Saturday, June 4th, 2011

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick
MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “rouged chocolate” with a lustre finish.  It’s a reddened brown with semi-opaque color and a subtly glossy finish. For a lustre, it’s particularly pigmented, though it’s not completely opaque.  It glides on easily and leaves behind ample amount of color with a good amount of shine.  I actually found this lustre to be a bit moisturizing, as compared to other lustres that do nothing for me in the moisturization department.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. I typically get four hours of wear, but some of the lighter lustre and glaze finishes tend to disappear by hour three. Amplified cremes and amplified finishes, however, tend to go beyond four. I find the formula comfortable to wear and not drying (but not moisturizing–a couple of the matte shades can be drying).

P.S. — I have no idea why the tube of lipstick looks like that; it didn’t look like it had anything on it when I swatched it originally.

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Sheer Plum

B+
This is a shade that makes it easier to wear brown, because the red in it brightens and softens the brown.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, June 3rd, 2011


MAC Beauty Balm

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 ($30.00 for 1 fl. oz.) is described as a “lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.”

First things first, I have no experience using BB Creams as they are known elsewhere in the world, so I urge you to check out Musings of a Muse’s review on this as well as her informative post on what BB Creams are. She pretty much sums them as one major multi-tasking face product that imparts skincare benefits, along with concealing/foundation and moisturizing qualities.  On its face, MAC isn’t marketing this as a “true” BB Cream from what I can gather, because it’s designed to work best as a face primer–not as a tinted moisturizer, moisturizer, foundation, concealer, etc.

It’s a soft, sheer shade of yellowed beige with soft shimmer-sheen. It’s not something I could wear alone at all, because it just looked a bit too light on me (I am NC25/NC30 for reference). When I layered Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer over it, it became something I could use. It seems more like an illuminating primer to me; something like MAC Strobe Cream but yellow-based and with a significantly different texture (not as thick or heavy, thinner, not quite as shimmery).

It works well as a primer; it helped keep my makeup looking fresher longer (ten hours) and always felt lightweight. I only tested this product for two days (not back-to-back), though, because it does have dimethicone as the second ingredient in it, which I am more-often-than-not sensitive to, but for readers, I wanted to give it a shot. I didn’t experience any breakouts, but I deliberately tested it on two occasions but with a week between each try.

The packaging is interesting, because it has a very long, needle-nose applicator that squeezes out the merest amount.  For a product you wear all over your face, it seems too precise.  It’s by no means a deal-breaker, since I would rather squeeze out more than have half the tube squirt out, but I thought it was interesting.

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Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink fuchsia.” It’s a bright, medium-dark pink with a little touch of fuchsia–it is blue-based but subtly so.  Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Colors are really comfortable to wear with their semi-matte finishes, creamy but lightweight textures, and rich color coverage. They are also scent- and taste-free, which should appeal to some. Wear was anywhere from four to six hours, with deeper shades like Cosmic Raspberry wearing for six hours.

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Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color Review, Photos, Swatches

A+
This is the kind of pink that should work on both warmer and cooler skin tones, because the level of brightness makes it pop on all skin tones. Bobbi Brown's Rich Lip Color formula is one of my new favorites and definitely a memorable launch from the year.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2011


Sugarpill Stella Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Stella Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow

Sugarpill Stella Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as “blackest of jet blacks, bursting with rainbow diamond sparkle.” It is a really intense black, particularly when used wet, and it is a blue-based black, so it does have a tendency to pull a little bluish when photographed. It has multi-colored sparkle, though green, blue, and fuchsia seemed to dominate when I swatched. Stella has a really smooth texture; the base color is nearly matte, while the sparkle adds a lot of dimension. When applied dry, the sparkle seems to disappear a bit, but when applied damp or wet, they seem to stick and play a larger role.

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Sugarpill Stella Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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Stella is one of the darker blacks I've come across, and if you like a little sparkle with your black, then this might be one worth checking out! (If you prefer just black, check out Bulletproof by Sugarpill!)

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid violet,” which is an accurate depiction of this shade.  It has a cream finish, applies opaque in two coats, and has a slightly jelly-like quality to me.  In some lighting, it seems like a red-based purple, but then in other lighting, it seems more blue-based.  Purple Haze’s formula was impeccable–even flow, not too thick or thin, and no bubbling.  I typically get a full week of wear with RBL’s formula.

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Purple Haze

A+
The formula was so flawless--I felt like it was foolproof to apply, because it required no trickery or even patience to get just right.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Giorgio Armani Gold Blitz (5) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Gold Blitz (5) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

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Giorgio Armani Gold Blitz (5) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a metallic, warm-toned bronze with subtle red undertones.  It’s probably one of the least exciting shades in the Eyes to Kill Intense line-up, because it doesn’t have the multi-colored look.  The color is gorgeous, but I could see this being a shade that’s more passable than the others, just because it’s a shade that most brands have some variation of.  On the flip side, it’s one of the best, in terms of quality.

It has the same rich color pay off whether used dry or wet, though it seems to be a touch darker when applied damp.  The texture is soft, smooth, and really silky–almost like a cream eyeshadow–but in reality, it’s a loosely bound powder.  I like using it alone or along with other eyeshadows, but it can be worn alone and held up for twelve hours without creasing on me (without a base).

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#5

A+
Even though it's one of the less unique/more passable shades in the range, it is has such an amazing texture and looks as good dry as it does wet.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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