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Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 08 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, shimmery pink with subtle cool undertones (it almost looks warm-toned on me, but it has a cotton candy-ish coloring overall). NARS New Order is lighter and more glittery. Lancome Moonlight Rose is lighter. powder. Illamasqua Lies is similar–a little warmer, less pink. Chanel Brompton Road is more matte. MAC Pink Buttercream is lighter and cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

If No. 04 was too weird for you, and No. 06 was too intense, No. 08 is subtle but still delivers some color on fairer complexions. On my medium skin tone, it gave me a very, very faint pink coloring but primarily a dewy, glowy look that was lovely–healthy, natural, but not oily and didn’t emphasize pores. Even over drier skin, it doesn’t cling to the skin in a way that looks patchy or uneven. This shade is also sheer and subtle enough that it could be mixed in with foundation or moisturizer as a shimmered base. Depending on the ratio, it never reads too glittery or sparkly, but I’d experiment and see what level of shimmer you like most. It has a thin, liquid consistency that’s easy to stretch and blend on the skin, as well as with other products.  As a blush/highlighter, it lasted eight hours well with minimal fading but no patchiness.  Mixed with foundation, I didn’t notice any breakdown of my foundation (lasted as long as it the foundation would on its own).

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. I’m trying to get through all the shades I have before the sale is up–two more to test (today and tomorrow)!

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 08
No. 08
No. 08
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil (Melted Caramel Flame, Ashen Glow Flame)

CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil
CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil

CoverGirl Melted Caramel Flame (350) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is subdued, subtly warm-toned medium-dark brown with a frosted bronze and gray shimmer. Disney Palace is slightly warmer. Disney Les Poissons is similar. Urban Decay Spotlight is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Juju is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rehab is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Heavenly Bliss is similar but a powder product. Chanel Raffinement #3 is warmer. Bobbi Brown Heather Brown is a powder product. See comparison swatches.

Ashen Glow Flame (335) Flamed Out Shadow Pencil ($7.99 for 0.08 oz.) is dirty, green-ish pewter with gold sparkle. MAC Greenluxe #3 is lighter, powder. Chanel Moon River is a bit warmer. MAC Hazy Day is less shimmery, powder. MAC ANtique Diamond is more metallic. MAC Modern Pewter is darker, powder. Benefit Skinny Jeans is darker, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

There’s a light cooling sensation when these hit the skin, which doesn’t last for long, but it definitely feels cool and almost a little wet. They both glided on fairly well, but they’re semi-sheer at best. I was able to build up somewhat; with Melted Caramel Flame to mostly opaque color, while Ashen Glow Flame wasn’t as creamy, so it tended to stick and set, which resulted in semi-opaque color that was a little chunky and uneven. I wore these two shades together, and I only had some trouble with Ashen Glow Flame, which had slightly creased and faded away after seven hours of wear and had significant fall out–the other shade seemed just fine after eight and a half hours (no primer). These will require sharpening, so if you prefer twist-up pencils, you’ll want to pass on these. They also seemed a bit smaller than other jumbo pencils, so they didn’t quite well into my sharpeners for jumbo pencils.

CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil Melted Caramel Flame (350)
B

Permanent

8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil Ashen Glow Flame (335)
C-

Permanent

6.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
70%
Total

Buxom Exhibitionist Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Exhibitionist Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Exhibitionist Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Exhibitionist Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a bold, brightened fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous sheen. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia is lighter, cooler-toned. Revlon Lollipop is darker, more muted. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash is lighter. Maybelline Hot Plum is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Embrace Me is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The pigmentation is rich and full coverage, while the consistency is creamy, not too thick or too thin, and glides on evenly without tugging or pulling at the lip.  The creamy, glossy finish gives lips a very lush, plump look.  It is very creamy, though, and while this is mostly a good thing, you can get very faint lines if you press your lips together–it’s not very noticeable with such a bright color like this, at least. Exhibitionist lasted five hours well on me, and then a light stain persisted for another hour and a half.  It felt nicely hydrating the entire time I wore it, and I didn’t feel the need to reach for balm for a couple of hours after this wore off.   It feels like a more expensive, luxury lipstick, despite it’s rather reasonable price tag (and it’s a bit bigger than your average lipstick at 0.13 oz.).

Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Exhibitionist
Exhibitionist
Exhibitionist
A

Permanent

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

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MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Bossa Blue Mineralize Eyeshadow
MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Eyeshadows

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection’s Mineralize Eyeshadows ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) come in six shades. All six are limited edition.  If you’ve been following this blog for a few years, you’ll know that MAC Mineralize and I, generally, don’t get along.  I love the way they look in their pots, and photographing the Mineralize collections is always fun–everything looks spectacular.  I’m always disappointed by their performance, as they never look as pretty applied as they do in their pots.  This is particularly true with the eyeshadows, and this year’s seemed worse to me than some of the more recent releases.  More or less, the formula seems to have gotten better over the years (finer, smoother, less powdery), but the texture on these, overall, felt like Mineralize Eyeshadows from three or four years ago–drier, kind of powdery.  Color payoff was an issue (even used with a damp brush), and then later on, wear, as all of these looked noticeably faded well before eight hours.

Bossa Blue is described as a “royal blue with brown pearl.” It’s a warm-toned taupe–a grayish brown with a gray sheen. The texture was a bit dry and powdery, and the resulting payoff when applied dry was semi-sheer, while when applied damp, it was more semi-opaque. I found it fairly buildable on the lid, but it does need some layering. There’s no shortage of shades like this, even with MAC’s releases. MAC Pastelluxe #5 is warmer. Disney Midnight Hour #4 is darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is a cream product but similar in color. Urban Decay Armor is a touch darker. Urban Decay Mushroom is similar. NARS Grand Palais #1 is lighter. MAC Keep Your Cool is darker. MAC Twilight Falls is browner. Giorgio Armani #4 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Caribbean is described as a “rose with pink and red pearl.” It’s a reddish-coral with pink and copper sparkle. The payoff was sheer whether used dry or wet. This shade was really dry, powdery, and glittery–it didn’t bind well together, so it had a lot of fall out during application but throughout the time I wore it. My eye ended up really watery when I wore this, because of how much fall out and how sparkles kept getting into my eye. Milani I Heart You is slightly redder. MAC Raving Mad is less sparkly. MAC Daydreaming is brighter. See comparison swatches.

Cha-Cha-Cha is described as a “deep blue green with green pearl.” It’s a blackened blue with green and blue shimmers. Applied dry, it is sheerer and lighter, and then applied damp, it was semi-opaque and turned a bit bluer. The texture was dry and powdery, but not as difficult to use as Caribbean. Urban Decay Spell #2 is darker, less cool-toned. theBalm Sexy Stacye is grayer. Urban Decay Asphalt is a bit grayer. Urban Decay Ace is less shimmery. MAC Jade’s Fortune is more intense but very similar. MAC Hint of Sapphire is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Dare to Bare is described as a “light cream with gold pearl.” It’s a pale pink with a hint of lavender and a frosted, slightly metallic finish. This shade was slightly powdery, but it seemed to stick to itself fairly well. It was one of the more pigmented shades of the six. It was semi-sheer applied dry and prone to sheering out if you applied it to the lid dry, but applied damp, it went on very nicely and with full color coverage. MAC Pastelluxe #3 is sheerer. Urban Decay SWF is darker. MAC Seedy Pearl is cooler-toned. MAC Love Power is darker, cream product. MAC Good Fortune is more metallic, cream. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is similar. bareMinerals Glitterati is more golden. Shades like MAC Joy & Laughter #1 and MAC Young Venus seemed similar initially but pulled too purple. See comparison swatches.

Time to Tango is described as a “lavender with silver pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark lavender with a gray tinge and gold sparkle. The texture was a little gritty (like Caribbean but not quite as bad) because of the high sparkle content and general looseness of the shadow. Applied dry, it’s a sheer wash of color, and then applied dry, it’s more semi-opaque but doesn’t quite bind together as smoothly as I’d like to see in a powder product. I had a ton of fall out from this shade, unfortunately, throughout the day. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is less shimmery. Milani Purr-fect Purple is darker. MAC Idol Eyes is less purple. See comparison swatches.

