Saturday, September 17th, 2011

MAC Fall Colour Lipglasses
C-Thru, Good Times, Orange Tempera, Pink Fade

MAC Fall Colour: Lipglasses

MAC Fall Colour Lipglasses ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) includes four shades: C-Thru (peachy beige with shimmer), Good Times (pale mauve), Orange Tempera (pale peach), and Pink Fade (pale pink). These are part of the MAC Fall Colour Collection, which debuts in North America on September 29th, 2011 and rolls out internationally in October. C-Thru is part of the permanent collection, the other three are limited edition.

  • C-Thru is a milky beige-nude with pale beige-white shimmer. IT’s semi-opaque and does settle a bit into lip lines. This is a permanent shade. MAC on the Scene is similar. Urban Decay Max is a little more opaque and peach-tinted.
  • Good Times is a pale, creamy mauve-pink with nearly opaque color coverage. There is enough milkiness that it does settle into lip lines but the more opaque color hides some of it. Good Times is more opaque than MAC Going Casual but less pink than MAC Splashing. FYI, it just came out with MAC Me Over.
  • Orange Tempera is a soft, light-medium peach with a creamy look. There is some settling into lip lines but it is on the more opaque side and applies fairly evenly. It is lighter than MAC Illicit.
  • Pink Fade is a really cool-toned, blue-based pale pink with a creamy milkiness that encourages settling into lip lines. The coverage is mostly opaque and applies fairly evenly. It is lighter than MAC Viva Glam Gaga. It is a little cooler-toned than MAC Enchantee.

I’m not a big fan of the way MAC’s creamier lipglasses look on lips–they tend to settle into lip lines and apply unevenly. The thickness of the lipglass texture can make it harder to get even color coverage because it doesn’t glide as easily as a thinner gloss would. Lipglass is a sticky formula with a vanilla scent that typically wears three to fours on me. I don’t find the moisturizing, but I don’t usually find them drying either. I recommend creamier shades like these over a lip liner or lipstick.

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These all settle into lip lines, which can be a difficult look to pull off! I recommend using a lip liner or lipstick underneath, which should minimize settling and give a more even appearance overall.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

MAC Fresh Amour Mattene
MAC Fresh Amour Mattene

MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Mattenes ($14.50 for 0.08 oz.) see the limited introduction of ten new and limited edition shades with Posh Paradise (which debuts tomorrow in-stores).  The six featured in this post are: Fresh Amour (light lavender), Naked Bliss (neutral light pink), Potent Fig (deep blue grape), Rare Exotic (bright mid-tone blue pink), Seeds of Desire (deep brown plum), and Unknown Pleasures (deep red blue).

  • Delectable is reviewed here.
  • Deliciously Forbidden is reviewed here.
  • Eden Rouge is reviewed here.
  • Fresh Amour is a pink-tinted lavender with a semi-matte finish and opaque color coverage. It’s very slightly less pink compared to shades like MAC Lavender Whip, Fashion Mews, Blooming Lovely, and Quite Cute. It does tend to pull the yellowness out of teeth, though.
  • Legendary is reviewed here.
  • Naked Bliss is a pinky-beige nude with a semi-matte finish and mostly opaque coverage. It’s darker and pinker compared to MAC Innocence, Beware! and MAC Naturally Eccentric. Maybelline Born With It is similar though glossier. It’s a more pigmented verison of MAC Nude Rose. It’s not as pale as MAC Playing Koi.
  • Potent Fig is a dark grape purple with a slightly glossy finish. The texture is different from the others, as this had a lot of slip, more shine, and went on uneven/streaky because of the additional creaminess. I can’t think of a dupe for it, as a lot of the previous purplish shades I’ve reviewed are either much darker (and more burgundy) or lighter.
  • Rare Exotic It is cooler-toned compared to Guerlain Shalimar and Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry. It is a touch bluer than NARS Carthage. OCC Pretty Boy is a little more magenta. It seems a little darker and bluer-based than MAC Girl About Town.
  • Seeds of Desire is a luxurious brown tinted with red and has ruby red shimmer with a semi-matte finish. The color payoff is good with mostly opaque coverage. CoverGirl Smokyis similar but a little lighter and browner. MAC Underworld is lighter.
  • Unknown Pleasures is a dark brown-tinted red with mostly opaque color coverage and a slightly shiny finish. The shine with this shade seems higher than the majority, so it’s not quite as semi-matte. It’s redder than Illamasqua Growl. It’s a touch darker than MAC Good to Be Bad. It’s similar to Bobbi Brown Blackberry, MAC Dark Side, and MAC Dark Deed.

