Friday, August 15th, 2014

Tom Ford Twist of Fate & Negligee Lip Colors
Tom Ford Twist of Fate & Negligee Lip Colors

Tom Ford Negligee Lip Color ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage that glided on evenly and smoothly without tugging on the lips. The color lasted for five hours and was nicely hydrating while worn. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is darker, more shimmery. Estee Lauder Intense Nude (P, $30.00) is lighter. Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $22.00) is brighter, glossier. Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is brighter, more matte. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Twist of Fate Lip Color ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, medium orange-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fully opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy to easily apply without dragging but still felt lightweight, comfortable, and smoothed lips. This shade lasted for five and a half hours on me and was hydrating while worn. NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is lighter. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is much lighter. Bite Beauty Cin Cin (P, $24.00) is slightly more orange. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Both shades are part of the limited edition fall color collection. So far, only Saks shows them online, available for pre-order with a ship date of 9/26.

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

NARS Catherine Audacious Lipstick
NARS Audacious Lipstick: Catherine, Juliette, Natalie, Grace, Geraldine

Today, I’m reviewing some of the more coral shades in the new NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) range. The new formula is supposed to be richly pigmented, give lips a smoother appearance, and be moisturizing. So far, they are very pigmented and forgiving when applied as the formula doesn’t catch on any imperfections on the lips. The consistency is creamy, lightweight, but not too emollient, so it doesn’t slide around. I’ve been finding them to be longer-wearing as well. The formula isn’t moisturizing from my experience with them, and it doesn’t retain the same, ultra-flattering finish throughout wear, as it tends to look a bit dry during the last hour or two of wear. It appears to be scent- and taste-free. These launch September 1st, they’re now online at narscosmetics.com.

Catherine Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “sunny guava.” It’s a brightened, medium orange-coral with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage in one pass, and it looked beautiful on as it smoothed out the appearance of the lips. The color lasted for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Style Approved (LE, $22.00) is more muted. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Sephora Collection Samba (LE, $12.50) is brighter. Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Juliette Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink coral.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-pink with a satin finish. It had fully opaque coverage after one stroke, and it was really smooth and even–sometimes shades like will bunch up and create “lines” if you press your lips together, but this one doesn’t. It lasted four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is more matte, pinker. Bite Beauty Centifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. MAC Toying Around (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte, pinker, more muted. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $22.00) is darker, more matte. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is slightly warmer. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is warmer, more matte. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is warmer. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Natalie Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “flamingo.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with a semi-matte finish and warm undertones. The formula was richly pigmented, and again, the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin and applied with a really nice, smooth result. On me, the color wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Love Temple (LE, $22.00) is glossier, slightly warmer. Kat Von D L’Ecole des Femmes (P, $21.00) is more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Wham (604) (P, $28.00) is darker, more matte. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is glossier, sheerer. Bite Beauty Crush (P, $28.00) is brighter, warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is glossier, pinker. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $22.00) is glossier. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is slightly darker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Grace Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bright pink coral.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a satiny finish. The pigmentation was on point with full color coverage in one stroke. It had a nice, creamy feel that glided across the lips and delivered even color. This shade wore for six hours and was a smidgen drying. NARS Kelly (P, $32.00) is more muted. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is glossier. Make Up For Ever #37 (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Geraldine Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “tangerine.” It’s a bright, medium orange with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a luminous finish. It had a glossier finish than a lot of the other shades in the range, but it didn’t seem to affect the coverage or wear. It still had really intense color payoff that went on smoothly, while the color itself wore well for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Givenchy Corail Signature (317) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is a touch darker. NARS Timanfaya (P, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is more matte. Maybelline Electric Orange (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

NARS Claudia Audacious Lipstick
NARS Audacious Lipstick: Claudia, Michiyo, Greta, Angela, Janet

NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new (and permanent) formula debuting September 1st, they’re now online at narscosmetics.com, with a total line-up of 40 shades. It’s supposed to be a highly pigmented formula (“full-coverage finish in a single stroke) while give lips a smoother appearance and be moisturizing. They’re also packaged in matte black metal cases with magnetic closures. I’m working my way through the shades, and I’ve found the range to be fairly consistent so far. These have excellent color payoff with most shades being opaque in a single stroke. They’re also very forgiving when applied; they don’t seem to catch on flakes or imperfections on the lips, and lips look smoother and slightly fuller due to the satiny finish that gives it just a little reflection/shine. The consistency is creamy, lightweight, and comfortable to wear for the most part. It’s not too thick or too thin–it doesn’t bunch up with most shades, even lighter ones, as there isn’t a lot of slip, but it doesn’t feel clingy. However, something I noticed was while this formula is really lovely to wear for the first three to five hours, but as the finish mattifies and wears down, which can sometimes look drier. I don’t find the formula moisturizing, unfortunately, but for the most part, the shades are more neither drying nor hydrating, but a couple were a little drying on me. They wear well and fade fairly evenly, while the formula appears to be scent- and taste-free. The formula also re-applied well, so you don’t have to worry about fully removing to get smooth color.

