Saturday, January 11th, 2014

NARS Final Cut Collection
NARS Final Cut Collection

NARS Final Cut Satin Lip Pencils ($25.00 for 0.07 oz. each) includes four limited edition shades that are exclusive to Nordstrom (in the U.S.; Holt Renfrew in Canada, Selfridges in the UK). If you like Satin Lip Pencils, I see no reason why you wouldn’t like the formula of these, with the exception of Stourhead, which will require significant prep work, patience, and reduced expectations. They’re nicely pigmented, fairly comfortable to wear, and have a good wear time. I wish they were as hydrating as they claim, but they’re not drying at least.  I wish that there was a bigger difference between Descanso and Torres del Paine, as they look surprisingly similar for shades included in a single collection.

Descanso is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a light-medium, rosy peach with a satin finish and warm undertones. It looks pinker on the lips than it does when swatched on the skin. The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. It had opaque color coverage, didn’t settle into lip lines, and was even. It lasted four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is slightly darker. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Montego Bay (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is slightly lighter, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. Estee Lauder Naked (LE, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches.

Stourhead is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a pale, pink-tinted lavender with a satin finish and cool, blue undertones. The consistency wasn’t dry as I feared, and it felt lightweight, creamy, and seemed easy enough to apply, but it was difficult to apply evenly. It also settled into lip lines slightly from the initial application, but after an hour and a half of wear, it really migrated into all of my lip lines and looked a little like dry, cracked lips. It lasted two and a half hours on me. It had semi-opaque color coverage but was not as pigmented as the other three. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Beauty (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less pink. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Torres del Paine is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a light-medium peachy orange with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and applied evenly. The color wore well for four hours and was slightly moisturizing. And no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, this is strangely similar to Descanso; this shade being slightly warmer with no rosy tone to it. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is very similar. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is slightly lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is more muted, matte. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Villa Lante is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pink with strong, blue undertones and a satin finish. This shade had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Steady Going (LE, $16.00) is more matte but very close in color. MAC Playtime (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is less blue-based. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, January 11th, 2014

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mandarin red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish–just a soft sheen that will gradually turn matte as it wears on. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is more muted, lighter. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is very similar. Maybelline Electric Orange (P, $7.49) is also very similar–perhaps a tiny bit darker. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less red-toned. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is darker, more red-toned. See comparison swatches.

The pencil had a soft, creamy consistency when applied to the lips, where it actually felt almost slippery when I was applying it, but the lip color dried down slightly so it didn’t slip or slide on the lips. It was really pigmented and yielded full, opaque color coverage. The color wore well for almost six hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating during that time. I only wish NARS would upgrade their packaging by putting the formula into a twist-up pencil, rather than one you have to sharpen, as sharpening always leads to some waste. You can minimize the waste by putting the pencil into the freezer prior to sharpening, though, but I would appreciate the convenience of a twist-up pencil.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Bare All (910) 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. I’m working my way through them, and these are the first three I tested (I’ve been testing them in numerical order, just in case you’re waiting for a particular shade to be reviewed). The consistency is creamy, lightly emollient with noticeable slip, and is lightly to moderately hydrating. The wear time depends on the shade (specified below).

Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a very light beige with a pink tint and satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it had one of the more unforgiving applications of the shades released in this collection. It tended to catch and emphasize any dryness or imperfections on the lips, so it is imperative to exfoliating prior applyling to this. It is also difficult to keep it in place and looking even, as the color tended to bunch up on itself and leave lines. I patted a lot of the color into place with my fingertip, and you can see lines from my fingerprints! This shade wore well for three hours on me. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Naked (LE, $16.00) is slightly grayer. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Fleshpot (P, $16.00) less pink. See comparison swatches.

Blushing Beige (915) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a smidgen of rosiness to its tone and satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips, and like Bare All, it wasn’t the most forgiving of textures/finishes. The color wore well for three hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is pinker. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nude Lust (920) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium peachy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color with slight translucency. The texture was more forgiving on the lips, but I did have some issues with getting it to stay in place and look even, as the consistency is just thick enough with enough slip that can bunch up. Nude Lust lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #111 (P, $32.00) is shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm peach pink.” It’s a warm-toned peach with a faint hint of pink. The subtle pink hue is only noticeable when applied, but it looks more peach-orange in the tube and swatched. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, rosier. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is similar, slightly pinker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC To the Future (P, $18.00) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC In a Heartbeat (LE, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is slightly darker, more matte. See comparison swatches.

The Lovemarc Lip Gel formula is supposed to be a “color-saturated, long-wearing, gellified lipstick.” I’ve really enjoyed this formula–one of my new favorites–but I believe this is the first shade that’s fallen short of expectations. I noticed a slight tendency for the formula to bunch up when applied to lips, so it doesn’t look quite even, and the consistency had a little graininess to it. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and the texture of the lipstick was very slick and emollient, so it did feel like it was slipping around when I wore it. This is a more emollient formula in general, but this particular shade seemed extra wet. It wore for three hours on me, and it was hydrating during that time, but it settled into lip lines over those hours.

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Insolence (144) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a brightened coral-pink with subtle warm undertones and a soft sheen. I would almost call it a fuchsia coral, because it is quite bright and bold! Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) isn’t as warm-toned but it is quite similar. MAC Fusion Pink (P, $16.00) is more iridescent, warmer. Guerlain Gourmandise (P, $49.50) is similar. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is warmer, less pink. See comparison swatches.

Insolence is one of two limited edition shades for spring (I purchased the other, but I don’t expect it to arrive until late next week). It had fully opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy, so it glided on evenly and easily–never tugged or dragged on the lips. The Rouge Automatique formula is supposed to be long-wearing and hydrating. This shade was both, as it wore well for five and a half hours and left a stain that lingered for another hour or so, and it was moisturizing while worn. I didn’t feel the need to reach for lip balm at all after wearing this, so it really added hydration, didn’t just maintain it. The formula was comfortable to wear, didn’t feather or bleed, and wore away evenly.

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Saturday, December 28th, 2013

MAC Instigator Lipstick
MAC Instigator Lipstick

MAC Instigator Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened plum [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a deep, berry-wine with a satin finish. Officially, it’s labeled as a matte (not a Retro Matte), but it has a noticeable sheen for the first hour of wear. It had mostly opaque color coverage. This shade wore well for six hours and left behind a noticeable berry stain. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Train Bleu (P, $25.00) is very similar–just more matte. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is purpler. MAC Yung Rapunxel (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Smoked Purple (LE, $16.00) is slightly purpler, less berry but comparable. See comparison swatches.

Punk Couture Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep blackened grape [with a Retro Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with a satin finish. I had trouble getting the color to apply evenly, as it had a tendency to gather/clump in places. It had mostly full color coverage, but I would apply this with a lip brush to improve the evenness.  The color lasted for five and a half hours, but it did seem to settle into lip lines as it wore on. Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is brighter, less cool-toned. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is a bit darker, less pink/red. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is a more muted, grayer purple. See comparison swatches.

Both shades are sold out online, and the only real way to get them would be to track them down at a store/counter, or possibly, if MAC restocks it online (but you can’t count on a restock, and you never know when it might occur!). Also, just as an FYI, my Punk Couture lipstick arrived smashed against the top of the inside of the cap, and it had fallen entirely out of the base (so it was loose).

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