Friday, June 6th, 2014

Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) Le Rouge
Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) Le Rouge

Here are three of the new mid-tone, pink-hued shades of Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) that recently released. The Le Rouge formula is lightweight, creamy, pigmented, hydrating, and fairly long-wearing, though some of the lighter shades tend to be less flawleess in application and can wear closer to average in wear time. They have a rose scent but no discernible taste.

Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “muted rose.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and made lips look smoother. This one had less of a sheen compared to other shades in the range. This shade wore well for five hours on me. Chanel Fleurie (139) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $45.00) is darker, more neutral. MAC Grande Dame (P, $22.00) is warmer. Burberry Rose Pink (307) (P, $30.00) is darker, more matt.e Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy pink-toned red.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had fully opaque pigmentation that applied well to lips and didn’t settle into lip lines or tug at the lips. The color lasted for five hours on me. Revlon Snow Peach (LE, $7.99) is warmer. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is similar. Chanel Fleurie (139) (LE, $34.00) is sheerer. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is slightly warmer. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “brownish nude pink.” It’s a light-medium, pink-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. It was mostly opaque, but it wasn’t fully opaque. The texture had a bit more slip to it, so the application wasn’t as flawless as it is with other shades in the formula. This color wore well for four hours on me. Revlon Ingenue (145) (P, $8.99) is browner, sheerer. MAC Spice (LE, $16.00) is darker, browner. MAC Shanghai Spice (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. NARS Last Tango (LE, $26.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. Flower Beauty Petal Kiss (P, $6.98) is more matte. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is lighter, more matte. Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is pinker, glossier. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is more matte, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, June 6th, 2014

Sisley Paris Baby (2) Phyto-Lip Twist
Sisley Paris Baby (2) Phyto-Lip Twist

Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twist ($50.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a twist-up tinted lip balm that’s supposed to be “colored like a lipstick and shiny like a gloss.” According to the brand, it contains Commiphora Resin Extract that “smooths the lips and firms,” along with Phytosqualane, which “hydrates and protects.” The consistency is almost weightless, creamy, and smoothing as it applies. It is very comfortable to wear, and it hydrates well throughout the day–I wore these two shades over and over again over a period of two days. It’s mostly non-sticky, getting just slightly tacky after a few hours of wear. It has no scent or taste. Sisley Paris is a luxury brand, so this formula has a matching luxury price tag; it’s a very nice and well-done product, so the quality is there but whether it’s worth the splurge or not is up to you!

Sisley Paris Baby (2) Phyto-Lip Twist ($50.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with very subtle micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage and wore well for three and a half hours. NARS Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is glossier. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, sheerer, glossier. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less glossy, more opaque. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sisley Paris Berry (5) Phyto-Lip Twist ($50.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium-dark berry pink with a soft shine. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and this one was slightly less glossy/luminous compared to Baby. It wore longer, though, and stayed on well for five hours. NARS Quito (P, $26.00) is sheerer, slightly brighter. MAC New Love (P, $22.00) is lighter, glossier. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is sheerer, glossier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Studded Kiss (310) (P, $28.00) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Melt Cosmetics Lipstick
Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks — By Starlight, Darling, Shady Lady

Melt Cosmetics Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is supposed to have an “ultra-matte texture” and otherwise encompass “perfect lipsticks.” The brand describes the scent as “vanilla cake,” and it has a sweet, vanilla scent, but it almost veers tropical fruit to me–it’s very sweet, noticeable when worn, but there’s a bit of a plastic-scent somewhere in the background, which might be why the taste is a bit like play-doh at times. Melt is known for some of the wilder colors, which are nearly always sold out (I gave up trying to catch ‘em available, so I bought shades from what was available–would have loved to check out their teal/blue shades). The good: they’re long-wearing, richly pigmented, and when they apply right, they look great. The bad: they’re slightly to somewhat drying, lighter shades pull into lip lines as they wear away, difficult to remove, unforgiving when applied, and tug at the lip. The texture is drier and therefore somewhat stiff, though I will say that despite the dryness, darker shades still applied fairly evenly and ended up looking good. I would recommend applying with a lip brush to maximize the results with these, but you’ll have to do some layering to get the same opacity as you would straight from the tube. As they are really long-wearing and cling on to lips, absolutely use something oil-based to break down the color and a have a few cotton pads (or similar) on hand, but removal may still be a little more difficult. They all stain and persist for a few hours after removal, which you may love or not.

