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Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a new (and permanent!) gloss from Maybelline. It’s supposed to yield “hyper-saturated color,” an “ultra cushiony feel,” and “glass shine.” They’re a really lovely lipgloss to enter the market, and there are many things to like: nicely hydrating, a variety of colors, comfortable to wear, and last well (for a gloss). They’re not “hyper-saturated,” the pigmentation varies from shade to shade, with some being more opaque and others being semi-sheer to semi-opaque. Whether that’s a deal-breaker is a matter of preference, but the other issue I had with several of these is they had a tendency to apply streakily (not evenly as Maybelline says). Because of the medium-thick consistency, often when I would press my lips together, you could see a line where the color moved/lifted–the color does slip and move. It’s non-sticky initially, and after three to four hours, it gets slightly tacky. Some shades apply better than others (noted below). If you tend to wear gloss over lipstick, then the unevenness should be less of an issue. The formula has a sweet, creme brulee scent and slight perfume-y taste.

Breathtaking Apricot (005) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, warm-toned pink with white sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage, applied mostly evenly, and lasted for four hours on me. MAC Next Fad (P, $19.50) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Dashing Orchid (035) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, cool-toned plum with very fine fuchsia and pink micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a noticeable level of translucency, so the natural lip color will come through. It applied evenly for the most part, and this shade wore well for four hours. Urban Decay Big Bang (P, $19.00) is darker. MAC Real Posh (LE, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Mall Madness (LE, $15.00) is ery similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Hibiscus Haven (085) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium, blue-based pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque to nearly opaque color, but this was a shade that did not apply evenly. Even when it was finally into place, a mere pressing of the lips once moves the color around yet again. It lasted four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler, darker. NYX Addis Ababa (P, $5.99) is brighter. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is sheerer, lighter. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Breathtaking Apricot (005)
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Dashing Orchid (035)
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Hibiscus Haven (085)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
82%
Total

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L’Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal The Statement Piece Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Statement Piece Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Lacquers ($6.99 for 0.40 fl. oz. each) is a limited edition formula for the holidays. There are nine shades available, and I have four to share with you in this post (I don’t have the rest, and I’ve yet to spot these locally). The Gold Dust formula is a textured polish, so it dries to a matte finish with a “luminous and sandy finish.” I haven’t spotted them online (most of the limited edition mass products don’t!), but they are supposed to be available at your local drugstores. The texture of these is slightly thick, and the brush is on the wider side; if you have narrower nail beds, I think these might be somewhat frustrating to use. For me, it was only troublesome when I applied the polish to my pinky nail. Two were fine with just two coats, and then two could have used three thin coats as there were some areas that were sparse. I tested The Statement Piece for wear, and it lasted seven days with some tip wear but no chipping (I rarely get chipping, though, just as a note!).

The Statement Piece is a pale, champagne gold with a sandy, glittery texture and silver sequin glitters. This one sparkled nicely, applied well, and was totally opaque in two coats. None of the following mentions have the textured finish, but the colors are similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cruising (P, $10.00) is yellower. Revlon Gold Coin (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Chanel Diwali (LE, $27.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The Reign of Studs is a cool-toned, light-medium purple with silver sparkle and silver sequins. It was nicely opaque after two thin-to-medium coats and dried down quickly. This one was really lovely on–very sparkly and dimensional. Zoya Carter (P, $8.00) has a textured finish, but it’s a red-toned purple. China Glaze Skyscraper (LE, $8.00) is bluer and not textured. See comparison swatches.

Rough Around the Edges is a matte black with a sandy, sugary texture with silver sparkle. It was mostly opaque with two coats, though I’d do three thinner coats to get fuller opacity with this particular shade. I didn’t have anything that really looked quite like this when it was dry. Shades like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Batty (P, $10.00) and Illamasqua Creator (P, $17.00) are black with silver sparkle, but they’re glossy.

Hidden Gems had a blackened, sandy base with teal shimmer and silver sequin glitter. This shade took unusually long to dry, and it didn’t dry evenly–I sat around fifteen between between coats, then another thirty after the second coat, and the camera picks up where it’s still slightly wet (anything that seems shinier/wetter). I think this one really needs at least three thin coats. I don’t have a lot of textured polishes, so I don’t have a dupe for this, though the composition reminded me of L’Oreal VIP Status (DC), which is metallic/shimmery (traditional polish). See comparison swatches, just for fun.

