Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


MAC Cremesheen + Pearl

Spring and Summer Linger into Fall

MAC Cremesheen + Pearl is a new collection now available online (and will hit stores on August 9th) that features eight lipsticks (all with Cremesheen finishes) and seven Cremesheen Glasses. All fifteen lip products are new, but here’s the surprising news: they’re also permanent! This post features these four lipstick shades: Coral Bliss (frosted light coral), Japanese Maple (frosted light beige), Peach Blossom (frosted cool nude), and Pink Pearl Pop (frosted midtonal pink).

Yesterday, I tested as many of the products for wear as I could fit into the day, and I will continue to test additional shades today (so you might see some updates or rating changes if anything performs significantly above/below past Cremesheens).  Cremesheen lipsticks typically wear between three and four hours on me, with some of the really dark shades lasting up to six hours (think Hang Up).  The formula is thin, barely creamy, and tends to deliver semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It’s supposed to be a hydrating formula, but they’re typically not drying or somewhat drying on me.  They are vanilla-scented, like other MAC lipsticks, but have no discernible taste.

Coral Bliss wore for three and a half hours, while Pink Pearl Pop wore for three hours.  Though not reviewed in this post, I wore Shanghai Spice as well, which lasted four hours. My lips felt a little dry after wearing these three back-to-back.  Watch this space for any updates, as I plan to test a couple more shades later today.

Here’s some food for thought: why does MAC make all of these new shades permanent? Why not make some popular limited editions permanent? These aren’t even tested on the market, though I think they’re all general enough to work as everyday shades, so I don’t think they’ll do badly. I’m just surprised by what MAC will make permanent sometimes. I can’t be the only one who thinks this way!

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MAC Cremesheen + Pearl: Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

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I know many readers love Cremesheen finishes--if you find these hydrating, I don't think these felt any different compared to the many other shades of Cremesheen MAC has put out. I consistently find they are less comfortable on my lips, just slightly drying, and they don't glide on as easily as other finishes.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Tom Ford Indian Rose Lip Color
Tom Ford Indian Rose Lip Color

A Rose in Bloom You Can Wear Everyday

Tom Ford Indian Rose Lip Color ($48.00 for 0.10 oz.) is medium rosy pink with subtle yellow undertones and a soft sheen. MAC Pink Treat is actually very similar–it’s matte in finish and a smidgen darker as a result. Becca Valentina is lighter. Bobbi Brown Pink Peony is darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is just slightly darker. Guerlain Bloom of Rose is pinker.

Indian Rose has mostly opaque color coverage, and it delivers that coverage in a single pass. The consistency is about medium-weight (not thin but not heavy), creamy, and feels comfortable on. It doesn’t cling, and it dosen’t slide around, so the color stays even and wears well. When I tested the wear, I was able to get four and a half hours of wear, which is just over average. This shade was slightly moisturizing but not ultra hydrating. It has a sweetened vanilla scent (very similar to MAC’s vanilla-scented lipsticks) and no discernible taste. It’s encased in a brown square-shaped tube with “gold” trim.

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It's an amplified version of a more natural lip color; rosy without being too bright, pink that's not too warm or too cool-toned. It's comfortable to wear, and the finish has just enough sheen to give lips a healthier, fuller look.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, July 23rd, 2012

NARS Amsterdam Pure Matte Lipstick
NARS Amsterdam Pure Matte Lipstick

A Deep Red Lip for Fall Courtesy of NARS

NARS Amsterdam Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “garnet red.” It’s a medium-dark red with burgundy-brown undertones and a natural matte finish, which means there’s the barest of sheen but it doesn’t look flat. MAC Rocker is slightly darker, cooler-toned. MAC Runaway Red is brighter. shu uemura Rouge Luster is similar but has shimmer. MAC Such Flare is slightly redder and brighter. MAC Extended Play is a bit browner. NARS Mascate is cooler-toned and brighter. Make Up For Ever #48 is sheerer and a bit more intense. MAC Dark Side is similar but has a glossier finish.

NARS’ Pure Matte formula is supposed to be matte, ultra pigmented, long-wearing, moisturizing, and comfortable to wear.  Amsterdam is an excellent example of matte done superbly. The color coverage is fully opaque, and you don’t need a lot of product to yield full color coverage.  It has that mostly matte finish without being flat, or worse, terribly drying. It’s lightly moisturizing (it certainly won’t replace your favorite balm!) and fairly forgiving on the lips, even if your lips are slightly dry.  I wore this shade last week, and Amsterdam hung on for an impressive six and a half hours.

If you often find that reds look too bright, too bold, you might like Amsterdam. There’s a muted quality to the color that keeps it from being vampy, but there’s enough burgundy/brown in it to keep it from looking too red.

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Amsterdam

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If you often find that reds look too bright, too bold, you might like Amsterdam. There's a muted quality to the color that keeps it from being vampy, but there's enough burgundy/brown in it to keep it from looking too red.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

MAC Pink Treat Cremestick Liner
MAC Illustrated Pink x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Illustrated Collection: Pink x3 Lip Color & Bag

MAC Illustrated Pink x3 Lip Color & Bag ($39.50) includes three products plus a small makeup bag: Pink Treat Cremestick Liner (part of the permanent range), Julia Dazzleglass Creme (new and exclusive), and Vivid Imagination Cremesheen Lipstick (new and exclusive).  This is a Nordstrom exclusive and is available both online and in-store now.