Melt Cosmetics By Starlight Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-toned purple with a matte finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and this shade was a little creamier than the other two, but there is still some tugging/pulling during application. This shade wore well for eight hours but some color had pulled into the lines of the lips. It was somewhat drying when I wore it. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is lighter, less matte. MAC Punk Couture (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua ESP (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, iridescent. MAC Potent Fig (LE, $16.00) is darker. Illamasqua Kontrol (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melt Cosmetics Darling Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a cool-toned, light lavender with a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage, and the texture was somewhat dry, so it did tug and pull at the lips when applied from the tube. It requires full prep before application–exfoliate, balm, etc. and your lips have to be in tip-top shape, as the drier consistency will grab onto any imperfections otherwise. This shade lasted five and a half hours but settled and looked “cracked” after four hours. It was somewhat drying when worn. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is pinker, darker. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is grayer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “electric pink.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff, and the texture was a little dry and stiff to work with, so you may want to apply with a lip brush. It wore well for eight hours, was slightly drying when worn, but this shade wore away evenly and didn’t settle into lip lines as time went on. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is less matte, brighter. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is similar, slightly lighter. MAC Flat Out Fabulous (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $16.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) Le Rouge
Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) Le Rouge

Next up in our look at some of the new shades in the Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) range are three pinks. The Le Rouge formula is best described as a creamy, richly pigmented, hydrating lipstick that has a light, natural to luminous shine. It is rose-scented with no discernible taste (from what I could tell). It’s long-wearing, comfortable to wear, and usually makes my lips look better than they do naturally as the consistency and texture make them appear smoother.

Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “electric bright pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had rich, full color coverage in a single pass, and it applied evenly and left lips looking fuller and smoother. This shade wore well for almost six hours on me. These days, we’re fairly inundated with bright pinks, so it’s not really a unique shade; what makes it slightly different than your typical neon fuchsia is really that it isn’t that neon–it’s bright but not blindingly blight, but it is not a dark fuchsia either. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is slightly more matte. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is lighter, more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $16.00) is darker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Rose Dahlia (210) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bubblegum pink.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with strong, blue undertones. It almost looks a little grayish against my warmer skin tone. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but the texture seemed less forgiving–it didn’t look as smooth or as even applied as Rose Perfecto. This shade lasted for four hours on me. NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is sheerer. MAC Snob (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler-toned, less pink. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is slightly lighter. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “muted neon pink.” It’s a medium, very subtly cool-toned pink with a soft shine. I’d buy that it was a “muted neon pink,” as its brightness seems to fall somewhere between normal and neon–a little shy of “bright” even. The undertone seems to lean slightly blue when swatched and worn, but it looks almost warm-toned at times, yet when swatched next to truly warm pinks, it looks decidedly cooler–but your natural skin tone may pull it one way or the other (more “your mileage may vary” than usual). The color was richly pigmented and applied evenly and smoothly. It wore well for five hours when I tested it. Bite Beauty Damask (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer. Bite Beauty Vigne (P, $24.00) is a touch darker. Chanel Fougueuse (138) (P, $34.00) is sheerer. Giorgio Armani #505 (LE, $32.00) is brighter, darker. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is darker. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips
Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips

Bite Beauty BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “lip enhancing, five-in-one-balm.” It’s supposed to hydrate, repair, prime, and protect with a “color-rich balm.” I bought two shades to try–one lighter, one deeper–and both performed similarly for me (consistency is always a good thing!).

The texture is lightweight, creamy with a high degree of slip, and has a thinnish texture overall. There’s a soft shine after application with decent color, but I don’t know that I’d use the words “color-rich.” It’s lightly hydrating for me, and in general, I find it leaves my lips feeling softer a couple of hours later but doesn’t make them look good initially and instead seems to accentuate the texture of my lips. The major downside to the formula is really that it has a very thin, slippery texture that means the product wears away quickly and regular reapplication is necessary.

