Thursday, May 13th, 2010

MAC To the Beach Collection
MAC Lipsticks: Thrills, Fun Bathing, Beachbound, Lazy Day

MAC To the Beach Collection — Lipstick Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC’s To the Beach Collection features four limited edition lipsticks from champagne-gold to deep berry, with each retailing for $14.

  • Beachbound is a really sheer golden-champagne shade. It has a glaze finish, and it gives more shimmer than color. It does seem to mute my natural lip color a bit. For me, this is a shade best paired with stronger, more intense shades of lipgloss.
  • Thrills is a stunning combination of red-rose and amber-bronze shimmer/frost. It’s a shade you just don’t see often. The only shade that comes close is nearly three times the price–La Prairie’s Rose Bronze (but that’s much pinker, rosier; same effect, but the base color is stronger). This originally launched with Rushmetal, way back in 2007. I don’t even have to see anything else from To the Beach to tell you this is a must-have from it, though. It’s AMAZING!
  • Lazy Day is a milky cool-toned pink.  It reminds me a bit of Angel.  I feel like this color is something I’ve seen many times before.  I like that it’s pretty pigmented, though.
  • Fun Bathing is a reddened raspberry wine with a metallic bronze shimmer and sheen.  Super pretty!  It has the same feel and look as Thrills.  It’s similar to ‘O’ but lacks that really metallic bronze pop–it’s kind of there in ‘O’ but not as much.  This seems lighter, too.

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Milani Orange Gina Lipstick

The Summer Season: Milani Orange Gina Lipstick

Milani Orange Gina Lipstick ($3.49) is a beautiful shade of vibrant darkened orange with tangerine-gold shimmer. This is a bold, intense color to wear on lips, but it’s not a neon orange. It’s not loudmouth orange at all. The golden shimmer strewn through the color makes it perfect for summer! I find the scent of Milani lipsticks to be a little synthetic, but for the price, I’ll endure. The color payoff is fantastic–super smooth, rich color that applies evenly. I get about three hours of wear with this shade in particular.

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

MAC Full Fuchsia Lipstick

The Summer Season: MAC Full Fuchsia Lipstick

MAC Full Fuchsia Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright fuchsia pink with full-color coverage and a slight sheen. It has an amplified creme finish, so it’s creamy but not overly so. It does have a frostier finish than the majority of amplified cremes, though. I love how opaque it is, and I find it a barely-there cool-toned hot pink, so it’s wearable for both cool and warm skin tones.  This is a PRO shade that’s occasionally available through trend picks on the consumer website, but anyone can visit or call their nearest PRO store to purchase (no membership required!).

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

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Sunday, May 9th, 2010

YSL #13 Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Peach Passion Rouge Volupte Lipstick

The Summer Season: YSL Peach Passion Rouge Volupte Lipstick

YSL Peach Passion (#13) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened peachy-coral with an ultra creamy feel. Rouge Voluptes are ridiculously creamy–quite possibly the creamiest lipstick I’ve ever tried–so they do have a lot of slip. It’s easy to use more than you need, but the lipstick itself lasts a solid three to four hours, despite the slip-factor. Peach Passion is a rich, opaque shade that delivers full-color coverage with a soft, mango-ish scent.

Is this the right coral lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

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Saturday, May 8th, 2010

NARS Schiap Lipstick
NARS Schiap Lipstick

The Summer Season: NARS Schiap Lipstick

NARS Schiap Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, fuchsia-pink with a semi-matte finish. It has no shimmer, but it does have a slightly glossy sheen, so it doesn’t a completely matte finish. Schiap applies beautifully–soft, smooth, and the color looks even with little effort. I like that it’s not totally matte, because I think if it was, this shade might be drying. The slight creaminess and glisten to it give it enough moisture to keep from drying your lips out (but if you have really dry lips, I recommend prepping well before wearing this). NARS lipsticks are scent-free and taste-free (though you might detect a wax-y scent). I got about four hours of wear before it started fading, but it held on pretty well.

