Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant coral-pink with subtle gold shimmer and a natural shine. This is the type of shade that always seems to garner compliments, even though there are a fair amount of shades that can be found in the same family. Guerlain Chamade is redder. Guerlain Bal de Mai is a bit darker and less coral. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker and brighter. NYX Haute Melon is a bit lighter. MAC Hibiscus is more orange. Laura Mercier Tangerine is lighter and less pink. Chanel Phoenix is much pinker. Chanel Genial is similar but doesn’t have the shimmer. Korres #18 is pinker. MAC Fresh Salmon is more golden and sheerer.

Nahema yields opaque color coverage and has a creamy, glide-on consistency that feels comfortable to wear but not slippery.  I tested this shade’s wear, and I was able to get five hours of wear.  By the sixth hour, I felt like I needed a reapplication.  One of my favorite characteristics of this formula is the luminous finish; it’s shiny without being overly glossy, and the shine lasts for at least half as long as the color itself does.  For more packaging photos, please see this post.

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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

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, February 13th, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Ginger Lily Creme Fresh Tint
Le Metier de Beaute Ginger Lily Creme Fresh Tint

Le Metier de Beaute Ginger Lily Creme Fresh Tint

Le Metier de Beaute Ginger Lily Creme Fresh Tint ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a rosy peach. It’s not coral, and it’s not peach-pink. It’s predominantly peach, but there’s a natural pinkness to it that gives it a very fresh look and feel.  It looks a lot darker in the pot than it really is, so don’t let the pot color fool you. Le Metier de Beaute describes the formula as a cream-based, lightly tinted product that can be used on both cheeks and lips. It’s supposed to impart a “radiant glow” and can be used over bare skin or over makeup. The brand also says that it is water-resistant.

On cheeks, it imparts a natural sheen that’s fresh-faced without being shiny or oily-looking. The color is very subtle, and on deeper skin tones, I don’t think it would be so effective. On pale to light-medium skin tones, it would work well as a barely-there blusher to add some warmth and natural color. NARS Sex Appeal is much, much lighter. Chanel Espiegle is much more orange. MAC Brit Wit is cooler, less peach, more mauve. Urban Decay Score is pinker.  It wears for seven and a half hours on cheeks.  I liked applying this with a stippling brush best and blending with fingers.

On lips, it adds warmth, nearly opaque color, and a subtle sheen. It’s a cream finish, so it does settle into lip lines a bit, especially because the consistency is very slick and creamy–almost like a partially melted stick of butter. MAC Innocence, Beware! is pinker. MAC Naked Bliss is darker. MAC Naturally Eccentric is less pink. NARS Little Darling is lighter, less pink.  It wears for around three hours on lips.

I like it better as a cheek tint than as a lip tint, but for a product marketed to do both, it’s pretty good. It’s rare that a cheek/lip product is comfortable enough to wear on the lips without sliding off when applied to the cheeks, and Le Metier de Beaute straddles both with surprising talent.

As a cheek tint, it doesn’t feel sticky or greasing, despite having a natural sheen. It’s very, very soft and creamy, so it blends out easily. This particular shade is light enough that you could never overdo it, though there are darker shades available in the range, but it’s difficult to go overboard, just because the texture allows for easy blending.  As a lip tint, it looks and feels comfortable–it’s not too dry or chalky; this particular color may feel too light or wash out some complexions, but it’s a matter of tastes and preferences. It’s a pale beige nude–there’s no getting around that.

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For $28, a product that actually serves both functions is very versatile! I'm surprised this didn't have a price tag, given the price point of Le Metier de Beaute. This color will work best on lighter complexions, because of its pale color overall.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 10th, 2012

Guerlain Chant d'Aromes (103) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (103) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (103) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Chant d’Aromes (103) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm beige-brown with a lighter beige shimmer. The color coverage is mostly opaque. MAC Dressmaker, Dressmaker is similar but a little more orange and has less shimmer. MAC Viva Glam VI is a little redder but they look similar on my lips. Guerlain Grace is also similar but less warm. MAC Lush Amber is similar but less opaque.

