Saturday, February 1st, 2014

MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Lipsticks
MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Lipsticks

MAC Dreaming Dahlia Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer red-coral [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a muted, medium orange-coral with a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied evenly and smoothly. The consistency was lightly creamy, while the color lasted three hours on me. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is more matte, muted. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter, more matte. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is slightly lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches.

Fleur d’Coral Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “pale creamy peach [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light peach with warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied to lips. If you have warmer lips, this may look more true peach applied, but my corpse-like natural coloring made it look cooler when applied. I wish it applied just a bit more evenly, but it is a shade that shows “lines” if you press your lips together at all. I noticed some of the color settled into lip lines after an hour of wear, and the color lasted two hours on me (average lipstick lasts four hours). Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, warmer. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. MAC Woo Me (LE, $18.00) is glossier, more opaque. Make Up For Ever #N40 (P, $19.00) is similar in color. See comparison swatches.

Heavenly Hybrid Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone berry [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage–more pigmented than the typical Lustre finish–and wore well for four hours. Givenchy Croisiere Fuchsia (309) (LE, $36.00) is more matte. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is brighter. MAC Midnight Mambo (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Revlon Lollipop (P, $7.49) is shimmery, darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Naked Bud Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “neutral sheer nude [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, peachy-beige with a golden sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it wore for an hour and a half on me–just very quick to vanish. It is a shade that will show some lines if you press your lips together. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is more opaque. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Rose Lily Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sheer pastel pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that wasn’t quite even when applied. It was also a shade that was difficult to keep even-looking, as the minute your lips touched, you could see where they were! The color wore well for two and a half hours on me. NARS Stourhead (LE, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, slightly darker. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is not as blue-based. See comparison swatches.

Snapdragon Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone blue pink [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium pink with moderate blue undertones and icy pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff when applied to lips. This shade lasted for three hours on me but felt rather clingy. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter. MAC What a Feeling! (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter. NARS Roman Holiday (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC’s Lustre formula is drying in my experience; my lips were dry and chapped after wearing all of these back-to-back. Some readers find Lustres hydrating, others are more neutral, and some find them drying. If you have good luck with Lustres generally, then I’m sure you’ll be just fine, as these feel very par for the course for the formula.

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Friday, January 31st, 2014

Urban Decay Flushed Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
Urban Decay Flushed Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

Urban Decay Flushed Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color ($19.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “creamy mauve-pink.” It’s a medium, slightly muted, pink with a hint of neutral-to-cool tones (the mauve playing with the pink, I expect) and a glossy shine. MAC Flamingo (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. NYX Blush ($P, $4.00) is a bit lighter, less glossy, warmer. Tom Ford Indian Rose (P, $49.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is warmer, brighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is darker. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Pink Peony (P, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

This is a new and exclusive shade to Urban Decay’s website. The Super Saturated formula is supposed to be like a “rich and creamy lipstick” with a “high-gloss shine.” It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied fairly evenly overall. The formula was lightly tacky, moderately hydrating, and comfortable to wear for the four and a half hours it lasted.

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Raspberry Shimmer (1) Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Raspberry Shimmer (1) Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a newly released finish (I believe it is a re-release) that features “light-reflecting pearls” and “multidimensional color.” 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.”

The one thing that I wouldn’t call these is sheer–the coverage is more semi-opaque where there’s quite a bit of color but some translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through slightly. They have fine sparkle and shimmer that catch and reflect light, and the sparkle only is just barely noticeable after two and a half hours of wear but never feels truly gritty. The texture as the lipstick goes on is slick, emollient, and it glides on easily. On average, the formula lasted three hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

Raspberry Shimmer (1) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink berry.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink with gold and pink sparkle and shimmer. It is slightly cool-toned, had semi-opaque color coverage, and lasted for three hours on me. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is brighter, warmer. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is more muted, warmer, lighter. Guerlain Madame Reve (862) (LE, $49.50) is darker, less shimmery. Guerlain Giulette (P, $49.50) is brighter, warmer. MAC Love Beam (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. See comparison swatches.

Plum Shimmer (3) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “plum raspberry.” It’s a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, reddish undertones and fuchsia, teal, and white sparkle and shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage with all-over translucency that let some of the natural lip color come through. This shade wore well for three and a half hours. Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $21.00) is brighter, less sparkly. Chanel Grace (P, $34.00) is less glossy, browner. MAC One of a Kind (LE, $16.00) is darker, less sparkly. MAC Glamourdaze (LE, $16.00) is more plum, less warm-toned, less shimmery. Chanel Bel Ami (P, $34.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Chanel Etole (P, $34.00) is less sparkll. See comparison swatches.

