Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

NARS Falbala Lipstick
NARS Falbala Lipstick

NARS Falbala Lipstick

NARS Falbala Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering rose.” It’s a a berry-rose with gold shimmer. MAC Offshoot is more plum. Chanel Bel Ami is redder. MAC Oh Oh Oh is a little more plum. MAC Fun Bathing is a little darker with a more golden sheen. Clarins Blackberry is more plum. Chanel Impertinente is browner. Bobbi Brown Plumberry is redder. Chanel Etole is a little darker. Guerlain Gracia is a bit lighter.

It’s part of the Sheer lipstick family, so it’s designed to be “sheer, long-lasting” with a “sophisticated shine” and contains hydrating ingredients. It’s more semi-opaque than sheer, but there is a distinguishable translucency where you can see the natural lip color coming through. There’s also a glossy sheen in the finish. Falbala actually reminds me of a sheerer, more muted version of NARS Christina.

I really like NARS’ line of Sheer Lipsticks, though they tend to be more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than sheer.  They have this really great lightweight feel that’s comfortable to wear, and they look almost like a stain–they sit very naturally against the lips.  It’s scent- and taste-free–good news for those more sensitive to scents and tastes!  Falbala wears just over five hours, while the glossy sheen does fade away after three to four hours.  The only downside is that it’s not moisturizing (and it’s supposed to be), though it is not drying.

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Falbala

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I really like NARS' line of Sheer Lipsticks, though they tend to be more semi-sheer to semi-opaque than sheer.  They have this really great lightweight feel that's comfortable to wear, and they look almost like a stain--they sit very naturally against the lips.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

MAC Speak Louder Cremesheen Lipstick
MAC Speak Louder Cremesheen Lipstick

MAC Speak Louder Cremesheen Lipstick

MAC Speak Louder Cremesheen Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean poppy blue pink.” It’s a vibrant medium-dark pink-red with a subtle blue undertone and a soft, natural sheen. MAC Impassioned is much more vibrant, more coral. MAC Party Parrot is much more coral. MAC Moxie is darker, more intense. MAC Full Fuchsia is more vibrant, brighter.  Against my skin tone, it doesn’t read as cool-toned as it is in the tube.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, and it’s one of the creamier Cremesheens I’ve used. It glides on better than others within the finish, though it’s not as creamy as an Amplified finish. What’s interesting about this color is that it’s the more muted sister of a lot of the really vibrant, nearly-neon shades that have become immensely popular/sold out. I wouldn’t described it as muted generally, though, as it is fairly bright on the face.  Speak Louder wore for a solid five hours when I tested it.

I’m not a huge fan of the Cremesheen finish–it’s a bit drying (some shades more so than others).  I’d also love a slightly creamier consistency so that it would really glide easily and evenly across the lips.  Speak Louder wasn’t drying but neither was it moisturizing.  It is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste (same scent as other MAC lipsticks and lip products).

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Speak Louder

B+
With its subtle cool undertone and brighter color, this shade will flatter a wide range of skin tones. It's not as bright as a lot of the recent peony pinks on the market, but it's still plenty vibrant.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Chanel Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Empreinte Rouge Coco Shine ($32.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a pale beige-rose with a subtle gray cast. There’s also a very subtle gold shimmer. Cle de Peau #129 is similar, though it applies pinker and warmer. MAC Win-Win has a totally different texture but appears a bit similar. MAC Lazy Day has a similar gray cast but is more opaque. Benefit Jing-a-ling is also pink with a gray cast but is also more opaque.  I caution you on comparison colors, though, because there’s enough translucency that and subtlety to this shade that I expect it to look a bit different person to person.

It has semi-sheer color coverage; at first glance, it will appear sheer or almost colorless, and that’s because it is nearly the exact color of my lips, and I don’t mean that in a my-lips-but-better kind of way–because I don’t like my natural lip color much (very corpse-like), so the result is just a more evened out corpse-like color. So it’s not my take on MLBB myself, but it could work for someone with more naturally pigmented lips looking for a way to mute them here and there. If you’re scratching your head thinking, “No way this is semi-sheer,” I encourage you to look very specifically at the freckle on my lip–you can see how prominent it is on my bare lips, but you’ll see how much of it is covered/appears faded with this product on.

There are a lot of readers who love this formula, and while I like it, I’m not in love for two reasons: it’s not really moisturizing in my experience, and it wears off too quickly. It’s not drying, but it doesn’t hydrate my lips during the short time it lasts on my lips. I’m lucky if these last two hours (and I typically get four hours of wear out of lipsticks).  Empreinte lasted a whopping hour and a half.  What I like most about the formula is the consistency; it’s very soft, smooth, and has a lot of slip, so it glides on lips easily and feels really comfortable to wear. A small downside to slippery formulas is that it’s easy to over-apply and they do have a tendency to disappear faster than less slippery formulas.

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Empreinte

B
If you don't mind frequent reapplications, you may like the Rouge Coco Shine more than I did. It's not hydrating like it says for me, but it isn't drying. This shade will work across skin tones, just because it's subtle and semi-sheer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Cle de Peau R9 (Comtesse de Cayla) Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau R9 (Comtesse de Cayla) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau R9 (Comtesse de Cayla) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau R9 (Comtesse de Cayla) Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium coral with a hint of pink and soft rose micro-shimmer. Guerlain Jicky is sheerer and a bit darker, less coral. MAC Mellowarm is a darker, browner version. Chanel Chalys is a bit more orange and darker. Chanel Libertine is similar. Lancome Stylista is slightly pinker. MAC Razzledazzler is pinker. Burberry Devon Sunset is pretty close, creamier rather than shimmery. MAC So Vain is a touch pinker and lighter.

