Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

MAC Budding Love Lipstick
MAC Budding Love Lipstick

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipsticks

There are two limited edition MAC Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) in the new Love & Water Collection: Budding Love (pale lavender) and Force of Love (vivid honeysuckle pink).

Budding Love is a blue-based lilac-pink with a lustre finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque; if you want a really sheer tint of color, it’s possible, as the color is buildable from sheer to semi-opaque. MAC Dress It Up is pinker. MAC All Styled Up is lighter. MAC Vanity Fair is brighter. MAC Pink Friday is brighter and a little lighter. MAC I Like It Like That is similar but a smidgen brighter.

Force of Love is a bright coral-pink with a hint of orange and has a matte finish. It has opaque color coverage. MAC Watch Me Simmer is similar but more orange. Laura Mercier Evening Pink is pinker. MAC Fusion Pink is much darker and redder. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is darker and redder. OCC Trollop is slightly less pink.

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no noticeable taste in my experience.  The wear depends on the formula and depth of the shade.  In general, I find lustres shorter-wearing (two to three hours) and a bit drying over time, while mattes are longer-wearing (five to six hours) and are neither drying nor moisturizing.  Force of Love is a creamier matte and doesn’t drag or pull on the lips when applied.

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Force of Love

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I suspect Force of Love is going to sell quickly, because it's similar to Watch Me Simmer, which was a really popular product just a few weeks ago! Budding Love is similar to a lot of blue-based lilac/pink shades that have come out before, it's just a little sheerer.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “nectar.” It looks surprisingly orange in the tube, and even still when swatched (but to a lesser degree), but it’s much pinker on the lips. I actually went back and swatched this just prior to writing out the review, because I was like, “What? This doesn’t look right!” It’s more like a pink coral with warm, yellow undertones once applied. MAC Flamingo is less opaque, less creamy-looking and a touch darker. Chanel Flirt is similar but a little less pale. MAC Blossom Culture is several shades pinker. MAC Ever Hip is similar but a touch less pink.

Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color formula is touted as long-wearing, moisturizing, and have “pure, crisp color.”  When it first came out, I was pleasantly surprised; it’s a creamy yet lightweight lipstick that glides on easily and delivers opaque color coverage with very little product.  It’s also hydrating enough that lips don’t feel dry after four to eight hours of wear.  Not all shades wear the same, as lighter shades tend to fade away after four hours or so, while more intense shades (like a red) can wear six hours or longer.  Miami Coral managed to make it four hours when I trialed it.

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Miami Coral

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Miami Coral is a great shade for both spring and summer--it will be an awesome transitional shade, too. Because it's not too orange or too pink, both cool and warm complexions should find this wearable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “raspberry pink.” It’s a lightened raspberry pink with a creamy finish (no shimmer) and opaque color coverage. Chanel Destinee is similar but a little darker, touch more red in it. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is deeper, darker. MAC Positively Dashing is darker, less bright. MAC Red Dwarf is much darker. Milani Sexy Rose is darker, redder, and frosted. Bobbi Brown Rose Blossom is darker. Bobbi Brown Plum Rose is darker and redder. The last two are similar, though.

I’m a huge fan of Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color–the formula really resonated with me when it initially debuted. The formula is supposed to be long-wearing, moisturizing, and yield “pure, crisp color.” It’s a lightweight lipstick with rich, opaque color payoff. The look is creamy, but there’s not too much slip once applied yet it applies easily and glides over the lips for full color coverage in a single pass. While not all the formula’s shades wear as long, this deeper shade wore well for just over six hours and needed a reapplication after eight hours. My lips didn’t feel dry or parched at all after the eight hours I wore this shade. This lipstick is both scent- and taste-free, which is a nice touch.

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Wild Rose

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I'm a huge fan of Bobbi Brown's Rich Lip Color--the formula really resonated with me when it initially debuted. The formula is supposed to be long-wearing, moisturizing, and yield "pure, crisp color." It's a lightweight lipstick with rich, opaque color payoff.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Bengale (163) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is reddened berry with rosy pink shimmer. It’s several shades darker than Bloom in Rose and the shimmer is less apparent. MAC Craving is a little pinker. Bobbi Brown Plum Rose is similar but has no shimmer. Maybelline Bit of Berry is a little less red. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is more berry-hued. Chanel Destinee has less red in it.

Rose Bengale has nearly opaque color coverage and a semi-frosted finish.  Even with the frost level in this particular shade, the formula is true to form for a Rouge Automatique.  It’s lightweight, comfortable to wear, glides on easily, and wears well.  With this shade, I was able to get five and a half hours of wear.   The consistency is creamy enough to enable an easy glide across the lips, but it’s not so full of slip that it slides around the lips.  For more packaging photos, please see this post.

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Rose Bengale

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Rouge Automatique is a top-notch formula, because the creaminess of the texture enables it to glide on, making for an easy application, but it's lightweight and never slippery, so it stays on and wears for hours.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 17th, 2012

NYX Rose Lipstick
NYX Rose Lipstick

NYX Rose Lipstick

NYX Rose Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an ultra frosted rosy pink with lighter rose shimmer. This is one of the frostiest lipsticks I can remember trying. MAC Whirls & Twirls has a similar frost level, but it’s sheerer (and the colors do not compare). Revlon Carnation is pinker, darker. Rimmel Dizzy is pinker, less frosted. MAC Hot Gossip is warmer, lighter.

The color coverage is mostly opaque, but because of the high level of frost present in the formula, it is very dry and difficult to apply. It does not want to slide on, so the color deposits unevenly and the shimmer tends to look chunky. I found this particular shade to be drying when worn as well, which is a huge downside. It was hard to wear for the full four hours that it clung to lips, and afterward, I really had to race for the lip balm to rehydrate my lips!

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NYX Rose Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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The formula of this shade needs help--if you apply balm underneath or have a hydrating gloss on top, it's workable, but it's not a pleasant shade to wear on its own.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Guerlain Bloom of Rose (162) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Bloom of Rose (162) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Bloom of Rose (162) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Bloom of Rose (162) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a frosted medium-dark pink-plum. Chanel Paradis is a lighter, sheerer version. MAC Troublemaker has a similar color but different finish and is sheer. Chanel Legende is redder. MAC Craving is similar but darker, creamier. Bobbi Brown Plum Rose is darker. Maybelline Bit of Berry is darker and has a creamy finish.

What makes Bloom of Rose special is actually how much more complex it is than it appears to be.  At first glance, it’s just another pink, but then when you go to describe it, you think of roses, plums, pinks, and they all play together here.  The lighter pink shimmer gives it a frosted finish but also serves to lighten the backdrop of pink-plum it sits on.  The color coverage is mostly opaque, and while it still has a subtle sheen common to the formula, it’s not as glossy or as creamy as the majority of the Rouge Automatique range.  I imagine that the frost content gives it that slightly drier consistency.  I wouldn’t describe it as dry, just drier than other Rouge Automatiques.   It still feels lightweight and comfortable to wear, just everything is to a slightly lesser degree.  It wears five and a half hours on me, though, which is longer than anticipated for a shade of this hue.

For more packaging photos, please see this post.

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Bloom of Rose

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Rouge Automatique is a top-notch formula, because the creaminess of the texture enables it to glide on, making for an easy application, but it's lightweight and never slippery, so it stays on and wears for hours.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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