Pink Treat Cremestick Liner is a medium-dark neutral-cool pink. It comes in a twist-up mechanical pencil, and it contains 0.009 oz. I think Pink Treat was the first lip liner I ever bought (for sure, the first mid-range/high-end one). I don’t have that many lip pencils in my stash, so I don’t know what may or may not be dupes for this particular shade. It is significantly darker than the lipstick included in the set, though. I like Cremestick Liners, because they’re a lot more forgiving during application and when worn than other lip pencils. The only downside is, like most mechanical pencils, there isn’t a whole lot of product in ’em, and if you use it regularly, you’ll find yourself going through it relatively quickly.  This lip liner wears about six hours on its own.

Julia Dazzleglass Creme is a rosy beige-brown with soft pink and gold shimmer. There’s not a lot to the gloss–it’s really on the sheer side and adds mostly shimmer rather than color. It seems to bring out the redness in my natural lip color. It looked and acted a lot more like a regular Dazzleglass than the Dazzleglass Cremes (which typically have more color payoff). You could easily dupe this with any sheer, shimmer-filled gloss. Here’s a whole gallery of options. When I wore this, it lasted a mere hour and there was some traveling glitter particles.

Vivid Imagination Cremesheen Lipstick is a light-medium yellow-toned pink with a creamy finish. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji is darker. Bobbi Brown Orchid PInk iis lighter, less opaque. MAC Please Me is extremely similar–at most, marginally darker! It yields mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency is thin for as creamy as this looks. It does pull and tug a little bit, though not like a particularly dry, hard-to-apply lipstick, but it doesn’t glide-on. I tested the wear on this shade, and it managed four hours (which is average), but it was a bit drying.

Whenever MAC releases lip kits like these, it’s actually one of the few true value sets they launch. You’re getting three full-sized products for $39.50, and if they were available individually, would set you back $48.50.  I’m not over-the-moon about this set, unfortunately.  The best part about it is Pink Treat as far as quality goes, and if you like the design, then the bag might take the prize. (I dig it!)

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MAC Illustrated Pink x3 Lip Color & Bag Review, Photos, Swatches

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I'm not over-the-moon about this set, unfortunately.  The best part about it is Pink Treat as far as quality goes, and if you like the design, then the bag might take the prize. (I dig it!)

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 21st, 2012

NARS Autumn Leaves Lipstick
NARS Autumn Leaves Lipstick

NARS Autumn Leaves Lipstick

NARS Autumn Leaves Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “translucent glistening brandy.” It’s a reddish orange with a subtle golden orange sheen. Sort of like a rusty orange, or the melding of the colors of the sunset. Chanel Sari d’Eau is brighter, more shimmery. Guerlain Orange Euphorique is lighter, peachier. Cle de Peau Danse du Feu is richer, more opaque. MAC Powerful is glittery and more orange.

This shade is part of the Sheer Lipstick range, which is, not surprisingly, on the sheerer side. From my experience with the range, though, it’s more semi-sheer with translucency but not really barely-there color. That’s something personally appeals to me, but if you were actually seeking subtle color, they may still be too pigmented for you!  It has a really great lightweight feel on the lips; thin with a natural glistening sheen.

Autumn Leaves delivers semi-opaque color coverage with that translucency NARS was talking about; you can see the natural lip color coming through.  I wore Autumn Leaves earlier this week, and it wore exceptionally well–it lasted for six hours and felt hydrating the whole time.  NARS lipsticks come in black, rubberized square tubes and are scent- and taste-free.  They contain a little more than the average lipstick (0.12 oz. vs. 0.10 oz.).

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Autumn Leaves delivers semi-opaque color coverage with that translucency NARS was talking about; you can see the natural lip color coming through. I wore Autumn Leaves earlier this week, and it wore exceptionally well--it lasted for six hours and felt hydrating the whole time.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Chanel Caractere Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Caractere Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Caractere Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “rose brown.” It is a rosy plum with subtle gold micro-shimmer. There’s a soft, muted quality to the overall color. MAC Offshoot is pinker, redder. MAC Oh Oh Oh is redder and has more obvious gold shimmer. MAC Sophisto is sheerer but similar in color. Clarins Blackberry is a bit darker, less pink. Chanel Stunt is a touch less pink and lighter.

It has full color coverage, and the finish is just barely frosted–a little sheen, a hint of shimmer.  The texture is creamy without being thick or slippery–there’s enough give so it slides and doesn’t pull or tug at lips.  Rouge Coco isn’t the most hydrating formula I’ve tried, but this particular shade was moderately moisturizing–not drying at all but it felt like I needed hydration shortly after this wore off.  Caractere wore for four and a half hours.  Chanel’s lipstick is perfume-scented (maybe rose?) but I didn’t detect any taste.

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Caractere

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Caractere is such a beautiful color for fall! It's dark and sultry without being vampy. It doesn't dominate a look, but it certainly helps to add definition. The formula had great color coverage and wore well.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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