Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick
Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick

For spring, Illamasqua released a red-themed collection called, I’m the One, which features a lipstick, lipgloss, lip pencil, and polish. The lipstick and polish are repromotes from the permanent collection, while the lipgloss and lip pencil are new.

Illamasqua Maneater Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte classic red.” It’s a vibrant, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation. The texture was lightly creamy, so it did drag a little on lips, but it wasn’t difficult to apply–it definitely felt creamier than some of the drier Illamasqua lipsticks in the range. The color wore well for seven hours and left behind a stain, but it was somewhat drying. Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is more matte. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is glossier. Urban Decay F-Bomb (P, $22.00) is darker. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Eden Rouge (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Touch Intense Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “red with fine shimmer.” It’s a brightened, cherry red with subtle neutral-to-cool undertones and very fine pink and ruby red shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and this shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #400 (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Ready to Roam (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Illamasqua Feisty Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “scarlet red.” It was a brightened, medium red with slightly warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was just lightly creamy, but it wasn’t too difficult to apply, and it did apply evenly. It had opaque color coverage, and it lasted for five hours before it started to show signs of “cracking” where it pulled into lip lines. Worn alone, it did not look clingy and dry as some lip pencils can, but it’s not a particularly comfortable product to wear by itself as it is slightly drying. MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is darker. MAC Redd (P) is warmer. MAC Cherry (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Freehand (LE, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2014

YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte (01) Baby Doll Kiss and Blush
YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte (01) Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

Earlier this month, YSL offered an early debut of two shades of the YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush ($40.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) range, and I bought both shades that were available. They’ve since released twelve shades, though they say online exclusive at the moment. The official release date is later on in April.  I’ll be reviewing both shades I bought, and this is the first one up!

YSL Fuchsia Desinvolte (01) Baby Doll Kiss and Blush ($40.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium fuchsia with cool, blue undertones. Milani Love Potion (07) (LE, $7.99) is a powder, lighter. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is a powder, slightly warmer. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is a powder, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is a powder, more shimmery. See comparison swatches. (Here are some possible dupes for this shade as a lip color.

The new formula is supposed to work on cheeks and lips, and the texture is described as an “air whipped mousse” and has a “soft matte finish.”  The color is supposed to be buildable.  Now, I’m often unimpressed by two-in-one products, because it usually doesn’t excel in both areas, just one (or worst case scenario, neither), but YSL has something special here. It’s packaged in a square, glass bottle with a long, cylindrical cap, so it looks nail polish-esque, but when you twist and open, it is a little reminiscent of the Glossy Stains.  The applicator is tapered and spongy with a fair amount of give without being floppy.

The texture was very, very different from Glossy Stains as it never turns thick. Instead, the consistency is thin and felt like a cross between velvet and gel, and it turns into a creamy powder as it blends with the skin and dries to a satin-matte finish. On lips, it stayed rather glossy before eventually wearing down, but I waited before shooting the lip swatch photos, expecting it to dry fairly matte, yet it didn’t.  I felt like I had a workable amount of time to apply and blend the color as a blush, and once it’s on, it stayed on for nine hours. It was easy to pat and blend on the skin, whether bare or over foundation, and though it’s quite pigmented and a little goes a long way, it was very forgiving.

This shade seemed to stain my cheeks slightly, as there was some pinkness even after I removed the color, and it did the same on lips (but a little more staining). When I wore it as a lip color, it lasted well for six and a half hours. More surprising was that my lips weren’t dried out–I wouldn’t describe this as hydrating really, but it kept my lips feeling about the same over time. It does have a sweet, mango and grape scent (reminds me of Glossy Stains), though it seemed subtler than some of their other lipstick formulas (like Rouge Volupte).

