Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

MAC Superglass
MAC Show Orchid Lipstick + MAC Sweet Tart Superglass

MAC Superglass — A Quick Review & Lip Swatches

Edit: Superglass hits stores today, and I’ll be there as soon as my store opens to grab the remaining shades to swatch and review — just give me some time to get everything done :)  Take a look at these shades in the meanwhile!

Yesterday, I posted some quick photos and swatches of four shades of MAC Superglass. Superglass will debut on May 6th, but some readers have commented they’ve been able to try/purchase them already, so maybe you’ll get lucky at your local store. :) Each will retail for $18 and contains 0.15 oz.

There are nine shades and all of them are limited edition: Cherry Electric (bright cherry pink), Disco Blend (light tan), Fab Frenzy (deep blue purple), Gift Wrap (light pinky peach), Sugar Overload (white beige), Superflash! (mid-tone yellow pink), Sweet Tart (baby pale pink), Totally Bang! (fuchsia), and Tunnel of Love (deep blue brown).

  • Disco Blend is a peachy-beige with a smidgen of brown. The sparkles in it seem to include a gold shimmer, chunkier gray-silver particles, and some peach flecks. Not totally sheer, but it’s not opaque either — it does a decent job of giving my lips a different color, though.
  • Sugar Overload is a milky pale pink-nude with gold and white shimmer and then larger grayish-silver flecks of glitter. Very milky looking, not really creamy, but it doesn’t settle into lips too much. It is, however, pretty sheer. It’s a bit like Boy Bait Cremesheen Glass, except with glitter overload. Ha, overload!
  • Sweet Tart is a soft pink with only a slight milkiness to it. It has white and gold shimmer with large flecks of a grayish-purple and peach glitter. It’s a sheerer shade, but it gives more color than Sugar Overload. I feel like it just brings out some of the natural pink in my lips.
  • Tunnel of Love is a reddish brown with white and gold shimmer along with flecks of grayish-silver and peach glitter. I found this one had the most color pay off, but it has a tendency to look a little uneven on the lips. From further away, it’s not as noticeable, but I just couldn’t get it to look smooth and even. Bonus: it made my teeth look super white!

The formula is thick and sticky, but the glitter never felt gritty to me, even five hours later. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t feel much grittiness, but I think when these fade entirely, there may be a little texture to the glitter. Because it is pretty thick and sticky, the glosses last quite awhile on my lips. I slicked on Sweet Tart around 6 PM, and it was still lingering at 11 PM. It wasn’t quite as glossy as it was initially, but it still looked glossy and shimmery. The glitter seemed to stay in place, and none of it migrated to the outer edges of my lips, so all in all, it fades nicely. Oh, and did I mention I ate dinner with it on? Oh, yeah.

I do think the glitter is large and chunky, and it really does remind me of the flecks of glitter you’ll see in some nail polishes, but it’s not so severe once it’s on your lips, particularly at a normal viewing distance. You’ll see flat grayish particles, but they catch light, so this gloss looks best in light/in person, that way it can catch light as you move vs. a still photograph. It’s an interesting look, and I know some will love it, some will find it tacky. I like the concept better over lipstick than worn alone, partially because these are a bit sheer, but also because it makes the glitter pop a little more.

INGREDIENTS:  Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Trisostearyl Citrate, Tocepheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Squalane, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Polyacrylate-4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Vanillin [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxidies (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163,), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985)]

I know some of us (that includes me!) were concerned about just how much product was going to be in these tubes, but it looks like MAC may have considered what we’ve been complaining about–there is 0.15 oz. in Superglass, as compared to 0.06 oz. in Dazzleglass, 0.08 oz. in Cremesheen Glass, and 0.17 oz. in Lipglass. More expensive than Lipglass, but it’s a way better deal than Dazzleglass! The packaging is very much like Dazzleglass in terms of the type of materials, glossy look of the plastic, etc. but it is six-sided, so it won’t roll off your bathroom counter at least!

None of the four shades I tried really grabbed me, though. I’m hoping that perhaps Cherry Electric, Fab Frenzy, and Totally Bang! are more up my alley as far as my personal tastes go!

BOTTOM LINE: These are long-wearing, ultra glittery lipglosses with a thick (but not goopy!) feel with a sticky texture. They seem to run from sheer to semi-sheer, but so far, none of these are completely opaque. They are vanilla scented, and I didn’t really notice any taste since wearing them.