These felt creamier, with better slip and comfort, than previous iterations of Mattenes (I think the last time we saw them was with Style Black). I wore Delectable on half of my lips (half of the upper/half of the lower) with Eden Rouge on the other side, because I like to test shades from both the lighter and darker ends of the spectrum to get a handle on the length of wear. Delectable wore off within three hours, while Eden Rouge wore about five. I think the increased slip and creaminess of the formula has reduced the wear time by a bit–at least in these shades.

I didn’t see anything in the marketing/press release on these about them being long-wearing but did glean that they are supposed to be soft enough to glide-on with semi-matte finishes, intense color, and moisturizing. They’re far more moisturizing than the average matte lipstick. After wearing the two I tested for wear, I did want balm, but I didn’t feel like my lips were cracking or dry. These are packaged in slim tubes with matte black on the outside and a shiny rim around the middle. They only contain 0.08 oz., which is less than their regular lipsticks, which are 0.10 oz.

Honestly, this collection has “permanent” written all over it yet everything is limited edition. The shades of the Mattenes seem so core and basic (which is not a criticism) that they would make for an excellent permanent selection of colors in the Mattene formula, which I think many readers have enjoyed over time.  I really do feel some improvement went into these new shades.  The only one that I had major issues with was Potent Fig.

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MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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Honestly, this collection has "permanent" written all over it yet everything is limited edition. The shades of the Mattenes seem so core and basic (which is not a criticism) that they would make for an excellent permanent selection of colors in the Mattene formula, which I think many readers have enjoyed over time. I really do feel some improvement went into these new shades. The only one that I had major issues with was Potent Fig.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

MAC Mattenes
MAC Mattenes

MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes (Sneak Peek)

Debuting on September 15th (for North America), Posh Paradise also features ten new and limited edition hues of Mattene Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.08 oz. each). I have four of them to share with you today. They are: Delectable (orange-beige), Deliciously Forbidden (mid-tone berry), Eden Rouge (bright blue-red), and Legendary (mid-tone brick red).

  • Delectable is a darkened peach with a healthy dose of orange, but it’s surprisingly not too warm or orange. It has a semi-matte finish with a light sheen. The lighter coloring does make it so it emphasizes any imperfections of the natural lip. It is similar to Cle de Peau Calliope, MAC Imagine This (which is touch darker), and MAC Peachstock (which is a tough lighter).
  • Deliciously Forbidden is a pinky-red berry with a semi-matte finish. It has opaque color coverage. It’s similar to Milani Sexy Rose, MAC Rebel (which is darker, redder, more vibrant),
  • Eden Rouge is a vibrant blue-based red with nearly opaque color coverage (you can still see my lip freckle peeking through) and a semi-matte finish. It is similar to so many reds. It’s a nice red, but keep an eye out on the reds you already own, because it is a more dupeable shade.
  • Legendary is a brownish red with subtle gold micro-shimmer and a satiny shine. I found this one to have a more pronounced sheen compared to the other three shades I tried. This was also the most opaque. It is similar to Shiseido Mystery, MAC Underworld (which is several shades darker and browner), Bobbi Brown Blackberry, MAC Dark Deed (which is redder), and MAC Kittenish (which is lighter, less brown).

This is only part of a larger selection of new shade varieties of the Mattene formula, but these felt creamier, with better slip and comfort, than previous iterations of Mattenes (I think the last time we saw them was with Style Black).  I wore Delectable on half of my lips (half of the upper/half of the lower) with Eden Rouge on the other side, because I like to test shades from both the lighter and darker ends of the spectrum to get a handle on the length of wear.  Delectable wore off within three hours, while Eden Rouge wore about five.  I think the increased slip and creaminess of the formula has reduced the wear time by a bit–at least in these shades.

I didn’t see anything in the marketing/press release on these about them being long-wearing but did glean that they are supposed to be soft enough to glide-on with semi-matte finishes, intense color, and moisturizing. They’re far more moisturizing than the average matte lipstick.  After wearing the two I tested for wear, I did want balm, but I didn’t feel like my lips were cracking or dry. These are packaged in slim tubes with matte black on the outside and a shiny rim around the middle.  They only contain 0.08 oz., which is less than their regular lipsticks, which are 0.10 oz.

