Thursday, October 20th, 2011

MAC Glitter & Ice Lipstick
MAC Double Spin Lipstick

MAC Glitter & Ice Lipsticks

MAC Glitter & Ice Lipsticks ($15.50 for 0.10 oz. each) include six limited edition shades: Double Spin (pale mauve pink), Eloquent Air (sheer white silver), Soft Sable (cool frosted taupe), Such Flare! (true red), What Joy! (deep berry), and Whirls & Twirls (sheer pink with gold pearl). The collection is slated to hit stores on October 27th.

  • Double Spin is a pale, milky pink with a subtly pearled finish. It has a cremesheen finish and delivers mostly opaque color. You’ll want to ensure you exfoliate your lips prior to applying this, because it will catch and show every imperfection on the lip. It’s similar to MAC Mlle.
  • Eloquent Air is a bright silver shimmered shade. It’s more shimmer than an actual base color (think glitter polish suspended in a clear base). It has a glaze finish. MAC Metal Maven was more opaque and applied more evenly. MAC Bubbles was lighter.
  • Soft Sable is a muted, rosy taupe with silver and brown shimmer It has a frost finish. On my lips, it made them darker, browner, and a little mauve with a frosted shimmer finish. It’s more daunting in the tube than worn, because of the semi-sheer color, it will mix and work with your natural lip color.
  • Such Flare! is a medium-dark red with mostly opaque color (you can just see the shadowing of my lip freckle peeking through). It has a matte finish, though there is a subtle shine to it–it’s not as matte as Ruby Woo (also darker than Russian Red). It’s very similar to many, many reds with blue undertones.
  • What Joy! is a berry-red with subtle micro-shimmer and shine. It has a satin finish with mostly opaque color coverage. It’s not as red as Guerlain Gigolo, but lighter than MAC Endless Drama. It seems like it similar to Hang-Up as well.
  • Whirls & Twirls is a pale rose-gold shimmer-sheen. It has a glaze finish, which means it’s rather sheer overall. It gives a lot of shimmer, and this is something that would look really lovely on more pigmented lips–it’ll really play well with the natural redness without trying to cover it.

MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. The pigmentation and texture often depend on the actual finish, as it can vary from finish to finish (and there is some variation within finish as well). I find Glazes to have a bit of a dry, thin texture and wear off quickly (two hours), while Cremesheens have a thicker, creamier texture, I do still find that they are drying when worn and last for around four hours. Satin finishes tend to be more opaque with really creamy, saturated color that wears four to six hours easily. Matte finishes tend to be creamy but dry and wear well (four to six hours), though Such Flare! isn’t dry at all.

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MAC Glitter & Ice Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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Three of the six have more drying textures (Glazes and Cremesheens), so they're less comfortable to wear. The Glazes also wear off quickly--as in two hours or so--which is what brought down the average overall. Shades like What Joy! and Such Flare! were comfortable and easy to apply as well as wear well.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Dior Nocturne (961) Rouge Dior Lip Color
Dior Nocturne (961) Rouge Dior Lip Color

Dior Holiday 2011: Nocturne (961) Rouge Dior Lip Color

Dior Nocturne (961) Rouge Dior Lip Color ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new and limited edition holiday shade that is “infused with a golden powder.” The Rouge Dior formula is designed to be moisturizing, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. More to come, but Dior’s holiday collection is a lovely surprise; quality and glamour without being too much or over-the-top. You get your metallics and golds and sparkles but everything has a luxe edge to it. It’s somewhat expected but there is something about it that really appealed.

Nocturne seemed to turn a lot of heads, as I wore it in this review and several of you wanted to know the lip color I was wearing. It’s a vibrant raspberry red with golden shimmer–so it almost looks like its threaded with orange, even though the base color is blue-based and slightly pink. Chanel Byzantin is more vibrant, redder, while Dior Technicolor Red is similar in the pinky-red aspect but is lighter and brighter, plus it has fuchsia shimmer instead of gold.

When I wore this yesterday, it lasted a solid six hours and didn’t need a reapplication until the eighth hour (which is when I removed it). It holds on without being clingy, so it’s comfortable and easy to wear. I didn’t encounter any bleeding or feathering, though my lips are not prone to either. The color is mostly opaque when applied and doesn’t take much to get there (about one pass across the upper lip and another on the bottom, smoosh, and voila!).  My lips felt hydrated while wearing the lip color, and by the time I removed it, my lips didn’t feel like I had to race to get lip balm, so I think it did a rather nice job of moisturizing my lips.

