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Maybelline Signature Scarlet, Mauve Mystique, Couture Color Elixir Lipglosses

Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color
Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color

Today, I have three more shades from Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) range. It’s a new and permanent formula introduced this winter, and it’s supposed to have rich color payoff with a plush feel, hydration, and high-gloss shine. Some shades are nice, others apply somewhat streakily, as the consistency is more medium to medium-thick. Sometimes, if you press your lips together, you can see a “line” appear where the color has moved and bunched up. The gloss is non-sticky when first applied, but it does develop a slight tackiness while worn–it never becomes really sticky, though. It has a sweet, creme brulee scent and a perfume-y taste. I notice the taste more with the brighter and darker shades than the lighter ones. They are moderately moisturizing.

Signature Scarlet (020) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a warm-toned, orange-based medium red with a creamy, glossy finish. It’s nearly opaque (there’s just a hint of translucency), and the consistency is medium-weight and applies evenly. It wears for five hours on me. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is similar. NARS Wonder (LE, $25.00) is more orange, more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is slightly more muted. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is less opaque–the colors are very similar but Maybelline’s is better with respect to performance. See comparison swatches.

Mauve Mystique (025) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a pinky-plum with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage with some of the natural lip color coming through. It applied evenly for the most part, but there were some areas where you could see the color was somewhat streaky. I would apply less rather than more, as this was a color that tended to bunch up if you pressed or moved your lips together too much. It lasted for four hours on me. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is brighter. Edward Bess First Kiss (P, $30.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Pink (P, $45.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Lovechild (P, $19.00) is a bit pinker, less glossy. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is more muted, more mauve. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Curvaceous (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Insolence (P, $32.00) is similar but sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Caviar Couture (050) Color Elixir Lip Color ($8.99 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, reddened berry with faint fuchsia shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and as you might have guessed, it doesn’t apply flawlessly. There is some settling into lip lines, but it has a somewhat splotchy appearance on the lips. It’s not the worst I’ve encountered, but it’s not as opaque as Maybelline would have you believe and can be a high maintenance color to wear. On me, it wore for four and a half hours. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is pinker, lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Signature Scarlet (020)
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Mauve Mystique (025)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color Caviar Couture (050)
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
77%
Total

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Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush
Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a brightened pop of tangerine orange with a soft, barely-there satin finish. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is similar. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) has a golden sheen and is a cream product. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is more muted, slightly browner. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is yellower. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches.

The Le Prisme formula is supposed to have “a higher pigment concentration [so that] the color on the cheeks is immediate.” It contains four shades, and “the upper right shade for the blush is the reference shade for the final result when mixing together.” The compact itself is small–the right size for a blush brush but not much larger–so if you wanted to use the shades individually on the cheeks, it’s not practical. You can certainly concentrate the brush on two or three of the shades, though. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, and when applied to the skin, it sat beautifully and gave skin a soft, luminous glow and warmth. It had good pigmentation, though it was more buildable than it was pigment-packed. It wore well for eight hours before it showed signs of fading.

Givenchy Le Prisme Blush In Vogue Orange
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

bareMinerals Luminous Hydrating Body Cream Review & Photos

bareMinerals Luminous Hydrating Body Cream
bareMinerals Luminous Hydrating Body Cream

bareMinerals Luminous Hydrating Body Cream ($35.00 for 6.0 oz.) is a shimmering body cream that’s supposed to be “ultrarich, non-greasy.” It’s a thick body cream–somewhere between a more typical body butter and a whipped body butter, as it’s fairly solid and isn’t going to drip out of the jar, but it spreads well and doesn’t have to be scraped out by a legitimate block o’ body butter.

