Friday, December 5th, 2014

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour
MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour

MAC Secret Admirer Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour ($22.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral pink.” It’s a brightened, medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $20.00) is warmer. theBalm Pie (P) is redder. MAC Posey (P, $21.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes. Here are dupes for this shade as a lip color.

First… whoa, whoa, whoa, size reduction! These were put into medium-sized MAC compacts (like Cream Colour Bases), and they contain 0.08 fl. oz., whereas the original packaging for Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colours (here are two from April 2014) contained 0.43 fl. oz. That’s a reduction of 81%! (And the price went up a dollar, just to make it even more painful.) Second, it’s a dual-purpose product that can be used on lips or cheeks, but I haven’t had much luck using the formula on lips, as it is a very thin, clingy formula that strips the lips of moisture and generally makes my lips look worse than they really are. As a blush, the formula performs better: seven hours of wear with a blendable consistency that sets to a more luminous, natural finish–a little sheen but not shine. Secret Admirer was true to formula, as it was drying over the three hours it lasted on my lips (and looked poor on), and then it lasted seven hours as a blush.

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Secret Admirer

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft burnt orange.” It’s a brightened, tangerine orange with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but it applied oddly–the color “bubbled” all over, so it looked a little odd. It was more noticeable to me when I was applying it than it seems to look in photos, but you can see that the color on the upper lip isn’t really smooth or opaque all-over. The consistency is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and mostly non-sticky, but the way it applied left something to be desired. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It is mint-scented and had a slightly minty-taste, but it didn’t bother my lips. The opacity of the color made it more unique. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is sheerer. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is sheerer. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is darker, more shimmery. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Fame (206) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “raspberry red.” It’s a muted, warm reddish-plum with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that went on beautifully–I think you can see the difference between the two shades when it comes to how even the color applied. This shade wore well for five hours and was hydrating while worn. Nothing I could think of that was a gloss came that close. Chanel Audace (20) (P, $34.00) is browner, less pink. MAC Ruby (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned, sheerer. MAC Sultana (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Gypsy (204)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Fame (206)

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Berlin Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm rose.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark pink-red with warm undertones and an ultra-matte finish. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is glossier, cooler-toned, darker. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is lighter, pinker. Too Faced Melted Candy (P, $21.00) is glossier, cooler-toned. Guerlain Rose Grenat (864) (LE, $51.00) is cooler-toned,m glossier. YSL Rose Asarine (34) (P, $34.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Crianza (P, $28.00) is cooler-toned, glossier. Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier. MAC Impassioned (P, $16.00) is not quite as matte. Guerlain Girly (P, $51.00) is glossier, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It has a thin consistency that spreads well across the lips, and it’s important to apply in a very smooth, even layer in order to get the best coverage and end result. The color dries down fairly quickly to a totally matte finish–no shine at all–and locks onto lips. There’s very little transfer, and I get almost no transfer until I’ve eaten something with the formula on (then it is less durable). It does cling to lips, though it is a lot less clingy (and more comfortable to wear, as a result) than most liquid lipsticks that dry down like this. The color lasted easily for eight hours, and it started to feel drying after four to five hours of wear.

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Berlin

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection

Here are swatches for the second half of the Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.). They will be available as a full release beginning December 26th, but they’re available today only at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks. (As a heads up, Neiman Marcus‘ tiered gift card event seems to apply to Tom Ford Beauty, so that is a way to “save” a little, and they’re offering a gift box when you purchase three shades.)

Three of the shades I ordered were sold out and are on backorder, so I do not have those (Stavros, Addison, Julian). I would love to get lip swatches up for the shades, but I’m not sure if I’ll have them finished by today – I will try my hardest! Updated: Lip swatches have been added! :) The following is a list of shades that are repromotes (and I confirmed by comparing swatches, except for Slander and Smoke Red, which I don’t have):

  • Cooper = Pure Pink
  • Adriano = True Coral
  • Alejandro = Slander
  • Leonardo = Smoke Red
  • Xavier = Violet Fatale
  • Collin = Indian Rose
  • Cary = Casablanca
  • Didier = Moroccan Rouge

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Monday, December 1st, 2014

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipsticks ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a collection of miniature-sized lipsticks (0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz.) that will be available as a full release beginning December 26th, but they’re available today only at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks. (As a heads up, Neiman Marcus‘ tiered gift card event seems to apply to Tom Ford Beauty, so that is a way to “save” a little, and they’re offering a gift box when you purchase three shades.)

TomFord.com launched these on the 27th (ahead of the 28th as they were supposed to), and the majority of the shades are sold out now, but there were a few still left last I checked: Kyril, William, Sebastian, Omar, and Blake (apparently metallics were unpopular?). Obviously, since these arrived this morning, all I’ve had a chance to do is photograph, swatch, apply, and get the photos ready, but I haven’t even had a chance to process the chaos yet! Three of the shades I ordered were sold out and are on backorder, so I do not have those (Stavros, Addison, Julian). I would love to get lip swatches up for the shades, but I’m not sure if I’ll have them finished by today – I will try my hardest! Updated: Added lip swatches! :) The following is a list of shades that are repromotes (and I confirmed by comparing swatches, except for Warm Sable, which I don’t have, and Addison, which I don’t have yet):

  • Holden = Vanilla Suede
  • Beau = Blush Nude
  • Henry = Warm Sable
  • William = Pink Dune
  • Addison = Pink Dusk
  • James = Twist of Fate
  • Richard = Negligee

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Chanel Audace (20) Rouge Allure Gloss
Chanel Audace (20) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Audace (20) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned plum with fine gold shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on beautifully–the application was smooth and even, while the glossiness made lips appear plumper. The color lasted well for five and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating over time. The formula is fairly lightweight with a creamy-gel-like feel with some tackiness. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (P, $28.00) is browner, warmer. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Distinction (21) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, dark berry-red with a glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but unlike Audace, it was difficult to apply evenly as the color tended to streak and settle into lip lines. The settling worsened as the gloss wore away, though it lasted for about five hours. The texture was lightly tacky, and it developed more tackiness after a few hours, but it feels more like a cream-gel hybrid and isn’t too thick on. NARS Shade III (LE, $26.00) is lighter. Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Sixties Fan (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is sheerer. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is sheerer. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is darker. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Audace (20)

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Distinction (21)

C+

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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