Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

OCC Mannequin Lip Tar
OCC Mannequin Lip Tar

Today, I have two of the new Lip Tars from OCC’s spring collection, Plastic Passion. Mannequin and Rollergirl are both part of the original, matte formulation of Lip Tars, so they have no shimmer. When you initially apply Lip Tars, you’ll see a satin finish, which dries to a matte finish somewhere between a half hour and an hour after application.   I had no trouble applying either shade, and they both lasted awhile on the lips.

OCC Mannequin Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “Malibu pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium, [very] blue-based pink with a matte finish. It’s incredibly pigmented, and as Lip Tars typically are, a little goes a very long way. It lasted for seven hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is less blue-based. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $16.00) is similar–a smidgen purpler. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is darker, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is also darker, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Digitalis (P, $18.00) is similar–a smidgen less blue-based with an almost gray-ish cast in comparison. See comparison swatches.

Rollergirl Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant lavender purple.” It’s a medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had intense, full color coverage right out of the gate–you need such a minute amount of product to get opaque color.  Rollergirl lasted for over eight hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating.  MAC Heroine (LE, $16.00) is a lot pinker and warmer (not even close, but I wanted to mention it as it is such a popular purple!). Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is darker and slightly shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is cooler-toned and slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Bobbi Brown Pink Flush Sheer Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Pink Flush Sheer Lip Color

For spring, Bobbi Brown released three, limited edition shades of her Sheer Lip Color formula in shades of pink. Just as a heads up, Pink Rose is part of the permanent range, but its availability in silver packaging is limited. If you’re not familiar with the formula, it’s described as a “lightweight formula” with an effortless wash of color plus nourishing shine.” As you might have guessed, it has sheerer color coverage and is supposed to be hydrating. Neither Pink Flush nor Pink Rose what I’d consider sheer or a wash of color, though you could certainly use the tiniest amount, but just passing the bullet across the top and bottom lips resulted in fairly opaque color coverage (which for some is a happy accident, and others, undesirable). Pink Gold was a more accurate representation of a sheer wash of color–noticeable color but sheer overall. The texture is the kind that feels almost stiff initially but as it warms up against the lip, it glides on better. It has a somewhat clingy feel on the lips, so it can catch on any dry flakes if you have them. There’s a slight sheen that wears away after an hour or so to a duller shine. They formula, on me, was only lightly hydrating.

Bobbi Brown Pink Flush Sheer Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “medium tone pink.” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a luminous sheen. I waffled between the undertone; it looked just slightly bluish against my skin tone. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for four hours on me. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is similar. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is warmer, brighter. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is similar. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is a touch lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Pink Gold Sheer Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “light shimmer gold.” It’s a champagne and gold-shimmered, rosy brown. Applied, it added warmth to the natural lip color, but the primarily visible element was the pale bronze shimmer. It had a frostier finish, which looked a little clingy (and felt that way) with sheer color. This shade lasted two hours on me. Chanel Secret (85) (LE, $34.00) is similar applied. Tom Ford Beauty Frolic (P, $48.00) is warmer. MAC Shanghai Spice (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Lush Amber (LE, $16.00) is similar applied. MAC Cusp of Dawn (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Peregrina (P, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Patchouli (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Pink Rose Sheer Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “blue tone pink.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy pink with subtle cool undertones and a subtle sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage and wore well for four and a half hours. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Guerlain Madame Reve (862) (LE, $49.50) is brighter. MAC Plumful (P, $16.00) is slightly plum. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $24.00) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

OCC Pleasure Model Lip Tar
OCC Pleasure Model Lip Tar

For spring, OCC’s bringing us Plastic Passion, which features six new Lip Tars, two of which I have ready to review for you today. Though I was pretty jazzed about Pool Boy, I have to admit, I was really, really excited for the new metallic Lip Tars, because they looked like they would work beautifully as highlighters, too. They’re both subtle highlighters–they give off a lovely glowing sheen that’s more apparent in person than in photos, but it’s a little dewy, slightly luminous. As highlighters, they wore well for eight hours. As lip colors, the finish and lightness of both shades made them high maintenance shades–it’s imperative to exfoliate prior to applying so that they look and apply smoothly and evenly.