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Nocturne

A
Very holiday-appropriate red, but the pink in it makes it a great red all-around. The formula worked well and lived up to its claims!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Illamasqua Violate Sheer Lipgloss
Illamasqua Violate Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Violate Sheer Lipgloss

Illamasqua Violate Sheer Lipgloss (£13.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “dark green shimmer.” The brand’s Sheer Lipgloss is rather self-explanatory–it’s a sheerer gloss that adds shine. This is definitely not as opaque as the Intense Lipglosses, but I’d say it’s more pigmented than it is sheer. I initially thought it was an Intense Lipgloss that suffered from unevenness in application, because it runs semi-opaque.

It’s a dark, forest green shimmer with a really cool, blue-based tone to it, so it almost looks like a teal-green than a true green. The shimmer is layered with a black-brown color base. I don’t have anything like this, and I expect the general reaction will be similar to Kontrol Lipstick. You’ll either love it or hate it. It’s not a color you’d describe as universally wearable and palatable, but again, it’s nice to have options.

The overall darkness in the hue means that any unevenness becomes more apparent, even from afar, but I did keep in mind this is supposed to be a sheer gloss (and deducted a point because it’s more than “sheer wash”). I just don’t think that works so well with really deep, dark shades if you want to avoid obvious lip lines, unevenness, and the like. It didn’t bleed or feather, which was nice, and it wore for five hours before needing to be reapplied. The formula had no scent and didn’t feel tacky.  To get a more even appearance, try layering a black lipstick underneath.

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Violate

B+
If this is the kind of color you've been looking for, I think you'll like it, despite some of its shortcomings. For the right look, it could be worth the extra effort for perfect application.

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Monday, October 10th, 2011

Illamasqua Kontrol Lipstick
Illamasqua Kontrol Lipstick

Illamasqua Fall/Winter 2011: Kontrol Lipstick

Illamasqua Kontrol Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “blue-violet” by Illamasqua, while Sephora lists it as a “matte deep lavender.” The texture of Kontrol is actually quite different from Illamasqua’s line of lipsticks–it’s very, very creamy. It’s not dry at all, and the reality is the finish isn’t exactly matte either. It’s has a noticeable shine though it wears off in an hour or so, and then it takes on a more satiny, semi-matte finish. I was utterly shocked by how creamy the consistency was! It glided on like butter with mostly opaque color coverage.

The color is a dark purple, which doesn’t read “blue violet” to me, though it’s not red-toned either. It’s more cool-toned than warm, especially as it brings out the yellow undertones in my skin. I felt like I had seen this color before, but I couldn’t think of anything and nothing matched in the Swatch Gallery. When it comes to lipstick, most purples lean red, so if you’ve always wanted something truer, this might be the one.

Illamasqua’s lipsticks wear well, usually four to six hours because of the drier, mostly matte formula, but some of the darker shades wear as long as eight hours before reapplication becomes necessary. Kontrol wore about five hours on me, but it was more comfortable to wear compared to other Illamasqua lipsticks. I don’t find the formula to be drying, but the lack of slip does decrease overall comfort a tad. The lipsticks are unscented and taste-free.

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Kontrol

A-
This is a love it or hate it kind of color; some will love the artistic freedom and slant on it, others will know they'll never wear it. It's always nice to have choices!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

MAC Styledriven: Pro Longwear Lip Pencils (Part 2)

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to glide-on and “adhere instantly” with “rich, saturated color.” Unlike the other new Pro Longwear formulas, the description didn’t call out a specific wear time–it says that it will “[prolong] the hours between re-application” and transfer-proof. There are ten shades releasing in this new formula (part of Styledriven), all of which are permanent. This post features these five: More to Love (intense bluish pink), Morning Coffee (mid-tone rose), Nice ‘n’ Spicy (pink cinnamon stick), Staunchly Stylish (pinky beige), and What a Blast! (bright orange).

