Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Armageddon Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “carnation pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light pink with strong, blue undertones and a flat, matte finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is warmer. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is more muted, darker. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $16.00) is less matte, slightly purpler. See comparison swatches. (Or see it on The Dupe List.)

This is a new shade added this spring (you can see the other I tried here), and the last I have to review. The formula is described as a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have “added hydration.” It had rich, full color coverage in a single stroke, and the color applied evenly and smoothly. It begins as a liquid, and initially, it is glossy, but it quickly dries and sets for an ultra matte finish (about twenty to thirty seconds). Be sure not to press lips together while it’s drying, as the formula will stick and lift wherever the lips are touching. This shade wears six hours on me and is lightly drying. It does feel clingy to a degree, so it may be uncomfortable to wear if you are used to more emollient/slippery formulas.

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Saturday, February 8th, 2014

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick
NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer burnished berry.” It’s a medium-dark, berry-red with neutral-to-cool undertones. (On me, those generally translate slightly warmer.) Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $21.00) is creamier, warmer. Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is slightly pinker/cooler-toned. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches. (You can see it on The Dupe List here!)

The Sheer Lipstick formula is supposed to have “sheer, long lasting color pigments” with “sophisticated shine.” Flair lasted five hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. It looks almost like a stain, because of the level of pigment, slight glossiness, and darker coloring. It does settle into lip lines slightly, but I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering over time. Though described as sheer, it’s more like semi-sheer to semi-opaque–which is something I’ve seen with the majority of NARS’ Sheer Lipstick range. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Underage Red Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright crimson.” It’s a neutral-to-cool-toned, medium red with a matte finish. NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Cruella (P, $25.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Russian Red (P, $16.00) is less matte, slightly cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 (P, $19.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches.

It’s new for spring, and the formula is described as a “long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth matte finish.” It is also supposed to have “added hydration.” It is intensely pigmented–there is no doubt about that!–and the finish is an ultra matte, so very flat, no shine at all. Because it’s a liquid formula, it initially appears glossy as you apply it, but it quickly dries down to a fully matte finish within thirty seconds or so. You’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together as it fully dries, because it can “stick” if you have your lips closed, which will result in color lifting in any areas that weren’t completely dry. The color applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wears and wears, and as long as you’re not eating anything really oily, it lasts and lasts; on me, it wore a full eight hours and still looked nearly perfect on. I wouldn’t say it’s hydrating, and if you tend to wear glossier, more emollient lipsticks, you may fuss with your lips when you first wear this, as it clings to the lips in the way that liquid, matte finishes do. It seemed a little drying to almost not drying (but not moisturizing).

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Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Shimmer (7) Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Shimmer (7) Lip Color

These are the last three shades of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Colors ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) that I have to review. (See part one here.) The formula is supposed to be a “soft, buttery feel” and be hydrating. The press release also mentioned that it would leave a “thin veil of light-reflecting color that lasts for hours without feathering or drying.” These definitely have more than a mere “thin veil” of color–they’re closer to semi-opaque. Pink Gold Shimmer was the sheerest, but it wasn’t that sheer. The sparkle is fine, lovely and dazzling when it catches the light, and multi-dimensional. These have a slick, emollient texture that enables them to glide on easily but they tend to wear away a bit faster than the average lipstick, though they are lightly moisturizing. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Pink Gold Shimmer (7) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pale peachy pink.” It’s a pink-tinged peach with gold shimmer, but applied, it looks like a light-medium warm-toned pink with gold shimmer. The color coverage was semi-sheer. It wore well for two and a half hours. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is also lighter, less shimmery. NARS Mitzi (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Supreme Style (LE, $17.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Rose Desir (LE, $49.50) is pinker. Chanel Gardenia (P, $34.00) is less glossy, darker. See comparison swatches.

