Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

MAC Liberty of London Collection
MAC Lipsticks: Petals & Peacocks, Ever Hip, Blooming Lovely

MAC Give Me Liberty of London: Lipstick Reviews, Photos, Swatches

The lipsticks are in white packaging with the MAC for Liberty flowers and bird printed on the tube itself. There are four shades released, three of which are new, and one of which is PRO–Peachstock.

Lipsticks ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Petals & Peacocks is a creamy, brightened up fuchsia pink with an amplified finish. It’s like a mix of Show Orchid and Girl About Town–like the color of Show Orchid, but the texture and look of Girl About Town. It’s fun and playful, but you may have a hot pink in a similar shade.
  • Ever Hip is a peachy-orange with a glossy sheen in a cremesheen finish. On my lips, it translates a bit more coral-pink because of the pink hue of my natural lip color. It’s not quite as opaque as I’d like once it gets on my lips, but it’s a nice shade of coral.
  • Blooming Lovely is a subdued mauve-y lilac with a glossy sheen in an amplified finish. This an interesting color, because I’m not sure it’s one I could pull off by its lonesome. I’d definitely have to pair it with a gloss to brighten it up and make it more wearable for me. It’s like a lighter, more lilac version of Up the Amp, but it’s a way darker and less blue-based Saint Germain/Snob.
  • Peachstock is a peachy-nude with a very creamy finish and opaque result. Reminded me of Freckletone a bit, but better coverage and less orange.

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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

MAC Liberty of London Collection
MAC Lipglasses: English Accents, Frankly Fresh

MAC Give Me Liberty of London: Lipglass Reviews, Photos, Swatches

The lipglasses are capped with the white packaging then printed with with the MAC for Liberty flower; on the gloss end, there is more MAC for Liberty print, this time of the bird and flowers. There are four lipglasses included with this launch.

Lipglasses ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • English Accents is a creamy, medium blue-pink with silver shimmer. On lips, it reminds me of Viva Glam Gaga, Saint Germain, or Snob lipsticks in lipglass form. It has more of a creamy, milky thing going on once applied.
  • Frankly Fresh is a muted peachy-melon with gold and pink-melon shimmer. Once applied, it looks more peach than melon, though it still has peachy-melon shimmer. Like English Accents, it looks creamy and a bit milky on.
  • A Different Groove is a dark, wine-berry with gold shimmer.  It’s very opaque and vampy.
  • Perennial High Style is a pink-coral creamy gloss with no shimmer.  On my lips, it looks more pink than pink-coral.  It has stronger yellow undertones as compared to Frankly Fresh.

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Monday, March 1st, 2010

Guerlain Rouge Broderie Kiss Kiss Strass Lipstick

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Strass:  Rouge Broderie

Guerlain Rouge Broderie (#321) Kiss Kiss Strass Lip Color ($31.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a nearly opaque raspberry red with fuchsia and red shimmer. It has a very glittery, shimmery look with a particularly glossy finish. It’s a lipstick that doesn’t need a gloss to give it that wet look (though you could still certainly layer if you wanted to). Rouge Broderie may be the most standout shade of the ten shades released in the Kiss Kiss Strass formula, just because it’s vibrant and bold without being overwhelming.

Kiss Kiss Strass comes in typical Guerlain packaging, except it comes in silver casing rather than the gold casing of Kiss Kiss Strass. The lipstick still has the traditional sweetened rosy scent of Guerlain lip products, and it’s not quite as subtle as the Rouge G line, though not as heavy as the Kiss Kiss range either. The pricing is typical to Guerlain lip products, which doesn’t make them the most affordable brand if you’re on the hunt for a lipstick! However, Guerlain does exceptional lip color, both from the shades to the quality and feel of their formulas.

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

Recommendation:  Fans of Guerlain that love a little extra dosage of shimmer will likely enjoy Kiss Kiss Strass!

Availability: Nordstrom, Sephora

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Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Smashbox Splendid Lipstick
Smashbox Splendid Lipstick

The Spring Season: Smashbox Splendid Lipstick

Smashbox Splendid Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, semi-opaque coral-pink with a glossy finish. It has subtle golden/champagne shimmer throughout, but it has more of a glimmering effect. Despite having a very soft and sheer look to it, it’s surprisingly opaque. It really melds and blends with your natural lip color, so it is easy to wear. Smashbox’s Lipsticks are always very creamy and moisturizing and wear for a solid four hours on me.

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

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Sunday, February 28th, 2010

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

The Spring Season: MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick ($14.00) is a creamy, full color coverage shade of pinked beige. It’s one of my favorite nude shades to pair with a smoky eye, because it has this natural pinkness to it that keeps it from making me look like I’m sporting corpse-lips (which aren’t usually so flattering on me). It has a very soft sheen, but there is no shimmer in it. I’d have to say that Velvet Teddy may be one of my favorite lipsticks from MAC (at least, from the permanent range)–the texture is just phenomenal.

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

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Saturday, February 27th, 2010

NARS Belize Lipgloss
NARS Belize Lipgloss

The Spring Season: NARS Belize Lip Gloss

NARS Belize Lip Gloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a milky pink with subtle gold and copper-red sparkle. It almost has a plum feeling to it, but it goes on more milky pink on my lips. It’s a surprisingly opaque lip gloss, particularly for NARS, since most are on the sheerer side. It has a smooth, creamy consistency and applies evenly into lips without settling too much into lip lines. Mine was scent-free, though some NARS lip glosses have a more chemical/plastic-y scent, which is unpleasant if you’re more sensitive to scent!

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Is this the right spring gloss for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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