I’m a big fan of bareMinerals’ recent skincare range, so I was eager to try this body cream, which apparently also came out last year for the holidays–it’s limited edition again this year–but I was surprised to see it was available for $28 last year and has been bumped up to $35 for this year. SkinStore is still selling it for $28, though, if it’s something you wanted to try. I’m not a fan of limited edition skincare products (why!!!), and the significant increase in price is definitely off-putting. I do like the product; it’s a good, solid body cream. It’s not the very, very best I’ve ever tried, but it’s nice. Despite its thick, rich consistency, it absorbs within a minute or less. It spreads easily across the skin, and a little goes a long way. It leaves skin feeling softer, more hydrated but not greasy or oily.For normal-to-dry skin, I think it should provide an appropriate level of hydrating, as it was perfect for my arms, but on my desert-like legs, it didn’t fully hydrate.  It has a slightly earthy, herbal scent, but it’s not too strong, that is similar to the rest of the bareMinerals’ skincare range.  There is a fine gold shimmer that sits on the skin after application, but it will rub off at times (I sat cross-legged, and I saw the heel of my slipper was dazzling!). It’s a nice veil of shimmer–not sparkle–that would work well on decolletage and legs for the holidays.

bareMinerals   Luminous Hydrating Body Cream

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Fergie Holiday 2013 Nail Lacquers

Wet 'n' Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Mazel Tov Madness Nail Lacquer ($3.49 for 0.42 fl. oz.) is a deepened–but still bright–navy blue with faint navy blue micro-shimmer. It was fully opaque after two coats, and the consistency was easy to work with, though on the thinner side. The dry down left a nice shine, too, but you may want a top coat to give it that plush finish. NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $19.00) doesn’t have shimmer. MAC Double Trouble (LE, $16.00) is a cream. China Glaze First Mate (LE, $7.50) is more muted. See comparison swatches.

In addition to Mazel Tov Madness, there are three glittery shades out for the holidays (the collection also has three other shades not featured in this post, as I don’t have them). Mountain High contains an assortment of glitter and flakes in pastel green, medium blue, orange, and pink suspended in a milky, off-white base. I applied one coat over the blue polish, and it did lighten the color, but the glitter dispersed evenly and there was a good amount applied in one coat. I applied two coats of it alone on the thumb nail. MAC Unconditionally Fabulous (LE, $16.00), China Glaze Snow Globe (LE, $7.50), China Glaze Luxe & Lush (LE, $7.50), and Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven (LE, $19.00) are all similar but are less flaky. See comparison swatches.

Titanium Crush is metallic silver shimmer and glitter with gold sequins. It seemed like a glitter top coat when I looked at in the bottle, but it’s quite dense in a single coat. You actually would need to use very little if you wanted to use it layered. Again, I applied two coats on the thumbnail so you could see the opacity, and then one coat over the blue. Anna Sui Minnie Mouse Stardust Silver (001) (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, no sequins. Zoya Seraphina (P, $8.00) has no sequins. China Glaze Tinsel Town (LE, $7.50) is similar but has a black base. See comparison swatches.

Black Metal Magic is a mix of medium-sized black and silver hexagon-shaped glitters suspended in a clear base. It had good density in a single coat, though the consistency was somewhat loose. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one based on what I’ve reviewed in the past.

Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Nail Color Mazel Tov Madness
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Nail Color Mountain High
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Nail Color Titanium Crush
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Nail Color Black Metal Magic
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

MAC Masterclass Brushes Reviews & Photos

MAC Masterclass Brushes
MAC Masterclass Brushes

MAC Masterclass Brush Collection includes three new (and permanent) brushes that are exclusive to maccosmetics.com and MAC stores. I’ve been waiting to post this, as the brushes have been out of stock for almost two weeks now, but they’re back in stock for those who had them on their wish lists. They’re interesting brushes, and I think for some, they’ll be great, and others will find more traditional brushes more compelling. All three brushes felt sturdy and well-made; and the bristles felt very, very soft and silky. The Oval brushes are incredibly dense. They are comfortable to hold, and if you have larger hands or wear glasses, holding the brushes this way and having the brush heads facing this way greatly improve visibility.  I didn’t find that these were as multi-purpose as they’re touted, as the shapes didn’t work for as some of the recommended applications. Again, they’re intriguing and worth checking out, but they may or may not be a good fit in your routine.  I also highly recommend checking out Dustin Hunter’s video on these, as he’s a glasses-wearer as well as a professional makeup artist.