The texture of Comtesse de Cayla is soft, creamy, and very lightweight–for such a creamy consistency, it’s surprisingly light on the lips. There’s opaque color payoff with a single pass of the lipstick, which is easily applied as it glides on like softened butter. The shimmer is very fine, so it doesn’t look frosted or metallic on the lips–it is a more forgiving finish and texture on lips with more lines, dryness, and the like.  When I tested this shade for wear, it wore for five hours and lost some of the glossiness in the natural finish after three and a half.  It was in need of a full reapplication after six and a half hours.

Cle de Peau advertises that there are “skincare benefits” in the formula, and while I can’t attest to that, given that I cannot commit to a single formula for six weeks to trial it, I can weigh-in on the short-term benefits like de-emphasis of lip lines (softened after ten to fifteen minutes of wear) and intense hydration. There are a lot of lipsticks that keep lips hydrated while you wear them to the point where your lips are no worse for the wear after they’ve faded, but there are fewer formulas that leave your lips feeling more hydrated than they were when you first applied the product.

One of the more frequent questions I’ll receive from readers whenever I post about a luxury product is, “Is it worth it?” The answer is really going to depend on you: your preferences, budget, and how much you love what you already have. My answer is always yes and no; yes, it’s absolutely worth it if it’s going to be a shade that you reach for, wear, and love every time you apply it, but no, not if you buy it and never wear it. I just repurchased Cle de Peau’s #2 Lipgloss (my all-time favorite gloss color), which is beautiful and lovely in every way, suits my coloring, and is one of the few glosses I’ll wear alone. What I can tell you is that the Extra Rich formula is fantastic–you are, at the very least, getting a high quality product.

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Cle de Peau R9 (Comtesse de Cayla) Extra Rich Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's every bit a luxury product--it feels lightweight, silky soft, and applies beautifully with rich color payoff, flattering undertones across skin tones, and is one of the most hydrating formulas on the market. Whether it's worth it is part of each individual's justification/rationalization process, but I can at least tell you that you're getting a high quality product.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

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

Le Metier de Beaute Fiji Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick

Le Metier de Beaute Fiji Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant medium pink with subtle yellow undertones. It yields opaque color coverage with very little product. MAC Please Me is lighter, almost appears to have beige undertones in comparison. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is brighter. Revlon Carnation is darker. Rimmel Dizzy looks very similar. Lancome Pink Sapphire is a bit darker and warmer. MAC Chatterbox is more coral.

This formula is supposed to be part lip stain, part moisturizer with full color coverage. It’s also described as long-wearing and won’t bleed or feather. I think what surprised me most about the product was that it was moisturizing, but the texture is not at all what one would associate with a hydrating formula–it almost felt a little dry. There’s no high-shine, slip, or anything like that, which are usually characteristics of formulas marketed as ultra hydrating. Instead, the texture is creamy, fairly lightweight, and glides on easily but doesn’t slip around. Fiji wore for five and a half hours when I tested it. It does last through some drinking (of coffee, because this sentence sounded all kinds of wrong without that clarification) as well.

One of the things I’ve noticed with Le Metier de Beaute’s Colour Core range is that one out of three seem to have a smashed tip. I’m not sure what’s going on during production/quality control, but I have more than a few that have had this problem. I’m guessing that the lipstick is being overfilled so that when the cap is put on during manufacturing that it smashes the tip down. The tube itself is a rubberized black plastic tube, so there are no fingerprints to see and the tube is easily held.

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Fiji

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This is a lovely just-warmed-up pink that will flatter neutral and warmer complexions really nicely. The formula is extremely moisturizing but doesn't have any of the slip-factor that you'd expect, so it actually wears well--five and a half hours.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Guerlain Rose Piquant Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rose Piquant Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Piquant Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Piquant Rouge G Lipstick ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a a soft yellow-toned pink with a soft, frosted finish and a fair amount of shine. It makes my lips look pinker and shinier. Dior Pinky Mauve is very similar, slightly yellower. Estee Lauder Mauve Mirage looks very close, just more opaque. Dior Pearly Pink is darker. Chanel Charme is also similar with more of a frosted finish than a glossy one.

It has a fair amount of pigmentation, but there is a lot of translucency. It doesn’t apply as evenly as other Rouge Gs do, though it’s consistent with the other three shades from spring. It doesn’t have the same feel or look as the Rouge G line–it’s much more like the Brilliant formula, because it has a lot more slip and a glossier finish. The richer, more opaque color and creamier consistency is missing. It only wears about two and a half hours on me, and I normally see at least four, often six, with this formula. I’m still bummed over how different these spring shades turned out to be from the rest of the formula.

The texture is soft and very slick; it glides on fairly easily, but it reaches that level of slip where the color moves around too readily and causes uneven color deposit.  It’s moisturizing, but it doesn’t seem as moisturizing as many other shades of Rouge Gs have been. I don’t know if it’s because it wears off so much more quickly that gives an illusion of lesser hydration.

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Rose Piquant

B-
It doesn't have the same feel or look as the Rouge G line--it's much more like the Brilliant formula, because it has a lot more slip and a glossier finish. The richer, more opaque color and creamier consistency is missing.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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