Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “lilac rose.” It’s a cool-toned rosy pink; it’s not as red as raspberry pink, but it’s not so cool-toned that it leans magenta or purple. NYX Rose is similar but has a very frosted finish, so it appears lighter. Guerlain Bloom of Rose is a warmer pink. Guerlain Belgravia is slightly pinker. Revlon Carnation is a bit frosted. MAC Unlimited is lighter and less cool-toned.

The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is supposed to be richly pigmented, have a “velvety matte finish,” be long-wearing, and have a non-drying formula. NARS recommends using it as a lip liner, all-over color, or paired with another lip product. The drier, matte texture allows Never Say Never to wear long and hard–a solid five and a half hours–but my lips feel dehydrated after four hours. After six hours of wearing this shade, my lips weren’t cracked or severely chapped, but I did feel the pull for a boost of hydration.  The texture is soft, creamy enough that it doesn’t pull or tug too much at lips during application, but it is dry enough that it does feel like a matte lipstick.

It comes in a large, jumbo-sized crayon that needs to be sharpened, so you will lose product when this occurs, though it’s not as much as with the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils, since this formula is drier and harder (not as soft and as pliant as the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils). Readers have recommended freezing the pencil prior to sharpening it to minimize the waste.

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NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

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This shade will flatter the cooler-hued products in the collection, which is primarily the Marie-Galante eyeshadow duo. It doesn't pair as well with the warmer shades, like the Ramatuelle eyeshadow trio!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

NARS Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick
NARS Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “strawberry red.” This is an orange-red coral with a natural sheen that reads mostly matte from afar. Guerlain Habit Rouge is redder. Guerlain Sheer is a bit glossier, a touch lighter. NARS Joyous is a browner, more muted version.  Moscow has incredible pigmentation with opaque color in a single pass.

NARS’ Pure Matte Lipstick formula lives up to the majority of the brand’s claims, and it’s one of the better matte lipsticks on the market, because it doesn’t have that dry, agitating formula that makes lips look chapped and cracked after wear. It’s not the most moisturizing formula, period, but it’s one of the most hydrating matte lipsticks I have tried. Even after eight hours of wearing this–it wears well for seven full hours and starts declining after that–my lips feel good; healthy and hydrated enough that I don’t feel compelled to immediately apply balm. It’s also scent- and taste-free. The consistency is lightly creamy; not slippery but it glides on easily enough and deposits opaque color with very little product.

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Moscow

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I love how it's rich and deep in color but still has a softer, muted quality to it; it's not the in-your-face bright orange-red that you might expect for summer. This shade should flatter deeper and warmer skin tones, and it will complement the Ramatuelle trio.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, April 16th, 2012

NARS Vendanges Lipstick
NARS Vendanges Lipstick

NARS Vendanges Lipstick

NARS Vendanges Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer grape.” It’s a semi-opaque plummy brown with a subtly glossy shine–it is a little more pigmented than I would expect for a shade from the sheer range. MAC Sheer Plum is much browner. MAC One of a Kind is quite similar. Estee Lauder Plum Fizz is redder. Guerlain Galante is lighter and less plum. Benefit I Think I Love You is shimmery. MAC So Very Good is darker. MAC Offshoot is plummier. Chanel Bel Ami is similar.

Vendanges is part of the Sheer Lipstick range, which is a formula that is supposed to be long-wearing with translucent color and “sophisticated shine.”  The lipstick is scent- and taste-free (and no waxy scent either–it seems NARS has fixed any issues they had with that particular scent, because I haven’t come across one in a very long time).   The consistency has just enough slip to yield that pretty shine in the finish as well as enables it to glide across the lips and deposit color evenly without being so slippery that it slides around.

This kind of sheer is lovely–there is a translucency that is apparent but there is still a healthy amount of color deposited.  It’s a deeper shade that’s not too vampy, so it’s easy to wear and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.  When I tested the wear of this shade yesterday, it wore well for four hours.  My lips felt hydrated after wear, too, so the formula is on the moisturizing side.

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Vendanges

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This kind of sheer is lovely--there is a translucency that is apparent but there is still a healthy amount of color deposited.  It's a deeper shade that's not too vampy, so it's easy to wear and doesn't require a lot of maintenance.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, April 13th, 2012

Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 Perfect Rouge Lipstick
Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 Perfect Rouge Lipstick

Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 Perfect Rouge Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a magenta fuchsia with a creamy finish and a natural sheen. The way this shade differs from your more typical fuchsia is that there’s magenta mixed in, so it has more blue in it, enough that it starts looking a little purple-like. It’s still more pink than it is purple, which is kind of how I think of magenta! MAC Zen Rose is a bit darker and pinker. MAC Candy Yum Yum is pinker and more vibrant. MAC Pink Pigeon is pinker and a little more vibrant. MAC Love Forever is a touch lighter. NYX Pink Lyric is pinker. NARS Schiap is more fuchsia, less magenta. MAC Petals & Peacocks is a touch lighter. MAC Gladiola is also a bit lighter.

