Friday, December 23rd, 2011

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow
NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow

NYX Kiss in Casablanca Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.09 oz.) is an ocean blue with a soft, frosted finish. What I love about this particular shade of blue is the overall soft, muted quality to it, but it hasn’t diminished the quiet vibrancy of the color at all. It’s like a mix of MAC Freshwater and MAC Deep Truth. MAC Pure Creation is a bit similar, too.

The eyeshadow has a really soft, powdery quality that can result in fall out if you aren’t aware of it (I also think you end up with more product than you need for application, because a little goes a long way). It has great color payoff and melts against skin for a really smooth result. NYX says these will wear “for many hours,” though I will say they tend to look faded after six or seven hours if used without a base. This particular shade I didn’t have any fading issues with when I used it over an eyeshadow base.

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All in all, this is a really nice budget-friendly blue that packs plenty of color! If you're a fan of blues, this is worth a look, because I think that slightly soft color is hard to find.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Benefit Saucy Full-Finish Lipstick
Benefit Saucy Full-Finish Lipstick

Benefit Saucy Full-Finish Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling tangerine.” This is a lovely brightened coral-orange with peach and copper shimmer. It delivers mostly opaque color coverage. CoverGirl Rapture is similar in the base color, though a bit more orange. MAC Drive Me Wild is like a much deeper, redder version, but it has the same coppery shimmer. Milani Cora Bora Bora is frostier but the colors are similar–just no gold shimmer in this one. Dior Coral is in the same vein but with subtler shimmer. It’s a bit pinker but reminded me of Guerlain Gems.

Benefit’s Full-Finish Lipsticks are supposed to deliver medium to full coverage with a smooth finish. They’re really creamy and have a nice glide. For a lipstick with as much slip as this one, I was surprised that it wore so well–it lasts a solid four hours and almost makes it to five. I didn’t detect any scent or taste either!  I also liked how moisturizing this one; it’s quite hydrating and wears comfortably for hours without leaving lips feeling parched.

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Kind of like a sleeper hit--Benefit's Full-Finish Lipstick has excellent color payoff, comfortable wear, and moisturizes. Perhaps not the most wintry color available, but maybe keep it on the radar for spring and summer.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Video Review: MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadows

Above is a video of swatches and first impressions of the MAC Metal-x Cream Eyeshadows! Below is a follow-up video reviewing them along with the photographic evidence of why they just didn’t pan out in my experience. Would love it if you’d subscribe to our channel, too! :)

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection Lipglasses
MAC Tour de Fabulous Lip Pencils

MAC Tour de Fabulous – Lip Pencils

Just in time to spend those holiday gift cards, there are eight new and limited edition shades of MAC Lip Pencils ($14.00 for 0.05 oz.). These shades include: Embrace Me (vivid pinkish fuchsia), Entertain Me (clearly orange), Have to Have It (soft warm beige), Hip ‘n’ Happy (dirty blue-pink), Just My Type (intense warm brown), Just Wonderful (dirty mauve), Lasting Sensation (bright coral), and What Comes Naturally (pale peachy beige).

MAC Lip Pencils are a drier lip pencil, so the application can pull and tug at the natural lip, but some are drier than others. I’ve discovered there is a fair amount of inconsistency within the texture in this particular range. There is a trade-off, though, because while that drier texture does nothing to endear itself to your pillowy lips, it does mean that the color clings on and doesn’t fade away easily. These are fairly transfer-resistant on their own, though if you apply really, really firm pressure, you may see some transfer. You could drink a cup of coffee or the like and see very minimal, if any, color on the edge of the cup.

The texture is dry, but if you are only applying one at the start of your day (rather than attempting to do eight back-to-back; not recommended!), you won’t find your lips parched by the end of the day. They are not moisturizing, and if you only wear this and this alone for eight hours or longer, your lips will likely want some hydration, which is really expected after prolonged wear without any additional moisture. They feel drier, initially, compared to the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, but when worn on their own, these feel better overall. If you’re looking for something to use in conjunction with balm, lipstick, or gloss, I’d opt for the Pro Longwear Lip Pencils just because the glide and creaminess of the texture made them easier to apply, especially around the edges.

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection Lipglasses
MAC Lipglasses in Rich & Witty, Rich Bounty, Style Packed, Tour de Fabulous

MAC Tour de Fabulous – Lipglasses

MAC Tour de Fabulous includes several limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.), and this post features these shades: Rich & Witty (neutral dirty pinked beige), Rich Bounty (deep red-brown with pearl), Style Packed (bright, vivid fuchsia), and Tour de Fabulous (clean/bright yellow pink with pearl).

