Friday, February 25th, 2011

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick: Bare Again, Behave Yourself, Can’t Get Enough, Can’t Resist, Full Speed

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a brand new (but permanent) range of lipsticks. According to MAC, the lipstick has strong, saturated color but comes with a modern glossed sheen, and these are moisturizing (but without tackiness). With fourteen shades in the line-up, I’ve split up them up into three parts, to control the volume of photos being downloaded per load. This post includes: Bare Again (pinky neutral beige), Behave Yourself (light blue pink), Can’t Get Enough (beige neutral), Can’t Resist (golden purplish red), and Full Speed (bright clean yellow pink).

  • Bare Again is an opaque, pinked-kissed beige with a semi-gloss finish. It is rosier than Cherish; slightly lighter than Kinda Sexy; more opaque version of Hug Me.
  • Behave Yourself is a semi-opaque, cool-toned cotton candy pink with white shimmer. This looks a little patchy and uneven on me, no matter how much I tried to get it to look soft and smooth, it just didn’t quite get there. It seems most similar to Snob but the finish is different.
  • Can’t Get Enough is a semi-opaque, white shimmered peached brown with a semi-gloss finish. It seems like a lighter version of Sweet Ever After.
  • Can’t Resist is a semi-opaque, gold shimmered berried red. It’s not quite as red as Fresh Moroccan but seems similar. It also reminded me of Rose Maiden a little.
  • Full Speed is an opaque, brightened, watermelon coral pink. It reminded me of Red full Stop (Trend F/W ’09). Perhaps if Lustering and Vegas Volt had a baby, it would look something like this.

my thoughts on the formula: Sheen Supremes are light to medium-weight lipsticks that provide some moisturization and wear for three to five hours (lighter shades like Bare Again go for three, while deeper shades like New Temptation hang on for five). Some of shades seem to settle into lip lines a bit, and as they wear and fade, settle even more into lip lines. These have a part-shine, part-gloss finish, though it is more sheen and shine than a truly glossy finish. They are vanilla-scented.

Interesting enough, these actually contain more product than regular MAC lipsticks (0.10 oz. vs. 0.12 oz.), but they are the same price. The packaging is obviously different–cylindrical, glossy black tubes with caps that close with a “click.” The glossy finish will hold fingerprints, though. If you remember the packaging from MAC’s Prolongwear Lipstick line, these are just like those, except with a glossy finish. Going back a few years, Mattenes and Slimshines had a similar relationship; these were both packaged in skinny, cylindrical tubes, and the Mattenes had a matte black finish while Slimshines had a glossy pewter-black finish.

This brings us to the inevitable comparison of the new Sheen Supremes against Slimshines. Personally, I don’t really feel these are like Slimshines. I even dug out an old Slimshine (Kissable), to see if perhaps I remembered the formula inaccurately, but no, the Slimshine was just as I remembered–very creamy, thicker, and incredibly glossy. Sheen Supremes are more like the middle ground between MAC Amplified Cremes and Slimshines–if I had to somehow force these into a box. Slimshines just had a plushier feel and look–really glossy, juicy looking finishes–and Sheen Supreme doesn’t get quite as glossy. I think the change in glossiness might be that modern take MAC was going for.

Slimshines were also amazingly moisturizing, but I still find myself needing a little balm after wearing Sheen Supremes for a few hours. I do think the Sheen Supreme formula is moisturizing, but it is not the most moisturizing formula I’ve tried. My lips feel a little dry after these wear off, which is to be expected after four to six hours of wear, but the most moisturizing lipsticks leave your lips feeling moisturizing during and at the end. With my lips in a relatively healthy state, these are plenty moisturizing enough for my needs, but if you have really dry, cracked, or chapped lips, you may still need to layer balm underneath.

The Glossover

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MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

B+

I like them overall, and I think the shade range presents a good mix of neutral and everyday with a few bolder shades thrown in for good measure. They won’t be displacing my favorite lipsticks, but they are a welcome addition to MAC’s permanent range.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, February 24th, 2011

MAC Jeanius Lipglasses
MAC Jeanius Lipglasses: Docile, Indigo Pink, Painted On

MAC Jeanius: Lipglasses

MAC Jeanius Lipglasses ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) come in three shades: Docile (chrome pink peach with gold), Indigo Pink (deep burgundy with blue pearl), and Painted On (grayish beige with gold pearl).

  • Docile is a semi-sheer, pale, blue-based pink with pink and gold shimmer. This is a repromote from Fabulous Felines. It is similar to Cultured, though a lighter–you could mix in Oyster Girl and get pretty close.
  • Indigo Pink is a semi-opaque, rich red-berry with magenta shimmer. It seems a little less red than Pop Mode (and a bit more opaque).
  • Painted On is a semi-sheer beige-tinted gloss with white and gold shimmer. It is similar to Lustrewhite.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipglasses are vanlla-scented, and they are typically thick and sticky. However, because of their tackiness, they do tend to wear better and longer (four hours for me).