Tropica is described as a “silver blue with purple.” It is a cool-toned, lavender urple with a subtle, teal iridescent duochrome sheen. Applied dry, it is fairly sheer, and then applied damp, the duochrome is more pronounced as the product is more opaque and smooths out better. Benefit Fancy Pansy is darker. OCC Datura is lighter. See comparison swatches.

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Bossa Blue
Bossa Blue
Bossa Blue
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Caribbean
Caribbean
Caribbean
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Cha-Cha-Cha
Cha-Cha-Cha
Cha-Cha-Cha
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Dare to Bare
Dare to Bare
Dare to Bare
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Time to Tango
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total
MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Tropica
Tropica
Tropica
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

Giorgio Armani No. 06 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 06 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 06 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 06 Fluid Sheer ($59.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a deep, vibrant coral-red with gold micro-shimmer. In the bottle, it looks like a softer coral, but one pump, and it might be a bit of a surprise. It can be as intense as you want it to be, so when it’s applied as a sheer layer, it takes on a coral stain with faint gold shimmer, but it’s not as opaque or as vibrant. MAC Simmer is pinker, but when applied sheer, it’s hard to tell the difference. Tom Ford Flush is lighter, but again, applied sheer, the differences are minimized. See comparison swatches.

Fluid Sheer is a multi-tasking formula that can be used in a multitude of ways–really however you feel like–from mixed with foundation, on top, underneath, on lips, and so forth. This particular shade in the Fluid Sheer line is most obviously going to work as a blush on all complexions, but it can also be used as a lip stain and doesn’t feel uncomfortable used that way. It works well layered under foundation as well as patted on over foundation (I used Giorgio Armani’s Maestro, which is a liquid foundation, for both tests). For a shade that is as pigmented as this one, if you fear over-doing it, you can easily take any leftover foundation on your brush and lightly blend along the edges and on top to soften the look without impacting the texture. The shimmer is very fine, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or cause patchiness later on. This shade wore twelve hours on me, and it was still mostly visible–it acted a lot like a cheek stain.

I highly recommend using a very, very little bit in order to avoid over-applying the product, because a little goes a long way, and this is so intensely pigmented!  On the skin, it stays damp and movable long enough for you to blend and soften the color on the skin, and then it stays in place after that, but application is definitely not quite as foolproof as other shades of the Fluid Sheer family.

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. 06
No. 06
No. 06
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

Chanel Saga & Scenario Rouge Coco Shines

 

Chanel Saga Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Saga Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Saga Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a warm, medium pink with a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but there was a slight translucency to the color and finish that enabled the natural lip color peek through just a smidgen. This shade lasted four hours on me, which is longer than most Rouge Coco Shines do, but average for lipstick in general. Chanel Liaison is very similar. NYX Stella is lighter. MAC Elegant Accent is darker. MAC Flamingo is slightly lighter. MAC Betty Bright is brighter, a smidgen lighter.
See comparison swatches.

Scenario Rouge Coco Shine ($34.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a warm, reddish plum with a glossy shine. It had semi-opaque color payoff with some translucency, so you could see some of my natural look come through along with a shadow of my lip freckle. It lasted for three and a half hours when I tested it. Chanel Grace is more shimmery. MAC So Very Good is darker, less red. MAC Sheer Plum is browner. Chanel Bel Ami is cooler-toned. Chanel Imperial is slightly darker, more pigmented. Buxom Runaway is brighter, more opaque. See comparison swatches.

The formula on both shades was creamy, slick (almost wet), and lightweight.  Saga was a bit creamier and thicker compared to Scenario, which looked a bit like a lip stain applied.  I experienced light to moderate hydration when I wore both of these back-to-back.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Saga
Saga
Saga
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine Scenario
Scenario
Scenario
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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