Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Guerlain Beige Mousseline Lipstick
Guerlain Beige Mousseline Kiss Kiss Strass Lipstick

The Spring Season: Guerlain Beige Mousseline Kiss Kiss Strass Lipstick

Guerlain Beige Mousseline Kiss Kiss Strass Lipstick ($31.00) is a new-for-spring shade of nude beige with golden peach sparkle. The press sheet for Kiss Kiss Strass reads like a fantasy–Guerlain has some of the best writers for their collections, I swear.  I feel like I’m ready a fantasy novel!  But basically, Kiss Kiss Strass is an ultra shimmreing, glittering lipstick with a soft texture and moisturizing feel.  Guerlain says that the sparkling is owed to “the inset of purse crystal beads to intensify and multiply the interplays of mother-of-pearl and colours” (see, the stuff of fantasy!).

Now, with all that fancy talk, does Guerlain deliver?  I’m a big fan of Guerlain lip products–they really do a fantastic job with their lip line.  (I am also a Guerlain blush/highlighter fiend!)  Kiss Kiss Strass does have this really shimmery, glittering-water type of effect on lips and doesn’t feel chunky despite all that shimmer.  The pigmentation is decent (you can’t see my birthmark on my lip much), but it really just depends on the shade–some shades run more pigmented than others; I wouldn’t say universally this is a pigmented or sheer line.  It is smooth, soft, and doesn’t suck the moisture from your lips.  It is very comfortable to wear, and it’s priced just around their regular Kiss Kiss line (where each retails for $30, but I’m unsure whether there may be a future price increase to match with Kiss Kiss Strass at $31).

This is a good, subtle beige with sparkling pop.  I can see myself wearing this lipstick alone, because it has that glossy sheen and lots of shimmering reflection, so it doesn’t need a gloss necessarily.  Of course, I am a sucker for lip combinations, too, so can’t say that would stop me from going for it anyway!

Is this the right pink 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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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast
MAC Lipsticks: Rose Maiden, Fresh Salmon, Victorian, Colour Me Coral

MAC Spring Colour Forecast: Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

And I bring you part two… and the LAST of all of Spring Colour Forecast reviews.  Now, I’m going to go pass out.  Or something!

Spring Colour 2 Forecast — Lipsticks

  • Rose Maiden is a brightened up red-berry with a frosty finish and sheen. It applies nearly opaque on lips.
  • Fresh Salmon is a medium salmon pink with a golden shimmer and lustre finish. When applied, the golden sheen is really apparent.
  • Victorian is a bright pop of cool-toned pink with a golden sheen. It kind of reminded me of my new favorite pink, Guerlain Giulette, but it’s much cooler. When applied, this goes on mostly opaque and almost looks and feels creamy.
  • Colour Me Coral is a light coral with some beige in it and a frost finish. With its frost finish, it does have a tendency to look too frosty on lips, but with a creamy gloss–say Ember Glow–I think it’ll be just fine.

Spring Colour 4 Forecast — Lipsticks

  • Beigeland is a semi-sheer, shimmery pink-beige with almost a metallic sheen. It’s a frost finish, and I think it applies a bit unevenly alone, so it’s something that needs to be used with a lip brush or else finished with a gloss.
  • Bronzilla is a reddened bronze with a very metallic sheen. Like Beigeland, it’s also a frost finish lipstick, but it reads more metallic. I found it applied better than Beigeland for evenness, but I’d personally layer a gloss on top to make it really pop and work in a look.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast
MAC Lipsticks: Pink Burst, Phlox, Laugh-a-lot, Bubble Gum

MAC Spring Colour Forecast: Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

If you thought there were a lot of lipglasses in this launch, prepare yourself… NOW! There are more lipsticks! Parts one and two have four each; parts three and four have two each–bringing us a whopping twelve lipsticks. Did I say twelve? *faints*  My favorites: Laugh-a-lot, Bubblegum.  What are your favorites?

Spring Colour 1 Forecast — Lipsticks

  • Pink Burst is a fuchsia pink with a blue-base and softer fuchsia shimmer. It’s actually quite similar to La La Eyeshadow. I’d say it’s also a much tamer version of Show Orchid (PRO shade). Think Hollywood Nights or Girl About Town with fuchsia shimmer.
  • Phlox looks so heavenly in the tube, but I couldn’t get it to show up nearly as well on my skin, let alone my lips. It has a glaze finish, so I did expect it to be on the sheerer side, but this was a little ridiculous. When applied, Phlox does have this fun cool-toned glitter/shimmer that reflects blue, violet, and fuchsia… but it looks like a sheer gloss on me–no color base at all.
  • Laugh-a-lot is like a plummy pink with a pale gold sheen. It is semi-sheer and is a lustre finish lipstick. This applies so well, actually! It gives me decent coverage (though not totally opaque, to be sure), with a glossy sheen. For me, I think it deepened my lips rosiness and pink while giving it a plummy feel.
  • Bubble Gum is a medium pink with a lilac tone to it and gold shimmer. It’s a glaze finish, so the color is so-so when applied–decent pigmentation but takes some patience to make it look even. Those with lighter natural lips will get a nice pinky lip with gold shimmer, while those with darker lips may find it semi-sheer. I think this is a shade that’s going to look different from person to person, because I barely caught the purple-ness in the shade until I applied it to my lips–and then it was like, “Whoa!”

