Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

MAC Budding Love Lipstick
MAC Budding Love Lipstick

MAC Chen Man Love & Water Collection: Lipsticks

There are two limited edition MAC Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) in the new Love & Water Collection: Budding Love (pale lavender) and Force of Love (vivid honeysuckle pink).

Budding Love is a blue-based lilac-pink with a lustre finish. The color coverage is semi-opaque; if you want a really sheer tint of color, it’s possible, as the color is buildable from sheer to semi-opaque. MAC Dress It Up is pinker. MAC All Styled Up is lighter. MAC Vanity Fair is brighter. MAC Pink Friday is brighter and a little lighter. MAC I Like It Like That is similar but a smidgen brighter.

Force of Love is a bright coral-pink with a hint of orange and has a matte finish. It has opaque color coverage. MAC Watch Me Simmer is similar but more orange. Laura Mercier Evening Pink is pinker. MAC Fusion Pink is much darker and redder. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is darker and redder. OCC Trollop is slightly less pink.

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no noticeable taste in my experience.  The wear depends on the formula and depth of the shade.  In general, I find lustres shorter-wearing (two to three hours) and a bit drying over time, while mattes are longer-wearing (five to six hours) and are neither drying nor moisturizing.  Force of Love is a creamier matte and doesn’t drag or pull on the lips when applied.

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Force of Love

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I suspect Force of Love is going to sell quickly, because it's similar to Watch Me Simmer, which was a really popular product just a few weeks ago! Budding Love is similar to a lot of blue-based lilac/pink shades that have come out before, it's just a little sheerer.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Rich Color Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Rich Color Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Gold Rich Color Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink with gold pearl.” It’s a light pink with more shimmer than color–and lots of pale gold, beige, and gold shimmer paired with a high gloss sheen. It’s a lot like other peach/pink and gold shimmered glosses, including Hourglass Imagine, Cle de Peau #2, NARS Orgasm, NARS Super Orgasm, Chanel Bonbon, and Chanel Pin-up — though Bobbi Brown’s is decidedly pinker.

Bobbi Brown describes this formulas as having “the full color coverage of a lipstick” but with “The shine of a gloss.” It’s also supposed to “moisturize, condition, and last throughout the day without feathering.” The coverage is semi-opaque, mostly due to the high shimmer content rather than a lot of color in the gloss base itself, but it’s definitely not full coverage. It has a thin-like consistency that spreads evenly and easily, so it’s not too thin, but it’s not thick at all. The texture is non-sticky and only somewhat balm-like–it has more slip than your average balm. I was able to wear Rose Gold for three hours before it needed a touch-up, and afterward, my lips still felt hydrated. Like the brand’s other glosses, it is mint-scented.

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Pink Gold

B+
It's a gorgeous gloss, just not as opaque as the brand describes it as, so if you don't mind that, it's totally worth a look. It should be stunning layered over deeper lipsticks, especially reds and berries.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “nectar.” It looks surprisingly orange in the tube, and even still when swatched (but to a lesser degree), but it’s much pinker on the lips. I actually went back and swatched this just prior to writing out the review, because I was like, “What? This doesn’t look right!” It’s more like a pink coral with warm, yellow undertones once applied. MAC Flamingo is less opaque, less creamy-looking and a touch darker. Chanel Flirt is similar but a little less pale. MAC Blossom Culture is several shades pinker. MAC Ever Hip is similar but a touch less pink.

Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color formula is touted as long-wearing, moisturizing, and have “pure, crisp color.”  When it first came out, I was pleasantly surprised; it’s a creamy yet lightweight lipstick that glides on easily and delivers opaque color coverage with very little product.  It’s also hydrating enough that lips don’t feel dry after four to eight hours of wear.  Not all shades wear the same, as lighter shades tend to fade away after four hours or so, while more intense shades (like a red) can wear six hours or longer.  Miami Coral managed to make it four hours when I trialed it.

