Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

NARS Coeur Sucre Larger Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Coeur Sucre Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Coeur Sucre Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Coeur Sucre Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering vibrant pink.” It’s a medium cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a silver-white micro-glitter/shimmer. I couldn’t think of too many shades that came close to this. MAC Vanity Fair is much lighter and has no shimmer (more like a liquid lipstick formula). NARS Angelika would be much closer, except it’s not as opaque and applies fairly streaky. MAC Sassy Lassy is darker and brighter.

The Larger Than Life formula is designed to give “intense color” with “brilliant shine” while being long-wearing. It also has moisturizing ingredients and “natural lip enhancers” that will plump lips. The consistency of Coeur Sucre isn’t too thick or too thin, and it’s not a gloss I’d call lightweight, but it doesn’t feel thick and goopy either. It has a gel-like texture initially, which is non-sticky, but after a half hour or so, it delivers a tackiness that gets rather sticky after an hour and a half (much as I experienced with Giorgio Armani Gloss d’Armani). It delivers semi-opaque color and applies surprisingly evenly for a gloss in this color–there is some minor settling into lip lines that is barely noticeable because of the high-shine finish.

Coeur Sucre wore for five and a half hours, which is longer than the average gloss wears (three to four hours; as little as two for lighter shades).  I found the formula to be hydrating–sometimes when you wear just gloss all day long, your lips can easily show signs of dehydration, but even after twelve hours of wearing the Larger Than Life formula, my lips felt lush and lovely.  I don’t see (or feel!) any plumping effect; the glossy shine does give lips a larger, more luminous appearance.

Here is what I loathe about this product–and I don’t use the word lightly–the applicator. It is like applying lipgloss with a toothpick, or nearly so. It’s just absolutely miniscule, and if you have very thin lips, I think this may be the applicator you’ve been looking for, but even you may find it takes several pumps of gloss to get enough product to cover your lips. I get that NARS is hoping this applicator will give you the precision you want, but it’s unnecessarily small. You can maneuver around the lip lines with something double the size. In order to cover my lips, I had to go back five times for color.

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Coeur Sucre

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It's not quite the "intense color" that NARS promises, and the applicator is too small--it makes applying this a more painstaking process than it should be. I think there is a happy medium available; something slightly larger (perhaps wider), that's still a bit tapered and smaller than a doe-foot gloss, could still achieve precision without taking so much time.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Guerlain Guet-Apens (167) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Guet-Apens (167) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Guet-Apens (167) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Guet-Apens (167) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a reddened berry with soft raspberry red shimmer. The color coverage is semi-opaque, but it doesn’t give the most even coverage. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue is redder. Dior Nocturne is redder and has gold shimmer. Dior Technicolor Red is redder and brighter. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is a bit darker. MAC Rebel is a bit redder and more opaque.

I wish the color applied more evenly!  Guet-Apens has the right color coverage–not totally opaque, a little translucent–for the formula, but it doesn’t want to cover evenly, which is a major bummer.  It still felt lovely going on; creamy enough to glide over lips without being slippery.  Once on, it felt lightweight and wore for four and a half hours and left behind a very subtle stain.  For more packaging photos, please see this post.

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Guet-Apens

B+
I'm usually very impressed with the Rouge Automatique line, and this is really the first shade I can remember having real trouble with. The feel and consistency is true to form, but the application is more troublesome if you want even color coverage.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Friday, March 30th, 2012

MAC Cinestyle Cremesheen Glass
MAC Cinestyle Cremesheen Glass

MAC Reel Sexy Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Reel Sexy Cremesheen Glasses ($19.50 for 0.09 fl. oz.) include these four shades: Cinestyle (mid-tone blue grey violet), Color Saturation (dark cool wine), Private Screening (mid-tone peach), and Star Quality (bright orange coral).

  • Cinestyle is a milky lilac that really settles into lip lines. The color is semi-sheer, and it’s definitely noticeable, but it just seeps into lip lines in a way I don’t see that often. MAC Vacant is a bit pinker and all shimmer. MAC Viva Glam is pinker but similar in creaminess. MAC Going Casual is pinker.  MAC Japanese Spring is just a little lighter.
  • Color Saturation is a rich berry red with purple tones. It’s surprisingly opaque–the color coverage is semi-opaque but covers well and fairly evenly without settling too much into lip lines. MAC Real Posh is more muted and has shimmer. NARS Bougainville is much redder. MAC Indigo Pink is redder and shimmery. MAC Orange Tempera is peachier. MAC Bait is lighter, shimmery. MAC Fresh Air is very similar but has shimmer. MAC It’s a Wow is similar but has shimmer.
  • Private Screening is a pinky beige with a milky finish that does settle into lip lines a bit.
  • Star Quality is a pink-red coral with semi-opaque color coverage but it settles into lip lines a lot. MAC Mango Sheen is much redder. Revlon Strawberry is redder.