Twilight Shimmer (6) Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep plum.” It’s a dark, subtly warm-toned brown threaded with a hint of plum and gold, copper, and fuchsia shimmer and sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage–it seemed less pigmented and did not apply as evenly as the other two either, but this shade felt more multidimensional than the others. Chanel Ambigue (124) (LE, $34.00) is less glossy, less brown. MAC Viva Glam VI (P, $16.00) is less warm-toned, less glossy. Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (P, $35.00) is similar but less dimensional. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “blue-red [with a Frost finish].” It’s a brightened, medium, slightly muted, red with neutral to warm undertones. It doesn’t really read blue-based on me, but when I swatch it next to really blue-based reds and really orange-based reds, it doesn’t seem like it leans either direction. I think your undertones and natural lip color may influence whether it looks cooler or warmer on you more so than the average lipstick shade. It wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating–the consistency just glided on well, and it was a really lovely lipstick all-around. The color coverage was opaque. However, mine had a waxy scent, no vanilla at all, so I don’t know if that’s a batch inconsistency or not–I purchased mine from MAC’s website directly. MAC Red Necessity (LE, $20.00) is brighter, cooler. Chanel Audacieuse (134) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is a little darker. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is more muted. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (P, $35.00) is darker. Dior Marilyn (LE, $36.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) “blue-red [with a Frost finish].” It’s a soft, muted red with subtle cool undertones and gold and pink shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, applied evenly for the most part, and only minimally settled into lip lines. It lasted for four hours on its own. Revlon Strawberry (P, $7.49) is warmer. NYX Sunrise (P, $4.99) is brighter, warmer. Dior Ceremony Red (LE, $28.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

YSL Nude Beige (1) Rouge Volupte Lipstick
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks

This is the last of my Rouge Volupte re-do/update! I hope you’ve enjoyed it! If you missed the previous posts, check out part one and part two.  Rouge Volupte is still one of the more popular lipstick formulas on the market, and it’s a range that YSL has continued to expand and release additional shades for since it initially launched. (And fun tidbit, they haven’t changed price at all in six years.) The formula is very creamy with a high degree of slip, is medium-weight and slightly thick compared to the average lipstick, and is typically opaque on lips. Because of their creaminess, full color coverage is possible in one stroke with many shades. The finish is glossy and shiny, which gives lips a smoother appearance. One of the primary traits of the formula is that lips look drenched in color and very, very smooth–almost plumper. The formula is moderately hydrating, and the wear time is about average, but it can depend on the shade.

YSL Exquisite Plum (22) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, raspberry red with cool undertones and a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency where the natural lip color came through. For such a deep color, it applied fairly evenly. It wore well for four and a half hours and left behind a stain. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is less red, more berry, so it appears a bit darker and cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $49.50) is slightly warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is less red. MAC Lush Life (P, $22.00) is similar. Guerlain Lou-Ling (LE, $35.00) is more muted. Burberry Bright Poppy (311) (P, $30.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Tender Peach (26) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of pink and warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage. The texture of this shade seemed a bit thicker than other shades, so while it applied evenly initially, when you press your lips together, some lines can show. It lasted for three hours on me. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is less glossy, slightly darker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Opera Rose (29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant rose pink.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and a glossy shine. It had intense, full color coverage in a single stroke. The texture was slightly thick, like Tender Peach, but I didn’t notice the “lines” as much with this shade when pressed my lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is more matte, warmer. See comparison swatches.

This next shade is just a bonus, for the sake of completion, as it is no longer available (but you can check out the dupes for something similar!). Frivolous Pink (19) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, pale pink with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall, but it did settle into lip lines just slight. The settling worsened after two hours of wear, and the color itself lasted for three and a half hours on me. YSL Lingerie Pink (7) (P, $34.00) is warmer, lighter. MAC Vivid Image (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Femme (P, $18.00) is very similar but less glossy. See comparison swatches.

Just as an FYI, YSL’s own e-commerce website seems to have the largest selection of shades.

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a new and limited edition formula for spring. It’s a “demi-matte” take on the permanent Lovemarc Lip Gel, but it’s still supposed to have the “gellified feel” of the original. I’m not a fan of the formula because of how it looks and wears over time. Initially, they apply so-so but tend to catch on any imperfections on the lips, and the lighter shades did not apply evenly. Worn, they settle into lip lines terribly and tend to leave color on the outer edges of the lips. The settling process happens after about an hour and a half of wear and steadily worsens. None of these were drying, though none were hydrating. The finish is more satin to natural, less semi-matte. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

Shout (138) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte bright watermelon.” It’s a brightened, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and this shade applied the smoothest out of the three I tried. It wore for four and a half hours on me. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is lighter. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pout (142) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte soft nude.” It’s a light, pink-tinted beige with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and though it glided on without skipping, it didn’t apply evenly. It lasted three hours on me. Maybelline Blushing Beige (915) (P, $7.49) is warmer, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) (P, $30.00) is glossier, warmer. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is warmer, more matte. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is pinker. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Flirt (144) Lovemarc Matte Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “matte soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, peachy coral with a semi-matte finish. It had mostly full color coverage, and it applied fairly well but wasn’t perfectly even (better than Pout, not as good as Shout). The color lasted for four hours. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Chanel Sentiment (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Innocence (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Descanso (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Runway Hit (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Flavour (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

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