Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers

For summer, there are four shades of Tom Ford Lip Color Sheers ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) to choose from, but note that Paradiso and Sweet Spot are repromotes, as they were released last summer as well. The formula is supposed to give a “lustrous sheen of color” and be hydrating. Some shades are sheerer while others are nearly opaque but appear less “heavy” compared to the regular Lip Color formula. In general, they have less shine and more color than the Lip Color Shines. The formula has a vanilla scent but no discernible taste.

Tom Ford Paradiso Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy, lightweight texture that glided on easily. It wore well for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Rose Soleil Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, plummy brown with lighter gold and pink shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a soft shine. The underlying color seemed to apply a bit unevenly, though the shimmer distributed better. It lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. It was surprisingly similar to Bittersweet, just lighter and less brown-based. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Skinny Dip Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a pinky-peach base with lots of gold shimmer that gives it a more metallic sheen. The texture is a little thin and not as emollient as I’d like, so the finish was as luminous with this shade compared to the other three. It had semi-sheer coverage with mostly shimmer coming through. It stayed on for three hours and was a lightly moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tom Ford Sweet Spot Lip Color Sheer ($50.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft shimmer-sheen finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that glided on fairly evenly and smoothly. It seemed a bit less glossy compared to the tube I have from last summer. It wore well for four hours and was moderately hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — Nordstrom now has the collection up for pre-order.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Urban Decay 69 Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
Urban Decay 69 Revolution High-Color Lipgloss

Urban Decay 69 Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. The consistency was light-medium in weight with a smooth, almost gel-like feel that spread easily across the lips. It developed tackiness as it wore on, and it was moderately tacky by the end of wear. The color had semi-opaque coverage that went on evenly overall, and it lasted for five and a half hours with some hydration. Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Victoriana (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is more muted. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is similar. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Assassin Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink with glitter.” It’s a brightened, pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and pink and gold shimmer. It had somewhat opaque coverage, where there was noticeable color, but a lot of the lip color still came through. It wasn’t as pigmented as expected, and the opacity didn’t seem to be offset by an increase in shimmer (which can sometimes create the illusion of coverage). It sank into lip lines just slightly after a few hours of wear, but the texture is forgiving enough where you can smooth out the color by pressing your lips together. On me, it wore well for five hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn. Bite Beauty Seven (Watercolor) (LE) is lighter, no shimmer. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, cooler-toned. MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery. MAC Kinky (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery. NARS Burning Love (LE, $26.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. Sephora Collection Red Glow (P, $13.00) is less glossy. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. NYX Sunrise (P, $4.99) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Brickhouse Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark brick-red.” It’s a muted, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and wore well for six hours. The formula was comfortable to wear, though sticky, and hydrating over time. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is more muted, lighter. MAC Viva Glam I (LE, $15.00) is browner. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss
Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss

Urban Decay Punch Drunk Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, though there was still some translucency to it so the natural lip color will peek through (I could see it turning redder on some as a result). It went on smoothly and evenly, and the gloss wore well for almost six hours and was lightly hydrating over time. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Ablaze (LE, $15.00) is similar. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) is similar. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is less red. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Quiver Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium rose-pink.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark raspberry pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had nearly full color coverage with a very light translucency that could only be seen in some light. The color went on evenly, and though I could see a tiny bit in my lip lines, the depth and shine made it hard to notice from a normal viewing distance. The color stayed on well for almost six hours and was moderately hydrating. This shade was surprisingly difficult to dupe due to its opacity. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $22.00) is darker, more shimmery. Maybelline Opalescent Orchid (515) (P, $8.99) is sheerer. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is redder, warmer. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is sheerer, less glossy. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

ColourPop In Bloom Set
ColourPop In Bloom Set

ColourPop In Bloom Set ($39.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes three cheek colors and three lipsticks released in collaboration with Jamie Greenberg. It’s an assortment of brightened takes on spring shades, and it seems like a little preview of the brand’s upcoming cream highlighters (they’ve teased about them on Instagram) with Double Dip. All six products performed good to great, were easy to apply, and lasted a nice length of time. I think a lot of the shades included are on the more dupable side, but the silver lining is that this is a more affordable way to get a lot of those higher-end similar shades, though they have to be purchased as a set. I hope we’ll see some shades get added to the permanent range!

Double Dip is described as a “soft peach with subtle highlights with a satin pearl finish.” It’s a champagne beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was lightly creamy–a little more emollient than most of their cheek colors–and was easy to blend on the skin, but the more velvety, clay-like formula (generally) made it appear as a subtle sheen on the skin, rather than full-on frost. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Hysterical is described as a “cool-toned plum pink with a matte finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to fully opaque, depending on whether you applied with fingertips (as recommended for full coverage) or a stippling brush (as recommended for light coverage). The texture was velvety and smooth, and it blended nicely on the skin while wearing for nine hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Tongue Tied is described as a “bright warm coral with a matte finish.” It’s a vibrant, coral-orange with warm, reddish undertones and a satin shimmer. I’m not sure why it’s described as matte, because there is definitely a fine shimmer running through it that gives the skin a natural sheen (but doesn’t emphasize pores). It had good color payoff that was opaque when applied with fingertips and more semi-sheer to semi-opaque when applied with a brush (depending on your choice of brush). The color wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Frenemie is described as an “electric warm-toned coral with a cream finish.” It’s a bold, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a soft, creamy finish with a light shine. It had almost cull color coverage that applied fairly evenly and smoothly. The texture had more slip than some of the other shades in this formula have had for me. The lipstick glided on without tugging and wore well for five hours. It was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Freshman is described as a “deep hot pink with a cream finish.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The texture was light-medium in thickness with a moderate amount of slip, which gave it that really opaque coverage that was still creamy and very wet-looking. It wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, but I had a little bit of feathering after four hours of wear. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Sweet-Thing is described as a “cool-toned medium true pink with a cream finish.” It’s a lightly muted, medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color stayed on for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time. The texture was slightly thicker but held in place without sliding around. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Urban Decay Big Bang, Vice, Bittersweet, Liar, Failbait Revolution High-Color Lipglosses
Urban Decay Big Bang, Vice, Bittersweet, Liar, Failbait Revolution High-Color Lipglosses

