Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quads: the Truth

bareMinerals The Truth Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four shades: Serendipitous, Magnetism, Fate, and Apropos. This quad launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos (which have the same formula for pressed eyeshadows) for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Serendipitous is a soft, warm beige with a hint of peach. The finish is a soft frost–shimmered but not too much. The color payoff is good with a dense, buttery texture. It’s not as peach as MAC Double Feature 5 or as warm as MAC Brule. It is warmer and less white compared to Chance. It is less yellow comapred to Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone. It’s reminiscent of MAC Butternutty is a pressed eyeshadow form.

Magnetism is a dirty brown with a subtle gray-cast. The finish has a more reflective sheen, but it has less obvious shimmer than with Serendipitous. The texture is very smooth, and it applies well and lies nicely over skin, but it is a touch sheer. It’s similar to MAC Era, which appears slightly browner. It’s less gray than MAC Caviar Dreams. It has a higher sheen and a grayer cast than Burberry Almond.

Fate is a warm, red-toned bronze-brown with a satiny sheen. It has good color payoff (but could be a touch more intense), and it has the same softness and smoothness that Magnetism does. Milani Rich Java is darker with more gold shimmer. MAC Twinks is darker and redder, while MAC Sable is a bit darker but also redder. Laura Mercier Cedar is warmer, with less red, and darker.

Apropos is a taupe brown–kind of a mushroom brown–with a flecks of silver shimmer over a semi-matte finish. It has nice pigmentation, and the texture is silky smooth and soft, but the shimmer doesn’t translate very well whether swatched or applied to eyes. Somewhere between the brush and the lid, it disappears–must be into some glittery fairyland–which means there’s no real fall out concerns, since most of it doesn’t make it to your lid in the first place, but at the same time, the shade doesn’t come out as true-to-pan. Apropos not as dark as MAC Concrete, but it is more pigmented, less warm, and slightly darker than MAC Double Feature 3. It’s a touch cooler than NARS Bali. Urban Decay Shakedown is very similar.

Overall, it’s a solid neutral eyeshadow quad, but it does mix warm and cool-tones, so depending on your skin tone, you may find it more or less workable.  I think Serendipitous is only barely warm, while Fate has a distinct red tone, which gives it that warmer, richer feel.  Both Magnetism and Apropos are cool-toned.  I like that there is a variety of finishes, too–even though Apropos is supposed to have more shimmer, it still has a near-matte finish, so it will add a lot of depth to a look (it would work well in the crease).

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The Truth

A-
Overall, it's a solid neutral eyeshadow quad, but it does mix warm and cool-tones, so depending on your skin tone, you may find it more or less workable. I like that there is a variety of finishes, too--even though Apropos is supposed to have more shimmer, it still has a near-matte finish, so it will add a lot of depth to a look (it would work well in the crease).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss
Dior DiorAddict Sweet Peach Crystal Gloss

Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss – Where’d you go?

Dior launched a new gloss for summer, and it actually prompted today’s question about sheer lipgloss. Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss ($27.00 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is described as a “jelly gloss” that is “lightly tinted in vivid summer shades for shiny, radiant lips.” The “vinyl texture” is supposed to deliver volume to lips along with long-lasting hydration. There are four shades, two are translucent (Sweet Peach and Sweet Rose) while two are sparkling (Luminescent Peach and Luminescent Rose).

The description in itself is a contradiction, because there is no tint to these when swatched or worn. First, these are “lightly tinted” (but they’re not) and translucent (kind of, but not quite).  These are more transparent than translucent–it should be sheer and allow light to pass through but in a diffused manner. I specifically tried Luminiscent Peach (037) and Sweet Peach (047), and except for the shimmer in Luminiscent Peach, the two are the same in color (or lack thereof). They are completely clear when worn (I didn’t even bother with lip swatches, because as soon as I tested them, I could tell!).

Crystal Gloss is a scent-free formula with a very thick consistency–it has a thick, gel-like feel that’s cushiony on the lips but a little tacky. Despite the thickness, it does not feel as heavy as you would expect, but it is more noticeable on and heavier than your average lipgloss. It slides around quite a bit, and I find I need to reapply every two hours (glosses usually wear an average of three to four hours on me). They are comparable to Chanel’s Gloss Fluos from last year, but I didn’t find these to wear as well or as long–and at least the Gloss Fluos were tinted.

The glosses are moisturizing while you wear them but don’t impart as much hydration as I’d like over time (lip balms, generally, seem more effective than this gloss at that). They do deliver impeccable high-shine whether worn alone or layered over a lipstick–just don’t expect any color if you happen to pass by them, because they look rather different in the tubes than when swatched or applied.

This product lost points pretty much across the board, because it didn’t fully meet its moisturizing claims, falls short of “lightly tinted,” and wears away after two hours (which is below average).  A sheer gloss that’s not even sheer but clear always makes for a difficult rating experience!

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Dior DiorAddict Crystal Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

C
The best part of this gloss is the high-shine finish it has when applied, but it is not moisturizing enough to impart the "long-lasting" hydration as promised. I'm not a fan of misleading tubes--I'd rather it be sheer in the tube than fluorescent orange if it's actually going to be sheer!

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Makin' Whoopee Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “clean, modern opalescent rose” with an opaque finish. It’s a neon, fuchsia-pink shot through with iridescent violet and white shimmer.

Essie’s Super Bossa Nova is similar in brightness but it’s much redder. Similarly, Urban Decay Woodstock lacks the fuchsia element of this shade, plus it has a cream finish. SpaRitual Imaginarium comes the closest–it is slightly lighter and, arguably, brighter.

