Friday, March 7th, 2008

Lancôme introduces the must-have lipstick shade of the season! Color Fever Shine in Pixel Pink is the fourth installation of the Pout-à-Porter series of limited-edition lipsticks created exclusively for the runway by renowned makeup artist Gucci Westman. Westman collaborated with Fashion Designer Thakoon to create a beautiful sheer raspberry shade, which was worn by all the models during Thakoon’s Fashion Week Spring 2008 fashion show.

Pixel Pink is a gorgeous shade of pink with just a touch of mauve/plum in it that keeps it a toned down, subtle shade of wearable pink for just about anyone. It applies sheerly, but it can be built up for more color pigmentation (which is what you see on my lips). It has a nice glossy sheen, and it wears well throughout the day. I like the Color Fever Shine range, because they feel really moisturizing and smooth on the lips, like you aren’t even wearing lipstick. The only downside is the price ($25.00), which is steeper than my usual go-to lipsticks are. Nonetheless, I still think this is a more universal pink, which makes it worth taking a peek at if you can.

Available at www.lancome.com, as well as Lancôme Boutiques, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Flirt! Squeeze Me Super Shiny Lipgloss ($10.00) is exactly what it says–a super shiny lipgloss–without stickiness. The colors I tested were fairly sheer, so you get more like a subtle hint of color with lots of shimmery shine. If you’ve ever wanted ultra glossy lips, this is a great solution. They have a good range of colors, so it makes it easy to find a few that would work for you. Personally, I found the tube size to be a little small for the price of a non-high end brand. On the flip side, the small size makes it perfect for traveling and tossing in purses.  I do wish they were more pigmented, as that’s my general preference, but I know a lot of people like sheer glosses.

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

I recently tried out three Guerlain KissKiss glosses ($26.00) in Secret Beige, Rose Florida, and Fraise a Croquer. KissKiss glosses are delicately scented with something akin to a raspberry-sweetness. It is light enough that I find I don’t notice it very much after I’ve applied it to my lips. I did find that these particular shades gave me moderate color pay off, as far as glosses go, with no stickiness or goopiness. They applied easily, precisely, and really didn’t require much effort before my lips looked delightfully shiny and glossy. What I really liked about Guerlain’s KissKiss glosses was that they are incredibly moisturizing; as a compulsive lip balm user, the hardest thing about getting into lipgloss and lipstick was knowing I wouldn’t be able to repeatedly apply lip balm throughout the day. Having a gloss that is moisturizing and longlasting is thus imperative for me.

Verdict? At this price point, I can say that personally, my budget nor my conscience, would permit indulgences such as these very often, but if a certain shade comes around, I may splurge.

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Part two of the Chanel Glossimer experiment, and while I might not have converted into a Chanel-gloss-only kind of gal, I definitely wouldn’t pass them up when offered them! The six up for review this time around are Pin-up, Constellation, Equinox, Scintillantes, Sundress, and Sungold. Quick summary? Sungold is one of my favorite glossimers I’ve tried to date, while Pin-up gives me a great barely-there pale, pink pout.

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Monday, December 17th, 2007

Ladies, let me tell you, YSL has truly created a remarkable spring collection (debuting February 2008). I had the opportunity to play and test out the Palette Pop, a face and cheek powder; Rouge Pure Shine lipstick in Pink Sorbet; and Pop Stick Blush (N2) in Strawberry/Raspberry. What did I love? Oh, what didn’t I love!  Here are some swatches – top horizontal one is of Palette Pop, the bottom left is Pink Sorbet, and the bottom right is the Pop Stick Blush! (Psst, myfavorite is the Pop Stick Blush, I am swooning over it!)

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Monday, December 17th, 2007

Chanel is often a brand that inspires jealousy, because the price point is just high enough that it is out of reach (or justification) for so many makeup addicts. I include myself in this group, because I tend not to be able to justify a purchase at Chanel, no matter how pretty everything looks to the eye. I recently tried four Chanel glossimers:  Galaxy, Glaze, Spark (above), and Unity. I thought I would review them for those who have only admired, but never put down the money for them before.

What they are: Glossimers are thick glosses that come in a variety of colors, opacities, and shimmer amounts. Some, like Glaze, are buttery and have nearly no shimmer and go on sheerly; while others, like Galaxy, are opaque and with plenty of sparkles. Like most lipglosses, opacity depends on the gloss itself, so it’s always a good idea to test when you are able to; sheerer glosses will enhance or add shimmer and a tint of color to your natural lip color. In general, I prefer my glosses to be opaque in color, because if I wanted my natural lip color, I’d go with a clear gloss.

What I liked: I did like the amount of shimmer found in the glosses, and I felt like they reflected and shimmered in just the right way. They have a full range of glosses to choose from, which means you’re bound to find a few that suit your tastes and style. In general, they’re smooth, gel-like and don’t have too much stickiness (some say none at all, I felt there was a bit, here and there). These would look amazing over lipsticks, though.

What I didn’t like: I just have trouble succumbing to the cult of Chanel glossimers, because I don’t feel like they out-do any other lipgloss by leaps and bounds. I felt like this gloss didn’t settle as nicely into my lips as I’d like. Despite using a mirror and meticulously applying the gloss, I just couldn’t get it to look even. At $25.00 a pop, I doubt I’ll become an avid collector of the product. I might splurge here and there on a spectacular shade, but I’m quite satisfied with my lipglass.

What do you think of Chanel glossimers? Love them, hate them? Favorite shades?

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