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: The shades coordinate with the lipsticks, but they can easily be layered in any combination, of course.  If you like more pigmented glosses, Indigo Pink is one to consider, while if you prefer sheerer shades, both Docile and Painted On fit the bill.

where to buy: MAC Cosmetics, March 3rd, 2011

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Thursday, February 24th, 2011

MAC Jeanius Lipsticks
MAC Jeanius Lipsticks: Acid Washed, Pretty Please, Riveting Rose

MAC Jeanius: Lipsticks

MAC Jeanius Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) come in three shades: Acid Washed (grayish beige with gold pearl), Pretty, Please (pale pink pearl), and Riveting Rose (deep burgundy with blue pearl).

  • Acid Washed is more shimmer than it is color; the base seems nearly clear to me, while it has pale white and gold-tinged white shimmer, plus a slight pink iridescence. It has a glaze finish. It is similar to Tanarama, just less beige.
  • Pretty, Please is a frosted pale pink with white shimmer that goes on semi-sheer. It has a lustre finish, and it is part of the permanent range.
  • Riveting Rose is a rich red-berry with purple and plum frost. It has a frost finish. It’s similar to Hang Up, but it is more berry (less red).

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. I typically get four hours of wear, but some of the lighter lustre and glaze finishes tend to disappear by hour three. Amplified cremes and amplified finishes, however, tend to go beyond four. I find the formula, overall, comfortable to wear and not drying (but not moisturizing–a couple of the matte shades can be drying).

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: If you like layering lip products, you may find both Acid Washed and Pretty, Please fun shades to work with.  Acid Washed more so than Pretty, Please, have clearer bases and lots of shimmer.  They’re both true to their formula (sheer, shimmery), so you can’t fault them for that.

where to buy: MAC Cosmetics, March 3rd, 2011

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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Estee Lauder Wild Blossom Pure Color Lipstick
Estee Lauder Wild Blossom Pure Color Lipstick

Estee Lauder Wild Violet Collection: Wild Blossom

Estee Lauder Wild Blossom Pure Color Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium pink-beige with soft, pale gold micro-shimmer hidden within a creamy finish. It’s opaque on my lips, and the lightness of the color does make it seem creamier than other shades from this launch.

my thoughts on the formula: The coverage is excellent, and it feels lightweight despite its pigmentation. It’s also more moisturizing than your average lipstick, which makes it comfortable to wear. I get about five hours of wear with this shade in particular, because it is more pigmented. Estee Lauder’s lipsticks are scented with a lightly sweetened fig but are taste-free to me.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: This is a nice shade that can be worn everyday and paired with any eye or cheek–whether it’s bold and smoky or soft and neutral.

where to buy: Nordstrom

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Hourglass Primal Extreme Sheen Lipgloss
Hourglass Primal Extreme Sheen Lipgloss

Hourglass Primal Extreme Sheen Lipgloss

Hourglass Primal Extreme Sheen Lipgloss ($28.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a plum-tinged red with soft gold shimmer. It’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque on lips; close-up, it looks sheerer, but from further away, it seems to give the illusion of more coverage. It has the same rich texture of the other Extreme Sheen lipglosses, but this is the sheerest I’ve come across so far.

my thoughts on the formula: It is such a rich, luxurious gloss that applies nicely and doesn’t settle much into lips, given its darker and sheerer color. The formula is thick without being goopy, non-sticky, and very moisturizing. I get three to four hours of wear. There is a light, sweet scent–reminiscent of perhaps creme brulee–that doesn’t feel overwhelming nor smell synthetic.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: The sheerer, darker color of this gloss makes it slightly more difficult to ensure an even layer. It’s interesting to see how many different finishes are found within the Extreme Sheen line-up, though. Wish they’d put more in each tube, though–0.12 oz. is below average.

where to buy: Hourglass

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Monday, February 21st, 2011

NARS Nana Lipgloss
NARS Nana Lipgloss

NARS Spring 2011: Nana

NARS Nana Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a blackened plum that applies semi-opaque. It is still quite dark, but it is nowhere near as dark applied as it appears in the tube (which almost photographs black!). Though I really liked the color itself, and it gave a rather stained glass look to lips, it isn’t so easy to work with by itself. I would recommend layering it over a lipstick or lip liner in order to minimize the gloss settling into lip lines. I also found that if you touch your lips together at all, it really moved the gloss around and made it look blotchy.

my thoughts on the formula: The texture of this particular gloss felt so different from other NARS’ Lipglosses, it was rather sticky. It wasn’t thick like holiday’s Downtown, but I still found this gloss rather tacky, while other NARS glosses are non-sticky (and it is a trait that these lipglosses are known for). In the past, NARS glosses have had plastic-y smells, but I haven’t noticed this in the latest seasonal launches, including Nana.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: If you don’t mind some prep work (like lip liner) or layering (over a lipstick), I think it’s a nice shade. It should suit both cooler and warmer skin tones, though it is naturally cool toned. It is a more high-maintenance kind of lip color, unfortunately!

where to buy: NARS

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