Friday, April 3rd, 2015

NARS x Christopher Kane Lip Glosses
NARS x Christopher Kane Lip Glosses

NARS Glow Pink Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer fuchsia.” It’s a sheer, fuchsia-tinted gloss that looks more like a stain once applied. For as sheer as it seems, it actually darkened and altered my natural lip color considerably, though I suspect those with naturally redder lips may not find the effect as noticeable. The gloss has a light-medium thick quality that is mostly non-tacky and smooth, but the way it stains/applies looks a bit uneven. The glossiness lasted for two hours, and it had worn down to a very subtle stain at that point that was gone by the fourth hour. I found the formula to be neither drying nor hydrating. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Mezmer Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer neon pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a glossy shine. It is a darker, brighter take on Glow Pink. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that didn’t cover evenly but did stain. The texture was smooth and mostly non-tacky, and it was comfortable to wear. It lasted for three and a half hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Nebulous Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon coral.” It’s an orange-coral with warm undertones and a muted quality to it. I was surprised it wasn’t also described as sheer like the previous two shades. It is fairly sheer but produces a noticeable stained look to the lips, and despite looking completely different when swatched on the skin, the resulting stain (on my lips) is surprisingly similar to Glow Pink. It had the same slightly uneven result on as well. It lasted for three hours on me. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS Nucleus Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as a “seashell pink.” It’s a light, pinky beige with cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had a milky quality to it, so there was some settling into lip lines, though it went on more evenly than a lot of similarly hued shades. It lasted for two and a half hours on me, and the formula was neither drying nor hydrating, but it was comfortable to wear. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I was surprised that every single shade had a pretty comparable dupe within the permanent range of NARS Lipgloss, so you may want to check your stash if you have a lot of their permanent glosses in your stash.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique
Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Lipslique ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pinky rose.” It’s a soft, muted pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural shine. Urban Decay Sheer Streak (P, $20.00) is warmer. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is more opaque. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tarte Tulip (P, $16.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is pinker. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be an “alternative to lipstick” with a “sheer to medium finish.” (As a note, Sephora also has the following: “Surratt Li[p]slique goes on smooth, delivering sheer yet buildable color. This moisturizing formula features high-coverage and goes on thick for lasting, subtle color and a glossy finish,” which is confusing and contradictory, and Barney’s, which was first to carry Surratt when it debuted, doesn’t have anything like that.) The texture is creamy with moderate slip that glides on easily and feels comfortable to wear without being too heavy or too thin. Perfectionniste has semi-sheer coverage that goes on fairly evenly and smoothly, while the color lasts for four hours and is hydrating over time. There was no scent or taste to the formula. Worth noting is that it comes in a twist-up, slim pencil, and it contains substantially less than your average lipstick (0.05 oz. vs. 0.10 oz.), though it’s not a real surprise, as the slimmer format typically results in this type of quantity (across brands).

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre
Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre

Surratt Beauty Amethyste Lip Lustre ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “violette quartz.” It’s a nearly clear base with a moderate amount of of violet and teal-to-violet shimmer and sparkle suspended in the base. The Lip Lustre formula is described as “sheer,” “long-wearing,” and “moisturizing.” It is a light-medium thick, tacky gloss that feels very smooth going on and holds on well, even with a really sheer shade like this one. This gloss lasted for four hours and was somewhat hydrating while worn. There was no scent or taste that I could distinguish. The base looks more lavender in the tube, but it doesn’t seem to translate on the lips. MAC Reckless Desire (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is less violet. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Surratt Beauty Soigne Lip Lustre ($32.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as an “elegant sparkling rose.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and lighter pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that covered evenly for the most part. Again, it had a tacky texture that helped it last for five hours, but it was still hydrating and very smooth and easy to apply. It isn’t incredibly thick, but it isn’t thin, so you can feel that you’re wearing a gloss on the lips. Buxom Trixie (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. MAC Stoke the Flame (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pink Diamond (326) (P, $28.00) is lighter. NARS Ophelia (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Revlon Pinkissimo (P, $7.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a fun, shimmer-filled formula that feels like a true lipgloss-lipstick hybrid, but it’s a significant departure from the original Melted formula. The Melted Metals have more slip and less pigmentation (though the majority are fairly pigmented) with much shorter-wear time (three to four hours, whereas the original range trended towards six to eight hours). Something I noticed was that “long-wear” was completely removed for this formula; on the original, it’s on the tube, name, and descriptions, but this one is careful to make no mention of longevity. These could be more of a true metallic in finish, as they’re more pearly, frosted, and/or glossy, though they’re more comfortable than many metallic formulas.

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick
Too Faced Metallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick

For summer, Too Faced Meltallic Bunny Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation where the natural lip color will come through to a small degree. The texture was lightweight, fairly emollient, but still applied evenly. This shade wore well for three and a half hours and wasn’t drying.
Too Faced Metallic Dream House (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery, darker. Chanel Ina (450) (P, $36.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Quite the Thing! (LE, $17.00) is darker, less shimmery. Illamasqua Welt (P, $24.00) is darker, more matte. Estee Lauder Cosmic Pink (LE, $22.50) is darker. Chanel Extatique (P, $34.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches
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For summer, Too Faced Metallic Peony Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink with a mix of pink and gold micro-shimmer for a frosted, metallic sheen. It had good color coverage that went on evenly. It wore well for four hours and was neither hydrating nor moisturizing. On me, the gloss lasted for four hours and the shimmer does settle a bit over time. Revlon HD Petalite (540) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker, less glossy, warmer. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is darker, less shimmery. NARS New Lover (P, $24.00) is less glossy, darker. Burberry Cameo Pink (P, $29.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

For summer, Too Faced Metallic Tu-tu Melted Metal Liquified Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with gold and pink shimmer. It was less metallic, though still pearly, with a glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation but if you have more pigmented lips, you may still see the color change slightly. On me, it lasted for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Marie (430) (P, $36.00) is darker, less glossy. Tarte Rare (LE) is lighter. Too Faced Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy. MAC Lip Blossom (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Ballerina Shimmer (12) (P, $26.00) is less glossy, lighter. MAC Morning Rose (LE, $16.00) is less glossy. Guerlain Cherry Blossom (P, $35.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Adrienne (402) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “apricot nude.” It’s a light-medium, peach with a hint of pink and warm undertones. It had a very fine pearly sheen that gave it a more luminous finish that wasn’t too glossy. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that glided on well and wore comfortably for three hours on me. Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is more matte. Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is similar. Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is more matte, lighter. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is pinker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is brighter. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Antoinette (406) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering tawny brown.” It’s a rich, copper-red with warm, rusty red tones and a fine golden shimmer. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and applied smoothly. The texture of the lipstick is lightly creamy with enough slip to glide on without tugging on the lips but doesn’t slide around. On me, it wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating over time. NARS Femme Fleur (LE, $26.00) is browner. NARS Leslie (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. Kat Von D Thin Lizzy (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Rusty (LE, $20.00) is redder. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is sheerer, browner. Dior Belle de Nuit (LE, $32.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Jeanne (408) Rouge Coco Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep chocolate.” It’s a dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a soft, glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied fairly evenly and didn’t feather or bleed over the four and a half hours it lasted. Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is darker. NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is very similar (it is funny that they share the same name). NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is brighter, lighter. MAC Camden Chic (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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