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NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Spring 2013: Cythere

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “soft metallic rose.” It’s a beige-brown with a rainbow shimmer. I’m not sure where NARS is seeing rose, as it yields a very metallic champagne/beige/brown kind of color both swatched and applied. The shimmer reminded me a lot of the kind found in Illamasqua Opulent, but the color of Opulent isn’t like Cythere. MAC Straight to the Head has a lot more glitter. Lancome Amande is browner.

The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is supposed to provide hydration, shine, and feel comfortable to wear. Cythere has mostly opaque color coverage along with a high-shine finish; not super glossy but very metallic and reflective. The texture is lightly tacky, creamy, and on the thicker side. This shade lasted four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it.  The color applied evenly and smoothly, but sharpening this formula can be a bit of a pain, as it is a very soft, creamy consistency that can get stuck and smeared all over your sharpener.  It’s better to put the pencil in the freezer for a bit, then sharpen, to minimize mess and waste.

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Cythere
Cythere

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NARS Dressed to Kill Lipstick

NARS Dressed to Kill Lipstick
NARS Dressed to Kill Lipstick

NARS Spring 2013: Dressed to Kill

NARS Dressed to Kill Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia rose with gold shimmer.” It’s a subtly pink-tinged rosy-red with a dusting of gold sparkle. It’s just barely cool-toned; it almost reads neutral to neutral-warm against my warmer complexion. I suspect it will look a bit pinker against cooler complexions. shu uemura Rouge Luster is warmer. Giorgio Armani #406 is redder. Dior Nocturne is pinker, less red.

The texture of this is lightly creamy, and it glides on fairly easily and smoothly, but there is a noticeable texture from the gold sparkle. It provided full color coverage, and the color lasted six hours and left a pinky-berry stain behind for another hour or so. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating, but it was comfortable to wear for the entire time I wore it. I didn’t have any problems with the color feathering or bleeding. There was no distinguishable scent or flavor. If you like the idea of a muted, rosy red, you’ll like Dressed to Kill. It’s bright enough that it’s still a bolder color choice, but it’s not as bold or as bright as your traditional red.

NARS Lipstick Dressed to Kill

bareMinerals Amped Pink Loud & Clear Lip Sheer

bareMinerals Amped Pink Loud & Clear Lip Sheer
bareMinerals Amped Pink Loud & Clear Lip Sheer

Just a Sheer Tint of Color

bareMinerals Amped Pink Loud & Clear Lip Sheer ($15.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer fuchsia pink.” When swatched, it was a sheer medium pink–it read neutral, almost yellow-toned, even though it certainly looked fuchsia in the tube. On lips, it made my lips look brighter, pinker, and generally kept the corpse-lip look at bay. It has a soft shine to finish it off. NARS Beverly Hills is slightly darker.

The formula has a really nice glide-on texture that’s not sticky, too wet/slick, and is very comfortable to wear. It adds hydration to lips not just during wear but beyond it, too, and after wearing it for half a day or longer, I can get away with not reaching for another lip balm for at least as long. As described, the color is sheer and just a tint of color, so it acts as a lip stain/lip balm hybrid. Amped Pink wore for three hours on me. There is a noticeable sweet, orange scent and flavor, though the flavor is less noticeable.

bareMinerals Loud & Clear Lip Sheer Amped Pink
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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bareMinerals Berry Remix Loud & Clear Lip Sheer

bareMinerals Berry Remix Loud & Clear Lip Sheer
bareMinerals Berry Remix Loud & Clear Lip Sheer

A Tint for Natural Beauty

bareMinerals Berry Remix Loud & Clear Lip Sheer ($15.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer ripe berry.” When swatched, it looks like a sheer, glossy berry pink. Applied, it tints my lip color to a slightly darker pink, but it still looks sheer and natural. It looked similar to NARS Beverly Hills or NARS Cadaques (or really, a mix).

bareMinerals’ Loud & Clear Lip Sheers are supposed to have translucent color, soft shine, and hydrating properties (from shea butter and jojoba seed oil), which is all put into a gel-based formula. Berry Remix is the most “pigmented” shade out of three available; this is the one that had a particularly visible effect of staining my lips. It’s still a very sheer effect, just as bareMinerals described. If you have naturally pigmented lips and hoped to see some tint, this is the one I’d recommend of the three.

The consistency is slick, gel-like, and non-sticky. It glided on easily, and it didn’t drag or pull at the lips. When I applied the Lip Sheer, it almost felt like it melted against my lips. There is a fairly heavy, sweet orange and a slight orange flavor to the product. The stain lasts for three hours or so, and the formula is nicely hydrating and lasts for a short period of time beyond the wear of the product. For someone who wants just a tint of color that looks like they’re not wearing any lip color, except for a little balm for a natural shine, this is right up your alley.

bareMinerals Loud & Clear Lip Sheer Berry Remix
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie

Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie
Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie

Are You Trashed With Milky Pinks?

Urban Decay Trashed Lip Junkie ($19.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink shimmer.” It’s a subdued, fuchsia pink with silver shimmer and sparkle. Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle has larger sparkle but is less densely-packed with it. MAC Floating Lotus is very similar.

It looks pinker and bolder in the tube than applied–it is really a sheer layer of pink that enhances any natural pink coloring and then has a fair amount of small-sized shimmer.  Unfortunately, Urban Decay didn’t describe it as sheer, even though they definitely use the term for some sheer shades of Lip Junkies, as the range has sheer and semi-sheer colors.  Since it doesn’t have a lot of color, it applies evenly easily, and there’s no settling of the color into lip lines.  The downside is that it only wore for two and a half hours, but it was hydrating both during and post-wear even after wearing it twice in a row.  It has a non-sticky texture that’s not too thick or too thin, and because it’s not sticky, it glides on readily. It has a sweet mint scent and flavor.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Trashed
Trashed
Trashed
9
Product
6
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

Giorgio Armani Blush (500) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Blush (500) Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani Blush (500) Lip Maestro

A Perfect Pink for Everyday Wear

Giorgio Armani Blush (500) Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a hint of mauve. In the tube, it looks more mauve than when swatched and applied–it definitely has a rosier hue on. MAC Shanghai Spice is warmer, less pink. MAC Flamingo is sheerer, pinker. NARS Montego Bay is a bit warmer. Cle de Peau #124 is shimmery and sheerer. Lancome Voile de Rose is similar.

Lip Maestro is a fantastic formula that’s long-wearing (Blush wore for six and a half hours), incredibly comfortable to wear (thanks to the slip and velvety feel from the silicone), and richly pigmented.  It’s completely opaque when applied, and you don’t need much product for full opacity.  It has a slightly slanted doe-foot applicator, and the lipstick is unscented. The consistency is lightweight but not particularly thin (but not at all thick), so it glides over lips without skipping.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Blush (500)
Blush (500)
Blush (500)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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