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

Recommendation: If you don’t mind sticky gloss and love yourself some glitter, I’d say give these a shot. You might be surprised at how the glitter translates on your lips! If you don’t like the stickiness of Lipglass, I don’t think you’ll like the feel of Superglass at all. I also wouldn’t go into these expecting 100% opaque color pay off either!

Availability: May 6th, 2010

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

NARS Love Devotion Lipstick

NARS Summer 2010:  Love Devotion Lipstick

NARS Summer 2010 Collection featured a new lipstick called Love Devotion ($24.00), which NARS describes as a “sheer guava.” It’s a good thing they put me on notice about the color, though, because it’s definitely sheer!

Love Devotion is a sheer coral-orange with a glossy finish rather than shimmer. It evens out my natural lip color, gives them more of a orange-tinted look, but it’s definitely a sheer shade. I think those who prefer lipglosses and the ligher coverage of those may find comfort in Love Devotion, which has the same lightweight, moisturizing feel of a gloss along with the subtler color. Those who are all about the ultra-pigmented lipsticks will probably want to skip this shade.

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

Recommendation: If you love sheerer shades of lipstick, Love Devotion offers subtle color with a great feel and texture.

Availability: NARS

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Illamasqua Petulant Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Petulant Intense Lipgloss

The Summer Season: Illamasqua Petulant Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Petulant Intense Lipgloss ($19.00) is a vibrant shade of darkened raspberry pink. It’s brightened up quite a bit, so it’s not just dark but rich and lush. Being a lipgloss–despite how intensely pigmented it is–it has a very glossy sheen. It’s creamy, and while it’s not ultra-moisturizing, it doesn’t dry out my lips, either. The color gives incredible payoff, nearly opaque up-close and opaque from afar. I swear it also makes my teeth look whiter! :)

Is this the right 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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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

YSL #94 Rouge Pur Shine

YSL Summer 2010 Goes Blood Orange

YSL Blood Orange (94) Rouge Pur Shine Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant shade of coral-orange with an ultra glossy sheen. It has just a smidgen of iridescent shimmer woven through it, but it’s nearly indetectable once on the lips. It’s really the glossy finish that stands out in comparison. The semi-opaque color itself is rich, lush, and perfect for summer. I love the lightweight feel of this creamy, moisturizing lipstick, and I like that I get three to four hours of wear with it to boot!

This is a new and limited edition shade from the upcoming YSL’s Solaris Collection, which will debut in June at YSL counters and the usual retailers.

Would you rock it?

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

Recommendation:  Moisturizing and really rich in color, it should work well for summer!

Availability: June 2010

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Korres #52 Orange Red Lipstick

The Summer Season: Korres #52 Orange Red Lipstick

Korres #52 Orange Red Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a semi-sheer, lightened orange with just a hint of red to it. I’m not sure why it’s named “Orange Red,” because it feels almost like an orange-coral. In case you were curious, it is pretty different from #45 Coral#52 Orange Red is like it’s bolder, brighter naughty older sister. It’s more pigmented, definitely more on the orange side. It has the same glossiness of all Mango Butter Lipsticks, though, and it’s just as moisturizing.

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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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Dior #760 Serum de Rouge

Dior Raspberry Serum (760) Serum de Rouge ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a darkened, reddish-raspberry pink with a glossy sheen.  It has very, very fine (nearly invisible) shimmer, if you look really close.  The color isn’t quite as deep as I’d expect for raspberry, but it’s close.  It’s kind of like a muted, lightened raspberry, perhaps.  I like the creaminess, the way it feels lightweight and moisturizing on lips, but the wear time could be better (just under two hours for me).

I originally reviewed Serum de Rouge here, but in summary, these feel really nice on lips but do require frequent reapplication in my experience.  Normally, reapplication would not be an issue, but you only get 0.07 oz. (as compared to the 0.12 oz. average in many lipsticks).  In addition to the lesser quantity, the creamy quality of these makes it easy to over-apply the product (and thus use more faster than you need to!).

I’ve only tried two shades, but so far, they’re both very universal and wearable.  They were both pigmented and applied beautifully.  I love the formula but wish you either got more or these lasted longer on my lips!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you don’t love lipstick and prefer gloss, I think you’ll like Dior’s Serum de Rouge–it has that glossy feel but the color payoff of a lipstick.

Availability: Serum

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