Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick
Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Paris Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an opaque magenta-fuchsia with a cream finish. It has the barest of a sheen, which does wear away after a couple of hours and results in a more matte finish. MAC Zen Rose is similar, glossier. Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 is comparable, slightly purpler. MAC Pink Pigeon is brighter, pinker. MAC Love Forever is purpler. MAC Something New is pinker. NARS Schiap is pinker, slightly brighter.

The Colour Core Moisture Stain is designed to be both a lip stain and lipstick with full color coverage and a moisturizing formula. It’s also supposed to be long-wearing without bleeding or feathering. The texture is soft, barely creamy, but somehow still manages to glide across lips easily and deposits opaque color with little product.  Paris wore for six and a half hours, and there was a residual stain that lingered noticeably for another hour after that. My lips felt hydrated both during and after wear.

I also want to note something I’ve found common with these lipsticks: more often than not, the tip of the lipstick is slightly smooshed upon arrival. It might be an overfilling problem that occurs during manufacturing, but it’s not just one but more like every other one where this problem occurs.

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Paris

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It's a darker pink that still retains a lot of brightness--but it's not neon or electric--and there's some magenta, but not so much that it turns purple. It's a great pick for summer, and the formula is moisturizing and long-wearing, just as advertised!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 16th, 2012

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar
OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar

OCC Digitalis Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink-tinged lavender.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based pink with a soft purple tint. MAC Saint Germain is similar but a little lighter. MAC Naughty Saute is much darker but has a similar coloring. MAC All Styled Up is pinker.  Though the color is on the lighter side, it’s a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face.

It’s totally opaque, and when it dries down, it has a satin matte finish that’s not at all glossy but not totally matte. Lip Tars are extremely pigmented, and I can’t emphasize that enough–a little goes a long way. It’s a really good idea to use a lip brush to apply them, because it’s easier to control how much gets applied without overdoing it (I applied using fingers, and I ended up overapplying a bit). Despite the lightness of the shade, it wears eight hours on me, and it’s not drying at all. It is mint-scented and comes in a squeeze-tube with a long nozzle.

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Digitalis

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Though the color is on the lighter side, it's a very brightening shade on the lips and against the face. If you're looking for a satin finish, long-wearing lipstick, definitely check out OCC's Lip Tars!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Guerlain Sous Le Vent (200) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Sous Le Vent (200) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Sous Le Vent (200) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Sous Le Vent (200) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm caramel.” It’s a medium rosy brown with a beige shimmer-sheen. It looks rosier on the lips due to the natural pink tones of my lip color, while the beige shimmer translates into more of a general white frost/shimmer. Cle de Peau T9 is creamier, peachier. Dior Coral Crystal is a bit darker. MAC Can’t Get Enough is more bronze. NARS Love Devotion is sheerer and more coral. Chanel Ruban Rose is similar but more frosted.

The Shine Automatique Lipstick is incredibly moisturizing, and it has a very sparkling, dazzling finish from the micro-sparkle.  It looks luminous, wet-like, and a little glossy without feeling heavy.  The texture is rather balm-like, so it glides and slides onto the lip like butter, which feels amazing, but it does contribute to below-average wear.  The formula is supposed to be long-wearing, but I only get three and a half hours with Sous Le Vent, and I typically get four hours with the average lipstick [that isn’t long-wearing].   It has a perfume-y scent, similar to the Rouge Automatiques, and it is packaged in the same type of packaging.

The color coverage of this shade is mostly opaque–you can barely see my lip freckle–but there is the expected underlying translucency that gives it that luminous finish.  One thing I don’t like is the way I can feel the shimmer/glitter when I press my lips together, but I will note that Sous Le Vent was the smoothest I’ve tried so far.

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Sous Le Vent

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Now, there are a lot of things to love about this lipstick, and as an avid fan of Guerlain's lip products, I do, generally, like the formula, but I can always feel the sparkle whenever I press my lips together so it doesn't seem quite as refined.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar
OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar

OCC Belladonna Lip Tar ($14.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as an “ultra, ultra violet.” It’s purple–it’s a brightened medium-dark purple with subtle pink-red undertones. Not unsurprisingly, I could not think of any dupes out of these purple lipsticks. Illamasqua Fierce was the closest I could come up with, but it looks tame in comparison (ha, ha).  When I tested this shade for wear, it hung on for a very impressive eight hours, and it still looked pretty good then but noticeably worn.

