Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Kat von D Adora Lipstick

Go Metallic Red with Kat Von D

Kat Von D Adora Painted Love Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.11 oz.) is new-for-fall, and it looks like it’s already sold out online. I just received this from Sephora as part of their holiday offerings, so I was quite surprised to find it missing in action online! It looks like this may be a shade you’ll have to pick up from your local Sephora–if they still have it. It is a stunning shade of bright metallic red. It is an absolutely stunning shade of holiday red; it’s got a metallic-chrome shine that makes the color glow under light.

The shade itself is rich and opaque, needing just one layer for full color coverage. On me, it seems barely blue-based, but generally, I think this would be a very flattering shade on both cooler and warmer skin tones. When I wore it, I got five hours of wear, and it didn’t dry out my lips. Since it has some matte in its finish, it can accentuate dryness if you have cracked or peeling lips.

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

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re a fan of fun holiday reds like me, this is one worth calling your local Sephora about!

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Illamasqua Welt Lipstick
Illamasqua Welt Lipstick

Illamasqua Welt Lipstick

Illamasqua Welt Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright fuchsia pink with a blue base. There is a subtle iridescent shimmer-sheen to the matte finish, too–it’s not a frost, but it’s not quite a sheen. It’s a rich, opaque color that really clings to lips, but the formula does not pull moisture out. Illamasqua’s Lipstick formula feels a little dry when applied, but let it warm up on your lips, because it really isn’t the drying kind. It does hug the lips, though, which makes it a much longer wearing lipstick (six hours or more).

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If you're looking for long-wearing, matte finishes, you may like Illamasqua's lipsticks.  I do not recommend them for those with chapped, cracked, or peeling lips, though.
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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Bobbi Brown Hollywood Red Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Hollywood Red Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Hollywood Red Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Hollywood Red Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, candy apple red with fuchsia undertones and scarlet red micro-shimmer. It’s rich and opaque, and the color is nearly traffic-stopping. This pink-based red makes wearing a cooler red easier for those with warmer skin tones while still brightening teeth.

Bobbi Brown’s Lip Colors are scent- and taste-free. With a vibrant shade like this, I easily get four hours of wear, but it usually extends to five or six. Many of the shades from the Lip Color range are incredibly rich in pigmentation–lots of creamy, opaque shades to go around, and Hollywood Red is no exception. It’s a new shade for the holidays, but it’s also sticking around (aka it’s not limited edition).

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

RECOMMENDATION: If you love a rich, vibrant shade of red, Hollywood Red is exactly that!

AVAILABILITY: Bobbi Brown

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Monday, November 29th, 2010

Guerlain Grenade Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Grenade Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick: Grenade

Guerlain Grenade (65) Rouge G Lipstick ($46.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened raspberry pink with soft pink micro-shimmer and a glossy sheen. True to the Rouge G formula, the color itself is opaque without being heavy. With such a rosy hue, it works well with cooler skin tones, but since it doesn’t have strong blue undertones, it flatters warmer skin tones, too. It applies evenly and smoothly, with rich color delivered in a single pass.

The first dupe I could think of was Dior Raspberry Serum de Rouge, which is more muted and less pink, but I think it may be close enough for those wanting a more palatable price tag.  Chanel Rouge Orage Rouge Coco is also similar but pulls almost coral in comparison.

Rouge Gs are pricey, mostly due to the fancy packaging, which includes a heavy metal case, with a top that slides off and flips open to reveal a mirror. Though I’ve heard about refills “coming soon,” I’ve yet to see them come through (it would be nice!). The lipstick formula is one of my favorites–so soft and smooth, rich in color, moisturizing on its own, and lasts four to six hours (lighter shades closer to four, darker shades closer to six). They do have a fruit-floral scent (but no taste), which is a bit heavy-handed, so for those who are more sensitive to scents, you may want to see if it is one you like first.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Grenade gives lips a pop of color without being in-your-face. It’s bright and opaque, but it’s still very easy to wear.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Make Up For Ever #44 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
Make Up For Ever #44 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

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Make Up For Ever #44 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich shade of neutral-cool red–a shade that’s just a hint blue but so close to neutral. This is a shimmer-free red that still has a slight sheen, so it’s not matte either. There is plenty of color pay off in a single layer, and between the formula and the richness of the hue, it stays on my lips for six hours with ease.

The Rouge Artist Intense formula is typically opaque, and while it’s not a moisturizing lipstick, it’s not a drying one either, though it does not feel creamy against the lips (it may take a little more pressure to apply than your average lipstick). With lighter shades, I see four hours of wear, but with richer or darker shades like #44, I get as much as six.

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

RECOMMENDATION: For cooler and warmer skin tone, this is a nice shade of red that’s bright without being traffic-stopping.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Estee Lauder Star Pink Pure Color Gloss
Estee Lauder Star Pink Pure Color Gloss

Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss: Star Pink

Estee Lauder Star Pink Pure Color Gloss ($20.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a milky pale pink with fine golden shimmer. It’s described as a “cool light lilac,” and it swatches that way on my arm, but on my lips, it ends up looking a lot pinker. I could see the lilac being pulled out if your lips are naturally cooler or paler.

Pure Color Glosses have a sponge-tipped applicator, and they are all fig-scented (as the majority of Estee Lauder’s lip products are), which is a slightly sweetened fruit scent. This gloss is just barely tacky; I hate to say it has any tackiness, but there is a touch there. I get about two to three hours of wear, which is average, and I don’t find these glosses to be drying either.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’s a nice gloss, and with so many shades to choose from, if this particular shade of pink isn’t up your alley, you may find another one that is.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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