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Miami Coral

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Miami Coral is a great shade for both spring and summer--it will be an awesome transitional shade, too. Because it's not too orange or too pink, both cool and warm complexions should find this wearable.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “raspberry pink.” It’s a lightened raspberry pink with a creamy finish (no shimmer) and opaque color coverage. Chanel Destinee is similar but a little darker, touch more red in it. MAC Deliciously Forbidden is deeper, darker. MAC Positively Dashing is darker, less bright. MAC Red Dwarf is much darker. Milani Sexy Rose is darker, redder, and frosted. Bobbi Brown Rose Blossom is darker. Bobbi Brown Plum Rose is darker and redder. The last two are similar, though.

I’m a huge fan of Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color–the formula really resonated with me when it initially debuted. The formula is supposed to be long-wearing, moisturizing, and yield “pure, crisp color.” It’s a lightweight lipstick with rich, opaque color payoff. The look is creamy, but there’s not too much slip once applied yet it applies easily and glides over the lips for full color coverage in a single pass. While not all the formula’s shades wear as long, this deeper shade wore well for just over six hours and needed a reapplication after eight hours. My lips didn’t feel dry or parched at all after the eight hours I wore this shade. This lipstick is both scent- and taste-free, which is a nice touch.

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Wild Rose

A+
I'm a huge fan of Bobbi Brown's Rich Lip Color--the formula really resonated with me when it initially debuted. The formula is supposed to be long-wearing, moisturizing, and yield "pure, crisp color." It's a lightweight lipstick with rich, opaque color payoff.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet Sheer Color Lip Gloss
Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet Sheer Color Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet Sheer Color Lip Gloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer violet pink.” It’s a sheer pop of purpled pink with cool, berry-like undertones. This formula is supposed to be sheer, so the color is just right; it’s noticeable but not dominating and lets the natural lip color come through. I couldn’t think of a perfect dupe for the color, though. Illamasqua Move has similar coloring but it’s opaque, so it looks very different.

The formula feels non-sticky initially, but there is a subtle tackiness that develops over the two-and-a-half hour wear time (which never amounts to enough tackiness to call it sticky, though).  The gloss adds a little color with a lot of shine–the real selling feature of the gloss is that juicy shine it gives off.  It has a thinner consistency, so it feels lightweight once applied to lips.  Like Bobbi Brown’s other glosses, it has a mint scent and comes in a square tube with a doe-foot applicator.

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Ultra Violet

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Having a ton of sheer glosses like this is probably unnecessary for most, but having a few in your arsenal is always a good idea. They're great to keep in your bag for a little color and shine that will go with anything, and they work well to add a glossy layer to any lipstick. Just remember: they're supposed to be sheer, so if you only like opaque glosses, this isn't designed with you in mind!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink Sheer Color Lip Gloss
Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink Sheer Color Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Pink Sheer Color Lip Gloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer neon pink.” If the formula name didn’t give it away: this gloss is designed to be sheer. It may look neon pink in the tube, but it gave my lips a tinted pink look–just a more intensified pink of my natural lip color (which looks like a corpse’s lips). Chanel Pink Pulsion is a bit more pigmented. MAC Electro Lush is more pigmented and shimmered.

The formula is mostly non-sticky, but I did detect a slight tackiness that developed over the time that I wore this shade (which lasted for just under three hours). Like the brand’s other glosses, it is mint-scented. The gloss adds a lot of shine without a lot of product; it has a lightweight look and feel–doesn’t look like you’re wearing a layer of gloss.  It’s so-so as far as hydration goes; no chapped or dried out lips post-use, but it doesn’t seem to have any moisture once it disappears.

Having a ton of sheer glosses like this is probably unnecessary for most, but having a few in your arsenal is always a good idea. They’re great to keep in your bag for a little color and shine that will go with anything, and they work well to add a glossy layer to any lipstick. Just remember: they’re supposed to be sheer, so if you only like opaque glosses, this isn’t designed with you in mind!

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Cosmic Pink

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Having a ton of sheer glosses like this is probably unnecessary for most, but having a few in your arsenal is always a good idea. They're great to keep in your bag for a little color and shine that will go with anything, and they work well to add a glossy layer to any lipstick. Just remember: they're supposed to be sheer, so if you only like opaque glosses, this isn't designed with you in mind!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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