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Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet

Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet
Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet

Burberry Redwood (304) Lip Velvet ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy red with a matte finish and warm undertones. Chanel Scenario is lighter. Chanel Grace is lighter. MAC Glamourdaze is more plum. Chanel Baroque is similar. Chanel Imperial is glossier. Buxom Runaway is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Redwood had rich color payoff and applied with mostly opaque color coverage (you can see a faint bit of my lip freckle coming through up close but not at a distance).  The consistency is lightly creamy with a nice glide-on feel that doesn’t tug or pull at lips, but it doesn’t feel heavy or feather.  It wore for six and a half hours well, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it, which is remarkable for a matte-finished lipstick.

Burberry Lip Velvet Redwood (304)
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (Fatal Apple, Fuchsia Finery, Pinkissimo)

Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss
Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss

Revlon Fatal Apple Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm red with no shimmer and subtle orange undertones. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff, and the way it applied and sits on the lips makes it look more like a lip stain than a gloss. There is some minor settling into lip lines, but it’s not too noticeable from afar due to the general evenness of the color. While it looks bolder in the tube, applied, it is more muted from the translucency.  Fatal Apple wore for two and a half hours on me.  NARS Hollywoodlawn is more opaque, darker. Chanel Exces is slightly redder. See comparison swatches.

Fuchsia Finery Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a blue-based, medium bubblegum pink with no shimmer. This shade didn’t apply as evenly as Fatal Apple, as the color seemed to concentrate on the middle of my upper and lower lips!  Fuchsia Finery lasted two and a half hours on me. Revlon Berry Allure is slightly darker. Urban Decay Crush is cooler-toned and more opaque. MAC Style Packed is lighter, more opaque. MAC Call Me Gorgeous is more opaque. Chanel Pink Pulsion has shimmer and is sheerer. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is less pink, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Pinkissimo Super Lustrous Lipgloss ($7.99 for 0.13 fl. oz.) is a warm, yellow-toned, light-medium pink with white shimmer. On lips, it adds a warmer, pink tint along with lots of shimmer.  Pinkissimo wore for two hours when I tested it. NARS Candy Says is warmer, not as pink. MAC Out for Glamour isn’t quite as pink. See comparison swatches.

If you’re curious about how the new formula compares to the original formula, please see this post.  The formula is lightweight, on the thinner side, mostly non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.  I notice a slight tackiness develops after about two hours of wear, but it’s subtle and not enough to be described as sticky.  The biggest downside is how quickly they wear away, so frequent reapplication is necessary to maintain the color and glossiness throughout the day.  With the average gloss, I see between three and four hours of wear, and exceptionally long-wearing glosses last six hours or so in my experience, so you can see these fall short of average. For all of these, I wore them twice (back-to-back), and all three were lightly hydrating.  I couldn’t detect any scent/flavor when I tested them, and each comes in a large, rounded tube with a slanted, doe-foot applicator.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (2013) Fatal Apple
Fatal Apple
Fatal Apple
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (2013) Fuchsia Finery
B-

Permanent

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (2013) Pinkissimo
Pinkissimo
Pinkissimo
B+

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

Fyrinnae Wizards’ Wedding Cake & Agenda Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Wizards' Wedding Cake Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Wizards’ Wedding Cake Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Wizards’ Wedding Cake Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bold icy blue shimmer … set on a deep chocolate brown base.” It’s a warm, medium-dark brown base with a lot of blue shimmer on it, so it takes on a mauve-ish hue applied damp and then turns even purpler when applied over Pixie Epoxy, because the blue shimmer is brought forward. It had really nice color payoff both applied damp as well as over Pixie Epoxy, but the finish goes from satin to more pearled. I couldn’t think of anything quite like this, and part of that is due to the warmth from the base color coming through, so even though it is more of cool-toned shade, there’s still this underlying warmth that makes it difficult to dupe. NARS Marie Galante #2 is darker, lacks the warmth. NARS Demon Lover has a similar color to when the blue shimmer is most pronounced. MAC Grand Galaxy is lighter, purpler. bareMinerals Encore is purpler, no blue shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Agenda Eyeshadow ($6.80 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “multi-faceted neutral deep gray with a fine highlight of pink throughout). Applied damp, it has a purply-gray coloring with a very fine pink satin sheen–it looked almost matte if not for a few bits of sheen. Applied over Pixie Epoxy, it brightened the shade and gave it a pinker, slightly warmer, look. This shade was very pigmented, and I even used it dry and still had no issues getting full color payoff. The texture is very, very finely-milled, but it evens out well on the lid and doesn’t look powdery at all. It also blends out easily. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is lighter. NARS Flowers 2 #2 is similar to the damp color (without Pixie Epoxy). Benefit Rain Check is pinker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Both shades applied well and had minimal fall out during application, as the textures allowed for the shadow to really be pressed and patted onto the skin and bind, rather than just brush and sheer out like some loose powders can. A little really does go a long way, whether applied dry, over your normal primer, with a damp brush, or over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy.  I wore these two shades together both over bare skin as well as over Pixie Epoxy, and I had no wear issues, as they lasted nine hours without creasing or fading.  Both my jars came very, very filled that they both looked domed and as if they were rising out of the jar, which did leave a bit of a mess on my table, so I’d recommend first opening them over a sink or a surface you can wipe down.

Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Wizards' Wedding Cake
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Fyrinnae Eyeshadow Agenda
Agenda
Agenda
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 12 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, darkened bronze-shimmered reddish-brown. It sheers out to a burnt sienna kind of color with a faint red and bronze shimmer that’s very, very fine so it’s hard to see on the skin (and gives off more of a sheen overall). MAC Stylish Me is similar when this is applied sheer. MAC Hidden Treasure is redder, not as warm-toned. MAC Stratus is more plum, less brown. See comparison swatches.

The Fluid Sheer formula can be worn however you want; it’s a face product, but it could easily be used as a body product, too–highlighter, bronzer, blusher, all-over.  With the intensity of No. 12, it most obviously works as a blush and bronzer, but with just a little amount mixed into foundation or moisturizer can give a slightly sunkissed look all over the face without being too much (but very fair complexions may find it is too strong).  This is a shade that will be exceptional on medium-dark and deeper skin tones.  The consistency is thin, very fluid, and sheers out readily, but a little goes a long way, so be very gentle and slow when pumping out product.   I was able to control the pump enough to get just a drop out a time, but one full pump is likely far more than you’ll need for any small area.  The resulting texture, as it dried down, was slightly dewy, part glowy, that didn’t emphasize my pores and looked like a natural finish.  This shade lasted nine hours on me when I wore it as a blush.

P.S — Giorgio Armani Beauty is also having their Friends & Family sale now through the 30th, so that’s 20% off + free shipping when you spend $75.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 12
No. 12
No. 12
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

Chanel French Toffee & Friandise Aqualumiere Glosses

Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss
Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss

Chanel French Toffee (83) Aqualumiere Gloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a warm, champagne-shimmered, golden beige. The base color really doesn’t do much–at best, adds a little warmth–but it does have a noticeable amount of very fine beige and gold shimmers, plus a very glossy shine. MAC Soft Serenade is warmer. Revlon Peach is slightly darker. MAC Sublime Shine is similar. MAC Satin Slip is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Friandise (82) Aqualumiere Gloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, strawberry pink with multi-colored shimmer and sparkle. This had more semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff with a noticeable base color that brightened and tinted my natural lip color and a good dosage of shimmer and sparkle. MAC Fever Isle is less shimmery, brighter. Dior Paradise is warmer, less pink. Guerlain Frizzy Mango is less shimmery. Burberry Cameo Pink is more golden. See comparison swatches.

If you aren’t familiar with the Aqualumiere Gloss formula, it’s a high-shine, sheer gloss (in fact, Chanel describes it as a “sheer wash of colour”) that gives the illusion of fuller lips (because of all the shine).  The texture is smooth, non-sticky, and not too thick or too thin.  They’re very comfortable on, and they’re lightly moisturizing.  The downside is really that these don’t wear very long on me, with French Toffee disappearing after less than two hours and Friandise barely making it to three.  They have a brush-type applicator, and I didn’t detect any scent or flavor when I tried these two.

Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss French Toffee (83)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss Friandise (82)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

Fyrinnae Hitched & Unicorn Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow
Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow

Fyrinnae Hitched Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright, metallic satiny warm red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark orange-toned red with a subtle, satiny sheen. I applied it dry and then applied over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy for comparison. I found it entirely unnecessary to use it over Pixie Epoxy, though, as it looks very much the same either way (but certainly no harm using the base with this). It’s incredibly rich in color with a single pass yielding full, opaque color coverage, but despite this richness, it’s still easy to blend and apply. It doesn’t stick unduly, so I had no trouble blending and softening the edges to meet with other products. This shade did stain when worn without a base, and then mildly over Pixie Epoxy, but I didn’t have any signs of creasing or fading after nearly nine hours of wear (no primer). Illamasqua Daemon is more matte. Sugarpill Love+ is brighter, matte. Make Up For Ever #99 is cooler-toned, matte. Inglot #366 is lighter, matte. See comparison swatches.

Unicorn Eyeshadow ($8.25 for 0.07 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lavender filled with multi-color sparkle.” It’s an icy, cool-toned lavender with an iridescent sheen. I applied it alone (dry), and it had good color payoff, and then applied over Pixie Epoxy, the sheen came out slightly more but the pigmentation was buildable to full opacity.  This shade wore well for over eight hours–no creasing or fading–without a base as well as just applied over Pixie EpoxyUrban Decay Aura #2 is lighter. MAC Amethyst is more sparkly. MAC Ready to the Party is more metallic. OCC Datura is slightly purpler. See comparison swatches.

Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Hitched
Hitched
Hitched
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Fyrinnae Pressed Eyeshadow Unicorn
Unicorn
Unicorn
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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