It’s not quite opaque in two coats (which is what I swatched with, because you can just barely see the nail line), but the light has to hit the polish in a certain way for that to be apparent. The formula is on the thinner side (but not watery), so one could easily do a third coat or go for a thicker second coat. It has an interesting natural finish, which I wanted to capture, so I did not use a top coat with these swatches. The finish is a satiny matte–it reminded me of Orly’s Plastix collection but not as dense. I usually see a week of wear with Deborah Lippmann’s polish with minor tip wear by the end of seven days.

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Makin' Whoopee

A-
If you're still on the hunt for a vibrant pink for summer, Makin' Whoopee would make a nice choice -- summer isn't over yet!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

bareMinerals The Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Duos: The Scenic Route

bareMinerals The Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) contains two shades: Breathtaking aned Spectacular. This duo launches in October, and it’s touted as a solid eyeshadow with SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that is “creamy, silky smooth” with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color” that is long-wearing when worn alone without creasing or budging. When worn alone, I was able to wear several of the new duos for 10 hours without an eyeshadow primer. For more details on packaging, please read my original review.

Breathtaking is a pale, creamy white with a golden shimmer and sheen. The color payoff is amazing with a really dense, buttery texture. It’s similar in color to Givenchy Lune and theBalm Envious Erin, but it has a more noticeable golden sheen. MAC Nylon is much yellower, so it is more comparable to MAC Manila Paper.

Spectacular is a green-tinted tarnished gold–it’s a little bronzy, but there is a hint of green there. It has a metallic-like finish, so it is more reflective than shimmery. The texture is very smooth and soft to the touch, while the pigmentation is solid. It is more metallic but similar in color to Make Up For Ever #148. It is greener compared to OCC Cruising, but it is not as green as MAC Sumptuous Olive. It is most similar to Inglot #433.

This is one of the best (quality-wise) duos I’ve reviewed so far from Bare Escentuals’ new pressed line of eyeshadows.  Both shades knock it out of the park.  Generally, the duos have been good and impressive, but this one really stands out.

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bareMinerals Scenic Route Eyeshadow Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
This is the first Bare Escentuals duo where both eyeshadows have been fantastic--the texture is buttery, soft, and applies smoothly, while the color payoff is rich and opaque.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, August 15th, 2011


OCC Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter

OCC Fall 2011: Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter

OCC Mirrorball Cosmetic Glitter ($12.00 for 0.088 oz.) is described as a “disco-era silver with rainbow reflections,” and it will launch with the Pretty Boy Collection on September 6th. OCC’s Cosmetic Glitters are not for use in an airbrush machine and not recommended for use in the immediate eye area. They are micronized metallic glitter for face and body art, and they recommend applying over OCC Ink (before it dries) for long-lasting wear.

Mirrorball is a silvery-blue base of color with a multitude of iridescence. It really is a rainbow of reflections, because there are so many visible colors reflecting, but it is dominated by green, blue, and violet–though there are red, orange, yellow shimmers as well. Swatched dry, it tends to look more like colored sand, but when applied wet (I used water, though for real application, I would use a mixing medium–something with a more adhesive base), it comes together better.

The glitter feels very fine, though it certainly has more of a gritty texture than OCC’s Loose Colour Concentrates–which is as expected. Again, these are not recommended for use in the immediate eye area. Some ways to use glitter: mixed in nail polish, strewn over wet polish, in hair, mixed with lipstick/gloss, mixed with a body oil–just to name a few ways.

I decided not to use the Glossover rating system to grade this product (which does not work for all beauty products–e.g. hair, skincare, etc.), because ultimately, it’s going to depend on how you use it. It’s not a product that really stands on its own–it is designed to be mixed with something.  The very nature of the product doesn’t enable it to stay on without some type of base (like a sticky cream) or adhesive element (like a mixing medium).  It’s a nice glitter–it’s not chunky or gritty, and it comes together well when used with other mixtures.  There are lots of pretty reflections and iridescence, just as one would want in a glitter.

On an overall basis, I rate the product an A.  The packaging is just like the Loose Colour Concentrates, and again, I really had to tap and bang around the pot to get as much glitter to show as I did for photography purposes.  The three-holed sifter gives you enough product to work with but not too much.

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Monday, August 15th, 2011


Bite Beauty Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick

Bite Beauty Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick

Bite Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink.” Rose is a vibrant pink with a hint of coral, but it’s like a nearly-neon watermelon pink. The color coverage is opaque, and the finish is cream, so there is a slight shine to the end result.

It is pinker than MAC Full Speed, which looks more coral, and it has a little more oomph compared to Dolce & Gabbana Splendid. It’s remarkably similar to VS Be Mine, both in color and in texture. Wet ‘n’ Wild Hot Paris Pink is darker and more coral, as is Make Up For Ever #37.

Bite Beauty is all about better ingredients, so their Luminous Creme Lipstick touts resveratrol and food-grade ingredients (supposedly “healthy enough to eat”). The lipstick is also supposed to be long-lasting and moisturizing. The texture is creamy but on the thicker side, which helps yield better color payoff, but it is not as weightless as some other formulas (even when they have opaque color). With a bright shade like Rose, I had good wear for around four hours, but by the sixth hour, I was in desperate need of reapplication. I didn’t find the formula to be long-lasting on me–four hours is the average I get from the hundreds of lipsticks I’ve tried.

It was moisturizing while I wore it, and I didn’t feel an immediate need to slather my lips in lip balm post-wear, which is always a sign of a lipstick that actually imparts moisture while it is worn. The lipstick has a lot of slip, as the creaminess of the texture allows it to slide around for the first hour or so before it seems to settle into place. I could see this making some of the darker shades more prone to bleeding. There is a faint scent of lemons but no taste.

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Bite Beauty Rose Luminous Creme Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
I wish it lasted longer, as it claimed! Those who prefer more opaque color out of their lipsticks and like cream finishes are most likely to enjoy this lipstick range.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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