The Cremesheen Glass formula is lightweight, comfortable on, creamy, and non-sticky.  The colors typically have no shimmer and deliver sheerer color, though Color Saturation and Star Quality yield quite a bit of color.  With the exception of Color Saturation, these really seemed to slither into the lines on the lips and stay there.  Cinestyle and Star Quality were the worst offenders for that.  These would be better layered over a more opaque lip color, so that you could minimize that problem.  Cremesheen Glasses only wear two hours or less on me, which is below average for a gloss.  I feel like you go through a tube rather quickly, especially since it only contains 0.09 fl. oz.  They are vanilla-scented but taste-free.

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There is just too much color settling into lip lines with this particular batch of colors--the milky, creamy look with sheer to semi-sheer color payoff rarely works, and this is often the result.

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7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

2.5/5

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Friday, March 30th, 2012

MAC Heroine Lipstick
MAC Heroine Lipstick

MAC Reel Sexy Lipsticks

There are four MAC Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) debuting with the Reel Sexy collection that will hit stores on April 5th. They are: Heroine (bright violet plum), Pink Popcorn (lavender), Reel Sexy (light bright coral), and Watch Me Simmer (bright pink-orange).

  • Heroine is a magenta purple with a near matte finish–there is just a hint of sheen in the finish. It applies opaque and smoothly, despite being a matte finish. It looks a lot like MAC Violetta, which is a smidgen darker and has shimmer. Milani Magenta Madness is quite pinker.
  • Pink Popcorn is a soft petal pink with a very subtle blue undertone. It has a lustre finish, though the color payoff is semi-opaque, actually. MAC Naughty Saute is paler, more opaque, and bluer-based. Revlon Carnation is a bit darker, less blue-based.
  • Reel Sexy is a peach-orange with a little hint of coral, but it looks more peach/orange than anything else. It has an amplified finish, but it’s a bit streaky when applied and tends to settle into lips to some degree. The color coverage is opaque. MAC Gotta Dash is similar but sheerer. Bobbi Brown Soft Coral is more orange and darker. Illamasqua Brink is very similar. YSL Peach Passion is similar.
  • Watch Me Simmer can be seen here, as it was just released in February of this year!

MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.  They typically last between three and four hours on the lips, but it largely depends on the finish. Lustre finishes wear off a little faster, between two and three hours, depending on the richness of the shade. Amplified and matte finishes tend to wear better, sometimes lasting as long as six hours. I tested out Heroine, and it lasted for over six hours and stained my lips for hours after that. Pink Popcorn only wore for three hours, and it did leave my lips feeling chapped, as lustres often do.

Because Watch Me Simmer was in such high-demand when it first launched this past February, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was one of the first lipsticks to sell out.  Heroine may also catch peoples eye, because it is purplish.

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Pink Popcorn

B+
Because Watch Me Simmer was in such high-demand when it first launched this past February, I wouldn't be surprised if it was one of the first lipsticks to sell out. Heroine may also catch peoples eye, because it is purplish.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss
Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium tangerine with gold shimmer. On my lips, it gives them an orange-tint–it looks slightly darker and more like a tint than a colored gloss. There’s also a fine golden shimmer that catches light really well. Oddly enough, I couldn’t think of a perfect dupe for this. It’s sheer yet tinted enough that it adds color and hue to my lips that reads as natural as it could ever be. Do you have any suggestions for a dupe? Perhaps I am being extra forgetful!

The formula of the Sheer Brilliance Lipglosses is lightweight, non-sticky, moisturizing, and for such a sheer gloss, rather longer-wearing. When I wore Orange Juiced, it hung on for three and a half hours and didn’t get sticky over time (which is something I’ve noticed happens with some of the longer-wearing lipglosses out there). This is also a nicely moisturizing formula that leaves lips feeling softer after it wears away than when it was initially applied!  The texture is wonderfully lightweight without being terribly thin; it’s comfortable to wear and gives off a healthy shine.  There was no scent or taste that I could detect.

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Orange Juiced

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A lovely gloss formula that's comfortable to wear, moisturizing, and lightweight. It's part of a formula that's supposed to be sheerer, so if you're looking for a more opaque gloss, consider their Lip Cremes instead.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, March 26th, 2012

Burberry Tulip Pink Lipstick
Burberry Tulip Pink Lipstick

Burberry Tulip Pink Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a light-medium rosy beige-pink. It’s a little mauve, pink, and beige all rolled into one interesting color. Bobbi Brown Miami Coral is more orange, warmer. Chanel Candeur is much lighter, paler. Clarins Lilac Pink is a bit more lilac. Estee Lauder Night Bloom is similar but sheerer. It’s a flattering neutral pink that doesn’t lean too warm or too cool. It should complement a range of skin tones and complexions. You could wear it for work or paired with a more dramatic eye.

Tulip Pink has opaque color coverage, and though this formula often has a more luminous finish, this particular shade has a creamier look and feel with a natural shine but to a lesser degree compared to other shades (like recently reviewed Primrose Hill Pink). It’s still moisturizing, and while the consistency is a touch thicker, it doesn’t feel heavy and still sits on the lips well. This shade wore for three and a half hours.

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Tulip Pink

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It's a flattering neutral pink that doesn't lean too warm or too cool. It should complement a range of skin tones and complexions. You could wear it for work or paired with a more dramatic eye.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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