L'Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour The Statement Piece
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
L'Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour The Reign of Studs
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
L'Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour Rough Around the Edges
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
L'Oreal Gold Dust Colour Riche Nail Colour Hidden Gems
Hidden Gems
Hidden Gems
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Lit Cosmetics Glitter Daze Holographic Glitter Collection

Lit Cosmetics Bar Star Glitter
Lit Cosmetics Bar Star Glitter

Lit Cosmetics Glitter Daze Holographic Glitter Collection ($52.00 for 5 x 0.14 oz.) includes five holographic glitter shades, plus a 4ml bottle of Clearly Liquid Glitter Base and a small brush. This is less of a review and more of a, “ooh, look at the pretty glitters,” because the nice thing is there’s very little variance in quality from the glitters, as they’re all loose glitters, and they rely on the Clearly Liquid Glitter Base (which I’ve reviewed here and here!)–and that’s the same product, just being used with new-to-me shades.  It’s a very thin, water-like (in terms of consistency) adhesive base that keeps the glitter in place all day long but washes away with water when you’re ready to remove it.

Bar Star is a medium-dark, almost violet-tinged blue with holographic glitter. It is S3 in size, so it is bit larger than the others for particle size.

Glittergasm is a cool-toned, blue-based red and magenta glitter mix with holographic glitter–looks almost fiery when it catches the light. It is S2 in size.

Heartbreaker is an orange-red and purple mix of glitter that shifts to coppery-orange, fuchsia, and orange. It is S2 in size.

Superfly is a dark gray glitter with multi-colored holographic glitter. It reflects a rainbow of color as the light bounces off the glitter particles. It is S2 in size. MAC Grey (LE, $21.00) is gray but not holographic. See comparison swatches.

Rhinestone Cowboy is a mix of a whole assortment of glitter–it seems like a deep, golden brown base of glitter, and then an array of multi-color glitter that looks like a rainbow as the light catches it. It is S2 in size.

These shades are exclusive to Beautylish at the moment, and they can be purchased as a set for $52 or individually for $13, except Rhinestone Cowboy, which is part of the set only.

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bareMinerals The Many Splendors Face & Body Luminizer

bareMinerals The Many Splendors Face & Body Luminizer
bareMinerals The Many Splendors Face & Body Luminizer

bareMinerals The Many Splendors Face & Body Luminizer ($45.00 for 1.10 oz.) is composed of three shades that you could use alone or together, but the compact is quite large, so each section easily can be used individually (though probably not with the brush included with the set!). There is a very large powder brush that comes with the compact, and it’s actually incredibly soft, dense, and lovely to use (I was worried, as last time I tried brushes from bareMinerals, they were very scratchy). However, for all those good characteristics, it’s massive and quite long, so it’s almost floppy. It provides a very dense and heavy-handed application. The brush is nice on its own, but I didn’t love it with this particular product. It’s a mega-sized powder–can’t imagine running out of it any time soon!–and if you use highlighters or bronzers on decolletage or the body, it would go a long way.  The quality of the powders is okay; the peachy shade was oddly under-pigmented, while the bronzer was very pigmented and easy to blend.

The Many Splendors #1 is a pale, gold-shimmered beige. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft and finely-milled. I noticed, however, that applied, it did somewhat emphasize pores. It wore for seven hours. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is warmer. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is similar. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is very, very similar. See comparison swatches.

The Many Splendors #2 is a warm-toned, peachy-pink with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. This one had so-so color payoff–it was unusually difficult to get pigmentation out of it, even though it seemed soft to the touch. When applied, it did slightly emphasize pores and wore for seven and a half hours. On very fair skin, this could work as a blusher, but on my medium complexion, it worked out more as a highlighter with a smidgen of color. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is more matte. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $25.00) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Many Splendors #3 is a medium-dark, orange-brown with a deep, orange-gold frosted sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and it was the best performing shade within the compact. It wore for eight hours well, though it did slightly emphasize pores and imperfections. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

bareMinerals Face & Body Luminizer The Many Splendors
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Buxom Serial Kisser Set