Even though Rouge G still comes out on top as my favorite lipstick (just ever-so-slightly), Rouge Automatique is easily in my top ten (maybe top five even).  It’s long-wearing, lightweight, feels comfortable to wear, and the finish is always luminous, which gives lips a healthy, luscious look.  The wear is between four to eight hours, but Chant d’Aromes wears just over five for me when I trialed it.  The consistency is creamy enough to enable an easy glide across the lips, but it’s not so full of slip that it slides around the lips.  For more packaging photos, please see this post.

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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

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, February 6th, 2012

NYX Stella Lipstick
NYX Stella Lipstick

NYX Stella Lipstick

NYX Stella Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a creamy medium pink with yellow undertones. The finish has a natural sheen to it that gives it a nice luminosity, and the color coverage is mostly opaque. MAC Joie-de-Vivre is slightly yellower. MAC Hot Gossip is darker.

Like Haute Melon, there was a fair amount of slip in the creamy consistency of this particular shade that made it slide around during application. It was also easy to move around the applied product and get lines of color. Again, this shade didn’t wear for long, about three hours, when I typically average four hours of wear on a regular lipstick (not one touted as long-wearing). Mine didn’t have any scent, but other NYX lipsticks I’ve tried have almost been vanilla scented. I’ve had this for some time before opening it, though, so it’s possible the scent faded away over time (a lot of my budget-friendly lipsticks lose their scent very quickly).

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The yellow undertones are subtle but noticeable, so if blue-based pinks don't work for you, this might be an option. If you like the idea of a warmer pink but often find they're too warm, this may also be something to consider.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, February 6th, 2012

MAC Hot 'n' Saucy Tendertone
MAC Hot ‘n’ Saucy Tendertone

MAC Shop MAC, Cook MAC: Tendertones

In the collection, there are four limited edition shades of MAC Tendertone Lip Balm ($15.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.), which are: Hot ‘n’ Saucy (soft cherry red), Hush, Hush (sheer gold with yellow gold pearl), Purring (sheer tangerine with pearl), and Tread Gently (soft lime green with yellow pearl).

  • Hot ‘n’ Saucy is a watermelon pink once applied. It looks cherry red in the pot, but when it’s applied, it really just provides lips with a tint of red. Hourglass Primal looks similar when applied. Urban Decay Red Light is a bit similar but settles into lines more.
  • Hush, Hush is a golden beige with gold shimmer. There’s no real color, but it adds champagne and gold shimmer and a glossy sheen. A warm sheer gloss will provide similar color, so there are lots of dupes.
  • Purring is a sheer tangerine orange. I have no idea why MAC Described this as having pearl, because it doesn’t appear to have any shimmer–it has the same shimmer-less look as Hot ‘n’ Saucy. On my lips, it adds warmth and gives them a peach tint. MAC Kumquat looks a bit similar but more pigmented and it has orange-gold shimmer.
  • Tread Gently is a sheer green-shimmered balm. Like Hush, Hush, there’s no real color, just pastel green shimmer. I think the only shade that’s really going to be similar that I can think of is MAC Spring Bean, which may be a little more yellowing.

Tendertones have SPF 12 and are supposed to combine the glossiness of a gloss with the moisture of a lip balm. MAC describes their scent as “strawberry-kiwi.” It’s very, very sweet, and a little too synthetic for me, but it’s a sweet, fruit-based scent. The texture is like a gel-like balm that glides across lips easily and smoothes out if you press your lips together. It’s non-sticky, and these wore for three hours or less on me. I tried wearing some of these to bed, but they didn’t wear long enough so I woke up with slightly parched lips. They feel good when they’re applied, and they aren’t drying; they’re hydrating while they’re on but don’t seem to have prolonged benefits from the past few days I’ve been testing them.

