Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich coral-brown with a natural sheen and hint of shimmer. It’s more of a muted coral that doesn’t have the level of warmth that many corals have. Dior Versailles has a similar coral-brown-like base, but it has a lot of golden shimmer, so it appears lighter. MAC Mellowarm is reminiscent of this shade but with more orange. Cle de Peau #114 is slightly more orange, but it’s somewhat similar. Burberry Blush is pinker.

The color coverage is opaque in a single pass–no building required–and the lipstick’s consistency is soft and creamy, so it glides on easily. What I’ve always loved about the Extra Rich formula is the hydration; these wear four to six hours (this one wears five) and my lips always feel better after wearing these. After ten to fifteen minutes of wear, this does seem to soften lip lines. I’m really sensitive to lip plumpers, but I never have issues with these. Cle de Peau says that there are “skincare benefits” included in the formula, but I’ve never worn one for six weeks straight to tell you if there are any long-term benefits.

Cle de Peau is a luxury beauty brand, so it’s not positioned to be affordable. The formula is excellent; the lipstick is comfortable to wear, yields full-color coverage, hydrates, and wears longer than average. Whether it’s worth the luxury price tag is up to you and your justification/rationalization process. For me, it’s a treat; this is the type of product you reward yourself with–maybe for that tough contract you negotiated, recent raise you received, graduating school–and something you’re absolutely in love with. You don’t buy this just to buy a color; you buy it because it’s one of those ultra flattering shades on you.

It took me years to learn the lesson: quality over quantity; buy one lipstick you’ll love wearing everyday rather than five that you wear once or twice a year. A good friend of mine always looks at “cost per use” when it comes to her makeup buying decisions. She won’t shell out big bucks for a shade she knows she’ll never feel comfortable wearing, but she will on something she knows she’ll use for weeks on end.

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Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's an excellent formula--great color payoff, wear, feel, consistency--but it certainly comes at the top of the price range. Worth splurging on if it's just the right shade of coral you've been looking for, though!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Guerlain L'Heure Bleue (168) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (168) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (168) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (168) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a ruby-shimmered blue-based red with a subtle pinkness. The color payoff is mostly opaque, but there’s an underlying sheerness that gives it a translucent look. It’s pinker than MAC Prolong. Chanel Byzantin is darker, redder. Dior Technicolor is slightly darker. Guerlain Girly is pinker, less red. Estee Lauder Wild Violet is a touch purpler. MAC Perpetual Flame is slightly less red.  Guerlain’s Rouge Automatiques are supposed to have subtle sheerness–that translucency is part of the formula (it reminds me of jelly nail polishes).

Rouge Automatique is very comparable to the Rouge G formula, and the differences are minute, though they are there. This is an excellent formula regardless of that comparison, though, because it’s creamy enough to glide on but not so creamy that the color slips around, comfortable to wear, and keeps lips feeling hydrated, too. For more packaging photos, please see this post.  L’Heure Bleue wore for six hours and left a soft stain behind.

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L'Heure Bleue

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Rouge Automatique is a top-notch formula, because the creaminess of the texture enables it to glide on, making for an easy application, but it's lightweight and never slippery, so it stays on and wears for hours.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant coral-pink” that is named for landmark Royal Park in London. It’s a limited edition shade from the Knightsbridge collection, which is an exclusive to chanel.com.

It’s a pink-coral with a creamy finish, so it has a subtle natural sheen. The color coverage is mostly opaque, and it applies evenly without settling into lip lines. Chanel Insolente is darker and pinker. OCC Trollop is more coral, brighter. Guerlain Giulette is more coral with a golden sheen. Dolce & Gabbana Splendid is slightly pinker.

Chanel’s Rouge Allure formula is my favorite Chanel lipstick formula; it’s long-wearing (this shade wore for five hours), comfortable to wear, and moisturizing. The creamy consistency makes it a dream to apply, as it glides over the lips and deposits lots of color with very little product or effort.

