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Milani Flashy Lip Flash Gloss Pencil

Milani Flashy Lip Flash Gloss Pencil
Milani Flashy Lip Flash Gloss Pencil

Milani Flashy Lip Flash Gloss Pencil

Milani Flashy Lip Flash Gloss Pencil ($6.49 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “hot pink with hot pink shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark raspberry fuchsia with fuchsia micro-glitter. The color coverage is mostly opaque but a hint of my lip freckle peeks through. The formula is supposed to be highly pigmented, extra glossy, and contain “moisture-rich” ingredients. It’s not supposed to feather or feel sticky either.

It has nice color payoff and doesn’t require a lot of product to deliver the results seen in swatches, though it’s not as glossy as true lipgloss. The texture feels gritty over time as the color wears away but the glitter lingers on. With Flashy, I was able to get four hours of wear. It’s not perfectly non-sticky, but it doesn’t feel tacky overall, and my lips felt about the same after wearing these–not drier. I didn’t experience any bleeding or feathering of color with this shade.  They look and feel more like a lipstick with extra shine.

If you’ve wanted to try (or have already tried and are a fan of) Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, this is a good budget-friendly alternative, because Flash is an exact dupe of Urban Decay Big Bang. The two formulas feel very, very similar; I doubt I could point out the differences in a blind test. Some other similar shades include MAC Quite the Thing (slightly darker) and MAC Rare Exotic (brighter, no shimmer).

I’m not in love with the format or the feel of these, which is the same way I felt about Urban Decay’s version. I don’t love the grittiness that gets more noticeable as you wear the color, and sharpening them can be frustrating. Readers have recommended freezing pencils prior to sharpening to minimize waste, because of the soft, creamy texture, there can be a lot of waste when sharpened at room temperature. Sometimes the excess gets caught in the sharpener and smears more than it disappears when you go to wipe it away!

Milani Lip Flash Gloss Pencil Flashy
Flashy
Flashy
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Spring 2012: Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s new and permanent, just in time for spring. It’s a glossy raspberry pink with a touch of sheerness but is still very pigmented for a gloss and, overall, nearly opaque. There’s a shiny finish that makes the lips look almost wet. MAC Scandelicious is brighter, pinker. MAC Radiant Jewels is similar but less opaque and even. NARS Hot Wired is redder and has a shimmery iridescence. Lancome Electric Pink is a bit lighter and has shimmer.

I reviewed the formula in-depth here. I wore Mexican Rose to test out the wear, though, and it wore for three and a half hours. It’s comfortable to wear, because it has the texture of lip balm–thin, lightweight–but the high-gloss shine of your favorite lipgloss. You won’t get quite the lush lip look without some of the cushion-like texture of a true gloss, but you do get a good amount of added luminosity and fullness from the shine. I also really loved how evenly this applied.

The major downside is that these are not twist-up pencils, so they require sharpening. With the softness of the pencil (which actually broke on me while I was applying it for swatching), you’ll waste a lot if you don’t freeze them (many readers have said they had good luck freezing pencils like this!).

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Mexican Rose

Chanel Chelsea Glossimer

Chanel Chelsea Glossimer
Chanel Chelsea Glossimer

Chanel Chelsea Glossimer

Chanel Chelsea Glossimer ($28.50 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “brilliant pink lipgloss [that] delivers the ultimate pop of colour, along with subtle shimmer and a high-shine glow.” I have no idea what Chanel was seeing, because this gloss is nearly colorless when applied. At best, and I feel like I’m being generous, it emphasizes the natural pinkness of your lip color, but the reality is it looks like clear gloss with a shiny finish. The shimmer is not just subtle but barely there; there were maybe four or five flecks on my lips when I applied the gloss.

Chanel says that this “striking hue is named for a thriving artistic and cultural area of London.” It’s very, very striking in the tube, but that is where it ends. The whole concept reminded me of Gloss Fluo de Chanel from 2010, where the tubes were vibrant and neon, but the product itself was very sheer.  It feels like a Glossimer:  smooth, non-sticky, comfortable.  It’s thick without being heavy; glides on without slipping around.  The wear is about an hour and a half when I tested this shade.  If Chanel wanted to indicate this was sheer, perhaps “brilliant pink,” “ultimate pop of color,” and “striking hue” were not the best descriptions. I felt a bit duped myself after I purchased this and then swatched it.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Chelsea
Chelsea
Chelsea
9
Product
1
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
64%
Total

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Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers
Bonbon (73), Petillant (159), Bagatelle (161)

Chanel Spring 2012: Glossimers

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers ($29.50 for 0.19 oz.) include three new and permanent (according to the press release) shades: Bonbon (soft pink), Petillant (golden beige), and Bagatelle (pink).

