Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Revlon Legacy Collection Super Lustrous Lipsticks
Revlon Legacy Collection Super Lustrous Lipsticks

For spring, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick ($6.99 for 0.13 oz.) sees the limited edition return of five iconic shades from the past as voted by Revlon customers. I found mine last week at CVS, and the display looked like it had just been put out, so hopefully if these interest you, you’ll find them locally! The Super Lustrous formula is supposed to be hydrating, smooth, and creamy. I found all five shades to be lightly hydrating with pretty good pigmentation and about average wear. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

5th Ave. Red is a lightly cool-toned, medium-dark red that’s a little muted–not too bright. On me, it almost pulls neutral rather than distinctly cool-toned. It had rich, mostly opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy and had a soft, natural shine. It wore well for four and a half hours and left a light stain. Revlon Provocateur (135) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse (01) (LE) is warmer. MAC Night to Remember (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Prepare for Pleasure (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is brighter. NARS Hyde Park (P, $25.00) is less glossy. MAC Must Be Red (LE, $16.00) is similar. Dior Lady (LE, $36.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches.

Icy Violet is a cool-toned, plummy brown with a lavender and purple frost finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly overall. This shade lasted three and a half hours on me. Dolce and Gabbana Ametista (LE, $32.00) is sheerer, more iridescent. Guerlain Rose Bengale (P, $35.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Jungle Peach is a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was very creamy and emollient. It wore well for three hours on me. YSL Tender Peach (26) (P, $34.00) is pinker. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is less glossy, darker. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is darker. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Sandstorm is a medium-dark, copper-shimmered brown with warm undertones and a slightly frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and this shade didn’t apply as evenly as the rest, though from afar it was not too noticeable. The color lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Carnal Instinct (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Synopsis (P, $34.00) is lighter. MAC Sheer Plum (P, $16.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Snow Peach is a brightened, pink-coral with a creamy, glossy finish and warm undertones. It had rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy, while the consistency was very creamy and emollient. It wore well for four hours on me. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Paradiso (07) (LE, $49.00) is very similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is darker, less glossy. Guerlain Attrape-Coeur (171) (LE, $35.00) is very similar. YSL Rose Neillia (33) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is darker. Too Faced Bon Bon (P, $21.00) is similar. Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral (P) is less glossy. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is darker. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $16.00) is darker, less glossy. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, March 3rd, 2014

MAC Ray of Sunshine Mineralize Glass
MAC Ray of Sunshine Mineralize Glass

MAC Ray of Sunshine Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “nude.” It’s a medium-dark, orange with brown undertones and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied somehwat unevenly but was not too noticeable from afar. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Freestyle (P, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is more shimmery. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Rising Sun (LE, $20.00) is very similar. MAC Imperial Light (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Tender Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a light, cool-toned pink with a cream finish. It settled into lip lines and applied unevenly, though it had semi-sheer pigmentation. It wore well for three hours on me. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $20.00) is similar. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is more pigmented. MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented, cooler-toned. MAC Stay Sweet (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Pink Fade (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Vibrant Vibe Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones and an iridescent violet shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and it applied so-so. The color wore well for four hours, though. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is slightly darker. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is less fuchsia. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented but close in color. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented. MAC New Love (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Wake Up! Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone red.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned red with slight shimmer. It settled just slightly into lip lines, and it looked even for the most part but wasn’t perfectly even. This shade wore well for four hours on me. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned, darker. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. NYX Sunrise (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is darker, more orange. MAC Mango Sheen (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery. MAC Totally Fab (LE, $20.00) is more pigmented. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) has less shimmer, warmer. Chanel Emoi (P, $32.00) has less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new–and permanent!–lip gloss from MAC that heads to counters on March 6th but can be purchased online now. There are twelve shades in total, and this post features four that I tested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and glossy, while there’s no real word on coverage, the shades are described as “pearlescent.” They feel like lighter-weight Lipglass with less tackiness, but they’re more of a medium-weight gloss with a moderately tacky texture that’s lightly hydrating and wears between two and four hours (depending on the shade). The applicator is a rounded rectangle and feels smoother than the typical doe foot, and it also has more give and flex, so it seems to apply the gloss more evenly. The color coverage seems to run semi-sheer; noticeable color but not fully opaque. I’m not keen on the packaging, as it is bulky and doesn’t store efficiently.

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

MAC Lovingly Yours Mineralize Glass
MAC Lovingly Yours Mineralize Glass

MAC Lovingly Yours Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pinkish nude.” It’s a rosy, meidum peach with warm undertones and subtle gold shimmer. It lightened and warmed-up my natural lip color, but the natural lip color will strongly influence the way this appears on someone, because it is a sheer gloss. It lasted two and a half hours on me. MAC has put out a lot of shades that look very similar to this, and so have other brands — see comparison swatches.

MAC Modern Romance Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool rose.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pink with blue undertones and pale pink and white shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but it did settle into lip lines and did not apply evenly. It lasted for almost three hours on me. MAC Got Style! (P, $22.00) is less blue-based, a smidgen darker. Chanel Baie Rose (89) (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is more pigmented. MAC Petite Indulgence (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Modest Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy orange with a sprinkle of goldenrod shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation applied to lips, but being such a pale shade, it did noticeably settle into lip lines. It wore well for almost three hours when I tested it. This is another shade that MAC loves to release often (with varying degrees of shimmer, slightly lighter/darker) — see comparison swatches.

