Monday, December 26th, 2011

Benefit I Think I Love You Full-Finish Lipstick
Benefit I Think I Love You Full-Finish Lipstick

Benefit I Think I Love You Full-Finish Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bronze rose.” It’s an apt description; it’s a sultry plummy rose with a metallic-like frost to it. The color coverage is nearly opaque. Clarins Blackberry is a creamier version–it doesn’t have the frosted finish. MAC Snazzy is redder and has fuchsia shimmer. MAC One of a Kind is a little brighter, less muted.

It delivers the medium to full color coverage the lipstick is supposed to, and it does so with a really smooth, melt-on-your-lips kind of color.  It applies evenly, and it doesn’t take a lot of product to get the really opaque look.  The texture is creamy enough to allow the slanted tip to glide across the lips with ease, but it isn’t thick or heavy, so it doesn’t slide around and get onto teeth.  There’s no discernible taste or scent, which may be a plus for some.  It is moisturizing, too, which is good, because I was able to get five hours of wear out of this shade during testing.

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I Think I Love You

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Kind of like a sleeper hit--Benefit's Full-Finish Lipstick has excellent color payoff, comfortable wear, and moisturizes. This is such a great shade for fall/winter, because it's darker, plummier, but it isn't vampy, so it's wearable with many different looks.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, December 26th, 2011

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow
NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, pastel-like yellow with a frosted sheen. It has decent color payoff, but it’s not as dense as some other NYX eyeshadows. It also felt powderier and was less true-to-pan in terms of color; it looks much lighter, which could be a result of the higher pearl/frost content. Make Up For Ever #102 is a bit more pastel and has a matte finish. MAC Gorgeous Gold is a little yellower and has more iridescence.

While the texture was undeniably soft, it had a definite powdery feel that wasn’t easy to mitigate, even knowing that NYX’s eyeshadows are softer (compared to say MAC eyeshadows, which tend to be harder–not necessarily a bad thing!), so there was some fall out.  The color payoff could have been better, too, because it had an underlying sheerness and the softness of the shade, while providing for a smooth look, made it just as easy to blend out the color so it looked almost faded.  Without a base, this shade lasts four to five hours and then begins to look noticeably faded.  With a base, I had better results, though after nine hours, it did seem a bit faded.

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If you were looking for an intense yellow, you won't find it in Hot Yellow--it's much more muted and less yellow than it appears in the pan. The powderiness makes for below average wear between the fading and fall out, so it's definitely not a must-have NYX eyeshadow.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Guerlain Jicky (104) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Jicky (104) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Jicky (104) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Jicky (104) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is soft coral-brown with a very faint beige micro-shimmer. The color coverage is semi-opaque; it gave my natural lip colors a fair amount of color but did not cover my lip freckle entirely. It’s a bit darker, less beige and more coral, than Guerlain Voilette de Madame, but I don’t think you need to have both–they’re different enough, but having both makes sense only if you tend to wear these types of colors regularly and can spot those nuances. MAC Viva Glam VI is a little darker, redder. Guerlain Galante is more opaque and rosier. MAC For Keeps is similar but pinker and more opaque. MAC Mellowarm is a bit darker and frostier. Chanel Plumetis is lighter. Chanel Liberte is fairly close. Korres #45 Coral is more orange.

Rouge Automatique is very comparable to the Rouge G formula, and the differences are minute, though they are there. This is an excellent formula regardless of that comparison, though, because it’s creamy enough to glide on but not so creamy that the color slips around, comfortable to wear, and keeps lips feeling hydrated, too. For more packaging photos, please see this post.  This shade only wore four and a half hours when I tested out the wear, which is shorter than expected for this particular range (and not as long as the brand claims).

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Rouge Automatique is a top-notch formula, because the creaminess of the texture enables it to glide on, making for an easy application, but it's lightweight and never slippery, so it stays on and wears for hours.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection
Essie Nail Lacquers in Brooch the Subject, Cocktail Bling, Bangle Jangle

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection ($8.00 for 0.46 fl. oz.) is comprised of six shades: Brooch the Subject (creamy cashmere cameo), Cocktail Bling (precious pale gray jewel), Bangle Jangle (lavender amethyst), School of Hard Rocks (midnight malachite), Bobbing for Baubles (deepest darkest sapphire), and Size Matters (blazing hot ruby red).