Buxom Serial Kisser Set
Buxom Serial Kisser Set

Buxom Serial Kisser Set ($32.00 for 5 x 0.04 oz.) includes five shades of miniature-sized Full-Bodied Lipsticks. Two of the five shades are part of the permanent range, while three are limited to this set (as far as I know). A full-sized lipstick contains 0.13 oz. of product and retails for $21. The set is pretty much a value of $32 in lipstick, but the benefit is you get five shades instead of one and a half–so for less the price of two individual shades, you get five to play with. I like the idea of variety, as most of us don’t know what it’s like to finish a lipstick (at least not very often!). After trying these, one thing I didn’t love was how skinny the actual lipstick was, as it made application not as easy as when it’s using the full-sized bullet. They’re just really long and skinny, and I was worried they would break, but none of them did after using them, so at least that went okay! The formula is consistent with the permanent range.

Menace is described as a “rich wine.” It’s a rich, brightened berry-red with cool undertones and very fine ruby red shimmer. It had mostly opaque color with a barely-there translucency that kept it looking more lightweight in comparison to other shades in this formula. The finish was still glossy and luminous, though. It wore well for six hours, and it left behind a berry-ish stain. When I wore it, the formula of Menace was somewhat hydrating. Guerlain Gigolo is a bit darker. Guerlain Orgueil is similar. Giorgio Armani #408 is more muted. Burberry Bright Plum is similar. See comparison swatches.

Provocateur is described as a “true red.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium red with very subtle pink undertones and that leans slightly blue. When I swatch it, I see slight blue undertones, but when applied–against my skin tone–it looks slightly warm-toned. It was opaque and wore for six and a half hours. Urban Decay F-Bomb is warmer. Edward Bess Eternal Passion is slightly muted. MAC Ronnie Red is bluer. Guerlain Garconne is darker. Dior Diorling is darker, more matte. Buxom Scoundrel is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever #43 is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Mistress is a slightly warm-toned, medium pink with a luminous sheen. It had rich, opaque color payoff and wore well for just over four hours. This shade was nicely hydrating and applied evenly and smoothly. MAC Hoop (DC, $15.00) is more matte. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Centerfold is a pinky-mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a luminous sheen. It applied with mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency seemed a bit more emollient with more slip compared to the other shades. It lasted four hours on me, which is about average, while being incredibly moisturizing. MAC Plumful (P, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Rendez-vous (LE, $35.00) is shimmery. Chanel Paradis (P, $34.00) is shimmery. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $24.00) is darker. Too Faced Razzle Dazzle Rose (P, $21.00) is slightly lighter. See comparison swatches.

Moonlighter is a fuchsia-shimmered, cool-toned berry with a pearly shimmer. It was semi-opaque, but it had a noticeable translucency, and in that sense, it was similar to Menace. It wore well for five hours, and then it had a stain that lingered for another hour or so. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is not quite as shimmery. Urban Decay Venom (P, $22.00) is richer. Tom Ford Beauty Violet Fatale (P, $49.00) is purpler. MAC Rebel (P, $15.00) is less shimmery. NARS Valparaiso (P, $26.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Set 2013 Serial Kisser
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Mistress

Limited Edition
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Centerfold

Limited Edition
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Moonlighter

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Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Have We Met? (108) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering warm pink.” It’s a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and fine gold shimmer with a luminous sheen. Chanel Surprenante (129) (P, $34.00) is less glossy. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Naked (P, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Liaison (P, $34.00) is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Sunny Seoul (LE, $15.00) is less warm-toned. MAC Flamingo (LE, $15.00) is lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The Lovemarc Lip Gel formula is supposed to be “color-saturated, long-wearing, gellified lipstick with a sleek shine finish.” Have We Met? is mostly opaque, but there’s a little translucency as you can see my lip freckle peeking through. I would expect if you had naturally redder lips, you’d also see that come through and darkening and reddening this color. The consistency is very emollient, definitely gel-like, and the color applies easily without tugging or dragging. This shade wears four hours on me, which is average for lipstick in general (on me) but short of what long-wearing formulas usually is (more like six hours). It doesn’t come as a big surprise, given the high amount of slip this shade had. It was very comfortable to wear, and it was nicely hydrating from start to finish. Marc Jacobs’ lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no taste.

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Have We Met? (108)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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