Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers

For summer, there are four shades of Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) to choose from, but note that Paradiso and Sweet Spot are repromotes, as they were released last summer as well. The formula is supposed to give a “lustrous sheen of color” and be hydrating. Some shades are sheerer while others are nearly opaque but appear less “heavy” compared to the regular Lip Color formula. In general, they have less shine and more color than the Lip Color Shines. The formula has a vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

Tom Ford Paradiso Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy, lightweight texture that glided on easily. It wore well for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Rose Soleil Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, plummy brown with lighter gold and pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a soft shine. The underlying color seemed to apply a bit unevenly, though the shimmer distributed better. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It was surprisingly similar to Bittersweet, just lighter and less brown-based. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Skinny Dip Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a pinky-peach base with lots of gold shimmer that gives it a more metallic sheen. The texture is a little thin and not as emollient as I’d like, so the finish was as luminous with this shade compared to the other three. It had semi-sheer coverage with mostly shimmer coming through. It stayed on for three hours and was a lightly moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Sweet Spot Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft shimmer-sheen finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that glided on fairly evenly and smoothly. It seemed a bit less glossy compared to the tube I have from last summer. It wore well for four hours and was moderately hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — Nordstrom now has the collection up for pre-order.

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

ColourPop In Bloom Set
ColourPop In Bloom Set

ColourPop In Bloom Set ($39.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes three cheek colors and three lipsticks released in collaboration with Jamie Greenberg. It’s an assortment of brightened takes on spring shades, and it seems like a little preview of the brand’s upcoming cream highlighters (they’ve teased about them on Instagram) with Double Dip. All six products performed good to great, were easy to apply, and lasted a nice length of time. I think a lot of the shades included are on the more dupable side, but the silver lining is that this is a more affordable way to get a lot of those higher-end similar shades, though they have to be purchased as a set. I hope we’ll see some shades get added to the permanent range!

Double Dip is described as a “soft peach with subtle highlights with a satin pearl finish.” It’s a champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was lightly creamy–a little more emollient than most of their cheek colors–and was easy to blend on the skin, but the more velvety, clay-like formula (generally) made it appear as a subtle sheen on the skin, rather than full-on frost. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hysterical is described as a “cool-toned plum pink with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to fully opaque, depending on whether you applied with fingertips (as recommended for full coverage) or a stippling brush (as recommended for light coverage). The texture was velvety and smooth, and it blended nicely on the skin while wearing for nine hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tongue Tied is described as a “bright warm coral with a matte finish.” It’s a vibrant, coral-orange with warm, reddish undertones and a satin shimmer. I’m not sure why it’s described as matte, because there is definitely a fine shimmer running through it that gives the skin a natural sheen (but doesn’t emphasize pores). It had good color payoff that was opaque when applied with fingertips and more semi-sheer to semi-opaque when applied with a brush (depending on your choice of brush). The color wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Frenemie is described as an “electric warm-toned coral with a cream finish.” It’s a bold, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a soft, creamy finish with a light shine. It had almost cull color coverage that applied fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture had more slip than some of the other shades in this formula have had for me. The lipstick glided on without tugging and wore well for five hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Freshman is described as a “deep hot pink with a cream finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The texture was light-medium in thickness with a moderate amount of slip, which gave it that really opaque coverage that was still creamy and very wet-looking. It wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, but I had a little bit of feathering after four hours of wear. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweet-Thing is described as a “cool-toned medium true pink with a cream finish.” It’s a lightly muted, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color stayed on for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. The texture was slightly thicker but held in place without sliding around. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Bite Beauty Shade 004 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty Shade 004 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty Shade 004 Limited Release Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rich, luminous fuchsia.” It’s a deepened, medium-dark fuchsia with cool, blue undertones that leans red with a soft shine. It’s almost like a fuchsia-berry kind of color. Tom Ford Beauty Francesco (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Hot Berry (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is more shimmery. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is warmer. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, brighter. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Pure Pink (P, $50.00) is more muted, lighter. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $22.00) is glossier. MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $16.00) is more matte, brighter. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Plum Lush (05) (P, $50.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is a smidgen warmer. Estee Lauder Insolent Plum (P, $30.00) is darker. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is more muted, darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side. I don’t have swatches quite ready, but Bite beauty’s own Palomino is slightly brighter, while Lingonberry is cooler-toned and lighter; Quince may also be similar, but I don’t have that one.

