Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Chanel Charme Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Charme Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Spring 2012: Charme Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Charme Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pink.” Sometimes brands get too creative with their color descriptions, but Chanel could afford to be less glib! It’s a soft, medium pink with very subtle blue undertones and a silver micro-shimmer that gives it a lightly frosted finish. The color payoff is semi-opaque–it gives decent color but there is some translucency in the color so your natural lip color will peek through. MAC Behave Yourself is similar but applies less evenly and perhaps a touch lighter. Dolce & Gabbana Fascination is similar in hue but several shades darker. MAC Speed Dial is a bit darker and has a golden sheen.

The Rouge Coco formula is supposed to be hydrating and have wearable shades with “full-coverage finishes.” Charme is not quite opaque, but it felt more moisturizing than many past Rouge Cocos have felt for me. When I tested this shade, it wore for around three and a half hours before it began to noticeably fade away, but my lips felt just shy of normal in terms of hydration.

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The color is extremely wearable while still having some brightness. It should work well for not only spring but for summer--you could even layer a subtle coral gloss on top to make a really summery lip.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012


Chanel Candeur Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Spring 2012: Rouge Coco Shines

For spring, there are two new Chanel Rouge Coco Shines ($32.00 for 0.10 oz.); they include: Candeur (pastel pink) and Flirt (soft coral). Chanel lists both of these as joining the permanent range.

  • Candeur is a pale neutral pink with almost opaque color coverage. It’s a touch lighter compared to Guerlain Rose Innocent.
  • Flirt looks like a slightly pinked coral in the tube, but when I applied it to my lips, it took on a much pinker appearance. I suspect that this shade will lean more or less coral depending on how much pink is in your natural lip color. This shade had more semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency so it doesn’t read heavy or opaque at all. It’s like a much lighter version of theBalm Strawberry. MAC Flamingo is slightly warmer, less pink. MAC Blossom Culture is slightly more opaque. MAC Ever Hip is less pink and more opaque.

I’ve reviewed the formula in the past, and while it feels lovely on lips initially, I’ve found the formula to be just above average but not really worth the price tag. The wear time is under two hours (I normally average four), which is definitely a bummer. For me, what is most disappointing is the lack of hydration. The formula is supposed to be moisturizing, and indeed, it feels like it will be, because it glides on and feels lightweight and more like a lip balm than a lipstick.

The formula isn’t drying, but it doesn’t add moisture for the short period of time it’s on your lips. I feel the need to add some sort of balm after these are up or else reapply. Because of the really creamy, glide-on consistency, it is also easy to overapply these. The color is intended to be soft and translucent, though these seem more pigmented than other Rouge Coco Shines I’ve tried.   There are readers who definitely enjoy these, so they may be worth checking out if the color really grabs you. I haven’t had a great experience with them, though, and I think Chanel can and has done some really amazing lip products in the past–these just don’t hit the mark for me.

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Chanel Candeur and Flirt Rouge Coco Shine Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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If the wear was improved, these would be a better buy. They do apply exceptionally well, because the texture is very balm-like, so it glides on effortlessly and feels comfortable to wear while it lasts.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012


Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio

Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio ($38.00 for 3 x 0.14 fl. oz.) includes these three shades: Bare Sparkle (champagne with pearl), Pastel (soft pink with pink pearl), and Aubergine (deep grape plum). This was easily the holiday product that I used the most this past holiday season, and ultimately, it was what made me really fall in love with Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer formula.

Though we’re really diving head first into spring already (it seems far too early), I still have a meaty backlog of products from the holidays I’d like to share with you, including this gem.  This set is still available at a lot of retailers online, plus all the shades in the trio can also be bought individually in full-size.

  • Bare Sparkle is virtually colorless on the lips but imparts a ton of fine sparkle on lips along with a high gloss shine.  This shade is similar to a lot of barely-there glosses that have a healthy dose of shimmer in them.
  • Pastel is a sheer, soft pink with pink and gold shimmer with a glossy shine. It emphasizes the natural pinkness in my lip color but is still see-through. I kept reaching for this one and layering it over darker reds and berries.  The hue reminded me of Chanel Imaginaire but with less sparkle.
  • Aubergine is a red-plum with very, very subtle gold sparkle. This is part of the regular Lipgloss line-up.  It’s the most opaque gloss of the three, and it’s semi-opaque at that.  It doesn’t settle too much into lip lines and has a nice glossy finish.  Chantecaille Patina looks a bit like it but has more sparkle.