I don’t hear a lot of love for Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge formula, but it’s always a joy to wear one. It’s unscented, and there is no discernible taste. The formula keeps lips feeling soft and moisturized while you wear it, and the hydration extends for a few more hours after most of it has worn away. When I tested this particular shade for wear, it was there for the long haul–six and a half hours. The consistency is soft, creamy, and glides on easily and evenly while delivering opaque color coverage in nearly one stroke. It has some slip, but it doesn’t feel heavy, so it doesn’t bunch up on itself or slide around. As a nice bonus, it’s one of the larger-sized lipsticks on the market (most are 0.10 oz. or 0.12 oz., with the occasional formula at 0.14 oz.).

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Shiseido Fuchsia RS 320 Perfect Rouge Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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I don't hear a lot of love for Shiseido's Perfect Rouge formula, but it's always a joy to wear one. It's comfortable, doesn't bleed or feather, and wears well.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rose Ensoleille Rouge G Lipstick ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft tangerine orange with hints of pink around the edges. It is a really frustrating color to describe, because there’s a translucency to the color that makes this look just a little different depending on your natural lip color, no matter whether you have very pigmented lips or not. It ended up translating to this warm pink-coral once applied. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose reminded me of this in color, but it’s a bit darker and opaque. MAC Flamingo is lighter, less pink. Chanel Flirt is very similar. MAC Blossom Culture is pinker.

I’ve mentioned this before when reviewing another shade from the spring collection, but the formula of this Rouge G doesn’t feel like the typical Rouge G. It feels more like a cross between the Rouge G and Rouge G de Brilliant formulas. It’s too glossy, too translucent to be a genuine Rouge G, which has a creamier, more opaque formula. Rouge G de Brilliant is all about a really high shine finish combined with a pretty little translucent color and a fair amount of shimmer. Rose Ensoleille is more pigmented than the Brilliants, but it’s not nearly as pigmented as the regular Rouge Gs. This has a fair amount of slip to it, and the finish is much glossier. It seems to wear away faster, too, because Rouge Gs are more long-wearing (four to six hours, sometimes longer, if it’s a deeper hue), but Rose Ensoleille only lasted for three and a half hours during a wear test.

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Rose Ensoleille

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The shorter wear time and less-than-opaque color coverage makes it out of sync with other Rouge G shades. I was a bit bummed after purchasing it, just because the consistency and coverage weren't as expected.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Laura Mercier Kissed Lips Sheer Lip Color
Laura Mercier Kissed Lips Sheer Lip Color

Laura Mercier Kissed Lips Sheer Lip Color

Laura Mercier Kissed Lips Sheer Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “fresh coral-pink.” It’s a vibrant coral-pink with a creamy finish and a hint of sheen.  As far as coral-pinks go, though, this is just barely on the edge.  Burberry Primrose Hill is slightly pinker. Guerlain Nahema is a little darker and more orange-based. MAC Watch Me Simmer is much more vibrant. NYX Haute Melon is very, very similar–a little less pink-hued.

The formula is described as a “hydrating, anti-aging, plumping, and conditioning lip color” while delivering a “sheer wash of color with a semi-matte finish.” For fans of more opaque lipsticks, you’ll want to keep reading, because this color is anything but sheer! It’s very nearly opaque on lips–the barest hint of my lip freckle peeks through. It’s vanilla-scented with no discernible taste.

Laura Mercier delivers a somewhat moisturizing formula that’s creamy and glides on fairly evenly and easily, and really, the only claim she missed was the sheer one. Just to reiterate, I rate products based on what the brand claims the product does, so if it’s a sheer product that ends up being opaque, they’re not living up to their claim–and this is why purchasing makeup is entirely subjective, because someone who loves sheer color wouldn’t like this and vice versa. My hope with reviews is to set expectations so that you know what you’re buying, for better or worse!

Kissed Lips wears really well and long–six hours in total–and it’s not drying at all. My lips felt all right after I removed the product seven hours later–not lovingly hydrated but not devoid of moisture. The texture, while creamy, seems to emphasize any and all lip imperfections–you can see that it’s managed to find every last bit of imperfect lip texture in the swatch. If you have drier, chapped lips, I would pass on this particular shade, because it will cling. Not drying yet it exhibits some of the characteristics of a drier formula!

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Laura Mercier Kissed Lips Sheer Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

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The texture, while creamy, seems to emphasize any and all lip imperfections--you can see that it's managed to find every last bit of imperfect lip texture in the swatch. If you have drier, chapped lips, I would pass on this particular shade, because it will cling. Not drying yet it exhibits some of the characteristics of a drier formula!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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