  • Rich & Witty is a darkened peach with soft warm white shimmer. It’s much darker and has much less pink compared to It’s a Wow. The color coverage is opaque and very even. It’s similar to MAC Orange Tempera but with shimmer.
  • Rich Bounty is a rusted red with an orange-copper shimmer. This shade had good color payoff, but it applied a bit unevenly, and it was the hardest to apply of the ones I’ve tried so far. It reminded me of Chantecaille Glaze, which also had unevenness issues.
  • Style Packed is a brightened fuchsia-magenta with a creamy finish. It’s bright but doesn’t read quite neon on lips. The color coverage is pretty much opaque. It’s very, very blue-based, so it is a cool-toned shade. MAC Athena’s Kiss is pinker and darker. MAC Sassy Lassy and MAC True Babe are pinker.
  • Tour de Fabulous is a white-shimmered pink-coral with mostly opaque color coverage and an even application. MAC Strange Potion is a little less pink. Chanel Confidence is fairly similar but a little pinker.

Lipglass is a tacky, thick product that tends to wear longer than the average lipgloss because of that thicker, tackier texture. It seems to be a formula that readers either love or avoid with little middle ground! These are definitely some of the best performing Lipglasses I’ve come across in the past year or longer. They apply evenly, and if you’re a fan of opaque color, you’ll get that, too!

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MAC Tour de Fabulous Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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Though having a collection full of Lipglass seems kind of boring, I actually think the quality of these particular Lipglasses is better than many of the recent iterations of Lipglass we've seen in the seasonal collections. If you like your lipgloss sticky and opaque, I think you'll like these.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection Lipglasses
MAC Lipglasses in Casual Air, Comfort & Joy, It’s a Wow, Knockout, Real Posh

MAC Tour de Fabulous – Lipglasses

MAC Tour de Fabulous includes several limited edition shades of MAC Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.), and this post features these shades: Casual Air (frosted pale pink), Comfort & Joy (mid-tone frosty dirty mauve), It’s a Wow (mid-tone blue-pink), Knockout (red with pearl), and Real Posh (deep berry, slightly pearled).

The formula is true-to-form as far as Lipglass goes. They’re on the thicker side, and they’re tacky–they’re one of the tackier lipglosses on the market, which may or may not be a good thing. On the plus side, the tackiness means that these tend to last longer than other non-sticky lipglosses; I typically get three to four hours with these. I trialed Casual Air, Knockout, Rich Bounty, and Tour de Fabulous for wear, and they lasted four, five, four, and four hours respectively. Like all MAC lip products, these are vanilla scented but have no taste. They come in a plastic see-through tube with a doe-foot applicator.

I was really lucky, and several months ago (when Glamglass was closer to debuting), I received a single press sample of Glamglass, in the hue Rich Bounty, so I was able to test out the formula a bit. It’s a bummer that MAC wasn’t able to get these out in their anticipated form, just because the formula is very different from Lipglass. Per the original press release, Glamglass was supposed to have a brush applicator (it did), high shine (moderately true, not too much more than Lipglass), and non-sticky texture (very slick with no tackiness).

The downside to Glamglass was the slickness of the texture tended to mean the color would slip around a bit, and I found it getting on my teeth several times (which is not the norm for me). I did like the overall texture, though, which was lightweight, non-sticky, and fairly even. I like Lipglass, too–it’s a solid formula and wears longer than some other glosses–but I think fans of the Cremesheen Glass formula who desired more pigment might have found these to their liking. They actually reminded me more of the texture of 3D Glasses or Chromeglass.

  • Casual Air is a pale white-pink with lots of white shimmer but also some multi-colored shimmer, as it reflects a little teal and copper at certain angles. It’s fairly opaque, even though the color base seems rather colorless, there’s enough shimmer to make up for it. The color is kind of like MAC Good Times or MAC Pink Fade but with shimmer.
  • Comfort & Joy is a mauve-pink with just a hint of mauve in the actual color but with lots of lighter pink and mauve shimmer, so it tends to have a more semi-opaque effect on the lips. MAC Gone Romancin’ was the most similar shade I could think of, though it is a touch lighter. MAC Vacant is more lilac.
  • It’s a Wow is a slightly coraled pink with white shimmer. It’s nearly opaque in color coverage. MAC Perennial High Style is less pink and creamier. MAC Orange Tempera is peachier but similar in lightness. YSL #19 is also similar, though it has golden shimmer.
  • Knockout is a bright, intense orange-red with very, very faint orange micro-shimmer. It’s pretty much opaque on lips, and it applies surprisingly evenly for this kind of shade. Illamasqua Temper is very similar.
  • Real Posh is a darkened raspberry that leans more berry than pink with lighter pink shimmer. It’s mostly opaque on lips, and it applies fairly evenly, too, without settling too heavily into lip lines. MAC Indigo Pink is redder and darker. Lancome Untamed Plum is sheerer and plummier.

Though having a collection full of Lipglass seems kind of boring, I actually think the quality of these particular Lipglasses is better than many of the recent iterations of Lipglass we’ve seen in the seasonal collections.  If you like your lipgloss sticky and opaque, I think you’ll like these.  The color range has a good selection of lighter shades that don’t become milky and uneven on lips, but it also has a few deeper hues that will work well for winter and be able to transition into spring.

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MAC Tour de Fabulous Lipglasses Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

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Though having a collection full of Lipglass seems kind of boring, I actually think the quality of these particular Lipglasses is better than many of the recent iterations of Lipglass we've seen in the seasonal collections. If you like your lipgloss sticky and opaque, I think you'll like these.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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