Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Laura Mercier Evening Pink Shimmer Lip Color
Laura Mercier Evening Pink Shimmer Lip Color

Laura Mercier Evening Pink Shimmer Lip Color

Laura Mercier Evening Pink Shimmer Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, neon strawberry pink with opaque color coverage and a lush, natural shine. It’s a strong, bold color that brightens up the face, and it doesn’t lean too blue. VS Be Mine is less pink, more coral. Dolce & Gabbana Fuchsia is less pink and not quite as bright. MAC Party Parrot is darker, redder, and brighter. MAC Catharina is bluer and darker. Chanel Insolente is slightly darker.

Laura Mercier’s Shimmer Lip Color formula is rich in color and has a creamy consistency that’s lightweight and doesn’t slip around. Evening Pink wore five and half hours, and while I don’t always find the formula very hydrating (but definitely not drying), this one was moisturizing while I wore it. There is a noticeable floral scent but no distinct taste.

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Laura Mercier Evening Pink Shimmer Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

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Evening Pink is bright and opaque, and it's definitely an unexpected shade for the season. What I really liked about it was the only slightly cool undertones, so it should wear well across skin tones and complexions!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, January 6th, 2012

Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Spring 2012: Paradis Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Paradis Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “pink coral.” It’s mostly pink with a hint of coral; more pink than it is coral, but if you called it pink-coral, I wouldn’t argue. Chanel Flirt is softer, less pink. MAC Blossom Culture is more coral. Dolce & Gabbana Pink is a bit darker.

The color coverage is semi-opaque–it yields a healthy amount of color, but it doesn’t completely cover my lip freckle. The finish is a soft frost; there is noticeable shimmer and sheen, but it’s not metallic or heavy. Paradis applied well enough, but it could have been a little creamier. Rouge Cocos are supposed to be moisturizing, and while I did find Charme to be more hydrating, this one was consistent with the past ones I’ve tried, which is not really moisturizing but not drying. It wore for three and a half hours.

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Paradis applied well enough, but it could have been a little creamier. Rouge Cocos are supposed to be moisturizing, and while I did find Charme to be more hydrating, this one was consistent with the past ones I've tried, which is not really moisturizing but not drying. It wore for three and a half hours.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers
Bonbon (73), Petillant (159), Bagatelle (161)

Chanel Spring 2012: Glossimers

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers ($29.50 for 0.19 oz.) include three new and permanent (according to the press release) shades: Bonbon (soft pink), Petillant (golden beige), and Bagatelle (pink).

  • Bonbon is a sheer gold-shimmered pale pink. There’s no real color to it; on my lips, it provides a semi-opaque covering of shimmer. It’s similar to NARS Super Orgasm (a touch darker), Chanel Aurore (slightly more of a beige base), and Benefit I’m With the Band (more golden sheen).
  • Petillant is sheer and virtually colorless with white and pale pink shimmer. This is really, really subtle; unless you’re a Glossimer devotee, this one is easily skipped, because it doesn’t have as much shimmer as most Glossimers do either. It may sound harsh, but these kinds of glosses are numerous, and while having a couple in your back pocket is great for layering, it’s difficult to see nuances between them, so most of us don’t need too many of them.
  • Bagatelle is a light-medium, blue-based pink with gold flecks of sparkle. This one was the most pigmented with semi-opaque color coverage. The gold shimmer in this is larger than the others, so it actually felt a little gritty on the lips, compared to the smooth feel of most Glossimers. It reminded me a bit of MAC Splashing, which isn’t blue-based, and Givenchy Glamorous Fuchsia, which doesn’t have the gold sparkle.

Chanel Glossimers have certainly earned their accolades because of their comfortable, non-sticky texture and ultra-shimmering appearance.  In the sunlight, these really sparkle and look like shimmering water with the amount of dazzle and shine they give off.  I didn’t fully appreciate them until I saw how they looked outdoors.  Indoors, they’re a little less spectacular, but they’re generally a really pretty gloss that tends to have sheer to semi-sheer color coverage but lots of shimmer.  I usually find these to have a really smooth shimmer, but Bagatelle felt gritty from the get-go.  I could just feel the shimmer on my lips.  Bonbon wore for about two and a half hours, while Petillant disappeared within an hour and a half.  Bagatelle wore the best, as it wore for four hours.

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Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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The grittier feel of the shimmer in Bagatelle definitely makes it underwhelming, while the lack of shimmer and color of Petillant seems to take sheer almost too far. Bonbon was my favorite of the three, because it looked and applied the best. I still really like the Glossimer formula, but these three may not be the best examples of them!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Chanel Superstition Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Superstition Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Spring 2012: Superstition Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Superstition Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as “golden beige.” It’s a semi-sheer warm, light beige with a pale golden shimmer-sheen. It has color payoff, but it’s more of a translucent color, so it allows more of the natural lip color to peek through while giving the illusion of more coverage. On my lips, it helps to even out my natural lip color and provide a subtle shimmer, but overall, it’s more my-lips-but-better in regards to color. MAC Mellow Mood has a more golden shimmer and a pinker base color. MAC Freckletone looks similar swatched but has more color payoff, so it gives a very peachy color instead. Similarly, MAC To the Future has a similar color as the swatch but opaque color coverage and a creamy finish, rather than a shimmery one.

It’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque, but it’s translucent enough that it’s definitely not an opaque lipstick.  It seems to be one of the sheerer Rouge Cocos I’ve tried (more like a Rouge Coco Shine).  It’s just shy of being a heavier frost.  The wear time on Superstition was disappointing–only a mere hour and a half when I typically average four hours across a regular lipstick–and it wasn’t moisturizing (which is a selling feature of these lipsticks), unfortunately.  They’re non-drying, at least, so I didn’t find my lips were chapped after reapplying this two or three times (I thought perhaps the short wear was a fluke!).

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These are supposed to have medium to full color coverage, so the sheerer color payoff combined with the poor wear time really brought down the overall rating for this product.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Video Review: MAC for Iris Apfel Collection – First Impressions & Swatches

If you’re still trying to decide whether to partake in this launch, perhaps this video will be of some help!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d'Armani
Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d’Armani

Giorgio Armani #500 Gloss d’Armani ($28.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a soft, sheer pink with lots of white shimmer. It adds a hint of additional rosiness to my natural lip color, but it primarily adds lots of white shimmer and sparkle. It looks like any number of sheer lipglosses, so it’s more of a product you pick up if you don’t have too many sheer glosses already and really love the formula.

One of the reasons I like this shade is because it wears for five to six hours, despite being so sheer. The shimmer doesn’t feel gritty, and it doesn’t migrate over time. The formula is moisturizing, long-wearing (though it doesn’t wear the full eight hours Giorgio Armani says it should), and feels comfortable to wear. It does get sticky over time, and it is touted as a non-sticky gloss. It’s not super tacky, but it’s noticeably sticky within the first half hour of wear. I didn’t detect any scent or taste.

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It's still one of my favorite glosses, even though it doesn't wear for the full eight hours it's supposed to, because it's still long-wearing (five to six hours), moisturizing, and comfortable on.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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