Spring Colour 3 Forecast — Lipsticks

  • Hang-up is a vibrant, dark berry red with a slightly glossy sheen and creamy opaque color. This is a permanent shade–part of the Cremesheen family.  You can see my original review here.
  • Radicchio is a sheer pinky-plum with a shimmer sheen. It’s a lustre finish lipstick, but it did give me a surprisingly amount of color. It really is more of a my-lips-but-better kind of color; on me, it’s like a soft, sheered out plum tint on my slightly pinker lips.  Looks natural but not something I’d have to say is a must-have.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast 1
MAC Lipglasses: Purple Rage, Lavender Wind

MAC Spring Colour Forecast: Lipglasses Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

Part 2 of the lipglasses…  From these, my favorites were Purple Rage.  What are your favorites?

Spring Colour 3 Forecast — Lipglasses

  • Purple Rage is a red raspberry with golden shimmer–it’s more red than raspberry, but still not quite red. This is one of the more opaque glosses, and it may have a tendency to bleed when applied alone.
  • Lavender Wind is a semi-sheer, kind of milky-creamy pink base with fuchsia and violet shimmer. I feel like I’ve seen this kind of shade from MAC a few times in the past year. It was like a more violet-shimmered Luminary Lustreglass (which I do love, but I think Luminary is better).

Spring Colour 4 Forecast — Lipglasses

  • Almondine is a surprisingly opaque white-gold with gold shimmer. On me, this is not exactly a shade to wear alone. This is a color I’d layer over a lipstick to lighten or add more shimmer. Looks kind of like shimmery corpse lips on me when worn alone, unfortunately! I love the pearly look of it, though.
  • Gold Dust is a light peachy-orange color base with gold and orange shimmer. This gloss applies pretty sheer on me, just giving me a little bit of color, but mostly I see golden, orange, and peach shimmer.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Spring Colour Forecast 1
MAC Lipglasses: Hush, Hush Rose, Electric Fuchsia, Cultureclash

MAC Spring Colour Forecast: Lipglasses Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

Each part has a few lipglasses; the first two parts have three each, while the last two parts have two each. This gives us a grand total of ten freakin’ lipglasses to take a look at, whew! This part includes the lipglasses from parts one and two, and the second part will contain lipglasses from parts three and four. (I split posts to help ensure that our server can sustain the load of people downloading images–and preferably, not 50 images at once!)  My favorites:  Hush, Hush Rose, Electric Fuchsia, and Kumquat.  What are your favorites?

Spring Colour 1 Forecast — Lipglasses

  • Hush, Hush Rose is a semi-sheer strawberry pink with golden shimmer. I imagine this looking a bit raspberry on those with more red pigmentation in their lip color.
  • Electric Fuchsia is a bright magenta fuchsia with violet shimmer. This is purpler than Magnetique and not as creamy–a little sheerer, more shimmery.
  • Cultureclash is a sheer baby pink with yellow undertones. It looks more medium-pink when swatched, but when applied, I found it rather milky pink with silver sparkle.

Spring Colour 2 Forecast — Lipglasses

  • Kumquat is a tangerine orange gloss with lighter orange shimmer. When applied, I see a good dose of shimmer and glossiness, with some of the tangerine color coming through.
  • Cha Cha is a medium pink with lighter pink and almost fuchsia shimmer in it. It applies semi-opaque to my lips and gives me a pinker, shimmery pout.
  • Ember Glow is an orange-y beige cream gloss with a smidgen of shimmer. On my lips, it looks creamy and gives decent color. I do find creams have a tendency to settle into lip lines and not go on as evenly as I’d like, but this one wasn’t too bad.

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Lancome Love It! Lipstick
Lancome Love It! Lipstick

The Spring Season: Lancome Love It! Lipstick

Lancome Love It! Color Design Lipstick ($22.00) is a soft, rosy petal-pink with a glossy sheen. On lips, it goes on semi-opaque and looks and feels creamy (but not thick). It really just looks like it melted into lips for very natural looking color. This is just one of those incredibly easy-to-wear pinks that works with a smoky eye or neutral eye. Definitely one of my favorites! The lipstick itself isn’t drying and lasts a good four or so hours on me.

Is this the right pink 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.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

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