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Hyde Park

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It feels more like a summer kind of color, even though it made its debut in December! If you love the idea of coral but often find they are too orange or warm-toned for you, this pink-coral may be right up your alley.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Belgravia Rouge Allure Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “lustrous and vibrant rose.” It’s a limited edition shade from the Knightsbridge collection, which is an exclusive to chanel.com. Chanel says the color “pays tribute to a region of London, rich with history and classic architecture.” It’s a brightened strawberry pink with lighter pink shimmer. The color coverage is mostly opaque, though my lip freckle is still visible.  Chanel’s Rouge Allure formula is one of my favorites, and it’s my favorite lipstick formula by Chanel.  The formula is long-wearing (this shade wore for five hours), comfortable to wear, and moisturizing.  It’s a little less color coverage than I would expect from a Rouge Allure, but it’s not sheer.

I think these types of pinks can be so flattering across skin tones, because it’s warm without being orange or coral, bright without being neon, and the soft shimmer gives lips a lush look.  I couldn’t find an exact dupe of this shade, but there were a few shades that were similar.  Laura Mercier Evening Pink reminded me of a much more intense version of this shade. Bobbi Brown Mod Pink is similar but has no shimmer. Dolce & Gabbana Splendid is slightly more coral. Dolce & Gabbana Fuchsia is similar but a touch redder.

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Belgravia

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The rosiness of the shade should make it appropriate for an extra pop of color during spring, but it'll be really lovely during summer. This works well with neutral eyes while still keeping your look sweet and balanced between soft and bold.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, January 16th, 2012

Chanel Kensington Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Kensington Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Kensington Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Kensington Rouge Allure Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bold and brilliant fuchsia.” The color is inspired by “one of London’s most posh shopping districts.” It is a vibrant pink with blue undertones. The coverage is mostly opaque, and the finish has a lovely natural shine but still looks creamy and lush on the lips. This is a lipstick that really looks beautiful when worn; it just has that really cushiony look, where lips look like pouty pillows.

It’s not a particularly unique color–there are numerous bright pink hues to choose from–but the comfortable wear, five-hour wear, and how it keeps lips moisturized during wear, make it a good pink to choose. MAC Pink Pigeon is brighter, more magenta. MAC Love Forever is more blue-based, so it appears almost purplish in comparison. NARS Schiap is brighter, slightly darker. Milani Rose Hip is brighter. It has a similar look to MAC Florida.

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Kensington

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Not every lipstick looks as good as this one does, just in terms of texture, because this shade looks like its melted against the lips; as if your natural lip color is really this pink and vibrant. The comfortable formula is a major bonus to the excellent consistency and texture.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, January 12th, 2012

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Spring 2012: Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s new and permanent, just in time for spring. It’s a glossy raspberry pink with a touch of sheerness but is still very pigmented for a gloss and, overall, nearly opaque. There’s a shiny finish that makes the lips look almost wet. MAC Scandelicious is brighter, pinker. MAC Radiant Jewels is similar but less opaque and even. NARS Hot Wired is redder and has a shimmery iridescence. Lancome Electric Pink is a bit lighter and has shimmer.

I reviewed the formula in-depth here. I wore Mexican Rose to test out the wear, though, and it wore for three and a half hours. It’s comfortable to wear, because it has the texture of lip balm–thin, lightweight–but the high-gloss shine of your favorite lipgloss. You won’t get quite the lush lip look without some of the cushion-like texture of a true gloss, but you do get a good amount of added luminosity and fullness from the shine. I also really loved how evenly this applied.

The major downside is that these are not twist-up pencils, so they require sharpening. With the softness of the pencil (which actually broke on me while I was applying it for swatching), you’ll waste a lot if you don’t freeze them (many readers have said they had good luck freezing pencils like this!).

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Mexican Rose

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The packaging can be frustrating, but if you're OK with dealing with it, then it's more like an A- product. It feels comfortable on the lips, applies evenly, and yields true color.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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