I’m not a big fan of lip balms that are packaged in pots–it’s better than a dysfunctional squeeze-tube that splits in your pocket–but application on-the-go is more difficult. This is a product I’d only use at home, where I could use a clean spatula or brush to take the product out and then apply it. It’s housed in a glass jar with a screw-top lid (very much like Paint Pots).

I’ve been holding off on this review, because I really wanted to give this product a few days of testing, since it’s not a formula I’ve used in years. The way I review products today is ten-fold better than I did before; the process is much more systematic and technical. They’re good, and if they were in a tube, they’d be something I’d consider using more often. Lip balm is a tough category to crack with me–it’s hard for me to get enthused about a lip balm that’s good, or even really good, because I’ve found a holy grail lip balm that keeps beating out the products I try.

One thing I do really like about these is that they’re really comfortable to wear, are moisturizing for the time they’re on and maybe a wee bit after it wears away, and they provide a little extra oomph, whether it’s a tint of color or a hint of shimmer. They’re a good, solid product.  I’ll reach for something else when I want my lips to be totally hydrated and pillow-soft, but when I want a little extra color or shimmer, I’ll definitely keep it in mind.

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One thing I do really like about these is that they're really comfortable to wear, are moisturizing for the time they're on and maybe a wee bit after it wears away, and they provide a little extra oomph, whether it's a tint of color or a hint of shimmer. They're a good, solid product. I'll reach for something else when I want my lips to be totally hydrated and pillow-soft, but when I want a little extra color or shimmer, I'll definitely keep it in mind.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 4th, 2012

MAC Vera Plushglasses
MAC Vera Plushglasses

MAC Vera: Plushglasses

The collection features four limited edition (and one permanent) shades of MAC Plushglass ($19.50 for 0.14 fl. oz.). These include: Butterfly Dream (mid-tone violet with blue pearl), Confetti (bright orange coral with soft pearl), Fashion Fanatic (creamy pale pink), On a Holiday (bright pink with blue pearl), and Pretty Plush (extra soft pink with white pearl).

I can’t wear the Plushglass formula. It’s a brutal product for me to swatch, let alone do a wear test for, because my lips simply cannot handle it. I haven’t done a wear test for these in many years, and you won’t see me doing one any time soon. Even just doing the five lip swatches was difficult to endure; I swear, the stinging factor of the Plushglasses gets higher with each release! My lips get splotchy, swollen (but not in the cute, pouty way), and if I wear these for too long, eventual peeling and bleeding. Today was a little reminiscent of the first time I tried any lip plumper, and it was DuWop’s Lip Venom. I remember being in my first apartment freaking out going, “Is it supposed to be like my lips are on fire or should I remove this?!?!”

Plushglass is non-sticky, fairly thin, and sheer. The formula is supposed to deliver sheer color with a high-gloss finish, feel comfortable to wear, while moisturizing, soothing, and visibly plumping lips. I can attest that these are non-sticky, feel thin (like Cremesheen Glasses), and deliver sheer color. They are vanilla-scented, but it is a different scent compared to the rest of MAC’s lip products; it is extremely sweet and food-like. It’s cloying and lingers. I haven’t worn these for a wear test in a long time, so it’s hard to say just how long-wearing and whether or not the formula is moisturizing. It’s definitely not soothing on me!

Since I feel like I really can’t make an accurate assessment of the product on two major factors for the rating, I’m just not issuing a rating.  I suspect that wear will be a little below average given how sheer, thin, and non-sticky the formula is, based on the hundreds of lipglosses I’ve tested over the past five years.  I know that on my lips, given that the end result is peeling, bleeding lips, hydration is probably not happening.  But realistically, my reaction is just that, and it’s certainly a more extreme one.  I mentioned it on Twitter earlier today, and several others commiserated with me, having experienced something similar with these, but since they’ve been on the market for years, I imagine the majority doesn’t have that reaction to them!

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