I checked in with NARS, and their regular Lipstick formula isn’t being replaced by the Audacious Lipstick formula, which is good news, because at $32 compared to their regular lipstick at $26, it’s a significant up tick in price. The regular Lipstick range contains 0.12 oz. in comparison, so you get slightly more in the new formula. To put it in perspective, the Audacious Lipstick formula costs $228.57/oz. and the regular Lipstick formula costs $216.67/oz. (Though, if you never finish a lipstick, the lower price, regardless of quantity, may be more important.)

Claudia Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “cool pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is brighter, darker. Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is darker. Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.49) is more shimmery, sheerer. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Michiyo Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had full color coverage in a single stroke that went on well. The color wore well for six and a half hours, but it was a little drying towards the end (felt totally fine for five hours). Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is more matte, brighter. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is brighter. YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) (P, $34.00) is warmer. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is more magenta. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is more matte. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is more magenta. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Greta Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “wild azalea.” It’s a brightened, coral-red with a slight pinkish tint and warm undertones. It had excellent color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, and it made lips look plumper from the get-go. The color wore well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Guerlain Insolence (144) (LE, $35.00) is more matte. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is similar. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is more muted, warmer, lighter. MAC All Fired Up (P, $16.00) is more matte. Maybelline Vivid Rose (P, $7.49) is glossier, redder. Guerlain Gourmandise (P, $49.50) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Angela Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink orchid.” It’s a cool-toned, magenta pink with a slightly muted quality and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly–this one had a bit more slip and thickness to the consistency, so there’s a fine line between perfectly and over-applied (the latter may show “lines” if you press lips together, but it is pretty faint even when over-applied–it really is hard to detect except in a close-up photo!). It lasted well for five hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is pinker. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is slightly brighter. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is similar. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) is darker, sheerer. MAC Love Forever (P, $18.00) is more muted. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Janet Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “deep magenta.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-red with subtle, cool undertones and fuchsia micro-shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, though it was less pigmented than the other four shades in this review. The color lasted for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker. Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC So Good (P, $22.00) is glossier. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is redder. Milani Raspberry Rush (P, $5.49) is more matte, more shimmery. Illamasqua Atomic (P, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Kat Von D Lullabye Studded Kiss Lipstick
Kat Von D Lullabye Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D Lullabye Studded Kiss Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling iridescent magenta violet.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia pink with cool-toned, magenta-fuchsia shimmer/sheen that gives it a slightly metallic sheen over a matte finish. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) has no shimmer. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) has no shimmer, brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is glossier. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is less matte. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is sheerer, glossier, more muted. Milani Violet Volt (P, $5.49) is purpler, more shimmery. MAC Show Orchid (P, $16.00) is less matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Yaoi (P, $18.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency was very lightly creamy-just enough that it didn’t tug or drag and the color went on evenly–and yielded rich, opaque color coverage. The texture was lightweight, thin, a little clingy (but not in an uncomfortable way), and I didn’t feel the shimmer/sparkle in the shade while I wore it. The color wears and wears like iron; I managed to get eight hours of wear with a fairly noticeable stain that lingered for a few more hours (but it’s supposed to last for 10 hours). It was a little drying towards the last two hours I wore it, but it was moderately comfortable to wear overall.

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Audacious Lipsticks

Here’s part two of the lip swatches sneak peek! :) (If you missed part one, check it out here.) I’ll have reviews up as soon as I can of the new NARS Audacious Lipstick formula. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek!

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Monday, August 11th, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Audacious Lipsticks

I hope to kick off reviews soon, but knowing it will take time to work through them, here are lip swatches for twenty of the shades (working on the next set to post as well) of NARS Audacious Lipstick. It’s a new, upcoming formula that launches on September 1st they’re now online at narscosmetics.com.. They will retail for $32 each, are permanent, and contain 0.14 oz. a pop.

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