  • More to Love is a bright fuchsia pink with most opaque color coverage and blue undertones. It has a very subtle frosted finish but reads more matte to me. It’s not as bright as MAC Rare Exotic or NARS Carthage. It is similar to Illamasqua Welt but pinker.
  • Morning Coffee is a rosy peach-brown with a hint of shimmer. I found this one to be less pigmented than the rest, so it was more difficult to get even and opaque color coverage on the lips. It reminded me of MAC For Keeps. It is a little browner than MAC One of a Kind.
  • Nice ‘n’ Spicy is a medium-dark brown with warmer, almost peach undertones in a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation and covered evenly and opaquely on the lips. It’s not as orange as MAC Touch.
  • Staunchly Stylish is a soft rosy brown. It’s very slightly lighter and more beige compared to Morning Coffee, but this shade had better pigmentation. It reminds me a bit of Guerlain Grace.
  • What a Blast! is a brightened orange with a mostly matte finish. The pigmentation is good, so it goes on opaque and evenly. It is similar to MAC Morange, MAC Neon Orange, and MAC Good to Go.

For more on how these wear, please read part one.

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MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Lip Pencils Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

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This is a good lip liner for layering and prolonging the wear of your lip products--I just don't recommend wearing these alone, because they are less-than-flattering.

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Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

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Longevity

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencils

MAC Styledriven: Pro Longwear Lip Pencils (Part 1)

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to glide-on and “adhere instantly” with “rich, saturated color.” Unlike the other new Pro Longwear formulas, the description didn’t call out a specific wear time–it says that it will “[prolong] the hours between re-application” and transfer-proof. There are ten shades releasing in this new formula (part of Styledriven), all of which are permanent. This post features these five: Absolutely It (soft burgundy), Bittersweet (intense brown), Etcetera (creamy beige), In Anticipation (soft yellow pink), and Kiss Me Quick (yellow red).

  • Absolutely It is a burgundy rose with a soft, frosted finish. It has good color payoff but could use a little more pigment.
  • Bittersweet is a really rich, dark chocolate brown with a semi-matte finish. This was one of the best performing shades–excellent color payoff and creamy enough to yield even coverage with little work.
  • Etcetera is an orange-y beige nude with a mostly matte finish. It has good color payoff and applies evenly. It’s similar to Korres #36 Natural Brown. MAC Kraft is darker.
  • In Anticipation is a brightened pink with yellower undertones. It delivers nice even, opaque color. Bobbi Brown Mod Pink is similar but brighter.
  • Kiss Me Quick is a subtly blue-based red. It goes on opaque and evenly. It is similar to a myriad of red lipsticks.

These have a nice waxy base that gives them a good glide that makes it fairly easy to apply the color, and they have nice pigmentation which means you don’t have to wear the pencil down to a nub to get full color coverage. The creamier shades tend to have the best color payoff, especially when they’re darker (like Bittersweet). Be careful about rubbing your lips together initially, because I found that doing so would cause unevenness–almost like there is a slight tackiness to it before it sets.

Even though there is no specific wear time given for these, they do wear a lot like iron. Alone, these wear around eight to ten hours, but they are drying over time–like my lips were pleading with me, “No more, stop testing, I need balm, STOP, DO NOT PASS GO.” I wouldn’t want to wear these alone, because it really shrinkwraps around the lips (that’s the “adhere instantly” characteristic, I’d say) but the drier texture and shrinkage make them less than flattering on the lips.  I don’t expect lip liner to be moisturizing, especially since one of the major reasons to go through the added step of lining is to increase the wear of your gloss/lipstick, and MAC doesn’t say that they are.  Underneath a lipstick, it seems to add an hour or two of additional wear.

Just swatching these on the lips for photos was a rather brutal experiment in pain over beauty (I’m normally more than capable of 10-15 products back-to-back, but my lips were dying after three pencils). When I went to remove these, it wiped off in chunks almost; you will need a little bit of elbow grease to remove, so I recommend using a separate remover as it will allow you to be gentler on your lips during the removal process.  If you’re familiar with MAC’s Superslick Liquid Liners–it removes kind of like that.

If I find out there is a specific length of time these are supposed to wear, this review may be adjusted to take into account how well (or poorly) these meet that mark.  

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MAC Styledriven Pro Longwear Lip Pencils Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 1)

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This is a good lip liner for layering and prolonging the wear of your lip products--I just don't recommend wearing these alone, because they are less-than-flattering.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

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Longevity

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