Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Chanel Darling Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Darling Rouge Allure Lipstick

Not Quite Summer:  Chanel Darling Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Darling (#30) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, squishy, kind-of-jelly-ish pink.  It adds some color, but it’s still on the sheerer side (particularly for a Rouge Allure).  It has a very glossy finish and feel–almost like a Hydrabase lipstick, actually–so it feels moisturizing and has more of a lip balm feel, though it does give my lips noticeable pinkness.  It’s a very muted, toned down pink that’s easily wearable by both cool and warmer skin tones, because it will take on many of the characteristics of your natural lip color.  When my Chanel artist showed me the sheet of products for Summer, I saw Darling on the list so I asked her to set it aside (along with Genial) for me, but it just doesn’t seem to fit with the launch.  It fits even less so when set against the brightness and vibrancy of Genial and Super.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re in the market for a sheer tinge of pink in the simplicity of a lipstick but with the feel of a lightweight balm, you might like Darling.

Availability:   Nordstrom (By the by, Nordstrom still has Genial!)

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Milani Rose Hip Lipstick

The Summer Season: Milani Rose Hip Lipstick

Milani Rose Hip (07) Lip Color ($3.49 for 0.13 oz.) is a beautiful, vibrant shade of fuchsia-pink. It has no shimmer but it does have a bit of a frosty sheen–not quite glossy. It’s intensely pigmented without having to pile on the layers, and it feels lightweight. The formula itself is creamy and moisturizing, but I find the color wears off considerably after two to three hours. (In all consideration, though I rate quality independent of price, $3.50 for a lipstick doesn’t make me feel guilty or worried about reapplying throughout the day!) I wish the scent was a little less synthetic and waxy, but I don’t notice it when I’m wearing it (though those with more sensitive sniffers may want to try before they buy).

Is this the right bright pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Monday, April 19th, 2010

Chanel Phoenix Rouge Allure Laque
Chanel Phoenix Rouge Allure Lacque

The Summer Season: Chanel Phoenix Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Phoenix (#78) Rouge Allure Laque
icon ($32.00) is a brightened, dark pink with a glossy sheen and very subtle pink shimmer. I love Rouge Allure Laques (I don’t think I’ve kept that a secret!), and Phoenix is gorgeous. It’s this beautiful strawberry-esque pink that’s bold and bright without being electric. I love the full-color coverage, too–totally and utterly opaque on my lips (see, covers my freckle!). Love, love the feel of it as well. It applies evenly and smoothly with ease in what is, essentially, a liquid lipstick formula.  On my lips, I get about three to four hours on average, with the gloss fading around hour two or three and the color lingering for a solid four to five hours. (The deeper Rouge Allure Laques have more lingering colors than the lighter shades, like Ming and Santal.) I hope Chanel is listening, ’cause I want MORE Rouge Allure Laques this year! Another eight? Yes, please!

Is this the right bright pink lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Monday, April 19th, 2010

Benefit Ultra Shines
Benefit Ultra Shines: Wild Child, Back to the Fuchsia, Spiked Punch

New Lipgloss in Town — Benefit High Shines

In June, Benefit will launch a new lipgloss called Ultra Shines Lip Shine, which will retail for $18 fo 0.17 fl. oz. There will be five shades available: Back to the Fuchsia (sparkling fuchsia), Dancing Queen (watermelon pink), Foxy Lady (diamond rose), Spiked Punch (juicy coral), and Wild Child (glimmering amethyst).

Benefit describes these as, “The newest, hottest beat on the gloss scene… back-to-the-disco drama! One gleaming stroke of our ultra-new pulse-pounding ultra shines will unleash your inner dancing queen. Loaded with bright patent-leather shine & sparkling crystal brilliance, these lip shines glide on smooth with the specially-designed custom brush for a gloss inferno pout. In a fevah of must-have vibrant shades so pumped up with pigment, you’ll be lettin’ loose in your boogie shoes… NOW!”

  • Back to the Fuchsia is a sheer, lightened raspberry pink with fuchsia sparkle.  The way it looked (but not the way it felt) reminded me of MAC Dazzleglass–maybe if Love Alert and Ms. Fizz had a baby.  Smoother and non-sticky, unlike Dazzleglass, though.
  • Wild Child is a semi-sheer, iridescent plum with a fuchsia shimmer and sheen.  I think this one would be exceptionally lovely over lipstick.  It also kind of reminded me of MAC’s Negligee, which is one of my favorite lipglosses (and it was limited edition).
  • Spiked Punch is a slightly creamy, semi-opaque lightened apricot-pink with subtle silver shimmer.

My favorite of the three was Spiked Punch, because it packed plenty of color, had a glossy sheen, and still felt and looked like a gloss rather than a lipstick (or even liquid lipstick). Back to the Fuchsia and Wild Child were both pretty but on the sheerer side–I think Wild Child would be lovely over some in-your-face bright pinks. Back to the Fuchsia was the sheerest and added more of a dazzling, glossy look rather than a ton of color. As you can tell, pigmentation definitely varied from shade to shade!

Ultra Shines have a kind of fruity scent that’s noticeable but not overwhelming (and not at all noticeable once worn). The packaging is sleek in a plastic tube with a clear end and a shiny black cap. The gloss applicator is a stubby brush rather than a doe-foot applicator, which I liked. I also found that they wore a little longer than average for a gloss (about three hours), which was definitely an added bonus!

Benefit’s Ultra Shines are ultra glossy with either a shimmer or more glittery sparkle with sheer to semi-opaque color. They smell good, feel moisturizing, and last longer than the usual gloss, too. I like that they feel thick and jelly-ish but aren’t sticky. I definitely like the new Ultra Shines more than Benefit’s regular Lipgloss!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love a super glossy finish in your lipgloss, you might like Benefit’s new Ultra Shines. If you love pigmented glosses, though, you may want to look elsewhere, as these do run a bit on the sheer side.

Availability: June 2010 at Benefit and Benefit counters

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Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Lipstick
Dolce & Gabbana Sheer Lipstick

The Summer Season: Dolce & Gabbana Sheer (#130) Shine Lipstick

Dolce & Gabbana Sheer (#130) Shine Lipstick ($30.00) is a fiery orange-red. I didn’t even realize it, but I also featured it as part of The Scarlet Season. Even though it’s a Shine Lipstick, it’s so, so pigmented. It’s a rich, fierce orange-red that looks creamy and wet and slightly glossy with full-color coverage. It wears well–about four hours before it noticeably fades–and feels lightweight but still moisturizing. Like all Dolce & Gabbana Lipsticks, it does have a rosy scent that’s noticeable in the tube, but I don’t notice it once it’s on my lips (but I’m also not super sensitive to scents in lip products).

Is this the right orange lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Saturday, April 17th, 2010

gloMinerals Passion Fruit Lipstick

The Summer Season: gloMinerals Passion Fruit Lipstick

GloMinerals Passion Fruit GloLip Lipstick ($16.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich shade of coral-orange with an almost reddish tint. It has no shimmr but a very soft glossed-over sheen. It is a full-color coverage lipstick that feels creamy without being thick or heavy, and it feels lightweight when worn. The lipstick itself is also fragrance-free for those with more sensitivities to scent. It’s moisturizing and wears about three to four hours on my lips.

Is this the right coral lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →