Friday, December 12th, 2014

Revlon HD Citrine Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
Revlon HD Citrine Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer ($8.99 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a very pigmented, high-shine formula that tends to be tacky (despite the brand saying it is “never sticky”) with a thicker consistency. There’s a very, very faint sweetness as far as scent goes, but it was hard to detect, even in the tube. The formula isn’t hydrating nor is it drying, so it is fairly comfortable to wear (as long as you don’t mind a thicker, tackier gloss to begin with). They feature a brush-type applicator, which seemed to give a rougher edge due to the thicker nature of the gloss. HD Citrine and HD Sunstone really stood out to me as a more unique shades that also performed well.

Revlon HD Citrine (550) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer is a bright orange with warm, reddish tones and lighter yellow gold shimmer. It had rich, opaque color payoff that covered ths lips well with even, smooth color. This shade lasted for almost six hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is less shimmery and sheerer. MAC Riviera Life (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Temper (P, $22.00) has no shimmer. Burberry Coral (P, $29.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Amber (555) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer is a muted orange-copper with orange and gold shimmer. Despite having a similar texture to other shades in the range, it was rather sheer–at most, semi-sheer–but the base color didn’t seem to do much. It lasted for three and a half hours. It could also have gone on more evenly, but luckily, the shimmer distracted the eye from some of the unevenness. MAC Water Deities (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned, lighter. Divergent Temptation’s Choice (LE) is less shimmery. Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99) is similar. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is pinker. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is similar (I think HD Amber is its replacement). Dior Ambre Lumiere (227) (P, $29.50) is more bronze. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Revlon HD Sunstone (565) Ultra HD Lip Lacquer is a brightened, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and finer light gold pearl. It had full color coverage that went on fairly evenly and smoothly. Some of the color pulled slightly into lip lines, but the high-shine finish helped to minimize the appearance. The gloss wore well for five hours on me. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Tom Ford Ian Lipstick
Tom Ford Ian Lipstick

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “light pinks to mauves.” James and Richard were both lovely, which is no surprise since they’re repromotes of this past fall’s lipsticks. You can find Addison (which is part of this family) here, as it was sold out when I originally placed my order, and I already reviewed it! :)

Right now, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time).

The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Ian Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a frosted gold shimmer. The finish was rather glossy, and it felt a lot more like Lip Color Sheer than a Lip Color. The glossier, wetter consistency paired with semi-sheer color coverage just doesn’t ring true to the Lip Color formula. The color applied somewhat streaky, which is probably because of how much slip it had, and did settle into lip lines just slightly. It lasted for three and a half hours on me and moderately moisturizing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flynn Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly. This one seemed to pull into lip lines slightly after two and a half hours of wear, though it lasted for four and a half all in all. It was lightly hydrating and was comfortable to wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Addison Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) was reviewed previously here.

James Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium coral-orange with warm undertones and a natural finish–a little shine but not glossy. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, easy-to-apply formula that went on beautifully. On me, the color wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating over time. This is the same as Twist of Fate, which was a limited edition shade released this past fall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Richard Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark warm-toned plum with a satin finish. There was very, very fine white-silver pearl. This shade had full color coverage, and the consistency was creamy enough to apply evenly and smoothly, but it didn’t slide around on the lips. It lasted for five hours on me and kept my lips moisturized during that time. This is the same as Negligee, which was a limited edition shade released this past fall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Tom Ford Alexander, Patrick, Michael, John, Giacomo Lip Colors
Tom Ford Alexander, Patrick, Michael, John, Giacomo Lip Colors

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is segmented into color families, and this post features the “pop pinks to roses.” Right now, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus are both accepting pre-orders for the Lips & Boys collection; they officially release on December 26th (and will also be at other retailers and Tom Ford’s website at that time).

You can check out sneak peek swatches here and here for the other shades. :) The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

Alexander Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, blue-based cotton candy pink with a soft shimmer. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but it didn’t go on quite as evenly as I would have liked. The consistency just doesn’t feel luxuriously smooth, so I was a bit disappointed. The color wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Patrick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium coral with a hint of pink and a luminous shine. It had rich color payoff and hid my lip freckle entirely with a smooth, moderately creamy texture that made the lipstick apply evenly. This shade stayed on well for four hours when I tested it, and it was nicely moisturizing while I wore it. I really liked this shade, but it seems rather dupable, so you may have something like it in your stash. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Michael Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a brightened, medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had full color coverage that went on evenly and was comfortable to wear. It was lightly hydrating, but it lasted for five hours, so a bit longer than the first two in the post. I also found this one harder to dupe, because it’s a very pink-driven shade that’s still warm-leaning, and the frost finish made it more unusual. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

John Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a heavier frosted finish. it had rich, fully opaque pigmentation that covered lips well and applied with even color. It wore well for almost six hours and was a little hydrating (but the least hydrating of this set). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Giacomo Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm undertones and a very fine golden shimmer. It had full color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and glided on without tugging, while delivering even color. It wore well for almost six hours and was moderately moisturizing over time. The finish on this one reminded me of a less glossy version of Guerlain’s Rouge G formula due to the inclusion of pearl. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Dare (208) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl
Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Dare (208) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl

Marc Jacobs Beauty Truth or Dare (208) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark berry purple.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a glossy, creamy finish. It was mostly opaque with smooth, even color coverage that wore well for five hours on me. The formula was lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and not sticky. Finding dupes is harder for this type of formula, as most glosses aren’t this opaque. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is much pinker, lighter. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Heroine (LE, $15.00) is brighter. MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Boom Boom (210) Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and fine iridescent shimmer. It rich, full color coverage that went on beautifully. The color applied without looking streaky or settling into lip lines. It wore well for five hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and didn’t feather or bleed. Revlon HD Pink Ruby (515) (P, $8.99) is darker, redder. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is redder, darker. Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is darker, more shimmery. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is slightly darker, less neon. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

ColourPop Lippie Stix
ColourPop Lippie Stix

ColourPop Grind Lippie Stix ($5.00 for 0.035 oz.) is a twist-up lipstick that’s supposed to be long-wearing, comfortable to wear, and is available in three finishes; the Glossy finish has medium-full coverage, while the other two (Satin and Matte) are supposed to have full coverage. Several of you asked about these yesterday, so I got my butt into gear and shot photos/swatches for you :) I didn’t purchase all of the shades they had available, only a handful, so these are all the shades I did buy.

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Color Trio
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Color Trio

Tom Ford Lips & Boys is a collection of fifty (yes, FIFTY!) shades of miniature-sized lipsticks that are all limited edition. They were released as an “early access” deal during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. The collection was set to launch officially on Tom Ford’s site on the 28th but launched early on the 27th. (My husband said, “Tom Ford duped you, because he got tired of you duping him!”) Within about six hours of launching, Stavros, Julian, and Addison had already sold out! I snagged these three (which I’ve dubbed The Lost Boys) on Cyber Monday. As some retailers are taking pre-orders now and shipping when they fully launch on December 26th, I thought what better way to kick off the Lips & Boys reviews than with the first three to sellout!

You can check out sneak peek swatches here and here for the other shades. :) The Lips & Boys shades seem a lot smaller than the full-sized Lip Colors in their tubes, but in terms of actual product, it’s 0.07 oz. vs. 0.10 oz. These are actually cheaper by the ounce at $457.14/oz. compared to $500/oz. for full-size. I liked that the packaging felt the same as full-sized, just smaller, but it didn’t feel cheapened. The bullet of lipstick itself was also wide enough at the base that it didn’t feel really skinny or difficult to use, and it wasn’t prone at breaking at the base as some miniature-sized lipsticks are.

When you purchase three shades from Neiman Marcus, a box that fits the three is included. It’s a thick, glossy cardboard box with the gold logo to close it.

Tom Ford Stavros Lip Color ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, dark taupe with mauve and cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips evenly. The consistency was creamy and glided over lips easily. This shade lasted for five hours on me and was moisturizing over time. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sebastian (P, $18.00) is lighter and less shimmery. MAC Soft Sable (LE, $16.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes. As a heads up, this shade isn’t even available for pre-order from what I could find, so it may be reign as the hardest shade to get–and it’s no wonder, as it is a more unique shade.

Tom Ford Julian Lip Color ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pink with a lilac tone to it and a luminous finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and hugged for longer-than-average wear but didn’t feel clingy. The formula was lightly creamy, comfortable to wear, hydrating, and lasted for five hours on me. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is darker. MAC Vivid Imagination (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tom Ford Addison Lip Color ($32.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on fairly evenly. I think the texture could have been slightly smoother overall, though. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. Addison is the same as Pink Dusk, which was previously released. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is a smidgen darker, cooler. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is slightly darker. Kat Von D Lovecraft (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is darker. MAC Flavour (LE, $16.00) is more matte. NARS Bolero (LE, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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