Calypso Shimmer (10) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright peach coral.” It’s a medium, slightly muted, orange with gold shimmer. This shade applied with semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency where the natural lip color will come through. The texture of this one was on the thicker side, and as a result, you could see “lines” appear if you pressed your lips together. It wore well for three hours. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is less shimmery, brighter. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Chanel Etonnante (131) (P, $34.00) is darker, redder. Chanel Mystique (57) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is less glossy, pinker. Chanel Pimpante (P, $34.00) Burberry Heather Rose (P, $30.00) is darker. Benefit Saucy (P, $18.00) is a smidgen darker. See comparison swatches.

Ballerina Shimmer (12) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink.” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with gold shimmer. It was semi-opaque color coverage, so some of the natural lip color came through (so it will alter the way it looks, if you have more natural pigmentation in your lips). It wore well for three and a half hours. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is darker. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Have We Met? (108) (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) are available in eight limited edition shades. The formula is new (but limited edition!) for spring. Here’s a visual comparison of the eight shades together, and you’ll notice that the range leans quite warm-toned. Incorrigible (08) is the only shade that is cool-toned, and on some complexions, In the Buff (01) might lean pinker (less beige). The big takeaway from the reviews for these is that they are far more pigmented than the formula’s name or description let alone; if you were going to stay away because sheer lip color isn’t your thing, you might still want to check them out. If, on the other hand, you really wanted sheer color, you might want to look at the Lip Color Shines instead (or else use these very lightly!). You can read full reviews, get shade descriptions, dupes, ratings, and all that good stuff here: part one and part two.

You can find these online at Nordstrom (only has three shades left), Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks.

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer

Here are the other four shades in the Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) range, which is a new and limited edition formula for spring.  You can see the first four here. The funny thing about these is I think these should have been called “Lip Color Shines” and the actual Lip Color Shines (which came out previously and are permanent) should have been called “Lip Color Sheers,” as those are described as a “veil of color,” and are, in fact, sheer! These, however, are far more pigmented than either the name or formula description (“semi-translucent formula”) really let alone–you will see points deducted for being too pigmented (but if that’s what you’re after, just bump up the grades!). These four are quite pigmented and veer on mostly to fully opaque. For some, this is a good oops! but anyone actually expecting it to be as described may be disappointed. The formula itself is lightweight, lightly emollient (it glides on without tugging or dragging, but it doesn’t feather, migrate, or wear off quickly), moderately hydrating, and comfortable to wear. Like Tom Ford’s other lipsticks, they are vanilla-scented but did not have a noticeable taste.

I gotta tell you: these are flying off the virtual shelves–Nordstrom only has three shades left, but Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks still have a good selection.

Sweet Spot (05) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium orange-coral with subtle pink leanings and warm undertones. The finish is softly luminous. It had mostly opaque color coverage, which may be a happy accident for some, but it seems out-of-touch with the description of the new formula (not to mention the name). This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is very similar in color but slightly pinker and sheerer. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Revlon Tutti Frutti (P, $7.49) is darker. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is pinker, more matte. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is slightly lighter, warmer. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Ravishing (P, $16.00) is a smidgen lighter, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Firecracker (06) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a vibrant, rich, orange-red with warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had really rich, opaque color coverage. It wore well for six hours. Givenchy Carmin Escarpin (306) (P, $36.00) is slightly redder. NARS Short Circuit (LE, $26.00) is a smidgen more orange. Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is very similar. Giorgio Armani #300 (P, $32.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is a smidgen lighter. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is also very similar–slightly redder. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is very similar. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Lady Danger (P, $16.00) is more matte. Buxom Rogue (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Paradiso (07) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is medium, warm-toned pink with a luminous shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage and wore well for five hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is a smidgen darker. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is darker. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is warmer, more matte. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is slightly darker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $16.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Tom Ford Incorrigible (08) Lip Color Sheer ($49.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with mostly opaque color that was slightly translucent, so the natural lip color came through. The color wore well for five and a half hours. The texture of this one was slightly more emollient than other shades. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is more muted, less fuchsia. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is less cool-toned. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $17.00) is less fuchsia, pinker. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is purpler, more muted. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is brighter. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is pinker. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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