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MAC Posh Paradise Mattenes Swatches, Photos, Review (Sneak Peek)

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I'm surprised the Mattenes aren't being added the permanent range, just because from the four I've seen, it's a rather basic, core range of colors that you would likely see added to a permanent line rather than made limited edition.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011


Guerlain Nuit d’Amour Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Holiday 2011: Nuit d’Amour Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Nuit d’Amour (170) Rouge Automatique ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “black red that reveals an intense plum color.” It’s definitely a shade that will intimidate at glance; it looks burgundy-brown-black with twinkles of ruby shimmer in the tube, but it’s so, so different when swatched or worn. The description sounds like they did this deliberately (“reveals”). It’s reddish-pink burgundy with hints of plum and ruby micro-shimmer. Even though the shimmer is there, it’s so fine and sparse that it’s rather subtle.  MAC Rebel is redder and brighter. Guerlain Bee looks quite similar on, but it has less red in it (and more opacity). YSL Forbidden Burgundy is a little brighter and redder but still rather similar.

The formula felt creamier than a lot of other Rouge Automatiques I’ve tried; it glides on effortlessly, but it has more of a stained look when worn, so it does look uneven in places and settles into lip lines. I didn’t have any problems with the color bleeding, though, and I wore it for six hours before removing (it held up quite well over that time period, too). It has a light violet scent but no taste, and it’s moisturizing without being too slippery.  Both the unevenness/settling are more minor than major, because they’re not noticeable from afar (well, a normal viewing distance, rather than close-up and larger-than-life)–as seen here.

Generally, Rouge Automatiques are comparable to the Rouge G lipstick, though not as thick or as opaque but still similar enough. They’re $11 cheaper than the Rouge Gs, and the colors still have the same depth and nuanced shade range that makes Guerlain lipstick always standout to me.  This particular shade and its formula seemed more like the Rouge G Brilliants, though.  To see more photos of the packaging, check out this post. I did find the slider on this particular shade to be on the stiffer side.

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The unevenness in application is what dropped the pigmentation rating (and settling into lip lines reduced overall product quality), but it was still moisturizing, creamy, and comfortable to wear, which is why it received high marks for texture and overall product quality. It also wore six hours, which is excellent. The color itself is great for fall but rather dupeable.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss
Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss

Quick Review: Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss

Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss ($30.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a translucent formula with no sparkle but “packed with pigments.” It’s non-sticky with a “delicious sheerness.” I gather it should also be moisturizing, given its name. For summer, three shades were released: Tango (09) (flamboyant red), Salsa (07) (neon fuchsia), and Mambo (08) (sunny coral).

The gloss has a lovely jelly-like feel on lips that’s moisturizing; very cushioned and slick without being sticky. It is scented with Guerlain’s signature violet fragrance, and it is one of the stronger scents in higher end makeup, so if you’re particularly sensitive to scents, you might want to sniff first before purchasing. All three shades from the summer launch are shimmer-free with a healthy dose of glossy shine. The color is certainly not sheer, and all three had that translucent quality you’d expect from a gel-like gloss but they do yield quite a bit of color on the lips.

Tango (09) was a semi-opaque pinky red. Salsa (07) was a semi-opaque medium-dark pink. (neon fuchsia), and Mambo (08) was a semi-opaque muted orange. Tango and Salsa looked somewhat similar when worn–there is a difference, but it is not as large when worn than it is when swatched on the skin.

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Guerlain Terracotta Terra Inca Moisturizing Gloss Quick Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you like shimmer-free lipgloss with a non-sticky but gel-like texture, you'll like these. The colors look intensely vibrant in the tubes, but when worn, they are much tamer (and they're designed to be that way).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Guerlain Girly Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Girly Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Girly (71) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Girly Rouge G Lipstick ($47.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink.” There is more fancy marketing-speak than color description in the press release. It’s pink–oh, yeah–it’s a vibrant, nearly glowing, pink-red.  It has more of a cream finish with opaque color coverage and a glossy shine. It is redder than Guerlain Champs-Elysees but darker than OCC Queen. It’s a touch darker compared to Estee Lauder Wild Violet, which also has shimmer.

This is one of my favorite lipstick formulas, and I’m excited whenever they release new shades (my wallet less so!), so I had to pick this one up as soon as they launched online. The shades they’ve been putting out recently have had really lush finishes to them–they make lips look so smooth. Girly was everything Gigolo is/was, so I’m repeating what I wrote in that review here: Guerlain’s Rouge G formula is one of my favorites, because of the excellent color payoff but even better texture and feel. They are comfortable to wear, long-wearing (I am able to get six hours of great wear with Girly and about 80% of color remains after eight hours plus a meal), and moisturizing. They are violet-scented (but not too heavily–less so than some of their powders) and come in heavy, silver metal cases with a flip out mirror.

I do feel you pay a chunk of change for the packaging, which while decadent, does hold fingerprints, doesn’t store as easily, and the small text of the shade on the back is hard to read. I really hope they sell refills someday.

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Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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