Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

NARS Petit Monstre Lipstick
NARS Petit Monstre Lipstick

NARS Holiday 2010: Petit Monstre Lipstick

NARS Petit Monstre Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened coral-red with subtle copper shimmer. This shade is a limited edition hue featured in NARS’ Holiday collection. It is similar to MAC Rose Maiden (which seems a little brighter), MAC Thrills Lipstick (which has a much more obvious and reflective copper-gold sheen). It really is a beautiful shade, and it is particularly flattering on neutral and warmer skin tones, but the subtle copper shimmer makes it a shade that can be worn by cooler skin tones, too.

NARS Lipstick typically wears four to six hours, with a shade like this lasting about five. It has a creamier texture that’s moisturizing, and this particular shade is more opaque (some shades can be quite sheer). I didn’t notice any waxy scent, as NARS lipsticks are typically unscented but may have the waxy base come through.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is such a great fall/winter lip, and it can even work well for summer trends, too–because a little gold gloss can really brighten it up and make it a perfect summer coral.

AVAILABILITY: NARS

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Monday, December 6th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Does Coral for Fall

Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan (237) Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant coral with a softer orange undertone–it’s almost a true coral. It has a creamy finish and feel accompanied by a glossy shine. It applies easily and evenly with opaque color in a single layer. This shade would be flattering on warmer skin tones, especially those with yellow undertones.

I get an average of four hours of wear with Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipsticks, and I find them comfortable to wear, but I would not describe them as moisturizing (but not drying either). All Dolce & Gabbana’s lipsticks are heavily rose-scented, and I do consider them some of the heaviest scented products I’ve come across. If you aren’t keen on roses, you may find these too strong.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Though it feels like a color that is really more suited for summer, Dolce & Gabbana seem to think otherwise, which gives me an excuse to rock coral even as the temperatures drop.  This is a shade that would work best on warmer skin tones, even better on darker skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: Saks

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Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Shiseido PK 327 Lipstick
Shiseido PK327 Lipstick

Going Natural: Shiseido PK327 Lipstick

Shiseido Tender (PK327) Perfect Rouge Sheer Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a beautiful petal pink with yellow undertones. Despite being part of Shiseido’s “Sheer” line, it adds quite a bit of pink to my natural lip color, plus a glossy shine. It’s by no means opaque, but the color itself is definitely there. It’s moisturizing and applies evenly, though it wears for about three hours before beginning to fade. It is also scent- and taste-free.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For a soft, everyday kind of pink, PK327 works perfectly!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Saturday, December 4th, 2010


Make Up For Ever #21 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

More Red Lipstick with Make Up For Ever

Several readers inquired whether Make Up For Ever #21 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) was a dupe for Kat Von D’s Adora Lipstick yesterday, but I didn’t have it to compare then–obviously I do now! It was meant to be, I suppose, as it arrived yesterday afternoon. I knew I had to swatch and review it immediately!

It is and isn’t a dupe. It is the closest I’ve seen, even after going through the Scarlet Season posts from last year, and it has some of that shimmer-metallic sheen, but the metallic finish is much stronger in Adora, which gives it a darker look. It is also glossier and less matte than Adora. The color itself is quite close, slightly brighter, but the red itself seems right there with Adora. #21 is a bright cherry red with a very slight blue base, but it doesn’t read cool when I wear it. It applies opaque in just one layer, and it wears for six hours with ease.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you can’t track down Adora, you might find comfort in #21.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Kat von D Adora Lipstick

Go Metallic Red with Kat Von D

Kat Von D Adora Painted Love Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is new-for-fall, and it looks like it’s already sold out online. I just received this from Sephora as part of their holiday offerings, so I was quite surprised to find it missing in action online! It looks like this may be a shade you’ll have to pick up from your local Sephora–if they still have it. It is a stunning shade of bright metallic red. It is an absolutely stunning shade of holiday red; it’s got a metallic-chrome shine that makes the color glow under light.

The shade itself is rich and opaque, needing just one layer for full color coverage. On me, it seems barely blue-based, but generally, I think this would be a very flattering shade on both cooler and warmer skin tones. When I wore it, I got five hours of wear, and it didn’t dry out my lips. Since it has some matte in its finish, it can accentuate dryness if you have cracked or peeling lips.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re a fan of fun holiday reds like me, this is one worth calling your local Sephora about!

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Illamasqua Welt Lipstick
Illamasqua Welt Lipstick

Illamasqua Welt Lipstick

Illamasqua Welt Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright fuchsia pink with a blue base. There is a subtle iridescent shimmer-sheen to the matte finish, too–it’s not a frost, but it’s not quite a sheen. It’s a rich, opaque color that really clings to lips, but the formula does not pull moisture out. Illamasqua’s Lipstick formula feels a little dry when applied, but let it warm up on your lips, because it really isn’t the drying kind. It does hug the lips, though, which makes it a much longer wearing lipstick (six hours or more).

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If you're looking for long-wearing, matte finishes, you may like Illamasqua's lipsticks.  I do not recommend them for those with chapped, cracked, or peeling lips, though.
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