Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant coral-pink” that is named for landmark Royal Park in London. It’s a limited edition shade from the Knightsbridge collection, which is an exclusive to chanel.com.

It’s a pink-coral with a creamy finish, so it has a subtle natural sheen. The color coverage is mostly opaque, and it applies evenly without settling into lip lines. Chanel Insolente is darker and pinker. OCC Trollop is more coral, brighter. Guerlain Giulette is more coral with a golden sheen. Dolce & Gabbana Splendid is slightly pinker.

Chanel’s Rouge Allure formula is my favorite Chanel lipstick formula; it’s long-wearing (this shade wore for five hours), comfortable to wear, and moisturizing. The creamy consistency makes it a dream to apply, as it glides over the lips and deposits lots of color with very little product or effort.

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It feels more like a summer kind of color, even though it made its debut in December! If you love the idea of coral but often find they are too orange or warm-toned for you, this pink-coral may be right up your alley.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “lustrous and vibrant rose.” It’s a limited edition shade from the Knightsbridge collection, which is an exclusive to chanel.com. Chanel says the color “pays tribute to a region of London, rich with history and classic architecture.” It’s a brightened strawberry pink with lighter pink shimmer. The color coverage is mostly opaque, though my lip freckle is still visible.  Chanel’s Rouge Allure formula is one of my favorites, and it’s my favorite lipstick formula by Chanel.  The formula is long-wearing (this shade wore for five hours), comfortable to wear, and moisturizing.  It’s a little less color coverage than I would expect from a Rouge Allure, but it’s not sheer.

I think these types of pinks can be so flattering across skin tones, because it’s warm without being orange or coral, bright without being neon, and the soft shimmer gives lips a lush look.  I couldn’t find an exact dupe of this shade, but there were a few shades that were similar.  Laura Mercier Evening Pink reminded me of a much more intense version of this shade. Bobbi Brown Mod Pink is similar but has no shimmer. Dolce & Gabbana Splendid is slightly more coral. Dolce & Gabbana Fuchsia is similar but a touch redder.

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The rosiness of the shade should make it appropriate for an extra pop of color during spring, but it'll be really lovely during summer. This works well with neutral eyes while still keeping your look sweet and balanced between soft and bold.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 16th, 2012

Chanel Kensington Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Kensington Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Kensington Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Kensington Rouge Allure Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bold and brilliant fuchsia.” The color is inspired by “one of London’s most posh shopping districts.” It is a vibrant pink with blue undertones. The coverage is mostly opaque, and the finish has a lovely natural shine but still looks creamy and lush on the lips. This is a lipstick that really looks beautiful when worn; it just has that really cushiony look, where lips look like pouty pillows.

It’s not a particularly unique color–there are numerous bright pink hues to choose from–but the comfortable wear, five-hour wear, and how it keeps lips moisturized during wear, make it a good pink to choose. MAC Pink Pigeon is brighter, more magenta. MAC Love Forever is more blue-based, so it appears almost purplish in comparison. NARS Schiap is brighter, slightly darker. Milani Rose Hip is brighter. It has a similar look to MAC Florida.

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Not every lipstick looks as good as this one does, just in terms of texture, because this shade looks like its melted against the lips; as if your natural lip color is really this pink and vibrant. The comfortable formula is a major bonus to the excellent consistency and texture.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, January 12th, 2012

NARS Bilbao Lipstick
NARS Bilbao Lipstick

NARS Spring 2012: Bilbao Lipstick

NARS Bilbao Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering topaz.” It’s a soft, shimmery dusty beige. Though it seems like there’s some sheerness when swatched, it’s rather opaque on lips. On my lips, it takes on more of a peachy-nude appearance with yellowy-gold shimmer. NARS Pago Pago seems a bit more orange. MAC Lush Amber is more orange. Clarins Rosewood is darker and has more rosiness in it. MAC Martha is darker. MAC Viva Glam V seems quite similar but has less of a golden sheen. Chanel Stunning is not quite as pink.

Bilbao wore for three and half hours well and lingered to four before needing a reapplication. It was comfortable to wear, without being drying (though not particularly hydrating), and felt lightweight. The consistency is creamy, so it glides across the lips easily without tugging or dragging. NARS’ lipsticks are scent- and taste-free.

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NARS Spring 2012: Bilbao Lipstick

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If you tend to find nude lipsticks to be too light, pale, or "corpse"-like, then you may find Bilbao worth checking out. It's a darker nude, but it's not brown, so it's wearable but never looks dated. Though don't be afraid of brown lipstick :)

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

NARS Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick
NARS Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Spring 2012: Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Valparaiso Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rich raspberry.” It’s a rich raspberry with a slight emphasis on the berry portion. It has a very slightly frosted sheen. The color provides full coverage in a single pass. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is redder, less pink. MAC Red Dwarf is less red, pinker. MAC Rebel is more berry-like. Guerlain Bee is purpler. MAC Wild ‘Bout You is redder, less pink.

Pure Matte lipsticks are supposed to be long-wearing and opaque with a consistency that glides on and wears comfortably. They also contain wild mango butter to better hydrate lips. What’s nice about the formula is there enough creaminess for even application, easy glide, but not so much that it slips around the lips or causes bleeding or feathering. Valparaiso is definitely opaque in one pass, and it wore for six and a half hours for me and left behind a slight stain. It’s not the most moisturizing formula I’ve tried, but it’s definitely one of the more hydrating matte (or nearly matte) lipstick formulas. I’ve had the best luck with the darker shades in this range, while lighter ones tend to be a little less forgiving.

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It's actually a surprising shade to see for spring! It does coordinate well with the eyeshadow trio NARS Has for spring, though! It has nice color payoff, long-wear, and feels comfortable on.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

NARS Christina Lipstick
NARS Christina Lipstick

NARS Christina Lipstick

NARS Christina Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering golden raspberry.” It has a satin finish, so it’s supposed to be long-wearing, comfortable to wear, and moisturizing. It’s a pink-tinted red with golden shimmer and sheen. It yields opaque color coverage and a natural sheen. It’s a more frosted lipstick, but it didn’t feel clingy or drying, like some really frosty shades can be. NARS Petit Monstre is a less red, more orange variation. Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink is much lighter in pink but has a similar golden shimmer.

Christina wore for five and a half hours, and it felt moisturizing; my lips still felt supple after I removed it. I didn’t have any feathering or bleeding issues with this shade, despite its deeper hue. It’s creamy enough to apply on the lips without dragging or pulling, but it doesn’t slip around afterward either. NARS lipsticks seem unscented and taste-free to me.

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Christina

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This shade should look gorgeous on any skin tone, from light to dark. It's rich and bold without being dark, heavy, or neon. It's also nice to see a golden sheen on a shade that's not full-on red or copper-red!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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