OCC Pleasure Model Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pearlescent pink.” It’s a light-medium, rosy pink with subtle warm, peach undertones and a cooler pink iridescent sheen. It was mostly opaque on lips, but some of the natural lip color peeks through. The thing I noticed about this shade on the lips was that between the lighter color and the frostier, more metallic finish, it’s unforgiving if you have any imperfections–it’s definitely a higher maintenance lip color. I highly recommend exfoliating prior to applying it. It wore five hours on me, which is longer than the average lipstick, but short for a Lip Tar.  I mixed this to brighten, warm, and add a little shimmer to Mannequin Lip Tar, and it mixed well. NARS Paimpol (P, $25.00) is lighter, and it looks a lot different applied. MAC Annemiek (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) is pinker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Hollywood Lip Tar ($18.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige/gold shimmer.” It’s a light peachy-beige with a golden sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but it had a very slight translucency that allowed the natural lip color to come through a bit. Like Pleasure Model, I think it is one of the more unforgiving Lip Tars, as it will catch on any imperfections on the lips. This shade also lasted five hours on me. MAC You’ve Got It (LE, $16.00) has a similar sheen but is pinker and sheerer. MAC Warm Companion (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Secret Lover (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, January 17th, 2014

Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “spicy, cheerful pink.” It’s a vibrant, coral-pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is slightly darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is glossier, slightly warmer. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is similar. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is also similar. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) is shimmery. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

This is a new and limited shade from Guerlain’s spring collection. It’s a very pink-leaning coral, so cooler-toned complexions may really gravitate towards it as it shouldn’t turn orange on them. The consistency was lightweight, moderately creamy, and it applied evenly over the lips. It almost melted as it glided over the lips, as the color looked very smooth when worn–lips just looked nicer and healthier. The texture did seem slightly more emollient than some of the other shades in the Rouge Automatique, and it seemed to result in shorter wear of just shy of five hours (it’s a more long-wearing formula–some shades wear for as long as eight hours on me). The color coverage was opaque, and this was a very comfortable shade to wear as it was nicely hydrating both while I wore and the hydration lasted as it wore away.

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Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) ColorSensational Lip Color

For spring, Maybelline’s added ten shades of “nude” that range from the very, very palest beige to muted mauves to deep plums. I greatly appreciate that Maybelline considered the spectrum of skin tones when they thought about flesh-colored lipsticks, because what’s “nude” for one skin tone isn’t going to be nude for everyone.  Here are the last four from the new set of shades!  My favorite in this set was Untainted Spice.

Maybelline Touchable Taupe (940) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is medium-dark, muted brown with hints of rose and beige and a luminous finish. It had full, opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating during that time. MAC Bad Girl RiRi (LE, $16.00) is pinker and more matte. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Mocha (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Double Shot (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (P, $18.00) is similar in color but matte. Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Stormy Sahara (945) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is medium, muted orange with a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and while the texture was creamy and comfortable to wear, it did streak a little. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is lighter. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Abandon (P, $48.00) is browner. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is also similar. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Untainted Spice (950) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark, brownish-plum with a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips. The consistency was very creamy and emollient, and it applied smoothly to the lips without streaking or settling into lip lines. This shade wore well for almost five hours and was somewhat hydrating when worn. Chanel Farouche (122) (P, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $16.00) is more plum. Chanel Bel Ami (P, $34.00) is less brown. Chanel Baroque (LE, $34.00) is more matte. Chanel Imperial (DC, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Espresso Exposed (955) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, reddish-burgundy with a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it applied very unevenly. It looked streaky on, possibly due to how creamy/emollient the consistency was. The color lasted six hours and left behind a stain, and it was somewhat hydrating during that time. I had some feathering along the upper lip lines, though, which is highly unusual for me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $18.00) is metallic. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) ColorSensational Lip Color

For spring, Maybelline’s added ten shades of “nude” that range from the very, very palest beige to muted mauves to deep plums. I greatly appreciate that Maybelline considered the spectrum of skin tones when they thought about flesh-colored lipsticks, because what’s “nude” for one skin tone isn’t going to be nude for everyone.  This is the next set of three that I’ve finished testing, and my favorite from these three is Maple Kiss, as it applies really nicely and wears well.  The other two are more emollient, so they slip more and do not apply quite as evenly.

Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, coppery brown with a satin finish and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and glided on evenly and smoothly. It was very forgiving on lips and made them look smoother than they actually were. The color wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $21.00) is pinker, lesls brown. Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Mocha (LE, $16.00) is less warm-toned, matte. Maybelline Mochachino (P, $7.49) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) See comparison swatches.

Truffle Tease (930) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-beige with subtle warm undertones and an almost gray-cast at times. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. The finish was glossier than some of the other shades–more luminous than satin. This shade lasted for three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is pinker, lighter. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is a bit lighter, more matte. Too Faced Naughty Nude (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is a smidgen warmer. See comparison swatches.

Sin-a-mon (935) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a cool-toned, gray-tinged light-medium beige with a luminous sheen. It was semi-opaque, so it allowed the natural lip color to come through (which makes it look a little rosier when applied than when swatched). It applied evenly for the most part, and the color lasted for three and a half hours. It was somewhat hydrating.  MAC To the Future (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Naked Bliss (LE, $16.00) is much lighter. MAC Japanese Maple (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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