, and lips.  It’s not the most handy palette, just because the four eyeshadows don’t yield the most combinations, but it’s an interesting pairing of colors, nonetheless.  I like it overall, but I didn’t fall in love.

Edit: It does, indeed, look like they spelled Chronicles wrong on the palette.  I checked the image Sephora’s using, and it’s misspelled there, too.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation:  If you like Too Faced eyeshadows, or have always wanted to try them, this might be a good way to check them out!

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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

MAC Warm & Cozy Collection
MAC Lipglasses: Feeling Dreamy, 2N, Light That Fire, 3N

MAC Warm & Cozy Collection: Lipglasses

At first glance, I thought I would be really in love with the lipglasses, but they weren’t as much my cup of tea as I had hoped. My favorite was definitely Light That Fire, while 2N was next.

  • Feeling Dreamy is a milky beige-pink with iridescent icy pink shimmer. It really has a tendency to settle into lip lines, so it wasn’t looking so dreamy on me (oh, pun!). It isn’t a particularly original shade – kind of typical of MAC.
  • 2N is a creamy fleshy peach-beige. It also has a milky look, so it also settled into lines like Feeling Dreamy, but it’s less noticeable from afar so it’s wearable on its own. I had 2N from the N Collection originally, but it looked different from this one (lighter, paler). I’m not sure if mine has changed over time or something, so I only photographed and swatched the one that released with this launch, for reference.
  • Light That Fire is a bright orange-based coral with lots of orange and gold shimmer. It’s very pigmented for a gloss, actually. It has a grittier texture than the other three glosses, because it does have a healthy dose of shimmer. It was like an orange version of Lychee Luxe. It’s a shade that appeals to me, but it’s not one I’m going to run out and buy a back-up of. I do like that I haven’t seen this shade too often (if at all–nothing comes to mind immediately) from MAC, though.
  • 3N is a brownish shade with orange–beige to keep it from being straight brown. It has lots of gold shimmer, and it looks very creamy on, despite the shimmer. This one looked the best on my lips — even coverage, softened edges, and didn’t settle into lines. It was also quite pigmented. When I compared 3N to my original 3N from the N Collection, it seemed about the same.

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Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel Collection
Chanel Maline / Futile Glossimers

Sparkling Spring Lips with Chanel

If you’re a fan of Chanel’s glossimers, I think you’re going to like the two shades included in Chanel Les Impressions de Chanel Collection, debuting this January. Neither color is ultra pigmented by any means–as is the nature of glossimers–but they have that rich, decadent sparkle that the formula is known for. They’re just flat-out pretty. Shimmering and sparkling–like moving water under the sun–they even made my lips seem a little plumper, just because of how sparkly they are.

Futile is described as a pink, and it certainly looks pink in the tube, but when swatched, it’s a very sheer, milky pink base with icy pink and silver shimmer. Maline, on the other hand, has a milky gold base with gold and copper shimmer. On lips, they almost look the same, except one has a golden shimmer and the other has a silverish shimmer.

I tend to gravitate towards more pigmented glosses, but sheer glosses have their time and place, and these are so lovely on. I slicked Maline on, and I just drooled a bit at the way it looked on my lips — even showed my boyfriend, saying “Pretty, pretty, yeah?” (He only nodded, as good boyfriends often do!)

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

Recommendation:  If you prefer pigmented glosses, I recommend skipping these. If you like non-sticky, shimmery, glittering glosses and aren’t concerned with pigmentation, you might find yourself drawn to these two.

Availability:  January 2010

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