Urban Decay Failbait Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light neutral pink.” It’s a medium pink with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It is semi-sheer with a light-medium weight consistency that feels smooth and creamy. The formula is non-sticky initially but gets tacky as it wears. This shade lasted for four hours on me and was lightly hydrating, but it applied unevenly and settled into lip lines slightly. Bite Beauty Ten (Watercolor) (LE) is darker. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Hoop (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is similar. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is more opaque, less glossy. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Kinky Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a muted, medium peach-brown with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It was mostly opaque and applied evenly, but some of it gathered in lip lines. The high gloss finish coupled with the pigmentation seemed to minimize how apparent that was in person (from a normal viewing distance). This shade wore well for five hours on me and was moderately hydrating. Chanel Sensuel (11) (P, $34.00) is warmer, sheerer. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is darker. MAC Overspiced (LE, $15.00) is a smidgen lighter. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is more muted. Chanel Genie (P, $32.00) is sheerer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Urban Decay Liar Revolution High-Color Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium pink-nude.” It’s a rosy brown with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had almost full color coverage that applied evenly and very minimal settling into lip lines (which wasn’t noticeable except up-close and didn’t worsen over time). The color stayed on well for five hours, while the formula was hydrating. Urban Decay Kinky (P, $22.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Satisfaction (214) (P, $28.00) is darker. Maybelline Charming Cocoa (125) (LE) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Bite Beauty Watercolor Lipgloss Library
Bite Beauty Watercolor Lipgloss Library

Bite Beauty Watercolor Lipgloss Library ($49.00 for 12 x 0.05 oz. / 0.60 oz. total) is a set of twelve lipglosses “inspired by watercolor’s ethereal beauty.” The gloss formula is supposed to be sheer and hydrating. The pigmentation actually varies a lot within the set; some shades are sheer, others are more semi-opaque and almost opaque at times. The formula is medium-thick, very tacky, and has a citrus-like scent but no discernible taste to me. I think the set has a lovely presentation, but the formula is all over the place, and inconsistency is one of the worst things to find in a range. Some shades went on smoothly and evenly, while others were streaky, clung to any and all imperfections, and looked messy applied. I found the majority to be so tacky that it was difficult to spread out the gloss across the lips without pulling at the lip. I wish more brands would describe their colors individually, and use descriptors like “sheer” and “full coverage” to indicate colors that are a little different than the standard shade in the formula. This set was a total miss for me, and I really wish I could have said otherwise.

One (Watercolor) is a pale, light yellow that almost has a green tinge. It had a creamy, glossy finish with a heavier consistency that still managed to settle into every single line on my lips. It had sheer pigmentation but applied horribly. It lasted for three hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Two (Watercolor) is is a very light pink with cool, blue-gray undertones and a cream finish. It was semi-opaque, but it settles into lip lines and almost “clumps” at times. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating, but it progressively settled into lip lines as it wore. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Three (Watercolor) is a muted, light-medium pink with gray tones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that went on somewhat evenly–better than the previous two–but still looked a bit streaky. It wore well for three hours and was lightly hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Four (Watercolor) is a brightened, light-medium purple lavender with cool undertones and a cream finish. It’s such a shame–it is such a cool color that you don’t see often, yet it applies so poorly, with streaky, uneven color that migrates into lip lines from the initial application and simply worsens as it wears for the next three hours. At least it was a little hydrating! See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Five (Watercolor) is a light, minty green with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It had sheer coverage on the lips, but it was thicker and milky enough where it tended to sit in lip lines, though it wasn’t as bad as some of the other shades. It wore well for two and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Six (Watercolor) is a brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. This was far from sheer, as it was nearly opaque on the lips. It applied fairly evenly and smoothly with only a little bit of gloss getting into the lip lines. The gloss itself lasted for almost six hours on, but it did pull into lip lines towards the last two hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Seven (Watercolor) is a brightened red with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was moderately hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Eight (Watercolor) is is a muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage that went on smoothly for the most part. It lasted for four hours and was hydrating. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nine (Watercolor) is a pink-tinted berry with subtle, warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it didn’t apply evenly. It looked splotchy on me, though it lasted for four hours and was moisturizing. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Ten (Watercolor) is a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. This shade had semi-opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly and stayed on for four and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Eleven (Watercolor) is a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–you can tell there’s still some translucency, but it appears more opaque to the eye at a glance because it is so bright, I think. It applied evenly for the most part, but the application could still have been better. The color lasted for five hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Twelve (Watercolor) is a medium-dark purple with a hint of pink and a cream finish. It had sheer coverage, but it looked so uneven/blotchy on the lips. It lasted for three hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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