Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Burberry Devon Sunset Lip Cover Lipstick
Burberry Devon Sunset Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Devon Sunset Lip Cover Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a soft coral with warm, peachy undertones. MAC So Vain is very similar, perhaps with a very subtle pink tint. Lancome Stylistia is similar but pinker. YSL Peach Passion is lighter, less pink.  It has just enough pink in Devon Sunset to make it a wearable warm coral on both cool and warm complexions.

There is a very delicate shimmer that translates into a luminous finish.  It has a nice level of shine and sheen so it makes lips look fuller and smoother.  The color coverage is opaque, and the texture is soft, smooth, and creamy so it applies beautifully. I love the lightweight texture, because it’s easy to wear, hangs on for four hours, and feels hydrating while you wear it. Burberry did a nice job with the packaging, too, as it has a magnetic cap that will swivel the lipstick cap back into place, ensuring closure.

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Devon Sunset

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It has just enough pink in Devon Sunset to make it a wearable warm coral on both cool and warm complexions. The formula is creamy, moisturizing, and wears evenly, while the color is opaque.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet Rich Color Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet Rich Color Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink raspberry.” I’m not seeing raspberry; there are none of those berry tones you’d expect to see. This is more like strawberry milkshake pink if we’re going to go for a berry concoction as a descriptor! I’d describe as a soft, light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones and white shimmer. It does bear some resemblance to Angel Pink, which I reviewed previously, except this has shimmer, is a touch lighter, and is pinker. The only other shade that seemed similar was Chanel COnfidence, which is darker and sheerer.

Bobbi Brown describes this formulas as having “the full color coverage of a lipstick” but with “The shine of a gloss.” It’s also supposed to “moisturize, condition, and last throughout the day without feathering.” Pink Sorbet has great color coverage–it really delivers on the full color coverage one is expecting. Despite its lighter hue, it applies evenly for the most part with very slight color lines if you press your lips together. The texture is thicker than a balm, but thinner than the average gloss–it has some slip, but it doesn’t slide all over the place. It’s non-sticky and wore for four hours without drying my lips out. Like the brand’s other glosses, it is mint-scented.

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Pink Sorbet

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This is an ultra-wearable, natural pink with subtle yellow undertones, so it can be worn both by cooler and warmer complexions. The color coverage is opaque, so for those on the hunt for glosses to deliver more lipstick-like color, check this one out.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “medium-toned pink.” It’s a medium-dark watermelon pink with opaque color coverage and a natural sheen. Bite Beauty Rose is more orange, darker. MAC Full Speed is a bit darker. Bobbi Brown Mod Pink is pinker. Dolce & Gabbana Splendid is slightly pinker. VS Be Mine is darker, brighter.

Pink Peony wore for five and a half hours and needed a reapplication after six and a half hours.  It feels lightweight, despite its creamy consistency, and comfortable to wear.  I never have any post-wear problems–my lips don’t feel dry or chapped even after wearing one of these for six hours or longer.  My experience with Pink Peony was true-to-formula, which is supposed to be long-wearing, moisturizing, and full color coverage.  This is my favorite lipstick formula that Bobbi Brown makes, and I’m so glad to see her continually add new shades to the range.

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Pink Peony

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This will be very flattering on warmer complexions, but I think it will work on cooler skin tones, too, because it has a lot of pink in it. If you have more red in your natural lip color, this may turn a bit coral.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Revlon Lollipop Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Lollipop Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Lollipop Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Lollipop ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright, fuchsia-pink with iridescent purple-fuchsia shimmer and cool, blue undertones. It’s similar to MAC Show Orchid, which is brighter. NARS Schiap is a little brighter and has no shimmer.  There’s a lovely glossy shine that’s not as high-shine as a lipgloss, but it’s just shy of it–definitely glossier than most lipsticks.  The glossiness works with the more opaque color to give lips a really full, luminous look.

