Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Milani Bing Cherry Lipstick
Milani Bing Cherry Lipstick

Try Out a Subdued Red!

Milani Bing Cherry Lipstick ($4.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a subdued cherry red–it’s like a sheer cherry red but it’s actually opaque on lips. There’s still the brightness of a cherry red, but I think this is a much tamer way to wear one if full-on cherry red is too much for you. It seems like it has a pinkness to it, but when worn, it seems a little more of a coral-red. It’s definitely an interesting color, though. I’m curious to hear what others who own think!

Milani’s Color Perfect Lipstick is a creamy, moisturizing formula with opaque color coverage. It does have a rather a synthetic/waxy scent, though, which may be too much for those with sensitive sniffers. I typically get three to four hours of wear on average with this formula.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Consider Bing Cherry if you’ve always wanted to wear red but never wanted to go for a full blown in-your-face kind of red.

AVAILABILITY: Milani

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

NARS Petit Monstre Lipstick
NARS Petit Monstre Lipstick

NARS Holiday 2010: Petit Monstre Lipstick

NARS Petit Monstre Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened coral-red with subtle copper shimmer. This shade is a limited edition hue featured in NARS’ Holiday collection. It is similar to MAC Rose Maiden (which seems a little brighter), MAC Thrills Lipstick (which has a much more obvious and reflective copper-gold sheen). It really is a beautiful shade, and it is particularly flattering on neutral and warmer skin tones, but the subtle copper shimmer makes it a shade that can be worn by cooler skin tones, too.

NARS Lipstick typically wears four to six hours, with a shade like this lasting about five. It has a creamier texture that’s moisturizing, and this particular shade is more opaque (some shades can be quite sheer). I didn’t notice any waxy scent, as NARS lipsticks are typically unscented but may have the waxy base come through.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is such a great fall/winter lip, and it can even work well for summer trends, too–because a little gold gloss can really brighten it up and make it a perfect summer coral.

AVAILABILITY: NARS

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

NARS Downtown Lipgloss
NARS Downtown Lipgloss

NARS Holiday 2010: Downtown

NARS Downtown Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a darkened mauve-plum with brightened fuchsia-plum shimmer. It has a high gloss shine, and it is surprisingly thick. I actually found this gloss to be rather thick and tacky, while NARS’ Lipglosses are known for their non-sticky texture. Stickiness aside, I really loved this shade–it seemed different than the usual plums. I loved that it was opaque, but the shimmer and shine almost made it seem metallic when worn.

The texture of this particular gloss felt so different from other NARS’ Lipglosses; the stickiness was one thing, but this was very thick, too.  I don’t mind a tacky gloss myself, but if non-sticky is a must-have, I would pass on this or else try it in-store first.  I did not notice any scent (plastic, wax, or otherwise), though.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you can handle very tacky gloss, this is a color worth checking out. It’s flattering on both warm and cool skin tones as well as paler and darker skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: NARS

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Monday, December 6th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Does Coral for Fall

Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan (237) Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant coral with a softer orange undertone–it’s almost a true coral. It has a creamy finish and feel accompanied by a glossy shine. It applies easily and evenly with opaque color in a single layer. This shade would be flattering on warmer skin tones, especially those with yellow undertones.

I get an average of four hours of wear with Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Cream Lipsticks, and I find them comfortable to wear, but I would not describe them as moisturizing (but not drying either). All Dolce & Gabbana’s lipsticks are heavily rose-scented, and I do consider them some of the heaviest scented products I’ve come across. If you aren’t keen on roses, you may find these too strong.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Though it feels like a color that is really more suited for summer, Dolce & Gabbana seem to think otherwise, which gives me an excuse to rock coral even as the temperatures drop.  This is a shade that would work best on warmer skin tones, even better on darker skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: Saks

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Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Shiseido PK 327 Lipstick
Shiseido PK327 Lipstick

Going Natural: Shiseido PK327 Lipstick

Shiseido Tender (PK327) Perfect Rouge Sheer Lip Color ($25.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a beautiful petal pink with yellow undertones. Despite being part of Shiseido’s “Sheer” line, it adds quite a bit of pink to my natural lip color, plus a glossy shine. It’s by no means opaque, but the color itself is definitely there. It’s moisturizing and applies evenly, though it wears for about three hours before beginning to fade. It is also scent- and taste-free.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For a soft, everyday kind of pink, PK327 works perfectly!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Saturday, December 4th, 2010


Make Up For Ever #21 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

More Red Lipstick with Make Up For Ever

Several readers inquired whether Make Up For Ever #21 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) was a dupe for Kat Von D’s Adora Lipstick yesterday, but I didn’t have it to compare then–obviously I do now! It was meant to be, I suppose, as it arrived yesterday afternoon. I knew I had to swatch and review it immediately!

It is and isn’t a dupe. It is the closest I’ve seen, even after going through the Scarlet Season posts from last year, and it has some of that shimmer-metallic sheen, but the metallic finish is much stronger in Adora, which gives it a darker look. It is also glossier and less matte than Adora. The color itself is quite close, slightly brighter, but the red itself seems right there with Adora. #21 is a bright cherry red with a very slight blue base, but it doesn’t read cool when I wear it. It applies opaque in just one layer, and it wears for six hours with ease.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you can’t track down Adora, you might find comfort in #21.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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