It had mostly opaque coverage, but a hint of the natural lip color comes through–on me, it’s not really apparent as my natural lip color is effectively lost, but if you have naturally more pigmented lips, you may find your natural lip color will alter the way this looks (perhaps pulling redder, for example). The texture was lightly creamy, which allowed the lipstick to glide on without tugging and apply with smooth, even color. It lasted for six hours and left a stain behind, while it was comfortable to wear and fairly hydrating over time. I don’t think it’s a particularly unique shade, and I get very similar wear, coverage, and hydration (more hydration, actually) from the Luminous Creme range, so the price point on this still remains a bit of a mystery to me (I just don’t feel an upgrade in the formula)–I guess that’s the “downside” to having such a fantastic regular formula! I’d love to see Bite put out more unique shades in the upcoming months, at the very least, though!

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique
Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pinky rose.” It’s a soft, muted pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural shine. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $20.00) is warmer. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is more opaque. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be an “alternative to lipstick” with a “sheer to medium finish.” (As a note, Sephora also has the following: “Surratt Li[p]slique goes on smooth, delivering sheer yet buildable color. This moisturizing formula features high-coverage and goes on thick for lasting, subtle color and a glossy finish,” which is confusing and contradictory, and Barney’s, which was first to carry Surratt when it debuted, doesn’t have anything like that.) The texture is creamy with moderate slip that glides on easily and feels comfortable to wear without being too heavy or too thin. Perfectionniste has semi-sheer coverage that goes on fairly evenly and smoothly, while the color lasts for four hours and is hydrating over time. There was no scent or taste to the formula. Worth noting is that it comes in a twist-up, slim pencil, and it contains substantially less than your average lipstick (0.05 oz. vs. 0.10 oz.), though it’s not a real surprise, as the slimmer format typically results in this type of quantity (across brands).

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a fun, shimmer-filled formula that feels like a true lipgloss-lipstick hybrid, but it’s a significant departure from the original Melted formula. The Melted Metals have more slip and less pigmentation (though the majority are fairly pigmented) with much shorter-wear time (three to four hours, whereas the original range trended towards six to eight hours). Something I noticed was that “long-wear” was completely removed for this formula; on the original, it’s on the tube, name, and descriptions, but this one is careful to make no mention of longevity. These could be more of a true metallic in finish, as they’re more pearly, frosted, and/or glossy, though they’re more comfortable than many metallic formulas.

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

For summer, Too Faced Meltallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation where the natural lip color will come through to a small degree. The texture was lightweight, fairly emollient, but still applied evenly. This shade wore well for three and a half hours and wasn’t drying.
Too Faced Metallic Dream House (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, darker. Chanel Ina (450) (P, $36.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Welt (P, $24.00) is darker, more matte. Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink (LE, $22.50) is darker. Chanel Extatique (P, $34.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches
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For summer, Too Faced Metallic Peony Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink with a mix of pink and gold micro-shimmer for a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color coverage that went on evenly. It wore well for four hours and was neither hydrating nor moisturizing. On me, the gloss lasted for four hours and the shimmer does settle a bit over time. Revlon HD Petalite (540) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker, less glossy, warmer. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is darker, less shimmery. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is less glossy, darker. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with gold and pink shimmer. It was less metallic, though still pearly, with a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation but if you have more pigmented lips, you may still see the color change slightly. On me, it lasted for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Marie (430) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy. Tarte Rare (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Cherry Blossom (P, $35.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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