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Revlon Legacy Collection Super Lustrous Lipsticks
Revlon Legacy Collection Super Lustrous Lipsticks

For spring, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) sees the limited edition return of five iconic shades from the past as voted by Revlon customers. I found mine last week at CVS, and the display looked like it had just been put out, so hopefully if these interest you, you’ll find them locally! The Super Lustrous formula is supposed to be hydrating, smooth, and creamy. I found all five shades to be lightly hydrating with pretty good pigmentation and about average wear. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

5th Ave. Red is a lightly cool-toned, medium-dark red that’s a little muted–not too bright. On me, it almost pulls neutral rather than distinctly cool-toned. It had rich, mostly opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy and had a soft, natural shine. It wore well for four and a half hours and left a light stain. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is warmer. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is brighter. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is less glossy. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Lady (LE, $36.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches.

Icy Violet is a cool-toned, plummy brown with a lavender and purple frost finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Ametista (LE, $32.00) is sheerer, more iridescent. Guerlain Rose Bengale (P, $35.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Jungle Peach is a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was very creamy and emollient. It wore well for three hours on me. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is pinker. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is less glossy, darker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is darker. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sandstorm is a medium-dark, copper-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a slightly frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and this shade didn’t apply as evenly as the rest, though from afar it was not too noticeable. The color lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Synopsis (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Snow Peach is a brightened, pink-coral with a creamy, glossy finish and warm undertones. It had rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy, while the consistency was very creamy and emollient. It wore well for four hours on me. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is very similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, less glossy. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is very similar. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is less glossy. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and easy to apply. The color wore well for four and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Incorrigible (08) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is mor emuted. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is more matte. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is similar. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter, more matte. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is darker, less blue-based. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pure Pout Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty cool beige.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned, pinky-beige with a soft, almost frosted, sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly for the most part. The color lasted two and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is much lighter. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is a little lighter. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is a touch lighter. MAC Pure Zen (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Jersey Rose (P, $34.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC So Good Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep magenta.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it wasn’t a heavy, full coverage cream result–a very slight translucency that kept it from looking heavy. The color wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $21.00) is very similar. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

MAC Be a Lady Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Be a Lady Mineralize Rich Lipstick

The MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “lightweight,” “hydrating,” “long-lasting,” and have “buildable coverage.” The formula on these three was much more emollient with more slip compared to the original shades released. Interesting enough, the six new shades are smaller than the original ones released–0.12 oz. compared to the prior 0.14 oz. bullets, though the tubes seem to be the same size.

MAC Be a Lady Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone coral.” It’s a brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly full color coverage, and it applied evenly and smoothly without tugging or dragging. It wore well for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer, darker. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) is warmer, more shimmery. Chanel Hyde Park (LE, $34.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Peony (P, $24.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Be Fabulous Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “washed out pastel pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a soft sheen and almost a lightly frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it had a very creamy, emollient consistency, which made it difficult to apply evenly. It lasted two and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. Revlon Cupcake (P, $7.49) is darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Enchantee (LE, $18.00) is glossier, darker. Guerlain Rose Innocent (LE, $49.50) is more shimmery. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Bold Spring Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep blue pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and the consistency was medium-weight and creamy, so I did notice that you could see “lines” if I pressed my lips together at all. The color lasted three and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is more muted. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is brighter. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned, lighter. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is more matte, slightly darker. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Chanel Fleurie (139) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Fleurie (139) & Charmeuse (142) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Fleurie (139) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. There’s a subtle, very fine, shimmer that runs through it and gives it a higher sheen that’s not quite a frost finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy so the lipstick glided across the lips without tugging or dragging. When I tested it, the color lasted for four hours and was lightly hydrating. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is brighter. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is also brighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

Charmeuse (142) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light peachy-brown with soft, warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had semi-opaque to mostly opaque pigmentation–you can tell by how much my lip freckle gets covered. The formula was lightly creamy and glided on easily without dragging. It wore well for three and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Naked Bud (LE, $16.00) is similar. Maybelline Nude Lust (920) (P, $7.49) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches.

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