Monday, August 9th, 2010

Benefit Lala Land Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Benefit La La Land Lipstick

Benefit La La Land Lipstick ($18.00 for oz.) is a pinky-brown nude with full-color coverage and a light, glossy sheen and no perceptible shimmer.  I love this with a lighter smoky eye or paired with greens. It’s dark enough to be worn on its own for a pop of color on lips, but it’s light enough to complement heavier eye looks, too.  Benefit’s lipsticks are very moisturizing and creamy, so they’re comfortable to wear, and they last about three to four hours on my lips.

Is this the right deep nude for you? Would you wear it?

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Sunday, August 8th, 2010

MAC Odyssey Lipstick

The Sultry Season: MAC Odyssey Lipstick

MAC Odyssey Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is an opaque, berry-wine with a frost finish.  Odyssey is definitely a staple MAC shade for me–it’s perfect for the fall and winter, but it’s not too dark.  It’s a great choice for someone who doesn’t quite want to go ultra dark but still wants something with more depth than a milky pink, too.  It works well on both cool and warm skin tones, and it’s not overly frosty either.   During the holidays, you can add a little gold or red lipgloss to make it more festive.

Is this the right berry for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Make Up For Ever #37 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
Make Up For Ever #37 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

The New Lipstick on the Block

Make Up For Ever #37 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant shade of coral-pink with a satin finish; it’s almost fluorescent! It’s one of fifty shades launched by Make Up For Ever for fall (and the formula is permanent, just in case you were worried!). The Rouge Artist ranges from nudes to reds to vamps to corals–if there’s a color you seek, it’s hard to imagine not finding something to tickle your fancy within the range.

The formula is very opaque, and it’s not drying at all. It’s not a particularly creamy formula, though it looks like it when it’s applied. I’ve found that you need to apply a little more pressure than usual to get smooth, even color, and it doesn’t drag, but it doesn’t glide, either. I was expecting the formula to be a little drying, since it wasn’t incredibly creamy, but it wasn’t. I don’t think it imparts a ton of moisture, but it didn’t dry my lips out after four hours of wear. Speaking of wear, I got an average of four hours, with some shades extending to five or six, and several of them did stain, so they would wear a little longer.

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

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re looking for opaque color with minimal shimmer/frost, I think you may like Make Up For Ever’s new range.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

When Make Up For Ever sent over a few shades of Rouge Artist Intense, they also sent this cool “color” wheel–it shows four skin tones and four hair colors, and then you can move them to correspond with your characteristics to find the best shades for you. It’s totally awesome! I don’t know if Sephoras have it in-store or not, but it’s quite handy. I didn’t see any mention of it on Sephora (online), so I figured I’d type up what it says!

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Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Chanel Imperial (73) Rouge Allure Laque
Chanel Imperial (73) Rouge Allure Lacque

The Sultry Season: Chanel Imperial (73) Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Imperial (73) Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a rich shade of rusted red with just a touch of berry.  Rusted berry sounds weird, but perhaps that’s a more apt description than rusted red!  It has subtle pink and gold micro-shimmer.  It’s completely opaque, and it makes lips look lush — it has the color payoff of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss.  Rouge Allure Laques are one of my favorite products, and I’m reminded of that every time I put one on.   I get around four to five hours of wear with shade in particular–plus a residual stain.

Is this the right berry for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Friday, August 6th, 2010

MAC Film Noir Lipstick

The Sultry Season: MAC Film Noir Lipstick

MAC Film Noir Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep, reddened brown–very dark, very vampy.  It doesn’t go black on me, but it is incredibly dark.  On me, the red tones help keep it from being too much of a contrast against my warmer skin tone and potentially washing me out.  This is a shade that longs to be the star of a look–just pair it with a little eyeliner, mascara, and a contoured cheek.

Is this the right brown for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Illamasqua Gender Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Gender Intense Lipgloss

Makeup That’s Just Pure FUN!

Illamasqua Gender Intense Lipgloss (£12.50 for 0.2 fl. oz.) is not a wearable shade by any stretch of the imagination.  This is a shade that completely embodies the word fun.  It’s different; it’s unusual.  It’s something to be used for that just-right-occasion, which might be Halloween for some, an avant garde photo-session with your best pals, or lightly patted on over your favorite lipstick to give it a bluish cast.

Gender is a medium blue that leans a little teal–it’s described as a sky blue, but it definitely had this teal edge to it that made me think less sky blue.  I could not smile in swatch photos – it just did not look right!  I felt like it made a mockery of the shade, so “straight faced” it was.

It’s almost opaque, but it didn’t apply as evenly or as solidly as other Intense shades have in the past.  I would probably lay down a concealer/foundation base (or even a blue eyeliner) and then use a lip brush to apply this–I think that would help it look more even.   This is a shade that’s only available through Illamasqua; you won’t find it at your local Sephora!

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