  • Bonbon is a sheer gold-shimmered pale pink. There’s no real color to it; on my lips, it provides a semi-opaque covering of shimmer. It’s similar to NARS Super Orgasm (a touch darker), Chanel Aurore (slightly more of a beige base), and Benefit I’m With the Band (more golden sheen).
  • Petillant is sheer and virtually colorless with white and pale pink shimmer. This is really, really subtle; unless you’re a Glossimer devotee, this one is easily skipped, because it doesn’t have as much shimmer as most Glossimers do either. It may sound harsh, but these kinds of glosses are numerous, and while having a couple in your back pocket is great for layering, it’s difficult to see nuances between them, so most of us don’t need too many of them.
  • Bagatelle is a light-medium, blue-based pink with gold flecks of sparkle. This one was the most pigmented with semi-opaque color coverage. The gold shimmer in this is larger than the others, so it actually felt a little gritty on the lips, compared to the smooth feel of most Glossimers. It reminded me a bit of MAC Splashing, which isn’t blue-based, and Givenchy Glamorous Fuchsia, which doesn’t have the gold sparkle.

Chanel Glossimers have certainly earned their accolades because of their comfortable, non-sticky texture and ultra-shimmering appearance.  In the sunlight, these really sparkle and look like shimmering water with the amount of dazzle and shine they give off.  I didn’t fully appreciate them until I saw how they looked outdoors.  Indoors, they’re a little less spectacular, but they’re generally a really pretty gloss that tends to have sheer to semi-sheer color coverage but lots of shimmer.  I usually find these to have a really smooth shimmer, but Bagatelle felt gritty from the get-go.  I could just feel the shimmer on my lips.  Bonbon wore for about two and a half hours, while Petillant disappeared within an hour and a half.  Bagatelle wore the best, as it wore for four hours.

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers

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Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d'Armani
Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d’Armani ($28.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a soft, sheer pink with lots of white shimmer. It adds a hint of additional rosiness to my natural lip color, but it primarily adds lots of white shimmer and sparkle. It looks like any number of sheer lipglosses, so it’s more of a product you pick up if you don’t have too many sheer glosses already and really love the formula.

One of the reasons I like this shade is because it wears for five to six hours, despite being so sheer. The shimmer doesn’t feel gritty, and it doesn’t migrate over time. The formula is moisturizing, long-wearing (though it doesn’t wear the full eight hours Giorgio Armani says it should), and feels comfortable to wear. It does get sticky over time, and it is touted as a non-sticky gloss. It’s not super tacky, but it’s noticeably sticky within the first half hour of wear. I didn’t detect any scent or taste.

Giorgio Armani Gloss d’Armani #500
#500
#500
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio


Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio

Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio ($38.00 for 3 x 0.14 fl. oz.) includes these three shades: Bare Sparkle (champagne with pearl), Pastel (soft pink with pink pearl), and Aubergine (deep grape plum). This was easily the holiday product that I used the most this past holiday season, and ultimately, it was what made me really fall in love with Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer formula.

Though we’re really diving head first into spring already (it seems far too early), I still have a meaty backlog of products from the holidays I’d like to share with you, including this gem.  This set is still available at a lot of retailers online, plus all the shades in the trio can also be bought individually in full-size.

  • Bare Sparkle is virtually colorless on the lips but imparts a ton of fine sparkle on lips along with a high gloss shine.  This shade is similar to a lot of barely-there glosses that have a healthy dose of shimmer in them.
  • Pastel is a sheer, soft pink with pink and gold shimmer with a glossy shine. It emphasizes the natural pinkness in my lip color but is still see-through. I kept reaching for this one and layering it over darker reds and berries.  The hue reminded me of Chanel Imaginaire but with less sparkle.
  • Aubergine is a red-plum with very, very subtle gold sparkle. This is part of the regular Lipgloss line-up.  It’s the most opaque gloss of the three, and it’s semi-opaque at that.  It doesn’t settle too much into lip lines and has a nice glossy finish.  Chantecaille Patina looks a bit like it but has more sparkle.

I’ve already extolled the virtues of High Shimmer Lipglosses enough in the past week, but to briefly recap: ultra glossy, non-sticky, wears four hours or so, moisturizing, and absolutely dazzling and sparkling. Aubergine, which is just a regular Lipgloss, performs well, too; it’s comfortable, non-sticky, and wears four hours or so.

Something I dig about this trio is that all three shades are part of Bobbi Brown’s permanent range, so if you find you love any one enough and have run out of it, you can pick up just that shade later on. There’s still plenty of gloss in each tube (0.14 fl. oz. vs. 0.24 fl. oz. for full-sized glosses) but for less than the price of two, you get to test out three different shades. Bare Sparkle and Aubergine also look lovely layered!

Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio

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