Is this the right pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Lip Shines

Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shines: Nectarine, Pink Glisten, Raspberry Pink, Moonlight Rose, Berry, & Maple

Bobbi Brown’s Treatment Lip Shines SPF 15 come in twelve lovely shades, with each retailing for $22 and weighing in at 0.07 oz. It’s described as a “lightweight, soft shine lipstick that doubles as a rejuvenating moisture treatment.” It also contains “natural Cocoa and Shea Butters, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel and Avocado oils … Peptides, along with Vitamin C.”

I actually really liked these, and even though they looked pretty, I wasn’t so sure whether they’d be a product I’d enjoy. Coming from Bobbi Brown, I completely expected incredibly sheer, barely-there color. I’m happy to report that isn’t the case here! They’re not even remotely sheer. Each shade I tried was different from the next–these aren’t sheered out shades that end up looking the same on lips, must to my delight!

  • Nectarine is a semi-sheer coral-orange with a glistening finish. It packs good color when applied, and applies pretty even coverage without trouble. I think this one lends itself better for warmer skin tones.
  • Pink Glisten is a lightened, rosy pink with lighter pink shimmer. This one applied beautifully (one of the best applications of the six I tried), and the color itself is semi-opaque. I think this shade is a nice, universal pink.
  • Raspberry Pink is a darkened raspberry pink with gold and pink shimmer. This was my favorite shade. It’s semi-opaque in color coverage, but it’s rich and dark enough to be worn on its own to draw attention to your lips. Like Pink Glisten, this applied smoothly and evenly on lips.
  • Moonlight Rose is a light brown with a little bit of red undertones and golden shimmer. I’m not sure what’s rose about this, to be honest. It has semi-opaque coverage, and it applies evenly for the most part.
  • Berry is a reddish wine-berry with a very glistening look. It looks very wet when applied, and it has a tendency to settle into lip lines a bit, but it’s not too noticeable from a normal viewing distance. The color itself applies semi-opaque but not complete full-color coverage.
  • Maple is a darkened red-toned brown. It has the same application look and feel as Berry: a little uneven, somewhat settles into lip lines, but it still has the semi-opaque color and glistening, wet look.

These are lightly creamy, moisturizing enough to keep your pucker in line for a few hours, and they wear incredibly well. After the initial surprise of more color pay off than I anticipated, I was surprised three hours later when much of the color was still holding on, despite sipping on a Starbucks (the TEMPTALIA Frappuccino, ha!) for the three hours I wore it. Frostier shades like Pink Glisten faded around three hours and seemed a little drier than some of the creamier shades like Raspberry Pink, which didn’t start fading until the fourth hour but never felt dry. The only downside is that some of these don’t apply as smoothly or evenly as I’d like–they can sink into some lip lines a bit, but I didn’t find it all that noticeable when I looked in the mirror (just super up-close!).

They have a very wet, glistening look — it’s not quite glossy, definitely more glistening to me. I also don’t think these are like MAC Slimshines, despite both brands being owned by the same parent company and the packaging looking awfully similar (I checked, too — similar but not identical). Slimshines felt creamier with more slip, a bit more moisturizing, but I found they faded within two hours or so. Lip Shines don’t have the slip-factor, which I think makes them hang on a bit longer. I feel like these are a combination of Chanel Rouge Coco and MAC Slimshines–so it’s a formula that can stand on its own.  These are scent-free and taste-free as far as I could detect!

My favorite shades were Pink Glisten and Raspberry Pink, with Nectarine in third (a little more orange than I like for myself). I was excited to write about these, and I would have totally had this up sooner if it wasn’t finals week for me!

There are twelve shades in total, so the other six shades from the range are: Brownie Nude (warm brown), Desert Rose (rose nude), Papaya (bright pink coral), Plumberry (deep plum), Rosy (warm pink brown), and Sunset Bronze (warm bronze).

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

Recommendation: If you love lightweight, semi-sheer to semi-opaque color that’s moisturizing without requiring reapplicatiion every hour, I think you may find these to your liking.

Availability: Bobbi Brown, Nordstrom

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