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Chanel Merveille Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Merveille Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
Chanel Merveille Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Merveille Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($32.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac rosewood.” It is a reddened plum with soft pink shimmer. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum is very similar, but it is a sheerer formula, so it looks lighter applied. MAC Lap of Luxury is a touchd arker and has less shimmer.

The Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss (whew! that’s a mouthful) is supposed to be a color-rich, non-sticky, and high-shine. Merveille applies easily with opaque color–and lots of shimmer. The size of the shimmer is fine but noticeable, so it reflects and catches the light well, giving lips a very sparkling look.  It’s incredibly comfortable to wear–very hydrating–and lasts for five hours.  The tapered doe-foot applicator tapers on both ends, and it actually fits the natural curve of the lip well for application.  The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, and it never gets tacky.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Merveille
Merveille
Merveille
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick (2012)

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick
MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright pink” with a matte finish. It’s a neon, blue-based pink with a matte finish. MAC Pink Pigeon is pinker, not as bright. MAC Show Orchid has iridescent shimmer and is a bit darker. MAC Quick Sizzle is pinker. OCC Nylon is similar–it’s a bit brighter, though. MAC Dear Diary touch less bright.

It’s definitely a show-stopping shade that is bound to get attention. I have reviewed it here previously, but here are some swatches I did of it today. It has a matte finish, so it applies more opaquely. It is creamy enough not to tug on lips or feel like a really dry matte (think Ruby Woo). This shade always stains my lips, and it usually wears for six to eight hours. While not hydrating, it wasn’t at all drying, and it was a very comfortable matte to wear. It is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste.

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick (2012)

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss

L'Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss

A Sparkling, Shimmery Pink of a Gloss

L’Oreal Dazzle Me Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 MSRP for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with fuchsia and silver shimmer and sparkle. Burberry Hibiscus is similar in color but has no shimmer at all. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is lighter and has finer shimmer (and less of it). MAC Radiant Jewels is redder with less sparkle. MAC Electric Fuchsia is lighter.

The Infallible Lipgloss formula is supposed to offer eight-hour wear with sheer, luminous color. I wish they wouldn’t make such an extravagant claim, because eight-hours of shiny, glossy wear? is not something you find often, if at all. This shade wears well for five hours, but the glossiness fades after three and a half hours, though the sparkle does not travel. After eight hours, there are still a few bits of shimmer but the color is gone. The texture is thin but incredibly sticky. Dazzle Me is semi-sheer in color with enough sparkle to give lips a good shimmer and shine.

I have such a love/hate relationship with this gloss formula, because the shimmer they use sparkles beautifully, but the thin consistency means you can feel the grit of the sparkle. I noticed the grit of the sparkle less so in this shade than I have in others, and the scent was sweet and fruity but not medicinal (some of them are that way).  It comes with a tapered, angled doe-foot applicator (similar to Lancome’s Color Fever Glosses).

L'Oreal Infallible 8-HR Le Gloss Dazzle Me
Dazzle Me
Dazzle Me
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss

Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss
Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss

A Gold Lipgloss for the Season

Illamasqua Stranger Intense Lipgloss ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “metallic gold.” It’s a dirty, antique gold with a green-ish tinge and warmer, bronzy gold shimmer. It’s probably a shock to no one that I don’t have a laundry list of dupes for this shade–in fact, I couldn’t think of anything all that similar. MAC Liquid Lurex had a similar coloring in the tube, but it’s very sheer and glittery. OCC Triptych is warm, yellow-y gold. It’s different, and it’s certainly not a shade for everyone, but I’m really glad I picked it up. I think you can lightly dab it over various lipsticks/glosses to add a metallic shimmer if wearing it on its own isn’t your style.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly overall.  The Intense Lipgloss formula is designed to give rich color with a high shine finish.  It’s supposed to have a non-sticky texture, and there was no tack in the gloss to speak of.  It delivered a lot of color (and a ton of shimmer), and the finish was a bit glossy but very metallic.  Stranger lasted five hours on me, which is longer than average for a gloss. While worn, it was neither drying nor hydrating. The only downside is that ever since Illamasqua switched to brush-type applicator, nearly all of mine have had wonky, splayed brushes.

Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Stranger
Stranger
Stranger
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro
Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro

A Beautiful, Deep Red

Giorgio Armani #400 (The Red) Lip Maestro ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a subtly blue-based, deep red. This is darker, less pink, compared to Giorgio Armani #503 Red Fuchsia Lip Maestro, which I reviewed previously. Dior Diorling is a bit bluer-based. MAC Charmed, I’m Sure is bluer-based, a bit brighter. Guerlain Luxure is a bit browner. MAC Runaway Red has a pink-y edge to it. Chanel Dragon is very similar, but it has noticeable shimmer. It is the closest I’ve come to duping Dragon, and at a stretch, #400 is slightly less blue-based and doesn’t have the same shimmer, but it’s hard to tell if you aren’t looking close-up.

The formula is fully opaque in a single pass–a little goes a long way–and it is a very long-wearing shade that’s comfortable to wear from start to finish.  The Red lasted seven and a half hours on me with extraordinary color, and it lingered into the ninth and tenth hours with 70% or so color remaining–it had a slightly faded, almost stained-like look.  It has a velvety texture and if you’re familiar with silicone-based primers, it also has that feel, too.  Very smooth, and the consistency is thin and glides on, yet it adheres well without being clingy or drying.  It seems glossy close-up, but from a normal distance, it has a modern matte finish–not flat but not glossy.  The best part about this long-wearing formula is that it wears (and feels) like a lipstick; so it doesn’t flake or peel off at all and fades naturally and evenly over time.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro The Red (400)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “dusty mauve.” It’s a gray-tinged mauve with a hint of plumminess and pale mauve shimmer. What it does on my lips is darken the natural lip color, give it a cool-toned cast, and add a healthy dosage of pale mauve shimmer. Chanel Pleasing is warmer, less plum. Urban Decay Perversion is a bit darker.

This shade yielded semi-sheer color coverage, but it distinctly added/altered my natural lip color, and there was a lot of visible shimmer. The shimmer spread evenly across the lips, and it didn’t settle into lip lines. It has a very thin texture with a lightly tacky feel. The formula is vanilla-scented and comes with a doe-foot applicator. Black Pearl wore for three and a half hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Black Pearl
Black Pearl

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