Linear 1 Brush ($25.00) was designed a liner brush; MAC’s website says “to line lashes and lips… also defines and fills brows.” It is 17mm in width, 8mm in length, and 3mm in thickness.  It has a total brush length of 5.75 inches or 14.5 centimeters. I think it’s too long, both in terms of the horizontal length but as well as the vertical length of the brushes (as they extend away from the brush itself)–it feels too large against my eye. It may be too wide, depending on how you like your eyeliner. The brush head is rather large relative to most openings of cream/gel eyeliners, too. The light curved edge on the left and right of the brush doesn’t seem intuitive as it doesn’t contour to the shape of the eye (or lip) well and instead lifts away from it. I liked using this best to fill in brows, where the longer shape worked better, and I didn’t need as much precision.

Oval 3 Brush ($32.00) was designed to be used (primarily!) for “[blending] powder or cream eyeshadows, powde, and liquid, or cream concealer.”   It is 15mm in width, 10mm in length, and 8mm in thickness.  It has a total length of inches 5.75 inches or 14.5 centimeters. This brush, again, was very large against my eye. The only practical way to use it is for applying an all-over color, whether a wash of eyeshadow or setting down an eyeshadow base. For blending, I felt it was too dense–better for application, particularly of creams–to get really soft, feathery strokes. I liked it best for blending concealer, as the slightly rounded edge fit into the hollows underneath my eye and along the contours of my nose. Against the eye, it felt too round, and I would have preferred something either less dense (so it would be more flexible and wisp-like) or flatter across the edge.

Oval 6 Brush ($42.00) was designed to be “ideal for blush, foundation, or powder, the rounded, medium-sized brush applies, blends and contours all over the face and cheeks.” It is 30mm in width, 14mm in length, and 20mm in thickness. Of the three, this was my personal favorite, as I felt like the size was right, and it’s very, very soft. I worked with this brush with blush, foundation, bronzer, contour powder, moisturizers, and primers. It worked best for applying product all over (like a primer or moisturizer) or contouring, as the rounded edge does work with contouring (but it can be a bit wide, depending on your face shape), but for applying blush and the like, only the middle portion of the brush really hits the skin, as it is curved opposite of the face. The dome shape just doesn’t deposit blush that well, and it’s so dense that blending is easier and more naturally achieved with a fluffier brush. It applies foundation beautifully, and it definitely gives a natural, even, and smooth finish.  This brush took a few washes to clean of foundation, and I imagine the density is part of why this is a harder brush to clean.

MAC   Linear 1 Brush
MAC   Oval 3 Brush
Oval 3 Brush
MAC   Oval 6 Brush
Oval 6 Brush

After trying the brushes for a few days, I then spoke to Louise Zizzo, a MAC Senior Artist, who I’ve known for five or six years now! I definitely had a few questions about these new brushes. Since our chat, I spent the next two weeks really putting the brushes through their paces.

Check out the Q&A and see more photos!

Lit Cosmetics Disco Diva and Rich & Famous Glitter

Lit Cosmetics Disco Diva Glitter
Lit Cosmetics Disco Diva Glitter

Lit Cosmetics Disco Diva Glitter ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, vibrant violet purple glitter base with fuchsia-red, cyan blue, and tangerine multi-colored glitters. It is size S3, so it is a larger glitter.  I don’t have anything like this (not that I have a particularly extensive library of glitters).  This shade would work really well over violets, pinks, and golds for a festive look.  This shade is exclusive to Beautylish.

Rich & Famous Glitter ($13.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a yellow gold with hints of brown glitter base with a multi-colored holographic glitter. It is size S2, which is the small-sized glitter–not super fine, but not chunky–and tends to look sparkly but not totally over-the-top like the larger sizes do (but in the best way, of course! it is glitter, after all!). MAC Gold (P, $21.00) lacks of the multi-faceted glitter, it’s just pure gold glitter. See comparison swatches.

Both shades worked well with Lit’s Clearly Liquid Glitter Base, which is an adhesive base that feels like water but keeps the glitter secured all day long.  Ilike how it dries quickly, sets all day, but it is a cinch to wash off–just rinse off with water.

P.S. — Lit Cosmetics is having a Black Friday sale, from 6AM to 1AM today (November 29th), where it’s buy one, get one free. To get the deal, add half of the glitters you want BUT the ones you want to get for free, list them in the “Comment/Promo” box. (For exact instructions, you can see the deal on their Facebook page.)  You can check out all of my Lit Cosmetics’ Glitter swatches here! 🙂

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