The formula is supposed to combine the feel and shine of a balm with the color of a lipstick while still being moisturizing. The color coverage is designed to be sheer to medium. Lollipop has more opaque color coverage–it’s almost full color coverage.  I know it seems counter-intuitive, but because Revlon describes the coverage as sheer to medium, and this is really closer to opaque, I took off a point.  What make Revlon’s ColorBurst Lip Butters such a popular formula is surely the way they feel on the lips; they’re slick and almost wet-like, so they glide on easily for even color application and feel comfortable when worn.  They remind me a bit of MAC’s Slimshines with less creaminess (but that’s not a bad thing, since Slimshines had a lot of slip).

With the amount of slip the formula has, this color doesn’t wear as long as I’d expect a shade this dark and fuchsia/red-based would (five to six hours)–I get around three hours of good wear and need a full reapplication after four hours.  The wear is more like a lipgloss than a traditional lipstick from the shades I’ve trialed thus far, including Lollipop.  After an application, my lips still felt soft and hydrated, though it’s not as good as a full-blown lip balm would be–it’s right where a good, moisturizing lipstick is, but I find I still need my regular lip balm after an hour or so of this product being removed/worn away.

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Lollipop

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Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters are definitely one of the best mass lipsticks on the market right now--the only downsides to Lollipop were its shorter wear time and that it was too pigmented (based on how Revlon positioned the product)--but at least the latter may be a bonus for some.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, February 27th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Nude Rose Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Nude Rose Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Nude Rose Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “medium-tone rose brown.” That description is apt–it’s muted rosy pink with hints of beige-brown that downplay its color and make it more of a neutral shade. theBalm Strawberry is more coral. CoverGirl Heavenly is similar, less pink. Guerlain Cherry Blossom is sheerer and shimmered. Bobbi Brown Heather Pink is browner.

The color coverage was excellent, with full, opaque color in one pass. This formula is supposed to be long-wearing, opaque, and moisturizing, and I could find no fault with Nude Rose, which wore for five and a half hours for me when I trialed it last week. The consistency is creamy enough to enable an easy glide across the lips without pulling or tugging, but it feels thin and lightweight when worn–it doesn’t slip around and cause build-up or lines on the lips if you press them together. It kept my lips moisturized during wear, and my lips didn’t feel worse for the wear afterward either.

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Nude Rose

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If you're in the market for a color that's wearable but noticeable, Nude Rose is a good bet. The color is neutral and natural enough that it will go with a variety of looks and never dominate.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, February 25th, 2012

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass (Part 2)

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass ($19.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition formula releasing next Thursday, March 1st. This post features these shades: Fuji Pink (pale peach with low level pearl), Imperial Red (bright rose with pearl), Jasmine Honey (light cream beige), Mango Sheen (bright coral with pearl), Moon Beach (warm light beige with pearl), and Sweet Bean (cool beige with pearl).

  • Fuji Pink is a milky peach with just a smattering of white shimmer. It lightens lips a bit. Shades like Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle, Giorgio Armani #500, and Guerlain Rose in Bloom are all similar (which is just naming a few).
  • Imperial Red is a darkened pink with fine gold shimmer. The color coverage is semi-opaque and surprisingly even. MAC Totally Bang has a similar base color but the shimmer is different. MAC Radiant Jewels is redder.
  • Jasmine Honey is a milky beige with white-beige shimmer. It is a little lighter than Fuji Pink, but the two are hardly polar opposites. Again, shades like Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle, Giorgio Armani #500, and Guerlain Rose in Bloom are all similar (which is just naming a few).
  • Mango Sheen is an orange-red with gold-copper shimmer. This shade has more semi-opaque color, but it doesn’t apply as evenly as Imperial Red. Revlon Strawberry is similar but a touch pinker. MAC Geo Pink is more orange. MAC Double Dare is similar in color but doesn’t have the gold shimmer.
  • Moon Beach is a sheer pearly beige. It’s mostly shimmer on my lips, so there are lots of sheer lipgloss dupes.
  • Sweet Bean is a mix of coppery-red, rose, and white shimmer. MAC Superglass reminded me of the way this looks, sort of like confetti, but I don’t know of an exact dupe. This one gets a little gritty after it wears away.

Please see part one for a review of the formula.

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MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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I like both non-sticky and sticky lipgloss formulas, but I'm not keen on this one, especially as it gets to this thin, tacky consistency over time. I wish the colors would apply more evenly, as uneven gloss can be really noticeable.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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