MAC New Love Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone berry.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned berry pink with a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and unfortunately, it did not apply evenly. It didn’t seem to settle as much into lip lines as the lighter shades, but it had a splotchy, uneven look when applied. It wore well for almost four hours, though, which is a little longer than the others in this review. Revlon Sugar Violet (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is very similar. MAC Call Me Gorgeous (LE, $20.00) is brighter. Burberry Hibiscus (P, $27.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new–and permanent!–lip gloss from MAC that heads to counters on March 6th but can be purchased online now. There are twelve shades in total, and this post features four that I tested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and glossy, while there’s no real word on coverage, the shades are described as “pearlescent.” They feel like lighter-weight Lipglass with less tackiness, but they’re more of a medium-weight gloss with a moderately tacky texture that’s lightly hydrating and wears between two and four hours (depending on the shade). The applicator is a rounded rectangle and feels smoother than the typical doe foot, and it also has more give and flex, so it seems to apply the gloss more evenly. The color coverage seems to run semi-sheer; noticeable color but not fully opaque. I’m not keen on the packaging, as it is bulky and doesn’t store efficiently.

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass
MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass

MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new–and permanent!–lip gloss from MAC that heads to counters on March 6th but can be purchased online now. There are twelve shades in total, and this post features four that I tested. The formula is supposed to be hydrating and glossy, while there’s no real word on coverage, the shades are described as “pearlescent.” They feel like lighter-weight Lipglass with less tackiness, but they’re more of a medium-weight gloss with a moderately tacky texture that’s lightly hydrating and wears between two and four hours (depending on the shade). The applicator is a rounded rectangle and feels smoother than the typical doe foot, and it also has more give and flex, so it seems to apply the gloss more evenly. The color coverage seems to run semi-sheer; noticeable color but not fully opaque. I’m not keen on the packaging, as it is bulky and doesn’t store efficiently.

MAC Be Nice Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “light cool peach cream.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and subtle iridescent shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage and lasted three hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is darker. MAC Persistent Peach (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Warm Embrace (P, $15.00) is pinker, lighter. MAC Strange Potion (LE, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Richer, Lusher (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Cheerful Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtonal coral cream.” It’s a muted, tangerine orange with warm undertones and barely-there shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, and it wore well for three hours on me. MAC Geo Pink (LE, $20.00) is darker, more shimmery. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker, more pigmented. Chanel Calypso (LE, $29.50) is darker. Milani Coral Crush (10) (P, $5.49) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

MAC Fashion Perk Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep plum cream.” It’s a muted, medium-dark fuchsia-berry with cool undertones and almost no shimmer. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but it did not apply evenly; it looked somewhat splotchy applied. It wore well for four hours on me. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is brighter. Milani Berry Tempting (05) (P, $5.49) is similar. Maybelline Amethyst Potion (045) (P, $8.99) is darker, cooler-toned. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is brighter, more pigmented. Revlon Berry Allure (P, $7.99) is similar. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is brighter. MAC Imperial Red (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is a smidgen brighter. Burberry Hibiscus (P, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Got Style! Mineralize Glass ($22.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtonal cool mauve frost.” It’s a medium, cool-toned pink with pearly shimmer. This shade was much sheerer than the other three. It applied evenly for the most part, and it wore well for two and a half hours on me. Maybelline Blush Essence (095) (P, $8.99) is more pigmented. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Going Casual (LE, $20.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick

MAC Good Taste Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “fuchsia pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and easy to apply. The color wore well for four and a half hours. Tom Ford Beauty Incorrigible (08) (LE, $49.00) is lighter. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is mor emuted. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is brighter. MAC Pink Poodle (DC, $16.00) is more matte. Revlon Fuchsia Shock (P, $7.99) is similar. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter, more matte. MAC Lickable (P, $16.00) is darker, less blue-based. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pure Pout Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dirty cool beige.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned, pinky-beige with a soft, almost frosted, sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly for the most part. The color lasted two and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Summer Fling (04) (LE, $49.00) is pinker. YSL Nude Beige (1) (P, $34.00) is much lighter. Too Faced Taffy (P, $21.00) is a little lighter. Revlon Pink Lemonade (P, $7.49) is a touch lighter. MAC Pure Zen (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Jersey Rose (P, $34.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC So Good Mineralize Rich Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep magenta.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation, but it wasn’t a heavy, full coverage cream result–a very slight translucency that kept it from looking heavy. The color wore well for five hours and left a slight stain behind. Too Faced Jelly Bean (P, $21.00) is very similar. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Jilted (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Gigi (P, $49.50) is brighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $35.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss

For spring, Bobbi Brown’s Nectar & Nude Collection features three new and limited edition shades of lipgloss; one from the High Shimmer range and two from the original range.

Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “golden nectar.” It’s a sheer, tangerine-tinted base with gold and copper sparkle and shimmer. It adds warmth to the lips but really the shimmer and sparkle are the most visible aspects of it. It was easy to apply, comfortable to wear, and lasted for three hours. Though I’m a huge fan of this formula, I’ve been disappointed to see a lot of overlap/similar shades being released lately. They may look different in the tube, but applied, they’re nearly the same. Bobbi Brown Pure Gold (LE, $24.00) is slightly warmer when applied. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is darker. Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery. Guerlain Gold Tchlack (P, $30.00) is similar. Dior Lame Gold (LE, $28.00) is also similar. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is less golden. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) has more shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Nectar Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “bright nectar.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied okay but wasn’t as even as I’d like. It lasted for three hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is lighter. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is very similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is also very similar. MAC Warm Embrace (P, $15.00) is lighter. Chanel Nakkar (P, $29.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “soft pink beige.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with super fine shimmer. Applied, it’s semi-sheer, and it ended up looking a lot pinker (because the natural lip color will influence the shade), so the peachy coloring of the gloss warmed up my natural lip color. The gloss lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is similar. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Richer, Lusher (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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