Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Laura Mercier Courtisane Lipstick

Part Lipstick, Part Gloss — Laura Mercier Stick Gloss

Laura Mercier Courtisane Stick Gloss ($20.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of four shades of Stick Gloss, which is described as “part lip balm, part lip color, and part lip glace.” Courtisane is a deepened rose color base with gold and copper shimmer. On me, it’s semi-sheer but delivers enough shimmer that it almost looks like it’s opaque from afar. It actually reminded me of a sheerer, bronzier version of La Prairie’s Rose Bronze Lipstick (oh, and you know, half the price!).

Stick Gloss is an incredibly moisturizing lipstick that feels lightweight, balm-like, and doesn’t emphasize lip lines. It’s very comfortable to wear, and despite its moisturizing properties, it lasts a solid three to four hours on me. It has a pleasant berry-ish scent that’s not too sweet nor synthetic, and it’s not a scent that lingers after you’ve applied. I really enjoyed this shade, and Sephora carries three others–I would love to see more shades added in the future.

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

RECOMMENDATION: If you find most lipsticks too drying, I’d encourage you to test out Laura Mercier’s Stick Gloss!

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Sunday, September 5th, 2010

MAC Dark Side Lipstick
MAC Dark Side Lipstick

The Sultry Season: MAC Dark Side Lipstick

MAC Dark Side Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep cool-toned burgundy-tinged red with an amplified creme finish.  It’s completely opaque with a very creamy texture.  I love the way it applies–even, smooth–and it wears so well.  I usually get three to four hours with a lot of MAC lipsticks, but with such an intense, opaque shade, I can easily get four to five, and a subtle stain will remain for another hour as it fades away.

Is this the right red for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Lip Color: Black Maple, Black Raspberry

Color May Not Appear as in the Tube

Bobbi Brown Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) now includes two new shades for fall from the Black Velvet Collection: Black Maple (black red plum) and Black Raspberry (black burgundy).

  • Black Maple is a rich burgundy brown. On my lips, it looks nearly opaque with a slight sheen.
  • Black Raspberry is a semi-sheer browned red. It’s a different way to wear the red lip–it’s not an in-your-face kind of red, and it’s not incredibly dark either. It has a rather glaze-like finish, where there’s some sheerness up close, but it looks more cohesive and opaque from afar.

There’s a funny thing about these lipsticks/swatches; they don’t look like they line up. Black Maple looks burgundy in the tube, while Black Raspberry looks nearly black–and yet it’s actually much, much lighter. I actually had to swatch them both again as I started to write out the review to make sure I didn’t have it written wrong in my notes!  They both seem to be a little on the cooler side.

Bobbi Brown’s Lipsticks are scent- and taste-free, which is something that can difficult to find high-end lipsticks. With these deeper, darker shades, I find myself getting between four and five hours of wear.   They apply without difficulty, though I do find myself needing to check the application to ensure smooth, even color.  I don’t find them drying, but I think if you have really dry lips, you may not find they’re very moisturizing either.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like these shades, though I’m not in love with them.  They could apply a smidgen more evenly!  Black Maple is surprisingly more wearable than the name would lead you to believe.

AVAILABILITY: Bobbi Brown

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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Video: Peek @ Bobbi Brown’s Black Velvet Collection

Here’s a “first impressions” video of some of the pieces from Bobbi Brown’s Black Velvet Collection! I’ve swatched and shown all the shades in the video, and over the next few days, I’ll be reviewing everything in full. Already did the Creamy Lip Colors today! :)

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Creamy Lip Color
Creamy Lip Color: Black Mahogany, Black Cherry

Black Velvet with that Slow Southern Style…

Bobbi Brown’s Black Velvet Collection is a surprising mix of colors from the brand–it’s very classic in a dark, sultry kind of way. It’s not what I’d expect from Bobbi Brown, yet it’s exactly in line with the brand’s image. There are two new shades of the Creamy Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.): Black Cherry (deep red wine) and Black Mahogany (black brown).

  • Black Cherry is a darkened red-plum with a glossy finish. It has a very juicy look and feel to it; it’s not quite opaque, but it definitely packs a punch. This is my favorite lip color out of the four new lip colors I tried from the Black Velvet collection.
  • Black Mahogany is a blackened brown with a glossy finish. It’s semi-opaque, and it has a tendency to look like part-gloss, part-lip stain, because it looks like a bold, opaque color, but it’s not quite there.

The Creamy Lip Color formula is moisturizing without sliding off in an hour–I usually get three to four hours of wear, but these darker shades seem to pull closer to four to five hours, and I did find Black Cherry left a residual stain behind.  This formula makes lips look a little fuller from the glossiness and “wet” finish.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you have lips on the drier side, this is a nice formula that allows you to wear lipstick without emphasizing dryness.

AVAILABILITY: Bobbi Brown

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Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Video: Quick Look at Guerlain Fall

I’m trying to get into the habit of doing more “first impressions” kind of videos–literally me seeing the products for the first time, opening them up, swatching, etc.  They won’t always be focused on reviewing or talking about the specifics of products, particularly if I’ve never tried the product (e.g. it’s not just a new shade but a new product type).  This is a short video featuring Guerlain’s 10 Rue de Franc Bourgeois Eyeshadow Palette, Gwen Rouge G Lipstick, and Violine Kiss Kiss Gloss Serum.  The latter I hope to review soon, but I need to put it through the wear test still! :)