You can layer lipstick over it, but my experience is that it’s less of a primer, as it reduced the wear time of the lipstick on its own, and it didn’t make the lipstick look any better. Matte lipsticks varied; sometimes the slickness of the balm made it so the matte color didn’t go on as evenly, other formulas were okay, so your mileage may vary depending on the formula and finish of the lipstick you’re applying over it. I would describe these as a tinted lip balm with some hydration, but if I was going to go for a lip balm by Bite, I would go for the Agave Lip Mask instead. BB for Lips has a sweet, lemon-vanilla scent and sweet taste that occasionally seems like there’s a mere hint of sunscreen. (Quick note: Sephora lists this as “SPF 18″ but the package indicates SPF 15.) Be careful with flavored lip products as it can tempt you to lick your lips more often, which doesn’t help hydrate lips!

Bite Beauty Dolce BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep purple.” It’s a semi-sheer, muted pink-berry with subtle cool undertones and a soft shine. It applied mostly evenly and lasted for almost two hours. Korres Wild Rose (P, $12.99) is a bit lighter. Chanel Fiction (P, $34.00) is more opaque (true lipstick). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Flush BB for Lips ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had semi-sheer color coverage that applied evenly. A light shade like this is going to look more different than similar across individuals, as the natural lip color comes through quite a bit, so the result is that this lightens and warms up the natural lip color to a degree, but the natural lip color will play a huge part. This shade lasted an hour and a half on me. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is darker. Chanel Secret (85) (LE, $34.00) is pinker. Chanel Melba (75) (LE, $34.00) is lighter. Chanel Gourmandise (76) (P, $34.00) is lighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) Le Rouge
Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) Le Rouge

Givenchy Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz. each) recently released twelve new shades in the range, and I purchased all twelve through Sephora. I’m working my way through testing each one, so you should reviews sooner rather than later! The formula is described as having a semi-matte finish and intense, “one stroke” color. Each lipstick is housed in a tube that is encased in a thin layer of leather. They are rose-scented with no discernible taste. You can see all the shades I’ve reviewed previously here. Here are reviews for the first three I’ve tested:

Givenchy Beige Caraco (107) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “medium peach beige.” It’s a slightly-lighter-than-medium peach with beige and warm undertones. The finish is luminous with a soft sheen. The consistency was lightweight, very creamy and smooth, but it had a little more slip than darker and more mid-tone shades in the range. It was mostly opaque, and for as much creaminess/slip this had, it only very, very lightly showed “lines” if you pressed your lips together. This shade lasted four hours on me. Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more beige. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is more beige. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is brighter. NARS Isola Bella (P, $25.00) is more orange. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Yash (P, $16.00) is more beige, more matte. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower in tone. MAC Freckletone (P, $16.00) is darker but sheerer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Beige Deshabille (108) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “muted light peach beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy beige with subtle, warm undertones. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it is one of the sheerer shades I’ve come across within the formula. It is a lot less forgiving applied as well; one of the qualities I really like about the Le Rouge formula is how much smoother lips usually look with it on, but my lips look almost crumbly at times with this shade. A lot of lighter shades, such as this one, have similar issues, but it is always disappointing when a brand doesn’t improve upon it. It has a bit more slip than average, and it does show “lines” if you press your lips together. This shade only lasted three hours on me. MAC Close Contact (LE, $16.00) is slightly rosier. MAC Pure Decoration (LE, $16.00) is lighter, yellower. MAC Peachstock (P, $16.00) is a bit lighter. MAC Nearly Nude (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Rose Ruban (211) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “pale pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with neutral-to-warm undertones–it almost has a gray-ish cast. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it suffered from the same problems as Beige Deshabille did–uneven, not smooth, appearance once on, and it, too, will show some “lines” where the color will gather on itself if you press your lips together. This color wore well for three hours when I tested it. MAC Sublime Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. theBalm Milly (P) is darker, more matte. MAC Fun Finds (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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