  • Brooch the Subject is a neutral light-medium beige. This is one of my new favorites when it comes to nudes, because it doesn’t lean warm or cool. It’s opaque in two coats. It’s not as peach as Rescue Beauty Sheer Nude but not as cool-toned as MAC Quiet Time.
  • Cocktail Bling is a really cool-toned gray lavender with a cream finish that’s opaque in two coats. Zoya Caitlin is similar in family but it is several shades darker.
  • Bangle Jangle is a pink-lavender cream that’s opaque in two coats. It’s much warmer compared to Cocktail Bling. It’s darker than MAC Little Girl Type and Zoya Marley but not as pink as Essie Nice is Nice.
  • School of Hard Rocks is a muted, almost gray-tinted, teal. It’s more of a dusty teal that leans green. It’s opaque in two coats and has a cream finish. MAC Blue India was the only comparable shade I could find, though it is bluer.
  • Bobbing for Baubles is an inky deep, dark bluish purple cream. It’s opaque in almost one coat, though I did two for swatches. Despite tons of blue polishes swatched, I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one–it’s that purplish tint that makes it difficult I think!
  • Size Matters is a deep red cream that’s opaque in two coats (though almost in one). China Glaze Winter Berry and MAC Get Noticed are a touch brighter and lighter.

Essie does cream polishes really, really well. It’s like if I want a certain color in a cream finish, I’ll look to Essie first. The winter collection is fab from start to finish, because every shade is a delight to work with–smooth, even application with polish that’s not too thick or too thin. It doesn’t streak, bubble, or later on, chip. I get minimal tip wear with Essie’s polishes, as it is a solid lacquer.  I also loved that Cocktail Bling, School of Hard Rocks, and Bobbing for Baubles didn’t have any similar shades that I could think of–it’s tough to be original!

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Essie Cocktail Bling Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

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Essie does cream polishes really, really well. It's like if I want a certain color in a cream finish, I'll look to Essie first. The winter collection is fab from start to finish, because every shade is a delight to work with--smooth, even application with polish that's not too thick or too thin. It doesn't streak, bubble, or later on, chip. I get minimal tip wear with Essie's polishes, as it is a solid lacquer. I also loved that Cocktail Bling, School of Hard Knocks, and Bobbing for Baubles didn't have any similar shades that I could think of--it's tough to be original!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Bobbi Brown Electric Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Electric Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Electric Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink with violet pearl.” It’s a semi-opaque medium-dark pink with fuchsia-pink shimmer and a glossy shine. It’s a little cooler-toned (more fuchsia) compared to MAC Dare to Dare, so MAC If It’s Pink comes a bit closer but still pinker. MAC Totally Bang is also similar but darker.

I’m a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s newest gloss; it took me a bit surprise, much as my appreciation for Chanel Glossimers happened over time, but these are my latest go-to when I want something super sparkling to wear alone or over a lipstick. It’s a non-sticky formula that moisturizes, wears for four hours or so, and looks like shimmering water when worn. I love that the shimmer isn’t gritty–you won’t feel rough glitter/shimmer as the gloss wears off at all–and it doesn’t turn tacky over time either. Electric Violet is really lovely over a red, especially blue-based ones.

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Electric Violet

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It's a versatile shade of pink, because it's wearable on its own, but it's sheer (but still pigmented enough to alter colors!) enough to allow a lipstick to show through. The sparkle/shine factor of these lipglosses is outrageous, which is why I love them so much!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk Jewel Eyeshadow Palette
Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk Jewel Eyeshadow Palette ($20.00 for 0.32 oz.) is the other limited edition holiday palette that’s now sold out online but is still available in (some) Sephora stores. Again, as today and Monday are sure to be high traffic mall-going days, in case you’re there, look for this! $20 (these are normally $32!) gets you a full-sized palette featuring five stunning eyeshadows. The outer packaging of this is rather holographic and the metallic portion is a pink-lilac.

The top shade is a grayish lavender with a strong, white frosted finish. It’s super shimmery, but the texture is soft and smooth–vrey dense–and yields good color payoff. It reminded me of a more pigmented MAC Silverwear.

On the left, there is a soft pinky-white with an iridiescent pink-gold shimmer-sheen. It’s smooth and soft with good color payoff. It doesn’t have quite the duochrome that Make Up For Ever #940 has but slightly similar. MAC Defiance is similar, and I suspect MAC Vanilla is also fairly close.

The middle shade is a medium-dark gray with a silvered, metallic sheen. There are hints of brown in the undertones. It applies very smoothly and has great pigmentation. Bobbi Brown Silver is similar. Urban Decay S&M is a bit darker and browner.

On the right, there is a coral-pink with a satiny sheen. There’s a lightness and softness to the color, but it’s not sheer at all. Inglot #359 lacks the sheen, so it appears a bit different, but this was the most similar shade I could find. MAC Rose is a bit darker and pinker.

The bottom shade is a deep, dark black with teal and silver shimmer. This shade is so dense and buttery with excellent pigmentation–I was really impressed, because so often these types of black eyeshadows are dry and chalky with little payoff! It is similar to Lancome The New Black and Chanel Mirifique.

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This is an interesting selection of colors to put in a palette--in a good way--I think it works, but it's a little different. You could do some warmer smoky eyes here, or you could go more traditional and keep it cooler-toned with more gray/black.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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