Monday, March 21st, 2011


Revlon Carnation (025) ColorBurst Lipstick

Revlon Carnation ColorBurst Lipstick

Revlon Carnation (025) ColorBurst Lipstick ($8.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark, blue-based pink with a soft, frosted finish and subtle fuchsia-magenta shimmer. It’s nearly opaque in color, and it doesn’t feel heavy to wear, despite the creaminess and pigmented formula.

my thoughts on the formula: Revlon’s ColorBurst lipsticks glide on easily, have decent color pay off (inevitably, pigmentation does vary from shade to shade–some are semi-sheer, others more opaque), and are scent-free. They are comfortable to wear without clinging to lips, though I don’t find them moisturizing. The biggest downside is they only last two to three hours (lipsticks wear an average of four hours on me), so the wear time could be improved.

The lipstick is packaged in a matte black case with a quilted pattern on the front and the Revlon logo/print embellished on the lipstick itself.  I like the matte finish, because it doesn’t hold fingerprints, and because it’s not rubberized (like NARS), it doesn’t hold onto dust and powder remnants either.

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Carnation

B-
I wish these wore a little longer!  The length of wear is the most glaring downside to the product, and it's a shame, because I love how these are unscented (no cloying, synthetically sweet scent that so often plagues more affordable lipstick brands).  I will admit that I personally had trouble shelling out $8.99 for one, though.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Illamasqua Flare Lipstick
Illamasqua Flare Lipstick

Illamasqua Toxic Nature:  Flare Lipstick

Illamasqua Flare Lipstick (£15.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bright orange,” and it is new for spring/summer and part of the brand’s Toxic Nature collection, which should show up at Sephora in April. For now, though, it is available through Illamasqua directly.   It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange–it’s almost neon but more like traffic cone orange.

And yes, that is a broken lipstick.  It arrived that way, with the entire bullet dislodged and stuck to the cap, and I used absolutely no finesse to maneuver out it would appear!  I haven’t had this issue with my other Illamasqua lipsticks, so I’m considering it a one-time deal and not a product defect.

my thoughts on the formula: 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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Flare

B+
It's a nice bright orange with a near matte finish, and it has a tendency to pull the yellowness out in my natural skin tone.  I think this is an orange best suited for warmer complexions.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick
Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick

Illamasqua Toxic Nature:  Atomic Lipstick

Illamasqua Atomic Lipstick (£15.50 for 0.14 oz.) is new for spring/summer and part of the brand’s Toxic Nature collection, which should show up at Sephora in April. For now, though, it is available through Illamasqua directly.  Illamasqua describes Atomic as a “fuchsia violet.”  After swatching and applying, Atomic is a deep, reddened fuchsia with violet and fuchsia sheen.  It has that satin finish but such a strong pull of iridescent sheen that it almost looks like a frost.

my thoughts on the formula: 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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Atomic

A-
This is a shade that will wear for hours and hours.  With the semi-matte finish, it really hugs lips and stays put--I noted very few traces of lipstick on my coffee cup.  It may stain a bit, too, which will contribute to an overall appearance of longer wear.  Illamasqua's does a really nice job with the sheen level in this shade, because though it has a menagerie of near-dupes, the way it catches light makes it different enough in a spectacular way.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Make Up For Ever #50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
Make Up For Ever #50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Going Basic Black with Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever #50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a semi-matte black. It’s black–that’s really all it is–no subtle nuances of black but a real, dark black. To get well-defined edges, use a lip brush or even line with black eyeliner prior to lipstick application (which will also provide better wear). The only area I had trouble keeping the color in place was in the center of my lips, where the area tends to fleshier and sits more inside the mouth.

my thoughts on the formula: The Rouge Artist Intense formula is typically opaque, and while it’s not a moisturizing lipstick, it’s not a drying one either, though it does not feel creamy against the lips (it may take a little more pressure to apply than your average lipstick). With lighter shades, I see four hours of wear, but with darker shades, I get around five to six hours of wear.

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#50

B+
There is no more high maintenance shade than black--lipgloss being even more time intensive than lipstick--but at least this formula delivers really rich, opaque color with minimal effort.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild 909D Mega Last Lip Color
Wet ‘n’ Wild 909D Mega Last Lip Color

Wet ‘n’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color: 909D

Wet ‘n’ Wild #909D Mega Last Lip Color ($2.99 for 0.11 oz.) is a long-wearing formula designed to last four hours while providing full color coverage in one stroke in semi-matte, cream finishes. #909D is a rich coral-orange that leans far more orange than it does coral, but it’s not quite a true orange. It did deliver true, opaque color in a single pass.  I do wish they would include the actual names, rather than just the number, on the label.

my thoughts on the formula: It has a smooth, glide-on texture that’s not really creamy but doesn’t drag. The finish itself is semi-matte with a very soft sheen but no shimmer. Based on this shade, I didn’t detect any scent or taste, which is actually quite welcome–all too often less expensive brands have very synthetic or waxy scents. This shade wears four hours before fading. It is not moisturizing and only a touch drying; those with drier lips may want to prep with balm first.

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#909D

A-
I like that Wet 'n' Wild specified four hours of wear, because brands will claim long-wearing but rarely state a specific claim, so it can be difficult to judge just how long is long. This shade should flatter those with warmer undertones, especially medium to dark complexions.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Lilac Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Collection: Lilac

Even though Bobbi Brown just released her new Rich Lip Color formula, there’s a new and limited edition shade included in the Peony & Python Collection — Lilac Rich Lip Color Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.), which is described as a “light pink tint.” When I swatched it, Lilac is a soft plummy pink with cool undertones, and when worn, it is semi-opaque and looks more pink than plum.

my thoughts on the formula: In general, these are really comfortable to wear,with their semi-matte finishes, creamy but lightweight texture, and rich color coverage. I felt like Lilac was a little less moisturizing than the other shades I have tried within the new range. It lasted just under four hours on me and is scent- and taste-free.

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Bobbi Brown Lilac Rich Lip Color Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

B
It's a particularly flattering way to wear pink, because it's soft without being pale or pastel--still pink enough to add color to lips but not enough to compete with anything else you wear.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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