I’ve already extolled the virtues of High Shimmer Lipglosses enough in the past week, but to briefly recap: ultra glossy, non-sticky, wears four hours or so, moisturizing, and absolutely dazzling and sparkling. Aubergine, which is just a regular Lipgloss, performs well, too; it’s comfortable, non-sticky, and wears four hours or so.

Something I dig about this trio is that all three shades are part of Bobbi Brown’s permanent range, so if you find you love any one enough and have run out of it, you can pick up just that shade later on. There’s still plenty of gloss in each tube (0.14 fl. oz. vs. 0.24 fl. oz. for full-sized glosses) but for less than the price of two, you get to test out three different shades. Bare Sparkle and Aubergine also look lovely layered!

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Bobbi Brown Holiday Lipgloss Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

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One of my favorite holiday sets and products, and it's really one I kept reaching and going back to! I don't normally wear gloss on its own, but when I did something really simple (like just brows and mascara), I used one of these to pull it all together.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Naked Plum High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Naked Plum High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Naked Plum High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “rosy brown with pink pearl.” It’s a pale pink-mauve and gold shimmered rosy plum hued gloss with tons of sparkle and high gloss shine. This one looks phenomenal when worn, because it delivers mostly opaque color coverage. NARS Oasis is sheerer and less plum. Dior Mauve Accent is pinker. MAC Quick Change is a little less plum and has more copper shimmer.

Bobbi Brown’s newest lipgloss is ultra shiny with a really high gloss finish that wears really well–four hours, even with lighter shades–and feels comfortable on, because it’s non-sticky and moisturizing. The sparkling shimmer isn’t gritty, so it doesn’t feel rough when the glossiness fades, and the shimmer doesn’t travel to your eyebrows either (hey, it happens with some glosses; how, I have no idea!).

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I seriously look forward to testing out new shades of the High Shimmer Lipgloss formula, because I think the texture/feel is phenomenal. It's slick without being slippery and just feels plush and comfortable to wear.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 30th, 2011

MAC Flamingo Lipstick
MAC Flamingo Lipstick

MAC for Iris Apfel: Lipsticks

There are four limited edition (and one permanent) shades of MAC Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) in the Iris Apfel collection: Flamingo (light milky bright coral), Morange (loudmouth orange), Party Parrot (bright red-pink), Pink Pigeon (bright cleanest pink), and Scarlet Ibis (bright orange-red).

MAC lipsticks come in a variety of finishes, so the color payoff, texture, and wear can vary based on the finish alone. In this collection, we have mostly mattes. The matte formula on these is comfortable to wear without being drying; I actually would have pegged them as amplified cremes or satins, because they didn’t cling like some of MAC’s original matte finishes do (think Ruby Woo; none of these are similar in texture). Lustres tend to wear off quickly and dry out my lips, so they’re not my favorite finish. Amplified cremes are really opaque, creamy, and comfortable to wear. Because of the intensity of the pigmentation in these shades (except Flamingo), these will wear longer and have a tendency to stain. I’ve worn Morange for six hours in the past, and I tested out Scarlet Ibis for wear, and it wore for six hours and left a bit of a stain. MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free.

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MAC for Iris Apfel Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

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These are really nice matte finishes--they're not dry or difficult to apply! If you love your lipstick bright and opaque, you'll probably enjoy these offerings from MAC for winter/spring.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick
MAC A Perfect Day Lipstick

MAC Naturally: Lipsticks

There are four limited edition shades of MAC Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) in the Naturally collection: A Perfect Day (light neutral pink), Beach Sand (light tan), Pillow Talk (neutral pink), and Sweet Sunrise (light neutral peach-pink).

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no taste. On average, I get four hours of wear with them, but it often depends on the finish. Finishes like satins and amplifies tend to have better color coverage and wear for four to six hours, sometimes longer, depending on the hue. Two finishes present here–Cremesheens and Lustres–I find drying, with Lustres being more drying than Cremesheens. Lustres tend to wear off in two to three hours for me, unfortunately, likely due to the additional slip in the finish (which can create some unevenness with ultra pale shades like Sweet Sunrise.

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MAC Naturally Lipsticks Review, Photos, Swatches

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Two finishes present here--Cremesheens and Lustres--I find drying, with Lustres being more drying than Cremesheens. Lustres tend to wear off in two to three hours for me, unfortunately, likely due to the additional slip in the finish (which can create some unevenness with ultra pale shades like Sweet Sunrise.

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8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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