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Buxom Runaway Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Runaway Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Runaway Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Runaway Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “rosy chestnut.” It is a rich, deepened plummy red with a glossy shine. MAC Sheer Plum is browner, less red. MAC Glamourdaze is less red, more plum. Chanel Imperial is slightly lighter and has some shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Runaway was rich with full color coverage in nearly a single stroke. The consistency is slightly thick (but not gummy or heavy), very creamy, and easy to apply. The formula sits really well on the lips and gives lips a plumper look because of the coverage and finish. I’ve really liked how nice Buxom’s Full Bodied lipsticks feel on, and they wear exceptionally well (though to be fair, all the shades I’ve tried so far are also darker/brighter shades that generally wear better than say a light pink or beige), with Runaway wearing well for five and a half hours.  It was nicely hydrating, and the lipstick had no scent or taste.

Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Runaway
Runaway
Runaway
A

Permanent

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

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CoverGirl Melted Gold, Melted Caramel, & Scorching Cocoa Flamed Out Shadow Pots

CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot
CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot

CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, yellow gold with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff both dry and wet, but the texture was slightly grainy. On the lid, I did have issues with fall out while I wore it. Disney Triton is similar, slightly warmer. Chanel Cool Gold is darker, cream. Sephora French Riviera is lighter. MAC Goldmine is warmer. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 is similar. Chanel Pearl River #3 is similar. OCC Acacia is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Remix is similar. Make Up For Ever #10
See comparison swatches.

Melted Caramel (330) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium, slightly warmed-up brown with a hint of gray and a frosted finish. The pigmentation was nice with good, opaque coverage whether it was applied dry or wet, though it was smoother and easier to apply when applied with a damp brush. There was some fall out present after eight hours of wear. Clinique Ample Amber is a cream product. Tom Ford Platinum is grayer. MAC Romantico is darker. NARS Flowers 3 #3 is similar. MAC Lie Low is darker. MAC Tan is warmer. MAC Aurora is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Scorching Cocoa (355) Flamed Out Shadow Pot ($3.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a little gray tint. It had good color payoff dry, and then it was darker and more intense when applied damp. This one had less fall out compared to the other two. Disney Chateau is darker. Tom Ford Platinum is a cream product. MAC Romantico is warmer. MAC Lie Low is warmer. MAC Deeply Dashing is more glittery. MAC Aurora is lighter. Illamasqua Focus is slightly grayer. See comparison swatches.

The major issue I had with these was fall out that occurred throughout the wear of each shade, and a secondary issue was that the texture had a grainy texture; not just powdery, but there was something gritty and rough about the texture of these. I felt like they really needed to be pressed and “crushed’ in a way in order to get them to look smooth on the lid. I highly recommend applying these damp, as it makes them easier to press into the skin. I didn’t experience any creasing or fading over an eight-hour period with these shades, though.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Melted Gold (320)
B-

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Melted Caramel (330)
B-

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot Scorching Cocoa (355)
B-

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

Chanel Pink Lagoon Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Pink Lagoon Stylo Eyeshadow
Chanel Pink Lagoon Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Pink Lagoon Stylo Eyeshadow ($34.00 for 0.05 oz.) is warm, medium pink with a frosted finish. It almost reads coral-pink against my warmer complexion. MAC Rose is less shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Scratch is less pink. Inglot #359 is matte, lighter. See comparison swatches.

With Chanel’s new cream eyeshadow pencils, I’ve had mixed results, but luckily, Pink Lagoon was a hit for me. It has a cool feel when the product touches the skin, and the texture is very slick and feels almost wet. It glided across the skin easily without pulling or tugging on the lid, and it deposited even, semi-sheer color (it’s buildable to about semi-opaque). When I tested it, Pink Lagoon lasted just over eight hours well on me without creasing or fading, and there was minor fall out (but not a lot, as compared to other shades I’ve tried).

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Pink Lagoon
Pink Lagoon
Pink Lagoon
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Edward Bess Eternal Passion Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Eternal Passion Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Eternal Passion Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Eternal Passion Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy shine. Chanel Dialogue is less pigmented. Giorgio Armani Red Fuchsia is darker. NYX Chic Red is more matte. MAC Everyday Diva is warmer. MAC Ronnie Red is darker, more matte. Guerlain Gwen is darker. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

It has a very creamy, slick texture that feels (and looks) almost wet once applied. The color coverage was mostly opaque, but there was a very slight translucency that kept it from looking too heavy or thick on the lips. The lipstick never pulled or dragged across the lips, and the formula was long-wearing, lightly hydrating, and comfortable to wear. Eternal Passion lasted six hours well, and then it stained for another two hours or so. The lipstick had a sweet fig scent but no discernible taste.

Edward Bess Ultra Slick Lipstick Eternal Passion
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

Disney Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

 

Disney Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum
Disney Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum

Disney Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum ($58.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.; $19.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “refreshing burst of bergamot, wet cucumber, and ozonic accord, and is brought to life with a splash of water notes, wild lilac, and starfruit, all fused together with warm sandalwood and … ambergris.”

It begins with a blast of bergamot–intensely floral–followed by a cloyingly sweet cucumber note. While I like the freshness and crispness that cucumber can add to a scent, when it’s sweet, it reads very synthetic and oddly placed (almost a stale sweetness). The cucumber, halfway through, is more prominent than the bergamot. The fragrance, overall, was sweet, floral, and aquatic. My personal scent preference is towards sandalwood and amber, but I didn’t pick up either of those two scents; at no point while I wore it was it anything other than bergamot and sweet cucumber. It might be because the scent wears away surprisingly quickly on my skin; it is noticeable and has good sillage for the first hour, but by the second hour, it wears closely to the skin. By the third hour, I couldn’t even detect any more. Normally, the average perfume lasts eight hours on me, with some lasting as long as sixteen (to some degree).

Scent is inherently personal, so if you enjoy either bergamot or cucumber, you may like this.  If you were intrigued by the idea of sandalwood and ambergris, I’d recommend trying to sniff it in-store prior to purchasing.  The rollerball-size is a frosted, aqua bottle with silver seaweed, while the full-size fragrance is in a clear, faceted crystal bottle (just like the perfumes for Cinderella and Jasmine) with clear juice.

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Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale

Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale
Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale

Edward Bess South of France Quad Royale ($45.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a “shimmery sand.” It’s a pale, pink mauve with a golden shimmer and sheen. Milani Dolce Pink is warmer, darker. MAC Rosy Outlook is pinker, less shimmery. MAC Blush All Day is less shimmery, darker. MAC At Dusk is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Pink Cloud is similar. Bobbi Brown Peony is darker. See comparison swatches.

It was fairly true-to-color as it looked in the pan, which is rather light, so this is a product that will work best on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it’s mostly a highlighter that adds a little plum to my cheeks, but I really had to layer it on – and as a result, it looked a bit cakey and did emphasize pores. When I later tried to wear it as more of a highlighter, then it looked better and only slightly emphasize pores (the finish is rather frosted). The texture of the blush was soft, though a bit powdery, but finely-milled and easy to blend out. It seemed to last about seven hours on me, and then it looked somewhat patchy after eight hours of wear.

Edward Bess Quad Royale South of France
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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