Monday, May 28th, 2012

Tom Ford Blush Nude Lip Color
Tom Ford Blush Nude Lip Color

Tom Ford Blush Nude Lip Color ($48.00 for 0.10 oz.) is an opaque, soft pink beige with a creamy consistency and a barely-there sheen. It has warm, subtly yellow undertones. MAC Playing Koi is pinker. Estee Lauder Wild Blossom is more beige. Chanel Ming is less beige, pinker. MAC Myth is lighter, paler–Blush Nude is more wearable. MAC Innocence, Beware! is lighter, pinker, less warm. MAC Woo Me is a bit darker and glossier. MAC Naked Bliss is a smidgen darker and more beige. Maybelline Born With It is very close, slightly sheerer.

There are a lot of similar shades on the market–I find this to be true with a lot of Tom Ford’s lipsticks, which makes it harder to justify such an extravagant price tag. It doesn’t take away from the quality of the product itself, of course. The formula is good: creamy, opaque, comfortable to wear, and lasts a good while (Blush Nude wore for five hours).  It’s somewhat moisturizing, but it’s not the most hydrating lipstick on the market (though it wears longer than most more moisturizing formulas).  There is a lightly sweetened vanilla scent but no taste. The lipstick is housed in a brown and gold, square-shaped tube with the logo carved into the slant of the bullet.

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This is an easy-to-wear nude--it's lightly pinked, so it's not stark and "corpse" colored, and the underlying warmth brightens the complexion. It's opaque, creamy, and wears for five hours.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, May 26th, 2012

NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “siren red.” This is an extremely intense, vibrant cherry red with pink undertones and a blue base. It’s very cool-toned and equally bright. It’s bluer than Maybelline Very Cherry. It’s more vibrant than Giorgio Armani #406. CoverGirl Hot has a similar brightness level but not the same blue undertones. Chanel Rouge Byzantin is darker. MAC Ruby Woo is redder and darker.

The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil formula is designed to allow you the precision of a lip pencil with the ease of all-over application like a lipstick. It’s supposed to be opaque, matte, creamy, long-wearing, and non-drying. Dragon Girl wears and wears and wears; its strongest suit is in how well and long it wears–a full six hours of excellent coverage and looks good enough not to need a reapplication until eight hours. It hardly transfers, so it lasts through a cup of coffee with ease. It’s not moisturizing, but it isn’t drying; you’ll want to properly moisturize and prep lips in advance (or just have a good lip health routine), since it’s not adding any moisture over the course of the day.

Dragon Girl has to be one of my favorites within the range, because it applies evenly and easily without tugging or pulling on the lip, so there’s just enough glide and waxiness in the base to get that even, opaque color, but it clings to lips so it wears a long time (not in a bad clingy way, though). It has a matte finish, but it appears so bright that it almost has a sheen.

The Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are large, jumbo-sized crayons, and you’ll need to sharpen them periodically. You will lose some product, but because the texture of this is fairly dry and firm, there is less product loss than from the brand’s Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils. Many readers have suggested freezing a pencil briefly prior to sharpening to help minimize waste.

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Everything about this product is fantastic--except for some of the waste that happens when you sharpen the pencil, which is something that occurs with most pencil packaging--the color is rich and opaque, and this shade wears six to eight hours with ease.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC Red Racer Lipstick

MAC Hey, Sailor: Lipsticks

MAC Hey, Sailor! Lipsticks ($15.50 for 0.10 oz.) include four shades: Red Racer (bright yellow red), Sail la Vie (bright mid-tone orange), Salute! (neutral peach), and To Catch a Sailor (highly frosted tan).

First, to those who wanted Red Racer and Sail la Vie, never fear–there are several retailers still yet to launch the collection online, and it’s still not out in-stores (except PRO stores). I wish I could have posted the lipsticks sooner, but I did not have all of them (and ironically, I was missing both the shades that sold out) until 7PM last night!

Truthfully, I was a little surprised that both sold out so quickly, because they seemed dupeable (from the descriptions), but they are certainly lovely shades and wear and apply well to boot.  I really say this as a gentle reminder that makeup is supposed to be fun.  Sometimes the adventure and efforts it takes to track down just that particular shade can be fun and exciting, but when it takes a turn for aggravating, frustrating, and upsetting? that’s when it’s too much. And never be afraid to mix and match–you might be surprised just how much you can dupe if you mix two or three products together!

The only shade that was problematic was Salute!, which applied awfully on my lips. I thought maybe it was just because it was the first lip product I swatched, so I tried it on again, but it looked just as bad (the second attempt is what is shown below).  It just catches on imperfections that a lot of other lipsticks don’t (for instance, To Catch a Sailor was swatched second).  All four shades were opaque, and they had good, creamy consistencies that enabled easier application.  I tested the wear of To Catch a Sailor (three hours) and Red Racer (five hours with a light stain).

MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste. They’re typically packaged in a semi-matte black tube, but these are in a glossy, navy blue tubes with white striping. The finishes of these lipsticks were not at all problematic, and even though To Catch a Sailor has a very metallic finish, it wasn’t drying (but not moisturizing).

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All four shades were opaque, and they had good, creamy consistencies that enabled easier application. The only shade that was problematic was Salute!, which applied awfully on my lips. I also think that Salute! is going to be harder shade to wear, but it will be flattering on some skin tones, particularly deeper ones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick
Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a strawberry red with warm undertones and a white shimmer. There’s a natural sheen to the finish. NARS Flamenco is very similar but less warm-toned. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is a bit warmer. Milani Bing Cherry is slightly brighter and doesn’t have shimmer. Guerlain Grenade is very similar.

This formula is extremely hydrating with an almost gel-like consistency that glides right on.  It’s lightweight, comfortable to wear, and has no discernible taste or scent.  Sweet Pea wears a solid five and a half hours, and the color applies opaquely with little product needed.  I’m always impressed by Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge formula; it’s a really moisturizing formula that feels so good to wear and wears well.  I also love that there’s 0.14 oz. of product, while many lipsticks are 0.10 to 0.12 oz. in size.

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Shiseido Sweet Pea RD 304 Perfect Rouge Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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I don't hear a lot of love for Shiseido's Perfect Rouge formula, but it's always a joy to wear one. It's comfortable, doesn't bleed or feather, and wears well. I see Sweet Pea working well on a variety of skin tones, and it's a lovely, softened red for the summer.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, May 14th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick
Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #N40 Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pastel coral.” It’s more along the lines of a light-medium peach-orange with a glistening sheen. On my lips, it looks softer, less like Creamiscle orange, because of the natural tones of my lip color (and the redder your natural lip color, the more coral this will look). This looks a lot like Le Metier de Beaute Ginger Lily but a bit darker. MAC Woo Me is also similar applied.

It looked a bit pale and pastel when swatched, but it should flatter a wider range of skin tones once it is applied, because it’s not fully opaque and lets the natural lip color shine through, which will, inevitably, alter the way the color looks based on your natural lip color. This formula is supposed to be extremely hydrating (purportedly “for eight hours after application”). The color applies with quite a bit of pigmentation, but there’s that soft, slightly transparent-nature of this type of finish that makes it less heavy. Although, the press release says the formula “provides translucent shine with sheer yet radiant color,” and this applies rather opaque.

I found #N40 to be more moisturizing than Folk, but this shade also had a creamier, more slippery consistency in comparison. It wears three and a half hours on me, which is pretty good for something that has this kind of texture.  I’d describe it has lightly moisturizing, but it’s not as hydrating as described–I definitely couldn’t get away with not applying something else over an eight hour period.  It was scent- and taste-free.

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If you prefer a more opaque lipstick, you can think of this product as more of a B+ rated shade, because it's mostly opaque, though it's supposed to be "sheer yet radiant." It's not as moisturizing as touted, but it does impart some hydration.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, May 11th, 2012

Tom Ford Casablanca Lip Color
Tom Ford Casablanca Lip Color

Tom Ford Casablanca Lip Color ($48.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a reddened plum with a cream finish and a natural shine. NARS Christina is redder and has a golden shimmer. Guerlain Rose Bengale is slightly brighter and has pale pink shimmer. MAC Red Dwarf is more berry, less pink. MAC Positively Dashing is slightly darker and pinker. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is brighter and pinker. Hourglass Nocturnal is very similar but a little redder. Dior Ruby is a touch darker. MAC Offshoot is browner. MAC Craving is very similar. Maybelline Bit of Berry is a little lighter and pinker.

As you can see, there are numerous shades that are similar to this one; some shades are a little redder, others are a bit pinker, and a few are fairly close. Casablanca has good color coverage, as it applied opaque and hides my lip freckle quite well. It has a creamy, smooth consistency that enables it to glide on evenly and easily. Even though it has opaque color and a creamy feel, it doesn’t sit heavily on the lips. It’s comfortable to wear, and it wears well–a solid five hours–while lightly moisturizing the lips.

Tom Ford’s lipstick range is vanilla-scented but doesn’t have any discernible taste. It comes in a square tube with gold metal accents and brown “paneling” on the exterior of the tube. I like that the outer tube doesn’t hold fingerprints, and there’s a satisfying click when you close the lipstick, so it stays together better if you toss it around in a bag. The brand’s logo is cut into the tip of the lipstick.

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Casablanca

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Tom Ford has a really good lipstick formula, though I have found the range to be more dupeable than not in terms of color. Depending on your needs, you may aspire to own something more unique at this price point. It's a very wearable shade, though, and it wears well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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