It’s a liquid lipstick that is very, very pigmented! It may take a couple of applications to get used to just how much pigment is packed into this product. I like these applied best with a brush, because you can ensure you don’t over-apply the product (which isn’t what I did in the swatches–I applied with fingertips, so I did apply a bit more than I needed to). Lip Tars dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish, and it depends on how much you apply–I usually find that I get a slight sheen for fifteen to thirty minutes after application, but then it dries down to the satiny finish. If you apply just a sheer layer, you’ll have more of that semi-matte/satin finish from the get-go.

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Belladonna

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Always wanted a fierce, totally purple lipstick? Belladonna is an excellent option! Super pigmented and long-wearing, it's bold, bright, and beautiful.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 11th, 2012

Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Pour Troubler (220) Shine Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright warm red.” It’s a rich, pinked ruby red with subtle ruby red and gold shimmer. MAC Scan-delicious is pinker. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue is redder but still rather comparable. Dior Nocturne is darker and has more gold shimmer. Dior Technicolor Red is similar but doesn’t have gold shimmer.

The formula is touted as a “moisturizing and long-lasting lipstick [that] combines bold color with pearly particles.” The color coverage is nearly opaque with a subtle but noticeable underlying translucency. Guerlain absolutely nailed what it sparkle really means–the finish of this is luminous, glistening, and almost looks wet on the lips. It’s a gorgeous finish and look for summer in particular. Now, there are a lot of things to love about this lipstick, and as an avid fan of Guerlain’s lip products, I do, generally, like the formula, but I can always feel the sparkle whenever I press my lips together so it doesn’t seem quite as refined. There are a few stray sparkle particles that have traveled after I’ve worn one. Pour Troubler wears five hours, which is one of the longest wear-times I’ve achieved with this formula (I would disagree with Guerlain on its long-wearing claim).

It is nicely hydrating, though, which contributes to a comfortable feel on the lips, and the slip of the texture gives it an almost balm-like texture, but it’s a little creamier. It glides and applies really evenly and easily, but it’s likely one of the factors that makes this less long-wearing. It has a perfume-y scent, similar to the Rouge Automatiques, and it is packaged in the same type of packaging.

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Pour Troubler

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Now, there are a lot of things to love about this lipstick, and as an avid fan of Guerlain's lip products, I do, generally, like the formula, but I can always feel the sparkle whenever I press my lips together so it doesn't seem quite as refined.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Peach Sorbet Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15
Bobbi Brown Peach Sorbet Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Peach Sorbet Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “pink coral.” I can’t say I’d agree with that, as it is a semi-sheer tangerine orange when it comes out of the tube (and even in it, it does not read pink coral). On lips, it doesn’t look tangerine or orange–it is closer to that pink coral description, which comes from the subtle natural pink tones of my inherent lip color. Since the product isn’t fully opaque, that pinkness comes through and “mixes” with the tangerine hue of the lipstick itself. (This is, of course, why lipsticks may look one way on someone and different on someone else.) Cle de Peau R9 is more opaque, slightly pinker. Burberry Devon Sunset is pinker, darker, and more opaque. MAC So Vain is more coral and opaque.

I like the soft, smooth, almost balm-like quality of the texture, as it slides across lips without tugging or skipping.  It’s a lightweight, comfortable formula to wear that doesn’t disappear as quickly as a lot of other similarly-textured products, though it’s not as long-wearing as a traditional lipstick.  For me, Peach Sorbet wore for three hours and needed a full reapplication after four hours. It’s a nicely moisturizing formula, and after wearing few of these over twelve hours, my lips did experience post-wear hydration.  It’s both scent- and taste-free, which is particularly noteworthy since sometimes lip products with sunscreen can have an odd taste.

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Peach Sorbet

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It is nicely moisturizing, yields good color, and feels comfortable and lightweight applied. This shade should work on most skin tones, partially because of the sheerness, the color ends up warming up lips and turning them a sort of coral-hue without actually being a coral color.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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